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stuie299

Cinema Addict - 1217 Film Ratings

Member Since: Oct 21, 2010

Location: Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA

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95 96% Beverly Hills Cop (1984) - Dec 04, 2020
"Murphy and company are great, the bouncy score sets the tone perfectly, and the screenplay is pure precision. Extremely well made, and wildly entertaining. Oh, and as a fun little bonus John Ashton (Sgt. Taggart) looks exactly like Gus Johnson (or vice versa). "
65 24% The Town (2010) - Nov 29, 2020
"A technically proficient movie, with some very good set pieces, but unfortunately there's just so much bullshit in between everything. I found it hard to care about any of the characters. Good acting does little towards making them more compelling. The plot is at times generic and predictable. The relationship between Affleck and Hall is unbelievable. Why she gave him a second chance is beyond me. On top of everything the middle really drags. That said the crime scenes are very well executed."
75 48% Seven Stages to Achieve Eternal Bliss By Passing Through the Gateway Chosen By the Holy Storsh (2018) - Nov 28, 2020
"This feels like a movie that never fully realizes its potential due to budgetary constraints. It feels like parts definitely could have been fleshed out more. For example instead making it more of an existential comedy about the cult they turn it into a more intimate story about the couple's relationship. Overall they make up for the lack of budget by with some great casting. Harmon and Waititi are definitely the highlights."
90 89% Back to School (1986) - Nov 25, 2020
"Admittedly not the funniest comedy out there, but it is however extremely charming and thoroughly entertaining. They absolutely nailed the casting. I was all in from the moment I heard Elfman's score and saw those perfect opening credits. The only real downside is that the humor relies a little too heavily on Dangerfield's rather outdated one liners. But yeah, if you're a fan of cheesy 80's movies check this one out immediately."
70 35% Throw Momma from the Train (1987) - Nov 20, 2020
"The acting from the three main characters is great, but otherwise this was just kinda middle of the road. I think the setup takes too long. The movie gets considerably more entertaining once it gets to the buddy comedy portion. The coin collection scene was also rather endearing. Overall it probably would have been better if I had seen Strangers on a Train beforehand."
65 24% Paterson (2016) - Nov 15, 2020
"Adam Driver is really good (as is the dog Marvin), but beyond that there's just not that much to grab on to. The main problem here is just how slow and plodding the pace is. On top of the pacing issues it has a very repetitive structure. I get what Jarmusch is going for. The film does have a poetic nature to it, but the poeticism isn't highlighted in a remotely entertaining way. That being said the film does have a very specific nature to it that I'm sure some will absolutely fall in love with."
75 48% Honey Boy (2019) - Nov 15, 2020
"A very well acted character study, but one of those movies that's so heavy and brutally honest I'm not sure I'll ever want to see again. I also feel like it was a little limited in scope. For example, where the hell was the mom? Additionally the ending felt a little lacking. But I will say it is very much worth seeing once. LaBeouf, Jupe, and Hedges all deliver powerhouse performances."
75 48% Waiting... (2005) - Nov 02, 2020
"There's something charming about this even if its not very good. The jokes for the most part don't land, but yet it's still somehow amusing. I think that's due in part to the likable cast and the strong sense of place the movie has. Despite never working as a waiter I related to Justin Long's character more than I'd like to admit. Also points for that ending monologue. Best part of the movie."
75 48% The Hospital (1971) - Nov 01, 2020
"The highlight here is the dialogue. A lot of the monologues are very well written, and George C. Scott's performance is ridiculously good. In that regard I understand the Oscar attention it received. That being said the plot can be rather unfocused at times, which really hinders the film's potential. Since it definitely plays more like a drama I actually wouldn't have minded a longer run time to allow certain parts to be fleshed out more. It wants to be a grander film than it actually is."
70 35% The Farewell (2019) - Oct 28, 2020
"Something about this movie was just...surprisingly and clumsily simplistic. Whether something was lost in translation or if it was just bad writing I don't know. Awkwafina however, gave a good performance. I also have to give it points for being so honest in its portrayals and occasionally having some good cinematography. Other than that it was a little bit slow and kinda boring. Though that might have been because I personally didn't relate to it very much."