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Cole Smithey

Cole Smithey
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
C- 15% From the Land of the Moon (Mal de pierres) (2016) [CANNES 2016] Nicole Garcia clearly knows how to tell stories on film, but gets mired in the nature of the film's source novel (by Milena Agus). ‐
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2016
C- 97% Graduation (Bacalaureat) (2017) [CANNES 2016] "Bacalaureat" suffers from too many narrative threads that don't resolve. The film's climax feels pedestrian even if the filmmakers' intentions ring true.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2016
B 99% The Wailing (Goksung) (2016) [CANNES 2016] While far from a perfect film, this unconventional exploration in horror sends cinematic chills that run right through you.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2016
D- 11% The Last Face (2017) [CANNES 2016] If ever there was a movie that could make you dislike relief-aid doctors, "The Last Face" is it. ‐
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2016
B+ 64% Slack Bay (Ma loute) (2017) [CANNES 2016] "Ma Loute" was one of the most underrated films at Cannes in 2016. Don't go looking for hype; this unique movie doesn't need it.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2016
A+ 90% Elle (2016) [CANNES 2016] Daring, ribald, and scathing on every level, "Elle" is a movie that sets a standard that 21st century cinema should aspire to. It kicks Hollywood in the teeth without lifting a finger. Glory.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2016
A No Score Yet Close Encounters with Vilmos Zsigmond (2016) [CANNES 2016] This film will make you want to go back and watch movies such as "Deliverance," "The Crossing Guard," The Witches of Eastwick" and "Heaven's Gate" for Zsigmond's lush camera work.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2016
A 95% The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) (2016) [CANNES 2016] Lush production designs and keen cinematography drink in dynamic performances (by Kim Min-Hee and Kim Tae-Ri) teeming with an urgent lesbian sensuality.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2016
A+ No Score Yet Hospital (1970) [CANNES 2016] The movie captures the social conditions and professionalism of doctors, nurses, and cops in late '60s New York. They just don't make people with that much integrity anymore.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2016
C+ 92% Toni Erdmann (2016) [CANNES 2016] The laughs ebb and flow through an overlong movie whose shallow dramatic arc is a disappointment. ‐
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2016
C 89% Loving (2016) [CANNES 2016] Jeff Nichols's "Loving" is an anodyne telling of the interracial Virginia couple (Richard and Mildred Loving) whose 1967 Supreme Court case forever altered regional laws allowing such couple's rights to marry. ‐
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2016
A 91% The Witness (2016) The filmmakers leave no stone unturned in building a tour de force documentary that provides more than just food for thought; it delivers catharsis.‐
Read More | Posted May 31, 2016
B 95% Gimme Danger (2016) [CANNES 2016] Here's proof that Iggy is still God, and the Stooges were the baddest rock 'n' roll band around.‐
Read More | Posted May 28, 2016
A- 100% Risk (2017) [CANNES 2016] Knowledge is power, but in the modern age it is also fear. Free Julian Assange. ‐
Read More | Posted May 21, 2016
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.‐
Read More | Posted May 21, 2016
C- 80% 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.‐
Read More | Posted May 21, 2016
C- 62% 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.‐
Read More | 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. ‐
Read More | Posted May 20, 2016
A+ 93% I, Daniel Blake (2017) [CANNES 2016] Dramatically understated, and yet precisely composed, the film breathes with authenticity and unaffected emotion.‐
Read More | Posted May 14, 2016
89% The Lobster (2016) [CANNES 2015] This lobster is a dog.‐
Read More | 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. ‐
Read More | 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. ‐
Read More | 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. ‐
Read More | Posted May 5, 2016
C- 92% 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. ‐
Read More | Posted May 3, 2016
B 77% Keanu (2016) "Keanu" delivers laughs and sly social commentary with plenty of room set aside for kitten-cuteness from the title character.‐
Read More | 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. ‐
Read More | 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. ‐
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2016
B- 88% 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. ‐
Read More | 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. ‐
Read More | 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. ‐
Read More | 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. ‐
Read More | 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. ‐
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2016
C- 86% 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. ‐
Read More | 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. ‐
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2016
C- 90% 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) Dan Trachtenberg's low-budget suspense thriller is one big plot hole. ‐
Read More | 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.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2016
C+ 36% 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. ‐
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2016
B+ 67% 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. ‐
Read More | 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.‐
Read More | 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.‐
Read More | 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. ‐
Read More | 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.‐
Read More | 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. ‐
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2016
C- 39% Jane Got a Gun (2016) The film is less a blend of genres than one big mess. ‐
Read More | 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.‐
Read More | 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.‐
Read More | 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.‐
Read More | 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.‐
Read More | 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. ‐
Read More | 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.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2016