Mark Bourne

Mark Bourne

Agrees with the Tomatometer 92% of the time.

Publications:
DVDJournal.com , Film.com
Total Reviews:
252
Location:
Seattle, WA

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 252
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
81% Bedazzled (1967) " ...the duo's best film, Bedazzled brought the spirit of Swinging London plus impudent pokes at religion, politics, and pop culture itself to their new audiences." — DVDJournal.com
Posted Apr 8, 2007
100% Captain Horatio Hornblower R.N. (1951) " ...holds its own against Russell Crowe's CGI expeditions from topsail to yardarm, and this one has more plot." — DVDJournal.com
Posted Mar 5, 2007
71% The Three Musketeers (1948) " ...enjoyable corn in the 'Classics Illustrated' tradition. You can't believe a minute of it, but neither can you ignore its rollicking bygone Hollywood charms." — DVDJournal.com
Posted Mar 5, 2007
—— Corridors of Blood (1963) " ...a musty but good-looking production, with Karloff splendid as the devoted surgeon pulled asunder by his own experiments and exploited by the underworld gang of tavern low-lifes who trick him into officializing their corpses-for-profit scheme." — DVDJournal.com
Posted Mar 5, 2007
—— Grip of the Strangler (The Haunted Strangler) (1958) " [Boris Karloff is] again near the top of his game as the best thing about this slow but effective Victorian who-actually-done-it." — DVDJournal.com
Posted Mar 5, 2007
—— The Atomic Submarine (1959) " Even for a meager exploitation film, The Atomic Submarine isn't anything to brag about." — DVDJournal.com
Posted Mar 5, 2007
—— First Man Into Space (1959) " Space Age hardware footage (including cockpit shots of Chuck Yeager) meets rampaging space-mutant theatrics." — DVDJournal.com
Posted Mar 5, 2007
90% Pandora's Box (1929) " Give all due credit to Pabst, but Brooks pretty much single-handedly raises Pandora's Box above being just another doomed-bad-girl melodrama.... She makes Lulu unfathomable, a well that always has more to give. Therefore, so is the film." — DVDJournal.com
Posted Dec 11, 2006
98% Forbidden Planet (1956) " ...an enduring best-of-breed favorite, a CinemaScope spectacle that's terrifically entertaining, smartly written, memorably cast, briskly paced, and production-designed to the hilt." — DVDJournal.com
Posted Dec 11, 2006
100% The Spirit of the Beehive (El EspĂ­ritu de la colmena) (2006) " ...a graceful, lyrical masterpiece wound around one of the most natural and engrossing performances by a child actor we've ever seen." — DVDJournal.com
Posted Sep 17, 2006
94% Young Frankenstein (1974) " ...an unswervingly funny yet loving and beautifully crafted homage, something more artful and lasting than the usual pull-my-finger farce or focus-grouped Scary Movie lowballer." — DVDJournal.com
Posted Sep 10, 2006
71% This Island Earth (2000) " ...even though its increasingly camp elements have aged poorly, it deserves respect as one of the more ambitious, grandiose, and important science fiction adventures of its time." — DVDJournal.com
Posted Sep 4, 2006
89% Silent Movie (1976) " While Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein stride across the land with seven-league boots, Silent Movie glides on tip-toe like Bugs Bunny in ballet slippers." — DVDJournal.com
Posted Sep 4, 2006
67% Let's Make Love (1960) " Cukor ... directs with all the panache of an unwanted contractual obligation. Indeed, Marilyn disliked the script but accepted Let's Make Love to fulfill her Fox contract." — DVDJournal.com
Posted Jul 26, 2006
4/4 98% Some Like It Hot (1959) " Wilder gave his audience credit for being as smart as he was, and, boy, they don't make 'em like that anymore, but they oughtta." — DVDJournal.com
Posted Jul 23, 2006
69% Murder by Death (1976) " So it all doesn't amount to much, and -- some knuckle-dragging 'he's gay'/'no I'm not' humor aside -- it's more Scooby Doo than Alfred Hitchcock Presents. Still, it's an amusing tea-cozy of a spoof with an enjoyable cast." — DVDJournal.com
Posted Jun 27, 2006
