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Derek Smith

Derek Smith
"Why must one talk? Often one shouldn't talk, but live in silence. The more one talks, the less the words mean." - Nana, Vivre sa Vie

Agrees with the Tomatometer 82% of the time.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/5 94% Best Of Enemies (2015) "Sadly, for a film at least partially about the impact of evening news and political coverage, little importance is given to the actual political content as compared to the results. " ‐ Tiny Mix Tapes
Posted Sep 11, 2015
2.5/5 80% Human Capital (2015) "Human Capital treads similar structural and thematic ground as Crash and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's first three films, coming away with some of the advantages of the latter films and the weaknesses of all. " ‐ Tiny Mix Tapes
Posted Aug 4, 2015
2.5/5 72% Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles (2014) "As fascinated as it is by Welles' ascent, his unfair decline and lifelong battles to have his visions realized, it never really offers any insight on his actual work. " ‐ Tiny Mix Tapes
Posted Aug 4, 2015
3.5/5 87% The Immigrant (2014) "The Immigrant functions quite impressively as a character piece (or pieces, as the film is as much about Bruno as Ewa), a condemnation of the subjugation of foreigners and as a uniquely beautiful period piece. " ‐ Tiny Mix Tapes
Posted Aug 4, 2015
3.5/5 45% The Better Angels (2014) "Kudos to this young director for making quite a good film -- even if the guiding hand of Malick is present in every shot. " ‐ Tiny Mix Tapes
Posted Aug 4, 2015
4/5 90% Stray Dogs (2014) "The emotional and geographical wasteland where this takes place is both foreign and achingly real, and for those with the patience to traverse its terrains, its rewards are as vast as they are strange and unsettling. " ‐ Tiny Mix Tapes
Posted Aug 4, 2015
3/5 90% 24 City (Er shi si cheng ji) (2008) "In the end, the filmmaker's fragmented approach marks an interesting, if not entirely successful, departure for one of China's most talented working directors. " ‐ Tiny Mix Tapes
Posted Aug 2, 2015
4/5 99% About Elly (2015) "About Elly stands as another strong example of one of the world's true emerging talents. " ‐ Tiny Mix Tapes
Posted Aug 2, 2015
3.5/5 89% A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (2015) "Throughout [the film], Andersson melds the humorous and horrifying side effects of a dehumanizing political system and reveals the power of national pride to force a collective forgetting at the cost of the soul of its people. " ‐ Tiny Mix Tapes
Posted Aug 2, 2015
4/5 85% Lorna's Silence (2008) "The results are no less emotionally gratifying or personal than in [the Dardennes'] previous films, but Lorna's Silence is mysterious and mystifying in an entirely new way. " ‐ Tiny Mix Tapes
Posted Aug 2, 2015
3/5 88% The Pervert's Guide to Cinema (2006) "A good film to show to budding cinephiles? Yes, but in the end, The Pervert's Guide to Cinema falls slightly short of the monumental thesis on cinema spectatorship for which it strives. " ‐ Tiny Mix Tapes
Posted Aug 1, 2015
3.5/5 99% The Missing Picture (2014) "he Missing Picture is a fascinating and vital film of a history that too often remains a footnote or a death toll in the margin. " ‐ Tiny Mix Tapes
Posted Jan 5, 2015
4.5/5 96% Ida (2014) "Pawlikawski's approach is austere and subdued, capturing a sense of spiritual tranquility with a purity and economy of form that is rare outside of a Bresson or Dreyer film, yet with a political and moral fervor that this type of material demands. " ‐ Tiny Mix Tapes
Posted May 20, 2014
3/5 82% The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came To Eden (2014) "Despite The Galapagos Affair's bloated runtime, clocking in at a shade over two hours, the two-thirds of the film that is good is a very compelling illustration of the inescapability of human nature and the constraints of society. " ‐ Tiny Mix Tapes
Posted May 2, 2014
2.5/5 94% Moonrise Kingdom (2012) "For the first time, Anderson's artifice has worked against him. " ‐ Tiny Mix Tapes
Posted Jun 5, 2012
4/5 89% Inglourious Basterds (2009) "Tarantino devotes roughly equal time to discussing the cinema of G.W. Pabst and dramatizing the gory scalping of dead Nazi soldiers. It's just that kind of movie. " ‐ Tiny Mix Tapes
Posted Mar 3, 2012
No Score Yet Fata Morgana (1971) Cinematic Reflections
Posted Feb 7, 2011
50% Parade (1974) Cinematic Reflections
Posted Feb 7, 2011
No Score Yet Ici et ailleurs (Here and Elsewhere) (1976) Cinematic Reflections
Posted Feb 7, 2011
93% The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (2006) Cinematic Reflections
Posted Feb 7, 2011
75% Gabrielle (2006) Cinematic Reflections
Posted Feb 7, 2011
No Score Yet Kdo chce zabít Jessii? (Who Wants to Kill Jessie?) (1966) Cinematic Reflections
Posted Feb 7, 2011
No Score Yet The Bloody Child (1996) Cinematic Reflections
Posted Feb 7, 2011
93% The Host (2007) Cinematic Reflections
Posted Feb 7, 2011
2.5/5 50% La Frontiere de l'Aube (Frontier of the Dawn) (2008) "Coupled with Garrel's impassive approached to the material, Frontier of Dawn is a conflicted film whose striking imagery simply cannot make up for the void left by its deficient storytelling. " ‐ Tiny Mix Tapes
Posted Mar 4, 2009
