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Jon Fortgang

Jon Fortgang
Jon Fortgang's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Film4

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
60% Viva (2007) Great retro design, but as comic satire this isn't so much soft-focus as out of focus.‐ Film4
Read More | Posted May 15, 2009
3/5 50% French Film (2009) Sacre bleu! C'est un perky British rom a la com avec un great self-mocking performance by Eric Cantona.‐ Film4
Read More | Posted May 15, 2009
4/5 91% O' Horten (2007) A brilliantly pitched exercise in droll comedy with a tender message about seizing the day.‐ Film4
Read More | Posted May 8, 2009
3.5/5 91% Momma's Man (2008) Azazel Jacobs' film is an enjoyably idiosyncratic tribute to his own eccentric family, and it adopts a fascinatingly novel approach to the strange anxieties of thirtysomething men.‐ Film4
Read More | Posted May 8, 2009
4/5 69% Delta (2009) Don't expect to come away a whole lot wiser, but for its duration this film is mesmerising, mysterious and startlingly beautiful.‐ Film4
Read More | Posted May 8, 2009
4/5 67% Helen (2008) With its unusual blending of the formal and the mysterious, the intimate and the impressionistic, Helen is a film of quiet but deadly power.‐ Film4
Read More | Posted May 1, 2009
2.5/5 0% City Rats (2009) A low budget drama by a writer and director both making their feature debut, it's an uneven but ambitious enterprise which, like its characters, never knows which way to turn, or how best to exploit its own strengths.‐ Film4
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2009
5/5 100% The 400 Blows (Les Quatre cents coups) (1959) François Truffaut's iconoclastic feature debut and one of the most enduring examples of the French New Wave.‐ Film4
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2009
3.5/5 92% In Search of Beethoven (2009) A thoroughly researched and engagingly presented portrait of the composer.‐ Film4
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2009
3.5/5 86% Avant que j'Oublie (Before I Forget) (2008) A sombre description of age and regret delivered with a deceptively light touch. Wry, tender, full of sympathy and wonderfully acted by Jacques Nolot.‐ Film4
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2009
3.5/5 100% Profils Paysans: la Vie Moderne (Modern Life) (2008) A low-key but genuinely insightful journey through a vanishing way of life.‐ Film4
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2009
3/5 81% Kirschblüten - Hanami (Cherry Blossoms) (2008) A lyrical attempt to make sense of grief that appeals shamelessly to the heart rather than the head.‐ Film4
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2009
2.5/5 86% Wonderful Town (2007) Seductive yet unilluminating‐ Film4
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2009
59% Franklyn (2008) McMorrow's ideas may be too damn bold and expansive for Franklyn to succeed on every level, but it's a striking debut from a writer-director unafraid to reach as high as he can.‐ Film4
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2009
5/5 98% Anvil! The Story of Anvil (2009) Funny, tragic, brilliantly put together and eventually sweetly uplifting. This is the closest thing we're going to get to a sequel to This Is Spinal Tap.‐ Film4
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2009
3.5/5 74% Around the World in 80 Days (1956) Thanks to its grand scale and great central performances by Niven and Cantinflas, the original fantastic voyage still holds up very respectably.‐ Film4
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2009
4/5 21% Faintheart (2008) Put away your eight-sided dice and go seek this immensely likable, sparky little comedy about fantasy, reality and love conquering all.‐ Film4
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2009
4.5/5 86% Better Things (2008) Bleak yet powerful, hushed yet haunting, this is an extraordinary portrait of lives dissolving away into nothing in the chilly English countryside.‐ Film4
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2009
3.5/5 100% Boogie (Summer Holiday) (2008) Small but sharp and extremely well observed.‐ Film4
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2009
3/5 64% To Get to Heaven, First You Have to Die (Bihisht faqat baroi murdagon) (2006) Atmospheric in its early stages but a little too reticent towards the end, this is nevertheless a bleakly intriguing drama about the darker reaches of the male psyche.‐ Film4
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2008
2.5/5 54% Choke (2008) Uneven and oddly compromised in tone, Choke is a competent enough black comedy, but in the shadow of that other film, it never shines.‐ Film4
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2008
91% Malcolm X (1992) Visually and dramatically, Lee pulls out all the stops, but it's Washington's performance that really energizes the film, and he's an exhilarating presence throughout.‐ Film4
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2008
1/5 39% Zombie Strippers (2008) Proceed directly to the 'S' section of your local video shop and rent Shaun Of The Dead again instead.‐ Film4
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2008
2.5/5 44% Live! (2007) A sporadically entertaining but uneven media satire that never quite delivers on its clear sense of moral outrage.‐ Film4
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2008
75% Fellini Satyricon (1969) True, the various strands are never bound together, but with material this sumptuous it really doesn't matter.‐ Film4
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2008
