Karina Montgomery

Karina Montgomery

""People will forget what you said. People will forget what you did,but people will never forget how you made them feel." This sums up how I feel about movies; you see enough of them, the details blur away, and all you are left with is whether you enjoyed yourself or not."

Agrees with the Tomatometer 68% of the time.

Biography:
Karina was born and raised in Austin, Texas. She got a degree in English while being active in Theatre Collective and Capitol City Playhouse. She always liked movies but didn't really pay them any heed until she saw Liar Liar in March, 1997. Frustrated by the public's general antipathy for Jim Carrey as a performer, and delighted by how the vehicle suited his talents with total script motivation for every antic, she wrote a review and emailed it to some twenty-something friends, urging them to see the movie, even if they had hated Jim Carrey in the past. Several of them responded favorably, and she began sending a note every time she saw a movie, good or bad. "Could you also send your reviews to my friend?" turned into more subscribers and more responsibility to churn out meaningful text. When the Hollywood Stock Brokerage Resource (http://www.hsbr.org/) asked her to be the staff reviewer, she knew she really had to include some journalistic integrity. Basically, she loves it. She loves recommending films that might get missed and protecting her friends from wasting their precious time and money on cinematic drivel. As huge, big budget stinkers crossed her path, she grew frustrated with the box-office-led studio choices, as they favored safe, branded franchises that suck over well thought-out work. She also uses her reviews as a forum for evangelizing the animated features genre, one she feels is not taken seriously enough for the amount of quality work being done. She now resides in San Diego and continues her quest for a better cinematic world. Long time, dear supporters she would like to thank include (in no order) - J. Kevin Smith, Shannon Swenson, Matthew Kaplan, Eric Martin, Jon Montgomery, and Carolyn Bates.
Favorites:
(in no order) Silence of the Lambs, Aliens, Young Frankenstein, The Shawshank Redemption, Princess Bride, Dead Again, Sense & Sensibility, Oscar, Little Shop of Horrors, This is Spinal Tap, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Singing In The Rain, Grosse Pointe Blank, The Hudsucker Proxy, 12 Monkeys, The Wiz, Chicago, Dave, A Fish Called Wanda, Running on Empty, Down With Love, Much Ado About Nothing, The World's Greatest Lover, The Court Jester, The Sixth Sense, American Beauty, Iron Giant, Return to Me, The Imposters....how can one choose?
Publications:
Cinerina , rec.arts.movies.reviews
Critics' Group:
Online Film Critics Society
Total Reviews:
998
Total QuickRatings:
84

