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Cole Smithey

Cole Smithey
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
B 78% Going Places (Les valseuses) (1974) Here is an unapologetic, if infuriating, cinematic provocation that dares its audience to rationalize the orgiastic behavior on display. Governments, politicians, soldiers, and police are busy committing far greater crimes as you read these words.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2018
C- 69% Happy End (2017) Michael Haneke's run of making increasingly better films has come to an abrupt halt.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
B 85% Battle of the Sexes (2017) Andrea Riseborough is this film's secret weapon. ‐
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2017
D+ 80% The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) The only just desert that this film deserves is being ignored with a vengeance by audiences who know better than waste their time. Pay your respects to Von Trier, Haneke, and Seidl rather than to this third-rate hack.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2017
B+ 96% The Florida Project (2017) Sean Baker's dramatically infused [ethnographic] study of poverty in Kissimmee, "The Florida Project" remains a moving encapsulation of an escalating human crisis in America.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2017
C+ 88% The Post (2018) In the words of John Wesley Harding, "you don't get to read the news in U.S.A. Today." ‐
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2017
C- 66% Wonderstruck (2017) Everything about this film is a disappointment. It is, by far, Todd Haynes's weakest effort to date.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2017
B- 89% Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold (2017) The center has not held, but Joan Didion is still with us as of this writing. Cheers to that.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2017
C- 57% Murder On The Orient Express (2017) A few impressive set pieces and scene study fodder for acting students, this "Murder on the Orient Express" is a paper-dry mystery at best.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2017
C+ 99% Lady Bird (2017) [VIDEO ESSAY] I suspect that many audiences who return to "Lady Bird" will be disappointed as to how the movie stands up. It's a much worse movie the second time around, I promise you. ‐
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2017
B 87% Okja (2017) "Okja" is an effective piece of filmic political satire that can now only be viewed in the context of the pressures mounted against it. As is life, it's good to know who your enemies are.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2017
F 93% Logan (2017) If indoctrinating child audiences into accepting, and enjoying, brutal deadly violence was the intent of the filmmakers responsible for making "Logan," then their mission is accomplished. ‐
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2017
A+ 100% Sans Toit ni Loi (Vagabond) (Without Roof or Rule) (1985) Agnes Varda's sturdy neo-realistic social study of a fiercely individualistic young woman, who happily lives a hobo's life on the road in France, is nothing short of a masterpiece.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2017
A+ 100% Victim (1961) "Victim" is an essential addition to the LGBT cannon that has the ability to put its audience in a cold sweat. The sense of fear on the screen is palpable. ‐
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2017
A- 80% Maîtresse (Mistress) (1976) Released in 1976, Schroeder's exploration of a behind-the-scenes life of a professional dominatrix features one of Gerard Depardieu's debut film performances.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2017
C- 85% It (2017) "It" just doesn't cut it. Do yourself a favor and get a copy of Frank Darabont's "The Mist," based on Stephen King's novel, and enjoy a genuinely creepy movie that will give you nightmares.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2017
C- 93% Baby Driver (2017) Wright seems to be taking notes from Quentin Tarantino for his use of pop music to provide an aural bed of energy for the story to glide on. The problem is that Edgar Wright isn't anywhere near as gifted as Tarantino...‐
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2017
A 87% Wind River (2017) Where does Wind River end, and real life begin? This could well be the most important American film of 2017. ‐
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2017
D 84% The Square (2017) Here is a lazy satire unworthy of a sneeze from such masters of the form as Lars von Trier. Perhaps one day Ruben Östlund will make a competent film; don't hold your breath.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2017
B 88% Arthur (1981) That song will be stuck in your head for days, but "Arthur" is worth the torture.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2017
F 92% Dunkirk (2017) [VIDEO ESSAY] "Dunkirk" seems to say that there are no heroes in war, only victims, suckers, survivors, and assholes. Perhaps Christopher Nolan's movie has a point after all. This movie sucks.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2017
B- 74% The Anderson Tapes (1971) Although one of Sidney Lumet's minor efforts, "The Anderson Tapes" functions as a cool retro caper movie full of nostalgic details. The film's car chase climax is no joke.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2017
B- No Score Yet Clash - Rude Boy (1980) Joe Strummer had the goods, and the perfect band to back him up. See the proof, and ignore the film's spackled on political subtext.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
B- No Score Yet The Next Man (1976) Here is a terribly flawed movie that earns its value via the style and grace of Cornelia Sharpe and Sean Connery. The twist at the end is a good thing too. ‐
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2017
