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Jason Bailey

Jason Bailey
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
85% Wag the Dog (1997) If anything, in the years since its release, the worlds of politics, entertainment, and news media have grown even more intertwined in which narratives are carefully controlled and expectations are minimal.‐ Vice
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2018
87% Jackie Brown (1997) 'Jackie Brown' may be the only Quentin Tarantino movie that gets noticeably better with each viewing. ‐ Vice
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2018
84% As Good as It Gets (1997) On one hand, it's Brooks's film that most betrays his TV sitcom roots; it's also one of his more ambitious works, packing in subplots and subjects by the handful-indicative of a filmmaker who seems to genuinely struggle with the confines of the genre.‐ Vice
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2018
91% Phantom Thread (2018) It's a film so gleefully peculiar, so brazen in its disinterest in convention or meeting audience satisfaction, that it sort of takes up residence in its own atmosphere. ‐ Vice
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2018
76% Kundun (1997) It's not exactly 'Goodfellas.' But it's not every filmmaker who can create works as divergent as 'Goodfellas' and 'Kundun,' either.‐ Vice
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
76% Amistad (1997) 'Amistad' may not be the first, or fifth, or tenth film people talk about when Spielberg's name comes up. But it has more moments that will put your hair on end than other filmmakers' best works, and that says something.‐ Vice
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
88% Titanic (1997) Sure, 'Titanic' may be corny, clumsy, and obvious-but the sincerity of its emotions and the power of its spectacle endure.‐ Vice
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
97% Good Will Hunting (1997) It's a movie that captures (in a way that perhaps an older screenwriter could not convey) the limitless possibilities of youth, a movie in which a character can tell another, without cynicism, "You could do anything you want. You are bound by nothing."‐ Vice
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
100% The Sweet Hereafter (1997) That's the true power of Egoyan's film - how in shuffling the chronological deck, we see what once was in this town, both in its light and its darkness, and how none of it will ever be the same, no matter what Mitchell Stevens says.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
90% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) Johnson is easily the most skilled filmmaker to helm one of these (it's not even close) and it's not just that the film has a surface beauty of its own. He's aware of what we expect narratively from a 'Star Wars' movie, and delights in subverting it.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
86% Darkest Hour (2017) It is not a bad movie, or even a mediocre one. And yet it's an impossible film to get all that worked up about, because it seems to exist solely so we can all weightily exhale over how much Gary Oldman has Disappeared Into His Role.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2017
30% One Night Stand (1997) Figgis most adroitly keys in on the delicacy and tentativeness of his main couple's interactions, most of them non-verbal, and how they accumulate into an attraction that neither can ignore-not that they want to. ‐ Vice
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2017
81% Eve's Bayou (1996) 'Eve''s finest quality is the thrill of a confident filmmaker working with material that risks silliness, and pulling it off.‐ Vice
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2017
57% Murder On The Orient Express (2017) There's so much to like about the picture in theory: a sophisticated literary adaptation with a distinguished cast, geared toward grown-ups, only gently suggesting itself as a tentpole. But Branagh just can't find a tone that works.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2017
63% Starship Troopers (1997) In its early scenes, 'Troopers 'is basically a goofy high school movie, complete with love triangles, a big game, and a school dance (and sex) after. Once they've begun infantry training, the flexing of machismo so over the top, it can only be satire.‐ Vice
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2017
82% Gattaca (1997) A thoughtful hybrid of sci-fi, thriller, and character drama; to give you some idea of its high-mindedness, it not only opens with a relevant Bible verse (Ecclesiastes 7:13), but in the opening credits that follow, Gore Vidal is fifth-billed.‐ Vice
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2017
82% Seven Psychopaths (2012) A less successful picture, mostly because it's more concerned with its winking meta-textual framework than the larger humanistic concerns of his other work.‐ Vice
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2017
84% In Bruges (2008) Its European setting places additional gravity on McDonagh's Irish-Catholic notions of reckoning-the knowledge that we have to pay for our sins, no matter how great or small.‐ Vice
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2017
67% Bitch (2017) [Marianna Palka's] terrific - the intensity of what she's doing, without saying a word, is overwhelming‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
75% No Stone Unturned (2017) It's a gripping story well-told, thanks to the tense, frightening score, the sparse but effective reenactments of the event, and Gibney's intimate narration, done less as an authority than a partner, or confidant.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
96% Call Me by Your Name (2018) It's a rare remembrance of love that knows the heartbreak after is just as tied up in the experience as the joy during. More, perhaps.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
93% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) Three Billboards takes turns that most filmmakers wouldn't even attempt, much less sustain. But watching McDonagh pull this off is, in its own way, thrilling; it's one of those movies that makes you marvel at everything one film can be.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
70% Along for the Ride (2017) The snazzy, stylish black and white photography is not only appropriately expressionistic for the dips and valleys of Hopper's career; it gives the film a sense of visual personality that's often sorely lacking in bio-docs.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
94% Most Beautiful Island (2017) It's a tense movie, made both more personal and more unnerving by Asensio's insistence on staying with her protagonist, as the tension of her situation works us into a lather.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