87% Frenzy (1972) " Rather than classic Hitchcock, Frenzy feels more like a lesser director's cookie-cutter 'Hitchcockian' knock-off." — DVDJournal.com
Posted Jun 27, 2006
17% I Love You, Alice B. Toklas! (1968) " It's conventional and derivative and middlebrow enough to fall back on broad stereotypes of what audiences in Omaha thought of the 'hippie movement.'" — DVDJournal.com
Posted Jun 18, 2006
98% Patton (1970) " George Patton was born (at least once) for these big-screen dimensions. By the end of the movie you may hate the half-crazed son of a b!tch, but you can't not admire him." — DVDJournal.com
Posted Jun 11, 2006
67% It! The Terror From Beyond Space (1958) " Proudly displays all of the limitations of its bargain-basement budget." — DVDJournal.com
Posted May 31, 2006
67% Fiend without a Face (1957) " And honestly, how much animus should any percipient genre enthusiast ever direct at a movie bearing the tagline, 'Invisible monsters suck out your brains!'?" — DVDJournal.com
Posted May 31, 2006
—— The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone (1961) " The prose is so purple and the tone so overripe that ... what wants to be mature, sensual romance-novel boilerplate becomes instead a plodding exercise in intriguingly cast camp." — DVDJournal.com
Posted May 14, 2006
2/4 75% Sweet Bird of Youth (1962) " When approaching 1962's Sweet Bird of Youth, go for the parts rather than the whole.... [T]he film is a long drive through swampy melodrama." — DVDJournal.com
Posted May 7, 2006
97% Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958) " Still, this potentially over-scrubbed production kept enough of Williams' energy and poetic Americana intact, fleshing it up with an ensemble of career-imprinting performances and MGM production lavishness." — DVDJournal.com
Posted Apr 30, 2006
75% Ziegfeld Follies (2006) " Technically it's magnificent overkill, from Minnelli's swooping crane shots to the turning, floating 'Hello Dali!' carnival-wedding-cake scenic design to the intense Technicolor that burned holes in retinas." — DVDJournal.com
Posted Apr 23, 2006
100% The Grapes of Wrath (1940) " ...it proves that a Hollywood film can be both socially engaged and a work of lasting, entertaining art." — DVDJournal.com
Posted Apr 17, 2006
94% The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) " The naivete of some of the film's thinking is trumped by the virtue that it's thinking at all, and that it asks us to do likewise." — DVDJournal.com
Posted Apr 15, 2006
100% Dr. Strangelove Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) " 'Purity of essence'.... Superbly crafted satire that's neocon fresh to this day." — DVDJournal.com
Posted Apr 15, 2006
91% A Woman of Paris (1923) " Its vintage melodrama does creak with age nowadays. But it remains a Chaplin masterwork that deserves rediscovery." — DVDJournal.com
Posted Apr 15, 2006
100% The Kid (1921) " Beautifully reflecting his growing maturity as a filmmaker as well as his ardor for the work, The Kid stands as a splendid introduction to Chaplin's movies." — DVDJournal.com
Posted Apr 14, 2006
100% The Gold Rush (1925) " Chaplin said that it was the movie he most wanted to be remembered for, and damn if he didn't get his wish." — DVDJournal.com
Posted Apr 14, 2006
100% The Circus (1928) " In some ways The Circus is Chaplin's Stardust Memories, his reflexive self-observation in which Woody Allen's line, 'We like your earlier, funny movies,' flashes subliminally among the frames." — DVDJournal.com
Posted Apr 14, 2006
100% Modern Times (1936) " What we have is not just a story about a funny little man, but a morality fable, or cautionary tale, about people on the chuckholed road to the American Dream." — DVDJournal.com
Posted Apr 14, 2006
92% The Great Dictator (1940) " So Chaplin may not have halted a war, but he still left us with more than just a funny movie." — DVDJournal.com
Posted Apr 14, 2006
97% Monsieur Verdoux (1947) " The intensely felt social criticism that audiences had seen growing in Modern Times and especially The Great Dictator is elevated to an astonishing level of sarcasm and subversive irony." — DVDJournal.com
