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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 98%

The Red Shoes (1948)

"The first ninety minutes are really something special."

Posted Mar 13, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

2 88%

RoboCop (1987)

"Somehow the more violence that the director shows, the less real it becomes."

Posted Mar 13, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

3 80%

The Hole (Dong) (The Last Dance) (1998)

"The humor and ennui that Tsai's vision of dystopia evokes is both unique and compelling."

Posted Mar 13, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

4 76%

Moulin Rouge! (2001)

"The film isn't so much a reinvention of the musical genre as a reassertion of it."

Posted Mar 10, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

5 94%

Der Blaue Engel (The Blue Angel) (1930)

"It's a brilliant, vitriolic condemnation of pre-WWII German Conservatism."

Posted Mar 5, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

6 84%

Ni na bian ji dian (What Time Is It Over There?) (2001)

"Tsai convincingly paints a specifically urban sense of disassociation here."

Posted Mar 5, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

7 92%

The Devil's Backbone (El Espinazo del diablo) (2001)

"It seems to want to badly too scare us to make it wholly effective as a political allegory."

Posted Mar 5, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

8 64%

Koroshiya 1 (Ichi the Killer) (2001)

"Much of what we see is horrible but it's also undeniably exceedingly clever."

Posted Mar 5, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

9 65%

Bandits (2001)

"Thornton's brilliant performance justifies a great deal of the pap on display."

Posted Mar 5, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

10 95%

The Long Good Friday (1982)

"Hoskins sometimes manages to elevate the picture's generally diffuse drama to Shakespearean levels."

Posted Mar 5, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

11 82%

Ocean's Eleven (2001)

"Ocean's Eleven seems as if it coasting by on reputation alone."

Posted Mar 5, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

12 86%

36 Fillette (1987)

"By not making judgments on the characters it endows the audience with the greatest understanding of the situation."

Posted Mar 5, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

13 64%

Winter Guest (1997)

"The film's modest goals are met, and the austere technical aspects of the production further preserve the film's reserve."

Posted Mar 5, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

14 53%

Storytelling (2002)

"I am more offended by his lack of faith in his audience than by anything on display here."

Posted Mar 5, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

15 75%

Quills (2000)

"This simplicity in its anti-censorship message keep it from achieving the greatness that it strives for."

Posted Mar 5, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

16 96%

Theater of Blood (Theatre of Blood) (Much Ado About Murder) (1973)

"It has the distinction of being perhaps the most critic-proof film ever created."

Posted Mar 5, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

17 95%

Family Plot (1976)

"Once you tap into the film's gentle satire of its characters and genre, its strengths become apparent."

Posted Mar 5, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

18 57%

Twice-Told Tales (The Corpse-Makers) (Nights of Terror) (1963)

"Twice-Told Tales manages to retain a great deal of the literate feel of Hawthorne's work."

Posted Mar 5, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

19 58%

Birthday Girl (2002)

"It leaves little doubt that Kidman has become one of our best actors."

Posted Mar 5, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

20 49%

Trouble Every Day (Gargoyle) (2001)

"Ultimately, the message of Trouble Every Day seems to be that all sexual desire disrupts life's stasis."

Posted Mar 5, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

21 86%

Conspirators of Pleasure (1997)

"The film's handmade look fits the material, since it's about desires too personal to be mass-produced."

Posted Mar 5, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

22 14%

Thirteen Ghosts (13 Ghosts) (2001)

"A high-budget spectacle of garish overkill."

Posted Mar 5, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

23 59%

Kikujiro (2000)

"Kikujiro, like the childhood games that its characters play, offers a temporary distraction from the disappointments of reality."

Posted Mar 5, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

24 14%

The One (2001)

"Li kicks a good amount of ass in the film, but he's certainly no Oscar contender."

Posted Mar 5, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

25 100%

Stalker (1979)

"More obviously a metaphorical construct than Tarkovsky's Solaris, and as a result, a bit less emotionally satisfying."

Posted Mar 5, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

26 62%

The Newton Boys (1998)

"Linklater's genuine regard for his characters and fidelity to his setting are his strongest directorial traits."

Posted Mar 5, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

27 81%

Shadow of the Vampire (2000)

"It's way too disjointed to really say what the intent of the endeavor really was."

Posted Mar 5, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

28 96%

Yi Yi (2000)

Posted Mar 5, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

29 90%

In the Mood for Love (2001)

"Like Chabrol's La Ceromonie, it escalates everyday tensions until they became much more realized and pointed feelings."

Posted Mar 5, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

30 90%

Flowers of Shanghai (Hai shang hua) (1998)

"It probably isn't Hou's best film, but perhaps it is his prettiest."

Posted Mar 5, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

31 68%

Unbreakable (2000)

"Awful... an insult to my intelligence."

Posted Mar 5, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

32 88%

Ohayo (Good Morning) (1959)

"This is a much more complex, ambiguous, and challenging film that most reduce it to."

Posted Mar 5, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

33 77%

The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976)

"Even though this feels relatively streamlined by Cassavetes' standards, I thought it was eminently watchable, if not exceptionally profound."

Posted Mar 5, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

34 89%

The Book of Life (1998)

"Hartley always underplays things, even when the world's about to end."

Posted Mar 5, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

35 51%

In Praise Of Love (Éloge de l'amour) (2002)

"His work transcends the boy-meets-girl posturing of typical love stories."

Posted Mar 5, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

36 58%

The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)

"This film seems to be the key to understanding the Coen's work as a whole."

Posted Mar 5, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

37 87%

Gandhi (1982)

"It's really not nearly as bad as I feared it might be."

Posted Mar 5, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

38 65%

Bread and Roses (2001)

"It doesn't really succeed in illustrating the workers' plights in a way that is ultimately sympathetic."

Posted Mar 5, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

39 80%

The Business of Strangers (2001)

"It's such a tag-team of acting goodness that it's a shame it's not a better film."

Posted Mar 5, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

40 85%

Billy Elliot (2000)

Posted Mar 5, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

41 57%

From Hell (2001)

"Nearly everything in the film manages to be simultaneously boring and overwrought."

Posted Mar 5, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

42 92%

Amores Perros (2001)

"The stories never come together in a way that really enlightens, but that's not to say the film is anything less than entertaining."

Posted Mar 5, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

43 89%

Ginger Snaps (2001)

"Ginger Snaps starts out so well that its terrible last half hour feels insulting."

Posted Mar 5, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

44 95%

You Can Count On Me (2000)

"It compares poorly to stuff like Five Easy Pieces."

Posted Mar 5, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

45 76%

The Virgin Suicides (2000)

"The film coalesces into a truly transporting experience."

Posted Mar 5, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

46 97%

Les Enfants du Paradis (Children of Paradise) (1945)

"Carne's backstage backdrop has clearly set the standard for most theater-bound films."

Posted Mar 5, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

47 98%

The Evil Dead (1981)

"A testament to the power that low budget films still have to disturb us."

Posted Mar 5, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

48 100%

Day of Wrath (2008)

"Day of Wrath is probably the simplest of the Dreyer films that I've seen, but it is still a great work."

Posted Mar 5, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

49 92%

Choose Me (1984)

"Its mixture of intelligence and sentiment hasn't dated at all."

Posted Mar 5, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

50 91%

The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)

"It's hugely entertaining and exceptionally involving."

Posted Mar 5, 2002

Jeremy Heilman

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