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Syntheseizur

Cinema Addict - 1371 Film Rankings

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71 T4 Avengers: Infinity War (2018) - May 21, 2018
"If Thanos snaps his fingers again, could he make the Russo Brothers give him a real, defined motivation?"
34 T1 Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) - Apr 25, 2018
"Some of the best action scenes in the franchise wasted on the least interesting characters and the least engaging story. It's baffling that the Marvel people think government bureaucracy is entertaining or cool spy shit in any way and not mind-numbing, Trade Federation-esque filler. Even among Marvel films, the characterization is shamefully shallow with Black Widow in particular being the most painfully male-written female hero in memory ("Bye-bye bikinis"). Trashy and incoherent at every step."
81 T7 A Quiet Place (2018) - Apr 21, 2018
"*starts change.org petition to rename it "Chekhov's rusty nail"*"
73 T4 The Piano (1993) - Apr 17, 2018
"While it's worse for engaging in the many cliches of the stale period romances of the '80s and '90s, the power of the film stems from the strength of its feminine perspective and its central metaphors: the piano as Ada's voice, the decimation and "taming" of the jungle as puritanical and patriarchal suppression, etc. It's a knotted framework of meaning let down by an underdeveloped love story between Baines and Ada. Formally, it has aged poorly, but its point-of-view is far ahead of its time."
58 T2 Annabelle: Creation (2017) - Apr 15, 2018
"Unique as a horror film origin story because, up until the very end, it isn't bogged down with the logic of the lore, suffocated with exposition, or interested in killing the mystery. It takes cues from James Wan's well-paced scares that are almost entirely detached from the plot. Of course, a handful of over-the-top moments and narrative hiccups prevent the movie from sustaining its high pitch for the entire runtime, but it's a fine if forgettable addition to the expanding Conjuring universe."
86 T9 The Player (1992) - Apr 15, 2018
"This metacommentary on Hollywood lifestyles remains one of the most penetrating explorations of moviemaking-as-business in an industry usually only willing to worship itself and ignore its exploitative capitalist blemishes. With writing and direction that rivals the director's classics, it's a near perfect blend of Altman's ensemble juggling, cynical wit, and insight into American institutions with a more modern (and ahead of its time) metafictional approach."
68 T3 Love, Simon (2018) - Mar 27, 2018
"Replicates both the triumphs and follies of teen movie classics with fidelity. What credit it loses as a result of a hackneyed and not-especially-funny script (the bulk of the authentic comedy is performance-centric) it almost makes up for with its genuinely empathetic spirit. Unchallenging in form and not exactly bold in its messaging, Love, Simon nonetheless offers its target audience a much needed beacon of humanity and compassion, which is surely worth more than what I could put into words."
79 T6 Unsane (2018) - Mar 25, 2018
"Soderbergh's fascinating post-recession investigation into the collapse of economic and social welfare institutions on the head of the individual continues, here with more explicit condemnation of the pharmaceutical, mental healthcare, and insurance industries. His micro-budget flexibility pairs nicely with the grungy world, and the iPhone gimmick especially reflects the material with a disorienting and brittle veneer. An enthusiastic and youthful independent from an established visionary."
83 T8 Annihilation (2018) - Mar 21, 2018
"A blunt force alternative genre film, weaving romance, survival, and body horror into the dense fabric of a moody action movie, that, with a flawlessly confounding third act, takes a whiplash turn toward the enigmatic nucleus of modern mid-budget sci-fi. Its ecological motifs and singular color palette are uniquely fascinating wrinkles within the genre, and with two scenes that marry existential horror with metaphysical inquest, they ensure the film easily stands out among its peers."
80 T6 Good Time (2017) - Mar 11, 2018
"An accessible, grubby, stylized crime movie with nuance on issues of criminality, law enforcement, privilege, and urban life. Its social commentary goes unspoken almost to a fault, with its frenetic movement and heightened suspense doing most of the talking. You almost wish for more quiet character moments and less rapid-fire action, but what's there speaks loudly. It's a genre film first-and-foremost, and a competent one, but it's the hidden desperation and muted frenzy that elevates it."