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Fred Camper

Fred Camper
Fred Camper's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Chicago Reader

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
No Score Yet Viy (1967) Russian director Alexander Ptushko is known for his special effects, which have an appropriately low-tech charm in this 1967 folktale. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Oct 17, 2016
97% Theeb (2015) First-time director Naji Abu Nowar rehearsed his largely nonprofessional cast for almost a year before shooting began, and as the title character, Jacir Eid beautifully conveys a mix of emotions, from wonder to fear to determination. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Dec 10, 2015
No Score Yet Pyaasa (1957) The final third of this 1957 Indian musical is convoluted but also moving, as dramatic compositions heighten the narrative conflict between artistic idealism and an avaricious society. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 11, 2015
No Score Yet The Far Shore (The Art of Lust) (1976) As conventional drama the film is defeated by its cardboard characters, yet Wieland has an eye for soft, liquid colors and for compositions that suggest nature's gentleness and create a loose, open sense of space. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted May 8, 2014
No Score Yet Plaster Caster (2001) In the end it seems oddly mundane. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Sep 10, 2013
91% Murderous Maids (2002) Unfortunately Denis' detached and indifferent camera never gets inside the story, its characters, or its milieu. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jun 17, 2013
92% Mother India (1957) As the mother, Nargis is as resolute as a force of nature, and Mehboob Khan creates tableaux of the family that evoke its fragile unity. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Mar 18, 2013
No Score Yet Within Our Gates (1920) Though the narrative structure is somewhat choppy, director Oscar Micheaux otherwise demonstrates mastery of the silent form, using supple compositions and careful editing to amplify the characters' emotions in a manner that makes sound seem superfluous. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Feb 4, 2013
71% Women Without Men (Zanan-e bedun-e mardan) (2010) Elegant, often moving. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted May 13, 2010
64% The Bat Whispers (1930) Culturally it may be most noteworthy for its title arch-criminal, who influenced the creation of Batman. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 5, 2010
No Score Yet Barrio Murders (2001) Jojo Henrickson delivers a pretty routine crime thriller ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Mar 31, 2010
81% Baraka (1993) The film's one-world thesis is asserted but never made convincing, as Fricke zigzags from the Western Wall to whirling dervishes to the Grand Mosque of Mecca in a superficial gloss on faith (and everything else). ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Mar 23, 2010
No Score Yet Bacchanales Sexuelles (1974) it lacks a coherent subjective consciousness and seems to be just a bunch of strange moments. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jan 29, 2010
17% The Trouble with Romance (2009) The performances are convincing, and director Gene Rhee does a good job of outlining the messiness of human affections here, showing how we don't always know what we really want or how to get it. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Feb 26, 2009
67% The Year of the Yao (2005) James D. Stern and Adam Del Deo's taut, engrossing 2004 documentary on Chinese basketball player Yao Ming's first year in the NBA offers insight into the game and its stars. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Mar 25, 2008
100% Die Brücke (The Bridge) (1959) Director Bernhard Wicki's precise and gripping staging of the final battle brings the tragedy of war sickeningly alive. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jan 11, 2008
4/4 81% Fong juk (Exiled) (2006) This 2006 Hong Kong-produced gangster film by director Johnnie To, set in Macao, is an entertaining product that presents a powerful artistic vision. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Sep 7, 2007
80% Kamp Katrina (2007) Ashley Sabin and David Redmon's gently observational videography and editing let the story emerge without any controlling structure or narration... ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Aug 31, 2007
83% Light Keeps Me Company (2001) A loving but unstinting portrait of longtime Ingmar Bergman cinematographer Sven Nyqvist. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 31, 2007
100% Tokyo boshoku (1957) This rarely screened, melancholy 1957 film, Ozu's last in black and white, is one of his best. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jun 20, 2007
100% Late Autumn (Akibiyori) (1973) I'm not the world's biggest Ozu fan, but this late work is one of his finest. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jun 19, 2007
96% Plagues & Pleasures on the Salton Sea (2004) [An] occasionally lighthearted but always affecting cautionary tale. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jun 1, 2007
