Bill Watters

Bill Watters
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Bill Watters is a child of the late 70s; he walked into a theater to watch Star Wars, and emerged to become a lifelong fan of cinema and television. Spending nearly a decade as a projectionist, he fell into the Silicon Valley dot-com boom and became a codemonkey for a range of game companies. These days he's a frequent speaker, moderator, and panelist at pop-culture events and conventions, as well as a film and television critic.
Favorites:
As with any fan, there's too many to really have a definitive listing, but among the top that come to mind in film would be Blade Runner, Alien, Lord of the Rings, Mad Max: Fury Road, Man From Earth, Young Frankenstein, Blow Out, The Thing, and The Godfather. For TV, the top shelf would include Lost, Battlestar Galactica (the re-imagined version), Shameless, Deadwood, Rome, The West Wing, and the original Twilight Zone
Location: San Francisco

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
8.5/10 74% Cruella (2021) Disney finally creates a film that actually breathes new life into an earlier animated film, with a result that also stands on its own. - NERDBOT EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2021
7.5/10 91% A Quiet Place Part II (2021) Krasinski manages to coax out more tension and thrills from his new sequel, even through the curtain was fully pulled back on the lurking evil in the first film. It's not as fresh, but still entertaining. - NERDBOT EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2021
5/10 62% Those Who Wish Me Dead (2021) Angelina Jolie, as well as the rest of the cast of characters are performing like they are in a far more compelling film than "Those Who Wish Me Dead" actually is. - NERDBOT EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2021
5.5/10 50% The Midnight Sky (2020) George Clooney stars and directs in this end of the world sci-fi introspection on life. Probably the most introspective of the genre we've seen recently, sadly it winds up being more dull than thoughtful. - NERDBOT EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2020
7.5/10 78% Greenland (2020) Coming after the hot mess that was Geostorm, one might be wary about another end of the world Gerard Butler film. Greenland, however, surprises by being both a fun ride and well executed. - NERDBOT EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2020
0.5/10 20% Breach (2020) A minimal budget does not absolve a film from having horrible direction and writing. This Alien: Covenant /The Thing mash up doesn't serve up anything new, it serves it in an utterly cringe-worthy fashion. - NERDBOT EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2020
7/10 59% Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Patty Jenkins is back with a solid second outing, even if it doesn't achieve the same highs as the first film, it sticks the landing in the third act this time. It is, though, overly-long and needing another editing pass to pull it to fighting trim. - NERDBOT EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2020
8/10 94% Hunter Hunter (2020) Finally in 2020, a minimalist, well crafted, and wonderfully tense thriller. There's been so many this year that have reached for the same bar and wound up being bland, but writer/director Shawn Linden pulls it off. - NERDBOT EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2020
3/5 88% Cuties (Mignonnes) (2020) While it's rough around the edges, and perhaps does cross even the French avant-garde lines, it remains a very raw and unsettling look at what young girls believe to be the path to success and popularity. - NERDBOT EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2020
3.5/5 72% Mulan (2020) Disney's ongoing foray into rehashing its existing classic properties as Live-Action remakes has seemingly done the unlikely with "Mulan," namely by giving its new incarnation a reason to exist. - NERDBOT EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
3/5 83% Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020) Bill & Ted haven't changed very much, and neither has the overall storyline, but in the end, it's a familiar and charming ride. - NERDBOT EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2020
2/5 74% The Rental (2020) "The Rental," is a horror film that unfortunately misses the mark in creating any kind of either tension or horror. When you don't care about the setup, the characters, or the killer. There's not a whole lot left to hang your hat on. - NERDBOT EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2020
100% Ask No Questions (2020) Ask No Questions serves as a cautionary tale about how hard it can be to come to the truth, especially when powerful central governments have an interest in the way the public perceives a given event. - SF Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2020
2.5/5 40% Irresistible (2020) John Stewart remains one of America's leading political satirists, so with his latest film, "Irresistible", it comes as a bit of a shock that it feels pointedly sad and depressing. - NERDBOT EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2020
3/5 75% The King of Staten Island (2020) An imperfect study of imperfect people, but performed very well. Pete Davidson and Marisa Tomei keep the story engaging enough to want to spend a few hours in their company. - NERDBOT EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2020
