Sight and Sound

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 98%

20,000 Days on Earth (2014)

"Accompanied by a valuable ruminative voiceover from Cave himself, pondering the interconnectedness of his many narrative songs, the whole artefact offers a fascinating portrait of an artist and performer with a relentless drive to create."

Posted Sep 19, 2014

Trevor Johnston

2 59%

Finding Fela! (2014)

"Finding Fela fully earns its two-hour running time, and could easily have sustained more, such is the wealth of material and music, and such is the brisk momentum maintained by Gibney and editor Lindy Jankura."

Posted Sep 5, 2014

Sam Davies

3 86%

Night Moves (2014)

"Here's how good a filmmaker Kelly Reichardt is. She can pack an entire movie's worth of meaning into a sliver of onscreen space, and do it so subtly that even attentive viewers might miss the trick."

Posted Aug 28, 2014

Adam Nayman

4 95%

Two Days, One Night ()

"As usual in Dardenne films, such melodramatic contrivances are softened by their integration into the naturalistic flow of incidents, by the overall sensitivity to social and economic realities and by the generally credible performances."

Posted Aug 22, 2014

Tony Rayns

5 58%

Underdogs (2015)

"There are few surprises, but the slick visuals, piquant humour and genial feeling for the gaming of yesteryear make it a hardy challenger for the animation titans north of the equator."

Posted Aug 21, 2014

Matthew Taylor

6 97%

To Have and Have Not (1944)

"Asking an audience to laugh for two hours at the delirium tremens of a man suffering from alcoholism is a grisly thing."

Posted Aug 15, 2014

Herman G. Weinberg

7 92%

Lilting (2014)

"Thanks to the delicate, multilingual set-up, almost every exchange carries an unpredictable dramatic charge."

Posted Aug 15, 2014

Ashley Clark

8 96%

WALL-E (2008)

"It indeed feels 'new', moving out of Pixar's comfort zone while retaining the brand's populist virtues: loveable characters, crafted jokes, aw-shucks niceness and wonderful images."

Posted Aug 13, 2014

Andrew Osmond

9 92%

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

"The script resembles a spaghetti tangle of individual character arcs. Luckily, they're all engaging and reasonably fresh."

Posted Jul 31, 2014

Kim Newman

10 86%

Joe (2014)

"There is a pleasing synchronicity between Joe's attempts to stem his temper and the effort made by Cage to keep his own actorly excesses in check."

Posted Jul 25, 2014

Ryan Gilbey

11 92%

Norte, the End of History (2014)

"Diaz's most vocal fans do him no favours in this regard: he might become a better, more self-critical director if people stopped reassuring him that every new film he makes is a deathless masterpiece."

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Adrian Martin

12 99%

Boyhood (2014)

"Boyhood proceeds in brisk, implacably linear chronological fashion, and despite its 165-minute running time, is astonishingly minimal."

Posted Jul 11, 2014

Ashley Clark

13 75%

Bicycling with Moliere (2014)

"Cycling with Molière gives us both a French-language fest and acting fireworks."

Posted Jul 7, 2014

Ginette Vincendeau

14 82%

Camille Claudel, 1915 (2013)

"This later history of Claudel, which stars Juliette Binoche, is spare, harsh and minimalistic, as one would expect from Bruno Dumont."

Posted Jun 20, 2014

Graham Fuller

15 83%

Belle (2014)

"This inextricable intertwining of love and justice, private and public, personal and political, is the film's great cri de coeur and its structural brilliance, as costume and courtroom drama comment on, and merge into, each other."

Posted Jun 13, 2014

Sophie Mayer

16 50%

Pain & Gain (2013)

"While Pain & Gain often frustrates, Bay's overwhelming cinematic sense is undeniable."

Posted Jun 6, 2014

Nick Pinkerton

17 93%

Fruitvale Station (2013)

"It focuses on its subject's humanity and assesses the tragedy on a personal rather than explicitly sociopolitical level. However, the way in which it fleshes out Oscar's character makes it an acutely political work."

