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Tomas Trussow

Tomas Trussow
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
5/5 94% On Dangerous Ground (1952) There is a certain kind of beauty that expresses so much in such a short space that no words can capture its essence. All I know is that it stirred the deepest reaches of my soul.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
4/5 82% Knife + Heart (Un couteau dans le coeur) (2019) Yann Gonzalez wants the giallo to make a modern comeback, and honestly?‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
4.5/5 93% Hotel by the River (2019) A tremendous framework of presence and perspicuity from the great master of South Korean cinema. There's no reason to miss it.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
4.5/5 No Score Yet Hellzapoppin' (1941) Almost eighty years on, and it's still a hoot to behold.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2019
4.5/5 88% The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969) Growing up and leaving our childhoods behind is such a furious tangle of triumph and heartbreak, and this seemingly innocuous story about a capricious teacher and her doting girls captures it all so succinctly, and so beautifully.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2019
4/5 100% Desert Hearts (1986) All these years later, in an age where LGBTQIA+ stories are being normalized more and more in the mainstream, Desert Hearts still retains its power because its edges remain so daring.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
2.5/5 45% Murder Mystery (2019) At the very least, I didn't regret watching it or hoping for my own swift death before the end credits rolled. Considering the glut of disposable direct-to-VOD projects being released in today's market, I'll take it as a small win.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2019
3/5 90% Rocketman (2019) Egerton, Bell, the music, the camp, the spectacle, the costumes -- all strengths. The structure and the nuance regarding Elton's sexuality needed more finetuning, however.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2019
4.5/5 89% The Browning Version (1951) When you have Michael Redgrave giving one of the best performances in cinematic history on top of it all, there's not much else left to say other than: bravo.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019
4/5 57% Aladdin (2019) This is not the unmitigated disaster most people were preparing themselves for. It is, by and large, an entertaining companion to the original animated film, with Ritchie elevating the material just enough to make the effort worthwhile.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
4.5/5 100% Ballad of a Soldier (1959) It is, to me, one of the most beautifully realized meditations on war "time" that I've seen, finding in it a truth and poetic vision in which almost every element works seamlessly in tandem.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2019
3.5/5 60% Greta (2019) Oh, Greta ... You are not that ill-fated glass of Chablis, promising a lot and then disappointing. You are more like a Chopin concerto that fills the room and makes you dance (with a hypodermic syringe).‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
3.5/5 97% Booksmart (2019) It's replete with so much contradictory tension and accomplishes its goals though unconventional means, all the while maintaining the façade of a bitingly smart high school buddy comedy. ‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
4/5 83% Chronicle of a Disappearance (1997) In its seemingly humble way, it's trying to build a truth that can be universally processed, and for that it continues to stand on its own.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted May 27, 2019
4/5 100% Black Mother (2019) It's [Allah's] love for his country drawn on the tapestry of moving images and poetic soundscapes. It has the power to hush both Jamaicans and non-Jamaicans like myself into silence.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted May 25, 2019
3.5/5 81% I Killed My Mother (2013) The art of film is not there to soften the pain of abuse and cool the raging quarrels between mother and son. Exposing its ugliness and intensity is the very thing that allows for cathartic closure.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
2/5 35% Poms (2019) What irks me most about this film is that, while it's premised on empowering elderly women to overcome the barriers of age and physical frailty, it's not especially interested in granting them complete autonomy.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
3.5/5 No Score Yet Hotel (2004) Hotel succeeds in bringing a distinctive sense of menace behind every shadow and closed door, burrowing into the deepest realms of our subconscious and making us think twice about our next hotel booking, lest it be our last.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted May 13, 2019
3.5/5 100% Smithereens (1982) Despite being a downer of a story, Smithereens casts a beguiling spell as an everlasting record of the shifting punk scene in America.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted May 6, 2019
4/5 86% Séance on a Wet Afternoon (1964) Rainy day or no, this is a film that can be enjoyed anytime one is inclined towards something dark and unsettling. Close the drapes, light a candle, and go wild.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
4.5/5 100% Moses and Aaron (1975) This is something akin to counter-opera, which takes the fundamental signifiers and repurposes them in revolutionary ways. What this begets is both alienating and enlightening.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2019
4/5 100% Murder by Contract (1958) Murder by Contract is a svelte, plucky noir that feels like a spiritual sequel of sorts to Carol Reed's The Third Man.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2019
2/5 76% Hotel Mumbai (2019) We can't in all good conscience treat cinematic representations of historical traumas as mere generic exercises in form.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2019
3/5 78% Guava Island (2019) It has a mark of gratuity to it that feels somewhat unearned. But nor is it disposable, for the craft is still gorgeously rendered.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2019
3.5/5 92% Giant Little Ones (2019) Giant Little Ones is like a wake-up call and booster shot of empathetic engagement wrapped into one engaging film.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
