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Brian Holcomb

Brian Holcomb
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/10 59% W. (2008) Stone's film is like an affectionate kick in the groin of a good old boy you'd like to have a beer with, or with W today, a near Beer.‐ Kinetofilm
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2010
5/10 70% Sherlock Holmes (2009) The film called "Sherlock Holmes" that has been raking in the money at the box office this Christmas season does not really exist at all. It's an illusion. A Jedi Mind Trick.‐ Kinetofilm
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2010
3.5/5 63% Extract (2009) While not as complete a success as "Office Space", it is often quite brilliant.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2010
No Score Yet Ghost Image (2007) The kind of movie that is best seen at about 3:45 a.m. on TV. At that hour, your mind is only half awake and is unable to think critically about the story that is unfolding.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2010
3/5 50% Cruising (1980) Friedkin makes the kind of films that a pod from Invasion of the Body Snatchers might make given the chance.‐ Kinetofilm
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2009
3/5 31% The Lovely Bones (2009) The strangest thing about Jackson's approach is how chaste it is. The whole film is just a bit too tasteful to achieve real catharsis.‐ Kinetofilm
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2009
2.5/5 76% Invictus (2009) INVICTUS works better than it deserves to as an old fashioned,predictable entertainment. In another filmmaker's hands the Capra-corn would be just too much.‐ Kinetofilm
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2009
3/5 37% Angels & Demons (2009) It appears that Ron Howard knew that he had to change the way everything was done in the previous film, and sending Tom Hanks to the barber was a very good start.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2009
2.5/5 83% Paranormal Activity (2009) Expect less and you will appreciate it more. The film isn't unique or even very well made. Peli only seems able to come up with HALF of a good idea throughout the film.‐ Kinetofilm
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2009
4.5/5 92% Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987) What distinguishes this film from others in the genre is the undercurrent of melancholy between the laughs.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2009
4/5 92% Drag Me to Hell (2009) While it has the energy and the endless cinematic invention of his early work, the film's command of economical storytelling is something that once eluded Raimi.‐ Kinetofilm
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2009
4/5 66% The Girlfriend Experience (2009) The film is only marginally about sex; it's real subject is business. One can argue cynically that all human relationships are a form of transaction.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2009
4/5 No Score Yet Trick Baby (1973) This wasn't the standard "pimp and ho show" but rather a smart, character based crime flick about two hustlers just trying to survive in the City of Brotherly Love.‐ Kinetofilm
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2009
2/5 16% The Haunting in Connecticut (2009) The movie works hard for your money and should theoretically be scarier than the cut rate television production. But it's not. Not by a mile.‐ Kinetofilm
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2009
2.5/5 38% X-Men Origins - Wolverine (2009) Packed with claw-shredding action and adventure, the film more or less delivers what it promises. The problem lies with what it promises.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2009
4.5/5 86% The Baron of Arizona (1950) The craziest true story I've never heard of that turned out to be pretty damn true. Even with Fuller shouting his own melodramatic version of the truth at the top of his lungs‐ Kinetofilm
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2009
4/4 89% Inglourious Basterds (2009) This is a FILM with blood in its veins, a heart in its body and a red hot engine in its chassis. It is alive with ideas and a geniune belief in the power of FILM to express them.‐ Kinetofilm
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2009
2/5 10% The Unborn (2009) There is a senseless scare every 5-7 minutes. Now, after one or two you start to get the giggles but after the third or fourth false scare you begin to Laugh Out Loud.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2009
2/5 68% Public Enemies (2009) There are powerful images that sear into your brain upon contact with your eyes but PUBLIC ENEMIES clearly wants to alienate the audience as much as it engages them.‐ Kinetofilm
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2009
1.5/5 83% Hide (2008) For two thirds of the film, Hide plays as David Lynch and Quentin Tarantino-lite and not those filmmakers as they are today but as they were in, say, 1994.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2009
2/5 No Score Yet Killing Ariel (2006) I don't know how many times I've asked myself, "How come they're aren't more films about the Incubus?" Well, here's one for you.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2009
2/5 13% S. Darko: A Donnie Darko Tale (2009) The entire project seems to sweat from the exertion of its writer Nathan Atkins and director Chris Fisher to do something-anything-to make the film worthwhile.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2009
5/5 95% Star Trek (2009) Somehow pulling off the trick of appealing to the wider mass audience with one foot in Star WARS, the most startling thing about this new TREK is how it avoids being AWFUL.‐ Kinetofilm
Read More | Posted May 10, 2009
4/5 93% No Country for Old Men (2007) What starts off as the best Charles Bronson movie not to star Charles Bronson ends up as a literary adaptation of a novel that thinks it means something or other.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2009
65% Quantum of Solace (2008) No one wants to watch Bond chase after Osama Bin Laden and switch off his dialysis machine with a bad one liner. On second thought, maybe that would be great?‐ Kinetofilm
