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Cole Smithey

Cole Smithey
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
A+ 89% Ace in the Hole (The Big Carnival) (1951) Douglas delivers desperation and a cynical rejection of humanity that is repulsive as it is mesmerizing.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2005
A 85% The Damned (La caduta degli dei) (1969) By boldly confronting the psycho-sexual depravity of the Nazi mindset, all the way through to is inevitable incestuous nature, Visconti creates a specific cinematic vernacular for viewing and discussing Hitler's manic ideology.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2005
A+ 83% Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974) Fermented in a tragic romanticism placed firmly in a no-man's land between liberation and capitalism, Sam Peckinpah's 1974 thriller is a film that sticks in your mind's eye like a lingering sun spot.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2005
A+ 98% Aguirre, the Wrath of God (Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes) (1972) There is a lingering voodoo in the movie that never lets you forget the folly of man's puny sins against a dark universal order of which insanity, sickness, and death are the inevitable symptoms.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2005
A 95% The Honeymoon Killers (1970) Made in 1969, "The Honeymoon Killers" presaged elements of David Lynch's filmic approach, and clearly informed John McNaughton's similarly-themed stomach-churner film "Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer." Romantic dysfunction never looked so banal, brutal‐
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2005
A+ 98% The Passion of Joan of Arc (La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc) (1928) Falconetti's shockingly modern performance as the 19-year-old Joan is a thing of irreproachable honesty and ethereal suffering.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2005
A+ 93% Z (1969) It's a film that bluntly and stylistically depicts the impotence of truth as a weapon against authoritarian injustice.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2005
A+ 69% North Country (2005) Charlize Theron gives an excellently modulated performance as Josey Aimes.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2005
A+ 93% Good Night, And Good Luck (2005) George Clooney knocks the ball out of the park with his second directorial effort...‐
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2005
A+ 93% Full Metal Jacket (1987) ...uses a full range of cinematic language to comment on an institution that "eats its own guts" as it destroys foreign cultures.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2005
A 90% Capote (2005) Philip Seymour Hoffman gives a tour de force performance as Truman Capote in a film that matches Hoffman's authentic representation...‐
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2005
A 93% Young Frankenstein (1974) Mel Brooks caught comic lightning in a bottle in 1974 with his appropriately black-and-white spoof of James Whale's 1931 classic horror film.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2005
A 83% Walk the Line (2005) Joaquin's trademark stiff shoulders morph into those of country music legend Johnny Cash even if Cash never carried himself with such defensiveness.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2005
A 78% Munich (2005) "Munich" is at once a deeply disturbing and ardently effective film that operates successfully as a political thriller and as a cautionary tale.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2005
A+ 90% Do the Right Thing (1989) "Do the Right Thing" is a film whose ability to entertain, provoke, and question has not diminished in the least.‐
Posted Feb 13, 2006
A 79% Why We Fight (2006) Entertaining, informative and thought provoking "Why We Fight" clearly exposes the enemy within. Don't miss it.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2006
A 93% An Inconvenient Truth (2006) Director Davis Guggenheim expands Gore's highly polished multimedia lecture into dramatic form with personal footage of Gore that exemplifies his 40-year commitment to a subject that is consuming our Earth.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2006
A 91% The Departed (2006) Martin Scorsese is a master director in every sense of the word and with the help of his ensemble has made a masterpiece of modern cinema, complete with a triple climax ending.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2006
A 73% Flags of Our Fathers (2006) "Flags of Our Fathers" is a tremendous film about the very beginning of celebrity worship, and our need to invent and memorialize brave men.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2006
A+ 98% Brazil (1985) If anyone ever doubts the visionary significance of Terry Gilliam's once bright genius as a filmmaker of enormous depth and cynical humor, you need only to visit upon his career-topping 1985 masterpiece of surreal satire.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2006
A 91% Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006) [Baron] Cohen melds the pranking of "Jackass," the punking of "Punk'd," the satire of Matt Stone and Trey Parker, and the inventiveness of Mel Brooks to create an original brand of comedy that stands alone as a defiant manifesto for compulsive laughs.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2006
A 63% Blood Diamond (2006) DiCaprio is the Marlon Brando of our time. The job he does in "Blood Diamond" should earn him an Oscar, more so even than for his performance in "The Departed" for which he will likely also be nominated.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2006
A+ 91% Letters from Iwo Jima (2006) Clint Eastwood performed the year's most ambitious and original cinematic feat in making a pair of companion films about the significance of the battle at Iwo Jima and the ways in which the Japanese and American governments treated that pivotal engagement‐
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2006
A 89% The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2007) The film is an exceptional work of vigorous cinematic art filled with dynamic performances by its all-Irish cast. At 70, Ken Loach is as steadfast a filmmaker as ever.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2007
