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Cole Smithey

Cole Smithey
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
A- 98% Hell or High Water (2016) [CANNES 2016] "Hell or High Water" is a real gem - a high point Cannes 2016. Look for this entertaining drama to attract a following in the States and beyond. ‐
Posted May 21, 2016
C- 67% Personal Shopper (2017) [CANNES 2016] Stewart has become an acting technician who doesn't concern herself with the creating characters (see Stanislavsky) anymore because she doesn't need to. ‐
Posted May 21, 2016
C- 61% The Unknown Girl (La fille inconnue) (2016) [CANNES 2016] The Dardennes have created a new sub-genre. You've heard of neo-realism; well "The Unknown Girl" is neo-fakeism. This is cinema to slit your wrists to. ‐
Posted May 21, 2016
B- 57% The Neon Demon (2016) [CANNES 2016] All high-contrast shiny surfaces and fetishized sensual fantasy, Nicholas Winding Refn's ultra slick Neon Demon isn't the redemption he was looking for in Cannes. ‐
Posted May 20, 2016
A+ 92% I, Daniel Blake (2016) [CANNES 2016] Dramatically understated, and yet precisely composed, the film breathes with authenticity and unaffected emotion. ‐
Posted May 14, 2016
89% The Lobster (2016) [CANNES 2015] This lobster is a dog. ‐
Posted May 11, 2016
D 70% Café Society (2016) [CANNES 2016] Chosen as the opening film at Cannes, "Café Society" set the bar so low that it won't take much for the films in competition to seem far better by comparison. ‐
Posted May 11, 2016
B- 90% Green Room (2016) "Green Room" is harrowing, but it lacks humor. Fans of extreme violence and gore will be sated. ‐
Posted May 7, 2016
A 100% Pauline At The Beach (1983) "Pauline at the Beach" is an acerbic study of romantic power games that the sexes play, and the destructive influence they have. It is a film that's easy to love. ‐
Posted May 5, 2016
C- 91% A Monster With A Thousand Heads (Un Monstruo de Mil Cabezas) (2016) The film has some good things going for it, but the version being released does not represent a completed movie. ‐
Posted May 3, 2016
B 76% Keanu (2016) "Keanu" delivers laughs and sly social commentary with plenty of room set aside for kitten-cuteness from the title character. ‐
Posted May 1, 2016
A+ 99% The Wizard of Oz (1939) [VIDEO ESSAY] As thick with allegory as any Shakespeare play, "The Wizard of Oz" is the greatest children's movie ever made, and that probably ever will be made. ‐
Posted Apr 30, 2016
A+ 98% The Player (1992) "The Player" was an instant classic when it was released, and it stands up to close scrutiny. This is one fun movie. ‐
Posted Apr 30, 2016
B- 93% My Scientology Movie (2017) [VIDEO ESSAY] The future does not look bright for the Church of Scientology, but documentaries like this one will leave audiences picking over its bones long after it is dead and gone. ‐
Posted Apr 24, 2016
A 71% Une Vraie Jeune Fille (A Real Young Girl) (A Real Young Lady) (2000) While the film could be construed as pornographic in nature, the intention of the narrative function is to examine the psyche and sexuality of a young girl within the political and social context of Niort, France in 1963. ‐
Posted Apr 11, 2016
B- 96% Jafar Panahi's Taxi (2015) "Jafar Panahi's Taxi," may not stand up as great piece of cinema, but it is well worth seeing if only to understand some similarities and differences between Islamic and Western culture. ‐
Posted Apr 9, 2016
B+ 88% Born To Be Blue (2016) [VIDEO ESSAY] Forget about dueling super-heroes, "Born to be Blue" and "Miles Ahead" are the real McCoy to see phenomenally gifted men sparring for supremacy on their chosen field of battle. ‐
Posted Apr 4, 2016
A 93% All the President's Men (1976) [VIDEO ESSAY] Pakula fetishizes America's now-defunct newsroom culture that once promised to keep America's political process honest, if not accountable. ‐
Posted Apr 3, 2016
C- 85% Hail, Caesar! (2016) The ever-streaky Joel and Ethan Cohen commit a cinematic blunder with a would-be screwball comedy that has all the laughs you can count on one hand. ‐
Posted Apr 3, 2016
C- 84% Deadpool (2016) The LGBT movement gets an ostensibly unwelcome filmic addition in the guise of Ryan Reynolds's wisecracking bi-sexual mercenary Wade Wilson. ‐
Posted Mar 29, 2016
C- 90% 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) Dan Trachtenberg's low-budget suspense thriller is one big plot hole. ‐
Posted Mar 27, 2016
B+ 58% The Brainwashing of My Dad (2016) [VIDEO ESSAY] Jen Senko's workmanlike (Kickstarter-funded) documentary examines American media's propaganda-led phenomenon of extreme rightwing bigotry with a fine-tooth comb. ‐
Posted Mar 18, 2016
C+ 37% The Brothers Grimsby (2016) Mediocre is not good enough for a talent like Sacha Baron Cohen. We've come to expect more. It's time for Cohen to create a new character. ‐
Posted Mar 13, 2016
B+ 68% Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016) The economic signal is clear. War is money, but the media can't sit at the big table to profit from it anymore. ‐
Posted Mar 10, 2016
B+ 81% The Revenant (2015) [VIDEO ESSAY] Not since Kevin Macdonald's "Touching the Void" has a film made its audience feel so cold and desperate. Dress warmly. ‐
Posted Mar 7, 2016
