Who I Am.

Film critic James Rocchi is a freelance writer and columnist whose work has been published at outlets like MSN MoviesThe Toronto Star. He can be heard every week on Minneapolis/St. Paul’s 93X radio as the guest of the Half-Assed Morning Show. He’s written about pop culture and movies for publications like Mother Jones, the L.A. Weekly, Sharp magazine and Metro Newspapers, and he was the film critic for Netflix from 2001-2005 and the film critic for San Francisco’s CBS-5 from 2005-2008. He was a senior writer for AOL’s Cinematical 2005-2009, and also wrote the ‘Rocchi’s Retro Rental’ column for The San Francisco Chronicle’s SFGate.com. He’s previously written the  ‘Now and Then’ column for the website of American Movie Classics and theatrical and DVD reviews for Redbox.com. He’s a ‘Tomatometer” critic at Rotten Tomatoes, and a member of the BFCA (Broadcast Film Critics of America), LAFCA (Los Angeles Film Critic’s Association) and OFCS (Online Film Critics Society). When not sitting expectantly in the dark of a movie theater, Rocchi enjoys California’s scenic beauty, the company of his cat Coaly and talking about himself in the third person.

88 Responses to Who I Am.

  1. Dan Compton says:

    I catch you every week on 93X and always look foward to it! Keep up the good work and congrats on your new site!


  2. Adam E says:

    Another listener from MPLS – love it. The new site is great, your spot on 93X is great. Thanks for keeping my Netflix queue full of great movies. Congrats on the citizenship test!

  3. Jake B says:

    I also listen to you on 93X every Thursday. Both your radio and online reviews are consistantly good. I appreciate you going on air with the guys over at 93X every week and look forward to future reviews.

  4. rocinante says:

    I stumbled upon this “gut-right” critic and must admit, I was not only impressed with his acumen, but also, his “right to the point” commentary. I may become a fan.

    I know something about the factual dishonesty of “based on a true story” type movies. Unfortunately, that trend extends to all forms of media, books, news, TV etc….

  5. H says:

    Thursdays are the best on 93x man, never miss it!

  6. Maxx Stryker says:

    James, [feedback from a New Reader in Michigan]. Just read your review of Pineapple Express on Redbox. I saw the movie when it was released and enjoyed it. With the illumination of your critique I understand it better and am really looking forward to renting the DVD and studying it! Pass that on to your Sponsors! Kudos and Thanks from snowy Ann Arbor. Ciao, Maxx.

  7. Derek says:

    I have been trying to find a movie for years now and listening to your report on 93X brought out the film i was looking for for so long “After Hours” Thanks for the info will keep listening

  8. Jake says:


    I have been listening to morning radio for over 15 years, and you are hands down better then all the rest. I have never heard you say crap like “If you like Hockey movies, you will like Slapshot.” Thanks for giving actuall descriptions that help me find movies and DVDs.


  9. Fred Kelm says:

    Hey, i catch you on 93X every week, i have to say i DO agree with you on some movies and not on others, but i also seem to like some movies NOBODY else seems to like, like “Howard The Duck”, “Freddy Got Fingered” and “Garbage Pail Kids: The Movie” . I do disagree with you, however, on “The Spirit” i did like it, but i did not like “Sin City” I have been in the “Biz” for about 27 years, so i have seen some real BAD movies and some real good ones.

  10. Shawn says:

    Hey James –

    I enjoy listening to you on 93x – but haven’t caught you in a while. What time are you on with them now?

    Keep up the good work.

  11. Jen says:

    I make sure I’m listening to 93x by 715 every Thursday; you have great chemistry with the HAMS. I must say, you were in rare form this morning! Your reviews are easy to understand and listen to. It’s not unusual for my husband and I to reference your opinion.


  12. Shana says:

    I recently read your review on MSN for the upcoming Wolverine. Personally, I expected the movie to be bad, actually atrocious would be closer to what I thought. I just wanted to know if I should bother watching it on TBS a year or so from now..

