Movie Buff - 205 Film Ratings
Member Since: Oct 7, 2018
|69 49%||Godzilla (2014) - Jun 03, 2019
"As a whole, it feels pretty soulless, like all of the effort went into the monster and not the people, which is a shame because they've got a stellar cast for this. That being said, they do have a stellar cast, and a wicked cool monster and if that's what it takes to hold it up, then so be it. If you ever need a lightly diverting popcorn flick, Godzilla's tearing up cities for the world's entertainment."
|73 59%||Creed 2 (2018) - May 31, 2019
"This was an essential film in the franchise. It needed to happen. It could have been executed better, but it makes very clear that Rocky is passing the torch. The stakes of the conflict are never convincing, perhaps because Creed's personal and professional life are never well-balanced in this movie. All the same, it's a well-scripted, heart-wrenching film that acts, not only as a great way to carry the franchise to the next generation, but to pay tribute to the ones who started it."
|30 2%||Windtalkers (2002) - May 28, 2019
"Some scenes make a solid attempt in developing the characters and their relationships. As a war movie, though, it seems overdone. After pouring over every single shot and choreographed action sequence, it feels like the emotion has been taken out of the equation. This just doesn't feel like the type of movie that should have been an expensive and nice-to-look-at blockbuster."
|61 31%||Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005) - May 28, 2019
"This still has quite a few noticeable pacing issues and some laughable melodrama. At the same time, it's a good glimpse at to what the trilogy could have been. There are moments of brilliance. Anakin's character arc is more interesting than ever. Fantastic lighting helps this to be, perhaps, more tonally daring and risk-taking than some of the original trilogy. Calling this the most watchable of the prequel trilogy isn't a compliment, but it's definitely the most interesting of the three."
|81 81%||Strangers on a Train (1951) - May 23, 2019
"Despite a slightly ridiculous finale and some pacing issues, this film showcases excellent performances and a thrilling yet delightfully absurd premise that make it a hidden gem in Hitchcock's catalog."
|39 7%||The Fast and the Furious (2001) - May 22, 2019
"Yeah, it's pretty bad. On one hand, the audience gets its pretty cars, pretty girls, and high tension hand-delivered to them. At the same time, its low-caliber cast is given a hilariously unnatural script to a relatively standard plot. It's nice to see how far the franchise has come."
|69 49%||John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum (2019) - May 22, 2019
"Parabellum is tricky. The most fascinating thing about it is how far it goes to develop and uncover new things about John's character. The story feels ever-so-strained and convoluted while doing so, and it succumbs more often to its self-indulgent tendencies. All the same, one can't fault it for consistency and fans of the previous films' stylish violence will find a helluva lot to enjoy in this one."
|57 23%||Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002) - May 17, 2019
"Attack Of The Clones balances its tones well, introducing new themes with a dark atmosphere while still maintaining the exciting space opera action from before. At the same time, the whole thing feels rather uninspired. The romantic subplot has no chemistry. None of the emotions or performances are very convincing. The potential is there, but there's no follow-through. "
|77 69%||John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) - May 17, 2019
"John Wick: Chapter 2 turns it up a notch, making an action movie even more stylish and energetic than the last. This means it's also twice as self-indulgent, but with higher stakes and a better adversary, this sequel does everything it needs to in order to be as good as -- or might I say better than -- the first."
|50 17%||Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) - May 17, 2019
"It's a cute Star Wars story with some standout action scenes. George Lucas's fantastic vision still remains in some capacity in this film. Yet, it seems to overburden itself still with exposition and unnecessary gimmicks. It pads the running time with many contrivances. It may strike a chord for its target audience (which let's be clear, nerds, is still children) but stands today as one of the weaker Star Wars films."