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Rating Title/Year Author
Blue (1993) Sean Axmaker The saturated hues are calming, protective, but also isolating; the rest of the world fades away when she's enveloped in the blue of the water. EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2017
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005) Sean Axmaker It is a handsome production, an epic fantasy for younger audiences with a spiritual message, and it was followed by two more films in the series. This one remains the most satisfying and inspiring. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2016
The Blue Angel (1930) Sean Axmaker American director Josef von Sternberg went to Germany to direct Emil Jannings in his transition from silent to sound cinema and returned to Hollywood with an international hit and a new star: Marlene Dietrich. EDIT
Posted Jun 16, 2016
What Price Glory? (1926) Sean Axmaker ... the film version thrives on comedy that is sometimes satirical and often ribald. And that comedy only occasionally intersects with the anti-war feeling implied in the title. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2015
Who's Afraid of Vagina Wolf? (2013) Brandon Judell The only saving grace in this witless production is the charismatic Agnes Olech, who plays a lovely cinematographer. Being the only one on the set who could act must have been a trying experience for this young star-in-the-making. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2013
Wish You Were Here (2012) Brandon Judell Whatever sentiments the title 'Wish You Were Here' evokes in you, flush them. Here is no lighthearted vacation comedy but, instead, a well-acted "psychological thriller" with few thrills but much angst. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2013
The Brasher Doubloon (1947) Sean Axmaker ... something of a B+ movie, a low-budget treatment of Raymond Chandler's "The High Window" made with ambition and style, at least in key scenes. EDIT
Posted Mar 24, 2013
10/10 No (2012) Brandon Judell This battle and this triumph of an ad executive makes NO the first great film of 2013, and Bernal's performance the one that will be the hardest to outshine. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2013
Madrid, 1987 (2011) Brandon Judell Seldom has a great film accomplished so much with so little. Well, that's if you consider an insanely quotable screenplay so little. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2012
9/10 The Other Son (2012) Brandon Judell An unbelievable situation becomes remarkably tangible here and oh so pertinent. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2012
Going South (2009) Brandon Judell Worth viewing if you can enjoy a world populated by distraught people who all look like supermodels yet can act. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2012
Crayfish (2009) Brandon Judell A slight Bulgarian comic tragedy in which two poor pals do each other in by accident after being hired by warring crime lords. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2012
Peggy Sue Got Married (1986) Brandon Judell The film often soars into the imaginary heavens of delight but then just as quickly sputters and crash lands due to Coppola's leaden helming. EDIT
Posted Sep 28, 2012
Clown (2010) Steve Dollar Every seemingly happy resolution sets up the next catastrophe. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2012
Paul Williams Still Alive (2011) Vadim Rizov Short and snappy, Paul Williams: Still Alive adroitly juxtaposes an archaic form of fame with one of its practitioners' present-day survival. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2012
The Giant Mechanical Man (2012) Brandon Judell A solid summer palate cleanser to savor between all those main courses of superhero wham-a-thons. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2012
Francophrenia (2012) Brandon Judell In '127 Hours,' James Franco hacked away at his arm. During 'Francophrenia,' you might just wish he did the same to his head. EDIT
Posted May 6, 2012
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971) Sean Axmaker It's Gene Wilder, at the top of his form, who makes this uneasy amalgam work, but [Mel] Stuart must surely deserve some of the credit... EDIT
Posted May 4, 2012
Caroline and Jackie (2012) Steve Dollar Marguerite Moreau (Caroline) and Bitsy Tulloch (Jackie) play their yin/yang roles with a gleaming intensity as the story veers increasingly stranger and darker. EDIT
Posted Apr 30, 2012
The Hunger Games (2012) Brandon Judell The basic problems stem from the lackluster direction and the witless, bare-bones screenplay. This is sort of a take on a classic. You get the characters and the plot basics, but the art is missing. EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2012
Hanna (2011) Brandon Judell A sour, empty graphic novel of an escapade from the man who once helmed 'Atonement,' 'Hanna' gets intensely more godawful as it approaches its climax. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2011
6/10 Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011) Brandon Judell What could up have amounted to a highly moving work of art is constantly diminished by low-grade TV sitcom humor such as can be found on any series starring Kevin James or James Belushi. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2011
The Wrecking Crew (2008) Brandon Judell This sing-along, joyful doc unearths a group of musicians who actually played all the music on the LPS by the Byrds, Cher, Nancy and Frank Sinatra, the Beach Boys, the Monkees, and Captain and Tennille. A must to see and listen to. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2011
Elegy (2008) Brandon Judell Your final affection for this literary treat of sorts is how well you accept the finale, which is touching, and intellectually potent, yet possibly one depressant too many. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2011
