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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 71%

The King of Marvin Gardens (1972)

"Rafelson relies heavily on overt symbolism and visual metaphor, which provides plenty of food for thought for the literary-minded, but also tends to weigh down the narrative and make it feel more heavy-handed than it should"

Posted Dec 15, 2010

James Kendrick

2 32%

All Good Things (2010)

"beneath the surface are all kinds of questions about power and wealth and the cyclical nature of familial tragedy, and while they break through from time to time, it is never enough to give the film more depth than a TrueTV documentary"

Posted Dec 15, 2010

James Kendrick

3 20%

The Tourist (2010)

"consistently flat and uninspired, as if everyone is working on a different page"

Posted Dec 14, 2010

James Kendrick

4 49%

Love and Other Drugs (2010)

"a big, sloppy movie that seems to be going in ten different directions by the time it is over. If we don't know how to respond, it is because the filmmakers never decided exactly what kind of film to make. "

Posted Dec 13, 2010

James Kendrick

5 86%

Five Easy Pieces (1970)

"moves from scenes of quiet desperation to moments of great black humor"

Posted Dec 7, 2010

James Kendrick

6 86%

Easy Rider (1969)

"unlike earlier films that exploited the sensational nature of their subject matter and did little else, Easy Rider borrowed its attitude and aesthetics from the various European new waves and sought to be about something. "

Posted Dec 5, 2010

James Kendrick

7 89%

Tangled (2010)

"the mixing of the old and the new gives Tangled a pleasant sense of nostalgia that wears well with its modern tweaks and is a welcome respite from Disney's more desperate attempts to compete with Pixar and DreamWorks in duds like Chicken Little"

Posted Dec 3, 2010

James Kendrick

8 96%

Fantasia (1940)

"At the time of its release, it was probably the boldest, most experimental production to come out of Hollywood, which is why it is not terribly surprising that it was Disney's biggest commercial failure."

Posted Dec 2, 2010

James Kendrick

9 75%

Head (1968)

"There is an inherent curiosity quotient for any project this inherently whacked out, which helps smooth over the underlying rub that Rafelson is using the film to rather portentously blow his own horn"

Posted Dec 2, 2010

James Kendrick

10 43%

Faster (2010)

"has a hard time matching Johnson's heavy forward momentum, primarily because the film is stacked so heavily with subplots that are constantly taking us away from The Artist Formerly Known as The Rock"

Posted Nov 30, 2010

James Kendrick

11 52%

The Next Three Days (2010)

"too willing to conceded complexities for more reliable Hollywood thrills"

Posted Nov 29, 2010

James Kendrick

12 98%

The Night of the Hunter (1955)

"an archetypal thriller that bounces relentlessly between hard-edged realism and exaggerated lyricism, giving the impression of a stylized nightmare"

Posted Nov 24, 2010

James Kendrick

13 78%

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 (2010)

"the cleaving of Rowling's 759-page finale into two separate films ultimately benefits the material, allowing the filmmakers to take their time and keep as much of the story as possible while also maintaining a taut narrative pace"

Posted Nov 20, 2010

James Kendrick

14 100%

Modern Times (1936)

"the fact that it is one of Chaplin's great masterpieces is testament to both his artistic resilience in the face of industry change and the enduring power of great silent comedy. "

Posted Nov 20, 2010

James Kendrick

15 86%

Unstoppable (2010)

"The best moments in Unstoppable are the ones in which Scott makes us feel in our bones the potentially destructive mass of all that runaway power"

Posted Nov 17, 2010

James Kendrick

16 73%

Megamind (2010)

"while its hectic battle sequences and penchant for mass destruction will certainly keep the eyes of action junkies satiated, its sly depictions of the balance between good and evil actually provide quite a bit of food for thought"

Posted Nov 14, 2010

James Kendrick

17 46%

Hereafter (2010)

"the climatic interweaving of the narrative strands feels profoundly anticlimatic, delivering a modicum of emotional payoff but little else"

Posted Nov 9, 2010

James Kendrick

18 65%

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)

Posted Nov 9, 2010

James Kendrick

19 65%

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)

"ultimately all in good fun, although it's hard to shake entirely the sense that something is slightly askew, which is probably the point"

Posted Nov 7, 2010

James Kendrick

20 99%

Toy Story 3 (2010)

Posted Nov 7, 2010

James Kendrick

21 80%

Catfish (2010)

"frequently uneven in its narrative strategies, but still effective in drawing you into the story and conveying a real sense of human need, desire, and compassion"

Posted Nov 2, 2010

James Kendrick

22 90%

Hausu (House) (1977)

"compelling in its own right, even if it is impossible to take seriously as anything more than a delirious, envelope-pushing experiment"

Posted Nov 1, 2010

James Kendrick

23 73%

Back to the Future Part III (1990)

"avoids many of the previous sequel's narrative and logical pitfalls and reengages more successfully with the simple, direct pleasures that made the 1985 original such a hit"

Posted Oct 28, 2010

James Kendrick

24 64%

Back to the Future Part II (1989)

"one-half a very bad movie and one-half a very good movie"

Posted Oct 28, 2010

James Kendrick

25 96%

Back to the Future (1985)

"an undeniably fun film, one whose clever plotting, memorable characters, and deft balance of both wistful nostalgia and celebration of the here and now deserves comparisons to The Wizard of Oz"

Posted Oct 28, 2010

James Kendrick

26 93%

Paths of Glory (1957)

"watching it is to watch the birth of the one of the greatest filmmakers of the second half of the 20th century"

Posted Oct 26, 2010

James Kendrick

27 58%

Paranormal Activity 2 (2010)

"can't quite evoke the escalating dread and moments of sheer terror that Peli orchestrated so maliciously in the original film, but it still delivers more than its share of tension and scares"

Posted Oct 25, 2010

James Kendrick

28 59%

It's Kind of a Funny Story (2010)

"kind of funny, kind of touching, kind of moving, kind of odd, kind of quirky, and kind of lots of other thing, but, it's never fully anything"

Posted Oct 22, 2010

James Kendrick

29 71%

The Magician (2010)

Posted Oct 19, 2010

James Kendrick

30 100%

The Magician (Ansiktet) (The Face) (1958)

"reflects Bergman's fundamental understanding of the cinema as an illusionistic play of light and shadow that can nonetheless reveal some of the deepest recesses of the human experience"

Posted Oct 17, 2010

James Kendrick

31 79%

Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (1983)

Posted Oct 17, 2010

James Kendrick

32 68%

The Darjeeling Limited (2007)

Posted Oct 17, 2010

James Kendrick

33 9%

My Soul to Take (2010)

"disappointing in the way it drags out its narrative to little effect, substituting cheap revelations and sometimes incoherent action for anything resembling the kind of innovation and verve that is the hallmark of Craven's best work"

Posted Oct 15, 2010

James Kendrick

34 79%

Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (1983)

"The film?s attention is split fairly evenly across the major characters, and their interactions are consistently fascinating in the way they illustrate both the cultural divide and the halting attempts to somehow bridge it."

Posted Oct 12, 2010

James Kendrick

35 6%

Troll 2 (1990)

Posted Oct 12, 2010

James Kendrick

36 6%

Troll 2 (1990)

"No description of it can quite contain its misguided ludicrousness or the way its infinite and varied sins against the traits of good cinema combine to produce one of the most uproarious unintentional comedies ever made."

Posted Oct 10, 2010

James Kendrick

37 96%

The Social Network (2010)

"a virtuoso modern parable about greed, innovation, and betrayal, as well as a compelling portrait of how technology is changing the landscape of both business enterprise and interpersonal relationships"

Posted Oct 7, 2010

James Kendrick

38 88%

Let Me In (2010)

"the only time it shows any crassness is when Reeves pours on the violence and gore instead of cutting away and saving, as Alfredson did so wisely, the best for last. "

Posted Oct 4, 2010

James Kendrick

39 55%

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010)

"Stone frequently trips the film up on idiosyncratic visual devices and shifting tones that make one wonder if he is making a serious drama or a slightly veiled satire"

Posted Oct 4, 2010

James Kendrick

40 94%

The Town (2010)

"Affleck takes a number of risks, which helps elevate The Town above its admittedly pulpy roots into something that is both harder and more moving"

Posted Oct 2, 2010

James Kendrick

41 96%

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)

Posted Sep 26, 2010

James Kendrick

42 ——

Vigilante (1983)

Posted Sep 26, 2010

James Kendrick

43 90%

The Return of the Living Dead (1985)

Posted Sep 26, 2010

James Kendrick

44 96%

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)

"one of the great sci-fi horrorshows, a movie that gooses you with its premise, makes you laugh and jump, and ultimately leaves you with something you can't quite shake"

Posted Sep 23, 2010

James Kendrick

45 ——

Vigilante (1983)

"jets past moral qualms and cuts right into our most feverish sense of righteousness"

Posted Sep 22, 2010

James Kendrick

46 23%

The Amityville Horror (2005)

Posted Sep 21, 2010

James Kendrick

47 52%

Devil (2010)

"a much better film than it will be given credit for, which is a shame, particularly in an era in which horror films increasingly focus on trendy nihilistic pointlessness"

Posted Sep 20, 2010

James Kendrick

48 23%

Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010)

"There is not a single shot or moment that is anything other than derivative, and the fact that the momentum is constantly interrupted with egregious slow motion makes it feel that much longer and therefore more insufferable."

Posted Sep 16, 2010

James Kendrick

49 74%

Monster House (2006)

Posted Sep 14, 2010

James Kendrick

50 53%

Going the Distance (2010)

"the sequences in which Barrymore and Long share screen time are not as good as when they're separated, which lets some of the air out of their romance"

Posted Sep 12, 2010

James Kendrick

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