Unseen Films

Unseen Films 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
5/10 The Quiet One (2019) Nathanael Hood [W]hile pretending to be a documentary about Wyman, for the majority of its runtime it's actually a Rolling Stones documentary in disguise, caring only about him to the extent that he was involved with the band. EDIT
Posted May 5, 2019
8/10 () Nathanael Hood The chilling thing is that Leftover Women doesn't necessarily represent a problem, but the dawning of one, a demographic cataclysm that sees no signs of going away. EDIT
Posted May 5, 2019
7/10 () Nathanael Hood The result is a remarkably free-form bit of filmmaking that will probably turn off viewers looking for a more traditional horror experience. But if the viewer goes with its flow, they might be pleasantly delighted. EDIT
Posted May 5, 2019
8/10 () Nathanael Hood Both elegy and unintentional suicide note, the film is one of the most devastating archival collages playing this year's Tribeca festival. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
7/10 () Nathanael Hood ...a sunny, heart-felt reggae tribute. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
5/10 Ravening (2019) Nathanael Hood Cannibalism shouldn't be this bland. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
7/10 () Nathanael Hood The Gasoline Thieves is one of the most beautiful films of this year's [Tribeca] festival... EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
5/10 () Nathanael Hood ...veers from court procedural to biographical vignette to talking head testimonial with little rhyme or reason. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
5/10 What's My Name: Muhammad Ali (2019) Nathanael Hood By the end, we feel like we've witnessed an enthusiastic college seminar on Ali, but not a proper exploration of the fallible human being himself. EDIT
Posted Apr 28, 2019
6/10 () Nathanael Hood If Doscher edited out the thriller parts, he'd have an eighty minute triumph. EDIT
Posted Apr 28, 2019
7/10 () Nathanael Hood It's bitter yet necessary medicine. EDIT
Posted Apr 28, 2019
8/10 Maiden (2018) Nathanael Hood Tthe film is unapologetic in its feminist message of self-empowerment and overcoming obstacles in a hostile, male-dominated world. How could it not be? EDIT
Posted Apr 27, 2019
4/10 () Nathanael Hood But the siren call of slow-motion close-ups and swelling string music prove too strong, and the brief glimmers of reality congeal into inspiration pablum. EDIT
Posted Apr 27, 2019
7/10 () Nathanael Hood ...above the realm of rote biographical puff piece. EDIT
Posted Apr 27, 2019
7/10 () Nathanael Hood ...a respectfully crafted yet remarkably chaste piece of documentary filmmaking. EDIT
Posted Apr 27, 2019
5/10 Halston (2019) Nathanael Hood Halston can't figure out what to make of its subject, EDIT
Posted Apr 27, 2019
9/10 A Great Lamp (2019) Nathanael Hood It's a lifesaver. Literally. EDIT
Posted Feb 9, 2019
7/10 American Honey (2016) Nathanael Hood The film clocks in at a staggering 163 minutes, and though you feel its length, you never feel bored. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2018
7/10 Tigers Are Not Afraid (2017) Nathanael Hood A bold piece of magical realism that takes an unflinching look at the horrors of Mexico's drug war EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2018
7/10 Destiny: The Tale of Kamakura (2017) Nathanael Hood Viewers who come seeking to immerse themselves in a strange world of magic, monsters, and practical special effects won't be disappointed. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2018
5/10 Rokuroku: The Promise of the Witch (2017) Nathanael Hood It's not a particularly good or consistent film. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2018
8/10 The Gospel of Eureka (2018) Nathanael Hood One of the more fascinating examinations of American religion and the meaning of faith in recent cinema. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2018
9/10 Hale County This Morning, This Evening (2018) Nathanael Hood It's Faulknerian prose made manifest through images. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2018
7/10 Science Fair (2018) Nathanael Hood The film's true virtue, then, is its tireless sense of optimism... EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2018
6/10 First Stripes (Premières Armes) (2018) Nathanael Hood You can't sneak Wagner's Prelude from Das Rheingold into a film about soldiers and NOT be making some kind of statement. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2018
7/10 Commander Arian, a story of women, war and freedom (2018) Nathanael Hood [It mixes] unnerving battlefield footage with introspective examinations of the psychological and physical toll suffered by the soldiers. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2018
7/10 Burning (2018) Nathanael Hood Austere, brilliantly acted, and punctuated with flashes of genius...one's appreciation for Burning will depend on one's patience for tedium. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2018
