Spence D.

""Boat drinks!" "To Batman, Superman, and the Human Torch!""

Agrees with the Tomatometer 75% of the time.

Biography:
Spence D. has been an ambitious scribbler specializing in pop culture for over14 years. He got his start in the legendary hip-hop ‘zine The Bomb and has written for publications like Devil in the Woods, Guitar One, Stance, Warp Japan, While You Were Sleeping, XLR8R, and others. Additionally he has served as a Contributing Editor to Urb, an Associate Editor at The Gavin, and a Senior Editor at IGN.com. He watches way too many Hong Kong action films, drinks entirely too much beer, and reads an excessive amount of comic books. He also enjoys skiing and is an Ichthyo-Ovo-Lacto Vegetarian (he eats fish, dairy products, and vegetables). And in case you were wondering, the D. stands for "dookey."
Favorites:
The Wild Bunch Heavy Metal Blue Velvet Fandango The Big Blue The Cook, The Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover Big Trouble In Little China Hell Comes To Frogtown Clockwork Orange The Barefoot Executive Miller's Crossing Gumball Rally
Publications:
IGN Movies
Total Reviews:
336
Total QuickRatings:
262
Location:
San Francisco, CA

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
4/5 44% Hostel: Part II (2007) " Eli Roth has actually improved upon the first Hostel film, delivering a higher quotient of gore, but more importantly delivering an incredibly streamlined, and dare I say, mature spin on the slasher genre." — IGN Movies
Posted Jun 1, 2007
2.5/5 68% Hard Candy (2006) " There is no question that Hard Candy is an intense and unnerving little film. But when all is said and done it's a rather empty exercise in hot button pushing." — IGN Movies
Posted Apr 14, 2006
4.5/5 53% Wolf Creek (2005) " The transference of nail biting insanity from screen to ticket holders is what ultimately drives the picture and makes it almost an interactive experience." — IGN Movies
Posted Jan 1, 2006
4.5/5 52% First Descent (2005) " A sweet primer, not only into the history of snowboarding, but into the minds and lifestyles of some of the key participants in the sport." — IGN Movies
Posted Dec 1, 2005
4/5 88% Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) " A brisk, darkly-tinged adventure yarn that boosts the action quota considerably and as such becomes a whirlwind blast of post-summer escapism." — IGN Movies
Posted Nov 18, 2005
3/5 21% Into the Blue (2005) " ...lurking underneath the sleek and fashionable veneer is a not half-bad little morality play." — IGN Movies
Posted Sep 29, 2005
4.5/5 82% Serenity (2005) " The film is teeming with an overwhelming amount of integrity, heart, soul, and some of the best written characters to invade genre fiction in quite some time." — IGN Movies
Posted Sep 29, 2005
2/5 11% Venom (2005) " Cookie cutter horror straight from the swamps of Louisiana." — IGN Movies
Posted Sep 16, 2005
4.5/5 53% The Devil's Rejects (2005) " A gloriously wicked psychobilly thriller that unfolds like a crystal meth soaked drive-in movie nightmare." — IGN Movies
Posted Jul 19, 2005
3.5/5 42% Herbie: Fully Loaded (2005) " Amidst the doom and gloom of all of the 2005 summer blockbusters, this is a light, airy, fun-filled bubblegum romp." — IGN Movies
Posted Jul 7, 2005
2.5/5 27% Fantastic Four (2005) " What could have been the brilliant set-up to an ongoing franchise is instead turned into a vacuous slice of summer escapism." — IGN Movies
Posted Jul 7, 2005
3/5 74% War of the Worlds (2005) " For all its technical beauty, there's something lacking. It often feels a bit like Spielberg phoned the film in or at the very least painted it by numbers." — IGN Movies
Posted Jun 30, 2005
3.5/5 84% Aliens of the Deep (2005) " Much of the allure of the film comes from Cameron's easygoing, rather unscientific approach to the project." — IGN Movies
Posted Feb 7, 2005
