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 101 - 150 of 2114
    Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
    2/4 47% The Ballad of Jack and Rose (2005) SPLICEDWire
    Posted Apr 2, 2005
    4/4 92% Masculin Feminin (1966) " Certainly, this was one of Godard's masterworks made during a period of incredible productivity and quality." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Apr 2, 2005
    2/4 33% You I Love (Ya lyublyu tebya) (2004) " ...like an implausible, superficial knock-off of a Pedro Amolodovar flick." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Mar 31, 2005
    3/4 78% Sin City (2005) " Innovative and dazzling in its absolute loyalty to the visual style of its inspiration... brings comic book pages alive to a degree that is unprecedented in movie history." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Mar 31, 2005
    2.5/4 37% Beauty Shop (2005) " The laughs come fast and easy in Beauty Shop, but the minimal-effort plot keeps getting underfoot." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Mar 28, 2005
    3/4 53% Melinda and Melinda (2005) " This performance will likely be forgotten by the time Oscar season rolls around, but Mitchell is going on my Best Actress list right now." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Mar 25, 2005
    2.5/4 43% Guess Who (2005) " After setting the stage with insultingly shopworn plot contrivances, Guess Who finds its comedy footing by playfully dancing along the edge of political incorrectness." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Mar 23, 2005
    2/4 25% Dot the I (2003) " While Parkhill's filmmaking remains almost hypnotic throughout, the increasingly nonsensical manipulations doom Dot the I to being a deftly made blunder." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Mar 23, 2005
    0.5/4 15% Miss Congeniality 2 - Armed and Fabulous (2005) " Bullock's delivery of a few choice one-liners is the sole source of laughs (but) her character has turned into a vapid, shallow, egocentric Barbie doll nitwit." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Mar 22, 2005
    2.5/4 64% Peace, Propaganda & the Promised Land (2005) SPLICEDWire
    Posted Mar 20, 2005
    3/4 74% The Upside of Anger (2005) " Binder creates a familiar, complex, realistic, deeply human dynamic between his characters, and provides each actor rich layers of feeling and humor with which to create them." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Mar 18, 2005
    3/4 87% Millions (2005) " What's (Danny Boyle) doing making a sweet, sentimental kids' movie? Virtually reinventing another genre, of course." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Mar 17, 2005
    3/4 52% Ice Princess (2005) " The delight of Ice Princess is that there's more to every character than meets the eye." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Mar 17, 2005
    1.5/4 20% The Ring Two (2005) " ...meanders so slowly through its paces that even the scares seem lethargic." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Mar 16, 2005
    2.5/4 91% Downfall (Der Untergang) (2004) " Very effectively takes you deep inside Nazi Germany's crumbling heart and brings many infamous moments acutely to life, (but) doesn't offer much in the way of new insight." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Mar 10, 2005
    2.5/4 22% In My Country (2005) " In My Country accomplishes its goal -- but does so largely through obvious plot devices." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Mar 10, 2005
    2/4 35% Hostage (2005) " Siri has a good grip on the tingly tension, but he lets logical and logistical details slip through his fingers on his way toward a climax that goes into cliché overdrive." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Mar 9, 2005
    2.5/4 64% Robots (2005) " With its expensive but largely characterless voice cast and an off-the-shelf follow-your-dreams plot...Robots is lucky to have spectacular production design..." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Mar 7, 2005
    2/4 81% Dear Frankie (2005) " Sometimes no amount of good acting can make a film hold your interest." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Mar 3, 2005
    3/4 83% Up and Down (Horem Pádem) (Loop the Loop) (2004) " (Hrebejk) understands (his characters) on an intrinsic level, & sees their lives as the story of his country in the infancy of the 21st Century & the infancy of its democracy." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Mar 3, 2005
    3/4 44% The Jacket (2005) " Maybury, whose background in experimental film influences his style, keeps The Jacket grounded in the familiar while its sense of reality remains shrewdly vague." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Mar 3, 2005
