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Joseph Tomastik

I’m very much a late bloomer when it comes to my love of cinema. I took a career path about as far removed from it as you can think, but over the years I realized just how much film could affect me, and how exciting it was to explore and analyze it to the extent I do now. I’ve been writing reviews and discussion pieces since 2018, and now hope to take this relatively new path even further. My favorite genre is easily science fiction, as it opens the door to so many possibilities while still trying to ground itself to varying degrees depending on the story.

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Attachment (Tribeca Review): A Unique Spin on Possession

Attachment features strong chemistry and an interesting thematic spin on demonic possession, even if it restrains itself too much to be memorable.

Official Competition (Film Review): A Squandered Satire

In its supposed attempts to poke fun at dry, pretentious festival films, Official Competition tragically ends up becoming one itself.

Employee of the Month (Tribeca Review): A Flat Satire

Employee of the Month features two leading performances that shine far brighter than the humdrum, outdated satire they’re stuck in.

Rounding (Tribeca Review): An Uneven Thriller Experiment

While Rounding’s lead performance and somber atmosphere somewhat salvage the film, they can’t overshadow how unevenly it incorporates its thriller elements.

Family Dinner (Tribeca Review): A Stomach-Churning Slow-Burn

Family Dinner admirably, consistently gets under your skin with a less-is-more approach, even if that also means less substance to chew on afterwards.

10 Films That Get Better As They Go On

Sometimes a film that’s losing me for a while can come around and totally win me over. Here are some examples in 10 films that get better as they go on!

The Lost World: Jurassic Park (Review): An Underrated Sequel

Though it pales in comparison to its predecessor, The Lost World: Jurassic Park is an underrated sequel that takes the series in a darker direction.

Ex Machina (Review): Crossing the Threshold of Humanity

By drenching its viewers in the dread of the singularity being crossed, Ex Machina leaves its mark as an outstanding piece of immaculate science fiction.

Pompo the Cinephile (Review): A Touching Tribute to Film

Pompo the Cinephile combines anime stylings with one of the year’s sharpest scripts to deliver an inspiring story that anyone who loves movies can appreciate.

Murder on the Orient Express (1974) Film Review

Murder on the Orient Express (1974) is a good, old-school adaptation with a highly entertaining lead performance, even if it sags with its mechanical storytelling.