Nathan S

nathan_s
Cinema Addict - 2425 Film Ratings
Member Since: 08 Nov 2006
Location: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA
Age: 33
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Bio: Since my early teenage years, cinema has been my primary form of education. A travelogue which has afforded me experiences I otherwise haven't had the opportunity of enjoying: different eras, locations, languages, cultures, methods of thought. It's a fulfillment damn near spiritual.

My ratings are divided into five points for a more generalized representation of quality. The less reliance on nitpicky numerology, the better. I have awarded a sixth point to films which have had the largest and longest lasting influence on my own cinephilia. They are my all-time favorites, hence a movie is never given a six on first viewing.

The filmmakers who are most important to me include Chantal Akerman, Woody Allen, Robert Altman, Paul Thomas Anderson, Olivier Assayas, Ingmar Bergman, John Cassavetes, Joel & Ethan Coen, Jules Dassin, Terence Davies, Robert Eggers, Werner Herzog, Alfred Hitchcock, Buster Keaton, Masaki Kobayashi, Hirokazu Kore-eda, Stanley Kubrick, Akira Kurosawa, Fritz Lang, Spike Lee, Sergio Leone, Sidney Lumet, David Lynch, Terrence Malick, Jean-Pierre Melville, Hayao Miyazaki, F.W. Murnau, Yasujiro Ozu, Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger, Satyajit Ray, Nicolas Winding Refn, Kelly Reichardt, Jean Renoir, Eric Rohmer, Roberto Rossellini, Martin Scorsese, Isao Takahata, Hiroshi Teshigahara, Francois Truffaut, Ming-liang Tsai, Denis Villeneuve, Orson Welles, Billy Wilder, and Kar-Wai Wong.

more Recent Ratings

21% Godzilla Minus One (2023) - Rated 03 Jun 2024
"Man atones for sinful cowardice and resolves his PTSD with war heroics. The music swells. Maudlin. Full of honeyed platitudes. The final scene in the hospital is just unbelievable cornball shit. Not surprised to learn Spielberg loves it, because it displays the worst Spielbergian tendencies (don't come at me, I do generally like Spielberg)."
21% Spaceman (2024) - Rated 15 May 2024
"Undeniably intriguing, with an admirably slow, serious, and cerebral tone, as well as demonstrating some considerable visual acuity. But in grasping for Tarkovsky, its meager insights fall well short of the mark. It's just not written very well, full of sophomoric aphorisms about the meaning of it all, never as highly literary or convincingly spiritual, and reluctant to be as abstract as cinema's truly great cosmic explorations."
45% Wonka (2023) - Rated 14 May 2024
"I'm simply not enamored with the way this looks a lot of the time, which is nearly a mortal sin. But the songs are mostly good, and I do love Chalamet, and really the entire cast. It won me over. Perhaps one does miss the notoriously darker edge of Gene Wilder's mad scientist, but then this film surprises with a depiction of institutional rot upheld by a network of ruthless capitalists, corrupt law enforcement, and soul-sold clergy."
21% Les Visiteurs du soir (1942) - Rated 11 May 2024
"Classical folk tale with some magical flourish and a couple of compelling performances. The dialogue is all sweet and swooning platitudes about the nature of love, which is very French and to which I'm not necessarily opposed, but frankly I find this film to be pretty boring."
74% A Tale of Springtime (1990) - Rated 09 Apr 2024
"Carefully, astutely allows our understanding of each character to shift, for better and worse, as their motivations reveal themselves. Spring renewal isn't so much a reinvention, but a reassurance after a period of upheaval or doubt."
74% Beau Travail (1999) - Rated 08 Apr 2024
"There's plenty to be said for the dichotomies in this film: how queer-coded this masculinity, or the arid landscape upon the turquoise sea. The simultaneous rigidity and balletic synchronicity of military drilling. The colonial clash of cultures. It's rich but indirect, not quite clear. An oblique but undeniable tension. Rhythmic, nearly uncanny."
74% The Zone of Interest (2023) - Rated 09 Mar 2024
"The normalization of fascism and theme of "banal evil" is well-trodden, but one has to admire a film which simply moves at a rhythm most others wouldn't dare."
74% Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade (1998) - Rated 10 Feb 2024
"A deliberate, muted pace and visual style are in distinct contrast to its blatant analogy. It's not at all subtle, but neither is it particularly ill-considered or tacky. In fact it's a rather intelligent film, dour and removed as Oshii's material typically is, and concerned more with the post-traumatic mentality of its protagonist rather than any moral signposting for the political in-fighting of which he finds himself in the midst."
93% Head (1968) - Rated 30 Jan 2024
"Oh my god this movie is hilarious. This sort of acidic kaleidoscope might be viewed as a cliché relic of hippiedom, but it's representative of an experimental, non-sequitur cinema that doesn't really exist in the mainstream. Few movies manage to so thoroughly capture an entire zeitgeist: a scattershot satire of media, pop culture, and political climate which now feels transporting. Amusing Frank Zappa cameo, pleased as punch to see Timothy Carey, lost my shit at the appearance of Victor Mature."
21% The Super Mario Bros. Movie (2023) - Rated 07 Dec 2023
"It's easy to elicit the warm and fuzzies with end-to-end fan service, and this film doesn't amount to much more than that. You're better off getting your Super Mario fix by just playing the games, which continue to flaunt unique and unbridled sparks of creativity, as opposed to another big budget American animated film which feels exactly like all the others in the post-Pixar world."