Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 86%

Pale Flower (Kawaita hana) (1964)

"All the elements are potent, from avant-garde composer Toru Takemitsu's modernist score to the expressionistic cinematography. "

Posted Aug 19, 2014

Bryant Frazer

2 99%

Boyhood (2014)

"Director Richard Linklater approached this decade-spanning project with a novelist's ambition and patient determination -- it's unique in its rhythms."

Posted Jun 17, 2014

Bryant Frazer

3 86%

Under the Skin (2014)

"As avant garde in execution as any narrative film I can think of."

Posted Apr 13, 2014

Bryant Frazer

4 42%

300: Rise of an Empire (2014)

"More than any other element, Eva Green's performance singlehandedly elevates the film from the doldrums of its hermetic conception and execution."

Posted Mar 14, 2014

Bryant Frazer

5 94%

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

"Maybe the first Coen Bros. film that seems to settle into sampler territory. But it sure sticks with you."

Posted Dec 5, 2013

Bryant Frazer

6 74%

You're Next (2013)

"You're Next is pretty satisfying as a semi-horror film, sparring gamely with genre conventions rather than embracing or spoofing them outright. "

Posted Sep 11, 2013

Bryant Frazer

7 80%

Inserts (1975)

"A self-reflexive text (and dark satire) on the movie industry's depiction of sex on screen in the early years of the MPAA ratings system."

Posted Sep 9, 2013

Bryant Frazer

8 93%

Turn Me On, Dammit! (2012)

"Its even-handed treatment of imperfect characters compares quite favorably with mainstream Hollywood stuff like Easy A."

Posted Mar 30, 2012

Bryant Frazer

9 41%

Silent House (2012)

"Despite spending too much screen time sobbing, shrieking, or putting on a game face as the camera peers down her shirt, Elizabeth Olsen comes out ahead. "

Posted Mar 11, 2012

Bryant Frazer

10 80%

Haywire (2012)

"Soderbergh's approach is a little too stripped-down - when you're making a conventional genre movie, the absence of conventional genre elements becomes distracting in itself."

Posted Jan 23, 2012

Bryant Frazer

11 98%

The Artist (2011)

"The Artist plays less like an original take on the early sound era than as fan fiction set in the world of Singin' in the Rain."

Posted Jan 10, 2012

Bryant Frazer

12 77%

A Dangerous Method (2011)

"Scenes built on line after line of historically accurate but awkward, overly mannered dialogue distract and eventually grate."

Posted Jan 10, 2012

Bryant Frazer

13 86%

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

"You get the sense Blomkvist and Salander might march with Occupy Sweden protesters; in its way The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is another movie about the 99 percent."

Posted Jan 10, 2012

Bryant Frazer

14 95%

Pina (2011)

"It's not an overview of Bausch's career or a statement on her art, but a celebration of her work and the dancers who bring it to life."

Posted Jan 10, 2012

Bryant Frazer

15 72%

The Dead (2011)

"You get used to the sight of the slow-moving undead swaying against the film's natural landscapes like half-imagined phantoms, and somehow that makes them more unnerving."

Posted Oct 7, 2011

Bryant Frazer

16 No Score Yet

Rote Sonne (Red Sun) (1970)

"Puts an alluring, unnerving, yet weirdly dispassionate spin on social unrest in Germany circa 1969."

Posted Aug 18, 2011

Bryant Frazer

17 91%

Tabloid (2011)

"First-tier documentarian Errol Morris finds himself slumming a bit with Tabloid."

Posted Jul 15, 2011

Bryant Frazer

18 87%

X-Men: First Class (2011)

"I'm generally sick of remakes and relaunches and reboots, but this revamped X-Men origin story is kind of fun."

Posted Jun 8, 2011

Bryant Frazer

19 84%

The Tree of Life (2011)

"Terrence Malick is hardly the first filmmaker to show us characters who cry out at the silence of God, but he is perhaps the most unquestionably American."

Posted Jun 1, 2011

Bryant Frazer

20 34%

Hall Pass (2011)

"Sporadically funny, but it wastes a lot of time on dreary clichés."

Posted Feb 25, 2011

Bryant Frazer

21 96%

The Social Network (2010)

"There's a real mischievousness to David Fincher's approach."

Posted Jan 19, 2011

Bryant Frazer

22 No Score Yet

Soul Patrol (2001)

"Gives off a subtle but unusual vibe that's somehow suggestive of the rifts in South African culture."

Posted Jan 19, 2011

Bryant Frazer

23 100%

The Maltese Falcon (1941)

"Immaculately designed, evocatively photographed, and easy to watch but also spiky, morally complex, and ultimately unsettling."

Posted Jan 19, 2011

Bryant Frazer

24 40%

Repo Chick (2011)

"It shouldn't even be watchable, but writer-director Alex Cox manages to keep the cheese factor low."

Posted Jan 19, 2011

Bryant Frazer

25 73%

The Housemaid (2011)

"The perverse thing is that the film goes down so easily and elegantly, like a fine chocolate and a swig of merlot."