    I was upset by one thing in reading your review. You made the comment “a number of things can be upsetting and shocking to die-hard comic-book fans, including the prospect of talking to someone they find attractive, using cloth napkins, and the idea of reading an actual book.” I am a die hard comic book fan. I have been reading comics since the age of eight for the last twenty years. I can assure you that I can talk to the opposite sex just fine (I approached my husband and we are having our first child in this July!), not only can I use a cloth napkin but my mother made sure I knew how to set a table properly and use the correct utensils and I do read “actual” books.

    Comic book readers are not all the seminal comic book guy from the Simpsons. And personally as a comic book reader I am kind of getting tired of the constant tired cliche perpetuated by people that obviously either do not know a reader of comics or think they don’t know readers of comics.

  13. James Rocchi says:

    Dear Shana: That was, in fact, a joke. You may have heard of them.

  14. Shana says:

    I was showing my husband the comment I left and saw that you spelled my name wrong. I was going to go into a whole diatribe, but instead will quote Rita Rudner “Life is tough enough without having someone kick you from the inside.” And right now I am getting it on the inside.

  15. Joe says:


    Another Gay Critic who thinks they have their finger on the pulse of the movie industry. “I’m too intelligent to read a comic book!” Oh the humanity! Probably hated “The Watchmen” too. Apparently there was heterosexual relations in the movie! I also loved the “George Bush exploiting smart people” line. Betcha George blew him off at a tea party… LOL!

  16. David says:

    What an ignorant prick you must be with your little comment about “the same way George Bush feels about smart people”. I guess you forgot the guy flew jet fighters in the National Guard and as president took 8 years of heat for protecting dumb ass “mindless” intellectuals like yourself after 9-11. It was policy created by “smart people” like you that forbid the FBI and CIA not to communicate and for 9-11 to occur. By the way, the record shows Bin Laden decided to attack after that genius Clinton ran from Somalia w/his tail between his legs. Just for the record of course.

  17. Joe says:

    Oh yea, one more thing…
    Dear James: Movies are in fact, Entertainment.
    You should try to familiarize yourself with the concept…

  18. Justin says:

    Hey, i was just reading your review for the Wolverine movie and noticed that you’re a bitch of a man.
    The comment about George Bush in a movie review was so unnecessary. I would hate to live my life as clueless as you are. You and that other sack of shit of a man, perez hilton, can go rub eachother.
    I know softies like you are popular now because we live in the age of “everybody is special” and “don’t say anything politically incorrect” but, in time you will be back at the bottom of the totum pole where you belong.
    Thank god i don’t live your life.

    Wake up wingnut, you are a movie critic, and a below average one. Worry about your day job.


  19. David says:

    Dear James, Sounds to me while all of us comic book nerds were playing with action figures you were playing with Barbie and Ken. You’re the joke you’ll never get it I’ve not seen the movie yet, but will gladly shell out 8.50 to come to my own conclusion. Marvel Rocks

  20. Kris says:

    Mr. Rocchi,

    I had the mind to rip you in a manner somewhat similar to those that have ripped you above. However, I thought I would, to a degree, spare you. Naturally, most critics are blowhards and you are no exception. I commend you because very few people are of the pedigree that feel so imporatant as to believe they are qualified to gauge and judge the likelihood of human emotion evoked from any particular experience, be it a meal, movie, or otherwise. But, you likely know that. Thus, my reiteration and the reiteration of others is without purpose. I would like to remind you, however, that your grammatical expertise and literary experience does not work an effective mask of your ideology. Eloquent ideology is still ideology. Naturally, I stopped reading your comment when I learned it was infused with your own personal politics. When I learned of your manner and willingness of infusion, I immediately thought SMUG and SAD. A little advice from someone with experience? Stick to your area of expertise and spare us your ideological cheap shots, you may gain more readers. After all, I read you until you engaged in polarization.

    Cheers, and best of luck in your already impressive career.

