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Cole Smithey

Cole Smithey
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
A+ 63% Bitter Moon (1992) [VIDEO ESSAY] A be-all-and-end-all example of erotic drama... ‐
Posted Mar 21, 2015
D+ 8% Growing Up and Other Lies (2015) Everything about the movie has a sloppy, throwaway feel to it. ‐
Posted Mar 20, 2015
A- 61% Twin Peaks - Fire Walk with Me (1992) As much an essential missing piece for audiences of David Lynch's groundbreaking 1991-'92 television series ("Twin Peaks") to gain closure as a stand-alone film, "Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me" is an alternately funny, harrowing, and bizarre experience. ‐
Posted Mar 20, 2015
A+ 100% M (1931) [VIDEO ESSAY] A precursor to the serial killer and policier genres, "M" is first and foremost a suspense thriller made all the more gripping because the identity of the killer is revealed in the first act. ‐
Posted Mar 11, 2015
A+ 71% Red Hollywood (2014) Indispensable. ‐
Posted Mar 10, 2015
A 83% Cinderella (2015) [VIDEO ESSAY] Branagh's well-steeped history of producing, directing, and acting in film versions of Shakespeare's plays echoes in the context of a much beloved, (formerly animated) children's classic. ‐
Posted Mar 7, 2015
B+ 79% Queen and Country (2015) [VIDEO ESSAY] Boorman's unfussy approach to his youthful past creates a warm sense of familiarity with the characters he presents, however quirky their motivations may be. ‐
Posted Feb 28, 2015
A+ 100% Hotel Terminus: The Life and Times of Klaus Barbie (1988) [VIDEO ESSAY] a bitter reminder that those in authority will continue to abuse their authority with impunity knowing that even if they are caught there will be plenty of similarly dirty allies to protect them. ‐
Posted Feb 28, 2015
A 98% The Overnighters (2014) One of the most potent examples of cinéma vérité to arrive in recent years, Jesse Moss's "The Overnighters" transcends the genre with a multifaceted examination of complex social issues facing the town of Williston, North Dakota. ‐
Posted Feb 26, 2015
B+ 86% Seul Contre Tous (I Stand Alone) (One Against All) (1998) [VIDEO ESSAY] "I Stand Alone" (Gaspar Noé's feature debut) is as much a philosophical denunciation of humanity as it is a thought-provoking treatise on mental illness (as a socially communicable disease). ‐
Posted Feb 10, 2015
D+ 74% Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015) [VIDEO ESSAY] Matthew Vaughn is no Quentin Tarantino. ‐
Posted Feb 9, 2015
A- No Score Yet Nekromantik 2 (1991) From a filmmaking standpoint Jörg Buttgereit's potent stab at transgressive cinema is more in line with the early films of John Waters or David Cronenberg than with the litany of directors associated with torture porn movies of the "Saw" franchise ilk. ‐
Posted Feb 3, 2015
A+ 96% Girlhood (2015) [VIDEO ESSAY] 2015 Has its First Great Film of the Year! ‐
Posted Feb 2, 2015
A+ No Score Yet Scorpio Rising (1970) [VIDEO ESSAY] Evocatively transgressive and subversively poetic, "Scorpio Rising" is a cinematic rebel yell against the fiercely anti-gay hypocrisies of American culture that still dog society in the 21st century. ‐
Posted Jan 28, 2015
F 72% American Sniper (2015) [VIDEO ESSAY] Corporate Political Military Junta Propaganda: Hollywood Commits Cultural Suicide With Clint Eastwood's Help ‐
Posted Jan 28, 2015
C- 32% Loitering With Intent (2015) Barely a cut above the thankfully defunct Mumblecore movement, "Loitering With Intent" does plenty of loitering but doesn't exhibit much commitment. ‐
Posted Jan 21, 2015
B+ 51% The Humbling (2015) [VIDEO ESSAY] Now that "Birdman" has collected awards and Oscar nominations, it's sour grapes to suggest that an injustice has been done to "The Humbling." Nonetheless, it is a better movie. ‐
Posted Jan 19, 2015
A- 78% Fast Times At Ridgemont High (1982) [VIDEO ESSAY] "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" is a remarkable outlier in the teen movie genre even if tone-deaf critics such as Roger Ebert panned the film upon its released in 1982. ‐
