J.C. Maçek III

J.C. Maçek III

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J.C. Maçek III's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): PopMatters

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
5/10 20% Howling II - Your Sister Is a Werewolf (1985) "The now-infamous closing credits scene features Syblil Danning's rapid-fire striptease replayed no less than 17 times. Danning was livid at the exploitation. The director was not. " ‐ PopMatters
Posted Jul 10, 2015
6/10 69% It! The Terror From Beyond Space (1958) "As with Alien and Jaws, for example, the most frightening things about this creature are the things that we don't see. " ‐ PopMatters
Posted Jun 8, 2015
6/10 87% 'X'---The Man With the X-Ray Eyes (1963) "The bizarre ending has a resonating factor that helps enhance the film's enjoyment quotient. " ‐ PopMatters
Posted Jun 8, 2015
5/10 30% Chappie (2015) "CHAPPiE is a bit too personal and a bit too uneven to be the great film it had the potential to become. " ‐ PopMatters
Posted Jun 8, 2015
6/10 63% Lord of the Flies (1989) "1963's Lord of the Flies was a transcendent experience in accurate filmmaking, 1990's Lord of the Flies is only a movie. " ‐ PopMatters
Posted May 21, 2015
7/10 84% Escape from New York (1981) "The genius of John Carpenter includes his subtlety in composition. The man has always known that the best special effects are invisible and never detract from the story. " ‐ PopMatters
Posted Apr 17, 2015
4/10 17% High Spirits (1988) "High Spirits is a good time but the film is far from Jordan's best, and isn't quite what one would call "memorable", even with the fun effects and witty quips from O'Toole. " ‐ PopMatters
Posted Apr 13, 2015
5/10 59% Vampire's Kiss (1989) " As Vampire's Kiss unspools, the lead character, Peter Loew (Cage), wavers in and out of this accent and a wide variety of voices, seeming to give every role Cage has ever played (or would ever play, past, present and future) equal vocal time in the film. " ‐ PopMatters
Posted Apr 13, 2015
4/10 29% Scream, Blacula, Scream (1973) "Blacula was a drama first and a horror and blaxploitation enterprise after that. Scream Blacula Scream is a blaxploitation horror film that takes its influence not just from its predecessor, but the burgeoning subgenre as the whole. " ‐ PopMatters
Posted Apr 13, 2015
6/10 50% Blacula (1972) "Blacula itself is no joke and is, in fact, a legitimate and even dignified horror film with terrifying scenes and enduring moral questions. " ‐ PopMatters
Posted Apr 13, 2015
7/10 81% Watership Down (1978) "Although this is an animated film featuring cute rabbits as the main characters, this is far from a children's movie, and considering the violence and horror to be found in this film, it is rather surprising that the MPAA passed it with a PG rating. " ‐ PopMatters
Posted Mar 27, 2015
5/10 24% Caveman (1981) "Caveman will not be for all tastes, and even with the cleverness to be found herein, this isn't exactly what one could call a thinking person's farce. " ‐ PopMatters
Posted Feb 25, 2015
6/10 No Score Yet Más Negro Qué La Noche (Darker than Night) (2014) "Más Negro Que La Noche is notable for being one of the few horror remake that actually exceeds the quality of the original film and for being one of the few Spanish language horror movies to gain a relatively wide release within the United States. " ‐ PopMatters
Posted Feb 25, 2015
7/10 80% Richard Pryor: Omit The Logic (2015) "Omit the Logic is more likely to omit laughter as it focuses on Pryor's false career starts, drug use, depression, multiple marriages and divorces, his struggles with MS, and the infamous incident in which the comedian set himself on fire. " ‐ PopMatters
Posted Feb 16, 2015
6/10 100% A Life in Dirty Movies (2014) "It's almost impossible not to care about this couple as they welcome you into their home, whether or not you're hankering to view any one of their pun-titled adult films. " ‐ PopMatters
Posted Feb 5, 2015
7/10 49% Maleficent (2014) "Maleficent became one of Disney's premiere baddies because she was so dark and menacing in the first place. This is far from a mere "humanizing" of the character, but a worthy adventure in its own right. " ‐ PopMatters
