• Spirited Away

    Spirited Away

    ★★★★★

    STRESS RATING: 🌀🌀🌀
    Hard to gage considering how happy this film makes you once it’s over, but for a kids movie, it’s got a fair bit of stress to it. Nothing that prevents it from being the comfort movie that it is, though.
    Also, this is the 300th stress rating! I hope to continue doing more of this in the future, and I’ll also be fixing ratings that were in the old format when I rewatch the movie they’re attached…

  • American Psycho

    American Psycho

    ★★★

    STRESS RATING: 💥💥💥💥 ½ 
    Bateman must’ve been studying horror movies with how good he is at making a scene have so much tension. And the movie only gets more stressful as he gets more insane.
    (The Stress Ratings List)

    Personal Rating: 6.5
    I think I have a unconscious tendency not to be controversial with ratings, just out of a human desire to fit in, however I think I’m gonna try to be a bit more honest from now on. I…

  • Before Sunset

    Before Sunset

    ★★★★½

    STRESS RATING: 🌀🌀🌀
    Incredibly engaging, to the point where you’re hanging on to every word like it’s a thriller, yet it rarely feels stressful per se. An average rating feels best. 
    (The Stress Ratings List)

    Personal Rating: 9.5
    I’m pretty sure I said something in my little Before Sunrise write-up about how close I was to giving the film a 10 (I gave it a 9.5) and it’s funny... Before Sunset somehow feels even closer. The dialogue, which is essentially the…

  • Se7en

    Se7en

    ★★★★

    STRESS RATING: 💥💥💥💥
    I’m sure some might feel this should be higher, however for me it was pretty standard on stress for a thriller. It’s grisly murders and creepy atmosphere could surely push this to a 4.5 for some, though. 
    (The Stress Ratings List)

    Personal Rating: 8
    David Fincher has such a good name. I just like saying it and typing it. David Fincher! Anyway, Se7en definitely scratched the mystery/thriller itch I’ve been having recently, however I’m not exactly sure why…

  • X-Men

    X-Men

    ★★★

    STRESS RATING: 🌀🌀🌀 ½ 
    Mild action with a surprising amount of near-death experiences. Not exactly thrilling, but it tries. 
    (The Stress Ratings List)

    Personal Rating: 6.5
    A pretty average movie on the whole, though I probably enjoyed it a bit more than I should’ve thanks to my soft spot for the X-men (I had a few comic books of them when I was younger and liked a lot of the characters). I don’t think it’d be that hot of a…

  • The Prestige

    The Prestige

    ★★★★

    STRESS RATING: 💥💥💥💥
    Two silly magic boys get a little obsessed, destroy their lives, and wrong a record number of women for a Nolan film (I think). A reasonably stressful affair. 
    (The Stress Ratings List)

    Personal Rating: 8
    If there’s anything that I can say about Christopher Nolan, it’s that his films often leave me feeling very conflicted. The Prestige is no different, and though I think it’s definitely among his best, I still left it wishing a few things…

  • Enemy

    Enemy

    ★★★½

    STRESS RATING: 💥💥💥💥 ½ 
    A good word to describe the experience of this film is uneasy. From the sickly color pallete to its slow-but-stressful story, that word fits it the most. Enemy feels incredibly uneasy. 
    (The Stress Ratings List)

    Personal Rating: 7.5
    I didn’t really mean to end up in a Villenueve kick but, well, here I am! Enemy is the fourth movie I’ve seen from him, and though I think it’s pretty good, it’s probably my least favorite of…

  • Arrival

    Arrival

    ★★★★

    STRESS RATING: 🌀🌀🌀 ½ 
    Maybe more... exciting than stressful? The only points where I was really nervous were with the spooky aliens. They were pretty spooky, though. 
    (The Stress Ratings List)

    Personal Rating: 8.5
    Keeping this at an 8.5 for now however I wouldn’t be surprised if my rating increases upon rewatch. There are so many fantastic things going for Arrival, specifically with its awesome higher concept that slowly unravels over the course of the movie and hits you like…

  • Prisoners

    Prisoners

    ★★★★½

    STRESS RATING: ☢️☢️☢️☢️☢️
    Had to take a break during the final act because I was getting too overwhelmed. One of the most stressful movies I’ve ever seen, period. Just click the list and see where it ranks. 
    (The Stress Ratings List)

    Personal Rating: 9
    I didn’t really know how to rate this besides that I thought the movie was pretty great. Really, I just want to watch a few episodes of Pushing Daisies, cheer myself up a bit, and go…

  • Memories of Murder

    Memories of Murder

    ★★★★½

    STRESS RATING: 💥💥💥💥
    Borders pretty close to a 4.5 in its harrowing final act, however most of the movie is pretty standard stress-wise for a crime-thriller. 
    (The Stress Ratings List)

    Personal Rating: 9
    Sorry David Fincher... maybe if Zodiac had a few more dropkicks it could have been as good as this. Memories of Murder plays the increasing desperation of its obsessive protagonists so well, with a murky mix of satire and grit you don’t really get to see with Zodiac…

  • Alice Through the Looking Glass

    Alice Through the Looking Glass

    ★★

    STRESS RATING: 🧸🧸 ½ 
    Almost completely abandons the odd darkness of its predecessor in favor of... vibrant blandness. And as it’s aesthetic and tone are watered down, so has its stress (funnily enough, all three are below average).
    (The Stress Ratings List)

    Personal Rating: 4
    From what I gather, there are two camps of people who hate this movie. The first are the people who already despised Burton’s Alice in Wonderland and found this to be equally as annoying. The…

  • In Bruges

    In Bruges

    ★★★★

    STRESS RATING: 🌀🌀🌀 ½ 
    A heavy film dealing with guilt and morality masquerading as a dark comedy, In Bruges is far from a happy walk through the park. Prepare for some laughs and a fair bit of stress. 
    (The Stress Ratings List)

    Personal Rating: 8
    I’d love to stop giving out so many four star ratings, but damnit, I just keep on watching great movies! I remember watching a video on In Bruges a while back (when I was just…