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John Bleasdale

John Bleasdale
John Bleasdale's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Sight and Sound, Electric Sheep, CineVue

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 100% Everything or Nothing (2012) Stevan Riley's film is a good looking and fast moving tale and it has to be, considering the number of personalities and the twists and turns that it needs to squeeze in. ‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
3/5 50% Sunset (Napszállta) (2018) The anarchy is performed and organised around the flowing camera but, in the onrush of experience, there's very little emotional engagement other than a creeping dread that danger is always to be about to breakthrough the frankly flimsy veneer.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
87% First Man (2018) An intimate epic which is as fascinated by the small steps as it is exhilarated by the giant leap.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2018
3/5 86% The Nightingale (2019) This is a powerful and disturbing film - and the true history of the period unfortunately justifies a grim view of human nature. ‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
3/5 84% 22 July (2018) Given that Greengrass is obviously aiming for naturalism, the main drawback to his approach is that everyone speaks English. ‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
5/5 91% Vox Lux (2018) It's funny, thrilling, deadly serious and achieves genuine depth.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
2/5 75% Dragged Across Concrete (2018) Dragged... is supposed to be a slow burn, but it's more like a soggy smoulder. ‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
5/5 77% What You Gonna Do When the World's on Fire? (2018) Cinematographer Diego Romero Suarez-Llanos shoots everything with an unobtrusive beauty and Minervini is once more incredibly adept at making these slices of life cohere into both individual stories and in order to present a broader panorama. The‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
65% Peterloo (2018) Mike Leigh's film is a powerful blunt weapon, hitting back for the people who refused to.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2018
4/5 83% The Sisters Brothers (2018) At the heart of the film are two pitch perfect lead performances. Though Reilly and Phoenix don't look particularly like brothers, they certainly behave like them. ‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2018
3/5 60% The Mountain (2018) Alverson's The Mountain is arthouse cinema at its frostiest. Like the lobotomist's hands, you can admire the craft, while wishing it had been applied with more humanity.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2018
4/5 75% Suspiria (2018) Guadagnino directs the hell out of his Suspiria, heightening the sound design and using cuts that feel more like stabs. He wallows in the impressionistic weather - it only stops raining to start snowing - and gives a wonderful sense of place. ‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2018
4/5 98% Roma (2018) It's fitting that Cuarón is also the cinematographer here, as Roma is a deeply personal handsome vision. Cuarón is a master at visual storytelling, pointing to a small change in the frame that will be important later on. ‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2018
4/5 94% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) The six tales collected in the dusty old hardback book The Ballad of Buster Scruggs... are packed with originality, poetry and glorious wit.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
3/5 95% A Star Is Born (2018) This utter ludicrousness has all the hallmarks of reality television... but Cooper is so heartfelt in his direction and performance, while [Lady Gaga] has a credibly wonderful voice, so the fairytale feels true.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
4/5 88% The Other Side of the Wind (2018) It is remarkably good.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
5/5 96% The Favourite (2018) The Favourite has ribaldry and intelligence to burn, a deliciously entertaining period piece that feels liberated by its period, rather than restrained and invigorates like a glass of wine thrown violently in your face.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
4/5 100% The Eyes of Orson Welles (2018) The Eyes of Orson Welles is an enlightening essay on how this most famous of directors saw things.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2018
3/5 92% Good Manners (As Boas Maneiras) (2018) Rui Pocas' cinematography is rich with particularly lush use of matte paintings for the cityscapes and the contrast between Ana's antiseptic wealth and the colourful jumble of Clara's home is effectively marked.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2018
3/5 88% A Ciambra (2018) Carpignano's mission seems to be to give the marginalized and voiceless a chance to represent their own stories.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2018
4/5 96% Filmworker (2018) Filmworker acts both as a specific act of homage to this unique man as well as a celebration of the thousands of people behind the scenes who might get on the credit roll but long after the audience have shuffled from their seats.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted May 30, 2018
2/5 70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Howard keeps everything moving at a whip, as if he wants to finish the film under twelve parsecs. But speed paradoxically doesn't make for excitement. Too much breathlessness and we simply suffocate.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted May 30, 2018
4/5 86% Belye nochi pochtalona Alekseya Tryapitsyna (The Postman's White Nights) (2014) Konchalovsky offers up an intimate and moving pastoral.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