Posted Jun 6, 2014

Ashley Clark

18 92%

Venus in Fur (2014)

"This is Polanski's second theatre adaptation in a row after Carnage, and at the age of 80 he shows no signs of slowing down. It's easily his most enjoyable film for some time."

Posted May 30, 2014

Roger Clarke

19 88%

The Punk Singer (2013)

"Anderson's film -- a scrappy, exuberant battler like its subject -- shows how Hanna has transmuted a hunger borne of body-image pressure into a hunger to change the world."

Posted May 29, 2014

Sophie Mayer

20 ——

How To Disappear Completely ()

"Shot wide, and made to resound to a throbbing electro pulse... How To Disappear Completely is a haunting, apocalyptic vision that hypnotises the viewer into a trance state while establishing an almost tangible sense of approaching dread."

Posted May 26, 2014

Anton Bitel

21 ——

Shift (2009)

"With its protagonist unwilling, if not quite unable, to shift from her stasis, this is coming-of-age that never arrives, leaving the viewer aptly on hold."

Posted May 26, 2014

Anton Bitel

22 ——

Tuhog (2002)

"all the stories are told with something less than economy, while Tonio's and Caloy's already rather light stories seem all the more disposable when pinned to the gravity of Fiesta's tragedy."

Posted May 26, 2014

Anton Bitel

23 100%

On The Job (2013)

"an audacious trawl through the gutter of Manila's political structures, evoking the very best conspiracy thrillers of the 70s while remaining utterly contemporary and local. "

Posted May 26, 2014

Anton Bitel

24 ——

Tiktik: The Aswang Chronicles ()

"This is the first Filipino film to have been shot entirely on green-screen chroma key, so at least there are oddly stylised backgrounds against which all the one-dimensional characters can play out their sub-Night of the Living Dead siege routines."

Posted May 26, 2014

Anton Bitel

25 ——

The Search For Weng Weng ()

"Overlapping to a degree with Mark Hartley's Machete Maidens Unleashed! (2010), Leavold's quest to uncover the man behind the legend becomes an affectionate if bittersweet history of Filipino exploitation cinema"

Posted May 26, 2014

Anton Bitel

26 ——

Struggled Reagans ()

"Struggled Reagans is horny, lysergic and postmodern, reconfiguring its Power Rangers-style ensemble heroics as both priapic trash and transcendental parable."

Posted May 26, 2014

Anton Bitel

27 ——

Quand je serai dictateur (When I Will Be Dictator) ()

"This melancholic oddity may be slow to start, but once it gets going it offers many peculiar insights into film and fantasy; it also manages to be very moving, despite or perhaps because of its overt artifice."

Posted May 26, 2014

Anton Bitel

28 62%

Mood Indigo (2014)

"There are conceits aplenty, but not enough underlying substance or believable characters to render all the wild whimsy attractive or even endurable."

Posted May 26, 2014

Anton Bitel

29 27%

Upside Down (2013)

"The problem is that the physics here are patently ridiculous, and there is likewise no viable chemistry between stars Jim Sturgess and Kirsten Dunst."

Posted May 26, 2014

Anton Bitel

30 100%

Frequencies (2014)

"at once a star-crossed romance, an allegory of (class) discord and (musical) harmony, and a theological investigation into nature and nurture, free will and determinism. It's out there, alright - and there's nothing else out there quite like it."

Posted May 26, 2014

Anton Bitel

31 ——

Suicide Or Lulu And Me In A World Made For Two ()

"In the film's artificial monochrome world, inflected with the stylisations of German Expressionism and the French New Wave, reality proves an elusive concept less desirable than fantasy."

Posted May 26, 2014

Anton Bitel

32 ——

LFO: The Movie (2014)

"Tublén's wryly banalised, tone-perfect scenario builds with disorienting humour to a bleak, thought-provoking close that suggests it is ultimately impossible to escape one's own darkest interiors."

