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Jaime N. Christley

Jaime N. Christley
Jaime N. Christley's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Apollo Guide, Slant Magazine, Senses of Cinema

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/4 94% Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol (2011) While Brad Bird's direction is not nearly as fleet as his CV in animation would lead one to hope, it's not without its pleasures either. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 14, 2011
4/4 89% Deep End (1971) Deep End is as soaked in pheromones and nervous electricity as its main character. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 12, 2011
2.5/4 67% Fanny, Annie & Danny (2011) Writer-director Chris Brown makes a play for the "And You Thought Your Family Was Crazy" sweepstakes with Fanny, Annie & Danny. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 9, 2011
No Score Yet Caitlin Plays Herself (2011) Although we can glimpse Caitlin's vulnerability and doubt from scene to scene, she might be the most well-armed and well-fortified protagonist Joe Swanberg's ever given us. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 30, 2011
1.5/4 46% Happy Feet Two (2011) Like me, you probably like a handful of the pop songs, but would describe the experience of seeing them performed by multi-million-dollar, anthropomorphized animals as not being too far off from watching a graphic training film on venereal disease. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 15, 2011
3.5/4 96% The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943) Few British films from this period seem to mythologize the pre-war period of Churchill's youth and early career quite as potently. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 13, 2011
.5/4 3% Jack and Jill (2011) More bluntly than ever before (and that's saying something), Sandler uses an entire film to let his loyal fans know that he thinks they're all a bunch of stupid *******. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 10, 2011
3/4 43% J. Edgar (2011) Images of the living, yet decaying, body are what turn a cookie-cutter biopic into something far more personal. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 8, 2011
3.5/4 86% Silver Bullets (2011) It's certainly autobiographical, and it's okay to accept that, but at the same time, it's a mistake to decide that that's the whole show. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 26, 2011
2/4 84% Puss in Boots (2011) As handsome as any animated movie you can name, but it doesn't even have the slick, narrative efficiency of one of the Kung Fu Panda movies. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 24, 2011
3/4 24% The Three Musketeers (2011) A moment's patience is soon rewarded by Anderson's vast store of rich, intoxicating imagery. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 21, 2011
3.5/4 89% The Descendants (2011) At once mellow and light, there's hardly a scene that doesn't somehow revolve around death, or other grave matters. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 17, 2011
1.5/4 97% The Artist (2011) Ignores everything that's fascinating and memorable about the silent-film era, focusing instead on a patchwork of general knowledge, so eroded of inconvenient facts that it doesn't even qualify as a roman à clef. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 16, 2011
2/4 95% Pina (2011) By virtue of its subject alone, enthusiasts of modern dance will devour Pina. If it was in a bottle, they'd drink every drop; if it was in a squeeze-tube, they would rub it on their skin. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 16, 2011
1.5/4 90% Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011) Sean Durkin sensitively but insistently strums one string on his acoustic guitar of cinema, then another, then back again. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 10, 2011
83% My Week with Marilyn (2011) My Week with Marilyn is little more than Styrofoam packaging for a Michelle Williams Oscar campaign, all shrink-wrapped and ready to go. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 10, 2011
3/4 84% The Ides of March (2011) The film's confident, understated rhythm is appealing, but more than that, Clooney takes a big gamble by pitting another, more conventional movie against the observational one and seeing what happens. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 5, 2011
86% Miss Bala (2012) In spite of a non-expository manner of storytelling, impervious to the temptations of close-ups and gratuitous shot/reverse-shot, Miss Bala is a superficial affair, betrayed by its pursuit of large, important themes. ‐ House Next Door
Posted Oct 5, 2011
3/4 82% Corpo Celeste (2012) Alice Rohrwacher's debut feature exhibits the sort of mannerisms a certain stripe of cinephile tends to dread, on or off the festival circuit. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 24, 2011
1.5/4 40% Straw Dogs (2011) The fissure between faithful, respectful monument and soulless, hot-**** modernization/transplant also paints Rod Lurie, fatally, into a corner. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 15, 2011
3/4 92% Drive (2011) What you want to know about Drive is that its three big, action set pieces are impressive and exciting. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 11, 2011
3/4 96% Band of Outsiders (Bande à part) (1964) The film sees Godard parsing out his feelings for Karina, then his wife, and meditating on the mercurial nature of his own preoccupations. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 7, 2011