  21. Rici says:

    I believe if my research is right, you are the critic who wrote about the movie the new X-Men franchise: Wolverine. I so appreciate your views on the movie because I have those same views. The movie to me, a diehard comic book and X-Men fan I was totally disappointed in the film. In thinking that Hugh Jackman was no slacker and would represent the full dynamics of the character Wolverine, I was upset that he, Stan lee and the powers that be did not. This movie was just a compilation of junk that did not represent the story lines of the comics it represented. The time line of what mutants came about when is also construed. And the movie was not based on wolverine and his origins but that of Stryker and why he hated but envied mutants so much. It kind of was a back story on why Stryker did what he did in the 2nd X-Men installment. Yes, Jackman as Wolverine is sexy, talented and could anything (The Fountain) but he could not hold the integrity of this kind of film alone. I envy the movie Lord of the Rings franchise because it was so alike the book that it sent chills through me and I knew instantly that I wanted to own all three and waited not so patiently when the others were released. But like I believe if my research is right, you are the critic who wrote about the movie the new X-Men franchise: the first 3 X-Men, I will not purchase this one. I want to because I am a huge fan of Jackman (I have Van Hellsing, which was not that good) but I’m just to mad that the movie sucked. If it’s not animated and through Lionsgate, I don’t want it and don’t want to see it. I know they could have made a better movie, they did for the Hulk but they got lazy and I don’t want to wait 3 years for a better remake like I did for the Hulk. Again, thank you for a great critique on an unimpressive and disapointing movie, I was so excited to see. I should have got the bootleg!

  22. James Bush says:

    My wife and I listen to your review on 93X every Thursday on our way to work. We have found your reviews to be very helpful. We also love the rapport you have with the radio guys….entertaining stuff! Keep up the great work!

  23. BJ Duffy says:

    Hey James,

    On my wife’s b-day we saw ST on the IMAX. As a long time Trek fan I was sceptical. But I thought it was AWESOME! with a capital A as Dick Vitale would say. I was blown away. I thought Abrams was reverent to without being handcuffed by history.

    Oh, and both her and I loved and were moved by Ben Button. I thought your review was spot on.

    Enjoy Cannes.


  24. KB says:

    Hello! Another 93X fan here – totally going to check out Inside and … Eden Lag or whatever that was that you mentioned a few days ago :D

  25. Katherine Scheri says:

    I just finished reading your review of Land of the Lost, a film that I had no motivation whatsoever in seeing. At the very least, I would drag myself to the theatre at the behest of my 9 adn 13 year old so see it. My children you see, are old hats at films; I have been taking them since they were what I fondly call ‘bucket-babies’. You know, those baby carriers that snap into the base in the car. Anyway, my children are quite astute at picking films and have the benefit to visit quite a few sets and premieres here in LA. Yes we know ‘people’.

    My 13 year old kind of shrugged it off initially but I had him read your review. Needless to say the three of us cannot wait until school gets out this afternoon so that we can have our cumulative IQs drop in tandem with the temperture of the theatre.

    Thanks for a great review – we will most certainly share our thoughts this evening.

  26. Joseph says:

    LOL, You are upset because Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is much better than your generation’s cartoon. Seriously, catch up with today’s society and quit moaning about a gold tooth or language like “pussy.”

  27. Tater says:

    oh and transformers 2 is gonna be the shiiizzzz. get over yourself. your opinion doesnt mean SHIT to anyone. im only writing you this to let you know how awesome transformers really is and how pathetic you are. peace

  28. Dave says:

    Mr. Rocchi, You have a lot of hate in your life. You really need to work on that. People hear enough bad things on the nightly news. It IS possible that you could look for the good, while making your reviews, instead of adding to the plethora of negative in this world. Thanks.

  29. sam says:

    Your reviews on transformers are just pathetic!! u obviously cant tell a sweet movie from a bad one! i agree with tater, your opinion doesnt mean shit to anyone. the second movie was one of the coolest i have ever seen!! you need to find a new job or start writing better reviews!

  30. Amused says:

    After reading your review of the new Transformers movie, and references to your disdain of the last one, I cannot help but think you have some repressed (or not so repressed) anger towards Michael Bay. Did he snub you at some L.A. gala? Were you left off some “movie reviewer” A list? I am not defending nor abashing either of the films or the director. I just found it interesting how you found it necessary to attack the director with such voracity.

