Grant Watson

Grant Watson
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Grant Watson is a film critic based in Melbourne, Australia. He currently reviews contemporary and classic film for his own website FictionMachine, as well as the film review websites FilmInk and VCinema. Between 2003 and 2009 he wrote the film column The Bad Film Diaries for the science fiction journal Borderlands; for which he was awarded the William Atheling Jr Award for Science Fiction Criticism and Review on two occasions. He has also previously worked as the screen events manager at Western Australia's Film and Television Institute, where he curated numerous film programs and retrospectives.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
9/10 79% Jojo Rabbit (2019) What makes the film excel are the human moments weaved in between the comedy. - Fiction Machine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
92% Fyre (2019) It engrosses and fascinates, but never quite engages on an emotional level. - Fiction Machine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2019
8/10 90% 1922 (2017) For fans of King, ghost stories, and small-scale cinema, 1922 is a real gem. - Fiction Machine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
6/10 84% The Art of Self-Defense (2019) That it does not quite hit its target is unfortunate, but it does at least leave a watchable movie behind. - Fiction Machine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
9/10 70% The King (2019) For fans of historical drama and medieval action, The King is a must-see. - Fiction Machine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2019
4/10 53% The Lion King (2019) It is ultimately just a reproduction of brand in an attempt to make a billion dollars. On that level, and only that level, The Lion King is a success. - Fiction Machine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
10/10 99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) It is a difficult task to review films like Parasite, because in the end you have almost certainly run out of superlatives with which to apply to it. - Fiction Machine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
7/10 65% Lady and the Tramp (2019) It is not a classic, and by no means does it approach the quality of the original animation, but as an enjoyable family film it is something of a minor delight. - Fiction Machine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
10/10 94% Shadow (2019) It is a creative and aesthetic masterpiece. - Fiction Machine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
7/10 No Score Yet Detective Bureau 2-3: Go to Hell Bastards (Tantei jimusho 23: Kutabare akuto-domo) (1963) This is just a really fun film, pure and simple. It's great to see these more obscure Nikkatsu hits get the international exposure they deserve. - Fiction Machine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2019
2/10 No Score Yet Dear Mr. Gacy (2010) It is crass, cheap, and a failed attempt at manipulating its audience, and in doing so the truth is crudely thrown under a bus in the name of easy thrills. - Fiction Machine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
8/10 84% Deadpool 2 (2018) It's a great action movie, and a great comedy. - Fiction Machine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
4/10 16% The Darkest Minds (2018) Some viewers may enjoy the film, and certainly I didn't hate it, but there are much better films to be seen. - Fiction Machine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
6/10 50% The Dancer (La danseuse) (2016) The Dancer will be a frustrating experience for pre-existing fans of Loie Fuller; more so the more they know her life story. - Fiction Machine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
7/10 67% Dagon (2001) Gordon knows what his audience wants, and time and again he proves a deft hand at giving it to them. - Fiction Machine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
7/10 64% Balloon (2018) Balloon is a very commercially-minded film, straight-forward in the telling and conventional in execution. - Fiction Machine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
10/10 100% Kohayagawa-ke no aki (The End of Summer) (Early Autumn) (1961) This is a slow, thoughtful, and ultimately quite wonderful drama, rich in Japanese culture and told in Ozu's distinctively calm and measured fashion. - Fiction Machine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2019
7/10 68% Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) As an act in giving an audience exactly what they want it's still one of the funniest movies you can see this year. - Fiction Machine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
6/10 No Score Yet JK Rock (2019) JK Rock is certainly no classic of the genre, but for ardent enthusiasts for Japanese teen films will definitely find plenty in the film to enjoy. - Fiction Machine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
10/10 93% I Wish (2012) This is such a perfectly formed gem of a film. - Fiction Machine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
4/10 26% Gemini Man (2019) Lee, a director whom I would previously hailed as one of cinema's most reliable, has finally directed a bad film. - Fiction Machine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
6/10 46% Air Doll (Kûki ningyô) (2009) Air Doll is a mildly challenging film, in that its initial premise - disturbing as it is - never quite seems fulfilled. - Fiction Machine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
6/10 No Score Yet The Satellite Girl and Milk Cow (2014) The film itself has its ups and downs, but the ideas that under-pin it are an absolute delight. - Fiction Machine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
7/10 87% Ne Zha (2019) It is not a major achievement in the genre - other than in the commercial sense - but it is a bold and promising step along the road. - VCinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2019
