Daniel Stamey

Extracting the best & worst through reviews, unbiased critique & straightforwardness.

Labor Day (2013) Movie Review

Title: Labor Day Year: 2013 Genre: Drama, Romance Play time: 1h 51min Director: Jason Reitman Screenwriters: Jason Reitman Starring: Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin, Gattlin Griffith, Clark Gregg Labor Day is the first Jason Reitman movie that doesn’t run on sardonic wit and a snappy pace. The sad, low-key film feels like it could have been made by Todd Field, or maybe a Gilbert Grape-era Lasse Hallstro...[Read More]

2 Guns (2013) Movie Review

Title: 2 Guns Year: 2013 Genre: Action/Comedy/Crime Play time: 1h 49min Director: Baltasar Kormakur Starring: Paula Patton, Edward James Olmos, Mark Wahlberg, Bill Paxton, Denzel Washington Great Mix of Action & Comedy – 2 Guns (2013) The unmistakable whiff of giving-a-shit pervades 2 Guns, which balances on a knife edge somewhere between hardscrabble actioner and buddy comedy. Harnessin...[Read More]

Fast & Furious 6 (2013) Movie Review

Title: Fast & Furious 6 Year: 2013 Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller Play time: 2h 10min Director: Justin Lin Screenwriters: Chris Morgan, Gary Scott Thompson Starring: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson The Fast and Furious franchise is deeply irritating. There are six films since 2001, with a seventh on the way, and each has made more money than the last. This is not unprecedented – Warner...[Read More]

The Lords of Salem (2012) Movie Review

Title: The Lords of Salem Year: 2012 Genre: Horror/Thriller Play time: 1h 41min Director: Rob Zombie Starring: Jeffrey Daniel Phillips, Meg Foster, Ken Foree, Sheri Moon Zombie, Bruce Davison The Lords of Salem (2012) – The ‘Apostacy’ Movie by Rob Zombie Before The Lords of Salem, I refused to sign on to the conventional wisdom that Rob Zombie is a hack and a poseur, a witless pu...[Read More]

Moonrise Kingdom (2012) Movie Review

Title: Moonrise Kingdom Year: 2012 Genre: Adventure/Comedy/Drama Play time: 1h 34min Director: Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola Starring: Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward, Bruce Willis Wes Anderson Biggest Triumph Ever: Moonrise Kingdom In Moonrise Kingdom, Wes Anderson takes his trademark aesthetic to its logical conclusion, and delivers the biggest triumph of his career.  No longer are his meticulous compo...[Read More]

A Boy And His Samurai (2010) Movie Review

Title: A Boy and His Samurai Year: 2010 Genre: Comedy/Family/Drama/Fantasy Play time: 1h 48min Director: Yoshihiro Nakamura Screenwriters: Yoshihiro Nakamura Starring: Hitomi Sato, Shioli Kutsuna, Ryo Nishikido The Japanese version – A Boy and his Samurai – is Wonderful Let’s be clear about this: A Boy and His Samurai is a fish-out-of-water time travel comedy, about an early 19th-centu...[Read More]

Pineapple Express (2008) Movie Review

Title: Pineapple Express Year: 2008 Genre: Action/Comedy/Crime Play time: 1h 51min Director: David Gordon Green Starring: Seth Rogen, James Franco, Gary Cole Comedies have a really hard task to accomplish these days, and for the last decade this task hasn’t been fulfilled if we are honest. Yet, there are pretty good movies out there, movies that offer really good performances, witty comedy and one...[Read More]

Lucky You (2007) Movie Review

Title: Lucky You Year: 2007 Genre: Drama/Romance/Sport Play time: 2h 3min Director: Curtis Hanson Screenwriters: Eric Roth Starring: Eric Bana, Drew Barrymore, Robert Duvall There’s a whole lot of explaining going on in Lucky You. First, of course, the movie takes the time to explain Texas Hold ’em poker for the novices in the audience — understandable, given the third act’...[Read More]

The Illusionist (2006) Movie Review

Title: The Illusionist Year: 2006 Genre: Drama/Mystery/Romance Play time: 1h 50min Director: Neil Burger Starring: Edward Norton, Jessica Biel, Paul Giamatti The Illusionist has a secret. The protagonist’s love interest is killed under mysterious circumstances halfway through the film, which then becomes increasingly esoteric as it shifts its focus to peripheral characters who conduct a conv...[Read More]

A Dirty Shame (2004) Movie Review

Title: A Dirty Shame Year: 2004 Genre: Comedy Play time: 1h 29min Director: John Waters Screenwriters: John Waters Starring: Tracey Ullman, Chris Isaak, Selma Blair “My movies are my crimes and I get paid to commit them,” goes the notorious quote by John Waters, and A Dirty Shame, his newest film, certainly wants to give that pronouncement some legitimacy. Slapped with the oh-so-naught...[Read More]

Head Over Heels (2001) Movie Review

Title: Head Over Heels Year: 2001 Genre: Comedy/Mystery/Romance Play time: 1h 26min Director: Mark Waters Starring: Monica Potter, Freddie Prinze Jr., Shalom Harlow The advertising for Head Over Heels made it seem watchable enough. I even remember looking forward to it for a time; it looked like a Gen-X remake of Rear Window which, if not the most promising concept I’ve ever heard, sounded like an...[Read More]

Cast Away (2000) Movie Review

Title: Cast Away Year: 2000 Genre: Adventure/Drama/Romance Play time: 2h 23min Director: Robert Zemeckis Starring: Tom Hanks, Helen Hunt, Paul Sanchez     “I’ll be right back!” Robinson Crusoe, this ain’t. The kneejerk reaction has been to associate Cast Away with Robinson Crusoe, which does both the novel and this unique, very flawed movie a disservice. Robert Zemeckis’s love ch...[Read More]

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