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Tripwyre

Cinema Addict - 1394 Film Ratings

Member Since: Mar 26, 2007

Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada

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16 7% Double Jeopardy (1999) - Jun 06, 2009
"I think Ashley Judd is stuck in some sort of timeloop in the late 90s. It would explain why a) she disappeared, and b) every few years, another piece of crap legal thriller from the 90s shows up with her face on it. A lot of this was filmed locally, including a car chase that's about a 3min walk away from my house. That's the main reason I watched the whole thing. It has a clever concept but it's just such a piece of shit. I am glad though that Tommy Lee Jones has moved on from movies like this."
91 92% The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004) - May 19, 2009
""Let me tell you about my ship." There is so much to love about this movie. On top of the typical Anderson quirks and dry wit, we have a GREAT cast, Henry Selick providing stop-motion sealife, Seu Jorge rocking Bowie in Portuguese, and an end-credits sequence lifted straight out of Buckaroo Banzai (complete with Jeff Goldblum!). It's about daddy issues of course, but at its heart it is a loving ode to the adventure of filmmaking. Anderson's funniest, and I tear up at the finale every time."
87 87% American Splendor (2003) - Mar 19, 2008
"Seemlessly blends animated versions of Pekar's strips with interviews from the man himself, all integrated into the film starring Giamatti and Davis. Directors Berman and Pulcini have made a creative and unique work like nothing you've ever seen. It works as a documentary, a bio-pic, and a tragicomedy. Giamatti shows us Pekar as a man self-aware -- he knows his life is absurd, and he strikes a half-grin before saying things, the cogs in his head already working them into Splendor's next issue."
16 7% Next (2007) - Sep 22, 2008
"Nicolas Cage and his hair star in their hairiest adventure since OH MY GOD LOOK AT HIS HAIR. The cheat "twist" ending is completely unsatisfying, and Tamahori ruins yet another movie with his plastic visual style. I have to wonder what contractual requirements forced Moore into this, because Philip K. Dick must be rolling in his grave. Next!"
75 65% Crank (2006) - Aug 16, 2009
"A huge surprise. I rolled my eyes at the very idea of the film, but I'd be lying if I said I didn't enjoy the hell out of it. Like their drugged-up hero, Neveldine & Taylor are on a mission and they will not roll over and die until it's done. That mission is to save the Big Dumb Actioner, a genre that has lost its way in the age of Michael Bay. The only good action these days comes from serious sources like the Bourne films, but these guys are doing their damnedest to correct that. A fine debut."
64 46% The World's Fastest Indian (2005) - Oct 16, 2008
"Predictably formulaic, and sometimes annoyingly saccharine. The movie has two major strengths that propel it into watchable territory: a great lead performance from Anthony Hopkins, and some of the most exciting racing footage put to film. Other than that it's a lot of Bumbling Old Fool Makes Good, with sides of People Coming Together to Help Each Other, and Foreigner Struggles With American Culture. Blah. Hopkins is just that good though, and the races are even better."
91 92% Match Point (2005) - Mar 13, 2008
"The first good film out of Woody Allen in a long while, and what could possibly prove to be his last best effort. The plot direction is fairly easy to see before too long, but what makes the movie exceptional is the sense of dread Allen instills in everything. The tension mounts to the point where the film is physically uncomfortable to watch and I just wanted it to be over with -- and yet, that's the highest compliment I can pay it. Outstanding."
37 19% Red Dawn (2012) - Dec 13, 2012
"Not as excruciating as I had thought it might be. ... How's that for a quote on the DVD? Of course it's not very good, and the fact that it was shelved for two years so they could change the foreign menace from China to North Korea makes the movie completely preposterous. But there are still Chinese symbols all over the film -- the edits weren't that thorough, apparently. If you're going to make race-baiting Asian Fear porn (don't Google this), at least have the courage of your convictions."
56 35% The Jacket (2005) - Dec 31, 2008
"Intoxicating nonsense, buoyed by a slew of solid performances from a stacked cast. You really have to wonder what drew this much talent to such a bizarre script, but Kristofferson, Craig and Leigh are all quite effective in minor roles. Knightley's performance is somewhat flat, but at least she shows her tits (also somewhat flat). Luckily Brody is great in a role that's well outside his comfort zone. It's a good enough movie, but despite how 'different' it is, nothing really makes it stand out."
44 24% Green Lantern (2011) - Jun 23, 2011
""No one knows what this threat might be. It could be anything. Abin Sur thought he knew what it was. His final message said only: 'It's Parallax.'" Holy shit this movie was hilarious. I've never been so tempted to talk/riff in a theatre ("Good job Hal, we were just here watching the whole time."). It doesn't deserve the critical thrashing, but it's not very good either. Tough to imagine a space-heavy sequel when this Earthbound set-up was so incredibly costly. The credits stinger makes no sense."