Hollywood Report Card

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 97%

Queen Of The Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us? (2011)

"One of the most beautifully filmed documentaries that I've ever seen."

Posted Jun 6, 2011

Ross Anthony

2 75%

Tales From the Script (2010)

"A must see for anyone with a script or an intention to write one. It's also likely inspiring, in a tough love sort of way, for anyone with any kind of ambition. I enjoyed it."

Posted Feb 20, 2010

Ross Anthony

3 18%

Valentine's Day (2010)

"It's a warm, fuzzy, fluffy, entertaining film."

Posted Feb 11, 2010

Ross Anthony

4 83%

Avatar (2009)

"Action, splendid visuals, romance, and even relevance. Energized pace outshines even the juicy special effects, which seamlessly integrate live action and cgi."

Posted Jan 2, 2010

Ross Anthony

5 76%

Invictus (2009)

"Slow, and subtle, smiling brightly, the picture wins audiences with the charm of Mandela, but descends into a bland film about rugby."

Posted Dec 13, 2009

Ross Anthony

6 66%

The Blind Side (2009)

"A Hollywoody realization of a great real life triumph. Has its faults, but nicely directed, acted and edited, on the whole."

Posted Nov 20, 2009

Ross Anthony

7 91%

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

"Stark, unforgiving, brutally honest, and yet... precious."

Posted Nov 12, 2009

Ross Anthony

8 39%

2012 (2009)

"Hokey happenstance, big special effects, some are pretty cool. It's no masterpiece, makes embarrassing mistakes, but I must admit - I really enjoyed the raw excitement."

Posted Nov 12, 2009

Ross Anthony

9 57%

Nos enfants nous accuseront (Food Beware: The French Organic Revolution) (2008)

"Uneven documentary brings to the surface important points about the quality of our food products. All of us (this non-organic, cola-drinker included) should be apprised."

Posted Oct 29, 2009

Ross Anthony

10 81%

Michael Jackson's This Is It (2009)

"I'm a music lover, but can't say I'm an MJ fan. Still, I enjoyed this behind-the-scenes/almost-concert film."

Posted Oct 28, 2009

Ross Anthony

11 72%

Where the Wild Things Are (2009)

"Like little Max's internal struggles, my feelings (about this film) aren't so easily understood, even to me."

Posted Oct 14, 2009

Ross Anthony

12 88%

At the Edge of the World (2009)

"A mixed bag. Moments of beauty and passion, but also moments that drag. Environmentalist gone Reality TV."

Posted Oct 6, 2009

Ross Anthony

13 79%

The Yes Men Fix the World (2009)

"It's fun, ballsy, edited with color, humor & hopefully will bring some awareness to the price of greed, and inject some ethics into discussions among the rich and powerful."

Posted Oct 6, 2009

Ross Anthony

14 58%

The Invention of Lying (2009)

"Honestly, I enjoyed the ever-amusing Ricky Gervais, and there is an oddly emotional moving mom/son scene, but the film, sadly, isn't so amusing."

Posted Oct 1, 2009

Ross Anthony

15 40%

X Games 3D: The Movie (2009)

"A dirt bike motorcycle enthusiast as well as a 3D aficionado, I had a great time overall, despite the film's imperfections."

Posted Aug 22, 2009

Ross Anthony

16 90%

District 9 (2009)

"Monty Python-esque. Reminded me a bit of the Stormtrooper spoof on TV's "Cops." Sharlto Copley sells it to us with grit, charm, naivety, and humor. He's absolutely brilliant."

Posted Aug 14, 2009

Ross Anthony

17 88%

Forbidden Lie$ (Forbidden Lies) (2007)

"It's a compelling story with a deathly serious topic, treated in a near sideshow manner. I like it. Less factual than a doc, less fiction than a drama. Faction"

Posted Aug 10, 2009

Ross Anthony

18 81%

Lars and the Real Girl (2007)

"Overall, an imperfect gem. In its successful attempt to go for the heart, "Lars and the Real Girl" stumbles a bit. I would have cast Michael Cera in the lead role."

Posted Aug 10, 2009

Ross Anthony

19 75%

Julie & Julia (2009)

"Love and food, the basics of life, two passions common to nearly everyone on the planet, the film offers them up like hors d'oeuvres never ceasing to circle the room. It's gentle, tender, warm, and sprinkled generously with tasty bits of humor."

Posted Aug 4, 2009

Ross Anthony

20 68%

Funny People (2009)

"Gangly, long, somewhat disjointed, but still very funny, I found "Funny People" surprisingly emotional, and even poignant."

Posted Aug 4, 2009

Ross Anthony

21 13%

The Ugly Truth (2009)

"Despite the ages of the leads, plays to younger audiences, goes for the Judd Apatow crowd. It's unapologetically brash, crass, and ugly in its truth, but still funny."

Posted Jul 22, 2009

Ross Anthony

22 92%

The Way We Get By (2009)

"A beautiful, affecting documentary with an appropriately sweet original sound track."

Posted Jul 15, 2009

Ross Anthony

23 84%

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)

"The first half is magical, captivating, inviting, great cinema. Second half disappoints."

Posted Jul 15, 2009

Ross Anthony

24 88%

3:10 to Yuma (2007)

"First 1.5 hours are slow, preposterously scripted, and short of powerful dialogue. I liked the ending though."

Posted Jun 18, 2009

Ross Anthony

25 51%

The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (2009)

"I'm probably not the first to say it's a train wreck. Starts out good enough, shows ability to the 1/2way mark, but the last 30 mins are just a scripting mess."

