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
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
68% 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
85% 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
86% An Elephant in the Room (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
85% Sea Fever (2020) 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
41% 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
87% 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
94% 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
88% 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
99% 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
90% 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
78% 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
89% 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
85% 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
85% 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
95% End of the Century (2019) Closing on a note that's almost meta-physical in its sense of wish-fulfillment, End Of The Century is a profoundly moving, intensely quiet romance drama - The CriterionCast EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
87% What You Gonna Do When the World's on Fire? (2019) Never once does his camera feel manipulative or judgemental, instead turning what could be your typical message documentary into one whose existence feels utterly essential - The CriterionCast EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
95% The Flower (La flor) (2019) captivating rumination on the artist-muse relationship, creativity writ large and the breaking down of narrative, La Flor is one of the very best films of 2019 - The CriterionCast EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
59% Them That Follow (2019) A film about fundamental faith and its poisonous nature, Them That Follow is a much-needed change of pace from this loud summer movie season. - The CriterionCast EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
82% Homewrecker (2019) With a pair of great lead performances at its center, Homewrecker is among the best, most odd thrillers at this year's Fantasia International Film Festival. - The CriterionCast EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
A- 83% The Original Kings of Comedy (2000) Ostensibly a shot performance of a comedians Steve Harvey, D.L. Hughley, Bernie Mac and Cedric The Entertainer, the film is not only genuinely funny, but also very much a cultural touchstone. - Movie Mezzanine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
93% Sword of Trust (2019) Arguably a bit thin, this is otherwise a charming, beautifully made comedy with a career-defining performance from co-star Marc Maron. - The CriterionCast EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2019
84% The Art of Self-Defense (2019) Everything Stearns' script says about masculinity and gender dynamics is superficial and rudimentary, with few actual biting laughs amidst a film that's limp emotionally. - The CriterionCast EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2019
81% A Faithful Man (L'homme fidèle) (2019) A typically French three hander, this romantic comedy/drama takes three ace performances and turns them into a knotty web of romantic farce that, at 75 minutes, is captivating - The CriterionCast EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2019
No Score Yet Birthday Wonderland (2019) Legendary filmmaker Keiichi Hara returns with a gorgeous, if aggressively uneven, fairy-tale that's rich with style but a bit thin on thematic texture. - The CriterionCast EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2019
87% We Are Little Zombies (2019) This debut feature film is an inspired and beautifully rendered rumination on grief through the eyes of four orphan children. - The CriterionCast EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2019
88% The Great Hack (2019) Now available on Netflix, this new documentary looks at the state of data as a commodity in the modern age, yet does so in an incredibly simple, seemingly disposable manner - The CriterionCast EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2019
97% The Gangster, the Cop, the Devil (2019) With an incomparable, classically brutish lead performance, Lee Won-Tae's latest effort is a simply told, thrilling action film, a rarity in 2019 cinema. - The CriterionCast EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2019
64% The Mountain (2019) Rick Alverson returns with a jaundiced look at 50s Americana which, with a collection of show-stealing performances, is one of the year's best films. - The CriterionCast EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2019
100% House of Hummingbird (Beolsae) (2018) Bora Kim's debut film is one of the most exciting discoveries of this year's Fantasia International Film Festival, a tender and moving coming of age drama above reproach - The CriterionCast EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2019
92% Wild Rose (2019) There's a looseness to the film that's rare for this genre, turning what could be a slight rise-to-stardom film into something that pops off the screen and demands attention. - The CriterionCast EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2019
97% The Edge of Democracy (2019) Costa's personal, unforgettable rumination on modern Brazilian politics is now on Netflix and is one of the great political documentaries of 2019. - The CriterionCast EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2019
97% Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019) Director Greenfield-Sanders crafts a documentary that's almost claustrophobic in its structure and form, a film that's reverence for its subject fosters pure hagiography. - The CriterionCast EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2019
83% Ever After (Endzeit) (2019) Between the performances and a director who embeds the film with an entrancing blending of genre and atmosphere, Ever After is a gorgeously made, impeccably acted, drama - The CriterionCast EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2019