Dan Schindel

Dan Schindel
Dan Schindel's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Film School Rejects Paste Magazine The Film Stage The Young Folks Movie Mezzanine Nonfics Seventh Row Hyperallergic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) As fun as the movie is, there's an undeniable hollowness at its core induced by its unwillingness to follow through on certain ideas and symbols. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2020
No Score Yet A Thousand Thoughts (2018) It's a fascinating, entertaining work even if you don't count yourself a fan of Kronos Quartet. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2020
No Score Yet Midsommar: The Director's Cut (2019) Much of the film is keenly attuned to human failure and the ugliness of bad relationships, making for a magnetic but continually cringe-inducing ride. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2020
95% Shadow (2019) This heightened atmosphere sets the perfect tone for the story, which is rife with scheming, torqued emotion, and of course, incredible fight scenes. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2020
No Score Yet What We Left Unfinished (2019) By combining the surviving crew members' reminisces with the restored footage, Ghani creates a fascinating quasi-historical document. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2020
84% The Brink (2019) The resulting portrait is deeply confused, stuck between the idea of Bannon as the Great Manipulator and Bannon as just another hateful fascist agitator. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2020
No Score Yet Les Jeux Sont Faits (2012) In Les jeux sont faits, war is felt as a frighteningly mundane aspect of everyday life. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2020
31% Mapplethorpe (2019) Even among the ranks of artist biopics, which are almost never as daring as their subjects, this film is timid. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2020
99% Apollo 11 (2019) Apollo 11 is worthwhile simply for this unearthed footage. It looks astonishing, the mint-condition film flawlessly transferred into digital, and then synced to the original audio files perfectly. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2020
99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) The smartest mainstream film about class made in many years, Bong Joon-ho's Parasite lays bare the lie that hard work can bring anyone closer to their dreams. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2020
93% 2019 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Documentary (2019) Lifeboat is almost indistinguishable from 4.1 Miles, a nominee on the same topic from several years back, while Period comes across more like a commercial for the Pad Project than a real attempt at a stand-alone film. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2020
88% 2020 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Live Action (2020) The best nominee for live-action short is Marguerite, about an elderly woman whose deep attachment to her caretaker is eventually revealed to be - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2020
92% 2019 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Animation (2019) Far and away the best of the category is Weekends... Despite working with limited 2D animation, it packs more emotion into its gestures, compositions, and sense of time passing than any of the other nominees. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2020
62% Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) That writer and director Dan Gilroy tackles a subject so incredibly ripe for mockery but goes for the easiest, most tired clichés is quite disappointing. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2020
77% Never Look Away (2019) Movies about famous artists have long struggled to articulate the intangible qualities that make their work renowned. Too often they settle for pat explanations. Never Look Away is no different, even as it mixes in some truly absurd, dramatic choices. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2020
100% Midnight Traveler (2019) This is a first-person account of statelessness made with an eye for striking scenes -- not something that could have been put together by anyone who cribbed material from publicly available news sources. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2020
92% Fyre (2019) Fyre doesn't flinch from how the Fyre Festival disaster hurt many of the people wrapped up in it. The incident may be a joke to many, but there was serious harm done beyond some millennials getting stuck on a beach. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2020
80% Fyre Fraud (2019) Given what we're told of him, there's little reason to trust anything he says, and so his interviews instead make the viewer scrutinize him and suss out whether these are his true feelings or simply how a liar tells their story. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2020
95% Roma (2018) The movie's distance here works against it, emphasizing its outsider's view of what it frames as lower-class concerns. Instead of lending her character dimensionality, Cleo's tribulations begin to feel cartoonishly grim. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2020
100% The Juniper Tree (1990) Made in stark black and white to further emphasize this sense of desolation, Keene produces some stunning compositions. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2020
93% CAM (2018) There's ripe artistic possibility in exploring the interplay between projection and identity within these spaces... The new horror film Cam understands this potential, and wrings both scares and some visual ingenuity out of it. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2020
100% The Cold Blue (2019) The visuals captured by Wyler's crew are overpoweringly mesmerizing. Even in the midst of combat, there's an unreal quality to the 16mm footage. It could almost be counted against the film that it doesn't quite convey the danger. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2020
65% Suspiria (2018) A film with some interesting ideas left adrift, like dancers on a stage that's far too large for them to move across efficiently. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2020
79% 306 Hollywood (2018) The things a human collects and uses can't tell us everything about them, but 306 Hollywood allows its imagination to run wild. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
