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NathanBates

Cinema Addict - 1656 Film Ratings

Member Since: Jul 9, 2017

Location: Virginia, USA

Bio: My personal web site is at
https://sites.google.com/site/nathanbatesfilms/index
(I keep a "Greatest Films" list there, as I'm trying to watch most -- if not all -- of the 1001+ Movies You Must See Before You Die and the Criterion Collection)



I generally rate movies 1-5, so I just multiply that out on the 100 scale:
5/100: Excellent, well worth watching again and again
4/80: Pretty good
3/60: Average [general rating]
2/40: Pretty bad, but with some redeeming characteristics
1/20: Terrible; not worth watching ever again


Top 10 Movies:
1. Citizen Kane
2. Throne of Blood
3. Star Wars: A New Hope
4. Le Samourai
5. The Magicians
6. Stagecoach
7. Los Olvidados
8. Rear Window
9. The Third Man
10. North by Northwest


Comfort Movies:
1. Camp Nowhere
2. Midnight Madness
3. Planes, Trains, and Automobiles
4. Tremors
5. Rat Race


Worst Movies I've Seen:
1. The Five (2010)
2. Percy Jackson II: Sea of Monsters
3. Percy Jackson: The Lightning Thief
4. Radioland Murders
5. Into the Storm
more Recent Ratings
60 34% Chop Shop (2007) - Apr 18, 2021
"I watched this as a two-for-one with Man Push Cart, so I could guess what I was getting into. This is a slice-of-life story about an enterprising homeless kid who hustles in the shadows of Shea Stadium to make money for him and his older sister. Like MPC, the cinematography is strong; this one also has two great child actors. The reason I watch movies is because I want characters to find something in life that changes them; this suggests life will continue just the way it always has."
60 34% Man Push Cart (2005) - Apr 18, 2021
"I am just not a fan of "slice of life" movies, which generally have no beginnings or endings. This almost-documentary of a man pulling (rarely pushing) his food cart in NYC seems to be stuck on repeat. While it is beautifully shot, it doesn't give us much to work with in providing us with answers to make this guy's life better -- or giving us enough to work with so that we can come up with our own answers."
60 34% A Canterbury Tale (1944) - Apr 17, 2021
"I can see why the 1944 audiences didn't particularly care for this film: there's seemingly very little connection with the historical book, the "mystery" is Bobbsey Twins level, and the ending just sort of fades away. It's a little tougher to see the spiritual side of this, with the three passing pilgrims (who did have good chemistry) and a tale of understanding and redemption, as well as a bit of wistfulness of times past."
100 96% The Hustler (1961) - Apr 15, 2021
"Gritty character study that makes you wonder to which character the title refers. While the story falters a little in the middle, perhaps that's partially because the opening and closing sequences are nail-biters. Remarkable performances by all of the main cast."
80 75% How Green Was My Valley (1941) - Apr 14, 2021
"It would be easy to write this off as emotional manipulation, showcasing "nostalgia" of better days from the past. Interestingly, quite of few of these memories aren't particularly happy ones (a long labor strike, many in the family leaving, being beaten up at school). It's a strong family drama, showing their ups and downs, but with all those characters, it probably needed to be a bit longer. Good movie to watch with your grandparents."
60 34% The Thin Red Line (1998) - Apr 11, 2021
"Two immediate responses: 1) War is filled with uncountable nameless men, attempting to follow orders in utter chaos, mixed with some good or bad luck. 2) Nature doesn't particularly care what humans do to each other; it just goes on doing what it has always done. Malick's cinematography is beautiful, of course; I wanted to capture something from this story, but it felt like it just kept slipping through my fingers."
80 75% The Last Laugh (1924) - Apr 10, 2021
"I love Emil Jannings as a silent actor, but there he really seems to go overboard with his expressions. The movie is slow, which helps put you in the melancholic state of mind the story's plot encourages (that of a man with a prestigious job losing it, and losing the respect of his community). Then there's the technical side, with some amazing (for the 1920s, anyway) effects, including a "to-the-sky" revolving door and wobbly buildings. Quite powerful if you can sit through the slow pacing."
60 34% Buena Vista Social Club (1999) - Apr 09, 2021
"The thrill here is the jam sessions with some of the best Cuban musicians of the day. Unfortunately, the rest of this documentary is held together by interviews that aren't all that informative, and are dizzying with cameras swooping around the interviewees over and over and over. For a movie about music, this has some of the worst sound pickups (the camerawork isn't much to brag about either)."
80 75% Meshes of the Afternoon (1943) - Apr 07, 2021
"I don't have a clue what was going on here, but it was oddly captivating. The beginning starts out rather amateurish, like teenagers who have just discovered how to work a videocamera. Then it begins to roll downhill, picking up speed, as the events appear to be replayed over and over, subtly shifting each time. (I don't think I could watch a full movie of this style, though,)"
60 34% Caliph Storch (1954) - Apr 07, 2021
"After watching a half-dozen Reiniger shorts in a row, my notes say, "Cute tale told well." It's a standard fairy tale story (again set in the Middle East) with laughing storks and an evil uncle. I wish I had seen this when I was younger; I might have gone into animation in hopes of recreating stories like this for the next generation."