99% Lady Bird (2017) Witty and wise, hopeful and heartbreaking.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
79% Happy Together (Chun gwong cha sit) (1997) For all the simplicity of the narrative, 'Happy Together' is anything but slight. It's a moody, contemplative piece of work, and a vividly tactile one as well, lingering on food, smoke, bodies, blood, and water. ‐ Vice
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2017
93% Boogie Nights (1997) The Tarantino comparison is ultimately less about technique than a shared joyful electricity of the filmmaking, the sense of an artist clearly high on the sheer act of making a movie.‐ Vice
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2017
28% Suburbicon (2017) It's worth asking what kind of movie Clooney wanted to make-and what, exactly, he ended up with. A dark comedy? A tragedy? A thriller? A character study? Social commentary? All of the above? None?‐ Vice
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2017
81% The Square (2017) Östlund gets at the what makes a movie like 'The Square' seem even more provocative than it is: We love the idea that art should be confrontational. But we don't really like to be confronted by it.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2017
69% Wonderstruck (2017) Like Hugo, it's a children's book for grown-up movie lovers... ‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
92% The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017) It's a balancing act so delicate, you all but hold your breath.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2017
30% Wonder Wheel (2017) Allen is, by all appearances, still filming first drafts, full of placeholder scenes and dialogue in sore need of polish, and releasing first cuts, full of narrative dead-ends and scenes that don't work.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2017
96% The Florida Project (2017) This is a deeply humanist filmmaker, and he's sympathetic to these characters, flaws and all.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2017
84% The Ice Storm (1997) Among its many virtues, 'The Ice Storm' keenly captures the sheer, visceral terror of puberty-of grappling with these urges, trying to do what you think you're supposed to, and lashing out when you can't. ‐ Vice
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2017
60% The Edge (1997) It's not hard to read Charles' journey in 'The Edge' as analogous to its author's: the library-dwelling intellectual using his wits to brave rougher elements.‐ Vice
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2017
91% Fast, Cheap & Out of Control (1997) 'Fast, Cheap' is about nothing less than our grand experiment - the struggle not only to be human, but to create order in a world bereft of it. ‐ Vice
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2017
87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) It does something sci-fi movies rarely do anymore, and sequels do even less: it shows us things we've never seen.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2017
58% The Unicorn Store (2017) It's easy to dismiss 'Unicorn Store' as cutesy pap, but Larson is so warm and open - as a character, as an actor, and as a filmmaker - that you're rooting for her, which goes a long way. ‐ Pajiba
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
89% I, Tonya (2018) The neat trick of Gillespie's movie is how he both appreciates the unavoidable buffoonery of Harding's story, and acknowledges the trial that was her life.‐ Pajiba
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
39% I Love You, Daddy (2017) This is a fascinating piece of work, and compelling autobiography/personal essay, but it never quite comes together as drama; the parallels and subtext end up filling all its silences, in a manner that's just untenable in a feature comedy.‐ Pajiba
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
50% Downsizing (2017) The success of the execution is questionable; there are entire scenes and subplots that don't land at all. But there's no denying or dismissing the picture's ambition.‐ Pajiba
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
93% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) The ways in which the writer/director keeps repositioning these people, and letting them motivate each other's *better* nature, is a welcome oasis of warmth in what could've easily been a sneer-fest.‐ Pajiba
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
97% The Death of Stalin (2017) Armando Iannucci pulls off a balancing act that's more remarkable the more you think about it: this is a movie that's both mercilessly grim and uproariously funny.‐ Pajiba
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
20% Woodshock (2017) Sure, some of 'Woodshock' is film school nonsense. But how often is anyone even willing to take these risks anymore?‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2017
92% Stronger (2017) Its interest in personality over symbolism makes 'Stronger' much better than your average based-on-an-inspirational-true-story situation.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2017
100% Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood (2017) 'Scotty and the Secret History' is a fascinating portrait that neither lionizes nor judges its subject. It merely lets you take him for what he is.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2017
78% Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (2017) 'Film Stars' could've been a dull bio-drama, and for fleeting moments, it is (in particular, their cycle of fights and reconciliations gets dreary fast). But Bening's charisma and verve gives the picture a much-needed goose.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2017
93% Disobedience (2018) At the film's climax, we simply hold on Nivola's face, and then the camera moves on, allowing each of these characters to consider this impossible situation. No words, just faces. With the right actors, in the right story, that's all you need.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2017
86% Who We Are Now (2017) Richly written and sensitively acted, and if some of the big monologues are a touch theatrical, well, these actors really move the merchandise, so that doesn't much matter.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2017
56% Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken! (2017) Unless you're partial to Spurlock's fluffy style of cutesy, self-satisfied juxtaposition, music cues, narration, animation, man-on-the-street interviews, and on-screen text, there's not much of value that you couldn't just pick up from a good article.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2017