The Retro Set

The Retro Set is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Nathanael Hood
Rating Title/Year Author
7/10 The Escape Artist (1982) Nathanael Hood The Escape Artist doesn't always make sense, but the ultimate magic trick is that we don't care. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
5/10 Jackie Chan's Police Story 2 (1988) Nathanael Hood The film's paralytic self-seriousness fails to mesh with its outlandish characters and scenarios. EDIT
Posted Jun 2, 2019
10/10 Police Story (1985) Nathanael Hood ...a bona fide masterpiece of action cinema. EDIT
Posted Jun 2, 2019
7/10 My Cousin Rachel (1952) Nathanael Hood ...a delicious romantic melodrama ruthlessly dissecting the fragility of the male ego that's remembered less for its own merit than the notedness of its cast and crew. EDIT
Posted Jun 2, 2019
8/10 The Magic Flute (1975) Nathanael Hood If anything, The Magic Flute gives viewers the clearest window into Bergman's fascination with the otherworldly, as the project allowed him to realize his childhood dream of filming his favorite opera. EDIT
Posted Jun 2, 2019
7/10 The Kid Brother (1927) Nathanael Hood The Kid Brother demonstrates some of the best and most moving of Lloyd's acting... EDIT
Posted Jun 2, 2019
6/10 Forever Amber (1947) Nathanael Hood However, the adaptation's studio-mandated propriety keeps it from truly transcending the tired strains of soap opera melodrama. EDIT
Posted Jun 2, 2019
5/10 No Orchids for Miss Blandish (1948) Nathanael Hood ...one of the most inexplicable, poorly conceived, and even more poorly executed genre exercises of its time. EDIT
Posted Mar 24, 2019
8/10 Shame (1968) Nathanael Hood ...one of [Bergman's] most unfairly overlooked films of the 1960s. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
7/10 True Stories (1986) Nathanael Hood Byrne brings [his] big-hearted love of the nakedly quotidian to his first directorial effort... EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
7/10 Chikamatsu Monogatari (1954) Nathanael Hood Here is the rare Japanese period film of its era that also explicitly recognizes the double standards of sexual morality between the sexes... EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
6/10 Shampoo (1975) Nathanael Hood ...unhurried if not slow, it at times feels downright deflated as characters wander ponderously through mansions and backyards or drive down crowded highways and empty hillside roadways. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
7/10 Cold Water (1994) Nathanael Hood ...autobiographical influences aside, the film feels a decidedly minor work EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
8/10 The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez (1983) Nathanael Hood ...an indie godfather of Chicano cinema... EDIT
Posted Dec 29, 2018
9/10 The Princess Bride (1987) Nathanael Hood ...a lavish studio spectacle... EDIT
Posted Dec 29, 2018
6/10 Nostalgia (1983) Nathanael Hood ...the film seems positively out of place compared with the two decades long string of challenging masterworks that preceded it. EDIT
Posted Dec 29, 2018
9/10 Andrei Rublev (1969) Nathanael Hood ...a sprawling historical biography that sought to connect a godless society with the medieval monasticism that defined them as a separate ethnocultural entity. EDIT
Posted Dec 29, 2018
9/10 Dragon Inn (1967) Nathanael Hood ...the rare coalescing of disparate artistic modes into something so new, so bold, so defiantly different that the history of a genre can be demarcated into eras before it and after it. EDIT
Posted Dec 29, 2018
9/10 Dead Man (1995) Nathanael Hood If not the best American Western of the 1990s, then certainly the most original and unusual. EDIT
Posted Dec 29, 2018
9/10 King of Jazz (1930) Nathanael Hood If one can look beyond its troubling historical context, one finds a stunning compilation of musical and theatrical talent. EDIT
Posted Dec 29, 2018
8/10 The Asphalt Jungle (1950) Nathanael Hood It was from this mean little film that the fundamental tenants of the modern heist movie were laid down. EDIT
Posted Dec 29, 2018
10/10 The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928) Nathanael Hood What more can be said about its style, its acting, its editing, its impact on the industry, its influence on cinematic art? EDIT
Posted Dec 29, 2018
9/10 An Actor's Revenge (1963) Nathanael Hood ...a dazzlingly audacious widescreen epic, a film that mixes the anarchic experimentation of Nagisa Oshima with the rigid classical storytelling of Akira Kurosawa. EDIT
Posted Dec 29, 2018
5/10 Hour of the Gun (1967) Nathanael Hood ...a plodding, turgid affair, drained of life or momentum by an enveloping morbidity... EDIT
