Derek Smith

Derek Smith
""Why must one talk? Often one shouldn't talk, but live in silence. The more one talks, the less the words mean." - Nana, Vivre sa Vie"

Agrees with the Tomatometer 84% of the time.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/5 99% The Missing Picture (2014) " he Missing Picture is a fascinating and vital film of a history that too often remains a footnote or a death toll in the margin. " ‐ Tiny Mix Tapes
Posted Jan 5, 2015
4.5/5 96% Ida (2014) " Pawlikawski's approach is austere and subdued, capturing a sense of spiritual tranquility with a purity and economy of form that is rare outside of a Bresson or Dreyer film, yet with a political and moral fervor that this type of material demands. " ‐ Tiny Mix Tapes
Posted May 20, 2014
3/5 82% The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came To Eden (2014) " Despite The Galapagos Affair's bloated runtime, clocking in at a shade over two hours, the two-thirds of the film that is good is a very compelling illustration of the inescapability of human nature and the constraints of society. " ‐ Tiny Mix Tapes
Posted May 2, 2014
No Score Yet Fata Morgana (1971) Cinematic Reflections
Posted Feb 7, 2011
50% Parade (1974) Cinematic Reflections
Posted Feb 7, 2011
No Score Yet Ici et ailleurs (Here and Elsewhere) (1976) Cinematic Reflections
Posted Feb 7, 2011
93% The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (2006) Cinematic Reflections
Posted Feb 7, 2011
75% Gabrielle (2006) Cinematic Reflections
Posted Feb 7, 2011
No Score Yet Kdo chce zabít Jessii? (Who Wants to Kill Jessie?) (1966) Cinematic Reflections
Posted Feb 7, 2011
No Score Yet The Bloody Child (1996) Cinematic Reflections
Posted Feb 7, 2011
92% The Host (2007) Cinematic Reflections
Posted Feb 7, 2011
3.5/4 62% Hulk (2003) " The only Ang Lee film where he shows even a modicum of originality in his direction or any real personality or interesting visual flair. " ‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Jan 16, 2008
3.5/4 41% The Bucket List (2007) " The only Ang Lee film where he shows even a modicum of originality in his direction or any real personality or interesting visual flair. " ‐ Cinematic Reflections
Posted Jan 16, 2008
4/4 71% This Land Is Mine (1943) " It moves along like a well-oiled machine until the devestating final act ties all of the smaller stories together, making it's point without being overbearing or obvious. " ‐ Cinematic Reflections
Posted Dec 30, 2006
100% Lessons of Darkness (1995) Cinematic Reflections
Posted Oct 30, 2006
1.5/4 89% How Green Was My Valley (1941) " [Its] moralizing is dishonest and at times offensive. No matter how effectively a story is told, it's hard to buy into one that so often deceives its audience. " ‐ Cinematic Reflections
Posted Oct 30, 2006
4/4 80% Bitter Victory (1957) " There is a sense that while the men here are well-versed in the theories of war, they are clueless about the realities of combat. " ‐ Cinematic Reflections
Posted Oct 30, 2006
4/4 90% Down by Law (1986) " Its soul is the same as all Jarmusch films, but here he digs a bit deeper into the roots of his own methodology and that to which he is opposed. " ‐ Cinematic Reflections
Posted Sep 25, 2006
2.5/4 81% A Prairie Home Companion (2006) " With A Prairie Home Companion, Robert Altman has once again showcased his talent for creating complex, insular worlds for his characters to inhabit. " ‐ Cinematic Reflections
Posted Aug 19, 2006
2/4 67% Perfect Blue (1999) " [An] nime thriller [that] often plays as an examination of identity and celebrity, but ultimately gets so lost in its own complex structure that it doesn't end up saying much at all. " ‐ Cinematic Reflections
Posted Aug 19, 2006
4/4 71% The Seventh Continent (Der Siebente Kontinent) (1989) " A stunning examination of the effects of emotional isolation and the inability to communicate in the modern age. " ‐ Cinematic Reflections
Posted Aug 19, 2006
3/4 64% Benny's Video (1992) " Similar to The Seventh Continent, this film's objective is to analyze and deconstruct the effects rather than senselessly guess their causes " ‐ Cinematic Reflections
Posted Aug 19, 2006
3/4 83% They Live (1988) " Carpenter's ability to fuse the bawdy humor and action with an intelligent script make for a genre film that is both thoughtful and entertaining " ‐ Cinematic Reflections
Posted Aug 19, 2006
1.5/4 91% Little Miss Sunshine (2006) " It remains stuck in a limbo state that more and more indie films find themselves these days, because of its non-committal attitude. " ‐ Cinematic Reflections
Posted Aug 19, 2006
4/4 100% Top Hat (1935) " Top Hat does not glorify wealth or upper class status - if anything it continually pokes fun at it. " ‐ Cinematic Reflections
Posted Jun 24, 2006
32/100 83% Hwal (The Bow) (2007) " A painful experience that no amount of eye candy can make up for. " ‐ Cinematic Reflections
Posted Mar 28, 2006
