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Cole Smithey

Cole Smithey
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
C+ 50% The Producers (2005) The play may be lousy, but the actors are great.‐ ColeSmithey.com
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2006
A 78% Munich (2005) "Munich" is at once a deeply disturbing and ardently effective film that operates successfully as a political thriller and as a cautionary tale.‐ ColeSmithey.com
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2005
B+ 84% King Kong (2005) "King Kong" is a rare film that would be improved with a "director's cut" that excised rather than added.‐ ColeSmithey.com
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2005
B- 87% Brokeback Mountain (2005) Ang Lee creates a compelling atmospheric film in spite of the story's obedient propagation of Hollywood's cliché myth that gay people must eventually be punished with lethal violence.‐ ColeSmithey.com
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2005
B+ 76% The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (2005) The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe is a weighty children's story about how children make the transition into young adults during a time of crisis.‐ ColeSmithey.com
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2005
A- 72% Syriana (2005) The thematic temperature of "Syriana" runs hot and doesn't waste a single second of film time.‐ ColeSmithey.com
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2005
C- 46% Rent (2005) "Rent" is a wet blanket musical compared to the likes of "West Side Story" or "Cabaret."‐ ColeSmithey.com
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2005
6/10 46% The Ice Harvest (2005) It's an anti-Christmas black comedy for every card-carrying Grinch.‐ ColeSmithey.com
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2005
A 82% Walk the Line (2005) Joaquin's trademark stiff shoulders morph into those of country music legend Johnny Cash even if Cash never carried himself with such defensiveness.‐ ColeSmithey.com
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2005
D 88% Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire is an endurance test for its audience.‐ ColeSmithey.com
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2005
B 67% The Spook Who Sat by the Door (1973) ...a document of social revolt that still bristles with a timely, and timeless, impression of righteousness and intelligence.‐ ColeSmithey.com
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2005
A 93% Young Frankenstein (1974) Mel Brooks caught comic lightning in a bottle in 1974 with his appropriately black-and-white spoof of James Whale's 1931 classic horror film.‐ ColeSmithey.com
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2005
C- 75% Zathura (2005) Zathura: A Space Adventure is a mediocre children's movie based on the reworking of an already faulty formula (see Jumanji) generated by the same author.‐ ColeSmithey.com
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2005
A 90% Capote (2005) Philip Seymour Hoffman gives a tour de force performance as Truman Capote in a film that matches Hoffman's authentic representation...‐ ColeSmithey.com
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2005
A- 61% Jarhead (2005) Jarhead is the most unconventional anti-war film ever made...‐ ColeSmithey.com
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2005
B- 36% Saw II (2005) One-part "Silence Of The Lambs," one-part "Ten Little Indians" and still carrying a lasting dosage of "Se7en," "Saw II" reveals a horror franchise to be reckoned with.‐ ColeSmithey.com
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2005
D+ 60% Shopgirl (2005) Steve Martin makes his personal dysfunctional romantic proclivities the subject of a brittle romantic comedy that affords painfully little romance or humor.‐ ColeSmithey.com
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2005
A+ 95% Full Metal Jacket (1987) ...uses a full range of cinematic language to comment on an institution that "eats its own guts" as it destroys foreign cultures.‐ ColeSmithey.com
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2005
A+ 93% Good Night, And Good Luck (2005) George Clooney knocks the ball out of the park with his second directorial effort...‐ ColeSmithey.com
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2005
A+ 68% North Country (2005) Charlize Theron gives an excellently modulated performance as Josey Aimes.‐ ColeSmithey.com
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2005
A+ 95% Z (1969) It's a film that bluntly and stylistically depicts the impotence of truth as a weapon against authoritarian injustice.‐ ColeSmithey.com
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2005
A+ 97% The Passion of Joan of Arc (La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc) (1928) Falconetti's shockingly modern performance as the 19-year-old Joan is a thing of irreproachable honesty and ethereal suffering.‐ ColeSmithey.com
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2005
D+ 19% Domino (2005) Domino is a steaming pile of green-tinted celluloid.‐ ColeSmithey.com
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2005
A 95% The Honeymoon Killers (1970) Made in 1969, "The Honeymoon Killers" presaged elements of David Lynch's filmic approach, and clearly informed John McNaughton's similarly-themed stomach-churner film "Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer." Romantic dysfunction never looked so banal, brutal‐ ColeSmithey.com
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2005
