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Antagony & Ecstasy

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 43%

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

2 97%

Life Itself (2014)

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

Posted Jul 26, 2014

Tim Brayton

3 54%

One Eyed Jacks (1961)

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

Posted Jul 26, 2014

Tim Brayton

4 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

5 71%

Backdraft (1991)

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

Posted Jul 26, 2014

Tim Brayton

6 80%

The Thing (1982)

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

Posted Jul 26, 2014

Tim Brayton

7 82%

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

8 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

9 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

10 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

11 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

12 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

13 91%

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

14 94%

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

15 30%

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

16 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

17 23%

Tammy (2014)

"A bizarre, dysfunctional grab-bag that wants to cram far too many tonal shifts into one foul-mouthed road comedy."

Posted Jul 13, 2014

Tim Brayton

18 57%

Hell Night (1981)

"In that rare company of slasher films that aren't just good by the standards of their subgenre, but manage to round the corner to being legitimately good works of horror cinema."

Posted Jul 13, 2014

Tim Brayton

19 93%

All That Heaven Allows (1955)

"Proof that there is artistry and glory in a genre that never had to apologise for itself, not when it was this confident, beautiful, and good."

Posted Jul 13, 2014

Tim Brayton

20 83%

Thelma & Louise (1991)

"The best thing that Ridley Scott ever directed that didn't take place in an impressively designed industrial future."

Posted Jul 13, 2014

Tim Brayton

21 79%

Bus Stop (1956)

"Boorish comedy mingling incompetently with underfed character drama."

Posted Jul 13, 2014

Tim Brayton

22 88%

Love in the Afternoon (1957)

"Much nearer the bottom of Wilder's career than the top."

Posted Jul 13, 2014

Tim Brayton

23 80%

Some Came Running (1959)

"One of American cinema's first great masterpieces about the psychological dislocation of the war generation."

Posted Jul 13, 2014

Tim Brayton

24 91%

Royal Wedding (1951)

"It looks like a million bucks, and it's easy to like, and for [producer Arthur] Freed, that was what mattered."

Posted Jul 5, 2014

Tim Brayton

25 100%

Bend Of The River (1952)

"It's like Stewart was pouring every negative emotion he felt over the past ten years into one moment."

Posted Jul 5, 2014

Tim Brayton

26 94%

Full Metal Jacket (1987)

"One of Kubrick's foremost triumphs, a genuinely challenging and uncomfortable war film"

Posted Jul 5, 2014

Tim Brayton

27 33%

The Robe (1953)

"It's hard to actively hate anything as deeply earnest as The Robe, but it is a long, tough sit."

Posted Jul 5, 2014

Tim Brayton

28 88%

Dial M for Murder (1954)

"An exercise made by an enormously talented constructor of thrillers in the most fertile period of his career."

Posted Jul 5, 2014

Tim Brayton

29 ——

House (1977)

"It's not just a bombastically surreal movie, it's a frequently hilarious one"

Posted Jun 23, 2014

Tim Brayton

30 76%

Gentleman's Agreement (1947)

"Diabolically dull and somber to the point that it's almost worth laughing at it, except that Gregory Peck's incredibly serious expressions have the tendency to make laughter dry out and die."

Posted Jun 23, 2014

Tim Brayton

31 54%

Jersey Boys (2014)

"A sepulchral adaptation of the 2005 jukebox musical based on the songs of the Four Seasons that has been stripped bare of any life or energy."

Posted Jun 23, 2014

Tim Brayton

32 95%

The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)

"One of the great cruel jokes in early film noir."

Posted Jun 19, 2014

Tim Brayton

33 85%

22 Jump Street (2014)

"Perfectly satisfying... betting everything on Hill and Tatum being delightful to watch in their little platonic romcom and winning that bet."

Posted Jun 19, 2014

Tim Brayton

34 92%

The Shining (1980)

"One of the best scary movies ever made, one of the best scary movies even imaginable."

Posted Jun 17, 2014

Tim Brayton

35 75%

The Story of G.I. Joe (1945)

"It's not an anti-war movie, but something even rarer; a war-agnostic movie."

Posted Jun 17, 2014

Tim Brayton

36 62%

Babe: Pig in the City (1998)

"Has no small amount of merit, especially in the areas of production and costume design, but... [not] in any meaningful way a successful or even appropriate follow-up."

Posted Jun 17, 2014

Tim Brayton

37 ——

Il Profumo della Signora in Nero (The Perfume of the Lady in Black) (1974)

"One of the most tense, and delectably unfathomable Italian horror films ever made... as pure as any cinematic depiction of descent into insanity."

Posted Jun 17, 2014

Tim Brayton

38 75%

Since You Went Away (1944)

"Colbert is too good, and the script (though bloated) too full of lovely details about small town American life in the '40s to reject it outright."

Posted Jun 17, 2014

Tim Brayton

39 92%

How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)

"One of the top handful of movies ever made by DreamWorks Animation, but pretty much across-the-board weaker than the original How to Train Your Dragon."

Posted Jun 17, 2014

Tim Brayton

40 90%

Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

"A reminder that the best kind of idiot fun comes from a place of very pointed intention, snug filmmaking, purposeful writing and acting."

Posted Jun 12, 2014

Tim Brayton

41 97%

Groundhog Day (1993)

"Precise and smart and fussed over without feeling fussy."

Posted Jun 12, 2014

Tim Brayton

42 33%

The Slumber Party Massacre (1982)

"he strain between content and tone leaves it feeling like no other slasher film of that period, and while it also leaves it more frustrating and ineffectives... it stands out."

Posted Jun 12, 2014

Tim Brayton

43 83%

Wake Island (1942)

"It's fairly exciting action cinema... [that] falls apart on the generally anemic, one-note characterisations and the lack of any particularly memorable performance."

Posted Jun 12, 2014

Tim Brayton

44 ——

This Is the Army (1943)

"It's never less than fascinating, and there's a lot to be said for the kind of weird history lesson movies like this represent."

Posted Jun 12, 2014

Tim Brayton

45 84%

Sergeant York (1941)

"Even given a nest of flaws, the basic arc works beautifully: Cooper's abashed, aw-shucks demeanor is a perfect fit for the part."

Posted Jun 7, 2014

Tim Brayton

46 94%

Barry Lyndon (1975)

"One of the most graphically-driven, purely audio-visual of all nominally narrative motion pictures."

Posted Jun 5, 2014

Tim Brayton

47 83%

The Return of Frank James (1940)

"As a snapshot of what mindless popcorn cinema looked like in 1940, it's a flattering example, still watchable and breezy even if it's not remotely challenging on any level."

Posted Jun 4, 2014

Tim Brayton

48 49%

Maleficent (2014)

"A pretty decent, though unmistakably flawed fantasy."

Posted Jun 4, 2014

Tim Brayton

49 38%

101 Dalmatians (1996)

"[Glenn] Close creates an iconic, comically menacing character that lingers in the memory long after the bland nonsense of the film has faded."

Posted Jun 3, 2014

Tim Brayton

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