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Eric Melin

Eric Melin
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/4 88% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) In whatever category you file it, 2049 is some kind of miracle: Its submersion in Blade Runner's themes and ambiguities, in its essential mystery, feels both familiar and new. And then it somehow goes even deeper. ‐ Pitch.com
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
4/5 95% Brawl in Cell Block 99 (2017) It pushes the prison movie genre to new heights. The fact that there's a very small amount of an original score and a large amount of suspense speaks to Zahler's skill at building and sustaining anxiety.‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
4/5 93% The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017) One could accuse Baumbach of repeating himself, but when the writing and directing is this sharp, who cares? The neuroses and contradictions here become relatable to anyone who's had a difficult time listening to or being heard by their family.‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
4/5 69% mother! (2017) Aronofsky has made something brutal and funny, a maddening prank on those who take their stories too literally.‐ Pitch.com
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
3/4 100% They Live by Night (1948) Maybe because of this close-up strategy, the actors all have a more naturalistic bent than most of the films of the day, opting for a low-key simmering approach. The result is a more intimate portrait of these two lovers.‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2017
3/4 100% Stalker (1979) Aa lengthy, talky quest for meaning, punctuated by long takes and huge moments of silence. Ultimately though, it's a rewarding one for sure, especially once you fall under the spell of its hypnotic filmmaking.‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2017
3.5/4 No Score Yet The Breaking Point (1950) The Breaking Point adapts Hemingway's book and wrings out some genuine notes of solid tragedy, as well as a more nuanced performance from its lead actor. ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2017
4/5 No Score Yet La Poison (1951) An eye-opener. It satirizes the technicalities and inconsistencies of the legal system, as well as society's fascination with crime, and maybe in a reveal of some of Guitry's personal obsessions, also pokes nasty fun at the institution of marriage itself.‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2017
3.5/5 91% Icarus (2017) Icarus is a frighteningly relevant movie that may go a long way toward explaining the danger of any state propaganda machine, whether it targets medals or more.‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2017
4/5 89% Good Time (2017) Good Time is thrillingly alive, both hard to look at but impossible to turn away from.‐ Pitch.com
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2017
3/4 91% Straw Dogs (1971) The questions it raises about sexual consent, masculinity, and humanity's penchant for violence are as urgent today as they were in 1971.‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2017
2.5/4 87% Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk (2017) The film's real triumph is that it tells a cohesive story out of so many jagged parts, and does it with an energy that was reflective of that special moment in time. ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2017
2/4 76% Atomic Blonde (2017) One amazing action scene is a bright spot in an otherwise dull, impossibly contrived spy thriller that's dressed up with a pulsing 80s synth-pop soundtrack and a darkly lit neon setting. ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2017
4.5/5 92% Dunkirk (2017) Nolan's array of unique POV shots and his peerless command of scale relay the terrifying subjective experiences of Dunkirk's characters in a hauntingly visceral way.‐ Pitch.com
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2017
2/4 70% Rumble Fish (1983) The chiaroscuro lighting and shadows are admittedly handsome, but there just isn't enough to keep Rumble Fish afloat in the story department. There's a lot of talking and existential ruminating, but very little forward movement.‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
3/4 88% Good Morning (OhayĆ“) (1959) Good Morning is such a fantastic surprise, and worthy of discussion among any of Ozu's better known dramatic works.‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
3/4 89% It Comes At Night (2017) More than a big-picture, end-of-the-world drama, it succeeds as a grave - and highly confined - journey through desperate emotional states.‐ Pitch.com
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
1.5/4 69% Alien: Covenant (2017) It's not a complete failure, but there's something sadly inevitable about Alien: Covenant. It feels more like an exercise than it does a movie. ‐ Pitch.com
Read More | Posted May 23, 2017
2/4 82% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) Like "Let's Twist Again," it can't play the same familiar chords with lesser lyrics and expect the same results. It isn't quite the revved-up rallying call for outcasts that the first one was, so this sequel is best approached with lower expectations.‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
3.5/4 80% Colossal (2017) Vigalondo challenges audiences to consider the real issues and perspective that lie beneath what's actually happening onscreen. Doing that deepens the experience and makes it a sneakily subversive film that demands to be considered seriously.‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
4/5 92% Woman of the Year (1942) For anyone looking to add a single Hepburn/Tracy movie to their collection, this is the one.‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2017
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 44% 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 76% 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 93% 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 89% 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 35% 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 95% 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 59% 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 91% 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 38% 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 89% 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 46% 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 95% 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 26% 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 91% 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