Paul Mavis

Agrees with the Tomatometer 68% of the time.

Publications:
DVDTalk.com
Critics' Group:
Online Film Critics Society
Total Reviews:
983
Total QuickRatings:
132

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 983
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
0% Billy Jack Goes to Washington (1977) " Eventually, the film gives up trying to be a Billy Jack movie and settles down into a rather conventional remake - a remake whose sole achievement is making the viewer long to watch the original inspiration." — DVDTalk.com
Posted Dec 30, 2009
50% The Trial of Billy Jack (2000) " How can we have a "Billy Jack movie" if Billy doesn't blow his cool and start busting heads? Of course, that's the central cheat of all the Billy Jack movies: action that contradicts "message" in the service of commercial viability." — DVDTalk.com
Posted Dec 30, 2009
64% Billy Jack (1971) " One could say Billy Jack's confusion over what kind of film it is (or should be) is just as endemic as its characters' schizophrenic bewilderments and its thematic political and sociological puzzlements." — DVDTalk.com
Posted Dec 30, 2009
—— Billy Jack Collection (1999) " There's no need to double-dip on The Complete Billy Jack Collection if you already have 2005's Complete release in widescreen - there were more extras on that set. The films do look good in their anamorphic transfers, and the commentaries ar" — DVDTalk.com
Posted Dec 30, 2009
—— Wreckreation Nation (2009) " It's a terrific show to watch with your family, particularly younger viewers who will not only enjoy all the action, but who will get an alternate view of an America they rarely see in the State-run media: the true, "unbroken" America (the America that do" — DVDTalk.com
Posted Dec 30, 2009
—— Mistral's Daughter (2009) " Despite the presence of Stacy Keach (who can't help but rise above this material), Mistral's Daughter is miscast with lead Stephanie Powers (who's beautiful and cool and steady, but no wild Frenchwoman). Add to that scenes written as if in shorthan" — DVDTalk.com
Posted Dec 30, 2009
—— Midnight Bayou (2009) " Familiar-feeling, but a solid presentation. The director finds some nice touches here and there, and the cast keeps a level head amid all the foolishness." — DVDTalk.com
Posted Dec 30, 2009
—— iCarly - Season 2: Volume 1 (2009) " iCarly keeps up the buzz-worthy comedy with another set of genuinely funny episodes in iCarly: Season 2, Volume 1. Miranda Cosgrove is becoming quite an accomplished comedic actress, while Jerry Trainor as flipped-out Spencer is always good" — DVDTalk.com
Posted Dec 30, 2009
—— Mr. Rock 'n Roll: The Alan Freed Story (1999) " Drab, airless, and a good deal fictitious, to boot. A total lack of energy marks this telepic of iconic DJ Alan Freed as a "miss," with poor performances and lackluster direction making this TV biopic a leaden affair. A real time-waster." — DVDTalk.com
Posted Dec 30, 2009
—— Waltons - The Complete Ninth Season " Isolated moments remind one of the series at its best (the Baldwin Sisters have one of the series' best subplots in the final episode), but overall, a confused tone and wildly inconsistent plotting and characterizations sink this season, ending the series" — DVDTalk.com
Posted Aug 6, 2009
—— Florence Nightingale (2009) " Star Jaclyn Smith isn't the first actress one might think of when casting an American knock-off of the British historical docudrama genre. But after a shaky start, she grows into the role, and her sincere, honest portrayal (against a cast of technically p" — DVDTalk.com
Posted Aug 4, 2009
—— A Night to Remember (1942) " A Night to Remember is really "B" movie material, at best, with whatever slight amusements it provides coming from simple "Boo!" scare tactics and not really much else - and certainly not from screwball." — DVDTalk.com
Posted Aug 4, 2009
—— The Doctor Takes a Wife (1940) " Each element of a screwball farce has to be just so for the film to transcend from merely mechanical, to organic and free and inspired. Unfortunately, "mechanical" is the very definition of the minor screwball, The Doctor Takes a Wife." — DVDTalk.com
Posted Aug 4, 2009
—— Theodora Goes Wild (1936) " A beautiful, sweet, hilarious screwball comedy." — DVDTalk.com
Posted Aug 4, 2009
—— Icons of Screwball Comedy - Vol. 2 (2009) " I'd recommend Icons of Screwball Comedy: Volume Two for the sublime Theodora Goes Wild alone; Irene Dunne is delicious in this beautifully shot, carefully-constructed screwball farce. So the rest of the films are gravy, as far as I'm concern" — DVDTalk.com
Posted Aug 4, 2009
