Movie Buff - 377 Film Ratings
Member Since: Apr 11, 2014
Location: California, USA
Bio: New Review: "Diane" (2018)
|59 10%||Diane (2018) - Apr 27, 2020
""Diane" is a painfully realistic character study starring Mary Kay Place in a remarkable and powerful performance. Place plays "Diane", a Massachusetts woman who struggles to take care of her bedridden cousin and drug addicted son. A tortured character with good intentions but plagued by painful memories and repressed guilt. Place's acting alone may not be good enough to make this movie really worth watching, but if you do Mary Kay Place as "Diane" is award worthy and unforgettable. "
|59 10%||Loro (2018) - Apr 25, 2020
"Paolo Sorrentino's Italian drama "Loro" is an over-the-top character study of politician Silvio Berlusconi, played by a terrific Toni Servillo. A wild, wacky, and sleazy celebration of parties, power and politics. Silvio's cartoon-like performance is good, but not good enough to make this movie great. Sorrentino's directing of party scenes is explicit, surreal and strange. But when the politics start and all the parties have ended, "Loro" is just too dull, too slow and way too long. "
|62 22%||Clemency (2019) - Apr 25, 2020
"Winner of the U.S. Dramatic Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, "Clemency" makes director-writer Chinonye Chukwu the first black woman to win the award. Led by Alfre Woodard in one of her best and most intense roles ever, the most enjoyment of the film is the pleasure of watching her act. Woodard is so good she doesn't have to say a word, her face says it all in a raw and powerful performance. Aldis Hodge as inmate Anthony Woods is also unforgettable. "
|60 16%||The Goldfinch (2019) - Apr 16, 2020
""The Goldfinch" has good performances by Ansel Elgort, NIcole Kidman and Jeffrey Wright, great cinematography by Roger Deakins and is based on a Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Donna Tartt...it was also a box office bomb, a poor adaptation and critically a major disappointment. A movie with lots of potential but is too corny, too long and too cliche. A wasted use of talent and a lost opportunity to make a great movie. "The Goldfinch" could've been worse but definitely should've been better. "
|60 16%||The Mountain (2018) - Apr 15, 2020
"Rick Alverson's "The Mountain" is a slow burn of a movie that is definitely not for everyone. Denis Lavant's crazy performance is the best part of the movie, Jeff Goldblum and Tye Sheridan are also good, but it's not enough to make this movie great. Alverson's film is strange, hypnotic and very unpredictable, you never know what's going to happen next. Some may find "The Mountain" slow, boring, dark and depressing...I found it weird, disturbing and in the end extremely fascinating. "
|40 2%||Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) - Apr 13, 2020
"The sixth installment of the "Terminator" film franchise and direct sequel to "Terminator"(1984) and "Terminator 2: Judgment Day"(1991). "Dark Fate" is a disappointing continuation with enough corny one liners and weak special effects to ruin the whole movie. Linda Hamilton and Arnold Schwarzenegger reprise their roles and the terrible script does not help their performances. James Cameron's first two Terminator films were mind bowing, "Dark Fate" isn't half as good as those movies. "
|39 1%||Gemini Man (2019) - Apr 13, 2020
""Gemini Man" is Will Smith at his best and Ang lee at his worst. The de-aging of Smith in the movie is distracting, and wether it's a young Smith or an old one, his performances are just not very good. The acton sequences are just as cheesy as the movie's special effects. A box office flop and a very forgettable action thriller, Lee and Smith have reached an all-time low. "Gemini Man" is a waste of talent and in the end a waste of time. "
|59 10%||Motherless Brooklyn (2019) - Apr 13, 2020
"Edward Norton's passion project "Motherless Brooklyn" is a disappointing film noir, with bad writing and a waste of a talented cast. Norton stars, writes, directs and produces and it's not very memorable with very bad acting performances. "Motherless Brooklyn" feels like a generic version of "Chinatown"(1974) or "Devil In A Blue Dress"(1995). A wasted opportunity for Norton on a movie with good casting and lots of potential. In the end the movie is just too long and just mediocre. "
|70 46%||An Elephant Sitting Still (2018) - Apr 12, 2020
"Hu Bo's "An Elephant Sitting Still" is a very rewarding experience, with a running time of 3 hours and 54 minutes, it is challenging but definitely worthy of it's long running time. If the movie would have been shorter I think it would have been a lot better. A very realistic film with real heart felt performances by a talented cast of characters. Bo's first (and last) film maybe very time consuming, but in the end the movie is still worth every minute. "
|72 50%||Di qiu zui hou de ye wan (2019) - Apr 12, 2020
""Long Day's Journey Into Night" is one of the most unique and beautiful cinematic experiences of the year. One long take in the final 59 minutes of the film, shot in 3D is visually stunning and a wonderful filmmaking achievement. "Long Day's Journey" is far from easy to follow but still has great visual storytelling. The film feels like a dream, hallucinatory and lucid...a surreal, romantic cinematic experience. The movie leaves you with grand visuals that you certainly won't soon forget. "