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Eric Melin

Eric Melin
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 90%

The Guest (2014)

"Barrett and Wingard are more about exploring the wish-fulfillment than getting into any deep psychological warfare. Still, the screenplay knows just when to create more menace and move on, and it escalates the craziness right up to the breaking point." ‐
Posted Feb 28, 2015
2/4 74%

Inherent Vice (2015)

"Anderson is too enamored with his terrific ensemble cast. Perhaps 2 hours 20 minutes were needed for the plot to make any kind of sense, but there still feels like a lot of dead weight, and he is unable to infuse it with the energy of his other films."
Posted Feb 28, 2015
4/5 99%

Selma (2015)

"This electrifying film puts the tension, the fear, the courage, and the tragedy in perspective, and dramatizes it through the struggles of people, not rhetoric." ‐
Posted Feb 28, 2015
2.5/4 80%

Get On Up (2014)

"The screenplay from Jez and John-Henry Butterworth inserts some actual discussion of his songwriting and groove technique, giving the man credit for virtually inventing the funk." ‐
Posted Feb 28, 2015
2.5/4 67%

Jimi: All Is by My Side (2014)

"... an interesting curiosity that takes chances and gets at a certain truth about its enigmatic lead character." ‐
Posted Feb 27, 2015
3/4 51%

The Interview (2014)

"It is indeed a lowbrow comedy, but it's not just some dumb movie - and the fictitious assassination of a living world leader is not even the most dangerous thing about it."
Posted Jan 3, 2015
1.5/4 86%

Top Five (2014)

"When it feels loose and lived-in, it starts clicking into place. But when it pushes its characters toward unearned saccharine, it feels as fake as the industry it's supposed to be satirizing."
Posted Dec 31, 2014
2/4 59%

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)

"The sad irony is that - given the enormous familiarity with Jackson's cinematic Middle-earth and the almost identical structure and conflict of both trilogies - the sixth and final film is a slog of an exercise; one of stubborn inevitability."
Posted Dec 31, 2014
4/5 90%

Wild (2014)

"screenwriter Nick Hornby understands aimless characters, and his script is a skillful balancing act. It undercuts an overly serious tone whenever possible and layers in a poignancy that rarely seems forced. " ‐
Posted Dec 31, 2014
2/4 51%

Unbroken (2014)

"The Hollywood sheen of its early scenes distances the film from connecting, while later attempts to be gritty become repetitive and ultimately deadening. " ‐
Posted Dec 31, 2014
2/4 79%

The Theory of Everything (2014)

"It has the slick sheen of prestige Oscar-bait, and its frustrating that it views this most unique relationship-one which surely has more contradictions and asterisks than 99 percent of marriages-through the same lens of every other rose-colored biopic." ‐
Posted Dec 9, 2014
3/4 94%

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

"It isn't a political film at all. In fact, it draws its power from its simple underdog story and its modern resonance from the fact that little has changed since then. " ‐
Posted Dec 9, 2014
3.5/4 98%

It Happened One Night (1934)

"Viewed even today with all of its plot elements recycled ad nauseam by Hollywood (for rom-coms, road trip comedies, odd couple/buddy films, etc.), the film still holds up because we believe Gable and Colbert and can identify with them both right away." ‐
Posted Dec 9, 2014
3.5/4 95%

Nightcrawler (2014)

"Gyllenhaal's character isn't actually obsessed with real-life tragedy and carnage. Instead, his predatory creep has something else on his mind: success. Lou is a product of his generation - a DIY careerist, unburdened by a conscience." ‐
Posted Dec 9, 2014
4/4 94%

Whiplash (2014)

"Even though the film is laser-focused, both Teller and Simmons reveal a remarkable amount of character depth and shading, elevating the clever screenplay to a challenging statement about modern culture." ‐
Posted Dec 9, 2014
1.5/4 65%

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014)

"Besides being padded with scenes that go on too long and drive home the same story beat that's already been established, Mockingjay - Part 1 is just plain dull. There's only one major plot revelation in the entire movie, and it's obvious from the outset. " ‐
Posted Nov 22, 2014
4.5/5 97%

L'Avventura (1960)

