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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 94%

Juno (2007)

"It's a bundle of joy with heart, charm, intelligence and wit to spare."

Posted May 3, 2008

Sean Axmaker

2 94%

The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1998)

"The celebration of storytelling and the magic of fantasy is not really a kids film... but the whimsical treat does capture the spirit of innocent wonder, even with the nightmare ripples."

Posted May 3, 2008

Sean Axmaker

3 75%

Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007)

"... it's more silly than clever, quoting Ray and Walk the Line (among other biopics) as Dewey morphs through country, R&B, rock, folk and other musical genres."

Posted May 3, 2008

Sean Axmaker

4 91%

There Will Be Blood (2007)

"... reworks the American entrepreneurial success story as an elemental frontier myth, roughly hewn out of the landscape that is remade in its wake."

Posted May 3, 2008

Sean Axmaker

5 ——

Solomon and Sheba (2008)

"The last film directed by Hollywood legend King Vidor is a Super Technirama wide-screen spectacle shot in Spain with an international cast."

Posted May 3, 2008

Sean Axmaker

6 67%

La Notte di San Lorenzo (Night of the Shooting Stars) (The Night of San Lorenzo) (1982)

"Paolo and Vittorio Taviani won the Grand Prix at the 1982 Cannes Film Festival with their delicate and delirious story of war and survival as seen through the eyes of a 6-year-old girl."

Posted May 3, 2008

Sean Axmaker

7 86%

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)

"Burton plays the black comedy as both threepenny opera and Grand Guignol, a revenge melodrama in the squalor of a 19th century London the color of bone and ash and stone."

Posted May 3, 2008

Sean Axmaker

8 ——

The Second Track (Das zweite Gleis) (1962)

"(T)he flashback scenes are dramatically potent and the dissonant score creates a nervy atmosphere."

Posted Mar 28, 2008

Sean Axmaker

9 60%

Lost Highway (1997)

"... a wild ride of doubles and doppelgangers, time shifts, surreal images and plot twists that will rattle around in your mind long after the film is over."

Posted Mar 28, 2008

Sean Axmaker

10 90%

Bonnie and Clyde (1967)

"The R-rated Bonnie and Clyde... reverberated through the culture and polarized critics and audiences."

Posted Mar 28, 2008

Sean Axmaker

11 ——

Lady Killer (1933)

"[James] Cagney is at his insolent best as the perpetual-motion wiseguy, always with a ready crack yet resilient enough to laugh at a creative insult lobbed his way."

Posted Mar 28, 2008

Sean Axmaker

12 57%

PTU (PTU - Police Tactical Unit) (2003)

"... a tight, concise action thriller, played against a backdrop of empty streets and lonely pools of light."

Posted Mar 28, 2008

Sean Axmaker

13 66%

Wristcutters - A Love Story (2007)

"Goran Dukic adapts Etgar Keret's story with surreal whimsy and directs his "Route 666" tour through a wasteland of nothingness with deadpan understatement."

Posted Mar 28, 2008

Sean Axmaker

14 73%

The Mist (2007)

"[Frank] Darabont is out to make an old-fashioned monster movie on a budget. He's no master of tension or action but he is good with actors"

Posted Mar 28, 2008

Sean Axmaker

15 83%

The Dragon Painter (1919)

"It's a simple story with some lovely images and a terrific performance by Hayakawa as the simple artistic primitive..."

Posted Mar 20, 2008

Sean Axmaker

16 84%

The Ice Storm (1997)

"Lee's chilly recreation of a stormy Thanksgiving weekend captures a culture in snapshot..."

Posted Mar 20, 2008

Sean Axmaker

17 92%

The Pride of the Yankees (1942)

"It's the American Dream incarnate... recreated as an irresistible drama of Hollywood craft, sentimentalism and star power."

Posted Mar 20, 2008

Sean Axmaker

18 97%

Bull Durham (1988)

"The sports scenes have an offbeat authenticity and the romance is funny and sexy."

Posted Mar 20, 2008

Sean Axmaker

19 96%

Mafioso (1964)

"The film never loses its sly humor, but it turns darker with a force that packs a gut-punch..."

Posted Mar 20, 2008

Sean Axmaker

20 17%

Revolver (2005)

"Revolver looks like a gritty gangster thriller and plays like The Matrix with an incoherent stream of spacey psychobabble."

Posted Mar 20, 2008

Sean Axmaker

21 83%

Atonement (2007)

"... bristles with life, lust, jealousy, betrayal and tragedy with a small t, the kind reserved for us mere mortals."

Posted Mar 20, 2008

Sean Axmaker

22 70%

I Am Legend (2007)

"Will Smith is the sole uninfected human left in New York and he is magnificent in the film, teetering on the edge of sanity as he scavenges the city for food..."

Posted Mar 20, 2008

Sean Axmaker

23 82%

Gattaca (1997)

"The sleek, handsome look makes the most of a limited budget to create the cold, emotionless surface of a world where everyone lives in dire fear of someone finding out their own private secret."

Posted Mar 20, 2008

Sean Axmaker

24 ——

Appleseed Saga: Ex Machina (2007)

"... you can feel [John Woo's] presence in the two-handed gun battles, slow-motion acrobatics, and spent shell casings waterfalling to the ground."

Posted Mar 20, 2008

Sean Axmaker

25 37%

August Rush (2007)

"... the "Oliver Twist" knockoff forgoes the social commentary of Dickens to play up the gooey romantic fantasy of music as the language of love."

