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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 31%

Beneath (2014)

"Beneath is both a tribute to monster-in-the-woods and the creature-under-the-water horror and a genuine indie drama in the guise of a horror film."

Posted Apr 3, 2014

Sean Axmaker

2 92%

Persona (1966)

"The intimacy and the intensity of the camera's focus and the increasingly naked confessions and accusations in the dialogue create one of the most intense character pieces put on film."

Posted Apr 3, 2014

Sean Axmaker

3 86%

Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974)

"It plays like a pulp noir thriller by way of a road movie of the damned, marinated in mescal and left to rot in the desert sun."

Posted Apr 3, 2014

Sean Axmaker

4 100%

The Visitor (1979)

"Paradisi may not have a clue about directing actors... but he has picked up a few tricks from Argento on how to move a camera and from Fulci on how to stage a supernatural freak-out."

Posted Mar 10, 2014

Sean Axmaker

5 88%

Ms. 45 (2013)

"Ms. 45 is not a feminist revenge film. It is, however, an intelligent and confident piece of exploitation filmmaking marinated in helplessness and anger ..."

Posted Dec 13, 2013

Sean Axmaker

6 64%

Cosmopolis (2012)

"Cronenberg's cold, exacting precision and emotionally removed observation may not grab all viewers, but under those perfect surfaces is a raw horror trying to claw out of the denial."

Posted Mar 24, 2013

Sean Axmaker

7 ——

The Mad Magician (1954)

"Overly complicated and under-developed, this stock horror has its moments of invention..."

Posted Mar 24, 2013

Sean Axmaker

8 ——

The Locket (1946)

"... prime film noir from 1946, a dark romance that stirs darkness into melodrama with the story of a kleptomaniac (Laraine Day) on her wedding day..."

Posted Mar 24, 2013

Sean Axmaker

9 ——

Let Us Live ()

"What Brahm brings to the film is a terror born of official indifference... and he turns the race to stop the execution into a battle with bureaucracy. "

Posted Mar 24, 2013

Sean Axmaker

10 88%

The Man Who Knew Too Much (2003)

"Hitchcock's tone is odd, with clever set pieces and tightly-constructed and edited sequences interspersed with awkward scenes of emotional restraint ("Steady, old girl, steady") and disconnected characters."

Posted Mar 24, 2013

Sean Axmaker

11 100%

Wake in Fright (2012)

"The raw, sweaty 1971 film is not a pretty portrayal of life in the outback, where men are crude, hard-drinking mates with no ambition beyond rough-house fun..."

Posted Mar 24, 2013

Sean Axmaker

12 91%

The Duellists (1977)

"... one of the most strikingly pictorial movies ever made."

Posted Mar 24, 2013

Richard T. Jameson

13 89%

White Zombie (1932)

"The divinely satanic-looking Bela Lugosi sinks his teeth into his best role since Dracula, a languorous hypnotist and voodoo master who dominates the film with his assured bearing and cruel control."

Posted Mar 24, 2013

Sean Axmaker

14 67%

Lifeforce (1985)

"Lifeforce is a pretty curious specimen in its own right. Its sci-fi/horror concept is epic in scale and metaphysical reach, but the casting is catchpenny..."

Posted Mar 24, 2013

Richard T. Jameson

15 80%

Cocoon (1985)

"... much of the beauty of Cocoon... has to do with its deft, loving observation of the things of this Earth. "

Posted Mar 24, 2013

Richard T. Jameson

16 95%

The Thief of Bagdad (1924)

"... one of the grandest and most glorious spectacles of the silent era."

Posted Mar 24, 2013

Sean Axmaker

17 96%

Argo (2012)

"... a terrific piece of filmmaking."

Posted Mar 24, 2013

Sean Axmaker

18 ——

Zombie Lake (1980)

"The make-up wouldn't pass muster at a pre-school Halloween party, the performances are embarrassingly amateur, and dubbing is so bad it's painful."

Posted Mar 23, 2013

Sean Axmaker

19 ——

L'Abîme des morts vivants (The Treasure of the Living Dead)(Oasis of the Zombies) (1981)

"... he distracted, sloppy camerawork, perfunctory scripting, flat dubbing, and ratty make-up make this one for the Franco-philes, and for those who find camp value in clumsy, shamelessly brazen exploitation."

Posted Mar 23, 2013

Sean Axmaker

20 100%

Sansho the Bailiff (1954)

"Mizoguchi is the poet laureate of Japanese cinema, gracefully exploring the battered but resilient souls in the cruel worlds of Japan's feudal past and present. "

Posted Mar 23, 2013

Sean Axmaker

21 91%

Holy Motors (2012)

"From its enigmatic opening scenes, which sends the viewers into a mysterious voyage a la Alice through the looking glass that ends up in a movie theater, Holy Motors is a celebration of the magic, imagination, and primal power of the movies."

Posted Mar 23, 2013

Sean Axmaker

22 100%

Ministry of Fear (1944)

"This is not Lang's best film of the era, or even his most interesting portrait of paranoia and malevolent forces, but it is a lively thriller with unexpected turns."

Posted Mar 23, 2013

Sean Axmaker

23 98%

This Is Not a Film (2012)

"There's a tremendous power under the simple-looking surface."

Posted Mar 23, 2013

Sean Axmaker

24 93%

Zero Dark Thirty (2013)

"The direction by Kathryn Bigelow, who won Oscars for Best Film and Best Director in her previous film "The Hurt Locker," is fierce and focused..."