"There are certain things audiences have come to expect from the plots of motion pictures, and even in 2014, L'avventura feels angry and fresh because it upends those expectations gleefully. Being anti-plot doesn't necessarily mean that its plotless." ‐
Posted Nov 22, 2014
3/5 92%

Death Metal Angola (2014)

"... more than a treatise on the origins of this bombastic musical style. It's a story of hope. There's no reinvention of the form here, just a solid documentary on a subject you had probably never thought existed."
Posted Nov 22, 2014
4/5 71%

Interstellar (2014)

"Despite some awkward pacing, easy sentimentality, and pandering it's still hard to resist. It's not just Nolan's ambition that should be admired. He actually pulls off scene after scene of unforgettable drama in colossal scale, both in space and on Earth."
Posted Nov 22, 2014
4/5 91%

Birdman (2014)

"It's a lot of things-a backstage drama, an absurdist comedy, a quasi-autobiographical revelation, a self-aware jab at blockbusters, a wannabe social-media age satire, and a piece of technically superior magical realism-but one thing it isn't, is subtle." ‐
Posted Nov 22, 2014
4/5 95%

Love Is Strange (2014)

"It has plenty of conflict, but is virtually free from the demands of traditional plot-heavy films. It carries the ring of truth at least partially because its subtext is everything, and its scenes are rarely about what they're really about. "
Posted Nov 22, 2014
3/5 78%

St. Vincent (2014)

"If there were a grumpy old man who lived next door to every latch-key kid in America, we'd have a lot more well-adjusted children in the world." ‐
Posted Nov 22, 2014
4/5 98%

Spoorloos (The Vanishing) (1988)

"Sluizer adapted the film, but he takes a more non-linear approach than the book, which heightens the story at strategic moments to build suspense. " ‐
Posted Nov 22, 2014
3.5/5 91%

Frank (2014)

"It's the rambling middle section that sticks out, partially because of an emotionally satisfying final turn that keeps things appropriately dark. Being artistically pure is no simple thing, and Frankis an apt symbol for outsider artists everywhere." ‐
Posted Oct 17, 2014
2.5/4 59%

My Old Lady (2014)

"My Old Lady doesn't break any new ground and sometimes feels too much like a play, but its actors help smooth over some of its more predictable patches with their estimable charm."
Posted Oct 17, 2014
3/5 97%

Pickpocket (1959)

"... it's the strange quality of non-actor Martin LaSalle that sets the film apart. Is he as dead inside as he appears to the outside world? His criminal existence alienates him from the people he cares about even as he continues to pursue it."
Posted Oct 6, 2014
3/4 97%

Insomnia (1998)

"... a paranoid noir thriller in broad daylight, and Skarsgard inhabits his role so naturally that when he starts going off the rails, it's as disorienting as it is disturbing."
Posted Oct 6, 2014
4.5/5 92%

Y Tu Mama Tambien (2001)

"... a coming-of-age film with startling emotional depth and complexity, set against the backdrop of class differences in Mexico."
Posted Oct 6, 2014
2/5 53%

I Origins (2014)

"When it shifts away from the relationship, it really starts to feel forced. You can feel Cahill's hand leading you down the path toward another "discovery," and you can only hope the end will justify the means. Put simply, it doesn't."
Posted Oct 6, 2014
4.5/5 98%

Boyhood (2014)

"It may be two and a half hours, and it may avoid the normal conventions of plot, but it has a weight and substance that feels like nothing else ... a truly singular movie-going experience."
Posted Oct 6, 2014
3/4 85%

The Trip To Italy (2014)

"Better than the first perhaps because the cultural references are tied more organically to the emotional state of their characters. Or perhaps it's because "The Trip to Italy" is just funnier, tighter, and more focused."
Posted Oct 6, 2014
4/5 100%

Vengeance Is Mine (1979)

"The title sounds more like a violent soap opera than a serious challenge to contemporary culture, but that's exactly what it is. Imamura injects an air of inevitability into Enokizu's spree, and projects his own commentary into the situation."
Posted Oct 6, 2014
3/4 83%

Hangmen Also Die (1943)

"An effective cat-and-mouse thriller and a paean to resistance, designed to give strength to those under Nazi rule. For a propaganda movie, it's surprisingly dark and not afraid to show the human cost of resistance. "
Posted Oct 6, 2014
3/5 80%

