Film Freak - 563 Film Ratings
Member Since: Feb 21, 2018
Bio: I only rate movies that I've seen within a day or two for accuracy purposes. My reviews are mostly just for personal reference (it's amazing how forgettable most films are). Every film starts off with a score of 100. Fuck-up points are then subtracted.
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|7 16%||The Gospel According to André (2018) - Jan 16, 2019
"Poorly constructed. Not terribly interesting, neither the film or its subject. Andre is kind of a snob which is celebrated here, making this film thouroughly obnoxious. You can tell how the documentary is going to play out based on the first five minutes and there are no further surprises. Andre is a large, black, flamboyant gay man with questionable taste, in a world where there are few--that's the entire story. Every anecdote comes back to these facts, which seems somewhat dehumanizing."
|10 18%||Cloud Atlas (2012) - Jan 15, 2019
"Terribly dull and ostentatious. An overly-ambitious mess. The ideas are either terribly stupid, blind and/or cliche or intellectual and insightful, but never clever or entertaining. It's a very matter of fact film, with some misguided self-righteousness, like having a one way conversation with an autistic child. It's not enjoyable to have your mind randomly go from one story to the next and back, it's unpleasant. Cloud Atlas is an exhausting and frustrating melodrama."
|8 16%||Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc (2017) - Jan 15, 2019
"Sounds better on paper than it is on film. Jeannette is one of the most ridiculous films I've ever seen, seemingly made only to be campy and not offer much in the form of entertainment or substance. It has some mildly humorous moments, but none of them are terribly clever. The medieval comedy has been done to death. The writing is too easy and redundant. Think of one of the worst John Waters scenes and imagine that being an entire feature film. Somewhat painful, terribly mind-numbing."
|99 97%||The Imposter (2012) - Jan 15, 2019
"Amazing film craftsmanship and story. One of the best documentaries I've ever seen. Unbelievably interesting, and masterfully told. It's like I Think We're Alone Now's more ambitious cousin. Layton has a keen understanding of the human condition and he expresses every emotion in way in which you can empathize with all of them, which I think is quite an achievement."
|97 93%||American Animals (2018) - Jan 14, 2019
"This film is in a league of its own. Incredibly unique and clever from beginning to end. Layton's attention to detail is unprecedented. "
|43 30%||Everyone Says I Love You (1996) - Jan 14, 2019
"I grew up on Woody Allen and always appreciated his work, until recently. Honestly, his films are almost all the same. The same general joke, told by the newest up and coming actors alongside the veterans. The joke isn't bad, but it became stale 10 years before this came out. Since the early 80s his films have been mostly identical. This being a musical obviously makes it a bit different, but honestly, not that much. It's a gimmick, and not a terribly entertaining one at that. Watchable, barely."
|52 33%||The Favourite (2018) - Jan 13, 2019
"The Favourite never misses an opportunity to poke fun at 18th century aristocratic absurdities, against a gilded backdrop, similar to Amadeus or M. Antoinette. However, unlike those films, this one isn't nearly as subtle. The jokes are ok (Monty Python-esque) but their delivery is poor. Unfortunately, this fact in conjunction with taking itself too seriously just doesn't work. Nevertheless, it's not an awful film if misplaced zaniness and a lack of focus, cohesion and momentum don't bother you."
|3 13%||Vice (2018) - Jan 11, 2019
"Vice is a dull, sloppy, sensationalist, propaganda, smear film with a creepy Alex Jones vibe. Bale's performance is greatly overrated and uninspired. The script is terribly cliche and cheap. The constant vilification and the failure to show any humanness prevents it from attaining cogency. Nearly every word is embarrassingly predictable, making it almost unwatchable. I'm not a fan of Cheney, but this film is crap, appealing to the absolute lowest common denominator seeking confirmation bias."
|86 59%||Mom and Dad (2017) - Jan 10, 2019
"I've always hated zombie films, and while this is kind of a zombie film, it's also not, at all. The zombies are merely a vehicle for the allegorical themes, and an effective one at that. On the surface, it's pretty silly and absurd, making it easy to dismiss, but if you look deeper, and certainly not much, you'll see the incredibly smart satire and appreciate it for its ingenuity. Not amazing, but surely worth a watch. While it's a bit graphic, this isn't a horror film, just a very dark comedy."
|87 62%||Enter the Void (2010) - Jan 06, 2019
"While the visuals and story are compelling the writer and director both teeter between computer/first person simulation of how a human might move/behave and then getting it perfectly. The casting is dreadful, particularly the main character. I don't understand why they made him so robotic. The premise is just generally unclear. It's also frequently cliche in its dialog. But those four major grievances aside, this film is strangely satisfying, but possibly only on drugs. Good for background noise"