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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 ——

Plucking the Daisy (En effeuillant la marguerite) (1957)

"The silly bon-bon of romantic travails and mistaken identities by Marc Allegret is an often overbearingly chauvinistic sex comedy that survives solely on Bebe's charms..."

Posted Jan 10, 2010

Sean Axmaker

2 ——

Star Trek: The Original Series - Season Three (2004)

"It's been warped into movies, spun-off into sequel shows and finally retooled in prequel relaunch, but the original series still has a hold on us."

Posted Jan 10, 2010

Sean Axmaker

3 89%

Inglourious Basterds (2009)

"... the disc producers have skipped the usual commentary track and traditional making-of documentary for a more eclectic collection of supplements..."

Posted Jan 10, 2010

Sean Axmaker

4 100%

Know Your Mushrooms (2008)

"... a highly entertaining trip through the facts and fictions of fungi, from ancient culture to counter-culture to epicurean treat."

Posted Jan 10, 2010

Sean Axmaker

5 ——

Chai Lai Angels (2009)

"... a silly, sloppy, at times utterly incomprehensible spoof of Charlie's Angels..."

Posted Jan 10, 2010

Sean Axmaker

6 33%

20-seiki sh˘nen: Honkaku kagaku b˘ken eiga (20th Century Boys 1: Beginning of the End) (2008)

"Not quite science fiction and as surreal a conspiratorial epic as you'll find, this dense thriller has a distinctively Japanese sensibility."

Posted Jan 10, 2010

Sean Axmaker

7 96%

Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

"What makes Miracle a genuine miracle of holiday filmmaking is the pitch-perfect balance of social cynicism and human generosity."

Posted Jan 10, 2010

Sean Axmaker

8 86%

500 Days of Summer (2009)

"... it does a nice job of charting the rise and fall of a relationship with heart, soul and a recognition that it is better to have loved and lost than to have never loved at all."

Posted Jan 10, 2010

Sean Axmaker

9 ——

Facing Ali (2009)

"... a dynamic portrait of the athlete and icon emerges through the remembrances, reflections and memorable quotes..."

Posted Jan 10, 2010

Sean Axmaker

10 83%

Paranormal Activity (2009)

"... a fairly satisfying piece of filmmaking and an overhyped piece of cult marketing."

Posted Jan 10, 2010

Sean Axmaker

11 ——

Philanthropist: The Complete Series (2010)

"The series, inspired by the hands-on philanthropy of Bobby Sager, mixes current events and political activism in a colorful, if tired, adventure show..."

Posted Jan 9, 2010

Sean Axmaker

12 ——

Chuck: The Complete Second Season (2010)

"Zachary Levi just keeps getting more fun as the computer geek and electronics-store wage slave whose brain has been turned into a veritable hard drive filled with classified secrets."

Posted Jan 9, 2010

Sean Axmaker

13 ——

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (2000)

"... it's the whimsical imagery of raining hamburgers, a Jell-O mold castle, an ice-cream winter wonderland and a spaghetti tornado that carries the film."

Posted Jan 9, 2010

Sean Axmaker

14 80%

Eid milad Laila (Laila's Birthday) (2008)

"It's a portrait in frustration and exasperation yet the tone is always affectionate, a satire that confronts serious concerns with a gentle touch..."

Posted Jan 9, 2010

Sean Axmaker

15 86%

Lorna's Silence (2008)

"It's a classic Dardennes morality tale set in the grim, hard-scrabble world between working class hardship and black market hustle..."

Posted Jan 9, 2010

Sean Axmaker

16 100%

K˘kaku kid˘tai 2.0 (Ghost in the Shell 2.0) (2008)

"... an odd hybrid of the original film and the slick 3D computer animation scenes, which is great for the cyber-imagery but... has less personality when it is used on the characters..."

Posted Dec 6, 2009

Sean Axmaker

17 100%

Gimme Shelter (1970)

"... put a frame around the notorious Altamont Speedway free concert that became the grim bookend to the decade."

Posted Dec 6, 2009

Sean Axmaker

18 86%

Un Conte de NoŰl (A Christmas Tale) (2008)

"... arrives on DVD in a presentation worthy of it."

Posted Dec 6, 2009

Sean Axmaker

19 68%

Funny People (2009)

"... a character drama in the guise of a show-biz comedy."

Posted Dec 6, 2009

Sean Axmaker

20 91%

Gomorrah (Gomorra) (2008)

"[Matteo] Garrone... brings a clear-eyed approach to the film and captures an atmosphere of destruction and waste in a landscape of urban blight and poverty."

Posted Dec 6, 2009

Sean Axmaker

21 ——

Superman: The Animated Series - Vol. 1 (2004)

"... the series is nicely crafted and far more engaging than the old sixties and seventies cartoon incarnations."

Posted Dec 6, 2009

Sean Axmaker

22 ——

Marty ()

"[Rod] Steiger's body language communicate not just his loneliness but his resignation to living out his life as "a fat, ugly little man.""

Posted Dec 6, 2009

Sean Axmaker

23 ——

Comedian ()

"... [a] feral performance by Mickey Rooney and the almost claustrophobic intensity created by director John Frankenheimer..."

Posted Dec 6, 2009

Sean Axmaker

24 ——

Golden Age of Television (2009)

"The title is no hyperbole: For a brief period in the 1950s... a handful of showcase anthology shows turned live television theater into the vibrant center of original American drama."

Posted Dec 6, 2009

Sean Axmaker

25 91%

The Exiles (1961)

"There's no uplifting message here and the internal monologues that accompany their wanderings speak of desires and anxieties and disappointments that appear doomed to repeat themselves."

