Walter Chaw

Walter Chaw
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T-Meter Title | Year
1.5/4 74% Mulan (2020) Everything about this Mulan is ironic accidentally. Whatever its intentions, its execution and the circumstances of its creation are in opposition to them. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2020
2.5/4 71% Tenet (2020) I liked Tenet. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2020
3/4 100% The Five Rules of Success (2020) Oblowitz is a poet of West Coast desperation. I'm excited for more. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2020
3.5/4 89% Wildland (Kød & Blod) (2020) Nordahl is the real deal. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2020
2.5/4 92% The Personal History of David Copperfield (2020) I guess I would say I connected with it in an immensely personal way. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2020
1.5/4 86% Lucky (2020) It's possible I just didn't get it. I accept that. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2020
3.5/4 81% Fried Barry (2020) Empty provocation is immediately boring, arrogant, a movement instead of moving, yes? But Fried Barry is pure: an explosion of ideas and jarring, often-disgusting images. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2020
1/4 35% Crazy Samurai Musashi (2020) It's tedious, repetitive, boring almost immediately, and its only purpose as a venal spectacle demeans the participants as it eventually demeans the viewer. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2020
2/4 95% Feels Good Man (2020) Feels Good Man won't set the world on fire, but there are revealing insights here, such as a few incels defiantly proclaiming that their state of non-existence is, in fact, an elevated state. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2020
1/4 86% The Columnist (De Kuthoer) (2020) The Columnist is not just weak tea, but weak tea made from some very old tea-bags indeed. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2020
3/4 90% King of the Ants (2003) Darker than pitch and unusually effective in showcasing the brutality and ugliness of murder. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2020
3.5/4 100% Host (2020) In the way that Zoom now defines our normal, Host immortalizes it and, by extension, suspends our eternal present in the amber of this last, best way we can gather--we think safely--in groups. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2020
2/4 75% The Rental (2020) I genuinely loved a lot of it. I wish, you know, maybe a woman or a person of colour had a louder voice in the room. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2020
2/4 81% The Beach House (2020) I don't know that The Beach House is anything special by itself, but it's very good indeed as part of a eulogy for our time here. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2020
0/4 40% Irresistible (2020) Jon Stewart's Irresistible hates you, absolutely loathes you. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2020
4/4 78% Tommaso (2020) Tommaso is an extraordinary work of both extreme arrogance and excessive humility--the deconstruction of a selfish man, a narcissist perhaps, beset by demons of self-loathing and too much time spent in furious introspection. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2020
2.5/4 99% Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) What Never Rarely Sometimes Always excels at is portraying how the world is incredibly challenging for young women to navigate. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2020
3.5/4 72% Vivarium (2020) Vivarium is wonderful. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2020
3/4 80% The Last Man on Earth (1964) It's actually an exceptional film in an exceptional year for film, a beautiful, occasionally stunning piece about loneliness and alienation. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2020
2/4 88% Onward (2020) Onward isn't, alas, something that deserves this much time spent thinking about it. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2020
4/4 91% The Invisible Man (2020) Leigh Whannell's The Invisible Man is a masterpiece... - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2020
4/4 52% Guns Akimbo (2020) Guns Akimbo is finally a well-directed film, edited with clarity and a keen sense of pacing by the team of Luke Haigh and Zaz Montana. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2020
3.5/4 96% Blood on Her Name (2020) Blood On Her Name is alive and invested in its characters so much that it allows them to go where they would for reasons that make sense to them. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2020
1.5/4 61% The Call of the Wild (2020) The Call of the Wild is a propaganda piece. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
.5/4 36% The Night Clerk (2020) Yeah, The Night Clerk is awful. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
1/4 35% Seberg (2020) Stewart's too good for this. She's an inspired choice to play Jean Seberg. Both star and subject deserved better. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2020
1/4 63% Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) The complaint isn't that there's nothing new here (arguably, there's nothing new anywhere), it's that this movie is just pieces of other movies, chewed up and then reconstituted a little bit wrong. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2020
