Matt Emanuel

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“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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  • Elemental

    ★★★

  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3

    ★★★½

  • American Fiction

    ★★★★

  • Renfield

    ★★★

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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 Fabelmans

    The Fabelmans

    ★★★

    I love movies, and Spielberg. I was expecting something much more from this film, but will review what I received without contempt. Unfortunately, this “memoir” is more a sentimental diary of Speilbergs mind. The attempt to create a Hollywood classic feels hollow, and in my likely unpopular opinion, lame. The story arc is not smooth. Individual characters minds and actions are disjointed and inconsistent. The best part of the movie is the Gabrielle LaBelle, who plays our main character, and…

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