Chris Chang

Chris Chang

Agrees with the Tomatometer 89% of the time.

Publications:
Film Comment Magazine
Total Reviews:
66

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
79% Bethlehem (2014) " Unpacked, Bethlehem could easily spread out over an entire TV season, but it's refreshing to be reminded how much can be accomplished in a mere 99 minutes." — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jan 14, 2014
78% Big Bad Wolves (2014) " In addition to its accomplished visual style and pacing, and its excellent cast, special mention should be made of the writing, particularly the way in which it manages to inject all sorts of comedy into the gaps between the mayhem" — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jan 14, 2014
57% Last Days (2005) " Last Days is a strange creature: it's an extremely abbreviated biopic with zero details, a tribute to a man and his music without a trace of his songs, a tragedy without an arc, etc. It's also dynamite artistry. " — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Nov 19, 2013
82% Walk the Line (2005) " It's a tidy Hollywood arc imposed on a messy real life, but it gets the job done." — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Nov 19, 2013
81% Louise-Michel (2008) " Who knew empowerment could be so winning and so simultaneously grotesque?" — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Nov 17, 2013
91% The Secret of Kells (2010) " Kells has a decidedly pleasing-to-the-eye, retro-cartoon vibe ( ... ) an intriguing and rare artistic subgenre" — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Nov 13, 2013
43% Brooklyn's Finest (2010) " the film's remarkable cast helps Fuqua bring his sprawling web of nastiness to another level" — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Nov 13, 2013
81% Solitary Man (2010) " The film begins and ends with scenes of acute existential reflection, a state actors rarely convey convincingly-least of all in a contemporary American film. " — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Nov 13, 2013
72% Double Take (2009) " Double Take is a cunning hybrid-call it a psycho-doc. Playful yet tempered with paranoia, curiously the whole thing nevertheless seems more nostalgic than cautionary. " — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Nov 13, 2013
77% Tiny Furniture (2010) " an interpersonal chamber-piece that succeeds as well as it does thanks to the unabashed intimacy it has with its own diminutive subject matter. Call it a mumblecore mumblepiece." — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Nov 13, 2013
97% A Film Unfinished (2010) " a new and uniquely disturbing perspective on the Shoah" — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Nov 13, 2013
89% Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010) " By the end, Helandar's movie feels more like an elaborate punchline to an overwrought joke, a thematic gibe more appropriate for a short film." — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Nov 7, 2013
79% Robinson in Ruins (2012) " Not only is this elegiac work filled with paradoxical hope for humanity's future, it's also an encouraging sign of life-an indication of the robust health of documentary art" — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Nov 7, 2013
—— Disorder (2006) " Grainy black-and-white footage, captured by amateur on-the-scene videographers, has been spliced together to create a nonstop portrait of a metropolis gone berserk-a city symphony from hell." — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Nov 7, 2013
85% Viva Riva! (2011) " Meet Riva (the spectacular Patsha Bay), a man who thrives on scarcity: he smuggles gas, and has recently come upon a mother lode-which becomes, of course, a powder keg. " — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Nov 7, 2013
73% You Are Here (2012) " A twisted exegesis on the dissolution of identity, the disappearance of will, and, eventually, the loss of mind." — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Nov 7, 2013
97% Tomboy (2011) " Since we are dealing with fresh-faced tweens, we are spared the gender histrionics to be found in the likes of The Crying Game or Boys Don't Cry. Those are indeed bigger films. But sometimes small things can pay off quite nicely." — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Nov 5, 2013
92% Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction (2013) " For any fan, this is mandatory." — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Sep 8, 2013
78% Camille Claudel, 1915 (2013) " It's an impossibly hopeless situation, yet Dumont's craft and Binoche's face somehow achieve transcendence." — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Sep 8, 2013
96% Cutie And The Boxer (2013) " They're a living artwork-a husband-and-wife team whose creative lives are so intertwined that you can't tell where one splattered mess ends and the next begins." — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jul 12, 2013
80% Europa Report (2013) " Science fiction, at its best, enters unknown realms. Europa Report probes deep, and then brilliantly, dramatically, twists the knife." — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jul 9, 2013
—— The Beaver Trilogy (2001) " A pervasive sense of visual madness ferments as the idea of originality collapses. This is the same kind of circularity that drives characters in Roman Polanski movies bonkers." — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jun 20, 2013
86% Va Savoir (2001) " Although the acting and recombinant twists of the plot dance with spontaneity, Rivette's mise-en-scène is precision exemplified." — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jun 17, 2013
99% Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2012) " Ono may be the center of this universe, but the real star of the film is the sushi, and the exquisite yet frustrating beauty with which the camera has captured it." — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jun 17, 2013
90% Love Exposure (2011) " Clocking in at 237 minutes, Sino's film possesses a rambling, free-associative structure." — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jun 17, 2013
—— Fu Zi (After This Our Exile) (2006) " Balance in tonality and range, specifically in terms of acting, is a tricky thing in films like these: there's always the risk of the slippery slope of cliché. But Tam understands equilibrium." — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jun 17, 2013
