Joshua Speiser

Joshua Speiser
Joshua Speiser's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Film Threat
Publications: Film Threat

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
6.5/10 No Score Yet Lake Michigan Monster (2018) Grab a bottle of rum (or two), gather together some of your idiot friends, cast off your high-brow cinematic pretensions, and cue up this 78 minutes of nonsensical nautical mayhem. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
5/10 No Score Yet Tough Guy: The Bob Probert Story (2019) Day takes no one in NHL's front office to task on this score. And the silence is deafening. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2019
8/10 90% The Harvesters (2019) One of the best measures of a film is its resonance, its ability to stick with you long after you have left the theater or turned off your screen. By that measure, The Harvesters is a resounding success. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2019
6/10 94% Time For Ilhan (2018) As her political star rises or falls, Shapiro's documentary does serve as a time capsule of sorts, providing an illuminating look at a dynamic, unorthodox politician at the start of her political career. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
6/10 70% The Changeover (2019) The film is a bit of an odd duck in that it is neither fish nor fowl, audience-wise: perhaps too scary for the Goosebumps crowd but far too tame for the horror crowd. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
3/10 90% City Of Gold (2016) ... in execution, the City of Gold felt more like a stale episode of The Bold and Beautiful but with Eli Roth's understudy at the helm. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2019
7/10 50% Rockaway (2019) There are minor quibbles that Rockaway takes on, and a large part successfully addresses some very serious, very adult themes: abuse and its legacy for future generations, familial protection, and preservation, loss and redemption. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
9/10 No Score Yet Give Us This Day (2018) Challenging though it is, Give Us This Day demands to be seen. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
9/10 50% American Dreamer (2019) Smart indie films like this don't come around too often. See it however/wherever you can and then bookend the experience by picking up a copy of Bradbury's short stories. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
9/10 No Score Yet Zombiology: Enjoy Yourself Tonight (2017) All I can say is that I cannot wait to see what Alan Lo cooks up next. An obviously talented filmmaker, it's exciting (and perhaps frightening) to imagine what he'd do with either a large-scale budget or as a director on a full-fledged Hollywood film. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
5/10 No Score Yet Hostile (2017) Fer Chrissakes, where were the producers whose job it is to steer a director away from such pretentious narrative cliffs? - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
8/10 90% Larger Than Life: The Kevyn Aucoin Story (2018) Larger Than Life: The Kevyn Aucoin Story is a well constructed, warts-and-all documentary that probes issues of creativity, sexual identity, and celebrity culture. A talent like Aucoin's was a rare thing indeed. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2018
4/10 14% Damascus Cover (2018) On the surface, [Cover] had a lot going for it: from the cast to the art direction to the verisimilitude of long-lived hostilities. But, particularly in the shadow of the incredible humanitarian crisis, the film felt like a series of missed opportunities. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2018
7/10 85% Path of Blood (2018) What elevates Path of Blood above a mere rote retelling of a far-flung conflict which was has since subsided, is how deftly the filmmaker knits in the footage filmed by the Al-Queda members themselves with other source material. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
7/10 82% Milford Graves Full Mantis (2018) What is in indisputable is that Milford Graves is a true American original who continues to live and create art on his own terms. Such clarity of vision and bravery of spirit is something all can appreciate and aspire to. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2018
4/10 13% China Salesman (2018) A mess on every narrative and technical level... - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
4/5 100% After Auschwitz (2018) After Auschwitz: The Story of Six Women is beautifully shot, crisply edited and scored, and directed with purpose and clarity. The documentary is an affecting, tender, and moving work of filmmaking. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018
2.5/5 91% Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum (2018) There's a lot to like in Gonjiam. I only wish the director had trusted himself more to take the horror road not taken. The result would have been something new, and fresh in a genre in which unconventional ideas are regularly rewarded. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2018
4/5 95% Lots of Kids, a Monkey and a Castle (Muchos hijos, un mono y un castillo) (2017) At its core, Lots of Kids, A Monkey, and a Castle is an intimate, humorous, and heartfelt love letter - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2018
2/5 29% Elis (2018) As the credits rolled, I found myself hoping that someone will soon create a documentary about this remarkable woman, in the mold of Amy or 20 Feet From Stardom, that does her legacy the justice it so rightly deserves. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2018
2/5 60% Mercury in Retrograde (2017) Aiming to be insightful melodrama about the communication barriers between men and women, and the true meaning of love, Mercury in Retrograde is hoisted on its own petard and ends up distancing rather than embracing salient topics it attempts to tackle. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2018
2/5 54% At First Light (2018) Try as I might, I just wasn't all that invested in the fate of Alex and Sean or their own private close encounter with the third kind. Which is a shame as the filmmaker shows a keen flair for an interesting visual and aural palette. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2018
100% AlphaGo (2017) Rather than playing up the fears of man's imminent obsolescence in the face of artificial intelligence, the filmmakers instead elevate this doc to one that uses Go as a platform to explore and comment on the human condition. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2018
4/5 100% Breaking Point: The War for Democracy in Ukraine (2018) It is a brutal yet affecting film which, while wearing its agenda proudly on its sleeve, imparts a sense of hope and even uplift. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2018
3.5/5 86% Let Her Out (2017) Some of the dialogue is a bit hamfisted and the narrative almost derailed by a few plot holes. Despite these quibbles, Let Her Out is a good night at the movies with scares aplenty and a cinematic style that pay off in spades. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2018
1/5 No Score Yet The 13th Friday (2017) The 13th Friday succeeds best in its ability to select and bastardize classic horror movie tropes/elements from its silver screen forebears. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2018