Posted Nov 4, 2014
7/10 No Score Yet South Park: Season 17 (TV, 2013) "Season 17 isn't quite a perfect season (if there is such a thing), but the high quality moments and the near dearth of let-downs in these ten episodes prove that the creators of South Park are still in their prime (or, at least, on one of their upswings) " ‐ PopMatters
Posted Oct 23, 2014
6/10 78% Gorky Park (1983) "Gorky Park is well done and unique amid the films of its day. While certainly made with the Cold War as its backdrop, the film never resorts to the Cold War clichés of the time. " ‐ PopMatters
Posted Oct 23, 2014
7/10 95% Ghost in the Shell (1996) "Occasionally Ghost in the Shell shows its age and the added CGI elements, while appropriate for the story, also help make this film feel more dated than it might have otherwise. " ‐ PopMatters
Posted Oct 23, 2014
4/10 5% Meteor (1979) "A chain reaction in space causes an asteroid field to send out a ton of space rock (and not the Pink Floyd kind) toward Earth. " ‐ PopMatters
Posted Oct 9, 2014
4/10 37% Last Action Hero (1993) "The divergent puzzle pieces do not often fit together terribly well, in spite of their potential. " ‐ PopMatters
Posted Oct 9, 2014
6/10 No Score Yet Seizure (Queen of Evil) (Tango macabre) (1974) "Stone does a fine job of keeping the mysteries of the story firmly in the realm of the unknown. " ‐ PopMatters
Posted Oct 9, 2014
7/10 91% Eraserhead (1977) "You may never figure out the story or what it is meant to convey, but the lighting, effects, editing and directing are so dead on and beautifully executed that the visuals carry the piece over every question mark. In the end the questions beckon you back. " ‐ PopMatters
Posted Oct 9, 2014
5/10 44% The Legend of Billie Jean (1985) "The Legend of Billie Jean does remain interesting and entertaining throughout its run, even if it is a bit short on plot and a lot short on realism. " ‐ PopMatters
Posted Oct 9, 2014
6/10 83% A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966) "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum is a classic in its own right. The songs are fun and the story is unpredictable (even if it does occasionally meander for too long). " ‐ PopMatters
Posted Oct 9, 2014
8/10 85% All That Jazz (1979) "Fosse fans, Broadway fans, and those fascinated with film will find quite a lot to admire, however, those expecting a fun musical romp will need to inquire elsewhere and at some other time and place. " ‐ PopMatters
Posted Oct 9, 2014
8/10 53% The Legend of Hell House (1973) "This intelligent, creepy and disturbing horror film preys upon the most primal aversions to discomposure and the paranormal that even the most staunch realists among us harbor, but hide. " ‐ PopMatters
Posted Aug 27, 2014
7/10 99% A Hard Day's Night (1964) "The Beatles might break into song at any moment or they might run around a park goofing around while their songs are playing, but these moments truly work and they clearly helped to lay the groundwork for MTV Videos and musicals to come. " ‐ PopMatters
Posted Aug 18, 2014
7/10 88% The Nutty Professor (1963) "The Nutty Professor was not only a starring vehicle for Lewis, the comedian, it was also co-written and directed by the star and shows, intentionally and deliberately, two drastically different sides of him. " ‐ PopMatters
Posted Jun 27, 2014
6/10 56% The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004) "While one may expect a little more consistency from a film with such acclaim, consistency is hardly the order of the day when one is making iconoclastic and unconventional movies like Anderson does. " ‐ PopMatters
Posted Jun 27, 2014
6/10 72% Bettie Page Reveals All (2013) "Bettie Page Reveals All is an excellent amalgamation of the history of Page and her incredible impact on modeling and fashion, mostly told in her own voice. " ‐ PopMatters
Posted Jun 27, 2014
8/10 No Score Yet The Pink Floyd and Syd Barrett Story (2003) "The film itself still holds up very well as an informative documentary on the life of Barrett for knowledgeable fans and the completely uninitiated alike. " ‐ PopMatters
Posted Jun 27, 2014
