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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 83%

Die Bitteren Tränen der Petra von Kant (The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant) (1972)

" On one level, it is an engrossing character study about changing power dynamics in relationships. On another, it's simply a marvel of fluid, focused filmmaking - where everything in the frame is loaded with meaning. "

Posted Feb 28, 2015

Eric Melin

2 100%

The Palm Beach Story (1942)

" It's about as breezy, carefree, and anarchic as romantic comedies get. Full of absurd comedic digressions and bookends that still don't quite make sense, this eccentric road trip comedy would likely never get made in today's Hollywood climate. "

Posted Feb 28, 2015

Eric Melin

3 73%

American Sniper (2015)

" Too often in "Sniper," Eastwood kowtows to our basic need to have clear-cut good guys and bad guys. And when Kyle makes the impossible shot, it feels (in the limited context of the film) like we've actually won something. We haven't. "

Posted Feb 28, 2015

Eric Melin

4 88%

Foxcatcher (2014)

" Miller has a keen eye for examining the intersection of class, money and ambition. The screenplay compresses the timeline, moves key scenes around, and favors character over action, but it absolutely stays focused on these difficult larger themes. "

Posted Feb 28, 2015

Eric Melin

5 72%

Inherent Vice (2015)

" Anderson is too enamored with his terrific ensemble cast. Perhaps 2 hours 20 minutes were needed for the plot to make any kind of sense, but there still feels like a lot of dead weight, and he is unable to infuse it with the energy of his other films. "

Posted Feb 28, 2015

Eric Melin

6 52%

The Interview (2014)

" It is indeed a lowbrow comedy, but it's not just some dumb movie - and the fictitious assassination of a living world leader is not even the most dangerous thing about it. "

Posted Jan 3, 2015

Eric Melin

7 88%

Top Five (2014)

" When it feels loose and lived-in, it starts clicking into place. But when it pushes its characters toward unearned saccharine, it feels as fake as the industry it's supposed to be satirizing. "

Posted Dec 31, 2014

Eric Melin

8 60%

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)

" The sad irony is that - given the enormous familiarity with Jackson's cinematic Middle-earth and the almost identical structure and conflict of both trilogies - the sixth and final film is a slog of an exercise; one of stubborn inevitability. "

Posted Dec 31, 2014

Eric Melin

9 91%

Death Metal Angola (2014)

" ... more than a treatise on the origins of this bombastic musical style. It's a story of hope. There's no reinvention of the form here, just a solid documentary on a subject you had probably never thought existed. "

Posted Nov 22, 2014

Eric Melin

10 72%

Interstellar (2014)

" Despite some awkward pacing, easy sentimentality, and pandering it's still hard to resist. It's not just Nolan's ambition that should be admired. He actually pulls off scene after scene of unforgettable drama in colossal scale, both in space and on Earth. "

Posted Nov 22, 2014

Eric Melin

11 95%

Love Is Strange (2014)

" It has plenty of conflict, but is virtually free from the demands of traditional plot-heavy films. It carries the ring of truth at least partially because its subtext is everything, and its scenes are rarely about what they're really about. "

Posted Nov 22, 2014

Eric Melin

12 59%

My Old Lady (2014)

" My Old Lady doesn't break any new ground and sometimes feels too much like a play, but its actors help smooth over some of its more predictable patches with their estimable charm. "

Posted Oct 17, 2014

Eric Melin

13 97%

Pickpocket (1959)

" ... it's the strange quality of non-actor Martin LaSalle that sets the film apart. Is he as dead inside as he appears to the outside world? His criminal existence alienates him from the people he cares about even as he continues to pursue it. "

Posted Oct 6, 2014

Eric Melin

14 97%

Insomnia (1998)

" ... a paranoid noir thriller in broad daylight, and Skarsgard inhabits his role so naturally that when he starts going off the rails, it's as disorienting as it is disturbing. "

Posted Oct 6, 2014

Eric Melin

15 92%

Y Tu Mama Tambien (2001)

" ... a coming-of-age film with startling emotional depth and complexity, set against the backdrop of class differences in Mexico. "

Posted Oct 6, 2014

Eric Melin

16 52%

I Origins (2014)

