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philamental

Cinema Addict - 1197 Rankings

Member Since: Aug 18, 2014

Location: Ireland

Bio: My rankings reflect how much I personally enjoy a film and how likely I will want to re-watch them. This is why some films that I can admit as being 'classics' will get low scores as I just didn't enjoy them and I don't feel a need to try and critique them objectively here.

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71 T6 Colossal (2016) - Aug 14, 2017
"I heard a snippet about this and managed to avoid learning anything more. I think doing so helped my appreciation of the film. It's a bizarre and unique combination of a reasonably sub par melodrama and ... Asian kaiju combat ... It deserves to be seen on that alone. Unfortunately the execution is far from perfect, and this is a comedy?!? (dark or otherwise I didn't find this amusing) but other than that it's something very different and worth a watch"
77 T7 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) - Aug 14, 2017
"Surprisingly funnier than the Vol 1, GG2 is sadly a much inferior movie. For me most of this was due to how deliberately and extensively they worked towards a particular emotional climax that ended up feeling forced rather than natural. The character central to that emotional arc also contrasts directly with how his character was established in Vol 1, so that whole thing didn't work at all for me. GG2 still works well as entertaining action sci fi, it's just not in the same galaxy as the first"
18 T1 Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation (2004) - Jul 31, 2017
"The opening half hour made me think I was watching the worst film I had ever seen but the overall experience improved ever so slightly when they switched to a 'Thing-Lite' premise. That said, it's still an absolute turd of a sequel which is crushed under the weight of any comparison to the original, and it's a prime example of how not to make a low budget sci fi movie. "
48 T2 Brimstone (2016) - Apr 10, 2017
"A strange film that is presented in four out of sequence chapters (chronologically they are shown as 3, 2, 1, 4). Visually Brimstone is strong, and has a number of quite grisly scenes which serve the dark storyline well. Unfortunately only chapter two works well. Three is ok, but one is painfully drawn out and four is a terrible climax to the story we've had to suffer through. I have zero interest in rewatching this nor could I find much worth recommending to anyone else."
62 T4 Split (2017) - Apr 10, 2017
"Split the movie is like it's own concept, fractured. McAvoy gets tremendous credit for multiple performances and Taylor-Joy again proves capable in a lead role. Unfortunately the narrative is unnecessarily slow, lacking in tension and starts to become unrealistic until ... the twist ... a remarkable one that fixes the 'unrealistic' aspect, sets up a sequel (of sorts) that has the potential to be far better than Split itself, but is likely to be misunderstood by a huge section of viewers. Crazy!"
56 T3 Nocturnal Animals (2016) - Apr 03, 2017
"There is an incredibly tense sequence near the beginning which set a high standard the rest of the film failed to match, despite the best efforts of Michael Shannon. The story within a story framework holds the attention for the most part, but is let down by a very weak ending where I'm supposed to believe that standing someone up for dinner equates to effective 'revenge'."
71 T6 John Wick (2014) - Mar 29, 2017
"What I liked: Stylish action, and the regular awe with which all the supporting characters have for the legend that is John Wick's past. What I didn't like: The first 20 mins (beyond heartbreaking) and the fact the action sequences were a little too repetitive. I would have liked more set up and explanation to the environments of each action scene as well as a touch more individual character to the essentially faceless hordes JW takes out. If anything the relentless action was too much."
81 T8 Zootopia (2016) - Mar 28, 2017
"I had zero knowledge/expectations before watching this and was very surprised at how entertaining it was. Frequently laugh out loud funny and surprisingly low on the schmaltz that is far too present in kids/family films these days for my liking. It's true the mystery of the plot is solved a little too conveniently and the villain twist at the end can be seen coming a mile away, but these are forgivable flaws in a film of this nature, and the rest of the package is highly entertaining."
56 T3 Silence (2016) - Mar 28, 2017
"This one didn't work for me. The best scene was when Neeson finally returns to the screen (like we never expected that to happen) and he and Garfield debate the success of christianity in Japan. In this scene some of the main themes of the film are brought to a head intelligently. However everything up to that scene was overly drawn out, and everything after far less interesting. Maybe this is one of these films that means more if you're already spiritually invested in catholicism, but I am not."
55 T3 To Live and Die in L.A. (1985) - Mar 28, 2017
"Maybe this crime thriller was considered gritty in the 80s but so much of this hilarious by today's standards. Partner shot days before retirement. Driving through stacks of cardboard boxes. William Petersen's over acting. Willem Dafoe's arse ... well I suppose that was the only thing that isn't funny by today's standards seeing as we're so used to seeing it now. Anyway TLADILA does have an awesome car chase and a few worthwhile plot points, but it just hasn't aged well which is a shame."