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Melissa Anderson

Melissa Anderson

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
89% 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
65% Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story) (2016) "A dopey examination of Instagram-abetted adolescent abandon. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 16, 2016
81% 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
66% 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
No Score Yet 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 "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
93% 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
79% 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
83% Bunny Lake Is Missing (1965) "Two viewings in as many weeks still might not be enough to fully grasp the project's strangeness. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 10, 2016
62% 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
No Score Yet 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
65% 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
85% 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) "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
90% Barbershop: The Next Cut (2016) "Glutted even more than its predecessors with ancient fellas-versus-females debates, ungainly sociopolitical commentary, and top-40 superstars trying to diversify their brands. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 13, 2016
89% Applause (Applaus) (2010) "Usually an enervating process to witness onscreen, Steen's subtle calibrations of self-hatred and raging narcissism exhilarate. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 7, 2016
22% The Boss (2016) "The Boss gives its star few, if any, hitting partners. It's a baffling decision ... " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 5, 2016
96% Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures (2016) "Each chapter of Mapplethorpe's biography - his Catholic boyhood in Queens, his renowned romances with Patti Smith and the collector Sam Wagstaff, his devotion to and aestheticizing of s/m - is given the same cursory treatment. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 5, 2016
94% Blue Velvet (1986) "Three decades after its initial release, David Lynch's Blue Velvet has lost none of its power to derange, terrify, and exhilarate. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 22, 2016
No Score Yet Who's Crazy? "The giddy, shambolic activity, certainly avant-garde, maybe even rejuvenating, during the LBJ era, made me restless and irritable ... " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 22, 2016
66% Valley Of Love (2016) "A project that gives its leads little to do other than complain about the heat and bad cellphone reception and look askance at American boorishness. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 22, 2016
62% Creative Control (2016) "The film's monochrome palette and crisp lensing lend it a well-defined severity otherwise wholly lacking. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 8, 2016
92% River of Grass (1995) "A film of fizzy languor ... terrific ... " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 8, 2016
100% Late Spring (1949) ""Movies resurrect the beautiful dead," Susan Sontag once wrote, and there's no better way to commemorate Hara than to watch her in Late Spring, a film in which she is heartbreakingly vibrant. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 1, 2016
68% Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016) "WTF is essentially Eat Pray Love for embeds, filled with jokes and sight gags that are repeated to ever stonier spectator silence. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 1, 2016
97% Cemetery of Splendor (2016) "As is his custom, Weerasethakul addresses his nation's martial history with the lightest of touches. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 1, 2016
23% Zoolander 2 (2016) "As my screening companion wisely noted as we left the theater: "The era of the male comedian is over." " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Feb 11, 2016
85% Hail, Caesar! (2016) "[It] has a certain buoyancy ... The fizziness, though, proves fleeting, and Hail, Caesar! too often goes flat. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Feb 2, 2016
94% In The Shadow of Women (2016) "In so shrewdly exploring the illusions - namely (self-) deception - required to keep a dyad functioning, Garrel shows just how much we all remain, consciously or not, in the dark. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 12, 2016
78% Henry Gamble's Birthday Party (2015) "Cone, who is bighearted toward but not uncritical of his Bible-thumping characters, has a keen sense of seemingly incongruous details ... " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 5, 2016
61% Joy (2015) "So much of Joy ... seems provisional, a clumsy first-draft attempt at making an unconventional movie about a woman who earned millions from the most pedestrian of objects. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 22, 2015
97% 45 Years (2015) "As we gaze at and listen to these paradigmatic performers, whose characters reflect on nearly a half-century together - almost as long as the leads have been icons - the movie becomes a tender unofficial career retrospective for both. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 22, 2015
100% La creazione di significato (The Creation of Meaning) "Casanova's film shows just how much natural splendor dominates the region, here caught at the height of estival glory. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 15, 2015
83% Stinking Heaven "The actors' agile reflexes keep scenes unpredictable as their characters react to passive-aggressive slights or terrifying paroxysms of rage. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 9, 2015
88% The Big Short (2015) "McKay's bumptious movie awkwardly combines fourth-wall-breaking gimmickry and flaccid indignation with the goofball energy that defines his comedies. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 8, 2015
68% The Danish Girl (2015) "Reducing a remarkable life and marriage to stultifying solemnity, Tom Hooper's The Danish Girl might be most charitably thought of as a public-service announcement gussied up in interwar-period costuming and interior design. " ‐ Artforum
Posted Nov 25, 2015
97% Klute (1971) "A movie resolutely of its moment that still surges with third-rail electricity ... " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 24, 2015
100% Out 1, Noli Me Tangere "Time and Narrative are pushed to the extreme in Jacques Rivette's Out 1: Noli me tangere, a film that operates simultaneously as stealth vérité and raw psychodrama. " ‐ Artforum
Posted Nov 4, 2015
83% The Royal Road (2015) "Suffused with melancholy, longing, and chagrin, Jenni Olson's supple cine-essay The Royal Road is, above all, a film against forgetting. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 27, 2015
97% Heart of a Dog (2015) "A testament to Anderson's magnanimity, Heart of a Dog salutes not only those who gave her the greatest happiness but also those who long ago stopped bringing her joy. " ‐ Artforum
Posted Oct 23, 2015
94% Room (2015) "While Jack on the page exhausted me, I was amazed by the actor who plays him, Jacob Tremblay. " ‐ Artforum
Posted Oct 21, 2015
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