Posted May 26, 2014

Anton Bitel

33 ——

Desolate ()

"Grant's editing is the real hero here, piecing together many close-ups into an impressionistic mosaic of delusion, distraction and deep damage"

Posted May 26, 2014

Anton Bitel

34 ——

Time Lapse ()

"a paradox-filled, reflexive plot "

Posted May 26, 2014

Anton Bitel

35 ——

Bunker 6 ()

"oppressively claustrophobic corridors are made to accommodate two very different 'alternative realities'"

Posted May 26, 2014

Anton Bitel

36 ——

El Desierto (The Desert) (2014)

"an intense Sartrean character drama, rather than just another low-budget zombie flick."

Posted May 26, 2014

Anton Bitel

37 93%

A Touch of Sin (2013)

"It's that quality of directness, of purpose -- here particularly fierce purpose -- that gives Jia's plays with fiction and nonfiction both their vigour and their political perceptiveness and bite."

Posted May 22, 2014

Andrew Tracy

38 73%

Godzilla (2014)

"Edwards takes care to include people in the frame, often for size reference, and stages excellent moments of awe-inspiring peril in which tiny figures are dwarfed by monsters and general devastation."

Posted May 22, 2014

Kim Newman

39 95%

Sanma no aji (An Autumn Afternoon) (The Widower) (1964)

"While An Autumn Afternoon is in so many ways wholly typical of Ozu, it's also a very distinct variation, following beautifully from its predecessors."

Posted May 20, 2014

Geoff Andrew

40 ——

Le chagrin des oiseaux (Timbuktu) ()

"Abderrahmane Sissako may not be the most prolific of filmmakers, but he is undoubtedly one of the most interesting and ambitious writer-directors working in film today, and quite possibly one of the best."

Posted May 15, 2014

Geoff Andrew

41 89%

The Wind Rises (2014)

"It's Miyazaki's most atypical cartoon, yet it might be his most personal self-representation, a portrait of the artist as a myopic dreamer."

Posted May 13, 2014

Andrew Osmond

42 96%

Blue Ruin (2014)

"Saulnier works intelligent and engrossing variations on the revenge thriller."

Posted May 8, 2014

Trevor Johnston

43 87%

Exhibition (2014)

"Exhibition proclaims itself to be an assertively front-facing film: an object knowingly placed on view, inviting or challenging us to contemplate it from outside."

Posted Apr 28, 2014

Andrew Tracy

44 19%

Transcendence (2014)

"[A] pallid and self-serious genre trifle."

Posted Apr 28, 2014

Michael Atkinson

45 97%

We Are the Best! (2014)

"We Are the Best! is a low-key pleasure. It is perhaps not a project that tests Moodysson as a director but it resoundingly shows his brilliance at directing young performers."

Posted Apr 18, 2014

Jonathan Romney

46 89%

Calvary (2014)

"Gleeson's magnificent intensity and the palpable wit and intelligence of the film's conception make Calvary an audacious advance on The Guard."

Posted Apr 11, 2014

Jonathan Romney

47 77%

Noah (2014)

"What's finally impressive about Noah, even to those of us who are hardly unconditional Aronofskians, is the degree of unbending faith on which this massively ambitious venture is built."

Posted Apr 10, 2014

Jonathan Romney

48 99%

20 Feet From Stardom (2013)

"Consciously avoiding a Dreamgirls vibe that suggests their failure was a showbiz tragedy, Neville lets his subjects unabashedly strut their stuff."

Posted Mar 28, 2014

Kate Stables

49 99%

Starred Up (2014)

"For all its shockingly graphic bloodshed and atmosphere of pervasive doom, the moments when Starred Up grabs the jugular most are the scenes in Oliver's anger-management classes, where Eric sits with people of similar age and vulnerability."

Posted Mar 20, 2014

Michael Pattison

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