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Jonathan Rosenbaum

Jonathan Rosenbaum
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/4 97% Nights of Cabiria (Le Notti di Cabiria) (1957) The gift of Cabiria's essence, freed from the determinism of stories, is to return us to our own.‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jan 1, 2000
4/4 95% Contempt (1964) I would argue that Godard's eclecticism must be acknowledged and understood before one can genuinely appreciate the film.‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jan 1, 2000
4/4 100% The Big Day (Jour De Fete) (1952) Quote not available.‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jan 1, 2000
4/4 100% M (1931) This astonishing movie represents an unsurpassed grand synthesis of storytelling.‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jan 1, 2000
4/4 99% Rear Window (1954) In an impressive oeuvre, Rear Window is arguably the most exquisitely handcrafted feature, because Hitchcock mastered the spatial as well as behavioral coordinates of his chosen universe inch by inch.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
4/4 96% Touch of Evil (1958) One of a few monumental 1950s swan songs marking the end of the great epoch of traditional studio filmmaking.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
4/4 98% The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Les Parapluies de Cherbourg) (1964) It's a glorious sight to behold -- though don't forget to listen as well.‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jan 1, 2000
4/4 86% Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? (1957) Tashlin had a huge stylistic impact on the New Wave. Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?, his greatest film, is the template for Godard's bold use of primary colors and 'Scope in the 60s.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
4/4 71% Dead Man (1995) Quote not available.‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jan 1, 2000
4/4 93% La Cérémonie (A Judgement in Stone) (1995) Quote not available.‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jan 1, 2000
4/4 82% Thieves (Les Voleurs) (1996) Quote not available.‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jan 1, 2000
4/4 89% In the Company of Men (1997) The strength of LaBute's conception every step of the way is in forcing the issue of where we belong in this picture -- with Chad, with Howard, or with Christine.‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jan 1, 2000
4/4 93% Irma Vep (1996) Scripted in ten days and shot in less than a month, the film unravels like a delirious piece of automatic writing, though in this case the sinister implications apply to a very different world -- our own.‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jan 1, 2000
4/4 85% As Good as It Gets (1997) How [Brooks] emerged an abler artist is worth puzzling over; I suspect it has something to do with sheer instinct triumphing over industry machinery.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
4/4 75% Kundun (1997) Throughout the film cause and effect, the mainspring of most narratives, is replaced by a sense of spiritual synchronicity.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
4/4 48% Small Soldiers (1998) I can't think of a Hollywood entertainment I've enjoyed as much all year, and both audiences I saw the movie with seemed delighted as well.‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jan 1, 2000
4/4 75% Eyes Wide Shut (1999) This is personal filmmaking as well as dream poetry of the kind most movie commerce has ground underfoot, and if a better studio release comes along this year I'll be flabbergasted.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
4/4 75% Besieged (1999) I look forward to seeing it again, much as I would return to a favorite piece of music.‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jan 1, 2000
4/4 84% Taste of Cherry (Ta'm e Guilass) (1998) Quote not available.‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jan 1, 2000
4/4 94% Dr. Akagi (1999) Quote not available.‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jan 1, 2000
4/4 90% Rosetta (1999) Quote not available.‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jan 1, 2000
4/4 81% Beau Travail (2000) A masterpiece.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
4/4 98% The Young Girls of Rochefort (Les Demoiselles de Rochefort) (1968) My favorite musical.‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jan 1, 2000
4/4 91% Fast, Cheap & Out of Control (1997) Quote not available.‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jan 1, 2000
4/4 100% Dao ma zei (The Horse Thief) (1986) Director Tian Zhuangzhuang has said that he made The Horse Thief for the 21st century... The Horse Thief is a film of the future in more ways than one.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
4/4 97% The Wind Will Carry Us (2014) Quote not available.‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Feb 14, 2001
4/4 No Score Yet All of the films in The Decalogue are easy and pleasurable to follow as stories, yet part of the excitement they generate stems from discussions about their meaning after their dramatic impact registers.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2001