    Good Luck and life is too short to have that much hatred.

  31. Elliotte Friedman says:


    Just wanted to wish congratulations on how far your career has come. Good to see the good guys doing well.

    Elliotte Friedman

  32. Dominic Rosswick says:


    Your review of ‘Revenge…’ was perhaps the greatest slam against Michael Bay and his Freakshow of Horrors ever written. It is a sad statement of Hollywood that this guy isn’t fetching coffee for someone instead of earning millions for making attention-deficit inducing crap!

  33. Daniel Ash says:

    I like a good critic. That being said, you aren’t one of them. Your review on MSN about “Transformers: Nothing meets the eye”, was nothing but a rant of how much you hate the director. It’s like you took a global forum and used it to bash someone. Says a lot about your character and well, needless to say, I will never read another trash filled review, article, book, etc., with your tainted credentials on it. You as a critic can easily get your points across withouth sounding like you have a personal vendetta towards any single person involved in making it. It’s like you never evolved from being 10 years old. Grow up! Take a vacation, maybe you just need a break…

  34. Stephen says:

    How is it that this guy gets paid to criticize movies? His opinions are like assholes. Everybody has one. Someone needs to critique your lame and narrow-minded reviews. You totally suck, dude. Why don’t you go over to Iraq and critique the war. Maybe you’ll get lost over there and leave real movie reviewing up to the reviewers who actually pay to see the movie. Get a real job, you bum.

  35. Jason Kelinske says:

    Just read James Rocchi’s review of Revenge of the Fallen. At the time I’m writing this, the movie is not yet out, yet it is already clear to me that Rocchi’s review is woefully off the mark. Rocchi exudes the aura of a critic interested in trying to prove how much smarter he is than the producers who make films. With all the enthusiasm of an eight-year-old, he childishly preps himself for any disagreement: “If you like the movie, then you don’t know what you’re talking about, and you’re just stupid!” No, that’s not an exact quote, but it’s not far off. Give me a break. Leave the film critiquing to the pros.

  36. Benison Certes says:

    Dear James,
    I just finished reading your review about the new Transformers movie… on msn of all places. Just like Daniel Ash above me, people sometimes like to see movies that don’t make us think. Because I know for one that when I go to the movies, I am not fucking expecting to trail a plotline confused and retarded until 4 days after I see it I understand it. Now, I am not a critic for a living, so to bash you for that would be shameful. Keep your job, just think a little more about the moviegoers as a whole next time, and not just your trashy opinion because you hate the director. That being said, I saw Transformers at midnight, and I had to say, it was very entertaining. ENTERTAINING. Thats what I look for in movies. So please, take into consideration my advice, or learn to live a sad life filled with hatemail from us moviegoers.

  37. Adam Begin says:


    I just read your review of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, and thought it was the best movie review I’d ever read. Even if I didn’t agree with what you were saying about the movie, which I do, I would have to give you credit for pure entertainment in your writing.

    I work at a movie theatre and see every movie that plays, and it’s always nice to hear the review of someone who can appreciate a movie for its plot rather than it’s expensive shoot ‘em up scenes and poorly executed jokes.

    I looked your website up simply because, as an aspiring journalist, I wanted to give you credit for both your writing and your taste as a movie goer.

  38. Perry says:

    I just read your review ont eh home page of MSN- I haven’t even seen the movie yet- and you revealed, bashed, and spoiled the entire movie without a single spoiler alert message, on the morning of it’s opening day.

    I hope I meet you one day so i can punch you in the nose- you look like a worm in your picture, exactly like I thought you would.
    I hope you choke on a kernel while reviewing some movie.

  39. Shannon says:

    You’re joking with that right? This guy’s taste in movies sucks so bad it is laughable. He has no taste, is one of the worse reviewers of all time and just like Paris Hilton actually believes people like him. The truth is nobody likes him, he seriously needs to pull the stick out of his ass and get over himself. His review of Transformers is shows nothing but a serious lack of talent on his part. Glad to say, knowing this as a fact, a few more reviews like that and he will find himself working at the nearest supermarket bagging my groceries. Any self respect journalist wouldn’t look up to this guy in the least.

