Film Freak - 593 Film Ratings
Member Since: Dec 5, 2017
|45 27%||How to Train Your Dragon (2010) - Jan 19, 2019|
|23 8%||Human Capital (2013) - Jan 19, 2019
"Tries to talk about a concept that directly concerns the working class and the poor by focusing on the lives of the rich and the upper middle class (not really attacking it and redeeming some). Builds on the mysterious identity of a criminal to pull a marginalized guy out of the hat 30 minutes from the end of the movie, so that, at least when it comes to directly killing people, the bourgeoise is innocent and the poor guilty. Adds insult to injury with its extremely cliché depiction of the poor"
|48 31%||Dvoryanskoe gnezdo (1969) - Jan 19, 2019
"The photography is great, reminiscent of classic paintings sometimes, but to be fair, plays a lot on the fact that Irina Kupchenko is just ridiculously beautiful. The story plays on it as well as we never really understand the infatuation of Fyodor for her (or maybe he's just infatuated with her beautiful youth and that's the point of the movie...). Overall the story doesn't really go anywhere, but this may be due to the original book by Turgenev."
|40 21%||I Hired a Contract Killer (1990) - Jan 18, 2019
"I guess sometimes one's deadpan dark humor is another man's cringy humor. "
|46 29%||The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) - Jan 17, 2019
"Seen today, it's a very silly movie. Often, the idiocy of the characters' behaviours are plot devices. Its moral is naive (the guy who just wants to be a big shot..). I'm not sure I'm too happy to learn that there is an almighty robot police force checking on me all the time. It doesn't sound like a very good idea. *checks 20th history*. Oh god no it doesn't. The use of light is great though."
|24 9%||Bird Box (2018) - Jan 17, 2019
"Utterly implausible development. Ever tried going down a river with such a clonker? They would have gone overboard a 100 times before the rapids. All of it is very contrived. I guess you could go without explaining what the creatures are but introducing the villains who can look without explanation looks like a mere plot device. Very cliché otherwise, the love story, the usual propaganda: it starts in Russia, the wonderful humane US army in Iraq... No meaning, either psychological or philosophi"
|80 75%||The Past (2013) - Jan 17, 2019
"There's always something a bit bourgeois about Farhadi's movies. The photography is rarely great and the editing naive. Yet, he also always manages to convey very interesting idea. Beyond the simple interpretation of the movie as exploring the weight of the past and how we deal with it, my main take from this is the inscrutability of the past, how we come to acknowledge it and how we can cope with it, the characters opting for various solutions. To be ranked next to Upstream Color (also 2013)."
|80 75%||Paris, Texas (1984) - Jan 16, 2019
"I'm puzzled by this movie. It navigates in murky waters between art house and melodrama. Does Wenders want to draw a decontextualized psychological portrait of a lost alienated man, giving us no reason to judge or absolve him, and just feel the need for explanation at the end? or does he merely want to build up the melodrama until the last resolving scene?"
|72 59%||Roma (2018) - Jan 15, 2019
"In the end this movie refrains hard from saying anything at all: on which side is Fermin? Is Cleo insured? any social commentary? On the cinematographic side, I feel cheated. This movie deploys all the techniques of great filmmakers (Diaz, Tarr, Tarkovsky...) but in such a nonpoetic way except for a few moments. Cuarón may be a good still photographer but his camera works are tedious and unimaginative. Overall, I believe this is all apolitical fake authenticity, but well-crafted."
|78 71%||Mary and Max (2009) - Jan 14, 2019
"One of the best movies on depression and neuroatypical people trying to live in a confusing world. Endearing."