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Cole Smithey

Cole Smithey

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
B- 93% The Duke Of Burgundy (2015) "It would be interesting to see how a daring female filmmaker would follow the story's fetishized elements toward their logical trajectories. " ‐
Posted Feb 10, 2016
C- 33% Jane Got a Gun (2016) "The film is less a blend of genres than one big mess. " ‐
Posted Feb 9, 2016
A 98% Rams (Hrútar) (2016) "Iceland's tragi-comic drama of land-sharing sibling rivalry plays out in a profound rural environment of communal loss. The resulting film is an eloquent character and social study of tortured souls at the mercy of nature's volatile whims. " ‐
Posted Feb 4, 2016
A+ 95% Son of Saul (2015) "Under Hungarian filmmaker Laszlo Nemes's direction, Röhrig's portrayal of a desperate man hanging onto the thinnest shred of humanity proves to be as cathartic as anything in the history of cinema. " ‐
Posted Jan 26, 2016
A+ 100% Black God, White Devil (Deus e o Diabo na Terra do Sol) ""Black God, White Devil" is a cinematic call for the audience to reject all political and religious doctrine in favor of an individual liberty at one with nature, something you could call sustainable. " ‐
Posted Jan 22, 2016
C- 92% Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) "[VIDEO ESSAY] This latest installment of fandom's favorite mongrel pet is a poorly paced MacGuffin-chase plot, ginned up with groan-inducing spoonful doses of pro-war imagery and its attendant rudimentary vocabulary. " ‐
Posted Jan 17, 2016
A+ 97% Spirited Away (2001) "Animation legend Hayao Miyazaki's divinely imaginative display of madcap surrealism is virtuosic in this episodic coming of age classic. " ‐
Posted Jan 8, 2016
A No Score Yet This is Bossa Nova (Coisa Mais Linda: Histórias e Casos da Bossa Nova) (2006) "The pure delight of hearing Bossa Nova played on nylon-stringed guitars by veteran masters of the music, is more than sufficient reason to learn about this relatively young music's vibrant history. " ‐
Posted Jan 8, 2016
B 70% The Danish Girl (2015) "The Danish Girl" pales against Todd Haynes's "Carol." Still, there is much to admire in Eddie Redmayne's daring performance. It's the main reason to see this film. " ‐
Posted Dec 10, 2015
A- 38% Reform School Girls (1986) "[VIDEO ESSAY] Although critically scorned and criminally overlooked, co-writer/director Tom Desimone's punk rock-inspired indie sexploitation flick has it all. " ‐
Posted Dec 8, 2015
A- 75% Where to Invade Next (2016) "[VIDEO ESSAY] The film's purpose is clear, to inspire constructive discussions about concrete measures that could be taken to deliver a more humane culture to America. Bernie Sanders should take note. " ‐
Posted Dec 6, 2015
B 76% Gladiator (2000) "It took "Alien" director Ridley Scott to reinvigorate, however briefly, the sword and sandal genre at the turn of the 21st century. " ‐
Posted Dec 6, 2015
A 95% Bringing Up Baby (1938) "[VIDEO ESSAY] Howard Hawks's "Bringing Up Baby" is the go-to example of screwball comedy that critics and film-lovers reference most as the definitive model of the genre. " ‐
Posted Dec 6, 2015
A+ 94% Il Vangelo Secondo Matteo (The Gospel According to St. Matthew) (1964) "[VIDEO ESSAY] This film seems to say that religious doctrine has worked as long as it has because its poetry is so beautiful. It also allows for the passing of generations who will eventually reject all religion because it is ultimately a lie. " ‐
Posted Nov 20, 2015
B+ 88% The Big Short (2015) "[VIDEO ESSAY] "The Big Short" is an essential history lesson and a cautionary tale that America is grave danger of falling into again. " ‐
Posted Nov 15, 2015
B+ 92% Anomalisa (2015) "[VIDEO ESSAY] Although Kaufman rushes the film's ending (budgetary constraints perhaps?), he delivers an exquisite romantic interaction between two imperfect people. " ‐
Posted Nov 15, 2015
