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Adam Nayman

Adam Nayman
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
98% Jaws (1975) The beauty of Steven Spielberg's 1975 classic is that you can choose how to watch it: as a summery, shark-bitten thriller or as an allegory about the failed leadership of institutions...‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2020
72% The King of Staten Island (2020) Judd Apatow has a history of hyper-reflexivity, turning his films into ruminations on his own world. His latest Pete Davidson-led project, though, suggests a conscious effort to change...‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2020
93% Fail-Safe (1964) Fail Safe imagines a no-win situation backing a sturdy, dependable American president in the proverbial corner, where, in a bit of sentimental and masochistically crowd-pleasing fantasy, he manages to do the right thing. ‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2020
71% Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967) Guess Who's Coming to Dinner toes the line between thoughtful, responsible social commentary and didactic messaging; their contents reflect a genuine national uncertainty...‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2020
87% Bonnie and Clyde (1967) If it's possible for a film's ending to feel at once ambiguous and definitive, Bonnie and Clyde leaves the viewer feeling torn apart without necessarily knowing why. Its mix of lyricism, brutality, and ambivalence...‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2020
91% The Assistant (2020) The Assistant is a top-notch American movie on the verge of becoming collateral damage in an endless spring that's rewiring our collective viewing habits.‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2020
84% The Tree of Life (2011) Malick's earnest pretentiousness surely invites derisive laughter. But it also withstands it, and like the ancient evergreen of its title, it towers benevolently over less ambitious movies...‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2020
85% L'Enfant (2006) L'Enfant deals in matters of (organized) crime and punishment without compromising its emotional acuity or spiritual purity.‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2020
73% Elephant (2003) ...it remains one of the most unsettlingly accomplished American movies of the new millennium, and exactly as difficult to categorize or definitively interpret as its maker intended.‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2020
91% Pulp Fiction (1994) Quentin Tarantino's retro-fetishism was the future of American cinema.‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2020
90% Barton Fink (1991) Barton Fink is one for the record books.‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2020
98% The Conversation (1974) Coming after the dark, sumptuous classicism of The Godfather, The Conversation's choppy, elliptical style looked almost like the work of a different filmmaker, one willing to take risks with new forms and techniques.‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2020
86% Under the Sun of Satan (Sous le soleil de Satan) (Under Satan's Sun) (1987) There's a fine line between searing seriousness and po-faced self-parody, and Under the Sun of Satan walks it bravely, turning Depardieu into a vessel for pious pessimism opposite Sandrine Bonnaire...‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2020
91% If.... (1968) From its title on down, If ... is a movie about the power and peril of imagination, and the seductive thrill of wishing that we might externalize our inner lives for all to see and fear.‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2020
98% The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Les Parapluies de Cherbourg) (1964) Charm may be in the eye of the beholder, but if you don't find this movie irresistible, you should get your eyesight checked.‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2020
96% Viridiana (1961) Viridiana's unblinking vision of a world without true innocence isn't misanthropic, but powerfully, unapologetically humane-a black comedy without pity or judgment.‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2020
99% Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) It's as complex as its logline suggests, but far more deft and subtle. It should be seen.‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2020
96% In Jackson Heights (2015) ...improbably nostalgic, while also offering hope that the communities whose intricate maintenance we once took for granted can be more gratefully reclaimed in the future.‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2020
76% Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014) Nymphomaniac has an amazingly eclectic cast of weirdos and movie stars acting weird, and their stamina goes a long way toward keeping things sweaty, grotesque, and funny for more than four NC-17-rated hours...‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2020
97% Gangs of Wasseypur (2014) Gangs of Wasseypur isn't necessarily realistic-instead, it's a glossy, gory soap opera that goes over the top early and often, mirroring, realizing, and satirizing the outsized, outrageous gangster-movie fantasies of its characters.‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2020
98% Hoop Dreams (1994) At once a rigorous exploration of the sports-educational industrial complex and an intimate piece of portraiture...‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2020
84% JFK (1991) One of the most frenetically edited studio movies ever made, JFK is a paradox, a movie of unstoppable velocity that seems to drag on forever.‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2020
96% The Right Stuff (1983) Where 2001: A Space Odyssey depicted astronauts (and mankind) as being at the mercy of some higher, alien intelligence, The Right Stuff finds its characters imposing their will on the unknown.‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2020
90% Barry Lyndon (1975) The sense of torpor simultaneously helps to call attention to the painterly beauty of the images-widescreen compositions evoking the light and coloring of 18th century paintings-and the grim, fatalistic determinism of the narrative...‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2020
96% Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975) We become so familiar with Jeanne's daily routine that, as the movie goes on, even minor variations in what she does register as dramatic events, and major diversions feel like earthquakes...‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2020
