Burl Burlingame

Burl Burlingame

Agrees with the Tomatometer 71% of the time.

Publications:
Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Total Reviews:
138

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2/4 36% The November Man (2014) " Paranoid anomie was just the thing in a post-Watergate world back in the '70s, and movies then reflected it. That makes this delightfully, unapologetically old-fashioned." — Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Aug 29, 2014
2.5/4 21% Into The Storm (2014) " Pretty much a "Twister" reboot, full of CGI sturm und drang (probably the only time that phrase is actually appropriate) albeit simultaneously more serious and less impactful." — Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Aug 9, 2014
0/4 13% Cannonball Run II (1984) " The movie is a genuine cultural artifact, a relic given to us by a band of entertainers from long ago, who live in self-imposed exile in the dusty, neon hellhole of Las Vegas." — Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Jul 26, 2014
1.5/4 18% And So It Goes (2014) " How you react to "And So It Goes" depends entirely on your appreciation of Diane Keaton. The movie is so Keaton-centric it might as well have been titled "La Di Da, La Di Da."" — Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Jul 25, 2014
3/4 42% Wish I Was Here (2014) " Zach Braff's sophomore feature, is either wildly self-indulgent or genuine and heartfelt, and certainly both, and that's okay." — Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Jul 19, 2014
3/4 18% Sex Tape (2014) " Segal and Diaz deserve combat pay for some of the naked stuff they go through. (No, you're not going to see full frontal, or pubal or boobal. Plenty of backal however.)" — Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Jul 19, 2014
4/4 100% Ilo Ilo (2014) " This quiet little domestic drama from Singapore reminds us films can achieve near-impossible heights and depths of intimacy and empathy." — Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Jun 28, 2014
3/4 48% Maleficent (2014) " It's interesting that Angelina Jolie can undergo four hours of professional Hollywood special effects makeup and wind up looking just like Grace Jones." — Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted May 30, 2014
3.5/4 81% The Hornet's Nest (2014) " It's worth pointing out that two dozen journalists have been killed in the line of duty on Afghanistan's front lines, bringing the war back home. And they can't shoot back." — Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted May 24, 2014
2/4 62% Million Dollar Arm (2014) " All the potential edges have been sanded off. And so, a quite remarkable true story, no matter how truthfully told, feels like a formulaic fable." — Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted May 16, 2014
2/4 73% Godzilla (2014) " The American nightmare that provides context and weight is the 9/11 attack, and the long shadow of that horror has permeated American films since." — Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted May 15, 2014
3/4 53% The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) " Looking back, it's apparent that the only two creations of cultural mythology created in the 1960s that matter are "Star Trek" and "Spider-Man."" — Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted May 3, 2014
3.5/4 89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) " The movie has many quiet, insightful moments that lend gravity to the situation, as well as some clever fish-out-of-water character definition." — Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Mar 31, 2014
1.5/4 65% Bad Words (2014) " It's just too damn amiable to be outrageous, and if it ain't outrageous, it's a swing-and-a-miss at the premise. Not good when playing in Pee Wee League." — Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Mar 31, 2014
1/4 22% Need For Speed (2014) " "Need For Speed" is actually based on a best-selling video game, and it certainly has video-game tropes throughout. Video-game players may feel their thumbs reacting unconsciously." — Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Mar 14, 2014
1/4 42% 300: Rise of an Empire (2014) " It's a testosterone-dripping fantasy about blood lust, baby. The characters are based on real people and real events. The mode of storytelling is pure mythology. " — Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Mar 7, 2014
1/4 —— Beyond Paradise (1998) " Anyone who remembers kill-haole day in school will identify with "Beyond Paradise." But there aren't many for whom kill-haole day was the defining moment in their lives." — Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Feb 27, 2014
2/4 29% 3 Days To Kill (2014) " An impossibly sexy operative shows up from the Agency - maybe it's a modeling agency? - and Fausts him a bargain: Kill some bad guys and she'll give him some magic beans ..." — Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Feb 27, 2014
4/4 48% RoboCop (2014) " "RoboCop" was released more than a quarter-century ago. Two sobering things about this juicy remake are how little has changed since then - and how much of it has come true." — Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Feb 21, 2014
3/4 32% The Monuments Men (2014) " In order to sell the film to disinterested modern audiences, Clooney adopts a wisecracking, ironic tone that is surface-level entertaining." — Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Feb 10, 2014
3.5/4 93% American Hustle (2013) " Are we being played? Oh, yeah. Just because the time and place of a film takes place within personal experience doesn't mean it's not a historical epic." — Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Jan 3, 2014
2/4 80% Saving Mr. Banks (2013) " Corporatist propaganda of the highest order, as the Disney juggernaut congratulates itself on the half-century anniversary of "Mary Poppins."" — Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Dec 22, 2013
4/4 94% Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) " Yes, there was a time when folk music was cool - the artists considered themselves direct conduits to the roiling, engaging psychology of the nation." — Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Dec 22, 2013
3/4 74% The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013) " There are a dozen dwarves, and they all have names that sound like power tools, and their motivation ... well, let's just call them the Ferengi of Middle Earth." — Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Dec 14, 2013
1/4 38% Delivery Man (2013) " A high-concept situation, and potentially a complex, fascinating study of how family and children shape a life for both good and ill. His life has become a Benetton ad." — Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Nov 23, 2013
