Fr. Chris Carpenter

Fr. Chris Carpenter

Agrees with the Tomatometer 75% 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:
476
Total QuickRatings:
41
Location:
Long Beach, CA

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
B 87% The Skeleton Twins (2014) " Those expecting a load of laughs will be disappointed. All in all, it is good to see this usually comedic cast do some truly dramatic work." — Movie Dearest
Posted Sep 12, 2014
B 75% La Bare (2014) " While (director Joe) Manganiello takes a generally straightforward, positive approach to his subject(s), he does show a bit of the dark side. Anyone interested in the art and/or commerce of male stripping will surely enjoy it." — Movie Dearest
Posted Aug 29, 2014
A 98% Love Is Strange (2014) " Interview with Alfred Molina" — Movie Dearest
Posted Aug 20, 2014
C+ 0% I Am Happiness on Earth (2014) " (Director Julian) Hernandez provides loads of sexy scenery but not much sense. The film is heavy on slow, sensual storytelling that more often than not demands viewers' intuition rather than offer clearly delineated characters and relationships." — Movie Dearest
Posted Aug 15, 2014
B 92% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) " It takes a good hour for (director James) Gunn to find the proper blend of comedy and seriousness. Once it hits its stride, though, the movie offers undeniable pleasures and unexpected emotional heft." — Movie Dearest
Posted Aug 9, 2014
B+ 100% Fifi Howls From Happiness (2014) " Beautifully modulated. Offers a remarkably uncensored glimpse into a very significant life through creation, exile and its inevitable yet noble end." — Movie Dearest
Posted Aug 9, 2014
B —— Letter To Anita " Interesting bio of trailblazing lesbian educator-activist Dr. Ronni Sanlo that is unfortunately marred by the oddly journalistic employment of out actress Meredith Baxter. Still, Sanlo's inspiring life shines through the directorial excess." — Movie Dearest
Posted Jul 25, 2014
C —— Back on Board: Greg Louganis " Offers little that is new to anyone who has read (Louganis's) autobiography or seen the TV movie adapted from it. Not particularly interesting or well made." — Movie Dearest
Posted Jul 25, 2014
A —— I Always Said Yes: The Many Lives of Wakefield Poole " An eye-opener. (Director Jim) Tushinski's film accomplishes what the best documentaries do, informing and entertaining in spades. " — Movie Dearest
Posted Jul 25, 2014
B+ 36% Last Weekend (2014) " Lovely. Features an award-worthy performance by the never-disappointing Patricia Clarkson that fully utilizes her sensitivity, comic timing and other distinctive acting gifts." — Movie Dearest
Posted Jul 25, 2014
B+ 62% Jamie Marks Is Dead (2014) " It is rare for a film to be creepy, sexy and deeply moving, all at the same time. Filmmaker Carter Smith walks an impressive high wire act. (Interview with Smith included.)" — Rage Monthly
Posted Jul 11, 2014
B+ 95% Snowpiercer (2014) " Few of the screenplay's class-struggle elements are new, and they are driven home in some scenes with a very heavy hand. However, the cast, visual conceptualization, production design and art direction are so strong that these criticisms are fairly minor." — Movie Dearest
Posted Jul 11, 2014
B 90% To Be Takei (2014) " Excessively flattering but still recommended. The doc is a must for Trekkies/Trekkers, younger Japanese Americans, and gays everywhere." — Movie Dearest
Posted Jul 5, 2014
B+ 97% Life Itself (2014) " (The film) boasts lively, engaging editorial style but is also a tad overlong and redundant in spots. It is most revealing, at times excruciatingly so, of Ebert's final hospital visits prior to his death." — Movie Dearest
Posted Jul 5, 2014
B- 80% Violette (2014) " A chilly but not uninteresting biography of the tortured, bisexual writer Violette Leduc, played by a fully committed Emmanuelle Devos." — Movie Dearest
Posted Jun 27, 2014
B+ 75% The Last Sentence (2014) " An unusually balanced, seemingly unbiased biopic. The cast can't be faulted in any way." — Movie Dearest
Posted Jun 20, 2014
A 90% Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow (2014) " One of the best, most intelligent, most exciting and surprisingly funny special effects-laden epics I have seen in several summers. A model of cinematic craftsmanship from page to screen. " — Movie Dearest
Posted Jun 20, 2014
