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Cole Smithey

Cole Smithey
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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
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- 73% 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 74% 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- 33% 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- 96% 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+ 62% 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- 82% 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- 97% 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- 66% 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+ 92% 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 78% 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- 87% 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+ 89% 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