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Jeremy has written 29 reviews for films rated .

  • The Front Runner

    The Front Runner

    Reitman thinks he’s Altman now, I guess, but this smart-alecky take on Gary Hart’s fall from grace is a distasteful and nostalgic lament that we’ve moved on from the pre-#MeToo era. The choice to make Hart himself the protagonist of this film indicates where Reitman’s sympathies lie, and scene after scene either makes light of the exploitation of women or plays their insecurities for laughs. Just as risible is the film’s take on the media, which sees an unwillingness to…

  • Cinema Paradiso

    Cinema Paradiso

    I’m fully aware that Giuseppe Tornatore’s Italian tearjerker Cinema Paradiso is beloved by many, but I can’t drum up much goodwill for it. Telling the story of a young boy’s relationship to a projectionist and, more importantly, to popular film, it never is afraid to simplify itself further so that no one watching feels left out of its banality. When the young boy’s mentor tells him not to give into nostalgia, the sentiment feels laughable considering this film’s reverence to…

  • Bowling for Columbine

    Bowling for Columbine

    Provocative documentarian Michael Moore comes out prepped for a strike with Bowling for Columbine, his treatise on American gun violence, but ends up rolling a complete gutter ball. Gutter ball is an appropriate term to describe this film, in which Moore masks his seedy willingness to ambush interviewees emotionally and sleazily distort facts under the guise of doing a good deed. Always the underdog, he’s fighting hard against just about everyone here, but mostly he’s fighting to give a movie…

  • Alexandra's Project

    Alexandra's Project

    Alexandra’s Project, Rolf de Heer’s limp tale of a housewife’s vengeful malaise, tries to come off as a Jeanne Dielman for the reality TV age. Unfortunately, this utterly disposable post-feminist tract is so misguided that it ends up making most reality TV look thoughtful. In Project’s thinly conceived plot, somewhat insensitive husband Steve (Gary Sweet) comes home from a day at work to find instead of the surprise birthday party he expected an unpleasant home movie in which his wife…

  • Brad's Status

    Brad's Status

    I should have known better, as I find few filmmakers as contemptuous and insufferable as Mike White.

    12/100

  • Havenhurst

    Havenhurst

    Overly formulaic haunted house thriller with some gore but far more bore.

    19/100

  • My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea

    My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea

    A rare form of torture for me, given that the simple, endlessly undulating art style of this debut animated feature from graphic novelist Dash Shaw gave me an actual headache. Beyond the visual nightmare that this represents (think a cruder ‘70s Hanna-Barbera with clashing color schemes), it’s got little else to offer. The title is thuddingly literal, as the movie recounts what happens once Tides High School (GET IT?!?!) goes crashing into the sea due to some haphazard construction. I…

  • Alex & Emma

    Alex & Emma

    Two miserable people get together to pen the worst novel ever written and have sex, and we're supposed to cheer, or at least titter. Hopefully this completely unpleasant misfire is not the announcement of the end of Rob Reiner's career as a worthwhile director. I haven't seen all of North, but it's tough to imagine it being less enjoyable. I notice that Franchise Pictures, the company that leaves no vanity picture unmade, is responsible this wreck, which probably explains the abysmal production values. The only question is, whose idea of vanity is a movie as unflattering as this?

    18/100

  • Vulgar

    Vulgar

    The first few minutes here actually seemed to have some promise: the destitute protagonist's pathetic existence seemed original enough to spark my interest. As soon as it became apparent that he lived in a world that was a twisted and cruel reflection of reality, I lost all interest. The most humanitarian thing I can say about this film is that they included subtitles on the DVD for deaf people. Even as shock cinema, it's not made with enough talent to be truly surprising in any way.

    10/100

  • Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine

    Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine

    With a theme song sung by The Supremes, the inspiration of Austin Powers' fembots, and that title, this campy comedy at least sounded watchable in theory. It's not, really. Vincent Price has an even more thankless role than usual as Goldfoot. Even though, he's frequently expected to talk merely to fill time, he still has the best role in this wreck.

    12/100

  • A Decade Under the Influence

    A Decade Under the Influence

    An endless series of sound bites that only seems to perpetuate, instead of penetrate, the mythmaking behind 70s filmmaking in Hollywood. One brief snippet of an interview after another states that the 70s was founded on artistry above all else, yet the films that the documentary gives the greatest amount of attention to are those that are already recipients of Oscars or wild box office success. As such, it seems to only flatter the audience (and the subjects), telling them…

  • Scary Movie 3

    Scary Movie 3

    This parody is barely a series of jokes at all. It's more a collection of concepts. There should be some sort of giddy thrill in seeing our recent pop culture milestones collide like this, but there's not. Is it because those pop culture milestones become disposable as soon as we leave the theater or because pop culture is so self-aware that it's unleashed upon itself as a rule? When synergy becomes so commonplace that the Hulk is a comic book,…