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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 100%

The Lusty Men (1952)

"The first few brief sequences in Nicholas Ray's rip-roaring rodeo flick tell us visually almost everything that we need to know about the director's interest in this story."

Posted Mar 24, 2003

Jeremy Heilman

2 86%

Flying Leathernecks (1951)

"The Flying Leathernecks packs a surprising amount of intelligent insight in with its nationalistic rally cry."

Posted Mar 23, 2003

Jeremy Heilman

3 100%

Öszi almanach (Almanac of Fall) (1984)

"Throughout, Tarr seems exasperated by the capacity of each to believe that they are justified in their machinations, and in his inability to accept their individual actions, he seems to be expressing disgust and outrage at all of society."

Posted Mar 23, 2003

Jeremy Heilman

4 98%

His Girl Friday (1940)

"Howard Hawks' superb screwball workplace comedy is one of those classics that manages to convince new viewers of its greatness despite any inflated expectations caused by its sky-high reputation."

Posted Mar 12, 2003

Jeremy Heilman

5 34%

Bringing Down The House (2003)

"The film only truly stumbles as it enters into its plot-heavy third act, which wastes a lot of energy, but still can't manage to satisfy the audience's desire to see Latifah and Martin fall in love."

Posted Mar 7, 2003

Jeremy Heilman

6 ——

Rebels of the Neon God (2003)

"Using very little camera movement and a good deal of humor, pathos, and rained out cityscapes, the director crafts an enjoyable, fast-paced, but still poignant, look at modern loneliness."

Posted Mar 7, 2003

Jeremy Heilman

7 100%

Panelkapcsolat (The Prefab People) (1982)

"[It] is the best of [Tarr's] early works because it achieves such a degree of intimacy that its lack of ostentatious filmmaking never impedes its ability to observe its characters."

Posted Mar 3, 2003

Jeremy Heilman

8 ——

Outsider (2005)

"Because of its slim narrative and relatively unsympathetic protagonist The Outsider is probably the weakest of Tarr's films."

Posted Feb 26, 2003

Jeremy Heilman

9 80%

Családi tüzfészek (Family Nest) (1979)

"[The characters] realize the futility of their struggle against beauracracy, but have nothing to do but struggle against it, and in Tarr's committed portrayal of their pathetic struggle, his political rage becomes acutely felt."

Posted Feb 25, 2003

Jeremy Heilman

10 ——

La Vie Nouvelle (A New Life) (2002)

"Because the subject matter of the film is unremittingly bleak, the majority of the pleasure for most viewers will likely be derived from decoding these beguiling visuals and the thrill of not knowing what Grandrieux will come up with next."

Posted Feb 25, 2003

Jeremy Heilman

11 81%

Fiddler on the Roof (1971)

"Norman Jewison's mind-numbingly literal adaptation of the stage musical Fiddler on the Roof is no disaster, but it certainly has its limitations."

Posted Feb 23, 2003

Jeremy Heilman

12 90%

Blissfully Yours (Sud sanaeha) (2003)

"The viewer's reaction to the film seems extraordinarily subjective. I wouldn't be surprised if my third viewing of it found me declaring it either a dismal failure or a truly great work. For now, I'll settle on ambivalence."

Posted Feb 18, 2003

Jeremy Heilman

13 ——

Transistor Love Story ()

"In a final shakedown, it's the lack of conviction to the importance of its own message that keeps [it] from carrying any weight. Its considerable directorial sprightliness can't disguise its lack of a brain."

Posted Feb 18, 2003

Jeremy Heilman

14 82%

Stone Reader (2003)

"The intellectual journey it takes is of a sort that's too rare in the movies, founded out of the same kinship of ideas and the desire for profound connection that makes reading so pleasurable in the first place."

Posted Feb 17, 2003

Jeremy Heilman

15 ——

Xiao Wu (The Pickpocket) (2000)

"Set in the Fengyang province, Chinese director Jia Zhang Ke's first feature Xiao Wu features young characters that suffer as they bear witness to a foundling capitalist system."

