Amyana Bartley

Amyana Bartley
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
I am a screenwriter and film producer who recently launched my own production company, set upon lifting marginalized, talented artists and creating a platform for real jobs for those artists. I am an outspoken advocate for social justice online; feminism, disability rights, LGBTQ rights, race and religious equality. As I've been building my company I've been using my voice to lift unknown talent through my reviews. Nothing feels greater to me than to help an artist begin to realize their dreams. Find out more about my company at www.qbphive.com
Publications: Film Inquiry, QBP Reviews

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
100% The Legend of the Underground (2021) Legend of the Underground stands strong as a crucial part of the international conversation we need to be having concerning human rights. - QBP Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2021
66% Wrath of Man (2021) Wrath of Man is another example of a filmmaker with privilege using his status to push through a shoddily thrown together script and spending reckless amounts of money on something with no heart or point - QBP Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2021
83% The Power (2021) With skillful and genuinely frightening scares, Faith creates a wake up call for all who are watching. - QBP Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2021
88% Violation (2021) With stunning, sensual cinematography and two leads with off-the-charts chemistry, Violation delves deep into the darkness where sexuality crosses into violence and the capability of violence to send the human psyche into splintered hell. - QBP Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2021
93% Mass (2021) Kranz's feature debut is outstanding. Full of heart, honesty and naked vulnerability, you could tell that he was just as invested in this project as the awe-inspiring actors. - QBP Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2021
77% Shadow in the Cloud (2021) Max Landis's name belongs on a "feminist film", the way Harvey Weinstein belongs facilitating a victims of sexual assault support group. - QBP Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2021
93% Landfall (2020) As a viewer, you will not get from Landfall what you get from most documentaries. It's not traditionally set up but it definitely communicates. - QBP Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2020
73% Followed (2020) Followed, with its contrived shaky ghosts and shoddy script, is this generations answer to The Shining and 1408, without the compelling stories. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2020
86% Coming Clean (2021) It is crucial to see this film and inform yourself about the horrific greed/racism behind the profits made from people's pain. - QBP Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2020
81% #Unfit: The Psychology of Donald Trump (2020) #Unfit represents a wake up call to those of us who know better, to do better. - QBP Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2020
77% Summerland (2020) Summerland is full of heart, honesty, beauty and breathtaking cinematography. Arterton and Mbatha-Raw give poignant performances worthy of accolades. Their chemistry tingles and their longing is heart wrenching. - QBP Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2020
92% Relic (2020) I wish the script/the way the film was put together, had complimented and partnered with Charlie Saroff's elegant cinematography and the rest of the film's technical beauty, but it unfortunately got lost and fell flat within its own demented obscurity. - QBP Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2020
67% Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears (2020) Miss Fisher is a solid, consistent character with a whole lot of charisma - QBP Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2020
75% The Other Lamb (2020) Writer C.S. McMullen and Director Melgorzata Szumowska, along with Cinematographer Michal Englert created a haunting yet hypnotic feminine awakening into empowerment that I couldn't wrest my eyes from - QBP Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2020
100% Coded Bias (2020) Kantayya makes a strong and compelling argument that everyone needs to pay attention to. Not only do we need to be talking about this, but we, the people, need to be doing more about this. - QBP Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2020
No Score Yet Beware of Dog (2019) Beware of Dog is a timely, necessary film. Bedzhanova weaves together an international tapestry of troubled souls while calling attention to some of the worldwide political landscapes we are living through now. - QBP Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
89% A Girl from Mogadishu (2019) The film is a good springboard to learning more about this courageous hero working to make a positive change to a brutal practice steeped in toxic masculinity. - QBP Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2019
97% Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound (2019) Making Waves is more than a film school primer, standing in its own right as a comprehensive homage to the art that is Sound in Film and an impressive first time documentary from an accomplished sound artist - QBP Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2019
No Score Yet Hava, Maryam, Ayesha (2019) Hava Maryam Ayesha, illustrates the way that 3 different women live today in Afghanistan, giving the world an up close look at something that has been hidden from us for far too long. - QBP Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2019
34% Being Frank (2019) Director Miranda Bailey put together an overall enjoyable film reminiscent of the sleeper films of an era of filmmaking that is altogether lost - QBP Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2019
No Score Yet Muse (2019) The brilliance of this film lies not in what is said, but all that is left unsaid. The hypnotic imagery play upon the senses almost as if it were a moving painting. - QBP Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2019
79% Captain Marvel (2019) Without the input from female writers/directors like Anna Boden, this film would not have resonated so much. Its subtle and not so subtle nuances required its creators to understand how it feels to live under an oppressive thumb in every facet of life. - QBP Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2019
100% Advocate (2020) Jones creates an effective, all-encompassing view of Tsemel's life and paints a picture of an all but unheard of Israeli justice system steeped in bias and Zionism. - QBP Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2019
94% Sea of Shadows (2019) Using captivating imagery, fast-paced intrigue and authentic ticking clocks, Sea of Shadows captivates the viewer from scene one. - QBP Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
