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Michael W. Phillips, Jr.

Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 100% One Foot in Heaven (1941) It's worth watching for March's performance -- although we don't get to hear him preach enough -- and for his take-down of a wealthy family determined to run his church for him. ‐ Goatdog's Movies
Posted Feb 3, 2012
2/5 57% Nevada Smith (1966) Not a worthless film, although it's impossible to take seriously. ‐ Goatdog's Movies
Posted Dec 30, 2011
4/5 90% Bridesmaids (2011) I laughed almost without pause; at several points I made horselike snorting sounds that hurt the insides of my nose. ‐ Goatdog's Movies
Posted Dec 30, 2011
4.5/5 94% The Dark Knight (2008) Visceral and terrifying. ‐ Goatdog's Movies
Posted Dec 29, 2011
2/5 22% Angels Crest (2011) A high-school production of a second-rate Greek tragedian. ‐ Goatdog's Movies
Posted Dec 29, 2011
4/5 84% Contagion (2011) A supercharged cross between an episode of CSI and a World Health Organization infographic. ‐ Goatdog's Movies
Posted Dec 29, 2011
4/5 No Score Yet Last Pullman Car (1985) One of Chicago documentary group Kartemquin Films's many incisive documentaries about social injustice. ‐ Goatdog's Movies
Posted Dec 29, 2011
2.5/5 45% The Perfect Host (2011) It's a film, not a play, and it doesn't work. ‐ Goatdog's Movies
Posted Dec 29, 2011
3/5 93% Midnight in Paris (2011) Watchable, and on a certain level, it's quite enjoyable. ‐ Goatdog's Movies
Posted Dec 29, 2011
4.5/5 75% Stake Land (2011) May be the best blunt-force-trauma, tear-your-throat-out vicious vampire film since Near Dark. ‐ Goatdog's Movies
Posted Dec 15, 2011
4.5/5 96% 13 Assassins (2011) Miike's sadistic fetishization of violence and suffering is nowhere in evidence. ‐ Goatdog's Movies
Posted Dec 15, 2011
2.5/5 83% Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011) If the best thing about a spy movie is the wallpaper, perhaps you've miscalculated. ‐ Goatdog's Movies
Posted Dec 14, 2011
2.5/5 76% The Debt (2011) Wants to ask deep philosophical questions [but] the protracted ending prevents any of these philosophical darts from sticking. ‐ Goatdog's Movies
Posted Dec 5, 2011
4.5/5 91% Point Blank (2011) Action cinema distilled. ‐ Goatdog's Movies
Posted Nov 20, 2011
2.5/5 53% Four Brothers (2005) Feels like a nervous student's heavily footnoted thesis film. ‐ Goatdog's Movies
Posted Nov 20, 2011
2.5/5 82% Warrior (2011) Suddenly Thunderdome doesn't seem like such a pipe dream anymore. ‐ Goatdog's Movies
Posted Nov 16, 2011
2.5/5 No Score Yet She Demons (1958) Seems to have been created by choosing randomly from a selection of 13-year-old boys' 'these are a few of my favorite things' lists. ‐ Goatdog's Movies
Posted Nov 5, 2011
4/5 No Score Yet Tomorrow Is Another Day (1951) Not a film noir, but you should still invest your time in locating and viewing it. ‐ Goatdog's Movies
Posted Oct 30, 2011
3/5 89% Maniac (1934) A truly wretched film that I enjoyed, partly because of and partly in spite of its excessive excrescence. ‐ Goatdog's Movies
Posted Oct 17, 2011
2.5/5 No Score Yet Along the Great Divide (1951) Flawed by structural problems in the script but buoyed by its A-list leading cast ‐ Goatdog's Movies
Posted Oct 10, 2011
3.5/5 No Score Yet Dance, Fools, Dance (1931) A wonderful little film on its own, but it's also a handy little primer of early-1930s genre conventions. ‐ Goatdog's Movies
Posted Aug 19, 2011
3/5 No Score Yet Tugboat Annie (1933) An enjoyable diversion that provides Dressler with ample opportunities to flex her acting chops. ‐ Goatdog's Movies
Posted Aug 19, 2011
4/5 67% Dementia 13 (1963) A peerless horror film of the low-budget variety, a sort of how-to guide for future filmmakers on working with a limited budget. ‐ Movie-Vault.com
Posted Aug 19, 2011
3/5 No Score Yet The Phantom Planet (1961) It's actually quite compelling. ‐ Goatdog's Movies
Posted May 28, 2011
4/5 100% The Lost Patrol (1934) A mostly successful experiment in minimalism that allows Ford to work with his traditional themes. ‐ Goatdog's Movies
Posted May 4, 2011
