Vassilis Kroustallis

Vassilis Kroustallis
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Film and Animation critic and professional, alternating between European and independent animation (Zippy Frames) and world cinema (Film Is A Fine Affair) reviews. Found at @vkroustallis

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
No Score Yet Little Girl (Petite fille) (2020) It is caring, precise and leaves space for its central character to breathe. - Film Is A Fine Affair EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2020
No Score Yet Marioneta (Vagoneros) (2019) Marionette is a rather incomplete but still comely effort on acting your dreams out -without overacting. - Film Is A Fine Affair EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2019
100% Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles (Buñuel en el laberinto de las tortugas) (2019) By confining itself to a certain slice of life, it becomes a solid and considerate effort, almost soothing in its treatment of the celebrated director's inner troubles and external obstacles. Definitely a film to watch. - Zippy Frames EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2019
No Score Yet Cat in the Wall (2019) Exercising a less firm hand over the amount of drama the film really wants to allow, Cat in the Wall still purrs with genuine affection and attracts your attention - Film Is A Fine Affair EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2019
96% I Lost My Body (2019) Unpretentious in its (laborious) visual technique and solid in its ethereal concerns, I Lost My Body is one of the best animated feature films of the year. - Zippy Frames EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2019
94% Klaus (2019) Its tempo is uneven, and not all characters convincing, yet Klaus relies mostly on storytelling and a back-to-basics visual style to achieve its aim rather than marketing sensibilities. - Zippy Frames EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
86% Oleg (2019) Kursietis successfully mounts tension in a gripping drama of characters which won't stray away from its main target: to show that a European dreamer can be a contradiction in terms. - Film Is A Fine Affair EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2019
69% My Friend the Polish Girl (2019) As a study in personal (rather than national) loneliness, My Friend the Polish Girl is a crisp, somehow unfinished, but still personal study of a woman looking for intimacy. - Film Is A Fine Affair EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2019
No Score Yet The Prince's Voyage (Le Voyage du Prince) (2019) This is a welcome pastiche of themes reworked but leading to a still cinematically potent work, told with precision and an overwhelming thirst for Utopian artistic freedom. - Zippy Frames EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
100% Negative Space (2018) Adept and emotionally well-packed - Zippy Frames EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2019
100% Pause (2019) The film is observant, and Mishiali uses deftly its main character towards her self-regulated journey to freedom. - Film Is A Fine Affair EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2019
No Score Yet Ville Neuve (2018) Ville Neuve is a sensitive film which uses its low-key aesthetics in its favour; it sometimes overexposes a fait accompli desperation, which hinders the film's own stated, palpable claim for a breath of fresh air. - Zippy Frames EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
100% Away (2019) Away is economical in its timing (both in overall duration, and in its individual scenes), ambitious in its widescreen format, and grand in its archetypal choice of themes and norms. Deserves to be widely seen. - Zippy Frames EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
No Score Yet The Tragedy of Man (2013) This animated existential-philosophical melange is not without its flaws (close imitation of the Faust being one), yet it shows respect, care and genuine narrative and visual consideration for a subject-matter few would dare to tackle. - Zippy Frames EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
81% Ruben Brandt, Collector (2019) It's a post-modern heist film, full of references and short of surprises. - Zippy Frames EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
100% Greta (2019) Without being politically stinging, Greta is a deeply compassionate, but also sensuous cinematic effort on people willing to be in love against all odds - their own convictions notwithstanding - Film Is A Fine Affair EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
88% The Father's Shadow (A Sombra do Pai) (2018) Skilled treatment of the magical element and smooth pacing in a doomed father-daughter relationship story, which sometimes seems to be too self-contained for its own good. - Film Is A Fine Affair EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
No Score Yet Seder-Masochism (2018) Seder-Masochism is an entertainingly bold animated critique of things you'd better not left unexamined - Zippy Frames EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
85% Tito and the Birds (Tito e os Pássaros) (2018) A welcome entry into the string of recent Brazilian animation successes, Tito and The Birds combines breathtaking expressionism with a call for social action and a narrative which prioritizes team effort scenes than character fine-tuning - Zippy Frames EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2019
97% The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales (Le grand méchant renard et autres contes) (2018) The film definitely plays with the fairytale genre conventions (which won't subvert), and offers a much needed antidote to the hyper-programmed visual and narrative tricks of more mainstream contemporary animation. - Zippy Frames EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
91% Mirai (2018) A gentle family comedy of manners, which really takes off at the film's final reels. Without being groundbreaking, it still provides a wormhole to look further away than your own courtyard. - Zippy Frames EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
93% The Favourite (2018) For all Lanthimos followers, The Favourite will be his most accessible piece to date, but displaying the same preoccupation with power games he has shown since Dogtooth (2009). - Film Is A Fine Affair EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
No Score Yet A Shelter Among the Clouds (Streha mes reve) (2018) It is the sense of a home lost (rather than a religion convoluted) that the film embraces in both high and low registers. Not much magical realism here, but an individual, half-won humanistic battle against all realistic odds. - Film Is A Fine Affair EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
100% Seoul Station (2016) Yeon Sang-ho's third feature is no less fierce and violent as his The King of Pigs and The Fake efforts, and wholeheartedly artistic at the same time. - Zippy Frames EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
No Score Yet Cafard (2015) Working more like a slow burner than a series of powerful dramatic confrontations, the film invests a lot to an old-fashioned sense of moral values and male bonding. - Zippy Frames EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
97% Tehran Taboo (2018) This is an animated film made for adults, which perfectly captures dilemmas and character decisions without the need to become graphic (unless when really needed). - Zippy Frames EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
97% Ethel & Ernest (2016) Ethel and Ernest feels unashamedly nostalgic, carefully researched and with a heart. - Zippy Frames EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
No Score Yet Oddsockeaters (Lichozrouti) (2016) With an eye-popping color palette, a memorable character design, and the need for a family which appears in the most unlikely gang places, The Oddsockeaters is a welcome, if narratively uneven, entry in the European feature animation niche. - Zippy Frames EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
100% On Happiness Road (2017) The handling of national culture subtleties, and what makes a child and a woman at home gives the film On Happiness Road its distinct feel of contemporaneity, even more satisfyingly than its implied politics angle - Zippy Frames EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
61% Dilili in Paris (Dilili à Paris) (2019) Dilili in Paris won't completely fit the bill for its expressed modernist purpose, but children and adults would enjoy it for its staunch defence of just causes and its more than loveable main character. - Zippy Frames EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019