Cinema Addict - 1531 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.
|50 T2||In a Better World (2010) - Apr 26, 2017
"So many clichés, I just couldn't swallow it after a while. Christian in particular is a hideous mess of them: Kids These Days, Innernet and Vidya Games; Dead Mother-Induced Psychopathy; Mental Illness Cured by Hugs. The way everything is wrapped up in a neat little package at the end was probably the worst part. I was practically gagging by then."
|80 T6||Contagion (2011) - Apr 23, 2017
"I mean, watch it for the montaging and cross-cutting alone; Soderbergh, Mirrione, and Martinez put on a clinic of visual storytelling and tension building. It's a marvel to watch in that regard."
|80 T6||The Underneath (1995) - Apr 18, 2017
"The plot is a bit silly and trashy, but as usual I had a lot of fun with Soderbergh's fuckery. The non-linearity, the split-focus diopters, the extreme colour-coding, the ten-minute segment shot entirely from the perspective of a hospital bed, it's all a lot of fun to watch. The ending is really great and really terrible at the same time, and I think I loved it."
|60 T2||Take Me Home Tonight (2011) - Apr 17, 2017
"Had a lot of fun with this in the first half, but it fell victim to its own clichés in the second. Still, elevated by Dowse's chops in the cutting room."
|70 T4||The Good German (2006) - Apr 10, 2017
"Once again I enjoy a Soderbergh experiment more than everyone else for some reason. The problem is that it's way more airless and self-serious than those war-time noirs really were, so it can get a little boring at times, but the arcane, impossible-to-follow-the-first-time plot and anti-climactic ending are both straight out of The Big Sleep and its ilk, and it looks gorgeous. Not the most amazing thing I've ever watched, but I found it entertaining."
|80 T6||Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) - Apr 05, 2017
"I feel sad I missed this on the big screen. Though I'm sure my local moron projectionists would have crushed the blacks into incomprehensibility like they always do. What was I talking about? Oh, Rogue One is pretty good. It almost made me cry, and not out of boredom. That's a first for a Star Wars movie. Something about the pacing of this movie just totally captured me. I liked it a lot."
|80 T6||Full Frontal (2002) - Apr 03, 2017
"I get the negative reaction, but I had a pretty good time with this. I think I just have a high tolerance for Soderbergh's shenanigans; I liked Bubble and The Girlfriend Experience after all. I thought the multiply-nested structure of films-with-films was compelling, and it's also pretty funny."
|90 T9||Possession (1981) - Mar 26, 2017
"A married couple go through some relationship problems. Gets a bit weird."
|70 T4||Chronicle (2012) - Mar 20, 2017
"Trank is clearly more comfortable with the dark turn in the second half, and consequently the third act turns out pretty cool. Which is not to say it begins terribly, but there is a lot of awkwardness in the acting there, with playing to visible cameras, with people in their mid-twenties playing high-schoolers, and particularly playing the "Holy shit, broooo!" moments to thin air. Some really effective sequences though, and the effects are good even if they're already starting to show their age."
|80 T6||It's All Gone Pete Tong (2004) - Mar 15, 2017
"Lots of fun. The more-serious tone in the second half works better with Dowse's editing rhythms, but it's pretty funny when it's trying to be, so that's good. Music is pretty dope too."