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Ed Whitfield

Ed Whitfield
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
5/5 88% Submarine (2011) Submarine is a closed world like the best stories, a complete movie in every sense.‐ The Ooh Tray
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2011
4/5 No Score Yet A Quiet Place in the Country (Un tranquillo posto di campagna) (1968) Psychologically dense, ambiguous in intent and profoundly unsettling.‐ What Culture
Posted Jul 6, 2011
4/5 86% X-Men: First Class (2011) First Class might even be too good for its predecessors' comfort. An unintended consequence of its sure handed grip on character is the retroactive tarnishing of the original films. ‐ What Culture
Posted Jul 6, 2011
4/5 96% The Arbor (2011) It's an even handed and responsible profile that recognises the playwright's important contribution to British theatre without turning away from the vulnerable and flawed human being that she was.‐ What Culture
Posted Jul 6, 2011
3.5/5 79% Countdown to Zero (2010) A whirlwind tour of human failure ... ‐ What Culture
Posted Jul 6, 2011
3.5/5 26% Arthur (2011) If you're not wedded to Dud's trust fund drunk, there's no reason not to enjoy this sweet and affectionate retread.‐ What Culture
Posted Jul 6, 2011
5/10 72% Fright Night (2011) Farrell's the man you warned your Mother about.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2011
2.5/5 56% Killing Bono (2011) It's awash with broad humour, comedic contrivances and sitcom setups.‐ What Culture
Posted Jul 6, 2011
2/5 26% Green Lantern (2011) Robbed of his personal pronoun by a pan-galactic evil ... ‐ What Culture
Posted Jul 6, 2011
2/5 No Score Yet Uomini Si Nasce Poliziotti Si Muore (1976) It's an ugly movie, mired in bad technique, but fun for all you post-modernists... if you're in the mood.‐ What Culture
Posted Jul 6, 2011
2/5 60% That's What I Am (2011) That's What I Am isn't a movie, sadly, it's an unreconstructed piece of television and one that's suffused with the values of the US networked shows of yesteryear.‐ What Culture
Posted Jul 12, 2011
1.5/5 No Score Yet Empire State (1988) They certainly don't make them like this anymore.‐ What Culture
Posted Jul 6, 2011
1/5 65% Cannibal Holocaust (1980) Deodato became confused and made the very thing he was ostensibly criticising.‐ What Culture
Posted Jul 6, 2011
1/5 23% Evan Almighty (2007) Fans of the original film will find much to enjoy, though they really shouldn't and it would be morally indefensible to encourage them.‐ What Culture
Posted Jul 6, 2011
100% Living On Love Alone (d'amour Et D'eau Fraiche) (2011) Living on Love Alone is ... a useful snapshot of a time when society has put its lowest ever premium on skill and imagination and the generation that's being betrayed as a consequence.‐ The Ooh Tray
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2011
100% Lawrence Of Belgravia (2012) The singer's confusion and despondency at the close is the only real thing about this journey - the rest, you feel, is pizza and fairytales.‐ The Ooh Tray
Read More | Posted May 4, 2012
100% Musicwood (2013) As a visibly agitated Greenpeace activist puts it, "the only thing that f***ing matters is the forest" and that, you feel, is the crux of it.‐ The Ooh Tray
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2014
100% What We Left Behind: Looking Back at Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (2019) If Trekkies ever needed reminding that their thoughtless and thought terminating rejection of the so-called black sheep of the Trek family was imbecilic then and, in the age of Star Trek: Discovery, indefensible now, this is the time.‐ The Ooh Tray
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2019
99% Starred Up (2014) Poses pertinent questions about institutional corruption, the criminal ecosystem and how the taxpayer's representatives become willing accomplices.‐ The Ooh Tray
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2014
99% Selma (2014) First rate.‐ The Ooh Tray
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2015
99% Lady Bird (2017) A wry and often understated movie about identity and aspiration that manages to feel fresh, despite familiar beats.‐ The Ooh Tray
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2018
99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) One's left to wonder who's parasitically living off whom? The Kims off the Parks, or the Americans off their anti-communist allies?‐ The Ooh Tray
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2020
98% Jaws (1975) You think of the excess that followed in Jaws' wake and realise how well judged that first blockbuster is.‐ The Ooh Tray
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2012
98% Toy Story 3 (2010) Toy Story 3 is probably the best of the series ... ‐ The Ooh Tray
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2011
98% Before Midnight (2013) There's not a hint of melodrama or falsity in the Before series. ‐ The Ooh Tray
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2013
98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Hell, make a few more like this, Melissa, and you might be forgiven. ‐ The Ooh Tray
