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Film Freak - 951 Film Ratings

Member Since: Oct 22, 2010

Location: Pittsburgh, PA, USA

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73 67% Rider Time: Kamen Rider Shinobi (2019) - Mar 30, 2020
"This was just sheer cheesy fun, taking the goal of "three episodes cut out from an entire imaginary season of Kamen Rider" and delivering on it with color and over-the-top ideas, with just a touch of deeper characterization and themes. They'd have to go further than that to support the meat of a whole season, but as it is, it's a delicious dessert."
65 49% Kamen Rider Zi-O: Over Quartzer (2019) - Mar 26, 2020
"Has good points delivered confusingly, confused more by all the "appreciate our trademarked signifiers". The ideas that history isn't what's written in history books, that you make your own narrative, and that consistency is less important than good stories - smooshed together without enough focus to make them coherent. Enjoyable only if you're invested in Sougo as his own character. It makes a strong point about him as a person... then ignores it for most of the runtime. Sigh."
55 37% Rider Time: Kamen Rider Ryuki (2019) - Mar 16, 2020
"I watched this without having seen Ryuki (but coming off of Zi-O and having familiarity with Kamen Rider in general). I feel like I would have gotten more out of it, emotionally, if I had... but I get the feeling I would also have probably been disappointed. This has the feeling of wanting to be Dark and Complex without really understanding how that works. It did, at least, make me want to watch Ryuki - these characters and these actors under directors and writers that Get them sound exciting."
71 61% Kamen Rider Heisei Generations Forever (2018) - Mar 13, 2020
"A lot of the recent Kamen Rider crossovers lean heavily on the side of spectacle over story. But Heisei Generations Forever gives you a plot that's allowed to develop, with actual slow, quiet, emotional moments - while still having a ludicrous amount of spectacle. It's self-congratulatory, wrapped up in its own mythology, and often sacrifices internal consistency to make a metafictional point. But it has an emotional core to hang the silliness on, and that's what matters with this kind of movie."
72 64% After the Thin Man (1936) - Feb 04, 2020
"I gotta say, five minutes of Jimmy Stewart exerting his acting skills to the foremost makes up for a lot of flaws."
71 61% The Thin Man (1934) - Jan 31, 2020
"All of the Powell/Loy banter is absolutely fantastic, their onscreen chemistry is astounding, they sparkle. The mystery around them... is really quite badly constructed? Despite long stretches of exposition (without the couple we came for), relevant details slip right by the viewer, and despite many cutaways to implicit perfidy, the true identity of the murderer is impossible to figure out before it's revealed. Nick and Nora are worth pushing thru for, but they deserve better support."
54 36% Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker (2019) - Jan 16, 2020
"Disappointing. Frustrating. It's not incoherent or painful to watch, all the actors are trying their damnedest, and if it was unrelated to Star Wars, it'd be an entertaining (if forgettable) diversion. But as a piece of a larger story and a larger media context... I can't *hate* it, won't spend my time raging at it, because I've stopped investing my emotions on corporate media giving me satisfying endings. But it's deeply, deeply disappointing."
53 35% Super Sentai Strongest Battle!! (2019) - Jan 03, 2020
"Gonna be honest, the plot here is a very basic skeleton to support a bunch of explosions, special moves, and Sentai-on-Sentai battles. There's a few nice moments in the spectacle; Luka (GokaiYellow) barely gets any screentime, but she is *wonderfully* badass, and the mutual trust between her and Captain Marvelous is established in about five seconds. Other characters get nice moments too, but they're dragged out, the emotional punch stuffed with padding until it's the lightest tap on the cheek."
25 13% A Christmas Story (1983) - Oct 13, 2019
"Maybe you need to be a member of the Silent Generation to relate to this movie? For me, it's just a whole bunch of... vaguely unpleasant, cynical-but-not-thoughtful incident. It's not fundamentally *fun* in any meaningful way, and I'm not sure how so many people who grew up with it on TV in the '80s, '90s and '00s find it relatable. It feels worlds apart from that experience of childhood."
65 49% Kickassia (2010) - Oct 10, 2019