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NathanBates

Cinema Addict - 1161 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 74% Detour (1945) - Mar 24, 2019
"This is all-that's-good and all-that's-bad about film noir all in the same movie. It's a pretty talky movie setting up the minimal plot. The everyman character is played by a guy with no emotion (countered by the femme fatale who makes up for it). It's incredibly evident that no money was used in the making of the film. And yet, there's that Twilight Zone feeling that, sometimes, luck just isn't on your side. Solidly in the category of "so bad, it's good.""
80 74% The Earrings of Madame de... (1953) - Mar 24, 2019
"Although this starts out seemingly as a comedy, with those earrings being passed back and forth, the movie eventually comes back to a love triangle (after a laborious but beautifully-filmed waltz sequence) among the aristocrats. Most reviewers marvel at the cinematography (I do too), but it's still a little difficult for me to sympathize with the adulterous characters and their predicament."
60 35% Diner (1982) - Mar 24, 2019
"A good ensemble "coming-of-age"-style film. It felt like the cast really had been best friends all their lives. Ultimately, you'll probably like this film based on whether you had friends similar to these guys (I didn't), and whether you like "slice of life" stories, here a week in 1950s Baltimore. Neat to see some of these actors at the very start of their careers."
80 74% Elevator to the Gallows (1958) - Mar 10, 2019
"I put this on my "must watch" list for the Miles Davis soundtrack. I stayed with the movie for its noir/Hitchcockian plot (even with the few holes they left behind). I usually don't like films with "unlikable" characters, but this one won me over."
60 35% Johnny English Strikes Again (2018) - Mar 10, 2019
"I've always liked Rowan Atkinson's brand of humor, as he can go from acerbic wit to physical comedy in the blink of an eye. The Johnny English trilogy tends to hew closer to the physical comedy while mocking British spy movies. This third chapter is a little better than the second; there are some good bits (I particularly liked the virtual reality scene) held together by a pretty improbable plot."
80 74% The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) - Mar 03, 2019
"Heart of Darkness placed in a Western setting. It comes close to being a Hitchcockian twisting descent into madness for Bogart. Wonderful cast and some impressive scenery with a straightforward plot."
60 35% X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes (1963) - Mar 03, 2019
"You get exactly what's expected in a film subtitled "The Man with the X-Ray Eyes." The special effects, kept modest by limited funding, look worse and worse each year, but they convey their messages appropriately. (Although why our protagonist couldn't look through doors while escaping from the police surprises me.) If you like campy, B-movie mad scientists, this one is well worth watching."
80 74% The Magnificent Ambersons (1942) - Mar 03, 2019
"This is a beautiful reminiscence of a past era, but, as most viewers know, gets stuck with a choppy ending that really takes away from what could have been a masterpiece. "
60 35% Two-Lane Blacktop (1971) - Feb 24, 2019
"Somewhat nostalgic in a look back to the days when guys just wanted to work on their cars and go faster than anyone else. The characters here all want a little more with their lives but just aren't quite sure the direction to go to get it. Ultimately, I found it hard to believe a story that has some drag racing in it could be so slow."
80 74% 3 Godfathers (1948) - Feb 24, 2019
"A fairly straightforward Western, with John Wayne escaping with two other banditos until their plans get changed by a newborn baby. There's a pretty good mix of humor and seriousness up until the last few minutes, when it felt like somebody decided the movie wasn't "worthy" enough and it suddenly becomes spiritual and screwball (with a little-too-late romance tossed in for good measure). "