1.5/5 36% The Night Clerk (2020) For a crime thriller, it's a problem when there's nothing thrilling, and it barely cares about the crime. Its main crime is a great cast, wasted. - NERDBOT EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2020
3/5 72% Becky (2020) A fun mash up of Breaking In, Home Alone, and the feral girl from that episode of Barry everyone keeps talking about. Watching a 14-year old exact her own hands-on vengeance against a home invasion is remarkably cathartic right now. - NERDBOT EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2020
4/5 92% The Vast of Night (2020) After multiple seasons of series like Amazing Stories, Twilight Zone, and Black Spot, it's three freshmen filmmakers who have created something that really captures the essence of those original Rod Serling tales. The others would do tell to take note. - NERDBOT EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2020
1.5/5 30% Bloodshot (2020) When "The Mummy" ran Universal's Dark Universe plans right off the rails and people said, wow we've never seen anything sideline a franchise so quickly? Well here's Columbia Pictures with "Bloodshot" saying, "hold my beer". - Aggressive Comix EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2020
4/5 91% The Invisible Man (2020) Rare is it that one of the classic tales from the golden age gets a solid re-imagining, but this is one of those times. It's a more intimate story rather than madman wanting to rule the world, and it [mostly] works. - Aggressive Comix EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2020
3.5/5 79% Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Birds of Prey has a shaky start, gets a bit too infatuated with its own kitschy conceits, but when it settles in to the characters quieter stories and the main action, it nails it. - Aggressive Comix EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2020
2.5/5 75% The Gentlemen (2020) Guy Ritchie spends far too much time telling the audience how clever he is rather than actually being clever. - Aggressive Comix EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
3/5 47% Underwater (2020) I came out of Underwater quite happy that they kept it moving, tense, and not giving you enough time during its 90 minute length to poke too hard at the story. It's not a great film, but it delivers what the trailers promised. - Aggressive Comix EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2020
5/5 89% 1917 (2020) 1917 does an amazing thing - it reminds us of the wonder of moviemaking in a time where CGI has all be robbed us from the ability to ever be wowed anymore. - Aggressive Comix EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2019
1/5 19% Cats (2019) Ill-concieved and ill-executed, this incarnation of Cats leans in on the effects to the expense of most of the performances. - Aggressive Comix EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
4/5 51% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) [Spoiler-Free] After 42 years, the original saga's story arc has come to a close, and it winds up doing it in a solid (if imperfect) fashion and does so while marching to the beat of their own vision. - Aggressive Comix EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
3/5 71% Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) This time around the novelty has faded, but there's still some fun to be had watching The Rock and friends effectively running around having a great time playing in a LARP. - Aggressive Comix EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2019
4/5 97% Knives Out (2019) If you are a fan of the classic style of murder-mystery whodoneits - Knives out, with a brilliant cast and sharp writing, is a brilliant effort by director/writer Rian Johnson. - Aggressive Comix EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
4.5/5 95% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) It could have been such a caricature of Mr. Rogers, but you find that the central story arc isn't about him, but about an avatar of a cynical-world everyman that the audience can't help but be swept up into discovering there is some good in the world. - Aggressive Comix EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2019
4/5 92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) One might wish that it didn't feel quite so contrived as an award season vehicle, but in the end that doesn't stand in its way of being a really captivating racing and character drama. - Aggressive Comix EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2019
4/5 78% Doctor Sleep (2019) Doctor Sleep succeeds in not trying to improve on its predecessor and instead stands as something different. Best described Doctor Sleep is the Aliens to The Shining's Alien. - Aggressive Comix EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2019
3.5/5 70% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Finally we get a Terminator that can be a respectable sequel to Terminator 2. Davis works solidly along Hamilton as an action hero and the script injects the right amount of humor to keep things moving along. - Aggressive Comix EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
3/5 26% Countdown (2019) With it's PG-13 rating, for a YA audience who still thinks Stranger Things can get creepy, and are looking for a fun time, Countdown is a serviceable bundle of jumps and laughs. - Aggressive Comix EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
