Authors

House Next Door

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 ——

Captivated ()

"Private Violence is directive American trauma thinkpiece, insistent that its troubles can be confronted head-on."

Posted Mar 3, 2014

Clayton Dillard

2 ——

Private Violence ()

"Jeremiah Zagar's structure and politics devolve from questioning a particular kind of mediated fervor to concerning itself with more obvious issues of judicial malpractice."

Posted Mar 3, 2014

Clayton Dillard

3 ——

Ukraine Is Not a Brothel ()

"What Kitty Green lacks in resolution, the film makes up for by implicitly stating that image-whether self- or media-made-is all that ultimately matters."

Posted Mar 3, 2014

Clayton Dillard

4 100%

Concerning Violence ()

"The film struggles at times to transcend its academic presentation as an advanced visual essay explicating a theoretical text."

Posted Mar 2, 2014

Clayton Dillard

5 100%

Manakamana (2014)

"Its urgent insistence upon rekindled patience and compassion make it a peculiar kind of structuralist essay film--and one of the most compelling in recent memory."

Posted Mar 2, 2014

Clayton Dillard

6 ——

Happy Valley ()

"Happy Valley quietly reveals the structures that assist deviant behavior as the site of true horror."

Posted Mar 1, 2014

Clayton Dillard

7 ——

Rich Hill ()

"The directors allow their camera to probe and linger in spaces of disorder and grime, but without any discernible purpose other than gaining access to lower-class spaces."

Posted Mar 1, 2014

Clayton Dillard

8 ——

The Notorious Mr. Bout ()

"The Notorious Mr. Bout doesn't untangle the moral and ethical quandary presented here by the density of reconciling public sins with private passions."

Posted Feb 28, 2014

Clayton Dillard

9 ——

Jo nan-ja-deul (Intruders) ()

"Using personal differences, economic rifts, and familiar city-versus-country conflicts to lay the groundwork for a complex murder mystery, Intruders remains a consistently entertaining and surprising sophomore effort."

Posted Feb 21, 2014

Jesse Cataldo

10 ——

Papusza ()

"Papusza is at its most enthralling in some of the flashbacks, where we glimpse the heroine as an agent of her own fate."

Posted Feb 21, 2014

Ela Bittencourt

11 100%

Metro Manila (2013)

"It easily shows up Ellis's panoply of crime-drama clichés and overall touristic gaze."

Posted Feb 20, 2014

Kenji Fujishima

12 ——

The Weight ()

"It's one of a kind."

Posted Feb 19, 2014

Chuck Bowen

13 67%

The Sacrament (2014)

"Based on the evidence offered here, West would appear to believe that all cultists come to their way of life by an inherent lunacy or stupidity and nothing more."

Posted Feb 19, 2014

Chuck Bowen

14 ——

Blood Glacier (Blutgletscher) (The Station) (2014)

"Blood Glacier straddles a very awkward line between creature feature, conspiracy thriller, and domestic drama, all without novelty or suspense."

Posted Feb 19, 2014

Ed Gonzalez

15 75%

U ri Sunhi (Our Sunhi) ()

"A past of repressed feelings and bad trysts is summoned, but the conversations between Sunhi and her men seem to pivot more on questions of a sustainable career in filmmaking."

Posted Feb 18, 2014

Chris Cabin

16 ——

Caníbal (Cannibal) ()

"It keeps us at a remove that eventually becomes telling of Cuenca's reticence to explore whatever feelings of isolation and yearning and tradition-mongering may inform his main character's grisly compulsion."

Posted Feb 18, 2014

Ed Gonzalez

17 ——

Felony ()

"Felony reveals itself to be a profoundly cynical movie posing as a work of idealism."

Posted Feb 14, 2014

Chuck Bowen

18 100%

Boyhood (2014)

"Linklater has crafted a quotidian epic, a film sprawling in scope and ambition, bottomless in human feeling. Not since Altman's Nashville has an American film felt as real as life itself."

Posted Feb 14, 2014

John Semley

19 ——

Glissements progressifs du plaisir (Successive Slidings of Pleasure) (1974)

"Apart from evoking imagery from his own works, Robbe-Grillet throws in references to the art of Yves Klein, the writings of Jules Michelet, and Georges Bataille, and gives the nod to the films of other auteur filmmakers. "

Posted Feb 12, 2014

Budd Wilkins

20 ——

Trans-Europ-Express (1966)

"True to form, the film concludes with a double ending, two successive jolts whose ostensible purpose is to reinforce in the minds of viewers that what they've just been watching was never anything more than a fiction. "

Posted Feb 12, 2014

Budd Wilkins

21 ——

20,000 Days on Earth ()

"It's not exactly a "revealing" documentary, if shaking out dirt is to be taken as a metric by which these sorts of biographical sketches should be judged."

Posted Feb 10, 2014

John Semley

22 ——

The Better Angels ()

"Edwards's homage to his master plays like sycophantic, if well-meaning, imitation, like a kid trying to impress his dad by swinging his golf clubs or clumsily strumming a guitar. "

Posted Feb 10, 2014

John Semley

23 100%

Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter ()

"A film that begins as a weird, halfway-considered ode to the sway of the cinema ends up making a case against that same power."

Posted Feb 9, 2014

John Semley

24 90%

Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?: An Animated Conversation with Noam Chomsky (2013)

"It's easy to greet the prospect of a Michel Gondy making a doodle movie about the ideas of Noam Chomsky like that aggrieved nerd on The Simpsons: "Ugh, why does it have be zany?""

