Ed Halter

Ed Halter

Agrees with the Tomatometer 72% of the time.

Publications:
L.A. Weekly , Village Voice
Total Reviews:
87

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
21% Fred Claus (2007) " The exceptional cast -- Vaughn, Giamatti, Kathy Bates, Kevin Spacey, Rachel Weisz -- is an embarrassment of riches for a script this thin and this beholden to family-fare protocol, with its mushy-minded moral and slick sentimentality." — Village Voice
Posted Nov 6, 2007
100% Sátántangó (Satan's Tango) (1994) " Critics have rightfully hailed Tarr as one of filmdom's criminally undersung geniuses." — Village Voice
Posted Oct 5, 2007
99% Metropolis (1927) " Lang's impossibly vast skyscraper-ziggurats (inspired, it's said, by his first view of the Manhattan skyline) are the blueprint for nearly every science-fiction movie city of the past 30 years." — Village Voice
Posted Jul 17, 2007
86% Shadow Company (2007) " Shadow Company attempts to provide a balanced view of a potentially polarizing issue, interviewing historians, security firm heads, war journalists, and former contractors themselves (the Army declined)." — Village Voice
Posted Jul 5, 2007
85% Jack Smith and the Destruction Of Atlantis (2006) " Smith's own work, here montaged for easy digestion, is already too rich and sumptuous to require any further frosting." — Village Voice
Posted Apr 10, 2007
86% Cobra Verde (Slave Coast) (1987) " It's easy to understand why this was Herzog's final collaboration with the actor, but Kinski's performance nevertheless serves up a potent confusion of documentary and fiction that has long been an essential element of Herzog's filmmaking." — Village Voice
Posted Mar 20, 2007
78% The GoodTimesKid (2005) " Though the film never transcends its own neo-boho quirk, it concludes in a marvelous final shot: a long take set to Gang of Four, grungy and materialist in the Jacobs tradition." — Village Voice
Posted Jan 16, 2007
17% La tigre e la neve (The Tiger and the Snow) (2006) " Roberto Benigni here plays out a madcap tale of romantic obsession against the backdrop of the Iraq invasion. The results are neither profound nor funny." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Jan 4, 2007
58% Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006) " A noble experiment in pushing the limits of cinema, but one too many sequences of ruffling silks and dreamy flower bouquets evoke little more than the ad-agency clichés of an elongated Chanel No. 5 commercial." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Jan 4, 2007
17% La tigre e la neve (The Tiger and the Snow) (2006) " Neither profound nor funny, but merely uncomfortable. A hubristic failure at risky humor, The Tiger and the Snow provides Benigni his own Michael Richards moment." — Village Voice
Posted Dec 28, 2006
58% Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006) " It's a noble experiment in pushing the limits of cinema, but Tykwer never achieves true profundity." — Village Voice
Posted Dec 27, 2006
100% My Dad Is 100 Years Old (2006) " A micro-doc packing more intoxicating beauty and invigorating ideas into its 17 minutes than most other films do in 90 or more." — Village Voice
Posted Dec 5, 2006
89% Bergman Island (Ingmar Bergman - 3 dokumentärer om film, teater, Fårö och livet av Marie Nyreröd) (2006) " As little more than an extended interview, it remains hobbled by determinedly uninspired cinematography and a mundane televisual setup." — Village Voice
Posted Dec 5, 2006
96% Cleo From 5 to 7 (Cléo de 5 à 7) (1961) " Varda transforms the typical French cinema gamine into a complex, tragic figure: the girl who's all too good at playing plaything, forced to face the hollowness of her youth." — Village Voice
Posted Nov 21, 2006
60% The Last Atomic Bomb (2006) " The trauma is real, and the facts disturbing, but the doc doesn't have the chops to deliver what should be a more powerful statement." — Village Voice
Posted Nov 7, 2006
69% The Wild Blue Yonder (2005) " Though occasionally striking, the footage doesn't pack the evocative punch Herzog intends, and segments that should be lyrical mind trips only result in overstretched longueurs." — Village Voice
Posted Oct 24, 2006
—— Out of Place: Memories of Edward Said (2006) " Though Out of Place uses quotations from Said's writings to frame its chapters, the result is less a picture of Said himself than of the environments that shaped him." — Village Voice
Posted Oct 11, 2006
100% Edward Said: The Last Interview (2006) " Though physically weakened and near the end of his life, his discourse is sharp and incisive, creating a remarkably compelling self-portrait." — Village Voice
Posted Oct 11, 2006
100% Andy Warhol: A Documentary Film (2006) " Burns argues for a cogitating, agitating Warhol: deep thinker, cultural barometer, and world changer." — Village Voice
Posted Aug 30, 2006
90% Fratricide (Brudermord) (2006) " Yilmaz Arslan's hard-edged story of Turks and Kurds on the mean streets of urban Germany veers between moments of sensitive humanism and horrifying brutality." — Village Voice
Posted Aug 22, 2006
75% The Photographer, His Wife, Her Lover (2006) " [Yule] reveals a struggle far more complicated, suggesting that the manic entanglement of human relationships can't always conform to the winner-loser narratives that the lawyer-driven court system demands." — Village Voice
Posted Jul 25, 2006
—— Twelve Disciples of Nelson Mandela (2005) " Thomas Allen Harris's Twelve Disciples of Nelson Mandela takes on an intensely dramatic topic -- the struggle against apartheid -- yet paradoxically transforms its powerful source material into a stiff and sometimes awkward tutorial." — Village Voice
Posted Jul 7, 2006