97% The Proposal (2019) The documentary doesn't bring closure to her fight for Barragán's archive, but it will work its way under a viewer's skin and leave them with persistent ideas to consider. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
100% Yours in Sisterhood (2018) Within the parameters [director Irene Lusztig]'s established... finds many different ways to prod at and muse on feminism now versus in the 1970s. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
88% Bitter Money (Ku Qian) (2016) Wang has an unreal talent for finding precisely the right way to frame candid moments -- and for making reenacted moments appear candid. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
96% The Atomic Cafe (1982) Despite its supremely dark subject matter (or maybe partly because of it), The Atomic Cafe is one of the funniest documentaries ever made. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
91% Wanda (1971) Loden's performance is a harrowing embodiment of detachment. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
41% Gauguin: Voyage to Tahiti (2018) Its focus is not instead on the art, but on the lead's romantic escapades. In the end, the movie offers only simplistic ideas about how art and artists work. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
No Score Yet Mr. Freedom (1970) A poisonously funny film that hasn't lost any of its bite, it makes for the perfect anti-Fourth of July viewing. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
94% A Skin So Soft (Ta peau si lisse) (2018) It's a mesmerizing new form of Muybridge's motion studies, and an unforgettable watch. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
81% That Summer (2018) As a "prequel" look at the Beales, That Summer makes for a fascinating contrast between the icons they have been turned into and the people they were before then. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2020
90% Isle of Dogs (2018) Having the dogs speak English lets a presumed Western audience relate to them, but ironically, the movie in many ways turns the Japanese characters into an Other... In this sense, the film's form undermines its intent. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2020
80% Unsane (2018) For every chase or cat-and-mouse sequence, there's another simply about the cold, mundane procedures that make up the lives of the patients, or the uncaring bureaucracy overseeing them. And the latter scenes are just as scary, if not more so. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2020
100% The Task (2018) The movie is a tesseract made of mirrors, implicating and absorbing all who see it, erasing the boundaries between viewer, artist, and subject. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2020
92% The Price of Everything (2018) This movie may not be able to make full sense of the trends, but it's a great peek into how the gamblers operate. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2020
100% Dawson City: Frozen Time (2017) In carefully molding these relics, Morrison is less a traditional filmmaker than he is a sculptor... The slow-moving, warped, scratched images seem emulsified in scotoma. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
96% Ghost in the Shell (1996) Identity issues in the cyber age actually make Ghost in the Shell seem extraordinarily prescient. The particulars may be off, but the emotional reality constructed by the 1995 film adaptation feels dead-on. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2020
93% Miss Hokusai (Sarusuberi: Miss Hokusai) (2016) Director Keiichi Hara shapes Miss Hokusai less as a portrait of any one person than as a portrait of a particular time and place, how we in the present relate to that time, and how art bridges the gap. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2020
A 100% Combat Obscura (2019) War is not fought but lived, and this is as close to first-person as one can get without being there. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
B- 99% Selma (2014) Looks better than the average historical drama; some top-notch performances, especially from Oyelowo; occasional moments of greatness - Film School Rejects EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
C 90% Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes (2018) There's the misapprehension that people like Ailes are in any way compelling as characters on their own, even as continual investigation finds that - shocker - rich conservative white people are rather vacant, driven mainly by hate and resentment. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2018
C 92% They'll Love Me When I'm Dead (2018) If The Other Side of the Wind is autobiographical, and They'll Love Me When I'm Dead seeks to imitate it formally, then wouldn't the optimal version of this biography really be... The Other Side of the Wind? - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2018
C 72% Ready Player One (2018) The scenes of millions of things happening at once are skillfully made, to be sure, but they're still visually busy to the point of numbness instead of energization. The action has verve but no soul. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018
C+ 44% Pacific Rim Uprising (2018) It outdoes its predecessor in embracing big-kid-playing-with-action-figures fun, and that makes it measurably more enjoyable than a lot of similar blockbusters. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2018
C 92% Love, Simon (2018) It's undeniably a good thing that it exists, that we have a wide-release movie that treats homosexuality as normal and natural, is about a gay kid, and even directed by a gay man. I just hope that it paves the way for better such movies down the line. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
C 98% Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) There are glimpses of a more complex human being throughout the film, one who would have made for a much better subject. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2018
C+ 93% The Cleaners (2018) It's when the doc moves from the micro to the macro view that it gets less cohesive, but it still makes some vital statements in doing so. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2018
B+ 97% Hale County This Morning, This Evening (2018) The doc is more invested in mourners after a burial than in immediate reactions or big events. This is a story made of the in-between pieces of stories. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2018