Cinema Addict - 1618 Film 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 T5||A Quiet Place (2018) - May 19, 2018
"Really good sequences of tension and action marred by cheap "scares" (ugh those raccoons), a morosely self-serious tone and eyebrow overacting (Jupe is really bad), and a ridiculous premise (the concept of the monsters falls apart if you scrutinise it for more than five seconds). Suspension of disbelief is pretty crucial here, for many aspects, but thankfully the action works regardless. Top-notch stuff."
|70 T5||Matador (1986) - May 13, 2018
"The plot gradually loses steam as it goes along and ends up pretty stupid by the third act. Still, a weaker Almodovar movie is still an Almodovar movie, never less than entertaining, and my enjoyment was enhanced by the jaw-dropping beauty of Assumpta Serna's face (despite her character arc going in a disappointing direction). Seriously, I had to rewind and take screenshots of the scene in the theatre."
|70 T5||The Other Side of Hope (2017) - May 12, 2018
"A little too didactic, a little too unsatisfying. Maybe a little too emotionally reserved for the subject matter, despite being significantly more action-packed than the last Kaurismaki I saw. But, in the end, an enjoyable experience, helped along by some cheesy but effective comedy and some lovely compositions."
|60 T3||Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning (2012) - May 07, 2018
"I liked Regeneration because of the unique way it morphed from a generic action movie to a weird psychological nightmare. This one starts and ends as weird psychological nightmare and it starts to wear thin after a while. I see what they're going for but Hyams and Adkins (not to mention the extras and production designers) just don't have the chops to pull it off convincingly. I found Arlovski's character more compelling than Adkins's, and he had zero dialogue."
|60 T3||Avengers: Infinity War (2018) - May 05, 2018
"Amazingly stupid, frequently boring, but there's some decent sequences scattered throughout."
|90 T9||Isle of Dogs (2018) - Apr 29, 2018
"Very small child sitting behind me during the sushi scene: "Why is there so much blood in this movie?""
|70 T5||Europa (1991) - Apr 25, 2018
"To be honest I think most of the sub-text flew over my head, and I was a bit sick of the whole thing by the third act. But I dug the formal inventiveness and the kind of heightened reality of it all, and it made me sad that after this Trier went on to waste his talents all for a joke that nobody got. What a dumbass."
|80 T7||A Time for Drunken Horses (2000) - Apr 23, 2018
"I've seen some shit in my time...but that disabled fifteen-year-old crying like a newborn...that's gonna haunt my nightmares."
|70 T5||Session 9 (2001) - Apr 22, 2018
"One of those movies that's real fun and tense as you're watching it, and then as the credits roll you realise the plot made no sense. The acting's good, especially in the first act, and it's interesting watching Anderson and Briesewitz grapple with early digital cameras, not always successfully. It's occasionally goofy, but worth watching."
|50 T2||Revolutionary Road (2008) - Mar 26, 2018
""No, wrong, wrong, that's wrong, and that's wrong, that's wrong! So wrong, all of this is wrong, that actor is wrong, and that actor is wrong... He's alright... but that actor's wrong. Where's the part where... and the whole plot about... argh! Why have they removed all these important things?! The story makes no sense without the different perspectives!!" Never read the book first."