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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 53%

Storytelling (2002)

"The first tale of woe makes a sharp short film by itself, but the second is a stretch."

Posted Mar 11, 2003

Joshua Tanzer

2 60%

States Of Control (1997)

"A yuppie in a midlife crisis alternates between repression and indulgence in new experiences. Sensual but unsympathetic."

Posted Mar 11, 2003

Joshua Tanzer

3 92%

Startup.com (2001)

"Let's take advantage of this chance to peer into these paper millionaires' lives and think about what kind of human beings they are and where they went wrong."

Posted Mar 11, 2003

Joshua Tanzer

4 100%

Sobibor, 14 octobre 1943, 16 heures (Sobibor, Oct. 14, 1943, 4 p.m.) (2001)

"This is not just a story about how horrible the Holocaust was - it's about unbelievable courage in the face of the ultimate evil."

Posted Mar 11, 2003

Joshua Tanzer

5 43%

Strange Case of Señor Computer (2002)

"Extremely low-budget sci-fi effort turns out tepid."

Posted Mar 11, 2003

Joshua Tanzer

6 63%

Session 9 (2001)

"Tries to be a back-to-basics thriller without the special effects, buckets of blood and evil dolls that talk. Unfortunately, the filmmakers forgot to replace the horror-film formula with a plot that makes sense."

Posted Mar 11, 2003

Joshua Tanzer

7 80%

Saudade Do Futuro (2000)

"A fun and affectionate look at street musicians in Brazil, especially those practicing a kind of traditional rap poking fun at themselves, the audience and the sadness of life itself."

Posted Mar 11, 2003

Joshua Tanzer

8 ——

Samia (2001)

"The girls are actual teenagers, one of whom is about to have her first baby. The men are real immigrant laborers, and the weary-looking mom is in fact a mother of eight. Their natural, anguished and passionate performances are astounding."

Posted Mar 11, 2003

Joshua Tanzer

9 89%

The Road Home (Wo de fu qin mu qin) (2001)

"It's a simple story but lovingly told and pleasant to watch."

Posted Mar 11, 2003

Joshua Tanzer

10 96%

Promises (2002)

"If there's one big point to Promises, it's that nothing can change while physical and psychological barriers keep the sides from speaking even one word to each other."

Posted Mar 11, 2003

Joshua Tanzer

11 80%

Zheng hun qi shi (The Personals) (2001)

"A little like a blind date - sometimes charming, sometimes difficult, never revealing too much at once, and always leaving you with plenty to think about afterwards."

Posted Mar 11, 2003

Joshua Tanzer

12 77%

Our Lady of the Assassins (2001)

"Like a random gang shooting - it leaves a big impression but makes no sense."

Posted Mar 11, 2003

Joshua Tanzer

13 64%

Off the Hook (2000)

"It uses some of the figures from the real-life story to portray themselves in the film. The result is a powerful, naturally dramatic piece of low-budget filmmaking."

Posted Mar 11, 2003

Joshua Tanzer

14 100%

New York in the Fifties (2001)

"It doesn't present a very thorough vicarious experience of the New York scene, but it does present conversations with some of the period's most interesting people."

Posted Mar 11, 2003

Joshua Tanzer

15 90%

Life And Debt (2001)

"Puts a human face - many human faces - on the debt crisis and the effects of open trade on a Third World country."

Posted Mar 11, 2003

Joshua Tanzer

16 83%

L.I.E. (2001)

"Raises the bar on the coming-of-age story with a tightly focused portrait of a 15-year-old who looks for a father figure and finds his kindly neighborhood sexual predator."

Posted Mar 11, 2003

Joshua Tanzer

17 94%

Last Resort (2001)

"A tragic but quite educational tour of the Western countries' refugee process."

Posted Mar 11, 2003

Joshua Tanzer

18 81%

Jump Tomorrow (Life: A User's Manual) (2001)

"Fresh points of view and lovable characters make Jump Tomorrow more than just a formula romance."

Posted Mar 11, 2003

Joshua Tanzer

19 75%

JSA: Joint Security Area (Gongdong gyeongbi guyeok JSA) (2000)

"An intelligent murder mystery set at the only meeting point between North and South Korea, whose tragic solution reveals the war zone's tension between hate and humanity."

Posted Mar 11, 2003

Joshua Tanzer

20 100%

A Room With A View (1985)

Posted Mar 11, 2003

Joshua Tanzer

21 76%

Seom (The Isle) (2000)

"Made me unintentionally famous - as the queasy-stomached critic who staggered from the theater and blacked out in the lobby. But believe it or not, it's one of the most beautiful, evocative works I've seen."

Posted Mar 11, 2003

Joshua Tanzer

22 17%

God, Sex & Apple Pie (1999)

"Takes the "Secaucus 7" / "Big Chill" formula and does nothing interesting with it."

