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Leo Goldsmith

Leo Goldsmith

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
90% Horse Money (2015) "All plot synopses are necessarily attenuations, but for Horse Money any summary feels especially futile, or even violent, a crude reduction of its complex network of impossible geographies, fuzzy memories, and jumbled chronologies. " ‐ Reverse Shot
Posted Dec 7, 2015
94% Nugu-ui ttal-do anin Haewon (Nobody's Daughter Hae-Won) "Fleeting though it may be, there is nonetheless a feeling of having completed the routines the film has set out and, perhaps, achieved a sort of understanding. " ‐ Reverse Shot
Posted Dec 7, 2015
88% Jauja (2015) "With Jauja Alonso follows the ever-widening orbit his films have been tracing even further, nudging his trademark concerns... of his earlier work into something considerably more expansive, playful, even supernatural. " ‐ Reverse Shot
Posted Dec 7, 2015
96% The Birds (1963) "The Birds represents better than any other Hitchcock film the extreme polarities of his universe: vicious unpredictability and moral and emotional disorder on the one hand, and rigorous stylistic control and formal organization, on the other. " ‐ Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Posted Dec 16, 2011
82% Marnie (1964) "Marnie's Mama's house is a masterpiece of repressed emotion, a bland domestic space of seemingly placid creams and yellow, rendered in swirling wallpaper and upholstery patterns. " ‐ Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Posted Dec 16, 2011
55% La Luna (1979) "Ultimately, while Luna hints at a resolution for its characters that restores the normative balance of the family structure, it also seems to content to keep its vivid beauty and its dark, perverse passions hopelessly entangled. " ‐ Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Posted Jul 29, 2011
84% The Tree of Life (2011) "Tree of Life, in this way, seems unmoored from a linear conception of time and narrative to an extent new to Malick's cinema and quite foreign to Hollywood cinema generally. " ‐ Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Posted May 31, 2011
87% The Matrix (1999) "It's that balance between blockbuster-style action sequences and in-depth philosophical undertones that I've always admired about The Matrix. " ‐ Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Posted Jan 27, 2011
89% Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985) "But perhaps Pee-wee's appeal lies precisely in the slightly discomfiting uncertainty of his persona... insufferably giddy, occasionally malevolent, and completely indefatigable; demented, irritating, narcissistic -- and infectiously funny. " ‐ Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Posted Jan 25, 2011
93% Boxing Gym (2010) "If anything, Wiseman shows how, in the boxing gym, violence is sublimated in fantasy. " ‐ Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Posted Oct 8, 2010
57% Blonde Venus (1932) "von Sternberg puts forth a typically probing analysis of gender and exploitation that's uncomfortably close to home. " ‐ Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Posted Aug 24, 2010
63% Lions Love (1969) "Varda's film teeters on the edge of total absurdity, running roughshod over cinematic conventions of all kinds while retaining a lucid outsider's perspective on its milieu. " ‐ Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Posted Jul 30, 2010
87% Treeless Mountain (2009) "[The film provides] an enveloping, but plausible recreation of a child's perspective -- fascinated by minutiae, sensitive to pain, and unaware of the workings of time. " ‐ Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Posted Jul 6, 2010
43% The Last Movie (1971) "An astute and rather nasty allegory of Hollywood's cultural imperialism that seemingly could only have come from one of Tinseltown's very own longtime residents. " ‐ Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Posted Jul 6, 2010
50% Antichrist (2009) "A beautiful and ultimately very sad film. " ‐ Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Posted Jul 6, 2010
100% Rancho Notorious (1952) "There is a distinct hokeyness about Lang's vision of the West--pancake-flat sets in a generic studio-backlot Western town; giant, abstract crab-colored boulders made out of papier-mache, brazenly unnaturalistic stage-lighting--but it's the ardent phoneyne " ‐ Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Posted Aug 8, 2009