C+ 96% Spotlight (2015) ""Spotlight" is a labored reportage procedural that arrives a decade too late. " ‐
Posted Nov 15, 2015
A 88% Farewell My Concubine (1993) "Part history lesson, part love story, and part musical, here is a visually and thematically stunning epic from China that you will not forget. " ‐
Posted Nov 12, 2015
A- 64% Spectre (2015) " "Spectre" is an incredibly entertaining and fun movie. Isn't that what it's all about? " ‐
Posted Nov 8, 2015
A- 93% Rocky (1976) "[VIDEO ESSAY] "Rocky" struck a nerve with American audiences at the time because it spoke directly to a '70s era lower middle-class dream of success that has since been exploded into a billion pieces. " ‐
Posted Nov 3, 2015
A+ 76% Man Bites Dog (1992) "[VIDEO ESSAY] Self-reflexive social satire rarely comes with such a hilarious fury of black humor as it does in this ingenious mockumentary about filming a serial killer's pursuits. " ‐
Posted Nov 2, 2015
C 69% Crimson Peak (2015) "[VIDEO ESSAY] Crimson Peak" isn't an awful movie; it just isn't a very good one either. Come back Guillermo del Toro. We need you. " ‐
Posted Oct 22, 2015
A+ 69% Miles Ahead (2016) "[VIDEO] Don Cheadle's independently produced labor of love is an exquisitely polished love letter to the iconic genius who revolutionized music five times over during the 20th century. " ‐
Posted Oct 13, 2015
C+ 85% Steve Jobs (2015) "[VIDEO ESSAY] For a movie that resists the traditional biopic movie formula of career-high-and-low flashbacks (witness Ashton Kutcher's disastrous "Jobs" - now streaming on Netflix), "Steve Jobs" is a droning tone poem of a character-study. " ‐
Posted Oct 11, 2015
C+ 92% The Martian (2015) "You'd think they could break at least one cliché, but no. This narrative is gooey smooth like an oyster without a grain of sand with which to make a pearl. " ‐
Posted Oct 6, 2015
B+ 100% De Palma "More edited than directed, "De Palma" is rightfully content to let the director of such classics as "Carrie" and "Scarface" tell the story of his career. " ‐
Posted Sep 27, 2015
A+ 85% The Walk (2015) ""The Walk" is a TKO you don't see coming. Your palms will sweat; tears will be spilled. " ‐
Posted Sep 26, 2015
A+ 100% The Band Wagon (1953) "Widely considered one of the greatest movie musicals of all time, Vincent Minnelli's "The Band Wagon" connects a jumble of comedic backstage Broadway shenanigans with mix-matched show tunes via Fred Astaire's impeccable dance routines. " ‐
Posted Sep 16, 2015
C- 93% Sicario (2015) "[VIDEO ESSAY] A disappointment from start to finish, Denis Villeneuve's attempting-to-be-edifying international drug thriller fails miserably by the social realist parameters it portends to fulfill with macho quasi-military bombast. " ‐
Posted Sep 16, 2015
A 93% Coming Home (2015) "[VIDEO ESSAY] Superb performances by the incomparable Gong Li (Zhang Yimou's reliably brilliant stock actress), and the wonderfully understated Chen Daoming, are electrifying. .. " ‐
Posted Sep 8, 2015
A+ 82% Papillon (1999) "This consummate prison-break epic features Steve McQueen's greatest transformation of character creation over the course of his estimable film career. " ‐
Posted Sep 6, 2015
B+ 97% Being Evel (2015) "Cultural identifiers don't come any bigger, meaner, or influential than Evel (nee Robert Craig) Knievel. " ‐
Posted Aug 29, 2015
A 73% Youth (2015) "There is something to savor in every minute of this brilliant picture. " ‐
Posted Aug 27, 2015
A+ 85% Blow-Up (1966) "Michelangelo Antonioni's first English language film is an allegorical murder mystery whose abstract parameters delineate a society where images are more important, and lasting, than reality. " ‐
Posted Aug 22, 2015
A- 100% Quel maledetto treno blindato (The Inglorious Bastards) (1978) "[VIDEO ESSAY] Call it a "Spaghetti War" movie. Every veneer of reality is thrown out the window. This is the kind of fantasy war concept that Ben Stiller and Justin Theroux drew upon to write their hilarious war spoof "Tropic Thunder." " ‐
