Margaret Pomeranz

Margaret Pomeranz
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Margaret is a Sydney girl from birth, which she admits was many years ago, way before there was an Opera House on Bennelong Point. After abandoning a degree in Economics at Sydney University she was embraced by the newly established Macquarie University, who she says must have been desperate for students at that time. There she gained an Arts degree in German and Psychology. In the middle of her studies, she spent two and a half years in Vienna where she had her first taste of working in the media. She was a stringer for the Bulletin and for ABC Rural Radio, where she supplied gripping stories about the sale of Aussie hoses to Hungarian farmers and the implications of the success or failure of the Russian wheat crop. The years in Europe were significant ones. Back in Australia, she met and married filmmaker Hans Pomeranz and became involved with and enthusiastic about the ?new wave? of Australian filmmaking that was happening during the 1970?s. Margaret attended the Playwright?s Studio at NIDA and began writing for television, radio and film. She regards herself as an escapee from screenwriting. When given the chance to work with the newly established Special Broadcasting Service soon after it began in October 1980, the joy of being producer as well as writer was a very satisfying experience. She produced and wrote a number of programs for SBS before establishing The Movie Show with David Stratton in 1986, which they fronted until 2004. During that time Margaret was Executive Producer with SBS for such programs as Front Up, Subsonics, the AFI Awards and the If Awards. Margaret is currently the co-host with David Stratton of At The Movies on ABC TV, where they moved in July 2004. Margaret has served as a member of the Advertising Standards Board, is a past President of the Film Critics Circle of Australia, and is a past President, currently vice-President of Watch on Censorship. She is also a member of the inaugural board of the Australian Writers? Foundation. More importantly she is the mother of two sons whom she likes and loves very much.
Location: Sydney, Australia

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 92% Pulp Fiction (1994) I was looking forward to this like you wouldn't believe... but it all goes on for so long and it's not terribly witty. - At the Movies (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
3.5/5 43% Species (1995) I must admit I really enjoyed Species. I like being manipulated by a clever director, even though it isn't the best of its genre. - At the Movies (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2018
96% Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989) [It's] something that is intensely interesting for most of us yuppies. - At the Movies (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018
5/5 98% Wings of Desire (1987) I love that search for what makes a human. - At the Movies (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
4.5/5 79% Romper Stomper (1993) This is in no way a pleasant film experience. It is relentlessly psychologically violent, almost nauseatingly so on occasion. However it is one of the finest films to be made in this country in recent years. - At the Movies (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2017
91% Gallipoli (1981) It moved me so terribly. - At the Movies (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2017
4/5 No Score Yet Sample People (2000) Writer/director Clinton Smith has chosen a hyped-up reality look in terms of colours and angles, that matches his inner-city drug-laden music-driven material. - At the Movies (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
96% L'Avventura (1960) The film just looks great. That black and white cinematography is just divine. - At the Movies (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2017
4/5 76% Buffalo '66 (1998) Performances are outstanding, particularly those of Gallo and Ricci. It`s so refreshing and invigorating to see a film like this. - At the Movies (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2016
4/5 95% Dead Man Walking (1995) It doesn't flinch from presenting the crime committed, and yet, it's a film that undoubtedly is against capital punishment. - At the Movies (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2016
3.5/5 80% Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005) I must say that I did get quite emotional in this. - At the Movies (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2015
4/5 95% Casino Royale (2006) This is a much more serious Bond than we've seen in many years. Daniel Craig inhabits the dark side of the secret agent really well, he is absolutely the best Bond since Connery. - At the Movies (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2015
3/5 65% Quantum of Solace (2008) I also was really disappointed in the villain in this because I just felt I could blow him over with a little puff of air, and that's not a good feeling with a Bond movie. - At the Movies (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2015
3.5/5 88% The Simpsons Movie (2007) A very knowing, self-aware cinema experience, [and] fans of the series will love it. - At the Movies (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2015
4/5 97% The Incredibles (2004) It is a simply astounding feat of animation with such attention paid to details like the lighting and even the hair of characters. - At the Movies (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2015
3/5 96% Ratatouille (2007) It's not my favourite Pixar film. - At the Movies (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2015
2.5/5 36% Shark Tale (2004) There are a couple of laughs, but for me, it's a film that's mainly just going through the motions. - At the Movies (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2015
