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Antagony & Ecstasy

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 89%

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)

"Highly likely to be the best of all four Hunger Games pictures."

Posted Nov 25, 2013

Tim Brayton

2 83%

Blue Caprice (2013)

"By no means a pleasant or enjoyable experience. But... it's certainly a rewarding and memorable piece of cinema."

Posted Nov 22, 2013

Tim Brayton

3 46%

The Book Thief (2013)

"...presenting not one single idea that hasn't been flogged down to the bone over the past 60 years, and spackling over its emaciated drama with suffocating production values."

Posted Nov 22, 2013

Tim Brayton

4 93%

The Hunt (2013)

"Grimly one-note and miserabilist."

Posted Nov 22, 2013

Tim Brayton

5 ——

Uchu daikaijû Dogora (Dagora, the Space Monster) (1965)

"There's a lot of straining nonsense in between the genuinely great monster moments."

Posted Nov 20, 2013

Tim Brayton

6 93%

Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

"Its worst parts are all bunched up at the end, which makes it hard to feel great about it... But the sheer electric force of McConaughey's performance puts it over and then some."

Posted Nov 20, 2013

Tim Brayton

7 90%

Mosura tai Gojira (Mothra vs. Godzilla) (1964)

"As much fun as any movie about giant monsters ever has been, from any period and any country."

Posted Nov 17, 2013

Tim Brayton

8 56%

Escape From Tomorrow (2013)

"Nothing this potentially dangerous should be this tedious to sit through."

Posted Nov 13, 2013

Tim Brayton

9 ——

Yosei Gorasu (Gorath) (Astronaut 1980) (1962)

"It's more cheaply-made than it perhaps ought to be, and the science is giddily bad, but the ideas being explored have weight and thoughtfulness behind them."

Posted Nov 13, 2013

Tim Brayton

10 55%

Post Tenebras Lux (2013)

"A completely essential piece of film art."

Posted Nov 12, 2013

Tim Brayton

11 65%

Thor: The Dark World (2013)

"Suffers... from an ill-defined conflict: the stakes are that old popcorn movie chestnut, "the entire universe", but how we get there is foggy at best."

Posted Nov 11, 2013

Tim Brayton

12 82%

The Painting (2013)

"A film that lives and triumphs on the strength of its imagery."

Posted Nov 10, 2013

Tim Brayton

13 18%

Free Birds (2013)

"Everything wrong with contemporary family filmmaking and mainstream American animation bottled up in 91 minutes of pure market-driven soulless plasticine trash."

Posted Nov 9, 2013

Tim Brayton

14 86%

At Berkeley (2013)

"The film may be uncommonly long, but it dances by playfully... feels almost like a series of short films, all of them wonderful little exercises in eavesdropping."

Posted Nov 9, 2013

Tim Brayton

15 73%

Mothra (1961)

"For all its daftness, this is kind of a terrific film on its own terms."

Posted Nov 9, 2013

Tim Brayton

16 60%

Ender's Game (2013)

"As far as slick entertainment goes, this one has enough of a brain to at least vocalise ideas about right and wrong."

Posted Nov 6, 2013

Tim Brayton

17 67%

Rodan (1956)

"An entertaining, well-made monster movie with absolutely nothing on its mind."

Posted Nov 4, 2013

Tim Brayton

18 89%

Le Week-End (2014)

"The right marriage of character, actor, scenario, and emotion to pay off with rich human behavior and not simply tearjerking. "

Posted Nov 3, 2013

Tim Brayton

19 70%

La Chiesa (The Church) (Cathedral of Demons) (1989)

"[Michele] Soavi creates a total, apocalyptic sense of dread that never leaves even the most domestic moments of the film."

Posted Nov 3, 2013

Tim Brayton

20 ——

Godzilla Raids Again (1959)

"The human story, though a little on the prosaic side, is simple enough and sweet enough that it feels like a complement to the monster action, rather than a distraction."

Posted Nov 3, 2013

Tim Brayton

21 60%

Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (2013)

"The only reason I won't say that the film isn't as shocking as it thinks itself to be, is because it's not really very clear that it even thinks that it's shocking."

Posted Oct 30, 2013

Tim Brayton

22 ——

A Lizard in a Woman's Skin (Una Lucertola con la pelle di donna) (1971)

"The second of [Lucio Fulci's] gialli, and perhaps the most exemplary among the four."

Posted Oct 30, 2013

Tim Brayton

23 ——

L'Orribile segreto del Dr. Hichcock (The Horrible Dr. Hichcock) (1964)

"While there's a lot to like about the film as pure Gothic horror, it's at its very best when it's asking unresolved, uncomfortable questions about sexual behavior."

Posted Oct 29, 2013

Tim Brayton

24 ——

Blood from the Mummy's Tomb (1972)

"Turns out that the only thing keeping mummy films from reaching their full potential as troubling stories of murder and psychosis were the mummies."

Posted Oct 29, 2013

Tim Brayton

25 84%

La Maschera del demonio (Black Sunday) (House of Fright) (Mask of the Demon) (1960)

"A tremendous start to what would end up being one of the most brilliant careers in all of horror."

