Cinema Addict - 2264 Film Ratings
Member Since: Jan 31, 2009
Location: Tacoma, WA, USA
Bio: Like the rest of us, self-diagnosed movie snob.
|77 62%||The Offence (1972) - Sep 24, 2020
"An extremely gripping and sad story told theatrically, but, of course, this is Lumet. Even a stage play is shot in expertly crafted flash backs to create intrigue and tension. This is potentially Connery's best performance and he does so playing someone with numerous layers of moral ambiguity. A difficult but rewarding watch. "
|73 53%||Freeway (1996) - Sep 21, 2020
"90s exploitation films tend to be extra nasty, and Freeway is no exception. Everything is scuzzy and gross in this take on Little Red Riding Hood. Both Sutherland and Witherspoon are great, with the former being about the grossest villain you've ever seen."
|70 45%||I Used to Go Here (2020) - Sep 20, 2020
"With a solid young cast and an always good Gillian Jacobs, this revisiting-my-youth comedy has good bones. Some of the narrative about writing is pretentious while actively trying not to be, but the meat of what's good comes in the last beats of the movie. Kate makes a turn that feels very real and quite mature by the closing credits. "
|40 8%||Sketch Artist (1992) - Sep 18, 2020
"A solid cast navigates a subpar narrative with some THICK neo-noir styling. The initial premise is completely intriguing but this gets left behind rather quickly in order to solve a fairly typically mystery. The wailing guitar against Jeff Fahey's dreamy eyes is aggressively early 90s."
|75 58%||Norma Rae (1979) - Sep 16, 2020
"Union stories have natural drama that I find very entertaining. Norma Rae is no frills and doesn’t have the notes of violence that often highlight these films. What it does have, however, is a very real performance from Sally Field. As often as you’ve seen her standing with the union, her performance is more powerful."
|86 88%||Lenny (1974) - Sep 13, 2020
"Biopics are a tough sell for me, but when one is done with such flair then you can clearly see the merits of showing all the crevices of someone's life. Hoffman and Perrine are both magnetic and Fosse's trust to just let them go is freeing. Add the kinetic editing and you have something that has a real energy. "
|59 23%||Escape Plan (2013) - Sep 11, 2020
"Spoiler: They escape. Sly and Arnie finally get to flex their muscles together but it is in the confines of a crazy prison. The prison is cool (silly) and each of our action stars chews some major scenery. Everything other than the actual escape is pretty bad, and I just don't buy that Stallone is the smartest guy in the room angle. "
|82 78%||Fat City (1972) - Sep 11, 2020
"John Huston gives a no-frills look at amateur boxing and living life hard. Keach and Bridges are fantastic in portraying a frayed masculinity on the brink of complete collapse. Everything is dirty and sweaty in a very palpable way. A great film from the era of character-first filmmaking. "
|58 22%||True Colors (1991) - Sep 09, 2020
"The "friendship" between Spader and Cusack is what makes this early 90s political drama worth watching. In a sort of role reversal, Spader plays the moral center while Cusack goes off the rails. He also goes a bit off the rails with his performances as it tends to be quite big. The plot is nothing memorable and probably any everyday occurrence in the life and times we live in. "
|78 65%||Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) - Sep 07, 2020
"An incredibly powerful story that is small in scope but soars with its small moments. Eliza Hittman tackles each mundane step in Autumn's plight with the utmost care with result being a completely immersive experience. Everything is gritty and removed until a scene halfway through that is heartbreaking. Sidney Flanigan has all of thirty lines of dialogue but her eyes give away plenty in a very impressive debut."