Joule Zelman

Joule Zelman
Joule Zelman's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): The Stranger (Seattle, WA)

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
86% Possession (The Night the Screaming Stops) (1983) This is not the type of horror movie you take your friends to for a laugh; this is what you watch with your ex and realize how much worse things could have been. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
95% In Fabric (2019) Deliciously retro, nastily funny, but siding with those wrung out by the cycle of labor and consumption, In Fabric deserves a spot next to Sorry to Bother You in the hall of great anti-capitalist comedies. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
64% The Mountain (2019) The Mountain is so keen on flouting the narrative expectations of an active hero that, once Goldblum leaves the picture, it results in a dead-end atmosphere. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
83% Midsommar (2019) The ensuing narrative is expansive, a bit funny, full of elaborate invented culture, and overall less exhausting (and exhilarating) than Hereditary. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
96% I Do Not Care If We Go Down in History as Barbarians (Îmi este indiferent daca în istorie vom intra ca barbari) (2019) Barbarians may be one of the more intellectually daunting movies at SIFF this year, with its single-take scenes, philosophical references, and meta approach. But it is, unfortunately, relevant and necessary viewing - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
66% Suspiria (2018) It's more ambitious than Argento's predilection for lecherous male bloodlust, but it's ultimately confusing. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
96% The Atomic Cafe (1982) The Atomic Cafe provokes a surprising number of laughs, from a soundtrack of awe-inspiringly tasteless '50s pop songs to its extracts of horribly acted army films warning of Commies on the home front. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
91% Mandy (2018) Mandy herself is half oneiric goddess, half vulnerable loner, and Riseborough possesses a fascinating spookiness that makes you forget she's a cliché. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
93% Revenge (2018) The only real surprise is the sheer volume of gore: If gouged eyeballs, exploded heads, impaled torsos, and beautiful naked people flailing through pools of vital fluids are what you crave, you will be a fan, and I won't judge you. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
93% The Endless (2018) The Endless invites you to puzzle over it or just enjoy its strange surfaces without losing too much sleep. For a pair of directors with Lovecraftian sensibilities, that's pretty friendly. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2018
47% Marrowbone (2018) Characterization seems to be the problem overall. A few jump scares aside, it's hard to feel frightened for the family when they have one or two personality traits each. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2018
95% A Quiet Place (2018) With its rustling cornfields, rural-hippie costume design, and ardent sign-language declarations of parental love, A Quiet Place feels a little like a Rockwell painting overrun by H.R. Giger...But it's okay! - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
95% Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story (2017) Bombshell becomes more somber as it progresses to Lamarr's post-fame life. Still, it's an essential re-examination of the fascinating woman obscured and cheapened by Hollywood mystique. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2018
100% The Future Perfect (El futuro perfecto) (2016) The charm of this experimental film lies in its intellectual complexity, its lack of pretension, and the obvious intelligence and strength of Xiaobin-the character and the real woman. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2018
78% Scarred Hearts (2018) [Radu] Jude has turned his work into a warning and a premonition of cultural rot and nascent violence. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
77% Thirst Street (2017) Somehow, her acting combines with cinematography straight from an artsy 1970s porno and a soundtrack of woozy love songs to create an expressionist portrait of overwhelming loneliness. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
60% Jungle (2017) The real problem is that the film squanders its greatest source of tension: Thomas Kretschmann. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2017
100% The War Show (2016) Though the horror is judiciously spaced out, it's upsetting enough that any attempt to find hope feels false. Yet one can't begrudge the refugee filmmaker's belief that 'the destiny of the people is to survive.' - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2017
80% The Noonday Witch (2016) If the movie's symbolism is heavy, it also makes for some gorgeous shots of sinister women creeping through the shining wheat. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2017
70% Annabelle: Creation (2017) Even if it ends with some incongruous gore and an oafish tie-in to the other Conjuring films, it still looks great, aces the Bechdel test, and audibly scared the bejesus out of everyone at the preview. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2017