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SilentDawn has written 32 reviews for films rated .

  • Escape Room

    Escape Room

    19

    One of the worst endings I've ever seen. Absolutely abysmal. Escape Room offers a few evocative visual set-pieces but these annoying characters refuse to shut up.

  • Joker

    Joker

    18

    What is most fascinating about Joker isn't the titular character, nor is it the landscape he's placed in. There's little (if any) detail to the performances or the setting that isn't already present on a fundamental level. What you see is what you get. Joaquin Phoenix GOOD?!? Great, water is wet. Next question. The slog of Todd Phillips' latest venture has one constant - this movie is so desperate to distract the viewer from the fact that it has…

  • Go Figure

    Go Figure

    19

    A poor man's Ice Princess, if that's even possible.

  • Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw

    Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw

    17

    Once the Fast and Furious franchise was 'in' on the joke and not deliberately trying to reinvent the genre and style of their own series, it became worthless. That perfect middle can be found in Tokyo Drift or Fast 5 and 6, which attempt their own goals and have formal ambitions in addition to their populistic flavor. They were fun and silly and surprisingly engaging on a formal level. What Hobbs and Shaw is in comparison is a commercial at punishing length, without worth of its own. It feels like it's missing a laugh track.

  • Dave Chappelle: Sticks & Stones

    Dave Chappelle: Sticks & Stones

    15

    "Damn, people criticized the reactionary nature of my recent comedy and instead of maybe taking it into account or addressing it in the uncomfortable yet potent material that I usually do, I'll act like a chinese man on stage and compare gender politics to the alphabet. I'm a comedy legend and I can't do anything wrong!"

    - Dave Chappelle.

  • Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers

    Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers

    19

    Gosh, even worse than I remembered. Starts with a stupid retcon of 4's promising conclusion and only gets dumber from there. The opening has Michael Myers floating down stream like Leo in The Revenant and being taken in by a strange hermit with a parrot, only to abandon the plot thread as Myers awakens a year later to kill again (???), which is all fine and dandy except the characters are as dull as a bag of rocks and…

  • Tales of Halloween

    Tales of Halloween

    13

    Imagine Trick 'r' Treat created by a horror convention committee, and that's this movie. Terrible.

  • Godzilla: King of the Monsters

    Godzilla: King of the Monsters

    12

    The classic example of a creative team pulling the worst from its predecessor and failing to develop on its potential. Gareth Edwards' Godzilla, as an origin for the new 'zilla incarnation and a study of humanity's insignificance amongst ancient beings, was a miraculous success even if it chose to portray the titular creature as a vehicle of Spielbergian suspense. The constant cutaways were playful and frustrating, lending the climax an extended fanboy payoff that worked for some and didn't…

  • Someone Great

    Someone Great

    15

    A film conceived, produced, and constructed by a buzzfeed quiz tumblr woke twitter supercomputer, in which not one character is allowed outside their set-type of upper-class millennial discomfort. Oh boo hoo! Is this what Netflix, otherwise known as one of many 'Big Brands', thinks of millennials? Comfortably lost in their Social Media and Journalism jobs, upset with their long-term relationships they haven't paid attention to because they're too busy having the Time of Their Life at their Place of…

  • Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile

    Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile

    19

    Wait, what exactly I am supposed to be feeling throughout this? Intensity? Discomfort? Shock? Because it's pretty standard information that Ted Bundy was an evil yet charming individual who was all the more demonic and deplorable because of his success in terms of wit and luring in victims. It's not a revelation, and the film does nothing in the way of making those beats interesting on a level that constitutes a major film production, which this doesn't even look…

  • The FP

    The FP

    15

    Ends on a white dude saying a nonsense badass catchphrase that is simultaneously an acronym for the 'n' word. No thanks.

  • Welcome to Marwen

    Welcome to Marwen

    20

    Depressing to report that this is mostly a disastrous effort from Zemeckis, who, unlike Spielberg and Ready Player One's mostly inscrutable yet dazzling media-box, fails to structure and configure his preoccupations and obsessions into a cohesive whole. Its only connective tissue is in the transitional breaks from and towards the realm of fantasy, all while Steve Carell is wandering around in an attempt to do something, anything, in finding purpose in the broad strokes and syrupy schmaltz of this…