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Antagony & Ecstasy

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 71%

Oculus (2014)

"[Balances] psychological concepts with the grubby mechanics of a ghost movie."

Posted Apr 18, 2014

Tim Brayton

2 47%

Rio 2 (2014)

"A marked decline in every way from an original that really couldn't afford it."

Posted Apr 16, 2014

Tim Brayton

3 89%

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

"[There's] a great film that could have been made by the same people and much of the same raw material, but commercial forces obliged it to instead be just pretty good."

Posted Apr 11, 2014

Tim Brayton

4 ——

Godzilla Vs Mechagodzilla II (Gojira VS Mekagojira) (1993)

"With so little connective tissue of note, the monster scenes feel airless and aimless, existing solely as generic spectacle without context or weight."

Posted Mar 31, 2014

Tim Brayton

5 100%

Sátántangó (Satan's Tango) (1994)

"Attention-grabbing from the first moments and unwilling to relinquish its grip for any part of its hypertrophic running time."

Posted Mar 31, 2014

Tim Brayton

6 97%

Intolerance (1916)

"This was clearly not conceived as a sleek, effective narrative or even an exploration of character psychology, but as a tremendous, overwhelming experience."

Posted Mar 31, 2014

Tim Brayton

7 97%

The Killing (1956)

"One of the undisputed high-water marks of the American crime film whose reverberations can still be felt in a number of ways."

Posted Mar 31, 2014

Tim Brayton

8 ——

Rebirth of Mothra 2 (1997)

"The least-enjoyable of Toho's monster movies; there is nothing about it that's unironically good, not even the monster fights, and having ironic fun with it simply isn't worth the effort."

Posted Mar 31, 2014

Tim Brayton

9 ——

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921)

"Rousing, heartbreaking, beautiful, ugly, and full of human activity, some of which sings with insight and emotion, some of which plods."

Posted Mar 31, 2014

Tim Brayton

10 79%

Muppets Most Wanted (2014)

"Descends into an adventure-movie rhythm that's never draggy or dull, but is also frequently no more than wistfully amusing."

Posted Mar 31, 2014

Tim Brayton

11 ——

Mosura (Rebirth of Mothra) (1996)

"Far less tacky and sweet than the film surely would have been if it were made on the other side of the Pacific."

Posted Mar 31, 2014

Tim Brayton

12 41%

Divergent (2014)

"A tangle of under-expressed concepts, stock characters and stock ideas, and pacing misfires."

Posted Mar 31, 2014

Tim Brayton

13 ——

Outside the Law (1920)

"It's lucky for the film that when Priscilla Dean isn't onscreen, Lon Chaney usually is, since those two are by and large the only humans that give it any kind of spice."

Posted Mar 31, 2014

Tim Brayton

14 ——

Godzilla Vs. Destroyah (1999)

"A Godzilla movie of particular grandeur and seriousness."

Posted Mar 31, 2014

Tim Brayton

15 83%

Killer's Kiss (1955)

"Faced with hardly any budget to speak of, the 26-year-old Kubrick pulled out every trick that an independent filmmaker of no means could ever hope to stumble upon."

Posted Mar 31, 2014

Tim Brayton

16 97%

Werckmeister Harmóniák (2001)

"The thing is, and this is easy to lose sight of in conversations about tracking shots and pointedly empty acting and symbolic cetaceans, [this] is an extraordinarily pleasurable experience to watch."

Posted Mar 31, 2014

Tim Brayton

17 78%

Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014)

"Too dull and mediocre to be interesting or interestingly bad."

Posted Mar 31, 2014

Tim Brayton

18 ——

His Majesty, The American ()

"Such a mixed bag of tones and registers that it can survive a bit of bad comedy, just like it can survive a bit of tedious overplotting."

Posted Mar 31, 2014

Tim Brayton

19 92%

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

"The film that Wes Anderson was born for."

Posted Mar 31, 2014

Tim Brayton

20 ——

Gojira VS Supesugojira (Godzilla vs. Space Godzilla) (1994)

"The scattershot narrative and frequently bargain-basement special effects need a lot more than one great and one satisfactory monster suit."

Posted Mar 31, 2014

Tim Brayton

21 83%

Fear and Desire (1953)

"A dismal expression of a lousy script... every bit the work of a young kid with lots of ideas and no clue what to do with them."

Posted Mar 31, 2014

Tim Brayton

22 ——

Stella Maris (1918)

"One of the best showcases for Pickford's talent and considerable screen presence... and one of the most confident melodramas of its era."

Posted Mar 31, 2014

Tim Brayton

23 ——

Orochi the Eight-Headed Dragon (1999)

"The film's brutally cramped story and hastily-sketched characters is one major problem; the shocking cheapness of much of it is another."

Posted Mar 31, 2014

Tim Brayton

24 ——

Straight Shooting ()

"Has pretty much one thing going for it only, and that's Harry Carey... look for the signs of future mastery here, and you look in vain."

Posted Mar 31, 2014

Tim Brayton

25 60%

Non-Stop (2014)

"For the viewer who has thus far found the "Liam Neeson is a broken old man who pummels bad guys" genre to be devoid of any real merit, Non-Stop provides no counter-argument."

