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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 83%

The Lady from Shanghai (1948)

"... looms as the pivotal work of Welles's career, one of the greatest glories of the American cinema, and undoubtedly the trashiest masterpiece in motion picture history."

Posted Feb 20, 2011

Richard T. Jameson

2 95%

Touch of Evil (1958)

"Only the elegiac Magnificent Ambersons has such a powerful, all-pervading atmosphere as Touch of Evil..."

Posted Feb 20, 2011

Richard T. Jameson

3 83%

Stranger on the Third Floor (1940)

"... a paranoid murder thriller that, for all of its budgetary constraints, took viewers on a spiral of justified paranoia."

Posted Feb 16, 2011

Sean Axmaker

4 100%

Detour (1945)

"Detour is a masterpiece of wry perversity, a film virtually constructed on irony and paradox: an incredibly claustrophobic film about hitchhiking on the "open road""

Posted Feb 16, 2011

David Coursen

5 ——

All Night Long (1962)

"... the elegance of the camerawork, the machinations of the plot and the fun of seeing these musicians performing onscreen keeps the film involving."

Posted Feb 13, 2011

Sean Axmaker

6 ——

Sapphire (1959)

"This is Important Cinema with Socially Relevant Themes and, while surely daring in its day, comes off as insufferably patronizing and sanctimonious at times."

Posted Feb 13, 2011

Sean Axmaker

7 100%

The League of Gentlemen (1959)

"... a sturdy and meticulous heist film built on an appreciation of teamwork, camaraderie and hard work: a professional work about professionals working."

Posted Feb 13, 2011

Sean Axmaker

8 100%

Victim (1961)

"... a startlingly handsome feature with a theatrical flair and a shadow of a crime thriller running through it. "

Posted Feb 13, 2011

Sean Axmaker

9 67%

America, America (The Anatolian Smile) (1963)

"... while rich with detail of the life and culture of early 20th Century Turkey, it doesn't flow as much as pool around various episodes on the road of Stavros' education."

Posted Feb 13, 2011

Sean Axmaker

10 ——

WUSA ()

"... the film hammers home its politics with blunt force yet leaves the conspiracy drama vague, more symbolic gesture of outrage than convincing plot."

Posted Feb 13, 2011

Sean Axmaker

11 85%

Santa sangre (Holy Blood) (1990)

"... certainly the most accessible "Jodorowksy film," a vision filled with circus imagery, surreal scenes, grotesque violence and psycho-sexual trauma."

Posted Feb 13, 2011

Sean Axmaker

12 100%

The Prowler (Cost of Living ) (1951)

"... a classic of working class envy, restless resentment... and the brutal opportunism of a former golden boy willing to do anything to get what he's sure is due him."

Posted Feb 1, 2011

Sean Axmaker

13 54%

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (2010)

"Director Daniel Alfredson goes through the motions of the exposition-heavy plot with more efficiency than excitement..."

Posted Jan 25, 2011

Sean Axmaker

14 72%

Enter the Void (Soudain le vide) (2010)

"... somewhere between an out-of-body experience and a nightmarish trance."

Posted Jan 25, 2011

Sean Axmaker

15 88%

Inspector Bellamy (2010)

"... there are major pleasure to be had in the minor production from an old master."

Posted Jan 25, 2011

Sean Axmaker

16 95%

Suspiria (1977)

"Anyone but the most hopeless addict to linear neatness and plausibility should be tastily beguiled and tantalized by Suspiria's cavalier disregard for making rational sense."

Posted Jan 18, 2011

Richard T. Jameson

17 ——

Not of This Earth (1957)

"Somehow Corman makes it all work, even the purely expositional dialogue scenes. "

Posted Jan 18, 2011

Sean Axmaker

18 60%

Attack of the Crab Monsters (1957)

"... a bizarre entry in the post-atomic giant creature features with a twist of ghost story."

Posted Jan 18, 2011

Sean Axmaker

19 92%

The Naked Kiss (1964)

"An audacious mix of cynicism, sleaze, sentimental gooeyness and social commentary, it's bizarre and at times an assault on the senses..."

Posted Jan 18, 2011

Sean Axmaker

20 93%

Shock Corridor (1963)

"It's psychodrama at its most lurid and confrontational..."

Posted Jan 18, 2011

Sean Axmaker

21 90%

Army of Crime (L'Armée du Crime) (2010)

"... Guédiguian punctures a lot of myths about the face-and the motives-of the French resistance."

Posted Jan 18, 2011

Sean Axmaker

22 97%

Monsieur Verdoux (1947)

"I find Chaplin's film a drab and essentially false achievement."

Posted Jan 9, 2011

Pierre Greenfield

23 72%

Machete (2010)

"[Robert] Rodriguez's politics are right on the surface and about as complex as the film's revenge plot, a kind-of populist response to the anti-immigration rhetoric..."

Posted Jan 9, 2011

Sean Axmaker

24 66%

The American (2010)

"For all of its precise direction and beautiful imagery, it's a classic genre picture, and a damn good one at that..."

Posted Dec 28, 2010

Sean Axmaker

25 88%

Meet John Doe (1941)

"It's pure Capra, run through with the tension between idealism and corruption..."

