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Cole Smithey

Cole Smithey
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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+ 60% 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- 73% 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
B+ 93% Summertime (La Belle Saison) (2016) American audiences looking for female-led dramas that are authentic by design need only seek out this impressive film. ‐
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2016
B- 74% Ghostbusters (2016) This predictably stagnate Hollywood reboot picks up entertaining momentum from its talented four female leads.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2016
B- 45% Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru (2016) Tony Robbins isn't a guru; he just plays one in your mind.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2016
B- 83% Captain Fantastic (2016) "Captain Fantastic" is just thought provoking and entertaining enough to make up for its narrative missteps that hamper its third act. ‐
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2016
A+ 78% Mephisto (1981) Disillusionment takes on a tragically melancholy appearance. What masks are "Mephisto's" audiences wearing today?‐
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2016
A+ 82% My Own Private Idaho (1991) "My Own Private Idaho" is both a love story and a tragedy. It remains the high point in Gus Van Sant's career.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2016
A+ 97% Children of Paradise (Les Enfants du Paradis) (1946) Even to call "Les Enfants du Paradis" a mere masterpiece, seems a slight. ‐
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2016
D 75% The BFG (2016) [CANNES 2016] Someone could write a Freudian thesis about how, by diminishing a female child character even further than her undeveloped stature, in "The BFG" feeds into the imperialist patriarchy that the story ultimately hands itself over to.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2016
B 78% The Shallows (2016) Here is a good old-fashioned suspense thriller about a strong-willed young woman and a big mean shark. ‐
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2016
B+ 84% Taste of Cherry (Ta'm e Guilass) (1998) Kiarostami executes a filmic social study that digs deep into the public and private psyche of Iran's male populace via the age-old query that Shakespeare elegantly distilled into, "to be or not to be; that is the question."‐
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2016
C- No Score Yet Chouf (2016) [CANNES 2016] It's an old saying, if you seek revenge dig two graves. There, I just saved you the two or three hours you might have wasted seeing this piece of cinematic garbage. Next. ‐
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2016
71% Staying Vertical (Rester vertical) (2017) [CANNES 2016] A film made of up disparate elements, however abstract, does not a movie make. Still, "Rester Vertical" arrived as a welcome provocation to the films in competition for the 2016 Palme d'Or. ‐
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2016
C- 32% From the Land of the Moon (Mal de pierres) (2017) [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- 95% 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- 5% 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+ 63% 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+ 91% 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