Cinema Addict - 1601 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||Bus 174 (2002) - Feb 18, 2018
"Gets kinda tedious at times because Brazilians just love the sound of their own voice so they always make the same point 5 times with different words. The most interesting thing (maybe this has changed in the last 15 years) is that despite the incentive of rampant crime, the Brazilian police force are not a militarised, over-trained bunch of trigger-happy psychos, but simply clueless idiots who can't hit a target at point-blank range without killing the hostage. And I'm not sure which is worse."
|50 T2||The Ladykillers (2004) - Feb 17, 2018
"Feels like two movies shoved together awkwardly: the loquacious, circumlocutory, sporadically entertaining Southern-fried heist, and the tone-deaf, cringe-inducing, (attempted) AAVE-riddled gang-sploitation disaster of whatever Marlon Wayans was doing. Tom Hanks is not great, but he looks like PSH in Capote when juxtaposed with the nightmare of "gangsta" Wayans, who drags the movie down from...somewhere hovering above average."
|40 T1||Intolerable Cruelty (2003) - Feb 12, 2018
"I was expecting "not very good for a Coen brothers movie" instead of something bordering on unwatchable."
|70 T5||Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (2017) - Feb 10, 2018
"Really dope second act, I dug the emotional tension between Rey and Kylo. It loses a lot of that tension after the eye-popping throne-room fight (which felt too much like a denouement), but it remains dumb, silly fun throughout."
|50 T2||Punishment Park (1971) - Feb 05, 2018
"I can't tell if this is relevant, or if it's just depicting the default post-war American political narrative, of identity groups in violent opposition. Either way, it lost me once it descended into constant yelling. I hate it when conflict is depicted through people just yelling and screaming at each other. Watkins screeching "you motherfuckers" from behind the camera was the final straw, I just couldn't take it seriously anymore."
|80 T6||Birdman (2014) - Jan 29, 2018
"Most of what the characters are saying and doing is pretty asinine (especially when Keaton wanders off by himself and does nothing for like half an hour), but Emmanuel Lubezki is a fucking impossible genius as always, how can I rate it any lower than this?"
|70 T5||Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present (2012) - Jan 28, 2018
"More interesting as an indictment of a culture sick with pathological self-absorption than what was seemingly intended. I can't imagine feeling a stronger sense of contempt than what I felt for the vapid egomaniacs who cried because a famous artist acknowledged their existence. These are truly broken people, and it was fascinating and infuriating to watch them."
|90 T9||Christine (1987) - Jan 26, 2018
"I wanna be like Eric."
|50 T2||Robot and Frank (2012) - Jan 22, 2018
"Spoiler alert, turns out the grumpy old man protagonist was right: change is bad, and the new generation are all a bunch of stupid cunts! There's a potentially fascinating kernel of an idea in this about Langella's failing memories and how he's being manipulated by the people around him, but it's buried so deeply under a pile of indie-movie clichés and bad tropes that it just gets suffocated. Also is there a human being alive who didn't guess the twist within the first 5 minutes?"
|70 T5||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."