Amanda Mazzillo

Amanda Mazzillo
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Amanda Mazzillo is a writer with a B.A. in Writing & Linguistics and a minor in Film Studies from Georgia Southern University. She is currently working towards her MFA in Dramatic Writing at SCAD. She enjoys writing comedy and exploring all forms of media.
Publications: Film Inquiry

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
99% 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
80% 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
94% 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
81% 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
93% 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
No Score Yet The Short History of the Long Road (2019) 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
62% 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
100% Sell By (2019) 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
33% Only (2019) 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
71% 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
94% 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
95% 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
53% 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
70% 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
78% Frances Ferguson (2019) Frances Ferguson captures the darkness of scandal, while finding the comedy and lightheartedness within such a dark subject matter. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2019
100% Strike, Dear Mistress, and Cure His Heart (2018) Strike, Dear Mistress, and Cure His Heart is overpowering at times with its use of narration, but manages to capture the tension and horror of dysfunctional relationships until it explodes with a memorable and captivating ending. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
17% Swiped (2018) Swiped is a satire that misses the mark, and comes across as a rather dated look at relationships and the differences between men and women. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
29% Between Worlds (2018) The performances help establish the surreal and interesting world of the film, but overall, Between Worlds feels like wasted potential. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2018
44% DriverX (2018) DriverX is a memorable character study, centered around an especially strong performance from Patrick Fabian. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
70% Summer of '84 (2018) Summer of 84 strives in its scenes of tension and horror, but fails in its moments of childhood nostalgia and friendship. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018
67% Another WolfCop (2017) Another Wolfcop is a worthy horror comedy, with a memorable team of characters at its center. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2018
88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) Ant-Man and the Wasp blends the superhero film with comedy without feeling disjointed. More jokes landed than in most films of this combination of genres, which makes this more like a superhero comedy than a superhero film with comedic relief. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
11% Siberia (2018) Siberia has its moments, especially in the performances of its leads Ana Ularu and Keanu Reeves, but the film is ultimately a confounding mess of genres and tones. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2018
20% Hover (2018) Hover is an expertly crafted horror film focusing on a future almost too close to home. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2018
24% Overboard (2018) Nothing will top the chemistry of Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn, but Anna Faris and Eugenio Derbez did a wonderful job of creating a sweet and thoughtful romance. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
100% Imitation Girl (2018) Imitation Girl is an interesting character study focusing on women asking the questions: Who am I? and What do I have to show for my life? - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2018
83% Happy Anniversary (2018) Happy Anniversary blends comedy and drama well, creating a film which never feels like one genre is more prominent than the other. Schwartz and Wells give memorable performances, balancing the comedic and dramatic moments of their character's journey. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2018
85% Game Night (2018) While watching Game Night in a packed theater, I spent my time both laughing and applauding the cinematography. I hope Game Night helps McAdams and Plemons land more much-deserved comedic work. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2018
20% Desolation (2018) Desolation is a unique take on a more traditional horror film with strong performances, especially the central performance from Dominik García-Lorido. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2018
75% Future '38 (2017) Future '38 is a memorable adventure which perfectly reflects our time, as well as reminisces about the films and sensibilities of the past. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
33% The Only Living Boy in New York (2017) The Only Living Boy in New York fails to play with its conventions, deciding to focus solely on the surface, ending with an unoriginal film taking itself much too seriously. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2017
69% It Happened in L.A. (2017) The film is a wonderful observation of the fabricated nature of outward happiness...Morgan's script is fast-paced and witty in the way of 20th century comedies. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
100% Creep 2 (2017) Creep 2 takes elements of its predecessor, primarily its comedy and emotional performances, and expands on them, creating something new and unique, instead of a retread of the first film. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2017
No Score Yet Different Flowers (2017) Morgan Dameron did a wonderful job crafting a funny, realistic, and loving film examining the unique and special relationships between sisters. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2017
78% Easy Living (2017) Easy Living works wonderfully as a character study of Caroline Dhavernas' superbly acted character Sherry Graham. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
31% A Boy Called Po (2017) A Boy Called Po lacks a realistic exploration of autism, falling into common tropes surrounding the depiction of autism in Hollywood films. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2017
60% Shimmer Lake (2017) Shimmer Lake takes a simplistic story and breathes new life through the use of reverse storytelling, a beautiful muted color scheme, and strong performances from its cast. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2017
24% Fist Fight (2017) Some of Fist Fight's jokes along the way didn't land, but the ones that did worked surprisingly well, creating a well-structured comedy with strong performances. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2017
92% Don't Kill It (2017) Don't Kill It is an amusing film filled with gore-soaked laughs as well as intimate and tense moments, and highlights the importance of women saving the world. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2017
No Score Yet Lost Cat Corona (2017) Lost Cat Corona has some problems with character development, but ultimately is a pleasant enough journey through an area of New York underappreciated in cinema. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2017
43% Girlfriend's Day (2017) Girlfriend's Day is not a great film, but it occasionally works, especially due to Bob Odenkirk's performance at its heart. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017