A+ 97% The Queen (2006) Stephen Frears masterfully articulates public outrage over the Queen's treatment of the tragedy that enabled Prime Minister Tony Blair to capture the imagination of Britain.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2007
A 90% Zodiac (2007) At every level of production and execution, Fincher meticulously crafts the true-crime mystery as a social phenomenon that touched the lives of many and ruined the lives of more than a few.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2007
A 84% Grindhouse (2007) The palpable cinematic elation and hip vibe that wafts from the screen is more than contagious; it's stupefying.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2007
A+ 75% Black Book (2007) Verhoeven brings valuable lessons he learned working for 20 years in Hollywood to forge an unprecedented World War II-era masterpiece.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2007
A 85% Carnival of Souls (1962) The film's subdued black and white photography contributes considerably to its poetic deathly palate of physical and emotional coldness. ‐
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2007
A 90% Rescue Dawn (2007) Werner Herzog's sensational narrative version of the story he told in his acclaimed 1997 documentary "Little Dieter Needs To Fly," about former real-life Navy pilot Dieter Dengler," is a wartime escape movie to top all others.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2007
A 96% Ratatouille (2007) "Ratatouille" may just be the most fully expressed animated family movie to come around since "101 Dalmatians" (1961).‐
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2007
A 92% The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) Canny dialogue, solid performances, and virtuoso editing and scoring make "The Bourne Ultimatum" a thrill ride you won't soon forget.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2007
A+ 73% In the Valley of Elah (2007) It is so patriotic as to be a radical example of dramaturgy. On top of that, it is executed to perfection.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2007
A+ 100% Frankenstein (1931) Absolutely essential.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2007
A+ 100% Quadrophenia (1979) "Quadrophenia" is a glorious representational story of male teen angst that transcends its British locations and great music with a sense of the confused romantic notions that young men the world over carry with them. ‐
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2007
A 63% Dellamorte Dellamore (Cemetery Man) (Demons '95) (Of Death, of Love) (1996) "Cemetery Man" (1994) is a quirky blend of romance, lust, surrealism, horror, and black comedy which transcends the work of better-known Italian horror maestros like Dario Argento thanks to its grotesquely humorous bent.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2007
A 97% Tristana (1970) "Tristana" is a sly feminist treatise about an escape from patriarchal subjugation that comes with its own set of physical obstacles.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2007
A 88% Control (2007) Renowned photographer, graphic designer and music video director Anton Corbijn makes an auspicious film-directing debut with a stunning biopic about Joy Division singer Ian Curtis that is irreproachable.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2007
A 93% No Country for Old Men (2007) The Coen Brothers have gotten their mojo back with the help of Cormac McCarthy.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2007
A 96% Persepolis (2007) Here is that rare profoundly original film that will open floodgates. It also announces the brazen identity of a fiercely independent female voice in international cinema.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2007
A 87% L' Avocat de la Terreur (Terror's Advocate) (2007) Terror's Advocate elucidates the character and defense mechanisms of a man much more complex and radical than the George Bushes of the world.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2007
A 100% Runnin' Down a Dream: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (2008) Although frequently taken for granted, Tom Petty has had more hits than Bruce Springsteen and stands as one of America's finest rock 'n' roll stars. This movie is like ice cream; you just can't get enough.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2007
A 89% Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten (2007) The great thing about the cumulative effect of the documentary is its ability to give the audience a strong sense of Strummer's uncompromising humanitarian ideals. You'll laugh, you'll cheer, and you'll shed a tear.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2007
4/4 96% Plagues & Pleasures on the Salton Sea (2004) Funny, tragic, and informative Plagues & Pleasures on the Salton Sea is an unforgettable portrait of a desert town turned into a sewer.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2007
A 96% Nanking (2007) Documentarians Bill Guttentag and Dan Sturman brilliantly combine archive footage from Japan's 1937 massive attack on China's former capital of Nanking with heartbreaking interviews of Chinese survivors, guilty Japanese soldiers, and actors giving stage r‐
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2007
A+ 91% There Will Be Blood (2007) Anachronistic and phantasmagoric, America's early race for oil is brought into personal terms that resonate with the withering decay of greed.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2007
A 96% 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007) The stark drama is a consummate cinematic example of a socially charged parable told from a deeply personal perspective.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2008
A 96% Midnight Express (1978) Despite the negative hullabaloo "Midnight Express" provoked for its brutal characterization of Turkish prison officials, director Alan Parker's rendering of Oliver Stone's exploitation screenplay is a stick of pure cinematic dynamite.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2008
A+ 79% Standard Operating Procedure (2008) With his trademark use of slow-motion images and direct-to-camera interviews, Errol Morris spells out the extent of one of the biggest cover-ups in modern U.S. history.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2008
A 51% Funny Games (2008) Both versions of Funny Games equally represent the most indigestible and unsettling fictional film I've ever seen.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2008