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Joshua Kosman

Joshua Kosman
Joshua Kosman's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): San Francisco Chronicle

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/4 86% The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble (2016) These are all appealing and interesting folks, and it would be nice to have a beer with any of them (I have in fact done so in one case). From the filmmaker, one expects a little more. ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jun 23, 2016
3/4 83% Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould (2010) It's a fascinating story, and well told. ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Nov 19, 2010
1/4 92% In Search of Beethoven (2009) In Search of Beethoven trudges through the composer's life and works, pausing along the way for the usual smorgasbord of talking heads and performance clips. The results are shapeless, drab and mostly predictable. ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Dec 17, 2009
2/4 80% Audition (2009) As Froemke trails these singers through their preparations and to their final appearances, she assembles some appealing portraiture but not much drama. The mood here is far more genteel and collegial than in many a competition documentary. ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 17, 2009
4/4 90% Note by Note: The Making of Steinway L1037 (2007) Like an elegant set of theme and variations, director Ben Niles' beautiful, probing documentary about music and craftsmanship takes a simple idea and follows it in a number of directions. ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted May 30, 2008
2/4 7% Silk (2007) The main problem is the casting, with Michael Pitt and Keira Knightley evidently competing to see who can be more attractive and vacuous. ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Sep 14, 2007
4/4 77% Music From the Inside Out (2005) The composite picture it offers of the performing life is still unforgettable. ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Feb 3, 2006
2/4 88% Touch The Sound (2004) There is a maddening sense of dislocation through much of the movie -- a feeling that genuinely fascinating questions have been squeezed out by woo-woo philosophizing and material (like Glennie's brief return to the family farm) of only minor import. ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Sep 23, 2005
2/4 46% Rick (2004) By hewing so faithfully to their source, the creators don't let the material pursue its own direction, and the result feels dramatically arbitrary. ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Oct 22, 2004
1/4 57% The Death of Klinghoffer (2003) Sellars' original staging was a stylized, almost pageant-like affair, which allowed the creators to claim descent for the piece from Bach's Passions. Without that fig leaf, the ugliness at the heart of the work ... becomes all the more apparent. ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Oct 31, 2003
77% The Turandot Project (2001) Presumably there's an interesting yarn buried in the project, but Allan Miller's drab, diffuse documentary never quite locates it. ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Dec 21, 2001
1/4 11% Bride of the Wind (2001) Levy's bloodless screenplay runs dutifully through Alma's life as though ticking off the points against a checklist. ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jun 25, 2001