Unseen Films

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Rating Title/Year Author
10/10 Derek DelGaudio's In & of Itself (2020) Nathanael Hood A once-in-a-lifetime movie of a once-in-a-lifetime performance pleading for inter/intra-personal compassion and empathy. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2021
9/10 His House (2020) Nathanael Hood This is horror filmmaking at its most intelligent and fearless. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2021
10/10 Residue (2020) Nathanael Hood As Gerima peels back the layers of history and memory, past melds with present as does the imagined with the real. EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2020
8/10 David Byrne's American Utopia (2020) Nathanael Hood Proves that David Byrne is perhaps the only man on earth who could make audiences teary-eyed with a song about the corpus callosum. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2020
4/10 Swimming Out Till the Sea Turns Blue (2020) Nathanael Hood The film's main issue is that there's no cohesive throughline. EDIT
Posted Oct 6, 2020
8/10 Xiao Wu (1998) Nathanael Hood As would become common in work, Jia's protagonist is an embodiment of a distinctly Chinese everyman, one overlooked and abandoned for the sake of progress. EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2020
8/10 Nighthawk (2019) Nathanael Hood There are entire books to be written about how Bacurau uses its narrative to confront capitalist exploitation of Brazil, as well as violent native resistance against internal corruption and international colonialism. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2020
7/10 High Hopes (1988) Nathanael Hood Though frequently funny, the film's overall mood is one of resigned melancholy that never tips into the outright anger that characterizes Leigh's most incendiary work. EDIT
Posted Jun 29, 2020
7/10 The Lineup (1958) Nathanael Hood Cinematographer Hal Mohr made the best of his locations, more than once pausing the story so the film can drink in its characters being dwarfed by their surroundings... EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2020
3/10 Doctor Dolittle (1967) Nathanael Hood The only redeeming moments come from spasms of unintended campiness like a scene where Harrison sings a love ballad to a seal dressed as an old woman. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2020
7/10 The Watermelon Woman (1996) Nathanael Hood [Shatters] the boundaries between the act of creation and the finished creation itself, pulling the audience into the disorienting dialectic of artistic production. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2020
8/10 Songs My Brothers Taught Me (2015) Nathanael Hood An achingly poignant portrait of contemporary reservation life. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2020
4/10 Cat Ballou (1965) Nathanael Hood Marvin gave many Oscar-worthy performances in his career. This wasn't one of them. EDIT
Posted Jun 23, 2020
9/10 The Pawnbroker (1964) Nathanael Hood The rare film that's Important with a capital "I" as well as Great with a capital "G." EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2020
7/10 Medium Cool (1969) Nathanael Hood As a document of 1968 America's psyche it's irreplaceable. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2020
5/10 Black Peter (1964) Nathanael Hood Though rough and amateurish, Black Peter is a fascinating starting point for the defining figure of the Czechoslovak New Wave. EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2020
7/10 Blood of Jesus (1941) Nathanael Hood ...a bona fide piece of religious folk art. EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2020
7/10 Diamond Hunters (1956) Nathanael Hood Though belonging to the oft-overlooked Mexican phase of Buñuel's career, Death in the Garden is nonetheless as caustic and vicious as anything he ever made. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2020
6/10 Death in Venice (1971) Nathanael Hood It elects to dwell on absence and emptiness, sucking the sweet wound of upper class inertia like one would a cut on the lip or a sore on the tongue. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2020
8/10 The Hanging Tree (1959) Nathanael Hood The microcosm Delmer Daves creates here would make Billy Wilder pause, and the final five minutes are a masterstroke of nihilism. EDIT
Posted Jun 16, 2020
7/10 Daddy Longlegs (2010) Nathanael Hood It has the jagged rawness of early Cassavetes mixed with the Safdie's trademark emotional volatility. EDIT
Posted Jun 15, 2020
7/10 Da 5 Bloods (2020) Nathanael Hood The scenes [where Delroy Lindo] addresses the camera like a maddened Shakespearean villain giving asides to the audience is the stuff of nightmares and Oscar clips. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2020
7/10 Parade (1974) Nathanael Hood Tati's message is clear: a show is never just the show itself-it's the people in the stands and their reactions that brings things to life. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2020
