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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 75%

Akahige (Red Beard) (1965)

"The final collaboration between director Akira Kurosawa and Japanese icon Toshiro Mifune is one of Kurosawa's most ambitious, personal, and heartfelt films."

Posted Jun 20, 2009

Sean Axmaker

2 98%

Mean Streets (1973)

"Passionate, energetic, stylistically inventive and personally driven, it is the first mature, full blooded "Martin Scorsese Film.""

Posted Jun 20, 2009

Sean Axmaker

3 70%

Rich and Strange (1931)

"... a mature exploration of personal disappointment and longing for a fantasy that doesn't exist and an adult confrontation of wandering affections and romantic betrayal..."

Posted May 9, 2009

Sean Axmaker

4 100%

Ballad of a Soldier (1959)

"... a simple, poetic tale where the sentimental streak and patriotic idealism common to the Soviet formula is humanized with vivid characters and tender direction."

Posted May 9, 2009

Sean Axmaker

5 85%

Thunderball (1965)

"Thunderball, the biggest, most lavish, and longest Bond film at that time, was the most popular of its day."

Posted Apr 4, 2009

Sean Axmaker

6 94%

Faust (1926)

"Faust is a tragedy drawn in magnificent images like paintings in light and shadow and is one of the most breathtakingly beautiful of Murnau's German films."

Posted Apr 4, 2009

Sean Axmaker

7 92%

Little Fugitive (The Coney Island Kid ) (1953)

"... the film runs largely on charm, but Engel's eye for people and landscape and social activity gives it a vibrancy that is still compelling."

Posted Apr 4, 2009

Sean Axmaker

8 100%

Billy Liar (1963)

"... this portrait of ambition aching to break out of suffocating conformity and social expectation is viewed through the prism of fantasy and puckish humor..."

Posted Apr 4, 2009

Sean Axmaker

9 ——

Gumshoe (1971)

"... the first feature by Stephen Frears is an unheralded gem of a film."

Posted Mar 11, 2009

Sean Axmaker

10 100%

Mamma Roma (1962)

"... draws from the neo-realist tradition, but Pasolini goes beyond the tradition to play with the form and structure."

Posted Mar 11, 2009

Sean Axmaker

11 92%

The Parallax View (1974)

"... arguably the definitive conspiracy thriller of the seventies."

Posted Mar 11, 2009

Sean Axmaker

12 ——

Five (2009)

"For all of his budgetary limitations, it's a strikingly atmospheric and handsome film and [Arch] Oboler creates an eerie sense isolation with simple techniques."

Posted Mar 11, 2009

Sean Axmaker

13 ——

Wife, Husband and Friend (1939)

"Running a brisk 75 minutes, the lightweight comedy is a silly little distraction with charming moments."

Posted Mar 6, 2009

Sean Axmaker

14 85%

Our Man in Havana (1959)

"... a dryly witty satire of the spy game."

Posted Feb 10, 2009

Sean Axmaker

15 88%

East of Eden (1955)

"East of Eden is set in 1917 but [James] Dean feels completely modern and contemporary, a boy not quite comfortable in his body."

Posted Jan 29, 2009

Sean Axmaker

16 90%

Magnificent Obsession (1954)

"[Douglas] Sirk never denies the overwrought emotions and mawkish sentimentality; he pours on the exaggeration and irony in equal doses."

Posted Jan 29, 2009

Sean Axmaker

17 88%

Carnal Knowledge (1971)

"... an acerbic and, in many ways, dispiriting portrait of masculinity and male sexuality in the post-World War II culture."

Posted Jan 29, 2009

Sean Axmaker

18 ——

The Man Between (1953)

"Shooting on location in Berlin, [Carol] Reed makes evocative use of the city."

Posted Jan 16, 2009

Sean Axmaker

19 ——

No Mercy, No Future (2008)

"It's a hard, troubling, provocative film, directed with a mix of street realism and subjective hallucination..."

Posted Jan 16, 2009

Sean Axmaker

20 100%

The Fallen Idol (1949)

"... one of the great films of innocence lost and a powerful portrait of the powerlessness of children in the adult world, where they are so often ignored or discounted."

Posted Jan 1, 2009

Sean Axmaker

21 81%

The Tales of Hoffmann (1951)

"For all the spectacle, it is more abstract than involving and the film never pumps with the blood of romantic passion that flows through so many Powell movies."

Posted Jan 1, 2009

Sean Axmaker

22 ——

When the Clouds Roll By ()

"Based on a scenario written by Fairbanks himself, it's a strange and surreal comedy..."

Posted Dec 24, 2008

Sean Axmaker

23 ——

Reaching for the Moon ()

"[Fairbanks] lands in a cauldron of royal cloak-and-dagger intrigue and faces it like a two-fisted American increasingly exasperated by the assassination attempts."

Posted Dec 24, 2008

Sean Axmaker

24 ——

Modern Musketeer ()

"Fairbanks is as charming as can be with a smile as big as all outdoors and a can-do spirit..."

Posted Dec 24, 2008

Sean Axmaker

25 ——

His Picture in the Papers ()

"Less a story than a succession of comic set pieces defined by Fairbanks' athleticism and unbridled joie de vivre..."

