Amanda Mazzillo

Amanda Mazzillo
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Amanda Mazzillo is a writer with an MFA in Dramatic Writing from SCAD and a BA in Writing & Linguistics and Film Studies minor from Georgia Southern University. She enjoys writing comedy and exploring all forms of media. Her Twitter name is a bad pun: @mazzillofirefox
Favorites:
Broadcast News, Sullivan's Travels, and Evil Dead II
Publications: Film Inquiry

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
56% The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (2021) The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It is a different breed of horror, but is still just as beautiful and engaging while keeping its established balance of exploring the human side of fear and finding time to highlight love and family. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2021
No Score Yet Funhouse (2021) Funhouse wants to be seen as a clever take-down of violence and reality television but does not quite hit the mark in either area. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2021
100% The Man in the Hat (2020) The Man in the Hat is a whimsical and playful film told through the mostly dialogue-free journey of a man played wonderfully by Ciarán Hinds. Its beautiful locations and quaint humor make The Man in the Hat an enjoyable ride. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2021
98% The Paper Tigers (2021) The Paper Tigers is an enjoyable action-comedy exploring the different ways people change over time. Tran Quoc Bao creates an exciting and interesting world filled with Kung Fu and friendship. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2021
88% 15 Things You Didn't Know About Bigfoot (Number 1 Will Blow Your Mind!) (2021) The combination of extremely different lifestyles, each with their own obsessive and over-the-top characters makes for a film that is constantly hilarious and just close enough to real life. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2021
93% Spring Blossom (Seize printemps) (2021) Spring Blossom shows potential, especially in Lindon's acting and directing, making me look forward to her future work, but the script here falls flat. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2021
40% The Resort (2021) When the horror is center-stage, The Resort finds its footing, but this happens too late, especially for a film as short as this one. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2021
61% We Broke Up (2021) We Broke Up is a welcome twist on the traditional rom-com with strong performances which highlights realistic relationship issues while challenging assumptions. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2021
100% before/during/after (2020) Time and how relationships and people change is of major importance in Before/During/After, and this comes through beautifully in the film's structure. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2021
100% Say Your Prayers (2021) Say Your Prayers is a thoughtful and humorous exploration of morality, religion, and the strength-good or bad-of individual people filled with memorable performances especially from Harry Melling and Tom Brooke as the central brothers. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2021
90% The Oak Room (2020) The strength of performances helps The Oak Room work even in moments where its story falls flat. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2021
97% Slaxx (2020) Slaxx offers plenty of fun and amusing gory moments with a heartfelt story showcasing the evils of the fashion industry with especially strong performances. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2021
69% Happily (2021) The combination of moments influenced by horror and romantic comedies gives Happily an interesting and unsettling tone while maintaining a distinctive and playful, yet dark humor throughout. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2021
86% Come True (2021) Come True is a visually stunning and beautifully directed film that pulls you inside the world of its nightmares through strong performances, especially from Julia Sarah Stone and Landon Liboiron, but the film's twisty plot sometimes goes too far. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2021
92% Baby, Done (2021) Baby Done is a heartfelt and hilarious film, with stellar performances, exploring the sacrifices we all experience in life and love. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2021
No Score Yet Castle Freak (2020) Castle Freak is an interesting update to a familiar horror film and manages to add more of the Lovecraftian influence back into the world. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2020
84% Climate of the Hunter (2020) Climate of the Hunter captures the 1970s perfectly and crafts a beautiful film filled with a central mystery that builds in every revelation. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2020
67% Rent-A-Pal (2020) Rent-A-Pal captures the early 90s in a creepy yet retro way bringing to mind a demented version of the self-help and educational tapes of the decade. The film is fun, twisty, and worth a watch. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2020
84% Lake Michigan Monster (2018) Lake Michigan Monster is an energetic, humorous, and beautifully shot independent film that expertly captures the world of B films, comedies of the silent era in a wonderfully nautical way. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2020
50% A Night of Horror - Nightmare Radio (2019) The concept of an anthology focusing on existing short films has some interesting applications, but it does not reach that full potential in this film. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2020
56% What We Found (2020) What We Found is a well-paced thriller that explores important issues while blending darker elements with a realistic and engaging friendship at its core. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2020
82% Spinster (2020) Spinster is a relatable journey from recently broken up single to content and confident, yet still single. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2020
57% Game of Death (2020) Game of Death is a fun and gore-filled examination of horror and video game conventions that works well in its short runtime. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2020
33% Spy Intervention (2020) Spy Intervention doesn't give much in terms of laughs, but a few moments, especially in the performances of Drew Van Acker and Natasha Bassett give life to an otherwise dull film. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2020
