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
84% The Patience Stone (2013) The process is all too artificial, ultimately doing a disservice to those whose lives it attempts to reflect. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2021
77% Ain't Them Bodies Saints (2013) Everything is relentlessly grim and dour without earning the weight to make that mean something. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2021
32% Austenland (2013) Unfortunately, Hess and company weren't nearly as interested in Austen as they were in a thousand other boring romantic comedies. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2021
79% You're Next (2013) Laughs are only a fraction of the responses you'll hear if you see this with an audience, which I suggest you do. Applause, gasps, cheers, whatever sound people make when they are grossed out; not a scene goes by without a hearty reaction from the crowd. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2021
91% Mother Of George (2013) Dosunmu and editor Oriana Soddu are clearly fans of Young's work as well, since they choose to let each shot linger. The film's laconic cadence is enchanting at first but eventually the pace begins to betray the thinness of the material. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2021
58% Bad Milo! (2013) Take it from me. Bad Milo is one problem you should ignore. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2021
79% Don Jon (2013) Gordon-Levitt makes his point well in a lively, funny and very promising debut. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2021
76% Kill Your Darlings (2013) Without wasting any time whatsoever, Krokidas falls victim to the glassy-eyed hero worship that causes people to think that any figure they admire must always have been extraordinary at every moment. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2021
84% The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete (2013) Confoundingly, though, there are so many storybook conveniences getting us the these points that any moment of honesty is a drop in the ocean... - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2021
89% Blue Is The Warmest Color (2013) Blue Is the Warmest Color may not be a sweeping, Technicolor epic but it comprises the entire length, breadth and depth of a single relationship from love to sex to food to heartbreak and back to love. What could be more epic than that? - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2021
50% Escape Plan (2013) The problem is that everything else, including characterizations, motivations, humor, a sense of place and a point of view - all the things that are a part of a complete and balanced feature - is empty and mind-numbing... - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2021
93% Knuckle (2011) Knuckle allows you to spend an hour and a half inside a ceaselessly captivating world you likely didn't even know existed. That alone is worth something. It's unfortunate that Palmer wasn't interested in doing more with what he had, though. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2021
70% Carnage (2011) That script is partly to blame for the problems, as well, but the actors aren't helping matters. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2021
50% My Piece of the Pie (2011) Whether or not it fully works is questionable. In my opinion, it does not really, growing a bit exaggerated even for the world Klapisch has laid out. Yet the final act does make good thematically and, depending on your politics, quite satisfyingly so. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2021
89% Misha and the Wolves (2021) ...there's something disingenuous about how Hobkinson organizes the information; he's like a huckster, leading us around by the nose. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2021
96% Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) King and Bobbitt love the faces of their stars-even as they intentionally struggle to keep Daniel Kaluuya's face in frame during his energetic speeches-in a way that feels like a throwback to star-driven movies from the 90s. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2021
94% Pleasure (2021) It preemptively deflates the argument that the industry has safety nets in place by dissecting how legal protocols do more to shield the (mostly male) higher-ups from liability than the women from trauma. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2021
76% Prisoners of the Ghostland (2021) Sono seems to be making that argument that, if given a chance to make a movie, why not squeeze everything out of that chance that you can? - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2021
69% Land (2021) Land makes an austere argument for the responsibilities we owe to one another as human beings. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2021
100% All Light, Everywhere (2021) ...Anthony appears (or does he?) to argue that if we can't trust our own eyes, we certainly can't trust the mechanical ones we've developed to do the watching for us. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2021
70% A Glitch in the Matrix (2021) A Glitch in the Matrix makes the case that not being able to tell the difference between life and a videogame doesn't mean life isn't real. It means that the videogame is. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2021
76% Eight for Silver (2021) There's more to like than not in Eight for Silver. It's just a shame it ends on a misplayed note. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2021
94% El Planeta (2021) Ulman recognizes that her characters belong to a new economic anxiety, the push to hustle while maintaining the illusion that you live a life of leisure. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2021
81% Wild Indian (2021) A story with ideas as big as these on its mind sometimes requires metaphors to make sense of them. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2021
79% In The Earth (2021) From hanging flaps of skin to noodly entrails to impaled eyeballs, those who like a bit of splatter with their scares will be well-served. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2021
56% John and the Hole (2020) Is it possible that, for these folks, this harrowing experience might count as the warmest bonding experience they've ever had? - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2021
86% I Was a Simple Man (2021) ...uniquely metaphysical, devastating and beautiful. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2021
87% Censor (2021) ...the terror comes from Enid's decreasing ability to tell reality from her creepy, bad trip nightmares. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2021
95% CODA (2021) The tearjerking moments arrive in waves in Coda's final act but, because they're come by so honestly, each swell and crest are welcome. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2021
100% Kong shan ling yu (Raining in the Mountain) (1979) It's so good it's practically a spiritual experience. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2021
45% True Story (2015) Unfortunately, all the fine work being done by Hill and Franco is, in effect, bulldozed by Goold and David Kajganich's screenplay... - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2021
92% Ex Machina (2015) Ex Machina does much more than simply put the audience on edge, although it sustains that feeling expertly. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2021
85% Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) Cohen is an activist comedian, to be sure, but he does better when pulling things out of people than when pushing things onto them. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2021
81% Over the Moon (2020) Fei Fei's journey, no matter how fantastical it gets, is never less than obvious about its being a parable. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2021
100% Nationtime (1972) ... almost everything said, every grudge aired, every injustice decried are still sickeningly relevant and familiar. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2021
46% Immortals (2011) Singh's aesthetic makes for one of the most intriguing applications of 3D in this new era of the format. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2021
63% Truth (2015) Truth would rather pay lip service to big ideals like the commercialization of the news as a means of distracting us from the real truth... - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2021
74% The Keeping Room (2015) The Keeping Room, the contemplative and assured new thriller from Daniel Barber, sets its odd tone from the first scene, a bleak, bizarre, violent and strangely beautiful bit of wordless cinematic table setting... - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2021
88% Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon (2015) Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead is a fun sit with a group of funny people... - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2021
100% Something Better To Come (2015) It will shake you and give you hope at the same time. It is one of the best films I've seen this year. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2021
93% Frame by Frame (2015) Photographs help us learn of their stories by simply accounting for their existence. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2021
93% A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story (2015) What an inspiring woman. What a beautiful woman. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2021
72% Everest (2015) Everest is a slow burn of a movie but it's one that proves to be worth it. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2021
80% The New Girlfriend (2015) Wasting too much time on trying to hit the full gamut of Claire's possible emotions is what drags the film down from what it has the potential to be. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2021
71% Paulette (2013) Like the characters in his movie, Enrico thinks we're all idiots. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2021
87% Meet The Patels (2015) Meet the Patels, at its best, profoundly depicts generational difference not as rebellion but instead pinpoints the bittersweet feeling of surprise when you realize you don't want the same things you were led to believe you did. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2021
35% Dragon Blade (Tian jiang xiong shi) (2015) ...it would be misleading (if gracious) to focus only on Dragon Blade's handful of redeeming aspects. In total, it's a ridiculous drag of a movie... - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2021
79% Z For Zachariah (2015) Paradise has been poisoned. Z for Zachariah deftly makes the argument that perhaps that is what has to happen for humans to thrive. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2021
91% The Gift (2015) Even more unfortunately, after having seemingly committed to a darker, more psychological and more character-focused direction, [it] returns to basic schlock in the overblown and credulity straining finale... - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2021
82% Entertainment (2015) Entertainment is a film that hearty and curious viewers will return to time and again in an attempt to parse its meaning... - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2021