senseiparks has written 5 reviews for films rated ★★ .

  • Dark Phoenix

    Dark Phoenix

    ★★

    STRESS RATING: 🌀🌀🌀
    Tries to be emotionally poignant, though it only hits like 10% of the time. Decently stressful action, though. 
    (The Stress Ratings List)

    Personal Rating: 4
    One of my friends told me after we had finished X-men: Apocalypse that my enjoyment of it was largely due to the fact I was seeing it in a group setting where we could crack jokes and shit, and though I still think I would’ve enjoyed that one on my own, I doubt…

  • Safety Not Guaranteed

    Safety Not Guaranteed

    ★★

    STRESS RATING: 🧸🧸 ½
    Probably very poignant and emotional to some. I was just kind of vibing and hating on the characters internally the whole time, though. 
    (The Stress Ratings List)

    Personal Rating: 4.5
    I don’t want to be the guy who’s like “wow this is just try-hard indie quirk fest lol” because those guys sound like assholes, so thankfully there are a lot more issues I have with Safety Not Guaranteed. Admittedly, I didn’t go into it thinking it…

  • 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…

  • Plan 9 from Outer Space

    Plan 9 from Outer Space

    ★★

    STRESS RATING: 🌸 ½ 
    Maybe there was a time when this was considered to be relatively scary, however nowadays Plan 9 from Outer Space is like a light comedy. 

    Personal Rating: 4
    Figured this was essential viewing after watching Ed Wood, and I was right. It’s one thing to see it from the eyes of Tim Burton, but the actual movie in all its campy glory is a completely different experience. There’s no debate that the movie is “bad,” with…

  • Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

    Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

    ★★

    STRESS RATING: 🧸🧸 ½
    Personal Rating: 4.5

    This movie was... very boring. Much too much politics for a Star Wars movie, and most of what wasn’t politics was pretty lame character building. The only real draw would probably be the action scenes, which are usually pretty decent enough to warrant someone actually watching this. Another decent reason would be the cast, as it’s pretty fun watching Ewan McGregor and Liam Neeson dick around with lightsabers in the Star Wars universe.…