Cinema Addict - 1564 Rankings
Member Since: Oct 2, 2010
Bio: I originally started rating movies on IMDb, so my default rating scale is 1-10 with only whole numbers, and I don't understand why anyone would need more than that. (I didn't realise that Criticker's system doesn't require a 0-100 scale until it was too late.)
I don't go to the movies much, most of my watching is DVDs from a disc-mailing service that I specifically chose to watch because they looked interesting, and as a consequence my ratings tend to skew pretty high. It probably gives a bad representation of my taste (and it completely fucks up my tiers; 90 is tier 9, 80 is tier 6, and 70 is tier 4? What the hell?), but hey, it's not like I'm a professional critic being paid to keep up with new releases. (Though I'm considering adding my ratings for the movies I've watched through MST3K. I'm sure that'd balance it out a bit.) Also, some of my 10/10 ratings are from a while ago and probably need to be re-appraised. Anyway, I basically use this and Flixster to remind myself later which movies I liked and why. It's not like anybody else should give a shit.
|60 T3||Carol (2015) - Sep 19, 2017
"Bumped up the score a bit for the perfect final ten minutes but this is pretty disappointing for the most part, said as a big fan of both Todd Haynes and lesbian romance in general. There's the lack of chemistry between the leads, the boring plot and cliché antagonist husband which puts too heavy an emphasis on the mind-numbing details of their custody battle, Carter Burwell's sappy yawner of a score. Can't believe this is the same guy who made "Safe"."
|80 T6||Mother! (2017) - Sep 17, 2017
"I thought maybe it was a little too obvious and heavy-handed in its allegory, but reading comments afterwards it seems a lot of people missed it somehow. I like that something this confrontational and bizarre can be released alongside The Emoji Movie, but I suppose that's par for the course when it comes to Aronofsky. I know this could be seen as a reverential re-telling of an important story, but it came across to me as "religion corrupts society" which I found pretty entertaining."
|70 T4||Get Out (2017) - Sep 13, 2017
"The political analogies are much more interesting than what's actually happening on the screen, though it's formally fun in that first-time-director way. I loved how audacious it is in using racially loaded imagery in service of an ostensible horror movie, but my problem was that I accidentally figured out pretty much the whole plot at the end of the first act, so spent the last hour of the movie waiting for various shoes to drop. And drop they did. Kinda sucked some of the fun out of it."
|80 T6||The Eye of the Storm (2011) - Sep 12, 2017
"Apparently everybody fucking hates this movie, though for reasons I can't quite grasp. Maybe I'm crazy, but to me it felt like Schepisi had total control over his tone; it had that great feeling of a serious drama that makes one laugh in every scene, and then by the end I was in tears. And the acting is uniformly terrific, especially the supporting cast. I mean, I don't expect my tastes to line up with the consensus every time, but I'm really surprised how reviled and ignored this movie is."
|50 T2||Sleeping Beauty (2011) - Sep 09, 2017
"Doesn't understand its own abstractions or why it's employing them, other than it seems to want to be like a David Lynch movie. I just finished watching the new season of Twin Peaks so the comparison is extremely unflattering. By the way, why the fuck is Benita from Play School in this movie? That was unbelievably awkward."
|40 T1||Burning Man (2011) - Sep 03, 2017
"Hey guess what, turns out what Lynne Ramsay does is actually really difficult to pull off. It requires a painter's deft touch in the cutting room to craft a subjective, non-linear portrait of an unlikeable character, you can't just throw your negatives in a mulcher and hope what comes out the bottom is coherent, let alone watchable."
|70 T4||Animal Kingdom (2010) - Aug 20, 2017
"Lost me a bit in the implausible second half, but gets by on tense directorial stylings and a brutally creepy score."
|40 T1||Wicked City (1987) - Aug 19, 2017
"Some cool action shots contained within an incredibly annoying and boring narrative structure. And Giuseppi Mayart can fuck off and die. What a horrible character."
|60 T3||Take This Waltz (2012) - Aug 12, 2017
"One of those movies that makes human relationships seem really horrible and not worth the effort; if this is what it's like I'd rather be alone. Not a bad movie, but it relies heavily on the viewer resonating with very emotional and impulsive people, and that never really happened for me. Some really beautiful night shots, but also some unpleasantly over-saturated colours that make it look like a TV movie. And Luke Kirby is the most boringly anonymous Canadian nobody Polley could have cast."
|80 T6||Dunkirk (2017) - Jul 23, 2017
"Interstellar, except it's just that scene where they're trying to dock with the space station that's spinning out of control and all the awful dialogue has been removed. Stumbled a little bit for me in the denouement (felt like Nolan crunched his gears slightly in the transition from dread to relief, and the whole thing with the beached boat gets confusing and a little too convenient location-wise) but 95% of this is the thing that Nolan does best: gut-wrenching, nerve-shredding tension."