David Phelps

David Phelps
David Phelps's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Slant Magazine MUBI

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
93% Norte, the End of History (2014) Diaz's embrace of a mobile camera and exploitation stories suggests that "contemplative" cinema has probably never really been a reproof to Hollywood spectacle and suspense, so much as it's been an extension of spectacle by other means. - MUBI EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
85% You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet! (2013) Among other things, the movie serves as a kind of rehearsal for an elegy, enacted in various permutations not because of memory's regenerative warp and woof after the fact, but because of imagination's possibilities before anything has ever happened. - MUBI EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
58% Film socialisme (2011) As Godard shows again and again himself, History, like Hollywood, will churn out the same stories again and again when revenge cycle of "chosen peoples" go unvanquished. - MUBI EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
91% Zero Dark Thirty (2013) Zero Dark Thirty's outward apolitics ensures there can never be a right reading of it, that it will remain critical silly-putty for the self-righteous, a calculatingly ambiguous object for unambiguous perspectives. - MUBI EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
91% Holy Motors (2012) Instead of reality underwriting the fiction, the fiction simply loops in its endless operation. - MUBI EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
82% As Tears Go By (1989) ...so reckless that once it starts it never stops to breathe. - MUBI EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2017
3.5/4 No Score Yet Shuga (Chouga) (2007) Perhaps no director since Hitchcock has been quite this obsessed with glimpses and gazes. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2008
3/4 96% Tulpan (2009) A folk tale disguised as a documentary, Sergei Dvortsevoy's Tulpan appears something like actual reality, half-planned and half-found. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2008
1.5/4 No Score Yet Northern Land (2008) Something like a bad Oliveira forgery. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2008
2/4 96% The Class (2008) At best, The Class is great reality TV. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2008
.5/4 88% Wonderful Town (2007) Contemplative cinema with nothing to contemplate. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2008
3.5/4 91% Momma's Man (2008) Momma's Man, completely unshakeable, is implicitly nostalgic, about a nostalgic man, but only because it has such an unsentimental commitment to the gap between past and present. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2008
2/4 No Score Yet Eat, for This is My Body (Mange, ceci est mon corps) (2007) Eat stupidly elides Fleischer's rationalist approach to the most fervently unreasonable impulses. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2008
3.5/4 32% Boarding Gate (2008) Boarding Gate, B-movie heir to Phil Karlson and Ingmar Bergman, screws any pretence of naturalism for hallucinatory confrontations. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2008
3/4 No Score Yet Foster Child (2007) Like Cristian Mungiu did in 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, Brillante Mendoza attempts to take the camera from the opening shot of Touch of Evil to quotidian life in the slums. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2008
2/4 84% The Silence Before Bach (Die Stille vor Bach) (2007) Twaddle pitched somewhere between a music appreciation class and a modernist experiment attesting to art's ability to ennoble the quotidian. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2008
1/4 64% Arranged (2007) At least Arranged understands that its message is directed at naïve children. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2007
100% Otoshiana (Pitfall) (1962) Once the premise is up, it's never as uninteresting as it should be. - Stylus Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2007