David 'Mad Dog' Bradley

David 'Mad Dog' Bradley
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Rip It Up, Adelaide Review
Location: AU

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
5/10 88% Hustlers (2019) It never fails to look tawdry, perhaps even slimy, although the script tries to conceal this with some feeble psychoanalysis of its protagonists and the suggestion that what we're watching is some kind of feminist drama - unconvincingly. - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
7/10 97% Working Woman (2019) Noy is strong here as Benny, a man used to getting what he wants, but Ben-Shlush is even better as Orna, who is initially embarrassed, then stunned, then numbed and afraid, and finally defiant. - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
96% Birds of Passage (Pájaros de verano) (2019) What must have been a very difficult production has resulted in something quite unforgettable. - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
6/10 68% Joker (2019) ... no matter how much Phillips, Phoenix and the DC/Warner Brothers corporate brains trust want it to be some profound examination of masculine malaise, this too is just a comic book movie. - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
59% Ride Like a Girl (2019) ...this is just a clumsy, made-for-TV-type outing graced by a few pretty good performances and the barest minimum of real emotion. - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
79% Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Is it, you know, scary, as the title foolishly promises? Well... no. Unless you're a tween who's never seen a horror movie before and, come on, who ever heard of such a thing? - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
6/10 24% The Goldfinch (2019) ...yet there's much here to enjoy, from Fegley, Kidman, Wilson and Wolfhard's performances, to the staging of the terrorist act that sets the story in motion, to the impressive depiction of the completely arbitrary nature of this life. - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
84% Ad Astra (2019) You'll be desperate for just a jot of Brad's trademark cocky humour, but no: it's all tormented agonising, dark musings and more soulful staring than every Star Trek series combined. - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
81% Memory: The Origins of Alien (2019) Writer/director Alexandre O. Philippe's latest documentary studies Ridley Scott's over-studied Alien and still comes up with a surprising and fascinating series of new and unfamiliar (alien?) angles. - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
6/10 79% Good Boys (2019) It's a foul-mouthed, at times pleasingly rude small-scale epic that loses something, perhaps, as its protagonists stretch credibility. - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
85% Downton Abbey (2019) It's a comedic/dramatic charmer with nice playing, snappy dialogue and noble intentions amid standard clunkiness, too many subplots and much extreme Englishness... untouchable delight for fans... - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
86% Animals (2019) ...the film is a very watchable study of two women as they begin to realise the second F in BFF is an impossible promise. - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
68% Angel of Mine (2019) Despite the flaws and some dull detail, this is worth persevering with due to Noomi's disturbing characterisation...you can't look away, no matter how hard you try. - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
7/10 63% It Chapter Two (2019) Yes, it is too long, but it's a fitting end to this filming of what was one of Stephen King's longest books, which is really saying something. - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
22% The Kitchen (2019) The desperate need to 'do a Scorsese' hangs heavily over the whole production, but no one seems to realise that not even Scorsese can 'do a Scorsese' these days. - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
83% Dogman (2019) [Matteo] Garrone returns to the grim, violent mood of his Gomorrah here, although the perspective is more intimate and personal than that film, and we're left much less sure about where our loyalties should lie. - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
75% Dragged Across Concrete (2019) Everything goes on way, way too long and so many of the characters are horrible. - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
99% Amazing Grace (2019) This documentary stirs the soul regardless of which church you might or might not belong to. - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
86% The Nightingale (2019) A movie guaranteed to make few friends and certainly too long, [Jennifer] Kent's disturbing epic is worth persevering with for audiences who can handle... the bloodily impactful violence. - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
5/10 39% Angel Has Fallen (2019) The third film in the Fallen series again features Gerard Butler and lots of violent action, but whereas the previous pics were straight-faced nonsense, this is just nonsense nonsense. - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
65% Danger Close (2019) ...despite the problems, it's hard not to be moved as the credits show the actors alongside snapshots of the men they played. It reminds us: these were real people. - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
8/10 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Tarantino shows just about the amount of restraint - and indulgence - we have come to expect from the director. Far out. - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
50% Palm Beach (2019) Palm Beach's accomplished direction by Rachel Ward and clever writing by Ward and Joanna Murray-Smith leave the viewer pondering the nature of perfection - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
6/10 79% Late Night (2019) In the end, Kaling and Thompson's double act delivers enough to stay up for - if you can resist the itch to change channels along the way. - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
5/10 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) This gets a few laughs from the comic charms of Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham but still leaves you feeling concussed - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
