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Martin Scribbs

Martin Scribbs
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
25% The Da Vinci Code (2006) There is a natural limit as to how deeply any film, but especially a would-be summer blockbuster, can dig into radical ideas of faith and history. To his credit, Ron Howard hits that limit. ‐ Mixed Reviews
Posted May 21, 2006
77% Secret Honor (1984) Does anyone have a clue what Altman was driving at with this intense glob of lunacy?‐ Low IQ Canadian
Posted Nov 19, 2005
92% Gabriel over the White House (1933) Gabriel Over the White House encourages its viewers to live the fantasy of the philosopher-king, but never counts the costs of such a regime.‐ Mixed Reviews
Posted Nov 19, 2005
25% Bewitched (2005) I'll have some of what Nora Ephron's having, as long as I don't have to watch her movies.‐ Low IQ Canadian
Posted Nov 19, 2005
68% Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967) If you guessed, 'a wheezy social problem drama,' you're right.‐ Mixed Reviews
Posted Nov 19, 2005
93% Good Night, And Good Luck (2005) Not only was Good Night, and Good Luck filmed in black-and-white, it was written and acted that way, too. This is Good versus Evil for Political Dummies.‐ Low IQ Canadian
Posted Nov 5, 2005
No Score Yet The World, the Flesh and the Devil (2000) Belafonte is magic in his loneliness.‐ Low IQ Canadian
Posted Jun 26, 2005
84% Batman Begins (2005) The class dynamics of Batman Begins are just insufferable. Thank heavens we have our incorruptable masked moneybags to keep the criminal poor in line. ‐ Low IQ Canadian
Posted Jun 17, 2005
88% F for Fake (1974) A little gem, full of vintage Welles ruminations on the ephemeral nature of personal celebrity and the elusiveness of ultimate truth. ‐ Low IQ Canadian
Posted May 22, 2005
84% The Yes Men (2004) Chris Smith is the next great documentarian for mainstream American audiences to discover, and he richly merits a wide release. ‐ Low IQ Canadian
Posted May 15, 2005
97% Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005) While Smartest Guys sometimes veers into C-Span2: The Movie territory, just then another shocking tidbit will drop to keep the fires stoked. ‐ Mixed Reviews
Posted May 15, 2005
93% Nobody Knows (Dare mo shiranai) (2004) Nothing more can be done to lay the concrete reality of poverty out for persons of conscience. Take and read. ‐ Mixed Reviews
Posted Mar 14, 2005
56% Ocean's Twelve (2004) Ocean's 12 is malt-liquor-on-a-Monday stupid. ‐ Mixed Reviews
Posted Dec 12, 2004
88% The Five Obstructions (2003) Despite his own pessimism, I think Von Trier does change Leth as an artist, a little, through these chastisements. ‐ Mixed Reviews
Posted Nov 25, 2004
55% The Polar Express (2004) This praiseworthy film has been awarded highest honors from Puissant Guide and All-Fertile Giftgiver Kris Kringle. ‐ Mixed Reviews
Posted Nov 17, 2004
84% The Motorcycle Diaries (2004) An unexpected renaissance in Soviet filmmaking. ‐ Mixed Reviews
Posted Oct 25, 2004
62% I Heart Huckabees (2004) See I Heart Huckabees before your boss asks you to tell your Shania Twain mayo story and you vomit all over a meeting of the Board. ‐ Mixed Reviews
Posted Oct 18, 2004
77% Team America: World Police (2004) A post-9/11 gutbuster. ‐ Mixed Reviews
Posted Oct 10, 2004
72% Bonhoeffer (2003) Bonhoeffer doesn't probe as deeply as one might like into the details and implications of his theology, but is an invaluable study of a man of conscience. ‐ Mixed Reviews
Posted Oct 6, 2004
49% A Home at the End of the World (2004) All roads lead to ruin in Home's world, lending an unexpectedly reactionary tone to the work. ‐ Low IQ Canadian
Posted Oct 3, 2004
89% Going Upriver: The Long War of John Kerry (2004) John Kerry may well be the conscience that America needs at its helm. But I'd never trust a 90-minute campaign ad like Upriver to tell me that. ‐ Mixed Reviews
Posted Oct 2, 2004
53% A Dirty Shame (2004) A Dirty Shame, a very funny movie, overcomes its limitations by playing to director John Waters' strengths. ‐ Mixed Reviews
Posted Oct 1, 2004
86% Garden State (2004) Ultimately, The Graduate could only offer that the young would shut out the old and start over. Garden State is about the next season, about getting off the bus. ‐ Flak Magazine
Posted Sep 26, 2004
43% The Village (2004) In this election year, our cinemas have been overrun by insincere communities headed by dissemblers-in-chief. ‐ Flak Magazine
Posted Aug 19, 2004
21% AVP - Alien Vs. Predator (2004) If you're aching for lines like, 'Well, that tunnel didn't dig itself,' and 'My enemy's friend?,' run don't walk to AVP. ‐ Mixed Reviews
