Nathanael Hood

Nathanael Hood
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Ever since I saw THE SHINING in college, I've been a devoted fanatic for cinema. My discovery of a collection of Roger Ebert reviews further convinced me that film criticism was the field I was destined for. After getting a Master's degree in Film Theory at New York University, I buckled down as a film writer. For the last 9 years I have worked as a freelance film critic for a number of different sites. I began on my personal film blog Forgotten Classics of Yesteryear. But In 2014 I began working professionally, getting work published on TheYoungFolks.com, RogerEbert.com, TheRetroSet.com, MovieMezzanine, Mubi.com, AudiencesEverywhere, UnseenFilms, and ChristianityToday.com. I publish around 150 full-length reviews, editorials, think pieces, retrospectives, and interviews a year through all of these different outlets. Thank you for your consideration.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
8/10 97% David Byrne's American Utopia (2020) Proves that David Byrne is perhaps the only man on earth who could make audiences teary-eyed with a song about the corpus callosum. - Unseen Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2020
4/10 71% Swimming Out Till the Sea Turns Blue (2020) The film's main issue is that there's no cohesive throughline. - Unseen Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2020
8/10 100% Xiao Wu (The Pickpocket) (2000) As would become common in work, Jia's protagonist is an embodiment of a distinctly Chinese everyman, one overlooked and abandoned for the sake of progress. - Unseen Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2020
8/10 91% Bacurau (Nighthawk) (2020) There are entire books to be written about how Bacurau uses its narrative to confront capitalist exploitation of Brazil, as well as violent native resistance against internal corruption and international colonialism. - Unseen Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2020
7/10 100% High Hopes (1988) Though frequently funny, the film's overall mood is one of resigned melancholy that never tips into the outright anger that characterizes Leigh's most incendiary work. - Unseen Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2020
7/10 86% The Lineup (1958) Cinematographer Hal Mohr made the best of his locations, more than once pausing the story so the film can drink in its characters being dwarfed by their surroundings... - Unseen Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2020
3/10 29% Doctor Dolittle (1967) The only redeeming moments come from spasms of unintended campiness like a scene where Harrison sings a love ballad to a seal dressed as an old woman. - Unseen Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2020
7/10 100% The Watermelon Woman (1997) [Shatters] the boundaries between the act of creation and the finished creation itself, pulling the audience into the disorienting dialectic of artistic production. - Unseen Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2020
8/10 91% Songs My Brothers Taught Me (2016) An achingly poignant portrait of contemporary reservation life. - Unseen Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2020
4/10 88% Cat Ballou (1965) Marvin gave many Oscar-worthy performances in his career. This wasn't one of them. - Unseen Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2020
10/10 100% Tôkyô orimpikku (Tokyo Olympiad) (1965) [Kon Ichikawa is] equally concerned with defeat as he is with victory, finding a compassionate nobility in the losers and their need to compete and struggle in the face of impossible odds. - The Retro Set EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2020
2/10 No Score Yet Connecting Rooms (1971) A painful failure. - The Retro Set EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2020
10/10 100% War and Peace (Voyna i Mir) (1968) ...an essential masterpiece. - The Retro Set EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2020
3/10 50% Supernatural (1933) A big fat goose egg. - The Retro Set EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2020
9/10 100% Salesman (1968) It's so detached from the outside world that it might as well be from a different planet. - The Retro Set EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2020
7/10 100% Antonio Gaudí (1986) [Hiroshi Teshigahara attempts] to grapple with the Catalan architect's legacy, traversing his work in a state of raptured reverie like a shell-shocked museum guide. - The Retro Set EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2020
7/10 80% The Song of Songs (1933) The main pleasure in the film is Dietrich's performance. - The Retro Set EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2020
7/10 100% Holiday (1938) Even at his most self-reflexive, Grant's Case is effused with a certain detached aloofness as if he knows that life is one big game and his unexpected betrothal into Manhattan royalty a bizarre plot twist. - The Retro Set EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2020
7/10 85% Teorema (Theorem) (1968) There are many ways to react towards Teorema, and barring the harassment of cast and crew, none are wrong. - The Retro Set EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2020
5/10 No Score Yet A Man Called Peter (1955) There's beauty, meaning, and truth here, but precious little lifeblood. - The Retro Set EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2020
9/10 82% The Pawnbroker (1965) The rare film that's Important with a capital "I" as well as Great with a capital "G." - Unseen Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2020
7/10 96% Medium Cool (1969) As a document of 1968 America's psyche it's irreplaceable. - Unseen Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2020
