Impulse Gamer

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Rating Title/Year Author
2/5 Those Who Wish Me Dead (2021) Damien Straker The only commendable aspects are Jolie and Little's performances. Yet one must ask why Sheridan has relegated them to such an underwhelming, late night B-movie. EDIT
Posted May 13, 2021
2.5/5 The United States vs. Billie Holiday (2021) Damien Straker Andra Day's soulful performance is the lone reason to watch this otherwise middling biopic. EDIT
Posted May 4, 2021
2/5 Land (2021) Damien Straker While visually impressive, Land is marred by a lack of personal conflict and a terrible screenplay. EDIT
Posted Apr 30, 2021
2/5 Voyagers (2021) Damien Straker Voyagers is a dull space drama built on large sci-fi themes over deep characters and suspense. EDIT
Posted Apr 14, 2021
4/5 Nobody (2021) Harris Dang Nobody is an absolute blast from start to finish. It delivers all the snarky comedy/bloody action one would want and brings a new and amazing action hero into the midst with Bob Odenkirk who is amazing as Hutch. Highly recommended. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2021
4/5 Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) Harris Dang Godzilla vs. Kong delivers exactly what it promises on the tin. It is brimming energy and enthusiasm and is a brazenly gonzo rock-em sock-em monster mash filled with satisfying visual spectacle. EDIT
Posted Mar 24, 2021
3.5/5 Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) Damien Straker Despite its imperfections, Judas and the Black Messiah resonates with anger and sadness. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2021
5/5 Nomadland (2020) Damien Straker Nomadland is one of the most understated and quietly painful films I have seen. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2021
4/5 Minari (2020) Damien Straker The film is commendable for its rich ideas and the empathy it crafts for its characters. EDIT
Posted Feb 23, 2021
3/5 Earwig and the Witch (2020) Harris Dang Earwig and the Witch is a slight yet amusing little trifle that may not rank high in the pantheon of Studio Ghibli. It yields its own rewards due to its amusing comedy, oddball characters, and its genial sense of fun. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2021
3/5 High Ground (2020) Damien Straker Despite a strong, authentic depiction of Indigenous culture, High Ground leaves us longing for a more nuanced thriller. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2021
2.5/5 Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Damien Straker Wonder Woman 1984 is an oddly careless disappointment that needed pruning and more refinement. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2020
5/5 Possessor: Uncut (2020) Harris Dang Possessor is a brilliantly gnarly sci-fi body horror flick that shocks, provokes, questions, and repulses in equal measure. It evokes issues regarding identity and the loss of humanity under the guise of bloodlust and surrealism. Go see it! EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2020
4/5 Freaky (2020) Harris Dang Its major ambition is simply to have fun and it succeeds with flying geysers of (red) colours. If you love your horror comedies, go and see Freaky. The performances from Kathryn Newton and Vince Vaughn are fantastic. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2020
4/5 David Byrne's American Utopia (2020) Damien Straker American Utopia's quirky presentation proves uplifting and surprisingly moving. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2020
2.5/5 In the Name of the Land (2019) Damien Straker The visuals are stunning but an opportunity for a more subtle cautionary tale was missed. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2020
3.5/5 I Am Greta (2020) Damien Straker Hollywood often tells us that the smallest person can change the world and director Nathan Grossman's thesis is the same. If Greta can do it, why can't you? EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2020
4/5 Corpus Christi (2019) Damien Straker Corpus Christi is buoyed by exceptional craftsmanship, including Bartosz Bielenia's nuanced performance and several deft stylistic choices. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2020
2/5 Tenet (2020) Damien Straker An incomprehensible and pretentious misfire from the usually reliable Christopher Nolan. EDIT
Posted Sep 28, 2020
4/5 Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020) Harris Dang Bill & Ted Face the Music is the kind of comedy where its cockeyed optimism and unbridled enthusiasm (yes, that is a Seinfeld reference) is so infectious, it not only becomes a hilarious comedy but a tonic for life's ailments. EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2020
3.5/5 The King of Staten Island (2020) Harris Dang The King of Staten Island is much like Scott himself. It struggles to find its feet and flounders most of its time. Once it lifts, it manages to be a funny, heartwarming piece of work. EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2020
4/5 Hot Mess (2018) Harris Dang Overall, the quality of Hot Mess is thankfully unlike its title. It is a wonderful comedy that provides a great showcase for writer/director Lucy Coleman and her lead actress, Sarah Gaul. Highly recommended. EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2020
3.5/5 Queen & Slim (2019) Harris Dang Although the film's aspirations exceed its grasp by being about romance, social issues, action, and drama, Queen & Slim still enthralls and compels in ways that transcend its genre tropes. EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2020
4/5 In Fabric (2018) Harris Dang In Fabric is horrifically scary, hilariously macabre, and intelligently satirical; delivered in a visually reverential and surreal style that proves entrancing and eerie. Highly recommended. EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2020
4/5 The Invisible Man (2020) Harris Dang The Invisible Man is a reinterpretation of a classic character done right. By combining scares and thrills with a remarkable story that is timely and relatable, Whannell and Moss have brought the goods. Highly recommended. EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2020
