Juan Barquin

Juan Barquin
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Juan Barquin is a queer writer whose work has appeared in Miami New Times, Miami Herald, and Hyperallergic, among other publications. They are the co-creator of the queer film series Flaming Classics, co-editor of Dim the House Lights, and co-host of the For A Good Time podcast.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
87% Tully (2018) The film explores what women put themselves through to seem like they're doing OK, often ignoring everything from mental illness to their own desires... - INTO EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2021
86% The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) There are hardships and mountains of shame and internalized loathing to deal with, but that doesn't mean there can't be humor, beauty, intimacy, and even a sing-along to 4 Non Blondes as one tries to get through the day. - INTO EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2021
91% The Wild Boys (Les garçons sauvages) (2018) There's no clean way to describe this truly wild teenage journey disguised as an uncomfortable erotic fever dream full of phallic imagery, but it's the kind of fantasia worth diving deep into. - INTO EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2021
74% Assassination Nation (2018) Considering the state of the nation, maybe a loud and unsubtle feature that feels like a direct descendant of Brian De Palma (both in form and in sociopolitical commentary) is exactly what we need right now. - INTO EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2021
83% Liz and the Blue Bird (2018) Yamada equates the love between these two young women to a concert, impossible to perform unless there's communication and the two musicians fall perfectly in step with each other. - INTO EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2021
48% How to Talk to Girls at Parties (2018) How to Talk to Girls at Parties navigates finding one's true community, literally allowing an alien to try and find a home in a punk human world, and there's familiarity... - INTO EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2021
93% CAM (2018) It's not a stretch to say that this unique and colorful techno-horror work of art is a perfect example of how queerness exists within genre cinema, both explicitly and subtly. - INTO EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2021
88% Zola (2021) Rooms feel as claustrophobic as they are expansive, with mirrors being the only consistent feature. Even when one tries to look away, the situation they're in is reflected back at them. - INTO EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2021
39% Joe Bell (2021) Every time the film even considers criticizing Bell for what he's doing, it backpedals immediately for fear of noting the truth. - INTO EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2021
71% Annette (2021) Paired with Carax, a filmmaker who knows how to engage with both artifice and sincerity at once, Sparks has given birth to something truly marvelous. - Reverse Shot EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2021
50% Old (2021) Literalizes the adage about how life passes you by in a flash, to horrifying effect. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2021
92% No Sudden Move (2020) Critiques capitalism and institutional racism as effortlessly as it piles on the twists. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2021
75% Oslo (2021) The movie is unable to translate a subject so inherently theatrical into anything visually appealing beyond questionably color-graded conversations in largely empty rooms. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2021
79% In The Earth (2021) Bloodily observes how fervent belief makes fools of us all. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2021
D 88% The Green Knight (2021) The Green Knight is supposed to be a tale about what it means to be human; Lowery's film is entirely void of that humanity. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2021
B+ 94% In the Heights (2021) In the Heights is proof that the movie musical isn't dead-it simply needed a little flavor. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2021
70% Cryptozoo (2021) When something like Dash Shaw and Jane Samborski's Cryptozoo comes along, it's easy to recognize as one of the most gorgeous works of American animation in ages. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2021
98% Playing with Sharks (2021) Playing With Sharks works so well because it allows its subject to engage with her greatest regrets as much as her greatest achievements. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2021
93% All Light, Everywhere (2021) All Light, Everywhere is as bleak as it sounds, but the disquieting presentation of its damning footage is exactly what makes it so compelling. - Screen Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2021
67% A Glitch in the Matrix (2021) Ascher offers his most compelling set of theories and thought experiments to date; an often unsettling and frequently fascinating exploration into simulation theory and those who believe in it. - Screen Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2021
45% Monster Hunter (2020) There is no greater pleasure in this world than watching Paul W.S. Anderson and Milla Jovovich team up to deliver a spectacle of action. - Miami New Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2020
94% No Ordinary Man (2021) What's most interesting about the doc is how it navigates transmasculine history and weaves the stories of others into Tipton's story. - Miami New Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2020
