Walter Chaw

Walter Chaw
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T-Meter Title | Year
1.5/4 79% Captain Marvel (2019) The characters are undeveloped, the outlines of this universe are vague and uninteresting, and the less said about the multiple attempts at humour, the better. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
2/4 70% Cold Pursuit (2019) When it's Skarsgård, you buy the hangdog. With Neeson, he's always just one affront away from killing everybody. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
1/4 60% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) I thought for a while that the film is written for twelve-year-olds and then I thought of my son, who is twelve, who would think this was useless garbage and ask for palate-cleansing fifth and sixth screenings of The Good, the Bad, the Weird. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
1.5/4 71% Piercing (2019) It's a beautiful-looking film, no question, carried off with a high degree of technical skill and care. If only the script were as polished, its actors as committed to making us truly uncomfortable about the sexual politics of movies like this. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
3/4 37% Glass (2019) Glass is extraordinarily transparent in its politics and, in that, honours comic books most of all. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
59% The Last Dragon (1985) The charm of The Last Dragon, and key to its lasting potency as a cult object, is how it approaches a conversation about race with humor, even kindness. Its self-deprecation forgives a multitude of sins. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
4/4 95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) The camerawork is liquid, floating in front of centred faces that break the fourth wall with expressions of yearning and regret. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
3.5/4 65% Aquaman (2018) Aquaman, it's worth repeating, is gorgeous, the set-pieces across the various kingdoms of the underwater realm examples of artists allowed to not just hew close to the messed-up source but indulge in their own inspirations as well. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
4/4 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Spider-Verse is an instant classic, not for visuals that will, after all, only be singular until the next ground is broken, but for the tremendous care it's taken in finding Miles's heart and then things to fill it, break it, strengthen it. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
4/4 91% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) The Ballad of Buster Scruggs features six narratively-unrelated Old West challenges to genre mythology that are so practically effortless, so technically perfect, that the typical Coen payload of misanthropy and...nihilism lands as particularly caustic. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
3.5/4 98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Can You Ever Forgive Me? is about how gifts are never just gifts. It's about mental illness and loneliness. It's about artists and the Buddha's two deadly sins: the need for praise and the fear of criticism. It's really good. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
4/4 94% Burning (Beoning) (2018) Burning is a masterpiece because it's about Kierkegaardian fear and trembling and it comes to the same conclusions. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
2.5/4 22% Stigmata (1999) Stigmata is a beautiful disaster: deeply felt and faux-profound at once and, like all great Theater of the Absurd, able to highlight the extra-textual consequence of that tension. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
1/4 61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Bohemian Rhapsody is polite to the point of quailing, a deeply inoffensive and bland film about the life of one of the most wilfully offensive and interesting figures in the rock pantheon. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
3.5/4 79% Halloween (2018) A beautifully-mounted thing, Halloween has the emotional benefit of really loving its source material. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
1.5/4 30% The ToyBox (2018) I say this but it's sort of funny when something is this not-funny. Also funny is the way The Toybox shoehorns in a few dad-in-a-chimney Gremlins monologues for bizarrely-pitched pathos. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
1/4 29% Big Kill (2018) Played for cool and, when that fails, played for laughs, Big Kill is desperate to find a reason to exist beyond playing expensive dress-up and make-believe. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
3.5/4 80% Knife + Heart (Un couteau dans le coeur) (2019) Knife + Heart is about honouring a voice, torpedoes be damned. It's great. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
3/4 66% Suspiria (2018) Befitting a Jungian text, Suspiria's subtext is teeming with archetype, obsessed with the violent power of female relationships and rituals. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
3/4 91% Mandy (2018) All the elements will be represented here as metaphor for the completeness of their bond. It's not subtle. Now's not the time for subtlety. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
3/4 83% Luciferina (2018) Luciferina is a slow burn with a couple of lovely horror moments that only really stutters when it offers up unnecessary jump scares and an extraneous villain in a movie that's already about Satan. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
3.5/4 82% Terrified (Aterrados) (2017) Clearly a student and fan of horror, Rugna's images are primal. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
2/4 No Score Yet He's Out There (2017) If at the end it's just another one of those movies, at least for a few moments He's Out There is something new and exciting. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
3/4 No Score Yet Hell Is Where the Home Is (2018) The kills, when they come, are inventive and disgusting, but the afterimage is the movie's absolute empathy with its women protagonists. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
