Brian Gibson

Brian Gibson

Agrees with the Tomatometer 80% of the time.

Favorites:
Citizen Kane Ran Three Colours: Red
Publications:
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Total Reviews:
537
Total QuickRatings:
77
Location:
Nova Scotia

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
98% The Night of the Hunter (1955) " Laughton's only film makes up, in atmospherics and its horribly righteous wrongdoer, for lapses into talkiness and staginess. There are the moody, often German Expressionist shots and that twinkling gleam to the word-crafty, preaching predator's malice." — Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Feb 7, 2014
97% The Americans: Season 2 (TV, 2014) " Drives the anti-hero focus of so many superb viewer-identification series into a new frontier: nationalism. The pair's state-of-the-union is at the star-sickled, hammer-spangled heart of the show. Romances are nearly always mission-bound con-jobs. " — Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Feb 7, 2014
93% Being John Malkovich (1999) " There's something fantastically proto-Internet about this romantic-dramedy of flop-sweat desperation, role-playing, simulation and eccentric, niche-culture behaviour-a world of virtual-reality escapes, alter egos, sexual fetishes and rabbit-hole trips." — Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Feb 7, 2014
18% Devil's Due (2014) " A by-the-blueprint Prenatal Activity stalking a boring white couple as Satan's spawn gestates in her womb. But it's the ubiquity of cameras that seems most infernal--is there anywhere a lens won't follow? Forget hell--it's more like eternal HAL." — Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Feb 7, 2014
81% Road to Perdition (2002) " Crisply, starchily self-conscious in its efforts to be a gangster epic. A pretty-enough remote place, with its rain and snow and fedoras and trenchcoats, but it's still a long way from Boardwalk Empire and Miller's Crossing. " — Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Feb 7, 2014
—— The Staircase 2 " Appalls in its presentation of the sheer incompetence of one 'expert' and builds that rare feeling-of watching and waiting to see if, just maybe, a victim of injustice will be released from a virtual death-sentence." — Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Feb 7, 2014
75% Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013) " A hulking, Rob Ford-like movie; a lazy, drunken-stupor mess. The non-comedy includes Burgundy telling his ex she's 'like a mentally ill whore having PMS from the 1800s.' Slapdash, flat, bloated (119 min.) and gratingly full of its own white-power bulls**t" — Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Feb 7, 2014
62% One Direction: This Is Us (2013) " Even Niall's schtick of whipping up or quieting down a mass of waiting fans seems the most innocuous metaphor imaginable for the manipulation that, unexamined here, lies at the hollow heart of all this manufactured stardom and its manufactured followers." — Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Dec 27, 2013
58% Riddick (2013) " A general scuzziness and dinginess starts to creep over the picture like a mold ... soon, it's hard to get your heart-rate up over whether or not the coming wave of scorpo-aliens kill these scowling, sneering bags of man-meat." — Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Dec 27, 2013
29% The Family (2013) " American family, presumed obnoxious by French villagers, deals with problems by being obnoxiously, smugly violent. The daughter, when not beating people up, is a moist-eyed virgin eroticized by the camera, all her romantic aspirations cringingly mawkish." — Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Dec 27, 2013
94% Drug War (2013) " A nicely tangled, smartly paced and cold little thriller-nothing more, nothing less." — Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Dec 27, 2013
70% Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (2013) " Should be re-titled Periods of Satire, Broken by Scattered Jokes of Varying Quality, Sun-Burning Colour and Sudden Storm-Surge-Pacing." — Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Dec 27, 2013
9% Runner Runner (2013) " Mixes the vacuous and tedious, slick and predictable, smarmy and smug. There's gambling lingo, racism or sleaziness spouting from the mouths of male a**holes, conversations steaming with banal bluster, and tropical scenes out of perfume and liqueur ads." — Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Dec 27, 2013
60% Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (2013) " Stuffs male jackassery into a paper-thin piñata of a contrived plot, then blindly bashes us over the head, again and again, with a stick marked 'SEE WHAT AN OLD MAN AND A YOUNG BOY CAN GET AWAY WITH!'" — Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Dec 27, 2013
60% Ender's Game (2013) " From its grave, Full-of-Portent-and-Moment start 'til its grave, Full-of-Portent-and-Moment end, this flick's got a severe case of the Messiah Complex. Lots of human-phobia here--it's 100-percent gravitas and humourless inhumanity." — Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Dec 27, 2013
38% Delivery Man (2013) " This movie can't escape its tight pair of genes: from the paternal man-child side, the low-born comedies of dickish Vaughn-characters past; from the maternal mainstream-Hollywood side, a nagging tendency towards pretty, simplistic caricatures." — Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Dec 27, 2013