  40. Amin says:

    Good god you are a dork. TRF is for entertainment most people arent looking for hidden messages in the movie the people just want to be entertained and dont give away the ending god your an idiot i bet you heard that a lot growing up.

  41. Rory says:

    Hey… just curious about your review on the second transformers movie. I find it hard that you critiqued it so harshly, when you are not seeing the movie as it’s supposed to viewed. This movie wasn’t created to have the best story line or win any oscars… It’s meant to bring a very popular cartoon from the 80’s to life to give people that feeling of nostalgia when they watch it. I grew up in the 80’s and watched the show regularly, and the movie, in my eyes, was portrayed very well.

    Obviously, seeing your picture, you’re too old to be giving a review of this movie. It’s an action movie. Seems to me, that for a movie critic, you don’t really look at the target audience of the movie, which should really be a part of how your process works.

  42. There are only two things I didn’t agree with on your “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” review. You said the robots changed form too quickly and that they were too agile. Well, the movie wouldn’t even exist if they were slow. For instance, say Optimus Prime is changing into his robot form, and one of the Decepticons is already changed. He would just kill Opyimus before he changed and that would end the movie. Furthermore, it’s a human concept that if something is big it should be slow, and the Transformers are aliens who aren’t even made of anything remotely close to human material.

  43. Robert says:

    Loved your review of the new Tranformer movie. Now, this isn’t the type of movie I would be seeing anyway, but your review was great. The fact that you can give your honest opinion of a movie is great! I understand that people need an escape and be entertained, but a lot of what we are being force fed in the cineplex is pure garbage.

    I haven’t seen any of your reviews before, but will be on the lookout from here forward.

    Keep up the good work.


  44. Better Movie Critic says:

    Your depiction of Transformers 2 is servery flawed. What makes you think you can cut down such a great movie and cut down people who enjoy it? Do you really think your high and mighty movie critiquing skills are that damn important or valued amongst real movie goers? I bet you thought the Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood was a great movie.

  45. Frank Rizo says:

    Hey Rocchi you faggot, why all the hostility towards Michael Bay? Was it that time you were in the bathroom stall next to him tapping your foot and he didn’t respond?

  46. Michael Bay says:

    He actually will not get fired for writing bad reviews. His website has probably gained 200% more visits in the last day than in the last year.

  47. rudiger says:

    I have never written a comment about a critic before, i have never even read a review before and after reading your review of transformers 2 i will never read one again. I could care less if you call everyone who liked it an idiot or that you hated the movie. That is your opinion. But what makes me so mad is that you gave away a HUGE spoiler. Regardless if you liked or hated the movie, being a professional you should have not done that and i came back on your website today and see if you apologized to everyone for that. Odviously you have not, a little arrogant don’t you think?? I honestly think msn should fire you and you should quit being a critic. Your review should be your opinion and that is it!! ps. just looking at your pic doesn’t surprise me that you didn’t like the movie and anyone who calls you sir, are idiots!!!!!!!!!!!!

  48. Boo says:

    Hey, thanks for the review on, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. I had previously decided that the new Transformers movie was probably going to be a horrible. However, once you injected your personal values into the review by calling it “racist” and “sexist”, well I have now decided that It it probably a must see. So, if you want to review a movie, please let it bomb according to it poor story line, bad acting, etc.. After reading between the lines, I decided that your review was punishment for violating one of your liberal sacred cows. Good going, you leftist jackass!

  49. Dru says:

    James u rock. Thanks for the good taste in movies and good recommendation. Thursday mornings on 93X is awesome.

  50. Dru says:

    And yeah both Transformers sucked and ruined the cartoon

  51. erin says:

    hey james – i catch your show every week on 93x… you’re hilarious and i really enjoy your reviews and the info. Today you talked about Watchmen, and that is exactly how i would describe it… admirable but strange. Enjoy the Wolverine costumes and Rock on!

