Brian Holcomb

Brian Holcomb

Agrees with the Tomatometer 73% of the time.

Publications:
Beyond Hollywood , CinemaBlend.com , Kinetofilm , PopMatters , Slant Magazine
Critics' Group:
Online Film Critics Society
Total Reviews:
179
Location:
South Jersey/Philadelphia

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
4/5 93% Veronica Mars: Season 3 (TV, 2006-2007) " Perhaps this is the real mystery of Veronica Mars: The mystery of why a show as well written as this one needs to beg for an audience supposedly starved of quality entertainment. A mystery likely to remain unsolved. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 23, 2014
2.5/5 70% Cockneys vs Zombies (2013) " Cockneys Vs. Zombies delivers exactly what is expected of a film called Cockneys Vs. Zombies. This is a farce first, horror film last." — Kinetofilm
Posted Dec 25, 2012
4.5/5 97% Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (2012) " Ai Weiwei is such a laid back, calm and yet mischievous spirit that the film takes on a whole different, almost joyous tone." — Kinetofilm
Posted Dec 18, 2012
5/5 98% Sunset Boulevard (1950) " One of the great joys of the film is watching the way in which William Holden's naturalistic performance clashes with an actress and performance style from an earlier age. " — CinemaBlend.com
Posted Nov 8, 2012
4.5/5 76% The Ambassador (2012) " Supposedly nothing is staged. Truthfully, so much of this film is stranger than fiction, it would require pure writing genius to come up with even a third of what transpires. " — Kinetofilm
Posted Nov 7, 2012
2.5/5 55% V/H/S (2012) " The Filmmakers should've consulted one another re: their content-one more segment with a group of A-HOLES carrying on like the cast of JACKASS and my head may have exploded." — Kinetofilm
Posted Oct 14, 2012
3/5 73% Prometheus (2012) " There's a lot of college dorm philosophical mumbo jumbo on top but it all really boils down to, "Man seeks his creator/makes contact/discovers he is a total jerk." " — CinemaBlend.com
Posted Oct 11, 2012
2.5/5 37% Dark Shadows (2012) " Made for an audience of no one, Dark Shadows is a mess of campy horror, "fish out of coffin" comedy, and gothic melodrama." — CinemaBlend.com
Posted Sep 28, 2012
2.5/5 34% Battleship (2012) " Believe it or not, no one ever says the game's signature line. So, lets say it here, all together and with enthusiasm, "You sunk my Battleship!" " — CinemaBlend.com
Posted Sep 13, 2012
2.5/5 60% Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011) " The truth about this Game of Shadows and its predecessor is that neither has a story worthy of its hero. The story is not only often improbable, it is often simply impossible to follow. " — Kinetofilm
Posted Jun 26, 2012
4.5 78% The Innkeepers (2012) " Like his work or not, Ti West's follow up to "The House of the Devil" is another fine piece of craftsmanship. " — CinemaBlend.com
Posted May 1, 2012
3.5/5 83% Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011) " This is the kind of movie where the lead character gets involved in a narrative so labyrinthine that he should eventually suspect himself at some point. That said, Alfredson manages to create a nightmarish atmosphere" — Kinetofilm
Posted Dec 3, 2011
5/5 98% The Conversation (1974) " A film OF the 1970s, The Conversation is rooted in the new American anxiety of the time, the idea that behind every ideal was a rotten, festering truth. " — CinemaBlend.com
Posted Nov 21, 2011
4/4 100% Breaking Bad: Season 4 (TV, 2011) " This is one of the rarest finds on television: a show where cast and character are so perfectly matched by a creator who understands exactly what journey he wants take his audience on. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 17, 2011
1.5/5 3% Passion Play (2011) " A vanity project from successful Hollywood screenwriter Mitch Glazer, this film should really be much funnier than it is. Oh, it's not a comedy, by the way. Not at all. " — CinemaBlend.com
Posted Jun 27, 2011
5/5 20% Birdemic: Shock And Terror (2008) " Birdemic appears to be completely sincere, an attempt by Nguyen to make a serious and moving work of art. So what if it moves us to tears with laughter? " — CinemaBlend.com
Posted Mar 17, 2011
2/5 20% The Traveler (2011) " The film seems to be straining at times for an existentialism way outside of its grasp. This isn't Camus; it's Rod Serling by way of Clint Eastwood's High Plains Drifter. " — CinemaBlend.com
Posted Feb 14, 2011
2.5/5 54% The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (2010) " The third and final entry in Stieg Larsson's enormously successful series is perhaps the least thrilling, but it's easily the most satisfying. " — CinemaBlend.com
Posted Jan 27, 2011
3.5/5 72% The Last Exorcism (2010) " If you make a film about exorcism, you better be ready to be compared to one of the best films ever made. Surprisingly, the film holds its own in that regard." — CinemaBlend.com
Posted Jan 11, 2011
3/5 87% Black Swan (2010) " Initially BLACK SWAN appears to be a psychological horror film about a ballerina who goes insane. But it's really about a filmmaker who goes insane-in good ways and bad." — Kinetofilm
Posted Dec 3, 2010
3.5/5 82% The Disappearance of Alice Creed (2010) " What first-time director Blakeson does with this very familiar situation is cut it to the bone. Not only is there very little fat on this body, there's barely a skeleton." — CinemaBlend.com
Posted Nov 30, 2010
2/4 57% Law & Order: LA: Season 1 (TV, 2010-2011) " You can find more of the real L.A. by watching five minutes of TMZ. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 19, 2010
2/5 69% The Girl Who Played with Fire (Flickan som lekte med elden) (2010) " Records onto film all the important moments found in the novel. These moments aren't made into compelling drama so much as crossed off some narrative checklist. " — CinemaBlend.com
