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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 95%

Call the Midwife: Season 1 (TV, 2012)

" Even the effect of innumerable rectal probes, painful births and - yes, the presence of Jenny Agutter - soon wears off, leaving behind the bare threads of what is actually just a pretty bog-standard, cosy Sunday night drama. "

Posted Apr 2, 2014

Stuart Bak

2 93%

Drive (2011)

"... celebrates -- one might say revels in -- the pulp mythology of existential anti-heroes and criminal chivalry and street opera tragedy of American movies."

Posted Jan 31, 2012

Sean Axmaker

3 93%

Midnight in Paris (2011)

"[Woody] Allen brings his fantasy to life with such affection and joy that he transports us into his dream come true as a shared fantasy."

Posted Dec 22, 2011

Sean Axmaker

4 88%

Margin Call (2011)

"Chandor is more interested in the banality of greed and opportunism and the ease in which principled employees are swayed to engage in unprincipled acts."

Posted Dec 22, 2011

Sean Axmaker

5 96%

Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2011)

"... captures the space, the texture, the quality of color of these ghost-like paintings, like shadows of the past captured on the cave walls."

Posted Nov 30, 2011

Sean Axmaker

6 22%

The Smurfs (2011)

"Call me Grouchy, but I say grown-ups should just say smurf it and avoid the film completely. "

Posted Nov 30, 2011

Sean Axmaker

7 84%

Beginners (2011)

"[Director Mike] Mills... gives the film a celebratory passion in the quiet closeness of father and son and the playful first-person storytelling..."

Posted Nov 16, 2011

Sean Axmaker

8 35%

Larry Crowne (2011)

"... lacks any sense of gravity. Hanks has too much moxie to let little things like unemployment and an underwater mortgage get him down..."

Posted Nov 16, 2011

Sean Axmaker

9 39%

Cars 2 (2011)

"Kids will be entertained and so will adults. I just didn't find myself particularly engaged."

Posted Nov 1, 2011

Sean Axmaker

10 89%

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)

"... that rare breed: an imaginative live-action kid's film that engages and delights adults."

Posted Oct 19, 2011

Sean Axmaker

11 86%

Batman: Year One (2011)

"For a story constructed out of choppy slices, this is probably the most unified of the DC animated features."

Posted Oct 19, 2011

Sean Axmaker

12 33%

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)

"Director Rob Marshall stages slapstick like dance choreography and action like a theme park ride. Which I guess is appropriate... "

Posted Oct 17, 2011

Sean Axmaker

13 77%

Fast Five (2011)

"Forget physics, it's just a fun blast of action movie ingenuity, as is the film as a whole. "

Posted Oct 4, 2011

Sean Axmaker

14 9%

Captain America (1990)

"... a real stiff, a corny piece of nostalgic pulp with cheap action, cheesy dialogue and a charismatically challenged leading man."

Posted Sep 30, 2011

Sean Axmaker

15 90%

Bridesmaids (2011)

"... a girl-bonding romp filled equally with outlandish bridal showers and alcohol-fueled slapstick aggression, grand romantic gestures and furtive sex, high couture and low blows."

Posted Sep 28, 2011

Sean Axmaker

16 75%

Basket Case (1982)

"The DIY effects may look naively amateur today but there's a loving B-movie attitude and a genuine sense of character to the "monster," the misshapen, fleshy, snaggle-toothed Belial."

Posted Sep 28, 2011

Sean Axmaker

17 No Score Yet

Carlos Cavazo - The Carlos Cavazo Package ()

"... a mesmerizing portrait of committed activist who transforms himself into a media-hungry rock star of an international terrorist."

Posted Sep 28, 2011

Sean Axmaker

18 36%

Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011)

"You either take it on faith that the succession of scenes and exposition actually add up to a story and enjoy the ride, or sink 2 1/2 hours into the most expensive abstract disaster film ever made."

Posted Sep 28, 2011

Sean Axmaker

19 84%

Scarface (1983)

"It's a whole new spin on the immigrant story and the American Dream as an underworld nightmare and a fitting bookend to the two Godfather films."

Posted Sep 15, 2011

Sean Axmaker

20 87%

X-Men: First Class (2011)

"While it never reaches the intelligence or character richness of the first two X-Men films, it's still the superior superhero spectacle of 2011 to date. "

Posted Sep 15, 2011

Sean Axmaker

21 100%

Citizen Kane (1941)

"Above all, Welles was a showman and Citizen Kane is a three ring circus of cinematic ingenuity..."

Posted Sep 14, 2011

Sean Axmaker

22 No Score Yet

Starz Studios: Spartacus: Gods Of The Arena ()

"... a succession of brutal arena battles painted over in swaths of crimson CGI spatter and gaping wounds (a la 300) interspersed with softcore sex right..."

Posted Sep 14, 2011

Sean Axmaker

23 77%

Thor (2011)

"... not to say that Thor is awful, simply uninspired, full of sound and fury and not much else."

Posted Sep 14, 2011

Sean Axmaker

24 84%

Jane Eyre (2011)

"... this new incarnation embraces the Gothic gloom and lonely isolation of the novel but, like its stoic, strong heroine, never gives in to the darkness."

