David Forsmark

David Forsmark
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Political consultant, published author, Book, movie and music critic for the Flint Journal, and free lance for other publications. Basketball and baseball coach. Married, two kids.
Favorites:
In no particular order:High Noon, Casablanca,The Searchers,The Seven Samurai, The Godfather I & II,Saving Private Ryan, The Lord of the Rings, Dirty Harry, Bringing Up Baby, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, The Big Sleep, Night of the Hunter, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Patton, Psycho, Rear Window, Strangers on a Train, North by Northwest, O Brother Where Art Thou, Fargo, The Manchurian Candidate, Double Indemnity, The Apartment, Great Expectations, Oliver Twist, On the Waterfront, Heat, The Great Escape, The Bridge on the River Kwai, The Guns of Navarone, Rio Bravo, Red River, Lonestar, The Apostle, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Dr. Strangelove, The Music Man, Three Kings, Tin Men, Tootsie, Spartacus, The Silence of the Lambs, Monty Python and the Search for the Holy Grail, Rashomon, Yojimbo, The Right Stuff, Rob Roy, Searching for Bobby Fischer, Blackhawk Down, We Were Soldiers, Jaws, The Sixth Sense, Life is Beautiful, My Darling Clementine, Friendly Persuasion, The Good the Bad and the Ugly, The Matrix, October Sky, Hoosiers.
Publications: Credo, Flint Journal
Location: Flushing, MI

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
2.5/4 57% Die Another Day (2002) This is one of the sillier Bonds, but the actors seem to be having fun, the pace is quick, and there's a lot to look at. At least it's not a bore like Tomorrow Never Dies. - Flint Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2002
77% Changing Lanes (2002) That rarest of films --- a vehicle for two big stars that is also smart, deep, and well-written. - Credo EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2002
84% The Rookie (2002) The whole family will certainly enjoy The Rookie, but it's a special treat for fathers and sons getting ready for the upcoming baseball season. - Credo EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2002
93% In the Bedroom (2001) When was the last time you were in a theater and the audience gasped aloud, not because an alien burst though a body, or someone's head exploded-- but merely because a character drew a gun? - Credo EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2002
74% A Beautiful Mind (2001) ... one beautifully made film. - Credo EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2002
74% The Count of Monte Cristo (2002) The best swashbuckler for most of the family since The Mask of Zorro. - Credo EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2002
76% Black Hawk Down (2001) This is a movie that understands the American fighting man. - Credo EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2002
74% Jimmy Neutron - Boy Genius (2001) Clever, funny, and even has a great lesson. - Credo EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2002
91% The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) Get thee to a theater and see what everyone is talking about! - Credo EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2002
82% Ocean's Eleven (2001) A great looking film. - Flint Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2001
81% Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001) A very good movie, and a faithful adaption of the book. - Credo EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2001
96% Monsters, Inc. (2001) Another wonderfully warm, funny, adventurous, and fantastic looking effort from Pixar. - Credo EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2001
52% Rush Hour 2 (2001) Funnier and faster paced than the slack Rush Hour. - Credo EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2001
45% Planet of the Apes (2001) A rather tame flick intellectually, going for pop culture jokes and obvious political quotes, rather than the character-driven, satirical allegory of the original. - Credo EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2001
50% Jurassic Park III (2001) This year, a summer would-be blockbuster that neither stinks, nor takes half the day to watch, is actually an improvement over most releases. - Flint Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2001
73% A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001) A.I. will have you leaving the theater shaking your head in disbelief. - Credo EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2001
49% Atlantis - The Lost Empire (2001) In the last half hour, mystical ecobabble takes over, and the movie becomes nearly incomprehensible, plotwise. - Credo EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2001
24% Pearl Harbor (2001) This movie is simply incoherent on every level -- emotionally, historically and politically. - Credo EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2001
58% A Knight's Tale (2001) Ledger is an appealing hero, and the movie is harmless enough. - Credo EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2001
88% Shrek (2001) A clever and adventurous combination of The Princess Bride and Beauty and the Beast. - Credo EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2001
