Patrick Kolan

Patrick Kolan

Agrees with the Tomatometer 74% of the time.

Biography:
Patrick Kolan is an entertainment critic currently residing in a shanty town in Sydney Australia's Inner West. He was raised by wolves. He hungers. Know him. Fear him. Love him and despair. Also, he enjoys music, social drinks and moments of quiet reflection at sunset.
Publications:
IGN Movies AU , Shotgun Critic
Total Reviews:
73

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
5/5 92% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) " Dense, energetically presented and wonderful - though as my friend suggested, for those first five minutes you'd be forgiven for thinking Anderson was retreading his old tropes a few too many times. Those feelings disappear by the sixth minute." — Shotgun Critic
Posted Mar 17, 2014
3/5 29% Grudge Match (2013) " If it left out the sugary moments, it would have been a solid comedic romp about former rivals finding pride and peace through punching the geriatric juice out of each other. (Review: Nathalie Lawson)" — Shotgun Critic
Posted Jan 22, 2014
3.5/5 74% The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013) " In providing a wealth of content for Tolkein fans, Jackson's cup overfloweth. That's neither good nor bad - it's just more than we need in one sitting." — Shotgun Critic
Posted Dec 18, 2013
2/5 75% Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013) " For a film that goes out of its way to proselytise about the pratfalls of pandering to the audience's expectations simply for the easy bucks, Anchorman 2 does just that." — Shotgun Critic
Posted Dec 17, 2013
4/5 78% Iron Man 3 (2013) " 'Iron Man 3′ occasionally feels a little contrived - but then, if you're dealing with one of the best action directors around, you can expect him to draw on the style that he knows best." — Shotgun Critic
Posted Apr 23, 2013
4.5/5 88% Django Unchained (2012) " This is a wonderful film - it is, but once in a while someone needed to tap Q on the shoulder and tell him to ease up off the gas. A master and a genius, no doubt, but sometimes the Emperor has no clothes too." — Shotgun Critic
Posted Jan 14, 2013
4/5 64% The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) " 'The Hobbit' is another ambitious, gorgeous and faithful trip into JRR's writing - and because of this, it won't win any new fans if you had no patience ten years ago. For those who do, you'll definitely want to go there and back again." — Shotgun Critic
Posted Dec 19, 2012
4/5 92% Skyfall (2012) " A lot of critics are claiming this to be the best Bond film ever made; they may well be right-to some degree. It's certainly the most poignant-which, in what is ostensibly an action film, is a feather in Mendes' cap to be sure. " — Shotgun Critic
Posted Nov 21, 2012
4/5 85% The Master (2012) " Those expecting to be shocked and charmed and pushed around will get it; everyone else might leave feeling winded and a little confused. Good. It's probably what you need." — Shotgun Critic
Posted Oct 24, 2012
5/5 94% Pulp Fiction (1994) " Its dedicated fan-base and the pop-culture reverberations that have flowed steadily from it, almost 20 years on, echo Tarantino's achievements with Pulp Fiction. Unassailable filmmaking." — Shotgun Critic
Posted Oct 16, 2012
4/5 82% Shadow Dancer (2013) " This is an uncomfortable movie; a tense and sometimes deliberately drawn out tale - but those who invest the time will uncover some excellent performances." — Shotgun Critic
Posted Oct 11, 2012
3.5/5 67% Lawless (2012) " As you'd expect from that kind of artistic pedigree, 'Lawless' is a well-oiled production that knows exactly what kind of film it is: a classic revenge tragedy with Tommy-guns and fiddles in the dustbowl South." — Shotgun Critic
Posted Oct 8, 2012
4/5 78% Dredd (2012) " If you're the kind of person who scrunches their nose at heads exploding, people being torn apart and blood spilling like an out-of-control fire hose, you might want to return to reading your copy of '50 Shades' and leave this one to the professionals." — Shotgun Critic
Posted Oct 3, 2012
4/5 95% Searching for Sugar Man (2012) " This is a fine documentary; insightful and entertaining with a genteel approach to uncovering a figure so close to the hearts of an unexpected fan base." — Shotgun Critic
Posted Oct 2, 2012
2/5 36% Iron Sky (2012) " To its credit, while routinely stupid, it is playfully so - and it gets over the line through sheer force of charm. A "triumph of the will", if you catch our drift. (Sorry.)" — Shotgun Critic
