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Walter Chaw

Walter Chaw
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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
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
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
1/4 62% 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
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
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
1.5/4 33% 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
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
1/4 33% 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
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
3.5/4 75% Knife + Heart (Un couteau dans le coeur) (2018) Knife + Heart is about honouring a voice, torpedoes be damned. It's great.‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
3/4 62% 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
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
3/4 92% 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
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
3/4 100% 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
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
3.5/4 89% Terrified (Aterrados) (2017) Clearly a student and fan of horror, Rugna's images are primal. ‐ Film Freak Central
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
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
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
3/4 No Score Yet 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
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
4/4 70% Hold the Dark (2018) 'Holding the dark' is the perfect analogy for defining what's essentially indefinable.‐ Film Freak Central
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
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
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
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
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
2.5/4 33% 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
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
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
4/4 76% Dogman (2018) What's most amazing about Dogman is its ability to speak truthfully using metaphor and extremity. It's art.‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
3.5/4 99% 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
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
4/4 95% 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
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
4/4 98% 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
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
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
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2018
3/4 88% 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
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2018
1.5/4 90% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) The Old Man & the Gun is a gloriously condescending film. ‐ Film Freak Central
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
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2018
2.5/4 85% Non-Fiction (2018) It sounds madcap, but it's not. Non-Fiction is instead a largely sedate puzzle-box of coy insinuations. ‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2018
2/4 85% 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
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2018
2.5/4 No Score Yet Fubar (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
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
1/4 No Score Yet St. Agatha (2018) 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
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
3.5/4 100% The Golem (2018) It looks like a particularly handsome illustrated volume of fairy tales--and acts like one, too.‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
1/4 No Score Yet 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
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
2.5/4 44% Incident In a Ghost Land (Ghostland) (2018) Desperately difficult to watch.‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
2.5/4 93% 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
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
2/5 86% 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
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
3.5/4 79% The Night Eats the World (La nuit a dévoré le monde) (2018) The Night Eats the World is a play on the zombie thing, sure, but it's also a poetic way to address how the world shrinks around your depression and makes of all the possible avenues one small room.‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
2/4 81% Ghost Stories (2018) Ghost Stories feels like something famous people have done as favours for one another.‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
3.5/4 97% Tigers Are Not Afraid (Vuelven) (2017) The whole film is about that: how perception feeds reality, changes it in fact, and how the will of the next generation begins to affect the criminal and feckless negligence of this one.‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
3/4 No Score Yet Lasso (2018) It runs a little long at 97 minutes, but there are enough smart moments to deserve a careful consideration. This is director Evan Cecil's feature debut. Respect.‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
1.5/4 84% The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot (2018) The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot isn't a product of a vision, it's the product of wanting attention without upsetting anyone. ‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
3/4 86% Upgrade (2018) Upgrade is more than just superior action sequences--it's a film about caregivers for the recently disabled and the frustration and despair of a person losing his independence.‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
2.5/4 80% Rock Steady Row (2018) It should be enjoyed with an audience and is, in the end, only what a movie shouldering its way into a category that films generally grow into over time can be. That is: obvious and kind of tedious, but, you know, what the hell. ‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
3/4 No Score Yet Boar (2017) Boar is broad, silly, gleefully disgusting stuff that takes real pleasure in its excesses. There's subtext to unpack here, but when the mayhem starts, the mayhem is the focus.‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
1.5/4 68% Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich (2018) Really there's no amount of forced levity that can make this movie seem all right. ‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
2.5/4 68% Summer of '84 (2018) Summer of '84 is a collection of fine performances headlined by a revelatory one and an ending that somehow manages to redeem the exhausted milieu and premise. I'm not sorry I watched it. Hell, I watched it twice.‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
2.5/4 53% Bad Samaritan (2018) I think it's meant to be hysterical. I hope so, anyway, because I laughed a lot. ‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018