Film Scouts

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 ——

Shooting Michael Moore (2010)

Posted May 17, 2011

Leslie Rigoulot

2 ——

Mary Jane's Not a Virgin Anymore (1997)

Posted Apr 4, 2011

Liza Bear

3 84%

Jane Eyre (2011)

Posted Mar 15, 2011

Karen Jaehne

4 ——

Histoire(s) du cinéma: Seul le cinéma ()

Posted Nov 17, 2007

David Sterritt

5 44%

Ex Drummer (2011)

"Ex Drummer is a mess of a film, a tawdry, bizarre tale that has enough visual style to set it apart, barely, from being a complete waste of several hours of your life."

Posted Sep 8, 2007

Jason Gorber

6 94%

My Winnipeg (2007)

"Part documentary, part autobiography, part psychotherapy, Maddin's smooth narration and pithy asides take us in his inimitable style on a journey through what he dubs "the coldest city in North America"."

Posted Sep 8, 2007

Jason Gorber

7 76%

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)

"With an almost aching restraint in the performances and storytelling, Assassination makes for a quite enjoyable film if you give yourself over to its pacing and style."

Posted Sep 8, 2007

Jason Gorber

8 94%

No Country for Old Men (2007)

"This is a film that pulls no punches - it's brutal, violent and at times perverse. It is almost sadistic in how it removes all sense of catharsis from the audience, yet does so with such grace and efficiency that you're constantly shaking your head in ama"

Posted Sep 8, 2007

Jason Gorber

9 94%

Juno (2007)

"It's a thinking person's teen flick, a feel-good film that earns its earnestness. It's got the-little-film-that-could spirit that could see it succeed like Little Miss Sunshine, but for my money it's the better of the two..."

Posted Sep 7, 2007

Jason Gorber

10 90%

Michael Clayton (2007)

"A story rich in ideas that doesn't blow valuable time proselytizing its message."

Posted Sep 7, 2007

Jason Gorber

11 72%

Lust, Caution (2007)

"It's a film to admire, but not an easy one to fall in love with."

Posted Sep 7, 2007

Jason Gorber

12 43%

The Brave One (2007)

"In the end it's a film that doesn't know what it wants to be - on the one hand it's visceral entertainment (B-thriller?), and on the other hand it tries for some arch conservative, Reaganesque view of conflict resolution."

Posted Sep 7, 2007

Jason Gorber

13 ——

Chicken Rice War ()

"The Montagues and Capulets are replaced by the Wong's and Chan's, as an age-old rivalry between two Chicken Rice sellers has dragged on for generations."

Posted Jun 25, 2007

Jason Gorber

14 53%

Sheitan (Satan) (2006)

"Kids-in-the-country vibe mixes teen horror with Deliverance"

Posted Jun 21, 2007

Jason Gorber

15 69%

Lights in the Dusk (Laitakaupungin valot) (2007)

"Another weird, frigid tale by Kaurismaki."

Posted Jun 21, 2007

Jason Gorber

16 70%

Amazing Grace (2007)

"While the subject matter is ripe for investigation, the film isn't quite up to the challenge."

Posted Jun 21, 2007

Jason Gorber

17 ——

Invisible Waves (2007)

"The story of betrayal, poisoning, karaoke and manky cruise ships is often convoluted despite the deliberate pace."

Posted Jun 21, 2007

Jason Gorber

18 96%

Flirting (1992)

"Animation is used here clearly to allow the story to be told with a certain amount of distance, yet the constant shift in tone and introduction of video elements keeps the film intensely unsettling."

Posted Jun 21, 2007

Jason Gorber

19 ——

Tales of the Rat Fink (2006)

"Bubble cars and air-brushed flames abound...Interesting and accessible."

Posted Jun 21, 2007

Jason Gorber

20 ——

No Place Like Home ()

"The classic reggae of the soundtrack (interspersed with MOR 70s schmaltz) keeps the film chugging along."

Posted Jun 21, 2007

Jason Gorber

21 64%

Severance (2006)

"A slasher film with a brain, cleverly constructed with strong performances and storyline....The Office meets Deliverance...."

Posted Jun 21, 2007

Jason Gorber

22 87%

The Pervert's Guide to Cinema (2006)

"It's pretentious, arch, and often times ridiculous (as well as being philosophically incoherent, trying to sound smarter than it actually is), but it's in the end a lot of fun."

Posted Jun 21, 2007

Jason Gorber

23 79%

Sharkwater (2007)

"Pretty, if polemical look at Sharks, the illegal harvesting of fins, and one man's journey into radical activism."

Posted Jun 21, 2007

Jason Gorber

24 33%

Ye yan (Legend of the Black Scorpion) (The Banquet) (2006)

"A beautiful, if incomprehensible and interminable film with fest-fav Zhang Zi-Yi."

Posted Jun 21, 2007

Jason Gorber

25 40%

Bonneville (2006)

"This is Pablum masking as a tragi-comic chick flick, and should be avoided by all thinking people."

