Dan Jardine

Dan Jardine
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
A little mystery in a blossoming relationship like this is a good thing.
Favorites:
Top Ten of 20071. Into the Wild2. Ratatouille3. Control4. Once5. Away from Her 6. The Lives of Others7. Grindhouse8. 28 Weeks Later9. Zodiac10. Sweeney Todd 11. Killer of Sheep12. Manufactured Landscapes Honorable Mentions: Michael Clayton, Kim Ki-Duk's Time, Gone Baby Gone , Bourne Ultimatum, The Host, Hot Fuzz, SickoFavorite Films of All Time: 2001: A Space Odyssey, Schindler's List, Taxi Driver, It's a Wonderful Life, Seven Samurai, The Passion of Joan of Arc, Casablanca, Deer Hunter, Citizen Kane, Chungking Express, The Third Man, Dr. Strangelove, Andrei Rublev, Manchurian Candidate, A Clockwork OrangeFavorite Directors: Kubrick, Scorcese, Spielberg, Hitchcock, Kurosawa, Coen Brothers.
Critics' Group: Online Film Critics Society
Location: Victoria, BC, Canada

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
76/100 94% West Michigan (2021) the story emerges naturalistically out of the situations and quite lovely western Michigan settings, and we feel there is truth in the storytelling and characterizations. - Cinemania EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2021
88/100 94% Memories of Murder (2003) There is an "everything including the kitchen sink" quality to a lot of S. Korean films. They either have no respect for the rules of genre, or are such big fans of various genres they want us to experience them all in one flick. I love the results here. - Cinemania EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2021
84/100 97% Gunda (2020) Farm noir. Definitely on the level, though, ground level Bub, no Dutch angle about it - Cinemania EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2021
70/100 69% New Order (Nuevo orden) (2021) The way the intensity ratchets up during the military's fascist quelling of the uprisings is particularly compelling and completely plausible. I just wanted to spend more time with the peasants. Do they have an end game? What is their "New Order?" - Cinemania EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2021
80/100 90% Black Bear (2020) Hits home as an exploration of the multiple dangers of using one's personal life as fodder for one's creative expression, with a dash of method actor-y meta-commentary added for flavor. - Cinemania EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2021
76/100 75% Family Obligations (2019) The story and themes the movie explores are familiar, but they are examined with enough nuance and eccentric charm to distinguish the film from others of this ilk. - Cinemania EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2020
76/100 100% Chameleon (2019) Chameleon is a taut thriller that rewards an observant viewer. - Cinemania EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2019
52/100 No Score Yet Trauma Therapy (2019) The director shows no flair for the genre, as he generates little tension in the therapeutic sessions, and fails to use the setting to create feelings of dread or claustrophobia - Cinemania EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
82/100 93% Anya (2019) Anya may be small in budget, but it is big in humanity, intelligence and emotional impact - Cinemania EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
80/100 77% Sunday Girl (2019) Ambrosio has a very good eye for symmetrical compositions and creative camera placement, as well as an astute sense of detail in the costumes and set design. - Cinemania EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
60é100 68% Human Capital (2020) The overlapping narratives drag the simple story out, making a relatively short 97 minute film feel like a bit of a slog. - Cinemania EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
74/100 65% The Riot Act (2018) While there are a few narrative implausibilities, they never derail the story, and while the story takes on a bit more thematically then it can ultimately deliver, it is generally preferable that a film's reach exceeds its grasp. - Cinemania EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2019
70/100 28% The Iron Orchard (2019) A toe-tapping score and well-paced narrative drive round out the film's many competencies - Cinemania EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
67/100 60% Ophelia (2019) It is not entirely successful, but has enough going for it at the purely technical level that it may find an audience. I am not it, however. - Cinemania EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2019
71/100 74% Ghost Light (2019) Ghost Light is a success in a minor key - Cinemania EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2019
56/100 50% The Outsider (2019) The Outsiders suffers from a lack of a single moment of narrative surprise or subtlety, as it follows the conventions of the genre slavishly. - Cinemania EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2019
76/100 90% Bull (2020) Bull could easily slide into sentiment, but maintains the course as a quiet, naturalistic film set in a dying corner of the country, involving characters on the outer periphery of society who participate in an industry that is in atrophy - Cinemania EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
79/100 86% Tater Tot & Patton (2019) Writer/director Kightlinger is to be commended for choosing a low-key approach suitable to the material, while guiding his actors to follow the lead of his script and direction. - Cinemania EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2019
71/100 50% America Adrift (2016) a familiar story infused with intelligence and directorial elan - Cinemania EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2019
52/100 83% Streaker (Flitzer) (2017) Long gone are the days when watching grown people running naked on a field of sport is very much fun, but this film manages to drain the last few drops out of that particular humour barrel. - Cinemania EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
58/100 38% The Remarkable Life of John Weld (2018) The key problem with the film is its lacks a thematic focus. While a lot of interesting things happened in Weld's life, there is no larger theme that provides his life with significance. - Cinemania EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2019
