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Derek Smith

Derek Smith
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 90% Only the Brave (2017) Joseph Kosinski's Only the Brave displays a kinship to Howard Hawks's hard-nosed, old-fashioned pragmatism. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2017
1.5/4 59% The Foreigner (2017) Even overlooking its fictionalized account of an inexplicable political resurgence, the film falters in its needlessly convoluted plotting.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
2/4 59% Breathe (2017) The film is an easily digestible replica of the truth, bathed in honeyed cinematography and sentimentalized adulation. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2017
83% Like Someone in Love (2013) While the film doesn't have the complex ambiguity and thematic richness of its predecessor, it is a charming and unique addition to the Kiarostami canon.‐ Tiny Mix Tapes
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2017
93% Amour (2012) What the film lacks in Haneke's usually impressive formal rigor, it makes up for with truly earned emotional truths.‐ Tiny Mix Tapes
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2017
74% Paradise: Faith (2013) Faith, the second film in the Paradise trilogy, may not be as effective as its predecessor, but its story of a recently converted fundamental Christian woman and her now-handicapped Muslim husband returning after a two-year absence is still quite good.‐ Tiny Mix Tapes
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2017
83% Leviathan (2013) If given the chance, this is not to be missed on the big screen.‐ Tiny Mix Tapes
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2017
99% A Separation (2011) A Separation ends on the perfect note, a nearly impossible decision whose weight is left on our shoulders while the credits roll.‐ Tiny Mix Tapes
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2017
83% The Snowtown Murders (2012) The pure terror of rural mundaneness and geographical remoteness turning savage and deadly is ultimately the most stirring and chilling notion presented by Snowtown.‐ Tiny Mix Tapes
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2017
76% We Need to Talk About Kevin (2012) A surprisingly pedestrian film from the usually engaging and inventive Lynne Ramsay, We Need to Talk About Kevin feels more like an early film by an American indie filmmaker looking for his/her big break.‐ Tiny Mix Tapes
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2017
79% Attenberg (2012) Attenberg doesn't have a sense of true purpose and cohesion.‐ Tiny Mix Tapes
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2017
96% The Kid with a Bike (2012) The results are emotionally ingratiating and quite touching.‐ Tiny Mix Tapes
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2017
97% Oslo, August 31st (2012) Unfortunately, Oslo, August 31 is more of a step sideways than anything else, taking the easy way out with a drug-addiction narrative that helps Trier circumvent any major risks and thus preventing him from reaping any major rewards.‐ Tiny Mix Tapes
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2017
94% The Day He Arrives (2012) The Day He Arrives is a minor effort from Hong, but it's also rather humorous and, like his other films, contains a brilliantly constructed narrative that continually turns back on itself.‐ Tiny Mix Tapes
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2017
89% The Turin Horse (2012) While it's not among Tarr's greatest works, this self-proclaimed final film could not be a more fitting conclusion to a great career, in its strict adherence to both his formal and thematic tendencies.‐ Tiny Mix Tapes
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2017
65% Faust (2013) The ying-yang approach, remarkably different from any other interpretation of the source I've seen, is equally invigorating and frustrating, but in the best way.‐ Tiny Mix Tapes
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2017
98% This Is Not a Film (2012) To forever be remembered as the notorious "USB stick film," Jafar Panahi's This Is Not a Film is first and foremost a revolutionary act against a repressive regime.‐ Tiny Mix Tapes
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2017
43% J. Edgar (2011) Unfortunately the make-up on DiCaprio and Armie Hammer's elder J. Edgar and Clyde was distractingly awful, so in the end, I guess the dress-up feel to the film couldn't be avoided.‐ Tiny Mix Tapes
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2017
100% Poetry (2011) With Poetry, Lee Chang-dong once again gets a brilliant performance out of his female lead, this time from Jeong-hee Yoon.‐ Tiny Mix Tapes
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2017
58% Film socialisme (2011) I have to swallow my pride here and say that JLG lost me with Film Socialism.‐ Tiny Mix Tapes
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2017
92% Mon Oncle (1958) Jacques Tati, perhaps the greatest of comic directors, made films that demand to be seen on the big screen - his use of space, framing, and perspective require such a scope to truly appreciate the near-obsessive attention to the smallest of details.‐ Tiny Mix Tapes
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2017
77% Outrage (2011) Kitano's deft handling of violence, both in its effect on the viewer and as a commentary on the twisted code of the yakuza, is more than enough to keep Outrage fascinating to the very end.‐ Tiny Mix Tapes
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2017
89% Certified Copy (Copie Conforme) (2011) Kiarostami adopts a lush visual scheme and almost lighthearted tone that provides levity to a remarkably demanding work, one that's as playfully deceptive and cunning as anything the director has made before.‐ Tiny Mix Tapes
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2017
88% Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2011) Leaving his traditionally bifurcated structures behind, Apitchatpong Weerasethakul plunges even further into the realm of tropical surrealism, tapping into parallel realities and past lives with a delicate restraint that is all his own. ‐ Tiny Mix Tapes
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2017
