Elias Savada

Elias Savada

Agrees with the Tomatometer 80% of the time.

Raised in Harrison NY, Elias Savada joined The American Film Institute immediately after his graduation from Cornell University in 1972, working on their ongoing project to catalog feature length motion pictures produced and released in the United States. In 1977 he began a five year stint as senior researcher at the Law Firm of E. Fulton Brylawski and J. Michael Cleary, a top copyright law firm. He returned to the AFI from 1983 to 1991, where he compiled a massive database of silent films released in the United States prior to 1911. The information he compiled was published in 1995 as the two-volume, 1,800-page, work-in-progress The American Film Institute Catalog of Motion Pictures Produced in the United States: Film Beginnings, 1893-1910, listing over 17,000 films. Meanwhile, in 1977 Savada founded the Motion Picture information Service (MPIS), which originally assisted the United States Information Agency with repertory film programming for overseas cultural festivals, particularly the Gulbenkian Foundation and the Cinemateca Portuguesa in Lisbon. In the ensuing years, he has arranged for the transportation of more than 2,000 films to the Cinemateca, the Filmoteca EspaƱola in Madrid, the San Sebastian (Spain) Film Festival, the Pordenone (Italy) Silent Film Festival, and other archives and events around the world. In September 2002 he served on the New Directors Jury at the 50th edition of the San Sebastian Film Festival. In the mid-1980s he began to perform copyright research under his MPIS banner and now writes over 600 reports each year covering thousands of movies, television programs, songs, recordings, books, plays, etc., having serviced more than 850 clients, including law firms, motion picture and television production companies, home video firms, and individuals. Using a vast knowledge of cinema history and keen intuitive skills, he has been able to expand on a basic copyright report to include information not available in the Copyright Office files. Since 1991 he has been working out of his residence in Bethesda, Maryland. In 1975 he and co-author David J. Skal had their biography Dark Carnival: The Secret World of Tod Browning, Hollywood's Master of the Macabre published by Doubleday. His interest in the director of Freaks (1932) and Dracula (1931), date from screenings of the films in a "flicks for kicks" course in college. It was nearly a quarter-century later that interviews he recorded in 1972 with associates and friends of Browning would be incorporated into the biography. The book, translated and published in Spain and Japan, has been optioned for feature production. Savada's interest in film mirrors his late father's professional infatuation with 78 rpm records. Morton Savada, who owner of Records Revisited in New York, was an expert in his field of this long-discontinued vinyl record format. Savada's obsession to detail has now been extended to his own family genealogy. For nearly two decades he has been tracking down cousins and has documented nearly 20,000 relatives. He was co-chair of the 23rd IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy held in Washington DC in July 2003.
Top Eleven of 2004:1. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind2. Finding Neverland3. The Incredibles4. Hotel Rwanda5. Vera Drake6. Shaun of the Dead7. Napoleon Dynamite8. Ray9. Million Dollar Baby10. Sideways11. Fahrenheit 9/11Worst Films of 2004 (in order suffered):Against the RopesThe Big BounceEurotripStarsky & HutchBroken Lizard's Club DreadTwistedThe Whole Ten YardsEnvyAround the World in 80 DaysSleepoverCatwomanThunderbirdsLittle Black BookExorcist: The BeginningFirst DaughterRaise Your VoiceBirthSurviving ChristmasChristmas with the KranksAlexanderTop Ten of 2003:1 In America2 American Splendor3 The Station Agent4 Lost in Translation5 Finding Nemo6 Blue Car7 Shattered Glass8 Capturing the Friedmans9 Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King10 Kill Bill: Volume 1Worst 10 of 2003:1 In the Cut2 Gigli3 Dumb and Dumberer4 Grind5 Duplex6 Ghosts From the Abyss7 Alex & Emma8 Matchstick Men9 Hollywood Homicide10 Either Matrix sequelTop Ten of 2002:1. Bloody Sunday2. Bowling for Columbine3. About Schmidt4. Adaptation5. The Importance of Being Earnest6. Lord of the Rings, The: The Two Towers7. Chicago8. The Pianist9. Antwone Fisher10. Spirited AwayWorst 