Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 70%

Cockneys vs Zombies (2013)

"Cockneys Vs. Zombies delivers exactly what is expected of a film called Cockneys Vs. Zombies. This is a farce first, horror film last."

Posted Dec 25, 2012

Brian Holcomb

2 97%

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (2012)

"Ai Weiwei is such a laid back, calm and yet mischievous spirit that the film takes on a whole different, almost joyous tone."

Posted Dec 18, 2012

Brian Holcomb

3 76%

The Ambassador (2012)

"Supposedly nothing is staged. Truthfully, so much of this film is stranger than fiction, it would require pure writing genius to come up with even a third of what transpires. "

Posted Nov 7, 2012

Brian Holcomb

4 55%

V/H/S (2012)

"The Filmmakers should've consulted one another re: their content-one more segment with a group of A-HOLES carrying on like the cast of JACKASS and my head may have exploded."

Posted Oct 14, 2012

Brian Holcomb

5 60%

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011)

"The truth about this Game of Shadows and its predecessor is that neither has a story worthy of its hero. The story is not only often improbable, it is often simply impossible to follow. "

Posted Jun 26, 2012

Brian Holcomb

6 83%

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)

"This is the kind of movie where the lead character gets involved in a narrative so labyrinthine that he should eventually suspect himself at some point. That said, Alfredson manages to create a nightmarish atmosphere"

Posted Dec 3, 2011

Brian Holcomb

7 87%

Black Swan (2010)

"Initially BLACK SWAN appears to be a psychological horror film about a ballerina who goes insane. But it's really about a filmmaker who goes insane-in good ways and bad."

Posted Dec 3, 2010

Brian Holcomb

8 49%

Antichrist (2009)

"Von Trier is a prankster so any attempt to guess at WTF he had in mind could just end up with the Danish auteur pulling your leg. The Fox may have said it best:"Chaos Reigns""

Posted Oct 21, 2010

Brian Holcomb

9 51%

Chloe (2010)

"This isn't a particularly deep story but it does a good job at making what would be obvious in a Skinemax movie much more ambiguous."

Posted Sep 25, 2010

Brian Holcomb

10 86%

Inception (2010)

"Nolan borrows from classic heist and caper movies to design the clockwork tension but this particular clock is more like Dali's dripping watch. "

Posted Jul 19, 2010

Brian Holcomb

11 83%

The Ghost Writer (2010)

"I am consistently amazed at Roman Polanski's seemingly effortless mastery of cinematic craft. There is no wasted energy and no indulgence."

Posted Mar 2, 2010

Brian Holcomb

12 69%

Shutter Island (2010)

"Scorsese has more up his sleeve than a dead director's trademarked bag of tricks and with the unique challenges presented by the material he needed them."

Posted Feb 22, 2010

Brian Holcomb

13 97%

The Hurt Locker (2009)

"A tough war picture in the tabloid journalist tradition of Sam Fuller, The Hurt Locker avoids most of the sentimentalizing and editorializing of other recent films about Iraq."

Posted Feb 2, 2010

Brian Holcomb

14 100%

The Shooting (1967)

"What is most intriguing about "The Shooting" is the constant sense of undefined menace throughout."

Posted Feb 1, 2010

Brian Holcomb

15 ——

Rinne (Reincarnation) (2006)

"The brilliance here is not in the day old plot, but in the way Shimizu moves the differing strands of reality closer and closer as the movie comes to its climax."

Posted Feb 1, 2010

Brian Holcomb

16 100%

The Gravedancers (2006)

"The title tells all in this jumbled mess of a horror film."

Posted Feb 1, 2010

Brian Holcomb

17 ——

Bleeding Rose (2007)

"A very effective example of what can be accomplished on a low budget and meager resources."

Posted Feb 1, 2010

Brian Holcomb

18 ——

Beat The Bastard Down ()

"There is something intangible about Traynor's direction which involves you in the plot and characters in a way most indie filmmakers fail to achieve."

Posted Feb 1, 2010

Brian Holcomb

19 75%

Sunshine (2007)

"Garland and Boyle are nothing if not ambitious. They want us to consider the Big Questions about the importance of mankind as well as science versus fundamentalism."

Posted Feb 1, 2010

Brian Holcomb

20 33%

Flyboys (2006)

"It may indeed be inspired by a true story, but what we see onscreen is simply "Star Wars" set in some fantasy French air base circa 1917."

Posted Feb 1, 2010

Brian Holcomb

21 28%

Saw III (2006)

" Images jump, blip, strobe, and shock like an epileptic seizure - all the result of director Darren Lynn Bousman's lack of trust in his screenplay."

Posted Feb 1, 2010

Brian Holcomb

22 43%

House of Dark Shadows (1970)

"The film is well mounted and stylishly produced. In what must've seemed like a luxury, Jonathan Frid had time to learn ALL his lines."

Posted Feb 1, 2010

Brian Holcomb

23 58%

Dracula (1979)

"This is sort of a Saturday Night Fever version of the story with a stylish, afro'ed Langella walking around with an open shirt looking for girls to take to his Castle Disco."

Posted Feb 1, 2010

Brian Holcomb

24 100%

Forty Guns (1957)

"Fuller's comic book world is a complete artistic creation, a place where men were MEN and women could take a bullet now and then."

