stuie299

stuie299
Cinema Addict - 1466 Film Ratings
Member Since: 21 Oct 2010
Location: Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA
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75 46% Hit Man (2024) - Rated 21 Jun 2024
"Are we really so desperate for Rom Coms that were overhyping this? Yeah Glenn Powell gives a great performance, but he's still miscast based on the character's description. Adria Arjona (who is giving off serious Salma Hayek vibes) is super sexy, and has wonderful chemistry with Powell, but there needs to be something more substantial to this movie. Despite being a true story parts of it are super generic. IDK, there are some good elements here, but at the end of the day it's not that special."
90 90% Sylvio (2017) - Rated 07 Jun 2024
"Slyvio is a total fucking vibe, and given the constraints of the character this is some brilliant low-budget filmmaking. I can see how some people wouldn't be into this, but IMO this is the exact the type of DIY twee filmmaking that I love. Indie films sometimes get a bad rap for being too quirky or heavily stylized, but here it comes from such a genuine authentic place that it doesn't feel at all pretentious or performative. Not as complete a film as Strawberry Mansion, but I still love this."
85 76% Shattered Glass (2003) - Rated 06 Jun 2024
"Shattered glass is a tight and breezy journalistic ensemble thriller. To that point there's nothing really special about it. It's just really well made. I'd say it's very much on par with something like Spotlight. Not as good as All The President's Men, or State of Play, but better than The Post or She Said. If you're looking for that sort of mid-budget movie they don't really make anymore this would be a very solid choice."
80 60% Queenpins (2021) - Rated 06 Jun 2024
"On first glance this looks like your run of the mill true crime comedy, but there is actually a lot more funny moments sprinkled through out then you'd expect. The secret sauce of course being Paul Walter Hauser who steals pretty much every scene he's in. Him and Vince Vaughn are particularly hilarious together. Just try to ignore the "I'm Kristen Bell and this is my philosophy for life" stuff, and you might be pleasantly surprised by this one."
70 31% Runaway Jury (2003) - Rated 05 Jun 2024
"Yet another case of a good cast trying to elevate a movie, this time to mixed results. The cinematography is very dated with all of the over saturated close up shaky cam. I don't know if its the screenplay or direction, but everything is just so wildly over the top and preposterous. I like the premise well enough and the cast really is trying to make it all work, but ultimately the movie plays out like the studio was handed a "B" movie script, and just totally misread the assignment."
75 46% Blockers (2018) - Rated 29 May 2024
"I had heard surprisingly good things about Blockers, and being a fan of Viswanathan I decided to give it a chance...and it's exactly what you'd expect. The cast is good, especially Cena, and they do a lot to try and elevate the material, but the screenplay is just so uneven. I like how it tries to flip the average teen sex comedy on it's head, but it mostly just vacillates between being try hard and cliche. That said it's still likable enough to be a breezy somewhat entertaining movie."
85 76% Biosphere (2022) - Rated 29 May 2024
"Biosphere is a rather delightful low budget sci-fi character study/Buddy film. The whole movie centers around two friends in a post-apocalyptic bunker, and luckily the casting nailed both roles. Mark Duplass is great, and this might be my favorite Sterling K. Brown role. On top of that the production design while simple is on point, and there are also some great bits of dialogue. I think the overly talky nature of the film can make things feel a little stagnant at times but overall I enjoyed it."
75 46% Capricorn One (1978) - Rated 23 May 2024
"I really like what this movie is trying to do. The story is good, the cast is great, and the production design as well as other technical aspects are done very well. Ultimately it's just the screenplay that doesn't quite hold up. It can be really sloppy and uneven sometimes. The film goes from launch to mars landing to return to earth without the proper sense of time between events. Other elements of the story are just not introduced or developed well. Entertaining, but ultimately disappointing."
75 46% Walking and Talking (1996) - Rated 19 May 2024
"Walking and Talking is in some sort of indie grey area for me. It's not as refined as an Anderson, Baumbach, or Stillman movie, but it also doesn't have the low budget realness of the later Mumblecore scene. Fortunately the cast is for the most part able to elevate the average filmmaking. The one weak link of course being Todd Field/Frank. Ultimately there are better indie movies to check out from this era, but it still kinda fun as a bit of mid 90's cultural voyeurism."
80 60% America: The Motion Picture (2021) - Rated 17 May 2024
"This is what happens when you mix Drunk History with Archer. Would this have been better as a Anthology series with each season tackling a different era of American history? Yes. Could the screenplay have been refined more? Also yes. But at the end of the day this is just 90 minutes of dumb fun, made possible by an all-star cast. Just try to look past the overly bro-y nature of it all, and enjoy. As far as stupid over the top movies go, this one is actually mostly entertaining."