Tim Dirks

Tim Dirks

Agrees with the Tomatometer 99% of the time.

Biography:
When I noticed the lack of serious information on classic American/Hollywood films on the Web in early 1996, I decided to try to remedy the situation by creating an educationally-oriented web site with in-depth content and information on the "Greatest Films." The site has expanded beyond my earliest expectations, with literally tens of thousands of visitors each day, links to film studies courses (high school, undergraduate and graduate) throughout the country and world, and accolades from Roger Ebert and other noted critics. With about 1,000 films in a personal video library, I am able, at a moment's notice, to check on a particular quote, camera angle, film fact, etc. My particular bias is to present films without a lot of personal bias or subjectivity. Quite consciously, my reviews (and commentary) tend to be descriptive rather than analytical.
Favorites:
Favorites: Although I don't rate films, I have tried to choose 100 Greatest Hollywood/American (English-speaking) films that most critics would agree upon - at this location: 100 Greatest Films. There are an additional 100 films (to make a grand total of 200) starting here: Another 100 Greatest Films. Criteria for selection: Click here.
Publications:
Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
Total Reviews:
301
Location:
California

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
59% Friday the 13th (1980) Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
Posted Jan 22, 2013
25% Jason Goes to Hell - The Final Friday (1993) Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
Posted Feb 14, 2011
20% Jason X (2002) Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
Posted Feb 14, 2011
7% Halloween - The Curse of Michael Myers (Halloween 6) (1998) Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
Posted Feb 14, 2011
—— Drácula (Dracula, Spanish Version) (1931) " Dracula (1931) is one of the earliest classic American horror films from Carl Laemmle's Universal Pictures - an acclaimed masterpiece directed by Tod Browning..." — Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
Posted Sep 23, 2006
96% The King and I (1956) " The King and I (1956) is the popular and elaborate musical and story of the tutoring of the stubborn, King of Siam's wives and children by widowed English school teacher Anna Leonowens in 1862." — Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
Posted Aug 26, 2006
100% Le Voyage dans la lune (A Trip to the Moon) (1999) " The screen's first science fiction story - a 14 min. masterpiece, created by imaginative French director/master magician Georges Melies in his version of Jules Verne's story." — Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
Posted Mar 16, 2004
94% Days of Heaven (1978) " Days of Heaven (1978) is an exquisite, lyrical film of exceptional visual beauty and only the second film of writer-director Terrence Malick," — Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
Posted Apr 30, 2002
81% Written on the Wind (1957) " Written on the Wind (1956) is generally regarded as the best of director Douglas Sirk's 1950s lush, vibrantly colorful..." — Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
Posted Apr 23, 2002
100% The Killers (1946) " The Killers (1946) is director Robert Siodmak's screen classic - an intense, hard-edged, stylish classic film noir..." — Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
Posted Apr 12, 2002
100% 12 Angry Men (Twelve Angry Men) (1957) " 12 Angry Men (1957) is the gripping, penetrating, and engrossing examination of a diverse group of twelve jurors - all male, mostly middle-aged, white, and" — Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
Posted Apr 5, 2002
100% The Last Picture Show (1971) " The Last Picture Show (1971) is an evocative and bittersweet slice-of-life 'picture show' from newcomer 31 year-old director Peter Bogdanovich" — Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
Posted Jan 15, 2002
91% Blade Runner (1982) " Blade Runner (1982), director Ridley Scott's follow-up to Alien (1979), is one of the most popular and influential science-fiction films of all time -" — Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
Posted Oct 30, 2001
98% The Wild Bunch (1969) " The Wild Bunch (1969) is director Sam Peckinpah's provocative, brilliant yet controversial Western, shocking for its graphic and elevated portrayal of violence" — Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
Posted Oct 30, 2001
94% Fargo (1996) " Fargo (1996) is a self-proclaimed "homespun murder story" set in the white-washed, winter wilderness of the frozen and bleak Upper Midwest." — Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
Posted Aug 27, 2001
100% The Great Train Robbery (1903) " One of the milestones in film history was the first narrative film, The Great Train Robbery (1903), directed and photographed by Edwin S. Porter" — Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
Posted Aug 23, 2001
100% Baby Doll (1956) " Baby Doll (1956) has been called notorious, salacious, revolting, dirty, steamy, lewd, suggestive, morally repellent and provocative." — Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
Posted Aug 23, 2001
—— Anna Christie (1930) " Anna Christie (1930) was advertised as the first talking picture for the cinema's greatest silent star" — Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
Posted Aug 23, 2001
88% Exorcist: The Version You've Never Seen (2000) " The Exorcist (1973) is the sensational, shocking horror story about devil possession and the exorcism of the demonic spirits from a young, innocent girl (of a divorced family)" — Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
Posted Aug 23, 2001
93% Apocalypse Now Redux (2001) " Apocalypse Now (1979) is producer/director Francis Ford Coppola's visually beautiful, ground-breaking masterpiece with surrealistic and symbolic sequences" — Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
Posted Aug 23, 2001
98% Sweet Smell of Success (1957) " Sweet Smell of Success (1957) is an ascerbic, dynamic and intense film that exposes the diseased under-side of New York City's glamorous night life, revealing..." — Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
Posted Aug 20, 2001
98% Brazil (1985) " Brazil (1985) is from British director/co-screenwriter Terry Gilliam - a combination science-fiction, despairing black comedy and fantasy that combines elements of..." — Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
Posted Aug 7, 2001
