The CriterionCast

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Rating Title/Year Author
First Love (2019) Joshua Brunsting Miike's direction is visceral, finding the filmmaker not only completely invested in this narrative but also willing to break from his formula at a drop of the hat. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
Parasite (2019) Joshua Brunsting Bong takes this battle between classes and one family's attempt to take that much craved next step up the economic ladder, and twists it into a fun house thrill ride. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
Je t'aime moi non plus (1976) Joshua Brunsting Gainsbourg may not have the skill to nail a finale that's almost too violent, but thanks to a new restoration, Je T'aime Moi Non Plus is an absolute revelation. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
Dilili à Paris (2018) Joshua Brunsting Feminist and anti-racist to the bone, Ocelot's latest film is a startling, if misshapen, gem that will hopefully find an audience despite a modest release schedule. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
Loro (2018) Joshua Brunsting Servillo's Berlusconi is nuanced in a way that nothing else in the film is. Lacking the satirical bite of a Wolf Of Wall Street, Loro is a lushly composed, toothless satire. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
The Wedding Year (2019) Joshua Brunsting It's rare, in 2019, to have a genuinely good time at the movies and this, in all of its simplicity and cliche, is absolutely that. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
Diego Maradona (2019) Joshua Brunsting With a scholarly eye towards research, Maradona is a richly textured, nuanced portrait not only of a titanic figure in sports, but the rise of a sportsman into a god. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
Monos (2019) Joshua Brunsting A visceral rumination on devolving social norms in the face of war, Monos is not only the return of a great filmmaker, but one of the great political allegories of 2019. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
I'm Leaving Now (2018) Joshua Brunsting Viewers may not learn a lot about this man or his life specifically, but through a profound sense of intimacy they may find something even greater under this film's proverbial hood - empathy. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2019
Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements (2019) Joshua Brunsting Moonlight Sonata becomes a tender and evocative document of a very specific human experience that's palpable for anyone forced to deal with a set back in life. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
American Factory (2019) Joshua Brunsting Documenting this in as frank a manner as Riechert and Bognar do is incredibly wise, avoiding the easy, disposable type of agitprop that has made a home on streaming in 2019. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
Friedkin Uncut (2018) Joshua Brunsting At best, Friedkin Uncut is a serviceable EPK on whatever Friedkin film is set to get yet another Blu-ray release. Flat, lifeless, superficial. Just a slog. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
Fin de siglo (2019) Joshua Brunsting Closing on a note that's almost meta-physical in its sense of wish-fulfillment, End Of The Century is a profoundly moving, intensely quiet romance drama EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
What You Gonna Do When The World's On Fire? (2018) Joshua Brunsting Never once does his camera feel manipulative or judgemental, instead turning what could be your typical message documentary into one whose existence feels utterly essential EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
The Flower (La flor) (2016) Joshua Brunsting captivating rumination on the artist-muse relationship, creativity writ large and the breaking down of narrative, La Flor is one of the very best films of 2019 EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
Them That Follow (2019) Joshua Brunsting A film about fundamental faith and its poisonous nature, Them That Follow is a much-needed change of pace from this loud summer movie season. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
Homewrecker (2019) Joshua Brunsting With a pair of great lead performances at its center, Homewrecker is among the best, most odd thrillers at this year's Fantasia International Film Festival. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
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
Birthday Wonderland (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 (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
() 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