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Jennie Kermode

Jennie Kermode
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 73% The Rental (2020) Despite the lack of surprises, this is a well made, polished film which hits harder than most similar works because it knows when to hold back.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2020
4/5 100% The Pool (2019) Tightly scripted and played with such assurance that one can keep on believing in it no matter how extreme things get, this is a splendidly economical piece of cinema that will give viewers a real thrill.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2020
3.5/5 94% Impetigore (Perempuan Tanah Jahanam) (2020) Impetigore is more cautious than some in this movement, never gratuitous with the gore, though not restrained either.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2020
3/5 57% Open 24 Hours (2018) Issues arise with the script's reliance on coincidences and unlikely decisions, but if you're willing to bear with that, this is a great example of how to make an effective film with scant resources - and a film that has something to say.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2020
3.5/5 85% Murders in the Rue Morgue (1932) Then there is the film's biggest selling point: Bela Lugosi. Enjoying the chance to get away from Dracula and flex his acting muscles for a change, he delivers one of the most interesting performances of his career...‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2020
3/5 62% Radioactive (2020) Despite the lack of surprises, this is a well made, polished film which hits harder than most similar works because it knows when to hold back.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
4/5 32% Lake of Death (De dødes tjern) (2019) Though it ultimately relies on what was, in the Forties, a very familiar strain of horror, there's something deeper and more uncertain here thanks to the story's broader folkloric context.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2020
2.5/5 20% Browse (2020) It's a thoughtful, curious piece of work which may not quite be successful in finding its destination but which manages to intrigue along the way.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2020
3/5 81% In Bright Axiom (2019) There are few real surprises here but there's a happy ending here of sorts. Sometimes it only takes a small trigger to teach people how to make their own entertainment, create their own social experiences.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2020
3/5 No Score Yet Cooked: Survival by Zip Code (2019) A timely film which demonstrates how easy it is for privileged people to miss the subtle effects of racism, and how dangerous living in a white supremacist society is for people of colour...‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2020
2.5/5 No Score Yet Pet Shop Boys - It Couldn't Happen Here (1988) Dig a little deeper, though, and there's much to appreciate about it...‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2020
3.5/5 61% The Tobacconist (Der trafikant) (2018) Hermann Dunzendorfer's cinematography brings the cobbled streets and crowded plazas of the city to life. There's wonderful detail in the set dressing and costume work...‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2020
4.5/5 100% Last and First Men (2020) Swinton's voice, though it rarely expresses much emotion, softly commands attention. It is vital that we listen. There isn't much time.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2020
3.5/5 94% Capital in the Twenty-First Century (2020) If you'd like to feel more confident about economics and you don't know where to start, this film will give you lots to get you thinking.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2020
4.5/5 94% We Are Little Zombies (2020) Leaping from one apparent non-sequitur to the next, the film builds up that reality piece by piece, mixing low expectations and high hopes, celebrating resilience and showing a keen awareness of the ridiculous.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2020
4.5/5 92% Relic (2020) With relatively simple though often distressing visual effects, Relic delivers some of the most disturbing, close to the bone horror to grace the screen for years, in a film that is also tender and humane.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2020
3/5 81% The Beach House (2020) The Beach House is an odd little film and not altogether satisfying, but works very well in places and suggests that we might expect impressive things from both Liberato and Brown in the near future.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2020
1/5 80% Alive (2019) One hopes that this does not sink Grant's career, as he is demonstrably capable of much, much better.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2020
4/5 100% Inmate #1: The Rise of Danny Trejo (2019) Trejo fans will find a great deal to enjoy here and the film also offers an insight into aspects of the film industry that don't get much coverage, going back to his days as an extra and bit part actor.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2020
4/5 No Score Yet Beyond Driven (2020) Hartley and Tran have dedicated their filmmaking careers to raising the profile of heroic outsiders, especially women, but this film is so rich and so full of great stories that it never feels like a lecture.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2020
3/5 86% Eating Up Easter (2020) Rapa Nui can serve as more than a misrepresented example of folly. Through work like this, it might help to illuminate a positive way forward for us all.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2020
3.5/5 86% I Wake Up Screaming (1941) By restructuring the footage and playing around with it in this way, O'Neill presents a guide to the construction of terror...‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2020
4/5 95% The Ghost of Peter Sellers (2020) Ghost Of Peter Sellers is replete with the magic it might have had. Whimsical and agonised, tragic and hilarious, it's a must-see warning for all would-be filmmakers and a poignant portrait of a moment in film history. ‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2020
3/5 61% Tape (2020) Ultimately, the film is most effective as a warning due to the ordinariness of what it depicts.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2020
