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91 96% The Station Agent The Station Agent (2003) - Rated 28 Jun 2008
"A beautiful story about solitude and the perils of connecting with other people, and one of my favorite movies of the 2000s. For me, this is Patricia Clarkson's breakout role, the first time I saw her and thought, "Oh, my god--who iS that woman?" The raw fragility of her performance is overpowering. It remains my favorite performance of hers--in fact, all three leads do the best work I have seen any of them do here."
12 3% Area 407 Area 407 (2012) - Rated 19 Jan 2013
"Apparently the dialogue was almost entirely ad-libbed by the actors, which is strangely comforting--at least no one is actually guilty of writing those lousy lines. The ending is great: everyone gets their due, and those irritating twats finally shut the fuck up."
12 3% A Heavenly Vintage A Heavenly Vintage (2009) - Rated 01 Aug 2012
"Pretty cinematography and pretty actors cannot save this mess. It's possible there's a way to tell this story of men, angels and crops in a way that doesn't make it seem ridiculous, but it's difficult to imagine. Having the actors actually speak some of their lines, rather than whisper--or, more accurately, croak--most of them would be a good place to start."
82 85% The Secret Life of Words The Secret Life of Words (2005) - Rated 03 Aug 2010
"Some really wonderful material here, sabotaged somewhat by the director's style. The scenes between Sarah Polley and the great Tim Robbins are fantastic--they achieve an intense, almost naked intimacy that is striking, yet the jiggling of the hand-held camera dissipates the intensity in a most unwelcome manner. And Ms. Coixet seems to have NO idea how to end a scene. Still, there's more than enough beauty to compensate--even for the awful, embarrassing narration that opens and closes the movie."
92 97% Solas Solas (1999) - Rated 09 Jul 2008
"Beautiful and moving--at times, gut-wrenchingly so. Fantastic acting, especially by María Galiana, who plays the Mother--a classic example of "less is more" when it comes to acting."
0% What Dreams May Come What Dreams May Come (1998) - Rated 21 Jun 2008
"Psychobabble: The Movie! The writing is the kind of smug, sophomoric writing where EVERYTHING sounds like a cliché, even when it isn't (which is almost never), and the whole mess is capped by a New-Age retelling of the Orpheus legend, with an underworld populated by countless kvetching souls. Robin Williams has two modes here: twinkly, calculated lovability and scrappy earnestness--it's impossible to say which one is more annoying. The whole thing is utterly nauseating."
88 93% Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011) - Rated 01 Oct 2012
"A spy movie where no one gets blown up? What the hell is this? The best spy movie I've ever seen--real style, beautiful, moody cinematography, good editing, excellent, understated performances, intelligent writing, even a decent score (and as a musician I'm annoyed by movie scores more often than not). A suspense movie for thinking people: be prepared to do some."