4/5 69% Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) This time around the comedy focuses on the people and their relationships more than it does on poking fun at the Zombies, and that keeps it from being just a rehash and elevates it to being almost as fun as Shawn of the Dead. - Aggressive Comix EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
1.5/5 26% Gemini Man (2019) Some impressive de-aging effects can't help save a pedestrian and uninspired "agent wants to hang up his gun peacefully" story. - Aggressive Comix EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
5/5 68% Joker (2019) Once again the role of the Joker gives another actor the role of their career. It's dark, non-comic like, and an amazing experience, though not anything like what we've seen from DC before. And in this case, that's a good thing. - Aggressive Comix EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
3/5 87% Hustlers (2019) A solid cast led by a near career-high performance by Jennifer Lopez is a good character piece, but isn't quite the film that trailers will have enticed people into the theater to see. - Aggressive Comix EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
2/5 38% Angel Has Fallen (2019) The first one was fun, the second started with a bang and left with a whimper, this time they never get off the ground. Mixing in an addiction storyline and then forgetting it halfway through tells you all you need to know. - Aggressive Comix EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
4.5/5 78% Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) So many horror films these days are just thrillers set at night. Or a simple gore fest without little style. With a PG-13, del Toro and team deliver a Ghost Story style of horror and develop a great intro to the genre for a new generation (of all ages) - Aggressive Comix EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2019
2.5/5 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Hobbs & Shaw delivers on the type of film Fast & Furious fans love: cheesy action whose stars have a blast chewing up the sets. It's held back by playing in the spy genre where the John Wick's of the world have already moved the bar far downfield. - Aggressive Comix EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2019
4.5/5 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) It's as self-indulgent as Tarantino has ever been, but at the same time very much still at the top of his game. The only downside being constantly pulled away form a main storyline by knowing a major tragedy could happen at any time right next door. - Aggressive Comix EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
2.5/5 42% Stuber (2019) Fresh by the thinnest of margins. It's fine, not good. Better served as a midweek Netflix watch than heading out to the theater. Saved by the fact that cast is clearly having a great time playing off of each other. - Aggressive Comix EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
4/5 83% Midsommar (2019) Ari Aster is back with Midsommar, and his unique approach and vision to suspenseful horror that he started with Hereditary continues to evolve and for those receptive to his approach, improve. - Aggressive Comix EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2019
4.5/5 90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) The actors have settled into their characters and also grown in their performance chops, and the writers have found a more than serviceable balance between the humor of Homecoming and the gravitas of Avengers. - Aggressive Comix EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2019
3.5/5 63% Yesterday (2019) Yesterday is a charming and heartfelt love letter to The Beatles, and gently guides the magical wish-fulfillment genre of films into some slightly new territory. - Aggressive Comix EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
2.5/5 23% Men in Black International (2019) Fresh but by the very leanest of margins. It's fun, lighthearted fare, but without the edge that made the 1st and 3rd installments so memorable. You'll have fun at the time, but you probably won't remember it by the next day. - Aggressive Comix EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
6.5/10 57% Aladdin (2019) Will Smith holds up better than might have been expected following in Robin Williams shoes. You know a film has an uphill battle when that comparison is the first of many going into a film. - Bleeding Cool EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
6/10 58% Brightburn (2019) What there is, is fine, maybe even good, however like Belko Experiment, it feels like there could have been more depth to the overall experience. And that's a good thing, when you liked it, but wanted more. - Bleeding Cool EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
8/10 89% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) Parabellum is a movie that knows itself, and what an audience wants out of it. As such, it delivers the goods while dialing the headshots to 11 (and maybe even 12). - Bleeding Cool EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
6/10 68% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Yes, it's cute and enjoyable, but never evolves beyond being a showcase, abandoning the established depth of the franchise in favor of a hoped-for accessibility. - Bleeding Cool EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2019