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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97% 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
2/4 41% Divergent (2014) " A movie so cold and monotone about its material that it plays more like an emotional concession than a full-fledged adventure." — Cinemaphile.org
Posted Mar 23, 2014
2.5/4 64% Predators (2010) " Innocent but skillful." — Cinemaphile.org
Posted Mar 22, 2014
3.5/4 95% Lifeboat (1944) " Here is the closest the director probably ever came to making an insightful statement about the dreadful world he and his peers lived in." — Cinemaphile.org
Posted Mar 17, 2014
3.5/4 76% Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014) " Nymphomaniac: Volume I is not simply a solid achievement, but a formidable one too." — Cinemaphile.org
Posted Mar 13, 2014
3/4 96% The Lego Movie (2014) " It is as original as cartoons come." — Cinemaphile.org
Posted Mar 10, 2014
2/4 42% 300: Rise of an Empire (2014) " Somewhere in the fog of all these ideas and characterizations there is a central purpose, but the movie never finds it." — Cinemaphile.org
Posted Mar 8, 2014
4/4 93% American Hustle (2013) " To call the end result an absolute triumph would undercut more apropos labels; it seeks to be one of the best films of the year, and transcends that goal." — Cinemaphile.org
Posted Mar 5, 2014
3.5/4 87% Frenzy (1972) " There is a thorough sense of entertainment boiling over the pot here, and the material is well acted, skillful, and photographed with intensity." — Cinemaphile.org
Posted Mar 1, 2014
4/4 94% Dallas Buyers Club (2013) " The movie isn't simply well acted or written; all of its observant qualities and pitch perfect performances are married to a tone and method that are courageous in conviction." — Cinemaphile.org
Posted Mar 1, 2014
3.5/4 93% Captain Phillips (2013) " The script, adapted from the book written by the actual protagonist, is not romanticized or glossed over with overreaching sentiment, and Greengrass' direction matches it with a style that is consistently tenacious." — Cinemaphile.org
Posted Feb 21, 2014
2/4 33% Labor Day (2014) " The screenplay spends all of its time borrowing from the source material, and nothing from the human brain." — Cinemaphile.org
Posted Feb 13, 2014
4/4 97% Rope (1948) " Rope isn't merely a terrific movie; it is also a benchmark for which the intricate nature of the killer's mind can be simplified into immense clarity." — Cinemaphile.org
Posted Feb 11, 2014
4/4 81% Marnie (2000) " A farsighted yet unassuming thriller with brilliant desires to deconstruct a human mind." — Cinemaphile.org
Posted Feb 7, 2014
2.5/4 77% The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) " Plays less as an insightful critique and more as an exercise in indulgence." — Cinemaphile.org
Posted Feb 6, 2014
1/4 37% Mars Needs Moms (2011) " Here is a movie that seems at war with the notion that animation can inspire or invigorate." — Cinemaphile.org
Posted Jan 31, 2014
1.5/4 47% Natural Born Killers (1994) " It plays like a mad dash across the cerebral mind-field in search of the right mood, and fails drastically at finding one." — Cinemaphile.org
Posted Jan 27, 2014
3/4 49% Parkland (2013) " Parkland is a movie of simple motives. It doesn't waste time with pomp or theory, and the material is acted by those who connect with the characters like reflections in the mirror. " — Cinemaphile.org
Posted Jan 24, 2014
4/4 96% WALL-E (2008) " To see these ideas delivered so profoundly speaks volumes to the power animation possesses in cleansing minds weathered by the cynicism of adulthood." — Cinemaphile.org
Posted Jan 21, 2014
4/4 98% Some Like It Hot (1959) " Here is one of those movies that persists beyond the implications of a mere time frame, resonating with audiences like a very fine wine." — Cinemaphile.org
Posted Jan 16, 2014
85% Chronicle (2012) " Somewhere amidst a jumble of fast images and unscripted shouts, I couldn't help but feel that this all would have been more effective in a movie that played the material with a more straightforward approach." — Cinemaphile.org
Posted Jan 7, 2014
4/4 75% Sunshine (2007) " In an age of technical advancements when filmmakers have circumvented ideas for synthetic visual thrills, here is a movie that plays like some decisive, brilliant rebellion to that pattern." — Cinemaphile.org
Posted Jan 6, 2014
4/4 88% A Christmas Story (1983) " It takes pause to recognize the collective good nature we owe to one another all year round, and pays that knowledge forward with charm and wistfulness." — Cinemaphile.org
Posted Dec 30, 2013
93% Grizzly Man (2005) " Herzog's stirring, thought-provoking documentary meditates with exceeding insight into the mind that drove the man." — Cinemaphile.org
