Rob Blackwelder

Rob Blackwelder

Tomatometer-approved critic

Once upon a time, Rob was the entertainment editor at a small community college with a kick-*** journalism program. One day he graduated and realized that he could not give up writing about movies, even if he had to hold a day job to do it. Through a friend he got a peanut-paying freelance gig at a podunk newspaper in an overgrown farm town in Northern California, writing one review a week. It wasn't pretty, but it kept him on the mailing lists at the publicity houses. Soon Rob started a web site called Movieolla and before long was being chased by lawyers for the people who make the Moviola editing equipment that is the film industry work horse for cutting and splicing. Hmm, thought Rob, splicing! And thus was born SPLICEDwire (, the web site for SPLICEDwire Content Services, which provides movie reviews and features to newspapers, web sites, and other media outlets. Rob was named one of the 10 Best Film Critics of 2003 by the Critic Doctor (


RECENT #1 FILMS: 2003: "Lost in Translation" 2002: "Chicago" 2001: "Amelie" 2000: "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" 1999: "Run Lola Run" 1998: "Buffalo '66" 1997: "Titanic" 1996: "Breaking the Waves" 1995: "Othello" Robio's FAVORITES list:

  • Breaking the Waves" (1996, Lars VonTrier)
  • "What's New Pussycat" (1965, Clive Donner)
  • "The Thin Man" (1934, Woodbridge S. VanDyke)
  • "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (1981, Stephen Spielberg) [*} (tie) "His Girl Friday" (1940, Howard Hawks)
  • "The Seven Year Itch" (1955, Billy Wilder)
  • "Laura" (1944, Otto Preminger)
  • "Gilda" (1946, Charles Vidor)
  • "The Usual Suspects" (1995, Bryan Singer)
  • "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown" (1991, Pedro Almodovar)
  • "Dangerous Liaisons" (1988, Stephen Frears)
  • "The Philadelphia Story" (1940, George Cukor)
  • "Bound" (1996, Wachowski Bros.)
  • "Moon Over Miami" (1941, Walter Lang)

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    Oakland, CA

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