Cinematical

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 85%

Shivers (They Came from Within) (The Parasite Murders) (1975)

"I'm shocked no one else has tried 'sex zombies' as a horror film device since this one -- they're terrifying."

Posted Mar 26, 2014

John Gholson

2 86%

Kaze no tani no Naushika (Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind) (Warriors of the Wind) (1984)

"It's not only an amazing piece of animation, but an incredible work of science-fiction as well."

Posted Mar 26, 2014

John Gholson

3 29%

Revenge of the Creature (1955)

"There's nothing particularly remarkable about it, and it plays out almost exactly how you expect it to, but as a monster matinee, you could do a lot worse."

Posted Mar 26, 2014

John Gholson

4 91%

Dracula (1931)

"It's a case of lightning-in-a-bottle casting and there's no way of telling if anyone else as Dracula would've become the model for every single Dracula that followed."

Posted Mar 26, 2014

John Gholson

5 75%

The Green Inferno (2014)

"A generally bad time at the movies, and the only significant payoff is a reinforced feeling that Eli Roth is terrified of anyone who isn't an upper-middle-class millennial."

Posted Sep 27, 2013

John Gholson

6 65%

Spring Breakers (2013)

"...an objective portrait of the way that popular culture has virtually obliterated the possibility for American youth to experience something without a numbing deluge of media references and contexts."

Posted Mar 28, 2013

Todd Gilchrist

7 59%

Fightville (2012)

"An exhilarating sports documentary and a levelheaded, piercingly intelligent treatment of a touchy subject. "

Posted Apr 24, 2012

Eugene Novikov

8 0%

Transylmania (2009)

"This is dinosaur stuff. A rubber chicken and a squirting flower would've really capped things off."

Posted Feb 10, 2012

John Gholson

9 69%

Shutter Island (2010)

"Story quibbling aside, Shutter Island is high on atmosphere, in large part due to the visuals, and the collaboration between Scorsese and (Cinematographer) Robert Richardson actually feels like the two men having a blast with their craft."

Posted Feb 10, 2012

John Gholson

10 21%

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (2009)

"Were they always this boring?"

Posted Feb 10, 2012

John Gholson

11 12%

The Spy Next Door (2010)

"If the lazy filmmakers don't care enough about their movie to offer at least one single original idea, then you shouldn't care enough to go see it."

Posted Feb 10, 2012

John Gholson

12 40%

44 Inch Chest (2010)

"A deliberately stagy rumination on the price of revenge."

Posted Feb 10, 2012

John Gholson

13 34%

The Wolfman (2010)

"It truly is a modern spin on a classic, in almost all of the worst ways."

Posted Feb 10, 2012

John Gholson

14 71%

The Crazies (2010)

"Don't be afraid of the horror remake stigma here; be afraid of The Crazies' constant, electric hum of dread."

Posted Feb 10, 2012

John Gholson

15 80%

Dead Hooker in a Trunk (2009)

"A grimy slice of low-budget depravity that's as entertaining as it is completely ridiculous."

Posted Feb 10, 2012

John Gholson

16 71%

The People vs. George Lucas (2011)

"For disillusioned fans like myself, it's a unnecessary reminder of the things you hate about a thing you used to love."

Posted Feb 10, 2012

John Gholson

17 89%

Life 2.0 (2011)

"Life 2.0 cuts deep into its subject of with laser precision, getting right to the emotional heart of the matter, exploring a problem no one had to deal with even ten years ago, in a fascinating and very human way."

Posted Feb 10, 2012

John Gholson

18 53%

Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010)

"If you're a parent who's been forced to sit through a barren desert of painfully unfunny family comedies, Diary will feel like an oasis."

Posted Feb 10, 2012

John Gholson

19 86%

Mars (2010)

"It's mumblecore in space, and If that sounds like your thing, then Mars can be a rewarding experience. "

Posted Feb 10, 2012

John Gholson

20 20%

The Last Song (2010)

"It's an entire season's worth of a teen soap opera crammed into a feature film."

Posted Feb 10, 2012

John Gholson

21 18%

The Back-up Plan (2010)

"Yes, you will get to see Lopez eat chili with her bare hands, but that's only half as disgusting as a close-up on a pregnancy test sinking into a pile of fresh dog vomit."

Posted Feb 10, 2012

John Gholson

22 43%

Robin Hood (2010)

"Ridley Scott brings his usual keen cinematic eye and pain-staking attention to period detail to Robin Hood, bringing an uninspired script to life without a grander purpose than to just exist as a typical Summer movie."

Posted Feb 10, 2012

John Gholson

23 53%

Knight & Day (2010)

"It's a calculated, artificial formula for box office success barely disguised as a story."

Posted Feb 10, 2012

John Gholson

24 ——

Final Flesh (2009)

"Chatman is a skilled surrealist, juxtaposing images and thoughts to create a comedy nightmare that manages to feel familiar, even through all of its absurdity."

