S. James Wegg

S. James Wegg

"Man's reach should exceed his grasp, or what's heaven for? ... I want to be somebody else, but they're all taken."

Agrees with the Tomatometer 73% of the time.

Biography:
Freelance writer and not-for-profit consultant in search of meaningful artistic expression of any type.
Publications:
Film Threat , JWR
Critics' Group:
Online Film Critics Society
Total Reviews:
446
Total QuickRatings:
20
Location:
Niagara Region Canada

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
5/5 —— An Honest Liar " Deception all around" — JWR
Posted May 15, 2014
4.5/5 100% Advanced Style (2014) " Putting on the glitz as the elixir of life" — JWR
Posted May 15, 2014
4.5/5 —— After the End (2013) " Having the faith to live death to the fullest" — JWR
Posted May 15, 2014
5/5 —— Queens & Cowboys: A Straight Year on the Gay Rodeo " Matt Livadary quickly lassos his audience and engagingly ropes them in to a film that-outwardly-tracks a year in the life of LGBT cowboys/girls/trans..." — JWR
Posted May 15, 2014
3.5/5 —— Oil Sands Karaoke " Singing for their sanity" — JWR
Posted May 15, 2014
4.5/5 79% No Place On Earth (2013) " Janet Tobias has expertly crafted this tale of Jewish families in the western Ukraine fighting for their lives by ferreting underground and living for nearly a year and a half in dark, damp caves in the countryside. " — JWR
Posted Mar 13, 2014
5/5 97% 12 Years a Slave (2013) " So very artfully fiddling while America burns" — JWR
Posted Dec 16, 2013
4.5/5 44% Gut (2012) " Perhaps the greatest achievement is Elias' masterful use of faraway glances to build Tom's growing dilemma." — JWR
Posted Sep 8, 2013
4.5/5 57% The Stoning of Soraya M. (2009) " Take even a cursory look around the planet: unjust, senseless death is not going away anytime soon..." — JWR
Posted May 25, 2013
4/5 66% The Good Doctor (2012) " Visually capturing that chemistry between god-in-training and his just rewards silently sums up the film long before the kindest cut of all." — JWR
Posted Feb 6, 2013
4.5/5 66% Cloud Atlas (2012) " Cloud Atlas quite marvellously weaves a half-dozen storylines into an intriguing coat of many generational colours. " — JWR
Posted Jan 19, 2013
3.5/5 84% Sleepwalk With Me (2012) " So do hang on and tough it out through the early awkwardness: once the truth starts hitting the fan/fans...it's a production that no one will sleep through. " — JWR
Posted Jan 12, 2013
5/5 77% Samsara (2012) " By journey's end, the film comes full circle, tying everything together with the notion that even the finest art in the world can dissipate in seconds..." — JWR
Posted Jan 12, 2013
4.5/5 94% The Sessions (2012) " All thinking viewers will come away with a better understanding as to how the seemingly different amongst us are really just the one-in-the-same when getting up close and personal. " — JWR
Posted Jan 12, 2013
2/5 96% Argo (2012) " Second billing to unabashed jingoism" — JWR
Posted Dec 26, 2012
2.5/5 70% Les Misérables (2012) " Musically romanticizing carnage and destruction" — JWR
Posted Dec 24, 2012
5/5 55% The Company You Keep (2013) " Proving yet again that he just gets better with age, Robert Redford does a spectacular job in bringing this quasi-fictional tale of idealism run amok three decades later to the screen." — JWR
Posted Sep 7, 2012
1.5/5 78% Nate & Margaret (2012) " Script abuse gives film a black eye" — JWR
Posted Aug 30, 2012
3.5/5 76% Premium Rush (2012) " The 'premium' of Koepp's film is the frenetic pace while the 'rush' stems largely from ignoring the transpiring events and savouring the ride. " — JWR
Posted Aug 24, 2012
3.5/4 100% They Call It Myanmar: Lifting The Curtain (2012) " No Myanmar Spring here." — JWR
Posted Aug 15, 2012
3.5/5 —— Crutch (2004) " Coping with self as life's greatest task" — JWR
Posted Jul 6, 2012
4.5/5 58% Jobriath A.D. (2014) " Descending the penis in vain" — JWR
Posted Jun 10, 2012
3.5/5 40% Foreverland (2013) " 'Til breath do us part" — JWR
Posted Jun 10, 2012
5/5 94% Moonrise Kingdom (2012) " Capturing our inner children" — JWR
Posted May 28, 2012
4.5/5 —— Our Paradise (Notre Paradis) (2014) " You know It's time to retire from the sex-for-cash industry when a fellow hustler asks you to find another corner because 'you're older than my tricks.'" — JWR
Posted May 24, 2012
