Rob Blackwelder

Rob Blackwelder

""F**kin' dark in here!" Ceasar (Joe Pantoliano), "Bound" (1996)"

Agrees with the Tomatometer 72% of the time.

Biography:
Once upon a time, Rob was the entertainment editor at a small community college with a kick-*** journalism program. One day he graduated and realized that he could not give up writing about movies, even if he had to hold a day job to do it. Through a friend he got a peanut-paying freelance gig at a podunk newspaper in an overgrown farm town in Northern California, writing one review a week. It wasn't pretty, but it kept him on the mailing lists at the publicity houses. Soon Rob started a web site called Movieolla and before long was being chased by lawyers for the people who make the Moviola editing equipment that is the film industry work horse for cutting and splicing. Hmm, thought Rob, splicing! And thus was born SPLICEDwire (http://www.splicedwire.com), the web site for SPLICEDwire Content Services, which provides movie reviews and features to newspapers, web sites, and other media outlets. Rob was named one of the 10 Best Film Critics of 2003 by the Critic Doctor (http://www.criticdoctor.com/toptenlists/2003.html).
Favorites:
RECENT #1 FILMS: 2003: "Lost in Translation" 2002: "Chicago" 2001: "Amelie" 2000: "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" 1999: "Run Lola Run" 1998: "Buffalo '66" 1997: "Titanic" 1996: "Breaking the Waves" 1995: "Othello" Robio's FAVORITES list:
  • Breaking the Waves" (1996, Lars VonTrier)
  • "What's New Pussycat" (1965, Clive Donner)
  • "The Thin Man" (1934, Woodbridge S. VanDyke)
  • "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (1981, Stephen Spielberg) [*} (tie) "His Girl Friday" (1940, Howard Hawks)
  • "The Seven Year Itch" (1955, Billy Wilder)
  • "Laura" (1944, Otto Preminger)
  • "Gilda" (1946, Charles Vidor)
  • "The Usual Suspects" (1995, Bryan Singer)
  • "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown" (1991, Pedro Almodovar)
  • "Dangerous Liaisons" (1988, Stephen Frears)
  • "The Philadelphia Story" (1940, George Cukor)
  • "Bound" (1996, Wachowski Bros.)
  • "Moon Over Miami" (1941, Walter Lang)
  • Publications:
    Combustible Celluloid , SPLICEDWire
    Critics' Group:
    San Francisco Film Critics Circle
    Total Reviews:
    2114
    Total QuickRatings:
    311
    Location:
    Oakland, CA

    Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

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    Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
    2.5/4 —— Anna: Ot shesti do vosemnadtsati (Anna: From Six Till Eighteen) (1999) SPLICEDWire
    Posted Apr 4, 2011
    2/4 —— Ghost Rock (2004) SPLICEDWire
    Posted Sep 23, 2006
    1.5/4 10% House of D (2004) SPLICEDWire
    Posted May 27, 2006
    2.5/4 46% Don't Move (Non ti muovere) (2004) SPLICEDWire
    Posted May 27, 2006
    2/4 29% The Punisher (2004) " Listless, lifeless, uninterestingly bleak and quite often ridiculous." — Combustible Celluloid
    Posted May 26, 2006
    1.5/4 36% Shark Tale (2004) " The kind of flashy and colorful but insultingly trite Hollywood regurgitation that far too often gets a pass under the excuse that "it's just a kids' movie."" — Combustible Celluloid
    Posted May 26, 2006
    2/4 87% A History of Violence (2005) " David Cronenberg is out of his element in A History of Violence, and it shows." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Sep 23, 2005
    2.5/4 36% Dear Wendy (2005) " The film's last act almost completely self-destructs, falling into blind, metaphor-baiting machinations." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Sep 22, 2005
    2.5/4 64% Roll Bounce (2005) " Director Malcolm D. Lee has a gift for finding gold nuggets of personality and comedy in the tailings of over-mined plots." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Sep 21, 2005
    2/4 38% Flightplan (2005) " The third act begins with another twist - but this one is so arduous, absurd and out of character for the film that the entire plot, stretching back to Scene One, is sabotaged" — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Sep 21, 2005
    3/4 83% Tim Burton's Corpse Bride (2005) " Blessed with memorably iconic characters and a creative, if fairly predictable plot, Corpse Bride is quick, droll, and destined to be a perennial Halloween favorite." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Sep 21, 2005
    2/4 56% Just Like Heaven (2005) " When it comes to romantic chemistry, they never quite mesh, no matter what twinkle effect Waters puts on the screen when Ruffalo's hand touches Witherspoon's ethereal plane." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Sep 15, 2005
    3/4 81% Clueless (1995) " The movie's simple yet spot-on characters and performances make the laughs timeless, no matter how firmly the film is set in 1995." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Sep 9, 2005
    2.5/4 45% The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005) " Part spine-tingling horror movie, part unorthodox courtroom drama, Emily Rose runs into trouble because it's ironically more credible as the former than the latter." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Sep 8, 2005
    1/4 11% The Man (2005) " A boring, all-you-can-regurgitate buffet of buddy-movie/cop-movie banality, it would collapse under the weight of its own generic stupidity (without) Jackson and Levy." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Sep 8, 2005
    2.5/4 53% An Unfinished Life (2005) " Another sleepy, sweeping soft-serve melodrama from director Lasse Hallstrom...the story arc seems to have been drawn on graph paper rather than written in a script." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Sep 8, 2005
    2/4 84% De Zaak Alzheimer (The Memory of a Killer) (The Alzheimer Case) (2005) " The only thing that prevents The Memory of a Killer from seeming 100-percent Hollywood is the characters' speaking in subtitled Dutch." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Sep 2, 2005
    0.5/4 6% A Sound of Thunder (2005) " A catastrophe of bad acting, ludicrous science and conspicuously cheap special effects that can't even follow its own internal logic from one scene to the next." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Sep 1, 2005
    0.5/4 51% Transporter 2 (2005) " Few bad movies are more aggravating than a sequel that betrays everything which made its predecessor entertaining." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Aug 31, 2005
    3/4 84% The Constant Gardener (2005) " A preachy but gripping socio-political thriller...directed by Fernando Meirelles with the same unblinking, sweaty, ground-level grittiness he brought to City of God." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Aug 30, 2005
    1/4 32% Pretty Persuasion (2005) " Puerile social satire, stinging only insomuch as its unsophisticated wit and overwhelming smugness are painful to sit through." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Aug 26, 2005
    1/4 7% Undiscovered (2005) " Can somebody tell me why we're supposed to care about these one-dimensional MTV-spawned caricatures? Writer John Galt and director Meiert Avis sure haven't offered any clues." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Aug 26, 2005
    2/4 38% The Brothers Grimm (2005) " A movie with a Terry Gilliam look and feel but without a Terry Gilliam soul. (The director) seems to have had his spirit broken by studio mandates and commercial constraints." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Aug 24, 2005
    3.5/4 92% Ascenseur pour l'échafaud (Elevator to the Gallows) (Lift to the Scaffold) (Frantic) (1958) " In backwards-thinking terms, Malle was the Tarantino of his day, giving French cinema a creative, influential shot in the arm that opened new horizons in directorial thinking." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Aug 18, 2005