3.5/5 95% WALL-E (2008) To carry the film for as long as it does with virtually no dialogue... that's to me the magic of animation. - At the Movies (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2015
4/5 87% The Dark Knight Rises (2012) Maybe not quite up to the standard of the first two in the series, but deserving of a very honourable mention. - At the Movies (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2015
3/5 72% The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) I felt, with this film, that the use of 3D was actually exhilarating. - At the Movies (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2015
2/5 63% Spider-Man 3 (2007) Bored. Bored witless. - At the Movies (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2015
2.5/5 32% Kick-Ass 2 (2013) This sequel is really a pale shadow of the original. - At the Movies (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2015
4/5 91% Marvel's The Avengers (2012) A lot of fun. - At the Movies (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2015
4.5/5 89% Inglourious Basterds (2009) The dialogue is fabulous. - At the Movies (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2015
2/5 9% Catwoman (2004) It's painful. - At the Movies (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2015
3.5/5 90% Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow (2014) A lot of it is very well done. - At the Movies (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2015
4/5 92% The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) [Greengrass'] skillful use of handheld cameras and rapid fire editing help make this a truly visceral experience. - At the Movies (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2015
3/5 83% Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009) I thought Rupert Grint came out of this the best of all of them. - At the Movies (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2015
3.5/5 85% My Name Is Khan (2010) Kajol is lovely as Mandira and Shahrukh Khan is affecting as the Asperger's-affected hero. - At the Movies (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2015
4/5 47% Maya The Bee Movie (2015) I really loved it. I loved Maya. - At the Movies (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2015
4/5 92% Children of Men (2006) You really are immersed into this believable world of the future. - At the Movies (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2015
3.5/5 85% Wendy and Lucy (2008) Beautifully painful. - At the Movies (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2015
4/5 91% Million Dollar Baby (2004) A really well-made film. - At the Movies (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2015
4/5 97% The Hurt Locker (2009) It is visceral filmmaking at its best. - At the Movies (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2015
4.5/5 74% Crash (2004) The performances are all spot-on. - At the Movies (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2015
96% In the Heat of the Night (1967) The film was important socially because the Civil Rights Act had only come into being in 1964 and implementing it was another matter altogether. - At the Movies (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2015
4.5/5 87% American Beauty (1999) The writing is acidically amusing without ever trying to conceal the loneliness at the heart, the direction a perfect frame for the characters and the wonderful performances that create them. - sbs.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2015
5/5 93% No Country for Old Men (2007) I love this film. - At the Movies (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2015
3/5 72% Interstellar (2014) I learnt a lot about wormholes and, while I can be entranced by the idea of saving the human race, I want a little bit of drama to go with it. - At the Movies (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2015
3.5/5 86% John Wick (2014) John Wick was made by first time director Chad Stahelski, who came into the industry as a stuntman. His expertise in that area obviously came in handy with this. - At the Movies (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2015
3.5/5 84% In Bruges (2008) It all gets a little bit chaotic but at the same time I enjoyed this film. - At the Movies (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2014
3.5/5 74% Joyeux Noël (Merry Christmas) (2006) It's a film with great humanism and if it's a little light on true drama or even realism it's intentions are honourable. - At the Movies (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2014
4/5 85% Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang (2005) This super-cool post-modern take on Hollywood and the detective genre has been so cleverly written by Black. - At the Movies (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2014
3.5/5 78% Bad Santa (2003) A lot of people will get a lot of perverse fun out of this. - At the Movies (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2014
4/5 93% Enchanted (2007) Amy Adams is a star in the making. - At the Movies (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2014
2.5/5 86% Hellboy II: The Golden Army (Hellboy 2) (2008) I'm just not interested in this film very much. I wish I was. But it's good to look at. - At the Movies (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2014
4/5 99% How to Train Your Dragon (2010) There's lots of action but there's even more heart. - At the Movies (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2014
87% Howl's Moving Castle (2005) It is so intriguing. - At the Movies (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2014
2.5/5 85% Bridge to Terabithia (2007) I ended up being slightly disappointed by it. - At the Movies (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2014
97% Bull Durham (1988) It's not just the screenplay, it's the performances and direction that make this film. - At the Movies (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2014