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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 96%

Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979)

"The historical lampoon of religious fanaticism may not be quite as hilarious as The Holy Grail," but it's even more ambitious..."

Posted Feb 7, 2008

Sean Axmaker

2 92%

El Cid (1961)

"(D)irector Anthony Mann uses his stunning locations and choreographs his armies and crowds magnificently... corralling it into the frame like an old master..."

Posted Feb 7, 2008

Sean Axmaker

3 19%

The Invasion (2007)

"The casting of [Nicole] Kidman and Daniel Craig as the human resistance front is somewhat puzzling %u2013 they're as emotionally restrained as the snatched hordes swarming the streets."

Posted Feb 7, 2008

Sean Axmaker

4 17%

Saw IV (2007)

"Director Darren Lynn Bousman, helming his third sequel in a row, has plenty of gratuitous style to enhance the gratuitous violence and sadistic torture devices..."

Posted Jan 22, 2008

Sean Axmaker

5 63%

It Came from Beneath the Sea (1955)

"Ray Harryhausen's stop-motion special-effects magic highlights this giant octopus creature feature from the golden age of monster movies."

Posted Jan 17, 2008

Sean Axmaker

6 93%

She's Gotta Have It (1986)

"The extremely low-budget, black-and-white production became an American indie Cinderella story and a landmark for African-American cinema..."

Posted Jan 17, 2008

Sean Axmaker

7 13%

Mr. Woodcock (2007)

"... [D]irector Craig Gillespie and his screenwriters can't seem to find anything interesting to do with these two."

Posted Jan 17, 2008

Sean Axmaker

8 5%

Good Luck Chuck (2007)

"It's all pretty lewd and crude, with excess and exposure and grotesque fat gags passing for humor."

Posted Jan 17, 2008

Sean Axmaker

9 82%

The Naked Prey (1966)

"[Director Cornel] Wilde strips the ordeal to the essentials... and sets it against the searing austerity and matter-of-fact savagery of the African wilds..."

Posted Jan 17, 2008

Sean Axmaker

10 40%

The Ritz (1976)

"... a classic door-slamming sex farce with a '70s twist of big, broad, hearty gay stereotypes and Rita Moreno as a flamboyantly talentless singer..."

Posted Jan 10, 2008

Sean Axmaker

11 ——

Big Bang Love, Juvenile A (46-okunen no koi) (2006)

"It's a murder mystery of young men in stir and in lust, with surreal scenes on sets of shadow and light and the merest suggestion of detail."

Posted Jan 10, 2008

Sean Axmaker

12 67%

Shoot 'Em Up (2007)

"For pure gonzo gunplay and action movie overkill, this gloriously absurd spectacle is the most fun I've had in ages."

Posted Jan 10, 2008

Sean Axmaker

13 88%

3:10 to Yuma (2007)

"It's a brutal film about brutal people on the frontier, where even the "good guys" are often thugs in it for the money..."

Posted Jan 10, 2008

Sean Axmaker

14 91%

Blade Runner (1982)

"It's an overwhelming, immersive experience, a total creation of a possible future so complete that you don't need exposition to know how we got from here to there (2019)."

Posted Jan 1, 2008

Sean Axmaker

15 67%

New York, New York (1977)

"(Martin) Scorsese's love of the classic musicals and the studio style is all over the film, while his own instincts for improvisation and dramatic collision plays counterpoint to the gloss."

Posted Dec 20, 2007

Sean Axmaker

16 98%

The Evil Dead (1981)

"... one of the most entertaining American horror films of the 1980s, a stylish roller coaster starring a bloody, battered, lantern-jawed Bruce Campbell."

Posted Dec 20, 2007

Sean Axmaker

17 91%

Blade Runner (1982)

"This "Final Cut" is full of minor adjustments (with subtle reverberations) and major corrections, and the digital enhancements both refine the special effects and deliver a sparkling image."

Posted Dec 20, 2007

Sean Axmaker

18 90%

The Simpsons Movie (2007)

"The big-screen debut of America's favorite yellow-skinned family plays like a supersized episode with gags crammed into every verbal and visual nook and cranny ..."

Posted Dec 20, 2007

Sean Axmaker

19 94%

Two-Lane Blacktop (1971)

"Directed by Monte Hellman from a script reworked by author Rudolph Wurlitzer, it's the greatest road movie ever made, a modern Western without frontiers..."

Posted Dec 13, 2007

Sean Axmaker

20 56%

Maurice Richard (The Rocket) (2007)

"That sociopolitical history is more interesting than the standard hero-worshipping biopic clichés of Richard's struggles against adversity..."

Posted Dec 13, 2007

Sean Axmaker

21 79%

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)

"The fifth Harry Potter book is one of the most distinctive in the series, and first-time big-screen director David Yates... makes it a distinctive adaptation."

Posted Dec 13, 2007

Sean Axmaker

22 94%

The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)

"Paul Greengrass... continues his rough and ready style of choreographing complex action scenes on location and throwing the audience into the middle of the chaos..."

Posted Dec 13, 2007

Sean Axmaker

23 44%

Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End (2007)

"Bigger, busier and longer, the third and (we hope) final chapter of the swashbuckling Disney adventure franchise based on a theme park ride becomes almost abstract..."

Posted Dec 6, 2007

Sean Axmaker

24 91%

Hot Fuzz (2007)

"... inventive parody of armed-and-dangerous buddy cop films and Britain's cottage industry of cozy murder mysteries in picaresque rural villages."

Posted Dec 1, 2007

Sean Axmaker

25 ——

Yôen Dokufuden Hannya no Ohyaku (Ohyaku: The Female Demon) (2007)

"... a mix samurai revenge thriller, crime drama, sexploitation film, and Grand Guignol spectacle."