72% The Housemaid (2011) While it effectively sticks the knife into upper-class mores, it certainly has a been-there, done-that feel to it that the former does not.‐ Tiny Mix Tapes
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2017
No Score Yet Boy (2009) Immature simple-mindedness renders all of the film's dark undertones null and void, and as such, there is rarely a moment that doesn't come off as exceedingly phony or forced.‐ Tiny Mix Tapes
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2017
89% Oki's Movie (2012) Oki's Movie is not without its charm and all three characters themselves being film directors explicitly aids its thematic concern with the struggle between the ways we represent ourselves and the ways we truly behave. ‐ Tiny Mix Tapes
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2017
No Score Yet Hahaha (2010) Hahaha continues down this path with, as the title clearly suggests, an extremely funny, yet still sobering bend.‐ Tiny Mix Tapes
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2017
2.5/4 91% Walking Out (2017) Walking Out is modest in scope, its concerns limited to man's attempts to live both morally and harmoniously with nature.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2017
4.5/5 87% Tabu (2012) Tabu is strange, powerfully evocative, playfully experimental, and truly one of the most beautiful films in recent years.‐ Tiny Mix Tapes
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2017
4/5 91% Beyond The Hills (2013) The skillful handling of such radical yet delicate material in the film's final act is quite a sight to see.‐ Tiny Mix Tapes
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2017
2/5 82% Kon Tiki (2013) Kon-Tiki sinks itself well before its journey is finished.‐ Tiny Mix Tapes
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2017
4/5 87% Like Father, Like Son (2014) Like Father, Like Son explores the meaning of parenthood in a most unique way, taking a deeply thoughtful approach to a hypothetical and following its unknown paths in an organic manner. ‐ Tiny Mix Tapes
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2017
3.5/5 No Score Yet Brian Eno: 1971-1977 - The Man Who Fell to Earth (2011) The film's successful balance of focusing on Eno as musician and songwriter and Eno as innovator, collaborator, and soundshaper helps to reveal a man whose role seemingly changed with each subsequent album.‐ Tiny Mix Tapes
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2017
3/5 92% Night and Day (Bam gua nat) (2009) The directness of Sun-nam's voiceover encapsulates what's salient about Hong's approach, which lays everything bare and leaves little room for ambiguity.‐ Tiny Mix Tapes
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2017
3.5/5 79% Melancholia (2011) Despite its sci-fi premise and air of apocalyptic doom, Melancholia, surprisingly enough, is a small film, locating both its terror and its humor.‐ Tiny Mix Tapes
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2017
1.5/5 78% You All Are Captains (2011) Ultimately, what is a worthy premise is squandered, as the delineation between fact and fiction is never satisfactorily examined.‐ Tiny Mix Tapes
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2017
2.5/5 60% Sleepless Nights Stories (2011) Sleepless Nights Stories merely lingers on the personal, and the mundanity that was so magical in one film is now rendered just plain ordinary and dull.‐ Tiny Mix Tapes
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2017
1.5/4 60% Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017) Goodbye Christopher Robin is often bathetic, but its most glaring faults lie in its extreme structural imbalance.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2017
1.5/4 32% Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House (2017) Mark Felt is a kind of hagiography, and it leans toward whitewashing its subject's legacy.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2017
3/4 96% Stronger (2017) Stronger's embrace of the unpredictable nature of Jeff and Erin's journey yields an array of raw, surprising character beats that flow organically from one to the next.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
2/4 56% Last Rampage (2017) Although Last Rampage's overarching narrative travels a well-tread road, it strikes a number of potent grace notes along the way.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2017
1/4 33% American Assassin (2017) It's impossible to take it seriously as anything other than an Abercrombie & Fitch ad posing as a political thriller.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2017
2.5/4 94% Indivisible (Indivisibili) (2016) Edoardo de Angelis's coming-of-age portrait is poignant when fixated on the intricacies of a complicated sisterhood.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
1.5/4 45% The Good Catholic (2017) Despite The Good Catholic's interesting macro approach compared to other films of its ilk, it's far less successful on a micro level.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2017
.5/4 0% The Layover (2017) The film was clearly conceived and written by men who have no interest in approaching female friendships with any degree of complexity, curiosity, or respect.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2017
2.5/4 82% Jesus (2017) Fernando Guzzoni's Jesus is at its best when it steers clear of pat moralizing and simply yokes its moody sense of atmosphere to the aimlessness of the story's young characters.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2017
100% Bob Roberts (1992) Bob Roberts is a shrewdly drawn portrait of the unsettling intersection of entertainment, business, and politics.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2017
1.5/4 51% England Is Mine (2017) England Is Mine is a tour ride through a legend's formative years that's more concerned with the familiar signposts than the intricacies of the scenery along the way. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2017
1.5/4 38% The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017) The Hitman's Bodyguard sometimes just appears to be parodying the sort of mess it ends up being.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2017