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David Bax

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

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
No Score Yet Softness of Bodies (2018) Blady and Nekrasova refuse any temptation to hint at some heart of gold lying under Charlie's stony facade. Love her or hate her, she probably doesn't care either way, as long as you're unhappy.‐ Battleship Pretension
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
50% The Wedding Guest (2018) Each next turn is so thoroughly telegraphed that it wasn't until the end that it dawned on me I was supposed to be wondering if one of the leads was playing the other and, if so, which one.‐ Battleship Pretension
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
90% Climax (2018) Gaspar Noé's Climax is a Gaspar Noé movie, by which I mean that it delights in thrilling you as much it does in shocking and upsetting you.‐ Battleship Pretension
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
88% First Man (2018) Even when Chazelle's not using literal point-of-view shots, he still favors close-ups and elevates the sounds of ragged or labored breathing. Before First Man is a narrative film, it is an essentially experiential one.‐ Battleship Pretension
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
79% Her Smell (2018) It's captivating but Perry rightly takes his time cluing you in to what it's all for. Be assured that the debauchery and the tantrums and the cruelty and the irresponsibility are pointing toward something.‐ Battleship Pretension
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
92% Burning (Beoning) (2018) Burning is many things-a thriller, a mystery, a comedy, a tale of unrequited love-but all of it builds toward a crushing, existential masterpiece.‐ Battleship Pretension
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
79% 22 July (2018) Greengrass' other films in this tradition are interested in how human beings react in the face of unimaginable horror. 22 July is only interested in itself and all of its verite draping can't obscure its underlying, speechifying hokum.‐ Battleship Pretension
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
73% The Happy Prince (2018) Everett tips the movie over into ridiculousness when he starts making barely veiled allusions to Wilde as a Christ-like figure. I don't know if it's hilarious or unnerving to think that Everett must think of himself that way too.‐ Battleship Pretension
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
No Score Yet Splinters (2018) If you're the type of person given to eye-rolling, you'll probably do so here. And yet, despite some rough patches, the movie's pure charm often prevails.‐ Battleship Pretension
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
93% 3 Faces (2018) 3 Faces flirts with the fish out of water comedy of these two big city folks in the country (they literally speak different languages) but its observations are too incisive and sobering to produce many laughs.‐ Battleship Pretension
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
75% The Image Book (Le livre d'image) (2018) Godard's use of auditory force is as much structuralism as it is showmanship. Force, in fact, is the watchword of The Image Book, and not just the physical kind.‐ Battleship Pretension
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2018
70% Assassination Nation (2018) Satire is usually associated with humor but Assassination Nation is an unrelentingly sad and fatalistic version of the format.‐ Battleship Pretension
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
59% Willard (1971) Mann's shoddy staging, haphazard framing (he seems to be allergic to close-ups) and low-contrast lighting sap the drama and tension from most of the movie. The ending is cool, though.‐ Battleship Pretension
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
47% The Sentinel (1977) The Sentinel never misses an opportunity to deliver something unexpected.‐ Battleship Pretension
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
78% 306 Hollywood (2018) Maybe the Bogarins keep pulling new tricks out of their bag to distract us from the creeping suspicion that this is all just exploitation of a dead woman's private life.‐ Battleship Pretension
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
53% Sunset (Napszállta) (2018) In 2015, Nemes made a film about one of history's most incomprehensible atrocities and was heavily awarded for it. This time, he seems to have cut out the middleman and made a film that serves nothing so much as his own ego.‐ Battleship Pretension
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
100% Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang (2016) Yeoman wisely draws his camera back, framing the presentations as if they were paintings, only occasionally allowing us to peak up close as one might do when standing before the work of an Impressionist master or the like.‐ Battleship Pretension
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
64% Lizzie (2018) Lizzie ultimately does more for history, women and cinema with its devotion to the muddiness of morality and the clarity, however fleeting, of love.‐ Battleship Pretension
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
98% Science Fair (2018) As long as we adults don't stop them, these kids will literally save us all. What's cooler than that?‐ Battleship Pretension
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
46% Where Hands Touch (2018) Though lacking much of the grace and strength of Belle, Asante's crowning achievement to date, Where Hands Touch is another stirring reminder that people of many, varied backgrounds have lived, felt, loved and suffered throughout history.‐ Battleship Pretension
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
94% Mandy (2018) At its core, despite being unreservedly far out, Mandy is a pretty conventional revenge story. But Cosmatos has taken those conventions back to their primordial state, fashioning something that goes deeper than the archetypal. It's downright mythical.‐ Battleship Pretension
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
86% Colette (2018) Such is the strength of Westmoreland's confidence, a sure hand that, along with two terrific lead performances, shines through every frame of Colette.‐ Battleship Pretension
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
100% Gloria Bell (2018) Gloria is as much in control of her own life as she is able to be. We should all be so blessed.‐ Battleship Pretension
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2018
67% Kursk (2018) The right of Vinterberg to relate this story is debatable but the narrative seems so specifically critical of Russia that one wonders if it could even be made there in the age of Putin.‐ Battleship Pretension
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2018
78% Mouthpiece (2018) Like the ideal version of their mother these sisters carry in their heads, there's a better version of Mouthpiece that was never uncovered.‐ Battleship Pretension
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2018
82% Loro (2018) Where Il Divo's abstraction of Andreotti's political career bordered on the impressionistic, Loro engages with its subject's psyche and motivations directly.‐ Battleship Pretension
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2018
76% Dogman (2018) Garrone excels at gradually increasing his vice grip on an initially joyful, humanist milieu.‐ Battleship Pretension
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
84% Monsters and Men (2018) It sets itself apart, though, by not dramatizing the issues themselves but rather focusing on the individual fallouts felt by those in the afflicted demographic.‐ Battleship Pretension
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
91% Kusama: Infinity (2018) You'll come away from it having learned something but probably not having been moved by it.‐ Battleship Pretension
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
95% Bisbee '17 (2018) This is, in large part, a documentary about its own making, openly welcoming questions about how much the presence of Greene and his crew are influencing what they capture.‐ Battleship Pretension
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2018
65% The Little Stranger (2018) Though the scares are probably too late to arrive and too few in number to satisfy genre acolytes, the clues as to where the story is headed come early. ‐ Battleship Pretension
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
86% Peppermint Soda (1977) Peppermint Soda is a stellar example of the coming-of-age format.‐ Battleship Pretension
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
82% Juliet, Naked (2018) Juliet, Naked is aiming to be a coming-of-middle-age movie but, really, it seems to be too little, too late. These people need to just grow up already.‐ Battleship Pretension
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018