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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 67%

Lunacy (2006)

"Lunacy lacks the teeth to be truly audacious. Yet its leisurely pacing and silly send-ups of psychosexual perversions make it an amusing enough gothic comedy."

Posted Aug 18, 2006

Jay Antani

2 46%

Edmond (2005)

"Mamet's script may not be entirely convincing as either satire or social commentary, but in Macy's hands, poor, pathetic Edmond's story finds its shocking, darkly funny resonance."

Posted Aug 11, 2006

Jay Antani

3 86%

Quinceañera (Echo Park, L.A.) (2006)

"In the end, what keeps Quinceañera so engaging are the wonderfully sweet, unselfconscious performances from Emily Rios and Jesse Garcia"

Posted Aug 5, 2006

Jay Antani

4 54%

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

"takes all that was so charming about the first Pirates...and amps it up to the wattage of a Looney Tunes cartoon"

Posted Jul 7, 2006

Jay Antani

5 85%

La Moustache (2005)

"an awfully rickety, hollow exercise in style over substance"

Posted Jun 30, 2006

Jay Antani

6 83%

The China Syndrome (1979)

"Crackling drama about TV reporter (Jane Fonda) investigating a coverup at a faulty nuclear reactor, and pressing upon conflicted technician played by the first-rate Jack Lemmon to go public with the story."

Posted Mar 25, 2006

Jay Antani

7 36%

A View to a Kill (1985)

"The aging Roger Moore rehashes his somewhat foppish Bond in this sad '80s installment with Grace Jones as a vampish villainess. Awful, and an embarrassment to the Bond mystique."

Posted Mar 25, 2006

Jay Antani

8 12%

Ma Mere,(Meine Mutter),(My Mother) (2005)

"...a dispirited affair and often feels like a parody - a decidedly self-serious one - of one of Bertolucci or Pasolini's boundary-pushing offerings from the '70s"

Posted May 14, 2005

Jay Antani

9 100%

Harper (The Moving Target) (1966)

Posted Apr 29, 2005

Jay Antani

10 66%

O Homem Que Copiava (The Man Who Copied) (2005)

"utterly fresh and appealing from start to finish"

Posted Apr 29, 2005

Jay Antani

11 82%

Kontroll (2005)

"a gleeful demonstration of Antal's flair for the medium"

Posted Apr 17, 2005

Jay Antani

12 42%

Palindromes (2004)

"Take away the subversive hilarity of his movies, and [Solondz] could well be the cinematic equivalent of the Unabomber."

Posted Apr 17, 2005

Jay Antani

13 80%

Oldboy (2005)

"Oldboy is a true-to-form sendup of grittier, more lurid manga fare. This is good news for die-hard fans of the form and teeth-gritting torture for those who are not."

Posted Apr 8, 2005

Jay Antani

14 100%

The Lavender Hill Mob (1951)

"Fun, perfectly realized Ealing Studios outing"

Posted Mar 22, 2005

Jay Antani

15 92%

The Killing Fields (1984)

"One of the most potent politically-charged dramas ever made, managing to honor both the epic and the intimate aspects of its drama. One of the top films of the '80s."

Posted Mar 22, 2005

Jay Antani

16 60%

Steamboy (2005)

" In spite of...obvious and unfortunate flaws, if you're going to see Steamboy do so on the big screen so as to be reminded of the marvels of hand-drawn animation"

Posted Mar 22, 2005

Jay Antani

17 63%

Mail Order Wife (2005)

"a simple-minded circle jerk about exploitation, peopled by characters without the least bit of originality, vitality or appeal"

Posted Mar 8, 2005

Jay Antani

18 89%

Machuca (2004)

"Wood's story-world details are rendered beautifully, but without a framework to hang them on"

Posted Feb 19, 2005

Jay Antani

19 95%

The Crowd ()

"my favorite silent film: poetically told with dazzling direction"

Posted Jan 28, 2005

Jay Antani

20 43%

A Love Song for Bobby Long (2004)

"Gabel has potentially challenging material on her hands but her treatment of it feels too hygienic, mistaking tastefulness for subtlety "

Posted Jan 10, 2005

Jay Antani

21 87%

Duel in the Sun (1946)

"Lurid, stupid fun"

Posted Jan 5, 2005

Jay Antani

22 77%

Mighty Aphrodite (1995)

Posted Jan 5, 2005

Jay Antani

23 88%

Bugsy (1991)

"Gloss, but well put-together gloss"

Posted Jan 5, 2005

Jay Antani

24 100%

Day for Night (1973)

Posted Jan 5, 2005

Jay Antani

25 95%

Mad Max (1979)

Posted Jan 5, 2005

Jay Antani

26 100%

The Invisible Man (1933)

"Terrific entry in the James Whale horror canon"

Posted Dec 28, 2004

Jay Antani

27 67%

The Hobbit (1978)

"Drab, boring but with an oddly moody tone"

Posted Dec 28, 2004

Jay Antani

28 88%

The Woodsman (2004)

"Bacon's Walter is a searing creation...breaking through the The Woodsman's well-behaved exterior to reveal something of the...untrodden depths churning at its heart."

