Simon Weaving

Simon Weaving

Agrees with the Tomatometer 77% of the time.

Biography:
Simon grew up all over the place and worked in the theatre before attending Film School. He's made a few award winning short films and is currently completing a PhD in film noir.
Publications:
Screenwize
Critics' Group:
Film Critics Circle of Australia
Total Reviews:
228
Location:
Australia

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 228
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 98% Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence In The House Of God (2012) " a carefully constructed observation of the facts and a withering condemnation of the behaviour of the Catholic Church. " ‐ Screenwize
Posted Apr 23, 2013
4/5 82% De rouille et d'os (Rust and Bone) (2012) " there is no denying the cinematic power of Audiard's fearless storytelling " ‐ Screenwize
Posted Apr 23, 2013
3/5 33% Cheerful Weather For The Wedding (2012) " With the critical narrative information delayed until the film's final moments, it's a waiting game for the audience, not unpleasurably spent watching the gorgeous costumes and eccentric behaviour of the family and friends of an anxious bride. " ‐ Screenwize
Posted Apr 23, 2013
2.5/5 55% The Company You Keep (2013) " You may be in the company of an all-star cast, but this is a run-of-the-mill affair with few surprises. " ‐ Screenwize
Posted Apr 23, 2013
4/5 43% The Paperboy (2012) " A seething, swampy murder investigation infused with the sweaty smell of bodies and driven by a casual force that is seductively unstable, darkly funny and strangely exhilarating. Daniels is a visionary. " ‐ Screenwize
Posted Apr 23, 2013
3.5/5 68% Trance (2013) " Shimmering visuals and a hypnotic soundtrack cant fully hide the flaws in an improbable plot that probes into the mind and memories of an amnesia suffering art thief. " ‐ Screenwize
Posted Apr 4, 2013
3.5/5 36% Goddess " This upbeat and jaunty Australian musical sees mother and housewife Elspeth Dickens become an internet sensation with her kitchen-sink songs. " ‐ Screenwize
Posted Mar 18, 2013
2/5 0% Blinder " This story of AFL, mateship and sex scandal is let down by a clunky screenplay and some misguided morality despite the presence of Jack Thompson and an enthusiastic cast of talented young Australian actors. " ‐ Screenwize
Posted Mar 11, 2013
3.5/5 63% Anna Karenina (2012) " a visually unique story world, bold and beautiful, and dramatically fused with passion. Yet it's also a limited space that remains prisoner to its self-conscious theatrical structures. " ‐ Screenwize
Posted Feb 20, 2013
4.5/5 93% Amour (2012) " Michael Haneke's most intimate and painfully truthful film - an exploration of what love means at the far end of life. " ‐ Screenwize
Posted Feb 20, 2013
2.5/5 60% The Last Stand (2013) " Mindless, dumb fun as Arnie grunts a few one liners and tries to terminate an escaped drug lord who's in a fast car and heading for freedom. " ‐ Screenwize
Posted Feb 20, 2013
3.5/5 90% Footnote (2012) " A dense and complex piece of filmmaking, made manageable through the warm and totally compelling performances of the two lead actors. " ‐ Screenwize
Posted Apr 19, 2012
2.5/5 20% The Lucky One (2012) " You get just what you'd expect from this Nicolas Sparks romance - good-looking people, ever so soft lighting, and music just tender enough to stir your soul while you watch the inevitability of soul mates finding true love. " ‐ Screenwize
Posted Apr 19, 2012
4/5 79% The Deep Blue Sea (2012) " Davies presents the story with a formal painterly eye, forcing us to attend to the emotional detail that Hester experiences - constrained as she is by the social structures and values of strangulated post-war Britain " ‐ Screenwize
Posted Apr 5, 2012
1.5/5 43% American Reunion (2012) " Sitting somewhere between nostalgia and limp sex romp, this is for fans only - squeezing a few more dollars out of the American Pie franchise with plenty of reminiscing, bland titillation and bad behaviour. " ‐ Screenwize
Posted Apr 5, 2012
3/5 No Score Yet Manual Of Love 3 (Manuale D'amore 3) (2013) " Both the title and the top billing of Robert de Niro and Monica Belluci are somewhat misleading in this three-part portmanteau film, comprising separate comic tales of love and lovers - all with a distinctly Italian flavour. " ‐ Screenwize
Posted Apr 3, 2012
