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Daniel Kasman

Daniel Kasman
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
79% Burn After Reading (2008) Snark maybe is as snark does, but aren't there cases where snark is justified?‐ MUBI
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57% Sukiyaki Western Django (2008) Pastiche rides the high frontier in "Sukiyaki Western Django", a film that strips the "Kill Bill" model of genre spoof down just to referents, quotes, and iconography, leaving strewn along its path the wreckage a blunt critic might call "the point."‐ MUBI
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68% Romance of Astrea and Celadon (2008) ...the director's own sweet, unexpected eroticism, and the film's gentle spirit simply make a work that is light, lovely, and strange.‐ MUBI
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74% La Fille Coupée en Deux (The Girl Cut in Two) (A Girl Cut in Two) (2008) Claude Chabrol is a trespasser, one who has ventured into an uncharted place where the droll is almost totally sublimated into the sinister, and it is nearly impossible to tell when his films are joking or when they are cutting.‐ MUBI
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92% Profit Motive & the Whispering Wind (2008) John Gianvito proves once again that in the cinema simplicity begets superlative richness.‐ MUBI
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81% Mad Detective (2008) After so many stoical, staunchly confident films from Johnnie To, it's always refreshing to see one of his collaborations with fellow Milkyway Image director/producer Wai Ka-fai...‐ MUBI
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87% Avant que j'Oublie (Before I Forget) (2008) ..."Before I Forget" one of the most unexpected surprises I've seen in some time...‐ MUBI
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87% Wonderful Town (2007) "Wonderful Town", the promising first film by Aditya Assarat, has a great amount of outer spirit, though what it truly lacks is an expressive inner life.‐ MUBI
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93% La France (2008) It is a fantasy that hangs between something magical and something much darker...‐ MUBI
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94% My Winnipeg (2007) ...there is no denying that Maddin is pushing not only himself as an artist...‐ MUBI
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81% Le Voyage du Ballon Rouge (The Flight of the Red Balloon) (2007) ...a release from a desire to control and finds joy in a simple pleasure, a simple presence, a lovely mood.‐ MUBI
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48% My Blueberry Nights (2007) A refresher, deep-breath after the fractured convolution in production and final result of his last film, "2046"...‐ MUBI
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90% Alexandra (2007) The film had so beautifully evoked this tenor of decamped emotional ties, of a people cared for forever traveling away from home, by conflating the grandmother's searching familial love with the isolated, forlorn faces of the soldiers...‐ MUBI
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33% Boarding Gate (2008) In the spirit of the financial and creative constraints of B-movies, Assayas has taken his latest film [and] filled it with bare characters moving briskly across limited landscapes, and gotten a skimmed, thinned result of considerable kinetic emptiness.‐ MUBI
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76% Paranoid Park (2007) ..."Paranoid Park" nevertheless gets into the headspace of its young high school skater protagonist and treats with supreme respect what might be best described as a blown mind.‐ MUBI
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83% The Silence Before Bach (Die Stille vor Bach) (2007) Portabella never loses his sense of humor even amidst the grandeur of the music, and the seriousness of the ideas.‐ MUBI
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70% The Duchess of Langeais (Ne Touchez Pas La Hache)(Don't Touch the Axe) (2007) ...the film's pinnacle example of masterful direction, as well as the abyss-like darkness of the story's creeping sense of the fruitlessness of romance, and possibly of life.‐ MUBI
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96% 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007) Regular spaces and regular interactions take on...a grave pressure cooker effect...the film nearly becomes unbearable as small actions, movements, looks, and utterances take on an affectation of desperation and the utmost importance.‐ MUBI
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77% Cloverfield (2008) What a frustrating mess of possibilities and failed opportunities "Cloverfield" is! It is a monster-attacks-city movie at heart, and an incompetent one at that, but, oh, what it could have been.‐ MUBI
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
31% Youth Without Youth (2007) Everything is futile in Francis Ford Coppola's first movie in over a decade, "Youth Without Youth", a sort of "Indiana Jones" meets pulp Proust. ‐ MUBI
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91% There Will Be Blood (2007) We find someone embracing the strange; dedicating not just a film to it, but letting it, for the most, and brilliant, part letting that strangeness move and alter the film in frustrating, tantalizing, and often unknown and unknowable ways.‐ MUBI
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87% Woman on the Beach (2008) Hong Sang-soo's "Woman on the Beach" is his most complicated film, yet it seems his most accessible. ‐ MUBI
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27% The Pleasure of Being Robbed (2008) "The Pleasure of Being Robbed" isn't exactly a criticism of its generational brethren, but it is a fundamental improvement, a small quiet film that sees its small quietness with a sympathetic sadness‐ MUBI
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98% Let the Right One In (2008) Who better to sympathize with during the lonely alienation common to adolescence than the equally forlorn existence of a teenage vampire?‐ MUBI
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75% En la Ciudad de Sylvia (In the City of Sylvia) (2007) ...it is "In the City of Sylvia"'s simplicity that makes it impossible to summarize, jettisoning plot for an enigmatic, open-ended cinematic tone.‐ MUBI
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85% Wendy and Lucy (2008) Giving quiet, but pointed consideration to the cinematically ignored economic anguish and wistful unhappiness of one end of American life...‐ MUBI
