Clayton Dillard

Clayton Dillard
Clayton Dillard's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Slant Magazine

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/4 80% Hyènes (Hyenas) (1992) Djibril Diop Mambéty's 1992 film resonates primarily for its lacerating comedic writing and pacing. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
No Score Yet So Dark the Night (1946) Transformation, whether of theme or person, lies at the heart of Joseph H. Lewis's cinematic identity. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2019
96% My Name Is Julia Ross (1945) Transformation, whether of theme or person, lies at the heart of Joseph H. Lewis's cinematic identity. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2019
2/4 60% Wùlu (2017) Aside from the late arrival of a hard-hitting, ambient techno score by Éric Neveux, Wùlu ultimately lacks enough distinctive formal touches to break free from its superior predecessors. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
2.5/4 79% Cielo (2017) Alison McAlpine's documentary lacks urgency beyond its persistent pondering of the sky's eternal mysteries. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2018
3.5/4 No Score Yet 317th Platoon (1965) The cumulative effect of Pierre Schoendoerffer's realist approach reinforces the unsparing nature of international conflict. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2018
3.5/4 93% A Skin So Soft (Ta peau si lisse) (2018) A Skin So Soft is an object lesson on how dispensing with the template of the expository documentary can help filmmakers see past the most explicit attributes of their subjects. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
3.5/4 78% Scarred Hearts (2018) Despite the film's bleak premise, writer-director Radu Jude finds dark humor within the certainty of death. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
2.5/4 90% The Citizen (Az Allampolgar) (2018) It adheres too rigidly to news-cycle replications of barbaric governmental acts, and without putting them into greater perspective. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2018
3/4 77% Les Carabiniers (1967) Jean-Luc Godard's conviction that action, and not idle thought, is the lifeblood of social progress is palpable. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2018
2.5/4 98% Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts (2018) The film is enlivened by an acute grasp of the impossibilities that abused Indonesian women face in a society predicated on their continued physical and emotional subjugation to men. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2018
1.5/4 82% Gabriel and the Mountain (Gabriel e a montanha) (2018) The film seems to think that the mere recognition of Gabriel as a narcissist sufficiently complicates the character's sense of entitlement. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2018
75% Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song (1971) Vinegar Syndrome's sterling Blu-ray of Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song will satisfy any cinephile who's been awaiting the definitive restoration and release of this cult classic. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2018
3/4 100% On the Seventh Day (En el Séptimo Día) (2018) On the Seventh Day brings a certain levity to wrenching matters of daily survival by thoroughly humanizing its characters, thus preventing them from feeling as if they're being written as stand-ins for thematic ideas. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2018
3.5/4 100% Summer 1993 (Estiu 1993) (2018) The film's screenplay is impressive for how crucial plot points emerge as backdrops to the explicit purpose of a scene. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2018
2/4 89% The Desert Bride (La Novia del Desierto) (2018) As two-handers go, the film has a moderately compelling pair of performances at its center, with Claudio Rissi's take on a fun-loving road warrior providing an amusing, if obvious, counterpoint to Paulina García's reserved homebody. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2018
2/4 85% The Gospel According to André (2018) Kate Novack's documentary is an act of template filmmaking, designed for maximum accessibility. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
1.5/4 95% Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story (2017) The film curiously steers toward surmising Hedy Lamarr's psychological state as it pertained to love and pleasure. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2017
1.5/4 95% Hunter Gatherer (2016) A deliberately offbeat characterization of mental illness, Hunter Gatherer is ultimately a failed act of empathy. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2017
2.5/4 91% The Other Side of Hope (Toivon tuolla puolen) (2017) The Other Side of Hope fulfills the vague sense of its aspirational title as a film limited in scope and led only by the guidance of its maker's skeptical positivity. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2017
2/4 96% Félicité (2017) Alain Gomis never reconciles throughout how the film's disparate parts are meant to fit together. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2017
3.5/4 99% Faces Places (Visages, villages) (2017) Agnès Varda and JR's film develops into something approaching a manifesto for the possibility of shared happiness. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2017
1.5/4 59% Bobbi Jene (2017) Elvira Lind's film is closer to an advertisement for Bobbi Jene Smith than a film about the contemporary dancer. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2017
2/4 91% Rat Film (2017) Inherent to director Theo Anthony's misappropriation of the essay form is a conflicting account of precisely which history his documentary seeks to investigate. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
