Ross Anthony

""Enjoy Life""

Agrees with the Tomatometer 60% of the time.

Biography:
Ross Anthony has scripted and shot documentaries, music videos, and shorts in 35 countries across North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. His credits include: "Street Music and Art Around the World," "Japanese Education from the Inside," "Kenya: Teachers for Africa," and "Zen Repair and the Art of Riding Chili" among others. He's also written several books, a duet for violins (featuring Vincent Skowronski) and penned two or three comic strip titles. More recently, he has consulted on feature indie script "Moonbeams" by Don Haderlein, currently in production. Ross began his reviewing career with the Pasadena Weekly way back in the 1900's. He currently lives in the Los Angeles area working with writing students by day, watching films by night, and scripting screenplays whenever there's a spare minute.
Favorites:
Chicken Run Frequency Crouching Tiger
Publications:
Hollywood Report Card
Total Reviews:
1116

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
97% Queen Of The Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us? (2011) " One of the most beautifully filmed documentaries that I've ever seen." — Hollywood Report Card
Posted Jun 6, 2011
3.5/4 75% Tales From the Script (2010) " A must see for anyone with a script or an intention to write one. It's also likely inspiring, in a tough love sort of way, for anyone with any kind of ambition. I enjoyed it." — Hollywood Report Card
Posted Feb 20, 2010
2.5/4 18% Valentine's Day (2010) " It's a warm, fuzzy, fluffy, entertaining film." — Hollywood Report Card
Posted Feb 11, 2010
3.5/4 83% Avatar (2009) " Action, splendid visuals, romance, and even relevance. Energized pace outshines even the juicy special effects, which seamlessly integrate live action and cgi." — Hollywood Report Card
Posted Jan 2, 2010
2/4 76% Invictus (2009) " Slow, and subtle, smiling brightly, the picture wins audiences with the charm of Mandela, but descends into a bland film about rugby." — Hollywood Report Card
Posted Dec 13, 2009
3/4 66% The Blind Side (2009) " A Hollywoody realization of a great real life triumph. Has its faults, but nicely directed, acted and edited, on the whole." — Hollywood Report Card
Posted Nov 20, 2009
3.5/4 91% Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire (2009) " Stark, unforgiving, brutally honest, and yet... precious." — Hollywood Report Card
Posted Nov 12, 2009
2.5/4 39% 2012 (2009) " Hokey happenstance, big special effects, some are pretty cool. It's no masterpiece, makes embarrassing mistakes, but I must admit - I really enjoyed the raw excitement." — Hollywood Report Card
Posted Nov 12, 2009
1.5/4 57% Nos enfants nous accuseront (Food Beware: The French Organic Revolution) (2008) " Uneven documentary brings to the surface important points about the quality of our food products. All of us (this non-organic, cola-drinker included) should be apprised." — Hollywood Report Card
Posted Oct 29, 2009
3/4 81% Michael Jackson's This Is It (2009) " I'm a music lover, but can't say I'm an MJ fan. Still, I enjoyed this behind-the-scenes/almost-concert film." — Hollywood Report Card
Posted Oct 28, 2009
B+ 73% Where the Wild Things Are (2009) " Like little Max's internal struggles, my feelings (about this film) aren't so easily understood, even to me." — Hollywood Report Card
Posted Oct 14, 2009
2/4 88% At the Edge of the World (2009) " A mixed bag. Moments of beauty and passion, but also moments that drag. Environmentalist gone Reality TV." — Hollywood Report Card
Posted Oct 6, 2009
2.5/4 79% The Yes Men Fix the World (2009) " It's fun, ballsy, edited with color, humor & hopefully will bring some awareness to the price of greed, and inject some ethics into discussions among the rich and powerful." — Hollywood Report Card
Posted Oct 6, 2009
1/4 58% The Invention of Lying (2009) " Honestly, I enjoyed the ever-amusing Ricky Gervais, and there is an oddly emotional moving mom/son scene, but the film, sadly, isn't so amusing." — Hollywood Report Card
Posted Oct 1, 2009
