Los Angeles Alternative

Los Angeles Alternative is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Blake French, Jay Antani
Rating Title/Year Author
3/5 Lunacy (2005) Jay Antani Lunacy lacks the teeth to be truly audacious. Yet its leisurely pacing and silly send-ups of psychosexual perversions make it an amusing enough gothic comedy. EDIT
Posted Aug 18, 2006
3.5/5 Edmond (2005) Jay Antani Mamet's script may not be entirely convincing as either satire or social commentary, but in Macy's hands, poor, pathetic Edmond's story finds its shocking, darkly funny resonance. EDIT
Posted Aug 11, 2006
3/5 Quinceañera (2006) Jay Antani In the end, what keeps Quinceañera so engaging are the wonderfully sweet, unselfconscious performances from Emily Rios and Jesse Garcia EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2006
2/5 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006) Jay Antani takes all that was so charming about the first Pirates...and amps it up to the wattage of a Looney Tunes cartoon EDIT
Posted Jul 7, 2006
2.5/5 The Moustache (2005) Jay Antani an awfully rickety, hollow exercise in style over substance EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2006
4/5 The China Syndrome (1979) Jay Antani Crackling drama about TV reporter (Jane Fonda) investigating a coverup at a faulty nuclear reactor, and pressing upon conflicted technician played by the first-rate Jack Lemmon to go public with the story. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2006
2/5 A View to a Kill (1985) Jay Antani The aging Roger Moore rehashes his somewhat foppish Bond in this sad '80s installment with Grace Jones as a vampish villainess. Awful, and an embarrassment to the Bond mystique. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2006
1.5/5 Ma Mère (2004) Jay Antani ...a dispirited affair and often feels like a parody - a decidedly self-serious one - of one of Bertolucci or Pasolini's boundary-pushing offerings from the '70s EDIT
Posted May 14, 2005
4/5 Harper (1966) Jay Antani Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Apr 29, 2005
3.5/5 The Man Who Copied (2003) Jay Antani utterly fresh and appealing from start to finish EDIT
Posted Apr 29, 2005
3.5/5 Control (2003) Jay Antani a gleeful demonstration of Antal's flair for the medium EDIT
Posted Apr 17, 2005
2.5/5 Palindromes (2004) Jay Antani Take away the subversive hilarity of his movies, and [Solondz] could well be the cinematic equivalent of the Unabomber. EDIT
Posted Apr 17, 2005
3/5 Oldboy (2004) Jay Antani Oldboy is a true-to-form sendup of grittier, more lurid manga fare. This is good news for die-hard fans of the form and teeth-gritting torture for those who are not. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2005
4/5 The Lavender Hill Mob (1951) Jay Antani Fun, perfectly realized Ealing Studios outing EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2005
5/5 The Killing Fields (1984) Jay Antani One of the most potent politically-charged dramas ever made, managing to honor both the epic and the intimate aspects of its drama. One of the top films of the '80s. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2005
3/5 Steamboy (2004) Jay Antani In spite of...obvious and unfortunate flaws, if you're going to see Steamboy do so on the big screen so as to be reminded of the marvels of hand-drawn animation EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2005
1/5 Mail Order Wife (2004) Jay Antani a simple-minded circle jerk about exploitation, peopled by characters without the least bit of originality, vitality or appeal EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2005
2.5/5 Machuca (2004) Jay Antani Wood's story-world details are rendered beautifully, but without a framework to hang them on EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2005
5/5 The Crowd (1928) Jay Antani my favorite silent film: poetically told with dazzling direction EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2005
2.5/5 A Love Song for Bobby Long (2004) Jay Antani Gabel has potentially challenging material on her hands but her treatment of it feels too hygienic, mistaking tastefulness for subtlety EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2005
3/5 Duel in the Sun (1946) Jay Antani Lurid, stupid fun EDIT
Posted Jan 5, 2005
3/5 Mighty Aphrodite (1995) Jay Antani Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Jan 5, 2005
4/5 Bugsy (1991) Jay Antani Gloss, but well put-together gloss EDIT
Posted Jan 5, 2005
3/5 Day for Night (1973) Jay Antani Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Jan 5, 2005
3/5 Mad Max (1979) Jay Antani Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Jan 5, 2005
4/5 The Invisible Man (1933) Jay Antani Terrific entry in the James Whale horror canon EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2004
