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 151 - 200 of 2114
    Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
    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
    1.5/4 10% Elektra (2005) " Scantily clad action heroine with a sexy-tough pout? Check. Supernatural bad-guy gang of tattooed, Goth-punk clowns? Check.... A half-hearted, prefabricated effort." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Jan 12, 2005
    4/4 87% The Aviator (2004) " A film of grand scope and masterfully intimate nuance, portraying a wild young mustang of a man who lived a fast life on an epic scale." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Dec 22, 2004
    0.5/4 38% Meet The Fockers (2004) " An infantile, desperately uncreative sequel that will do anything for a cheap laugh. Just imagine Meet the Parents remade for the comedy sensibilities of a 12-year-old." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Dec 21, 2004
    1/4 33% The Phantom of the Opera (2005) " Just remember this picture is made with hell-bent gusto by the guy who put nipples on Batman's superhero costume. So consider yourself warned." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Dec 21, 2004
    2/4 53% Spanglish (2004) " Every moment in Spanglish feels preordained, as if the characters themselves had read the script." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Dec 19, 2004
    4/4 79% Goodbye Dragon Inn (2004) SPLICEDWire
    Posted Dec 19, 2004
    2/4 15% Head in the Clouds (2004) " Miscast leads and ersatz emotions leave the film's soundstagey period ambiance as its most comparable asset. A handsome misfire." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Dec 18, 2004
    2/4 72% Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004) " Jim Carrey makes a four-course meal of the Tim-Burtonesque surreal scenery, completely overshadowing the story." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Dec 16, 2004
    3/5 84% The Fisher King (1991) SPLICEDWire
    Posted Dec 15, 2004
    2/4 30% Flight of the Phoenix (2004) " There are bound to be very few surprises in a movie that gives away its ending in the title." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Dec 14, 2004
    3/4 88% Bad Education (La Mala educación) (2004) " A wily, passionate puzzle several layers deep in both personality and plot." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Dec 10, 2004
    3/4 55% Ocean's Twelve (2004) " The director keeps an adroit and amusing balance between his movie's broad heist-flick appeal, its pointed in-jokes, and - gasp! - actual character development." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Dec 10, 2004
    1.5/4 26% Blade: Trinity (2004) " Blade: Trinity begins with the vamps digging up the long-dormant Dracula, who is apparently a Slovakian runway model enamored of bare-chested couture." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Dec 6, 2004
    2.5/4 86% Intimate Strangers (Confidences trop intimes) (2003) " The performances...make it worth soldiering past many obvious doubts (how hard is it to say, "You're in the wrong office"?) to find out what happens." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Dec 3, 2004
    3/4 78% Overnight (2004) " The film would be painful to watch if its subject weren't such an insufferable lunkheaded egomaniac." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Dec 2, 2004
    1/4 88% House of Flying Daggers (2004) " An outsized and endlessly pretentious romantic action-melodrama, in which the director has clearly lost any sense of moderation or self-discipline." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Dec 1, 2004
    2.5/4 68% Closer (2004) " ...saved from its implausible emotional overtures by its unvarnished emotional minutiae." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Dec 1, 2004
    3/4 77% The Machinist (2004) " A foreboding, noir-bending film of visceral, internalized tension and confusion." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Nov 24, 2004
    1.5/4 16% Alexander (2004) " It's anybody's guess what Oliver Stone was thinking by making a film about Alexander the Great that skips over nearly every historical event that earned him that moniker." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Nov 22, 2004
    0/4 5% Christmas with the Kranks (2004) " As I write this...I have just walked out on Christmas With the Kranks after roughly 45 minutes of mind-numbingly humorless, sitcom barrel-bottom idiocy." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Nov 22, 2004
    1.5/4 44% National Treasure (2004) " ...may well have the most asinine plot in the history of cinema." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Nov 17, 2004
    3/4 90% Kinsey (2004) " Condon always finds a way to seamlessly marry the crux of his story to the strengths of his medium." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Nov 12, 2004
    3/4 83% Finding Neverland (2004) " A colorful but melancholy whimsy burns at the heart of Neverland, and it is perfectly personified by Johnny Depp in another irreproachable, unconventional performance." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Nov 10, 2004
    2/4 18% After the Sunset (2004) " A heist flick in which the audience is left out of the best part -- the logistics of the heist. Whose dumb idea was that?" — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Nov 10, 2004
