Cinema Writer

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 86%

Intimate Strangers (Confidences trop intimes) (2003)

"pleasant, compelling, worth a look"

Posted Aug 16, 2010

Jay Antani

2 80%

Nattvardsgästerna (Winter Light) (1962)

"a perfect film"

Posted Aug 16, 2010

Jay Antani

3 100%

Såsom i en Spegel (Through A Glass Darkly) (1961)

"Bergman's mastery with actors (there is absolutely never a bad performance in a single one of his films) and with the cinematic form (using space and mood to communicate his theme) is abundantly clear here."

Posted Aug 16, 2010

Jay Antani

4 69%

Hollywoodland (2006)

"Outside of the novelty of seeing Ben Affleck assaying a dramatic role, there isn't much in Hollywoodland to keep us hooked."

Posted Aug 16, 2010

Jay Antani

5 87%

A History of Violence (2005)

"While it weakens in its final stretch...A History of Violence succeeds enormously thanks to the strength of its direction and performances."

Posted Aug 16, 2010

Jay Antani

6 71%

Valhalla Rising (2010)

"so formless and arbitrary in meaning that it all borders on pretentiousness"

Posted Jul 23, 2010

Jay Antani

7 97%

L'Armée des ombres (Army in the Shadows) (1969)

"one of those blessed pictures in which all elements, from its writing through to its editing, coalesce into a work of profound philosophical and emotional unity"

Posted Apr 22, 2010

Jay Antani

8 83%

Avatar (2009)

"Worthington and Saldana provide enough wattage to keep the film's human center alive and beating, while Cameron wraps their story in an armature of generally impressive 3D attractions as well as a righteousness that's touching yet all too simplistic"

Posted Jan 9, 2010

Jay Antani

9 97%

The Hurt Locker (2009)

"most startling of all the film's accomplishments is how it approximates the soldiers' feeling of utter anxiety as they fight a war on foreign soil"

Posted Jan 1, 2010

Jay Antani

10 91%

Up in the Air (2009)

"Up in the Air is a well-intentioned Hollywood product with a message about the value of human connections. But it mistakes glibness for wit and charm for irreverence."

Posted Dec 29, 2009

Jay Antani

11 75%

Capitalism: A Love Story (2009)

"Moore doesn't necessarily tell us anything new, but it's his gung-ho pursuit of accountability and compassion for working-class victims and crusaders that make his movies...worthwhile inquiries into how we live today"

Posted Dec 27, 2009

Jay Antani

12 92%

Sicko (2007)

"ranks among [Moore's] best"

Posted Dec 27, 2009

Jay Antani

13 ——

Company (2002)

"Bollywood filmmaker Ram Ghopal Varma has a verve for violence and it's on vivid display in Company"

Posted Nov 9, 2009

Jay Antani

14 83%

Paranormal Activity (2009)

"effectively scary"

Posted Nov 8, 2009

Jay Antani

15 100%

Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975)

"Jeanne Dielman can initially absorb, fascinate but, ultimately, ends up less than the sum of its parts"

Posted Sep 29, 2009

Jay Antani

16 86%

500 Days of Summer (2009)

"a nicely played but all-too-preciously eccentric romance"

Posted Sep 20, 2009

Jay Antani

17 100%

Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari. (The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari) (1920)

"still creepy good entertainment on a rainy day"

Posted Aug 31, 2009

Jay Antani

18 90%

District 9 (2009)

"District 9 doesn't carry much weight as sociopolitical commentary or satire but, taken on the merits of its shrewd story sense and craftsmanship, it's a popcorn entertainment destined to stay in our minds."

Posted Aug 31, 2009

Jay Antani

19 90%

Wolke Neun (Cloud 9) (2008)

"a sincere, thoughtful tale of the human heart"

Posted Aug 16, 2009

Jay Antani

20 98%

Up (2009)

"Pixar's magic still has sparks to spare."

Posted Jun 12, 2009

Jay Antani

21 88%

F for Fake (1974)

"gives the viewer the feeling that he's in Welles's expansive company...while he considers and pontificates on a pet topic. That in itself is a privilege, and reason enough to check out F for Fake"

Posted May 29, 2009

Jay Antani

22 95%

Star Trek (2009)

"a skilfully constructed studio picture that boasts a casting coup on par with The Lord of the Rings'."

Posted May 14, 2009

Jay Antani

23 87%

Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired (2008)

"an essential entry in Hollywood's cultural chronicle"

Posted May 8, 2009

Jay Antani

24 89%

Adventureland (2009)

"The movie's rewards outpace its flaws by a mile and give us another reason to follow the career of a gifted young lead actor."

Posted May 7, 2009

Jay Antani

25 85%

Ghost Town (2008)

"Gervais' rapport with his equally enjoyable co-stars Greg Kinnear and Tea Leoni also keeps Ghost Town on solidly funny ground."

