Bill Chambers

Bill Chambers
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Capricorn.
Publications: Film Freak Central
Critics' Group: Online Film Critics Society
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Official Websites: http://filmfreakcentral.net

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
2.5/4 100% Spring Blossom (Seize printemps) (2020) [I]t's in scenes on the fringes of the love story that Lindon shows the most promise as a filmmaker. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2020
2/4 62% Falling (2020) A bigger problem is that for as warmly as I feel towards Henriksen the actor, he might be too convincing here: there's no charisma behind Willis's bile. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2020
3/4 90% Another Round (Druk) (2020) Mikkelsen is touchingly wistful in a role that's 180 removed from Hannibal Lecter but still counts on his innate combustibility, and the film engages in some hilarious internal debate over whether drinking is good or bad for politics. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2020
2.5/4 82% Notturno (2020) It has an eerie stillness, though, that feels cumulatively apocalyptic. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2020
3.5/4 83% Fauna (2020) Not bad for a movie without an official screenplay credit. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2020
1.5/4 67% New Order (Nuevo orden) (2020) Yet the clever and horrifying what-if scenario that is New Order's raison d'être doesn't stand up to scrutiny, not only because of the risibly compressed timetable... but also... because there just aren't enough players involved in the game. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2020
3.5/4 77% I Am Greta (2020) A deceptively stock rise-to-influence documentary, I Am Greta has haunted me like nothing that begins with "Hulu Presents" reasonably should. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2020
3/4 97% David Byrne's American Utopia (2020) For all of Byrne's liberal messaging throughout the concert--its producers went so far as to register voters in the lobby--it's this montage that speaks loudest and cements the integrity of the project. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2020
3/4 97% Nomadland (2020) Its gentle survey of humanity reminds me of another unlikely Disney movie, David Lynch's The Straight Story, which is no small compliment. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2020
2/4 63% Get the Hell Out (Tao Chu Li Fa Yuan) (2020) Though Get the Hell Out's playful impulses are somewhat refreshing for the genre, they ultimately distract from its cliched, rote trajectory rather than subvert it. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2020
1/4 49% Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) It's just an ugly piece of work. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
2/4 68% Joker (2019) If nothing else, Todd Phillips's Joker proves that two scenes do not a movie make. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2019
4/4 98% Varda by Agnès (2019) [T]his is a rich, deep dive into a body of work the filmmaker says has always been motivated by three things: creativity, inspiration, and an urge to share. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
3.5/4 97% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) Pain and Glory is a gem. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
1.5/4 23% Sadako (2019) Nakata even more or less rehashes the possessed-kid gambit that made The Ring Two so logy; if vindicating himself was the aim, all I can say is: womp womp. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2019
3.5/4 No Score Yet Campo (2019) Campo doesn't exactly taper to a point. But its inscrutability isn't vexing, and only once, when the veterinary help leaves a dead sheep and her stillborn lamb to rot in the dirt, does the picture's existentialism strike one as cynical, contrived. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
2.5/4 89% Maxima (2019) Maxima might be said to not so much elevate [Maxima Acuña] to a martyr as reduce her to one. Wanting for its subject's passion, it's filmmaking as dry as those desiccated mines. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
3/4 80% On the Inside of a Military Dictatorship (2019) On the Inside of a Military Dictatorship is more entertaining than I assumed it would be, it's not for any glibness in approach, but because it's such a dynamic storyteller. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
4/4 70% ANIARA (2019) Aniara is astonishingly ambitious, an unlikely emotional rollercoaster anchored by a beautifully-realized protagonist who manages to maintain hope and optimism without being a Pollyanna. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
2/4 71% Teen Spirit (2019) Pity about Teen Spirit, since it opens so well. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
3.5/4 91% Widows (2018) Get Out's Daniel Kaluuya is terrifying as Manning's brother and enforcer, Rodriguez is revealed to have unexplored dimensions. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
1.5/4 80% Boy Erased (2018) Boy Erased has perhaps squandered a plum opportunity to inspire real change... by treating the destructive impact of young innocents forcibly repressing their true sexual orientation or gender identification too intellectually, too goddamn politely. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
2/4 94% Shadow (2019) Those first two thirds aren't just sluggish--they lack, for Yimou, soul. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
1.5/4 94% Transit (2019) The stultifying voiceover meant to nuance Georg's actions is only more evidence of Petzold's navel-gazing; and although it remains a nostalgic treat, his classical visual sense fails to organize the unruly material. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