68/100 92% Stay Human (2018) Stay Human is an affecting and engaging document, and one that could not be more well-timed. - Cinemania EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2019
70/100 81% A Boy Called Sailboat (2018) A wee fable whose ability to charm will be in direct correlation to one's default cynicism setting. - Cinemania EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
90/100 96% The Florida Project (2017) The pathos of the film proves to be gut-wrenching - Cinemania EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2018
76/100 93% Diner (1982) The male quintet of friends is amusingly lampooned in Levinson's clever and cutting script, a refreshingly honest depiction of an era often bathed in sepia-toned nostalgia. - Cinemania EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2016
93/100 98% City Lights (1931) City Lights is a paean to our best impulses, a plea for humanitarianism and justice. - Cinemania EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2016
87/100 94% Captains Courageous (1937) An unlikely love story of two opposites splendidly directed by Fleming. - Cinemania EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2016
82/100 87% Amarcord (1974) Fellini shoots much of the film in muted colors that seem slightly out-of-focus, as if he were attempting to transport us into a dreamlike state. - Cinemania EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2016
76% Phantom of the Opera (1943) Lon Chaney created such an empathetic villain that it was nearly impossible not to root for him - All Movie Guide EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2015
91/100 96% Sherlock Jr. (1924) Sherlock Jr. is Keaton's signature statement, and mind-warping flight of fancy on the dreamlike nature of films and the fluid nature of our ontological existence. - Cinemania EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2015
54/100 92% Frank (2014) The film tries very hard for quirky, but (barely) manages annoying. - Cinemania EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2015
80% The Theory of Everything (2014) The treatment of the subject matter goes over to what is essentially religious adoration. - Cinemania EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2015
68/100 80% Get On Up (2014) The film's relative lack of any actual drama in the narrative is ultimately the result of a biographical approach too dedicated to flattery. - Cinemania EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2015
89/100 91% The Firemen's Ball (1968) I cannot remember the last time I laughed so hard that I cried, but I did for The Firemen's Ball, and more than once. - Cinemania EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2015
71/100 88% Wild (2014) A solid entertainment that treats the central story of redemption with honesty - Cinemania EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2015
62/100 86% Alan Partridge (2014) The creaky premise of the plot is behind the times by decades, not years. - Cinemania EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2015
90/100 96% Ida (2014) The film's moral complexity is laudable - Cinemania EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2015
82/100 95% Nightcrawler (2014) Nightcrawler gives us what we want--a "happy ending"-- as well as what we deserve-- a deliciously ironic comment on what passes for success in contemporary society. - Cinemania EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2015
87/100 100% Force of Evil (1948) The film cleverly uses illicit numbers running as a metaphor for unethical business practices in post-war America - Cinemania EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2015
82/100 93% The Killing Fields (1984) Ngor's naturalistic and empathic portrayal of his character's desperate fight for survival is the key to this film's visceral power. - Cinemania EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2015
88/100 98% Chimes at Midnight (1965) Welles fearlessly inverts the Shakespearean emphasis on Henry's rise to power, instead encouraging us to look at the world from the perspective of those he left behind in his climb to the top. - Cinemania EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2014
89/100 98% Scarface (1932) The pre-noir gangster genre was in many ways defined by the innovative approaches taken by Hawks in this film. - Cinemania EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2014
69/100 90% Time Bandits (1981) Gilliam opts for an acerbic and often nasty tone that risks offending the very audience at which it purported to be aimed. - Cinemania EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2014
70/100 88% Kagemusha (1980) The film swings like a pendulum between stillness and action, an occasionally jarring mix of David Lean-like panoramas with intimate character study. - Cinemania EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2014
76/100 68% Stardust Memories (1980) Woody Allen's altar is the art of filmmaking, and Stardust Memories is his crisis of faith. - Cinemania EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2014
77/100 96% Jean De Florette (1986) Jean de Florette is as melodramatic as any soap opera, but its treatment is just a little askew, just off-center enough for the film to evolve into a moving and powerful pastoral tragedy. - Cinemania EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2014
78/100 86% Harvey (1950) Elwood may be a drunk (or not -- does he ever actually take a drink?), and he may be delusional, but he is also happier, less neurotic, and more content than the so-called normal people who surround him and claim to be looking out for his best interests. - Cinemania EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2014
86/100 95% Jezebel (1938) The film's success is wrapped around Davis' steely performance and the elegant production values - Cinemania EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2014
80/100 95% Julius Caesar (1953) Director Joseph L. Mankiewicz manages to showcase the Bard's dialogue in a film that also has the visual appeal of Oscar-winning art direction. - Cinemania EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2014
90/100 93% The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939) Director William Dieterle manages a difficult task well, creating a film of both great sweep and remarkable intimacy. - Cinemania EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2014