2.5/5 83% Heavy Metal in Baghdad (2008) Sprawling and unfocussed but still a fascinating window onto an unreported world.‐ Film4
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2008
83% Tim Burton's Corpse Bride (2005) A brilliantly animated, deliciously macabre and strangely touching triumph.‐ Film4
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2008
97% Dumbo (1941) Touching, comic, visually inventive and emotionally convincing, this remains a jewel in the crown of Disney's golden age.‐ Film4
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2008
88% Tarzan (1999) Highly enjoyable, great looking animated adventure that combines its touching storyline with plenty of wit and style.‐ Film4
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2008
95% Dog Day Afternoon (1975) Lumet channels Pacino's relentless energy into a sustained and blackly comic study of hopeless desperation.‐ Film4
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2008
3.5/5 56% A Complete History of My Sexual Failures (2008) It's very funny. It's slightly pathetic. It's comforting in a hey-nobody's-human kind of way.‐ Film4
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2008
81% Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986) There are some great comic set pieces with a seize-the-day vibe for teens.‐ Film4
Read More | Posted May 5, 2008
4/5 98% The Player (1992) Cynical, sophisticated movie-industry-murder-mystery made with great attention to detail, and still one of the best examples of Hollywood turning the camera on itself.‐ Film4
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2008
4/5 90% Serpico (1973) Memorable, thought-provoking and courageous.‐ Film4
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2008
2.5/5 69% The Book of Revelation (2006) A bit like an album by The Doors: faultlessly good-looking and loaded with dramatic import. Then you get up close and it turns out there's not much there at all.‐ Film4
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2008
3.5/5 65% Rounders (1998) John Dahl creates an intelligent and character-driven crime-drama built around solid performances by Damon and Norton.‐ Film4
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2008
78% Les Enfants terribles (The Strange Ones) (1950) A fascinating collaboration between two of French cinema's great talents which, in its strange atmosphere, poetic dialogue and creepy tone, has lost none of its ability to shock or compel.‐ Film4
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2008
2.5/5 93% U2 3D (2007) If you already love U2 your conviction will be strengthened. If you hate them, it will confirm your worst fears. Either way, the 3D technology is fantastic.‐ Film4
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2008
90% Midnight Cowboy (1969) An impressive and enduring evocation of time and place, this is a moving low-life drama built around Oscar-winning writing and performances.‐ Film4
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2008
2.5/5 74% Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007) Knocked up hurriedly, you feel, in between Apatow's other projects, Walk Hard is the feted writer-producer's first fumble. As Spinal Tap's Nigel Tufnel might have put it, this one only goes to two-and-a-half.‐ Film4
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2008
95% L'année dernière à Marienbad (Last Year at Marienbad) (1961) Fascinating, perplexing and infuriating in equal measure, this spectacular example of dreamlike filmmaking deserves to be approached with an open -- or opened -- mind. Every aspect is ambiguous, but the rewards are there.‐ Film4
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2008
2.5/5 44% Ex Drummer (2011) Visually exhilarating but also purposefully - and pointlessly - outrageous. Not for the faint hearted.‐ Film4
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2007
1.5/5 21% Man of the Year (2006) One of the least convincing political satires of the millennium so far - no bite, no vision and no laughs.‐ Film4
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2007
3/5 90% Heima (Sigur Ros: Heima) (2007) Made with love for fans, this is an indulgent but enjoyable film about the band and the places that have inspired their music.‐ Film4
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2007
78% Gentleman's Agreement (1947) The style may have dated but the motives which drive the film still feel fresh and energetic.‐ Film4
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2007
93% The Last Detail (1973) Relentless, profane, cynical and bitterly funny, this still ranks among the best work by Nicholson and Ashby. An exhilarating trip from start to finish.‐ Film4
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2007
4/5 87% Control (2007) A quiet, intelligent, beautifully shot yet oddly distant biopic of post-punk's dark prince. The legend remains intact.‐ Film4
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2007
95% Lolita (1962) Lolita, with its acute mix of pathos and comedy, and Mason's mellifluous delivery of Nabokov's sparkling lines, remains the definitive depiction of tragic transgression.‐ Film4
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2007
3.5/5 53% Across the Universe (2007) So far out it ain't never coming back. This flamboyant vehicle for The Beatles' music is boldness exemplified - even if it does frequently trip on its own ambition.‐ Film4
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2007
3.5/5 80% True North (2006) A powerful and thought-provoking film that succeeds equally as sad human drama and compelling thriller.‐ Film4
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2007