James C. Taylor

James C. Taylor

Agrees with the Tomatometer 71% of the time.

Biography:
L.A. Weekly film critic.
Publications:
L.A. Weekly , Village Voice
Total Reviews:
29

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Showing 1 - 29 of 29
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
—— The Fall (2009) " The Fall is really just a dull, poorly acted courtroom drama with glossy, autumnal cinematography and an implausible twist." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Oct 29, 2009
100% Queen and I " Like its royal subject, The Queen and I is charming, elusive, frustrating and not easily forgotten." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Jul 16, 2009
—— Trying to Get Good: The Jazz Odyssey of Jack Sheldon (2008) " Production values are rough, but the lack of polish serves both Sheldon's raffish, off-color persona and the film's argument that L.A. jazz is still alive in small nightclubs, not something confined to a much-mythologized past." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Jun 5, 2008
—— Swimming in Auschwitz (2008) " Instead of the grand horror of the Holocaust (or the "big suffering," as one woman calls it), Swimming in Auschwitz depicts individuals who "maintained some semblance of life" amid the mass dehumanization that surrounded them." — L.A. Weekly
Posted May 5, 2008
0% Remember the Daze (The Beautiful Ordinary) (2008) " Remember the Daze has the irony-free, instant-nostalgia earnestness of your high school yearbook, but watching it is not likely to conjure your own youthful emotions -- it's more like flipping through the generic memories of a complete stranger." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Apr 10, 2008
—— The Urn (2008) " Writer-director Skip Usen's concept may sound zany, but as a film, it's labored and earns almost no laughs." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Feb 28, 2008
23% Raising Flagg (2007) " Erich Roland's HD cinematography is the only element of the film one can honestly enjoy." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Sep 27, 2007
38% Milarepa (2007) " The legend of Milarepa -- an exiled heir who sought revenge before finding dharma -- engages on a narrative level; however, Chokling's direction fails to give the story any period texture or visceral emotion." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Sep 13, 2007
67% Noriko no shokutaku (Noriko's Dinner Table) (2005) " Noriko's Dinner Table is both prequel and sequel to Suicide Club -- but never its equal. It's twice as long and three times as ponderous." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Jul 5, 2007
—— Inlaws & Outlaws (2005) " Its 104 minutes of lukewarm-'n'-fuzzy comfort food will no doubt satisfy some, but those looking for deeper insight into our nation's peculiar mating rituals will feel left out." — L.A. Weekly
Posted May 3, 2007
15% What Love Is (2008) " The level of insight in this romantic comedy's dialogue makes the oeuvre of Ed Burns look like Racine." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Mar 22, 2007
—— Guadalupe (2006) " Marketed as an action thriller along the lines of The Da Vinci Code, but Santiago Parra's debut feature is actually a bland domestic drama -- one that somehow manages an even more sluggish pace than Ron Howard's bloated blockbuster." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Dec 8, 2006
0% Living the Dream (2006) " An embarrassment of a vanity project." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Nov 24, 2006
28% Copying Beethoven, (Klang der Stille) (2006) " Da-da-da-dumb." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Nov 9, 2006
66% The Bridge (2006) " An attractive, well-intentioned film that is surprisingly dull and uninvolving." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Oct 26, 2006
47% Azumi (2003) " Failing in its attempts at Zhang Yimou-like poetry, Azumi calls to mind a long, blood-splattered director's cut of a Power Rangers episode." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Jul 27, 2006
54% Mini's First Time (2006) " Mini is too tame for Skina-max and too inane to survive on the art-house circuit. It's a pretentious erotic thriller that gives honest trash a bad name." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Jul 13, 2006
—— Erosion (2005) " Tedious hand-wringing about infidelity and bursts of unerotic sex." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Apr 20, 2006
77% The Lady in Question is Charles Busch (2006) " The Lady in Question Is Charles Busch rarely stops genuflecting long enough to let its hair down." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Apr 6, 2006
63% Game 6 (2005) " No writer could ever top the high drama witnessed in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series - which may be the point of this sloppy but endearing mash note to baseball, art and fate." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Mar 30, 2006
—— Film School Confidential (2002) " Underdahl has succeeded only in creating a feature that shows considerably less invention and coherence than an evening of student shorts." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Mar 23, 2006
40% Winter Passing (2006) " It distinguishes itself thanks to assured performances that burn with quiet conviction." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Feb 16, 2006
69% Through the Fire (2006) " Though some will see this fast-paced film as proof that hoop dreams really can come true, the real strength of Through the Fire lies in its careful, often indirect questioning of the moral universe of professional sports and big-money endorsements." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Feb 9, 2006
55% Go for Zucker! (Alles auf Zucker!) (2006) " German-made comedy is a rare enough export, but German-made Jewish comedy hasn't been seen abroad -- or in the Fatherland -- since the days of Adolf Hitler." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Feb 9, 2006
10% Annapolis (2006) " Reports suggest that Annapolis was filmed last year, but watching this naval clunker, you'd swear it had been on the shelf since before the Gulf War." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Jan 26, 2006
6% Cheaper by the Dozen 2 (2005) " The movie may play better on video screens in the back of minivans, but I suspect even seat-belted children will remain unimpressed." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Dec 22, 2005
52% First Descent (2005) " Hardcore fans will appreciate the handful of genuinely gnarly aerial sequences, but these gravity-defying stunts, which can be thrilling as part of a five-minute James Bond pre-credit sequence, grow very tedious when repeated over almost two hours." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Dec 1, 2005
19% Domino (2005) " The idea of the sprightly actress playing a kick-ass bounty hunter is certainly tantalizing; yet, sadly, the role of Domino Harvey provides little for Knightley to do but smoke cigarettes and snarl vacantly in between shootouts." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Oct 13, 2005
22% Two For the Money (2005) " Dan Gilroy's script can't find a thematic thread to make the rags-to-riches-to-rags plot feel relevant." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Oct 6, 2005
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