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Film Freak - 889 Film Ratings

Member Since: Mar 14, 2014

Location: Michigan, USA

Bio: movies are fun

despite what my tiers may say i generally enjoy most movies i see to some extent. 30 and below is when it gets abrasive

i usually don't rate TV shows. i plan to make a separate account for those to avoid clutter. i do, however, rate the TV shows of my favorite directors on this account just to clear those entries off their pages.

i tend to go in and out of movie obsession phases. if i haven't updated for a long time, don't worry, i'll be back.
more Recent Ratings
65 37% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) - Nov 22, 2018
65 37% High Tension (2003) - Aug 09, 2018
75 64% Candyman (1992) - Aug 08, 2018
60 27% The Amityville Horror (1979) - Aug 07, 2018
"Boy, oh boy, it sucks how you can't rely on professional critics for horror. Especially old works like this that barely get reevaluated. Old codgers complaining a horror movie is too "dreary" and "depressing" does nothing to give you an honest take on The Amityville Horror's quality. Then it ends up just being decent. The Shining would end up taking a lot of its subjects and blowing the lid off both their intensity and subtlety just a year later. Still, it's worth acknowledging which came first."
75 64% Buried (2010) - Aug 05, 2018
"Your mileage may vary since the concept of being buried alive terrifies me, but as far as I'm concerned Buried does a fine job of narrowing in on that sense of helplessness. This isn't my ideal take on the premise, particularly because of some directing choices. Having a busy musical score isn't how you emphasize lonely silence, obviously, and some of the trick zoomed-out camera perspectives help stylize the monotony a bit but also reveal the set's artifice and the safety of the outside world."
55 21% [Rec] 2 (2009) - Aug 04, 2018
"[Rec] 2 wastes no time showing it understands nothing about what made the original work. [Rec] succeeded with its relatively plausible story. Immediately the infection is changed from a virus to a literal demon blood disease, and the devil employs his timeless weapon of angsty teenage swearing. This was destined to not be as good due to being a continuation - drama doesn't escalate, it picks up where it left off. Realistic characters are gone, replaced with irrational idiots and senseless plot."
70 49% The Blair Witch Project (1999) - Aug 04, 2018
"I didn't watch this until I was 25. I thought it was engaging and tense. Feel free to use this anecdote if anyone claims The Blair Witch Project didn't age well or is only a product of nostalgia. Maybe it would be if the found footage trend didn't immediately forget the genre's point in making a situation personal and believable, but that didn't happen. Thus this still has a place being seen - and actually understood. It could've gone just a bit further in showing the threat, however."
80 79% Don't Breathe (2016) - Aug 03, 2018
"Don't Breathe is an exercise in how to earn your false resolutions, jump scares, and all the stock tricks in the horror book that we've been accustomed to groan about when they're mentioned. Both low-key and bombastic in a way that should satisfy both sides of the horror fandom. Some will, as always, cross their arms while huffing and puffing about how they "weren't scared at all" to the amazement of no one. If you're watching horror just to be scared you're missing the genre's empathetic point."
65 37% Village of the Damned (1960) - Aug 02, 2018
"Village of the Damned is some solid stuff. Feels of its time in a way that makes it feel like a long Twilight Zone episode, and I'm a huge fan. This isn't to say it's aged poorly. The story is paced at a quick clip that modern audiences will respond to, but this is also a detriment. There's a lot of dialogue summarizing characterization of the children that isn't actually shown, often cutting out areas for tension to build. The glowing eyes are still effective, though underused I'd say."
60 27% The Mist (2007) - Jul 19, 2018
"Incredibly dumb. I can't tell what's bad script writing and what's just Stephen King's original dialogue. While an entertaining thriller (only as such thanks to its solid time-tested premise and structure), the acting is hammy and possibly trying to make up for generic characters, the CGI is horrible and worthy of a Jimmy Neutron episode, and the social commentary is overly contrived with its forced, quick pacing and is on-the-nose to the point of losing all actual relevance to the real world. "