Posted Aug 19, 2015
A 99% Lawrence of Arabia (1962) "[VIDEO ESSAY] Celebrated British director David Lean's "Lawrence of Arabia" is a textbook example of "epic" cinema. " ‐
Posted Aug 12, 2015
C+ 93% Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (2015) "[VIDEO ESSAY] It's an old law of screenwriting that any protagonist must have a worthy opponent. In the case of "Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation," the heavy is a paper tiger. Next. " ‐
Posted Aug 11, 2015
B+ 93% The Gift (2015) ""The Gift" is an original thriller tied up with a thematic bow about how everyone reaps what he or she sows. Karma is everywhere you look. " ‐
Posted Aug 6, 2015
A- 88% Ben-Hur (1959) "[VIDEO ESSAY] It's worth sitting through four hours of Charlton Heston's hammy pregnant pauses of strained dialogue and toothy grimaces just to savor the legendary larger-than-life marathon where single rider chariots... " ‐
Posted Jul 25, 2015
C+ 60% Southpaw (2015) "[VIDEO ESSAY] If you've seen its trailer, you know the whole story for "Southless." Nonetheless, witnessing Gyllenhaal's ever-bloodied boxing monster come to life is worth the price of admission. " ‐
Posted Jul 22, 2015
A+ 80% Manon des Sources (Manon of the Spring) (Jean de Florette II ) (1986) "[VIDEO ESSAY] "Jean de Florette / Manon des Sources" is an emotionally potent movie whose lush depiction of Provence captures your imagination in such a tangible way that you feel as if you are living there during the period. " ‐
Posted Jul 16, 2015
A+ 100% Jean De Florette (1986) "[VIDEO ESSAY] "Jean de Florette / Manon des Sources" is an emotionally potent movie whose lush depiction of Provence captures your imagination in such a tangible way that you feel as if you are living there during the period. " ‐
Posted Jul 16, 2015
A+ 96% The Look of Silence (2015) "[VIDEO ESSAY] Oppenheimer's quest for "truth, justice, reconciliation and some form of healing" for Indonesian people might seem a lofty goal until you consider how badly America needs the exact same things. " ‐
Posted Jul 15, 2015
B 87% Mr. Holmes (2015) "[VIDEO ESSAY] So precise are McKellen's tender gestures and graceful expressions that regardless of this film's less-than-perfect narrative aspects, we are rapt with delight at the privilege of witnessing his performance. " ‐
Posted Jul 9, 2015
A+ 68% Lolita (1997) "[VIDEO ESSAY] Although it is considered sacrilege in some circles to say it, Adrian Lyne's 1997 film version of Vladimir Nabokov's often banned 1954 novel is a vast improvement over Stanley Kubrick's beloved 1962 version. " ‐
Posted Jul 5, 2015
A 83% What Happened, Miss Simone? (2015) "[VIDEO ESSAY] Nina Simone's definition of freedom rings with the same truth as is found in her music. "What is freedom? No fear." " ‐
Posted Jun 30, 2015
A+ 96% Solaris (1976) "[VIDEO ESSAY] Andrei Tarkovsky's prodigious ability to conceptualize grand-scale narrative structure with a fluid sense cinematic time continues to influence filmmakers even if few rise to such dizzying heights. " ‐
Posted Jun 16, 2015
A+ 98% Inside Out (2015) "[VIDEO ESSAY] Children's book authors will be eating their hearts out over co-writer/director Peter Docter's brilliantly devised story about the different emotions that people (kids in specific) feel, and how they can control the voices in their heads. " ‐
Posted Jun 13, 2015
D 49% Tomorrowland (2015) "Hollywood hastens its entropic slide with a dystopic children's story that lacks cohesion, logic, and even style. " ‐
Posted Jun 11, 2015
A+ 86% Die Bitteren Tränen der Petra von Kant (The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant) (1972) "[VIDEO ESSAY] Brecht meets Douglas Sirk and Joseph Mankiewicz ("All About Eve") in Rainer Werner Fassbinder's delectable adaptation of his five-act stageplay, a lesbian triangle of role- switching polarities between dominance and submission. " ‐
Posted Jun 11, 2015
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