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Michael J. Casey

Michael J. Casey
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/5 100% Minari (2020) A sweet and honest family drama that stumbles in the third act ‐ Michael J. Cinema
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2020
4/5 83% Martin Eden (2020) The writing is tight, the acting is solid, and the cinematography from Alessandro Abate and Francesco Di Giacomo is lush: rich colors, deep blacks, grainy texture from the Super 16mm.‐ Boulder Weekly
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
4.5/5 86% Pierrot le Fou (Pierrot Goes Wild) (Crazy Pete) (1969) The film is beauty, whimsy, and magic all wrapped around a sour center.‐ Boulder Weekly
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
4.5/5 100% The Gunfighter (1950) One of the best westerns from the 1950s - a decade replete with magnificent westerns.‐ Boulder Weekly
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2020
1.5/5 44% Money Machine (2020) Runs rampant with speculation and connections, trying to tie an entire city and multi-billion dollar businesses in with Paddock. Some of it raises an eyebrow of suspicion, but little passes the sniff test.‐ Michael J. Cinema
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2020
4.5/5 100% Dick Johnson Is Dead (2020) Happy sad.‐ Boulder Weekly
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2020
4/5 No Score Yet Downpour (1972) The story is a little on the slow side, but the imagery is second to none. A fever dream of images, some neo-realist, others surrealist, crafted in gorgeous black and white by cinematographer Barbod Taheri and Maziar Partow.‐ Michael J. Cinema
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2020
3/5 100% Our Time Machine (2020) It's a sweet doc, one that neither over-extends itself nor gins up daily conflicts into climactic moments.‐ Michael J. Cinema
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2020
4.5/5 88% Lucia (1968) Humberto Solás' first feature, and he managed to pour in so much the frame practically burst with guerilla aesthetics - kinetic, frenetic and exciting.‐ Boulder Weekly
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2020
3.5/5 50% Native Son (2020) Not a perfect film, but the movie is far more than a curiosity. The cinematography from Antonio Merayo is top-notch, and Wright's writing is as brutal as it is blunt.‐ Michael J. Cinema
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2020
4/5 89% Kajillionaire (2020) A wonderful interplay of light surfaces and dark recesses.‐ Boulder Weekly
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2020
3/5 72% Ottolenghi and the Cakes of Versailles (2020) A brief and brisk doc that doesn't spend a whole lot of time on any one thing or find an overarching narrative or conflict to latch on to. It's simply a view backstage while the players put on a show.‐ Michael J. Cinema
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
3.5/5 79% Greyhound (2020) The performances here are good, as is the cinematography-close, but not claustrophobic. It's a movie of tactics, resolve, and a little bit of faith. Maybe 10 minutes too long, but who's counting.‐ Michael J. Cinema
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2020
3/5 88% The Nest (2020) Seeing "The Nest" is engaging. Having seen "The Nest" is deflating.‐ Michael J. Cinema
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2020
3/5 100% All In: The Fight for Democracy (2020) A compelling case, one that falls along the lines of: "If you're not outraged, you're not paying attention."‐ Boulder Weekly
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2020
4/5 100% Losing Ground (1982) To watch it today is to discover a missing piece of history.‐ Boulder Weekly
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2020
4/5 88% Zero Motivation (2014) Apparently, there isn't much difference between a desert army base and a suburban office building.‐ Boulder Weekly
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2020
3/5 71% Tenet (2020) Ridiculously complicated, childishly simple, and completely overwhelming.‐ Boulder Weekly
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2020
3/5 93% Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President (2020) The music's great but the coup of Wharton's documentary is Carter himself, who recounts his work in politics with enough distance to see where the successes and mistakes lie.‐ Michael J. Cinema
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2020
5/5 85% Beau Travail (2000) Hypnotic and dreamy, with one of the most ecstatic endings of all time.‐ Boulder Weekly
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
4/5 92% Epicentro (2020) Sauper isn't trying to fool anyone, but he is a filmmaker, and that's how the medium works.‐ Michael J. Cinema
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2020
2/5 74% Mulan (2020) A lot of humorless action with no songs.‐ Boulder Weekly
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2020
3/5 63% Love Express: The Disappearance of Walerian Borowczyk (2020) A wonderful primer for the forgotten Borowczyk.‐ Michael J. Cinema
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2020
3.5/5 100% Other Music (2020) Joyous nostalgia with a tinge of sadness.‐ Michael J. Cinema
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2020
4/5 92% The Personal History of David Copperfield (2020) Iannucci takes Dickens' 620-plus pages and distills it down to 120 minutes of tight, joyous storytelling.‐ Boulder Weekly
