Mark Leeper's Reviews

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Rating Title/Year Author
6/10 The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) Mark R. Leeper THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL is a sentimental favorite among Fifties science fiction films. It is certainly good but not nearly as good as its reputation would make it. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2021
8/10 Them! (1954) Mark R. Leeper THEM! was one of the better Fifties science fiction films and one of only a handful that are still fairly effective forty years after it was made due in large part to some very intelligent script choices. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2021
1/10 From Hell It Came (1957) Mark R. Leeper The idea of a tribal folklore monster coming to life would not be a bad one, but that is about the only thing that is good about this often genuinely incompetent film. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2021
6/10 The Lodge (2019) Mark R. Leeper Compared with old Hammer horror films, there is more atmosphere, but the same or less character development. While not quite up to Hammer's LET ME IN or THE WOMAN IN BLACK, it has its moments. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2021
6/10 M.C. Escher: Journey to Infinity (2018) Mark R. Leeper The film covers Escher's entire career, from early "realistic" works through his branching out into more mathematical and surreal art, always in woodcuts, lithographs, or drawings rather than paintings. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2021
7/10 Creature From the Black Lagoon (1954) Mark R. Leeper This is certainly one of the most fondly remembered of the science fiction films of the 1950s. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2020
7/10 All Hail the King (2013) Mark R. Leeper A study of the surrealist writer Joe R. Lansdale; his coterie of twisted but loyal fans makes for a fun film. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2020
6/10 Color Out of Space (2019) Mark R. Leeper The latest film adaptation of H. P. Lovecraft's horror story of a meteor strike in the Massachusetts back woods... EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2020
7/10 The Mortal Storm (1940) Mark R. Leeper THE MORTAL STORM (1940) is a jaw-dropper about when Fascism comes to a village in Germany. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2019
9/10 The Aeronauts (2019) Mark R. Leeper With a little flare borrowed from Jules Verne, we get a story of two mid-19th century explorers who attempt to travel by balloon higher above the Earth than any humans had ever been to that point. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2019
8/10 Woman in the Moon (1929) Mark R. Leeper This was the first science fiction film to try to be serious and accurate in depicting celestial travel. While it is not too hard to find, few science fans and science fiction fans have actually seen it. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2019
5/10 The Dead Don't Die (2019) Mark R. Leeper The Dead are yet once again back from themselves when the Earth pitches a little off its axis and in zombie movie scientific logic this causes the Dead to return to life in a rural central US town. This was probably more fun to make than it to was watch. EDIT
Posted Oct 27, 2019
8/10 The Riot Act (2018) Mark R. Leeper While the writing could have used more work, the production designer makes a small budget work double time; the look and feel of 1901 and 1903 Arkansas feels authentic to me... EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2019
8/10 The Day Shall Come (2019) Mark R. Leeper Watching the film one is never sure what group will be skewered next by Chris Morris' bitter, toxic wit. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2019
4/10 The Bestowal (2018) Mark R. Leeper "Steven and Death have a long (and often tedious) metaphysical discussion about questions that intrinsically have no answer." EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2019
7/10 Auggie (2019) Mark R. Leeper The self-same story could have been told without any science fiction. EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2019
7/10 The Magnetic Monster (1953) Mark R. Leeper gives no evidence anyone knew [science] EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
7/10 Driven (2018) Mark R. Leeper a fast-paced joyride of a film based on the DeLorean legal case that took the attention of the country. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2019
7/10 Ode to Joy (2019) Mark R. Leeper This is a subject matter that creates some unique writing problems for the writer, Max Werner. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2019
7/10 Creating Woodstock (2019) Mark R. Leeper It is not about the music; it is about how a group of unprepared people produced one of the biggest music events in history EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
7/10 General Magic (2017) Mark R. Leeper GENERAL MAGIC is a look at the inside of the tech company by many of the people who were there. It is the story of the company as seen by insiders of General Magic EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
7/10 Astronaut (2019) Mark R. Leeper This story could have been more exciting. Unfortunately, the plot falls apart under the weight of too many overly contrived coincidences. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2019
