Brian Mckay

Brian Mckay

Agrees with the Tomatometer 70% of the time.

Biography:
Born in Los Angeles, Ca. Raised on the Drive-in and Late-nite cable T.V. Currently living in the San Francisco area. Not gay. Not married either. No kids. No burning desire for any at the time. I guess you could say my reviews are my babies!
Favorites:
So many to choose from. How about: Evil Dead 2 Lone Wolf and Cub 1-6 Series 7: The Contenders Session 9 The Shining Dog Soldiers Wonder Boys Y Tu Mama Tambien
Publications:
eFilmCritic.com
Total Reviews:
696
Total QuickRatings:
211
Location:
Pacifica, CA. (a few minutes from San Francisco).

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 696
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
4.5/5 91% Million Dollar Baby (2004) " The Cliche'd Sports Movie That Almost Was - and Thankfully Wasn't . . . the movie stops being about boxing, and becomes entirely something else" — eFilmCritic.com
Posted Mar 16, 2005
4/5 90% Kung Fu Hustle (2005) " Chow's screen persona lies somewhere between the poise of Bruce Lee and the comedic timing of pre-Hollywood Jackie Chan, with a little Looney Toons thrown in for extra kick" — eFilmCritic.com
Posted Mar 3, 2005
4/5 46% Constantine (2005) " Keanu Reeves is a chain-smoking, tough-talking, and ***-kicking Exorcist, taking out the demonic trash like a hybrid of Father Karras and Mike Hammer" — eFilmCritic.com
Posted Mar 3, 2005
4/5 67% The Door in the Floor (2004) " an alternately amusing and tragic portrait of post-traumatic eccentricity, focusing on two parents who are unable to get over the loss of their two sons after a car accident." — eFilmCritic.com
Posted Mar 3, 2005
3/5 95% Mou gaan dou (Infernal Affairs) (2002) " Far too light on action to be very exciting, and far too generic and familiar to be genuinely intriguing, Infernal Affairsis ultimately a forgettable affair." — eFilmCritic.com
Posted Mar 3, 2005
4/5 72% Open Water (2004) " Uses a minimalist budget, a vast outdoor setting, a very small cast, and a narrative that meticulously builds a pervasive sense of dread without giving too much away" — eFilmCritic.com
Posted Mar 3, 2005
3/5 38% Meet The Fockers (2004) " As far as completely pointless, redundant, superfluous sequels go, it could have been a lot worse. At least it wasn't ZOOLANDER 2 - MORE ZOOLANDISH " — eFilmCritic.com
Posted Mar 3, 2005
4/5 94% Stray Dog (Nora inu) (1963) " The story is engrossing, and it's fascinating to see glimpses of both Japanese post-war society and their approach towards police investigation and forensics" — eFilmCritic.com
Posted Mar 3, 2005
5/5 —— Battleground: 21 Days on the Empire's Edge (2004) " an honest to God documentary, refreshingly free of the agendas that usually give slant to so many of the propagandist films gaining notoriety in our current political climate" — eFilmCritic.com
Posted Jan 24, 2005
4/5 —— Zatoichi On the Road (2002) " as much fun as your average Zatoichi flick, with plenty of humor and sword slashing and guys standing as still as statues before falling over dead" — eFilmCritic.com
Posted Jan 15, 2005
4/5 85% Janghwa, Hongryeon (A Tale of Two Sisters) (2003) " The creepy visuals, the slow-burning tension, the meticulous pauses for effect, and the staggered trail of clues and revelations inexorably draw the viewer in." — eFilmCritic.com
Posted Dec 16, 2004
5/5 96% Sideways (2004) " while containing the standard elements of the buddy road trip comedy formula, it adds layers of dramatic complexity to balance out the ongoing shenanigans." — eFilmCritic.com
Posted Dec 10, 2004
3.5/5 26% Blade: Trinity (2004) " If you're willing to put your brain in neutral and keep your expectations relatively low for this third trip to the well, Blade: Trinity ulimately delivers the goods" — eFilmCritic.com
Posted Dec 10, 2004
4/5 —— Ocean Front Property " One of those rare treats, where a talented filmmaker manages to create a winning title with just a handful of characters, a single setting, and a well-written script." — eFilmCritic.com
