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Film Freak - 813 Film Ratings

Member Since: Mar 7, 2015

Location: Canada

Bio: i watch movies and write mini-reviews:
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90 97% Monsters, Inc. (2001) - Jul 08, 2019
"Hilarious (high-energy, wise-cracking Mike is an absolute [actual] ball-"Roz, my tender, oozing blossom"-and has great chemistry with amiable big guy Scully) and heartfelt (I felt my heart melting at that final shot; Boo was absolutely adorable), with a clever premise that serves as the vehicle for a brilliant thematic thread commenting on the (actual) power of love, laughter, and creativity in the face of division, fear-mongering politics, and resignation to an unethical system of economics. "
85 91% The Lighthouse (2019) - Oct 30, 2019
"Superhero movies are a treat to watch in the theatre to be sure, but this movie was a true feast (no need to call upon Triton, Eggers, I loved your cooking). Every shot is a marvel, matched by the exquisite sound design and fantastic dialogue as together they capture all the madness, mystery, dark humour, and weathered nature of the two memorable leads and the wild setting they occupy. The cyclical story starts to feel a little soggy 2/3s of the way in, but the searing climax makes up for it."
95 99% Parasite (2019) - Feb 06, 2020
"A cinematic peach: every dialogue and visual drips with succulent style and significance, while the plot is as juicy as they come (the night of drinking-basement discovery-escape into the rain was a standout sequence). It's contrived but in the most well-rounded, delicious way possible (see the phenomenal editing and music building to the masterful hot sauce tissue climax of the first half), its flavourful flesh unearthing a pit of potent commentary on wealth and status in the second half."
80 80% The World's End (2013) - Apr 01, 2020
"Underneath its fun tapestry of endless witty banter, zany apocalyptic sci-fi, and action 'til you're blue in the face are some wonderful nuggets of character drama and thematic debates on nostalgia, authenticity, friendship, and personal growth. There's only one Gary King (or is there? Should there be? Are we always the same person?); he's a "fuck-up" but he's human; his devil-may-care attitude is wildly concerning but helpful when the devil himself comes to call at the world's end ("Fuck it.")."
80 80% The Thing (1982) - Oct 12, 2019
"Here's the thing (sorry not sorry), this would've been a good movie even without those glorious and gutsy practical effects: the slow-burning plot of discovery and suspicion, the freezing Antarctica setting, the simmering tension and subtle chills of the ambiguous ending ("Why don't we just wait here for a little while, see what happens?"). But then you add in a cavity with teeth (hah), a spider-head ("You gotta be fuckin' kidding"), and an octopus dog and The Thing goes from good to great."
65 25% Children of the Corn (1984) - Feb 29, 2020
"Sets itself up nicely as the horrors of the opening bloodbath lend plenty of tension to the slow build-up that follows (the sign confusion on the way was a nice touch). The rest waffles between genuine creepiness and thrills (indoctrination is truly scary, kids) and total cheese (the SFX are terrible). Thank He Who Walks Behind The Rows that there were at least two cute kids to root for cuz Vicky was reduced to a damsel in distress and macho Burt was the worst. One of the best endings ever tho."
30 0% Animal House (1978) - Jan 03, 2019
"Ha ha! Look at the silly boy under the bleachers violate a woman's privacy! Ha ha! Look at the silly virgin consider raping a passed out girl and then get called "homo" when he chooses not to! Ha ha! Look at the silly friends run away screaming from the scary black people! Ha ha! What a bunch of goofballs! Get the fuck outta here, Animal House. Dumb and mischievous protagonists are funny (see the cafeteria load-up, courtroom contrast), ones with a disturbing disregard for others are not."
80 80% BlacKkKlansman (2018) - Aug 26, 2018
"Jarringly constructed but-often as a result-always compelling: Great soundtrack and creative cinematography in tow, both director and protagonist "infiltrate hate," at times with deathly seriousness and scathing condemnation and at others simply laughing in its face. True to its rollercoaster form, the devastating coda makes it clear that the undercover mission's far from over (and possibly casts doubt on its effectiveness) but the gorgeous early dance scene provides a vision of a happy ending."
75 63% Boogie Nights (1997) - Oct 04, 2019
"I dunno, amidst all its characters and plot lines, in the end it lacks a certain, ahem, thrust, with no clear arc or, heh, climax to speak of (the hypnotic back-and-forth between limo and truck came close but didn't quite land). That said, its "slice of life" structure is certainly done very well, with the majority of its many characters and scenes quite memorable and mull-worthy (Reilly's earnest Reed and the dramatic/comedic drug deal probably top the list). Great music and camerawork too."