Posted Oct 29, 2013

Tim Brayton

26 94%

Gojira (1956)

"A masterpiece: even in its most generic elements, it's never just a monster movie, but a fantastic depiction of how humans survive and struggle."

Posted Oct 29, 2013

Tim Brayton

27 ——

The Mummy's Shroud (1967)

"The human element of the film has a warped tone that makes the whole thing far more interesting than its mummy attacks would suggest."

Posted Oct 27, 2013

Tim Brayton

28 ——

The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb (1964)

"With so much misfiring in The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb, the absence of even a satisfyingly creepy mummy is an absolute film-killing flaw."

Posted Oct 27, 2013

Tim Brayton

29 49%

Carrie (2013)

"That a remake of Carrie should turn out to be a pathetic retread of the same emotions, step-by-step, executed with far less skill and visceral punch is probably to be expected."

Posted Oct 27, 2013

Tim Brayton

30 11%

Argento's Dracula 3D (2013)

"It manages, barely, to be stupid enough at enough points to be fun to watch."

Posted Oct 24, 2013

Tim Brayton

31 90%

The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete (2013)

"[Sklyan] Brooks's performance as Mister... the best child performance of 2013."

Posted Oct 22, 2013

Tim Brayton

32 93%

Captain Phillips (2013)

"Nail-biting and fleet-footed (133-minute films don't go by any faster) and genuinely suspenseful even though a hugely lopsided portion of its audience already knows how things end."

Posted Oct 21, 2013

Tim Brayton

33 97%

12 Years a Slave (2013)

"A gripping drama and immaculate depiction of human suffering and strength."

Posted Oct 21, 2013

Tim Brayton

34 95%

House On Haunted Hill (1959)

"Dumb and corny and reliant to a ludicrous degree on Price's withering sarcasm, but it not only knows what it is, it loves being what it is."

Posted Oct 21, 2013

Tim Brayton

35 96%

Enough Said (2013)

"Louis-Dreyfus and Gandolfini are especially wonderful."

Posted Oct 15, 2013

Tim Brayton

36 50%

The Mummy's Curse (1993)

"Just isn't that much fun, even when it is enjoyably weird."

Posted Oct 15, 2013

Tim Brayton

37 30%

Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy (1955)

"Pure shtick, played by men who absolutely did not have the energy or the motivation to do their shtick well."

Posted Oct 15, 2013

Tim Brayton

38 29%

Machete Kills (2013)

"Basically, take a Screwy Squirrel cartoon, and replace the titular rodent with a unfailingly snarling Mexican."

Posted Oct 15, 2013

Tim Brayton

39 9%

Runner Runner (2013)

"Stars Justin Timberlake, the perfect vanilla pseudoadult for a story of pseudoadult intrigues and pleasures."

Posted Oct 14, 2013

Tim Brayton

40 89%

Rush (2013)

"Really snappy entertainment, and the great art of making slick entertainment for adult audiences has been too long forgotten."

Posted Oct 14, 2013

Tim Brayton

41 43%

Ravenous (1999)

"More than just a gory horror film in period dress, though it bears saying over and over again that even as a simple Western-horror hybrid, this is pretty great."

Posted Oct 14, 2013

Tim Brayton

42 92%

The Mummy (1932)

"A Dracula rip-off that is, in fact, considerably better than Dracula in almost every regard."

Posted Oct 14, 2013

Tim Brayton

43 33%

The Mummy's Tomb (1942)

"The first Universal mummy movie that's not really worth it."

Posted Oct 14, 2013

Tim Brayton

44 75%

The Mummy's Hand (1940)

"Charming and easygoing enough in its matinee-movie way, though there are enough unforced errors throughout that it's really hard to think of this as one of Universal's most shining moments."

Posted Oct 14, 2013

Tim Brayton

45 40%

The Mummy's Ghost (1944)

"The signs of laziness set in almost immediately."

Posted Oct 14, 2013

Tim Brayton

46 97%

Gravity (2013)

"A magnificent thriller, and one of the most dumbfoundingly impressive technological feats in the 20 years since Jurassic Park put the world on notice about CGI."

Posted Oct 4, 2013

Tim Brayton

47 81%

Don Jon (2013)

"A film with tense, ironic energy in the way that scenes flow and shots collide, but in a way that feels a bit overfamiliar and safe."

Posted Oct 4, 2013

Tim Brayton

48 91%

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)

"It's arguably the most fun Harry Potter film to watch: inventive, quick-moving, playful, beautiful."

Posted Sep 28, 2013

Tim Brayton

49 82%

Prisoners (2013)

"The very model of an Oscarbaiting exercise in social critique and deeply ambiguous character drama. Except for the part where the script makes it feel more like a trashy beach read."

Posted Sep 27, 2013

Tim Brayton

50 91%

Y Tu Mamá También (2001)

"A monumental, transformational motion picture, challenging the viewer and changing the way you think of movies being put together."

Posted Sep 25, 2013

Tim Brayton

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