Rob McKinnon

Rob McKinnon
Rob McKinnon's reviews do not count toward the Tomatometer. This is not a Tomatometer-approved critic, and this critic's reviews are not published on a Tomatometer-approved publication.
Biography:
<b>WHO IS ROB McKINNON?</b> My early years in the entertainment field included performing as a musician and entertainer during my stint in the Army, later performing with my own jazz ensemble in the Boston area, opening concerts for such jazz notables as Dizzy Gillespie and James Moody. I was born in Reading, Massachusetts, studied acting and theatrical directing and graduated cum laude from Boston University with a degree in film and broadcasting. Because of my combined experiences in film directing, acting and writing, and life-long studies of American film, I thoroughly enjoy writing movie reviews and conducting live interviews. I write a weekly column &quot;Watching Movies&quot; for Houston's &quot;Daily Court Review.&quot; And like many other film reviewers, I've begun writing screenplays. With my partner Jolene McMaster, we're establishing a feature film production company in Houston (Pure Horror Films, Inc,) specializing in psychological horror films. We'll continue to grow our internet site ITEN.NET (INTERNET TALK &amp; ENTERTAINMENT NETWORK), with audio programming, including interviews with other film directors, written movie reviews, and specialty music programs--jazz and blues. It's on- demand programming for the internet audience. We also chair the TALA (Texas Accountants &amp; Lawyers for the Arts) Film Club which was organized in October 1998 by attorney Jamie Baker. (We're not lawyers or accountants, but for better or worse, we've spent a lot of time around them.) TALA helps aspiring artists who otherwise couldn't afford these legal and accounting services. We've recently produced a video and handbook for Houston-Galveston Area Council featuring successful Juvenile Justice Accountability programs in Texas. The handbook provides much information on how to set up these juvenile justice programs in other communities and it's available free (as a result of a grant from the Criminal Justice Division, Office of the Governor) to interested communities. AND, I'm very proud to be a part of ONLINE FILM CRITICS SOCIETY.
Favorites:
Recent Favorites: QUILLS, BEFORE NIGHT FALLS, WONDER BOYS, AMERICAN BEAUTY, MAGNOLIA, BOYS DON'T CRY, THE CLOSET, MY FIRST MISTER, MEMENTO, THE OTHERS
Location: Houston, Texas
Official Websites: iten.net

movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/4 49% Whatever Works (2009) Allen, a master of filmmaking, with a phenomenal eye for casting.... - moregreatfilms.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2009
4/4 88% Mystic River (2003) ...a suspenseful and riveting film that's fully magnificent.... - watchingmovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2003
3/4 37% The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003) just enough gore and horrific imagery to fulfill your darkest fears and fantasies. - watchingmovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2003
3.5/4 53% Veronica Guerin (2003) ...absolutely magnificent performance by CATE BLANCHETT.... - watchingmovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2003
3.5/4 40% Anything Else (2003) ...a thoroughly satisfying, wholly entertaining and continuously laughter provoking experience. - watchingmovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2003
3/4 27% Garmento (2002) ...an intelligent, adult film that is engrossing, original, and thoroughly entertaining. - watchingmovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2003
3.5/4 91% The Magdalene Sisters (2003) ...an outstanding film whose story and characters will stay with you long after you've left the theater. - watchingmovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2003
4/4 72% Phone Booth (2003) ...skillfully directed and highly entertaining - watchingmovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2003
3.5/4 85% Bend It like Beckham (2003) ...a direct hit on one's cinema-enjoyment "G" spot. - watchingmovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2003
4/4 95% The Pianist (2002) This is my pick for movie of the year because of the cinematic quality of the piece, the superb acting and directing.... - watchingmovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2003
3/4 14% Ghost Ship (2002) This film doesn't attempt to scare you with a bunch of artificial "boo" moments, but rather works to get under your skin and bring your fright to an ever-increasing boil. - watchingmovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2002
4/4 88% Far From Heaven (2003) What 'Far From Heaven' is, for sure, is definitely one of the absolute best films of this year. - watchingmovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2002
1/4 39% Full Frontal (2002) ...heavy-handed and self-indulgent. - watchingmovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2002
3.5/4 73% Signs (2002) ...Shyamalan is a writer/director with an enormous talent for making his audience much more than observers; pulling us completely into the film's reality. - watchingmovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2002
4/4 78% Tadpole (2002) It's all great, sensitive, and engaging fun....Winick has proven himself to be a highly capable and quality filmmaker. - watchingmovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2002
3/4 No Score Yet Pendulum (1969) ...a [Texas] film that achieves the look and quality of any major, nationally released film. - watchingmovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2002
3.5/4 74% The Cat's Meow (2001) a delicious delight and absolutely pure fun from beginning to end. - watchingmovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2002
3.5/4 65% Festival in Cannes (2002) ...bright, intelligent, and humanly funny film. - watchingmovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2002
