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Eric Melin

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 90% Captain America: Civil War (2016) "Marvel's response to superhero fatigue, then, is clear: Double-down on character and up the storytelling's short game as well as its long game. It's an old-fashioned strategy, and it absolutely works. " ‐ Pitch.com
Posted May 31, 2016
4/5 91% Green Room (2016) "The setup is straight out of an exploitation film, but the thrills aren't cheap, and there are no plot twists for twists' sake. The action is potent and shocking. " ‐ Pitch.com
Posted May 31, 2016
2.5/4 44% Synchronicity (2016) "Gentry's script plays cleverly within the rules of the sandbox it creates, and its introduction of romantic themes and a fully believable relationship help, but Synchronicity doesn't quite get where it means to go. " ‐ Pitch.com
Posted May 31, 2016
4/5 91% The Witch (2016) "The lack of answers and stifling cultural specificity are what give The Witch its gnawing power. " ‐ Pitch.com
Posted May 31, 2016
3.5/4 96% Son of Saul (2015) "Son of Saul reaches a new kind of complex emotional height I've rarely experienced. " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted May 31, 2016
4/4 89% Brief Encounter (1945) "Brief Encounter makes an illicit love affair more than that, giving the doomed romance more of a soul than a thousand tragic romances since then. " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted May 31, 2016
3/4 83% Midnight Special (2016) "Nichols is in full control of the emotional beats, the raising of the stakes, and the deepening investment by the audience. " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted May 31, 2016
1/4 27% Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) "All of the uber-muscled, color-drained visual and aural bombast in the world can't hide the ugly truth about Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. It's dumb as bricks. " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted May 31, 2016
3/4 82% Pee-wee's Big Holiday (2016) "By its nature, this latest Pee-wee film retreads some of the same material, though in the most respectful way. That said, it does the best possible job rekindling the spirit that made Pee-wee's Big Adventure a timeless delight. " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted May 31, 2016
4/4 98% The Manchurian Candidate (1962) "... what strikes me is the savvy and modern craft of its filmmaking. " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted May 31, 2016
2.5/4 60% Sisters (2015) "... if we're going to have one more dumb man-child comedy, at least this one has Tina Fey and Amy Poehler in it. " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted May 31, 2016
1.5/4 68% The Danish Girl (2015) "Tom Hooper presents a pretty picture and repeats the same theme over and over. Redmayne kind of does the same thing as well, so the film falls squarely on Vikander's shoulders. " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted May 31, 2016
4/4 89% The Graduate (1967) "The Graduate is exciting because it captured a specific moment in time culturally, but within its three main characters, it captures timeless themes of feeling desperate, lost, and confused. " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted May 31, 2016
3/4 No Score Yet Koshikei (Death by Hanging) (1968) " It hits the same note a little too often, but as long as you know that another subversion is just around the corner, you'll be as thrilled by the movie as I am. " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted May 31, 2016
3/4 86% Steve Jobs (2015) "I'm not comparing Sorkin's prose with the Bard's, but using a widely known and culturally important figure as a way into telling stories with universal themes is, well, universal. " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted May 31, 2016
3/4 73% The Keeping Room (2015) "There's not a lot of twists and turns; it's just one sustained mood of dread and and ending that makes puts the entire thing into a wider, scarier perspective. " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted May 31, 2016
2.5/4 75% The World Of Kanako (Kawaki) (2015) "If you can handle the excessive nihilism, The World of Kanako may reveal itself to be something more than just a punishing journey, revealing a family rot that's been handed down from father to daughter. " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted May 31, 2016
4.5/5 97% Gilda (1946) "The limitations of the Hays code forced writers and directors to get creative, and so much of what's really happening in Gilda is buried beneath the surface. " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted May 31, 2016
2.5/4 100% I Am Thor (2015) " It isn't as skillfully put together as the very similar Anvil! The Story of Anvil, but it has undeniable appeal as a strange glimpse of what used to be mainstream and what is now a very small subculture. " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted May 31, 2016
3/4 100% Bitter Rice (Riso amaro) (1949) "There is so much to be learned from Bitter Rice, even today. It is a perfect surprise, proving how important and how much fun it is to discover older movies with fresh eyes. " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted May 31, 2016
3.5/4 89% Experimenter (2015) "... one of the best and most overlooked films of the year ... " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted May 31, 2016
100% The Damned: Don't You Wish That We Were Dead (2016) "People who don't even care about the music will likely find [it] compelling. " ‐ Pitch.com
Posted May 27, 2016
3/4 92% Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) "Maybe the new sequels and spin-offs can be more adventurous, but The Force Awakens had me smiling, reminiscing, and critiquing all at the same time: It hits all the marks, without any real surprises. " ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Dec 18, 2015
4/5 44% Dangerous Men (2015) "With every new minute, there's another head-scratching choice that's bound to elicit some amazing out-loud responses, so this feels like a true party flick. " ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Dec 13, 2015
4/5 92% Beasts of No Nation (2015) "It focuses on one child's unique experience. It's not an issue film - it's a story about a boy who has a rich family life but then tragically loses it all and is left to fend for himself. " ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Dec 13, 2015
3/4 97% Brooklyn (2015) "From a dramatic standpoint, the film's biggest asset is also its biggest challenge: Brooklyn eschews showy conflict in favor of small character moments and a leisurely pace " ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Dec 13, 2015
1/4 70% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015) " I understand that YA books succeed by transposing real teen concerns into life-and-death fantasy situations, but any connection to the characters that existed by the end of 2013's Catching Fire has been stripped away by these plodding Mockingjay movies. " ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Dec 13, 2015
