Derek Deskins

Derek Deskins
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Derek was the only engineer at Northeastern University taking a class on German film and turning a sociology research paper into an examination of Scorsese's work. Now in Austin, TX, he blatantly abuses his Netflix account on the reg, although his List mocks him as it proudly sits healthily above 200. He continues to fight the stigma that being good at math means you are not any no good at writing. I good write, very much.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
44% Little Monsters (1989) It is 100 minutes of nails on a chalkboard and, in a more just world, would have resulted in the end of Howie Mandel's career. - Edge Media Network EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2020
79% How to Build a Girl (2020) With a lesser cast, I may have forgiven its broad sensibilities, but its complete waste of an exceptionally talented troupe of actors feels unforgivable. - Edge Media Network EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2020
60% Project Power (2020) "Project Power" can never stick the landing, wavering in an in-between space: Not crazy enough to be fun, not smart enough to be good. - Edge Media Network EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2020
48% Scoob! (2020) While "Scoob!" doesn't always feel like a Scooby movie or accomplish anything exceptional, it manages to be a welcomed distraction that balances its sense of humor with its more saccharine sensibilities. - Edge Media Network EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2020
90% We Are Freestyle Love Supreme (2020) As a documentary "We Are Freestyle Love Supreme" lacks anything exceptional. But a failure of a documentary is not necessarily a failure of entertainment. Although, that is not true in this case. - Edge Media Network EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2020
57% The Hunt (2020) The writing is hack, sounding more like an anonymous internet comment than how people actually speak to one another. This poorly-written script crumbles under the smallest amount of pressure. - Edge Media Network EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2020
83% The Way Back (2020) Ben Affleck gives a tour-de-force performance that is wonderfully and heartbreakingly subtle. - Edge Media Network EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2020
63% Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) This is a movie that frequently makes jokes at the expense of Olive Garden, while itself being the Olive Garden of movies. - Edge Media Network EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2020
87% Emma. (2020) "Emma." is as much a sweetly funny romantic comedy as it is an utter delight for your eyes. - Edge Media Network EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2020
84% Just Mercy (2020) The resulting movie is a very well assembled cinematic mediocrity. - Edge Media Network EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2020
51% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) When watched with your brain turned off, "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" is an entertaining and action-packed thrill ride. - Edge Media Network EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2020
72% Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) The story is largely nonexistent, as it truly is played like the next level of a videogame. It makes for a pleasing if exceedingly thin and unmemorable final product. - Edge Media Network EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2020
52% Charlie's Angels (2019) While the 2000s-era films were far from cinematic greats, their physics-defying stunts and action set pieces made them something that audiences flocked to. And therein lies the problem with the latest iteration: It's not any fun. - Edge Media Network EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2020
90% Dark Waters (2019) Haynes makes the already relevant tale of an environmental David vs. Goliath absolutely essential. - Edge Media Network EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2020
53% 21 Bridges (2019) The type of movie that you stumble onto partway through and just leave on while you do chores around the house. - Edge Media Network EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2020
80% Jojo Rabbit (2019) Waititi wisely chooses to stay with Jojo's path of growth for the majority of the time, wherein he deftly mixes humor with the struggle of growing up and the occasional note of tragedy. - Edge Media Network EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2020
81% Greener Grass (2019) ...it feels overlong, purposeless, and designed to make you squirm in your seat. - Edge Media Network EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2020
97% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) In his assemblage of the film, Almodóvar imbues "Pain & Glory" with a wonderfully lyrical lilt. He weaves the film's many themes gracefully, with the measured contemplation of a musician putting together an album. - Edge Media Network EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2020
68% Joker (2019) To celebrate "Joker" as the best of the year is akin to telling your friends of all the celebrities you met while walking through Madame Tussauds. It isn't and you didn't. - Edge Media Network EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2020
74% Between Two Ferns: The Movie (2019) The result is that "Between Two Ferns: The Movie" ends up feeling like a knock-off of "The Muppet Movie," with a darker and angrier sense of humor and none of the charm of the muppets themselves. - Edge Media Network EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
3.5/5 93% Sword of Trust (2019) Maron's performance as Mel is wonderful, delicate and dirty, and it elevates the film in every way, feeling like something only Maron could deliver. - Edge Media Network EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
3.5/5 41% Stuber (2019) "Stuber" floats by on its own predictability, seemingly having no desire to do something special or new. - Edge Media Network EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
3.5/5 80% Good Boys (2019) While it begins to sag near its end, mostly due to its penchant to repeat itself, it still manages to feel like something both familiar and fresh. - Edge Media Network EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
