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

Showing 151 - 200 of 301
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
91% What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1960) " A great psychological thriller, black comedy, and over-the-top camp classic is this great trashy melodrama." — Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
Posted Jan 1, 2000
89% How Green Was My Valley (1941) " How Green Was My Valley (1941) is one of John Ford's masterpieces of sentimental human drama. It is the melodramatic and nostalgic story, adapted from" — Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
Posted Jan 1, 2000
100% Tarzan the Ape Man (1932) " Tarzan the Ape Man (1932) is the first feature-length talking (sound) version of the Tarzan series [Tarzan films stretch into the silent film era back to 1918]." — Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
Posted Jan 1, 2000
87% Ben-Hur (1959) " Ben-Hur (1959) is MGM's three and a half hour, wide-screen epic Technicolor blockbuster - a Biblical tale, subtitled A Tale of the Christ." — Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
Posted Jan 1, 2000
95% Bringing Up Baby (1938) " Bringing Up Baby (1938) is one of versatile director Howard Hawks' greatest screwball comedies and often considered the definitive screwball film." — Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
Posted Jan 1, 2000
100% Lost Horizon (1937) " Lost Horizon (1937) is a timeless, widely-acclaimed classic romantic fantasy film that was directed by Frank Capra." — Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
Posted Jan 1, 2000
95% 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) " 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) is a landmark, science fiction classic, an epic film containing more spectacular imagery than verbal dialogue." — Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
Posted Jan 1, 2000
100% It's a Gift (1934) " It's A Gift (1934) is often cited as W. C. Fields' best and funniest picture - it is undoubtedly one of the greatest, classic comedies ever made," — Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
Posted Jan 1, 2000
95% The Crowd " The Crowd (1928) is a genuine, immortal, timeless American silent film masterpiece from director King Vidor," — Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
Posted Jan 1, 2000
85% The Sound of Music (1965) " The Sound of Music (1965) was an exceptionally successful film in the mid-1960s - at the time of its release, it surpassed Gone With the Wind as the number one" — Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
Posted Jan 1, 2000
100% Top Hat (1935) " Top Hat (1935) is one of the great 30s dance musicals, and possibly the best and most profitable Astaire and Rogers musical ever, with wonderful, magical dance" — Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
Posted Jan 1, 2000
88% The Exorcist (1973) " The Exorcist (1973) is the sensational, shocking horror story about devil possession and the exorcism of the demonic spirits from a young, innocent girl" — Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
Posted Jan 1, 2000
100% Kings Row (1942) " Kings Row (1942) combines a turn-of-the-century setting with a small-town melodrama uncovering evil and depravity." — Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
Posted Jan 1, 2000
91% Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) " Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) is one of Hollywood's greatest, grandest and slickest musicals - the nostalgic, entertaining film also supported the war" — Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
Posted Jan 1, 2000
88% Meet John Doe (1941) " Meet John Doe (1941) is a wonderful, but dark Frank Capra populist melodramatic tale about the common man. The sentimental film is often grouped" — Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
Posted Jan 1, 2000
100% All About Eve (1950) " All About Eve (1950), is a realistic, dramatic depiction of show business and backstage life of Broadway and the New York theater." — Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
Posted Jan 1, 2000
100% My Man Godfrey (1936) " My Man Godfrey (1936) is one of the 1930s' delightful, classic screwball comedies. Directed by Gregory La Cava for Universal, the definitive social comedy" — Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
Posted Jan 1, 2000
100% The Virginian (1929) " The Virginian (1929) is a classic western - a film adaptation of Owen Wister's 1902 western play and original novel." — Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
Posted Jan 1, 2000
100% Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928) " Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928) is the last of physical comedian Buster Keaton's (the Great Stone Face) nine independent feature films and one" — Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
Posted Jan 1, 2000
100% Dr. Strangelove Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) " Dr. Strangelove, Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) is producer/director Stanley Kubrick's brilliant, satirical, provocative black comedy/fantasy" — Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
Posted Jan 1, 2000
100% Meet Me In St. Louis (1944) " Meet Me In St. Louis (1944) is a delightful, classic, nostalgic, romanticized musical film - and one of the greatest musicals ever made. It tells the story of a" — Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
Posted Jan 1, 2000
96% The Birds (1963) " The Birds (1963), another Hitchcock thriller/masterpiece, his first film with Universal Studios, is the apocalyptic story of a northern California coastal town" — Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
Posted Jan 1, 2000
100% The Lost Weekend (1945) " The Lost Weekend (1945) is a serious, painful and uncompromising, frank look at alcohol addiction that follows almost five days ('one lost weekend') in the life" — Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
Posted Jan 1, 2000
95% Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) " Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) is director/writer Steven Spielberg's first film after the enormously successful Jaws (1975)." — Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
Posted Jan 1, 2000
94% It's a Wonderful Life (1946) " It's A Wonderful Life (1946), originally made for Liberty Films, is one of the most popular and heartwarming films ever made by director Frank Capra," — Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
