Carlo Cavagna

Carlo Cavagna

Agrees with the Tomatometer 75% of the time.

Biography:
A few years ago, frustrated by the daily grind of working as a surly government troglodyte, Carlo began pestering his friends with unsolicited e-mailed critiques of movies he had seen. With a surfeit of reviews clogging his hard drive and no Web experience whatsoever, Carlo eventually decided that the only thing to do was to create a film criticism site. With the assistance of Dreamweaver, a book on how to use Dreamweaver, and a couple reluctant friends, AboutFilm.com was born in March 1999. AboutCultFilm.com, administered by Marc Slanger, followed in 2000. AboutFilmBoards.com, the AboutFilm community site, was launched in 2002. At present, Carlo aspires to recognition as a great hegemon of cinematic critique, but has instead found his niche as a shifty-eyed site administrator. Composing diatribes in his ratty paper-lined lair, Carlo expends great energy quixotically scheming to topple the bloated ranks of the Hollywood hierarchy. Not possessed of a lengthy attention span, however, Carlo can instead often be found consuming unhealthy quantities of cheese. Carlo has been a member of the Online Film Critics Society since June 2000.
Publications:
AboutFilm.com
Critics' Group:
Online Film Critics Society
Total Reviews:
384
Total QuickRatings:
40
Location:
Marina del Rey, CA

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 384
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
A- 90% Hotel Rwanda (2004) " This is an important film to see, but its "importance" does not alone make it good. It only makes a powerful film even more worthy of your time. " — AboutFilm.com
Posted Nov 30, 2004
B 43% A Love Song for Bobby Long (2004) " Saturated with fertile colors and great regional rock and blues, the unhurried atmosphere seems as intoxicated as its characters." — AboutFilm.com
Posted Nov 30, 2004
C 27% Bridget Jones - The Edge of Reason (2004) " Instead of laughing with Bridget, The Edge of Reason laughs at her." — AboutFilm.com
Posted Nov 21, 2004
B- 83% Finding Neverland (2004) " Finding Neverland flirts with complexity but never goes all the way." — AboutFilm.com
Posted Nov 17, 2004
C+ 88% House of Flying Daggers (2004) " Each successive revealed secret is less believable and yet somehow more obligatory than the last, because, after all, this is an old-school Asian melodrama." — AboutFilm.com
Posted Oct 22, 2004
C+ 28% Around the Bend (2004) " Around the Bend has outstanding acting and a short running time, and still the story runs thin." — AboutFilm.com
Posted Oct 22, 2004
B 88% Bad Education (La Mala educación) (2004) " Almodóvar films don't unfold so much as they unpeel." — AboutFilm.com
Posted Oct 15, 2004
B 77% The Machinist (2004) " Even in a time when weight gains and losses in the service of a role have become commonplace, Bale has accomplished an astonishing change." — AboutFilm.com
Posted Oct 15, 2004
C 51% Vanity Fair (2004) " With a novel of such length, you either have to make a miniseries or adapt it more ruthlessly." — AboutFilm.com
Posted Aug 28, 2004
B- 52% Face (2005) " Face is a film of considerable charm and warmth, even if the material sometimes feels well worn." — AboutFilm.com
Posted Aug 26, 2004
A- 65% We Don't Live Here Anymore (2004) " With a hungry, compulsive, tender, angry, and passionate performance, Ruffalo has definitely shed the shiftless stoner typecast." — AboutFilm.com
Posted Aug 15, 2004
B- 73% Stander (2004) " STANDER dispenses with unnecessary dialogue and doesn't posit facile explanations, which is good, but it fails to put you, the audience, into Andre Stander's skin." — AboutFilm.com
Posted Aug 13, 2004