4.5/5 Color Out of Space (2019) Harris Dang For the more adventurous viewers, Colour Out of Space is a visually spectacular, insanely exhilarating, and unfathomable piece of work that could only have come from the minds of Lovecraft and Stanley. Highly recommended. EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2020
3/5 Seberg (2019) Harris Dang Overall, Seberg is a watchable soufflé that succeeds more as a theatrical drama than a biopic. It won't leave you breathless, but it is kept afloat by its colourful, sparkly sense of style and Kristen Stewart's natural, captivating performance. EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2020
2.5/5 Wrinkles the Clown (2019) Harris Dang Wrinkles the Clown forgoes what it initially had with another agenda that feels misplaced. It is possible that a second watch may offer a whole new perspective. EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2020
4/5 6 Underground (2019) Harris Dang If you want mindless action, 6 Underground delivers the goods. Don't expect the film to be intellectually stimulating or dramatically satisfying. If you are, you have never seen a Michael Bay movie before. EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2020
5/5 Knives Out (2019) Harris Dang Everything old can be new again, and Knives Out demonstrates this brilliantly due to Rian Johnson's airtight script, assured direction and the commitment from the crazily talented cast. Foul play has never been this much fun. EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2020
3.5/5 Charlie's Angels (2019) Harris Dang Charlie's Angels is a worthy continuation of a franchise with plenty of creative juice remaining; delivers due to wonderful camaraderie, Banks' passionate direction and an overall sense of fun that leaves you wanting more from the series. EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2020
3/5 Waves (2019) Damien Straker The audacious stylistic choices and powerful performances immerse us into a downward spiral before gentle acts of solidarity reconnect the characters. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2020
4/5 A White, White Day (2019) Damien Straker Hlynur Pálmason subverts the Nordic noir genre and achieves emotional and artistic success. EDIT
Posted Jul 7, 2020
2.5/5 Hearts and Bones (2019) Damien Straker Hearts and Bones' dull visuals and undernourished script detract from its strong performances and sincere intentions. EDIT
Posted May 2, 2020
3/5 Minamata (2020) Harris Dang Minamata is a vivaciously packaged and compelling acted piece of work that overcomes its storytelling problems and reminds people of Johnny Depp's talents. Recommended. EDIT
Posted Apr 6, 2020
3.5/5 El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019) Damien Straker Rather than offering new insights into Breaking Bad's excellent story, El Camino reinforces the show's best traits and proves to be a necessary epilogue. EDIT
Posted Apr 6, 2020
4/5 Monos (2019) Damien Straker Essential viewing for anyone seeking an intense survival experience told with expert framing. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2020
4/5 Dark Waters (2019) Damien Straker The depth of the exposé and Ruffalo's subtle, humane work means the film is rarely short of compelling. EDIT
Posted Mar 16, 2020
2.5/5 Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Damien Straker Birds of Prey is a sizable improvement over Suicide Squad but lacks a foolproof plan. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2020
4/5 Honey Boy (2019) Damien Straker Honey Boy's quiet humour is balanced with efficient dramatic stakes so that the toughest moments of family drama become highly gripping. EDIT
Posted Feb 23, 2020
1.5/5 The Call of the Wild (2020) Damien Straker A biopic about author Jack London's life would have been infinitely more interesting than this subpar family film. It will not be remembered as a benchmark for storytelling and visual effects. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2020
4.5/5 For Sama (2019) Damien Straker It is an essential documentation of what is happening to other people in the world who are just like us, but through no fault of their own are forced into the most terrifying and impossible circumstances. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2020
3/5 The Lighthouse (2019) Damien Straker It illustrates its central conflict vividly, but a clearer allegory is lost in the deep mist. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2020
3/5 A Hidden Life (2019) Damien Straker The visuals are stunningly realised and complement deep thematic and moral ideas. Yet Life is terribly undisciplined. It is the story of a selfless man told by one who refuses to get out of his own way. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2020
4.5/5 Little Women (2019) Damien Straker Little Women shows that Greta Gerwig is a formidable director who excels at choreographing moments of grandeur and scenic beauty and by successfully balancing complex emotions. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2019
4.5/5 Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019) Damien Straker The painting that Marianne creates is like the film. The more details we accumulate, the deeper we are immersed into the thoughts and emotions of the women. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2019
3/5 The Truth (2019) Damien Straker This lightweight, enjoyable, and breezy film lacks the same gripping tension that defined The Shoplifters. Yet it is never devoid of good performances and interesting story ideas. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2019
2/5 Cats (2019) Damien Straker It lacks the depth of character and comprehensive world building needed to transcend its theatrical origins and become a complete movie with a fully realised narrative. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2019
3/5 Sorry We Missed You (2019) Damien Straker Despite his privilege as a prolific white filmmaker, Loach has failed to write a third act where he unearths his own definitive conclusions for societal problems. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2019
2.5/5 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Damien Straker Those hoping for surprises, meaningful story arcs, engaging set pieces, and characters worth a damn, should shrug it off. The franchise that reimagined cinema and earned a second life is spinning its wheels in the coarse sand again. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019