Jaime N. Christley

Jaime N. Christley

Agrees with the Tomatometer 67% of the time.

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

DVD Reviews Only

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review

The Visit (2015)

"This disc's picture and sound presentations are aces. You'll want the lights down low for this one." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 26, 2016

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

"The Criterion Collection's heavyweight disc is a major release for the label that may pass through the market square without much fanfare. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 18, 2016

Code Unknown (Code inconnu: Récit incomplet de divers voyages) (2000)

"Michael Haneke's Code Unknown will stress you out, but it won't leave you in a fetal position. Compared to most of his filmography, this is "happy Haneke."" ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 9, 2015

The Palm Beach Story (1942)

" Criterion's Blu-ray release goes lean on supplemental material, but rewards with stellar picture and sound presentation." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 20, 2015

Zulu (1964)

"A good platter for a great, underappreciated classic of British cinema (under the direction of American expatriate Cy Endfield)-light on supplements but strong in presentation." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 5, 2014

Thief (1981)

"Not a big job but glowing with Criterion's imperial sheen and resplendent sound mix. Maybe the less said the better? Like a good, mean crime novel, kick back and enjoy the fireworks." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 10, 2014

The Lone Ranger (2013)

"Gore Verbinski's real purdy (and genuinely entertaining) big-budget western might have been snuck out on video under cover of darkness, but Disney gave it a square deal with an impeccable transfer and a rich DTS sound mix." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 9, 2014

Mary Poppins (1964)

"Old wine, new bottle--a staple of Mr. and Mrs. America's home-video library graduates effortlessly into the HD era, with a couple of new supplements." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 8, 2014

City Lights (1931)

"Almost reflexively declared to be one of the greatest films of all time, City Lights arrives on Blu-ray with modest accompaniment." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 29, 2013

A Hijacking (2013)

"Regardless of how you rate Captain Phillips, Tobias Lindholm's A Hijacking is the Greengrassian antidote, plumbing enormous tension by resisting precisely the kind of sensationalism that seems to be the siren's call for this kind of story." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 16, 2013

To Be or Not to Be (1942)

"Criterion's well-produced Blu-ray release illustrates how Lubitsch aided the resistance, as only he could: with dignity, always dignity." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 30, 2013

Amour (2012)

"Sony's Blu-ray is light on extras, and gives Darius Khondji's genius with all types of light a bit of a short shrift, but it's not a severe enough knock to give this disc a pass." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 15, 2013
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City That Never Sleeps (1953)

"A hard-ass noir softened not so much by the sight of gams-centric cheesecake as its quasi-mystical poaching and repurposing on The Naked City's turf, City That Never Sleeps arrives on a spiffy Blu-ray courtesy micro-auteur-fixated Olive Films." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 9, 2013

Abraham Lincoln (1930)

"Kino's Blu-ray gives the movie back no small amount of the dignity that had escaped Griffith during his final years at the Knickerbocker Hotel." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 15, 2012
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Die Nibelungen: Kriemhilds Rache (Kriemhild's Revenge) (1924)

"In a period of film history that didn't want for extravagant epics, Die Nibelungen ranks among the greatest and strangest of all silents. Kino presents Lang's 1924 masterpiece in a stunning, 1080p upgrade." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 26, 2012
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Die Nibelungen: Siegfried (Siegfried's Death) (1924)

"In a period of film history that didn't want for extravagant epics, Die Nibelungen ranks among the greatest and strangest of all silents. Kino presents Lang's 1924 masterpiece in a stunning, 1080p upgrade." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 26, 2012

Blade Runner (1982)

"A brick of a set clearly trying to out-super-duper all previous models. A little overkill? Why resist? Blade Runner: 30th Anniversary Collector's Edition really is the ultimate home-video version of Ridley Scott's finest film." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 7, 2012

The Sterile Cuckoo (Pookie) (1969)

"As a Blu-ray, this tomato comes pre-peeled, but Alan J. Pakula's directorial debut takes a done-to-death story template and revitalizes it with intelligence, maturity, and tenderness." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 26, 2012

The Devil Probably (Le diable probablement) (1977)

"Bresson's second-to-last film is not his bleakest, but it's probably his most plot-heavy, a droll tragedy about a young womanizer who contemplates, as many Bresson heroes and heroines have done before him, an exit strategy." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 22, 2012

Beyond The Black Rainbow (2012)

"Pure style carries Beyond the Black Rainbow considerably farther than many reviewers gave it credit for. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 14, 2012

Pursued (1947)

"Behind the anonymous-sounding title is a quintessential Walsh noir-western, with a lead performance by Robert Mitchum that contains multitudes." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 7, 2012

Secret Beyond the Door (1948)

"Insofar as every Lang film you haven't seen is an undiscovered country, Secret Beyond the Door flies high over its seemingly anonymous place in the master's 1940s phase." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 6, 2012

Lonesome (1928)

"You (probably) don't know Paul Fejos, but Criterion will repair that oversight-and how!-with this superb Blu-ray release of the director's nearly forgotten gem, two additional, standalone features, and a windfall of illuminating supplements." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 30, 2012

Bye Bye Birdie (1963)

"As expected, Twilight Time's Blu-ray for Bye Bye Birdie sacrifices supplemental features for production quality, but when you're trying to stuff your eyeballs back into your skull holes, you'll know it was a smart compromise." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 14, 2012

La Grande illusion (Grand Illusion) (1938)

"Lionsgate makes a play for prestige cred with another entry in their StudioCanal Collection, and their superb disc for La Grande Illusion will wipe away any salty tears that it doesn't carry the Criterion logo." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 13, 2012

