Impulse Gamer

Impulse Gamer is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Damien Straker, Debbie Zhou, Harris Dang
Rating Title/Year Author
3/5 Booksmart (2019) Damien Straker Booksmart is sometimes fun and enjoyable but it could have been much sharper. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2019
4/5 Apollo 11 (2019) Damien Straker The documentary Apollo 11 is a major advancement for restoring archival footage. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2019
3/5 An Unexpected Love (2003) Damien Straker Since he is strong with directing actors, Juan Vera is likely to make more challenging and less predictable films in the future. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
3.5/5 Annabelle Comes Home (2019) Harris Dang Annabelle Comes Home remains a very entertaining diversion from the dour tone of the prequels, thanks to its spirited performances, plentiful horror hijinks, and a surprising amount of heart. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
4.5/5 John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Harris Dang John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum is an action extravaganza that improves on the first two films with more ambitious action, a deeper understanding of the titular character, and an illuminating look into the world of assassins. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
3.5/5 Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Harris Dang Pokémon Detective Pikachu is a vibrant bundle of joy that manages to be both a good Pokémon movie and a great film based on a videogame. The latter might not mean much, but it is definitely a step in the right direction. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
4/5 Long Shot (2019) Harris Dang Long Shot is a success in the polls thanks to Jonathan Levine's assured directorial hand, committed performances by Rogen and Theron, a stronger than expected script, and a romance that is genuinely romantic and affectionately heartfelt. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
3/5 Back of the Net (2019) Harris Dang Back of the Net is an entertaining, if unremarkable piece of pre-teen fluff enlivened by entertaining performances, moments of likable charm and a refreshing message. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
4/5 Parasite (2019) Damien Straker It is surprising, humorous, completely disturbing, and a thoroughly entertaining addition to this golden age of Asian cinema. EDIT
Posted Jul 6, 2019
2/5 The Curse of La Llorona (2019) Harris Dang The lack of creativity and innovation kills the film stone dead. It is clear that the filmmakers need to reinvent the formula and fast, before it dries out like an exhumed corpse. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2019
2/5 Little (2019) Harris Dang Little charm, little mirth, little else. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2019
2/5 Dumbo (2019) Harris Dang You will believe Dumbo can fly, but you'll forget about it as soon as the act is over. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2019
3.5/5 Claire Darling (La dernière folie de Claire Darling) (2018) Damien Straker A unique dramatic premise and a harsh, brutal ending form the bookends of French director Julie Bertuccelli's new drama Claire Darling. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2019
3/5 () Damien Straker It is an adequately made action film, but the grisly violence is numbing rather than emotionally rewarding, and the supposedly apolitical stance dilutes the depth of the story and characters. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2019
3/5 Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) Damien Straker There are flaws in Marathon, but they fail to detract from Jillian Bell's engagement and star power. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
2.5/5 Her Smell (2018) Damien Straker It is an exhausting experience, peppered with moments of humour and talent, but not enough meaningful redemption. EDIT
Posted Jun 9, 2019
3.5/5 Happy as Lazzaro (2018) Damien Straker At least half of Happy as Lazzaro is an interesting allegory and extremely well photographed. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2019
2.5/5 Red Joan (2018) Damien Straker It is a strangely bland film that does not effectively use its cast or the cinematic medium in exciting ways. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2019
2/5 Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Damien Straker This is not a film but a loud, dumb tech demo that only exists to house images haphazardly sketched on a computer. EDIT
Posted Jun 2, 2019
3.5/5 2040 (2019) Damien Straker 2040 is an accomplished documentary for smart audiences who are willing to be informed. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
3.5/5 Little Woods (2018) Damien Straker It is a slow burning but effective film that shows great technique at times, particularly in its storytelling and performances. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019
3/5 Peterloo (2018) Damien Straker Peterloo is impeccably made but lacking a deep emotional centre. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2019
2.5/5 Top End Wedding (2019) Damien Straker While a predictably clumsy Australian film with strong visuals and a wobbly script, it is sometimes more poignant than expected. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
2.5/5 Avengers: Endgame (2019) Damien Straker It is an escalator to nowhere rather than a definitive endgame. EDIT
Posted Apr 29, 2019
4/5 1985 (2018) Harris Dang A fantastic little gem of a film that succeeds due to its wonderfully nuanced performances, stellar filmmaking and the honest and genuine approach of its storytelling. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2019
2/5 Breaking Habits (2018) Damien Straker Despite the intriguing and potentially hilarious premise, the documentary Breaking Habits is undone by poor technical elements and a lack of objectivity. EDIT
Posted Apr 14, 2019
