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Projection Booth

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 52%

Clear History (2013)

"Clear History's shorthanded characterizations and ethical vacuum prove so flaccid that it fails even if one views it as a nihilistic statement."

Posted Aug 10, 2013

Rob Humanick

2 87%

Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

"Suggests someone painting by numbers with Herculian intensity, and the effect is hollow and dispassionate."

Posted Jul 7, 2013

Rob Humanick

3 56%

Man of Steel (2013)

"Eschews camp and lends Superman a genuinely fantastic, spiritual heft, one that grounds the ruthless destruction to come and elevates it above mere popcorn spectacle."

Posted Jun 18, 2013

Rob Humanick

4 49%

The Great Gatsby (2013)

"Luhrmann makes the most out of what might be considered the text's music video counterpart."

Posted May 22, 2013

Rob Humanick

5 78%

Iron Man 3 (2013)

"A superhero movie with enough intelligence and personality that it should appeal to plenty outside its intended comic book demographic."

Posted May 7, 2013

Rob Humanick

6 87%

Hellboy II: The Golden Army (Hellboy 2) (2008)

"If the first Hellboy was about the loss of our fathers and the mystery of where we come from, Hellboy II centers on where we are going, and what we do when the mantle passes."

Posted Feb 6, 2013

Rob Humanick

7 64%

Quantum of Solace (2008)

"This time around, Bond's biggest adversaries are those behind the camera."

Posted Feb 4, 2013

Rob Humanick

8 91%

Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire (2009)

"Its flaws are more so of the executional than the conceptual kind, the whole more than the sum of its parts."

Posted Feb 3, 2013

Rob Humanick

9 83%

Avatar (2009)

"This sci-fi epic would be a masterpiece if judged solely on its technical merits."

Posted Feb 3, 2013

Rob Humanick

10 83%

Avatar (2009)

"Cameron is flexing his creative muscles, but the film never overcomes the nagging feeling that he's also simply going through the motions."

Posted Feb 3, 2013

Rob Humanick

11 80%

Warm Bodies (2013)

"The creative production design and earnest script go a long way in elevating so modest a work."

Posted Feb 2, 2013

Rob Humanick

12 65%

Mama (2013)

"No mere shocker, but a thoughtful rumination on what it means to love, lose, and move on from life's cruel blows."

Posted Feb 1, 2013

Rob Humanick

13 32%

Gangster Squad (2013)

"All style and pose devoid of soul."

Posted Jan 31, 2013

Rob Humanick

14 60%

The Last Stand (2013)

"If the sequences removed from Sommerton held a little more presence [...] I'd be less hesitant to call The Last Stand anything less than great."

Posted Jan 31, 2013

Rob Humanick

15 15%

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013)

"It would be different if Hansel & Gretel were only stupid; that it's also boring is unforgivable."

Posted Jan 30, 2013

Rob Humanick

16 ——

Godzilla vs. Gigan (1972)

"Among the most efficient and exciting of the series since the 1954 original"

Posted Jan 27, 2013

Rob Humanick

17 98%

Up (2009)

"Quintessential Pixar."

Posted Jan 27, 2013

Rob Humanick

18 94%

The Dark Knight (2008)

"Were films judged entirely by the emotive impact of their opening and closing images, The Dark Knight would be a masterpiece."

Posted Jan 24, 2013

Rob Humanick

19 37%

Rambo (Rambo IV) (2008)

"Stallone uses his iconic character here to explore the necessary evils of violence through a brutal pop lens."

Posted Jan 24, 2013

Rob Humanick

20 96%

Night of the Living Dead (1968)

"Subjects us to the kind of unrelenting nightmare we only wish we could wake up from."

Posted Jan 23, 2013

Rob Humanick

21 77%

Planet Terror (Grindhouse Presents: Robert Rodriguez's Planet Terror) (2007)

"A first-rate homage to the schlocky, sleazy B-movies of decades past."

Posted Jan 23, 2013

Rob Humanick

22 67%

Death Proof (2007)

"Death Proof doesn't simply comment on its genre inspirations - it adds to their very legacy."

Posted Jan 20, 2013

Rob Humanick

23 63%

Anna Karenina (2012)

"The end result remains quixotically affecting, and more than the sum of its many delirious parts."

Posted Jan 10, 2013

Rob Humanick

24 87%

Life of Pi (2012)

"Martel's novel could have yielded a greater film in different hands, but Lee's work remains one to be grateful for."

Posted Jan 10, 2013

Rob Humanick

25 92%

Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

"Succeeds less on the merits of aesthetics than its willingness to give in to crowd-pleasing effervescence."

Posted Jan 10, 2013

Rob Humanick

26 86%

Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)

"Yearns to find eternal truths under impossible circumstances, and succeeds with flying colors by my watch."

