Bill Chambers

"One thing I can't stand from film reviewers and filmmakers is this concept of "guilty pleasures." Film Comment tends to endorse this concept -- in their latest issue they ask Scorsese to name his; to my chagrin, he does so without a battle. If you like a film, you like it; you take in the information, you process it, and if sits pleasantly with who you are, then don't be afraid to admit it. Let's leave guilt out of it, the world's so crappy anyway."

Agrees with the Tomatometer 72% of the time.

Biography:
Capricorn.
Publications:
Film Freak Central
Critics' Group:
Online Film Critics Society
Total Reviews:
707
Total QuickRatings:
121
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
0.5/4 50% Men, Women & Children (2014) " We've entered a golden age of movies that use state-of-the-art technology to rail against the use of state-of-the-art technology." — Film Freak Central
Posted Sep 14, 2014
2.5/4 100% Top Five " I stopped writing off Rock as a filmmaker when he swerved left to remake an Eric Rohmer movie..." — Film Freak Central
Posted Sep 11, 2014
3/4 —— The Jungle Book (2015) " If we think of Mowgli as an avatar for Disney, the movie's outcome seems considerably more tragic." — Film Freak Central
Posted Sep 9, 2014
0.5/4 11% Crocodile Dundee II (1988) " It's audacious in its defiance of expectations, no doubt, but there's no pleasure in the unconventionality." — Film Freak Central
Posted Sep 9, 2014
3/4 89% Crocodile Dundee (1986) " The rousing climax, a variation on the old airport confession of love, sends the picture--and us--out on a high note with an affirmation of the essential New York character." — Film Freak Central
Posted Sep 9, 2014
2.5/4 95% The LEGO Movie (2014) " A 100-minute advertisement you've paid to watch--now that's ingenuity." — Film Freak Central
Posted Sep 9, 2014
3/4 —— Without Warning (It Came Without Warning) (Alien Encounters) (1980) " Without Warning has a lot of credibility for something that can be so shamelessly risible." — Film Freak Central
Posted Sep 9, 2014
3/4 80% Ned Rifle " Hal Hartley: good at endings." — Film Freak Central
Posted Sep 9, 2014
1.5/4 52% Maps to the Stars (2014) " The metaphysical bores Cronenberg, and it shows..." — Film Freak Central
Posted Sep 9, 2014
4/4 100% The Look of Silence " A B-side to The Act of Killing but no mere Blue in the Face afterthought." — Film Freak Central
Posted Sep 9, 2014
0.5/4 —— Cub (Welp) " Welp, indeed." — Film Freak Central
Posted Sep 9, 2014
3/4 96% Thief (1981) " Ground zero for Michael Mann--his origin story..." — Film Freak Central
Posted Apr 2, 2014
0.5/4 65% Bad Words (2014) " Bateman's formidable comic instincts really fail him here." — Film Freak Central
Posted Mar 12, 2014
2/4 78% Monsters University (2013) " With its juvenile orientation, uninspired gags, and disappointing lack of pathos, it's a close cousin to A Bug's Life, and certain to be just as forgotten." — Film Freak Central
Posted Mar 10, 2014
3/4 85% The Jungle Book (1967) " Disney's grandniece recently cast aspersions on the picture, but I don't share her pessimism." — Film Freak Central
Posted Mar 10, 2014
2/4 42% Homefront (2013) " The climax is a muddle and borderline preachy" — Film Freak Central
Posted Mar 10, 2014
2.5/4 81% Don Jon (2013) " It's somewhat hypocritical that the movie has it in for romcoms, but what are you gonna do?" — Film Freak Central
Posted Sep 25, 2013
1/4 64% August: Osage County (2013) " I somehow doubt that reassuring viewers of Julia Roberts's indomitable spirit ever crossed Letts's mind as one of his goals for the piece." — Film Freak Central
Posted Sep 24, 2013
1/4 62% The Sacrament (2014) " I can't wait until West makes a movie about the Shworld Shtrade Shenter." — Film Freak Central
Posted Sep 24, 2013
0.5/4 55% Would You Rather (2013) " A Frankenstein abomination that mates Dinner for Schmucks with Saw." — Film Freak Central
Posted Jul 24, 2013
2/4 65% Mama (2013) " I can't hate a film operating at this level cinematically. But I can try." — Film Freak Central
Posted May 27, 2013
3/4 39% Dark Skies (2013) " The movie promises fireworks--and it delivers." — Film Freak Central
Posted May 27, 2013
3.5/4 78% The Fury (1978) " A hangout movie when all's said and done." — Film Freak Central
Posted Apr 24, 2013