79% Chasing a Dream (Miles from Nowhere) (2009) "A grand gesture, an exercise in epic biography that explodes the intimate details of Isaiah's life and its effects on his family onto the screen. " ‐ Reverse Shot
Posted Aug 8, 2009
82% Street of Shame (1956) "The film's cinematography utilizes an unusual technique for a Mizoguchi film, the close-up, whereby the camera gets steadily closer to each protagonist as the various causes of their downfall to prostitution are revealed. " ‐ Reverse Shot
Posted Aug 8, 2009
75% Tokyo! (2008) "Sandwiched between Gondry and Bong's variously euphoric entries, Carax's contribution seems either a work of deep cynicism from an inveterate party-pooper or a welcome satirical sour note from one of the great talents of 80s and 90s French cinema. " ‐ Reverse Shot
Posted Aug 8, 2009
73% Stuff and Dough (Marfa si banii) (2008) "Ultimately, like Lazarescu, Ovidiu becomes a mere cog in a social and economic system that would chew him up without a moment's consideration, and it's Puiu's goal to elevate this and other such stories above their banality and into the realm of myth. " ‐ Reverse Shot
Posted Aug 8, 2009
92% Bigger Than Life (1956) (1956) "Always a shrewd melodramatist, with a particular eye for the domestic space, Ray builds this sense of conflict into the Avery home itself, with its frequently competing horizontal and vertical patterns. " ‐ Reverse Shot
Posted Aug 8, 2009
48% The Ruins (2008) "So bereft of creativity that it fails even to deliver to its base--teenage boys--the ghouls and boobs they so desperately want to see. " ‐ Reverse Shot
Posted Aug 8, 2009
No Score Yet Dongdong de jiaqi (A Summer at Grandpa's) (1984) "Hou's film places demands on our powers of observation, insisting that we, like Tung-tung, attend to the minutiae, ironies, and deeper meanings it offers us. " ‐ Reverse Shot
Posted Aug 8, 2009
91% Hairspray (2007) "Shankman's crassly theatrical attenuation of Hairspray only draws gay culture away from a moment of American history with which it ought to have a great deal in common " ‐ Reverse Shot
Posted Aug 8, 2009
98% Hairspray (1988) "The shock Waters's cinema offers, then, is not transcendent, but almost reflexive, implicating the viewer in the awkward complexities of his own humanity and forcing him to either celebrate it or run screaming away. " ‐ Reverse Shot
Posted Aug 8, 2009
78% Lou Reed's Berlin (2008) "Schnabel's set design, onstage projections, and postproduction add a good deal of visual noise to Reed & company's aural variety, which reproduces the album with a mixture of professional exactitude and unpredictable cacophony. " ‐ Reverse Shot
Posted Aug 8, 2009
93% This Is England (2007) "It is the war within him--and by extension, within the minds of many embittered, working class young men left behind in Thatcher's England--that Meadows's film most strikingly portrays. " ‐ Reverse Shot
Posted Aug 8, 2009
96% Somers Town (2009) "As in all of Meadows's films, Somers Town emphasizes the importance of character and particularly of camaraderie amongst male characters--here, teenagers who nick clothes from the local laundry, get drunk in the park, and furtively investigate masculinity " ‐ Reverse Shot
Posted Aug 8, 2009
No Score Yet Shuga (Chouga) (2007) "Ramps down Tolstoy's soap-opera grandiosity, while still managing to elevate the banalities of a high-society dalliance to the level of a cosmic psychodrama " ‐ Reverse Shot
Posted Aug 8, 2009
19% Obsessed (2009) ""I knew it would come to this," hisses Sharon when finding Lisa lurking around her beautiful Brentwood home--at which point I exclaimed, "Me too!"--and then the fun (and, for many, the entire purpose of the film) starts. " ‐ Reverse Shot
Posted Aug 8, 2009
51% The Kingdom (2007) "A good deal more Transformers than Syriana, a movie that drapes a crisp, lightly browsed copy of The Economist over an enormous pubescent boner for grinding metal, busted glass, and crackling gunfire. " ‐ Reverse Shot
Posted Aug 8, 2009
96% Tulpan (2009) "With this harsh and beautiful backdrop so attentively rendered, at once otherworldly and palpable, the desires of Tulpan's characters become almost metaphysical imperatives. " ‐ Reverse Shot
Posted Aug 8, 2009
75% The Killing of Sister George (1968) "Melodrama, slapstick, romance, exploitation, and psychological horror all vie for dominance throughout the film, giving it an air of fickle, feminine hysteria, which the graphic sex scene at the end of the film makes still more difficult to pin down. " ‐ Reverse Shot