B 86% Collateral (2004) " The story is gripping and the stakes are high... until the ridiculous coincidence. " — AboutFilm.com
Posted Aug 9, 2004
A- 55% Ricordati di me, (Remember Me, My Love) (2004) " Remember Me, My Love is well acted all around, but Muccino is proving to be an especially wonderful director of women." — AboutFilm.com
Posted Jul 10, 2004
B+ 67% The Door in the Floor (2004) " Bridges, a consistently under-appreciated actor, does arguably the best work of his career..." — AboutFilm.com
Posted Jul 10, 2004
C+ 43% I'll Sleep When I'm Dead (2004) " Stylish filmmaking and philosophical musings can only disguise a lack of movement for so long. The trouble with I'll Sleep When I'm Dead is that it's already dead..." — AboutFilm.com
Posted Jul 6, 2004
C- 26% Slipping Down Life (1999) " An extravagant act of self-mutilation is not enough to spice up the humdrum plain-girl- meets-pretty- boy-and-teaches- him-the-meaning- of-love story." — AboutFilm.com
Posted May 1, 2004
F 44% Love Me If You Dare (Jeux d'enfants) (2004) " A concoction that contains nothing recognizable from the lives of real people and no recognizable truth." — AboutFilm.com
Posted May 1, 2004
D+ 4% Godsend (2003) " It's not that cloning is bad; it's that cloning done by bad people is bad." — AboutFilm.com
Posted May 1, 2004
C 39% Man on Fire (2004) " Character development consists of sticking a bottle in Creasy's hand." — AboutFilm.com
Posted May 1, 2004
B 87% Noi the Albino (Nói albínói) (2003) " A film of wry, black humor and small moments...whose ominous ending combines the mythic and the everyday, leaving an unsettling ambiguity and many questions." — AboutFilm.com
Posted Apr 4, 2004
D+ 70% Dogville (2003) " In his strenuous effort to avoid cinematic artifice of any kind, Von Trier has engaged in a different kind of artifice-intellectual artifice." — AboutFilm.com
Posted Mar 25, 2004
A+ 93% Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (2004) " Kaufman's previous screenplays have always been intellectually rigorous, but you wouldn't necessary say they have a lot of passion. This one is different." — AboutFilm.com
Posted Mar 19, 2004
B 56% Ned Kelly (2003) " Where Ned Kelly deviates from more traditional melodramatic hero-ographies is in its visual and symbolic landscape." — AboutFilm.com
Posted Mar 19, 2004
D+ 8% Carlos Castaneda - Enigma of a Sorcerer (2004) " An unfocused film that fails, at least for this uninitiated viewer, to open a door into any kind of reality, ordinary or otherwise." — AboutFilm.com
Posted Mar 15, 2004
B- 73% Intermission (2003) " propelled by the actors' urgent performances and its running gags" — AboutFilm.com
Posted Mar 7, 2004
A 72% Girl With a Pearl Earring (2004) " No artist biopic has succeeded as completely in capturing the magical, inexplicable artistic moment. [A commentary including an interview with director Peter Webber]" — AboutFilm.com
Posted Jan 26, 2004
B- 82% Monster (2004) " Is Monster about Wuornos' transformation into a serial killer, or Theron's transformation into Wuornos?" — AboutFilm.com
Posted Jan 5, 2004
C 75% House of Sand and Fog (2003) " Kingsley's astonishing performance is wasted in this otherwise overlong, overwrought, and overcooked mess-o-drama." — AboutFilm.com
Posted Dec 17, 2003
A- 80% 21 Grams (2003) " The actors are magnificent. They unequivocally know who their characters are, inhabiting them so completely that you cease to remember these are actually actors, even stars." — AboutFilm.com
Posted Nov 25, 2003
B 89% In America (2003) " An agreeably uplifting movie that doesn't cheat its way (too much) to its life-affirming conclusion." — AboutFilm.com
Posted Nov 25, 2003
F 71% The Big Empty (2003) " Some may praise The Big Empty as a poor man's David Lynch-meets-The X-Files, but it's more of a starving homeless man's David Lynch-meets-The X-Files." — AboutFilm.com
