Mike Sage

Mike Sage

"Exercise gives you endorphines, endorphines make you happy; happy people just don't shoot their husbands! (Legally Blonde)"

Agrees with the Tomatometer 63% of the time.

Biography:
Freelance writer and film critic in Toronto, writing for Peterborough This Week, PopMatters.com and BlogTO.com, also a budding filmmaker, with first short: "Decoding Aleil" having debuted on Canada's Space: the Imagination Station
Favorites:
Death Becomes Her, Contact, Braveheart, Gladiator, The Ring, Dawn of the Dead (remake), Mulan, The Descent, The Departed, Children of Men, 300
Publications:
Peterborough This Week
Total Reviews:
205
Location:
Downtown Toronto.

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 205
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2/5 26% Ghost Rider (2007) " Outside of maybe X-men's Jubilee, I can't think of a comic character less deserving of the big-screen treatment than Ghost Rider. But what do I know? Maybe the idea of Nic Cage in unyielding biker leather sounded good on paper." — Peterborough This Week
Posted Feb 16, 2007
2/5 84% Bridge to Terabithia (2007) " It's an appropriate thing this film is about the strength of imagination because you'll be needing yours if you plan on surviving until the final credits" — Peterborough This Week
Posted Feb 14, 2007
3.5/5 62% Music and Lyrics (2007) " Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore have a charming chemistry, though this shouldn't be too surprising, considering they both can pull off the bumbling goofball lover with ease" — Peterborough This Week
Posted Feb 6, 2007
2.5/5 21% Catch and Release (2007) " This is one of those chick flicks with nice characters and little plot, so boyfriends had best beware." — Peterborough This Week
Posted Jan 25, 2007
3/5 44% Night at the Museum (2006) " about as distracting and inoffensive as Jumanji before it, and heck, it might even teach kids that history can be fun!" — Peterborough This Week
Posted Jan 9, 2007
3/5 78% Dreamgirls (2006) " while the soul, rhythm and blues is belted out to perfection by Beyonce and scene stealer Jennifer Hudson, many of the singing scenes tragically feel more like improvised song-speak than choreographed numbers" — Peterborough This Week
Posted Jan 9, 2007
0/5 4% Happily N'ever After (2006) " Call me rash, but I wager the worst flick of 2007 is Sarah Michelle Gellar's latest clunker, Happily N'ever After." — Peterborough This Week
Posted Jan 9, 2007
3/5 69% Freedom Writers (2007) " Retreading familiar territory isn't so bad when you have Hilary Swank as your guide." — Peterborough This Week
Posted Jan 9, 2007
3/5 62% Blood Diamond (2006) " Like a highly prized jewel, the Blood Diamond is uniquely beautiful but flawed. Unfortunately, in the movie business, we prefer our gems flawless." — Peterborough This Week
Posted Dec 19, 2006
4/5 78% Charlotte's Web (2006) " Charlotte's Web is so good it almost makes a carnivore want to boycott pork." — Peterborough This Week
Posted Dec 19, 2006
2/5 16% Eragon (2006) " It's no wonder you can expect a spoof called "Epic Movie," in theatres next spring, from the makers of Scary Movie." — Peterborough This Week
Posted Dec 19, 2006
2/5 72% Stranger Than Fiction (2006) " Stranger than Fiction is more high-concept than high-brow; a comedy heavy on gimmick that falls a little short of cunning." — Peterborough This Week
Posted Dec 6, 2006
3.5/5 95% Casino Royale (2006) " The film is an unsentimental departure for the series with an exciting performance in brawny Daniel Craig's debut" — Peterborough This Week
Posted Dec 6, 2006
3.5/5 47% The Holiday (2006) " The two-hour-plus behemoth actually charms, and you get two gleeful romances for the price of one. If you need more incentive, Jude Law has never been sexier." — Peterborough This Week
Posted Dec 6, 2006
