Jake Euker

Jake Euker

Agrees with the Tomatometer 70% of the time.

Publications:
F5 (Wichita, KS) , Filmcritic.com , PopMatters
Total Reviews:
1191
Total QuickRatings:
944
Location:
Wichita, KS

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 101 - 150 of 1191
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3/5 75% Secret Honor (1984) " Parts of Secret Honor threaten to lose the audience, and references to past public figures make the threat greater today" — Filmcritic.com
Posted Oct 24, 2004
3.5/5 —— Tanner '88 (TV SHOW) " the first thing that strikes you upon revisiting Tanner '88 today is how familiar this whole circus seems" — Filmcritic.com
Posted Oct 22, 2004
3/5 —— I Drink Your Blood (1971) " it comes as a surprise when you first realize that I Drink Your Blood is not just coherent but fairly inventively plotted" — Filmcritic.com
Posted Oct 2, 2004
2.5/5 67% The Door in the Floor (2004) " The material is slim and becomes slimmer still by our advance grasp of it; what's meant to be novelistic in detail instead comes to seem belabored. Not a bad film. A misfire." — F5 (Wichita, KS)
Posted Sep 30, 2004
4.5/5 31% The Forgotten (2004) " A freaking delight. Ruben keeps the threat both palpable and eerily undefined, and his payoffs are both ridiculously scary and hilariously unexpected." — F5 (Wichita, KS)
Posted Sep 30, 2004
4/5 —— The Demon (1977) " a reminder that there's a whole world of film out there to discover, no matter how deeply invested you already are" — Filmcritic.com
Posted Sep 28, 2004
3.5/5 —— Zero no Shoten (Zero Focus) (1961) " What's most original -- and best -- about Zero Focus is its marvelous atmosphere." — Filmcritic.com
Posted Sep 26, 2004
2.5/5 33% Epidemic (1987) " feels thrown together, as though von Trier is working at the mercy of available material, weaving it into a whole as he goes" — Filmcritic.com
Posted Sep 26, 2004
3/5 72% Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004) " Conran skips what chokes so much screen adventure today: extraneous characters, endless back story, ethical dilemmas, a tormented hero. He keeps Sky Captain airborne." — F5 (Wichita, KS)
Posted Sep 24, 2004
3.5/5 49% A Home at the End of the World (2004) " Captures a fleeting moment in the subculture of 1980s America with heart-rending precision." — F5 (Wichita, KS)
Posted Sep 17, 2004
1.5/5 26% Anacondas - The Hunt for the Blood Orchid (2004) " Not especially tedious, the snakes were OK, and I understood most of the conclusion. The only surprise, though, was that I made it to the end." — F5 (Wichita, KS)
Posted Sep 17, 2004
3.5/5 95% Hero (2004) " Stands well above Zhang's lesser works while not ranking among his masterpieces, the redundancies of its plot redeemed by the spectacular poetry of its battles." — F5 (Wichita, KS)
Posted Sep 17, 2004
2.5/5 25% Wicker Park (2004) " High style masks rather than updates what's essentially conventional in the material, and the plot unfolds on a seeming need-to-know basis. It's aggravating." — F5 (Wichita, KS)
Posted Sep 17, 2004
2.5/5 70% Smell of Camphor, Fragrance of Jasmine (2001) " Farmanara's artistic vision is hit-or-miss and his material hangs together rather slackly" — Filmcritic.com
Posted Sep 16, 2004
3/5 —— Titanic (1943) " A fascinating glimpse into a chapter of film history seldom perused." — Filmcritic.com
Posted Aug 27, 2004
2/5 72% Open Water (2004) " As the characters begin to openly suffer, the movie becomes a grueling record of their pain and fear. It ultimately feels futile as well as pointlessly punishing." — F5 (Wichita, KS)
Posted Aug 25, 2004
0/5 11% Exorcist - The Beginning (2004) " I would think that John Boorman, director of Exorcist II: The Heretic, is now officially off the hook. This isn't entertainment; it's assault and battery." — F5 (Wichita, KS)
Posted Aug 25, 2004
3/5 75% Elena et les hommes (Elena and Her Men) (Paris Does Strange Things) (1957) " the resemblance it bears to Renoir's great Rules of the Game is more than passing, and I think this detracts" — Filmcritic.com
Posted Aug 24, 2004
4.5/5 100% The Golden Coach (Le Carrosse d'or) (1953) " The Golden Coach, despite its preoccupation with the stage, is a distinctly cinematic experience." — Filmcritic.com
Posted Aug 22, 2004
4/5 100% French Cancan (Only the French Can) (1956) " It's a true spectacle; Renoir suggests that, potentially, for those involved in theater, all of life is." — Filmcritic.com
Posted Aug 22, 2004
0.5/5 21% AVP - Alien Vs. Predator (2004) " Joining two previously independent monsters in one film signals the same desperation a sitcom producer feels when he sends his cast to Hawaii for an hour-long "special."" — F5 (Wichita, KS)
Posted Aug 20, 2004
3/5 74% Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (2004) " So disreputable in its premise and so fly-by-night in its technique that it's easy to enjoy. It's unburdened by aspirations" — F5 (Wichita, KS)
Posted Aug 17, 2004
4/5 95% Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (2004) " the question isn't will this be adapted for television? so much as how soon?" — Filmcritic.com
Posted Aug 8, 2004
2/5 43% The Village (2004) " You want to shut down the action and demand an explanation. Where are these people? Why are they behaving this way? What do they know that we don't know?" — F5 (Wichita, KS)
Posted Aug 4, 2004
4.5/5 81% The Manchurian Candidate (2004) " [Has moments of] delirious political comedy, and it functions as a thriller, too." — F5 (Wichita, KS)
