Matt Brunson

Matt Brunson
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Creative Loafing, Film Frenzy
Official Websites: thefilmfrenzy.com/

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/4 97% Roman Holiday (1953) An utterly disarming romantic comedy. The "Mouth of Truth" scene is a genuine classic, but the film is packed with equally delightful interludes. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2020
2.5/4 75% Flying Leathernecks (1951) Director Nicholas Ray stamped his indelible style on many a movie (In a Lonely Place, Johnny Guitar, Rebel Without a Cause, etc.), but this ain't one of them. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2020
3.5/4 86% The Ghost Breakers (1940) An even better mix of terror and titters than The Cat and the Canary -- there's even a real zombie shuffling around the appropriately atmospheric sets. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2020
3/4 No Score Yet The Cat and the Canary (1939) Hope established the wisecracking, cowardly persona that would serve him well throughout his career (as well as influence countless other comics, Woody Allen chief among them). - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2020
3/4 84% Beau Travail (2000) Crafted as a picture that's meant to be experienced rather than explored. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2020
3/4 100% Gutterbug (2019) A raw and unflinching look at all manner of societal ills. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2020
2.5/4 No Score Yet Kentucky Kernels (1934) Enough bright bits to make it worthwhile. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2020
2/4 67% Daleks - Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. (1966) This sequel is more adult-oriented but less interesting. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2020
2.5/4 42% Dr. Who and the Daleks (1965) The film is pitched directly at small children, but it works on that level. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2020
2.5/4 68% Dear Diary (Caro diario) (1994) The two first segments house some charming interludes amidst the meandering framework but the final segment largely falls flat despite being the most weighty section. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2020
3.5/4 88% The Naked City (1948) New York City itself is the real star of this influential crime flick that broke from the established norm by being filmed on actual locations rather than on a Hollywood studio lot. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2020
3.5/4 93% Brute Force (1947) Brute Force breaks out of the parameters established by the prison flick in order to borrow liberally from film noir, WWII tales, and socially progressive melodramas. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2020
3.5/4 96% Les Plages d'Agnès (The Beaches of Agnes) (2008) Just about the most unusual and inventive biopic one could ever hope to see. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2020
3.5/4 93% The Gleaners and I (2001) Fascinating. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2020
3/4 No Score Yet Les Fiancés du pont Mac Donald ou (Méfiez-vous des lunettes noires) (1961) A treat. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2020
3/4 96% Cleo From 5 to 7 (Cléo de 5 à 7) (1961) A pensive piece. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2020
2/4 96% A White, White Day (Hvítur, hvítur dagur) (2020) Some intriguing moments are buried in a sea of ennui. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2020
3/4 100% Toni (1934) Often overlooked in Renoir's filmography. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2020
3/4 87% The Trip to Greece (2020) The comic banter between the pair is pure gold, which makes it more of a shame when the film turns dark and dramatic. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2020
3/4 100% Town Bloody Hall (2001) A lively documentary. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2020
3/4 89% Evil Under the Sun (1982) After Death on the Nile and Evil Under the Sun, Ustinov would return to the role of Poirot for three made-for-TV movies and a chintzy 1988 theatrical release. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2020
3/4 65% The Mirror Crack'd (1980) Lansbury sets the stage for her success as Jessica Fletcher on TV's long-running Murder, She Wrote. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2020
3.5/4 75% Death on the Nile (1978) The intricacies of the plot, the top production values, and a splendid cast add up to stellar entertainment. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2020
3/4 91% Pat and Mike (1952) The one that contains the classic line utilized in countless Tracy & Hepburn tribute pieces: "Not much meat on her, but what's there is cherce." - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2020
3/4 No Score Yet Without Love (1945) Keenan Wynn is hilarious as a drunken pal, while Lucille Ball scores as a sharp-witted friend. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2020
3/4 No Score Yet The Shadow of the Cat (1961) Highly imaginative and highly satisfying. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2020
2/4 No Score Yet The Thing That Couldn't Die (1958) Away from the MST3K heckling, it's an average rather than awful chiller. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2020
2.5/4 No Score Yet Cult of the Cobra (1955) A stronger actress than Faith Domergue was needed for the central role -- she's no match for Cat People's Simone Simon. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2020
2.5/4 No Score Yet The Black Castle (1952) The story is sturdy and the sets impressive. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2020
2/4 40% Tales from the Darkside: The Movie (1990) A lesser entry in the annals of cinematic horror anthologies. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2020
3/4 68% Hollywoodland (2006) A handsome picture. The performances are uniformly fine (particularly Affleck's). - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2020
1.5/4 47% The Comfort of Strangers (1991) There's a great movie out there that is bathed in artistry, takes place in Venice, centers on a lost couple, and finds someone getting their throat cut for their troubles. Unfortunately for The Comfort of Strangers, that movie would be Don't Look Now. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2020
3/4 67% Breezy (1973) What's remarkable about the film is that the love story never feels offensive, exploitative, or icky; instead, it's intelligent, believable, and sympathetic. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2020
3/4 89% Love & Debt (2019) This engaging film might occasionally get too fanciful in some of its plotting but always finds its way back to its believably flawed, frustrating and forgivable characters. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2020
3/4 100% Unprescribed (2020) Unprescribed hopes to cut through all the hysteria and fabrications prevalent during the past 80 years by focusing on the benefits of pot. In this case, it's examining how the drug can be a lifesaver for combat veterans suffering from PTSD. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2020
3/4 88% Wake Island (1942) Exciting and inspiring. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2020
2.5/4 38% Soldier Blue (1970) Soldier Blue has been tagged as important by some and exploitative by others. Honestly, it's a bit of both. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2020
3.5/4 88% Die Verlorene Ehre der Katharina Blum oder: Wie Gewalt entstehen und wohin sie führen kann (The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum) (1975) This powerful picture retains its sickening relevance. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2020
2.5/4 79% How to Build a Girl (2020) Several individual sequences really sparkle, but the life lessons are awfully overfamiliar and the quirkiness is exceedingly twee. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2020
2.5/4 50% Clara's Heart (1988) The darker and far-flung aspects of the story are icky and unnecessary. But the relationship between Clara and David is beautifully delineated. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2020
2.5/4 No Score Yet Backlash (1956) A lesser albeit still watchable Western from director John Sturges (The Magnificent Seven, Gunfight at the O.K. Corral). - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2020
2.5/4 92% The Wild Goose Lake (Nan fang che zhan de ju hui) (2020) While director Diao Yinan's visual compositions are impressive, his pacing is off. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2020
3.5/4 84% Tender Mercies (1983) An unfussy and unassuming gem. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2020
3/4 83% Taste of Cherry (Ta'm e Guilass) (1998) Neither masterpiece nor misfire. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2020
3/4 90% Shanghai Triad (Yao a yao yao dao waipo qiao) (1995) A typically formidable performance by Gong Li . - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2020
2/4 No Score Yet The Phantom of the Opera (1962) One of Hammer's more disappointing attempts to revive and reinterpret the classic Universal monsters. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2020
2/4 35% Michael (1996) Cinema as artificial sweetener. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2020
2/4 70% The High Note (2020) Disappointing. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2020
3.5/4 96% Diva (1981) An art-house flick that should appeal even to people who don't like art-house flicks. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2020
2.5/4 76% Cry Freedom (1987) For a superior picture about the horrors of apartheid, see 1989's A Dry White Season instead. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2020