Posted Feb 15, 2003

Jeremy Heilman

16 87%

The Three Caballeros (1944)

"[After the] headlong launch into that abstract fantasia of color and sound, it's difficult to deny the sexual nature of its characters' pelvic thrusts and rampant phallic imagery. Clearly, this is Disney's horniest animated feature."

Posted Feb 12, 2003

Jeremy Heilman

17 49%

Demonlover (2003)

"As the thinking person's spy thriller, Demonlover delivers. Its fierce determination in deconstructing the sexual politics that are so often taken for granted in this sort of film provide more thrills than the average Bond outing."

Posted Feb 2, 2003

Jeremy Heilman

18 87%

Chicago (2002)

"Once the musical numbers start, the editing does nearly everything it can to inhibit proper evaluation or appreciation of talents of the performers."

Posted Jan 29, 2003

Jeremy Heilman

19 84%

They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969)

"Endlessly negative, the movie goes out of its way to deny the audience any moments of joy, opting instead to retreat further and further into the phantasmagoric fever dreams of the exhausted group."

Posted Jan 29, 2003

Jeremy Heilman

20 80%

The Untouchables (1987)

"The end result can easily pass as mindless mainstream entertainment, but make no mistake: The Untouchables is one of De Palma's most trenchant statements about the state of America."

Posted Jan 23, 2003

Jeremy Heilman

21 34%

World Traveler (2002)

"Whatever complaints I might have, I'd take [its] earnest errors and hard-won rewards over the bombastic self-glorification of other feel-good fiascos like Antwone Fisher or The Emperor's Club any time."

Posted Jan 23, 2003

Jeremy Heilman

22 90%

L' Amour l'Aprčs-Midi (Chloe in the Afternoon) (Love in the Afternoon) (1972)

"There exists in Chloe's characters a rare sort of self-reflection, and it's immensely gratifying to watch in action."

Posted Jan 16, 2003

Jeremy Heilman

23 83%

Under the Olive Trees (Zire darakhatan zeyton) (Through the Olive Trees) (1994)

"The third film in Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami's unofficial trilogy extends the themes present in the previous two films to the point of emotionally numbing, if intellectually admirable, redundancy."

Posted Jan 14, 2003

Jeremy Heilman

24 50%

Esther Kahn (2001)

"Attempting to determine whether the offstage trauma that she's undergoing is genuine or an extreme form of method acting becomes the film's dramatic crux, and it's more than enough to hold the viewer's attention"

Posted Jan 11, 2003

Jeremy Heilman

25 100%

Khane-ye doust kodjast? (Where is the Friend's Home?) (1987)

"It's only because so many directors have done more with a similar set-up that Where is the Friend's Home? feels somewhat lacking."

Posted Jan 8, 2003

Jeremy Heilman

26 39%

Maid in Manhattan (2002)

"As a romantic comedy it stands out amongst its peers. The critical attacks hurled on it, like those on its star, seem mostly unwarranted."

Posted Jan 8, 2003

Jeremy Heilman

27 94%

Journal d'un curé de campagne (Diary of a Country Priest) (1951)

"Robert Bresson delivers a seemingly simple account of one priest's spiritual challenges in his masterful, moving Diary of a Country Priest."

Posted Jan 4, 2003

Jeremy Heilman

28 100%

Kanal (Canal) (They Loved Life) (1961)

"Despair dominates here and once he gets down and dirty in the sewers, Wajda makes no concessions toward his audience in lessening the severity of his vision, for better or worse."

Posted Jan 4, 2003

Jeremy Heilman

29 68%

Night Falls on Manhattan (1997)

"One of the most unfairly overlooked Hollywood films of recent years, [it] marked a return to form for one of American cinema's great moralists."

Posted Jan 3, 2003

Jeremy Heilman

30 95%

Hero (2004)

"Instead of reinventing this genre, Zhang opts to dazzle his audience with his assemblage of technical and aesthetic wonders."

Posted Dec 26, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

31 91%

Adaptation (2002)

"[Its] failure becomes most obvious in retrospect, when the realization dawns that the most affecting, inventive, and honest moments of the film were those that hewed most closely to the original text."

