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Zachary Wigon

Zachary Wigon
Zachary Wigon's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Slant Magazine

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
81% 1001 Grams (2015) This portrait of an introverted soul brought out of her shell is not without its charms. ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 5, 2015
60% In The Courtyard (2015) Thoroughly nonjudgmental in its observations, Pierre Salvadori's In the Courtyard ranks as one of the funnier films about victims of depression and mental illness. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 7, 2015
80% Ned Rifle (2015) Hartley's humor and intellectual musings are, as always, fully present, but by anchoring them to a genuinely compelling story of familial retribution, he's made his best film in years. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 31, 2015
46% Boychoir (2015) Hoffman, naturally, makes his character interesting in the way that genius actors always do. Yet the film's storytelling struggles to match his level of skill. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 31, 2015
86% La Sapienza (2015) A picture that balances heart and mind with nuance. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 17, 2015
86% Ballet 422 (2015) Ballet 422 is more visually sumptuous than most narratives you're likely to see this year, featuring careful compositions that make watching the film an aesthetic experience as much as an intellectual one. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Feb 3, 2015
91% Something, Anything (2014) A perspicacious examining of intimate moments, Paul Harrill's Something, Anything artfully circumnavigates narrative expectations in the manner of only the most thoughtful stories. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 7, 2015
71% If You Don't, I Will (2014) Perceptive and subtle almost to a fault, Sophie Fillières's If You Don't, I Will gingerly metes out insights against their dramatic payoffs. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 16, 2014
No Score Yet The Passionate Thief (1960) While the madcap adventures provide plenty of entertainment, it's Monicelli's sympathetic portrait of complex individuals ... that wins viewers over. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 2, 2014
69% Late Phases (2014) The narrative ends up working in a smaller scope than one might expect given the premise of a beast plaguing a community, but the journey getting to the finish is exhilarating all the same. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 18, 2014
92% Four Moons (Cuatro Lunas) (2014) Overlook [its] distracting formal missteps ... and you may find a film that engenders resonant empathy. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 18, 2014
17% Plastic (2014) For a film with shootouts, heists, and high-speed chases, Julian Gilbey's Plastic is a strangely lifeless affair. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 23, 2014
41% This Is Where I Leave You (2014) The most charitable thing you can say about This Is Where I Leave You is that it is resolutely innocuous - a nothing of a movie, neutered and sanitary. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 16, 2014
81% Tracks (2014) Primarily a striking sensory relation of the sounds, smells, and feel of dragging oneself through an endless stretch of terrain not designed for human comfort. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 16, 2014
72% Honeymoon (2014) Achieves emotional resonance due to how effectively it joins its source of horror with the stuff of everyday human anxieties. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 9, 2014
87% Abuse of Weakness (2014) Breillat's impressive film is a study of bodies and how we carry them, and it explores the manner in which weakness seeks out strength on an almost primal level, bypassing the higher modes of human thought. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 12, 2014
29% 4 Minute Mile (2014) 4 Minute Mile is cobbled together with every sports underdog cliché imaginable. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 29, 2014
90% The Kill Team (2014) Finds drama in evenhanded storytelling that is the inverse of its characters' emotional shakiness. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 22, 2014
83% The Empty Hours (2014) A studied, coming-of-age narrative that makes a familiar tale sing. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 8, 2014
60% The Grand Seduction (2014) The Grand Seduction feels made for Netflix's Watch Instantly feature - pleasant enough, but mostly forgotten with your next selection. ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 27, 2014
93% Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case (2014) In spite of the intermittent frustrations ... Weiwei remains a captivating figure. ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 13, 2014
62% Beneath The Harvest Sky (2014) Gaudet and Pullapilly have a background in documentaries, and there's a convincing naturalism to their storytelling. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 29, 2014
84% Last Passenger (2014) While Last Passenger is a campy B-movie, it possesses greater aesthetic aspirations, and the film's stylistic ambition is ultimately what makes it an entertaining ride. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 22, 2014
93% Gojira (1956) Clever storytelling manages to confront tragedy from any number of angles, and sometimes swinging at it from the side can be the most affecting. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 16, 2014
57% Small Time (2014) The storytelling feels mechanical and contrived. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 16, 2014
61% Hank And Asha (2014) This two-hander doesn't feature much more than its leads speechifying to their cameras, a challenging basis for visual storytelling. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 8, 2014
