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Cole Smithey
The Smartest Film Critic in the World
Interests: Film, Jazz Guitar, Teaching, Craft Beer, Great Food, Travel.
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Homework, so much homework for this dumb little movie.
Toggle Commented Jun 20, 2020 on LADY BIRD — REVISITED at Cole Smithey - Reviews
"The Neon Demon" is one hell of a visually compelling movie, and this poster really gets at the film's slick modernist style of beauty horror. Sticky, sweet, pretty, and dead. Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2020 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
I might not have even written my capsule review of "Goodbye Solo" if I hadn't overheard someone at a screening quoting Scott's review of the film as a "neo-neo-realist" picture. You can't call yourself a film critic if you don't have a fundamental grasp of film genres — there are more than a hundred. Anyway, Cannes, Rottentomatoes, and Roger Ebert's millionaire status all come into play in our little social study of corporate media punching down on what they view as a threat to their status quo. As you can guess, I'm laughing all the way to the bank! Well, no, no I'm not, it's really more the opposite, but you'll see what I mean.
I was once a huge fan of Roger Ebert, and harbored a world of respect for a man who was writing great film criticism before many of today's critics were in diapers. So I was not thrilled when Ebert called my capsule review of "Goodbye Solo" a "pathetic review" after an anonymous commenter on Ebert's site "Roger Ebert's Journal" took my review to task for "spoiling" the film's otherwise 100% rating on Rottentomatoes. Naturally, I took it on the chin at the time, but what the fuck? Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2020 at Cole Smithey - Articles
Inspired by real-life Manhattan twin gynecologist brothers Cyril and Stewart Marcus, David Cronenberg's disturbing tale of bodily horror involves strange medical devices created especially for the film. The estimable Jeremy Irons is damn good as doctors Elliot and Beverly. Especially dicy because the brothers share their OBGYN practice, and sexual partners, "Dead Ringers" is by no means a date movie. This is one effed up little horror flick. Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2020 at Cole Smithey - Capsules
This 2009 A-list packed romdramedy plays heart strings and gives sucker punches in equal measure. You'll pine for the pre-smart phone days when there was a thread of humanity and the milk of human kindness was something you could find. Drew Barrymore spills with charm in this underrated American comic classic. Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2020 at Cole Smithey - Capsules
Dysfunctional adults, an unhappy marriage, too many kids, a cruel mom, an over-the-hill astronaut, and cancer are elements in this hardcore tear-jerker. Cry, cry, cry. Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2020 at Cole Smithey - Capsules
Today's Cole Smithey Film-To-Stream: STAN & OLLIE —Steve Coogan & John C. Reilly are exquisite as the comic duo who charmed the world in this immaculate picture. Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2020 at Cole Smithey - Capsules
One of my all time favorite Elvis Costello songs is "I Stand Accused" (from his GET HAPPY record). This great song was originally written and recorded by Isaac Hayes and Jerry Butler. Elvis celebrates the power of the song with just the right amount of emotional distance lest he be consumed by the song's 110% romantic commitment. Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2020 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog