Spectrum Culture

Spectrum Culture is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Kristen Lopez, Pat Padua
Rating Title/Year Author
3.5/5 Penguin Highway (2018) Pat Padua Comes off as if a lascivious purveyor of adult-oriented anime got their hands on a Miyazaki project. EDIT
Posted Apr 29, 2019
1.5/5 The Haunting of Sharon Tate (2019) Pat Padua Destined to become a VOD-dare for the kind of movie-watcher who likes to smell a carton of spoiled milk out of curiosity. EDIT
Posted Apr 10, 2019
3.75/5 Relaxer (2018) Pat Padua As if Harold Pinter and Samuel Beckett were fed a diet of Nintendo and pizza. EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2019
1.5/5 Out of Blue (2018) Pat Padua A maudlin, incoherent snooze of a thriller that takes itself far too seriously. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2019
3.25/5 Hai Phuong (2019) Pat Padua This might be the beginning of a beautiful franchise. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
3/5 Mega Time Squad (2018) Pat Padua The shaggy attempt is endearing, and you might learn something before it's all done. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
2.75/5 The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot (2018) Pat Padua Sounds like fun, doesn't it? It's not really. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2019
Star 80 (1983) Pat Padua Bob Fosse, who delivered a razzle-dazzle like no other director, couldn't help but convey with a horrifying verisimilitude the darkest side of the glamorous life he cherished. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2019
3.5/5 Braid (2018) Pat Padua Catches us in its sordid tangle and never lets us go. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2019
2.25/5 Central Park (2017) Pat Padua While his young cast is largely up to the task, writer-director Justin Reinsilber doesn't land his concept, failing to build the kind of tension necessary to make viewers truly afraid to go back into the park. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2018
Santa's Summer House (2012) Pat Padua Skip over the Yuletide season and proceed straight to An Easter Bunny Puppy. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2018
3/5 Clara's Ghost (2018) Pat Padua You imagine that this is exactly what it's like being in Chris Elliott's family, which makes the film, by design, uncomfortable at times. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2018
3.75/5 The Favourite (2018) Pat Padua [Director Yorgos Lanthimos] puts his signature stiffness to a more appropriate milieu and lets the bitter juice fly naturally without dulling his misanthropic knives one bit. EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2018
3.75/5 The World Before Your Feet (2018) Pat Padua The busy metropolis may be a flurry of activity that is impossible to grasp in its entirety, but, the movie gently argues, it reveals rich stories at every step-if only you take the time to stop and ask. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2018
3/5 Chef Flynn (2018) Pat Padua Such family dynamics makes director Cameron Yates' film something of a failure as a conventional food documentary. But it's that very tension that makes the material work as nonfiction drama. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2018
2.5/5 Possum (2018) Pat Padua Despite all it has going for it, the movie's undercooked plot and dialogue keep it from breaking out of its trauma. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2018
4.25/5 Burning (2018) Pat Padua Patiently introduces you to its characters until they become real to you, then slowly leads you to their grueling fate. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2018
3.25/5 Caniba (2017) Pat Padua A fascinating film you won't ever want to see again, if you can get through it the first time. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2018
Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas (1977) Nathan Kamal This isn't the laziness of rotoscoped film or endless looping backdrop theaters; it's the dedication of true professionals putting something precise as clockwork together. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2018
2/5 I Still See You (2018) Pat Padua It's probably a warning sign when a director's strongest feature is a Step Up movie. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2018
Private Life (2018) Kristen Lopez Private Life is an intimate drama we've seen before, but it leads to so many provocative questions about the individual versus the family. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2018
2.25/5 Bad Reputation (2018) Pat Padua Takes this black-leather-clad symbol of rebellion and reduces her to a kind of pop-up book, hitting salient marks without ever really digging deep. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2018
Seeds (1968) Pat Padua [Andy Milligan's] movies may look like dreadful mistakes. But, more often than not, they're the right mistake, every glitchy audio splice and claustrophobic composition striking off-notes in a deranged opera. EDIT
Posted Sep 21, 2018
Monstrosity (1987) Pat Padua From its opening establishing shots of seedy Los Angeles streets, skewed camera angles and such familiar personal buttons as emotional rejection, corrupted innocence, and cruelty, this is still recognizably as the work of a singular gutter auteur. EDIT
