Film Freak - 673 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).
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|12 20%||Flawless (1999) - Nov 19, 2019
"My least favorite Philip Seymour Hoffman film. Probably my least favorite De Niro film too. Both play utterly obnoxious characters, even if they do do them well. It's a pretty cliche 90's film in a lot of ways. The direction and writing are both subpar and uninspired. The plot is outright silly yet makes the mistake of taking itself pretty seriously. Hoffman is great, as always, but his presence alone can't sell the movie."
|6 15%||End of Watch (2012) - Nov 15, 2019
"This movie is exceedingly ridiculous. I don't watch a lot of cop films because they tend to be the same. Ebert said this was one of the best cop films he'd seen, so I took a chance on it. I thought it might be different or honest. Nope. Same old sensationalist, good cop, propaganda bullshit, but all extremely exaggerated as if a child wrote it. The filming technique makes it all the more stupid. Ayer must have gotten a pretty big check from the LAPD to make this. "
|97 93%||The Beach Bum (2019) - Nov 15, 2019
"Korine and McConaughey deserve all the awards for this one. This is unprecedented filmmaking. It's art like this that makes me re-think everything I've ever thought about art--not just filmmaking, but the whole concept of art itself. While I feel like I've never seen further into the head of Korine, consequently I'm completely bewildered as to how he pulled this off. "
|89 72%||Lolita (1962) - Nov 14, 2019
"Definitely one of Kubrick's better films. It's a great adaptation. The novel freaks me out, but the film makes it easier to digest without compromising anything."
|63 39%||Reality Bites (1994) - Nov 14, 2019
"The fact that I know so few people, yet have either been or met ALL of these characters, says a lot. It's a more honest film than most of us want to believe (just look at these distancing reviews). Why? Because the 18-34 demo is a weird, embarrassing, shameful period, no matter the generation. This film puts that foolishness under a microscope and it makes us cringe. Nobody wants to be depicted so damn accurately in such a harsh light. If you can laugh at yourself though, it's funny at times."
|84 59%||Mars (2016) - Nov 12, 2019
"The fictional aspect of this show is very decent. The non-fictional commentary, which constantly interrupts the story is unnecessary, annoying, and patronizing. I hate being randomly bombarded with mostly masturbatory commentary, to great redundancy, on the basic themes I just watched. Though I'm completely against the idea of colonizing Mars (as we'll inevitably just re-create the same problems we have here which this program shows VERY well; and the cost), I found this fascinating and sincere."
|82 56%||Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) - Nov 12, 2019
"Interesting. Entertaining. Well cast. A bit slow at times, but overall a nice film."
|86 63%||The Imitation Game (2014) - Nov 12, 2019
"The criticism of historical inaccuracies, of which I had almost zero knowledge of until after seeing the film (you probably didn't either) are pedantic, and not privy to the film or story. If all you take away is the fact that this isn't a documentary, you're absurd. Of course a story about a mostly unknown person who worked on top secret missions is going to take great creative license to make it more accessible and succinct. It's a beautiful film. Those who say otherwise are elitist snobs."
|75 46%||Jarhead (2005) - Nov 11, 2019
"A more polished version of Full Metal Jacket, at least in it's construction. Honestly, I think Mendes does a much better job tackling the war film than Kubrick could. It's full of cliches and platitudes, but of course it is. Just as all wars are the same, so too are all war films, at least ones of this explicit nature."
|68 41%||Puzzle (2018) - Nov 09, 2019
"Quite a few things are amiss with this one. The script is a bit of a mess with too much going on, little focus, some daft dialog, and overall poor character development. It doesn't help that the acting performances are all rather dull. The roles of Robert and Agnes were not well cast. Both underplay their parts. Macdonald is too young for the role while Khan just seems bored. Neither seem to comprehend their roles and simply fail to deliver. The writing, unfortunately, is not signature Moverman."