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Jake Euker

Jake Euker
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/5 No Score Yet the first thing that strikes you upon revisiting Tanner '88 today is how familiar this whole circus seems‐ Filmcritic.com
Posted Oct 22, 2004
3/5 No Score Yet I Drink Your Blood (1971) it comes as a surprise when you first realize that I Drink Your Blood is not just coherent but fairly inventively plotted‐ Filmcritic.com
Posted Oct 2, 2004
2.5/5 67% The Door in the Floor (2004) The material is slim and becomes slimmer still by our advance grasp of it; what's meant to be novelistic in detail instead comes to seem belabored. Not a bad film. A misfire.‐ F5 (Wichita, KS)
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2004
4.5/5 31% The Forgotten (2004) A freaking delight. Ruben keeps the threat both palpable and eerily undefined, and his payoffs are both ridiculously scary and hilariously unexpected.‐ F5 (Wichita, KS)
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2004
4/5 No Score Yet The Demon (1977) a reminder that there's a whole world of film out there to discover, no matter how deeply invested you already are‐ Filmcritic.com
Posted Sep 28, 2004
3.5/5 No Score Yet Zero Focus (1961) What's most original -- and best -- about Zero Focus is its marvelous atmosphere.‐ Filmcritic.com
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2004
2.5/5 33% Epidemic (1987) feels thrown together, as though von Trier is working at the mercy of available material, weaving it into a whole as he goes‐ Filmcritic.com
Posted Sep 26, 2004
3/5 71% Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004) Conran skips what chokes so much screen adventure today: extraneous characters, endless back story, ethical dilemmas, a tormented hero. He keeps Sky Captain airborne.‐ F5 (Wichita, KS)
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2004
3.5/5 49% A Home at the End of the World (2004) Captures a fleeting moment in the subculture of 1980s America with heart-rending precision.‐ F5 (Wichita, KS)
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2004
1.5/5 25% Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid (2004) Not especially tedious, the snakes were OK, and I understood most of the conclusion. The only surprise, though, was that I made it to the end.‐ F5 (Wichita, KS)
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2004
3.5/5 95% Hero (2004) Stands well above Zhang's lesser works while not ranking among his masterpieces, the redundancies of its plot redeemed by the spectacular poetry of its battles.‐ F5 (Wichita, KS)
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2004
2.5/5 26% Wicker Park (2004) High style masks rather than updates what's essentially conventional in the material, and the plot unfolds on a seeming need-to-know basis. It's aggravating.‐ F5 (Wichita, KS)
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2004
2.5/5 70% Smell of Camphor, Fragrance of Jasmine (2001) Farmanara's artistic vision is hit-or-miss and his material hangs together rather slackly‐ Filmcritic.com
Posted Sep 16, 2004
3/5 No Score Yet Titanic (1943) A fascinating glimpse into a chapter of film history seldom perused.‐ Filmcritic.com
Posted Aug 27, 2004
2/5 72% Open Water (2004) As the characters begin to openly suffer, the movie becomes a grueling record of their pain and fear. It ultimately feels futile as well as pointlessly punishing.‐ F5 (Wichita, KS)
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2004
0/5 11% Exorcist: The Beginning (2004) I would think that John Boorman, director of Exorcist II: The Heretic, is now officially off the hook. This isn't entertainment; it's assault and battery.‐ F5 (Wichita, KS)
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2004
3/5 77% Elena and Her Men (1957) the resemblance it bears to Renoir's great Rules of the Game is more than passing, and I think this detracts‐ Filmcritic.com
Posted Aug 24, 2004
4.5/5 100% The Golden Coach (Le Carrosse d'or) (1953) The Golden Coach, despite its preoccupation with the stage, is a distinctly cinematic experience.‐ Filmcritic.com
Posted Aug 22, 2004
4/5 100% French Cancan (1956) It's a true spectacle; Renoir suggests that, potentially, for those involved in theater, all of life is.‐ Filmcritic.com
Posted Aug 22, 2004
0.5/5 20% AVP - Alien Vs. Predator (2004) Joining two previously independent monsters in one film signals the same desperation a sitcom producer feels when he sends his cast to Hawaii for an hour-long "special."‐ F5 (Wichita, KS)
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2004
3/5 74% Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (2004) So disreputable in its premise and so fly-by-night in its technique that it's easy to enjoy. It's unburdened by aspirations‐ F5 (Wichita, KS)
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2004
4/5 88% Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974) the question isn't will this be adapted for television? so much as how soon?‐ Filmcritic.com
Posted Aug 8, 2004
2/5 43% The Village (2004) You want to shut down the action and demand an explanation. Where are these people? Why are they behaving this way? What do they know that we don't know?‐ F5 (Wichita, KS)
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2004
4.5/5 81% The Manchurian Candidate (2004) [Has moments of] delirious political comedy, and it functions as a thriller, too.‐ F5 (Wichita, KS)
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2004
1/5 9% Catwoman (2004) It's really painful to watch.‐ F5 (Wichita, KS)
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2004
3.5/5 93% Grey Gardens (1975) No film - no Tennessee Williams adaptation, nothing by Guy Maddin or Lynch, no genre-exploding Japanese horror flick - has ever had a stranger pair of characters at its core.‐ Filmcritic.com
