The Ooh Tray

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 31%

Annabelle (2014)

"Like the titular doll, this thing's off the shelf."

Posted Oct 17, 2014

Ed Whitfield

2 97%

'71 (2015)

"The film's more interested in the politics of war, rather than the specifics of the conflict; the idea, to paraphrase Richard Dormer's ex-army medic, that rich ****s use stupid ****s to kill poor ****s. "

Posted Oct 15, 2014

Ed Whitfield

3 94%

Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films ()

"It's impossible to watch Hartley's retrospective and not feel just a modicum of envy when presented with two blunderbuss chancers from Tel Aviv who wanted to make a movie featuring erotica in the trenches, or a blockbuster about arm wrestling, and did. "

Posted Oct 12, 2014

Ed Whitfield

4 23%

Dracula Untold (2014)

"The ground it covers was trod at greater speed and with more style in the prologue to Francis Ford Coppola's 1992 movie."

Posted Oct 4, 2014

Ed Whitfield

5 88%

Gone Girl (2014)

"It remains a story out of control and flushed with insanity, much like the eponymous absentee. "

Posted Oct 4, 2014

Ed Whitfield

6 67%

Maps to the Stars (2015)

"It could be a long time before Canada's favourite son finds himself invited to an awards after party."

Posted Sep 29, 2014

Ed Whitfield

7 62%

The Equalizer (2014)

"The combat trained, hardware savvy beast, who deposes his enemies with cold, clinical efficiency, is a proxy for the film's no nonsense style."

Posted Sep 29, 2014

Ed Whitfield

8 67%

A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014)

"A worthy addition to the neo-noir canon."

Posted Sep 27, 2014

Ed Whitfield

9 79%

The Riot Club (Posh) ()

"We'd happily sterilise all the eponymous characters."

Posted Sep 21, 2014

Ed Whitfield

10 91%

A Most Wanted Man (2014)

"A Most Wanted Man's a fine swan song for an actor who could do more with a look and exasperated outburst that many of his contemporaries. "

Posted Sep 14, 2014

Ed Whitfield

11 56%

Before I Go to Sleep (2014)

"The final act pits the movie against logic, in a dust up that logic's sure to lose."

Posted Sep 12, 2014

Ed Whitfield

12 18%

Sex Tape (2014)

"Why does a Sony movie function as a ninety minute commercial for Apple products? "

Posted Sep 10, 2014

Ed Whitfield

13 66%

Lucy (2014)

"Lucy is a barnstorming, breakneck bullsh**fest; a dummy stuffed with pseudoscience. It's also the most entertaining film Besson's made in years."

Posted Sep 4, 2014

Ed Whitfield

14 44%

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014)

"The paradox of the movie's aesthetic is that it strips the environment of the very thing required to sustain it: grit."

Posted Sep 4, 2014

Ed Whitfield

15 67%

WolfCop ()

"The lack of consistency proves the rule that if you want to make a great comedy, you have to get serious. "

Posted Aug 30, 2014

Ed Whitfield

16 63%

The Green Inferno ()

"A tongue in cheek movie only occasionally prepared to go all the way and have that tongue cut out. "

Posted Aug 29, 2014

Ed Whitfield

17 100%

The Visitor (1979)

"It's a visitor from another world of filmmaking."

Posted Aug 25, 2014

Ed Whitfield

18 50%

Drew: The Man Behind The Poster (2013)

"A movie that celebrates the work, but at the expense of contemporary John Alvin, who isn't just a glaring omission from the story, but in a couple of instances is actively obliterated from it."

Posted Aug 25, 2014

Ed Whitfield

19 86%

Doc Of The Dead ()

"You're left wishing Philippe had been bolder in his method and inquires. "

Posted Aug 24, 2014

Ed Whitfield

20 93%

The Guest (2014)

"Wingard's flick is an affectionate knock off - the kind of film that should really be on VHS and three day loan for a pound fifty. "

Posted Aug 21, 2014

Ed Whitfield

21 33%

The Expendables 3 (2014)

"It's hopelessly strung out, stuck between the past and present with no idea how to successfully marry the two. "

Posted Aug 21, 2014

Ed Whitfield

22 66%

The Rover (2014)

"A movie of few words, fashioned like the best Westerns. "

Posted Aug 18, 2014

Ed Whitfield

23 71%

The Inbetweeners Movie 2 ()

"If the boys can be human then surely the girls can be too?"