The One I Love (2014)

"Duplass and Moss have great timing and they pull off some inventive gags with aplomb, selling some of the more heady concepts of Justin Lader's inventive script."
Posted Oct 6, 2014
1.5/4 88%

Gone Girl (2014)

"A trashy, scattershot serial-drama-cum-media satire that's more agenda-based than character-based. One day we'll look back and chuckle at how seriously people took Gone Girl the same way we do now at Fatal Attraction." ‐
Posted Oct 6, 2014
4/5 91%

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

"There's plenty of action, of course, but it's the heart and humor, delivered consistently throughout Guardians of the Galaxy, that make this tongue-in-cheek space opera the perfect fit for the 21st Century." ‐
Posted Sep 19, 2014
1.5/5 32%

The Expendables 3 (2014)

"There are no surprises to be found here. The Expendables 3 is exactly what you'd think it is-a disappointing mish-mash of a throwback, trading in on its star power, with its eye safely fixed on producing more sequels" ‐
Posted Sep 19, 2014
2/5 37%

God's Pocket (2014)

"A tonally scattershot indie film. The biggest misstep of the movie is the trite narration from Richard Jenkins, who espouses a kind of low-level loser pride in his columns for the local paper. " ‐
Posted Sep 19, 2014
4.5/5 86%

Borgman (2014)

"Clearly allegorical, but what exactly it speaks to (some personal version of familial unrest, no doubt) is probably different for everyone. Regardless, it's a fascinating film with darkly comic moments that bears repeated viewings." ‐
Posted Sep 19, 2014
3.5/5 87%

A Most Wanted Man (2014)

"Hoffman's performance is filled with exasperation at a world that refuses to see things the way he does, and he gives profound voice to this commonality amongst us all." ‐
Posted Sep 19, 2014
2/5 41%

Tusk (2014)

"Smith deserves props for following this whimsy all the way through, but all things considered, Tusk is a suspense-less, predictable film that's seriously hampered by a lack of narrative invention and unique style." ‐
Posted Sep 19, 2014
3/4 56%

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)

"... has a slow and natural progression, as Anderson's oceanographer searches for the shark that killed his partner, getting sidetracked by every possible diversion along the way. The diversions are kind of where it's at." ‐
Posted Jul 25, 2014
3/4 90%

Judex (1963)

"Franju's lack of serious coaching in the acting department shows how little he cared for things like motivation and subtlety. Instead he gets his kicks fashioning surreal set pieces that transcend the melodrama that the plot seems designed to support." ‐
Posted Jul 25, 2014
3/4 92%

L'Eclisse (1962)

"Two hours of space between people and space between objects and people," ‐
Posted Jul 25, 2014
3.5/4 66%

The Rover (2014)

"It's not a pleasant movie, but The Rover twists genre tenets to expose the need for connective tissue that lies somewhere beneath the dark depths of men's souls." ‐
Posted Jul 25, 2014
.5/4 18%

Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)

"Transformers: Age of Extinction isn't so much a movie as it is a 165-minute propaganda film made to appeal to the widest demographic possible - but mainly for China." ‐
Posted Jul 25, 2014
3/4 95%

Snowpiercer (2014)

"Snowpiercer alternates between sudden violence, high camp, and heavy-handed political allegory with breakneck speed, and even when its disjoined plot mechanics seem a little too convenient, it's brimming with new cinematic technique." ‐
Posted Jul 25, 2014
3/4 98%

Jodorowsky's Dune (2014)

"Jodorowsky's 'Dune' could probably have never been as good as 'Jodorowsky's Dune'-- a thoroughly entertaining and inspiring movie." ‐
Posted Jul 25, 2014
4/5 97%

Life Itself (2014)

"Plato says that "the unexamined life is not worth living," and this touching documentary makes a powerful statement about a rich life lived at the movies, examining life." ‐
Posted Jul 25, 2014
3/4 96%

Ida (2014)

"What is fascinating is how Pawlikowski reveals so much by simply sticking with Ida and Wanda and acutely observing their behavior." ‐
Posted Jul 25, 2014
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