Dan Jardine

Dan Jardine

"It's a fool who looks for logic in the chambers of the human heart"

Agrees with the Tomatometer 83% of the time.

Biography:
A little mystery in a blossoming relationship like this is a good thing.
Favorites:
Top Ten of 20071. Into the Wild2. Ratatouille3. Control4. Once5. Away from Her 6. The Lives of Others7. Grindhouse8. 28 Weeks Later9. Zodiac10. Sweeney Todd 11. Killer of Sheep12. Manufactured Landscapes Honorable Mentions: Michael Clayton, Kim Ki-Duk's Time, Gone Baby Gone , Bourne Ultimatum, The Host, Hot Fuzz, SickoFavorite Films of All Time: 2001: A Space Odyssey, Schindler's List, Taxi Driver, It's a Wonderful Life, Seven Samurai, The Passion of Joan of Arc, Casablanca, Deer Hunter, Citizen Kane, Chungking Express, The Third Man, Dr. Strangelove, Andrei Rublev, Manchurian Candidate, A Clockwork OrangeFavorite Directors: Kubrick, Scorcese, Spielberg, Hitchcock, Kurosawa, Coen Brothers.
Publications:
All Movie Guide , Apollo Guide , Cinemania , Daily-Reviews , Jacksonville Film Journal , Slant Magazine , TheFilmJournal.com (Ohio)
Critics' Group:
Online Film Critics Society
Total Reviews:
1052
Total QuickRatings:
148
Location:
Victoria, BC, Canada

