Ed Gonzalez

Ed Gonzalez
""Scooby Doo can do do but Sartre is smartra."--Homer Simpson"

Agrees with the Tomatometer 71% of the time.

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 2025
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
1.5/4 57% EDC 2013: Under the Electric Sky (2014) " Just as queerness is conspicuous by its absence, so is any serious consideration of the drug use that often pairs with extended tastings of EDM. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 22, 2014
3/4 98% Boyhood (2014) " Richard Linklater's film is an experiment in time, and one that's attentive to the audience's sense of empathy. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 15, 2014
3/4 84% Violette (2014) " By focusing on the tumultuous friendship between Violette LeDuc and Simone de Beauvoir, Martin Provost creates not so much a dichotomy of femininity as a funhouse mirror of it. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 9, 2014
2.5/4 86% Willow Creek (2014) " Bobcat Goldthwait exposes the characteristic male pursuit of power to which females are often made subservient. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 1, 2014
2/4 58% The Signal (2014) " The titular signal refers to the Nomad hacker's taunts, though it may as well point to the film's nature as a self-styled calling card. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 28, 2014
2/4 85% Korengal (2014) " The result is an alternately gripping and dully meandering patchwork of these soldiers' stay in the Korengal that pointedly shuns big-picture philosophizing. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 26, 2014
3/4 78% Tupac: Resurrection (2003) " It'd be easy to write off Paramount's Tupac: Resurrection as a cheap publicity stunt. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 24, 2014
1.5/4 42% Words And Pictures (2014) " At least the irony with which this transparently written and dispassionately aestheticized film so demagogically argues for the value of words and pictures is brutally convincing. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 18, 2014
2.5/4 85% Cold in July (2014) " While Jim Mickle's compositions lose much of their verve in the film's later half, his regard for the analog does not--and at the expense of perspective into his characters' emotional torque. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 18, 2014
1/4 16% Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return (2014) " With dubious scruples, and much Broadway-style caterwauling, the film imagines what The Wizard of Oz would look like with a should-have-gone-straight-to-video chimney on her. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 8, 2014
1/4 34% Stage Fright (2014) " Jerome Sable's debut feature couldn't be further from De Palma's delirious cinematic essays on vision and genre. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 5, 2014
2/4 19% House of 1000 Corpses (2003) " Rob Zombie's House of 1000 Corpses has nostalgia on its side but not much else. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 28, 2014
2/4 29% Mr. Jones (2014) " That it half succeeds, in spite of its cloying self-seriousness, means that it's at best a convincing copycat of a definitive expression of ego and influence in art. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 27, 2014
1.5/4 44% Blood Glacier (2014) " The film straddles a very awkward line between creature feature, conspiracy thriller, and domestic drama, all without novelty or suspense. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 27, 2014
2.5/4 36% The Quiet Ones (2014) " If the stock concessions made to genre cliché by The Woman in Black can be charitably viewed as deliberate tips of the hat to the heyday of Hammer Films, then John Pogue's period-set exorcism yarn The Quiet Ones more interestingly upends those tropes. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 24, 2014
2.5/4 91% Locke (2014) " The literalizing of Ivan Locke's hidden self and his inability to master it ultimately exposes the film as the squarest kind of theater: drama therapy. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 20, 2014
2/4 63% For No Good Reason (2014) " Charlie Paul isn't content to let his stock footage and interviewees lead for him, driven as he is to "make something out of a frame of mind," though to needlessly busy effect. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 20, 2014
1.5/4 77% The Canal (2014) " Unlike David Lynch, Kavanagh isn't interested in catching ideas like fish, of linking the degradation of film to the degradation of consciousness. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 19, 2014
2.5/4 51% Cuban Fury (2014) " The film is thin on concept and limited in style, but the filmmakers have the good sense to let their characters remain playful and goofy throughout. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 7, 2014
2.5/4 73% Oculus (2014) " Through a mini-triumph of montage, what begins as run-of-the-mill backstory vomit is thrillingly repackaged as an almost-Lynchian duet between warring states of consciousness. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 4, 2014
4/4 85% Under the Skin (2014) " Throughout, what truly matters to director Jonathan Glazer is articulating through visual and aural enticement the unconscious power of our death drive. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 28, 2014
1.5/4 25% Alien Abduction (2014) " A few jolting scares are deployed throughout, but more difficult to shake is how the story's overacting lambs walk a rather programmatic path toward slaughter--or at least anal probing. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 28, 2014
1.5/4 45% The Strange Color of Your Body's Tears (2014) " As if Amer and Orgasm weren't evidence enough, this second feature-length fiction from the Belgian husband-and-wife duo confirms that their style is nothing if not shtick. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 7, 2014
2.5/4 80% The Den (2014) " The film is dizzyingly creepy in its refracting of horrors through the cascading windows of computer programs we've come to understand more intimately than our own selves. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 7, 2014
1.5/4 36% Haunt (2014) " Mac Carter repeatedly compromises his intuitive, and often elegantly framed, glances at his main characters' teenage blues by too busily going through amateur-night gesticulations of spooking his audience. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 28, 2014
