Daniel Rutledge

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When not watching and writing about film, Daniel's time is consumed by being an avid video game enthusiast, dolphin rights supporter and 80s thrash metal aficionado.

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Review: Intensely Horrific ‘mother!’ Goes to Some Truly Crazy Places

Daniel RutledgeReviews | 14 Sep

I’d put Darren Aronofsky alongside Quentin Tarantino, Paul Thomas Anderson and Martin Scorsese as one of the finest American filmmakers working today. His latest, however, is more like a David Lynch film: something challenging to decode that’ll be hugely rewarding to some and simply frustrating to others. Obsession plays a central role, as it does […]

Review: ‘The Free Man’ Stands Alone as Something Entirely Original

Daniel RutledgeReviews | 04 Sep

In a world where you have free access to endless amazing extreme sports videos on YouTube, how do you make a film about extreme sports work? By making it a poem about the human condition that only works in feature length form. Toa Fraser continues to be New Zealand’s most interesting filmmaker, pivoting back from […]

Review: ‘T2 3D: Judgment Day’ is a Blessing & a Gift

Daniel RutledgeReviews | 17 Aug

The greatest action movie of the ’90s returns to cinemas and I am a very happy man. It’s a blessing and a gift to experience James Cameron’s masterpiece on the big screen once more, with a fresh paint job that modernises a classic without removing one iota of charm. Time has been kind to the […]

Review: ‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ Has Barely a Trace of Wit, Charm or Fun

Daniel RutledgeReviews | 22 Jun

This is not the worst Transformers film. Marky Mark’s squawking isn’t quite as annoying as Shia LaBeouf’s, the female characters aren’t ogled as lecherously as in previous films and the racial caricatures are dialed back somewhat too. But The Last Knight is a strong contender for the most nonsensical of all of Michael Bay’s nonsensical […]

Review: ‘Baywatch’ is a Huge Misfire That Somehow Manages to be Mildly Enjoyable

Daniel RutledgeReviews | 31 May

Hollywood sure is making a habit of learning the wrong lessons from its successes. Nobody wants all these shared universes, even if the Marvel one rules. And nobody wanted another R-rated take on a cult TV show – sure, 21 Jump Street was sweet, but CHiPs sure wasn’t. Baywatch isn’t quite as bad, but it sure ain’t great. It’s a […]

Review: Johnny Depp Stinks in ‘Dead Men Tell No Tales’

Daniel RutledgeReviews | 24 May

It’s a shame when a beloved franchise coughs and splutters over the finish line. A sad desperation hangs over this final Pirates outing, no matter how hard it attempts to shake it – something like being the guy that’s way too old to go clubbing, pretending all night you are actually having fun. There’s an […]

Review: At its Best, ‘Headshot’ is a Wild, Thrilling Ride

Daniel RutledgeReviews | 01 Mar

Iko Uwais, the greatest recent hero of Asian action cinema, is back. In Headshot, he drives an extreme Indonesian genre piece chock-full of action sequences and frequent gory ultra-violence, all tied together as something of a very dumbed-down Bourne Identity. The villain is cartoonishly evil, in fact the film’s whole mythology is very comic book-y; […]