Luke Goodsell

Luke Goodsell

Agrees with the Tomatometer 77% of the time.

Publications:
Empire Magazine Australasia , Rotten Tomatoes
Total Reviews:
87
Location:
LA

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
4/5 71% The Science of Sleep (2006) " More amazing work from Gondry. If you're interested in a basic narrative, look away; if you prize inventive filmmaking, don't miss it. " — Empire Magazine Australasia
Posted Nov 16, 2012
4/5 89% Zodiac (2007) " Beautifully poised, slow and sinister: a trance of expectant menace in which Fincher holds his audience until the movie's finale." — Empire Magazine Australasia
Posted Nov 16, 2012
3/5 77% The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys (2002) " Altar Boys doesn't strive to revolutionise the genre, but by playing to what it knows the film works as an appealing teenage reminiscence." — Empire Magazine Australasia
Posted Nov 16, 2012
3/5 34% TMNT (2007) " Whenever the amphibians are in action, the film finds a rhythm that mixes punk graphic cool and merch-friendly visuals." — Empire Magazine Australasia
Posted Nov 16, 2012
4/5 29% Tideland (2006) " Surreal, inspired cinema from Gilliam that refuses to sugar-coat the dark imagination of children. " — Empire Magazine Australasia
Posted Nov 16, 2012
3/5 94% The Singer (Quand j'etais chanteur) (2006) " A gentle lament for the relics of an era, an affectionate epitaph for a dying breed of crooners perishing in the cheap mockery of neon discothèques and cubicle apartments." — Empire Magazine Australasia
Posted Nov 16, 2012
3/5 86% Paris Je T'aime (2007) " The bulk of the work, filtered through the idiosyncratic lens of the global art-house, relays a peculiar impression of the city that is at once familiar and displaced." — Empire Magazine Australasia
Posted Nov 16, 2012
4/5 66% Curse of the Golden Flower (2006) " Lavish, grim, magnificent; a robust successor to Zhang's recent martial arts epics, characterised by similarly baroque spectacle and tragedy. " — Empire Magazine Australasia
Posted Nov 16, 2012
4/5 93% Gwoemul (The Host) (2007) " Joon-ho Bong's The Host is a very different kettle of mutated fish." — Empire Magazine Australasia
Posted Nov 16, 2012
3/5 72% Bubble (2006) " A still, sometimes eerie imitation of life that casts a cold eye over small town paralysis." — Empire Magazine Australasia
Posted Nov 16, 2012
3/5 72% Stranger Than Fiction (2006) " Intriguing possibilities, except Helm and Forster aren't quite Kaufman and Jonze. Once their parallel narratives converge, those hoping for a mind-bending meta-pile-up may feel the movie lacks the courage of its fatalistic fiction." — Empire Magazine Australasia
Posted Nov 16, 2012
2/5 9% Norbit (2007) " Like all of Murphy's recent films, there's also a sweet-if-predictable heart beating beneath the discount jokes. " — Empire Magazine Australasia
Posted Nov 16, 2012
2/5 51% The Fountain (2006) " The enormous, and sometimes inspired, visual arc of Aronofsky's reach sadly exceeds his narrative's basic grasp." — Empire Magazine Australasia
Posted Nov 16, 2012
4/5 92% Volver (2006) " Almodóvar's phantasms are emotionally anchored so the story never gets away from its characters -- just when you suspect he might have overplayed his hand he stages a clever, surprising inversion to tie the film together." — Empire Magazine Australasia
Posted Nov 16, 2012
3/5 66% Apocalypto (2006) " Damn if the movie, through Mel's sheer determination, doesn't almost turn from a fight-n-flight gore fest into a moving meditation on a civilisation in the throes of decline. Almost." — Empire Magazine Australasia
