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Eric Melin

Eric Melin
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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 84% 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
2/4 61% Southpaw (2015) Southpaw has that inevitability factor .... it's tough to support a two-hour film when its course seems predetermined and it hits every familiar beat along the way. ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Oct 7, 2015
3/4 81% Ant-Man (2015) One of the biggest pleasures is its overall subversion of the superhero genre. It still feels like a Marvel product, and it suffers from a typically one-dimensional bad guy, but it also has a lot of fun turning expectation on its head. ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Oct 7, 2015
3/4 77% The Killers (1964) This low-budget neo-noir is really a different kind of riff on the Hemingway story's themes and the genre. It also serves as a bit of foreshadowing for Seigel's violent 1971 hit Dirty Harry. ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Oct 7, 2015
3.5/4 100% The Killers (1946) The movie darts around in time, constantly surprising and adding more depth to the character of The Swede. It's a psychological exploration of a man who was so worn down by life that he merely gave up. ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Oct 7, 2015
3/4 100% Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (1970) Moments of pure and frightening clarity, mixed with images that can't be reconciled with any kind of reality. These dreams don't offer coherence, but rather a strong, deep feeling that can take hours to shake. ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Oct 7, 2015
3.5/4 100% Die Brücke (The Bridge) (1959) One of the best anti-war movies ever ... it's unusual to see German soldiers portrayed in a human light, much less courageous teenagers who think they are doing the right thing. ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Oct 7, 2015
2.5/4 32% Chappie (2015) There is something about this messy mashup of Robocop, Frankenstein, Short Circuit, A.I.: Artificial Intelligence, and trashed-up wannabe gangster "zef" culture that just works man, against all odds. Even when it doesn't. Which is often. ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Jun 13, 2015
1.5/4 71% Jurassic World (2015) Commentary on how audiences always want "bigger" over "better" is not enough. It's window dressing. You still have little kids in danger of being eaten by dinosaurs run amok and a guy who thinks he's the Dinosaur Whisperer. ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Jun 13, 2015
3.5/4 91% Love & Mercy (2015) This has to be the best-sounding movie ever made, and like Brian Wilson himself, it's full of naked emotion, while still retaining an air of mystery. ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Jun 13, 2015
3/5 93% Händler der vier Jahreszeiten (The Merchant of Four Seasons) (1971) Fassbinder is going for realism, but almost a heightened, stagey version of it. This strategy makes the film more deeply felt, amplifying the awkwardness. ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Jun 13, 2015
3/4 72% Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles (2014) "Magician" is a brisk documentary that dismantles many Welles myths, some of them by the great man himself - as he tells the same story three different ways in different interviews. ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Jun 13, 2015
3.5/4 100% Le Silence de la Mer (1949) Although the movie's narrative and acting style are typical of older films, "Le Silence de la Mer" has a modern sensibility and feel, embracing subtlety and ambiguity in a way that was idiosyncratic at the time. ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Jun 13, 2015
3/4 97% Limelight (1952) It was Chaplin's last great film, and it showcases not just a love for the performing arts (she's a ballerina, he's a vaudevillian), but also Chaplin's effortless sentimentality. ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Jun 13, 2015
2/4 50% Tomorrowland (2015) When Bird's movie clicks, it's easy to believe that human intelligence and ingenuity can overcome impending global disaster. That's why he should have given his audience more credit and not spelled everything out for them. ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Jun 12, 2015
3.5/4 97% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) Hope is a mistake. But this represents a certain kind of hope that's contagious. As technology continues to improve and digital effects persist, it's refreshing to see an old-school master get back to basics - and use his powers for good. ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Jun 12, 2015
4/5 75% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) Like Greek gods before them, superheroes are our modern myths, so why shouldn't they examine issues of the classic texts in our time? The end credit sequence actually gives this idea a visual corollary, as it shows a giant Hellenistic statue. ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Jun 12, 2015
3/4 89% White God (2015) When it's all said and done, "White God" delivers an indictment of both sides, and its one that, despite its canine (anti-?)heroes, rings with an undeniable sadness and human truth. ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Jun 12, 2015
