Mathew Buck

Film nerd, creator of Bad Movie Beatdown and Projector.

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  • Tenet

    Tenet

    ★★½

    Catching up with Tenet several months later at home, even under the usual and best circumstances, it wouldn't have been a runaway hit. Christopher Nolan is one of the best directors working today, but Tenet almost borders on self-parody, with his signature obsession with non-linear chronology taken to the absolute extreme. Nolan is so obsessed with his wibbly-wobbly-timey-whimey gimmick that he appears to have forgotten how to write actual characters that aren't ciphers, with John David Washington's hero literally called…

  • On Halloween

    On Halloween

    Remember all these creepy clown sightings a few years ago? Seemingly inspired by that is this Australian slasher (set in LA) about a group of characters who are all stalked and slashed by a creepy clown(s). However, the only thing scary about it is all the bad acting, only added by the fact that the entire movie is dubbed from start-to-finish, presumably to hide the natural Australian accents of the cast, but manages to make it feel like a stilted…

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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.