Tomas Trussow

Tomas Trussow
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Tomas Trussow is a chronic cineaste, English lit grad, and freelance writer from Toronto, Canada currently stationed with Film Inquiry.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
2/5 32% Poms (2019) What irks me most about this film is that, while it's premised on empowering elderly women to overcome the barriers of age and physical frailty, it's not especially interested in granting them complete autonomy. - The Lonely Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
3.5/5 No Score Yet Hotel (2004) Hotel succeeds in bringing a distinctive sense of menace behind every shadow and closed door, burrowing into the deepest realms of our subconscious and making us think twice about our next hotel booking, lest it be our last. - The Lonely Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2019
3.5/5 100% Smithereens (1982) Despite being a downer of a story, Smithereens casts a beguiling spell as an everlasting record of the shifting punk scene in America. - The Lonely Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2019
4/5 86% Séance on a Wet Afternoon (1964) Rainy day or no, this is a film that can be enjoyed anytime one is inclined towards something dark and unsettling. Close the drapes, light a candle, and go wild. - The Lonely Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
4.5/5 100% Moses and Aaron (1975) This is something akin to counter-opera, which takes the fundamental signifiers and repurposes them in revolutionary ways. What this begets is both alienating and enlightening. - The Lonely Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2019
4/5 100% Murder by Contract (1958) Murder by Contract is a svelte, plucky noir that feels like a spiritual sequel of sorts to Carol Reed's The Third Man. - The Lonely Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2019
2/5 76% Hotel Mumbai (2019) We can't in all good conscience treat cinematic representations of historical traumas as mere generic exercises in form. - The Lonely Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2019
3/5 76% Guava Island (2019) It has a mark of gratuity to it that feels somewhat unearned. But nor is it disposable, for the craft is still gorgeously rendered. - The Lonely Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2019
3.5/5 92% Giant Little Ones (2019) Giant Little Ones is like a wake-up call and booster shot of empathetic engagement wrapped into one engaging film. - The Lonely Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
2.5/5 47% Dumbo (2019) It's trying to emulate a sense of showmanship that, in reality, it doesn't have. It's a proverbial hall of mirrors, only refracting a simulacrum of awe. - The Lonely Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
2.5/5 40% The Upside (2019) The careers of Bryan Cranston, Kevin Hart and Nicole Kidman will not be remembered for anything they do in this film, for they're never allowed to go out of their comfort zones. - The Lonely Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
2/5 72% Ready Player One (2018) It's a repetition of the old bugaboos we know so well, packaged in a slick, CGI-heavy wrapping that is not as interesting as it wants to be. - The Lonely Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2019
3/5 89% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) On its own, its cuteness is contagious, and the animation work splendid. [But] I'd be remiss if I ignored its rampant pro-consumerist bent. - The Lonely Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
2.5/5 81% 2019 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Live Action (2019) Take it from me: watch the documentary and animated shorts and leave most of these alone. This is unquestionably an off year for this category and certainly not representative of its greatest abilities. - The Lonely Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
4.5/5 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) The film works its way to [become] a metempsychosic event, bearing the soul of the original Marvel vision and finally taking it to the greatest of heights. - The Lonely Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
3/5 96% Border (Gräns) (2018) There's something about its aura that keeps drawing me in, even though I take issue with how it handles its sensitive subject matter. - The Lonely Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
3.5/5 99% Free Solo (2018) It's very nearly transcendent watching this gangly little man conquer the natural world and make his mark on the historical record. I don't know if I'll ever have the privilege to see something like this again, and for that I am grateful this exists. - The Lonely Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2019
3.5/5 100% 2019 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Documentary (2019) When you account for their faults, this is still an illuminating group of topical films that speak to the world we live in at this moment, where issues of racism, health care, immigration and extremist politics remain as prevalent as ever. - The Lonely Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2019
4/5 91% 2019 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Animation (2019) A relatively strong set of nominees that, while high on themes of melancholy and familial displacement, are able to capture their resounding sentiments quite well. - The Lonely Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2019
4/5 94% Of Fathers and Sons (2018) At its heart, this film perceptively asks us to hold our vitriol for a short while, and to see what the face of jihadist fundamentalism really looks like. - The Lonely Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2019
2.5/5 92% Mirai (2018) Beautiful [animation] work that stands out on its own, and worthy of an Oscar nomination. When surrounded by everything else, however, it becomes an exception to an otherwise disappointing whole. - The Lonely Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
3/5 94% RBG (2018) While I admit RBG is highly entertaining and teeming with warmth for its subject, it's also one of those documentaries that turns a Wikipedia entry into an audiovisual presentation. - The Lonely Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2019
4/5 92% High Flying Bird (2019) With McCraney as the brains behind this, Soderbergh's iPhone brings the endeavour home with consummate form, and what results is sheer class. - The Lonely Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
3/5 63% Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) Velvet Buzzsaw, though a fitful B-movie that wants to do too much, does act as a kind of supernatural reclamation of the Artist. - The Lonely Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
