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:
317
Total QuickRatings:
62
Location:
Hollywood, CA

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 317
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
C- 47% Man in the Chair (2007) " A film that probably never wouldn't have seen the light of a projector if it wasn't for some kind of "Let's get Actor X that long-deserved Oscar" grab." — FilmJerk.com
Posted Dec 12, 2007
A+ 60% Look (2007) " Once or twice a year, if we are lucky, a movie comes out of seemingly nowhere and grabs ahold of us, with thoughts and ideas that stick in our heads long after the credits have rolled out and the lights in the auditorium has illuminated again." — FilmJerk.com
Posted Dec 10, 2007
A 43% What We Do Is Secret (2007) " Hits quick, hits hard and never lets go." — FilmJerk.com
Posted Sep 17, 2007
B- 53% Across the Universe (2007) " A resplendent feast for the eyes. Just don't expect anything resembling a coherent storyline." — FilmJerk.com
Posted Sep 13, 2007
A- 24% Fierce People (2005) " Too bad this wasn't made twenty-five years ago, when it still had a chance of being accepted by the masses because it was quirky." — FilmJerk.com
Posted Sep 7, 2007
B- 62% Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead (2006) " When it comes to Lloyd Kaufman.. you either fanatically love what he does or you think the world could do without his low-brow brand of horror comedy." — FilmJerk.com
Posted Aug 23, 2007
A- 46% Cashback (2007) " The first thing one will probably respond to, after the brief rampant nudity, is the exquisite cinematography by Angus Hudson." — FilmJerk.com
Posted Jul 28, 2007
B 90% Punk's Not Dead (2007) " Punk might not be dead, but it sure has seen better days." — FilmJerk.com
Posted Jul 27, 2007
B+ 75% Sunshine (2007) " "Sunshine" is 90% a great film, a believable and intriguing meditation on life, the human spirit and how far some people are willing to go for the betterment of all mankind." — FilmJerk.com
Posted Jul 27, 2007
B- 79% A Mighty Heart (2007) " Every day, we are reminded how much of a great beauty Angelina Jolie is. But it's not every day we are reminded how much of a great actress Jolie is." — FilmJerk.com
Posted Jun 22, 2007
B- 43% Choose Connor (2008) " Has flashes of incredible maturity and complexity [but the filmmaker] still has some things to learn about the basic tenets of storytelling before he can become a quality filmmaker." — FilmJerk.com
Posted Jun 18, 2007
B- 54% Eagle vs. Shark (2007) " Has eccentricity in spades, and a winning performance in lead actress Loren Horsley, yet doesn't quite add up to the sum of its parts." — FilmJerk.com
Posted Jun 15, 2007
C+ —— All This and World War II (1976) " Nostalgia often incurs when an item is kept from public consumption, and it is likely all wistful feelings for this film would disappear if it ever becomes available for mass consumption." — FilmJerk.com
Posted May 30, 2007
D+ 63% Spider-Man 3 (2007) " It's schizophrenic pacing and apathy towards its audience's acceptance means the film never needs to be seen more than once, if that." — FilmJerk.com
Posted May 2, 2007
D 48% Wind Chill (2007) " All surface and no depth, with an incongruous ending that makes for an unsatisfying ending to an indecisive movie." — FilmJerk.com
Posted Apr 29, 2007
B- 67% Everything's Gone Green (2007) " The blandness of director Paul Fox's execution leaves much to be desired." — FilmJerk.com
Posted Apr 13, 2007
C- 64% The TV Set (2007) " [Except for Sigourney Weaver] everyone else looks so damn solemn, it's as if neither they nor their director understood this was meant to be a parody." — FilmJerk.com
Posted Apr 6, 2007
A- 83% Grindhouse (2007) " Gloriously grotesque, hilariously horrific and exactly the shot in the arm movies have been needing for far too long." — FilmJerk.com
Posted Mar 29, 2007
C- 58% First Snow (2007) " It's quite admirable of Guy Pearce to try and eschew a Hollywood career, [but] if he keeps making films like First Snow..." — FilmJerk.com
Posted Mar 24, 2007
A 60% 300 (2007) " The film is little more than a colorfully stylish, throwaway epic, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with something that simply aims to be populist entertainment." — FilmJerk.com
Posted Mar 10, 2007
B- 89% Starter for 10 (2006) " Familiar enough to be instantly comfortable with and entertaining enough to be over with before you'd like to leave these characters." — FilmJerk.com
Posted Feb 24, 2007
D- 21% The Hitcher (2007) " Zachary Knighton's second-rate impersonation of Matthew Lillard's Shaggy makes one long for C. Thomas Howell's irresolute interpretation of Jim Halsey (truly an amazing feat)." — FilmJerk.com
Posted Jan 19, 2007
B+ 76% Rocky Balboa (2006) " By remembering the little things that made the first film so successful in the first place, Sylvester Stallone has made the best "Rocky" film since the original." — FilmJerk.com
Posted Dec 20, 2006
C 50% Fast Food Nation (2006) " Linklater has mostly missed a golden opportunity to not only create an enduring work of art but to shame an industry into changing their ways." — FilmJerk.com
Posted Nov 25, 2006
A+ 94% The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) " Re-imagining "The Nightmare Before Christmas" as a three dimensional film has taken Henry Selick's modern masterwork and turned it into a timeless classic." — FilmJerk.com
