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Ed Gonzalez

Ed Gonzalez
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
No Score Yet Masters of Horror (2007) On numerous levels, Schmidt has created a Masters of Horror that counts as an out-of-body experience. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 21, 2015
No Score Yet Masters of Horror (2006) The short is distinguished by its main character's anguish and Brad Anderson's understanding of how people cope with pain, finding substitutes for their loss in the world around them. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 21, 2015
No Score Yet Masters of Horror (2006) Dario Argento's exploitation nerve twitches unlike ever before, which is to say gore hounds will be pleased. Then there's the bad. Raccoons? Sentinels of the Lost City? That's not even the worst of it. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 21, 2015
No Score Yet Masters of Horror (2006) Joe Dante is deeply attuned to the way the story's crisis messes with humanity, forcing us to make startling concessions. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 21, 2015
No Score Yet Masters of Horror (2006) Pushed forward by ever-shifting tonal and emotional gears, the surface of the film itself evokes the story's obsession with the metamorphosis of body, spirit and sexuality. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 21, 2015
No Score Yet Masters of Horror (2006) Larry Cohen works on an elemental level to evoke a doctrine of just equilibrium spread out across the film's scenes. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 21, 2015
No Score Yet Masters of Horror (2005) Jenifer's auteurist stamp is most visibly felt in its frills and flourishes. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 21, 2015
No Score Yet Masters of Horror (2006) Everything you've heard about this Masters of Horror episode, which was too violent for Showtime to air on cable television, is true, though I imagine some of its carnivalesque gore may even come as a shock to Miike cultists. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 21, 2015
3/4 91% Sunshine Superman (2015) The film's images, so continually heartrending so as to never become redundant, effectively function as visual proselytizing. ‐ City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
Posted May 17, 2015
1/4 48% Ride (2015) Throughout, Helen Hunt obsequiously tends to her character's evolution as a parent through a flagrant indulgence of sitcom-ish scenarios. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 27, 2015
1.5/4 58% Maggie (2015) Its only claim to uniqueness becomes running the standard zombie narrative through a Hallmark-card filter. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 25, 2015
2/4 55% The Age of Adaline (2015) Less a sincerely kooky elegy to lost time than a slightly off-kilter acting out of familiar rom-com bona fides about commitment-phobes missing out on life. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 22, 2015
2/4 93% Slow West (2015) The film is a pageantry of pseudo-art poses, a self-consciously cool reorientation of the western as silly symphony. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 21, 2015
2/4 22% Little Boy (2015) It conveys life experience to such a sentimentalized degree that the world comes to resemble only the sham of a Norman Rockwell painting. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 18, 2015
1/4 26% Child 44 (2015) The film is at once devoted to corroborating and casting an exaggerated light on Soviet paranoia and the state's rhetoric of unmasking its enemies. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 15, 2015
1/4 36% Beyond The Reach (2015) If all a movie needed was a boy with abs and a gun (or slingshot), then Beyond the Reach would be a masterpiece. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 12, 2015
1.5/4 30% Lost River (2015) The story, more a tangle of violent, symbolic gestures, regards economic exploitation with fetishistic, impossibly overdetermined abandon. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 7, 2015
1.5/4 32% Desert Dancer (2015) The film's relentless turning of its characters' experience into platitudes and homilies is served for our too-easy consumption. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 5, 2015
2.5/4 72% 5 to 7 (2015) Ironically, the Victor Levin film's mildness turns out to be its most engaging quality. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 30, 2015
2/4 93% Ex Machina (2015) In the end, more than just the machine remains an enigma. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 19, 2015
.5/4 0% The Walking Deceased (2015) This juvenile horror-comedy spoof is primarily, if unintentionally, a cautionary tale about the perils of allowing brahs to make movies. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 13, 2015
2.5/4 97% It Follows (2015) Though visionary, David Robert Mitchell's film abounds in undigested ideas and dubious sexual politics. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 9, 2015
2/4 27% Tracers (2015) The lusterless camerawork keys itself almost empathetically to the drab reality of the film's spaces, settled and unsettled alike, but it can't enliven the hackneyed plot. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 4, 2015
1/4 14% The Lazarus Effect (2015) David Gelb doesn't evince so much as a single compositional sleight of hand, merely delighting in turning lights on and off and watching Zoe appear in random places. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 25, 2015
1.5/4 32% Wild Card (2015) The action-movie pyrotechnics succeed only at reinforcing Simon West's macho bona fides and condescendingly forcing Jason Statham back into his wheelhouse. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 25, 2015
1.5/4 21% Alien Outpost (2015) The film splits its time evenly between half-heartedly pretending it's an allegory for our current war on terror and pretending that it's not. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 25, 2015