    (you’re entitled to your opinion, so ignore the rude comments on here)

  52. JP says:


    Thanks for contributing to the 93x Half Assed Morning Show on Thursdays. I enjoy listening to your reviews and taking your recommendations into consideration when adding movies to my blockbuster.com queue. I will be honest…. when you first came on the air (back when you were with cinematical.com) it seemed like you had a hard time fitting in with Weasel, Josh and Nick’s humor. But as time has gone by, you truly have become an integral part of the show. Keep up the great work James. We here in the Twin Cities appreciate it!


  53. Eric says:

    Hey James,

    Another fan of yours from 93X. This morning you told the guys that Inglourious Basterds is complete fiction. Well, Tarantino may have “bastardized” history, but there in fact was a group of Jewish commandos in the British (not American) army during WWII. Check this link: http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2009-08-09/my-father-the-inglourious-basterd/

    Keep up the good work!

  54. Ryan says:

    Hey James
    Another 93xer here. I love your stuff. Obviously I don’t always agree, but more often than not it’s good useful info. One of the best references you ever had was when you were talking about the movie Vantage Point. You said it would be a movie that you will see in 3 years on TNT and be entertained. That’s the kind of stuff that I like to hear about a movie.

    By the way, the people up top back in early May….those who take your reviews so seriously, NEED TO GET OVER THEMSELVES. Move along, especially if you don’t have anything constructive to say.

  55. CB says:

    A Huge fan of yours from Minneapolis. Listen every Thursday on 93X!! Keep up the good work…

  56. Tim says:


    I saw you wrote a review for Hell Ride. We have a bet going on at the office.

    Do you know what bike Vinnie Jones (Billy Wings) was riding in the movie? I can’t find a mention of it, anywhere.



  57. Jordan says:

    Hey Rocchi,

    Always a pleasure to hear you on 93x, you’re my favorite guest. Keep up the good work :)

  58. P-Funk says:

    Hey James, I listen to you on 93x whenever I can. Heard you review the Anvil movie.

    If you can find it, you should check out an old movie (1998) called Driver 23. It’s a documentary filmed in MN about a guy who works as a delivery driver by day and plays in a progressive metal band at night. He’s super intense and battles OCD. Really compelling movie. One of those you start watching and just can’t stop. Kind of like OCD!

    Check it out.

  59. The Red Hare says:

    Dear James –

    I can’t remember the last time (if ever) that I felt compelled by someone’s writing to immediately look them up and try to contact them.

    Your review of “Where The Wild Things Are” for MSN Movies was one of the most beautiful, lucid, lovely, poignant and tangible pieces I have ever read in my life. I have been dying to see it and now I am all the more inclined as your review struck the chords I was hoping to find with Jonze’s undertaking.

    I love two things – movies and language. You seem a master of both and I will be back to read your reviews enthusiastically.

    Thank you.

  60. Lauren O'Sullivan says:


    I was on MSN.com and read your review of Where the Wild Things are. It was so beautifully written. Your review is how I imagine the film will be: simple, yet eloquent. I’m glad I discovered your work today. I will follow it now, for sure. Excellent work!

    Thanks Much,
    Lauren O’Sullivan

  61. Lauren O'Sullivan says:

    Red Hare, I feel the same way! I had never heard of James before, and I immediately Googled him so I could contact him and complement his amazing review/writing.

  62. Jeff Hanson says:

    I just saw the movie Inside based on your rave review on 93x. That was the first movie that ever really disturbed me. I don’t know whether to thank you or not ever listen to you again.

  63. Anne says:

    I read your review of “Brothers” on the msn website. About its needing to make a political comment about the Afghanistan war:
    “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg” was well-known to be an anti-war film at the time of the French Indo-China War (Vietnam), and the movie made no overt comments about why the French were there, yet won awards. It was very effective simply by telling its story, by showing how war separates people and changes the directions of their lives, and by showing the young father before and after he went to war.

  64. George says:

    Thought I would get a movie review on the MSN site, but your MOVIE review quickly became a statement of your political views. Do you really think people look to a movie critic’s column for a political editorial? Or, do you think they might be looking for a movie review. It read as if the only thing you didn’t like about the movie, is that the director didn’t take the time to push your own views on a war.

