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NathanBates

Cinema Addict - 1723 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
80 75% The Sting (1973) - Sep 12, 2021
"A fun revenge story with an elaborate con job. Redford and Newman always look like they're having a blast with each other, and they're surrounded by a very competent supporting cast. It did feel a little long, but not in a bad way. "
60 34% Anchors Aweigh (1945) - Sep 11, 2021
"If Sinatra and Kelly are top-billed, you're going to get a lot of song-and-dance numbers. Unfortunately, quite a few really stretch the plot far afield. Still, it has that feel-good effect even without having too many great moments. (I'm most impressed by Frank keeping up with Gene on those long-take dance sequences.)"
80 75% The Man With a Movie Camera (1929) - Sep 08, 2021
"Movie-making techniques encapsulated into just over an hour. Visually fascinating, but I confess to being happier that Vertov's discarding of elements like plot and character didn't win the day. (I disliked the Nyman score on the Kino DVD; it tended to overpower the images.)"
60 34% Manhunter (1986) - Sep 06, 2021
"This catch-the-killer flick does a lot of things right, but it felt like there was always something just nudging things out of place. When the story was gripping, the one-note technosynth music was trying to overpower it. As the story flagged in the middle, the camerawork seemed good in spots but not so great in others. It's the type of movie you'll stop and watch if it's on, but you'd never admit it's one of your favorites."
60 34% Moonstruck (1987) - Sep 05, 2021
"A decent-enough romantic comedy that really requires you to buy into "love at first sight" between two very different people. I did enjoy the accents and the over-the-top ... well, "mooning" ... over everything, but I didn't feel enough of a connection with most of the characters."
80 75% Diabolique (1955) - Sep 04, 2021
"Amazing suspense film (arguably it's only minimally a horror film, which I usually stay away from) that would fit nicely into the works of Hitchcock (who, apparently, did try to bid for the script). Although it is very slow the first hour, the last few minutes more than make up for it."
80 75% Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) - Sep 03, 2021
"Take a cast I'm not fond of and make it a romance - a non-linear one at that - and I'll rate it poorly, right? Somehow, this quirky flick really captivated me, although the beginning feels like a mess and it's a bit too clever at times. It's a beautiful montage of memory and relationships and a reminder 'tis better to have loved and lost, even if we don't really want to believe that."
60 34% Harlan County War (2000) - Aug 29, 2021
"By-the-beats story of the struggle of (wo)man against Evil Corporation partly based on the real story of Harlan County miners against Duke Energy in the 1970s. There are some odd sub-stories that get tossed in but nothing comes of those; it's really Hunter and her peculiar accent fighting against The (poorly characterized) Man. Skarsgard makes an odd union representative; he only brings one shirt on his trip to KY to wear for the duration. Watch "Harlan County USA" instead."
60 34% The Mirror (1975) - Aug 28, 2021
"A wispy collection of thoughts, dreams, and memory vaguely connected by a non-linear structure. It's quite beautiful. But I was fidgety throughout as it seemed a very personal intrusion on another person's mind. I tend to rate movies based on my enjoyment of them; even with all its visual poetry, I just didn't enjoy watching it."
80 75% Legally Blonde (2001) - Aug 22, 2021
"Odd that a movie that tries to reject cliches uses so many to get to the climax. Although it's really an average film with a few bits of strong humor, it's one of my guilty pleasures. I just wish I had encountered such wimpy law school professors."