3.5/5 85% Villains (2019) There is an almost delightfully breezy humor to "Villains" that helps to propel it through its darker moments. - Edge Media Network EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
4/5 55% The Beach Bum (2019) While "The Beach Bum" does have the guise of a plot, it isn't entirely concerned with doing all that much with it. Instead, it prefers to flit about, hopping from idea to idea looking for whatever could be the best time. - Edge Media Network EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2019
7.8/10 No Score Yet Of Dogs and Men (2016) Of Dogs and Men may make you cry and it will certainly make you mad, but more importantly than anything else, it shows you how to make a change. - Next Projection EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
8.3/10 No Score Yet Jeff Lowe's Metanoia (2014) Jeff Lowe's Metanoia is the type of documentary that captivates your eyes and ears in the most expected of ways but wins over your heart in one that is far more surprising. - Next Projection EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
8.6/10 88% The Big Short (2015) McKay takes his gift for comedy and weaves it into drama like a rich tapestry. - Next Projection EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
5/10 59% Concussion (2015) Concussion had to be good, it had to scare us, and it should have scared the NFL. Instead it just sits there idly in a bed of clichés and manufactured tension. - Next Projection EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
7/10 No Score Yet The Slippers (2016) What is impressive about Morgan White's direction is how the many stories are gently folded in, winning the viewer over bit by bit. - Next Projection EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
8.6/10 87% Everybody Wants Some!! (2016) The comedy comes from a place of reality and even when said reality is heightened, Linklater does it in a way that rolls off your back. - Next Projection EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
4/10 53% Spaceship (2016) Taylor seems bored by his own story and quickly introduces secondary and tertiary characters of diminishing importance to jolt a line that was doing just fine on its own. - Next Projection EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
7.3/10 56% Pet (2016) The tension ratchets up spectacularly and your blood pressure rises in the anticipation of what may lie behind the next corner. - Next Projection EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
5.6/10 83% Thank You, Del: The Story of the Del Close Marathon (2015) The film is endlessly scattered, hopping along from subject to subject as it feels the audience becoming bored and pulling away. - Next Projection EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
5.9/10 86% Loev (2015) Saria's penchant for generating his own faux conflict that arises out of service to the story rather than the characters is his ultimate downfall. - Next Projection EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
7.7/10 94% Little Sister (2016) Add to the well written screenplay a cast that seems catered to this cadence and the result is a family that is almost too familiar for comfort. - Next Projection EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
9.6/10 84% Midnight Special (2016) The story is wonderfully detailed, entertaining, mysterious, and endlessly thrilling. - Next Projection EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
9/10 53% Demolition (2016) It is a role that requires an actor that does more than what is on the page. Something that Gyllenhaal accomplishes spectacularly. - Next Projection EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
8.2/10 75% American Fable (2017) First time feature writer-director Anne Hamilton is staking her claim, this is her style, and you will do right to take notice. - Next Projection EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
9.4/10 100% Orange Sunshine (2016) Kirkley doesn't necessarily want you to feel for his subjects but instead wants you to feel like you are one of them. It is that inclusivity that makes the emotional punches that are eventually unleashed land so resoundingly. - Next Projection EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
9.4/10 93% Hush (2016) I no longer trust a sliding glass door at night. - Next Projection EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
7.2/10 100% I Am the Blues (2015) It is as if as each musician tells his tale and strums his guitar that everything is ok again. The music is their release and all of the sadness comes out in the songs. - Next Projection EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
5/10 73% Headshot (2017) It was as if I opened a puzzle only to find that the majority of the items within the box didn't belong. How do you get a lint covered gummy bear, a harmonica, three bullets, and a corner puzzle piece to fit together? You don't. - Next Projection EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
7.4/10 91% Prevenge (2017) The writing is authentic even when it is ridiculous, but what really shines through is Lowe's dark sense of humor. - Next Projection EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
4.5/10 44% Song to Song (2017) Outside of the more standard Malick-isms, Song to Song also has a troubling relationship with women, making their role secondary to a man's and establishing a mood of objectification. - Next Projection EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
3.1/10 67% The Honor Farm (2017) It's like overhearing a 17-year-old rail on about the complexities of life, having read an introductory book on philosophy but never ventured out of his suburb. - Next Projection EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
8.4/10 77% Small Town Crime (2018) Its twists and turns toy with your emotions and despite its largely familiar story conventions, it never comes across as predictable. - Next Projection EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
9.2/10 78% Atomic Blonde (2017) Theron takes to the fight choreography like a violent fish to bloody water. She is exactingly brutal and nearly balletic in her execution. - Next Projection EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
6/10 69% Free Fire (2017) The problem with Free Fire is that it just doesn't have much more going on in outside of what you see in the trailer. - Next Projection EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
6.2/10 67% DRIB (2017) DRIB is just trying too hard to be too many things, never managing to do any of them all that well. - Next Projection EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018