Movie Buff - 321 Film Ratings
Member Since: Apr 11, 2014
Location: California, USA
Bio: New Review: "The Last Black Man In San Francisco” (2019)
|70 47%||The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) - Sep 25, 2019
""The Last Black Man In San Francisco" is a poetic and touching film with powerful visuals. An emotional story about love, family and friendship. Joe Talbot's directorial debut is an impressive piece of filmmaking unlike anything you'll see this year. At the "Sundance Film Festival" the film won awards for Best Director and a Special Jury Prize for Creative Collaboration. "The Last Black Man" is not without it's narrative flaws, problems and all this is one of the best films of the year."
|60 16%||Annabelle Comes Home (2019) - Sep 18, 2019
"The latest Annabelle film in the Conjuring Universe is a haunted house thrill ride worth the admission. Gary Dauberman’s film is fun but doesn’t always make sense. Plot holes and all Ed and Lorraine Warren are back and it’s still really entertaining. Annabelle of course has a lot of jump scares but still isn’t very scary, I think it’s about time to lay this possessed doll to rest. I really think Annabelle should just stay in her case. I wonder what’s next for the Conjuring Universe?"
|78 63%||Shadow (2018) - Aug 28, 2019
"Zhang Yimou's "Shadow" is beautifully shot, cleverly choreographed and masterfully directed. The cinematography is really incredible, leaving me wondering how the shots and acting scenes were achieved. Yimou is a master filmmaker, this is probably the best movie he's made in over a decade. Dazzling visuals by a director with true skill and grand vision for big budget production. A dark, rainy blood soaked epic period piece with battles scenes that will make your jaw drop. "
|64 25%||Madeline's Madeline (2018) - Aug 26, 2019
"A fantasy mixed with reality film that uses improvisation and experimentation to create the story. "Madeline's Madeline" is led by an eccentric and superb performance by Helena Howard as Madeline. A surreal story about theater, dreams and mental illness. Director Josephine Decker has created a fascinating character study unlike any other movie you will ever experience. Decker is not afraid to experiment and improvise, that's what makes this movie so original. You've never seen anything like it. "
|62 22%||Toni Erdmann (2016) - Aug 26, 2019
"Odd and highly original, "Toni Erdmann" is unlike any other film you'll see this year. Named the best film of 2016 by "Sight And Sound" magazine. Realistic and touching acting by Peter Simonischek and Sandra Huller. Director Maren Ade's story is very unpredictable, you never know what's going to happen next. An overrated and over long film with still some very memorable moments. Simonischek as Toni Erdmann is funny, bizarre and unforgettable. "
|62 22%||The Salesman (2016) - Aug 25, 2019
""The Salesman" shares themes with Arthur Miller's play "Death Of A Salesman", director Asghar Farhadi chose the play as a story within a story. Realistic and heartfelt performances by Shahab Hosseini and Taraneh Alidootsi. Farhadi is a master stroyteller of mood, realism and suspense. The winner of the Best Foreign Film Academy Award and Best Actor/Screenplay at the "Cannes FIlm Festival". The acting in the film makes you forget your watching a movie, it feels that real. "
|62 22%||I, Daniel Blake (2016) - Aug 24, 2019
"Heartbreaking and painfully realistic, "I, Daniel Blake" is led by a humorous and powerful performance by Dave Johns. Winner of the "Palme d'Or" at the 2016 "Cannes Film Festival", this film has great acting and directing, the realism of the film really makes it worth experiencing. Director Ken Loach is great at bringing out the best from his actors, the performances feel real and human. A politically fueled drama about a proud man named Daniel Blake and a failing welfare system. "
|74 53%||Happy as Lazzaro (2018) - Aug 21, 2019
"Wonderfully written, masterfully directed “Happy As Lazzaro” is lead by great acting by Andriano Tordiolo as Lazzaro. A fairy tale that is just as brilliant as it is bizarre. A movie that deserves patience, a challenging but rewarding film. Director and screenwriter Alice Rohrwacher mixes realism with fantasy unlike anything else you’ve ever seen and it’s magical. Rohrwacher won the Best Screenplay award at the “Cannes Film Festival”. One of the most original films of the year."
|66 31%||Dogman (2018) - Aug 21, 2019
""Dogman" has great directing by Matteo Garrone and terrific acting by Marcello Fonte. A well deserved Best Actor award for Fonte at the 2018 "Cannes Film Festival". Fonte is incredible in one of the most unique performances of the year. Garrone shows that he is a truly talented filmmaker and tells this story no matter how graphic or gruesome. Garrone's Italian crime story of violence and revenge is gripping, and the visuals are magnificent with an ending you soon won't forget. "
|64 25%||Under the Silver Lake (2018) - Aug 20, 2019
"A neo-noir mystery film starring Andrew Garfield, a mess of a movie that is still oddly entertaining. Garfield in a Philip Marlowe type role is excellent. Alfred Hitchcock's "Rear WIndow" (1954) and "Vertigo" (1958) are obvious influences and like similar films "The Big Lebowski" (1998) and "Inherent Vice" (2014) before it, this film I could imagine gaining a cult audience. The story and screenplay could have been a lot better, "Under The Silver Lake" could be a cult classic. "