3.5/4 100% Red Desert (1964) Thematically, Red Desert is a distillation of Antonioni's preferred themes and imagery: alienation, anxiety, modern life, and industrialized landscapes. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 29, 2011
1/4 24% Conan the Barbarian (2011) Conan the Barbarian seems to have little interest in '30s pulp stories, and only a little more in cheesy '80s epics. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 17, 2011
.5/4 33% 5 Days Of War (2011) If 5 Days of War is any indication, Renny Harlin is looking to hoist himself up from the bottom of the barrel using the Blood Diamond template. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 14, 2011
0/4 80% Cold Fish (2011) Don't let me talk you out of it--after all, I'm no kibbitzer. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 31, 2011
3/4 90% Attack the Block (2011) Attack the Block distinguishes itself from its genre compatriots by prizing theme and place over referentiality and hip, out of the box "grindhouse"-ness. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 24, 2011
3.5/4 100% Four Adventures of Reinette and Mirabelle (1987) Four Adventures uses a country-mouse-and-city-mouse template to explore the morality, aesthetic sense, urban and rural savvy, and a host of other concerns. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 17, 2011
3.5/4 96% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 (2011) Some will complain that the film doesn't explain anything, blithely assuming you've read the books, and simply plows ahead. Good. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 13, 2011
2.5/4 35% Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011) As with any auteur, there is, for better or worse, the question of the image. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 28, 2011
1/4 39% Cars 2 (2011) Cars 2 looks like the work of multiple committees completing various objectives, with varying degrees of success. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 21, 2011
4/4 100% David Holzman's Diary (1967) What makes it so effective as a puzzle film is the way it provokes us to piece together, mentally, the life that David must have had before we met him. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 13, 2011
1.5/4 86% X-Men: First Class (2011) The film is ultimately undone by that old paradox of Hollywood movie production: If you are given enormous budget, you have to spend every penny. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 3, 2011
3.5 100% Went the Day Well? (1942) A sickeningly giddy action thriller that looks forward to Straw Dogs, Inglorious Basterds, and Red Dawn. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 17, 2011
23% Sucker Punch (2011) Sucker Punch promises cake and when you show up, it's fruitcake, and you're like, "What the **** is this ****?" Because nobody likes fruitcake! ‐ House Next Door
Posted Apr 4, 2011
20/100 No Score Yet Cypress Edge (2001) Quote not available. ‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Aug 25, 2010
4/4 95% Fireworks (Hana-bi) (1997) Kitano uses his own face as a blank slate with which to sketch a complicated human being. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 7, 2004
4/4 100% The Mortal Storm (1940) Romance becomes the irritant and, effectively, Borzage positions his romanticism as a contribution to Hollywood's anti-fascist crusade. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 14, 2003
70% Dogville (2003) Accusations that von Trier is "manipulative" are well-founded. He certainly is. Where we are being manipulated to is a question we might do well to consider before answering. ‐ Film Written Magazine
Posted Oct 7, 2003
2.5/5 100% Pelle the Conqueror (Pelle Erobreren) (1988) Quote not available.‐ Daily-Reviews
Posted Sep 9, 2002
2.5/5 73% The Adjuster (1992) Quote not available.‐ Daily-Reviews
Posted Sep 9, 2002
4/5 75% A Place in the Sun (1951) Quote not available.‐ Daily-Reviews
Posted Sep 9, 2002
95% Hamlet (1996) If it was [Branagh's] goal to make a film of Hamlet for all time, and to say the last word, I should say he probably emerges triumphant. ‐ Film Written Magazine
Posted Sep 9, 2002
75/100 100% Marat/Sade (1966) Quote not available. ‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Sep 9, 2002
47/100 75% Ghost of Frankenstein (1942) Quote not available. ‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Sep 9, 2002
No Score Yet 2001 Year-in-Review (2001) 2001: Pleasures, Regrets, and Grievous Omissions ‐ Film Written Magazine
Posted Jan 19, 2002
0/4 55% The Shipping News (2001) The movie would probably be laughed out of the very locale in which it's set. It's the kind of movie that they've got rigged to play on an endless loop in hell. ‐ Film Written Magazine
Posted Jan 11, 2002
3/4 76% Black Hawk Down (2001) You won't come away from the movie knowing more about the situation in Somalia, then or now, but you'll know more than President Clinton in October of 1993. ‐ Film Written Magazine
Posted Jan 11, 2002
1/4 46% Orange County (2002) I'm not sure if Stay Home is a message I care to invest a great deal of faith in, but it ties up the story neatly and wraps things up in less than ninety minutes. ‐ Film Written Magazine
Posted Jan 10, 2002
4/4 100% Cinema, de notre temps: Une journee d'Andrei Arsenevitch (2000) Works as an essay far better than printed film criticism ever could. ‐ Film Written Magazine
Posted Jan 8, 2002