Mark Demetrius

Mark Demetrius

Agrees with the Tomatometer 65% of the time.

Mark Demetrius has been a freelance writer for decades, specialising in film criticism and rock journalism. He was a longstanding columnist for Rolling Stone, and has contributed to numerous publications from Juice to FILMINK. Mark also wrote a book of blackly humourous limericks called Grimmericks, lived in London for years and is now back in Sydney.
FILMINK (Australia)
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Sydney, Australia

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
81% Louise-Michel (2008) " Complete with an absurdist black humour and a bizarre collection of farcical set pieces, Louise-Michel is a hit and miss affair." — FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Oct 8, 2009
66% Che: Part One (The Argentine) (2009) " An extraordinary performance from Benicio Del Toro anchors this long but gripping film based on a powerful true story." — FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Sep 29, 2009
86% Eden à l'Ouest (Eden Is West) (2009) " Costa-Gavras scores a few telling points -- about the callous crassness of privileged tourists, for example -- but whatever his intentions, the end product is essentially a rattling good yarn." — FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Aug 21, 2009
84% State of Play (2009) " It hits the ground running, and - while never remotely innovative - manages to be unpredictable and labyrinthine enough to generally hold our attention." — FILMINK (Australia)
Posted May 27, 2009
75% Caos Calmo (Quiet Chaos) (2009) " Some of the plot is implausible, yet the core ideas resonate richly, and the characters' behaviour is psychologically intriguing." — FILMINK (Australia)
Posted May 22, 2009
51% What Just Happened? (2008) " It's also mercifully free of the kind of phony pretensions to subversion and irreverence that weighed down, say, Robert Altman's The Player." — FILMINK (Australia)
Posted May 20, 2009
85% Der Baader Meinhof Komplex (The Baader Meinhof Complex) (2008) " Brilliantly made and utterly compelling from beginning to end." — FILMINK (Australia)
Posted May 8, 2009
94% Samson and Delilah (2010) " It's a predominantly bleak story, but never defeatist, and it stays with you." — FILMINK (Australia)
Posted May 8, 2009
57% Defiance (2009) " Defiance starts shakily but gets steadily more engrossing." — FILMINK (Australia)
Posted May 1, 2009
62% Faubourg 36 (Paris 36) (2009) " Paris 36 is ill-conceived, predictable, overlong, flatly directed, over-acted, uninvolving, corny, riddled with trite music and smugly self-regarding. Not an unqualified success, one might say." — FILMINK (Australia)
Posted May 1, 2009
96% Tulpan (2009) " Skip the latest Hollywood trifle and see this instead." — FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Apr 24, 2009
63% A Pain in the Ass (L'emmerdeur) (2008) " Alas, not for a minute does the viewer care about any character, though admittedly it's mildly diverting and intermittently funny -- and occasionally blackly or incongruously so." — FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Apr 10, 2009
93% L'Heure d'été (Summer Hours) (2009) " Summer Hours meanders along as a restrained mood piece, and is quite good and moving in parts, but it's just plain flat in others." — FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Apr 3, 2009
48% Bottle Shock (2008) " Predictable, corny, schmaltzy, inane, unfunny, flat, sentimental and utterly fatuous. Most of the acting is bad, and none of the characters are interesting. Watching it is about as culturally rewarding as actually getting drunk, and less fun." — FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Mar 27, 2009
64% Duplicity (2009) " Essentially formulaic fare. Although Julia Roberts is quite good, the love scenes look exactly like what they are: famous people pretending." — FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Mar 20, 2009
43% Blindness (2008) " Blindness is not unmissable, and has awkwardly implausible moments, but it succeeds in sucking us into its peculiar world." — FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Mar 20, 2009
51% Notorious (2009) " Notorious is a pretty standard biopic, and is probably largely compromised. If you've never seen Nick Broomfield's excellent 2002 doco Biggie And Tupac, you'd be better served hunting that down instead." — FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Mar 13, 2009
85% Dean Spanley (My Talks with Dean Spanley) (2008) " Truly original and very moving, with a hypnotic and elliptical quality all its own." — FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Mar 6, 2009
71% Last Chance Harvey (2009) " It's wafer-thin and groaningly predictable, but it's also absurdly touching." — FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Feb 27, 2009
57% My Bloody Valentine 3-D (2009) " If you've got a strong stomach, My Bloody Valentine 3D is a definite pleasure...albeit a guilty one, in the perversely stupid tradition of all good gore films." — FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Feb 13, 2009
36% Igor (2008) " Igor sends up all sorts of cliches, but -- by degenerating into a mawkish romance and a boring race against time -- it also becomes one." — FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Jan 8, 2009
21% The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008) " The special effects are spectacular enough here, and there are a few droll lines, but the net result is almost instantly forgettable." — FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Dec 26, 2008
69% Fugitive Pieces (2008) " Slow moving, torpid and's tearjerker material, but without the tears." — FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Nov 19, 2008
90% Hunger (2009) " A consistently powerful and harrowing true story -- and a well-told one. Simply watching it is somehow physically uncomfortable, but it's also rewarding." — FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Nov 7, 2008
88% Roman de Gare (Crossed Tracks) (2007) " It's surprising, enthralling, intriguing, blackly droll, and a rattling good yarn." — FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Nov 7, 2008
48% Towelhead (2007) " At times, the film feels like it will collapse under the weight of its twists and excesses, but somehow it manages to hang together." — FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Oct 10, 2008
90% Le fils de l'épicier (The Grocer's Son) (2008) " At a time when most other movies are boorishly brash, a film like this stands out precisely by being low key and modest." — FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Oct 3, 2008
47% My Blueberry Nights (2007) " Saccharine, cliched, groaningly predictable and -- in short -- utterly abysmal." — FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Sep 12, 2008
80% Le Voyage du Ballon Rouge (The Flight of the Red Balloon) (2007) " It's all humdrum and low key without any redeeming compositional elegance or symmetry." — FILMINK (Australia)
Posted May 29, 2008
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