Fred Topel

Fred Topel

Agrees with the Tomatometer 62% of the time.

Favorites:
Labyrinth, Toy Story 2, The Rock, Face/Off, True Lies, The Big Hit, The Big One (Michael Moore), Casablanca
Publications:
About.com , Can Magazine , CraveOnline , E! Online , FilmStew.com , Hollywood.com , IGN Movies , Madblast.com , Moviepilot , MovieWeb , Nuke the Fridge , Rotten Tomatoes , Sci Fi Wire , Screen Junkies , Suite101.com
Total Reviews:
1365
Total QuickRatings:
359
Location:
Los Angeles, CA

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
77% The Book of Life (2014) " While it's a tad busy and overloaded at first, it all pays off so nicely that I appreciate the total package. " ‐ Nuke the Fridge
Posted Oct 14, 2014
79% Fury (2014) " Viscerally, it works completely, but intellectually it takes some short cuts to achieve that visceral momentum. " ‐ Nuke the Fridge
Posted Oct 13, 2014
No Score Yet See No Evil 2 (2014) " The kills are bloody as hell, and filmed beautifully. The Soskas know how to make blood spray look pretty, and tragic. " ‐ Nuke the Fridge
Posted Oct 11, 2014
58% Rudderless (2014) " The music rocks, the performances are fun. " ‐ CraveOnline
Posted Oct 10, 2014
23% Dracula Untold (2014) " This untold story basically amounts to Vlad signed a contract with a return policy but ended up stuck with the bill... Perhaps a better name for the film would be The Three Days of the Vampire. " ‐ Nuke the Fridge
Posted Oct 8, 2014
67% The Town That Dreaded Sundown (2014) " Director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon shoots The Town that Dreaded Sundown brilliantly, getting a lot of shots from within the environment so we feel like we're in there. " ‐ Nuke the Fridge
Posted Oct 7, 2014
67% Tokyo Tribe " Tokyo Tribe is a Japanese rap opera. That's it, that's all you need to know. If that's not everything you ever wanted to see in a movie, I can't help you. " ‐ Nuke the Fridge
Posted Oct 7, 2014
74% St. Vincent (2014) " When St. Vincent gets serious, it's pretty cloying. For some reason, the film withholds a lot of basic information about character identities so that it plays as a surprise when the relationships are revealed. " ‐ Nuke the Fridge
Posted Oct 7, 2014
47% The Judge (2014) " Not a boring movie, so it's perfectly reasonable time-filling entertainment, but you can feel it aspiring to more and not getting there. " ‐ Nuke the Fridge
Posted Oct 7, 2014
31% Annabelle (2014) " What is this, Charles Lee Ray? Voodoo was kitschy in the '80s. We're certainly not going to take it seriously now. " ‐ Nuke the Fridge
Posted Oct 3, 2014
2% Left Behind (2014) " My version was the Jerry Bruckheimer Nicolas Cage running around an apocalyptic wasteland saving the world from the Antichrist. That's not what Left Behind is. " ‐ Nuke the Fridge
Posted Oct 2, 2014
83% Nightcrawler (2014) " Apparently we won't stop enabling the MEDIA to sell us fear, so maybe getting to know the people who deliver it will help. " ‐ Nuke the Fridge
Posted Oct 2, 2014
88% Gone Girl (2014) " Gone Girl is a warning to phony couples, and it's presented in an entertaining package. If you think you can fix someone, if you think you can make someone else happy, you will get Gone Girled. " ‐ Nuke the Fridge
Posted Sep 30, 2014
100% I Am A Knife With Legs " I really can't describe I Am A Knife With Legs, and that's okay. An accurate description wouldn't even convey the absurdity of I Am A Knife With Legs. You just have to experience it. " ‐ CraveOnline
Posted Sep 29, 2014
8.5/10 100% Goodnight Mommy " Writer/directors Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz draw out the discomfort and suspense with plenty of moments that make you squirm... I personally applaud Fiala and Franz for taking me on this ride and nailing me. " ‐ CraveOnline
Posted Sep 25, 2014
