Film Daze

Film Daze is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Katie Duggan, Shea Vassar
Rating Title/Year Author
Identifying Features (2020) Katie Duggan Valadez showcases a carefully crafted aesthetic emphasizing isolation in this debut feature, and there are plenty of "identifying features" that signal she is a remarkable talent to follow. EDIT
Posted Feb 9, 2021
Deadline (1980) Katie Duggan The anthology structure can feel fragmented and the statement this film is ultimately trying to make on the horror genre gets buried under all the severed limbs. But we're here for blood, and we certainly receive a healthy infusion. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2021
Wander Darkly (2020) Katie Duggan Wander Darkly is a fragmented and twisting story about a couple that shows us all the little pieces of happiness, sadness, anger, and love that form their realistic relationship, it sees the light. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2020
Dinner in America (2020) Katie Duggan Dinner in America gets in your face, in your head, and under your skin with its tunes and thunderous characters, serving up a feast for the senses in a feast for the senses a delicious helping of anarchic energy. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2020
Wolfman's Got Nards (2018) Katie Duggan Wolfman's Got Nards is a joyful celebration of a movie capable of touching countless lives and unleashing the kid in all of us. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2020
A Ghost Waits (2020) Katie Duggan While it's not loud and in-your-face in its spooks, A Ghost Waits has an irreverence and sweetness to its tale that's determined to bring a warm smile to your face if it doesn't chill you to the bone. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2020
Detention (2019) Katie Duggan This game adaptation may be no fun for the characters forced to face each additional horror, but it offers viewers a supernatural thrill facing off against the most menacing ghosts of history. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2020
Starstruck (1982) Katie Duggan Gillian Armstrong's 80s Musical 'Starstruck' is a Fever Dream EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2020
Def by Temptation (1990) Katie Duggan Def by Temptation is a striking work of Black horror, endlessly cool in its groovy soundtrack, vibrant colors, and bloody boldness, and we wouldn't mind giving into its temptations, even if it spells our doom. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2020
French Exit (2020) Katie Duggan With a surreal sense of humor and flirtations with the supernatural, French Exit takes us to a heightened realm where the Prices are always out of step with reality and perform an offbeat dance of death and destitution with style. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2020
Nomadland (2020) Katie Duggan Zhao's powerfully poetic drama cements her as a groundbreaking talent, shaking the earth with her work's hushed intensity. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2020
Beginning (2020) Katie Duggan A harrowing revelation of a film, Beginning leaves us with ample spiritual uncertainty for its characters, but is undoubtedly the start of something major from Dea Kulumbegashvili. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2020
I Carry You With Me (2020) Katie Duggan Iván and Gerardo's story is riveting enough to make a gripping documentary as it is, and even as the format and aesthetic approach changes, it remains a tear-jerker. Ewing's astute eye for real emotion allows the love to come across in every moment. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2020
Isabella (2020) Katie Duggan In a potent meditation on perspective, Piñeiro creates a gorgeous atmosphere as the actors get lost in their roles, and in one another, beckoning us into the beautiful purple haze with them. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2020
Days (2020) Katie Duggan The latest from the great Taiwanese filmmaker Tsai Ming-liang is nearly wordless, but needs no dialogue to express sexual tension and suppressed desire. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2020
Night of the Kings (2020) Katie Duggan Here, the men of MACA live to tell their own tales - and we had better listen. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2020
The human voice (2020) Katie Duggan Each word is scorching, and Swinton never chews the decadent scenery... even though there is plenty of it to chew on. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2020
The Last City (2020) Katie Duggan Emigholz is a master architect even if the layout of his dream logic isn't always visible to his audience as he carries us into seemingly endless dimensions that keep opening up in front of us. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2020
Rose Plays Julie (2019) Katie Duggan This slow-burn thriller, with immersive and aura-generating visuals, is led by riveting performances from Skelly and Brady, and dives into a deeply unsettling situation. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2020
Anything for Jackson (2020) Katie Duggan The film raises a sharp critique of privilege and which lives are worth prioritizing versus which lives are disposable in service of others. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2020
Sputnik (2020) Katie Duggan Abramenko takes on the epic space narrative with fresh eyes and a steady hand. Sputnik has a professional finish even as it has a bit of a B-movie plot, and each stylistic influence is nodded to with profound affection. EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2020
Survival Skills (2020) Katie Duggan While still finding its footing, Armstrong's style is freaky, funny, and a bit foreboding. The distinct mix of tones and visual aesthetics signal that he is an imagination to watch out for; there is surely more weirdness from where this came from. EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2020
Fried Barry (2020) Katie Duggan We alternately feel like we are journeying through a surrealistic rabbit hole or a grotty bowel of the city, creeping and crawling and never quite sure what sludge will cover us when we make it out the other side. EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2020
Random Acts of Violence (2019) Katie Duggan While laudable in its ambitions, this is by no means the sharpest or most original take on the fetishization of murder or violence in the media, and it still leaves something to be desired in doing these big ideas their full justice. EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2020
Fuku-chan of FukuFuku Flats (2014) Katie Duggan Fujita recognizes the beauty within even the bit players and cares deeply for each eccentric in his ensemble - and Fuku-chan's tale deserves us stopping to look for a while at all these wonderful weirdos. EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2020
