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Philip Martin

Philip Martin
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
A 93% About a Boy (2002) Refreshingly short on cuteness and remarkably alert to the problems inherent in adapting a much-loved novel to the screen.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jul 24, 2002
A 85% Monster's Ball (2002) less a love story than a movie about love - about how it leeches into disparate hearts and desperate circumstances, about raw and unlikely and redemptive it can be‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jul 26, 2002
A 92% Y Tu Mama Tambien (2001) ... raunchy and wild and honest‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jul 26, 2002
A 90% Minority Report (2002) ...one of those rare movies with commercial aspirations that invites and even rewards thought.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jul 26, 2002
A 41% Big Bad Love (2001) Its pleasures are ... sharp and not to everyone's taste‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jul 26, 2002
A 67% Bread and Roses (2001) ...less dogmatic and milder than most of Loach's work, with a kind of sweet dignity about it‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jul 26, 2002
A 86% Gosford Park (2001) ...the plot seems little more than an excuse to explore textures and generate atmosphere ... to present us with a microcosm of society worthy of Trollope.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jul 26, 2002
A 65% Festival in Cannes (2002) Jaglom ... put[s] the audience in the privileged position of eavesdropping on his characters‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jul 26, 2002
A 91% Murderous Maids (2002) ... a story, an old and scary one, about the monsters we make, and the vengeance they take.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jul 26, 2002
A 83% Mulholland Drive (2001) ...movies needn't be coherent to be affecting, and the best art provokes emotions not easily rendered in language.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jul 26, 2002
A 81% Waking Life (2001) While a lot of honest, intelligent people will no doubt fail to grok this trippy, exhilarating movie... [it] is the dreamiest film of this or any other year.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jul 29, 2002
A 92% Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) a lot of fun, but not a movie that particularly rewards repeated watchings... once every 20 years or so isn't too often.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jul 29, 2002
A 94% Ulee's Gold (1997) ... there is a hard-won grace to Fonda's performance .‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jul 29, 2002
A 73% Before Night Falls (2001) There is something genuinely moving in Bardem's Rabelaisian poet...‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jul 30, 2002
A 93% Saving Private Ryan (1998) ...the landing on Omaha Beach, should be shown in every high school classroom in America‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jul 31, 2002
A 90% The Apostle (1998) ...introduces one of the most complex and naturalistic characters ever to appear on screen.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jul 31, 2002
A 76% Bulworth (1998) ... Bulworth is the product of an interesting engaged intelligence operating at or near peak capacity‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jul 31, 2002
A 81% He Got Game (1998) Only a director as good as Spike Lee could make a coherent movie out of this messy, jejune set-up ...‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jul 31, 2002
A 91% Fast, Cheap & Out of Control (1997) ...an essay about the human struggle toward meaning.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jul 31, 2002
A 83% Smoke Signals (1998) The good news is that Smoke Signals is a movie that requires no dispensation ...‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jul 31, 2002
A 76% The Virgin Suicides (2000) ...a tragic fable, as diffuse as an imperfectly remembered dream‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jul 31, 2002
A 89% Topsy-Turvy (1999) Leigh is a master at evoking conflicted feelings and recreating in his movies a genuine sense of the complexity and ambiguity of adult experience.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jul 31, 2002
A+ 99% The Third Man (1949) ... in sparkling black and white ... a gorgeous example of the possibilities of cinematic chiaroscuro and among the most entertaining 'classic' films of any genre.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jul 31, 2002
A 88% Easy Rider (1969) I'd thought Easy Rider would seem dated. Turns out it's timeless.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Aug 2, 2002
A 73% The Daytrippers (1997) ... quiet, thoroughly convincing little movie‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Aug 7, 2002
A 96% Croupier (2000) ...a model of what might be accomplished by a capable director working on a small budget - namely one of the best films of the year.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Aug 8, 2002
A 87% American Beauty (1999) ...a novelistic integrity, a cool black comic sensibility and, at its core, a raw throbbing monster of a busted heart.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Aug 8, 2002
A 51% Summer of Sam (1999) ...tremendous, haunting, multi-textured ...‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Aug 23, 2002
A 95% Secrets & Lies (1997) ...a modern homily on the hidden dangers of expedience.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Aug 28, 2002
A+ 83% Nurse Betty (2000) ...unnerving, but never cynical. Violent but never gratuitous....an odd little film with a cracked heart .‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Aug 29, 2002
A 94% American Movie (1999) ...even losers can have dreams.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Aug 29, 2002
A 91% The Kid Stays in the Picture (2002) ...a rare unguarded glimpse of inside Hollywood in its most brazenly self-referential yet least guarded moments.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Sep 11, 2002
A 97% Spirited Away (2002) Filled with haunting imagery, subtly rendered characters and an emotional core absent from most anime, Spirited Away is a rich cinematic experience, a story that reads like direct translation of the director's dream...‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Oct 21, 2002
A 98% Dumbo (1941) ... thoroughly modest and, at times, nearly slapdash in execution, [Dumbo] retains its power to charm.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Oct 23, 2002
A 71% Clockers (1995) ...a powerful piece of entertaining filmmaking.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Oct 30, 2002
A 99% Casablanca (1942) An accidental masterpiece ...‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Oct 30, 2002
A 98% A Hard Day's Night (1964) ...if you don't like the Beatles, you don't like rock 'n' roll. And if you don't like A Hard Day's Night, you don't like movies.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Oct 30, 2002
A 97% Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) ...what is there to say about the film, other than it is extremely silly and probably one of the four or five funniest movies of all time?‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Oct 30, 2002
A 97% Metropolis (1927) Everything we take for granted in movies today had to be "invented" by someone and it only enhances our understanding and enjoyment to recognize these roots.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Nov 1, 2002
A 96% Sling Blade (1996) There is almost nothing slipshod about the film and I suspect that it will only seem more impressive the further we get from the flurry of hype ...‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Nov 1, 2002
A 79% 8 Women (8 Femmes) (2002) Cheesy and implausible, pink-cheeked and mad, 8 Women is a hysterical and purposefully vulgar film - a cynical shock tactic that nevertheless argues for the unsinkable dignity of the human beast.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Nov 18, 2002
A 66% Solaris (2002) ...it is not difficult to imagine people being frustrated by this movie, in the same way many people were frustrated by Kubrick's monolith in 2001.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Nov 22, 2002
A 90% Leaving Las Vegas (1995) ...a brilliantly realized tone poem... a cauterizing movie -- it burns like bourbon splashed on an exposed heart.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Dec 9, 2002
A 73% Gangs of New York (2002) ...a product of supreme confidence and sublime cheek.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Dec 16, 2002
A 87% Love and Death on Long Island (1998) ...a slight film, but it's extremely well-acted and darkly funny.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Dec 16, 2002
A 97% Hiroshima Mon Amour (1960) ...a beautiful, thrilling film. At least that's how I remember it.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Dec 26, 2002
A 88% Far From Heaven (2003) ... a remarkable and haunting film of heartbreaking earnestness that, in its way, says as much about the way America is as the way we were‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Dec 30, 2002
A 91% Adaptation (2002) Would I even like this movie if they hadn't sent me this coffee mug? I should have given the coffee mug to Goodwill. But I can't be bought by a coffee mug, can I?‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jan 7, 2003
A 69% Personal Velocity: Three Portraits (2002) ...works like a short story, or even poetry, in that it shifts our emotional center of gravity through a finely calibrated vernacular of gesture and language.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jan 8, 2003
A 87% Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002) Noyce points a camera at these kids and lets us read their eyes. It's a trick, but all magic is these days.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jan 8, 2003