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Ed Halter

Ed Halter
Ed Halter's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): L.A. Weekly, Village Voice

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
No Score Yet Ankur (1974) An elegant and powerful treatise on rural feudalism that crossed over from the New Indian Cinema's government-sponsored purview into commercial success.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted May 26, 2015
21% Fred Claus (2007) The exceptional cast -- Vaughn, Giamatti, Kathy Bates, Kevin Spacey, Rachel Weisz -- is an embarrassment of riches for a script this thin and this beholden to family-fare protocol, with its mushy-minded moral and slick sentimentality.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2007
100% Sátántangó (Satan's Tango) (1994) Critics have rightfully hailed Tarr as one of filmdom's criminally undersung geniuses.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2007
99% Metropolis (1927) Lang's impossibly vast skyscraper-ziggurats (inspired, it's said, by his first view of the Manhattan skyline) are the blueprint for nearly every science-fiction movie city of the past 30 years.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2007
86% Shadow Company (2007) Shadow Company attempts to provide a balanced view of a potentially polarizing issue, interviewing historians, security firm heads, war journalists, and former contractors themselves (the Army declined).‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2007
85% Jack Smith and the Destruction of Atlantis (2006) Smith's own work, here montaged for easy digestion, is already too rich and sumptuous to require any further frosting.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2007
88% Cobra Verde (1987) It's easy to understand why this was Herzog's final collaboration with the actor, but Kinski's performance nevertheless serves up a potent confusion of documentary and fiction that has long been an essential element of Herzog's filmmaking.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2007
78% The GoodTimesKid (2005) Though the film never transcends its own neo-boho quirk, it concludes in a marvelous final shot: a long take set to Gang of Four, grungy and materialist in the Jacobs tradition.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2007
21% La tigre e la neve (The Tiger and the Snow) (2006) Roberto Benigni here plays out a madcap tale of romantic obsession against the backdrop of the Iraq invasion. The results are neither profound nor funny.‐ L.A. Weekly
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2007
58% Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006) A noble experiment in pushing the limits of cinema, but one too many sequences of ruffling silks and dreamy flower bouquets evoke little more than the ad-agency clichés of an elongated Chanel No. 5 commercial.‐ L.A. Weekly
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2007
21% La tigre e la neve (The Tiger and the Snow) (2006) Neither profound nor funny, but merely uncomfortable. A hubristic failure at risky humor, The Tiger and the Snow provides Benigni his own Michael Richards moment.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2006
58% Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006) It's a noble experiment in pushing the limits of cinema, but Tykwer never achieves true profundity.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2006
100% My Dad Is 100 Years Old (2006) A micro-doc packing more intoxicating beauty and invigorating ideas into its 17 minutes than most other films do in 90 or more.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2006
89% Bergman Island (Ingmar Bergman - 3 dokumentärer om film, teater, Fårö och livet av Marie Nyreröd) (2006) As little more than an extended interview, it remains hobbled by determinedly uninspired cinematography and a mundane televisual setup.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2006
96% Cleo From 5 to 7 (Cléo de 5 à 7) (1961) Varda transforms the typical French cinema gamine into a complex, tragic figure: the girl who's all too good at playing plaything, forced to face the hollowness of her youth.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2006
60% The Last Atomic Bomb (2006) The trauma is real, and the facts disturbing, but the doc doesn't have the chops to deliver what should be a more powerful statement.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2006
69% The Wild Blue Yonder (2005) Though occasionally striking, the footage doesn't pack the evocative punch Herzog intends, and segments that should be lyrical mind trips only result in overstretched longueurs.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2006
No Score Yet Out of Place: Memories of Edward Said (2006) Though Out of Place uses quotations from Said's writings to frame its chapters, the result is less a picture of Said himself than of the environments that shaped him.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2006
100% Edward Said: The Last Interview (2006) Though physically weakened and near the end of his life, his discourse is sharp and incisive, creating a remarkably compelling self-portrait.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2006
100% Andy Warhol: A Documentary Film (2006) Burns argues for a cogitating, agitating Warhol: deep thinker, cultural barometer, and world changer.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2006
90% Fratricide (2006) Yilmaz Arslan's hard-edged story of Turks and Kurds on the mean streets of urban Germany veers between moments of sensitive humanism and horrifying brutality.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2006
75% The Photographer, His Wife, Her Lover (2006) [Yule] reveals a struggle far more complicated, suggesting that the manic entanglement of human relationships can't always conform to the winner-loser narratives that the lawyer-driven court system demands.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2006
No Score Yet POV (2005) Thomas Allen Harris's Twelve Disciples of Nelson Mandela takes on an intensely dramatic topic -- the struggle against apartheid -- yet paradoxically transforms its powerful source material into a stiff and sometimes awkward tutorial.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2006
