Juan Barquin

Juan Barquin
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Juan Barquin is a programmer for Flaming Classics and the co-editor of the site, Dim the House Lights. He aspires to be Bridget Jones and loves Sondheim musicals and talking about Todd Haynes? Carol.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
45% 3 from Hell (2019) 3 from Hell, for all its indulgences and brutality, is a return to the people who may very well feel most like home to Zombie. - Dim the House Lights EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2019
81% The Truth (La vérité) (2019) Much of The Truth plays out casually, pleasantly void of the annoying spectacle and shouting matches that many family dramas offer. - Miami New Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
98% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2019) Sciamma knows there's beauty to be found within a stifling environment. - Miami New Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) Parasite navigates human morality in an interesting way that is not dissimilar to Patricia Highsmith's stories. - Miami New Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
95% By the Grace of God (Grâce à Dieu) (2019) It's fascinating to watch this filmmaker, who often trades in sensationalism, turn down his voice to amplify those of sexual assault survivors. - Miami New Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
96% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) Almodóvar strips down his aesthetic to its barest bones and explores his themes with a calm demeanor that contrasts with the high melodrama that many observers associate with his career. - Miami New Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
83% Midsommar (2019) Where Hereditary felt like two souls at odds with each other in one body, Midsommar is a work of cathartic camp. - Dim the House Lights EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
90% The Souvenir (2019) Swinton Byrne's performance is itself compelling, but she's also deprived of material with which to build anything real. - Dim the House Lights EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
89% Rocketman (2019) While Dexter Fletcher attempts spectacle in his set pieces, he lacks the charm and technical prowess to nail them successfully. - Dim the House Lights EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
93% Long Day's Journey Into Night (Di qiu zui hou de ye wan) (2019) For some, the experience as a whole will feel purposely obtuse, and some might even argue boring, but those willing to engage with the romantic vision that Bi Gan has created will find themselves swept off their feet more than once. - Dim the House Lights EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
88% Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) What we're left with is uplifting nonsense for the kind of people who have never had to exist inside of a fat body, and God, is it exhausting. - Dim the House Lights EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
58% Under the Silver Lake (2019) The characters of Under the Silver Lake exist to oscillate between indifference and obsession. - Dim the House Lights EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
73% Teen Spirit (2019) The film is torn between being a lifeless "rise to stardom" drama and a pedestrian music video block from the early 2010s. - Dim the House Lights EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
40% Vita & Virginia (2019) Button prefers to create a more traditional romance between the two women, one that fits within the safe comforts of a BBC TV movie. - Miami New Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
No Score Yet Dykes, Camera, Action! (2018) An ideal introduction to a world of lesbian cinema that was as bold and unique in its creation as it was deeply interested in representation. - Miami New Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
67% Sister Aimee (2019) The narrative shifts between the ridiculous and the bland, the camp and the straight-faced, never quite knowing what tone to strike for a story that's admittedly absurd. - Miami New Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
90% Wild Nights with Emily (2019) Every moment of Wild Nights With Emily screams a true love for the poet. But more important, the film demonstrates a genuine interest in understanding her beyond her seemingly tragic life. - Miami New Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
47% Dumbo (2019) And that Tim Burton, who was still offering up unique visions within a pedestrian narrative just years ago, has delivered something as soulless as it is heartbreaking. - Dim the House Lights EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
91% Gloria Bell (2019) Moore does what she can with this character, but it's a lackluster performance due to Lelio's avoidance of any characterization other than martyrdom. - Miami New Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
93% Us (2019) Us exists to show us what a damn fine director Jordan Peele is, and how much love for horror there is deep in its bones. - Miami New Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
70% Climax (2019) With Climax, Noé lands somewhere between a deeply frustrating experience and the closest thing to a crowd pleaser you'd expect from him. - Miami New Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
54% Five Feet Apart (2019) Five Feet Apart is an exhausting experience, one that relies on the shameless manipulation of the audience more often than not. - Miami New Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
