Bryant Frazer

Bryant Frazer
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Bryant took film classes at the University of Colorado while neglecting his journalism studies. He moved to New York to be closer to the publishing industry and real repertory cinema. When he's not spouting off about movies on the Web, he's on the tech beat as executive editor of the trade rag Film & Video.
Location: Sleepy Hollow, NY
Official Websites: deep-focus.com

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
100% Detour (1945) Detour is about as threadbare as they come: a small film, shot on a shoestring over a handful of days at a Poverty Row film studio. And yet, the finished product is uniquely compelling. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2019
3.5/4 89% Twelve Monkeys (12 Monkeys) (1995) A decades-spanning science-fiction tale about time travel, the illusion of free will, and a romance at the end of the world. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
2.5/4 66% The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018) Nobody's idea of an innovative masterpiece, but at least an unpretentious, lavishly designed, and mischievously executed spookshow. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
B- 72% Piercing (2019) Dark, contrasty imagery complements increasingly uncomfortable action on-screen, as Piercing settles into an entertainingly twisted groove and a compelling rhythm of give and take. - Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
2.5/4 88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) These flourishes keep Ant-Man and the Wasp light on its feet...and it doubles down on the first film's fathers-and-daughters themes to moderately heart-warming effect. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
2.5/4 50% The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) The idea of a female-fronted, R-rated spy movie isn't especially novel... but there is something delicious about the notion of a couple of completely ordinary millennials boasting and bluffing their way through a multinational conspiracy plot. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
2/4 49% Twilight (2008) Twilight is an earnest fantasy set on the cusp of adulthood, just as the way the light falls on everything in your life is changing. I don't blame anyone who wants to linger there for a moment. Even with sparkle vampires. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
3.5/4 89% Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (1985) As Mishima imagines his new trajectory through the upper atmosphere, Mishima finds its own resting place, and the sleepy drone of Glass's organs swells on the soundtrack, both eerie and comforting--anthem, hymn, and requiem. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
B 84% Disobedience (2018) Director Sebastián Lelio's portrayal of the orthodox community is exceptionally even-handed; he doesn't soft-pedal its stifling and anachronistic nature, but neither does he present it as hopelessly cruel or unyielding. - Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018
3/4 93% Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) Terminator 2 is genuinely reverential towards Arnold, gazing raptly upon his physical form and elevating his lack of affect to something like a Platonic ideal of masculinity. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2018
3/4 45% The Hurricane Heist (2018) It's an impressive level of craft brought to bear in the service of nothing more than filling out your lazy Saturday afternoon. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018
2/4 50% Escape Plan (2013) For old-school action fans, the sight of Arnie's automatic weapon spraying bullets that rip through flesh and send dark spatters of blood tracing patterns through the air like grim fireworks may still quicken the pulse... - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2018
3/4 95% Yukinojo Henge (An Actor's Revenge) (1971) Hasegawa's carefully-modulated performance is treated with admiration, and Yukinojo is by any consideration a tragic creation--a magnetic personality with no interest in making friends, an avatar of sensitivity who rejects intimacy in favour of justice... - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
C 41% Brimstone (2017) It's Gaspar Noe without the freaky-deaky audacity and grandiose concern for the human condition or, maybe more to the point, Lars Von Trier without the formal elegance. - Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2017
B 91% Elle (2016) Elle is as entertaining as any film Verhoeven has made, which might seem like an odd thing to say about a film that conjures a brutal rape scene abruptly and repeatedly. - Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2016
B- No Score Yet Vlees (Meat) (2010) A pretty good example of a 21st-century grindhouse film. Think Luis Buñuel crossed with Jörg Buttgereit. - Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2016
61/100 59% The Neon Demon (2016) Part tragedy and part comedy, but also part horror movie and part pornography. - Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2016
95% Sherlock Jr. (1924) Buster Keaton's artistic breakthrough remains to this day absolutely the funniest film ever made. - Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2015
58/100 90% A Most Violent Year (2015) The compelling moral dimension is matched in a couple of places by fairly riveting action, but the film lacks any commanding narrative insight into its milieu. - Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2014
2.5/4 82% Sleepaway Camp (1983) The justly-famous closing image is one of the most baffling and incongruous climaxes in a genre known and celebrated by devotees for its WTF factor. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2014
84/100 97% Boyhood (2014) Director Richard Linklater approached this decade-spanning project with a novelist's ambition and patient determination -- it's unique in its rhythms. - Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2014
94/100 85% Under the Skin (2014) As avant garde in execution as any narrative film I can think of. - Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2014
