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

    Showing 51 - 100 of 2114
    Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
    3/4 64% Heights (2005) SPLICEDWire
    Posted Jul 5, 2005
    2/4 13% Rebound (2005) " Director Steve Carr doesn't even bother with scenes of the basketball team misfits discovering their skills and a love of the game. He just assumes you know the formula." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Jun 29, 2005
    2.5/4 74% War of the Worlds (2005) " A problematic blockbuster with one essential saving grace: It's profoundly frightening in a way that few directors have the talent to capture." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Jun 28, 2005
    2.5/4 89% Caterina in the Big City (Caterina va in citta) (2003) " Teghil, with her soft, plain features and sad eyes, gives a sweet, honest, unaffected performance that brings Virzi's themes to full bloom in the bosom of teenage anxiety..." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Jun 25, 2005
    3/4 36% Happily Ever After (1993) SPLICEDWire
    Posted Jun 25, 2005
    2/4 74% Land of the Dead (2005) " There's little to distinguish this movie from the countless imitators (Romero's) work has spawned." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Jun 22, 2005
    3/4 41% Herbie: Fully Loaded (2005) " Thanks to a clever, subtly subversive script and spirited, tongue-in-cheek direction, Fully Loaded enthusiastically embraces its absurdity and emerges victoriously fun." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Jun 21, 2005
    2/4 25% Bewitched (2005) " Campy-revamp remakes and Nicole Kidman just don't mix." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Jun 20, 2005
    3/4 57% Ils se marièrent et eurent beaucoup d'enfants (...And They Lived Happily Ever After) (2005) " Attal is creative in crafting cinematic mood, using focus and camera movements to subtly but deftly enhance and even anticipate emotions." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Jun 17, 2005
    2.5/4 90% My Summer of Love (2004) " The inexperienced young actresses give such unaffected performances that the film develops a voyeuristic quality as the relationship takes on the momentum of a runaway train." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Jun 16, 2005
    0.5/4 6% The Perfect Man (2005) " A cutesy-poo, happy-go-lucky little movie about horrible, irresponsible, selfish people." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Jun 15, 2005
    2.5/4 85% Batman Begins (2005) " The pragmatic reinvention...is countered by several equally pedestrian blunders that hold the film back as if Nolan and Goyer were standing on the back of Batman's cape." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Jun 14, 2005
    3/4 66% Pride and Prejudice (2003) " Creatively updated and terrifically colorful..." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Jun 10, 2005
    0/4 14% The Honeymooners (2005) " ...just another fat sitcom loser who never changes and his young, gorgeous, savvy wife who apparently doesn't have the self-respect to dump the schmuck." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Jun 8, 2005
    2.5/4 59% Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005) " Palpable sexual electricity between Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie provides Mr. and Mrs. Smith with all the power it needs to overcome a very silly plot." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Jun 8, 2005
    3/4 90% Hotel Rwanda (2004) " The fact-based story it tells of instinctual heroism in the face of unspeakable horror is powerful enough to overcome its flaws." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Jun 7, 2005
    2/4 87% Saving Face (2005) " (Writer-wirector) Wu...seems less interested in choices and consequences than she is in sending audiences away with a smile." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Jun 3, 2005
    2/4 55% Lords of Dogtown (2005) " ...doesn't have half the spontaneity and maverick spirit of the vivid, kinetic, crowd-pleasing documentary that inspired it." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Jun 2, 2005
    3/4 80% Cinderella Man (2005) " ...won't ever be considered among the great boxing movies. But it does captivatingly encapsulate the guts and gumption that made Braddock such an inspiration..." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Jun 1, 2005
    3/4 77% The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2005) " Exponentially more earnest, affecting and credible than 90 percent of movies aimed at teenage girls." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted May 31, 2005
    2/4 31% The Longest Yard (2005) " When Adam Sandler isn't interesting enough to hold your attention in an Adam Sandler movie, something is certainly amiss." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted May 25, 2005
    2/4 55% Madagascar (2005) " Unlike the vocal talents used in Pixar cartoons, the celebrities cast in this DreamWorks production bring nothing distinctive to their roles." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted May 25, 2005
    3.5/4 81% Layer Cake (2005) " A stylish, dynamic thicket of thorny underworld twists and deceptions." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted May 20, 2005
    0.5/4 25% Mindhunters (2005) " These clowns couldn't get jobs as dogcatchers, let alone FBI agents." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted May 12, 2005
