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NathanBates

Cinema Addict - 1142 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 73% The Face of Another (1966) - Jan 20, 2019
"A philosophical musing on identity, as a man with a new face appears to take on a new personality. There are times when you think you're watching a documentary, and other times when you may be in a surrealistic dream (helped by the odd but neat choices in music). It's a powerful movie, but the main character -- the incomparable Tatsuya Nakadai -- is so self-loathing that he's hard to empathize with here."
80 73% L.A. Confidential (1997) - Jan 20, 2019
"Impressive neo-noir. There are quite a few characters to keep track of in a mystery that keeps getting more twisted -- but, unlike many of its predecessors, it actually makes sense at the end. A few spots seem a little long, but most of them are tied in well."
80 73% The Awful Truth (1937) - Jan 13, 2019
"As always, a typical screwball comedy rushes through lest you say, "Wait. Why would....?" The antics here are generally fitting, even though it's amazing two people about to divorce keep running into each other. I laughed throughout, but now it's starting to become forgotten -- maybe it's because I liked the actors, but I never really liked the characters they portrayed."
80 73% Midnight Cowboy (1969) - Jan 12, 2019
"For me, this falls into the disappointing category of Incredible Movies That I Hope I Never Have to Watch Again (hello, Godfather, you have company). Stylistically, it's impressive but at heart it's the story of two down-and-out guys trying to make it in the world. I'm glad I've seen it, but the characters don't have enough emotional depth that would make me want to rewatch it."
60 35% My Darling Clementine (1946) - Jan 06, 2019
"Interesting Western that slowly meanders its way into the story (albeit not the "real" story of the OK Corral). It's a good story of revenge and betrayal in different ways, but I wasn't completely wowed by it. Of course, the backgrounds were memorable (as was Fonda's line, "That's me.") I'll definitely try watching this one again to see if my tastes have changed."
60 35% Summer with Monika (1953) - Jan 05, 2019
"A summer romance - what could go wrong? It's a wispy fairy tale that devolves into glum reality. Notable is perhaps the most fake fight in cinematic history. Perhaps it's not shocking that Bergman would have an affair with Andersson, which makes the film almost a prophecy."
80 73% In the Heat of the Night (1967) - Dec 31, 2018
"A powerful film with simmering racism and classism as the main story, and a murder as the subplot (which mostly comes out of left field). The characters are so often holding back their emotions that you feel there will be an explosive confrontation, but then it eases back just enough to make you wonder if you really saw it correctly. Groovy soundtrack too!"
60 35% Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011) - Dec 30, 2018
"KFP2 wasn't quite as "charming" as the first -- perhaps due to the darker tone, or maybe because all of the jokes seemed so familiar. Disappointingly, the supporting cast is almost an afterthought, as this seems to be just panda versus new enemy peacock. That said, I liked the use of different animation styles for the flashback scenes. It's not in the category of "terrible sequels," but the inevitability of the good guys winning makes it feel a little longer than it really is."
80 73% Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles (2005) - Dec 30, 2018
"The plot doesn't sound like much: an incredibly stoic father attempts to reconnect with his estranged son by doing a bunch of things totally unfamiliar to him. But, oh, the scenery! As he travels, we get a marvelous look at Yunnan province, and I'm sure there's some symbolism there. The ending is pretty predictable, but I found it a journey worth going on."
60 35% The Homecoming: A Christmas Story (1971) - Dec 30, 2018
"I grew up watching The Waltons (not always by choice), but I had never watched the kickoff movie -- it wasn't actually offered as a pilot for the TV show. But at home for Christmas, it seemed appropriate. Ma and Pa (and Grandpa) are all different, but the kids (and Grandma) are the same as from the nine-seasons show, but they're so young; it was hard to tell who was who! Everything's tied into waiting for Pa to get home, so a pretty simple plot, but a decent Christmas watch."