Posted Jan 1, 2000
96% Unforgiven (1992) " Unforgiven (1992) is producer/director/star Clint Eastwood's own tribute to his legendary legacy in Sergio Leone's low-budget 'spaghetti' westerns," — Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
Posted Jan 1, 2000
94% Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936) " Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936) is another lighthearted classic Frank Capra screwball romantic-comedy regarding the broader philosophical themes of individual innocence" — Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
Posted Jan 1, 2000
97% A Night at the Opera (1935) " A Night at the Opera (1935), a musical comedy, is the sixth of thirteen Marx Brothers films, and their first for MGM Studios under Irving Thalberg's production." — Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
Posted Jan 1, 2000
100% Scarface (1932) " Scarface: The Shame of the Nation (1932) is one of the boldest, most potent, raw and violently-brutal gangster-crime films ever made." — Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
Posted Jan 1, 2000
—— Beyond the Forest (1949) Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
Posted Jan 1, 2000
97% Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958) " Cat On a Hot Tin Roof (1958) is the powerful, highly-charged, moving story of a neurotic, dysfunctional Southern family" — Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
Posted Jan 1, 2000
98% Patton (1970) " Patton (1970) is the epic film biography of the controversial, multi-dimensional World War II general George S. Patton." — Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
Posted Jan 1, 2000
93% Unfaithfully Yours (1948) " Unfaithfully Yours (1948) is a wonderful, brilliant and stylish comedy by Preston Sturges - it was the last of his Hollywood films." — Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
Posted Jan 1, 2000
100% Shanghai Express (1932) Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
Posted Jan 1, 2000
89% The Quiet Man (1952) " The Quiet Man (1952) is director John Ford's epic romantic comedy - a loving, sentimental, nostalgic tribute to his Irish ancestry and homeland." — Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
Posted Jan 1, 2000
100% The Letter (1940) " The Letter (1940) is a classic melodramatic film noir of murder and deceit, directed by William Wyler. The screenplay by Howard Koch" — Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
Posted Jan 1, 2000
95% Broken Blossoms (1919) " Broken Blossoms (1919) is director D. W. Griffith's most tragic, serious, poetic, intricate, and melodramatic film." — Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
Posted Jan 1, 2000
98% His Girl Friday (1940) " His Girl Friday (1940) is Howard Hawks' speedy and hysterically funny screwball comedy, and one of the best examples of its kind in film history" — Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
Posted Jan 1, 2000
87% Poltergeist (1982) " Poltergeist (1982) is a memorable supernatural horror film from co-producer/co-writer Steven Spielberg and director Tobe Hopper.." — Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
Posted Jan 1, 2000
96% High Noon (1952) " High Noon (1952) is possibly the all-time best Western film ever made - a successful box-office production by Stanley Kramer" — Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
Posted Jan 1, 2000
88% When Harry Met Sally (1989) " The witty and likeable, lightweight, old-fashioned romantic comedy, When Harry Met Sally... (1989) was intended to answer the question..." — Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
Posted Jan 1, 2000
97% All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) " All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) is the first major anti-war film of the sound era, faithfully based upon the timeless 1929 novel by Erich Maria Remarque." — Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
Posted Jan 1, 2000
100% Letter From an Unknown Woman (1948) " Letter From an Unknown Woman (1948) is the classic romantic film - a lush tearjerker par excellence - of the bittersweet theme of unrequited, lost love" — Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
Posted Jan 1, 2000
100% Wuthering Heights (1939) " Wuthering Heights (1939) is director William Wyler's tale of doomed love, conflicting passions, and revenge, one of Hollywood's all-time most romantic/drama classics." — Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
Posted Jan 1, 2000
100% Sleeper (1973) " Sleeper (1973) is Woody Allen's science-fiction satirical comedy classic and screwball comedy about the future - with Dixieland and swing music." — Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
Posted Jan 1, 2000
92% Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) " Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) is the well-executed, action-packed sequel to the earlier film of the same name." — Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
Posted Jan 1, 2000
100% The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) " The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) is noted as one of the greatest, most colorful costume dramas, swashbucklers, and adventure films in film history." — Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
Posted Jan 1, 2000
100% The Birth of a Nation (1915) " A controversial, explicitly racist, but landmark American film masterpiece - these all describe ground-breaking producer/director D. W. Griffith's" — Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
Posted Jan 1, 2000
98% E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) " E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) is the immensely popular magical fantasy movie myth..." — Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
Posted Jan 1, 2000
91% The Ten Commandments (1956) " The Ten Commandments (1956), Cecil B. De Mille's most spectacular epic and last film. Although a blockbuster, the film reverts to melodramatic style," — Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
Posted Jan 1, 2000
98% The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) " The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) is producer Samuel Goldwyn's classic, significant American film about the difficult adjustments of veterans" — Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
Posted Jan 1, 2000
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