Posted Nov 30, 2007

Sean Axmaker

26 83%

Paprika (2006)

"The boundaries between the material world and the psychic world blur in Satoshi Kon's nightmare thriller about, in the words of the film itself, mental terrorism."

Posted Nov 30, 2007

Sean Axmaker

27 100%

Gycklarnas afton (Sawdust and Tinsel)(Sunset of a Clown)(The Naked Night) (1953)

"It's a gloomy study in humiliation, filled with portentous performances and symbol laden imagery and set in Bergman country of gray skies and rainy days."

Posted Nov 30, 2007

Sean Axmaker

28 97%

Nosferatu, a Symphony of Horror (Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens) (Nosferatu the Vampire) (1922)

"The first great vampire film, F.W. Murnau's silent classic... recreates the famous bloodsucker as a feral ghoul..."

Posted Nov 30, 2007

Sean Axmaker

29 100%

Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse (1991)

"It's a mesmerizing portrait of a production spiraling out of control in the face of personal upheavals and natural disasters, and a filmmaker struggling to hold it together..."

Posted Nov 30, 2007

Sean Axmaker

30 97%

The Lady Vanishes (1938)

"Alfred Hitchcock patented the romantic thriller with this bright, breezy confection..."

Posted Nov 30, 2007

Sean Axmaker

31 100%

I Am Cuba (Soy Cuba) (1995)

"Poetry meets propaganda in Mikhail Kalatozov's delirious tribute to the Cuban revolution."

Posted Nov 30, 2007

Sean Axmaker

32 90%

Rescue Dawn (2007)

"Herzog doesn't talk politics but they hang over the film... while the escape drama is pure Herzog."

Posted Nov 30, 2007

Sean Axmaker

33 91%

Hairspray (2007)

"To borrow a phrase from Waters' original movie, it's got a good beat and you can dance to it."

Posted Nov 30, 2007

Sean Axmaker

34 89%

Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream (2005)

"Originally made for cable, Stuart Samuels' documentary surveys the six landmark films that defined the midnight movie culture..."

Posted Nov 30, 2007

Sean Axmaker

35 97%

The Princess Bride (1987)

"Both celebrating and spoofing fantasy adventures conventions, the high energy swashbuckler is full of tongue-in-cheek humor that only enhances the fun."

Posted Nov 30, 2007

Sean Axmaker

36 97%

Killer of Sheep: The Charles Burnett Collection (2007)

"This quietly observant black-and-white film school thesis... features a cast of non-actors, a slow-dance rhythm more akin to European cinema than American drama, and a rich soundtrack..."

Posted Nov 30, 2007

Sean Axmaker

37 95%

Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

"Spielberg's screenwriting sounds a bit tinny in parts today, but the film is just as gripping and mesmerizing, thanks to his command as a director and the benevolence of his vision."

Posted Nov 30, 2007

Sean Axmaker

38 100%

Berlin Alexanderplatz ()

"... the auteur's most lavish and complex production ever."

Posted Nov 30, 2007

Sean Axmaker

39 93%

This Is England (2007)

"This portrait of identity in Thatcher's Britain vividly recreates the youth culture of Ben Sherman shirts and Doc Martens boots."

Posted Nov 30, 2007

Sean Axmaker

40 70%

Ocean's Thirteen (2007)

"It's all very silly and overdone, but they pull it off..."

Posted Nov 30, 2007

Sean Axmaker

41 98%

Chinatown (1974)

"Simply put, Chinatown is one of the great films of the 1970s."

Posted Nov 30, 2007

Sean Axmaker

42 78%

Shi gan (Time) (2007)

"... the take on about identity and obsession also suggests a psychodrama riff on Nip/Tuck with a side of jealousy and schizophrenia."

Posted Nov 30, 2007

Sean Axmaker

43 63%

Spider-Man 3 (2007)

"... it's way too much of a good thing, but director Sam Raimi manages to pack it all in and even provide some satisfying character closure."

Posted Nov 30, 2007

Sean Axmaker

44 88%

Fantastic Planet (1973)

"Weird, lush landscapes and bizarre imagery create an alien world of wonder and terror, which (Rene) Laloux presents from an eerie remove."

Posted Nov 30, 2007

Sean Axmaker

45 100%

Battleship Potemkin (1925)

"Eisenstein orchestrates the film like a visual symphony, enhancing the movement of the action on-screen through the rhythm of the editing..."

Posted Nov 30, 2007

Sean Axmaker

46 97%

Breathless (À bout de souffle) (By a Tether) (1961)

"Jean-Luc Godard's feature debut was a cinematic blast across the bow of French filmmaking and international cinema..."

Posted Nov 30, 2007

Sean Axmaker

47 55%

Mr. Brooks (2007)

"It's oddly entertaining, as long as you lower your threshold of disbelief..."

Posted Nov 30, 2007

Sean Axmaker

48 100%

Why Has Bodhi-Dharma Left for the East? (1989)

"... one of the most physically beautiful films ever made, sumptuous and sensuous, full of delicate and quiet imagery."

Posted Nov 30, 2007

Sean Axmaker

49 76%

The Jazz Singer (1927)

"It's absurdly maudlin, a creaky story of a modern American son with "jazz music" in his soul.... But Jolson is marvelous, mugging and shimmying his way through songs"

Posted Nov 30, 2007

Sean Axmaker

50 77%

Planet Terror (Grindhouse Presents: Robert Rodriguez's Planet Terror) (2007)

"... a scruffy, over-the-top zombie action film... filled with action, horror, gore, tough guys, sexy chicks, and of course ocular trauma."

Posted Nov 30, 2007

Sean Axmaker

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