40% Golden Youth (Une jeunesse dorée) (2019) Golden Youth feels more like Whit Stillman's The Last Days of Disco, fascinated by the way individuals try to grift their way through an era of wild parties and grand proclamations. - Dim the House Lights EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2019
69% Happy Death Day 2U (2019) It's hard not to find Happy Death Day 2U a little exhausting and empty. - Miami New Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
61% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Bodies that are made up of and exist as weapons flow on screen beautifully, but no special effect is greater than the performance at its very core. - Miami New Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
61% Vox Lux (2018) Vox Lux is truly invested in how pop music functions as salvation for many, even if it leads to damnation for one particularly jaded individual. - Dim the House Lights EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
75% Eyes Wide Shut (1999) A film so willing to explore the limitations of masculinity, the limitations of heterosexuality, and the limitations of what fantasy looks like for a man who has none, is a decidedly interesting, and queer, work with which to end one's filmmaking career. - Miami New Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
80% Knife + Heart (Un couteau dans le coeur) (2019) Yann Gonzalez has made a queer film that understands that representation isn't, and shouldn't be, clean-cut, allowing its characters to feel, fight, and fuck, even when the world is telling them they shouldn't. - Miami New Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
87% Diamantino (2019) Imagine a Roger Moore-era James Bond film where the Bond girl takes the lead role. In fact, she isn't a girl at all, but rather a vapid yet sweet, gorgeous male soccer player whose life is upended by global conspiracies and familial trauma. - Miami New Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
81% Sorry Angel (Plaire, aimer et courir vite) (2019) Honoré hones in on how men navigated relationships in the 1990s, when queer men were still dealing with the illnesses and hardships that came with AIDS. - Miami New Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
100% Divine Love (2019) Mascaro is ultimately updating the story of Mary and Joseph for a futuristic world, one with fewer virgins and more exhaustive government control over the bodies of women. - Miami New Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
60% Greta (2019) Neil Jordan's Greta is the best kind of b-movie: a knowingly funny thriller that allows the actress at its core to go ham - Miami New Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
80% Holiday (2018) At its most riveting, Holiday forces the viewer to experience some dicey situations, questioning the limits of consent between two parties - Miami New Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
22% Miss Bala (2019) An onslaught of bad action set pieces, noticeable editing that doesn't allow any of its laughable dialogue to land, and a brand of pop feminism that tries to be about "girl power" without ever exploring the woman at its core - Miami New Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
37% Glass (2019) Glass is more interested in constant conversation and questioning, exploiting and milking Shyamalan's fascination with the stories we tell, how we tell them, and who gets to tell them, for all its worth - Miami New Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
80% Boy Erased (2018) It's a drama that takes deep pleasure in watching its protagonist suffer, never really taking a single moment to explore his mental state unless it's being yelled at the audience or another character on screen. - INTO EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) To think about how much is missing from Bohemian Rhapsody hurts, not simply because it doesn't paint a full picture of the man we know as Freddie Mercury, but because it paints something that doesn't feel honest. - INTO EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
90% The Night Is Short, Walk On Girl (2018) That unrestrained surrealism and willingness to surprise the audience with something new at every turn is why Masaaki Yuasa is one of the best filmmakers around. - Miami New Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
89% The Wild Boys (Les garçons sauvages) (2018) With his feature debut, Bertrand Mandico has created a work of art that's as full of angst as it is horny, a queer fever dream that's as much a nightmare as it is an erotic fantasy. - Miami New Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
97% Border (Gräns) (2018) It's as melancholic as it is romantic, even when elements from Scandinavian folklore infused into the story take its characters into unexpected territory. - Miami New Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
94% Wildlife (2018) Paul Dano has crafted a poignant directorial debut exploring a certain cultural dissatisfaction by homing in on how it affects one family. - Miami New Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
74% El Angel (El ángel) (2018) How much meaningless violence, sexuality, and dialogue grasping desperately at humor can you withstand before enough is enough? - Miami New Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
100% Call Her Ganda (2018) Call Her Ganda works best when it's focused on Laude and the case of her murder, an overwhelming showcase of empathy and persistence in the face of American racism and transmisogyny - L.A. Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
87% The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) There's a beautiful optimism to a film so full of pain and an unabashed queerness and levity present that could only come from a filmmaker like Akhavan - Dim the House Lights EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018