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:
475
Total QuickRatings:
41
Location:
Long Beach, CA

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 101 - 150 of 475
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
B+ 87% Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) " Very well-made and exciting. Kirk's/Pine's bromance with Spock/out actor Zachary Quinto is further and nicely developed here, and the film's 3D effects are truly special." — Movie Dearest
Posted May 24, 2013
A- 49% The Great Gatsby (2013) " Livelier than any previous screen version. Luhrmann doesn't direct the film so much as he meticulously choreographs it. Leonardo DiCaprio has never been better." — Movie Dearest
Posted May 10, 2013
B+ 78% Iron Man 3 (2013) " I have found each of the "Iron Man" films a marked improvement over its immediate predecessor...primarily due to the trajectory of Stark's relationship with Pepper Potts and the series' more fearsome recent villains." — Movie Dearest
Posted May 7, 2013
B+ 94% Lore (2013) " Unflinching but thoroughly engrossing, the film provides a rarely depicted look at the Holocaust's other innocent victims. Beautiful cinematography by Adam Arkapaw." — Movie Dearest
Posted Apr 30, 2013
B 98% Mud (2013) " Adolescent boys and their fathers will find much to appreciate and bond over but the movie's slow-as-molasses, 130-minute running time and occasional bursts of Scorsese-esque violence prevent it from being a true family film." — Movie Dearest
Posted Apr 19, 2013
B- 89% In the House (2013) " Less focused than most of (writer-director Francois) Ozon's previous films. It is difficult to decide with which character we as viewers/pseudo-participants are supposed to empathize. More off-putting than fully satisfying in the end." — Movie Dearest
Posted Apr 19, 2013
B+ 91% Beyond The Hills (2013) " (Writer-director Christian) Mungiu balances his film's more disturbing content with peaceful shots of the idyllic, surrounding countryside and of intimacy between the two women while slowly building to an inevitable conclusion. " — Movie Dearest
Posted Apr 15, 2013
B+ 93% Room 237 (2013) " Some of the interpretations seem more of a stretch than others but all are entertainingly presented by director Rodney Ascher. (The movie) serves as a testament to Stanley Kubrick's cinematic mastery." — Movie Dearest
Posted Apr 15, 2013
B —— Strange Frame: Love & Sax (2013) " An undeniably stylish and ambitious animated sci-fi film. The character animation is colorful but stiff and video game-like, which can be irritating, while the environments and backgrounds are often stunning." — Movie Dearest
Posted Apr 3, 2013
C+ —— Satan's Angel: Queen Of The Fire Tassels (2013) " Walker's brassy personality takes a bit of getting used to and I wish the film featured more serious discussion of Walker's relationship with her devoted wife, Vic. Still, it provides an insightful glimpse into a little-known life and industry." — Movie Dearest
Posted Apr 3, 2013
A- 89% My Brother The Devil (2013) " Highly recommended. (Writer-director) El Hosaini handles the various volatile relationships within the film with intelligence and sensitivity." — Movie Dearest
Posted Apr 3, 2013
B 14% K-11 (2013) " Jules Stewart makes a confident directorial debut. Although the screenplay comes perilously close at times to sensationalizing or stereotyping the characters, Stewart wisely resists." — Echo Magazine
Posted Mar 15, 2013
B+ 55% Interior. Leather Bar. (2014) " A fascinating rumination on the current state of GLBT acceptance in society via a graphic re-creation of missing footage from 1980's controversial "Cruising."" — Movie Dearest
Posted Mar 15, 2013
B= 59% Oz the Great and Powerful (2013) " (James) Franco's performance is one of the better, more genuine things about Disney's given-to-excess adaptation/prequel. Still, the movie is on the whole engaging and entertaining." — Movie Dearest
Posted Mar 15, 2013
B 71% My Amityville Horror (2013) " Spooky stuff, effectively directed by Eric Walter, even as it rehashes much of what is well known from the books and movies." — Movie Dearest
Posted Mar 15, 2013
C- 69% Stoker (2013) " The violent yet artful stylings of Korean director Park Chan-Wook are applied to a Southern Gothic plot with artistically queasy results." — Movie Dearest
Posted Mar 15, 2013
A- —— Codebreaker (2012) " Excellent and engrossing due in large part to the work of director Clare Beavan, editor Leigh Brzeski and actor Ed Stoppard." — Rage Monthly
Posted Mar 8, 2013
C+ 62% Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey (2013) " As inspiring as much of (Arnel) Pineda's story is, Filipina director Ramona S. Diaz may be a little too enamored with her subject and, subsequently, comes across at times as less than objective." — Movie Dearest
Posted Mar 8, 2013
B 68% The We and the I (2013) " A return to successful form for (director Michel) Gondry after 2011's wretched "The Green Hornet"...captures the modern teen spirit, lingo and reliance on technology exceptionally well. " — Movie Dearest
Posted Mar 8, 2013
B+ 89% Hava Nagila: The Movie (2013) " Fun and illuminating...The movie as well as the song serve as fitting, entertaining testaments to the resilience of the Jewish people." — Movie Dearest
Posted Mar 5, 2013
A- 89% Koch (2013) " First-time filmmaker Neil Barsky does a generally remarkable job shuttling back and forth between clips from archival footage...and an intimate 2010 interview he conducted of Koch." — Movie Dearest
Posted Mar 5, 2013
B- 14% Spiders (2013) " Evoked for me pleasant childhood memories of watching such "giant monsters on the loose" B-movies as "Them!," "Tarantula" and "The Giant Spider Invasion." Excellent special effects." — Movie Dearest
