David Bax

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

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
100% All About Eve (1950) n a movie in which everyone is preoccupied with learning all about her character, she remains alluringly, dangerously unknowable. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
No Score Yet Eegah (1962) The first draft nature of the screenplay is betrayed by its repetition. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
100% Midnight Family (2019) Midnight Family shows us a world in which health care and food are just more commodities; in other words, our world. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
100% The Disappearance of My Mother (2019) The Barrese we hear (and occasionally see) on camera may be frustrated by his subject's resistance to him but, to its benefit, the final product of The Disappearance of My Mother embraces her prickliness. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
95% In Fabric (2019) In Fabric is a satire of totalitarian capitalism, the kind of world in which Sheila's bosses ... are free to concern themselves not just with her job performance but with her eating and bathroom habits and the content of her dreams. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2019
73% The Aeronauts (2019) Everything that goes wrong on Wren and Glaisher's flight is a manufactured obstacle, a video game puzzle we know is going to be solved. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2019
89% The Two Popes (2019) ...if you look past The Two Popes' reductive outer shell, you'll find that what's inside can be a treat for the mind and the senses. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
83% Queen & Slim (2019) Their predicament may be more pronounced and obvious but it's a metaphor for how it must feel to live in a country where being black means your life always hangs in the balance. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
89% Hala (2019) Director Minhal Baig's attempts at cinematic lyricism, all slow motion and pensive strings on the soundtrack, make the movie do nothing so much as lie there on the page. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2019
100% Balloon (Qiqiu) (2019) The movie features almost no score; in its place is the roar of the wind whipping the dry, cold countryside. Your lips may chap just watching it. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2019
98% Clemency (2019) Bernadine's hell lies in the way even the most innocuous part of her day is infused with dread and guilt. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
87% Deerskin (2020) By the end, Georges' head-to-toe deerskin look is ridiculous, surprisingly flattering and, most importantly, iconographic. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
77% The Friend (2019) The Friend's power lies in the commitment of Cowperthwaite and her cast to making real human beings a bigger part of the story than the disease itself. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
100% Citizen K (2019) Despite his occasional dashes of razzle-dazzle, Gibney has, I note with relief, never been disingenuous, unlike some of the other big names in modern, mainstream documentary. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
78% Scandalous: The Untold Story of the National Enquirer (2019) Scandalous is not content to just be a breezy look at trashy journalism but it must also be a statement about the true nature of Americana. And that statement is made with about as much depth and nuance as your average National Enquirer article. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
81% The Hottest August (2019) Story's eye for visual metaphors is so sharp that you'd almost suspect some of these shots were staged. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
21% The Warrior Queen of Jhansi (2019) ...the experience of watching The Warrior Queen of Jhansi is like someone else telling you what happened in Braveheart. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
75% Happy Christmas (2014) A personal, hilarious and well-made work of art piped straight to me on my couch; if that's the form that the rescue of the modern film comedy is going to take, I refuse to complain. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2019
96% The Irishman (2019) In its devotion to drudgery both in subject and in method, it's a lot like Sheeran himself, persevering through principles it doesn't have to understand to follow. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
74% Harriet (2019) With its orthodox aesthetics (balanced frames) and structure (voiceovers and flashbacks) and its sentimental score (by the usually reliable Terence Blanchard), it might as well be a TV movie of the week from 30 years ago. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
93% The Kingmaker (2019) The Kingmaker's sickly enchantment comes in letting us into the life of the sweet old matron of our descent into nationalistic hell. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
58% Frankie (2019) Amidst the travelogue and the heavy conversations about love and death, Frankie is also, finally, an empathetic distillation of what it means to go on vacation with your family. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2019
98% The Cave (2019) The Cave is not the kind of advocacy documentary meant to make you feel good. It's meant to make you acknowledge that you know right from wrong and ask yourself what you are willing to do about it. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2019
88% Ochazuke no aji (Flavor of Green Tea Over Rice) (1964) It's so unassuming and so easy to slip into that when elegiac moments like the conversation that gives the film its title do bubble up, just as subtly as everything else that happens, the effect is almost overwhelming. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
88% Je t'aime moi non plus (I Love You, I Don't) (1976) I'd call it a balance of pain and pleasure but Je t'aime moi non plus doesn't seem want us to actually enjoy any of it. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
