The CriterionCast

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Rating Title/Year Author
Sword of Trust (2019) Joshua Brunsting Arguably a bit thin, this is otherwise a charming, beautifully made comedy with a career-defining performance from co-star Marc Maron. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2019
The Art of Self-Defense (2019) Joshua Brunsting Everything Stearns' script says about masculinity and gender dynamics is superficial and rudimentary, with few actual biting laughs amidst a film that's limp emotionally. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2019
L'homme fidèle (2018) Joshua Brunsting A typically French three hander, this romantic comedy/drama takes three ace performances and turns them into a knotty web of romantic farce that, at 75 minutes, is captivating EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2019
() Joshua Brunsting Legendary filmmaker Keiichi Hara returns with a gorgeous, if aggressively uneven, fairy-tale that's rich with style but a bit thin on thematic texture. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2019
We Are Little Zombies (2019) Joshua Brunsting This debut feature film is an inspired and beautifully rendered rumination on grief through the eyes of four orphan children. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2019
The Great Hack (2019) Joshua Brunsting Now available on Netflix, this new documentary looks at the state of data as a commodity in the modern age, yet does so in an incredibly simple, seemingly disposable manner EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2019
The Gangster, the Cop, the Devil (2019) Joshua Brunsting With an incomparable, classically brutish lead performance, Lee Won-Tae's latest effort is a simply told, thrilling action film, a rarity in 2019 cinema. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2019
The Mountain (2018) Joshua Brunsting Rick Alverson returns with a jaundiced look at 50s Americana which, with a collection of show-stealing performances, is one of the year's best films. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2019
House of Hummingbird (Beolsae) (2018) Joshua Brunsting Bora Kim's debut film is one of the most exciting discoveries of this year's Fantasia International Film Festival, a tender and moving coming of age drama above reproach EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2019
Wild Rose (2018) Joshua Brunsting There's a looseness to the film that's rare for this genre, turning what could be a slight rise-to-stardom film into something that pops off the screen and demands attention. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2019
The Edge of Democracy (2019) Joshua Brunsting Costa's personal, unforgettable rumination on modern Brazilian politics is now on Netflix and is one of the great political documentaries of 2019. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2019
Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019) Joshua Brunsting Director Greenfield-Sanders crafts a documentary that's almost claustrophobic in its structure and form, a film that's reverence for its subject fosters pure hagiography. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2019
Endzeit (2018) Joshua Brunsting Between the performances and a director who embeds the film with an entrancing blending of genre and atmosphere, Ever After is a gorgeously made, impeccably acted, drama EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2019
Halston (2019) Joshua Brunsting Much too long, Tcheng's latest documentary is thin on content despite having a fascinating structure. Fine, but forgettable and frustratingly disposable. Fast fashion as film. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2019
The Raft (2018) Joshua Brunsting The Raft is a strange, oddly engrossing piece of non-fiction filmmaking, a film that has the atmosphere of a true crime thriller and the style of a von Trier film. A doozy. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2019
Leto (2018) Joshua Brunsting Leto is a gorgeous, endlessly charming romance drama that's part jukebox musical and part anthropological document. With revolution on the periphery, Leto is a superb picture. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2019
Domino (2019) Joshua Brunsting Iconic filmmaker Brian De Palma is a fascinating, often frustrating master who has made a fascinating, often frustrating thriller. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2019
Tarde para morir joven (2018) Joshua Brunsting It's a film that plays like a dream remembered, floating in and out of lives and conversations, having both a warmth and, come the final act, a shattering sense of reality that leaves the viewer utterly shellshocked. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2019
Woodstock: Three Days That Defined a Generation (2019) Joshua Brunsting Despite being yet another documentary about Woodstock, this becomes an essential document of the festival through its access to never-before-seen footage. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
Barbara Rubin and the Exploding NY Underground (2018) Joshua Brunsting It may be much too short, but pound for pound, minute for minute, there are few biographical documentaries more impressive than this. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
The Proposal (2018) Joshua Brunsting A captivating rumination on ownership and democracy within the art world, The Proposal is as entrancing a documentary as there has been yet in 2019. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
Walking on Water (2018) Joshua Brunsting Walking On Water is an evocative meditation on one man's creative process and one that's as captivating to watch as it is provocative to think about. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
La Telenovela Errante (2017) Joshua Brunsting Finished by Sarmiento after Ruiz's passing, The Wandering Soap Opera is a thrilling work, an experiment in genre that evolves into something intensely surreal and political. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
Pasolini (2014) Joshua Brunsting The first of four films released theatrically this year from director Abel Ferrara, Pasolini is a deeply moving look at a legendary film revolutionary. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
Grass (2018) Joshua Brunsting Hong Sang-soo returns with his 22nd film, a masterpiece that turns a simple, almost theater-like premise into an ambulatory rumination on life and death. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
