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:
257

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 257
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
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 49% 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
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 50% 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 75% 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 49% 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
1/5 57% Love (2011) " Eubank may well have a future as a cinematographer, or in the special effects business. But a filmmaker he ain't. " — The Age (Australia)
Posted Aug 30, 2012
2/5 30% Total Recall (2012) " Wiseman's style is superficially grittier, reliant on desaturated colours, whip pans and lens flare. Yet the film's dystopian setting is blatantly derivative of sci-fi classics from Metropolis to Blade Runner." — The Age (Australia)
Posted Aug 23, 2012
2/5 78% Brave (2012) " None of this virtuosity makes the story any less dull." — The Age (Australia)
Posted Jun 21, 2012
4/5 86% Careless Love " Realism is not a primary concern: an element of unlikely melodrama is planted early on but not detonated until the final minute, boldly allowing the narrative to jump to a different track." — The Age (Australia)
Posted May 18, 2012
2.5/5 57% The Dictator (2012) " Nothing here is sustained, neither the feel-good redemption narrative nor the insistence that the jolly hero is a genuinely fearsome monster." — The Age (Australia)
Posted May 16, 2012
3.5/5 92% Marvel's The Avengers (2012) " Whedon can deconstruct the myth of heroism in his sleep, and probably does, but on this occasion he's here to redeem the cliches, not to bury them. " — The Age (Australia)
Posted Apr 26, 2012
2/5 49% Mirror Mirror (2012) " The actors are all at sea, especially the miscast Roberts, whose arch manner never suggests even a pantomime version of evil. Conversely, Lily Collins makes an overly knowing Snow White, smirking demurely as if she'd just stepped off the Gossip Girl set. " — The Age (Australia)
Posted Mar 30, 2012
1.5/5 75% In Search of Haydn (2012) " Though assorted experts do their best to sound excited about Haydn, some seem to be fighting the sense that from a post-Romantic perspective his output, like his life, lacks a certain wow factor." — The Age (Australia)
Posted Mar 15, 2012
4.5/5 98% This Is Not a Film (2012) " Far less transparent than it first appears, This Is Not a Film is a prime example of what Panahi's mentor, Abbas Kiarostami, has termed the ''half-finished'' film, for which part of the meaning must be supplied by the viewer. " — The Age (Australia)
Posted Nov 10, 2011
3.5/5 100% Autoluminescent: Rowland S. Howard " At best Autoluminescent is that rare thing, a tribute to an artist that comes close to being a work of art in its own right." — The Age (Australia)
Posted Oct 28, 2011
1.5/5 36% In Time (2011) " In Time is unusually pointed, but Niccoll is such a laborious filmmaker that it hardly matters. " — The Age (Australia)
Posted Oct 27, 2011
3.5/5 85% George Harrison: Living In The Material World " The film fits easily into Scorsese's body of work, as a study of a complex, sometimes angry figure struggling with his contradictions. " — The Age (Australia)
Posted Oct 20, 2011
3.5/5 84% Contagion (2011) " The film addresses its grim subject in a cool, matter-of-fact way. " — The Age (Australia)
Posted Oct 20, 2011
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