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Calgary Movies

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 70%

Roving Mars (2006)

"Originally made for IMAX screens, George Butler's Roving Mars is a visual marvel %u2013 even if it boils down to a piece of corporate propaganda."

Posted May 8, 2008

Ryan Cracknell

2 86%

Drømmen (We Shall Overcome) (2006)

"Buoyed by likeable characters and the ever-dependable super teacher construct, We Shall Overcome builds into a better-than-solid underdog story."

Posted Mar 8, 2008

Ryan Cracknell

3 78%

The Page Turner (La Tourneuse de pages) (2006)

"With gentle plotting the intensity builds and builds until it all boils over."

Posted Mar 8, 2008

Ryan Cracknell

4 100%

Atomised (Elementarteilchen) (Elementary Particles) (2006)

"A depressing thinker of a film that also offers a little nostalgia to boot."

Posted Mar 8, 2008

Ryan Cracknell

5 84%

13 Tzameti (2005)

"13 Tzameti does suffer from a weak and even lazy conclusion, but that doesn't stop 90 minutes that come before it. This truly is deserving of being unforgettable."

Posted Oct 13, 2007

Ryan Cracknell

6 ——

Dawn of the Living Dead (2007)

"While's there's some interesting components, Dawn of the Living Dead is definitely not the dawn of a new era in zombie flicks."

Posted Oct 13, 2007

Ryan Cracknell

7 ——

Forest of the Dead (2007)

"Combining horror and comedy isn't easy if you want to be taken seriously. Forest of the Dead tries but in the end it's a failure, even in the realm of low-budget filmmaking."

Posted Oct 13, 2007

Ryan Cracknell

8 38%

Partition (2007)

"Since the story didn't draw me in too much I frequently found myself admiring the intricate scenery instead."

Posted Oct 13, 2007

Ryan Cracknell

9 90%

The Return of the Living Dead (1985)

"Equal parts horror and comedy, Return of the Living Dead finds success on both fronts."

Posted Oct 13, 2007

Ryan Cracknell

10 ——

Fearmakers Collection (2007)

"Having not grown up on Fangoria or other horror magazines, I'm not sure which of the information presented is common knowledge among fans and what isn't, but it seemed very informative to me."

Posted Sep 22, 2007

Ryan Cracknell

11 ——

Creature Features Collection (2007)

"For fans of genre filmmaking, the Creature Features Collection is a nice collection of documentaries that highlight some of horror and science fiction's greatest moments."

Posted Sep 22, 2007

Ryan Cracknell

12 95%

The Full Monty (1997)

"When it was first released in 1997, it made quite a name for itself, arguably in large part to the fact of its subject matter. A decade later, the shock factor is gone and what's left is a genuinely funny little film."

Posted Sep 22, 2007

Ryan Cracknell

13 33%

Flyboys (2006)

"The best of Pearl Harbor meeting the worst of HBO's Band of Brothers."

Posted Sep 16, 2007

Ryan Cracknell

14 37%

The Guardian (2006)

"Overly bloated action drama that is predictable and drawn out."

Posted Sep 16, 2007

Ryan Cracknell

15 ——

Hills - The Complete First Season (2007)

"About as shallow a show I have ever seen as young girls mope about their boyfriends, shop, sleep in and complain about their jobs. And it all takes place in the upscale world of Los Angeles. Oh, the struggle; oh, the drama."

Posted Sep 16, 2007

Ryan Cracknell

16 62%

Blood Diamond (2006)

"This is one powerful film. The shooting style is intense, mixing action with heart-wrenching drama with Leonardo DiCaprio's faux South African accent."

Posted Aug 13, 2007

Ryan Cracknell

17 55%

Déjà Vu (2006)

"Towards the end it gets a little tiresome and hokey. But the ride of the first two-thirds is well worth the journey."

Posted Aug 13, 2007

Ryan Cracknell

18 69%

Freedom Writers (2007)

"While it is, like its genre brethren, inspiring and uplifting, Freedom Writers glosses over so much material that it makes the process look too easy."

Posted Aug 13, 2007

Ryan Cracknell

19 ——

Head Trauma (2006)

"Much of the time you're guessing what's real and what's not, but it's not done in such a way that you're lost and confused. Instead there's this creepy vibe that crawls across your skin."

Posted Aug 13, 2007

Ryan Cracknell

20 19%

Primeval (2007)

"The possibility of commentary is raised but it ultimately is glossed over with cliches and very little substance."

Posted Aug 13, 2007

Ryan Cracknell

21 74%

Revenge of the Nerds (1984)

"Somewhere in all the fluff and garbage is just enough heart to make Revenge of the Nerds one of the forefathers of a generation of light-hearted comedies like American Pie, American Pie 2 and American Wedding."

Posted Aug 13, 2007

Ryan Cracknell

22 74%

Ghost (1990)

"Guys, cook a nice meal, crack a bottle of nice red wine and toss this in and you've got an instant classic date. Bonus points if you pull out a tissue or three."

Posted Aug 13, 2007

Ryan Cracknell

23 75%

Happy Feet (2006)

"Unfortunately, once the eye candy is firmly established, there's a story here that drags and drags. Then it takes a bit of a leap before it drags some more."

Posted Aug 13, 2007

Ryan Cracknell

24 76%

The Prestige (2006)

"Nolan balances Hollywood and indie sensibilities pulling off a film that is smart, complicated and carries a big look."

