Fiction Machine

Fiction Machine is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Grant Watson
Rating Title/Year Author
6/10 Ancien and the Magic Tablet (2017) Grant Watson The film ultimately felt a much messier and undisciplined affair than the opening set-up had suggested. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2021
8/10 Nitram (2021) Grant Watson It is essential to acknowledge that this is a responsible, mature work of art. To not tolerate it is as simple as not watching it. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2021
7/10 Words Bubble Up Like Soda Pop (2020) Grant Watson This is an intimate, emotive story with humour and heart, and it is expressed with energy and warmth. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2021
7/10 The Monkey King 3 (2018) Grant Watson While the CGI effects may strain a little from time to time, the story and the characters are appealing and enormously entertaining. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2021
6/10 Waiting for Anya (2020) Grant Watson If broken up into six episodes for TV or streaming, it would be the sort of historical children's drama that used to be commonplace. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2021
7/10 Immortals (2011) Grant Watson Find the biggest screen, crank the stereo up loud, and revel. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2021
8/10 My Friend Dahmer (2017) Grant Watson It's a frightening film, but more than that it's a drama. More than that it's a tragedy. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2021
5/10 Return to Never Land (2002) Grant Watson Give it another few decades and the 1953 film will still be around entertaining children. It seems likely no one will remember the 2002 sequel at all. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2021
8/10 The Mole Song: Hong Kong Capriccio (Mogura no uta: sennyû sôsakan Reiji 2) (2017) Grant Watson Hong Kong Capriccio is a perfect sequel and an excellent companion to the original Mole Song. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2021
5/10 The Guilty (2021) Grant Watson The bottom line is that Fuqua's film does not trust its material. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2021
7/10 Gamera (1965) Grant Watson There is no denying that this is a derivative work - it clearly would not exist without Toho's reptilian giant - but within that framework it does feel like its own thing. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2021
7/10 The Forever Purge (2021) Grant Watson After a slightly underwhelming prequel in 2018, The Forever Purge is a strong and well-paced return to form for the series. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2021
7/10 Pretty in Pink (1986) Grant Watson There is strong work among the supporting players: while Ringwald and McCarthy are amiable enough, other performers around them constantly threaten to steal the limelight. EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2021
8/10 High Ground (2020) Grant Watson High Ground is a powerful and hugely effective film. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2021
7/10 God of War (2017) Grant Watson Genre fans will be in for a treat; other viewers might need a little patience to get to the good stuff. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2021
6/10 Coma (2019) Grant Watson Its execution may lag a little behind its ambitions, but those ambitions are honest and emphatic enough to forgive any number of minor sins. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2021
2/10 Double Lover (2017) Grant Watson The climactic scenes will provoke you into either peals of laughter or apoplectic rage. It is hard to imagine there could be a middle response between the two. EDIT
Posted Sep 21, 2021
6/10 Halloween (2007) Grant Watson This is a flawed but interesting work from a flawed but interesting filmmaker. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2021
8/10 The Little House (2014) Grant Watson It utilises an unexpected narrative structure - a flashback within a flashback - but delivers its story with emotional honesty and remarkable dignity. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2021
6/10 Man of Steel (2013) Grant Watson Here is the main problem: it is a solid movie, but a terrible Superman movie. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2021
5/10 Dragonfly Eyes (2017) Grant Watson On a conceptual level alone this is an inventive and fascinating piece of work. As an actual narrative work, it's terribly dull. EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2021
7/10 As Good as It Gets (1997) Grant Watson One cannot exaggerate how much Helen Hunt's work invests us in this film and its characters; not just Carol but everybody else with whom she comes into contact. EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2021
6/10 Roald Dahl's The Witches (2020) Grant Watson It is, broadly speaking, an enjoyable film. There are better films out there. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2021
6/10 You Don't Nomi (2019) Grant Watson Importantly, this is a kind work. It defends Showgirls in places, and argues that it is unmitigated trash in others, but it does so with a sense of fairness. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2021