—— Shoot the Messenger " Joe's downward spiral (portrayed with tremendous verve by Oyelowo) is mesmerizing." — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jun 17, 2013
60% Wuyong (Useless) (2007) " But whether in Ma Ke's placid environs or amidst the squall of the machines, Jia's almost constantly moving camera seems to bring an elegiac tranquility to everything it observes." — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jun 17, 2013
80% Longing (Sehnsucht) (2007) " The restrained visual style (you could almost call it icy) conveys an all but clinical objectivity-there are numerous segments in the film that could easily pass as documentary." — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jun 17, 2013
67% Police Beat (2005) " Police Beat is an object so gorgeously odd, and so completely at peace with its own oddness, it's hard to compare it to anything else." — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jun 17, 2013
72% Yihe yuan (Summer Palace) (2006) " The supporting cast is uniformly fine and excels at creating an emotional spectrum appropriate to the wildly variegated tonalities of Summer Palace's very realistic milieu. " — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jun 17, 2013
70% A Londoni Férfi (The Man From London) (2007) " The camera is quintessential Tarr: hovering in anticipation of things that won't happen, tracking like a private eye tailing a perp, and imbuing the black-and-white image with a caustic malaise no other director comes near to achieving." — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jun 17, 2013
—— El Asaltante (The Mugger) (2007) " Ramos, like a shark, must keep moving. He's a perfectly nice guy driven to commit perfectly criminal acts. " — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jun 17, 2013
—— Illumination " Director Breton excels in the precise invocation of place-particularly the nexus at which land- and mindscape merge. " — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jun 17, 2013
85% Down Terrace (2010) " [Julia Deakin's] Ma Barker role (and performance) is essential to the film's grotesque yet enthralling familial fatalism." — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jun 17, 2013
81% The Milk of Sorrow (La Teta Asustada) (2010) " Llosa, daughter of the author Mario Vargas Llosa, employs symbolism so overwrought, her material might well have been better served as a text-even given the film's abundant visual virtues (particularly its spectacular use of landscape)." — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jun 17, 2013
86% Haebyonui Yoin (Woman on the Beach) (2008) " Hong has a deceptively simple director's touch, an organic breeziness that makes things feel spontaneous and improvised." — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jun 17, 2013
70% Day Night Day Night (2006) " Viewers will find themselves asking "Why? Why? Why?" in a structural echo, perhaps, of the repetition in the film's title." — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jun 17, 2013
71% Women Without Men (Zanan-e bedun-e mardan) (2010) " Neshat's images are startling in their sensual immediacy and aesthetic nuance." — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jun 17, 2013
71% Kinatay (Butchered) (The Execution of P) (2009) " Wild sound, aided by the spot-on punctuation of the score, turns the two-dimensional, often murky rectangle of the theater screen into a seemingly boundless, infinitely dangerous void space. Call it four dimensions of terror." — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jun 17, 2013
—— Extraordinary Stories (2011) " Llinás spins his tale(s) with such dexterity that I'd like to say he uses flashbacks within dream sequences within flashbacks-but he does this so seamlessly, even while employing three semi-reliable third-person narrators, that it's hard to know for sure." — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jun 17, 2013
96% Tulpan (2009) " But in addition to the brutality of Tulpan's environment, and its merciless impress on the inhabitants, the film succeeds foremost, most surprisingly, as comedy. The trials and tribulations of Asa are worthy of Samuel Beckett." — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jun 17, 2013
—— Boo Dang Geo Rae (The Unjust) (2010) " Gunfire, a big knife, and perhaps best of all, a jaw-dropping elevator malfunction all figure in the mix. Judging by this, South Korean cinema isn't just alive and well, it's kicking and screaming." — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jun 17, 2013
75% Mozart's Sister (2011) " Romantic and engaging-with lush musical detail throughout-this most enjoyable film is, in the end, a thoroughly demoralizing tale of female oppression." — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jun 17, 2013
—— Un Lac " Un lac relies entirely on an unnerving handheld camera, often capturing claustrophobic close-ups of the actors, counterbalanced by heady, blurry, desaturated landscape photography that owes as much to the ideas of Nietzsche and Heidegger..." — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jun 17, 2013
84% Ddongpari (Breathless) (2009) " We will give Yang, the film's writer, director, and star, the benefit of the doubt by assuming his chronicle of relentless cruelty is not autobiographical." — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jun 17, 2013
63% The Red Chapel (2010) " Brügger, borrowing moves from the Herzog playbook (including sardonic voiceover) prevaricates continuously, skewering the hapless state at every opportunity." — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jun 17, 2013
—— Kan Door Huid Heen (Can Go Through Skin) (2009) " While the architecture may not exactly come alive to torment Marieke à la Repulsion, Rots's fluid yet elliptical style hints at horrors present in the protagonist's mind, if not actual reality." — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jun 17, 2013
93% The Central Park Five (2012) " The film, in some ways a primer on the perennial intractability of racial prejudice, clearly intends to be some sort of vindication of its five central figures. It succeeds in the first respect but falls wide of the mark in the second." — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jun 17, 2013
81% Michael (2012) " Objective, analytic, clinical, dispassionate-these are not words often used to describe something so engrossing and gripping." — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jun 17, 2013
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