2.5/5 46% Dumbo (2019) It's trying to emulate a sense of showmanship that, in reality, it doesn't have. It's a proverbial hall of mirrors, only refracting a simulacrum of awe.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
2.5/5 40% The Upside (2019) The careers of Bryan Cranston, Kevin Hart and Nicole Kidman will not be remembered for anything they do in this film, for they're never allowed to go out of their comfort zones.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
2/5 72% Ready Player One (2018) It's a repetition of the old bugaboos we know so well, packaged in a slick, CGI-heavy wrapping that is not as interesting as it wants to be.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2019
3/5 88% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) On its own, its cuteness is contagious, and the animation work splendid. [But] I'd be remiss if I ignored its rampant pro-consumerist bent.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
2.5/5 81% 2019 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Live Action (2019) Take it from me: watch the documentary and animated shorts and leave most of these alone. This is unquestionably an off year for this category and certainly not representative of its greatest abilities.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
4.5/5 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) The film works its way to [become] a metempsychosic event, bearing the soul of the original Marvel vision and finally taking it to the greatest of heights.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
3/5 97% Border (Gräns) (2018) There's something about its aura that keeps drawing me in, even though I take issue with how it handles its sensitive subject matter.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
3.5/5 97% Free Solo (2018) It's very nearly transcendent watching this gangly little man conquer the natural world and make his mark on the historical record. I don't know if I'll ever have the privilege to see something like this again, and for that I am grateful this exists.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2019
3.5/5 100% 2019 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Documentary (2019) When you account for their faults, this is still an illuminating group of topical films that speak to the world we live in at this moment, where issues of racism, health care, immigration and extremist politics remain as prevalent as ever.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2019
4/5 91% 2019 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Animation (2019) A relatively strong set of nominees that, while high on themes of melancholy and familial displacement, are able to capture their resounding sentiments quite well.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2019
4/5 94% Of Fathers and Sons (2018) At its heart, this film perceptively asks us to hold our vitriol for a short while, and to see what the face of jihadist fundamentalism really looks like.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2019
2.5/5 91% Mirai (2018) Beautiful [animation] work that stands out on its own, and worthy of an Oscar nomination. When surrounded by everything else, however, it becomes an exception to an otherwise disappointing whole.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
3/5 95% RBG (2018) While I admit RBG is highly entertaining and teeming with warmth for its subject, it's also one of those documentaries that turns a Wikipedia entry into an audiovisual presentation.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2019
4/5 92% High Flying Bird (2019) With McCraney as the brains behind this, Soderbergh's iPhone brings the endeavour home with consummate form, and what results is sheer class.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
3/5 63% Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) Velvet Buzzsaw, though a fitful B-movie that wants to do too much, does act as a kind of supernatural reclamation of the Artist.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
2.5/5 80% At Eternity's Gate (2018) It comes off as hagiographic, tamping down van Gogh's dark side so that he can fill out the "tortured artist" trope to the letter.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
3/5 89% The Wild Boys (Les garçons sauvages) (2018) Mandico leaves nothing on the table here, and for that I must give him credit. It doesn't all work, but when it does, it's something to behold.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
3.5/5 94% Incredibles 2 (2018) I'm very fond of the first Incredibles film, and by and large, its sequel is a welcome return.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2019
4/5 85% A Simple Favor (2018) This pulpy nonsense goes down easier than a gin martini.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2019
1/5 69% Beautiful Boy (2018) Beautiful Boy unfortunately falls victim to the Hollywood machine's sterility, leaning on artistic embellishments to make its case without making a strong case for those embellishments.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2019
3/5 79% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Because this version is so indebted to the nostalgia associated with the original, to the point where it literally borrows its structure, I can't fathom why I'd want to return to it when the 1964 film is right there.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
3/5 90% Skate Kitchen (2018) Like executing a gravity-defying trick, you can't overthink things ... This film, unfortunately, doesn't land the trick. Nor does it fall too hard, though.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2019
4/5 92% 24 Frames (2018) [Kiarostami's] love for cinema was still as vibrant and adventurous as ever, and in a way, this film is how he is passing the torch to us. Training our eye, making us look, experimenting with technology and form -- it's all there.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2018
4/5 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) Tom Cruise has never flirted with death so closely before. This film makes all his prior stunts look like cakewalks.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2018
4/5 84% Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun? (2018) [Wilkerson] cannot undo his great-grandfather's evil, or posthumously indict him for murder ... All he can do is fight through the shame of his bloodline and tell his story, with the hope that someone listens and learns.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2018