Review Film Review

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Rating Title/Year Author
The Painter and the Thief (2020) CJ Sheu Genre-mixing, and not just boundary-blurring, has finally come to documentaries. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2021
American Made (2017) CJ Sheu [The movie] is phenomenal. ... This is brilliant casting ... It's Gleeson's performance as the institutional representative that sells the film's recklessly excessive 80s vibe. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2021
A Dark Song (2016) CJ Sheu A Dark Song is catchy, but no aria. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2021
The Kid Detective (2020) CJ Sheu It's as if a kiddie flick starred a clever (but only clever) manchild ... the main draw is observing when and how [the tone] veers into seriousness. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2021
She's Lost Control (2014) CJ Sheu Kudos to casting director Allison Twardziak, because Bloom is perfect in the role. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2021
Une Liaison Pornographique (1999) CJ Sheu It's an actor's showcase, and the two leads are phenomenal. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2021
Barwy ochronne (1977) CJ Sheu [Camouflage] is the closest thing to a Jean-Paul Sartre play I've ever seen on screen ... It's brilliant. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2021
Unrelated (2007) CJ Sheu It's an amazing film, let alone debut. EDIT
Posted Mar 19, 2021
Another Round (2020) CJ Sheu Mikkelsen is hilarious as a sleepwalking history teacher-cum-history teacher trying to keep himself upright and steady EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2021
All the Vermeers in New York (1990) CJ Sheu Vermeer itches to explore its storyworld, to follow the tangents inevitably discarded. Many scenes simply observe a character's daily life. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2021
Daydreams (2016) CJ Sheu As the film nears its close, a sense of doom pervades, and the plot tries to make everything make sense. It still doesn't, of course. But it was fun while it lasted. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2020
The Aviator's Wife (1981) CJ Sheu [T]hough the meandering has a certain (non-whimsical) charm, and [Anne-Laure] Meury [as Lucie] is innocently captivating, the film takes too long to reveal its coherence. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2020
The Lighthouse (2006) CJ Sheu [W]e don't really get a sense of individual character. ... This turns the war ... into a symbol for all the demographic pressures working against rural life EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2020
Cowboy Bebop: The Movie (2002) CJ Sheu [The film] is highly uneven. ... On the flip side, the good parts are simply stellar. ... Only when you see Spike fighting do you feel like you really know him. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2020
War Book (2014) CJ Sheu War Book suggests that democracy can be killed by unstoppable momentum. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2020
Isadora's Children (2019) CJ Sheu Seldom has a film so directly dramatized the act of thinking. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2020
Greyhound (2020) CJ Sheu Greyhound [...] is what you'd get if you combined the flight scenes of First Man with the problem-solving sequences of The Martian. EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2020
Family Romance, LLC (2019) CJ Sheu Had he cast a Westerner (such as himself) in the lead role, Herzog could've avoided this Orientalist gawkfest. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2020
Zootopia (2016) CJ Sheu The idea of multiculturalism is not acceptance but tolerance[.] EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2020
Weathering With You (2019) CJ Sheu [The] plotlines ... seem to be on different planes altogether ... the characterizations are lazy archetypes and many points of tension are artificial. I still enjoyed it[.] EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2020
Winter Vacation (2010) CJ Sheu It's a political critique that critiques by not critiquing, by refraining from criticism to such a degree that it comes back around as scathing criticism. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2020
Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) CJ Sheu Even though just the trailer had me in tears, [the film] is, aside from being a major nostalgia trip, somewhat aimless. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2020
Zero Dark Thirty (2012) CJ Sheu [T]he mix of technical mastery and conscious hollowness that left such a deep impression on me. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2020
Zero Effect (1998) CJ Sheu Daryl: He still has that sociopathic patina, but we get glimpses of the real person inside, revealing the film to be not satire but a loving deconstruction of a genre[.] EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2020
Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) CJ Sheu [T]his second installment can get right to the conflicts and character arcs and zombie-bashing setpieces. And that's where it falters. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2020
