Graffiti With Punctuation

Graffiti With Punctuation is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Blake Howard, Cameron Williams
Rating Title/Year Author
2.5/4 Here Alone (2016) Blake Howard "Here Alone" - a deeply affecting tale of isolation - does more with its modest 150 thousand dollar budget and 90 odd minutes than so many survival horror thrillers before or since. EDIT
Posted May 5, 2021
2/4 Transference: A Love Story (2020) Blake Howard "Transference" is a tragic story of insecurity and self-sabotage in the face of love and happiness. EDIT
Posted May 4, 2021
2.5/4 West Michigan (2021) Blake Howard "West of Michigan" searches for meaning in the detours, the guesses and the errors after the trials. It's a meandering, personal tale that echoes the universal question at the end of high school; what happens now? EDIT
Posted Apr 14, 2021
4/4 Somewhere with No Bridges (2021) Blake Howard Charles Frank's "Somewhere With No Bridges" turned me into a puddle. It's a deeply personal, poetic, searching eulogy. Frank's ruminating documentary investigation looks to unearth the answers to his formative memories... EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2021
3/4 Minor Premise (2020) Blake Howard "Minor Premise" is a significant formal achievement, featuring a phenomenally engaging Sathya Sridharan performance. EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2021
2.5/4 Blood From Stone (2020) Blake Howard "Blood From Stone" aspires to be the neon trailer park, blood splatter sister of "Only Lover's Left Alive." EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2021
2.5/4 The Other (2020) Blake Howard Charlotte Dauphin's "L'autre" (or the other) is a delicate and deliberate portrayal of grief. In this sense memory portrayal through time, Dauphin constructs a ride through the seemingly never-ending internal emotional structures of personal tragedy. EDIT
Posted Dec 25, 2020
3/4 Busman's Holiday (2020) Blake Howard "Busman's Holiday," is the last narrative album of a pre-COVID world. Embracing connections by refusing to accept the certainty of virtual footprints we leave behind. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2020
2.5/4 The Racer (2020) Blake Howard "The Racer" is a demystifying glimpse into the 'win or die' world of competitive cycling. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2020
2.5/4 Rom Boys: 40 Years of Rad (2020) Blake Howard For anyone who has ever been a skater or a BMX-er, this critic included, you'll have another sub-cultural mecca to add to the list of places to see before you die. Long may ROM reign. EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2020
2.5/4 Northwood Pie (2020) Blake Howard The movie charts a course between laconic, sardonic and apocryphal embellishments. When Salahi and Knaak stay in the Linklater-esque suburban malaise with the Smith-esque flourishes of unexpected sincerity, "Northwood Pie" absolutely delivers. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2020
3/4 Chasing Einstein (2019) Blake Howard The whole time I was watching I couldn't help but think that is the precise kind of gleefully nerdy pursuits that deserve ongoing profile elevation and scrutiny. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2020
2/4 Burning Dog (2019) Blake Howard "Burning Dog" is a video game movie for those already resolute to watching somebody else navigate the game better than they can. It's an experimental whodunnit for the Twitch age. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2020
Cherzoso The Silent Film (2019) Blake Howard Tracy Ann Chapel's "Cherzoso, The Silent Film" is a bite-sized pronouncement of the performative nature of womanhood, a state where silence is intrinsic. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2020
2.5/4 The Dalai Lama: Scientist (2019) Blake Howard "The Dalai Lama -- Scientist" is a refreshing bridge between the theological and scientific that harnesses the purity of that natural impulse to disassemble to see how something works. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2020
1.5/4 Silent Panic (2018) Blake Howard "Silent Panic" is a flawed, found body tale where the prospective impacts of reporting its discovery demolish friendships and the lives of those implicated. EDIT
Posted Apr 28, 2020
2.5/4 Human Capital (2019) Blake Howard "Human Capital" an expression of American class warfare. An amorality tale of the no-win situation for working-class people, when the wealthy throw money and superiority at the problem. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2020
The Beach Bum (2019) Blake Howard I can't fathom a world that "The Beach Bum" exists where it wasn't some instant cult classic. EDIT
Posted Mar 3, 2020
2/4 Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Blake Howard The Terminator Series like The Godfather and The Godfather Part II before it, are burdened by staggering, genre and cinema redefining perfection. The rest of the franchise, including Dark Fate, are frozen. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2020
4/4 Little Women (2019) Blake Howard Little Women is a triumph. Gerwig is a talent. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2020
3/4 The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) Blake Howard It's impossible to think of another actor who could pair desperation, care and naked compassion in the way that LaBeouf delivers in this film. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2020
2.5/4 Chameleon (2019) Blake Howard Writer/director and cinematographer Mizelle shows technical aptitude that significantly elevates this tale of morally bankrupt crooks preying on the dysfunctional relations of the wealthy. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2020
1/4 Rambo: Last Blood (2019) Blake Howard "Rambo: Last Blood" has the earnestness of a eulogy, and it lands like the most inappropriately hilarious roast. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
2/4 Joker (2019) Blake Howard This film is a Joker cosplay more than Joker. A cipher elevated to saviour by the disenfranchised and angry. It's not only a bad joke, but it's also a sad joke. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
Locusts (2019) Blake Howard LOCUSTS is director Heath Davis and writer Angus Watts' exhilarating crime thriller. And it's also about orphans in many ways. Orphaned by whom is an important question. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