Posted Jun 21, 2007

Jason Gorber

26 76%

Black Book (Zwartboek) (2007)

"Carice van Houten is an astonishing find, and if someone were on the ball she'd be world famous sooner rather than later."

Posted Jun 21, 2007

Jason Gorber

27 33%

Breaking and Entering (2007)

"A convoluted plot of break-ins, architectural redevelopment and mid-30s life crises mask a fairly standard tale of a love triangle."

Posted Jun 21, 2007

Jason Gorber

28 ——

Remembering Arthur (2006)

"Overly long, with stories that end up going nowhere, the filmmaker is clearly to close to the subject (his friend Arthur), and this eulogy does little but hold up his closest friends to scrutiny that is not sustainable."

Posted Jun 21, 2007

Jason Gorber

29 96%

Pan's Labyrinth (2006)

"A film with vision..."

Posted Jun 21, 2007

Jason Gorber

30 33%

Trapped Ashes (2008)

"A horrible mess of horror movie cliches..."

Posted Jun 21, 2007

Jason Gorber

31 90%

Rescue Dawn (2007)

"A very accomplished film, and Bale continues to impress with his craft."

Posted Jun 21, 2007

Jason Gorber

32 91%

So Goes the Nation (2006)

"The star of the show is Paul Bagala, who in no uncertain terms points out the foibles of his own side's defeat."

Posted Jun 21, 2007

Jason Gorber

33 28%

Copying Beethoven, (Klang der Stille) (2006)

"A horrid mess of a film, only the music elevates it from being a total dud."

Posted Jun 21, 2007

Jason Gorber

34 66%

Shortbus (2006)

"Incredibly sexy without being titilating, this is a very well crafted flick that deserves a bigger audience than it will inevitably receive."

Posted Jun 21, 2007

Jason Gorber

35 37%

Death of a President (2006)

"The talking head interviews and other elements make for an intelligent analysis of our reactions and prejudices about such a situation. A must see."

Posted Jun 21, 2007

Jason Gorber

36 38%

The Abandoned (2007)

"A weird and wicked tale further emphasizing that you can never go home again, especially if you never lived at home in the first place"

Posted Jun 21, 2007

Jason Gorber

37 47%

Renaissance (2006)

"The inky blacks and bright whites make for a really interesting, printed look that's unique..."

Posted Jun 21, 2007

Jason Gorber

38 57%

The Half Life of Timofey Berezin (PU-239) (2008)

"It's a quirky mix of incompetent bureaucrats and small time gangsters trying to carve a life in the new Russia."

Posted Jun 21, 2007

Jason Gorber

39 51%

The Fountain (2006)

"It will no doubt find itself aging quite well, appreciated long after its (inevitably short) theatrical run."

Posted Jun 21, 2007

Jason Gorber

40 70%

Black Sheep (2006)

"The film is fabulous, perfectly capturing the sense of silly horror while bloodying the meadows of NZ with gore."

Posted Jun 21, 2007

Jason Gorber

41 51%

For Your Consideration (2006)

"While they do pull a few punches (to the detriment of the story), there are enough laughs and great performances to rescue the film from the dustbin."

Posted Jun 21, 2007

Jason Gorber

42 17%

Bunny Chow (2006)

"The story puts the pot in "melting pot", as we watch these stoner dudes take a road trip to a festival in search of fame, fortune and laughs. It's got the trappings of a better film, but unfortunately the jokes land flat."

Posted Jun 21, 2007

Jason Gorber

43 93%

Lake of Fire (2007)

"This is the most impressive, most honest and most brutal account of the abortion issue I have ever seen. With breathtaking scope and access (shot over a 14 year period) Kaye has crafted a film that could easily be the subject of an ethics graduate course."

Posted Jun 21, 2007

Jason Gorber

44 53%

Penelope (2006)

"A sweet lollipop of a film, a fable told with charm and whimsy. It does get overly saccharine as it goes on, losing its shape and novelty as it clambers towards its (supremely unsurprising, and in many ways disappointing) conclusion."

Posted Jun 21, 2007

Jason Gorber

45 41%

All the Boys Love Mandy Lane (2013)

"A silly, generic teen slasher/stalker move with a twist!"

Posted Jun 21, 2007

Jason Gorber

46 11%

All The King's Men (2006)

"A "shouty" film... a bit too long, a bit heavy handed with the rhetoric."

Posted Jun 21, 2007

Jason Gorber

47 75%

Catch a Fire (2006)

"...as the credits rolled, I did hope for more."

Posted Jun 21, 2007

Jason Gorber

48 78%

Shi gan (Time) (2007)

"With the raised expectations brought from his last films it's certainly a disappointment that Time doesn't rise to the level I hoped for."

Posted Jun 21, 2007

Jason Gorber

49 93%

Gwoemul (The Host) (2007)

"I was disappointed what started out as a very promising genre pic became weighted down by its own pretensions."

Posted Jun 21, 2007

Jason Gorber

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