Walter Chaw

Walter Chaw
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T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 87% Supernova (2021) Supernova is small pools of warmth along a long, dark street, walked in the company of wonderful guys I wish I knew and could spend an evening with some time... - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2021
3/4 77% Shadow in the Cloud (2021) Ripley ain't got nothin' on Maude, and Liang deserves another shot at this with a project not saddled with a repulsive toad from a family of them as its credited co-author. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2021
0/4 9% Music (2020) Released in such proximity to Sound of Metal, the astonishing insensitivity of Music seems all the more glaring. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2021
1/4 75% Palmer (2021) Palmer is terrible, it's true, but in a bland way that makes it more innocuous than offensive. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2021
1.5/4 64% Willy's Wonderland (2021) It doesn't see any need to be good, so it's not good. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2021
4/4 86% Strawberry Mansion (2021) Strawberry Mansion's aggressive artifice actually enhances its emotional authenticity. I love this film. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2021
2.5/4 96% Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) What I really want to say is that Judas and the Black Messiah nails the feeling of not only that era but this one as well... - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2021
4/4 87% Violation (2021) What I like best about Violation, though, isn't its similarities to modern examples, but rather its relationship (not unlike Ingmar Bergman's The Virgin Spring) to ancient examples such as Medea and Atreus. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2021
0/4 58% Malcolm & Marie (2020) All Malcolm & Marie inspired in me is revulsion. These aren't characters engaged in a drama--they're mouthpieces engaged in an inexplicably-martyred person's harangue. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2021
1.5/4 24% The Reckoning (2021) It's like The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, only more boring. What a pity. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2021
3.5/4 100% The Pink Cloud (2021) I took solace that although The Pink Cloud offers the sweet release of death, there remains enough to living that not everyone takes it immediately. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2021
2.5/4 76% Knocking (2021) The film belongs to Milocci, and whatever movie's playing inside her head is more interesting than what's playing outside of it. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2021
1/4 72% Cryptozoo (2021) Cryptozoo exists at that delicate crossroads between arrogant and obnoxious where freshman cosmology majors tend to hang out, free-climbing the outside of the dorm and doing slackrope in the park. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2021
1/4 47% The Little Things (2021) The Little Things is awful and made extra frustrating by how blindingly great Washington is in it. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2021
4/4 89% Sputnik (2020) As metaphors for this ugly moment in history go, Sputnik is one of the best. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2021
3/4 93% Minor Premise (2020) Minor Premise works through its tangle with a deft touch: one moment a romance, the next a horror movie. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2021
4/4 82% I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020) The thing I say about Charlie Kaufman films is that I never really understand them, but they always seem to understand me. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2021
4/4 98% Minari (2020) Minari gets everything right. Exactly right. Excruciatingly right. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2021
1.5/4 51% The Midnight Sky (2020) While the temptation is great to consider quarantine metatexts and global-warming parables in movies released this year, honestly, there's as much weight in this as in your average Sting song. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2020
1.5/4 59% Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) The overall message is that you should be careful what you wish for. I liked the first Wonder Woman pretty well and wished for a sequel that would expand on this character. I'm sorry, everybody. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2020
3/4 95% Soul (2020) It's a minor flick, to be sure, but the band is tight tonight and there's some pleasure in that if you give yourself over to it. It doesn't have fire, I'd say, but it's got a spark. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2020
1.5/4 88% News of the World (2020) For a film about a performer of current events, it has a terrible time reading the room. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2020
4/4 87% On The Rocks (2020) Everything is right about On the Rocks. It's terribly sad. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2020
1/4 91% Promising Young Woman (2020) Unfortunately, like Hard Candy, Promising Young Woman is a sheep in wolf's clothing, a mousetrap made out of wax, good intentions, and the right politics that pulls its punches in absurd, and absurdly consistent, ways. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2020
3/4 92% Love and Monsters (2020) It has it all. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2020
2.5/4 83% Mank (2020) Mank is about being destroyed for trying to survive while avoiding doing the wrong thing. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2020
2.5/4 83% Freaky (2020) As it is, it's a fascinating footnote to our era of assumed identities and finding out that our next-door neighbour is maybe not who we thought they were. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2020
4/4 93% Possessor: Uncut (2020) What Possessor contributes to this conversation is the notion that whatever mask we wear, it only ever covers the immense grandeur of our brutal biological impulse. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2020
4/4 81% I'm Your Woman (2020) Exquisitely scripted, I'm Your Woman is like a lost Alan Pakula film--the honorary fourth entry in his paranoia trilogy, perhaps, and the only one that speaks to a genuine possibility for the world not as it is, but as it could be... - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
1.5/4 57% Come Play (2020) So many "ifs"--and none of the answers are fun. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2020
1.5/4 73% 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 70% 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 82% 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 89% 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 82% 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 33% Crazy Samurai: 400 vs 1 (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 96% 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 80% 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 76% 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 79% 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