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Cinema Addict - 1231 Film Ratings

Member Since: Dec 1, 2009

Age: 29

Gender: Male

Bio: I am a father of two and married to my best friend. Beyond my family my passion is cinema and writing. Two things I hope to combine into a career one day. For right now raising my kids, being home with my family and staying immersed in the world of pop culture takes a lot of time but I love it.
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98 96% Dear White People (2014) - Jan 24, 2015
"It's provocative, it's controversial and it is one hell of a debut film that captures the essence of our modern society. Justin Simien creates characters that face real life pressures every time they walk around the campus. The face racial issues, prejudice and the pressures of having to live up to certain predetermined notions. This is a film about real people, struggling to do the right things, say the right words and live according to the right actions. A definite must see."
95 91% The Spectacular Now (2013) - Jan 04, 2014
"In the early going Sutter Keely feels like the kid you want to be. He is the most loved kid in every room he walks into, the light of the party. He may have all these friends, but he never takes anything seriously. Yet, like Sutter himself says repeatedly through-out the film there are two sides to every story. Aimee is his story, his one chance to make things different. Teller and Woodley are sensational, grounding the film in true chemistry in both an endearing and heartbreaking fashion."
90 82% Rise (2018) - Apr 18, 2018
"Rise is lead by the incredible musical and acting talent of its cast. Radnor is pure gold in the lead role and Auli`l Cravalho does a fantastic job of leading the younger cast. At times maybe the message of pushing ones comfort zone is a bit too preachy but it ultimately has a strong message worth conveying to an intelligent audience. Definitely has potential even moving beyond season 1 and my hope is to see where this story leads over a good 4 to 5 year run. "
84 62% All the Money in the World (2017) - Mar 29, 2018
"Without Christopher Plummer coming in and excelling the way he did this film may have been half as good. We have no idea what the original vision for this role would have looked like, but Plummer alongside Wahlberg and Williams does his best to create tension. The film jumped all over the map and that hurt the message of the film. Still a quality film that does a good job shaping the narrative around the talents of the cast who create a stunning portrait of a true story."
65 18% Joy (2015) - Dec 24, 2015
"It was too messy right from the opening scene, the narrative did not fit the tone of the film. It swayed from comedy to needlessly dark subject matter and back but never allowed the pivotal scenes to grow the main character. Lawrence did what she could with the lead character but it was not her best work. This film lacked any substantial reason to cling to the premise and want to know what happens next. It told a very simplistic story, but one that never strayed away from convention. "
90 82% Fruitvale Station (2013) - Dec 22, 2013
"Michael B. Jordan is this film. Without his gripping performance the emotional climax of this film means nothing. His performance one of many layers from aggression, to compassion to capturing all the things a man with convictions has to deal with. Everything about this film felt real, raw and sometimes too emotional to even accept. Despite the knowledge that some of this film was stretched for a film, the events of the film took place. Such a powerful film on many levels."
98 96% The Punisher (2017) - Dec 28, 2017
"A darker and violent look at the current state of America with betrayal, guns, secrets and murder. Frank Castle is the epitome of PTSD shown on screen and Jon Bernthal perfectly balances a man torn by his past and a man hell bent on destroying the ones responsible. The show really picks up after episode 7 with the action. Bernthal raised the bar and his fellow cast mates matched him on a level of pure intenisty very few shows carry through out. Bring on season two. Frank Castle is here to stay."
96 93% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) - Mar 29, 2014
"Full of vibrant Wes Anderson style, The Grand Budapest Hotel comes alive thanks to the grand cast full of diverse characters and intriguing set pieces. Fiennes delivers one of his most rounded performances in years and it truly is captivating. Wildly humorous at times and full of dark imaginative wit, you will be sitting there at times completley entranced by the images displayed on the screen. Easily one of the best films in years, it is full of heart, soul and emotion. "
99 98% The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012) - Apr 21, 2013
"Never have I been so captivated by a coming of age story. This film had it all, from light hearted moments of friendshipand love, to very emotional scenes of abuse and depression. It is one of few films that actually gets growing up right, which is a tough thing to do for a film. It provides the three leads with powerful personalities and it soars from there thanks to three incredible and enaging performances from Lerman, Watson and Miller. A definite must see, you will not be disappointed."
80 53% Irrational Man (2015) - Nov 21, 2016
"Had this film reached the actual plot of the movie sooner it could have been a better film. The first part of the film was bogged down with pretentious narration and non existent flow. Joaquin Phoenix did show some range during the films second half and Emma Stone is always a delight to watch. This is not the best film from Woody Allen and in the end it is entertaining but it misses out on being on of the greats. "