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Fred Topel

Fred Topel
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
50% Can't Buy Me Love (1987) Sadly, I feel the message of Can't Buy Me Love is more relevant than ever. Hopefully it shows young viewers that they can empower themselves if they're surrounded by adults who look the other way when they're being mistreated.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2017
31% Rapid Fire (1992) Lee is embracing his Chinese side (his mother is American) unobtrusively to the main attraction: Look at the star power of Brandon Lee.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2017
48% Pet Sematary (1989) As a metaphor for the terrible decisions people make and never learn, Pet Sematary maintains a building sense of dread. ‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2017
20% Death Sentence (2007) Death Sentence shows there's even more to [revenge] than your own downfall. The cycle you get into spirals out of control. Perhaps it's more emblematic of Gandhi's statement 'an eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.'‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2017
85% It (2017) It makes me nostalgic for when I used to get scared by movies because I don't anymore... But man oh man, It captures how it feels to be a scared child.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2017
82% Brad's Status (2017) Fortunately, Brad is not a real person and he stops existing as soon as credits roll. Hopefully viewers can identify his destructive habits and avoid repeating them. Don't be that guy.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2017
30% Inconceivable (2017) The Hand That Rocks The Cradle with a surrogate!‐ Nerd Report
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2017
55% Elizabeth Blue (2017) Captures Elizabeth's schizophrenia in a way as unique as every patient's own condition.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2017
79% The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) The Spy Who Loved Me had me at hello with the famous pre-title sequence culminating in the ski jump off the mountain. ‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2017
78% A League of Their Own (1992) A League of Their Own is about looking back on a special time in your life. That doesn't have to be sports. ‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2017
4% Cool World (1992) Without understanding the motion control cameras and all the other subtle techniques Roger Rabbit employed, it's amateur hour.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2017
25% Universal Soldier (1992) One of my favorite Van Damme movies, and now it's his best franchise.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2017
88% RoboCop (1987) Robocop will always be a vital story. Whether a corporation brings us back from the dead with cybernetic technology or just sells our social media activity to their clients, they cannot own who we are.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2017
71% The Living Daylights (1987) While the film seemed relatively modern well into the '90s, now it is a bygone era for which I'm nostalgic.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2017
73% The Lost Boys (1987) The Lost Boys fulfilled my recurring fantasy about having an adventure with my friends. ‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2017
38% Sharknado 5: Global Swarming (2017) Franchise Fred approves Sharknado 5: Global Swarming. Theatrical movies should have this much fun, and take the absurd this seriously. ‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2017
79% Brigsby Bear (2017) Brigsby Bear lacks the maturity to portray its subject matter with the depth it requires.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2017
40% Death Note (2017) Devilishly gory with a macabre sense of humor.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2017
92% Dunkirk (2017) Being as objective as it is may ultimately rob the film of some of its potential for emotional impact, but there is no denying Dunkirk is unlike any war film we've ever seen. ‐ Nerd Report
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2017
89% Girls Trip (2017) The Bridesmaids ain't got nothin' on these girls... The funniest movie of the summer.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2017
49% Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) The film wears its heart on its sleeve, for better and worse. For better, it is very anti-tyranny. For worse, they really lay on Valerian's womanizing thick.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2017
92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) A Spider-Man movie trapped in an Iron Man movie.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2017
92% Face/Off (1997) Everyone remembers Face/Off had awesome action and great performances but those weren't even the film's strongest asset. What makes Face/Off a profound film is how both Sean Archer and Castor Troy adapted to each other's lives.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2017
93% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) It would be a bold, daring, heavy drama even if it were humans. The fact that it's apes only makes it more extraordinary.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2017
98% The Big Sick (2017) Anyone who's dealt with an extended hospital stay on either side will relate to this. Hopefully people who have been fortunate enough not to spend time in a hospital will be able to relate to what it's like just waiting, not knowing, not being told.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
69% Annabelle: Creation (2017) Annabelle: Creation is full of terrifying creepy imagery, and it's great at teasing the audience with buildup.‐ Nerd Report
