Arlin Golden

Arlin Golden
Arlin Golden's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Film Inquiry
Publications: Film Inquiry

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T-Meter Title | Year
94% Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes (2018) The label is generally considered unparalleled in its impact on music, singular catalogue, and the artistic freedom it afforded its musicians. Or should I say affords, since the film makes abundantly clear that Blue Note is very much alive and well. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
96% Hail Satan? (2019) Hail Satan? will likely rest with your feelings about its subject, as the film often feels like a promotional film for The Satanic Temple. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, as the tenets of the nascent religion cum political movement are solid. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
83% The Hidden City (2018) If you can settle into its groove and accept its aesthetic of abstraction, The Hidden City will be an entrancing watch. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
100% Central Airport THF (THF: Central Airport) (2018) It is an experience characterized by persistent ennui, which perhaps doesn't make for the most engaging film, but it's valuable nonetheless for illuminating this hidden world. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
89% Meeting Gorbachev (2019) It's a valuable summary of a uniquely transformative global figure about whom I knew very little. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
92% Well Groomed (2019) Introducing audiences to the burgeoning world of creative dog grooming, Well Groomed is a ceaseless joy. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
85% The Nightingale (2019) The Nightingale is well crafted, well acted, well written, and well shot, so could justifiably be classified as a good movie maybe even a really good one. Even so, there is very little to enjoy in the film, a relentlessly unpleasant affair. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
100% Grass Is Greener (2019) I'm glad what will inevitably be referred to as "the Netflix weed doc" is largely about the war on drugs' outsized effect on radicalized communities and the current intense discrimination with regards to the burgeoning legal market. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
80% The Elephant Queen (2018) The Elephant Queen is an anthropomorphized epic that's aimed at young children, yet features a surprising amount of hard truths about life and nature. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
100% Jawline (2019) Mandelup somehow manages to entirely resist ridicule on all fronts of this weird new world by highlighting the yearning and desperation familiar to anyone who was ever a teenager. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
98% Honeyland (2019) Honeyland is a microcosmic tale of a woman whose entire way of life is threatened by leeching men and free-market capitalism. Tamara Kotevska and Ljubomir Stefanov bring us perhaps the documentary protagonist of the year. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
100% The Seer and the Unseen (2019) Sara Dosa chose a wonderful premise for this unique spin on the standard enviro-doc. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
90% Walking on Water (2019) An undeniably enjoyable film, more than anything it was just nice to see the 83-year old artist on the screen once again, like checking in with an old kooky friend. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
82% Always In Season (2019) Always in Season demonstrates with pain and sensitivity that history is never past. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
100% Midnight Traveler (2019) Quite simply, this is the best refugee documentary I've ever seen. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
83% Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements (2019) As tempting as it might be to get mired in those issues of ethics and objectivity, I was happy to take Midnight Sonata mostly at face value and vicariously enjoy the love so apparent on the screen. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
100% Pahokee (2019) Lucas and Bresnan have crafted a unique paean to the forever unrecoverable feeling of wrapping up your childhood with a world of possibilities yet to be lived. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
96% American Factory (2019) The latest from Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar features no shortage of cultural misunderstandings, and there is a lot of fruit borne from this collision of Chinese-style capitalism and blue collar America. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
No Score Yet The Grand Bizarre (2018) An exercise in aesthetic aesthetics with undertones of colonialism and globalization, should you have an opportunity to see it, The Grand Bizarre is not to be missed. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
99% One Child Nation (2019) The strength of the film lies in its intimacy, prioritizing the recollections of Wang's own family and community members to build the bulk of its narrative. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
100% Midnight Family (2019) The film owes its success to its engaging and entertaining protagonists, its high-stakes context, and Lorentzen's skilled editing. The whole film is really a virtuoso demonstration of craft. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
93% Aquarela (2019) Aquarela goes a different tract, one based on emotion and scale, to engage the audience on a deeper, existential level. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
91% Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool (2019) Though one could be justified doing an entire feature on each of Miles' distinct eras, Cool is sure to be an easy entry point for the uninitiated. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
97% Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019) Greenfield-Sanders' signature style of shooting interviews helps keep Pieces from suffering the fate of sheer rote-ness that befalls so many biographical documentaries. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