Posted Oct 27, 2010
3/4 86% In Treatment: Season 3 (TV, 2010) " It's only through this very cinematic approach that a show about a one-sided conversation could be so gripping. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 25, 2010
4/5 48% Antichrist (2009) " Von Trier is a prankster so any attempt to guess at WTF he had in mind could just end up with the Danish auteur pulling your leg. The Fox may have said it best:"Chaos Reigns"" — Kinetofilm
Posted Oct 21, 2010
3/5 54% The Killer Inside Me (2010) " The violence is not shown in an ironic fashion. It's put front and center and is visceral in a way nothing else is in the film." — CinemaBlend.com
Posted Oct 4, 2010
2/4 36% Undercovers: Season 1 (TV, 2010) " What's missing is a stronger supporting cast and the right narrative vehicle for their adventures. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 30, 2010
2.5/5 51% Chloe (2010) " This isn't a particularly deep story but it does a good job at making what would be obvious in a Skinemax movie much more ambiguous." — Kinetofilm
Posted Sep 25, 2010
4.5/5 86% Red Riding Trilogy " Taken as a whole, the trilogy depicts a universe polluted by the evil that men do and the pain and suffering their evil leaves behind. " — CinemaBlend.com
Posted Sep 7, 2010
5/5 84% The Good, the Bad, and the Weird (2010) " This film was a total blast from start to finish! It's more than Good, has little that is Bad, and is filled with the Weird. " — CinemaBlend.com
Posted Aug 18, 2010
3/4 69% Rubicon: Season 1 (TV, 2010) " It's not completely original, but there's currently nothing on TV even remotely like it. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 1, 2010
4/5 86% Inception (2010) " Nolan borrows from classic heist and caper movies to design the clockwork tension but this particular clock is more like Dali's dripping watch. " — Kinetofilm
Posted Jul 19, 2010
3.5/5 86% The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009) " The film version by director Niels Arden Oplev is a faithful adaptation of the novel...perhaps too faithful to work completely as cinema, but well-produced nonetheless. " — CinemaBlend.com
Posted Jul 7, 2010
2/4 60% Entourage: Season 7 (TV, 2010) " With all of the main characters and supporting players involved in more and more peripheral pursuits, there is little time for the four friends to get together to shoot the breeze, meet some babes, or just have some fun. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 27, 2010
4/5 71% Tetro (2009) " "Tetro" is wonderfully expressionist and surreal, and some of Coppola's riskier ideas pay great dividends by the end of the film." — CinemaBlend.com
Posted May 24, 2010
3.5/5 93% Lake Mungo (2009) " It's actually quite difficult to imagine that this isn't a true story, and that the actors playing the tragic Palmers are not exactly who they say they are." — CinemaBlend.com
Posted Apr 8, 2010
1/5 19% The Fourth Kind (2009) " The arrogance and ignorance on display is truly amazing. Arrogance of its superiority over the audience's intellect and ignorance of filmmaking craft." — CinemaBlend.com
Posted Mar 16, 2010
5/5 83% The Ghost Writer (2010) " I am consistently amazed at Roman Polanski's seemingly effortless mastery of cinematic craft. There is no wasted energy and no indulgence." — Kinetofilm
Posted Mar 2, 2010
4/5 69% Shutter Island (2010) " Scorsese has more up his sleeve than a dead director's trademarked bag of tricks and with the unique challenges presented by the material he needed them." — Kinetofilm
Posted Feb 22, 2010
5/5 86% The House of the Devil (2009) " By trading in loud and increasingly low-dividend "shocks" for well-earned dread and fear, West immerses the audience in a genuine shared experience." — CinemaBlend.com
Posted Feb 5, 2010
5/5 97% The Hurt Locker (2009) " A tough war picture in the tabloid journalist tradition of Sam Fuller, The Hurt Locker avoids most of the sentimentalizing and editorializing of other recent films about Iraq." — Kinetofilm
Posted Feb 2, 2010
5/5 100% The Shooting (1967) " What is most intriguing about "The Shooting" is the constant sense of undefined menace throughout." — Kinetofilm
Posted Feb 1, 2010
3/5 —— Bleeding Rose (2007) " A very effective example of what can be accomplished on a low budget and meager resources." — Kinetofilm
Posted Feb 1, 2010
3/5 —— Beat The Bastard Down " There is something intangible about Traynor's direction which involves you in the plot and characters in a way most indie filmmakers fail to achieve." — Kinetofilm
Posted Feb 1, 2010
3.5/5 75% Sunshine (2007) " Garland and Boyle are nothing if not ambitious. They want us to consider the Big Questions about the importance of mankind as well as science versus fundamentalism." — Kinetofilm
Posted Feb 1, 2010
2.5/5 33% Flyboys (2006) " It may indeed be inspired by a true story, but what we see onscreen is simply "Star Wars" set in some fantasy French air base circa 1917." — Kinetofilm
Posted Feb 1, 2010
2/5 28% Saw III (2006) " Images jump, blip, strobe, and shock like an epileptic seizure - all the result of director Darren Lynn Bousman's lack of trust in his screenplay." — Kinetofilm
Posted Feb 1, 2010
3/5 43% House of Dark Shadows (1970) " The film is well mounted and stylishly produced. In what must've seemed like a luxury, Jonathan Frid had time to learn ALL his lines." — Kinetofilm
Posted Feb 1, 2010
3/5 58% Dracula (1979) " This is sort of a Saturday Night Fever version of the story with a stylish, afro'ed Langella walking around with an open shirt looking for girls to take to his Castle Disco." — Kinetofilm
Posted Feb 1, 2010
5/5 100% Forty Guns (1957) " Fuller's comic book world is a complete artistic creation, a place where men were MEN and women could take a bullet now and then." — Kinetofilm
Posted Feb 1, 2010
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