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David Bax

David Bax
David Bax's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Battleship Pretension

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
100% Driveways (2019) ...Ahn maintains and deepens his empathy, his patience and his understanding that pain is often something you live with, not just experience.‐ Battleship Pretension
Read More | Posted May 6, 2020
No Score Yet Hue and Cry (1947) ...the movie never goes too long without giving you something shiny to look at.‐ Battleship Pretension
Read More | Posted May 1, 2020
20% Laughter in Paradise (1951) Unfortunately, for a movie that should be chock full of such shenanigans, Laughter in Paradise pointedly avoids farce, instead taking its characters' journeys a little too seriously and producing a disappointingly tame result.‐ Battleship Pretension
Read More | Posted May 1, 2020
100% School for Scoundrels (1960) It is, to be blunt, a ridiculous premise executed with delightful precision by Hamer and his cast.‐ Battleship Pretension
Read More | Posted May 1, 2020
67% The Belles of St. Trinian's (1953) There are nice touches in the production design, like shattered windows and locked up silver, but Launder doesn't have the light touch as a director that he does as a writer...‐ Battleship Pretension
Read More | Posted May 1, 2020
78% True History of the Kelly Gang (2020) Kurzel's fatalism presents us with a country of the damned.‐ Battleship Pretension
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2020
95% A White, White Day (Hvítur, hvítur dagur) (2020) ...a faultlessly realized plea for seeking control of one's own emotions through means that lift us all up, not through punishment or vengeance.‐ Battleship Pretension
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2020
96% The Cranes are Flying (Letyat zhuravli) (1960) We see glimpses of Boris after his deployment but Kalatozov saves the most disquieting glimpses of the war for the homefront where, while Veronika longs for the past, the harsh present sweeps forward in cold blood.‐ Battleship Pretension
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2020
86% Potomok Chingis-Khana (Storm over Asia) (The Heir to Genghis Khan) (1929) Like all three entries in the Bolshevik trilogy, Storm over Asia may make you want to take up arms yourself and overthrow the bloated status quo.‐ Battleship Pretension
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2020
83% The End of St. Petersburg (1927) Part of Pudovkin's talent lies in his ability to position individual characters as both audience surrogates and instructors by example.‐ Battleship Pretension
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2020
No Score Yet Mother (1926) ...Pudovkin builds tension, character and sympathy through editing, be it the fast-paced fades that seem to usher contrasting forces inexorably toward conflict or the deliberately slowed down sections that anxiously await an explosion of violence.‐ Battleship Pretension
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2020
83% The Maggie (1954) ...Mackendrick allows no illusions that the crew of The Maggie are anything but criminals.‐ Battleship Pretension
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2020
100% Whisky Galore! (1949) In a sense, Whisky Galore! is one of the earliest examples of the British "village movie," those charming little films where citizens of a small, picturesque hamlet band together to do something endearingly scandalous.‐ Battleship Pretension
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2020
100% Antonio Gaudí (1986) It's a masterpiece of cinema about masterpieces of architecture.‐ Battleship Pretension
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2020
57% My Bloody Valentine (1981) The splatter of blood and guts never becomes redundant.‐ Battleship Pretension
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2020
100% Slay the Dragon (2020) ...as a persuasive and accessible work of issue advocacy, it's urgent and, dare I say, important.‐ Battleship Pretension
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2020
50% The Fugitive Kind (1960) If you're familiar with Williams, you won't be surprised that things end badly but you might be surprised at how relieved you are when they finally do.‐ Battleship Pretension
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2020
No Score Yet Trapped (1949) Every noirish development is immediately deflated by the reassurance that the Secret Service knows what's going on and is already poised to stop it.‐ Battleship Pretension
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2020
97% Come and See (Idi i smotri) (1985) ...the strong notes of horror that are present in Come and See from the very beginning...advance to the front as absurdity mutates into nightmare.‐ Battleship Pretension
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2020
59% Young Ahmed (Le jeune Ahmed) (2020) Like with other such thoughtful, unpretentious works of art, your interpretation will say more about you than it does about the movie.‐ Battleship Pretension
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2020
93% Passport to Pimlico (1949) This is a premise that's primed for shenanigans and the screenplay by T.E.B. Clarke delivers...‐ Battleship Pretension
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2020
48% Burden (2020) ...doles out scenes of racial conflict the same way an action movie might dole out explosions or car chases.‐ Battleship Pretension
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
48% Greed (2020) There are no people in Greed, only examples in its argument.‐ Battleship Pretension
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2020
38% Wendy (2020) Wendy is like someone doing a po-faced, acoustic, coffee shop cover of a silly kid's song.‐ Battleship Pretension
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2020
66% Pandora and the Flying Dutchman (1951) ...it's the type of darkly fantastic tall tale you might hear told by a lovelorn old salt at a dockside bar.‐ Battleship Pretension
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2020