" When it shifts away from the relationship, it really starts to feel forced. You can feel Cahill's hand leading you down the path toward another "discovery," and you can only hope the end will justify the means. Put simply, it doesn't. "

Posted Oct 6, 2014

Eric Melin

17 98%

Boyhood (2014)

" It may be two and a half hours, and it may avoid the normal conventions of plot, but it has a weight and substance that feels like nothing else ... a truly singular movie-going experience. "

Posted Oct 6, 2014

Eric Melin

18 86%

The Trip To Italy (2014)

" Better than the first perhaps because the cultural references are tied more organically to the emotional state of their characters. Or perhaps it's because "The Trip to Italy" is just funnier, tighter, and more focused. "

Posted Oct 6, 2014

Eric Melin

19 100%

Vengeance Is Mine (1979)

" The title sounds more like a violent soap opera than a serious challenge to contemporary culture, but that's exactly what it is. Imamura injects an air of inevitability into Enokizu's spree, and projects his own commentary into the situation. "

Posted Oct 6, 2014

Eric Melin

20 82%

Hangmen Also Die (1943)

" An effective cat-and-mouse thriller and a paean to resistance, designed to give strength to those under Nazi rule. For a propaganda movie, it's surprisingly dark and not afraid to show the human cost of resistance. "

Posted Oct 6, 2014

Eric Melin

21 80%

The One I Love (2014)

" Duplass and Moss have great timing and they pull off some inventive gags with aplomb, selling some of the more heady concepts of Justin Lader's inventive script. "

Posted Oct 6, 2014

Eric Melin

22 66%

Lucy (2014)

" It wants to be a thinking man's action movie, but it's really a by-the-numbers revenge movie for people who thought The Butterfly Effect was profound. "

Posted Jul 25, 2014

Eric Melin

23 73%

Neighbors (2014)

" Maybe if it would have embraced the dark side of parenting, and really let Mac and Kelly go off the deep end like most parents sometimes wish they could, it would have been a more striking movie - and one with something to say. "

Posted May 9, 2014

Eric Melin

24 89%

Tim's Vermeer (2014)

" The crossroads between technology and art has always been troublesome. Without either, we might not have some of the art world's greatest treasures. Certainly without digital video, we wouldn't have this wonderfully entertaining movie either. "

Posted Mar 22, 2014

Eric Melin

25 94%

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

" It steers away from any kind of sentimentality, so any time serious discussion of success or failure - either commercially or artistically - come up, they are torpedoed like some kind of sick joke. That itself carries a special kind of poignancy. "

Posted Jan 10, 2014

Eric Melin

26 75%

Lone Survivor (2014)

" There's not much time between fighting for the audience to contemplate the tricky ethical questions that surround the mission, so the film becomes a tale of courage, professionalism and persistence. "

Posted Jan 10, 2014

Eric Melin

27 69%

Stoker (2013)

" Park subverts standard framing rules when characters are speaking to one another, employs sweeping camera movement from weird angles, and stops key scenes just at their climax, only to return to them later for a fuller picture. "

Posted Apr 15, 2013

Eric Melin

28 62%

Evil Dead (2013)

" Alvarez adopts the film language of Raimi's films, adds more to the bag of tricks, and keeps the sardonic attitude without necessarily being slapstick. "

Posted Apr 15, 2013

Eric Melin

29 43%

On the Road (2012)

" At just over two hours, its challenging to stay invested in the movie and its choppy, rambling storyline. As a filmic experience, however, it serves as an interesting companion piece to the similarly challenging 'The Master.' "

Posted Apr 15, 2013

Eric Melin

30 62%

Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey (2013)

" The film is mostly surface-value kicks, relaying the basic parts of the story (poor guy battling drug and alcohol addiction suddenly makes it big) without being particularly probing or revealing too many shades of gray. "

Posted Mar 11, 2013

Eric Melin

31 59%

Oz the Great and Powerful (2013)

" It has the wow factor that big, Hollywood event movies demand. Raimi was the right person to elevate some pretty standard material, though Franco and Kunis may not have been the right people for the job. "

Posted Mar 11, 2013

Eric Melin

32 78%

A Late Quartet (2012)