Posted Dec 24, 2008

Sean Axmaker

26 85%

Six in Paris (Paris vu par...) (1969)

"... one of the strongest and most entertaining anthology films to emerge from the 1960s."

Posted Dec 7, 2008

Sean Axmaker

27 100%

Great Expectations (1947)

"Lean fills Great Expectations with a wealth of visual detail and vivid characters and personalities... and he directs with a warmth and humor..."

Posted Nov 1, 2008

Sean Axmaker

28 100%

Le Deuxičme souffle (Second Breath) (1966)

"Le Deuxieme Souffle is at heart a romantic fantasy of underworld loyalty and lives of calculated risk and violence anchored by brilliantly staged and shot set pieces..."

Posted Nov 1, 2008

Sean Axmaker

29 ——

Nana ()

"[Anna] Sten plays Nana as either a conniving golddigger or girlish romantic but offers little nuance in between..."

Posted Oct 28, 2008

Sean Axmaker

30 100%

J'Accuse! (I Accuse) (1919)

"The epic drama is angry and tender and horrifying and touching, all of it conveyed by [Abel Gance's] powerful and delicate imagery and sophisticated techniques."

Posted Oct 23, 2008

Sean Axmaker

31 95%

Touch of Evil (1958)

"... Welles was handed a pulp thriller and turned a straight commercial assignment into a baroque murder mystery directed with stylistic bravura."

Posted Oct 23, 2008

Sean Axmaker

32 100%

The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933)

"... an illusion of grand production values and produced and released... with a mix of high culture and popular showmanship."

Posted Oct 23, 2008

Sean Axmaker

33 88%

Twentieth Century (1934)

"[Howard Hawks'] mix of frantic pacing, whiplash shifts in tone and devil-may-care direction of glamorous stars in wacky parts launched the defining comedy genre of the thirties."

Posted Oct 5, 2008

Sean Axmaker

34 100%

Playtime (Play Time) (1967)

"A film comedy directed with the grace of a ballet, the painstaking detail of an action painting and the affection of a love song..."

Posted Oct 5, 2008

Sean Axmaker

35 100%

Trafic (Traffic) (1972)

"... an imaginative, clever, gently humorous spoof of car culture and the drivers who are stuck in its gridlock"

Posted Aug 27, 2008

Sean Axmaker

36 ——

Privilege (1967)

"Watkins doesn't offer any pretense of subtlety in his brash portrait of pop stardom and the entertainment industry as the opiate of the masses..."

Posted Aug 27, 2008

Sean Axmaker

37 93%

Eat Drink Man Woman (Yin shi nan nu) (1994)

"The study of social manners and suppressed feelings became Lee's specialty."

Posted Aug 27, 2008

Sean Axmaker

38 100%

The Outlaw and His Wife (1990)

"... [Victor] Sjostrom creates images both beautiful and elemental."

Posted Aug 15, 2008

Sean Axmaker

39 ——

The Velvet Touch (1948)

"(The)staging is more theatrical than cinematic, appropriate perhaps for a film so steeped in the culture of Broadway but less effective in building tension..."

Posted Jun 27, 2008

Sean Axmaker

40 83%

Tom Jones (1963)

"A lusty historical romp with a cheeky sense of humor and a rollicking energy..."

Posted Jun 27, 2008

Sean Axmaker

41 100%

There Was a Father (1942)

"If There Was a Father celebrates obedience as a virtue and duty the highest calling on the surface, there is an ambiguity in Ozu's tone."

Posted Jun 2, 2008

Sean Axmaker

42 100%

Sunday in New York (1963)

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Posted May 27, 2008

43 ——

Death of a Cyclist (Muerte de un ciclista) (1958)

"Imagine a Michelangelo Antonio drama of upper class disaffection by way of a film noir..."

Posted May 21, 2008

Sean Axmaker

44 100%

The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964)

"... surely the most magnificent period piece of its era."

Posted May 14, 2008

Sean Axmaker

45 ——

Francis the Talking Mule (1950)

EDIT

Posted May 12, 2008

46 ——

Tokyo Chorus (Tokyo no kôrasu) (1931)

"... Ozu fills the film with deft sight gags, many thanks to the antics of the son, yet there's undercurrent of desperation to the comedy."

Posted May 7, 2008

Sean Axmaker

47 ——

Passing Fancy (1933)

"... utterly contemporary to the times, a stylized snapshot of working class life in 1933 Japan, and Ozu's details of their subsistence existence... creates a rich atmosphere."

Posted May 7, 2008

Sean Axmaker

48 ——

None But the Brave (1965)

"... a familiar lesson in the futility of war, but [director Frank] Sinatra has an easy way with the actors and lets them carry the scenes."

Posted May 3, 2008

Sean Axmaker

49 100%

Otona no miru ehon - Umarete wa mita keredo (I Was Born, But ) (Children of Tokyo) (1932)

"Behind the deft comedy and spirited performances of the two boys is a rather somber engagement with the compromises adults make to the demands of the social order."

Posted May 3, 2008

Sean Axmaker

50 ——

Murder in the Private Car ()

"... a lightweight programmer with a capricious attitude toward plotting and a script unencumbered by logic."

Posted Apr 4, 2008

Sean Axmaker

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