Criticker Zealot - 7318 Film Ratings
Member Since: 21 Oct 2010
Location: Australia
Age: 41
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Bio: "The complete filmgoer is open to the movie on the screen, and asks it to work in its own ways for its own purposes. He does not fault one for not being the other, but is grateful for both if they are successful." - Roger Ebert, Review of "Keane" (2004)

Top 10:
#10 Gone With The Wind (1939)
#9 The Godfather (1972)
#8 Some Like It Hot (1959)
#7 Jackie Brown (1997)
#6 A Fish Called Wanda (1988)
#5 Tootsie (1982)
#4 The Big Sleep (1946)
#3 Network (1976)
#2 JFK (1991)
#1 Chinatown (1974)

more Recent Ratings

58 16% Six-Gun Rhythm (1939) - Rated 18 May 2024
"Cheapie second-bill B-Western (maybe C?) is fine for what it is, and distinguished by Fletcher’s ingratiating performance, and some reasonably well-crafted horse chases to perk up interest from time to time – climactic confrontation set within a fierce sand-storm at least bumps this up into a novelty value very mild recommendation."
40 6% Zoom (2006) - Rated 18 May 2024
"Bland, derivative YA superhero saga works best when Chase and Torn are centre stage and making a surprisingly fun (and good form) comic tag-team. Loses its way when focus shifts to Allen’s curiously dour and depressing character's efforts to whip his recruits into shape, to be all they can be blah de blah. It’s not painful to watch, but is hurt by the lacklustre screenplay, and a pantomime level bit of overacting from Cox; action finale is too low-stakes and bereft of any passion or excitement."
43 7% The Replacements (2000) - Rated 17 May 2024
"Not a terrible movie per se, but a flat, underbaked and soporific one – everything feels warmed over and predigested (the Reeves-Langton romance might rate as one of the most perfunctory in cinema history); of course, an underdog sports film has a certain predictability as part of the design, but this lacks any sort of conviction, or any real conflict to drive the story. Hackman completists might get some joy from the flashes of gruff twinkle he brings, but maybe just rewatch HOOSIERS instead?"
34 4% Monkeybone (2001) - Rated 13 May 2024
"Ugly, unfocused mess not without some good ideas or ambition, but seems to have stalled somewhere in the development stage – never quite lifts off the runway, becoming bogged down in its over elaborate and noisy set design. Fraser’s aw-shucks innocent persona is well suited, but he isn’t given a great deal to play against, especially as the film devolves into a sloppy, plotless quagmire in the final act. I always have a soft spot for Goldberg, but she seems ill-at-ease (and basically wasted)."
79 59% The Call (2013) - Rated 12 May 2024
"Effective, suspenseful two-ish hander gets a boost from stars Berry and Breslin who liven what might have been TVM mediocrity with their convincing performances – the screenplay has fun playing out every permutation of its premise and raises the tension considerably, especially in the genuinely gripping mid-section. Loses its way somewhat in the last act, with a finale whose implications are too serious-minded for the film to support, but it can’t tarnish this solid and overall steady B-pic."
70 37% The Babysitter (2017) - Rated 12 May 2024
"A not-bad stab at recapturing the spirit of a high-concept 80s slasher, rather surprisingly pulled off well by McG – the basic problem is that it lacks the rough and raw energy of its forebears and can’t shake off its millennial sheen (in both the aesthetics and the too scrubbed performers) – this needed to be down and dirty to be a complete success. Some nice visual gags, courtesy of the comical executions of most of the antagonists – frustratingly close to a bullseye, but just misses the mark."
89 81% Jerry Lee Lewis: Trouble in Mind (2024) - Rated 12 May 2024
"Poignant and incisive portrait of Lewis is a masterful stitching together of various archival sources by Coen that gives a gracious and honest view of Lewis' different facets. Knowing little about Lewis beyond his position in the general pop culture of the 50s and 60s, it was his transition into a (still flamboyant) country/gospel artist that was most fascinating; the dips in and out of interviews with Lewis over the years gives this the feel of a dreamlike death-bed confession at times."
65 28% The Next Karate Kid (1994) - Rated 12 May 2024
"Final chapter for Morita in the saga that ironically plays as underdog, “poor cousin” of the ROCKY franchise; plays better than the earlier chapters because of the lovely chemistry between Swank and Morita, and removing the contrived set-up of a competition being the driver of the plot; “taking it to the streets” makes for a silly but far more satisfying capper, ala ROCKY V. Like all of the earlier entries, it’s a cut above passable, but no serious competition for the true heavyweight!"
60 19% Aaron Chen: If Weren't Filmed, Nobody Would Believe (2022) - Rated 12 May 2024
"It’s clear there’s a welcome new generation of Aussie comedy that is starting to lean back in to apparently guileless innocence with a sting in the tail, ala Sarah Silverman. As a “movie”, this is far too narrow and small to make huge waves, but Chen’s style and command of the room are to be commended; not sure he makes any new or startling in-roads with his observations, but some killer timing and delivery makes this quite a bit of fun."
66 29% The Karate Kid, Part III (1989) - Rated 12 May 2024
"This sometimes feels like Avildsen’s attempt at imitation (or an indicator of sour grapes) of the ROCKY saga, with some campily outlandish set pieces wanting to compete with Stallone’s efforts - a chopper shot of Morita and Macchio, combined with the absurdist lengths our villains go to obtain a pertinent signature are so goofy that they almost push this towards a cheesy recommendation, but for the fact Avildsen’s basically humourless approach makes long sections of this a bit of a slog."