82% Shadow Dancer (2013) " Plays slyly with noir; adroitly twists and turns away from easy expectations in its final minutes. This thriller's got one sharp, savage ending. Marsh takes a black-eyed stare out from the gravestone-gray, waning days of the Troubles." — Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Dec 27, 2013
81% The Royal Tenenbaums (2002) " The near-fantastic, offbeat, play-room sensibility of Anderson's work is much of his appeal. Here, the cozy-roominess slots in well with the various cornered resentments, stacked secrets and crammed cubbyholes of bad memories." — Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Dec 27, 2013
94% Ghost in the Shell (1996) " Not about haunting impermanence but hollowness and fluidity. Surveillance-camera and cyborg-eye shots make us feel like we're in an electronic casing, looking out. And both gender and the physical body are fluid and temporary shells." — Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Dec 27, 2013
100% Quadrophenia (1979) " Roddam's look back at an angsty young man in '65 is a throwback to the kitchen-sink dramas that began plumbing the depths of lower-class lives then. Reeking with a restless teen spirit, Quadrophenia leads us down adolescence's blind alleys of rebellion." — Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Dec 27, 2013
92% O Som ao Redor (Neighbouring Sounds) (2012) " Rural and urban, property lines and blood feuds, family histories and petty battles . . . in a film that reframes Brazil as a place where blood is thicker and murkier than water, even in homes that seem so clean and white and safe." — Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Dec 27, 2013
74% The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013) " A trilogy sinks under the middle-weight of its sheer desolation, becoming baggy, boggy, saggy and smaugy. Scenes aren't just predictable but chiselled in triplicate--with stony dialogue, soaring muzak and restless, blatant visuals. A slogging quest-opera." — Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Dec 27, 2013
57% Escape From Tomorrow (2013) " Mainly a one-trick Goofy-show, connecting a famous family-fun park with adult voyeurism, paranoid delusions and sexual obsession. There's a tedium to Jim's sex-obsession, some Freudian 101 symbolism, and the shrewishness of Jim's wife is too much." — Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Dec 27, 2013
72% Barbarella (1968) " A Flash Gordon-meets-Oz kitsch-fest stripping women's sexual revolution down to voyeuristic spectacle, flimsily dressed in cheap, see-through, psychedelic B-movie garb. Vadim imbues most scenes with a faux-arty lethargy that slumps into stiltedness. " — Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Dec 27, 2013
56% Godzilla 2000 (2000) " After all the humans' blathering about studying him or killing him or why's-he-keep-saving-us-after-we-created-him-but-now-try-to-destroy-him?, the big scaly brute's got the best idea for taking the piss out of this movie--keep roaring unintelligibly." — Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Dec 27, 2013
47% Last Vegas (2013) " All the glitzing-up and trading-off of Vegas's allure blinds and bleaches out what isn't nearly as bad as it could've been. Has a relaxed, let's-have-some-laughs feel but tries too hard to be so cool and sappy-ever-after for all those 'zoomers' out there." — Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Dec 27, 2013
100% Heima (Sigur Ros: Heima) (2007) " Reverberates a sense not only of Iceland's people, places and history but a sense of natural intimacy and intimacy with nature. Capping it all is the band's best-ever, 'Popplagið,' a stunning 12 minutes that DeBlois matches with a shiver-inducing sequence" — Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Dec 27, 2013
88% She Monkeys (Apflickorna) (2011) " Lisa Aschan's remarkable debut shows girls aping adult sexuality and power-plays. Female adolescence becomes a gasping for air and grasping for achievement, getting ahead of a rival or friend (the distinction blurs) however one can." — Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Dec 27, 2013
96% Pan's Labyrinth (2006) " Grotesque and macabre thrills here, but not a fantasy-masterpiece. There's a drawn-out-ness to the plot that extends to the time-period being overdrawn. Captain Vidal's an overstated fatherland fascist; the political history becomes morbid melodrama." — Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Dec 27, 2013
81% Batman Returns (1992) " Among the 1990s' most fruitful marriages of high-brow auteurist style and pulp source material. A Burtonesque layer cake: at bottom, his take on German Expressionism; then the Gotham grotesquerie; topping it all off is a fissuring, fracturing fairytale." — Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Dec 27, 2013
93% The Hunt (2013) " It's a maddening, strangely riveting cinematic experience to follow a man wrongly accused of a crime that could stain his name forever ... but there's still something one-note about this near-tragedy. The script, too, seems programmatic." — Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Dec 27, 2013
72% Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013) " A more grandiose version of The Help, The Butler stands at the ready, eager to offer an after-dinner mint of simplified, sweetened history to make us--especially white Americans--feel good about how that whole racism thing turned out in the end." — Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Dec 27, 2013
86% Le Petit Voleur (The Little Thief) (1999) " Beyond its feral glances, whipping pace, and unlikeable but hypnotically watchable anti-hero (much like the Dardennes' protagonists), The Little Thief's greatest ingenuity is its view of crime as hard work." — Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Dec 27, 2013