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2020
4/5 No Score Yet Dark Circle (1982) (2020) Engrossing filmmaking about a subject more terrifying than a Hollywood horror film.‐ Michael J. Cinema
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2020
5/5 100% The Watermelon Woman (1997) A playful approach to the truth; history with the suggestion of manipulation.‐ Boulder Weekly
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2020
4/5 60% Tesla (2020) Electric.‐ Boulder Weekly
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2020
4.5/5 94% Boys State (2020) The tightest, most entertaining two hours you'll spend in front of a screen this summer.‐ Boulder Weekly
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2020
4.5/5 100% Jazz on a Summer's Day (2020) The poetry of life presented in image and sound.‐ Michael J. Cinema
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2020
3.5/5 96% Manakamana (2014) Slow cinema doesn't get much slower than this.‐ Boulder Weekly
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2020
4/5 92% Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (2012) As meditative as it is methodical, stunningly photographed, and as existentially provocative as anything Albert Camus ever wrote.‐ Boulder Weekly
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2020
5/5 95% Solaris (1976) It's as if the film is a living, thinking thing: A reflection of what you want when you need it.‐ Boulder Weekly
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2020
4/5 63% American Boy: A Profile of: Steven Prince (1978) An evening with an ace storyteller.‐ Michael J. Cinema
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2020
4/5 90% Diego Maradona (2019) Kapadia constructs Maradona's matches in images the way Ernest Hemingway recounted bullfighting with words‐ Boulder Weekly
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2020
5/5 93% Senna (2011) You don't have to know a lick about racing to become completely engrossed by 'Senna.'‐ Boulder Weekly
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2020
3.5/5 100% You Never Had It: An Evening With Bukowski (2020) An engaging piece of work.‐ Boulder Weekly
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2020
4/5 100% Hanyo (The Housemaid) (1960) Claustrophobic and relentless, 'The Housemaid' is the perfect intersection of noir and horror, and one of South Korea's greatest films.‐ Boulder Weekly
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2020
3.5/5 96% After the Storm (Umi yori mo mada fukaku) (2017) It's quiet, sweet, and surprisingly hopeful - just the sort of story you'd expect from Japanese maestro, Hirokazu Kore-eda.‐ Boulder Weekly
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2020
5/5 73% Nattvardsgästerna (Winter Light) (1962) The trick of Bergman is that he finds his way from god's silence to Tomas's despair to Molly Bloom's heart going like mad announcing affirmations in triplicate without an ounce of comprise or concession.‐ Boulder Weekly
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2020
4/5 83% Le Procès (The Trial) (1962) Welles thought it was one of his best, and he might be right.‐ Boulder Weekly
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2020
4/5 95% High and Low (Tengoku to jigoku) (1963) It's like walking in a strange city without a map: You have no idea where you're headed, what's around the next corner, and where the touristy part of the city ends, and the red light district begins.‐ Boulder Weekly
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2020
3.5/5 90% Frenzy (1972) Hitchcock's most graphic film is also his most unsettling.‐ Boulder Weekly
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2020
3.5/5 77% Summerland (2020) 'Summerland' is light, airy, and sweet. It's the angel food cake of cinema: You may not crave it, but you always enjoy it when it's on the table.‐ Boulder Weekly
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2020
3.5/5 94% Rope (1948) Hitchcock manages to keep everything light and humorous, but not without taking a couple of shots at a callous society actively choosing not to hear what they don't like.‐ Boulder Weekly
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2020
2.5/5 84% She Dies Tomorrow (2020) The story is so cloaked in mystery and unanswered questions, each viewer will simultaneously assume they know what it's about while understanding nothing.‐ Michael J. Cinema
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2020
5/5 100% Shadow of a Doubt (1943) There's something rotten in small-town, U.S.A., and Hitchcock chose Santa Rosa, California-one of the most picturesque cities in the nation-to set his tale of a modern-day wolf in sheep's clothing.‐ Boulder Weekly
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2020
4/5 96% The 39 Steps (1935) Made in England 1935, 'The 39 Steps' isn't the first Hitchcock film constructed around "the wrong man" conceit, but it's one where he found his touch.‐ Boulder Weekly
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2020
4.5/5 99% The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Les Parapluies de Cherbourg) (1964) It has one of the best endings in all of cinema - if it doesn't break your heart, nothing will.‐ Boulder Weekly
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2020
4/5 69% Dancer in the Dark (2000) Björk plays Selma, a Czech immigrant suffering from a degenerative eye disorder. It's a rare, hereditary disease, and it'll steal her sight but not the song in her heart.‐ Boulder Weekly
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2020