Posted Nov 30, 2004
5/5 97% The Incredibles (2004) " Kids will love it and want to see it again and again. Adults . . . probably will too." — eFilmCritic.com
Posted Nov 30, 2004
4/5 71% The Rundown (Welcome to the Jungle) (2003) " If, like me, you dismissed The Rundown as just another stupid action vehicle for Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson - get in the apology line behind me" — eFilmCritic.com
Posted Nov 30, 2004
2.5/5 62% I Heart Huckabees (2004) " Feel free to Honk if you love Huckabees, but don't be surprised if the person sitting next to you flips you the existential bird through their inner moon roof." — eFilmCritic.com
Posted Oct 31, 2004
3.5/5 88% Bad Education (La Mala educación) (2004) " Plenty of plot twists, even more homoeroticism, and Gael Garcia Bernal in a dress" — eFilmCritic.com
Posted Oct 31, 2004
5/5 75% Death & Texas (2004) " The Gridiron meets The Guillotine . . .a smart, funny dark comedy . . . one that also delivers a very somber message and a clever argument against the Death Penalty" — eFilmCritic.com
Posted Oct 31, 2004
2.5/5 48% Saw (2004) " See SAW . . . see SAW start to suck . . . See SAW suck away 2 hours" — eFilmCritic.com
Posted Oct 31, 2004
4/5 77% Team America - World Police (2004) " I never imagined that the current geopolitical scenario could be boiled down so succinctly, or cleverly, into a five minute speech about "P*ssies", "D*cks", and "A**holes"." — eFilmCritic.com
Posted Oct 29, 2004
4/5 88% House of Flying Daggers (2004) " Gorgeous cinematography, incredible landscapes, stunning fight sequences, and the seemingly ubiquitous Zhang Ziyi looking hot as ever" — eFilmCritic.com
Posted Oct 29, 2004
4/5 91% Shaun of the Dead (2004) " a fun and exuberant tribute to our favorite zombie movies, and one that deserves to be ranked alongside of them on its own merits." — eFilmCritic.com
Posted Sep 27, 2004
2.5/5 72% Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004) " Although worth a once-over by the curious, the visually intriguing World of Tomorrow will likely be all but forgotten by next week. " — eFilmCritic.com
Posted Sep 16, 2004
2.5/5 64% Ju-on: The Curse (Curse Grudge) (2000) " Expect a few really creepy moments sprinkled over an hour and a half of dreadfully familiar territory." — eFilmCritic.com
Posted Sep 13, 2004
4/5 21% Resident Evil - Apocalypse (2004) " More zombies, more babes, and yes - more dogs covered in K.C. Masterpiece . . . Sometimes less is more, but sometimes more is REALLY more." — eFilmCritic.com
Posted Sep 11, 2004
4.5/5 86% Garden State (2004) " the heart and soul of Garden State is Zach Braff . . . I can guarantee my a** will be in the seat for whatever project he helms next" — eFilmCritic.com
Posted Sep 4, 2004
4/5 71% Napoleon Dynamite (2004) " This is a movie for the kid who ever thought about keeping a pair of nunchucks in his locker, or preferred drawing pictures of sword-fighting barbarians to playing football." — eFilmCritic.com
Posted Sep 4, 2004
2/5 21% AVP - Alien Vs. Predator (2004) " could just as easily be described as "Hunger vs Boredom" or "blatant deviation from established continuity vs dismally undeveloped and uninteresting fodder characters"" — eFilmCritic.com
Posted Sep 4, 2004
3.5/5 43% The Village (2004) " the color Red is forbidden because it attracts Those We Do Not Speak Of - except, apparently, for all of the Red herrings Shyamalan has left strewn about" — eFilmCritic.com
Posted Sep 4, 2004
2/5 57% Prince of Darkness (1987) " it's NEW and IMPROVED LIQUID SATAN!!! " — eFilmCritic.com
Posted Sep 4, 2004
4/5 64% Spartan (2004) " It moves at a steady clip, boasting a smart narrative, a few surprising twists, and some respectable action sequences." — eFilmCritic.com
Posted Sep 4, 2004
3/5 81% The Manchurian Candidate (2004) " With such a paint-by-numbers screenplay and generally uninspired performances . . . it's nowhere near horrible, but it resides of the realm of the completely forgettable" — eFilmCritic.com