Posted Feb 10, 2013
B 80% Warm Bodies (2013) " Adds welcome doses of romance (yes, really) and humor to the zombie genre. Nicholas Hoult gives his most endearing performance to date." — Movie Dearest
Posted Feb 10, 2013
A- 92% Skyfall (2012) " One of the ten best films of 2012." — Rage Monthly
Posted Jan 27, 2013
A- 85% Bully (2012) " One of the ten best films of 2012." — Rage Monthly
Posted Jan 27, 2013
A- 73% The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) " One of the ten best films of 2012." — Rage Monthly
Posted Jan 27, 2013
A- 92% Marvel's The Avengers (2012) " One of the ten best films of 2012." — Rage Monthly
Posted Jan 27, 2013
A- 66% Cloud Atlas (2012) " One of the ten best films of 2012." — Rage Monthly
Posted Jan 27, 2013
A- 86% Robot & Frank (2012) " One of the ten best films of 2012." — Rage Monthly
Posted Jan 27, 2013
A- 94% Moonrise Kingdom (2012) " One of the ten best films of 2012." — Rage Monthly
Posted Jan 27, 2013
A- 86% Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012) " One of the ten best films of 2012." — Rage Monthly
Posted Jan 27, 2013
A- 93% Amour (2012) " One of the ten best films of 2012." — Rage Monthly
Posted Jan 27, 2013
A 90% Keep the Lights On (2012) " The best film of 2012...Perfect." — Rage Monthly
Posted Jan 27, 2013
A- 95% West of Memphis (2012) " (Director Amy) Berg's doc is gripping, often infuriating, but in the end hopeful about the ability of truth and innocence to prevail thanks to the efforts of those who strive against all obstacles to uphold them." — Movie Dearest
Posted Jan 27, 2013
B 87% Tabu (2012) " For a decades-spanning, country-hopping romance on a low budget, "Tabu" looks great...it intentionally evokes in aesthetics, settings and/or plot elements such cinematic classics as "Casablanca," "The Postman Always Rings Twice" (1946) and more." — Movie Dearest
Posted Jan 27, 2013
B 29% Let My People Go! (2013) " May well be the world's first French-Jewish-Finnish-Gay movie. Enjoyably campy." — Movie Dearest
Posted Jan 19, 2013
C+ 79% Any Day Now (2012) " Sweet but ultimately heart-wrenching. (Includes interview with star Garret Dillahunt.)" — Movie Dearest
Posted Dec 14, 2012
B+ 94% The Sessions (2012) " Deeply moving. The Oscar-worthy (John) Hawkes invests his character with a sense of grace and humor that nullifies any potential pity. This is a great movie for adults and even for older adolescents." — Movie Dearest
Posted Nov 28, 2012
C+ 49% The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 (2012) " If only the other films in the series featured such surprises (as in this film's climactic battle) instead of being so by-the-numbers in adaptation and crafting, the saga might have proven more significant." — Movie Dearest
Posted Nov 28, 2012
B- 90% Lincoln (2012) " A talky, 150-minute affair but not without interesting modern-day ironies and parallels. One needs to take the one-sided history depicted with a grain of salt." — Movie Dearest
Posted Nov 28, 2012
B+ 87% Life of Pi (2012) " A thought-provoking religious parable. Profound, haunting and beautifully made." — Movie Dearest
Posted Nov 28, 2012
B+ 96% Chasing Ice (2012) " So long as filmmaker Jeff Orlowski keeps his focus on the findings from (James) Balog's Extreme Ice Survey (EIS)..."Chasing Ice" is gripping." — Movie Dearest
Posted Nov 23, 2012
B 82% De rouille et d'os (Rust and Bone) (2012) " Unsparing. It isn't a love story for everyone, but many will find it and its two lead performances undeniably powerful. " — Movie Dearest
Posted Nov 23, 2012
B 96% In the Family (2012) " (Writer-director Patrick) Wang's deliberate, naturalistic style proves to be both a strength and a weakness. In the final analysis, the overall timeliness of Wang's storyline as well as the film's lack of sentimentality is of considerable value. " — Movie Dearest
Posted Nov 18, 2012
B 78% All The Light In The Sky (2013) " Lovely. The beautifully-shot film is observant, gently adult and wryly funny." — Movie Dearest
Posted Nov 13, 2012
B+ 78% Flight (2012) " A very effective and positive exploration of the time-honored Twelve Steps in overcoming addiction. Denzel Washington is award-worthy as the denial-plagued pilot, and it is great to have Robert Zemeckis directing flesh & blood characters once again." — Movie Dearest
Posted Nov 13, 2012
B 81% The Impossible (2012) " Undeniably compelling and frequently harrowing. Unfortunately, director J. A. Bayona unnecessarily piles on foreboding touches...and a new 3D sound system so loud and strong that it literally made my teeth vibrate." — Movie Dearest
Posted Nov 13, 2012
A- 66% Cloud Atlas (2012) " A stunning romantic-philosophical spectacle with a spectacular cast. Sadly, an undeserving box office flop in the U.S." — Movie Dearest
Posted Nov 13, 2012
A- 92% Skyfall (2012) " Indeed one of the very best in the series' 50-year history. Director Sam Mendes gathered a superb cast and technical team for this 007 outing and their collective proficiency shows." — Movie Dearest
Posted Nov 13, 2012
C+ —— Supernatural Activity (2012) " Not unlike many of the shows and films it is sending up, "Supernatural Activity" is crudely made and goes on for too long. However, there are quite a few funny to very funny visual and character gags to be enjoyed." — Movie Dearest
Posted Nov 8, 2012
B 46% A Liar's Autobiography - The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman (2012) " Both the storytelling and the imagery are often beautiful, sometimes baffling, but captivating throughout." — Movie Dearest
Posted Nov 2, 2012
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