5/10 No Score Yet Black Peter (1963) Though rough and amateurish, Black Peter is a fascinating starting point for the defining figure of the Czechoslovak New Wave. - Unseen Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2020
7/10 No Score Yet The Blood of Jesus (1941) ...a bona fide piece of religious folk art. - Unseen Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2020
7/10 92% Death in the Garden (La Mort en ce jardin) (1956) Though belonging to the oft-overlooked Mexican phase of Buñuel's career, Death in the Garden is nonetheless as caustic and vicious as anything he ever made. - Unseen Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2020
6/10 71% Death in Venice (1971) It elects to dwell on absence and emptiness, sucking the sweet wound of upper class inertia like one would a cut on the lip or a sore on the tongue. - Unseen Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2020
8/10 83% The Hanging Tree (1959) The microcosm Delmer Daves creates here would make Billy Wilder pause, and the final five minutes are a masterstroke of nihilism. - Unseen Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2020
7/10 78% Daddy Longlegs (2010) It has the jagged rawness of early Cassavetes mixed with the Safdie's trademark emotional volatility. - Unseen Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2020
7/10 93% Da 5 Bloods (2020) The scenes [where Delroy Lindo] addresses the camera like a maddened Shakespearean villain giving asides to the audience is the stuff of nightmares and Oscar clips. - Unseen Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2020
7/10 60% Parade (1974) Tati's message is clear: a show is never just the show itself-it's the people in the stands and their reactions that brings things to life. - Unseen Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2020
8/10 86% My Brother's Wedding (1984) Reaffirms Burnett as one of black cinema's greatest poets. - Unseen Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2020
3/10 64% Husbands (1970) The film is too overlong, too dreary, too unfocused for anything to have any real impact. - Unseen Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2020
7/10 No Score Yet The Flying Ace (1926) Advertised as "the greatest airplane thriller ever filmed," it also liberally borrows from detective thrillers, slapstick comedy, and romantic melodrama. - Unseen Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2020
9/10 100% Grand Prix (1966) It's a rowdy, roaring, ecstatic hallelujah of movement and speed. - Unseen Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2020
8/10 70% Never Let Me Go (2010) Garland brilliantly maintains the book's tone and the elusiveness of its setting. - Unseen Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2020
10/10 97% Columbus (2017) One of the most auspicious directorial debuts of the last decade. - Unseen Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2020
6/10 63% Sugar Hill (1974) Ninety-one minutes of blaxploitation catharsis. - Unseen Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2020
2/10 No Score Yet Fearless Hyena Part II (Long teng hu yue) (1983) Barely a movie-it's only a finished film by runtime technicality. - Unseen Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2020
6/10 100% Olivia (The Pit of Loneliness) (2019) Audry's approach [in this film] was primarily mannered-nearly suffocatingly so-occasionally bordering on the naturalistic. - Unseen Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2020
5/10 48% Ocean's 11 (1960) It's an autopsy of the Greatest Generation's self-mythology. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2020
5/10 90% Blood Quantum (2020) The story is so tired and perfunctory in its beats that we can follow it with our eyes closed. - Unseen Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2020
7/10 No Score Yet Report on the Party and the Guests (1968) An important piece of Communist-era Czechoslovak filmmaking. - Unseen Films EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2020
5/10 No Score Yet Min and Bill (1930) [Marie Dressler gives] a powerful, heart-breaking performance that belongs in a better film. - Unseen Films EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2020
7/10 100% The Shooting (1967) It's easy to dismiss the deliberately obfuscated characters and inexplicable plot as arthouse pretentiousness. One's mileage depends on one's patience for postmodernism. - Unseen Films EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2020
6/10 73% The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid (1972) Kaufman presents his material with a comedic breeziness at considerable odds with its grim, grimy visual aesthetic. - Unseen Films EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2020
8/10 88% Professione: reporter (The Passenger) (1975) The entire film feels like one long held breath as its characters fidget in anticipation of things they can't foresee or understand. - Unseen Films EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2020
7/10 71% Capricious Summer (1967) The kind of cinematic world you'd love to crawl into. - Unseen Films EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2020
9/10 90% The Champ (1931) What could've come across as schmaltz hums with the belief that what we're seeing is somehow sacred and true. - Unseen Films EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2020
4/10 78% Under the Sun of Satan (Sous le soleil de Satan) (Under Satan's Sun) (1987) A film that glazes the eyes and numbs the mind despite its ravishing beauty. - Unseen Films EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2020
6/10 94% Monstrum (2018) Heo Jong-ho's Monstrum is a film that wears many hats-or, er, many gats. - Unseen Films EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2020