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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 25%

The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond (2009)

"The words drip with affectation (as do the actors) and Jodie Mankell's direction is dipped in southern gothic honey and glazed over with period sprinkles."

Posted Sep 11, 2010

Sean Axmaker

2 81%

Solitary Man (2010)

"... [Michael] Douglas never drops the charm or the confidence, his greed or lust or simple arrogance pumping up beyond caring when confronted with his own sleaze."

Posted Sep 11, 2010

Sean Axmaker

3 86%

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)

" Fans of the book have been disappointed in this workmanlike adaptation, but coming to it with no expectations it is quite involving... "

Posted Sep 5, 2010

Sean Axmaker

4 ——

Max Headroom: The Complete Series (2010)

"The show was ahead of its time and remarkably prescient in its satire of advertising, news as entertainment and the media landscape in general..."

Posted Sep 4, 2010

Sean Axmaker

5 ——

Cougar Town: The Complete First Season (2010)

"Over the course of the season, this cast knits into one of the tightest ensembles on TV."

Posted Sep 4, 2010

Sean Axmaker

6 84%

The Good, the Bad, and the Weird (2010)

"... a madcap chase for a treasure map filled with double crosses, crazy escapes and lots of black humor."

Posted Sep 4, 2010

Sean Axmaker

7 57%

Cemetery Junction (2010)

"Beware the comic creators who decide they want to be taken "seriously." "

Posted Sep 4, 2010

Sean Axmaker

8 93%

Yoo-hoo, Mrs. Goldberg (2009)

"Aviva Kempner's documentary is a real eye-opener on an influential woman whose once central place in American popular has been mostly forgotten."

Posted Sep 4, 2010

Sean Axmaker

9 97%

Ajami (2010)

"... acutely insightful about the social divisions within Israel, but it examines them without scolding or sentimentality."

Posted Sep 4, 2010

Sean Axmaker

10 94%

Cinévardaphoto (2005)

"... more film essays than traditional documentaries and connected by the theme of photography and Varda's cinematic exploration of the art and meaning of the still image."

Posted Sep 4, 2010

Sean Axmaker

11 ——

Legends of the Canyon: The Music and Magic of 1960s Laurel Canyon (2010)

"... somewhat disorganized, rattling around remembrances without much focus, which may in itself be an insight to the culture."

Posted Sep 4, 2010

Sean Axmaker

12 69%

The 9th Company (9 rota) (2005)

"For all the grim reality of death and danger, it's mostly a paean to brotherhood, loyalty and honor in a lost cause, with a stock company of character types bonding under fire..."

Posted Sep 4, 2010

Sean Axmaker

13 78%

OSS 117: Rio ne répond plus (Lost in Rio) (2010)

"... when all else fails, [Jean] Dujardin's smug grin and oblivious conviction in his every knee-jerk prejudice makes the character work."

Posted Sep 4, 2010

Sean Axmaker

14 64%

Harry Brown (2010)

"By the end, it's turned from a geriatric Death Wish into a one-dimensional Taxi Driver..."

Posted Sep 4, 2010

Sean Axmaker

15 ——

Vampire Diaries: The Complete First Season (2010)

"... pure teen soap opera, with all the pretty young kids and jealous boyfriends and girlfriends you can shake a stake at, with the added bonus of supernatural players..."

Posted Sep 4, 2010

Sean Axmaker

16 ——

Thriller: The Complete Series (2010)

"... less well known than The Twilight Zone or The Outer Limits but completes the triumvirate of sixties American television of the fantastic... a minor classic of its era"

Posted Sep 4, 2010

Sean Axmaker

17 63%

NCIS: Los Angeles: Season 1 (TV, 2009-2010)

" It's all about the energized action, the cool tech and the momentum, all of which made this a top ten show and the number two rated scripted drama in TV (right behind the original NCIS) in its debut season. "

Posted Sep 2, 2010

Sean Axmaker

18 95%

Jason and the Argonauts (1963)

"(A) fantasia of the classic Greek myth with a brawny odyssey through lands of magic, all at the behest of the gods using humans as pieces in their competitive games and wagers."

Posted Aug 11, 2010

Sean Axmaker

19 ——

Eyeborgs (2010)

"It's a potentially interesting premise for an ambitious B-movie, which is weak by most big-screen standards but a significant improvement over the hackneyed SyFy originals on DVD."

Posted Aug 11, 2010

Sean Axmaker

20 ——

Sesame Street: 20 Years and Still Counting! (2010)

"There are a lot of memories in the brief 48-minute program."

Posted Aug 11, 2010

Sean Axmaker

21 89%

Terribly Happy (Frygtelig lykkelig) (2010)

"Not quite a comedy but as darkly comic a crime drama as you'll find, this offbeat modern noir... is a weirdly compelling portrait of a town that has its own sense of justice..."

Posted Aug 11, 2010

Sean Axmaker

22 75%

Greenberg (2010)

"Watching the social and family dynamics play out in this film reveals a whole life lived in these rhythms and traps, which is not always pleasant... but certainly interesting."

Posted Aug 11, 2010

Sean Axmaker

23 51%

Chloe (2010)

"Given all of its mind games and sex games and seductions through storytelling, it's surprisingly conventional, but... a compelling psychodrama with an elegantly sexy surface."

Posted Aug 11, 2010

Sean Axmaker

24 ——

Desperate Romantics (2010)

"... the sketch of the culture of art and celebrity of the time is quite interesting and the lively treatment and energetic portrayals hooked me... "

Posted Aug 11, 2010

Sean Axmaker

25 82%

Panique au village (A Town Called Panic) (2009)

"The world of stop-motion animation is full of creative humor but I've never seen anything as whimsically absurd and hilariously ridiculous (this) animated toybox comedy..."

