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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 0%

Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt? (2014)

"With virtually nothing that happens onscreen resembling human behavior or emotion to any real extend, the film can't even function as propaganda."

Posted Sep 17, 2014

Tim Brayton

2 ——

Gamera tai Daimaju Jaiga (Gamera vs. Jiger)(Monsters Invade Expo '70) (1970)

"A tremendously weird and frankly rather stupid motion picture, by daikaiju eiga standards or any other."

Posted Sep 17, 2014

Tim Brayton

3 81%

Smokey and the Bandit (1977)

"[A] half-forgotten little curio for later generations to study with puzzled delight."

Posted Sep 17, 2014

Tim Brayton

4 91%

Network (1976)

"Rousing, exciting satire, if not always the most perfectly focused and sophisticated."

Posted Sep 17, 2014

Tim Brayton

5 69%

The Stepford Wives (1975)

"A fine, if somewhat overworked paranoia thriller... [Katharine] Ross's increasingly frantic but reliably strong-willed performance makes her an ideal subject."

Posted Sep 17, 2014

Tim Brayton

6 ——

Gamera tai daiakuju Giron (Attack of the Monsters)(Gamera vs. Guiron) (1969)

"The morbidly curious would be better off watching American producer Sandy Frank's VHS dub from the '80s; at least that's so outlandishly incompetent that it's funny."

Posted Sep 11, 2014

Tim Brayton

7 76%

The Congress (2014)

"While it's certainly a great if wildly inconclusive work of style, [Robin] Wright always pulls it back to being, ultimately, about what human beings feel."

Posted Sep 11, 2014

Tim Brayton

8 71%

The Towering Inferno (1974)

"Despite the best efforts of most of those involved, the film never takes off as more than just a remarkable collection of glossy violence."

Posted Sep 11, 2014

Tim Brayton

9 95%

American Graffiti (1973)

"Maybe the best film about teenagers ever made."

Posted Sep 11, 2014

Tim Brayton

10 46%

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014)

"Coalesce[s] into a sort of indistinguishable mushiness in Rodriguez and Miller's flabby directorial hands."

Posted Sep 11, 2014

Tim Brayton

11 27%

As Above/So Below (2014)

"It is quite impossible to set a film in the Paris catacombs and completely mess up the sense of grim, suffocating atmosphere... But do they come close."

Posted Sep 11, 2014

Tim Brayton

12 ——

Gamera tai uchu kaijū Bairasu (Destroy All Planets) (Gamera vs. Viras) (2003)

"Has juuuuust enough warped silliness that it's fun-bad and not simply bad-bad."

Posted Sep 11, 2014

Tim Brayton

13 77%

The Tailor of Panama (2001)

"Brosnan... completely alters the tone of the movie with every scene he's in, bringing a level of smarminess that makes it far more interesting than just a bureaucratic spy thriller"

Posted Sep 11, 2014

Tim Brayton

14 87%

The Blair Witch Project (1999)

"The abrupt, unforgiving way the film ends is still shocking despite all the film's imitators, and it's a strong finish to a film that spends a little too much time wandering."

Posted Sep 11, 2014

Tim Brayton

15 90%

What's Up, Doc? (1972)

"Stands out as one of the great, if semi-forgotten comedy masterpieces of the 1970s."

Posted Sep 11, 2014

Tim Brayton

16 ——

Daikaijū kuchu kessan: Gamera tai Gyaosu (Gamera vs. Gyaos)(Return of the Giant Monsters) (1967)

"More than a little incompetent most of the time, but it has such an irresistible enthusiasm for being thus deranged that it's impossible not to fall in love with it a little bit."

Posted Sep 11, 2014

Tim Brayton

17 89%

Shaft (1971)

"There are a lot of movies from that era that do basically the same things... but not many of them do them as well."

Posted Sep 11, 2014

Tim Brayton

18 76%

Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon (2006)

"[A] terrific little pearl of a satiric horror-comedy."

Posted Sep 11, 2014

Tim Brayton

19 ——

Daimajin gyakushu (Return of Daimajin) (Majin Strikes Again) (1966)

"The film is derivative, undernourished, and a bit tacky, but it's solidly average to above-average within its genre."

Posted Sep 11, 2014

Tim Brayton

20 90%

M*A*S*H (1970)

"That it's is so much of its moment doesn't mean that it's aged poorly... it's brash enough and inventive enough to still feel like a work of radicalism, more than 40 years on,"

Posted Aug 27, 2014

Tim Brayton

21 78%

Sin City (2005)

"So hyper-dramatic that even the most horrifying elements play as a sort of quiet camp rather than bland torture porn."

Posted Aug 27, 2014

Tim Brayton

22 44%

Hello, Dolly! (1969)

"For all its failures in other areas - a bloated, heavy farce, or a character comedy full of generally tedious cartoons - its abysmal shortcomings as a musical are the saddest."

Posted Aug 27, 2014

Tim Brayton

23 50%

Magic in the Moonlight (2014)

"The laziest writing in the filmmaker's canon since at least Whatever Works."

Posted Aug 27, 2014

Tim Brayton

24 19%

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

25 91%

A Most Wanted Man (2014)

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

Posted Aug 21, 2014

Tim Brayton

26 69%

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

27 33%

The Expendables 3 (2014)

"As boring as watching glaciers recede."

Posted Aug 21, 2014

Tim Brayton

28 12%

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

29 94%

Coogan's Bluff (1968)

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

Posted Aug 21, 2014

Tim Brayton

30 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

31 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

32 ——

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

33 ——

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

34 60%

Hercules (2014)

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

Posted Aug 14, 2014

Tim Brayton

35 99%

Boyhood (2014)

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

Posted Aug 14, 2014

Tim Brayton

36 21%

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III (1993)

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

Posted Aug 14, 2014

Tim Brayton

37 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

38 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

39 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

40 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

41 ——

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

42 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

43 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

44 ——

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

45 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

46 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

47 92%

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

"The best Star Wars film since 1980."

Posted Aug 5, 2014

Tim Brayton

48 61%

The Hitcher (1986)

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

Posted Aug 2, 2014

Tim Brayton

49 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

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