David Keyes

David Keyes

""Depression is merely anger without enthusiasm." "People who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do.""

Agrees with the Tomatometer 75% of the time.

A love of films. A love of the written word. What better way to combine them? I started this little movie reviewing gig on the 'net back in 1998 when I was just 17. At the time, the idea wasn't exactly a developed one on my part (I never even fathomed the concept until it was suggested to me by a high school instructor), but once it began, it was as if I was physically incapable of stopping. For that year and the next, film criticism was life. On a personal level, it was also a visceral experience, something that I and I alone could do without having my work comprimised by some kind of looming superior (I guess school gives you that mentality naturally). For a time following the whole K-12 thing (and even a bit into college), I wanted this to be a career. Unfortunately, time and dedication, especially in isolation, tends to build walls around your ego -- thus, I was put off by the impending notion that I couldn't have complete control over my own material in a paid profession, so the idea went from being a career goal to a recreational hobby rather quickly. Thankfully, I wasn't as defensive about my other Journalistic talents, so I didn't give up on the vocation entirely. I currently freelance for publications whose primary audiences are those that thrive on information-gathering, and the prospect of objective and thorough reporting is an art in itself. But one doesn't write just for the sake of writing, either; it has to be something engaging on a personal level, otherwise your wasting your time. Though movie reviewing has taken a back-burner in recent years to other things, it has nonetheless lived on in some capacity -- and for the sake of staying up with the times, that simple old free Geocities site I opened in the summer of '98 was moved to its own fully-paid server in early 2004. Cinemaphile.org is the culmination of all that work, and I'm proud that I am able to keep up this little hobby in a way that doesn't seem easily disposable. I love the movies and I love writing about them, and I intend on keeping the hobby under my belt as long as people are still willing to hear what I have to say.
Ingmar Bergman's "Wild Strawberries" John Boorman's "Excalibur" Tim Burton's "Ed Wood" Joel Coen's "Fargo" Jonathan Demme's "Beloved" William Friedkin's "The Exorcist" Christophe Gans' "Brotherhood of the Wolf" Mary Harron's "American Psycho" Werner Herzog's "Aguirre: The Wrath of God" Alfred Hitchcock's "Strangers on a Train" Peter Jackson's "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining" Akira Kurosawa's "Throne of Blood" Meyno Meyjes' "Max" Bill Paxton's "Frailty" Roman Polanski's "Chinatown" Alex Proyas' "Dark City" Ridley Scott's "Alien" Quentin Tarrantino's "Pulp Fiction" The Wachowski Brothers' "The Matrix" Robert Wiene's "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari"
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 54% Alien Resurrection (1997) " This is not a Hollywood space thriller at all, but an intergalactic fantasy driven by the same cheerfully eccentric impulses that have informed a myriad of high-spirited French filmmakers. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Oct 16, 2014
2/4 No Score Yet The Poughkeepsie Tapes (2009) " The movie thinks too diminutively of human intelligence, even by horror film standards. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Oct 13, 2014
2/4 33% Burnt Offerings (1976) " One of those all-too-familiar movie rendezvous through the doldrums of horror mediocrity. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Oct 12, 2014
3/4 80% The Thing (1982) " It personifies the definition of "popcorn entertainment" - that is, the kind of film that relishes the thrill of its many ambitious moments without seeking total transcendence. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Oct 8, 2014
3.5/4 52% Devil (2010) " A taut, expert and engrossing thriller with sense of visual restraint that is refreshing in this age of abhorrent overexposure. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Oct 7, 2014
2/4 49% The Hills Have Eyes (2006) " Falls into the trap of delivering its relentless arsenal of painful images with almost sedated enthusiasm. The movie has no venom. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Oct 6, 2014
1/4 15% A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010) " It replaces the fascinating context of Freddie Krueger's existence with a seemingly endless exercise in violence and unrelenting pain. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Oct 5, 2014
1.5/4 63% The Maze Runner (2014) " A movie so utterly joyless that it makes all recent fantasies about young adults trapped in shattered worlds look like excursions through Mr. Roger's Neighborhood. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Sep 30, 2014
3/4 95% Star Trek (2009) " For the first time in all my encounters with the Enterprise and the Federation, I actually cared about several of those important figures seated at the ship controls. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Sep 28, 2014
1/4 71% Dirty Dancing (1987) " These are not characters, but objects of choreography used to push a thoughtless agenda of sound and movement. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Sep 20, 2014
1.5/4 44% Blood Glacier (2014) " This is one of those endeavors that will no doubt endure the test of time on viewing lists of very ambitious bad movies. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Sep 14, 2014
2/5 84% The Hunger Games (2012) " Has all the technical ingredients of a great (and even important) film, but sideswipes them in order to leave the audience feeling like that they have been abandoned in the wilderness of extreme cruelty. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Sep 11, 2014
1/4 22% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) " Something about a reptile in a ninja mask makes my heart sink. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Sep 8, 2014
95% Belle de Jour (1968) " Few faces in the movies have contemporized storytelling standards as swiftly as Catherine Deneuve's. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Sep 2, 2014
3/4 44% Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014) " This is one of those sequels that is probably a better film when absorbed within the frame of reference of its predecessor. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Sep 2, 2014
3.5/4 86% Wreck-it Ralph (2012) " Not in my wildest dreams did I ever anticipate using the word "thoughtful" to describe a fairly recent animated film. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Aug 20, 2014
4/4 94% Deliverance (1972) " Boorman's film still speaks to us in profound ways, as if to indicate hidden wisdom has long rested in frames glossed up by a once-shocking philosophy. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Aug 19, 2014
3.5/4 91% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) " A mad act of absurd genius. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Aug 3, 2014
4/4 85% The Descent (2006) " Here is a movie so precise and cautious with its material that every moment, every suggestion or action, becomes an experience that involves us to alarming lengths. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Jul 31, 2014
