Diego Costa

Diego Costa

Agrees with the Tomatometer 74% of the time.

Publications:
Slant Magazine
Total Reviews:
190

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3/4 91% 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 85% Clouds of Sils Maria (2014) " 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 —— L'armée du salut (Salvation Army) " 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 78% 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 58% 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 —— 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 94% 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 43% 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 —— 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
.5/4 67% Desperate Acts Of Magic (2013) " It gives off the alienating feel of an inside joke that you miss in the off chance you're not part of the professional magic business." — Slant Magazine
Posted May 1, 2013
3/4 100% Trash Dance (2013) " In Andrew Garrison's film, choreographer Allison Orr turns garbage collectors and their trucks into modern-dance performers." — Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 25, 2013
2.5/4 73% Paradise: Love (2013) " It often seems more intent on spelling out its awareness of the politics involved than in lingering on the aching human engaged in the libidinal transactions." — Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 23, 2013
2.5/4 0% Lotus Eaters (2013) " The free spirit-ness of its characters is certainly mirrored in the film's aesthetic playfulness, but the initial glimmer of Fassbinder-esque expression quickly veers toward Xavier Dolan-grade affectation." — Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 2, 2013
2/4 73% Violeta Went to Heaven (2013) " Suffers from an overtly conventional way of depicting the life events of an anything-but-conventional woman, a lazy flaw further highlighted by its brief moments of visual experimentation." — Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 29, 2013
2/4 14% Dorfman in Love (2013) " The film's moral lesson is too contradictory to be taken seriously. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 21, 2013
3.5/4 43% Clip (2013) " A raw, sophisticated, and stomach-turning look at what it means to be a young woman in Serbia, what it means to be a woman tout court." — Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 15, 2013
2.5/4 100% Downeast (2013) " An exposé of how the financial structures that make businesses possible in America seem to conspire against genuine good will and non-self-serving ambition." — Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 9, 2013
0/4 13% Day of the Falcon (2013) " There's an enormous amount of perverse pleasure to be had here for those who get off on the annihilation of nuance." — Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 28, 2013
3/4 86% Yossi (2013) " The film is at its finest as a catalogue of Yossi's unspoken ache, less so when it begins to flirt with the clichés of the love story." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 24, 2013
2/4 29% Let My People Go! (2013) " Without a consistent stylistic playfulness to match the histrionic scenarios, the action often feels just plain silly. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 9, 2013
3/4 79% Any Day Now (2012) " Its most redeeming quality is that it isn't so quick to neuter its queer characters into a package-friendly "gay couple" aesthetic a la Modern Family." — Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 12, 2012
1/4 50% In Our Nature (2012) " In Our Nature's visual style seems plastered on or allocated, not developed with any sort of authorial singularity. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 7, 2012
.5/4 75% King Kelly (2012) " The film decides very early on, as part of its premise, to reduce Louisa Krause's King Kelly to a one-dimensional narcissist." — Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 28, 2012
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