75% In My Room (2018) In My Room is a slow burn for sure, but its commitment to character development over exposition makes it worthwhile. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
100% Knock Down the House (2019) House resists pandering and is genuinely inspiring, hopefully across the political spectrum. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
90% We Believe In Dinosaurs (2019) The film chooses to highlight the horror rather than the absurdity of this endeavor. That's probably to the filmmakers' credit, but I could have done with a a smidgen of humor. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
No Score Yet Kabul, City in the Wind (2018) Aboozar Amini makes a striking debut with his observational portrait of life in reconstruction in Afghanistan. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
90% Q Ball (2019) Q Ball wasn't made for me, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
97% Hale County This Morning, This Evening (2018) Hale County features one of the most robust presentations of human experience ever committed to the screen. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2018
46% Generation Wealth (2018) Greenfield fails to offer an indictment of the systems that allow for the unchecked accumulation of wealth. Instead we get a center-liberal call for a return to family and nature, as if individual actions and attitudes are responsible for inequality. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2018
95% RBG (2018) For a biography that spans nearly nine decades, perhaps the film's most significant achievement is to present it all in a way that seems like it all takes place in the present day. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2018
99% Eighth Grade (2018) I usually find coming of age films to be formulaic and unimaginative, but Eighth Grade had me hook, line, and sinker the whole time. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2018
100% The Judge (2018) Despite her dubious circumstances, Al-Faqih is a strong documentary subject who is likely to be a major historical figure for womens' rights in the Muslim world. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2018
90% The Other Side of Everything (Druga strana svega) (2017) There are plenty of parallels to be drawn between the cultish rise of Slobodan Miloević and the populist movements rising up in Western democracies, but the film is strongest in its many quiet moments. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2018
71% California Dreams (2017) It's a movie that won't hold your hand for you, but after watching you'll want to grab onto it so that it may continue to take you on its odd journey. Even with all the constructed elements, it feels very authentic in a way that few films do. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018
100% Traffic Stop (2017) Traffic Stop's strength, as with all great docs, lies in its capacity to instill empathy in the viewer, placing them in the middle of a situation they'd likely have little occasion to experience in their lives. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2018
89% Knife Skills (2017) It is a film with some great moments of personal insight, but its lack of focus left me slightly wanting. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2018
100% Heroin(e) (2017) Heroin(e) is a flashpoint in a national crisis with no end in sight, as another set of sirens preceed the closing credits. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2018
100% Heaven Is a Traffic Jam On the 405 (2016) Though it can be difficult to hear Mindy recount some her stories, Heaven is A Traffic Jam on the 405 is playful and beautiful treatise on the power of art as therapy and the uniquely human ability to transform pain into expression. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2018
78% Edith+Eddie (2017) Edith+Eddie is powerful portrait of the letter of the law winning out over common sense and the prioritization of capital over people in the US. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2018
84% The Final Year (2018) The editing is kinetic, with a cut rate more commonly associated with action films than documentaries. The score further supports this tone of urgency, laden with that political sound that typifies news show themes. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2018
98% Quest (2017) By offering a deeply relatable prism through which to experience...the nuclear American family, Quest is both a mirror and a window, showing both symptoms of our culture and the ways in which individuals subvert and redefine them. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2017
92% LA 92 (2017) It's remarkable how Lindsay and Martin were able to take from all these disparate sources and build such a clear narrative through line. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2017
100% Bill Nye: Science Guy (2017) David Alvarado and Jason Sussberg smartly avoid the bio-doc pitfall of painting their subject as some sort of infallible figure whose achievements alone would silence any critics. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2017
91% Brimstone & Glory (2017) In his feature debut, Viktor Jakovleski has achieved that rare feat for a documentary and created a film culled from reality that makes you question whether you're still in your theater seat. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
93% School Life (2017) Late in the film John says of a pupil emerging from her almost cartoonish shyness "I wish you could bottle that and sell it." Well Ní Chianáin and Rane have, and it's called School Life. Go buy it. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2017
90% The Force (2017) Nicks has crafted and important and timeless film that hopefully one day we'll be able to look back upon as history far removed from the current moment. Here's hoping. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2017
98% Whose Streets? (2017) The new documentary Whose Streets? breaks the cycle of narrative and coverage in a way that only a feature documentary can. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2017
95% Night School (2017) Night School does a good job in fighting negative preconceptions about adult education by showing the type of character and conviction of a person who's apt to succeed. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2017