Milana Vujkov

Milana Vujkov
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Writer, artist, psychologist. Film historian. Independent scholar, researching psychology of film and spectatorship, psychology of art and creativity, female gaze in cinema, alchemical storytelling and art. Runs two blogs, Poets, Mavericks & Prophets and Lola On Film. Hosts Lola & The Poets podcast.
Publications: Lola On Film
Location: Serbia

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
5/5 64% French Exit (2021) Melancholic, world-weary, darkly funny, and strangely lovely, it gifts so much more than it promises, just like its heroine. - Lola On Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2021
2/5 57% Britney Vs Spears (2021) Unfortunately, it does not get any closer to the human being that lives behind that perfect smile than an upset, well-meaning article in a fanzine would. - Lola On Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2021
3/5 86% The Last Duel (2021) Marguerite's was story well worth to be told on its own. It would had held up without the [meta] gimmickry. - Lola On Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2021
4/5 73% The Guilty (2021) Sombre, stoic, flawed but ultimately harrowing chamber piece dealing with, in essence, the moral dilemma of our times [...] how much do we assume about others [?] - Lola On Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2021
5/5 84% No Time To Die (2021) Sophisticated entertainment, as well as poignant reflexion on bioweapons, fallible heroes, and love. - Lola On Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2021
4/5 100% Paper Spiders (2021) A well-crafted, moving, bittersweet portrait of a deteriorating psyche, and the way any human suffering can be transcended with an open heart. - Lola On Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2021
3/5 89% Friend of the World (2020) Would have preferred [it] less half its words (...) yet I did like its daring, lo-fi ethos, trippy, nasty twists, and its claustrophobic wayward wit. - Lola On Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2021
5/5 90% Promising Young Woman (2020) Wrapped in vivacious rom-com feels, this is an ancient tale of womanhood desecrated (...) a female gaze extraordinaire, on men who abuse trust, and women who enable them. - Lola On Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2021
96% Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989) Spader's truth-fetishist Graham was a harbinger of things to come, as the first of Gen X hit their teens (...) [acquiring] the possibility to interact with the simulacrum. - Lola On Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2021
5/5 97% Billie (2020) The brilliance of this duality, the two tales documenting Holiday, of the artist and of the biographer, the telling of the singularity that was Billie through [a] mirror. - Lola On Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2021
2/5 26% The Woman in the Window (2021) Somewhere half way in, the entire enterprise loses its way, turning a substantial, juicy plot into a procedural psycho-thriller. - Lola On Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2021
5/5 92% The Capote Tapes (2021) Truman Capote lived many lives, and inhabited manifold identities (...) yet this doc, somehow, managed to tailor it all to size. - Lola On Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2021
4/5 No Score Yet The Witch of Kings Cross (2020) By loosely framing Rosaleen's life story as feminist hermetic theatre, the director offers this truly unique cultural figure some posthumous justice. - Lola On Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2021
4/5 83% Mank (2020) A rare tribute to the importance of writing in film, and one of the most honest and subdued depictions of Hollywood that Hollywood ever delivered. - Lola On Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2021
4/5 58% Tesla (2020) Michael Almereyda's sweetly bonkers mixtape of a film tribute is pure connoisseur delight. And, frankly, eerily accurate. - Lola On Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2021
1/5 39% Rebecca (2020) [Deconstructing] marriage, and the British class system, through rendering a classic, yet deeply subversive tale of passion, bondage, illness and jealousy entirely soulless. - Lola On Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2021
3/5 89% The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) Seems rushed and too close to the heart of the filmmaker to be more grounded in living history than in personal sentiment, but it has Mark Rylance to hold that balance. - Lola On Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2021
5/5 99% On the Record (2020) The fiercely talented Dixon, in her expressive and precise way, describes the experience of leaving the job she excelled in and loved as holding her breath for 16 years. - Lola On Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2021
3/5 21% Lucy in the Sky (2019) I enjoyed its inconsistent but witty digressions. Sometimes, the right type of prose elevates the turmoil of shoddy romance, too prosaic to encounter through poetic means. - Lola On Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2021
5/5 95% System Crasher (Systemsprenger) (2019) A punk rock salute to the painful roots of the antisocial impulse. - Lola On Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2021
5/5 98% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2020) Unfolds as a liquid painting, shades of honey, earth, and time, with a soundtrack burning off all that is unnecessary. - Lola On Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2021
3/5 100% Mucho Mucho Amor: The Legend of Walter Mercado (2020) Bubbly Netflix doc reveals an exuberant, strange, bitter-sweet bit of astro pop history, celebrating a dazzling figure, one Walter Mercado, caped wizard. - Lola On Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2021
3/5 63% Radioactive (2020) Satrapi, who is a visual and narrative virtuoso, landed herself a story that was to be served to a broader audience, and tried her best to craft it as her own. - Lola On Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2021
4/5 88% Spaceship Earth (2020) Equally amusingly eco-trendy and genuinely gob-smacking saga about the ingenious two-year experiment. - Lola On Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2021
