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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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The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent: SXSW Review

The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent celebrates Nicolas Cage’s legacy with a funny, clever romp that both leans into and toys around with his sensibilities.

Everything Everywhere All At Once (SXSW Review): Loving Insanity

Spectacular, unapologetically crazy, and disarmingly moving, Everything Everywhere All at Once is a triumph unlike anything else moviegoers can find right now.

After Yang (Review): A Tranquil Reminder of Our Humanity

After Yang sees writer/director/editor Kogonada present a singularly uncanny examination of human connections, memory, and the need to preserve them.

No Exit (Review): A Basic Yet Memorable Thrill Ride

No Exit brings no innovative concepts to the table, but it succeeds at what it wants to do with fantastic casting and grim, well-crafted suspense.

A Banquet (Review): Chilling Fimmaking Searching for Purpose

A Banquet delivers on its slow-burning, disturbing atmosphere and emotion, even if they amount to what feels like an unfinished conclusion.

Why Subtlety in Film is Overrated

Subtlety is important in film storytelling, but it’s not always as important as it’s made out to be, nor does a smaller amount of it always devalue a story.

The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window (Review)

The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window takes all of its emotional momentum, and nullifies it with an absurd, misguided finale.

Beyond the Infinite Two Minutes (Review): Infinitely Clever

Beyond the Infinite Two Minutes is a small-scale, hilarious, wonderfully inventive, and laudably precise time…

10 Overlooked and Underrated Films of 2021

From The King’s Man to Censor, let’s go through 5 overlooked films and 5 underrated films that came out in 2021.

Italian Studies (Review): Hard to Grasp, Easy to Feel

Italian Studies is a masterclass of dreamlike, disorienting filmmaking, which makes the film inviting even when its meaning remains unclear.