" There may be some overly melodramatic notes hit along the way, but the sober and thoughtful performances from its four lead actors keep "A Late Quartet" from getting too out of hand. "

Posted Feb 12, 2013

Eric Melin

33 83%

Side Effects (2013)

" Side Effects sports two very strong performances from Law and Mara, and Soderbergh's direction is lean and efficient. If only the final act were as muscular and sure-footed as the rest of the movie. "

Posted Feb 12, 2013

Eric Melin

34 65%

Mama (2013)

" The visual effects and sound design are unique, and a pleasure to watch, even when the suspense isn't really working. Producer del Toro should have let more things stay ambiguous and encouraged first-time director Muschietti to concentrate on the mood. "

Posted Jan 18, 2013

Eric Melin

35 78%

Dreamgirls (2006)

" It is big and showy and loud, but director Bill Condon's attempts to make the movie more socially relevant than the theatrical production instead just highlight what little soul was there in the first place. "

Posted Dec 25, 2006

Eric Melin

36 81%

The Bourne Supremacy (2004)

" Flashes of color and streaks of movement can make for a striking picture, but only if you can see what's taking place, not to mention if you care about who is in jeopardy. "

Posted Sep 29, 2006

Eric Melin

37 29%

The Chronicles of Riddick (2004)

" Riddick is a loner, Dottie, a rebel. He's a simple man, like Pee-Wee Herman, who is not concerned with getting the girl. But, unlike Pee-Wee, poor Riddick doesn't even have a bicycle for companionship. "

Posted Sep 29, 2006

Eric Melin

38 18%

Soul Plane (2004)

" Soul Plane is like seeing an uncomfortably unfunny stand-up comedy routine acted out and stretched to a feature-length film. "

Posted Sep 29, 2006

Eric Melin

39 90%

Good Bye, Lenin! (2004)

" The real story is how ideologies melt when it comes to affairs of the heart. In that way, the movie has an appeal that goes way beyond its country's borders. "

Posted Sep 29, 2006

Eric Melin

40 83%

Mean Girls (2004)

" Props to Tina Fey for being the first cast member since Mike Myers in Wayne's World to survive her movie being produced by Saturday Night Live boss Lorne Michaels -- and not also have her movie completely suck. "

Posted Sep 29, 2006

Eric Melin

41 64%

13 Going on 30 (2004)

" While [it's] the Keystone Light of Vice Versa movies, it also annoyingly adds itself to the ever-growing list of movies that think being kitschy about the 1980s is funny. "

Posted Sep 29, 2006

Eric Melin

42 29%

The Punisher (2004)

" We are treated to John Travolta in yet another gloriously unconvincing evil guy role as...a cross between Hugh Hefner and his own Tony Manero from Saturday Night Fever. "

Posted Sep 29, 2006

Eric Melin

43 55%

The Girl Next Door (2004)

" It is a movie full of contradictions that plays like a bad The Sure Thing melded uncomfortably together with an exploitative Risky Business. "

Posted Sep 29, 2006

Eric Melin

44 55%

The Ladykillers (2004)

" The story, adapted by the Coens themselves, is reduced to a series of hoops the characters must jump through to prove just how strange they are. "

Posted Sep 29, 2006

Eric Melin

45 81%

Hellboy (2004)

" As expertly played by Perlman, even with tons of make-up and prostheteics, our hero is a good 'monster' whose origin haunts him to the bone. "

Posted Sep 29, 2006

Eric Melin

46 25%

Walking Tall (2004)

" It is not quite violent, drunken, or naked enough to be as trashily entertaining as the Patrick Swayze cult favorite Roadhouse. "

Posted Sep 29, 2006

Eric Melin

47 41%

Jersey Girl (2004)

" It takes more than a couple of dirty one-liners to retain your edge in light, predictable fare. "

Posted Sep 29, 2006

Eric Melin

48 98%

The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara (2003)

" [It] raise[s] complex questions about man's role in that most awful and inherent of human characteristics: our penchant for war. "

Posted Sep 29, 2006

Eric Melin

49 54%

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006)

" ...suffers from a sort of middle child syndrome. "

Posted Jul 7, 2006

Eric Melin

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