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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 80%

The Wild One (1954)

"Marlon Brando stars as the leader of a motorcycle gang who somewhat inadvertantly cause a great deal of trouble in a small town."

Posted Dec 3, 2004

Douglas Pratt

2 86%

The Haunting (1963)

" few filmmakers have drawn fright from nothingness as adeptly as Robert Wise did"

Posted Nov 6, 2004

Douglas Pratt

3 ——

Melies the Magician (2001)

"The middle section is spellbinding"

Posted Nov 6, 2004

Douglas Pratt

4 ——

Retribution (2001)

"A better-than-average horror film"

Posted Nov 6, 2004

Douglas Pratt

5 ——

Boston Kickout (1995)

"a relaxed and fairly satisfying coming-of-age story"

Posted Nov 6, 2004

Douglas Pratt

6 75%

Children of the Damned (1963)

"attempts to repeat the success of the first film"

Posted Nov 6, 2004

Douglas Pratt

7 96%

GoodFellas (1990)

"It was so well made that it still works today."

Posted Nov 6, 2004

Douglas Pratt

8 26%

The Puppet Masters (1994)

" its story logic is solid, its science is satisfying and its thrills are nerve-wracking"

Posted Nov 6, 2004

Douglas Pratt

9 100%

Nanook of the North (1922)

"It was so well made that it still works today."

Posted Nov 6, 2004

Douglas Pratt

10 83%

The Razor's Edge (1946)

" Often pushing against Production Code limits, it is a fine execution of the novel"

Posted Nov 6, 2004

Douglas Pratt

11 76%

Escape to Witch Mountain (1975)

" a good mix of mystery, fantasy, and adventure"

Posted Nov 6, 2004

Douglas Pratt

12 33%

Crimes of Passion (1984)

"The satire is too awfully confused about the differences between sex and love to be making profound or ironic statements about the nature of romance."

Posted Nov 6, 2004

Douglas Pratt

13 89%

The Horn Blows at Midnight (1945)

"the situation is so silly the film remains compellingly charming"

Posted Nov 6, 2004

Douglas Pratt

14 85%

Menace II Society (1993)

"Stylistically the film is brilliant, making repeat viewings highly appealing."

Posted Nov 6, 2004

Douglas Pratt

15 ——

Playgirls and the Vampire (1999)

"the actual drama isn’t bad"

Posted Nov 6, 2004

Douglas Pratt

16 100%

The League of Gentlemen (1959)

" Fans who love nothing better than to get lost in the intricate plans of a complex robbery will be in heaven."

Posted Nov 6, 2004

Douglas Pratt

17 14%

Drop Squad (1994)

" a jumble of promising ideas that failed to gel"

Posted Nov 6, 2004

Douglas Pratt

18 50%

The Last Broadcast (1998)

" At its best, it is very creepy"

Posted Nov 6, 2004

Douglas Pratt

19 53%

The Loved One (1965)

"its humors are unorganized and it can easily seem desperate and dumb"

Posted Nov 6, 2004

Douglas Pratt

20 86%

Sorry, Wrong Number (1948)

"The film’s basic premise is just too compelling to resist."

Posted Nov 6, 2004

Douglas Pratt

21 65%

Viva Zapata! (1952)

" Elia Kazan's only stab at an action picture"

Posted Nov 6, 2004

Douglas Pratt

22 78%

Dreamscape (1984)

"A perfect piece of escapist entertainment"

Posted Nov 6, 2004

Douglas Pratt

23 74%

Purple Rain (1984)

"Those who are looking for a two-hour music video with a coherent story will not be disappointed."

Posted Nov 6, 2004

Douglas Pratt

24 100%

War Requiem (1990)

"The rhythm of the images attunes the viewer to the music's components."

Posted Nov 6, 2004

Douglas Pratt

25 ——

The Killer Meteors (Feng yu shuang liu xing) (Wind, Rain, Two Meteors) (1976)

" A fairly good martial arts tale"

Posted Nov 6, 2004

Douglas Pratt

26 79%

A Zed and Two Noughts (1990)

"As fascinating and exciting as the images are, however, the drama is ridiculous as all get out."

Posted Nov 6, 2004

Douglas Pratt

27 31%

Underworld (2003)

"The special effects are not greatly innovative, but they are extensively and rousingly applied, and the action scenes are justified by the moderately complex narrative."

Posted Nov 6, 2004

Douglas Pratt

28 36%

2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)

"The smartly made film may be silly, but it is an enjoyable movie with enough automobile action to keep a viewer strapped in for the length of its ride."

Posted Nov 6, 2004

Douglas Pratt

29 23%

Bad Boys II (2003)

" The film is able to use the two stars to relieve tension with quips and rejoinders, while not breaking its veneer of seriousness, or, at least, not breaking it too much."

Posted Nov 6, 2004

Douglas Pratt

30 100%

Indiana Jones - The Adventure Collection ()

" The movies are far richer in narrative, character psychology and spiritual reflection than the serials they are emulating."

Posted Oct 14, 2004

Douglas Pratt

31 90%

The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)

"Orson Welles' heavily chopped up drama, it is still a nostalgic, dramatically powerful tale and should ultimately be savored for what it is rather than rejected for what it is not."

