Cinema Addict - 2317 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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|77 45%||Sleepwalk (1986) - Jul 04, 2020
"Sara Driver invented a machine that video-records people's dreams. This movie was Suzanne Fletcher's dream, dreamt in 1986. "...And Steve Buscemi was in it..." "
|79 58%||They Live (1988) - Jul 04, 2020
"Want some cheez wiz with your social commentary? A lot of cheez wiz. Increasingly relevant satire, but with a very outdated plot that often seems like Rambo mixed with Austin Powers, but deadpan. Real serious about it. Actually, if you take out the action-hero plot, it's basically a very good Twilight Zone episode. Still it is an iconic classic for a reason. "Life's a bitch and she's back in heat.""
|76 41%||Baskets (2016) - Jul 04, 2020|
|75 37%||The Extraordinary Adventures of Mr. West in the Land of the Bolsheviks (1924) - Jul 02, 2020
"A halfway entertaining lark. Surprsingly less propagandistic than one would expect. I guess since it's pre-Stalin, they didn't have to really rub it in as much. "
|84 83%||What We Do in the Shadows (2019) - Jun 28, 2020|
|76 41%||Cosmos (2019) - Jun 25, 2020
"A decent enough story arc that gets too entangled in overwrought male-friendship drama. The weird race against the clock in the finale also seemed needlessly tacked on. Still, it's a pretty solid piece of hard sci fi done with pretty much no budget. Worth a shot if SETI-fiction is your thing."
|80 66%||Red Road (2006) - Jun 24, 2020
"A grimy dirge rife with initially frustrating decisions by the lead. It holds together on account of the topnotch acting, which gives the viewer enough patience to see it through until an expected but appropriate end. While there is something of a twist, it doesn't come off as contrived for some petty cinematic purpose. Even when you see it coming, it makes sense and is a natural outcome of the stifled, knotted ball of nerves that seems to be at the heart of the protagonist's drives."
|62 11%||The Addiction (1995) - Jun 23, 2020
"I can't tell if this is laughably bad accidentally or if it's a brilliant satire of megalomaniacal philosophy grad students. Either way, the lead's acting is atrocious. Fortunately, halfway through, Walken briefly shows up for a delightful tete-a-tete. But ultimately, being well-read doesn't mean your philosophy-laden arthouse film is going to be worth two shits. Nor does shamelessly exploiting footage of mass graves lend your film any gravitas. The silver lining is the outstanding soundtrack."
|64 13%||Dead Ant (2017) - Jun 21, 2020
"Constantly flirts with the threshold of dumb and entertaining, but never quite makes it over the bar. As is, it's just dumb and cliched. Total waste of time even for shitty horror pulp."
|70 27%||Dark Star (1974) - Jun 20, 2020
"Cartoonishly awful effects stand out in this micro-budget tongue-in-cheek satire. Sure, it does have some charm in its amateur novelty, but it's often a bit of a slog. There are scenes that are overshadowed by jokes that fall flat because they resemble the kind of humor you'd see in a high school video production class. But on the other hand, there are moments of delightful absurdity straight out of the corpus of Philip K Dick's work. A very mixed bag this."