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NathanBates

Cinema Addict - 1516 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 Public Enemy (1931) - Oct 22, 2020
"This comes across as pretty preachy, with a gangster's life shown with women and money now available as he turns more violent, but with a slow toll on his family. Cagney is excellent; the rest of the cast don't really get a lot of places to shine. Has one of the best "entrances" in filmdom. "
60 34% Once a Thief (1965) - Oct 21, 2020
"Serviceable crime drama, with brushstrokes of noir all over it. It's a pretty standard setup, with an ex-con trying to change his life, but family and a determined cop seem to push him to return to his old life. The intro and closing are strong, but the middle suffers from some pacing issues. I love Delon, but sometimes his "too cool" persona doesn't quite fit; he's a little too stoic here."
80 75% Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979) - Oct 20, 2020
"Very good modernization of the original Nosferatu (1922), with a few updates as well. This version has lush landscapes and beautiful sets, plus a world-weary and tragic vampire. It's creepy yet oddly not particularly scary. Herzog goes with the atmospheric; us plot-first people may be a little antsy with the slow pace and mostly by-the-book recitation of the Dracula story."
60 34% The Killers (1964) - Oct 18, 2020
"Formula for success? Take two great noir films (The Killers [1946] and Drive A Crooked Road [1954]), combine them, and add a powerful cast. Except there's something here that just doesn't work. Perhaps it's the long flashback with segments that the narrator wouldn't have known. Perhaps it's the terrible rear-projection of the driving scenes. It's not a horrible film, but it doesn't really stand out from its predecessors."
60 34% River's Edge (1986) - Oct 18, 2020
"There's an old saying that a true friend is one who will help you bury the bodies. I spent most of this film trying to decide whether I wanted Crispin Glover's character as a friend, or whether I would have told him to get lost years before. It's a nihilistic film with unsympathetic characters, and that makes it really hard to "enjoy.""
80 75% Horror of Dracula (1958) - Oct 17, 2020
"Enjoyed this a bit more than the original, even though it varies considerably from the source material. Cushing turns van Helsing into a proper British investigator, totally unruffled by anything, even a wandering vampire (and a presumably well-read one, owning a personal library in need of its own librarian). There's something totally cornball about the whole thing, yet it builds a decently terrifying atmosphere."
80 75% The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) - Oct 17, 2020
"I guess I loved the slow buildup of suspense here (what I could see from behind my clenched eyes, anyway). From my limited knowledge of this genre, it's pretty clear that this is the movie all others try to surpass. I threw in an extra star for that, even though I hope I'll never have to watch it again (and I don't plan on picking up any hitchhikers, either)."
60 34% My Lucky Stars (1985) - Oct 15, 2020
"The first and last 15 minutes of this film have some amazing martial arts sequences. The problem is with the middle hour, as it drops into some elementary school humor, which takes a lot of swings and whiffs far too often. It was also pretty disappointing that the gang doesn't have any special skills showcased; things like one of them studying ESP never really pays off in the end. Even the great Jackie Chan sequences aren't good enough to recommend this to non- martial arts movie fans."
80 75% Criss Cross (1949) - Oct 14, 2020
"A nice, fast noir that seems to build on the earlier The Killers (1946), with a strong location (a very early LA) and a pretty good heist sequence. I never quite bought that Steve and Anna would have gotten together in the first place, so it was a little tough to follow the story as he puppy-dog trails her throughout. Some minor faults, but still enjoyable."
60 34% Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2010) - Oct 13, 2020
"Definitely a "mood" movie. The plot starts to fade away around the time our protagonist's dead wife shows up for supper, followed by a long-lost son, who first looks like Bigfoot with Jawa eyes. Some beautiful scenery and the stark characters were interesting enough. There's something about a horny catfish, too, but sometimes these heavy-duty artsy films just go way past me."