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closedmouth

Cinema Addict - 1581 Rankings

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 Rankings
80 T6 Goodfellas (1990) - Dec 11, 2017
"Love the swooping, pushing, dollying, zooming camera. Love that shit. There's one push on De Niro while that Cream song is playing that gave me chills. But Scorsese is so laser-focused on character and plot that a late, very short exterior shot of a New York street made me remember that, hey, this movie is set in New York. And I suddenly realised why I'd felt so claustrophobic and exhausted for the last hour. I needed some space."
80 T6 Alien: Covenant (2017) - Dec 09, 2017
"The weirder and more absurd this movie got, the more I dug it. It's batshit crazy, off-the-wall, ridiculous nonsense and I found it deliriously entertaining. It never reaches the levels of spine-tingling existential bafflement I felt watching an Engineer wrestle a giant tentacle, but the whole middle third of this movie is an absurdist art project disguised as an action movie and I fucking loved it. Weirdest thing I've seen this year, and I watched all of Twin Peaks."
70 T4 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) - Dec 07, 2017
"How is it that Dave Bautista is so good and Karen Gillan is so incredibly bad?"
80 T6 Society (1989) - Dec 06, 2017
"I mean, for the sheer audacity of it, right?"
80 T6 Green Room (2016) - Dec 05, 2017
"Liked it without loving it for most of its length (felt kinda schematic and had some goofy moments, like the almost comical way Yelchin's arm injury is handled) but I really dug the third act. Once the dust has settled and the characters start expressing through their actions the trauma they've experienced, that's when it really grabbed me in the guts."
90 T9 Mary and Max (2009) - Dec 05, 2017
"I don't know if I'm crying because of the movie or because it keeps reminding me that Philip is dead."
60 T3 The Hunter (2011) - Dec 03, 2017
"Nettheim just doesn't have the balls to allow Dafoe to stay in the wilderness for more than a few minutes at a time. I liked it at the start but after the 20th trip back & forth between town & forest to check in on the progressively less interesting human drama I was pretty checked out. And then the plot gets almost comically grim-dark depressing out of nowhere at the end. A more assured director willing to let the hunter actually stay out there for twelve days could have made something great."
70 T4 Magic Mike (2012) - Nov 04, 2017
"Really dug this as a shaggy, likeable hangout movie with naturalistic performances and great cast chemistry (apart from McConaughey's usual scenery-chewing bullshit, which I've ranted about before). So the mandated conflict straight out of Screenwriting 101 felt grafted-on and unwelcome. But Soderbergh directs the everloving fuck out of it, so it kept me invested throughout. The stripping scenes are truly bizarre, like some kind of surrealist art installation. People actually do this?"
80 T6 Killing Them Softly (2012) - Oct 29, 2017
"I think it's the pacing that gets people. This movie has weird fucking pacing. I ended up vibing to its wavelength, but I can see how you wouldn't. It strikes me as the kind of movie that will be revered as a stone-cold classic in a few decades."
70 T4 Killer Joe (2012) - Oct 24, 2017
"Starts and ends with a bang, and because it's a play it has a cool structure, but of course that makes it inherently uncinematic. And certain sections remind one of why Friedkin doesn't make movies anymore. Honestly I feel kinda depressed that I just watched Gina Gershon getting messed up like that. Wasn't on my bucket list."