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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 83%

The Trotsky (2010)

"Baruchal gives a charming performance, full of intellectual wit and good-natured charisma, but also take-charge sex appeal, albeit of the nerd variety. "

Posted Jul 12, 2012

Dan Jardine

2 87%

Black Swan (2010)

" I liked it in the way many folks like B sci-fi flics from the 50s."

Posted Jul 11, 2012

Dan Jardine

3 98%

The Red Shoes (1948)

"The milieu of the ballet company - the camaraderie infused both humorously and agonizingly with individualistic obsessions for excellence - strikes a chord of authenticity even though it is struck on a very mannered instrument"

Posted Jul 11, 2012

Dan Jardine

4 93%

Another Year (2010)

"Leigh sculpts Another Year in time like Edgar Degas painted a picture."

Posted Jul 11, 2012

Dan Jardine

5 94%

The King's Speech (2010)

"Every quality amounts to a big so what? for me. "

Posted Jul 11, 2012

Dan Jardine

6 97%

Animal Kingdom (2010)

" Just as the protagonist announces from the outset that crime doesn't pay, in Animal Kingdom grime doesn't play. "

Posted Jul 11, 2012

Dan Jardine

7 94%

Winter's Bone (2010)

"Peyton Place meets Deliverance in a meth lab."

Posted Jul 11, 2012

Dan Jardine

8 86%

Inception (2010)

"Ambitious, sure, but ultimately too far-fetched for its own good."

Posted Jul 11, 2012

Dan Jardine

9 40%

RiP: A Remix Manifesto (2009)

"A healthy punk attitude informs this documentary."

Posted Jul 11, 2012

Dan Jardine

10 100%

La bocca del lupo (The Mouth of the Wolf) ()

"The film tells a very unusual yet remarkably sweet love story in a very minimalist and indirect way"

Posted Jul 11, 2012

Dan Jardine

11 72%

Lust, Caution (2007)

"Lee is hot, engaged, emotional, sincere and fundamentally looking at any slice of life through a sexual lens. "

Posted Jul 11, 2012

Dan Jardine

12 94%

The Cove (2009)

"Too much drama, not enough documentary."

Posted Jul 11, 2012

Dan Jardine

13 96%

13 Assassins (2011)

"Miike plays it by the age-old rules, and the result, while undeniably entertaining, is unexpectedly tame, at least by Miike standards"

Posted Sep 13, 2011

Dan Jardine

14 ——

Wasp ()

"An outstandingly excellent piece of short-story telling, benefitting from the compression effect that can only be achieved by a shorter rather than a longer narrative."

Posted Aug 26, 2011

Dan Jardine

15 80%

It Might Get Loud (2009)

"there are some lovely moments in the film simply due to the high profile reputations of the three musicians"

Posted Aug 26, 2011

Dan Jardine

16 76%

Invictus (2009)

"Invictus tells the tale in the standard Hollywood way"

Posted Aug 26, 2011

Dan Jardine

17 ——

Between the Folds (2008)

"The film really took off for me when the artists in the field examine the need to move into more philosophical directions"

Posted Aug 23, 2011

Dan Jardine

18 87%

Le Corbeau (1943)

"Le Corbeau stands tall above and beyond the criticisms of the day as a biting comment on the degenerative effects of using vicious and paranoid practices to bind together in fear any society of people. "

Posted Aug 22, 2011

Dan Jardine

19 100%

The Pawnbroker (1965)

"The film makes its point with narrative economy and emotional sophistication in a socially complex contemporary context. "

Posted Aug 21, 2011

Dan Jardine

20 89%

Made in U.S.A. (1966)

"The film takes the premise for an interesting 15 minute short, and tries to turn it into a 90 minute feature, and stretch marks are evident in almost every scene"

Posted Aug 20, 2011

Dan Jardine

21 95%

Bande à part (Band of Outsiders) (1964)

"Band of Outsiders is the celebration of amateur cinema that Godard had been reaching for since Breathless but hadn't been able to reach yet because - to modify a line from Elvis Costello - he kept on getting in the way. "

Posted Aug 20, 2011

Dan Jardine

22 98%

Marwencol (2010)

"By allowing his emerging post-trauma experience into his pretend kingdom, the man is reconstituting his self-consciousness, reclaiming the dignity of his whole mind, recovering his soul."

Posted Aug 20, 2011

Dan Jardine

23 86%

Zorba the Greek (2004)

"The serious critique in Zorba attends the tragic elements in the story"

Posted Aug 20, 2011

Dan Jardine

24 100%

Waste Land (2010)

"Waste Land is a real treasure, the sort of heartwarming and life affirming study of people, lacking in both sentimentality and cynicism, that uplifts the audience and elevates the art form"

Posted Aug 19, 2011

Dan Jardine

25 90%

Fish Tank (2010)

"Fish Tank is a very strong effort at every level, and should signal great things to come for all involved. Bloody good movie."

Posted Aug 18, 2011

Dan Jardine

26 80%

Barney's Version (2011)

"Giamatti and Hoffman are so much fun, and they are tied to a narrative that, while slightly overambitious, never flags"

Posted Aug 16, 2011

Dan Jardine

27 75%

Hakuchi (The Idiot) (1963)

"Motivation switches on a dime, and the story takes the long way around to get anywhere it's going. "

Posted Aug 16, 2011

Dan Jardine

28 100%

Kes (1969)

"Loach and his cinematographer Chris Menges opt for a realistic, grainy, rough documentary look, which makes us in the audience feel as though we are voyeurs, bearing witness to what Godard had famously proclaimed cinema to be: truth 24 times a second. "

Posted Aug 15, 2011

Dan Jardine

29 95%

Weekend (Week End) (1967)

"Uncompromisingly cynical and completely unforgiving, Week End is a satire so black, you couldn't see hope if it was dancing in front of your eyes carrying sparklers and singing La Marseillaise. "

Posted Aug 9, 2011

Dan Jardine

30 100%

La Chinoise (1968)

"Everything in this film seems to be constructed for its central purpose, which is to make you THINK. Sounds like a dare, doesn't it? One of Godard's lesser seen, but nonetheless essential films."

