Esme Betamax

Esme Betamax
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Esme Betamax is a writer and illustrator. Often found in the Cube Microplex and other indie cinemas. A fan of surreal and dark comedies. Avoids horror where possible. Favourites include: I Heart Huckabees, Where the Buffalo Roam, Harold & Maude, Being John Malkovich and I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
90% Arab Blues (Un divan à Tunis) (2019) Arab Blues is a strong debut from a sharp mind. Manele Labidi is one to watch. - Battle Royale With Cheese EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2021
86% Justine (2021) Justine does not meet the expectations set by 2018's Tucked, though the combination of sexuality, self-destruction, and addiction is a well that won't run dry any time soon. - Battle Royale With Cheese EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2021
No Score Yet Sex Weather (2018) Sex Weather exposes the way we can connect on a very deep level with someone, but then can go through life never really crossing paths with him or her again. Garcia brilliantly portrays this sad truth, and does so in the simplest of ways. - Battle Royale With Cheese EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2021
82% The Royal Road (2015) It's reminiscent of Chris Ware's Building Stories: people are fleeting but the building remains. The Royal Road is as much of a love letter to a place as it is a love letter to a person. - Battle Royale With Cheese EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2020
98% The Go-Go's (2020) The Go-Go's (2020) is a compassionate film, thoughtfully arranged, in the same vein as The Punk Singer (2013). - Battle Royale With Cheese EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2020
40% The Historian (2014) The Historian drags-I had to watch it in two sittings, tired from all the eye-rolling. The script is littered with such profundities as "I hate death. It sucks balls". - Battle Royale With Cheese EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2020
100% Disclosure (2020) Disclosure utilises the relationship between politicians and journalists to illustrate a fluctuating power-dynamic. In doing so, it also illustrates the complexity of the relationship between government and the press. - Battle Royale With Cheese EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2020
92% The Rest of Us (2020) The Rest of Us is a quiet tribute to the women who pick up the pieces after a tragedy. Perhaps a little too quiet: hardly memorable at all. Kelly Reichardt without the brooding or menacing undertones. - Battle Royale With Cheese EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2020
50% Marcel Duchamp: The Art of the Possible (2020) Matthew Taylor's documentary is more than a potted history for art students. It is an excellent source for anyone interested in visual culture, 20th Century history, or rejecting the establishment. - Battle Royale With Cheese EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 29, 2020
No Score Yet Film School Africa (2017) Film School Africa draws on footage of almost a decade of the project, documenting the achievements and sorrows of group members. It captures their passion and ambition, despite having limited opportunities in their community. - Battle Royale With Cheese EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2020
No Score Yet Sin Cielo (2019) Bringing each element of production together into a fine balance-cinematography, editing, soundtrack-that evokes the change in air pressure before an electrical storm. - Battle Royale With Cheese EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
100% Toxic Beauty (2019) I was expecting a Supersize Me for makeup, but it's much more sophisticated than that. - Battle Royale With Cheese EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2019
88% Freaks (2019) Freaks takes Marvelesque mutants and puts them in an environment akin to Shyamalan's shaky supernatural joint Signs (2002). Although it contains all the right elements Freaks struggles to break new ground. - Battle Royale With Cheese EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
70% Making Noise Quietly (2019) Making Noise Quietly presents conversations between people with different viewpoints. Not opposite, just different. Each conversation is difficult but necessary. It does not make for comfortable viewing, but then these are not comfortable times. - Battle Royale With Cheese EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2019
No Score Yet Fauve (2018) The gut-wrenching horror comes with the realisation that some mistakes cannot be fixed. - Battle Royale With Cheese EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2019
92% A Season in France (Une Saison en France) (2017) Asma and Yacine are pitched perfectly - riding the waves of emotion brought on by fear, uncertainty, and boredom, yet ultimately more stable than their father. - Battle Royale With Cheese EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2019
92% We the Animals (2018) We the Animals is beautiful in a visceral way - more guts than heart. - Battle Royale With Cheese EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
1/5 20% First Round Down (2016) Tim Tucker, a pouty Ryan Gosling type played by Dylan Bruce, and his goofy Seth Rogen type sidekick Bobby (Rob Ramsay) get involved in humourless hi-jinx and armed robbery. - Battle Royale With Cheese EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2019
100% Top Knot Detective (2016) Top Knot Detective pays homage to an era of television that embraced wooden acting and wonky sets so beloved by the likes of Matthew Holness, Matt Berry and Richard Ayoade. - Battle Royale With Cheese EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
52% Elizabeth Harvest (2018) The attitude of the characters seems to be: this plan is diabolical, but Henry's mind is brilliant, so I have to go along with it, plus this is the way he is handling his grief. - Battle Royale With Cheese EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
98% 3 Faces (2019) A series of disputes where each side believes things to be rigid and binary. Panahi is skilled in showing the audience not only this tension, but the grey areas that the protagonists cannot see. - Battle Royale With Cheese EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019