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) Katie Duggan If we choose one piece of culture ephemera to beam into space to let aliens know we're here, let it be this. The universe is filled with weirdos lost in time, lost in space, but through Rocky Horror perhaps we can find one another. EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2020
The Prophet and the Space Aliens (2020) Katie Duggan The Prophet and The Space Aliens doesn't live up to the full wacky wonder that its title suggests, or take us to another dimension. But it does present a fascinating portrait of a powerful religious leader who remains a cipher. EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2020
Tezuka's Barbara (2019) Katie Duggan For all the exposed skin, the leads do not feel fully fleshed out, and the depths of their personas remain shrouded in darkness and lost amongst the outrageous outbursts. [...] Some things are indeed lost in translation from manga to movie. EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2020
Labyrinth of Cinema (2019) Katie Duggan This culmination of a career is jam-packed with pointed political statements even if it's absurd and whimsical - war is utter madness, after all. Dream on, Obayashi - and we will keep dreaming in vivid color, thanks to you. EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2020
The Five Rules of Success (2020) Katie Duggan While this film is certainly gut-punching and punishing, it is perhaps most interesting simply due to the potentially incendiary questions it raises about prison's costs and the soul-crushing inequalities frequently wrought by the system. EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2020
Hail to the Deadites (2020) Katie Duggan Hail to the cast, hail to the crew, hail to all of the fans and supporters and film-lovers everywhere, hail to Villeneuve for making this wonderfully weird celebration of fandom and friendship. EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2020
Unearth (2020) Katie Duggan While it's small-scale and local in its portrait of a particular community and family crumbling under pressure, it shows what could befall all of us - collapsing under the weight of our own selfish decisions. EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2020
For the Sake of Vicious (2020) Katie Duggan For the Sake of Vicious holds nothing back in its ferocity but becomes too much of a grab-bag of Halloween antics, and despite having a large helping of havoc, doesn't provide anything that truly satisfies. EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2020
The Undertaker's Home (2020) Katie Duggan While it feels a bit like we are watching a story unfold in a painstakingly designed Victorian dollhouse, the film has enough in the way of bewitching production design and trance-like cinematography to enchant. EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2020
() Katie Duggan This ghost story, finished by Raúl Ruiz's widow more than five decades after its footage was captured, is a haunting reflection of memory. EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2020
Tragic Jungle (2020) Katie Duggan Reinventing Mayan mythology, 'Tragic Jungle' is an alluring portrait of 1920s central America that feels contemporary in its feminist and colonial critique. EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2020
The Oak Room (2020) Katie Duggan The Oak Room is a tightly-wound coil and deftly constructed to maximize the tension in every moment EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2020
4.5/5 Yes, God, Yes (2019) Shea Vassar 'Yes, God, Yes' feels new and specific to the character because of its commitment to sex-positivity. It is a break from today's chaotic world as it cannonballs into a time of teenage anxiety and naiveté. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2020
4/5 Sibyl (2019) Shea Vassar From the beginning to end, Sibyl deals with a beautiful mess of emotions that is a direct result of asinine decision making and is a great reminder that we are all human. I mean, who can't relate to being a little messy? EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2020
2/5 The Whistlers (2019) Shea Vassar Despite being pretty to look at and pleasant to listen to, the ending completely fizzles out. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2020
4.5/5 Tigers Are Not Afraid (2017) Shea Vassar Tigers Are Not Afraid will touch the lives of many as the shared understanding of missing women and family members is not only seen in drug-torn Mexico but across the globe. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2020
4/5 Atlantics (2019) Shea Vassar Haunting each of its viewers in a way that can only be described as personal, Atlantics is a great start to a bright future for filmmaker Diop, as she is using the medium to tell a confident story that she knows best. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2020
4.5/5 The Irishman (2019) Shea Vassar The great performances and incredible filmmaking make this fictionalized tale of Frank Sheeran a story to end the decade, one that has seen many changes within the film industry - and hopefully introducing a new era of Martin Scorsese. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2020
4/5 Varda by Agnès (2019) Shea Vassar It is a final memo to us - a bittersweet note that is full of playful nostalgia, tender emotions, and wise advice for aspiring filmmakers and cinephiles. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2020
4/5 Les misérables (2019) Shea Vassar I applaud Ladj Ly for utilizing his artistic medium in attempt to advocate for his community and I hope that Les Misérables inspires other individuals to use their voice to comment on current events with a movie camera in their hand. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2020
3.5/5 Blood Quantum (2019) Shea Vassar 'Blood Quantum' is a refreshing break from the same sad drama that is usually regurgitated when filmmakers, even those from an Indigenous or Native background, attempt to talk about the Indian experience. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2020
Last House on the Left (1972) Katie Duggan Both a cautionary tale for rebellious youth and a satire of wealthy pretenses, an exploitative work of obscenity and a sharp piece of social criticism. EDIT
Posted Jul 27, 2020
Eighth Grade (2018) Katie Duggan Burnham's background in comedy shines through as he shows the existential absurdity of middle school-a bunch of kids together for hours on end, trying to answer the biggest questions of who they are while trying to learn algebra and world history. EDIT
Posted Jul 27, 2020
House (1977) Katie Duggan I remember being told that no adjectives or comparisons would be quite adequate to describe the experience of watching the cult Japanese film. ... it is truly impossible to use ordinary language to capture the transcendence of House. EDIT
Posted Jul 27, 2020
When Harry Met Sally... (1989) Katie Duggan The title informs audiences they will hear about the circumstances surrounding the meeting of Harry (Billy Crystal) and Sally (Meg Ryan)... but the ellipsis suggests it is not the meeting itself that is the story. It is all about what happens after. EDIT
Posted Jul 27, 2020