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
7/10 Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) Grant Watson As an act in giving an audience exactly what they want it's still one of the funniest movies you can see this year. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
6/10 () Grant Watson JK Rock is certainly no classic of the genre, but for ardent enthusiasts for Japanese teen films will definitely find plenty in the film to enjoy. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
10/10 I Wish (2011) Grant Watson This is such a perfectly formed gem of a film. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2019
4/10 Gemini Man (2019) Grant Watson Lee, a director whom I would previously hailed as one of cinema's most reliable, has finally directed a bad film. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
6/10 Air Doll (2009) Grant Watson Air Doll is a mildly challenging film, in that its initial premise - disturbing as it is - never quite seems fulfilled. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2019
6/10 The Satellite Girl and Milk Cow (2014) Grant Watson The film itself has its ups and downs, but the ideas that under-pin it are an absolute delight. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2019
8/10 () Grant Watson As a small-scale character piece,Wild Berriesis tough to beat. EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2019
3/10 Freakdog (2008) Grant Watson Countless better options are available. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2019
3/10 Rambo: Last Blood (2019) Grant Watson "It is blandly offensive, out-of-date, and ultimately quite dull. It is just there to be ignored." EDIT
Posted Sep 21, 2019
8/10 Fires on the Plain (2014) Grant Watson The film is more a place that you visit than a story you are told. [...] It's a tightly packed, relentless and very harrowing experience. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
7/10 Chonmage purin (A Boy and His Samurai) (2010) Grant Watson This is a nicely enjoyable family-oriented movie - and for bakery enthusiasts it is something of a minor delight EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2019
7/10 Dolyeon Byeoni (2015) Grant Watson It is an imperfect film, but on the other hand its premise and bizarre protoganist are so off-the-wall that it gains plenty of appeal through sheer absurdism. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
8/10 Bullet Ballet (1998) Grant Watson This is cinema-as-punk-rock, filled with twentysomething thugs with attitude and a resentment towards authority. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
7/10 Haze (2005) Grant Watson As a visceral experience of horror, it's absolutely remarkable. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
7/10 Death in Brunswick (1990) Grant Watson The film may involve matters of life and death, but it involves them in a very relaxed and understated way. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2019
2/10 Assassin's Creed (2016) Grant Watson It's a film that doesn't even have the self-respect to bore, but seems intent on making its audience angry with it instead. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2019
8/10 () Grant Watson The film becomes increasingly tense: when is someone going to draw a line and refuse to cross it? EDIT
Posted Sep 1, 2019
9/10 Another Child (2019) Grant Watson On paper, Another Child reads like a terribly melodramatic soap opera. In practice it is a smart, inventive, and powerfully effective character drama. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2019
7/10 Crumbs (2015) Grant Watson There is a wonderful sense of play about the film. It knows it's having fun, and invites the viewer to join in. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2019
8/10 Creed II (2018) Grant Watson It takes a comparatively straight-forward sequel and turns into something special. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2019
8/10 Creature From the Black Lagoon (1954) Grant Watson This is a pulp classic with good reason. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2019
7/10 Crazy Rich Asians (2018) Grant Watson In the main Crazy Rich Asians works. It is a comedy, and it absolutely generated enough laughs to do its job. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2019
8/10 The Legend of the Holy Drinker (1988) Grant Watson Hauer delivers one of his most expressive and enchanting performances ever. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2019
6/10 Suicide Club (2001) Grant Watson It is emotionally satisfying, but logically inscrutable. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2019
3/10 Pitch Perfect 3 (2017) Grant Watson It does feel as if nobody really wanted to make this film. It feels un-enthused and perfunctory. More than that: it feels contractually obliged. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2019
8/10 The Great Battle (2018) Grant Watson It is visually appealing, packed from top to bottom with action and combat, dressed in appealing costumes, and backed by a stirring soundtrack by Yoon Il-sang. EDIT
