Ripple Effects is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Diana Cheng
As for the prominent leitmotif, Franz Liszt's Liebestraum (Love Dream), it just serves to stir up yearnings for something deeper and artistically satisfying, instead of, alas, leaving us with an illusive dream.
Posted Mar 9, 2019
The Favourite (2018)
If you're on an existential quest for meaning, look elsewhere. This film is pure entertainment, irreverent, surreal, sumptuous in set design, costumes, make-up, and spot-on in editing and acting; but it's not for the serious meaning seeker.
Posted Jan 25, 2019
Childhood memories are powerful markers of identity and experiences; thanks to"Roma"for evoking such while one is unaware, as it works magic in creating new imagery to sustain them.
Posted Dec 17, 2018
Free Solo (2018)
...stunning cinematography in chronicling star rock climber Honnolds' career and his rise to the peak (so far). What's thought-provoking is [the] focus not just on the physical but the psyche of those involved...
Posted Nov 26, 2018
Shirkers is... a narrative that transcends grievances to situate personal experience in a larger social and cultural context.
Posted Nov 13, 2018
A Star Is Born (2018)
The very story of A Star is Born is itself a cautionary tale. Interestingly, Hollywood loves this story. The Cooper and Gaga version is the fourth time the tale is told.
Posted Oct 16, 2018
Hotel Mumbai (2019)
The consoling breathers and the meaningful elements in the film then were [the] acts of kindness and courage.
Posted Sep 26, 2018
From this his first attempt at directing, viewers would be gratified to find Dano to be an actor's director; especially with the excellent cast he has under his helm, this is doubly rewarding.
Posted Sep 17, 2018