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 151 - 200 of 257
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
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
3.5/5 65% Bunny and the Bull (2011) " As in Gondry's best work, the strength is in the sadness." — The Age (Australia)
Posted Apr 22, 2010
2.5/5 52% Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky (2010) " What amounts to a feature-length perfume commercial." — The Age (Australia)
Posted Apr 15, 2010
1.5/4 75% The Eclipse (2010) " While McPherson may have an extensive reputation as a playwright, as a filmmaker he's one step up from a total amateur." — The Age (Australia)
Posted Apr 15, 2010
4/5 95% Mother (Madeo) (2010) " Bong retains a tenderness for his creations that belies his pessimistic view of human nature." — The Age (Australia)
Posted Apr 8, 2010
3/5 67% Date Night (2010) " It's better than anything I expected from the guy who remade Cheaper by the Dozen." — The Age (Australia)
Posted Apr 8, 2010
2/5 76% Nanny McPhee Returns (2010) " Thompson is better-placed to pull off this trick than most writers, though subtlety is not the strong point of a film that gives us a Busby Berkeley water ballet with pigs and Dame Maggie Smith sitting down on a cowpat." — The Age (Australia)
Posted Mar 25, 2010
3/5 51% Alice in Wonderland (2010) " Curiouser and curiouser -- but then, mixing fantasy and free enterprise has always been the Disney way." — The Age (Australia)
Posted Mar 2, 2010
2/5 25% Law Abiding Citizen (2009) " While Law Abiding Citizen is in no sense a successful work of art, a film that offers the illicit thrill of cheering on an all-American terrorist is at least pursuing something more complex than ''moral clarity''." — The Age (Australia)
Posted Jan 28, 2010
4/5 94% In the Loop (2009) " Shot in fly-on-the-wall style, In The Loop is as expertly and continuously funny as any comedy in years." — The Age (Australia)
Posted Jan 21, 2010
3/5 57% Bran Nue Dae (2010) " The strength of [Perkins'] filmmaking lies in a chaste yet sensual feeling for actors and landscapes, expressed most strongly and frequently in close-ups that dwell on skin textures in the sun." — The Age (Australia)
Posted Jan 13, 2010
3/5 94% Les beaux gosses (The French Kissers) (2009) " How many teen comedies do you see where the hero is troubled by pimples -- and not just a token few? That's an early sign that Riad Sattouf's funny first feature isn't going to play by the rules." — The Age (Australia)
Posted Dec 23, 2009
3/5 82% Broken Embraces (2009) " Spain's best-known living director Pedro Almodovar ranks among the modern masters of melodrama -- as he demonstrates once again in Broken Embraces" — The Age (Australia)
Posted Dec 17, 2009
2/5 67% Away We Go (2009) " Mendes paints in broad strokes, but in this case he seems little more than an interpreter of his screenwriters' obsession with innocence." — The Age (Australia)
Posted Dec 9, 2009
3/5 —— The Strength of Water (2009) " There are more ambitious films around at the moment than The Strength of Water, but it would be a shame if this small gem were forgotten in the Christmas rush." — The Age (Australia)
Posted Dec 2, 2009
4/5 79% The Informant! (2009) " You never know where you stand with Steven Soderbergh, but you cannot accuse him of resting on his laurels -- or making the same film twice." — The Age (Australia)
Posted Dec 2, 2009
2/5 74% Cold Souls (2009) " Cold Souls is imitation Kaufman, written and directed by newcomer Sophie Barthes, who makes no effort to hide the source of her inspiration." — The Age (Australia)
Posted Nov 26, 2009
4/5 89% A Serious Man (2009) " On some level, the Coens' flippancy is self-protective. But there's fascination and pleasure in their trick of constructing a film like a theorem where nothing adds up." — The Age (Australia)
Posted Nov 19, 2009
3/5 66% The Brothers Bloom (2009) " This is the kind of "movie movie" that puts everything in quotation marks, letting Johnson indulge his most romantic daydreams." — The Age (Australia)
Posted Nov 12, 2009
2/5 55% Prime Mover " An uneasy blend of whimsy with elements that are deliberately harsh or humdrum." — The Age (Australia)
Posted Nov 12, 2009
2/5 22% Case 39 (2010) " On the strength of Case 39, Zellweger could easily play den mother to a brood of hillbilly psychos in a film by Rob Zombie. That would be horror worthy of the name." — The Age (Australia)
Posted Nov 4, 2009
4/5 54% Disney's A Christmas Carol (2009) " Even as [Zemeckis] uses the 3D process to turn A Christmas Carol into a rollercoaster ride through a solidly built fantasy world, he never forgets that at bottom the tale is an awful warning about how egoism and greed can destroy your humanity." — The Age (Australia)
Posted Nov 4, 2009
3/5 64% The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009) " Doctor Parnassus is sometimes exhilarating, sometimes merely deranged -- but since excess and fragmentation are Gilliam's trademarks, his virtues are impossible to separate from his vices." — The Age (Australia)
Posted Oct 28, 2009
3/5 94% An Education (2009) " A nostalgic, rather equivocal study of the mid-20th-century British sea change in attitudes to sex, class and culture." — The Age (Australia)
Posted Oct 22, 2009
3/5 49% Whatever Works (2009) " Whatever Works is funnier than anything he's done in a long time -- funny in the robust vaudevillian manner of Groucho Marx." — The Age (Australia)
Posted Oct 15, 2009
3/5 29% The Final Destination (2009) " The characters are crash-test dummies, with dialogue to match. Yet Eric Bress' script is mockingly self-aware, framing the film as the ultimate example of violence as entertainment." — The Age (Australia)
Posted Oct 15, 2009
