Movie Buff - 134 Film Ratings
Member Since: Aug 3, 2009
Location: Banbury, UK
|38 8%||Time Trap (2017) - Jun 19, 2020
"Since when any nonsense passes as sci-fi? Time travel in some 60 meter deep cave in front of everyone's nose that nobody can find? Yup, you got it, brilliant. Meaningless future scenes instead of a decent story? Say no more. Trivia time: which movie genre does not require any character development? Think about it. And while you're at it, listen, it felt like I've got 5 years older after watching this movie, even though it merely lasted 90 minutes. Sci-fi me this."
|85 88%||Blade Runner (1982) - Jun 12, 2020
"I was sucked into this strange futuristic (not anymore, ha!) world full of dark tones, large screens and flying cars mostly because it is so briliantly cohesive in its peculiarities and melancholy. The bittersweet story, attention to detail, strong secondary cast, character motivations, fantastic Vangelis' music all add to the mood and lull you into perceiving the standard detective formula as something familiar yet more consequential because of the quaint sci fi theme it is dressed in."
|45 16%||Contagion (2011) - May 22, 2020
"Instead of a usual script this movie is based on a statistics research paper and thus too much of its budget was spent for famous actors to portray emotionless stereotypes. A percentage of people get sick, some die, scientists research cure, some people have to manage the crisis, some cheat and some live in lockdown. Story guesses were quite accurate given current pandemics (except looting), but the aforementioned research paper did not describe any emotions and so characters had none. "
|74 66%||Joker (2019) - Apr 24, 2020
"I sometimes wonder if having a clear message is out of fashion these days. Was Joker mental from the get-go, or did the society make him this way, did he embrace brutality or did he imagine it. If only strong ideas didn't need solid foundation. Now, Joaquin's acting and all the growing painful discomfort of the scenes were wasted on a movie that wanted to be everything at once and ended up being an overly ambitious non-achiever philosophising in a room he has not left in.. waaait."
|64 48%||The Invention of Lying (2009) - Apr 10, 2020
"'Tis true that comedy is usually found in the details, but if this is not your first encounter with Mr. Gervais, you will find the narrative lazy and predictable. Almost any other ending (including no ending) would have been better, choice of topics - uninspiring. If you somehow can ignore all that - the execution is not that bad, the aforementioned details exist in small talk or cardboard boxes, secondary cast are a-ok. N.B.: better Ricky Gervais content exists, go find it!"
|62 43%||Suburbicon (2017) - Nov 09, 2019
"Pick your own plot-con has too many plot lines to pick from but not enough focus. Now and again a scene blossoms with standard Coen peculiarities but generally those scenes are too disconnected from one another, while gaps are just filled with pleasant pieces of fluff. The tension is utterly artificial, yet what it lacks most - is a single strong character to create proper moral contrast and carry this movie somewhere. This does not happen and so suburbicon lingers in the limbo of inadequacy."
|38 8%||Thor (2011) - Oct 18, 2019
"Thor, the famous Nordic god of abs has it rough. Despite having a big hammer he is not very smart and struggles to kapow all the snowmen tribe to oblivion, thus he has to go on a journey to learn how to say please and thank you and where would you find a better place for that than earth? Now I wouldn't want to spoil you all the plot, but just know this kids, that saying please gets you places and that Natalie Portman had to longingly ooh and aah at his abs, hence having a six-pack is also ok."
|50 23%||Catfight (2016) - Oct 04, 2019
"Catfight is a movie that wants to throw a punch at you, but never musters the courage to do so. Then it wants to talk about things adults talk about but ends up just talking big. In the corner. To itself. Everybody is slightly bonkers, but never enough to be properly bizarre. Comedy bits? Must have missed them. The whole experience is like watching a mass fight in parliament with classical music in the background because wouldn't that be funny? In fact, compared to this it probably would."
|59 36%||Amélie (2001) - Sep 20, 2019
"It is yet another overstylised and undersubstanced movie. A collection of random thoughts and details that could give character to something only there is nothing to give the character to, but other random thoughts and details. The connecting love theme is properly diluted and so is character development. This is the homeopathy of cinema: attractive, colourful and weird but carrying no depth to its messages whatsoever and providing no benefit for this chronicle illness we call life."
|62 43%||Always Be My Maybe (2019) - Jun 28, 2019
"This movie is an unfortunate genre misfit, and it dutifully carries the full romantic load all the way to the happy tearjerking ending and its own demise. You will be glad to know, love prevails once again. In contrast to the above it has unexpectedly bright comedy bits on an interpersonal and cultural levels. The freshness of comic thought is sporadic though as if there was not enough material to go the full way and thus the need to lean on the good old formulaic and fluffy gap filling."