8/10 Ophelia (2018) Mark R. Leeper It takes no small amount of chutzpah to take what is one of Shakespeare's greatest and most respected plays and to extend the story with language in Shakespearian English EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2019
7/10 I Am Mother (2019) Mark R. Leeper Here the story is better and the fungible sets are about par. There are some ideas but not enough to make the trip fully worthwhile. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
6/10 Funny Story (2018) Mark R. Leeper FUNNY STORY has a few minutes of humor, but it takes more than that to make a "funny story. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
7/10 Dog Years (2017) Mark R. Leeper very parallel to the real Burt Reynolds' experience EDIT
Posted May 21, 2019
6/10 Room for Rent (2019) Mark R. Leeper Where the plot is going will very likely leave the viewer some guessing which path it will take. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
920 Sobibor (2018) Mark R. Leeper While the entire film has been downbeat (to say the least) the film turns itself into a paean to freedom. It is strong change of tone. EDIT
Posted Apr 28, 2019
7/10 Wild Nights With Emily (2018) Mark R. Leeper In the end one has to ask whether it really matters so much whether a poem was written to a man or a woman, gay or straight.'' EDIT
Posted Apr 9, 2019
6/10 Book of Monsters (2018) Mark R. Leeper Lots of horror effects can be used to spice up a scary movie, but they cannot sustain it. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
7/10 The Public (2018) Mark R. Leeper The humor comes mostly from the ignorant questions and requests that come from library users EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2019
6/10 Lost & Found (2017) Mark R. Leeper The stories are not really drivingly compelling, but they are pleasant enough that one willingly spends an hour or so in their company. EDIT
Posted Mar 31, 2019
6/10 Tangent Room (2017) Mark R. Leeper Then again how often does one find a film built around a mathematical concept. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
5/10 Bullitt County (2017) Mark R. Leeper Twists become foreseeable and the conflicts are mostly what was predictable. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2019
5/10 Patrick (2018) Mark R. Leeper The plot is familiar and reminiscent of Disney films of the 1960s (updated perhaps) EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2019
6/10 In Like Flynn (2018) Mark R. Leeper The four have varying views of what their worldviews should be. The pacing is uneven, but the film still has some philosophical heft. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2019
7/10 The Golem (2018) Mark R. Leeper a good movie about a golem and a not-so-good golem movie. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2019
7/10 The Favourite (2018) Mark R. Leeper If this were a story involving Henry VIII or George III viewers might have a better idea of who the major characters were and would recognize the historic context of the film. EDIT
Posted Jan 1, 2019
5/10 The Advocates (2018) Mark R. Leeper looks at the people who volunteer their time and money to improve the lives of the destitute EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2018
7/10 Green Book (2018) Mark R. Leeper It is all formula, but it is likable formula. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2018
4/10 Cannibals and Carpet Fitters (2017) Mark R. Leeper This plot really does not leave much latitude for The Great Ideas. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2018
8/10 () Mark R. Leeper a good collection of the best animated films. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2018
9/10 The Hate U Give (2018) Mark R. Leeper Several racially-charged and involved issues are brought together in an effective story. While the film is a bit hard-bitten it seems a little too anxious to have a positive ending. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2018
7/10 Suspiria (2018) Mark R. Leeper Some sequences offer beautiful art while others are ponderous and slow EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2018
8/10 Isle of Dogs (2018) Mark R. Leeper The story is told with ingenious wit. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2018
7/10 Bonehill Road (2017) Mark R. Leeper the premise had the potential to make a strong social statement, but it is lost and in large part wasted in a pile of sadism and predictable plot twists. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2018
6/10 Solis (2018) Mark R. Leeper The film would probably be much better if the sound mixer made the dialog easier to understand. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2018
5/10 Murders in the Zoo (1933) Mark R. Leeper Ruggles could be a funny comedian at the right time and place. He was most definitely not in the right time and place. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2018
7/10 First Man (2018) Mark R. Leeper Rather than giving us the usual wide vistas of space, Chazelle locks in close on faces to give us emotional impact. Personally I would have preferred the spectacle even if that approach has been common before. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2018
7/10 Strange Nature (2018) Mark R. Leeper very much the kind of horror film that could have been made in the late 60s or early 70s. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2018