3/4 40% X Games 3D: The Movie (2009) " A dirt bike motorcycle enthusiast as well as a 3D aficionado, I had a great time overall, despite the film's imperfections." — Hollywood Report Card
Posted Aug 22, 2009
3/4 90% District 9 (2009) " Monty Python-esque. Reminded me a bit of the Stormtrooper spoof on TV's "Cops." Sharlto Copley sells it to us with grit, charm, naivety, and humor. He's absolutely brilliant." — Hollywood Report Card
Posted Aug 14, 2009
3/4 88% Forbidden Lie$ (Forbidden Lies) (2007) " It's a compelling story with a deathly serious topic, treated in a near sideshow manner. I like it. Less factual than a doc, less fiction than a drama. Faction" — Hollywood Report Card
Posted Aug 10, 2009
2.5/4 81% Lars and the Real Girl (2007) " Overall, an imperfect gem. In its successful attempt to go for the heart, "Lars and the Real Girl" stumbles a bit. I would have cast Michael Cera in the lead role." — Hollywood Report Card
Posted Aug 10, 2009
3/4 75% Julie & Julia (2009) " Love and food, the basics of life, two passions common to nearly everyone on the planet, the film offers them up like hors d'oeuvres never ceasing to circle the room. It's gentle, tender, warm, and sprinkled generously with tasty bits of humor." — Hollywood Report Card
Posted Aug 4, 2009
3/4 68% Funny People (2009) " Gangly, long, somewhat disjointed, but still very funny, I found "Funny People" surprisingly emotional, and even poignant." — Hollywood Report Card
Posted Aug 4, 2009
2.5/4 13% The Ugly Truth (2009) " Despite the ages of the leads, plays to younger audiences, goes for the Judd Apatow crowd. It's unapologetically brash, crass, and ugly in its truth, but still funny." — Hollywood Report Card
Posted Jul 22, 2009
3/4 92% The Way We Get By (2009) " A beautiful, affecting documentary with an appropriately sweet original sound track." — Hollywood Report Card
Posted Jul 15, 2009
2/4 84% Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009) " The first half is magical, captivating, inviting, great cinema. Second half disappoints." — Hollywood Report Card
Posted Jul 15, 2009
1.5/4 88% 3:10 to Yuma (2007) " First 1.5 hours are slow, preposterously scripted, and short of powerful dialogue. I liked the ending though." — Hollywood Report Card
Posted Jun 18, 2009
0.5/4 51% The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (2009) " I'm probably not the first to say it's a train wreck. Starts out good enough, shows ability to the 1/2way mark, but the last 30 mins are just a scripting mess." — Hollywood Report Card
Posted Jun 12, 2009
3/4 98% Up (2009) " A near masterpiece. 1st half is absolutely brilliant -- a beautiful compelling work of art. I laughed, I cried, I ogled at the rich visuals. Sweet and touching theme." — Hollywood Report Card
Posted Jun 1, 2009
2.5/4 67% Away We Go (2009) " Nestles nicely into a sweet rocking motion between humor and heart. The leads are warm, fuzzy, funny and very likeable. The few faults may very well go unnoticed." — Hollywood Report Card
Posted May 21, 2009
1.5/4 33% Terminator Salvation (2009) " Nice performance by Sam Worthington. However, the film whole heartedly invests in action, leaving the story and character elements a bit slim." — Hollywood Report Card
Posted May 21, 2009
2/4 37% Angels & Demons (2009) " A film entitled Angels & Demons, touting a challenge between religion & science in the name of the "Illuminati" should be more illuminating than a simple puzzle." — Hollywood Report Card
Posted May 14, 2009
3.5/4 95% Star Trek (2009) " A fiery dynamo. Big action, snappy direction, good acting, respect for the past. This is the summer blockbuster to see." — Hollywood Report Card
Posted May 12, 2009
2/4 38% X-Men Origins - Wolverine (2009) " A fairly entertaining mess, though the ending becomes a rather tedious mess. Also, hydrochlorothiazide is more likely to make you pee than to slow your heart rate." — Hollywood Report Card
Posted May 4, 2009
3/4 56% Enlighten Up! (2009) " A pleasure in its open-mindedness. If you're up for a safe, light, skeptic's look into the many variations of modern yoga, take a peek." — Hollywood Report Card
Posted Apr 24, 2009