A 100% The House is Black (2008) [VIDEO ESSAY] a haunting transgressive documentary that uses a combination of poetry and fact to reveal the humanity hiding beneath the disfigured faces and bodies of impoverished lepers living in the Behkadeh Raji leper colony in Tabriz. ‐
Posted Feb 24, 2016
A+ 97% Listen To Me Marlon (2015) Though encumbered by a bland title, Stevan Riley's profoundly intimate first-person telling of Marlon Brando's life is indispensable. ‐
Posted Feb 20, 2016
D- 23% Zoolander 2 (2016) "Zoolander 2" sucks so much worse than your average mediocre sequel that you don't even feel like you've seen a movie. ‐
Posted Feb 18, 2016
B- 93% The Duke Of Burgundy (2015) It would be interesting to see how a daring female filmmaker would follow the story's fetishized elements toward their logical trajectories. ‐
Posted Feb 10, 2016
C- 39% Jane Got a Gun (2016) The film is less a blend of genres than one big mess. ‐
Posted Feb 9, 2016
A 96% Rams (Hrútar) (2016) [VIDEO ESSAY] an eloquent character and social study of tortured souls at the mercy of nature's volatile whims. ‐
Posted Feb 4, 2016
A+ 96% Son of Saul (2015) Under Hungarian filmmaker Laszlo Nemes's direction, Röhrig's portrayal of a desperate man hanging onto the thinnest shred of humanity proves to be as cathartic as anything in the history of cinema. ‐
Posted Jan 26, 2016
A+ 100% Black God, White Devil (Deus e o Diabo na Terra do Sol) (1964) [VIDEO ESSAY] "Black God, White Devil" is a cinematic call for the audience to reject all political and religious doctrine in favor of an individual liberty at one with nature, something you could call sustainable. ‐
Posted Jan 22, 2016
C- 92% Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) [VIDEO ESSAY] This latest installment of fandom's favorite mongrel pet is a poorly paced MacGuffin-chase plot, ginned up with groan-inducing spoonful doses of pro-war imagery and its attendant rudimentary vocabulary. ‐
Posted Jan 17, 2016
A+ 97% Spirited Away (2002) [VIDEO ESSAY] Animation legend Hayao Miyazaki's divinely imaginative display of madcap surrealism is virtuosic in this episodic coming of age classic. ‐
Posted Jan 8, 2016
A No Score Yet This is Bossa Nova (Coisa Mais Linda: Histórias e Casos da Bossa Nova) (2006) [VIDEO ESSAY] The pure delight of hearing Bossa Nova played on nylon-stringed guitars by veteran masters of the music, is more than sufficient reason to learn about this relatively young music's vibrant history. ‐
Posted Jan 8, 2016
B 69% The Danish Girl (2015) The Danish Girl" pales against Todd Haynes's "Carol." Still, there is much to admire in Eddie Redmayne's daring performance. It's the main reason to see this film. ‐
Posted Dec 10, 2015
A- 38% Reform School Girls (1986) [VIDEO ESSAY] Although critically scorned and criminally overlooked, co-writer/director Tom Desimone's punk rock-inspired indie sexploitation flick has it all. ‐
Posted Dec 8, 2015
A- 78% Where to Invade Next (2016) [VIDEO ESSAY] The film's purpose is clear, to inspire constructive discussions about concrete measures that could be taken to deliver a more humane culture to America. Bernie Sanders should take note. ‐
Posted Dec 6, 2015
B 76% Gladiator (2000) It took "Alien" director Ridley Scott to reinvigorate, however briefly, the sword and sandal genre at the turn of the 21st century. ‐
Posted Dec 6, 2015
A 95% Bringing Up Baby (1938) [VIDEO ESSAY] Howard Hawks's "Bringing Up Baby" is the go-to example of screwball comedy that critics and film-lovers reference most as the definitive model of the genre. ‐
Posted Dec 6, 2015
A+ 94% Il Vangelo Secondo Matteo (The Gospel According to St. Matthew) (1964) [VIDEO ESSAY] This film seems to say that religious doctrine has worked as long as it has because its poetry is so beautiful. It also allows for the passing of generations who will eventually reject all religion because it is ultimately a lie. ‐
Posted Nov 20, 2015
B+ 88% The Big Short (2015) [VIDEO ESSAY] "The Big Short" is an essential history lesson and a cautionary tale that America is grave danger of falling into again. ‐
Posted Nov 15, 2015
B+ 93% Anomalisa (2015) [VIDEO ESSAY] Although Kaufman rushes the film's ending (budgetary constraints perhaps?), he delivers an exquisite romantic interaction between two imperfect people. ‐
Posted Nov 15, 2015
C+ 96% Spotlight (2015) "Spotlight" is a labored reportage procedural that arrives a decade too late. ‐
Posted Nov 15, 2015
A 88% Farewell My Concubine (Ba wang bie ji) (1993) Part history lesson, part love story, and part musical, here is a visually and thematically stunning epic from China that you will not forget. ‐
Posted Nov 12, 2015
A- 65% Spectre (2015) [VIDEO ESSAY] "Spectre" is an incredibly entertaining and fun movie. Isn't that what it's all about? ‐
Posted Nov 8, 2015
A- 93% Rocky (1976) [VIDEO ESSAY] "Rocky" struck a nerve with American audiences at the time because it spoke directly to a '70s era lower middle-class dream of success that has since been exploded into a billion pieces. ‐
Posted Nov 3, 2015
A+ 76% Man Bites Dog (1992) [VIDEO ESSAY] Self-reflexive social satire rarely comes with such a hilarious fury of black humor as it does in this ingenious mockumentary about filming a serial killer's pursuits. ‐
Posted Nov 2, 2015
C 71% Crimson Peak (2015) [VIDEO ESSAY] Crimson Peak" isn't an awful movie; it just isn't a very good one either. Come back Guillermo del Toro. We need you. ‐
Posted Oct 22, 2015