—— Hardbodies 2 (1986) " However, "comedy," or more accurately, the "lack of comedy" is the main drag on Hardbodies 2, a downward weight that sinks the enterprise in spite of Griffiths' efforts to jazz it up with too-familiar technique. Simply put, Hardbodies 2 just" — DVDTalk.com
Posted Aug 4, 2009
—— Hardbodies (1984) " Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't this just a combination of AIP's Beach Party and Muscle Beach Party, only now with topless nudity, less laughs, and dry humping?" — DVDTalk.com
Posted Aug 4, 2009
—— Hotel: The First Season (2009) " Only the truly hilarious and bizarre spectacles of mismatched stars to goofy, clich├ęd, obvious dramatic material make Arthur Hailey's Hotel: The First Season worth checking out for the vintage night-time soap fan." — DVDTalk.com
Posted Jul 26, 2009
—— Liberace - Greatest Songs (2009) " If you're at all a fan of Liberace, I don't see how you can't pick up MPI's Liberace: Greatest Songs, which includes 96 complete song performances from his 1954 syndicated show, giving the Liberace enthusiast almost six hours of uninterrupted pleas" — DVDTalk.com
Posted Jul 26, 2009
—— Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theatre - Complete Season One (2009) " An unbelievably talented roster of stars show up in this season alone (even bigger stars are soon to follow in subsequent go-arounds), and one tight, concise, exciting - and morally and psychologically complex - story follows right after the other. A hand" — DVDTalk.com
Posted Jul 26, 2009
—— Route 66 - Season 3 Volume 1 (2008) " Some of the best Route 66 episodes I've seen are in this first half of the Third Season, but who knows what's going to happen in Volume Two?" — DVDTalk.com
Posted Jul 26, 2009
—— Spongebob Squarepants - To Squarepants Or Not To Squarepants (2009) " The self-titled To SquarePants or Not to SquarePants short isn't up to the standards of the other toons included on this collection, and that's a shame, because the other seven shorts are some of the best SpongeBobs I've seen since the begin" — DVDTalk.com
Posted Jul 26, 2009
—— Queens of Country (2009) " The compilations aren't without their flaws - particularly the Cline and Lynn clips that are not identified or dated - but once you hear those amazing voices, you'll tune out the blather and forget the video's shortcomings." — DVDTalk.com
Posted Jul 26, 2009
—— Bewitched - The Complete Eighth Season (2009) " A letdown windup for a once delightful sitcom. Gorgeous Elizabeth Montgomery phones in her last turns as cutie-pie-turned-fox suburban witch Samantha, while Dick Sargent...well.... Paul Lynde is long gone, as are the Kravitzes, and we're stuck with warmed" — DVDTalk.com
Posted Jul 26, 2009
—— Peyton Place - Part Two (2009) " Events are unfolding rapidly in the small, quaint New England town of Peyton Place, and anyone interested in superior night-time dramas will not want to miss a moment of them." — DVDTalk.com
Posted Jul 26, 2009
83% What's Up, Tiger Lily? (1966) " Fans of Woody Allen who may have forgotten this early incarnation of the "Allen as intellectual horn dog" persona will probably enjoy this the most." — DVDTalk.com
Posted Jul 26, 2009
—— Mod Squad - Season 2, Vol. 2 (2009) " Superiorly crafted eye-candy, gorgeously-lensed, and cannily contrived." — DVDTalk.com
Posted Jul 26, 2009
—— Agatha Christie's Poirot: The Classic Collection - Set 2 (2009) " For me, at least, the Suchet Poirots provide a seemingly unending supply of humorous moments - interspersed between the killings - that can be as delightful as any out-and-out comedy." — DVDTalk.com
Posted Jul 26, 2009
—— Callan - Set 1 (2009) " Familiar, yes. But quite well written and performed." — DVDTalk.com
Posted Jul 26, 2009
—— Lucille Ball Specials - Lucy gets Lucky & Three for Two (2009) " No amount of love for these performers, nor nostalgia for those long-gone TV times (nobody remembers those times as fondly as I do), can alter the fact that Lucy Gets Lucky isn't particularly funny, and the comedy/drama anthology Three for Two" — DVDTalk.com
Posted Jul 26, 2009
—— Number 10 (2009) " A thoroughly fascinating series of episodes, chronicling the lives of various English Prime Ministers, Number 10 is must-viewing for those who love British docudrama TV." — DVDTalk.com
Posted Jul 26, 2009
—— Catlow (1971) " You want to just groove along with Catlow's shaggy-dog rhythms and odd-ball editing constructions, but eventually you figure out that what might have been post-modern design is in reality just sloppy scripting and filmmaking." — DVDTalk.com
Posted Jul 26, 2009
—— McLeod's Daughters - The Complete Eighth Season (2009) " McLeod's Daughters: The Complete Eighth Season winds up the once-great Aussie soap with deflated performers enacting too-familiar plot contrivances, to almost no avail." — DVDTalk.com
Posted Jul 25, 2009
