Elements of Madness

Elements of Madness is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Douglas Davidson
Rating Title/Year Author
Journey of the Hyena (1973) Douglas Davidson There is no doubt, though, that Mambéty creates something truly unique and specific to Senegal. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2021
4/5 In the Land of Lost Angels (2018) Douglas Davidson ... it would behoove audiences to become familiar with Mashbat's work, if only because of the promise Lost Angels contains. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2021
4/5 Coming 2 America (2021) Douglas Davidson It doesn't have that spark of the original, but it doesn't have to and, smartly, doesn't try. Rather, it's a 109-minute hang session with some long-lost friends. If that doesn't sound like a pandemic remedy, nothing does. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2021
4/5 Raya and the Last Dragon (2021) Douglas Davidson ... Raya and the Last Dragon is at once a tears-inducing, hope-rich narrative and a frustrating, rage-creating affair aggravating those who already believe too much in the trust of others and inciting not an ounce of self-awareness from those with none. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2021
4/5 Joint Security Area (2000) Douglas Davidson Though JSA is before the Vengeance trilogy or The Handmaiden (2016), it bears all the hallmarks of a Park picture: mystery, deception, and a glimpse at the complex nature of relationships. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2021
4.5/5 The Vigil (2019) Douglas Davidson I can recall countless tales of demons and devils throughout cinema history, but few focused on the Jewish perspective. Thomas's tale is at once phantasmagorical and grounded, rooting his horror in the physical while taking advantage of the metaphysical. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2021
4/5 Chop Shop (2007) Douglas Davidson That's what's fantastic about Chop Shop, and even Man Push Cart, Bahrani doesn't look down. He captures the stories with sincerity, bestowing a kind of grace on his characters. EDIT
Posted Feb 23, 2021
4.5/5 Man Push Cart (2005) Douglas Davidson ... the whole of Man Push Cart is a meditation on self and perceived personal value; perpetually heartbreaking as each scene relays some new hope against Ahmad's despair-ridden reality. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2021
3.5/5 A Writer's Odyssey (2021) Douglas Davidson So while you get the wild ride, there's a hard exploration of pain and loss which overshadows a lot of the fun. In combination with a loose explanation, moments of iffy CG, and a heavy script, A Writer's Odyssey can be more of a slog than a saga. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2021
3.5/5 The Swordsman (2020) Douglas Davidson ... any desiring a sword-slashing martial arts frenzy are both out of and in luck as the time it takes to get to the action may be longer than preferred but well worth the wait. EDIT
Posted Feb 17, 2021
4/5 Willy's Wonderland (2021) Douglas Davidson It's not grounded in reality, it's not focused on realism, it is completely and utterly an escape. EDIT
Posted Feb 17, 2021
3.5/5 Prisoners of the Ghostland (2021) Douglas Davidson The ensuing story is nothing short of pure adrenaline cinema, grabbing you by the short and curlies while dazzling you with the grand and absurd. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2021
4/5 How It Ends (2021) Douglas Davidson Strangely, though How It Ends is, without question, despairing in its use of a world-ending event ... resulting in a tale that's completely optimistic in the face of unavoidable doom. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2021
4/5 The Map of Tiny Perfect Things (2021) Douglas Davidson The Map of Tiny Perfect Things may not reinvent the wheel regarding time loops, but it may just shift how you look at the world. EDIT
Posted Feb 9, 2021
4/5 Jiang Ziya (2020) Douglas Davidson ... the action is still there, but it's presented in a more traditional wuxia style whose poetry is not lost among the dynamic action. EDIT
Posted Feb 9, 2021
3.5/5 A Glitch in the Matrix (2020) Douglas Davidson Mixing anecdotal evidence with that of respected experts, A Glitch in the Matrix is the kind of doc where just when you think you've got it figured out, it pulls the rug right out from underneath you. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2021
3/5 The Wanting Mare (2020) Douglas Davidson Bateman's story is more a dreamscape of visual poetry than concrete narrative, an aspect which makes The Wanting Mare a paradox: breathtaking and philosophically rich in on moment, hollow and emotionally vacant in another. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2021
