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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 88%

Shockproof (1949)

"... a minor noir with Fuller's tabloid sensibility and Sirk's romantic gloss, directed with an economy that makes the most of its modest budget."

Posted Dec 5, 2009

Sean Axmaker

2 69%

Night of the Creeps (1986)

"This is a terrific B-movie, full of genre love and filled with tributes to Dekker's horror movie heroes..."

Posted Dec 5, 2009

Sean Axmaker

3 92%

Il Divo (2009)

"... not so much a savage satire as one disenchanted with the institutional corruption of politics."

Posted Dec 5, 2009

Sean Axmaker

4 49%

Whatever Works (2009)

"... while it's a return to the neurotic comedies that made [Allen's] reputation, it's also more affectionate and likable than the films of his pre-Europe slump."

Posted Dec 5, 2009

Sean Axmaker

5 91%

Death in the Garden (La Mort en ce jardin) (1956)

"... a wonderfully cynical thriller filled with brilliant Bunuelian flourishes and a grim sense of futility."

Posted Dec 5, 2009

Sean Axmaker

6 100%

The Big Heat (2001)

"Fritz Lang, once the master of grand expressionist scenes, directs with a stripped down style and a lean narrative drive..."

Posted Dec 5, 2009

Sean Axmaker

7 100%

Murder by Contract (1958)

"Irving Lerner's direction is almost hypnotic as he matches the deliberation of his killer with meticulous direction..."

Posted Dec 5, 2009

Sean Axmaker

8 83%

The Lineup (1958)

"... Siegel makes it all about the killers and gives the film a matter-of-fact violence that gives the film a life of its own."

Posted Dec 5, 2009

Sean Axmaker

9 83%

The Sniper (1952)

"... straddles the studio model of storytelling and the immediacy of low-budget location shooting..."

Posted Dec 5, 2009

Sean Axmaker

10 ——

The Botany of Desire (2009)

"... the botanical evolution of and human interaction with apples, tulips, cannibis and potatoes. The observations are enlightening."

Posted Dec 5, 2009

Sean Axmaker

11 38%

Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant (2009)

"For all the shadows and nocturnal imagery there is no darkness to the story, no fear of loss of life or soul..."

Posted Oct 22, 2009

Sean Axmaker

12 ——

Flashpoint: The First Season (2009)

"The show never really gets any traction with the familiar team characters and unsurprising dynamics, but it's a satisfying procedural..."

Posted Oct 19, 2009

Sean Axmaker

13 ——

Linkeroever (Left Bank) (2008)

"It has an uneasiness that recalls Rosemary's Baby and The Tenant but with a decidedly pagan bent..."

Posted Oct 19, 2009

Sean Axmaker

14 92%

Drag Me to Hell (2009)

"This rollercoaster horror film is like an EC horror comic of the 1950s come to life, an unforgiving morality tale with playfully gruesome twists and a doozy of a gallows humor."

Posted Oct 19, 2009

Sean Axmaker

15 ——

Eagles Over London (2009)

"Made in the shadow of The Dirty Dozen and The Battle of Britain, this film straddles both genres..."

Posted Oct 19, 2009

Sean Axmaker

16 38%

Mr. Sardonicus (2002)

"... the make-up is inspired and Oskar Homolka steals the show as the long suffering, whipped-into-submission servant Krull."

Posted Oct 19, 2009

Sean Axmaker

17 83%

Homicidal (1961)

"This devious little gem is an inspired twist on its inspiration..."

Posted Oct 19, 2009

Sean Axmaker

18 100%

Spine Tingler: The William Castle Story (2007)

"It's a portrait in contradiction, a man who finds success in gimmicks but so wants to be taken seriously."

Posted Oct 19, 2009

Sean Axmaker

19 ——

Vega$: The First Season, Vol. 1 (2009)

"It's dated, sure, but there's a certain seventies attitude that makes this a lot of fun."

Posted Oct 19, 2009

Sean Axmaker

20 ——

Planet Earth (1974)

"The script, social commentary, idealism and minimalist futurism design comes right out of Star Trek..."

Posted Oct 19, 2009

Sean Axmaker

21 ——

Fawlty Towers - Series Three (2001)

"[John] Cleese puts his contortionist comic ability to fine use, punctuating Basil's outrageous faux pas with absurd gymnastics and slapstick ballets..."

Posted Oct 19, 2009

Sean Axmaker

22 ——

It's Garry Shandling's Show: The Complete Series (2009)

"... not so much a spoof of sitcom conventions as a sitcom that invites the audience into the fabric of the genre: the star literally taking audiences into his home as his guest."

Posted Oct 19, 2009

Sean Axmaker

23 64%

Billy Jack (1971)

"[W]hen peaceful protest is met with guns and brutality, Billy kicks ass as a one-man-army of poetic justice."

Posted Oct 19, 2009

Sean Axmaker

24 22%

Blood: The Last Vampire (2009)

"... a bizarre mix of sensibilities that falls apart into a mess of cultural cues. The result is as tone deaf as the confused accents."

Posted Oct 19, 2009

Sean Axmaker

25 ——

Until Death (TV SHOW) (2009)

"The third-act visitation, with its almost psychedelic freak-out, is as creative a scene as [Lamberto] Bava has concocted."

