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
62% Gretel & Hansel (2020) A stylish, deeply idiosyncratic work from one of the genre's most underappreciated auteurs working today. - Boston Hassle EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2020
85% Color Out of Space (2020) I wish I could see it in a planetarium, laser show-style, and let it wash over me. - Boston Hassle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2020
65% The Wave (2020) The Wave is a scrappy little head trip with heart and style to spare. - Boston Hassle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
89% 1917 (2020) It's a piece of filmmaking bravado, but it will be a shame if it continues to suck up award season oxygen that could go to, say, Little Women or The Farewell. - Boston Hassle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2020
92% Uncut Gems (2019) Sandler's [...] charisma and humor give you someone to root for in spite of yourself, and his obnoxiousness keeps you from feeling too bad when he inevitably gets clocked. - Boston Hassle EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2019
20% Cats (2019) Cats is the kind of bad movie you'll tell your kids about, and they probably won't believe you. - Boston Hassle EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
97% Knives Out (2019) [A] wholly original, adult-oriented Hollywood comedy which relies neither on raunchy schtick nor flaccid improv. - Boston Hassle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
81% The Report (2019) [S]martly written, cracklingly paced, and presented by a cast of immensely watchable talent. - Boston Hassle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2019
96% The Irishman (2019) When a filmmaker at the height of his powers is given free rein to pursue his passions, the result can scarcely help but be a treat. - Boston Hassle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2019
77% 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
61% 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 (2020) 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 (2020) From start to finish, the film exudes warmth and friendliness while never once feeling cloying. - Boston Hassle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
90% 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
22% 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
68% 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
86% 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
94% 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
87% 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
82% 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
84% 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
81% 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
90% 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
75% 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
89% My Name is Myeisha (2020) Walker owns the film, grabbing your hand and rushing you down one sidestreet after another. - Boston Hassle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019