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Damien Straker

Damien Straker
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 45% Storm Boy (2019) Shawn Seet brings a relaxed, comforting atmosphere to Storm Boy by shooting the film on location in the Coorong region and keeping the story brief. ‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
2/5 64% Vice (2018) Aside from Cheney being morally bankrupt, who thought that a man determined to be invisible would make for an interesting lead? It would be like casting Mike Pence in a delightful romantic comedy.‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2018
3/5 87% Colette (2018) It is watchable because of the magnetic leads and the French countryside, but the feeling of imprisonment wears us down long before the end.‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
4.5/5 99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) A deeply humane Japanese film that trusts its audience to untangle its complex, interweaving relationships and the powerful dilemmas that follow. ‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2018
2/5 86% Climax (2019) Climax is a self-indulgent exercise in misery, and an impersonal one because it is so heavily governed by its filmic techniques. The Emperor has no clothes while tripping on LSD.‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
5/5 96% Roma (2018) A rare sense of transcending time and space is apparent while watching director Alfonso Cuarón's autobiographical drama Roma. It is arguably his most mature and delicate work to date.‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2018
4/5 91% Widows (2018) Widows benefits significantly from a very strong script that is rich in theme and character and features sharp and surprisingly funny dialogue. ‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
3.5/5 92% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) Director David Lowery dramatises the story with nostalgia, romanticism and care. ‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
2.5/5 62% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) It is terribly conventional and does not always match Malik's commitment to the wild physicality of this supremely talented artist. ‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
4/5 82% Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) As a example of complacency and activism, I found it darkly funny, but also powerful and occasionally moving. ‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2018
3.5/5 90% A Star Is Born (2018) If Star is drawing the curtain on the self-destructive cowboy figure and is a love letter to a new generation of starlets, it's almost there but not quite at the drop of a hat. ‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2018
3/5 88% First Man (2018) It's difficult for the story to always strike its high notes over a wide time-span, which makes the film pleasurable but inconsistent despite its sensitive approach. ‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
2.5/5 44% 1% (2017) Its failure to find an emotional cushion for us to rest upon, some levity in its mood, detracts from a strong Nable performance and some interesting ideas in a screenplay needing further refinement. ‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2018
1/5 28% Venom (2018) Venom is terrible and the worst film of Tom Hardy's varied career. ‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2018
3.5/5 92% A Prayer Before Dawn (2018) As an immersive audio-visual experience, it's a rather extraordinary technical feat in creating style and meaning from even the most confronting images.‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
3.5/5 88% American Animals (2018) Regardless of the over-speculation, the movie works when it's hilarious and intense because we are invested in the result of the unlikely caper. After a long build-up, it's the boys' actions that matter most. ‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2018
3/5 76% Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018) It is apparent that the film has undergone extensive editing because it feels imbalanced when emphasising Callahan's alcoholism while under-developing and omitting other important facets. ‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
3.5/5 100% Leave No Trace (2018) One of the most gentle and unique films to be released so far in 2018. ‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
3/5 95% BlacKkKlansman (2018) While it is a pity that the story wasn't told with more visual finesse, this is trivial compared to our real-world problems. It takes a good movie to put that into perspective. ‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2018
2/5 49% The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) Spy isn't a movie, but a sideshow brutally dragged out for two hours with content we've seen done before and with infinitely more precision. ‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
3/5 84% The Wife (2018) It is encouraging that the film ends so strongly and that its conclusion perpetuates the type of sympathy that it holds for the character Joan. Otherwise, it wouldn't have been a particularly memorable film. ‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
3.5/5 70% Adrift (2018) The emotional weight of the narrative, the triumph and the sadness, resonates because of Woodley's dominant performance.‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2018
4/5 90% The Breaker Upperers (2018) From the big laughs the film generated, it's clear that Madeleine Sami and Jackie van Beek have a fruitful partnership ahead of them. ‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2018
1/5 46% Skyscraper (2018) What could possibly go wrong for the Rock and this pale imitation of Die Hard? Everything. ‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
4.5/5 95% RBG (2018) RBG taught me a lot about a figure I had previously only known by name. It provides a clean outline of her life story and the historical events that shaped her person. ‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
