Jake Wilson

Jake Wilson

Agrees with the Tomatometer 67% of the time.

Biography:
PGNx Media game reviewer
Publications:
Sydney Morning Herald , The Age (Australia) , Urban Cinefile
Total Reviews:
220

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3.5/5 86% Like Father, Like Son (2014) " The film's climax, built around the layout of a particular Tokyo location, resolves this motif in a simple, elegant and wholly satisfying way." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Apr 16, 2014
3/5 42% That Demon Within (Mo Jing) (2014) " As a stylish exercise with a streak of black humour, That Demon Within offers better value than most films screening at present." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Apr 16, 2014
3/5 45% The Other Woman (2014) " Subsequent plot twists aren't as zany as might be hoped, but for quite a while the film is able to coast on the camaraderie between its stars." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Apr 16, 2014
86% Only Lovers Left Alive (2014) " Jim Jarmusch has a habit of trafficking in genre conventions without committing to them, which gives his work an appealingly tenuous quality, as if the characters were in danger of melting away. This is doubly true of his seductive new film." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Apr 11, 2014
3/5 79% Muppets Most Wanted (2014) " The fact is that Henson never lost his appreciation for non-conformity, whereas Bobin and Stoller are company men at heart. Yet the Muppets have a life of their own, and it's good to see them live on." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Apr 9, 2014
1.5/5 —— Minuscule - La vallĂ©e des fourmis perdues (Minuscule: Valley of the Lost Ants) " Over the course of 90-odd minutes its charm wears very, very thin." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Apr 4, 2014
1.5/5 —— Faith Connections " A slick yet mostly tedious documentary that runs nearly two hours without getting much beyond a tourist's point of view." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Apr 4, 2014
3.5/5 96% The Lego Movie (2014) " State-of-the-art software has been used to make the characters look like actual plastic figurines brought to life through the magic of stop-motion animation. In other words, this is a digital movie with an analogue soul." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Apr 2, 2014
3.5/5 80% The Raid 2 (2014) " It is doubtful that Evans himself has anything whatever to "say". At most, he seems to comment on his own blankness, as in the comic sequence in which Rama and a few associates visit a low-rent porn studio where filming sex is a dreary routine. " — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Mar 28, 2014
2/5 76% Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014) " Filmed with the aid of body doubles and digital trickery, the ''realistic'' sex scenes are like illustrations in an anatomy lecture, explicit but rarely sensual. Paradoxically, in most other respects the film has the unreality of a fable." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Mar 21, 2014
1.5/5 53% Cuban Fury (2014) " It's understandable that Frost would come up with a project like Cuban Fury as a way of winning our hearts. But he just doesn't have the acting skill to pull off the transformation from pathetic sad-sack to salsa king." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Mar 21, 2014
3/5 99% The Missing Picture (2014) " What remains disturbing and puzzling is the realisation that somewhere along the line the real and the false change places, and that Panh is able to move us more deeply with his dioramas than by telling the same atrocious story in a straightforward way." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Mar 21, 2014
3/5 99% Wadjda (2013) " The overall pro-freedom message comes through loud and clear. Rhetorically speaking, the trick of using childish innocence to reveal adult hypocrisy is virtually foolproof." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Mar 21, 2014
3/5 18% Ride Along (2014) " It's a typically absurd, exaggerated spiel but with a grim undertone that resonates later on, so that Ben's desperate efforts to make something of himself seem not entirely a laughing matter." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Mar 21, 2014
2/5 4% I, Frankenstein (2014) " Only in occasional, uncanny moments - when someone uses an iPhone, or gets off a tram - does this world appear to intersect in any way with our own." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Mar 21, 2014
2.5/5 23% Need For Speed (2014) " Aside from some needlessly frantic editing, the main drawback here is an unwillingness to admit that the impulses being celebrated are basically anti-social." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Mar 13, 2014
1/5 —— The Day Of The Broken " None of this, however, should be taken to imply that The Day Of The Broken is worth anybody's time." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Mar 13, 2014
3/5 80% Generation Iron (2013) " While Yudin gives us plenty of room to laugh at them, he also acknowledges their capacity to inspire awe - not only at their bulging muscles, but at their willingness to go all the way with the infantile wish to look bigger than anyone else. " — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Mar 12, 2014
3/5 100% Gore Vidal: The United States Of Amnesia " It's easy to believe the friends who attest that Vidal remained shy and vulnerable at heart. But perhaps this wasn't a bad thing, if it helped ensure that his carnivorous elegance remained wedded to an underlying sense of decency." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Mar 6, 2014
2.5/5 33% 3 Days To Kill (2014) " It's just as ridiculous as it sounds - and, thankfully, played mostly for laughs. " — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Mar 5, 2014
3.5/5 61% Wolf Creek 2 (2014) " This is the most notable home-grown fiction feature to hit cinemas since P.J. Hogan's Mental." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Feb 20, 2014
4/5 94% Dallas Buyers Club (2013) " A powerfully moving film, and McConaughey's extraordinary physical transformation is much more than a stunt." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Feb 18, 2014