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80% Gran Torino (2009) ..."Gran Torino" contains within its strangely tight wanderings the utter, dexterous precision of drama-comedy and tragedy-given not to intellect and consideration, but to profound conviction and feeling.‐ MUBI
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83% Two Lovers (2008) James Gray has exactly what American cinema needs-sincerity. Gray deals in melodrama-and male melodrama at that-but treats it with a solemn seriousness that makes one believe again in the earnestness of American genre cinema.‐ MUBI
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89% Adventureland (2009) ...a comedy so human it is tragic.‐ MUBI
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51% The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (2009) Clearly, this isn't about crime and it isn't about terror; it isn't even about the heist...it's about being fed up with the quintessential American city.‐ MUBI
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100% Liverpool (2008) It is difficult for me to qualify what it is about "Liverpool" I find so overwhelming, one of the great films of our times.‐ MUBI
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68% Shutter Island (2010) Scorsese utilizes his audience's awareness of cinematic conventions to shorthand his way through a film, slipping past and through the details of mystery, shock, horror, and psychoanalysis...‐ MUBI
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96% 13 Assassins (2011) As this finale makes clear, Miike is well aware of the conventionality of "13 Assassins" and clearly is comfortable following and continuing its form.‐ MUBI
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89% My Joy (2011) ..."My Joy"'s striking structure is directly inspired by a strange record of anecdotes that disturb the story of a young truck driver's route through the Russian countryside.‐ MUBI
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92% Into The Abyss (2011) The filmmaker talks with loose, amateurish presence to the people-leading questions, re-framing camerawork, shoddy jump cuts-and by talking to them makes them participants in a weird, painful geographic-familial-residential tapestry of anguish.‐ MUBI
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
79% Melancholia (2011) Suffering from a vague script, vague performances, and even vaguer mise-en-scène, Lars von Trier's "Melancholia" achieves a strange momentum towards the abstraction of scattershot filmmaking reminiscent...of his Dogme days.‐ MUBI
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77% A Dangerous Method (2011) The film shocks with its sheer stateliness, its almost quiet abstraction of tumultuous melodrama.‐ MUBI
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82% House of Pleasures (2011) Yet there is something else here, mysterious, practically intangible within the confines both of the brothel and the genre, something that leaves the film a lingering quality like smoke left hanging in a vacated room, traces, ghosts, remnants.‐ MUBI
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78% Outrage (2011) Outrage is a minimal but forceful answer to fans and the desires of the international market who clearly desire for Kitano to kill more that the lives of the yakuza are exercises in the art of nihilistic violence...‐ MUBI
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71% Carnage (2011) Roman Polanski, adapting a play by Yasmina Reza into a Brooklyn kammerspiel, turns Buñuel's "The Exterminating Angel" into a non-fantastic comedic farce of banal bourgeois pettiness.‐ MUBI
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84% Crazy Horse (2012) Black box shadow play and dubbed orgasmic moaning-Frederick Wiseman's documentary on the Crazy Horse cabaret in Paris sets its world rules from the start: the presentation of stagecraft fantasy.‐ MUBI
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98% This Is Not a Film (2012) Panahi, with a humble admission behind which is a baffled desperation, proves that everyone involved on a film set is making a film, that all are complicit and are creative, all directors in their own right.‐ MUBI
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93% A Simple Life (2012) Ann Hui risks the delicate balancing act of combine fantasy and reality with "A Simple Life", another-and an exceedingly excellent and moving-mainstream "social message" film from this master director. ‐ MUBI
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74% Alps (Alpeis) (2012) Giorgos Lanthimos' "Alps" is a gimmick brought to life, a conceptual idea of a social situation filmed with automatons and containing but an illustration of a concept.‐ MUBI
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64% Cosmopolis (2012) Continuing along a line introduced in last year's "A Dangerous Method", David Cronenberg pushes his cinema towards a talky abstraction in his uncanny, perversely funny and frighteningly insular adaptation of Don DeLillo, "Cosmopolis".‐ MUBI
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83% In Another Country (2013) ...Huppert's character is a social flaneur who, whether she knows it or not, searches for guidance in others, the world around her and ultimately in herself in order to find a response, an intentional act taken in conscious responsibility. ‐ MUBI
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85% Wu xia (Dragon) (2012) ...Chan's film is a glut, casting a wide, glossy net through its mash-up of martial arts, detective story, period film, parental-domestic drama, and philosophical inquiry.‐ MUBI
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94% Night Across the Street (2013) The film itself is quintessential Ruiz, and it will be, and I suppose must be said, a thematically "appropriate" final film...‐ MUBI
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75% Paradise: Love (2013) Here, each shot tells a story, silent cinema style, and Seidl's cinema resembles the railroad-like cinema construction of the silents. Yet he is not just presentational; this presentation confronts...‐ MUBI
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73% Student (2013) You cannot look away from Darezhan Omirbaev's "Student", as you can't look away from any of the Kazakh director's films, for each and every shot is quietly but powerfully charged.‐ MUBI
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