3/4 100% Pimped (2018) Pimped is alive and dangerous, itself a beautiful confection on its surface that has just beneath claws and razor edges. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
4/4 71% Hold the Dark (2018) 'Holding the dark' is the perfect analogy for defining what's essentially indefinable. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
2/4 No Score Yet Hammer Horror: The Warner Bros Years (2018) Hammer Horror: The Warner Bros Years is a nice piece as far as it goes, though as it's about curiosities that only the most die-hard fans will have seen, it feels like it should be a special feature on a comprehensive DVD box set rather than a standalone. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
1/4 No Score Yet Seeds (2018) Give it this: the cinematography of Rhode Island looks great, and if you're going to fail, do it spectacularly. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2018
1.5/4 No Score Yet Ravers (2018) Ravers outsmarts itself. I wish it hadn't. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
3.5/4 No Score Yet Frankenstein's Creature (2018) Swanton presents a sensitive, fractured intelligence discovering rain for the first time, rivers, the beauty of a nature to which he is an abomination, and loving relationships from which he will eternally be rejected. He's like a murderous Oscar Wilde. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
2.5/4 32% The Predator (2018) That's the glory and the difficulty of The Predator. It's a perfect distillation of our moment--and it's an unfortunately perfect distillation of our moment... It's a sh---y Predator movie is what I'm trying to say; but it's a great film about predators. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
2/4 81% Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) Fahrenheit 11/9 is gold when it's shaming the Left. I wish he'd spent more time doing that. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
4/4 79% Dogman (2019) What's most amazing about Dogman is its ability to speak truthfully using metaphor and extremity. It's art. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
3.5/4 96% Roma (2018) In its deceptive simplicity and indisputable beauty, the picture presents a strong refutation of policies designed to stoke xenophobia. It's an empathy machine. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
4/4 93% The Favourite (2018) The Favourite is not just one of the best movies of the year, it's the most topical, too, and the most hopeless as a result. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
4/4 99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) Shoplifters is so gently observed and generous and careful with its characters that when misfortune finally befalls this family group, it's almost unbearable to watch. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
3/4 58% White Boy Rick (2018) Crucially, White Boy Rick behaves in the right way, too, demonstrating restraint when appropriate, naturalism where appropriate, and expressionism, - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
3/4 No Score Yet The Night Sitter (2018) The Night Sitter is a bright, energetic, smart genre exercise that never takes itself too seriously while making sure that all its bases are covered. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2018
3/4 87% First Man (2018) First Man is the first Damien Chazelle movie I've liked and there are times I liked it quite a lot. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2018
1.5/4 92% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) The Old Man & the Gun is a gloriously condescending film. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2018
0/4 59% The Front Runner (2018) Credit The Front Runner for wading into these deep waters of purity-testing and trolls. Should probably have learned how to swim first. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2018
2.5/4 88% Non-Fiction (2019) It sounds madcap, but it's not. Non-Fiction is instead a largely sedate puzzle-box of coy insinuations. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2018
2/4 72% Destroyer (2018) Destroyer is too programmatic to make much of an impact. This kind of image-slumming is too familiar by now, and there's not one moment where it's not Nicole Kidman doing a performance up there. Pity. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2018
2.5/4 No Score Yet Killer Weekend (2018) It's a solid diversion and Kent demonstrates a nice way with his cast, as well as a strong ear for comedy. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
1/4 62% St. Agatha (2019) Never frightening, St. Agatha makes a bad mistake in weaving in an extended flashback (which calls out to Antichrist, of all things), so that Mary and the other girls imprisoned at the home never feel truly imprisoned there. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
3.5/4 94% The Golem (2019) It looks like a particularly handsome illustrated volume of fairy tales--and acts like one, too. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
1/4 40% Secret Santa (2018) There's a line between homage and rip-off and I think you cross it when you quote lines in their entirety, without a lot of irony, from better movies. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
2.5/4 47% Incident In a Ghost Land (Ghostland) (2018) Desperately difficult to watch. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
2.5/4 90% The Dark (2018) Elegant, even beautiful, when it regards Alex and Mina silently in their brief space together... Yet whenever it leaves that space, be it through flashback or some other external contrivance, its deficiencies in script and performance become clear. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
2/5 75% The Witch in the Window (2018) Straightforward with a coda so telegraphed that it loses whatever emotional epiphany it was meant to deliver, The Witch in the Window is obvious, predictable, and stilted in its worst moments. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018