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
4/10 () Nathanael Hood [Assayas has] admirably managed ensemble cast films before. But here he collapses under the strain. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
6/10 The Wild Goose Lake (2019) Nathanael Hood The Wild Goose Lake struggles to make proper use of its tedium. EDIT
Posted Oct 5, 2019
9/10 Dolor y gloria (2019) Nathanael Hood This thesis on creation is Almodóvar's best and most essential film in years. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
4/10 Zombi Child (2019) Nathanael Hood ...the special kind of artistic failure where you can see the reasoning amidst the ruins. EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2019
5/10 The Seer and the Unseen (2019) Nathanael Hood This film needed tighter focus, a clearer purpose, and about fifteen minutes shaved off. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
8/10 The Chaplain (2017) Nathanael Hood ...a reserved yet powerful chamber drama. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2019
8/10 The Legend of the Stardust Brothers (1985) Nathanael Hood ...the film is an irresistible time capsule of mid-80s Japanese weirdness with a soundtrack that still rocks even today. EDIT
Posted Jul 27, 2019
5/10 Jesus (Boku wa Iesusama ga Kirai) (2018) Nathanael Hood ...the film is almost defiantly blasé, padding out maybe twenty minutes worth of story into an overstretched seventy-six. EDIT
Posted Jul 27, 2019
7/10 Killing (Zan) (2018) Nathanael Hood ...a decidedly minor key film in [Tsukamoto's] oeuvre that's nevertheless equally as nihilistic and nasty as anything he's ever directed. EDIT
Posted Jul 22, 2019
7/10 Bullet Ballet (1998) Nathanael Hood Like Tsukamoto's best films...Bullet Ballet is both cultural polemic and gruesome Scorsesian criminal Bildungsroman EDIT
Posted Jul 22, 2019
7/10 Mr. Long (Ryu san) (2017) Nathanael Hood ...deftly skips from gruesome violence to light-hearted comedy to soul-crushing tragedy. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2019
6/10 Jam (2019) Nathanael Hood ...an occasionally charming genre exercise, but an ultimately hollow one. EDIT
Posted Jul 6, 2019
7/10 Kuang tu (2018) Nathanael Hood This is an entertaining, promising feature debut for director Tzu-Hsuan Hung, perfect for scratching an Asian action movie itch. EDIT
Posted Jul 6, 2019
8/10 Jinpa (Zhuang si le yi zhi yang) (2018) Nathanael Hood ...less movie than mood made manifest. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2019
2/10 Hâdo koa (2018) Nathanael Hood Hard-Core is an unfunny, overlong, unfocused film that can't even keep up a cohesive narrative. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2019
5/10 Come, Said the Night (2018) Nathanael Hood ...a hermetically sealed reality that occasionally transcends its awkwardness to achieve something sublime before collapsing into unintentional silliness in the last ten minutes. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2019
6/10 Alaska Is a Drag (2017) Nathanael Hood [It] features some brilliant performances and some beautiful fantasy imagery...but the implosion of the story incinerates too much goodwill for it to work. EDIT
Posted Jun 9, 2019
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 Leftover Women (2019) 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 After Midnight (2019) 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 The Gasoline Thieves (2019) 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 Slay the Dragon (2019) 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 A Taste of Sky (2019) 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 Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project (2019) 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