Simon Foster

Simon Foster

Agrees with the Tomatometer 77% of the time.

Publications:
Digital Retribution , FILMINK (Australia) , sbs.com.au , Screen-Space
Total Reviews:
563

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 101 - 150 of 563
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
—— Delhi In A Day " It is a small film but one that is effortlessly warm and engaging; it will travel well, its themes and characters recognisable to international audiences gripped by the greedy few and anxious to reconnect with what is truly valuable." — sbs.com.au
Posted Jul 22, 2013
—— Badges Of Fury (2014) " There's not much of Jet Li in Jet Li's latest action/comedy, Badges of Fury, a silly, slapstick farce overloaded with wirework stunts and achingly bad acting. " — sbs.com.au
Posted Jul 22, 2013
55% Interior. Leather Bar. (2014) " Interior. Leather Bar proves to be little more than a tease...At first glance, the film offers the exciting prospect of discovering new boundaries; by the end, you begin to wonder if all that went before was worth the time and effort." — Screen-Space
Posted Jul 22, 2013
65% Watchmen (2009) " Snyder's film is a breath-taking epic, a compelling thriller and an ensemble character piece, far beyond our expectations of the genre. " — sbs.com.au
Posted Jul 16, 2013
55% Martyrs (2008) " Martyrs is a groundbreaking work - it challenges the audience to endure heinous acts yet to emerge spiritually cleansed; to witness man's willingness to abuse, degrade and manipulate, yet leave the theatre more enamoured with humanity than ever. " — sbs.com.au
Posted Jul 16, 2013
72% Pacific Rim (2013) " In an American summer season of less-than-stellar efforts so far, Pacific Rim is not the worst of the bunch but it is clearly the film that falls furthest from its inherent potential." — Screen-Space
Posted Jul 13, 2013
89% White Reindeer (2013) " A Christmas-time odyssey of grief and rebirth, writer-director Zach Clark's White Reindeer firmly establishes the Virginian native as one of the most fascinating and confronting filmmakers working in independent cinema. " — sbs.com.au
Posted Jul 13, 2013
75% The End Of Time (2013) " In painting such a densely existential picture of us all, [Mettler] ultimately engages no one. " — Screen-Space
Posted Jul 9, 2013
—— Ghanchakkar (2013) " The director, who shares writing credits with Parveez Sheikh, succeeds at setting up an intriguing if convoluted premise, but then struggles to take his characters and story anywhere interesting. " — sbs.com.au
Posted Jul 5, 2013
100% Burn (2012) " Burn does some eulogising for a great nation that may never achieve that greatness again, but it also celebrates the spirit of community that built it up. " — sbs.com.au
Posted Jul 5, 2013
30% The Lone Ranger (2013) " An unwieldy and, at an inexcusable 149 minutes, overlong indulgence offering occasional thrills and giggles but none sufficient to warrant the effort; we've seen its type before, in the form of Barry Sonnenfeld's Will Smith misfire, Wild Wild West." — Screen-Space
Posted Jul 1, 2013
—— Del Lado Del Verano " A condescending tone infuses the performances, as if the director doesn't really like her characters or their social standing. " — sbs.com.au
Posted Jun 28, 2013
84% 100 Bloody Acres (2013) " The potential for mainstream crossover success is apparent; it's an exceedingly well-made work that both satirises and satisfies, though its gleeful gruesomeness won't be to everyone's taste." — sbs.com.au
Posted Jun 28, 2013
91% The Final Member (2014) " The directors take a very matter-of-fact approach to the subject and that goes a long way to saving The Final Member from just being a silly, giggly, boys-own joke." — Screen-Space
Posted Jun 27, 2013
86% The Conjuring (2013) " Australian-trained director James Wan...continues to exhibit growth as a filmmaker with a keen eye for genre scares; if he can hone his ear to weeding out tinny dialogue, he will likely make a great film one day." — Screen-Space
Posted Jun 27, 2013
—— Carmina o revienta " At a scant 70 minutes, it is not expected that Carmina or Blow Up will resonate much, but it does. The novelty of experiencing a (mostly) real-life story through the eyes of a (very) real personality ultimately pays off very nicely. " — sbs.com.au
