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Antagony & Ecstasy

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 20%

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)

"There is barely any plot to speak of, and what little there is gets disposed of quickly, as though the film was humiliated by it."

Posted Aug 21, 2014

Tim Brayton

2 91%

A Most Wanted Man (2014)

"The immensely slow-building tension of the piece grows irresistibly suffocating."

Posted Aug 21, 2014

Tim Brayton

3 70%

What If (2014)

"The whole thing is clearly trying much too hard, but in its earnest, sloppy way is impossible to hate, the way it's impossible to hate an ugly dog."

Posted Aug 21, 2014

Tim Brayton

4 34%

The Expendables 3 (2014)

"As boring as watching glaciers recede."

Posted Aug 21, 2014

Tim Brayton

5 13%

Down Periscope (1996)

"It's not exactly a bad movie, but it's so forgettable that it's almost exhausting."

Posted Aug 21, 2014

Tim Brayton

6 94%

Coogan's Bluff (1968)

"A satisfying police yarn with some really great, physically hefty location photography."

Posted Aug 21, 2014

Tim Brayton

7 90%

Bonnie and Clyde (1967)

"After nearly a half century, the film's influence is still overwhelming and obvious."

Posted Aug 21, 2014

Tim Brayton

8 83%

Murders in the Rue Morgue (1992)

"Whether as camp or as legitimately great horror... the film is awfully fun to watch."

Posted Aug 21, 2014

Tim Brayton

9 ——

Daimajin ikaru (Wrath of Daimajin) (The Return of Giant Majin) (1966)

"There's atmosphere to spare, it's just that it's more of a distant, historical type of atmosphere than the raging, apocalyptic energy dabbled in by the first movie."

Posted Aug 21, 2014

Tim Brayton

10 ——

Daimajin (Majin the Monster of Terror) (The Vengeance of the Monster) (1966)

"It doesn't even need to throw a giant monster at its plot in order to be completely engaging, beautiful, and emotionally resonant."

Posted Aug 21, 2014

Tim Brayton

11 61%

Hercules (2014)

"Its incredible competence prevents it even from being ironic, campy fun."

Posted Aug 14, 2014

Tim Brayton

12 99%

Boyhood (2014)

"Watching the film is less a matter of observing characters than spending time with friends."

Posted Aug 14, 2014

Tim Brayton

13 21%

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III (1993)

"Rinky-dink production values, and sheer mindlessness and creative bankruptcy."

Posted Aug 14, 2014

Tim Brayton

14 31%

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II - The Secret of the Ooze (1991)

"Hellbent on being innocuous, high-spirited fun, but it just comes off as shrill and shallow and dimwitted."

Posted Aug 14, 2014

Tim Brayton

15 41%

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie (1990)

"The unapologetically hokey humor and dialogue and characters have their charms for sheer late-'80s kitsch value."

Posted Aug 14, 2014

Tim Brayton

16 53%

Psycho Beach Party (2000)

"Immaculate execution in every detail of one poor conception after another... uninspired, arrogant, and lazy."

Posted Aug 14, 2014

Tim Brayton

17 25%

Student Bodies (1981)

"A slog through broad potty and sex jokes, surface-level satire, and the misplaced conviction that being loud is the same as being funny."

Posted Aug 14, 2014

Tim Brayton

18 ——

Gamera vs. Barugon (2005)

"The "best" of the early Gamera films; to a certain degree that works against it... it's probably a bit easier to actually enjoy a real howler of a terrible monster movie."

Posted Aug 14, 2014

Tim Brayton

19 20%

Daikaijū Gamera (The Giant Monster Gamera) (1965)

"Silly, nonsensical, incoherent, and wildly unconvincing, and there's not a single frame of it that isn't hilarious."

Posted Aug 14, 2014

Tim Brayton

20 50%

The Wild Angels (1966)

"A weirdly moody, frequently dysfunctional drama whose completely casual depiction of the California underclasses has a raw, realistic tang."

Posted Aug 14, 2014

Tim Brayton

21 ——

Warning from Space (1956)

"No new ideas of its own and nothing distinctive other than the glacial rate at which it oscillates through those non-ideas."

Posted Aug 14, 2014

Tim Brayton

22 56%

Heavy Metal (1981)

"Exemplifies the notion that the euphemism "adult material" almost exclusively denotes content which is chiefly of appeal to people other than adults."

Posted Aug 5, 2014

Tim Brayton

23 85%

The Sound of Music (1965)

"Arguably the best screen adaptation of a stage musical that has yet been made, and certainly the most improved over its source material."

Posted Aug 5, 2014

Tim Brayton

24 92%

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

"The best Star Wars film since 1980."

Posted Aug 5, 2014

Tim Brayton

25 61%

The Hitcher (1986)

"A cosmic horror film drawn out of a psychological thriller."