4/5 66% Apocalypto (2006) " Whether or not you still hate Mel Gibson for his drunken Anti-Semitic tirade, Apocalypto is a rousing experience and a spectacular ride." — Peterborough This Week
Posted Dec 6, 2006
0.5/5 11% All The King's Men (2006) " I didn't hate every second of All the King's Men. The film is book-ended by two cool bird's eye shots of the Louisiana State crest...Combined, these symbolic images last about 2-3 minutes. I did, however, hate every other second." — Peterborough This Week
Posted Sep 26, 2006
3/5 25% A Good Year (2006) " Where A Good Year is headed is obvious before the opening frame, but working from a warm script, Ridley Scott directs mostly genuine performances to keep us interested" — Peterborough This Week
Posted Sep 11, 2006
4.5/5 85% The Descent (2006) " Parents would be best to protect their children from the consequent psychological trauma of letting them see this." — Peterborough This Week
Posted Sep 5, 2006
1.5/5 24% Lady in the Water (2006) " Lady in the Water sounds wacky but it's mostly just boring." — Peterborough This Week
Posted Sep 5, 2006
1/5 26% John Tucker Must Die (2006) " Betty Thomas's sloppy storytelling and comic incompetence can be forgiven but to portray young women as flighty airheads obsessed with boys over all else is downright offensive." — Peterborough This Week
Posted Sep 5, 2006
3/5 68% Snakes on a Plane (2006) " only gluttons for the tacky sub-genre of B-movie creature features will likely appreciate (or even see) this barge of filmic cheese, but for them, this is almost an all-you-can-eat buffet." — Peterborough This Week
Posted Sep 5, 2006
1.5/5 19% Step Up (2006) " Stealing freely from Save the Last Dance but unintentionally nixing the wicked dance moves, this teen turd doesn't even have the logical sense to remove its hunky lead's shirt." — Peterborough This Week
Posted Sep 5, 2006
3/5 68% World Trade Center (2006) " I'd have preferred a more Crash -esque collection of vignettes that explored a wider range of the 9/11 repercussions." — Peterborough This Week
Posted Sep 5, 2006
2.5/5 74% The Illusionist (2006) " the whole romance against-all-odds angle is a little been there, done that eight months ago with Tristan & Isolde" — Peterborough This Week
Posted Sep 5, 2006
0.5/5 15% The Wicker Man (2006) " Watching Cage karate chop Leelee "Made-for-TV" Sobiesky into submission is almost worth the price of admission. Well, assuming admission was free. " — Peterborough This Week
Posted Sep 5, 2006
3.5/5 71% Invincible (2006) " The formula is predictable but the film deserves props for making a momentary fan out of someone who wouldn't be caught dead watching Monday Night Football" — Peterborough This Week
Posted Sep 5, 2006
3/5 74% Monster House (2006) " the PG-rated antics suck any tension away when you become fully aware that killer houses in kids' movies can't actually kill anything." — Peterborough This Week
Posted Jul 17, 2006
3.5/5 76% The Devil Wears Prada (2006) " you don't have to be female or gay to appreciate vicious wit" — Peterborough This Week
Posted Jun 29, 2006
5/5 76% Superman Returns (2006) " Superman Returns is a thundering epic of Spielbergian proportions: colossal action, grandiose effects and a breathtaking story." — Peterborough This Week
Posted Jun 26, 2006
2.5/5 40% Nacho Libre (2006) " If it wasn't for the inherent hilarity in mask-toting midgets that growl or obese wrestling fans who tunnel through walls, Nacho Libre would be an insultingly puerile dump" — Peterborough This Week
Posted Jun 19, 2006
3.5/5 57% X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) " what we do get is a blast, and the writers have the balls to let good characters die" — Peterborough This Week
Posted Jun 19, 2006
2.5/5 35% The Lake House (2006) " as melancholy slow as Brokeback, only minus the hunks, the chemistry and the gayness" — Peterborough This Week