100% Rio Bravo (1959) The action-oriented, straight-up good vs. evil, moral- ambguity-be-hanged, Western star vehicle has never been done better than this. - Credo EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2001
88% The Magnificent Seven (1960) One of the most popular Westerns of all time, the heroic story of The Magnificent Seven has influenced countless other movies in nearly every genre. - Credo EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2001
81% Bridget Jones's Diary (2001) A very funny and likeable comedy of manners. - Credo EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2001
93% Spy Kids (2001) Not only terrifically entertaining, but has a great message, as well. - Credo EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2001
54% Enemy at the Gates (2001) Instead of the swelling score and big Drama, Ememy could have used a little Three Kings sardonicism. - Credo EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2001
39% Hannibal (2001) Hannibal should make everyone involved ashamed. - Credo EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2001
97% Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2001) A captivating, thoroughly enjoyable, romantic romp. - Credo EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2001
77% O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000) Clooney's dumb version of his usual smart guy act works great, but his partners really steal the show. - Credo EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2001
92% Traffic (2000) Soderbergh deftly directs Traffic, keeping things moving with nary a jam. - Credo EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2001
16% Left Behind: The Movie (2001) While the book has its share of contrivances ... This 95 minute movie rushes over everything so quickly, that the plot holes look an awful lot bigger. - Flint Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2001
88% Cast Away (2000) Quite entertaining, and well worth seeing, if only for Hanks' sensational performance. - Credo EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2001
83% Thirteen Days (2000) At its best, Thirteen Days is as gripping as a good thriller and as informative as a good documentary. - Flint Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2001
53% The Family Man (2000) Will undoubtedly run alongside A Christmas Story on cable stations around the Christmas season for years to come as a staple of the Season. - Flint Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2000
70% Unbreakable (2000) An uncommonly absorbing movie. - Credo EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2000
94% Three Kings (1999) Hip, furious, and darkly funny. - Flint Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
88% American Beauty (1999) Director Sam Mendes presents some memorable images, and moments of Kubrick class clarity, but the whole does not hang together. - Credo EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
84% Meet the Parents (2000) Don't go to this movie if you've recently had hernia surgery, because the expression 'bust a gut laughing' might go beyond metaphor in your case. - Flint Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
70% The Thomas Crown Affair (1999) A stylish, witty and romantic romp! - Flint Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
8% The Omega Code (1999) With bad acting, hillarious dialogue, and ludicrous plot turns that make this a future candidate for Mystery Science Theater 3000 mockery, The Omega Code lurches ahead in fits and starts. - Flint Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
22% The General's Daughter (1999) A mostly smart, well acted, and very well paced and atmospheric thriller! - Flint Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
43% The Ninth Gate (1999) Dull turns to ludicrous, as action and plot twists fly at the audience from left field-- if not the bleachers. - Flint Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
64% The Yards (2000) This deliberately paced (to put it politely) drama, rarely kicks into high gear. - Flint Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
79% Fight Club (1999) Laughably ludicrous. - Credo EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
51% Titan A.E. (2000) Actually nails the epic feel it is aiming for. - Flint Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
52% The World Is Not Enough (1999) Sophie Marceau is easily the best female foil Bond has had in years. - Flint Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
100% Toy Story 2 (1999) Toy Story was the best of the Disney resurgence of the last decade. - Credo EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
62% Return to Me (2000) Delightful! - Flint Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
52% Any Given Sunday (1999) Stone simply attempts too much in Any Given Sunday. - Flint Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
96% The Iron Giant (1999) What the animators lack in new computer-drawn technique, they creatively make up for with a fine artistic sense. - Credo EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
33% Price of Glory (2000) For boxing fans, it's a must see; and a solid video rental down the road for most everyone else. - Flint Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000