Posted Jun 12, 2009

Ross Anthony

26 98%

Up (2009)

"A near masterpiece. 1st half is absolutely brilliant -- a beautiful compelling work of art. I laughed, I cried, I ogled at the rich visuals. Sweet and touching theme."

Posted Jun 1, 2009

Ross Anthony

27 67%

Away We Go (2009)

"Nestles nicely into a sweet rocking motion between humor and heart. The leads are warm, fuzzy, funny and very likeable. The few faults may very well go unnoticed."

Posted May 21, 2009

Ross Anthony

28 33%

Terminator Salvation (2009)

"Nice performance by Sam Worthington. However, the film whole heartedly invests in action, leaving the story and character elements a bit slim."

Posted May 21, 2009

Ross Anthony

29 37%

Angels & Demons (2009)

"A film entitled Angels & Demons, touting a challenge between religion & science in the name of the "Illuminati" should be more illuminating than a simple puzzle."

Posted May 14, 2009

Ross Anthony

30 95%

Star Trek (2009)

"A fiery dynamo. Big action, snappy direction, good acting, respect for the past. This is the summer blockbuster to see."

Posted May 12, 2009

Ross Anthony

31 38%

X-Men Origins - Wolverine (2009)

"A fairly entertaining mess, though the ending becomes a rather tedious mess. Also, hydrochlorothiazide is more likely to make you pee than to slow your heart rate."

Posted May 4, 2009

Ross Anthony

32 56%

Enlighten Up! (2009)

"A pleasure in its open-mindedness. If you're up for a safe, light, skeptic's look into the many variations of modern yoga, take a peek."

Posted Apr 24, 2009

Ross Anthony

33 39%

Fighting (2009)

"B movie w/ a strong right hook. Other strong hooks include Terrance Howard and Luis Guzman. Subtle, Channing Tatum delievers a solid performance as well (dancer to figher)."

Posted Apr 24, 2009

Ross Anthony

34 87%

Earth (Disneynature's Earth) (Planet Earth) (2009)

"Breathtaking. Take a break from the gridlock, concrete and steel jungle that defines most of our lives. These are some fantastic, won't believe your eyes, animal shots."

Posted Apr 22, 2009

Ross Anthony

35 84%

State of Play (2009)

"Provides hearty cinematic entertainment. From the opening heart thumping sequence, the tension builds and almost never lets up, save for the weak closing."

Posted Apr 15, 2009

Ross Anthony

36 95%

Goodbye Solo (2009)

"Interactions between 2 tasty personalities warm the picture & lift it into the realm of special. However, by the hour mark - drops pace a notch and feels a tad incomplete."

Posted Apr 8, 2009

Ross Anthony

37 51%

Observe and Report (2009)

"Quite crude, quite funny. Good at what it sets out to do %u2013 make us giggle, but that serious part of me wanted the picture to take its serious side one or two steps further."

Posted Apr 8, 2009

Ross Anthony

38 71%

The Great Buck Howard (2009)

"The heart of the film is all about finding life's element, better yet, a way to put yourself into your life's element, despite pressures to be somewhere or something else."

Posted Mar 25, 2009

Ross Anthony

39 65%

Watchmen (2009)

"Wow! Your ticket price will buy you a whole lot of movie. Big smooth action, intense emotive acting, complicated plot, steamy romance. This is not a child's comic book flick."

Posted Mar 9, 2009

Ross Anthony

40 89%

The Visitor (2008)

"Our patience with the characters' apathy and uninteresting demeanor is not rewarded enough."

Posted Mar 2, 2009

Ross Anthony

41 90%

Coraline (2009)

"Ripe with colors and magic and mystery. 3D is very nice. Cools off towards end. Spooky."

Posted Mar 2, 2009

Ross Anthony

42 57%

Defiance (2009)

"A harrowing story of bravery & survival, Defiance tells it Hollywood-style. Still, somehow the true-story courage bleeds through the at-times hokey formula scripting."

Posted Feb 18, 2009

Ross Anthony

43 90%

Must Read After My Death (2007)

"As we seek to make sense of our own lives and relationships, a Leave it to Beaver family opens its vulnerable unspeakable underbelly to us."

Posted Feb 18, 2009

Ross Anthony

44 59%

The International (2009)

"The film opens with style, promise & top notch cinematography/direction. Sadly, after an hour of intrigue, thrill, & chase, the script sharply strays from earlier smarts."

Posted Feb 12, 2009

Ross Anthony

45 12%

Pink Panther 2 (2009)

"Martin's first Pink Panther actually tickled me. Sadly, this time, flat gags & off-color innuendoes double in quantity, while sincerely funny bits wane to a mere handful."

Posted Feb 5, 2009

Ross Anthony

46 94%

Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

"There's certainly some very good direction, editing and acting - especially by the kids. But the adult actors just didn't seem to carry the weight of the harrowing back story."

Posted Jan 26, 2009

Ross Anthony

47 85%

Rachel Getting Married (2008)

"Anne is okay, much stronger performances by Rosemary Dewitt, Tunde Adembimpe & Bill Irwin. Lush, rich, cultural music spices already fresh, alive family gathering scenes."

Posted Jan 22, 2009

Ross Anthony

48 39%

Inkheart (2009)

"Beautiful cinematography, good direction, solid supporting actors, interestingly enough story, despite its predictability, but the main character was absent."

Posted Jan 22, 2009

Ross Anthony

49 72%

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)

"A very sweet film. A freak of nature story, a love story, a surreal drama; Button is at its best reminding us the beauty, miracle, and impermanence of real life."

Posted Jan 11, 2009

Ross Anthony

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