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Derek Smith

Derek Smith
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
.5/4 60% Black Butterfly (2017) Black Butterfly's undercooked and incoherent turn of events attempt to stupefy us into mistaking its deeply flawed internal logic for ingenuity.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted May 23, 2017
1.5/4 80% Wakefield (2017) The more curious Howard's circumstances become, the less vitality the harsh realities of his escapades away from home have. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted May 14, 2017
73% Night on Earth (1991) Throughout, Jim Jarmusch playfully blurs the line between driver/passenger, servant/customer, and native/immigrant.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted May 12, 2017
3/4 92% Hounds of Love (2017) Hounds of Love builds to a crescendo that earns its emotional catharsis while staying true to its roots as a truly chilling and intense thriller.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted May 9, 2017
2.5/4 68% The Wall (2017) The Wall packs a surprisingly savage punch by boiling the exploits of battle down to its essential elements.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted May 8, 2017
1.5/4 30% 3 Generations (2017) The main character is too often pushed to the sidelines so that the filmmakers can indulge tired family-drama tropes.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted May 3, 2017
1/4 28% Voice from the Stone (2017) In none of its manifestations is grief as tidy and meticulously arranged as in Eric D. Howell's film.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2017
1.5/4 47% Sand Castle (2017) Unwittingly perhaps, Sand Castle reveals itself as a microcosm of America's foreign policy in the Middle East.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2017
3/4 89% Heal the Living (Réparer les vivants) (2017) The film allows the sorrows of losing a life and the joys of saving it to remain congruent.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2017
1/4 16% Mine (2017) The film has absolutely no interest in the dilemmas or after-effects of war and occupation. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2017
2/4 46% The Ticket (2017) The Ticket abandons the potentially complex web of drama it initially sets up and moves toward a limp, shallow critique of superficiality itself.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2017
1/4 0% All Nighter (2017) In constantly shifting its genre allegiances, the film reveals itself to be a cinematic jack of all trades and a master of none.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2017
3/4 100% My Happy Family (Chemi Bednieri Ojakhi) (2017) My Happy Family casually lays out the domestic space where the story's events takes place with acutely detailed cultural specificity.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2017
2/4 73% The Other Half (2017) The film's emotional resonance is consistently stifled by excessively gloomy aesthetic and stylistic tics.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2017
1/4 34% The Last Word (2017) Its main character's transformation isn't significant enough to justify her complete redemption in the eyes of those around her.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2017
1.5/4 45% Youth in Oregon (2017) Joel David Moore's film is too often distracted by irrelevant emotional grandstanding.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2017
1/4 40% 100 Streets (2017) Throughout the film's three interconnected stories, Jim O'Hanlon favors the blunt, maudlin manipulations of Crash.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2017
1/4 24% Solace (2016) It joylessly coopts the hoariest stylistic tics and narrative tropes from your run-of-the-mill 1990s thriller. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2016
92% Toni Erdmann (2016) It is tender and melancholy, yet its absurdist twists, played with the straightest face, make it one of the most uniquely rewarding experiences I've had at the movies all year.‐ Tiny Mix Tapes
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2016
91% Yourself and Yours (2016) Yourself and Yours is another delightfully charming comedy from the Korean master whose lightness of touch never belies the emotional depth lurking beneath the surface.‐ Tiny Mix Tapes
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2016
97% The Salesman (Forushande) (2017) While The Salesman doesn't quite hit the emotional highs or deft narrative moves of his earlier films, it's certainly at least a worthy addition into his filmography.‐ Tiny Mix Tapes
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2016
95% Paterson (2016) Adam Driver's wonderful performance and his sweet rapport with his on-screen wife, played with delicate compassion by Golshifteh Farahani, along with a hilariously expressive bulldog, are enough to save the film from its more obnoxious idiosyncrasies.‐ Tiny Mix Tapes
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2016
81% Mifune: The Last Samurai (2016) If you're a fan of the topic, it's at least mildly entertaining, but it rarely feels like anything more than a glorified DVD extra feature.‐ Tiny Mix Tapes
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2016
3.5/5 95% The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) (2016) One of the year's more delightfully offbeat and pleasurable films.‐ Tiny Mix Tapes
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2016
3.5/5 98% The Fits (2016) If nothing else, it introduces Anna Rose Holmer to the world as another bright young female director with a unique perspective and, especially for a debut feature, a surprisingly impressive command of pacing and tone.‐ Tiny Mix Tapes
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2016
3/5 85% Tyson (2009) Compelling as Iron Mike is to listen to, it's hard to fault the filmmaker for not wanting to interrupt him.‐ Tiny Mix Tapes
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2016
2.5/5 77% The Yes Men Fix the World (2009) The duo also seems too focused on justifying their own controversial actions and harping on the humor element in the sequel.‐ Tiny Mix Tapes
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2016
3.5/5 73% Julia (2009) Risky, genuine, and alive.‐ Tiny Mix Tapes
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2016