Posted Feb 10, 2012

John Gholson

25 14%

Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore (2010)

"And, dare I say it, Cats & Dogs: TROKG is a well-made parody film, sinking its canines into spy genre cliches with gleeful abandon, in a way that its predecessor never quite did."

Posted Feb 10, 2012

John Gholson

26 55%

Flipped (2010)

"Has my heart grown so cold and battle-scarred that I can't allow myself to be completely won over by Flipped, or is Flipped such a load of flavorless mush that there's not enough charm for me to embrace?"

Posted Feb 9, 2012

John Gholson

27 5%

Vampires Suck (2010)

"There are few things worse than watching a comedy flatline for over an hour, tossing its "funny parts" into a vacuum of uncomfortable silence. "

Posted Feb 9, 2012

John Gholson

28 72%

The Last Exorcism (2010)

"Its mature focus on characterization really sets the film apart."

Posted Feb 9, 2012

John Gholson

29 29%

The Virginity Hit (2010)

"The tricky chemistry of a likable, funny ensemble cast is the biggest thing The Virginity Hit has going for it."

Posted Feb 9, 2012

John Gholson

30 75%

Primal (2011)

" As monster movies go, 'Primal' ends up being worthwhile through its own simplicity. "

Posted Feb 9, 2012

John Gholson

31 33%

Kidnapped (2011)

"If you need to challenge your personal threshold for watching realistic human suffering, then look no further than this nihilistic Spanish home invasion thriller. "

Posted Feb 9, 2012

John Gholson

32 75%

Heartless (2010)

"While ambitious, 'Heartless' derails in a big way, stacking the deck with weird moments intended to give it some kind of cult status, without considering that films specifically designed to be "cult" are rarely the ones that actually are."

Posted Feb 9, 2012

John Gholson

33 34%

I Spit On Your Grave (2010)

"It's intentionally, efficiently ugly, through and through."

Posted Feb 9, 2012

John Gholson

34 39%

The Eagle (2011)

"'The Eagle' will likely find a future life on the video shelves of high school history teachers looking for a semi-educational way to kill a couple of days worth of classes."

Posted Feb 9, 2012

John Gholson

35 34%

Hall Pass (2011)

"Have the Farrellys lost their touch? Once adept at crafting trashy, lowbrow gags way too funny to be ignored, they seem totally tin-eared with 'Hall Pass.'"

Posted Feb 9, 2012

John Gholson

36 80%

Becoming Santa (2011)

"It's charming, informative, and, best of all, really funny."

Posted Feb 9, 2012

John Gholson

37 41%

The Catechism Cataclysm (2011)

"It's a very dumb comedy made by very smart folks."

Posted Feb 9, 2012

John Gholson

38 48%

Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules (2011)

"The pre-teen cast seems rudderless, without an interested hand guiding them into worthwhile comedic performances."

Posted Feb 9, 2012

John Gholson

39 27%

Your Highness (2011)

"If Green wanted to make an awesome fantasy film, he should have, and if he wanted to make a great stoner comedy, well, he already did once."

Posted Feb 9, 2012

John Gholson

40 ——

Superheroes (2011)

"Humorous and well-rounded. More about the problems of the world ... that lead to the necessity for these [superheroes] to pop up in cities across the nation."

Posted Nov 17, 2011

Christopher Campbell

41 74%

The Lie (2011)

"An under-the-radar gem that may hit you in ways you never expected long after the credits roll."

Posted Nov 14, 2011

Erik Davis

42 89%

Dragonslayer (2011)

"Gorgeous ... see this one on the big screen if you get a chance."

Posted Nov 8, 2011

Christopher Campbell

43 80%

The Hammer (2007)

"The Hammer is one of the year's nicest surprises."

Posted Oct 5, 2011

Patrick Walsh

44 80%

The Myth Of The American Sleepover (2011)

"The limitations of a low budget and the relative inexperience.of the cast and crew don't mean much when they've crafted something this emotionally authentic."

Posted Jul 20, 2011

John Gholson

45 60%

El Bulli: Cooking In Progress (2011)

"I enjoyed watching the chefs at work, both researching and preparing a meal with dozens of courses... but afterwards I felt oddly unsatisfied and in need of something a little more filling. "

Posted Jun 3, 2011

Jette Kernion

46 73%

Like Crazy (2011)

"It's a film about how it feels to be in love; how beautiful, intense, addictive and debilitating love can be, but how necessary it is for us to experience as we get older and start sorting out our lives."

Posted May 23, 2011

Erik Davis

47 50%

Lebanon, Pa. (2011)

"An intriguing, beautiful film by a promising young director. "

Posted May 11, 2011

Eugene Novikov

48 76%

Kill List (2012)

"Kill List works, whether as a domestic drama, a hitman thriller or something more sinister than either of those."

Posted Apr 5, 2011

William Goss

49 88%

Margin Call (2011)

"What could have been a dynamic narrative instead ends up as baffling and quite often as boring as an Economy 101 textbook."

Posted Apr 4, 2011

Jennifer Miller

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