Mathew Buck

Film nerd, creator of Bad Movie Beatdown and Projector.

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  • Ava

    Ava

    ★★

    Ava tries to split the difference between an action movie and a character-based drama, but ends up botching it's assignment. Although it puts espionage next to domestic melodrama, which sets it apart from the usual “betrayed by their employer” plot, both the drama and thriller sides are underserved by the end result, with the film suffering particularly badly from a clumsy 90-minute edit that tries to put action at the forefront, even though that part of the plot is the…

  • Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs

    Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs

    ★★★

    Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs is a likeable spin on the Snow White story, that does have a well-intentioned body-positive message, even if the execution is a little spotty. Although like many fairytale animations it owes a big debt to Shrek – especially in the central twist – and Tangled – which it shares character designer Jin Kim with – it does carve out its own identity, especially in terms of the solid animation and woodland aesthetic, but also…

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  • Venom

    Venom

    ★½

    I was entertained by Venom for what I suspect are all the wrong reasons, because this is a fascinating trainwreck. After a rather tedious first act, once Hardy is infected by the titular creature, the movie itself mutates into an absolute laugh riot; it becomes almost like a surreal buddy movie, as the usually intense actor flails and mugs with such ferocity that it is almost impossible to take him seriously, bypassing horror straight into goofiness. The script is both…

  • Fantastic Four

    Fantastic Four

    ★½

    "It's clobbering time" is something Ben Grimm's abusive brother used to say before he slapped him about.

    I'm sure comic book fans will *love* that...

    Full video review here.