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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|85 88%||The Imitation Game (2014) - Feb 08, 2019
"Can't really add to what others have already said, this is an example of Oscar-Bait done right and tells the tale of one of the most important figures of the twentieth century whose story remained hidden from the public for 50 years. Cumberbatch is brilliant here. "
|62 36%||Ghostbusters (1984) - Feb 06, 2019
"Ghostbusters is one of the most iconic movies of the 80s. The logo, the soundtrack, the car, the firehouse, the proton packs, Slimer and the Stay-Puft Marshmallow climax are still instantly recognizable today. Add in some legendary comedic actors in their prime delivering a few great gags, and it's easy to see why this movie is so well loved. However for me, so much of the rest of the movie is dull and flat. It was never a favourite of mine as a child and a recent rewatch emphasized this for me."
|83 84%||The Negotiator (1998) - Feb 05, 2019
"A personal favourite of mine. Interesting setup and then we have the two leads chewing the scenery for the next couple of hrs and it's very entertaining. It does run a little long and would love to have seen a tighter cut as there are plenty of sub plots that could have been dropped without impacting the end result. But for me this is always watchable and one of the best action thrillers of the late 90s."
|61 34%||The Founder (2016) - Feb 05, 2019
"Just like a McDonald's meal, The Founder is satisfying enough as a biopic of Ray Kroc and how he created one of the biggest, most recognizable corporations in the world, however it lacks the quality ingredients needed to be memorable and special. "
|23 2%||Escape Plan 2: Hades (2018) - Feb 03, 2019
"I enjoyed the first film as a glossy action film even if it was frequently over the top. This one is just convoluted, confusing and boring. I honestly didn't have a clue what exactly what was going on about half way through and didn't care enough about the characters for that to bother me and I barely made it through the entire runtime. Huang looks good during the action scenes but struggles with English dialogue. Stallone phones it in, and I still have no idea what Bautista's role was for. "
|37 6%||Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) - Feb 01, 2019
"The talent that gave us the superb Nightcrawler team up again and deliver a real mess of a movie. Dreadful performances generally from the large cast with Gyllenhaal especially guilty, although Collette is great and Russo does ok. One minute it's a weak satire about the art industry, the next it's a schlocky supernatural horror, with the outcome akin to being a laughably bad Tales from the Crypt epsode. Probably has the makings of being a cult classic in the future for all the wrong reasons."
|32 4%||Unsane (2018) - Jan 28, 2019
"Personally, I really hate the 'Why wont anyone believe me?' niche sub-genre so this was never gonna play well for me. However while the iPhone cinematography actually works well during the hospital scenes, providing a claustrophobic feel, it was irritating and gimmicky during the normal scenes. Despite all this, Unsane could have worked ok if it didn't require the viewer to just accept a constant stream of farcical developments that I just couldn't stomach as I wasn't enjoying the ride anyway."
|80 76%||Isle of Dogs (2018) - Jan 28, 2019
"Isle of Dogs. A lot. I have five. And because Isle of Dogs, this movie hit me with moments of both joy and sadness that may be missed by non dog owner viewers as I recognized so much of the psychology and characteristics of the wonderful cast of dogs in my own critters. There is however one major choice made by a dog that was a human choice rather than a canine one which did bother me. That said, I love dogs is an exceptionally animated and typically whimsical WA movie worthy of a puppy snap!"
|90 96%||The Big Short (2015) - Jan 28, 2019
"It's amazing to me that a film about the global financial crisis of the late 00s is so entertaining it's become one of my favourite films. Also love the appropriate choice of Metal tracks throughout the soundtrack which go a deeper level than just being Burry's background music. "
|39 8%||Maniac (2012) - Jan 26, 2019
"Hugely disappointing. Woods never once dances like he never danced before …. Carrying the One Ring for so long had such an effect on Frodo that he moved to America and starred in a 90 minute Prodigy video for 'Scalp my Bitch Up" Most of my score is for the 80's synth pop soundtrack and the boobs! "