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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 69%

Babel (2006)

"Director Alejandro González Iñárritu and writer Guillermo Arriaga have fashioned their ideas with conviction and obvious care."

Posted Jun 30, 2009

S. James Wegg

2 88%

El Baño del Papa (The Pope's Toilet) (2007)

"The storytelling is a marvel of visual narrative technique."

Posted Jun 30, 2009

S. James Wegg

3 ——

August the First (2007)

"Anyone who has ever had a dysfunctional moment or two in their own family ... should take a gander at August the First where a celebration of academic success turns into a stunning disintegration of all things familial."

Posted Jun 28, 2009

S. James Wegg

4 83%

Atonement (2007)

"Players outshine the script"

Posted Jun 28, 2009

S. James Wegg

5 ——

Astor Piazzolla: Live at the Montreal Jazz Festival (2008)

"Thanks goodness cameras and microphones were on hand to capture the Argentinean master and four of his incredibly talented colleagues."

Posted Jun 28, 2009

S. James Wegg

6 93%

After the Apocalypse (2004)

"Yasuaki Nakajima’s futuristic look at the death/rebirth of humanity is a thoughtful view of the failings, drives and hope for mankind."

Posted Jun 28, 2009

S. James Wegg

7 57%

A Simple Curve (2005)

"Living what comes naturally"

Posted Jun 28, 2009

S. James Wegg

8 83%

Kannathil Muthamittal (A Peck on the Cheek) (2002)

"Director/writer Mani Ratnam has zeroed in on the Sri Lankan/Tamil conflict to demonstrate the consequences of political upheaval under the guise of social/religious/commercial progress."

Posted Jun 28, 2009

S. James Wegg

9 89%

A Clockwork Orange (1971)

"The music made me do it"

Posted Jun 28, 2009

S. James Wegg

10 ——

Kicking the Dog (2009)

"Those with a taste for beer, breasts and bozos will want to sit back with a few cool ones and relive their formative years."

Posted Jun 17, 2009

S. James Wegg

11 ——

Immortally Yours (Kiss of the Vampire) (2009)

"Devotees and newcomers alike ought to get their fangs into this production for one simple reason: style."

Posted Jun 17, 2009

S. James Wegg

12 ——

If I Were Dictator ()

"The result has some hilarious moments (the attack on the refrigerator drawer; brutally swift justice in dictator court), but can't shed its basic stand-up-and-decree-new-laws conceit ..."

Posted Jun 17, 2009

S. James Wegg

13 67%

Act of God (2009)

"Thanks to filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nick de Pencier, the after effects of these 1-in-700,000-odds' strikes are brought into horrifically mesmerizing view and accompanied by a music track ... that magically reinforces the storytelling."

Posted May 5, 2009

S. James Wegg

14 ——

Nobody Waved Good-Bye (1965)

"Unfortunately, the biggest problem was never addressed: nobody cares what happens to Peter ..."

Posted May 5, 2009

S. James Wegg

15 ——

Adrift in Tokyo ()

"... it's an important discussion of how life surprisingly unfolds."

Posted May 1, 2009

S. James Wegg

16 85%

Wendy and Lucy (2008)

"Director co-writer Kelly Reichardt ... has fashioned a cautionary tale for the ages."

Posted Apr 19, 2009

S. James Wegg

17 ——

Blinders ()

"An astonishing tradition of cruelty"

Posted Apr 4, 2009

S. James Wegg

18 ——

Forfeit (2007)

"Whether along for the ride of a fast-paced plot or savouring the spiritual/moral undertones, it's a film in which few will fail to find something to enjoy."

Posted Apr 4, 2009

S. James Wegg

19 73%

Hansel & Gretel (2007)

"The notion of the wickedness of those we should be able to trust is never far from the surface, leaving a "lived happily ever after" finish for another, kinder day."

Posted Mar 28, 2009

S. James Wegg

20 84%

The Singing Revolution (2007)

"Singing from the same songbook"

Posted Mar 21, 2009

S. James Wegg

21 91%

Gomorrah (Gomorra) (2008)

"Buried in the muck of despair"

Posted Mar 13, 2009

S. James Wegg

22 ——

20 Years After (2008)

"Re-birth of a nation"

Posted Mar 12, 2009

S. James Wegg

23 ——

The Wild Horse Redemption (2008)

"Rebels find their cause"

Posted Mar 12, 2009

S. James Wegg

24 63%

Wherever You Are (Lifelines) (2008)

"Coming to grips with the sin of repression."

Posted Feb 25, 2009

S. James Wegg

25 98%

The Wrestler (2008)

"The best thing about director Darren Aronofsky's realization of Robert Siegel's original screenplay is Mickey Rourke's portrayal of Randy "the Ram" Robinson."

Posted Feb 24, 2009

S. James Wegg

26 89%

The Visitor (2008)

"Tasting the bitter fruits of globalization"

Posted Feb 24, 2009

S. James Wegg

27 93%

Slepe lásky, (Blind Loves) (2009)

"Blind Loves is a spectacular revelation about the world of those forever in the dark. Their illuminating personal stories can't help but lift the spirit of any viewer."

