Diego Costa

Diego Costa

Agrees with the Tomatometer 74% of the time.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/4 48% Gerontophilia (2015) " It chooses the delicateness of a fable instead of the narrative recklessness we've come to expect from Bruce La Bruce. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 26, 2015
1.5/4 29% Blackbird (2015) " The film is, like its main character, too naïve to understand or, at least, to deploy the reparative powers of camp. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 22, 2015
2.5/4 89% Wolf at the Door (2015) " It finds its strength in painting a portrait of Brazilian heterosexual gender relations as an always-volatile symbiosis between feminine hysteria and ruthless machismo. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 23, 2015
3/4 No Score Yet Le Grand Homme " It exploits the military aesthetics that lend themselves so well to breath-taking sounds and visuals without fetishizing them as in Claire Denis's Beau Travail. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 17, 2015
3/4 No Score Yet The Kindergarten Teacher (Haganenet) " The film's denouement is at once shocking and organic because it echoes a well-paced but nasty children's fable. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 14, 2015
3/4 No Score Yet Varian and Putzi: A 20th Century Tale (2003) " Richard Kaplan's doc interweaves the fascinating stories of two Harvard graduates who affected the course of history in very different ways. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 5, 2015
No Score Yet Le Beau Monde " While Ozon closes in on Isabelle's singularity-her face, really-to suggest women's predicament, Julie Lopes-Curval goes through Alice to hint at a more macro class critique. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 26, 2015
3/4 78% Farewell to Hollywood (2015) " It suggests that a disease isn't a product of one single person's body, but the eruption of an entire family history of unarticulated desire. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 25, 2015
3/4 98% Appropriate Behavior (2015) " Desiree Akhavan's tale of queer post-breakup funk shows more nuance, and racial dimension, than its cinematic cousins. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 15, 2015
1/4 18% Free the Nipple (2014) " This is kind of didactic topical movie that distributes its rhetoric evenly between characters with clear distinction as to who's playing devil's advocate to the other one's points. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 9, 2014
1.5/4 75% Once Upon a Time Veronica (2014) " The film is simply too conscious of its form and its global-market ambitions to ever feel honestly interested in the themes it purports to cherish. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 26, 2014
3/4 100% The Circle (2014) " The film refuses to tease us with suspense, overwhelm us with sentimentality, or defy us with nuance. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 18, 2014
1.5/4 74% 1,000 Times Good Night (2014) " It's difficult to swallow the premise of yet another tale of a heroic white Westerner with good intentions trying to give hope to Middle-Eastern misery. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 22, 2014
1.5/4 0% Days and Nights (2014) " The drama over dinner comes in small analgesic portions, and the secrets feel canned and the dialogue is too pretty to be believable. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 26, 2014
3/4 89% Wetlands (2014) " For its general ludic obsession with all things generally thought of as disgusting, the German film Wetlands is stuck in the anal stage. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 4, 2014
3.5/4 90% Clouds of Sils Maria (2015) " The pleasure in watching the film becomes a linguistic one as Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart masterfully sharpen their words and hurl them at each other like projectiles out of a blowpipe. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 1, 2014
1/4 0% I Am Happiness on Earth (2014) " If the film defies conventional form, it does so without the gravitas that conceptual cohesion brings, quickly rendering its experimentation into gratuitous aesthetic masturbation. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 17, 2014
3.5/4 100% Fifi Howls From Happiness (2014) " Mitra Farahani rescues the doc from becoming a talking-head fest by embracing her creative self as a character and exposing the travails of her own authorship process. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 4, 2014
0/4 13% The Moment (2014) " The film is a hybrid of a Lifetime movie focused on a "strong woman," a run-of-the-mill murder mystery, and a yogurt commercial from hell. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 2, 2014
3/4 88% Elena (2014) " This is a film about the invisible things passed down from generation to generation, that nasty inheritance that cages us into patterns and puzzles we try to solve in someone else's name. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 27, 2014
2.5/4 100% A World Not Ours (2014) " Mahdi Fleifel's usage of a domestic archive of home-video images inherited from his father lends the doc a simultaneous sense of historical gravitas and intimacy. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 21, 2014
3.5/4 100% The King of Escape (2014) " Cruising for Alain Guiraudie seems to be the way of nature, a drive that doesn't discriminate. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 10, 2014
0/4 0% 10 Rules For Sleeping Around (2014) " For a film so bent on naturalizing the presumably hilarious incongruity of "the sexes," it sure features lots and lots of that site of horror: a naked male body. And for comedic purposes, of course. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 3, 2014
3.5/4 75% Salvation Army (2015) " It's a quiet thud of a film, which embraces, with grace and precision, the nastiness of growing up with desire stuck in one's throat like a muffled scream. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 18, 2014
