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
55% Max Cloud (2019) There are moments when it springs to life as it goes hard on a fight scene... letting Adkins do his thing, or when it doubles down on its 16-bit roots. But there's just not enough here to sustain a feature, unfortunately. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2020
89% The Wolf of Snow Hollow (2020) For Cummings to come along and make something this fascinating and this distinct amidst this well-trodden of a genre truly speaks volumes. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2020
88% THE GODFATHER, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone (2020) This would be a KILLER bonus feature to make yet another physical and digital media re-release of these historic films a must-own. As a solo release, however, Coda is a bust. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2020
83% Ghost Dog - The Way of the Samurai (2000) Ghost Dog has retained all of the cool, the quirk, the profundity it captured in a bottle in 1999... One gets the sense that never before Ghost Dog could this film have been possible, and, never since. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2020
53% Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula (2020) I... felt entirely dialed in to the breakneck action/adventure vibe Yeon was able to achieve with this film and it hit the spot in a most satisfactory way. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2020
82% Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020) I needed the persistent, buoyant optimism of Bill & Ted Face The Music. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2020
No Score Yet Seized (2020) If you want to see Scott Adkins punch, kick, and shoot things... as I do... Seized will have a little something for you. [But it] doesn't achieve the heights of some of [Adkins and Isaac Florentine's] earlier collaborations. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2020
15% The Doorman (2020) The Doorman provides perhaps just enough fun (with Kitamura's style) and flair (with Rose's edgy female spin) to become a mild recommend. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2020
No Score Yet The Invincible Dragon (2019) While [Max] Zhang very much shined as the lead in Master Z, he can't save this outright dud. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
77% The Hard Way (1991) Everyone in the formidable cast of The Hard Way seems to have gotten the memo that this was to be a "good time at the movies". - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
33% Crazy Samurai: 400 vs 1 (Crazy Samurai Musashi) (2020) Crazy Samurai Musashi is an astonishing failure as a narrative feature, but a technical exercise undertaken by a clearly talented crew and star. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2020
No Score Yet Tribal: Get Out Alive (2020) [Zara Phythian] doesn't waste her chance at the lead and cuts quite a striking presence as an ass-kicking heroine with her own agency. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2020
83% Gundala (2019) While slick and well choreographed Indonesian martial arts sequences sure do help... the rest of the film feels very familiar to anyone who's seen even a handful of superhero movies. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2020
No Score Yet Game of Death II (1981) By spinning its own narrative and crafting its own "Shaw Brothers meets James Bond" style, it at least doesn't feel like it has to hide its "not Bruce Lee" protagonist and kill any hope for a few fun martial arts scenes in a classic villainous lair. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2020
50% Game of Death (1978) Game Of Death would be an unconscionable tragedy if it weren't for those glorious moments when the true legend shines so brightly for one last fight. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2020
94% Enter the Dragon (1973) Iconic and record shattering in every way, there's no doubt that Enter The Dragon is the film most Bruce Lee fans immediately associate with him and which largely introduced him as a superstar and cultural icon in the western world. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2020
86% Legacy of Lies (2020) This here is a message movie, a genuine Ukrainian thumbing of the nose at Vladimir Putin, and it's packaged as a Scott Adkins movie loaded with thrills and spills. I can get behind that. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2020
92% Return of the Dragon (The Way of the Dragon) (1974) With the ability to write, direct, and perform, The Way Of The Dragon gave [Bruce] Lee his greatest opportunity to distill his essence down into a motion picture, and the results are absolute dynamite. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2020
81% Fist of Fury (Jing wu men) (1972) Glorious dojo battles with one man versus dozens, expert nunchaku displays, righteous anger, technical prowess... it's all here. If The Big Boss broke Bruce Lee out as a star, Fist Of Fury cemented him as a legend. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2020
73% The Big Boss (Tang shan da xiong) (1972) It's clear why The Big Boss became a smash hit... the unprecedented furious star power of an unleashed Bruce Lee. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2020
100% The Cameraman (1928) The Cameraman is a delightful romp that would easily appeal to folks like me who've experienced very little silent film, and probably appeals to hardcore silent film fans as well (as a lesser known work from one of the era's greatest talents). - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2020
44% I Am Vengeance: Retaliation (2020) Ultimately I was entertained by I Am Vengeance: Retaliation, and I'd recommend it to fans of Stu Bennett or really any fans of bread and butter action cinema. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2020
92% The Deer Hunter (1978) The depiction of Vietnam, and then the subsequent aftermath in the third act of the film, is more potent and visceral because we feel the impact of the war on an entire community, not just on the three men we follow there. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2020
44% Robert the Bruce (2019) As a clear passion project of Macfadyen... it's satisfying to see something so personal as this cross the finish line, make it out to a wide international audience, and ultimately be a film worth all of that investment. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2020
