Matt Emanuel

“Use The Force, Harry!” - Gandalf 
(X-Men Origins: Spock)


Only ranking feature-length, theatrical-cinema films.

Favorite films

  • There Will Be Blood
  • The Truman Show
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  • Big Fish

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  • Watchmen

    ★★★★

  • Infinity Pool

    ★★★½

  • Alice, Darling

    ★★★½

  • White Noise

    ★★

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  • White Noise

    White Noise

    ★★

    An obnoxious satire that misses the mark and is just as pretentious as it tries not. Unfortunately, failing to be watchable in any way that isn’t just watching the pretty colors and hearing the dialog, but not listening given as the movie is purposely obtuse to the extent that as much as I “get it”, it comes across as simply annoying. The following score only gets that highs because I can understand the attempt at what they were trying to…

  • Requiem for a Dream

    Requiem for a Dream

    ★★★★½

    I beautifully heartbreaking film, an important message and story, and a masterpiece of acting, filmography, and legendary soundtrack. I concur with any analysis that ranks this the most depressing movie of all time. I don’t think it’s the saddest, or most traumatic, but it truly is the pain of solitude exuded and displayed both internally and externally from each character, and how palpable it’s portrayed through so much more than just addiction, that makes it so amazingly upsetting. The feeling…

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  • In Bruges

    In Bruges

    ★★★★

    Frankly, a top 100 movie of those I’ve seen in my opinion. I would say mostly due to the scripting, specifically how it utilizes clever humor and and even more clever depth utilizing hidden meaning (on top of the obvious Christian moral quandaries) and masterful character building. This film has what all classics have - extraordinary multidimensional story building, superb acting backed by sympathetic characters, and an unbeatable wit in its dialog. Regardless of how you see the end, the story wraps up beautifully, with arcs that actually come full circle, a rarity in movies with so much profundity. A true and relevant comedy drama. 8.3/10

  • The Pale Blue Eye

    The Pale Blue Eye

    ★★★½

    A bit of a lackluster performance by Bale, a somber and slow movie leading to a rather obvious ending makes the movie somewhat tiresome to watch at its over 2 hour runtime. A dark and atmospheric movie, but not particularly stylish nor at all scary. A who-dun-it at its most basic, the time period and setting do set it apart substantially from others I’ve seen. A relatively interesting overall plot including a fictionalized Edgar Allen Poe, as well as high quality cinematography/soundtrack, pull the film up to the standard of enjoyable to watch and receives a solid 6.5/10.