Cinema Addict - 2484 Film Ratings
Member Since: Jul 7, 2007
Bio: My film rating scale: if it's over 80--it's a damned good movie; if it's between 80-70 it's either notably flawed or one of those 'different strokes for different folks' movies; if it's between 70-60 it's still enjoyable and/or has some artistic merit; if it's below 50 it's inexcusable, utter crap.
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|75 37%||Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) - Apr 11, 2021|
|76 41%||Akumulátor 1 (1994) - Apr 06, 2021
"A lot of Gilliam and a little early Cronenberg but very, very Czech. It has some interesting ideas but it's a little too long and the romance story doesn't seem to really belong. And what's endearingly weird in the first act, becomes a real slog by the finale. Better to just watch Brazil, Videodrome and Night Watch and you'll get the same affect, but enjoy the process a whole lot more. "
|68 18%||From the Dark (2014) - Apr 04, 2021
"From the Dark or A Series of Conveniently Placed Light-Emitting Objects for Female Lead to Stumble Onto "
|80 67%||Mid90s (2018) - Apr 03, 2021|
|84 84%||Buzzard (2015) - Apr 03, 2021
"It feels like it's a mixture of Beavis & Butthead and Nightcrawler, but not a hybrid, a sloppy amalgam. Which is to say that when it dives into the B&B patches there are long stretches of runtime that are painfully obnoxious and it's easy to just walk away. Don't. The final product really lingers as a meticulously committed ethnography of the fringes of modern capitalist-consumerist society. The photography is that of a nature documentary and the Buzzard at its core is a fascinating animal."
|76 41%||Closure (2018) - Apr 02, 2021
"It tries to add the "realistic" perspective to the missing-girl-in-LA genre of movies, but its many paper-thin characters hamstrung the attempt. But what really ruins the film is that the script rarely concocts any tension--the only exception is when Dee Wallace shows up and delivers a true masterclass perfomance. Ojeda, as the lead, is fine, but she's given so little to work with that she's set up to fail. As is, it's a barely watchable slog that has the occasional glimmer of creativity. "
|84 84%||Let the Corpses Tan (2017) - Mar 31, 2021
"Like a mix of pre-Kill-Bill Tarantino and Devil's Rejects Rob Zombie with an impeccable sound design that's really only outdone by something like The Proposition. Then splash surrealist symbolism in the shade of Gaspar Noe (but not quite at his level of decadence) with just a dash of Dupieux's absurdism and you'll probably get in the ballpark of this movie. The first 15 minutes is annoyingly pretentious arthouse, but once the actual story gets rolling it's hard to look away."
|73 33%||The Company of Wolves (1984) - Mar 31, 2021
"The frequently inspiring set design doesn't really make up for the atrocious acting or the fact that this is an awkward anthology about wolves rather than a full length movie. Yeah, there's the occasionally interesting bit of symbolism, but it's ultimately underwhelming amid the back and forth meta-storytelling. This felt a lot longer than its standard hour and a half runtime. Black Moon is a much better, more interesting dive into many of the same themes."
|76 41%||The Festival (2018) - Mar 28, 2021
"Basically Inbetweeners with a bit of a change-up in the cast, but the writing hasn't matured at all. This is all to say it's a sporadically amusing throwaway comedy that's bolstered by capable-enough acting."
|76 41%||The Grand (2007) - Mar 28, 2021
"Very hit or miss. Always fun to see Herzog caricaturing himself and Parnell is a delight, but it's a little too unfocused and too often leans into cheesy eye-rolling jokes. The final poker table seemed to be a better idea in theory than in practice, as it's neither good poker nor particularly funny. "