Cinema Addict - 2020 Rankings
Member Since: May 8, 2015
Location: Fort Collins, Colorado, USA
Bio: I have stopped rating films. Sit back, relax, enjoy and move onto next movie. Albeit, I will continue contributing to Criticker community by adding stuff-it's fun.
Movie connoisseur - Every movie from anywhere in the world.
Ratings are constantly evolving process. Many of my past ratings are not consistent with my current rating standard. It's likely that I will rate something only 70 which I rated 100 previously or v.v but I do not have the inclination to go back and update all of these, it would be too mammoth of a task (now I realize why standardization process is important-at least some level of self consistency can be acheived). Being inconsistent in such a fashion is really agonizing. So how do we overcome this agony? I find my solace in the following imperfect answer: Any opinion about a movie is always limited to a particular individual and therefore ratings which are quantification of this opinion is also personal. They should ideally not affect the judgement of any other person. Unlike formal systems classification of cinema as good or bad is subjective. I can only hope that I was honest when I gave my former ratings.
I follow the 10-100 (with increments of 5) rating system.
Also, looking back at many of my mini-reviews, I think they are not articulate but it's work in progress and will probably always remain that way.
There is a clear lack of Indian films on this site. India has 122 major languages and films are made in many of these languages. Infact India produces the highest number of films in any given year in the world. The Hindi language film industry is known famously as Bollywood, a term coined to sound like Hollywood. Out of these 122 languages, exceptional world class cinema (a few films) is made in Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Tamil and Malayalam languages. Good films might also be available in Telugu, Kannada and Punjabi languages but I am myself not familiar with many of these movies. As much as the Indian cinema is under represented here, more so the excellent films of the Marathi language is a rarity to find on this site. As we all are here on look out for good cinema to watch-I take it upon myself to add Marathi movies on this site. Few of these are India's official entry for "Best Foreign Film Category at the Academy Awards", few of them are winner at the Cannes, The Venice film festival, The Berlin film festival and so on.. Help yourself to these movies. You can find my ratings of these movie in my profile. It would be good idea to check my ratings because like any movie industry, many Marathi language films can be absolutely crappy. To search for these movies just type-"Marathi" in the search bar and you will get a collection titled the same, moderated by iceblox. Finding subtitles and good prints of these movies might be an ordeal but fear not-- just message me and I will help you find one-if at all possible. Happy hunting and watching cinema.
I have started adding any Indian movie not present on this site without any language restrictions.
|100 T10||Nagrik (2014) - Jan 02, 2017
|100 T10||The Night Of (2016) - Dec 06, 2016
|100 T10||Years of Living Dangerously (2014) - Nov 14, 2016|
|100 T10||Before the Flood (2016) - Nov 05, 2016
"This documentary does an important job of spreading awareness about a grave issue. Has managed to reach far reaching corners of the world where this issue remains unnoticed and unaware among the people. While not as thorough and exceptional as Years of Living Dangerously, important nonetheless."
|100 T10||The Train (1964) - Oct 23, 2016|
|40 T3||The Wailing (2016) - Oct 03, 2016
"Ok, this is going to one off where I have to rate and comment. I get the references to the bible about casting the first stone, and giving up faith without seeing etc., but the work stands too boring for my new taste. It's an exercise in stupidity. Crap under the guise of imaginative film making. Could have been an hour tighter. The few points I give it here are for the hilarious rituals. Just because something is out of box and new doesn't mean it's necessarily good."
|85 T8||Vampire Hunter D (2000) - May 03, 2016|
|55 T5||Spring (2014) - May 02, 2016
"A unique and refreshing blend of romance and lovecraftian horror genre spiced with some Sci-Fi. Showing the triumph of love over nature occurs to me as only a romantic thought. We are not witness to an intense love brewing between the leads, on the contrary, it looks very casual, which forms the premise of the previous line. But what do I know about love? Interesting film. It kept me interested mostly because of it's uniqueness, but looking back at the film, the flaws stare right back at me. "
|65 T6||What We Do in the Shadows (2014) - May 01, 2016
"Refreshing and likable. The movie was probably meant to be tepid by design throughout, which hinders it from being elevated to the very good ranks or beyond. Minor flaws in the end also takes it a step back from being entirely satisfactory."
|60 T5||SPL 2: A Time for Consequences (2015) - Apr 29, 2016
"An unusually detailed and decent drama in a mainstream martial arts action movie. Too many coincidences in the plot under the guise of "God won't toy with us" is unsatisfactory. Furthermore, a very cliched and unrealistic ending takes shine off the brilliance in the former parts and serves an unexpected dent to the movie."