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Orange County and Long Beach Blade

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 ——

Fruit Fly (2009)

"Writer-director H.P. Mendoza establishes himself as a promising filmmaker...definitely worth watching."

Posted Oct 11, 2010

Fr. Chris Carpenter

2 93%

The Kids Are All Right (2010)

"Despite its script's considerable shortcomings, (the film) is a timely, engaging story that provides the sublime pleasure of watching two lovely, exceptional actresses in great form."

Posted Jun 27, 2010

Fr. Chris Carpenter

3 63%

8: The Mormon Proposition (2010)

"The unrelenting attack on the LDS church in the documentary lets other churches and religious groups off the hook...The Mormons did not and could not secure (Prop 8's) passage all by themselves, but the film makes it look like they did. "

Posted Jun 2, 2010

Fr. Chris Carpenter

4 72%

I Love You Phillip Morris (2010)

"Delightful...Carrey and McGregor give wonderful, unrestrained performances."

Posted Apr 26, 2010

Fr. Chris Carpenter

5 86%

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)

"Weaves a dark, complex tale...an engrossing, extremely well-made movie"

Posted Feb 23, 2010

Fr. Chris Carpenter

6 79%

Humpday (2009)

"One of the ten best home video releases of 2009, and one of the year's best films period."

Posted Dec 31, 2009

Fr. Chris Carpenter

7 99%

The Wizard of Oz (1939)

"One of the ten best home video (re-)releases of 2009"

Posted Dec 31, 2009

Fr. Chris Carpenter

8 95%

Gone With the Wind (1939)

"One of the ten best home video (re-)releases of 2009"

Posted Dec 31, 2009

Fr. Chris Carpenter

9 90%

Coraline (2009)

"One of the ten best home video releases (and one of the best films period) of 2009"

Posted Dec 31, 2009

Fr. Chris Carpenter

10 98%

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

"One of the ten best home video (re-)releases of 2009"

Posted Dec 31, 2009

Fr. Chris Carpenter

11 ——

The Strange One (1957)

"One of the ten best, if one of the more obscure, home video releases of 2009"

Posted Dec 31, 2009

Fr. Chris Carpenter

12 98%

Up (2009)

"One of the best home video releases of 2009"

Posted Dec 31, 2009

Fr. Chris Carpenter

13 73%

Yentl (1983)

"One of the best home video releases of 2009"

Posted Dec 31, 2009

Fr. Chris Carpenter

14 57%

It's Complicated (2009)

"We love La Meryl, but this is the worst movie of 2009."

Posted Dec 30, 2009

Fr. Chris Carpenter

15 85%

Der Baader Meinhof Komplex (The Baader Meinhof Complex) (2008)

"One of the ten best films of 2009"

Posted Dec 30, 2009

Fr. Chris Carpenter

16 89%

A Serious Man (2009)

"One of the ten best films of 2009"

Posted Dec 30, 2009

Fr. Chris Carpenter

17 91%

Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire (2009)

"One of the ten best films of 2009"

Posted Dec 30, 2009

Fr. Chris Carpenter

18 ——

After the Storm (2009)

"One of the ten best films of 2009, and the best documentary."

Posted Dec 30, 2009

Fr. Chris Carpenter

19 71%

The Last Station (2010)

"One of the ten best films of 2009"

Posted Dec 30, 2009

Fr. Chris Carpenter

20 ——

Redwoods (2009)

"Sexy and touching...(The film) becomes predictable and a little trite at the end, but its climax is undeniably moving."

Posted Nov 30, 2009

Fr. Chris Carpenter

21 60%

Shank (2009)

"I don't recommend this London-set tale of sexually conflicted, teenage sociopaths"

Posted Nov 30, 2009

Fr. Chris Carpenter

22 ——

Make the Yuletide Gay (2009)

"Sometimes strained but thoroughly enjoyable...(The film) has fun overturning some coming-out story conventions."

Posted Nov 30, 2009

Fr. Chris Carpenter

23 85%

A Single Man (2009)

"Not only one of the best films of 2009, but one of the best gay-themed films ever...The most authentically detailed period film since 2002's "Far from Heaven""

Posted Nov 30, 2009

Fr. Chris Carpenter

24 79%

Humpday (2009)

"More sophisticated than a brief plot synopsis indicates, and it is one of the most observant and intelligent movies ever about male relationships."

Posted Jun 30, 2009

Fr. Chris Carpenter

25 38%

The Art of Being Straight (2008)

"The director's inexperience shows at times...but his writing and acting are fine. Indeed, everyone in the cast is quite good."

Posted Jun 4, 2009

Fr. Chris Carpenter

26 77%

Venkovský Ucitel (The Country Teacher) (2008)

"Sometimes predictable, but it takes a number of surprising turns."

Posted Jun 4, 2009

Fr. Chris Carpenter

27 ——

Mulligans (2008)

"Despite its makers' best efforts to be provocative, the film ends up a bit routine."

Posted Mar 25, 2009

Fr. Chris Carpenter

28 81%

Sex Positive (2009)

"Definitely worth seeing...many of us literally owe our lives to (the film's subjects)."

Posted Feb 27, 2009

Fr. Chris Carpenter

29 67%

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008)

"Excessively violent but oddly dull...a Crusades allegory for teeny-boppers"

Posted Feb 27, 2009

Fr. Chris Carpenter

30 24%

Filth and Wisdom (2008)

"Madonna's direction isn't half-bad...too bad she chose a poor script teeming with uninteresting characters"

Posted Feb 27, 2009

Fr. Chris Carpenter

31 68%

Synecdoche, New York (2008)

"A pretentious, witless disaster that largely wastes a great cast; one of the worst films of 2008"

Posted Feb 27, 2009

Fr. Chris Carpenter

32 22%

Another Gay Sequel: Gays Gone Wild! (2008)

"One of only three movies in my life I've walked out of before they ended; the worst film of 2008"

Posted Feb 27, 2009

Fr. Chris Carpenter

33 92%

Chris & Don: A Love Story (2007)

"A great, revealing documentary; one of the best films released in 2008"

Posted Feb 27, 2009

Fr. Chris Carpenter

34 39%

Speed Racer (2008)

"Fellow critics mercilessly denounced this dazzling, visually inventive adaptation; one of the ten best films of 2008"

Posted Feb 27, 2009

Fr. Chris Carpenter

35 77%

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (2008)

"A valentine to a by-gone era; one of the ten best films of 2008"

Posted Feb 27, 2009

Fr. Chris Carpenter

36 75%

Four Minutes (2007)

"Potent tale...one of the ten best films released in 2008"

Posted Feb 27, 2009

Fr. Chris Carpenter

37 93%

Happy-Go-Lucky (2008)

"An unusually cheery movie from veteran British writer-director Mike Leigh; one of the ten best films of 2008"

Posted Feb 27, 2009

Fr. Chris Carpenter

38 96%

Waltz with Bashir (2008)

"Powerful...one of the ten best films of 2008"

Posted Feb 27, 2009

Fr. Chris Carpenter

39 ——

Ready? OK! (2008)

"Charming and criminally unreleased theatrically; one of the ten best films of 2008"

Posted Feb 27, 2009

Fr. Chris Carpenter

40 96%

WALL-E (2008)

"Disney-Pixar's greatest film yet; one of the ten best movies of 2008"

Posted Feb 27, 2009

Fr. Chris Carpenter

41 94%

Milk (2008)

"The best film of 2008; engrossing no matter what one's sexual orientation."

Posted Feb 27, 2009

Fr. Chris Carpenter

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