Mark Sells

Mark Sells

""I gave her my heart. She gave me a pen.""

Agrees with the Tomatometer 85% of the time.

Biography:
Mark has been writing film criticism for The Oregon Herald, The Denver Herald, The New York Daily Times, The Boston Sun, The California Herald, Film Threat, and many more for the last five years under the moniker, "The Reel Deal." And this year, he was selected as one of the top ten critics in the country by the Critic Doctor. Mark is an active member of the Denver Film Society, the Rotten Tomatoes community, the Online Film and Television Association, and the Internet Entertainment Writers Association. An avid writer and film fanatic, Mark has written multiple screen and teleplays for the large and small screen. He has also worked on the set of numerous films while running his own multimedia company. The company, HFMedia, specializes in film production, copy writing, promotions, and screenwriting and recently produced its first short film entitled "Forever". Prior to working in film, his background includes writing promotional copy for radio and television.
Favorites:
Almost Famous, Rudy, Hoosiers, Star Wars, Road to Perdition, Conan the Barbarian, Blade Runner, Jerry Maguire, Back to the Future, Million Dollar Baby, and many many more!
Publications:
CineScene.com , Film Threat , Oregon Herald , The Reel Deal
Total Reviews:
285
Total QuickRatings:
37

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 285
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3.5/5 89% The Descendants (2011) " A quirky, methodical detour through tropical paradise." — The Reel Deal
Posted Nov 14, 2011
4.5/5 78% Melancholia (2011) " A deeply meditative film with stunning visuals, Melancholia brilliantly captures the chaos and calm before the storm." — The Reel Deal
Posted Nov 9, 2011
3/5 68% Tower Heist (2011) " Presents nothing new in terms of story and can't always sustain its energetic pace, (but) it does provide a lot of action and plenty of laughs." — The Reel Deal
Posted Nov 4, 2011
4/5 84% Puss in Boots (2011) " For a fairy tale slash prequel slash spinoff, Puss in Boots is the cat's meow." — The Reel Deal
Posted Oct 26, 2011
4/5 90% Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011) " An ambiguous, yet startling tale of post-cult trauma. " — The Reel Deal
Posted Oct 17, 2011
4/5 85% The Ides of March (2011) " Smart and skillfully directed, The Ides of March depicts the ugly reality of modern day politics. " — The Reel Deal
Posted Oct 4, 2011
4.5/5 83% Warrior (2011) " With great intensity, Warrior is a pleasant surprise, capturing the heart and spirit of a champion. " — The Reel Deal
Posted Sep 6, 2011
3.5/5 77% The Debt (2011) " A nifty little puzzler that satisfactorily pays off." — The Reel Deal
Posted Aug 29, 2011
4.5/5 100% The Interrupters (2011) " Demands your attention, all the while demonstrating what great documentary filmmaking is all about - a hopeful vehicle for change." — The Reel Deal
Posted Aug 24, 2011
3.5/5 62% Griff the Invisible (2011) " With lots of charm and humor, Griff the Invisible is a quirky and sophisticated romance in disguise." — The Reel Deal
Posted Aug 16, 2011
4.5/5 92% Senna (2011) " One of the most fascinating, yet sobering views on the sport of auto racing." — The Reel Deal
Posted Aug 8, 2011
4/5 74% The Whistleblower (2011) " Powerful and purposeful. " — The Reel Deal
Posted Aug 1, 2011
3.5/5 78% Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011) " One of the most clever and enthusiastic romantic comedies of recent memory." — The Reel Deal
Posted Jul 26, 2011
4.5/5 80% Life in a Day (2011) " With meticulous editing by Joe Walker, Life in a Day is a wonderfully uplifting account of what it means to be human." — The Reel Deal
Posted Jul 20, 2011
4.5/5 96% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 (2011) " An abbreviated, yet exhilarating finale that is equally satisfying as it is bittersweet. " — The Reel Deal
Posted Jul 11, 2011
4.5/5 84% The Tree of Life (2011) " An extraordinary achievement in storytelling that will captivate your inner sense of being. " — The Reel Deal
Posted Jul 6, 2011
3/5 86% Terri (2011) " There is a tranquil beauty in Tobias Datum's cinematography and a wholesomeness in the film's main characters that rises about the cliches." — The Reel Deal
Posted Jun 28, 2011
4/5 39% Cars 2 (2011) " Hits the gas with a simpler story about friendship, bolder visuals, good natured humor, and wall to wall action." — The Reel Deal
Posted Jun 20, 2011
4/5 89% Buck (2011) " A fascinating look at one man's approach to life through horses, hard work, and compassion. " — The Reel Deal
Posted Jun 15, 2011
4/5 82% Super 8 (2011) " While Super 8 lacks some of the emotional punch and heart so masterfully orchestrated by Spielberg, it does capture some of the magic, surprise, and excitement of his early works." — The Reel Deal
Posted Jun 6, 2011