Little Woods (2018) Joshua Brunsting DaCosta's feature debut is impressive and quite promising. Driven by a towering performance from one of today's great performers, Little Woods is a tense neo-Western/thriller. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
Quartet (1981) Joshua Brunsting More or less a romance picture, Quartet is a taut, tense and breathtaking tale of deception and power dynamics, a costume drama with the energy of something more erotic. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
Les Vampires (1915) Joshua Brunsting Seemingly taking the technology and style of the day, and pushing it to its absolute max, there are aesthetic touches within this series that feel as vibrant as anything today. EDIT
Posted Apr 15, 2019
Her Smell (2018) Joshua Brunsting It's almost as if Moss were a star of the silent era, giving a performance of such bombastic physicality that it makes Her Smell something entirely fresh and captivating. EDIT
Posted Apr 14, 2019
The Wind (2018) Joshua Brunsting Tammi's direction is mature and nuanced, with a keen eye not just to the world this woman inhabits, but the existential terror that hides behind every branch breaking. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
Amazing Grace (2018) Joshua Brunsting Living in this world for roughly 90 minutes is a thrilling experience. Pollack's camera is unwavering, capturing even the smallest of gestures or glances... EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
Jiao qu de niao (2018) Joshua Brunsting Clocking in at just a pinch under two hours, the film does somewhat meander but ultimately this becomes as powerful a look at urbanization as there's been in quite some time. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
Knife + Heart (2018) Joshua Brunsting Gorgeously shot and directed with an energy and vitality all its own, this is one of the great discoveries of 2019, a film that subverts all of its influences to make something wholly original. A true gem of a film. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
Ash Is Purest White (2018) Joshua Brunsting Ash sees Zhangke at the very height of his powers, telling this tale of love and loss with a scale fitting of the runtime and an economy that gives urgency to each scene. EDIT
Posted Mar 19, 2019
Le concours (2016) Joshua Brunsting ...watching titans of the French film upper class dissect young men and women through brief interviews and a series of strange tests is fascinating and incredibly provocative. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2019
Wrestle (2018) Joshua Brunsting Like the best sports films, the sport itself is window dressing, window dressing drawing the eye into a fascinating rumination on race and class in modern day America. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2019
Hotel by the River (2018) Joshua Brunsting Hotel By The River is one of Hong Sang-soo's most mature and emotionally rich films, a black and white drama as intellectually rich as it is visually jaw-dropping EDIT
Posted Feb 16, 2019
Pájaros de verano (2018) Joshua Brunsting Changing pace from Embrace of the Serpent, Guerra and Gallego have crafted a nuanced depiction of capitalism's corruptive DNA and a film that subverts all expectations EDIT
Posted Feb 16, 2019
The Gospel of Eureka (2018) Joshua Brunsting Brisk and propulsive, Mosher and Palmieri pace the film perfectly, getting across their point with economy and startling humanity. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
Daughter of Mine (2018) Joshua Brunsting A brilliant follow up to Bispuri's ambitious debut, Daughter of Mine is an expertly crafted, richly told meditation on mother/daughter dynamics and what those roles truly mean EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2019
Ahlat Agaci (2018) Joshua Brunsting A devastatingly political work, this is a quietly told film about father/son dynamics that uses sudden bursts of surrealism to become something quietly revolutionary. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2019
Piercing (2018) Joshua Brunsting It's impossible not to describe the film as expertly made, but there's little "there" there. Its examination of trauma and grief isn't entirely inspired and feels oddly empty. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2019
The Image Book (2018) Joshua Brunsting This is a dense film that has the structure of an essay picture, the tone of a dystopian thriller, the scope of a history book. Free association on mescaline. Brilliant. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2019
What Is Democracy? (2018) Joshua Brunsting Taylor's film is an energetic one, styled as a typical issue picture, but willingness to open a dialogue that's refreshing and intellectually energizing. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2019
Las herederas (2018) Joshua Brunsting It's in its balancing of emotional artistry and nuanced political musing that makes The Heiresses a breath of fresh air. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2019
Shiraz (1928) Joshua Brunsting Featuring a new score from beloved artist Anoushka Shanka, Shiraz is a grand epic that features production design and direction that's unlike anything from this time period. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2019
Buffalo Boys (2018) Joshua Brunsting Opposite the film's clear-eyed and deeply angry ruminating on colonialism, the flatness of the narrative emotionally makes this a bizarrely off-kilter viewing experience. EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2019
Vice (2018) Joshua Brunsting It's not that the film is "dim," but it simply plays like a relic that's maybe a decade old, simply elevated by some above-average acting and a rarely better Amy Adams. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2018
Cold War (2018) Joshua Brunsting A film about a doomed romance, Cold War is a haunting portrait of love during wartime, a love that's maybe not meant to be but utterly, cosmically, inescapable. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2018
Searching for Ingmar Bergman (2018) Joshua Brunsting Margarethe von Trotta's new documentary is a handsome, if occasionally thin, look at the work and life of one of cinema's great artists. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2018