2/5 The Hobbit (1977) Jay Antani Drab, boring but with an oddly moody tone EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2004
3/5 The Woodsman (2004) Jay Antani Bacon's Walter is a searing creation...breaking through the The Woodsman's well-behaved exterior to reveal something of the...untrodden depths churning at its heart. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2004
3/5 Ladyhawke (1985) Jay Antani Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2004
4.5/5 The Return (2003) Jay Antani an absorbing psychological drama and coming-of-age story in the guise of a road movie EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2004
2/5 Gulliver's Travels (1939) Jay Antani Cheesy but well-drawn EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2004
4/5 Slacker (1991) Jay Antani A landmark by an American master EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2004
3/5 George Lucas in Love (1999) Jay Antani Overhyped bit of semi-witty movie geek fluff EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2004
4/5 A Tale of Two Sisters (2003) Jay Antani a delirious mélange of styles that absorbs us for two solid hours EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2004
2.5/5 House of Flying Daggers (2004) Jay Antani a tedious...excuse for this director to indulge his fetish for digitalized blood and daggers and...immaculately composed nature shots EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2004
3/5 Overnight (2003) Jay Antani Overnight always holds our interest, not so much as a documentary as an episode of a junky reality TV show. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2004
1/4 Happy Hour (2003) Jay Antani Happy Hour is strictly college-level compost, content with its mediocrity, if not wholly unaware of it. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2004
1.5/4 It's All About Love (2003) Jay Antani while watching it you might be hit with the urge to grab the Danish writer-director by the collar and shout 'No, it's all about story!' EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2004
3.5/5 Tarnation (2003) Jay Antani Caouette's movie succeeds because of its cinematic showmanship, injecting the personal documentary form with an urgently expressive avant-gardism. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2004
3/5 Lost in La Mancha (2002) Jay Antani entertaining without always being compelling EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2004
3/5 Bend It Like Beckham (2002) Jay Antani its irresistible charms and performances are what linger and make Beckham a popcorn, er, samosa flick worth savoring. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2004
3.5/5 Spider (2002) Jay Antani Cronenberg pieces together a compelling portrait of madness, but one which lacks the poignancy to be a rich, moving character study. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2004
4/5 Down & Out With the Dolls (2001) Jay Antani an assuredly made, unexpectedly poignant and hilarious feel-good flick, pitched somewhere between the goofy campiness of John Waters and the good-heartedness of Cameron Crowe EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2004
4/5 The Young Unknowns (2000) Jay Antani [an] eloquent, damning case against American culture and family EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2004
3.5/5 Confidence (2003) Jay Antani While it sometimes fails to live up to its title, Confidence ultimately, wins us over-in short, it dazzlingly does what all good cons are supposed to do. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2004
3/5 Raising Victor Vargas (2002) Jay Antani ultimately, it lacks the backbone, the thematic heft, to be anything beyond a sweet redemption story EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2004
3.5/5 Hotel (2001) Jay Antani it's through its anarchic, try-anything chutzpah that this bizarrely erotic satire succeeds and entertains EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2004
3.5/5 American Splendor (2003) Jay Antani It gets the mood right, but never slows enough to explore its rich, existential landscape--the cynical, ultimately humanist, musings at the heart of Pekar's comic manifestos. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2004
3/5 Madame Satã (2002) Jay Antani Ainouz' script and style seem unwilling to explore below the surface. He embraces the story's physical details...without revealing much of his subject's soul. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2004
1.5/5 The Other Side of the Bed (2002) Jay Antani it's impossible for me to completely dismiss a movie that features not one but two Spanish women....The rest of [this] sex romp/romantic comedy...can't be so summarily praised EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2004