Posted Aug 7, 2011

Dan Jardine

31 94%

2 ou 3 Choses que je Sais d'Elle (Two or Three Things I Know About Her) (1967)

"The pinnacle of Godard's art. Probing, uncertain, hesitant, humble, lyrical and profound"

Posted Aug 5, 2011

Dan Jardine

32 92%

Masculin Feminin (1966)

"Masculin Feminin is a film about young people set adrift in an uncertain, violent consumerist world of pop cultural influences without the social and intellectual mooring necessary to find their way through the morass"

Posted Jul 31, 2011

Dan Jardine

33 85%

Pierrot le Fou (Pierrot Goes Wild) (Crazy Pete) (1969)

"Pierrot is a self conscious mash up of every movie genre that Godard loves, of every movie he has made, of all the artistic references (music, painting, literature) that have influenced or affected him"

Posted Jul 26, 2011

Dan Jardine

34 67%

Les Carabiniers (1967)

"Les Carabiniers refuses to make it easy on the audience, avoiding genre conventions at all costs, and daring us to consider that the real horror of war is the idea that anyone could find it rewarding, never mind exciting or adventurous."

Posted Jul 21, 2011

Dan Jardine

35 85%

Une femme mariée: Suite de fragments d'un film tourné en 1964 (A Married Woman) (1964)

"Godard commodifies his actors in the same way that the world of advertising does. So, because Charlotta is immersed in this world, she experiences life the same way, in fragments, snippets and whispered sound bites. "

Posted Jul 18, 2011

Dan Jardine

36 90%

Alphaville (1965)

"The haunting imagery and dystopian vision of Alphaville deserves comparison to Fritz Lang's Metropolis"

Posted Jul 17, 2011

Dan Jardine

37 93%

My Life to Live (It's My Life) (Vivre sa vie: Film en douze tableaux) (1962)

"To Live Her Life is, to this very early point in his career, Godard's crowning achievement."

Posted Jul 12, 2011

Dan Jardine

38 87%

A Woman Is a Woman (Une femme est une femme) (1964)

"In it's (own very funny) way, the inverting bricolage syntax of A Woman is a Woman is as challenging to comprehend as the allusive consciousness stream of an Eliot poem"

Posted Jul 7, 2011

Dan Jardine

39 97%

Breathless (À bout de souffle) (By a Tether) (1961)

"With Breathless [Godard] is attempting to break down the rules of the form he loves so much, in order to let us know that it is ALL on the table now, from subject matter to form."

Posted Jul 5, 2011

Dan Jardine

40 91%

Sabrina (1954)

"Sabrina, much like its characters, follows conventions rather than challenges them. "

Posted Aug 13, 2010

Dan Jardine

41 78%

Used Cars (1980)

"The film's incessant assault on its characters and their perverse quest for the American Holy Grail (money and power) has the pacing and energy of a 1930's zany screwball comedy, but is much darker in spirit"

Posted Aug 13, 2010

Dan Jardine

42 100%

Local Hero (1983)

"Bill Forsyth directs the film with wry understatement and has gentle affection for all of his characters. "

Posted Aug 6, 2010

Dan Jardine

43 97%

Shane (1953)

"Despite being burdened with grand pretensions, George Steven's Shane stands securely as one of the most intelligent westerns of its era."

Posted Aug 2, 2010

Dan Jardine

44 96%

Spartacus (1960)

"While it suffers from some of the flaws of epics of this era-such as an overly sanitized portrait of life at the time, and anachronistic visions of fashion and lifestyle-Spartacus also boasts some stirring action and intelligent dialogue"

Posted Aug 1, 2010

Dan Jardine

45 100%

A Raisin in the Sun (1961)

"Directed in rather pedestrian fashion by Daniel Petrie, the story is powerful enough to rise above such limitations."

Posted Aug 1, 2010

Dan Jardine

46 87%

All That Jazz (1979)

"All That Jazz is a speed freak of a movie, flying by at breakneck pace, then screeching to a halt so the protagonist can indulge in some serious ruminations on death"

Posted Jul 22, 2010

Dan Jardine

47 92%

The Great Dictator (1940)

"Despite the film's weaknesses, Chaplin's lampooning of Hitler is a moment of comic genius, complemented by Jack Oakie's ridiculously exaggerated portrayal of the Mussolini-like Italian fascist "

Posted Jul 22, 2010

Dan Jardine

48 100%

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)

"Humphrey Bogart's maniacal Fred Dobbs is one of moviedom's great characterizations, a conglomeration of cunning, greed and paranoia. "

Posted Jul 22, 2010

Dan Jardine

49 94%

Breaking Away (1979)

"Breaking Away embraces the good old fashioned small town family values that would catapult Ronald Reagan to an enormously popular two term presidency. And still, I like it. "

Posted Jul 22, 2010

Dan Jardine

50 94%

To Kill A Mockingbird (1962)

"Gregory Peck is ideal casting as Atticus, for his Lincoln-like integrity and intelligence perfectly serve the role."

Posted Jul 21, 2010

Dan Jardine

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