4/5 Let Him Go (2020) Douglas Davidson In its totality, Let Him Go is many things: a crime thriller, a gothic western, a love story, and a family drama. Above all, it's a story about the various stages of grief and the difficulty of letting go. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2021
2/5 Earwig and the Witch (2020) Douglas Davidson If Ghibli or even Gorô decides to do another 3D film, we can only hope that the narrative is more complete and the style more necessary to the telling of the tale. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2021
4/5 Flinch (2021) Douglas Davidson ... Van Hoy displays the kind of patience, spatial awareness, and narrative control of someone with more feature experience, resulting in a crime thriller with enough surprises to keep you locked in ... EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2021
4/5 Versus (2000) Douglas Davidson ... don't wait to check out Versus, a film whose homages are subtle, it's violence over the top, and its narrative a complex web the audience doesn't even realize they are falling into. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2021
5/5 Malcolm & Marie (2021) Douglas Davidson Beautiful, painful, hilarious, and uncomfortable, Malcolm & Marie is a declarative statement, one which heralds the talent of the cast and crew via the ingenuity, care, and obvious craft that is presented in the undertaking. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2021
4.5/5 Derek DelGaudio's In & of Itself (2020) Douglas Davidson ... a transformative interactive experience wherein DelGaudio turns himself inside out in a quest to find out who he is, all the while helping the audience to the same for themselves. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2021
4.5/5 PG: Psycho Goreman (2020) Douglas Davidson ... [director Steven] Kostanski does more than create the story of his childhood fantasies, he presents a ride of galactic proportions that'll have you giggle-screaming from beginning to end. EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2021
3.5/5 Max Cloud (2020) Douglas Davidson ... you'll feel like you've literally been dropped into your favorite side-scroller in [co-writer/director Martin] Owen and co-writer Sally Collett's (Killers Anonymous) Tron-meets-Jumanji sci-fi comedy romp. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2021
4.5/5 The Mauritanian (2021) Douglas Davidson ... via a nice balance of the script and performances that never veer into the expected big or "high laurel" delivery of such material ... the film reveals itself to be more ... about how one country lost its soul in the process [of seeking justice]. EDIT
Posted Jan 12, 2021
3.5/5 Lupin III: The First (2019) Douglas Davidson Though Monkey Punch passed away in 2019, unable to see the final version of Lupin III: The First, he'd no doubt be proud of the finished product as it hits all the hallmarks of a Lupin III escapade while being accessible for an entirely new audience. EDIT
Posted Dec 29, 2020
3.5/5 Honest Thief (2020) Douglas Davidson With reality being what it is these days, sometimes it's nice to just pull up something comforting ... That's what Honest Thief offers, a respite from the world in the form of stupid, bone-crunching fun. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2020
4/5 Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Douglas Davidson With Jenkins at the helm once more and a reduced portion of her original cast, 1984 is less an explosive superhero outing and more a viewing glass of an alternative past with direct ties to our realized present. EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2020
2.5/5 The Midnight Sky (2020) Douglas Davidson As luminous and exploratory as this sounds, by failing to execute a cohesive narrative (that's also riddled with predictability), the human connection required to maintain tension is altogether absent. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2020
3/5 All Roads to Pearla (2019) Douglas Davidson Despite the nagging frustration of a film more interested in the mystery rather than the answer, Dittavong's feature film debut is a hell of a calling card. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2020
4/5 Tenet (2020) Douglas Davidson ... Tenet is not the best film Nolan's created, but it may be his most ambitious and there's much to be lauded in that. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2020
4/5 Archenemy (2020) Douglas Davidson Mortimer carries this and more into his latest feature, Archenemy, a deconstructed superhero tale that asks its audience which is more dangerous: believing that a superhero will save you or a superhero actually coming to the rescue. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2020
Popeye (1980) Douglas Davidson Some delight in its comic revelry (me), while most look back on it with distain (just about everyone else). ... in the 40th anniversary of Popeye, bursting with nearly 30 minutes of bonus material and a display that looks like it ate its spinach. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2020
