Charles Mudede

Charles Mudede
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
75% The Wandering Earth (2019) Loud, frenetic, and filled with sublime industrial and cosmic moments, blasts for fire and rockets, falling boulders and chunks of ice and blocks of concrete. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2019
94% Rafiki (2019) It's rare to see this side of Africa (middle-class, urban, post-postcolonial) on the screen. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
94% Transit (2019) Transit is not Petzold's first ghost story, but it is certainly his boldest and most intense. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
95% What Is Democracy? (2019) This doc, which is weirdly tranquil, explores not so much democracy but the roots of much of the misery in our one and only world. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2019
95% The Wild Pear Tree (Ahlat agaci) (2019) The Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan has finally made a masterpiece. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
No Score Yet One Armed Swordsman (1967) If you want an idea of how the unspoken class issues of the Jedi movies could have been represented or expressed, you only have to watch martial-arts masterpiece One-Armed Swordsman. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
92% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) When together, they are madly in love, fight a lot, and make beautiful jazz. The film has a perfect ending. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
91% Sicilian Ghost Story (2018) It is the fairy-tale mood that makes this movie special. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) It is a carefully and beautifully crafted work that appears to be about one thing (the strong bonds of family life), but is really about something else-the way a city forces us to invent our lives. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
No Score Yet Donna Haraway: Story Telling for Earthly Survival (2016) Haraway, in her work and in this documentary, critiques the cultural productions of this sociality. Her philosophy also constructs new modes of living and dying that weirdly resemble Margulis's ambient symbiotic planet. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2018
89% Prospect (2018) Prospect is a deeply Northwest film. We live on this strange moon. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
79% Outrage (2011) Its greatness is almost entirely found in the editing, which is cool, exact, minimalist, and rhythmically modern. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
47% Beyond Outrage (2014) The tension between the past and the future leads to lots and lots of brilliantly edited (the genius of the movie) violence. In the end, no one loses and no one wins - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
100% Tokyo Waka: A City Poem (2013) The documentary is a poem-meaning it has no narrative structure...it only captures random moments, brief ideas, snatches of scientific information about the accidental relationship between them and us. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
No Score Yet Electro Chaabi (2013) An entertaining look at a musical genre that recently emerged on the streets of Cairo. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
70% Four Corners (2013) Each character is defined by a distinct narrative drawn from Hollywood cinema...the languages, gestures, manners, thinking, and appearance of the characters are clearly South African, but they are in narrative modes that are clearly American. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
75% Documented (2014) An engaging documentary...Documented also explores Vargas's painful relationship with his mother. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
No Score Yet B for Boy (2013) This Chika Anadu film is not out to dazzle the audience, but to present a complicated picture of contemporary Nigerian culture. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
96% Manakamana (2014) What we see and enjoy is the king of cinema: the human visage. recommended - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
77% A Coffee in Berlin (2014) ...both tragic and funny. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
87% A Most Wanted Man (2014) The last minute of this film will break your heart. Good-bye, Philip Seymour Hoffman. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
93% Boogie Nights (1997) It is remarkable that [Seymour Hoffman] was able to stand out-it's packed with great performances from some of the best of the best: Don Cheadle, John C. Reilly, William H. Macy, Heather Graham, and, of course, Burt Reynolds. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
98% A Summer's Tale (2014) The sheer beat of the words keeps the actors moving in time, moving in circles, moving toward or away from each other... - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
100% The Pleasures Of Being Out Of Step (2014) Hentoff is also an American original, a consequence of his faith in the music made by some of the most oppressed members of this society. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
91% There Will Be Blood (2007) [PTA] had way too much confidence in his own talent. But after watching the movie, I failed to forget its images, to stop thinking about its plot, to silence its soundtrack. It's possible that the director has a correct assessment of his artistic worth. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
59% Finding Fela! (2014) You have to learn to love his music, but once you do, it will take you to the deepest places of your soul. This film, which is built around the production of the musical, is for those who want to learn how to love Kuti. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
82% Land Ho! (2014) Amazing that they made so much out of so little. Nelson relentlessly pumps out the comedy, and Eenhoorn convincingly counters this bombardment and brings a much-needed splash of sunlight to the film's end. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
97% No No: A Dockumentary (2014) What all of this shows is that the universe has no god, and that good and evil have nothing to do with its structure. Morality is human. Greatness is immoral. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
35% Flashdance (1983) The working-class ambitions in Flashdance are not about grace but fame. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
65% The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them (2014) It goes on and on and nothing much happens but this going on and on. And you can easily imagine the amazement that filled my face when I learned that it could actually have gone on and on for much longer than I saw it going. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
11% No Good Deed (2014) No Good Deed is a box-office hit. It's also a very good thriller with a deep and important message. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
No Score Yet Chat (2014) The main and even mesmerizing achievement in Greg Lundgren's film is that he matched the depthlessness of pornographic webcam interactions with the depthless beauty of the leading subject's face - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
39% The Liberator (2014) Despite the super-fast pace of The Liberator, which is about the rise and fall of the 19th-century South American warrior and anti-colonist Simón Bolívar, Ramirez always finds a way to give his words and moments weight. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
28% Autómata (2014) If robots are doing all of the hard work, where are the profits coming from in this slave economy? Who is this corporation exploiting? It only has one market. This makes no sense. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
100% Stations of the Elevated (2014) All that we see in this beautiful, poetic documentary is nothing less than the birthplace of hip-hop. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
65% Fishing Without Nets (2014) What's the problem? There are so many. For example: The film doesn't at all explain how or why the fish population was depleted or where all of the machine guns are coming from... - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
No Score Yet Fandry (2013) Nagraj Manjule's film is expertly paced, elegantly scored (no sitars but mandolins and violins), and packed with convincing details of village life. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
97% Hiroshima Mon Amour (1960) It was one of the few movies in the world to express with near perfection the truth about the soul-destroying effects a city has on lovers, the pain it can cause them, the monsters that it turns them into. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
92% Norte, the End of History (2014) It's a monumental achievement: a four-hour film you wish could be longer. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
95% National Gallery (2014) There is no explanation for this documentary, no obvious goals, nor a narrator to guide us. We just watch and listen. Also, National Gallery is Wiseman's most beautiful documentary since La Danse, - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2018
51% Low Down (2014) Certainly one of the best biopics of an artist I have seen in a long time. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2018
86% Top Five (2014) Though Rock is funny throughout the film, the story would have collapsed in the absence of the cameos. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2018
98% Hoop Dreams (1994) It is impossible to watch this story of kids who have dreams of becoming rich and famous by way of professional basketball without a sense of nostalgia and even sadness. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2018
86% Winter Sleep (2014) Nuri Bilge Ceylan's Winter Sleep is in fact two films. It is more than fair to judge one of these films as great and the other as a bit boring. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2018
89% A Most Violent Year (2015) The direction is strong, the acting solid, and the cinematography crisp. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2018
77% Amira & Sam (2015) This film, oddly enough, manages not only to draw convincing performances from the leads, but also to connect, with very light hands, American militarism with finance capital. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2018
90% Concerning Violence (2014) As for Hill, she has a voice that expresses all of her strengths and weaknesses, her beauty and her outrage. Few are as bold and as vulnerable as her. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2018
98% Leviathan (2014) Leviathan is a beautiful but bleak film. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2018
76% Queen and Country (2015) In the end, you may even like Queen and Country more than Hope and Glory, which is saying a lot. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2018
32% Chappie (2015) Sadly, Neill Blomkamp appears to have run out of steam and has no problem directing a two-hour music video for a second-rate rap group. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2018