3/4 80% Blind Spot (2018) The long-take gimmick works because of how spent the actors look from remaining in this intense headspace for 98 solid minutes. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
2.5/4 88% One Last Deal (2018) Surprisingly sentimental for a Finnish movie, One Last Deal is at its most gratifying when it's less "Death of a Salesman", more Roger Dodger. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
2/4 73% Consequences (Posledice) (2018) I don't know that I've ever encountered a movie so beset by its title, which feels like it should also be read aloud by Percy Rodriguez when it appears. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2018
3/4 100% One Cut of the Dead (Kamera o tomeru na!) (2019) The rallying spirit here is as moving as any 'Rocky' triumph, and it's compounded by the surprisingly sweet father-daughter story at the movie's core. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018
2/4 83% Knuckleball (2018) Disappointing, too, that Knuckleball introduces a lady cop so charmingly and progressively... only to reduce her to collateral damage in her very next scene. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
2.5/4 69% Tokyo Vampire Hotel (2017) I'm disappointed that Manami's backstory, exemplified by the culturally-loaded image of her shaving off her long black hair in an act of rebellion, never really merges with her present-day damsel-in-distressdom to create a whole person. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
2/4 86% Lifechanger (2019) One of many in a film that has all the ingredients for something truly clever, yet thinks a little small. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
2.5/4 86% The Vanished (2018) A fairly straightforward remake of a Spanish thriller... which is surprising since its increasingly byzantine revenge plot feels uniquely South Korean, as does the fluid mix of tones and genres. It's also fairly engrossing and unpredictable - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2018
2/4 79% Blue My Mind (2017) Brühlmann has enough stunning images in her that it's a shame she defaults to a muted, pseudodocumentary European aesthetic, which exposes some feeble writing to the harsh light of interrogation. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
2.5/4 No Score Yet We Could Be Heroes (2018) The assertive bittersweetness of this coda is refreshing in itself, even if it leaves the movie tonally askew. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2018
3/4 23% The 15:17 to Paris (2018) The 15:17 to Paris is vital filmmaking almost in spite of itself. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2018
3.5/4 100% Golden Dawn Girls (2017) Every Nick Broomfield-esque cut to Bustnes's look of constipated despair holds up a deadpan mirror to the viewer, providing that spoonful of gallows humour that makes the bleakness go down. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2018
2/4 70% Happy End (2017) Happy End plays like an arrangement of scenes deleted from [Michael] Haneke movies real and hypothetical; Loose Ends would've been a more fitting title. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
2/4 57% Manhunt (2013) One of the central pleasures of genre cinema is running your fingers along well-worn grooves, but while Man Hunt trots out a lot of chestnuts, it's the film's tendency to burn through them with bemusing haste. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
1.5/4 89% Bodied (2018) What you need to know about this movie is that it's loud, and long. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
1.5/4 28% Suburbicon (2017) The best parts are obviously the Coens' and the worst parts are obviously director George Clooney and co-writer Grant Heslov's. Trouble is, the best parts aren't that great and the worst parts...yikes. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
2.5/4 87% Euthanizer (Armomurhaaja) (2018) Some part of me couldn't wait to forget Euthanizer, and the film, for all the ghoulish residue of its subject matter, hasn't put up much of a fight. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
3/4 70% Water and Sugar: Carlo Di Palma, the Colours of Life (2016) What emerges is a portrait of a natural born shooter and an absolute savant for colour photography who warrants consideration as an auteur in his own right. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2016
2/4 48% Sadako Vs Kayako (2016) Not a particularly clever or imaginative film--that much is clear from its pathetic rendering of the Sadako video--and most of the titular battle is deferred to a sequel. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2016
1/4 62% Carrie Pilby (2017) Carrie Pilby is as synthetically directed as it is written, and the performers struggle. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2016
3.5/4 87% Jackie (2016) Every scene is kind of perfectly-honed. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2016
2/4 81% Colossal (2017) Oscar is such a thorough portrait of toxic masculinity that the movie hardly has time for anything else. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2016
2.5/4 47% The Bad Batch (2017) Did I mention the soundtrack is great? - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2016
3/4 91% Certain Women (2016) Typically uneven for the anthology genre, if also typically successful in that the good counterbalances the bad. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2016
2.5/4 91% Elle (2016) Verhoeven, Argento with a brain... - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2016
1/4 43% In the Heart of the Sea (2015) There's hardly a genuine moment, and a framing device only adds another layer of dramatization to something that already plays like a big-budget History Channel re-enactment. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2016