Sean Gandert

Sean Gandert

Agrees with the Tomatometer 71% of the time.

Publications:
Paste Magazine
Total Reviews:
147

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
9.4/10 88% Boardwalk Empire: Season 2 (TV, 2011) " Season two's finale feels like it opened things up and has removed a lot of the show's more irritating parts along the way. " — Paste Magazine
Posted Jul 18, 2014
8.1/10 92% Louie: Season 4 (TV, 2014) " "Back" was an excellent way of showing that Louie is still the strange, groundbreaking show it's always been. " — Paste Magazine
Posted May 20, 2014
9.6/10 85% House of Cards: Season 2 (TV, 2014) " I needed to stop after the credits rolled because there was no way a second episode could be this good. " — Paste Magazine
Posted Feb 18, 2014
7.4/10 100% Cougar Town: Season 2 (TV, 2010-2011) " Cougar Town is a show about our leisure hours and how we entertain each other in order to get through life, and while that means it will never be particularly deep, that doesn't keep it from being consistently creative or hilarious. " — Paste Magazine
Posted Jan 15, 2014
7.4/10 —— Cougar Town: Season 5 (TV, 2014) " An excellent start to the season and one that signals that the creators may have more of an idea about what they're doing this time out of the gate. " — Paste Magazine
Posted Jan 9, 2014
9.2/10 92% Community: Season 5 (TV, 2013-2014) " Humor is always a very subjective thing, but Community is back where it was before. It's still an acquired taste, but for those of us who liked the show in the past but had all but given up on it, this was a wonderful return to form. " — Paste Magazine
Posted Jan 7, 2014
8.3/10 93% Treme: Season 4 (TV, 2013) " Treme has had a bumpier run than might have been expected, but it looks like we may be getting the killer party at the end that the show, and city, deserve. " — Paste Magazine
Posted Dec 3, 2013
8.6/10 52% Hello Ladies: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014) " The execution of every one of these parts is excellent, with no unnecessary exposition or forced situations. " — Paste Magazine
Posted Sep 30, 2013
8.6/10 100% Parks and Recreation: Season 6 (TV, 2013-2014) " With the sort of breakneck speed that helps make Parks so good, "London" gave us immediate answers. " — Paste Magazine
Posted Sep 27, 2013
7.1/10 97% Boardwalk Empire: Season 4 (TV, 2013) " It was a perfectly serviceable start, but nothing to get too excited about. " — Paste Magazine
Posted Sep 9, 2013
7.7/10 100% Futurama: Season 7 (TV, 2012) " It looks like this may be another season in which we get a fair number of enjoyably watchable episodes and maybe a couple of great ones sprinkled in. " — Paste Magazine
Posted Sep 5, 2013
7.3/10 76% Community: Season 4 (TV, 2013) " With this first episode in the bag, we know the showrunners can put out a pretty good episode of Community. " — Paste Magazine
Posted Feb 8, 2013
5.3/10 78% Downton Abbey: Season 3 (TV, 2012) " Why doesn't Downton Abbey the show seem to have much value? Because it's largely forgotten why it existed in the first place, and no random party will prove an easy fix to that problem, either. " — Paste Magazine
Posted Jan 6, 2013
100% Treme: Season 3 (TV, 2012) " This season of Treme didn't even start that slowly, though it was, as usual, jam-packed with exposition. " — Paste Magazine
Posted Sep 23, 2012
8.5/10 95% Parks and Recreation: Season 5 (TV, 2012-2013) " Yes, all the parts are in place for the rest of the season, but an equal amount of time was spent just clowning around, which is what the show's best at. " — Paste Magazine
Posted Sep 20, 2012
8.2/10 100% Louie: Season 3 (TV, 2012) " What drives Louie is a combination of thematic ties and the creator's sense of what works well together. " — Paste Magazine
Posted Jun 28, 2012
7.5/10 85% Happy, Happy (2011) " One of those few films in theaters that are really and truly adult." — Paste Magazine
Posted Sep 16, 2011
7.7/10 78% The Mill and the Cross (2011) " Majewski's filmic voice isn't for everyone, filled with lengthy tableaus without obvious meaning, but it's strong and truly unique." — Paste Magazine
Posted Sep 16, 2011
7.1/10 73% Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life (2011) " Gainsbourg ends up questionable when it comes to actual biography, but it does a great job capturing the man's spirit, which it's hard not to believe Serge himself would find far more important." — Paste Magazine
Posted Sep 1, 2011
5.3/10 64% Love Crime (2011) " There are definitely enough ideas in it to create a good picture, but a complete lack of empathy leaves Love Crime as just an exercise." — Paste Magazine
Posted Sep 1, 2011
3.1/10 10% The Family Tree (2011) " The Family Tree is never willing to try and really understand its family, instead creating wall of surface-level quirks as shorthand for their personalities." — Paste Magazine
Posted Aug 29, 2011
8.6/10 83% Offret (The Sacrifice) (1986) " The few insecurities in the filmmaking, which stick out in contrast to his Russian works, are easily overlooked by how masterful other scenes are and the impressiveness of the imagery." — Paste Magazine
Posted Aug 18, 2011
6.4/10 79% Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow (2011) " It's a testament to how fascinating Kiefer's work is that the film is still enjoyable, if intermittently very dull." — Paste Magazine
Posted Aug 17, 2011
9.4/10 100% Jalsaghar (The Music Room) (1958) " It's a full-on Shakespearean tragedy that manages to be both critical of and sympathetic to its main character." — Paste Magazine
Posted Aug 17, 2011
8.7/10 88% Naked (1993) " Almost every moment in it is electrifying and alive in a way no focus-tested movie could match." — Paste Magazine
Posted Jul 27, 2011