3.5/4 61% Hulk (2003) "The only Ang Lee film where he shows even a modicum of originality in his direction or any real personality or interesting visual flair. " ‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Jan 16, 2008
3.5/4 40% The Bucket List (2007) "The only Ang Lee film where he shows even a modicum of originality in his direction or any real personality or interesting visual flair. " ‐ Cinematic Reflections
Posted Jan 16, 2008
4/4 71% This Land Is Mine (1943) "It moves along like a well-oiled machine until the devestating final act ties all of the smaller stories together, making it's point without being overbearing or obvious. " ‐ Cinematic Reflections
Posted Dec 30, 2006
100% Lessons of Darkness (1995) Cinematic Reflections
Posted Oct 30, 2006
1.5/4 90% How Green Was My Valley (1941) "[Its] moralizing is dishonest and at times offensive. No matter how effectively a story is told, it's hard to buy into one that so often deceives its audience. " ‐ Cinematic Reflections
Posted Oct 30, 2006
4/4 80% Bitter Victory (1957) "There is a sense that while the men here are well-versed in the theories of war, they are clueless about the realities of combat. " ‐ Cinematic Reflections
Posted Oct 30, 2006
4/4 90% Down by Law (1986) "Its soul is the same as all Jarmusch films, but here he digs a bit deeper into the roots of his own methodology and that to which he is opposed. " ‐ Cinematic Reflections
Posted Sep 25, 2006
2.5/4 81% A Prairie Home Companion (2006) "With A Prairie Home Companion, Robert Altman has once again showcased his talent for creating complex, insular worlds for his characters to inhabit. " ‐ Cinematic Reflections
Posted Aug 19, 2006
2/4 68% Perfect Blue (1999) "[An] nime thriller [that] often plays as an examination of identity and celebrity, but ultimately gets so lost in its own complex structure that it doesn't end up saying much at all. " ‐ Cinematic Reflections
Posted Aug 19, 2006
4/4 71% The Seventh Continent (Der Siebente Kontinent) (1989) "A stunning examination of the effects of emotional isolation and the inability to communicate in the modern age. " ‐ Cinematic Reflections
Posted Aug 19, 2006
3/4 64% Benny's Video (1992) "Similar to The Seventh Continent, this film's objective is to analyze and deconstruct the effects rather than senselessly guess their causes " ‐ Cinematic Reflections
Posted Aug 19, 2006
3/4 83% They Live (1988) "Carpenter's ability to fuse the bawdy humor and action with an intelligent script make for a genre film that is both thoughtful and entertaining " ‐ Cinematic Reflections
Posted Aug 19, 2006
1.5/4 91% Little Miss Sunshine (2006) "It remains stuck in a limbo state that more and more indie films find themselves these days, because of its non-committal attitude. " ‐ Cinematic Reflections
Posted Aug 19, 2006
4/4 100% Top Hat (1935) "Top Hat does not glorify wealth or upper class status - if anything it continually pokes fun at it. " ‐ Cinematic Reflections
Posted Jun 24, 2006
32/100 83% Hwal (The Bow) (2007) "A painful experience that no amount of eye candy can make up for. " ‐ Cinematic Reflections
Posted Mar 28, 2006
3.5/4 90% Pandora's Box (1929) "One of the great films about the mysterious allure of the female form and the destructive power of the male gaze that's inflicted upon it." ‐ Cinematic Reflections
Posted Mar 28, 2006
4/4 62% The New World (2005) "A melancholy revery of a time when nature provided a spiritual sustenance that could not be replaced by religious or social order. " ‐ Cinematic Reflections
Posted Mar 28, 2006
70/100 No Score Yet The Firm "A jarring exploration of the male psyche and the devastating consequences of pride and uncontained machismo in a society where men's lives have lost meaning." ‐ Cinematic Reflections
Posted Mar 28, 2006
3.5/4 100% Salesman (1968) "Functions as both a tribute to their work ethic and a condemnation of the system that considers such a profession a healthy route to the American dream." ‐ Cinematic Reflections
Posted Mar 28, 2006
4/4 87% Funny Ha Ha (2003) "One of the most accurate portrayals of post-collegiate disillusionment " ‐ Cinematic Reflections
Posted Mar 28, 2006
4/4 71% The World (2005) "The World is less a condemnation of the current state of the world than an attempt to explain and come to terms with it. " ‐ Cinematic Reflections
Posted Mar 4, 2006
71/100 77% O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000) "its tongue-in-cheek humor effortlessly gives way to poignant drama and period musical pieces throughout. " ‐ Cinematic Reflections
Posted Dec 6, 2005
59/100 41% Where the Truth Lies (2005) "A delightfully seedy mystery who's joy lies only in the journey. " ‐ Cinematic Reflections
Posted Dec 6, 2005
38/100 100% The Birth of a Nation (1915) "shocks audiences with its blatant racism yet remains one of the defining films of the silent era. " ‐ Cinematic Reflections
Posted Sep 24, 2005
4/4 92% Grizzly Man (2005) "Offers the best that non-fiction films have to offer, where the filmmaker is able to interact with, rather than simply react to, his subject... " ‐ Cinematic Reflections
Posted Sep 24, 2005
65/100 91% Downfall (Der Untergang) (2004) "Downfall takes on the unenviable task of portraying [Hitler] as a man, rather than a caricature or parody as the norm has dictated." ‐ Cinematic Reflections
Posted Jul 24, 2005
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