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Eric Beltmann

Eric Beltmann
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
B 89% Trembling Before G-d (2001) What's most fascinating about Trembling Before G-d is the way it shatters stereotypes not about homosexuality but about fundamentalism.‐ Flipside Movie Emporium
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2004
B+ 85% Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself (2004) Complicated, moving, and entirely real.‐ Flipside Movie Emporium
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2003
B+ 61% Unknown Pleasures (2003) When was the last time you saw a movie about an entire community facing an existential identity crisis?‐ Flipside Movie Emporium
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2003
B 87% Under the Skin of the City (Zir-e Poust-e Shahr) (2003) Spare, static, and brimming with everyday details about life in Tehran.‐ Flipside Movie Emporium
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2003
C No Score Yet Towers Open Fire and Other Films (1962) This abrasive assault on linear editing did little for me. Ho-hum, I say.‐ Flipside Movie Emporium
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2003
C- 57% The Princess Blade (2002) Fails to transform its aggressive pessimism into something bolder, and richer. At least Donnie Yen's choreography is sporadically clever.‐ Flipside Movie Emporium
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2003
C+ 88% OT: Our Town (2003) Kennedy's fly-on-the-wall aesthetic yields a haphazard, unremarkable documentary about a remarkable event.‐ Flipside Movie Emporium
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2003
B 87% On Guard (1997) Channeling the spirit of Dumas and Féval, de Broca has unleashed a spry, rousing, funny swashbuckler.‐ Flipside Movie Emporium
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2003
B+ 85% Lilja 4-ever (2003) Its ugliness is easily trumped by Moodysson's abiding compassion and artistic vision -- his strokes only get darker, bolder, and more divine as the film progresses.‐ Flipside Movie Emporium
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2003
C+ 65% The Flower of Evil (2003) More misanthropy from one of the nouvelle vague's last holdouts, and it gives me the creeps.‐ Flipside Movie Emporium
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2003
B+ 89% Uzak (Distant) (2004) Maintains a mood of melancholy and loneliness so unrelenting that it's borderline inhospitable.‐ Flipside Movie Emporium
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2003
D+ 60% The Diaries of Vaslav Nijinsky (2002) I don't have enough eyes to roll at all the anonymous herons, woods, streams, nudes, and wheat fields that kill time between recreations of Nijinsky's renowned choreography.‐ Flipside Movie Emporium
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2003
F No Score Yet Chump Change (2000) Burrows displays an Ed Woodian aptitude for transparently veiling the fact that he is incapable of developing a scene, a character, or even a good crotch joke.‐ Flipside Movie Emporium
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2003
A 100% Un Chien Andalou (1929) This is Warhol and this is Lynch, but more richly suggestive than both put together.‐ Flipside Movie Emporium
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2003
B 94% The Blood of a Poet (1930) An illogical, artificial ode to the power of images.‐ Flipside Movie Emporium
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2003
A 73% Ali Zaoua, prince de la rue (Ali Zoua: Prince of the Streets) (2000) This lovely urban fable transcends realism, conjuring a waterfront Casablanca that reminded me of Roald Dahl at least as much as Buñuel.‐ Flipside Movie Emporium
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2003
C+ 91% Sick: The Life and Death of Bob Flanagan, Supermasochist (1997) Beats me. I know I was incredulous, horrified, spellbound, and finally moved, but I don't have a clue whether Sick is a good movie or not.‐ Flipside Movie Emporium
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2003
B 97% Sweet Sixteen (2003) What's great about Sweet Sixteen isn't its politics but the way everything feels simultaneously inevitable and spontaneous, especially in terms of the acting and mood.‐ Flipside Movie Emporium
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2003
B+ 91% Stevie (2003) My severe reservations didn't prevent me from becoming completely absorbed by Stevie and its underlying implications regarding a filmmaker's motivations, methods, and responsibilities.‐ Flipside Movie Emporium
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2003
D 73% Johnstown Flood (2003) Often resembles an Irwin Allen disaster flick commissioned by the Learning Channel. It drowns in fire-and-brimstone spectacle.‐ Flipside Movie Emporium
