Combustible Celluloid

Combustible Celluloid is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Jeffrey M. Anderson, Rob Blackwelder
Rating Title/Year Author
4/4 Pandora and the Flying Dutchman (1951) Jeffrey M. Anderson There are romance movies and then there's 'Pandora and the Flying Dutchman.' There's just nothing else quite like it. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2020
3/4 Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Jeffrey M. Anderson A lean, tightly choreographed film, with gorgeous fight scenes. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
3/4 () Jeffrey M. Anderson A metaphysical walk-and-talk, it's a brainy movie, and clever, too, as when its chapters end, it leaves fascinating little clues as to its methods. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2020
3/4 Three Christs (2017) Jeffrey M. Anderson The setup at least allows for a bunch of fine actors to really chew the scenery during group therapy sessions. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2020
2.5/4 Les misérables (2019) Jeffrey M. Anderson 'Les Misérables' has perhaps two-thirds of a solid movie buried within its 102 minutes. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2020
3.5/4 Overwhelm the Sky (2018) Jeffrey M. Anderson If nothing else, this movie proves that stories can come from anywhere, and that human imagination, audacity, and ingenuity are still forces to be reckoned with. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2020
3.5/4 Varda by Agnès (2019) Jeffrey M. Anderson Her official final work, a straightforward and yet endlessly fascinating look at her career. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2020
3.5/4 Uncut Gems (2019) Jeffrey M. Anderson [Sandler] has perhaps his second-best-ever role (after Punch-Drunk Love) in Benny and Josh Safdie's frantic, caffeinated 'Uncut Gems.' EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2019
4/4 1917 (2019) Jeffrey M. Anderson A truly impressive war movie, one that ranks with the genre's very best. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2019
3.5/4 Marriage Story (2019) Jeffrey M. Anderson 'Marriage Story' is a definite step up for this filmmaker. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2019
3.5/4 Little Women (2019) Jeffrey M. Anderson May not supplant the previous versions, but it's good enough to stand alongside them. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2019
3/4 I Lost My Body (2019) Jeffrey M. Anderson This hand-drawn animated movie from France starts with genuine amazement, suggesting the promise of something we've never seen before. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2019
3/4 Bombshell (2019) Jeffrey M. Anderson I'm not entirely sure if I enjoyed 'Bombshell' as a movie, or as revenge... EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2019
4/4 Apollo 11 (2019) Jeffrey M. Anderson Until now, the documentary 'For All Mankind' (1989) looked to be the definitive word on the 1969 moon landing, but this one easily tops it. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2019
4/4 Waves (2019) Jeffrey M. Anderson A masterly effort, more fully-realized, emotionally mature, and cinematically inventive than just about anything else out there. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019
3.5/4 A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Jeffrey M. Anderson Heller makes 'A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood' into a movie-movie, designed to give you the feels... but this is fine, given that this is what the movie is actually about. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019
3.5/4 Clue (1985) Jeffrey M. Anderson If you're open to a weirdly atmospheric comedy that dashes from deadpan to manic and back again, it's a delight. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2019
3.5/4 Honey Boy (2019) Jeffrey M. Anderson Director Har'el gives all this a tender touch, with sequences verging on the dreamlike... 'Honey Boy' is a great act of empathy, and a catharsis. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
4/4 Kamera o tomeru na! (2017) Jeffrey M. Anderson As eye-poppingly fresh and startling as Sam Raimi's Evil Dead films were in the 1980s. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
3.5/4 The Lighthouse (2019) Jeffrey M. Anderson The Lighthouse is as downright unsettling, as totally disturbing, as any black-and-white nightmare since David Lynch's Eraserhead. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019
3.5/4 Harriet (2019) Jeffrey M. Anderson For her superb new "Harriet," Kasi Lemmons has daringly taken a positive approach, inviting viewers into her narrative, rather than talking down to them. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2019
3.5/4 The Current War (2017) Jeffrey M. Anderson To my eyes, "The Current War: Director's Cut" is a terrific film, vibrant and constantly crackling, like electricity. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2019
3.5/4 Jojo Rabbit (2019) Jeffrey M. Anderson It works beautifully, each moment bursting with playfulness (and impeccable timing), and yet never losing sight of kindness. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2019
3.5/4 Dolor y gloria (2019) Jeffrey M. Anderson An intensely personal work, a painful, yet somehow serene exposing of Almodóvar's innermost thoughts and fears. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019
3.5/4 First Love (2019) Jeffrey M. Anderson It features an insane pulp fiction-type plot, with many characters and situations, but it's all so kinetic and explosive that it's fun to just buckle up and go along for the ride. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019
2.5/4 Judy (2019) Jeffrey M. Anderson Avoiding the dull, broad scope of something like Bohemian Rhapsody, but also missing a chance at something delicate and lovely like Stan & Ollie, the biopic Judy lands squarely in the middle. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2019
