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Rich Cline


Shadows on the Wall, UK


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Super Troopers (2001)
This entertainingly goofy film keeps us laughing while keeping its characters real; there's not a whiff of knowing postmodern cynicism anywhere... The five writer-actors work under the name Broken Lizard, and their ensemble performance is hilarious.
 About as humorous as watching your favorite pet get buried alive.
 (Jason Clark, Matinee Magazine)
 You laugh neither with it nor at it but rather sit counting the minutes while the movie laughs, for no good reason, at itself.
 (A.O. Scott, New York Times)
 Gross a good deal of the time, stupid more often than not, and rarely funny... a movie that's not just crummy; it's creepy and disreputable as well.
 (Frank Swietek, One Guy’s Opinion)
 It's kind of sad that so many people put so much time and energy into this turkey.
  (Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times)
 About 45 minutes into the screening of Super Troopers I had my first laugh. Then, as the credits rolled, I had my second. The time in between those laughs went slower than an ant climbing Mount Saint Helens.
 (Jerry McCormick, San Diego Union-Tribune)
 100 minutes without a single amusing moment.
 (Jason Solomons, Mail on Sunday)
 A relentlessly gross, boorish, sadistic comedy about traffic police exploiting their position to bully, victimise and beat people up... This is enough to leave you despairing of humanity.
 (Chris Tookey, Daily Mail)
Without a Paddle (2004)
Hilariously funny and also extremely silly, sweet and rude.
 So bad that it will annoy and/or bore those who have minimal standards and a high tolerance for sewage. This is such an affront to good cinematic taste that those involved should find themselves unable to work in Hollywood for a long time. And the best thing for the potential consumer to do is to avoid it during its hopefully brief theatrical run and when it makes its appearance on video store shelves. Let the flies buzz around it instead.
  (James Berardinelli, Reelviews)
 Gormless... This is a film that's ashamed of itself - and it shows. While striving for a bit of liberalism (ain't we City types the real stoopid ones) almost every scene then throws in the towel and falls back on a clutch of unfunny country-livin' clichés, such as hillbillies catching salmon by dynamiting a river. And with Federal law seemingly dictating that no mainstream US comedy should be complete without a soul-searching denouement, you also get the hushed revelation that, ‘Being alive is the treasure’. Bless.
  (Ali Catterall, BBCi)
 What can you say about a film where Matthew Lillard (the gurning horror-movie fiend from Scream) is the most restrained performer on view?
  (Andrew Pulver, Guardian)
 Mindless... incredibly unthrilling and almost totally unfunny. The three protagonists spend a good deal of the movie singing “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?” – a question to which, I am afraid, there is only one answer.
 (Chris Tookey, Daily Mail)
Wild Side (2004)
This is evocative, almost elegiac filmmaking - striking to look at, disturbing and provocative to think about, and slightly frustrating in its refusal to play by cinematic rules of plot structure and character arc. And in a very unconventional way, it's deeply, darkly beautiful.
 #A0A cumbersome piece of self-indulgent, queer cinema trash.
  (N.P. Thompson, Movies into
 In between sex scenes, the characters stare enigmatically into space. Occasionally, for a change, someone gazes into a different space. Eventually, all three fall asleep, long after the audience.
 (Chris Tookey, Daily Mail)
Someone Else (2007)
With its insightful look at relationships, this small British comedy actually bears comparison with Woody Allen's masterpiece Manhattan… A beautiful, moving, thoroughly entertaining little gem.
 Every dramatic sequence fizzles out, and every comic scene falls flat. Impossible to recommend on any level.
 (David Gritten, Daily Telegraph)
 Visually flat with unappealing performances.
 (Jason Solomons, Mail on Sunday)
 A good cast of British talent does its best with a script devoid of anything fresh, funny or insightful to say.
 (Cosmo Landesman, Sunday Times)
 (Philip French, Observer)
 Hilariously, one internet critic has already compared this film to Woody Allen’s Manhattan, which is much the same as saying that Emile Heskey is the new Pele – though, come to think of it, that’s an insult to the muscular Wigan striker. This movie isn’t nearly as nimble or quick-witted as he is.
 (Chris Tookey, Daily Mail)
Love's Kitchen (2011)
As a bit of undemanding entertainment, it hits the spot.
 Quite possibly the worst film of the year.
 (Simon Reynolds, Digitalspy)
 It's quite astonishingly amateur and awful.
 (Henry Fitzherbert, Sunday Express)
 Here is a new British film with an eternal, timeless kind of embarrassing awfulness… a script so poisonously naff it could have been bred in a Petri dish in Porton Down.
 (Peter Bradshaw, Guardian)
 The cast perform as if they had never acted before in their lives. Gordon Ramsay, who has never acted before, can't even do a convincing impersonation of himself.
