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Q Network Film Desk

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 79%

Shame (2011)

"If we are to suffer through 101 minutes of Brandon's wretched, unsatisfying existence, shouldn't we at least have some inkling of who the man is and what makes him tick?"

Posted Dec 15, 2011

James Kendrick

2 78%

Melancholia (2011)

"as an epic metaphor for the devastating effects of depression, the film is not without its merits, although said merits are often stretched to their breaking point or overshadowed by meandering narrative digressions and inexplicable human behavior"

Posted Dec 10, 2011

James Kendrick

3 100%

12 Angry Men (Twelve Angry Men) (1957)

"an incisive and gripping film"

Posted Dec 2, 2011

James Kendrick

4 24%

Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 (2011)

"drags along too slowly to give it much impact and instead engenders little more than impatience"

Posted Nov 27, 2011

James Kendrick

5 100%

Three Colors: Blue (Trois Couleurs: Bleu) (1993)

"Binoche's performance is brilliantly understated, and she conveys with minimal dialogue and outward affectation a woman who is internally in turmoil"

Posted Nov 27, 2011

James Kendrick

6 90%

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

"an odd seriocomic film"

Posted Nov 27, 2011

James Kendrick

7 100%

Three Colors: Red (Trois couleurs: Rouge) (1994)

"a beautiful film both emotionally and philosophically, not to mention aesthetically"

Posted Nov 27, 2011

James Kendrick

8 96%

The Muppets (2011)

"its mixture of nostalgia, postmodern humor, and all-around generosity may be exactly what is needed to endear the Muppets to a whole new generation"

Posted Nov 25, 2011

James Kendrick

9 89%

The Descendants (2011)

"Payne displays a knack for both perfect casting and using his lead actor in sometimes unconventional, unexpected ways"

Posted Nov 22, 2011

James Kendrick

10 82%

Super 8 (2011)

Posted Nov 22, 2011

James Kendrick

11 92%

Take Shelter (2011)

"Michael Shannon gives the performance of the year "

Posted Nov 21, 2011

James Kendrick

12 94%

West Side Story (1961)

"it is the heat of West Side Story's social and cultural conflicts that make it a pop-culture landmark unlike any other"

Posted Nov 19, 2011

James Kendrick

13 43%

J. Edgar (2011)

"cleverly uses the familiar tropes of the biopic against itself to blur the lines between verifiable fact, elaboration and pure speculation"

Posted Nov 18, 2011

James Kendrick

14 68%

A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas (2011)

"a bong that has been hit one time too many"

Posted Nov 14, 2011

James Kendrick

15 68%

Paranormal Activity 3 (2011)

"given the increasing familiarity (some might say "exhaustion") of these aesthetic devices, it is almost unavoidable that Paranormal Activity 3 will feel like a slight letdown"

Posted Nov 13, 2011

James Kendrick

16 81%

The Skin I Live In (2011)

"works in its own right as a semi-campy gloss on mad scientists, the horrors of medical experimentation, and our own conflicted relationships with the bodies we call home"

Posted Nov 11, 2011

James Kendrick

17 92%

Blue Velvet (1986)

"shocking, perverse, funny, unsettling, scathing, biting, and twisted, but undeniably original"

Posted Nov 10, 2011

James Kendrick

18 94%

Yabu no naka no kuroneko (Black Cat from the Grove) (1968)

"moves fluidly between the cinematic invisible and the overtly theatrical, mixing impressive tracking shots and dexterous editing with attention-grabbing devices like rear-projection"

Posted Nov 8, 2011

James Kendrick

19 33%

Texas Killing Fields (2011)

"works sporadically, but never consistently, and ends up feeling much lighter and more forgettable than its "inspired by true events" tagline would seem to merit "

Posted Nov 2, 2011

James Kendrick

20 95%

Island of Lost Souls (The Island of Dr. Moreau) (1933)

"a disturbing and provocative horror gem"

Posted Nov 1, 2011

James Kendrick

21 88%

Margin Call (2011)

"Chandor keeps Margin Call visually and emotionally fluid, staging the entire ordeal like an escalating disaster in which fiscal, rather than physical, violence is the looming threat"

Posted Oct 26, 2011

James Kendrick

22 82%

Incendiary: The Willingham Case (2011)

"starts as a meticulous deconstruction of injustice, but ends up feeling more like an elaborate, preaching-to-the-choir anti-Perry campaign film"

Posted Oct 24, 2011

James Kendrick

23 35%

The Thing (2011)

"doesn't score any points for originality or improvement, but it is surprisingly deft in maintaining what already works while adding in a few new twists and not making the mistake of trying to explain that which is best left mysterious"

Posted Oct 16, 2011

James Kendrick

24 60%

Real Steel (2011)

"a big, seemingly clunky contraption that works against all odds"

Posted Oct 14, 2011

James Kendrick

25 85%

The Ides of March (2011)

