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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 85%

The Hoax (2007)

"Lasse Hallstrom directs with a looseness and a snap that has been absent from his recent Oscar-bait productions, and Gere sells Irving's spiel like a con man caught up in his own pitch."

Posted Nov 30, 2007

Sean Axmaker

2 79%

A Mighty Heart (2007)

"... the film dramatizes Mariane's frantic search for clues with the pulse of a thriller and the intelligence of a political drama."

Posted Nov 30, 2007

Sean Axmaker

3 ——

A Cottage on Dartmoor (1930)

"Produced at the cusp of sound, Anthony Asquith's brilliant silent thriller is as visually dynamic and cinematically creative as Hitchcock's best silent efforts."

Posted Oct 11, 2007

Sean Axmaker

4 78%

You Kill Me (2007)

"The script doesn't know where to take the story but the actors are pitch-perfect and the film is dead funny."

Posted Oct 11, 2007

Sean Axmaker

5 71%

28 Weeks Later... (2007)

"Fresnadillo drives the scenes of zombie mayhem with a jumpy camera and a fractured editing style that adds a sense of panic to the chaos..."

Posted Oct 11, 2007

Sean Axmaker

6 ——

The Intruder (The Stranger) (1962)

"William Shatner delivers the most controlled performance of his career..."

Posted Oct 1, 2007

Sean Axmaker

7 64%

Severance (2006)

"Director/co-writer Christopher Smith puts an inventive spin on a familiar hunt-and-kill horror genre and fills the edges with sardonic humor and fantasy visions."

Posted Oct 1, 2007

Sean Axmaker

8 76%

Black Book (Zwartboek) (2007)

"(A) riveting World War II resistance thriller with a runaway pace and a gripping sense of peril."

Posted Oct 1, 2007

Sean Axmaker

9 90%

Knocked Up (2007)

"Apatow's gags are strewn with crude language and extreme behavior but his humor is all grounded in character and relationships and prickly moments of self-realization and guilt..."

Posted Oct 1, 2007

Sean Axmaker

10 50%

Bickford Shmeckler's Cool Ideas (2007)

"What should be the American Pie of college genius comedies suffers from a lack of imagination and an absence of impudence..."

Posted Oct 1, 2007

Sean Axmaker

11 71%

From Beyond (1986)

"... less concerned with black comedy and outre gore than the madness that permeates the Lovecraft universe."

Posted Sep 20, 2007

Sean Axmaker

12 91%

Face/Off (1997)

"... this operatic 1997 action thriller remains John Woo's most satisfying and exhilarating film since leaving Hong Kong for Hollywood."

Posted Sep 20, 2007

Sean Axmaker

13 94%

Deliverance (1972)

"John Boorman's harrowing adaptation of James Dickey's novel is as bracing and haunting now as it was when it first shook up audiences 35 years ago."

Posted Sep 20, 2007

Sean Axmaker

14 67%

Death Proof (2007)

"True to form, Tarantino turns it into the oddest genre piece to never play a drive-in..."

Posted Sep 20, 2007

Sean Axmaker

15 95%

Offside (2006)

"Panahi isn't shy about confronting the cultural hypocrisy, but it's less through debate than through the lively interplay between the young urban women and the provincial soldiers..."

Posted Aug 30, 2007

Sean Axmaker

16 69%

Blades of Glory (2007)

"... as stupid and silly as it is funny, with absurdly florid and tastelessly choreographed skate routines... and plenty of backroom scheming."

Posted Aug 30, 2007

Sean Axmaker

17 80%

True Heart Susie (1919)

"... this 1919 silent movie romance of small-town innocence and naivete is D.W. Griffith as his sentimental best."

Posted Aug 30, 2007

Sean Axmaker

18 96%

3:10 to Yuma (1957)

"Set during a drought in the empty, parched West, this is a film defined by emptiness and dust, its players alone and vulnerable in the eerie landscape."

Posted Aug 30, 2007

Sean Axmaker

19 57%

Dr. T & The Women (2000)

"... Altman spins delicate scenes and beautiful moments throughout the flighty fun."

Posted Aug 30, 2007

Sean Axmaker

20 93%

The Lives of Others (2006)

"Is there anything more dangerous than a true believer who approaches his mission with unshakable certainty and unwavering dogma?"

Posted Aug 26, 2007

Sean Axmaker

21 ——

She (1935)

"Randolph Scott leads the expedition to recover the mysterious "Flame of Life"... but the production design and fantastic spectacle overshadows them all..."

Posted Aug 26, 2007

Sean Axmaker

22 88%

RoboCop (1987)

"Behind the black comedy and explicit violence is a sci-fi satire that posits big business running city services like a factory, complete with downsizing and cost cutting."

Posted Aug 26, 2007

Sean Axmaker

23 82%

Serenity (2005)

"Joss Whedon's big-screen incarnation of his short-lived TV series Firefly [is a] lively, humor-laden science fiction Western..."

Posted Aug 26, 2007

Sean Axmaker

24 93%

La Voie lactée (The Milky Way) (1969)

"The first film in... a trilogy of comically surreal satires is a cheeky return to some of his favorite themes -- religion and hypocrisy..."

Posted Aug 26, 2007

Sean Axmaker

25 86%

Elvis: That's the Way It Is (1999)

"The definitive portrait of Elvis the Vegas headliner follows the King through his 1970 summer engagement in Las Vegas from backstage bustle to box-office hustle to 27 stage numbers."