Posted Aug 14, 2004
0/5 46% Secret Window (2004) Another lousy movie adapted from Stephen King's writing; another slander against the mentally ill; another energetic Depp performance in a losing cause. ‐ Mixed Reviews
Posted Aug 6, 2004
99/100 97% Intolerance (1916) D.W. Griffith wants to fight for your right to party. ‐ Mixed Reviews
Posted Jul 25, 2004
78% The Saddest Music in the World (2004) The best film of 2004. A throwback in more than just its look, Guy Maddin's latest brings new life to the melodrama. ‐ Flak Magazine
Posted Jul 22, 2004
7% Boat Trip (2003) Only Cuba Gooding Jr., the Olivier of his generation, could pull off such a daring commentary on modern manners.‐ Low IQ Canadian
Posted Jul 18, 2004
5/5 48% De-Lovely (2004) 'There are no little memories with you,' Cole tells her. ‐ Mixed Reviews
Posted Jul 18, 2004
66% Anchorman - The Legend Of Ron Burgundy (2004) All hail Will Ferrell, King of the man-children! ‐ Mixed Reviews
Posted Jul 10, 2004
93% Spider-Man 2 (2004) Its predecessor's equal in pure popcorn entertainment, Spiderman 2 adds moral complexities to daunt even the most intrepid of webslingers. ‐ Mixed Reviews
Posted Jun 30, 2004
83% Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004) Moore films exactly how we think in the age of 164-channel cable TV, flipping among a variety of moods and tones, engaging in levels of discourse both high and low. ‐ Mixed Reviews
Posted Jun 29, 2004
3/5 70% Dodgeball - A True Underdog Story (2004) Most of Dodgeball's considerable humor comes from droopy-eyed Vince Vaughn watching manic, macho Ben Stiller wear himself out. ‐ Mixed Reviews
Posted Jun 16, 2004
90% Cidade de Deus (City of God) (2003) Directors Kátia Lund and Fernando Meirelles stir all the cinematic virtues into this finely-crafted narrative. ‐ Low IQ Canadian
Posted Jun 13, 2004
98% Chavez: Inside the Coup (2003) The big story here is neither the coup, nor the countercoup, but the spread of constitutional values to the people of Venezuela. ‐ Low IQ Canadian
Posted Jun 13, 2004
92% Dogtown and Z-Boys (2001) Using the Zephyr team's creation, its sudden fame, and death by defection, Dogtown documents genuine 20th century tribalism. ‐ Low IQ Canadian
Posted Jun 13, 2004
3/5 No Score Yet Modern Tribalism (2001) Modern Tribalism tries to universalize the discontent felt by tattoo addicts, cheek-spear enthusiasts, and weekend anarchists. ‐ Low IQ Canadian
Posted Jun 13, 2004
53% Veronica Guerin (2003) Veronica Guerin is a sharp study of the vices that sometimes goad us to virtue. ‐ Low IQ Canadian
Posted Jun 13, 2004
38% Legally Blonde 2 - Red, White & Blonde (2003) Legally Blonde II is even smarter than Election. It is a brutal satire of the pop politics with which the Rock the Vote generation deludes itself. ‐ Low IQ Canadian
Posted Jun 13, 2004
3/5 87% Home Movie (2001) Each of the subjects alternates between charming and creepy. ‐ Low IQ Canadian
Posted Jun 13, 2004
94% Dark Days (2000) As a chronicle of midnight and dawn in the great human day, Dark Days ranks among the most moral of films. ‐ Low IQ Canadian
Posted Jun 13, 2004
56% Devil's Playground (2002) Devil's Playground is a classic exposition of the choice between freedom and order, between a closed society and an open one. ‐ Low IQ Canadian
Posted Jun 13, 2004
96% Winged Migration (2003) Winged Migration must be the most subversive G-rated film ever. ‐ Low IQ Canadian
Posted Jun 13, 2004
81% Thirteen (2003) What power does a teenage girl have? ‐ Low IQ Canadian
Posted Jun 13, 2004
70% Terminator 3 - Rise of the Machines (2003) Sadly, what began as a smart sci-fi franchise has apparently been huffing glue since 1985. ‐ Low IQ Canadian
Posted Jun 13, 2004
56% Northfork (2003) With the pacing of a death march and the theological heft of Angels in the Outfield, this feel-bad extravaganza is 2003's Exhibit A of why people avoid arthouse cinema. ‐ Low IQ Canadian
Posted Jun 13, 2004
85% Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003) In 2003, what our psychic diet needed most wasn't blood and bombast. No, it needed films to reawaken our respect for life and love of peace. ‐ Flak Magazine
Posted Jun 13, 2004
63% Love Actually (2003) My problem is an acute allergy to repitition. Love, Actually and other champions of the romantic-comedy flyweight division make me break out in hives. ‐ Low IQ Canadian
Posted Jun 13, 2004
No Score Yet Sguardo di Michelangelo (2004) Lo Sgaurdo, a Top Ten movie in this or any other year, speaks for every tourist left speechless by Rome's scenes of religious and artistic enormity. ‐ Mixed Reviews
Posted Jun 12, 2004