Kinetofilm

Kinetofilm is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Brian Holcomb
Rating Title/Year Author
2.5/5 Cockneys vs Zombies (2012) Brian Holcomb Cockneys Vs. Zombies delivers exactly what is expected of a film called Cockneys Vs. Zombies. This is a farce first, horror film last. EDIT
Posted Dec 25, 2012
4.5/5 Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (2012) Brian Holcomb Ai Weiwei is such a laid back, calm and yet mischievous spirit that the film takes on a whole different, almost joyous tone. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2012
4.5/5 The Ambassador (2011) Brian Holcomb Supposedly nothing is staged. Truthfully, so much of this film is stranger than fiction, it would require pure writing genius to come up with even a third of what transpires. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2012
2.5/5 VHS (2012) Brian Holcomb The Filmmakers should've consulted one another re: their content-one more segment with a group of A-HOLES carrying on like the cast of JACKASS and my head may have exploded. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2012
2.5/5 Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011) Brian Holcomb The truth about this Game of Shadows and its predecessor is that neither has a story worthy of its hero. The story is not only often improbable, it is often simply impossible to follow. EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2012
3.5/5 Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011) Brian Holcomb This is the kind of movie where the lead character gets involved in a narrative so labyrinthine that he should eventually suspect himself at some point. That said, Alfredson manages to create a nightmarish atmosphere EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2011
3/5 Black Swan (2010) Brian Holcomb Initially BLACK SWAN appears to be a psychological horror film about a ballerina who goes insane. But it's really about a filmmaker who goes insane-in good ways and bad. EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2010
4/5 Antichrist (2009) Brian Holcomb Von Trier is a prankster so any attempt to guess at WTF he had in mind could just end up with the Danish auteur pulling your leg. The Fox may have said it best:"Chaos Reigns" EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2010
2.5/5 Chloe (2009) Brian Holcomb This isn't a particularly deep story but it does a good job at making what would be obvious in a Skinemax movie much more ambiguous. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2010
4/5 Inception (2010) Brian Holcomb Nolan borrows from classic heist and caper movies to design the clockwork tension but this particular clock is more like Dali's dripping watch. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2010
5/5 The Ghost Writer (2010) Brian Holcomb I am consistently amazed at Roman Polanski's seemingly effortless mastery of cinematic craft. There is no wasted energy and no indulgence. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2010
4/5 Shutter Island (2010) Brian Holcomb Scorsese has more up his sleeve than a dead director's trademarked bag of tricks and with the unique challenges presented by the material he needed them. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2010
5/5 The Hurt Locker (2008) Brian Holcomb A tough war picture in the tabloid journalist tradition of Sam Fuller, The Hurt Locker avoids most of the sentimentalizing and editorializing of other recent films about Iraq. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2010
5/5 The Shooting (1967) Brian Holcomb What is most intriguing about "The Shooting" is the constant sense of undefined menace throughout. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2010
3/5 Bleeding Rose (2007) Brian Holcomb A very effective example of what can be accomplished on a low budget and meager resources. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2010
3/5 Beat The Bastard Down (2006) Brian Holcomb There is something intangible about Traynor's direction which involves you in the plot and characters in a way most indie filmmakers fail to achieve. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2010
3.5/5 Sunshine (2007) Brian Holcomb Garland and Boyle are nothing if not ambitious. They want us to consider the Big Questions about the importance of mankind as well as science versus fundamentalism. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2010
2.5/5 Flyboys (2006) Brian Holcomb It may indeed be inspired by a true story, but what we see onscreen is simply "Star Wars" set in some fantasy French air base circa 1917. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2010
2/5 Saw III (2006) Brian Holcomb Images jump, blip, strobe, and shock like an epileptic seizure - all the result of director Darren Lynn Bousman's lack of trust in his screenplay. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2010
3/5 House of Dark Shadows (1970) Brian Holcomb The film is well mounted and stylishly produced. In what must've seemed like a luxury, Jonathan Frid had time to learn ALL his lines. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2010
3/5 Dracula (1979) Brian Holcomb This is sort of a Saturday Night Fever version of the story with a stylish, afro'ed Langella walking around with an open shirt looking for girls to take to his Castle Disco. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2010
5/5 Forty Guns (1957) Brian Holcomb Fuller's comic book world is a complete artistic creation, a place where men were MEN and women could take a bullet now and then. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2010