69% Room (2006) Kyle Henry's Room is one of those rare American indies that confidently and successfully propose their own narrative logic, drawing viewers into a mental puzzle that may not contain a single clear solution.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2006
57% Drawing Restraint 9 (2005) An unsatisfying marriage of excessive production values with insipid cinematography and flat-footed editing.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2006
92% Dave Chappelle's Block Party (2006) This picture remains faithful to the underlying affability of both Chappelle and Gondry, orchestrating a feel-good homestyle vibe that, while peppered with moments of sly political commentary, never harshes its own, slightly bittersweet mellow.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2006
73% Who Gets to Call It Art? (2006) Surely a figure as crucial as Geldzahler deserves more incisive treatment.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2006
76% Daai si gin (Breaking News) (2006) Well executed but ultimately unsatisfying ...‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2006
71% Gay Sex in the 70s (2005) [The film] falls in line with the celebratory doc fare often found at gay film festivals: sub-TV production values, middling archival footage, and a hesitancy to separate history from nostalgia in the course of enshrining the first-person record.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2005
No Score Yet Time We Killed (2004) The Time We Killed achieves a quiet power through rough-edged, handcrafted means.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2005
63% Chain (2005) A dreamlike travelogue that transforms a mundane world into something strange and new.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2005
100% Mind Game (2004) A virtuoso narrative loop-the-loop that travels through a phantasmagoric catalog of animation styles.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2005
89% William Eggleston in the Real World (2005) [A] subtle, elegant documentary.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2005
69% Reel Paradise (2005) Unfortunately, what could have been a superficially amusing IFC reality series was stretched into a thin, overlong feature that follows the rocky integration of this very New York clan into a somewhat ruffled island society.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2005
No Score Yet Pound (1970) Part wacky comedy (with plenty of jailhouse humping), part existential allegory, Pound betrays its stage-play roots with too much actorly grandstanding but is peppered with ecstatic funk-powered freak-outs.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2005
No Score Yet Lost, Lost, Lost (1976) A photographic Homer of his own odyssey, Mekas journeys -- like us all -- in irrevocable exile from his own past, attempting to reconstruct that invisible nation of youth to which he can never return.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2005
13% Stealth (2005) If we're going to be fighting the war on terror in perpetuity, could we at least get better movies out of it?‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2005
67% Edgar G. Ulmer: The Man Off-Screen (2005) [A] well-wrought investigation of the often mysterious life of Edgar G. Ulmer.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2005
46% Dark Water (2005) It fails to deliver the narrative thrill twists its origins would promise.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2005
84% Rize (2005) Few of the interviews get much further than recording surface boasts and assertive self-definitions; LaChapelle connects all their stories with common threads of resisting gang culture, but at the expense of flattening out each person's character.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2005
80% Cinderella Man (2005) Despite the tale's dusty pedigree, Ron Howard spins a ticket-worthy two-plus hours of movie-movie entertainment.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted May 31, 2005
55% Lords of Dogtown (2005) Leaner and sharper than its fast-and-furious TV spots would let on.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted May 31, 2005
31% The Longest Yard (2005) No uplifting populism here.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted May 31, 2005
79% Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005) Anakin's defection from Jediism to Sithdom should provide the film's backbone, but neither the script nor Christensen delivers the needed nuance.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted May 13, 2005
38% The Girl from Monday (2005) Streaky low-frame-rate DV, Dogme-style mundane interiors, and merely unembarrassing televisual performances add up to a monotonous, unenlightening experience.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted May 3, 2005
No Score Yet The Flower Thief (2005) Taylor Mead traipses with elfin glee through a lost San Francisco of smoke-stuffed North Beach cafés, oceanside fairgrounds, and collapsed post-industrial ruins.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2005
36% Conspiracy of Silence (2004) It's unclear whether this is an actual issue, or just something spicy to be cooked up in the potboiler.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2004
75% Jesus, You Know (2003) [A] complex and deeply moving documentary of Catholics at prayer, who remarkably speak to the camera as they do to God.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2004
No Score Yet Muhammad: The Last Prophet (2004) Though noble in its intent to portray Islam as a peace-loving faith, the narrative flow remains compromised by its catechistic asides and displaced hero.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2004
33% Mark of the Devil (1969) Though the Pioneer is reviving this picture's original barf-bag-at-the-door promo gimmick, there's about a 50 percent chance it'll be more useful to save it for watching the returns on Election Night.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2004