8/10 100% Spring " An inventive original and leads to some stunning transformations and suspenseful sequences. Benson and Moorhead know how to manipulate the audience in a fun way. It's okay. You can trust them to take you on a good ride. " ‐ CraveOnline
Posted Sep 23, 2014
8/10 No Score Yet Everly " Everly could be a spinoff in the world of Kill Bill. It feels lovingly irreverent towards assassin tropes. " ‐ CraveOnline
Posted Sep 22, 2014
9.5/10 86% The Tribe " The piece de resistance is a taboo subject that unfolds in an elaborate single take. It was so harrowing I would have applauded if it would not have been completely inappropriate for the subject matter to do so. " ‐ CraveOnline
Posted Sep 22, 2014
8/10 96% Force Majeure (2014) " Force Majeure asks fascinating questions that play out in challenging dramatic scenes. Maybe watch it alone though. I wouldn't want to get into it with a date, but for the record, I'd die for you, baby. " ‐ CraveOnline
Posted Sep 22, 2014
8.5/10 67% ABCs of Death 2 (2014) " Far superior to its predecessor because of consistent thematic improvements the 26 filmmakers each made. This is a combination of individual creative decisions and an overall push to use the format more effectively. " ‐ CraveOnline
Posted Sep 20, 2014
6/10 94% Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films " The tone of Electric Boogaloo seemed rather condescending towards Cannon... Is there nobody who actually loved Cannon films? " ‐ CraveOnline
Posted Sep 20, 2014
9/10 100% John Wick (2014) " A style and tone as impressive as its action. " ‐ CraveOnline
Posted Sep 20, 2014
63% The Maze Runner (2014) " There are only three maze sequences in the movie... Were there more maze runs in the book? Worse, the latter maze runs are largely green screen affairs. " ‐ Nuke the Fridge
Posted Sep 19, 2014
67% A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014) " It's nothing new, but it's a solid rendition of a modern day detective story. What really makes it click is that each suspect is a full character. " ‐ Nuke the Fridge
Posted Sep 17, 2014
40% Tusk (2014) " I don't think this is what we agreed to when we tweeted #WalrusYes. Weird is good but it should still be tonally consistent. " ‐ Nuke the Fridge
Posted Sep 15, 2014
88% The Drop (2014) " The Drop really understands the psychology of these characters in a way that gives the proceedings a different bent than the usual caper. " ‐ Nuke the Fridge
Posted Sep 10, 2014
7.5/10 91% Wild Tales (2015) " Each story unfolds concisely, establishing the characters and situation, building up the tensions and some laughter along the way. In such a short screen time, we barely know these characters but we relate to them. " ‐ CraveOnline
Posted Sep 9, 2014
7/10 96% Two Days, One Night (2014) " Human, honest, maybe not provocative. Human and honest is not nothing. " ‐ CraveOnline
Posted Sep 9, 2014
7.5/10 63% Merchants Of Doubt (2015) " Illustrates how deniers have manipulated the scientific debate, and why the climate change scientists have succumbed to them. " ‐ CraveOnline
Posted Sep 9, 2014
7/10 86% Wild (2014) " What Witherspoon does with expression and not a lot of dialogue is so good, you wish that there weren't flashbacks or voiceover and they'd just trust her to tell the whole story. " ‐ CraveOnline
Posted Sep 9, 2014
6.5/10 73% The Homesman (2014) " I needed more time to process it because it just might be brilliant. I'm not quite there yet, but it's so... weird it's worth a look just to see a movie that throws genre against the wall and rips it apart. " ‐ CraveOnline
Posted Sep 2, 2014
6.5/10 No Score Yet Too Much Johnson " Three mostly plotless slapstick scenes and that kind of works for me... Joseph Cotten is running around 1930s New York doing daring stunts and impeccable pratfalls. " ‐ CraveOnline
