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Cole Smithey

Cole Smithey
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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+ 93% 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 92% 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- 68% 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 51% 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+ 78% 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+ 95% Train to Busan (Busanhaeng) (2016) This top-drawer zombie-apocalypse thriller generated major buzz at Cannes in 2016. ‐
Read More | Posted May 10, 2017
B+ 82% Bedazzled (1967) Here is a time capsule of '60s era self-loathing and misogyny captured in brilliant comic form.‐
Read More | Posted May 10, 2017
A 100% Harold And Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story (2017) An ebullient filmic love letter to one of Hollywood's most endearing creative couples, this gratifying documentary is essential viewing for budding filmmakers. ‐
Read More | Posted May 1, 2017
A+ 100% Wake in Fright (2012) "Wake In Fright" is a masterpiece of energized social satire.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2017
C- 75% Kong: Skull Island (2017) "Kong: Skull Island" is a neutered adventure movie without any soul, or balls. ‐
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2017
B+ 94% Neruda (2016) CANNES 2016: Although it doesn't articulate as much of Pablo Neruda's heartbreakingly sublime poetry as the film could have, it provides valuable insight into a man whose gift for words was equal to his lust for life.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2017
B 99% Get Out (2017) (LA GRANDE BOUFFE PODCAST) With friends like Obama-liberals, none of us need any enemies, much less the likes of the Trump administration and its legion of racist thugs. We may all need to "get out."‐
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2017
A+ 100% Multiple Maniacs (1970) "Multiple Maniacs" wallows in perversion for perversion's sake because that's what it's there for. You can fight the ideas, but you can't fight the feelings that John Waters puts out there because his respect for filth runs so deep. ‐
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2017
C+ 86% Lion (2016) "Lion" is a mediocre movie that should have been a good one. That still doesn't mean you shouldn't see it...‐
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2017
B 79% Punch-Drunk Love (2002) Paul Thomas Anderson has done the impossible; he has written a romantic leading role for Adam Sandler that functions well on a dramatic level. ‐
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2017
C- 98% Moonlight (2016) Here is a movie designed to make white audiences proud of the tears they shed in a darkened theater because those salty drops of water prove just how sensitive they are, except not really.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2017
C- 84% Silence (2017) (VIDEO ESSAY) This distant cousin to "The Last Temptation of Christ" isn't as good as that terribly flawed movie. ‐
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2017
C+ 92% La La Land (2016) La La Land doesn't swing. "Hustle and Flow" is a much better musical. ‐
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2017
B 91% Barton Fink (1991) Part "Eraserhead" and part "Naked Lunch," "Barton Fink" is like whitefish on sand.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2017
A- 100% The Decline of Western Civilization (1981) You can't put a price on a filmic document such as this one. ‐
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2017
A- 85% Eating Raoul (1982) Made on a non-existent budget, here is a kick right in Hollywood's bloated butt. ‐
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2017
D 50% La Luna (1979) "Luna" is an indefensible film because it is built on unsupported narrative clichés that Bertolucci never resolves.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2017
B 86% Zero Motivation (2014) Talya Lavie's 2014 black comedy, about a woman's place in the Israeli Army, plays like a cross between "Reform School Girls" and "Catch 22."‐
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2017
A 75% ...And God Created Woman (1956) ...a social document of the ways that a woman's allure can fuel, destroy, and build the dreams of men who fall under her spell.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2017
B- 82% Mifune: The Last Samurai (2016) "Mifune: The Last Samurai" functions best as an introduction to one of Cinema's most disciplined and unique actors.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2017
A+ 73% Fat Girl (2001) Like Breillat's debut feature ("A Real Young Girl") "Fat Girl" is a masterpiece awaiting inspection by audiences open to its meanings and insightful commentary.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2017
C- 73% Nocturnal Animals (2016) Writer-director Tom Ford's psychological thriller is a glorified student film. ‐
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2017
D 88% Jackie (2016) [Here is an] ill-conceived movie further hobbled by an inarticulate script ineptly executed by miscast actors - gross political exploitation at its lowest. ‐
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2017
A+ 97% The Long Goodbye (1973) Robert Altman made a bold statement in his casting of Elliott Gould as a Jewish version of Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe character in this modestly budgeted film.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2016
A+ 92% Andy Warhol's Frankenstein (1974) "Andy Warhol's Flesh For Frankenstein" is a riot. Even its closing tableau is socially transcendent and transgressive.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2016
A+ 95% Manchester by the Sea (2016) This is a movie to see as soon as it comes out, before you've heard anything about the story. ‐
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2016
B- 50% The Best Democracy Money Can Buy (2016) As always it isn't the voters you have to worry about, it's the perpetually rigged system that will deliver Corporate America's latest puppet. Sometimes you need to hear such bitter truths from a private-dick-styled journo like Palast. Check it out.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2016
A- 96% 13th (2016) "13TH" is a vital documentary toward understanding America's systemic abuse of blacks that takes on many nefarious forms, not the least of which is this country's prison system that forces prisoners to produce goods for companies like Victoria's Secret. ‐
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2016
C- 72% The Birth of a Nation (2016) This drably lit attempt to address the systemic racism that has ruled America since the first African slaves were brought over comes across as amateurishly melancholic, if appropriately violent, melodramatic pap.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2016
C- 45% The Girl on the Train (2016) This exposition-laden suspense thriller is so poorly adapted from its novel source material (by Paula Hawkins) that you can't follow it. ‐
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2016
B+ 61% Snowden (2016) Oliver Stone achieves his obvious, if straightforward, motivations at telling Edward Snowden's journey from Coast Guard brat to grand scale whistleblower.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2016
D 77% Bridget Jones's Baby (2016) You know you're in trouble when momentary flashbacks from previous films in a franchise make you wish you were watching one of them instead of the dreary cinematic rendering before your eyes.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2016
C- 86% Sully (2016) "Sully" comes across as an exhausted victory lap for Clint Eastwood. Give the guy his due. That still doesn't mean that he hasn't made a disappointing movie.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2016
F 87% Don't Breathe (2016) Here is a reminder of why the torture porn genre died off after the second installment in the "Human Centipede" franchise.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2016
D+ 59% War Dogs (2016) Do the right thing. Skip "War Dogs, and see Werner Herzog's Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World" instead. At least there you can feel equal parts bad and good.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2016
C- 82% Sausage Party (2016) Even without the hullabaloo of discontent expressed by an army of animators (who worked for this film's Vancouver-based Nitrogen Studios), "Sausage Party" is a comedy whose ribald humor can't mask its weaknesses. ‐
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2016
C- 74% Disorder (Maryland) (2016) CANNES 2015: Both of its opaque titles ("Maryland" for its Cannes' Un Certain Regard premiere) describe the muddy nature of this unsatisfying thriller. ‐
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2016
A- 84% Tallulah (2016) "Tallulah" is a great example of a women-led movie with plenty of social substance and earthy grit.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2016
A+ 100% Baby Face (1933) Here is a blatant affront to generations of American provincial female teachings that value virginity over sexual freedom. Lily likes giving it away, for a cause - herself. ‐
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2016
C- 84% Star Trek Beyond (2016) Like a jigsaw puzzle where the pieces don't fit, "Star Trek Beyond" jumps between giant action set pieces lacking in context, nuance, and expositional background. The narrative is a sloppy mess.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2016
B+ 94% Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World (2016) "Lo and Behold" is everything the film promises to be, entertaining, informative, insightful, and peppered with Herzog's distinctive voice.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2016