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Robert Koehler

Robert Koehler
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
No Score Yet Wasted Youth (2011) In all the impressive output of recent Greek cinema, I can't think of a more fully rendered and honest depiction of Athens, which plays a far greater role here than mere backdrop.‐ Cinema Scope
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75% Black Book (2007) ... [Director Paul Verhoeven] revels in cinema's powers of deception, to conceal and then reveal reality, to cover subversive ideas inside the armour of genre.‐ Cinema Scope
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91% Momma's Man (2008) Momma's Man is not a document of an artist making a film as an exorcism, but a memoir of recent things past, when the act of doing away with childish matters was confronted and done.‐ Cinema Scope
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No Score Yet Fengming: A Chinese Memoir (He Fengming) (2008) ... Wang Bing's second film, Fengming: A Chinese Memoir, proceeds to unfold as a cinematic oral history that tells of the full horrors of the worst of Maoist China.‐ Cinema Scope
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89% The Turin Horse (2012) ... the images in The Turin Horse become in many ways the inner thoughts of its two characters, even as the characters exist inside the images.‐ Cinema Scope
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92% Take Shelter (2011) ... while Take Shelter doesn't shrink from taking up an audience and playing with it, it's made with an exceptional eye and ear sympathetic to the anxieties that it dramatizes.‐ Cinema Scope
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93% Drive (2011) ... Drive is actually a film in search of romance, zigzagging through an obstacle course of fairy tale and myth... ‐ Cinema Scope
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100% Poetry (2011) [Writer/Director Lee Chang-dong] has consistently drawn great performances from his actors, and only partly because he writes huge roles for them.‐ Cinema Scope
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100% Foreign Parts (2011) ... a work of salvage anthropology that never insists on any particular kind of political stance until after the full reality of what they've recorded and subsequently edited has settled in.‐ Cinema Scope
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No Score Yet Death in the Land of Encantos (Kagadanan sa banwaan ning mga Engkanto) (2007) ... a genuine epic is being told.‐ Cinema Scope
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100% El Cant dels Ocells (Birdsong) (2008) In the current course of films being made around the world that demand new engagement with the essentials of cinema, it is about as important a work as has been made in the past three years.‐ Cinema Scope
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96% Revanche (2009) Revanche proposes a way out for some of its characters and some of the emerging impasses in European filmmaking.‐ Cinema Scope
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No Score Yet Between Two Worlds (Ahasin Wetei) (2009) [Director Vimukthi] Jayasundara's war is a monster with no end, no present or past, entrapping its victims in a ceaseless loop.‐ Cinema Scope
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67% It's The Earth Not The Moon (2012) ... a film constantly dancing between impressions and moments captured in the present.‐ Cinema Scope
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No Score Yet Slow Action (2011) ... Slow Action (taken from a phrase by Darwin, one of Rivers' heroes and whose centenary was the project's genesis) is a mysterious elegy of a future not yet here which also feels and looks already decayed and collapsed.‐ Cinema Scope
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No Score Yet Lunch Break (2008) ... Lunch Break marks an entirely new and fascinating direction.‐ Cinema Scope
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No Score Yet O'er the Land (2009) [Writer/Director Deborah] Stratman explores with vibrant energy her own narrative strategy of pondering the ghosts of past events... with the present and certain impulses for destruction for its own sake, with nature as a witness.‐ Cinema Scope
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No Score Yet Where is Where? (2009) ... scenes in Where Is Where? naturally unfold one by one, with multiple views of a scene... expanding the depth and dimensions of the setting and exchanges instead of frantically bifurcating multiple scenes into a single viewing timeframe.‐ Cinema Scope
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89% Eastern Promises (2007) Eastern Promises is a fascinating case of a film made under the intense gaze of a supreme auteur and written by the separate but equally potent hand of a writer. ‐ Cinema Scope
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100% Agrarian Utopia (2011) This is a world now infused with stultifying familiarity, so that the gap between utopia and actuality remains, like the seasons cycling back to the same starting point, with no real way out.‐ Cinema Scope
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No Score Yet Bi, dung so! (Bi, Don't Be Afraid) (2010) ... the interaction between visual symbols and the characters' experiences are beautifully integrated.‐ Cinema Scope
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No Score Yet Seikai gûdo mooningu!! (Good Morning to the World!!) (2010) ... an impeccably filmed kind-of coming-of-age tale about a high-school boy who may or may not have witnessed the aftermath of a killing, and his cockeyed attempts to intuit injustice and balance the scales.‐ Cinema Scope
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82% Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010) Before the August arrival of Edgar Wright's Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, the last youth comedy with any resonance was The House Bunny (2008)... ‐ Cinema Scope
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94% Museum Hours (2013) "Kunsthistorisches. It's the big old one."... neatly sums up the film's warm, casual attitude toward weighty cultural institutions while serving as a way of reframing formerly perceived paragons of elitism in a more democratic manner.‐ Cinema Scope