No Score Yet Meghe Dhaka Tara (The Cloud-Capped Star) (1960) Beneath Ghatak's humanistic, empathetic portrayal of a woman being ground down runs a furious polemic about the lives the many who live hand to mouth. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
64% Mister America (2019) Mister America succeeds in unexpected ways by centering humanity and heart amidst the sarcasm and misanthropy. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2019
No Score Yet L'Argent (1928) It's largely familiar stuff but when it's told with such boldness and beauty, who cares? - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
88% The Indian Tomb (Das indische Grabmal) (1959) European exceptionalism is the rule here, with whites being unquestionably good and Indians with European blood or with European educations blatantly portrayed as more civilized. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
88% The Tiger of Eschnapur (1959) European exceptionalism is the rule here, with whites being unquestionably good and Indians with European blood or with European educations blatantly portrayed as more civilized. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
80% Abominable (2019) Abominable's most powerful and impactful ingredient is its nearly unceasing visual beauty. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
96% First Love (Hatsukoi) (2019) First Love may be remembered less for its multiple decapitations and other grotesqueries than for having what may be the most touching final shot in any film this year. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
86% Where's My Roy Cohn? (2019) There are plenty of reasons to hate Cohn. But, by wrapping those up alongside negative connotations about homosexuality and by cherry-picking sound bites like Michael Moore, Tyrnauer overplays a good hand. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
93% Monos (2019) Monos is harrowing and experiential but most potent in its comparison between children and soldiers of any age in impersonal, modern warfare. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
80% A Hidden Life (2019) At the risk of sacrilege, it's a miracle of a movie. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
79% Jojo Rabbit (2019) ...when a film that's supposed to be a satire can't gain any of its best laughs at the expense of its stated target, that film has failed. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
83% Ema (2019) Time heals all wounds but, within the span of time covered in Ema, the closest thing to freedom is the disregard of the self. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
96% Knives Out (2019) Knives Out positions us just where it wants us, comfortably knowing more than any one character until the tumblers fall into place and we realize there's another door, another room that we hadn't even suspected. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
92% The Lighthouse (2019) How effective would a descent into madness be if it made sense? - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
89% Coming Home Again (2019) For all of its sentimentality, Coming Home Again recognizes that nothing-not tradition, reasoning, or even plain old acceptance-can forestall death or its destructive repercussions. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
97% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) It's as touching, uncompromising and arousing as anything Almodóvar has made, even if it is a departure. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
91% Sound of Metal (2019) Marder proves himself a natural cinematic storyteller but Sound of Metal is built in a such a way that it is dependent on the skill of its cast. Luckily, they come through beautifully (suggesting that Marder is a damn good director of actors as well). - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
100% Vitalina Varela (2019) With Vitalina Varela, Costa asks if we can still feel the presence of the dead. Can we talk to them? Can we touch them? And if we can't, why can't we stop longing to? - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
96% The Personal History of David Copperfield (2020) The Personal History of David Copperfield is not just hilarious and delightful, it's an argument on the behalf of the loquacious Iannucci for the vitality of words and their performance to our identity and our very survival. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
95% About Endlessness (Om det oändliga) (2019) Familiar as so much of About Endlessness is, what keeps it lively and urgent is the burning anger under Andersson's superficial lethargy. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
89% Bacurau (Nighthawk) (2019) For all of its dire predictions about the near future, one of the more disheartening things about Bacurau is the fact that movies like it might not be made in a few years' time. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
85% Zombi Child (2020) Zombi Child, while never quite boring, remains less than the sum of its parts, two halves in search of a whole. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
97% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2019) So irresistible is the pull between Marianne and Héloïse that it's hard to know whether to describe Portrait of a Lady on Fire as an erotically-charged romance or romantically-charged erotica. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
99% Varda by Agnès (2019) Varda was always collaborating and it's fittingly contrarian that Varda by Agnès, the final film from one of cinema's all time greatest auteurs, makes such an open-armed anti-auteurist argument. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
No Score Yet Fragment of an Empire (Oblomok imperii) (1930) By delving into Filiminov's fractured, conflicted mind and heart (intertitles often represent the tortured hero's inner monologue), Ermler makes his film's ultimate conclusions more persuasive on an emotional and psychological level. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019