Authors

Creative Loafing

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 92%

Nebraska (2013)

"Less a movie involving a specific state and more a film evoking a specific state of mind."

Posted Dec 7, 2013

Matt Brunson

2 49%

Black Nativity (2013)

"Hudson's singing and Whitaker's acting compensate somewhat, but for a truly inventive and uplifting African-American piece set in New York during the Yuletide season, skip Black Nativity and watch Run-DMC's "Christmas in Hollis" music video instead."

Posted Dec 6, 2013

Matt Brunson

3 89%

Frozen (2013)

"This Disney delight dares to crinkle the studio's patented formula a tad by presenting audiences with not one but two female leads."

Posted Nov 30, 2013

Matt Brunson

4 76%

Kill Your Darlings (2013)

"Writer-director John Krokidas and co-scripter Austin Bunn have crafted an interesting if patchy film that at least fares better than the woeful On the Road in allowing these iconic figures to come alive on screen."

Posted Nov 23, 2013

Matt Brunson

5 38%

Delivery Man (2013)

"Flaccid as a comedy and even more limp as a heart-warmer."

Posted Nov 23, 2013

Matt Brunson

6 94%

Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

"Leto hasn't had a role this meaty since Requiem for a Dream 13 years ago, although there's no question that this is McConaughey's movie. The actor's been on fire lately, with choice roles in Mud, Magic Mike and more, but this represents a new career best."

Posted Nov 23, 2013

Matt Brunson

7 89%

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)

"One of the aspects that makes Catching Fire stronger than its predecessor is that it possesses a more palpable sense of danger."

Posted Nov 23, 2013

Matt Brunson

8 83%

Willow Creek ()

"Johnson and Gilmore have an easygoing rapport ... But once their characters venture deep into the woods, the film has nowhere to go but down the same narrative path as almost every found-footage tale since The Blair Witch Project began the craze in 1999."

Posted Nov 15, 2013

Matt Brunson

9 68%

Love & Air Sex (2014)

"The Graduate gave us "plastics"; Citizen Kane offered "Rosebud"; Die Hard contributed "Yippee ki-yay, mother fucker." The Bounceback's contribution to cinematic vernacular? "Air sex.""

Posted Nov 15, 2013

Matt Brunson

10 59%

Hank And Asha (2014)

"A rueful look at how new-world technology can only go so far in facilitating meaningful connections between like-minded souls."

Posted Nov 15, 2013

Matt Brunson

11 93%

All Is Lost (2013)

"The vacuum-sealed status of this man admittedly places some distance between him and viewers, although the presence of Redford in the role goes a long way toward closing the gap."

Posted Nov 9, 2013

Matt Brunson

12 65%

Thor: The Dark World (2013)

"As with the first film, the characters and their interactions again provide all the high points, with the cluttered storyline and routine action sequences jockeying for place position."

Posted Nov 9, 2013

Matt Brunson

13 73%

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961)

"Walter Pidgeon stars as the sub commander, a pre-I Dream of Jeannie Barbara Eden plays his secretary, and Peter Lorre amuses as a brilliant scientist."

Posted Nov 6, 2013

Matt Brunson

14 ——

Mindwarp (1992)

"Not-bad "B" flick that was produced by Fangoria magazine's short-lived film-division arm."

Posted Nov 6, 2013

Matt Brunson

15 100%

I Married a Witch (1942)

"It may be not be one of the classic examples of a Hollywood screwball comedy -- might I recommend His Girl Friday to anyone interested? -- but I Married a Witch contains enough modest laughs to satisfy couch potatoes on a chilly fall evening."

Posted Nov 6, 2013

Matt Brunson

16 98%

The Right Stuff (1983)

"A great movie that unfortunately failed to attract audiences back in '83, this adaptation of Tom Wolfe's book about astronauts pays tribute to what we would like to believe represents the American spirit: hard work, perseverance, camaraderie and vision."