Posted Feb 1, 2010

Brian Holcomb

25 ——

Encounter With the Unknown ()

"Something in the slipshod style begins to get under the skin.The blurry images and stiff line readings create a sense of dislocation and mystery, a separate reality."

Posted Feb 1, 2010

Brian Holcomb

26 72%

Piranha (1978)

"Dante and Sayles have a great deal of fun with the fact that their story of government created killer fish is completely ridiculous."

Posted Feb 1, 2010

Brian Holcomb

27 85%

The Descent (2006)

"Director Marshall has obviously kept his DVD player spinning for days studying all of the classics and simply taking everything he needed like a Vanilla Ice "Under Pressure""

Posted Jan 31, 2010

Brian Holcomb

28 22%

Exorcist II - The Heretic (1977)

"It may be that the best way to watch The Heretic is to shut off the soundtrack and play a CD of Goblin's Suspiria score as accompaniment."

Posted Jan 31, 2010

Brian Holcomb

29 68%

The Fog (1979)

"During this period, Carpenter and his fine collaborator the late Debra Hill were so good at crafting suspenseful, slow burn horror stories with multiple storylines."

Posted Jan 31, 2010

Brian Holcomb

30 65%

Dementia 13 (The Haunted and the Hunted) (1963)

"One of the many low budget shockers produced in the wake of Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho", "Dementia 13" is a surprisingly effective knockoff with unique qualities of its own."

Posted Jan 31, 2010

Brian Holcomb

31 59%

W. (2008)

"Stone's film is like an affectionate kick in the groin of a good old boy you'd like to have a beer with, or with W today, a near Beer."

Posted Jan 25, 2010

Brian Holcomb

32 70%

Sherlock Holmes (2009)

"The film called "Sherlock Holmes" that has been raking in the money at the box office this Christmas season does not really exist at all. It's an illusion. A Jedi Mind Trick."

Posted Jan 16, 2010

Brian Holcomb

33 51%

Cruising (1980)

"Friedkin makes the kind of films that a pod from Invasion of the Body Snatchers might make given the chance."

Posted Dec 28, 2009

Brian Holcomb

34 32%

The Lovely Bones (2009)

"The strangest thing about Jackson's approach is how chaste it is. The whole film is just a bit too tasteful to achieve real catharsis."

Posted Dec 17, 2009

Brian Holcomb

35 76%

Invictus (2009)

"INVICTUS works better than it deserves to as an old fashioned,predictable entertainment. In another filmmaker's hands the Capra-corn would be just too much."

Posted Dec 11, 2009

Brian Holcomb

36 83%

Paranormal Activity (2009)

"Expect less and you will appreciate it more. The film isn't unique or even very well made. Peli only seems able to come up with HALF of a good idea throughout the film."

Posted Nov 14, 2009

Brian Holcomb

37 92%

Drag Me to Hell (2009)

" While it has the energy and the endless cinematic invention of his early work, the film's command of economical storytelling is something that once eluded Raimi."

Posted Nov 6, 2009

Brian Holcomb

38 ——

Trick Baby (1973)

"This wasn't the standard "pimp and ho show" but rather a smart, character based crime flick about two hustlers just trying to survive in the City of Brotherly Love."

Posted Oct 1, 2009

Brian Holcomb

39 17%

The Haunting in Connecticut (2009)

"The movie works hard for your money and should theoretically be scarier than the cut rate television production. But it's not. Not by a mile."

Posted Sep 25, 2009

Brian Holcomb

40 86%

The Baron of Arizona (1950)

"The craziest true story I've never heard of that turned out to be pretty damn true. Even with Fuller shouting his own melodramatic version of the truth at the top of his lungs"

Posted Aug 29, 2009

Brian Holcomb

41 89%

Inglourious Basterds (2009)

"This is a FILM with blood in its veins, a heart in its body and a red hot engine in its chassis. It is alive with ideas and a geniune belief in the power of FILM to express them."

Posted Aug 22, 2009

Brian Holcomb

42 68%

Public Enemies (2009)

"There are powerful images that sear into your brain upon contact with your eyes but PUBLIC ENEMIES clearly wants to alienate the audience as much as it engages them."

Posted Jul 3, 2009

Brian Holcomb

43 95%

Star Trek (2009)

"Somehow pulling off the trick of appealing to the wider mass audience with one foot in Star WARS, the most startling thing about this new TREK is how it avoids being AWFUL."

Posted May 10, 2009

Brian Holcomb

44 64%

Quantum of Solace (2008)

"No one wants to watch Bond chase after Osama Bin Laden and switch off his dialysis machine with a bad one liner. On second thought, maybe that would be great?"

Posted Mar 29, 2009

Brian Holcomb

45 58%

Taken (2009)

"This is not a movie about moral dilemmas-it's about a father who will rip out your eyeballs if you don't give him his daughter back."

Posted Feb 19, 2009

Brian Holcomb

46 14%

Mirrors (2008)

"In SUSPIRIA, Udo Kier says that "Bad luck isn't caused by broken mirrors, but by broken minds"-Well after making this silly movie, director Alexandre Aja might think otherwise"

Posted Feb 9, 2009

Brian Holcomb

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