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Stewball

Cinema Addict - 2181 Film Ratings

Member Since: Feb 25, 2009

Location: Arizona, USA

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90 93% Lucy (2014) - Jul 26, 2014
"This one has really grown on me. From the fantastic use of nature footage (especially the parallel use of the cheetah/gazelle footage), the casual humor, to the story that pushes the limits of reality into surreal visuals--and pulls back just before I'm about to go "awww c'mon!" (in almost every case), it was an excellent ride. Morgan Freeman is in his usual character of late, though he has a little more to work with, and SJ is perfect. She starts off as the bimbo with the looser boyfriend then [Read Full Review]"
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."
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. "
100 99% Black Snake Moan (2007) - Feb 25, 2009
" Outstanding performances, soundtrack and story. Anybody who doesn't enjoy Ricci's sexy performance as well as Jackson's great breadth leading up to his juke joint climax, doesn't have a soul."
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]"
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% The Tree of Life (2011) - Jun 12, 2011
"I just saw it and the visuals are exquisite. There were segments scattered around that made me think Kubrick would have done this with 2001 if he'd had the technology back in '68 (Trumbull was F/X adv.). The cinematography is groundbreaking with its many original sights and perspectives. He keeps you off balance but in a good way. And the underlying issue is laid out with the opening quote from the book of Job: "Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth?...What supports its fou"
100 99% Her (2013) - Jan 11, 2014
"OK, I don't know how to say this without sounding like I've gone around the bend, but barring some thoughts I haven't contemplated, and I've always steered away from saying something is my all time favorite, but this may be it. I've never been that impressed with Spike Jonze films before, but this one not only touched my soul, it enunciated things that I've kept pretty close to my chest. I was looking forward to a good film, and the first half/two-thirds of it were about what I expected--exce [Read Full Review]"
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."
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."