Mark R. Leeper

Mark R. Leeper
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
In and out of science fiction circles Mark and Evelyn Leeper are one of the best known writing couples on the Internet. Mark became an avid science fiction fan at age six with TV's "Commando Cody." Both went to the University of Massachusetts in 1968. There Mark introduced Evelyn to the Science Fiction Society and fandom. Both were active members and officers of the society. In 1978 they founded the Bell Labs Science Fiction Club and their own weekly fanzine, now called the MT VOID (pronounced "Empty Void"). In the early 1980s their writing found its way to the Internet where Mark is now the longest-running regularly published film reviewer. They are widely traveled. Mark is best known for his film reviews and analysis, his weekly editorials, his travel writing, and for fannish origami.
Favorites:
QUATERMASS AND THE PIT (1968), LAWRENCE OF ARABIA, SCHINDLER'S LIST, A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS, THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING
Critics' Group: Online Film Critics Society
Official Websites: geocities.com/markleeper

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
7/10 100% The Mortal Storm (1940) THE MORTAL STORM (1940) is a jaw-dropper about when Fascism comes to a village in Germany. - Mark Leeper's Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2019
9/10 71% The Aeronauts (2019) With a little flare borrowed from Jules Verne, we get a story of two mid-19th century explorers who attempt to travel by balloon higher above the Earth than any humans had ever been to that point. - Mark Leeper's Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
8/10 75% Frau im Mond (By Rocket to the Moon) (Woman in the Moon) (1929) This was the first science fiction film to try to be serious and accurate in depicting celestial travel. While it is not too hard to find, few science fans and science fiction fans have actually seen it. - Mark Leeper's Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
5/10 56% The Dead Don't Die (2019) The Dead are yet once again back from themselves when the Earth pitches a little off its axis and in zombie movie scientific logic this causes the Dead to return to life in a rural central US town. This was probably more fun to make than it to was watch. - Mark Leeper's Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2019
8/10 61% The Riot Act (2018) While the writing could have used more work, the production designer makes a small budget work double time; the look and feel of 1901 and 1903 Arkansas feels authentic to me... - Mark Leeper's Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2019
8/10 65% The Day Shall Come (2019) Watching the film one is never sure what group will be skewered next by Chris Morris' bitter, toxic wit. - Mark Leeper's Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
4/10 75% The Bestowal (2019) "Steven and Death have a long (and often tedious) metaphysical discussion about questions that intrinsically have no answer." - Mark Leeper's Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
7/10 80% Auggie (2019) The self-same story could have been told without any science fiction. - Mark Leeper's Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2019
7/10 No Score Yet The Magnetic Monster (1953) gives no evidence anyone knew [science] - Mark Leeper's Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
7/10 62% Driven (2019) a fast-paced joyride of a film based on the DeLorean legal case that took the attention of the country. - Mark Leeper's Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2019
7/10 46% Ode to Joy (2019) This is a subject matter that creates some unique writing problems for the writer, Max Werner. - Mark Leeper's Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
7/10 No Score Yet Creating Woodstock (2019) It is not about the music; it is about how a group of unprepared people produced one of the biggest music events in history - Mark Leeper's Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
7/10 100% General Magic (2019) GENERAL MAGIC is a look at the inside of the tech company by many of the people who were there. It is the story of the company as seen by insiders of General Magic - Mark Leeper's Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
7/10 59% Astronaut (2019) This story could have been more exciting. Unfortunately, the plot falls apart under the weight of too many overly contrived coincidences. - Mark Leeper's Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2019
8/10 60% Ophelia (2019) It takes no small amount of chutzpah to take what is one of Shakespeare's greatest and most respected plays and to extend the story with language in Shakespearian English - Mark Leeper's Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2019
7/10 90% I Am Mother (2019) Here the story is better and the fungible sets are about par. There are some ideas but not enough to make the trip fully worthwhile. - Mark Leeper's Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
6/10 83% Funny Story (2019) FUNNY STORY has a few minutes of humor, but it takes more than that to make a "funny story. - Mark Leeper's Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
7/10 52% The Last Movie Star (2018) very parallel to the real Burt Reynolds' experience - Mark Leeper's Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
6/10 82% Room for Rent (2019) Where the plot is going will very likely leave the viewer some guessing which path it will take. - Mark Leeper's Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
920 75% Sobibor (2018) While the entire film has been downbeat (to say the least) the film turns itself into a paean to freedom. It is strong change of tone. - Mark Leeper's Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2019
7/10 90% Wild Nights with Emily (2019) In the end one has to ask whether it really matters so much whether a poem was written to a man or a woman, gay or straight.'' - Mark Leeper's Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