Posted Aug 8, 2009
87% Blind Mountain (2007) "With its complex (and, at times, deeply problematic) intersection of an educated outsider with the stubborn realities of rural life, Blind Mountain explicitly harkens back to those classic works from the Fifth Generation of Chinese filmmakers, like Yellow " ‐ Reverse Shot
Posted Aug 8, 2009
79% Gran Torino (2009) "Though Eastwood is not above self-deprecation and, here, downright silliness, Gran Torino is no orangutan movie. " ‐ Reverse Shot
Posted Aug 8, 2009
0% Tiro en la cabeza (Bullet in the Head) (2008) "A painfully old-fashioned trick, a game played many times before, by far more thoughtful filmmakers with greater commands of and ideas about their medium. " ‐ Reverse Shot
Posted Aug 8, 2009
17% Sleepwalking (2008) "Each bend in the road positively screeches with the urgency of impending catharsis, but the film never earns its resolution. " ‐ indieWIRE
Posted Aug 8, 2009
91% Shotgun Stories (2007) "There is much to "Shotgun Stories" that elevates it above the fray of Green derivatives and unflattering categorizations, bolstered by a roster of naturalistic, fully assimilated performances, led by "Bug"'s now ubiquitous Michael Shannon. " ‐ indieWIRE
Posted Aug 8, 2009
40% Dark Matter (2008) "Begins with a shot of Meryl Streep practicing tai chi, and therein lies a precise encapsulation of the film's attitude toward the intersection of Eastern and Western cultures " ‐ indieWIRE
Posted Aug 8, 2009
24% The Life Before Her Eyes (2007) "A hopelessly overblown melodrama, which oversteps its mark with pretensions of narrative complexity and social currency " ‐ indieWIRE
Posted Aug 8, 2009
69% Fugitive Pieces (2008) "Nostalgic, deeply felt, and refreshingly astute, "Fugitive Pieces" is something of a rare bird these days%u2014a big-budget, transnational historical drama that actually justifies its scope and subject matter with more than visual opulence. " ‐ indieWIRE
Posted Aug 8, 2009
67% Battle for Haditha (2007) "A bold effort to grapple with what truth lies behind these images, rather than to simply throw one's hands up in the face of them " ‐ indieWIRE
Posted Aug 8, 2009
100% Dreams With Sharp Teeth (2008) "If there is a criticism to be lobbed at Nelson's judicious but otherwise highly entertaining tribute, it's that it too often plays the role of the fawning, autograph-hungry fanboy, willing to accept all of the abuse Ellison wishes to hurl at it. " ‐ indieWIRE
Posted Aug 8, 2009
60% Quid Pro Quo (2008) "In fact, "Quid Pro Quo" is not at all funny, merely occasionally sarcastic, its plot a succession of half-baked pop-psych speculations and its dialogue a glib sampling of sub-Diablo Cody incredibility " ‐ indieWIRE
Posted Aug 8, 2009
59% Expired (2008) "Death and regret hang over the film palpably, and Miniucchi's willingness to put her characters through disaster and humiliation while still plainly empathizing with them is what keeps the film surprising and its characters winning, in spite of themselves " ‐ indieWIRE
Posted Aug 8, 2009
94% Ne le Dis à Personne (Tell No One) (2006) "Canet has covered his bases with enough swooping camerawork, narrative smoke-and-mirrors, and quick-sketched supporting characters for a dozen thrillers " ‐ indieWIRE
Posted Aug 8, 2009
64% Sixty Six (2006) "Cleaves too closely to the pattern set out by more original films with similar subject matter. Its obvious distinctions of time and place come through in clever details, but these don't seem to serve Weiland's autobiography so much as situate it into a fa " ‐ indieWIRE
Posted Aug 8, 2009
56% Sukiyaki Western Django (2008) "Ultimately not quite as clever as it thinks it is. Even the action sequences are more about Foley than choreography, and so the film largely rests on the oddity of its mix of styles and its parade of genre in-jokes " ‐ indieWIRE
Posted Aug 8, 2009
66% Ping Pong Playa (2007) "Mostly a little shrewder about stereotypes than your typical slacker comedy, deriving its edge from Yu and Tsai's mining of the cultural specificity of Asian-America for laughs " ‐ indieWIRE
Posted Aug 8, 2009
54% Battle in Seattle (2008) "Approaching its subject with a neat idealism and packaging its political fervor in the most facile of forms, the film boasts a cast loaded with Hollywoods both new and old and wraps its message up with eye-rolling naivete. " ‐ indieWIRE
Posted Aug 8, 2009
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