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Cinematic Reflections

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 ——

Fata Morgana (1971)

Posted Feb 7, 2011

Derek Smith

2 43%

Parade (1974)

Posted Feb 7, 2011

Derek Smith

3 ——

Ici et ailleurs (Here and Elsewhere) (1976)

Posted Feb 7, 2011

Derek Smith

4 93%

The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (Moartea domnului Lazarescu) (2006)

Posted Feb 7, 2011

Derek Smith

5 75%

Gabrielle (2006)

Posted Feb 7, 2011

Derek Smith

6 ——

Kdo chce zabít Jessii? (Who Wants to Kill Jessie?) (1966)

Posted Feb 7, 2011

Derek Smith

7 ——

The Bloody Child (1996)

Posted Feb 7, 2011

Derek Smith

8 93%

Gwoemul (The Host) (2007)

Posted Feb 7, 2011

Derek Smith

9 92%

Frost/Nixon (2008)

"Its boxing metaphor plays out in such mind-numbingly literal terms, there might as well have been a woman in a bikini announcing the beginning of each day's interview."

Posted Dec 7, 2008

Derek Smith

10 40%

The Bucket List (2007)

"The only Ang Lee film where he shows even a modicum of originality in his direction or any real personality or interesting visual flair."

Posted Jan 16, 2008

Derek Smith

11 71%

This Land Is Mine (1943)

"It moves along like a well-oiled machine until the devestating final act ties all of the smaller stories together, making it's point without being overbearing or obvious."

Posted Dec 30, 2006

Derek Smith

12 100%

Lessons of Darkness (1995)

Posted Oct 30, 2006

Derek Smith

13 89%

How Green Was My Valley (1941)

"[Its] moralizing is dishonest and at times offensive. No matter how effectively a story is told, it's hard to buy into one that so often deceives its audience."

Posted Oct 30, 2006

Derek Smith

14 80%

Bitter Victory (1957)

"There is a sense that while the men here are well-versed in the theories of war, they are clueless about the realities of combat."

Posted Oct 30, 2006

Derek Smith

15 88%

Down by Law (1986)

"Its soul is the same as all Jarmusch films, but here he digs a bit deeper into the roots of his own methodology and that to which he is opposed."

Posted Sep 25, 2006

Derek Smith

16 81%

A Prairie Home Companion (2006)

"With A Prairie Home Companion, Robert Altman has once again showcased his talent for creating complex, insular worlds for his characters to inhabit."

Posted Aug 19, 2006

Derek Smith

17 65%

Perfect Blue (1999)

"[An] nime thriller [that] often plays as an examination of identity and celebrity, but ultimately gets so lost in its own complex structure that it doesn't end up saying much at all."

Posted Aug 19, 2006

Derek Smith

18 71%

The Seventh Continent (Der Siebente Kontinent) (1989)

"A stunning examination of the effects of emotional isolation and the inability to communicate in the modern age."

Posted Aug 19, 2006

Derek Smith

19 33%

Benny's Video (1992)

"Similar to The Seventh Continent, this film's objective is to analyze and deconstruct the effects rather than senselessly guess their causes"

Posted Aug 19, 2006

Derek Smith

20 83%

They Live (1988)

"Carpenter's ability to fuse the bawdy humor and action with an intelligent script make for a genre film that is both thoughtful and entertaining"

Posted Aug 19, 2006

Derek Smith

21 91%

Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

"It remains stuck in a limbo state that more and more indie films find themselves these days, because of its non-committal attitude."

Posted Aug 19, 2006

Derek Smith

22 100%

Top Hat (1935)

"Top Hat does not glorify wealth or upper class status - if anything it continually pokes fun at it."

Posted Jun 24, 2006

Derek Smith

23 83%

Hwal (The Bow) (2007)

"A painful experience that no amount of eye candy can make up for."

Posted Mar 28, 2006

Derek Smith

24 90%

Pandora's Box (1929)

"One of the great films about the mysterious allure of the female form and the destructive power of the male gaze that's inflicted upon it."

Posted Mar 28, 2006

Derek Smith

25 62%

The New World (2005)

"A melancholy revery of a time when nature provided a spiritual sustenance that could not be replaced by religious or social order."

Posted Mar 28, 2006

Derek Smith

26 ——

The Firm ()

"A jarring exploration of the male psyche and the devastating consequences of pride and uncontained machismo in a society where men's lives have lost meaning."