52% Matthew Barney: No Restraint (2006) More interesting is Chernick's concise survey of Barney's intriguing early work, including weird Vaseline-covered sculptures and footage of him trying to draw while under physical restraints such as a harness, etc. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 1, 2007
No Score Yet Independent Lens (2003) Unnecessarily sentimentalizes four college freshmen who began a sit-in at a whites-only Woolworth's lunch counter in 1960, igniting protests that spread to 54 cities. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Feb 9, 2007
44% Fired! (2006) The video is heavy on actors and other showbiz types, and the self-centered Gurwitch doesn't distinguish between a factory worker laid off after decades on the job and an actor getting rejected during tryouts. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Feb 9, 2007
73% Decomposition of the Soul (2007) [A] darkly poetic study of psychological brutality. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Feb 7, 2007
85% Salvador Allende (2007) Patricio Guzman's 2004 biography of the Chilean president is less a conventional documentary than a cinematic act of mourning. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Sep 8, 2006
57% Drawing Restraint 9 (2005) An overblown home movie with almost no dialogue. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 19, 2006
90% Mughal E Azam (2005) The conclusion has too many twists, and the pair of color segments, while stunningly opulent, make the black and white seem like a limitation. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 9, 2005
89% Jandek on Corwood (2004) Director Chad Friedrichs works around Jandek's never having revealed his identity by interpolating shots of the PO box and rocks on the beach with the talking heads of fans, critics, and journalists, and lots of Jandek's wistful, haunting music. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Sep 18, 2004
89% Freestyle (2000) An engaged and knowing look at the underground world of improvised rap, concentrating on artists less interested in commercial success and cutting records than in the 'spontaneous right now' of 'nonconceptual rhyme.' ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 20, 2004
100% The Deserted Station (2003) The film's relaxed pace, unassuming tone, and respect for its characters all recall the films of Abbas Kiarostami, who provided the story idea, but director Ali Reza Raisian adds a slightly more dramatic and emotional edge. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 3, 2004
59% I'll Sing for You (2004) Kar Kar's singing is wonderfully expressive, and an improvised song to his wife at her grave site demonstrates the emotional wellspring of his music. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Mar 16, 2004
83% The Devil Strikes at Night (1957) This fascinating 1957 film, based on a true story, concerns the hunt for a serial killer by the Nazi regime. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jan 10, 2004
100% Last Holiday (1950) Funny, if you don't concentrate. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jan 10, 2004
3/4 89% Kandahar: Le soleil derrière la lune (2001) Quote not available. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jun 24, 2003
86% Underground Zero (2002) Though none of these 13 videos culled from the project is superb on its own, the mix of perspectives encourages us to think analytically about our own responses and the sources of the terrorists' hatred. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 5, 2003
70% Flickering Lights (2001) The personality conflicts among the four seem a bit formulaic, as do the flashbacks explaining why each turned to crime, but the narrative is inventive enough to sustain interest. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Mar 27, 2003
67% Flip Side (2001) Despite some amateurish moments, Pulido displays genuine visual intelligence. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Oct 12, 2002
100% Tôkyô orimpikku (Tokyo Olympiad) (1965) Though it's visually choppy, with some disruptive zooms, the 'Scope format matches the subject's scale, and Ichikawa's emphasis on shared human experience is compelling. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jan 22, 2002
80% Ruby Bridges (1997) As Ruby, Chaz Monet captures the child's happiness and sadness, fear and fortitude, with genuine subtlety. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 3, 2001
86% Nippon konchuki (The Insect Woman) (1963) Darkly elegant. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Feb 13, 2001
3/4 81% Kippur (2000) Gitai plunges the viewer into the reality of modern warfare, in which the enemy is often invisible -- we never see the Syrians in Kippur -- and battle lines are often unclear. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Feb 7, 2001
80% Murderers Are Among Us (Die Mörder sind unter uns) (1946) The film's visual symbolism can be heavy-handed, but many images are stunningly evocative, and the scene in which the doctor begins his own recovery by performing a tracheotomy on a dying girl is genuinely affecting. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jan 1, 2000
100% Osaka Elegy (Woman of Osaka) (Naniwa erejî) (1979) One of Kenji Mizoguchi's finest efforts. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jan 1, 2000