2.5/5 80% At Eternity's Gate (2018) It comes off as hagiographic, tamping down van Gogh's dark side so that he can fill out the "tortured artist" trope to the letter. - The Lonely Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
3/5 89% The Wild Boys (Les garçons sauvages) (2018) Mandico leaves nothing on the table here, and for that I must give him credit. It doesn't all work, but when it does, it's something to behold. - The Lonely Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
3.5/5 94% Incredibles 2 (2018) I'm very fond of the first Incredibles film, and by and large, its sequel is a welcome return. - The Lonely Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2019
4/5 86% A Simple Favor (2018) This pulpy nonsense goes down easier than a gin martini. - The Lonely Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2019
1/5 69% Beautiful Boy (2018) Beautiful Boy unfortunately falls victim to the Hollywood machine's sterility, leaning on artistic embellishments to make its case without making a strong case for those embellishments. - The Lonely Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2019
3/5 79% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Because this version is so indebted to the nostalgia associated with the original, to the point where it literally borrows its structure, I can't fathom why I'd want to return to it when the 1964 film is right there. - The Lonely Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
3/5 90% Skate Kitchen (2018) Like executing a gravity-defying trick, you can't overthink things ... This film, unfortunately, doesn't land the trick. Nor does it fall too hard, though. - The Lonely Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2019
4/5 92% 24 Frames (2018) [Kiarostami's] love for cinema was still as vibrant and adventurous as ever, and in a way, this film is how he is passing the torch to us. Training our eye, making us look, experimenting with technology and form -- it's all there. - The Lonely Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2018
4/5 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) Tom Cruise has never flirted with death so closely before. This film makes all his prior stunts look like cakewalks. - The Lonely Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2018
4/5 83% Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun? (2018) [Wilkerson] cannot undo his great-grandfather's evil, or posthumously indict him for murder ... All he can do is fight through the shame of his bloodline and tell his story, with the hope that someone listens and learns. - The Lonely Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2018
2.5/5 67% Vice (2018) If there's any real reason to watch Vice, it's to see how it reaches for the stars and ends up being something of a noble failure. - The Lonely Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
4.5/5 93% The Favourite (2018) The ensemble is one of the best of the year ... They all embody this story's particular horrors, hang-ups, and larks without missing any beats, shifting with ample dexterity. - The Lonely Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2018
3.5/5 85% Sollers Point (2018) What is striking is that, the more the action is delineated, the sadder the film becomes, because none of it is good for Keith. Anything remotely eventful only drives him further and further backwards. - The Lonely Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2018
3/5 93% Sorry to Bother You (2018) The African-American perspective that runs so powerfully through this work is the essential component that gives it its battle cry. Norma Rae gets its shoutout, but that was then. Sorry to Bother You and the saga of Cassius Green is our now. - The Lonely Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2018
4/5 100% Leave No Trace (2018) With harmonious felicity, Foster and McKenzie trace Granik's story like a twig parting sand. She couldn't have asked for a better duo. - The Lonely Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
4/5 96% Western (2018) Two hours is a long time to tell a story as unadorned as this one, but Valeska Grisebach packs a surprising amount of tension in unexpected corners. - The Lonely Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
3.5/5 87% Upgrade (2018) It's not exactly sophisticated aesthetically or thematically, being another skeptical morality play on the dangers of biotechnological advancements that seek to erase our humanity, but Upgrade is quite a likable bit of pulp. - The Lonely Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2018
3/5 89% The Night Is Short, Walk On Girl (2018) Lovers of anime are going to love this, and they have every reason to do so. This one packs a chockful of laughs in many places, and it's one of the more inventive animated films of the year. - The Lonely Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
3.5/5 91% We the Animals (2018) We the Animals is the promising start [Zagar] was looking for. I think he has a lot to be proud of. Everyone involved in this production does. - The Lonely Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
3/5 78% Green Book (2018) Sidelining Shirley even further when he was already so isolated in real life means that the film is not really doing him the honor it thinks it is. - The Lonely Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2018
4.5/5 89% Happy as Lazzaro (Lazzaro felice) (2018) [Happy as Lazzaro] is a true standout: a Super 16mm fugue state that is both elegy and lament for a world that once valued selfless deeds and the humanistic interaction between fellow men above self-preservation and eternal mistrust. - The Lonely Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2018
4/5 98% The Guilty (Den skyldige) (2018) The unknown and unseen are continually being plumbed in the world outside the dispatch centre, and you wish you could see its open secrets ... It's as though you're wearing a blindfold and don't know where to tread. - The Lonely Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
4/5 100% Minding the Gap (2018) There is no doubt Liu achieves something liberating and empowering here. - The Lonely Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
1/5 92% Searching (2018) CTRL+ALT+DEL this nonsense and find a film that knows how to treat you respectfully. - The Lonely Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
3/5 91% Hearts Beat Loud (2018) Hearts Beat Loud is a cozy and warm pleasure. Very low-stakes, unencumbered by twisty plotting, and breezily musical at heart. - The Lonely Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2018
4/5 97% Hale County This Morning, This Evening (2018) Beauty does not skip over Hale County, [Ross] seems to say. It flows right through it, tasting of the remarkable and the yet-to-come. - The Lonely Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2018