Zachary Wigon

Zachary Wigon

Agrees with the Tomatometer 73% of the time.

Publications:
Slant Magazine
Total Reviews:
51

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
80% The Empty Hours (2014) " A studied, coming-of-age narrative that makes a familiar tale sing." — Village Voice
Posted Jul 8, 2014
62% The Grand Seduction (2014) " The Grand Seduction feels made for Netflix's Watch Instantly feature - pleasant enough, but mostly forgotten with your next selection." — Village Voice
Posted May 27, 2014
91% Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case (2014) " In spite of the intermittent frustrations ... Weiwei remains a captivating figure." — Village Voice
Posted May 13, 2014
67% Beneath The Harvest Sky (2014) " Gaudet and Pullapilly have a background in documentaries, and there's a convincing naturalism to their storytelling." — Village Voice
Posted Apr 29, 2014
84% Last Passenger (2014) " While Last Passenger is a campy B-movie, it possesses greater aesthetic aspirations, and the film's stylistic ambition is ultimately what makes it an entertaining ride." — Village Voice
Posted Apr 22, 2014
94% Gojira (1956) " Clever storytelling manages to confront tragedy from any number of angles, and sometimes swinging at it from the side can be the most affecting." — Village Voice
Posted Apr 16, 2014
63% Small Time (2014) " The storytelling feels mechanical and contrived." — Village Voice
Posted Apr 16, 2014
59% Hank And Asha (2014) " This two-hander doesn't feature much more than its leads speechifying to their cameras, a challenging basis for visual storytelling." — Village Voice
Posted Apr 8, 2014
100% The King of Escape (2014) " Weaving numerous influences into a rich emotional tapestry, Alain Guiraudie's The King of Escape skillfully absorbs and updates its assertive cinematic forebears." — Village Voice
Posted Apr 8, 2014
82% Miss Violence " Avranas's opening employs the rigorous aesthetic that dominates the work of his Greek compatriots, signifying that the characters live in a realm of cultivated artifice." — Village Voice
Posted Apr 8, 2014
38% Haunt (2014) " The frustration here comes from the filmmakers' inability to present characters with dimension, so that we might come to identify with them and their fears." — Village Voice
Posted Mar 4, 2014
44% Special ID (2014) " Insanely dangerous stunts? Check. Obnoxious evil baddie? Check. Intricately choreographed fight sequences that are the film's raison d'ĂȘtre? Check, check, check." — Village Voice
Posted Mar 4, 2014
100% Miele (2014) " Honey could be about anything at all and still demand and hold your attention; that the narrative is as moving as the film is aesthetically precise is an added delight." — Village Voice
Posted Mar 4, 2014
77% Bethlehem (2014) " An unstinting look at the impossible choices faced by Israelis and Palestinians caught between worlds, Bethlehem plumbs the destructive aspects of the double-agent mode of statecraft." — Village Voice
Posted Mar 4, 2014
53% Easy Money: Hard to Kill (2014) " Structurally ambitious but otherwise familiar, Easy Money: Hard to Kill frustrates as only untapped potential can." — Village Voice
Posted Feb 11, 2014
33% Mars At Sunrise (2014) " Using its narrative as a launching pad for abstract visuals, the picture reminds viewers that even the most striking images demand context to create anything like drama." — Village Voice
Posted Feb 4, 2014
18% Twice Born (2013) " Twice Born irresponsibly appropriates the horrific siege of Sarajevo to serve as aesthetic backdrop for a story that exhibits no real interest in the conflict." — Village Voice
Posted Dec 3, 2013
100% Cousin Jules (2013) " Cousin Jules concerns the essence inherent in actions, the way quotidian existence can be suffused with poetic peacefulness - and overwhelming sadness." — Village Voice
Posted Nov 26, 2013
88% This Is Where We Live (2013) " This Is Where We Live benefits from the good taste of the filmmakers, whose appetite for understatement ensures that the picture maintains dramatic effectiveness and only rarely lurches into histrionics." — Village Voice
Posted Nov 19, 2013
86% People Of A Feather (2013) " Though the science behind this ecosystem change is clearly conveyed, Heath never puts together a larger narrative about the decline of Inuit culture and offers little political history of the situation." — Village Voice
Posted Nov 5, 2013
71% The Motel Life (2013) " Recalling characters from a Bukowski novel or Tom Waits song but with less complexity, the brothers are endowed by their creators with little agency, not doing much except lamenting the sorry state of their lives." — Village Voice
Posted Nov 5, 2013
—— Behind The Blue Veil (2013) " Would play well as an hour-long special on public television, but feels confused as a feature film." — Village Voice
Posted Oct 29, 2013
91% The Pervert's Guide To Ideology (2013) " In essence, the film is a lecture, but Zizek's associative thinking and understanding of the applicability of psychoanalysis makes it a lecture like no other." — Village Voice
Posted Oct 29, 2013
60% Cut to Black (2013) " While Eberle's execution falls short, the scale of his ambition can't help but stir admiration: In an era where indies about people sitting around talking regularly receive accolades, making a microbudget film noir takes some guts." — Village Voice
Posted Oct 15, 2013
11% Argento's Dracula 3D (2013) " Unfortunately, Argento never acknowledges he's in on the joke, nor is the film quite ridiculous enough for us to coast enjoyably on derision." — Village Voice