Posted Mar 28, 2006

Derek Smith

27 100%

Salesman (1968)

"Functions as both a tribute to their work ethic and a condemnation of the system that considers such a profession a healthy route to the American dream."

Posted Mar 28, 2006

Derek Smith

28 87%

Funny Ha Ha (2003)

"One of the most accurate portrayals of post-collegiate disillusionment"

Posted Mar 28, 2006

Derek Smith

29 71%

The World (Shijie) (2005)

"The World is less a condemnation of the current state of the world than an attempt to explain and come to terms with it."

Posted Mar 4, 2006

Derek Smith

30 77%

O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)

"its tongue-in-cheek humor effortlessly gives way to poignant drama and period musical pieces throughout."

Posted Dec 6, 2005

Derek Smith

31 41%

Where the Truth Lies (2005)

"A delightfully seedy mystery who's joy lies only in the journey."

Posted Dec 6, 2005

Derek Smith

32 100%

The Birth of a Nation (1915)

"shocks audiences with its blatant racism yet remains one of the defining films of the silent era."

Posted Sep 24, 2005

Derek Smith

33 93%

Grizzly Man (2005)

"Offers the best that non-fiction films have to offer, where the filmmaker is able to interact with, rather than simply react to, his subject..."

Posted Sep 24, 2005

Derek Smith

34 91%

Downfall (Der Untergang) (2004)

"Downfall takes on the unenviable task of portraying [Hitler] as a man, rather than a caricature or parody as the norm has dictated."

Posted Jul 24, 2005

Derek Smith

35 71%

Stardust Memories (1980)

Posted Jul 24, 2005

Derek Smith

36 57%

Last Days (2005)

"Van Sant again sidesteps all of the typical narrative trappings and here his style clearly justifies itself."

Posted Jul 24, 2005

Derek Smith

37 81%

Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005)

"Walks a thin line between sincerity and pretension, but ultimately deals with enough issues head-on to make the occassionally excessive quirkiness forgivable."

Posted Jul 5, 2005

Derek Smith

38 100%

Wallace and Gromit: A Close Shave (1995)

Posted Jul 1, 2005

Derek Smith

39 84%

Mad Hot Ballroom (2005)

"It's amazing how little we end up knowing about the specific schools and the environment where these kids come from and how much time we're left watching them look cute."

Posted Jul 1, 2005

Derek Smith

40 83%

Rize (2005)

"The dancing, which at first may seem purely ridiculous, becomes an expression of their tortured souls"

Posted Jul 1, 2005

Derek Smith

41 ——

Fröken Julie (Miss Julie) (1952)

"A vivid portrait of class barriers, overbearing social mores and the torrid, forbidden love affair that is effected by it."

Posted Jul 1, 2005

Derek Smith

42 ——

Ici Et Ailleurs (1994)

"A vibrant discussion of the nature of the image and how they come to define our reality."

Posted Apr 23, 2005

Derek Smith

43 80%

The Age of Innocence (1993)

"The great tragedy is that the hypocrisies that Newland and Olenska work to reveal are the very same ones that ultimately destroy everything passionate and human within them."

Posted Apr 23, 2005

Derek Smith

44 97%

Werckmeister Harmonies (2001)

"It is an arduous task, but the film achieves a transcendent and ethereal beauty that only the few truly great masterpieces attain."

Posted Apr 23, 2005

Derek Smith

45 88%

Air Force (1943)

"It isn't one of the director's most impressive outputs, but when a solid genre entry such as this is one of your "lesser" films, it says a lot about the quality of your work."

Posted Apr 23, 2005

Derek Smith

46 67%

Nouvelle vague (New Wave) (1990)

"Nouvelle Vague may be Godard's most complex and layered film, but attempting to unlock its secrets makes it one of his most rewarding."

Posted Apr 23, 2005

Derek Smith

47 51%

In Praise Of Love (Éloge de l'amour) (2002)

"Love, in Godard's case, is indistinguishable from cinema and thus he sees the growing capitalist machine as a threat to both."

Posted Apr 23, 2005

Derek Smith

48 82%

Trust (1991)

"A bold film that defies logic and the rules of screenwriting"

Posted Apr 23, 2005

Derek Smith

49 56%

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)

"There is a distinct sense that Anderson is trying to re-invent himself with this film."

Posted Apr 23, 2005

Derek Smith

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