Posted Aug 25, 2019
8/10 The Wild Goose Lake (2019) Grant Watson Diao Yinan has really managed to establish a strong reputation with his last two films. He is a genuine asset to Chinese genre cinema: smart, stylish, and hugely entertaining. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2019
7/10 Beyond Beauty: Taiwan From Above (2013) Grant Watson The elements that are beautiful are absolutely stunning. The elements that are not feel important. It is absolutely worth tracking down and watching. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2019
7/10 First Love (2019) Grant Watson For those who have never experienced his comedic works before it is furiously packed with action, and unexpectedly laced with a rather sweet sense of romance. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
6/10 Koko-di Koko-da (2019) Grant Watson I am not entirely convinced that the film works, but it certainly fascinates. EDIT
Posted Aug 18, 2019
7/10 Bacurau (2019) Grant Watson There is always space on the screen for this kind of distinctive cinema. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2019
8/10 Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons (2013) Grant Watson Filled with comedy, but also boasting extensive action and unexpected moments of horror. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
9/10 The Nightingale (2018) Grant Watson People are going to find this film exploitative [...] People are also going to find it a revelation: they are pretty much on the money as well. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2019
7/10 Les misérables (2019) Grant Watson A strong and powerful police drama with engaging performances and something of substance to tell its audience. EDIT
Posted Aug 11, 2019
9/10 House of Hummingbird (Beolsae) (2018) Grant Watson Altogether this is a powerfully constructed and slickly developed debut feature, and marks Kim Bora as a director with a world of potential. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
9/10 Long Day's Journey Into Night (2018) Grant Watson It is a vivid, troublesome mini-masterpiece. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2019
9/10 Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains (2019) Grant Watson This is a subtle and powerful - and critically visual - work of feature filmmaking. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2019
10/10 Kikujiro (1999) Grant Watson This is a wonderful movie. It's so unusually sad, yet so ridiculously happy. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2019
10/10 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Grant Watson Now and again this seemingly endless conveyor belt of capes and criminals just occasionally really knocks one out of the park. EDIT
Posted Jul 22, 2019
7/10 Leap of Faith (1992) Grant Watson Dances back and forth across genre lines to memorable but mixed effect. EDIT
Posted Jul 21, 2019
3/10 Dumbo (2019) Grant Watson It is charmless, overly long, ugly to look at, and terribly boring. The only surprise here is how many opportunities were dropped. EDIT
Posted Jul 14, 2019
4/10 Visible Secret (2001) Grant Watson It's a film that's drunkenly slipped between two stools, and winds up not really pleasing anyone. EDIT
Posted Jul 13, 2019
9/10 At Eternity's Gate (2018) Grant Watson If you want to have a feature film dive into the head of an artist then have it be directed by an artist. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
3/10 The Ewok Adventure (1984) Grant Watson Historical interest, however, is really Caravan of Courage's only reason to be seen these days. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2019
8/10 Crackerjack (2013) Grant Watson It is beautifully calm, warmly humorous, and altogether very,veryAustralian. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
6/10 Season of the Witch (2011) Grant Watson More than a little silly, but it does have decent-enough entertainment value for its target audience. You'll know if you're in that audience. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2019
9/10 Cop Car (2015) Grant Watson This is a superb piece of film-making: tightly edited, fast-paced and incredibly entertaining. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2019
7/10 The Conjuring 2 (2016) Grant Watson The Conjuring 2 is a fun, effective horror movie, and further emphasises the franchise generally as one ripe for sequels and spin-offs. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2019
8/10 The Company of Wolves (1985) Grant Watson Once the initial narrative turbulence passes The Company of Wolves emerges as an innovative and memorable fantasy spectacle EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2019
4/10 The Commuter (2018) Grant Watson If you have a specific penchant for Liam Neeson shouting at people and punching them in the face, then The Commuter just might hold enough entertainment value to satisfy. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2019