Oscar Goff

Oscar Goff
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Film editor and writer for BostonHassle.com (as well as its monthly print edition, the Boston Compass). As a writer, I have covered independent and alternative cinema since 2013, ranging from reviews of new releases and appreciations of classic films to interviews, opinion pieces, and news stories about Boston's thriving film scene. As editor, I manage a team of dedicated writers, organize sitewide initiatives (such as our extensive yearly coverage of the Boston Underground Film Festival and partnership with the Boston Sci-Fi Film Festival), and build relationships with local exhibitors, independent filmmakers, and national distributors. I have a BA in film studies from Emerson College, and I cry whenever video stores go under.
Publications: Boston Hassle

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
75% Doctor Sleep (2019) Perhaps because of the adaptation's Frankensteined origins, that mindbending final act doesn't have a whole lot in common with the two hours (!) that precede it. - Boston Hassle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
60% The Current War: Director's Cut (2019) Will I remember it in a year or two? Possibly not, but I left the theater with a smile on my face. - Boston Hassle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
97% Dolemite Is My Name (2019) If you've ever made a movie on a shoestring budget, you'll instantly recognize the triumphs and hardships endured by the characters. - Boston Hassle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
100% Blood & Flesh: The Reel Life & Ghastly Death of Al Adamson (2019) Adamson's movies weren't the best -- many were barely even movies -- but it's clear from Blood and Flesh that he was loved. - Boston Hassle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
100% Blood on Her Name (2019) Like a minor key Blood Simple, Blood on Her Name is an intense little film. - Boston Hassle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
100% Extra Ordinary (2019) From start to finish, the film exudes warmth and friendliness while never once feeling cloying. - Boston Hassle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
92% The Lighthouse (2019) Both the tension and the maniacal comedy build steadily over the entire running time, like a Fawlty Towers episode written by H.P. Lovecraft. - Boston Hassle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
100% In Search of Darkness (2019) In Search of Darkness captures the joy of smuggling lurid, dogeared VHS tapes to a sleepover. - Boston Hassle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
23% Lucy in the Sky (2019) The most frustrating thing about Lucy in the Sky is that one can see fragments of several better movies within it. - Boston Hassle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
69% Joker (2019) While I can't say I was entirely won over by Joker's thrall in itself, I also can't deny its achievements. - Boston Hassle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2019
100% One Cut of the Dead (Kamera o tomeru na!) (2019) Once you find your footing, you'll be delighted by possibly the funniest, and certainly the warmest, zombie comedy since Shaun of the Dead. - Boston Hassle EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2019
24% The Goldfinch (2019) [The characters] speak in the stilted, pretentious manner of a Wes Anderson film, but without the remove that invites the audience to be amused. - Boston Hassle EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
63% It Chapter Two (2019) One of the curious things that becomes apparent early on [...] is that this portion of the story is served far worse by the splitting of the timelines than its predecessor. - Boston Hassle EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
88% Ready or Not (2019) A devilishly sick bit of poison popcorn, and a hell of a lot of fun. - Boston Hassle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
64% The Mountain (2019) Its depiction of the human condition, as well as its flat-out oddness, will likely linger in your thoughts long after it ends. - Boston Hassle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2019
85% Luz (2019) Luz is just a good little movie, and a breath of fresh air for horror fans in search of something they haven't seen before. - Boston Hassle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) There's an elegiac, melancholy quality that's never before been present in Tarantino's work, and even -- dare I say -- sentimentality. - Boston Hassle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
95% In Fabric (2019) How does one describe a movie so willfully, perversely indescribable? And how do I do that while also conveying that it may be my favorite movie of the year so far? - Boston Hassle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019
86% The Nightingale (2019) The Nightingale is exponentially more troubling, upsetting, and, yes, horrifying than The Babadook -- or possibly any horror movie you might see this year. - Boston Hassle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019
96% Hail Satan? (2019) Perhaps the most remarkable thing about the film is how fundamentally decent most of these Satanists appear. - Boston Hassle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019
94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) Avengers: Endgame is almost certainly better than you expect, and far more satisfying and entertaining than its predecessor. - Boston Hassle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019
83% High Life (2019) In its final moments, as throughout, High Life is simultaneously hopeful and foreboding, distant and deeply moving. - Boston Hassle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019
No Score Yet Assassinaut (2019) A modest, nearly handmade film nonetheless bursting with ideas, with truly impressive visual effects and a surprising amount of heart. - Boston Hassle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019
85% The Hole in the Ground (2019) Hole bears all the hallmarks of what has come to be known as "A24 horror": spooky atmospherics, familial strife, some stellar performances, and a gorgeous, lived-in aesthetic. - Boston Hassle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019
