Gary Mairs

Gary Mairs
Gary Mairs's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): culturevulture.net
Biography:
Gary Mairs writes film and music criticism for culturevulture.net. He is also a film editor and an instructor at the California Institute of the Arts.
Favorites:
The Wild Bunch, The Mother and the Whore, Hail the Conquering Hero, Band of Outsiders, The Long Goodbye, Breathless, The Lady Eve, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, A Day in the Country, Shop Around the Corner
Publications: culturevulture.net
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Official Websites: culturevulture.net

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
86% The Road To Guantanamo (2006) The film is paced and edited like a news special, and in fact, there is no indication in the film as to whether any of its disparate sections are 'real.' - culturevulture.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2006
24% 9 Songs (2005) For all its problems and incoherence, 'Nine Songs' is both original and daring. It's worth a dozen 'better' films. - culturevulture.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2005
70% Notre Musique (2004) The rueful work of a man who once fell hard for simplistic, murderous politics and has come to see his mistake. - culturevulture.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2004
55% Rosenstrasse (2004) The tears...generated feel earned rather than forced; it's as good a fiction film on the subject as can be imagined. - culturevulture.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2004
34% The United States of Leland (2004) It's tidy in all the least important ways, with all the questions that don't demand answers explained and all those that do left open. - culturevulture.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2004
98% Eyes Without a Face (1962) A modernist horror film infused with the spirit of the silent avant garde - culturevulture.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2003
51% Demonlover (2003) A film so chic you should see it right now, because it will start looking dated sometime next week. - culturevulture.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2003
61% Alice et Martin (2000) Its mystery resonates long after the film ends. - culturevulture.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2003
91% The Magdalene Sisters (2003) 'The Magdalene Sisters' suggests Dickens as reimagined by Kafka. - culturevulture.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2003
84% A Woman Is a Woman (Une femme est une femme) (1964) There's more vitality, more reckless love of the cinema, in any one scene than in a dozen current films. - culturevulture.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2003
62% Hulk (2003) Clever, formally inventive and so respectful of its source material that it's dead on the screen - culturevulture.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2003
63% Cremaster 3 (2003) Awesome work: ineffable, elusive, yet inexplicably powerful - culturevulture.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2003
58% Dark Blue (2003) A good cop movie that hints at how much more it could have been. - culturevulture.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2003
74% Gangs of New York (2002) Scorsese's best fiction film since Goodfellas. - culturevulture.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2002
34% The Truth About Charlie (2002) For all its inventiveness, The Truth About Charlie is less a good movie than a good idea for one. - culturevulture.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2002
51% In Praise Of Love (Éloge de l'amour) (2002) Godard has pared down his extravagances into a densely concentrated, resonant simplicity. - culturevulture.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2002
83% The Bourne Identity (2002) State of the art Hollywood genre filmmaking: impersonal, efficient and exciting. - culturevulture.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2002
96% Time Out (L' Emploi du temps) (2001) Recoing is an astonishing actor, capable of making scenes in which nothing at all happens mesmerizing. - culturevulture.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2002
83% The Others (2001) [Kidman's performance turns] Amenábar's simple genre piece into a suggestive fairy tale meditation on mothers and their children. - culturevulture.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2002
92% Y Tu Mama Tambien (2001) There's real power in the way Y Tu Mama Tambien works within the most pandering and trivial of genres, accepting its conventions before exploding them, moving from flatulence jokes to a final act that's by turns shocking and devastating. - culturevulture.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2002
80% The Royal Tenenbaums (2002) Miraculous, the richest, most exciting work to appear in the American cinema in years. - culturevulture.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2001
93% No Man's Land (2001) 'Who's On First?' in a corpse-riddled trench, with moral culpability for a genocidal civil war rather than the identity of a first baseman as the punchline. A staggering debut. - culturevulture.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2001
