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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
5/5 93% Dunkirk (2017) Nolan throws you face-first into the action in a way that war films of its ilk have never done before, and it's probably the first time my stomach repeatedly clenched without any blood or gore in sight.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
5/5 83% Nocturama (2017) A masterful study of political and commercial spaces intersecting to the point of personal crisis, Nocturama is one of the boldest creations you're bound to come across. It's also one of the best, because it never wastes a minute of its time.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
5/5 91% Phantom Thread (2018) It's hard to watch [Anderson's] work now and make comparisons ... because who else out there is turning tortured darkness into such tactical, tactile beauty? And with such an elegant acuity that even a simple dissolve can send you into rapturous ecstasy?‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
5/5 83% Silence (2017) One look is enough to say, 'This is the power and glory of cinema. This is my nourishment.'‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
4.5/5 84% 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
4.5/5 93% 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
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 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
4.5/5 100% 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
4.5/5 90% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) Big, bold and beautiful. It's hard to describe Rian Johnson's achievements here any other way.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018
4.5/5 86% Everybody Wants Some!! (2016) The cast is energetic and spry, lighting up the screen with their charisma and having a ball with Linklater's naturalistic dialogue. Their characters are all distinctive and entertaining, and you get the sense that you know them when all is said and done.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
4.5/5 95% Moana (2016) What mattered most to me, however, was the lyrical nature of the story's beats, and how sensitively Moana's journey towards self-affirmation was sketched.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
4.5/5 83% Kate Plays Christine (2016) Everyone ... is questioned for what we choose to see, and why we refuse to let some ghosts rest.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
4.5/5 99% Cameraperson (2016) It's a fascinating glimpse into the work of the person behind the camera, composing and fretting, making sure every shot is aesthetically sensible.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
4.5/5 87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) The world-building here is so intricate, so propulsive. It is almost entirely introspective, the film at times seeming to bob and undulate like an ice floe at sea.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
4.5/5 81% Personal Shopper (2017) [A film] immersed in the praxes of human grief and how the concept of an afterlife functions in a fundamentally rational world, where people too easily take what is empirical for granted.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
4.5/5 97% Aquarius (2016) [Braga's] very presence inspires you to keep faith in your belief in what is right, and to find strength in resisting what you know to be wrong.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
4.5/5 97% 13th (2016) The poison has been in the water for years. And we need to stand together to start taking it out.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
4.5/5 88% The Death of Louis XIV (La mort de Louis XIV) (2017) Albert Serra imagines the event as though it were a slowly deflating balloon in a burnished Baroque painting, agonizing on all levels but also extraordinarily textured.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
4.5/5 79% The Beguiled (2017) Coppola, though, outdoes herself; the hazy, derelict vision of a once-idyllic state brought low is captivating in every respect.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
4.5/5 92% Good Time (2017) I'm in awe of what the Safdies achieve here, which is neo-noir (neon-noir?) and social realism mulched into a decayed panic attack.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
4.5/5 91% A Ghost Story (2017) What seems like a one-trick pony at first slowly metamorphoses into a metaphysical mood piece and tone poem, where grief is not merely relegated to the realm of the living, and time is upended from traditional structures.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
4.5/5 100% Paddington 2 (2018) We are lucky to have a film so pure, so in tune with what is right and decent, and so hugely entertaining as Paddington 2 is.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018
4.5/5 88% The Post (2018) Call it a tonic for the times, if you will. I think it's needed, and Spielberg was the right guy to give it to us.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018
4.5/5 95% Princess Cyd (2017) Stephen Cone has given us something astonishing in Princess Cyd. It is a film led solely by women, all of whom are beautifully sketched and presented with bountiful grace.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
4.5/5 88% Claire's Camera (La caméra de Claire) (2018) What, at first, seems like a compact comedy of errors or a tangential riff on spontaneous relationships and ephemeral existences becomes a more fruitful study in finding the hidden meanings of life within the workaday.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
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
4.5/5 99% Eighth Grade (2018) It's basically the Lady Bird for the introverted crowd, and almost just as perfect. ‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
4.5/5 88% Madeline's Madeline (2018) I'm content with what Decker achieves here, which is nothing less than singular. It's a film awash in risks, and the rewards are plenteous. The biggest one of all is Helena Howard's introduction to the world.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
4.5/5 94% Private Life (2018) Private Life cycles through opposing emotions and forces, waiting for a break in the circle so that new life can dawn. It also understands that such a dawning may never come, and that we are never alone in such tragedies.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2018
4.5/5 94% Blindspotting (2018) [Carlos López Estrada] punctuates Blindspotting with the well-timed syncopations of an impassioned rap performance, finding grooves in which to place the collective anger and hurt of a race and let it spark.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2018
4.5/5 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) [Tarantino] is a man looking back at his world, and to look back you must needs close your eyes, concentrate, and conjure.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2019
4.5/5 91% Support the Girls (2018) Everyone has a moment to make their mark, because this film is all about generosity. Thinking about the good of others, and acting in their best interests.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
4.5/5 96% Thunder Road (2018) It's hard not to laugh at some of the more ridiculous moments, though our laughter abates when we come to recognize the feeling inscribed in Cummings' work. It comes from a deep place, and the hurt never rings false.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
4.5/5 90% Happy as Lazzaro (Lazzaro felice) (2018) [Happy as Lazzaro] is a true standout: a Super 16mm fugue state that is both elegy and lament for a world that once valued selfless deeds and the humanistic interaction between fellow men above self-preservation and eternal mistrust.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2018
4.5/5 93% The Favourite (2018) The ensemble is one of the best of the year ... They all embody this story's particular horrors, hang-ups, and larks without missing any beats, shifting with ample dexterity.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2018
4.5/5 99% Apollo 11 (2019) I've never seen fifty-year-old archival footage look this good, and the way Miller edits it together makes it even better.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2019
4.5/5 95% 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 91% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) The vast expanse of the Wild West does not prevent those who pass on from being forgotten, and the way their marks are left inscribed within this mythos makes this a film of great philosophical import.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2018
4.5/5 83% The Other Side of the Wind (2018) This is a mirror into the past, but in some truly striking ways, it is our reflection being refracted across a generation, foretold by a man who did nothing else during his earthly life other than trailblaze and set convention alight.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
4.5/5 98% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2020) Sciamma's control of the auditory aspects of her film yields an ending that will stagger anyone with a full heart.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2019
4/5 94% 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
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 76% 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
4/5 100% 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
4/5 93% Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) The nostalgia factor ... is done with great poignancy, adding the emotional beats the film needed to be accepted by the old guard.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018
4/5 97% Black Panther (2018) It's so nice to see a Marvel film scripted and shot with some semblance of care, keeping some of the spectacle without sacrificing all of the substance.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
4/5 97% Kubo and the Two Strings (2016) Kubo and the Two Strings ... combines superlative stop-motion with an engaging, thoughtful story about a boy's quest to honour his family through storytelling, memorialisation, and selfless courage.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
4/5 96% Cemetery of Splendor (2016) It's a funny film, it's a sly film, it's profound and poetic, brimming with mercurial wonder and vividness in strange and untrodden corners of consciousness.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018