Blake Howard

Blake Howard
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
AU 2UE Radio critic
Location: AU

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
2/4 100% Burning Dog (2020) "Burning Dog" is a video game movie for those already resolute to watching somebody else navigate the game better than they can. It's an experimental whodunnit for the Twitch age. - Graffiti With Punctuation EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2020
100% Cherzoso the Silent Film (2019) Tracy Ann Chapel's "Cherzoso, The Silent Film" is a bite-sized pronouncement of the performative nature of womanhood, a state where silence is intrinsic. - Graffiti With Punctuation EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2020
2.5/4 88% The Dalai Lama: Scientist (2020) "The Dalai Lama -- Scientist" is a refreshing bridge between the theological and scientific that harnesses the purity of that natural impulse to disassemble to see how something works. - Graffiti With Punctuation EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2020
1.5/4 47% Silent Panic (2019) "Silent Panic" is a flawed, found body tale where the prospective impacts of reporting its discovery demolish friendships and the lives of those implicated. - Graffiti With Punctuation EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2020
2.5/4 68% Human Capital (2020) "Human Capital" an expression of American class warfare. An amorality tale of the no-win situation for working-class people, when the wealthy throw money and superiority at the problem. - Graffiti With Punctuation EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2020
3/4 78% Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) In 2020 the tired comic book movie genre needs something wired like "Birds of Prey." It's a crude carnival ride; violent, colourful, with subtle and not so subtle elevated empowerment moments. - Dark Horizons EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2020
4/4 91% The Invisible Man (2020) In the glut of Hollywood reboots, remakes and sequels, Leigh Whannell's new take on "The Invisible Man" comes along and makes a good case for why remakes can work. - Dark Horizons EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2020
1/4 37% Spenser Confidential (2020) "Spenser Confidential" is the movie equivalent of the corpse in "Weekend at Bernie's". It is aggressively bad on almost every conceivable front. - Dark Horizons EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2020
3.5/4 84% The Way Back (2020) "The Way Back" is a triumph as director Gavin O'Connor fashions a tale of the redemptive power of sports and purpose and at its core is a near unbearably personal performance from Ben Affleck. - Dark Horizons EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2020
48% Underwater (2020) "Underwater" is a welcome 90-minute panic attack with Kristen Stewart's great articulation of discomfort rippling in her every expression and action. - Dark Horizons EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
77% Bad Boys for Life (2020) In short "Bad Boys" is incredible. "Bad Boys 2" is insane. "Bad Boys For Life" is an almost instantly forgettable franchise bookend, or is it? Maybe it's time we start reading the title with the upward inflection of Ron Burgundy. - Dark Horizons EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
2/4 70% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) The Terminator Series like The Godfather and The Godfather Part II before it, are burdened by staggering, genre and cinema redefining perfection. The rest of the franchise, including Dark Fate, are frozen. - Graffiti With Punctuation EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
4/4 95% Little Women (2019) Little Women is a triumph. Gerwig is a talent. - Graffiti With Punctuation EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
3/4 96% The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) It's impossible to think of another actor who could pair desperation, care and naked compassion in the way that LaBeouf delivers in this film. - Graffiti With Punctuation EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
3.5/4 75% The Gentlemen (2020) Ritchie knows the rules, knows who he is and owning his storytelling craft - leading to a collision of crassness, class satire and virtuosic application of the word 'c-nt' that I imagine is going to only grow in appreciation with each re-watch. - Dark Horizons EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2020
2.5/4 100% Chameleon (2019) Writer/director and cinematographer Mizelle shows technical aptitude that significantly elevates this tale of morally bankrupt crooks preying on the dysfunctional relations of the wealthy. - Graffiti With Punctuation EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2020
96% The Irishman (2019) I feel like Scorsese's saying, "I am never going back." There's one appropriate response, a devastating, absolute, "yeah". - Dark Horizons EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
94% Marriage Story (2019) "Marriage Story" lingers long and scratches synapses that nudge you back towards a rewatch, but I don't know if I'm ready. - Dark Horizons EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
1/4 26% Rambo: Last Blood (2019) "Rambo: Last Blood" has the earnestness of a eulogy, and it lands like the most inappropriately hilarious roast. - Graffiti With Punctuation EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
2/4 68% Joker (2019) This film is a Joker cosplay more than Joker. A cipher elevated to saviour by the disenfranchised and angry. It's not only a bad joke, but it's also a sad joke. - Graffiti With Punctuation EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
36% 6 Underground (2019) Leave this crew alone to make one of these every year for the next decade. "Fast and Furious" be warned, the Bay is back in town. - Dark Horizons EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
51% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) I detested J.J Abrams' "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" (TROS). It's a shell of a film, more machine now than ever. A twisted wreck of fan service, messy assembly of conveniences, lazy echoes and callbacks crashing into an aborted conclusion. - Dark Horizons EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
56% Locusts (2019) LOCUSTS is director Heath Davis and writer Angus Watts' exhilarating crime thriller. And it's also about orphans in many ways. Orphaned by whom is an important question. - Graffiti With Punctuation EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
77% Doctor Sleep (2019) "Doctor Sleep" is a worthwhile cinematic sequel, that improves on the source by refracting it through Kubrick's superior vision. - Dark Horizons EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
4/4 92% Monos (2019) MONOS takes the audience into the extreme unseen. MONOS is bold, confronting and impossible to forget. - Graffiti With Punctuation EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