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
15% Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) In trying to connect all five films while moving forward, The Last Knight is all over the place but every place it goes is worth visiting. ‐ Nerd Report
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2017
21% The Book of Henry (2017) The Book of Henry is more P.S. I Love You than 13 Reasons Why.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
78% The Beguiled (2017) When romantic entanglements begin, it's too sudden. None of the characters had developed those feelings for more than one scene each.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
45% Rough Night (2017) Shows that funny women trying to get out of trouble is just as funny as the traditional dude bro comedy. It shouldn't have to be said, but since some people are keeping score it's nice to have a win. It's this summer's Bad Moms.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
68% Cars 3 (2017) I would love to say one of these movies is the fastest, most furious Pixar movie but they can't even give me that! It's right there! ‐ Nerd Report
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2017
88% It Comes At Night (2017) It's bleak, man. It's bleak.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2017
86% Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (Captain Underpants) (2017) The whole movie breaks the fourth wall so it should be no surprise when the other three walls go down too.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2017
92% Wonder Woman (2017) Her sincerity and compassion are her greatest super powers of all.‐ Nerd Report
Read More | Posted May 30, 2017
46% Volcano (1997) Volcano was really ahead of its time and time still hasn't caught up. In Volcano they thought of ways to stop the lava. They weren't going to give up L.A. You don't cast Tommy Lee Jones as the chief of emergency services and ask him to run.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted May 23, 2017
57% Lethal Weapon 3 (1992) While I'd loved Sarah Connor and Ripley before her, Lorna Cole became the number one heroine I'd wish to save me as a dude in distress.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted May 23, 2017
53% The Lost World - Jurassic Park (1997) The Aliens of Jurassic Park movies.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted May 23, 2017
18% Baywatch (2017) Unlike the great movies based on TV shows, Baywatch never decided if it was making fun of the show... or celebrating it... It doesn't so much try to have it both ways as it just doesn't seem to understand there are ways at all.‐ Nerd Report
Read More | Posted May 23, 2017
30% Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) Directors Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg do a great job directing a Pirates of the Caribbean movie. They make the sea look majestic as they did in their film Kon-Tiki.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted May 23, 2017
29% King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017) Cinematic takes on King Arthur have attempted to be realistic, romantic, fantastical and even musical (that one began on Broadway to be fair). King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is all posturing bravado.‐ Nerd Report
Read More | Posted May 9, 2017
68% Alien: Covenant (2017) Alien: Covenant is full of bad decisions, both by the creative team and by the characters themselves. There are good set pieces in Alien: Covenant, but the story connecting them is nonsense. ‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted May 6, 2017
16% The Circle (2017) Drama can warn us in the hopes that some people learn to foresee tragedy and make better decisions.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
83% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) Even the things people liked about the first movie get exaggerated until it's not cute anymore. Since everyone loved the blacklight joke, there are now constant sex jokes. Everyone loved Baby Groot in one scene, so now he's in the whole movie.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2017
100% The Endless (2017) There's no mistaking this is a Moorhead and Benson movie. The meta themes they deal with, imbued with a very real human conflict, and subtle but surreal visual effects have become their trademark three movies into their partnership.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
67% Free Fire (2017) Free Fire knows it's a low budget action movie in a generic warehouse location. It embraces it and really finds fun gags throughout the location. ‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
67% The Fate of the Furious (2017) The Fate of the Furious did everything I want in a Fast and the Furious movie. At this point in the series, it's got some stiff competition from Furious 6 and Furious Seven. ‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2017
73% Gifted (2017) Focusing on making intelligence less scary could go a long way towards showing you can be both smart and compassionate. ‐ Nerd Report
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
37% Smurfs: The Lost Village (2017) The Smurfs began as drawings and animation so they can live here. That doesn't mean they have to be one dimensional.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
45% Ghost in the Shell (2017) The live action Ghost In The Shell is pretty much still anime. Only now the tools of animation make it look photoreal. That, in turn, makes this cyberpunk even more surreal than watching two dimensional drawings.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2017
76% Atomic Blonde (2017) Thank you for finally making LGBT action, and not making it exploitive.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2017