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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 71%

The Company (2003)

"A too-rare example of the star-driven Hollywood system creating a project driven by artistry instead of ego, The Company is Robert Altman's best work in a decade."

Posted Sep 16, 2003

Jeremy Heilman

2 40%

Anything Else (2003)

"Anything Else is easily one of the funniest movies of the year."

Posted Sep 16, 2003

Jeremy Heilman

3 89%

Memories of Murder (Salinui chueok) (2003)

"Memories of Murder offers a ruminative and affecting approach to a genre not known for its emotional content."

Posted Sep 16, 2003

Jeremy Heilman

4 14%

In The City (En la ciudad) (2003)

"So blandly targeted at the upper-middle class urbanite that it always fails to excite. It might be upscale, but it's a bit stale."

Posted Sep 16, 2003

Jeremy Heilman

5 58%

Cypher (2002)

"I liked it during the scenes when something "cool" was being revealed on screen, but the moment that "cool" ended, my interest waned."

Posted Sep 16, 2003

Jeremy Heilman

6 80%

21 Grams (2003)

"The presence of God's (or the director's) grand scheme is so apparent that it undermines the movie's time spent grappling with faith."

Posted Sep 16, 2003

Jeremy Heilman

7 43%

The Rules of Attraction (2002)

"The opening moments culminate with a drunken date rape during which the rapist vomits on the back of his victim. It doesn't really improve from there."

Posted Sep 7, 2003

Jeremy Heilman

8 52%

Bodies, Rest & Motion (1993)

"A generally winning romantic comedy possessing an unusual degree of self-importance, Bodies, Rest and Motion works primarily because of its likable cast."

Posted Sep 7, 2003

Jeremy Heilman

9 75%

Cremaster 1 (1996)

"A fascinating forty-odd minute long look in, above, under, and around a complex visual metaphor."

Posted Sep 5, 2003

Jeremy Heilman

10 95%

Lost In Translation (2003)

"Attractive and pleasant as it is, there's no escaping the impression that it feels like an overly hip exercise in soul-searching for those who thought American Beauty really did "look closer" at life."

Posted Sep 1, 2003

Jeremy Heilman

11 82%

Charlotte Sometimes (2003)

"It features plenty of hushed moments that suggest the presence of nuances that never really emerge from its murky tone."

Posted Aug 27, 2003

Jeremy Heilman

12 79%

Open Range (2003)

"Kevin Costner's return to the western genre is a classicist revenge drama that takes its time in becoming one and is richer as a result."

Posted Aug 27, 2003

Jeremy Heilman

13 37%

Le Divorce (2003)

"It isn't very ambitious but it's pleasant in both its poise and reserve."

Posted Aug 24, 2003

Jeremy Heilman

14 77%

Seabiscuit (2003)

"There's no escaping the fact while watching it that we're essentially watching the story of an icon founded out of PR hype."

Posted Aug 24, 2003

Jeremy Heilman

15 6%

Gigli (2003)

"Because of its humble proficiency, seriousness of intent and sexual adventurousness, it's become the unfortunate pariah of a film culture that expects Hollywood to turn out only gee-whiz showiness and superficial plays at emotion."

Posted Aug 11, 2003

Jeremy Heilman

16 100%

Go West (1925)

"Buster Keaton's Go West doesn't quite compare to his best films but is an admirable stab at the funny bone nonetheless."

Posted Aug 10, 2003

Jeremy Heilman

17 100%

You Only Live Once (1937)

"It stands as a clear precursor for such revered love-on-the-run films as Bonnie and Clyde, Badlands and They Live By Night, but is perhaps better than any of them."

Posted Aug 5, 2003

Jeremy Heilman

18 91%

Orphans of the Storm (1921)

"[T]he sheer amount of realized ambition on display in it makes it a sight to behold."

Posted Aug 5, 2003

Jeremy Heilman

19 45%

Spy Kids 3-D - Game Over (2003)

"Though Rodriguez's seeming one-man operation is somewhat impressive in concept, the results are decidedly inferior to most action/adventure fare."

Posted Aug 3, 2003

Jeremy Heilman

20 23%

Bad Boys II (2003)

"Even though I occasionally admired the film's hallucinogenic grandeur and bold scope, the majority of Bad Boys II feels like a bad trip."

Posted Jul 27, 2003

Jeremy Heilman

21 67%

Nouvelle vague (New Wave) (1990)

"The challenging experience of watching it is key to understanding what it has to offer."

Posted Jul 22, 2003

Jeremy Heilman

22 100%

Vengeance Is Mine (1979)

"Quite literally, Imamura has created here a protagonist that's impossible to put easily to rest, and the ramifications of his examination reflect upon us all by showing how much we're willing to ignore to achieve piece of mind."

Posted Jul 16, 2003

Jeremy Heilman

23 44%

Charlie's Angels - Full Throttle (2003)

"A startling/shining example of Hollywood's ability to absorb everything, including anti-Hollywood sentiment, and regurgitate it as something sexier, flashier, more fun, and less filling."