4.5/5 95% The Guard (2011) " This film belongs to Gleeson - he seems to have effortlessly conjured up a complex and charismatic mix of world-weariness and caring, all wrapped up in that enigmatic Irish charm. " ‐ Screenwize
Posted Apr 3, 2012
3.5/5 81% The Skin I Live In (2011) " With a deliberately preposterous storyline involving burning bodies, evil brothers, rape, suicide, revenge, sexual identity and medical procedure, this is darkly comic arthouse soap - with a tinge of horror - and definitely an acquired taste. " ‐ Screenwize
Posted Apr 3, 2012
1.5/5 12% The Darkest Hour (2011) " Uninspiring and insipid, this contemporary take on the zombie genre sees a group of gorgeous twenty somethings trapped in Moscow trying desperately to get away from an endless attack launched by nasty id-like blobs of energy. " ‐ Screenwize
Posted Apr 3, 2012
4/5 78% Page One: Inside the New York Times (2011) " Although Rossi's style is a little unruly - flitting from story to story and desk to desk without any particular emphasis - it's a fascinating and privileged insight into an industry in turmoil " ‐ Screenwize
Posted Apr 3, 2012
2/5 2% One for the Money (2012) " Light and fluffy as a cupcake, Katherine Heigl's many talents are truly wasted in this story based on the first of eighteen best-selling Stephanie Plum novels. " ‐ Screenwize
Posted Apr 3, 2012
4/5 40% The Bucket List (2007) " Meehl's gentle handling of her subject and her unobstrusive, observational camera work make this a delightful and touching experience. " ‐ Screenwize
Posted Apr 2, 2012
3/5 51% Contraband (2012) " Mark Wahlberg plays another working class action hero in this gritty but convoluted story about double-dealing smugglers, wharfside corruption and family revenge. " ‐ Screenwize
Posted Apr 2, 2012
3.5/5 85% Chronicle (2012) " Clearly made to kick off a new found-footage franchise, Chronicle is a very clever story about teens who develop unusual powers, mixing everyday reality with some excellent out of this world sci-fi fantasy. " ‐ Screenwize
Posted Apr 2, 2012
2/5 11% Gone (2012) " A psychological thriller lacking in both psychological complexity and thrills. " ‐ Screenwize
Posted Apr 2, 2012
3.5/5 28% Project X (2012) " If you don't mind the adolescent male point-of view (read: constant objectifying of the opposite sex) there's plenty to enjoy here. " ‐ Screenwize
Posted Apr 2, 2012
2/5 6% The Devil Inside (2012) " Despite a clever - if not particularly original - idea, this pseudo-documentary horror movie is let down by an immensely frustrating ending and some less than convincing performances. " ‐ Screenwize
Posted Apr 2, 2012
4/5 99% A Separation (2011) " Fahardi's accomplishment is to have brought to the screen a group of equally complex, equally flawed, and equally human characters whose only real problem is that they must live life with each other. " ‐ Screenwize
Posted Apr 2, 2012
2/5 50% The Rum Diary (2011) " Feels like its been squeezed out of a tube rather than shot out of a canon. " ‐ Screenwize
Posted Apr 2, 2012
3/5 92% Headhunters (2012) " This crime thriller from Norway has an entertainingly schizophrenic feel as it twists its way from daring heist movie to farcical black comedy, with a few drops of serious human drama thrown in for good measure. " ‐ Screenwize
Posted Apr 2, 2012
4/5 85% The Raid: Redemption (2012) " A seriously well made, kick-ass martial-arts action movie that fans of the genre will absolutely adore. " ‐ Screenwize
Posted Apr 2, 2012
3.5/5 49% Mirror Mirror (2012) " A romantic panto-style romp through goody-gum drops land, full of the best natured fun you'll find on the big screen, and with an inspired performance from Julia Roberts. " ‐ Screenwize
Posted Apr 2, 2012
2/5 25% Wrath of the Titans (2012) " It's a fathers-and-sons affair as epic music, computer-generated destruction and bad one liners combine to provide a sequel of similar style and standard to predecessor - Clash of the Titans. " ‐ Screenwize
Posted Apr 2, 2012
2/5 70% The Flying Swords of Dragon Gate (2012) " A disappointing martial arts fable with Jet Li spinning and leaping to avoid the swords of powerful Eunuchs and nasty treasure hunters at the famous Dragon Gate Inn " ‐ Screenwize
Posted Dec 15, 2011
4.5/5 92% Take Shelter (2011) " Michael Shannon is at his best as a man plagued by apocalyptic dreams that start to bleed into his everyday life. It's one of the best independent American films of the last decade, playing on current concerns about the future of the planet. " ‐ Screenwize
