Big Easy Magazine

Big Easy Magazine is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Bill Arceneaux
Rating Title/Year Author
2.5/5 My Soul to Keep (2019) Bill Arceneaux A beautiful looking feature-length movie with a story meant for a short. Still, something about a haunted house battle between a kid armed with flashlights and a being of darkness is appealing. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
3.5/5 The True Don Quixote (2019) Bill Arceneaux In its own way, Poche's adaptation goes for the gut by letting Tim Blake Nelson hit at the soul of what it all means now. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
3/5 It: Chapter Two (2019) Bill Arceneaux Some quirks here, some added observations there, some action around the corner, and you have what is a somewhat enjoyable if potentially disappointing popcorn-muncher. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
3.5/5 Child's Play (2019) Bill Arceneaux Could CHILD'S PLAY be that rare instance of an 80s remake that gets things right? Yes, it could be. It eschews that decade's aesthetic for a modern look, but still captures that old-ish mentality of Reaganomics gory satire. EDIT
Posted Jun 23, 2019
5/5 Toy Story 4 (2019) Bill Arceneaux TOY STORY 4 handles its heavy doses of philosophical queries with maturity, nuance, and tenderness, never once eyeballing the children in the audience, never once demanding not enough or too much. EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2019
4/5 Fast Color (2018) Bill Arceneaux Through visions of family and generational trauma, Fast Color stands tall as a specialty listing, something I would call a "Pre-Power" story. When that power comes alive, the results reach fantastical heights. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2019
5/5 The Dead Don't Die (2019) Bill Arceneaux There's nothing bland about DEAD's compositions or scenarios, as still as they may be perceived. Really, plenty is happening from ear to ear. Just listen and look. EDIT
Posted Jun 16, 2019
4/5 Pause (2018) Bill Arceneaux A gender-specific and culturally unique crisis done up in a lively landscape fraught with a wide range of emotional, vengeful, and feared imaginations. EDIT
Posted Jun 15, 2019
5/5 Luke & Jo (2019) Bill Arceneaux Digs in with surprising revelations and beautifully rendered bouts with faith. This faith could be with something/someone "higher" or it could be with ourselves. If it works, fine. But don't forget your feet on the ground and the support next door. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
0/5 Hallowed Ground (2019) Bill Arceneaux A new MANOS: THE HANDS OF FATE for a new kind of audience, who appreciates the honest effort and love of filmmaking, over technical and plain razzle-dazzle. Still... EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
4/5 I Am Mother (2019) Bill Arceneaux There is science to this fiction, and that science may be too terrifying for some viewers to consider or accept. EDIT
Posted Jun 9, 2019
1/5 Starfish (2016) Bill Arceneaux Bold, to say the least, and frustratingly pretentious to say the most. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2019
1.5/5 Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Bill Arceneaux Sanctimonious in bad places and incoherent in even worse ones. It does have heart and a definite sense of wanting. That should go a long way. It should. EDIT
Posted Jun 2, 2019
5/5 Kamera o tomeru na! (2017) Bill Arceneaux A joy to watch and a pleasure to think about. The new BOWFINGER. EDIT
Posted Jun 1, 2019
3/5 Porno (2019) Bill Arceneaux Has just enough to get us through a hump but not enough to pull us to complete satisfaction. EDIT
Posted Jun 1, 2019
2.5/5 Ma (2019) Bill Arceneaux Spencer taps into something true and terrifying in all of us and that's the real horror in this. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
2.5/5 Assimilate (2019) Bill Arceneaux Assimilate, for better or worse, is happy to be around. Is glad to be watched. Is fortunate to be allowed in our eyes. It's very much a humble film, and that's rare. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2019
5/5 Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché (2018) Bill Arceneaux Thoughtful and dedicated to the mission of history and the contrasting of then to now. An absolutely stunning chronicle. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
5/5 Burning Cane (2019) Bill Arceneaux Resonates with the sound of thunder and the energy of a lightning bolt. EDIT
Posted May 19, 2019
5/5 Under the Silver Lake (2018) Bill Arceneaux An enigma on top of an enigma, contradicting and solving itself at once. That's quite the feat for any director, and even more of one for any moviegoer to sit through and enjoy. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
3.5/5 Wild Nights With Emily (2018) Bill Arceneaux A splendid surprise and an equally happy achievement in erasing the erasures and righting some wrongs of the past. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
5/5 The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2018) Bill Arceneaux That (the movie) exists indeed and does so with much vigor, much energy, much love is a wonderment all alone. And that it works on such an impactful level is a testament to Cervantes' classic and to Terry Gilliam's very spirit. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
4/5 Avengers: Endgame (2019) Bill Arceneaux Two and a half hours of plot for thirty minutes of magically divine statuesque iconography that's, surprisingly, worth the seat. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2019
5/5 Relaxer (2018) Bill Arceneaux It's endearing, hilarious, and disgusting all at once, before a whiff of a finale that's bold and cosmic. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
5/5 Us (2019) Bill Arceneaux Seriously, Us is an instant classic from an instant player. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
