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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|55 24%||Tiger King (2020) - Apr 01, 2020
"Absolutely fascinating bunch of real world characters, that's for sure, but I wasn't a fan of the way the viewer is manipulated by the deliberately blinkered narrative style just to heighten the drama. There were also very few ultimately sympathetic individuals on display so it was difficult to care about the outcome of any of them. At least the doc does close by emphasizing that none of these people actually care about the animals they all fight for control over."
|64 41%||The Mummy Returns (2001) - Mar 31, 2020
"Vastly inferior to the first with an overly convoluted opening, a drawn out second act and the Scorpion King consisting of arguably the worst CGI in big budget cinema history. However somehow along the way it kept me on board for the ride which paid off with an entertaining big finish."
|60 34%||A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon (2019) - Mar 30, 2020
"Aardman Animation literally doing E.T. with the titular ovine with a dislocated jaw taking up the responsibility of getting some little blue puppy creature back to his home planet. As with the previous film I find the lack of dialogue puts a strain on the visuals over 90 mins, probably more so here, but there are still so many clever and witty Aardman visual and audio gags throughout. It's just a shame the overall narrative is reasonably bland which tilts it more towards being one for kids only"
|42 11%||Cats (2019) - Mar 29, 2020
"Not a fan of musicals but I sat through this to see just how bad it was ... and it's not *that* bad. A bunch of crap songs with humans poorly dressed up to try look and act like cats was exactly what the musical was, so there's nothing we shouldn't have been expecting here. Some of the casting could have been better but I'm surprised at the universal ridicule this got and feel bad for the scores of artists in front of and behind the camera who did their best but don't even get a saucer of milk."
|64 41%||The Lighthouse (2019) - Mar 21, 2020
"Beautifully shot (the lighting was amazing) with stellar performances with Dafoe as good as he's ever been. Unsurprisingly from Eggers the authenticity on display, whether the dialogue or the attention to details of an 1890s lighthouse, make for an immersive experience. However, unlike The Witch The Lighthouse just doesn't play out to be more than the sum of it's parts. Also I understand the aspect ratio is meant to convey claustrophobia but for me it is was irritatingly distracting throughout."
|54 23%||Charlie's Angels (2019) - Mar 21, 2020
"Saw this a couple of weeks ago. Can barely remember anything about it other than the vomit inducing and unnecessary 'pro women' intro scene and credits. Thankfully it improved after that but CA2019 still didn't amount to anything more than a bland mediocre action flick. That said, the three angels were surprisingly watchable and the kindest thing I could say overall is I would still actually watch a sequel, not that there is likely to be one based on the critical reception and box office."
|52 20%||The Invisible Man (2020) - Mar 21, 2020
"Good acting, good looking and some really good setups and scenes, but the 'why wont anyone believe me? They think I'm crazy' sub genre is one of my least personal favourites so this was never likely to be a good match for me. While I can appreciate slow build up there's way too much of it here, and when I was able to more or less see everything coming throughout (ironically when you think about it) the slow pace was even more problematic. "
|46 14%||Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) - Mar 07, 2020
"The introduction of the Glover and DeVito characters doesn't work at all and they practically inhabit their own part of the movie separate from the younger characters, literally for most of the final act only to return in an attempt to add some emotional weight to the ending. Overall noticeably less fun and enjoyable than the last outing which I was quite fond of so 'the next level' was a disappointment for me personally."
|44 12%||The Jesus Rolls (2019) - Mar 06, 2020
"Even with the bad reviews firmly lowering my expectations The Jesus Rolls is a weak viewing experience. There's barely any reason for the connection to the Big Lebowski character, and even Turturro's portrayal of Jesus Quintana is nothing but a shadow of what came before. Tonally there's more similarity to something like Napoleon Dynamite than TBL but ultimately it's the lack of any narrative cohesion or direction which sees The Jesus Roll(s) into the gutter cinematically speaking."
|69 51%||Ready or Not (2019) - Mar 02, 2020
"A fun enough romp with Weaving shining in one of the most female cosplay friendly roles in recent years. Ready or Not seemingly had all the ingredients for a perfect horror comedy but does fall flat in a few key areas of the execution leaving the end result as merely entertaining and above average for the genre."