Moose Hole

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 98%

The Lady Vanishes (1938)

"The Lady Vanishes stands apart from many of Hitchcock's earlier British films as one of the best of the first half of his filmmaking career"

Posted Mar 8, 2006

Joseph Kastner

2 98%

The 39 Steps (1935)

"The 39 Steps truly stands the test of time as one of the director's most stimulating spy-thrillers from his early film career"

Posted Mar 8, 2006

Joseph Kastner

3 90%

Blackmail (1929)

"The rape scene in particular is especially mesmerizing ... The eerily penetrating silence of the moment and what is not seen, leaving the diabolical deed to the device of our own imagination"

Posted Feb 23, 2006

Joseph Kastner

4 95%

The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog (1928)

"The Lodger is truly a remarkable film, a perfect demonstration of the camera techniques, innovative storytelling, mystery, intrigue , and pure idiosyncrasies which would make Alfred Hitchcock one of the best, if not THE best, director in Hollywood history"

Posted Feb 23, 2006

Joseph Kastner

5 78%

Munich (2005)

"Munich's most glaring weakness, Kushner's screenplay, is so extreme in its revisionist interpretation of historical events it is likely to maker even pseudo-'documentarian' Michael Moore blush"

Posted Feb 23, 2006

Joseph Kastner

6 84%

King Kong (2005)

"Peter Jackson's King Kong is truly a rare motion picture event that can honestly be defined as an epic in every capacity of the word"

Posted Dec 20, 2005

Joseph Kastner

7 56%

The Polar Express (2013)

"The Polar Express is at best a sub par family feature and at worst barely even a mediocre holiday 'classic' with no true sense of story or meaning"

Posted Dec 18, 2005

Joseph Kastner

8 40%

The Island (2005)

"Unfortunately it seems as though The Island, easily this year's most innovative and startling motion-picture event, will likely go unnoticed by a majority of mainstream American audiences"

Posted Dec 18, 2005

Joseph Kastner

9 79%

Red Eye (2005)

"What Steven Spielberg did for sharks and the beach with Jaws Wes Craven and Red Eye will do for airplanes, hands down"

Posted Dec 18, 2005

Joseph Kastner

10 76%

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (2005)

"The Chronicles of Narnia remains true to both C.S. Lewis's epic vision of the whimsical world of Narnia and all those who inhabit it and the Christian undertones which encompass the plot and character developments of the entire book series"

Posted Dec 18, 2005

Joseph Kastner

11 36%

Chicken Little (2005)

"Chicken Little is surprisingly original, truly a credit to Walt Disney Pictures and the film's creators, with a balancing of heart-warming and emotionally inviting family values with analytic humor for each member of the family"

Posted Dec 18, 2005

Joseph Kastner

12 75%

Wedding Crashers (2005)

"Wedding Crashers is amoral, raunchy and sophomoric but combined with its sweet-hearted romanticism and touching message it marks itself as the funniest movies this year"

Posted Jul 22, 2005

Joseph Kastner

13 82%

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)

"Tim Burton's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is not so much a failure, far be it from that to be sure, as it is a disappointment"

Posted Jul 21, 2005

Joseph Kastner

14 74%

War of the Worlds (2005)

"The originative and visually stunning first half saves the film from whatever shortcomings its weaker second half, particularly its conclusion, may deliver"

Posted Jul 8, 2005

Joseph Kastner

15 85%

Batman Begins (2005)

"Batman Begins triumphantly returns the Dark Knight to his long since forgotten former glory which existed in the time of Tim Burton's original big screen adaptation"

Posted Jun 29, 2005

Joseph Kastner

16 80%

Cinderella Man (2005)

"Ron Howard's commanding direction and Russell Crowe's competently driven performance unanimously makes Cinderella Man the single most impressive feat this year"

Posted Jun 3, 2005

Joseph Kastner

17 31%

The Longest Yard (2005)

"The Longest Yard fulfills what it set out to accomplish which was to deliver a load of cheap laughs to its audience in a senseless piece of comedic entertainment"

Posted May 27, 2005

Joseph Kastner

18 80%

Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith 3D (2005)

"Revenge of the Sith secures its rightful place as the best of the prequel series and the third best film within the entire six-part saga"

Posted May 19, 2005

Joseph Kastner

19 96%

Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

"The Empire Strikes Back is quite easily the most emotionally gut-wrenching, visually stunning, and cinematically inspiring films of all time"

Posted May 16, 2005

Joseph Kastner

20 41%

Kicking & Screaming (2005)

"Kicking and Screaming truly devotes itself to its message of 'just having fun', which sadly results it a rather mediocre film and an even worse example for children"

Posted May 13, 2005

Joseph Kastner

21 39%

Kingdom of Heaven (2005)

"There truly can be no genuine characterization of Kingdom of Heaven then to say that it is in a sense nothing more then an atheist's wet-dream"

Posted May 7, 2005

Joseph Kastner

22 60%

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005)

"Sadly audiences will need a guide of their own just to grasp one bit of material from the complex and ultimately bewildering Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"

Posted Apr 29, 2005

Joseph Kastner

23 78%

Sin City (2005)

"Sin City is nonetheless nothing short of visually arresting entertainment in the best sense of the word and serves as one of the more innovative film projects in recent years."

