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Witney Seibold

Witney Seibold
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
98% Under The Shadow (2016) 'Under the Shadow' is one of the more technically graceful and emotionally important films to come out of the genre this year. ‐ Legion of Leia
Posted Dec 29, 2016
94% The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) (2016) A wonderfully twisted web of rococo theatrics, melodramatic twists, and deliciously lurid storytelling. ‐ Legion of Leia
Posted Dec 29, 2016
94% Arrival (2016) No writer or wordsmith or anyone who has studied language will be able to resist this film. In the eyes of Arrival, language can do more than connect disparate peoples, but change our very perspective on everything. ‐ CraveOnline
Posted Nov 8, 2016
73% Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970) Russ Meyer's ultra-lurid 1970 magnum opus, infamously penned by a young Roger Ebert, remains a towering achievement. What it achieves, however, is difficult to define. ‐ CraveOnline
Posted Oct 27, 2016
No Score Yet The Executioner (El verdugo) (1963) The satire is not demonstrative. It has its point to make, but it's going to first make you wade through a painful, sometimes frantic, sometimes funny, but ultimately grueling realist drama about getting by in life. ‐ CraveOnline
Posted Oct 27, 2016
87% Godzilla Resurgence (Shin Godzilla) (2016) [The new Godzilla] might serve as a deliberate middle finger to Legendary Pictures' current efforts to Americanize a famously Japanese monster. If one has to pick a side, I side with 'Shin Godzilla.' ‐ CraveOnline
Posted Sep 23, 2016
85% Sully (2016) It's impressive that Eastwood, at age 86, has managed to become more lively and humane a director. But his politics may be unduly coloring his films, and it's becoming distracting. ‐ CraveOnline
Posted Sep 13, 2016
92% The Immortal Story (1968) Perhaps Welles, in playing a man who doesn't understand art, was embodying his more vitriolic critics. He was presenting ever more complex art to critical agents, and was constantly met with confusion and literal interpretations. ‐ CraveOnline
Posted Sep 5, 2016
100% Woman in the Dunes (Suna no Onna) (1964) 'Woman in the Dunes' is much more than a sumptuous visual experience. It is also a supremely unnerving fable of deterioration and purgatorial breakdown. ‐ CraveOnline
Posted Aug 24, 2016
86% A Taste of Honey (1961) [There are] no weeping martyrs or brave romantic souls. It deals with real people, complete in their human complexity, their dumb choices, their damaging outbursts, their illogical desires, and their emotional honesty. ‐ CraveOnline
Posted Aug 18, 2016
26% Suicide Squad (2016) Suicide Squad is a hasty gathering of admittedly fun characters, all jammed haphazardly into a familiar and dumb cartoon tale, handily squandering its potential for edge, daring, or originality. ‐ Legion of Leia
Posted Aug 3, 2016
62% The New World (2005) The filmmakers are very wise to make this New World, and the people in it, seem untouched, immediate, and present. There may be a small amount of cultural foreboding, but it is heard distantly, like an echo of lamentation. ‐ CraveOnline
Posted Jul 28, 2016
84% Star Trek Beyond (2016) 'Star Trek Beyond' is not a grand return to form, nor is it a stellar life-affirming entertainment. But it is a modest step in the right direction. ‐ Legion of Leia
Posted Jul 21, 2016
85% Carnival of Souls (1962) The workmanlike approach only serves to highlight its spectral qualities. It's like a kitchen sink version of 'The Shining.' ‐ CraveOnline
Posted Jul 20, 2016
100% Nuit et Brouillard (Night and Fog) (1955) Alain Resnais' seminal 1955 documentary... remembers the confusion, and still feels the blind, hurt outrage at humanity's betrayal of itself. ‐ CraveOnline
Posted Jul 20, 2016
70% Café Society (2016) Allen constructs his romance like an Old Hollywood prestige picture, equating lost love with a longing for a time when Hollywood was, perhaps, as pure as it ever was. ‐ CraveOnline
Posted Jul 14, 2016
73% Ghostbusters (2016) A high concept and a big budget - not to mention stratospheric expectation - turned into a middling, somewhat entertaining summer fling. ‐ Legion of Leia
Posted Jul 10, 2016
99% Dr. Strangelove Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) 'Dr. Strangelove' may have worked as a serious thriller, but Kubrick knew better. ‐ CraveOnline
Posted Jun 30, 2016
75% The BFG (2016) 'The BFG' possesses a magical sense of oddball wonderment all its own. ‐ Legion of Leia
Posted Jun 28, 2016
47% Free State of Jones (2016) In terms of cinematic narrative, one may consider this to be dry - and it is, to a noticeable degree - but for a largely unknown, not to mention incredibly fascinating chapter in American history, this approach is appreciated. ‐ CraveOnline
Posted Jun 23, 2016
100% La Chienne (1931) Any discussion of the film's actual story can only be a discussion of how life imitates art. This is a bit of a pity, because 'La Chienne' is actually a tragic, appealingly melodramatic tale of deep humanity. ‐ CraveOnline
Posted Jun 20, 2016
62% Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016) What the filmmakers conceived of was, perhaps unwittingly, one of the more feminist statements you may encounter from within an R-rated college comedy, a genre notoriously known for its casual misogyny. ‐ Legion of Leia
Posted Jun 20, 2016
88% Fantastic Planet (1973) There is a strange, dreamlike placidity that hangs - like a silent, terrifying fog - over René Laloux's 1973 animated sci-fi classic. ‐ CraveOnline
Posted Jun 20, 2016
38% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016) Out of the Shadows has one important element that lacks from many of its nostalgia-based blockbuster peers: It possesses the conviction of its own silliness. ‐ Legion of Leia
Posted Jun 3, 2016
92% Paris Belongs to Us (Paris Nous Appartient) (1960) [Rivette] doesn't as fervently abandon conventional narrative in the same way Godard was so fond of, making for New Wave-flavored thrillers that are far more casual and certainly more watchable. ‐ CraveOnline
Posted Jun 3, 2016
98% The Manchurian Candidate (1962) "The Manchurian Candidate" is striking in its hard edge. This is not a slick, subtle dissection of modern politics. This is a fist to the face. ‐ CraveOnline
Posted Jun 3, 2016
86% A Poem Is A Naked Person (2015) Blank seems to have a natural, in-born respect for the lives of these people, and sees not yokels or "simple" country folk, but a vibrant and living community of artists and music-makers. ‐ CraveOnline
Posted Jun 3, 2016
100% Only Angels Have Wings (1939) "Only Angels Have Wings" is... wet, atmospheric, and even a bit tragic. These men live close to death, and, as such, have to live quickly. There is a sadness hanging over these people. ‐ CraveOnline
Posted Jun 3, 2016
82% Barcelona (1994) Stillman's films tend to be about that magical moment when you realize people might actually start calling you on your s***. ‐ CraveOnline
Posted Jun 3, 2016
89% Easy Rider (1969) "Easy Rider," even for those uninterested in the legacy of 1960s counterculture, punches the viewer in the gut with its hopelessness and emptiness. ‐ CraveOnline
Posted Jun 3, 2016
98% The Player (1992) Altman was making a sour, salient, cynical, and passionate point about how artistry and edge had been drained from Hollywood. By 1992, the suits were in charge. ‐ CraveOnline
Posted Jun 3, 2016
27% Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) 'Dawn of Justice' is a test of will and of stamina. ‐ Legion of Leia
Posted Mar 25, 2016
12% The Divergent Series: Allegiant (2016) We seem to be mentally preparing our youth - our young girls especially - for soldierly duties with these films. ‐ CraveOnline
Posted Mar 18, 2016
90% How Green Was My Valley (1941) There are a lot of rich characters and good instances of moral outrage. It may not be better than Citizen Kane, but it's still a pretty damn good movie. ‐ Nerdist
Posted Feb 23, 2016
98% It Happened One Night (1934) It's sweet, cheerful, funny, and very, very good. ‐ Nerdist
Posted Feb 23, 2016
91% Hamlet (1948) Olivier strikes a balance between Hamlet the brooding indecisive human and Hamlet the funny, mincing stage presence. It's one of the better Hamlet performances you'll ever see. ‐ Nerdist
Posted Feb 23, 2016
84% Deadpool (2016) Refreshingly crass. ‐ Legion of Leia
Posted Feb 11, 2016
43% Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016) A gentle hoot. ‐ CraveOnline
Posted Feb 2, 2016
10% Dirty Grandpa (2016) I was offended by 'Dirty Grandpa.' Just not for any of the reasons the filmmakers wanted me to be offended. ‐ CraveOnline
Posted Jan 22, 2016
27% The Boy (2016) It's the sort of just-clever-enough fright flick that whets the imagination of the die-hard slasher fanatic, instilling in them a bolstered sense of loyalty. ‐ CraveOnline
Posted Jan 22, 2016
16% The 5th Wave (2016) 'The 5th Wave' comes with its own standardized set of recent-yet-worn clichés about brave teens, the power of love, and a heroine who, despite a mild charisma deficiency, still manages to find herself torn between two of the hunkiest men on the planet. ‐ CraveOnline
Posted Jan 21, 2016
70% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015) I've now seen all four of the movies in the ultra-successful Hunger Games series, I have to admit, I am still bamboozled. ‐ Legion of Leia
Posted Nov 20, 2015
86% Steve Jobs (2015) The staginess of the movie is its greatest benefit, allowing the characters and the dialogue to shine... It crackles and moves like a mother****er. ‐ Legion of Leia
Posted Nov 17, 2015
87% The Peanuts Movie (2015) It won't feel like a redefinition of a world left behind by a previous generation. But then that was never the point of Peanuts. It was only ever meant to be sweet, maudlin, and halcyon. In that regard, The Peanuts Movie is remarkably on the nose. ‐ Legion of Leia
Posted Nov 17, 2015
65% Spectre (2015) I'd relate more of the story, but why bother? We've been here before, but with more excitement, and less up-its-own-*** mythmaking. ‐ Legion of Leia
Posted Nov 17, 2015
76% Goosebumps (2015) Goosebumps will serve as a colorful, energetic, enjoyable, stop-gap for the kids until they're ready for a PG-13 rating. ‐ Legion of Leia
Posted Oct 6, 2015
92% The Martian (2015) Its lighthearted attitude allows The Martian to excel not just as an entertainment, but as a profound statement on the power of good humor. ‐ Legion of Leia
Posted Sep 22, 2015
64% The Visit (2015) I have been waiting patiently for Shyamalan to return to us with the kind of great, notable genre picture that I know he's capable of providing. I may have gotten my wish with The Visit. ‐ Legion of Leia
Posted Sep 13, 2015
19% The Perfect Guy (2015) 'The Perfect Guy' is witless, graceless, and juvenile. It reads like a 14-year-old girl's assumed representation of adult life. It's high melodrama in the worst possible way. ‐ CraveOnline
Posted Sep 11, 2015
93% Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (2015) Writer/director McQuarrie has enough savvy with dialogue and pacing that old tropes feel fun again. Like someone finally remembered how to make a spy movie. ‐ Legion of Leia
Posted Aug 1, 2015