Posted Oct 1, 2013
77% The Dirties (2013) " The Dirties explores high school violence from a refreshingly original angle." — Village Voice
Posted Oct 1, 2013
83% Drinking Buddies (2013) " Swanberg's careful eye perceives the nuances of those conflicts with greater perspicacity than ever before; never have his tiny moments of truth felt so honest or clear." — Village Voice
Posted Aug 20, 2013
68% El artista y la modelo (The Artist and the Model) (2013) " Offers as generic a portrait of its central relationship as its title suggests." — Village Voice
Posted Jul 30, 2013
28% Drift (2013) " Not so much drifting as veering between storylines, Ben Nott and Morgan O'Neill's Drift often feels like a film with narrative ADD." — Village Voice
Posted Jul 30, 2013
97% L'Avventura (The Adventure) (1960) " Antonioni created, as the Cannes jury put it in 1960, a new language of cinema, one that perfectly expressed a modern alienation that's enduring as well as the film." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Jul 12, 2013
48% I'm So Excited! (2013) " I'm So Excited! is characterized by a distinct brand of unsuccessful yet ambitious storytelling, the kind often found in minor works by major masters." — Village Voice
Posted Jun 25, 2013
90% Storm Surfers 3D (2013) " Admittedly, the stunning visuals captivate for much of the picture, but as the novelty wears off, and the beauty turns from stunning to repetitive, the non-surfers in the theater may begin to grow restless." — Village Voice
Posted Jun 11, 2013
50% Now You See Me (2013) " When functioning like a magic trick, this breathlessly entertaining picture delights in its showmanship, but the more entertaining the trickery, the tougher the explanation, and when the truth is revealed the answer can't help but fail to satisfy." — Village Voice
Posted May 30, 2013
—— Triumph Of The Wall (2013) " Not so much a crafted film as a compendium of one guy's musings." — Village Voice
Posted May 28, 2013
64% Epic (2013) " With its array of goofy sidekicks (Aziz Ansari as a slug almost runs away with the whole picture) and carefully crafted relationships, Epic certainly manages to tell a compelling tale." — Village Voice
Posted May 24, 2013
85% Sightseers (2013) " Sightseers is a jet-black comedy that understands exactly how absurdist it is, and its murders are always played for laughs-aided by their gruesome depictions." — Village Voice
Posted May 9, 2013
35% Peeples (2013) " While she doesn't quite achieve the screwball zaniness she strives for, Chism deserves commendation for crafting a farcical work that feels like it concerns real characters." — Village Voice
Posted May 8, 2013
71% Dead Man's Burden (2013) " A refreshing respite from filmmakers who believe the only low-budget option is to stay firmly ensconced in their own milieu." — Village Voice
Posted Apr 30, 2013
74% Love Is All You Need (2013) " Its strongest moments come when Bier exceeds the expectations of the genre ..." — Village Voice
Posted Apr 30, 2013
88% Herman's House (2013) " Against the prospect of unhappy endings, the human spirit still strives." — Village Voice
Posted Apr 16, 2013
89% In the House (2013) " In the House creates something far more original than the same old heart-pounding exercise." — Village Voice
Posted Apr 16, 2013
78% AndrĂ© Gregory: Before and After Dinner (2013) " Viewers may find the narrative aimlessness here frustrating. Perhaps a narrower scope-like one dinner?-could have proven more manageable." — Village Voice
Posted Apr 3, 2013
68% Trance (2013) " Anything goes, which may make all this great fun for the hallucinogenically inclined, but since nothing in these sequences has any lasting consequences, suspense is difficult to amplify." — Village Voice
Posted Apr 3, 2013
15% Temptation (2013) " Perry has some worthwhile filmic models-Temptation gestures at Woody Allen in its setup, and Douglas Sirk in its melodrama-but he isn't even in the same star cluster as those greats." — Village Voice
Posted Apr 1, 2013
83% From Up On Poppy Hill (2013) " Some third-act revelations may really test the scales of plausibility, but Poppy Hill ultimately is not about its story as much as the emotional states it probes." — Village Voice
Posted Mar 12, 2013
—— Crazy and Thief (2013) " Clocking in at just 51 minutes, Crazy and Thief nevertheless could have been a great deal shorter." — Village Voice
Posted Mar 12, 2013
95% War Witch (2013) " Nguyen's matter-of-fact storytelling proves to be the right match for a life of extraordinary suffering." — Village Voice
Posted Feb 26, 2013
65% A Fierce Green Fire (2013) " There's no consistent narrative thread to carry the film from start to finish, and A Fierce Green Fire fails to open any singular intellectual or psychological point of investigation." — Village Voice
Posted Feb 26, 2013
2/4 20% My Uncle Rafael (2012) " It's all too simplistic, but there's something about watching this inept, callow, bourgeois family getting slapped, scolded, and generally schooled by their new, platitude-spewing Armenian "uncle" that's perversely entertaining. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 20, 2012
1/4 49% Hit & Run (2012) " Far more frustrating than the film's banally conventional plot structure is its characters' lack of depth." — Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 20, 2012
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