Diego Semerene

Diego Semerene
Diego Semerene's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Slant Magazine
Publications: Slant Magazine

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
2/4 No Score Yet Against the Current (2021) Against the Current's style imposes a generic visual language onto a subject who's anything but generic. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2021
2/4 78% Summer of 85 (Été 85) (2021) François Ozon's paean to nostalgia wraps tragedy and obsession in a whimsical bow. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2021
2/4 52% Moby Doc (2021) The film's tendency to over-explain, over-intellectualize, and over-script events leaves little room for spontaneity and doubt. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2021
1.5/4 67% P!NK: All I Know So Far (2021) The film isn't interested in exploring the fissures in Pink's life in the rare moments when they begin to surface. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2021
No Score Yet Gull (2020) The film explores what erupts when women decide to walk away from their passive positions and speak up through more fictitious and allegorical means. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2021
100% Radiograph of a Family (2020) Radiograph of a Family is an essay film about photographs as barometers of female unhappiness. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2021
3/4 100% Paris Calligrammes (2020) While Ulrike Ottinger accesses the most consequential of decades through nostalgia, she does so with humility. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2021
4/4 100% Mr. Bachmann and His Class (2021) The documentary exists within the very restricted pantheon of films that successfully reap the cinematic potential of pedagogy. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2021
3.5/4 88% Preparations to be Together for an Unknown Period of Time (2021) Lili Horvát's film delights in wallowing in ambiguity, contradiction, and doubt. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2021
3/4 100% Acasa, My Home (2020) The film is at its most moving when it lingers on the face of children who are impotent to return to the world they used to call home. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2021
2/4 77% Uncle Frank (2020) When the distance between uncle and niece shortens, Uncle Frank ceases to be a tender portrait of outsider kinship and transforms into a histrionic road movie with screwball intentions. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2020
3.5/4 99% Collective (Colectiv) (2020) The film reminds us that without investigative reporting there's no democracy, and that traditional expectations around impartiality and objectivity may be untenable in the face of horror. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2020
3.5/4 94% Dating Amber (2020) The film rather seamlessly strips itself of its hyperbolic affectations to reveal a heartbreaking story of emancipation through friendship. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2020
1.5/4 90% I Carry You with Me (2021) Heidi Ewing's tale of immigration and deportation afflicting the lives of a Mexican gay couple flashes its reason for being at every turn. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2020
3/4 78% Martin Margiela: In His Own Words (2020) Reiner Holzemer's adulation of his subject feels most credible because he spends a lot of time focusing on the clothes. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2020
3/4 100% Sunless Shadows (2020) Mehrdad Oskouei's documentary is striking for the way its subjects describe horrific forms of violence in the plainest of language. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2020
3.5/4 82% The Painted Bird (2020) Václav Marhoul's film is at its most magnificent when it lingers on the poetry of its images. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2020
3/4 73% Family Romance, LLC (2020) We are never quite sure of the extent to which situations and dialogues have been scripted and, as such, it's as though Herzog were more witness than author, more passerby than gawker, simply registering Japan being Japan. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2020
No Score Yet Mon Amour (2020) What David Teboul finds in Siberia is quite disheartening: that love, when it materializes in the figure of the lover, burns fast. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2020
3/4 No Score Yet Around the World When You Were My Age (A volta ao mundo quando tinhas 30 anos) (2018) Across the film, the most idiosyncratic reactions of an ordinary human become real documents of human history. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2020
3/4 100% Crystal Swan (2018) Throughout the film, it's as if mundane objects hold the remedies for the wretchedness of everyday life. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2020
3.5/4 68% Dear Diary (Caro diario) (1994) In the film, the matter of cinema is the process of creativity, arduous and unrealized, as it ebbs and flows. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2020
2/4 65% On a Magical Night (Chambre 212) (2020) Christophe Honoré deposits all his chips on the comedic premise at the expense of character study and gravitas. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2020
86% State Funeral (2019) Through an inconspicuous editing strategy that makes irony emerge little by little, State Funeral exposes the pathetic absurdity of collective adoration. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2020
