Mark Stafford

Mark Stafford

Agrees with the Tomatometer 86% of the time.

Mark Stafford's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Electric Sheep

Movie Reviews Only

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review

Sid and Nancy (1986)

"An inventive and energetic raggedy thing, made with a wide screen chutzpah rare in British film, and held together by a committed charismatic lead couple." ‐ Electric Sheep
Posted Aug 4, 2016

High-Rise (2016)

"I'm amazed that what has finally emerged is this successful in capturing the flavour of the book, or at least a warped and woozy hybrid of Ballard and director Ben Wheatley/writer Amy Jump's sensibilities." ‐ Electric Sheep
Posted Mar 15, 2016
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Love & Peace (2015)

"There are sizeable chunks of Love & Peace where it sits on the right side of 'delightfully deranged' and delivers. I suspect that my face sported a sizeable grin for the moments when my head wasn't buried in my hands." ‐ Electric Sheep
Posted Nov 26, 2015

The Invitation (2016)

"I love how it never lets you off the hook until the final payoff. A proper skincrawler." ‐ Electric Sheep
Posted Oct 9, 2015

Barney Thomson (The Legend of Barney Thomson) (2016)

"On the whole ... it's frustrating." ‐ Electric Sheep
Posted Jul 24, 2015

The Human Centipede III (Final Sequence) (2015)

"It pulls itself together a bit for the last act, and delivers what anybody renting, streaming or buying something called The Human Centipede 3 would want to see." ‐ Electric Sheep
Posted Jul 8, 2015

The Look of Silence (2015)

"Thoughtful, beautiful, upsetting, magnificent, it's a film you'll chew over for days, and weeks, afterwards. A film you'll leave in silence." ‐ Electric Sheep
Posted Jun 10, 2015

Lost River (2015)

"Worth a gamble. Hell, you might love it." ‐ Electric Sheep
Posted Apr 12, 2015

Monsters: Dark Continent (2015)

"To be fair, there is a fair amount of visual spectacle, the action sequences are quite well mounted, and the last act is admittedly more interesting than what has preceded it, but honestly, by that time I was past caring." ‐ Electric Sheep
Posted Nov 27, 2014

White Bird in a Blizzard (2014)

"'You scratch the surface and there's just... more surface', Kat intones at one point. Well, quite. But it's an enjoyable surface to scratch." ‐ Electric Sheep
Posted Nov 23, 2014

Wild Tales (2015)

"Like an act of revenge, Wild Tales probably isn't healthy or edifying, but damn, it feels good. Highly recommended." ‐ Electric Sheep
Posted Nov 23, 2014

When Animals Dream (2015)

"Classy, smart stuff, and a promising debut from director Jonas Alexander Arnby." ‐ Electric Sheep
Posted Nov 20, 2014

Bai ri yan huo (Black Coal, Thin Ice) (2015)

"Everybody seems to be lonely and lost and hurting, and this atmosphere, and the film's off-kilter focus, make it linger in the memory." ‐ Electric Sheep
Posted Oct 28, 2014

Polyester (1981)

"Polyester is definitely one of Waters's best films, and I highly recommend attending an 'Odorama' screening for a unique night at the movies." ‐ Electric Sheep
Posted Sep 1, 2014

We Are the Best! (2014)

"There may not be a great deal to the film other than a little slice of time, but it's bloody delightful - a warm, spiky hug." ‐ Electric Sheep
Posted Apr 16, 2014

The Double (2014)

"This is bold, intelligent filmmaking." ‐ Electric Sheep
Posted Apr 1, 2014

The Zero Theorem (2014)

"A downbeat, pretty, befuddled mess." ‐ Electric Sheep
Posted Mar 3, 2014

Wake in Fright (2012)

"Throughout we feel like we are watching a real world, with the extensive use of real locations and real outback dwellers, where none of the professional actors breaks the spell." ‐ Electric Sheep
Posted Mar 3, 2014

Milius (2013)

"Milius has a twisty, frequently hilarious, and ultimately moving tale to tell, and it rounds up an impressive roster of talking heads to tell it with." ‐ Electric Sheep
Posted Oct 31, 2013

The Wicker Man - Final Cut (2013)

"While its influence has grown over the years, The Wicker Man still has the feel of a film apart, an island detached from the mainstream." ‐ Electric Sheep
Posted Sep 27, 2013

The Act Of Killing (2013)

"You may need a stiff drink and a lie down afterwards." ‐ Electric Sheep
Posted Jun 25, 2013

Mud (2013)

"Mud clearly sets out from frame one to run along well-worn tracks - it's like Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn meets Whistle down the Wind." ‐ Electric Sheep
Posted May 8, 2013

Compliance (2012)

"An effective, nasty little film from Craig Zobel." ‐ Electric Sheep
Posted Mar 22, 2013

West of Memphis (2012)

"I was never bored, it's very much recommended, but viewers should be warned that it contains a lot of distressing forensic footage." ‐ Electric Sheep
Posted Dec 17, 2012

Room 237 (2013)

"Ascher does his damnedest to make it visually and aurally interesting, and lets his chosen voices speak without judgement." ‐ Electric Sheep
Posted Oct 23, 2012

This Must Be The Place (2012)

