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Matinee Magazine

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 64%

You Won't Miss Me (2010)

"A work that radiates a boozy, Bukowski-esque downward spiral, all alcohol-fueled anger and aimless sadness."

Posted Dec 7, 2010

Nick Schager

2 91%

Dracula (1931)

"Classic Horror meets DVD"

Posted Mar 3, 2003

Joshua Vasquez

3 60%

Year of the Dragon (1985)

Posted Jan 18, 2003

Chuck Rudolph

4 83%

What's Up, Tiger Lily? (1966)

Posted Jan 18, 2003

Chuck Rudolph

5 90%

Three Colors: White (Trzy kolory: Bialy) (Trois Couleurs: Blanc) (1994)

Posted Jan 18, 2003

Chuck Rudolph

6 95%

The Gods Must Be Crazy (1980)

Posted Jan 18, 2003

Chuck Rudolph

7 74%

Julia (1987)

Posted Jan 18, 2003

Joe McGovern

8 60%

Soul in the Hole (1997)

Posted Dec 14, 2002

Chuck Rudolph

9 100%

Laura (2005)

Posted Dec 14, 2002

Chuck Rudolph

10 63%

Executive Decision (1995)

Posted Dec 1, 2002

Chuck Rudolph

11 67%

Alligator (1980)

Posted Dec 1, 2002

Chuck Rudolph

12 86%

Dead Alive (Braindead) (1993)

Posted Nov 26, 2002

Chuck Rudolph

13 77%

Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (1982)

Posted Nov 26, 2002

Chuck Rudolph

14 81%

Marnie (2000)

Posted Nov 26, 2002

Chuck Rudolph

15 49%

Kids (1995)

Posted Nov 26, 2002

Chuck Rudolph

16 100%

Roma, città aperta (Open City) (1946)

Posted Nov 26, 2002

Chuck Rudolph

17 97%

Hotaru no haka (Grave of the Fireflies) (1988)

Posted Nov 26, 2002

Chuck Rudolph

18 56%

Single White Female (1992)

Posted Nov 26, 2002

Chuck Rudolph

19 88%

The Color Purple (1985)

Posted Nov 26, 2002

Chuck Rudolph

20 79%

The Thing (1982)

"A bit too heavy on the shock effects, but far scarier than most average horror films."

Posted Nov 26, 2002

Chuck Rudolph

21 75%

Dersu Uzala (1975)

"Beautifully photographed but far too isolated in its characterizations."

Posted Nov 26, 2002

Chuck Rudolph

22 76%

Frida (2002)

"Just as in Kahlo's life, Rivera is the commanding centrifugal force of Taymor's film, and remains the best reason to sit through the otherwise uneven, mildly captivating Frida."

Posted Nov 10, 2002

Nick Schager

23 70%

White Oleander (2002)

Posted Nov 10, 2002

Nick Schager

24 87%

Far From Heaven (2003)

"Haynes uses the antiquated style without winking, and begs questions of whether a modern filmmaker can actually recreate Sirk without reinventing it in the process. Fused through Haynes's modern sensibility it becomes something Other."

Posted Nov 7, 2002

Jeremiah Kipp

25 48%

Femme Fatale (2002)

"De Palma's radical script-flip [of the genre] is a healthy indication of film culture rejecting the stupidity of crime movie violence and, with it, the failure of the imagination."

Posted Nov 7, 2002

Jeremiah Kipp

26 77%

The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys (2002)

"Even though it is infused with the sensibility of a video director, it doesn't make for completely empty entertainment"

Posted Nov 3, 2002

Jason Clark

27 89%

Spider-Man (2002)

"All the dough in the world doesn't disguise hollow, simplistic storytelling"

Posted Nov 2, 2002

Jason Clark

28 54%

Welcome to Collinwood (2002)

"The kind of film that leaves you scratching your head in amazement over the fact that so many talented people could participate in such an ill-advised and poorly executed idea."

Posted Oct 27, 2002

Nick Schager

29 22%

The Tuxedo (2002)

"With a story that would be right at home in a lame-brained Rob Schneider comedy, the film seems to have been spit out by some sort of devious Hollywood assembly line."

Posted Oct 27, 2002

Nick Schager

30 69%

Red Dragon (2002)

"A tepid mishmash of directorial blandness, bad casting, and hoary serial killer clichés that exudes neither the clinical creepiness of Jonathan Demme's original Lecter masterpiece nor the lurid camp of Ridley Scott's disastrous sequel."

