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Robert Davis

Robert Davis

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
28/100 15% Hounddog (2008) "Instead of embracing its pulpy nature, it aims for seriousness, then gives us cornpone performances, a lightning bolt that triggers a tractor's ejector seat, and a simple-minded view of saintly black folk who possess a dangerous blues. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Sep 19, 2008
39/100 79% Burn After Reading (2008) "The script chases its tail for an hour and a half and then conks out, tired and strangely satisfied with its catch. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Sep 12, 2008
49% Towelhead (2007) "Screenwriter Alan Ball is no stranger to daring stories, but in his awkward film directorial debut he seems unable to capture the soul of Alicia Erian's novel — and with a story like this, that's disastrous. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Sep 11, 2008
69/100 88% I.O.U.S.A. (2008) "It's possible that filmmaker Patrick Creadon's greatest accomplishment in his new film, I.O.U.S.A., is turning U.S. fiscal policy into a funny piece of entertainment. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Sep 7, 2008
82/100 91% Momma's Man (2008) "After a summer full of movies that celebrate the arrested development of their male characters, that titter and wink while grown men behave like teenagers, Momma's Man is a welcome palette cleanser. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Sep 7, 2008
47/100 39% Henry Poole Is Here (2008) "Pop songs hold the skinny plot together, but a surprisingly caustic Luke Wilson is the medicine that helps the sugar go down. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Aug 15, 2008
38% Swing Vote (2008) "Although it preaches political engagement, it hopes very much to have an audience full of Buds who won't mind when it ambles lazily into the closing credits having taken a stand for nothing whatsoever. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Aug 12, 2008
100% Man on Wire (2008) "The man is clearly a nut, but he's also a great storyteller with a heck of a story, and Man on Wire gives him a chance to tell it. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Aug 9, 2008
88% Frozen River (2008) "Hunt might have made a more organic and insightful film if she'd used the story's dangers as the silent underpinnings for the relationship. Instead, those elements swell into the foreground and take symbolic shapes that ring false at every turn. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Aug 8, 2008
68% Pineapple Express (2008) "If Pineapple Express works at all, it's likely to be for people willing to slip into the diner booth with these fellows and laugh along with them. The rest of us will often feel like we're merely watching a stoned friend have the time of his life. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Aug 8, 2008
87% Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired (2008) "The film leans a bit too heavily on the idea that Polanski was a high-living artist who was rejected by a puritanical America and embraced by an understanding Europe, but on balance, the film is a credible re-evaluation of a complex man. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jul 23, 2008
94% The Dark Knight (2008) "Nolan not only raises the bar for superhero movies, again, but also presses a summer full of comic-book movies under the heel of an impressive bat boot. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jul 17, 2008
2/5 20% Meet Dave (2008) "I doubt many kids will follow the bit about using an orb to desalinate the earth's water, but that's just the MacGuffin of a film whose nature is to whiff across the top of a kid's head and then evaporate, which it does, leaving almost no residue. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jul 11, 2008
86% Gonzo: The Life and Work of Hunter S. Thompson (2008) "My favorite thing about Alex Gibney's entertaining documentary, Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thomspon, is that it makes me want to read what Thompson wrote. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jul 7, 2008
72% Wanted (2008) "Despite the foreknowledge provided by advertisements, Morgan Freeman's appearance is almost surprising because Wanted has the tone of a second-rate action thriller that wouldn't normally get the time of day from the master of dialogue delivery. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jun 30, 2008
96% WALL-E (2008) "For 45 sublime minutes, WALL-E is a modest and noble experiment, and even with an ordinary action climax and an abbreviated ending, it's likely to be lingering in the mind when Cars has long since faded. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jun 27, 2008
77% Une Vieille Maîtresse (The Last Mistress) (An Old Mistress) (2007) "[Breillat's] movies often seem more clinical than insightful, more biological than emotional. This time, by braiding the desires of her male and female characters instead of letting one oppress the other, she's found an appealing balance. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jun 26, 2008
14% The Love Guru (2008) "The jokes in the movie are just as dumb as the ones in the trailer, but what doesn't come across in a two-minute preview is just how many there are. It's an avalanche of dirty puns, and what it lacks in ingenuity it makes up for, almost, in sheer volume. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jun 19, 2008
30% War, Inc. (2008) "Each earnest impulse blunts the edge of an already scattered satire and obscures the logic beneath it. And the laughs are buried in the same pile of disorderly conduct. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jun 17, 2008
18% The Happening (2008) "There's a long tradition of receiving messages from burning bushes, but jiggling bushes are not to be trusted, and neither are filmmakers who ask us to shiver in their leafy midst. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jun 13, 2008
54% The Foot Fist Way (2006) "Everything feels like it sprang from an all-night, cola-fueled brainstorm, so every bit slips easily away, usually after generating a grin or two, if not many laughs. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jun 12, 2008
62% Dans Paris (2007) "It shouldn't work, but it does, as a vibrant, modern re-imagining of the New Wave aesthetic, at once mopey, sweet, playful and madly in love with Americana and cinema itself. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jun 9, 2008
68% Redbelt (2008) "All of the tropes that make Redbelt comfortable and efficient also make it a little too familiar. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jun 9, 2008
74% Son of Rambow (2007) "The boys' video project is modern enough to stand in contrast to the brick and tweed of the locale, but rather than glossing over that uncomfortable fit, Jennings highlights it with a one-man Flock Of Seagulls. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jun 9, 2008