2.5/5 No Score Yet Sensuela (1973) So low-budget that it appears Brechtian, so confoundingly bad that it borders on brilliant, and so 1970s softcore that it might just be feminist. ‐ Goatdog's Movies
Posted Apr 4, 2011
3.5/5 No Score Yet Do It Again (2010) A fanboy's love letter to his favorite band, a desperate and admittedly somewhat selfish wish that they get back together and bring back some of the magic he remembers as a lifelong fan. ‐ Goatdog's Movies
Posted Apr 4, 2011
2/5 No Score Yet Daresalam (2004) Quote not available. ‐ Goatdog's Movies
Posted Apr 4, 2011
3/5 90% The Fighter (2010) Chopin playing Chopsticks. ‐ Goatdog's Movies
Posted Jan 16, 2011
3.5/5 96% True Grit (2010) Watching them snipe at each other was one of the undeniable pleasures of the 2010 movie season. ‐ Goatdog's Movies
Posted Dec 28, 2010
3/5 81% Night Catches Us (2010) Attempts to pry the lid off a painful chapter of American history that textbook writers and elected officials would rather erase or whitewash. ‐ Goatdog's Movies
Posted Dec 26, 2010
3/5 63% Exam (2008) Low-budget but handsomely mounted cross between Cube and 12 Angry Men, with some script input by mystery writer Agatha Christie and literary critic Terry Eagleton. ‐ Goatdog's Movies
Posted Dec 19, 2010
3.5/5 91% Red Riding: 1980 (2010) A huge step up from the unfollowable plot and unfathomable evil of Red Riding: 1974. ‐ Goatdog's Movies
Posted Dec 18, 2010
4/5 41% Death at a Funeral (2010) It's almost a checklist of things I don't like, but it won me over in its opening minutes and never let go. ‐ Goatdog's Movies
Posted Dec 15, 2010
3/5 12% Jonah Hex (2010) When it works, which it does quite often, it's one of the better comic book adaptations of recent years. ‐ Goatdog's Movies
Posted Dec 14, 2010
4.5/5 98% Marwencol (2010) A painfully intimate, mysterious, joyous film. ‐ Goatdog's Movies
Posted Dec 11, 2010
5/5 88% White Material (2010) Possesses a defiant, exhilarating life, a testament to its peerless crafts(wo)manship and its uniqueness. ‐ Goatdog's Movies
Posted Dec 7, 2010
2.5/5 67% Conviction (2010) I charge director Tony Goldwyn and screenwriter Pamela Gray with ineffective assistance of counsel. ‐ Goatdog's Movies
Posted Dec 5, 2010
4/5 87% Unstoppable (2010) The most fun I've had at the movies all year. ‐ Goatdog's Movies
Posted Dec 4, 2010
3/5 66% The American (2010) There's a lot to value, even if it drinks a little too deeply from the well of stock Euro-assassin-movie characters and situations. ‐ Goatdog's Movies
Posted Nov 30, 2010
2.5/5 87% Black Swan (2010) Shackled by sports-movie clichés, a reductive view of how creativity works, and, most importantly, Natalie Portman's limitations as an actress. ‐ Goatdog's Movies
Posted Nov 29, 2010
2.5/5 58% It's Kind of a Funny Story (2010) Has a genuine understanding of the protagonist, but ends up betraying him. ‐ Goatdog's Movies
Posted Nov 28, 2010
2.5/5 72% Monsters (2010) A somewhat confused spawn of Cloverfield and District 9, with less of an effects budget and less of a coherent self-concept than either of its parents. ‐ Goatdog's Movies
Posted Nov 27, 2010
2.5/5 78% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 (2010) Has too many plot threads to follow in its willy-nilly efforts to set the stage for the real ending. ‐ Goatdog's Movies
Posted Nov 24, 2010
3.5/5 88% Let Me In (2010) Not as good as the original but able to stand on its own feet. ‐ Goatdog's Movies
Posted Nov 23, 2010
3.5/5 86% Death Line (Raw Meat) (1972) The first (or only?) ethnographic urban legend horror film. ‐ Goatdog's Movies
Posted Nov 16, 2010
4/5 80% Catfish (2010) What a gem! ‐ Goatdog's Movies
Posted Nov 3, 2010
4/5 94% Wanda (1971) A sometimes incoherent primal scream, directed not at any particular target but at the state of the American dream in the late 1960s, especially as it applied to women. ‐ Goatdog's Movies
Posted Nov 2, 2010
2.5/5 92% Vincere (2010) A series of striking images that serve little purpose except to look striking. ‐ Goatdog's Movies
Posted Oct 28, 2010
2.5/5 46% Hereafter (2010) A few great performances buoy the proceedings, but the laziness of Morgan's script and the overall lack of focus or momentum combine to sink it. ‐ Goatdog's Movies
Posted Oct 25, 2010