Posted Mar 23, 2013

Sean Axmaker

25 80%

Twins of Evil (2013)

"... earns its place in the Hammer canon of cult horrors."

Posted Jul 11, 2012

Sean Axmaker

26 ——

Last Flight ()

"Where most of the memorable artifacts of pre-code cinema liked to flaunt its defiance of social decorum, The Last Flight makes an effort to shake up and unsettle the viewer, and it succeesds."

Posted May 4, 2012

Sean Axmaker

27 ——

The Great Scout & Cathouse Thursday (Wildcat) (1976)

"As American-International Pictures' first "class" production, the film does not bode well. Any one of AIP's beach party flicks was funnier..."

Posted May 4, 2012

Richard T. Jameson

28 54%

Midway (1976)

"To make an uninvolving movie out of one of the most decisive battles of the Second World War may seem a dubious challenge, but there's no denying Universal their full credit in meeting it."

Posted May 4, 2012

Richard T. Jameson

29 94%

Il Vangelo Secondo Matteo (The Gospel According to St. Matthew) (1964)

"With the barest minimum of footage given to establishing shots or transitions, Pasolini spends the next 90 minutes or so studying miracles and parables and Passion events..."

Posted May 4, 2012

Greg Way

30 92%

Corman's World: Exploits Of A Hollywood Rebel (2011)

"[I]f it doesn't offer anything new to our understanding of Corman, as filmmaker, producer, or person, it nicely encapsulates his legacy..."

Posted May 4, 2012

Sean Axmaker

31 85%

The Omen (1976)

"What partly recommends and partly handicaps The Omen... is its old-fashioned quality."

Posted May 4, 2012

Kathleen Murphy

32 53%

The Crazies (1973)

"... the most curious thing about The Crazies is its utter inability to be scary."

Posted May 4, 2012

Robert C. Cumbow

33 ——

The Big Night (1951)

"Neither juvenile delinquent drama or a wild youth thriller, this is a portrait in rage and shame and disappointment in fathers and father figures."

Posted May 4, 2012

Sean Axmaker

34 ——

Screaming Mimi (1958)

"... a real cult item in the film noir filmography, weird and lurid and kitschy, but fascinating all the same."

Posted May 4, 2012

Sean Axmaker

35 50%

Mother, Jugs & Speed (2004)

"If you don't go expecting a lot, you might find the film makes for a half-evening's worth of laidback diversion."

Posted May 4, 2012

Richard T. Jameson

36 76%

Robin and Marian (1976)

"It's a triumph of direction, pure and simple."

Posted May 4, 2012

Robert C. Cumbow

37 ——

Shoot (1976)

"[Harvey] Hart, for all his egregious handheld-camera zeroings-in and cutaways to available-light overhead shots, has nothing really to tell us about this environment or the people who live there."

Posted May 4, 2012

Richard T. Jameson

38 83%

The Missouri Breaks (1976)

"More than a fair share of iridescent, long-shadowed mornings and ghostly blue, otherworldly evenings mark the twilight of an era in The Missouri Breaks, Arthur Penn's end-of-the-West Western."

Posted May 4, 2012

Rick Hermann

39 ——

Hit! (1993)

"... a conventional version of the mainstream crime caper with a rare African-American lead, which is the film's only memorable accomplishment."

Posted May 4, 2012

Sean Axmaker

40 ——

The Buccaneer (1938)

"Cecil B. DeMille plays fast and loose with his history, as usual, but he also has more fun with the story than in many of his big historical spectacles..."

Posted May 4, 2012

Sean Axmaker

41 ——

Girl on a Motorcycle (1968) (1968)

"It's less Summer of Love than Season of Lust and any sense of liberation is limited to her sexual horizons ..."

Posted May 4, 2012

Sean Axmaker

42 100%

Procès de Jeanne d'Arc (Trial of Joan of Arc) (1962)

"As much as I love Bresson's works, I'm rarely caught up in the sweep of his drama. The drama comes for me only at the conclusion - and then lingers for days after. "

Posted May 4, 2012

Sean Axmaker

43 78%

I Shot Jesse James (1949)

"... a tension between the heroic and the infamous, between a myth of the West and the psychology of a tragically flawed protagonist."

Posted May 4, 2012

Rick Hermann

44 90%

Napoléon (1929)

"... a cinematic experience like no other."

Posted Mar 18, 2012

Sean Axmaker

45 100%

J'Accuse! (I Accuse) (1919)

"The cinematic sophistication and visual expressiveness of this 1919 release is astonishing."

Posted Mar 18, 2012

Sean Axmaker

46 ——

Thirteen Women (1932)

"It's hysterical and bigoted and just plain ruthless, almost unbelievable, and perversely fun for all that."

Posted Mar 11, 2012

Sean Axmaker

47 ——

Taxi! (1932)

"How can you refuse a film that embraces non-violent arbitration and still gives a pass to Cagney taking revenge?"

Posted Mar 11, 2012

Sean Axmaker

48 68%

Logan's Run (1976)

"... I found myself reflecting that sf writers can get away with a lot on the printed page that moviemakers just can't."

Posted Mar 10, 2012

Richard T. Jameson

49 ——

That's Entertainment 2 (1976)

"... the new compilation lacks focus of any kind beyond a general let's-look-at-more-of-that-old-stuff."

Posted Mar 10, 2012

Richard T. Jameson

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