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Sean Gandert

Sean Gandert
Sean Gandert's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Paste Magazine

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
7.5/10 85% Happy, Happy (2011) One of those few films in theaters that are really and truly adult. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Sep 16, 2011
7.7/10 78% The Mill and the Cross (2011) Majewski's filmic voice isn't for everyone, filled with lengthy tableaus without obvious meaning, but it's strong and truly unique. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Sep 16, 2011
7.1/10 73% Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life (2011) Gainsbourg ends up questionable when it comes to actual biography, but it does a great job capturing the man's spirit, which it's hard not to believe Serge himself would find far more important. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Sep 1, 2011
5.3/10 64% Love Crime (2011) There are definitely enough ideas in it to create a good picture, but a complete lack of empathy leaves Love Crime as just an exercise. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Sep 1, 2011
3.1/10 10% The Family Tree (2011) The Family Tree is never willing to try and really understand its family, instead creating wall of surface-level quirks as shorthand for their personalities. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Aug 29, 2011
8.6/10 83% The Sacrifice (1986) The few insecurities in the filmmaking, which stick out in contrast to his Russian works, are easily overlooked by how masterful other scenes are and the impressiveness of the imagery. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Aug 18, 2011
6.4/10 79% Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow (2011) It's a testament to how fascinating Kiefer's work is that the film is still enjoyable, if intermittently very dull. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Aug 17, 2011
9.4/10 100% Jalsaghar (The Music Room) (1958) It's a full-on Shakespearean tragedy that manages to be both critical of and sympathetic to its main character. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Aug 17, 2011
8.7/10 88% Naked (1993) Almost every moment in it is electrifying and alive in a way no focus-tested movie could match. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jul 27, 2011
5.2/10 43% Ironclad (2011) Most of the movie is so bland and has such a lack of passion for characters or story that it makes you wonder why anyone cared enough to make it. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jul 22, 2011
3.6/10 72% Sarah's Key (2011) Anytime real drama would take place rather than its amped-up melodrama Sarah's Keyducks out with an ellipsis rather than showing us something that would upset its fragile, middlebrow sensitivities. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jul 22, 2011
9.1/10 91% Tabloid (2011) Morris' most flat-out enjoyable picture ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jul 14, 2011
9.5/10 97% Kiss Me Deadly (1955) In the years since its release, Kiss Me Deadly has been copied so many times that many of its boldest elements are familiar, but they've done little to dull its overall impact. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jul 9, 2011
9.3/10 100% Menschen am Sonntag (People on Sunday) (1930) The film acts as a time capsule for both a city that was lost and the aspirations of its creators without sacrificing its desire to show what life is like when you're young and full of life. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jul 9, 2011
5.8 73% Insignificance (1985) None of its characters have any sort of inner life and their motivations are simply to fulfill the goals of the screenplay. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jun 15, 2011
8.3/10 55% Mr. Nice (2011) what Mr. Nice offers is a stylish and fascinating biography that, while perhaps playing loose with the facts, knows that it's far more entertaining to watch the highs than the lows. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jun 10, 2011
7.3/10 82% Trollhunter (2011) In every sense, Troll Hunter lives up to its ridiculous name and premise. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jun 9, 2011
8.8/10 86% Pale Flower (Kawaita hana) (1964) Pale Flower sits comfortably as one of the darker noir films ever made ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jun 4, 2011
9.1/10 66% Solaris (2002) remains a fascinating work and its deep questioning of what makes us human when faced with simulacrums feels if anything more relevant today than when it was made. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jun 4, 2011
5.9/10 92% City of Life and Death (2011) Chuan's attempt is certainly admirable in the time and care put towards honoring those at Nanking, but the effort is misguided and its propagandist take feels hollow and disappointing. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted May 14, 2011
7.8/10 65% Hobo With a Shotgun (2011) Unsurprisingly Hobo with a Shotgun is shot in the style of '60s and '70s exploitation films -- and what a style it is. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted May 6, 2011
8.3/10 100% The Scent of Green Papaya (Mùi du du xanh - L'odeur de la papaye verte) (1993) Scent of Green Papaya's warmth and beauty create a magical feeling that's more important than narrative. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted May 5, 2011
7.4/10 96% The Arbor (2011) The film's strange way of meandering off its original topic is never resolved, but even with its deficiencies The Arbor is always intelligent cinema. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted May 5, 2011
8.6 96% 13 Assassins (2011) It's a Miike film that for once can be recommended without caveats, boldly treading new ground but also taking stock of what's come before and not rejecting it outright. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted May 5, 2011
8.5/10 90% Armadillo (2011) You may be sick of war films about Afghanistan by now, but Armadillo's boldly objective take on the situation shouldn't be missed. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Apr 25, 2011
7.1/10 92% Incendies (2011) As a film of ideas, it's disappointing, but as a two-hour ride it's definitely worth your time. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Apr 22, 2011