6/10 75% Book of Monsters (2019) Lots of horror effects can be used to spice up a scary movie, but they cannot sustain it. - Mark Leeper's Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
7/10 67% The Public (2019) The humor comes mostly from the ignorant questions and requests that come from library users - Mark Leeper's Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
6/10 73% Lost & Found (2019) The stories are not really drivingly compelling, but they are pleasant enough that one willingly spends an hour or so in their company. - Mark Leeper's Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2019
6/10 No Score Yet Tangent Room (2019) Then again how often does one find a film built around a mathematical concept. - Mark Leeper's Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
5/10 50% Bullitt County (2018) Twists become foreseeable and the conflicts are mostly what was predictable. - Mark Leeper's Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
5/10 36% Patrick (2019) The plot is familiar and reminiscent of Disney films of the 1960s (updated perhaps) - Mark Leeper's Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
6/10 48% In Like Flynn (2019) The four have varying views of what their worldviews should be. The pacing is uneven, but the film still has some philosophical heft. - Mark Leeper's Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
7/10 88% The Golem (2019) a good movie about a golem and a not-so-good golem movie. - Mark Leeper's Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
7/10 93% The Favourite (2018) If this were a story involving Henry VIII or George III viewers might have a better idea of who the major characters were and would recognize the historic context of the film. - Mark Leeper's Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2019
5/10 No Score Yet The Advocates (2018) looks at the people who volunteer their time and money to improve the lives of the destitute - Mark Leeper's Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2018
7/10 78% Green Book (2018) It is all formula, but it is likable formula. - Mark Leeper's Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2018
4/10 No Score Yet Cannibals and Carpet Fitters (2018) This plot really does not leave much latitude for The Great Ideas. - Mark Leeper's Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
8/10 100% The 20th Annual Animation Show of Shows (2018) a good collection of the best animated films. - Mark Leeper's Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2018
9/10 97% The Hate U Give (2018) Several racially-charged and involved issues are brought together in an effective story. While the film is a bit hard-bitten it seems a little too anxious to have a positive ending. - Mark Leeper's Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
7/10 65% Suspiria (2018) Some sequences offer beautiful art while others are ponderous and slow - Mark Leeper's Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
8/10 90% Isle of Dogs (2018) The story is told with ingenious wit. - Mark Leeper's Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
7/10 60% Bonehill Road (2017) the premise had the potential to make a strong social statement, but it is lost and in large part wasted in a pile of sadism and predictable plot twists. - Mark Leeper's Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
6/10 No Score Yet Solis (2018) The film would probably be much better if the sound mixer made the dialog easier to understand. - Mark Leeper's Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
5/10 60% Murders in the Zoo (1933) Ruggles could be a funny comedian at the right time and place. He was most definitely not in the right time and place. - Mark Leeper's Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
7/10 87% First Man (2018) Rather than giving us the usual wide vistas of space, Chazelle locks in close on faces to give us emotional impact. Personally I would have preferred the spectacle even if that approach has been common before. - Mark Leeper's Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
7/10 43% Strange Nature (2018) very much the kind of horror film that could have been made in the late 60s or early 70s. - Mark Leeper's Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
9/10 96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) An ambitious comedy/drama/ thriller that reflects the history of American anti-black racism. - Mark Leeper's Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
7/10 42% The Song of Sway Lake (2018) Ari Gold's laid-back pacing douses the film in mellifluous atmosphere. After a summer of films featuring jagged, rapid-fire editing the lush atmosphere and the ambiance of the editing wins over the viewer like ENCHANTED APRIL. - Mark Leeper's Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
6/10 43% A Night In Old Mexico (2014) the story is driven forward by far too many coincidences - Mark Leeper's Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
7/10 98% Rodents of Unusual Size (2018) [We see] cultural, biological, and historical perspectives - Mark Leeper's Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2018
6/10 96% Three Identical Strangers (2018) This film would be a very good pairing with Michael Powell's PEEPING TOM. - Mark Leeper's Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2018
4/10 67% The Monster That Challenged the World (1957) This 1957 film delivers a lot in the talk department and not so much in the logic department. - Mark Leeper's Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2018
7/10 No Score Yet Paying the Price for Peace (2016) Few people love this country so much that they could make the sacrifice Willson did. - Mark Leeper's Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2018
4/10 No Score Yet The Hypnotic Eye (1960) The film gets its thrill (if that is the word) from cinematic misogyny and sadism. - Mark Leeper's Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018