Posted Dec 4, 2011
2/5 83% Warrior (2011) " This tale of two brothers competing in a mixed martial arts contest is gritty, laboured and totally devoid of suspense or surprise, despite the best efforts of actors Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton. " ‐ Screenwize
Posted Nov 24, 2011
2.5/5 50% Fighting Fear " A documentary that reaffirms the hard-drinking, hard-partying, hard-fighting values of good old fashioned mateship, as Bra Boys director Macario De Souza follows the friendship of two friends - one a Big Wave Surfer and the other a cage-fighter. " ‐ Screenwize
Posted Nov 24, 2011
4.5/5 99% Bill Cunningham New York (2011) " Bill has followed his bliss for 60 years, and it's a delight to follow him for 80 minutes - even if you have no interest in fashion. Don't miss it. " ‐ Screenwize
Posted Nov 24, 2011
3/5 59% The First Grader (2011) " An uplifting, romanticised and gently-paced film infused with the dry beauty of the Kenyan landscape and powered by the moist-eyed performance of Oliver Litondo in the title role " ‐ Screenwize
Posted Nov 24, 2011
2/5 54% The Inbetweeners (2012) " Crude slapstick and off-colour humour accompany four 18 year-old London lads as they head for Crete in search of girls. Based on the TV sit-com of the same name, everyone but fans will find this quickly tiresome. " ‐ Screenwize
Posted Nov 24, 2011
3.5/5 68% Paranormal Activity 3 (2011) " It's back to the '80s as this found footage horror franchise hits the mark with demons and ghosts who shake and rattle the rambling house of spooky sisters Katie and Kristie. " ‐ Screenwize
Posted Oct 23, 2011
2.5/5 60% Real Steel (2011) " A well made but instantly forgettable robot-boxing movie that dishes out clich├ęs blow-by-blow for its 12-year-old-boy target audience. " ‐ Screenwize
Posted Oct 6, 2011
1.5/5 31% The Sorcerer and the White Snake (2013) " With the mushometer maxed out, and a score that starts on overdrive and heads for overbearing, this ridiculously melodramatic tale of forbidden love tries to bury its narrative flaws with a colourful coating of CGI - but ends up a shiny glutinous mess. " ‐ Screenwize
Posted Sep 29, 2011
3.5/5 87% Fire in Babylon (2011) " A sparkling - if perhaps somewhat nostalgic - documentary about the transformation of the West Indies "calypso" style of cricket in the 1970s, resulting in a team that dominated the game around the world " ‐ Screenwize
Posted Sep 23, 2011
3/5 86% Submarine (2011) " A quirky and stylistically idiosyncratic tale of an angst ridden teenager trying to win the heart of a girl and save his parents' marriage. With everyone in deadpan mode its funny but emotionally uninspiring. " ‐ Screenwize
Posted Sep 7, 2011
3/5 91% Face to Face (2013) " Despite being unable to break free of its theatrical origins, the film is never dull. " ‐ Screenwize
Posted Sep 7, 2011
3.5/5 75% Mozart's Sister (2011) " An intimate and subdued tale of suppressed talent and filial loyalty, the film builds an engaging fiction around some of the facts of Nannerl, the older sister of the famous Wolfgang Amedeus Mozart. " ‐ Screenwize
Posted Aug 5, 2011
5/5 93% Of Gods and Men (2011) " A deeply moving and profoundly beautiful film about a group of monks working in the mountains of Algeria who are faced with the most difficult personal and collective decisions when the country erupts in brutal civil-war " ‐ Screenwize
Posted Jul 30, 2011
3.5/5 55% The Conspirator (2011) " Robert Redford's courtroom drama about the trial of Mary Surratt after the assassination of Abraham Lincoln is both a gripping drama and a rather stuffy flag-waving exercise. " ‐ Screenwize
Posted Jul 30, 2011
2.5/5 43% From Time to Time (2012) " This family film - that mixes Regency ghosts and a rambling, secret-filled mansion - lacks oomph and charm despite its top shelf cast, including Maggie Smith and Timothy Spall. " ‐ Screenwize
Posted Jul 7, 2011
4.5/5 84% The Tree of Life (2011) " Terrence Malick's long awaited meditation on spirituality, loss and innocence stars Brad Pitt and Jessica Chastain as a 1950's couple who - along with their eldest son Jack (Sean Penn) - struggle with the big questions of the meaning of life. " ‐ Screenwize
Posted Jun 29, 2011
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