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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 ——

Icons of Suspense: Hammer Films (2010)

"A set highlighted by These Are the Damned, strangely poetic, beautiful, and terribly sad, a masterpiece."

Posted Jul 15, 2010

Robert Cashill

2 89%

It Came from Kuchar (2010)

"Unsatisfyingly surface but as an introduction to the Kuchars good fun all the same."

Posted Jul 1, 2010

Robert Cashill

3 78%

The Agony and the Ecstasy of Phil Spector (2010)

"Spector may have hoped that the filmmaker would be his emissary to the world after years of silence, and Jayanti, with his predictable questions and questionable choices, failed him."

Posted Jul 1, 2010

Robert Cashill

4 ——

Peacock (2010)

"Never really struts its stuff despite lead Clllian Murphy's subtle, delicate performance."

Posted Jun 25, 2010

Robert Cashill

5 11%

Cry of the Owl (2009)

"Hard to give a hoot about."

Posted Jun 25, 2010

Robert Cashill

6 93%

Walkabout (1971)

"Nicolas Roeg's extraordinary classic, and a Criterion disc to match."

Posted Jun 17, 2010

Robert Cashill

7 93%

L'Heure d't (Summer Hours) (2009)

"A gorgeous, and surprisingly lyrical, Olivier Assayas film."

Posted Jun 17, 2010

Robert Cashill

8 64%

Ride with the Devil (1999)

"A Criterion rescue effort applied to a beautifully produced, sluggish Western."

Posted Jun 17, 2010

Robert Cashill

9 ——

Oshima's Outlaw Sixties (2010)

"An invaluable collection highlighted by "Violence at Noon" and "Japanese Summer: Double Suicide.""

Posted Jun 17, 2010

Robert Cashill

10 87%

Lola Monts (The Fall of Lola Montes) (The Sins of Lola Montes) (1955)

"A typically excellent Criterion disc of a problematic masterpiece."

Posted Jun 17, 2010

Robert Cashill

11 ——

Letters from Fontainhas: Three Films by Pedro Costa (2010)

"A sterling presentation of these great, difficult, largely unknown films."

Posted Jun 17, 2010

Robert Cashill

12 93%

Bigger Than Life (1956) (1956)

"An unsung Nicholas Ray classic."

Posted Jun 17, 2010

Robert Cashill

13 82%

Collapse (2009)

"Ruppert sits and talks, scaring the hell out of you, with bits and pieces of extraneous and/or archival footage blended in. Rinse and repeat. It's grimly spellbinding, and one of the most gripping thrillers to see release in years."

Posted Jun 17, 2010

Jeff Giles

14 69%

Shutter Island (2010)

"Some critics sniffed at the movie for its unapologetically pulpy genre thrills, but the hell with them; Scorsese's having a blast here, and so will you. Watch it late at night with the curtains drawn."

Posted Jun 17, 2010

Jeff Giles

15 18%

Valentine's Day (2010)

"What are all these people doing here? What story could possibly require all of them to squeeze into a single movie? I don't know, and neither does Marshall."

Posted Jun 17, 2010

Jeff Giles

16 74%

War of the Worlds (2005)

"All in all, it's sleek, good-looking popcorn entertainment from a pair of guys who know a thing or two about how to deliver it."

Posted Jun 17, 2010

Jeff Giles

17 48%

The Book of Eli (2010)

"More than anything, it reminded me of Walter Hill's rather lame Yojimbo remake, Last Man Standing, although that movie at least had the benefit of Christopher Walken in the cast and a nasty Ry Cooder soundtrack."

Posted Jun 17, 2010

Jeff Giles

18 ——

Life (2010)

"The bonus features are relatively slim, as you might expect for a set this size, but they include an option that husbands and live-in boyfriends have been praying for since 1986: Namely, the ability to silence Oprah Winfrey, who provides narration."

Posted Jun 10, 2010

Jeff Giles

19 76%

Invictus (2009)

"In a Hollywood drunk on computer-generated possibilities, Eastwood remembers it's the human element that counts."

Posted Jun 10, 2010

Jeff Giles

20 83%

Avatar (2009)

"Yes, you'll snicker at Cameron's stilted dialogue, and yes, you'll occasionally be taken out of the movie by the sheer wonder of the visuals, but by and large, this is a solidly immersive adventure."

Posted Jun 10, 2010

Jeff Giles

21 51%

Alice in Wonderland (2010)

"When a movie has a final act as carefully digitally sculpted as Burton's Alice, you should feel the tension leading up to the inevitable happy ending, but I only felt like stifling a yawn."

Posted Jun 10, 2010

Jeff Giles

22 34%

The Wolfman (2010)

"It's fast-paced, full of action, and generous with shots of the rampaging Wolfman, but while everything else is going on, there isn't much room for a story about characters who matter."

Posted Jun 10, 2010

Jeff Giles

23 76%

Caddyshack (1980)

"It looks like a 99-minute accident that luckily ended up being funny, but what Caddyshack had, and so many modern comedies don't, is a rigorous commitment to craft."