Posted Oct 20, 2006
C 32% The Black Dahlia (2006) " Vilmos Zsigmond's lush cinematography alone is almost worth the price of admission, and Jenny Beavan's costumes remind us why the late 1940s were one of the best times for fashion in the modern era." — FilmJerk.com
Posted Sep 18, 2006
A 73% Idiocracy (2006) " The theatrical release of Mike Judge's new comedy Idiocracy is one of the most egregious travesties of modern cinema." — FilmJerk.com
Posted Sep 4, 2006
C+ 84% This Film is Not Yet Rated (2006) " Is it possible for a documentarian to hit the bullseye and completely miss his mark on the same shot?" — FilmJerk.com
Posted Sep 1, 2006
B- 48% Idlewild (2006) " Like too many video directors turned filmmakers, Barber has forgotten having more than four minutes to tell a story does not mean take your sweet time getting to the point." — FilmJerk.com
Posted Aug 25, 2006
B+ 95% Wordplay (2006) " What is an eight letter word for a totally engrossing and entertaining documentary about crossword puzzles, those who create them and those who obsessively solve them?" — FilmJerk.com
Posted Jun 15, 2006
A 81% A Prairie Home Companion (2006) " With APHC, quite possibly the iconoclastic filmmaker's final work, Altman becomes reflective, melancholy and, most surprising of all, sentimental." — FilmJerk.com
Posted Jun 9, 2006
A+ 97% Alien (1979) " A wondrous reminder of how imagination can triumph over budget." — FilmJerk.com
Posted Jun 1, 2006
D 64% Ju-on: The Curse (Curse Grudge) (2000) " A nearly bloodless and scare-free exercise in futility, jumping from scene to scene with very little continuity and even less comprehension of the concept of true fear." — FilmJerk.com
Posted Jun 1, 2006
D 25% The Da Vinci Code (2006) " It is simply one of those movies which may have been made with the best of intentions but tries to appeal to too many people to be remotely interesting." — FilmJerk.com
Posted May 18, 2006
A 95% Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003) " Arguably the best movie about movies ever made." — FilmJerk.com
Posted Apr 26, 2006
B- 90% Metal: A Headbanger's Journey (2005) " Acts not as the window for the outsider into the spectacle of heavy metal music, as the filmmakers proclaim it to be, but an unprovoked fan's defense for liking what he likes" — FilmJerk.com
Posted Apr 14, 2006
C- 26% The Zodiac (2006) " Bulkley shows flashes of virtuosity... but for now, we'll just have to look at this film as a stepping stone in what could be a promising career." — FilmJerk.com
Posted Mar 17, 2006
A- 61% Find Me Guilty (2006) " For those of you who complain the ubiquitous "they" don't make films like they used to, here's your chance to give "them" a reason to make more." — FilmJerk.com
Posted Mar 16, 2006
B+ 35% Ask the Dust (2006) " A stylistic triumph, one whose story and character shortcomings are overcompensated with lush visuals, a haunting score and a trio of strong performances" — FilmJerk.com
Posted Mar 10, 2006
A- 92% Dave Chappelle's Block Party (2006) " A good time should be had by all." — FilmJerk.com
Posted Mar 2, 2006
D 40% Winter Passing (2006) " Makes too many of the same rookie filmmaker mistakes which keep similar films with smaller budgets and lesser known casts from even getting a minor theatrical release" — FilmJerk.com
Posted Feb 17, 2006
D 32% Imagine Me & You (2006) " Simple and unmemorable, something to watch on a lazy evening when there is nothing else to watch on the telly and quickly forget once it's over." — FilmJerk.com
Posted Jan 27, 2006
D 51% Manderlay (2006) " One should be happy to learn "Manderlay" is better than "Dogville," if only because it is forty-five minutes shorter." — FilmJerk.com
Posted Jan 25, 2006
D+ 4% Bloodrayne (2006) " With such diminished expectations, one must wonder if it is a good thing that the film is merely bad instead of a cinematic atrocity." — FilmJerk.com
Posted Jan 6, 2006
C- 84% King Kong (2005) " In the end, "Kong" lands with a resounding thud." — FilmJerk.com
Posted Dec 14, 2005
B 35% Memoirs of a Geisha (2005) " Feels more like a calculated product than a work of art." — FilmJerk.com
Posted Dec 9, 2005
A 76% Transamerica (2006) " The strongest American debut since Alexander Payne's Citizen Ruth." — FilmJerk.com
Posted Dec 2, 2005
D 88% Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) " What was a sneaking suspicion after the first three movies has become irrefutable proof [here]: if you are not a fan of, and intimately familiar with, the Harry Potter novels, you're not welcome here" — FilmJerk.com
Posted Nov 18, 2005
B+ 91% Professione: reporter (The Passenger) (1975) " Even if one new person is turned on to the works of this brilliant filmmaker, then this film's long, strange trip will have been worth it." — FilmJerk.com
Posted Oct 28, 2005
A 84% Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang (2005) " The best director for Shane Black's unique style of writing just might be Shane Black." — FilmJerk.com
Posted Oct 20, 2005
A- 71% Voces inocentes, (Innocent Voices) (2005) " A powerful reminder of how war should never be an option in the resolution of a conflict, even as a last resort" — FilmJerk.com
Posted Oct 17, 2005
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