A- 98% Trophy (2017) You will come away from this well researched film with a more informed understanding of wild animal conservation.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2017
D 0% Ghoulies (1985) Mariska Hargitay makes an inauspicious feature film debut in this trashy little horror picture.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2017
B- 72% Rumble Fish (1983) (PODCAST) Although too stagy to stand the test of time, "Rumble Fish" retains the charm of its impossibly young cast that includes Diane Lane and Mickey Rourke.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
A+ 83% Tess (1979) (PODCAST) The greatest filmic literary adaptation any filmmaker has produced. ‐
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
B+ 87% 84 Charing Cross Road (1987) "84 Charing Cross Road" is a valuable film for all of the right reasons of theatrical balance and narrative truth. It is a movie that hits you like a live play.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2017
C- 50% The House on 92nd Street (1945) "The House On 92nd Street" stands as a noxious example of patriotic pap disguised as faux docu film noir.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2017
A- 96% Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989) (PODCAST)Steven Soderbergh's debut film of bad people doing bad things beats with a perverse heart. ‐
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2017
A 90% RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World (2017) Every course on American music should necessarily include "Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World."‐
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2017
A+ 95% Command and Control (2016) (PODCAST) This well researched and expertly executed documentary is essential viewing for understanding a potentially world-ending pervasive threat facing America.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
B- 82% Beverly Hills Cop (1984) (PODCAST) Eddie Murphy's Axel Foley is a gay cop out to solve the murder of an ex-lover. 20 years of hindsight shows Axel Foley to be a great gay icon of '80s pop culture.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
B+ 79% The Beguiled (2017) "The Beguiled" is problematic inasmuch as it plays against clichés as much as it embraces the necessary lusts of its horny female characters. ‐
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2017
A+ 68% American Psycho (2000) Like all great films, "American Psycho" is one you can discover something new in regardless of how many times you've seen it.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2017
C+ 29% Bitch Slap (2010) For all of its potentially 3D-appropriate use of flying objects and big boobies, "Bitch Slap" doesn't hold a candle to Russ Meyer's truly transgressive "Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!" - an obvious inspiration for this gutty little action film.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2017
A+ 65% Swept Away (Travolti da un Insolito Destino nell'Azzurro Mare d'Agosto) (1975) "Swept Away" is as relevant today as it was when it was made. The power that lovers wield is as psychologically transient as any political ideology of the day, and just as predictable. ‐
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2017
B+ 93% Endless Poetry (Poesía Sin Fin) (2017) "I've sold my devil to the soul." "Life does not have meaning, you have to live it!" Alejandro Jodorowsky is the most euphoric filmmaker of our time.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2017
A- 96% The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman's Portrait Photography (2017) Part character study and social expose, "The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman's Portrait Photography" examines the artistic process of a woman whose divinely quirky personality informs her formerly overlooked career.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2017
B 100% Stalker (1979) Jean Paul Sartre's 'No Exit' meets 'Waiting For Godot" in Chernobyl in this influential filmic think piece from visionary Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2017
A+ 94% Sweetie (1989) 'Sweetie' is a rich black comedy told in dominant chords. When it resolves to minor, you can't help but be swept away.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
A- 81% Return of the Secaucus Seven (1980) This film is an exquisite time capsule of New Hampshire culture circa 1980. Dig the Tretorn tennis shoes.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
F 93% Wonder Woman (2017) As boring and flavorless as a three-day-old grilled cheese sandwich that's been left out in the sun, "Wonder Woman" is yet another reminder that the superhero genre is a lost cause.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
B+ 86% Hardcore (1979) Although flawed by a trope-filled ending, "Hardcore" is a fascinating social drama that makes scathing commentary about capitalism and America's puritanical pretenses.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
A- 98% Diva (1981) There's no telling how many audience members this film turned into instant opera fans. ‐
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2017
C- 66% Alien: Covenant (2017) A baloney script, poor casting, lame performances, and an unfocused production design make for a second-rate sci-fi movie that is nothing more than a pathetic knock-off of the original.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2017
C 49% War Machine (2017) (Michôd) doesn't seem to know the first rule of screenwriting; show, don't tell. ‐
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2017
A+ 75% Manifesto (2017) By far the best film to come along in the first half of 2017, "Manifesto" is as thought and discussion-provoking as films come. It also happens to be entertaining as hell.‐
Read More | Posted May 10, 2017
B+ 96% Train to Busan (Busanhaeng) (2016) This top-drawer zombie-apocalypse thriller generated major buzz at Cannes in 2016. ‐
Read More | Posted May 10, 2017