Posted Aug 21, 2011

Sean Axmaker

25 80%

The Big Lebowski (1998)

"The Coens concoct an absurdist Chandler-esque mystery, drop in a couple hilarious dream fantasies, and even bring in a drawling Sam Elliot to narrate this tall tale like a western myth."

Posted Aug 21, 2011

Sean Axmaker

26 No Score Yet

Sands of the Kalahari (2014)

"Cy Endfield explored similar themes in "Zulu" a year before but this comes off as pulp melodrama of the machismo variety."

Posted Aug 3, 2011

Sean Axmaker

27 75%

Stake Land (2011)

"There's a scruffy immediacy to the direction... but also a grace to the imagery and a commitment to the performances."

Posted Aug 3, 2011

Sean Axmaker

28 72%

Rio (2011)

"There's lots of color, some gorgeous animation, a running beat of lively (if not always memorable) music and the energy of lovely tropical birds in flight. The rest is formula..."

Posted Aug 3, 2011

Sean Axmaker

29 36%

Skidoo (1968)

"... Keystone Mobsters, with career criminals and fun-loving hippies colliding in a comedy of flower power, slapstick and psychedelia..."

Posted Jul 20, 2011

Sean Axmaker

30 70%

Limitless (2011)

"It's not the science that's important, it's the momentum, the conceptual journey, the dynamism of the head games and chemically-enhanced battle of wits..."

Posted Jul 20, 2011

Sean Axmaker

31 88%

Rango (2011)

"... this southwestern goof is really for really big kids with a love of movies, a sense of whimsy and a soft spot for the hideously gorgeous creatures of the desert. "

Posted Jul 12, 2011

Sean Axmaker

32 93%

Of Gods and Men (2011)

"... as powerful a film you'll ever see about faith, commitment and the courage of one's convictions."

Posted Jul 5, 2011

Sean Axmaker

33 66%

Hobo With a Shotgun (2011)

"... a blood-spattered love letter to the grindhouse vengeance movie by first-time filmmakers who, as Spinal Tap might put it, crank everything up to 11."

Posted Jul 5, 2011

Sean Axmaker

34 80%

Barney's Version (2011)

"Director Richard J. Lewis never quite gets a handle on the sprawling storyline and stumbles over the tonal shifts... but Giamatti holds the center together. "

Posted Jul 1, 2011

Sean Axmaker

35 69%

A Thousand Clowns (1965)

"... there's something disingenuous about presenting defiant purposelessness and unemployment as an act of courage."

Posted Jul 1, 2011

Sean Axmaker

36 100%

Menschen am Sonntag (People on Sunday) (1930)

"The mix of naturalism, visual poetry, youthful energy and frisky sexuality of a canoodling romantic triangle is really quite irresistible. "

Posted Jul 1, 2011

Sean Axmaker

37 No Score Yet

Tetsuo: The Bullet Man (2009)

"The backstory satisfies a certain urge to know but lacks the gonzo mystery and waking nightmare horror of the original..."

Posted Jul 1, 2011

Sean Axmaker

38 97%

Kiss Me Deadly (1955)

"... delivers a pulp punch while it savagely satirizes the entire hardboiled mythos with its bare-knuckle brutality, flights of purple prose dialogue and he-man chauvinism ..."

Posted Jun 27, 2011

Sean Axmaker

39 72%

The Adjustment Bureau (2011)

"Too bad the film doesn't have anything else to offer besides the chemistry between the photogenic leads, the handsome location shooting and the usual bromides ..."

Posted Jun 27, 2011

Sean Axmaker

40 10%

Red Riding Hood (2011)

"... this gorgeously-mounted production fails to rouse the primitive ferocity of the primal beauty and the beast tale."

Posted Jun 14, 2011

Sean Axmaker

41 35%

Battle: Los Angeles (2011)

"... this humorless film as unimaginative -- and as exhausting -- as you can get. "

Posted Jun 14, 2011

Sean Axmaker

42 93%

Another Year (2010)

"There's a lot of anger and misery around them and yet it's amazing how this film... can also be so warming and affirming."

Posted Jun 11, 2011

Sean Axmaker

43 96%

The Man Who Would Be King (1975)

"... one of the most rousing adventures of the 1970s."

Posted Jun 11, 2011

Sean Axmaker

44 92%

The Stunt Man (1980)

"The film twists and turns from scene to scene, carrying the audience on the some whirlwind mind-game..."

Posted Jun 11, 2011

Sean Axmaker

45 96%

True Grit (2010)

"... the most accessible and successful (financially speaking) film of their career. "

Posted Jun 11, 2011

Sean Axmaker

46 No Score Yet

The Merry Widow (1925)

"Stroheim revels in the mind-blowing decadence of the playground of royal existence..."

Posted May 26, 2011

Sean Axmaker

47 No Score Yet

Laila (1929)

"... there is an elemental power from the film's location shooting in the mountains of Norway."

Posted May 26, 2011

Sean Axmaker

48 90%

The Illusionist (L'illusionniste) (2010)

"... a delicate and delightful piece of old-fashioned hand-drawn animation where character is in body language and personality in the "performance." "

Posted May 26, 2011

Sean Axmaker

49 87%

Blue Valentine (2010)

"... a crucible for very powerful performances and a convincing relationship in all its contradictions."

Posted May 26, 2011

Sean Axmaker