Posted Nov 7, 2012
4/5 87% Notes on a Scandal (2006) " Lurid melodrama lifted by corrosive writing and a frightening performance from the Dame. " — Empire Magazine Australasia
Posted Nov 7, 2012
5/5 87% The Last King of Scotland (2006) " Captivating hyper-realism, a taut political thriller, and the performance of the year. " — Empire Magazine Australasia
Posted Nov 7, 2012
5/5 96% Pan's Labyrinth (2006) " Both magical and brutal, del Toro's film is a memorable exploration of the enduring power of fairytales. " — Empire Magazine Australasia
Posted Nov 7, 2012
4/5 55% Marie Antoinette (2006) " This gauzy interpretation of the French icon as the life of a decadent paparazzi princess is Versailles via Vogue, a frivolous New Romantic confection in which history is less important than emotional veracity. " — Empire Magazine Australasia
Posted Nov 7, 2012
3/5 76% A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints (2006) " Montiel's honey coated Queens of the mid-'80s is rich with the violence and carnality of teenagers, and the performances of LaBeouf (as the young Dito) and Channing Tatum (as his Stanley Kowalski-like grunt friend, Antonio) are raw pleasures." — Empire Magazine Australasia
Posted Nov 7, 2012
5/5 94% The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) " In the 13 years since it was released to a predictably puzzled family audience, Tim Burton's macabre stop motion musical has wound its way through cult affection (and survived mall-Goth appropriation) to earn its rightful place as a genuine classic." — Empire Magazine Australasia
Posted Nov 7, 2012
3/5 50% Fast Food Nation (2006) " This is a considered film that lacks the immediacy of a blunt message like the more simplistic Super Size Me, or the punchy, smokescreen climax of a film like Syriana to send the audience out feeling enlightened. " — Empire Magazine Australasia
Posted Nov 7, 2012
2/5 51% Aquamarine (2006) " Little girls and salty sea dogs alike have long been held in thrall to the mermaid's siren song; in Aquamarine, based on Alice Hoffman's book, the ladyfish finds herself awash in the low tide of teen romantic comedy." — Empire Magazine Australasia
Posted Nov 7, 2012
4/5 40% Nacho Libre (2006) " In a season of smug, telegraphed quirkiness (hello, Little Miss Sunshine), the rambling Nacho Libre, like director Jared Hess' previous Napoleon Dynamite, feels like an original." — Empire Magazine Australasia
Posted Nov 7, 2012
2/5 24% Lady in the Water (2006) " Once again Shyamalan is a maddening storyteller, by turns inspired and insipid, and he still manages to conjure some odd, unnerving moments." — Empire Magazine Australasia
Posted Nov 7, 2012
3/5 76% The Devil Wears Prada (2006) " If Hathaway's Andy drives the pedestrian narrative -- idealistic girl learns the value of staying true to herself and her "real" friends; snore -- then Streep is the movie's soul." — Empire Magazine Australasia
Posted Nov 7, 2012
2/5 48% Macbeth (2006) " The Bard gets buried in the gruff posturing, while the cadence of the words prevents the actors from playing to their strengths." — Empire Magazine Australasia
Posted Nov 7, 2012
1/5 22% Barnyard (2006) " A shockingly crass grab for holiday pocket money that's both infantile and endlessly patronising." — Empire Magazine Australasia
Posted Nov 7, 2012
1/5 43% Re-cycle (Gwai wik) (2008) " Amounts to a monstrous, CGI-disfigured pro-life tract. " — Empire Magazine Australasia
Posted Nov 7, 2012
3/5 95% The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988) " Love, the filmmakers repeat ad nauseum, is the only act of freedom in times of trouble. 