4/4 Monos (2019) Blake Howard MONOS takes the audience into the extreme unseen. MONOS is bold, confronting and impossible to forget. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
2/4 Ophelia (2018) Blake Howard McCarthy and Chellas' want to elevate Ophelia and demonstrate that the ripples of her life echo into the canonical. Unfortunately, hearty success feels shackled by always defining the eponymous protagonist by what she's not. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2019
2.5/4 The Dead Don't Die (2019) Blake Howard The repeated use of the word "ghouls" spoken by Adam Driver is worth the price of admission alone in Jim Jarmusch's delightfully bent tale of the zombie apocalypse. EDIT
Posted Jun 15, 2019
4/4 Deadwood: The Movie (2019) Blake Howard We've had our chance to view the resurrection and synthesis of Milch's genius, and once again Al's words are left ringing in our ears. Last time it was don't go, this time it's rest easy. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2019
2/4 Palm Beach (2019) Blake Howard In 2019, this snapshot of affluence arrives with the stellar timing of Russell Brand's Arthur remake surfing the wave of the Global Financial Crisis. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2019
2/4 Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Blake Howard Pokémon Detective Pikachu has Ryan Reynolds making one of the cutest characters ever conceived say the word "dame" and also "I feel it in my jellies"; that's enough. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2019
3/4 Arctic (2018) Blake Howard Arctic is an enthralling, matter of fact tale of survival told with a kind of straight-faced defiance. Mikkelsen is a rare performer with the physical and emotional durability to carry the film. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2019
3.5/4 Free Solo (2018) Blake Howard I cannot remember a time that I've ever sweated so much watching a film. I squirmed in my seat trying to have as little of my body touching my seat as possible. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2019
3.5/4 The Old Man & the Gun (2018) Blake Howard David Lowery's cinematic farewell to one of the greatest living movie stars, Robert Redford, is an utter delight in every conceivable way. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2019
3/5 Watch the Sunset (2017) Blake Howard "Watch the Sunset" is an anxiety-inducing single take film that uses its form to amplify the dramatic stakes. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2018
4/5 Burning (2018) Blake Howard Director Chang-dong Lee's "Burning"; a scintillating masterwork of class warfare, contemporary existential pressures and an agonising pursuit for truth in the haze of manipulated perception; contains a single staggering scene. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2018
2.5/5 Boy Erased (2018) Blake Howard "Boy Erased" features great performances and tells an essential story; which makes it all the more conflicting that it leaves you pretty vacant. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2018
3/5 The Merger (2018) Blake Howard Just as Australia's current coalition government nominated Scott Morrison as their leader; a man who has a boat-shaped sculpture in his office that proclaims "I stopped these"; a movie embracing humanity like "The Merger" is right on time. EDIT
Posted Nov 10, 2018
4/5 Hotel Mumbai (2018) Blake Howard When I saw Maras' short film "The Palace," I called it "one of the most emotionally effective and powerful short films that I've ever seen." In retrospect, it's a little entree for Maras' potential. EDIT
Posted Nov 10, 2018
1.5/5 The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) Blake Howard "The Girl in the Spider's Web" does for Lisbeth Salander what "Jason Bourne" did for the Bourne franchise, and that's not a compliment. EDIT
Posted Nov 10, 2018
2.5/5 Ready Player One (2018) Blake Howard RPO is a movie with a tsunami of these moments from about 40 years of film, T.V and gaming. If you're a collector, you may relish trying to catch them all. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2018
4/5 The Second (2018) Blake Howard Director Mairi Cameron creates an prestige aesthetic that affects a sense of haunting isolation, and writer Stephen Lance's script manipulates time and memory to weave a disturbing tale of creation. What secrets are entangled in this fiction? EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2018
4.5/5 BlacKkKlansman (2018) Blake Howard "BlackKKlansman" Lee gives a dissertation on the potency of satire before hitting the audience with a K.O. It's a movie "rope a dope," from the canvas look up and Spike Lee is daring us to wake up. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2018
2/5 Ant-Man and The Wasp (2018) Blake Howard "Ant-Man and the Wasp" is beige; but (in the words of Australian comic Billy Birmingham as beloved cricket commentator Richie Benaud), it's also cream, bone, off-white and perhaps ivory. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2018
4/5 The Breaker Upperers (2018) Blake Howard "The Breaker Upperers" is a film that I had a chance to see twice in one day. After the first viewing, with a second helping on offer, I did not hesitate, not for a second. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2018
3.5/5 The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) Blake Howard Desiree Akhavan's "The Miseducation of Cameron Post" is a laughable AND disturbing vision of life behind the lines of gay conversion therapy. EDIT
Posted Aug 18, 2018
4.5/5 You Were Never Really Here (2017) Blake Howard Dizzying pulsating soundscapes seamlessly edited around fleeting glimpses into disturbing past events and a subversive vision of vengeance; Ramsay and star Joaquin Phoenix have delivered something that refuses to be forgotten. EDIT
Posted Aug 18, 2018
4.5/5 Mission: Impossible -- Fallout (2018) Blake Howard Mission: Impossible - Fallout is a ferocious heart-pounding cardio workout in your cinema sweat. EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2018
3/5 Breath (2017) Blake Howard Simon Baker (from T.V's The Mentalist and L.A. Confidential) charges into the director's chair with dramatic intensity and confidence... EDIT
Posted May 21, 2018
4/5 Gurrumul (2017) Blake Howard Seeing this film makes you deeply grateful that we can continue to celebrate this once-in-a-generation artist. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2018