100% The King of Escape (2014) Weaving numerous influences into a rich emotional tapestry, Alain Guiraudie's The King of Escape skillfully absorbs and updates its assertive cinematic forebears. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 8, 2014
83% Miss Violence (2013) Avranas's opening employs the rigorous aesthetic that dominates the work of his Greek compatriots, signifying that the characters live in a realm of cultivated artifice. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 8, 2014
38% Haunt (2014) The frustration here comes from the filmmakers' inability to present characters with dimension, so that we might come to identify with them and their fears. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 4, 2014
44% Special ID (2014) Insanely dangerous stunts? Check. Obnoxious evil baddie? Check. Intricately choreographed fight sequences that are the film's raison d'être? Check, check, check. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 4, 2014
100% Miele (2014) Honey could be about anything at all and still demand and hold your attention; that the narrative is as moving as the film is aesthetically precise is an added delight. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 4, 2014
79% Bethlehem (2014) An unstinting look at the impossible choices faced by Israelis and Palestinians caught between worlds, Bethlehem plumbs the destructive aspects of the double-agent mode of statecraft. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 4, 2014
53% Easy Money: Hard to Kill (2014) Structurally ambitious but otherwise familiar, Easy Money: Hard to Kill frustrates as only untapped potential can. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Feb 11, 2014
33% Mars At Sunrise (2014) Using its narrative as a launching pad for abstract visuals, the picture reminds viewers that even the most striking images demand context to create anything like drama. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Feb 4, 2014
17% Twice Born (2013) Twice Born irresponsibly appropriates the horrific siege of Sarajevo to serve as aesthetic backdrop for a story that exhibits no real interest in the conflict. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 3, 2013
100% Cousin Jules (2013) Cousin Jules concerns the essence inherent in actions, the way quotidian existence can be suffused with poetic peacefulness - and overwhelming sadness. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 26, 2013
88% This Is Where We Live (2013) This Is Where We Live benefits from the good taste of the filmmakers, whose appetite for understatement ensures that the picture maintains dramatic effectiveness and only rarely lurches into histrionics. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 19, 2013
86% People Of A Feather (2013) Though the science behind this ecosystem change is clearly conveyed, Heath never puts together a larger narrative about the decline of Inuit culture and offers little political history of the situation. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 5, 2013
71% The Motel Life (2013) Recalling characters from a Bukowski novel or Tom Waits song but with less complexity, the brothers are endowed by their creators with little agency, not doing much except lamenting the sorry state of their lives. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 5, 2013
No Score Yet Behind The Blue Veil (2013) Would play well as an hour-long special on public television, but feels confused as a feature film. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 29, 2013
92% The Pervert's Guide To Ideology (2013) In essence, the film is a lecture, but Zizek's associative thinking and understanding of the applicability of psychoanalysis makes it a lecture like no other. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 29, 2013
60% Cut to Black (2013) While Eberle's execution falls short, the scale of his ambition can't help but stir admiration: In an era where indies about people sitting around talking regularly receive accolades, making a microbudget film noir takes some guts. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 15, 2013
14% Dracula 3D (2013) Unfortunately, Argento never acknowledges he's in on the joke, nor is the film quite ridiculous enough for us to coast enjoyably on derision. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 1, 2013
79% The Dirties (2013) The Dirties explores high school violence from a refreshingly original angle. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 1, 2013
83% Drinking Buddies (2013) Swanberg's careful eye perceives the nuances of those conflicts with greater perspicacity than ever before; never have his tiny moments of truth felt so honest or clear. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 20, 2013
69% El artista y la modelo (The Artist and the Model) (2013) Offers as generic a portrait of its central relationship as its title suggests. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 30, 2013
32% Drift (2013) Not so much drifting as veering between storylines, Ben Nott and Morgan O'Neill's Drift often feels like a film with narrative ADD. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 30, 2013
97% L'Avventura (1960) Antonioni created, as the Cannes jury put it in 1960, a new language of cinema, one that perfectly expressed a modern alienation that's enduring as well as the film. ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted Jul 12, 2013
48% I'm So Excited! (2013) I'm So Excited! is characterized by a distinct brand of unsuccessful yet ambitious storytelling, the kind often found in minor works by major masters. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 25, 2013
90% Storm Surfers 3D (2013) Admittedly, the stunning visuals captivate for much of the picture, but as the novelty wears off, and the beauty turns from stunning to repetitive, the non-surfers in the theater may begin to grow restless. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 11, 2013