Posted Oct 19, 2009

Sean Axmaker

26 85%

Kuroi Ame (Black Rain) (1989)

"Even in a seeming Eden of the lush picture-postcard country village in this film, the legacy of the bomb lives on."

Posted Oct 19, 2009

Sean Axmaker

27 50%

Chéri (2009)

"(T)he chemistry of these performers makes it not just believable but almost inevitable: emotionally guarded beauties who inadvertently allow affection into their relationship."

Posted Oct 19, 2009

Sean Axmaker

28 72%

Where the Wild Things Are (2009)

"It's as honest a tale of being a child as you'll find on screen..."

Posted Oct 15, 2009

Sean Axmaker

29 89%

A Serious Man (2009)

"... as funny, heartbreaking, questioning, trying, exasperating and sincerely inquisitive a portrait of the human condition as you'll find on screen."

Posted Oct 8, 2009

Sean Axmaker

30 84%

Whip It (2009)

"[Drew] Barrymore... embraces the self-expression of this riot grrrl-style roller derby tale and fills the film with team spirit and high energy."

Posted Oct 1, 2009

Sean Axmaker

31 ——

Life On Mars (2009)

"It gets tiresome and the cast too often seems to be parodying rather than incarnating the seventies."

Posted Sep 28, 2009

Sean Axmaker

32 ——

Foyle's War - Set 4 ()

"These shows are an intelligent and thoughtful look at a period not often plumbed for drama and stir historical events into the fictional stories..."

Posted Sep 28, 2009

Sean Axmaker

33 ——

Foyle's War - Set 5 ()

"These shows are an intelligent and thoughtful look at a period not often plumbed for drama and stir historical events into the fictional stories..."

Posted Sep 28, 2009

Sean Axmaker

34 ——

Foyle's War - Set 2 (2004)

"These shows are an intelligent and thoughtful look at a period not often plumbed for drama and stir historical events into the fictional stories..."

Posted Sep 28, 2009

Sean Axmaker

35 ——

Foyle's War - Set 1 (2003)

"These shows are an intelligent and thoughtful look at a period not often plumbed for drama and stir historical events into the fictional stories..."

Posted Sep 28, 2009

Sean Axmaker

36 ——

Attraction (2009)

"There really isn't a story here, merely a succession of surreal erotic daydreams and music-video digressions..."

Posted Sep 28, 2009

Sean Axmaker

37 57%

The Hills Run Red (2009)

"... the rare self-aware horror by an unabashed fan of the genre that works on its own terms."

Posted Sep 28, 2009

Sean Axmaker

38 99%

The Wizard of Oz (1939)

"This trip down the yellow brick road is a sight to behold: The ruby slippers glimmer, the green of the wicked witch glows..."

Posted Sep 28, 2009

Sean Axmaker

39 46%

Management (2009)

"Forget logic here, there's a good cast, nice chemistry and warm feelings all around as they all fumble around for something to bring meaning to their lives."

Posted Sep 28, 2009

Sean Axmaker

40 70%

La Habitación de Fermat (Fermat's Room) (2009)

"... a cerebral thriller with a different kind of locked-room mystery."

Posted Sep 28, 2009

Sean Axmaker

41 100%

Monterey Pop (1968)

"... a concert film as a cinema vérité documentary, a little shaggy, a little low-fi, up close and intimate and very much in tune with the audience basking in the joy of the music..."

Posted Sep 21, 2009

Sean Axmaker

42 100%

Wagon Master (1950)

"It's as gentle and warm a film as [John Ford] ever made and it follows a classic Ford theme: the creation of a community in the west..."

Posted Sep 21, 2009

Sean Axmaker

43 34%

Adam Resurrected (2008)

"Director Paul Schrader is too removed from the powerful emotions roiling through the film, but it may be the only way to handle the horrors he's forced to confront."

Posted Sep 21, 2009

Sean Axmaker

44 96%

Tulpan (2009)

"While it is no documentary, this lovingly made film captures a culture and a rural way of life with a mix of realism and poetry."

Posted Sep 21, 2009

Sean Axmaker

45 29%

Deadgirl (2008)

"... more pose than convincing psychological portrait, leaving little more than a well executed horror film with a very different kind of sexual danger."

Posted Sep 20, 2009

Sean Axmaker

46 86%

Treeless Mountain (2009)

"..the film is tender, touching and charming, a portrait of quiet resilience and sisterly devotion..."

Posted Sep 20, 2009

Sean Axmaker

47 76%

Nightwatching (Nocna straz) (2007)

"... the entire film is designed to look like a Rembrandt canvas, right down to the careful composition of the players within the frame."

Posted Sep 20, 2009

Sean Axmaker

48 79%

The Informant! (2009)

"Matt Damon is a constant churn of gee-whiz earnestness, righteous indignation, nervous exasperation and self-aggrandizing swagger..."

Posted Sep 17, 2009

Sean Axmaker

49 ——

No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (TV SHOW) (2009)

"... as gentle and colorful a mystery series as you will ever find."

Posted Sep 13, 2009

Sean Axmaker

50 ——

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency ()

"... as gentle and colorful a mystery series as you will ever find."

Posted Sep 13, 2009

Sean Axmaker

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