2.5/4 39% Fighting (2009) " B movie w/ a strong right hook. Other strong hooks include Terrance Howard and Luis Guzman. Subtle, Channing Tatum delievers a solid performance as well (dancer to figher)." — Hollywood Report Card
Posted Apr 24, 2009
3.5/4 87% Earth (Disneynature's Earth) (Planet Earth) (2009) " Breathtaking. Take a break from the gridlock, concrete and steel jungle that defines most of our lives. These are some fantastic, won't believe your eyes, animal shots." — Hollywood Report Card
Posted Apr 22, 2009
2.5/4 84% State of Play (2009) " Provides hearty cinematic entertainment. From the opening heart thumping sequence, the tension builds and almost never lets up, save for the weak closing." — Hollywood Report Card
Posted Apr 15, 2009
2.5/4 95% Goodbye Solo (2009) " Interactions between 2 tasty personalities warm the picture & lift it into the realm of special. However, by the hour mark - drops pace a notch and feels a tad incomplete." — Hollywood Report Card
Posted Apr 8, 2009
3/4 51% Observe and Report (2009) " Quite crude, quite funny. Good at what it sets out to do %u2013 make us giggle, but that serious part of me wanted the picture to take its serious side one or two steps further." — Hollywood Report Card
Posted Apr 8, 2009
2.5/4 71% The Great Buck Howard (2009) " The heart of the film is all about finding life's element, better yet, a way to put yourself into your life's element, despite pressures to be somewhere or something else." — Hollywood Report Card
Posted Mar 25, 2009
3.5/4 65% Watchmen (2009) " Wow! Your ticket price will buy you a whole lot of movie. Big smooth action, intense emotive acting, complicated plot, steamy romance. This is not a child's comic book flick." — Hollywood Report Card
Posted Mar 9, 2009
1/4 89% The Visitor (2008) " Our patience with the characters' apathy and uninteresting demeanor is not rewarded enough." — Hollywood Report Card
Posted Mar 2, 2009
2.5/4 90% Coraline (2009) " Ripe with colors and magic and mystery. 3D is very nice. Cools off towards end. Spooky." — Hollywood Report Card
Posted Mar 2, 2009
2.5/4 57% Defiance (2009) " A harrowing story of bravery & survival, Defiance tells it Hollywood-style. Still, somehow the true-story courage bleeds through the at-times hokey formula scripting." — Hollywood Report Card
Posted Feb 18, 2009
2.5/4 90% Must Read After My Death (2007) " As we seek to make sense of our own lives and relationships, a Leave it to Beaver family opens its vulnerable unspeakable underbelly to us." — Hollywood Report Card
Posted Feb 18, 2009
2/4 59% The International (2009) " The film opens with style, promise & top notch cinematography/direction. Sadly, after an hour of intrigue, thrill, & chase, the script sharply strays from earlier smarts." — Hollywood Report Card
Posted Feb 12, 2009
1.5/4 12% Pink Panther 2 (2009) " Martin's first Pink Panther actually tickled me. Sadly, this time, flat gags & off-color innuendoes double in quantity, while sincerely funny bits wane to a mere handful." — Hollywood Report Card
Posted Feb 5, 2009
2/4 94% Slumdog Millionaire (2008) " There's certainly some very good direction, editing and acting - especially by the kids. But the adult actors just didn't seem to carry the weight of the harrowing back story." — Hollywood Report Card
Posted Jan 26, 2009
2.5/4 85% Rachel Getting Married (2008) " Anne is okay, much stronger performances by Rosemary Dewitt, Tunde Adembimpe & Bill Irwin. Lush, rich, cultural music spices already fresh, alive family gathering scenes." — Hollywood Report Card
Posted Jan 22, 2009
2/4 39% Inkheart (2009) " Beautiful cinematography, good direction, solid supporting actors, interestingly enough story, despite its predictability, but the main character was absent." — Hollywood Report Card
Posted Jan 22, 2009
3/4 72% The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) " A very sweet film. A freak of nature story, a love story, a surreal drama; Button is at its best reminding us the beauty, miracle, and impermanence of real life." — Hollywood Report Card
Posted Jan 11, 2009
1.5/4 78% Doubt (2008) " An uneven, unfulfilling film, that hosts two or three really good dramatic scenes." — Hollywood Report Card
Posted Jan 5, 2009
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