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Monsters and Critics

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 13%

The Caller (2008)

"Close but no cigar as a great international corporate mystery thriller slows to a crawl in a drawn out study of death. Frank Langella and Elliott Gould should have been used better."

Posted May 10, 2008

Ron Wilkinson

2 33%

The Objective (2008)

"Director Daniel Myrick has taken his excellent work from the ultra-low-budget "Blair Witch Hunt," added some modest resources as befits that success and come up with a great little tale of suspense and horror."

Posted May 10, 2008

Ron Wilkinson

3 ——

A President to Remember (2008)

"An excellent execution of cinema verite' by the man who invented the concept. Although the facts are well known, the tone and body language of the most famous president of the 20th century tell a story all their own."

Posted May 7, 2008

Ron Wilkinson

4 100%

Man on Wire (2008)

"A great example of truth being better than fiction---a combination of "Mission Impossible", Billy Wilder's "Spirit of St. Louis" and Charlie Chaplin's "Modern Times.""

Posted May 3, 2008

Ron Wilkinson

5 53%

Tropa de Elite (The Elite Squad) (2007)

"A tough and realistic cop story that stays believable from beginning to end while delivering the truth about loyalty, courage and gut-wringing fear on an inner city military mission with no second chances."

Posted May 3, 2008

Ron Wilkinson

6 ——

Katyn ()

"A towering monument to the exposure of one of the darkest secrets of the Soviet era, the Katyn massacre of 1940. One of the best films of one of the best directors in the history of cinema."

Posted May 3, 2008

Ron Wilkinson

7 30%

Chaos Theory (2008)

"Upbeat rom-com grounded in solid work by Ryan Reynolds and Emily Mortimer tells a meaningful story while still staying in-bounds with the PG-13 rating. Unusual Western Canada seacoast photography and upbeat soundtrack make for an entertaining film."

Posted Apr 14, 2008

Ron Wilkinson

8 70%

Black Sheep (2006)

"Lush photography of the beautiful New Zealand hills combines with skin ripping mayhem and over-the-top humor to make one of the funniest of the new wave zombie satires yet."

Posted Apr 6, 2008

Ron Wilkinson

9 91%

Sputnik Mania (Sputnik) (The Fever of 57) (2007)

"The reigning champion in the archival footage department features great Soviet footage of those days that (hopefully) will never be seen again---the days of the US-Soviet space race."

Posted Mar 28, 2008

Ron Wilkinson

10 92%

The Cool School (2008)

"Surf's up in Southern California as the modern art world invades Nixonville and Reagan City in the 1950s. A fascinating look at the start of something big: modern art in Los Angeles."

Posted Mar 28, 2008

Ron Wilkinson

11 56%

Flawless (2008)

"A weak plot still makes a viable vehicle for a couple of great performances with some unbeatable screen chemistry and a good old fashioned plot twist at the end."

Posted Mar 28, 2008

Ron Wilkinson

12 47%

Run Fatboy Run (2007)

"A hackneyed slacker scenario reduces this film from an entertainment marathon to a plot treading water. The feel-good message comes around, but there is too much packaging for the product."

Posted Mar 28, 2008

Ron Wilkinson

13 77%

Paranoid Park (2007)

"Hardly a walk in the park, this powerful journey is one of Van Sant's darkest. Grips the viewer in a vice of guilt that gets tighter to the point of strangulation. A dark and gripping masterpiece."

Posted Mar 15, 2008

Ron Wilkinson

14 68%

Girls Rock! (2007)

"Girls at risk take the world by storm at an artists' refuge where it's all right to scream."

Posted Mar 15, 2008

Ron Wilkinson

15 55%

Married Life (2008)

"Step back to the guilt and self recrimination of the 1940s film noir in a cozy nest of plotting, cyanide and the best friend's lover. Those subject to nostalgia will love this pot boiler every step of the way."

Posted Mar 15, 2008

Ron Wilkinson

16 66%

La Sconosciuta (The Unknown) (The Other Woman) (2008)

"High quality pictures and a smashing sound track with no slack in the suspense until the curtain drops. A fine piece of fright."

