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
4/5 My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising (2019) Douglas Davidson Time and again, My Hero Academia finds clever and surprising ways to raise the stakes in every story, all in the pursuit of its grand theme: what does it take to be a hero? EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2020
4/5 Guns Akimbo (2019) Douglas Davidson It's a particularly sadomasochistic experience as Guns Akimbo breaks down society's desire for violence and their fetishization of mental health stereotypes while serving up exactly what the audience craves. EDIT
Posted Feb 23, 2020
4/5 The Misogynists (2017) Douglas Davidson At first, one might expect a film portraying several hours after Donald Trump was elected president in November 2016 as either leaning strongly in one political direction or another, but Tukel wisely takes aim at everyone ... EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2020
3.5/5 Color Out of Space (2019) Douglas Davidson This thought permeates throughout director Richard Stanley's (The Otherworld) adaptation of Lovecraft's 1927 short story The Colour Out of Space, a film that is as wildly intense and unsettling as it is beautiful and confusing. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2020
4/5 The Call of the Wild (2020) Douglas Davidson As far as adaptations go, The Call of the Wild does an excellent job of tweaking the source material for a modern age without losing any emotional heft. EDIT
Posted Feb 17, 2020
4/5 The Photograph (2020) Douglas Davidson ... Meghie's tale which examines not just love, but the words not spoken and a life-lived privately in public, and is performed by outstanding performers who make you feel their truths as much as believe them. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
4/5 A Simple Wedding (2018) Douglas Davidson Though the story ... doesn't dig into the patriarchal aspects of marriage, the romantic comedy A Simple Wedding does explore the conflict between cultural perceptions of love and the greater significance of philautia ... EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2020
4/5 Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Douglas Davidson At its core, Birds of Prey is not just a film to wipe the slate clean for the Crown Princess of Crime, but to establish that the toxicity present, the male-domination that creeps through [Suicide] Squad, is a thing of the past. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
4.5/5 Doctor Sleep (2019) Douglas Davidson Unequivocally, the director's cut is a riveting piece of cinema which should be the version audiences see from here moving forward. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2020
4/5 Kong: Skull Island (2017) Douglas Davidson Loud, violent, and just ridiculous enough to warrant a return to Skull Island as soon as the credits finish rolling, ladies and gentlemen, for your utter delight and pleasure, Vogt-Roberts presents: Kong: Skull Island. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2020
2/5 Ghost in the Shell (2017) Douglas Davidson ... [I]t's visually beautiful and successful recreates many of the iconic scenes from the Japanese anime film (itself an adaptation of a manga); yet it fails to capture the central essence of the story. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2020
3.5/5 The Belko Experiment (2016) Douglas Davidson Audiences will absolutely delight in the carnage, yet find themselves longing for a stronger payoff by the end. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2020
2.5/5 Suicide Squad (2016) Douglas Davidson Unfortunately, what's advertised as high-octane rock n' roll is more of an uneven pop song. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2020
4.5/5 The Song of Names (2019) Douglas Davidson Ordinarily these stories focus on the ones in the ghettos or camps, but Lebrecht's tale is of a survivor and the weighted responsibility that surviving bears. It is ... a beautiful, poignant expression of faith, family, and the persistence of a people. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2020
4/5 The Gentlemen (2020) Douglas Davidson ... [Ritchie's] latest effort, The Gentlemen, gives off a sense of Ritchie breaking free from whatever he was trying to conform too in the latter pictures, using the polish as a beautiful veneer for some truly nasty mayhem. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2020
3.5/5 Yoga Hosers (2016) Douglas Davidson Fans of Smith's prior work will have a blast, eagerly awaiting the chance to show Yoga Hosers to their kids, while the average filmgoer will likely pass on what is one of Smith's more uneven stories. EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2020
4/5 Jay and Silent Bob Reboot (2019) Douglas Davidson Smith's latest film, Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, brings together just about every familiar face audiences have met and loved in a story that's hilariously familiar and with a heart bigger than Jay's junk. BONG. EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2020
3.5/5 Bad Boys for Life (2020) Douglas Davidson It's with great pleasure that I proclaim the Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah-directed Bad Boys for Life is the best Bad Boys since the original. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2020
4/5 Like a Boss (2020) Douglas Davidson Forget any notion you might hear that Like A Boss is a girls' night out film or a date night film. It's a friend film. New friends, old friends, casual friends, longtime friends, you will see yourself ... represented in the characters or the narrative. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2020
4/5 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Douglas Davidson [S]o much of The Rise of Skywalker appears impossible, even likely improbable, until it happens and then, once more, we are returned to a childlike state, in awe of the mysteries of the Force. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2019
3.5/5 Cats (2019) Douglas Davidson What [director Tom] Hooper's team devised, however, while not totally perfect, does wonderfully translate what stage actors envision for themselves when taking on the roles. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
4.5/5 Little Women (2019) Douglas Davidson Likely to replace the '94 version as the best modern adaptation of Little Women is the recent release by writer/director Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird), who trims, adjusts, and bends the original tale into something Alcott would surely admire. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
4/5 Spies in Disguise (2019) Douglas Davidson The narrative execution is the key element of what makes Spies in Disguise work, pulling audiences in with a silly premise and then giving them something both action-packed and heartwarmingly sweet, anchored by a strong cast. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2019
3.5/5 Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) Douglas Davidson Now on its fourth story, Jumanji: The Next Level succumbs to the best and worst parts of any sequel by making almost the same film as before, just with a different scenario. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2019
