Edward Havens

Edward Havens
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Edward Havens currently serves as the Publisher and Editor-In-Chief of FilmJerk.com. Since 1972, he has worked as an extra, actor, production assistant and assistant director on a number of feature films and shorts. He has also written several screenplays, none which were recently optioned. Edward likes kitties, ice cream, books with more words than pictures and DVDs with director's commentary. He blames Hunter S. Thompson, Lenny Bruce, Terry Southern, the collective members of Monty Python, Michael O'Donoghue, Lloyd Kaufman and Andy Kaufman for helping to shape his persona. He lives in the heart of Hollywood, between Grauman's Chinese Theatre and the Cinerama Dome, with his wife.
Favorites:
For the longest time, my answer would have been "Bull Durham," but I've come to realize that Cameron Crowe's director cut of "Almost Famous" is perhaps the most perfect movie ever made. Other favorites include "Brazil," "The Third Man," "L.A. Confidential," "My Man Godfrey," most of the films of William Powell and Myrna Loy, "Sullivan's Travels" and "Bring It On."
Publications: FilmJerk.com
Critics' Group: Online Film Critics Society
Location: Hollywood, CA
Official Websites: filmjerk.com

movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year Review
78% The Hero (2017) Watching Sam Elliott work [...] has been one of the great joys of entertainment, and never has he had a role quite like Lee Hayden, leading a movie quite like "The Hero." - FilmJerk.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2019
B- 83% The Other Side of the Wind (2018) 'So, how was it?' my wife asked when I called her after the screening ended. 'There's a lot to unpack,' was the only reply I could think of at that moment. - FilmJerk.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
A+ 96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) BlacKKKlansman, after 21 feature films and 11 documentaries, is the film that shows what he's learned after thirty plus years behind the camera. BlacKKKlansman is the film Spike Lee was destined to make. - FilmJerk.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018
A 94% RBG (2018) One's enjoyment of the new documentary "RBG" will probably be gauged by how well you know the titular subject. - FilmJerk.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2018
B+ 50% The Last Movie Star (2018) When you've got "it", you've probably got it forever... [E]very once in a while, you might get offered something that will remind everyone that you still got it. - FilmJerk.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2018
C- 37% The Female Brain (2018) Whitney Cummings is funny as hell. Usually. - FilmJerk.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2018
B- 23% Overdrive (2017) While not a great movie, was quite a bit of fun, and better than any of the "Fast and Furious" movies they've been making for the past decade. - FilmJerk.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2017
D+ 25% Literally, Right Before Aaron (2017) Somewhere, down the line, some young would-be filmmaker will stumble on to this film on Netflix, see how something like this could get financed, and will become inspired to make their own movie for all the wrong reasons. - FilmJerk.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
D+ 74% Landline (2017) Let's face facts: no one really has a longing melancholy for the days of Blockbuster Video stores and eyebrow rings and Lorena Bobbett roller blades and slam poetry right now. - FilmJerk.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2017
A 94% SCORE: A Film Music Documentary (2017) A beautiful love letter to the movies and the people who help make them even more beautiful. - FilmJerk.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
A+ 86% Mary Pickford: The Muse of the Movies (2008) Mary Pickford: Muse of the Movies deserves to be put on the list of not just the best documentaries about cinema but the greatest movies about the movies ever. - FilmJerk.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2016
A+ 100% The Battered Bastards Of Baseball (2014) Is to baseball what "Slap Shot" was to hockey. - FilmJerk.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2014
A+ 97% Life Itself (2014) I find myself borrowing from Ebert to call "Life Itself" one of the best films about an American life I could ever see. - FilmJerk.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2014
C 25% Dinotasia (2012) Plays like a series of cut-scenes from a 1997 PlayStation game. - FilmJerk.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2012
C 76% Bronson (2009) - FilmJerk.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2010
D+ 57% The Freebie (2010) - FilmJerk.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2010
A No Score Yet Gilda Live (1980) To have another ninety minutes of Lisa Loopner and Emily Litella, with Judy Miller and Roseanne Roseannadanna and Candy Slice is a joy. - FilmJerk.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2009
D 40% 2012 (2009) Why does Roland Emmerich enjoy killing off humanity? - FilmJerk.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2009
C 83% Trick 'r Treat (2007) What keeps "Trick" from attaining its lofty "Creepshow" aspirations is the lack of conflict and resolution. - FilmJerk.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2009
D+ 81% Michael Jackson's This Is It (2009) There's only going to be two camps concerning [This Is It]: those who will absolutely love it and those who wouldn't go to see it except under penalty of death. - FilmJerk.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2009
C+ 48% Taking Woodstock (2009) There is a great movie within Ang Lee's "Taking Woodstock." - FilmJerk.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2009
A- 88% Inglourious Basterds (2009) Amongst all the filmmakers working today, no one inspires more passionate discussion, debate and analysis than Quentin Tarantino. - FilmJerk.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2009
A+ 80% It Might Get Loud (2009) I apologize this is more a mash note than critical analysis. - FilmJerk.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2009