2/5 63% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) It's the failure of Soldado to employ a hero we can sympathise with that nullifies its ideas and makes the film achingly dull to watch no matter how topical or layered it may seem. ‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2018
2.5/5 91% Brothers' Nest (2018) It's not a flawed movie because its not Kenny. It's because the third act has no rhythm and grows sluggish and purposeless.‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
2.5/5 79% Breath (2018) The movie needed to be balanced by having one or two less surfing scenes in favour of discovering its elusive story hook.‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted May 22, 2018
3/5 85% Tully (2018) Despite the rich setup, the plot is undercooked. It's a cute idea in need of development. The longer it hides Tully's identity the more apparent it is that it doesn't have a story or personal conflict to explore.‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted May 2, 2018
3.5/5 84% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) The major concession is that the film's organic structure and its resistance to showcase one indestructible character adds much-needed spontaneity to Marvel Studios' ageing formula.‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2018
3/5 78% Last Flag Flying (2017) It is funny and well-acted but its emphasis on banter over incident makes it a minor entry in Linklater's filmography.‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2018
4/5 89% Isle of Dogs (2018) The cleverness and the charm of the world means we sometimes forget we're watching talking animals, which is a major attraction of this unique and sometimes hilarious animated feature.‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2018
2/5 35% I Feel Pretty (2018) Its glossiness is what prevents Schumer from utilising her darkest edges, the same properties that have defined her ongoing comic schtick. Now will the real Amy Schumer please stand up?‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2018
4/5 92% The Shape of Water (2017) Del Toro takes the central relationship seriously, and the weight of the villain makes us care for the characters and hope they'll be buoyed by their friendships.‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
2/5 95% A Quiet Place (2018) As it stands, A Quiet Place is muted in form but also in its depth compared to progressive and subversive horror stories from various mediums.‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2018
3/5 96% The Death of Stalin (2018) The Death of Stalin overcomes several obstacles to prove that it is both funny and cinematic.‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2018
3.5/5 92% Human Flow (2017) A humane documentary that opts to spread itself across many different countries and dramatise a visually immersive, ground-level viewpoint of the refugee crisis. ‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2018
3.5/5 84% Game Night (2018) It's an enjoyable snack, and the guests are good company and don't overstay their welcome during a mostly fun evening. ‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
2/5 46% Red Sparrow (2018) Red Sparrow is long, slow and unpleasant to watch. It's best to forget its horrible state and hope Lawrence quickly finds a stronger part that allows her charisma to shine.‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2018
3.5/5 84% The Square (2017) The film is peculiar, funny and baffling, but never superficial. It delves into class, power and cowardice in a similar vein to Force Majeure.‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
2/5 82% Molly's Game (2018) Aaron Sorkin's audio-visual choices are so overwrought they confuse the story and overshadow the actors.‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
1/5 24% The 15:17 to Paris (2018) It marks Eastwood's worst film I've seen at the cinemas and will hopefully be buried before his next project arrives.‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2018
3/5 97% Black Panther (2018) Until the formulaic final quarter, the film is fast, enjoyable and has several funny moments. The main actors are engaging, and its fun being introduced to new faces too.‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2018
2.5/5 88% The Post (2018) It is a strong and important story, but as a film the execution is stagy, convoluted for the first hour, and it doesn't pay enough attention to its leading woman's narrative.‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2018
3.5/5 89% I, Tonya (2018) There is much to admire about I, Tonya but it is also a very gruelling experience to undertake.‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2018
2.5/5 78% All the Money in the World (2017) The film is far less interesting than the scandals surrounding its development. Despite a handful of memorable visual flourishes and some decent performances, it fails to determine whose story it's interested in unfolding.‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2018
3.5/5 91% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) Martin McDonagh's film style, combining ultra-violence and comedy, isn't a gimmick but pertinent in achieving his thematic goal of addressing complicity.‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2018
3/5 49% Downsizing (2017) The script's arching idea is that the world is populated by people who feel emotionally smaller than you because of far graver social problems. Size is relative in this world.‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2017
4/5 96% The Florida Project (2017) Unique is too small a word to describe the filmmaking somersaults Sean Baker has achieved with this excellent coming of age story.‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2017
2/5 30% Wonder Wheel (2017) Sadly, Wonder Wheel is not the film to break Allen out of this late creative rut.‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017