Jarrod Walker

Jarrod Walker
Jarrod Walker's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): FILMINK (Australia) FilmFocus
Biography:
New Zealand born and Australian raised, Jarrod Walker’s 34 years on this planet have consisted of many hours spent in darkened theatres and many wasted evenings duelling wits with video store clerks. He’s put his obsession to work and has been known to write and direct short films as well as unjustifiably critiquing his betters in his capacity as contributor for FILMINK magazine. He abhors all forms of film snobbery (except his own) and feels at ease with his penchant for Michael Bay films and his predilection for Werner Herzog documentaries, Stanley Kubrick and anything directed by Sergio Leone. He wrestles with the meaning of David Lynch’s fascination for doppelgangers and often ponders the potential of a big screen version of MacGyver. He has recently made a foray into writing comic books and resides in Sydney with his girlfriend and an attitudinal cockatiel named Spike.
Location: Sydney, Australia

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
10/20 45% Fatman (2020) ...isn't as funny or edgy as it needs to be. - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2020
15/20 62% American Dharma (2019) ...it feels right that Morris allows us, the viewer, to draw our own conclusions on the destructive nature of Bannon's social and political ideas. - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2020
15/20 99% Miss Juneteenth (2020) ...nuanced and authentic performances... - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2020
7/20 62% The Secrets We Keep (2020) Character motivations (lacking the requisite nuance and doubt needed for this type of tale) are confused and all-too convenient, at times they're even straight up implausible. - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2020
5/20 59% Fatima (2020) ...presents us with a story that is baffling superstitious twaddle, expecting the viewer to go on the ride. - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2020
14.5/20 70% 23 Walks (2020) The real joy of this tender love story is in its details, the beauty in the mundane, the quiet pain of those yearning for companionship and friendship and the silent power in a simple story about two elderly people walking their dogs. - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2020
15/20 No Score Yet Master Cheng (Mestari Cheng) (2019) ...akin to the tone of Lasse Hallstrom's output (Chocolat comes to mind), though the level of treacly emotional manipulation and twee is nowhere near as assaultive; it prefers instead to take the audience on a gentler ride. - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2020
15/20 92% The Assistant (2020) The quiet power of The Assistant lies in its nuance... - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2020
20/20 99% For Sama (2019) ...a singular experience... intimate and shattering... a monumentally moving testimony. - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2020
15/20 83% My Hindu Friend (Meu amigo Hindu) (2020) ...surreal, reflective (though never sentimental) with Fellini-esque flights of frank sexuality, eroticism and existential whimsy... - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2020
15/20 86% Dying to Survive (2019) ...vitality and humanity, coupled with a universally engaging premise... - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2019
15/20 76% Dragged Across Concrete (2019) Where most filmmakers would cut, Zahler keeps the take rolling, to ratchet tension and (perhaps thanks to his novelistic leanings) to shift the tonal gears to a degree that's cinematically inspired... - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
17/20 43% Where Hands Touch (2018) The performances are affecting, particularly George MacKay... deft direction... - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
15/20 94% Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota (2019) ...frenzied mish-mash of Bollywood musical, martial arts actioner and comic book origin tale is told with an eye towards western cinematic sensibilities and an affectionate reverence of filmic pop culture. - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2019
10/20 71% Snapshots (2018) ...stilted and artificial. - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
8/20 23% All the Devil's Men (2018) ... the fight choreography and action sequences are deftly executed but the brutally 'by-the-numbers' scripting, coupled with a considerable lack of character depth or humour, just annihilates any joy that could be derived from the film. - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
18/20 97% Border (Gräns) (2018) ...one of the most singular and genre-defying films to come along the pike in a great while... An absolute cracker. - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
16/20 93% Rafiki (2019) ...the message is vital and Kahiu's artistic flourishes are vibrant... - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
15/20 90% Arctic (2019) ...apart from most films of this ilk, akin to a Robert Bresson film in its stark minimalism and use of purely visual cinematic storytelling. - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2019
12/20 94% The American Meme (2018) ...genuinely informative and interesting or, in its depiction of the weapons-grade vacuity of its subjects, is actually just terrifying and galactically disheartening? - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2018
16/20 87% Luz (2019) If you're willing to go with it, there's an exhilaration at the sheer audacity of a filmmaker bringing this kind of storytelling perspective to bear on a genre picture. - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
14/20 62% Rampant (2018) For fans of the undead genre and the frenzied spilling of arcing jets of claret, this is an entertaining ride through a juxtaposition of genre tropes... - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
