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Antagony & Ecstasy

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 55%

Star Trek - Insurrection (1998)

"The problem with Insurrection [isn't] that it's like a two-part episode. The problem is that it's like a one-part episode that was more than doubled in length without having nearly enough drama."

Posted Jun 4, 2013

Tim Brayton

2 ——

Death Weekend (The House by the Lake) (1976)

"[Not] a great thriller, just one that is more intelligent and dignified than you would ever imagine, sight unseen."

Posted Jun 3, 2013

Tim Brayton

3 100%

The Magician (Ansiktet) (The Face) (1958)

"Tremendously important Bergman, even it it doesn't have the instant cachet of his more famous and direct movies."

Posted Jun 3, 2013

Tim Brayton

4 98%

Before Midnight (2013)

"American cinema has only rarely produced a pair of entangled lovers as flawlessly lived-in and carefully observed."

Posted Jun 3, 2013

Tim Brayton

5 95%

Behind the Candelabra (2013)

"Douglas and Damon perfectly navigate the entire lifespan of a relationship from giddy freshness to screaming fights."

Posted Jun 3, 2013

Tim Brayton

6 92%

Star Trek - First Contact (1996)

"If the film itself is a little bit generic, more of a popcorn sci-fi action film than a faithful adaptation of the characters from the series, that's probably all to the good."

Posted May 31, 2013

Tim Brayton

7 83%

Star Trek VI - The Undiscovered Country (1991)

"Not very great Star Trek, but it's such an impeccably made popcorn movie that it's just not worth it to pretend that it matters."

Posted May 30, 2013

Tim Brayton

8 64%

Epic (2013)

"At least it's pretty."

Posted May 30, 2013

Tim Brayton

9 48%

Star Trek Generations (1994)

"Star Trek at its geekiest, and cursory filmmaking at its blandest."

Posted May 29, 2013

Tim Brayton

10 0%

The Fox and the Hound 2 (2006)

"The question is surely not, are there better sequels or even midquels to the original Fox and the Hound, but, could there possibly be a worse one?"

Posted May 27, 2013

Tim Brayton

11 75%

Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989)

"Not great. Not an all-time legendary accomplishment of family-friendly cinema. But pretty darn decent altogether."

Posted May 27, 2013

Tim Brayton

12 68%

Fast & Furious 6 (2013)

"The fourth consecutive Fast and Furious picture helmed by Justin Lin finds the director more comfortable than ever in handling this car-porn mayhem."

Posted May 27, 2013

Tim Brayton

13 ——

The Clown Murders (1976)

"Except for some flashes in the last 30 minutes where the inherent creepiness of clowns and whispery voices buys the film some atmosphere, it's got boredom to spare."

Posted May 25, 2013

Tim Brayton

14 21%

Star Trek V - The Final Frontier (1989)

"The absolute nadir of the series, a movie so bad in so many ways that the second-worst has to squint and use binoculars to see that far down."

Posted May 24, 2013

Tim Brayton

15 85%

Star Trek IV - The Voyage Home (1986)

"A bit flimsy to be legitimately counted as "great" Star Trek, but aware enough of its characters and their attachments to each other and the audience that it's "fun" Star Trek."

Posted May 23, 2013

Tim Brayton

16 98%

Mud (2013)

"Up till just past the three-quarter mark, Mud is one heck of a nifty psychological fable."

Posted May 23, 2013

Tim Brayton

17 78%

Star Trek III - The Search for Spock (1984)

"Almost certainly the best of the "bad" Star Trek films... and for the first 30 or 40 minutes, it's not really even bad, to speak of."

Posted May 22, 2013

Tim Brayton

18 90%

Star Trek II - The Wrath of Khan (1982)

"This isn't great "for a Star Trek movie", it's one of the best sci-fi adventure films of the post-Star Wars era."

Posted May 21, 2013

Tim Brayton

19 50%

Brother Bear 2 (2006)

"It's just a neutral object, with bears."

Posted May 21, 2013

Tim Brayton

20 45%

Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)

"Merely a weak, inapt Star Trek movie, not a completely awful one."

Posted May 20, 2013

Tim Brayton

21 95%

Jason and the Argonauts (1963)

"A great adventure movie... presents spectacle in the most wide-eyed, awe-inspired register."

Posted May 20, 2013

Tim Brayton

22 79%

Shanghai Noon (2000)

"You can't get a whole lot less substantial than this, but well-played, friendly banter is tough to do, and the film hits its mark perfectly on that front."

Posted May 19, 2013

Tim Brayton

23 66%

Clash of the Titans (1981)

"The visual effects are clearly the only thing here that's worth bothering with."

Posted May 19, 2013

Tim Brayton

24 94%

The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms (1953)

"Clumsy in some very key ways at the script level, it's nevertheless an exemplary B-picture."