A+ 98% Aguirre, the Wrath of God (Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes) (1972) There is a lingering voodoo in the movie that never lets you forget the folly of man's puny sins against a dark universal order of which insanity, sickness, and death are the inevitable symptoms.‐ ColeSmithey.com
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2005
C 79% Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005) a visually delicious film filled with ostensibly crowd pleasing (read boring) lightsaber battles...‐ ColeSmithey.com
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2005
80% Cinderella Man (2005) The boxing sequences here are better than those of Martin Scorsese's bar-setting "Raging Bull."‐ ColeSmithey.com
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2005
B 83% Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) Tim Burton and Johnny Depp collude to subvert the story's incidental allusions to Michael Jackson and his Neverland Ranch.‐ ColeSmithey.com
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2005
A- 95% Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005) Tt's just a really damn cute movie.‐ ColeSmithey.com
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2005
C- 58% The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio (2005) The movie can be looked on for its incidental evidence of everything wrong with American capitalist obsessed ideology.‐ ColeSmithey.com
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2005
B 60% Oliver Twist (2005) While the picture is not quite a masterpiece it does carry the stamp of a master filmmaker working at the height of his abilities.‐ ColeSmithey.com
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2005
A+ 83% Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974) Fermented in a tragic romanticism placed firmly in a no-man's land between liberation and capitalism, Sam Peckinpah's 1974 thriller is a film that sticks in your mind's eye like a lingering sun spot.‐ ColeSmithey.com
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2005
A 91% The Damned (La caduta degli dei) (1969) By boldly confronting the psycho-sexual depravity of the Nazi mindset, all the way through to is inevitable incestuous nature, Visconti creates a specific cinematic vernacular for viewing and discussing Hitler's manic ideology.‐ ColeSmithey.com
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2005
A- 87% A History of Violence (2005) Cronenberg's caricatured vision of American fascism is hilarious for its spot-on depiction of the anxiety that accompanies it.‐ ColeSmithey.com
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2005
C+ 32% The Baxter (2005) The Baxter is a good-hearted romantic comedy that achieves its uncomplicated comic goal of presenting an underdog love story filled with offbeat personalities.‐ ColeSmithey.com
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2005
B+ 61% Lord of War (2005) (The way you feel about Nicholas Cage's character is exactly how you might feel about the leaders of all governments. They are indeed cut from the same bloody cloth).‐ ColeSmithey.com
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2005
B+ 62% Proof (2005) Proof is a winning drama that oscillates with confidence and emotional tension.‐ ColeSmithey.com
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2005
B+ 84% The Constant Gardener (2005) The Constant Gardener is a scathing political thriller filled with terrific ensemble performances directed by one of cinema's most innovative filmmakers.‐ ColeSmithey.com
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2005
C+ 45% The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005) "The Exorcism Of Emily Rose" must inevitably be compared to "The Exorcist," and pales drastically in the process.‐ ColeSmithey.com
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2005
D 12% The Man (2005) "The Man's" nebulous title indicates the sloppy nature of an "action comedy" movie that emits painfully little of either genre enticement.‐ ColeSmithey.com
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2005
B+ 88% Broken Flowers (2005) "Broken Flowers" is a time capsule contemplation of an American generational zeitgeist similar to that in John Sayles' terrific "The Return Of The Secaucus Seven."‐ ColeSmithey.com
Posted Aug 27, 2005
A+ 89% Ace in the Hole (The Big Carnival) (1951) Douglas delivers desperation and a cynical rejection of humanity that is repulsive as it is mesmerizing.‐ ColeSmithey.com
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2005
D 79% Red Eye (2005) If you've seen its theatrical trailer then you've seen "Red Eye."‐ ColeSmithey.com
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2005
C- 38% The Brothers Grimm (2005) Audiences other than preteens will be sorely disappointed at Gilliam's over-massaged vision of a tediously gimmicky script.‐ ColeSmithey.com
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2005
D 14% The Dukes of Hazzard (2005) The Dukes Of Hazzard is a movie that makes you feel unclean as a result of having seen it.‐ ColeSmithey.com
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2005
F 53% The Devil's Rejects (2005) If there's one consistent thematic lesson to be culled from "The Devil's Rejects" it's that we should embrace abhorrent and ruthless murderers as outlaw saints.lers.‐ ColeSmithey.com
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2005
33% Romeo Must Die (2000) Compare Romeo Must Die to Li's brilliant Fist of Legend, and it'll break your heart.‐ Daily Radar
Posted Jan 1, 2000