Gus Edgar

Gus Edgar
Gus Edgar's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Little White Lies Film Inquiry

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T-Meter Title | Year
53% Matthias and Maxime (2019) The cannonball naivety and gutsy showmanship is the director's greatest strength, but in Matthias & Maxime we see him ignore that in favour of a pseudo-nuanced liaison marred by mawkishness. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) This is a film that resonates in fits and starts, the eye-catching cinephilia just about excusing some questionable decision-making. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
100% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) Parasite is a vital, extraordinary slice of blood-boiling entertainment, surveying human ambition to piece together exactly why a class system is failing an entire country. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
52% Young Ahmed (Le jeune Ahmed) (2019) The Young Ahmed feels like fear-mongering, a reminder that a religion can turn dangerous with one bad egg. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
100% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2019) If Call Me By Your Name is a finished piece, Portrait of a Lady on Fire is the process behind it: the scribbled notes; the sketched outline; the first lick of paint. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
74% A Hidden Life (Une vie cachée) (2019) A Hidden Life is imperfect, and doesn't plunder its premise's existential depths as much as you'd expect given the runtime. But the imagery is often fantastic, and the instances of tranquility in Radegund sobering and sorrowful. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
98% The Lighthouse (2019) The Lighthouse takes on masculinity, madness and merfolk, and it's marvelous. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
60% Lux Æterna (2019) Lux Æterna gets the strange compliment of being a nigh-unwatchable film that I'd wholly recommend. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
68% Little Joe (2019) Little Joe has no dramatic impetus whatsoever; it becomes a series of dull, repetitive moments, with a cacophonous score trying to find the pulse and a misguided take on anti-depressants flatlining it completely. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
90% Zombi Child (2019) Zombi Child is terrific, probing problematic subject matter in a provocative, evocative, and entirely empathetic way. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
89% Atlantics (Atlantique) (2019) A muddled ghost story-cum-romance that nevertheless boasts fleeting moments of powerful lyricism. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
100% For Sama (2019) For Sama has the staggering weight of a potent war epic, but without any of the artifice. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
88% Nighthawk (Bacurau) (2019) Bacurau is a gutsy, audacious quasi-western that shares the same defiant tone but replaces council spats with blood splats. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
75% A Brother's Love (La femme de mon frère) (2019) You're left wondering why the camera couldn't keep still for one moment, relax, and give time for A Brother's Love medley of messages to linger. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2019
54% The Dead Don't Die (2019) Jarmusch has brought the B-movie zombie flick back from the dead: this is a disarmingly intelligent riff on politics, parodies, and the futility of it all. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2019
59% Sunset (Napszállta) (2019) László Nemes' follow-up to his acclaimed debut, Son of Saul, is the best film of the year so far. It may very well end up staying that way. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
3/5 69% Mug (Twarz) (2018) National disdain has clouded judgement, and so both director and community have let their constructions get out of hand. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
1/5 63% Outlaw King (2018) About as interesting as its lead. Which is to say, not at all. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
93% Stan & Ollie (2019) Stan & Ollie is a joyous ode to an iconic duo's final few years, that portrays its subjects with the love and attention its audience craves. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
4/5 98% The Guilty (Den skyldige) (2018) Make the right call and watch this immediately. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
96% In Fabric (2019) It leaves style as the only sustenance. In Fabric has bags of it, but it's hardly meaningful when there's little in the way of thematic juiciness. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
91% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) The film remains patchy and rather disparate, but only by the Coens' standards. At the level they're currently at, it's impossible for them to make a bad film. If we're simplifying fractions, then The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is half a great one. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
3/5 100% Sink (2018) A swooning surprise with enough charm to smooth out the wrinkles. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
3/5 41% MFKZ (2018) A punky joyride, if oppressively macho. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
2/5 63% Us and Them (2018) The script's hyperactivity distracts enough from the fact that its musings on class conflict are underdeveloped at best. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
90% Capernaum (Capharnaüm) (2018) Labaki piles on the sentimentality, seemingly unaware that the inherently harrowing premise is reason enough to care. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2018