1/5 No Score Yet Devil's Night: Dawn of the Nain Rouge (2020) Even the pretty camerawork doesn't last. Good equipment can't do the whole job, and somebody here has clearly become overexcited about playing with filters in post. Mist‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2020
4/5 100% House of Hummingbird (Beolsae) (2020) The result is an unusually sensitive and intelligent film for young audiences which has a lot to say to older viewers as well...‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2020
5/5 95% Fanny Lye Deliver'd (2019) There's more to all of these characters than first meets the eye, with some secrets that might be obvious if we gave them a little thought buried deep. This is a tale without mercy...‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2020
3/5 75% The Pollinators (2019) [The Pollinators] reaches out directly to viewers concerned about their own food choices, and also contributes to the mounting weight of evidence on the side of those pushing for reform.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2020
4/5 100% Seahorse: The Dad Who Gave Birth (2019) The idea of men giving birth may be sensationalised, politicised, even ridiculed, but there's none of that here - just an intimate portrait of family and friends...‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2020
2/5 No Score Yet Vampire Dad (2020) Despite all this good work, however, the end result is rather flat and - dare one say it? - lifeless...‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2020
3/5 100% To Kid or Not to Kid (2019) Overall the film might benefit from a tighter edit, but Maxine herself makes a good anchor and viewers facing the same situation will find her easy to relate to. ‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2020
4.5/5 100% Me and the Cult Leader (Aganai) (2020) A compelling film which tests the boundaries of journalistic ethics, Me And The Cult Leader will keep you constantly wondering who is in control, whilst raising questions about the nature of power.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2020
4.5/5 71% Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990) A rare example of a sequel that improves on the original, Gremlins 2 takes its mischievous monsters to new heights - literally.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2020
3.5/5 100% Skull: The Mask (2020) Shot in and around Sao Paolo, Skull stages its horrors against a background of exquisite religious architecture and run-down urban spaces.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2020
4/5 100% Lorelei (2020) A film that appreciates the value of fantasy in the bleakest of circumstances, Lorelei deftly balances despair and hope...‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2020
5/5 82% The Collini Case (2020) A seamlessly crafted thriller with exemplary performances all round.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2020
4/5 91% Parkland Rising (2020) At a time when social tensions across the country could scarcely be more acute, it's a reminder that there's something beyond grief and destruction, something worth working for. ‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2020
4.5/5 79% Judy & Punch (2020) It's remarkable that this is Foulkes' first film as director, because it's so unlike anything else made in recent years.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2020
3/5 81% To the Stars (2020) Parts of the plot feel contrived, especially towards the end, but overall this is a warm-hearted film that will appeal to teenagers bored of fast-cut squealing comedies and blockbusters.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2020
3/5 100% Bixa Travesty ('Tranny Fag') (2018) The directors take what is primarily an observational approach, with only intermittent scenes clearly set up to encourage specific discussions.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted May 27, 2020
2.5/5 85% Soundwave (2018) This enjoyable if rather lightweight outing will appeal to younger teenagers and pass the time well enough for older viewers, but one is left hoping that its big idea will be picked up and given the more substantial treatment that it deserves.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted May 21, 2020
2/5 No Score Yet Edge of Extinction (2020) There's obvious talent at work in this film; its weaknesses seem to stem mostly from inexperience on [Andrew] Gilbert's part or from the constraints of an obviously tight budget.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted May 20, 2020
3/5 100% The Atom: A Love Affair (2020) It's a solid enough story, amply illustrated with good quality archive footage.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted May 15, 2020
4/5 No Score Yet The Color of Medicine: The Story of the Homer G. Phillips Hospital (2020) Full of local flavour and buoyed up by the passion of its participants, The Color Of Medicine is a fascinating tribute to an institution that played a vital role in St Louis history and deserves to be more widely known.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted May 12, 2020
2/5 67% Diablo Rojo PTY (2019) This is a film whose story at first appears chaotic, then starts to make sense, then descends into chaos again.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted May 12, 2020
3/5 81% How to Build a Girl (2020) Despite its flaws, this is a film with a fair degree of charm and is well worth watching for [Beanie] Feldstein's work alone.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted May 11, 2020
4/5 95% Z (2019) It's a film that will be particularly unsettling for parents, but it delivers some effective chills for everyone.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted May 7, 2020
4/5 77% The Plagiarists (2019) It's a clever little puzzle, the style one of its moving parts; the questions its poses, like everything else, are not what they first seem to be. ‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted May 5, 2020
4.5/5 75% The Wretched (2020) With solid performances all round, The Wretched has a polished quality that makes it stand out from most genre fare. ‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2020
2/5 90% Blood Quantum (2020) Blood Quantum has some smart things to say about deeper issues but fails to deliver on a simpler level. It lacks energy and personality. There's a great film to be made based on this premise, but this is not it.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2020