Movie Buff - 251 Film Ratings
Member Since: Apr 11, 2014
Location: California, USA
Bio: New Review: "Starred Up” (2014)
|70 38%||Starred Up (2014) - Jan 18, 2019
"David Mackenzie's 'Starred Up' is a tough character study of a disturbed anti-hero. In this prison crime drama actors Jack O'Connell and Ben Mendelsohn are great. A U.K. prison drama at it's grittiest, this film hits you hard but never seems to go for the knock out. The film starts off strong but is only fascinating for so long before becoming to repetitive and overly violent. This film is not half as good as Refn's 'Bronson'(2008) or Zahler's 'Brawl In Cell Block 99'(2017). "
|60 5%||Bird Box (2018) - Jan 02, 2019
"In this post apocalyptic thriller, the story and ideas of monsters that make you commit suicide when you see them is just as silly as it sounds. The acting by the supporting cast isn't bad, with good performances by John Malkovich and Trevante Rhodes. Some parts of the movie are ridiculous, full of flaws and plenty of plot holes. Most of the ideas are really hard to take serious. This is may be Sandra Bullock at her best, it's just too bad 'Bird Box' is just not that good. "
|57 1%||Don't Breathe (2016) - Jan 02, 2019
"'Don't Breathe' is a horror film directed by Fede Alvarez 'Evil Dead'(2013). A home invasion movie with scenes that are just too outrageous and way too unbelievable. Very predictable, full of cliches with unrealistic scenarios that make this film almost comical. The film is suspenseful at times but very hard to take serious. There's only so many times you can forgive a movie for being 'just a movie'. Not scary, rarely suspenseful but with an ending that some may find very satisfying. "
|76 48%||Blade of the Immortal (2017) - Dec 31, 2018
"Takashi Miike's 'Blade Of The Immortal' is his 100th film and it's a bloody good time. Miike's experience as a director makes him immortal, just like Manji in the film, Takashi Miike cannot be killed. Each camera shot seems very meticulously though out. Some of the fighting scenes do go overboard but are still very well done. 'Blade' is full of crazy characters in cool costumes that is sure to make your imagination run wild. Killer choreography, gory battles...all Takashi Miike! "
|66 20%||Lucky (2017) - Dec 28, 2018
"Directed by actor turned director John Carroll Lynch. 'Lucky' is one of Harry Dean Stanton's final screen roles and it's more than memorable. Stanton is old, tough and lucky. He must deal with his own mortality in day to day life in this interesting character study. Stanton's acting seems so real, he's no longer acting, he is Lucky. Stanton was made to play Lucky, wether he's acting or singing his performance is legendary. A great tribute to a great American actor. "
|67 28%||The Mule (2018) - Dec 28, 2018
"A crime film produced and directed by Clint Eastwood. This is Eastwood's first starring role in a film he directed since 2008's 'Gran Torino'. Eastwood's charming but at times racist performance is really good, but it's his directing that is even better. It may not be one of his best films but certainly not his worst. 'The Mule' does have some problems with it's stereotypical characters and poor acting by the supporting cast. This is still good acting and directing by a true movie legend. "
|64 13%||Zama (2017) - Dec 21, 2018
"An Argentine period drama directed by Lucrecia Martel based on the 1956 novel by Antonio Di Bendetto. 'Zama' is a challenging and frustrating watch, a difficult film that really tests the viewers patience. Daniel Gimenez Cacho plays Don Diego De Zama in a humorous but mostly serious role. Martel's ideas are better than the actual movie presented, by the time the credits role you sense what the director was going for, it's the execution of it all that could have been a lot better."
|64 13%||The Kindergarten Teacher (2018) - Dec 20, 2018
"A drama directed by Sara Colangelo based on the 2014 Israeli film. Maggie Gyllenhaal is great in an obsessed and disturbed performance. The boy in the film Parker Sevak is excellent as a child prodigy poet. Gyllenhaal is a gentle kindergarten teacher with something inside her that's not quite right. Colangelo's directing is really good, keeping the audience in suspense and wondering what's going to happen next. A fascinating film that at the same time is very psychologically disturbing. "
|76 48%||Vice (2018) - Dec 18, 2018
"'Vice' is a biographical dark comedy about one of the most powerful Vice Presidents in American history. Written and directed by Adam McKay'The Big Short'(2015), this film has great acting by Christian Bale as Dick Cheney and Sam Rockwell as George W. Bush. McKay's directing of actors is very impressive, but the humor and acting performances don't always seem to work. McKay tries too hard to make us laugh, make us believe what really happened or even care about Dick Cheney. "
|58 2%||Overlord (2018) - Dec 17, 2018
"A war horror film directed by Julius Avery and produced by J.J. Abrams. 'Overlord' is a very predictable film full of formulaic ideas and over done cliches. Badly cast with very unlikeable characters and poor acting performances. Not a good war or horror film, the blending of genre's in the movie just doesn't work. The movie relies more on violence and gore than story or suspense. Not scary, not funny and not much fun...in the end this film is just not worth the time. "