94% Burning (Beoning) (2018) There's surely more to unpick here on second viewing: Chang-dong has spun a philosophical, slow-burn yarn that remains constantly gripping through its entire 148-minute runtime. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2018
93% Long Day's Journey Into Night (Di qiu zui hou de ye wan) (2019) It's an exquisite feat of filmmaking that makes the case for 3D as more than a passing fad; an ambitious, richly textured and deeply poignant journey into the recesses of a discontented man. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2018
57% Under the Silver Lake (2019) It's a lot to process - I think it may be a modern masterpiece? Who knows. The parrot has the answers, but good luck making out what it's trying to say. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2018
70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) There's a whole galaxy out there, but Ron Howard doesn't seem to realise it. His Han Solo prequel is a pedestrian journey through a series of inconsequential set-pieces, where character development of its iconic protagonist is stuck to the surface. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2018
57% The House That Jack Built (2018) Only Von Trier can allegorise the creative process through a sociopathic serial killer - it's gratuitous, grisly, and completely apt. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2018
96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) Lee acknowledges the power of cinema as a political tool - the KKK have Birth of a Nation to thank, while Ron and his activist girlfriend list off blaxploitation icons - and here he's engineered a rallying cry to an inert American populus. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018
74% Asako I & II (Netemo sametemo) (2019) Ryūsuke Hamaguchi's follow-up to 2015's acclaimed Happy Hour is a romanceless dud with a clumsy conceit. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018
82% The Trouble with You (En liberté!) (2018) It's frantic stuff, slight and cheesy but endearingly French and undeniably funny. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018
99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) In a less composed director's hands, this would be sentimental guff. Here, it's potent. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018
91% Mandy (2018) It's not nuanced, but it needn't be: watch Mandy with an enthusiastic audience and it's impossible not to be swept away in the carnage. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018
54% Murder Me, Monster (Muere, monstro, muere) (2018) It's frustratingly difficult to make out the story or subtext through an atmosphere so thick even its monster can't penetrate it. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018
71% Climax (2019) Once Climax finds its rhythm - and with a catalogue of '90s dance music to choose from, that's easy enough done - it doesn't let up. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018
44% Girls of the Sun (Les filles du soleil) (2019) Eva Husson's feminist war film is a well-intentioned documentation on the importance of female fighters, but lacks any nuance or subtext; what we end up with is a frustratingly skin-deep recollection of significant events. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
38% Angel Face (Gueule d'ange) (2018) It begins brilliantly, framed with intensity and bathed in swathes of reds and purples - as the film progresses, however, Angel Face loses its rhythm and descends into perplexing territory. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
99% Ash Is Purest White (2019) It's a story that takes turns and detours, jolts between peddling for time and well worth your time - a mundane conversation in a car transforms into a martial arts fist fight, and a middle act stretch seems largely irrelevant. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
89% The Image Book (Le livre d'image) (2019) Impenetrable though this may be, The Image Book is fascinating, beguiling, often terrifying. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
89% Arctic (2019) A slew of survival films rely on thin backstories and forced drama to eek out emotion - Arctic is the polar opposite. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
92% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) As a romance, Cold War wobbles, but the allegory that the pairing represent is sharply defined and suitably harrowing. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
82% Sorry Angel (Plaire, aimer et courir vite) (2019) Sorry Angel has all the restless energy of 120 BPM, even if it is considerably more aimless. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2018
78% To the Ends of the World (Les confins du monde) (2018) This is brave, exciting filmmaking, and a fine amuse bouche to Apocalypse Now's meatier take on the same subject matter. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2018
94% Wildlife (2018) This is an astonishingly confident debut, and a heartbreaking tale of two parents at war. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2018
96% Birds of Passage (Pájaros de verano) (2019) An admirable, surprising accompanying piece to Guerra's magnum opus, contemplatively examining the progression (or regression) of an indigenous tribe that's finding it difficult to withstand the harsh capitalist climate. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2018
92% Donbass (2018) Loznitsa's formal expertise is astonishing, as fragments seamlessly segue into one another through various long-takes, its examination of the effects of war on a populus substantiated and complicated as each narrative strand takes hold. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2018
94% Rafiki (2019) An important film, if not necessarily a good one. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2018