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81 82% Mud Mud (2013) - 28 Jul 2013
"It's not often that McConaughey gets upstaged but in this low-key but mildly flavorful sorta-Southern drama he's overshadowed by the two young male leads -- a marvelous Tye Sheridan, in particular -- & the Mississippi itself. Sam Shepard is around for gravitas & allusion, as is Joe Don Baker. Witherspoon is mostly absent, as is any sort of narrative punch or pull, until the final 15 minutes, reminding me that this ain't the 70s and this ain't no Night Moves, either."
40 12% The Dark Knight Rises The Dark Knight Rises (2012) - 22 Nov 2012
"Finally. A movie I can enjoy hating as much as Forrest Gump. Politically and morally incoherent, ineptly edited, ridiculously plotted, choked with exposition and unintentionally comic line readings, and not a pretty shot in sight. I'll take a 22-minute ep of any incarnation of cartoon Batman over this piece of self-important garbage any day."
90 90% La leon La leon (2007) - 04 Jul 2013
"The perfect melding of the individual contributions from actors, director, cinematographer & composer of this first feature from Argentina is, well, uncanny. Perhaps what's most uncanny is a haunting & indelible sense of place -- out of time, out of contemporary social life in the Paraná delta -- conveyed via a B&W visual style that reminded me of faded tintypes. It's an exploration of the persistence of, and loyalty to memory in a present without forward movement, but not without desire."
89 89% Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2010) - 20 Feb 2011
"Even more lush and mysterious than Tropical Malady and a lot more coherent than Blissfully Yours -- large swaths of which I found unwatchable -- Uncle Boonmee displays a confident young director approaching mastery. Every shot is so carefully composed and matched to the next that watching the film is like turning the pages of a handmade, artist's picture-book. Sure, some of the pages are missing and it's in a barely familiar (visual) language, but all that just deepens the engagement."
91 92% Restrepo Restrepo (2010) - 13 Feb 2011
"Far and away the best film nominated for an Oscar in 2011. Despite the fact that it's relegated to the Best Documentary category, it's more beautifully and masterfully shot and edited than any of the 10 movies nominated for Best (Fiction) Picture. It's also principled, disciplined, timely, affecting, dramatic, eye-opening, illuminating, etc. Watch this once and see if you still think Hurt Locker is a serious movie about American empire, er, war."
90 90% The Son The Son (2002) - 22 Jan 2012
"Left me shaking after seeing it. This film is a shattering and physical rapprochement between the desire for vengeance and the need to forgive. That's probably why most American critics didn't understand it. A profoundly moral film, not least because it depicts morality as a constant struggle."
85 85% The Lifeguard The Lifeguard (2013) - 05 Aug 2013
"I appreciate any defense of being lost & fucked up & this fresh & energetically acted character ensemble piece is both clear-eyed & non-judgemental. So it doesn't surprise me that people hate it. All the characters maintain their dignity, and continue loving each other, even when they make bad, silly or stupid choices. The drama is weakened by a burdensome indie rock soundtrack but that's the worst thing I can say about it. That last shot, an honest request for empathy -- we never get those."
90 90% Weekend Weekend (2011) - 14 Sep 2012
"The most affecting love story I've seen in ages, mostly because it's a character study about two characters studying each other's characters, while having sex and talking, and how that challenges them and leads to something like love."
77 57% Cousins Cousins (2019) - 24 Mar 2020
"Although mediocre as filmmaking — some good performances though and a great sex scene — this sincere, goofy, and sweet young-gay romance between kissing cousins was just what I needed after getting my mind raped by Joker. It even has an optimistic ending I could believe in."
70 52% Eban and Charley Eban and Charley (2000) - 27 Dec 2011
"Gio Black Peter embues his young gay character with more soul than I think the excessively emo script deserved. Brent Fellows, as the older guy who always falls for the younger guys, comes across as creepy not because of his predilections but because of his dreary self-pity. The film's milieu is oppressive so I couldn't help but hope the couple made it out alive. Still, I didn't believe the ending. They're headed for trouble, for sure."