Tynan Yanaga

Tynan Yanaga
Tynan Yanaga's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Film Inquiry
Publications: Film Inquiry

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T-Meter Title | Year
100% The Ventures: Stars on Guitars (2020) The Ventures: Stars on Guitars might not be much to look at, but if its unassuming subject matter is any indication, maybe this one deserves more consideration. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2020
83% Let Him Go (2020) Let Him Go is both a period piece - though set in the 1950s, not the Old West - and also a tale pregnant with grief. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2020
100% Harry Chapin: When in Doubt, Do Something (2020) While many (including myself) would probably have appreciated a more robust exploration of his musical career, there's also a deeply human message embedded at the core of this documentary. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2020
87% Yellow Rose (2020) Despite some disappointment, we can be thankful for the bits of honest and exuberant humanity we receive, while still filling in the rest of the movie for ourselves. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2020
82% Herb Alpert is... (2020) In spite of its cutesy title, Herb Alpert Is... does attempt to flesh out the multi-faceted extent of his talents: then and now. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2020
100% Apocalypse '45 (2020) Apocalypse '45 does a fine job of balancing these two realities - a desire to honor while still decrying the bloodshed. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2020
100% Jazz on a Summer's Day (2020) Jazz on a Summer's Day so effectively captures the energy of the moment -- making us sense the atmosphere and enjoy it vicariously -- and what's more, it doesn't overstay its welcome. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2020
86% I Used to Go Here (2020) I Used to Go Here is about far more than one could have hoped and imagined with a pleasant amount of consideration given to all its characters. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2020
100% Driveways (2020) Driveways doesn't necessarily provide answers, but it looks to find solace in decisions, with the lives we choose to leave, and the relationships we forge. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2020
86% Morocco (1930) [Morocco] somehow still manages to be quite lithe and risqué when put up next to its contemporaries. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2020
67% She's in Portland (2020) She's in Portland feels like a pale imitation with pretty faces, luscious but often empty panoramas, and stakes that never realize what the depths of friendship really mean. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2020
87% Standing Up, Falling Down (2020) Unfortunately, my admiration for Crystal and Schwartz were the only factors keeping me mildly engaged with Standing Up, Falling Down. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2020
91% Weathering with You (2020) This is anime remixed with romance and rock opera ballads - much more of a confection than a social critique. Weathering With You is a typhoon-infused fantasy grounded in a tangible reality. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2020
95% Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project (2019) The Marion Stokes Project captures both the inherent humor and the utter absurdity of what this single-minded woman devoted her life to. Buried within all those hours of footage are gems and relics to capture a time and place in an unprecedented fashion. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
60% As I Am (2019) While it's not able to fully articulate its myriad of ideas, at least it's brave enough to extend itself and to be something of its own creation. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
94% The Gift: The Journey of Johnny Cash (2019) The Gift of Johnny Cash is how he brings us into his struggles, into his journey, and lets us be a part of it with him. We're getting a fully engaged, uninterrupted look into the life and journey of Johnny Cash. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
86% Inside the Rain (2020) At its core is a big dorky heart not unlike its protagonist. Where the bark is worse than the bite and the affections run deeper than the volatile showings of animosity. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
80% Doing Money (2018) The melodramatic beats feel relatively run-of-the-mill until you realize all of this was based on fact and then the ensuing narrative becomes terrifyingly real. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
95% The Irishman (2019) The Irishman feels like Martin Scorsese's Citizen Kane. I don't mean it in the sense it's his greatest film or the greatest film of all time. Rather, in a thematic sense, they are kindred. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
100% Emanuel (2019) Emanuel is a testament to heroes, but their heroism is heartachingly candid exemplifying how they radically confronted the immense evil enacted against their entire community. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
100% Onna ga kaidan wo agaru toki (When a Woman Ascends the Stairs) (1963) Far from being moth-balled and prosaic, When a Woman Ascends The Stairs beats with the most devastating of lifebloods. If it's steadfastly Japanese, then it's equally universal. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
No Score Yet Otoko wa tsurai yo (Am I Trying) (It's Tough Being a Man) (Tora-san Our Lovable Tramp) (1974) Our Lovable Tramp is the kind of goofy-faced, unapologetic comedy that has its place alongside serious art. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