4.5/5 1917 (2019) Douglas Davidson It's both stylish and gimmicky, while also emotionally tense and incredibly clever, resulting in a unique cinematic experience that's frequently harrowing, propulsive, and often emotional excruciating. EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2019
4.5/5 Queen & Slim (2019) Douglas Davidson However you read [Queen & Slim], there is no other way than to think of it as a time bomb, one which you are never prepared for when it goes off. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2019
4.5/5 Knives Out (2019) Douglas Davidson Johnson flays layer after layer of socio-political intrigue as he twists the knife ... via an old school Jessica Fletcher-esque whodunit. Frankly, Knives Out is quite possibly the most fun you'll have at the theater this holiday season. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2019
4/5 Frozen II (2019) Douglas Davidson What they bring to the table this time opens up the world only hinted at in 2013 and, in the process, offer answers to questions audiences may never have considered. By doing this, Frozen II becomes something braver, bolder, and, yes, more frozen. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
3.5/5 Blinded by the Light (2019) Douglas Davidson [Director Gurinder] Chadha's Blinded by the Light is an uplifting tale of personal strength, the enduring sense of youthful revolt, and that no matter the time or place, our private pains are universal. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2019
4/5 Baishe: Yuanqi (2019) Douglas Davidson ... White Snake is both a fantastic entry point for those who are less familiar with the original folktale, as well as a lovely reinterpretation for those completely intimate. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2019
4/5 Aquarela (2018) Douglas Davidson Drawing from the translation of its name, "watercolor," Aquarela features no real narrative as it moves languidly from beginning to end. In this way, Aquarela is an absolutely mesmerizing piece of cinema. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2019
3/5 Look Away (2019) Douglas Davidson Love Is Blind is indeed the quirky romantic drama that the advertising suggests. ... In execution, however, it just doesn't fall into place in a manner befitting a clear and cohesive narrative. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
4/5 Last Christmas (2019) Douglas Davidson While Last Christmas hits all the marks of a feel-good holiday flick, it also incorporates several challenging notions which celebrants of the holiday tend to forget amid the parties and gift-giving. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2019
4/5 Cold Brook (2018) Douglas Davidson ... Cold Brook succeeds in part by its fantastic cast, but mostly by its focus on simplicity. There're no grand fights or superfluous moments, just a tale of love that transcends time and mortal existence. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2019
2/5 Motherless Brooklyn (2019) Douglas Davidson With so much that works as pieces, it's perplexing that the whole of Motherless Brooklyn ends up feeling lifeless, rather than as a living, breathing film. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
3/5 The Lion King (2019) Douglas Davidson The best news for any Lion King fan is that even if this version isn't to your liking, you only need to remember two words to make it all ok: hakuna matata. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2019
4/5 Paradise Hills (2019) Douglas Davidson For a feature film directorial debut, Alice Waddington (Disco Inferno) comes out swinging, demolishing the chains of patriarchy along the way. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
4/5 Toy Story 4 (2019) Douglas Davidson Having only recently watched [Toy Story] 3, the closure in [Toy Story] 4 is more concrete and serves as a fitting conclusion for a series that's been about duty, friendship, and caring for others. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2019
4.5/5 The Elephant Queen (2018) Douglas Davidson The Elephant Queen is an absolute marvel, a beautiful technical achievement which also wonderfully captures nature's inhabitants of Kenya. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
4.5/5 Miss Virginia (2019) Douglas Davidson What makes Miss Virginia so heart-warming isn't the inevitable triumph we know is coming, but in watching how the people of the community come together as one. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
4.5/5 Cyrano, My Love (2018) Douglas Davidson ... Michalik's Cyrano, My Love is full of rapid-fire dialogue, engaging performances, and sublime direction, all of which capture the energy of a play on celluloid. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2019
3.5/5 The Bestowal (2018) Douglas Davidson ... the crux of de Burgh's story is how significant every life lived can be when given the chance. It's a valuable message for those patient enough to receive it. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2019
3.5 Annabelle Comes Home (2019) Douglas Davidson It's a razor sharp, tension-filled psychological thriller whose best weapon is the way it teases its audience with scares and violence, even if any rarely comes. ... That's what makes it fun. That's what makes audiences want to come back for more. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2019
3/5 Joker (2019) Douglas Davidson Despite finding Joker to be an incredibly unique cinematic experience, the result of craftspeople at the top of their game, the manner in which they successfully capture the nature of the Joker instills far more trepidation than awe. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2019
4/5 Abominable (2019) Douglas Davidson ... Abominable is a lovely reminder that it doesn't matter where you go, but with whom you travel. EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2019
4/5 Chained for Life (2018) Douglas Davidson One thing for certain is that [director Aaron] Schimberg's approach to filmmaking is a breath of fresh air, opting to make bold statements via biting satire carefully constructed in a manner to never make the subject matter the butt of the joke. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2019
4.5/5 Ad Astra (2019) Douglas Davidson Director James Gray and co-writer Ethan Gross draw from this to create a space odyssey which is futuristic, expansive, and largesse in style, while also being psychological, minimal, and extraordinarily personal in scope. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2019
4.5/5 Promare (2019) Douglas Davidson Though it takes some getting used to as the animation is visually overwhelming at first, once the viewer is acclimated, Promare is a roller coaster ride of action, excitement, intentional hilarity, and moving storytelling. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
3.5/5 Neither Wolf Nor Dog (2016) Douglas Davidson In many ways, the hubris and folly of the [Founding] Fathers are placed under high scrutiny in writer/director Steven Lewis Simpson's (A Thunder-Being Nation) Neither Wolf Nor Dog, an adaptation of the novel by Kent Nerburn. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
4/5 Empathy, Inc. (2018) Douglas Davidson What makes Empathy, Inc. extraordinary is the lengths it's willing to go to push its audience to the brink of reason in search of the answer. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019