4/5 Burning (2018) Damien Straker It is an ambiguous story but in terms of character building and suspense it sears itself into our minds and refuses to let go. EDIT
Posted Apr 14, 2019
3.5/5 Us (2019) Damien Straker Us is both enjoyable and slightly disappointing when seeing the clever aspects of Peele's filmmaking draw tantalisingly close together before drifting apart. EDIT
Posted Apr 10, 2019
2.5/5 The Sisters Brothers (2018) Damien Straker It lacks originality and inspiration. It is a story about the past that is also constrained by history. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2019
3.5/5 Sometimes Always Never (2018) Damien Straker The conflicted emotions associated with grief are expressed through visual and observational humour. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
2.5/5 Destroyer (2018) Damien Straker If the director, Karyn Kusama, exchanged the clever but convoluted story form for a simpler approach it may have achieved a deeper emotional resonance. EDIT
Posted Mar 17, 2019
3/5 Hotel Mumbai (2018) Damien Straker Hotel Mumbai is an outstanding technical achievement in search of a deeper purpose. EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2019
2/5 A Dog's Way Home (2019) Harris Dang A little subtlety would have worked wonders for A Dog's Way Home. Unfortunately, it is all bark and no bite. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2019
3/5 Stan & Ollie (2018) Damien Straker The film's most enjoyable facet is the comic timing provided by the lead actors. John C. Reilly and Steve Coogan have excellent comedic and dramatic chemistry. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2019
4/5 Crazy Rich Asians (2018) Debbie Zhou The wholehearted embrace of cultures is not the only reason why the film works. It succeeds just as much as a celebration of that as it does in returning the romantic-comedy back to its rightful crowning place, as a genre that can surprise and delight. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
3.5/5 If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) Damien Straker Nothing detracts from the quality of the ensemble's performances. All the actors capably express their inner-most feelings about their happiness in each other's company and the fearfulness of being a person of colour in America. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2019
2/5 The Mule (2018) Damien Straker Clint Eastwood, eighty-eight, has nothing to prove and should gracefully retire. His refusal as an actor and director to adapt to modern times is damaging his once meaningful brand. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2019
4/5 The Hate U Give (2018) Damien Straker Director George Tillman Jr.'s execution of the police attack sequence ensures it ranks as one of the best scenes in recent memory. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2019
2/5 The Front Runner (2018) Damien Straker The Front Runner, a drab political drama about the former presidential candidate Gary Hart, prolongs Jason Reitman's creative slump. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2019
3.5/5 Free Solo (2018) Damien Straker It underlines the grand feats the human body is capable of and how far it can be stretched through a crazy, nerve-shredding expedition. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2019
3/5 Green Book (2018) Damien Straker The lead actors build an enjoyable back-and-forth chemistry that elevates the film's quality even as it strikes highly predictable and archetypal beats. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2019
3/5 Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) Harris Dang Ralph Breaks the Internet works best when underlining the bonds of the characters and parodying Disney's story templates. When it comes to the world building of the Internet, however, it sinks. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2019
3.5/5 Aquaman (2018) Harris Dang With the game cast, a charismatic lead performance by Jason Mamoa, the electrifying visuals and the infectiously fun tone, Aquaman is a cinematic wave you will want to catch. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2019
5/5 The Favourite (2018) Harris Dang With its brilliantly acerbic and dramatic script, great performances, a strong thematic and dramatic backbone, wonderful production design contributions and strikingly off-kilter cinematography, The Favourite is my front-runner for the Best Picture Oscar. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2019
2.5/5 The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) Harris Dang Despite the malnourished story, the film is still worth watching for Mackenzie Foy's grounded performance, the eye candy of the wondrous settings and the presence of an extremely committed and infectiously enjoyable Keira Knightley. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2019
3/5 Storm Boy (2019) Damien Straker Shawn Seet brings a relaxed, comforting atmosphere to Storm Boy by shooting the film on location in the Coorong region and keeping the story brief. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2019
2/5 Vice (2018) Damien Straker Aside from Cheney being morally bankrupt, who thought that a man determined to be invisible would make for an interesting lead? It would be like casting Mike Pence in a delightful romantic comedy. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2018
3/5 Colette (2018) Damien Straker It is watchable because of the magnetic leads and the French countryside, but the feeling of imprisonment wears us down long before the end. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2018
4.5/5 Manbiki kazoku (2018) Damien Straker A deeply humane Japanese film that trusts its audience to untangle its complex, interweaving relationships and the powerful dilemmas that follow. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2018
2/5 Climax (2018) Damien Straker Climax is a self-indulgent exercise in misery, and an impersonal one because it is so heavily governed by its filmic techniques. The Emperor has no clothes while tripping on LSD. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2018