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NathanBates

Cinema Addict - 1578 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% Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster (2010) - Jan 16, 2021
"Disappointing follow-up to the original; this one invites comparisons to the innumerable Rocky sequels. The fight choreography is well-done; Sammo Hung (cast as a villain) even gets in some wire-work. It felt like the quality of the fights went down as the movie progressed. Fans of martial arts films will enjoy, but even as a steady watcher of this genre, I couldn't help but notice that there's only about five minutes of plot to save room for the action sequences."
80 75% The Only Son (1936) - Jan 16, 2021
"Quiet and simple early Ozu, dealing with his usual themes of family and melancholy. It's a story that could be placed in any time period: a mother wanting to give her son the opportunities she didn't get. There's nothing wrong with the film, but compared to Ozu's later works, it felt a little flat."
80 75% The Ladykillers (1955) - Jan 10, 2021
"A wonderful dark comedy that hits most of the right points. In the beginning, it's a little slow -- and almost dully repetitive -- but as soon as the caper starts, there are more payoffs for the audience. The little old lady is absolutely amazing in her role as a befuddled do-gooder."
80 75% Cat Ballou (1965) - Jan 10, 2021
"Comedy is hard to do well, and everyone has different expectations. This one hit me in the funnybone the right way. Lee Marvin takes a pretty stereotypical role and goes over the top for a memorable performance. There's enough of a plot to hold this all together (in addition to the sing-songy narrative bits), even though it's clearly derivative. "
60 34% Cries and Whispers (1972) - Jan 09, 2021
"I know I must be missing something here, because all I saw was several sexually-repressed women and a lot of red. Perhaps if my emotional quotient were higher, I'd suffer from the anguish and depression that oozes out of this film like melting strawberry Jell-O. Surprising -- for a Bergman film -- that one of the few sympathetic characters was the priest."
80 75% Leon Morin, Priest (1961) - Jan 08, 2021
"A very philosophical film, with religion and sex all tangled up together. For the first twenty-some minutes, Melville channels the New Wave with some really weird editing styles, but maybe that's because the story takes a little while to set up. Belmondo and Riva are compelling even when they're just sitting in a room together, although he seems way too wise for his years. I wouldn't call it Melville's best; it's still a strong entry in his catalog."
60 34% The New World (2005) - Jan 03, 2021
"Is this a love poem about nature, or a nature-filled poem about love? The scenery is so exquisite it borders on ephemeral, which is one of my few complaints: This is so much a "mood" movie, how much of it will I remember years from now?"
60 34% Breaking the Waves (1996) - Jan 02, 2021
"An amazing performance by Watson (and Cartlidge too) in a ... rather odd story. The odd cinematographic choices and some staccato editing made me start to lose focus. Emotionally draining, but something about it felt forced (especially the very last scene)."
60 34% The Birth of a Nation (1915) - Dec 30, 2020
"When I was in college, I was amazed at the "epic-ness" of this movie. Revisiting it thirty-some years later, I cringe at the rampant racism that gets worse as the movie goes on. It's an important film, but it's challenging to disentangle the innovative film techniques from the contemptible story."
60 34% The Bigamist (1953) - Dec 29, 2020
"Interesting take on a sensitive topic. The cast is very good, although I'm not sure all the characters were completely fleshed out, and the flashback-y middle of the movie dragged in a few parts. Surprising that the story seems so sympathetic toward the titular character."