No Score Yet Polterheist (2018) Gilbank, along with co-writers Gemma Head and Paul Renhard, achieves the harshness, savagery, misogyny and grit of the drug underworld, while bringing the ideal balance of humor to make the content both fun and easier to watch. - QBP Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
84% Rust Creek (2019) ...what looks on the surface to be a film we've seen a thousand times, turns out to be a multi-layered, multifaceted convolution of curve balls and metaphor. - QBP Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
29% Elliot The Littlest Reindeer (2018) From the shaky animation and the no point script to the anemic at best humor and no actual lessons for the viewer or the protagonist, this film simply isn't worth it. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
100% Ekaj (2015) Gonzales's ability to tell a story using fast-paced imagery is unlike anything I've seen before. She never wastes a single second...instead choosing a photographic approach to film that echoes the moment to moment lives of these homeless youth. - QBP Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2018
60% Ophelia (2019) It would be easy to be seduced by Ophelia's visual beauty alone and call it good, but, for a smashing review, I am seeking something fully fleshed out and ripened. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
62% Time Trap (2018) What started with a very cool concept ended up tripping over itself time and time again. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
No Score Yet Stolen Daughters: Kidnapped by Boko Haram (2018) Stolen Daughters is a wake-up call for the world about another area of Africa riddled in war. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2018
No Score Yet The Answer (2015) One review simply can't express all of the beauty this film has to offer. It's no easy feat to write an intriguing film surrounding a group of men hiking, but Wofford knocks it out of the park on a shoestring budget. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
No Score Yet Between the Shades (2017) It is an honest, considerate and necessary conversation. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
100% City of Joy (2018) With an unapologetic, feminine roar, City Of Joy takes on a wholly ignored genocide, racism, toxic masculinity and bloodthirsty, criminal greed. It is a rallying cry for survivors of violence and product consumers. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
98% Night Comes On (2018) It is a film that will pull at your heartstrings while inciting anger over a broken system that fails our children. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2018
100% Her Composition (2015) As a first-time feature for writer/director Littger though, Her Composition is ambitious and full of earnest affectivity. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
85% What We Started (2018) What We Started brings together a group of the star DJ's from the 80's and 90's while mixing in one of the newest, hottest DJ's of today. It delivers all of the heart-pumping excitement and energy that is Electronic Dance Music. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2018
No Score Yet Vidar the Vampire (2018) Shame on the filmmaker for making this. Shame on the distributors who are distributing this. Shame on the festivals that gave awards to this and shame on the reviewers and moviegoers that don't also denounce this. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2018
4% Hangman (2017) Take every murder-mystery you've ever seen, highlight all of the overused one-liners, add the head patting sexism toward the female characters, sprinkle on boring dialogue, bake it into a spoof of a detective story and you've got Hangman. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
No Score Yet Urban & The Shed Crew (2015) Urban and The Shed Crew stands as it is with unapologetic sincerity. Like life, it has consequences we don't want, yet it leaves a window open for the possibilities we all hope for. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2018
73% Prodigy (2018) The special effects were well done, especially considering the budget, but, as I've said before, no amount of special effects can make up for an underdeveloped script. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2018
100% Keep the Change (2018) Keep the Change exposes its audience to people with autism, in a day to day way that most films have not. I applaud the cast and crew for what they've done. The multitude of characters represented had vibrancy, life and depth. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
52% Tomb Raider (2018) Overall though, Tomb Raider is the best reboot I've seen in decades. It was so refreshing to finally see a big budget action that was worth the money. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018
60% Terrifier (2018) Art the Clown has the potential to be a formidable, gruesome, franchise horror character, he just needs more seasoning and cultivation. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2018
100% Survivors Guide to Prison (2018) Survivors Guide to Prison has changed the way I view the American justice system. There's not enough room in any review to account for all of it's essential information. It is a testament to how the 1% rule our world at the expense of everyone else. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2018
14% Living Among Us (2018) Instead, why not compare it to Waititi's Thor: Ragnarok, yet another poorly planned improviso, lacking direction, depth, story, character development and the ability to engage the viewer. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2018
93% Saturday Church (2018) In general, Saturday Church opens up a necessary conversation. It is a story of hope and redemption that had me crying by the end scene. Its use of visuals and color cleverly convey emotions without saying a word. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2018
94% The Rape Of Recy Taylor (2017) Buirski's documentary is eye opening. It challenges the historical status-quo and draws attention towards African-American women's contributions to the Civil Rights movement. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2017
93% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) With its 130 minute script that has no clue where it's going, mixed with a mash-fest of 1980's fantasy/sci-fi films we've already seen, it is an intumescent mega mess. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
69% Pilgrimage (2017) Pilgrimage is rife with metaphors connecting the Dark Ages with contemporary issues, making us wonder if we've advanced as much as we think. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2017