Movie Buff - 349 Film Ratings
Member Since: Sep 21, 2015
|60 28%||Exam (2009) - Aug 30, 2021|
|80 79%||Would You Rather (2012) - Aug 26, 2021|
|40 9%||Meander (2020) - Aug 25, 2021
"90% RT score? Gods... The camera is so obsessed with the protagonist's face we never get a good feeling for the environment she's in. Her lack of curiosity for her surroundings and lukewarm urgency in the face of existential threat is farcical. In one scene, with a deadly countdown ticking, she just lies down and closes her eyes. On many traps she's just like "Whatever, guess I'll die. Plot armor, save me!" The "wrist codes" subplot makes zero sense. Everything in the final half is a shitshow."
|80 79%||The Empty Man (2020) - Jul 25, 2021
"This is incredibly competent horror the likes of which I haven't seen in a very long time. Amazingly engaging mystery and superb atmosphere. I was glued to the screen to the very end, despite the length, and it dominated my thoughts for weeks after. Only reason I don't rate it even higher is that several important plot threads are left hanging in the conclusion, which comes very close to unravelling entirely. A lesser movie I would savage for that, but there's no denying how engrossing it is."
|65 39%||Saint Maud (2020) - Mar 24, 2021
"The narrative has no plot holes or anything that strains belief, but it actually goes too far in the other direction: There are no surprises to be had, no moment when all the pieces coalesce together, no pay-off. You can see what's coming 3 minutes in, and then it comes. I don't understand why this is being treated as the second coming of Christ; is Maud writing all these reviews? There is no suspense and certainly no horror here, except maybe in the realization of what Hollywood has become."
|60 28%||The Signal (2014) - Mar 22, 2021|
|60 28%||The Lodge (2020) - Sep 27, 2020
"It's gripping and tense, but the last 1/3 is so contrived that it shatters your suspension of disbelief. SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS Are we to believe a kid can photoshop perfect forgeries of newspaper articles, with convincing phrasing, no typos; and pull David Copperfield level illusionism (never explained by the way), but won't have the intelligence not to mess with someone on crazy pills??? Really now..."
|50 13%||Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) - Sep 19, 2020
"Why do these movies invariably get good reviews? I mean, they're set in the 80s/70s/60s so you imagine the audience is older. They're labelled as horror. But what you get is "Scooby Doo" tier "horror". A cliche-storm of horribly 1 dimensional and stupid characters - the unrelenting asshole, the racist cop -, terrible writing, shit that strains belief everywhere - why would a child know anything about industrial poisoning? Whom are these movies meant for, exactly? Same shit as Summer of 86 again."
|60 28%||Escape Room (2019) - Sep 19, 2020|
|70 53%||Countdown (2019) - Sep 19, 2020|