U: July 22 (Utøya 22. Juli) (2018) CJ Sheu The camera is dynamic, subjective, and participatory, and post-production special effects are used only to heighten the realism in otherwise impossible ways[.] EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2020
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) CJ Sheu Besson is not the best of storytellers, but ... the style is all-encompassing enough to turn back around and render the story and characters coherent. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2020
Vox Lux (2018) CJ Sheu And as a character study, the film should've let Portman improvise and riff on a predetermined set of topics for each scene. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2020
The Tale (2018) CJ Sheu Perhaps it's too much to ask of such a raw and brutally honest film that it deal with resolution as complexly as it does with instigation. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2020
Sylvio (2017) CJ Sheu Sylvio ends up being a heartfelt, meditative, offbeat, unpredictable, attentive, and drop-dead hilarious film. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2020
Tag (2018) CJ Sheu [B]eing hell-bent on not getting tagged really kills the joy and spontaneity that enable the best bits and jokes of the film. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2020
The Thin Red Line (1998) CJ Sheu As such, The Thin Red Line might just be the greatest war film ever made. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2020
Thor: Ragnarok (2017) CJ Sheu That skyward in-the-moment shot is the only one that really involved me in the film as an experience and not just a sequence of moving images. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2020
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) CJ Sheu I knew it would be a wild ride from the very first tune. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2020
Trouble Every Day (2001) CJ Sheu Trouble Every Day is the rare film that breaks your heart while it grosses you out. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2020
Ready Player One (2018) CJ Sheu Like Thomas More making his case in Utopia, the example is so good it distracts from the point, leaving a lot of people scratching their heads at what it all means. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2020
The Rider (2017) CJ Sheu The craft evidenced by writer-director-producer Chloé Zhao is great when she improvises and adapts to the actors and situation, but less so when she has complete control[.] EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2020
Scenes From a Marriage (1973) CJ Sheu The entire plot, even the concepts of marriage and divorce, constitute the MacGuffin for what Bergman is really after: dialectical power struggles. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2020
Searching (2018) CJ Sheu The film can therefore said to have opened up a new dimension of filmmaking aesthetics; I just wish the other elements weren't so old-school. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2020
The Seventh Seal (1956) CJ Sheu In a good example of my long-held belief that tonal inconsistency in a film isn't a drawback when well-justified, [the film] uses the B plot to flesh out ... the A plot EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2020
78/52 (2017) CJ Sheu What a number of critics don't seem to get is that, powered by the passion for criticism, it's not only informative but also uncanny in evoking a sense of community. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2020
Shin Godzilla (2016) CJ Sheu It's Godzilla versus the paper pushers-and Godzilla doesn't stand a chance. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2020
A Silent Voice (2016) CJ Sheu I think the key to this film ... is self-loathing in its various forms. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2020
A Simple Favor (2018) CJ Sheu In short, there's nothing too fancy going on here (apart from Lively's wardrobe), just some actors killing it in a bright and cheery noir. Which is to say that it's a blast. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2020
Song to Song (2017) CJ Sheu [The film] gets away from [Malick]. It's still full of gorgeous shots and all that, but each individual element is just a bit subpar, resulting in an unsatisfying film overall EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2020
Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) CJ Sheu Maybe I'm just getting old here, but I could barely follow the action set-pieces[.] EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2020
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) CJ Sheu Believe the hype. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is both the best animated film of 2018 and the best Spider-Man film ever. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2020
Spring (2014) CJ Sheu This depthlessness is due to Benson's inability (in this film) to write profound dialogue. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2020
Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) CJ Sheu In Which the Force, Having Awakened, Gets Some Badly Needed Coffee EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2020
The Sweet Hereafter (1997) CJ Sheu Atom Egoyan doesn't handle nuance well, coating the film in a blanket of indistinct subtlety. Properly dissected, one can see the sublime film that could've been. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2020