Posted Nov 6, 2013

Matt Brunson

17 90%

Monty Python's The Meaning of Life (1983)

"The skits range from hilarious to humdrum."

Posted Nov 6, 2013

Matt Brunson

18 95%

Giant (1956)

"This ambitious adaptation of the Edna Ferber novel is often touched by greatness, yet it's ultimately too scattershot to satisfactorily maintain its bloated 200-minute running time."

Posted Nov 6, 2013

Matt Brunson

19 96%

Rebel Without a Cause (1955)

"A superb study of teenage angst that still retains its power despite the number of inferior rip-offs that followed in its wake."

Posted Nov 6, 2013

Matt Brunson

20 88%

East of Eden (1955)

"After testing various performers (including a newcomer named Paul Newman), Kazan went with the unknown Dean, a move that immediately yielded dividends."

Posted Nov 6, 2013

Matt Brunson

21 97%

12 Years a Slave (2013)

"Knowing the story's outcome does nothing to lessen the potency of what's shown on screen, largely because of the courageous manner in which McQueen holds certain shots as if he's daring us to look away for even a second."

Posted Nov 2, 2013

Matt Brunson

22 47%

Last Vegas (2013)

"Don't expect to see a geriatric version of The Hangover -- the film is better than that."

Posted Nov 2, 2013

Matt Brunson

23 60%

Ender's Game (2013)

"Not having read Card's novel, I couldn't say whether it was truly "unfilmable," but what ended up on the screen is indeed "filmable" in that we've seen these narrative threads countless times before in science fiction cinema."

Posted Nov 2, 2013

Matt Brunson

24 95%

Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton As Himself (2013)

"George Plimpton seemingly approached life as if it were a buffet table, and this compelling documentary manages to offer a sizable sampling."

Posted Nov 1, 2013

Matt Brunson

25 80%

The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971)

"There's camp to spare -- check out the doc's house band -- but there's also plenty of innovation on display, to say nothing of ample amounts of effective humor."

Posted Oct 31, 2013

Matt Brunson

26 86%

The Conqueror Worm (Witchfinder General) (2000)

"Price is superb as real-life witchhunter Matthew Hopkins, and writer-director Michael Reeves pulls no punches with this absorbing material."

Posted Oct 31, 2013

Matt Brunson

27 ——

The Masque of the Red Death (La mascara de la muerte) (1964)

"Perhaps the best of the Poe-Corman-Price pics, with Vincent delivering a potent performance as Prince Prospero."

Posted Oct 31, 2013

Matt Brunson

28 67%

The Masque of the Red Death ()

"Perhaps the best of the Poe-Corman-Price pics, with Vincent delivering a potent performance as Prince Prospero."

Posted Oct 31, 2013

Matt Brunson

29 71%

The Haunted Palace (1963)

"Slack storytelling and an unsatisfying ending make this the weakest picture in the Poe-Corman-Price series."

Posted Oct 31, 2013

Matt Brunson

30 83%

Pit and the Pendulum (The Pit and the Pendulum) (1961)

"Proves to be the equal of 1960's The Fall of the House of Usher."

Posted Oct 31, 2013

Matt Brunson

31 89%

House of Usher (The Fall of the House of Usher) (1960)

"This film set the template for the Poe-Corman-Price series with its literate script, Corman's effective direction, Price's immersive emoting and brilliant employment of light and color."

Posted Oct 31, 2013

Matt Brunson

32 83%

The Uninvited (1944)

"This proves to be more than just a ghost story, as the twists turn it into a full-blown mystery that stirs up memories of Alfred Hitchcock's Rebecca."

Posted Oct 31, 2013

Matt Brunson

33 88%

The Other (1972)

"Here's that rare movie that equals its source material."

Posted Oct 31, 2013

Matt Brunson

34 96%

High Plains Drifter (1973)

"A shaky sophomore effort ... Eastwood would direct a far superior Western, The Outlaw Josey Wales, three years later."