80% Babenco: Tell Me When I Die (Babenco - Alguém tem que ouvrir o coraçã e dizer parou) (2019) Though there's unquestionable dissonance between the dying veteran filmmaker and his much younger pupil, their roles aren't so fixed. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2020
3/4 100% Welcome to Chechnya (2020) David France's most remarkable accomplishment emerges from an aesthetic commitment of a very particular kind. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2020
3.5/4 97% There Is No Evil (Sheytan vojud nadarad) (2020) The film grapples with the various shapes that guilt and honor (or lack thereof) might take in a context of state-sanctioned death. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2020
No Score Yet Drag Kids (2019) Megan Wennberg's documentary refreshingly denies us a lot of the kiddy voyeurism one might expect. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2020
3.5/4 100% Days (Rizi) (2020) Tsai Ming-liang seems to say that, even in a world rigged against queerness, certain things can't still be shared. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2020
0/4 43% The Roads Not Taken (2020) The film is an unending source for the worst possible clichés and most overdone series of graphic matches in the history of film editing. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 29, 2020
3.5/4 100% Saudi Runaway (2020) Camera, character, and cameraperson are one throughout, and the effect is exquisitely suffocating. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2020
1.5/4 62% The Salt of Tears (Le sel des larmes) (2021) Philippe Garrel illustrates the absurdity behind the myth of the complementary couple without humor or wit. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2020
100% Young Hunter (El cazador) (2020) Director Marco Berger offers us a gripping look at the tragedies that surface precisely when desire isn't allowed to express itself freely and publicly. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2020
91% Mother (2019) It's difficult to engage meaningfully with some of the subjects when the filmmaker is content to accept the fact that they only have their façades to offer. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2020
100% This Is Not a Burial, It's a Resurrection (2021) Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese's mise-en-scène and camerawork are breathtaking. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2020
2.5/4 86% José (2020) Li Cheng gets much closer to capturing his characters' predicaments when he trusts the images alone. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
2/4 89% Earth (Erde) (2019) With Earth, Nikolaus Geyrhalter's visual strategy is to wow us with tangibility and data, though he doesn't give up aesthetic experimentation altogether in this survey of Anthropocene calamities. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2020
2/4 93% Invisible Life (A vida invisível de Eurídice Gusmão) (2019) Only rarely does Karim Aïnouz allow for loopholes to refreshingly emerge from the film's stylistic deadlock. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2019
3.5/4 90% Chinese Portrait (2019) The simplicity of bodies barely moving before a camera that brings their quotidian temporality into a halt is nothing short of a radical proposition in our digital era. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2019
3/4 96% The Disappearance of My Mother (2019) It's fascinating to see Benedetta Barzini in academic action, like an ethnographer of the patriarchy herself, bringing back news from its most glamourous yet rotten core. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2019
2.5/4 56% Frankie (2019) ability to turn even the sappiest of scenarios into a nuanced tour de force. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2019
2.5/4 71% Wrinkles the Clown (2019) The film's mid-act about-face lends a refreshing sense of complexity to an otherwise superficial depiction of Wrinkles. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
3/4 91% Fire Will Come (A Sun That Never Sets) (O Que Arde) (2020) Olivier Laxe's film refreshingly occupies an almost uncategorizable cinematic realm. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
3/4 57% Sibyl (2020) Throughout, Justine Triet is committed above all else to the tricks that memory and language can play on us. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
2/4 82% This is not Berlin (2019) Hari Sama never quite manages to seamlessly sync the film's anti-bourgeois political commitments to its soap-operatic register. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2019
2.5/4 85% Cassandro the Exotico! (2019) Marie Losier's empathy, if not love, for Cassandro hinders her from examining his wounds with much depth. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
1.5/4 94% The Reports on Sarah and Saleem (2019) We never spend enough time with the characters to believe the urgency, and lushness, of their cravings. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2019
3/4 100% The Silence of Others (2019) Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar's documentary is monumental for its clamorous sounding of an alarm. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
3/4 93% Sauvage / Wild (2019) The film is a tale about how those who spiral so far out of control become blind, if not immune, to the severity of their symptoms. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2019
3/4 99% The Chambermaid (La camarista) (2019) Lila Avilés's film reserves the possibility of flirtations with disaster to turn into acts of emancipation. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019