4/5 87% X-Men: First Class (2011) " Represents a successful reboot and a welcome return of the summer blockbuster." — The Reel Deal
Posted May 31, 2011
3.5/5 60% The Beaver (2011) " Regardless of what you've read in the tabloids and have come to know about Mel Gibson off screen, on screen, he is still a man with many talents." — The Reel Deal
Posted May 17, 2011
3.5/5 90% Bridesmaids (2011) " Playing out like a typical Judd Apatow film, Bridesmaids foregoes fantasy and instead, chooses the actions, language, and attitudes of real women." — The Reel Deal
Posted May 9, 2011
4/5 77% Thor (2011) " An epic adventure of the classical sense, blending Norse mythology with human drama, romance, and a splash of hammer time!" — The Reel Deal
Posted May 3, 2011
4/5 80% Cyrus (2010) " A humorous experiment in social discomfort." — Oregon Herald
Posted Jul 19, 2010
2/5 69% The Runaways (2010) " 'The Runaways' lacks an anarchistic punch - an authenticity and angst so distinctive of the band's rock n' roll revolution." — Oregon Herald
Posted May 3, 2010
3/5 98% How to Train Your Dragon (2010) " A visually stimulating, but slightly inconsequential "how to" tale." — Oregon Herald
Posted Apr 5, 2010
2.5/5 66% The Blind Side (2009) " A sports drama that's more about the melodrama and less about the sport." — Oregon Herald
Posted Feb 3, 2010
1.5/5 28% The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009) " Superficial soup for the teenage soul." — Oregon Herald
Posted Jan 19, 2010
3/5 37% Angels & Demons (2009) " For all the hype and hurrah, Angels & Demons is a tame thriller, requiring several leaps of faith."" — Oregon Herald
Posted May 21, 2009
4/5 95% Star Trek (2009) " Mixing warp speed action with tongue in cheek humor, this Trek beams brighter than a supernova." — Oregon Herald
Posted May 14, 2009
5/5 98% The Wrestler (2008) " Fluctuating eloquently between hope and sorrow, tenderness and isolation, 'The Wrestler' packs an emotional punch - a deeply personal story of one man's search for truth, love, and life outside of the ring." — Oregon Herald
Posted Feb 4, 2009
2/5 85% Rachel Getting Married (2008) " Wandering aimlessly, it immerses the viewer in a never-ending series of song and dance, wedding toasts, and family feuds." — Oregon Herald
Posted Jan 28, 2009
4/5 62% Valkyrie (2008) " Although the casting of Cruise takes some getting used to, the film makes ample use of a strong supporting cast and a tightly knit story to maintain suspense." — Oregon Herald
Posted Jan 26, 2009
4.5/5 78% Doubt (2008) " Mercilessly, it immerses its characters in the depths of certainty and the consequences of blind faith." — Oregon Herald
Posted Jan 14, 2009
4.5/5 94% Slumdog Millionaire (2008) " From simple, childhood glee to teenage trouble and heartache, it's the kind of universal story that will leave you breathless." — Oregon Herald
Posted Jan 14, 2009
4/5 88% Bolt (2008) " A formula that has worked ever since Lassie came home in 1943." — Oregon Herald
Posted Dec 10, 2008
4/5 79% Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007) " A constant, highly engaging entry in the Harry Potter saga." — Oregon Herald
Posted Aug 6, 2007
3.5/5 57% Transformers (2007) " A mad rush of blood to the adolescent head." — Oregon Herald
Posted Jul 23, 2007
3.5/5 90% Knocked Up (2007) " A highly scathing jolt of relationship reality." — Oregon Herald
Posted Jul 17, 2007
3/5 45% Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End (2007) " Bland, bloated, and at times, bewildering, this third serving is merely yo-ho-hum." — Oregon Herald
Posted Jun 25, 2007
2.5/5 40% Shrek the Third (2007) " Maturing all too quickly into adulthood, Shrek the Third, is over burdened with responsibility and a yearning for simpler, carefree times." — Oregon Herald
Posted May 21, 2007
3.5/5 63% Spider-Man 3 (2007) " Falls prey to Hollywood sequel subterfuge - namely, that bigger is always better." — Oregon Herald
Posted May 14, 2007
3/5 69% Blades of Glory (2007) " An elongated comedy sketch, without any depth or development." — Oregon Herald
Posted May 7, 2007
4/5 34% TMNT (2007) " Never strays too far from its inner turtle." — Oregon Herald
Posted Apr 2, 2007
3.5/5 60% 300 (2007) " A film whose primary purpose is to entertain the male ego." — Oregon Herald
Posted Mar 17, 2007
93% An Inconvenient Truth (2006) Oregon Herald
Posted Mar 10, 2007
2.5/5 8% The Number 23 (2007) " A cop out of chaotic inconsequence." — Oregon Herald
Posted Mar 5, 2007
2/5 47% Miami Vice (2006) " Hits on notes lower than the Smuggler's Blues." — Oregon Herald
Posted Aug 10, 2006
2.5/5 76% Superman Returns (2006) " Quite capable of leaping tall buildings in a single bound, [but] does so without much care or conviction." — Oregon Herald
Posted Aug 7, 2006
3/5 75% Over the Hedge (2006) " Can't seem to rise above to see the hedge for the trees." — Oregon Herald
Posted May 29, 2006
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