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2003
A 89% Cries and Whispers (1972) Cries and Whispers is an unforgettable experience, one that causes the viewer to frequently wince in emotional pain.‐ Flipside Movie Emporium
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2003
C 48% XXX (2002) If Bond is for boomers, and Spy Kids for kiddies, then XXX is a secret agent for cynical in-betweeners.‐ Flipside Movie Emporium
Read More | Posted May 21, 2003
B- 93% Spy Kids (2001) It has a youthful exuberance missing from Rodriguez's work since El Mariachi.‐ Flipside Movie Emporium
Read More | Posted May 21, 2003
B 88% Shrek (2001) Swift, cocksure, and sometimes bracing, Shrek is like a child who threatens to leap from a soaring swing, but isn't quite audacious enough to follow through.‐ Flipside Movie Emporium
Read More | Posted May 21, 2003
C 80% Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001) Based on its returns, one might be tempted to speculate whether parents have been placed under a spell, cursed to forfeit their coins in exchange for an afternoon with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.‐ Flipside Movie Emporium
Read More | Posted May 21, 2003
C- 78% ABC Africa (2002) An awkward, superficial travelogue about Iranians on a publicity excursion to Africa, providing no more insight into Uganda than a Sally Struthers heart-pull.‐ Flipside Movie Emporium
Read More | Posted May 21, 2003
B No Score Yet Fascinates partially as a historical document but mostly because it provokes interesting questions about the bond between screen jesters and the American public.‐ Flipside Movie Emporium
Read More | Posted May 14, 2003
B 91% The Kid Stays in the Picture (2002) The brashly entertaining The Kid Stays in the Picture wants everyone to know and love the fabled Robert Evans -- and it just might work.‐ Flipside Movie Emporium
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2002
A 91% Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner (Atanarjuat) (2002) Its tempo might be challenging, but only in the best way -- since it produces a textured, full-bodied classic myth, the deceptive 'slowness' is, for me, its greatest thrill.‐ Flipside Movie Emporium
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2002
B 89% Kandahar: Le soleil derrière la lune (2001) There are sequences of beauty but also legitimate terror.‐ Flipside Movie Emporium
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2002
B 84% La Stanza del Figlio (The Son's Room) (2002) Devoid of sentiment, The Son's Room becomes a story about real misery, about the dreadful room a son's absence leaves in a parent's life.‐ Flipside Movie Emporium
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2002
C+ 70% TRON (1982) Despite appearing rather primitive now, the effects still supply Tron with its greatest creative asset -- the simple visuals have a striking, minimalist beauty to them.‐ Flipside Movie Emporium
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2002
A- 88% Titanic (1997) Despite the rather clunky script and histrionic acting, the film becomes some kind of alarmist masterpiece about an event of painful cultural humbling.‐ Flipside Movie Emporium
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2001
B 90% Iron Monkey (2001) One of the most purely entertaining kung fu movies, particularly during the climactic showdown between fighters balanced on the tips of burning, toppling bamboo poles.‐ Flipside Movie Emporium
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2001
B 81% Shadow of the Vampire (2000) Shadow of the Vampire is about dueling egos, and the great joke of this vampire movie is that the bully film director, not the undead bloodsucker, is the real monster.‐ Flipside Movie Emporium
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2001
B+ 78% Beloved (1998) The first film to truly get the horror -- the harrowing human repugnance -- of slavery on the screen.‐ Flipside Movie Emporium
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2001
C 55% G.I. Jane (1997) Should American women be allowed in combat? G.I. Jane declares that many women are physically and mentally capable of battle, but does anyone disagree?‐ Flipside Movie Emporium
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2001
C+ 64% Time and Tide (Shun liu Ni liu) (2001) This spirited ode to crashing bodies seems a mere appropriation of the styles and themes long employed by Wong, Ringo Lam, and Woo.‐ Flipside Movie Emporium
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2001
C+ 14% Driven (2001) To reject [Driven] without acknowledging the pleasures it has to offer -- however small -- is to deny one of the most valid reasons for cinema to exist.‐ Flipside Movie Emporium
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2001