2.5/5 Encounter With the Unknown (1973) Brian Holcomb Something in the slipshod style begins to get under the skin.The blurry images and stiff line readings create a sense of dislocation and mystery, a separate reality. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2010
5/5 Piranha (1978) Brian Holcomb Dante and Sayles have a great deal of fun with the fact that their story of government created killer fish is completely ridiculous. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2010
2.5/5 The Descent (2005) Brian Holcomb Director Marshall has obviously kept his DVD player spinning for days studying all of the classics and simply taking everything he needed like a Vanilla Ice "Under Pressure" EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2010
2/5 Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977) Brian Holcomb It may be that the best way to watch The Heretic is to shut off the soundtrack and play a CD of Goblin's Suspiria score as accompaniment. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2010
3.5/5 The Fog (1980) Brian Holcomb During this period, Carpenter and his fine collaborator the late Debra Hill were so good at crafting suspenseful, slow burn horror stories with multiple storylines. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2010
4/5 Dementia 13 (1963) Brian Holcomb One of the many low budget shockers produced in the wake of Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho", "Dementia 13" is a surprisingly effective knockoff with unique qualities of its own. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2010
4/10 W. (2008) Brian Holcomb Stone's film is like an affectionate kick in the groin of a good old boy you'd like to have a beer with, or with W today, a near Beer. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2010
5/10 Sherlock Holmes (2009) Brian Holcomb The film called "Sherlock Holmes" that has been raking in the money at the box office this Christmas season does not really exist at all. It's an illusion. A Jedi Mind Trick. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2010
3/5 Cruising (1980) Brian Holcomb Friedkin makes the kind of films that a pod from Invasion of the Body Snatchers might make given the chance. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2009
3/5 The Lovely Bones (2009) Brian Holcomb The strangest thing about Jackson's approach is how chaste it is. The whole film is just a bit too tasteful to achieve real catharsis. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2009
2.5/5 Invictus (2009) Brian Holcomb INVICTUS works better than it deserves to as an old fashioned,predictable entertainment. In another filmmaker's hands the Capra-corn would be just too much. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2009
2.5/5 Paranormal Activity (2007) Brian Holcomb Expect less and you will appreciate it more. The film isn't unique or even very well made. Peli only seems able to come up with HALF of a good idea throughout the film. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2009
4/5 Drag Me to Hell (2009) Brian Holcomb While it has the energy and the endless cinematic invention of his early work, the film's command of economical storytelling is something that once eluded Raimi. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2009
4/5 Trick Baby (1973) Brian Holcomb This wasn't the standard "pimp and ho show" but rather a smart, character based crime flick about two hustlers just trying to survive in the City of Brotherly Love. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2009
2/5 The Haunting in Connecticut (2009) Brian Holcomb The movie works hard for your money and should theoretically be scarier than the cut rate television production. But it's not. Not by a mile. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2009
4.5/5 The Baron of Arizona (1950) Brian Holcomb The craziest true story I've never heard of that turned out to be pretty damn true. Even with Fuller shouting his own melodramatic version of the truth at the top of his lungs EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2009
4/4 Inglourious Basterds (2009) Brian Holcomb This is a FILM with blood in its veins, a heart in its body and a red hot engine in its chassis. It is alive with ideas and a geniune belief in the power of FILM to express them. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2009
2/5 Public Enemies (2009) Brian Holcomb There are powerful images that sear into your brain upon contact with your eyes but PUBLIC ENEMIES clearly wants to alienate the audience as much as it engages them. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2009
5/5 Star Trek (2009) Brian Holcomb Somehow pulling off the trick of appealing to the wider mass audience with one foot in Star WARS, the most startling thing about this new TREK is how it avoids being AWFUL. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2009
Quantum of Solace (2008) Brian Holcomb No one wants to watch Bond chase after Osama Bin Laden and switch off his dialysis machine with a bad one liner. On second thought, maybe that would be great? EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2009
Taken (2008) Brian Holcomb This is not a movie about moral dilemmas-it's about a father who will rip out your eyeballs if you don't give him his daughter back. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2009
Mirrors (2008) Brian Holcomb In SUSPIRIA, Udo Kier says that "Bad luck isn't caused by broken mirrors, but by broken minds"-Well after making this silly movie, director Alexandre Aja might think otherwise EDIT
Posted Feb 9, 2009