Posted May 18, 2013

Tim Brayton

25 63%

It Came from Beneath the Sea (1955)

"Given the number of movies like this that DIDN'T pay off with such a top-notch monster, it is easier to forgive the various narrative, cinematic, and psychological failings. "

Posted May 18, 2013

Tim Brayton

26 87%

Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

"For the most part, the film is a carbon copy of the last one, in both its strengths and weaknesses."

Posted May 17, 2013

Tim Brayton

27 50%

One Million Years B.C. (1967)

"Some of the very finest dopey schlock ever put onscreen."

Posted May 17, 2013

Tim Brayton

28 83%

The 3 Worlds of Gulliver (1960)

"Retains some scant measure of Swift's satiric intent, however distorted."

Posted May 17, 2013

Tim Brayton

29 71%

Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (1956)

"[The finest] of these formula-driven alien invasion movies... and not only because its flying saucers are pretty much the best ever."

Posted May 16, 2013

Tim Brayton

30 49%

The Great Gatsby (2013)

"It's really not possible to retrofit a soaring romance onto Fitzgerald's plot skeleton."

Posted May 14, 2013

Tim Brayton

31 ——

Le Faux Magistrat ()

"Isn't up to the same level of mad, proto-surrealist invention. [of] anything else in the Fantômas series."

Posted May 13, 2013

Tim Brayton

32 72%

Romeo + Juliet (1996)

"Put simply: you're not likely to regard Romeo + Juliet as truly great cinema unless the song "Lovefool" stirs your soul."

Posted May 12, 2013

Tim Brayton

33 ——

Fantômas contre Fantômas (1914)

"A lot better than most franchises this silly can claim to be by their fourth entry."

Posted May 12, 2013

Tim Brayton

34 ——

Mort qui tue, Le (The Dead Man Who Killed) ()

"Unfathomably for a century-old movie that has influenced an entire genre, it's actually a little bit surprising in spots."

Posted May 11, 2013

Tim Brayton

35 100%

Juve contre Fantômas (Juve Against Fantomas) (1913)

"All the best parts involve criminal plots so outré that delighted disbelief is the only sane response."

Posted May 10, 2013

Tim Brayton

36 ——

Fantômas - À l'ombre de la guillotine (1913)

"The film is chiefly best at creating a bizarre, off-kilter mood."

Posted May 10, 2013

Tim Brayton

37 40%

Leroy & Stitch (2006)

"A Lilo & Stitch picture that ends warmly has done its duty, though I suppose only by the skin of its teeth. "

Posted May 8, 2013

Tim Brayton

38 ——

Les Misérables (2004)

"The stand-out, and easily the best reason to see this "Les misérables"... is obviously Jean Gabin."

Posted May 7, 2013

Tim Brayton

39 84%

Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang (2005)

"The best movie, with the best script, in writer Shane Black's career."

Posted May 5, 2013

Tim Brayton

40 78%

Iron Man 3 (2013)

"Not quite as much fun as Iron Man the first... but there are worse ways to welcome summer than with the low-key return of an old friend in good spirits."

Posted May 3, 2013

Tim Brayton

41 50%

Pain & Gain (2013)

"Covered in an impenetrable layer of irony that evinces the smuggest imaginable contempt for the characters."

Posted May 2, 2013

Tim Brayton

42 50%

Bambi II (2006)

"Even if we're going to concede that the narrative space filled by Bambi II needed the filling... surely there was a better story than this one."

Posted Apr 30, 2013

Tim Brayton

43 70%

Army of Darkness (1993)

"A loopy work of imagination that never fails to be entertaining."

Posted Apr 29, 2013

Tim Brayton

44 98%

Evil Dead 2 (1987)

"The best horror-comedy ever made."

Posted Apr 28, 2013

Tim Brayton

45 54%

Oblivion (2013)

"People who need anything remotely resembling an emotional anchor in their movies had best look elsewhere."

Posted Apr 27, 2013

Tim Brayton

46 45%

The Lords of Salem (2013)

"[Rob Zombie] makes good on the promise of being one of America's most distinctive horror directors to securely become one of its best."

Posted Apr 25, 2013

Tim Brayton

47 85%

Death Race 2000 (1975)

"A movie that has a little bit of everything, and it's easily the best version of itself that could possibly be put together. "

Posted Apr 22, 2013

Tim Brayton

48 ——

Pooh's Heffalump Halloween Movie (2005)

"It's kind of amazing how much one can learn from these Pooh films. In this case, I learned that you cannot overestimate how crass Disney is actually capable of being. "

Posted Apr 19, 2013

Tim Brayton

49 79%

42 (2013)

"It manages to be something that inspirational biopics, in my experience, virtually never are: inspiring."

Posted Apr 17, 2013

Tim Brayton

50 49%

Jurassic Park III (2001)

"More than half an hour shorter than The Lost World, so at least there's a lot less of it to suffer through."

Posted Apr 17, 2013

Tim Brayton

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