    1/4 30% Be Cool (2005) " The kind of sequel that gives sequels a bad name - a bland, lifeless, uninspired cash-in with an assembly-line script and a sleepwalking star." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Mar 1, 2005
    0/4 13% Boogeyman (2005) SPLICEDWire
    Posted Feb 27, 2005
    0/4 16% Cursed (2005) SPLICEDWire
    Posted Feb 27, 2005
    0/4 9% Man of the House (2005) SPLICEDWire
    Posted Feb 27, 2005
    0.5/4 16% Diary of a Mad Black Woman (2005) " ...loudly preach(es) Christian values, then turns around to cheer on its wronged-wife heroine as she takes cruel revenge against her (now crippled and helpless) husband..." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Feb 23, 2005
    2.5/4 68% The Chorus (Les Choristes) (2005) SPLICEDWire
    Posted Feb 22, 2005
    1.5/4 64% Bride and Prejudice (2005) " Bollywood bellyflop." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Feb 18, 2005
    w.5/4 86% Ong-Bak (Ong Bak: Muay Thai Warrior) (2005) " Tony Jaa has grace, style as a fighter, stunt man, but (he) can do better than Ong-Bak." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Feb 18, 2005
    2/4 46% Constantine (2005) " Reeves is back to his usual monotoned self...as a routine demon-slayer who plays second fiddle to expensive special effects." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Feb 16, 2005
    0.5/4 6% Son of the Mask (2005) " If this sounds more like a horror movie than a family matinee to you, then you obviously don't work for New Line Cinema," — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Feb 15, 2005
    3/4 69% Hitch (2005) " A bright and sharp-witted -- if predictable -- romantic comedy." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Feb 9, 2005
    3/4 58% Fear X (2003) SPLICEDWire
    Posted Feb 6, 2005
    2.5/4 43% A Love Song for Bobby Long (2004) SPLICEDWire
    Posted Feb 6, 2005
    3.5/4 96% Born Into Brothels: Calcutta's Red Light Kids (2004) SPLICEDWire
    Posted Feb 6, 2005
    2/4 10% The Wedding Date (2005) " What good is a uniquely photographed dance scene if the characters dancing together are barely two-dimensional?" — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Feb 3, 2005
    0/4 1% Alone in the Dark (2005) " Director Uwe Boll (is) a latter-day Ed Wood who fancies himself a cross between action-sytlish John Woo and B-movie horror-ific John Carpenter." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Jan 26, 2005
    1.5/4 13% Hide and Seek (2005) " If the ridiculous title and the cheap emotional blackmail of putting a pretty little girl in peril aren't enough to tip you off..." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Jan 26, 2005
    3.5/4 92% Vera Drake (2004) SPLICEDWire
    Posted Jan 24, 2005
    2.5/4 79% Daughter from Danang (2004) SPLICEDWire
    Posted Jan 24, 2005
    3.5/4 86% Bright Leaves (2004) SPLICEDWire
    Posted Jan 24, 2005
    3/4 42% Beyond the Sea (2004) SPLICEDWire
    Posted Jan 24, 2005
    3/4 68% The Spongebob Squarepants Movie (2004) " SpongeBob is still SpongeBob, and his unflagging innocence and lack of irony make for a much-needed and much-appreciated hero." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Jan 24, 2005
    2/4 84% The Sea Inside (Mar Adentro) (The Sea Within) (2004) SPLICEDWire
    Posted Jan 24, 2005
    1.5/4 59% Enduring Love (2004) SPLICEDWire
    Posted Jan 24, 2005
    2.5/4 88% The Woodsman (2004) SPLICEDWire
    Posted Jan 23, 2005
    3.5/4 91% Million Dollar Baby (2004) " True to the unspoken desperation and disillusionment that toughens or chews up career-undercard boxers, tinged with post-feminist complexity and rich with classical metaphor." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Jan 20, 2005
    2.5/4 60% Assault on Precinct 13 (2005) " A reasonably entertaining update of a reliable action-drama formula." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Jan 17, 2005
    2.5/4 72% William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice (2004) " Despite several missteps, a Shakespeare production this gutsy and distinctive is worth seeing, even if it's just to be a part of the debate it will stir." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Jan 16, 2005
    3/4 55% The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004) " The movie's driving force is Anderson's signature sense of humor. The underlying (and unspoken) joke of this oddball farce is that it is transparently fake." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Jan 15, 2005
    1.5/4 84% In Good Company (2004) " Laden with cheap life lessons and cacophonous false notes, In Good Company has the overly sincere, oversimplistic air of an After-School Special for grown-ups." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Jan 12, 2005
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