Posted Mar 11, 2003

Joshua Tanzer

23 92%

The Gleaners and I (2001)

"A pleasure to watch - part documentary, part personal essay, part unguided tour. It's a chance to understand ourselves differently by seeing the things we choose not to use."

Posted Mar 11, 2003

Joshua Tanzer

24 47%

Fast Food Fast Women (2001)

"Audience-insulting. Our heroine has faced no difficulty, learned nothing, earned nothing, but she has a lovely fairy-tale ending that's supposed to make us leave the theater happy."

Posted Mar 11, 2003

Joshua Tanzer

25 91%

Dinner Rush (2001)

"A genre film, but it tries to tell a story from a different angle - not through tough guys and excessive violence but through a character-driven drama with several different perspectives."

Posted Mar 11, 2003

Joshua Tanzer

26 100%

The Decalogue (2000)

"Most of the films put characters into situations in which they cannot obey one commandment without breaking others. Challenges you to figure out how to be a moral person in a world with no easy answers."

Posted Mar 11, 2003

Joshua Tanzer

27 93%

The Circle (Dayereh) (2001)

"Gives some quick, powerful impressions of the Iranian woman's plight, but much less than if it had paused to tell a few stories thoroughly."

Posted Mar 11, 2003

Joshua Tanzer

28 ——

Chinatown Files ()

"The American dream turned anything but beautiful for the people who speak out about their experiences in this sad documentary."

Posted Mar 11, 2003

Joshua Tanzer

29 87%

Calle 54 (2001)

"You can find half a dozen things to complain about and yet enjoy every minute of the film completely."

Posted Mar 11, 2003

Joshua Tanzer

30 ——

Calling Bobcat (2001)

"A low-budget effort that's modest in ambition but hits plenty of high notes."

Posted Mar 11, 2003

Joshua Tanzer

31 ——

Jimi Hendrix - Blue Wild Angel: Live at the Isle of Wight ()

"His performance is beset by disaster, from faulty amps to out-of-tune guitars, yet his music emerges clear-voiced, perfectly on key, and spellbinding. Undoubtedly, this is part of Hendrix's brilliance - he mastered chaos and turned it into beauty."

Posted Mar 11, 2003

Joshua Tanzer

32 56%

Heavy Metal (1981)

Posted Mar 11, 2003

Joshua Tanzer

33 100%

Shadow of a Doubt (1943)

Posted Mar 11, 2003

Joshua Tanzer

34 0%

The Blackout (1997)

"With vacuous dialogue and little sense of character or direction, it oozes from one amateurishly conceived scene to the next."

Posted Mar 11, 2003

Joshua Tanzer

35 83%

B-52 (2001)

"Worth seeing as a source of information about one of the country's most important weapons but fails to explore the plane's significance in American policy."

Posted Mar 11, 2003

Joshua Tanzer

36 ——

Boom: The Sound of Eviction ()

"Captures the sudden human cataclysm caused by the dot-com craze, by people suddenly and irrationally throwing billions of dollars where they didn't belong."

Posted Mar 11, 2003

Joshua Tanzer

37 78%

Carnage (2002)

"For Luis Buñuel fans and others who don't particularly care if their movies make any sense or have a point or are remotely interesting in any way."

Posted Mar 11, 2003

Joshua Tanzer

38 ——

Life Kills Me ()

"About the next generation of France's Arab minorities -- French-born and yet aware of their ethnicity, seeking to fit into the society they grew up in and yet somewhat stuck on the outside looking in."

Posted Mar 11, 2003

Joshua Tanzer

39 90%

The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985)

Posted Mar 11, 2003

Joshua Tanzer

40 97%

Rope (1948)

Posted Mar 11, 2003

Joshua Tanzer

41 47%

Not Without My Daughter (1991)

Posted Mar 11, 2003

Joshua Tanzer

42 50%

Household Saints (1993)

Posted Mar 11, 2003

Joshua Tanzer

43 88%

The In-Laws (1979)

Posted Mar 11, 2003

Joshua Tanzer

44 92%

Brother From Another Planet (1984)

Posted Mar 11, 2003

Joshua Tanzer

45 16%

The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990)

Posted Mar 11, 2003

Joshua Tanzer

46 71%

Humanité (2000)

Posted Mar 11, 2003

Joshua Tanzer

47 84%

Chariots of Fire (1981)

Posted Mar 11, 2003

Joshua Tanzer

48 88%

The Naked Gun - From the Files of Police Squad! (1988)

Posted Mar 11, 2003

Joshua Tanzer

49 49%

Demonlover (2003)

"You can spend half an hour thinking the characters have lost their minds, followed by 15 minutes thinking the filmmaker has lost his mind, followed by a final two minutes that kind of, sort of, maybe, put the pieces together."

Posted Mar 11, 2003

Joshua Tanzer

50 33%

Yugoslavia: The Avoidable War ()

"Horrid little propaganda film with fascinating connections not only to the Serbs themselves but also to a network of American right-wing extremists."

Posted Mar 10, 2003

Joshua Tanzer

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