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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 82%

Storm (Sturm) (2009)

"Under the geopolitics is a strong undercurrent of sexual politics: the men secretly make their deals without a thought to the women whose lives and commitments are on the line."

Posted Apr 11, 2010

Sean Axmaker

2 93%

La France (2008)

"Tender and lyrical and lonely, it's like a phantom dreamwalk along the borders of war..."

Posted Apr 11, 2010

Sean Axmaker

3 ——

Abbott and Costello Show (2002)

"It's clean vaudeville in a TV format with an insistent laugh track and a collection of recurring characters."

Posted Apr 11, 2010

Sean Axmaker

4 ——

Eyes on the Prize, The Commemorative Edition ()

"... the power is in the rich collection of newsreel footage and news interviews from the day."

Posted Apr 11, 2010

Sean Axmaker

5 85%

Der Baader Meinhof Komplex (The Baader Meinhof Complex) (2008)

"... the detail is fascinating and it is mesmerizing to watch this idealistic rebellion swamped by obsession, revolutionary fervor and the psychotic drive of Andreas Baader..."

Posted Apr 11, 2010

Sean Axmaker

6 100%

Afghan Star (2009)

"... more than a popular phenomenon, this documentary shows how a simple, completely apolitical piece of entertainment crosses ethnic, regional and cultural borders..."

Posted Apr 11, 2010

Sean Axmaker

7 74%

I Sell the Dead (2008)

"... this underworld buddy story has personality to spare. It's a zombie snack of a horror comedy: insubstantial but fun."

Posted Apr 11, 2010

Sean Axmaker

8 ——

Never Take Sweets from a Stranger (Never Take Candy from a Stranger) (1960)

"There's no sensationalism in the presentation and Cyril Frankel maintains a strong, serious attitude to the subject and to the drama."

Posted Apr 11, 2010

Sean Axmaker

9 ——

The Damned (These Are the Damned) (1963)

".. a strange collision of exploitation elements, visual elegance and emotional coolness, a fascinating oddity with strange angles that don't all fit neatly together but add up to a brilliant structure."

Posted Apr 11, 2010

Sean Axmaker

10 50%

The Lord of the Rings (1978)

"... dark and fantastical with a mature approach rare in animated films of its day, and Bakshi's rotoscope process creates an unusually fluid and expressive style."

Posted Apr 11, 2010

Sean Axmaker

11 ——

Sadist with Red Teeth (2010)

"Call this 1971 French oddity a post New Wave vampire film."

Posted Apr 11, 2010

Sean Axmaker

12 89%

Red Cliff (Chi Bi) (2009)

"... a magnificent military epic with the scale of Lord of the Rings and the grand visual majesty of the recent wave of Chinese historical epics..."

Posted Mar 30, 2010

Sean Axmaker

13 93%

Lake Mungo (2009)

"It's not so much scary as spooky (except for one really creepy moment) but this ghost story is less about supernatural hauntings than human secrets and lies."

Posted Mar 25, 2010

Sean Axmaker

14 ——

Prisoner (2010)

"The producers approach the concept with all due seriousness and, for all the enigmatic details, a literalness that loses the dark humor, satirical wit and the allegorical resonance of the original."

Posted Mar 25, 2010

Sean Axmaker

15 ——

Krod Mandoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire (2010)

"... a little bit of Lord of the Rings, a bit of 300, a little bit of Conan and a lot of juvenile humor, bathroom jokes and innuendo-laden dialogue."

Posted Mar 25, 2010

Sean Axmaker

16 ——

T.A.M.I. Show ()

"This is the first official release of the complete show since its theatrical debut and it's been nicely restored..."

Posted Mar 25, 2010

Sean Axmaker

17 74%

Sympathy for Lady Vengeance (2005)

"... do we cheer on the grisly justice or question whether turning suffering victim into blood-spattered torturer and executioner brings any peace to the soul?"

Posted Mar 25, 2010

Sean Axmaker

18 80%

Oldboy (2005)

"... a revenge thriller set in a cinematic neverland one zip-code away from Seven and Saw."

Posted Mar 25, 2010

Sean Axmaker

19 55%

Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (Boksuneun naui geot) (2002)

"... the debut film of the trilogy is laced with deadpan humor around the edges, but there is nothing ironic in the title."

Posted Mar 25, 2010

Sean Axmaker

20 41%

Armored (2009)

"It's free of gimmicky twists, to be sure, but it's also lacking tension, ingenuity and fun."

Posted Mar 25, 2010

Sean Axmaker

21 26%

Ninja Assassin (2009)

"... it's like a music video of violence that has lost the beat and doesn't care."

Posted Mar 25, 2010

Sean Axmaker

22 68%

Paris (2008)

"Less a gourmet meal than a flaky pastry, Paris is a slight but sweet love letter to the urban life of the city of lights..."

Posted Mar 25, 2010

Sean Axmaker

23 ——

South Park: The Complete Thirteenth Season (2010)

"Targets this time around include purity rings, Somali pirates, Glenn Beck and the death of Michael Jackson, and they are lampooned ferociously with aggressively politically incorrect humor."

Posted Mar 25, 2010

Sean Axmaker

24 ——

Breaking Bad: The Complete Second Season (2010)

"... the show has a wicked sense of humor and a bleak sense of disappointment."

Posted Mar 25, 2010

Sean Axmaker

25 ——

The Blank Generation (2000)

"... seems to wanders around the streets of New York looking for a story and never finding one."