4/5 95% Wild Tales (2015) I hope that Quentin Tarantino, whose obsession with revenge pictures has started to reveal kinks in his armor, has seen "Wild Tales." While it embraces elements of the spaghetti western as Tarantino's films do, it also finds new ways to explore them. ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Jun 12, 2015
2.5/4 94% The Wrecking Crew (2015) From a narrative standpoint, "The Wrecking Crew" is scattered, which limits its appeal to pop music aficionados. As one of those people, I enjoyed the film despite its lack of forward movement. ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Jun 12, 2015
3.5/4 93% Ex Machina (2015) Garland's film sexualizes Ava to an embarrassing degree, which also is its entire point. His aim is to have his cake and eat it too, with images of female nudity literally created for the male gaze, subverted, and mined for maximum uncomfortability. ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Jun 12, 2015
3.5/4 75% Secretary (2002) Shainberg sets up a restless quality in both characters, and he takes them very seriously but it still comes as a bit of shock to see what is normally considered to be sexist behavior finally and ultimately embraced. ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Jun 12, 2015
3/4 79% Furious 7 (2015) The actors are completely secondary. The hoops they jump through to get to the next action scene are just that. The expositional dialogue [starts] only after the action scene has, because they know we don't care why they're there: We're already with them. ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Jun 12, 2015
3/4 97% It Follows (2015) The only control the teenagers have in the situation is to pass on the curse - and increase their sexual guilt tenfold. It's a brilliantly clean metaphor, not just for sexual nervousness, but also the transience of youth. ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Jun 12, 2015
3/4 96% What We Do In The Shadows (2015) The film has all the low-key charm of a Christopher Guest movie, but it also has the dynamic kick of seamlessly blending its faux-cinéma vérité style with the supernatural. ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Jun 12, 2015
3.5/4 100% Sullivan's Travels (1941) ... the movie road-trips from its scripter's typical cynicality to finding an assured kind of resonance in the third act in the most unlikely of places. ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Jun 12, 2015
3/4 100% Ride the Pink Horse (1947) It shows Montgomery still taking chances, retaining some seriously robust cinematic flair, courtesy director of photography Russell Metty. There are lots of long, fluid takes and a very heavy atmosphere throughout. ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Jun 12, 2015
2.5/4 75% Fellini Satyricon (1969) There's a numbness to the entire cumulative experience. That's where its true effect lies, and Fellini Satyricon is mostly a reminder of how wide open and full of possibility this particular time in cinema was. ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Jun 12, 2015
2.5/4 71% Gone Doggy Gone (2015) A funny, low-budget indie that's at its best when it diverts from what is purported to be the main plot. It proves that Brown and Walter are talented comedic writers who aren't afraid to get more than a little absurd for a laugh. ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Jun 12, 2015
3/4 98% Mr. Turner (2014) Like it's subject, the film has an irascible charm. Leigh strips away the myth of the vaunted artist; the highly evolved being with special knowledge. He also avoids the clichés that come with portraying an artist of Turner's stature. ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Feb 28, 2015
4/5 96% Citizenfour (2014) Movies don't put themselves together. Every moment, every cut, and every camera angle is an editorial choice. So is the structure of the movie, which builds its mix of fear and danger sure-footedly, ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Feb 28, 2015
3/4 88% Still Alice (2015) Moore is the real reason Still Alice works. She's so natural and free of vanity. She doesn't telegraph the tragedy of her situation. It's a quiet performance and the uncertainty of how present Alice is undercuts everything, even the joyful moments. ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Feb 28, 2015
3/4 26% Jupiter Ascending (2015) Obsession with reincarnation, blurry gender lines, alternate realities, and new modes of action are just some of the reasons that its diversions are where its at. They're baked into the movie's DNA, even as the screenplay tries to follow familiar tropes. ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Feb 28, 2015
3/4 86% Die Bitteren Tränen der Petra von Kant (The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant) (1972) On one level, it is an engrossing character study about changing power dynamics in relationships. On another, it's simply a marvel of fluid, focused filmmaking - where everything in the frame is loaded with meaning. ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Feb 28, 2015
3.5/4 96% The Palm Beach Story (1942) It's about as breezy, carefree, and anarchic as romantic comedies get. Full of absurd comedic digressions and bookends that still don't quite make sense, this eccentric road trip comedy would likely never get made in today's Hollywood climate. ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Feb 28, 2015