5/5 Climax (2018) Bill Arceneaux Utterly insane and righteous, Climax not only further establishes Gaspar Noe as a Jodorowsky infused Kubrick stan but also as someone with whom the essence of drama is not lost upon. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
4/5 Captain Marvel (2019) Bill Arceneaux One of the sweetest - not cutesy - entries in the franchise, not to mention cheer-inducing and strong. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
4/5 Donnybrook (2018) Bill Arceneaux America, as designed by Sutton and crew, is vibrant in its decay and alive in ways that make you appreciate what little you have. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
4/5 Buddies (1985) Bill Arceneaux Buddies might be minimalist in production and design, but it's grand and courageous at heart. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
4/5 The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Bill Arceneaux In the face of negative space, The Lego Movie 2 finds a way to break through the occasional tedium and make something I'd like to launch into infinity, as a message from us Earthlings. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
1.5/5 DriverX (2017) Bill Arceneaux DriverX is the movie version of that Simpsons meme where Principal Skinner asks aloud "Am I out of touch?" EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2019
3.5/5 Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) Bill Arceneaux A movie that goes from disappointment and told you so-ism to we can still turn this around attitude, with the asterisk of "if we want to". EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2019
4/5 Rodents of Unusual Size (2017) Bill Arceneaux Beneath the fun cooking and wildlife anecdotes is an inquisitive motion of unwavering notions about the coast, tradition, and ways of life and family. EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2019
5/5 Manbiki kazoku (2018) Bill Arceneaux Never once is this a story that obstructs its telling to show off skill and craft, always technically nuanced and always engrossing. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2019
3/5 The Organizer (2017) Bill Arceneaux The Organizer works as manifesto and living myth, turning action into righteous being and people into superheroes, never really taking a break or breath. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2019
5/5 Hale County This Morning, This Evening (2018) Bill Arceneaux Hale County has determination in spite of sensory trauma. It never rests, nor should it. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2019
5/5 If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) Bill Arceneaux A movie of our better angels being put to the test. It's a film of realism certainly, romantics completely, and love eternally. EDIT
Posted Jan 4, 2019
2.5/5 Border (2018) Bill Arceneaux A confounding smash-up of genres, of societal themes, and of various fantasy mythologies, making for a film that is equally as interesting as I am personally disturbed by it. EDIT
Posted Dec 25, 2018
5/5 Roma (2018) Bill Arceneaux Cuaron brings new definition to what is considered a "spectacle". Indeed, Roma is spectacular. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2018
5/5 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Bill Arceneaux If we are to think of cinema as escapism, and we also consider what we're escaping from and what we're escaping into, Spider-Verse isn't a mere crowd-pleaser; it's a major accomplishment. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2018
5/5 Cam (2018) Bill Arceneaux It's dystopian now. It's a road that follows back into itself, repeating on and on. It's a data-mosh where all that matters in this or that world is persona. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2018
3.5/5 The Favourite (2018) Bill Arceneaux Olivia Colman, if there is any justice in this world, ought to get an Academy Award for her tragically pathetic and miserably afraid turn. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2018
3/5 The Great Buster: A Celebration (2018) Bill Arceneaux Not a documentary but more, THE GREAT BUSTER is quite a lovely way to round out a year of modern classics. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2018
3/5 The House That Jack Built (2018) Bill Arceneaux If Lars Von Trier were to make a toilet humor/fart joke farce, The House That Jack Built would be it. This conceit alone is disturbing but goes farther ... EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2018
3.5/5 Shakedown (2018) Bill Arceneaux An artifact of a bygone time and place than anything. Weinraub captures everything, from interviews to in your face/fly on the wall conversations, with attentiveness and courage, spending the kind of effort only someone who truly cares would give. EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2018
3.5/5 Creed II (2018) Bill Arceneaux This new entry plays things just above safe, being a crazy good crowd pleaser that is both level-headed and daring, but within set limits. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2018
4/5 The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) Bill Arceneaux Scruggs is a cinematic achievement of the marriage between the strange and the mainstream, of the reconciliation between the legendary and the literal, and of the push/pull between the known and the unknown. EDIT
Posted Nov 23, 2018
5/5 Suspiria (2018) Bill Arceneaux The beads of sweat coming off my brow and from my pits made for some discomfort but didn't rival the uncomfortable horror, the unnerving attractiveness, and ultimately the deeply embedded sounds and images the film put forth. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2018
5/5 Thunder Road (2018) Bill Arceneaux It's a singular performance in a singular movie, to be certain. One that will have you smiling and teary-eyed for various - right or wrong - reasons. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2018
5/5 Chained for Life (2018) Bill Arceneaux The finest, funniest, and most cryptically thoughtful film on the subject (of ableism) that I've seen in this or any year. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2018