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Cinema Addict - 1269 Film Ratings

Member Since: Apr 5, 2009

Location: Montreal, Canada

Age: 30

Bio: Hi! I like movies. I also like things that aren't movies. Like Cupcakes. and Corgies.

I don't review short films.

For increased precision and accuracy, I'm only ranking films I've seen since around early 2007.

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more Recent Ratings

80 68% Barbie (2023) - Aug 03, 2023
"Watched this two weeks ago, and I'm still not sure how to review it. The film's thesis that Barbie is a blank slate that you can project your own meaning on to, also applies to the film itself. What does it mean? Whatever you want or need it to. My interpretation: the film is a symbolic reenactment of the Proto-Indo-European invasion of Europe. (Historically, patriarchy really did start with horses.)"
85 86% The Batman (2022) - Aug 03, 2023
"Batman stories, in any medium, have always been a tonal balancing game between grim noir and campy pageantry, and out of any film adaptation, Reeves' approach to striking that balance is my favourite. Beautiful neon noir shot composition that's almost ruined by Reeves 'insistence on having the cameras slowly zoom in or out during every shot for no reason. Good performances all around. The final act seems to go off the rails and feels like it belongs in a different film."
85 86% Les Misérables (1934) - May 06, 2023
"I've never watched or read any version of Les Mis before, so I went into this movie more-or-less blind and I ended up really enjoying it. Despite it's lengthy runtime, it's briskly-paced, with pretty, expressionistic (and digitally restored!) photography and a phenomenal performance from Baur as Jean Valjean. A genuinely great film by its own merits and a classic of French cinema that deserves to have a much higher profile than it does today."
78 58% You Can't Take It with You (1938) - May 04, 2023
"Overwhelmingly saccharine, even for a Capra film. Probably would've worked better if the supporting characters were more likable and sympathetic, and Capra's populist themes are better delivered in some of his other films, but gosh darn it, Capra's fairy tale vision of America is just so alluringly romantic and endearingly wholesome and cheerfully optimistic that you can't help but still enjoy this despite its flaws."
80 68% Shanghai Express (1932) - May 01, 2023
"The chiarascuro lighting, the moral ambiguity, the sultry femme fatales, the smoky claustrophobic setting... if this only had a voice-over narration it would be the first ever bona fide film-noir. Moody and atmospheric, with great cinematography and performances from both Dietrich and Wong, but the pacing is stilted, and the rest of the supporting cast falls flat. While more respectful than most Hollywood films of the era, it still leaves an unappealing Orientalist after-taste."
70 34% Cunk on Britain (2018) - May 01, 2023
"I admit, I actually learned one or two things. I know it's supposed to a light-hearted parody, but it kinda skipped over a lot of the genocide & colonialism parts of British history."
78 58% The Invisible Man (1933) - Apr 26, 2023
"Less of a horror film, more a sci-fi thriller with dark comedy thrown in. There's no real protagonist to this, the entire movie is about watching (hearing?) Claude Rains chew the scenery as a deliciously campy maniacal supervillain, and I'm totally here for it."
78 58% Cunk on Earth (2022) - Apr 25, 2023
"An improved and refined rendition of the Cunk formula. Very much my style of comedy and Diane Morgan's deadpan delivery is brilliant, however, unlike Technotronic's unrelated 1989 techno anthem "Pump Up the Jam" the tone does start to feel a little repetitive after a while. Five episodes is pretty much the perfect length for this."
63 21% 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown (2012) - Apr 25, 2023
"I never enjoyed this format much as a panel show. It has way too much unstructured banter between comedians, making it feel more like a podcast than a game show. While it certainly has some great moments, it's generally better to just watch highlights on youtube than an entire episode,"
70 34% Would I Lie to You? (2007) - Apr 25, 2023
"Unless Bob Mortimer is a guest, in which case this gets a perfect 100. The number of bizarre life experiences that man has had rivals Werner Herzog."