Posted Jan 19, 2011

Bryant Frazer

26 87%

Black Swan (2010)

"Robert Altman's paean to this behind-the-scenes process was affectionately dubbed The Company. Aronofsky's may as well be titled Army of One."

Posted Dec 6, 2010

Bryant Frazer

27 88%

Certified Copy (Copie Conforme) (2011)

"This is one of the great films about film, a master class in performance and character and narrative."

Posted Sep 30, 2010

Bryant Frazer

28 89%

Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2011)

"Uncle Boonmee is less a case study in death by degrees than it is a magical and baffling tone poem on the idea of reincarnation."

Posted Sep 25, 2010

Bryant Frazer

29 72%

Enter the Void (Soudain le vide) (2010)

"Full of stimulating, often challenging imagery that's rooted in a kind of sentimentality."

Posted Sep 23, 2010

Bryant Frazer

30 87%

Buried (2010)

"Cleverly written and staged with plenty of wound-up energy, plus a climax that sucks the air out of the theater."

Posted Sep 23, 2010

Bryant Frazer

31 94%

The Town (2010)

"The Town has showcase heist sequences and car chases that avoid the usual pitfalls of over-the-top silliness and/or incoherence."

Posted Sep 17, 2010

Bryant Frazer

32 85%

Easy A (2010)

"The whole affair is PG-13 toothless and TV slick - I kept feeling that the movie was insisting on its own embraceability, and I resisted."

Posted Sep 17, 2010

Bryant Frazer

33 92%

Dogtooth (Kynodontas) (2010)

"Director Giorgos Lanthimos may be influenced by Michael Haneke's clinical approach as well as by David Lynch's affection for the weird."

Posted Jul 15, 2010

Bryant Frazer

34 86%

Inception (2010)

"Christopher Nolan's films are things of beauty, precisely constructed and expertly executed. But you wouldn't want to live there."

Posted Jul 15, 2010

Bryant Frazer

35 54%

The Killer Inside Me (2010)

"In this terrific, magnetic performance, Affleck is a bit charismatic, somewhat awkward, and utterly despicable, all at the same time"

Posted Jun 17, 2010

Bryant Frazer

36 94%

Winter's Bone (2010)

"Strikingly unsentimental. Winter's Bone has no time for backstory, moral lessons, or other cute stuff."

Posted Jun 16, 2010

Bryant Frazer

37 74%

Splice (2010)

"When Splice is in full flower, there's something magnificent about it."

Posted Jun 6, 2010

Bryant Frazer

38 96%

Exit Through The Gift Shop (2010)

"A treatise on Bad Art and a screed against tone-deaf patterns of consumption that drive trends in the art world."

Posted May 3, 2010

Bryant Frazer

39 92%

Vincere (2010)

"Evokes the historical weight of Europe's Fascist tragedy on a small, resolutely humane, scale."

Posted Mar 19, 2010

Bryant Frazer

40 30%

Survival of the Dead (2010)

"This one's really for fans only."

Posted Mar 5, 2010

Bryant Frazer

41 53%

Green Zone (2010)

"This is a kind of experiment, and it's only partly successful. But, set against the most expansive, otherworldly backdrop this side of James Cameron's Pandora, it's an appropriately spooky experience."

Posted Mar 5, 2010

Bryant Frazer

42 83%

The Ghost Writer (2010)

"Too many scenes here are a bit perfunctory, but they're balanced out well enough by the occasional directorial flourish or long moment of nicely sustained tension."

Posted Feb 23, 2010

Bryant Frazer

43 74%

Banlieue 13 - Ultimatum (District 13: Ultimatum) (2009)

"When D13: Ultimatum is firing on all cylinders, it's a bad-ass action movie. When it functions as a delivery mechanism for a social message, it's corny as all hell, but still pleasant enough."

Posted Feb 4, 2010

Bryant Frazer

44 90%

Fish Tank (2010)

"Fish Tank walks well-trod ground, but it's still riveting from start to finish."

Posted Jan 14, 2010

Bryant Frazer

45 42%

Jennifer's Body (2009)

"Jennifer's Body is full of ideas, but it doesn't have much in the way of tonal control."

Posted Jan 7, 2010

Bryant Frazer

46 64%

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009)

"An invigorating paean to the revelatory powers of entertainment."

Posted Jan 7, 2010

Bryant Frazer

47 87%

Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009)

"Nicolas Cage, a born Hollywood skin-walker, somehow hints at a spiritual dimension to all this lunatic mayhem."

Posted Nov 24, 2009

Bryant Frazer

48 92%

Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)

"Fantastic Mr. Fox isn't exactly a kids' movie. It's just kid-friendly."

Posted Nov 24, 2009

Bryant Frazer

49 39%

2012 (2009)

"2012 is the expensive, large-scale version of the same spectacle presented by downmarket counterparts like the Final Destination and Saw franchises."

Posted Nov 16, 2009

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