B+ —— I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story " An endearing life story. Wonderfully nostalgic but also heart-wrenching at times for anyone who grew up with the support of PBS's Children's Television Workshop." — Movie Dearest
Posted Jun 14, 2014
B+ 98% Love Is Strange (2014) " Nothing if not timely. Molina and Lithgow are both excellent. (Ira) Sachs' no-nonsense, naturalistic style of directing also serves the film well. Should not be missed." — Movie Dearest
Posted Jun 14, 2014
B+ 89% Test (2014) " A potent and sexy drama. The film's period soundtrack offers a great nostalgia fix." — Movie Dearest
Posted Jun 14, 2014
B 79% Before You Know It (2014) " The documentary doesn't make growing old (especially as gay men) something to look forward to exactly, but it goes a way in helping to demystify or de-stigmatize it." — Movie Dearest
Posted Jun 14, 2014
B- 55% The Signal (2014) " Captivating and engrossing...(but it) becomes too derivative by the end as well as a head-scratcher for viewers. " — Movie Dearest
Posted Jun 14, 2014
B 27% Burning Blue (2014) " Emotionally gripping and features some stunning shots of Navy jets in action." — Movie Dearest
Posted Jun 6, 2014
B+ 94% The Normal Heart (2014) " (Larry) Kramer's screenplay powerfully retains Ned's anger but the scenes where Ned exhibits it tend to get repetitive. The film boasts great performances though and lovely directorial touches that make it well worth the nearly 30 year wait." — Movie Dearest
Posted May 24, 2014
B 73% Godzilla (2014) " After a protracted and largely disconnected first act, the movie catches fire and hardly lets up. The special effects are stunning." — Movie Dearest
Posted May 24, 2014
B+ 96% Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht (Nosferatu the Vampyre) (1979) " Herzog, cinematographer Jorg Schmidt-Reitwein and production designer Henning von Gierke conjure a near-endless stream of arresting images." — Movie Dearest
Posted May 16, 2014
C+ 53% The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) " Despite the number of villains and conspiracies at work in the screenplay, they actually aren't what makes this film overlong and wearying. A leaner script and/or more judicious editing re: (Peter & Gwen's) relationship would have made a better movie. " — Movie Dearest
Posted May 15, 2014
C 34% Stage Fright (2014) " Starts out promisingly as "Friday the 13th" meets "Glee," complete with musical numbers...(but) sadly becomes way too serious as well as excessively gory." — Movie Dearest
Posted May 9, 2014
B 47% All Cheerleaders Die (2014) " A possible cult classic in the making. Its nice to see a movie, especially of the horror genre, where the ladies are the smart and strong characters." — Movie Dearest
Posted May 9, 2014
A- 95% Stairway to Heaven (A Matter of Life and Death) (Stairway to Heaven) (1946) " Beautifully directed, designed (especially the massive, working escalator that links Heaven and Earth), photographed and acted, it is a must-see for both classic and contemporary film buffs." — Movie Dearest
Posted May 3, 2014
B 94% Gojira (1956) " Beautifully restored 2014 version titled "Godzilla: The Japanese Original" screened. Despite the film's obvious and dated special effects, it remains a potent metaphor. " — Movie Dearest
Posted May 3, 2014
B 38% The Great Gatsby (1949) " An interesting, film noir-ish take on the novel. The screenplay takes some liberties with the source material but (Alan) Ladd gives an exceptionally sensitive performance as the lovelorn millionaire. Excellent supporting cast." — Movie Dearest
Posted May 3, 2014
B 62% The Sacrament (2014) " Those who watch (this film) expecting a supernatural element in keeping with (the director's) previous films will be disappointed, but the movie is no less chilling since it is thoroughly grounded in reality and history." — Movie Dearest
Posted May 3, 2014
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 91% 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 65% 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- 33% 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 29% 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 47% 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+ 95% 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+ 83% 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+ 91% 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- 91% 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
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