87% Donnie Darko (2001) Unsettling and audacious, Richard Kelly's debut feature Donnie Darko is, without question, this year's best apocalyptic time travel movie featuring a malevolent giant bunny. - culturevulture.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2001
47% Life as a House (2001) Life as a House is a very well-made film, but the fussy perfectionism of its makers all but snuffs the life out of it. - culturevulture.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2001
100% My Voyage to Italy (2001) A love letter...to the movies...passionate, reckless and beautiful. - culturevulture.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2001
77% Our Lady of the Assassins (2001) Death in Venice with 9mm Berettas...one of the best of Barbet Schroeder's career - culturevulture.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2001
10/10 94% Band of Outsiders (Bande à part) (1964) 35 years after its release it still retains its heady air of risk and endless capacity to surprise. - culturevulture.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2001
63% Session 9 (2001) We're left with nothing to do but guess who'll die next. - culturevulture.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2001
92% Ghost World (2001) There's never been a better look at high school malcontents - culturevulture.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2001
69% Legally Blonde (2001) Witherspoon is so inventive that she pulls laughs from even the lamest lines. - culturevulture.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2001
81% Jump Tomorrow (2001) With its lollipop colors and the breezy la-la-la's on the soundtrack, Jump Tomorrow is a charmingly kitschy trifle. - culturevulture.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2001
58% Pandaemonium (2001) Buried in the mess is a modest, thoughtful film. - culturevulture.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2001
91% Eureka (2001) A meditation on death played out in crisp, sepia-toned images of such evocative power that they linger for days after seeing the film. - culturevulture.net EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2001
59% The Low Down (2001) It's a rare film that contains this much good material, all of it incidental. - culturevulture.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2001
92% Amores Perros (2001) Cannily balances the melodrama with starkly naturalistic detail. - culturevulture.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2001
9/10 100% The Decline of Western Civilization - Part III (1998) There's nothing funny at all in the relentless final hour of Decline of Western Civilization III, just grim episodes in the lives of abandoned children. - culturevulture.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2001
8/10 82% Ghost Dog - The Way of the Samurai (2000) Both a return to form and a heartening attempt to move beyond Jarmusch's increasingly restrictive formal style. - culturevulture.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2001
5/10 51% Waking the Dead (2000) A good story, undermined by its telling. - culturevulture.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2001
4/10 47% Where the Money Is (2000) Plodding, dull and endless at a short 89 minutes. - culturevulture.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2001
9/10 95% The Filth and the Fury (2000) One can pay it no greater compliment than to say that it is worthy of its subject. - culturevulture.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2001
8/10 79% Shanghai Noon (2000) An entertaining comedy that far surpasses his previous American films. - culturevulture.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2001
7/10 86% Une liaison pornographique (An Affair of Love) (A Pornographic Affair) (1999) Baye is left stranded, a performance too strong for a film this slight to contain. - culturevulture.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2001
9/10 80% The Tao of Steve (2000) The best movie about slacking since 'The Mother and the Whore.' - culturevulture.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2001
3/10 No Score Yet The Price of Air (2000) The sort of independent film that makes you crave Hollywood. - culturevulture.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2001
8/10 89% 42 Up (1999) If only because its foreignness allows it to come to terms with one of the great taboo subjects in our national life, 42 Up is a tremendously valuable film. - culturevulture.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2001
67% Too Much Sleep (2001) For all its strengths, Too Much Sleep is ultimately uninvolving. - culturevulture.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2001
2/10 39% Hannibal (2001) We flinch, we cover our eyes. Mostly, we just retch. - culturevulture.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2001
7/10 59% Venus Beauty Institute (2000) - culturevulture.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2001
8/10 81% Ça commence aujourd'hui (It All Starts Today) (1999) A model of politically engaged cinema, offering a clear-eyed view of a social problem without pretending to have any easy solutions. - culturevulture.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2001
10/10 90% In the Mood for Love (2001) Cause for celebration. - culturevulture.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2001