Ballast (2008) Brandon Judell His brilliant "Ballast" was as much a hit in Seattle as it was at Sundance. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2011
Epitaph (2007) Brandon Judell A Japanese morgue-based horror film lacking in much horror EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2011
Battle in Seattle (2007) Brandon Judell This thriller will inspire any leftie cells you might possess to stand up and cheer. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2011
Romeo and Juliet in Yiddish (2010) Brandon Judell If Shakespeare were alive today and in good health, as I'd wish him to be in, he'd probably be begging for a circumcision to honor this little film that gets the gist of his most famous tragedy down pretty well. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2011
Angels Crest (2011) Brandon Judell We watch as this open wound of a father slowly fragments. Thanks to Dekker's brave, nuanced performance, this vision is simultaneously thrilling and harrowing. EDIT
Posted Apr 28, 2011
Big Boss (1995) Sean Axmaker ... a mix of caper, revenge and gang war movies rolled into a neat package ... EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2011
() Sean Axmaker ... total propaganda cinema of triumph and tragedy, a very British drama of the French resistance in World War II. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2011
10/10 A Film Unfinished (2009) Brandon Judell Painful, eye-opening, and extraordinarily necessary to view, especially by the young to whom the Holocaust is nowadays too abstract a notion to fully mentally envision in all of its grotesqueness EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2011
9/10 Heartbeats (2010) Brandon Judell The magic of Heartbeats is comprised not just of its subtle acting, but also of it colors, music, fashions, editing, and cinematography. If it isn't perfect, it promises that Dolan in coming years will constantly be closing in on perfection. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2011
5/10 Kaboom (2010) Brandon Judell Araki, who must be applauded at least for brazenly championing bisexuality, really should have saved the title of his 1994 effort for this one: Totally F***ed Up. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2011
Blow Job (1963) Brandon Judell When the film was screened for a bunch of Columbia University students, they started singing, 'We Shall Never Come!' EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2010
The Next Three Days (2010) Brandon Judell In the end, you get a thriller that's basically about nothing and not that thrilling. This is a product made to place in theaters like a can of Del Monte Sliced Peaches is manufactured for a grocery shelf. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2010
Hereafter (2010) Brandon Judell According to Eastwood and Morgan (who had much better luck with his screenplays on Queen Elizabeth, Idi Amin, and David Frost), people die so two self-indulgent souls can finally find true love while dreadful music plays in the background. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2010
() Sean Axmaker While this 1974 concert does not capture Sinatra at his prime, his tone improves over the course of the set and his phrasing remains as seemingly effortless as ever. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2010
From Paris With Love (2010) Aaron Hillis Morel's underrated eye and knack for making kinetic movement rhythmic and easy to follow elevates Besson's run-of-the-mill, mismatched-buddy thriller into a propulsive, enjoyably Eurotrashy entertainment. EDIT
Posted Jun 15, 2010
8/10 A Married Woman (1965) Aaron Hillis ... effortlessly and damningly dissect[s] the ugliness of beauty culture. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2009
6/10 Nenette and Boni (1996) Aaron Hillis It's a melodramatic premise on paper that, in the wrong hands, might have succumbed to the sensationalism of its mildly incestuous undertones. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2009
6/10 Stingray Sam (2009) Aaron Hillis From rockabilly freakouts to an acoustic lullaby, the soundtrack here is diverse, catchy and easily the film's most exuberantly charming quality. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2009
6/10 Absurdistan (2008) Aaron Hillis A simplistic, straightforward tale that's beautifully staged with the same wave of the magical-realism wand that powers Jeunet & Caro's Delicatessen. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2009
7/10 Next Day Air (2009) Aaron Hillis Updates the spirit of blaxploitation without feeling pressed to worship or satirize it. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2009
7/10 O'Horten (2007) Aaron Hillis If you can settle into [Baard Owe's] playful deadpan rhythms, a bittersweetly funny, existential mystery -- or call it a modest adventure, if that's not too oxymoronic -- awaits. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2009
7/10 High School Record (2005) Aaron Hillis Naturalistic, semi-improvised series of awkward comic vignettes ... nails the liberating/frightening social moments of post-pubescence in all their riches of embarrassments. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2009
6/10 Spread (2009) Aaron Hillis Spread eventually reveals a gloomy raincloud of a moral meditation about unhealthy lifestyles and self-delusion. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2009
2.5/5 Provoked (2007) Craig Phillips A melodrama dressed up just enough to hold interest, in the retelling of an undeniably important story. EDIT
Posted Jul 30, 2009
3.5/5 I Am Legend (2007) Craig Phillips I Am Legend is three film genres for the price of one: Science Fiction, Action, and Horror, and while it's no classic in any one arena it remains edgy fun. EDIT
Posted Jul 30, 2009
4/5 Exiled (2006) Craig Phillips Exiled veers on the pretentious ...but the whole thing has such a humor about itself that it's hard to carp about it. EDIT
Posted Jul 30, 2009