Calum Marsh

Calum Marsh

Agrees with the Tomatometer 75% of the time.

Esquire Magazine , Film Comment Magazine , , House Next Door , Little White Lies , Paste Magazine , Sight and Sound , Slant Magazine , The L Magazine , Village Voice
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—— Smiling Through the Apocalypse: Esquire in the 60s (2014) " The film mounts a compelling case on behalf of what was, perhaps, a sort of genius - a rare gift for identifying talent in others and nurturing it, even amplifying it." — Village Voice
Posted Sep 11, 2014
100% The Conformist (1970) " Bertolucci's boldest and most expressive film ..." — Village Voice
Posted Aug 26, 2014
100% Boy Meets Girl (1984) (1984) " A debut feature of extraordinary passion and vigor." — Village Voice
Posted Aug 5, 2014
100% Starry Eyes " The film, in the end, doesn't have much to say about the nature of fame and ambition, other than a bit of facile posturing and shopworn wisdom, and frankly, Widmyer and Kolsch seem more interested in exploitation than reflection." — House Next Door
Posted Jul 30, 2014
40% Beneath (2014) " Beneath exhausts the appeal of its thinly sketched characters almost as soon as they're trapped together in the mine's emergency bunker ..." — Village Voice
Posted Jul 22, 2014
47% I Origins (2014) " Even in high school, thinking of plots as puzzles is a pretty facile way to think about films, and as such the pleasures of I Origins remain strictly superficial." — Village Voice
Posted Jul 15, 2014
63% Jackpot (2014) " Certainly, a lot of blood is spilled in the name of laughs. There's only one problem with its broad attempts at grotesque comedy: Jackpot simply isn't funny." — Village Voice
Posted Jun 24, 2014
68% Me and You (2014) " Bertolucci, despite his obvious affection for Lorenzo, can't help but seem out of touch, and his hero looks and sounds less like a modern-day teen than an old man's wistful idea of one." — Village Voice
Posted Jun 24, 2014
100% The Heart Machine " Its concerns are deeper, and more richly psychological, than merely trendy probings of the zeitgeist." — Village Voice
Posted Jun 17, 2014
—— Approaching the Elephant " Freedom curdles into chaos, and it's from this turbulence that the film derives much of its visceral power." — Village Voice
Posted Jun 17, 2014
—— Wild Canaries " If this were the 1930s, the world would soon be clamoring for these two to star together in another picture. The least we can hope for is a sequel." — Village Voice
Posted Jun 17, 2014
92% Norte, the End of History (2014) " For all its specificity to the Philippines, its thematic breadth is universal. Diaz is a patient, perceptive observer of life." — Village Voice
Posted Jun 17, 2014
75% The Last Sentence (2014) " We know what Segerstedt did, and Troell tries to ask why. What he ignores are the implications." — Village Voice
Posted Jun 17, 2014
86% See You Next Tuesday (2014) " One of the most refreshing things about See You Next Tuesday is its refusal to regard Mona as a tragic subject to be lamented from a dramatic remove." — Village Voice
Posted Jun 10, 2014
—— Nan Goldin: I Remember Your Face " On the subject of her cultural significance the film remains oddly quiet." — Village Voice
Posted Jun 10, 2014
96% The Wind Will Carry Us (2014) " This is a deeply, patiently observational film, and the details Kiarostami emphasizes ... seem somehow profound in their banality, a mystery of ineffable beauty." — Village Voice
Posted May 30, 2014
2/5 63% Heli (2014) " This relentless torrent of Mexican miserabilism makes for alienatingly grim and violent viewing." — Little White Lies
Posted May 22, 2014
92% Accident (1967) " Losey and Pinter locate the pain that lurks deep within complacency, and the film positively throbs with it. It's an old idea, perhaps. But in their hands it hurts anew." — Village Voice
Posted May 20, 2014
40% Grand départ (2014) " The director, Nicolas Mercier, has failed to grasp how repellent his own protagonist seems to us." — Village Voice
Posted May 20, 2014
10% The Angriest Man in Brooklyn (2014) " It seems life is still unendurable for those who feel entitled to absolute comfort from it." — Village Voice
Posted May 20, 2014
100% Warum Lauft Herr R. Amok? (Why Does Herr R. Run Amok?) (1977) " Fassbinder and Fengler opt to impress upon us a sense of almost unbearable tedium, a strategy so effective that, when drama arrives in the film's closing minutes, the eruption of violence feels like a kind of relief." — Village Voice
Posted May 13, 2014
8% Don Peyote (2014) " You feel as if, at any moment, anything could happen. The problem is, seemingly everything does." — Village Voice
Posted May 13, 2014
100% Speak The Music: Robert Mann And The Mysteries Of Chamber Music (2014) " Watching Mann teach is a delight for the same reason it is to watch him perform: It's because here, you sense, we are in the company of genius." — Village Voice
Posted May 8, 2014
—— Rumstick Road (2014) " This is not merely a document of something extraordinary. It is something extraordinary all on its own." — Village Voice
