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Stewball

Cinema Addict - 1961 Rankings

Member Since: Feb 25, 2009

Location: Arizona, USA

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70 T6 The Big Short (2015) - Dec 24, 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 T10 Lucy (2014) - Jul 25, 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]"
90 T10 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 T10 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]"
100 T10 The Counselor (2013) - Oct 26, 2013
"By the time it's over you realize this is more blood curdling and wicked than any horror tale. But it sneaks up on you. It's like Savages, Blow and Traffic all rolled into one that reaches out and punches you in the throat with the scope and depth of the cold blooded darkness it portrays. It disarms you from the beginning with the extensive normality in it's engaging dialogue, it's interesting characters and even humor, especially one scene involving a Ferrari. But even knowing this I doubt anyo [Read Full Review]"
95 T10 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."
100 T10 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 T10 Her (2013) - Jan 10, 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]"
95 T10 The Tree of Life (2011) - Jun 11, 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"
90 T10 Hateship Loveship (2014) - May 03, 2014
"This is another one to add to the list of recent superlative female performances in the last few years. They just keep coming. If a lack of action or "character driven" defines a chick-flick, then I guess this one qualifies. But for me, its tone just doesn't put it in that category. And even for those who don't believe in awards, the melding of the truly imaginative screenplay with Kristen Wiig's superb, often wordless performance of it, would probably prompt a lot of them to make an exception m [Read Full Review]"