Posted Mar 15, 2008

Ron Wilkinson

17 75%

Meat Loaf: In Search of Paradise (2008)

"Watch this film only if you are a die hard Meatloaf fan and have seen everything else already. Best to watch with the sound off and with his Platinum album playing in the background."

Posted Mar 15, 2008

Ron Wilkinson

18 17%

Sleepwalking (2008)

"Not quite enough new here to make this film a hit, but enough of Theron, Hopper and Harrelson to make the film worth watching."

Posted Mar 15, 2008

Ron Wilkinson

19 ——

Miss Universe 1929 - Lisl Goldarbeiter. A Queen in Wien ()

"Telling a love story, and a story of tragic loss, has never been sweeter than through the archival footage of this totally independent documentary."

Posted Mar 5, 2008

Ron Wilkinson

20 89%

The Unforeseen (2008)

"What do Willie Nelson and one of the world's biggest environmental killers have in common? Austin Texas! A very local perspective on the corporate war on the environment"

Posted Mar 4, 2008

Ron Wilkinson

21 90%

A Walk to Beautiful (2008)

"A most righteous cause, but one has to wonder if this is a documentary film, or an infomercial for the subject hospital"

Posted Mar 4, 2008

Ron Wilkinson

22 96%

Chop Shop (2008)

"Shot in the unvarnished sets of New York's Iron Triangle, the unpaved mud holes of the streets and the rough plywood of bedroom walls tell an unforgettable story of growing up in a world with little pity"

Posted Mar 4, 2008

Ron Wilkinson

23 70%

The Duchess of Langeais (Ne Touchez Pas La Hache)(Don't Touch the Axe) (2007)

"A scarred war hero and a delicately placed courtesan spar amongst the moldering walls of Restoration Paris. A graceful story of love's struggles amidst a brutal social climate of denial and despair."

Posted Feb 23, 2008

Ron Wilkinson

24 94%

The Counterfeiters (2007)

"As much a comment on peace as on war, criminals do the right thing in the wrong context for the murderous boss in the suburbs. Dark comedy at its finest."

Posted Feb 23, 2008

Ron Wilkinson

25 82%

In Bruges (2008)

"Visually stunning photography of the silent byways and crannies of the ancient medieval city of Bruges frames a story of guilt and honor played out by wonderfully demented hit men."

Posted Feb 9, 2008

Ron Wilkinson

26 11%

Fool's Gold (2008)

"An extended cruise ship commercial run through the blender with "Gilligan's Island" sub-plots and slacker pratfalls. A teenager's story about treasure hunting that not even a teen-ager could love."

Posted Feb 9, 2008

Ron Wilkinson

27 55%

Orthodox Stance (2008)

"The fastest and best boxing action around plus a candid look inside the fight business make this a great film for aficionados of the sport. But there is not a lot there for most others."

Posted Feb 6, 2008

Ron Wilkinson

28 92%

U2 3D (2007)

"A very real and state-of-the-art 3-D experience showing the undubbed work of the one the greatest rock bands and several of the greatest rock audiences in the world."

Posted Feb 6, 2008

Ron Wilkinson

29 22%

Mad Money (2008)

"A few badly conceived scenes and misused actors cannot completely negate the positive message of this situation comedy. Diane Keaton deserves better, but lives to laugh another day."

Posted Feb 1, 2008

Ron Wilkinson

30 22%

The Eye (2008)

"Good special effects and some scary characters put together with great cinematography make this one notch up from a B horror film. Turn off those cell phones now, boys and girls."

Posted Feb 1, 2008

Ron Wilkinson

31 92%

Caramel (2008)

"A gentle and pleasant soap opera done in a fairly high cinematic style. The characters are far too attractive and the plot too simplistic, but the film grows on the viewer as the minutes glide by."

Posted Feb 1, 2008

Ron Wilkinson

32 24%

P.S. I Love You (2007)

"Hillary Swank makes the best of her lonely heart role but never gets to take off the gloves in an entertaining romantic drama. Supporting she-wolf Lisa Kudrow steals the show."

Posted Dec 21, 2007

Ron Wilkinson

33 65%

The Kite Runner (2007)

"A sweet and masterful story of survival, transcendence, loyalty and friendship told with striking cinematography. A spiritual piece of work."