  65. Oscar says:

    you should change your occupation title from movie critic to movie cynic. movies are meant to be entertaining… and the audiences they appeal to vary greatly… like a chasm of diversity. your reviews are subjective. you should preface your “reviews” with a list of movies that qualify a top rating in your book.

  66. Chuck says:

    My wife and I listen to you every Thursday on the 93X morning show. We’ve seen several movies based on your recommendations, and the thing I appreciate most about your reviews is that you realize that not everyone is looking for something profound in a movie. (I myself am a big fan of the 50’s horror movie “Them,” and I found Robert Downey Jr.’s “Sherlock Holmes” enjoyable in a brainless sort of way.) However, your insightful and very perceptive analyses of more serious movies is also very helpful. Making movies is an art form, and you prove that reviewing them is, too.

    By the way, your one-liners at the end of every 93X segment are hilarious! Keep up the good work!

  67. David says:

    It’s rally disappointing that critics today need to be spoon fed reasons “why”, and explained every detail of a movie these days. Sad commentary on the profession, and probably somewhat on the upcoming generation of movie lovers. I read the review on Alice in Wonderland, and even though I’ve not seen the movie, it’s crystal clear that as a critic you have no imagination, that if you aren’t told “why”, the movie is ruined for you. I’m not a fan, and I’m not not a fan of Tim Burton, so this isn’t in his defense, but rather a comment on what makes a good story teller and a bad critic. A good story teller gives just enough for the listener to ENGAGE THEIR MIND (using your imagination), and the storyteller is merely giving you queues and props to keep the story moving in your mind. A storyteller’s job is not to answer all the “why” questions, which you seem to need to enjoy the movie… MR. SPOCK. You don’t need to know why to enjoy a movie, it’s entertainment. Today’s movies are filled with explicit sex, killing, answers WHY… the view is pulled along like a kid being pulled by the arm by his/her mother in a grocery store. It’s time to sit back and engage your mind and let the story in your mind unfold. Having not planned to see the movie, your review has raised my interest, and I may very well now go see it just because it sounds like a GREAT story, not the cookie cutter movies we are given today.

  68. Omar says:

    Im pretty sure your a piece of garbage and you dont give movies enough credit, how about you get over yourself and do something more important and stop giving bad reviews to good movies

  69. Kelly says:

    I have been reading the comments on this page and I must say, contrary to popular belief I adored your review of Burton’s Alice in Wonderland. Having read the books, watched many film adaptions, and even played the American McGee’s game, I must agree with you, Mr. Rocchi.

  70. Bob Gartman says:

    Normally I dont have an issue with your reviews. But then again no film critic has never kept me from seeing a Movie and in the end I am the one who determines yea or ney. James for what its worth you and I couldn’t disagree more on ‘Alice’. Sure it was a little over the top but so is Wonderland! Bottomline what I did like was an acurate presentation of the origional story without too much Hollywood fluff. So I guess on this we will have to agree to disagree.

  71. Nightmare Review says:

    The fact that you start off your ‘Nightmare’ review with indicating you have never seen the original makes you the least credible film critic I think I have ever encountered. How you can consider yourself a film lover and never run across the original? Just a heads up, you may want to check out Star Wars and the original Exorcist …

    God, I cannot stand film critics that hate everything they watch … find a new career because you clearly don’t like movies.

  72. anonymous says:

    I just saw your review for the new Nightmare on Elm Street movie. I haven’t seen it yet but I’m looking forward. The first thing I noticed is how you said you’ve never seen the original. How can you review this movie without ever having seen the original!? How can you have any appreciation for a re-make having not seen the original film its re-making?? Perhaps MSN should have found somebody who understood what they’re being asked to review , as opposed to somebody with no background knowledge. In my opinion, your review is worthless. You could of have at least watched the original before viewing this one, I mean…Come on!

  73. Tracey says:

    Hi James, I’m another 93X listener and I completely agree with Adam E. below. I look forward to Thursday morning on my way to work to hear what’s new on DVD and add what sounds interesting to my Netflix list. Thanks to you mentioning so many independent films, I have watched many that are SO much better than what’s on the main screen. I usually don’t listen to the critics, but most of the movies you recommend I have agreed with. Hope you are enjoying Cannes. You Rock!