3/4 90% Spider-Man (2002) Maguire has created a persona that fits the average comic book hero fan perfectly. - watchingmovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2002
3.5/4 75% Panic Room (2002) ...a taut thriller featuring a strong ensemble cast playing an interesting array of characters in a very original situation. - watchingmovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2002
4/4 74% Frailty (2002) ...a truly superior serial killer film. - watchingmovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2002
3/4 92% Y Tu Mama Tambien (2001) It's the quality of the writing, directing, and acting that makes this a superior "coming-of-age" film. - watchingmovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2002
1.5/4 42% Death to Smoochy (2002) It just didn't work for me on any level. - watchingmovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2002
3.5/4 45% The Operator (2000) ...a thoroughly entertaining and thought provoking story that's completely satisfying and stays with you long after you've left the theater. - watchingmovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2002
2.5/4 19% Collateral Damage (2002) ...unbelievable nonsense, but it's also pure Arnold--in other words, great action and great fun. - watchingmovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2002
3.5/4 83% Kissing Jessica Stein (2002) ...a delightfully original and fresh look at sex and the modern single woman. - watchingmovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2002
4/4 89% Lantana (2002) The entire ensemble...bring the entire collection of revealing and absorbing characters perfectly to life. - watchingmovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2002
4/4 92% The Devil's Backbone (El Espinazo del diablo) (2001) This is a complex and multi-layered tale told with consummate and stylish skill. - watchingmovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2002
4/4 82% Ocean's Eleven (2001) This is one terrific heist film and one outstanding remake. - watchingmovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2001
4/4 91% The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) ...it's as perfect a piece of cinema from fantasy literature as has ever been done. - watchingmovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2001
3.5/4 89% Amélie (2001) ...take a chance on this one and let your guard completely down while locking your cynicism, at least temporarily, in a closet at home. - watchingmovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2001
3/4 66% Spy Game (2001) ...TONY SCOTT certainly knows how to make a tight action film. - watchingmovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2001
4/4 81% The Man Who Wasn't There (2001) Raves to Billy Bob. Of course, the entire cast is wonderful as is the writing and directing of the Coens. - watchingmovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2001
4/4 81% Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001) CHRIS COLUMBUS has done a brilliant job in bringing this new classic story to the screen with integrity, excitement, and quality. - watchingmovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2001
3.5/4 57% From Hell (2001) ...plays like a quality horror film while featuring characterizations and ambience blended in a visually and emotionally compelling way. - watchingmovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2001
3/4 81% Innocence (2001) The entire cast gives splendid and convincing performances. - watchingmovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2001
3.5/4 41% K-PAX (2001) ...a thoroughly satisfying ride and a very thought-provoking experience. - watchingmovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2001
3/4 47% Life as a House (2001) It's a little bit schmaltzy at times, but it's so well done.... - watchingmovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2001
3.5/4 80% Waking Life (2001) It's highly original and delightfully thought provoking. - watchingmovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2001
2.5/4 72% Training Day (2001) ...an entertaining foray into the world of a crooked cop.... - watchingmovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2001
3.5/4 74% Joy Ride (2001) It's packed with chills, thrills, and intelligence. - watchingmovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2001
3/4 60% Haiku Tunnel (2001) ...a delightful, original, and funny film...to find out more listen to my interview with the Kornbluth brothers at www.iten.net. - watchingmovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2001
3/4 24% Don't Say a Word (2001) ...a multi-layered story with twists and surprises as well as mounting tension and suspense from beginning to end. - watchingmovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2001
4/4 49% Hearts in Atlantis (2001) WILLIAM GOLDMAN has written an Academy Award-deserving adaptation of the Stephen King book, in my opinion. - watchingmovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2001
3.5/4 83% L.I.E. (2001) It's a marvelous example of an intelligently conceived and executed, character-driven film. - watchingmovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2001
3.5/4 82% The Deep End (2001) ...a well-conceived story that is character-driven and thoroughly engrossing. - watchingmovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2001
3.5/4 21% The Glass House (2001) ...it offers really great suspense and skillful plot unfolding. I completely enjoyed the ride.... - watchingmovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2001
3.5/4 83% Lakeboat (2000) It's a work of art to be experienced. Take the cruise, I highly recommend it. - watchingmovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2001
3.5/4 45% The Curse of the Jade Scorpion (2001) ...an absolutely perfect comedy. - watchingmovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2001
4/4 93% Apocalypse Now Redux (2001) This all new, re-edited version of Apocalypse Now is outstanding. - watchingmovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2001