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
4/5 67% 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 25% 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 88% 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 39% 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 79% 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 62% 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 57% 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 90% 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
6.5/10 51% Tolkien (2019) A great showcase of mapping the iconography of Tolkien's life experiences to his writing, but it never really takes us into knowing more about the man. - Bleeding Cool EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2019
8.5/10 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) A grand finale that almost lives up to the anticipation levels that have built up around this monster set of stories. - Bleeding Cool EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
4.5/10 17% Hellboy (2019) Hellboy is a Good Film Trapped in the Body of a Terrible One. It almost manages to escape a few times, but then gets beaten back down to Hell. - Bleeding Cool EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
5.5/10 57% Pet Sematary (2019) 30 years after the last time it was in theaters is a solid outing, but fails once again to capture the point of the original story- reducing what could have been great to simply serviceable. - Bleeding Cool EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
7/10 93% Us (2019) Jorden Peele has appeared on the scene as a master of atmospheric dread and terror, and it's that skill that saves 'Us' from a week (even by horror standards) storyline. - Bleeding Cool EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
7.5/10 78% Captain Marvel (2019) 'Captain Marvel' is Imperfect, Sardonic, and Every Bit the Success it Needed to Be - Bleeding Cool EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
7.5/10 92% Fighting with My Family (2019) Another sports/entertainment centric rags to hero story; it's been done, right? Well here it is again, but this time out it's one of those rare times where it's done really, really well, and with more heart than you can throw a stick at. - Bleeding Cool EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
7/10 61% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Is it a great manga to screen adaptation, no, however it is a perfectly fun ride for a few hours that you won't wind up regretting dropping $15 on. - Bleeding Cool EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
2.5/10 70% Isn't It Romantic (2019) When a film winds up shaming its own audience for enjoying the genre its trying to send up, you know there's going to be problems. There might have been a fun idea in here once, but it didn't make it to the screen. - Bleeding Cool EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
6.5/10 20% Polar (2019) It's just fine if you're in the mood for watching Mads Mikkelsen not going down without a fight in a fun but uninspired blend of Smokin' Aces and Leon the Professional. - Bleeding Cool EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
5/10 37% Glass (2019) Unfortunately the possibility of a great film is overpowered by the filmmaker's excessive self-indulgence and a patently unremarkable third act. - Bleeding Cool EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
6.5/10 63% Bird Box (2018) A character and cast-driven end of the world film that delivers with a slow-burn intensity that never pushes as far as it's inspired premise could have, but it's still a fun Christmas surprise from Netflix. - Bleeding Cool EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2018
8/10 92% Bumblebee (2018) Basically just good enough to let us forgive all of the Transformers films since the '86 original. Hailee Steinfeld carries it as the best human lead in the films yet. - Bleeding Cool EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
7/10 65% Aquaman (2018) Aquaman gives Warner Bros. another base hit for the DCEU, but it might have been better served by making it a Mera-centric film with Aquaman as a supporting player. - Bleeding Cool EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
4.5/10 47% Skyscraper (2018) John McClane called, he'd like his storyline back now. - Bleeding Cool EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
7/10 73% Prodigy (2018) Prodigy winds up being one of those rare indie thrillers which succeeds through solid writing and a great central performance. - Bleeding Cool EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
2.5/10 25% The Nun (2018) The Nun winds up being a mash-up that's far more dead than alive. - Bleeding Cool EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
4/10 15% Robin Hood (2018) Robin Hood is a film for those who found 2017's King Arthur just too historically accurate. - Bleeding Cool EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
8/10 89% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) Who knew we needed to see the Disney Princesses as the Avengers, well in Ralph Breaks the Internet we did, and it's pretty dang cool. - Bleeding Cool EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
6.5/10 27% Mortal Engines (2018) Go into "Mortal Engines" keeping in mind that it's a fantasy rather than science-based sci-fi, and you'll find a beautiful world and enjoyable ride. - Bleeding Cool EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2018
9/10 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" is the first comics-inspired film to truly bring the heart, look, and feel of its source material to the big screen. - Bleeding Cool EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2018