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2009
5/5 84% Rachel Getting Married (2008) This isn't the kind of melodrama where a happy facade is slowly torn away-the tensions are there from the start and no one has illusions that things are nice and rosy.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2009
2/4 No Score Yet Pity the poor vampire. Walking the earth for eternity and forced to drink blood to survive, he can't even be taken seriously as a monster these days. Except as a metaphor.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2009
2/5 58% Quarantine (2008) Real no frills filmmaking. Anything that gets in the way of the main idea is stripped to the bone. This includes certain niceties like character, humor, and even story.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2009
58% Taken (2009) This is not a movie about moral dilemmas-it's about a father who will rip out your eyeballs if you don't give him his daughter back.‐ Kinetofilm
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2009
2/4 50% Taking Chance (2009) Lazy filmmaking that fails to engage anyone who doesn't have a personal connection to the story. It's so well-meaning that it ultimately means nothing much at all.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2009
14% Mirrors (2008) In SUSPIRIA, Udo Kier says that "Bad luck isn't caused by broken mirrors, but by broken minds"-Well after making this silly movie, director Alexandre Aja might think otherwise‐ Kinetofilm
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2009
1.5/5 19% Righteous Kill (2008) Pacino. DeNiro. Armed and dangerous. In a cop drama. In NYC. Together. Written by the writer of Inside Man. Sounds great, doesn't it? Well, what could've gone so wrong?‐
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2009
66% Che: Part One (The Argentine) (2009) Formally, it demonstrates the power of the aspect ratio in deciding our relationship to the story. Dramatically, the film is at once fascinating and completely annoying‐ Beyond Hollywood
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2008
4/5 82% Tropic Thunder (2008) Tropic Thunder focuses its satire on this Hollywoodization of war, as it depicts the production of a Vietnam genre film that's less "Platoon" than "Platoon Leader" with Michael Dudikoff.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2008
1.5/5 18% The Happening (2008) While not as laughable as the narcissistic Lady in the Water ,it fails just as miserably as narrative and even more miserably with its flat characters and tone deaf dialogue.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2008
2.5/5 14% Deception (2008) This film would make a perfect commercial thriller for James Spader and Rob Lowe were it still 1994.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2008
7/10 78% A Cop (Un Flic) (2013) Everything that has come to be known as "Melville" exists in some form throughout the film's 98 minutes. The flaws present are those of the greatest auteurs' autumnal works.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2008
4.5/5 68% Redbelt (2008) It's not the characteristically sharp Mamet dialogue that makes Ejiofor effective so much as what he does between the lines: Moments of powerful contemplation and silence.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2008
5/10 74% Joyeux Noël (Merry Christmas) (2006) Nominated for the 2005 Best Foreign Film Academy Award, "Noel" is the kind of sentimental tripe the Academy loves to honor in order to justify their own sentimental tripe.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2008
6/10 57% Feast (2006) Feast is too knowing and in its own way, too high profile to be born as cult cinema. But it's a reasonable facsimile and as such deserves a look from the genre connoisseur.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2008
5/10 100% Puzzlehead (2006) A gothic tale with roots deep in Shelly's Frankenstein. Bai takes the part that most adaptations toss out, the moral education of the monster, and puts it front and center.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2008
3.5/5 47% My Blueberry Nights (2007) It's not Kar-Wai's best work, but cast Tony Leung and Maggie Cheung in the leads, toss in subtitles and some of the same dissenters may be calling it his latest masterpiece.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2008
3/5 57% The Signal (2008) The film is both an impressive "calling card" work for the filmmakers and a failure as an actual film.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2008
3.5/5 46% Cassandra's Dream (2007) There is an effortless artistry in this film that may have deceived many. It looks like a trifle but it packs a punch.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2008
4/10 38% Summer Love (Dead Man's Bounty) (2007) In attempting to create a shock effect of the new within the old, the baby is tossed out with the bathwater. The core pleasures of genre still have to be respected.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted May 29, 2008
4/4 No Score Yet The cleverest conceit of the show is that celebrity doesn't really change a person so much as fan the flames that were burning from the start.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted May 22, 2008
3.5/5 85% Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) Where the brilliant "Raiders" was an adventure film aimed at the child at heart, "Temple of Doom" is really designed for the kiddie market itself.‐
Read More | Posted May 21, 2008
8/10 No Score Yet Perth (2006) Erupts with the freshness and energy only first time filmmakers can generate-yet has the control and mastery over its subject that novice directors take years to command.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted May 5, 2008
2.5/5 55% Marie Antoinette (2006) This could be the story of Paris Hilton if she were to be married off to an impotent French Prince instead of dating meatheads armed with camcorders.‐
Read More | Posted May 5, 2008
7/10 50% Fast Food Nation (2006) This was never intended to be a conventional movie, but more like a personal industrial film illustrating the process that brings the corpse of a cow to your dinner table.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted May 5, 2008