    2.5/4 85% The 40 Year Old Virgin (2005) " Since the clever, off-kilter, off-color, surprisingly character-driven guffaws just keep coming and coming, the movie is side-splitting in spite of its fundamental flaws." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Aug 17, 2005
    2/4 36% Asylum (2005) " A mid-20th-century bodice-ripper about sexual obsession and questionable sanity, Asylum doesn't live up to its admirable pedigree." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Aug 16, 2005
    2.5/4 79% Red Eye (2005) " Wes Craven tries his hand at Hitchcockian suspense in Red-Eye, and turns in a modest B-movie thriller that's just as invigorating as it is easy to pick apart." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Aug 15, 2005
    0.5/4 9% Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo (2005) " I did get through it without being overwhelmed by the urge strangle myself, so the movie has that going for it." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Aug 12, 2005
    2/4 52% Four Brothers (2005) " Singleton fills the screen with moody darkness (but) Four Brothers falls apart completely in the last act." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Aug 12, 2005
    3.5/4 100% The Gold Rush (1925) " Curiously melancholy yet packed with laughs, the picture's funniest moments aren't even the famous ones." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Aug 11, 2005
    2/4 86% Junebug (2005) " A dreary, stagnant story about people who make no effort to think or grow." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Aug 11, 2005
    2/4 37% The Skeleton Key (2005) " A first-rate concept for a spine-tingling tale...rendered impotent by bland, generic execution." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Aug 10, 2005
    3.5/4 85% 2046 (2005) " Another achingly evocative and melancholy near-masterpiece from Wong Kar-Wai...blessed with vivid, visceral performances that burst at the seams with reserved passion." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Aug 8, 2005
    3/4 88% Broken Flowers (2005) " ...has a bottomless poignancy that Jarmusch cements in quiet character moments, symbolic imagery and out-of-reach temptations that wiggle effectively into the subconscious." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Aug 8, 2005
    2/4 13% The Dukes of Hazzard (2005) " Too much blah-blah, not enough 'Yeeehawww!'" — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Aug 2, 2005
    3/4 32% November (2005) " Those who give themselves over to Harrison's compelling machinations will be rewarded with a superbly unnerving mystery." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Jul 31, 2005
    2/4 35% Must Love Dogs (2005) " The film's curdled aftertaste is so frustrating that it may be hard to remember why Must Love Dogs ever seemed so endearing and entertaining in the first place." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Jul 28, 2005
    2.5/4 73% Sky High (2005) " A cliché-dependent Disney cheapy that aims no higher than the unsophisticated standards of its pre-adolescent target audience -- and somehow succeeds in spite of itself." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Jul 28, 2005
    2.5/4 13% Stealth (2005) " Daisy, Daisy I'll blow you out of the sky / I'm half crazy, seen Top Gun too many times...a plumb guilty pleasure." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Jul 26, 2005
    3/4 67% A Sidewalk Astronomer (2005) " If [i]A Sidewalk Astronomer[/i] can't turn you on to astronomy, I feel sorry for you." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Jul 21, 2005
    2/4 40% The Island (2005) " The third act (is) so full of holes it's a wonder the film doesn't get tangled up in the projector." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Jul 21, 2005
    2/4 46% Bad News Bears (2005) " ...feels less like The Bad News Bears and more like the cliché-riddled sports-underdog comedies that have been ripping off The Bad News Bears for 30 years." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Jul 20, 2005
    3/4 75% Wedding Crashers (2005) " The Vaughn-Wilson chemistry makes Wedding Crashers sing with consistant laughter, but it crosses the finish line with a pronounced limp." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Jul 15, 2005
    3/4 54% Happy Endings (2005) " Roos has a gift weaving good laughs out of human failings and frailties." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Jul 14, 2005
    3/4 82% Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) " Tim Burton is ideally suited to bringing Roald Dahl's twisted-as-taffy children's tale to the big screen, and the sourball confection created as a result is pure movie magic." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Jul 13, 2005
    0/4 46% Dark Water (2005) " Torpid, trite and not the least bit scary - just unrelentingly unpleasant - (and) the most contemptible kind of cinema horror: putting little kids in peril for cheap thrills." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Jul 7, 2005
    3/4 32% UNDEAD (2005) " What the movie lacks in clarity it makes up for in gallons of campy gore. Undead sure ain't art, but it sure is fun." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Jul 6, 2005
    1/4 27% Fantastic Four (2005) " Who are these half-wit Hollywood clowns that keep hiring cleavage-candy actresses with no measurable talent to play laughably bespectacled scientists in action movies?" — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Jul 6, 2005
    2.5/4 65% 5x2 (5 x 2: Five Times Two) (2004) SPLICEDWire
    Posted Jul 5, 2005
    3/4 64% Heights (2005) SPLICEDWire
    Posted Jul 5, 2005
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