Tomas Trussow

Tomas Trussow
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Tomas Trussow is a chronic cineaste, English lit grad, and freelance writer from Toronto, Canada currently stationed with Film Inquiry.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 88% Bacurau (Nighthawk) (2019) There is so much else to commend: the well-calibrated sound design that heightens tension without overwhelming the action, as well as the brutal way our Westernized systems of entertainment are pointed right back at us. - The Lonely Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
2.5/5 84% Waves (2019) [Waves] comes across as Shults wrangling desperately for approval from the younger generations -- so much so that is heart is more with his future success than the fictional lives he's depicting. - The Lonely Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
3.5/5 87% The Whistlers (2019) Like the chummy tone that he employs with his upbeat needle drops, [Porumboiu's] winks and nods are there to keep the modern cineaste happy that they're watching something that is so diverting. - The Lonely Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
3.5/5 86% Zombi Child (2019) Zombi Child fascinates because it is at once textually rich and ambivalent, and one, moreover, that amputates itself to contain its violence. - The Lonely Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
3.5/5 81% Synonyms (Synonymes) (2019) What are the synonyms for tragedy? Misfortune. Woe. Struggle. Calamity. Humiliation. Hardship. Adversity. Words that, like this film, swarm into your consciousness and pick you apart with every rounded vowel and palatal consonant. - The Lonely Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
3.5/5 No Score Yet Workforce (Mano de obra) (2019) Workforce is one of those unassuming works that manages to creep up on you, sending a powerful wallop through your insides as more and more of its surprises are revealed. - The Lonely Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2019
3/5 94% The Personal History of David Copperfield (2020) Its brisk and lively qualities make the movie a pleasurable experience, and when coupled with the non-traditional casting ... one can see value in a venture like this -- even if there isn't much else to justify an umpteenth Dickens adaptation. - The Lonely Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2019
2/5 83% Synchronic (2019) As well-versed as [Moorhead and Benson] may be in the sci-fi lexicon, they now need to begin weaving an original vision that takes their knowledge to higher levels, transcending their derivative qualities rather than capitulating to them. - The Lonely Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2019
4/5 100% To the Ends of the Earth (Tabi no Owari Sekai no Hajimari) (2019) Kurosawa navigates both the absurdities and nightmares of Yoko's stay in Uzbekistan with a fantastic sense of detail. - The Lonely Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
2.5/5 75% The Truth (La vérité) (2019) None of the cast can save what is otherwise a banal and uninspired screenplay that feels like a lesser patchwork of ideas stitched together out of other, more superior sources. - The Lonely Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
2.5/5 71% Proxima (2019) It's a film somewhat at odds with our times, belatedly validating the capabilities of women in male-driven, scientific fields when those capabilities were never in question to begin with. - The Lonely Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
4/5 64% Martin Eden (2019) There is too much here to admire and celebrate, not least of which is the assuredness of Marcello's vision and his boldness in trying to keep the potentialities of cinema thriving. - The Lonely Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
2.5/5 71% I Am Woman (2019) I Am Woman is conventional to a fault, recounting Reddy's musical trajectory with a rote complacency, never endeavouring to locate interesting swells in her personal narrative that could justify the effort. - The Lonely Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
4/5 94% About Endlessness (Om det oändliga) (2019) In its Anderssonian way, it probes the frustrations of life with the most astute sensibility, recognizing that intermingled among the disappointments are cores of beauty and laughter that will, in time, keep the pain at bay. - The Lonely Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
3.5/5 39% Sibyl (2019) It may look like a slight work from a distance, but ... its boldness leaps out with almost disarming immediacy. - The Lonely Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
4/5 100% Jordan River Anderson, The Messenger (2019) Obomsawin pays [Jordan] moving tribute for paving the way for other children like him to receive the services they deserve, capping off another strong entry in her rich filmmaking career with the perfect grace note. - The Lonely Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
3.5/5 100% Ordinary Love (2019) There is grace enough here for all viewers to walk away full in heart and soul, cradled by the exquisite turns of both Manville and Neeson. - The Lonely Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
4/5 100% White Lie (2019) Crisply photographed and tautly conveyed, White Lie is another strong example of Canadian filmmaking at its very finest. - The Lonely Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
4/5 92% Atlantics (2019) Diop's film is itself a vessel of generations of storied traditions. Like an old folk tale, it is told plainly and without prevarication, making simple linkages as the story unwinds until it ends on a note of bittersweet romance. - The Lonely Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
4/5 78% A Hidden Life (2019) A Hidden Life stands firmly on its own accord, burnished with tremendous gravity and purpose. - The Lonely Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
4/5 94% The Lighthouse (2019) There is something of Mikhail Bakhtin's carnivalesque in the way things transpire: a free revelry in what is base, taboo and profane, right down to the coded foreplay within Pattinson and Dafoe's later interactions. - The Lonely Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
2/5 83% Jallikattu (2019) What the film lacks is enough discipline to keep the viewer emotionally immersed with the same visceral intensity as its formal tumult. - The Lonely Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
4/5 93% Luce (2019) The source is an intelligent and probing work, and those qualities are translated here to the cinematic form without hindrance. It made me think and squirm and sweat in my seat, and I'd much rather do that than fall asleep, wouldn't you? - The Lonely Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
3/5 40% Vita & Virginia (2019) Without Debicki, this wouldn't have worked, and it's with much gratitude that I write that her presence made all the difference for me. - The Lonely Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2019