Posted Aug 10, 2014

Ed Whitfield

24 91%

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

"Galaxy's great fun but its biggest creative gamble is featuring untested heroes. If that's cause for celebration then risk ain't what it used to be. "

Posted Aug 2, 2014

Ed Whitfield

25 57%

The Purge: Anarchy (2014)

"The result's a more satisfying, if not quite more substantial movie. "

Posted Jul 27, 2014

Ed Whitfield

26 60%

Hercules (2014)

"Ratner, one feels, if vying to become Hollywood's confectioner-in-chief, and this movie won't hurt his candidacy one little bit. "

Posted Jul 26, 2014

Ed Whitfield

27 90%

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014)

"Rock solid."

Posted Jul 18, 2014

Ed Whitfield

28 99%

Boyhood (2014)

"One of the most interesting movies ever made, but also, perhaps, one of the most anticlimactic."

Posted Jul 16, 2014

Ed Whitfield

29 24%

Tammy (2014)

""Dick and beak", Tammy's description of TopperJack's chicken burgers, works as a capsule review. "

Posted Jul 10, 2014

Ed Whitfield

30 0%

The Anomaly ()

"One day the world will find out what Noel Clarke has on Universal Pictures and it's going to change the film industry forever. "

Posted Jul 10, 2014

Ed Whitfield

31 18%

Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)

"Bay's now made the same film four times, swapping out characters and maguffins while ensuring an identikit tone; that uneasy, unedifying blend of gung-ho preening, sadistic violence, vindictive humour and creepy sexuality."

Posted Jul 5, 2014

Ed Whitfield

32 85%

Cold in July (2014)

"The kind of movie that reminds you that making them like they used to needn't mean recycling old stories. "

Posted Jun 29, 2014

Ed Whitfield

33 30%

Walking on Sunshine ()

"Is to real feeling what sunny delight is to real orange juice. "

Posted Jun 28, 2014

Ed Whitfield

34 29%

3 Days To Kill (2014)

"Fine, in a mid-budget, wholly inconsequential way."

Posted Jun 27, 2014

Ed Whitfield

35 53%

Jersey Boys (2014)

"Perhaps the reason Valli's domestic strife is sketched so lightly is that the man himself is one of Jersey Boys' producers, which is a bit like a space shuttle engineer vouchsafing their own safety checks. "

Posted Jun 25, 2014

Ed Whitfield

36 74%

Oculus (2014)

"There's a sustained mood of eerie anticipation, and the committed leads sell it."

Posted Jun 14, 2014

Ed Whitfield

37 23%

Devil's Knot (2014)

"This is a courtroom drama in which the man fighting the good fight has to wait outside. "

Posted Jun 14, 2014

Ed Whitfield

38 10%

Grace Of Monaco ()

""A fictional account inspired by real events", or fiction for short, filmed like a feature length perfume commercial."

Posted Jun 8, 2014

Ed Whitfield

39 84%

22 Jump Street (2014)

"I particularly enjoyed the description of Schmidt and Jenko, dressed for Spring Break, as the stars of a sitcom called "Hawaiian Dads"."

Posted Jun 8, 2014

Ed Whitfield

40 100%

Musicwood (2013)

"As a visibly agitated Greenpeace activist puts it, "the only thing that f***ing matters is the forest" and that, you feel, is the crux of it."

Posted Jun 1, 2014

Ed Whitfield

41 90%

Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

"Now if only we could find Tom a leading lady his own age... "

Posted Jun 1, 2014

Ed Whitfield

42 33%

A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014)

"All teenage boys use women as props to boost their ego, it's just strange to see a grown man do it and charge audiences the price of a cinema ticket to watch. "

Posted May 31, 2014

Ed Whitfield

43 49%

Maleficent (2014)

"Imagine a Star Wars remake with the Emperor hugging Luke instead of trying to fry him with force lightning and you get the idea."

Posted May 30, 2014

Ed Whitfield

44 14%

Blended (2014)

"A movie that looks to have been written in half the time it takes to watch."

Posted May 24, 2014

Ed Whitfield

45 92%

X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

"Singer's reprise is too busy to make sense...two and a half cheers."

Posted May 24, 2014

Ed Whitfield

46 73%

Godzilla (2014)

"A Godzilla flick that understands the appeal of the character."

Posted May 18, 2014

Ed Whitfield

47 93%

Frank (2014)

"Perhaps Chris Sievey would have appreciated the punk sensibility behind this approach but surely not Frank's inability to connect with anyone, outside his troupe of broken bandmates? "

Posted May 11, 2014

Ed Whitfield

48 96%

Blue Ruin (2014)

"A sublime noir that deserves to be seen, such is its power and brutality. "

Posted May 4, 2014

Ed Whitfield

49 73%

Neighbors (2014)

"The comedy of attrition is about contrasts. The greater the difference between adversaries, the larger the comedic potential, but Bad Neighbours either doesn't understand this or never knew it. "

Posted May 4, 2014

Ed Whitfield