Fr. Chris Carpenter

Fr. Chris Carpenter

Agrees with the Tomatometer 74% of the time.

Biography:
Prior to entering seminary and becoming a Catholic priest, I studied film theory & production and theater. I won screenwriting and directing awards for several student films I made in college. I reviewed movies for The Catholic Sun in Phoenix, Arizona from 1996-2006, and now write for the Orange County & Long Beach Blade (www.gayblade.com). I also contribute weekly film, DVD & theatre reviews to www.moviedearest.blogspot.com.
Favorites:
Citizen Kane; E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial; Dancer in the Dark; Doctor Dolittle (1967); Superman: The Movie; The Wizard of Oz; Friendly Persuasion; Gone With the Wind; old Universal horror movies (Dracula, The Wolf Man, The Mummy, et al); anything by directors Robert Altman and Peter Greenaway
Publications:
Catholic Sun , Echo Magazine , Movie Dearest , Orange County and Long Beach Blade , Rage Monthly
Critics' Group:
Phoenix Film Critics Society
Total Reviews:
443
Total QuickRatings:
41
Location:
Long Beach, CA

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
A- 100% The Returned: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " Creepy-cool. Much more complex and interesting (not to mention sexier) than ABC's current, virtually identical "Resurrection." " — Movie Dearest
Posted Apr 18, 2014
B 95% The Final Member (2014) " An odd but interesting documentary. More than anything to do with biology or sexuality, (the film) is most revealing of our human desire for immortality." — Movie Dearest
Posted Apr 18, 2014
B+ 79% Muppets Most Wanted (2014) " A superior sequel. (The film) takes a welcome, lighter approach than its immediate predecessor and wisely puts the Muppets front and center again." — Movie Dearest
Posted Apr 2, 2014
B 77% Noah (2014) " In addition to recognition of his latest film's technical achievements, (director Darren) Aronofsky deserves more credit than he has received from believers thus far for making a serious, unabashedly religious epic." — Movie Dearest
Posted Apr 2, 2014
B- 55% Dune (1984) " Underrated, especially for devotees of the book. An impressively faithful if necessarily streamlined adaptation, though heavy on industrial-looking art direction and grotesque makeup effects." — Movie Dearest
Posted Mar 21, 2014
B+ 98% Jodorowsky's Dune (2014) " Fascinating. (The film) helps to illuminate the tension-fraught dance between ambition and commerce that endures in Hollywood to this day." — Movie Dearest
Posted Mar 21, 2014
C+ —— Tennessee Queer (2014) " A somewhat dated and preachy but well-intentioned dramedy. That the film, shot in 2012, strikes me as dated at times is actually a very good thing." — Movie Dearest
Posted Mar 14, 2014
B 63% Bad Words (2014) " A bit rough around the edges directorially/technically and the screenplay's crudeness is strained at times, but I enjoyed the story and performances." — Movie Dearest
Posted Mar 14, 2014
C- —— Southern Baptist Sissies (2014) " To call it stagey is an understatement, since it is simply a filmed version of a performance of (Del Shores') play. As such, it is also overlong at 138 minutes without the benefit of an intermission and comes across as preachy and pedantic." — Movie Dearest
Posted Mar 8, 2014
A- 34% Odd Thomas (2014) " The best combination of scares, comedy, romance, eye-popping special effects and good ol' sass since 1990's "Ghost." At any rate, its a lot better than 1996's "The Frighteners."" — Movie Dearest
Posted Mar 8, 2014
C 24% Pompeii (2014) " An overly-familiar story directed with some style but no particular flair. Kiefer Sutherland seems to be having fun doing his best Laurence Olivier impression." — Movie Dearest
Posted Mar 8, 2014
B 45% The Pretty One (2014) " Given its morbid, somewhat clichéd premise, I was pleasantly surprised by "The Pretty One." While no classic, it is both refreshingly quirky and more sensitive than expected. " — Movie Dearest
Posted Feb 22, 2014
B+ 96% The Lego Movie (2014) " This endlessly inventive toy-inspired comedy is brilliantly designed and animated, even if it goes on a little too long and gets a bit treacly toward the end." — Movie Dearest