2.5/4 38% Death Note (2017) Whereas the more grounded scenes of Death Note anchor a startlingly bloody fantasy of power run amok, the scenes that fixate on super powers and code-busting seldom manage to rise above the realm of serviceable YA fiction. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2017
2/4 94% Gook (2017) It fumbles the take on how its characters' anger fits into the greater landscape of L.A. during the aftermath of the Rodney King beating. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2017
4/4 83% Nocturama (2017) Bertrand Bonello constructs a clear-eyed sense of how technology keeps getting closer and closer to replacing human consciousness. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2017
3.5/4 98% Whose Streets? (2017) The film's rhythmic editing contextualizes Ferguson's streets for their relevance to a black populace's want for stability and peace. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2017
1.5/4 94% Icarus (2017) A routinely assembled mélange of provocative material consistently undone by its maker's perplexing need to foist himself into the center of every conversation. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2017
100% Desert Hearts (1986) It advocates risk and consciousness in tandem as the only means to overcome the cold, repressive hand of so-called normative thought. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2017
3/4 92% Kékszakállú (2017) Like Shohei Imamura, Argentinian writer-director Gaston Solnicki can be understood as a cinematic "entomologist." - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2017
1.5/4 80% The Wrong Light (2017) The divide between meaningful journalism and ethical filmmaking seldom seems as wide as it does in The Wrong Light. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2017
1.5/4 20% The House (2017) Nonsensical characterizations abound throughout The House without ever dipping into unbridled absurdity. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2017
2.5/4 90% Pop Aye (2017) Kirsten Tan's Pop Aye remains beholden to both the rhetoric and recipe of quirk-fueled redemption. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2017
100% César (1936) Long available only on insufficient DVD transfers and in tattered prints, The Marseille Trilogy finally arrives on Blu-ray boasting a radiant image and a boatload of extras worthy of Marcel Pagnol's inimitable wit and style. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2017
3/4 100% My Journey Through French Cinema (Voyage À Travers Le Cinéma Français) (2017) Bertrand Tavernier's exquisite documentary consistently avoids mere hagiography by looking to the films themselves. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2017
2/4 92% Raising Bertie (2017) The documentary mistakes its access to quotidian behaviors as evidence of the need for comprehensive educational and financial reform. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2017
3/4 85% Afterimage (Powidoki) (2017) Andrzej Wajda's film is a lean, unwavering look at the effects of artistic idealism in the face of fascist doctrine. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2017
2.5/4 93% Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe (2017) The film hovers between being a straight-up biopic of Zweig and a diagnosis of neoliberalism's recent ceding to neofascist policy and nationalistic fervor. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2017
2.5/4 96% Solaris (1976) Andrei Tarkovsky's pacing is less moved by narrative detail than thematic and metaphorical suggestion. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2017
3/4 100% The Future Perfect (El futuro perfecto) (2016) The Future Perfect has the texture of a novella that keeps reworking the same idea in successively intricate ways. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
2.5/4 82% A Woman's Life (Une vie) (2017) The choice of low-grade, handheld digital images further reduces the film to the clichés of revisionist literary filmmaking. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2017
.5/4 50% Julian Schnabel: A Private Portrait (2017) The film is intended to be placed at the altar of Julian Schnabel, an artist so singular that words simply fail. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2017
2/4 92% Obit (2017) The film ascribes to a conventionally contrapuntal take on the lives of those who spend all day surrounded by death. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2017
3/4 85% Mimosas (2017) It confounds its surface narrative with hints of layered meanings to come through a jockeying of story threads. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2017
3/4 57% i hate myself :) (2017) Few documentarians give themselves to their work as literally as Joanna Arnow. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2017
43% Ghost in the Shell (2017) The primary pleasure of the film resides in its awareness of the impossibilities of unity, whether physical or cultural, within a rapidly transforming global milieu. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2017
2/4 93% A Woman, A Part (2017) The film's depiction of friendship seldom pushes past insights predicated on a fundamental tension between characters. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2017
83% The Last Family (Ostatnia rodzina) (2016) Robert Bolesto's screenplay tends to literalize its theme of unfulfilled desire by having characters explicitly lament their lost pasts. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2017
1/4 No Score Yet The Institute (2017) The Institute seems constantly on the verge of dipping into spoof, though of what exactly is difficult to say. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017