Adam Nayman

Adam Nayman

""There is no way out of here. It will be dark soon" - Torgo "KHAAAANNNNNNNNNNNNNN!" -Capt. Kirk "Can you dig it? - Cyrus, leader of the Riffs"

Agrees with the Tomatometer 77% of the time.

Biography:
a 21 year old film critic at Eye Magazine in Toronto, Adam has been writing about movies for as long as he can remember, and just can't believe they're paying him for it.
Favorites:
2001: A Space OdysseyGrand IllusionManos: Hands of Fate400 Blows
Publications:
Boxoffice Magazine , eye WEEKLY , L.A. Weekly , Reverse Shot , The Dissolve , The Grid
Total Reviews:
387
Total QuickRatings:
8
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 151 - 200 of 387
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
1/5 8% 10,000 B.C. (2008) " This year's first Event Movie is almost guaranteed to wind up as its dumbest." — eye WEEKLY
Posted Mar 13, 2008
—— Noah's Ark (2007) " It's finally nothing if not good-spirited." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Feb 28, 2008
—— Men in the Nude (2007) " It's self-conscious in a way that distances us from the purportedly roiling emotions of the characters." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Feb 21, 2008
—— Iska's Journey " Unfortunately, the movie itself is only intermittently gripping." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Feb 15, 2008
—— Just Sex and Nothing Else " Precise camera setups, smarter-than-usual dialogue and fine, spontaneous-seeming ensemble work." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Feb 7, 2008
45% American Military Intelligence and You! (2008) " It would be a shame if this smarmy, kiddie-pool-shallow bit of gimmickry were to be confused with clear-eyed satire." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Feb 7, 2008
2/5 22% The Eye (2008) " Alba is so believable as a woman thrown out of her comfort zone... that it's actually a disappointment when the plot kicks in." — eye WEEKLY
Posted Feb 1, 2008
1/5 2% Meet the Spartans (2008) " Until the mainstream produces some films undeserving of idiot violation, the idiot violation represented by Meet the Spartans -- a Xerox of absolute zero -- will be par for the course." — eye WEEKLY
Posted Jan 25, 2008
3/5 23% Awake (2007) " The twist-happy screenplay holds together, and the actors around Christensen are better than they have to be: not only reliable hands like Lena Olin and Arliss Howard, but also a perfectly cast Jessica Alba, smartly playing with and against her looks." — eye WEEKLY
Posted Jan 10, 2008
1/5 12% Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (AVP 2) (2007) " Indifference is the name of the game across the board, really." — eye WEEKLY
Posted Dec 28, 2007
3/5 70% I Am Legend (2007) " What we have here is about two-thirds great and one-third awful, and in that order." — eye WEEKLY
Posted Dec 13, 2007
5/5 95% Come and See (Idi i smotri) (1985) " In Klimov's unshakable vision, death is casual, safety is impossible and beauty is backwards: this is peerlessly gorgeous filmmaking about absolute ugliness." — eye WEEKLY
Posted Oct 15, 2007
1/5 14% Skinwalkers (2007) " What differentiates Skinwalkers from other bad werewolf movies is just how colossally bad it is: it makes Blood and Chocolate look like Ashes and Diamonds." — eye WEEKLY
Posted Aug 10, 2007
2/5 33% Walking to Werner (2006) " It's an impressive odyssey, but the film -- which alternates between Phillips' ceaseless ramblings and interviews with the predictably eccentric folks he meets on the road -- plays like a prolonged death march." — eye WEEKLY
Posted Jul 20, 2007
3/5 —— Red Without Blue " Present-tense drama comes when one of the boys decides he wants to be a girl, a development the filmmakers mine -- responsibly but resourcefully -- for strains of significance." — eye WEEKLY
Posted Jun 19, 2007
3/5 90% Colma: The Musical (2006) " Richard Wong's DV-shot musical channels an earnest, let's-put-on-a-show-ethos into a melancholy celebration of the titular San Francisco suburb." — eye WEEKLY
Posted Jun 19, 2007
—— Dying at Grace eye WEEKLY
Posted May 26, 2007
—— The Parallel (2008) " An amateurish mashup of The Butterfly Effect and The Family Man (talk about unholy hybrids!) that strains patience from the get-go." — L.A. Weekly
Posted May 10, 2007
3/5 96% The Cats of Mirikitani (2006) " Her efforts, presented without even the faintest whiff of self-congratulation, yield revelation and real success, and keep The Cats of Mirikitani moving along a compelling and unpredictable trajectory." — eye WEEKLY
Posted Apr 23, 2007
2.5/5 82% Linda Linda Linda (2005) " Director Nobuhiro Yamashita seems to be aiming for a laconic deadpan tone, yet the static camera work and even-keel pacing elicit more yawns than chuckles." — eye WEEKLY
Posted Jan 12, 2007
47% Coffee Date (2006) " How disappointing that a film that hints at the fluid, nonbinary natures of love and attraction should labor so hard to knot its own loose ends." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Nov 9, 2006
55% Evil Aliens (2007) " West seems to mistake smugness for genre savvy, and his aggressive, arm-punching brand of pandering quickly grows tiresome, and then unbearable." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Sep 28, 2006
2/5 33% Breaking and Entering (2007) " Breaking and Entering is an intelligent movie with a great supporting cast -- virtues that prove to be its undoing." — eye WEEKLY