2/5 83% The Good, the Bad, the Weird (Joheun-nom, Nabbeun-nom, Isanghan-nom) (2010) It isn't the film's style-over-substance approach that prevents it from being as engaging and entertaining as it desires; it's the lack of cohesiveness and discernible rhythm.‐ Tiny Mix Tapes
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2016
4/5 88% FILM IST. a girl & a gun (2009) Using clips mostly from obscure, silent, and often explicit films, along with quotes by Plato, Hesiod, and Sappho, Deutsch constructs his own unique history of love, lust, desire, and violence on the silver screen.‐ Tiny Mix Tapes
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2016
3.5/5 86% Everybody Wants Some!! (2016) It still comes off as another unique entry in the Linklater canon in its careful balancing of full-on machismo-filled bro-down comedy with more tender scenes of genuine male bonding.‐ Tiny Mix Tapes
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2016
3/5 92% Notfilm (2015) As tough as it is to sit through at times, it's worth the effort to get to the beautiful nuggets of gold it occasionally mines.‐ Tiny Mix Tapes
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2016
2.5/5 73% Valley Of Love (2016) As weak as Valley of Love is for much of its first hour, its final act, where the two characters are confronted with the reality of their son's request and Gerard's revelation about his own personal health, is at least more palatable.‐ Tiny Mix Tapes
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2016
4/5 91% The Witch (2016) The horror clichés could practically write themselves from that point, but Eggers himself resists temptation at nearly every turn.‐ Tiny Mix Tapes
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2016
4/5 95% In Jackson Heights (2015) Ultimately, what In Jackson Heights left me with is a powerful sense of hope -- hope that in the midst of these troubling times..., a community like Jackson Heights exists, and has existed for some time, in peace.‐ Tiny Mix Tapes
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2016
3.5/5 83% In Another Country (2013) Hong embraces the power of fiction both to reflect reality and to reflect upon itself, and, in doing so, once again shows why he's one of the most important directors working today.‐ Tiny Mix Tapes
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2015
4/5 90% Hunger (2009) There is no attempt to set Sands up as a great martyr, no Jesus pose or sentimental music to manipulate emotions. Hunger is interested in none of this. Instead, [McQueen] lets the bodies that sacrificed themselves tell the story they created.‐ Tiny Mix Tapes
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2015
2.5/5 79% Ain't Them Bodies Saints (2013) There's a good deal to be excited for in Ain't Them Bodies Saints; with another couple films under his belt, hopefully Lowery can develop a more unique voice and make a Badlands of his very own.‐ Tiny Mix Tapes
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2015
94% The Treasure (2016) Porumboiu's film is meticulously paced yet utterly lifeless, delaying the inevitable merely because he can, yet even the twists at the end are neither intellectually nor cinematically engaging.‐ Tiny Mix Tapes
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2015
4.5/5 95% The Forbidden Room (2015) The Forbidden Room is an absolutely manic, joyous romp through a hilariously warped revision of seemingly the entirety of silent film, an endlessly inventive celebration of the limitlessness and sheer dexterity of cinema from the first frame to the last.‐ Tiny Mix Tapes
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2015
94% Carol (2015) None of its individual parts seems particularly impressive on paper, yet Haynes taps into the hyperspecificities of a forbidden, secret love to such an achingly tender degree that I feared Mara's character would literally shatter into pieces.‐ Tiny Mix Tapes
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2015
89% Dheepan (2016) Ultimately, it's a pretty good film, but perhaps Audiard's weakest to date.‐ Tiny Mix Tapes
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2015
96% Hitchcock/Truffaut (2015) While Hitchcock/Truffaut the book remains a far more insightful examination of Hitchcock's style, the film offers more than enough entertaining inside stories and critical analysis of his films to recommend to any fan of the master's work.‐ Tiny Mix Tapes
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2015
97% Safety Last! (1923) The climb itself is a masterful feat of physical acting and comic timing, surpassed only by the best works of Chaplin and Keaton.‐ Tiny Mix Tapes
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2015
80% Macbeth (2015) Tside from a handful of stunning shots, the film often drags while its new ways of approaching the text fail to bring anything new to the table.‐ Tiny Mix Tapes
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2015
89% The Lobster (2016) As expected with Lanthimos, The Lobster is utterly bizarre... it's the director's first film in English, yet also his first to show shades of human side, even as it concludes that we humans are an exceptionally silly and sad little species.‐ Tiny Mix Tapes
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2015
94% In The Shadow of Women (2016) Shot in crisp black-and-white with minimalist sets, In the Shadow of Women is able to concisely say in just over an hour what most romantic comedies today fight to say in over two.‐ Tiny Mix Tapes
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2015
89% My Golden Days (Trois Souvenirs De Ma Jeunesse) (2016) Desplechin is so manic, he can't help but explore other avenues, both comic and dramatic, that give My Golden Days an organic, lived-in feel that defies the trajectory of the typical coming-of-age film.‐ Tiny Mix Tapes
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2015
99% Leviathan (2014) Leviathan does drag at times, particularly in its hefty middle section, but the powerful symbolism of the gut-punching finale makes it worth the wait, even it makes you lose even more hope in humanity.‐ Tiny Mix Tapes
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2015
100% Mula sa kung ano ang noon (From What Is Before) (2014) It's a challenging film, but it rewards with a fully realized historical context, multifaceted characterizations, and profound philosophical and political realizations.‐ Tiny Mix Tapes
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2015