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Goatdog's Movies

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 60%

Salome (1922)

Posted Mar 12, 2014

Michael W. Phillips, Jr.

2 100%

One Foot in Heaven (1941)

"It's worth watching for March's performance -- although we don't get to hear him preach enough -- and for his take-down of a wealthy family determined to run his church for him."

Posted Feb 3, 2012

Michael W. Phillips, Jr.

3 57%

Nevada Smith (1966)

"Not a worthless film, although it's impossible to take seriously."

Posted Dec 30, 2011

Michael W. Phillips, Jr.

4 90%

Bridesmaids (2011)

"I laughed almost without pause; at several points I made horselike snorting sounds that hurt the insides of my nose."

Posted Dec 30, 2011

Michael W. Phillips, Jr.

5 94%

The Dark Knight (2008)

"Visceral and terrifying."

Posted Dec 29, 2011

Michael W. Phillips, Jr.

6 22%

Angels Crest (2011)

"A high-school production of a second-rate Greek tragedian. "

Posted Dec 29, 2011

Michael W. Phillips, Jr.

7 84%

Contagion (2011)

"A supercharged cross between an episode of CSI and a World Health Organization infographic."

Posted Dec 29, 2011

Michael W. Phillips, Jr.

8 ——

Last Pullman Car (1998)

"One of Chicago documentary group Kartemquin Films's many incisive documentaries about social injustice."

Posted Dec 29, 2011

Michael W. Phillips, Jr.

9 44%

The Perfect Host (2011)

"It's a film, not a play, and it doesn't work."

Posted Dec 29, 2011

Michael W. Phillips, Jr.

10 93%

Midnight in Paris (2011)

"Watchable, and on a certain level, it's quite enjoyable."

Posted Dec 29, 2011

Michael W. Phillips, Jr.

11 75%

Stake Land (2011)

"May be the best blunt-force-trauma, tear-your-throat-out vicious vampire film since Near Dark."

Posted Dec 15, 2011

Michael W. Phillips, Jr.

12 96%

13 Assassins (2011)

"Miike's sadistic fetishization of violence and suffering is nowhere in evidence."

Posted Dec 15, 2011

Michael W. Phillips, Jr.

13 83%

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)

"If the best thing about a spy movie is the wallpaper, perhaps you've miscalculated."

Posted Dec 14, 2011

Michael W. Phillips, Jr.

14 77%

The Debt (2011)

"Wants to ask deep philosophical questions [but] the protracted ending prevents any of these philosophical darts from sticking. "

Posted Dec 5, 2011

Michael W. Phillips, Jr.

15 91%

Point Blank (2011)

"Action cinema distilled."

Posted Nov 20, 2011

Michael W. Phillips, Jr.

16 52%

Four Brothers (2005)

"Feels like a nervous student's heavily footnoted thesis film."

Posted Nov 20, 2011

Michael W. Phillips, Jr.

17 83%

Warrior (2011)

"Suddenly Thunderdome doesn't seem like such a pipe dream anymore."

Posted Nov 16, 2011

Michael W. Phillips, Jr.

18 ——

She Demons (1958)

"Seems to have been created by choosing randomly from a selection of 13-year-old boys' 'these are a few of my favorite things' lists."

Posted Nov 5, 2011

Michael W. Phillips, Jr.

19 ——

Tomorrow Is Another Day (1951)

"Not a film noir, but you should still invest your time in locating and viewing it."

Posted Oct 30, 2011

Michael W. Phillips, Jr.

20 89%

Maniac (Sex Maniac) (1934)

"A truly wretched film that I enjoyed, partly because of and partly in spite of its excessive excrescence."

Posted Oct 17, 2011

Michael W. Phillips, Jr.

21 ——

Along the Great Divide (1951)

"Flawed by structural problems in the script but buoyed by its A-list leading cast"

Posted Oct 10, 2011

Michael W. Phillips, Jr.

22 ——

Dance, Fools, Dance (1931)

"A wonderful little film on its own, but it's also a handy little primer of early-1930s genre conventions."

Posted Aug 19, 2011

Michael W. Phillips, Jr.

23 ——

Tugboat Annie (1933)

"An enjoyable diversion that provides Dressler with ample opportunities to flex her acting chops."

Posted Aug 19, 2011

Michael W. Phillips, Jr.

24 ——

The Phantom Planet (1961)

"It's actually quite compelling."

Posted May 28, 2011

Michael W. Phillips, Jr.

25 100%

The Lost Patrol (1934)

"A mostly successful experiment in minimalism that allows Ford to work with his traditional themes."

Posted May 4, 2011

Michael W. Phillips, Jr.

