Joshua Brunsting

Joshua Brunsting
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Josh is Chief Critic for The CriterionCast, a member of the Online Film Critics Society, a wrestling nerd, a hip-hop head, a father, a cinephile and a man looking to make his stamp on the world, one word at a time.
Publications: The CriterionCast

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
80% Isabella (2021) Exploding themes Pineiro has himself been riffing on for much of his career, the experimenting with tone and narrative make the director's latest film feel utterly essential. - The CriterionCast EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2021
95% Test Pattern (2021) Test Pattern is an incredibly taut narrative despite a non-linear structure, with jumps in time feeling natural because Ford has complete control over their story. - The CriterionCast EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2021
No Score Yet Yung Lean: In My Head (2020) This new documentary shines a light on one of modern rap music's more influential, and controversial, figures, chronicling the rise and all of a troubled young artist. - The CriterionCast EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2021
No Score Yet Somebody's Hero (2012) Featuring a handful of great performances, it may not be the most rewarding watch ever, but I'll be damned if this one doesn't win you over by the time the credits roll. - The CriterionCast EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2020
83% Proxima (2019) It's a muted film, a mature and intimate film that doesn't lean into histrionics, instead finds beauty in the bonds of a mother and a child... - The CriterionCast EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2020
90% Epicentro (2020) A brazenly experimental feature, Epicentro is a textured and provocative look at the trail left by a history of colonialism, both literal and more figuratively. - The CriterionCast EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2020
78% Martin Margiela: In His Own Words (2020) The direct involvement of Margiela may have forced the director's hand in tone and structure, but this type of almost hagiography feels fitting of a designer with less energy. - The CriterionCast EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2020
83% She Dies Tomorrow (2020) She Dies Tomorrow is at points a film about the way one deals with mortality, collective trauma and mass psychosis, making it an essential work of 2020 pop culture. - The CriterionCast EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2020
100% Shine Your Eyes (Cidade Pássaro) (2020) A shockingly considered and mature film... - The CriterionCast EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2020
93% Rebuilding Paradise (2020) Equal parts tender and terrifying, Rebuilding Paradise is a gorgeously rendered documentary, playing as a tense, engrossing and crisply shot study of a community torn apart. - The CriterionCast EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2020
74% The Rental (2020) This is a lean and mean slasher film, an engaging deconstruction of a time-worn genre that's been rebuilt for an aspect of everyday life that rightly deserves a good skewering - The CriterionCast EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2020
42% Guest of Honour (2020) While it may not ultimately amount to much on a thematic level, Egoyan's latest is a fascinating experiment from a director who has seemingly found the spark once again. - The CriterionCast EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2020
92% Relic (2020) Driven by a whip-smart script from James and co-writer Christian White, Relic is a rich and layered text that's both harrowing and emotionally nuanced and textured. - The CriterionCast EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2020
95% Ahead of the Curve (2021) Curve is an incredibly enjoyable and lively film (albeit simply told), the conversation within it just plays a bit too broad. More than worth one's time, despite that however. - The CriterionCast EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2020
87% Shirley (2020) Decker and DP Sturla Brandth Grovlen turn this fictional recounting of a moment in the life of Shirley Jackson into and expressionist rumination on truth, storytelling - The CriterionCast EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2020
92% The Vast of Night (2020) Very clearly an atmosphere piece, the film does have an oddly rigid narrative, owing more to things like War of the Worlds than just the radio station's WOTW call sign. - The CriterionCast EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2020
87% The Trip to Greece (2020) It's a road film, a buddy comedy and a rumination on age and mortality, all rolled into a quaint and gorgeously crafted piece of food porn that's endlessly watchable. - The CriterionCast EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2020
98% Fourteen (2020) Fourteen feels almost like a collection of journal or diary entries, devastating moments in these lives that will flash forward at the drop of a hat - The CriterionCast EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2020
79% The Bad and the Beautiful (1953) Bad proves Minnelli to be one of the most assured and powerful names in the world of cinematic melodrama, and his ability to bring to the genre the sense of tension found more often in noir pictures, really makes this film a singular and esoteric entrant. - The CriterionCast EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2020
97% Tell Me Who I Am (2019) Tell Me Who I Am is a captivating look at two brothers and the grief they live with, and in this character study is a fascinating, unflinching look at love and forgiveness in the face of abject horror. - The CriterionCast EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2020
70% Olympic Dreams (2020) Gorgeously shot and led by two ace performances, Olympic Dreams is the type of adult romantic comedy that simply does not get produced these days. - The CriterionCast EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2020
88% I Was at Home, But... (Ich war zuhause, aber...) (2020) A tender, profoundly moving portrait of grief and family, art and motherhood, the film is a formalist achievement that feels like a movement of true growth for Schanelec - The CriterionCast EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2020
83% The Whistlers (2020) Porumboiu's direction is absolutely top class, with his juggling of time and space assured and often quite alluring - The CriterionCast EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2020
88% Sorry We Missed You (2020) Loach returns with an essential take on the gig economy that's as gorgeously made as it is humane and tender. - The CriterionCast EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2020