5.2/10 43% Ironclad (2011) " Most of the movie is so bland and has such a lack of passion for characters or story that it makes you wonder why anyone cared enough to make it." — Paste Magazine
Posted Jul 22, 2011
3.6/10 73% Sarah's Key (2011) " Anytime real drama would take place rather than its amped-up melodrama Sarah's Keyducks out with an ellipsis rather than showing us something that would upset its fragile, middlebrow sensitivities." — Paste Magazine
Posted Jul 22, 2011
9.1/10 91% Tabloid (2011) " Morris' most flat-out enjoyable picture" — Paste Magazine
Posted Jul 14, 2011
9.5/10 97% Kiss Me Deadly (1955) " In the years since its release, Kiss Me Deadly has been copied so many times that many of its boldest elements are familiar, but they've done little to dull its overall impact." — Paste Magazine
Posted Jul 9, 2011
9.3/10 100% Menschen am Sonntag (People on Sunday) (1930) " The film acts as a time capsule for both a city that was lost and the aspirations of its creators without sacrificing its desire to show what life is like when you're young and full of life." — Paste Magazine
Posted Jul 9, 2011
5.8 73% Insignificance (1985) " None of its characters have any sort of inner life and their motivations are simply to fulfill the goals of the screenplay." — Paste Magazine
Posted Jun 15, 2011
8.3/10 55% Mr. Nice (2011) " what Mr. Nice offers is a stylish and fascinating biography that, while perhaps playing loose with the facts, knows that it's far more entertaining to watch the highs than the lows. " — Paste Magazine
Posted Jun 10, 2011
7.3/10 82% Trollhunter (2011) " In every sense, Troll Hunter lives up to its ridiculous name and premise." — Paste Magazine
Posted Jun 9, 2011
8.8/10 86% Pale Flower (Kawaita hana) (1964) " Pale Flower sits comfortably as one of the darker noir films ever made" — Paste Magazine
Posted Jun 4, 2011
9.1/10 66% Solaris (2002) " ...it remains a fascinating work and its deep questioning of what makes us human when faced with simulacrums feels if anything more relevant today than when it was made." — Paste Magazine
Posted Jun 4, 2011
5.9/10 91% City of Life and Death (2011) " Chuan's attempt is certainly admirable in the time and care put towards honoring those at Nanking, but the effort is misguided and its propagandist take feels hollow and disappointing." — Paste Magazine
Posted May 14, 2011
7.8/10 66% Hobo With a Shotgun (2011) " Unsurprisingly Hobo with a Shotgun is shot in the style of '60s and '70s exploitation films -- and what a style it is." — Paste Magazine
Posted May 6, 2011
8.3/10 100% The Scent of Green Papaya (Mùi du du xanh - L'odeur de la papaye verte) (1993) " Scent of Green Papaya's warmth and beauty create a magical feeling that's more important than narrative." — Paste Magazine
Posted May 5, 2011
7.4/10 95% The Arbor (2011) " The film's strange way of meandering off its original topic is never resolved, but even with its deficiencies The Arbor is always intelligent cinema." — Paste Magazine
Posted May 5, 2011
8.6 96% 13 Assassins (2011) " It's a Miike film that for once can be recommended without caveats, boldly treading new ground but also taking stock of what's come before and not rejecting it outright." — Paste Magazine
Posted May 5, 2011
8.5/10 92% Armadillo (2011) " You may be sick of war films about Afghanistan by now, but Armadillo's boldly objective take on the situation shouldn't be missed." — Paste Magazine
Posted Apr 25, 2011
7.1/10 92% Incendies (2011) " As a film of ideas, it's disappointing, but as a two-hour ride it's definitely worth your time." — Paste Magazine
Posted Apr 22, 2011
7.4/10 84% The Princess Of Montpensier (2011) " Montpensier won't treat anyone to a totally new experience, but it's a well-realized work of pure cinematic skill that's worth marvelling at, cliches and all." — Paste Magazine
Posted Apr 15, 2011
5.7/10 89% A Screaming Man (2011) " It's extremely well-intended and contains the broad strokes of a much better movie, but A Screaming Man's inhuman characters lead to an unfortunate descent into clichés." — Paste Magazine
Posted Apr 14, 2011
7.0/10 82% American: The Bill Hicks Story (2011) " American isn't a necessary film, in that it won't really change anyone's opinion about Hicks nor does it bring a new interpretation to his life, but it's a well-made and entertaining movie that gives the man his due." — Paste Magazine
Posted Apr 7, 2011
4.5/10 77% In A Better World (2011) " While it features a few powerful moments and impressive cinematography, the film manages to say nothing new about its themes and does so in a particularly out-of-touch manner." — Paste Magazine
Posted Apr 1, 2011
4.4/10 43% Cracks (2011) " Cracks only strays from the boarding school genre's playbook when it's entering questionable territory, making for a picture that's easily forgettable except in its disappointments." — Paste Magazine
Posted Mar 30, 2011
7.8/10 68% Black Death (2011) " There's no glory for Black Death's mercenaries at the end of their journey, but for the audience there's a fascinating take on religion and morality that also features some pretty decent swordplay-and really, how much more can a movie offer?" — Paste Magazine
Posted Mar 29, 2011
3.4/10 17% Miral (2011) " The director's affection for its subject matter is obvious throughout, but while Miral may succeed as an ode to its muse, it will disappoint most anyone else." — Paste Magazine
Posted Mar 29, 2011
3.5/10 80% I Saw the Devil (2011) " Horror aficionados may appreciate some of its stagings and detail, but for anyone seeking more than just meaningless blood and guts being spewed there's no reason to give I Saw the Devil a look." — Paste Magazine
Posted Mar 12, 2011
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