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Ryan Cracknell

Ryan Cracknell
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
59% Walt & El Grupo (2008) An intimate, albeit uneventful, story filled with flashy graphics but not a lot of substance. ‐ Movie Views
Posted Dec 11, 2010
89% The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story (2009) A fascinating behind-the-scenes documentary that charts not only a story of tremendous success but sibling rivalry as well. ‐ Movie Views
Posted Dec 10, 2010
93% The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) The best film about bullying ever made. ‐ Movie Views
Posted Dec 9, 2010
No Score Yet Let's All Hate Toronto (2007) A cheeky look at the disdain aimed at the Ontario capital from the rest of Canada. ‐ Movie Views
Posted Dec 8, 2010
83% The Legend of Drunken Master (Jui kuen II) (Drunken Fist II) (1994) Just enough story to be interesting and with lots of personality to stand out. ‐ Movie Views
Posted Dec 8, 2010
No Score Yet Le Plaisir de Chanter (The Joy of Singing) (2008) At times serious, others farcical, it's a film that ignores expectations and creates an experience that's like a helium balloon. It slowly lets itself out before finally settling. ‐ Movie Views
Posted Dec 8, 2010
90% It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie (2002) A medley of familiar Christmas classics...with a distinct Muppet spin. ‐ Movie Views
Posted Dec 7, 2010
No Score Yet Genesis II (1973) A solid film of somewhat dated Cold War-era warnings of global conquest and strife filled with moments that are both dramatic and laughable at the same time. ‐ Movie Views
Posted Dec 5, 2010
No Score Yet Freedom State (2008) A playful film that calls on its audience to believe in the empowering virtues of imagination and freedom. ‐ Movie Views
Posted Nov 28, 2010
71% Waking Sleeping Beauty (2010) Combining honest commentary with archival footage, Waking Sleeping Beauty offers a refreshing look at a side large companies often steer clear of. ‐ Movie Views
Posted Nov 27, 2010
93% Enchanted (2007) It pulls out all the stops in hitting all the familiarities of the genre and spins it on its head in both a fun and intelligent way. ‐ Movie Views
Posted Nov 27, 2010
43% Charlie's Angels - Full Throttle (2003) Full Throttle would have worked if it were a promo video for a Hollywood stunt school. But you can only defy gravity so many times before you go floating off into space. ‐ Movie Views
Posted Nov 22, 2010
No Score Yet Bunkers: An American Music Story (2006) A celebratory film made by those who hold the place close to their heart. ‐ Movie Views
Posted Nov 21, 2010
No Score Yet The Brothers Warner (2008) Told from the insider's perspective of Harry Warner's granddaughter Cass Warner, comes a slightly Michael Moore-esque look at the establishment of the Warner empire in Hollywood. ‐ Movie Views
Posted Nov 21, 2010
No Score Yet The Blue Rose (2004) The film focuses more on getting its message, no matter how noble, across rather than focusing on basic storytelling. ‐ Movie Views
Posted Nov 21, 2010
No Score Yet Before Last Night (2004) Writer/director Davidowski makes a valiant effort in looking further into the soul of his characters and in turn making a familiar story deeper and more believable. ‐ Movie Views
Posted Nov 20, 2010
93% James and the Giant Peach (1996) Captures the author's spirit, creating a film with not only whimsical creatures but very real emotions. ‐ Movie Views
Posted Nov 20, 2010
99% Toy Story 3 (2010) Pixar have once again reminded me that there is a way to create a film that not only appeals to just about everyone, but also prove that three-quels need not suck. ‐ Movie Views
Posted Nov 15, 2010
33% American Pastime (2007) Full of interesting characters and placed in a charged setting, but the preachy and obvious spin it takes is ultimately melodramatic and predictable. ‐ Movie Views
Posted Aug 24, 2010
No Score Yet Talent for the Game (1991) It's by no means some sort of quote-whoringly "fantastic stuff," "the best baseball movie since Ken Burns took 18 hours of my life" or even "a home run." Sometimes a solid single is all that it takes. ‐ Movie Views
Posted Aug 24, 2010
83% Brewster McCloud (1971) There is something delightful in the absurdity and chaos of the movie that kept my interest even as I struggled to pinpoint exactly what it was that I was watching. ‐ Movie Views
Posted Aug 24, 2010
No Score Yet Headin' Home (1920) An odd film with little story, Headin' Home has a big place in sports history, offering an early look at Babe Ruth. ‐ Movie Views
Posted Aug 24, 2010
0% Ed (1996) A monkey playing baseball, what could be cuter? In the case of Bill Couturié's Ed, you could slap Chunk from The Goonies in in some Victoria's Secret lingerie and you'd have something more attractive. ‐ Movie Views
Posted Aug 24, 2010
75% Caddyshack (1980) Never mind the fact that the plot regularly goes off track and into the rough, Caddyshack offers laughs a plenty. ‐ Movie Views
Posted Aug 24, 2010