Posted Sep 2, 2014
9/10 91% 99 Homes " Can a good person succeed by playing by their rules? I actually hope he can't. I would really lose hope if cheating was the answer. " ‐ CraveOnline
Posted Sep 2, 2014
6.5/10 91% Foxcatcher (2014) " I did not know anything about the story of John du Pont before seeing Foxcatcher. Now that I know how it ends, all the tensions of the scenes before it have changed. " ‐ CraveOnline
Posted Sep 2, 2014
8/10 89% Mommy (2015) " You may have to brace yourself for it, but it is a rewarding experience. That is what we ask of cinema, to take us difficult places with the trust that the filmmaker will take care of us. " ‐ CraveOnline
Posted Aug 31, 2014
7.5/10 74% Rosewater (2014) " It's a good story about persevering, and using one of our most powerful tools to do so: humor. " ‐ CraveOnline
Posted Aug 31, 2014
7/10 92% Birdman (2014) " Birdman may be the most artistically riveting movie I've disagreed with thematically. " ‐ CraveOnline
Posted Aug 31, 2014
36% The November Man (2014) " Started out as a perfectly entertaining generic action movie, but it got so aggressively stupid, you really can't even enjoy it on a superficial level. " ‐ Nuke the Fridge
Posted Aug 27, 2014
44% Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014) " Exudes cool in every frame. " ‐ Nuke the Fridge
Posted Aug 21, 2014
7/10 94% The History Of Future Folk (2013) " D'Aulaire's deadpan gravitas makes the low budget sci-fi undertones feel real enough to juxtapose with the ridiculous premise. " ‐ CraveOnline
Posted Aug 13, 2014
8.5/10 33% The Expendables 3 (2014) " Both Stallone as creator/screenwriter and the filmmakers he brings on each time have learned how to tell a large ensemble story. All the fun stuff is still there but it's even stronger. " ‐ CraveOnline
Posted Aug 4, 2014
6.5/10 18% Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) " The sequel to Transformers I've been waiting three movies for. " ‐ CraveOnline
Posted Jun 28, 2014
8/10 82% Begin Again (2014) " Exactly the inspiring, uplifting movie I needed to see this month. It has been a rough summer, so I needed to be reminded that there's always room for new inspiration and new relationships. " ‐ CraveOnline
Posted Jun 28, 2014
95% Snowpiercer (2014) " The world building, the provocative concept and the thrilling adventure are everything I want in a movie. " ‐ CraveOnline
Posted Jun 13, 2014
1.5/10 68% About Last Night (2014) " This must be why I'm single. Who wants to be with a guy who looks forward to the complications a significant other will add to my life? Why can't you complain your girlfriend, Fred? " ‐ CraveOnline
Posted May 30, 2014
7/10 92% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) " It's more like a Roger Moore James Bond movie, maybe even Moonraker but I say that as a Bond fan who appreciates the blatant outrageousness of Moonraker. If Moonraker sounds like an insult, then Days of Future Past is at least Octopussy. " ‐ CraveOnline
Posted May 30, 2014
7.5/10 90% Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow (2014) " Earns the right to be Groundhog Day meets Starship Troopers with a clever story that uses the narrative device in new ways. " ‐ CraveOnline
Posted May 30, 2014
7/10 49% Maleficent (2014) " It was really about the mistakes parents make and the guilt that plagues them forever after those mistakes. " ‐ CraveOnline
Posted May 30, 2014
6/10 67% Delivery: The Beast Within (2014) " Delivery shocked me. Nice job, guys. You got me. " ‐ CraveOnline
Posted May 30, 2014
7/10 83% Belle (2014) " To paraphrase Lt. Frank Drebin, no matter how silly the idea of marrying for status seems to us, as Americans we must be gracious and considerate viewers. " ‐ CraveOnline
Posted May 2, 2014
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