69% Room (2006) " Kyle Henry's Room is one of those rare American indies that confidently and successfully propose their own narrative logic, drawing viewers into a mental puzzle that may not contain a single clear solution." — Village Voice
Posted Jun 27, 2006
57% Drawing Restraint 9 (2005) " An unsatisfying marriage of excessive production values with insipid cinematography and flat-footed editing." — Village Voice
Posted Mar 28, 2006
92% Dave Chappelle's Block Party (2006) " This picture remains faithful to the underlying affability of both Chappelle and Gondry, orchestrating a feel-good homestyle vibe that, while peppered with moments of sly political commentary, never harshes its own, slightly bittersweet mellow." — Village Voice
Posted Feb 28, 2006
73% Who Gets to Call It Art? (2006) " Surely a figure as crucial as Geldzahler deserves more incisive treatment." — Village Voice
Posted Jan 31, 2006
76% Daai si gin (Breaking News) (2006) " Well executed but ultimately unsatisfying ..." — Village Voice
Posted Jan 25, 2006
71% Gay Sex in the 70s (2005) " [The film] falls in line with the celebratory doc fare often found at gay film festivals: sub-TV production values, middling archival footage, and a hesitancy to separate history from nostalgia in the course of enshrining the first-person record." — Village Voice
Posted Nov 1, 2005
—— Time We Killed " The Time We Killed achieves a quiet power through rough-edged, handcrafted means." — Village Voice
Posted Oct 18, 2005
63% Chain (2005) " A dreamlike travelogue that transforms a mundane world into something strange and new." — Village Voice
Posted Sep 13, 2005
—— Mind Game (2004) " A virtuoso narrative loop-the-loop that travels through a phantasmagoric catalog of animation styles." — Village Voice
Posted Aug 30, 2005
89% William Eggleston in the Real World (2005) " [A] subtle, elegant documentary." — Village Voice
Posted Aug 30, 2005
69% Reel Paradise (2005) " Unfortunately, what could have been a superficially amusing IFC reality series was stretched into a thin, overlong feature that follows the rocky integration of this very New York clan into a somewhat ruffled island society." — Village Voice
Posted Aug 16, 2005
—— Pound (1970) " Part wacky comedy (with plenty of jailhouse humping), part existential allegory, Pound betrays its stage-play roots with too much actorly grandstanding but is peppered with ecstatic funk-powered freak-outs." — Village Voice
Posted Aug 16, 2005
—— No Picnic " Well shot in fat-grained monochrome 16mm (by experimental filmmaker Peter Hutton, who typically turns his lens toward expansive landscapes), No Picnic partakes of the shabby-chic downtown aesthetic that was once a New York cinematic mainstay." — Village Voice
Posted Aug 16, 2005
—— Lost, Lost, Lost (1976) " A photographic Homer of his own odyssey, Mekas journeys -- like us all -- in irrevocable exile from his own past, attempting to reconstruct that invisible nation of youth to which he can never return." — Village Voice
Posted Aug 9, 2005
13% Stealth (2005) " If we're going to be fighting the war on terror in perpetuity, could we at least get better movies out of it?" — Village Voice
Posted Aug 2, 2005
67% Edgar G. Ulmer - The Man Off-screen (2005) " [A] well-wrought investigation of the often mysterious life of Edgar G. Ulmer." — Village Voice
Posted Jul 26, 2005
46% Dark Water (2005) " It fails to deliver the narrative thrill twists its origins would promise." — Village Voice
Posted Jul 12, 2005
83% Rize (2005) " Few of the interviews get much further than recording surface boasts and assertive self-definitions; LaChapelle connects all their stories with common threads of resisting gang culture, but at the expense of flattening out each person's character." — Village Voice
Posted Jun 21, 2005
80% Cinderella Man (2005) " Despite the tale's dusty pedigree, Ron Howard spins a ticket-worthy two-plus hours of movie-movie entertainment." — Village Voice
Posted May 31, 2005
55% Lords of Dogtown (2005) " Leaner and sharper than its fast-and-furious TV spots would let on." — Village Voice
Posted May 31, 2005
31% The Longest Yard (2005) " No uplifting populism here." — Village Voice
Posted May 31, 2005
80% Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith 3D (2005) " Anakin's defection from Jediism to Sithdom should provide the film's backbone, but neither the script nor Christensen delivers the needed nuance." — Village Voice
Posted May 13, 2005
38% The Girl from Monday (2005) " Streaky low-frame-rate DV, Dogme-style mundane interiors, and merely unembarrassing televisual performances add up to a monotonous, unenlightening experience." — Village Voice
Posted May 3, 2005
—— Flower Thief (2005) " Taylor Mead traipses with elfin glee through a lost San Francisco of smoke-stuffed North Beach cafés, oceanside fairgrounds, and collapsed post-industrial ruins." — Village Voice
Posted Mar 17, 2005
36% Conspiracy of Silence (2004) " It's unclear whether this is an actual issue, or just something spicy to be cooked up in the potboiler." — Village Voice
Posted Nov 30, 2004
75% Jesus, You Know (Jesus, Du weisst) (2003) " [A] complex and deeply moving documentary of Catholics at prayer, who remarkably speak to the camera as they do to God." — Village Voice
Posted Nov 30, 2004
—— Muhammad: The Last Prophet (2004) " Though noble in its intent to portray Islam as a peace-loving faith, the narrative flow remains compromised by its catechistic asides and displaced hero." — Village Voice
Posted Nov 16, 2004
—— Mark of the Devil (1969) " Though the Pioneer is reviving this picture's original barf-bag-at-the-door promo gimmick, there's about a 50 percent chance it'll be more useful to save it for watching the returns on Election Night." — Village Voice
Posted Oct 19, 2004
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