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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 76%

A Beautiful Mind (2001)

"Exceptionally acted, smartly scripted, superbly directed -- a beautiful thing."

Posted Feb 17, 2003

Brent Simon

2 37%

Beautiful Creatures (2001)

"The main problems with Beautiful Creatures lie in execution -- the film's baser machinations come across as nothing more than indie film quirks."

Posted Feb 17, 2003

Brent Simon

3 19%

The Beach (2000)

"Three-fifths of a great movie sunk by a crucial tonal misstep. A cross between Lord of the Flies, Swiss Family Robinson and Apocalypse Now."

Posted Feb 17, 2003

Brent Simon

4 65%

Bandits (2001)

"The Odd Couple meets Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Fairly fresh and fun, if ultimately fleeting entertainment."

Posted Feb 17, 2003

Brent Simon

5 23%

Baise-Moi (2000)

"Coarse, rough-hewn and rather unsophisticated, cinematically speaking, Baise Moi nonetheless succeeds largely on its gritty realism. It's a cinematic jab to the solar plexis."

Posted Feb 17, 2003

Brent Simon

6 45%

Daredevil (2003)

"Hardly a reinvention of the wheel but, to its considerable credit, a good deal darker, more fun and robustly engaging than most movies of this ilk. Colin Farrell steals the show."

Posted Feb 17, 2003

Brent Simon

7 ——

Walking with Dinosaurs (2000)

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Posted Feb 15, 2003

8 ——

Oz - The Complete First Season (2002)

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Posted Feb 11, 2003

9 ——

Sports Night - Box Set (2002)

EDIT

Posted Feb 11, 2003

10 ——

Eddie Izzard - Dress to Kill (1999)

EDIT

Posted Feb 11, 2003

11 100%

Annie Get Your Gun (1950)

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Posted Feb 8, 2003

12 20%

The Quarry (2000)

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Posted Feb 8, 2003

13 100%

An Evening with Kevin Smith (2001)

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Posted Feb 8, 2003

14 94%

Lost in La Mancha (2003)

"An un-making-of featurette about director Terry Gilliam's ill-fated The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. Sad for him, but good for us -- a fantastic, insightful piece of art."

Posted Feb 3, 2003

Brent Simon

15 85%

Blind Spot - Hitler's Secretary (2002)

"The filmmakers botch this one. What we're left with in Blind Spot is a fascinating opportunity and subject shoddily explored."

Posted Feb 3, 2003

Brent Simon

16 43%

The Recruit (2003)

"Namby-pamby criticisms of omission aside, The Recruit is a solid and enticing little thriller, a fun and engaging movie."

Posted Feb 3, 2003

Brent Simon

17 48%

Final Destination 2 (2003)

"A sloppy and graceless but fun sequel that serves to illustrate the difference between having a great story and a good screenplay. Still: a matinee idol in a world of false pin-ups."

Posted Feb 3, 2003

Brent Simon

18 ——

Deathbed (2002)

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Posted Feb 1, 2003

19 93%

About a Boy (2002)

"Directors Paul and Chris Weitz do a great job balancing the laughs and genuine emotion in this movie, and it never tips over into the maudlin."

Posted Jan 27, 2003

Brent Simon

20 93%

Alice Adams (1935)

EDIT

Posted Jan 25, 2003

21 72%

Power and Terror - Noam Chomsky in Our Times (2002)

EDIT

Posted Jan 25, 2003

22 9%

Darkness Falls (2003)

EDIT

Posted Jan 25, 2003

23 55%

I Spit on Your Grave (Day of the Woman) (1978)

"This brutal, explicit rape-revenge movie isn't for the faint of heart, but it's told with an eerie minimalism that marks it a grim, disturbing B-movie portrait of civilization's abuse at the hands of savagery, and its subsequent, equally barbarous revenge"

Posted Jan 20, 2003

Brent Simon

24 90%

Cidade de Deus (City of God) (2003)

"Directed in a sort of urban panoramic style, City of God is, much more than Gangs of New York, a telling and intelligent snapshot of clashing turf warfare and how it constrictively shapes and molds the urban underbelly of a city."

Posted Jan 20, 2003

Brent Simon

25 24%

P.S. Your Cat is Dead! (2003)

"A two-character roundelay whose modicum of enjoyment depends largely on your own personal appetite for social commentary transparently dressed up as assertively quirky entertainment."