Posted Sep 23, 2006
4/5 80% Summer '04 (Sommer '04) (2007) " A rare thing: a successfully asymmetrical drama." — eye WEEKLY
Posted Sep 23, 2006
3/5 66% Snow Cake (2006) " Marc Evans' direction is alternately clear-eyed and blearily sentimental, but the film is a fine showcase for Weaver." — eye WEEKLY
Posted Sep 23, 2006
4/5 100% Deliver Us From Evil (2006) " [A] blood-boiling documentary." — eye WEEKLY
Posted Sep 23, 2006
4/5 91% The Italian (2007) " What began as a vivid tour of enclosed institutional rot segues, smartly and seamlessly, into a compelling open-road odyssey." — eye WEEKLY
Posted Sep 23, 2006
4/5 88% Requiem (2006) " The film is incisive about the all-too-mundane social, physical and emotional pressures exacted upon its heroine." — eye WEEKLY
Posted Sep 23, 2006
4/5 84% Manufactured Landscapes (2007) " Though its vistas may look alien, this urgent, quietly damning film never lets us forget that we, by dint of our comfy environs, are their creators." — eye WEEKLY
Posted Sep 23, 2006
2/5 87% Efter brylluppet (After the Wedding) (2006) " This melodrama about a miserable Good Samaritan (Mads Mikkelsen) staring down a difficult (and heroically contrived) ethical dilemma gets soapier -- and dopier -- as it goes along." — eye WEEKLY
Posted Sep 23, 2006
2/5 57% The Half Life of Timofey Berezin (PU-239) (2008) " The film is undone by sloppy plotting, over-deliberate writing and a few terrible ebbs in tone." — eye WEEKLY
Posted Sep 23, 2006
100% Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers (2006) " While it doesn't deviate from the snippy, newsmagazine format of its predecessors, Iraq for Sale stays mostly on point and on target, as Greenwald trains his sights on the ruinous consequences of corporate involvement in the Iraq war." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Sep 7, 2006
56% Nightmare Man (2006) " All impenetrably dark nighttime shots, politely telegraphed shocks and limp, transparent misogyny masquerading as genre-savvy hijinks." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Aug 3, 2006
92% The Fall of Fujimori (2006) " The film is a must-see for Perry's one-on-one chats with her subject." — L.A. Weekly
Posted May 4, 2006
38% Guys and Balls (Maenner Wie Wir) (2006) " Guys and Balls is an inventory of such cliches, but at least they're trotted out with a modicum of proficiency." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Apr 27, 2006
60% The Almost Guys (2006) " The Almost Guys reveals itself as a mawkish men-on-the-road comedy, a stultifying cross-country odyssey of bonding, bickering and group peeing." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Apr 20, 2006
—— One Last Ride (2003) " There's something about Cupo that keeps us interested despite the thinness of the material." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Apr 6, 2006
78% CSA: Confederate States of America (2006) " Sprung urgent and barn-side broad, in the tradition of all great, immodest proposals, C.S.A. is A-OK." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Feb 23, 2006
4/4 82% Private (2005) " Offers a complex, non-partisan take on the Middle East conflict." — eye WEEKLY
Posted Oct 11, 2005
3/5 69% Sunflower (Xiang ri kui) (2007) " This film marks a return to more accessible fare for Chinese director Zhang Yang." — eye WEEKLY
Posted Sep 24, 2005
2.5/5 82% The World's Fastest Indian (2005) " The twin novelties of Sir Anthony Hopkins racing a motorcycle and speaking in a Kiwi dialect make The World's Fastest Indian worth seeing -- just barely." — eye WEEKLY
Posted Sep 24, 2005
1.5/4 30% 50 Ways of Saying Fabulous (2006) " Young lead Andrew Paterson is so likeable that the film occasionally threatens to be affecting, but a series of strenuously melodramatic developments late in the game kept us detached and unimpressed." — eye WEEKLY
Posted Sep 9, 2005
2/5 33% Sexual Dependency (2003) " This bold experiment fails to hang together as a watchable film, straining audience sympathies in too many directions before finally collapsing under its own strident weight." — eye WEEKLY
Posted Nov 30, 2004
3.5/5 63% Magnifico (2003) " That I bought into this transparent exercise in tear-jerking ... has as much to do with my own curious tolerance for subtitled excess as it does its own virtues of performance, scripting and direction." — eye WEEKLY
Posted Oct 30, 2004
—— Decoys (2004) eye WEEKLY
Posted Sep 4, 2004
3/5 —— Westray (2001) " The power of the subject matter is undeniable, and there is some amazing footage of the post-explosion inquest, in which the buck is callously passed between every level of the mine's management team." — eye WEEKLY
Posted Aug 10, 2004
—— How's Your News? (2001) eye WEEKLY
Posted Aug 7, 2004
—— Daughters of the Sun (2004) eye WEEKLY
Posted Aug 7, 2004
2.5/5 47% Hidalgo (2004) " Slow, plodding and arduous, though spiked with occasional hiccups of excitement." — eye WEEKLY
Posted Apr 9, 2004
3.5/5 75% Dawn of the Dead (2004) " Basically, it's a very well-photographed and edited B-movie, admirably relying less on bass-chord jump scares than mercilessly ratcheted -- and usually character-based -- dramatic and logistical tension." — eye WEEKLY
Posted Apr 9, 2004
1/5 22% Taking Lives (2004) " All together now: bo-ring." — eye WEEKLY
Posted Apr 9, 2004
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