Film Scouts

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 95%

El Ángel Exterminador (The Exterminating Angel) (1967)

"Trained bears, sheep, and Bunuel's typical contempt for the church all mix to create a classic of cinema."

Posted Jun 21, 2007

Jason Gorber

2 68%

All About Lily Chou-Chou (Riri Shushu no subete) (2002)

"It is remarkable not for its flamboyance but for its stark honesty, captivating visual flair, and a style of filmmaking that differs from anything on this side of the Pacific."

Posted Jun 21, 2007

Jason Gorber

3 100%

La Commune (Paris, 1871) (2003)

"By whatever criteria you choose, La Commune certainly proves to be a film exhibiting a tremendous amount of chutzpah. It can be described quite simply as a black and white digital video French communist historico-improv subtitled movie..."

Posted Jun 21, 2007

Jason Gorber

4 ——

Wild Zero (2000)

"It has to be seen to be believed, as this Zen-Buddhist/Romero/Ramones road-movie blasts its way at full volume."

Posted Jun 21, 2007

Jason Gorber

5 59%

How to Kill Your Neighbor's Dog (Mad Dogs & Englishmen) (2002)

"This is an agreeable but hardly challenging film, a movie perfect for a night by the fire when you want to curl up and relax."

Posted Jun 21, 2007

Jason Gorber

6 54%

The City of Lost Souls (Hyôryű-gai) (2001)

"Yet another "Yakuza" (gangster) film, Miike crafts what amounts to a stylish and interesting film, but not one that can sustain a midnight madness audience."

Posted Jun 21, 2007

Jason Gorber

7 61%

The King Is Alive (2001)

"I spent much of the movie marvelling about how the form and style of the Dogme film fit perfectly into the story, and how none of the players seemed like they were pretending, even when they were being theatrical."

Posted Jun 21, 2007

Jason Gorber

8 64%

La Captive (The Captive) (2003)

"Not-so-surprisingly drawn from a Proust work, the film is interesting, but is far from captivating."

Posted Jun 21, 2007

Jason Gorber

9 80%

Risk (2000)

"A straight ahead, uneventful movie. Boring in parts, the film tries to work as a slick Indie feature but seems like a tired Hollywood film."

Posted Jun 21, 2007

Jason Gorber

10 ——

Foul King (2002)

"I'll be the first to declare it: Foul King is the Raging Bull of Korean wrestling movies."

Posted Jun 21, 2007

Jason Gorber

11 60%

Possible Worlds (2000)

"In short, Lepage's film suffers from being dry - both in terms of character and subject matter. It remains a watchable and interesting work, yet I see the film more as what could have been rather than what it turned out to be."

Posted Jun 21, 2007

Jason Gorber

12 73%

Before Night Falls (2001)

"Schabel's most recent work fails to move me. While the story of Reinaldo Arenas is tragic enough to be interesting (and Javier Bardem's performance sympathetic) the film as a whole simply seems long and indulgent."

Posted Jun 21, 2007

Jason Gorber

13 ——

The Goddess of 1967 (2000)

"I get the sense that if this film really clicks with you, it is something that you'd really love and hold dear. I, on the other hand, just couldn't get into the film."

Posted Jun 21, 2007

Jason Gorber

14 86%

Sexy Beast (2000)

"A fun gangster film, telling the tale of you-can-never-really-leave that The Godfather, among others, championed so well."

Posted Jun 21, 2007

Jason Gorber

15 76%

Seom (The Isle) (2000)

"In the (genius) Coen Brother's film The Big Lebowski, Julianne Moore's character Maude is an avant garde artist who describes her painting as "strongly vaginal." Until The Isle, I thought that was simply a funny joke..."

Posted Jun 21, 2007

Jason Gorber

16 80%

Seance (2000)

"A mix of crime drama and psychic mysticism, the film plays like a thriller without many thrills."

Posted Jun 21, 2007

Jason Gorber

17 ——

What About Me ()

"A quirky, comic yet compassionate look at a bunch of nutters from London, Ontario who are the grandfathers of "noise" music."

Posted Jun 21, 2007

Jason Gorber

18 71%

Code Unknown (Code inconnu: Récit incomplet de divers voyages) (2000)

"The director toys with the entire idea of unlocking the code of violence, the small and individually insignificant elements that add up to tales of either joy or horror."

Posted Jun 21, 2007

Jason Gorber

19 78%

Requiem for a Dream (2000)

"Seldom has a film so powerfully affected me as Requiem for a Dream has -- affected, in this case, as if my eyes and psyche have been bludgeoned."

Posted Jun 21, 2007

Jason Gorber

20 90%

In the Mood for Love (2001)

"The performances are quietly aching, never relying on explosions to push a point home."

Posted Jun 21, 2007

Jason Gorber

21 61%

Der Krieger und die Kaiserin (The Princess and the Warrior) (2000)

"How do you follow up with one of the most kinetic films ever made? The obvious answer would be to slow things down, take a more introspective and less visceral approach. In short, do something different."

Posted Jun 21, 2007

Jason Gorber

22 97%

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2001)

"With his latest film, Lee has created a lyrical fairy tale for adults, a sublime synthesis of martial arts action with dramatic sophistication."