The Royal Tenenbaums (2002)

"The Royal Tenenbaums remains Wes Anderson's biggest commercial success; it's also one of his best films, and the Criterion Collection has brought it into their high-definition stable with great aplomb." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 13, 2012

Bound (1996)

"A typical film-only platter from Olive Films benefits from a sturdy transfer, which flatters some of this hot-lesbian-action thriller's design elements more than others." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 13, 2012

Rio Grande (1950)

"Olive Films' barebones platter for the often overlooked third part of Ford's cavalry trilogy is an essential buy for fans of the director, despite a slapdash presentation." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 7, 2012

Body and Soul (1947)

"For a film that's almost been toppled over by its extra-cinematic legacy, a few supplements wouldn't have killed Olive Films' Body and Soul's Blu-ray. But it's a knockout on points, at least, with a strong transfer and a meaty mono track." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 6, 2012

Total Recall (1990)

"Crass, loud, and proud, Total Recall gets a not-very-special special edition (more like an SE DVD where the feature has been remastered in 1080p), but a worthwhile buy for fans, with terrific grain and an even better commentary track." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 3, 2012

The Last of England (1987)

"Rage, bitterness, sorrow, and beauty, all in unison against the dying of the light; Derek Jarman's poison love letter to England is presented in a passable HD transfer from Kino, in all its rag-and-bone glory." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 27, 2012

Metropolitan (1990)

"As modest and urbane as the film, Criterion's Blu-ray of Whit Stillman's Metropolitan is a worthwhile upgrade from their 2006 DVD release." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 23, 2012

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)

"'50S science fiction as a blank metaphorical check, legal tender for any "other-ness" hobbyhorse you can name. Lacking even the slightest supplemental material, Olive Films's handsome platter leaves the viewer no choice but to come up with their own take." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 20, 2012

High Noon (1952)

"Olive Films's Blu-ray of Fred Zinnemann's Oscar-winning film, the alleged western for people who don't like westerns, is light on contextual supplements, but nearly immaculate on a technical level." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 19, 2012

Mean Streets (1973)

"Sometimes a classic film gets a grand reception on home video, and sometimes it has to sneak out by the fire escape; Warner's meager platter for Mean Streets is a bit more like the latter, but it gets a pass for a decent HD transfer." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 18, 2012

Margaret (2011)

"A bit of a home-video miracle: a film that barely saw the light of day, on a Blu-ray that almost didn't happen, with an extended cut that fans thought they'd never see." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 17, 2012
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The Saphead (1920)

"The Great Stone Face's feature debut, now politely considered non-canon but worthwhile, is given a tidy high-definition release from Kino Lorber." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 15, 2012

Deliverance (1972)

"Deliverance is the kind of classic where the subtext is the text: unspeakable horror derived from the same energies exerted to keep it suppressed." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 26, 2012

The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946)

"This non-classic has plenty of boilerplate pulp-Guignol appeal, and it's tempting to say that HD Cinema Classics gave it the disappointing Blu-ray release it deserves, but that isn't quite true." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 17, 2012

As Good as It Gets (1997)

"Given that this was one of 1997's in-the-shadow-of-Titanic mainstays, it's a little disturbing that James L. Brooks's double-Oscar-winning comedy should get what amounts to a home-video brush-off." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 14, 2012

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2012)

"One of the best and most distinctive Marvel adaptations gets the deluxe treatment from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment-outstanding picture and sound, and robust supplements that will be engrossing for fans and skeptics alike." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 14, 2012

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011)

"An oddball blockbuster that gets better when it gets to be "too much"; as for Warner's handsomely mounted Blu-ray, less is more." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 13, 2012

Hondo (1953)

"Put your feet up, open a beer, and enjoy Al Bundy's all-time favorite movie, presented in two dimensions by Paramount's well-appointed Blu-ray." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 11, 2012

Blood Work (2002)

"Eastwood's defiantly modest 2002 thriller was about a million miles away from Oscar material, but Warner's high-definition transfer is praiseworthy in and of itself." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 8, 2012

We Need to Talk About Kevin (2012)

"Now that the worldwide success of The Avengers has put the kibosh on Lynne Ramsay's egregious attempt to demonize the noble sport of archery, we can safely talk about Kevin in the warm light of Oscilloscope's visually okay/aurally spectacular Blu-ray." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 29, 2012
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The Lawless (1950)

"The protean Losey's second feature is a modest little fighter that takes a risky subject--race and class conflict in a quiet, SoCal town--and almost goes somewhere with it. Olive Films did a first-rate job with their standard-definition transfer." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 29, 2012
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Run for Cover (Colorado) (1955)

"As Olive's handsome, if no-bones, Blu-ray indicates, the film fairly oozes with the tempestuous emotions that point back to the auteur." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 24, 2012
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A Bullet for the General (El chuncho, quien sabe?) (1966)

"If all you know of the spaghetti western is Sergio Leone, Damiano Damiani's A Bullet for the General, presented in a largely satisfactory Blu-ray from Blue Underground, is an excellent reason to look beyond the holy "Dollars" trinity." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 23, 2012

The Secret World of Arrietty (2012)

"If I didn't think Studio Ghibli's disappointingly wan animated feature would pass out from the trauma, I'd definitely give The Secret World of Arrietty a fist-bump for, if nothing else, top-notch picture and sound." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 22, 2012

Certified Copy (Copie Conforme) (2011)

"Criterion's rigorous transfer work preserves the infinitely complex HD compositions and sound field." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 18, 2012
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