7.4/10 84% La princesse de Montpensier (The Princess of Montpensier) (2011) Montpensier won't treat anyone to a totally new experience, but it's a well-realized work of pure cinematic skill that's worth marvelling at, cliches and all. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Apr 15, 2011
5.7/10 89% A Screaming Man (2011) It's extremely well-intended and contains the broad strokes of a much better movie, but A Screaming Man's inhuman characters lead to an unfortunate descent into clichés. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Apr 14, 2011
7.0/10 82% American: The Bill Hicks Story (2011) American isn't a necessary film, in that it won't really change anyone's opinion about Hicks nor does it bring a new interpretation to his life, but it's a well-made and entertaining movie that gives the man his due. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Apr 7, 2011
4.5/10 77% In A Better World (2011) While it features a few powerful moments and impressive cinematography, the film manages to say nothing new about its themes and does so in a particularly out-of-touch manner. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Apr 1, 2011
4.4/10 43% Cracks (2011) Cracks only strays from the boarding school genre's playbook when it's entering questionable territory, making for a picture that's easily forgettable except in its disappointments. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Mar 30, 2011
7.8/10 68% Black Death (2011) There's no glory for Black Death's mercenaries at the end of their journey, but for the audience there's a fascinating take on religion and morality that also features some pretty decent swordplay-and really, how much more can a movie offer? ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Mar 29, 2011
3.4/10 17% Miral (2011) The director's affection for its subject matter is obvious throughout, but while Miral may succeed as an ode to its muse, it will disappoint most anyone else. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Mar 29, 2011
3.5/10 80% I Saw the Devil (2011) Horror aficionados may appreciate some of its stagings and detail, but for anyone seeking more than just meaningless blood and guts being spewed there's no reason to give I Saw the Devil a look. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Mar 12, 2011
8.9/10 88% Certified Copy (Copie Conforme) (2011) Certified Copy hits on all levels, offering a movie that's just as complex formally as it is emotionally. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Mar 12, 2011
8.0/10 88% Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2011) It's that rarity in any medium, a totally unique work of art, and that it's a bit of a mess doesn't detract much from how mesmerizing of an experience it can be. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Mar 3, 2011
7.4/10 85% Senso (1954) Senso isn't the subtlest picture and its writing is frequently cringe-worthy. But as a work of pure film artistry it's wonderful, especially in its less motivated sequences. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Mar 1, 2011
7.6/10 73% Heartbeats (2011) Dolan may not have quite developed his own voice yet, but he certainly knows how to crib from the best and the film features a dazzling array of style that's bold and truly communicates the film's adolescent emotions. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Feb 28, 2011
6.5/10 92% Of Gods and Men (2011) Beauvois tells the story he wants to beautifully, and it's a success in that it shows us a depiction of the monks that doesn't feel exploitative, but he seems to equate austere minimalism with depth. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Feb 28, 2011
1.8/10 49% Vanishing On 7th Street (2011) ...the shadow-puppet apocalypse exists outside of explanations, or indeed logic of any kind. So does Vanishing on 7th Street. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Feb 18, 2011
7.1/10 87% Carancho (2011) The movie's recommendation has to come with a grain of salt, but most of Carancho is still intelligent and thrilling enough that it's work ignoring the end. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Feb 11, 2011
3.2/10 21% Frankie & Alice (2014) Other than the A-list actors and high production values, there's little to nothing differentiating the film from any made-for-TV movie on Lifetime. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Feb 4, 2011
5.8/10 67% The Company Men (2011) Rather than showing us an empathetic portrait of what it's like to live through such a hard time in America, Company Men shows us a series of rich, white men suffering through problems of their own creation. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jan 21, 2011
30/100 73% The Housemaid (2011) Unless you feel compelled to see yet again what happens when a man has an affair with his servant, check out the original instead. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jan 21, 2011
4.3/10 64% Biutiful (2010) The film just doesn't come together, and all the well-meaning social criticism and award-winning emoting from Bardem can't change that fact. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jan 4, 2011
9.1/10 86% Rabbit Hole (2010) It's not a documentary, but Rabbit Hole is one of the most true films to be made in a long time, a beautiful tribute to those coping with loss and trying to make sense of the world. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Dec 27, 2010
80/100 71% Somewhere (2010) Coppola really believed in the content here, and while she needs to tone down her metaphors and return to more realistic characters, her actors believed in her vision just as much as she did and are able to carry it through. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Dec 23, 2010
84/100 90% The Fighter (2010) sure, it's an exceedingly simple movie, and it's easy to dismiss as just another sports flick about overcoming odds, but it's also an exceedingly well-told movie, which is far and away more important. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Dec 20, 2010
6.0/10 87% Black Swan (2010) The film still offers up simple thrills, but it falls well short of the greatness to which it aspires. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Dec 2, 2010
6.6/10 45% You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (2010) While Tall Dark can be a tad stilted, taking place as it does in Allen's fictionalized universe, most of it functions so smoothly it makes you forget about all the strings being pulled ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Nov 1, 2010