Posted Sep 27, 2012
2/5 37% Dark Shadows (2012) " Dark Shadows is never short on stunning backdrops and impressive cinematographic techniques. It looks a treat. But with Dark Shadows, like Depp himself, you can only put so much make-up on an ageing face and sell it as fresh." — Shotgun Critic
Posted Sep 27, 2012
3.5/5 70% Men in Black III (2012) " Too often sci-fi epics miss the balance between spectacle and storytelling. While Men in Black 3 isn't always consistent in humour and pace, Sonnenfeld, with a well-considered script from David Koepp, manages to make it work." — Shotgun Critic
Posted Sep 27, 2012
4/5 73% Prometheus (2012) " Never quite matching Alien or Aliens for emotional authenticity - but definitely holding you in tow until the final moments. Ridley Scott isn't much for illustrating humanity, but he sure as hell knows how to craft aliens." — Shotgun Critic
Posted Sep 27, 2012
3/5 83% Painted Skin: The Resurrection (2012) " More breathy outbursts from wronged lovers and strange pseudo-sexual and homoerotic encounters than a late-night soap opera, matched with a visual style that points to a level of artistry and invention that even western cinema struggles to match." — Shotgun Critic
Posted Sep 27, 2012
4/5 91% Safety Not Guaranteed (2012) " When a crew is given constraints like a miniscule budget, more emphasis rightly goes into tightening up things like scripting and performance. It's the 'Chasing Amy' phenomenon at work." — Shotgun Critic
Posted Sep 27, 2012
3.5/5 73% The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) " Not quite 'amazing' then, but there will always be a deserving audience for rock-solid superhero movies done with this kind of heart and care." — Shotgun Critic
Posted Sep 26, 2012
4.5/5 88% The Dark Knight Rises (2012) " The Dark Knight Rises succeeds in surpassing 2008's 'The Dark Knight' to become the best of his three films. Whether that will be enough to secure his Best Picture Oscar is frankly irrelevant - because what matters is that this is Batman's best picture." — Shotgun Critic
Posted Sep 26, 2012
2.5/5 35% Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012) " Frankly, if it gets kids talking about history again, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter succeeds where a lot of other films stumble-and even if it's kind of a lame duck, there's still a lot of dignity in that." — Shotgun Critic
Posted Sep 26, 2012
4/5 64% Cosmopolis (2012) " For one of the smartest films I've seen in a while, Cosmopolis is also one of the least outwardly enjoyable. That by no means makes it anything less than a great film however." — Shotgun Critic
Posted Sep 26, 2012
3.5/5 85% Bully (2012) " Is it fair to criticize a documentary for being too persuasive when the subject matter is not only genuinely tragic - and tragically widespread - but also so rarely brought into the public domain? That's the question I struggle with." — Shotgun Critic
Posted Sep 26, 2012
3.5/5 55% The Bourne Legacy (2012) " There's a lot to like about The Bourne Legacy, but it's hard not to feel a little worried that the rich complexity of Ludlum's past work might be lost in the transition-and that's a legacy that really needs to be upheld." — Shotgun Critic
Posted Sep 26, 2012
1.5/5 30% Total Recall (2012) " Total Recall is it's own beast - one that needs to be caged off and held at arm's length. It is a mess, a wasteful rethink that was never needed and lousy movie at worst. " — Shotgun Critic
Posted Sep 26, 2012
4.5/5 94% Moonrise Kingdom (2012) " How Wes Anderson stitches it all together is far beyond the reach of most filmmakers. His approach is artful without pretension, gorgeous and composed without feeling forced, charming and innocent but never trite." — Shotgun Critic
Posted Sep 26, 2012
4/5 86% Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012) " This is a film that manages that rare bridge between end-of-days epic and intimate humanist storytelling - fantastical but still just rooted enough to be depressingly plausible." — Shotgun Critic
Posted Sep 26, 2012
3.5/5 49% Hit & Run (2012) " If Hit & Run is guilty of being generic, it's arguably the best kind of generic: inoffensive, well made and probably a lot more fun than Joe Critic is likely to admit." — Shotgun Critic
Posted Sep 26, 2012
2/5 65% The Expendables 2 (2012) " Perhaps we're pawns in an elaborate homage to excess and macho stupidity. It's purposefully - even wilfully - bad. Given that I can't prove that Simon West isn't actually that kind of wheels-within-wheels genius, he earns benefit of my doubt." — IGN Movies AU
