Authors

Monsters and Critics

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 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

2 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

3 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

4 60%

Golda's Balcony (2007)

"A good performance of a landmark Broadway play will barely be enough to bring audiences to this one. But the history alone is worth the price of admission."

Posted Oct 12, 2007

Ron Wilkinson

5 96%

King Corn (2007)

"An entertaining look at the flagship of American empty calories, King Corn is a few bushels short of being the next Super-Size Me, but brings a legitimate message."

Posted Oct 12, 2007

Ron Wilkinson

6 90%

Michael Clayton (2007)

"Failing fixer Clooney is great but has to fight for center stage next to supporting actress Tilda Swinton as the ethically maimed corporate attorney. Add Tom Wilkinson, Sydney Pollock and a dynamite screenplay and we have the thriller of year."

Posted Oct 5, 2007

Ron Wilkinson

7 31%

The Good Night (2007)

"A buddy rom-com featuring Martin Freeman and Simon Pegg owes its success to on-screen chemistry but fails to shake the foundations of the silver screen."

Posted Oct 5, 2007

Ron Wilkinson

8 39%

Feast of Love (2007)

"If it only shows how love fits into people's lives in our liberated present times, that's enough for one night."

Posted Sep 28, 2007

Ron Wilkinson

9 74%

Outsourced (2007)

"If Ayesha Dharker and the Kamasutra are waiting for me on the other side, outsource me up, Spock!"

Posted Sep 28, 2007

Ron Wilkinson

10 5%

Good Luck Chuck (2007)

"An R-rated Doris Day film set in a shopping mall. Amazing enough, but who will pay to see it?"

Posted Sep 24, 2007

Ron Wilkinson

11 82%

Into the Wild (2007)

"A near miss by director/screenwriter Penn when he mistakes a self-absorbed college student for a hero of the counter culture"

Posted Sep 24, 2007

Ron Wilkinson

12 76%

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)

"A creepy and daring look into one of the most destructive, and self-destructive of American anti-heroes"

Posted Sep 24, 2007

Ron Wilkinson

13 75%

The Last Winter (2007)

"A well done low budget indie production that lets the viewers' imagination picture how bad it gets when mother earth is finally pushed past the breaking point"

Posted Sep 23, 2007

Ron Wilkinson

14 89%

Eastern Promises (2007)

"A mysterious crime family with smoldering secrets plays with sharp objects off the slimy backwaters of the Thames. Cronenberg and Mortensen are at it again, with relish!"

Posted Sep 14, 2007

Ron Wilkinson

15 62%

Dans Paris (Inside Paris) (2007)

"If an admirable attempt at the iconoclastic, Dans Paris is too much film school for an afternoon. Lacks even the modest structure and resolution that most audiences will demand."

Posted Sep 11, 2007

Ron Wilkinson

16 59%

Resurrecting the Champ (2007)

"Slow in the father-son heart to heart parts, Champ brings it all back home in the end with a great story line and saving performances by Jackson, Alda and Hatcher"

Posted Sep 11, 2007

Ron Wilkinson

17 75%

Pierrepoint - The Last Hangman (2007)

"Albert Pierrepoint single-handedly killed over 450 people in his career, dispatching most of them with an icy precision in less than 30 seconds."

Posted Sep 7, 2007

Ron Wilkinson

18 70%

Mulberry Street (2007)

"New York's Little Italy is going to the dogs, check that, to the rats, and not just the rats in the local fast food joint. A zombie rat movie of the first order."

Posted Sep 7, 2007

Ron Wilkinson

19 41%

No Reservations (2007)

"Zeta-Jones, Eckhart and Breslin play second fiddle to Ratatouille in what amounts to romantic drama fast food."

Posted Sep 7, 2007

Ron Wilkinson

20 60%

Arctic Tale (2007)

"Although lacking the lyric force of March of the Penguins and Winged Migration, the film combines a great story with world-class photography to tell a unique National Geographic tale."

Posted Sep 7, 2007

Ron Wilkinson

21 57%

Becoming Jane (2007)

"The squeaky clean love story of Jane Austen fails to make hay of either women's liberation or the miracle of creative writing, sticking to lush estates and courtly costume finery instead"

Posted Sep 7, 2007

Ron Wilkinson

22 93%

This Is England (2007)

"A successfully executed cautionary tale condemning war and racism in the context of growing up in cloudy Northern England"

Posted Sep 7, 2007

Ron Wilkinson

23 81%

Delirious (2007)

"A great romp with both Steve Buscemi and Michael Pitt having the time of their lives. Especially fun to see Pitt do something completely different."

Posted Sep 7, 2007

Ron Wilkinson

24 80%

Manda Bala (Send a Bullet) (2007)

"A predictable expose' of a foreign country with a dictatorship that encourages the most violent of crimes. But how far away is America?"

Posted Sep 7, 2007

Ron Wilkinson

25 64%

The Nines (2007)

"A valid exploration of chaos and control told by a guy who knows. Good low budget sci-fi with a hip side."

Posted Sep 7, 2007

Ron Wilkinson

26 23%

Balls of Fury (2007)

"Try as he might, Director Garant cannot bring a winning performance out of this summertime silliness. Ping pong remains in disfavor as of the dog days of August."

Posted Sep 7, 2007

Ron Wilkinson

27 81%

Fong juk (Exiled) (2006)

"Heroic redemption succeeding where several thousand rounds of 9 mm ammo fail, Exiled makes a mark with the last stand of pals doomed by fate and the changing hands of time."