94% Beautiful Something Left Behind (2020) The film allows each subject to inform the viewer about their story in whatever way they see fit and in doing so we learn how grief is processed by the youngest of our society - The CriterionCast EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2020
87% Sea Fever (2019) he issue here is that everything from the characterization to the film's visual sensibility feels derivative of these references without inviting much new conversation - The CriterionCast EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2020
45% Endings, Beginnings (2020) It's simply a film that feels put together based on some sort of schematic of a modern romantic drama, a film that feels decidedly incomplete... - The CriterionCast EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2020
86% Zombi Child (2020) The latest from director Bertrand Bonello is an evocative, thought-provoking look at colonialism and identity. - The CriterionCast EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2020
100% I Wish I Knew (Hai shang chuan qi) (2020) Making its theatrical debut stateside a decade after bowing at the Cannes Film Festival, Jia Zhangke's documentary is a masterpiece worthy of (re)discovery. - The CriterionCast EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2020
86% Color Out of Space (2020) Cult director Richard Stanley's latest is a beautifully shot, if slightly bloated, cosmic horror film driven by a Nic Cage performance that stands as one of his best. - The CriterionCast EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2020
86% José (2020) Li Cheng's sophomore effort is a quiet, almost neo-realist, look into life as a young gay man in conservative Guatemala that's as beautiful as it is moving. - The CriterionCast EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2020
84% The Europeans (1979) The first of three Henry James adaptations produced by the Merchant Ivory team, this is an entrancing entry not just in their partnership but in the career of Ivory himself. - The CriterionCast EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2020
97% The Cave (2019) A thrilling, ceaselessly captivating documentary... - The CriterionCast EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2019
88% Synonyms (Synonymes) (2019) A captivating look at the intersection between nationalism and toxic masculinity, few films feel as vital and truly important in 2019 as this superlative piece of work. - The CriterionCast EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2019
100% Gay Chorus Deep South (2019) Gorgeously shot, Gay Chorus Deep South is a handsomely rendered, if maybe a bit thin, look at a group of people trying to bring about change through music. - The CriterionCast EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2019
No Score Yet A Fish in the Bathtub (1999) Joan Micklin Silver's underrated and rarely seen comedic gem is a gorgeously shot, emotionally rich romantic comedy with a collection of ace performances and an ace script - The CriterionCast EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2019
95% Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project (2019) What makes Recorder so utterly compelling and beautifully textured is the absolute compassion and sympathy that director Matt Wolf has for his subject - The CriterionCast EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2019
89% Feast of the Epiphany (2018) The premiere film from Reverse Shot, this docu-fiction hybrid is a quiet, moving portrait of life, loss and food. - The CriterionCast EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2019
97% First Love (Hatsukoi) (2019) Miike's direction is visceral, finding the filmmaker not only completely invested in this narrative but also willing to break from his formula at a drop of the hat. - The CriterionCast EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
98% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) Bong takes this battle between classes and one family's attempt to take that much craved next step up the economic ladder, and twists it into a fun house thrill ride. - The CriterionCast EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
91% Je t'aime moi non plus (I Love You, I Don't) (1976) Gainsbourg may not have the skill to nail a finale that's almost too violent, but thanks to a new restoration, Je T'aime Moi Non Plus is an absolute revelation. - The CriterionCast EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
61% Dilili in Paris (Dilili à Paris) (2019) Feminist and anti-racist to the bone, Ocelot's latest film is a startling, if misshapen, gem that will hopefully find an audience despite a modest release schedule. - The CriterionCast EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
79% Loro (2019) Servillo's Berlusconi is nuanced in a way that nothing else in the film is. Lacking the satirical bite of a Wolf Of Wall Street, Loro is a lushly composed, toothless satire. - The CriterionCast EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
44% The Wedding Year (2019) It's rare, in 2019, to have a genuinely good time at the movies and this, in all of its simplicity and cliche, is absolutely that. - The CriterionCast EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
90% Diego Maradona (2019) With a scholarly eye towards research, Maradona is a richly textured, nuanced portrait not only of a titanic figure in sports, but the rise of a sportsman into a god. - The CriterionCast EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
92% Monos (2019) A visceral rumination on devolving social norms in the face of war, Monos is not only the return of a great filmmaker, but one of the great political allegories of 2019. - The CriterionCast EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
71% I'm Leaving Now (Ya me voy) (2019) Viewers may not learn a lot about this man or his life specifically, but through a profound sense of intimacy they may find something even greater under this film's proverbial hood - empathy. - The CriterionCast EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
86% Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements (2019) Moonlight Sonata becomes a tender and evocative document of a very specific human experience that's palpable for anyone forced to deal with a set back in life. - The CriterionCast EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
96% American Factory (2019) Documenting this in as frank a manner as Riechert and Bognar do is incredibly wise, avoiding the easy, disposable type of agitprop that has made a home on streaming in 2019. - The CriterionCast EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
86% Friedkin Uncut (2019) At best, Friedkin Uncut is a serviceable EPK on whatever Friedkin film is set to get yet another Blu-ray release. Flat, lifeless, superficial. Just a slog. - The CriterionCast EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019