Jay Antani

""It isn't work unless you'd rather be doing something else"--James Barrie"

Agrees with the Tomatometer 77% of the time.

Biography:
Well, I like long walks and poetry and watching sunsets. No, seriously, I do like those things on occasion, but, generally, I like movies, discovering cool new stuff to read and music to listen to, hanging out with fun, stimulating, intelligent, open-minded humans (and cats). Philosophically, I like to think of myself as a work-in-progress. But I'm gettin' there.
Publications:
Boxoffice Magazine , Cinema Writer , Filmcritic.com , I.E. Weekly , Jaman , Los Angeles Alternative , Moving Pictures Magazine , Paste Magazine , Reel.com , Slant Magazine
Total Reviews:
468
Total QuickRatings:
15
Location:
Los Angeles

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 468
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3.5/4 87% The Last Lions (2011) " an extraordinary achievement" — Cinema Writer
Posted Jan 27, 2012
2.5/4 68% Black Death (2011) " Bean owns this movie." — Cinema Writer
Posted Jan 27, 2012
2/4 37% I Am (2011) " a well-meaning metaphysical inquiry that hits all the right sentiments but manages precious little substance" — Cinema Writer
Posted Jan 27, 2012
3/4 83% Potiche (2011) " Catherine Deneuve continues her run as world cinema's most gracefully aging actress." — Cinema Writer
Posted Jan 27, 2012
3/4 17% Miral (2011) " Miral overrides its screenwriting flaws with Schnabel's uncanny sense of film art." — Cinema Writer
Posted Jan 27, 2012
3/4 82% Wretches & Jabberers (2011) " It's by engaging with all these extraordinary people that the film's beauty reveals itself." — Cinema Writer
Posted Jan 27, 2012
2/4 83% The Double Hour (2011) " most of The Double Hour doesn't really need to exist in order for the viewer to process the impact of the finale" — Cinema Writer
Posted Jan 27, 2012
2.5/4 48% Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen (2011) " Adroit editing, camerawork and staging keep in step with Yen's formidable martial arts mastery, showcasing a talent on par with Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan and Jet Li." — Cinema Writer
Posted Jan 27, 2012
3.5/4 59% The First Grader (2011) " achieves a poignant, humanist sincerity" — Cinema Writer
Posted Jan 27, 2012
2/4 63% True Legend (2011) " suffers from an erratic narrative pace, shoddy characters and an overuse of digital gimmickry, all of which create the impression of an ersatz epic spectacle" — Cinema Writer
Posted Jan 27, 2012
3.5/4 80% The Last Mountain (2011) " trenchant, impassioned" — Cinema Writer
Posted Jan 27, 2012
1.5/4 58% Film socialisme (2011) " likely to be an unbearable experience for anyone other than for Godard himself and his most hardcore adherents" — Cinema Writer
Posted Jan 27, 2012
3.5/4 92% Senna (2011) " Senna stands as a triumph of [its makers'] knack for story craft and their ability to sort through a staggering volume of material and piece it together into a unified, powerful narrative." — Cinema Writer
Posted Jan 27, 2012
2/4 84% A Better Life (2011) " The silver lining is an excellent lead performance from Bichir. " — Cinema Writer
Posted Jan 26, 2012
3.5/4 100% Agantuk (The Stranger) (2003) " a beautiful valediction by a great filmmaker anticipating his own departure, whose message is as profound as any in a majestic career" — Cinema Writer
Posted Jan 26, 2012
2.5/4 80% Conan O'Brien Can't Stop (2011) " ...depicts a fiercely talented performer who has created...a temple to his own cult. While the resulting spectacle may be distasteful in its egotism and indulgence, there's no doubting the drive and devotion of a man for whom the world truly is a stage." — Cinema Writer
Posted Jan 26, 2012
2/4 71% Magic Trip (2011) " a unique historical artifact, to be sure, but one which reveals nothing exceptional about the personalities, the times or the themes explored." — Cinema Writer
Posted Jan 26, 2012
3.5/4 96% Born Into Brothels: Calcutta's Red Light Kids (2004) " an absorbing journey over gritty social terrain, driven by a fierce sense of purpose" — Cinema Writer
Posted Jan 20, 2012
3.5/4 90% DiG! (2004) " fulfills the function and promise of all great documentaries" — Cinema Writer
Posted Jan 20, 2012
2/4 91% Point Blank (2011) " [Writers] Cavayé and Lemans...dump all manner of double-dealing and good cop-bad cop intrigue into what could have been a wonderfully streamlined, character-driven thriller about an innocent man forced to do the bidding of criminals to save his family." — Cinema Writer
Posted Jan 19, 2012
4/4 91% City of Life and Death (2011) " ...among the greatest war films ever made. Rich in humanist themes and absolutely unflinching in its depiction of the moral chaos and physical violence of war." — Cinema Writer
Posted Jan 19, 2012
3/4 75% The Names of Love (2011) " It's a credit to the talents of his cast as well as to Leclerc's ability to juggle comedy and drama that The Names of Love manages to be so winning a concoction." — Cinema Writer
