Cinematical

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 48%

Open Season (2006)

"In Open Season, the bad guys are such caricatures that there's just never any doubt as to the outcome."

Posted Sep 29, 2006

Kim Voynar

2 96%

Pan's Labyrinth (2006)

"[Guillermo] del Toro is a master at this type of film, going beyond the realm of mere fantasy to create a fable wrapped within a carefully crafted drama."

Posted Sep 29, 2006

Kim Voynar

3 ——

2 A.M. ()

"It's a solid, watchable low-budget film that I hope will get more screenings after SXSW."

Posted Sep 27, 2006

Jette Kernion

4 45%

Fay Grim (2007)

"Tautly written dialogue flawlessly performed by the principals, especially Posey and Goldblum, keeps the film moving along at a speedy clip."

Posted Sep 27, 2006

Kim Voynar

5 65%

Jindabyne (2006)

"Director Ray Lawrence captures in Jindabyne both the intimacy of the lives of married people and the broader fabric of a community -- and the soap-bubble fragility of our perceptions of our lovers, friends and neighbors."

Posted Sep 27, 2006

Kim Voynar

6 32%

Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus (2006)

"The film is visually spectacular, overlapping worlds of fantasy and reality until we're never quite sure what's real and what's not."

Posted Sep 27, 2006

Kim Voynar

7 71%

Fido (2007)

"... issues of race and class divide are very real, and as you watch Fido you can't help but make comparisons to our own social issues."

Posted Sep 27, 2006

Kim Voynar

8 88%

Man Push Cart (2006)

"This is a painstakingly rendered film about perserverance in the face of emptiness and seemingly insurmountable odds, and yet it isn't a cliched, all's well that ends well film."

Posted Sep 27, 2006

Kim Voynar

9 80%

Little Children (2006)

"At its heart, this is a story about the way we judge others, the way others judge us, and the way we judge ourselves."

Posted Sep 27, 2006

Kim Voynar

10 87%

The Last King of Scotland (2006)

"Whitaker carries the film on his broad shoulders, creating a realistic and frightening portrait of one of the world's most elusive and notorious figures."

Posted Sep 27, 2006

Kim Voynar

11 91%

The Italian (2007)

"Vanya is an immensely likable character; his courage, strength, and determination to succeed keep you on the edge of your seat and rooting for him."

Posted Sep 27, 2006

Kim Voynar

12 89%

Venus (2006)

"Venus is a sublimely directed and acted film, handling what could be seen as a rather controversial storyline -- an octogenarian man hitting on a twenty-something girl -- with ease and finesse."

Posted Sep 27, 2006

Kim Voynar

13 69%

Babel (2006)

"The beauty of Babel is how Ińnáritu weaves all these pieces together to create a unified picture of how language, communication barriers and cultural differences divide us, while simultaneously showing us the commonalities ..."

Posted Sep 27, 2006

Kim Voynar

14 59%

Red Doors (2005)

"You don't have to be Asian-American to appreciate the Wongs with all their flaws and missteps; this could be your family, or the family of anyone you know, and in that way the film crosses that invisible genre line in the sand."

Posted Sep 27, 2006

Kim Voynar

15 78%

Shi gan (Time) (2007)

"The problem with Time is that every character in the film is so fundamentally repulsive it's impossible to care about any of them."

Posted Sep 23, 2006

Martha Fischer

16 49%

Candy (2006)

"Candy doesn't just accidentally fall into addiction, she takes that path deliberately and doesn't want to get off the train, and we're never really given a reason to understand the whys and wherefores of her actions."

Posted Sep 23, 2006

Kim Voynar

17 20%

Suburban Mayhem (2006)

Posted Sep 23, 2006

James Rocchi

18 53%

Penelope (2006)

"Penelope is a sweet, well-intentioned film, and it certainly appealed to the festival crowd I saw it with, but I'm just not sure after watching it, who exactly its audience is."

Posted Sep 23, 2006

Kim Voynar

19 ——

The Dog Pound (La Perrera) (2006)

Posted Sep 23, 2006

Martha Fischer

20 93%

This Is England (2007)

"Apart from its sharp screenplay, This is England derives its power from a pair of extraordinary performances."

Posted Sep 23, 2006

Martha Fischer

21 51%

For Your Consideration (2006)

"Although For Your Consideration works okay overall, and parts of it are very funny, it somehow lacks the spark that elevated Guest's earlier films from mere comedy to comedic brilliance ..."

Posted Sep 23, 2006

Kim Voynar

22 73%

The Bothersome Man (Den Brysomme mannen) (2007)

"A dark, nasty little movie that's never quite as deep or as clever as it imagines itself to be."

Posted Sep 23, 2006

Martha Fischer

23 100%

Deliver Us From Evil (2006)

"The great tragedy underlying the story of Father O'Grady is how many children might not have been victims, had Cardinal Roger Mahoney ... been more interested in protecting the children residing in his diocese rather than furthering his own ascendancy wit"

Posted Sep 23, 2006

Kim Voynar

24 91%

The Italian (2007)

"Memorable for its constant, unexpected air of affection, and for the determined little boy at its center."

Posted Sep 23, 2006

Martha Fischer

25 79%

Summercamp! (2007)

"Summercamp! is a peek at what summer camp is really like for these kids, but it's honesty and its heart are ultimately what take it beyond mere documentation and into intimate and well-done documentary storytelling."