2/5 55% Celeste (2018) Celeste creates a part steamy Southern U.S murder mystery, part Greek tragedy in a space suited for a silent retreat. It's ultimately undone by elevating the problems of bored wealthy people into opera. - Flicks.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
3/5 60% The Combination Redemption (2019) Redemption continues in the tradition of its predecessor and prestige TV like East-West 101, provoking the audience with disenfranchised second-generation hostility, honest portrayals of ongoing racial tension and Field's texture of decaying suburbia. - Flicks.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
4/5 100% The Australian Dream (2019) This documentary is fascinating, harrowing and candid, allowing - for better or worse - Goodes to have the final word on his ending. - Flicks.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
3.5/5 38% Point Blank (2019) Netflix's Point Blank is a damn good action movie full of grievous bodily harm. - Flicks.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2019
2/4 60% Ophelia (2019) McCarthy and Chellas' want to elevate Ophelia and demonstrate that the ripples of her life echo into the canonical. Unfortunately, hearty success feels shackled by always defining the eponymous protagonist by what she's not. - Graffiti With Punctuation EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2019
2/5 71% Danger Close (2019) Danger Close stays true to Australian sacrifice but walks a perilous line between honour and amnesia. - Flicks.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2019
4/5 78% Hearts and Bones (2020) Hearts and Bones shows filmmaking restraint. It is poetic and powerful. - Flicks.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2019
2.5/4 54% The Dead Don't Die (2019) The repeated use of the word "ghouls" spoken by Adam Driver is worth the price of admission alone in Jim Jarmusch's delightfully bent tale of the zombie apocalypse. - Graffiti With Punctuation EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2019
5/5 No Score Yet The Final Quarter (2019) This is cinematic napalm. - Flicks.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019
4/4 98% Deadwood: The Movie (2019) We've had our chance to view the resurrection and synthesis of Milch's genius, and once again Al's words are left ringing in our ears. Last time it was don't go, this time it's rest easy. - Graffiti With Punctuation EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
2/4 46% Palm Beach (2019) In 2019, this snapshot of affluence arrives with the stellar timing of Russell Brand's Arthur remake surfing the wave of the Global Financial Crisis. - Graffiti With Punctuation EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
2/4 68% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Pokémon Detective Pikachu has Ryan Reynolds making one of the cutest characters ever conceived say the word "dame" and also "I feel it in my jellies"; that's enough. - Graffiti With Punctuation EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
3.5/4 90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) When the inimitable Tony Scott was eulogised, it was often said that he didn't make action movies, he made action films. Director Chad Stahelski's "John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum" is an action film. - Dark Horizons EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
3/4 90% Arctic (2019) Arctic is an enthralling, matter of fact tale of survival told with a kind of straight-faced defiance. Mikkelsen is a rare performer with the physical and emotional durability to carry the film. - Graffiti With Punctuation EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
3/5 73% Destroyer (2018) Days after viewing, when you're transported to relive the tale conveyed in near still life glares for Kidman, Destroyer becomes a movie that overcomes the leading character's stupidity, distracting make-up, romance novel cover flashbacks. Just. - Flicks.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
4/5 87% The Sisters Brothers (2018) The Sisters Brothers pits abused, impulsive and damaged men whose currency in the world is an aptitude for killing against men of ideals, science, courtesy and reflection. They aren't burdened by being required to tell you something pretty. - Flicks.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
3/5 62% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Mary Queen of Scots is an alternate history that takes ruling out of the throne room and settles the fate of Britain in carefully worded letters, portraits and calculating gestures of friendship, set in the confines of spaces associated with women. - Flicks.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
4/5 95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) If Beale Street Could Talk it may not arrest you quite like Jenkins' Moonlight, but it will haunt you. - Flicks.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
3.5/4 97% Free Solo (2018) I cannot remember a time that I've ever sweated so much watching a film. I squirmed in my seat trying to have as little of my body touching my seat as possible. - Graffiti With Punctuation EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
3.5/4 93% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) David Lowery's cinematic farewell to one of the greatest living movie stars, Robert Redford, is an utter delight in every conceivable way. - Graffiti With Punctuation EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Watch The Sunset (2017) "Watch the Sunset" is an anxiety-inducing single take film that uses its form to amplify the dramatic stakes. - Graffiti With Punctuation EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
4/5 95% Burning (Beoning) (2018) Director Chang-dong Lee's "Burning"; a scintillating masterwork of class warfare, contemporary existential pressures and an agonising pursuit for truth in the haze of manipulated perception; contains a single staggering scene. - Graffiti With Punctuation EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
3/5 75% Swinging Safari (2019) If you need a way to laugh at all the reasons you're deficient, or to examine why your white Australian friends are the hot messes they are, grab your sluggers, lather up that body in oil, spark up a dart and laugh. And, hopefully, don't cry. - Flicks.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
5/5 96% Sweet Country (2018) Warwick Thornton's outback morality tale, Sweet Country, combines exquisite visuals of Australian landscapes with a script that dabbles as much in mythical justice as deeply specific ideas of what this country is made of. - Flicks.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
3/5 92% Brothers' Nest (2018) Brothers' Nest is a well made, nasty piece of work. - Flicks.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018