Film Freak - 949 Film Ratings
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|90 98%||Spotlight (2015) - Jan 31, 2016
"Hits the mesmerizing sweet spot that so few movies seem to find, of being both realistically understated like a documentary and engaging like a drama or even a thriller. The moments that resonate emotionally do so because you believe everything that's happening, and the result is shocking even though I'm convinced the filmmakers aimed neither for shock nor for dramatization. A very compelling story that will stick whether you want it or not. "
|60 33%||The Hateful Eight (2015) - Jan 02, 2016
"Easily the least interesting and least entertaining of all of Tarantino's movies. And, with all its bombast about 70mm, it's somewhat painful to notice it's also his least visually interesting one. A lot here feels like a watered-down rehash, and not just of other directors' movies. More than ever it feels like he's paying homage to his own movies, which to me only came off as obnoxious. The gruesome climax feels more than ever like an attempt to shock rather than to entertain."
|55 22%||Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) - Aug 25, 2014
"I hoped for something truly original, for a movie that would actually break free from some of the comicbook-cliches that have troubled nearly every Marvel movie since the MCU started. What I got was a standard issue Marvel movie (ingredients: 1 planet being in jeopardy, 1 huge spaceship crashing into a huge body of water, 1 or more main characters dying but not really, 1 generic villain, and 9999+ generic bad guys who aim like Stormtroopers) with some hit-and-miss oddball humor thrown in."
|45 10%||Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) - Nov 20, 2016
"The Harry Potter series was long overdue for a Hobbit-style CGI-ified reboot. Finally fans of the original series' wildly interesting characters, engaging storylines and magical sense of wonder will get exactly none of that in this new installment. And the best news is: there's four more in the pipeline! Please kill me before a Dobby-spinoff ever sees the light of day."
|30 2%||High Rise (2016) - Apr 30, 2016
"It's been a long time since I got this little out of a movie. Is it supposed to be a satire on contemporary society? A display of nihilism? A dystopian future? Absurdism for the sake of absurdism? Whatever it tried to be, I sure didn't give a shit. The worst thing about it is the complete lack of pacing, making it impossible to predict the much anticipated end. Just like weather reports, cinemas should give an "apparent length", so that I can start avoiding movies that feel like 200+ minutes."
|80 85%||The Revenant (2015) - Jan 25, 2016
"All obvious remarks about the ingenuity of the filmmaking aside, this movie did something that I loved seeing, and that's dig into the nature of conflict. The movie portrays conflict as a central and unavoidable characteristic of life on earth, and does this without ever coming off as pessimistic or nihilist (looking at you, Tarantino). The incredible eye for beauty, both in visuals and in humans, is what makes this movie so watchable and strangely inspiriting, as draining of a watch as it is."
|50 15%||Baby Driver (2017) - Jul 05, 2017
"I don't get the hype. This movie severely lacks any kind of forward momentum, with many scenes portraying a "we're going to do this and that" kind of situation. Just do the thing already! Syncing action sequences to music sounds like a fun idea, but in practice it adds surprisingly little to the experience. Most crucially; the action scene set to Hocus Pocus is only marginally better than the one from the Robocop remake, which means I'm still waiting for a great scene to go with this great song."
|90 98%||Gravity (2013) - Oct 04, 2013
"The plot and the script of this movie are to be called minimalistic, and this movie delivers them perfectly on pretty much every level. Of course, the visuals is where this movie really excels. They are on a whole new level of amazing, eye-popping and stomach-turning than anything else I have ever seen in a movie. Cuarón's direction is amazing, the acting is fantastic and the sound design is scarily intense. And yes, the 3D actually made this movie better. An exceptional experience."