The Vine

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 92%

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

"This is about as fun as movie-going gets. Fans of Anderson's work should love it; those who've disliked the artifice and nostalgia of his earlier films will find those elements put to more entertaining use here."

Posted Apr 9, 2014

Anthony Morris

2 96%

The Lego Movie (2014)

"It's fast, smart, really funny, full of great action and contains a song, 'Everything is Awesome', with the single catchiest hook in the history of songwriting. Seriously, in this movie at least, everything really is awesome."

Posted Apr 4, 2014

Anthony Morris

3 59%

Nymphomaniac: Volume II (2014)

"Part two is where things start to get more serious, and the film suffers for it."

Posted Mar 28, 2014

Anthony Morris

4 24%

Pompeii (2014)

"There's nothing meaningful or insightful going on here. It's a silly, trashy romp that throws a bunch of stuff at the wall and just hopes that some of it sticks."

Posted Mar 26, 2014

Anthony Morris

5 23%

Need For Speed (2014)

"All this needed was one really good chase, or two less pointless subplots, or three less superfluous sidekicks; this is a speed no-one needs."

Posted Mar 13, 2014

Anthony Morris

6 33%

The Monuments Men (2014)

"Clooney has too much reverence for his story, and as a result he does it about the biggest disservice possible: he makes it boring."

Posted Mar 11, 2014

Anthony Morris

7 42%

300: Rise of an Empire (2014)

"The result is a film that does everything it's meant to without doing any of it all that well."

Posted Mar 7, 2014

Anthony Morris

8 93%

All Is Lost (2013)

"This works just fine viewed as a stripped back tale of survival against the odds. The ending is the only moment where the metaphorical comes to the fore, and even then it's really just a matter of how literally you want to take the title."

Posted Mar 5, 2014

Anthony Morris

9 80%

Tracks (2014)

"It's one of this film's real joys that the mystery of why Robyn wants to take on this massive journey is never explained."

Posted Mar 5, 2014

Anthony Morris

10 10%

Vampire Academy (2014)

"Despite an all star team behind the camera this is probably the first occasion where the film is literally impossible to understand without reading the novel first. "

Posted Mar 4, 2014

Anthony Morris

11 59%

Wolf Creek 2 (2014)

"The film works as sheer spectacle, trying for something of a Hitcher vibe, and while the car stuff isn't exactly up there with the Mad Max films, at least for a while it doesn't matter that Paul is a cypher. "

Posted Feb 20, 2014

Anthony Morris

12 90%

Blue Is The Warmest Color (2013)

"The strength of [it] isn't the already-notorious hardcore sex scenes between the two female leads but the movie's efforts to show us in minute detail the back and forth between two people at just about every stage of their relationship."

Posted Feb 18, 2014

Anthony Morris

13 94%

Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

"It's really the performances that make this more than just a high-class disease-of-the-week effort. "

Posted Feb 14, 2014

Anthony Morris

14 6%

Battle of the Year (2013)

"Even when a dance movie is following the formula as closely as Battle of the Year does, occasionally something you won't get to see anywhere else slips through."

Posted Feb 14, 2014

Anthony Morris

15 75%

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013)

"Burgundy's earnest manly stupidity is a sure-fire laugh-getter and while he's off on his own a lot more this time around, his news team remains convincing both as his buddies and as different varieties of total idiots."

Posted Feb 13, 2014

Anthony Morris

16 50%

The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013)

"Big budget films that are actually about something are so rare this one's worth checking out just for novelty value alone."

Posted Feb 13, 2014

Anthony Morris

17 64%

August: Osage County (2013)

"Instead of building to some tragic-comedic level of peak awfulness, August:Osage County lurches from revelation to revelation without coming together as anything more than a sloppy weekend where a lot of nasty crap goes down."

Posted Feb 13, 2014

Anthony Morris

18 94%

Her (2014)

"Its insights into relationships are sharp without being earth-shattering. But as a window onto a relationship that carries real meaning for the two people in it, Jonze has created something crystal-clear."

Posted Feb 13, 2014

Anthony Morris

19 95%

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

"This film's re-creation of 1961 New York feels totally convincing in its shabby, run-down glory and the sense of having a real window back into the past isn't something to be underestimated."

Posted Feb 13, 2014

Anthony Morris

20 13%

47 Ronin (2013)

"Reeves does an excellent job of being a stoic servant bound by honour to reject love and embrace death. And "stoic servant" sounds a little like an actor stuck trying to make the best of a big budget film collapsing all around him, if you think about it. "

Posted Feb 13, 2014

Anthony Morris

21 56%

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)

"For a character who has been rebooted three times in five movies, it's a little disappointing they didn't try something new with Jack Ryan in Shadow Recruit. And by "something", I mean "anything". "

Posted Feb 13, 2014

Anthony Morris

22 77%

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

"Scorsese wheels out all his slick tricks to turn this relatively one-note story into a three hour thrill-ride that only ever feels tired when it's vital to the story."

Posted Feb 13, 2014

Anthony Morris

23 97%

12 Years a Slave (2013)

"McQueen has used this near-documentary style of filming before, but this is the first time it's seemed essential to his story."

Posted Feb 13, 2014

Anthony Morris

24 30%

Grudge Match (2013)

"Two old guys get into the ring and start punching each other. Whoever the winner is, it sure ain't cinema."