2/4 75% Peter Pan (1953) " Who wants their son taking his cues from this meanspirited "hero"?" — Film Freak Central
Posted Feb 4, 2013
2/4 87% Frankenweenie (2012) " A remake of not one Tim Burton movie, but all of them." — Film Freak Central
Posted Jan 31, 2013
2/4 69% The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992) " Director Brian Henson should have left brand expectations out of it and simply carried on in the vein of his father's excursions into fantasy." — Film Freak Central
Posted Nov 19, 2012
2.5/4 78% Flight (2012) " The moments that dazzle are not so much visual as conceptual, thus harking back to Zemeckis's Used Cars days." — Film Freak Central
Posted Nov 1, 2012
2/4 21% Girl Most Likely (2013) " There's enough indie quirk in Imogene to choke a Sundance programmer." — Film Freak Central
Posted Sep 21, 2012
1/4 51% At Any Price (2013) " The new soap opera from America's least exciting regional filmmaker." — Film Freak Central
Posted Sep 19, 2012
3.5/4 57% Blackbird (2013) " Told with a rare mix of humanity and procedural clarity that recalls, nay, honours the late, great Alan Clarke." — Film Freak Central
Posted Sep 19, 2012
1/4 43% The Paperboy (2012) " If only Daniels could direct!" — Film Freak Central
Posted Sep 19, 2012
2/4 43% American Reunion (2012) " Points for consistency, I guess, on the part of Harold & Kumar creators Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg." — Film Freak Central
Posted Sep 14, 2012
100% The Shark Is Still Working " The Shark Is Still Working isn't necessarily better than The Making of Jaws, but it trods less familiar ground." — Film Freak Central
Posted Sep 14, 2012
—— Stanley Kubrick's Boxes (2008) " ...Ultimately satisfies as a digest version of Taschen's must-have coffee-table book." — Film Freak Central
Posted Sep 14, 2012
3/4 80% Picture Day (2013) " Picture Day leaves a pleasant aftertaste, and I can't help but chalk most of that up to Maslany." — Film Freak Central
Posted Sep 14, 2012
3.5/4 96% Argo (2012) " Argo is a valentine to the cinema in the very convincing drag of a political thriller." — Film Freak Central
Posted Sep 14, 2012
1.5/4 65% Antiviral (2013) " It's pretty silly." — Film Freak Central
Posted Sep 14, 2012
1.5/4 66% The Iceman (2013) " The Iceman proves that a movie cannot get by on Michael Shannon's dark charisma alone" — Film Freak Central
Posted Sep 14, 2012
3.5/4 64% Curling " A slow burn that respects the audience's literacy." — Film Freak Central
Posted Mar 20, 2012
3.5/4 91% Into The Abyss (2011) " Less a polemic than a sombre sifting-through of the collateral damage that collects in concentric circles around an execution." — Film Freak Central
Posted Mar 20, 2012
3.5/4 64% Uncle Buck (1989) " It's not John Hughes's best film, but it could be his funniest, as well as his saddest." — Film Freak Central
Posted Mar 20, 2012
2.5/4 89% Lady and the Tramp (1955) " Handsomely, seductively drawn, Lady and the Tramp owns its place in the canon..." — Film Freak Central
Posted Mar 20, 2012
4/4 —— Duck Amuck (1953) " Daffy's existential crisis is oddly revealing of his identity and, for the viewer, a lesson in the possibilities of the medium." — Film Freak Central
Posted Mar 20, 2012
3/4 —— The Scarlet Pumpernickel " In Daffy's increasingly harried responses to J.L.'s unquenchable thirst for more story, we get some sense of what it must've been like to work at Termite Terrace..." — Film Freak Central
Posted Mar 20, 2012
4/4 —— Rabbit of Seville " Invention, madness, and visual delight are in seemingly endless supply..." — Film Freak Central
Posted Mar 20, 2012
3.5/4 —— What's Opera, Doc? (1957) " By the end it's difficult to say whether Jones is lampooning Fantasia or merely envious of it." — Film Freak Central
Posted Mar 20, 2012
3.5/4 78% Killer Joe (2012) " McConaughey's performance as the Mephistophelean title character is one for the ages." — Film Freak Central
Posted Oct 2, 2011
3/4 29% Twixt (2013) " This is perhaps not personal but private filmmaking." — Film Freak Central
Posted Oct 2, 2011
2.5/4 100% Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory (2012) " More a glorified DVD supplement than a documentary." — Film Freak Central
Posted Oct 2, 2011
3/4 78% Jeff Who Lives at Home (2012) " Warm, funny, and wise." — Film Freak Central
Posted Sep 18, 2011
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