4/5 81% Louise-Michel (2008) " As stylists, Kervern and Delepine specialise in turning industrial landscapes into cartoon playgrounds, through sight gags that rely on offscreen space -- leaving crucial events to the imagination." — The Age (Australia)
Posted Oct 8, 2009
2/5 89% Moon (2009) " By halfway the film starts to feel like a mere exercise, one more effort to get maximum value from limited resources. Too much machinery, not enough dread." — The Age (Australia)
Posted Oct 8, 2009
2/5 66% Che: Part One (The Argentine) (2009) " The Guevara portrayed here has humour but no irony: his commitment to the revolutionary ethos leaves little room for doubt, neurosis, or private loyalties of any kind." — The Age (Australia)
Posted Oct 1, 2009
3/5 80% Van Diemen's Land (2009) " A bold attempt at a full-throttle Australian art movie, Van Diemen's Land disappoints mainly when it falls back on convention... the film is at its strongest when it shifts into an elemental realm and psychology falls away." — The Age (Australia)
Posted Sep 24, 2009
1.5/5 57% Paper Heart (2009) " Mildly amusing at best, the interviews are accompanied by twee animated segments featuring paper dolls, which should fill any right-thinking person with disgust." — The Age (Australia)
Posted Sep 24, 2009
2/5 22% G-Force (2009) " The joke of cute animals hacking into mainframes and dodging explosions may not be enough to sustain a movie." — The Age (Australia)
Posted Sep 17, 2009
2/5 40% Imagine That (2009) " Murphy struggles to find work in other genres, but given the way he indulges himself with funny faces and voices, it's equally possible that he genuinely likes acting alongside children." — The Age (Australia)
Posted Sep 17, 2009
3/5 23% Push (2009) " McGuigan's saving grace is a willingness to slow down and savour his own images. At best, a moody inconsequence takes over and confusion feels like part of the plan." — The Age (Australia)
Posted Sep 11, 2009
3/5 68% Funny People (2009) " The film is also an admiring portrait of the artist as Californian solipsist -- unburdened by personal ties or even the need to seem intelligent, free to follow his own random, petty, moment-by-moment train of thought." — The Age (Australia)
Posted Sep 11, 2009
3/5 98% Up (2009) " The latest computer-animated adventure from Pixar Studios has a simple premise that should enchant viewers of all ages, fusing childhood fantasies of escape with adult feelings of melancholy and regret." — The Age (Australia)
Posted Sep 3, 2009
4/5 64% The Girlfriend Experience (2009) " The low-budget digital drama The Girlfriend Experience is one of [Soderbergh's] most successful experiments" — The Age (Australia)
Posted Sep 3, 2009
2.5/5 18% Dance Flick (2009) " Much of the material is stupid enough to make anyone's brain ache." — The Age (Australia)
Posted Aug 21, 2009
2.5/5 90% District 9 (2009) " As an action director, Blomkamp is no John Carpenter. Parts of the story are not dramatised but narrated direct-to-camera by supposed interview subjects -- a lazy device that reduces immediacy and momentum." — The Age (Australia)
Posted Aug 14, 2009
3/5 90% Coraline (2009) " This is one of those films that works best if you can forget about the source material. Selick's film is more like a three-ring circus." — The Age (Australia)
Posted Aug 5, 2009
4.5/5 68% Public Enemies (2009) " A triumph of pure cinema, Public Enemies is one of the most visually experimental films of Mann's career." — The Age (Australia)
Posted Jul 31, 2009
3/5 50% Chéri (2009) " Stretching out like a cat on the wide screen, Michelle Pfeiffer shows off her durable glamour in the star role of Lea de Lonval, a high-class courtesan in pre-World War I France." — The Age (Australia)
Posted Jul 24, 2009
2.5/5 45% Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (Ice Age 3) (2009) " Children will probably enjoy Ice Age 3, but adults may find the script a little over-sophisticated, not to say conflicted in its attitudes towards women." — The Age (Australia)
Posted Jul 3, 2009
1/5 19% Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009) " Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is a Big Dumb Object: an action blockbuster so loud, ugly and exhausting that criticism seems beside the point." — The Age (Australia)
Posted Jun 24, 2009
1.5/5 44% The Proposal (2009) " As one embarrassing scene follows another, The Proposal accumulates so many bad vibes that it becomes grimly compelling." — The Age (Australia)
Posted Jun 21, 2009
3/5 14% Year One (2009) " Year One is an enjoyable knockabout comedy, but as a satire on human folly it's a disappointment; Ramis could have gone much further underlining the parallels between ancient and modern religious wars." — The Age (Australia)
Posted Jun 21, 2009
1.5/5 40% RiP: A Remix Manifesto (2009) " There are better guides to the subject than Gaylor, who discusses everything from Napster to pharmaceutical patents without ever varying his dated we-the-people rhetoric." — The Age (Australia)
Posted Jun 12, 2009
3/5 84% I Love You, Man (2009) " Rudd ... is perfectly cast -- no actor this side of Hugh Grant is more comfortable getting flustered." — The Age (Australia)
Posted Jun 12, 2009
2/5 33% Terminator Salvation (2009) " It's easy to see why Bale was attracted to this role, but this often fascinating actor gives one of his least interesting performances." — The Age (Australia)
Posted Jun 5, 2009
3/5 84% State of Play (2009) " State of Play succeeds as mainstream entertainment to the point where it hardly makes sense to complain about its pulled political punches." — The Age (Australia)
Posted May 29, 2009
92% My Year Without Sex (2009) " Watt strives to cram a great deal into a small space, but her special triumph is that the strain never shows. My Year Without Sex stands as the most accomplished Australian film so far this year." — The Age (Australia)
Posted May 29, 2009
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