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 998
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
4.5/5 94% An Education (2009) " It was hard to watch Jenny fall so easily to chaotic neutral David, but it was deliriously romantic as well. He wears down our resistance and we fall for him too." — Cinerina
Posted Dec 18, 2009
5/5 75% The Road (2009) " The muffled air, the rumbling tectonic murmurs, the groaning and incessant tree deaths, sounds of other humans, all these sounds sell the monochromatic but still stunning images of a completely dying world" — Cinerina
Posted Dec 15, 2009
3.5/5 85% An Ideal Husband (1999) " It's a pleasant diversion but sadly, little more than a chance to hear Rupert's barbed wit." — Cinerina
Posted Dec 15, 2009
4.5/5 61% American Pie (1999) " American Pie shows us how little boys know about sex going into it, and how little the act really teaches them about it as well. But the true joy, for us in the audience anyway, is the chase. Vulgar and heartwarming!" — Cinerina
Posted Dec 15, 2009
3/5 78% Doubt (2008) " As a movie, very little actually happens. It's a lot of discussion about what might have happened or may occur in future, and then the emotional change that signals the curtain to drop and for the class to put down their pencils. The performances are st" — Cinerina
Posted Dec 15, 2009
4.5/5 92% Frost/Nixon (2008) " The sparring, the research, the failed strategies, and the returns for more elicit an image of boxing more than anything else; while "two men in shorts punch each other until one cannot continue" is also dry on paper, in practice it is much more visceral" — Cinerina
Posted Dec 15, 2009
5/5 98% The Wrestler (2008) " Despite the low-tech feel, The Wrestler is very tight and disciplined. The score is spare but effective, nothing is wasted in dialogue or action, and the fight choreography and stunts are incredible. Rourke is phenomenal." — Cinerina
Posted Dec 15, 2009
4/5 —— Defiance (1980) " As a WWII story, it's inspiring, and even new. As a film, it's tense and nerve-wracking and sobering. It's a simple, solid movie, worth seeing indeed, but I fear more like a satisfying Chinese dinner over time. See it before the world forgets about it." — Cinerina
Posted Dec 15, 2009
3/5 72% The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) " Sure, I cried at the end. I'm not a robot. But I cry at cat food commercials if they punch the right button. I just can't get on the Button train. I wish I could have obeyed my instincts and stayed home." — Cinerina
Posted Dec 15, 2009
4/5 79% Gran Torino (2009) " After the clumsy beginning, the deft writing and excellent acting has so sunk you into your relationship with Walt and Sue and Thao that by the end, I loved this movie, but it took a while to snag me." — Cinerina
Posted Dec 15, 2009
3.5/5 90% Zombieland (2009) " Zombieland is a road movie, a little meta-commentary on zombie movie mayhem, and an extremely violent and pretty funny comedy." — Cinerina
Posted Dec 15, 2009
3.5/5 39% Surrogates (2009) " I would have liked to explore this world more and not keep slamming into some convoluted scheme that defeats its own purpose. I had fun watching it, but I actually thought the movie was smarter than its plot." — Cinerina
Posted Dec 15, 2009
4.5/5 83% Paranormal Activity (2009) " It's not the scariest movie I have ever seen, but it's probably the most efficient and insidious. The noises in my house never seemed so loud or inexplicable as they do after seeing this. It's a great scary treat and the filmmakers should be rewarded wi" — Cinerina
Posted Dec 15, 2009
4/5 57% The Stoning of Soraya M. (2009) " This film is eye-opening and heart-draining and it is excellently produced.This is a very good film, but it is hard for me to chirp "check it out" because it will stick with you, twisting in your stomach and making your life's petty annoyances feel less t" — Cinerina
Posted Dec 15, 2009
2.5/5 54% Disney's A Christmas Carol (2009) " What's good is very good and what's bad is sadly bad. I wish I could cut a montage of the sobering and well-thought-out segue from Present to Future, the swooping flights through London and Scrooge's amazing face." — Cinerina
Posted Dec 15, 2009
3/5 52% The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009) " Sometimes the movie cannot get past being merely smile-inducing, but it's a gently funny story of belief in one's inner potential and in the general goodness of most people. I may forget I ever saw it, but I had a pretty good time nonetheless." — Cinerina
Posted Dec 15, 2009
4.5/5 39% 2012 (2009) " My enthusiasm for 2012 is not because I think it's high art with an important social message. Screw that %u2013 this movie is about pure spectacle, and it pulls that off fabulously." — Cinerina
Posted Dec 15, 2009
4.5/5 81% Michael Jackson's This Is It (2009) " This Is It gives us enough to see that this concert series was going to be the kind of show you tell your grandkids about, full of incredible dancing and innovative staging and energetic wowness. The missing elements serve to feature the star who has fal" — Cinerina
Posted Dec 15, 2009
3/5 86% Big Fan (2009) " I didn't enjoy Big Fan, perhaps due to my lifelong total disinterest in sports but I can say that it is quite good and well-made, and Oswalt does a terrific job." — Cinerina
Posted Dec 15, 2009
4.5/5 85% A Single Man (2009) " Overtly gorgeous, but gently sad and lovely; Firth carries George's invisibility and mourning with grace." — Cinerina
Posted Dec 15, 2009
4/5 85% Me and Orson Welles (2009) " McKay's Welles is endowed by every other character with a panoply of larger-than-life qualities and he portrays them all without ever turning into a cartoon. His performance alone merits a viewing." — Cinerina
Posted Dec 15, 2009
3/5 89% A Serious Man (2009) " Perhaps the emperor is actually wearing clothes and I just can't see them... I came out of the movie theatre feeling disgruntled and a little cheated. See it for Stuhlberg and Lennick, and for Roger Deakin's unfailing cinematic eye." — Cinerina
Posted Nov 19, 2009
2/5 73% Where the Wild Things Are (2009) " Occasionally I will mitigate opinions when I reviewing a film I know carries an emotional charge for people... to impart a sense of fairness. This is not one of those times. Where The Wild Things Are made me want to punch someone in the face." — Cinerina
Posted Nov 19, 2009
4/5 38% Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant (2009) " The funny bits are amusing, the action entertaining, the themes simple, the promise of future tales tantalizing, and the overall feel of the movie is more charming than epic or scary." — Cinerina
Posted Nov 19, 2009