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 1052
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
71/100 65% Rounders (1998) " John Dahl's film is not as sinister or complex as its cinematic cousin, House of Games, but it is fun to see these young Hollywood studs (Damon, Edward Norton, Gretchen Mol) strut their stuff. " — Cinemania
Posted May 3, 2013
78/100 85% The Cincinnati Kid (1965) " A slighter version of The Hustler, on a different sort of felt" — Cinemania
Posted May 3, 2013
80/100 97% GasLand (2010) " A must-see documentary" — Cinemania
Posted May 1, 2013
77/100 97% The Kid with a Bike (2012) " French Loach." — Cinemania
Posted Mar 24, 2013
85/100 76% The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007) " Affleck manages to strike so many right notes, that by the end of the film, it is easy to forget what a loathsome toady he was at film's start, and you cannot help but feel real pain as Ford's inevitably sad fate unravels before our eyes. " — Cinemania
Posted Mar 24, 2013
70/100 51% This is 40 (2012) " I do not find fault with these characters as I believe they accurately reflect our so-called post-modern times and they deserve to be laughed at. " — Cinemania
Posted Mar 24, 2013
54/100 63% Anna Karenina (2012) " The film does not do even minimal justice to the themes informing the tragedy." — Cinemania
Posted Mar 22, 2013
62/100 52% Promised Land (2013) " Worth taking seriously, but hamstrung by avoiding larger political issues and coming down to a matter of individual conscience. " — Daily-Reviews
Posted Mar 22, 2013
88/100 97% Pickpocket (1959) " Pragmatic to the point of being almost mechanical, Pickpocket it is paradoxically saturated with soulfulness. " — Cinemania
Posted Mar 21, 2013
65/100 92% Silver Linings Playbook (2012) " I love the work that deNiro and Lawrence do here, but ultimately all they do is prove the old adage that you can cover up a lot of problems with the script by hiring good actors. " — Cinemania
Posted Mar 21, 2013
72/100 75% Killing Them Softly (2012) " A noir-ish crime drama with a brain, and despite its flaws and inconsistencies, a film worth seeing. Dominik remains a filmmaker to watch. " — Cinemania
Posted Mar 21, 2013
73/100 88% Django Unchained (2012) " I had a good enough time to wish that it had been better. " — Cinemania
Posted Feb 3, 2013
77/100 78% Tupac - Resurrection (2003) " Tupac's evolution as an artist showed us a young man who was an activist, involved in the community, who showed signs of becoming a more self-aware and self-critical artist, as his music moved from the political to the personal. " — Cinemania
Posted Sep 12, 2012
63/100 76% We Need to Talk About Kevin (2012) " The best horror penetrates beyond external vibe to internal thought-process and the film never truly takes us within the mother's head." — Cinemania
Posted Jul 31, 2012
73/100 78% The Mill and the Cross (2011) " The Mill and the Cross provides a sort of stoner's take on Bruegel's masterpiece, if the stoner happens to be a scholar with expertise in the work of the genius painter. " — Cinemania
Posted Jul 31, 2012
85/100 78% Melancholia (2011) " Much more compelling than the narratively confused Tree of Life, and a welcome return to form for the mad Dane." — Cinemania
Posted Jul 30, 2012
67/100 85% The Ides of March (2011) " The Ides of March boils down to a big breast-beating session within the Democratic caucus" — Cinemania
Posted Jul 25, 2012
80/100 79% Shame (2011) " Shame will probably be judged, after McQueen's long career is put into perspective many years hence, a relatively minor work by a gifted filmmaker. " — Cinemania
Posted Jul 24, 2012
74/100 93% Midnight in Paris (2011) " Nostalgic fluff (for all its faux rejection thereof), but it's my brand of fluff" — Cinemania
Posted Jul 21, 2012
86/100 95% Pina (2011) " The creative marriage of two real artists, Pina and Wim, turns out better than even a Dale Carnegie bred optimist could hope for" — Cinemania
Posted Jul 21, 2012
90/100 95% El Ángel Exterminador (The Exterminating Angel) (1967) " The comedy is as black as an 8 Ball." — Cinemania
Posted Jul 21, 2012
80/100 85% Meek's Cutoff (2011) " The film is both evocative and provocative; atmospherically and conceptually, respectively." — Cinemania
Posted Jul 21, 2012
66/100 91% City of Life and Death (2011) " Reminiscent of exactly the sort of "important war movie" Hollywood makes." — Cinemania
Posted Jul 20, 2012
61/100 84% The Tree of Life (2011) " Less Plato than metaphysical Play-Doh" — Cinemania
Posted Jul 13, 2012
70/100 88% Red Road (2007) " Despite some elemental flaws in logic and plausibility, this is a tense and potent film at times that hints at the sort of greatness that we can find to a greater degree in Ms. Arnold's other works, Wasp and Fish Tank." — Cinemania
Posted Jul 13, 2012
87/100 100% Day of Wrath (Vredens Dag)(Day of Anger) (2008) " Dreyer goes to the Christian heart of the matter in this film. Damned powerful." — Cinemania
Posted Jul 13, 2012
68/100 95% The Red Balloon (Le Ballon Rouge) (1956) " The absence of one key scene near the film's end renders the entire thing pablum." — Cinemania
Posted Jul 13, 2012
75/100 88% Young@Heart (2007) " Ya gotta love these guys! How could you NOT love these guys?" — Cinemania
Posted Jul 13, 2012
71/100 96% Exit Through The Gift Shop (2010) " Just as clever as the work of Sasha Baron Cohen, but not nearly as culturally worthwhile because it is not nearly as politically candid." — Cinemania
Posted Jul 12, 2012
69/100 63% The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas) (2008) " Not without its qualities, the movie ultimately does a disservice to the very people it purports to represent." — Cinemania
Posted Jul 12, 2012
76/100 91% The Fighter (2010) " Wahlberg gives a restrained and generous performance, which allows his co-stars Leo and Bale to shine (and win awards)." — Cinemania
Posted Jul 12, 2012
84/100 96% True Grit (2010) " True Grit is as close to Disney as the Coens get. And go figure, this time out, it is meant as a compliment." — Cinemania
Posted Jul 12, 2012
58/100 86% Rabbit Hole (2010) " Contrived and manipulative" — Daily-Reviews
Posted Jul 12, 2012
82/100 95% Mother (Madeo) (2010) " Hye-ja Kim gives an Oscar-worthy performance. A very good, very cool piece of cinema." — Cinemania
Posted Jul 12, 2012
66/100 80% Catfish (2010) " Socially interesting and emotionally affecting, but also highly irritating." — Cinemania
Posted Jul 12, 2012
58/100 93% 127 Hours (2010) " With all due respect to Franco's strong performance, the director, Danny Boyle hijacked the story for a chance to show off his visual style." — Cinemania
Posted Jul 12, 2012
83/100 87% Blue Valentine (2010) " Blue Valentine deserves a wide audience. But it is probably too authentically tragic to get it." — Cinemania
Posted Jul 12, 2012
72/100 83% The Trotsky (2010) " Baruchal gives a charming performance, full of intellectual wit and good-natured charisma, but also take-charge sex appeal, albeit of the nerd variety. " — Cinemania
Posted Jul 12, 2012
71/100 87% Black Swan (2010) " I liked it in the way many folks like B sci-fi flics from the 50s." — Cinemania
Posted Jul 11, 2012
80/100 98% The Red Shoes (1948) " The milieu of the ballet company - the camaraderie infused both humorously and agonizingly with individualistic obsessions for excellence - strikes a chord of authenticity even though it is struck on a very mannered instrument" — Cinemania
Posted Jul 11, 2012
81/100 93% Another Year (2010) " Leigh sculpts Another Year in time like Edgar Degas painted a picture." — Cinemania
Posted Jul 11, 2012
56/100 94% The King's Speech (2010) " Every quality amounts to a big so what? for me. " — Cinemania
Posted Jul 11, 2012
63/100 97% Animal Kingdom (2010) " Just as the protagonist announces from the outset that crime doesn't pay, in Animal Kingdom grime doesn't play. " — Cinemania
Posted Jul 11, 2012
82/100 94% Winter's Bone (2010) " Peyton Place meets Deliverance in a meth lab." — Cinemania
Posted Jul 11, 2012
60/100 86% Inception (2010) " Ambitious, sure, but ultimately too far-fetched for its own good." — Cinemania
Posted Jul 11, 2012
70/100 40% RiP: A Remix Manifesto (2009) " A healthy punk attitude informs this documentary." — Cinemania
Posted Jul 11, 2012
71/100 100% La bocca del lupo (The Mouth of the Wolf) " The film tells a very unusual yet remarkably sweet love story in a very minimalist and indirect way" — Cinemania
Posted Jul 11, 2012
79/100 72% Lust, Caution (2007) " Lee is hot, engaged, emotional, sincere and fundamentally looking at any slice of life through a sexual lens. " — Cinemania
Posted Jul 11, 2012
79/100 72% Lust, Caution (2007) " Lee is hot, engaged, emotional, sincere and fundamentally looking at any slice of life through a sexual lens. " — Daily-Reviews
Posted Jul 11, 2012
62/100 94% The Cove (2009) " Too much drama, not enough documentary." — Cinemania
Posted Jul 11, 2012
70/100 96% 13 Assassins (2011) " Miike plays it by the age-old rules, and the result, while undeniably entertaining, is unexpectedly tame, at least by Miike standards" — Cinemania
Posted Sep 13, 2011
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