Posted Sep 26, 2012
3.5/5 79% Ruby Sparks (2012) " There's strong storytelling at the core here, backed by worthwhile performances - and this is a good movie - though, not quite the original masterpiece of love and creativity it clearly strives to be." — Shotgun Critic
Posted Sep 26, 2012
1.5/5 17% The Watch (2012) " All of this builds a pretty catastrophic picture of The Watch - and I think, given how many other awesome, funny, gross and clever comedies are out there, I refuse to be an apologist. It's not an unmitigated disaster, but it's not good - or good enough." — Shotgun Critic
Posted Sep 26, 2012
3.5/5 43% On the Road (2012) " "The final film holds true to the source material - but it's just not a journey everyone's going to want to take."" — Shotgun Critic
Posted Sep 26, 2012
4.5/5 96% The Social Network (2010) " Fincher has constructed a wonderfully balanced tale of a young narcissistic genius in want of status and recognition." — IGN Movies AU
Posted Oct 23, 2010
4/5 87% Buried (2010) " Buried does do a hell of a lot with very little. Through clever camerawork, it's surprising how much action and tension can be built." — IGN Movies AU
Posted Sep 29, 2010
3/5 42% Dinner for Schmucks (2010) " Dinner for Schmucks, while not as instantly iconic and defined as [Jay Roach's] previous work, still delivers a lot of entertainment. " — IGN Movies AU
Posted Sep 28, 2010
3/5 85% Easy A (2010) " The writing definitely reserves the wittiest lines for Stone, who comes off as a winner above all other cast members. Her delivery and physical comedy really underline her skills in ways that other comediennes just can't touch." — IGN Movies AU
Posted Sep 15, 2010
3.5/5 79% The Other Guys (2010) " While Anchorman still stands as Adam McKay's high watermark, The Other Guys manages to take a worn concept and make it feel fresh and lively in a stale mainstream comedy market." — IGN Movies AU
Posted Sep 7, 2010
4.5/5 82% Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010) " It's audacious and youthful -- and a film that squarely targets geek culture and revels in it playfully." — IGN Movies AU
Posted Aug 10, 2010
1.5/5 41% The Expendables (2010) " It's a bitter pill to swallow, but it's a dark day indeed when a film can bring together so many promising elements and, when the curtains close, leave you wondering exactly what the heck you just sat through -- and if you even enjoyed it at all." — IGN Movies AU
Posted Aug 6, 2010
2.5/5 74% Splice (2010) " It's a shame -- there's a lot of enjoyment to be extracted from Splice, but it remains a Frankenstein's monster of piecemeal storytelling." — IGN Movies AU
Posted Jul 28, 2010
4.5/5 86% Inception (2010) " Indeed, Hollywood's obsession with 3D has extended to the storytelling process, and with Inception, it also reminds us that story and characterization still rule in the land of a thousand digital vistas." — IGN Movies AU
Posted Jul 20, 2010
3.5/5 69% The Runaways (2010) " The Runaways succeeds in being as brash and trashy as the source material, and just as fun. " — IGN Movies AU
Posted Jul 7, 2010
3.5/5 73% Get Him to the Greek (2010) " An overdose of pop-culture and some memorable set-ups make this a very amusing commentary on the foibles of rock stardom." — IGN Movies AU
Posted Jun 2, 2010
3.5/5 49% The Losers (2010) " It builds slowly and rhythmically, and leaves audiences with a lot of fuss-free fun that holds its own, and then some, in the face of the blockbuster season. " — IGN Movies AU
Posted May 24, 2010
1.5/5 30% The Kings of Mykonos " A messy comedy, Wog Boy 2 pitches itself at a demographic that, incredibly, it also alienates with cultural insensitivities and stupidity." — IGN Movies AU
Posted May 20, 2010
2/5 15% A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010) " It's not a good film, but if you're feeling jaded and just want to watch a demonic killer pound his fist through the chest of some hapless, cardboard teenager, then this might just scratch that itch." — IGN Movies AU
Posted May 20, 2010
3/5 43% Robin Hood (2010) " Robin Hood merely dots the lines in a tale that, despite wanting to add new dimensions to a worn character, and perhaps kick-start a franchise, still feels like a retread." — IGN Movies AU
Posted May 11, 2010
5/5 97% Animal Kingdom (2010) " This is restrained, powerful filmmaking on all fronts." — IGN Movies AU
Posted May 3, 2010
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