Ed Travis

Ed Travis
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Ed Travis co-founded Cinapse after more than a decade of online film criticism. Cutting his teeth at Hollywood Jesus for years, Ed moved to Austin, TX in 2010 to start a career in film. After running ActionFest's blog in 2011, and writing as Terry Malloy at Ain't It Cool News and other sites like CHUD and ScreenCrush, Ed's desire to try his hand at running his own film site took hold. Founded in early 2013, Cinapse is all about film discovery and discussion. Ed lives with his wife Kristina and daughter Abby. He is the Community Cinema Director at Mobile Loaves & Fishes, an organization that feeds the hungry and houses the homeless of Austin.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
No Score Yet The Truth (1960) We've all known a Dominique, or been one ourselves, and Clouzot wrings much humanity out of this tragedy. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
72% Triple Threat (2019) Director Jesse V. Johnson, choreographer Tim Man, and all the stars of Triple Threat are truly showcasing their amazing skill sets in this movie and it's a pure joy to see them all kicking ass together on the same screen. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
100% Booksmart (2019) A raunch fest that pulls no punches and gives us all hope that boundary pushing comedy need not include hate or regressive ideas to be absolutely hysterical. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
92% The Art of Self-Defense (2019) The Art Of Self Defense will handily rank among the best films of SXSW 2019. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
100% Mickey and the Bear (2019) Part coming of age tale, part character study, and part addiction/PTSD narrative, [Annabelle] Attanacio taps into a messy and authentically human space with Mickey and the Bear. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
67% Run This Town (2019) The film makes sure to remain thrilling and somewhat unpredictable, even though the final chapter of Mayor Ford's story is well known to us. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
8% Firewalker (1986) a derivative film that feels slapped together and packaged for quick sale. But that doesn't mean I didn't have a blast watching it. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
87% Escape from New York (1981) Escape From New York fires on every cylinder. It has a killer concept, iconic characters, legendary art design and musical score... - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
29% Skin Trade (2015) If you don't go into it hoping for a revolutionary film, you will find a bunch of fun fights between some of your favorite action icons - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
75% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) For every moment of disconnect and excess, there's a humanizing moment, a hilarious exchange, or a team up crowd pleaser - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
96% A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014) Writer/director Ana Lily Amirpour makes A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night feel effortless and almost even inevitable. Not to mention as cool as anything has been since Pulp Fiction hit. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
31% Screamers (1996) Screamers manages to evolve and entertain throughout. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
88% The Thing from Another World (1951) We wouldn't have much of the great horror of the modern era without such boundary pushing science fiction horror as [The Thing From] Another World - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
No Score Yet Nightshooters (2018) Nightshooters is one of 2019's great action films and... rising star Jean-Paul Ly is someone you'll want to keep an eye out for. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
97% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) If there is any justice, Fury Road will act as a portend not for the demise of our culture, but rather as a shining example of what vibrant, mega-blockbusters can be. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
31% Poltergeist (2015) You can do a lot worse than the new Poltergeist film, but on every conceivable level you can do better by simply watching the original film again. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
38% Scarecrows (1988) the completed film plays out its wacky concept in such a perfunctory way, it feels like a slog while actually clocking in at a brisk 83 minutes. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
72% Jurassic World (2015) Colin Trevorrow proved more than up to the task of creating what is easily the second best Jurassic film. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
79% Dog Soldiers (2002) A top notch siege film a la Assault On Precinct 13 or Rio Bravo or Night Of The Living Dead... only with the best looking non-American Werewolf In London werewolves to date. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
No Score Yet American Ninja 4: The Annihilation (1991) American Ninja 4 has remarkably little to offer barring a horribly executed, but somehow still ballsy, Road Warrior homage and a fumbled team up between two charisma-vacant leads - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
26% Terminator Genisys (2015) The problems with Terminator Genisys are legion; but chief among them is that it is never exciting. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
60% Maggie (2015) Actually Arnold's casting in this role is a remarkable fit, taking advantage of the entire world's expectations and turning them on their head to create something that feels new. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
No Score Yet The Legend of the Lone Ranger (1981) There are enough stunts, explosions, and fisticuffs, captured in classic Hollywood fashion to satisfy any Western fan. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
40% Wild Thing (1987) Fans of Tarzan or Batman or simply 1980s cinema should definitely seek out Wild Thing as a harmless curiosity, if not essential viewing. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