3/5 94% SCORE: A Film Music Documentary (2017) It would take someone with ears of cloth and a heart of stone not to start fishing out some of the old soundtracks to enjoy them anew.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2018
5/5 91% Birdman (2014) Birdman is a rich, startlingly clever and multi-layered collage, with Iñárritu creating a meta-universe of mirrors and performances upon performances.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2018
4/5 100% Wajib (2017) A whip-smart, moving comedy of family and community.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2017
4/5 70% Happy End (2017) It may be something of a greatest hits mixtape, but it's also an arresting offering.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2017
2/5 84% The Transfiguration (2017) O'Shea works hard to find a denouement which will tie up all the loose ends and lend The Transfiguration suitable pathos. Sadly, one can't help but wonder if it would make Milo's video library.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2017
3/5 75% Suntan (2017) The comedy is sniggery and the tragedy, at last, exasperated - the bland Suntan of the title hiding the carcinogens stirring under the skin.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2017
3/5 56% Rules Don't Apply (2016) [Rules Don't Apply] is an entertaining and surprisingly low-key portrait of excess.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2017
2/5 36% The Chamber (2018) Other than a sinking feeling, there's not much else The Chamber is going to give you.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2017
2/5 44% It's Only the End of the World (Juste la fin du monde) (2016) It's Only the End of the World, though not a disaster, will be for many a disappointment.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2017
3/5 68% The Seasons in Quincy: Four Portraits of John Berger (2016) Warmth understanding and affection shines throughout the film, making it a fitting tribute to this unique voice and presence, now sadly gone.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2017
2/5 43% Bushwick (2017) There are the occasional moments when Bushwick lets on that it knows that this is all truly awful. ‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2017
2/5 43% The Bad Batch (2017) [Bad Batch] is a post-apocalyptic cannibal movie that devours its influences without ever getting to the red meat.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2017
5/5 87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) Villeneuve has created a genuinely thoughtful piece of sci-fi which escapes the gravitational pull of its inspiration to become something - to paraphrase Dr. Eldon Tyrrell - more Blade Runner than Blade Runner.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2017
4/5 78% The Reagan Show (2017) The Reagan Show is timely on a number of levels. ‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2017
5/5 96% The Florida Project (2017) It's triumph is its determined optimism, even if it admits that is probably a fantasy. It's a tale of the fallen who, like Moonee's favourite tree, keeps on growing regardless.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2017
3/5 57% Radiance (Hikari) (2017) Radiance perseveres with its gentle optimism despite Nakamori's anger and his gradually worsening vision.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
3/5 70% Paradise (Ray) (2017) The beautiful black and white cinematography of Alexander Simonov and the meticulous and careful framing of the shots makes Paradise visually sumptuous - perhaps too much so.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2017
4/5 98% Lucky (2017) ... it doesn't exactly rage against the dying of the light but certainly cusses and blows smoke in its face.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2017
4/5 95% Custody (Jusqu'à la garde) (2018) With Custody, [Director Xavier] Legrand has created a family drama that plays out as social realism, but it is as intense as a thriller and, with no generic get outs, far more terrifying than Kubrick's The Shining.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
3/5 40% Mektoub, My Love: Canto Uno (2017) Mektoub My Love is an often beguiling work, drenched in beauty and humour and an inclusive warmth.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2017
4/5 95% Sweet Country (2018) Sweet Country is a hoarsely angry film, a powerful denunciation of the racism and violence on which modern Australia was eventually founded.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2017
3/5 98% Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond - Featuring a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton (2017) Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond is, on the surface, Carrey's most obviously autobiographical film, a postmodern reflection on his art and influences. ‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2017
3/5 85% The Third Murder (Sandome no satsujin) (2018) Kore-eda has unquestionably added a new, intriguing angle to his meditation on family life in contemporary Japan, complete with a haunting score from Italian composer Ludovico Einaudi.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2017
4/5 92% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) ... Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is a multi-layered piece with such swathes of great dialogue that it will no doubt reward - if not demand - multiple viewings.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2017
4/5 36% The Leisure Seeker (2018) False sentimentality can be a danger. However, The Leisure Seeker is dry-eyed even at its most moving and a celebration of love even as it reaches its end.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2017
1/5 No Score Yet [Una Famiglia] is a dour, monotonous, predictable and dull effort that doesn't deserve its place in competition.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2017
4/5 91% Brawl in Cell Block 99 (2017) Brawl in Cell Block 99 is a midnight movie to relish.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2017