Posted Aug 13, 2007

Ryan Cracknell

25 97%

The Queen (2006)

"I was to this film. It's slow and plodding throughout, yet the format Frears brings to the table is gripping in its balance."

Posted Aug 13, 2007

Ryan Cracknell

26 45%

The Siege (1998)

"More political than entertaining, The Siege is a reflection of our heightened awareness and sensitivity to terrorism and the price of freedom."

Posted Jun 21, 2007

Ryan Cracknell

27 40%

The Night Listener (2006)

"One of those films where it's easy to recognize something's going on and there's interesting intentions but it just never comes together."

Posted Jun 21, 2007

Ryan Cracknell

28 77%

The U.S. vs. John Lennon (2006)

"An excellent documentary in charting how celebrities can use their public status for good, especially if they have the guts to turn their backs on what made them famous for a greater good."

Posted Jun 21, 2007

Ryan Cracknell

29 ——

U2 - The DVD Collectors Box (2007)

"There's a generic and distant feel to both that limit their replay value and the lack of real depth may turn off the big-time fans most likely to be interested in a release such as this."

Posted Jun 21, 2007

Ryan Cracknell

30 93%

That Thing You Do! (1996)

"An undeniably delightful film. It makes you smile and want to dance, and (for better or worse) it's titular theme song won't leave your head for days."

Posted Jun 21, 2007

Ryan Cracknell

31 54%

Payback (1999)

"A solid enough action comedy, albeit one that had a lot of potential to be wittier and darker."

Posted Jun 21, 2007

Ryan Cracknell

32 12%

Let's Go To Prison (2006)

"The short and the sweet of it: Let's Go to Prison is one of the worst pieces of Hollywood garbage I have ever seen."

Posted Jun 21, 2007

Ryan Cracknell

33 ——

Killers - Leaving Las Vegas (2007)

"Feels more like a superficial magazine article in a mainstream magazine. Sure, there's some info to be taken from it but it's simply not personal enough to the band it focuses on."

Posted Jun 21, 2007

Ryan Cracknell

34 86%

The Heart of the Game (2005)

"Serrill does a good job of grounding the film with the conventions to suck you in and make the team likeable. But then the politics and real stories emerge, which makes the film truly stand apart from the crowd."

Posted Apr 19, 2007

Ryan Cracknell

35 54%

Flicka (2006)

"If it's going to be a paint-by-numbers plot then there should be an emotional core to hang it on."

Posted Apr 19, 2007

Ryan Cracknell

36 ——

The Cry Baby Killer (1958)

"Heavy in dialoge, the scenes plod along without much rhythm."

Posted Apr 4, 2007

Ryan Cracknell

37 96%

The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989)

"What I really enjoyed about The Fabulous Baker Boys is the way it balances between the three key characters, as well as the outside world that they're up against."

Posted Apr 4, 2007

Ryan Cracknell

38 13%

Love's Abiding Joy (2006)

"Although wholesome and simple in its storytelling, the central characters are on such a pedestal of virtue that it's impossible to relate to them in any way."

Posted Apr 4, 2007

Ryan Cracknell

39 27%

Trust the Man (2006)

"An intelligent low-brow comedy for adults."

Posted Apr 4, 2007

Ryan Cracknell

40 20%

The Marine (2006)

"The story is minimal and the action is preposterous, but it doesn't try to be much else."

Posted Mar 12, 2007

Ryan Cracknell

41 82%

Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos (2006)

"An honest portrayal of the rise and fall of a one-time American sports icon, even if that status was short-lived."

Posted Mar 12, 2007

Ryan Cracknell

42 0%

Super Fuzz (1980)

"Watch with caution, enjoy it with a trio of choice beverages."

Posted Mar 12, 2007

Ryan Cracknell

43 ——

Crime Busters (Due superpiedi quasi piatti) (2007)

"Overly long and not very funny, Crime Busters is a lame film. Add to that a mediocre list of special features and you've got a disappointing DVD."

Posted Mar 12, 2007

Ryan Cracknell

44 76%

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (2005)

"It's one of those cornerstone releases any fan of the film will want to own."

Posted Mar 2, 2007

Ryan Cracknell

45 92%

The Little Mermaid (1989)

"Like all Disney two-disc versions of their animated films, this release is loaded with features both fun and informative."

Posted Mar 2, 2007

Ryan Cracknell

46 40%

Shock Treatment (1981)

"A mess from start to finish."

Posted Mar 2, 2007

Ryan Cracknell

47 80%

Taps (1981)

"Twenty-five years later, Taps still has a way of resonating. A lot has changed in the world since it was released in 1981 but the ideals of honour and loyalty are two timeless themes."

Posted Feb 9, 2007

Ryan Cracknell

48 72%

Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006)

"One of Will Ferrell's funniest films to date, Talladega Nights really is more than cornball jokes and race car fun. The "Unrated" DVD has tons of extra giggles and gags to keep everyone laughing for a long time."

Posted Feb 9, 2007

Ryan Cracknell

49 36%

Saw II (2005)

"Fans of the first Saw film will totally dig this two-disc DVD. Not only does the gore run freely, but there's plenty of extras to keep them satisfied and occupied."

Posted Feb 9, 2007

Ryan Cracknell

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