66% The Public (2019) Emilio Estevez's latest outing is a nobly-intentioned character piece that overstretches a little but just works, mostly due to a fine supporting full of his besties. - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
100% Apocalypse Now: Final Cut (2019) The horror...the horror. Brilliant. - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
91% The Keeper (Trautmann) (2018) Yes, it is more than just a mere 'Sport Movie' (one of my more detested genres), and proves an altogether winning experience. - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
82% Crawl (2019) [T]his is at times soggily familiar, but Kaya [Scodelario] and Barry [Pepper] have much chutzpah and make it work. And there's plenty of bite. - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
7/10 97% Booksmart (2019) [Booksmart is] a slightly derivative teen friendship drama that still proves mostly enjoyable thanks to memorable performances and a layer of sweet, wistful charm. - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
100% Mystify: Michael Hutchence (2019) Richard Lowenstein's beautifully sad documentary study of the all-too-short life of his late friend Michael Hutchence is a most moving memorial, and rather more about the man than the music. - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) We keep being distracted by the winning antics of the kids and their panicky teachers as they proceed to Prague and beyond, and a couple of tricks kick in that might leave purists unhappy with such diversions from the original comics. - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
8/10 99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) Just when you think you have a handle on Joon-ho's film, however, and you mistakenly assume you know why this is called Parasite, it takes a turn though, and becomes an even richer and more profound study. - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
7/10 62% Yesterday (2019) Patel, in his first starring role, is strong as the conflicted Jack (and he can sing too). - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
97% Toy Story 4 (2019) The fourth Toy Story movie is yet another delight, with beautiful animation, a glittering voice cast, some gorgeous gags, innovative touches, and a typically Pixar serving of sincere feeling. - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
93% Claire Darling (La dernière folie de Claire Darling) (2018) Catherine Deneuve, a titan of European cinema, is the best reason to catch co-writer/director Julie Bertuccelli's slightly strained but moving drama. - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
78% Never Look Away (2019) ...a genuinely epic and emotionally devastating drama. - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
6/10 23% Men in Black International (2019) ...a splashy, somewhat forgettable continuation of the extra-terrestrially minded Men In Black franchise. - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
6/10 51% Tolkien (2019) One of those movies that should work handsomely but somehow doesn't, quite, this is still worth it for LOTR devotees and diehards who'll pick all the in-jokes and hobbit-ish details and tearfully swoon over the timeless love between John and Edith. - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
23% Dark Phoenix (2019) The tenth in this run of Marvel X-Men movies is also one of the least impressive, due to a troubled production and extensive reshoots that changed and confused everything, leaving it all feeling significantly less than super. - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
30% Red Joan (2019) Although never properly coming together, it still offers some strong period detail, lots of talk and good work from Sophie Cookson, who plays the young Dench in flashbacks, even if she doesn't look at all like her. - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
6/10 41% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Aside from Godzilla, there are few beasts more gargantuan or resilient than a movie studio with some bankable, established intellectual property in its jaws. - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
7/10 89% Rocketman (2019) Tiny Dancer is memorably reinvented as an ode to loneliness and alienation, while Goodbye Yellow Brick Road becomes a tale of anger, fear and desperation as Elton hits rock bottom. - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
7/10 100% 2040 (2019) Damon Gameau's speculative documentary-of-sorts is an accessible and particularly optimistic view of what the future might look like if we all do the right thing now. - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
6/10 57% Brightburn (2019) Advertised as a darkly scary variation on the Superman myth, this intense horror film often strains credibility but is grounded by strong performances and some impressively high-octane violence and grisliness. - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
5/10 57% Aladdin (2019) The messages and subtexts about the need to be yourself are gooey, grating and oh-so-Disney, but the songs are even more annoying... - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) Although such testosterone-dripping nonsense seems beyond criticism, there is always that nagging problem with these Wick epics where the dour, po-faced seriousness of tone sits ill with the messily black-comic gruesomeness... - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
7/10 95% 1985 (2018) ...marked by beautiful black and white cinematography, quietly moving performances and a sustained mood of tenderness and terrible pain. - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
34% Poms (2019) Given the caliber of the cast, Poms can't help but generate a laugh or two, but one can't help but feel the particular demographic the film is obviously aimed at deserve better than this at times sluggish and predictable outing. - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
7/10 71% All Is True (2019) Having worked so long and hard as an actor and director to make Shakespeare's canon accessible to contemporary audiences, there's little doubt that Branagh is well-suited to play Will. - Adelaide Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019