Cinema Addict - 1825 Film Ratings
Member Since: Apr 4, 2006
Location: Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
|69 54%||Darkest Hour (2017) - Jan 23, 2020
"I'm not sure I'm really a fan of Oscar bait historical biopics. This is fine, tidy, well made, well cast and well acted, but not particularly gripping or challenging despite the subject matter; I suppose we already knew how it ended. Feels like a bit of a tick-the-box exercise. I liked Oldman's take on Churchill, but I sometimes wish he'd go back to playing folk like Bexy in Alan Clarke's The Firm. Anyway, it's a decent watch."
|90 97%||Solaris (1972) - Jan 22, 2020
"There's no doubt it's slooooooooowwww, and unfortunately it often looks less than impressive, but I found myself getting more and more absorbed by it, and it got more and more effective as it went on. My thoughts were provoked. Like Stalker, this'll need another look. "
|38 9%||The House (2017) - Jan 17, 2020
"Watching this used absolutely none of my mental faculties. I was able to watch it all the way through due to the goodwill I have for the leads, but I really didn't feel much throughout, and I can't remember much of it now. Did I laugh? Can't remember. Feels like a long sketch. Inoffensively bland."
|93 99%||Stalker (1979) - Jan 16, 2020
"Quite extraordinary in so many ways. I liked pretty much everything about this, although I think it may have broken my brain somewhat. I'll definitely have to watch this again, and l need to see more by this filmmaker."
|60 37%||Dagon (2001) - Jan 14, 2020
"At its core this has good ideas, a fine atmosphere and sense of dread, and some rather nasty little moments. I don't really know much about the Lovecraft canon other than what I've picked up from various films, but this certainly seems to capture some Lovecraftian flavour. I think it's let down a bit by a rather bland lead, some dodgy CGI effects and untidy pacing. It didn't help that some of the exposition was delivered by a barely comprehensible tramp. A bit "TV movie", but worth a look."
|70 58%||Mais ne nous délivrez pas du mal (1971) - Jan 13, 2020
"Based on the true story behind Peter Jackson's "Heavenly Creatures", this film made me very uncomfortable in a number of ways. If that was the intention of the makers, then mission accomplished, I guess. Which isn't to say it's bad. On the contrary, it is certainly effective, well made and the two central performances are compelling. It threatens to unravel in terms of credibility at points, and the ending, though impactful, could have been handled better. Filmmakers were weird in the 70s..."
|92 99%||Amadeus (1984) - Jan 09, 2020
"This is superb, but you all knew that already. The soundtrack was great, as you might expect, but I felt it missed a trick by not showcasing "Rock Me Amadeus" by Falco. A truly absorbing and entertaining biopic, with a masterful central performance by Abraham. It made me a bit sad - how good could Mozart have been with the right support? I have no idea how much of this film was grounded in real life, however. Despite a couple of annoying points (that laugh, the one-note wife), this is very well "
|75 71%||John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum (2019) - Jan 07, 2020
"More zany fun and a ridiculous bodycount; pleased to see that the quality established in the earlier offerings has been maintained. This perhaps suffers a bit from repetitiveness, and I'm not sure that the further exposure to the quasi-corporate structure of the assassin world was wholly successful, but Reeves is so likeable, and the violence is so well choreographed it is quite easy to overlook its shortcomings. A riot."
|79 80%||Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (1970) - Jan 07, 2020
"I found this quite difficult to get a proper handle upon, and it was, quite truthfully, a bit noncey. However, it left an impression on me, echoing stuff like Alice in Wonderland, fairy tales and folk horror yarns; it was full of dream logic, and made and cast rather beautifully. I think it's definitely worth a rewatch, although I'm not convinced I'll be able to grasp its full meaning. A genuinely enjoyable curiosity. "
|50 20%||Death Wish 3 (1985) - Dec 09, 2019
"What the hell did I just watch? I'm not sure if it ever had any social commentary or message at its core, but any depth is completely eradicated by the time the films descends into a full-on slaughter. I was roaring with laughter at points. Absolute garbage, but enjoyable in its own shoddy, demented way."