 (Anthony Quinn, Independent)
 Love’s Kitchen is a rural British romcom that appears to have been painstakingly assembled by a committee of village idiots.
 (Chris Tookey, Daily Mail)
Abendland (1999)
This artful examination of loneliness, crime and poverty is stunningly well-produced, capturing the textures and rhythms of a night on the streets.
Beautiful Creatures (2001)
Like Thelma & Louise meets Shallow Grave... The film moves along briskly - constantly surprising, thoroughly entertaining and surprisingly astute in its observations.
Agent Cody Banks (2003)
This goofy teen spy comedy is actually one of the better action movies of the past year, blowing XXX out of the water, for example, with a much better story, more coherent action and better stunts and effects!
2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)
The plot is more involving than it has any right to be, continually putting the characters into no-win situations that require outrageous levels of inventiveness... It's the action scenes we're here for, and Singleton delvers them with gob-smacking camera work and clever effects that get us shaking our heads with amazement. By the time we get to the almost criminally enjoyable climactic chase, we're completely and utterly hooked. More! More!
Torremolinos 73 (2003)
Hilariously funny. *****
50 First Dates (2004)
In a word: sublime.
I Heart Huckabees (2004)
This freewheeling and fiendishly intelligent farce is such an entertaining bundle of chaos that you can't help but love it.
Only Human (2005)
This engaging film wins us over with its sharp humour and surprising warmth. And its brave timeliness.
It's All Gone Pete Tong (2005)
A real stunner.
Elizabethtown (2005)
Beautifully made... Dunst is charm personified.
Bride Wars (2009)
A lively tone and sharp performances… This is a film that really knows its audience, and fans of corny-sweet comedies will love it.
The Limits of Control (2009)
This is gorgeous filmmaking.
Hop (2011)
What could have been a painfully childish animated Easter romp is given a shot of deranged humour and an above-average cast of voices and cameos. This makes it rather a lot more fun than expected.
Slackers (2002)
This is not your average low-brow university comedy; these filmmakers have a much more twisted sense of humour, pulling laughs from the most surprising places to liven up what is essentially just a sweet romance... Just when you feared - hoped? - the gross-out comedy had died, Slackers comes along to breathe new life into the genre.
Punch-Drunk Love (2002)
Subtle and more than a little offbeat, this is the kind of movie the Farrellys might make if they (a) made intelligent films and (b) weren't obsessed with gross-out humour. The comedy here is just as outrageous, catching us completely off guard and sending us into spasms of laughter. But instead of coming from the toilet, it's all based on the unexpected and absurd... and it appeals to our brains just as much as our guts.
Camp (2002)
Thoroughly engaging, hilarious and moving... This is the kind of film you can watch over and over again.
Welcome to Collinwood (2002)
Enjoyably dumb, sweet, and intermittently hilarious - if you've a taste for the quirky, steal a glimpse.
25th Hour (2002)
Hard-hitting... a chilling cautionary tale about personal responsibility.
The Last Great Wilderness (2003)
David Mackenzie's inventive Scottish thriller keeps us on our toes with its intelligent blending of horror, comedy and internal drama.
Hoover Street Revival (2002)
Unusually poetic documentary.
Trouble Every Day (2002)
This eerie and atmospheric drama builds its suspense slowly and surely... Believe me, this is unlike any sex-and-horror film you've ever seen!
Ghost Ship (2002)
It's refreshing to watch a horror film that's this unpretentious. It's not afraid to be profoundly cheesy ... and it actually unsettles us with hideous grisliness rather than mere noises on the soundtrack.
The Rules of Attraction (2003)
This wicked social satire is quite funny and entertaining.
Wilbur (Wants to Kill Himself) (2003)
Don't let the title put you off; this is one of the most wonderfully life-affirming films you'll see all year.
House of 1000 Corpses (2003)
Underneath the unhinged surfaces of this film is a tight little thriller that really grabs hold and never lets go. High tension, some good scares and a constant stream of black comedy keeps things more than a little lively.
Wrong Turn (2003)
One of the more entertainingly scary thrillers in memory, this is from the lost-in-the-woods genre, and it certainly keeps us on the edge of our seats.
Kiss of Life (2003)
With a dreamlike approach to her themes and story, first-timer Young takes a surreal and sensitive look at the bonds of love... The film has an intriguingly driving narrative, and yet it's also ethereal and gritty at the same time.
The Stepford Wives (2004)
With its smart script and dead-on comic performances, it actually works.
The Family Stone (2005)
Writer-director Bezucha deftly avoids stereotypes to bring us an entertaining and honest family comedy.
G-Force (2009)
Has all of the chase scenes and car crashes you’d expect from a Jerry Bruckheimer movie, but a lot more (intentional) laughs thanks to a witty script and a cast of engaging rodents.
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