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Cinema Addict - 1672 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
70 38% The Babadook (2014) - Dec 15, 2018
"Kinda crazy how similar to Hereditary this gets, with the added disadvantage of being shot and lit like an ABC TV show. And please don't use sound effects from '90s video games, people will notice! Otherwise a pretty decent little psychological tension-builder, ignoring the requisite third-act stupidity."
60 20% French Connection II (1975) - Dec 10, 2018
"Liked it at first, until Doyle turns into a junkie and Hackman starts chewing the scenery. I would have preferred a ham-fisted fish-out-of-water romance subplot to that implausible nonsense. Really bad shootouts, too. And, come on, the fucking head of an international heroin-smuggling syndicate is caught red-handed watching his henchmen put the drugs into boxes and has to flee on foot. My suspension of disbelief was well and truly lost by that point."
70 38% Running on Empty (1988) - Dec 08, 2018
"A little too clunky and heavy-handed at times to be truly great (thank the lord there's only one classroom scene, I was very concerned during the Madonna moment), but there are some great scenes throughout and the plot is genuinely interesting from start to finish. Lumet's direction is better than some of the other trash he directed during the '80s but it's still sadly anonymous and unremarkable compared to his hey-day."
80 64% Widows (2018) - Dec 01, 2018
"A little overwhelming (feels like a new character is introduced in every scene) but I did love how long it takes just to luxuriate in the internal lives of its characters. And the action pops too."
50 11% Attack the Gas Station! (1999) - Nov 30, 2018
"Why did I find this movie so irritating? Maybe because 15-year-old me would have found these protagonists unbearably cool, but now the brooding, mysterious ones are lame dorks and the loose cannons and comic relief are just annoying. Like, I can handle anti-heroes and unlikable protagonists, but the movie positions these guys as full-blown Robin Hood heroes that we're supposed to sympathise with and it's like nails on a chalkboard for two hours."
70 38% The Old Man and the Gun (2018) - Nov 24, 2018
"Feels like another movie undermined by my terrible local cinema (crushed blacks, grain compressed into blur, a sound mix that makes dialogue inaudible over the music) but it also doesn't feel like I missed a whole heck of a lot more than a pleasant tribute to Redford. I know it's not supposed to be an action movie but a little bit of tension wouldn't go astray."
70 38% Predestination (2015) - Nov 22, 2018
"Not the most amazing thing in the world, but I had a good time. Has a pretty intriguing setup (I was certainly not expecting it to start with a long rambly dialogue scene in a bar) but, like a lot of things, gets a little too implausible and predictable in the second half. Thankfully, also like a lot of things, it's elevated by the presence of Hawke."
80 64% Once Were Warriors (1994) - Nov 20, 2018
"This is some kind of genius-level tone balancing. At first I hated how broad and overtly emotional everything was (everybody's singing, I feel uncomfortable!) but once the plot arc starts to shift into tragedy it feels right for everyone to be expressing their sadness and anger the same way they were throughout the film, and I felt, by the third act, totally emotionally immersed and raw and I was crying in pretty much every scene."
60 20% Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986) - Nov 06, 2018
"Sometimes a movie's reputation can do it a disservice. Pretty sure if I'd watched this in 1993 on VHS, or on TV late at night, I would have been fucked up for months after. As it is, it's hard to get past the fact that half of it looks and sounds like a Hungarian tele-play, or that several murders are one-handed neck-snaps (something I didn't think I'd ever see outside of a Kevin Smith movie)."
70 38% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) - Oct 27, 2018
"Entertaining throughout (though the pacing could have been tightened up), but certainly more interesting in the setup than the payoff. Big surprise, huh?"