Michael McNeely

Michael McNeely
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Deaf-blind accessibility and entertainment critic who is passionate about accessible and inclusive entertainment.
Publications: That Shelf, theBUZZ

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
85% Mimosas (2017) The Moroccan landscapes are sure to impress, particularly on the big screen. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
95% Graduation (Bacalaureat) (2017) The times in which emotion breaks through (as it certainly did in 4 months) are the times you should be sure you are paying attention. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
96% The Salesman (Forushande) (2017) Don't miss this film, and if you're not already familiar with the play within the film, this is a great excuse to correct that. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
99% Things to Come (L'avenir) (2016) Things to Come tries too hard to be accessible and high-brow at the same time. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
100% Long Excuses (The Long Excuse) (2016) Motoki should be commended for playing such a duplicitous and two-faced character. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
80% Gaza Surf Club (2016) It's when the two worlds - Ibrahim's and Sabah's - collide that the film seems to whisper in your ear of an urgent and necessary change that needs to happen. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
71% The Unknown Girl (La fille inconnue) (2017) In the case of The Unknown Girl, it's as if we're interning for Dr. Jenny Davin. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
82% Nocturama (2017) The fragmented nature of the film, and the way it is filmed (as if it is a suspenseful episode of 24) gets tiring, and the tension deflates like a balloon when nothing seems to happen. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
No Score Yet Boundaries (Pays) (2016) Boundaries is undoubtedly a metaphor. The mileage of the metaphor may vary with each audience member, depending on their interest and knowledge of Canadian politics and environmental issues. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
75% The Oath (2016) The speed of the film is exhilarating. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
73% Nelly (2018) It is an exceptional film that reads as poetry and taps into the desperation and loss we all feel at some point. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
71% Headshot (2017) Unfortunately suffers from a lack of clarity and originality that was present in The Raid. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
100% Layla M. (2016) The brilliance of this film and El Koussour's performance is that Layla's M.'s indoctrination to being a wife of a Jihadist is logical, and even relatable. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
100% Mister Universo (2016) The surprise about this film is that everyone has a talent, and yet, are very modest about it. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
64% Pyromaniac (Pyromanen) (2016) Pyromaniac is a character study worth losing yourself in. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
83% Hissein Habré, a Chadian Tragedy (2016) Watching this film is not easy, nor should it be. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
91% Raw (2017) This is sweet, disgusting revenge. Watch people squirm if you can't watch the movie. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
80% Ma' Rosa (2016) For a two-hour run time and with all the hype surrounding it, I was expecting more. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
100% Mali Blues (2017) While a bit long and unfocused in scope, it is well worth getting to know Diawara and company, even if just to see passion doing its magic. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
60% Home (2016) The handheld shooting style and relatively loose plot lend themselves to an authentic lived experience that will make you sympathize with these teens as they grow up far too fast. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
38% Orphan (Orpheline) (2016) Yes, the deaf-blind critic just said the best part of the film were two types of sounds that probably lasted a minute combined. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
43% Anatomy of Violence (2016) I just feel that this film would be better served - as we know that Mehta is capable of doing - as a narrative film instead of an acting exercise. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
96% Sami Blood (2017) Thankfully, this film stands out for all the right reasons. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
75% Jesus (2017) Fernando Guzzoni's film is unnecessarily exploitative at worst and middling at best. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
No Score Yet The Net (2016) An interesting development in Ki-Duk's career. He's no longer using violence or sexuality to shock or to traumatize viewers as he did with Pieta and Moebius. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
85% Zoology (Zoologiya) (2016) Even when the film deals with the fetishization of the other, it's another way in which it's seriously engaging in social commentary. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
86% Apprentice (2017) I must give kudos to the set, which rivals - in terms of usefulness and scope - the abandoned department store in Nocturama and the mountains in Mimosas. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
86% The Giant (Jätten) (2016) Although sometimes dealing in the disability tropes of this subgenre, The Giant stomps new ground in that it encourages us to actively take on the disability perspective of its protagonist. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
No Score Yet Forever Pure (2016) This film deserves to be mounted on an even larger scale. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
100% The Cinema Travellers (2016) I'd like to give a special note to the profound Prakash who warrants a pause after each philosophical statement that he utters, just so you can really meditate on what the heck he just said. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
No Score Yet Marija (2016) Running a little long, I almost lost my ability to relate to Marija when she's mired in a police investigation. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
78% Boys in the Trees (2016) I haven't even addressed the visuals, which do rank up there with the finest of Jackson and Del Toro's work. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
93% Creepy (Kuripi: Itsuwari no rinjin) (2016) Creepy suffers from an inconsistent tone and unbelievable plot developments. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
71% The Lure (2016) All skin and glitter, with no substance, much like its protagonists. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
50% Kamisama no iu tôri (As the Gods Will) (2014) The film shines with regards to the gonzo showpieces. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
84% The People vs. Fritz Bauer (Der Staat Gegen Fritz Bauer) (2016) The dialogue is too expository and makes references to events that we should see dramatized, especially Bauer's earlier life and how he would have experienced 1945. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
88% Searchers (Maliglutit) (2016) Kunuk's film is also marred by suspect camerawork that fails to focus on what is most important in specific scenes. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
No Score Yet Sunday Beauty Queen (2016) The film shines in the quiet moments: witness Mylyn wrap a sash around her ill employer, Jack, and note the chemistry and rapport they must share. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
93% Miss Hokusai (Sarusuberi: Miss Hokusai) (2016) I cannot praise this film enough. It simply refuses to take the easy way out or to tell a cliché story. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
95% Being 17 (Quand on a 17 ans) (2016) Being 17 is not easy, but I look forward to Being 18 all the same to see where these guys end up. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
25% Ghostland: The View of the Ju'Hoansi (2016) I fear not enough attention is given to issues concerning the exploitation of a marginalized culture, especially when the film itself may be perpetuating a simplistic view of how the Ju/'Hoansi really live and see the world. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
86% A Monster Calls (2017) Kudos for having a family-friendly film about mental health issues that's also entertaining and fun to watch. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
98% Kedi (2017) For any lover of cats, a documentary on the culture of street cats of Istanbul is a no brainer. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
No Score Yet Recruiting for Jihad (Den Norske Islamisten) (2017) I am uncomfortable with a documentary about a Jihadist recruiter in which the filmmakers do not attempt anything to deter him from harming innocent people. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
No Score Yet 69 Minutes of 86 Days (2017) Heart-wrenching, but no less brilliant. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
No Score Yet Hobbyhorse Revolution (2016) The film could have benefitted from a tighter edit... However, as it stands, it is a testimony to a group of young girls' resilience. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
No Score Yet About My Liberty (2016) The trouble is that this documentary lacks adequate context and refinement. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
91% Tokyo Idols (2017) Very competently made and raises some interesting questions, but much more lies beneath the surface. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
95% A Cambodian Spring (2018) Events like these could very well happen on our shores, so it's worth it to pay attention. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
No Score Yet Les vies de Thérèse (2016) Kudos to movies like this one... that document end-of-life issues. I'm sure they will be a comfort and catharsis for many. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019