Eric Melin

Eric Melin

Agrees with the Tomatometer 80% of the time.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 98% Mr. Turner (2014) "Like it's subject, the film has an irascible charm. Leigh strips away the myth of the vaunted artist; the highly evolved being with special knowledge. He also avoids the clichés that come with portraying an artist of Turner's stature. " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Feb 28, 2015
4/5 98% Citizenfour (2014) "Movies don't put themselves together. Every moment, every cut, and every camera angle is an editorial choice. So is the structure of the movie, which builds its mix of fear and danger sure-footedly, " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Feb 28, 2015
3/4 89% Still Alice (2015) "Moore is the real reason Still Alice works. She's so natural and free of vanity. She doesn't telegraph the tragedy of her situation. It's a quiet performance and the uncertainty of how present Alice is undercuts everything, even the joyful moments. " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Feb 28, 2015
3/4 25% Jupiter Ascending (2015) "Obsession with reincarnation, blurry gender lines, alternate realities, and new modes of action are just some of the reasons that its diversions are where its at. They're baked into the movie's DNA, even as the screenplay tries to follow familiar tropes. " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Feb 28, 2015
3/4 83% Die Bitteren Tränen der Petra von Kant (The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant) (1972) "On one level, it is an engrossing character study about changing power dynamics in relationships. On another, it's simply a marvel of fluid, focused filmmaking - where everything in the frame is loaded with meaning. " ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Feb 28, 2015
3.5/4 100% The Palm Beach Story (1942) "It's about as breezy, carefree, and anarchic as romantic comedies get. Full of absurd comedic digressions and bookends that still don't quite make sense, this eccentric road trip comedy would likely never get made in today's Hollywood climate. " ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Feb 28, 2015
2/4 73% American Sniper (2015) " Too often in "Sniper," Eastwood kowtows to our basic need to have clear-cut good guys and bad guys. And when Kyle makes the impossible shot, it feels (in the limited context of the film) like we've actually won something. We haven't. " ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Feb 28, 2015
4/5 88% Foxcatcher (2014) "Miller has a keen eye for examining the intersection of class, money and ambition. The screenplay compresses the timeline, moves key scenes around, and favors character over action, but it absolutely stays focused on these difficult larger themes. " ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Feb 28, 2015
2.5/4 No Score Yet Syncopation (1942) "The plot is pretty standard, if a little herky jerky, but what stands out above everything is the respect and passion all the characters have for the music. To his credit, Dieterle doesn't really play up the soap opera elements of the story either. " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Feb 28, 2015
3/4 90% The Guest (2014) "Barrett and Wingard are more about exploring the wish-fulfillment than getting into any deep psychological warfare. Still, the screenplay knows just when to create more menace and move on, and it escalates the craziness right up to the breaking point. " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Feb 28, 2015
2/4 72% Inherent Vice (2015) "Anderson is too enamored with his terrific ensemble cast. Perhaps 2 hours 20 minutes were needed for the plot to make any kind of sense, but there still feels like a lot of dead weight, and he is unable to infuse it with the energy of his other films. " ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Feb 28, 2015
4/5 99% Selma (2015) "This electrifying film puts the tension, the fear, the courage, and the tragedy in perspective, and dramatizes it through the struggles of people, not rhetoric. " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Feb 28, 2015
2.5/4 80% Get On Up (2014) "The screenplay from Jez and John-Henry Butterworth inserts some actual discussion of his songwriting and groove technique, giving the man credit for virtually inventing the funk. " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Feb 28, 2015
2.5/4 66% Jimi: All Is by My Side (2014) "... an interesting curiosity that takes chances and gets at a certain truth about its enigmatic lead character. " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Feb 27, 2015
3/4 53% The Interview (2014) "It is indeed a lowbrow comedy, but it's not just some dumb movie - and the fictitious assassination of a living world leader is not even the most dangerous thing about it. " ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Jan 3, 2015
1.5/4 88% Top Five (2014) "When it feels loose and lived-in, it starts clicking into place. But when it pushes its characters toward unearned saccharine, it feels as fake as the industry it's supposed to be satirizing. " ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Dec 31, 2014