Posted Jan 14, 2015
A- 45% A Serbian Film (2011) [VIDEO ESSAY] ...Spasojević invites the viewer to compare his made-up pornography of death to the similar underlying nature of capitalism's commercial cinema of the West and its attendant sponsors. ‐
Posted Jan 12, 2015
A+ 100% Vengeance Is Mine (1979) [VIDEO ESSAY] a richly woven polemic that encompasses turbulent generational shifts in Japanese identity caused by World War II. Iwao Enokizu isn't waiting for God to make things right when only everything is wrong. ‐
Posted Jan 8, 2015
C 51% The Interview (2014) [VIDEO ESSAY] This could mark the first time in history that a movie was used as an excuse to start a war. ‐
Posted Jan 5, 2015
A 100% Mr. Hulot's Holiday (Les Vacances de Monsieur Hulot) (1954) [VIDEO ESSAY] There is an innocent nostalgia and precious regard for all things whimsical and romantic in the films of Jacques Tati. There is also a certain je ne sais quoi that is innately French. ‐
Posted Dec 11, 2014
A 60% Nymphomaniac: Volume II (2014) Provocative, droll, fearless, and cinematically sexual in unprecedented ways, "Nymphomaniac" (in its proper unedited form) is a four-hour movie with an unknown potential to alter reality. ‐
Posted Dec 11, 2014
A+ 89% A Most Violent Year (2015) [VIDEO ESSAY] Writer-director JC Chandor's first three films ("Margin Call," "All is Lost," and "A Most Violent Year") combine to reveal a masterful auteur staking out a singular filmmaking career that overshadows Hollywood's constant barrage of garbage ‐
Posted Dec 10, 2014
D 90% Wild (2014) [VIDEO ESSAY] "Wild" is an unsatisfying self-help drama that exposes the limitations of Reece Witherspoon's range. ‐
Posted Dec 1, 2014
A+ 100% The 400 Blows (Les Quatre cents coups) (1959) Francois Truffaut's debut film not only galvanized the Nouvelle Vague movement of French cinema, but he also generated a personal filmic idiom that he would elaborate on for the rest of his career. ‐
Posted Nov 28, 2014
A+ 97% Breathless (1961) [VIDEO ESSAY] Goddard arrived at a kinesthetic technique of jagged cutting during the editing process as a way to speed up the action - to prune out the boring stuff. ‐
Posted Nov 28, 2014
A- 90% The Imitation Game (2014) [VIDEO ESSAY]...the success of "The Imitation Game" comes down to Benedict Cumberbatch's sensitive portrayal of a complex personality. ‐
Posted Nov 24, 2014
A+ 95% Claire's Knee (Le genou de Claire) (1971) [VIDEO ESSAY] As much a French cultural touchstone as a charming and nuanced picture of desire "Claire's Knee" is Eric Rohmer's best-known film. ‐
Posted Nov 23, 2014
B+ 81% The Homesman (2014) [VIDEO ESSAY] The allegories and subtexts that Jones explores here appear as ancient cultural artifacts that require the viewer to think deeper into the narrative substance and form being presented. Nothing is spoon-fed. ‐
Posted Nov 17, 2014
A 88% Foxcatcher (2014) {VIDEO ESSAY] "Foxcatcher" is a movie that functions on multiple levels to observe how the American elite use and abuse power toward the destruction of everything it touches. ‐
Posted Nov 14, 2014
A+ 90% Pandora's Box (1929) [VIDEO ESSAY] ["Pandora's Box"] can be construed as the first international LGBT film ever. ‐
Posted Nov 4, 2014
B- 79% The Theory of Everything (2014) [VIDEO ESSAY] While possessing an outstanding performance by Eddie Redmayne in the role of the great theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, "The Theory of Everything" is formulaic to a fault. ‐
Posted Nov 3, 2014
A+ 93% Little Fugitive (1953) [VIDEO ESSAY] Made in 1953 by three confident filmmakers, "Little Fugitive" is as much an invaluable filmic document of post World War II New York as it is an enchanting incipient work of independent cinema. ‐
Posted Oct 28, 2014
B+ 95% Nightcrawler (2014) [VIDEO ESSAY] Jake Gyllenhaal's canny portrayal delivers a revelatory character study of an opportunistic sociopath working all the angles in a system built on propaganda. ‐
