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Film Freak - 850 Film Ratings

Member Since: Jun 28, 2015

Location: Champaign, Illinois, USA

Bio: God bless AMC Stubs A-List. And God bless A24.
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80 70% The Irishman (2019) - Jan 25, 2020
"Pesci, DeNiro, and Pacino all show why their names are known for this kind of film, and Scorcese imbues the final product with his signature touch and themes. I understand why the runtime is what it is, and I think to some extent it does earn my attention for its entirety. There's just a part of me that thinks it's a bit excessive and meandering in its midsection: as fun as some of its subplots can be, they don't add much to the final message of the film regarding redemption and forgiveness. "
48 32% The Gentlemen (2020) - Jan 25, 2020
"Funny but frenetic, some odd storytelling choices hamper The Gentlemen from being as fresh and vital as it wants to be. There are countless pacing issues that come from the film's perspective, and while the ending is top-notch it feels like the film (which has a relatively short runtime) takes forever to get there. "
4% Dolittle (2020) - Jan 21, 2020
"Ouch. This is a mess. The half of the film's script that I could understand through Robert Downey Jr.'s confusing accent was lackluster and dull that overused voiceover, even robbing the film of what could have been entertaining sequences. The pop culture references are stale, the animation poor, and quite honestly the world might be better off without Dolittle existing. "
97 96% Marriage Story (2019) - Jan 16, 2020
"I walked away from this film stunned as to how it captured the essence of the phrase "I'm doing fine." Noah Baumbach is so incredibly vulnerable in his direction and writing that it's almost hard not to mourn for him too. Driver, Johansson, and Dern each give performances that are career-bests, always hinting at the depths of pain beneath the surface that never come out in the presence of others. Easily one of the best films of the year, and one that I will never soon forget. "
82 73% Just Mercy (2019) - Jan 15, 2020
"It may fall into some of the normal traps of feel-good courtroom dramas, but what Just Mercy gets right is landing its emotional appeal. Jamie Foxx and Michael B. Jordan do great work, and Destin Daniel Cretton largely succeeds in being a steady director for a film that could have easily felt melodramatic and out of control. "
16 9% Like a Boss (2020) - Jan 13, 2020
85 78% 1917 (2019) - Jan 11, 2020
"1917 is perhaps the most meditative war film I have ever seen because of Sam Mendes and Roger Deakins's mastery of mood, and Thomas Newman's score certainly doesn't hurt in adding to it. However, the one-shot technique feels unnecessary to the actual flow and plot of the film, though it certainly is an achievement. Gimmickry aside, this is an astounding film that is worthy of praise because of its central messaging about heroism, unbridled aggression, and who really ends up fighting our wars. "
44 29% Richard Jewell (2019) - Jan 04, 2020
"Despite hosting a trio of great performances from Rockwell, Bates, and Hauser, Richard Jewell fails to deliver its message about being railroaded by the media thanks in large part to its own railroading of reporter Kathy Scruggs and the rest of the news media. The fact that Jewell was being investigated, whether Eastwood likes it or not, was in fact newsworthy and deserved reporting. The film cannot practice what it preaches in the slightest, and that damages its credibility greatly in my eyes. "
59 44% Easy A (2010) - Jan 01, 2020
"Emma Stone is admittedly fantastic in her starring breakthrough role, but Easy A has a script that doesn't earn its heart-filled climax and tries too hard to be funny. The humor on the whole feels scatterbrained, especially for the adult characters. I can think of several teenage comedies that were more focused in their discussions of high school and teen sexuality, and to be honest those films have what this one lacks. "