David Bax

David Bax
David Bax's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Battleship Pretension
Publications: Battleship Pretension

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
78% Good Boys (2019) Stupnitsky never lets you forget the movie's title is not ironic; there's never any threat of real moral subversion because these are such reassuringly sweet-natured kids. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
100% Aquarela (2019) Aquarela is a staggering tribute to ... water, which gave us life and which will eventually wash away any trace that we were ever here. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
71% The Reptile (1966) The patience and the slow but steady trickle of meaningful information make the movie as much mystery as horror film and the payoff satisfies both genres marvelously. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2019
81% Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) New elements like a car chase and a Stephen King-esque psychotic bully are unable to meld with the existing material. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
42% The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019) The Art of Racing in the Rain thrives on the strength of Costner's vocal performance. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
88% This is not Berlin (2019) It's as if John Hughes intercepted a screenplay meant for Larry Clark. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
100% The Fate of Lee Khan (Ying chun ge zhi Fengbo) (2019) Hu and cinematographer Tsing-Can Chun display a mastery of the scope frame that's just as evident in the climax's vistas as in the close-ups and medium shots inside the Spring Inn where most of the action takes place. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
93% Do the Right Thing (1989) Lee is far too keyed-in to the human condition to rest on easy, lazy, "can't we all just get along" bromides. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
100% Love, Antosha (2019) The most impactful part of Love, Antosha is the revelation that Yelchin was closer to no one in the world than his "mamoola," who still wears her son's denim jacket, refusing to remove the parking ticket and the condoms from the pocket. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
89% The Flower (La flor) (2019) By the time the thirteen and a half hours are up, Llinás has gone to the ends of esoteric inaccessibility only to remind us of what makes cinema so indelibly popular: Beautiful images of beautiful people just doing things. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
98% Honeyland (2019) Like Hatidze and her bees on the side of a cliff, Honeyland aims for harmony and balance. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2019
94% Mike Wallace Is Here (2019) Mike Wallace Is Here brings to mind Robert Gordon and Morgan Neville's 2015 Best of Enemies: Buckley vs. Vidal, another documentary about smart, combative, charismatic individuals who, by making better TV, made TV worse. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019
92% David Crosby: Remember My Name (2019) Remember My Name is less about the grand life of a rock star than about a man stubbornly refusing to change, even in the face of death. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
100% The Man Who Laughs (1928) Leni's mastery of framing, depth, lighting and blocking are rivaled only by Veidt's performance, a thing of flawless beauty. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2019
99% The Farewell (2019) The Farewell is not designed to send you back out into the world feeling that you've learned or accomplished something but rather that you've only just begun a new relationship with life and death. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
83% The Art of Self-Defense (2019) ...arch affectation ... gets in the way of Stearns' most potent and pertinent ambitions. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2019
93% Logan (2017) It often comes close to superhero greatness but ultimately falls just short, working much better as a character study. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2019
100% Paris Is Burning (1991) Paris Is Burning is a masterpiece that works as well as it does because its point of view is not that of someone instructing the audience like a tenured professor. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
79% Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (2019) In its final passages, Marianne & Leonard gives justice to a woman who has too often been reduced to Cohen's "muse." - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
100% The Return of Martin Guerre (Le Retour de Martin Guerre) (2019) It's fitting that there are so many good performances here since, in the subtext, The Return of Martin Guerre is a film about acting. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
94% The Queen (2019) Frank Simon's The Queen (newly restored and being released theatrically by Kino Lorber) is a shockingly vibrant document of the often forgotten early days of a scene that has grown in cultural visibility in recent years. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
87% Diamantino (2019) Diamantino may toss too many balls in the air to satisfyingly retrieve all of them but that can't rob the experience of its strange, wacky fun. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
100% The Chambermaid (La camarista) (2019) As formally sound and rich as The Chambermaid is, Eve's precariousness is the real, political heart of the movie. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
98% Maiden (2019) Fortunately, the story of Maiden and of Maiden is too powerful and engrossing to be overcome by occasionally banal storytelling methods. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
97% Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019) The film resists analysis in its essayistic plainness. Though Morrison's writing is alive-jumping, soaring and diving deep-Greenfield-Sanders' film lays flat on the surface. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2019
