Naila Scargill

Naila Scargill
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Naila Scargill is the publisher and editor of horror journal Exquisite Terror. Holding a broad editorial background, she has worked with an eclectic variety of content, ranging from film and the counterculture, to political news and finance.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
38% Breaking Habits (2019) Fascinating for its charismatic central figure in Sister Kate, but an overall misfire due to a hotchpotch edit. - Trebuchet EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
68% Nasty Baby (2015) There are layers to this social satire, and the insidious effect of central character Freddy's brazen narcissism unexpectedly draws you in to observe more complex matters of class division, prejudice, and homophobia. - FilmLand Empire EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
92% James White (2015) A minimal approach creates an unflinching character study that relies on performance over traditional narrative. - FilmLand Empire EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
83% Men & Chicken (Mænd & høns) (2016) The effect of a carefully calculated balance is that Men & Chicken unfolds to become more complex than it at first appears. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
No Score Yet Bait (2014) Burrows beneath your skin from the off, with a sly edit that ekes out the tension to unbearable levels. - Exquisite Terror EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
91% Beast (2018) A juxtaposition of serial killer mystery and genre romance, the film boasts an absorbing tonal shift from drama to psychological thriller. - Trebuchet EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
84% Under the Tree (Undir trénu) (2018) A deliciously dark satire that examines the fragile nature of civility in a suburban setting, where it can take very little to provoke savagery and the collapse of a delicate social order. - Trebuchet EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
92% Take Shelter (2011) Boasting an insidious dread throughout, the tension builds to near unbearable levels in this effective and powerful portrait of the deterioration of mental health. - Trebuchet EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
85% Path of Blood (2018) Pulling no punches, this is not for the faint of heart; the titular blood is very, very real. - Trebuchet EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
100% McKellen: Playing the Part (2017) An essential watch for both fans of McKellen and those interested in an experienced actor's perspective as a whole. - Trebuchet EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
95% A Cambodian Spring (2018) As a deft balance of personal portrait and unbiased, narrative-free reporting, the effect is devastating. - Trebuchet EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
88% In the Intense Now (No Intenso Agora) (2018) Salles raises the point that we do not always observe political nuance in our everyday lives in the present-food for thought and another factor in his astute analysis of the personal and psychological nature of revolution. - Trebuchet EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
53% That Good Night (2017) Hurt and Dance share a wonderful rapport and one can't help but wish That Good Night had been a two-hander. - Trebuchet EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
95% Custody (Jusqu'à la garde) (2018) Powerful in its neorealism, this impressive feature debut is not an easy watch. - Trebuchet EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
94% Gook (2017) Despite an underlying harshness, the film is often light, its playful moments easing the strain of its everyday racism. - Trebuchet EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
86% The Third Murder (Sandome no satsujin) (2018) Eschewing the snappy edit typical of the thriller genre in favour of a dialogue-driven narrative, The Third Murder is a legal procedural with a difference; deliberate pacing requires full attention, creating an engrossing experience. - Trebuchet EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
83% The Age of Innocence (1993) Scorsese's camera caresses meticulous mise en scène, creating an opulent world that showcases the characters' materialism, underlining both their social standing and determination to keep up appearances. - Trebuchet EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
87% Megan Leavey (2017) Rex is war lite, but as a film about trust, it hits the mark, staying just the right side of schmaltz. - Trebuchet EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
96% Yi Yi (2000) Yang thoughtfully balances disparate characters' intricate stories to represent anatomies of society. The effect is both gentle and profound. - Trebuchet EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
81% The Party (2018) A deliciously bitey satire on bourgeois pretensions, The Party is a hoot from comfortable, upper-middle-class beginning to catastrophic, bitter end. - Trebuchet EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
94% Loveless (Nelyubov) (2018) Loathsome protagonists inspire no sympathy in this barely concealed attack on Putin's Russia; it is a cold experience that offers no hope. - Trebuchet EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
83% Strangled (A martfüi rém) (2017) As the killer (a very good Károly Hajduk) stalks his victims, the shots are stylised and would not feel out of place in a slasher movie. - Trebuchet EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
97% God's Own Country (2017) Themes of pride, shame and reluctant humility underpin the love story at hand to create a rich commentary on relationships. - Trebuchet EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
100% Daphne (2017) A refreshing, believable portrait of mental illness. - Trebuchet EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
100% My Life Story (2018) Warm, laugh-out-loud funny, and, at times, touching. - Trebuchet EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
59% High-Rise (2016) Darkly comic and no less terrifying for it, Amy Jump's adaptation of JG Ballard's High-Rise is timely for the British political landscape. - Trebuchet EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