Posted Jul 13, 2003

Jeremy Heilman

24 ——

H-Story ()

Posted Jul 4, 2003

Jeremy Heilman

25 ——

MARTHA...MARTHA (2001)

Posted Jul 4, 2003

Jeremy Heilman

26 ——

The Act of Seeing with One's Own Eyes (1971)

"In adding a literal deconstruction of man to the metaphorical one that graces so many works of art, Brakhage has created with Act the ultimate horror film, for better or worse."

Posted Jul 3, 2003

Jeremy Heilman

27 ——

Eye Myth ()

"Because of Brakhage's refusal to dictate meaning and his willingness to challenge the ways we perceive, the more you put into Eye Myth, the more it has to give you."

Posted Jun 25, 2003

Jeremy Heilman

28 ——

Don's Plum (2001)

Posted Jun 18, 2003

Jeremy Heilman

29 96%

Winged Migration (Le Peuple Migrateur) (2003)

"Winged Migration gives an almost unprecedented look at our flying friends."

Posted Jun 9, 2003

Jeremy Heilman

30 100%

Sebastiane (1976)

"[It] treads an almost imperceptible line between using devout fidelity to ratify its source and using rampant infidelity to undermine it."

Posted Jun 4, 2003

Jeremy Heilman

31 100%

L'Enfer (1994)

"Even if it is too much a stripped down genre piece to reach dizzying heights, L'Enfer does an admirable job of exploring the depths of one disturbed man's psyche."

Posted Jun 4, 2003

Jeremy Heilman

32 90%

Whale Rider (2003)

"[It] tries for a somber tone that it can't maintain, partly because the cute protagonist conveys no gravity and partly because it's too frequently going for laughs or stupid melodramatic crises."

Posted Jun 2, 2003

Jeremy Heilman

33 41%

Wrong Turn (2003)

"[It] is better than the average entry in the subgenre because it eschews exposition in favor of thrills."

Posted Jun 1, 2003

Jeremy Heilman

34 97%

Capturing the Friedmans (2003)

"A document that, much like the denial-stricken members of the Friedman clan, seems to have become so clouded by bias that it refuses to look for the truths in front of it."

Posted Jun 1, 2003

Jeremy Heilman

35 90%

The Trouble With Harry (1955)

"Despite the artifice, or perhaps partly because of it, the film manages to be enjoyable."

Posted May 29, 2003

Jeremy Heilman

36 0%

Killing Me Softly (2003)

"Though its rather routine script is loaded with familiar situations, the movie has a cinematic fluidity and sense of intelligence that makes it work more than it probably should."

Posted May 28, 2003

Jeremy Heilman

37 86%

Aileen - Life and Death of a Serial Killer (2003)

"Broomfield frequently seems as willing as his subject to indulge in conspiracy theories and there often exists the queasy hunch that his interest in her feeds her sickness."

Posted May 21, 2003

Jeremy Heilman

38 96%

Dead of Night (1945)

"Though quite obviously possessing both structure and content that has been influential to its genre, there's something about [it]that keeps it from rising very far above its legions of imitators"

Posted May 20, 2003

Jeremy Heilman

39 ——

Gaichu (Harmful Insect) (2001)

Posted May 20, 2003

Jeremy Heilman

40 ——

Black Cadillac (2003)

Posted May 16, 2003

Jeremy Heilman

41 ——

La virgen de la lujuria (The Virgin of Lust) (2002)

"[At times] almost stage bound, but perhaps that's because it's better than most homage at being faithful to the material that inspired it."

Posted May 14, 2003

Jeremy Heilman

42 87%

28 Days Later (2003)

"Apparently the legacy of the Blair Witch phenomenon is the belief in filmmakers that visuals aren't important and incoherency is scarier than anything viewers can actually comprehend."

Posted May 9, 2003

Jeremy Heilman

43 ——

Otogiriso (St. John's Wort) (2001)

Posted Apr 25, 2003

Jeremy Heilman

44 86%

Cinemania (2002)

"An enjoyable look at the almost frightening grip that cinephilia has on these people's lives."

Posted Apr 18, 2003

Jeremy Heilman

45 83%

Mikey and Nicky (1976)

"Mikey and Nicky finds two of the most inventive American actors of their generation riffing off of each other to provide a relatively thorough series of observations about the difficulties of male friendship."

Posted Apr 15, 2003

Jeremy Heilman

46 29%

The Hunted (2003)

"Unlike most action movies, when the characters bleed, sweat, and scar, one can't help but notice. There's an emphasis on the physicality of the actors here that elevates some of the scenes above the film's generally uninspiring intentions."

Posted Apr 12, 2003

Jeremy Heilman

47 77%

Cremaster 2 (1999)

"Easily the most plot-driven in all of Matthew Barney's Cremaster cycle, Cremaster 2 still conveys the thematic obsessions that drive the series, and stands as one of its most accessible entries."

Posted Apr 11, 2003

Jeremy Heilman

48 57%

55 Days at Peking (1963)

"A jingoistic cartoon."

Posted Apr 7, 2003

Jeremy Heilman

49 14%

Crossroads (2002)

Posted Apr 7, 2003

Jeremy Heilman

50 56%

Velvet Goldmine (1998)

"Working slightly against it, it's got an elliptical approach that's initially emotionally disorienting, a plot structure that's been a bit too audaciously borrowed from Citizen Kane, of all things, and a rather vacant performance at [its]center."

Posted Apr 2, 2003

Jeremy Heilman

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