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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 35%

Young Einstein (1988)

"Serious's most distinguishing feature is his unruly hair, which serves as both a reminder of Einstein's own unkempt mane and the endless series of '80s-era stand-up comedians memorable only for their wacky hairdos. "

Posted Aug 6, 2014

Odie Henderson

2 17%

Lock Up (1989)

"There's nothing fun, however, about Lock Up's absent social interests, which are made particularly deplorable through a refusal to address any semblance of a socio-political zeitgeist."

Posted Aug 4, 2014

Clayton Dillard

3 100%

Starry Eyes ()

" The film, in the end, doesn't have much to say about the nature of fame and ambition, other than a bit of facile posturing and shopworn wisdom, and frankly, Widmyer and Kolsch seem more interested in exploitation than reflection."

Posted Jul 30, 2014

Calum Marsh

4 50%

Weekend at Bernie's (1989)

"Ted Kotcheff's moth-bitten, notoriously macabre comedy Weekend at Bernie's is best--and most rewardingly--revisited as an unintended rumination on the queasy moral crises of Reaganomics-era America. "

Posted Jul 6, 2014

Steve Macfarlane

5 72%

Batman (1989)

"Returning to Tim Burton's 1989 Batman in light of Christopher Nolan's recent, remarkably successful Batman trilogy turns out to be quite a fascinating experience."

Posted Jun 23, 2014

Kenji Fujishima

6 ——

The Liberator (2014)

"It cannot show history with any sort of complexity, so it instead gives us masses of people moved by Bolívar's words, and gorgeous sweeping vistas of the landscape backed by a stirring orchestra."

Posted Jun 18, 2014

Oscar Moralde

7 ——

Ciencias naturales ()

"Breezy and slight in its runtime, Matías Lucchesi has crafted a coming-of-age film that's modest in its ambitions, but touching nonetheless."

Posted Jun 17, 2014

Oscar Moralde

8 ——

Club Sándwich (Club Sandwich) ()

"As each of his running gags peters out into tidy resolution and the tired old tropes of the coming-of-age story rear their head, the overriding impression is that a bit of shit-shovelling might do Eimbcke the world of good."

Posted Jun 16, 2014

James Lattimer

9 ——

Tir ()

"While it feels churlish to criticize such a topical, heartfelt endeavour, it's also hard not to groan at a film whose final message is underlined by its protagonist literally shovelling shit."

Posted Jun 16, 2014

James Lattimer

10 ——

Arraianos ()

"It's only toward the end of the film, as one of the old women is seen sitting at a sewing machine in a modern house, that you realise just how far out of space and time it's transported you."

Posted Jun 16, 2014

James Lattimer

11 ——

Costa da Morte (Coast of Death) ()

"Quite apart from the sheer visual joy generated by Patiño's images, his injections of gentle humour in the voiceover anecdotes and lithe shifts in focus give the film a sense of forward motion and flow that thankfully never lets up."

Posted Jun 16, 2014

James Lattimer

12 ——

Double Play: James Benning And Richard Linklater ()

"Even if some of the Linklater film montages verge on YouTube fan videos, there's no denying the considerable skill involved in capturing such a natural-seeming conversation and then having its cadences dictate its structure."

Posted Jun 16, 2014

James Lattimer

13 62%

Vampire's Kiss (1989)

"Vampire's Kiss, pretty much never recognized, is even more important today than it was in the summer of 1989."

Posted Jun 7, 2014

Robert C. Crumbow

14 20%

Renegades (1989)

"What's left is a thin daguerreotype of an idea that was losing steam before cameras were even rolling."

Posted Jun 5, 2014

Steve Macfarlane

15 85%

Dead Poets Society (1989)

"Dead Poets Society purports to be about the bravery of following one's own path. This is a bright, shining lie, one the film is ballsy enough to tell to your face."

Posted Jun 4, 2014

Odie Henderson

16 88%

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)

"For all its deficiencies and inconsistencies, Last Crusade endears itself to audiences by the utter idiosyncrasy of its execution. "

Posted May 23, 2014

Ted Pigeon

17 31%

For Queen & Country (1989)

"Unlike Denzel Washington, whose acting career was soon to prosper, Martin Stellman hasn't directed another film since."

Posted May 19, 2014

Clayton Dillard

18 73%

Neighbors (2014)

"The screenplay is a poorly stitched-together patchwork of ideas, which shouldn't be a surprise, as See No Evil, Hear No Evil is credited to five writers."

Posted May 15, 2014

Odie Henderson

19 63%

Captivated ()

"Private Violence is directive American trauma thinkpiece, insistent that its troubles can be confronted head-on."

Posted Mar 3, 2014

Clayton Dillard

20 83%

Private Violence ()

"Jeremiah Zagar's structure and politics devolve from questioning a particular kind of mediated fervor to concerning itself with more obvious issues of judicial malpractice."

Posted Mar 3, 2014

Clayton Dillard

21 ——

Ukraine Is Not a Brothel ()

"What Kitty Green lacks in resolution, the film makes up for by implicitly stating that image-whether self- or media-made-is all that ultimately matters."

Posted Mar 3, 2014

Clayton Dillard

22 100%

Concerning Violence ()

"The film struggles at times to transcend its academic presentation as an advanced visual essay explicating a theoretical text."

Posted Mar 2, 2014

Clayton Dillard

23 100%

Manakamana (2014)

"Its urgent insistence upon rekindled patience and compassion make it a peculiar kind of structuralist essay film--and one of the most compelling in recent memory."

Posted Mar 2, 2014

Clayton Dillard

24 ——

Happy Valley ()

"Happy Valley quietly reveals the structures that assist deviant behavior as the site of true horror."

