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Classic Movie Guide

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 8%

Supergirl (1984)

"Beyond nostalgia and the '80s kitsch factor, Supergirl isn't worth a whole lot of salt."

Posted Jul 4, 2010

A. J. Hakari

2 ——

Zachariah (2003)

"Zachariah waxes experimental rather than commercial and makes its relatively laid-back philosophy that easier to digest."

Posted Jun 20, 2010

A. J. Hakari

3 30%

Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943)

"Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man is quite the class act for a B-flick, a corny but overall fun way of expanding the wide, weird world of Universal horror. "

Posted May 15, 2010

A. J. Hakari

4 58%

Under Capricorn (1949)

"Several moods are adopted as the drama unfolds, keeping its many mysteries in flux."

Posted May 15, 2010

A. J. Hakari

5 80%

Green for Danger (1946) (1946)

"British potboilers are famous for their wit and complexity, and Green for Danger does its papas proud."

Posted May 9, 2010

A. J. Hakari

6 73%

For Your Eyes Only (1981)

"For Your Eyes Only is the refreshing detox the Bond series had been asking for."

Posted May 9, 2010

A. J. Hakari

7 83%

The Uninvited (1944)

"The Uninvited's craftsmanship surpasses its storytelling strengths."

Posted Apr 20, 2010

A. J. Hakari

8 75%

Vanishing Point (1971)

"Vanishing Point has its pleasant pursuits, but its mindset is better suited for the more introspective of motorheads."

Posted Apr 3, 2010

A. J. Hakari

9 75%

Werewolf of London (1935)

"For Universal's first big lycanthropic romp, Werewolf of London is in impressive shape."

Posted Feb 13, 2010

A. J. Hakari

10 94%

The Wolf Man (1941)

"Monsters of moonlight have come and gone, but 1941's The Wolf Man remains leader of the pack."

Posted Feb 13, 2010

A. J. Hakari

11 100%

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)

"Countless TV airings and 'stinking badges' references later, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre remains a parable that's as fascinating to ponder as it is to just watch."

Posted Jan 9, 2010

A. J. Hakari

12 95%

The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970)

"Stephens nails the detective's restless disposition, but more than once does he veer dangerously close to drama queen territory."

Posted Dec 29, 2009

A. J. Hakari

13 82%

Murders in the Rue Morgue (1992)

"The whole thing is a Darwinian nightmare, an ill-conceived attempt to parlay a taboo topic into a simple horror story."

Posted Dec 29, 2009

A. J. Hakari

14 97%

Cabaret (1972)

"A little bit naughty and a little bit fun, Cabaret is off-kilter goodness no matter how you slice it."

Posted Dec 13, 2009

A. J. Hakari

15 88%

Christmas in Connecticut (1945)

"It's a perfectly pleasant film with a nostalgic appeal that makes it one of the lesser-known holiday favorites but a favorite nonetheless."

Posted Dec 13, 2009

A. J. Hakari

16 91%

Dracula (1931)

"Dracula is good stuff, but it's sort of a victim of its own reputation."

Posted Nov 19, 2009

A. J. Hakari

17 ——

Escape Artist (1982)

"...a unique coming-of-age tale, one that may star a youngster but isn't necessarily a kids-only affair."

Posted Oct 10, 2009

A. J. Hakari

18 90%

Little Caesar (1930)

"With little gunplay to hog screen time, Little Caesar devotes more of itself to the tragedy of Rico's criminal ways."

Posted Aug 14, 2009

A. J. Hakari

19 95%

The Fly (1958)

"Someone's either crying or reciting a monologue, which can be a lot to endure if anthropmorphic bugs are your game."

Posted Aug 14, 2009

A. J. Hakari

20 81%

Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959)

"As classy as the '59 Journey is, it's way too buttoned-up and stodgy to truly have fun with."

Posted Jul 28, 2009

A. J. Hakari

21 61%

Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008)

"The action is tiresome, the 3-D is a big bother, and the characters are slim..."

Posted Jul 28, 2009

A. J. Hakari

22 89%

White Zombie (1932)

"White Zombie suffers most from a nasty habit of prolonging scenes where, instead of generating suspense, things just kind of remain inert."

Posted Jul 28, 2009

A. J. Hakari

23 67%

Pulp (1972)

"...the film wanders around aimlessly for about an hour before it comes close to piecing together something that could resemble a plot."

Posted Jul 28, 2009

A. J. Hakari

24 85%

Blast of Silence (1961)

"Lonely is the life of an assassin."