Posted Nov 15, 2003
B+ 78% Tupac - Resurrection (2003) " Don't expect investigative reporting.... Tupac: Resurrection is a trip through a man's head." — AboutFilm.com
Posted Nov 15, 2003
B- 91% Shattered Glass (2003) " Shattered Glass functions as a dramatic character study, but not as the galvanizing wake-up call about the sorry state of U.S. journalism that Ray says he wanted to make." — AboutFilm.com
Posted Nov 14, 2003
B+ 63% Love Actually (2003) " Curtis continues to find new twists on old romantic comedy stand-bys" — AboutFilm.com
Posted Nov 7, 2003
A- 87% Mystic River (2003) " While restrained and internal throughout most of the film, Penn displays both chilling intensity and heart-wrenching grief when it really counts." — AboutFilm.com
Posted Oct 31, 2003
B+ 72% Elephant (2003) " People will pillory Van Sant for not taking a position on the causes of Columbine, but simply by showing an accurate depiction of a suburban high school, perhaps he is." — AboutFilm.com
Posted Oct 23, 2003
A 95% Fireworks (Hana-bi) (1997) " Kitano makes static, understated movies about existences wasted, and rediscovering the joy of being, for a brief time, alive.... Violence comes in sudden bursts, as a shocking interruption." — AboutFilm.com
Posted Oct 23, 2003
A- 76% Kundun (1997) " Though a meditative, introspective film, Scorsese's distinctive techniques cause Kundun to pulse with life under its calm surface." — AboutFilm.com
Posted Oct 23, 2003
B 40% Anything Else (2003) " Allen just does what he does, and he does it very well." — AboutFilm.com
Posted Sep 18, 2003
C+ 59% Secondhand Lions (2003) " Don't allow the ending to ruin the film. Ignore it." — AboutFilm.com
Posted Sep 18, 2003
A 95% Lost In Translation (2003) " The man who once stole every film he did, bending it to his comic will, tranquilly inhabits LOST IN TRANSLATION... Understatement is his tool now." — AboutFilm.com
Posted Sep 12, 2003
B- 44% Luther (2003) " Though LUTHER suffers from bio-pic-itis, it is more than just a pedestrian recitation of events." — AboutFilm.com
Posted Sep 1, 2003
D 36% Returner (Ritana) (2002) " Yes, apparently Yamazaki takes breaks from his repeated viewings of E.T. by relaxing with THE MATRIX. Occasionally, just for a bit of variety, he might also pop INDEPENDENCE DAY into the DVD player." — AboutFilm.com
Posted Sep 1, 2003
B+ 94% American Splendor (2003) " a remarkable amalgamation of the real and the fictionalized" — AboutFilm.com
Posted Aug 16, 2003
C+ 58% Passionada (2003) " The fact that it's such a small film is an intrinsic part of this romantic comedy's charm." — AboutFilm.com
Posted Aug 11, 2003
C 80% Mondays in the Sun (Los Lunes al sol) (2003) " As boring as a trip across Kansas on a Greyhound bus." — AboutFilm.com
Posted Jul 28, 2003
C+ 63% Camp (2003) " Though unpolished and a bit formulaic, Camp reminds us that adolescence isn't just a period of time, it's a journey of self-discovery that teens must undertake on their own." — AboutFilm.com
Posted Jul 25, 2003
B- 90% The Magdalene Sisters (2003) " Two hours of, "This is wrong!" can be difficult to bear. What makes The Magdalene Sisters much better than a censorious browbeating is the girls themselves..." — AboutFilm.com
Posted Jul 22, 2003
B 94% Dirty Pretty Things (2003) " Dirty Pretty Things is a movie with Things to Say on an Important Issue...but one whose political intentions have not overpowered its quietly gripping story." — AboutFilm.com
Posted Jul 22, 2003
C- 77% The Housekeeper (2003) " Basic ingredients are in under-supply: characterization and believability." — AboutFilm.com
Posted Jul 10, 2003
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