No Score Yet Elvis from Outer Space (2020) Elvis from Outer Space takes a fun premise and manages to make a boring film that feels long, even with a 90-minute runtime. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2020
40% Useless Humans (2020) Every aspect of Useless Humans aims to affectionately recall films of the past while maintaining a perfectly modern tone with its comedy, twists, and characters. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2020
68% Fisherman's Friends (2020) Fisherman's Friends is a heartfelt film with moments of peace, comedy, and musical joy. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2020
98% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) Parasite is a well-made, engaging, and memorable film exploring class disparity in Korea. With its darkly comedic tone, Parasite manages to entertain, while crafting a surprising and socially relevant experience. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
71% The King (2019) If you are a bigger fan of the genre, there might be more to enjoy, but for me, The King felt long and tonally confused. None of the performances are bad, but Timothée Chalamet does not stand out as much as he should in this central and classic role. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
74% The Lodge (2020) Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz's The Lodge is a dark and atmospheric horror film, which is unrelentingly disturbing and sinister. The cinematography works to build this uniquely dark world to its conclusion. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
91% In Fabric (2019) In Fabric is still a constantly captivating film through its aesthetic elements, and makes for a very entertaining and engaging experience, even if it does suffer from some problems surrounding its plot, structure, and reliance on metaphor. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
88% The Truth (La vérité) (2020) The Truth examines the self-absorbed nature of celebrity and its impact on personal relationships through a script with just enough moments of humor to feel realistic in its examinations of life and family, and its memorable performances. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
81% Greener Grass (2019) Greener Grass is strange in the best way, and that's just what I look for in a comedy. Jocelyn DeBoer and Dawn Luebbe created a wonderfully surreal comedy that perfectly captures the absurdity of suburbia. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
94% Honey Boy (2019) Honey Boy is an equally unsettling and dreamlike portrait of an artist and their journey throughout life. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
91% The Short History of the Long Road (2020) The Short History of the Long Road is an interesting coming-of-age film that had potential to be a grittier look at being homeless and alone, but still comes across as a beautifully shot examination of van culture and found families. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
89% The Two Popes (2019) This film is a warm and welcoming crowd-pleaser with visuals, dialogue, and atmosphere, which perfectly capture both the struggles and hope of Catholicism. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
97% Knives Out (2019) Rian Johnson's Knives Out is endlessly entertaining from its twisty and captivating story to its stellar cast and subtle humor. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
88% Feast of the Seven Fishes (2019) Moments of heartfelt family traditions come first, while the established plot comes second, but the film is an enjoyable experience with memorable moments and strong performances. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
64% Motherless Brooklyn (2019) While still being funny and managing to create a story from bits and pieces of existing noir films, Motherless Brooklyn was not able to create an engaging story in the midst of its hopes to feel like the genre which inspired it. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
67% Almost Love (2020) Sell By is a light and fun film, which also deals with heavier issues, and gives each character their own personality and important moments in their lives, inside and outside their romances. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
40% Only (2020) The central performances and the visuals of Only make it more enjoyable than it could have been, but in the end, I wish the film explored more of its central focus and theme, instead of hitting the same beats of being stuck and controlled. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
72% The Aeronauts (2019) The Aeronauts is a technically beautiful film, which engages its audience in certain moments, yet feels slow and poorly structured in others. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
95% Well Groomed (2019) Well Groomed is edited to perfectly capture both the joy and anxiety of competing professionally. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
No Score Yet Lost Bayou (2019) Lost Bayou is paced perfectly for the nature of its inspiration, which works to create an engaging and natural look into the world of the bayou. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2019
No Score Yet A Cinderella Story: Christmas Wish (2019) A Cinderella Story: Christmas Wish follows the classic Cinderella motif with a few changes, some of which work, while others feel too close to countless other adaptations of the fairy tale. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2019
100% The Navigator (1924) The Navigator is a memorable and entertaining comedy exploring reliance on having everything done for you, and the struggles that come with being forced to take care of yourself. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
92% Sherlock Jr. (1924) Sherlock Jr. is a remarkable film, which captures the medium of cinema in unique and passionate ways, while maintaining a truth in its characters. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
52% Ladyworld (2019) Ladyworld manages to capture the perfect balance between the moments of tension and uneasiness with moments of teenage life. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2019
88% Frankenstein's Monster's Monster, Frankenstein (2019) Frankenstein's Monster's Monster, Frankenstein is a wonderfully absurd and surreal comedy, which satirically captures the story of Frankenstein. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
68% Darlin' (2019) Darlin' works as both a horror film and an examination of growing up and finding the people you want in your life. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019