Tanner Tafelski

Tanner Tafelski
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Tanner Tafelski is a critic based in New York City. He has written for Brooklyn Magazine, Cineaste, Fandor, Film Comment, Hyperallergic, Indiewire, MUBI Notebook, and The Village Voice among other sundry publications. He is also the Editorial Director of Kinoscope.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
100% White Sun (Seto Surya) (2017) ...has a no-frills aesthetic. Its plain look puts the center of attention on its characters, all of whom are not drawn, but sketched out as strictly functional in this kind of social, and de-centered drama unfolding among many players. - Kinoscope EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
No Score Yet Correspondências (2016) Correspondences is Gomes' long and loving film about a friendship that spans, years, decades, continents. - Kinoscope EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
100% Tiny: The Life of Erin Blackwell (2019) Although it uses a similar style as Street Wise - voices heard over footage - Tiny is more straightforward and streamlined. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
No Score Yet Streetscapes (Dialogue) (2017) ...a major departure for Emigholz... - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
91% Rat Film (2017) ...provides the evidence that the problems of Baltimore's past are in fact the problems of its present. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
99% Faces Places (Visages, villages) (2017) ...a palatable, easily digestible film that is as ephemeral as the murals showcased in it. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
83% Quay (2015) [Feels like] a featurette you'd find on a Blu-ray, filler. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
No Score Yet Maska (2010) ...one of the Quays' more narrative-oriented works, but it's still as baroque as ever... - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
100% Starless Dreams (Royahaye dame sobh) (2017) ...Oskouei's finest work yet. - MUBI EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
No Score Yet Az pase borghe (The Other Side of Burka) (2011) ...a crushing look at oppressive patriarchal society in which Oskouei offers a portrait of women and the different ways they're restricted financially, physically, mentally, and ethically. - MUBI EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
91% Winter Brothers (2018) Pálmason seems to work intuitively, and what he creates with Winter Brothers is a shaggy film that alternates between being invigorating and tedious. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
97% Hale County This Morning, This Evening (2018) ...a transcendental and immersive documentary assembled by RaMell Ross... - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
No Score Yet Donna Haraway: Story Telling for Earthly Survival (2016) the documentary...is at once a glimpse into Haraway's life and a casual credo exuding her way of thinking. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
71% Victory Day (2018) Victory Day reflects Loznitsa's enduring preoccupation with communities engaging with, or enmeshed in the creation of history. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
No Score Yet The Chinese Lives of Uli Sigg (2017) ...the documentary is a good, albeit slanted, starting point to familiarize oneself with contemporary Chinese art and the man who helped expose it to the world. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
95% Hard to be a God (2015) Hard to Be a God, to say the least, can be seen as a flexible metaphor for the unchanging state of both Soviet and post-Soviet Russia. - Vague Visages EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
90% My Joy (2011) Necessarily bleak, My Joy shows [Russia] caught in the kind of circuitous violence that ultimately corrupts man. - Vague Visages EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
No Score Yet The Queen of Sheba Meets the Atom Man (1963) With The Queen of Sheba Meets the Atom Man, Rice returns to the rowdy improvisational approach of The Flower Thief, this time on the East Coast in a cramped apartment and on the streets of Manhattan. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
No Score Yet The Flower Thief (2005) Not only is this a freeform film shapeshifting with every scene, but it is also a document of the thriving Beat movement... - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
54% Bully (2001) What Clark does suggest in this confrontational work is a cultural condition in American suburbia by which relations between parents and children are strained or even nonexistent. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
58% Another Day in Paradise (1997) Another Day in Paradise, Clark's sophomore effort, represents the closest he's ever gotten to making a mainstream film. The movie is Clark's vision of the outlaw lifestyle... - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
89% The Image Book (Le livre d'image) (2019) ...a work, both surprising and confounding, that indicates the lyrical and poetic potential of montage-based cinema. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
92% Donbass (2018) [Donbass] is an angry film casting a light on 'Europe's forgotten war' - a war with more than 10,000 casualties so far. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2019
No Score Yet The Trial (2018) The film plays like a classic Hollywood courtroom drama, however with the uncomfortable mood, the interstitial tedium, and the long-winded responses included. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2019
No Score Yet Peace (2010) [Peace is] fully formed and stands on its own as a portrait of a couple working and existing meaningfully. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2019
