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Film Freak - 786 Film Ratings

Member Since: Nov 8, 2010

Location: Manchester, UK

Bio: Well, all film reviews depend on the mood you were in when you watched it ( conciously or unconciously )... So forgive me if I rubbish your favourite film, or praise one that you thought was an absolute turkey ... just put it down to my mood at the time !

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85 85% Runaway Jury (2003) - Mar 24, 2023
"OK, let's address the elephant in the courtroom. This is preposterous. That said, it is a really well directed film that despite a long running time and limited opportunities, maintains it tension and interest throughout. The reveals and twists at the end are handled very competently. On top of that you have a stellar cast, particularly Hackman, who is rarely anything other than brilliant. Does he ever play a nice guy? Slightly too many contrived occurrences to give it a higher score, however."
55 25% Fisherman's Friends: One and All (2022) - Mar 22, 2023
"File under "totally predictable". I enjoyed the simple Englishness of this film, and it's heart was in the right place, but boy was it predictable. And it's a shame that Imelda May was totally underused and therefore lacked the impact of a more seasoned actor in an important role. Her love story had absolutely no believability at all. As for the band .... oh well, it was a "nice" film, so I won't crap on it too much."
40 13% Cocaine Bear (2023) - Mar 22, 2023
"As a comedy, it just wasn't funny. As a thriller you knew that it was not meant to be taken seriously, so wasn't in the least bit thrilling. This was really disappointing. All the "humour" was derived from gruesome dismemberment (unless I missed a lot because of the poor sound quality) and it CAN be funny, but the script missed so many opportunities. The ambulance scene had potential but there is nothing comedic about scraping someone along a road. Just watch the trailer.. you wont miss anything"
65 39% Everything Everywhere All at Once (2022) - Mar 20, 2023
"Just think, this is the purile nonsense that "It's a wonderful life" would have been if they had highframe rate cameras, manic editing techniques and an inability to recognise completely unnecessary gross out 'humour' back in 1946. That's not to say it wasn't mildly enjoyable, but it's like a recent review i read of a Taylor Swift concert; "oh, she had 16 costume changes and dived into a vat of porridge!".. yes but what was the music like? Surely the story comes first or am I just old fashioned?"
78 69% Carnival Row (2019) - Mar 18, 2023
"Just finished S2 and thoroughly enjoyed both series. That's not to say I understood everything but it's a testament to the production design, set construction, make up, cgi and acting which was faultless in their world building. I think the only downside is that the scriptwriters seemed hell-bent on creating an allegory of today's extremism and multicultural, refugee and migrant issues that it detracted from real imagination in that dept, but its a minor gripe. CD and OB put their heart in to it"
80 74% Page Eight (2011) - Mar 16, 2023
"Well I won't pretend to understand the political ramifications and quite why everything turned belly-up so quickly, but frankly I was too busy enjoying the wonderful script and brilliant acting to care. OK, it's not a thriller, more a love story than ever it was a thriller, but I was engrossed from start to finish. I was concerned when Johnny was parked in the multi-storey that this wonderful story was going to revert to the ubiquitous 'end of film chase sequence'. Thank goodness it didnt."
30 7% An Irish Goodbye (2022) - Mar 16, 2023
"Well you can cram an awful lot of comedy into 30 minutes! It's a shame this 30 minute film had no more than a mild chuckle or two in its entire running time, derived more on reverting to tired Irish stereotypes rather than on sharp Irish humour. This is as far from the Banshees of Inisherin as Cork is to Dublin. Farting and calling each other 'feckin idiots' may some peoples idea of Oscar material, but it is not mine."
90 93% Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery (2022) - Jan 31, 2023
"I wasn't expecting such a fun, entertaining romp and was surprised and delighted for a couple of hours. Can't ask for more than that. The cast was uniformly great, as was the setting, story and production. The reveal of the first non murder was brilliantly done."
70 50% The Rig (2022) - Jan 31, 2023
"A bit like 'The Mist' but with climate change replacing religion. A lot of "oh, mother nature is telling us something but we are not listening" type hokem, but done with some real tension and foreboding. I disagree with Ethereal in that for me, the first two episodes almost made me want switch off because of the hammy acting and stereotypical characterisations (particularly Hampshire) but things got better, although not exactly much clearer, towards the end. Not brilliant but not bad either."
20 3% Don't Look Up (2021) - Dec 23, 2022
"Oh, you can hear the hollywood liberal glitterati practicing their lines ready for the oscar red carpet from as far away as good 'ol Blighty ... "oh, its a vital film for our time", "We need films like this to highlight the harm"."the planet is on fire and we are doing nothing" ... etc etc .... despite the fact that it is boring, preachy, self satisfied junk. Well actually, I turned off after 60 minutes because I couldnt stand any more of it, so I may be wrong"