Douglas Davidson

Douglas Davidson
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Growing up in a household that loved watching movies, it's with little surprise that Douglas found himself drawn to studying film in undergrad and graduate school. Though his professional vocations took him in a myriad of directions, even all the way to Johns Hopkins University to earn an M.A. in Communications -- he's always found a way to work his love of cinema into his life. Created in 2012 as a means of keeping busy, Elements of Madness is now a vessel for Douglas to pour every ounce of geekdom into weekly reviews of upcoming releases and a monthly Coming Soon series. His greatest pride as a writer is his 2016 induction into the NC Film Critics Association, for which he is an active member.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 81% Fast Color (2019) ... don't confuse Fast Color for a standard superhero tale. This isn't a story in which heroes level cities in their quest to defeat evil, but is one of unconditional love, creation, and sacrifice. - Elements of Madness EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Iron Sky: The Coming Race (2019) ... there's something so refreshing, so pure, about the Iron Sky series in what it attempts, that audiences can't help but get swept up in its wake. - Elements of Madness EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2019
4/5 90% Luz (2019) Though there's a split in audiences around what constitutes horror ... the one thing that's agreed upon is that the genre seeks to unsettle and provoke. In this regard, Singer's Luz is an undeniable triumph. - Elements of Madness EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2019
4.5/5 95% Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché (2019) Thankfully, Be Natural offers an opportunity to pull [Alice Guy-Blaché] out of the shadows and back into the light, where future filmmakers and historians can appreciate all that [she] created, paving the way for generations to come. - Elements of Madness EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
4/5 68% Amaurosis (The Unseen) (2019) On the whole, Amaurosis is a uniquely painful experience whose emotional trauma lingers even after it's reached its end. - Elements of Madness EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2019
4.5/5 No Score Yet Origin Story (2019) Starting out with the straight-forward intent of meeting her biological father, Vilaysack finds herself capturing a raw and emotional journey whose answers only create more questions. - Elements of Madness EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2019
4/5 90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Some are already hailing Spider-Man: Far From Home as the best live-action Spider-Man film yet, which is a strong statement. At the very least, it's the best representation of Spider-Man in the MCU ... - CLTure EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
3.5/5 No Score Yet Nothing Changes: Art for Hank's Sake (2018) Hank passed earlier this year and [Nothing Changes] is not a monument to his work, but to the man. It is not for art's sake, but for Hank's, and the sakes of all the generations which will follow. - Elements of Madness EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
4/5 25% Making Babies (2019) In his debut feature film, writer/director Josh F. Huber tackles the issues of infertility head-on in the dramedy Making Babies, making sure to retain the humor and heart present in our everyday struggles. - Elements of Madness EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2019
2.5/5 No Score Yet The Unity of Heroes (2018) The Unity of Heroes may inspire nostalgia in martial arts fans longing for simpler, classic tales of adventure, but it's doubtful this one will satisfy the itch. - Elements of Madness EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2019
3.5/5 46% Dumbo (2019) In many ways, by expecting Burton to hew closely to the source material, the audience jilted themselves out of a fine cinematic pleasure and, by shifting the focus away from Dumbo, Burton and company forgot what makes the original tale so enduring. - Elements of Madness EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2019
4.5/5 59% Ophelia (2019) In the hands of Claire McCarthy, screenwriter Semi Chellas (American Woman), and Daisy Ridley (Star Wars: The Last Jedi) in an emotionally-powered performance, Ophelia makes you believe, for just a moment, that destiny is a thing which can be rewritten. - Elements of Madness EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2019
4.5/5 83% Use Me (2019) Use Me is a mind-warping experience as the line between fiction and real overlaps again and again until no one can tell who is the subject and who is observer. - Elements of Madness EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
4.5/5 100% #LIKE (2019) Though the concept is powerful enough on its own, Pirozek structures the thriller as a film noir, milking the ambiguity for every deliciously agonizing drop. - Elements of Madness EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2019
3.5/5 41% Slaughterhouse Rulez (2018) The women are strong and powerful, the men are malleable, and there's more than a few gory surprises, all of which make for a good time at the movies. That's what it's really all about when it comes down to it: good, cheeky fun. - Elements of Madness EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
3/5 53% The Outsider (2019) Despite [a] stylistic approach to speed through the content, the emotional undertones are deftly presented. - Elements of Madness EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
3.5/5 80% Late Night (2019) Sometimes we could use a break from the heaviness of the world and there's something about an unfeigned comedy that can do the heart good. - CLTure EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
4/5 90% Funan (2019) Bittersweet in its totality, Funan is an incredible journey of the human spirit which is not to be missed. - Elements of Madness EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet New Money (2019) Led by a raw performance from Louisa Krause, New Money is a declarative statement on the complexity of addiction, the unintentional ancillary damage it causes, and the reality that money never equates to a peaceful soul. - Elements of Madness EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
4.5/5 97% Booksmart (2019) Beautifully executed from top to bottom, Booksmart is more than a riotous teen comedy as it explores the complex ideas of friendship, falling in love, and growing up through various forms of self-realization and actualization. - CLTure EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
4.5/5 90% Rocketman (2019) If you're looking for truth, you'll get some, but what Rocketman bestows is more than truth. It's pure musical wonder. - Elements of Madness EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
4/5 83% Funny Story (2019) Even though there's nothing inherently funny about the main story ... Gallagher and co-writer Steve Greene manage to find humor in the humanity of the characters, brought to life beautifully from the whole cast. - Elements of Madness EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