Posted Jul 28, 2004
5/5 100% Early Summer (1951) the perfect vehicle for chronicling the small pleasures and disappointments that comprise the bigger enterprise of life‐ Filmcritic.com
Posted Jul 26, 2004
3.5/5 100% Smile (1975) like a season of I Love the '70s condensed into two hours, and in its intimation that this is a uniquely disposable culture it's decades ahead of VH-1‐ Filmcritic.com
Posted Jul 26, 2004
4/5 96% Port of Shadows (Le Quai des Brumes) (2012) A pleasure to watch, and there's much to recommend it. But, like that other poetic realist stalwart Pépé le Moko, what's best about it is its atmosphere of romance.‐ Filmcritic.com
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2004
2.5/5 No Score Yet Kimi ga wakamono nara (If You Were Young: Rage) (Our Dear Buddies) (2000) The film isn't unenjoyable, but it never rises above novelty.‐ Filmcritic.com
Posted Jul 18, 2004
2.5/5 66% Anchorman - The Legend Of Ron Burgundy (2004) The period detail is hilarious, abetted fantastically by Alex Wurman's score. But there's so much talent on hand that you couldn't blame anyone for wanting more.‐ F5 (Wichita, KS)
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2004
4.5/5 96% I'm Going Home (2001) a realistic look at the ways in which mortality plays into the conscious and subconscious plans of the living‐ Filmcritic.com
Posted Jul 16, 2004
3.5/5 83% Onibaba (1965) Onibaba shows less interest in laying bare its meanings than in offering the occasion for the viewers' meditations on life, existence (a different thing), and whatever lies below.‐ Filmcritic.com
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2004
0/5 55% California Suite (1978) Offensive, stupid, and embarrassing.‐ F5 (Wichita, KS)
Posted Jul 8, 2004
0.5/5 15% White Chicks (2004) Even a child will have seen enough movies to sense that these scary creatures should be turning into wolves rather than shopping for Fendi at the mall.‐ F5 (Wichita, KS)
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2004
2/5 85% Kill Bill: Volume 1 (2003) Kill Bill isn't human. It's cinema as cinema. Tarantino is like a hyper, too-bright child, worrying you for your attention, jumping from thought to thought in his brain‐ F5 (Wichita, KS)
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2004
3/5 84% Swimming Pool (2003) As in Chabrol, the plot's not the thing: what drives Swimming Pool is the transformations that take place within its characters. Rampling is a pleasure.‐ F5 (Wichita, KS)
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2004
5/5 89% Russian Ark (2002) An audacious and insane experiment, a triumphant film.‐ F5 (Wichita, KS)
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2004
0.5/5 7% Gigli (2003) The first half is an unfunny drag, with a few uncomfortable laughs provided by a retarded man. The last half is a tragedy.‐ F5 (Wichita, KS)
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2004
2/5 77% Seabiscuit (2003) There's nothing for the audience to observe except the construction presented. Seabiscuit makes all its connections and observations for you.‐ F5 (Wichita, KS)
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2004
4/5 33% Johnny English (2003) You won't die laughing in the theater, but the filmmakers aren't asking you to, as they do in the frantic, adolescent comedies that dominate the market. It's a pleasure.‐ F5 (Wichita, KS)
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2004
4/5 79% Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) Comes close to recreating some of the bigger-than-life wonder that we experience at the movies in our childhood. Depp is a fey, hilarious wonder.‐ F5 (Wichita, KS)
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2004
0.5/5 17% The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003) If you stripped this film of its effects, not even the platform would remain. Unplug the computer and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen disappears.‐ F5 (Wichita, KS)
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2004
4/5 98% Spellbound (2002) It expands as it goes until, by the end, it presents a hopeful overview of American life. It's a wonderful movie.‐ F5 (Wichita, KS)
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2004
4/5 99% Finding Nemo (2003) The creators are cracking themselves up first, the way the Warner Bros. animators did in Bugs Bunny's golden age; it works for anyone with a sense of humor.‐ F5 (Wichita, KS)
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2004
0/5 49% Bruce Almighty (2003) The dearth of imagination is stupefying. Carrey is alternately embarrassing and terrifyingly detached, [and] Freeman has sold out.‐ F5 (Wichita, KS)
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2004
3/5 59% Down With Love (2003) Bright and very funny... manages to recreate a filmmaking style that was practically a parody of itself in the first place.‐ F5 (Wichita, KS)
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2004
0.5/5 27% Daddy Day Care (2003) My advice is to beat your children rather than take them to Daddy Day Care.‐ F5 (Wichita, KS)
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2004
4/5 78% Holes (2003) Engaging, generous, and well-paced. Holes is inventively plotted and its coincidences and crazy mysticism pull you in the way the best children's fiction does.‐ F5 (Wichita, KS)
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2004
3/5 86% X2: X-Men United (2003) X2 is motivated by a love of the action and characters. It's chaotic sometimes, and parts of it drag. But the affection shows, and you feel the director's enthusiasm.‐ F5 (Wichita, KS)
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2004