Jake Wilson

Jake Wilson

Agrees with the Tomatometer 68% of the time.

Biography:
PGNx Media game reviewer
Publications:
Sydney Morning Herald , The Age (Australia) , Urban Cinefile
Total Reviews:
269

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Previous | Next
Showing 1 - 50 of 269
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/5 96% Whiplash (2014) " As for the strangely exhilarating ending, it makes clear that what we have been watching is less a statement about art than a love story: a twisted one, but romantic in every sense. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Oct 16, 2014
3.5/4 24% Tammy (2014) " [Something] in Tammy you wouldn't expect to see in a mainstream comedy [is] the romantic pairing of McCarthy with indie heartthrob Mark Duplass, reversing the formula of the male slob who gets the conventionally beautiful girl. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Oct 16, 2014
3/5 56% Before I Go to Sleep (2014) " With David Fincher's Gone Girl a bona fide hit, multiplexes will probably soon be flooded with further examples of what is now being referred to as the "marriage thriller". If so, it's a trend I can get behind. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Oct 15, 2014
2.5/5 47% The Judge (2014) " The script flippantly points out its own cliches, while rarely transcending them; when an unfamiliar idea shows up, it's usually a bad on. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Oct 9, 2014
3.5/5 91% The Cabin in the Woods (2012) " It sounds like the oldest horror story in the book but from the first scene of The Cabin in the Woods it's clear that the director, Drew Goddard, and his co-writer, Joss Whedon, are bent on turning the formula upside down. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Oct 6, 2014
3/5 88% Obvious Child (2014) " Robespierre is at her most assured in her handling of Donna's stand-up act: this is a rare example of a film about a creative type in which the process of transforming life into art is shown plausibly and in some detail. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Oct 2, 2014
2/5 23% Dracula Untold (2014) " This half-hearted effort to launch a new action-horror franchise... suggests someone must have looked at every previous version of the material and thought: "You know what? Dracula needs to be more likeable". " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Oct 2, 2014
2.5/5 87% The Skeleton Twins (2014) " The Skeleton Twins is more or less worth it for fans of Wiig, and indeed Hader, another actor with a lot of untapped dramatic potential. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Sep 26, 2014
2/5 62% The Equalizer (2014) " This sort of visual jazziness lends a moderate amount of interest to a film that, in dramatic terms, remains both leaden and absurd. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Sep 26, 2014
3.5/5 88% Gone Girl (2014) " Floating through the narrative like a ghost, [Pike] embodies the aloofness that is both the film's strength and its weakness. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Sep 25, 2014
2.5/5 92% The Infinite Man " Sullivan urgently needs to find a co-writer: while visually he's more talented than the majority of Australian directors, his would-be witty dialogue is atrocious, and his characters are no more than sketches. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Sep 22, 2014
3/5 74% The Boxtrolls (2014) " In short, this is good subversive kids stuff in the tradition of Joe Dante and Tim Burton, championing freaks and youthful underdogs while portraying adults, especially those in authority, as corrupt, foolish, or deranged. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Sep 22, 2014
2/5 22% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) " This is frankly disposable entertainment, but to some degree it's a welcome parody of earnest superhero movies like those directed by Christopher Nolan, which for all their self-importance are fundamentally just as silly. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Sep 12, 2014
4.5/5 87% The Immigrant (2014) " The film, too, changes shape as it goes along, beginning as something resembling social realism before developing into an old-fashioned "woman's picture." " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Sep 12, 2014
2.5/5 43% Step Up: All In (2014) " Usually these films kick off with a splashy ensemble number to get everyone in the mood but here instead there's a deliberately deflating audition montage. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Sep 12, 2014
1.5/5 52% I Origins (2014) " While conceptually I Origins is no more absurd than Upstream Colour, it offers a lot less to chew on, depending on its stars to supply what credibility they can. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Sep 12, 2014
3/5 100% Lasseter's Bones " [Walker's] enthusiasm is infectious, and in a way it's an asset that, unlike the majority of local documentary makers, he has no social or political axe to grind. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Sep 11, 2014
3/5 90% Wetlands (2014) " Helen's view of life and sex may be unusual, but it's far healthier -- if that word has any meaning -- than, say, the pseudo-philosophy of Lars von Trier's joyless Nymphomaniac. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Sep 4, 2014
2/5 20% Into The Storm (2014) " Most inexplicable, yet potent, are the shots that look down on the devastation from on high, implicitly reducing the entire cast to extras in a movie directed by God. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Sep 3, 2014
5/5 96% Charulata (1964) " This sense of urgency is enhanced by the flexible, inventive visual style Ray uses to evoke mixed or shifting feelings. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Aug 29, 2014
2/5 67% Deepsea Challenge 3D (2014) " [James] Cameron... encourages a we're-all-in-this-together camaraderie among his team. The fact remains, however, that he is the only one who actually gets to go on the big adventure, and that most of his associates are being paid to indulge his whims. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Aug 22, 2014
1/5 69% The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared " Humour notoriously doesn't travel well, but rarely have I seen a comedy quite as unfunny as Felix Herngren's The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Aug 22, 2014
1.5/5 48% Postman Pat: The Movie (2014) " As children's entertainment, [it] is pretty wretched. Character designs are rudimentary, plot points are set up and never paid off, and halfway through the closing musical number the animators appear to forget that Pat is meant to be moving his lips. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Aug 14, 2014
4/5 91% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) " Hovering between irony and sincere enthusiasm, the film is above all a triumph of tone. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Aug 7, 2014
