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 101 - 150 of 257
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
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
2.5/5 23% What's Your Number? (2011) " Still, it's hard to dislike any vehicle for Faris -- the slob's Marilyn Monroe -- with her gift for dejection and her pliable face, which is like a hastily drawn cartoon. " — The Age (Australia)
Posted Oct 12, 2011
3.5/5 98% Project Nim (2011) " The film teases us with a paradox: arguably Nim's keepers were wrong to try to endow their protege with human attributes, but can we empathise with his suffering without making the same mistake?" — The Age (Australia)
Posted Sep 30, 2011
3.5/5 72% Fright Night (2011) " Fright Night 3D qualifies as a successful entry in a tricky genre - blending flip humour and emotional intensity in a way that feels true after its fashion to the facts of teenage life." — The Age (Australia)
Posted Sep 16, 2011
1.5/5 39% Johnny English Reborn (2011) " Few things could be sadder than this unfunny vehicle for a clown long past his prime." — The Age (Australia)
Posted Sep 16, 2011
3.5/5 58% The Eye of the Storm (2012) " It's fascinating to see Schepisi, who made his name with period pieces, return to the 1970s as an era that deserves examination in its own right." — The Age (Australia)
Posted Sep 9, 2011
2.5/5 81% Red Dog (2012) " The screenplay by Daniel Taplitz lays on the nostalgic populism with a trowel. A big speech celebrating Red Dog as an emblem of Dampier's pioneering spirit feels out of keeping with the laconic Aussie idiom." — The Age (Australia)
Posted Aug 3, 2011
4.5/5 84% The Tree of Life (2011) " An extraordinary vision of first contact, not between two cultures but between a soul and the universe. " — The Age (Australia)
Posted Jul 7, 2011
3/5 75% Stake Land (2011) " Like Romero, Mickle has a pragmatic attitude to genre convention: even the corniest stereotypes can be turned to new purposes. " — The Age (Australia)
Posted Jun 22, 2011
2.5/5 39% Cars 2 (2011) " A great deal of know-how has been poured into Cars 2 but there's no way this cutesy scenario can work on multiple levels. " — The Age (Australia)
Posted Jun 22, 2011
1.5/5 37% Mars Needs Moms (2011) " The credited director is Simon Wells (The Time Machine), but the grotesque characters and dark action bear the Zemeckis stamp." — The Age (Australia)
Posted Apr 13, 2011
3.5/5 79% How I Ended This Summer (2010) " Though billed as a psychological thriller, How I Ended This Summer is basically a solemn art movie, leaving ample room for interpretation." — The Age (Australia)
Posted Apr 8, 2011
2.5/5 23% Sucker Punch (2011) " To the degree that Baby Doll and her pals are forced into becoming fetish objects, Sucker Punch contains its own critique -- though Joss Whedon's fascinating TV series Dollhouse explored similar themes with far more wit and skill." — The Age (Australia)
Posted Apr 6, 2011
2.5/5 72% The Adjustment Bureau (2011) " Dick's speculations about cosmic bureaucracy typically had a playful, satirical edge. Nolfi's control of tone is less sure." — The Age (Australia)
Posted Mar 3, 2011
3/5 49% No Strings Attached (2011) " In the end, of course, love conquers all -- but to view this as a conservative moral would be to give a fun, busy comedy entirely too much weight." — The Age (Australia)
Posted Feb 9, 2011
3.5/5 43% Faster (2010) " Faster slides between tones like a blues guitarist between frets -- mingling Biblical allegory with blatant parody, yet never letting one cancel the other out." — The Age (Australia)
Posted Feb 2, 2011
1.5/5 30% Sanctum (2011) " Under such circumstances, the actors can't wholly be blamed for awkward line readings -- but Roxburgh's gruff, tough mutterings are as ludicrous as Wakefield's nasal efforts to sound deep and meaningful." — The Age (Australia)
Posted Feb 2, 2011
3.5/5 13% Yogi Bear (2010) " Slapstick comedies are rare nowadays, especially ones that viewers of all ages can enjoy. So three cheers for this part-animated redo of the old Hanna-Barbera cartoon." — The Age (Australia)
Posted Jan 13, 2011
2.5/5 24% The Dilemma (2011) " The film retreats from its troubling message about the mystery of human nature and turns into a conventional celebration of male friendship. Vaughn is clearly prepared to push himself further, but Howard can be relied upon to play it safe" — The Age (Australia)
Posted Jan 13, 2011
1/5 37% Burlesque (2010) " The images are murky and off-putting, the wisecracks fall flat, and the musical numbers aren't stylish or excessive enough to be memorable." — The Age (Australia)
Posted Jan 13, 2011
2/5 21% Gulliver's Travels (2010) " Mike Judge's scathing Idiocracy, set in a "dumbed-down" future America, was far closer to Swift in spirit." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Dec 23, 2010
4.5/5 72% Somewhere (2010) " It's undeniable that Coppola is better at mood than she is at drama. Still, there's a sense of foreboding hovering over the film, an expectation that sooner or later the dream will come to an end." — The Age (Australia)
Posted Dec 22, 2010
3.5/5 64% Jackass 3 (2010) " It's a healthy form of sadomasochism, built on a simple, homespun philosophy: suffering is part of life, so you might as well enjoy it." — The Age (Australia)
Posted Nov 4, 2010
3/5 80% Made in Dagenham (2010) " Best of all is Sally Hawkins in the star part of Rita O'Grady, a battling mother of two who reluctantly becomes the leader of the strike." — The Age (Australia)
Posted Oct 28, 2010
3/5 58% Paranormal Activity 2 (2010) " Ultimately, the film has little to offer apart from a few physical shocks involving household objects behaving oddly, a novelty that soon wears off." — The Age (Australia)