Posted Jul 28, 2009

A. J. Hakari

25 88%

Where Eagles Dare (1969)

"The story isn't based on run-and-gun theatrics but stealthness, white-knuckle intensity..."

Posted Jul 28, 2009

A. J. Hakari

26 ——

Trio (1950)

"...Trio is only two-thirds of the classic it could've been."

Posted Jul 28, 2009

A. J. Hakari

27 95%

Touch of Evil (1958)

"Touch of Evil is more than deserving of its status as a noir classic..."

Posted Jul 28, 2009

A. J. Hakari

28 57%

Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)

"The film's job is pretty simple: come in, throw out a couple of winks at long-time Bond fans, and blow up a lot of stuff in the process. But it works."

Posted Jul 28, 2009

A. J. Hakari

29 85%

Thunderball (1965)

"...it lazily slogs through its set pieces without the slightest hint of spirit or spark."

Posted Jul 28, 2009

A. J. Hakari

30 93%

This Gun for Hire (1942)

"There's quite a bit of ambition running through This Gun for Hire's veins, and it's a much more memorable movie for its efforts."

Posted Jul 28, 2009

A. J. Hakari

31 92%

The Sting (1973)

"Even eight years after I first discovered it, the movie remains an absolute joy to watch..."

Posted Jul 28, 2009

A. J. Hakari

32 93%

Superman (1978)

"The most vital aspect of Superman is that Superman himself isn't depicted as a flawless do-gooder."

Posted Jul 28, 2009

A. J. Hakari

33 80%

State Fair (1945)

"I'll always have a certain amount of affection for State Fair."

Posted Jul 28, 2009

A. J. Hakari

34 ——

She-Wolf of London (The Curse of the Allenbys) (1946)

"...it's either a unique entry in the studio's horror pantheon or one of the biggest rip-offs of all time."

Posted Jul 28, 2009

A. J. Hakari

35 100%

Scarface (1932)

"Scarface is the quintessential example of the American Dream being turned on its ear."

Posted Jul 28, 2009

A. J. Hakari

36 89%

The Quiet Man (1952)

"The script has a tendency to oversimplify certain elements of the story..."

Posted Jul 28, 2009

A. J. Hakari

37 72%

Phantom of the Opera (1943)

"As a horror film, Phantom doesn't amount to anything spectacular."

Posted Jul 28, 2009

A. J. Hakari

38 92%

The Mummy (1932)

"The tragic romance is tinged with enough of the supernatural to make the story much deeper than the average fright film."

Posted Jul 28, 2009

A. J. Hakari

39 62%

Moonraker (1979)

"For as chintzy a demeanor as the Roger Moore movies adopted, this one really takes the cake."

Posted Jul 28, 2009

A. J. Hakari

40 46%

The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)

"Aside from a few minor hang-ups, the movie finds a way to entertain on an escapist level."

Posted Jul 28, 2009

A. J. Hakari

41 75%

The Living Daylights (1987)

"...what The Living Daylights does is steal away Bond's thunder by slapping him in a story more fit for Schwarzenegger or Stallone..."

Posted Jul 28, 2009

A. J. Hakari

42 74%

Licence To Kill (1989)

"Few people dug Timothy Dalton's turn at the James Bond wheel, but you can't deny that the man brought a certain edginess to the character."

Posted Jul 28, 2009

A. J. Hakari

43 41%

The Last Tycoon (1976)

"...in the end, it has about as much to do with the movies as Psycho had to do with shower curtains."

Posted Jul 28, 2009

A. J. Hakari

44 73%

The Last Man on Earth (1964)

"...another low-budget endeavor from the infamous American International line that just so happens to be pretty darn good."

Posted Jul 28, 2009

A. J. Hakari

45 46%

King Kong (1976)

"...the '70s take on Kong is still a fairly enjoyable flick, even if it's on a much cheesier level than some might care for."

Posted Jul 28, 2009

A. J. Hakari

46 90%

The Karate Kid (1984)

"The Karate Kid works mostly due to the worthy emotional investment put into the characters..."

Posted Jul 28, 2009

A. J. Hakari

47 100%

The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939)

"Rathbone's portrayal of Holmes is second to none..."

Posted Jul 28, 2009

A. J. Hakari

48 93%

Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)

"Hannah is about as pitch-perfect as movies can get."

Posted Jul 28, 2009

A. J. Hakari

49 96%

Goldfinger (1964)

"It's not difficult to see why moviegoers went ga-ga for Goldfinger."

Posted Jul 28, 2009

A. J. Hakari

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