Posted Dec 6, 2009

Sean Axmaker

26 ——

My Effortless Brilliance (2008)

"There's not much narrative shape to the film but a tremendously authentic texture to the relationship."

Posted Dec 6, 2009

Sean Axmaker

27 79%

Humpday (2009)

"This audience-friendly indie sex comedy features almost no sex but plenty of nervous male bonding and a whole new angle on performance anxiety."

Posted Dec 6, 2009

Sean Axmaker

28 89%

Near Dark (1987)

"Bigelow's night shooting has a stiletto crispness to it, her daytime scenes have a foggy haze, and her sunlight sears like a laser..."

Posted Dec 6, 2009

Sean Axmaker

29 95%

Gone With the Wind (1939)

"It looks magnificent in its Blu-ray debut, with color that looks as if it's lit from within, a particular kind of warmth unique to this era of Technicolor..."

Posted Dec 6, 2009

Sean Axmaker

30 79%

Downhill Racer (1969)

"... the downhill runs are shot and edited with a visceral quality that takes us off the sidelines and into the skier's perspective."

Posted Dec 6, 2009

Sean Axmaker

31 93%

The General (1927)

"To the best of my knowledge, Kino's The General is the first silent film to get the high-definition Blu-ray treatment, and deservedly so."

Posted Dec 6, 2009

Sean Axmaker

32 100%

Bhowani Junction (1991)

"... a Hollywood drama with an old-fashioned sense of storytelling and a modern (for the time) approach to colonialism, bigotry and identity."

Posted Dec 6, 2009

Sean Axmaker

33 92%

Gabriel Over the White House (1933)

"Gregory La Cava's 1933 New Deal fantasy is one of the strangest political films to escape the studios."

Posted Dec 6, 2009

Sean Axmaker

34 35%

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009)

"... it's actually better (again, the wrong word; "not nearly as awful" is closer to correct) than the recent Transformers sequel, and significantly shorter to boot."

Posted Dec 6, 2009

Sean Axmaker

35 98%

Up (2009)

"... it's another excellent Disney disc with well-produced supplements designed to appeal to adults and children alike."

Posted Dec 6, 2009

Sean Axmaker

36 ——

Justice League Unlimited - The Complete Seasons 1 & 2 (2007)

"Choppy relationships, clashing personalities... and lots of suspicion make these teammates a contentious (and interesting) group."

Posted Dec 6, 2009

Sean Axmaker

37 ——

Justice League Unlimited - The Complete Second Season (2007)

"Choppy relationships, clashing personalities... and lots of suspicion make these teammates a contentious (and interesting) group."

Posted Dec 6, 2009

Sean Axmaker

38 ——

Justice League Unlimited - The Complete First Season (2006)

"Choppy relationships, clashing personalities... and lots of suspicion make these teammates a contentious (and interesting) group."

Posted Dec 6, 2009

Sean Axmaker

39 ——

Justice League of America - Season 2 (2006)

"Choppy relationships, clashing personalities... and lots of suspicion make these teammates a contentious (and interesting) group."

Posted Dec 6, 2009

Sean Axmaker

40 ——

Justice League of America - Season 1 (2006)

"Choppy relationships, clashing personalities... and lots of suspicion make these teammates a contentious (and interesting) group."

Posted Dec 6, 2009

Sean Axmaker

41 ——

Sesame Street: 40 Years of Sunny Days (2010)

"The nostalgia factor is pretty irresistible for adults and playful approach of education and gentle tenor of its skits makes it perfect of children of any generation..."

Posted Dec 6, 2009

Sean Axmaker

42 100%

North by Northwest (1959)

"The Blu-ray edition... has a stunning richness and clarity that practically glows in gorgeous overripe Technicolor hues: pure Hollywood gloss."

Posted Dec 6, 2009

Sean Axmaker

43 ——

The Tall Target (1951)

"... a film full of dynamic images and marvelous grace notes."

Posted Dec 6, 2009

Sean Axmaker

44 81%

Unmistaken Child (2009)

"Along the way, we are treated to a tour of spiritual belief, Buddhist ceremony and rural life in this remote region."

Posted Dec 6, 2009

Sean Axmaker

45 92%

The Dead (1987)

"... a perfect cinematic short story attuned to the rituals and touchy relationships of family and friends gathering in early twentieth century Dublin..."

Posted Dec 6, 2009

Sean Axmaker

46 ——

Black Adder - The Complete Black Adder (1995)

"Just for the sheer quantity of laughs in its wild comic situations and outrageously extreme characters, Black Adder is one of the great British TV comedies."

Posted Dec 5, 2009

Sean Axmaker

47 ——

Battlestar Galactica: The Plan (2009)

"... neither sequel nor prequel to show but an imaginative bookend, a retelling of the saga in digest form from the Cylon perspective."

Posted Dec 5, 2009

Sean Axmaker

48 ——

Underworld U.S.A (1961)

"... like the gangster figures of the 1930s, he sees only himself and the world around him and treats everything/everyone else as a stepping stone or an obstacle."

Posted Dec 5, 2009

Sean Axmaker

49 100%

The Crimson Kimono (1959)

"... filmed with great moments of location atmosphere, [this] is one of Fuller's most striking commentaries on race."

Posted Dec 5, 2009

Sean Axmaker

50 100%

Scandal Sheet (The Dark Page) (1952)

"... directed by Phil Karlson with a suitably sleazy atmosphere of journalistic cynicism."

Posted Dec 5, 2009

Sean Axmaker

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