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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 78%

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 89%

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

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