C+ 45% 300: Rise of an Empire (2014) More than any other element, Eva Green's performance singlehandedly elevates the film from the doldrums of its hermetic conception and execution. - Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2014
88/100 92% Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) Maybe the first Coen Bros. film that seems to settle into sampler territory. But it sure sticks with you. - Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2013
61/100 78% You're Next (2013) You're Next is pretty satisfying as a semi-horror film, sparring gamely with genre conventions rather than embracing or spoofing them outright. - Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2013
B- 88% Inserts (1975) A self-reflexive text (and dark satire) on the movie industry's depiction of sex on screen in the early years of the MPAA ratings system. - Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2013
4/4 97% Exotica (1994) One of the most despairing movies, and yet there is in the precision of its craft and the depth of its empathy something fundamentally uplifting. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2012
4/4 100% The Sweet Hereafter (1997) In its unsparing depiction of the loneliness and despair that afflicts the tragedy-wracked town of Sam Dent, The Sweet Hereafter is one of the coldest movies ever made. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2012
3.5/4 100% Sommarlek (Summerplay) (Illicit Interlude) (Summer Interlude) (1951) Its dark power derives from the tension between the adult woman at the movie's centre and the girl this woman remembers being. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2012
3/4 100% Summer With Monika (Sommaren med Monika) (1953) In the annals of Early Bergman, Summer with Monika is The Big One. The irony is that it's among the slightest of his works. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2012
B 93% Turn Me On, Dammit! (2012) Its even-handed treatment of imperfect characters compares quite favorably with mainstream Hollywood stuff like Easy A. - Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2012
1.5/4 No Score Yet Night Train Murders (L'Ultimo treno della notte) (1975) Pedestrian. Director Aldo Lado never ventures far down the more surreal or dreamlike paths favoured by his better-known compatriots in the genre arts. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2012
A+ 97% Annie Hall (1977) Annie Hall expanded Woody Allen's canvas to incorporate real wisdom alongside the punchlines. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2012
A+ 95% Manhattan (1979) Manhattan is one of the greatest films ever made, with a final passage that's truly devastating. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2012
C- 43% Silent House (2012) Despite spending too much screen time sobbing, shrieking, or putting on a game face as the camera peers down her shirt, Elizabeth Olsen comes out ahead. - Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2012
B- 80% Haywire (2012) Soderbergh's approach is a little too stripped-down - when you're making a conventional genre movie, the absence of conventional genre elements becomes distracting in itself. - Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2012
B- 95% The Artist (2011) The Artist plays less like an original take on the early sound era than as fan fiction set in the world of Singin' in the Rain. - Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2012
C+ 78% A Dangerous Method (2011) Scenes built on line after line of historically accurate but awkward, overly mannered dialogue distract and eventually grate. - Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2012
B+ 86% The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) You get the sense Blomkvist and Salander might march with Occupy Sweden protesters; in its way The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is another movie about the 99 percent. - Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2012
B 95% Pina (2011) It's not an overview of Bausch's career or a statement on her art, but a celebration of her work and the dancers who bring it to life. - Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2012
B- 68% The Dead (2011) You get used to the sight of the slow-moving undead swaying against the film's natural landscapes like half-imagined phantoms, and somehow that makes them more unnerving. - Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2011
B- No Score Yet Rote Sonne (Red Sun) (1970) Puts an alluring, unnerving, yet weirdly dispassionate spin on social unrest in Germany circa 1969. - Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2011
B 92% Tabloid (2011) First-tier documentarian Errol Morris finds himself slumming a bit with Tabloid. - Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2011
A 95% Solaris (1976) In Andrei Tarkovsky's Solaris, we have made contact with the aliens, and they want you to call your mom. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2011
B 86% X-Men: First Class (2011) I'm generally sick of remakes and relaunches and reboots, but this revamped X-Men origin story is kind of fun. - Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2011
A- 84% The Tree of Life (2011) Terrence Malick is hardly the first filmmaker to show us characters who cry out at the silence of God, but he is perhaps the most unquestionably American. - Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2011
A 85% Blow Out (1981) If cynicism were a superhero franchise, Blow Out would be its origin story. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2011
C 33% Hall Pass (2011) Sporadically funny, but it wastes a lot of time on dreary clichés. - Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2011
B+ 96% The Social Network (2010) There's a real mischievousness to David Fincher's approach. - Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2011
C+ No Score Yet Soul Patrol (1978) Gives off a subtle but unusual vibe that's somehow suggestive of the rifts in South African culture. - Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2011