8/10 100% The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923) "From any facet or dimension, The Hunchback of Notre Dame is a true classic in its own right due to its ambition, scope, scale and payoff. However, the real reason to see this film is the incomparable performance of one Lon Chaney. " ‐ PopMatters
Posted Apr 18, 2014
5/10 No Score Yet Naked As We Came (2013) "On the other hand, when LeMay focuses on family drama and lets the calmer moments (albeit with roiling emotions just under the surface) rule the movie. " ‐ PopMatters
Posted Apr 18, 2014
3/10 54% Return to Nuke 'Em High (2014) "There's a big difference between being intentionally ridiculous and coming out hilariously self-aware and being intentionally ridiculous and succeeding in being bad. " ‐ PopMatters
Posted Apr 8, 2014
6/10 83% Darkman (1990) "Truly the overall film is quite good, but the audience will likely be moved to unintended laughter on occasion and the film is sometimes too surreally silly to truly feel as "dark" as Darkman. " ‐ PopMatters
Posted Feb 20, 2014
6/10 34% Jayne Mansfield's Car (2013) "Jayne Mansfield's Car is dramatic and funny and entertaining in many parts, but the jigsaw puzzle doesn't always flow from piece to piece. For all of Thornton's directing skill, the overall film can be episodic and loses focus repeatedly. " ‐ PopMatters
Posted Feb 17, 2014
6/10 60% Ender's Game (2013) "Although it's far from perfect and it's in need of a few tune-ups, Ender's Game does lay the groundwork for what could be a satisfying saga. " ‐ PopMatters
Posted Jan 30, 2014
6/10 71% Die, Monster, Die! (Monster of Terror) (1965) "This creature feature, based on the works of H.P. Lovecraft, might have been more amazing had the makers not taken such pains to borrow from Edgar Allan Poe. " ‐ PopMatters
Posted Jan 28, 2014
5/10 50% Raise the Titanic (1980) "While the premise is certainly exciting, the action in Raise the Titanic is hardly unsinkable. " ‐ PopMatters
Posted Jan 22, 2014
5/10 29% Machete Kills (2013) "'Machete Kills' is 'Spy Kids' Meets 'Moonraker'... with Blood. Machete Cortez is back... and so over-the-top, he literally floats away. " ‐ PopMatters
Posted Jan 20, 2014
2/10 No Score Yet Shaolin Warrior (2013) "Those who grew up on the best of Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan will have problems with the too jokey Shaolin Warrior, which looks like it was shot using Instagram. " ‐ PopMatters
Posted Jan 20, 2014
5/10 No Score Yet Zombie Hamlet (2013) "Zombie Hamlet can be a very funny film about what not to do in a Shakespeare adaptation, but taken as an all-original piece that attempts to be funny in its own right, well, it's not exactly Shakespeare... or even Ben Jonson, for that matter. " ‐ PopMatters
Posted Dec 31, 2013
4/10 0% Crawlspace (1986) "Crawlspace revels in its sadistic oddities, but it falls short of true suspense except for at a few key moments. " ‐ PopMatters
Posted Dec 18, 2013
3/10 10% Eve of Destruction (1990) "Gregory Hines as a cyborg hunter? The casting couldn't be more perfect if Ben Vereen were cast as the lead in Terminator 5. " ‐ PopMatters
Posted Dec 11, 2013
4/10 10% Saturn 3 (1999) "Saturn 3 can be beautiful and impressive in scope, ambition and design but it's almost impossible to watch Saturn 3 without thinking of how much better it could have been and might have been had the film been better executed. " ‐ PopMatters
Posted Dec 11, 2013
5/10 14% The Beast Within (1982) "The Beast Within is an above-average monster movie with good actors and a sometimes comprehensible plot. " ‐ PopMatters
Posted Dec 11, 2013
6/10 78% Body Bags (1993) "It's easy to see why Body Bags was something of a clone of Tales from the Crypt. But as a standalone film, Body Bags is Carpenter at his funniest, as director, composer and in his rare appearance as a lead actor. " ‐ PopMatters
Posted Dec 6, 2013
8/10 100% Southland: Season 5 (TV, 2013) "As the fifth season begins, Southland appears to be stronger for its ordeals. " ‐ PopMatters
Posted Nov 19, 2013
7/10 81% Under the Dome: Season 1 (TV, 2013) "For all its occasional predictability and melodrama, when Under the Dome is good, it's very good. When it falls flat, it's still good enough to stay tuned for the next installment. " ‐ PopMatters
Posted Nov 8, 2013
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