Michael Lee

"Into the emptiness, then the silence beyond..."

Agrees with the Tomatometer 78% of the time.

Biography:
Contributing editor for Radio Free Entertainment, works closely with film critics Andrew Manning, Matthew Leary, and Sarah Gilliam watching and reviewing movies. When not slaving away on the entertainment website, works as a stocks analyst for Stemple Donelly.
Favorites:
Too indecisive to select a single all time favorite; top ten favorites of all time are so diverse that they sound weird listed together. :)
Publications:
Film-Forward.com
Total Reviews:
55
Location:
Los Angeles, California

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3/4 87% Computer Chess (2013) " One never knows what zany character or weird plot maneuver lurks around the corner." — Film-Forward.com
Posted Jul 19, 2013
3.5/4 93% The Hunt (2013) " His best in years, it showcases Vinterberg's impressive filmmaking ability and is surely memorable. " — Film-Forward.com
Posted Jul 12, 2013
3/4 78% An Oversimplification Of Her Beauty (2013) " A superbly unique film-within-a-film" — Film-Forward.com
Posted Jun 7, 2013
3/4 50% Fairhaven (2013) " O'Brien's almost laissez-faire directing allows for the scenes to often go in surprising directions, banking on skillful improvisation by the cast." — Film-Forward.com
Posted Jan 11, 2013
3/4 90% Lincoln (2012) " Lincoln may not represent a new gold standard for the president's biography, nor for the biopic itself, but I can say with full confidence that this is the Lincoln biopic against which all others will be judged." — Film-Forward.com
Posted Nov 10, 2012
2/4 43% The Paperboy (2012) " The film moves from one sultry scene to the next, whether or not we in the audience can keep up ... Lee Daniels makes Tennessee Williams look like Emily Dickinson." — Film-Forward.com
Posted Oct 10, 2012
2.5/4 60% Here and There (2013) " Here and There, with chapter headings like "Aquí" and "Allá," is a thoughtful examination about what these words actually mean, both physically and emotionally." — Film-Forward.com
Posted Oct 7, 2012
3/4 77% The Bay (2012) " The shock moments hit home extremely well (they are terrifying, and you will jump in your seat), but the most impressive aspect is the heightened level of storytelling." — Film-Forward.com
Posted Oct 7, 2012
3/4 83% Berberian Sound Studio (2013) " A fine example of the richness that this celebrated cult genre can offer" — Film-Forward.com
Posted Oct 7, 2012
2.5/4 37% The Brooklyn Brothers Beat The Best (2012) " For a film to be simultaneously this funny, endearing, and have decent songs, someone's doing something right here." — Film-Forward.com
Posted Sep 21, 2012
3/4 99% How to Survive a Plague (2012) " Powerful and highly charged ... There's not a dull moment throughout. " — Film-Forward.com
Posted Sep 21, 2012
2/5 70% Liberal Arts (2012) " Zac Efron is excellent as Nat, an earthy straight-edge undergrad ... He's a balanced, positive thinker who gets high on life and a Nalgene full of spring water." — Film-Forward.com
Posted Sep 17, 2012
3/4 84% Sleepwalk With Me (2012) " If you're easily scared off by the rom-com, Sleepwalk With Me is about as disarming as they come. It's far more com than rom." — Film-Forward.com
Posted Aug 23, 2012
3.5/4 92% O Som ao Redor (Neighbouring Sounds) (2012) " Filho's real achievement is making both a profound intellectual statement and telling a plethora of compelling stories at the same time." — Film-Forward.com
Posted Aug 23, 2012
3/4 86% Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012) " You will not be able to take your eyes from the screen." — Film-Forward.com
Posted Jun 29, 2012
3/4 90% Bernie (2012) " It has an unlikely edge-of-your-seat feel. For the cinema-goer accustomed to easy interpretations, this might be a tough one to get into at first." — Film-Forward.com
Posted May 7, 2012
3/4 38% Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie (2012) " Brace for the following: copious diarrhea induced by rotten meat consumption, strap-on action, gratuitous ultra-violence, and what looks like a marlin-hook Prince Albert (necessary spoiler)." — Film-Forward.com
Posted Mar 2, 2012
3/4 100% Art Is...The Permanent Revolution (2012) " For the rest of us 99 percent, I'd expect there's something to be learned ... that perhaps art merely records a struggle that is never going to go away." — Film-Forward.com
Posted Mar 2, 2012
3.5/4 90% Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011) " There are intense scenes of suspense in this wonderful thriller, and there is real violence, but to me, the psychology is the most terrifying." — Film-Forward.com
Posted Oct 21, 2011
3/4 99% Le Havre (2011) " This is a delightful, and delightfully memorable, film. " — Film-Forward.com
Posted Oct 21, 2011
2.5/4 100% Hell and Back Again (2011) " A uniquely beautiful piece of journalism. It comes out of a passion for reporting on this war as it is, but Dennis's impartiality is a bit of a stumbling point as well. " — Film-Forward.com
Posted Oct 12, 2011