8/10 No Score Yet Hebi ichigo (Wild Berries) (2003) As a small-scale character piece,Wild Berriesis tough to beat. - Fiction Machine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2019
3/10 6% Freakdog (Red Mist) (2009) Countless better options are available. - Fiction Machine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
3/10 27% Rambo: Last Blood (2019) It is blandly offensive, out-of-date, and ultimately quite dull. It is just there to be ignored. - Fiction Machine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2019
8/10 83% Nobi (Fires on the Plain) (2014) The film is more a place that you visit than a story you are told. [...] It's a tightly packed, relentless and very harrowing experience. - Fiction Machine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
7/10 No Score Yet Chonmage purin (A Boy and His Samurai) (2010) This is a nicely enjoyable family-oriented movie - and for bakery enthusiasts it is something of a minor delight - Fiction Machine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2019
7/10 No Score Yet Collective Invention (Dolyeon Byeoni) (2015) It is an imperfect film, but on the other hand its premise and bizarre protoganist are so off-the-wall that it gains plenty of appeal through sheer absurdism. - Fiction Machine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
8/10 No Score Yet Bullet Ballet (1998) This is cinema-as-punk-rock, filled with twentysomething thugs with attitude and a resentment towards authority. - Fiction Machine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
7/10 No Score Yet Haze (2005) As a visceral experience of horror, it's absolutely remarkable. - Fiction Machine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
7/10 67% Death in Brunswick (Nothing to Lose) (1990) The film may involve matters of life and death, but it involves them in a very relaxed and understated way. - Fiction Machine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
2/10 18% Assassin's Creed (2016) It's a film that doesn't even have the self-respect to bore, but seems intent on making its audience angry with it instead. - Fiction Machine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2019
8/10 No Score Yet Black Test Car (1962) The film becomes increasingly tense: when is someone going to draw a line and refuse to cross it? - Fiction Machine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2019
9/10 No Score Yet Another Child (2019) On paper, Another Child reads like a terribly melodramatic soap opera. In practice it is a smart, inventive, and powerfully effective character drama. - Fiction Machine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
7/10 100% Crumbs (2015) There is a wonderful sense of play about the film. It knows it's having fun, and invites the viewer to join in. - Fiction Machine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
8/10 84% Creed II (2018) It takes a comparatively straight-forward sequel and turns into something special. - Fiction Machine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
8/10 85% Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) This is a pulp classic with good reason. - Fiction Machine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
7/10 91% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) In the main Crazy Rich Asians works. It is a comedy, and it absolutely generated enough laughs to do its job. - Fiction Machine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
8/10 No Score Yet The Legend of the Holy Drinker (La leggenda del santo bevitore) (1988) Hauer delivers one of his most expressive and enchanting performances ever. - Fiction Machine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
6/10 57% Suicide Club (2002) It is emotionally satisfying, but logically inscrutable. - Fiction Machine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2019
3/10 30% Pitch Perfect 3 (2017) It does feel as if nobody really wanted to make this film. It feels un-enthused and perfunctory. More than that: it feels contractually obliged. - Fiction Machine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
8/10 86% The Great Battle (2018) It is visually appealing, packed from top to bottom with action and combat, dressed in appealing costumes, and backed by a stirring soundtrack by Yoon Il-sang. - Fiction Machine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2019
8/10 88% The Wild Goose Lake (Nan fang che zhan de ju hui) (2019) Diao Yinan has really managed to establish a strong reputation with his last two films. He is a genuine asset to Chinese genre cinema: smart, stylish, and hugely entertaining. - Fiction Machine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
7/10 No Score Yet Beyond Beauty: Taiwan From Above (2013) The elements that are beautiful are absolutely stunning. The elements that are not feel important. It is absolutely worth tracking down and watching. - Fiction Machine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2019
7/10 96% First Love (Hatsukoi) (2019) For those who have never experienced his comedic works before it is furiously packed with action, and unexpectedly laced with a rather sweet sense of romance. - Fiction Machine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
6/10 83% Koko-di Koko-da (2019) I am not entirely convinced that the film works, but it certainly fascinates. - Fiction Machine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2019
7/10 89% Bacurau (Nighthawk) (2019) There is always space on the screen for this kind of distinctive cinema. - Fiction Machine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
8/10 94% Journey To The West (2014) Filled with comedy, but also boasting extensive action and unexpected moments of horror. - Fiction Machine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019