Edward Havens

Edward Havens

""When a man assumes a public trust, he should consider himself as public property." - Thomas Jefferson"

Agrees with the Tomatometer 74% of the time.

Biography:
Edward Havens currently serves as the Publisher and Editor-In-Chief of FilmJerk.com. Since 1972, he has worked as an extra, actor, production assistant and assistant director on a number of feature films and shorts. He has also written several screenplays, none which were recently optioned. Edward likes kitties, ice cream, books with more words than pictures and DVDs with director's commentary. He blames Hunter S. Thompson, Lenny Bruce, Terry Southern, the collective members of Monty Python, Michael O'Donoghue, Lloyd Kaufman and Andy Kaufman for helping to shape his persona. He lives in the heart of Hollywood, between Grauman's Chinese Theatre and the Cinerama Dome, with his wife.
Favorites:
For the longest time, my answer would have been "Bull Durham," but I've come to realize that Cameron Crowe's director cut of "Almost Famous" is perhaps the most perfect movie ever made. Other favorites include "Brazil," "The Third Man," "L.A. Confidential," "My Man Godfrey," most of the films of William Powell and Myrna Loy, "Sullivan's Travels" and "Bring It On."
Publications:
FilmJerk.com
Critics' Group:
Online Film Critics Society
Total Reviews:
319
Total QuickRatings:
62
Location:
Hollywood, CA