10/10 I Am Cuba (1964) Nathanael Hood The recent 4K restoration by Milestone Film & Video is a revelation, nothing less than a singular, definitive cinematic experience. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2018
4/10 Grass (2018) Nathanael Hood Watching Grass is the cinematic equivalent of chewing raw tofu--perhaps good for you, but entirely flavorless. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2018
7/10 Ash Is Purest White (2018) Nathanael Hood It's an excellent, if languid, genre exercise. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2018
5/10 Hillbilly (2018) Nathanael Hood Rubin's need to interrogate her cultural guilt scuttles a desperately needed exposé of the last socially acceptable form of prejudice in America. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2018
8/10 La fille inconnue (2016) Nathanael Hood The Unknown Girl is both one of [the Dardennes'] most nihilistic and hopeful efforts. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2018
5/10 Sekigahara (2017) Nathanael Hood ...at two-and-a-half hours it's too long and too inchoate for anyone other than history professors. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2018
8/10 Operation Red Sea (2018) Nathanael Hood ...it's a scourging spectacle of whiz-bang pyrotechnics, harrowing shoot-outs, breathless sniper battles, and awe-inspiring imagery... EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2018
8/10 Counters (2017) Nathanael Hood ...a punk rock yet steely-eyed look at the growing hate speech movement and the valiant counter-movement known as the "Counters" who disrupt their rallies. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2018
7/10 Dukun (2018) Nathanael Hood But those looking for an intense, genre-bending chiller will find Dukun satisfying. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2018
9/10 One Cut of the Dead (Kamera o tomeru na!) (2017) Nathanael Hood A celebration of bold new talents, unexpected genre mashing, and audacious filmmaking that leaves your mouth on the floor. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2018
6/10 The Empty Hands (2017) Nathanael Hood While there are meaningful moments, it still feels to unfocused to work as a full-length feature. There's plenty of meat here, but much too much fat. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2018
8/10 Buffalo Boys (2018) Nathanael Hood The last third is a superb rollercoaster of expertly shot and choreographed shootouts, fistfights, and open warfare. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2018
6/10 What You Will (2012) Nathanael Hood But it's so preoccupied with its images that its characters and plot fade into wispy nothingness. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2018
4/10 Violence Voyager (2018) Nathanael Hood Some might be able to stomach the story for the sake of the art, but I can't emphasize this enough: child killing is not my definition of a good time. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2018
6/10 We Make Antiques! (Uso happyaku) (2018) Nathanael Hood We Make Antiques! is a low-key, relaxed little bauble. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2018
8/10 Yoru wa mijikashi aruke yo otome (2017) Nathanael Hood It's delightful, delirious, delicious madness that perfectly captures the breathless euphoria of falling in love and the first time you truly realize just how scary and wonderful it is. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2018
9/10 I, Daniel Blake (2016) Nathanael Hood I've laughed and cried at many a movie. But few have inspired such a violent physical reaction as I, Daniel Blake. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2018
7/10 Manchester by the Sea (2016) Nathanael Hood Manchester by the Sea is paralytic in power. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2018
7/10 Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (2016) Nathanael Hood How many other films, documentary or otherwise, has ever made the finer points of federal financial regulation so interesting? EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2018
7/10 The Beekeeper and His Son (2016) Nathanael Hood Weng replicates the rhythms of peasant life without relying on calculated tedium. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2018
7/10 The Pulitzer at 100 (2016) Nathanael Hood But for a film barely one step above a puff piece, The Pulitzer at 100 remains a compelling documentary. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2018
3/10 Cheer Up (2016) Nathanael Hood The overall effect is a film that's unfocused, unclear, directionless. The film barely cracks 80 minutes, but it feels over two hours long. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2018
3/10 Peshmerga (2016) Nathanael Hood Peshmerga is both insufferable as a documentary and downright insulting as a tribute to the men and women risking their lives against Daesh. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2018