Vadim has written 12 reviews for films rated ★★ during 2013.

  • Saving Mr. Banks

    Saving Mr. Banks

    ★★

    Mostly covered this here, though I wan't as angry as I could've been about what a slimy, unctuous movie this is, or how crappy it is: pop psychology, back-and-forth parallel stories intercut metronomically, Colin Farrell as a frantic alcoholic, it's all pretty terrible.

    One thing I didn't get into (didn't seem like the time/place) is the very specific way the visuals are hacky. Not having seen any other John Lee Hancock movies, I don't know whether he or DP John…

  • Carrie

    Carrie

    ★★

    Sight & Sound, not online. Basically a shamelessly shot-for-shot remake of De Palma's film, except all of the shot choices are boring rather than interesting. That's some achievement.

  • Au Pair Girls

    Au Pair Girls

    ★★

    "They come from here! They come from there!" You really should hear the opening credits song, which lasts seven unbelievably redundant minutes. The tune's the work of journeyman Roger Webb, whose career includes stuff like a disco funk instrumental ("Disco Fever," you say?) generic enough to make the Boogie Nights soundtrack. But Webb's also tasked with writing a credibly rockin' tune for vocalist Ricky Strange (John Standing), whose bare chest and long hair drives the girls Beatlemania wild. Webb totally…

  • Parkland

    Parkland

    ★★

    Like I said, I get all the good assignments.

  • Drinking Buddies

    Drinking Buddies

    ★★

    I'm basically skeptical of Joe Swanberg's work, but at least something as slimy as Uncle Kent has a sense of specificity about who its characters are, what they do for work, how they hang out, what they browse/wank to on the internet, etc. If Drinking Buddies is (as claimed) entirely improvised, it reflects pretty much no credit to anyone on-screen or to their seemingly easily-satisfied director. All four performers seem totally adrift and stick entirely to their pre-established bits of…

  • The Call

    The Call

    ★★

    "Sight & Sound," not online.

  • Tape

    Tape

    ★★

    This should about cover it.

  • Chimpanzee

    Chimpanzee

    ★★

    Reviewed for Sight & Sound, print only. Dire.

  • Disconnect

    Disconnect

    ★★

    Got it here, and there's not much more to say. Stick with Gary Numan's "Me! I Disconnect From You" instead.

  • Chelsea Manning Had Secrets

    Chelsea Manning Had Secrets

    ★★

    Bradley Manning's gchats, rendered in often illegible chiptune letters. The retrograde aesthetic is totally at odds with the subject matter, and in any case sometimes it's impossible to read, with ugly letters supplementing amateur hour voiceovers. It's on YouTube if you doubt me, but I'm not linking.

  • G.I. Joe: Retaliation

    G.I. Joe: Retaliation

    ★★

    I'm actually quite happy with this review, please give it a whirl regardless of your lack of interest in this multiplex slot-filler.

  • The Guilt Trip

    The Guilt Trip

    ★★

    Seen for Sight & Sound, review not online.