3/5 20% The Real McCoy (1993) IGN Movies
Posted Dec 17, 2004
84% The Sea Inside (Mar Adentro) (The Sea Within) (2004) " In the end, The Sea Inside is a beautiful, rippling mirage shrouding an empty husk of misplaced emotions." — IGN Movies
Posted Dec 17, 2004
2.5/5 53% Spanglish (2004) " ...Spanglish is a sometimes entertaining, sometimes poignant, but more often than not, cliché-ridden drama/comedy..." — IGN Movies
Posted Dec 17, 2004
4.5/5 81% Ray (2004) " Ray reveals Foxx for what he truly is: a gifted and immensely talented actor." — IGN Movies
Posted Oct 28, 2004
3/5 46% Shall We Dance (2004) " Gere, a strong supporting cast, and a great soundtrack save this romantic comedy from the dog pound." — IGN Movies
Posted Oct 15, 2004
4/5 95% Hero (2004) " ...rife with beautiful location scenery, incredible production design, intense cinematic beauty, and above all engagingly beautiful fight sequences." — IGN Movies
Posted Aug 27, 2004
4/5 71% Gozu (Gokudô kyôfu dai-gekijô: Gozu) (2003) " ...underneath the freaky veneer lurks a film that exposes the true nature of friendship, loyalty, and just how far somebody will go to exact their just revenge." — IGN Movies
Posted Aug 6, 2004
4/5 72% Open Water (2004) " ...a bare bones tale of survival horror that reverberates with emotional drama, realistic terror, and an overall sense of foreboding futility." — IGN Movies
Posted Aug 6, 2004
4.5/5 86% Garden State (2004) " Quirkily loveable characters plus a dreamlike and hallucinatory sheen make this fantasical romantic comedy bristle with a sense of bliss and wonder. " — IGN Movies
Posted Jul 30, 2004
2/5 43% The Village (2004) " discerning filmgoers will be able to see the film for what it really is: an embarrassing and underhanded attempt to manipulate the emotions of the audience. " — IGN Movies
Posted Jul 30, 2004
3.5/5 74% Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (2004) " This may not be the funniest film of the summer nor even the stoniest, but it is still an enjoyable chunk of resin-soaked celluloid. " — IGN Movies
Posted Jul 30, 2004
4.5/5 86% Zatôichi (The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi) (2003) " Kitano's direction is a fine balance of artistic brilliance, low-key slapstick diversion, and plenty of swift swordplay." — IGN Movies
Posted Jul 22, 2004
3.5/5 67% The Door in the Floor (2004) " Filled with darkly off-kilter humor and uncomfortably funny moments that resonate both emotionally and intellectually." — IGN Movies
Posted Jul 15, 2004
4.5/5 95% Before Sunset (2004) " Before Sunset is a quiet, introspective little film that reverberates with more emotion and more human realness than any CGI enhanced cinematic event could ever hope to." — IGN Movies
Posted Jul 2, 2004
2/5 15% White Chicks (2004) " White Chicks isn't horrible. It's just innocuous, run-of-the-mill, and makes very few inroads into crafting anything new." — IGN Movies
Posted Jun 23, 2004
3.5/5 71% Napoleon Dynamite (2004) " ...a wonderfully skewed story that weaves together tater tot fetishism, a voracious llama, tether ball, Internet dating, and the high school presidential race..." — IGN Movies
Posted Jun 10, 2004
3.5/5 45% The Day After Tomorrow (2004) " It has drama, it has action, it has pseudo-scientific mumbo jumbo, it has bloodthirsty timber wolves, and it has lots and lots of ice." — IGN Movies
Posted May 28, 2004
3.5/5 87% Mayor of the Sunset Strip (2004) " ...an often confusing, incredibly bittersweet, yet mesmerizing examination of the cult of personality..." — IGN Movies
Posted Mar 26, 2004
3/5 41% Jersey Girl (2004) " ...it's a bit saccharine in places, but plenty of Smith's off-kilter sense of wit shines through, giving the rosy-cheeked script some much needed edge... " — IGN Movies
Posted Mar 26, 2004
4/5 64% Spartan (2004) " Spartan is the type of film that you immediately find yourself wanting to view again..." — IGN Movies