Posted Jun 21, 2007

Jason Gorber

23 61%

When Brendan Met Trudy (Stolen Nights) (2001)

"The whole thing plays out a bit like an episode of Dream On, where film references are used in lieu of original thoughts or dialogue. The impact is, of course, directly correlated to whether or not you get what films are being referenced."

Posted Jun 21, 2007

Jason Gorber

24 ——

George Washington (1994)

"Green is to be congratulated for getting his vision intact upon the screen."

Posted Jun 21, 2007

Jason Gorber

25 89%

Ginger Snaps (2001)

"For most of its running time the film toys with all the standard conventions, providing some really fun and surprising dialogue. It's when it devolves into a "boys" movie, when the creature is fully seen and the killing begins, the movie tanks..."

Posted Jun 21, 2007

Jason Gorber

26 50%

Chasing Sleep (2000)

"Long, introspective, indulgent cinema is certainly here to stay - let's try for something a little, well, better."

Posted Jun 21, 2007

Jason Gorber

27 66%

Signs & Wonders (2000)

"Danger: when your suspense film ends and you don't care who really did "it", whatever "it" is, you might want to rethink the plot."

Posted Jun 21, 2007

Jason Gorber

28 ——

Soldiers in the Army of God (2006)

"A surprisingly, sometimes shockingly intimate look at a group that reverentially considers itself the most militant anti-abortion group in America."

Posted Jun 21, 2007

Jason Gorber

29 42%

Telmisseomding (Tell Me Something) (1999)

"A stylish serial killer film, there nonetheless was too much talk and not enough madness."

Posted Jun 21, 2007

Jason Gorber

30 47%

Brother (2001)

"A vital, stylish Yakuza pic, Kitano crafts a new world/old world, brother against brother epic battle straddling both sides of the Pacific."

Posted Jun 21, 2007

Jason Gorber

31 71%

Chopper (2001)

"The script for the film is taught, telling the story quickly and with fresh and funny dialogue."

Posted Jun 21, 2007

Jason Gorber

32 86%

Faithless (2001)

"While not to everyone's taste, the technical and narrative complexity alone are to be applauded - the film looks gorgeous, and the film is both literate and witty."

Posted Jun 21, 2007

Jason Gorber

33 64%

Time and Tide (Shun liu Ni liu) (2001)

"Tsui Hark does not disappoint. From dizzying camera plummets to strange slow motion or freezeframe hammer-to-the-face shots, the film is visceral and bombastic enough to keep the midnight crowds awake through it all."

Posted Jun 21, 2007

Jason Gorber

34 87%

Girlfight (2000)

"While parts were new and interesting, I can't make it a recommended view."

Posted Jun 21, 2007

Jason Gorber

35 81%

Kippur (2000)

"A powerful film both intimate and epic, Kippur far exceeded my expectations. While I found his last film, Kadosh, to be overly melodramatic and drawn out, the mix of humour and horror in this film work well to create an extremely effective movie."

Posted Jun 21, 2007

Jason Gorber

36 80%

Die Stille nach dem Schuß (The Legend of Rita) (The Legends of Rita) (2000)

"The film could have been an insightful examination of the East/West divide that kept Germany apart for almost half a century. Instead, the film's early potential slows to a halt, and the predictable machine of melodrama takes over...""

Posted Jun 21, 2007

Jason Gorber

37 95%

Best in Show (2000)

"Kudos to Guest and friends for a funny and insightful film."

Posted Jun 21, 2007

Jason Gorber

38 43%

Stardom (2000)

"Arcand succeeds by being both intimate and detached from his subject matter, namely, listening to the repetitive beats from the heart of the American star making machine."

Posted Jun 21, 2007

Jason Gorber

39 78%

Braveheart (1995)

"At the heart of Mel Gibson's tumultuously entertaining epic is the almost-quaint notion that movie heroics should mean something more than a play for the much-coveted 18-25 box office demographic."

Posted Feb 10, 2007

Eleanor Ringel Gillespie

40 100%

Ghosts (2007)

Posted Jan 13, 2007

Richard Schwartz

41 87%

28 Days Later (2003)

Posted Jul 29, 2003

Crissa-Jean Chappell

42 88%

The Animatrix (2003)

Posted Jul 29, 2003

Crissa-Jean Chappell

43 77%

L'Auberge Espagnole (Pot Luck)(Euro Pudding)(The Spanish Apartment) (2003)

Posted Jun 17, 2003

Crissa-Jean Chappell

44 48%

Bruce Almighty (2003)

Posted Jun 3, 2003

Crissa-Jean Chappell

45 73%

The Matrix Reloaded (2003)

Posted May 27, 2003

Crissa-Jean Chappell

46 87%

X2: X-Men United (2003)

Posted May 27, 2003

Crissa-Jean Chappell

47 ——

The Misadventures of Margaret (1998)

Posted May 24, 2003

Richard Schwartz

48 77%

Holes (2003)

Posted May 9, 2003

Crissa-Jean Chappell

49 64%

Carried Away (1996)

Posted May 9, 2003

Leslie Rigoulot

50 ——

Tu ridi (You Laugh) (You're Laughing) (1998)

Posted May 7, 2003

Karen Jaehne

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