96% The Irishman (2019) Martin Scorsese has made a three-and-a-half-hour late film comparable to those Ford, Hawks, and Lewis made in their golden years... - Kinoscope EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2019
85% Zombi Child (2020) [Bertrand Bonello] has made a zombie movie with astounding poise and formal control... - Kinoscope EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2019
70% Liberté (2019) ...the movie is pointedly one-note, exposing you to displays of sensual pleasure. - Kinoscope EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2019
100% Vitalina Varela (2019) Vitalina is a deepening of [Horse Money] as well as something of a departure for the director. - Kinoscope EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2019
No Score Yet Bitter Bread (2019) Bitter Bread turns a compassionate eye on the hardscrabble lives of people who have been violently uprooted from their homes, and still yearn for them. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2019
100% Black Mother (2019) Black Mother is a film about love made with love. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
95% Hotel by the River (2019) Hotel by the River is something new, something different. Hong is stretching himself, creating another tragicomic work - but this time the emphasis is on the tragic. - Kinoscope EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
100% The Baker's Wife (La Femme du boulanger) (1938) In Pagnol's cinema, talk is action. He fills scenes with dialogue, yet allowing sufficient pauses and breaks - breathing room - in between exchanges ... amongst characters. - Kinoscope EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2019
90% 4 Days in France (Jours de France) (2017) 4 Days in France is about losing oneself-in the travels and in the brief encounters-that by the end, one suddenly discovers what had been lost all along. - Kinoscope EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2018
96% Zama (2018) Zama offers us the freedom that its titular character so desperately seeks in people, places, and things. - Kinoscope EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2018
88% Scary Mother (2017) Scary Mother is a new film that formally sets itself apart from the glut of recent neo-realist cinema emerging from Georgia. - Kinoscope EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2018
76% Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc (Jeannette l'enfance de Jeanne d'Arc) (2018) Along with Johnnie To's Office (2015) and Sion Sono's Tokyo Tribe (2014), Dumont has made one of the most unusual, singular, and best musicals in recent years. - Kinoscope EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2018
100% Ana-ta-han (Anatahan) (1954) Anatahan is that rare artwork where intention mirrors execution. Under ideal circumstances, Sternberg made the film that he wanted to make. He satisfied himself, not the spectators. - Kinoscope EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2018
No Score Yet Brothers of the Night (2016) Brothers of the Night is not so much about prostitution... It's more of a backdrop to this nocturnal world that Chiha observes, and participates in its fashioning-a world built on friendship, brotherhood, and community. - Kinoscope EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2018
97% Killer of Sheep (2007) Charles Burnett still hasn't gotten his due... In spite of his later difficulties, Burnett's first feature-his thesis film at UCLA-Killer of Sheep (1978), has gone on to influence quite a few artists in the late 20th and early 21st century. - Kinoscope EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2018
89% Scum (1980) It's a film that hammers home the depravity of institutionalization... - Kinoscope EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2018
84% Monrovia, Indiana (2018) ...with Monrovia, Indiana (2018), Wiseman hits a "sweet spot," making a great work with consummate pacing and scope... - Kinoscope EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
88% The Death of Louis XIV (La mort de Louis XIV) (2017) Set almost exclusively in Louis' bedchamber, the film is both boring and riveting, grand and minimal. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
86% Francofonia (2016) Francofonia (2015) bristles at labeling. The latest whatsit by Russian titan Alexander Sokurov moves comfortably between categories. It stands three paces to the right of the essay film and three paces to the left of the docudrama. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
100% Chained for Life (2019) Although a little shapeless, with the narrative lagging at times, thereby softening its impact, Chained for Life is a fine sophomore feature. - Vague Visages EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
89% Hereditary (2018) Hereditary is a numbing experience. It attempts to unsettle, shock and terrify - and it does so mildly well. And yet that seems like the only goal. - Vague Visages EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
50% Porto (2017) Its dramaturgy is a bit blunt, although, in a similar vein as Boyhood (2014), as viewers are just seeing the highlights, those of a short romance. The film feels all the more sketch-like with its 76-minute runtime. - Vague Visages EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
100% On the Seventh Day (En el Séptimo Día) (2018) Despite its naturalistic trappings, McKay's new film (his first in 13 years), with its simplicity, transpires like a fairytale, one that concerns an undocumented deliveryman. - Vague Visages EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
No Score Yet The Passion of JL (A Paixão de JL) (2015) A work of great love at a moment when that value is not to be taken for granted. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2018
No Score Yet Sol Alegria (2018) Part of the pleasure of the movie is not knowing where it will go next. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2018