2.5/4 77% Grand Piano (2014) " Eugenio Mira thrills in watching his main character attempt to worm his way out of a most unusual hostage situation, synching his indulgences of style to the pianist's wily physical maneuvering. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 28, 2014
1.5/4 58% The Returned (2014) " Manuel Carballo's film proves that the zombie narrative is still capable of subversion, but does so with the laziest, Lifetime-grade intimations of social relevance. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 10, 2014
.5/4 55% Nurse (2014) " Rather than capture truly pained souls tangled in exuberant horror tropes, the filmmakers settle for retrograde anguish and warmed-over artistry. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 1, 2014
.5/4 77% Enemies Closer (2014) " JCVD may not say it best, but he does say it aptly, when his manically cartoonish baddie caps one murder with the assertion that "shit happens." " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 19, 2014
2/4 14% Free Ride (2014) " Shana Betz's too-insistent refusal to commit to the melodramatic or to the suspenseful only makes the film seem like empty dramatization. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 8, 2014
4/4 94% Her (2013) " A screwball surrealist comedy that asks us to laugh at an unconventional romance while also disarming us with the realization that its fantasy scenario isn't too far from our present reality. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 12, 2013
3.5/4 88% The Immigrant (2014) " In its stripped-down realism and blistering fixation on its main character's grappling with life and mortality, the film is kin to Roberto Rossellini's collaborations with Ingrid Bergman. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 4, 2013
3/4 91% Blue Is The Warmest Color (2013) " Abdellatif Kechiche reveals through his sense of composition, and collaboration with his remarkable actresses, a sensitivity to emotional nuance that's striking. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 21, 2013
1.5/4 6% Battle of the Year (2013) " Remarkably, the highlight of Benson Lee's film, essentially a fiction reboot of his Planet B-Boy, isn't the scene where Chris Brown gets punched in the face. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 18, 2013
2.5/4 82% Prisoners (2013) " Possibly year's most immaculate-looking drivel, a prismatically shot whodunit abundant in red herrings, but lacking in moral contemplation. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 15, 2013
2/4 96% 12 Years a Slave (2013) " Steve McQueen's impersonal approach to his subject matter isn't solely to blame for the failure of 12 Years a Slave, a safely anecdotal mosaic closer in spirit to Edward P. Jones's The Known World than to Toni Morrison's radically constructed Beloved. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 14, 2013
2.5/4 71% Weeds: Season 1 (TV, 2005) " This is lazy storytelling, and if the creators want us to sympathize with their main character, it isn't working. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 12, 2013
1/4 13% The Lifeguard (2013) " The film heroically stretches out its governing water metaphor to a point that allows it to best Garden State's Guinness World Record for most incessant navel-gazing. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 27, 2013
2.5/4 71% Cockneys vs Zombies (2013) " Matthias Hoene allows the cockney swears to flow as deliriously as the truly convincing blood splatter, offering a few unexpected gut-busters along the way. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 26, 2013
1.5/4 44% Under the Bed (2013) " The film's sense of conviction and psychological nuance never rises above that of the "I Learned It from Watching You" anti-drug PSA. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 13, 2013
1.5/4 6% Evidence (2013) " One wishes it had spared us the remedial theorizing on media culture and artistic representation and license and less apologetically acted the part of a straight-up horror film. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 13, 2013
2/4 86% The Conjuring (2013) " Though The Conjuring claims to be based on a true story, in truth it's based on every horror film that's come before it. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 11, 2013
2.5/4 72% Pacific Rim (2013) " Guillermo del Toro doesn't rise above the obligations of staging a film of this sort as a multi-level video game, a stylish but programmatic ride toward an inevitable final boss battle. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 8, 2013
3/4 No Score Yet La Libertad (Freedom) (2001) " Lisandro Alonso's La Libertad is a penetrating peek into the daily life of a woodcutter from Argentina's Pampa. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 7, 2013
2/4 31% Beneath (2013) " Its stance toward every dipshit slasher and creature-horror flick that's come before it never feels less than casually hostile. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 4, 2013
3/4 48% Maniac (2013) " Its audio-visual overload testifies to a group of filmmakers' belief that some films are made to be remade. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 15, 2013
1.5/4 38% The Purge (2013) " A rote home-invasion thriller afraid to be seen as just another rote home-invasion thriller, the film turgidly grasps for profundity by framing bloodlust as patriotic duty. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 5, 2013
2.5/4 63% Byzantium (2013) " Forlorn depictions of love and death may dignify Neil Jordan's film, but narrative withholding ultimately drives a stake into its unmistakable heart. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 28, 2013
2/4 58% Kiss Of The Damned (2013) " Xan Cassavetes cops to nothing more significant than being more keen on Vampyros Lesbos than anyone else from her clan of famous cinephiles. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 27, 2013
2.5/4 55% Post Tenebras Lux (2013) " Carlos Reygadas's latest, an almost impossibly intellectual film, keeps us at a remove that's as striking as that which separates its main character from the lower classes. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 27, 2013
2.5/4 No Score Yet Möbius (2014) " Eric Rochant's weird and lengthy fixation on De France reaching orgasm twice in one session allows Möbius to unexpectedly transform from a low-stakes Notorious to a high-end Red Shoe Diaries. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 24, 2013
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