Posted Mar 31, 2014

Tim Brayton

26 42%

300: Rise of an Empire (2014)

"[Eva Green] s the single piece of spice that turns this 300 clone into a zestful, delightful bad movie instead of just a tedious, violence-loving slog."

Posted Mar 12, 2014

Tim Brayton

27 24%

Pompeii (2014)

"Tthe film is mostly just silly and dim, with just enough awareness of where to hit us with a miniature earthquake to keep things from sagging too much."

Posted Mar 4, 2014

Tim Brayton

28 ——

The Squaw Man (2006)

"Even by the standards of a 1914 feature, it would be a stretch to call this an especially sophisticated piece of filmmaking."

Posted Mar 4, 2014

Tim Brayton

29 20%

Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (Gojira tai Kingu Gidorâ) (2003)

"The good parts are wonderful, but they are backloaded and buried under a science fiction plotline that is interesting mostly because of how confusing it gets."

Posted Mar 4, 2014

Tim Brayton

30 92%

Kárhozat, (Damnation) (1988)

"A more awesomely bleak portrait of town life is hard to conceive."

Posted Mar 4, 2014

Tim Brayton

31 67%

Godzilla vs. Mothra (1992)

"A lousy movie with great monster scenes."

Posted Mar 4, 2014

Tim Brayton

32 48%

RoboCop (2014)

"It's hard to imagine a more anodyne, low-impact, aimless version of this film."

Posted Feb 18, 2014

Tim Brayton

33 88%

RoboCop (1987)

"A perfect version of the thing it sets out to be, one of the most intellectual and propulsive of all '80s action films."

Posted Feb 18, 2014

Tim Brayton

34 32%

Robocop 2 (1990)

"A fairly generic turn-of-the-'90s action film...judged as a sequel to RoboCop, it's irrelevant and ridiculously trivial."

Posted Feb 18, 2014

Tim Brayton

35 3%

Robocop 3 (1993)

"Worse than anything to do with the plot, is the saggy action, which has that unpleasant peek-a-boo quality of hard violence retrofitted into teen-friendly fare."

Posted Feb 18, 2014

Tim Brayton

36 ——

Godzilla Vs. Biollante (1989)

"Some of the all-time best effects work in the annals of giant monster movies."

Posted Feb 18, 2014

Tim Brayton

37 96%

The Lego Movie (2014)

"A tribute to Lego made by enthusiasts, not an ad for Lego made by hacks."

Posted Feb 18, 2014

Tim Brayton

38 80%

Curse of Chucky (2013)

"[It] isn't just the most atmospheric and scary Chucky film, it's one of the most confident and successful American horror movies of the 2010s."

Posted Feb 7, 2014

Tim Brayton

39 ——

Terror of Mechagodzilla (2003)

"The most grave and deliberate and consequential Godzilla film in a decade."

Posted Feb 2, 2014

Tim Brayton

40 33%

Godzilla vs. Megalon ()

"The worst Japanese-made Godzilla film."

Posted Feb 1, 2014

Tim Brayton

41 ——

Godzilla vs. Gigan (1972)

"For a film that's awfully busy and awfully manic, it turns out to be quite a dreadful slog."

Posted Feb 1, 2014

Tim Brayton

42 33%

King Kong vs. Godzilla (1963)

"The directing is slack anytime that anything is happening that doesn't involve mass destruction"

Posted Feb 1, 2014

Tim Brayton

43 ——

Varan the Unbelievable (1962)

"Everybody involved seems to have held the project in some kind of contempt, putting in no effort at all."

Posted Feb 1, 2014

Tim Brayton

44 ——

Atragon (2005)

"Special effects director Tsuburaya Eiji was in particularly fine form overseeing the sea vessels and city-destroying shots in this movie."

Posted Feb 1, 2014

Tim Brayton

45 ——

Space Amoeba (2006)

"The overall experience is rather more fascinatingly weird than dispiritingly tired, and that owes almost everything to the three big monsters."

Posted Feb 1, 2014

Tim Brayton

46 ——

Latitude Zero (Atragon II) (Ido zero daisakusen) (1969)

"Quite a bit of fun, though I wouldn't care to predict how it would play to a viewer whose tolerance for whimsical idiocy is on the low side."

Posted Feb 1, 2014

Tim Brayton

47 4%

I, Frankenstein (2014)

"Ugly and miserable in the most generic way possible, amusing only in flashes, usually because of Eckhart's "kids roleplaying in the backyard" performance style."

Posted Jan 31, 2014

Tim Brayton

48 56%

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)

"If it wasn't for Costner's pleasantly gruff CIA handler being tart and folksy in a moderately appealing way, there'd be not a single thing standing between Shadow Recruit and total unwatchability."

Posted Jan 31, 2014

Tim Brayton

49 67%

Godzilla Vs Mechagodzilla (1974)

"The film's plot is a bit ditzy all around, but it gets to the good stuff quickly."

Posted Jan 28, 2014

Tim Brayton

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