Posted Dec 18, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

32 17%

Abandon (2002)

"[Its] failure becomes most obvious in retrospect, when the realization dawns that the most affecting, inventive, and honest moments of the film were those that hewed most closely to the original text."

Posted Dec 18, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

33 78%

25th Hour (2003)

"Masterful. It's too damn rare that such an intelligently conceived, tautly executed, politically astute film gets made."

Posted Dec 17, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

34 85%

About Schmidt (2002)

"About Schmidt treads a fine line between glib and profound, between comic and sad, but in doing so shows the audience that it's usually easier to laugh at someone than it is to take a hard look at them."

Posted Dec 17, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

35 100%

Bei qing cheng shi (A City of Sadness) (1989)

"An ambitiously conceived, sometimes frustratingly elliptical family chronicle that shows one family's experience immediately following the Japanese occupation of the nation."

Posted Dec 11, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

36 75%

Secretary (2002)

"Even as the stakes are raised in Secretary's sexual give and take, the movie retains its detached, private mood."

Posted Dec 8, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

37 88%

Roger Dodger (2002)

"It only rarely becomes less than apparent that lurking behind these clever characters there's a cleverer screenwriter, delighting himself as he takes turns setting each of them up for a verbal fall."

Posted Dec 4, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

38 94%

Deliverance (1972)

"The times when Deliverance really comes alive are when the actors shut up and the action takes over, which fortunately happens quite often."

Posted Nov 27, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

39 100%

A Brighter Summer Day (2011)

"A Brighter Summer Day stands as a massive achievement, perhaps the greatest in all of modern Taiwanese cinema."

Posted Nov 25, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

40 88%

Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002)

Posted Nov 24, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

41 87%

The Quiet American (2003)

"Workmanlike where it should be sensual, it fails to capture the romantic obsessions that dominate Greene's work."

Posted Nov 23, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

42 95%

Germania Anno Zero (Germany Year Zero) (1949)

"Even as Germany Year Zero promotes a definite agenda, it remains admirable, because it incorporates politics without sacrificing its technical and storytelling virtues."

Posted Nov 22, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

43 ——

Dongdong de jiaqi (A Summer at Grandpa's) (1984)

"Hou's relative invisibility serves the story, allowing the mood, pretty scenery, and accomplished naturalistic performances to take center stage."

Posted Nov 22, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

44 100%

Counsellor at Law (1933)

"Stupendously entertaining... As a specific, direct adaptation of a better than average play, it could scarcely be more efficient."

Posted Nov 19, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

45 82%

Wish You Were Here (Too Much) (1987)

"At times tremendously funny, but never humorous at the expense of its emotional core, Wish You Were Here is simultaneously nostalgic and in direct opposition to the way that nostalgia tends to coat the past with a layer of sugary sweetness."

Posted Nov 17, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

46 94%

Il Vangelo Secondo Matteo (The Gospel According to St. Matthew) (1964)

"The slightly uncomfortable close-ups that dominate [it] place the audience in a position where they're closer than they might have ever expected to be to the towering Biblical figures that dominate the Passion play."

Posted Nov 17, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

47 48%

Femme Fatale (2002)

"Perhaps more than any film he's made up to this point, [it] is DePalma's most humanistic defense of his body of work, but only a director with his unique obsessions and talents could make a statement of humanism that's so provocative, sexy, and exciting."

Posted Nov 14, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

48 52%

Pecker (1998)

"If the rest of John Waters' Pecker was as funny as its first half-hour is, it might have been one of the all-time greats."

Posted Nov 13, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

49 74%

Fah talai jone (Tears of the Black Tiger) (2007)

"When pastiche is assembled with as much excitement as it is here, it gains distinct energy of its own."

Posted Nov 10, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

50 96%

Gilda (1946)

"Hayworth's presence here is so indomitable that it's almost surprising that Vidor found it necessary to bother putting other actors on the screen at all."

Posted Nov 10, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

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