Posted Oct 28, 2014
A- 94% Whiplash (2014) Writer-director Damien Chazelle has made a powerhouse drama about the level of dedication it takes to be great at something. ‐
Posted Oct 25, 2014
A+ 96% Goldfinger (1964) [VIDEO ESSAY] "Goldfinger" set in stone the formula for what would become cinema's longest running and most reliably entertaining franchise. Regardless of how many installments have come since, "Goldfinger" retains its reputation as the best of the bunch. ‐
Posted Oct 21, 2014
A- 96% Citizenfour (2014) [VIDEO ESSAY] "Citizenfour" provides a stark cinema vérité perspective on America's biggest political scandal in the country's relatively brief history. ‐
Posted Oct 18, 2014
A+ 98% Mr. Turner (2014) [VIDEO ESSAY] Mike Leigh's reputation as an unrivaled inventor of cinematic dramaturgy once again over-delivers on his promise. How, you might ask, is that possible. Such is the nature of Mike Leigh's incomprehensible genius. ‐
Posted Oct 16, 2014
A+ 100% The Kid (1921) [VIDEO ESSAY] "The Kid" is significant in cinema history because it is one of the first films to combine comedy and drama as a succinct filmic form. It is a nurturing comic movie that never gets old, regardless of how many times you watch it. ‐
Posted Oct 14, 2014
A 77% Fury (2014) [VIDEO ESSAY] The film's centerpiece sequence exposes the true paradox at the heart of the story. This is the scene that explains why David Ayer made the film, and why "Fury" is a great movie. ‐
Posted Oct 13, 2014
A 36% Ilsa, She-Wolf of the SS (1974) [VIDEO ESSAY] Even by modern cinema's jaded standards, "She Wolf of the SS" remains a powerfully sexy, campy, blood-soaked, and fetishistic tour de force. ‐
Posted Oct 9, 2014
C- 78% Kill the Messenger (2014) [VIDEO ESSAY] "Kill the Messenger" is a frustrating movie. It fails both as a brief biopic and as a political thriller. It works somewhat as a sketch character study, but that's not enough to satisfy a movie audience. ‐
Posted Oct 6, 2014
C- 74% Inherent Vice (2015) [VIDEO ESSAY] The best thing the movie does is that it reminds us that we too will wither and die - some sooner than later. Eat some pizza. Smoke a bowl. Any of those experiences will far surpass the one you will have watching "Inherent Vice." ‐
Posted Oct 4, 2014
A+ 100% Hiroshima Mon Amour (1960) [VIDEO ESSAY] Alain Resnais's early addition to the Nouvelle Vague cannon finds his pair of culturally diverse lovers of rising from the rubble of World War II. ‐
Posted Sep 30, 2014
C- 92% Pride (2014) [VIDEO ESSAY] All attempts fail at forcing a by-the-numbers narrative template on a fact-based story about unlikely bedfellows uniting against Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's mid '80s reign of anti-union and anti-gay rhetoric and public policies. ‐
Posted Sep 30, 2014
C- 75% The Boxtrolls (2014) This animated 3D children's picture is as clumsy, tone-deaf, and useless as they come. Laika, the Oregon animation production company behind "Coraline" (2009) and "ParaNorman" (2012) takes more than a few a steps backward. ‐
Posted Sep 21, 2014
A+ 88% Bonnie and Clyde (1967) [VIDEO ESSAY] a seamless balancing act. Equal parts true-crime exposé, dysfunctional love story, and Depression-era think piece, the picture underscores American police departments' longstanding proclivity for short cuts to justice, i.e. murder. ‐
Posted Sep 18, 2014
C- 80% Incompresa (Misunderstood) (2015) "Misunderstood" is a movie that fails to shine any ostensibly promised light on the plight of a little girl who comes to take her problems far too seriously for her age. ‐
Posted Sep 17, 2014
A+ 86% Adieu au langage (Goodbye to Language) (2014) [VIDEO ESSAY] "Goodbye to Language" is a vibrant think piece about modern man's constant state of fear of the Frankenstein culture of violence that governments and corporations have created. ‐
Posted Sep 16, 2014