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Jordan Hiller

Jordan Hiller
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/4 96% Schindler's List (1993) Schindler's List, because it is so finely crafted and authentic, truly allows one to experience the devastating, calculated breakdown of a Polish Jew in 1939 through the end of the war. ‐
Posted Dec 2, 2009
4/4 96% Waltz with Bashir (2008) Waltz With Bashir does what many films have done before; that is convinces us that war is hell, but it does so in way that is frightening and engaging in an entirely new way. ‐
Posted Dec 2, 2009
2.5/4 53% The Frisco Kid (1979) The Frisco Kid is, all pratfalls and tuchus jokes aside, the quintessential "Torah "movie. ‐
Posted Dec 1, 2009
3/4 23% A Stranger Among Us (1992) What could easily have been another irritatingly earnest, clueless depiction of orthodox Jewish stereotypes, unfolds as an involving, challenging, and (most importantly) respectful treatment of [an] oft misrepresented religion ‐
Posted Nov 22, 2009
2.5/4 100% Homicide: The Movie (2000) Homicide, David Mamet's ponderous film about a Jewish cop losing his way, loses its way whenever it wanders from the scene of the crime ‐
Posted Nov 12, 2009
2.5/4 70% Brighton Beach Memoirs (1986) The general measure of audience enjoyment for a film based on Simon has everything to do with one's tolerance for the playwright. ‐
Posted Oct 29, 2009
2/4 73% Yentl (1983) While the movie is on target in terms of noble intent, so much about Yentl is self defeating, and the legendary ego of Streisand can safely be deemed the culprit. ‐
Posted Oct 27, 2009
3/4 89% A Serious Man (2009) A Serious Man sheds light on a series of uniquely Jewish challenges, from agunot and uniformly bad noses, to anti-Semitism and the eternal struggle to define "What Hashem wants from us?" ‐
Posted Sep 27, 2009
3/4 79% The Prince of Egypt (1998) When Moshe encounters the burning bush and confronts a God who calls Himself I Am That I is almost as if the scene compels the audience to remove their shoes for holy ground is underfoot ‐
Posted Sep 24, 2009
2.5/4 89% Once Upon a Time in America (1984) In a post The Godfather world, for Leone to even consider taking on an epically scoped New York gangster film took tremendous courage if not foolishness, Coppola had set the bar at an impossible height. ‐
Posted Sep 8, 2009
3/4 89% Inglourious Basterds (2009) I got the feeling that shock, confusion, and even disgust greeted the misinformed Jewish patrons itching for rapture. ‐
Posted Aug 25, 2009
2.5/4 No Score Yet Mivtsa Yonatan (Operation Thunderbolt) (1977) One noticeable difference between Thunderbolt and its American counterparts is that American action heroes tend to be bigger than life and charismatic; the Israeli soldiers risking life and limb do so stoically, with an almost gloomy sense of compulsion a ‐
Posted Aug 24, 2009
4/4 80% Life Is Beautiful (La Vita è bella) (1997) The film's title, which very well could have been a straightforward declaration prior to the war, becomes a source of twisted irony once we witness Guido pull down the grate outside his humble bookshop and the words JEWISH STORE are seen sprayed across th ‐
Posted Aug 20, 2009
3/4 24% God Is Great and I'm Not (2002) Bailly intends to dissect the fragile psyche of a free spirited non-Jewish fashion model,but for me, the important subject of the film is Francois, a quasi-handsome Jewish veterinarian living in Paris, who has a latent but ongoing identity crisis. ‐
Posted Aug 18, 2009
1/4 54% Go for Zucker! (Alles auf Zucker!) (2006) Goebbels would have found the depiction of Jews in Go For Zucker promising. ‐
Posted Aug 18, 2009
1/4 10% The Unborn (2009) What The Unborn represents manages to be a thousand times more disturbing than anything Goyer captured with his pen or camera ‐
Posted Jul 28, 2009
2.5/4 57% A Price Above Rubies (1998) Yakin's argument is presented with such blind rage and fury that his little film goes from sensitive and perceptive to sensational and scandal-mongering very quickly ‐
Posted Jul 26, 2009
1/4 74% The Jazz Singer (1927) The Jazz Singer is a shallow attempt by a powerful group of straying Jews to clear their consciences. ‐
Posted Jul 20, 2009
3.5/4 65% The Governess (1998) If Jane Austen or a Brontë sister were inclined to revolve their tale of forbidden love and parlor room intrigue around a Jewish heroine, The Governess would undoubtedly resemble the result. ‐
Posted Jul 15, 2009
3/4 87% Pi (1998) Pi is certainly about the burden of genius, but it very well may also be about mythical powers and faulty dogma in Judaism. ‐
Posted Jul 9, 2009
2/4 82% The Chosen (1981) It shouldered its way into the popular consciousness, perhaps with a few concessions and a straining dramatic license, but nonetheless it remains a thoughtful, provocative engagement of legitimate issues relating to Judaism, the ancient, ever evolving rel ‐
Posted Jul 7, 2009
3/4 72% William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice (2004) It is really a pleasure to watch a masterful actor like Al Pacino wring every nuance out of the multifarious character of Shylock. ‐
Posted Jul 2, 2009
2.5/4 100% Europa Europa (1990) While in every other Holocaust film the Nazis are depicted as masterful at sniffing out and executing Jews, Perel dodges bullet after bullet with relative ease and immense good fortune. ‐
Posted Jun 27, 2009
2/4 64% Exodus (1960) The style of filmmaking is simply too polite and serene to carry the edgy, dangerous material of Uris's novel ‐
Posted Jun 24, 2009
