Tiny Mix Tapes

Tiny Mix Tapes is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Derek Smith
Rating Title/Year Author
3.5/5 Humpday (2009) Judy Berman Where Humpday really excels is in its depiction of Ben and Andrew's relationship. After so many years apart, they speak easily and candidly to one another... EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2018
4/5 My Winnipeg (2007) Judy Berman More an abstract hallucination than a photo-realist portrait, My Winnipeg would be out of place on the "documentary" shelf at the video store. But it deserves prime placement in the Guy Maddin canon. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2018
4/5 Scott Walker: 30 Century Man (2006) Judy Berman "Ultimately, your work is your world," Walker says toward the end of the documentary. 30th Century Man succeeds, then, because it inhabits the world of its subject. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2018
2/5 New York, I Love You (2009) Judy Berman Most of the shorts suffer from similarly hackneyed story lines, with all action leading up to a pat resolution. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2018
0.5/5 The Unborn (2009) Lorian Long The Unborn is an Exorcist ripoff, with Judaism taking over the religious reins from Catholicism. And sadly, there's no Friedkin behind the camera or Ellen Burstyn in front of the camera to save us from bad-movie hell. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2017
2.5/5 The Reader (2008) Lorian Long Stephen Daldry never really develops this thesis of willed ignorance, opting instead for the impossible equation of relationship melodrama and mass genocide. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2017
2.5/5 Doubt (2008) Lorian Long Shanley's Doubt hits and misses in equal measure. It's a tepid cup of tea, a sure Oscar bet. The biggest problem is Shanley sitting in the director's chair. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2017
0.5/5 I Can't Think Straight (2007) Lorian Long No amount of lipstick is going to make I Can't Think Straight a better film. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2017
2.5/5 Examined Life (2008) Lorian Long We witness theory in action, but it's too little too late for Taylor's film to be anything but talking heads preaching to the choir. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2017
3/5 Who Does She Think She Is? (2008) Lorian Long Who Does She Think She Is is the kind of film that won't make it outside art houses and feminist theory classrooms, which is a shame, because it serves as a kind of manifesto for anyone, regardless of gender. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2017
2/5 The Escapist (2008) Lorian Long We have a film with a few standout performances, but nothing else to really carry it along. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2017
3/5 Perestroika (2007) Lorian Long Perestroika plays like a dream, as past and present blend together in colors, emotions, words, and pictures. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2017
2.5/5 Sex Positive (2008) Lorian Long Daryl Wein makes the mistake of the novice documentarian, portraying his subject as hero rather than human. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2017
3.5/5 Food, Inc. (2008) Lorian Long Food, Inc. is an incriminating portrayal of our nation's food industry. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2017
2/5 Public Enemies (2009) Lorian Long Public Enemies, Michael Mann's latest macho extravaganza, is a feast for the eyes but a famine for the intellect. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2017
2.5/5 The Road (2009) Lorian Long Ultimately, the mediocrity of The Road can be blamed on Hillcoat's vision. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2017
3/5 Jennifer's Body (2009) Lorian Long Thankfully, Jennifer's Body escapes the stale formula of female sexuality = death and destruction, by allowing "innocent" Needy to enjoy sex without using it as a weapon. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2017
1.5/5 Extract (2009) Lorian Long Things just ain't as funny from the boss' point of view. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2017
2/5 The Headless Woman (2008) Lorian Long The Headless Woman's greatest achievement is also its greatest flaw: Martel's decision to use camera angles rather than characterization to highlight the intricacies of class and apathy. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2017
4/5 Brüno (2009) Lorian Long However, it is the outrageousness of Brüno's libido that liberates the film from being anything other than revolutionary. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2017
2/5 Delta (2009) Lorian Long Besides the film's aesthetics, Tóth's performance may be the only reason to watch Delta. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2017
2/5 Youth in Revolt (2009) Lorian Long Overall, Youth in Revolt is formulaic but genuine. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2017
0.5/5 The Greatest (2009) Lorian Long The Greatest is the kind of movie you're forced to watch on TBS while visiting your parents on a Saturday afternoon. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2017
1.5/5 I Am Love (2009) Lorian Long I Am Love is visually alive, but emotionally still-born. Perhaps it's lust they're after, not love. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2017
2/5 The Last Exorcism (2010) Lorian Long Despite a smart exploitation of the too-serious-for-its-own-good Exorcism film, The Last Exorcism does little else to complicate what could be a critique of parenting, dogma, and the science of shame. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2017
