Mark Stafford

Mark Stafford

Agrees with the Tomatometer 89% of the time.

Publications:
Electric Sheep
Total Reviews:
37

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 1 - 37 of 37
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
88% The Double (2014) " This is bold, intelligent filmmaking." — Electric Sheep
Posted Apr 2, 2014
54% The Zero Theorem " A downbeat, pretty, befuddled mess." — Electric Sheep
Posted Mar 4, 2014
100% Wake in Fright (2012) " Throughout we feel like we are watching a real world, with the extensive use of real locations and real outback dwellers, where none of the professional actors breaks the spell." — Electric Sheep
Posted Mar 4, 2014
94% Milius " Milius has a twisty, frequently hilarious, and ultimately moving tale to tell, and it rounds up an impressive roster of talking heads to tell it with." — Electric Sheep
Posted Nov 1, 2013
100% The Wicker Man - Final Cut (2013) " While its influence has grown over the years, The Wicker Man still has the feel of a film apart, an island detached from the mainstream." — Electric Sheep
Posted Sep 27, 2013
95% The Act Of Killing (2013) " You may need a stiff drink and a lie down afterwards." — Electric Sheep
Posted Jun 25, 2013
98% Mud (2013) " Mud clearly sets out from frame one to run along well-worn tracks - it's like Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn meets Whistle down the Wind." — Electric Sheep
Posted May 9, 2013
89% Compliance (2012) " An effective, nasty little film from Craig Zobel." — Electric Sheep
Posted Mar 22, 2013
95% West of Memphis (2012) " I was never bored, it's very much recommended, but viewers should be warned that it contains a lot of distressing forensic footage." — Electric Sheep
Posted Dec 17, 2012
93% Room 237 (2013) " Ascher does his damnedest to make it visually and aurally interesting, and lets his chosen voices speak without judgement." — Electric Sheep
Posted Oct 23, 2012
65% This Must Be The Place (2012) " A lot of it is terrific stuff, but there's just too much here to be digestible, too much to be resolved satisfactorily." — Electric Sheep
Posted Apr 5, 2012
90% Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011) " Sean Durkin's debut is a creepy, tense and ambiguous piece of work." — Electric Sheep
Posted Feb 2, 2012
100% Tatsumi (2012) " Highly recommended for the graphically inclined, worthwhile viewing for the curious, now check out the books." — Electric Sheep
Posted Jan 13, 2012
89% Prezít svuj zivot (teorie a praxe) (Surviving Life (Theory and Practice)) (2010) " Eye-popping, disarming and playful, with a brisker pace than you might expect from this director." — Electric Sheep
Posted Dec 2, 2011
71% Magic Trip (2011) " There is much here to amuse, bemuse and tantalise; we get to see the inside of a particular bubble, with Ginsberg and Kerouac and the Grateful Dead, a nascent scene before it went global." — Electric Sheep
Posted Nov 19, 2011
84% The Snowtown Murders (2012) " Authentically, viscerally convincing in its performances and milieu, Snowtown throbs with tension and a deep sense of wrongness from its first reel onwards." — Electric Sheep
Posted Nov 16, 2011
85% The Yellow Sea (2011) " I was never bored, it's fast and funny and edge-of-the-seat tense; it's just that I'd still like to see the end of the film it started off being." — Electric Sheep
Posted Oct 19, 2011
69% Guilty Of Romance (2013) " It's a film I primarily watched with my jaw in my lap wondering what the hell I was going to witness next." — Electric Sheep
Posted Sep 30, 2011
58% Red State (2011) " There are jagged tonal shifts and dramatic dead ends. It's messy, but it's thrilling, creepy and continually does things you don't expect." — Electric Sheep
Posted Sep 28, 2011
42% The Taqwacores (2010) " It has energy and humour and a nice bleached out look. And it throws a startling image or off-the-wall piece of dialogue at you every few minutes of its lean 83-minute running time." — Electric Sheep
Posted Aug 12, 2011
87% Bobby Fischer Against The World (2011) " Garbus tells the tale well, and does a good job making the matches exciting even for those, like me, who don't play the game. But Fischer still remains a bit of an elusive figure, largely, I suspect, because nobody actually knew him very well." — Electric Sheep
Posted Jul 14, 2011
97% Cell 211 (Celda 211) (2009) " I don't believe that these events would happen like this in the real world, but for 113 tense, charged minutes I was wholly swept up in them." — Electric Sheep
Posted Jul 13, 2011
100% Cutter's Way (1981) " Passer continued his wayward career without ever producing anything quite like Cutter again. It's a one-off, a largely overlooked shining gem. Do yourself a favour." — Electric Sheep
Posted Jun 23, 2011
85% Viva Riva! (2011) " Viva Riva! has energy and pace, it's a pretty creditable attempt at a Congolese The Harder They Come, a blaxploitation Treasure of the Sierra Madre. It's fun." — Electric Sheep
Posted Jun 22, 2011
92% The Four Times (Le Quattro Volte) (2011) " For 88 minutes le Quattro Volte weaves a curious spell, like a live action Sylvain Chomet animation, a bucolic meander through the mysteries of life and death." — Electric Sheep
Posted May 25, 2011
94% Los ojos de Julia (Julia's Eyes) (2011) " It's still pretty scary, but never steps outside the confines of what you'd expect from this kind of thing." — Electric Sheep
Posted May 20, 2011
76% Outside the Law (Hors-la-loi) (2010) " It's handsome, confident large-scale cinema, with a fascinating historical heart. Take no prisoners stuff." — Electric Sheep
Posted May 5, 2011
100% Der Dibuk (The Dybbuk) (1938) " A film overlaid with real tragedy, created by artists long disappeared, dispersed and destroyed, but one still brimming with life and soul and artistry." — Electric Sheep
Posted Apr 20, 2011
79% How I Ended This Summer (2010) " It's a film about temperament and time and territory, clearly shot in arduous conditions in a bleak and breathtaking landscape." — Electric Sheep
Posted Apr 19, 2011
97% Animal Kingdom (2010) " Animal Kingdom shocks, surprises and amazes but never seems false or unreal. A great film." — Electric Sheep
Posted Feb 25, 2011
89% Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010) " Rare Exports promises to be delirious fun, and largely delivers." — Electric Sheep
Posted Dec 2, 2010
94% Carlos (2010) " It's a great, charismatic performance from Edgar Ramírez, who really goes the distance..." — Electric Sheep
Posted Oct 13, 2010
73% Enter the Void (Soudain le vide) (2010) " Enter the Void is an extraordinary piece of work, continually working miracles with picture and sound from beginning to end, a heady, grimy, powerful trip created through pure cinema." — Electric Sheep
Posted Sep 22, 2010
49% The Human Centipede (First Sequence) (2010) " Anyone expecting fountains of gore and scatological filth will be surprised at how much the film doesn't show." — Electric Sheep
Posted Aug 3, 2010
87% Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009) " It's every cop show cliché reflected in a hall of mirrors -- wholly indecent fun." — Electric Sheep
Posted May 20, 2010
90% Lebanon (Levanon) (2010) " Lebanon is not earth-shatteringly original, it's heavy-handed in places, and a little clichéd, but it feels authentic: grimy, stinky, delirious and chaotic. It works." — Electric Sheep
Posted May 6, 2010
74% Micmacs (Micmacs à tire-larigot) (2010) " Micmacs is Jeunet's whimsy unrestrained; this is hardcore twee, uncut cute. Every character on screen is quirky and eccentric to various degrees of irritation, and the constant visual whizbang stuff never lets the actors interact." — Electric Sheep
Posted Feb 26, 2010
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