2/4 61% The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) "The sad irony is that - given the enormous familiarity with Jackson's cinematic Middle-earth and the almost identical structure and conflict of both trilogies - the sixth and final film is a slog of an exercise; one of stubborn inevitability. " ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Dec 31, 2014
4/5 90% Wild (2014) "screenwriter Nick Hornby understands aimless characters, and his script is a skillful balancing act. It undercuts an overly serious tone whenever possible and layers in a poignancy that rarely seems forced. " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Dec 31, 2014
2/4 51% Unbroken (2014) "The Hollywood sheen of its early scenes distances the film from connecting, while later attempts to be gritty become repetitive and ultimately deadening. " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Dec 31, 2014
2/4 79% The Theory of Everything (2014) "It has the slick sheen of prestige Oscar-bait, and its frustrating that it views this most unique relationship-one which surely has more contradictions and asterisks than 99 percent of marriages-through the same lens of every other rose-colored biopic. " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Dec 9, 2014
3/4 94% Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) "It isn't a political film at all. In fact, it draws its power from its simple underdog story and its modern resonance from the fact that little has changed since then. " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Dec 9, 2014
3.5/4 98% It Happened One Night (1934) "Viewed even today with all of its plot elements recycled ad nauseam by Hollywood (for rom-coms, road trip comedies, odd couple/buddy films, etc.), the film still holds up because we believe Gable and Colbert and can identify with them both right away. " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Dec 9, 2014
3.5/4 95% Nightcrawler (2014) "Gyllenhaal's character isn't actually obsessed with real-life tragedy and carnage. Instead, his predatory creep has something else on his mind: success. Lou is a product of his generation - a DIY careerist, unburdened by a conscience. " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Dec 9, 2014
4/4 95% Whiplash (2014) "Even though the film is laser-focused, both Teller and Simmons reveal a remarkable amount of character depth and shading, elevating the clever screenplay to a challenging statement about modern culture. " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Dec 9, 2014
1.5/4 65% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014) "Besides being padded with scenes that go on too long and drive home the same story beat that's already been established, Mockingjay - Part 1 is just plain dull. There's only one major plot revelation in the entire movie, and it's obvious from the outset. " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Nov 22, 2014
4.5/5 97% L'Avventura (1960) "There are certain things audiences have come to expect from the plots of motion pictures, and even in 2014, L'avventura feels angry and fresh because it upends those expectations gleefully. Being anti-plot doesn't necessarily mean that its plotless. " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Nov 22, 2014
3/5 91% Death Metal Angola (2014) "... more than a treatise on the origins of this bombastic musical style. It's a story of hope. There's no reinvention of the form here, just a solid documentary on a subject you had probably never thought existed. " ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Nov 22, 2014
4/5 72% Interstellar (2014) "Despite some awkward pacing, easy sentimentality, and pandering it's still hard to resist. It's not just Nolan's ambition that should be admired. He actually pulls off scene after scene of unforgettable drama in colossal scale, both in space and on Earth. " ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Nov 22, 2014
4/5 93% Birdman (2014) "It's a lot of things-a backstage drama, an absurdist comedy, a quasi-autobiographical revelation, a self-aware jab at blockbusters, a wannabe social-media age satire, and a piece of technically superior magical realism-but one thing it isn't, is subtle. " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Nov 22, 2014
4/5 94% Love Is Strange (2014) "It has plenty of conflict, but is virtually free from the demands of traditional plot-heavy films. It carries the ring of truth at least partially because its subtext is everything, and its scenes are rarely about what they're really about. " ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Nov 22, 2014
3/5 77% St. Vincent (2014) "If there were a grumpy old man who lived next door to every latch-key kid in America, we'd have a lot more well-adjusted children in the world. " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Nov 22, 2014
4/5 100% Spoorloos (The Vanishing) (1988) "Sluizer adapted the film, but he takes a more non-linear approach than the book, which heightens the story at strategic moments to build suspense. " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Nov 22, 2014
3.5/5 92% Frank (2014) "It's the rambling middle section that sticks out, partially because of an emotionally satisfying final turn that keeps things appropriately dark. Being artistically pure is no simple thing, and Frankis an apt symbol for outsider artists everywhere. " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Oct 17, 2014