3/5 79% The Informant! (2009) " It's the kind of movie that stymies my proper critical eye (and ability to write) due to being so jumbled and ambitious, much like its hero." — Cinerina
Posted Nov 19, 2009
4.5/5 58% The Invention of Lying (2009) " ...becomes dizzyingly hilarious, mixed with genuine sympathy, while an amusing and subversive element grows slowly, beginning as fascinating and then stumbling into inevitability." — Cinerina
Posted Nov 19, 2009
4.5/5 96% Food, Inc. (2009) " His film shows us ugly, faceless corporate greed and its truly fatal consequences, but gives us tools to dismantle or at least throttle back the machine %u2013 and hopefully solve some of the world's ills as well." — Cinerina
Posted Nov 19, 2009
4.5/5 89% World's Greatest Dad (2009) " This is the sort of movie that sends me to the keyboard to topple negative expectations, praise the participants, and hopefully drive up their box office a little." — Cinerina
Posted Sep 12, 2009
3/5 63% Extract (2009) " Despite the huge farcical situations and comedy genius cast, Extract is not so much riproarious as thoughtful and true %u2013 not unlike Judge's animated series King of the Hill" — Cinerina
Posted Sep 12, 2009
4/5 84% The September Issue (2009) " Even if the subject of the magazine doesn't interest you, the mechanics of making it happen will add much to the story of these two women for whom fashion is the world, not just a job." — Cinerina
Posted Sep 12, 2009
3.5/5 74% Cold Souls (2009) " High concept, interesting, and well-performed, but ironically soulless. I enjoyed the journey we went on with Paul, but it had some intangible thing lacking." — Cinerina
Posted Sep 10, 2009
4/5 29% Gamer (2009) " Puts the viscera in visceral but a thought-provoking exploration of our increasingly disconnected society in drag as mindless action." — Cinerina
Posted Sep 10, 2009
4.5/5 89% Inglourious Basterds (2009) " 97% mature, solid, suspenseful, respectful, artistic, violent, sophisticated, tremulous, funny, surprising" — Cinerina
Posted Sep 10, 2009
4/5 57% Paper Heart (2009) " Paper Heart is a kooky, gentle movie that's all about love, and well worth a look with an open heart." — Cinerina
Posted Aug 20, 2009
4.5/5 90% District 9 (2009) " Low key in its excellence by just being solid and real and well thought-out...substantial and revealing." — Cinerina
Posted Aug 19, 2009
5/5 84% Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009) " Merlin's pants, what a fine motion picture! Steve Kloves is back and it makes all the difference in the world. This was a fantastic adaptation of an excellent book, and well worth your time and money." — Cinerina
Posted Jul 16, 2009
4.5/5 97% The Hurt Locker (2009) " I found it difficult at times to remember that these men are actors. The tension is pulled to just the right tautness to be sustained over time without having to defuse it with a narrative break. And the acting is great." — Cinerina
Posted Jul 16, 2009
3/5 68% Public Enemies (2009) " You would think that sexy 1930's gangsters using excessive force and chasing around in gorgeous cars would at least be enough to help me forget that I need to do some laundry, but you would be wrong." — Cinerina
Posted Jul 16, 2009
4/5 67% Away We Go (2009) " The whole flavor of the movie seems to be trying to reproduce other small, earnest films, but I always got the feeling that it was an imitation flavoring. Wonderful cast." — Cinerina
Posted Jul 16, 2009
4/5 79% The Hangover (2009) " My only complaint about The Hangover is that so many excellent moments were ruined by the preview. The Hangover, particularly Ed Helms, is very funny. Don't bring a family member and don't try any of this at home." — Cinerina
Posted Jul 14, 2009
3/5 51% The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (2009) " In the moment, it all feels very dangerous and urgent and important, but in retrospect it seems almost silly. What is The Taking of Pelham 123 meant to be? Drama? Spoof? It succeeds and fails at both at the same time." — Cinerina
Posted Jul 14, 2009
4.5/5 89% Moon (2009) " It's basically non-violent, yet at moments I felt a deep %u2013 not horror, exactly, more like dismayed awe %u2013 at what we are discovering with Sam. My companions and I left the theatre feeling very satisfied, and I hope you will as well. Moon feels" — Cinerina
Posted Jul 14, 2009
1/5 92% Drag Me to Hell (2009) " I really can't recommend it. Despite the fact that I support the idea of comedy horror, I do generally ask that it contain at the very least either comedy or horror." — Cinerina
Posted Jul 14, 2009
4/5 26% Land of the Lost (2009) " Land of the Lost the movie is upbeat, pretty silly, but funny in enough portion to render it pleasant, with heavy reliance on the tongue-in-cheek art of understatement." — Cinerina
Posted Jul 14, 2009
4/5 44% The Proposal (2009) " The Proposal feels both new and familiar. It's new, in that it doesn't obey a lot of rules of romantic comedies, while not breaking with tradition, and familiar in that it is reminiscent of some of the best romantic comedies without seeming too derivativ" — Cinerina
Posted Jul 14, 2009
4/5 45% Yes Man (2008) " The benefits of grounding comedy in reality are never-ending, and Yes Man takes advantage of most of them. Peyton Reed is officially one of my favorite comic directors." — Cinerina
Posted May 31, 2009
4.5/5 85% Rachel Getting Married (2008) " Kym crashes through her family and the weekend, careening off real and imaginary obstacles with a fierce yet still sympathetic rancor. It's the home movie you hope never to see of your life, impeccably filled with color and on-set live music and life and" — Cinerina
Posted May 31, 2009
5/5 96% Waltz with Bashir (2008) " Folman's personal journey to recover/understand his own memories in the context of a great national nightmare is a unique, arresting documentary that will stick with you for a good long while. I was so glad I was able to see it." — Cinerina
Posted May 31, 2009
2.5/5 —— Push (2006) " Push is neither great nor terrible, it's got a labored climax, but it also has Dakota Fanning who really can make any part better just by being cast in it. Catch it on HBO with some popcorn if you like." — Cinerina
Posted May 31, 2009
4/5 33% Paul Blart: Mall Cop (2009) " The title and premise alone sound like every stupid comedy you've avoided for decades. Something was different %u2013 something was done right. Three other friends shared my secret shame enjoying this amiable, broad %u2013 and subtle %u2013 romantic act" — Cinerina
Posted May 31, 2009
4.5/5 71% Last Chance Harvey (2009) " What I say to people who ask me, "what did you think of it?" I just say I loved it." — Cinerina
Posted May 31, 2009
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