96% Out of the Past (1947) " Out of the Past (1947), (aka Build My Gallows High, its title in Britain), is one of the greatest, multi-layered film noirs of all time..." — Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
Posted Apr 18, 2001
91% Trouble in Paradise (1932) " Trouble in Paradise (1932) is generally considered producer/director Ernst Lubitsch's greatest film..." — Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
Posted Apr 2, 2001
98% Badlands (1974) " Badlands (1973) is the remarkable and impressive directorial debut from twenty-nine year old director Terrence Malick" — Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
Posted Mar 19, 2001
92% Cat People " Cat People (1942) is a low-budget horror classic from RKO Radio Pictures, Inc. - the haunting, low-key story" — Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
Posted Feb 13, 2001
98% Jaws (1975) " Jaws (1975) is a masterful, visceral and realistic science-fiction suspense/horror-disaster film, tapping into the most primal of human fears" — Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
Posted Jan 1, 2000
97% Lolita (1962) " Lolita (1962) is Stanley Kubrick's sixth film - a brilliant adaptation of Nabokov's celebrated yet controversial novel written in 1953 of a middle-aged man's unusual" — Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
Posted Jan 1, 2000
94% Young Frankenstein (1974) " Young Frankenstein (1974) is probably writer/producer/director Mel Brooks' best film - a spoof of horror films" — Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
Posted Jan 1, 2000
100% I Remember Mama (1948) Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
Posted Jan 1, 2000
96% One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) " One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) is one of the greatest American films of all time - a $4.4 million dollar effort directed by Czech Milos Forman." — Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
Posted Jan 1, 2000
96% Rebel Without a Cause (1955) " Rebel Without a Cause (1955) is most remembered for being the film that best presented the talent of young charismatic cult star James Dean," — Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
Posted Jan 1, 2000
100% The Gold Rush (1925) " The Gold Rush (1925) is the quintessential Chaplin/Little Tramp film, with a balance of slapstick comedy and pantomime, social satire" — Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
Posted Jan 1, 2000
98% Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) " Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) is a technically-marvelous film blending animated, ink-and-paint cartoon characters and flesh-and-blood live actors.." — Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
Posted Jan 1, 2000
98% Some Like It Hot (1959) " The all-time outrageous, satirical, comedy farce favorite, Some Like It Hot (1959) is one of the most hilarious, raucous films ever made. The ribald film" — Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
Posted Jan 1, 2000
97% Romeo and Juliet (1968) " Romeo and Juliet (1968) is Florentine director Franco Zeffirelli's beautiful modern interpretation of Shakespeare's enduring, classic yet tragic love story of" — Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
Posted Jan 1, 2000
100% Laura (2005) " Laura (1944) is one of the most stylish, elegant, moody, and witty classic film noirs ever made with an ensemble cast of characters. Producer/director Otto" — Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
Posted Jan 1, 2000
100% Beau Geste (1939) " Beau Geste (1939) is director/producer William Wellman's superb, high adventure tale set in the desert - a classic melodramatic, rousing film of the late 30s" — Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
Posted Jan 1, 2000
100% The Palm Beach Story (1942) " The Palm Beach Story (1942) is a hilarious, zany, marital screwball comedy by writer/director Preston Sturges - it was his last romantic comedy and" — Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
Posted Jan 1, 2000
93% Alice Adams (1935) " Alice Adams (1935) is RKO's touching, effectively poignant portrayal of small-town, mid-Western American pretenses" — Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
Posted Jan 1, 2000
98% City Lights (1931) " City Lights (1931), subtitled "A Comedy Romance in Pantomime," is generally viewed as Charlie Chaplin's greatest film -" — Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
Posted Jan 1, 2000
92% Blue Velvet (1986) " Blue Velvet (1986) is screenwriter and maverick director David Lynch's artistically bizarre cult film, an original look at sex.." — Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
Posted Jan 1, 2000
96% The Asphalt Jungle (1950) " The Asphalt Jungle (1950) is a naturalistic film noir crime film classic of the early 1950s from director John Huston" — Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
Posted Jan 1, 2000
92% Duck Soup (1933) " The Marx Brothers' greatest and funniest masterpiece - the classic comedy Duck Soup (1933) is a short, but brilliant satire and lampooning" — Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
Posted Jan 1, 2000
97% Shane (1953) " Shane (1953) is a timeless, classic western tale - a very familiar and highly regarded seminal western and the most successful Western of the 1950s. The film's rich color" — Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
Posted Jan 1, 2000
71% 10 (1979) " 10 (1979) is known for its numerical rating system for beautiful women. It described itself as "a temptingly tasteful comedy for adults" — Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
Posted Jan 1, 2000
100% The Big Heat (2001) " The Big Heat (1953) is director Fritz Lang's landmark bleak, film noir crime classic and violent melodrama" — Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
Posted Jan 1, 2000
94% Way Down East (1920) " Way Down East (1920) is D. W. Griffith's classic, silent melodramatic film. He bought the film rights to the story, originally a stage play of the same name" — Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
Posted Jan 1, 2000
97% Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) " Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966), a famous and shocking black comedy, was based on Edward Albee's scandalous play (Ernest Lehman's screenplay" — Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
Posted Jan 1, 2000
87% Duel in the Sun (1946) " Duel in the Sun (1946) was branded "Lust in the Dust" at the time of its release, a classic epic western" — Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
Posted Jan 1, 2000
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