82% Debt Collectors (2020) A fun storyline with a few casting surprises and some (obviously) great action makes Debt Collectors exactly the kind of romp you're hoping for. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2020
96% Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster (2011) Make no mistake, this is a fight movie. An action film. A kung-fu period piece. But Ip Man 2 continues to offer a dramatic framework that is compelling. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2020
100% Better Days (2019) Better Days strikes a hopeful and human note, suggesting that a true bond can stand against the crushing systems all around us. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2020
No Score Yet The Contractor (2007) There's little to recommend here beyond Snipes always being an enjoyable watch and the accidental casting coup of future Game Of Thrones stars in supporting rolls. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2020
37% The Fan (1996) Tony Scott's energetic direction is the outstanding element of The Fan. The guy just makes this otherwise standard fare really pop. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2020
75% The Gentlemen (2020) These are the types of stories that define Ritchie's brand, and I'll always welcome him dipping his toe back into these waters. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2020
90% Blood Quantum (2020) As a unique voice able to tell Indigenous stories with a genre flare, Barnaby has most certainly grabbed my attention and I'll be following his work going forward. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2020
89% 3:10 to Yuma (2007) 3:10 to Yuma is not only exciting, well-acted, and engaging, but it also reveals a deep sense of spirituality; of right and wrong. - Hollywood Jesus EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2020
62% Death at a Funeral (2007) Tudyk's comedic timing and drugged impersonations could have made the whole film, but Death at a Funeral offers a lot more laughs than just acid trips. - Hollywood Jesus EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2020
11% Lake Placid 2 (2007) Do yourselves a favor, skip Lake Placid 2. - Hollywood Jesus EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2020
100% Futurama: Bender's Big Score (2007) I can see why so many fans were created in the short run of this TV show. As I watched and got accustomed to this universe, the laughs really kept coming. - Hollywood Jesus EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2020
77% Sunshine (2007) Sunshine works on every level it strives for. If you come into the film looking for a thrill ride, the chances are good that you will be watching tensely with nothing less than the fate of the world hanging in the balance. - Hollywood Jesus EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2020
62% Day Watch (2007) Although I really struggle to enjoy Day Watch fully, the film is packed with spiritual content that begs to be addressed... - Hollywood Jesus EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2020
71% Commando (1985) Commando was Arnold's baby, his vehicle for bringing his unique brand of action-insanity to willing masses. - Hollywood Jesus EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2020
39% Feast of Love (2007) Feast of Love gives an adequate sampling of what love looks like in many peoples' lives. However, it does not necessarily present the selfless kind of love that will ultimately change our lives and our world. - Hollywood Jesus EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2020
56% Civic Duty (2006) The questions Civic Duty raises are better than the movie itself. - Hollywood Jesus EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2020
2% Strange Wilderness (2008) Strange Wilderness offers little in the way of laughs or depth, but if low-brow comedy is your niche, then you could do a lot worse. - Hollywood Jesus EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2020
12% Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (AVP 2) (2007) What I found was a cruel and brutal yet entertaining romp through the hallowed ground of the Alien and Predator franchises. Or, to put it in another way, this film is about as good as a sequel to a spin-off could possibly be. - Hollywood Jesus EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2020
16% Hitman (2007) The question winks at us throughout the film: who really is the hunter and who is the hunted? - Hollywood Jesus EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2020
54% The Foot Fist Way (2006) The Foot Fist Way has a chance at real cult comedy status. But I would also say that it isn't as incredibly unique as I would have hoped. But as I found myself laughing at the absurdity and the story, I realized I was really engaged by McBride... - Hollywood Jesus EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2020
81% Chicago 10 (2008) Chicago 10 is a clever film, and visually engaging. - Hollywood Jesus EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2020
66% The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008) What works to Prince Caspian's advantage is that these great little actors have grown up some, and we believe they could battle or govern a nation, even if they are still a little bit young. - Hollywood Jesus EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2020
60% Futurama: Bender's Game (2008) Bender's Game is a pretty solid standalone animated comedy feature. - Hollywood Jesus EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2020
87% Kung Fu Panda (2008) Kung Fu Panda is ripe with genuine wisdom, and like any Kung Fu film, it delves into some pretty fascinating spirituality. - Hollywood Jesus EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2020
82% Tropic Thunder (2008) The real lasting appeal of Tropic Thunder won't be the lavish production, but the rich send-up of acting as a profession, Hollywood as a culture, and war films as an inspiration to us civilians. - Hollywood Jesus EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2020
93% Amadeus (1984) Amadeus is a film of high accolade...this film is grand on every level and I'm glad to have experienced it. - Hollywood Jesus EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2020