Posted Dec 28, 2010

Sean Axmaker

26 86%

Trouble in Mind (1985)

"Alan Rudolph's neo-noir could be the indie flip side to Blade Runner, a crime drama with a romantic dimension in a darkly colorful, grim urban dystopia."

Posted Dec 21, 2010

Sean Axmaker

27 89%

The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle (2010)

"[Director David] Russo hasn't quite mastered narrative but his compassion for the characters is genuine ..."

Posted Dec 21, 2010

Sean Axmaker

28 100%

The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane (1976)

"... what we're left with is an extremely interesting rough draft, a plot pregnant with intriguing ideas that never quite achieves artistic childbirth."

Posted Dec 21, 2010

Pierre Greenfield

29 ——

The Tamarind Seed (1974)

"The Tamarind Seed, like Roman Polanski's Chinatown, turns a Good Will genre into the genuine article, shifts and reshapes our thinking and feeling and seeing."

Posted Dec 21, 2010

Kathleen Murphy

30 ——

Noirs et Blancs en Couleur (Black and White in Color) (1976)

"... despite the film's bows to the complexity of issues involved here... it really does end up treating its characters and their ways of life as matters of black-and-white."

Posted Dec 21, 2010

Robert C. Cumbow

31 96%

Gilda (1946)

"[Rita] Hayworth's sudden yet glorious entrance is pure Hollywood starmaking..."

Posted Dec 21, 2010

Sean Axmaker

32 95%

Cowards Bend the Knee (2004)

"... a miniature, barely more than an hour long... but it bubbles over with lust, guilt, and betrayal, not to mention weirdness."

Posted Dec 21, 2010

Sean Axmaker

33 87%

Dracula: Pages From a Virgin's Diary (2003)

"... the most startlingly original and creative reading of the novel ever put to film. "

Posted Dec 21, 2010

Sean Axmaker

34 67%

Twilight of the Ice Nymphs (1998)

"It's an Aubrey Beardsley painting come to life by way of Maddin's unique rhythms, rich textures and surreal stories..."

Posted Dec 21, 2010

Sean Axmaker

35 83%

Careful (1993)

"... an utterly demented melodrama tale of the repressed residents of a small alpine village who live in virtual silence..."

Posted Dec 21, 2010

Sean Axmaker

36 75%

Archangel (1991)

"... a surreal silent movie melodrama of love, war, and amnesia for the sound era: an absurdist silent WWI epic that never was."

Posted Dec 21, 2010

Sean Axmaker

37 89%

Cronos (1994)

"... a weird, heady alchemic brew of antiquated clockwork mechanism, mutant organisms, demented villains driven by a greed for youth..."

Posted Dec 7, 2010

Sean Axmaker

38 ——

The Lady in Red (1982)

"This is populist moviemaking, Corman style, courtesy of that old lefty John Sayles."

Posted Dec 7, 2010

Sean Axmaker

39 86%

Crazy Mama (1975)

"... relies more on momentum and personality than narrative but that's just fine for this misfit crime spree road comedy."

Posted Dec 7, 2010

Sean Axmaker

40 ——

Big Bad Mama II (1987)

"... it never quite distinguishes itself."

Posted Dec 7, 2010

Sean Axmaker

41 71%

Big Bad Mama (1974)

"This is a classic Corman drive-in picture combining crime-movie spectacle, period color and sexploitation diversions between the capers..."

Posted Dec 7, 2010

Sean Axmaker

42 86%

Inception (2010)

"This is architecture as cinema, on every level: Narrative, conceptual, symbolic, visual..."

Posted Dec 7, 2010

Sean Axmaker

43 98%

The Night of the Hunter (1955)

"... one of the most beautiful pastoral nightmares the cinema has seen."

Posted Dec 3, 2010

Sean Axmaker

44 ——

A Letter to Elia ()

"... a first-person reflection on the films and the creator, a mix of history, biography and aesthetic appreciation..."

Posted Dec 3, 2010

Sean Axmaker

45 71%

Equus (1977)

"Sidney Lumet was just the right director for Equus, and just the wrong one. "

Posted Dec 3, 2010

Richard T. Jameson

46 75%

Head (1968)

"... a surreal mix of psychedelia and satire, a loopy twist on their lighthearted TV show with a dark undercurrent squeezed in between genre parodies."

Posted Dec 3, 2010

Sean Axmaker

47 86%

Five Easy Pieces (1970)

"[Jack] Nicholson helped redefine the leading man as a guy who doesn't have the answers but still swaggers through with the show of confidence and control of someone who does."

Posted Dec 3, 2010

Sean Axmaker

48 100%

Liverpool (2008)

"The beauty is in the way Alonso observes his characters moving through space and time and measures the beats between the action."

Posted Dec 3, 2010

Sean Axmaker

49 98%

Vertigo (1958)

"Among the many things Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo is about is the fantasies of men.... And what men want is what they cannot have."

Posted Dec 3, 2010

Robert C. Cumbow

50 99%

Metropolis (1927)

"Lang's visionary visual creation remains impressive almost 80 years later..."

Posted Nov 18, 2010

Sean Axmaker

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