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Stewball

Cinema Addict - 2180 Film Ratings

Member Since: Feb 25, 2009

Location: Arizona, USA

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100 99% Like Sunday, Like Rain (2014) - Apr 05, 2015
"Some are calling this melancholy, but I think bittersweet is a better word. Above all, it's a story about a 12 year-old music prodigy being played by a c. 12 year-old acting prodigy. What's the significance of 12? It's that age where you're as mature as you're going to get before the onset of puberty. But what if your emotional maturity and profound awareness outstrip your physical growth? It's about resigning yourself to your solitude, until.... The result is a bittersweet gulf between two o [Read Full Review]"
95 98% End of Watch (2012) - Sep 22, 2012
"Intense. Funny. Courageous. Full of Life. Full of Love. Powerful performances. Unique ending. Gyllenhaal and Peña are great together, and show what a colorblind society would look like. Anna Kendrick is an absolute dynamo in cute. She and Gyllenhaal do a knockout dance together. "
100 99% Detachment (2011) - Mar 31, 2012
" I simply hope some will take notice and appreciate it for what it is. But you gotta commit to watching it all. If I'd have had to quit in the middle, I probably wouldn't have gone back to finish it either. After all this re-consideration, I'm upgrading it to a 10/10--Masterpiece. Available on VOD. "
80 80% The Hateful Eight (2015) - Dec 29, 2015
"Tarantino must have been channeling Macbeth: "A tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing". But like any beautiful, well staged train wreck, you just can't turn away. A perfectly hateful 80."
90 93% Nightcrawler (2014) - Nov 01, 2014
"Really dark look of what is ultimately a widespread insatiable social disease, sensational gore, and the lengths those who provide it will go to. I'm sure the drug cartels could learn a thing or two about ruthlessness from Louis Bloom. This and "End of Watch" are bookends to the amazing range of Gyllenhaal's talent. To borrow a line from "Her", He's a really creepy dude."
100 99% (500) Days of Summer (2009) - Aug 12, 2009
"From the opening disclaimer to the narrator's final comment, this is a unique film. Everything clicks from the music to the stellar performances, but most of all what makes it a masterpiece for me is the message--and you don't really know what that is until the very end. This was a love story obviously written by a man who'd been been raked over the coals with his loss. It's a wake up call for all the soul-maters and star crossed fate-mongers out there. It is so righteous."
80 80% Late Night (2019) - Jun 16, 2019
"Emma Thompson is her usual adept and flawless self (my favorite performance is in "Stranger Than Fiction"), while Mindy Kakling is the off screen overweight token minority comedienne with a degree of talent, who plays one on screen. In addittion to the political correctness, the plot indicates itself to be in the leftist political camp in it's support of Planned Parenthood. But later it shoots itself in the left foot (which I must assume was intentional), when Mz. Newbery, while interviewing t"
70 54% The Big Short (2015) - Dec 25, 2015
"OK, first off, there ain't near enough humor in it for it to be labeled a comedy. And yeah, it's an incomplete picture, but only because it pulls up short at every opportunity it had to present the whole story. The scene with the model in the bubble-bath sipping champagne while mulling over the implications of all those sub-prime mortgages came as close as it got to spilling the beans. Then there was the ditsy former government regulator who was now on the payroll of the p [Read Full Review]"
90 93% The Angels' Share (2012) - May 05, 2013
"The title had me wondering if it was gonna be a religious ambush flick, but it turned out to be one of the best titles in a long time--using the explanation given in the middle combined with the ending. It's a real independent gem, using little known actors (except for Roger Allam) with a dramedy story that goes where you would never guess from how it begins. It's filmed on location in a more authentic modern Scotland than I've ever seen in film ever. The language is listed as English, so w [Read Full Review]"
95 98% Carnage (2011) - Jan 01, 2012
" Great cast all at the top of their game, and who had the only lines in the movie. Roman Polanski probably the reason it hasn't and may not go into wide release in the US. Its continuous antagonistic dialogue with much verbal sparring is reminiscent of Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolfe, but with different parameters. The story, as you would expect, builds to a crescendo when Reilly brings out a bottle of 18 year old single malt Scotch--best product placement EVER--(need the DVD)! Cheers."