4/4 96% Yi Yi (2000) Quote not available.‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Mar 5, 2001
4/4 87% Seul Contre Tous (I Stand Alone) (One Against All) (1998) Quote not available.‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 3, 2001
4/4 74% A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001) The most philosophical film in Kubrick's canon, the most intelligent in Spielberg's, and quite possibly the film with the most contemporary relevance that either one has made since Kubrick released Dr. Strangelove in 1964.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2001
4/4 71% Taboo (2000) Quote not available.‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 24, 2001
4/4 94% The Circle (Dayereh) (2001) Quote not available.‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Aug 31, 2001
4/4 100% Haut Bas Fragile (Up, Down, Fragile) (1995) I think one could argue that Up Down Fragile not only tells us a lot about what utopia would feel like, it also tells us a little about how it would be organized.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2001
4/4 100% Cinema, de notre temps: Une journee d'Andrei Arsenevitch (2000) It's the best single piece of Tarkovsky criticism I know of, clarifying the overall coherence of his oeuvre while leaving all the principal mysteries in the films intact.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2002
4/4 52% In Praise Of Love (Éloge de l'amour) (2002) The trick when watching Godard is to catch the pitch of his poetics, savor the pleasure of his sounds and images, and ponder the historical, philosophical, and ethical issues that intersect with them.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2002
4/4 96% I'm Going Home (2001) The kind of quiet masterpiece that fully registers only after you've seen it.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2002
4/4 88% Far From Heaven (2003) Though less obviously a tour de force than many flashier recent art films, such as Alexander Sokurov's one-take feature Russian Ark, it's no less impressive as a technical achievement.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2002
4/4 78% 25th Hour (2003) Lee and his cast are so adept at getting us acquainted with Monty and these other people that we wind up feeling like we've known them for years.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2003
4/4 91% Stevie (2003) One might conclude that the enormous value of a film like Stevie lies in its ability to take us places we'd probably never go otherwise -- not merely as guilty liberals, but as thinking individuals who want to learn something about the world we inhabit.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2003
4/4 97% Killer of Sheep (2007) It shouldn't be missed.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted May 28, 2003
4/4 97% Capturing the Friedmans (2003) As an investigation into the psychology and processes of witch-hunts, Capturing the Friedmans is one of the most valuable film documents we've had since Carl Dreyer's 1943 Day of Wrath.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2003
4/4 79% Pistol Opera (2001) I couldn't give a fully coherent synopsis of Pistol Opera if my life depended on it, but it's still the most fun new movie I've seen since Mulholland Drive and Waking Life (both also 2001).‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2003
4/4 95% In the Mirror of Maya Deren (2003) It does such a terrific job of showing us what Deren was like that it makes even the notion of a biopic about her seem unnecessary, if not ridiculous.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2003
4/4 73% Elephant (2003) Startling and brilliant.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2003
4/4 87% Crimson Gold (2004) It's the singular presence of Hussein Emadeddin -- a nonprofessional like all the other actors Panahi has used in his films -- that gives the film much of its soul and mystery.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2004
4/4 79% The Saddest Music in the World (2004) Maddin has reached a new expressive plateau.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted May 14, 2004
4/4 95% Before Sunset (2004) Having seen Before Sunset twice, and Before Sunrise again in between, I can't say which film is better. Both seem to fulfill an ambition Jean-Luc Godard expressed in the 60s -- to achieve 'the definitive by chance.'‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2004
4/4 90% The Corporation (2004) A highly entertaining and instructive look at a subject that's rarely discussed in detail.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2004
4/4 90% The Last Emperor (1987) It's a tribute to the film's intelligence and its feeling for dialectics that it views both the Forbidden City and the detention center as prisons, and that when Pu Yi winds up as a gardener there's a sense of gain as well as loss.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2004
4/4 91% Million Dollar Baby (2004) The performances of the three leads are perfect, so we don't care that we don't know what lies right outside the Hit Pit.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2004