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

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 1116
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
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
2/4 55% Australia (2008) " Swells of emotion & panoramic stampedes fill the screen; however, meandering scenes in between have been cut out at the seams so often, you'll be wandering what it all means." — Hollywood Report Card
Posted Nov 27, 2008
2.5/4 77% Body of War (2008) " The doc gets up-close and personal. It shows one injured vet's reality after war." — Hollywood Report Card
Posted Nov 18, 2008
2.5/4 94% Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father (2008) " A sincere heartfelt documentary about life, death and murder." — Hollywood Report Card
Posted Nov 14, 2008
3/4 64% Quantum of Solace (2008) " Stylish direction, powerful sound editing, stunning cinematography, vistas, action, and Daniel Craig's impenetrable demeanor." — Hollywood Report Card
Posted Nov 11, 2008
2.5/4 54% Body of Lies (2008) " I'm usually not crazy about thrillers, but this one had me engaged from start to finish." — Hollywood Report Card
Posted Oct 11, 2008
1/4 74% Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist (2008) " N&N goes for the tone of Juno, but never quite finds the heart, nor does it enjoy the edgy sense of humor of "Superbad" -- though it tries." — Hollywood Report Card
Posted Oct 5, 2008
2.5/4 30% Nights in Rodanthe (2008) " A tad clunky and sappy and yes, even hokey. But, the picture still works. I was always engaged, I was always interested in what happened next, and I was always entertained." — Hollywood Report Card
Posted Oct 3, 2008
2.5/4 78% Burn After Reading (2008) " The film grabs you immediately and never lets you go." — Hollywood Report Card
Posted Sep 21, 2008
B+ 96% WALL-E (2008) " Despite an intriguing story, the picture falls from Art to the realm of kiddy-film fare. I'd have loved to see Pixar limit the dialogue to two words: Eva and Wall-E." — Hollywood Report Card
Posted Sep 15, 2008
2.5/4 68% Pineapple Express (2008) " Despite the "smoking pot" refrain, PE finds a way to charm. These guys really seem to enjoy each others' company and are happy to welcome you into their little group." — Hollywood Report Card
Posted Aug 17, 2008
2.5/4 38% Swing Vote (2008) " Unlikely premise, yet script offers dialogue, heart-tugs, actual intelligent thought and a fair and necessary reflection on the State elections in the Union. A pleasant film." — Hollywood Report Card
Posted Aug 11, 2008
2/4 94% The Dark Knight (2008) " Powerful acting, powerful action, huge IMAX sequences give this Batman a great big commanding feel. However, story is held hostage to action, especially in the second half." — Hollywood Report Card
Posted Jul 28, 2008
3/4 87% Hellboy II: The Golden Army (Hellboy 2) (2008) " Surprisingly rich entertainment, even takes on well known series: Star Wars, LOTR, & Die Hard; framed squarely within a sub-par opening and weak ending. Still, I liked it!" — Hollywood Report Card
Posted Jul 19, 2008
2.5/4 82% Into the Wild (2007) " Perhaps destined to follow the same emotional arc as the true story it portrays, the film starts with great promise, passion, and inspiration only to quietly wane." — Hollywood Report Card
Posted Jul 16, 2008
2/4 —— Senator Obama Goes to Africa (2007) " Clocks in several minutes short of a feature. A wise decision, the pattern was on the verge of repetition. Overall, interesting & worthwhile, but not a must see." — Hollywood Report Card
Posted Jul 16, 2008
3/4 —— 21 Up South Africa: Mandela's Children (2008) " With so much information coming at us from all channels, it's odd, but we often forget about our own progress, development as humans worthy of our time on Earth." — Hollywood Report Card
Posted Jul 16, 2008
2.5/4 41% Hancock (2008) " "Hancock" is two films jammed together. The first part, deserves an "A" (Kudos to Jason Bateman), but the second part is clearly a B movie. I'll average only to a B ." — Hollywood Report Card
Posted Jul 10, 2008
2.5/4 51% Get Smart (2008) " I kept wanting something more from this pleasant enough flick." — Hollywood Report Card
Posted Jun 26, 2008
0.5/4 17% The Happening (2008) " I'm shaking my head now like a caring teacher grading a poor assignment written by a bright student." — Hollywood Report Card
Posted Jun 20, 2008
1/4 67% The Incredible Hulk (2008) " The grand acting chops of Norton and Roth fall prey to action which is more noisy than memorable and fails to carry a script lacking in impact, depth and originality." — Hollywood Report Card
Posted Jun 20, 2008
4/4 87% Kung Fu Panda (2008) " Oh heck, this is my favorite film of the year so far -- A ! Action, depth, fun, comedy, profound messages and it's visually gorgeous." — Hollywood Report Card
Posted May 31, 2008
2/4 78% Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008) " An amusement park ride. Kind of fun, but we know there's no real danger. The film never has an edge (save for a great hotrod scene)." — Hollywood Report Card
Posted May 28, 2008
2.5/4 67% The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008) " Surprisingly good filmmaking, but a kid's film? Could it be that any important lessons here get lost in all the warring?" — Hollywood Report Card
Posted May 19, 2008
2.5/4 39% Speed Racer (2008) " Simply a funky mess. Bold and beautiful at times, complete stall at others. I'll round up to a Bplus because I respect the effort, but with serious reservations." — Hollywood Report Card
Posted May 9, 2008
B+ 93% Iron Man (2008) " The film is well directed, edited, and paced, but it's really Downey Jr. that adds the spark, the flair, the heavy metal." — Hollywood Report Card
Posted Apr 29, 2008
2.5/4 84% Constantine's Sword (2007) " Overall, rather disorganized and uneven as a documentary, but always passionate, intriguing and certainly pertinent." — Hollywood Report Card