80% The Innocent (L'innocente) (1979) ...despite all there is to gawk at in L'Innocente, nothing is quite so captivating as Giannini's galling cad.‐ Battleship Pretension
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2020
89% The Cordillera of Dreams (La cordillera de los sueños) (2020) 2010's Nostalgia for the Light looked at the desert; 2015's The Pearl Button explored the ocean. Now we come to the mountain.‐ Battleship Pretension
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2020
100% Minari (2020) Despite its prevailing quietness, Minari is so full of life you can feel it (Lachlan Milne's tactile photography certainly helps).‐ Battleship Pretension
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
91% Whirlybird (2020) In Whirlybird, images of human suffering poison a whole city while the person producing them suffers and poisons in her own way.‐ Battleship Pretension
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2020
43% Omniboat: A Fast Boat Fantasia (2020) The center that holds it all together is no more than a single speedboat and no less than a validating cry from our fleeting location, here and now, on the downslope of human existence.‐ Battleship Pretension
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2020
83% The Nest (2020) Durkin finds a deeper, more existential level of terror when he wonders if anything of the life we build for ourselves is real and if there's anything to catch us when it disappears beneath us.‐ Battleship Pretension
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
73% The Glorias (2020) If things were [this] simple, we wouldn't even need Gloria Steinem.‐ Battleship Pretension
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
100% Dick Johnson Is Dead (2020) ...maybe we experience Dick's death over and over again not to come to peace with it-something he's already done-but to come to peace with the fact that it's going to happen to us too.‐ Battleship Pretension
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
92% Kajillionaire (2020) Kajillionaire is nowhere near corny enough to suggest that all our little ceremonies, patterns and pageants are what really matter in life, only that there's some beauty to be found in the play.‐ Battleship Pretension
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2020
65% Worth (2020) Unlike better real life procedurals like Spotlight or even last year's The Report, where each new development was the consequence of the one that came before, Worth feels very much like the tail is wagging the dog.‐ Battleship Pretension
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2020
97% Shirley (2020) Shirley explores the edge of birth and death where young women like Rose exist and asks us to ponder whether trust and abandon or ownership and agency are better suited to navigate it.‐ Battleship Pretension
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2020
86% The Night House (2020) This is the rare movie where we want her to go through that door or down those stairs, even though we know that what she finds will keep us up at night.‐ Battleship Pretension
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2020
99% Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) The scene from which Never Rarely Sometimes Always takes its name is a restrained but devastating masterpiece illustrating that, as it currently stands in our country, the procedure itself is not all that's invasive about abortion.‐ Battleship Pretension
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2020
89% Zola (2020) Zola is a fascinating status update for our time.‐ Battleship Pretension
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
92% Miss Americana (2020) Miss Americana is a portrait of Swift as she is now, having grown, looked at her success and decided that what's next is to use it as a force for good.‐ Battleship Pretension
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
93% The Perfect Candidate (2020) Maryam's campaign is a slapdash, ad hoc affair but that doesn't mean The Perfect Candidate had to look as if it were as well.‐ Battleship Pretension
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
91% The Climb (2020) Your best friend may be a terrible friend but, hey, at least you can count on him.‐ Battleship Pretension
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
82% Cuties (Mignonnes) (2020) Doucouré distinguishes her film with touches of magical realism-a dress that seems to change and swell in anticipation of Amy's puberty; possibly sentient confetti; an airborne game of jump rope-that make Cuties thrillingly unique.‐ Battleship Pretension
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
86% Color Out of Space (2020) There are gorgeous, hallucinatory visual effects but Color Out of Space would be a truly upsetting movie to watch on acid.‐ Battleship Pretension
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2020
91% Weathering with You (2020) ...the bits about age-old prophecies and rituals, gods and mortals, feels copied and pasted from various other hoary fantasy stories.‐ Battleship Pretension
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2020
21% Like a Boss (2020) This is less a movie than it is an extended reel made to cut trailers from.‐ Battleship Pretension
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2020
85% Les Misérables (2020) Where Les Misérables falls apart is in trying to cram a full season of The Wire into 102 minutes.‐ Battleship Pretension
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2020
83% Just Mercy (2020) Dialogue as unwieldy with information and insistent in pathos as Just Mercy's goes down easier when spoken by this caliber of actors.‐ Battleship Pretension
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
73% Tunes of Glory (1960) The persistent and lovely sound of bagpipes is almost enough to drown out the sound of men's inner demons clawing at each other's psyches.‐ Battleship Pretension
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2019
70% Bombshell (2019) Bombshell reminds us that, against Ailes, the forces of good may have won a battle but we lost the war.‐ Battleship Pretension
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019