So it is about girls, after all..." — Empire Magazine Australasia
Posted Nov 7, 2012
4/5 69% A Scanner Darkly (2006) " A Scanner Darkly is the most faithful Dick adaptation to date. Like Dick's writing, Richard Linklater's movie doesn't sweat at immersing itself in the trappings of sci-fi; it's concerned with ideas." — Empire Magazine Australasia
Posted Nov 7, 2012
3/5 86% Thank You For Smoking (2006) " Curiously, the film's key drawback --its impassive resolution feels a little too slick -- is arguably indicative of the theme: no matter how much we may think we're peeling back the layers, all we arrive at is another façade." — Empire Magazine Australasia
Posted Nov 7, 2012
3/5 47% Renaissance (2006) " The picture is visually stark - at times imagining Fritz Lang had directed The Matrix - and isolated compositions, spiked with high contrast menace, are impressive in their artistic detail. However, the perfunctory plot is B-grade sci-fi." — Empire Magazine Australasia
Posted Nov 7, 2012
4/5 82% Ghost Dog - The Way of the Samurai (2000) " Amusing, melancholy, and meditative, Ghost Dog is a modern classic of the hit man genre." — Empire Magazine Australasia
Posted Nov 7, 2012
4/5 88% House of Flying Daggers (2004) " Though occasionally overwrought, peerless sequences, such as the sublime flight through a bamboo forest, ensure House Of Flying Daggers is a work of real beauty." — Empire Magazine Australasia
Posted Nov 7, 2012
4/5 93% Nobody Knows (Dare mo shiranai) (2004) " What begins as a slow, determinedly realist account of the children's existence gradually weaves a spell via Kore-eda's gift for delicate emotional detail. " — Empire Magazine Australasia
Posted Nov 7, 2012
5/5 92% Tarnation (2004) " Witness his hilarious high school musical rendition of David Lynch's Blue Velvet: much like the documentary itself, it's a heartbreaking, beautiful monstrosity." — Empire Magazine Australasia
Posted Nov 7, 2012
3/5 89% Brothers (Brødre) (2004) " Strong performances and scenes of the father's imprisonment in war camps make for tense viewing." — Empire Magazine Australasia
Posted Nov 7, 2012
4/5 82% Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) " [Depp is] ever the most watchable of freaks, even if he is slipping in and out of accents, looking perplexed at his slight lines and, most frustratingly, hinting at the mad -- okay, madder -- memorable turn that might have been." — Empire Magazine Australasia
Posted Nov 7, 2012
3/5 81% Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005) " July's suspiciously contrived awkwardness notwithstanding, the picture is at its best when it cleaves to her experimental video aesthetic; framing the mundane with the wonder of a child-like perspective." — Empire Magazine Australasia
Posted Nov 7, 2012
5/5 57% Last Days (2005) " Wandering in a narcoleptic stupor, Pitt's junkie rock star is as much lost soul as tortured genius, and Van Sant refrains from tacky pop theorising or tired rock-crit veneration. " — Empire Magazine Australasia
Posted Nov 7, 2012
3/5 71% Thumbsucker (2005) " Mills, a former music video director, writes and directs with subtle clarity, bringing a refreshing sensibility to the archetypical tale in which a displaced teen comes of age in a confusing and banal environment. " — Empire Magazine Australasia
Posted Nov 7, 2012
4/5 83% Tim Burton's Corpse Bride (2005) " Visually, Burton is at his most Edward Gorey-esque in the austere, storybook Victorian land of the living, whilst his contrasting comic underworld summons the spirit of Poe, the personality of Harryhausen and the ephemera of his own back catalogue." — Empire Magazine Australasia
Posted Nov 7, 2012
4/5 38% The Brothers Grimm (2005) " At times this fanciful romp lurches uneasily between violence, slapstick comedy and sublime escapism - in other words, it's pure Gilliam." — Empire Magazine Australasia
Posted Nov 7, 2012
4/5 87% A History of Violence (2005) " With A History Of Violence, Cronenberg uses the pulp gangster genre - as opposed to, say, sci-fi horror -- to draw us into a dialogue on our relationship as voyeurs to violence, both real and cinematic." — Empire Magazine Australasia
Posted Nov 7, 2012
4/5 78% Munich (2005) " This punishing, borderline amoral picture is Spielberg at his most bleak, and most challenging. It refuses to pick sides and resonates in unsettling ways." — Empire Magazine Australasia
Posted Nov 7, 2012
5/5 86% My Own Private Idaho (1991) " Van Sant photographs the story in his trademark dreamy-surreal style, fusing elements of Warhol with the classic American road movie, and interpreting the Western as the refuge of society's maligned fringe." — Empire Magazine Australasia
Posted Nov 7, 2012
3/5 64% Ghost in the Shell 2 - Innocence (2004) " This long-overdue follow-up goes the way of most sequels, delivering a visually impressive but far more simplistic -- and thus unsatisfying -- story." — Empire Magazine Australasia
Posted Nov 7, 2012
4/5 75% Zathura (2005) " Zathura is a space circus of the surreal that recalls a time when the likes of Joe Dante ruled the pre-adolescent pop sphere." — Empire Magazine Australasia
Posted Nov 7, 2012
2/5 24% Failure to Launch (2006) " Fans of Bongo playing narcissist Matthew McConaughey will breeze through this formulaic rom-com, though it possesses about as much charm as it does logic." — Empire Magazine Australasia
Posted Nov 7, 2012
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