Posted Feb 13, 2014

Anthony Morris

25 33%

Labor Day (2014)

"It's increasingly clear that we're meant to read this at face value as a tale of people swept away by passion. Which is a problem, because on that level much of this is a ham-fisted (or should that be peach-fisted) mess. "

Posted Feb 13, 2014

Anthony Morris

26 76%

Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014)

"Vol. 1 offers elation after assault. Without yet showing Skarsgard or Gainsbourg with their kit off, it'll also have you begging for more. "

Posted Feb 13, 2014

Tara Judah

27 48%

RoboCop (2014)

"You'd expect the cast to be having more fun in a Robocop movie, but with the exception of Jackson everyone here plays it totally, boringly straight."

Posted Feb 6, 2014

Anthony Morris

28 93%

Frances Ha (2013)

"Baumbach's previous films have been insightful and wry without ever really being all that likeable. Gerwig brings a charm and energy to this shared project that makes it, if perhaps not his deepest film, then easily his most fun."

Posted Dec 11, 2013

Anthony Morris

29 64%

Epic (2013)

"Though the story may be slight, the film is stacked with brilliantly colourful characters, a fabulous voice cast and simply spectacular animation."

Posted Jun 27, 2013

Alice Tynan

30 98%

Mud (2013)

"More than a mere tribute to Twain and Dickens: this has all the makings of a modern classic."

Posted Jun 13, 2013

Alice Tynan

31 70%

The Croods (2013)

"Dreamworks have done far more than simply dust off The Flintstones 2.0; The Croods may not yet be a household name, but with their personal brand of buffoonery and heart, you'll be wanting an introduction. "

Posted Mar 25, 2013

Alice Tynan

32 83%

Side Effects (2013)

"A neat little noir, that comes with an added dose of social smack down as Soderbergh takes a swing at Big Pharma and the casual medicalisation of Western culture."

Posted Mar 5, 2013

Alice Tynan

33 92%

Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

"Silver Linings Playbook puts the "fun" in "dysfunction." And sure, that sounds glib, but actually, it's a rather extraordinary achievement. Especially when you're skirting on the edges of sanity. "

Posted Jan 30, 2013

Alice Tynan

34 38%

The Guilt Trip (2012)

"Some actors you'd pay to watch read the phonebook; turns out it's worth paying to see Streisand eat a steak. "

Posted Jan 23, 2013

Alice Tynan

35 86%

Wreck-it Ralph (2012)

"Anyone who grew up within a controller cable length of a gaming console will need to see this film."

Posted Dec 25, 2012

Alice Tynan

36 65%

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

"Setting aside technological considerations, The Hobbit is nothing short of a joyous homecoming."

Posted Dec 4, 2012

Alice Tynan

37 51%

Savages (2012)

"This film goes about as deep and dark as a summer high. Sure there are flashes of mexploitation fun, but ultimately it's just way too mellow, man."

Posted Oct 21, 2012

Alice Tynan

38 47%

Bait (2012)

"Calling Bait 3D a crap film would be a compliment. "

Posted Sep 20, 2012

Anthony Morris

39 94%

Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

"Summer lovin' just got a whole more stylish thanks to Wes Anderson."

Posted Aug 5, 2012

Alice Tynan

40 80%

Magic Mike (2012)

"Magic Mike isn't going for heart like The Fully Monty; it's going for titillation, with a small side of post-GFC commentary if you care to look. "

Posted Jul 26, 2012

Alice Tynan

41 88%

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

"The Dark Knight Rises not only realistically tackles the physical and emotional ravages and consequences of a being Batman, but also makes the entire three-film story scintillatingly cyclical."

Posted Jul 17, 2012

Paul Verhoeven

42 73%

The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

"This is a well made superhero film at a time when well-made superhero films aren't exactly hard to find; your friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man's neighbourhood is starting to get pretty crowded. "

Posted Jul 5, 2012

Anthony Morris

43 78%

Brave (2012)

"In the end it feels that destiny has passed by not just our heroine, but her vehicle too. "

Posted Jun 21, 2012

Alyx Gorman

44 81%

Get the Gringo (2012)

"Gibson embraces the crazy and turns Get the Gringo into some good ol pulpy fun."

Posted Jun 20, 2012

Alice Tynan

45 73%

Prometheus (2012)

"The film is utterly gorgeous to look at. Every exterior and interior shot looks like a painting, rendered in thick, velvety strokes. The CGI is entirely seamless, and, indeed, minimal considering the subject matter."

Posted Jun 4, 2012

Paul Verhoeven

46 63%

Café de Flore (2012)

"Vallee tells the stories in an impressionistic way; Antoine's side of things occasionally verges on Tree of Life territory."

Posted Apr 26, 2012

Anthony Morris

47 71%

Wish You Were Here (2013)

"Australian films rarely have difficultly looking good, and this one makes both Sydney and Cambodia look gorgeous and yet slightly menacing."

Posted Apr 26, 2012

Anthony Morris

48 14%

Ecstasy (2012)

"Ecstasy proved itself to be resoundingly more soporific than serotonin enhancing. "

Posted Apr 25, 2012

Alice Tynan

49 92%

Marvel's The Avengers (2012)

"The Avengers is one of the greatest superhero films ever made. It's smart, fast, unrelenting fun. An instant, nuanced classic."

Posted Apr 20, 2012

Paul Verhoeven

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