Cinema Addict - 1592 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.
|70 T4||Universal Soldier: Regeneration (2009) - Jan 15, 2018
"Struggled with this at first; the harsh blue lighting and stoic Bulgarian non-professional faces started to wear on my nerves. But it improves immensely as it goes along as Hyams does the opposite of what you'd expect from this kind of movie, gradually slowing the pace and raising the tension, culminating in the great sequence of Van Damme finding and killing Lundgren. If you can excuse the obviously low budget and get through the rough first half this is a pretty fun action movie."
|90 T9||Elephant (1989) - Jan 13, 2018|
|40 T1||The Big Boss (1971) - Jan 10, 2018
"A 6-year-old writes and directs two thirds of a movie, and his angsty 15-year-old brother finishes it for him. Just watch Lee's fight scenes on Youtube."
|80 T6||Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012) - Jan 08, 2018
"I loved this in fits and starts: sometimes it repelled me, but other times I was tearing up. And then the Elysian Fields sequence knocked me off my seat, so I think we'll call that a win on the movie's part. By the way, a note to cinematographers: please avoid super shallow focus when you're shooting on 16mm film stock, you're liable to turn your frame into an eye-straining blur of grain and HD compression.."
|80 T6||Wuthering Heights (2011) - Jan 07, 2018
"Loved the texture, the feel, the implied emotions. I haven't read the book, so I wasn't concerned with how faithful it is. Though it's funny, I kept waiting for Scodelario to show up, and then when she did I wanted the other girl back. Spending so much time with the amateur kids was perhaps a mistake, as the replacement actors can't match the raw, unpolished charisma that I ended up warming to over the first hour. The transition feels overdue, but ends up being surprisingly rough."
|70 T4||Bernie (2012) - Jan 05, 2018
"I don't think I'll ever get the hype for McConaughey's revival. Jack Black does such great work combining with the Greek chorus to make everything feel genuine and respected, and every time McConaughey's on the screen it becomes an absurd caricature."
|70 T4||Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) - Dec 28, 2017
"It was funny, and had some good set-pieces, and that's all I needed. Boring villains, bad CGI, no character motivations, typical of these things. But I had a good laugh."
|60 T3||Wonder Woman (2017) - Dec 27, 2017
"Bumped up the score a bit for a decent-ish denouement, but holy fuck this screenplay is garbage. The plot is incomprehensible & illogical in the extreme, and the juxtaposition of "World War I is very serious and terrible" with "WONDER WOMAAAAN SAVES THE DAAAY!" made me really uncomfortable. The stretch from them walking casually into the trenches (?!) to her winning the whole damn war was extremely confusing. I would have hated it if not for some decent action (most of which was in the trailer)"
|40 T1||Bellflower (2011) - Dec 24, 2017
"Yes, everyone else is right about why this movie is bad, but I'd also like to mention the terrible pacing in the editing: scenes and shots almost always drag on several beats longer than they feel they should, which contributes to why the whole thing feels so boring. There's never any tension, and it just never feels like anything interesting is happening or going to happen. Add to that the bad acting and dreary shot-composition and you've got yourself an ugly snoozefest."
|70 T4||Good Will Hunting (1997) - Dec 23, 2017
"Riddled with cliché and implausibility from top to bottom, but gets by on moment-to-moment character and likeability. I mean, it's cloying and predictable, but Casey Affleck is hilarious."