Authors

Flick Filosopher

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 26%

The Other Woman (2014)

"We need an equivalent term to "Uncle Tom" for a woman - in this case, screenwriter Melissa Stack - who participates in Hollywood's systematic hatred of women."

Posted Apr 23, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

2 55%

Fading Gigolo (2014)

"I'm not sure I've ever seen a film that looks more like the filmmaker's midlife-crisis wish-fulfillment fantasy than this one."

Posted Apr 23, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

3 67%

In Your Eyes ()

"Joss Whedon wrote and produced a sweet little supernatural romance for your geeky pleasure, and you don't even have to pirate it: he released it instantly on Vimeo."

Posted Apr 22, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

4 83%

Joe (2014)

"Nicolas Cage finally gets away from his shouty, cartoony madmen, but it's hard to shake the sense that this was laboriously constructed around him as a showcase."

Posted Apr 22, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

5 18%

Transcendence (2014)

"The neo-luddite attitude is bad enough, but the movie commits a far worse sin: it's dull. If only it worked as a schlocky pile of pulp nonsense, that'd be something..."

Posted Apr 18, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

6 76%

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

"Suffers badly by comparison with the cogent, witty Avengers flicks. This feels like a campy Saturday-morning cartoon left over from the 1970s."

Posted Apr 18, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

7 90%

Locke (2014)

"We say things like, 'Oh, I'd watch that guy read the phone book,' and this is almost that. Except it really is absolutely riveting, and that's no joke."

Posted Apr 17, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

8 40%

Divergent (2014)

"No, it's not wildly different than other science fiction, hero's journey, and adventure movies. Sometimes we call such stories archetypal. Mythic, even."

Posted Apr 17, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

9 65%

The Railway Man (2014)

"Almost entirely ignores the amazing aspect of this true story that makes it worth telling, and even the very good performances point us in another direction than the intended one."

Posted Apr 17, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

10 100%

Being Ginger (2014)

"A smartly perceptive and very brave personal documentary diary of one man's attempts to come to terms with being an oft-derided and bullied redhead."

Posted Apr 15, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

11 75%

Night Moves (2014)

"Kelly Reichardt cements her reputation as one of the most provocative and engagingly watchable American indie filmmakers with a quiet, tense thriller of morality and motive."

Posted Apr 15, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

12 ——

Swim Little Fish Swim ()

"It's almost a little too precious to be taken as an honest exploration of the difficulties of living an artistically genuine life. Or else that's where it finds a lost romance."

Posted Apr 15, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

13 87%

The Retrieval (2014)

"Deceptively simple and deeply cutting. A remarkable little film, a marvel of American indie filmmaking and of stories typically overlooked."

Posted Apr 11, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

14 ——

Jesus People (2014)

"This gentle - too gentle - mockumentary barely even takes aim at its easiest potential targets, but the appealing cast is game and manages a few cogent hits."

Posted Apr 11, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

15 58%

Half of a Yellow Sun (2014)

"Oh what a lovely film! As romance and history, this is by turns funny and tragic, suspenseful and celebratory, and never less than solidly entertaining."

Posted Apr 11, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

16 48%

L'étrange couleur des larmes de ton corps (The Strange Colour of Your Body's Tears) ()

"A teeth-grindingly, blood-boilingly infuriating cinematic trial that's like an art school film project gone horribly awry."

Posted Apr 11, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

17 38%

The Quiet Ones (2014)

"There aren't many outright scares here, and when they do come, they are curiously circumspect, but the old-fashioned Hammer Horror atmosphere is appealingly spooky."

Posted Apr 10, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

18 86%

Under the Skin (2014)

"Scarlett Johansson is an alien serial killer who sexes men to death in a misogynist fanboy wet dream that also fails to satisfy as science fiction."

Posted Apr 9, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

19 ——

I am Yours ()

"Culture clash amplifies the array of life options open for all women, and lends this quietly compelling film an extra layer of difficulty for a young Pakistani-Norwegian woman as she attempts to navigate them."

Posted Apr 9, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

20 81%

Grand Piano (2014)

"Builds up a good momentum of suspense only to throw it away on a rushed and powerfully unsatisfying ending, rendering all its preposterousness suddenly unforgivable."

Posted Apr 8, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

21 ——

Too Sane For This World (2014)

"An enlightening portrait of 12 adults from across the autistic spectrum that sheds some much needed light on a subculture that could do with some demystifying."

Posted Apr 8, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

22 89%

The Double (2014)

"A painfully funny odyssey of personal ineffectualness that is bitterly wonderful in how it revels in the decrepit horror of the everyday world."

Posted Apr 4, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

23 68%

Visitors (2014)

"A weirdly beautiful film, eerie in its complicated simplicity, and open to seven billion interpretations, all of them valid."

Posted Apr 4, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

24 80%

Tom ŕ la ferme (Tom at the Farm) ()

"An overwrought pastiche of Hitchcock that makes less sense and renders its protagonist far less plausible the longer it goes on."