Posted Dec 11, 2013
3/4 65% Thor: The Dark World (2013) " The movie doesn't go nearly as in-depth as we would like it to. But that's ok, because it has enough fun on the excursion to be thoroughly enjoyable." — Cinemaphile.org
Posted Dec 4, 2013
3.5/4 67% Steel Magnolias (1989) " Steel Magnolias is so immersed by the conviction of its story that in a way it becomes an extension of our own human experience." — Cinemaphile.org
Posted Dec 4, 2013
3.5/4 66% Shortbus (2006) " This isn't an exploit into pornographic ideals, but a movie with genuine ideas that are completely freed from political correctness." — Cinemaphile.org
Posted Nov 11, 2013
3.5/4 60% Ender's Game (2013) " It is no exaggeration that I wandered through two hours of this material grinning like an inquisitive schoolboy." — Cinemaphile.org
Posted Nov 8, 2013
3/4 60% Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (2013) " I laughed, cackled, and often felt completely embarrassed by doing so." — Cinemaphile.org
Posted Oct 28, 2013
3/4 61% Hostel (2006) " Whereas most modern slasher films cut straight to the flesh-ripping for no purpose of art or psychological stimulation, Hostel marries them with skillful execution and, somehow, a relevant subtext." — Cinemaphile.org
Posted Oct 25, 2013
4/4 66% Apocalypto (2006) " Apocalypto isn't simply an effective movie, but an immensely powerful one: a benchmark and a foresight seemingly all rolled into one." — Cinemaphile.org
Posted Oct 22, 2013
3.5/4 98% Aliens (1986) " The first of these movies remains one of the great sci-fi horror achievements of the modern cinema, but its sequel, "Aliens," is that rare instance where a follow-up deviates from the formula and finds an effective rhythm in propelling the story" — Cinemaphile.org
Posted Oct 15, 2013
0.5/4 15% Sex and the City 2 (2010) " This is the kind of movie that its participants refer to in small, dismissive groans at reunion parties." — Cinemaphile.org
Posted Oct 11, 2013
2/4 50% Sex and the City (2008) " The ladies settle into the doldrums of marriage and their antics are reduced to a detached series of scenes that involve sulking, yearning or just plain indulging." — Cinemaphile.org
Posted Oct 10, 2013
3.5/4 95% Richard III (1995) " "Richard III" is the kind of movie that earns the right to interpret the bard's ideas through alternate perspectives because it does so without sacrificing its core values or integrity." — Cinemaphile.org
Posted Oct 9, 2013
4/4 97% Gravity (2013) " A triumph of nuance that imagines something from a source of simplicity and then wraps it in a cloak of wonderment, despair, alarm and sometimes outright horror." — Cinemaphile.org
Posted Oct 8, 2013
3.5/4 68% Titus (1999) " ...audaciously steps outside of the tradition when it comes to film adaptations of the bard's works, but it also does so much more: notably, find distinct meaning in a play where all notions of importance lacked a central point." — Cinemaphile.org
Posted Sep 30, 2013
4/4 91% Stand by Me (2000) " When you are an adventure-seeker stuck in that odd transition between early youth and adolescence, few movies resonate more than "Stand by Me."" — Cinemaphile.org
Posted Sep 26, 2013
100% Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory (2012) " Seldom has a film inspired so much dislike in viewers towards the very system designed to protect them." — Cinemaphile.org
Posted Sep 20, 2013
91% Paradise Lost 2 - Revelations (2000) " The unanswered questions at the end of "Paradise Lost" were the kind that could inspire not only a need for a follow-up documentary, but indeed an entire political movement. " — Cinemaphile.org
Posted Sep 19, 2013
96% Paradise Lost - The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills (1996) " What a sad commentary on humanity and the flawed justice system it relies on." — Cinemaphile.org
Posted Sep 17, 2013
3/4 60% 300 (2007) " Our instinctual desire to sneer at the implausibility of the story is stalled by a sense of ambition that seems unmatched even by the standards of the Hollywood assembly line." — Cinemaphile.org
Posted Sep 13, 2013
2/4 58% Riddick (2013) " One would suspect that a man who took such audacious risks in the second film would have a few more surprises up his sleeve for the third round, but I guess not. " — Cinemaphile.org
Posted Sep 12, 2013
89% Viskningar och Rop (Cries and Whispers) (1972) " Some have called it the most painful movie he ever made, and it is easy to see why: the three sisters at the center have lost the wisdom of compassion and replaced it with unending pathos." — Cinemaphile.org
Posted Sep 10, 2013
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