Author: Don Willmott

Newcastle

Newcastle

Australian teen hardbodies have group sex in a tent. Need I continue? Actually, that memorable moment is just one of many eye-catching scenes in Newcastle, a fast-paced drama that dives into the tumultuous lives of...

Movie Review posted on 13th June 2009

Killshot

Killshot

An exceptionally difficult gestation period that spanned many years, many casts, and many studios destined Killshot to the DVD bin, and it's an unfair fate. While there may not be much innovation in this good...

Movie Review posted on 13th June 2009

A Thousand Years Of Good Prayers

A Thousand Years Of Good Prayers

Director Wayne Wang has spent much of the past decade wandering in the wilderness of inconsequential fem-coms such as Maid in Manhattan and Last Holiday. With A Thousand Years of Good Prayers he returns to...

Movie Review posted on 30th May 2009

The New Twenty

The New Twenty

The worst thing about The New Twenty is its inaccurate title. The kinds of relationship, real estate, and career problems this group of college friends deal with as they approach their 30th birthdays are nothing...

Movie Review posted on 27th May 2009

The Towering Inferno

The Towering Inferno

There is so much to love about The Towering Inferno it's hard to know where to begin. Steve McQueen and Paul Newman are together at last! Fred Astaire gets drenched! O.J. Simpson saves a cat!...

Movie Review posted on 13th May 2009

Between Love & Goodbye

Between Love & Goodbye

Between Love & Goodbye has everything a downtown New York indie flick should have: a sham green card marriage, real estate complications, a starving actor, a struggling band, and one angry lesbian. In the middle...

Movie Review posted on 9th May 2009

Japan Japan

Japan Japan

Japan Japan is the kind of film you're more likely to see at a special screening at your local modern art museum than on the shelves at Blockbuster. More a piece of performance art than...

Movie Review posted on 8th May 2009

Mulligans

Mulligans

It's going to be a perfect summer at the lakeside cabin of Nathan (Dan Payne), his wife Stacey (Thea Gill), their college-age son Tyler (Derek Baynham), and their eight-year-old daughter Birdie (Grace Vukovic in Abigail...

Movie Review posted on 4th May 2009

Chocolate

Chocolate

Those of us who fondly remember Tony Jaa kicking serious ass all across Bangkok in Prachya Pinkaew's Ong Bak were looking forward to seeing another kinetic and gritty martial arts kickfest from director Prachya Pinkaew,...

Movie Review posted on 4th May 2009

A Jihad For Love

A Jihad For Love

Being gay in America may have its challenges, but at least American gays don't live in constant fear of 100 strokes of the lash. Of all the troubling images in the documentary A Jihad for...

Movie Review posted on 30th April 2009

Finding Me

Finding Me

First the good news: Finding Me is not another gay movie about upper middle class white guys in West Hollywood. On the contrary, it's a gay movie about lower middle class African-American guys in Jersey...

Movie Review posted on 14th April 2009

Baby (2008)

Baby (2008)

Trumpeted by its own marketing as "the Asian-American Boyz n the Hood," Baby suffers somewhat in comparison. Yes it is a vicious and violent gang flick set on the scruffy streets of a crummy LA...

Movie Review posted on 3rd April 2009

Goal II: Living the Dream

Goal II: Living the Dream

As its name implies, Goal II is a sequel, but what you may not know is that it is actually the second part of what will likely be the only European soccer trilogy ever filmed....

Movie Review posted on 3rd April 2009

Beautiful Ohio

Beautiful Ohio

It's virtually impossible to watch Beautiful Ohio without films like The Ice Storm and The Squid and the Whale unspooling in your mind at the same time. That's not a criticism; it's a tip of...

Movie Review posted on 3rd April 2009

Clandestinos

Clandestinos

Part terrorism thriller and part teen sex romp, Clandestinos heads in both directions simultaneously and can't help but tear itself apart. If it's meant to be a treatise on the threat posed by Spain's Basque...