Posted Feb 22, 2014
B- —— Ignasi M. " (The title subject) has a sharp intellect and quick wit, so Pons wisely sits back and lets him do most of the talking on a variety of topics. It took me a little time to get into the film's rhythm and approach." — Movie Dearest
Posted Jan 28, 2014
B+ —— Gerontophilia " Bruce LaBruce (working with co-writer Daniel Allen Cox) gets downright cuddly with this impressive, still outré romance. I'm very interested to see what reactions the film receives once it gets broader play." — Movie Dearest
Posted Jan 28, 2014
B+ —— Cupcakes " Easily director Eytan Fox's lightest and most purely enjoyable film to date. Sure, its lightweight but its also good to see Fox take a break from heavier fare." — Movie Dearest
Posted Jan 28, 2014
A- 90% Blue Is The Warmest Color (2013) " One of the ten best films of 2013 and two best foreign language films of 2013 (paired with "Aftermath")." — Movie Dearest
Posted Jan 7, 2014
A- 93% American Hustle (2013) " One of the ten best films of 2013." — Movie Dearest
Posted Jan 7, 2014
A- 93% Captain Phillips (2013) " One of the ten best films of 2013." — Movie Dearest
Posted Jan 7, 2014
A- 97% Gravity (2013) " One of the ten best films of 2013." — Movie Dearest
Posted Jan 7, 2014
A- 72% Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013) " The best film of 2013 (paired with "12 Years a Slave")." — Movie Dearest
Posted Jan 7, 2014
C 76% Lone Survivor (2014) " Reliable director Peter Berg, a great all-male cast and spectacular photography by Tobias A. Schleissler are compromised by Berg's excessively action-leaning screenplay." — Movie Dearest
Posted Dec 21, 2013
C 92% Nebraska (2013) " The most overrated film of 2013. An implausible, relentlessly heart-tugging tale. It isn't a bad movie, but it also isn't a legitimate awards contender." — Movie Dearest
Posted Dec 21, 2013
C+ 64% Geography Club (2013) " While the lead performances are pretty amateurish, the film benefits from a terrific supporting cast. Current high school students will likely find the film relatable and enjoyable." — Movie Dearest
Posted Nov 22, 2013
B+ —— All The Light In The Sky " Lovely." — Movie Dearest
Posted Nov 18, 2013
C+ 73% In the Name Of... (2013) " A somewhat unfocused but still compelling expose." — Movie Dearest
Posted Nov 15, 2013
C+ 92% Philomena (2013) " (The film's) central story of regret, love and forgiveness is strong, as are the cast members' performances, but the film could have been much stronger with a more nuanced script that doesn't veer so uneasily between comedy and drama, black and white. " — Movie Dearest
Posted Nov 15, 2013
A- 79% Aftermath (2013) " Entirely engrossing and intelligent, apart from a couple of scenes where (one character) runs alone into the dark woods when he hears mysterious noises. "Aftermath" serves as a testament to all those attempting to atone for humanity's sins of the past." — Movie Dearest
Posted Nov 15, 2013
B 88% Vic+Flo Saw a Bear (2014) " The cast's performances are uniformly excellent. (Writer-director Denis) Cote has crafted a memorable study of romantic need and attachment." — Movie Dearest
Posted Nov 8, 2013
B+ 80% Tom à la ferme (Tom at the Farm) " What I consider (writer-director Xavier Dolan's) best film to date. Dolan's direction gets downright Hitchcockian (Gabriel Yared's "Psycho"-esque music score drives this home as well." — Movie Dearest
Posted Nov 8, 2013
B 95% Stranger by the Lake (2014) " Darkly comic and ironic in true French style yet sexier and surprisingly compassionate. I was disappointed by the film's unresolved ending but it is well worthwhile until then. Prudish viewers, however should steer clear." — Movie Dearest
Posted Nov 8, 2013
B —— Waterberry Tears " Unique both for its realistic look at the politics of Spanish-speaking migrant communities as well as its cast of local, non-professional actors. Definitely worth seeking out." — Movie Dearest
Posted Nov 6, 2013
A- 100% The Square (2013) " A mostly riveting film startling in it's you-are-there immediacy. The film and its participants give viewers many reasons for hope in lasting change." — Movie Dearest