87% The Mule (2014) Excellent writing and direction successfully meld thriller elements to make for a surprisingly rich black comedy. - Trebuchet EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
100% Attacking The Devil: Harold Evans And The Last Nazi War Crime (2014) It is rare that a documentary achieve a level of so rousing that one could almost apply the genre of thriller, yet Attacking the Devil manages it. - Trebuchet EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
33% Lost in Karastan (2014) Pitching itself as a satirical black comedy, Lost in Karastan ultimately falls flat. - Trebuchet EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
53% Little Accidents (2015) With its central themes of guilt and blame, Little Accidents has the potential to be an emotionally intense affair, but doesn't quite hit the mark. - Trebuchet EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
100% The Decline of Western Civilization (1981) The film's greatest strength is Spheeris' knack for fitting comfortably in with her subjects; it's clear they trust her, which enables her to capture the rawness on tape. - Trebuchet EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
96% Appropriate Behavior (2015) A script that is often hilarious-"Don't give me your lesbian orphan propaganda!"- delivered via quick-fire dialogue, boasts an improvised feel, while the edit adeptly weaves together the film's intercut timelines. - Trebuchet EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
80% Moebius (2014) There is a certain kind of theatre to the violence here, the physical movements almost dance-like as our actors portray all through the power of facial expression. - Trebuchet EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
97% The Rocket (2014) What elevates The Rocket from a good film to outstanding is the performance of Sitthiphon Disamoe, our spirited central character. - Trebuchet EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
83% The Broken Circle Breakdown (2013) A seamless edit effectively melds the story's past joy and present sorrow to emphasise its tragic outcome. - Trebuchet EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
69% A Magnificent Haunting (Magnifica presenza) (2012) Falls prey to its own charming funniness, the script a tad too rushed and soon gives up on the frightfulness of the border between fantasy and reality for our protagonist in favour of comedy. - Trebuchet EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
96% The Lunchbox (2014) Delivers a poignancy that has its edge taken off with a largely understated humour, and a smart edit that plays with sound to laugh-out-loud effect. - Trebuchet EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
98% Short Term 12 (2013) Has the viewer well and truly captured in its lonely, wretched basis. - Trebuchet EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
77% Teenage (2014) An interesting, idiosyncratic piece that, thanks to an excellent edit, creates the impression that we are somehow following one single generation throughout the four decades represented. - Trebuchet EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
90% Fire In The Blood (2013) An essential watch that is laden with information, what is admirable about Fire in the Blood is Gray's decision to not take a political slant-an easy, obvious approach-allowing the story to speak for itself purely from a humanitarian angle. - Trebuchet EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
94% No (2013) A powerful experience, much more so for a largely unsentimental approach that does not forget its raison d'être. - Trebuchet EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
91% Holy Motors (2012) A viewing experience that won't be forgotten, director and writer Leos Carax's filmic ode to cinema blurring the lines between its own reality and the fantasy worlds held within. - Trebuchet EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
86% Life of Pi (2012) Ultimately, Life of Pi as film is a visual complement to Yann Martel's story as opposed to a fresh telling of its own - Trebuchet EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
60% Anton Corbijn Inside Out (2012) Inside Out attempts a look at who the man is, truly believing itself as presenting some insight. To a degree, yes, but the documentary is ultimately unfulfilling, choosing just one aspect of his personality to stretch to feature-length. - Trebuchet EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
56% Porcile (1969) Nothing in Pigsty is delivered to the viewer, the vast majority of the film requiring interpretation, other than a powerful final scene that leaves us in no doubt as to Pasolini's opinions on the hypocrisy of a bourgeoisie. - Trebuchet EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
83% The Hawks and the Sparrows (Uccellacci e uccellini) (1965) The hawks, thought to have taken on the message only to continue attacking the sparrows, is an allegory that makes a timeless statement on the absolute pointlessness of organised religion. - Trebuchet EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
99% Metropolis (1927) Fritz Lang's dystopian sci-fi epic remains a spectacle, boasting some exquisite set design. - Trebuchet EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
98% The Island President (2012) The Hilton LightStay Sustainability Award, part of a programme in association with the Sundance Institute, is given to films that heighten sustainability awareness. And they could not have picked a better candidate than The Island President. - Trebuchet EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
88% Electrick Children (2013) Essentially a coming-of-age road-trip story, it certainly has a great hook: virgin birth by rock 'n' roll is going to intrigue most viewers. - Trebuchet EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
53% Where Do We Go Now? (2012) Working so hard on the rapport and comedy early on means that the dramatic elements, when they do come, jar a little. - Trebuchet EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019