Posted Aug 14, 2007

Sean Axmaker

26 ——

This Is Elvis (2007)

"The 1981 documentary begins with awkward recreations of Elvis' early life but soon turns into an excellent introductory portrait of the country boy turned rock and roll phenomenon..."

Posted Aug 14, 2007

Sean Axmaker

27 ——

Loving You (1957)

"The show-biz musical about a country boy with a unique sound... is a streamlined and sanitized retake on the story of Elvis..."

Posted Aug 14, 2007

Sean Axmaker

28 84%

Viva Las Vegas (1964)

"It's all color and glamor and sexy fun."

Posted Aug 14, 2007

Sean Axmaker

29 79%

Jailhouse Rock (1957)

"Elvis delivered his definitive screen appearance in this budget-minded black and white production, a dark reflection of the Loving You rise to fame."

Posted Aug 14, 2007

Sean Axmaker

30 90%

Flaming Star (1960)

"Less an "Elvis film" than a western starring young Presley in a surprisingly well cast role, this lean frontier drama... offers one of his most impressive performances."

Posted Aug 14, 2007

Sean Axmaker

31 100%

King Creole (1958)

"Elvis rises to the occasion of his fourth feature. He's a natural, more attitude and impulse than complexity and nuance, as he burns through the role..."

Posted Aug 14, 2007

Sean Axmaker

32 98%

Taxi Driver (1976)

"Martin Scorsese's searing portrait of loneliness and violence on the mean streets of New York remains one of the quintessential films of 1970s American cinema..."

Posted Aug 14, 2007

Sean Axmaker

33 87%

The Lookout (2007)

"Appearances are deceiving all around in this contemporary twist on a classic crime-film situation..."

Posted Aug 14, 2007

Sean Axmaker

34 48%

Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theatres (2007)

"It's either utterly brilliant, dementedly puerile, or a crassly commercial knockoff ... or possibly all three."

Posted Aug 14, 2007

Sean Axmaker

35 72%

Fracture (2007)

"The gimmicky little murder mystery... plays like a terrific episode of Law & Order with great production values and a tired lesson in humility."

Posted Aug 14, 2007

Sean Axmaker

36 72%

Inland Empire (2006)

"If you are willing to lose yourself in Lynch's sensibilities, you'll find a hypnotic and richly textural experience..."

Posted Aug 14, 2007

Sean Axmaker

37 ——

Popeye the Sailor 1933-1938 - Volume One (2007)

"An essential set for animation buffs."

Posted Aug 2, 2007

Sean Axmaker

38 ——

Babylon 5: The Lost Tales (2007)

"Straczynski is a better writer than director... and despite the fine visual effects it all feels constrained by the low budget."

Posted Aug 2, 2007

Sean Axmaker

39 80%

20 Million Miles to Earth (1957)

"As in the best of Harryhausen's creations, the creature from outer space has an endearing personality that comes through its skittish movements and uncomprehending face."

Posted Aug 2, 2007

Sean Axmaker

40 60%

300 (2007)

"Forget realism, this is Greek history as "The Lord of the Rings" myth and spectacle, with thousands of gigabytes of black CGI blood spilled and spattered across the screen."

Posted Aug 2, 2007

Sean Axmaker

41 75%

Les Enfants terribles (The Strange Ones) (1950)

"The narration-heavy chamber piece is not a natural fit for Melville, but he finds a visual grace to match the story's perverse poetry."

Posted Jul 26, 2007

Sean Axmaker

42 94%

Lat sau san taam (Hard-Boiled) (1992)

"The ballet of violence has never been so outrageously or beautifully choreographed."

Posted Jul 26, 2007

Sean Axmaker

43 ——

Malpertuis: The Legend of Doom House (1971)

"... a gorgeous film and a mysterious curiosity."

Posted Jul 26, 2007

Sean Axmaker

44 40%

Live Free or Die (2006)

"... low-key black comedy stars Aaron Stanford as a two-bit blowhard and small-time scammer swimming in the shallow end of the New Hampshire gene pool."

Posted Jul 26, 2007

Sean Axmaker

45 89%

Zodiac (2007)

"The low-key thriller is as much a study in obsession and detail as it is a murder mystery. And Fincher is appropriately obsessive in his attention to detail..."

Posted Jul 26, 2007

Sean Axmaker

46 88%

Ace in the Hole (The Big Carnival) (1951)

"Billy Wilder is the American cinema's most famous cynic, but nothing in his career is as scathing as his indictment of the American media circus..."

Posted Jul 18, 2007

Sean Axmaker

47 74%

Avenue Montaigne (Fauteuils d'orchestre) (Orchestra Seats) (2006)

"[Director Daniele] Thompson has a light touch and an upbeat style that keeps the film flowing through the stories..."

Posted Jul 18, 2007

Sean Axmaker

48 ——

Furankenshutain tai chitei kaijû Baragon (Frankenstein Conquers the World) (1965)

"This 1965 Japanese giant monster movie is arguably the damnedest Frankenstein film ever made."

Posted Jun 28, 2007

Sean Axmaker

49 ——

Karate Bullfighter (2004)

"Despite the exotic title Karate Bull Fighter is a classic tale of the maverick champion who stands up to the orthodoxy of the federation..."

Posted Jun 28, 2007

Sean Axmaker

50 44%

Steal Me (2005)

"Melissa Painter's slice of rural family drama is an ambitious character study in a modest frame."

Posted Jun 28, 2007

Sean Axmaker

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