Posted Jun 19, 2006
2.5/5 74% Cars (2006) " Cars is about as much fun as a traffic jam in desert heat, or heck, watching NASCAR" — Peterborough This Week
Posted Jun 19, 2006
2.5/5 25% The Da Vinci Code (2006) " Dull Vinci Bore" — Peterborough This Week
Posted May 22, 2006
2/5 23% RV (2006) " if getting rained on by fecal matter and fisticuffs with ferocious raccoons (played by three tracks of off-camera Foley-SFX) tickle your funny-bone, then by all means board this trailer-park dump." — Peterborough This Week
Posted Apr 28, 2006
3/5 20% The Wild (2006) " don't be mistaking this for a Madagascar rip-off, when it was that sloppy DreamWorks turd that only managed to make it to theatres first because of corporate espionage" — Peterborough This Week
Posted Apr 24, 2006
2/5 33% The Sentinel (2006) " worse than those episodes of 24 featuring cougars chasing Kim Bauer" — Peterborough This Week
Posted Apr 24, 2006
4.5/5 29% Silent Hill (2006) " it's the ferocious production design and unrelenting atmosphere that fully immerses us in Gans' horrifically breathtaking Silent Hill." — Peterborough This Week
Posted Apr 20, 2006
3/5 24% Failure to Launch (2006) " this rom-com dodges the unsavory omen of its title and once again demonstrates that predictable plots aren't so bad if they involve Matthew McConaughey removing his shirt." — Peterborough This Week
Posted Apr 10, 2006
4/5 73% V for Vendetta (2006) " V For Vendetta should be seen less for the conspiracy theories discussion it inspires and more for its vicious storytelling" — Peterborough This Week
Posted Apr 10, 2006
4/5 86% Thank You For Smoking (2006) " a rare breed of incisive, razor-sharp satire with charming life lessons for the family" — Peterborough This Week
Posted Apr 10, 2006
3.5/5 86% Inside Man (2006) " Spike Lee's auteur stamp of keeping-it-real dialogue and cross-racial, cross-class themes lets Inside Man pretend it's about more than a clever caper." — Peterborough This Week
Posted Apr 10, 2006
2/5 7% Basic Instinct 2 (2006) " the most gratifyingly God-awful guilty pleasure since Catwoman, another gem co-starring Sharon Stone" — Peterborough This Week
Posted Apr 5, 2006
3/5 43% Final Destination 3 (2006) " It's here to up the ante from Final Destination 2 (which featured a beautiful car pileup, a barbecue explosion and a fire-escape impaling) and instead it creates poetry out of the filmic slaughter. " — Peterborough This Week
Posted Feb 16, 2006
0.5/5 69% Curious George (2006) " Curious George is unbearable animated torture: monotonous, hackneyed and lethally cute" — Peterborough This Week
Posted Feb 16, 2006
4/5 73% Nanny McPhee (2006) " The saccharine production design and nasty pink-and-red buxom costumes are as fabulous as the full palette of hysterical performances." — Peterborough This Week
Posted Jan 29, 2006
2.5/5 78% Munich (2005) " Munich is worth seeing despite the fact it ends up a tedious watch." — Peterborough This Week
Posted Jan 23, 2006
3/5 16% Underworld: Evolution (2006) " It's nice to watch a femme-driven action piece that doesn't completely suck (except in ways it should)" — Peterborough This Week
Posted Jan 23, 2006
4.5/5 87% Brokeback Mountain (2005) " Brokeback Mountain is concerned with poignant storytelling and not once is this compromised by the glistening manlove." — Peterborough This Week
Posted Jan 19, 2006
3.5/5 61% Hostel (2006) " If you're the squeamish type or think Hollywood's appreciation for bloodbath is barbarically crude, stay away at all costs and lock your kids inside" — Peterborough This Week
Posted Jan 10, 2006
1/5 6% Cheaper by the Dozen 2 (2005) " This sequel is just a string of lame slapstick gags, where Steve Martin acts handicapped, makes a fool of himself and gets a wetsuit stuck up his butt." — Peterborough This Week
Posted Jan 2, 2006
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