"a cynical political fable for increasingly cynical times"

Posted Oct 12, 2011

James Kendrick

26 93%

50/50 (2011)

"a good movie with a moderate sense of daring that ultimately spends too much time telling the wrong story"

Posted Oct 10, 2011

James Kendrick

27 56%

Footloose (1984)

Posted Oct 4, 2011

James Kendrick

28 56%

Footloose (1984)

"reignited the youth genre with the dynamics of music video aesthetics and has remained a cultural touchstone ever since"

Posted Oct 3, 2011

James Kendrick

29 6%

Dream House (2011)

"a rather lumbering vehicle that runs primarily on formula and (pseudo)psychological ploys that we have seen too many times at this point to warrant much excitement. "

Posted Oct 3, 2011

James Kendrick

30 93%

Les Cousins (1959)

"too programmed, too deterministic, and ultimately too cynical"

Posted Sep 30, 2011

James Kendrick

31 100%

Le Beau Serge (1958)

"evokes a somber and deeply felt sense of shared humanity"

Posted Sep 30, 2011

James Kendrick

32 94%

Moneyball (2011)

"unfolds smoothly as the kind of baseball movie that even those who couldn't care less about baseball will find engrossing"

Posted Sep 30, 2011

James Kendrick

33 33%

I corpi presentano tracce di violenza carnale (Torso) (Bodies Bear Traces of Carnal Violence) (1973)

"a gory giallo that pushes all the right buttons, but never quite works until the final third"

Posted Sep 27, 2011

James Kendrick

34 83%

Warrior (2011)

"easily one of the best sports dramas in recent years"

Posted Sep 26, 2011

James Kendrick

35 93%

Drive (2011)

"Weighted with steely silences and sudden explosions of graphic violence, Drive confronts and dismantles our expectations with a hardened confidence that is all too rare in contemporary Hollywood filmmaking"

Posted Sep 22, 2011

James Kendrick

36 83%

The 10th Victim (La Decima vittima) (The Tenth Victim) (1999)

"The problem for modern audiences is that the film is so fundamentally mired in the swinging silliness of mid-'60s Euro culture that the message gets lost amid all the gaudy colors, insipid pop music, and generally deranged production design"

Posted Sep 21, 2011

James Kendrick

37 93%

Zero for Conduct (Zero de Conduite) (1933)

"a funny, fantastical exaggeration of childhood exuberance and adult idiocy"

Posted Sep 21, 2011

James Kendrick

38 100%

L'Atalante (1934)

"easily Vigo's most "commercial" film, but it never loses the essence of his more abstract and poetic sensibilities"

Posted Sep 21, 2011

James Kendrick

39 77%

O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)

Posted Sep 20, 2011

James Kendrick

40 41%

Straw Dogs (2011)

"essentially turns the film into exactly the kind of primitive masculine revenge tale that the original's detractors mistook it for"

Posted Sep 17, 2011

James Kendrick

41 84%

Contagion (2011)

"Soderbergh keeps the incessantly yellow-tinted film lithe and jaunty, moving us quickly amid various subplots while also racheting up the tensions."

Posted Sep 15, 2011

James Kendrick

42 96%

Orphée (Orpheus) (1950)

Posted Sep 13, 2011

James Kendrick

43 84%

Scarface (1983)

Posted Sep 13, 2011

James Kendrick

44 96%

Orphée (Orpheus) (1950)

"a paragon of magical realism that transports the ancient Greek myth into the then-modern realm of postwar France"

Posted Sep 12, 2011

James Kendrick

45 84%

Scarface (1983)

"the very definition of excess, which is perhaps why it has persisted so long as a cultural totem: Its florid pleasures can never be exhausted"

Posted Sep 12, 2011

James Kendrick

46 17%

Shark Night 3D (2011)

"the film's rote nature and its complete lack of the kind of self-aware trashy thrills and humor we might expect from a good Renny Harlin flick (or even Ellis's immortal Snakes on a Plane) drain it of energy and fun. "

Posted Sep 6, 2011

James Kendrick

47 67%

Our Idiot Brother (2011)

"The film never gives any sense of clarity regarding how its pieces fit together, leaving us to wonder who the true idiots are."

Posted Sep 6, 2011

James Kendrick

48 85%

Cul-de-Sac (1966)

"pure Polanski through and through, made with no restraints and little outside influence, but it stumbles on its own absurdist tendencies, demonstrating how sometimes too much is too much"

Posted Aug 31, 2011

James Kendrick

49 58%

Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark (2011)

"the best scenes are those that rely entirely on suggestion, giving us the impression of presence without actually showing us anything, and they become unfortunately less and less frequent as the film moves along"

Posted Aug 31, 2011

James Kendrick

50 85%

Cul-de-Sac (1966)

Posted Aug 30, 2011

James Kendrick

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