4/4 97% 12 Years a Slave (2013) " This isn't simply an important movie, but a dose of brutal truth that must be confronted, and done so with absolute certainty. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Jul 28, 2014
3/4 53% Jersey Boys (2014) " As a vehicle for characters, Jersey Boys is remarkably observant. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Jul 26, 2014
3/4 43% Alien3 (1992) " It all happens - with equal confusion and intrigue - under the umbrella of a low-tech style so chilling in its presence that it becomes a character all on its own. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Jul 24, 2014
81% Hitler's Children (2012) " One of the most haunting documentaries ever made about tainted ancestry, a work of intense research that plays like a cerebral revelation rather than just a straightforward lesson in history. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Jul 17, 2014
3.5/4 78% Burn After Reading (2008) " Seldom has a comedy about such thoroughly dumb individuals been so engaging, or so insightful. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Jul 15, 2014
0/4 11% Pathfinder (2007) " Had the camera been a firing squad pointed towards its actors, their careers would have taken less damage. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Jul 14, 2014
3.5/4 95% Snowpiercer (2014) " It emerges from a place of fearsome ambition, dressed in the skin of a zealous summer blockbuster but equipped with a brain that far exceeds the standards of its classification. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Jul 13, 2014
3.5/4 89% Frozen (2013) " Funny, whimsical and delightful to a fault, it is one of those movies that engages minds of all ages. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Jul 7, 2014
97% Life Itself (2014) " Life Itself is the goodbye that many of us never wanted to say, but at long last it has been done, and with all the resounding power that Roger himself saw as just part of the process of living. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Jul 7, 2014
97% Diabolique (Les Diaboliques) (1955) " Like the greater of Hitchcock's essential films, the movie is a skillful marriage of ingredients that tread dangerously close to the edge of reasoning while still absorbing them in impeccable artistic standards. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Jun 30, 2014
2/4 76% Kill Your Darlings (2013) " Lively and driven personalities are indeed what made the Beat Generation what it was, and what it continues to be. Kill Your Darlings seems content, however, to find superficial imitations of them. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Jun 26, 2014
3/4 90% Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow (2014) " This is not a run-of-the-mill genre yarn in the vein of countless modern sci-fi blockbusters, but a fascinating and enjoyable vehicle that creates an ambitious illusion. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Jun 25, 2014
1/4 63% Filth (2014) " Here is a relentlessly shallow and nihilistic movie, a 97-minute exercise in cynicism with nothing of substance standing in a manic foreground. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Jun 16, 2014
2.5/4 79% Afflicted (2014) " When it comes to the ongoing cycle of handheld horror films at the local movie theater, there are far worse choices than a movie like Afflicted. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Jun 13, 2014
3.5/4 71% Carnage (2011) " Few recent movies have been this perceptive about such immediate human conflicts, much less this funny. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Jun 12, 2014
2.5/4 33% A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014) " It forces characters into situations that are silly without reason, and expects the premise to substantiate a lot of bizarre twists that seem to exist out of total conceit. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Jun 9, 2014
3/4 49% Maleficent (2014) " You gotta give a girl credit for this much: she does at least take us to some fascinating locales when supplied with a set of wings. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Jun 5, 2014
3/4 92% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) " There is never a dull moment here as we watch on, uninterrupted, with constant interest in an ambitious display of paradoxes and riddles. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted May 28, 2014
2/4 73% Godzilla (2014) " A lot of descriptive words can be used to critique the new Godzilla, but the last one I ever expected to use was 'dull.' " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted May 26, 2014
4/4 92% Nebraska (2013) " This may very well be one of the most powerful movies ever made about the misfortune of growing old and fragile. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted May 18, 2014
4/4 72% Elephant (2003) " Watching it, one is left with the cold realization that a story like this had to be made for the screen, and it had to be done so exactly with this level of intensity. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted May 14, 2014
3/4 60% Nymphomaniac: Volume II (2014) " Von Trier creates an effective tone that suggests a powerful force is yanking its characters through an emotional kaleidoscope with unforgiving conviction. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted May 11, 2014
3/4 53% The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) " There is a real sense here that the filmmakers are united in their focus of telling a story with clear and concise motives, even if the journey towards the climax has obstacles along the way. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted May 5, 2014
1.5/4 19% Transcendence (2014) " What an empty and misguided movie this is. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Apr 29, 2014
98% The Lady Vanishes (1938) " It remains the most complex and enlivening of Hitchcock's earliest films. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Apr 19, 2014
3/4 81% Don Jon (2013) " Don Jon is no kind of resonating masterpiece, but it's intelligent, thoughtful, funny, and dedicated to the cause of finding a personality and sticking with him through the excess of his addictions. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Apr 16, 2014
3.5/4 64% August: Osage County (2013) " It is easy to grow weary of these stories. But here is a movie that finds powerful relevance through its grotesque details. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Apr 15, 2014
2/4 89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) " The movie doesn't use any time in establishing an identity, because it is obsessed with the thrill. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Apr 11, 2014
3/4 77% Noah (2014) " Fearless and bewildering. A bleak departure from a source often viewed with inspirational pragmatism. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Mar 31, 2014
4/4 100% Rear Window (1954) " Beneath pointed dialogue, perceptive character development and tense plot twists, the movie plays like a breakpoint in our journey towards complete voyeurism. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Mar 26, 2014
0.5/4 71% Napoleon Dynamite (2004) " The approach has all the lasting charm of a train derailment, but at least the train is going somewhere before it is brought to disaster. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Mar 24, 2014
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