    2.5/4 56% The Polar Express (2004) " Upon arriving at in the... North Pole, [the movie] becomes a behind-the-scenes adventure that captures a certain wonder the computer-created characters cannot on their own." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Nov 9, 2004
    1/4 27% Bridget Jones - The Edge of Reason (2004) " The 'singleton' Everygal neuroses of its titular British sweetheart have gone from endearing to downright insufferable." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Nov 9, 2004
    2.5/4 97% The Incredibles (2004) " [Pixar's] first feature to lack the winsome pizzaz that makes for mandatory repeat viewing...(but will still) entertain enough to justify the price of a movie ticket." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Nov 3, 2004
    3/4 49% Alfie (2004) " The women Alfie dallies with are not doormats - which is another very welcome departure from the 1966 film." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Nov 2, 2004
    3/4 39% Birth (2004) " The kind of movie you come away from with your mind whirling with possibilities about what has happened and what it means." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Oct 31, 2004
    2.5/4 81% Ray (2004) " A great performance does not make a biopic great...a biopic needs to be like Ray Charles - departing from formula and daring to be different." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Oct 27, 2004
    3.5/4 83% Star Trek VI - The Undiscovered Country (1991) " The original crew at its finest, and the Trek lore at its most thrilling." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Oct 25, 2004
    3/4 46% Rick (2004) " Manages to be both disquieting and entertaining -- and that's quite a cunning feat of cinema." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Oct 25, 2004
    2.5/4 39% The Grudge (2004) " Nothing more than a cultural twist on the standard-issue haunted house movie, (but) I will give (it) credit...for giving me goosebumps. Lots and lots of goosebumps." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Oct 20, 2004
    0.5/4 7% Surviving Christmas (2004) " Christina Applegate has an amazing gift for being neck deep in cinematic manure without actually getting any of it on her." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Oct 20, 2004
    2.5/4 37% The Final Cut (2004) SPLICEDWire
    Posted Oct 19, 2004
    3.5/4 89% Rushmore (1998) " ... Rushmore is no ordinary movie..." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Oct 19, 2004
    3/4 55% P.S. (2004) " An actress who can emerge from a sex scene with a genuinely flushed bosom and cheeks will produce a performance that goes well beyond words." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Oct 15, 2004
    2.5/4 77% Team America - World Police (2004) " These are no Thunderbirds string-dolls with few movable parts and no facial expressions. They're high-tech - and anatomically correct." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Oct 14, 2004
    2/4 46% Shall We Dance (2004) " Shall We Dance opens so promisingly that it's a big disappointment when the picture suffers crucial missteps that throw off its entire rhythm." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Oct 13, 2004
    3/4 62% I Heart Huckabees (2004) " Will likely divide audiences between those who find its deliberately abstruse discombobulation amusing & to the point, and those who find it just abstruse & discombobulated." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Oct 9, 2004
    2/4 64% Stage Beauty (2004) " It should be an enthralling tale, but too many story elements just don't jive." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Oct 8, 2004
    2/4 81% Friday Night Lights (2004) " The games are dynamically filmed...but they lack credibility as players on both teams are obviously on a script and big plays are stage-managed to a ridiculous degree." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Oct 6, 2004
    3.5/4 93% Super Size Me (2004) SPLICEDWire
    Posted Oct 6, 2004
    4/4 85% Outfoxed - Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism (2004) " The most scrupulous, most focused, most thorough, and arguably most important of 2004's wave of activist documentaries." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Oct 6, 2004
    2/4 84% The Motorcycle Diaries (Diarios de Motocicleta) (2004) SPLICEDWire
    Posted Oct 6, 2004
    1.5/4 15% Raise Your Voice (2004) " Another bland, prefabricated feel-good vehicle for another chirpy Disney-cultivated pop-singer teen queen." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Oct 6, 2004
    1.5/4 10% Taxi (2004) " Jimmy Fallon's big screen career may be over before it even gets started if his complete lack of screen presence in Taxi is any indication." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Oct 5, 2004
    3.5/4 84% The Yes Men (2004) " Here's hoping this documentary gets the recognition it deserves among the deluge of more serious advocacy counterparts that seem to be everywhere this year." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Sep 30, 2004
    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 kid's movie.'" — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Sep 29, 2004
    2.5/4 40% Ladder 49 (2004) " ...freshness and originality weren't the highest priority for this firefighter drama focused on a post-9/11 brand of sacrificial All-American heroism." — SPLICEDWire
    Posted Sep 29, 2004
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