3/4 Zeroville (2019) Jeffrey M. Anderson I can't even figure out how to rate it other than to say that I think it's probably not a very good movie, but that I kind of love it. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
3.5/4 Empathy, Inc. (2018) Jeffrey M. Anderson 'Empathy, Inc.' advertises its low-rent look right from the start, with its wonderful throwback black-and-white cinematography. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
4/4 Flavor of Green Tea Over Rice (1952) Jeffrey M. Anderson Comes at a wonderful middle period [in Ozu's career], between Late Spring and Tokyo Story, as more questions were being asked and themes became more appealingly layered. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2019
4/4 And Life Goes On... (1992) Jeffrey M. Anderson Yet another masterpiece and perhaps the first film on which the filmmaker really began playing around with space and reality. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2019
4/4 Through the Olive Trees (1994) Jeffrey M. Anderson Patient and observant, with a brilliant awareness of various layers of creation and creativity, it's a great film. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2019
3.5/4 Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool (2019) Jeffrey M. Anderson Long overdue, and most welcome. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2019
3.5/4 Tigers Are Not Afraid (2017) Jeffrey M. Anderson Horror films can often get close to real-world terrors, often indirectly implying a connection and letting the audience bridge the gap. Issa López's extraordinary Tigers Are Not Afraid gets a little closer than that. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2019
4/4 Day of the Outlaw (1959) Jeffrey M. Anderson André de Toth's black-and-white winter Western Day of the Outlaw is a flat-out masterpiece, filled with nuance and visual splendor. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2019
3.5/4 The Perfection (2018) Jeffrey M. Anderson A horror-thriller with humorous elements and a playful structure. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2019
3.5/4 Jacob's Ladder (1990) Jeffrey M. Anderson Though [Lyne] arguably focuses more on the thriller elements than the existential ones, he still manages a seductive, nightmare-like quality. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2019
3/4 The Babysitter (2017) Jeffrey M. Anderson Essentially a chase movie, but zippy, sexy, darkly funny, and constantly creative, with a fluid sense of space and movement, as well as lots of blood. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2019
4/4 Blackmail (1929) Jeffrey M. Anderson Overall, it's an essential early Hitchcock, showing the master confidently finding his stride. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2019
3.5/4 Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché (2018) Jeffrey M. Anderson [An] enlightening documentary, which is highly recommended to any cinephile. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2019
3/4 Ready or Not (2019) Jeffrey M. Anderson [A] delightfully tense, squeal-inducing chase film, based on a clever idea and a handful of tight comic performances. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2019
2.5/4 Gwen (2018) Jeffrey M. Anderson Gwen has been described as something of a horror film (and will be heading to the great horror streaming service Shudder), but I'd call it something more along the lines of a "misery" film. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
3/4 Blinded by the Light (2019) Jeffrey M. Anderson Chadha's frequent winning touches convey a passion that rises above cliché, and laughs despair in the face. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
3.5/4 Luz (2018) Jeffrey M. Anderson One of the stranger horror movies in recent years, more of an impression than an experience, easier to watch than to describe. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
3.5/4 Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) Jeffrey M. Anderson Whereas it lacks Linklater's usual shambling, lackadaisical, rough-at-the-edges touch, his special kind of filmmaking magic collides with a chirpy, neurotic story and meets it in the middle. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
2.5/4 The Kitchen (2019) Jeffrey M. Anderson But the actual problem is that it's not that it's not funny. The actual problem is that it's not very good. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
3.5/4 Always Be My Maybe (2019) Jeffrey M. Anderson A prickly, hilarious movie that puts plenty of comedy back into the tired old romantic comedy genre. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
3.5/4 Cam (2018) Jeffrey M. Anderson The movie's nightmarish quest for Alice to assert and establish her true identity is the stuff of all our darknesses, but the digital design and the focus on alluring sex workers gives it an odd, unique spin. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
3.5/4 Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Jeffrey M. Anderson Watts follows the Marvel playbook perfectly, crafting a delightfully entertaining movie that's bright, funny, exciting, and speedy, and also one that doesn't evaporate immediately. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
4/4 Nixon (1995) Jeffrey M. Anderson Stone had just come off of his blast of overcooked insanity Natural Born Killers, and he applies some of that rebellious invention to this otherwise sober undertaking. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
3.5/4 Detective (1985) Jeffrey M. Anderson Though it takes some effort, watching Godard's twisted, ricocheting batch of ideas is usually fascinating, or at least pleasantly puzzling. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019