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:
247

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
1.5/5 52% 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 92% 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 94% 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 64% 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 52% 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 29% 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 19% 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 91% 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 76% 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 84% 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 château 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 —— 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 70% 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
3/5 46% 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 24% 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
85% 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 vallée 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 79% 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 75% 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 51% 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 22% 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 86% Gore Vidal: The United States Of Amnesia (2014) " 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 29% 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 48% 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 93% 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
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