Posted Jun 27, 2013
91% The Pervert's Guide To Ideology (2013) " At 150 minutes, the relentlessness nature of this gabfest may prove too daunting for some. But Fiennes and Zizek ultimately present a giddy and grand dissection of society and just how little we understand it. " — sbs.com.au
Posted Jun 27, 2013
94% Blancanieves (2013) " Berger's stunning, if slightly overlong, film captures just how effective silent-era storytelling can still be." — sbs.com.au
Posted Jun 27, 2013
—— Mon Ami (2013) " Imagine Wayne Campbell and Garth Algar transplanted into a Fargo-esque milieu and you'll get some idea of the dark fun to be had with this awfully malicious yet utterly engaging film." — Screen-Space
Posted Jun 20, 2013
85% The Way Way Back (2013) " It is a work of outward simplicity but resonates with a depth that anyone who was ever an awkward teen will identify with instantly." — Screen-Space
Posted Jun 15, 2013
67% World War Z (2013) " Forster delivers big-scale action entertainment, a compelling work that flexes its own sinewy muscles while still fulfilling the hopes of zombie fans, who have wanted to see the walking dead given the mega-budget treatment for some time." — Screen-Space
Posted Jun 14, 2013
88% Cheap Thrills (2014) " A textbook case of a film that never quite amounts to the sum of its parts, Cheap Thrills is still more than its title suggests and provides dark entertainment for those in the mood. " — sbs.com.au
Posted Jun 14, 2013
11% After Earth (2013) " Shyamalan mashes up the man-vs-nature journey with some post-apocalyptic sci-fi stuff, and neither manages to hold audience interest." — Screen-Space
Posted Jun 14, 2013
—— Final cut - Hölgyeim és uraim " The millions of frames that have made up a century of cinema are honoured here in one of the most exhilarating montage constructs ever produced; it is a suitably grand yet deeply intimate work." — Screen-Space
Posted Jun 13, 2013
54% Lovelace (2013) " Given content that screamed out for a vital, 'Boogie Nights'-style treatment, what we get is a workmanlike biopic that feels TV-safe rather than big-screen daring." — Screen-Space
Posted Jun 11, 2013
40% The Rambler (2013) " Dermot Mulroney's 'Man with No Name' drifter is all too appropriately at the centre of offbeat auteur Calvin Reeder's 'Film with No Point', The Rambler." — Screen-Space
Posted Jun 11, 2013
—— Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (2013) " Ayan Mukherjee's slick, sweet tale of friendship, fun and accepting one's mature responsibilities is never particularly profound in its observations, preferring energetic likeability and star-power over depth and realism. " — sbs.com.au
Posted Jun 11, 2013
98% The Rocket (2014) " Recalling the captivating essence of Niki Caro's Whale Rider (2002) in its telling of a life with fate and faith in its corner, this Australian/Laotian/Thai co-production could find similar breakout success once (inevitably warm) word of mouth spreads." — sbs.com.au
Posted Jun 11, 2013
49% The Great Gatsby (2013) " Luhrmann's current creative mindset reflects more PT Barnum than J Gatsby; a manipulative showman able to conjure images of light and colour to dazzle the masses while wilfully neglecting their hearts and minds." — Screen-Space
Posted Jun 1, 2013
—— Omg Oh My God! (2012) " Shukla's fable takes its sweet time getting off the ground but ultimately proves to be an utterly adorable, nicely humanistic riff on the role of religion in an everyman's life. " — sbs.com.au
Posted May 30, 2013
10% A Haunted House (2013) " Sporadically misogynistic, homophobic and grade-school puerile in equal measure, it is also not without the occasional laugh-out-loud moment." — Screen-Space
Posted May 30, 2013
19% The Hangover Part III (2013) " This final instalment...refuses to try for the giggly rhythm of the first film, preferring a solid examination of the endearing themes of friendship, individuality and eccentricity." — Screen-Space
Posted May 21, 2013