Posted Oct 28, 2010
4/5 96% The Social Network (2010) " Like Zuckerberg, Fincher excels at data management, delivering vast amounts of information with the utmost clarity and speed. " — The Age (Australia)
Posted Oct 27, 2010
28% Life as We Know It (2010) " Pure Hollywood corn, saccharine and sour by turns." — The Age (Australia)
Posted Oct 20, 2010
2/5 0% Sagan (2008) " Edited down from its original incarnation as a two-part TV mini-series, the film in memory becomes a series of scenes with Sagan staggering about dropping drunken bons mots. Nothing can redeem this laughable material." — The Age (Australia)
Posted Oct 7, 2010
2/5 14% Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore (2010) " For comedy value there is little to choose between the expensive antics here and the primitive spy charade enacted by apes in the 1970s TV series Lancelot Link: Secret Chimp." — The Age (Australia)
Posted Sep 16, 2010
2.5/5 41% The Sorcerer's Apprentice (2010) " The plot verges on incoherence, but The Sorcerer's Apprentice is entertaining enough if you can forgive the presence of Cage, whose brand of glum camp hasn't grown any fresher with the years." — The Age (Australia)
Posted Sep 9, 2010
2/5 50% The Tumbler " Promising as it sounds, in practice The Tumbler is a mess. The characters are strictly stock types -- none of them especially sympathetic -- and the story soon becomes so convoluted that it's easy to get lost in the swirl of explanations and flashbacks." — The Age (Australia)
Posted Sep 3, 2010
2.5/5 53% Going the Distance (2010) " There is not much substance to Geoff LaTulippe's screenplay, which mostly falls back on Apatow-style sex jokes and pop-culture riffs." — The Age (Australia)
Posted Sep 2, 2010
2.5/5 5% Vampires Suck (2010) " Given the coy handling of sex and violence that was portrayed in the original Twilight movies, it's a mild thrill to see their titillating subtext so brutally spelt out." — The Age (Australia)
Posted Aug 26, 2010
3/5 82% Four Lions (2010) " More than anything, the film works as a conceptual prank, a parody of the supposedly universal cliches of "humanist" cinema." — The Age (Australia)
Posted Aug 19, 2010
2.5/5 34% 4.3.2.1 (2012) " I regret to say I enjoyed nearly every minute." — The Age (Australia)
Posted Aug 19, 2010
2.5/5 69% Matching Jack " If Matching Jack were a telemovie, I'd be tempted to switch off." — The Age (Australia)
Posted Aug 19, 2010
2.5/5 41% The Expendables (2010) " Inevitably, the film culminates in a nearly wordless bloodbath with a death every few seconds, plunging onward like the world's longest drum solo." — The Age (Australia)
Posted Aug 11, 2010
4/5 82% Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010) " The calculation could be off-putting if the film wasn't executed with such panache. Wright cuts the narrative to the bone, establishing a fast-slow rhythm that kills every time." — The Age (Australia)
Posted Aug 11, 2010
3.5/5 50% Second Hand Wedding (2008) " Directed by Paul Murphy from a script by Nick Ward and Linda Niccol, this is possibly the daggiest film of the year." — The Age (Australia)
Posted Jul 28, 2010
59% Centurion (2010) " The salty dialogue is modern in idiom, but not obtrusively so." — The Age (Australia)
Posted Jul 28, 2010
3.5/5 86% Inception (2010) " Nolan is having the time of his life in his own personal playground and, for all its heavy technical and narrative machinery, Inception remains one of his lightest films." — The Age (Australia)
Posted Jul 21, 2010
2.5/5 66% The Karate Kid (2010) " The film becomes less interesting as the predictable climax approaches, and the acting isn't strong enough to redeem the tired material." — The Age (Australia)
Posted Jul 6, 2010
2.5/5 85% Farewell (L'affaire Farewell) (2010) " Depicting historical events and figures with the appropriate gravity is a challenge, and Farewell does not always hit the mark." — The Age (Australia)
Posted Jun 30, 2010
2.5/5 47% The A-Team (2010) " No doubt it takes as much know-how to pull off this kind of action movie as it does to craft an intimate drama about an extramarital affair. But it's an achievement that has little to do with art." — The Age (Australia)
Posted Jun 10, 2010
83% Mademoiselle Chambon (2010) " The ending is as inevitable as it is sentimental, with more than a hint of austere "good taste". For French cinema, it seems like business as usual." — The Age (Australia)
Posted Jun 8, 2010
4/5 90% Fish Tank (2010) " One of the best British films of recent years, Fish Tank marks a leap forward from Arnold's first feature, the contrived Red Road." — The Age (Australia)
Posted May 28, 2010
2.5/5 15% A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010) " Compared to the flamboyance of Robert Englund in the 1980s, Jackie Earle Haley as the crazed Freddy Krueger is more lumbering man-child than demonic daddy." — The Age (Australia)
Posted May 21, 2010
3/5 —— Badmaash Company (2010) " Brashly entertaining..." — The Age (Australia)
Posted May 13, 2010
1.5/5 35% New York, I Love You (2009) " The spirit of inconsequential whimsy prevails throughout, with recurrent shots of traffic and the New York skyline helping blend different sensibilities into a multinational soup." — The Age (Australia)
Posted May 13, 2010
2/5 40% Letters to Juliet (2010) " In a word, Letters to Juliet is rubbish, but Seyfried and Redgrave make it tolerable in their different ways." — The Age (Australia)
Posted May 13, 2010
2.5/5 57% Rocksteady: The Roots of Reggae " Like others of its kind, the film is mainly a teaser for the tie-in CD." — The Age (Australia)
Posted Apr 22, 2010
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