Posted Jun 10, 2010

Jeff Giles

24 ——

Neighbors From Hell: Season 1 (TV, 2010)

" The jokes are flat, the gross out humor is forced, and the voice actors sound kind of bored. "

Posted Jun 7, 2010

Scott Malchus

25 74%

I Sell the Dead (2008)

"Enough showmanship to wake the dead."

Posted May 28, 2010

Robert Cashill

26 90%

Zombieland (2009)

"Passes the crucial test: Do you stay interested when the zombies aren't around?"

Posted May 28, 2010

Robert Cashill

27 66%

Dead Snow (Dd sn) (2009)

"This is one zombie concept I'd put on ice."

Posted May 28, 2010

Robert Cashill

28 30%

Survival of the Dead (2010)

"Romero's made the same mistake as his protagonists-he doesn't fear the dead."

Posted May 28, 2010

Robert Cashill

29 ——

Rogues Of Sherwood Forest (1950)

"Strong support fails to make up for dull leads."

Posted May 24, 2010

Robert Cashill

30 ——

The Prince Of Thieves (1948)

"Cheap and slipshod."

Posted May 24, 2010

Robert Cashill

31 ——

The Bandit Of Sherwood Forest (1946)

"A colorful Technicolor adventure."

Posted May 24, 2010

Robert Cashill

32 ——

Sword of Sherwood Forest (1960)

"Diverting to see Terence Fisher flexing different artistic muscles."

Posted May 24, 2010

Robert Cashill

33 43%

Robin Hood (2010)

"Makes a storybook legend as much fun as homework over the weekend."

Posted May 24, 2010

Robert Cashill

34 95%

Best Worst Movie (2010)

"Does an excellent job showing how a movie relegated to the "Holy ****ing S***!" section of a video store can work its strange magic."

Posted May 14, 2010

Robert Cashill

35 73%

Iron Man 2 (2010)

"Its fleeting pleasures keep this sequel from Iron deficiency."

Posted May 14, 2010

Robert Cashill

36 56%

Edge of Darkness (2010)

"Once you shake off the sour aftertaste, you're mostly just glad to see Gibson back in action. Long may he get pummeled by the bad guys."

Posted May 11, 2010

Jeff Giles

37 91%

Crazy Heart (2009)

"You might not think you'd ever be the kind of person who'd root for a middle-aged guy who passes out in his underwear on the bathroom floor, but Bridges will change your mind."

Posted May 11, 2010

Jeff Giles

38 92%

Saving Private Ryan (1998)

"Remember how you felt when you watched this movie in the theater? This Blu-ray will take you back, and it might even do better than that."

Posted May 11, 2010

Jeff Giles

39 73%

Tombstone (1993)

"If Tombstone isn't a classic Western, or even a thoroughly compelling drama, that's okay, because it's still plenty of fun."

Posted May 11, 2010

Jeff Giles

40 80%

Cocoon (1985)

"The storyline is fairly predictable and the script was no great shakes, but you just can't put this much acting talent in one place without creating something that is, at the bare minimum, pleasantly entertaining."

Posted May 11, 2010

Jeff Giles

41 39%

Armageddon (1998)

"It's safe to assume that rights issues kept the studio from bundling all the Criterion goodies into this package, but come on -- if studios want to shore up their ailing video sales, charing $30 list for a package this skimpy is not the way to do it."

Posted May 11, 2010

Jeff Giles

42 92%

Under the Sea 3D (2009)

"Forty minutes of stunningly rich, beautifully filmed aquatic exploration."

Posted May 11, 2010

Jeff Giles

43 96%

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

"It may be a stretch to call it a classic, but A Nightmare on Elm Street is certainly one of the decade's best and most inventive horror movies."

Posted May 11, 2010

Jeff Giles

44 ——

Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy (2010)

"I think there's an audience for the (relatively) slimmed-down Rings, myself included, but it's hard not to be at least a little annoyed by hybrid sets like this one, especially since the upcoming One Box to Rule Them All will probably be 100 percent Blu."

Posted May 11, 2010

Jeff Giles

45 92%

Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)

"Timeless Mr. Fox doesn't have the same ring to it, but it's just as appropriate."

Posted May 11, 2010

Jeff Giles

46 70%

Sherlock Holmes (2009)

"Does the world need the sequel we're assuredly going to get? No, but I'd rather watch Sherlock Holmes 2 than, say, the upcoming Short Circuit reboot. It's the little things that count."

Posted May 11, 2010

Jeff Giles

47 66%

Clash of the Titans (1981)

"Sometimes you've just gotta give in to nostalgia, right?"

Posted May 11, 2010

Jeff Giles

48 81%

The Neverending Story (1984)

"Unites cheesy effects, an inexplicable solo hit from former Kajagoogoo front-thing Limahl, and some of the worst child acting you've ever seen in your life to create a film that never comes close to the magic of Ende's story."

Posted May 11, 2010

Jeff Giles

49 99%

Metropolis (1927)

"A silent movie that makes today's noisier attention-getters look puny by comparison."

Posted May 9, 2010

Robert Cashill

50 64%

Harry Brown (2010)

"Watchably trashy and as effective as ant killer. "

Posted May 9, 2010

Robert Cashill

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