63% Broken (2013) " It is a sad viewing experience, but never a pessimistic one. Skunk's world is full of love; whatever fractured form it may take, Broken always returns to that enriching notion." — sbs.com.au
Posted May 19, 2013
87% Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) " Abrams works in scenes of friendship, honour, loss and loyalty, but the drama coasts on the emotional legacy of the series rather than creating any of its own heart or warmth. " — Screen-Space
Posted May 19, 2013
28% Drift (2013) " The film could very easily have devolved into a cornball family drama/sports soap opera, but it remains both steadfastly likable and quietly compelling throughout." — sbs.com.au
Posted May 4, 2013
96% Chasing Ice (2012) " Less a didactic 'message-movie' than a study of one man's steely determination, the debut helmer directs with a sure hand and no-frills aesthetic. " — sbs.com.au
Posted Apr 25, 2013
94% Drug War (2013) " Drug War is an absorbing, exciting film, and the work of a profoundly assured craftsman." — sbs.com.au
Posted Apr 25, 2013
78% Iron Man 3 (2013) " Shane Black's perfunctory, fatigued film will suffice for the fans who have to have their regular cinematic superhero fix, but will leave others generally unmoved." — Screen-Space
Posted Apr 25, 2013
65% Antiviral (2013) " As a piss-take of society's shallow fascination with Kardashian-like nobodies, Antiviral is coolly effective, but there's little insight into the psychology that drives normal people to fixate on such 'celebrities'. " — sbs.com.au
Posted Apr 17, 2013
54% Oblivion (2013) " It is just as well director Joseph Kosinski renders his vision of a post-apocalyptic Earth with such crisp acuity, because his story plays a little fuzzy at times." — Screen-Space
Posted Apr 10, 2013
55% Thale (2013) " There is a great deal of humour in the story; the message that 'man is the real savage' is not fresh but it's well played by the director and his leading men." — sbs.com.au
Posted Apr 5, 2013
38% Blue Like Jazz (2012) " Blue Like Jazz certainly breaks the mould in terms what audiences have come to expect from spiritual cinema, but it refuses to take the necessary leap required to fully redefine mainstream audiences' perception of this niche genre." — sbs.com.au
Posted Apr 4, 2013
31% Crave (2013) " Putting aside the nagging sensation that you may have seen this type of character study before, Crave proves to be an impressive career-maker for all involved. " — sbs.com.au
Posted Apr 4, 2013
—— Himmatwala (2013) " As grotesque and garish a spectacle as I've seen in quite some time, this Hindi remake of a coarse and unremarkable hit comedy from 1983 is cringe-worthy and puerile." — sbs.com.au
Posted Apr 4, 2013
8% The Host (2013) " Simply dismissing The Host as a shallow Invasion of the Body Snatchers/Romeo and Juliet mash-up would be to ignore how effectively it will play to large herds of mall-dwellers." — Screen-Space
Posted Mar 28, 2013
73% Chained (2012) " Lynch...presents nuanced, sepia-tinged menace with a clear and determined eye. " — sbs.com.au
Posted Mar 25, 2013
93% The History Of Future Folk (2013) " If it sounds nutty, it is; but it is also an effortlessly lovable study in friendship, the power of the imagination and the joy of a musical awakening." — Screen-Space
Posted Mar 20, 2013
84% Sleepwalk With Me (2012) " Sleepwalk With Me is a disposably sweet 'Annie Hall' rehash that achieves its minor ambitions with unremarkable efficiency." — Screen-Space
Posted Mar 18, 2013
—— Reverse Runner " Given that the past 12 months of Australian big-screen comedy has been arguably its direst ever, the amiably silly low-budgeter Reverse Runner comes as somewhat of a revelation." — sbs.com.au
Posted Mar 16, 2013
65% Mama (2013) " There are lots of shocks but no real surprises in Andres Muschietti's Mama, a grimy, unpleasant Canadian-Spanish co-production from the stable of Guillermo del Toro. " — sbs.com.au
Posted Mar 15, 2013
78% A Late Quartet (2012) " Superb acting adds weight to scenes involving infidelity, illness and ego, but those elements also read like some standard soap-opera button-pushing." — sbs.com.au
Posted Mar 13, 2013
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