Posted Feb 17, 2009

S. James Wegg

28 ——

Karamazovi (The Karamazovs) (The Karamazov Brothers) (2008)

"The devil's in the steel mill."

Posted Feb 17, 2009

S. James Wegg

29 76%

Five Minutes of Heaven (2009)

"Never taking the easy way out, Five Minutes of Heaven digs down to the very core of twin hell-on-earth existences."

Posted Feb 17, 2009

S. James Wegg

30 ——

A'Mare ()

"Whimsy of the highest order. More, please."

Posted Feb 17, 2009

S. James Wegg

31 ——

Altro Pianeta ()

"Unfortunately, the collaboration ends up looking wonderful but suffers from too many contradictions to make its very personal statements convincingly."

Posted Feb 17, 2009

S. James Wegg

32 ——

Restul e tacere (The Rest Is Silence) (2007)

"The advent of moving pictures has seldom been better chronicled than by Nae Caranfil's long-time coming labour of cinematic love."

Posted Feb 17, 2009

S. James Wegg

33 ——

Why We Laugh: Black Comedians on Black Comedy (2010)

"A thoughtful history of on-colour humour."

Posted Feb 17, 2009

S. James Wegg

34 ——

Young Romantic: A Portrait of Yundi Li ()

"... many of the best moments come from Seiji Ozawa who employs his special musical and human gifts to try and harness his speeding charge ..."

Posted Feb 17, 2009

S. James Wegg

35 96%

Waltz with Bashir (2008)

"An inconvenient memory"

Posted Feb 5, 2009

S. James Wegg

36 17%

The Gay Bed and Breakfast of Terror (2007)

"The best part comes right off the top as Juliet Wright sings and dances up a storm during the opening credits."

Posted Feb 5, 2009

S. James Wegg

37 86%

I.O.U.S.A. (2008)

"Fending off the global repo man"

Posted Feb 5, 2009

S. James Wegg

38 ——

4th and Long ()

"Those who love to laugh will be rewarded many times over: Who knew that humping a lawn ornament, winning a fishing tournament with a snagged larynx or trying out for the last spot on the Frisbee all-star team would produce belly laughs on the first down?"

Posted Jan 30, 2009

S. James Wegg

39 90%

Hunger (2009)

"Death of a Terrorist"

Posted Jan 28, 2009

S. James Wegg

40 77%

Üç Maymun (Three Monkeys) (2008)

"Those willing to think for themselves, not in a rush for the dénouement and appreciate cinematographic narrative techniques will surely savour nearly every frame of director/co-writer Nuri Bilge Ceylan's ... exceptionally crafted tale of crime, corruption"

Posted Jan 28, 2009

S. James Wegg

41 36%

Passchendaele (2009)

"Game, set and dry match"

Posted Jan 28, 2009

S. James Wegg

42 94%

Tokyo Sonata (Tokyo Sonata) (2009)

"... a new level of deep social commentary, frequently in danger of plunging over into the abyss of human foible and despair, finds its incredible resolution in a well-loved solo piano work (Debussy's "Clair de lune") ..."

Posted Jan 28, 2009

S. James Wegg

43 71%

Last Chance Harvey (2009)

"Not even acting legends Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson could, er, rise above ... a script drowning in a tide of situation cliché, precious coincidence and more saccharine than a diabetics convention."

Posted Jan 28, 2009

S. James Wegg

44 64%

Dare (2009)

"Adam Salky's entry into the coming of age genre ... tells the age-old story with a few interesting wrinkles."

Posted Jan 28, 2009

S. James Wegg

45 85%

Black Dynamite (2009)

"Director Scott Sanders and his co-writers Michael Jai White and Byron Minns unrelentingly lampoon all manner of ghetto life clichés and cultural sacred cows."

Posted Jan 28, 2009

S. James Wegg

46 ——

Loss (Nereikalingi zmones) (2008)

"Six degrees of desperation"

Posted Jan 28, 2009

S. James Wegg

47 ——

Friend ()

"Director/screenwriter Micha Lewinsky's leap from shorts to feature is well-intentioned, has moments of promise but can't find enough originality or character development to lift it from the realm of OK to ah-ha!"

Posted Jan 28, 2009

S. James Wegg

48 94%

Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

"... this production could well be billed as the most entertaining film of 2008."

Posted Jan 28, 2009

S. James Wegg

49 ——

Ladies Please! ()

"Like all artists, the need to perform and feel appreciated by the audience drives the energetic cross-dressers onto the stage and into many hearts."

Posted Oct 28, 2008

S. James Wegg

50 ——

Jay ()

"For his début feature, Pasion exhibits savvy understanding of the human experience, a wicked sense of humour and the ability to draw powerful performances from his cast."

Posted Oct 28, 2008

S. James Wegg

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