No Score Yet Borderline (1980) Borderline actually creates a few characters with some dimension and avoids villainizing the Mexican immigrants in any way. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
9% Fantastic Four (2015) Outside of the casting, which had such huge potential, and a few character moments that manage to land, Fantastic Four is a roundly inert and pedestrian affair. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
81% WYRMWOOD: Road Of The Dead (2015) Wyrmwood is all about having a kinetic, frenzied, funny, and exciting time at the movies. And it largely achieves that. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
33% Showdown in Little Tokyo (1991) Mark L. Lester's... total inability to restrain himself from pumping up every explosion... and murdering each villain... twice, allows for a hugely entertaining time machine to 1991. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
No Score Yet Wolf Warrior (2015) Between the rampant jingoism and military superiority narrative, the rough effects work, [and] the frequent silliness... I'll stick with John J. Rambo as my go-to elite soldier of choice. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
63% Hell Comes to Frogtown (1987) [Hell Comes To Frogtown will] win you over with its charm, its knowing sense of humor and genre roots, and most of all its secret weapon: the eternally lovable "Rowdy" Roddy Piper. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
No Score Yet Chiisai ouchi (The Little House) (2015) Anyone interested in Japanese cinema and culture, or in sweeping period drama, would do well to give The Little House a watch. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
81% The Assassin (2015) Sweeping, gorgeous, and head-scratchingly inaccessible, The Assassin is a challenging watch that asks much of its audience. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
90% Green Room (2016) Green Room is an uncompromising siege film which, aside from that easy descriptor, defies expectation at every turn and feels like something audiences have truly never seen before. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
82% Tale of Tales (Il racconto dei racconti) (2016) Filled with remarkable imagery and singular, interweaving fairy tales, Tale of Tales is the fabulously weird adult fantasy English language debut of Gommorah writer/director Matteo Garrone - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
91% The Witch (2016) The Witch is visually resplendent, aurally meticulous, and singularly crafted to evoke dread from opening to close. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
91% Bone Tomahawk (2015) Bone Tomahawk is a classic, ensemble Western with a unique genre element thrown into the mix to set it apart - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
92% Beasts of No Nation (2015) Beasts Of No Nation is a masterful film; assured, confident, artful. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
91% Bridge of Spies (2015) Bridge Of Spies is a refreshingly old fashioned and adult-skewing Cold War thriller in an age where that type of film is so rare as to be novel. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
No Score Yet Raven (1997) That the film itself is pretty bad is just fine by me, because I highly enjoyed seeing a swaggering Reynolds at perhaps the nadir of his career... continuing to be absolutely irrepressible. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
17% The Last Witch Hunter (2015) As an exercise in D&D-like world building, The Last Witch Hunter largely succeeds. But as an engaging action movie, it falters. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
89% Dope (2015) Dope is one busy movie, filled to overflowing with adventure, style, young love, and some revolutionary racial and political messages as well. It's wonderful. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
No Score Yet Re-Kill (2011) a frenetic, fast paced, zombie action film that doesn't exactly prove that there's... life left in the zombie subgenre, but does prove it can occasionally be re-animated. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
39% John Carpenter's Vampires (1998) Vampires is a mixed bag. It's clear that John Carpenter is still having fun whilst making this movie. And John Carpenter having fun is something the world generally benefits from. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
95% Creed (2015) A completed motion picture is a work that represents thousands and thousands of creative decisions. It's remarkable how many of those creative decisions Ryan Coogler and his team got right on Creed. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
83% Close Range (2015) Sometimes directors and stars have a magic chemistry that can't be denied; cinematic pairings that seem destined. Now... we can add Isaac Florentine and Scott Adkins to that list. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
No Score Yet Zero Tolerance (2015) There's nothing here that hasn't been seen in dozens of other crime films. We don't care for the main character because all that we know about him, which isn't much, is bad. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
92% Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) This is an emotional film, engaging in some nostalgia, sure, but also breathing life into a franchise that had become muddled and stuffed to the gills with bloat and ephemera. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
92% Sicario (2015) beneath the thrills and the visual artistry, the film refuses to pull back from asking hard questions about our willingness to accept that our home is corrupted, that we are indeed a land of wolves. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
19% Invasion U.S.A. (1985) There may be no greater example of the simpler, more triumphant, and naive cinematic times the 1980s truly were than Invasion USA, in which one single man... could literally save the entire country. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
88% Straight Outta Compton (2015) Immensely crowd pleasing, impeccably cast, visually arresting, stylishly shot, and stuffed to the gills with riotously excellent musical queues, it is easy to fall in love with Straight Outta Compton. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019