Shay Casey

Shay Casey
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Shay was born in a cross-fire hurricane, and he howled at the moon in the driving rain. And when he was just a little boy, he sat on to his daddy's knee. His poppa said, "Son, don't let the man get you, do what he done to me." His mother told him one day he would be a man, and he would be the leader of a big old band. Maybe some day his name would be in lights. But it's been a long time since he rock n' rolled, been a long time since he did that stroll. It's been a long lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely time. Now he's living easy, living free, a season ticket on a one-way ride. Asking nothing, leave him be, ain't nothing gonna break his stride. Don't need reason, don't need rhyme. Ain't nothing he'd rather do. Going down, party time, and all his friends are gonna be there too. He's on the highway to hell.(The above is written with apologies to Mick Jagger, John Fogerty, Chuck Berry, Robert Plant, and Bon Scott.)OK, so that "bio" was just a cheesy re-hash of classic rock lyrics. The real deal is that I'm Shay Casey, theater student at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and amateur film critic. I spend most of my time wasting my parents' money and seeing movies. Then I write about them. That's about it.I also currently work as a moderator for the message boards at MovieThing.com (http://www.moviething.com). Do check them out!
Location: San Francisco, CA
Official Websites: jaxfilmjournal.com

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
5/5 98% Taxi Driver (1976) Is Travis a hero or a monster? The question is never answered to any satisfying degree, and Herrmann's score makes sure of that by always playing up the counterpoint of a scene. - FilmFocus EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2006
1/5 14% The Dukes of Hazzard (2005) It's a film made specifically and entirely for the purpose of extracting money out of unsuspecting customers' wallets, all marketing plan and no artistic vision. - FilmFocus EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2005
40/100 25% House of Wax (2005) Meanwhile, the audience wonders when Paris Hilton will be eviscerated for their enjoyment. - FilmFocus EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2005
40/100 35% Hostage (2005) Much like Jeff Talley himself, Hostage badly needed a shave. - FilmFocus EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2005
88/100 100% Anatomy of a Murder (1959) Courtroom procedurals this nimble don't come along often, but with Anatomy of a Murder, Preminger showed how it could be done. - FilmFocus EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2005
60/100 91% Downfall (Der Untergang) (2004) Downfall doesn't let us down when it comes to telling what happened, but it has trouble coming up with how or why. - FilmFocus EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2005
68/100 46% Constantine (2005) Sometimes dense and impenetrable, but it also contains an unusually thoughtful consideration of the difference between faith and belief. - FilmFocus EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2005
47/100 68% Hitch (2005) Those who have seen enough of these films - and who know all their tricks - will likely recognize that Hitch is nothing special. - FilmFocus EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2005
75/100 91% Hotel Rwanda (2004) As it should, leaves you feeling exhausted and wrung-out. - FilmFocus EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2005
93/100 56% The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004) Anderson's ability to deftly flip between whimsy and sentiment remains intact. - FilmFocus EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2005
74/100 83% In Good Company (2004) Possesses the same depth of character and effortless charm as the [Weitzes'] other successful productions. - FilmFocus EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2005
32/100 13% Hide and Seek (2005) A film in which no character ever turns on the lights, because if they ever did, we could see exactly what was happening, and how stupid it really is. - FilmFocus EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2005
50/100 55% Ocean's Twelve (2004) All around, you can feel the strain of people trying very hard to make it seem like they're not trying. - FilmFocus EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2005
5/5 95% The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) It's a grand film, art masquerading as commercial enterprise, and the best film I've seen this year. - Daily-Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2002
3.5/5 73% Signs (2002) Shyamalan's sense of pace, atmosphere, and mood remains near-flawless. - Daily-Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2002
3/5 59% Hart's War (2002) A perfectly respectable, perfectly inoffensive, easily forgettable film. - Daily-Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2002
3.5/5 53% The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course (2002) I just saw this movie... well, it's probably not accurate to call it a movie. - Daily-Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2002
4/5 91% Minority Report (2002) Terrific action sequences, seamless special effects, devilishly underhanded humor, and an excellent supporting cast. - Daily-Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2002
4/5 63% The Powerpuff Girls - The Movie (2002) A rather brilliant little cult item: a pastiche of children's entertainment, superhero comics, and Japanese animation. - Daily-Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2002
3.5/5 92% Insomnia (2002) An artful, intelligent film that stays within the confines of a well-established genre. - Daily-Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2002