Posted Oct 27, 2002

Nick Schager

31 54%

The Transporter (2002)

"It's the kind of film where the villain even gives an evil look for his passport photo. How can you resist that?"

Posted Oct 27, 2002

Joshua Vasquez

32 83%

All or Nothing (2002)

"The Southeast London working class housing estate of Mike Leigh's All or Nothing becomes a melting pot for issues that this most humanistic of directors has continually returned to over the years: parents, children, secrets, love, resentment..."

Posted Oct 25, 2002

Jeremiah Kipp

33 90%

Saturday Night Fever (1977)

"it's one of the best films ever made about disaffected youth and the pains of discovering your place in society"

Posted Oct 25, 2002

Jason Clark

34 91%

Y Tu Mamá También (2001)

"Oft-described as the antidote to American Pie-type sex comedies, it actually has a bundle in common with them, as the film diffuses every opportunity for a breakthrough"

Posted Oct 25, 2002

Jason Clark

35 69%

Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990)

"Deliriously satirizes every facet of contemporary pop culture while also blasting away with a smart and rowdy imagination of its own."

Posted Oct 19, 2002

Joe McGovern

36 84%

Gremlins (1984)

"A ringing reminder of Joe Dante's unerring wit and cinematic significance."

Posted Oct 19, 2002

Joe McGovern

37 30%

Scooby-Doo (2002)

"This is the kind of woeful trash heap where you have to say that the best thing about it is Matthew Lillard"

Posted Oct 11, 2002

Jason Clark

38 43%

The Rules of Attraction (2002)

"Mean spirited, mocking, and puerile. Roger Avery adapts Bret Easton Ellis's nasty college collage of self-absorbed trust fund drones. Imagine an '80s slasher flick where the masked killer never shows up"

Posted Oct 11, 2002

Jeremiah Kipp

39 64%

Below (2002)

"...has freaky scenes where the crew wonder if they're ghosts imagining themselves as alive. It's a sly wink to The Others without becoming a postmodern joke, made creepy by its "men in a sardine can" warped logic."

Posted Oct 11, 2002

Jeremiah Kipp

40 79%

Punch-Drunk Love (2002)

"The kind of brain fart a young and creatively impotent hothead thinks up when what he really wants to do isn't coming to him."

Posted Oct 11, 2002

Chuck Rudolph

41 95%

Monsoon Wedding (2002)

"Anglosized Indian director Mira Nair pilfers every lame ceremonial cliché through the ages."

Posted Oct 10, 2002

Joe McGovern

42 47%

The Banger Sisters (2002)

"A middling, overly predictable comedy."

Posted Oct 8, 2002

Nick Schager

43 38%

Sweet Home Alabama (2002)

"Here is a movie that asks us to adore a miserable young woman who wrecks lives, treats people like discarded Biore strips and embodies the absolute worst side of metropolitan arrogance"

Posted Oct 8, 2002

Jason Clark

44 71%

10 (1979)

Posted Oct 8, 2002

Joe McGovern

45 79%

8 Women (8 Femmes) (2002)

"Beautifully constructed, unexpectedly touching, and gorgeous to behold, it's a swirling kaleidoscope of murder, intrigue, and musical numbers that cinematic bon vivants will eagerly devour."

Posted Oct 2, 2002

Nick Schager

46 63%

Unknown Pleasures (2003)

"As fascinating as some of the individual scenes and shots are, they never connect into a formative whole."

Posted Oct 1, 2002

Chuck Rudolph

47 51%

The Man from Elysian Fields (2001)

"If The Man from Elysian Fields is doomed by its smallness, it is also elevated by it--the kind of movie that you enjoy more because you're one of the lucky few who sought it out."

Posted Oct 1, 2002

Chuck Rudolph

48 63%

Moonlight Mile (2002)

"Cranks up the oldies soundtrack and embraces narrative contrivance like there will be no tomorrow, as if the concept of death is nothing more than a feel-good exercise in smiley primetime enlightenment."

Posted Oct 1, 2002

Chuck Rudolph

49 92%

Bloody Sunday (2002)

"An authentically vague, but ultimately purposeless, study in total pandemonium."

Posted Oct 1, 2002

Chuck Rudolph

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