Hello, my name is Sean Patrick He/Him, and I am a film critic and podcast host for Everyone's a Critic Movie Review Podcast. I am a voting member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association, the group behind the annual Critics Choice Awards.
Classic Movie Review: 'Fast Five' is Sooo Dumb but Sooo Fun
Boy, Fast Five is a dumb movie. Truly, Fast Five is remarkably, unabashedly ludicrous. The dunderheaded stupidity of Fast Five is both a virtue and a curse as it frees the filmmakers from the boundaries of logic, of rationality, of taste; it's dumb to a point where you sympathize with the idiocy as you would sympathize with that one kid in a grade school for whom 2 + 2 is a monumental challenge. On the other hand, Fast Five is so dumb at times it's physically painful to watch. But it's also so much fun that it is downright irresistible.
Movie Review: 'Rollers' is a Warm and Inviting Dramatic Comedy
Rollers is the rare movie about an alcoholic character that portrays the often mundane nature of alcoholism. People tend to focus on the rock bottom aspects of alcoholism but rarely is there a story told about someone in the midst of their problems, before everything falls apart, before alcoholism becomes something that ruins a life. Much of the life of an alcoholic can be a rollercoaster ride for family and friends but often alcoholism isn’t something you recognize right away, it’s a series of seemingly unconnected nights of drinking that only begin to add up over a long period of time.
Movie Review: 'Lansky' Wastes a Career Performance from Harvey Keitel
Lansky uses a framing device of a made up character in order to tell the supposed real life story of gangster Meyer Lansky, as portrayed by Harvey Keitel. Lansky was written and directed by Eytan Rockaway who based the film on interviews conducted by his own father, Robert Rockaway, a History professor at Tel-Aviv University who specialized in researching the history of American Organized Crime. The elder Rockaway wrote a book called ‘But He Was Good to His Mother: The Lives and Crimes of Jewish Gangsters” in which his interviews with Lansky were a key part.
Movie Review: 'Werewolves Within' Brings the Fun of Social Deduction Games to the Big Screen
Werewolves Within is a wildly clever comedy based on a social deduction game, one in which one character is a hidden werewolf and the rest of the players have to use questions and clues to determine who the werewolf is. The game was made for the Playstation console several years ago and an adaptation of the game had been in the works for some time when director Josh Ruben and writer Mishna Wolff won the chance to make the movie. And they made quite a good movie.
Classic Movie Review: 'Fast & Furious'
The Fast and the Furious is one of the greatest guilty pleasure movies ever. Of course the plot is meaningless and the acting is comically over the top and undercooked, great acting was never the point. The Fast and the Furious was about cars. Big engines, high speeds and killer paint jobs. Throw in a few bullets and a few extraordinary women and you have a recipe for a B-movie, drive in masterpiece.
Classic Movie Review: The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift
I walked into the first The Fast and the Furious movie with the attitude that I was going to suffer through another brainless, bloated action spectacle and... I was right. However, even as I got exactly the bad movie I expected I was somehow won over by the spectacle. Something about those fabulous cars, all of that speed, and those extreme chase scenes overcame my disgust with the acting and the script and made me really like that picture.
5 Things You May Not Know About 'Deliverance' 1972
Deliverance is the classic on the latest edition of the Everyone’s a Critic Movie Review Podcast. The film was chosen because, regardless of its legacy, it remains arguably, the most famous role in the career of actor Ned Beatty. The beloved character actor Beatty passed away in early June of 2021 at the age of 83. Plus, my co-host, Bob Zerull has never seen Deliverance and we both felt that the movie would make for an interesting conversation.
Classic Movie Review: '2 Fast 2 Furious'
Who said you need a plot to make a movie? Certainly not the producers of the original Fast and The Furious. Grab a couple boy-toy Hollywood hunks, a couple hot babes and a whole lot of even hotter looking cars and you've got a movie. There was some mess about stealing and cops and undercover whatever. The only thing anyone remembers about the film is the cars.