Posted Apr 29, 2014
36% Friended To Death (2014) " You can sense the director, Sarah Smick, gearing up to make a point. It proves rather obvious: Real connections are meaningful and too much Facebook is bad." — Village Voice
Posted Apr 29, 2014
86% Desert Riders (2014) " None of the reliably irritating qualities of the social issue documentary gall quite so acutely as the tendency to venerate mere awareness." — Village Voice
Posted Apr 22, 2014
4/5 67% Magic Magic (2013) " Juno Temple is sensational in this assured psychological thriller from Sebastián Silva." — Little White Lies
Posted Apr 17, 2014
100% Manakamana (2014) " I've never seen anything like it." — Village Voice
Posted Apr 16, 2014
7% Authors Anonymous (2014) " You get the sense that Kanner would benefit from attending a few workshops of her own." — Village Voice
Posted Apr 16, 2014
83% Soft In The Head (2014) " Surprising, challenging, and never less than thrilling." — Village Voice
Posted Apr 16, 2014
91% The King of Comedy (1983) " Hilarious, sad, electrifying." — Esquire Magazine
Posted Mar 26, 2014
—— Nothing Without You (2014) " What remains seems in some ways closer to a parody of bad thrillers than an earnest example of one - the only difference is that Nothing Without You doesn't know that it's funny." — Village Voice
Posted Mar 25, 2014
36% Just a Sigh (2014) " The interiors of our likeable lovers have not been furnished substantially enough to suggest real lives beyond the hotel walls." — Village Voice
Posted Mar 18, 2014
100% Dear White People (2014) " It's anger that gives Dear White People the charge lifting it from funny to great." — Village Voice
Posted Mar 18, 2014
100% Buzzard " A vigorous and strangely compelling character study, a sustained burst of punk-rock ferocity, and one of the most original American films to emerge in some time." — Village Voice
Posted Mar 18, 2014
78% Història de la meva mort (Story of My Death) " It is a singular achievement and, perhaps, something of an esoteric masterpiece." — Village Voice
Posted Mar 18, 2014
—— Jewel Robbery (1932) " Today, its potency persists undiminished: The film delights as more than mere escapism." — Village Voice
Posted Mar 12, 2014
80% The Island Of St. Matthews (2014) " At its best, the film does the job of the albums lost to the floods: It captures a town's history." — Village Voice
Posted Mar 4, 2014
60% Non-Stop (2014) " For the most part a wrong-man mystery in the style of early Hitchcock, enriched by moments of inspired lunacy. " — Esquire Magazine
Posted Feb 28, 2014
8% Chlorine (2014) " Jay Alaimo's tiresome dramatic comedy often seems as if it were assembled using the cut-up technique favored by Burroughs and his beat contemporaries, in which clichés are thrown together and arbitrarily rearranged." — Village Voice
Posted Feb 25, 2014
—— Hard to be a God (Es ist nicht leicht ein Gott zu sein) (1990) " What's striking in Hard to Be a God isn't the horror but the ubiquity of it - something terrible is happening everywhere all the time." — Village Voice
Posted Feb 25, 2014
34% The Counselor (2013) " While it operates in a heightened register, it nevertheless grounds its squalor in the reality of the world." — Esquire Magazine
Posted Feb 18, 2014
29% Angels in Stardust (2014) " From broaching (and ultimately shrugging off) domestic abuse to murdering a pet cat for emotional effect, Stardust is a catalog of bad ideas." — Village Voice
Posted Feb 18, 2014
33% A Fantastic Fear of Everything (2014) " For all its comic panache, A Fantastic Fear of Everything too often feels forced rather than funny - the strain evident in the setup is rarely worth the payoff, and the result simply proves exhausting." — Village Voice
Posted Feb 11, 2014
67% Swim Little Fish Swim (2014) " Such a concise expression of theme ought to be appreciated -- it betrays an elegance of construction scarcely seen in likeminded indie comedies." —
Posted Feb 5, 2014
—— Återträffen (The Reunion) " Odell is a perceptive director, a magnetic star, and a fascinating subject." —
Posted Feb 1, 2014
55% Ping Pong Summer (2014) " Ninety minutes of vapid 80s fetishism packaged to resemble a proper feature film, a memory-baiting time-sink for twenty-somethings eager to mainline nostalgia at length." —
Posted Jan 28, 2014
86% The Lady from Shanghai (1948) " For all the violations it suffered, The Lady From Shanghai seems strangely coherent in its extant form -- or rather, coherently incoherent, and in a way that seems quite deliberate." — Village Voice
Posted Jan 28, 2014
69% Visitors (2014) " Watching a Godfrey Reggio movie is like hearing somebody brag about not owning a TV -- it's insufferable as much for being sanctimonious as for being utterly clichéd." — Village Voice
Posted Jan 21, 2014
4/4 97% 12 Years a Slave (2013) " 12 Years a Slave proves McQueen's formal prowess and, more significantly, his utter seriousness as a dramatist." — Sight and Sound
Posted Jan 10, 2014
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