97% It Follows (2015) Though visionary, It Follows abounds in undigested ideas and dubious sexual politics. ‐ House Next Door
Posted Jan 24, 2015
.5/4 10% The Boy Next Door (2015) Rob Cohen's The Boy Next Door flips the gender switch on Fatal Attraction and calls it a day. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 21, 2015
.5/4 16% Strange Magic (2015) As juvenile and frivolous a wish-fulfillment fantasy as one might expect from the visionary behind the lightsaber and Princess Leia hogtied to Jabba the Hut. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 21, 2015
1.5/4 32% Dark Summer (2015) The cacophony of visions, broken mirrors, and mutilations only points to the ghost in the machine respecting The Craft as its spirit animal. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 4, 2015
2/4 21% The Woman in Black 2 Angel of Death (2015) The film ends up cheapening its sense of empathy in its final mad rush to subject audiences to every incarnation of the jump scare imaginable. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 31, 2014
1.5/4 78% [REC] 4: Apocalypse (2015) Whatever scant insight the prior films offered into Spain's waning Catholic belief has now been entirely replaced by fascist, cartoonish shows of wish-fulfillment prevarication. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 30, 2014
1.5/4 88% Still Alice (2015) Julianne Moore and Kristen Stewart's artful consideration of familial friction acerbated by disease, and vice versa, nearly saves Still Alice from the banality of its Lifetime-movie execution. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 3, 2014
1/4 34% Horrible Bosses 2 (2014) If your answer to the question "When are rape jokes funny?" is anything aside from "never," the good news is that you may still find a lot to hoot over throughout the film. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 24, 2014
3/4 95% A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014) To dismiss it as simply an act of hipster appropriation is to cop out, because appropriation is the film's thematic meat. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 16, 2014
2/4 29% Dumb and Dumber To (2014) There's much more plot floating around during the sequel, all leading up to a climax at the "KEN Conference" that suffers in comparison to Silicon Valley's mockery of the same milieu. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 13, 2014
2/4 90% The Imitation Game (2014) Given the liberties the film takes, it's surprising that it refuses to penetrate Alan Turing's carnality and allow Benedict Cumberbatch to truly wrestle with the torment of the man's sexuality. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 27, 2014
2/4 77% ABCs of Death 2 (2014) Irony is a popular pose struck throughout these shorts, which are less revealing of the existentialist despair that death often rouses than they are of their makers' prejudices. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 26, 2014
1.5/4 33% Exists (2014) In the wake of Bobcat Goldthwait's Wolf Creek, Exists's metaphorical ambitions are as under-realized as its story-circumscribing use of found footage. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 19, 2014
1/4 23% Dracula Untold (2014) It's a story arc that wouldn't be out of place on Game of Thrones, except it lacks for the HBO program's dense and surprising dramatic reflexes. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 8, 2014
2.5/4 88% The Good Lie (2014) This is a Hollywood-delivered chronicle of the immigrant experience that earns its justification through good will and tact. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 2, 2014
.5/4 25% The Hero of Color City (2014) No cartoon has ever conveyed the struggle for self-actualization with such an inexpressive sense of imagination as this cheap and glorified babysitter. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 30, 2014
2/4 88% Gone Girl (2014) There's a comic streak to the film that suggests David Fincher may understand the material as trash, but it's the kind of affectation that only reinforces, rather than dulls, its insults. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 26, 2014
3/4 97% Two Days, One Night (2014) The Dardennes believe in human value and social order being rooted in a sense of solidarity, a staggering consciousness of community that brims with a sensitivity to place, movement, and emotion. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 21, 2014
3/4 90% The Guest (2014) David's perversity as a character is mostly disarming for how it illuminates the sadness with which a foe can so readily be confused for a savior. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 13, 2014
1.5/4 41% Tusk (2014) It suggests the worst possible gene splice of a barbed Terrance and Phillip South Park appearance, Fargo's blithe condescension, and the smuggest of Quentin Tarantino pastiches. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 10, 2014
2/4 79% The Theory of Everything (2014) Meticulous in its adherence to conventional narrative inducement, this biopic only offers a sanded-down and embossed vision of Stephen Hawking and Jane Wilde's 30-year marriage. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 10, 2014
2/4 28% At The Devil's Door (2014) An accumulation of dread in search of a properly fleshed-out screenplay to sustain it, the film plays like a show reel for writer-director Nicholas McCarthy's considerable craft. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 8, 2014
2.5/4 67% Dolphin Tale 2 (2014) Writer-director Charles Martin Smith's tin ear for dialogue and contrived symbolism is as unmistakable as his enormous heart. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 6, 2014
1.5/4 63% The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them (2014) The film abounds in excruciatingly obvious, often precious, articulations of grief, where armchair philosophizing volleys back and forth with punishing abandon. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 6, 2014