Posted Feb 8, 2014

John Semley

25 100%

The Thin Blue Line (1988)

"The Thin Blue Line is proof that sometimes, though rarely, the political impact of a film can be as tangible as an innocent man being freed from prison."

Posted Dec 11, 2013

Tina Hassannia

26 ——

La Jaula De Oro ()

"Saved from such simplicity by the time and space it gives to the ensemble cast and their relationships."

Posted Nov 14, 2013

Oscar Moralde

27 97%

The Selfish Giant (2013)

"It's a tale of refuse, both in terms of the collected junk and those doing the collecting on the edges of a society that no longer has use for them. "

Posted Nov 14, 2013

Oscar Moralde

28 79%

Bethlehem (2014)

"In the end, the film's misstep is not some failure at being sufficiently morally gray. In being the thriller that it is, it smudges the palette beyond recognition."

Posted Nov 12, 2013

Oscar Moralde

29 93%

Grzeli nateli dgeebi (In Bloom) (2014)

"The foreclosure of possibilities provided by the use of the long take assists in the indictment of chauvinism and patriarchal brutality that underpin, directly and indirectly, many moments in the film. "

Posted Nov 12, 2013

Oscar Moralde

30 ——

Revenge of the Mekons ()

"An exemplary documentary about an exemplary band."

Posted Nov 11, 2013

Andrew Schenker

31 90%

Blue Is The Warmest Color (2013)

"As he did in The Secret of the Grain, Kechiche uses cooking and eating as keys to character and relationships. "

Posted Oct 14, 2013

Elise Nakhnikian

32 94%

Her (2014)

"By the end, Spike Jonze pushes past his tightrope of sincerity and irony into a near-spiritual realm that still maintains its fragilely intimate, bittersweet vibe. "

Posted Oct 13, 2013

Kenji Fujishima

33 50%

The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013)

"For Ben Stiller, apparently, Thurber's classic story is grist not for a sympathetic exploration of the universal human desires to dream and live, but to craft what eventually amounts to a totem to his own vanity. "

Posted Oct 7, 2013

Kenji Fujishima

34 91%

The Immigrant (2014)

"The film sometimes makes it difficult to suspend disbelief."

Posted Oct 6, 2013

Elise Nakhnikian

35 ——

Gloria (2014)

"Though Paulina García's performance is enough to hold the vignettes together, it isn't quite enough to redeem a handful of dramatic miscalculations"

Posted Oct 6, 2013

Kenji Fujishima

36 64%

Bastards (2013)

"There's no shortage of bastards in this tale about the destructive power of a deeply dysfunctional family, but if the men inflict most of the violence, the women bear their share of the blame for the damage done. "

Posted Oct 6, 2013

Elise Nakhnikian

37 99%

The Missing Picture (2014)

"Inured as we are these days to every variety of man's inhumanity to others, the clay figurines, so poignantly created by sculptor Sarith Mang, become an extraordinary testament to a lost society. "

Posted Oct 4, 2013

Gerard Raymond

38 80%

Abus de faiblesse (Abuse of Weakness) ()

"With her customary genius for baring a character's soul while guarding some private place at her core, Huppert plays Maud's cards close to the vest. "

Posted Oct 3, 2013

Elise Nakhnikian

39 95%

Stranger by the Lake (2014)

"The opening overhead shot of a wooded car park adjoining a shimmering lake establishes the tightly circumscribed world of Alain Guiraudie's Stranger by the Lake. "

Posted Sep 30, 2013

Gerard Raymond

40 93%

Captain Phillips (2013)

"Money is at the heart of one crucial exchange in Captain Phillips that exposes the inadequacy of the film as anything more than just an electric thriller."

Posted Sep 29, 2013

Kenji Fujishima

41 89%

Le Week-End (2014)

"Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan are an ideal fit for Hanif Kureishi's bitterly funny, yet surprisingly tender script. "

Posted Sep 28, 2013

Gerard Raymond

42 95%

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

"Like the folk scene it immerses us in, Inside Llewyn Davis is intrigued by authenticity."

Posted Sep 28, 2013

Elise Nakhnikian

43 75%

Night Moves (2014)

"Ambiguously hints that perhaps the devastating nadir of an activist's soul, having given way to world-weary guilt, is simply taking a step toward compromising one's ideals."

Posted Sep 17, 2013

Nick McCarthy

44 80%

Tom à la ferme (Tom at the Farm) ()

"In tackling the genre of psychological thriller with Tom at the Farm, wunderkind writer-director-actor Xavier Dolan reigns in his often flagrant use of formalism without sacrificing his confidence as a filmmaker."

Posted Sep 17, 2013

Nick McCarthy

45 74%

Enemy (2014)

"With Enemy, Denis Villeneuve confidently proves he's contemporary filmmaking's ultimate troll."

Posted Sep 16, 2013

Tina Hassannia

46 89%

The Double (2014)

"Ayoade is adept at toning down the wit when the film becomes more somber and focused on the psychology of its main characters."

Posted Sep 16, 2013

Tina Hassannia

47 94%

Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

"Despite its good intentions and moxie-filled performances, Dallas Buyers Club is ultimately marred by its impulse to compromise its freewheeling humanity in favor of crowd-pleasing tropes."

Posted Sep 13, 2013

Nick McCarthy

48 27%

Devil's Knot (2014)

"Devil's Knot spends the bulk of its time with two people whose straightforward backgrounds and motives make them much more palatable for a mainstream audience."

Posted Sep 11, 2013

Tina Hassannia

49 ——

Pardé (Closed Curtain) ()

"In Closed Curtain, Jafar Panahi has moved past only talking about his story ideas."

Posted Sep 10, 2013

Tina Hassannia

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