0/5 Hello Lonesome (2010) Lorian Long There's really not much else to say about Hello Lonesome other than it could give the Lifetime channel a run for its hysterical money. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2017
3/5 The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye (2011) Lorian Long The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye is a thoughtful, beautiful portrait of two gender-bending weirdos in love with themselves and each other. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2017
1/5 Bonsai (2011) Lorian Long Just once, though, it'd be great to see a film about writers that is as dull and pointless as my sitting here has been for the past two hours. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2017
4/5 Whores' Glory (2011) Lorian Long Glawogger is much less interested in a moralistic agenda than he is in exploring just how visceral of a transaction love can be. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2017
4/5 The Master (2012) Lorian Long I have no idea how to feel about this film. This is rare, and I like that The Master is difficult to parse upon a single viewing. EDIT
Posted Oct 5, 2017
1.5/5 Farewell, My Queen (2012) Lorian Long A much better film could have been made if Jaquot had found a balanced parallel between the storming of the Bastille and Sidonie's attempt to simultaneously possess her Queen and annihilate herself. But no balance is found. EDIT
Posted Oct 5, 2017
2/5 Nuit 1 (2011) Lorian Long Catherine de Léan's performance in this last scene saves Nuit #1 from being a complete waste of time. EDIT
Posted Oct 5, 2017
0.5/5 Cherry (2012) Lorian Long You're better off taking a tour of The Armory than you are watching About Cherry. EDIT
Posted Oct 5, 2017
2/5 Dredd (2012) Lorian Long Director Pete Travis' Dredd drops the 'Judge' from the title of the 1995 camp-fest, Judge Dredd, and in doing so, evokes a heaviness that feels more, yes, 'dreadful' than its original Sylvester Stallone vehicle. EDIT
Posted Oct 5, 2017
1/5 () Lorian Long We're left with a dead film. EDIT
Posted Oct 5, 2017
1/5 Welcome to the Machine (2012) Lorian Long Weider goes down the geek road of 'will the robots rule us?' and offers a bland, messy, and ultimately misguided documentary. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2017
3/5 Jeff (2012) Lorian Long [Jeffrey Dahmer Files] is a bloodless, quiet, slowly-paced film about one of America's most notorious serial killers EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2017
1/5 Kaspar Hauser (1994) Lorian Long If The Legend of Kaspar Hauser weren't based on an already inherently fascinating story of a pathological liar who fooled an entire society, then maybe it could pass as some vaguely interesting piece of eye candy. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2017
3.5/5 The Waiting Room (2012) Lorian Long The Waiting Room is proof that we probably won't see any kind of stabilized universal healthcare in action for a very, very long time, despite the begging of so many who need it. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2017
5/5 Spring Breakers (2012) Lorian Long Spring Breakers goofs off in a way atypical in Korine's body of work in that it's a tightly controlled substance. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2017
0/5 I Send You This Place (2012) Lorian Long I don't understand why Sisson felt the need to narrate the film, as anything as massively ferocious as the land of ice can certainly present itself as the land of pain without Sisson's repeatedly voiced inner dialogue. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2017
0.5/5 The Canyons (2013) Lorian Long The Canyons is void of any layers, any interesting shifts in narrative positions that would make it seem less definable and more complex. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2017
3/5 Camille Claudel, 1915 (2013) Lorian Long To watch the second half of Camille Claudel 1915 bomb so completely with an unnecessary shift in tone is annoying - mostly because self-reflection is always less interesting than the immersion of moment to moment. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2017
0.5/5 Her (2013) Lorian Long Her is overwhelming in its narcissistic pity and entitled idleness. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2017
5/5 A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness (2013) Lorian Long What's left is for us to disappear, and it is only with this disappearance of Self that utopia can be found. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2017
2/5 Abuse of Weakness (2013) Lorian Long It's unfortunate that the film based so literally on Breillat's life is perhaps her least ambitious and most forgettable film. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2017
2/5 It's All So Quiet (2013) Lorian Long It's a shame that impatience is such a target audience and filmmakers are quick to explain. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2017
0/5 Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) Lorian Long This fan base deserved something other than a glorified commercial, its blandness almost bullylike. Dear Reader, stick with the fantasy. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2017
Like Someone in Love (2012) Derek Smith While the film doesn't have the complex ambiguity and thematic richness of its predecessor, it is a charming and unique addition to the Kiarostami canon. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2017
Amour (2012) Derek Smith What the film lacks in Haneke's usually impressive formal rigor, it makes up for with truly earned emotional truths. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2017