Posted Apr 14, 2006
96% Limelight (1952) " Premiering in 1952 when Chaplin was 63 years old, this melancholy reverie is a heartfelt expression of nostalgia for the Edwardian London music-halls of his youth, rich with deeply personal sentiment and warmly realized autobiographical fantasy." — DVDJournal.com
Posted Apr 14, 2006
80% A King in New York (1957) " Taking a fire hose to HUAC is an impulse worth applauding, but the overall movie is so tone-deaf and tired that the method sinks the message." — DVDJournal.com
Posted Apr 14, 2006
—— Chaplin Review (1989) " In 1959 he released a feature-length omnibus film, which compiled three of the seven shorts Chaplin made for First National between 1918 and 1923.... In addition to editing and re-assembling the shorts..." — DVDJournal.com
Posted Apr 14, 2006
95% Charlie: The Life and Art of Charles Chaplin (2004) " The new generations represented here -- Depp, Scorsese, etc. -- remind us that Chaplin's best work does not confine his brilliance to bygone years. Or even to the 20th Century." — DVDJournal.com
Posted Apr 14, 2006
82% Invaders from Mars (1953) " Invaders from Mars really is laughably camp and an often goony 79 minutes, but if that was its totality it would be utterly dismissed like so many of its kin today." — DVDJournal.com
Posted Apr 13, 2006
93% The Great Escape (1963) " It's as blow-dried as McQueen looks even on a bad day, but The Great Escape's mix of suspense, humor, and old-fashioned derring-do pitched by a dream-team cast is so enjoyable that only a lout would complain about it." — DVDJournal.com
Posted Apr 13, 2006
—— Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (1984) " Toto, I don't think we're in Oklahoma anymore." — DVDJournal.com
Posted Apr 12, 2006
74% Backbeat (1994) " You can't miss the affection and sincerity Backbeat carries from start to finish.... Softley bottles the attitude and energy, the excitement of the new, that were as integral to the Beatles' success as their songs." — DVDJournal.com
Posted Apr 9, 2006
22% The World's Greatest Lover (1977) " Even those of us with a longtime and well-earned affection for Gene Wilder have to respond to The World's Greatest Lover ... with a dispirited sigh." — DVDJournal.com
Posted Apr 9, 2006
100% The Public Enemy (1931) " Its success proved, if by then there was any doubt, that audiences will go for a charismatic lowlife over a dull hero any day of the week, a lesson Hollywood never forgot." — DVDJournal.com
Posted Apr 9, 2006
94% Man of Aran (1934) " Flaherty made Man of Aran less a window into Aran life in the 20th Century than his interpretation of a state of rugged grace that romantic writers such as W.B. Yeats and William Synge projected onto the 19th Century." — DVDJournal.com
Posted Apr 9, 2006
79% Louisiana Story (1948) " ...it's the virtuosic craftsmanship that makes Louisiana Story a genre classic." — DVDJournal.com
Posted Apr 9, 2006
82% Our Man Flint (1966) " The best of the spy-spoof bunch ... a hyper-kitschy and entertaining time capsule starring James Coburn as a Bond surrogate played so straight you could shave with him." — DVDJournal.com
Posted Apr 8, 2006
75% In Like Flint (1967) " ...tries to top its predecessor by sending übermensch Derek Flint to Moscow, outer space, and the Isle of Uppity Brassiere Models ... sloppy pacing, shoddy production values, and Lee J. Cobb looking like he's planning a stern call to his agent." — DVDJournal.com
Posted Apr 8, 2006
75% Brubaker (1980) " Redford is the main attraction, obviously, even though his princely good looks -- like the movie's 'idealistic crusader against the Establishment' earnestness -- are almost too much of a good thing." — DVDJournal.com
Posted Apr 8, 2006
95% 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) " It has reached the status of Art, meaning that it's going to go on provoking strong opinions." — DVDJournal.com
Posted Apr 8, 2006
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