Posted Mar 20, 2008

Sean Axmaker

26 36%

Sleuth (2007)

"... the film comes off as little more than a contrivance for the theatrical spectacle of two actors duking it out, and [Jude] Law is simply outmatched."

Posted Mar 20, 2008

Sean Axmaker

27 14%

Hitman (2007)

"The hit video game comes to the big screen in the slick, silly action thriller..."

Posted Mar 20, 2008

Sean Axmaker

28 64%

Dan in Real Life (2007)

"The plot often falls into contrivance, but the crazy-yet-comfortable chaos of the family reunion setting smoothes it all over..."

Posted Mar 20, 2008

Sean Axmaker

29 94%

No Country for Old Men (2007)

"... the Coen brothers' adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's novel is their masterpiece, a perfect match of story and storyteller."

Posted Mar 20, 2008

Sean Axmaker

30 100%

12 Angry Men (Twelve Angry Men) (1957)

"Sidney Lumet... effectively modulates the drama without ever taking the camera out of the jury room until the verdict is in and the jury is out."

Posted Mar 5, 2008

Sean Axmaker

31 64%

Things We Lost in the Fire (2007)

"... at times morose, but the tale of healing is directed with compassion and a powerful, sometimes discomforting intimacy."

Posted Mar 5, 2008

Sean Axmaker

32 82%

Into the Wild (2007)

"Sean Penn's adaptation of Jon Krakauer's nonfiction book is a bracing cinematic plunge..."

Posted Mar 5, 2008

Sean Axmaker

33 79%

Non si deve profanare il sonno dei morti (Let Sleeping Corpses Lie) (Don't Open the Window) (1974)

"... Jorge Grau delivers the gruesome goods in a cinematic blood frenzy with satisfyingly dark dramatic twists."

Posted Feb 28, 2008

Sean Axmaker

34 ——

Justice League: The New Frontier (2008)

"... an interesting take with a PG-13 rating, but seems torn between adult sensibilities and conventional instincts."

Posted Feb 28, 2008

Sean Axmaker

35 20%

Slipstream (1989)

"It looks like Oliver Stone gripped with ADD as he stretches out an episode of The Twilight Zone to feature length."

Posted Feb 28, 2008

Sean Axmaker

36 61%

Death at a Funeral (2007)

"[Frank] Oz hits a couple of great gags, but most of it feels tired and overworked..."

Posted Feb 28, 2008

Sean Axmaker

37 68%

The Darjeeling Limited (2007)

"... a nice sense of fraternal affection under the frustration, playful details in the margins, a bouncy energy, and Anderson's idiosyncratic tastes in fashion and music."

Posted Feb 28, 2008

Sean Axmaker

38 71%

Beowulf (2007)

"... as reimagined by writers Neil Gaiman and Roger Avary, this Beowulf has the dimensions of a Greek tragedy..."

Posted Feb 28, 2008

Sean Axmaker

39 ——

Akumu tantei (Nightmare Detective) (2006)

"Shinya Tsukamoto... moves into the more traditional J-horror currents of madness without the dark humor or wicked twists of his earlier films."

Posted Feb 28, 2008

Sean Axmaker

40 75%

Life is a Bed of Roses (1983)

"Life Is a Fairy Tale is a more accurate translation of the original French title of Alain Resnais' 1983 mix of drama, romance, fantasy and musical."

Posted Feb 28, 2008

Sean Axmaker

41 ——

American Gangster (1992)

"[Tony] Scott's epic treatment is well crafted but lacks the drama of the modern crime classics his film evokes."

Posted Feb 28, 2008

Sean Axmaker

42 90%

Michael Clayton (2007)

"[Tony] Gilroy directs with a cool hand and an underplayed sense of drama, letting the words and the performances carry the film."

Posted Feb 28, 2008

Sean Axmaker

43 53%

Romance and Cigarettes (2007)

"... it feels a bit off-key and a lot unfocused."

Posted Feb 28, 2008

Sean Axmaker

44 94%

Gone Baby Gone (2007)

"It's a PI movie with the feel of an indie drama..."

Posted Feb 28, 2008

Sean Axmaker

45 93%

The Apartment (1960)

"... behind the sharp satire of corporate and personal ethics is a genuinely sweet and affecting romantic comedy."

Posted Feb 7, 2008

Sean Axmaker

46 85%

2 Days in Paris (2007)

"It's cute and funny and prickly, with a humor that cushions the conflicts humming just under the surface."

Posted Feb 7, 2008

Sean Axmaker

47 65%

The Jane Austen Book Club (2007)

"This is definitely engineered to appeal to Austen fans, but the characters feel less sincere than their literary counterparts..."

Posted Feb 7, 2008

Sean Axmaker

48 43%

The Brave One (2007)

"Here's something I never thought I'd see: a new-age vigilante movie."

Posted Feb 7, 2008

Sean Axmaker

49 100%

Val Lewton: The Man in the Shadows (2007)

"Martin Scorsese narrates this well-made documentary about the cult film producer [of] a unit making low-budget horror films for RKO Studios."

Posted Feb 7, 2008

Sean Axmaker

50 97%

Groundhog Day (1993)

"What appears at first glance to be another high concept Bill Murray comedy turns out to be one of the most affirming -- and funny -- films ever made about personal awakening."

Posted Feb 7, 2008

Sean Axmaker

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