92% The Nightshifter (Morto nâo fala) (2018) Through it all, The Nightshifter captures the dread, mordant humor, and visceral horror of classic EC Comics. - Boston Hassle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019
37% Tone-Deaf (2019) Tone-Deaf is acrid, caustic satire, but hard to shake off, and whether you're a millennial or a boomer, you'll find things that will hit close to home. - Boston Hassle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019
No Score Yet Industrial Accident: The Story of Wax Trax! (2017) Industrial Accident is a loving portrait, not only of the store and the label, but of the scene and the time they represented, and the men who made it happen. - Boston Hassle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019
82% Girl on the Third Floor (2019) Stevens throws a lot of ideas at the wall, and while not all of them stick ... the cumulative effect is dizzying and effective. - Boston Hassle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019
91% Starfish (2019) Starfish is a triumph of art design over budget. - Boston Hassle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019
60% Greta (2019) For every superlative I have for this movie, I feel like I should add the qualifier "but ludicrous," while every complaint needs to be followed by an implied "but satisfying." - Boston Hassle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019
62% American Dharma (2019) In the case of Bannon in particular, Morris comes in not with a particular point to make, but in hopes of understanding an evil which he admittedly finds incomprehensible. - Boston Hassle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019
91% Mandy (2018) Mandy is lovingly assembled from a wide array of prurient obsessions ... woven into a film both clearly personal and breathtakingly gorgeous. - Boston Hassle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019
76% The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot (2019) As Barr, Elliott takes what could easily be a one- (or two-) joke premise and plays it completely straight, imbuing the role with deep melancholy and humanity. - Boston Hassle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019
65% Suspiria (2018) Suspiria is nothing if not ambitious, but when a film tackles such a broad swath of heavy topics, it becomes difficult to treat each one with the weight it deserves. - Boston Hassle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019
76% Let the Corpses Tan (Laissez bronzer les cadavres!) (2018) This is an absolutely gorgeous film, even as the characters do increasingly ugly things to each other. - Boston Hassle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019
96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) BlacKkKlansman is not only Lee's best joint in ages, it's undoubtedly among the most vital and important films of the year and the political moment. - Boston Hassle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019
93% First Reformed (2018) Like the best of Schrader's work, First Reformed will burrow under your skin, changing shape as you look at it in different lights. - Boston Hassle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019
No Score Yet MexMan (2018) Yet the film's sympathies clearly lie with the artist, and unlike many similar features, it allows us to watch him make progress as a person. - Boston Hassle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019
83% Ghost Stories (2018) As delightfully spooky as the anthology stories are, the framing story turns out to be the most chilling -- and the most affecting -- of the lot. - Boston Hassle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019
No Score Yet The Theta Girl (2017) If, however, you're an old VHS rat like me, who grew up on Troma, Basket Case, and early Peter Jackson, The Theta Girl will fit like a warm blanket. - Boston Hassle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019
No Score Yet My Name is Myeisha (2018) Walker owns the film, grabbing your hand and rushing you down one sidestreet after another. - Boston Hassle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019
86% Thoroughbreds (2018) Thoroughbreds is a comedy, but it's the sort of comedy that would probably be found in the Drama section if Blockbuster still existed. - Boston Hassle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019
8% Division 19 (2019) But in spite of her scrappy means, Halewood shows a remarkably steady hand, creating a cohesive vision of the future and shooting it with style to spare - Boston Hassle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019
91% The Disaster Artist (2017) Even Room obsessives who have read the book multiple times should find themselves laughing anew; the material is gold, and and handled masterfully. - Boston Hassle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019
97% Lucky (2017) Lucky is all about the metatextual pleasure of spending 90 final minutes with one of cinema's all-time most entertaining actors, and for that, it is a pure gift. - Boston Hassle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019
93% Baby Driver (2017) It's hilarious, of course, but it's also legitimately incredible filmmaking, and it does things that I've simply never seen in a movie before - Boston Hassle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019
69% Free Fire (2017) Like a good cheeseburger, its nutritional value is questionable, but it's satisfying enough that it's difficult to care. - Boston Hassle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019
81% T2 Trainspotting (2017) We may not have needed a Trainspotting sequel, but as long as it's fun and succeeds on its own terms, what's the harm? - Boston Hassle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019
78% The Void (2017) Like the best of the movies it emulates, The Void is best paired with a big greasy pizza, a healthy stockpile of brews ... and some similarly inclined friends. - Boston Hassle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019
72% Buster's Mal Heart (2017) Both Malek and Smith are masters at letting the viewer know they're not getting the full story, but keeping them guessing as to what's being hid. - Boston Hassle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019