capsule 27% A Walk to Remember (2002) Lopes along from predictable plot twist to predictable anti-climax. - Film Written Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2002
capsule 76% Black Hawk Down (2001) Remains consistently stimulating for its entire running time. - Film Written Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2002
capsule 55% The Shipping News (2001) Another beautifully-made and serious-minded celebration of having nothing to say. - Film Written Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2002
3/5 65% Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002) It's still got enough magic to coast on sheer goodwill. - Daily-Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2002
4.5/5 90% Spider-Man (2002) Toes the fine line between cheese and earnestness remarkably well; everything is delivered with such conviction that it's hard not to be carried away. - Daily-Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2002
4.5/5 95% Monsoon Wedding (2002) A burst of color, music, and dance that only the most practiced curmudgeon could fail to crack a smile at. - Daily-Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2002
4/5 75% Panic Room (2002) Fincher crafts supremely effective suspense sequences. - Daily-Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2002
5/5 98% E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) I'm a tough guy; I can handle this stuff. That's not even a real alien. It's a puppet. Pffff. - Daily-Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2002
3/5 77% Ice Age (2002) While it doesn't stumble over itself, it doesn't exactly swing for the fences either. - Daily-Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2002
2.5/5 34% Resident Evil (2002) I firmly believe that a good video game movie is going to show up soon. I also believe that Resident Evil is not it. - Daily-Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2002
2/5 61% The Anniversary Party (2001) A movie [made] for the express purpose of showing off a lot of other talented actors, and unfortunately, there's not much of a purpose beyond that. - Daily-Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2002
3.5/5 73% Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001) In short, it's a big mess. I mean that in the best possible way. - Daily-Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2002
2/5 19% Collateral Damage (2002) Yet another Arnold vehicle that fails to make adequate use of his particular talents. - Daily-Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2002
1.5/5 35% I Am Sam (2001) It's all payoff and no setup; the longest Kodak commercial ever filmed. - Daily-Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2002
capsule 93% In the Bedroom (2001) Contains some of the best starkly dramatic scenes you're likely to see on a movie screen all year. - Film Written Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2002
capsule 67% Ali (2001) The problem is that none of these very well-directed scenes manage to fit together into any kind of collective whole. - Film Written Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2002
3/5 74% A Beautiful Mind (2001) It's the kind of project that should have been awarded to a writer-director team of true vision, and not to Akiva Goldsman and Ron Howard. - Film Written Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2002
1.5/5 30% Not Another Teen Movie (2001) We can proudly agree that it is indeed the most Obvious and Hypocritical comedy of 2001. - Daily-Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2002
4.5/5 91% The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) Becomes breathless in a way that even Tolkien couldn't manage; the second half feels like the kind of grand action picture we'd been missing all year. - Daily-Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2001
85% The Paper Chase (1973) Simply an intelligent film about intelligent people. - Film Written Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2001
capsule 87% Donnie Darko (2001) An interesting film and certainly worthy of more attention than it got. - Film Written Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2001
capsule 89% The Road Home (Wo de fu qin mu qin) (2001) Well-made tripe. - Film Written Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2001
2.5/5 37% Behind Enemy Lines (2001) Too silly to be taken seriously on any level. - Daily-Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2001
3/5 56% Sidewalks of New York (2001) Burns has a way with actors and a way with dialogue, but he hasn't matured to the point where he can offer up a slice of life that doesn't feel pre-programmed. - Daily-Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2001
4/5 81% Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001) And yet, all things considered, the team behind this film seems to have done the best job possible. - Daily-Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2001
4/5 66% Heist (2001) Fast-paced entertainment that doesn't pander. - Daily-Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2001
4/5 72% Training Day (2001) One of the most intriguing studio films of the year. - Daily-Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2001
capsule 22% Star Trek V - The Final Frontier (1989) There is no doubt about it - Star Trek V is a bad movie. - Film Written Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2001
capsule 85% Star Trek IV - The Voyage Home (1986) The original cast appears to be having more fun than they ever had before. - Film Written Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2001
capsule 79% Star Trek III - The Search for Spock (1984) The best odd-numbered Trek movie. - Film Written Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2001