20 (alphabetical order) of 2002:Bad CompanyDans Ma PeaufeardotcomFormula 51Full FrontalHalf Past DeadI SpyKung Pow: Enter the FistMaster of DisguiseMr. DeedsNational Lampoon's Van WilderOrange CountyPossessionPumpkinResident EvilRollerballThe Salton SeaThe Time MachineThe Truth About CharlieWelcome to CollinwoodTop Ten of 2001:1. Memento2. The Man Who Wasn't There3. In the Bedroom4. The Deep End5. Shrek6. Hearts in Atlantis7. Amelie8. Monster's Ball9. Series 7: The Contenders10. PanicOther Favorites of 2001:Apocalypse Now ReduxA Beautiful MindBlack Hawk DownDark Blue WorldThe DishDonnie DarkoGhost WorldHedwig and the Angry InchLord of the RingsMoulin RougeMulholland Dr.SongcatcherTop Fifteen of 2000:Crouching Tiger, Hidden DragonErin BrockovichBest in ShowFinding ForresterRoom for Romeo BrassTime CodeThe Tao of SteveTrafficNurse BettyChuck & BuckThe Life and Times of Hank GreenbergAlmost FamousTwo Family HouseWonderlandJoe Gould's SecretTop Five Foreign Films of 2000:Crouching Tiger, Hidden DragonAimee and JaguarAdrenaline DriveThe Color of ParadiseShowerFavorites of 1999: American Beauty, Being John Malkovich, Election, October Sky, Affliction, Galaxy Quest, Twin Falls IdahoFavorites of 1998: Shakespeare in Love, Truman Show, Waking Ned Devine, Gods and Monsters, The Imposters, Life Is Beautiful, Rush Hour, Zero Effect, Wag the DogTop 25 Overlooked Films (1990-1999)1 Pi2 Cookie's Fortune3 Dick4 Election5 Flirting With Disaster6 October Sky7 Run Lola Run8 Waiting For Guffman9 The Spanish Prisoner10 Waking Ned Devine11 Fly Away Home12 Go13 Citizen Ruth14 Grosse Pointe Blank15 Muriel's Wedding16 The Impostors17 The Secret Garden (1993)18 Smilla's Sense of Snow19 Ulee's Gold20 Cold Comfort Farm21 Drop Dead Gorgeous22 The Iron Giant23 Sneakers24 Twin Falls, Idaho25 The Minus Man
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
4/5 43% To Rome with Love (2012) " To Rome With Love is a triumphant examination of life and love's many splendors, spilt out on the streets on Rome at their wickedly absurd and poignantly profound moments... " — Film Threat
Posted Sep 28, 2012
4/5 79% Ruby Sparks (2012) " While Kazan and Dano don't (yet) capture the deep-rooted romantic whimsicalities of Tracy and Hepburn, their off-screen chemistry has certainly helped make Ruby Sparks one of this year's more enjoyable moments on screen... " — Film Threat
Posted Sep 28, 2012
3/5 98% Oslo, August 31st (2012) " Life's sadder moments are quite well displayed in Trier's nuanced approach. For many popcorn munchers, that regrettably doesn't translate as a must-see movie in today's crowded marketplace..." — Film Threat
Posted Sep 28, 2012
3/5 56% Bachelorette (2012) " Bachelorette is a poor-woman's Bridesmaids, in need of a bit more laugh-inducing moments..." — Film Threat
Posted Sep 28, 2012
4.5/5 88% Middle of Nowhere (2012) " Somber and moody, with assured direction by Ava DuVernay overseeing an exceedingly at-ease cast, the mood poem that is Middle of Nowhere is one of the best little films of the year..." — Film Threat
Posted Sep 28, 2012
3.5/5 79% Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) " [it] generally moves along with moxie, charm, gobs of special effects and stunt work, and fond memories of the USO style shows that sold war bonds and boosted support in the battle against the Nazis. Yes, there's even some singing and dancing." — Film Threat
Posted Jul 22, 2011
2/5 33% Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011) " Good grief. Another one?" — Film Threat
Posted May 20, 2011
1/5 16% Priest (2011) " If you've watched any of the trailers, they make about as much sense as the full feature does." — Film Threat
Posted May 15, 2011
3.5/5 75% Everything Must Go (2011) " This better-than-average indie effort-a first feature from Dan Rush, an accomplished commercial director-is a dramatic change-of-pace for the former SNL star..." — Film Threat
Posted May 13, 2011
4.5/5 90% Bridesmaids (2011) " Hands down, Bridesmaids is the most consistently funny comedy of the year." — Film Threat
Posted May 13, 2011
1.5/5 15% Something Borrowed (2011) " If you want my opinion-and I am way outside (think Pluto) the intended audience-forget this often crass effort about the double-headed love gymnastics involving BFFs in the Big Apple. It's just not all that appealing a rom-com." — Film Threat
Posted May 6, 2011
