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Cinema Addict - 1658 Film Ratings

Member Since: Oct 2, 2010

Location: Australia

Gender: Male

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.
more Recent Ratings
50 11% He Got Game (1998) - Oct 07, 2018
"Alright, I think I'm done with Spike Lee joints. Dude just does not know how to pace a scene. Or establish stakes. What are the stakes? Why does it matter to me if the kid goes to the university his dad needs him to go to? There doesn't seem to be any downside for him, so obviously it doesn't matter who wins the game at the end. Why should I care about anything in this movie? Also it's interesting to know that Spike can give his movie an awful musical score without Terence Blanchard's help."
70 38% Bone Tomahawk (2015) - Oct 06, 2018
"Gets a bit dumb in the third act (the whole bit with the throat things reeks of something you'd cut from your first draft) and the at-times poor lighting and cheap-looking sets betray the minuscule budget, but I loved the super slow pace and laconic dialogue and probably wouldn't have complained if they'd never found that cave. (Though I am upset about Chekhov's dynamite.)"
70 38% The French Connection (1971) - Oct 03, 2018
"Has the Wire really spoiled me that much on cop movies? The characters do a few dumb movie things and I'm immediately checked out. I couldn't even fully enjoy the car chase because I kept thinking it was only happening because of how ludicrously stupid the assassin's plan was. It's not fair, I can't enjoy anything anymore."
60 20% Murder on the Orient Express (1974) - Oct 01, 2018
"The story just isn't cinematic (the train doesn't even move!), and Lumet doesn't inject much tension into the setup or the inquest. The denouement is terrific, even if you know the solution, but would have worked better with a little more ambiguity; I didn't need to see the crime actually being committed, I felt like I already knew what happened from Poirot's monologue (and it interrupted the pace of the scene), and the celebratory tone of the ending was very weird and didn't feel right at all."
70 38% Ghost in the Shell (2017) - Sep 26, 2018
"Wrong director (one guess as to who I think should have directed this) and wrong star, even though I love Scarlett, and the copious references to the source material border on pastiche. But I liked it for some reason? I really dug the direction it went in the third act: the back-story revelations were surprisingly satisfying, and Kitano's big scene is a huge fuck-yeah moment. I couldn't help but compare it unfavourably to BR2049, but on its own merits it's pretty entertaining."
70 38% Hereditary (2018) - Sep 22, 2018
"Man, all that wasted tension. Honestly not even sure what happened in the third act. Who was I supposed to be rooting for? What was the goal of the antagonists? It's all a bit narratively muddled. First half is super good though. Unfortunately there's only so many times Alex Wolff can turn around slowly with a terrified look on his face before it stops being scary."
70 38% Battle Royale (2000) - Sep 22, 2018
"The cynicism is a huge eye-roll from start to finish (the first student death is a textbook case in point of sacrificing believeability for edgy shock value) but as crazy, fun schlock it works a treat and is very entertaining right up till the overly stretched-out ending."
30 4% The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964) - Sep 18, 2018
"Felt like I was trying to watch a movie while a fire alarm was going off."
40 6% Stay (2005) - Sep 15, 2018
"Some decent shot composition (that opening shot is a stunner, the CGI has aged well) and I'm thankful for being reminded of that fucking dope-ass Peace Orchestra song. Pretty much everything else is not great. The dunder-headed plot is presented in that cutesy "bet you can't figure me out" faux-Lynchian style and I ended up fabulating a much more interesting resolution than Benioff that I won't describe because spoilers. Man, what a disappointing ending."
70 38% Dark Blue (2003) - Sep 12, 2018
"Doesn't really come together in the end, though the ridiculous grand-standing denouement is satisfying in a visceral way even when you know it's a fairytale. The first half or so is especially entertaining, though. The enthusiastic labrador running up to its master with what it thinks is its quarry, only to get a smack on the nose, is a pretty amazing scene, even if the plot kinda wanders off the path a bit after that."