3/5 50% Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) A moving actor's portrait of an artist's real anguish, hidden and gift-wrapped within a Gap ad that is Bernadette's scenery and style. - Lola On Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2021
3/5 75% Bully. Coward. Victim. The Story of Roy Cohn (2019) Who would have thought, [Roy] Cohen's life, as existential tragedy. - Lola On Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2021
90% On Body and Soul (A Teströl és Lélekröl) (2018) A holy text of cinema. And if you have never crossed paths with it, this is your moment at the crossroads. Ildikó Enyedi's macrocosmic masterpiece. - Lola On Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2021
4/5 93% Bad Education (2019) It's truly a small miracle to watch the way these two antisocial misfits con their way into people's trust, as Jackman and Janney make them all too human. - Lola On Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2021
3/5 65% Planet of the Humans (2020) In taking on the shadow aspects of the environmental movement, the filmmakers have their hearts in the right place. Not sure about the corporate environmentalists. - Lola On Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2021
3/5 95% Little Women (2019) Too many stitches in the narrative quilt, its often rushed sentiment suffocating the genuine moments of resonant emotion. But it does have a thing or two to say about love. - Lola On Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2021
4/5 89% 1917 (2020) The gimmicky side of [its single take] fades juxtaposed to the perspective it offers. - Lola On Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2021
3/5 95% The Irishman (2019) A magnificently made film about the boredom of thug life. - Lola On Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2021
5/5 98% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) A bonkers, beautiful, radical, and drop-dead intelligent dark satirical tale of social inequality [and the] mock egalitarian weirdness of late capitalism. - Lola On Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2021
5/5 93% What Did Jack Do? (2020) As if Bogart himself rose from the dead, got hammered, and dictated his heartfelt last will and testament in cinema-speak to a no-nonsense bartender just before closing time. - Lola On Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2021
3/5 68% Bombshell (2019) The only way forward was to rebel furiously, collectively. Thus #MeToo was born (...) and what a curious gestation place it had, the very epicenter of bullish conservatism. - Lola On Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2021
4/5 94% Marriage Story (2019) Both leads perfectly hit that elusive note of fragile human contradiction that could only come from an inner experience of real loss. And immense talent. - Lola On Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2021
3/5 89% The Two Popes (2019) Intelligent filmmaking, telling a very difficult, highly sensitive tale in a low-key, old-fashioned way, and still coming out as entirely relevant to the times. - Lola On Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2021
5/5 97% Knives Out (2019) Bubbling merrily in its humanity, and impishly clear in exposing societal rot through the cleverest of cinema lenses - a whodunit. - Lola On Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2021
4/5 82% Judy (2019) There is something very Sirkian about Judy, a heartbreaking authenticity beneath the dramatically artificial, a quality of a backstage view. - Lola On Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2021
4/5 98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) I'd pay to watch Melissa McCarthy stare at a wall. She'd make that a performance. Her ability to create emotional momentum out of thin air is second to none. - Lola On Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2021
3/5 31% Mapplethorpe (2019) Capturing the life and times of one Robert Mapplethorpe was always going to be recklessly ambitious. Perhaps even, impossible. - Lola On Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2021
5/5 68% Joker (2019) [Phoenix as the Joker] burns like he were an archangel on heroin, a contorted otherworldly presence that under a different constellation of stars would have ended up a saint. - Lola On Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2021
2/5 55% J.T. LeRoy (2019) So much pain, hubris, ambition, and damage to draw upon (...) yet we get a breezy, well-lit tale scratching the surface for more surface. - Lola On Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2021
2/5 83% Ad Astra (2019) A selfish story about selfishness. - Lola On Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2021
4/5 96% Hail Satan? (2019) Penny Lane's crafty, arch entertaining doc on a growing group of civic-minded Salem-based, Florida-hatched US Satanists almost got me thinking backwards. - Lola On Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2021
5/5 90% The Kindergarten Teacher (2018) Glimpses of an inner universe about to implode in slow motion (...) living through the creative world of another, with ferocious intensity of reclaiming one's own. - Lola On Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2021
3/5 87% Colette (2018) A straightforward, elegantly framed perspective on one of France's finest pens, and a woman that revolutionised literature (...) on fire until the very end of her days. - Lola On Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2021
2/5 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) An apt allegory for the delusional arc of Hollywood. Its internal downfall lies in the fact that this insight is most definitely accidental. - Lola On Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2021
4/5 93% The Favourite (2018) [A] double chocolate and cream cherry cake of a film, served on the finest cinematic lace, chock full of arsenic. - Lola On Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2021
4/5 85% The Brink (2019) Bannon knows he is the Pied Piper of Hamelin, and if you get too caught up in the tune he's playing, I'm pretty sure he believes you deserve whatever's coming to you. - Lola On Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2021