Flick Filosopher

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 86%

Terms And Conditions May Apply (2013)

"Nobody reads the terms-and-conditions of Web sites. They're designed to discourage us from doing so... and there's a reason why."

Posted Jul 15, 2013

MaryAnn Johanson

2 72%

Pacific Rim (2013)

"A war movie in the grandest tradition, set in a rich new fictional universe that we're going to be talking about for a long time."

Posted Jul 12, 2013

MaryAnn Johanson

3 50%

Best Friends Forever ()

"Smartly stylish, refracting familiar fictional events and themes through a little-used cinematic prism: that of women's perspectives."

Posted Jul 11, 2013

MaryAnn Johanson

4 94%

Blancanieves (2013)

"Gorgeous: lush with creamy black-and-white photography and bursting with passion..."

Posted Jul 11, 2013

MaryAnn Johanson

5 ——

Mes chčres études (Student Services) (2011)

"Well-acted but unsurprising, and far more sad than it is scandalous."

Posted Jul 10, 2013

MaryAnn Johanson

6 50%

Now You See Me (2013)

"Most of it makes no sense at all, but who cares? This is cheerful ridiculousness pulled off with panache."

Posted Jul 5, 2013

MaryAnn Johanson

7 75%

Errors Of The Human Body (2013)

"More brooding thinkpiece than sci-fi thriller, and yet fans of brooding thinkpieces may not be wholly satisfied, either."

Posted Jul 4, 2013

MaryAnn Johanson

8 96%

The Crash Reel (2013)

"Dangerous sports smacks up against towering ambition in this sensationally accomplished documentary to ask a universal question: How far do you go in order to be who you were born to be?"

Posted Jul 4, 2013

MaryAnn Johanson

9 ——

Rafea: Solar Mama ()

"Hugely hopeful documentary about women unleashing their potential and putting into practice small-scale, realistic solutions to enormous problems."

Posted Jul 3, 2013

MaryAnn Johanson

10 34%

The Internship (2013)

"Is it supposed to be flattering to Google that two idiots bullsh*t their way into a highly competitive internship, even though they know nothing about computers, or the Internet, or programming?"

Posted Jul 2, 2013

MaryAnn Johanson

11 94%

The House I Live In (2012)

"Whatever your politics, you will find things to astonish and flabbergast and enrage you in what is perhaps the most cool-headed examination of America's relationship to illegal drugs ever."

Posted Jul 2, 2013

MaryAnn Johanson

12 99%

Wadjda (2013)

"[A] delightful and powerfully satisfying film in all ways, an arthouse crowd-pleaser about a charmingly irrepressible protagonist..."

Posted Jul 1, 2013

MaryAnn Johanson

13 37%

Stand Up Guys (2013)

"Even when Walken, Pacino, and Arkin are phoning it in - on a rotary phone - they still earn their status as icons."

Posted Jun 28, 2013

MaryAnn Johanson

14 49%

Redemption (2013)

"Some of it is hilariously awful, and some is just plain awful. But Statham's attempt to be taken seriously as an actor is honest, at least."

Posted Jun 28, 2013

MaryAnn Johanson

15 74%

Despicable Me 2 (2013)

"In an almost terrifying reversal from the first film, this is crude, racist, and sexist, in entirely well-worn ways. (But the Minions are still funny.)"

Posted Jun 28, 2013

MaryAnn Johanson

16 64%

Unfinished Song (2013)

"Powerfully poignant, a bumpy, bittersweet journey through grief and joy."

Posted Jun 25, 2013

MaryAnn Johanson

17 74%

The East (2013)

"Brit Marling never knows what to do with her great ideas. She runs them right up to a moment when all that electric potential zaps itself out of existence in a flash."

Posted Jun 24, 2013

MaryAnn Johanson

18 78%

Monsters University (2013)

"Monsters, Inc. was in no way calling for a sequel, and here it is."

Posted Jun 21, 2013

MaryAnn Johanson

19 98%

Before Midnight (2013)

"Marvelous. It's impossible to shake the feeling that we are merely eavesdropping on reality. Witty, wise, and -- most important of all -- truly romantic in ways that movies usually aren't."

Posted Jun 21, 2013

MaryAnn Johanson

20 67%

World War Z (2013)

"[H]as no guts of any kind: it has absolutely nothing to say, and it takes a long, dull, circuitous route to get to that nothing. "

Posted Jun 19, 2013

MaryAnn Johanson

21 55%

Man of Steel (2013)

" Towers with ambition, swelled by sweeping philosophies about power and presence on scales both planetary and personal, beautifully balanced by a wellspring of wry tragedy."

Posted Jun 14, 2013

MaryAnn Johanson

22 84%

Much Ado About Nothing (2013)

"Pure, unalloyed, rollicking cinematic joy. Brings the romantic comedy as a genre into a realm of fantasy and poetry and fun and laughter."

Posted Jun 13, 2013

MaryAnn Johanson

23 83%

This Is the End (2013)

"I died laughing... and I've found a new respect for a Hollywood posse whose work I mostly haven't enjoyed before."

Posted Jun 9, 2013

MaryAnn Johanson

24 25%

009 Re: Cyborg ()

"A whole lotta WTF folded into a derivative, misogynist, and just plain incoherent mess."

Posted Jun 7, 2013

MaryAnn Johanson

25 73%

Populaire (2013)

"Ridiculously charming as it spins a deliciously retro kitsch magic."

Posted May 31, 2013

MaryAnn Johanson

26 38%

The Purge (2013)

"Asks us to look anew - and askance - at conventions of cinematic horror while also engaging in startling satire of America's culture of violence. "

Posted May 30, 2013

MaryAnn Johanson

27 19%

The Hangover Part III (2013)

"It's like they realized they never should have made a sequel, so for Part III, they didn't even bother to make a Hangover movie at all..."