3/5 60% Water for Elephants (2011) " While the film version of Sara Gruen's best-selling 2006 novel aims for prestige, there's something up there on the screen that is telling us-not necessarily in a bad way-date flick!" — Film Threat
Posted Apr 21, 2011
1.5/5 27% Your Highness (2011) " ...this weird, wacky, weedy medieval adventure ends up mostly putting the "R" back in romp." — Film Threat
Posted Apr 8, 2011
4/5 70% Limitless (2011) " The ending has loads of leverage, and the film has plenty of moxie. Nice ride!" — Film Threat
Posted Mar 17, 2011
2.5/5 35% Battle: Los Angeles (2011) " Battle Los Angeles doesn't bring anything new to the alien attack genre." — Film Threat
Posted Mar 10, 2011
1/5 21% Beastly (2011) " I'm a half-century too old for such tween swill as that which is regurgitated in CBS Films' Beastly," another in the ever-expanding clones of Twilight wannabes..." — Film Threat
Posted Mar 3, 2011
1/5 30% Sanctum (2011) " James Cameron may be the king of the cinematic world, but plastering his name all over the trailers and posters promoting this film doesn't change one obvious thing about it: It stinks." — Film Threat
Posted Feb 4, 2011
2.5/5 53% The Mechanic (2011) " The Mechanic is revenge served up well enough to blast the winter blues away." — Film Threat
Posted Jan 29, 2011
3.5/5 49% No Strings Attached (2011) " We don't have a great film here, but it is certainly an enjoyable one. Frisky, well timed, and sweet to the edge of socially acceptable cuteness (for all but the religious right, of course). No Strings Attached is a wonderful date flick." — Film Threat
Posted Jan 23, 2011
1.5/5 43% The Green Hornet (2011) " All the buzz in the world is not going to make the latest incarnation of the beloved 75-year-old radio/serial/comic book legend a fond memory for many viewers this month." — Film Threat
Posted Jan 16, 2011
2/5 24% The Dilemma (2011) " Universal Pictures is pushing Ron Howard's new film as an all-star comedy. For me it's about a 2-starrer." — Film Threat
Posted Jan 13, 2011
1.5/5 22% Country Strong (2011) " If not for the music, Country Strong would barely be a wimper at your neighborhood multiplex." — Film Threat
Posted Jan 8, 2011
3.5/5 38% Casino Jack (2010) " ...it's time to put at least one nasty episode in comic perspective, to reflect on some of the ridiculous realities of American political life." — Film Threat
Posted Dec 24, 2010
4.5/5 91% The Fighter (2010) " It doesn't take long before you get into the mesmerizing ebb and flow of The Fighter, a blue collar tour-de-force featuring incredibly rhythmic performances, a riveting narrative, and taut direction. " — Film Threat
Posted Dec 19, 2010
4/5 97% A Film Unfinished (2010) " ...a very powerful documentary and first feature by Yael Hersonski." — Film Threat
Posted Dec 13, 2010
3.5/5 80% Nothing Personal (2010) " ...a nice debut film, deliberately crafted, placidly powerful, and sensibly touching, with a dash of stubborn frivolity tossed in for effective measure." — Film Threat
Posted Dec 12, 2010
1.5/5 49% The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010) " Unlike its well-received predecessors...the latest widescreen cinematic edition, based on the 1952 book, feels feeble and undernourished, with drab use of 3-D effects to boot." — Film Threat
Posted Dec 11, 2010
3.5/5 67% Conviction (2010) " Conviction has its world-shattering (and predictable) moments, but audiences love small victories like this one." — Film Threat
Posted Oct 23, 2010
1.5/5 40% Letters to Juliet (2010) " Formulaic and telegraphic, there are no surprises in this chaste, passionless movie..." — Film Threat
Posted Oct 15, 2010
3.5/5 47% MacGruber (2010) " My advice? Wear gloves, a surgical mask, and get the proper inoculations before entering the theatre. It's the first sexually transmitted comedy of the year." — Film Threat
Posted Oct 15, 2010
1/5 18% Princess Ka'iulani (2010) " Looking more like a Hallmark Movie-of-the-Week and reading like a CliffNotes summary of the overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaii in the 1890s, the $9-million historical romance Princess Kaiulani won't raise any eyebrows or ruffle feathers..." — Film Threat
Posted Oct 15, 2010
.5/5 30% Survival of the Dead (2010) " "A man dies, he gets stupid," someone observes in the film. Maybe if a man makes too many films about the dead, the same fate awaits him. Mr. Romero, you are on notice." — Film Threat
Posted Oct 15, 2010
