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Melissa Anderson

Melissa Anderson
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
89% Strike a Pose (2017) The six surviving members of the original seven are always excellent company, though Ester Gould and Reijer Zwaan's film at times seems frustratingly under-researched. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 18, 2017
71% Staying Vertical (Rester vertical) (2017) As always with Guiraudie's films, Staying Vertical shrewdly (and often hilariously) captures both the seriousness and the absurdity of sex ... ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 18, 2017
90% The Son of Joseph (Le fils de Joseph) (2017) Nothing buoys the occasionally claustrophobic Son of Joseph more than the radiant, freckled face of newcomer Ezenfis ... ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 11, 2017
89% 20th Century Women (2017) Despite the movie's title and Bening's central role, women are oddly peripheral. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 28, 2016
92% Toni Erdmann (2016) Toni Erdmann remains constantly absorbing through its precise examination of even the most mundane interactions. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 22, 2016
96% Neruda (2016) Larraín, born in Santiago in 1976, takes an oblique approach to his subject, one of his country's most exalted heroes - a strategy that renders the past always labile and dynamic, never static and turgid. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 12, 2016
42% Office Christmas Party (2016) The rager's excesses are wholly predictable: cocaine, a lot of white people jumping up and down to DJ Kool, gay-panicky visuals with eggnog. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 9, 2016
78% Evolution (2016) The hermeticism of Evolution can also seem like a dead end, as Hadzihalilovic returns to the same voluptuously grotesque images and scenarios over and over again. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 22, 2016
96% Daughters of the Dust (1991) Daughters of the Dust abounds with stunning motifs and tableaux, the iconography seemingly sourced from dreams as much as from history and folklore. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 17, 2016
100% The Illinois Parables (2016) Stratman often juxtaposes static, serene landscape footage with an increasingly agitated soundtrack, arriving at an odd consonance amid so much dissonance. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 17, 2016
48% Almost Christmas (2016) Talbert ... follows formula for the overcrowded and overplotted Noel-season movie, ladling out too-generous portions of churchiness, multigenerational dance-off, and Mars vs. Venus sermonizing. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 9, 2016
79% Don't Call Me Son (Mãe Só Há Uma) (2016) A hazy drift through vast subjects - the fluidity of adolescence and the fragility of family - Anna Muylaert's Don't Call Me Son works best when it goes small. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 3, 2016
98% Moonlight (2016) A question is posed to the main character of Barry Jenkins's wondrous, superbly acted new film, Moonlight: "Who is you, man?" ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 20, 2016
No Score Yet One Potato, Two Potato (1964) Both husband and wife are shrewdly observed characters in a film untainted by sentimentality, a quality that American films about race, then and now, fall back on. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 19, 2016
57% One-Eyed Jacks (1961) A strange, tumid, engrossing western ... ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 13, 2016
86% Christine (2016) Christine, like most films in its genre, relies on excess: acting as extreme sport, period fetishism, signpost dialogue. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 12, 2016
93% Being 17 (Quand on a 17 ans) (2016) Being 17 boldly examines the fear of letting go and giving in - the terror, in short, of becoming an adult. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 6, 2016
87% Amanda Knox (2016) Like too many recent documentaries, Blackhurst and McGinn's is filled with missed opportunities. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 28, 2016
77% Goat (2016) Points are made and lessons imparted with all the subtlety and finesse of a Greek paddle to the head. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 22, 2016
95% The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years (2016) Frantically rushing through the quartet's prodigious output during these years, Eight Days a Week is best when it slows down ... ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 15, 2016
82% Author: The JT LeRoy Story (2016) Queasily absorbing ... ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 8, 2016
84% To Sleep With Anger (1990) One of the finest films to explore city versus country, old ways versus new, kin versus kin. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 7, 2016
54% The Seasons in Quincy: Four Portraits of John Berger (2016) A warm and heartfelt but too often desultory and disorganized tribute to the down-to-earth intellectual. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 1, 2016
100% Happy Hour (Happî awâ) (2015) Running nearly five and a half hours, Hamaguchi's movie foregrounds the quotidian, revealing the latent drama in the most seemingly mundane moments. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 24, 2016
83% Madonna: Truth or Dare (1991) Immensely pleasurable ... ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 23, 2016
100% Sudden Fear (1952) Like many underrecognized treasures, David Miller's Sudden Fear fits into and defies different genres, its convention-scrambling partly the result of the fact that the film looks both forward and back. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 10, 2016
72% My King (Mon roi) (2016) Depleting and clamorous ... ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 10, 2016