3.5/4 90% Pandora's Box (1929) " One of the great films about the mysterious allure of the female form and the destructive power of the male gaze that's inflicted upon it. " ‐ Cinematic Reflections
Posted Mar 28, 2006
4/4 62% The New World (2005) " A melancholy revery of a time when nature provided a spiritual sustenance that could not be replaced by religious or social order. " ‐ Cinematic Reflections
Posted Mar 28, 2006
70/100 No Score Yet The Firm " A jarring exploration of the male psyche and the devastating consequences of pride and uncontained machismo in a society where men's lives have lost meaning. " ‐ Cinematic Reflections
Posted Mar 28, 2006
3.5/4 100% Salesman (1968) " Functions as both a tribute to their work ethic and a condemnation of the system that considers such a profession a healthy route to the American dream. " ‐ Cinematic Reflections
Posted Mar 28, 2006
4/4 87% Funny Ha Ha (2003) " One of the most accurate portrayals of post-collegiate disillusionment " ‐ Cinematic Reflections
Posted Mar 28, 2006
4/4 71% The World (2005) " The World is less a condemnation of the current state of the world than an attempt to explain and come to terms with it. " ‐ Cinematic Reflections
Posted Mar 4, 2006
71/100 77% O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000) " its tongue-in-cheek humor effortlessly gives way to poignant drama and period musical pieces throughout. " ‐ Cinematic Reflections
Posted Dec 6, 2005
59/100 41% Where the Truth Lies (2005) " A delightfully seedy mystery who's joy lies only in the journey. " ‐ Cinematic Reflections
Posted Dec 6, 2005
38/100 100% The Birth of a Nation (1915) " shocks audiences with its blatant racism yet remains one of the defining films of the silent era. " ‐ Cinematic Reflections
Posted Sep 24, 2005
4/4 93% Grizzly Man (2005) " Offers the best that non-fiction films have to offer, where the filmmaker is able to interact with, rather than simply react to, his subject... " ‐ Cinematic Reflections
Posted Sep 24, 2005
65/100 91% Downfall (Der Untergang) (2004) " Downfall takes on the unenviable task of portraying [Hitler] as a man, rather than a caricature or parody as the norm has dictated. " ‐ Cinematic Reflections
Posted Jul 24, 2005
83/100 57% Last Days (2005) " Van Sant again sidesteps all of the typical narrative trappings and here his style clearly justifies itself. " ‐ Cinematic Reflections
Posted Jul 24, 2005
65/100 81% Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005) " Walks a thin line between sincerity and pretension, but ultimately deals with enough issues head-on to make the occassionally excessive quirkiness forgivable. " ‐ Cinematic Reflections
Posted Jul 5, 2005
40/100 84% Mad Hot Ballroom (2005) " It's amazing how little we end up knowing about the specific schools and the environment where these kids come from and how much time we're left watching them look cute. " ‐ Cinematic Reflections
Posted Jul 1, 2005
73/100 83% Rize (2005) " The dancing, which at first may seem purely ridiculous, becomes an expression of their tortured souls " ‐ Cinematic Reflections
Posted Jul 1, 2005
90/100 No Score Yet Fröken Julie (Miss Julie) (1952) " A vivid portrait of class barriers, overbearing social mores and the torrid, forbidden love affair that is effected by it. " ‐ Cinematic Reflections
Posted Jul 1, 2005
82/100 No Score Yet Ici Et Ailleurs (1994) " A vibrant discussion of the nature of the image and how they come to define our reality. " ‐ Cinematic Reflections
Posted Apr 23, 2005
73/100 80% The Age of Innocence (1993) " The great tragedy is that the hypocrisies that Newland and Olenska work to reveal are the very same ones that ultimately destroy everything passionate and human within them. " ‐ Cinematic Reflections
Posted Apr 23, 2005
93/100 97% Werckmeister Harmonies (2001) " It is an arduous task, but the film achieves a transcendent and ethereal beauty that only the few truly great masterpieces attain. " ‐ Cinematic Reflections
Posted Apr 23, 2005
66/100 88% Air Force (1943) " It isn't one of the director's most impressive outputs, but when a solid genre entry such as this is one of your "lesser" films, it says a lot about the quality of your work. " ‐ Cinematic Reflections
Posted Apr 23, 2005
4/4 67% Nouvelle vague (New Wave) (1990) " Nouvelle Vague may be Godard's most complex and layered film, but attempting to unlock its secrets makes it one of his most rewarding. " ‐ Cinematic Reflections
Posted Apr 23, 2005
4/4 51% In Praise Of Love (Éloge de l'amour) (2002) " Love, in Godard's case, is indistinguishable from cinema and thus he sees the growing capitalist machine as a threat to both. " ‐ Cinematic Reflections
Posted Apr 23, 2005
4/4 82% Trust (1991) " A bold film that defies logic and the rules of screenwriting " ‐ Cinematic Reflections
Posted Apr 23, 2005
72/100 56% The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004) " There is a distinct sense that Anderson is trying to re-invent himself with this film. " ‐ Cinematic Reflections
Posted Apr 23, 2005
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