Dazed and Confused

Tomatometer-approved publication
Rating Title/Year Author
Someone Great (2019) Marianne Eloise A nuanced, perfectly-soundtracked comedy about heartbreak and friendship that shows a queer relationship as a secondary romantic plot to the straight break-up is a pretty great offering to the canon. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
Diamantino (2018) Nick Chen Diamantino, with its scathing commentary on how the media has allowed a right-wing uprising, remains relevant up until the final whistle. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2019
Dumplin' (2018) Gina Tonic In my eyes, [Dickson] represents a positivity I haven't ever seen on a screen - one that doesn't seek to change her body to fit in, but to change the world to find space and celebration for her fat frame. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2018
Destroyer (2018) Patrik Sandberg Kusama commands the material in a style that is as artful as it is refreshingly no-holds-barred. EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2018
Widows (2018) Patrik Sandberg The collective experience of witnessing a story like this unfold is the reason we go to the movies and sit through them side by side in the dark. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2018
Mid90s (2018) Patrik Sandberg Its winning performances, attention to detail, and the geeky amount of affection Hill devotes to everything from T-shirts to bedroom wall paraphernalia makes this something of a male answer to Ladybird. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2018
Boy Erased (2018) Patrik Sandberg The movie succeeds in spite of itself, demonstrating a deep empathy for not only these tragic figures subjected to abusive conditioning but also their religious families, bedeviled by doctrines that contradict their own compassionate instincts. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2018
She's Gotta Have It (1986) Kemi Alemoru It's going backwards in order to move the conversation forward... This could and should have been good but, ultimately, there are too many holes, too many monologues and too many things for me to get over for me to actually enjoy it. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2018
Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold (2017) Hannah Keegan Emphasises the writer's special combination of human fragility and literary stature. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2018
The Predator (2018) Patrik Sandberg This may be the director's best attempt at an alien invasion, but no matter how many grenades he throws, nothing ever lands. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2018
Sorry to Bother You (2018) Mariam Ansar Sorry To Bother You [is] doubly exciting: it's conscious of what it achieves in its absurdity, just as much as it's conscious of the dangers of late-stage capitalism. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2018
Rafiki (2018) Ella Kemp By framing an effervescent lesbian romance against a backdrop of political allegiance and the societal taboos surrounding LGBTQ rights, Rafiki finds its voice -- and deserves to shout it, loud and clear. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2018
A Star Is Born (2018) Patrik Sandberg Overall, this movie is a testament to the talent of Cooper, but the glory belongs to Gaga. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2018
Hereditary (2018) Patrik Sandberg Blue chip performances from a top notch cast. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2018
A Wrinkle in Time (2018) Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff Overall, I didn't enjoy A Wrinkle In Time... Fundamentally, however, I am ecstatic that we are finally seeing glimpses of the representation we deserve onscreen, EDIT
Posted Mar 9, 2018
Saturday Church (2017) Alexandra Pollard Injecting fantasy sequences and musical numbers into its gritty, poignant plotline, it's a coming-of-age spectacle. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2017
Princess Cyd (2017) Alexandra Pollard Director Stephen Cone, whose work has been compared to that of Jonathan Demme, weaves a subtler tale than the odd-couple premise might suggest. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2017
Call Me by Your Name (2017) Alexandra Pollard Come for the buzz around a scandalous peach scene, stay for the viscous chemistry between the two leads. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2017
Thelma (2017) Alexandra Pollard Joachim Trier's Thelma uses the trope of burgeoning supernatural powers as an analogy for the effect oppressive values have on a young woman's sexuality. So far, so Carrie but the film is resolutely Trier's own vision. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2017
All Eyez on Me (2017) Ashleigh Kane For all Shipp Jr.'s heart, Boom's desire to cram every, single thing and a failure to unpack anything is its ultimate undoing. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2017
Gray House (2017) Sophie Brown Gray House resonates with the internal experience of time and the nature of isolation -- in both its magnetism and embrace. EDIT
Posted Apr 13, 2017
Bunch of Kunst (2017) Sophie Brown Director Christine Franz follows the Sleaford Mods over the course of a couple of years in which they reach new heights of success. EDIT
Posted Apr 13, 2017