3.5/4 92% 99 Homes (2015) "A breathless thriller with expertly shot "you are there" camerawork and a rising score, but it also comes from moments of conflict that are pitched at a very high level. Emotions are high, lives are at stake, and something is very, very wrong. " ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Dec 13, 2015
2/4 65% Spectre (2015) "Most of the film plays like a game of Connect Four, piling up and grouping together characters and schemes from Craig's last three films in vaguely related ways, in the hopes that the connections to Bond's past will bring them some emotional heft. " ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Dec 13, 2015
1.5/4 34% Our Brand is Crisis (2015) "Instead of a black comedy about powerful U.S.-government employed parasites pulling dirty tricks on foreign soil, we get a silly revenge story about two rivals who are supposed to be really smart - something we rarely see. " ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Dec 13, 2015
4/5 86% Steve Jobs (2015) "Plays fast and loose with the facts, but so did Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar." I'm not comparing Sorkin's prose with the Bard's, but using a widely known culturally important figure as a way into telling stories with universal themes is, well, universal. " ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Dec 13, 2015
4/5 91% Eraserhead (1977) "Linear plots with easily defined cause and effect are the kinds of stories we are used to, but sometimes it's refreshing to enter a world where logic takes a backseat to purely evocative storytelling. " ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Dec 13, 2015
5/5 82% Mulholland Drive (2001) "Because Lynch is playing with archetypes like the wide-eyed innocent, he's able to subvert them with a heightened reality that suckers us in. " ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Dec 13, 2015
4/5 86% Goodnight Mommy (2015) "Franz and Fiala's clever script doles out context in small, strategic doses, and keeps the audience guessing, even as the strange behavior on both sides increases and becomes more squirm-inducing. " ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Dec 13, 2015
4/5 91% Bridge of Spies (2015) "For the most part, "Bridge of Spies" is a sober reflection on America actually living its values and living up to its promise. " ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Dec 13, 2015
2/4 85% The Walk (2015) "Zemeckis jettisons most of the hard edges of Petit's character in favor of a wide-eyed follow-your-dreams story. Rendered in broad strokes, it falls more into the fairy tale category than anything else. " ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Dec 11, 2015
3/4 94% Sicario (2015) "There's not much emotional investment in any of the characters, and the film has little to add to any serious discussion of its subject matter - but as a pitch-black thriller, Sicario succeeds with style. " ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Oct 7, 2015
4/5 92% The Martian (2015) "If there's one fault to find in this inspiring tale, it's that Damon's just too smart and self-effacing to be real. But to say that would be too cynical: a trait this film is hiding away in the same cupboard, thankfully, with all of the schmaltz. " ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Oct 7, 2015
4/5 63% Sleeping with Other People (2015) "Leslye Headland has a knack for taking familiar rom-com situations and injecting into them a hardcore dose of truth. Truth can be uncomfortable, but as this movie illustrates, it can be riotously exhilarating as well. " ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Oct 7, 2015
3/4 76% Steve Jobs: Man in the Machine (2015) "It simply isn't that easy to write off the Jobs' extraordinary drive to succeed at all costs. The difference between Gibney's documentary and other posthumous profiles of Jobs is that it doesn't necessarily maintain a reverential tone toward its subject. " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Oct 7, 2015
4/5 83% Mistress America (2015) "One energizing thing about this film is that it seems to defy any familiar pattern for a brisk hour or so before heading into straight-up screwball farce territory. " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Oct 7, 2015
3.5/4 96% The Look of Silence (2015) "Not as formally exciting as The Act of Killing but because it's so singularly focused, it's a more emotionally engaging story. And because its concerns are different, both films together are a richer experience and provide a more complete picture. " ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Oct 7, 2015
4/5 93% Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (2015) "With the will-they-or-won't-they tension, the densely plotted conflicts that rarely give you time to think, and the fact that everyone on all sides has a reason to stop Hunt, this is a satisfying Hollywood actioner that keeps you guessing. " ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Oct 7, 2015
3/5 25% Terminator Genisys (2015) "It's only when the funny callbacks, clever change-ups, and suspenseful action scenes pause for a moment that the wooden performances of its leads Emilia Clarke and Jai Courtney become a weakness. " ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Oct 7, 2015
3.5/4 98% Inside Out (2015) "A brilliantly visualized concept anchors Inside Out in a way that ensures it will resonate for years to come. Kudos to Pixar for again reminding us that animated entertainment can appeal to all ages and speak to universal truths. " ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Oct 7, 2015
3/4 85% Trainwreck (2015) "Trainwreck still follows lots of typical rom-com formulas, but it also proves that there is still life left in these formulas, as long as there is true chemistry and tiny subversions along the way. " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Oct 7, 2015
3.5/4 84% Dressed to Kill (1980) "A lurid film featuring throat-slashing, overheated lust, and a too-simple reduction of cross-dressing issues for pulpy purposes. But it also uses grand cinematic gestures to relay the dread and guilt of its characters to great effect. " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Oct 7, 2015
1/4 67% The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015) "Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer trade in the same kind of faux-clever one-upsmanship that Holmes and Watson do, with similarly weak dialogue but barely a quarter of the charm. " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Oct 7, 2015
4.5/5 79% Night and the City (1950) "One of the best noirs around ... downward-spiral noir in its purest form, even if it trades the traditional urban landscape of the American city for the mean streets of London. " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Oct 7, 2015
3/4 100% My Beautiful Laundrette (1985) "... unfolds with a refreshing honesty and a sense of surprise to it; being handled more like something embedded within the characters rather than a plot point thrown in just to bring up an issue or an easy conflict point. " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Oct 7, 2015
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