3.5/5 89% These Final Hours " The film is a showcase for Hilditch's technical skill, which includes an understanding of audience psychology: he has the knack of creating awful pictures in the mind while showing the worst horrors briefly or not at all. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Aug 4, 2014
1.5/5 4% Material Girls (2006) " Lessons about social responsibility are submerged in a bubble bath of innocent glamour; Amy Heckerling's Clueless looks like a mordant social satire by comparison. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Aug 4, 2014
3/5 66% Lucy (2014) " After a decade of uncertain performances in often thankless roles, Scarlett Johansson is interesting again. She seems to have found her niche in science fiction: Luc Besson's Lucy is the third film in a row - after Her and Under The Skin. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Aug 4, 2014
2/5 50% Some Velvet Morning (2013) " The look of Some Velvet Morning remains clean and flat, the decor [is] mostly hotel-room neutral. The major visual idea is to have Eve's red dress and lipstick stand out against a monochromatic backdrop: effective in itself, but not enough. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Aug 4, 2014
1.5/5 7% Grown Ups 2 (2013) " Rob Schneider, the butt of many jokes in the first Grown-Ups, is nowhere to be seen. Salma Hayek, as Lenny's wife, looks understandably tense and irritable throughout. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jul 28, 2014
1.5/5 8% Mrs. Brown's Boys D'Movie " It's more funny-peculiar than funny ha-ha, and at times downright inexplicable. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jul 25, 2014
1.5/5 27% Deliver Us from Evil (2014) " These wellworn devices might have been more effective had Derrickson managed to link them to a compelling central idea. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jul 23, 2014
3.5/5 42% Words And Pictures (2014) " It's old-fashioned, but no less stirring for that - especially as Schepisi has spent a lifetime practising what he preaches. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jul 17, 2014
4/5 91% Venus in Fur (2014) " Venus In Fur is essentially a weightless skit, a parody of those hoary old archetypes of Man and Woman. But it's also a tribute to Seigner, who seizes the gift of a role that allows her to be sexy, funny and imposing. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jul 17, 2014
1.5/5 18% Sex Tape (2014) " The overall problem is that for an supposedly outrageous farce Sex Tape plays things extremely safe. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jul 17, 2014
3/5 90% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) " As entertainment, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is impeccably crafted and often spectacular. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jul 9, 2014
2/5 18% Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) " [Compared to Michael Bay's earlier work in Bad Boys and Armageddon], the Transformers films resemble out-of-control art school projects - crass without being remotely watchable, as if mocking the very notion of entertainment. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jun 27, 2014
2.5/5 78% The Pirate Fairy (2014) " While Disney's cheaply made Tinkerbell films have none of the cultural cachet of more lavish animated features, they're getting slyer and more interesting on their own terms. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jun 27, 2014
3/5 81% The Two Faces of January (2014) " Structurally his script is excellent, condensing the book's plot while retaining its spirit. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jun 19, 2014
2.5/5 92% How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) " The most distinctive thing about the series is its strictly rational handling of fantasy themes. The dragons themselves can be fearsome or adorable - but since they don't speak, they're treated for the most part as pieces of hardware or beasts of burden. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jun 19, 2014
3.5/5 91% Omar (2014) " Abu-Assad does not aim for the Dardennes' breathless immediacy. Rather, the story is laid out in a lucid, diagrammatic way, like a mathematical proof that for someone in Omar's position there are no right choices. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jun 4, 2014
2.5/5 80% The Fault In Our Stars (2014) " Needless to say, Boone is softening us up for the final act, designed to tug at our heartstrings extensively, repetitively and without remorse. I felt my own heart hardening by the time of the third tear-jerking setpiece. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jun 4, 2014
2/5 33% A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014) " The problem isn't just that MacFarlane is a bad actor, but that Anna's character makes absolutely no sense. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted May 30, 2014
1/5 21% Son Of God (2014) " The hunk factor aside, it's bizarre that a film presumably conceived as an act of devotion should feel so lacklustre and impersonal. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted May 21, 2014
3/5 93% Child's Pose (2014) " Despite these effective touches, the film eventually becomes a bit monotonous: it's clear from very early on that Cornelia is a terrible person, but this doesn't stop Netzer from hammering home the point. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted May 19, 2014
3.5/5 57% Un ch√Ęteau en Italie (A Castle in Italy) " A Castle In Italy interweaves reality and fiction in a highly self-conscious manner that is calculated to keep us guessing. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted May 2, 2014
2/5 70% 52 Tuesdays " why does the film fall so flat? Partly it's the fatally tasteful indie aesthetic, evident in everything from Benjamin Speed's ambient score to Bryan Mason's digital cinematography, which aims for ''muted'' and ends up at ''drab''. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted May 2, 2014
1/5 No Score Yet Sneezing Baby Panda - The Movie " Dreadful by any rational standard, Sneezing Baby Panda: The Movie retains a freakish novelty value for its first half hour. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted May 2, 2014
4/5 97% The Last of the Unjust (2014) " Watching the film is like entering a labyrinth, following a winding thread of story that seems unlikely ever to come to an end. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted May 2, 2014
2/5 74% Canopy (2014) " The plot is so perfunctory it's hard to gauge the intended meanings when the hero crosses paths with a Chinese counterpart (Mo Tzu-Yi), the only other significant character. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted May 2, 2014
3.5/5 87% 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
Previous | Next
Showing 1 - 50 of 269