3.5/4 93% This Is Martin Bonner (2013) " A lovely film makes use of fundamental Christian belief, and of lonely men in their autumn years, and of second chances forced upon us, subjects not generally celebrated in Hollywood." — Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Oct 13, 2013
3/4 93% Captain Phillips (2013) " Of course, it's a true story, at least the kind of true story that Hollywood wishes it could have made up." — Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Oct 12, 2013
1/4 —— Pig Death Machine " Everything here is undercut by deliberate anti-gloss, as if the laws of coherence are too plebeian for the self-imagined lofty artiness of the filmmakers." — Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Oct 12, 2013
3.5/4 89% Rush (2013) " Howard pulls off a dramatic switcheroo in "Rush." He presents characters in competition, one a golden god, the other a repellent Ratso - and by the end, we root for Ratso. " — Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Sep 27, 2013
2.5/4 72% Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour (2008) " Miley might not become another Britney, if she keeps away from those way-cute Jonas boys. They look like trouble. I think they've actually experienced hormones." — Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Aug 29, 2013
3/4 98% Blackfish (2013) " In many ways, "Blackfish" is a horror film in which we discover that we have met the monster, and the monster is us." — Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Aug 23, 2013
3 26% Planes (2013) " Visually, "Planes" aircraft characters owe a huge debt to cartoonist Hank Caruso, who's been doing this stuff for decades ... As a movie, "Planes" is pretty meh." — Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Aug 22, 2013
1/4 25% Pearl Harbor (2001) " There's a certain symbolic symmetry here. The Navy and Walt Disney have teamed up on the production, and both view history as something to be managed and exploited. " — Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Dec 20, 2012
3/4 59% Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970) " Prior to "Tora!" movies showing the attack were jingoistic propaganda; afterwards, the attack was an excuse to indulge in Hollywood's fascination with American self-loathing." — Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Dec 20, 2012
3.5/4 —— The Land Of Eb " A rare, extraordinary film that celebrates the dignity of hard work, as well as the tenuous connections of cultural legacy in a fragmented community." — Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Oct 19, 2012
3/4 67% The Road (2012) " ... Enough rattling thrills for the date-night crowd, and enough story and character for older film buffs to chew on. The ride home afterwards might require your high beams." — Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted May 11, 2012
2/4 95% Marley (2012) " The film never shows us Marley in a complete performance. It's hard to understand the magic of a man whose most awesome moments are reduced to edited snippets." — Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Apr 20, 2012
4/4 88% Titanic (1997) " It is, simply, a great film, a throwback to classic filmmaking, and more than that, an experience with unusual resonance to the world of today." — Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Apr 12, 2012
2/4 —— Dancing Queen (2012) " Rom-com fantasy that dips precariously into real feeling late in the reels, and because leads Hwang Jung-Min and Um Jung-Hwa have real talent for empathy, we're carried along." — Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Mar 30, 2012
1/4 22% October Baby (2012) " Heavily vested in its peculiarly glossy agitprop that, like Saint Sebastian, it invites the arrows of kneejerk derision. Too bad, as the film has really lovely performances." — Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Mar 22, 2012
3.5/4 51% John Carter (2012) " Great fun as we endure scrape after scrape in this wild, near-hallucinatory landscape, and director Stanton finds the right balance of cheerful solemnity and cheeky humor." — Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Mar 12, 2012
1.5/4 64% Tomorrow, When the War Began (2012) " "Tomorrow" is less realistic than "Red Dawn," if you can wrap your head around that without making it pop off." — Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Feb 23, 2012
2/4 42% Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (2012) " Hey, it moves right along. It rockets on a certain goofy bliss. Never mind the filmmakers have clearly never read the original Verne/Stevenson/Swift books beyond cover blurbs" — Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Feb 9, 2012
2/4 —— All's Well Ends Well 2012 (2012) " Nothing subtle about the production, which operates as a Cantonese Three Stooges on a neon-colored bender. Which means you often laugh out loud, and then wonder why you did." — Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Feb 6, 2012
3/4 —— Big in Bollywood " A funny, insightful meditation on the trappings of fame, and the key word there is "trap." Also helps explain the foreign excitement of Bollywood to American audiences." — Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Jan 26, 2012
3/4 40% Red Tails (2012) " A canny homage to a certain genre of film, the aerial adventure story, a type that was popular when airplanes were considered marvelous machines and not merely flying buses." — Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Jan 25, 2012
2/4 56% The Viral Factor (2012) " A monster rush of muscular action sequences, tepidly glued together with rapidly evaporating logic. Secret agent Man's brain turns to mush, and it spreads to the audience." — Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Jan 24, 2012
2.5/4 41% The Flowers of War (2011) " What we have here is a movie that believes it is a massive and glorious heroic epic, when it's really a backlot melodrama." — Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Jan 19, 2012
3/4 —— Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011) " This is defiantly old-fashioned, high-value entertainment with a glamorous, talented cast. You used to see this sort of thing all the time from Hollywood." — Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Jan 12, 2012
3/4 77% War Horse (2011) " A tearjerker finale suggests that Joey has the power of restoring sight to the blind. Oh, the noble creatures that make us see ourselves as we really are!" — Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Dec 28, 2011
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