2/4 78% Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) I gotta say, though, that for as long as they've been waiting, women deserve better than middling, pandering stuff like Captain Marvel and now Birds Of Prey. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2020
1/4 90% Yalda, a Night for Forgiveness (2020) As it is, Yalda, which overstays its welcome even at a brisk 80 minutes (the last five minutes feel like 80 by themselves), doesn't know what it wants to say, and so it says the worst possible thing it could say. What a shame. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2020
3/4 100% This Is Not a Burial, It's a Resurrection (2020) Still, there's more than enough genuine beauty in This Is Not a Burial, It's a Resurrection to merit it a look and Mosese some serious credibility. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2020
3/4 90% Luxor (2020) [A] beautiful, poignant metaphor for where we can get to if we're very wise and very lucky. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2020
3/4 90% The Evening Hour (2020) Weighty stuff, and The Evening Hour handles it with agility and charm. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2020
1.5/4 70% Beast Beast (2020) Though I agree with its politics, I cringe at its execution. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2020
2.5/4 80% Summer White (Blanco de Verano) (2020) The actors are so good, in fact, that the film leaves a mark despite trying too hard to leave a mark. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2020
1/4 67% La leyenda negra (2020) [I]t's juggling so much outrage and portent that it doesn't have room to follow any single thread through to its end. Frustrating, because you want it to be better. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2020
2/4 92% Leap of Faith (2019) Leap of Faith, then, becomes something like an endorsement of effect over process, and its interest in effect over process should be something that gives pause to both the director and this documentary. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2020
3.5/4 78% High Tide (2020) High Tide is a sophisticated, thorny, adult thriller aligned with something like Body Heat in its moral ambiguity and viciousness. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2020
1/4 90% Once Upon a Time in Venezuela (2020) It's like one of those basic-cable docuseries with misfit reject hillbilly duck-decoy-making millionaries who weigh six-hundred pounds or something. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2020
3/4 69% Amulet (2020) It's a lovely debut, smart and fruitfully repugnant--an able showcase for Garai as a filmmaker possessed of a nice sense of pacing and a good, gothic eye for object placement and gore. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2020
3/4 93% And Then We Danced (2020) And Then We Danced is about the things we hold on to for our lives. Candles in the dark. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2020
1/4 92% Be Water (2020) Be Water is hamstrung by its unwillingness to take a hard look at Lee's actual, defining battle against racism in the U.S. and Hong Kong. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
3.5/4 97% La Llorona (2020) We live in graveyards in the company of ghosts, and we're cast only to grieve for all the days of our lives. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
2/4 75% Aggie (2020) Which is to say, it isn't that Aggie lacks purpose so much as it's a hagiography... with a collection of talking heads who think the title heroine is the kindest, the most generous, just the best. And there's nothing wrong with that. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2020
4/4 97% The Painter and the Thief (2020) There's nothing pat or easy about The Painter and the Thief; itself a work of poetry and art, the film plays with the meaning of its own title at several points. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
2/4 89% Black Bear (2020) I have nothing against working for my art, mind. I just wish I thought there was something in it for me. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
3/4 77% Bad Boys for Life (2020) Between the vicious knifings, the well-choreographed gun and fist battles, and the literal dropping of cars on people, it dawns that this movie isn't just able garbage but somehow...good? - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2020
2.5/4 86% Color Out of Space (2020) Fun is enough, don't get me wrong, yet Color Out of Space could be more. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2020
3/4 20% The Grudge (2020) I've seen films more gory and violent than The Grudge, but I haven't seen very many that are more brutal. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2020
2.5/4 39% Black Christmas (2019) I love the mass murder of a bunch of rapist Kavanaughs as much as anyone, believe me, though I'm not sure the catharsis it proffers is anything but temporary--or, worse, merely palliative. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2020
2.5/4 47% Underwater (2020) Underwater is big, noisy, unpretentious fare. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2020