2/5 66% The Karate Kid (2010) " So, part propaganda piece (will everyone in Detroit start packing?) and mostly predictable, warmed-over rehash, I'm guessing most young girl fans of Will Smith's son will find Jaden to be the cat's meow in his first starring role." — Film Threat
Posted Oct 15, 2010
4.5/5 99% Toy Story 3 (2010) " Toy Story 3 has all the sass, action, and derring do of the Indiana Jones movies, the charm, admiration, and fun of its predecessors and cousins at Pixar, and enough laughter and imagination to fuel generations to come," — Film Threat
Posted Oct 15, 2010
3/5 76% The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest (2010) " For lovers of the greatest of outdoors, The Wildest Dream is a worthy excursion, especially on the big IMAX screen." — Film Threat
Posted Oct 15, 2010
2/5 41% The Expendables (2010) " If the plot line doesn't leave you numb with disbelief, the excessive explosive outbursts and viscerally edited dismemberments will drop you, or someone you care about, wet in the seat." — Film Threat
Posted Oct 15, 2010
1/5 34% Lottery Ticket (2010) " If given the opportunity to see Lottery Ticket again (once was enough!), I'd break down... and buy some lottery tickets instead." — Film Threat
Posted Oct 15, 2010
4/5.5 66% The American (2010) " In the end, it's suspense that wins out. The film has a Hitchcockian flavor, which will delight those fans. Very cool, indeed." — Film Threat
Posted Oct 15, 2010
0.5/5.5 22% Case 39 (2010) " Its time to put the nail in the otherworldly evil child genre until someone comes up with something original. The only thing supernatural about Case 39 is its ungodly presence on this planet." — Film Threat
Posted Oct 15, 2010
3/5.5 64% Secretariat (2010) " Secretariat is basically an amiable crowd pleaser. It's a good film about a great horse." — Film Threat
Posted Oct 15, 2010
3.5/5.5 64% Jackass 3-D (2010) " Prudish? Don't go. Curious? Go. It's chock full of material that will set your funny bone shaking and your teeth rattling." — Film Threat
Posted Oct 15, 2010
4/5 66% The Blind Side (2009) " Unfortunately, it had to battle against the dumb, romantic juggernaut New Moon. Sandra Bullock and company will give you many more moments of enjoyment than any lame hormonally-challenged vampire-werewolf can offer." — Film Threat
Posted Nov 25, 2009
4/5 75% The Road (2009) " It's a grueling experience that still allows for the viewer to survive with a self-centering hope. This is no Disney amusement ride." — Film Threat
Posted Nov 24, 2009
2/5 21% Planet 51 (2009) " Perhaps the Spanish-based animated feature Planet 51 should have added a dash of Pedro Almodovar to spice up a rather ordinary revisitation of ET." — Film Threat
Posted Nov 24, 2009
4.5/5 94% An Education (2009) " Technical elements are among the best this year. Photography, editing, music, production design, and costumes all add seamless period flavor to the puritanical stew that was London almost a half-century ago." — Film Threat
Posted Oct 30, 2009
1/5 7% Whiteout (2009) " Whiteout is a colorless wasteland. There's only one thing that could have helped cover this film up: A flashback that changed the script's name to Wite-Out." — Film Threat
Posted Oct 23, 2009
1/5 80% Fame (1980) " Sadly, everything is predictable, which is to the detriment of the mostly fine, young talent that appears in this ineffective retread. I hope that their fame, unlike this film, isn't fleeting." — Film Threat
Posted Oct 23, 2009
4.5/5 90% Zombieland (2009) " Thankfully there's nothing remotely serious about Zombieland. It's just a heck of carnival attraction (Shoot the ducks/Shoot the zombies) on a roller coaster filled with laughs." — Film Threat
Posted Oct 23, 2009
4/5 75% Capitalism: A Love Story (2009) " Michael Moore may be a little rough and unkempt, but he's preaching a story we must all hear. This is no fairy tale." — Film Threat
Posted Oct 23, 2009
3.5/5 63% Coco Before Chanel (2009) " It's nice when so many technical and emotional elements come together in a film. Coco Before Chanel is a hard luck, true life fairy tale story told with poignant humility, embellished with solid acting and determined direction." — Film Threat
Posted Oct 23, 2009
4.5/5 94% The Damned United (2009) " The Damned United will be savored and appreciated when considered for year-end prize consideration. Don't wait till then to see it." — Film Threat
Posted Oct 23, 2009
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