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Antagony & Ecstasy

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 ——

Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster (1966)

"A decent film at best, a flimsy and uninvolving film at worst, and a discouraging sign that the days of Godzilla as a serious, interesting threat were now officially dead and buried."

Posted Dec 10, 2013

Tim Brayton

2 ——

Furankenshutain no kaijū: Sanda tai Gaira (The War of the Gargantuas) (1967)

"Terrifically entertaining and involving in a way that completely sidesteps irony."

Posted Dec 10, 2013

Tim Brayton

3 42%

Homefront (2013)

"The plot is too foreordained in every detail to be genuinely gripping, and the action far too shoddy in both conception and execution, which is even worse."

Posted Dec 10, 2013

Tim Brayton

4 94%

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

"[Oliver Isaac's] is a truly magnificent performance, among the best that the Coens have ever featured in a film."

Posted Dec 10, 2013

Tim Brayton

5 89%

Frozen (2013)

"It feels mostly like a good version of something we've all seen before, rather than anything new or groundbreaking."

Posted Dec 5, 2013

Tim Brayton

6 92%

Philomena (2013)

"It has no idea whatsoever what tone it wants to adopt towards its subject matter, and even less towards the character of Philomena."

Posted Dec 5, 2013

Tim Brayton

7 95%

Stories We Tell (2013)

"It took a lot of bravery and candor to put this story out there in any form, and for that, [Sarah] Polley deserves all our thanks and respect."

Posted Dec 5, 2013

Tim Brayton

8 ——

Invasion of Astro-Monster (2007)

"Trivial sci-fi adventure nonsense, defensible only in that it has been made with unusual care and gravity."

Posted Dec 1, 2013

Tim Brayton

9 97%

Schindler's List (1993)

"Not so important socially as it thinks it is, perhaps, but even more important aesthetically and thematically."

Posted Nov 30, 2013

Tim Brayton

10 ——

Furankenshutain tai chitei kaijū Baragon (Frankenstein Conquers the World) (1965)

"Only the hypnotic oddness of what the film does to the Frankenstein mythos keeps it from dragging altogether."

Posted Nov 28, 2013

Tim Brayton

11 68%

The Best Man Holiday (2013)

"There's nothing great about it, but there's a whole lot of good enough."

Posted Nov 27, 2013

Tim Brayton

12 92%

Nebraska (2013)

"It is very, very clear from the evidence of the film that Payne loves Nebraska. It's Nebraskans that he apparently has a problem with."

Posted Nov 27, 2013

Tim Brayton

13 80%

Ghidrah the Three Headed Monster ()

"The human half of the narrative is so captivatingly loopy and well-expressed, that the film would be just as good if there were no monsters in it at all."

Posted Nov 26, 2013

Tim Brayton

14 ——

One Way Passage (1932)

"The very best women's picture of the 1930s."

Posted Nov 25, 2013

Tim Brayton

15 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

16 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

17 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

18 93%

The Hunt (2013)

"Grimly one-note and miserabilist."

Posted Nov 22, 2013

Tim Brayton

19 ——

Uchu daikaijū 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

20 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

21 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

22 56%

Escape From Tomorrow (2013)

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

Posted Nov 13, 2013

Tim Brayton

23 ——

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

24 55%

Post Tenebras Lux (2013)

"A completely essential piece of film art."

Posted Nov 12, 2013

Tim Brayton

25 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

26 82%

The Painting (2013)

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

Posted Nov 10, 2013

Tim Brayton

27 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

28 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

29 73%

Mothra (1961)

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

Posted Nov 9, 2013

Tim Brayton

30 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

31 67%

Rodan (1956)

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

Posted Nov 4, 2013

Tim Brayton

32 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

33 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

34 ——

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

35 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

36 ——

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

37 ——

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

38 ——

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

39 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

40 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

41 ——

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

42 ——

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

43 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

44 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

45 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

46 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

47 97%

12 Years a Slave (2013)

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

Posted Oct 21, 2013

Tim Brayton

48 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

49 96%

Enough Said (2013)

"Louis-Dreyfus and Gandolfini are especially wonderful."

Posted Oct 15, 2013

Tim Brayton

50 50%

The Mummy's Curse (1993)

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

Posted Oct 15, 2013

Tim Brayton

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