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
A+ 100% The Battered Bastards Of Baseball (2014) " Is to baseball what "Slap Shot" was to hockey." — FilmJerk.com
Posted Jul 10, 2014
A+ 97% Life Itself (2014) " I find myself borrowing from Ebert to call "Life Itself" one of the best films about an American life I could ever see." — FilmJerk.com
Posted Jun 30, 2014
C 25% Dinotasia (2012) " Plays like a series of cut-scenes from a 1997 PlayStation game." — FilmJerk.com
Posted Nov 5, 2012
C 76% Bronson (2009) FilmJerk.com
Posted Nov 4, 2010
D+ 58% The Freebie (2010) FilmJerk.com
Posted Oct 29, 2010
A —— Gilda Live " To have another ninety minutes of Lisa Loopner and Emily Litella, with Judy Miller and Roseanne Roseannadanna and Candy Slice is a joy." — FilmJerk.com
Posted Nov 21, 2009
D 39% 2012 (2009) " Why does Roland Emmerich enjoy killing off humanity?" — FilmJerk.com
Posted Nov 13, 2009
C 85% Trick 'r Treat (2007) " What keeps "Trick" from attaining its lofty "Creepshow" aspirations is the lack of conflict and resolution." — FilmJerk.com
Posted Oct 29, 2009
D+ 81% Michael Jackson's This Is It (2009) " There's only going to be two camps concerning [This Is It]: those who will absolutely love it and those who wouldn't go to see it except under penalty of death." — FilmJerk.com
Posted Oct 27, 2009
C+ 48% Taking Woodstock (2009) " There is a great movie within Ang Lee's "Taking Woodstock."" — FilmJerk.com
Posted Aug 25, 2009
A- 88% Inglourious Basterds (2009) " Amongst all the filmmakers working today, no one inspires more passionate discussion, debate and analysis than Quentin Tarantino." — FilmJerk.com
Posted Aug 21, 2009
A+ 80% It Might Get Loud (2009) " I apologize this is more a mash note than critical analysis." — FilmJerk.com
Posted Aug 14, 2009
A- 74% Cold Souls (2009) " The easiest, and laziest, way to describe the new movie "Cold Souls" is to compare it to "Being John Malkovich."" — FilmJerk.com
Posted Aug 6, 2009
A 94% Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation! (2008) " If the thought of a new Brian Trenchard-Smith movie is more exhilarating than a new Bryan Singer movie... then Mark Hartley's "Not Quite Hollywood" is the film for you." — FilmJerk.com
Posted Jul 30, 2009
F 71% Loren Cass (2006) " We're presented a small slice of life with a group of wasted teens, expected to consider this to be somehow artistic and asked to be sympathetic for their malaise." — FilmJerk.com
Posted Jul 28, 2009
A- 60% ZMD: Zombies of Mass Destruction (2009) " Has the potential to become a minor hit on the midnight film circuit with the help of a mid-level indie distributor." — FilmJerk.com
Posted Jul 22, 2009
D 79% Humpday (2009) " Sadly, the most interesting characters in "Humpday" are not the main focuses of the story." — FilmJerk.com
Posted Jul 10, 2009
A 97% The Hurt Locker (2009) " Bigelow has successfully built a vision of war rarely seen on screen, a visceral nearly first person perspective of war where the rush of combat is a welcomed relief." — FilmJerk.com
Posted Jun 25, 2009
A+ 67% Away We Go (2009) " For my money, the new dramatic comedy "Away We Go" is the first serious contender for Best Picture of the Year consideration." — FilmJerk.com
Posted May 28, 2009
B+ 46% Management (2009) " To be completely honest, I was ready to walk out of the new Jennifer Aniston movie "Management" after ten minutes." — FilmJerk.com
Posted May 15, 2009
B+ 73% Rudo y Cursi (2009) " Anyone who has spent any time watching movies about competitive brothers playing the same sport for different teams knows where all this is going to lead" — FilmJerk.com
Posted May 14, 2009
C 78% Outrage (2009) " I'm guessing "Outrage" ultimately is meant to continue the discussion about equal rights for gay Americans, and in that sense the film does succeed." — FilmJerk.com
Posted May 8, 2009
F 41% All the Boys Love Mandy Lane (2013) " Dumb kids doing dumb things for dumb reasons." — FilmJerk.com
Posted May 6, 2009
A —— Official Rejection (2009) " Can a little documentary about the less popular film festivals find a patron to give it the chance to find an audience?" — FilmJerk.com
Posted Apr 30, 2009
D+ 14% The Spirit (2008) " More interested in being a technical marvel than a coherent story." — FilmJerk.com
Posted Apr 29, 2009
A- 89% Adventureland (2009) " Sometimes, a critic is going to connect with a movie, even one they can admit has some major problems, because it so mirrors their own expereinces." — FilmJerk.com
Posted Apr 3, 2009
A- 32% Fanboys (2008) " Probably the closest thing my generation will get to having its own "Diner"" — FilmJerk.com
Posted Feb 6, 2009
A- 64% Quantum of Solace (2008) " Despite its faults, I can still say with relative assurance this is the best Bond film since "Thunderball."" — FilmJerk.com
Posted Nov 14, 2008
A 94% Slumdog Millionaire (2008) " Some people might fault "Slumdog" because they perceive it as a fluff piece full of the kind of schmaltz unbecoming to modern cinemagoers." — FilmJerk.com
Posted Nov 12, 2008
B- 68% Synecdoche, New York (2008) " Nearly a month after watching Charlie Kaufman's directorial debut... I'm still figuring out whether it was a brilliant idea poorly executed or a poor idea brilliantly executed." — FilmJerk.com
Posted Oct 24, 2008
B+ 54% Choke (2008) " The perfect film for the entire family. That is, to paraphrase another great American writer, James Ellroy, if your family happens to be named Manson." — FilmJerk.com
Posted Sep 26, 2008
A- 76% Appaloosa (2008) " Can Ed Harris, of all people, save the Western for this generation?" — FilmJerk.com
Posted Sep 23, 2008
D 0% Surfer, Dude (2008) " The number of artistically successful surfing movies can be counted on one hand, and the majority of those are documentaries." — FilmJerk.com
Posted Sep 17, 2008
B- 81% Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008) " A pleasant enough diversion with some great performances and beautiful cinematography to just make it worth recommending." — FilmJerk.com
Posted Aug 15, 2008
A 100% Man on Wire (2008) " Sits alongside "The Thin Blue Line" and "Hoop Dreams" as a non-fictional narrative which changes the rules of its genre." — FilmJerk.com
Posted Jul 25, 2008
D- 78% Baghead (2008) " What could have been an amusing short subject, the Duplass Brothers' not-quite-horror/not-quite-comedy drags its one note premise out to an almost mind-numbing 84 minutes." — FilmJerk.com
Posted Jul 25, 2008
A- 71% Wanted (2008) " "Wanted" is exactly what it is supposed to be: a slick, well-produced piece of popcorn fluff with a hot chick, hot cars and enough action to fill a half-dozen Marvel adaptations." — FilmJerk.com
Posted Jun 26, 2008
A —— Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride: Hunter S. Thompson on Film (2006) " Probably the closest any of us who admired the man from afar will ever get to the confines of Woody Creek and the maddening genius who ruled over it." — FilmJerk.com
Posted Jun 2, 2008
A- 75% Peter Pan (1953) " The Walt Disney Company has broken the vaults wide open to add a plethora of fascinating historic artifacts to make this new Platinum Edition a must-own for any Disney collector." — FilmJerk.com
Posted Jun 2, 2008
B 96% Bigger, Stronger, Faster* (2008) " If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then Morgan Spurlock should be thrilled about the new documentary "Bigger, Stronger, Faster*."" — FilmJerk.com
Posted May 30, 2008
C- 78% Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008) " Can all be summed up with the thought the film could have been much better, but it could have been much worse." — FilmJerk.com
Posted May 22, 2008
A- 67% The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008) " Stands a good chance of becoming the "Empire Strikes Back" of the "Narnia" series: a darker and more satisfying follow-up to an already exceptional starting point." — FilmJerk.com
Posted May 16, 2008
D 33% The Babysitters (2008) " Is Ross trying to mimic Michael Haneke, daring his audience to be disgusted by the very titillating premise which probably brought them to the movie in the first place?" — FilmJerk.com
Posted May 8, 2008
B- 38% Zombie Strippers (2008) " The film "Planet Terror" should have been. A true grindhouse experience." — FilmJerk.com
Posted Apr 18, 2008
B 70% The First Saturday in May (2008) " While competently made and an overall enjoyable experience for those with a less-than-passing interest in racing, the film will likely be only of interest to the deep-rooted fan." — FilmJerk.com
Posted Apr 17, 2008
B- 52% Leatherheads (2008) " To call something a screwball comedy instead of just a comedy is to add an extra level of farcical expectations all too easy to not meet." — FilmJerk.com
Posted Apr 4, 2008
A- 51% CJ7 (2008) " If most Americans weren't so adverse to spending time with any film which has subtitles, Stephen Chow's "CJ7" just might have had a chance to become a perennial family favorite." — FilmJerk.com
Posted Mar 6, 2008
B+ 82% In Bruges (2008) " Doesn't need to be too hip or too cool to be damn good." — FilmJerk.com
Posted Feb 22, 2008
B+ 100% Val Lewton: The Man in the Shadows (2007) " We may not learn much about who Val Lewton was. We may never truly know what made him tick. And we might find ourselves too engrossed in what we see and hear to even care." — FilmJerk.com
Posted Jan 16, 2008
F 14% Blonde Ambition (2007) " Just how bad is the latest Jessica Simpson film? It doesn't just belong on a Worst of 2007 list or even a Worst of the Decade list, but high amongst The Worst Movies Ever Made." — FilmJerk.com
Posted Dec 27, 2007
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