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Eric Melin

Eric Melin
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 66% The Fate of the Furious (2017) The Fate of the Furious tops its predecessors not in its action scenes, but by applying that familiar, reality-confounding aesthetic to its characters. The result tests the patience like nothing short of a Diesel crying scene.‐ Pitch.com
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2017
2/4 46% Ghost in the Shell (2017) It reduces the philosophical quest for understanding of what it means to be human to a very familiar trope: the search for a former identity. Essentially, the Major is now Jason Bourne - or, more precisely, Robocop, by way of Frankenstein's monster.‐ Pitch.com
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2017
1.5/4 77% Kong: Skull Island (2017) It embodies that American Barnum impulse the original satirized, hoping that a heavy dose of violence and a familiar entity in the title will be enough to pack 'em in. Behold the sad, cynical Kong: First Blood Part II. ‐ Pitch.com
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2017
4/5 92% Logan (2017) Through one simple, emotionally satisfying revelation late in the movie, Logan argues that stories like this - like the Westerns before them - can be culturally crucial because they give us hope when we need it the most. ‐ Pitch.com
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
4.5/5 92% Toni Erdmann (2016) A tragi-comedy, yes. It's also beautiful and unique - art of a high order. In its portrayal of stark philosophical differences, the movie speaks to how people across generations see, and find meaning in, modern life.‐ Pitch.com
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
4/5 90% John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) One-ups the original in almost every way while retaining the original's scrappy spirit & surprising wit - a rare sequel that expands its universe while keeping its new thrills and twists in step with the themes that allowed so much fun the first time. ‐ Pitch.com
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2017
2/5 87% A Monster Calls (2017) It grows more tiresome as it goes on, not just because of the movie's telegraphed structure and all-too-prominent message but also because the stories themselves are not that special.‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
1/4 34% Live By Night (2017) A handsome production shot in gorgeous fashion. But like Affleck's Joe Coughlin - the empty center of this soulless film - it never commits to its most promising elements, never stays in one place, never develops a rhythm.‐ Pitch.com
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017
4/4 96% Manchester by the Sea (2016) The most textured, emotionally complex screenplay of the year, by some distance. Lonergan's filmmaking redefines epic. He has found something big and universal in the small, specific characters he shows us at hauntingly close proximity.‐ Pitch.com
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2016
3/5 85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) For this lived-in universe, Rogue One features some distinctly CGI distractions: revisiting classic characters and resuscitating them 2016-style. It's crude and unnecessary in a film that's otherwise fairly sturdy, if unremarkable.‐ Pitch.com
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2016
4/5 73% Nocturnal Animals (2016) A jarring, uneasy social experiment that dares you to keep watching and subverts traditional 'hero's journey' storytelling modes thoroughly, if very obviously. ‐ Pitch.com
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2016
1/4 61% Allied (2016) There are many unintentionally funny moments in a movie that wants to be taken seriously but is derailed by listless direction, tired acting, and a corny script.‐ Pitch.com
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2016
4/5 90% Into the Inferno (2016) The film captures enough remarkable footage of hot magma bursts and erupting volcanoes to make any straight-up nature documentary filmmaker jealous. But Herzog's interests are cultural. And it's all the more fascinating. as seen through his lens.‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2016
3.5/4 73% Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970) Besides being an addictively entertaining guilty pleasure from beginning to end, it's that rare movie that transcends its opportunistic origins to become a true singularity; a movie like no other.‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2016
3/5 37% Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016) The first Jack Reacher in 2012 was more of a guilty pleasure, reveling in its own trashiness with macho one-liners and over-the-top performances. Never Go Back dials that back a bit and frankly, it's less fun.‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2016
4/5 90% Doctor Strange (2016) ...a surplus of thrilling escapism inside a movie that clocks in at just less than two hours. You wonder why it took the Harry Potter films eight films to get where they were going. ‐ Pitch.com
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2016
3.5/4 79% American Honey (2016) Their freedom on the open road is a ramble, and so American Honey rambles, too. As it should. The movie's cumulative effect is what makes it such a stunning piece of work.‐ Pitch.com
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2016
4/4 89% The Lobster (2016) Lanthimos makes brutal, incisive points to make about the absurdity of coupling in the first place, much less society's view of what makes a perfect couple.‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2016
2/4 47% Free State of Jones (2016) Free State of Jones is a bumpy, imperfect tale of a troubling time in U.S. history, but it doesn't burn with the urgency of say, 12 Years a Slave or Selma.‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2016
3/4 96% De Palma (2016) De Palma the movie makes a good argument for a re-assessment of De Palma the director, an artist whose work remains a fascinating and entertaining study in the public's fickle taste.‐ Pitch.com
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2016
2/4 35% Blair Witch (2016) ... lightning doesn't strike twice in movies, and, paradoxically, the best audience this Blair Witch can hope for is one that its predecessor ensured doesn't exist anymore: people who have never seen a found-footage horror flick.‐ Pitch.com
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2016
1.5/4 25% Suicide Squad (2016) In Guardians and Avengers both, when the team finally comes together, it's big. Cinematic. Triumphant. That same moment in Suicide Squad feels more like the Ben Stiller-led Mystery Men.‐ Pitch.com
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2016
2/4 63% The Magnificent Seven (2016) Fuqua skirts anything remotely interesting from a thematic standpoint, opting instead for a by-the-books modern re-imagining of the genre. Modern as in violent.‐ Pitch.com
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2016
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
Read More | Posted May 31, 2016
4/5 90% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted May 31, 2016
1/4 28% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted May 31, 2016
1.5/4 69% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted May 31, 2016
2.5/4 72% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted May 31, 2016
2.5/4 88% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted May 31, 2016
3.5/4 88% Experimenter (2015) ... one of the best and most overlooked films of the year ...‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Read More | Posted May 31, 2016
100% The Damned: Don't You Wish That We Were Dead (2015) People who don't even care about the music will likely find [it] compelling.‐ Pitch.com
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2015
4/5 91% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2015