Impulse Gamer

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Rating Title/Year Author
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
3.5/5 Black Christmas (2019) Harris Dang Black Christmas creates its own stamp due to several committed performances, Takal's assured direction, the witty script, and the clever weaving of its feminist ideas into the tropes of the horror genre. Recommended. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2019
3/5 Where's My Roy Cohn? (2019) Damien Straker A brisk and interesting synopsis of man whose dogged pursuit of fame and power corroded any trace of personal morality. EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2019
5/5 Marriage Story (2019) Damien Straker The way this film, one of the year's best, explores its thematic goal is compelling, real, and worthy of future accolades. EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2019
2.5/5 Judy & Punch (2019) Damien Straker Despite the quality of the performances and the unique time period, the film is diminished by its indecisive tone and is difficult to recommend. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2019
4/5 Dolor y gloria (2019) Damien Straker The cast and the direction, particularly the shifting moods, make the film worth several viewings. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2019
3.5/5 The Report (2019) Damien Straker A gut-wrenching examination of past crimes and the necessity for all major political bodies to offer transparency. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2019
2.5/5 Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Harris Dang Terminator: Dark Fate is an entertaining action blockbuster, but as a new Terminator feature, it does not reach its true potential to be as great as the first two films. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2019
3/5 The Furies (2019) Harris Dang Due to the strong performances by Dodds and Ngo, The Furies is an entertainingly blood-soaked calling card for director D'Aquino, and will satisfy gore-hounds. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2019
2/5 Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Harris Dang Maleficent: Mistress of Evil is an overstuffed yet malnourished piece of whimsy that fails to expand on the ideas and the unfulfilled potential of the original. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2019
2/5 Gemini Man (2019) Damien Straker Gemini Man should have been stronger. It is undermined by a weak script and inconsistent visuals. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2019
4/5 Hustlers (2019) Harris Dang Hustlers is a great crime drama that deftly blends female friendships and social class commentary into an entertainingly pulpy crime story. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2019
2.5/5 Joker (2019) Damien Straker In Joker, a suitably creepy lead performance by Joaquin Phoenix is undermined by heavy-handed direction and a clunky screenplay. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2019
2/5 Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Damien Straker The content feels too meek and derivative of other shows and movies and doesn't justify the criticism of the books. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
3.5/5 Pájaros de verano (2018) Damien Straker The film is dizzying but also rewarding because we are immersed in a unique culture that mirrors and enhances stories once only visible in the mainstream. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2019
3/5 Ad Astra (2019) Damien Straker Ad Astra's narrow story fails to match the sharp production values and Pitt's incredible performance. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
3/5 The Brink (2019) Damien Straker A solid but unremarkable documentary that could have pushed back harder with some commentary from the director, Klayman. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2019
2.5/5 Rambo: Last Blood (2019) Harris Dang Rambo: Last Blood is an incredibly boneheaded amalgamate of the third and fourth installment. It combines the comic-book fantasy of the former with the serio-comical splatter of the latter. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
4/5 The Farewell (2019) Harris Dang Sweet, comforting, heartfelt, and funny, The Farewell is a fantastic piece of work that is an ample showcase for director Wang's filmmaking chops and Awkwafina's acting skills. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
1.5/5 The Kitchen (2019) Harris Dang The Kitchen is a flawed project with thin characters, sloppy direction, jumbled storytelling, a confused message, and horrific editing. Considering the talent involved, it is a major disappointment. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
4/5 The Nightingale (2018) Damien Straker The Nightingale should not be dismissed because of its tough content. Rather, its most difficult scenes should be understood and analysed to amplify the depth of its message. EDIT
Posted Aug 25, 2019
2.5/5 Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood (2019) Damien Straker Quentin Tarantino's inability to separate fiction and reality climaxes in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2019
4/5 Australian Dream (1987) Damien Straker The Australian Dream is brutal, affecting, and insightful. Rather than recalling one terrible event, the trauma is expanded into an intense personal journey that confronts challenges of the past and present. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
3/5 Late Night (2019) Damien Straker Late Night's message is curiously belated and the direction and screenplay lack distinction from similar comedies. It is good fun before the clichés mount. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
3.5/5 Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Harris Dang Hobbs & Shaw forgoes the franchise's soggy drag racing premise and strives for an action comedy beef patty with juicy sci-fi trimmings. It is a jam-packed burger blockbuster that is willfully silly and insanely fun in a sesame seed bun. EDIT
Posted Aug 4, 2019
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