2.5/4 —— L.A. Zombie (2011) " This story is really about an angel delivering salvation. An angel in the gruesome, unrecognizable form of a devil. A sexy devil with tight buns and an enormous uncut schlong. " — Film-Forward.com
Posted Oct 5, 2011
3/4 92% Take Shelter (2011) " The sophomore writer and director designs this slow burner to look and sound like a suspense movie, but it'll genuinely surprise you with its many touching moments." — Film-Forward.com
Posted Oct 5, 2011
2/4 36% Restless (2011) " It truly feels like it was made for lack of a better idea." — Film-Forward.com
Posted Oct 3, 2011
3/4 71% Magic Trip (2011) " Rarely screened outside of the Pranksters' acid test parties, the well-shot color footage is a celluloid lover's wet dream." — Film-Forward.com
Posted Aug 9, 2011
2/4 74% Bellflower (2011) " Imagine a Duplass brother's nightmare after finishing a jar of moonshine ... This is more interesting taken less seriously. " — Film-Forward.com
Posted Aug 5, 2011
3.5/4 71% The Future (2011) " Look, I know. On paper Miranda July sounds nauseating, but you'll hardly notice the cuteness once the film gets going." — Film-Forward.com
Posted Jul 29, 2011
2.5/4 54% Hesher (2011) " Be prepared, you purveyors of destruction, for the trappings of a mainstream and "heartfelt" film to get in the way." — Film-Forward.com
Posted May 15, 2011
2/4 75% Everything Must Go (2011) " I'm amazed a film this far removed from the spirit of its source material can still claim to be an adaptation." — Film-Forward.com
Posted May 15, 2011
2/4 29% Sympathy for Delicious (2011) " The gritty, grotesque plot makes it unique. The problem is in the details." — Film-Forward.com
Posted May 5, 2011
2/4 72% Roadie (2012) " Watch for a spot-on Bobby Cannavale, as the former neighborhood bully, who clearly outshines the rest of this pretty average cast. " — Film-Forward.com
Posted May 1, 2011
3/4 83% The Imperialists Are Still Alive! (2011) " It's flat, yet dynamic. Dark, yet singed by the bright neon. This is a film with a subtle sense of cinematographic style, but an incredibly sophisticated one. " — Film-Forward.com
Posted Apr 17, 2011
3.5/4 79% Blank City (2011) " Danhier is, thankfully, careful to steer these interviews away from nostalgia ... Blank City may not be a punky film itself, but it certainly doesn't put on airs. " — Film-Forward.com
Posted Apr 5, 2011
3/4 88% Certified Copy (Copie Conforme) (2011) " Abbas Kiarostami makes a sophisticated, complete, and intellectually fascinating film out of what would otherwise be a funny little anecdote." — Film-Forward.com
Posted Mar 13, 2011
2.5/4 46% Monogamy (2011) " It's impossible to miss the excitement and voyeuristic thrill here." — Film-Forward.com
Posted Mar 13, 2011
2/4 41% HappyThankYouMorePlease (2011) " As the title may suggest, Radnor keeps things light here." — Film-Forward.com
Posted Mar 4, 2011
3.5/4 89% Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2011) " This is instinctual storytelling and incredibly powerful, however mystifying. " — Film-Forward.com
Posted Mar 4, 2011
3/4 74% Heartbeats (2011) " This filmmaking is exciting." — Film-Forward.com
Posted Feb 24, 2011
2/4 75% Putty Hill (2011) " The film is too sparse for its message, if it has one" — Film-Forward.com
Posted Feb 19, 2011
3/4 56% Septien (2011) " David Lynch meets Harmony Korine starring Richie Tenenbaum" — Film-Forward.com
Posted Jan 25, 2011
2/4 63% Howl (2010) " Unfortunately, films like Howl come closer to fluffy biopic than topical docudrama" — Film-Forward.com
Posted Jan 21, 2011
1.5/4 33% Every Day (2011) " I refuse to believe our everyday lives-even conventional, uninspired ones-are as uninteresting as this." — Film-Forward.com
Posted Jan 18, 2011
3/4 69% Hadewijch (2010) " It's rare for this particular material to make as much sense in a contemporary setting." — Film-Forward.com
Posted Dec 19, 2010
3.5/4 90% And Everything Is Going Fine (2010) " This is no mere survey of Gray's life and career -- it's a far more complex piece of filmmaking." — Film-Forward.com
Posted Dec 9, 2010
2/4 89% Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010) " An alternative to midnight mass perhaps" — Film-Forward.com
Posted Dec 2, 2010
3.5/4 88% Undertow (2010) " Cristian Mercado's performance as the tormented central figure is on my list for the best of the year." — Film-Forward.com
Posted Nov 24, 2010
3.5/4 88% White Material (2010) " This is a filmmaker who relies on an audience's ability to feel things in order to understand them" — Film-Forward.com
Posted Nov 22, 2010
3/4 87% William S. Burroughs: A Man Within (2010) " The film works best in anecdote" — Film-Forward.com
Posted Nov 17, 2010
2/4 78% Tiny Furniture (2010) " Because this [film] continuously points out the absurdities in our everyday relationships, I'm left wishing Dunham could have given us a little more insight as to why her characters behave the way they do." — Film-Forward.com
Posted Nov 14, 2010
3/4 72% Enter the Void (Soudain le vide) (2010) " This film is one of the more powerful physical experiences I've ever had in a theater" — Film-Forward.com
Posted Sep 25, 2010
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