Katie Duggan

Katie Duggan
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Katie is a writer and critic from New Jersey who has contributed reviews and essays for publications including Screen Queens, Film Daze, and Cleo Journal. Find Katie on Twitter @realkatieduggan.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
88% Sputnik (2020) Abramenko takes on the epic space narrative with fresh eyes and a steady hand. Sputnik has a professional finish even as it has a bit of a B-movie plot, and each stylistic influence is nodded to with profound affection. - Film Daze EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2020
100% Survival Skills (2020) While still finding its footing, Armstrong's style is freaky, funny, and a bit foreboding. The distinct mix of tones and visual aesthetics signal that he is an imagination to watch out for; there is surely more weirdness from where this came from. - Film Daze EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2020
79% Fried Barry (2020) We alternately feel like we are journeying through a surrealistic rabbit hole or a grotty bowel of the city, creeping and crawling and never quite sure what sludge will cover us when we make it out the other side. - Film Daze EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2020
58% Random Acts of Violence (2020) While laudable in its ambitions, this is by no means the sharpest or most original take on the fetishization of murder or violence in the media, and it still leaves something to be desired in doing these big ideas their full justice. - Film Daze EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2020
No Score Yet Fuku-chan Of Fukufuku Flats (2014) Fujita recognizes the beauty within even the bit players and cares deeply for each eccentric in his ensemble - and Fuku-chan's tale deserves us stopping to look for a while at all these wonderful weirdos. - Film Daze EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2020
80% The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) If we choose one piece of culture ephemera to beam into space to let aliens know we're here, let it be this. The universe is filled with weirdos lost in time, lost in space, but through Rocky Horror perhaps we can find one another. - Film Daze EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2020
80% The Prophet and the Space Aliens (2020) The Prophet and The Space Aliens doesn't live up to the full wacky wonder that its title suggests, or take us to another dimension. But it does present a fascinating portrait of a powerful religious leader who remains a cipher. - Film Daze EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2020
71% Tezuka's Barbara (2019) For all the exposed skin, the leads do not feel fully fleshed out, and the depths of their personas remain shrouded in darkness and lost amongst the outrageous outbursts. [...] Some things are indeed lost in translation from manga to movie. - Film Daze EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2020
88% Labyrinth of Cinema (2019) This culmination of a career is jam-packed with pointed political statements even if it's absurd and whimsical - war is utter madness, after all. Dream on, Obayashi - and we will keep dreaming in vivid color, thanks to you. - Film Daze EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2020
100% The Five Rules of Success (2020) While this film is certainly gut-punching and punishing, it is perhaps most interesting simply due to the potentially incendiary questions it raises about prison's costs and the soul-crushing inequalities frequently wrought by the system. - Film Daze EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2020
86% Hail to the Deadites (2020) Hail to the cast, hail to the crew, hail to all of the fans and supporters and film-lovers everywhere, hail to Villeneuve for making this wonderfully weird celebration of fandom and friendship. - Film Daze EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2020
73% Unearth (2020) While it's small-scale and local in its portrait of a particular community and family crumbling under pressure, it shows what could befall all of us - collapsing under the weight of our own selfish decisions. - Film Daze EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2020
No Score Yet For the Sake of Vicious (2020) For the Sake of Vicious holds nothing back in its ferocity but becomes too much of a grab-bag of Halloween antics, and despite having a large helping of havoc, doesn't provide anything that truly satisfies. - Film Daze EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2020
57% The Undertaker's Home (La Funeraria) (2020) While it feels a bit like we are watching a story unfold in a painstakingly designed Victorian dollhouse, the film has enough in the way of bewitching production design and trance-like cinematography to enchant. - Film Daze EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2020
No Score Yet The Tango of the Widower and Its Distorting Mirror (El tango del viudo y su espejo deformante) (2020) This ghost story, finished by Raúl Ruiz's widow more than five decades after its footage was captured, is a haunting reflection of memory. - Film Daze EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2020
No Score Yet Tragic Jungle (Selva Trágica) (2020) Reinventing Mayan mythology, 'Tragic Jungle' is an alluring portrait of 1920s central America that feels contemporary in its feminist and colonial critique. - Film Daze EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2020
93% The Oak Room (2020) The Oak Room is a tightly-wound coil and deftly constructed to maximize the tension in every moment - Film Daze EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2020
62% The Last House on the Left (1972) Both a cautionary tale for rebellious youth and a satire of wealthy pretenses, an exploitative work of obscenity and a sharp piece of social criticism. - Film Daze EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2020
100% Seventh Heaven (1927) (1927) Frank Borzage's 1927 silent classic 7th Heaven begins in the gutters. ... it is impossible to not be carried up with it from the grimy depths towards the stars. - TAKE ONE Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2020
88% Walking on Water (2019) Fitting with Christo's proclamation, the documentary is not just an account of the creation of one work, but a glimpse into the creative madness of living a life that is entirely devoted to art. - TAKE ONE Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2020