93% Wild Rose (2019) Harper and Buckley know the feeling of having but one small, powerful, anchor to hold onto in your life and, together, they've managed to make us know it too. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
20% Boom! (1968) Boom! comes by its reputation as camp and as a flop honestly. But it's also remarkably self-assured, marching confidently down whatever weird paths it brings itself to. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
86% One Sings, the Other Doesn't (L'Une chante, l'autre pas) (1977) One Sings, the Other Doesn't is at times very funny and at other times very angry and covers a long list of other emotions in between. At its core, though, it's a love story. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2019
80% Late Night (2019) For a film crafted by its star, it's all disappointingly impersonal. It could have used less feel-good and more feeling. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
98% Too Late to Die Young (Tarde para morir joven) (2019) That friction between the beauty of the moment and the crush of the future is a dull, grinding conflict every human being knows and Sotomayor's uncanny ability to tap into it is what elevates Too Late to Die Young to the level of the sublime. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
59% The Fall of the American Empire (La chute de l'empire américain) (2019) Arcand, in the midst of all the lies, theft, murder and torture, insists that there is reason to hope and even maybe room for God in our callous, calamitous present and future. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
58% Farinelli (1994) Farinelli is lush and theatrical in the way you'd expect a movie about an opera singer to be but, somehow, it's also dry and dull. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
94% Tarantula (1955) As much science fiction as horror, the film is stuffed with pseudo-scientific gobbledygook that the cast do a commendable job of selling. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
61% Trial by Fire (2019) The screenplay shows us the investigations of the police and the prosecution first, stacking the deck so far in favor of Willingham's guilt that the eventual turn is blatantly telegraphed. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
100% The Kid Brother (1927) Like some of Keaton's films (The General, Steamboat Bill, Jr.), The Kid Brother is just as much a proto-action flick as it is a comedy. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2019
94% Rafiki (2019) Intelligent, confident and delicate yet powerful, Rafiki may serve as a breakout film from director Wanuri Kahiu, making her second feature. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
68% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Detective Pikachu doesn't suck, which is all that really matters to Nintendo, Warner Bros. and most of the fanbase. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
51% Tolkien (2019) Somewhere underneath the superficial biopic is a story of a promising young student waylaid by the senseless horrors of war. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
86% Get Out Your Handkerchiefs (Préparez vos mouchoirs) (1978) Beware; no matter how much Get Out Your Handkerchiefs mocks the patriarchy, it's far from woke. Maybe that's the point? - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
81% Long Shot (2019) The biggest symptom of maturation since the Apatow years is the two main characters' balance and nuance. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
27% UglyDolls (2019) If I catch you cracking up at the gratingly terrible jokes, I might think a little less of you. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
89% Non-Fiction (Doubles vies) (2019) The brilliant and sneakily transcendent Non-Fiction employs soft, fuzzy 16mm to evoke the plush but weathered, wabasabi aesthetic of the moneyed literati among which it is set. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
100% Knock Down the House (2019) In another decade or so, Ocasio-Cortez and her compatriots may themselves be the establishment. Knock Down the House's legacy may be as an inspiration to the next wave of disrupters, the one that unseats them. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
66% The White Crow (2019) The White Crow never dares to be about anything more than what it's about. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) The mega-franchise's biggest fans will likely embrace the waterlogged sentimentality that pervades the entire three-hour affair. But where does that leave those of us who just wanted a good movie? - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
No Score Yet The Disenchantment (El Desencanto) (1976) It all culminates in an extended showdown between Felicidad and two of her sons that's shocking in its honesty and in how no one ever raises their voices; the Paneros are too sophisticated to yell. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
83% The Body Snatcher (1945) As much as it's a movie about grisly killings, The Body Snatcher is also a movie about class. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
46% Little (2019) Studio comedies generally live and die by their supporting casts-Marshall certainly knew that-but Gordon lets the jokes fall flat in puddles of Central Casting flop sweat. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
62% The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2019) Much like Robert Zemeckis' recent Welcome to Marwen, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote is, essentially, about the ethics of directing movies, of imposing your will on others for the sake of art. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
50% A Dark Place (Steel Country) (2019) A Dark Place is a compelling neo-noir that thumbs its nose at the new American Right. But, more importantly and more powerfully, it's an exploration of victimhood and agency. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019