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Clayton Dillard

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

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/4 79% Cielo (2017) Alison McAlpine's documentary lacks urgency beyond its persistent pondering of the sky's eternal mysteries. ‐ Slant Magazine
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
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2018
3.5/4 92% 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
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
3.5/4 82% Scarred Hearts (2018) Despite the film's bleak premise, writer-director Radu Jude finds dark humor within the certainty of death.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
2.5/4 88% 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
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2018
3/4 75% Les Carabiniers (1967) Jean-Luc Godard's conviction that action, and not idle thought, is the lifeblood of social progress is palpable.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2018
2.5/4 97% 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
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2018
1.5/4 80% 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
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
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
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
Read More | Posted May 21, 2018
2/4 86% 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
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2018
2/4 90% The Gospel According to André (2018) Kate Novack's documentary is an act of template filmmaking, designed for maximum accessibility.‐ Slant Magazine
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
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
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
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2017
2/4 97% Félicité (2017) Alain Gomis never reconciles throughout how the film's disparate parts are meant to fit together.‐ Slant Magazine
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
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2017
1.5/4 53% 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
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2017
2/4 90% 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
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
2.5/4 40% 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
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
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2017
4/4 88% Nocturama (2017) Bertrand Bonello constructs a clear-eyed sense of how technology keeps getting closer and closer to replacing human consciousness. ‐ Slant Magazine
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
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2017
1.5/4 93% 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
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2017
92% 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
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
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
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2017
1.5/4 18% The House (2017) Nonsensical characterizations abound throughout The House without ever dipping into unbridled absurdity.‐ Slant Magazine
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
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
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
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2017
2/4 90% Raising Bertie (2017) The documentary mistakes its access to quotidian behaviors as evidence of the need for comprehensive educational and financial reform.‐ Slant Magazine
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
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
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
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
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
2.5/4 81% 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
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
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
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2017
3/4 92% Mimosas (2017) It confounds its surface narrative with hints of layered meanings to come through a jockeying of story threads.‐ Slant Magazine
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
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
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2017
2/4 92% A Woman, A Part (2017) The film's depiction of friendship seldom pushes past insights predicated on a fundamental tension between characters.‐ Slant Magazine
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
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2017
1/4 0% The Institute (2017) The Institute seems constantly on the verge of dipping into spoof, though of what exactly is difficult to say. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
1.5/4 85% The Girl With All the Gifts (2017) The film wants to have its flesh and eat it too, but even more damning is how little meat is on its bones to begin with.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2017
3/4 81% Lovesong (2017) So Yong Kim's film ultimately manages a convincing articulation of friendship between women.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2017
3.5/4 98% I Am Not Your Negro (2017) I Am Not Your Negro makes no concessions about its dissatisfaction with the whole rotten lot of so-called western democracy.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2017
3/4 100% Starless Dreams (Royahaye dame sobh) (2017) Starless Dreams isn't suspicious of each girl's guilt but of the resultant actions are often conceived in response to chronic physical abuse.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2017