Posted Apr 27, 2009

Jay Antani

26 79%

Gran Torino (2009)

"Gran Torino is a smorgasbord of Eastwood's skills as filmmaker -- the good, the bad, and the ugly -- and how well you digest it will depend on your appetite."

Posted Apr 21, 2009

Jay Antani

27 86%

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

"an endlessly busy and stylish film with a hollow emotional and spiritual core."

Posted Jan 26, 2009

Jay Antani

28 98%

The Wrestler (2008)

"Aronofsky's film demands much from its audience but, unlike the great majority of films, it repays with its tenderness of heart and soul, its wrenching and disarming sincerity."

Posted Jan 1, 2009

Jay Antani

29 94%

Milk (2008)

"It's filled with so much vitality...that one comes away admiring the filmmaking while feeling deeply touched, even inspired, by the fiery life at the film's center."

Posted Dec 29, 2008

Jay Antani

30 92%

Frost/Nixon (2008)

"Frost/Nixon acquits itself through Langella's performance and Morgan's tight script, but Howard fails to give the material a pointed spin."

Posted Dec 26, 2008

Jay Antani

31 94%

Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

"It's about time we come up with a name for how...Third World cultures are exploited by Western filmmakers. Thirdploitation, anyone?"

Posted Dec 25, 2008

Jay Antani

32 64%

Quantum of Solace (2008)

"Craig is the sole reason Quantum of Solace passes muster."

Posted Dec 24, 2008

Jay Antani

33 91%

Transsiberian (2008)

"as Hitchcockian thrillers go, it's one of the smarter and more absorbing ones made in recent years"

Posted Dec 22, 2008

Jay Antani

34 73%

Peur(s) du Noir (Fear(s) of the Dark) (2007)

"a daring, unusual Halloween treat"

Posted Oct 24, 2008

Jay Antani

35 86%

Starting Out in the Evening (2007)

"one of the year's most pleasing films, intelligently written and directed, and featuring a veteran actor giving the performance of his career"

Posted Jan 9, 2008

Jay Antani

36 93%

Le Scaphandre et le Papillon (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly) (2007)

"the style feels utterly organic...rigorous yet unforced, always giving the sense that this is not only the best way, but the only way, to tell this particular story."

Posted Jan 9, 2008

Jay Antani

37 94%

Juno (2007)

"[Page] plays each moment without ego and with total candor, and that's ultimately the secret to Juno's success."

Posted Jan 8, 2008

Jay Antani

38 94%

The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)

"a satisfying this intelligent series"

Posted Aug 20, 2007

Jay Antani

39 79%

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)

"an exercise in patience and loyalty to have to sit through, at least for fans of the past two films"

Posted Aug 9, 2007

Jay Antani

40 62%

Blood Diamond (2006)

"in a storytelling strategy rare for [Zwick],we don't find ourselves laden with didactic demands, but, instead, swept up in an exciting narrative, free to process its moral equations on our own"

Posted Jan 24, 2007

Jay Antani

41 93%

Children of Men (2006)

"Alfonso Cuarón's futuristic adventure derives its power from a premise as potent and primal as they come"

Posted Jan 16, 2007

Jay Antani

42 99%

La Battaglia di Algeri (The Battle of Algiers) (1967)

"what really resonates on watching Algiers is its message about the widespread loss of civilian life and the staggering destruction to civic infrastructure as the heaviest costs of war"

Posted Dec 7, 2006

Jay Antani

43 95%

Casino Royale (2006)

"The 21st Bond film is also the first truly worthy spin through the Bond universe since Roger Moore's goofy escapades of the late 70's/early '80s."

Posted Nov 26, 2006

Jay Antani

44 91%

Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006)

"In spots, the movie can be hysterical. But, for the most part, its appeal is not unlike that of a veteran rock band putting on a greatest hits concert."

Posted Nov 20, 2006

Jay Antani

45 92%

The Departed (2006)

"An intricate music box of cinematic flair but utterly hollow as a personal statement."

Posted Oct 13, 2006

Jay Antani

46 63%

Changing Times (Les Temps Qui Changent) (2004)

"[a] strangely moving love story"

Posted Sep 2, 2006

Jay Antani

47 100%

The Hidden Fortress (kakushi-toride No San-akunin) (1958)

"I enjoyed The Hidden Fortress as I do all of Kurosawa's movies...for those wonderful, keenly felt moments of life in harmonious balance with the world surrounding it"

Posted Aug 26, 2006

Jay Antani

48 95%

Hero (2004)

"While consistently watchable, Yimou's movie is infused with a dirge-like tone...making it a somewhat wearisome and sluggish experience"

Posted Aug 26, 2006

Jay Antani

49 91%

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)

"[Director] Cuarón's imagery delights again and again"

Posted Aug 26, 2006

Jay Antani

50 88%

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)

"The grim tone feels overwrought but, in [Mike] Newell's hands, and in those of his cast and screenwriter's, the movie remains dramatically solid"

Posted Aug 26, 2006

Jay Antani

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