Movie Review posted on 10th March 2009

Man Walking on Snow

Man Walking on Snow

Welcome to the end of the world. Mashike, Japan is a forlorn fishing village on the Western coast of Hokkaido where, as in Sarah Palin's Alaska, you can see Russia from your porch. When winter...

Movie Review posted on 10th March 2009

A Bittersweet Life

A Bittersweet Life

If I ever need to hire some gangsters to do a job for me, I'll head to Seoul. Those Koreans are tough, and they've never been as tough as they are in A Bittersweet Life,...

Movie Review posted on 10th March 2009

Wonderful Town

Wonderful Town

A subtle and understated love story set against the backdrop of a Thai coast recovering from the tsunami disaster of 2004, Wonderful Town is both tranquil and tense. Boy meets girl and falls for girl,...

Movie Review posted on 10th March 2009

Weapons

Weapons

The older I get, the more scared of teenagers I become. Those little amoral monsters! Weapons, a 2007 Sundance pick that came and went without a trace, does nothing to ease my mind. The teens...

Movie Review posted on 9th March 2009

Chris & Don. A Love Story

Chris & Don. A Love Story

A wonderfully crafted documentary about a most unusual long-term relationship, Chris & Don. A Love Story chronicles a 35-year love affair that was way ahead of its time in all sorts of interesting ways. At...

Movie Review posted on 9th March 2009

The Gene Generation

The Gene Generation

Here's a three-word phrase that'll get any film critic's blood pumping: "Starring Bai Ling." As an actress who's usually deployed to amp up a film's quotient of exotica and erotica, her presence, sad to say,...

Movie Review posted on 18th February 2009

Mon Oncle Antoine

Mon Oncle Antoine

Time and time again, Mon Oncle Antoine has been hailed as "the greatest Canadian film of all time." Before you start trying to compile a list of Canadian films in your head, rest assured that...

Movie Review posted on 18th February 2009

True Blood: Season One

True Blood: Season One

Richly populated with a wide variety of unique characters, not to mention a serial killer and lots of sexy vampires, Bon Temps, Louisiana is a decidedly interesting place in which to spend some time....

Movie Review posted on 12th February 2009

Rick & Steve: The Happiest Gay Couple in All the World: Season Two

Rick & Steve: The Happiest Gay Couple in All the World: Season Two

A stop-motion animated series that magically breathes amazing amounts of life into plastic Playskool-like figurines, Rick & Steve: The Happiest Gay Couple in All the World sets out to embrace, reject, make fun of, and...

Movie Review posted on 12th February 2009

Otto; or, Up with Dead People

Otto; or, Up with Dead People

It's almost impossible not to put "Bruce LaBruce" and "transgressive" in the same sentence. See what I mean? The cracked Canadian has a small but memorable body of work, a series of films that reveal...

Movie Review posted on 12th February 2009

Noah's Arc: Jumping the Broom

Noah's Arc: Jumping the Broom

A welcome feature-length coda for fans of the abruptly cancelled Logo comedy/drama, Noah's Arc: Jumping the Broom is sort of the Sex and the City: The Movie for upscale gay African-American men. In it, best...

Movie Review posted on 7th February 2009

The Wig

The Wig

Will you flip for The Wig? Perhaps, but it helps if you're a true Asian horror fan who isn't tired of seeing yet another inanimate object possessed by an evil and vengeful spirit. People always...

Movie Review posted on 6th February 2009

Death Note: The Last Name

Death Note: The Last Name

Although the Japanese manga-derived Death Note was met with a disappointing two-star review here at Filmcritic.com, I'm inclined to be a little more generous to its sequel, Death Note: The Last Name, if only because...

Movie Review posted on 4th February 2009

Dog Tags

Dog Tags

An understated and offbeat bromance, Dog Tags brings together two damaged souls to see if perhaps together they can solve the big problems in their lives that they haven't been able to solve on their...

Movie Review posted on 3rd February 2009

3-Day Weekend

3-Day Weekend

The best moment of 3-Day Weekend comes when the eight gay men who have gathered for a few days of R&R in a California mountain cabin start riffing on the state of gay cinema. "This...

Movie Review posted on 2nd February 2009

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