Posted Aug 11, 2010

Sean Axmaker

26 ——

Le Professionnel (The Professional) (1981)

"It's hardly an espionage classic... but Belmondo is a magnetic rebel..."

Posted Aug 11, 2010

Sean Axmaker

27 69%

The Runaways (2010)

"Their story is quite a tale and this film, while slipping into familiar rock movie rise-and-fall conventions, does a pretty job of getting to the heart of the matter."

Posted Aug 11, 2010

Sean Axmaker

28 ——

Hannie Caulder (1971)

"... a confused hybrid pulled in all directions."

Posted Aug 11, 2010

Sean Axmaker

29 ——

Dark City (1950)

"... an unambitious but handsome production from reliable studio hand William Dieterle."

Posted Aug 11, 2010

Sean Axmaker

30 100%

Batman: Under the Red Hood (2010)

"Definitely not for young kids, but it's smart pulp writing and well put together for a direct-to-DVD animation. "

Posted Aug 11, 2010

Sean Axmaker

31 84%

Ip Man (2010)

"It's all quite conventional... and nonetheless rousing."

Posted Aug 11, 2010

Sean Axmaker

32 92%

La Graine et le Mulet (The Secret of the Grain) (Couscous) (2007)

"... a magnificent journey through culture and family and community."

Posted Aug 11, 2010

Sean Axmaker

33 28%

Clash of the Titans (2010)

"... a picture that mistakes furious action for excitement and ponderous performances for drama."

Posted Aug 11, 2010

Sean Axmaker

34 ——

L'Heure zéro, (Towards Zero) (2008)

"This colorful adaptation plays like a big-budget version of the murder mysteries of the British small screen, no more cinematic but more lavish..."

Posted Aug 11, 2010

Sean Axmaker

35 76%

Kick-Ass (2010)

"Your appreciation will depend in how much you can appreciate it's utter wrongness as a twisted virtue."

Posted Aug 11, 2010

Sean Axmaker

36 ——

Rolling Stones: Stones in Exile (2010)

"(T)he portrait that Kijak creates is incredibly vivid thanks to his access to rare home movies footage, a wealth of stills... and audio outtakes from the sessions."

Posted Aug 11, 2010

Sean Axmaker

37 53%

The Thorn in the Heart (2010)

"(Gondry's) playfulness keeps the film buoyant even as it delves into the thickets of emotional complications of family lives."

Posted Aug 11, 2010

Sean Axmaker

38 62%

When You're Strange (2010)

"... the same stories and clichés of living hard and dying young"

Posted Jul 1, 2010

Sean Axmaker

39 63%

Hot Tub Time Machine (2010)

"... swaps out clever plotting and smartly-tuned dialogue for horndog humor, excrement gags, drunken shenanigans and, of course, wanton sex..."

Posted Jul 1, 2010

Sean Axmaker

40 65%

Warlords (Tau ming chong) (2010)

"... a muscular character piece set against a massive war and the power relationships behind the battles (as well as more severed limbs than I've seen in a single film)."

Posted Jul 1, 2010

Sean Axmaker

41 85%

The White Ribbon (Das weisse Band) (2009)

"... while I appreciate... the unnerving atmosphere of punitive power and calculated cruelty under the carefully managed pose of piety, I find his sensibility sour and cynical..."

Posted Jul 1, 2010

Sean Axmaker

42 ——

Warehouse 13: Season One (2010)

"The steampunk aesthetic, and the mix of science and supernatural, makes it a companion piece to SyFy's other lighthearted science adventure series, Eureka..."

Posted Jul 1, 2010

Sean Axmaker

43 ——

New York Confidential (1955)

"... a classic mix of Hollywood docudrama and tabloid exploitation."

Posted Jul 1, 2010

Sean Axmaker

44 ——

Unthinkable (2014)

"... a clumsy polemic that bounces between the boundaries of stage-play debate and torture porn spectacle as everyone argues over ethics..."

Posted Jun 27, 2010

Sean Axmaker

45 88%

Mystery Train (1989)

"... his unhurried rhythms give the deadpan mix of quirky Americana, pop culture, and cinematic poetry a quietly lived-in quality..."

Posted Jun 27, 2010

Sean Axmaker

46 ——

Riverworld (2010)

"This is practically flavorless and ultimately without any distinctive identity, just another SyFy original movie with better production values"

Posted Jun 27, 2010

Sean Axmaker

47 85%

Death Race 2000 (1975)

"Director Paul Bartel perfected his brand of blackhearted humor on this ragged production, overcoming budgetary restraint with inspired moments of B movie spectacle..."

Posted Jun 27, 2010

Sean Axmaker

48 78%

Bluebeard (2010)

"Breillat directs it more like a rarefied period drama than a fantasy, stirred with poetic touches and offbeat humor and dark twists..."

Posted Jun 27, 2010

Sean Axmaker

49 94%

La Nana (The Maid) (2009)

"Catalina Saavedra is superb as the prickly yet protective maid to a Chilean family in this very human comedy"

Posted Jun 27, 2010

Sean Axmaker

50 11%

Cry of the Owl (2009)

"... preserves the doom and the emotional irrationality of Highsmith in this remarkably faithful adaptation, but never manages to capture the terrible helplessness and hopelessness... "

Posted Jun 11, 2010

Sean Axmaker

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