74% Chicken with Plums (2012) " Suffused with longing and whimsy, Chicken with Plum's tone can get a little stretched; it can be a touch twee, even cautious. But mostly this adaptation retains a sad dreaminess and a melancholy comic-ness without ever getting cartoonish." — Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Dec 27, 2013
69% The Wolverine (2013) " Preferring to stay broody and small-time, this minimalist noir, with little dialogue and no world-threatening schemes, intriguingly sustains its culture clash and blurring lines between man, beast and monster." — Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Dec 27, 2013
70% Not Fade Away (2012) " There's a nice, pop-in-and-see rhythm to the storytelling. Gandolfini's Pat descends into a rich sadness. There's wry humour to be had with Douglas and his idealizing buddies. Loneliness and longing lounge around together." — Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Jul 11, 2013
51% White House Down (2013) " Crank up the destruction-porn, strike up the patriotic movie-muzak, round off the sun-bright halo around the Obama-like Prez. By the exhausted end, it's all a super-spangled slice of apple pie." — Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Jul 11, 2013
78% Monsters University (2013) " Mostly takes the old college tropes and doesn't sneak, crawl or run too far with them. There's a bravura scene near the end that's far and away the film's best 10 minutes. Most spark, spontaneity and character complexity is left for the sideline monsters." — Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Jul 11, 2013
56% Man of Steel (2013) " Super-duper-overStatement. A cataclysm-caravan of speeches, doomed and desolate landscapes, proclamations of glorious destiny or rebirth, and sprawling, stone-faced seriousness. Can't save itself from self-suffocating grandiosity." — Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Jul 11, 2013
38% The Purge (2013) " A workable blueprint for a movie that falls apart in its shoddy construction. Hammers home its concept, then smashes down the doors of horror-movie clichés. Its beaten-to-a-pulp idea leaves the 'hood and sublets to some weakly shot home-invasion B-horror." — Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Jul 11, 2013
86% The Manor " What keeps Cohen's doc from slipping into comic stereotypes or reality-TV programming is his long, worried, head-on stare at his troubled parents. His pained, poignant gaze at them, trapped together but apart in a tawdry business's shadow, fascinates." — Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Jul 11, 2013
11% After Earth (2013) " As the story moves along with an almost medicating dullness, so antiseptic and square and insulated from any fun or spark or non-self-seriousness, the entire movie has that plastic-wrap feel of a hermetically-sealed Hollywood vanity project." — Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Jul 11, 2013
91% The Sapphires (2013) " Tries to dazzle itself but the shine comes off quickly, as this weakly structured story flees at the sight of any lingering dramatic conflict, preferring to turn history into a pleasant song-and-dance routine." — Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Jul 11, 2013
19% The Hangover Part III (2013) " Whatever humour was left in the guys-gone-wild porn of the Hangover franchise dribbles and trickles and slips out, one quarter-chuckle every half-hour or so, in the third instalment." — Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Jul 11, 2013
68% Fast & Furious 6 (2013) " This Formula 6 racing flick's tire-spinning in a vacuum: the plausible's passed early on, the ludicrous is smoked down the stretch, and any lingering basic law of action-film gravitas is shredded by the finish line." — Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Jul 11, 2013
91% The Beguiled (1971) " Southern Gothic that sinks too deep into the bayous of sexploitation and horror towards the end, Don Siegel's adaptation of Thomas P Cullinan's 1966 novel is still ripe and pungent enough to intermittently fascinate." — Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Jul 11, 2013
79% Die Blechtrommel (The Tin Drum) (1979) " Walks a taut, high rope between doubles and split selves, docu-realism and surrealism, brutality and naïveté, sacred and profane, and history and myth, without falling into the safety net of childish fantasy. (It only falters in its final half-hour.)" — Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Jul 11, 2013
97% Hotaru no haka (Grave of the Fireflies) (1988) " Such odd hopefulness, flitting around a child, mixed with the overwhelmingly sad, pervades Isao Takahata's film. And all around Seita and Setsuko, nature, in the face of human destruction and tragedy, persists in its beauty." — Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Jul 11, 2013
75% My Neighbors the Yamadas (1999) " There's a crabby, gleeful spirit to the whole thing, carried along by animated bursts of imagination, snippets of haiku, and spirited song. Amid all the disgruntlement and dismay, there's a sweet we're-all-in-this-life-togetherness." — Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Jul 11, 2013
83% From Up On Poppy Hill (2013) " Ghibli's latest is its most local and historical, like a gorgeous-looking manuscript plucked from a town's archives. A school-film about personal space and preserving place in a Japan on the cusp of a new era. But it'll lack spark for any non-Ghibli fan." — Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Jul 11, 2013
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