No Score Yet 25 in 24 (2018) What's most extraordinary about the doc is not the capturing of the event so much as it is the person and the people who were brought together in this once-in-a-lifetime daylong adventure. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2019
90% Always Be My Maybe (2019) With the rapport of our leads and the utter normalcy of their station in life, it's hard not to cheer for Always Be My Maybe. F - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
90% Echo In the Canyon (2019) Echo in The Canyon reminds us what music is all about. It's communal. That doesn't change. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
71% Long Time Coming: A 1955 Baseball Story (2018) The doc is at its best on this most intimate scale telling its own story. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
No Score Yet Troupers (2011) It's simply an enjoyable documentary filled with anecdotes and lifelong entertainers sharing their recollections and shards of wisdom from careers forged to their absolute fullest. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
44% They All Laughed (1981) Even in the themes of infidelity, heartache, and loneliness, They All Laughed somehow manages to cling to the humor found in its title. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2019
97% Paris, Texas (1984) Surely the film lacks pure authenticity but in its place, we are met with spellbinding subtlety, equal parts poetic and mundane. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2018
92% The Grief of Others (2018) The Grief of Others is a film that externalizes these internal emotions and suggests, even implicitly, it can be absolutely cathartic to share in this process with others. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
100% A Bread Factory, Part Two: Walk with Me a While (2018) We need The Bread Factory. Both the metaphorical places like this existing in our society, and this very tangible film of Patrick Wang's. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2018
100% A Bread Factory, Part One: For the Sake of Gold (2018) These sprawling vignettes give way to beautiful bits of advice, inspiration, and humor that feels as organic as you might possibly see. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2018
61% The New Romantic (2018) The New Romantic suggests, how ever you package it, there's a possibility all our wanderings might still come back to love. Maybe it speaks to some of the deepest longings of our heart. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
86% Ramen Shop (Ramen teh) (2019) From start to finish, Ramen Teh is a joy, and while it caters to some bittersweet sentimentality, there is also a resounding hopefulness which lingers. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
33% Better Start Running (2018) It meanders around when a commitment to even one theme or tone would have been most admirable. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2018
90% John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection (L'empire de la perfection) (2018) This is hardly a documentary, at least in the accepted sense of the word. Talking heads have been excised and the instructional films of former Roland Garros documentarian, Gil de Kermadec, have been given a near arthouse treatment. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
81% Chappaquiddick (2018) To watch Chappaquiddick and then ponder the life of Ted Kennedy in such a manner undoubtedly must lead to introspection. Where do our own lives fall along this gradient? Are we any worse than he is or can we claim to be any better? - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
96% To All the Boys I've Loved Before (2018) There is nothing mean-spirited or pernicious in its content. Just a thoroughly sweet, at times hysterically funny narrative that manages a certain amount of endearing authenticity. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
96% After the Storm (Umi yori mo mada fukaku) (2017) Here there is no doubt characters have changed, but externally their behavior seems all but the same. The development is incremental and internalized. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2018
86% Un Conte de Noël (A Christmas Tale) (2008) If you are intrigued by the interpersonal relationships and entanglements of a family - maybe a lot like yours and mine - this film is a fascinating exposé that might well prompt some seasonal self-reflection. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
92% Body and Soul (1947) Body and Soul is a film not simply with gritty boxing scenes but also a fascinating character analysis indicative of the human condition. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2017
98% A Hard Day's Night (1964) A Hard Day's Night perfectly encapsulates the rash of Beatlemania that was exploding onto the world stage and making its way across the pond to America. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2017
95% Pickpocket (1959) Pickpocket is an intricately staged, truly intimate character study from the imitable Robert Bresson instantly solidifying itself as one of his greatest works. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2017
100% The Fallen Idol (1949) The Fallen Idol is a fascinating film for how it manages to develop inner turmoil and for its earnest interest in the perspective of a child. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2017
97% Limelight (1952) With Limelight, for one last, brief moment, it's like old times even as the new age begins and Chaplin relinquishes his crown to the younger generations. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2017
92% That Man From Rio (1964) That Man In Rio has faults but that does not mean for a moment we cannot still get something out of it, even if it's, at the very least, some unadulterated thrills. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2017