2.5/5 —— Kronjuvelerna (The Crown Jewels) (2011) " Ella Lemhagen has created a fanciful world as she explores various aspects of the crown jewels from the allure of manufacturing untold wealth, to the most prized (and in many cases frustratingly unattainable) body part of men." — JWR
Posted May 19, 2012
3.5/5 67% Despite the Gods " Cinema of the absurd" — JWR
Posted May 17, 2012
4/5 75% Big Boys Gone Bananas!* (2012) " Lying as a corporate art form" — JWR
Posted May 17, 2012
4/5 88% Herman's House (2013) " What drives the film is artist Jackie Sumell's relationship with [Angola 3 member Herman] Wallace." — JWR
Posted May 17, 2012
4/5 —— Don't Change the Subject " Artful dance of premeditated death" — JWR
Posted May 17, 2012
4.5/5 81% North Sea Texas (2012) " As competent as the acting is, it's the filmmaking that brings this coming-of-age saga into the realm of brilliantly crafted cinema." — JWR
Posted May 17, 2012
3/5 —— The Seminarian (2011) " When Lim masters the very fine art of seamless storyline flow and purposely shows more of his point of view than he tells, a film of very high order could be the result." — JWR
Posted Mar 2, 2012
3.5/5 75% Gangs of New York (2002) " Scorsese scores some fine political points along the way and demonstrates the mastery of his craft in every scene, but the underlying theme of brutal revenge at any cost loses its way too early on... " — JWR
Posted Mar 2, 2012
3.5/5 94% Moneyball (2011) " The process of winning" — JWR
Posted Mar 2, 2012
3.5/5 51% The Iron Lady (2012) " Meryl Streep singlehandedly carries The Iron Lady with a performance-quite literally-for the ages." — JWR
Posted Mar 2, 2012
4/5 96% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 (2011) " Ending the light fantastic" — JWR
Posted Mar 2, 2012
4/5 100% We Were Here (2011) " ...cinematographer Marsha Kahm has done a stellar job of zeroing in on the disparate visages whether revelling in the joy of a long-forgotten moment with a former partner or letting tears of 'Why not me?' come into unabashed focus." — JWR
Posted Mar 2, 2012
3.5/5 78% Melancholia (2011) " It's an enormous pity Trier didn't find/commission an overarching score that supported his vision." — JWR
Posted Jan 23, 2012
3/5 80% I Saw the Devil (2011) " In filmmaker Kim Jee-woon's latest offering, the generous runtime begins with narrative promise but soon settles for near-ridiculous plot twists in order set up the next sadistic rape, murder, torture or terror most foul." — JWR
Posted Jan 23, 2012
3.5/5 41% Ceremony (2011) " Zoe's heartfelt declaration 'I can't be your mermaid,' succinctly sums up the entire situation." — JWR
Posted Jan 23, 2012
4/5 97% Monsieur Lazhar (2012) " Algerian Fellag plays the title role with an obvious love for young minds finding their place in the world." — JWR
Posted Jan 14, 2012
4/5 44% The Perfect Host (2011) " The Perfect Host is a welcome sherbet between the many more weighty films currently playing." — JWR
Posted Jan 14, 2012
3.5/5 94% Pariah (2011) " ... this filmmaker's obvious talent and understanding of craft should be further encouraged to grow and blossom." — JWR
Posted Jan 7, 2012
1/5 12% I Melt with You (2011) " The actors do their best with what's been thrown at them-such a waste of so much talent-but by journey's end the film collapses on itself. " — JWR
Posted Jan 4, 2012
4/5 88% Margin Call (2011) " All of those on either side of the greed equation will admire director/writer J.C. Chandor's taut tale of Wall Street brokers at their worst." — JWR
Posted Jan 4, 2012
4.5/5 84% Jane Eyre (2011) " Thanks to this beautifully crafted treatment, newcomers and veterans will learn something about the past and more than likely a few things (wanted or not) about themselves. " — JWR
Posted Jan 4, 2012
4.5/5 76% We Need to Talk About Kevin (2012) " Familial devotion has seldom been so horrifically explored on the screen." — JWR
Posted Jan 4, 2012
3/5 83% Warrior (2011) " In Gavin O'Connor's hands ... the few-holds-barred matches are certainly the main event: subtle characterization and deep back-story are not wanted on this two-fisted voyage of the Conlon family." — JWR
Posted Dec 29, 2011
4/5 84% Beginners (2011) " McGregor and Plummer put on a master's exhibition of timing, tone and tenacity. " — JWR
Posted Dec 28, 2011
2/5 77% The Debt (2011) " A narrative in search of a story" — JWR
Posted Dec 28, 2011
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