Posted Oct 14, 2004

Douglas Pratt

32 88%

DuckTales: The Movie - Treasure of the Lost Lamp (1990)

"he narrative on the 76 minute film is essentially three 20-odd minute television-style segments, each with a different setting and art direction. The link that holds them together is strong enough that the film is effective on a basic, children's entertai"

Posted Oct 14, 2004

Douglas Pratt

33 75%

A Boy and His Dog (1975)

"Set on a desert landscape a while after a nuclear holocaust, the film is about a young man, played by Don Johnson, who has a telepathic bond with a dog, the latter basically being the smarter of the two. He helps the dog find food and the dog helps him sn"

Posted Oct 14, 2004

Douglas Pratt

34 84%

The Fisher King (1991)

"Unlike the standard Fisher King tale, the concerns of individuals within the film are more important than the concerns of society. Terry Gilliam's myth feels more like a lark, a safe little foray into a mythic world of impoverished individuals who don't"

Posted Oct 14, 2004

Douglas Pratt

35 0%

Beethoven's 3rd (2000)

"From a dramatic standpoint, there is not even the level of emotional depth achieved by the second Beethoven film, but as basic and unimaginative as the slapstick often is, it delivers to its target audience."

Posted Oct 14, 2004

Douglas Pratt

36 40%

Oh, God! You Devil (1984)

"George Burns stars in both title roles, primarily the second one. As Satan, he tempts a young musician with stardom and luxury. Burns's timing is often impeccable and he can make silly lines such as his hotel room exit, "If you want anything I'm in 666,""

Posted Oct 14, 2004

Douglas Pratt

37 ——

Night Siege - Project: Shadowchaser 2 ()

"Die Hard in a nuke factory with a robot for a bad guy. A group of apparent terrorists, led by an indestructible android, take over a weapons complex, while a man, a woman and her child, running loose, eventually thwart their efforts. The acting is errat"

Posted Oct 14, 2004

Douglas Pratt

38 54%

Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah - Giant Monsters All-Out Attack (Gojira, Mosura, Kingu GidorÔ: Daikaijű s˘k˘geki) (2001)

"It is for desperate fans only and is pretty bad even by the loose standards of the genre. It concerns a little boy learning about bravery by dreaming about Godzilla and Godzilla's baby. Godzilla's baby also talks to the boy, who then foils the plans of tw"

Posted Oct 14, 2004

Douglas Pratt

39 ——

Jack-O (1995)

"A cheap horror effort, it has pathetic acting, a jumbled up story and limpid pacing, yet there are several nice murders and somehow, for all its shortcomings, the film seems to capture the spirit of the day it honors. It is basically about a guy with a bi"

Posted Oct 14, 2004

Douglas Pratt

40 93%

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931)

" It is an engaging, old-fashioned movie, using the right blend of thoughtful artistry and matinee thrills, with a touch of eroticism to spice things up."

Posted Oct 14, 2004

Douglas Pratt

41 100%

Second Best (1994)

"William Hurt portrays an unmarried Welsh postmaster who decides to adopt a child after his own parents pass away. Both he and the boy he is assigned have psychological scars, and the gradual revelation of these inner pains is what fuels the plot, but the"

Posted Oct 14, 2004

Douglas Pratt

42 ——

Murphy's Law (1986)

"It takes seven minutes for the credits to finish appearing during the opening and once they are over, so is the suspense."

Posted Oct 14, 2004

Douglas Pratt

43 82%

Mildred Pierce (1945)

"Most of the story has nothing to do with crime, and is instead about the efforts of Crawford’s character to better herself (she starts a popular restaurant) so she can remain in the good graces of her relentlessly snobbish daughter. It is a clever b"

Posted Oct 14, 2004

Douglas Pratt

44 0%

The Wolves of Kromer (2000)

"Although there is plenty of outdoor location work, the film feels like the stageplay adaptation that it is. A dramatic satire, there are two plot strands. In one, a pair of elderly ladies plan the murder of another elderly woman they are caring for, just"

Posted Oct 14, 2004

Douglas Pratt

45 37%

Cutthroat Island (1995)

" The drama is shallow and superficial, but there is a coherent, forward-moving plot, enjoyable characters, numerous, elaborately staged action scenes and wall-to-wall sound. What's not to like? The film never slows down, leaping from one set of perils to"

Posted Oct 14, 2004

Douglas Pratt

46 79%

Carlito's Way (1993)

"The film is a redundancy and only those who have played Brian De Palma's other movies so much they've memorized the dialogue are going to be interested. Al Pacino portrays a reformed gangster trying to break away from his earlier lifestyle. Needless to sa"

Posted Oct 14, 2004

Douglas Pratt

47 96%

Dead of Night (1945)

" The anthology film's clever structure allows even the weakest of the sketches to be effective, because there is less of a need to balance the impact of each story."

Posted Oct 14, 2004

Douglas Pratt

48 71%

The Star Chamber (1983)

"While the movie is set in L.A., the rules of justice appear exaggerated to the point where the film seems to be taking place in a different country, but it doesn't really matter. It would be great fun just to put up your feet and watch director Peter Hyam"

Posted Oct 14, 2004

Douglas Pratt

49 33%

Touch (1997)

"Pleasantly entertaining and intelligent, it does not create enough of a spiritual mystery to move the heart, but watching the characters droolingly circle one another has its own, more earthly rewards."

Posted Oct 14, 2004

Douglas Pratt

50 ——

The Long Night (1947)

"Henry Fonda had a number of classic film roles, but it is incredibly exciting to see the raw sensitivity and confidence he delivers in Long Night , which ranks among the very best of his performances, all the more so because of its relative obscurity."

Posted Oct 14, 2004

Douglas Pratt

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