2.5/4 59% My Old Lady (2014) "My Old Lady doesn't break any new ground and sometimes feels too much like a play, but its actors help smooth over some of its more predictable patches with their estimable charm. " ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Oct 17, 2014
3/5 97% Pickpocket (1959) "... it's the strange quality of non-actor Martin LaSalle that sets the film apart. Is he as dead inside as he appears to the outside world? His criminal existence alienates him from the people he cares about even as he continues to pursue it. " ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Oct 6, 2014
3/4 97% Insomnia (1998) "... a paranoid noir thriller in broad daylight, and Skarsgard inhabits his role so naturally that when he starts going off the rails, it's as disorienting as it is disturbing. " ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Oct 6, 2014
4.5/5 92% Y Tu Mama Tambien (2001) "... a coming-of-age film with startling emotional depth and complexity, set against the backdrop of class differences in Mexico. " ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Oct 6, 2014
2/5 52% I Origins (2014) "When it shifts away from the relationship, it really starts to feel forced. You can feel Cahill's hand leading you down the path toward another "discovery," and you can only hope the end will justify the means. Put simply, it doesn't. " ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Oct 6, 2014
4.5/5 98% Boyhood (2014) "It may be two and a half hours, and it may avoid the normal conventions of plot, but it has a weight and substance that feels like nothing else ... a truly singular movie-going experience. " ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Oct 6, 2014
3/4 86% The Trip To Italy (2014) "Better than the first perhaps because the cultural references are tied more organically to the emotional state of their characters. Or perhaps it's because "The Trip to Italy" is just funnier, tighter, and more focused. " ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Oct 6, 2014
4/5 100% Vengeance Is Mine (1979) "The title sounds more like a violent soap opera than a serious challenge to contemporary culture, but that's exactly what it is. Imamura injects an air of inevitability into Enokizu's spree, and projects his own commentary into the situation. " ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Oct 6, 2014
3/4 82% Hangmen Also Die (1943) "An effective cat-and-mouse thriller and a paean to resistance, designed to give strength to those under Nazi rule. For a propaganda movie, it's surprisingly dark and not afraid to show the human cost of resistance. " ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Oct 6, 2014
3/5 80% The One I Love (2014) "Duplass and Moss have great timing and they pull off some inventive gags with aplomb, selling some of the more heady concepts of Justin Lader's inventive script. " ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Oct 6, 2014
1.5/4 88% Gone Girl (2014) "A trashy, scattershot serial-drama-cum-media satire that's more agenda-based than character-based. One day we'll look back and chuckle at how seriously people took Gone Girl the same way we do now at Fatal Attraction. " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Oct 6, 2014
4/5 91% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) "There's plenty of action, of course, but it's the heart and humor, delivered consistently throughout Guardians of the Galaxy, that make this tongue-in-cheek space opera the perfect fit for the 21st Century. " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Sep 19, 2014
1.5/5 33% The Expendables 3 (2014) "There are no surprises to be found here. The Expendables 3 is exactly what you'd think it is-a disappointing mish-mash of a throwback, trading in on its star power, with its eye safely fixed on producing more sequels " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Sep 19, 2014
2/5 36% God's Pocket (2014) "A tonally scattershot indie film. The biggest misstep of the movie is the trite narration from Richard Jenkins, who espouses a kind of low-level loser pride in his columns for the local paper. " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Sep 19, 2014
4.5/5 86% Borgman (2014) "Clearly allegorical, but what exactly it speaks to (some personal version of familial unrest, no doubt) is probably different for everyone. Regardless, it's a fascinating film with darkly comic moments that bears repeated viewings. " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Sep 19, 2014
3.5/5 88% A Most Wanted Man (2014) "Hoffman's performance is filled with exasperation at a world that refuses to see things the way he does, and he gives profound voice to this commonality amongst us all. " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Sep 19, 2014
2/5 39% Tusk (2014) "Smith deserves props for following this whimsy all the way through, but all things considered, Tusk is a suspense-less, predictable film that's seriously hampered by a lack of narrative invention and unique style. " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Sep 19, 2014
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