Film Freak - 818 Film Ratings
Member Since: 24 Jul 2006
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Age: 45
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Bio: Films: I don't watch as many movies as I used to, but when I do see something that strikes a chord, I make a note of it. I watch a lot more Japanese films these days and consume a diet of Marvel films, for better or worse. But I have heart!!! I hope....

Games: As a voracious consumer of games and its history, I will play anything and I buy too many games on Steam. I won't review anything I didn't finish though!

more Recent Ratings

78 71% Bushwick (2017) - Rated 13 Apr 2024
"I don't quite know why everyone hates this movie, but I thought it was my jam. A chaotic ride through a otherwise normal day? I dug it a lot. Script maybe wasn't always on point because of how simple it was, but I didn't mind it too much. They did certainly tried to make it look one-take but the way they stitched the takes was a tiny bit obvious, but otherwise I appreciated the approach. Otherwise, I'll enjoy this movie while everyone else doesn't have to."
39 28% The New Mutants (2020) - Rated 25 Mar 2024
"While not as utterly dire as the stories coming out of production would lead one to believe, it's not that good either. This attempt to make a teen horror movie out of the origin story does no favor for its actors or the source material, and there's a lot of discombobulated elements that make it just feel ultimately silly. Also, two scenes are telegraphed by playing clips from Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV show. Why? Anya Taylor-Joy is fun though."
19 8% Guardians (2017) - Rated 16 Jan 2024
"For all the complaints contemporaries have with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, you can't deny that there was some effort put into it to build the world all the superheroes inhabit. It's the reason why pretenders fail. In the case of this Russian film, a pretty novel concept falls apart because, I guess, the director saw all those movies and thought "I can do that!" and convinced people with money to fund it and it turns out, no, you can't. The tryhard attitude is its charm, and its failure."
65 55% The Empire in Africa (2006) - Rated 14 Aug 2023
87 86% Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (2023) - Rated 24 Jul 2023
"Throughout most of the film, I was really excited for it and really pleased to see what was going on, from obscure deep dives into Marvel history, to the relationship between Gwen and Miles. But then it kept going, and going, and going (it's unnecessarily long), then suddenly you get a "TO BE CONTINUED!" title card and that really frustrated me. I'm sure my opinion can be raised a little in the future when the third installment is out, but for now, you get both my joy AND my disappointment."
49 37% Knowing (2009) - Rated 24 May 2022
"Nicolas Cage is fun, and I liked how they followed through with the ending, but other than that it's not much to write home about. Will not hurt to watch, but you won't gain anything from it."
90 90% Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021) - Rated 15 Jan 2022
"A brilliant tribute to the legacy of Spider-Man films with a small nod to where it's going, it's a lot of fun to watch everything come back together, and it very nearly almost redeems a couple of not so good movies in the process! I really enjoyed it. Bonus points: seeing it in the cinema and hearing gasps from the audience when certain people appear."
60 50% Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021) - Rated 15 Jan 2022
"This movie was enjoyable to a point. The action sequences were fun, Simo and Awkwafina were nicely goofy together, but this is the very first time I ever saw a Marvel film and though how completely, utterly Disney it was. It just reeked of it, down to the funny animal character. It's also Chinese Culture With American Characteristics, a thing that Hollywood can't avoid doing because reasons. But eh. It was more passable than a couple other 2021 Marvel films had been."
42 33% Eternals (2021) - Rated 15 Jan 2022
"Eternals suffers from a huge problem in that it's trying to tell a story much bigger than one film is possible of achieving. Its lush visuals and fascinating mythology is completely and utterly betrayed by what else you see on screen. The dialogue is beyond awful, most of the actors are stiff and wooden, and a lot of what happens feels pointless. If it didn't exist in the MCU (of which references feel awkwardly shoehorned in), maybe it'd have more of a shot to tell the proper story, but alas."
38 27% Black Widow (2021) - Rated 09 Jul 2021
"Quite possibly the most cookie cutter, rote Marvel film they have done yet. There are fun moments and setpieces, but other than Florence Pugh being great and David Harbour being funny, it's just cardboard and styrofoam. And what they did to Taskmaster was lame, but eh, whatever. It's just a flat, by the numbers experience. Now imagine the reaction if the pandemic hadn't hit...."