95% Neither Heaven nor Earth (Ni le ciel ni la terre) (2016) Cogitore's movie is at once otherworldly and firmly tethered to stark reality. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 2, 2016
92% Summertime (La Belle Saison) (2016) For all of its wise, welcome focus on the libidinal, Summertime additionally succeeds in presenting the far-left fervor of the time without devolving into school-play pageantry. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 18, 2016
73% Ghostbusters (2016) Ghostbusters 2.0 suffers from the anxiety of influence - or, more specifically, from the fear of not wanting to alienate the fans (Gen X'ers and others) of 1.0. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 10, 2016
80% My Little Loves (Mes Petites Amoureuses) (1974) Compassionate but never sentimental, My Little Loves is an essential entry in the coming-of-age canon, a film that ennobles adolescence by so truthfully portraying its attendant indignities. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 8, 2016
90% The King of Comedy (1983) Brilliantly keeps viewers unmoored, the result of its consistently off-kilter tone. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 21, 2016
66% Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story) (2016) A dopey examination of Instagram-abetted adolescent abandon. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 16, 2016
78% From Afar (Desde Allá) (2016) Less a fully realized and inhabited project than a set of symmetries snapping into place. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 8, 2016
67% Diary of a Chambermaid (Journal d'une femme de chambre) (2016) Célestine and Joseph never make logical confederates, a result of the sodden chemistry between Seydoux and Lindon. Their scheming to leave the Lanlaires for good merely hastens the movie's too-abrupt ending ... ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 7, 2016
83% Kamikaze '89 (1983) When the increasingly knotty conspiracy plot that motors Kamikaze '89 grows too unintelligible or dull, Gremm has the good sense to cut to the film's greatest set piece ... ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 31, 2016
81% Chevalier (2016) Despite the claustrophobic setting and Tsangari's observational style, Chevalier doesn't register as hermetic or coolly condescending; the film feels loose and agile even amid so much capricious rule-making. ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 25, 2016
No Score Yet Jacques Rivette, The Night Watchman (1990) Rivette ... saw mysteries everywhere and created thrillingly enigmatic movies. But in Denis's documentary, the man himself, at once diffident and forthright, is exceptionally lucid. ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 17, 2016
94% Black Girl (La noire de...) (1966) Formally spartan, Ousmane Sembène's Black Girl is dense with cool fury. ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 17, 2016
57% Money Monster (2016) There's a lot of excitable talk about algorithms (or "algos"), the overuse of the term perhaps fitting for a film that seems to have been constructed not by humans but by binary code. ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 13, 2016
81% Sunset Song (2016) Even when working from source material crafted by others, Davies, like all singular filmmakers, imprints it with his DNA. ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 12, 2016
90% The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane (1976) Gessner's film may be for Foster completists only. But the intensity of her dead-eyed stare as the final credits scroll across her face reminds us of her preternatural ability, as a kid and beyond, to transform even the most negligible movie or scene ... ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 10, 2016
61% High-Rise (2016) The film doesn't do much more than dramatize the tableaux of bedlam and rot laid out in the source text, neglecting its "inner space," which Ballard defined as "the internal landscape of tomorrow that is a transmuted image of the past." ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 10, 2016
89% A Bigger Splash (2016) Not even this flamboyant project, however satisfying in its excesses otherwise, can accommodate the inept civics lesson. ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 4, 2016
76% Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977) What makes the film ... so fascinating and repellent at once is precisely the confusion and anxiety it articulates about women's sexual freedom. ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 4, 2016
100% Los Sures (2016) Filmed in the summer of 1983, Diego Echeverria's Los Sures, a spirited but clear-eyed survey of South Williamsburg, transports viewers to the area before the blight of condos and bespoke-BBQ joints. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 28, 2016
70% The Wait (L'attesa) (2016) [Binoche] somehow makes even her long stretches of silence ring clamorously; her minimalist gestures are always maximized and engorged. Binoche's hushed histrionics, though, are of a piece with the fruity portentousness of L'Attesa ... ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 27, 2016
81% Eva Hesse (2016) Eva Hesse relies too heavily on ventriloquism to recapitulate the high and low points of the artist ... ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 26, 2016
60% Fassbinder: To Love Without Demands (Fassbinder: at elske uden at kræve) (2016) Thomsen culls wisely from Fassbinder's filmography to illustrate the kino-giant's abiding themes, patricide and masochism among them. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 26, 2016
No Score Yet Down There (Là-bas) (2006) Akerman's meticulous, fixed-camera compositions - her signature - assume an even greater geometrical precision here, for the outside view is obscured by the matchstick roll-up blinds in her temporary lodging. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 14, 2016