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dwyer

Film Freak - 944 Rankings

Member Since: Dec 4, 2009

Location: honolulu, HI, USA

Bio: High-school teacher in Honolulu.

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78 T6 Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (2017) - Jan 08, 2018
"My enjoyment comes from what feels like a shift in the direction of the franchise. The Force Awakens seemed determined to bring the old faithful back to the fold while hurling the galaxy far, far away in a new direction; The Last Jedi seems to ask the same faithful to play with some of these new toys, rather than leave them in a box on a shelf. Toys should be played with, and legends should be allowed to die. It’s a dismal message, but that’s what we love about The Empire Strikes Back, right"
91 T10 Coco (2017) - Dec 25, 2017
"The artwork and animation make this an outstanding film, and they are so immersive as to make the viewer get right into the semi-annoying story. The vast cityscapes will get the real attention, and they’re more impressive a backdrop than the oceanscapes in Finding Nemo and Finding Dory, with an even more amazing display of computing power. I want to see this one again in 3D."
74 T5 Broadway Danny Rose (1984) - Oct 11, 2017
"It feels O. Henry-like in the way it catches you off-guard, only it’s not a Henryesque twist. Rather, it seems to say we’ve been looking so closely for one meaningless thing about Danny that we missed the really important stuff, that we watched a movie one way and missed what it actually is. Or maybe that’s just me. Still, when a movie affects you in a way no movie ever has, something brilliant could be going on. I'm not ready to call it a brillian movie, but it's better than I expected"
80 T7 Terms of Endearment (1983) - Sep 30, 2017
"Here’s a mini shout-out to John Lithgow, whose pathetic bank manager character is so well performed that I wanted to see a movie about him and his family. Terms of Endearment is a good movie, totally worth seeing again and possibly again for its solid performances and the joy of Nicholson and MacLaine. Its problem is that it toys with greatness and doesn’t give enough of an effort to get there."
72 T5 Tokyo gomi onna (2000) - May 10, 2017
"The acting by Mami Nakamura is good, and I like the way director Ryuichi Hiroki frames a lot of his shots. Some may find it unnecessarily voyeuristic (Miyuki’s preferred alone-at-home attire is underwear and t-shirts), but it seems appropriate given the themes. Hiroki also lets things descend into unquestionable ickiness and (worse) meanness, but the film is mostly a hopeful experience."
62 T2 Citizen Ruth (1996) - Dec 18, 2016
"For all its effort to make Ruth a real character among real people in a real social struggle, it doesn’t do very much to develop anyone else as more than a person serving a cause, so that what’s really mild stereotyping comes across as full-blown, thoughtless stereotyping with no imagination. A film that begs its characters to get to know the person huffing that paint should make some effort to present those characters also as real people."
91 T10 Finding Dory (2016) - Dec 17, 2016
"I freaking love this movie. It’s got just about everything the first movie had. The sequel doesn’t wow me quite as much as the predecessor, but it makes up for that with an emotional punch I didn’t see coming. There’s one amazing gasp-inducing emotional payoff that comes close to the lanterns scene in Tangled or even the library scene in Beauty and the Beast. This is rarefied air I’m talking about here, a comparison I don’t make lightly."
87 T9 Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009) - Dec 06, 2016
"I wouldn’t put it up there with the greats because it either shoots for the heart and is off by a little, or it never really wants to go there. Not every animated movie can be Beauty and the Beast, and that’s okay. It’s more than enough as an exercise in super-creative silliness, and it is the first movie to make me regret not seeing it in 3D on a big screen. I’m probably going to have to buy this."
60 T2 Midnight Cowboy (1969) - Nov 27, 2016
"I can see why it’s something that sticks in people’s brains. The performances by Hoffman and Voigt are strong. The cinematography is gritty, grimy, dark, bright, and warm, a look I associate with the great films of the 1970s. It looks like a film that should be on the AFI list. But man, the material just isn’t good enough. "
47 T1 Stripes (1981) - Nov 27, 2016
"This is a mostly terrible movie with a great cast."