Posted Nov 6, 2013
A- 94% Dallas Buyers Club (2013) " Excellent. Matthew McConaughey gives an impressively unselfconscious, award-worthy performance as perhaps the most anti-heroic of all the antiheroes who have ever appeared on the silver screen." — Movie Dearest
Posted Oct 25, 2013
A- 74% Blood Brother (2013) " Beautiful. John Pope's sun-dappled cinematography, like (subject Rocky) Braat himself, strives to find the loveliness in their impoverished surroundings." — Movie Dearest
Posted Oct 25, 2013
C- 82% Bridegroom (2013) " Monotonous, self-serving and downright mawkish. True, no one should have to go through what Shane Bitney Crone has gone through to keep his late potential husband's memory alive...but no one should have to watch it in such excruciating detail either." — Movie Dearest
Posted Oct 18, 2013
B- —— The Paw Project (2013) " An insightful but one-sided and somewhat overwrought indictment of the growing practice of cat-declawing." — Movie Dearest
Posted Oct 18, 2013
B —— Two: The Story of Roman & Nyro (2013) " Captures well (if in sometimes blandly straightforward fashion) the hopes, frustrations, sacrifices and ultimate success (its subjects) experienced." — Movie Dearest
Posted Oct 18, 2013
B+ 100% God Loves Uganda (2013) " A disturbing expose. While not as powerful as the recent "Call Me Kuchu," with whom it shares several commentators, this is a valuable companion piece." — Movie Dearest
Posted Oct 18, 2013
C+ 76% Kill Your Darlings (2013) " A disappointingly familiar tale of unrequited gay love. (The film's) strong opening and closing sections don't provide me quite enough incentive to recommend it other than to the most ardent fans of (Daniel) Radcliffe and/or the Beat writers." — Movie Dearest
Posted Oct 18, 2013
A- 97% 12 Years a Slave (2013) " A masterful achievement and a must-see for adults. This movie is undeniably strong stuff that illustrates all too well how our slave history remains the most American horror story of all." — Movie Dearest
Posted Oct 18, 2013
B+ 63% Broadway Idiot (2013) " Vibrant & colorful. The documentary emphasizes the positive and tends to gloss over any backstage tensions. Still, it is a fine testament to a great modern musical." — Movie Dearest
Posted Oct 15, 2013
B 57% Escape From Tomorrow (2013) " Cheekily bizarre, sly and audacious if imperfect. Some of (director Randy) Moore's critiques are clearer than others and he tends to over-emphasize the sexual innuendo." — Movie Dearest
Posted Oct 15, 2013
B+ 94% After Tiller (2013) " Wrenching yet illuminating. The film reveals the complex circumstances, emotions and practical aspects behind the (third-trimester abortion) procedure." — Movie Dearest
Posted Oct 6, 2013
A- 75% Out in the Dark (2013) " The best gay-themed films I've yet seen this year." — Movie Dearest
Posted Sep 27, 2013
B+ 85% We Are What We Are (2013) " An unusually thoughtful, even compassionate, and well-done horror tale." — Movie Dearest
Posted Sep 27, 2013
C 70% C.O.G. (2013) " I really wanted to like this film, being a fan of Sedaris' writing, of (screenwriter-director) Alvarez and of the great actors assembled here. Unfortunately, the screenplay lacks focus and is more often cruel than comedic." — Movie Dearest
Posted Sep 21, 2013
B+ 49% Thanks For Sharing (2013) " Makes pretty much all the right moves while walking a delicate tightrope between deadly-serious dramatic scenes and some guffaw-inducing comedic moments. One of the most mature and illuminating movies of this or any year." — Movie Dearest
Posted Sep 21, 2013
B+ 92% Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction (2013) " An insightful, well-constructed exploration of the sad-eyed character actor's life and career." — Movie Dearest
Posted Sep 13, 2013
C- 38% Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013) " Sloppily made, with a sensationalized subplot involving gender identity issues that left a bad taste in my mouth. One of the year's biggest cinematic disappointments. " — Movie Dearest
Posted Sep 13, 2013
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