8/10 My Brother's Wedding (1983) Nathanael Hood Reaffirms Burnett as one of black cinema's greatest poets. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2020
3/10 Husbands (1970) Nathanael Hood The film is too overlong, too dreary, too unfocused for anything to have any real impact. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2020
7/10 The Flying Ace (1926) Nathanael Hood Advertised as "the greatest airplane thriller ever filmed," it also liberally borrows from detective thrillers, slapstick comedy, and romantic melodrama. EDIT
Posted Jun 9, 2020
9/10 Grand Prix (1966) Nathanael Hood It's a rowdy, roaring, ecstatic hallelujah of movement and speed. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2020
8/10 Never Let Me Go (2010) Nathanael Hood Garland brilliantly maintains the book's tone and the elusiveness of its setting. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2020
10/10 Columbus (2017) Nathanael Hood One of the most auspicious directorial debuts of the last decade. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2020
6/10 The Zombies of Sugar Hill (1974) Nathanael Hood Ninety-one minutes of blaxploitation catharsis. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2020
2/10 Fearless Hyena II (1983) Nathanael Hood Barely a movie-it's only a finished film by runtime technicality. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2020
6/10 Olivia (1951) Nathanael Hood Audry's approach [in this film] was primarily mannered-nearly suffocatingly so-occasionally bordering on the naturalistic. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2020
5/10 Blood Quantum (2019) Nathanael Hood The story is so tired and perfunctory in its beats that we can follow it with our eyes closed. EDIT
Posted Jun 1, 2020
7/10 The Party and the Guests (1966) Nathanael Hood An important piece of Communist-era Czechoslovak filmmaking. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2020
5/10 Min and Bill (1930) Nathanael Hood [Marie Dressler gives] a powerful, heart-breaking performance that belongs in a better film. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2020
7/10 The Shooting (1967) Nathanael Hood It's easy to dismiss the deliberately obfuscated characters and inexplicable plot as arthouse pretentiousness. One's mileage depends on one's patience for postmodernism. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2020
6/10 The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid (1972) Nathanael Hood Kaufman presents his material with a comedic breeziness at considerable odds with its grim, grimy visual aesthetic. EDIT
Posted May 26, 2020
8/10 The Passenger (1975) Nathanael Hood The entire film feels like one long held breath as its characters fidget in anticipation of things they can't foresee or understand. EDIT
Posted May 25, 2020
7/10 Capricious Summer (1968) Nathanael Hood The kind of cinematic world you'd love to crawl into. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2020
9/10 The Champ (1931) Nathanael Hood What could've come across as schmaltz hums with the belief that what we're seeing is somehow sacred and true. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2020
4/10 Under Satan's Sun (1987) Nathanael Hood A film that glazes the eyes and numbs the mind despite its ravishing beauty. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2020
6/10 Monstrum (2018) Nathanael Hood Heo Jong-ho's Monstrum is a film that wears many hats-or, er, many gats. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2020
6/10 A Taxing Woman (1987) Nathanael Hood Dares to ask how much of a bastard does a villain need to be to make us root for a tax auditor. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2020
6/10 Fairytale (2017) Nathanael Hood As a visual experience and exploration of sexual identity it's fascinating, if not necessarily essential. EDIT
Posted May 19, 2020
9/10 Paper Moon (1973) Nathanael Hood O'Neal leaves a continent-sized impact crater in the center of the film, delivering an instantly iconic performance none have been able to replicate. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2020
2/10 Stray Dogs (2013) Nathanael Hood Even as a defender of Ming-liang's work, I find nothing in Stray Dogs to redeem its ludicrous pretentiousness. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2020
5/10 Anna Christie (1930) Nathanael Hood A flat, inert affair. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2020
7/10 Peppermint Frappe (1967) Nathanael Hood A kind of Spanish reimagining of Alfred Hitchcock's VERTIGO. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2020
5/10 Spiritual Kung Fu (1978) Nathanael Hood [The film's main issue] is the slapdash execution. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2020
9/10 The World (2004) Nathanael Hood Has the kind of setting that would make the Surrealists weep with joy and envy. EDIT
Posted May 13, 2020