Posted Sep 23, 2006

Kim Voynar

26 ——

The Way I Spent the End of the World (Cum mi-am petrecut sfarsitul lumii) (2006)

Posted Sep 23, 2006

Martha Fischer

27 90%

Rescue Dawn (2007)

"A disappointingly by-the-numbers effort from a filmmaker of rare and true genius."

Posted Sep 23, 2006

Martha Fischer

28 69%

Lights in the Dusk (Laitakaupungin valot) (2007)

"You want to press pause, and just sit and take it in: The colors, the humor, the light, the surfaces; the simple pleasure of watching a master at work."

Posted Sep 23, 2006

Martha Fischer

29 82%

S&Man (2010)

"S&MAN may have too many themes flitting through it, but curious horror buffs will find it to be a knowing look at the lowest-yet-purest possible levels of a genre."

Posted Sep 23, 2006

James Rocchi

30 93%

The Lives of Others (2006)

"What's most impressive about The Lives of Others is how smoothly it blends politics with both the traditional elements of thrillers and unabashed sentimentality."

Posted Sep 23, 2006

Martha Fischer

31 39%

Il Caimano (2006)

Posted Sep 23, 2006

Martha Fischer

32 92%

Brand Upon the Brain! (2006)

"Maddin has created a world of pure imagination -- a fairy tale with the darkness and light of youth and the hopes and fears of adulthood."

Posted Sep 23, 2006

James Rocchi

33 86%

Kráska v Nesnázích (Beauty in Trouble) (2006)

"A complex look at the power and changeability of intimate relationships."

Posted Sep 23, 2006

Martha Fischer

34 ——

Rain Dogs ()

Posted Sep 23, 2006

Martha Fischer

35 66%

Shortbus (2006)

Posted Sep 23, 2006

Martha Fischer

36 83%

Out of the Blue (Aramoana) (2007)

"The film draws us into the terror of the townspeople as they realize they are under attack -- by one of their own, no less -- and that he is killing indiscriminately anyone who crosses his path."

Posted Sep 23, 2006

Kim Voynar

37 89%

The Journals of Knud Rasmussen (2006)

Posted Sep 23, 2006

Martha Fischer

38 80%

Born and Bred ()

"An Argentine film packed full of pain and suffering that nevertheless fails utterly to connect with its audience."

Posted Sep 23, 2006

Martha Fischer

39 68%

DarkBlueAlmostBlack (Azuloscurocasinegro) (Dark Blue Almost Black) (2007)

"There's an impressive, careful complexity to DarkBlueAlmostBlack that belies the inexperience of first-time director Daniel Sánchez Arévalo."

Posted Sep 23, 2006

Martha Fischer

40 93%

Gwoemul (The Host) (2007)

"The Host may be lumpy and bumpy, but it's also one of the freshest monster movies we've had in decades -- and, to any creature-feature buff, a rocket-ride blast of the highest order."

Posted Sep 22, 2006

James Rocchi

41 41%

All the Boys Love Mandy Lane (2013)

"All the Boys Love Mandy Lane (is) the best modern slasher flick since Scream. In fact, I like All the Boys Love Mandy Lane a little more than Scream -- All the Boys may be knowing and post-modern as it begs, borrows and steals from films like Prom Night,"

Posted Sep 22, 2006

James Rocchi

42 37%

Death of a President (2006)

"Death of a President isn't art, or even entertainment: It's the art-house, indie-doc equivalent of Snakes on a Plane, where someone thought of a single idea and then, it seems based on the end-resulting film, stopped thinking altogether."

Posted Sep 22, 2006

James Rocchi

43 72%

American Hardcore (2006)

"Punk rock was never about sonic perfection: It was (and is) about emotional intensity, and American Hardcore has that in van loads, and delivers with onetwothreefour! power."

Posted Sep 22, 2006

James Rocchi

44 11%

All The King's Men (2006)

"The problem with ... All the King's Men is that it's a political movie where we never really get a sense of politics."

Posted Sep 22, 2006

James Rocchi

45 15%

The Wicker Man (2006)

"A half-compelling, half-goofy and half-redundant piece of remake revisionism. (Yes, that's three halves, but it's that weird a movie.)"

Posted Sep 1, 2006

Scott Weinberg

46 74%

The Illusionist (2006)

"Like a fun house mirror, Burger's story is never quite what you think it is; just when you think you have things figured out, you don't ..."

Posted Aug 27, 2006

Kim Voynar

47 76%

Factotum (2006)

"... a well-made-but-marginal film about a well-liked-but-marginal figure in American letters."

Posted Aug 25, 2006

James Rocchi

48 41%

Beerfest (2006)

" Beerfest is dumb as a box of rocks. It's a brawny, badly-shot mess that goes on a little too long. .... And I loved it -- or, rather, I laughed during it and was consistently amused by audacity and stupidity going hand in hand."

Posted Aug 25, 2006

James Rocchi

49 48%

Beowulf & Grendel (2006)

"Gunnarsson has made a film that would make the real Beowulf and Grendel, if they ever really existed, quite proud."

Posted Aug 24, 2006

Kim Voynar

50 67%

Americanese ()

"Byler doesn't rush his storytelling; this is a deliberately paced, thoughtful meditation on racial issues and relationships ..."

Posted Aug 24, 2006

Kim Voynar

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