Posted Mar 12, 2004
2/5 1% Twisted (2004) " Kaufman's keen eye cannot override the simple fact that the story and the characters are generic and the ultimate twist really isn't much of one." — IGN Movies
Posted Feb 27, 2004
3/5 49% The Passion of the Christ (2004) " it's a brutally beautiful (or would that be beautifully brutal?), unnerving, and frustrating film that will undoubtedly offer up more questions than answers." — IGN Movies
Posted Feb 25, 2004
3.5/5 91% Cure (1998) " Kurosawa definitely has a strong visual style and a knack for spinning engrossing, if not bizarre, stories that cross the genre divide." — IGN Movies
Posted Feb 13, 2004
3/5 44% 50 First Dates (2004) " Not amongst Sandler's best, but it still an entertaining enough diversion that succeeds in large part because of the charismatic aura of both the leads." — IGN Movies
Posted Feb 12, 2004
4.5/5 73% Snatch (2001) " This is a swift, sharp picture that pleases the senses on all levels, ranging from the visual to the aural, the linguistic, and yes even the intellectual." — IGN Movies
Posted Feb 10, 2004
1.5/5 23% Domestic Disturbance (2001) " This film quickly sinks into a lame, ultra-predictable storyline that would never have made it past the made-for-cable-TV editorial commission." — IGN Movies
Posted Feb 10, 2004
4/5 77% Tape (2001) " Tape brilliantly mixes sex, lies, and videotape-esque quirks with some supreme mental fornicative twists to produce an engaging chunk of film." — IGN Movies
Posted Feb 10, 2004
4/5 49% The Price of Milk (2001) " This is a quaint and creative take on the modern romantic motif, a film that creates a world where subtle beauty and true love are more than enough to get by on." — IGN Movies
Posted Feb 10, 2004
3.5/5 17% The Perfect Score (2004) " Believe it or not, The Perfect Score is a surprisingly smart, keen, and fun little high school caper film." — IGN Movies
Posted Jan 29, 2004
3/5 16% The Big Bounce (2004) " ...teeters precariously on the edge of being utter crap or brilliantly funny entertainment. That it never falls onto either side of the divide is its ultimate downfall." — IGN Movies
Posted Jan 29, 2004
4.5/5 93% Touching the Void (2004) " The combination of the real life climber's emotional retelling of the events and the sparse, yet dramatic re-enactments is enough to keep you glued to the screen. " — IGN Movies
Posted Jan 24, 2004
3.5/5 71% Cold Mountain (2003) " Crisp direction, wonderful cinematography, a well-written script and brilliant acting all combine to make this an engaging story of love and loss. " — IGN Movies
Posted Dec 25, 2003
3.5/5 60% Stuck On You (2003) " Bubbling underneath the conjoined twin gimmick of the story and the ribald blasts of un-PC toilet humor is a rather intriguing and complex film." — IGN Movies
Posted Dec 11, 2003
80% 21 Grams (2003) " This is a film that is ultimately driven by the performances of those involved and thankfully those performances are strong, engaging, and worth sitting through." — IGN Movies
Posted Nov 26, 2003
58% The Missing (2003) " What could have been a compelling psychological thriller is nothing more than a downright plodding and predictable swipe at the Western genre." — IGN Movies
Posted Nov 26, 2003
3.5/5 84% Elf (2003) " A hip, smart holiday film that is as surprising as it is predictable. That said, the best thing to do is sit back with a warm glass of eggnog and go along for the ride." — IGN Movies
Posted Nov 7, 2003
3/5 4% House of the Dead (2003) " While not as technically brilliant as some zombie fare, HotD more than makes up for this lack in terms of sheer heart. Sure, it's a low-budget venture, but it doesn't feel forced or contrived, but rather revels in its low-budget restraints." — IGN Movies
Posted Oct 26, 2003
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