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2019
98% Get Out (2017) A great exercise in sustained tension and menace rooted in social discomfort.‐ The Ooh Tray
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2017
97% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) It seems the only people who make them like they used to are the ones that made the originals.‐ The Ooh Tray
Read More | Posted May 22, 2015
97% Mud (2013) As Mud might say, it's a hell of a thing.‐ The Ooh Tray
Read More | Posted May 17, 2013
97% Boyhood (2014) One of the most interesting movies ever made, but also, perhaps, one of the most anticlimactic.‐ The Ooh Tray
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2014
97% Black Panther (2018) The emphasis on identity politics and the social critique of White America, gives Coogler a little space to fashion something distinctive - a different flavour of Marvel movie if you will, with a great new taste, even if the ingredients are well known. ‐ The Ooh Tray
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2018
97% Toy Story 4 (2019) It provides a resolution for all the toys, which though predicated on the same idea as previous films, namely each toy finding their purpose, gives that theme expression in a way that feels more individuated to the characters and satisfying. ‐ The Ooh Tray
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2019
97% Spotlight (2015) Quietly understated, no-frills filmmaking...eschewing thriller conventions, "you have no idea how high up this goes" clichés and the overdramatising of material, including egregious sentimentality.‐ The Ooh Tray
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2016
97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) Danny Boyle, Daniel Craig - it's your move.‐ The Ooh Tray
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2018
97% Hell or High Water (2016) A contemporary Western, [which] like the best of them, is concerned with the moral character of the frontier, and whether the lawless and the righteous have a foot in each other's territory. ‐ The Ooh Tray
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2016
97% Booksmart (2019) In the absence of out and out jokes, because this is still a movie in thrall to the orthodoxy that everyone must be on all the time, there's a pleasing optimism. ‐ The Ooh Tray
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2019
97% Knives Out (2019) [It] wears its influences without the tedium of pastiche or the tension-sapping laziness of parody.‐ The Ooh Tray
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2019
96% The Social Network (2010) Perhaps we've become a world of Mark Zuckerbergs and it's clear that these filmmakers don't like it one bit.‐ The Ooh Tray
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2011
96% The Irishman (2019) A human life in deep focus.‐ The Ooh Tray
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2019
96% Gravity (2013) Blessed be the innovators but those interested in timelessness need to hire some writers and restore the basics to their rightful place in the cinematic firmament. ‐ The Ooh Tray
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2013
96% The LEGO Movie (2014) The greatest commercial ever made.‐ The Ooh Tray
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2014
96% Blue Ruin (2014) A sublime noir that deserves to be seen, such is its power and brutality. ‐ The Ooh Tray
Read More | Posted May 4, 2014
96% '71 (2015) The film's more interested in the politics of war, rather than the specifics of the conflict; the idea, to paraphrase Richard Dormer's ex-army medic, that rich ****s use stupid ****s to kill poor ****s. ‐ The Ooh Tray
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2014
96% The Death of Stalin (2018) A film that rides the line between irreverence and farce without trivialising the plight of the victims. ‐ The Ooh Tray
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2017
96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) The parallels between the seemingly archaic political climate depicted here and what's subsequently re-emerged in Trump's America, is the polemical bent of Lee's film.‐ The Ooh Tray
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2018
95% The Muppets (2011) Henson's Muppets had a nice line in dry wit. They were anarchic. Segel's are corporate stooges. ‐ The Ooh Tray
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2012
95% The Artist (2011) See it, but remember: no talking.‐ The Ooh Tray
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2012
95% 12 Years a Slave (2013) This is history alert to the many gradations that inform any fully formed understanding of the past; history unbound.‐ The Ooh Tray
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2014
95% Behind the Candelabra (2013) There's a lot more behind the candelabra than hot tubs and scalp glue.‐ The Ooh Tray
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2013
95% Her (2013) If Her is indeed a male fetish fantasy (as one journalist claimed), it's an odd one, presumably aimed at the same men who get a thrill from having their member sheathed in sandpaper.‐ The Ooh Tray
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2014