City of Ghosts (2017) Sophie Brown City of Ghosts is an important platform for the voices of RBSS to be heard by the uninformed masses, and is ultimately their film. EDIT
Posted Apr 13, 2017
Karl Marx City (2016) Sophie Brown Creating a subtle obscurity around ownership of the story, the narrative slips between Petra's first-person perspective, and a disconnected female voice that narrates Petra's story. EDIT
Posted Apr 13, 2017
Ghost in the Shell (2017) Patrik Sandberg Politics aside, Ghost In The Shell takes the source material and turns it into something digestible and rip-roaring, gripping you to your seat full-throttle and never letting go. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2017
Get Out (2017) Kemi Alemoru In essence Get Out is every microaggression a black man has ever faced -- but supersized. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2017
Call Me by Your Name (2017) Carmen Gray The bond between Elio and Oliver grows tentatively, but unleashes forceful emotions that reverberate through all the relationships in a film both hilarious and gorgeously sad, that crackles with sexual tension. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2017
Golden Exits (2017) Carmen Gray Director Alex Ross Perry gives us a film of simmering power dynamics and bracingly complex roles: nobody is completely innocent, nor can we write anyone off from our sympathies entirely. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2017
Casting JonBenét (2017) Carmen Gray It's a fascinating if queasily invasive insight into a sleepy township that seems to hide as many weird, subterranean secrets as Lynch's Twin Peaks. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2017
The Lure (2015) Trey Taylor Fantasy ladled over lunacy, The Lure is possibly the weirdest thing you'll see this year. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2017
American Honey (2016) Sanja Grozdanic In the decaying America that Andrea Arnold bears witness to, there are two currencies: sex and violence, constantly intersecting as the crew makes their way across a divided country. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2016
Author: The JT LeRoy Story (2016) Trey Taylor It's a barnstorming exposé that puts all other documentaries released this year to shame. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2016
To the Wonder (2012) Sophie Brown This elusive 'something' is key to Malick's film; the intangible tide that disconnects people with as much mystery as it drew them so intensely together. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2016
Bad 25 (2012) Sophie Brown [A] thorough and engaging exploration of the cultural phenomenon; a unique explosion in musical history, and insight into the loneliness of the performer, isolated in a fame bubble and devoured by the press. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2016
Spring Breakers (2012) Sophie Brown Harmony Korine's latest feature is a lurid neon poem of a spring break road trip that descends into drugs, gang war, and pink balaclavas adorned with unicorns. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2016
The Master (2012) Sophie Brown Richly and evocatively shot with the stunning light contrast of seminal black and white films, The Master has the clout of classic cinema. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2016
The War of the Volcanoes (2012) Sophie Brown Exploring the tensions and passions that flowed on the island during this tumultuous time, this documentary captures one of cinema's great love stories. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2016
Something in the Air (2012) Sophie Brown The experiential form of the film evokes the sense of submergence in a time, with the 60s soundtrack swelling in and out with the ebb and flow of their drives. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2016
Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction (2012) Sophie Brown Singing, smoking and keeping himself to himself, Harry Dean Stanton's quiet enigma suggests a restless sense of perpetual escape and loneliness. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2016
Paradise: Faith (2012) Sophie Brown A dark humour simmers under the bleak dogme style, with fleeting glimpses of the beauty in nature providing relief from the dingy, hard-lined 70s interiors. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2016
() Sophie Brown This quiet film captures a powerful tale of solitude and neglect. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2016
Elle (2016) Patrik Sandberg The fact that it's the funniest movie I've seen this year is mindblowing. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2016
Moonlight (2016) Patrik Sandberg Moonlight feels almost as prescient as it is heartbreaking -- which is to say, profoundly. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2016
Buddha Collapsed Out of Shame (2007) Georgie Hobbs Like Bjork's character, Selma, in Lars von Trier's Dancer In The Dark, Bakhtay is so heart-crushingly innocent that it rips your heart out to see her hurt. She, like Selma, is too clueless to help herself. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2016
Beyond Clueless (2014) Sophie Brown Summer Camp's original score is the cherry on top to this vibrant, funny and subversive analysis of post-John Hughes American teen movies. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2014