88% Preparations to be Together for an Unknown Period of Time (2021) As if some kind of pared-down amalgamation between Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo and a Douglas Sirk melodrama, the film investigates the collision of obsession and perception. - Miami New Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2020
100% Woman of the Photographs (2020) From eroticism and body horror to subtle drama and offbeat humor, Kushida's work here is something of a direct descendent to David Cronenberg. - Miami New Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2020
97% Shiva Baby (2021) Every ounce of Shiva Baby is designed to make one dread what comes next while laughing about it. - Miami New Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2020
89% Undine (2020) Undine feels as fresh as it does familiar for the filmmaker. - Miami New Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2020
89% Black Bear (2020) Black Bear exists as both a thriller and a dark comedy, as a piece of fiction as well as its own metafiction. - Miami New Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2020
89% Dry Wind (2020) It's as much of an erotic feature as it is a studied one, with pornographic sequences as erection-generating as they are clearly referencing the works of gay adult film directors from the past. - Miami New Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2020
61% Stage Mother (2020) Stage Mother is charming enough to make you forget the flaws as it rolls along. - Miami New Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2020
83% Freaky (2020) Freaky could have been an even more unabashedly queer, camp, and entertaining film if it'd tried a little harder, but it's enjoyable enough as it is. - Miami New Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2020
49% The Witches (2020) The film doesn't manage to capture any of the childish wonders that come with one of the author's most playfully scary works. - Miami New Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2020
90% Kajillionaire (2020) Kajillionaire dives into the inherent loneliness that comes with being treated as an adult your entire life and how family dynamics can affect so much of the people we become. - Miami New Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2020
70% Tenet (2020) Amid all the nonsensical writing, messy action, and blank characters, Tenet is a display of the pure, unfiltered blockbuster-filmmaking sensibilities that Nolan always delivers. - Miami New Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2020
56% Random Acts of Violence (2020) It's trying too hard to say something, it doesn't have much violence at all, and the only thing evil about it is how boring it is at under 90 minutes. - Miami New Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2020
83% She Dies Tomorrow (2020) It's a mood piece more than anything else, sometimes unsettling, sometimes hilarious, and always intriguing. - Miami New Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2020
74% The Rental (2020) The Rental could have been a lean, mean horror film that took after any one of the thrillers it seems desperate to imitate and subvert. It's a shame it ended up just being dull. - Miami New Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2020
58% Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Wonder Woman 1984 is the kind of lifeless blockbuster you fear having to sit through: pointless and completely uninterested in exploring its characters in any meaningful capacity. - Miami New Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2020
93% Howard (2020) Covers Ashman's life and work in a generally Wikipedia-like way that does not measure up to the man's stature. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2020
87% Shirley (2020) The film is more attuned to the mood of Shirley Jackson's literature than any recent adaptation of her work, despite stretching (and often outright ignoring) the truth - Dim the House Lights EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2020
98% Disclosure (2020) A whiplash-inducing movie that never allows any of its interviewees to reflect on any given film or subject beyond surface level. - Miami New Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2020
75% The King of Staten Island (2020) Therein lies the problem with The King of Staten Island: At its best and its worst, it always feels derivative of something else. - Miami New Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2020
88% Ema (2021) Pablo Larraín's Ema is the most unhinged piece of bisexual cinema since Paul Verhoeven's Basic Instinct. - Miami New Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2020
86% Zombi Child (2020) Zombi Child fits neatly in with the rest of Bonello's oeuvre and is unashamed of exploring distinctly political narratives while being critical of the actions of his characters. - Miami New Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2020
42% Wendy (2020) The script takes more time making vapid proclamations about aging than it does indulging in the fantastic elements or gorgeous landscape that's ripe for cinematic magic. - Miami New Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2020
58% 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
88% The Truth (La vérité) (2020) 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) (2020) Sciamma knows there's beauty to be found within a stifling environment. - Miami New Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
98% 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
96% 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