Posted Apr 2, 2005

Joseph Kastner

24 86%

Garden State (2004)

"Art imitates life - the prospects of what might have been make it nearly unbearable at times, but when all is said and done you do not regret having taken the ride"

Posted Mar 24, 2005

Joseph Kastner

25 20%

The Ring Two (2005)

"The sequel's tagline which states 'fear comes full circle' is in fact a subliminal reference to the toilet bowl in which this horror remake franchise was flushed down into"

Posted Mar 18, 2005

Joseph Kastner

26 64%

Robots (2005)

"If Robots has taught us anything of value, it is this - procuring the perfected art form is better left to the professionals, also known as Pixar"

Posted Mar 11, 2005

Joseph Kastner

27 30%

Be Cool (2005)

"Who needs satire or parodies when you have a film out there that is willing, intentionally or not, to make fun of itself at the expense of others?"

Posted Mar 4, 2005

Joseph Kastner

28 46%

Constantine (2005)

"Constantine sophistically blurs the lines between theistic principles and 'Da Vinci Code' embellishment to entertain even the least spiritual amongst us"

Posted Feb 25, 2005

Joseph Kastner

29 69%

Hitch (2005)

"Hitch more then states the obvious when it comes to relationships ... but does provide with an opportunity to take that special someone out to catch a charming romantic comedy"

Posted Feb 11, 2005

Joseph Kastner

30 83%

Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)

"Fahrenheit 9/11 is nothing more then a stage from which Moore can push his left-wing propaganda down the throats of his callable audience"

Posted Feb 7, 2005

Joseph Kastner

31 96%

Sideways (2004)

"You will be able walk away from Sideways with a new view on life, on how we need not be overtly optimistic or pessimistic but instead be content with what life gives us"

Posted Feb 4, 2005

Joseph Kastner

32 100%

Le Retour de Martin Guerre (The Return of Martin Guerre) (1982)

"The Return of Martin Guerre successfully bucks the trend of foreign releases being unable to maintain the same level of intensity and enthusiasm crossing the ocean"

Posted Jan 30, 2005

Joseph Kastner

33 91%

Million Dollar Baby (2004)

"Michael Moore occultists can find some consolation in the fact that at least some left-wing propagandist piece could walk away with a golden statuette on Oscar night"

Posted Jan 28, 2005

Joseph Kastner

34 87%

The Aviator (2004)

"The Aviator resurrects the aberrant life of Howard Hughes and presents it in the grandiose, nostalgic, and mythological style that only Martin Scorsese could have achieved"

Posted Jan 14, 2005

Joseph Kastner

35 56%

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)

"The Life Aquatic is without a doubt Wes Anderson's most ambitious adventure to date as few will judge the face value of the film beyond what is skimmed on the surface"

Posted Dec 28, 2004

Joseph Kastner

36 72%

Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004)

"What to literary zealots may seem like a series of unfortunate events might, in fact, be the first steps of whimsical and fruitful franchise"

Posted Dec 20, 2004

Joseph Kastner

37 53%

Spanglish (2004)

"Linguist complexities being the least of their problems, Spanglish's audience is in desperate need of a translator to decipher the message the film is unable to express"

Posted Dec 17, 2004

Joseph Kastner

38 16%

Alexander (2004)

"Alexander should be a shining example for future generations of intrepid writers on how not to pen an epic historical drama"

Posted Dec 12, 2004

Joseph Kastner

39 55%

Ocean's Twelve (2004)

"Ocean's Twelve, in spite of its failure to surpass the magnificence of the original, does indeed match it based on pure entertainment value"

Posted Dec 10, 2004

Joseph Kastner

40 63%

Love Actually (2003)

"Love actually is all around us - all we have to do is open our eyes and see it for ourselves"

Posted Dec 6, 2004

Joseph Kastner

41 44%

National Treasure (2004)

"National Treasure, when all is said and done, is the equivalent of splicing together the History Channel and FX - visually engaging but a serious lack of substance"

Posted Nov 26, 2004

Joseph Kastner

42 68%

The Spongebob Squarepants Movie (2004)

"It is an absolute travesty to think that the savior of traditional animation is none other then the idiotic slop known as The Spongebob Squarepants Movie"

Posted Nov 23, 2004

Joseph Kastner

43 97%

The Incredibles (2004)

"The Incredibles manages to engage viewers and connect with them in such a spectacular and seamless way that it makes them - well, incredible."

Posted Nov 5, 2004

Joseph Kastner

44 81%

Ray (2004)

"Ray breaks away from the conventional norms, too often tied down by a burdening sense of political correctness, and drastically alters the way we look at the biography genre."

Posted Oct 29, 2004

Joseph Kastner

45 94%

Aladdin (1992)

"Aladdin defied conventions and raised the bar when it came to all future animated films from that moment on, which, to this day, has yet to be lived up to."

Posted Oct 23, 2004

Joseph Kastner

46 77%

Team America - World Police (2004)

"Whether you're a "right-wing nut job" or a liberal "wiener", you'll find something to laugh at in this film, one side more then other."

Posted Oct 15, 2004

Joseph Kastner

47 81%

Friday Night Lights (2004)

"SI once called it the greatest sports story of all time ... you can't help but have further disrespect for the magazine after witnessing the travesty that is Friday Night Lights"

Posted Oct 8, 2004

Joseph Kastner

48 36%

Shark Tale (2004)

"Whether Shark Tale is a cheap attempt to cash in on the success of Finding Nemo or a lame attempt at pop culture humor, in either case it just simply doesn't work."

Posted Oct 4, 2004

Joseph Kastner

49 40%

Ladder 49 (2004)

"Ladder 49 is simply nothing short of astounding ... there are few words to accurately describe the high emotions presented through its brilliantly crafted script"

Posted Oct 1, 2004

Joseph Kastner