3/5 87% Ladies in Black (2018) Despite its drawbacks, Ladies in Black is a fun, charismatic tale executed by a talented ensemble clearly delighting in their roles. - Elements of Madness EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
4/5 86% Avengement (2019) ... Avengement is a crackling, bone-crunching crime drama which advocates that action films are best left to the professionals. - Elements of Madness EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
4/5 90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) ... Parabellum delivers all the brutal, bone-crunching, Gun Fu audiences desire as the story continues to follow the beleaguered Mr. Wick on his journey through Hell to find redemption. - Elements of Madness EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Extracurricular Activities (2019) Less blood-soaked than you'd expect from the premise, this smart, funny, dark romp won't keep you up at night, but it will delight you from beginning to end. - Elements of Madness EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2019
3/5 50% Stuck (2019) [Stuck] upholds the male perspective while feeding the notion of female weakness. This fact makes a rather charming, well-crafted film hard to bear by its encore. - Elements of Madness EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
3.5/5 67% Just Say Goodbye (2019) Despite its many rough edges, there resides an honesty about the rippling impact of our choices that's undeniably impactful. - Elements of Madness EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
2.5/5 100% Cradle of Champions (2018) ... while the mechanics of Cradle of Champions are strong and the individuals involved are captivating, the documentary as a whole can be hard to engage in without proper foreknowledge. - Elements of Madness EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
4.5/5 95% Shadow (2019) ... Shadow reveals itself to be more than the sum of its parts. The chaos is merely a doorway to balance. - Elements of Madness EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
5/5 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) ... Endgame [is] as much of a love letter to the fans as it is a comic book fan's dream. - Elements of Madness EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
4/5 57% J.T. LeRoy (2019) ... J.T. LeRoy doesn't pass judgement on any of the principals involved and allows the complexity of the situation speak for itself. - Elements of Madness EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
4/5 100% Okko's Inn (2019) With such a brief window to see Okko's Inn, make your reservations now so as not to miss your chance to experience Okko's journey for yourself. - Elements of Madness EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2019
4/5 59% Breakthrough (2019) Like all good stories, inspired by truth or not, the underlying message here is that what brings us together is far more important than what separates us. - CLTure EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2019
4.5/5 88% Master Z: Ip Man Legacy (2019) ... by incorporating entertaining wire work, masterful displays of physical ability, and beautiful set pieces which keep the whole picture focused on the interpersonal drama wherein incredible feats of action are merely a punctuation mark. - Elements of Madness EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
4/5 71% Long Lost (2019) ... [F]or all the slow build-up to the crescendo, Long Lost delivers on the thrills it promises in a way which cannot be predicted and that alone makes it worth the watch. - Elements of Madness EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
3.5/5 No Score Yet The Browsing Effect (2019) Imagine When Harry Met Sally... through the lens of the digital generation and you'll get Michael Feinstein's often charming The Browsing Effect. - Elements of Madness EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
4/5 64% Unicorn Store (2019) ... Unicorn Store isn't just about reclaiming our personal magic, but about looking beyond ourselves to see the magic of others. - Elements of Madness EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
4.5/5 61% The Public (2019) Below [the surface], however, is a weightier story about personal responsibility, social responsibility, and the delicate balance at work to protect the public's trust. - Elements of Madness EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
3.5/5 71% Lost & Found (2019) .... [writer/director Liam O] Mochain's film is a simple, delightful, and often silly cinematic pleasure. - Elements of Madness EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
4/5 91% Shazam! (2019) Impressively, [director David] Sandberg captures the wonder, magic, and inherent danger of these astonishing tales, creating a frequently hilarious, earnest, and adventurous ride. - Elements of Madness EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
3/5 50% We Are Boats (2019) We Are Boats is an intriguing drama more for what it says and, in effect, gets its audience to ponder than for what it does. - Elements of Madness EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
1/5 No Score Yet Boy Band (2019) ... writing duo Stephen J. Levinson and Joel Levinson (who also directs), forgo any sense of ambition of delivering a focused plot, electing instead to connect incoherent scenes through a series of outrageous, yet unfunny scenarios. - Elements of Madness EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
2.5 No Score Yet Rocking the Couch (2019) ... Rocking the Couch only asks [several] questions and provides no solid answers, but as more stories from the past come to light of what was permitted to happen time and again, these are questions worth asking. - Elements of Madness EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
3.5/5 41% The Wedding Guest (2019) Strangely, the further into the film the audience gets, the less tension-filled Wedding Guest becomes, making the conclusion feel both inevitable and uneventful ... - Elements of Madness EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
4/5 69% Triple Threat (2019) As though pumping blood from all the '80s action films audiences loved through an Indo-Chinese POV, Triple Threat's got charm, humor, action, and more heart than you'd expect. - Elements of Madness EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
4.5/5 92% Starfish (2019) As engaging as [writer/director Al] White's slowly paced film is, it's the thematic elements which will haunt you to the last. - Elements of Madness EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2019
2/5 No Score Yet Welcome to Acapulco (2019) Unfortunately, by centering everything on an unlikeable lead [character] who keeps stopping the story for his own needs, all the good gets lost. - Elements of Madness EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
3.5/5 78% Captain Marvel (2019) When all is said and done, Captain Marvel is a damn fun film which gives audiences much of what we need, even if it's not what we want. - CLTure EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
4/5 94% Furie (Hai phuong) (2019) ... [co-director Le Van] Kiet manages to pour on the tension without succumbing to nonsensical escalation, keeping the whole of Furie feeling personal and intimate. - Elements of Madness EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019