Movie Buff - 344 Film Ratings
Member Since: Feb 2, 2018
Location: Virgin Islands, U.S.
Bio: Cinema is a thing that I enjoy.
|60 20%||Good Boys (2019) - Aug 18, 2019
"The prepubescent counterpart to Superbad and Booksmart. It never manages to be quite as witty as Superbad nor as clever as Booksmart. It's crude for the sake of being crude, and it hits all the low hanging shock value fruit you'd expect to. Still, as long as you leave the high horse you came in on outside, you'll find yourself having laughs throughout. Like Booksmart, it manages to convey a wholesome heartfelt message despite it's obnoxious crass style. It's nothing special, but it's a fun romp."
|75 50%||The Farewell (2019) - Aug 15, 2019|
|64 29%||The Art of Self-Defense (2019) - Aug 03, 2019
"A quirky deadpan comedy laden with statements about toxic masculinity and feminism. At times these messages feel condescendingly heavy-handed, but it manages to cleverly approach the subject matter. Jesse Eisenberg is just Jesse Eisenberg, but still maintains the charm that has kept him in movies for this long. The foreshadowing tho is too obvious and for all of it's preaching it fails to take a firm stance at the end of Eisenberg's character arc. It had potential to be more, but it's still fun."
|61 22%||Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019) - Jul 28, 2019
"In what will probably be the most divisive film of the year, Tarantino delivers his signature style of filmmaking, but he tries balancing too many elements at once. It lacks identity. The script wanders all over the place until it reaches an inevitable Tarantino bloody climax. It's pacing has all the nuance of a parabola, starting strong in the first act, lulling the audience to sleep in the second, and then suddenly spiking back up again at the end. Oh, and we get it Quentin, you like feet. "
|78 59%||Midsommar (2019) - Jul 06, 2019
"Aster's take on the "Get Out" theme. Imo he is such a divisive director that you either are along for his slow burn of a ride of creepy eccentrics, or you're bored by them. It really is a gorgeous film, and subverts all horror tropes with how bright and colofrul everything is. The pace is almost sleep inducingly slow, but I feel it works because you're kept in suspense constantly questioning everything that is presented to you. If you enjoyed his previous films, this one will be no exception. "
|84 87%||Toy Story 4 (2019) - Jun 24, 2019
"Toy Story remains the pinnacle of children's movies as it continues to masterfully juggle the task of entertaining the younger audience, while simultaneously exploring mature and darker themes for adult viewers to ponder. The existential questions they address are cleverly expressed through metaphors. I struggle to find another cinematic series where each individual movie shines with such tight script writing. Not an unnecessary money grab, but rather a bittersweet epilogue. "
|70 39%||Black Mirror: Bandersnatch (2018) - Jun 07, 2019|
|90 98%||When They See Us (2019) - Jun 07, 2019
"I know it's good when it earns my tears. DuVernay serves a masterclass in direction in this passion project. The entire cast is incredible, Jerome was particularly remarkable. The pacing is perfect, and even the cinematography is creative and feels full of life despite it's genre. I can't give it a perfect score because of small continuity errors, typical embellishments, inaccuracies with Santana's story, and an uncharacteristic lack of tact regarding Trump's involvement. A divisive masterpiece."
|58 14%||Ma (2019) - May 31, 2019
"Despite it's cheesy dialogue, the amount of disbelief it asks for you to suspend, and the fact that it has all the subtlety of a San Francisco pride parade, there's some "dumb" fun to be had here. Octavia really embraces her role and her performance probably would've shined with a better script and supporting cast. It's nothing to write home about, but it's a psychological thriller with interesting layers that had potential to be more. Also Diana Silvers was both charming and B E A U T I F U L"
|84 87%||Booksmart (2019) - May 25, 2019
"The chemistry between the leads is palpable and believable, it feels like they're friends in reality. It hits all the notes you'd expect from a coming-of-age piece, but it does so gracefully and it doesn't hesitate to flip classic high school tropes upon it's head. The LGBTQ representation feels organic, not pandering and forced. The dialogue is grounded and real. To call it a "female superbad" would be undermining what it has to say; it does more than enough to stand out from lazy comparisons"