2/4 75% Teenage (2014) " It botches itself out of its own epic ambitions, an aesthetic slickness that seems to contradict, if not betray, its subject matter, and a maddeningly subdued critical spirit. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 14, 2014
3/4 69% Guilty Of Romance (2013) " Though it begins with the aesthetic and conceptual rigor of Blade Runner, it quickly veers toward the gratuitous outlandishness of a Bruce La Bruce film. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 10, 2014
3/4 100% Miele (2014) " Driven by a no-nonsense ethos, the film avoids sentimentality the same way its main character avoids sentiment. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 6, 2014
2/4 85% Two Lives (2014) " The film's educational impetus is to announce to the world that even picture-perfect Norwegians continue to pay a heavy price for the horrors of WWII. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 26, 2014
1.5/4 67% Love & Air Sex (2014) " Whatever predictable plot Love & Air Sex tries to unfold never lives up to the excitement of its conceptual gimmick. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 6, 2014
2/4 58% Jobriath A.D. (2014) " The film never explores the depths and nuances that could actually place Jobriath in conversation with figures who came after him, however reductively. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 29, 2014
3/4 83% Papirosen (2014) " Gastón Solnicki's mapping out of his family's narrative from within never feels exploitative or self-absorbed. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 20, 2014
2/4 78% All The Light In The Sky (2013) " In Joe Swanberg's disaffected little film, the drama is never explicit, or even fully conscious. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 19, 2013
3/4 92% Liv & Ingmar (2013) " The documentary not only humanizes Ingmar Bergman as the absent lover-cum-father of everyday life, but works as a priceless oral history of cinema. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 11, 2013
1.5/4 17% Twice Born (2013) " Sergio Castellitto's film quickly turns out to be more interested in reveling in the secrets of its storyline than in its sentiments. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 6, 2013
1.5/4 65% Reaching for the Moon (2013) " Bruno Barreto's insistence that this pass for a product that Hollywood might have spawned smoothens a journey built on sharp edges. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 7, 2013
3.5/4 91% The Pervert's Guide To Ideology (2013) " Slavoj iek manages to explain some of Lacanian psychoanalysis's most inscrutable notions with disarming clarity and infectious urgency. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 29, 2013
2/4 82% Camille Claudel, 1915 (2013) " Juliette Binoche's face, as we know, can tell a million stories in a simple and brief rearrangement of her facial muscles. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 15, 2013
3/4 No Score Yet Requiem NN (2013) " Filmmaker Juan Manuel Echavarría's hands-off approach hinders us from mocking the believers' naïveté. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 9, 2013
2.5/4 50% Five Dances (2013) " It's the moments when the director stops worrying about clarifying plot and character motivation and lets the performances bring those into being that makes this an authentic project. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 3, 2013
2/4 75% Out in the Dark (2013) " Instead of looking for depth or verisimilar romance, director Michael Mayer turns his characters into mere cogs in a pseudo-suspenseful thriller. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 25, 2013
4/4 93% Stranger by the Lake (2014) " The film portrays cruising as a danger-seeking and astoundingly repetitive affair, intimately linked to death itself. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 15, 2013
3/4 50% Mademoiselle C (2013) " It's to Carine Roitfeld's own credit and director Fabien Constant's funky and frenetic pacing that the doc feels neither like a corporate hagiography nor like mere fashionista masturbation material. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 11, 2013
1/4 88% Fire In The Blood (2013) " It produces a collection of one-dimensional facts strung together with an utmost respect for chronology and documentary-making's most stale conventions. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 4, 2013
3/4 33% Abigail Harm (2013) " Lee Isaac Chung's film exudes a wonderful sense of originality, a daring and organic playfulness rarely found in American indie cinema. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 30, 2013
1.5/4 71% Paradise: Faith (2013) " A shallow film that leaves us knowing exactly what we're seeing, and able to predict what the characters will say to each other in the mostly uninspired and overtly familiar dialogue. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 14, 2013
3.5/4 64% The Machine Which Makes Everything Disappear (2013) " It ever so subtly zeros in on the extreme particularities of a remote place to find something universal, or at the very least easily comprehensible about despair. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 5, 2013
2/4 No Score Yet La playa DC (2013) " The film only feels interesting when it focuses on looking at what the characters aren't doing and listening to what they aren't saying. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 16, 2013
98% Call Me Kuchu (2013) " The film provides welcome context for the semi-hysteria that recently took over the U.S. media in regard to Uganda's "Kill the Gays" bill. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 10, 2013
3/4 100% La Camioneta: The Journey of One American School Bus (2013) " The documentary is committed not to some pseudo-factual documentary tradition, but to a more engaging realist poesis. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 30, 2013
2/4 44% He's Way More Famous Than You (2013) " It would have been nice if the film had surrendered to its lunacy more blatantly, more carelessly. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 9, 2013
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