A- 75% Cold Souls (2009) The easiest, and laziest, way to describe the new movie "Cold Souls" is to compare it to "Being John Malkovich." - FilmJerk.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2009
A 95% Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation! (2008) If the thought of a new Brian Trenchard-Smith movie is more exhilarating than a new Bryan Singer movie... then Mark Hartley's "Not Quite Hollywood" is the film for you. - FilmJerk.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2009
F 69% Loren Cass (2006) We're presented a small slice of life with a group of wasted teens, expected to consider this to be somehow artistic and asked to be sympathetic for their malaise. - FilmJerk.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2009
A- 60% ZMD: Zombies of Mass Destruction (2009) Has the potential to become a minor hit on the midnight film circuit with the help of a mid-level indie distributor. - FilmJerk.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2009
D 79% Humpday (2009) Sadly, the most interesting characters in "Humpday" are not the main focuses of the story. - FilmJerk.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2009
A 97% The Hurt Locker (2009) Bigelow has successfully built a vision of war rarely seen on screen, a visceral nearly first person perspective of war where the rush of combat is a welcomed relief. - FilmJerk.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2009
A+ 68% Away We Go (2009) For my money, the new dramatic comedy "Away We Go" is the first serious contender for Best Picture of the Year consideration. - FilmJerk.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2009
B+ 47% Management (2009) To be completely honest, I was ready to walk out of the new Jennifer Aniston movie "Management" after ten minutes. - FilmJerk.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2009
B+ 73% Rudo y Cursi (2009) Anyone who has spent any time watching movies about competitive brothers playing the same sport for different teams knows where all this is going to lead - FilmJerk.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2009
C 78% Outrage (2009) I'm guessing "Outrage" ultimately is meant to continue the discussion about equal rights for gay Americans, and in that sense the film does succeed. - FilmJerk.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2009
F 42% All the Boys Love Mandy Lane (2013) Dumb kids doing dumb things for dumb reasons. - FilmJerk.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2009
A No Score Yet Official Rejection (2009) Can a little documentary about the less popular film festivals find a patron to give it the chance to find an audience? - FilmJerk.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2009
D+ 14% The Spirit (2008) More interested in being a technical marvel than a coherent story. - FilmJerk.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2009
A- 88% Adventureland (2009) Sometimes, a critic is going to connect with a movie, even one they can admit has some major problems, because it so mirrors their own expereinces. - FilmJerk.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2009
A- 31% Fanboys (2008) Probably the closest thing my generation will get to having its own "Diner" - FilmJerk.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2009
A- 65% Quantum of Solace (2008) Despite its faults, I can still say with relative assurance this is the best Bond film since "Thunderball." - FilmJerk.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2008
A 91% Slumdog Millionaire (2008) Some people might fault "Slumdog" because they perceive it as a fluff piece full of the kind of schmaltz unbecoming to modern cinemagoers. - FilmJerk.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2008
B- 68% Synecdoche, New York (2008) Nearly a month after watching Charlie Kaufman's directorial debut... I'm still figuring out whether it was a brilliant idea poorly executed or a poor idea brilliantly executed. - FilmJerk.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2008
B+ 55% Choke (2008) The perfect film for the entire family. That is, to paraphrase another great American writer, James Ellroy, if your family happens to be named Manson. - FilmJerk.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2008
A- 76% Appaloosa (2008) Can Ed Harris, of all people, save the Western for this generation? - FilmJerk.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2008
D No Score Yet Surfer, Dude (2008) The number of artistically successful surfing movies can be counted on one hand, and the majority of those are documentaries. - FilmJerk.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2008
B- 81% Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008) A pleasant enough diversion with some great performances and beautiful cinematography to just make it worth recommending. - FilmJerk.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2008
A 100% Man on Wire (2008) Sits alongside "The Thin Blue Line" and "Hoop Dreams" as a non-fictional narrative which changes the rules of its genre. - FilmJerk.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2008
D- 79% Baghead (2008) What could have been an amusing short subject, the Duplass Brothers' not-quite-horror/not-quite-comedy drags its one note premise out to an almost mind-numbing 84 minutes. - FilmJerk.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2008
A- 71% Wanted (2008) "Wanted" is exactly what it is supposed to be: a slick, well-produced piece of popcorn fluff with a hot chick, hot cars and enough action to fill a half-dozen Marvel adaptations. - FilmJerk.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2008
A No Score Yet Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride (2006) Probably the closest any of us who admired the man from afar will ever get to the confines of Woody Creek and the maddening genius who ruled over it. - FilmJerk.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2008
A- 79% Peter Pan (1953) The Walt Disney Company has broken the vaults wide open to add a plethora of fascinating historic artifacts to make this new Platinum Edition a must-own for any Disney collector. - FilmJerk.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2008