Posted Oct 31, 2013

Matt Brunson

35 93%

Fantastic Voyage (1966)

"With such titles as 2001: A Space Odyssey and Planet of the Apes, the 1960s proved to be a particularly rich decade for science fiction cinema, and Fantastic Voyage stands as one of the period's most imaginative efforts."

Posted Oct 31, 2013

Matt Brunson

36 98%

Eyes Without a Face (1962)

"A terror tale that's as poetic as it is horrific."

Posted Oct 26, 2013

Matt Brunson

37 88%

The Exorcist (1973)

"A finely crafted thriller that benefits immensely from William Friedkin's controlled direction, William Peter Blatty's thematically fruitful script, Owen Roizman's imaginative camerawork and Dick Smith's startling makeup designs."

Posted Oct 26, 2013

Matt Brunson

38 83%

The Eagle Has Landed (2000)

"Crafted with meticulous precision and infinite patience, the film unfolds like a good novel, with compelling exposition eventually giving way to thrilling action."

Posted Oct 26, 2013

Matt Brunson

39 34%

The Counselor (2013)

"At its best, this film is reminiscent of the philosophical slant often taken by the Coen brothers. At its worst, it recalls the excesses of latter-day Oliver Stone."

Posted Oct 26, 2013

Matt Brunson

40 22%

Paradise (2013)

"Paradise may be a movie paved with good intentions, but between its meandering nature, surface exploration of religion and roster of forgettable characters, it's more like motion-picture perdition."

Posted Oct 19, 2013

Matt Brunson

41 49%

Escape Plan (2013)

"Would that the rest of the film were as engaging as Schwarzenegger; instead, it's a routine programmer that's short on thrills but long on tedium."

Posted Oct 19, 2013

Matt Brunson

42 58%

Psycho III (1986)

"The problem with this outing, which marked Perkins' directorial debut, is that it largely plays like a run-of-the-mill slasher flick."

Posted Oct 16, 2013

Matt Brunson

43 59%

Psycho II (1983)

"A person would have to be as crazy as Norman Bates to even think about helming a sequel to Psycho, but the shocking truth is that this intelligent follow-up in no way soils the memory of its classic predecessor."

Posted Oct 16, 2013

Matt Brunson

44 0%

Amityville 3-D (1983)

"Unlike the first two Amityville titles, this one makes no claim to authenticity, but such honesty doesn't save it from being a terrible movie."

Posted Oct 16, 2013

Matt Brunson

45 7%

Amityville II: The Possession (1982)

"An extremely sleazy first half eventually gives way to a second part that plays like a theater-company version of The Exorcist."

Posted Oct 16, 2013

Matt Brunson

46 24%

The Amityville Horror (1979)

"A pack of flies swarm all over Father Delaney -- then again, given Rod Steiger's howling performance as the priest, it could just be that the flies like reeking ham."

Posted Oct 16, 2013

Matt Brunson

47 93%

Captain Phillips (2013)

"It's a pleasure watching the two actors go head-to-head, with Abdi's intensity playing off Hanks' anxiety."

Posted Oct 12, 2013

Matt Brunson

48 100%

La Cage Aux Folles (1979)

"Charming and frothy, the movie proves to be about as tame as any old-fashioned bedroom farce, which of course went a long way toward allowing it to be embraced by Americans who generally steered clear of foreign films, gay films, and gay foreign films."

Posted Oct 5, 2013

Matt Brunson

49 95%

The Fly (1958)

"The climax ("Help me!") has given many viewers chills while providing others with chuckles -- I'm in the former camp; the primal terror of that situation never fails to move me -- but the rest is efficient in its solemnity."

Posted Oct 5, 2013

Matt Brunson

50 99%

The Wizard of Oz (1939)

"This family classic long ago left the realm of being mere entertainment to emerge as a cultural touchstone for generations of Americans."

Posted Oct 5, 2013

Matt Brunson

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