Posted Mar 25, 2010

Sean Axmaker

26 ——

Tough Guy ()

"... a piece of pure juvenile delinquent melodrama set in post-war London where aimless thugs attack little old ladies... and hide out in the rubble of bombed-out homes."

Posted Mar 25, 2010

Sean Axmaker

27 ——

Breakdown ()

"There isn't much style to this stage adaptation but it moves along at a good clip and leaves more casualties than you might expect."

Posted Mar 25, 2010

Sean Axmaker

28 ——

Eye Witness ()

"... a moderately classy and somewhat sluggish murder mystery..."

Posted Mar 25, 2010

Sean Axmaker

29 ——

Brothers Warner (2010)

"... an interesting story, if not exactly an interesting documentary."

Posted Mar 25, 2010

Sean Axmaker

30 94%

Gigante (2009)

"This is a small film with a big heart, filled with quirky details and likable characters."

Posted Mar 25, 2010

Sean Axmaker

31 23%

The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day (2009)

"[Norman] Reedus pretty much captures the entire film with his signature line: "Let's do some gratuitous violence.""

Posted Mar 25, 2010

Sean Axmaker

32 75%

Capitalism: A Love Story (2009)

"[Michael Moore] is cheeky, he's outrageous and he can get awfully full of himself... but he does have a way of getting your blood up..."

Posted Mar 25, 2010

Sean Axmaker

33 ——

20-seiki sh˘nen: Dai 2 sh˘ - Saigo no kib˘ (20th Century Boys: Chapter Two - The Last Hope) (2009)

"... so strange and entertaining and densely woven that I find myself hooked on the very elements so beyond logic they defy rational explanation"

Posted Mar 25, 2010

Sean Axmaker

34 ——

Alice in Wonderland (1933)

"You might not peg Norman Z. McLeod as a comic absurdist but the former animator dives into the witty nonsense of Carroll's world with the same rapid-paced, straight-faced energy as his two Marx Bros. comedies..."

Posted Mar 25, 2010

Sean Axmaker

35 39%

2012 (2009)

"It's the end of the world as we know it%u2026 again! But hand it to Roland Emmerich, an old hand at cinematic Armageddon, for making the apocalypse such an entertaining ride."

Posted Mar 25, 2010

Sean Axmaker

36 92%

My Neighbor Totoro (1988)

"While the fantasy and whimsy captures the playful imagination of children, a powerful undercurrent of emotional crisis grounds their experience..."

Posted Mar 25, 2010

Sean Axmaker

37 100%

Kiki's Delivery Service (1989)

"The magic of Kiki is the girl's sense of wonder in her new world, whether it's her soaring flight among the migrating geese or a bicycle ride... to see the dirigible."

Posted Mar 25, 2010

Sean Axmaker

38 92%

Ponyo (2009)

"... this gentle storybook film is a simple, sweet tale animated with a delicacy unique to animated features."

Posted Mar 25, 2010

Sean Axmaker

39 ——

The 39 Steps ()

"... sprightly and fun and romantic with a few surprises and a strong pre-war political tension that Hitch wouldn't touch in 1935."

Posted Mar 25, 2010

Sean Axmaker

40 ——

Alice (2010)

"It's not so much smart as clever and colorful, with art deco designs and splashy Vegas settings and lots a offbeat humor."

Posted Mar 25, 2010

Sean Axmaker

41 ——

Elvis (Elvis the Movie) (1979)

"[John] Carpenter... puts the dramatic focus on the relationships and tricky social dynamic with the male friends who became Elvis support group and entourage."

Posted Mar 25, 2010

Sean Axmaker

42 94%

The Damned United (2009)

"This slice of British football sports history won't have any cultural resonance for us Yanks... but the portrait of ambition and hubris run amok resonates in any arena..."

Posted Mar 25, 2010

Sean Axmaker

43 66%

Dead Snow (D°d sn°) (2009)

"... this is terrific, a dryly hilarious horror comedy with a macabre sense of splatter humor a la Evil Dead 2... but minus the self-conscious wisecracking of the genre."

Posted Mar 25, 2010

Sean Axmaker

44 ——

Caesar and Cleopatra (1945)

"... a plodding, stagebound production that fails to find a visual complement to Shaw's words and scenes..."

Posted Mar 25, 2010

Sean Axmaker

45 100%

Major Barbara (1941)

"... preserves the social debate and witty dialogue of the play and succeeds on the personality brought to the screen by a top-notch cast."

Posted Mar 25, 2010

Sean Axmaker

46 ——

George Bernard Shaw on Film (2010)

"Director/producer Gabriel Pascal brought four of George Bernard Shaw's plays to the screen in handsome British productions that rivaled Alexander Korda."

Posted Mar 25, 2010

Sean Axmaker

47 45%

The Box (2009)

"[Richard] Matheson's original story was a short, sharp piece with a very direct point. Kelley simply uses it as a jumping off point for his own dense, weird and oddly personal "what-if" tale."

Posted Mar 25, 2010

Sean Axmaker

48 ——

Nurse Jackie: Season One (2010)

"The Showtime original series keeps the episodes down to a quick, snappy half hour and the format helps keep the show from slipping into sentimentality or easy melodrama."

Posted Mar 25, 2010

Sean Axmaker

49 100%

The African Queen (1951)

"These are not "pretty" characters, but they are beautiful and their affair is a natural force outside of society and the church."

Posted Mar 22, 2010

Sean Axmaker

50 93%

Bigger Than Life (1956) (1956)

"The film is a tricky mix of glossy Technicolor realism and elevated expressionism that feels both marvelously classic and aggressively modern."

Posted Mar 22, 2010

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