Posted Sep 7, 2007

Ron Wilkinson

28 94%

In the Shadow of the Moon (2007)

"Ten astronauts try to tell it like it was, but weighted down by the heaviness of the politics that created the lunar exploration program, the best stories will have to wait for later"

Posted Sep 7, 2007

Ron Wilkinson

29 88%

3:10 to Yuma (2007)

"Great action, sets and camera work set this traditional western up for success in spite of stereotypical good guys and bad guys"

Posted Sep 7, 2007

Ron Wilkinson

30 59%

Resurrecting the Champ (2007)

"Is there an audience out there for a smart, character driven drama? I sincerely hope so since I feel it is a movie worth seeing."

Posted Aug 28, 2007

Maura Reilly

31 ——

Unearthed (2007)

"A 'B' horror movie not bad enough to be good, Unearthed fails to build tension while also failing to give us a good monster."

Posted Jul 10, 2007

Ron Wilkinson

32 ——

Postcards from Tora Bora ()

"Tremendous footage of war-torn Afghanistan and Pakistan combine with introspective thoughts of a life-style left behind in this engaging documentary."

Posted Jul 10, 2007

Ron Wilkinson

33 75%

My Best Friend (Mon meilleur ami) (2007)

"French superstar Daniel Auteuil reunites with Cesar-nominated co-star Dany Boon from their previous sit-com "The Valet" to give light hearted comedy another try, with the same mixed results."

Posted Jul 9, 2007

Ron Wilkinson

34 90%

Rescue Dawn (2007)

"Realistic without being exploitative, Herzog tells one his best stories and one of the best survival epics ever."

Posted Jul 4, 2007

Ron Wilkinson

35 83%

Planet B-Boy (2007)

"The energy that flows out of the screen is not only uncontrollable, it is contagious. Miss this flick at your own risk."

Posted Jun 27, 2007

Ron Wilkinson

36 78%

You Kill Me (2007)

"Ben Kingsley takes it easy and gives Leoni and Wilson a chance to shine in this easy-going gangster comedy about friends and killers."

Posted Jun 25, 2007

Ron Wilkinson

37 ——

Mi tao cheng shu shi (Crazy Love) (2001)

"Without question one of the most bizarre love stories of the 20th century, backed up with a socko sound track and unmatched archival footage."

Posted Jun 24, 2007

Ron Wilkinson

38 98%

Ten Canoes (2007)

"One of the best films of the year and what will become an ageless standard in preserving and depicting aborigine culture and the tragicomedy of the human race."

Posted Jun 24, 2007

Ron Wilkinson

39 86%

When the Road Bends...tales of a Gypsy Caravan (2007)

"A great sampler of Roma (Gypsy) music with outstanding road footage would be enough, but the insight into the Roma heart is priceless."

Posted Jun 17, 2007

Ron Wilkinson

40 74%

La Vie en Rose (La Mome) (2007)

"A gripping look at hard times in pre WWII Paris and a passionate lead performance make this film a must-see for Piaf aficionados around the world."

Posted Jun 9, 2007

Ron Wilkinson

41 64%

American Cannibal: The Road to Reality (2006)

"How far would you go to eat a finger?"

Posted Jun 2, 2007

Ron Wilkinson

42 45%

Fay Grim (2007)

"Hal Hartley brings back Parker Posey as the spy who knows too little in this quick-witted follow-up to his 1998 "Henry Fool.""

Posted May 17, 2007

Ron Wilkinson

43 66%

Snow Cake (2006)

"Sigourney Weaver scores big with her first role in recent history that shows her at her best. Alan Rickman provides the perfect counterpart as the loneliest man in Central Canada."

Posted May 16, 2007

Ron Wilkinson

44 88%

Red Road (2007)

"Jackie (Kate Dickie) works as a CCTV operator. Each day she watches over a small part of the world, protecting the people living their lives under her gaze. One day a man appears on her monitor, a man she thought she would never see again, a man she never"

Posted May 15, 2007

Ron Wilkinson

45 70%

Day Night Day Night (2006)

"For something completely different, controversial subject matter (New York bombing) combines with seamless set/surroundings to project a set of abstract images and a marginally successful experimental adventure."

Posted May 15, 2007

Ron Wilkinson

46 92%

Brand Upon the Brain! (2006)

"An expressionist journey with the best, most shadowy sets, the most outrageous inventions and the most horrific childhood memories ever seen in a lighthouse or an orphanage, let alone both."

Posted May 12, 2007

Ron Wilkinson

47 88%

ShowBusiness: The Road to Broadway (2007)

"The engaging story of the obsession that is Broadway musical theatre with the world-class melodies and melodrama that go with it. A vibrant microcosm of human hopes and dreams."

Posted May 12, 2007

Ron Wilkinson

48 56%

Civic Duty (2006)

""Rear Window" updated to post 9-11 corporate downsizing has too many mixed messages to convey the simple fear of a classic thriller."

Posted May 6, 2007

Ron Wilkinson

49 86%

Paris Je T'aime (2007)

"Eighteen short stories in 120 minutes is almost too much to take but this film seems to bind them all together, somehow, with love."

Posted May 3, 2007

Ron Wilkinson

50 70%

The Valet (La Doublure) (2007)

"Daniel Auteuil gets funny with an enjoyable 85 minute sit-com of how not to balance an irate and powerful wife with a smart and paparazzi-popular mistress."

Posted Apr 19, 2007

Ron Wilkinson

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