Posted Jan 10, 2013

Rob Humanick

27 81%

The Impossible (2012)

"What reeks most about The Impossible is that it mistakes adventurous titillation for humanitarian mourning."

Posted Jan 10, 2013

Rob Humanick

28 19%

Texas Chainsaw (2013)

"Pardon me while I reassess my stance on the death penalty."

Posted Jan 7, 2013

Rob Humanick

29 90%

Lincoln (2012)

"As essential an entry in Spielberg's catalog as his most popular blockbusters and heralded epics."

Posted Jan 5, 2013

Rob Humanick

30 92%

Skyfall (2012)

"What propels this grisly chapter is the characters' keen sense of agency."

Posted Dec 31, 2012

Rob Humanick

31 70%

Les MisÚrables (2012)

"Fosse wept."

Posted Dec 31, 2012

Rob Humanick

32 62%

Hitchcock (2012)

"Even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while."

Posted Dec 31, 2012

Rob Humanick

33 78%

Flight (2012)

"One would be foolish to expect anything less from one of our great humanitarian mainstream artists."

Posted Dec 31, 2012

Rob Humanick

34 88%

Django Unchained (2012)

"A work that suggests someone brave or foolish enough (or both) to charge into a hellfire with dynamite strapped to their back."

Posted Dec 31, 2012

Rob Humanick

35 65%

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

"Butter spread over too much bread, Bilbo might say."

Posted Dec 17, 2012

Rob Humanick

36 73%

Prometheus (2012)

"Insulting lip service to 2001 notwithstanding, Prometheus shocks and awes with more than sufficient technical bravura. If only it was as smart as it clearly thinks it is."

Posted Nov 5, 2012

Rob Humanick

37 40%

The Possession (2012)

"While frustratingly vague in terms of character and motivation, The Possession is among the more competent of recent studio horror efforts. If only that wasn't the best thing I could say about it."

Posted Nov 5, 2012

Rob Humanick

38 38%

Lockout (Unrated) (2012)

"Lean, fun, smart without overthinking things and always equipped with a one-liner, Lockout is refreshingly free of the bull**** that plagues so many genre films."

Posted Nov 5, 2012

Rob Humanick

39 78%

Killer Joe (2012)

"The humor magnifies the horror, and vice versa. Like the inflammatory Dr. Strangelove, we've sewn these seeds, and we deserve whatever is reaped from them."

Posted Nov 5, 2012

Rob Humanick

40 46%

Beyond The Black Rainbow (2012)

"If 2001: A Space Odyssey had an evil twin masquerading as a horror film, this would be it. Beyond the Black Rainbow culls from untold volumes of film history even as it delivers its own uniquely brilliant freak-outs."

Posted Nov 5, 2012

Rob Humanick

41 65%

The Expendables 2 (2012)

"Enjoyable, but disappointingly tame compared to its ferocious predecessor. The Expendables 2 is disposable."

Posted Nov 5, 2012

Rob Humanick

42 30%

Total Recall (2012)

"While far from terrible, this retread forgoes any qualities to justify its existence in the first place. It will be justly forgotten before long."

Posted Nov 5, 2012

Rob Humanick

43 51%

Savages (2012)

"Essentially stupid, but stylistically invigorating, like watching a genius muck about with finger paints like a child on a sugar high. And then it throws it back in your face."

Posted Nov 5, 2012

Rob Humanick

44 77%

Take This Waltz (2012)

"Polley's sophomore feature fumbles between reality and fantasy, often insightful but frequently ungrounded. Dig that carnival ride, though."

Posted Nov 5, 2012

Rob Humanick

45 98%

This Is Not a Film (2012)

"The truth of what is and isn't lies deep between the lines of this brilliantly elusive meta-commentary, arguably the greatest Iranian film since Abbas Kiarostami's masterpiece Close-Up."

Posted Nov 5, 2012

Rob Humanick

46 38%

Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie (2012)

"I laughed, and frequently. There are also images I can now never forget, and kind of want to. Is this what it was like for all those people I introduced, kicking and screaming, to Aqua Teen Hunger Force?"

Posted Nov 5, 2012

Rob Humanick

47 83%

Your Sister's Sister (2012)

"What could have been trite male wish-fulfillment is instead beholden to genuinely messy revelations: life as a tattered, living quilt we sew and wear as one."

Posted Nov 5, 2012

Rob Humanick

48 ——

My Life As Abraham Lincoln (2012)

"Caught somewhere between an overwrought and interminable student film and an affectionately incompetent Ed Wood production. After two viewings, I don't know entirely how to feel about the experience, and that, to me, says it's an essential one."

Posted Nov 5, 2012

Rob Humanick

49 67%

Lawless (2012)

"Appropriately solemn and violent, yet strangely lifeless. I imagine a better film was lost in the editing room, and will hopefully be found on Blu-ray."

Posted Nov 5, 2012

Rob Humanick

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