Film Freak - 582 Rankings
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|70 T4||Tickled (2016) - Mar 30, 2017
"The mystery behind TICKLED is intensely intriguing -- it makes the film absolutely worth watching -- but, in the end, the directors really don't do it justice. The b-roll feels slapped together (aside from the totally engrossing and disturbing tickle-footage), and the way the 'smoking gun' is rushed out in the film's final minutes is just criminal. "
|60 T3||Beauty and the Beast (2017) - Mar 22, 2017
"Unnecessary, but functional... and, I'll concede - at certain very specific points - completely magical. The cinematography and live production design are crazy good. The CGI character design, and added songs... not so much. Luke Evans as Gaston is a DELIGHT; Ewan McGregor's Lumiere is the film's biggest disappointment. (There's also the whole 'girl is held against her will and essentially forced to "fall in love"' issue. Grown-up me can't quite feel the Disney magic in that particular conceit.)"
|85 T8||Get Out (2017) - Mar 06, 2017
"A frightening exploration of modern racism dressed up as a fun, slowly-unraveling Hitchcockian thriller; and highly effective on both levels. "
|90 T9||Moonlight (2016) - Mar 05, 2017
"It's totally mesmerizing throughout, but Moonlight's final chapter is what solidifies its place among modern cinema's greatest works. The patience with which Jenkins builds that reunion between Chiron and Kevin -- inching toward an emotional release he makes us want so, so desperately -- is just brilliant. I could watch it over and over. "
|65 T3||Hacksaw Ridge (2016) - Feb 15, 2017
"A viscerally effective (albeit insultingly white-washed) war film. Hugo Weaving should be nominated for his role -- his scenes are totally masterful -- and Garfield is good enough to give some heft to the script's cornier moments. Gibson's blend of gore and Christian themes remains both nauseating and weirdly refreshing. At least he has a thing? I feel like auteurism has taken a backseat in Hollywood these days -- this film, despite its numerous issues, cannot be faulted for meek direction."
|85 T8||Manchester by the Sea (2016) - Feb 11, 2017
"Beautifully-crafted. It ebbs and flows from present, to past, and back again--sometimes just for a single shot--in order to painstakingly reveal the depths of one man's brokenness. Casey Affleck is completely captivating and, like the film itself, often startlingly funny. The supporting cast is excellent as well. "
|45 T1||Arrival (2016) - Feb 11, 2017
"What am I missing? Why is Villenueve being so vehemently praised for this? The performances are all rigid and wholly forgettable (and with stars like Adams, Renner, and Whitaker, that's on the direction). The plot is undercooked and, at times, downright laughable. Were it not for a couple of compelling individual moments--mostly involving Amy Adams and squid-things--I can't imagine what I would've taken away from this film."
|50 T2||Sausage Party (2016) - Jan 13, 2017
"For all its attempted offensiveness, the most offensive thing about Sausage Party is that, with such great talent attached and with such a gleefully surreal premise, it's just not that funny. It is, however, interestingly bizarre, and surprisingly sincere."
|75 T5||The Invitation (2015) - Aug 16, 2016
"It suffers some shoddy acting, and some questionable plotting up to its second act, but the quality of the filmmaking here is something to admire. Every camera angle works to stir the film's cauldron of dread; every nervous glance is made to gleam like a knife edge. The payoff, while not at all what I expected, left me feeling wrung out in that good way that only some thrillers can. "
|65 T3||The Lobster (2015) - Aug 16, 2016
"Visually arresting though it may be, the second half of the film drags terribly. And, spoiler alert... For all of the hubbub that the premise - being turned into an animal of your choice, upon failing to find "love" - stirred up, it means disappointingly little to the actual story (excepting a dark scene involving a dog, and some minuscule sight gags). "