Rob Aldam

Rob Aldam
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Backseat Mafia

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
83% Gaia (2021) but it's the world that Gaia conjures up which is its strength. Making it an eerie and highly memorable experience. - Backseat Mafia EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2021
83% Paranormal Activity (2009) Even when you know they're coming, the scares still send a chill down your spine. - Backseat Mafia EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2021
No Score Yet The Lighthouse (Mayak) (2006) A poetic and lyrical tale which charts Lena's journey of self-discovery to a tumultuous backdrop. - Backseat Mafia EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2021
No Score Yet Duel to the Death (1982) A livewire martial arts saga which is overflowing with inventiveness, framed in bold and bright colours. - Backseat Mafia EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2021
100% Burning (2021) A damning indictment of a short-sighted government which cares more about money than the future of the people it was elected to serve. - Backseat Mafia EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2021
87% The Djinn (2021) While many of the elements in The Djinn may feel overly familiar, it's a stylish and assured cautionary tale. - Backseat Mafia EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2021
No Score Yet After Blue (Paradis sale) (2021) The kind of camp sci-fi lesbian western you never knew you needed in your life. - Backseat Mafia EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2021
89% The Other Tom (El otro Tom) (2021) A moving film about a single mother wrestling with the mounting bureaucracy which threatens to tear them apart. - Backseat Mafia EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2021
77% Medusa (2021) A biting satire which takes aim at the rise of radical Christianity, conservatism and toxic masculinity within Brazilian society. - Backseat Mafia EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2021
100% The Rescue (2021) Using a mix of actual footage and clever reconstructions, The Rescue guides viewers through almost three weeks of tense and gripping highs and lows. - Backseat Mafia EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2021
79% Zalava (2021) An intensely eerie and atmospheric curio. - Backseat Mafia EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2021
93% You Are Not My Mother (2021) The uncanny is conjured up in a number of inventive and often terrifying ways. - Backseat Mafia EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2021
57% Escape from Extinction (2020) A timely documentary which makes the case for the effectiveness of human intervention, both in increasing the numbers of engendered creatures and educating the public. - Backseat Mafia EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2021
96% Benediction (2021) It takes a little getting used to, but is a fine piece of cinema. - Backseat Mafia EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2021
85% Storm Lake (2021) Beth Levison and Jerry Risius' documentary follows the team as they go about their daily work. Demonstrating the commitment and determination to provide their readers with reliable and relevant reportage. - Backseat Mafia EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2021
100% Becoming Cousteau (Cousteau) (2021) A fascinating portrait of a complex man. - Backseat Mafia EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2021
100% Julia (2021) A stylish and zippy portrait of a unique personality - Backseat Mafia EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2021
94% Rose Plays Julie (2021) Ann Skelly is an absolute revelation. Her performance is so nuanced and understated, with silences and looks as powerful as the dialogue itself. - Backseat Mafia EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2021
95% Lingui: The Sacred Bonds (2021) A triumph of determination and bravery. - Backseat Mafia EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2021
67% Kicking Blood (2021) An unusual and intelligent spin on the vampire mythos. - Backseat Mafia EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2021
93% Listening to Kenny G (2021) Leave your prejudice at the door. Listening to Kenny G is an absolute joy. - Backseat Mafia EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2021
100% The Girl and the Spider (2021) intriguing chamber drama which follows the changing relationships between the multiple players. - Backseat Mafia EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2021
94% The Hill Where the Lionesses Roar (La colline où rugissent les lionnes) (2021) This pride is fiercely protective and reacts angrily when provoked. - Backseat Mafia EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2021
100% Aloners (2021) A really clever drama which tackles a societal issue from a refreshingly unusual angle. - Backseat Mafia EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2021
92% Sweet Thing (2021) Takes a number of familiar elements and makes something rather special. - Backseat Mafia EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2021
56% Come Play (2020) A stylish and beautifully made horror which amplifies the anxieties and foibles of parenting to create a terrifying scenario. - Backseat Mafia EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2021
89% The Servant (1964) The Servant is a masterpiece. A brilliantly acted and beautifully shot drama which tackles class and power dynamics, all to a backdrop of bristling sexual tensions. - Backseat Mafia EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2021
63% Dogs (Câini) (2021) A powerful crime drama which throws a fish out of water into the wild west. - Backseat Mafia EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2021
77% The Collini Case (2020) A powerful courtroom drama which brings the ghosts of the Second World War to life. - Backseat Mafia EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2021
100% Ninjababy (2021) A breath of fresh air. Playing with gender roles and the expectations placed on young women in society. - Backseat Mafia EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2021
83% The Last Matinee (Red Screening) (2021) A superior celluloid slasher. - Backseat Mafia EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2021
38% Yakuza Princess (2021) There's lots of great action, numerous twists and turns and more than one bad guy to defeat in Vicente Amorim's movie. - Backseat Mafia EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2021
100% The Retaliators (2021) Grows to be a blunt, bloody and brutally bombastic slice of genre cinema which is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. - Backseat Mafia EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2021
49% Dune (1984) Remains a visually audacious curiosity, which needs to be seen to be believed. - Backseat Mafia EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2021
97% Jazz on a Summer's Day (2020) A light and relaxing film which allows you to push your problems aside for 90 minutes and just relax. - Backseat Mafia EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2021
88% Souad (2020) A vibrant and naturalistic film about the perils of pitfalls of growing up as a young woman in a traditional religious society. - Backseat Mafia EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2021
100% The Justice of Bunny King (2021) The ending will divide opinion but The Justice of Bunny King is a powerful and pointed drama. - Backseat Mafia EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2021
80% No Man of God (2021) A fascinating study of evil through the eyes of an 'innocent'. - Backseat Mafia EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2021
100% The Gig is Up (2021) A timely documentary which highlights the inequalities and abuses in our increasingly tech-savvy job markets. - Backseat Mafia EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2021
100% The Bright Side (2020) Slowly creeps up on you and, while avoiding most of the normal pitfalls, is surprisingly touching and powerful. - Backseat Mafia EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2021
100% The Beta Test (2021) A sociopathic rollercoaster ride - Backseat Mafia EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2021
No Score Yet Even Mice Belong in Heaven (2021) A sweet and lovely animated tale which focuses on the power of friendship - Backseat Mafia EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2021
86% Deep Cover (1992) An unapologetically blunt crime drama which plays with the concepts of good and evil to create a complex thriller - Backseat Mafia EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2021
86% Stop-Zemlia (2021) These characters exude vulnerability. Not mere stereotypes but believable portrayals of young people with their own unique fears and foibles. - Backseat Mafia EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2021
93% The Man Who Sold His Skin (2021) Looks at the commoditization of suffering and the price of a human life through the eyes of a man who just wants to be with his love. - Backseat Mafia EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2021
No Score Yet Kipchoge: The Last Milestone (2021) Indeed, it's the behind-the-scenes elements of Jake Scott's documentary which makes it such an interesting film. - Backseat Mafia EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2021
50% Baby, Don't Cry (2021) A twisted tale of outsiders drawn together by the same forces which conspire to pull them apart. - Backseat Mafia EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2021
86% Homeroom (2021) A fascinating documentary which focuses on the impact of national and international events on a group of ordinary teenagers. - Backseat Mafia EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2021
96% Pig (2021) An offbeat tale of a man facing up to his past for the love of his porcine partner. - Backseat Mafia EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2021
91% Luca (2021) A warm and sunny animation which captures the excitement and joy of childhood discovery. - Backseat Mafia EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2021