Posted Jan 20, 2003

Brent Simon

26 100%

Quai des Orfevres (Quay of the Goldsmiths) (Jenny Lamour) (1947)

"Released in America as Jenny Lamour, Henri-Georges Clouzot's story of ambition, murder, mystery and cover-up -- and their all-too-human foundations -- holds up remarkably well."

Posted Jan 20, 2003

Brent Simon

27 ——

The Road to Hong Kong (1962)

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Posted Jan 18, 2003

28 ——

I See a Dark Stranger (The Adventuress) (1947)

"Roughly plotted, but still a good bit of fun overall for its era, buoyed by some fun banter."

Posted Jan 18, 2003

Brent Simon

29 ——

Krush Groove (1985)

EDIT

Posted Jan 18, 2003

30 24%

A Guy Thing (2003)

EDIT

Posted Jan 18, 2003

31 24%

P.S. Your Cat is Dead! (2003)

EDIT

Posted Jan 18, 2003

32 8%

Kangaroo Jack (2003)

EDIT

Posted Jan 18, 2003

33 100%

Quai des Orfevres (Quay of the Goldsmiths) (Jenny Lamour) (1947)

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Posted Jan 18, 2003

34 19%

Just Married (2003)

EDIT

Posted Jan 18, 2003

35 90%

Cidade de Deus (City of God) (2003)

EDIT

Posted Jan 18, 2003

36 9%

The Bachelor (1999)

"A terrible film that witlessly unfurls its limp narrative. If you've seen the trailer, you've seen the film."

Posted Jan 16, 2003

Brent Simon

37 64%

Anywhere But Here (2000)

"The title might very well be an appropriate description of what more impatient filmgoers may be feeling after sitting through this frustratingly mediocre dramedy."

Posted Jan 16, 2003

Brent Simon

38 50%

Any Given Sunday (1999)

"A solidly-acted action-drama hybrid whose cartoonish asides largely undermine the greater subtext."

Posted Jan 16, 2003

Brent Simon

39 24%

Antitrust (2001)

"Passably entertaining in spots, but doomed by its bungling of the thriller elements."

Posted Jan 16, 2003

Brent Simon

40 60%

The Anniversary Party (2001)

"A raw yet relaxed film buff's film... a wittier, recast version of one of your own dinner parties, with enough high drama to keep the guests talking for quite a while."

Posted Jan 16, 2003

Brent Simon

41 82%

Animal Factory (2000)

"We may have seen this type of Animal before, but Furlong and Dafoe's work -- and Buscemi's honest, caring touch with these fringe-dwellers -- make it seem fresh."

Posted Jan 16, 2003

Brent Simon

42 31%

America's Sweethearts (2001)

"A loose-limbed, occasionally funny movie of many madly spinning teacups sunk by uninvested-in characters and niggling, wrongheaded details."

Posted Jan 16, 2003

Brent Simon

43 55%

An American Rhapsody (2001)

"Just another faux-weepy drama told with a standard fetishistic immigrant's sentimentality."

Posted Jan 16, 2003

Brent Simon

44 55%

American Pimp (2000)

"A surprising -- and surprisingly non-salacious -- non-fiction treat. It's a credit to the Hughes brothers that viewers leave with a much grayer picture of what an American pimp is all about."

Posted Jan 16, 2003

Brent Simon

45 94%

American Movie (1999)

"When a film feels this rooted and comfortable with itself, it's hard to assail its faults -- in this case, a steadfast refusal to handle its characters with anything other than heart-shaped kid gloves."

Posted Jan 16, 2003

Brent Simon

46 88%

American Beauty (1999)

"Filled with moments of uncommon intelligence, sensitivity, truth and wit, American Beauty is an instant American classic."

Posted Jan 16, 2003

Brent Simon

47 95%

Amadeus (1984)

"The 20 extra minutes in this cut add little to Milos Forman's sprawling biopic of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart."

Posted Jan 16, 2003

Brent Simon

48 88%

Almost Famous (2000)

"An obsessively authentic love letter to the early '70s world of fading swagger rock... a tragicomic snapshot of trying to hold onto hope, faith, possibility and youthful idealism even as ugly adult realizations blunt the power of those adolescent cornerst"

Posted Jan 16, 2003

Brent Simon

49 89%

Russian Ark (2002)

"A sort of metaphysical historical field trip, the film is inarguably audacious in its technical construction and yet also abstruse to the point of near-absurdity."

Posted Jan 13, 2003

Brent Simon

50 80%

American Experience - The Donner Party ()

EDIT

Posted Jan 11, 2003

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