Posted Aug 2, 2014

Tim Brayton

26 88%

The Thing from Another World (1951)

"Even though the thing doesn't begin to make its presence felt till near the halfway point... the simple act of watching men discuss strategy ends up being terrifically absorbing."

Posted Aug 2, 2014

Tim Brayton

27 77%

Eyes Wide Shut (1999)

"One of the greatest unfinished movies in the history of cinema."

Posted Aug 2, 2014

Tim Brayton

28 77%

Father Goose (1964)

"Watching Cary Grant shuffle about like an angry, disheveled bum is funny to a degree that it wouldn't be for virtually any other actor who could have conceivably fit the role."

Posted Aug 2, 2014

Tim Brayton

29 17%

Hercules in New York (1975)

"Sheer fever dream madness."

Posted Aug 2, 2014

Tim Brayton

30 91%

What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1960)

"Gorgeously atmospheric in both the visuals and the soundtrack, and it's a marathon of high-impact Grand Dame acting."

Posted Aug 2, 2014

Tim Brayton

31 46%

Cleopatra (1963)

"The film has a spectacular variety of liabilities (and, to be fair, strengths as well), but the most visible and crushing is that's an utter dud as a star vehicle."

Posted Aug 2, 2014

Tim Brayton

32 58%

The Purge: Anarchy (2014)

"Fun with Cognitive Dissonance: it is possible for a sequel to to be a lot better than its predecessor, and still end up mostly a huge pile of s***."

Posted Aug 2, 2014

Tim Brayton

33 65%

Lucy (2014)

"When it's done you're a little groggy and resent yourself a bit. But its absurdly slick, wholly surface-level appeal is hard to deny."

Posted Aug 2, 2014

Tim Brayton

34 44%

Planes: Fire And Rescue (2014)

"It's probably a little bit better than Planes, with a far more engaging third act and prettier scenery throughout."

Posted Jul 26, 2014

Tim Brayton

35 97%

Life Itself (2014)

"A film about a generous and open soul that is itself generous and open."

Posted Jul 26, 2014

Tim Brayton

36 54%

One Eyed Jacks (1961)

"Lumbering and bloated, often compelling, always gorgeous, and at times astonishingly bizarre."

Posted Jul 26, 2014

Tim Brayton

37 62%

Exodus (1960)

"Appallingly boring. That's a subjective word, but I can't think of a better one."

Posted Jul 26, 2014

Tim Brayton

38 71%

Backdraft (1991)

"Absolutely fantastic setpieces strung along an absolutely dimwitted script."

Posted Jul 26, 2014

Tim Brayton

39 80%

The Thing (1982)

"Something close to an absolutely perfect exercise in how to construct a thriller."

Posted Jul 26, 2014

Tim Brayton

40 83%

Begin Again (2014)

"In its best moments - which are not infrequent - is appealing mostly on the backs of watching interesting, capable people going on with their business in an engaged, focused manner."

Posted Jul 19, 2014

Tim Brayton

41 20%

Jack Frost (1998)

"It took a lot to be the worst reincarnation fantasy titled Jack Frost from the second half of the 1990s, but by golly, they found a way."

Posted Jul 19, 2014

Tim Brayton

42 7%

Jack Frost (1996)

""Bad on purpose" goes only as far as the filmmakers' sense of humor and irony, and the creators of Jack Frost have some pretty lead-footed jokes up their sleeve."

Posted Jul 19, 2014

Tim Brayton

43 44%

Gidget (1959)

"It's interesting in how very dated it has become, but all of that interest is extra-textual."

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Tim Brayton

44 20%

Congo (1995)

"You'd be hard-pressed to come up with a movie that ticks more of the boxes for a perfect storm of So Bad It's Perfect."

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Tim Brayton

45 17%

Lo Squartatore di New York (The New York Ripper) (1982)

"The exact moment at which the great Italian horror master Lucio Fulci transformed into the hacky Italian schlockmeister Lucio Fulci."

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Tim Brayton

46 90%

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014)

"The best movie in the sprawling, disconnected franchise since the very first Planet of the Apes in 1968."

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Tim Brayton

47 95%

Snowpiercer (2014)

"Every moment of genius and every half-formed lump alike make this one of the completely essential films of the year."

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Tim Brayton

48 28%

Deliver Us from Evil (2014)

"Ahe movie's actually kind of entertaining, mostly because it's so gosh-darned campy, in an old-school way that not nearly enough modern horror films manage to be."

Posted Jul 13, 2014

Tim Brayton

49 49%

Earth to Echo (2014)

"Every characterization seems to have been imported without change from the Big Book of Kids' Adventure Movie Templates."

Posted Jul 13, 2014

Tim Brayton

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