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74% Margaret (2011) In Margaret, everyone has her own opera.‐ Cinema Scope
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93% A Touch of Sin (2013) Although [director Jia Zhangke] makes a great deal in interviews of how the four stories are drawn from reported cases in recent years across the nation... A Touch of Sin plays contrary to a torn-from-the-headlines dramatization.‐ Cinema Scope
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No Score Yet Leijonasydän (Heart of a Lion) (2013) At the heart of Heart of a Lion is a liberal fantasy of conversion from deep-seated bigotry to progressive tolerance driven by the power of love.‐ Cinema Scope
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62% The French Minister (2014) Thierry Lhermitte plays this verbose, preening idiot with a determination that becomes grating.‐ Cinema Scope
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100% Ilo Ilo (2014) The dynamics are just about perfect, and calibrated for a long chain of terrific scenes... ‐ Cinema Scope
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No Score Yet El verano de los peces voladores (The Summer of Flying Fish) (2014) The gorgeous rendering of the lushly forested landscapes begins to play the unfortunate role of covering over the movie's extremely slim and obvious content... ‐ Cinema Scope
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No Score Yet Le démantèlement (The Auction) (2014) Humourless, sincere and inevitable, everything in Le Démantèlement is right there on the surface... ‐ Cinema Scope
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No Score Yet Un Voyageur (2013) ... this unmitigated disaster of a self-portrait proves is one fat delusion.‐ Cinema Scope
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No Score Yet Off Frame AKA Revolution Until Victory (2015) Off Frame is only an hour long, but it's packed with short and long clips from a remarkable range of Third Cinema by or about the Palestinians' Marxist phase.‐ Cinema Scope
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No Score Yet Bezness As Usual (2016) The most telling aspect of this not very interesting piece of self-portraiture is how it raises the notion that Alex will be making money off of the movie we're watching, and isn't it fair for Mohsen to get some of the proceeds?‐ Cinema Scope
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No Score Yet Arrhythmia (Aritmiya) (2017) This sort of mundane approach might be viewed by some as a kind of artistic triumph of the middling. But is that all there is?‐ Cinema Scope
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No Score Yet El Alcalde (2013) It's not surprising that Mexico's drug war can verge into surrealism, as Mexico oozes with surrealism. But there are many shades to this condition, and The Mayor captures one of them with just about the right deadpan tone.‐ Cinema Scope
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67% Bastards (2013) What [director Claire Denis'] done, as it happens, is her best film since L'intrus... ‐ Cinema Scope
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88% The Tribe (2015) The Tribe is about revealing what is hidden from the conventional world, or that which it tends to ignore.‐ Cinema Scope
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93% Yourself and Yours (2016) ... Yourself and Yours is closer to a Rohmerian moral tale, with a single narrative track containing a situation that leads to personal self-discovery. ‐ Cinema Scope
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70% Water and Sugar: Carlo Di Palma, the Colours of Life (2016) There's no excuse making a poor film on the life and work of one of cinema's greatest cinematographers.‐ Cinema Scope
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67% Voyage of Time: Life's Journey (2016) Now that he's making drivel, Malick can't stop himself from churning them out, which, a theory goes, is why they're drivel.‐ Cinema Scope
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50% Souvenir (2017) ... Souvenir tries to package its kitsch as dressed-up fun, but all it does is give Isabelle Huppert something to do between her real movies.‐ Cinema Scope
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31% Salt and Fire (2017) The man, so wonderful to listen to in his non-fiction films as he narrates away in his deliciously thick German accent, has a tin ear for English dialogue spoken by actors.‐ Cinema Scope
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100% The Rolling Stones: Olé Olé Olé! - A Trip Across Latin America (2016) ... despite the cushiness of life on the road in a string of six-star hotels, Mick and Keith in particular evince an authentic sense of the blues (and fun) that reaffirms them as the definitive rock unit.‐ Cinema Scope
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93% Queen of Katwe (2016) The irresistible ringer for gullible audiences is that the movie is based on a true story.‐ Cinema Scope
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63% The Magnificent Seven (2016) There's a fine line, as Sergio Leone once told me, between the operatic and the absurd, and this Seven runs roughshod over it.‐ Cinema Scope
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91% Into the Inferno (2016) The wild, near-suicidal extremes of his first volcano movie, La Soufriere (1976), have been replaced by a steadier, more "educational" attitude, though one still informed by Herzog's obsession with the mystical, bizarre and unseen.‐ Cinema Scope
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No Score Yet Hema Hema: Sing Me a Song While I Wait (2016) It's an interesting gambit for an international man of cinema, and nirvana.‐ Cinema Scope
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61% Snowden (2016) Snowden, though, contains another shock: that Stone (of all people) somehow turns all of this-and more-into a square, boring movie.‐ Cinema Scope
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36% Daguerrotype (Le secret de la chambre noire) (2016) ... Daguerrotype is certainly a mess, though it's easy to surmise why he was attracted to bring his interest in ghosts, phantoms, and psychological displacement to cinema's birthplace.‐ Cinema Scope
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