Posted Jan 18, 2012
4/4 100% The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) " an all-time masterpiece of characterization, structure, pacing and storytelling in general" — Cinema Writer
Posted Feb 15, 2011
3/4 91% The Fighter (2010) " Wahlberg ensures we stay rooted in Micky's journey, for all the script and fellow performers' broad strokes, cliches and conventionalities, and that we root for the scrapper through every round in the ring." — Cinema Writer
Posted Jan 30, 2011
3/4 96% True Grit (2010) " Joel and Ethan Coen's adaptation of Charles Portis' novel has all the trimmings you'd expect from a film by these brothers extraordinaire" — Cinema Writer
Posted Jan 24, 2011
2.5/4 90% Zombieland (2009) " It's Zombieland's delightfully offbeat characters that give the movie its staying power." — Cinema Writer
Posted Jan 21, 2011
3/4 98% The War Tapes (2006) " The direct-cinema authenticity that a soldier's eye gives to this largely street-fought war...lends The War Tapes its primary strength." — Cinema Writer
Posted Sep 7, 2010
3.5/4 95% Unforgiven (1992) " Eastwood's best film -- a compelling study of the shame and guilt that attends violence, of the rule of the mighty over the weak and of courage and cowardice." — Cinema Writer
Posted Sep 7, 2010
2/4 55% Undertow (2004) " a drag-down bore" — Cinema Writer
Posted Sep 7, 2010
3/4 57% The Underneath (1995) " An absorbing, if an occasionally plodding, experience." — Cinema Writer
Posted Sep 7, 2010
2.5/4 86% Les Deux anglaises et le continent (Two English Girls)(Anne and Muriel) (1971) " Georges Delerue's lovely score and fine performances by Markham and Tendeter keep another one of Truffaut's narcissistic escapades...watchable, but just barely" — Cinema Writer
Posted Sep 7, 2010
1.5/4 61% Twin Peaks - Fire Walk with Me (1992) " This fire dampens fast, and the results are rather dreary, and nonsensical." — Cinema Writer
Posted Sep 7, 2010
1/4 42% Twentynine Palms (2004) " A movie full of surfaces but with exasperatingly little to say" — Cinema Writer
Posted Sep 6, 2010
3/4 87% 28 Days Later (2003) " a wild cocktail of campy, gory fun" — Cinema Writer
Posted Sep 6, 2010
2.5/4 95% The Trials of Henry Kissinger (2002) " An Incendiary piece of a rather innocuous order" — Cinema Writer
Posted Sep 6, 2010
3/4 96% 3 Women (1977) " The first half...is some of Altman's best stuff. The second half downgrades into rather pretentious and dithering malarkey" — Cinema Writer
Posted Sep 6, 2010
3/4 76% Top Secret! (1984) " The story has almost no momentum and runs out of gas, ending abruptly, but how can you knock a movie with so many gut-busting jokes?" — Cinema Writer
Posted Sep 5, 2010
4/4 90% Together (Tillsammans) (2001) " effortlessly poetic" — Cinema Writer
Posted Sep 5, 2010
4/4 89% The Testament Of Dr. Mabuse (1933) " [Lang's] ambitious command of the medium...keeps us rooted to our seats from start to finish." — Cinema Writer
Posted Sep 5, 2010
2.5/4 100% Tampopo (1985) " a pleasant enough time-passer" — Cinema Writer
Posted Sep 5, 2010
2.5/4 32% A Woman, A Gun and a Noodle Shop (San qiang pai an jing qi) (A Simple Noodle Story) (The First Gun) (2010) " The stars of the show, ultimately, are Zhao Xiaoding's gorgeous cinematography, Tao Jing's evocative sound design and Yimou's choice of otherworldly locations." — Moving Pictures Magazine
Posted Sep 5, 2010
1.5/4 72% Machete (2010) " hack-and-slash nonsense" — Moving Pictures Magazine
Posted Sep 3, 2010
4/4 94% Stray Dog (Nora inu) (1963) " Mifune is magnetic" — Cinema Writer
Posted Sep 3, 2010
3/4 96% Baisers Volés (Stolen Kisses) (1968) " Typically light fare from the master of French Lite" — Cinema Writer
Posted Sep 3, 2010
3/4 95% The Station Agent (2003) " a charmingly simple character study" — Cinema Writer
Posted Sep 3, 2010
2.5/4 80% Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith 3D (2005) " The bar has been set so low in mainstream Hollywood movies that it's not even worth seriously analyzing this stuff" — Cinema Writer
Posted Sep 3, 2010
3/4 88% Sonatine (1993) " bold and ballsy" — Cinema Writer
Posted Sep 3, 2010
3.5/4 73% Sky High (2005) " surprisingly clever, spirited and joyful" — Cinema Writer
Posted Sep 3, 2010
3/4 72% Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004) " he visuals are phenomenal, rendered with so much love and passion that each frame is a marvel just to behold." — Cinema Writer
Posted Sep 3, 2010
1.5/4 78% Sin City (2005) " My own trajectory while watching Sin City--excited, bored, offended...back to bored...roll credits" — Cinema Writer
Posted Sep 3, 2010
3/4 96% Sideways (2004) " Giamatti handily raises what could've been a pedestrian road trip romance into the stratosphere of a world-class character study" — Cinema Writer
Posted Sep 3, 2010
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