Posted Mar 1, 2014

Clayton Dillard

25 83%

Rich Hill (2014)

"The directors allow their camera to probe and linger in spaces of disorder and grime, but without any discernible purpose other than gaining access to lower-class spaces."

Posted Mar 1, 2014

Clayton Dillard

26 89%

The Notorious Mr. Bout ()

"The Notorious Mr. Bout doesn't untangle the moral and ethical quandary presented here by the density of reconciling public sins with private passions."

Posted Feb 28, 2014

Clayton Dillard

27 ——

Jo nan-ja-deul (Intruders) ()

"Using personal differences, economic rifts, and familiar city-versus-country conflicts to lay the groundwork for a complex murder mystery, Intruders remains a consistently entertaining and surprising sophomore effort."

Posted Feb 21, 2014

Jesse Cataldo

28 ——

Papusza ()

"Papusza is at its most enthralling in some of the flashbacks, where we glimpse the heroine as an agent of her own fate."

Posted Feb 21, 2014

Ela Bittencourt

29 96%

Metro Manila (2014)

"It easily shows up Ellis's panoply of crime-drama clichés and overall touristic gaze."

Posted Feb 20, 2014

Kenji Fujishima

30 ——

The Weight ()

"It's one of a kind."

Posted Feb 19, 2014

Chuck Bowen

31 62%

The Sacrament (2014)

"Based on the evidence offered here, West would appear to believe that all cultists come to their way of life by an inherent lunacy or stupidity and nothing more."

Posted Feb 19, 2014

Chuck Bowen

32 75%

U ri Sunhi (Our Sunhi) ()

"A past of repressed feelings and bad trysts is summoned, but the conversations between Sunhi and her men seem to pivot more on questions of a sustainable career in filmmaking."

Posted Feb 18, 2014

Chris Cabin

33 94%

Felony (2014)

"Felony reveals itself to be a profoundly cynical movie posing as a work of idealism."

Posted Feb 14, 2014

Chuck Bowen

34 99%

Boyhood (2014)

"Linklater has crafted a quotidian epic, a film sprawling in scope and ambition, bottomless in human feeling. Not since Altman's Nashville has an American film felt as real as life itself."

Posted Feb 14, 2014

John Semley

35 ——

Glissements progressifs du plaisir (Successive Slidings of Pleasure) (1974)

"Apart from evoking imagery from his own works, Robbe-Grillet throws in references to the art of Yves Klein, the writings of Jules Michelet, and Georges Bataille, and gives the nod to the films of other auteur filmmakers. "

Posted Feb 12, 2014

Budd Wilkins

36 ——

Trans-Europ-Express (1966)

"True to form, the film concludes with a double ending, two successive jolts whose ostensible purpose is to reinforce in the minds of viewers that what they've just been watching was never anything more than a fiction. "

Posted Feb 12, 2014

Budd Wilkins

37 96%

20,000 Days on Earth (2014)

"It's not exactly a "revealing" documentary, if shaking out dirt is to be taken as a metric by which these sorts of biographical sketches should be judged."

Posted Feb 10, 2014

John Semley

38 ——

The Better Angels (2014)

"Edwards's homage to his master plays like sycophantic, if well-meaning, imitation, like a kid trying to impress his dad by swinging his golf clubs or clumsily strumming a guitar. "

Posted Feb 10, 2014

John Semley

39 100%

Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter ()

"A film that begins as a weird, halfway-considered ode to the sway of the cinema ends up making a case against that same power."

Posted Feb 9, 2014

John Semley

40 91%

Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?: An Animated Conversation with Noam Chomsky (2013)

"It's easy to greet the prospect of a Michel Gondy making a doodle movie about the ideas of Noam Chomsky like that aggrieved nerd on The Simpsons: "Ugh, why does it have be zany?""

Posted Feb 8, 2014

John Semley

41 100%

The Thin Blue Line (1988)

"The Thin Blue Line is proof that sometimes, though rarely, the political impact of a film can be as tangible as an innocent man being freed from prison."

Posted Dec 11, 2013

Tina Hassannia

42 89%

The Golden Dream (La Jaula De Oro) ()

"Saved from such simplicity by the time and space it gives to the ensemble cast and their relationships."

Posted Nov 14, 2013

Oscar Moralde

43 97%

The Selfish Giant (2013)

"It's a tale of refuse, both in terms of the collected junk and those doing the collecting on the edges of a society that no longer has use for them. "

Posted Nov 14, 2013

Oscar Moralde

44 79%

Bethlehem (2014)

"In the end, the film's misstep is not some failure at being sufficiently morally gray. In being the thriller that it is, it smudges the palette beyond recognition."

Posted Nov 12, 2013

Oscar Moralde

45 95%

Grzeli nateli dgeebi (In Bloom) (2014)

"The foreclosure of possibilities provided by the use of the long take assists in the indictment of chauvinism and patriarchal brutality that underpin, directly and indirectly, many moments in the film. "

Posted Nov 12, 2013

Oscar Moralde

46 ——

Revenge of the Mekons (2014)

"An exemplary documentary about an exemplary band."

Posted Nov 11, 2013

Andrew Schenker

47 91%

Blue Is The Warmest Color (2013)

"As he did in The Secret of the Grain, Kechiche uses cooking and eating as keys to character and relationships. "

Posted Oct 14, 2013

Elise Nakhnikian

48 94%

Her (2013)

"By the end, Spike Jonze pushes past his tightrope of sincerity and irony into a near-spiritual realm that still maintains its fragilely intimate, bittersweet vibe. "

Posted Oct 13, 2013

Kenji Fujishima

49 50%

The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013)

"For Ben Stiller, apparently, Thurber's classic story is grist not for a sympathetic exploration of the universal human desires to dream and live, but to craft what eventually amounts to a totem to his own vanity. "

Posted Oct 7, 2013

Kenji Fujishima

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