Posted Aug 4, 2004
1/5 9% Catwoman (2004) " It's really painful to watch." — F5 (Wichita, KS)
Posted Jul 29, 2004
3.5/5 90% Grey Gardens (1975) " No film - no Tennessee Williams adaptation, nothing by Guy Maddin or Lynch, no genre-exploding Japanese horror flick - has ever had a stranger pair of characters at its core." — Filmcritic.com
Posted Jul 28, 2004
5/5 100% Early Summer (1951) " the perfect vehicle for chronicling the small pleasures and disappointments that comprise the bigger enterprise of life" — Filmcritic.com
Posted Jul 26, 2004
3.5/5 100% Smile (1975) " like a season of I Love the '70s condensed into two hours, and in its intimation that this is a uniquely disposable culture it's decades ahead of VH-1" — Filmcritic.com
Posted Jul 26, 2004
4/5 96% Port of Shadows (Le Quai des Brumes) (2012) " A pleasure to watch, and there's much to recommend it. But, like that other poetic realist stalwart Pépé le Moko, what's best about it is its atmosphere of romance." — Filmcritic.com
Posted Jul 25, 2004
2.5/5 —— Kimi ga wakamono nara (If You Were Young: Rage) (Our Dear Buddies) (2000) " The film isn't unenjoyable, but it never rises above novelty." — Filmcritic.com
Posted Jul 18, 2004
2.5/5 66% Anchorman - The Legend Of Ron Burgundy (2004) " The period detail is hilarious, abetted fantastically by Alex Wurman's score. But there's so much talent on hand that you couldn't blame anyone for wanting more." — F5 (Wichita, KS)
Posted Jul 17, 2004
4.5/5 96% I'm Going Home (2001) " a realistic look at the ways in which mortality plays into the conscious and subconscious plans of the living" — Filmcritic.com
Posted Jul 16, 2004
3.5/5 83% Onibaba (1965) " Onibaba shows less interest in laying bare its meanings than in offering the occasion for the viewers' meditations on life, existence (a different thing), and whatever lies below." — Filmcritic.com
Posted Jul 9, 2004
0/5 58% California Suite (1978) " Offensive, stupid, and embarrassing." — F5 (Wichita, KS)
Posted Jul 8, 2004
0.5/5 15% White Chicks (2004) " Even a child will have seen enough movies to sense that these scary creatures should be turning into wolves rather than shopping for Fendi at the mall." — F5 (Wichita, KS)
Posted Jul 8, 2004
2/5 85% Kill Bill: Volume 1 (2003) " Kill Bill isn't human. It's cinema as cinema. Tarantino is like a hyper, too-bright child, worrying you for your attention, jumping from thought to thought in his brain" — F5 (Wichita, KS)
Posted Jul 7, 2004
3/5 84% Swimming Pool (2003) " As in Chabrol, the plot's not the thing: what drives Swimming Pool is the transformations that take place within its characters. Rampling is a pleasure." — F5 (Wichita, KS)
Posted Jul 7, 2004
5/5 89% Russian Ark (2002) " An audacious and insane experiment, a triumphant film." — F5 (Wichita, KS)
Posted Jul 7, 2004
0.5/5 6% Gigli (2003) " The first half is an unfunny drag, with a few uncomfortable laughs provided by a retarded man. The last half is a tragedy." — F5 (Wichita, KS)
Posted Jul 7, 2004
2/5 77% Seabiscuit (2003) " There's nothing for the audience to observe except the construction presented. Seabiscuit makes all its connections and observations for you." — F5 (Wichita, KS)
Posted Jul 7, 2004
4/5 33% Johnny English (2003) " You won't die laughing in the theater, but the filmmakers aren't asking you to, as they do in the frantic, adolescent comedies that dominate the market. It's a pleasure." — F5 (Wichita, KS)
Posted Jul 7, 2004
4/5 79% Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) " Comes close to recreating some of the bigger-than-life wonder that we experience at the movies in our childhood. Depp is a fey, hilarious wonder." — F5 (Wichita, KS)
Posted Jul 6, 2004
0.5/5 17% The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003) " If you stripped this film of its effects, not even the platform would remain. Unplug the computer and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen disappears." — F5 (Wichita, KS)
Posted Jul 6, 2004
4/5 98% Spellbound (2002) " It expands as it goes until, by the end, it presents a hopeful overview of American life. It's a wonderful movie." — F5 (Wichita, KS)
Posted Jul 6, 2004
4/5 99% Finding Nemo (2003) " The creators are cracking themselves up first, the way the Warner Bros. animators did in Bugs Bunny's golden age; it works for anyone with a sense of humor." — F5 (Wichita, KS)
Posted Jul 6, 2004
0/5 48% Bruce Almighty (2003) " The dearth of imagination is stupefying. Carrey is alternately embarrassing and terrifyingly detached, [and] Freeman has sold out." — F5 (Wichita, KS)
Posted Jul 6, 2004
3/5 60% Down with Love (2003) " Bright and very funny... manages to recreate a filmmaking style that was practically a parody of itself in the first place." — F5 (Wichita, KS)
Posted Jul 6, 2004
0.5/5 28% Daddy Day Care (2003) " My advice is to beat your children rather than take them to Daddy Day Care." — F5 (Wichita, KS)
Posted Jul 6, 2004
4/5 77% Holes (2003) " Engaging, generous, and well-paced. Holes is inventively plotted and its coincidences and crazy mysticism pull you in the way the best children's fiction does." — F5 (Wichita, KS)
Posted Jul 6, 2004
3/5 87% X2: X-Men United (2003) " X2 is motivated by a love of the action and characters. It's chaotic sometimes, and parts of it drag. But the affection shows, and you feel the director's enthusiasm." — F5 (Wichita, KS)
Posted Jul 6, 2004
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