  74. Colin says:


    I’m another one of your 93X fans. I always make sure I’m up on Thursdays so I can hear your report. It always nice to hear about the great movies that go under the radar and rent them on netflix.
    I’m reading the comments you get here and I’m amazed at how many people don’t understand what your job is. So many people bash you for your reviews of their favorite movies because they let their emotions drive them. It takes a clear head to watch a movie and analyze it without excusing it for being horrible.
    I’m actually leaving the area in a few months to finish my last two years of college, majoring in film. It’s something I’ve been looking forward to for years and I hope I’m able to go somewhere with it. Keep up the great work James, I actually have a reason to wake up early on Thursdays.

    Colin K.

  75. Hello James – wonderful to see you extending your considerable talents and enjoing success! A long way from 1995 and CHRW-FM – congratulations and best wishes from another of Circelli’s alumni / escapees!

    Robert Svilpa
    Seattle, WA

  76. Kaare says:

    Hey James, what was the Vampires meets The Road movie you were talking about on 93X this morning (10/7/2010). I thought you said it was called “Stakemen” but I can’t find anything with that title. Can you help? Also, thanks for the recommendation of “The Man from Nowhere;” the trailer is freakin’ awesome!

  77. Kathy says:

    James, I love you on 93x. I never miss it! I don’t always agree with your reviews but I think that you and the boys from the Half assed morning show are so funny! Can’t wait to her what you have to say this week. Thanks for the laughs!!

  78. Mark Juliana says:

    Hey James-

    Great site. It’s interesting to see how folks react so strongly to one person’s opinion. Keep up the good work ;)


  79. Dan says:

    Listen to you every week on 93X, really like your reviews. Pretty much agree with you on movies however what were you thinking on ‘Winter’s Bone’? I enjoy a wide variety of movies, however I thought this one was slow moving and the end was similar to Cormac McCarthy’s books/movies in that it just plain ended.

    Keep up the good work and keep Nick in line, we can only take a limited amount of Sylvester Stallone movies.

    Take care,


  80. Heather says:

    Love you on 93x. You are witty and in no way resemble a sasqwatch!

  81. Justin Schaapveld says:

    Hey James, I listen to you on 93X every Thursday. Pleeeeease do the Jeff Goldblum impression as much as possible. lol. Thanks for all the insite on good movies. 90% of the time I 100% agree with you. hahaha

    – Justin

  82. Cristin says:

    I look forward to Thursday mornings so I can listen to you on 93X!!! You rock!!!!

  83. Jord says:

    Hey, I catch you on 93x every Thurs and am pissed when your segment doesn’t line up with my commute. A couple months ago you were talking about Invasion of the Body Snatchers’ use of background noise. It interested me enough to pull the movie up on netflix, and knowing to watch for it, I was really able to appreciate it.
    That’s one of about 20 times your reviews have added to my moviewatching experience. Thanks for all the good reviewing!

  84. Tyler Foster says:

    I was only glancing at the comments on this page, but it’s very amusing to watch the waves of idiots that flow in whenever you write a movie review that angers people who can’t spell.

  85. Dawn says:

    Another 93X fan just checking in. Love your chemistry w/the HAMS. Hope you’re on with them for many years to come!

  86. Eric says:

    Dear Movie Soul mate.

    I have recently found that most of your movie reviews are damned spot on with my own. A few have fallen through as not falling in line with the ‘soul mate’ caliber, but none the less. At least I found someone who actually appreciates good movies.


  87. J says:

    Another 93x listener who loves the segment you do. Your critic work is spot on and the back and forth between you and the boys is a lot of fun to listen to. Thanks for the movie tips and laughs!

  88. Dan says:

    James –

    Suggestion – why don’t you give the 93x listeners a Netflix Nugget each week. A lot of the time I have already seen the movies that come out on DVD and am always looking for something good to stream on Netflix over the weekend. But as you can imagine trying to find something that is good can be a bit difficult.

    Keep up the good work!

    Take care,


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