Posted Dec 28, 2004

Jay Antani

29 67%

Ladyhawke (1985)

Posted Dec 15, 2004

Jay Antani

30 95%

The Return (Vozvrashcheniye) (2003)

"an absorbing psychological drama and coming-of-age story in the guise of a road movie"

Posted Dec 15, 2004

Jay Antani

31 67%

Gulliver's Travels (1939)

"Cheesy but well-drawn"

Posted Dec 15, 2004

Jay Antani

32 85%

Slacker (1991)

"A landmark by an American master"

Posted Dec 15, 2004

Jay Antani

33 78%

George Lucas in Love (2000)

"Overhyped bit of semi-witty movie geek fluff"

Posted Dec 10, 2004

Jay Antani

34 85%

Janghwa, Hongryeon (A Tale of Two Sisters) (2003)

"a delirious mélange of styles that absorbs us for two solid hours"

Posted Dec 10, 2004

Jay Antani

35 88%

House of Flying Daggers (2004)

"a tedious...excuse for this director to indulge his fetish for digitalized blood and daggers and...immaculately composed nature shots"

Posted Dec 2, 2004

Jay Antani

36 78%

Overnight (2004)

"Overnight always holds our interest, not so much as a documentary as an episode of a junky reality TV show. "

Posted Nov 12, 2004

Jay Antani

37 38%

Happy Hour (2004)

"Happy Hour is strictly college-level compost, content with its mediocrity, if not wholly unaware of it."

Posted Oct 29, 2004

Jay Antani

38 14%

It's All About Love (2004)

"while watching it you might be hit with the urge to grab the Danish writer-director by the collar and shout 'No, it's all about story!'"

Posted Oct 29, 2004

Jay Antani

39 92%

Tarnation (2004)

"Caouette's movie succeeds because of its cinematic showmanship, injecting the personal documentary form with an urgently expressive avant-gardism."

Posted Oct 15, 2004

Jay Antani

40 94%

Lost in La Mancha (2003)

"entertaining without always being compelling"

Posted Sep 30, 2004

Jay Antani

41 85%

Bend It Like Beckham (2003)

"its irresistible charms and performances are what linger and make Beckham a popcorn, er, samosa flick worth savoring."

Posted Sep 30, 2004

Jay Antani

42 85%

Spider (2002)

"Cronenberg pieces together a compelling portrait of madness, but one which lacks the poignancy to be a rich, moving character study."

Posted Sep 30, 2004

Jay Antani

43 52%

Down and Out With the Dolls (2003)

"an assuredly made, unexpectedly poignant and hilarious feel-good flick, pitched somewhere between the goofy campiness of John Waters and the good-heartedness of Cameron Crowe"

Posted Sep 30, 2004

Jay Antani

44 14%

The Young Unknowns (2000)

"[an] eloquent, damning case against American culture and family"

Posted Sep 30, 2004

Jay Antani

45 70%

Confidence (2003)

"While it sometimes fails to live up to its title, Confidence ultimately, wins us over-in short, it dazzlingly does what all good cons are supposed to do. "

Posted Sep 30, 2004

Jay Antani

46 96%

Raising Victor Vargas (2003)

"ultimately, it lacks the backbone, the thematic heft, to be anything beyond a sweet redemption story"

Posted Sep 30, 2004

Jay Antani

47 38%

Hotel (2003)

"it's through its anarchic, try-anything chutzpah that this bizarrely erotic satire succeeds and entertains"

Posted Sep 30, 2004

Jay Antani

48 94%

American Splendor (2003)

"It gets the mood right, but never slows enough to explore its rich, existential landscape--the cynical, ultimately humanist, musings at the heart of Pekar's comic manifestos."

Posted Sep 30, 2004

Jay Antani

49 60%

Madame Satã (2002)

"Ainouz' script and style seem unwilling to explore below the surface. He embraces the story's physical details...without revealing much of his subject's soul."

Posted Sep 30, 2004

Jay Antani

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