Posted Apr 4, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

25 47%

Rio 2 (2014)

"This is what passes for a children's movie these days: a 1950s sitcom drawn in pretty tropical CGI colors with a few mostly forgettable songs tossed in."

Posted Apr 3, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

26 100%

La Camioneta: The Journey of One American School Bus (2013)

"Follow a humble yellow school bus as it is transformed into something joyous and defiant. It's like discovering that your grandma has another life as a secret agent."

Posted Apr 3, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

27 84%

Cheap Thrills (2014)

"The movie equivalent of a mean girls' game whose only goal is the humiliation of its protagonist, for your entertainment. Also: a failed parable of the twistedness of the 1 percent."

Posted Apr 2, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

28 89%

Le Week-End (2014)

"A marvelous little unpacking of the meaning of happiness, precisely what constitutes it, and how to know whether you've found it."

Posted Apr 2, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

29 13%

47 Ronin (2013)

"A handsome movie in many ways, but it feels like an unpolished first draft, one that can't quite decide how fantastical it wants to be."

Posted Apr 1, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

30 77%

Noah (2014)

"A Biblical action disaster fantasy epic that is completely bonkers, endlessly entertaining, and actually religious in that inspiring-and-instructional way that you don't need to take as literal truth to see the wisdom of."

Posted Mar 30, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

31 14%

Locker 13 (2014)

"Nothing here is terribly haunting, but at least someone is trying to make something like a horror movie these days that isn't about buckets of gore and inventive torture."

Posted Mar 27, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

32 77%

The Borderlands (2014)

"Low-budget British indie finds absolutely nothing new in the supposedly spooky found-footage subgenre, unless all the typical haunted-house frights occurring in a church counts."

Posted Mar 27, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

33 94%

The Past (2013)

"A remarkably grounded French-Iranian drama about a broken family trying to mend; unexpectedly riveting, thanks in part to one of 2013's best ensembles."

Posted Mar 26, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

34 77%

Veronica Mars (2014)

"I've never seen the show that spawned it, but it was still exactly what I was expecting. I am neither overwhelmed nor underwhelmed by it. I am whelmed."

Posted Mar 25, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

35 64%

Geography Club (2013)

"A gentle, positive high-school drama about how little courage it actually takes to break through adolescent panicky silence and embrace everyone's differences."

Posted Mar 25, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

36 89%

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

"Stuns me with its scathing commentary on what is happening in the real world today, wrapped up in what is some of the most delicious, most comic-booky fantasy ever."

Posted Mar 24, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

37 47%

Blood Ties (2014)

"Some excellent performances - by Clive Owen and Billy Crudup - can't disguise the fact that there's absolutely nothing here we haven't seen too many times before."

Posted Mar 21, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

38 98%

Starred Up (2014)

"Could be the most realistic depiction of the horribleness and the ineffectiveness of institutional incarceration - on levels that impact both the individual and society on the whole - that I've ever seen."

Posted Mar 21, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

39 76%

The Machine (2014)

"The bleak chic of this SF drama is intriguing, but the script that starts out smart and elegant soon slips into the shoddy and familiar."

Posted Mar 21, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

40 27%

A Long Way Down (2014)

"A suicide-club meet-cute? It shouldn't work, but it does, as wonderfully sardonic British humor and as a reminder that you're not alone in being messed up in this insane world."

Posted Mar 21, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

41 76%

Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014)

"A salacious yet also tedious portrayal of a woman who would appear to confirm all the nastiest stereotypes about women. Completely unfun, unpleasant, unerotic, and unenlightening."

Posted Mar 20, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

42 59%

Nymphomaniac: Volume II (2014)

"A salacious yet also tedious portrayal of a woman who would appear to confirm all the nastiest stereotypes about women. Completely unfun, unpleasant, unerotic, and unenlightening."

Posted Mar 20, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

43 79%

Muppets Most Wanted (2014)

"Kermit the Frog takes on his biggest challenge yet: dual roles. And truly puts the villain in vaudevillian."

Posted Mar 19, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

44 96%

The Muppets (2011)

"What is a Muppet? Is it something one is born? Is it something one chooses? Is it a state of mind? Is it a lifestyle?"

Posted Mar 19, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

45 23%

Need For Speed (2014)

"Thinks it's poetical and epic, and the more dramatic it thinks it's being, the more hilariously histrionic it all is."

Posted Mar 13, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

46 86%

The Patience Stone (2013)

"A beautiful and haunting Afghan film about love, devotion, and a woman's 'duty'; a remarkable feminist story from the unlikeliest place on the planet."

Posted Mar 11, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

47 80%

The Broken Circle Breakdown (2013)

"Electric sexiness and very modern motifs overlie a wonderfully old-fashioned melodrama... a highly gratifying one, if you enjoy a good ol' weep."

Posted Mar 11, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

48 52%

Out of the Furnace (2013)

"A pungent reek of testosterone stinks up this high-toned apologetic for vigilantism and revenge. Still: great performances!"

Posted Mar 11, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

49 72%

Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013)

"A deeply moving melodrama about a subtly subversive black butler at the heart of the White House. You will need Kleenex."

Posted Mar 10, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

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