"A lot of it is terrific stuff, but there's just too much here to be digestible, too much to be resolved satisfactorily." ‐ Electric Sheep
Posted Apr 4, 2012

Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011)

"Sean Durkin's debut is a creepy, tense and ambiguous piece of work." ‐ Electric Sheep
Posted Feb 2, 2012

Tatsumi (2012)

"Highly recommended for the graphically inclined, worthwhile viewing for the curious, now check out the books." ‐ Electric Sheep
Posted Jan 12, 2012

Prezít svuj zivot (teorie a praxe) (Surviving Life (Theory and Practice)) (2010)

"Eye-popping, disarming and playful, with a brisker pace than you might expect from this director." ‐ Electric Sheep
Posted Dec 1, 2011

Magic Trip (2011)

"There is much here to amuse, bemuse and tantalise; we get to see the inside of a particular bubble, with Ginsberg and Kerouac and the Grateful Dead, a nascent scene before it went global." ‐ Electric Sheep
Posted Nov 19, 2011

The Snowtown Murders (2012)

"Authentically, viscerally convincing in its performances and milieu, Snowtown throbs with tension and a deep sense of wrongness from its first reel onwards." ‐ Electric Sheep
Posted Nov 16, 2011

The Yellow Sea (Hwanghae) (2011)

"I was never bored, it's fast and funny and edge-of-the-seat tense; it's just that I'd still like to see the end of the film it started off being." ‐ Electric Sheep
Posted Oct 18, 2011

Guilty Of Romance (2013)

"It's a film I primarily watched with my jaw in my lap wondering what the hell I was going to witness next." ‐ Electric Sheep
Posted Sep 30, 2011

Red State (2011)

"There are jagged tonal shifts and dramatic dead ends. It's messy, but it's thrilling, creepy and continually does things you don't expect." ‐ Electric Sheep
Posted Sep 27, 2011

The Taqwacores (2010)

"It has energy and humour and a nice bleached out look. And it throws a startling image or off-the-wall piece of dialogue at you every few minutes of its lean 83-minute running time." ‐ Electric Sheep
Posted Aug 12, 2011

Bobby Fischer Against The World (2011)

"Garbus tells the tale well, and does a good job making the matches exciting even for those, like me, who don't play the game. But Fischer still remains a bit of an elusive figure, largely, I suspect, because nobody actually knew him very well." ‐ Electric Sheep
Posted Jul 13, 2011

Cell 211 (Celda 211) (2009)

"I don't believe that these events would happen like this in the real world, but for 113 tense, charged minutes I was wholly swept up in them." ‐ Electric Sheep
Posted Jul 13, 2011

Cutter's Way (1981)

"Passer continued his wayward career without ever producing anything quite like Cutter again. It's a one-off, a largely overlooked shining gem. Do yourself a favour." ‐ Electric Sheep
Posted Jun 23, 2011

Viva Riva! (2011)

"Viva Riva! has energy and pace, it's a pretty creditable attempt at a Congolese The Harder They Come, a blaxploitation Treasure of the Sierra Madre. It's fun." ‐ Electric Sheep
Posted Jun 22, 2011

The Four Times (Le Quattro Volte) (2011)

"For 88 minutes le Quattro Volte weaves a curious spell, like a live action Sylvain Chomet animation, a bucolic meander through the mysteries of life and death." ‐ Electric Sheep
Posted May 25, 2011

Los ojos de Julia (Julia's Eyes) (2010)

"It's still pretty scary, but never steps outside the confines of what you'd expect from this kind of thing." ‐ Electric Sheep
Posted May 20, 2011

Outside the Law (Hors-la-loi) (2010)

"It's handsome, confident large-scale cinema, with a fascinating historical heart. Take no prisoners stuff." ‐ Electric Sheep
Posted May 5, 2011

Der Dibuk (The Dybbuk) (1938)

"A film overlaid with real tragedy, created by artists long disappeared, dispersed and destroyed, but one still brimming with life and soul and artistry." ‐ Electric Sheep
Posted Apr 20, 2011

How I Ended This Summer (2010)

"It's a film about temperament and time and territory, clearly shot in arduous conditions in a bleak and breathtaking landscape." ‐ Electric Sheep
Posted Apr 19, 2011

Animal Kingdom (2010)

"Animal Kingdom shocks, surprises and amazes but never seems false or unreal. A great film." ‐ Electric Sheep
Posted Feb 24, 2011

Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010)

"Rare Exports promises to be delirious fun, and largely delivers." ‐ Electric Sheep
Posted Dec 2, 2010

Carlos (2010)

"It's a great, charismatic performance from Edgar Ramírez, who really goes the distance..." ‐ Electric Sheep
Posted Oct 13, 2010

Enter the Void (Soudain le vide) (2010)

"Enter the Void is an extraordinary piece of work, continually working miracles with picture and sound from beginning to end, a heady, grimy, powerful trip created through pure cinema." ‐ Electric Sheep
Posted Sep 22, 2010

The Human Centipede (First Sequence) (2010)

"Anyone expecting fountains of gore and scatological filth will be surprised at how much the film doesn't show." ‐ Electric Sheep
Posted Aug 3, 2010

Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009)

"It's every cop show cliché reflected in a hall of mirrors -- wholly indecent fun." ‐ Electric Sheep
Posted May 20, 2010
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