48% The Ruins (2008) "It's the kind of film that Sam Raimi might have directed 20 years ago, except that Carter Smith plays it straight, even though he seems to assume the audience won't. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jun 9, 2008
52% Funny Games (2008) "In Funny Games, Haneke seems content to ram his thumbs into our eyes and then ask us why we were foolish enough to get within arm's length of his gray, grizzled visage. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jun 9, 2008
3/5 80% Chicago 10 (2008) "Short on nuance but long on passion, Chicago 10 recreates the gradual boil-over from peaceful gathering to chaos by augmenting ample, close-range footage with the kind of sonic boom that seldom accompanies political documentaries. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jun 9, 2008
3.5/5 94% The Counterfeiters (2007) "Karl Markovics is exceptionally well cast. He's not wildly expressive, but his physicality -- a small frame, a nose that bends northwest due to events we can only imagine -- is enough to carry the film's ambiguities. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jun 9, 2008
3/5 66% Be Kind Rewind (2008) "But with a skill that is difficult to pinpoint, Gondry seems to stumble like a fox from this paper-thin plot into a precious little ode to community. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jun 9, 2008
3/5 89% The Savages (2007) "Oddly being marketed as a comedy by its distributor, The Savages is best approached as a drama with an intermittently light touch that's generally more of a curse than a boon. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jun 9, 2008
3.5/5 82% Protagonist (2007) "[Jessica Yu] combines the interviews with such skill that themes begin to emerge, a tangled thicket of men seeking to define themselves through strength, discipline and self-transformation. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jun 9, 2008
4.5/5 92% The Short Life of Jose Antonio Gutierrez (2007) "With honesty and respect, Heidi Specogna has made neither a shallow tribute nor a polemic. She's made a great film about America. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jun 9, 2008
4/5 89% Waitress (2007) "It's a love letter of the first degree, the kind that rises out of trepidation and confusion, almost by accident, with a sudden force of absolute clarity. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jun 9, 2008
91% The Italian (2007) "With a tensed brow, Kolya Spiridonov plays a boy perpetually hovering between anxiety and dogged determination, and the film walks the same line, unsure about where it's going but always moving forward regardless. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jun 9, 2008
93% The Lives of Others (2006) "Although Henckel von Donnersmarck has a number of genuinely good ideas ... the film is marred by redundancy, indecision and clumsiness. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jun 9, 2008
3.5/5 70% Heading South (2006) "What Heading South says through careful omission or brief allusion is often more interesting than what it says on the clunky surface. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jun 9, 2008
1.5/5 8% 10,000 B.C. (2008) "But the folks who made 10,000 B.C. have filled their film with a sub-Disney plot and inserted a few measly slivers of action that hardly warrant all the mystical hubbub and romantic angst. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jun 8, 2008
1.5/5 35% Vantage Point (2008) "[Vantage Point is] a puzzle cut by a drunken, three-fingered jigsaw operator who lost a few pieces and chewed on a few others. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jun 8, 2008
2.5/5 65% The Nines (2007) "August is on solid ground when he's riffing on Stephen King and celebrities, but he's stretching when he tries to be David Lynch, which would require a distinctly different kind of brain damage. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jun 8, 2008
2/5 26% A Good Year (2006) "[Russel Crowe's] supply of quips and pratfalls is inexhaustible, even when he's trapped at the bottom of a swimming pool surrounded by peat and dry leaves. Alas, he escapes. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jun 8, 2008
4/5 84% Akeelah and the Bee (2006) "Akeelah and the Bee is the kind of movie you want to recommend to every 11-year-old you know. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jun 8, 2008
3.5/5 91% Little Miss Sunshine (2006) "The chaotic dinner scene pops like syncopated jazz, setting the tone for a warm, funny film that has more smiles than belly laughs. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jun 8, 2008
3.5/5 73% V for Vendetta (2006) "The details of V's beef with society are hazy, but the film has a certain purity of spirit. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jun 8, 2008
3.5/5 59% Mary (2008) "Very little of this mess works in any conventional sense, but as the performances begin to redline, the movie examines the relationship between performance and contrition. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jun 8, 2008
3/5 95% Wordplay (2006) "Similar in structure to the recent movie Spellbound, Wordplay is a fun documentary about an American institution and national habit. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jun 8, 2008
3.5/5 81% A Prairie Home Companion (2006) "Altman's star-studded cast is natural and energetic -- with the exception of a surprisingly detached Keillor -- and the Hollywood folks mingle easily, in character, among the real show's performers, a technique Altman perfected in Nashville. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jun 8, 2008
4/5 93% The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (2006) "The Death of Mr. Lazarescu seems effortlessly observed, even improvised, but it's actually a wonder of choreography, rhythm and social commentary. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jun 8, 2008
2.5/5 36% Art School Confidential (2006) "Unfortunately, the tender observations Zwigoff and Clowes specialize in are largely missing from Art School Confidential, which spends its energy on the zany people who'd usually pepper the edges of their films. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jun 8, 2008
4.5/5 89% Caché (2005) "Michael Haneke's aptly named Caché (Hidden) is the kind of movie that fully engages the mind of the viewer. It's a multi-layered, open-ended thriller, an onion sliced by taut piano wire. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jun 8, 2008
87% Mongol (2008) "[It's] as good as most of this year's American would-be blockbusters, but it might've been far more interesting if the filmmakers had either left the Hollywood mold or embraced it with reckless abandon. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jun 6, 2008
3/5 26% Free Zone (2006) "There's an art to ambiguity -- there really is... Left to their own devices, viewers will fill in the blanks, but when the movie starts filling them in itself, you have to wonder about the mismatch. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jun 5, 2008
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