No Score Yet Ball of Wax (2003) In Daniel Kraus' dark baseball film Ball of Wax, life on the diamond is clearly no longer a sport. It's something sinister, like a virus refusing to let go of its host. ‐ Movie Views
Posted Aug 24, 2010
0% The Bad News Bears Go To Japan (1978) So how much more can they get out of cussing kiddies playing baseball? Apparently an additional 91 minutes - 91 painful, horrendous, baseball-bat-to-the-crotch-three-times minutes. ‐ Movie Views
Posted Aug 24, 2010
37% The Fan (1996) A film with lots of great ideas yet none of them come to fruition. ‐ Movie Views
Posted Aug 1, 2010
83% The Stratton Story (1949) Amidst a script that starts, stalls and plods along, Stewart is an inspiration who could probably tell 'Yo Mamma jokes to the Brady clan and Partridge family and still be their best friend. ‐ Movie Views
Posted Aug 1, 2010
50% The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training (1977) The comedic value of kids talking like a bitter pirate with hemorrhoids and smoking [was] played out mid-way through the first film. ‐ Movie Views
Posted Aug 1, 2010
No Score Yet The Pitcher and the Pin-Up (2005) Clichés are easy and when you go the easy route in sports, the losses will add up. ‐ Movie Views
Posted Aug 1, 2010
92% Sugar (2008) Fresh perspectives offer fresh ideas, even if they don't result in a smile and a happy Frank Sinatra song about love. ‐ Movie Views
Posted Aug 1, 2010
67% Soul of the Game (1996) Akin to a bloop single: it's not pretty but it gets the job done, even if only for a little bit. ‐ Movie Views
Posted Aug 1, 2010
96% A Star Is Born (1954) The film remains timely for the themes of fame and success it explores with such great scope and emotion ‐ Movie Views
Posted Aug 1, 2010
56% Edge of Darkness (2010) Martin Campbell returns to the once edgy and jagged ground of his excellent BBC miniseries Edge of Darkness with a much slicker spin that sheds much of what made the first go around so good. ‐ Movie Views
Posted Aug 1, 2010
17% Class Act (1992) While not a horrible film, it certainly isn't the type of feature that would make anyone an icon or even a star. ‐ Movie Views
Posted May 16, 2010
83% Avatar (2009) It's rare that a movie can inspire genuine awe but Cameron has succeeded in another landmark technical achievement. ‐ Movie Views
Posted May 16, 2010
73% Tombstone (1993) One of the finest Westerns to come along since the genre decided largely to pack up and ride into the sunset several decades ago. ‐ Movie Views
Posted May 16, 2010
39% Armageddon (1998) It's easy to be sucked in by all the glossy, nostalgic images that flash across the screen like some sort of psychological experiment, but like most of the director's other films, most is forgettable shortly thereafter. ‐ Movie Views
Posted May 16, 2010
12% Steel (1997) Has the distinction of being one of those movies that's so bad it actually has some solid entertainment value. ‐ Movie Views
Posted May 16, 2010
84% The Princess and the Frog (2009) Feeling like a collection of Disney Princess greatest hits with a Southern flair, this latest Disney animated feature may look gorgeous but it's lacking in "magic." ‐ Movie Views
Posted May 16, 2010
No Score Yet Brothers Warner (2008) Told from the insider's perspective of Harry Warner's granddaughter Cass Warner, comes a slightly Michael Moore-esque look at the establishment of the Warner empire in Hollywood. ‐ Movie Views
Posted Mar 16, 2010
5% Old Dogs (2009) Despite showing some potential as commentary on ageism, the light-hearted comedy often flounders in the formulaic and a premise that is more complicated than it needed to be. ‐ Movie Views
Posted Mar 16, 2010
92% Ponyo (2009) Beautiful and thoughtful, Miyazaki once again shows he's a master of taking the magical and making it endearing. ‐ Movie Views
Posted Mar 16, 2010
96% Kiki's Delivery Service (1989) An excellent alternative to much of the frenetic, princess-driven fare that seems to dominate the genre. ‐ Movie Views
Posted Mar 16, 2010
No Score Yet A surreal experience that is both a beautiful and somewhat frustrating. ‐ Movie Views
Posted Mar 16, 2010
46% Everybody's Fine (2009) A film with a few inspired moments - mostly towards the end - sprinkled in with a whole lot of awkward, even mean, portions. The result is a major disappointment. ‐ Movie Views
Posted Feb 28, 2010
82% Triangle (2009) Has a strong visual style but a horrible story. ‐ Movie Views
Posted Feb 28, 2010
86% L'Empreinte de l'ange (Mark of an Angel) (2008) With its subject matter, it could have easily delved into the depths of a TV movie of the week filled with melodramatics and distant characterizations. ‐ Movie Views
Posted Feb 27, 2010
No Score Yet Although overly long, this mini-series offers an intelligent, albeit light-hearted look at love and longing. ‐ Movie Views
Posted Feb 27, 2010
71% The Boys Are Back (2009) Takes pain and loss and gives it a slightly glossy treatment that holds the drama but doesn't quite get to the point of complete emotional puppetry. ‐ Movie Views
Posted Feb 27, 2010