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Mark Stafford

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

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
89% 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 5, 2016
61% 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 16, 2016
No Score Yet 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
89% 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
59% Barney Thomson (The Legend of Barney Thomson) (2016) On the whole ... it's frustrating. ‐ Electric Sheep
Posted Jul 24, 2015
19% 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
96% 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
30% Lost River (2015) Worth a gamble. Hell, you might love it. ‐ Electric Sheep
Posted Apr 13, 2015
18% 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 28, 2014
57% 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 24, 2014
95% 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 24, 2014
70% When Animals Dream (2015) Classy, smart stuff, and a promising debut from director Jonas Alexander Arnby. ‐ Electric Sheep
Posted Nov 21, 2014
94% 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 29, 2014
89% 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
97% 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 17, 2014
82% The Double (2014) This is bold, intelligent filmmaking. ‐ Electric Sheep
Posted Apr 2, 2014
51% The Zero Theorem (2014) A downbeat, pretty, befuddled mess. ‐ Electric Sheep
Posted Mar 4, 2014
100% 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 4, 2014
94% 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 Nov 1, 2013
100% 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
96% The Act Of Killing (2013) You may need a stiff drink and a lie down afterwards. ‐ Electric Sheep
Posted Jun 25, 2013
98% 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 9, 2013
89% Compliance (2012) An effective, nasty little film from Craig Zobel. ‐ Electric Sheep
Posted Mar 22, 2013
96% 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
94% 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
65% 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 5, 2012
90% Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011) Sean Durkin's debut is a creepy, tense and ambiguous piece of work. ‐ Electric Sheep
Posted Feb 2, 2012
100% Tatsumi (2012) Highly recommended for the graphically inclined, worthwhile viewing for the curious, now check out the books. ‐ Electric Sheep
Posted Jan 13, 2012
89% 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 2, 2011
70% 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
83% 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
85% 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 19, 2011
69% 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
59% 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 28, 2011
42% 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
87% 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 14, 2011
97% 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
90% 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
86% 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
93% 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
91% 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
76% 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
100% 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
79% 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
95% Animal Kingdom (2010) Animal Kingdom shocks, surprises and amazes but never seems false or unreal. A great film. ‐ Electric Sheep
Posted Feb 25, 2011
89% Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010) Rare Exports promises to be delirious fun, and largely delivers. ‐ Electric Sheep
Posted Dec 2, 2010
94% Carlos (2010) It's a great, charismatic performance from Edgar Ramírez, who really goes the distance... ‐ Electric Sheep
Posted Oct 13, 2010
70% 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
49% 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
87% 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