Posted Sep 21, 2018
The Littlest Hobo (1958) Pat Padua An unjustly forgotten animal movie. EDIT
Posted Sep 21, 2018
3.5/5 Garry Winogrand: All Things Are Photographable (2018) Pat Padua The almost tragic profile of an amiable, colorful workaholic artist whose subject was, simply, a changing America. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2018
Nighthawks (1981) Pat Padua A thoroughly entertaining product of what now seems a more innocent time. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2018
3.25/5 Pick of the Litter (2018) Pat Padua Who's a good movie? And so handsome! EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2018
A Master Builder (2013) Pat Padua [Jonathan] Demme sadly recognizes that the creative urge can't be extricated from sexual urges. Yet in the end, the performances are stronger than the film that contains them, as if art cannot come to grips with this conundrum. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2018
Nude on the Moon (1960) Pat Padua Unexpectedly graceful. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2018
Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975) Pat Padua Mesmerizing, everything on the screen helping us follow her routine with a domestic rigor that replaces dramatic structure. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2018
The Fan (1981) Pat Padua As Douglas closes in on his Broadway prey, The Fan ramps up the horror movie tropes just as it ramps up the Broadway schmaltz of the finished show. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2018
Homework (1989) Pat Padua The culture documented here may well horrify American children and adults alike. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2018
3/5 Danny Says (2015) Pat Padua A sampler from one of rock's most influential tastemakers. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2018
Devil Dog: The Hound of Hell (1978) Pat Padua ... Entertaining enough, especially if you have an unusually high tolerance for glowing-eye dogs that kill EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2018
2.25/5 Monkey Up (2016) Pat Padua A leading monkey that never becomes likable despite his character's evolution. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2018
1.75/5 10 Days in a Madhouse (2015) Pat Padua A curious hybrid of hagiography and horror movie. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2018
Good Vibrations (2012) Pat Padua Technically a great biopic, but it's an even rarer and more precious animal: a great rock 'n' roll movie. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2018
4.5/5 Don't Think I've Forgotten: Cambodia's Lost Rock and Roll (2014) Pat Padua Preserves the memory of musicians who paid the ultimate price for making people dance. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2018
3.75/5 The Seven Five (2014) Pat Padua It's not quite Goodfellas, but it's better than Casino. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2018
3/5 Death Metal Angola (2012) Pat Padua Connects a dark music usually associated with misunderstood teenagers with the harrowing trials of a national nightmare. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2018
4/5 Stations of the Elevated (1981) Pat Padua New York can be a chaotic city, and [Charles] Mingus' music (and personality) a volatile match, but there are tender moments to both the city and the music. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2018
3.5/5 Revenge of the Mekons (2013) Pat Padua The band essentially found their voice by playing music - pop music, country music - wrong. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2018
2.5/5 Abuse of Weakness (2013) Pat Padua Despite ripe material and a strong central performance, it comes off flat and oddly unengaging. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2018
2/5 God Help the Girl (2014) Pat Padua I don't believe for a minute that this is a woman who hasn't already come of age, found her voice, and talked a sensitive singer-songwriter into hiring her to star in his movie. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2018
1.5/5 Alive Inside (2014) Pat Padua Terribly maudlin and ultimately exploitative. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2018
The Singing Ringing Tree (1957) Pat Padua Eye-popping colors and an ominous sun ... seems to anticipate the gurgling demon baby sun that watches over Teletubbyland. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2018
4/5 Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) Pat Padua 70s pop music can be a too-easy signifier of coolness or camp, but ... these songs are an irreverent hero's inner monologue of loneliness, love and loss, and escape. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2018
Lady in the Death House (1944) Pat Padua Unlikely entertainment value above and beyond the call of the good bad movie. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2018
3/5 Level Five (1997) Pat Padua Anticipated how the now omnipresent internet distorts the world visually and intellectually. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2018