2/4 46% Management (2009) For a small movie trying to shoulder its way into the summer m ix, it could have been a hidden gem; either the most touching film of the season or the most pleasantly silly. ‐
Posted May 18, 2009
2.5/4 65% Watchmen (2009) Basically, with Watchmen, the filmmakers could not win. ‐
Posted Mar 12, 2009
1.5/4 57% Defiance (2009) Much of it reminded me of those well-intentioned, ingenuously performed school Holocaust programs like Survivor and The Wall where the actors emote like it's a grand ole mitzvah. ‐
Posted Jan 12, 2009
3.5/4 78% Doubt (2008) We must figure whether Beauvier's intentions are pure, whether her relentless pursuit of Father Flynn is rooted in virtue, fear, jealousy, or a troubling brew of all three. ‐
Posted Jan 12, 2009
2.5/4 72% The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) All the intense, pent up passion between Benjamin and Daisy which kept the film so taut and engrossing for an hour and a half is a mortifying drain once they unite and are free to express their devotion. ‐
Posted Dec 31, 2008
3.5/4 67% Revolutionary Road (2008) Revolutionary Road is content to be a powerful film about an ordinary troubled marriage; the kind taking place in a handful of houses on your block - perhaps even in your own. ‐
Posted Dec 31, 2008
3/4 94% Milk (2008) Sean Penn must create something completely foreign to his understanding and sell it as if he felt Harvey Milk's struggle with every fiber of his being - and he does ‐
Posted Dec 24, 2008
2.5/4 98% The Wrestler (2008) Rourke is convincing and honest, marvelous and touching, but he's not required to channel emotions that linger far and away from the man he has become. ‐
Posted Dec 24, 2008
2/4 61% The Reader (2008) [The Reader] is positively goyish in its glassy eyed treatment of Jew killing, not that it aims to be anything more than an exercise in moral insurrection. ‐
Posted Dec 22, 2008
2.5/4 35% Adam Resurrected (2008) For all the nightmarish scenes conceived as a creepy cross between Burroughs and Weisel, we don't receive the cathartic satisfaction typically related to the dramatization of Jewish tragedy. ‐
Posted Dec 22, 2008
3/4 92% Slumdog Millionaire (2008) It is as if we are constantly reminded that we do not drink from the fountain of real wisdom, but rather, with Slumdog Millionaire, it is just a movie, that it is most assuredly written. ‐
Posted Dec 7, 2008
4/4 83% JCVD (Van Dammage) (2008) The only story that matters (in the larger sense) is that JCVD is a phenomenal achievement, and not despite the work of Van Damme, but thoroughly because of it. ‐
Posted Dec 7, 2008
1.5/4 74% Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist (2008) The film and those like it are merely the reflection of ageing creative people in hopeless search for an elixir. ‐
Posted Oct 3, 2008
3/4 82% Tropic Thunder (2008) While the blogs and talking heads seem to be wrong-headedly preoccupied with issues of semantics and race, what I found to be the most authentically disturbing is Tropic Thunder's use of war and soldiering as basis for levity. ‐
Posted Aug 14, 2008
2.5/4 94% The Dark Knight (2008) [Though] The Dark Knight is a film one can respect, it is very difficult to enjoy. ‐
Posted Jul 18, 2008
2/4 59% Felon (2008) While the film is violent and decidedly tragic, the overall sensation of watching it is nothing you haven't experienced before with numerous films, from Death Warrant to Lock Up to Oz. ‐
Posted Jul 17, 2008
3/4 77% Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008) It's not fair to ask the film to appeal to your somber, jaded adult sensitivities when the reason you fell in love with Indiana Jones in the first place was because it was the stuff of boyhood daydreams. ‐
Posted May 27, 2008
2/4 38% Savage Grace (2007) Kalin is a very brave and honest filmmaker (and plenty astute), but his subject matter argues that some stories need not be told. ‐
Posted May 9, 2008
3/4 86% Dear Mr. Waldman (Michtavim le America) (2006) Peled's film allows us to realize damaged men and women at a vital stage in life, trying to raise a young family while at the same time being plagued by memories of evil beyond words. ‐
Posted May 9, 2008
1.5/4 30% War, Inc. (2008) The film clearly intends to skewer our country and its "corrupt", "foolhardy", "hypocritical", "self serving" policies in Iraq, and maybe many of the lacerations are well earned, but War, Inc. reeks of generic Hollywood liberal grandstanding. ‐
Posted May 9, 2008
3.5/4 100% Unsettled (2008) The climax of the film, the actual evacuation process, is utterly stunning and unforgettable. ‐
Posted May 9, 2008
3/4 91% Refusenik (2008) Refusenik does not so much capture the moment as it does educate, however, with material so compelling and inspiring, a thorough education serves. ‐
Posted May 9, 2008
1/4 17% Sleepwalking (2008) The cast performs gamely in this grim and gray affair, but with Stanford's words and dead end story, the actors never really stood a chance. ‐
Posted Mar 14, 2008
2.5/4 56% Charlie Bartlett (2007) Though Bartlett occasionally misfires, the trips and stumbles are made nearly irrelevant by the rampant innovativeness and ingenuity at hand. ‐
Posted Feb 21, 2008
2/4 98% The Band's Visit (2007) The film leaves us with the notion that music; sweet simple notes arranged in brilliant order, is one language where even Jews and Arabs can find harmony ‐
Posted Feb 8, 2008
2/4 85% Va, Vis et Deviens (Live and Become) (Go, See, and Become) (2005) The beauty of Live and Become is found essentially in one very specific place - the relationship between Solomon and his mothers. ‐
Posted Feb 2, 2008