—— Sergeant Preston of the Yukon - Season 2 (2003) " Just as primitively exciting and heroic as the first season...because the episodes don't differ one iota from the first go-around." — DVDTalk.com
Posted Jul 25, 2009
—— Jesse Stone: Thin Ice (2009) " Perhaps the best Jesse Stone so far, Jesse Stone: Thin Ice expertly creates tension not only from its intricate, multi-layered plot, but also from its tension-grounded characterizations. It's an exciting, suspenseful film trapped inside a me" — DVDTalk.com
Posted Jul 25, 2009
—— Norman Lear TV Collection (2009) " The Norman Lear Collection is a great way for newcomers to jump into his world, and for those viewers - or for the fan who hasn't taken the plunge for previous DVD releases of these shows - I highly recommend it." — DVDTalk.com
Posted Jul 25, 2009
—— History Channel Presents: Military Combat (2009) " Undeniably exciting, as well as informative, the CGI-saturated combat series included in the Military Combat set vividly recreate the battles and skirmishes that defined the technology-driven wars of the 20th century." — DVDTalk.com
Posted Jul 25, 2009
—— Murdoch Mysteries - Season One (2009) " The careless production design doesn't help bring 1895 Toronto to life, but it would have been passable had the cast been stronger and the mysteries more mysterious. Unfortunately, Murdoch Mysteries - Season One is a bit of a bust, a good idea in s" — DVDTalk.com
Posted Jul 25, 2009
—— Peyton Place - Part One (2009) " Melodrama to be sure -- but expertly-crafted melodrama, with at times poetic, lyrical scripting, and sensational performances." — DVDTalk.com
Posted Jul 2, 2009
—— Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin - The Complete Series (2009) " Paralyzingly funny...and deeply, deeply sad. The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin brilliantly employs repetition to not only deliver increasingly humorous gags, but also to perfectly illustrate its central theme." — DVDTalk.com
Posted Jul 2, 2009
—— The Three Musketeers of the West (2009) " Easy to take. I don't know where The Three Musketeers of the West stands in the pantheon of comedy Spaghetti Westerns, but viewed on its own, it's an enjoyable piffle." — DVDTalk.com
Posted Jun 17, 2009
—— Operation Haylift " For a curiosity piece, Operation Haylift is an acceptable time passer precisely because it doesn't seem to fit neatly inside an established genre." — DVDTalk.com
Posted Jun 17, 2009
—— Panhandle (2014) " Stylishly directed by old pro Lesley Selander, Panhandle now has the added interest of not only for being co-written by Blake Edwards (along with John C. Champion), but also for featuring the future director in a co-starring role." — DVDTalk.com
Posted Jun 17, 2009
—— Train to Tombstone " Train to Tombstone is an exceedingly cheap -- but speedy -- retread of Stagecoach's basic set-up." — DVDTalk.com
Posted Jun 17, 2009
—— Fangs of the Wild " A contemporary Western version of The Window, Fangs of the West is about as square-headed as they come...and not bad, either, for that obtuseness." — DVDTalk.com
Posted Jun 17, 2009
—— Hellgate " Tough talk runs throughout the film, while the rough-and-tumble actors comfortable with the action scenes. A familiar set-up, but pulled off nicely with some interesting characterizations, and a no-nonsense approach to the action." — DVDTalk.com
Posted Jun 17, 2009
—— That Girl - Season 5 (2009) " There's no denying that That Girl was still a sharply-written, warmly funny sitcom featuring two pros uniquely suited to each other's chemistry." — DVDTalk.com
Posted Jun 17, 2009
—— Dallas - The Complete Eleventh Season (2009) " Dallas - The Complete Eleventh Season lost me when Bobby attempts (feebly, of course) a Waiting for Godot joke in a Dallas bar. That tore it for me. The Dallas I knew and loved was no more." — DVDTalk.com
Posted Jun 17, 2009
—— Nightmare Castle (Gli Amanti d'oltretomba)(Lovers Beyond the Tomb)(The Faceless Monster) (1965) " Pastiche, yes, but damned good pastiche." — DVDTalk.com
Posted Jun 2, 2009
—— Sex and Lies in Sin City: The Ted Binion Scandal (2008) " Not nearly enough detail about the actual crime, nor depth of characterization, combined with a curiously tame treatment of a decidedly lurid love triangle and murder, hobble Sex & Lies in Sin City: The Ted Binion Story before it gets out of the ga" — DVDTalk.com
Posted Jun 2, 2009
50% 'Doc' (1971) " In an effort to be ultra-realistic while breaking every convention associated with the thoroughly romanticized legend of Doc Holliday and Wyatt Earp, Doc forgot a few things along the way - like how to be entertaining, how to offer up characters we" — DVDTalk.com
Posted Jun 2, 2009
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