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Ratings & Reviews

  1. Wee Hunk's rating of the film Notes on an Appearance

    It seems a bit like a Whit Stillman film. Life amongst the intelligentsia. I like the Poulson vibe. Fan of his from the Byington films. It's probably not as funny if you're not familiar with the milieu. Or if you don't find yourself saying 'milieu' or 'oeuvre'. What I like is that somehow there is a sense of menace, both in what happens to one of the characters, and in the philosophy he's studying. Quiet menace.

  2. chase's rating of the film Notes on an Appearance

    fwd to Isiah's review ()

  3. ebabehh's rating of the film Notes on an Appearance

    Contrary to what the neat inclusion of various analog media archives might imply, shot-for-shot the film is devoid of "information," utterly anemic, from the cardboard acting to the minimalist cinematography. Much like the movie itself, gentrified Brooklyn and its coffee-drinking, jet-setting "intellectual"/"artistic" inhabitants can't help but appear here as pretentious parody.

  4. blu raincoat's rating of the film Notes on an Appearance

  5. Jorge Mourinha's rating of the film Notes on an Appearance

    No-budget NYC hipster Antonioni, which makes it seem worse than it really is; gets insidiously under your skin like L'AVVENTURA melting into BLOW-UP via Brooklyn public transit, ending as mysterious polaroid of a moment in time.

  6. Alex Meire's rating of the film Notes on an Appearance

    Bressonian nihilist social-science student product. It's ok! (Shocked edit: a late 90's product coming with a 20 year lag).

  7. Not A Sexy Vampire's rating of the film Notes on an Appearance

    A unique but not entirely satisfying film. Reading some analyses helped with my understanding of the film's many disparate elements (particularly from Film Comment), yet I can't help feeling that some of the ideas are more interesting in theory than in cinematic practice. Analysis of intellectuals who still fall under the wing of right-wing ideology is complex and challenging but would benefit from stronger focus.

  8. zi's rating of the film Notes on an Appearance

    Interesting. Niche. Site specific aesthetic. Minimalist. Good effort.

  9. Carlos Pineda's rating of the film Notes on an Appearance

    Un filme de esos que estimulan al espectador: encuadres elaborados para crear planos disociados del sonido; situaciones que no hacen progresara el argumento en el sentido de los guiones tradicionales...Con una actuación con poca afectación pero que logra evidenciar la desazón de los dos personajes masculinos. La música aparece como un aspecto adicional, no como un relleno para "hacer más agradable" la experiencia...

  10. Terry's rating of the film Notes on an Appearance

    It’s a really mesmerizing film, where nobody seems to feel anything deep inside. The disappearance of one of the actors, confront them with the emptiness itself, beyond their conceptuality.

  11. jsbrocka's rating of the film Notes on an Appearance

    Despite its brief running time, this experimental debut can be a meandering drudgery that gets lost in the pretensions of trying to make a consequential point. An affectation for pseudo-intellectualism cripples the otherwise engaging unconventional narrative structure, which draws you in but refuses to reward you with anything beyond more questions and riddles.

  12. DebraM's rating of the film Notes on an Appearance

    An interesting debut from Ricky D'Ambrose. With its clean and minimalist style, I can well understand why this did so well on the festival circuit. While I think it was a little bit too self-aware, it's still a solid piece and held my interest.

  13. I.Camera's rating of the film Notes on an Appearance

    Using L'Avventura as its frame and Bresson as its guiding light, this debut film is set within a time-frozen Brooklyn, as a crew of hermetic (to the point of oxygen starvation) researchers respond in differing ways to the mid-story disappearance of one of their own. There are many clever ideas here, but the acting is too self-conscious and the direction too forcibly static, alienating both players and viewers alike.

  14. qw0aszx's rating of the film Notes on an Appearance

  15. black frank's rating of the film Notes on an Appearance

    good film...lots of bad coffee

  16. fgonzalezse's rating of the film Notes on an Appearance

  17. tubbssw's rating of the film Notes on an Appearance

    The format of the screenplay is interesting and compact and therefore doesn't overstay its welcome.

  18. Bilouaustria's rating of the film Notes on an Appearance

    I understand that the look of the film is quite polarizing, this Bresson-for-beginners distinctive touch that some called minimalism. But if you look beyond that, the narration, with its big holes, force you to stay alert and focus on every details. There comes no explanation for his disappearing, or about the curious figure of Mr. Taubes. Just notes, notes from David, writings from Taubes, and that many questions.

  19. manybits's rating of the film Notes on an Appearance

    Stephen Taubes as Slavoj Zizek ("whose radical espousal of violence as a legitimate political tool pitted him against liberalism and conservatism alike" Adam Cook, Cinemascope)? A powerful indictment of the American Liberal pseudo-left and their inability to change the status quo, or even grasp the situation (cfr. the debate scene). D'Ambrose's film is as incisive and penetrating as Angela Nagle's Kill All Normies.

  20. Pok's rating of the film Notes on an Appearance

    Pretenciosa y aburrida. Le doy una estrella por el simple hecho de que existe y otra por estar filmada de manera competente, pero no me parece buena para nada. Tal vez desborda erudición que me excede, en cuyo caso no está hecha para mí.

  21. Wesley Pereira de Castro's rating of the film Notes on an Appearance

    Os personagens são antipáticos (intencionalmente?) e alguns eventos soam incoesos, já que a situação titular não chega a comover, de tão previsível que é. A melhor coisa do filme é a confecção do filósofo Stephen Taubes, sobretudo nas seqüências em que lemos sobre suas teses da violência contemporânea. As inserções de mapas na tela cansam, bem como os fundos monocromáticos. 5 minutos de créditos finais? Aff!(WPC>)

  22. mahmoodxfazal's rating of the film Notes on an Appearance

    An exciting generational call-to-arms that reminded me of early Fassbender but lacked his balance of ideas and style. The American Apparel aesthetic was a touch distracting in what was otherwise a tight-knit script that urged something radical.

  23. Project16's rating of the film Notes on an Appearance

    Category (c) throwback! People & places have no real presence, appearing only in textual archives: maps, articles, diaries... The critique of art-philosophy discourses, as meaningless & sterile, proves troubling! After all, how else can we speak of this film? If it does not speak to the elite audience it mocks, on those exact terms, then how does it speak? // I had fun with this! It was unoriginal. 5 stars.

  24. dj161's rating of the film Notes on an Appearance

    This is excruciatingly pretentious.

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