Carlo Cavagna

Carlo Cavagna

Agrees with the Tomatometer 75% of the time.

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, was born in March 1999., administered by Marc Slanger, followed in 2000., 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.
Critics' Group:
Online Film Critics Society
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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. " —
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." —
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." —
Posted Nov 21, 2004
B- 83% Finding Neverland (2004) " Finding Neverland flirts with complexity but never goes all the way." —
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." —
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." —
Posted Oct 22, 2004
B 88% Bad Education (La Mala educación) (2004) " Almodóvar films don't unfold so much as they unpeel." —
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." —
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." —
Posted Aug 28, 2004
B- 54% Face (2004) " Face is a film of considerable charm and warmth, even if the material sometimes feels well worn." —
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." —
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." —
Posted Aug 13, 2004
B 86% Collateral (2004) " The story is gripping and the stakes are high... until the ridiculous coincidence. " —
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." —
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..." —
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..." —
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." —
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." —
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." —
Posted May 1, 2004
C 39% Man on Fire (2004) " Character development consists of sticking a bottle in Creasy's hand." —
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." —
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." —
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." —
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." —
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." —
Posted Mar 15, 2004
B- 73% Intermission (2003) " propelled by the actors' urgent performances and its running gags" —
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]" —
Posted Jan 26, 2004
B- 82% Monster (2004) " Is Monster about Wuornos' transformation into a serial killer, or Theron's transformation into Wuornos?" —
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." —
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." —
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." —
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." —
Posted Nov 15, 2003
B+ 78% Tupac - Resurrection (2003) " Don't expect investigative reporting.... Tupac: Resurrection is a trip through a man's head." —
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." —
Posted Nov 14, 2003
B+ 63% Love Actually (2003) " Curtis continues to find new twists on old romantic comedy stand-bys" —
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." —
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." —
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." —
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." —
Posted Oct 23, 2003
B 40% Anything Else (2003) " Allen just does what he does, and he does it very well." —
Posted Sep 18, 2003
C+ 59% Secondhand Lions (2003) " Don't allow the ending to ruin the film. Ignore it." —
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." —
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." —
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." —
Posted Sep 1, 2003
B+ 94% American Splendor (2003) " a remarkable amalgamation of the real and the fictionalized" —
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." —
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." —
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." —
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..." —
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." —
Posted Jul 22, 2003
C- 77% The Housekeeper (2003) " Basic ingredients are in under-supply: characterization and believability." —
Posted Jul 10, 2003
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