Posted Apr 26, 2008
3/4 84% Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008) " Scenes spoofing TV's CSI incarnations are very funny and welcome. While mildly awkward moments abound, so do the belly busting, laugh out loud hits." — Hollywood Report Card
Posted Apr 16, 2008
2/4 52% Leatherheads (2008) " George Clooney has directed a couple of very fine films- Confessions of a Dangerous Mind and Good Night & Good Luck. Unfortunately, Leatherheads cannot be added to that list." — Hollywood Report Card
Posted Apr 3, 2008
3/4 95% Without the King (2007) " Despite its lack of fair balance, the piece is absolutely compelling and makes a point that is far more universal than any one country." — Hollywood Report Card
Posted Mar 30, 2008
3/4 47% Run Fatboy Run (2007) " While some moments rely solely on Pegg's natural on-screen goofiness, he & M. I. Black have simply written a very funny script that spreads the fun evenly throughout." — Hollywood Report Card
Posted Mar 30, 2008
2.5/4 79% Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who! (2008) " This is easily my favorite Seuss story (written in 1954, animated as a 30 minute TV special in 1970). New feature version enjoys great animation, but not so magical voicing." — Hollywood Report Card
Posted Feb 28, 2008
1/4 42% The Other Boleyn Girl (2008) " Dialogue focuses only on how characters relate to each other. A game of love, lust, power, manipulation. Nothing more aside from their rather single-minded aims." — Hollywood Report Card
Posted Feb 28, 2008
3/4 91% Sputnik Mania (Sputnik) (The Fever of 57) (2007) " Surprising, Insightful, Informative. We are reminded that an "atmosphere" of fear may be much more dangerous than the threat." — Hollywood Report Card
Posted Feb 26, 2008
2/4 69% Last Stop for Paul (2006) " Nice crisp images, gives a rather realistic taste of one face of world travel - opportunity missed to display meaningful interactions with locals & larger spiritual aspects." — Hollywood Report Card
Posted Feb 25, 2008
3.5/4 84% Billy the Kid (2007) " Opens as a study on a teen with some social/behavioral issues. The film makes sure never to label, then gently tangents from the study into a sweet spontaneous love story." — Hollywood Report Card
Posted Feb 25, 2008
1/4 35% Vantage Point (2008) " Cool game plan on paper, unfortunately, the execution lacks. Further, this is not the subject matter with which to play games." — Hollywood Report Card
Posted Feb 21, 2008
2.5/4 —— 2007 Academy Award Nominated Animated Shorts " 10 Short (5 Live Action, 5 Animated). I screened these with three friends - our four subjective grades are included with each title. We loved Tanghi Argentini." — Hollywood Report Card
Posted Feb 19, 2008
2.5/4 70% Definitely, Maybe (2008) " Abigail Breslin's role is limited despite ads. Don't expect a family film, rather be ready for something more akin to the TV show Friends." — Hollywood Report Card
Posted Feb 15, 2008
1.5/4 16% Jumper (2008) " Cool concept, good acting, respectable cinematography; but the depth is sadly missing. Jumps away from any kind of in-depth dialogue and headlong into the same type of action." — Hollywood Report Card
Posted Feb 14, 2008
2.5/4 72% Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour (2008) " It's great for kids to see that Miley doesn't just wake up polished. She makes mistakes, she practices - there's a learning curve and work involved. Fans are sure to enjoy." — Hollywood Report Card
Posted Feb 2, 2008
1.5/4 94% No Country for Old Men (2007) " I'm a big fan of the Coens. But, I've got to say, I'm not much appreciating this picture." — Hollywood Report Card
Posted Jan 30, 2008
2.5/4 92% U2 3D (2007) " The 3D is less than rock solid, but the experience and sound mix are a pleasure." — Hollywood Report Card
Posted Jan 28, 2008
2/4 91% There Will Be Blood (2007) " It's as if you can feel the oil flowing under the ground, bubbling, seeking a weak patch of earth from which to spew. But, the climactic emotional equivalent never occurs." — Hollywood Report Card
Posted Jan 26, 2008
3.5/4 40% The Bucket List (2007) " Yes it's a bit syrupy - but you only live once and I like lots of syrup with my pancakes. May you all live like you were dyin' and laugh so hard you cry." — Hollywood Report Card
Posted Jan 19, 2008
3/4 80% American Gangster (2007) " This initially hokey 70's-TV-style production determinedly matures into a motion picture with cinematic impact. Happily, climax/resolution detour from others in the genre." — Hollywood Report Card
Posted Jan 18, 2008
2.5/4 94% Juno (2007) " A very cute movie with a great soundtrack. Though, imho, not the award winner for which it's been receiving so much buzz. Michael Cera (Bleaker) nails every scene he's in." — Hollywood Report Card
Posted Jan 10, 2008
1.5/4 27% Trust the Man (2006) " This rickety empty-feeling production has a script & stars that deliver lots of edgy little subtle jokes. The dialogue is crisp and crunchy, but the romance is nearly absent." — Hollywood Report Card
Posted Jan 7, 2008
1/4 83% Atonement (2007) " Sale of the love story is hampered by the sheer number of impossible coincidences that mount on the first day of events. Great Sound direction. Good Cinematography." — Hollywood Report Card
Posted Jan 6, 2008
2/4 93% Le Scaphandre et le Papillon (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly) (2007) " Engaging, moving, and even has a good message, but it's also a film that slips in the follow through." — Hollywood Report Card
Posted Jan 2, 2008
2/4 75% Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007) " An SNL sketch may have been a better vehicle for such a spoof. On the big screen, it ends up having a film life of its own becoming a music bio pic in order to sustain." — Hollywood Report Card
Posted Dec 20, 2007
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