4.5/5 Possessor: Uncut (2020) Douglas Davidson ... writer/director Brandon Cronenberg's second film Possessor, a film whose concepts, performances, and special effects are so disarming and disturbing that you'll want to explore it again and again ... EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2020
4/5 Dear Santa (2020) Douglas Davidson Director Dana Nachman juggles the insights of children, the feeling of the season, and the aspirations of people seeking to do good works in several locations across the country in the three weeks of activity ahead of Christmas. EDIT
Posted Dec 1, 2020
4/5 Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula (2020) Douglas Davidson ... Peninsula doesn't follow any individuals from Busan which frees up the narrative to explore any number of themes or motivations. This may frustrate Busan fans who loved the small nature of the film, but will delight general audiences ... EDIT
Posted Nov 24, 2020
3/5 Porno (2019) Douglas Davidson You may not get off on something so dirty sounding, but don't worry: the title gives off an X-rated vibe when the film is actually a hard R. EDIT
Posted Nov 23, 2020
2/5 The New Mutants (2020) Douglas Davidson ... it's difficult to applaud the positive elements in line with the writers' intent when their utilization of built-in narrative elements are so weak and their newly created elements so uninspired. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2020
4.5/5 The Last Starfighter (1984) Douglas Davidson Nearly four decades later, Arrow Video releases a 4k restoration that not only offers an impressive audio/visual presentation but is jam-packed with bonus features any fan of the cult classic will be unable to resist. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2020
3.5/5 Ashens and the Polybius Heist (2020) Douglas Davidson Polybius Heist is as much a straight heist flick as it is a farce of the subgenre in a way that feels directly in line with the ridiculousness of a Zucker Bros. comedy mashed up with a Monty Python sketch. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2020
3/5 Vanguard (2020) Douglas Davidson The good news is that the film is pure, unadulterated escapism that plays with genre to some delight. The bad news is that it's definitely not worth a theater ticket. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2020
3.5/5 2067 (2020) Douglas Davidson The end result is a film which, at first, seems like a rehash of time travel stories, but, with patience, reveals itself to be much more intelligent. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2020
2.5/5 All Joking Aside (2019) Douglas Davidson What prevents All Joking Aside from being successful aren't the jokes (many of which land nicely) or the performances (a few being a little too stiff), but the rush to get to the good stuff instead of putting the time in to earn it. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2020
4.5/5 Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999) Douglas Davidson The film is a rare oddity in that is very much of its period, yet is absolutely timeless. It's not just that the poetry Jarmusch pulls from Hagakure ... it's that the film constantly creates a simultaneous sense of something ending and beginning. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2020
4.5/5 It's a Wonderful Life (1946) Douglas Davidson ... It's a Wonderful Life is a story about how being the best version of yourself, the one who looks out for others, is what it means to be a citizen in any town in any state in our country. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2020
3.5/5 Koko-di Koko-da (2019) Douglas Davidson For all of its dreadful aspects involving torture, murder, and degradation, [writer/director Johannes] Nyholm's nightmarish Koko-di Koko-da never terrifies so much as instills wave after wave of endless discomfort. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2020
4/5 V for Vendetta (2006) Douglas Davidson Release date frustration aside, V for Vendetta remains just as thought-provoking as ever and stands out as a highlight to the Wachowski's ability to write scenes that delight, thrill, and frighten almost all at once. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2020
4/5 Take Out Girl (2020) Douglas Davidson Take Out Girl is able to explore notions of greed versus desperation, of the reward from hard work versus the faults of short cuts, and of the soul-shattering damage that the awareness of our choices brings. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2020
2.5/5 The Owners (2020) Douglas Davidson .. if you're in the mood for some light-weight unpleasantness, some down-and-dirty box knife-wielding type of misery, then maybe The Owners is exactly what you need. Be forewarned: in a tale like this one, the God of Death gets exactly what it wants. EDIT
Posted Oct 20, 2020