8/10 Daguerrotype (2016) Grant Watson Once again Kurosawa has produced a strong and evocative journey to an uncomfortable place. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2021
7/10 Greta (2018) Grant Watson This is A-grade B-grade. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2021
5/10 Buddies in India (2017) Grant Watson He [Wang Baoqiang] seems to adopt a scattershot approach, resulting in scenes that drag interminably wedged up against ones that pop off the screen. EDIT
Posted Sep 8, 2021
7/10 The Fortress (2017) Grant Watson The Fortress, for all of its military trappings, is not an action movie. Viewers seeking a political drama mixed with a history lesson will find this much more to their taste. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2021
6/10 Worth (2020) Grant Watson While it is a well-intentioned and deeply respectful film, it does not seem quite as interesting a story as to need a feature adaptation. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2021
6/10 The Retaliators (2021) Grant Watson Early impressions may frustrate, but it is worth persevering with The Retaliators. EDIT
Posted Sep 1, 2021
9/10 Blade of the Immortal (2017) Grant Watson Take the fantasy elements out and Blade of the Immortal is a brilliantly effective throwback to the "chanbara" sword-fighting films of the 1960s. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2021
9/10 Five Fingers for Marseilles (2017) Grant Watson This is not simply a distinctive western; it is a masterful one. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2021
5/10 Maryline (2017) Grant Watson It is a marvelous show reel. It is an unsatisfactory film. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2021
3/10 Battle of Memories (2017) Grant Watson The final half hour effectively insults everything that made the preceding 90 minutes so interesting. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2021
9/10 Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) (2021) Grant Watson Summer of Soul is smart, engaging, and thought-provoking. EDIT
Posted Aug 25, 2021
8/10 Mad God (2021) Grant Watson Mad God is artful and inventive. Less a story than an experience, it is dreamlike, surreal, and absolutely striking to watch. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2021
6/10 The Call (2020) Grant Watson A curate's egg that, while entertaining in fits and starts, never comes together as a whole. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2021
6/10 The Goya Murders (2019) Grant Watson With The Goya Murders audiences get a satisfying thriller but a fairly disposable one too. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2021
7/10 The Nowhere Inn (2020) Grant Watson Yes it has artistic pretensions beyond making an audience laugh, but it is also a wonderful combination of comedic dialogue, pointed satire, and pitch-perfect awkward pauses. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2021
7/10 Indemnity (2021) Grant Watson Indemnity demands a Friday night, a couch, some beers, and a pizza - in the best possible sense. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2021
7/10 Hotel Poseidon (2021) Grant Watson For many viewers it may seem self-indulgent, but for a specific audience it may be precisely the sort of distinct and imaginative artistry that they crave the most. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2021
7/10 Sisters with Transistors (2020) Grant Watson There is an extraordinary thrill seeing these talented artists express themselves in such inventive, radical, and progressive ways. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2021
2/10 The Devil Inside (2012) Grant Watson Certainly it is far from being the worst horror film ever made, but after getting through all the good and mediocre ones, is it really worth spending time on the bad ones too? EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2021
5/10 The Ice Road (2021) Grant Watson There is absolutely a market and a place for this sort of simple, populist action, and The Ice Road does an efficient job of hitting that sweet spot. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2021
4/10 Free Guy (2021) Grant Watson Perhaps there is a market niche for audiences stuck deciding between underwhelming comedy and underwhelming science fiction, and Free Guy may well fill that. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2021
4/10 Medicine Man (1992) Grant Watson Not good enough to go actively searching for, but decent enough to watch through at least once to pass the time. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2021
4/10 The Island at the Top of the World (1974) Grant Watson The Island at the Top of The World is simply too ordinary, too familiar, and most importantly too late. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2021
7/10 Alien on Stage (2020) Grant Watson This is marvellous, funny, utterly joyful stuff. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2021
8/10 Celts (2021) Grant Watson If this is what Tomović can achieve in her first feature, I cannot wait to see what she creates in the future. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2021
9/10 Beyond the Infinite Two Minutes (2021) Grant Watson It represents the equivalent of Christopher Nolan's Tenet on one-tenth of its catering budget. It is Shane Carruth's Primer with jokes. EDIT
Posted Jul 30, 2021