No Score Yet Caméra d'Afrique (Twenty Years of African Cinema) (2013) Perhaps the documentary's greatest strength is the way that it opens up the archive of African cinema and lets many films that have rarely been screened outside their home countries speak for themselves. - TAKE ONE Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2020
20% Spookies (1987) It delivers on exactly what its title promises: it overflows with spooky spirits and creepy creatures filling a decrepit haunted mansion to the brim. What more could you ask for? - TAKE ONE Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2020
100% White on White (Blanco en blanco) (2019) There is something perversely beautiful about the stark scene he orchestrates, and in the film that Court creates. But with that beauty comes the reminder of profound ugliness and horrors that cannot be contained within the frame. - TAKE ONE Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2020
89% I, Tonya (2018) Under all the format gimmicks and stylization, the meta-references and winks at the audience, there is a real heart to this story. When Tonya falls apart at the 1994 Olympics, or breaks down after having skating taken away, her pain is palpable. - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2020
69% Ocean's 8 (2018) Ocean's 8 manages to fit itself within the Ocean's cannon while also standing on its own two feet. ... it's something worth celebrating with a martini, just like Debbie Ocean. - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2020
99% Eighth Grade (2018) Burnham's background in comedy shines through as he shows the existential absurdity of middle school-a bunch of kids together for hours on end, trying to answer the biggest questions of who they are while trying to learn algebra and world history. - Film Daze EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2020
84% Mean Girls (2004) If Mean Girls the movie had a human form, it would easily be the most popular kid in school. And like the vicious gossip that spreads throughout high school, Mean Girls has become an inescapable part of the cultural consciousness. - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2020
83% Daisies (1967) These women are doing more than just dallying with liberation; they may let themselves be a bit spoiled, but will continue to break down social conventions in the process, and not let any of their feminist energy or dissenting attitudes go to waste. - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2020
85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) The nightmares of American history can be replaced, if only for a little while, with the dreams of American movies, and the cult of Hollywood emerges as powerful as ever. - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2020
90% House (Hausu) (1977) I remember being told that no adjectives or comparisons would be quite adequate to describe the experience of watching the cult Japanese film. ... it is truly impossible to use ordinary language to capture the transcendence of House. - Film Daze EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2020
91% When Harry Met Sally (1989) The title informs audiences they will hear about the circumstances surrounding the meeting of Harry (Billy Crystal) and Sally (Meg Ryan)... but the ellipsis suggests it is not the meeting itself that is the story. It is all about what happens after. - Film Daze EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2020
75% Mary Jane's Not a Virgin Anymore (1998) As if it wasn't already clear that being a teenage girl isn't easy, Mary Jane's Not a Virgin Anymore further emphasizes the gap between media images of women and their lived realities. - Film Daze EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2020
80% Tigertail (2020) Perhaps the film's most profound accomplishment is the richness of the empathy it offers its characters while it examines the nuances of the past from multiple perspectives. There is no villain here ... just the walls they put up between one another. - Film Daze EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2020
98% Circus of Books (2020) The documentary serves as a fittingly idiosyncratic memorial to the remarkable resource and vital meeting space that Circus of Books was ... a heartfelt message of love and gratitude to the owners and patrons that keep the spirit alive. - Film Daze EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2020
92% The Vast of Night (2020) Through The Vast of Night, Patterson takes a simple premise and molds it into a stylish and startling debut that warrants repeat viewing ... it transcends the familiarity of genre tropes to create a tale humming with distinct energy. - Film Daze EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2020
98% Jaws (1975) Even decades after its blockbuster release, Jaws is still horrifying, as well as terrifyingly prescient about the current public health and safety crisis. - Film Daze EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2020
95% Desert Hearts (1986) Desert Hearts ... captures its surroundings and emotional complications with bittersweet beauty and lyricism; its examination of queer yearning and longing looks withstands the test of time as resilient as a cactus in the desolate desert. - Film Daze EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2020
100% Original Cast Album: Company (1970) D.A. Pennebaker's must-watch documentary, Original Cast Album: Company (1970), brings some of the magic and madness of live theater into your home. ... this legendary documentary is a vital portrait of the dramatic art form. - Film Daze EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2020
89% Tony Takitani (2005) This delicate meditation on memory and grief offers no definitive answers or resounding chords, exercising restraint as it tries to exorcise the ghosts of the past. - Film Daze EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2020
85% She's Allergic to Cats (2016) Perhaps the film has a few too many close-ups of dogs' rear ends to sit comfortably with viewers, yet there are sparks of excitement - hints of something inspired within the zaniness, if it can be unearthed from the mountain of media refuse. - Film Daze EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2020
94% We Are Little Zombies (2020) We Are Little Zombies is an explosive pop-rock shriek into the void; bursting with creativity and confronting the darkest truths about life, death, and growing up in over-saturated hues. - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2020