    3/4 65% Unleashed (Danny the Dog) (2005) " The few unfortunate nods to convention are certainly forgivable when the rest of the picture stands uncommonly above the genre norm." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted May 12, 2005
    0/4 41% Kicking & Screaming (2005) " Most agonizing is the sting of watching Ferrell, after (his) witty performances in Elf and Melinda & Melinda, revert to the same old one-note, dim-bulb clowning." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted May 11, 2005
    2/4 16% Monster-in-Law (2005) " Is it worth 10 bucks to watch Jennifer Lopez and Jane Fonda retread the same sitcom territory trampled twice by Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro? The short answer is 'No.'" — SPLICEDWire
    Posted May 11, 2005
    3.5/4 80% Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith 3D (2005) " It may well be the best of all six Star Wars movies." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted May 10, 2005
    3/4 42% Palindromes (2004) " It's a film that demands you get deep inside its troubled heroine's psyche by continually yanking the rug out from under you with her inconsistent outward appearance." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted May 8, 2005
    3/4 87% 3-Iron (2004) SPLICEDWire
    Posted May 8, 2005
    3/4 75% Crash (2004) " ...has the kind of broad appeal that can draw large audiences and the kind of lingering emotional potency that can lead to serious soul-searching." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted May 4, 2005
    2/4 39% Kingdom of Heaven (2005) " The only variations between (recent battle epics) seem to be whether the hero was of noble birth, and whether the battlefields are green and forested or brown and sandy." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted May 3, 2005
    2.5/4 97% Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005) " Alex Gibney's film, based on the book by Bethany McLean and Peter Elkind, feels rushed, slight and ultimately inconclusive." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted May 1, 2005
    3.5/4 90% Kung Fu Hustle (2005) " The hugely enjoyable Kung Fu Hustle races across the screen in a colorful collage of various styles, from classic kung fu films to silent comedies to Tex Avery and Chuck Jones cartoons." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Apr 30, 2005
    3/4 77% It's All Gone Pete Tong (2004) " A charismatically raucous and appropriately rhythmic fictional biopic...both darkly hilarious and surprisingly emotive." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Apr 29, 2005
    2/4 5% Harry + Max (Harry and Max) (2005) " ...incest...pedophilia...the film seems to be nothing more than an attempt to affirm a sense of I'm-OK-you're-OK normality for any viewers with such issues in their own lives." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Apr 29, 2005
    3/4 —— Non-Stop (2000) SPLICEDWire
    Posted Apr 29, 2005
    3/4 73% The Bridge (Un Pont entre deux rives) (2000) SPLICEDWire
    Posted Apr 29, 2005
    3/4 —— Butterfly (Hu die) (2004) SPLICEDWire
    Posted Apr 29, 2005
    3.5/4 69% Iris SPLICEDWire
    Posted Apr 29, 2005
    1/4 16% xXx: State of the Union (2005) " XXXcrement. If it weren't for Ice Cube's charismatic bad attitude, State of the Union would be downright unwatchable." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Apr 27, 2005
    3/4 60% The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005) " The filmmakers, while offering a completely original take on the material, are clearly disciples of the author's daffy spirit....Douglas Adams would be proud." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Apr 27, 2005
    2/4 93% Duma (2005) " While it would hold up well against other routine kiddie-animal matinees, all through "Duma" I kept thinking of last summer's (similiar but superior) "Two Brothers."" — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Apr 21, 2005
    3/4 56% The Interpreter (2005) " Layers of riveting intrigue build toward a finale weighed down with logistical loopholes..." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Apr 21, 2005
    3/4 41% A Lot Like Love (2005) " Deliciously fresh, ingenuous and beguiling...until its out-of-character finale of contrived misunderstandings that stink of a studio-mandated rewrite." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Apr 20, 2005
    3.5/4 80% Oldboy (2005) " Fills the screen with enough show-stopping images to put an entire circus out of work." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Apr 17, 2005
    4/4 88% Turtles Can Fly (Lakposhtha hâm parvaz mikonand) (2005) " A tragic yet bittersweet, simple yet spellbinding slice of life's uncertainty...an unpretentious, understated tour de force of Middle Eastern cinema." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Apr 15, 2005
    1.5/4 16% Eating Out (2004) SPLICEDWire
    Posted Apr 9, 2005
    2.5/4 39% Sahara (2005) " If Sahara weren't quite so dumb, it might have been a lot of fun." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Apr 6, 2005
    2.5/4 65% Fever Pitch (The Perfect Catch) (2005) " ...gets by on the same kind of lovable-loser charm that has kept its main character obsessed with the Boston Red Sox since age 7." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Apr 5, 2005
    2/4 47% The Ballad of Jack and Rose (2005) SPLICEDWire
    Posted Apr 2, 2005
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