1.5/5 53% The Lion King (2019) You sit there feeling like a park ranger under the influence of hallucinogens, gripped by unending discomfort as the film's contradictory existence balloons out of proportion. - The Lonely Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
4/5 89% The Souvenir (2019) No longer the apprentice, [Hogg] can now command the volley of memory and find her conquering peace. - The Lonely Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2019
4/5 56% The Beach Bum (2019) The Beach Bum, with its special brand of picaresque imprecision, is a work that asks us to continue writing Moondog's poetry of life because it's a life that roars with an open heart. - The Lonely Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
4.5/5 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) [Tarantino] is a man looking back at his world, and to look back you must needs close your eyes, concentrate, and conjure. - The Lonely Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2019
4.5/5 99% Apollo 11 (2019) I've never seen fifty-year-old archival footage look this good, and the way Miller edits it together makes it even better. - The Lonely Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2019
2/5 63% Yesterday (2019) It's overly simplistic to the point of utter banality. - The Lonely Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2019
5/5 94% On Dangerous Ground (1952) There is a certain kind of beauty that expresses so much in such a short space that no words can capture its essence. All I know is that it stirred the deepest reaches of my soul. - The Lonely Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
4/5 81% Knife + Heart (Un couteau dans le coeur) (2019) Yann Gonzalez wants the giallo to make a modern comeback, and honestly? - The Lonely Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
4.5/5 94% Hotel by the River (2019) A tremendous framework of presence and perspicuity from the great master of South Korean cinema. There's no reason to miss it. - The Lonely Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
4.5/5 No Score Yet Hellzapoppin' (1941) Almost eighty years on, and it's still a hoot to behold. - The Lonely Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2019
4.5/5 83% The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969) Growing up and leaving our childhoods behind is such a furious tangle of triumph and heartbreak, and this seemingly innocuous story about a capricious teacher and her doting girls captures it all so succinctly, and so beautifully. - The Lonely Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2019
4/5 100% Desert Hearts (1986) All these years later, in an age where LGBTQIA+ stories are being normalized more and more in the mainstream, Desert Hearts still retains its power because its edges remain so daring. - The Lonely Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
2.5/5 45% Murder Mystery (2019) At the very least, I didn't regret watching it or hoping for my own swift death before the end credits rolled. Considering the glut of disposable direct-to-VOD projects being released in today's market, I'll take it as a small win. - The Lonely Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2019
3/5 89% Rocketman (2019) Egerton, Bell, the music, the camp, the spectacle, the costumes -- all strengths. The structure and the nuance regarding Elton's sexuality needed more finetuning, however. - The Lonely Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2019
4.5/5 89% The Browning Version (1951) When you have Michael Redgrave giving one of the best performances in cinematic history on top of it all, there's not much else left to say other than: bravo. - The Lonely Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019
4/5 57% Aladdin (2019) This is not the unmitigated disaster most people were preparing themselves for. It is, by and large, an entertaining companion to the original animated film, with Ritchie elevating the material just enough to make the effort worthwhile. - The Lonely Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
4.5/5 93% Ballad of a Soldier (1959) It is, to me, one of the most beautifully realized meditations on war "time" that I've seen, finding in it a truth and poetic vision in which almost every element works seamlessly in tandem. - The Lonely Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2019
3.5/5 60% Greta (2019) Oh, Greta ... You are not that ill-fated glass of Chablis, promising a lot and then disappointing. You are more like a Chopin concerto that fills the room and makes you dance (with a hypodermic syringe). - The Lonely Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
3.5/5 97% Booksmart (2019) It's replete with so much contradictory tension and accomplishes its goals though unconventional means, all the while maintaining the façade of a bitingly smart high school buddy comedy. - The Lonely Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
4/5 83% Chronicle of a Disappearance (1997) In its seemingly humble way, it's trying to build a truth that can be universally processed, and for that it continues to stand on its own. - The Lonely Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2019
4/5 100% Black Mother (2019) It's [Allah's] love for his country drawn on the tapestry of moving images and poetic soundscapes. It has the power to hush both Jamaicans and non-Jamaicans like myself into silence. - The Lonely Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2019
3.5/5 83% I Killed My Mother (2013) The art of film is not there to soften the pain of abuse and cool the raging quarrels between mother and son. Exposing its ugliness and intensity is the very thing that allows for cathartic closure. - The Lonely Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
2/5 34% Poms (2019) What irks me most about this film is that, while it's premised on empowering elderly women to overcome the barriers of age and physical frailty, it's not especially interested in granting them complete autonomy. - The Lonely Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
3.5/5 No Score Yet Hotel (2004) Hotel succeeds in bringing a distinctive sense of menace behind every shadow and closed door, burrowing into the deepest realms of our subconscious and making us think twice about our next hotel booking, lest it be our last. - The Lonely Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2019
3.5/5 100% Smithereens (1982) Despite being a downer of a story, Smithereens casts a beguiling spell as an everlasting record of the shifting punk scene in America. - The Lonely Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2019
4/5 80% Séance on a Wet Afternoon (1964) Rainy day or no, this is a film that can be enjoyed anytime one is inclined towards something dark and unsettling. Close the drapes, light a candle, and go wild. - The Lonely Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019