Posted May 23, 2013

MaryAnn Johanson

28 64%

Epic (2013)

"Ironically, nothing feels organic here, and certainly nothing feels magical..."

Posted May 22, 2013

MaryAnn Johanson

29 68%

Fast & Furious 6 (2013)

"The elephant in the pop-culture room at the moment is the obvious fact that Fast and Furious 6 and The Great Gatsby are the same movie. So I invited Nick Carraway to guest-review Furious."

Posted May 17, 2013

MaryAnn Johanson

30 93%

Our Children (2013)

"Harrowing... Fantastic performances are part of why this is such an unsettling film..."

Posted May 10, 2013

MaryAnn Johanson

31 23%

Vehicle 19 (2013)

"OMG, is this supposed to be this funny? "

Posted May 10, 2013

MaryAnn Johanson

32 87%

Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

"I enjoyed Into Darkness immensely, and I can't wait to see it again... but I'm not sure I could call this a summery popcorny sort of film. It's too grim for that."

Posted May 8, 2013

MaryAnn Johanson

33 74%

Chimpanzee (2012)

"Cuteness proximity alert! Cuteness proximity alert!"

Posted May 3, 2013

MaryAnn Johanson

34 48%

I'm So Excited! (2013)

"The things that qualify as 'awesome' in the world of Pedro Almodóvar boggle my mind."

Posted May 2, 2013

MaryAnn Johanson

35 66%

The Iceman (2013)

"[A]n oft-told tale, though one that does come alive in a few places that make it worth a look. The always electrifying Michael Shannon... enjoys what may be the fullest expression of his smoldering onscreen rage yet."

Posted May 2, 2013

MaryAnn Johanson

36 74%

Love Is All You Need (2013)

"[J]ust at the point when it might have tipped over into dreadful sitcomishness, director Susanne Bier... starts finding achingly poignant moments amidst the familial insanity..."

Posted Apr 26, 2013

MaryAnn Johanson

37 55%

The Look of Love (2013)

"It's more than a disappointment -- it's a puzzlement. How did Michael Winterbottom, who's made so many intriguing movies that veer well away from the cautious, make a film so tediously conservative...?"

Posted Apr 26, 2013

MaryAnn Johanson

38 78%

Iron Man 3 (2013)

"[C]ould be the whip-smartest and most affecting superhero movie yet... [Shane Black and Robert Downey Jr. bring an] unexpected combination of sweetness and verve and vulnerability..."

Posted Apr 25, 2013

MaryAnn Johanson

39 91%

The Sapphires (2013)

"You've seen this story before, but never pulled off with so much joie de vivre."

Posted Apr 16, 2013

MaryAnn Johanson

40 54%

Oblivion (2013)

"Earth may be a radioactive wasteland, all its cities erased from the planet, but it's a bright, sunny kind of postapocalyptic hellscape... [It's] postcard-pretty -- greetings from afterscape Earth! -- in a strikingly original sci-fi way."

Posted Apr 12, 2013

MaryAnn Johanson

41 93%

The Gatekeepers (2013)

"[T]he Oscar-nominated documentary in which the six living former heads of Shin Bet, the ultrasecretive Israeli domestic security agency, talk about their antiterrorism work..."

Posted Apr 11, 2013

MaryAnn Johanson

42 81%

The Place Beyond The Pines (2013)

"It feels like an act of subversion in the movie culture of the moment... to create a film this satisfyingly meandering, as if it's discovering how loose and confounding reality can be as it goes along..."

Posted Apr 9, 2013

MaryAnn Johanson

43 33%

The Odd Life of Timothy Green (2012)

"Timothy's magic is as modest as can be, and its aim is a bit off... [U]ndemanding, inoffensive, and instantly forgettable."

Posted Apr 5, 2013

MaryAnn Johanson

44 78%

A Late Quartet (2012)

"[L]ays on [its] metaphor a little too thickly, [but] all is preforgiven... by the sheer joy of getting to watch Christopher Walken, Catherine Keener, and Philip Seymour Hoffman rattle around one another..."

Posted Apr 4, 2013

MaryAnn Johanson

45 8%

The Host (2013)

"Stephenie Meyer has found a whole new way for teen girls to be conflicted about sex..."

Posted Apr 4, 2013

MaryAnn Johanson

46 62%

Evil Dead (2013)

"Is it gory? Sure. This is one of the most disgusting movies I've ever seen, grading strictly on a scale of blood and guts and viscera -- and burns and slashes and stabs and cuts and bashes and so on. But terrifying? Hardly."

Posted Apr 3, 2013

MaryAnn Johanson

47 68%

Trance (2013)

"[D]eliciously preposterous... one of the most original heist flicks ever..."

Posted Mar 28, 2013

MaryAnn Johanson

48 28%

G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013)

"The only relatively lucid thing Retaliation has on its side is an 'in association with Hasbro' credit, which makes you go, 'Ah, they tried to make something with all the pizzazz and credibility of a toy commercial. Pity they failed.'"

Posted Mar 26, 2013

MaryAnn Johanson

49 52%

Jack the Giant Slayer (2013)

"It could almost be funny, how Jack keeps trying to fly off into could-be fascinating directions and then gets yanked back into a mushy mediocrity."

Posted Mar 22, 2013

MaryAnn Johanson

50 19%

Identity Thief (2013)

"Bateman and McCarthy are so fabulous in the overall, apart from this crap, and they, as actors and human beings, do not warrant the treatment they get here."

Posted Mar 21, 2013

MaryAnn Johanson

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