26 ——

Sensuela (1973)

"So low-budget that it appears Brechtian, so confoundingly bad that it borders on brilliant, and so 1970s softcore that it might just be feminist."

Posted Apr 4, 2011

Michael W. Phillips, Jr.

27 ——

Do It Again ()

"A fanboy's love letter to his favorite band, a desperate and admittedly somewhat selfish wish that they get back together and bring back some of the magic he remembers as a lifelong fan. "

Posted Apr 4, 2011

Michael W. Phillips, Jr.

28 ——

Daresalam (2005)

Posted Apr 4, 2011

Michael W. Phillips, Jr.

29 91%

The Fighter (2010)

"Chopin playing Chopsticks."

Posted Jan 16, 2011

Michael W. Phillips, Jr.

30 96%

True Grit (2010)

"Watching them snipe at each other was one of the undeniable pleasures of the 2010 movie season. "

Posted Dec 28, 2010

Michael W. Phillips, Jr.

31 82%

Night Catches Us (2010)

"Attempts to pry the lid off a painful chapter of American history that textbook writers and elected officials would rather erase or whitewash."

Posted Dec 26, 2010

Michael W. Phillips, Jr.

32 63%

Exam (2010)

"Low-budget but handsomely mounted cross between Cube and 12 Angry Men, with some script input by mystery writer Agatha Christie and literary critic Terry Eagleton."

Posted Dec 19, 2010

Michael W. Phillips, Jr.

33 90%

Red Riding: 1980 (2010)

"A huge step up from the unfollowable plot and unfathomable evil of Red Riding: 1974."

Posted Dec 18, 2010

Michael W. Phillips, Jr.

34 41%

Death at a Funeral (2010)

"It's almost a checklist of things I don't like, but it won me over in its opening minutes and never let go. "

Posted Dec 15, 2010

Michael W. Phillips, Jr.

35 12%

Jonah Hex (2010)

"When it works, which it does quite often, it's one of the better comic book adaptations of recent years."

Posted Dec 14, 2010

Michael W. Phillips, Jr.

36 98%

Marwencol (2010)

"A painfully intimate, mysterious, joyous film."

Posted Dec 11, 2010

Michael W. Phillips, Jr.

37 88%

White Material (2010)

"Possesses a defiant, exhilarating life, a testament to its peerless crafts(wo)manship and its uniqueness."

Posted Dec 7, 2010

Michael W. Phillips, Jr.

38 67%

Conviction (2010)

"I charge director Tony Goldwyn and screenwriter Pamela Gray with ineffective assistance of counsel."

Posted Dec 5, 2010

Michael W. Phillips, Jr.

39 86%

Unstoppable (2010)

"The most fun I've had at the movies all year."

Posted Dec 4, 2010

Michael W. Phillips, Jr.

40 66%

The American (2010)

"There's a lot to value, even if it drinks a little too deeply from the well of stock Euro-assassin-movie characters and situations."

Posted Nov 30, 2010

Michael W. Phillips, Jr.

41 87%

Black Swan (2010)

"Shackled by sports-movie clichés, a reductive view of how creativity works, and, most importantly, Natalie Portman's limitations as an actress."

Posted Nov 29, 2010

Michael W. Phillips, Jr.

42 59%

It's Kind of a Funny Story (2010)

"Has a genuine understanding of the protagonist, but ends up betraying him. "

Posted Nov 28, 2010

Michael W. Phillips, Jr.

43 72%

Monsters (2010)

"A somewhat confused spawn of Cloverfield and District 9, with less of an effects budget and less of a coherent self-concept than either of its parents."

Posted Nov 27, 2010

Michael W. Phillips, Jr.

44 78%

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

"Has too many plot threads to follow in its willy-nilly efforts to set the stage for the real ending. "

Posted Nov 24, 2010

Michael W. Phillips, Jr.

45 88%

Let Me In (2010)

"Not as good as the original but able to stand on its own feet."

Posted Nov 23, 2010

Michael W. Phillips, Jr.

46 86%

Death Line (Raw Meat) (1972)

"The first (or only?) ethnographic urban legend horror film."

Posted Nov 16, 2010

Michael W. Phillips, Jr.

47 80%

Catfish (2010)

"What a gem!"

Posted Nov 3, 2010

Michael W. Phillips, Jr.

48 90%

Wanda (1971)

"A sometimes incoherent primal scream, directed not at any particular target but at the state of the American dream in the late 1960s, especially as it applied to women."

Posted Nov 2, 2010

Michael W. Phillips, Jr.

49 92%

Vincere (2010)

"A series of striking images that serve little purpose except to look striking."

Posted Oct 28, 2010

Michael W. Phillips, Jr.

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