Greetings fellow flixsters!
While I'm not exactly a movie buff, I've seen my fair share of films during my short life span. Overall, I enjoy the general movie-watching experience though I do not consider all movies to be great. There's always some good, some bad, a few noteworthy films, and there's also unsurprisingly just a whole lot of garbage out there too.
I'm critical when it comes to movies (or at least I think I am) and don't usually hand out 4½ to a 5 star ratings unless the movie moves my soul, changes my way or perspective of looking at life, has a new/different philosophy of life, there's nothing like it that has ever been captured in film before, and is downright groundbreaking. The only movies I rarely watch are horror films unless it's with friends (yes, I am a scaredy-cat). I'm also particularly peeved with comedies that aren't funny (which happens more often than not) as well as plot-less, mindless action/which-ever genre movies that come out every once in a while (even though you inevitably run into them from time to time).
My reviews may tend to be a little short (one word is the minimum, I promise) and others I've put some more thought into reviewing it. I've seen so many movies, want to review them all but it's a bit hard to remember everything in it (especially if I haven't watched it recently) and come up with a general opinion of it. But if I ever get paid for reviewing them, I would have no problem dishing out essay-long analyses of films.
I have rated hundreds of movies but I have not reviewed them all. According to my ratings on Flixster, I have watched at least 1,100 movies and counting. This could very well be a whole lot more since I haven't tracked (as in rated or reviewed them here on Flixster) all the films I have ever watched.
It's been a long time since I have given a movie a perfect 5-star score. "Buried" without a doubt deserves it. As the credits rolled, I simply exhaled as I had been holding my breath for what seemed like the last 5 minutes of this very intense, nerve-wracking drama. I have often liked Reynold's performances in other films. This time around he shined as he had an excellent, original script to work with. What makes this movie brilliant is that it's all told from the inside of the coffin/box, so you're in for an hour and a half of an intense claustrophobic film experience like you've never imagined. I give this film props for its originality, great acting, script, its social commentary (on sensitivity, cruelty, government bureaucracy, terrorism) and for all the drama and the emotions. Just don't forget to breathe.
Why did I even freaking watch this? What a waste of time. Everything is blown out of proportion. The lead actor (Klein) looks like a dufus rather than a hero (every other character has to literally spell out for him that the owners are killing players on purpose). Also, this is not a remake. In fact, I'm not going to continue and just tell you to skip this (watch the classic 1975 version instead), unless you want a shot of Rebecca Romijn's breasts or a great tutorial on how NOT to do an action film.