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amazedemon

Cinema Addict - 2290 Film Ratings

Member Since: Aug 18, 2014

Location: UK

Bio: "It's not what a movie is about, it's how it is about it." - Roger Ebert

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65 57% Bill (2015) - Jul 20, 2019
"Baynton, Farnaby, Willbond, Rickard (et al.) are possibly my favourite British ensemble group. Their comedy is a blend of slapstick and historical, and they are consistently funny. Bill is their take on Shakespeare and the Spanish "inconvenience". While not at all accurate, there are plenty of jokes and enough of them land that it is an enjoyable 90 minutes. The real strength is the cast who cycle through a myriad of characters."
58 16% Hellboy (2019) - Jul 17, 2019
"Del Toro's films were flawed, but at least characters had arcs. This (re)incarnation of Hellboy is gratuitous in every way; the language, violence, set pieces, number of characters and the acting. Harbour and McShane make some of it work, and I enjoyed the film when they did. Kim and Lane's patchy English accents were distracting. The CGI & costumes looked like they came out of a 90's TMNT film, as did the plot. Disappointing; it was neither as fun nor as interesting as it could have been."
64 47% Missing Link (2019) - Jul 14, 2019
"Missing Link is a good animated film that lacks the usual Laika darkness to make it stand out. The film is brighter and more colourful, with the (relative) edginess coming from the dialogue rather than the concept. The voice acting is good, though the Brits (Fry & Thompson) are a little too recognisable. Overall a short film about friendship and belonging, albeit one that is fairly pedestrian. "
66 65% The Professor (2018) - Jul 14, 2019
"I quite enjoyed The Professor for its acerbic wit and almost apathetic approach to carpe diem. The cast is decent, though none of the characters really leave an impression, which is ironic given the film touches upon leaving behind an intellectual legacy. Depp often mumbles but makes up for it with his charisma. His final goodbye to his daughter fell short of the emotional resonance it was going for, but the film ends on a very apt visual metaphor, which I liked. Sweet, funny, and a bit shallow."
63 38% Swamp Thing (2019) - Jul 13, 2019
"I couldn't quite put my finger on why I wasn't enjoying Swamp Thing. The show is atmospheric, well-animated (CGI) and develops some cool ideas, albeit a little slowly. Turns out I just didn't find the characters engaging...stuff happens to them, they do things, but ultimately they lack any depth of personality, and it really affects the show."
65 57% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) - Jul 12, 2019
"Alita: Battle Angel is the poster-child for a mixed bag. The film has no shortage of cool concepts and delightful designs, but is let down by a plot packed with an unconvincing love-story, an intriguing but side-lined sport, an good action-filled identity crisis, and an unfortunate sequel-baiting mythology. The CG on Alita is a little uncanny valley, reminiscent of game cinematic trailers (which I liked), but doesn't quite mesh with real humans. Salazar is good, but the rest of the cast isn't."
61 25% First Man (2018) - Jul 10, 2019
"First Man is impressive for both its attention to detail (& jargon) and how incredibly dull Chazelle makes the Moon landing. The acting is alright (perhaps even good) though Gosling's brand of solemn gazing is unmitigated and off-putting, and the film could have done with more of Stoll's Buzz Aldrin. The shuttle rides, filmed in shaky cam, are nauseating creating a sense of claustrophobia and lack of control. I also liked the score. Everything else was a chore to watch and the film is too long."
69 75% The Secret World of Arrietty (2010) - Jul 04, 2019
"Arrietty excels at adapting the quaint rural world inspired by The Borrowers, and delivering a down-to-Earth story that is focused on the characters, without the heavy mysticism usually featured in Studio Ghibli films (though maintaining the beloved animation style). The voice acting (in the American/ Disney dub) was alright. The soundtrack was great, though it occasionally stole the limelight. I particularly liked the wholesome rewarding of kind-heartedness and the dismissal of ego."
47 3% I Love My Mum (2018) - Jul 03, 2019
"This film has some genuinely funny scenes (diplomat, lifeboat) but the leads are so irredeemably unsympathetic that it makes the movie tough to watch. The introduction to accidentally get the pair to Morocco features one of the most ridiculous and contrived sequences put to screen. The acting is a good though the side characters providing most of the entertainment. While uncouth and xenophobic Brits do exist, I have no desire to watch them ignorantly enjoy themselves in a comedy road trip movie."
63 38% Polar (2019) - Jun 30, 2019
"Polar is a bizarre mix of surrealist hyper-violent comedy and a banal tale of vengeance and absolution. The cast is alright, with Lucas doing a Boris Johnson PM impression, though the dialogue isn't sharp nor well-written, and each character seems to bring their own tone rather than working as a cohesive group. The film would have been streets ahead if it had replaced the last 10 minutes with Mikkelsen accidently shooting Hudgens (a call-back to his brief dog ownership) and fading to black. "