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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|35 5%||Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995) - Sep 16, 2019
"NGE is utterly unique that's for sure, but not always for the right reasons. I was uncertain but intrigued for the first half of the series and the quirky humour and relationships held my interest enough to see where the story would go. Unfortunately while NGE is tonally confused throughout, the series disappears up it's own ass (possibly literally, I can't quite work it out) in the final episodes and lost me completely making me question the point of sitting through the previous 15 hrs."
|76 68%||Watchmen (2009) - Sep 02, 2019
"Visually stunning throughout as you might expect from Snyder, but his ability to present frames from the comic directly on screen is frequently gratifying. The acting is hit and miss with JEH and JDM both excellent, and both Silk Spectres not so much. One of my biggest problems is with the casting of Matthew Goode who never convinces as Ozymandias but I've come to terms with the lack of the squid. The directors cut is the best cut I've seen but at 186 mins it does feel a little long in places."
|83 85%||Batman (1989) - Aug 28, 2019
"A childhood favourite that still holds up today. Burton's dark gothic production design was magnificent at the time and the score is so legendary it's still being called back fondly by modern franchise entries. But it's all about Jack here isn't it? While I prefer Ledger's take, Jack's Joker was the first cinematic glimpse of the dark insanity of the character which made him into the pop culture icon he is today."
|88 94%||The Prestige (2006) - Aug 28, 2019
"Nolan chose to echo the important narrative theme of 'hiding the trick in plain sight' and unfortunately this negatively impacted my own first viewing and left me disappointed when I noted a key plot twist very early on. With the 'twists' being less important on subsequent viewings I've since been able to fully appreciate this superbly acted tale of the obsession of two rival performing magicians, and how it drives them to both greatness and the destruction of lives in late 1800s america."
|69 50%||G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009) - Aug 25, 2019
"The acting is universally dreadful here and the low budget production values are frequently distracting, but there's a lot of OTT action fun to be had here with the Paris scene a surprisingly excellent sequence."
|61 35%||The Babysitter (2017) - Aug 25, 2019
"lupister has already summed up my thoughts on this …. "Kinda fun. Could be much better.""
|44 12%||Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011) - Aug 23, 2019
"One of the most disjointed movies I can remember seeing. Seems to follow every scene of interest with one utterly unconnected and this stop start flow quickly becomes boring. The finale was the only thing worth watching in this. "
|80 77%||Avengers: Endgame (2019) - Aug 23, 2019
"I find it fascinating that the highest grossing movie of all time was designed purely to work only for those who were heavily invested in the 20 odd movie franchise that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe. That's not necessarily a complaint, and Marvel earned the right to release a fan service blockbuster given the phenomenal pop culture achievement that is the MCU. For fans, aside from some pacing issues, this is a virtually perfect conclusion, but non fans will wonder what the fuss is about."
|68 47%||A Prophet (2009) - Aug 21, 2019
"Solid crime/prison drama. Excellent acting all round but Tahar Rahim carries the picture so impressively as the lead. Definitely has some pacing issues as while the two and a half hours aren't uninteresting a tighter and better cut would surely have been possible. For me A Prophet simmers tantalisingly throughout without ever boiling over into the greatness it occasionally promises, but it's still well worth watching if you're a fan of the genre"
|80 77%||Argo (2012) - Aug 20, 2019
"I understand there are quite notable historical inaccuracies here, so that may impact the opinions of some viewers. As I personally was unaware of the details I was able to enjoy the cinematic version of events told here in a compelling and frequently tense fashion. For such a serious subject matter, there was a surprising amount of comic relief sprinkled throughout, mostly stemming from Arkin and Goodman, but the gags never distracted from this superbly directed drama."