Posted Sep 4, 2004
4.5/5 74% Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (2004) " It's what a stoner comedy should be. It's what a buddy comedy should be. Two for the price of one sure as hell ain't bad . . . the funniest thing I've seen in months." — eFilmCritic.com
Posted Sep 4, 2004
4/5 86% Zatôichi (The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi) (2003) " For the most part, a faithful recreation of the Blind Swordsman's mystique. Old fans should not be dissapointed, and new fans should seek out the source material post haste." — eFilmCritic.com
Posted Sep 4, 2004
2/5 0% Make a Wish (2002) " something akin to "Friday the 13th, presented by the Lifetime channel." . . . left me wishing something interesting would happen." — eFilmCritic.com
Posted Sep 4, 2004
3/5 56% Visitor Q (Bijitâ Q) (2002) " 1/3 dark (really dark) comedy, 1/3 fetish pornography, and 1/3 just plain "Ewwwww!"" — eFilmCritic.com
Posted Aug 7, 2004
3/5 58% I, Robot (2004) " rises above plot holes and stilted dialogue just enough to be a fun Sunday afternoon Matinee" — eFilmCritic.com
Posted Aug 4, 2004
4/5 66% Anchorman - The Legend Of Ron Burgundy (2004) " Ferrell is at the top of his game, giving us a character who is utterly shallow, silly, and vainglorious, yet completely likable." — eFilmCritic.com
Posted Aug 4, 2004
3.5/5 32% King Arthur (2004) " makes a more valiant attempt than most, delivering a worthwhile action-drama that is just grounded enough in real history to be intriguing." — eFilmCritic.com
Posted Aug 4, 2004
4/5 61% The Terminal (2004) " A rather enjoyable piece of complete and utter fluff" — eFilmCritic.com
Posted Aug 4, 2004
4/5 94% Spider-Man 2 (2004) " While it didn't leave me with the same sense of awe, it left me much more satisfied than not, and that's good enough" — eFilmCritic.com
Posted Aug 4, 2004
2/5 64% The Shape Of Things (2002) " LaBute returns to familiar territory (albeit with a gender twist) that would have been best left unvisited." — eFilmCritic.com
Posted Aug 4, 2004
2/5 58% Pulse (1988) " Somewhere in between the second and third act, it takes a hard left turn into a field full of stupid. The remaining minutes feel rushed and generic" — eFilmCritic.com
Posted Jul 28, 2004
5/5 —— Doki-Doki " It has a way of sneaking under one's radar to deposit a payload of the warm fuzzies ... the characters and their emotions feel sincere, natural, and uncontrived." — eFilmCritic.com
Posted Jul 13, 2004
4/5 61% Saved! (2004) " while it offers some hilariously scathing commentary on the inherent dangers of hypocrisy . . . above all the film preaches a message of tolerance to both sides of the fence." — eFilmCritic.com
Posted Jun 18, 2004
5/5 95% Hero (2004) " Using China's natural beauty as a palette, Hero boasts a dazzling array of vibrant colors and action sequences that are as graceful as they are lightning-fast" — eFilmCritic.com
Posted Jun 18, 2004
3/5 29% The Chronicles of Riddick (2004) " Boasting just enough action and wisecracks for summer movie fare, the overall experience is certainly nothing that anyone need bother to write any chronicles about" — eFilmCritic.com
Posted Jun 18, 2004
2/5 33% Starship Troopers 2 - Hero of the Federation (2004) " Likely to put off fans of the original, pleasing only those who can reap high entertainment value from the bare-bones ingredients of gore, boobs, and bug-splatter." — eFilmCritic.com
Posted Jun 18, 2004
4.5/5 58% The Sea Is Watching (2003) " sad and compelling, yet laced with an underlying message of dignity and hope. Perhaps Kumai is no Kurosawa - but I don't know if Kurosawa could have done it much better." — eFilmCritic.com
Posted Jun 7, 2004
3/5 98% Spellbound (2002) " One of the words that came up in the competition was hellebore - which was ironic, because it was exactly at that point that I realized I was hella bored with this film" — eFilmCritic.com
Posted Jun 1, 2004
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