18/20 86% The Great Battle (2018) ...chugs along like a rollicking hybrid of Seven Samurai, 300 and Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. Terrifically enjoyable. - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
15/20 100% Wajib (2017) Real life father/son Mohammad and Saleh Bakri are terrifically engaging... - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
79% Mega Time Squad (2019) ...enjoyably silly and gorily slapstick laughs. - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2018
15/20 100% The Spy Gone North (2018) ...a great story, enjoyably told with cinematic flair and verve... - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
18/20 90% Mandy (2018) ...a film that not only can contain Nicolas Cage but also work as a curious fusion of modern-day horror tropes, the operatic tone of Wagner's Ring cycle and epically primal and elemental cosmic dread. It's a doozy. - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
78% I Kill Giants (2018) ...a sweetly intentioned film, beautifully shot and with a strong lead performance from Madison Wolfe... - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
77% American Folk (2018) The haunting effects of 9/11 have never been so lyrically approached on film... - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2018
100% Scream for Me Sarajevo (2017) ...there's something insanely 'metal' at the heart of this tale... - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2018
16/20 92% The Endless (2018) ... akin to a 'blockbuster of the mind' - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
73% The Wizard of Lies (2017) Robert De Niro gives one of his best recent performances in Barry Levinson's Bernie Maddow bio. - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2017
88% Ovarian Psycos (2016) It's this 'gang versus community group' identity crisis that appears to be at the heart of things. - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2017
15/20 No Score Yet Jonathan (2016) This gay-themed drama occasionally tips over into melodrama, but is bolstered by a winning sense of humanity. - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2017
97% Little Men (2016) a wonderful film - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2016
8/20 No Score Yet Spirit Of The Game (2016) ...hampered by banal scripting and characterisation. - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2016
16/20 93% Sand Storm (Sufat Chol) (2016) Quietly intense... - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2016
71% Youth (2015) Youth functions effortlessly on a hypnotic ebb and flow, and climaxes in a final sequence that is resonant and moving. We watch films in the hope that we get to have experiences like this. - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2016
80% Man Up (2015) On the face of it, it does seem like Man Up is going to be another banal rom-com that flaccidly meanders from trope to trope, but this low key charmer is a refreshing surprise. - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2015
61% Legend (2015) It's undermined by an ill-fitting score and a puzzlingly structured third act, but there's real pleasure in Hardy's bold, intense, and utterly compelling lead performance. - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2015
47% A Walk In The Woods (2015) A fun time spent in the company of great characters. - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2015
84% I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story (2015) Spinney is well-deserving of the attention, and from a standpoint of sheer curiosity and fascination, knowing more about this man who created a character that we loved as children and that our children now love, is a gently poignant experience. - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2015
95% Amy (2015) Despite the bittersweet irony of the story of her life being constructed from the news media's and her acolytes' cataloging of her self-destructive nosedive, there's a heartbreaking immediacy and authenticity in its telling. - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2015
84% Testament Of Youth (2015) Testament Of Youth is hampered by a failure to effectively convey exactly what made it such an important work for the post-war generation. - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2015
59% Run All Night (2015) Brad Inglesby's script is serviceable but it's the casting that gives the whole exercise gravitas. - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2015
65% The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them (2014) A haunting meditation on love and loss. - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2015
18/20 91% Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow (2014) It's a beautifully executed jolt of darkly funny, smart-arsed sci-fi adventure. Welcome back Tom. - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2015
72% Interstellar (2014) Tthe film falters at minor points as the script creaks under the weight of its own ambitions but there are a great many moments in this film where it transcends its genre conventions and achieves a pure cinematic profundity and sense of overwhelming awe. - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2014
67% Deepsea Challenge 3D (2014) Sea exploration is his passion, and Cameron's technical proficiency and deep sense of curiosity and adventure are profoundly impressive. - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2014
23% Need For Speed (2014) Does high octane Grand Theft Auto-style racing carnage and leeringly pornographic shots of exotic sports cars screaming along at top speed really make up for a poorly written script? Why, yes...yes it does - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2014