Posted Dec 14, 2007

Ron Wilkinson

34 79%

A Walk Into the Sea: Danny Williams and the Warhol Factory (2007)

"Even if we don't expect to learn much new from another analysis of the irrational, the glimpses of the illusions of the Warhol period, and the work of Danny Williams, are not enough to keep this pic afloat."

Posted Dec 14, 2007

Ron Wilkinson

35 60%

Look (2007)

"Even if "Look" exploits reality TV by boosting a sub-marginal plot with very realistic security camera footage it is still a great perspective into our brave new world"

Posted Dec 14, 2007

Ron Wilkinson

36 17%

Revolver (2005)

"Creepy and mysterious as The Usual Suspects, unseen forces and cryptic messages pit men against themselves in one of the darkest and best action-thrillers of the year."

Posted Dec 9, 2007

Ron Wilkinson

37 83%

Atonement (2007)

"Some of the most creative and beautiful cinematography of the year combined with the best performances to date by Knightly and McAvoy and earthshaking work by relative newcomer Romola Garai make this one of the best films out there"

Posted Dec 9, 2007

Ron Wilkinson

38 77%

Oswald's Ghost (2007)

"Taking on the most over-used documentary topic in America, this JFK assassination flick has to produce a new angle. It doesn't do it."

Posted Dec 7, 2007

Ron Wilkinson

39 17%

Badland (2007)

"Exploiting what it is supposed to renounce, Badland combines a dreadfully long and dull screenplay and extremely plain surroundings to make a well-meaning anti-war film you'll want to miss."

Posted Dec 7, 2007

Ron Wilkinson

40 82%

Protagonist (2007)

"Stepped up in edginess from the Errol Morris template, Yu's Greek tragedy of modern extremists weaves four disturbing stories into a cautionary tale in step with the times"

Posted Dec 7, 2007

Ron Wilkinson

41 90%

Note by Note: The Making of the Steinway L1037 (2007)

"A slimy log dumped into frigid Alaskan waters emerges as the hand-selected Steinway for a world-class performance. A fascinating look at the mini-city within New York City where hand work still prevails."

Posted Nov 16, 2007

Ron Wilkinson

42 44%

redacted (2007)

"The most disturbing and successful release since the start of the Iraqi war. Another anti-war film that may be too good for its own good."

Posted Nov 16, 2007

Ron Wilkinson

43 36%

Southland Tales (2007)

"Fun graphics, beautiful photography and great special effects will not save this tedious and self-absorbed epic from a direct trip to the DVD bin. The horse is beaten to death and even the bottled energy can't bring it back."

Posted Nov 16, 2007

Ron Wilkinson

44 95%

Steal a Pencil for Me (2007)

"Love conquers all, including the Nazi war machine and an angry wife, in Ohayon's new Holocaust documentary."

Posted Nov 10, 2007

Ron Wilkinson

45 94%

No Country for Old Men (2007)

"Tommy Lee Jones combines forces with the Coen Brothers in the unforgiving winds of the West Texas prairie. Javier Barden's psycho-killer and the Coens' creepy direction and screenwriting pops out the grittiest film of the year."

Posted Nov 10, 2007

Ron Wilkinson

46 27%

Lions for Lambs (2007)

"One successful story out of three is not good enough as Redford steps up to the plate. Too little first rate photography and too much collegiate tedium."

Posted Nov 10, 2007

Ron Wilkinson

47 89%

Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten (2007)

"An attempt at a tribute to a great man. Strummer doesn't need it."

Posted Nov 2, 2007

Ron Wilkinson

48 96%

Diva (1981)

"A classic that manages to combine sweet romanticism with upbeat and intellectual humor. A joy to watch."

Posted Nov 2, 2007

Ron Wilkinson

49 66%

Wristcutters - A Love Story (2007)

"A tribute to ultra-low budget explorations into the unknown and the politically incorrect. This is the stuff that art is made of."

Posted Oct 19, 2007

Ron Wilkinson

50 84%

Black White + Gray: A Portrait of Sam Wagstaff and Robert Mapplethorpe (2007)

"The more famous Mapplethorpe is moved aside to give Sam Wagstaff the spotlight. But the best photography in the world steals the show."

Posted Oct 19, 2007

Ron Wilkinson

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