Posted Dec 29, 2018
8/10 Sylvie et le fantome (1945) Nathanael Hood ...a triumphant romantic fantasy... EDIT
Posted Dec 29, 2018
8/10 Love Story (1943) Nathanael Hood ...a glimpse at Autant-Lara as a filmmaker in full control of his powers. EDIT
Posted Dec 29, 2018
6/10 Le Mariage de Chiffon (1942) Nathanael Hood ...an inconsequential fantasy... EDIT
Posted Dec 29, 2018
6/10 The Emperor in August (2015) Nathanael Hood The film feels as detached as Hirohito, somehow mistaking austere objectivity with sententiousness. EDIT
Posted Dec 29, 2018
7/10 Play Dirty (1969) Nathanael Hood Positively giddy in its nihilistic misanthropy... EDIT
Posted Dec 29, 2018
7/10 The Crimson Kimono (1959) Nathanael Hood ...as an exploration of coded male romance and Cold War-era racial politics, it's irreplaceable... EDIT
Posted Dec 29, 2018
4/10 Wild Bill (1995) Nathanael Hood The main problem in Wild Bill is that it seeks-and fails-to balance New Hollywood introspection with B-movie theatrics and action. EDIT
Posted Dec 29, 2018
8/10 General Idi Amin Dada (1974) Nathanael Hood ...a crucial examination of a tyrant... EDIT
Posted Dec 29, 2018
9/10 Snake in the Eagle's Shadow (1978) Nathanael Hood ...a repertoire of master-class fight choreography and gut-busting comedy. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2018
7/10 Drunken Master (1978) Nathanael Hood ...the birth of a new legend. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2018
7/10 Contemporary Tales of Chivalry: Forbidden Love (1971) Nathanael Hood ...a tough, elegiac piece of cinema... EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2018
6/10 Blood Alley (1955) Nathanael Hood ...an enjoyable if slight piece of filmmaking... EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2018
6/10 The Sea Chase (1955) Nathanael Hood John Wayne channels the energy suffusing the entire film-exhausted, uneasy, yet instinctively driven and distinctively Wayne. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2018
7/10 César (1936) Nathanael Hood The camerawork was primarily unobtrusive and the mise-en-scène as non-extravagant as possible. The audience was an eavesdropper, and might as well have been sitting at the kitchen table alongside the actors. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2018
7/10 Fanny (1932) Nathanael Hood It maintained the play's decentralized, wandering storytelling and taste for naturalistic dialogue. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2018
8/10 Marius (1931) Nathanael Hood One of the first great French talkies. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2018
5/10 Beauty's Worth (1922) Nathanael Hood ...falls into the realm of predictable melodrama... EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2018
4/10 Smart Woman (1931) Nathanael Hood ...fluffy and anodyne... EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2018
7/10 Bucking Broadway (1917) Nathanael Hood At the very end, we're left with a simple question: if such an insignificant film in Ford's career could contain such depths, how much more are we missing in the 60+ of his films still MIA? EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2018
10/10 Tampopo (1985) Nathanael Hood ...one of the most gleefully unconventional, joyfully anarchic, and thoroughly original films of the 1980s. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2018
7/10 Show People (1928) Nathanael Hood Show People is a remarkable film... EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2018
8/10 Key Largo (1948) Nathanael Hood It's pure irony that perhaps the objective best Bogart and Bacall film has their least satisfying onscreen relationship. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2018
7/10 Dark Passage (1947) Nathanael Hood But even though the Bogart and Bacall relationship is put on the back-burner here, it's as sizzling as the romances in their first two movies... EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2018
6/10 The Big Sleep (1946) Nathanael Hood To watch The Big Sleep is to witness a distinctly American film genre at the heights of its power, nonsensical plot notwithstanding. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2018
6/10 To Have and Have Not (1944) Nathanael Hood The effortless chemistry between Bogart and Bacall help distract from the fact that To Have and Have Not has little more going for it. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2018
7/10 Akira Kurosawa's Dreams (1990) Nathanael Hood Dreams might be minor Kurosawa, but it's still a fascinating achievement. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2018