2/5 50% The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013) " Every so often Stiller's palpable unease with himself compels him to switch gears, affirming the very cliches he mocks elsewhere. " — The Age (Australia)
Posted Dec 23, 2013
3/5 75% Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013) " Anchorman 2, which McKay again directed and co-wrote with Ferrell, is honourable as far as sequels go, building on the memorable moments of its predecessor rather than simply recycling them. " — The Age (Australia)
Posted Dec 23, 2013
2/5 95% War Witch (2013) " Being a child soldier is tough to imagine, but Canadian writer-director Kim Nguyen takes on the challenge without many qualms." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Dec 17, 2013
3.5/5 95% The Act Of Killing (2013) " The originality of The Act of Killing lies in Oppenheimer's decision to treat artifice as a roundabout path to truth." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Dec 16, 2013
2/5 4% Scary Movie 5 (2013) " This is the first Scary Movie in seven years, but the formula remains unchanged, with a thin storyline linking spoofs of Hollywood hits." — The Age (Australia)
Posted Apr 11, 2013
3.5/5 93% Amour (2012) " Ultimately, the title of the film demands to be taken as a question: is this truly what love looks like? A little smugly, Haneke refuses to answer. " — The Age (Australia)
Posted Feb 22, 2013
1.5/5 63% Anna Karenina (2012) " Trying to one-up Tolstoy was always going to be a bad idea, though I wouldn't object to seeing a Bond movie, or Les Miserables, staged in the same way. " — The Age (Australia)
Posted Feb 14, 2013
1/5 46% The Sweeney (2013) " Winstone attempts to bluster his way through, but remains the least credible action star this side of Sylvester Stallone in The Expendables." — The Age (Australia)
Posted Feb 14, 2013
2/5 12% Safe Haven (2013) " Will there ever be a good movie based on a novel by Nicholas Sparks? " — The Age (Australia)
Posted Feb 14, 2013
3.5/5 51% Trouble with the Curve (2012) " The narrative feels almost intentionally hokey and diagrammatic, a framework that gives the actors freedom to display their best-known qualities. " — The Age (Australia)
Posted Dec 7, 2012
2.5/5 49% The Man With the Iron Fists (2012) " Predictably, this kind of gleeful fanboy excess yields diminishing returns. RZA hasn't much sense of storytelling rhythm, and lacks Tarantino's gift for turning adolescent obsessions into something uniquely personal. " — The Age (Australia)
Posted Dec 7, 2012
1.5/5 —— Love Story " Sheltering behind his harmlessly dorky persona, Habicht never shows us anything painful enough to seem real; the film is far more an exercise in self-promotion than a study of the ups and downs of love. " — The Age (Australia)
Posted Dec 7, 2012
1.5/5 85% The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012) " Even making allowances for a certain amount of Hollywood gloss, there's something wrong with a film about misfits where everyone is this good-looking and poised. " — The Age (Australia)
Posted Nov 29, 2012
3/5 74% Sound of My Voice (2012) " Either Maggie is the real deal, or she's lying, or we never find out. In any case, anticlimax seems inevitable." — The Age (Australia)
Posted Nov 22, 2012
3/5 92% Skyfall (2012) " Skyfall is not, of course, ''darker'' or more serious than previous Bond films, but it's more knowing about its own conventions." — The Age (Australia)
Posted Nov 22, 2012
3/5 94% Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel (2012) " There's something marvellously comic about her, an effect reinforced by her refined yet raucous baritone voice. " — The Age (Australia)
Posted Nov 22, 2012
3/5 88% The Angels' Share (2013) " [Loach's] latest collaboration with screenwriter Paul Laverty proves the pair can pull off a genre entertainment with aplomb when in the mood. " — The Age (Australia)
Posted Nov 15, 2012
3/5 86% Robot & Frank (2012) " The final twist is a little forced, but otherwise the actors ensure that the fanciful plot stays grounded in recognisable emotions -- and Langella and Sarandon have more romantic chemistry than most screen couples at any age. " — The Age (Australia)
Posted Nov 15, 2012
1.5/5 68% God Bless America (2012) " Gory, unfunny satire that deserves a prize for the most strained provocation of the year. " — The Age (Australia)
Posted Nov 15, 2012
2/5 43% Two Little Boys " This is a weak film but an endearing one, a would-be black comedy undermined by the amiability of all concerned. " — The Age (Australia)
Posted Nov 15, 2012
2/5 48% The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 (2012) " After nearly two hours of padding, there's a laughable climactic battle sequence with heads shattering bloodlessly. " — The Age (Australia)
Posted Nov 14, 2012
2/5 63% Dead Europe " The film might have felt truer to its source if it were either pulpier or more avant-garde. " — The Age (Australia)
Posted Nov 14, 2012
2/5 82% Shadow Dancer (2013) " The film hardly seems like more than an exercise: the plot wraps up neatly but the emotional significance of a key revelation is barely explored. " — The Age (Australia)
Posted Oct 12, 2012
2.5/5 58% Secret of the Wings (2012) " The usual warning applies: adults should steer clear. " — The Age (Australia)
Posted Oct 8, 2012
2.5/5 21% Taken 2 (2012) " Neeson's soft-spoken Angry Dad routine has been flattened into burlesque, giving him little to do but alternate between bumbling dork and efficient killer. " — The Age (Australia)
Posted Oct 4, 2012
3/5 47% Bait (2012) " Much of Bait is frankly awful, though not unenjoyably so." — The Age (Australia)
Posted Sep 20, 2012
3/5 97% Monsieur Lazhar (2012) " Lazhar is something of a puzzle, and much of the pleasure of Philippe Falardeau's film lies in the gradual unfolding of his reserved yet impulsive personality. " — The Age (Australia)
Posted Sep 6, 2012
2/5 49% Hit & Run (2012) " Hit and Run sets out to be crass and compassionate by turns, but Shepard's inexperience as a writer is obvious throughout: the structure is as wobbly as the tone. " — The Age (Australia)
Posted Sep 6, 2012
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