95% Giant (1956) The contrast between Hudson's stolid, genteel acting style and Dean's more electric approach gives Giant the energy it needs to propel its massive, decades-spanning narrative...‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2020
96% First Cow (2020) Reichardt delivers an expertly lush, languid tale about friendship, class, and yes, a very handsome cow...‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2020
37% Downhill (2020) The Force Majeure remake starring Will Ferrell and Julia Louis-Dreyfus isn't an all-out disaster, just oddly disappointing...‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2020
48% Underwater (2020) As for Stewart, she'll hopefully get a chance to carry something big and shiny that's also less perfunctory, because her boredom during Underwater is palpable.‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2020
76% Richard Jewell (2019) Hauser is Richard Jewell's most persuasive asset, and Eastwood shows considerable trust in his star, letting him fully inhabit the contradictions of a man who performatively models a form of meek-shall-inherit humility...‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2019
85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) If there's something potentially dangerous or reactionary about Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood's nostalgia for a bygone era and its trickle-down frontier heroism, it's a tension that Tarantino plays with thoughtfully...‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
90% The Souvenir (2019) Superbly crafted and acted on every level, The Souvenir is one of the best British films of recent years.‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
82% High Life (2019) Its brilliance lies in Denis's understanding that the difference between these two extreme polarities is really nothing at all.‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
94% Transit (2019) ...it makes the case for Petzold as the decade's most exemplary foreign arthouse auteur. ‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
97% Knives Out (2019) As a smartly crafted and shaped piece of entertainment, Johnson's movie comes off especially good in a moment when such mid-budget, story-driven movies have all but disappeared; it's a throwback that's also an outlier.‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
96% Atlantics (2019) ...a movie that works to keep its audience suspended vertiginously between states of focus and drift, of realism and fantasy, of confusion and understanding.‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
96% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Marielle Heller's movie isn't driving at docudrama authenticity; it's more of a meditation on the meaning of Mr. Rogers, and of the implications-real and imagined-of a world made in his image.‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
97% Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Good vibes are infectious only to a point, and two hours of strenuously conflict-free high jinks, with didactic dialogue asserting Moore's importance, eventually gets wearying.‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
80% Jojo Rabbit (2019) Perhaps it's the ease of Jojo Rabbit that made it an enervating viewing experience. Waititi's ability to engineer emotional effects is real, but it also verges on the mechanical...‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
92% Uncut Gems (2019) Even as they prevent the narrative from hurtling off the tracks, the Safdies keep plunging Howard-and the audience-downward, culminating in a final shot that, magically, comes out the other side.‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
80% Jojo Rabbit (2019) If all of Waititi's smirking fascist slapstick is meant to take away Hitler's power 70 years after the fact... it's the satirical equivalent of dunking on a two-foot hoop (or a basketful of deplorables).‐ Cinema Scope
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2019
71% Disappearance at Clifton Hill (2020) Following up his palatably artful (and widely garlanded) Korean-language debut In Her Place, Albert Shin shows a willingness to plunge headlong into genre waters, an immersion that's bracing, if not quite purifying.‐ Cinema Scope
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
87% Color Out of Space (2020) What's less assured is the tone, which could generously be described as "elastic..." but strikes one more precisely as desperate, unable to commit to either full-on gross-out comedy or apocalyptic melancholy.‐ Cinema Scope
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
75% Tammy's Always Dying (2019) There are all kinds of ways to display directorial chops, and even if Tammy's Always Dying isn't much to look at, Johnson manages her cast well.‐ Cinema Scope
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
33% Guest of Honour (2020) Guest of Honour is sort of a ridiculous movie, and yet the things holding it together-above all its maker's faith in the principles and possibilities of narrative as a restless, ever-shifting experiment in architecture-are worth taking seriously.‐ Cinema Scope
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
83% Waves (2019) The moment when everything starts goes wrong for Tyler involves a piece of tissue stretched well past the breaking point, a rupture caused by stubbornness and egomaniacal overreaching-it is as good a metaphor as any for the movie as a whole.‐ Cinema Scope
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
85% Sea Fever (2020) Sea Fever just sort of watchably bobs along, leaving very little in its wake.‐ Cinema Scope
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
91% Bacurau (Nighthawk) (2020) ... its excellent craftsmanship and satisfying follow-through should earn it a devoted cult.‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) The speed and ferocity with which things fall apart-and with which Parasite mutates from a sly upstairs-downstairs satire into something more literally and tonally multileveled-is something to behold. ‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
64% Castle in the Ground (2019) There's a lot of talent here, and the film holds together, but it doesn't do much more-it accomplishes being accomplished, and then it's over.‐ Cinema Scope
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019