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Decent Films Guide

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 100%

Holiday (1938)

"Why is The Philadelphia Story so well known, while the equally unforgettable Holiday, from the same director, writers, and leads, suffers comparative neglect?"

Posted Mar 2, 2004

Steven D. Greydanus

2 97%

Microcosmos: Le peuple de l'herbe (Microcosmos) (1996)

"Astonishingly up-close and personal look at an infinitesimal world as alien as anything captured by the Mars rovers… a world of strange fascination and unexpected beauty."

Posted Mar 2, 2004

Steven D. Greydanus

3 96%

The Court Jester (1956)

"See Errol Flynn in Robin Hood — and then see Kaye in Court Jester. The former is the ultimate swashbuckler; the latter the ultimate swashbuckler spoof."

Posted Mar 2, 2004

Steven D. Greydanus

4 94%

The Ox-Bow Incident (1943)

"In contrast to the familiar Western device of the hero obliged to take the law into his own hands… a grim, messy cautionary tale about vigilante justice and mob rule."

Posted Mar 2, 2004

Steven D. Greydanus

5 88%

Heaven Knows Mr. Allison (1957)

"As with Huston's The African Queen, there is conflict mixed with romantic tension… Here, though, the complicating factor is not fastidiousness, but vocation."

Posted Mar 2, 2004

Steven D. Greydanus

6 98%

Spellbound (2002)

"A tribute to old-fashioned virtues of hard work, education, competition — and good spelling in a spellchecker age."

Posted Mar 2, 2004

Steven D. Greydanus

7 49%

The Passion of the Christ (2004)

"A preeminently important cinematic expression of faith — probably one of the most important religious films of all time."

Posted Feb 20, 2004

Steven D. Greydanus

8 100%

The Navigator (1924)

"Isn't as sophisticated and satisfying as [Keaton's] best (e.g., The General), but still brilliant slapstick comedy, with a rousing third act and a slam-bang climax."

Posted Feb 8, 2004

Steven D. Greydanus

9 83%

Star Trek VI - The Undiscovered Country (1991)

"A rousing sendoff for Kirk, Spock, and Bones, and a fitting transition from the original series' Cold-War milieu to the Next-Generation age of engagement."

Posted Feb 8, 2004

Steven D. Greydanus

10 80%

Miracle (2004)

"An accessible, meticulous, rousing tribute to the legendary game that should both please mainstream audiences and hold up to aficionado scrutiny."

Posted Feb 8, 2004

Steven D. Greydanus

11 50%

The Lord of the Rings (1978)

"At its best, Bakshi's visualization of Tolkien's world can be startlingly effective… Tolkien fans will appreciate what Bakshi managed to get right."

Posted Jan 30, 2004

Steven D. Greydanus

12 67%

The Return of the King (1980)

"Works even less well than The Hobbit, which really is a children's story… overbearing folk-ballad soundtrack doesn't even gesture lyrically to Tolkien's poetry."

Posted Jan 30, 2004

Steven D. Greydanus

13 67%

The Hobbit (1978)

"Rankin-Bass bring their typically serviceable animation, strong voicework, and corny folk ballads to The Hobbit… worthwhile for kids and not too bad for parents."

Posted Jan 30, 2004

Steven D. Greydanus

14 100%

Platinum Blonde (1931)

"Early Capra screwball comedy… appealing to Depression audiences both as escapist entertainment and as satire of the idle rich and celebration of the hardworking poor."

Posted Jan 30, 2004

Steven D. Greydanus

15 77%

Father Goose (1964)

"Grant cheerfully plays against a lifetime of typecasting in this modestly entertaining romantic comedy… sparks of more than one sort fly between [Grant] and [Caron]."

Posted Jan 30, 2004

Steven D. Greydanus

16 89%

Russian Ark (2002)

"Awash in nostalgia and dreamlike passiveness, reflecting the lack of a clear way forward for contemporary Russia."

Posted Jan 30, 2004

Steven D. Greydanus

17 64%

Support Your Local Sheriff (1969)

"Garner brings a variation on his 'Maverick' persona to this classic satirical Western... does for Westerns what The Princess Bride did for fairy-tale fantasy."

Posted Jan 30, 2004

Steven D. Greydanus

18 95%

Oklahoma! (1955)

"Changed the face of the musical… After The Sound of Music, it's the best-loved Rogers & Hammerstein film adaptation, deservedly so."

Posted Jan 30, 2004

Steven D. Greydanus

19 71%

Piglet's Big Movie (2003)

"Pooh finally returns to his roots… a heartwarmingly gentle tribute to Milne that's appropriate for even the youngest viewers."

Posted Jan 30, 2004

Steven D. Greydanus

20 38%

One Man's Hero (1999)

"An earnest, flawed film for thoughtful, critical viewing."

Posted Jan 30, 2004

Steven D. Greydanus

21 77%

Big Fish (2003)

"Celebrates the whimsical spirit and imagination of a man whose only mode of relating to other people seems to be as props in the mythic narrative of his life."

Posted Jan 9, 2004

Steven D. Greydanus

22 ——

Wonderworks - The Chronicles of Narnia - Boxed Set ()

"Respectful, straightforward visualizations of the text of the books… earlier episodes especially [are] limited by modest production values… improves as it goes on."

Posted Dec 26, 2003

Steven D. Greydanus

23 ——

Wonderworks - The Chronicles of Narnia V. 3 - The Silver Chair (1991)

"The most mature, complete, and satisfyingly realized of all the four adapted works. Following the books, it's also darker and grimmer than its predecessors…"

Posted Dec 26, 2003

Steven D. Greydanus

24 ——

Wonderworks - The Chronicles of Narnia V. 2 - Prince Caspian and the Voyage of the Dawn Trader (1991)

"Combines two stories awkwardly blended into a single tale… with Dawn Treader, one of the best loved Narnian tales, the filmmakers finally hit their stride."

Posted Dec 26, 2003

Steven D. Greydanus

25 ——

Chronicles of Narnia - The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (TV SHOW) ()

"Among the most spiritually significant of Lewis's tales… Unfortunately, the BBC's first stab at Narnia is also the most limited and flawed."

Posted Dec 26, 2003

Steven D. Greydanus

26 100%

Top Hat (1935)

"The quintessential Fred-and-Ginger vehicle… typically escapist Depression-era fare… [but] whenever Fred and Ginger are in motion, the magic is timeless."

Posted Dec 26, 2003

Steven D. Greydanus

27 96%

Winged Migration (Le Peuple Migrateur) (2003)

"In the tradition of the also nearly wordless Atlantis and Microcosmos… educational voiceover narration is superfluous: It's enough simply to see."

Posted Dec 26, 2003

Steven D. Greydanus

28 100%

Holiday Inn (1942)

"True to type, Crosby plays nice and Astaire shallow… The story writes itself, careful never to get in the way of big production numbers for every holiday on the calendar."

Posted Dec 26, 2003

Steven D. Greydanus

29 94%

It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

"Often remembered as sentimental holiday-themed 'Capra-corn'... but in fact leavened by darker themes and a more rigorous moral about self-sacrifice."

Posted Dec 26, 2003

Steven D. Greydanus

30 88%

A Christmas Story (1983)

"With much affectionate humor, A Christmas Story recalls vividly what it was like to be a kid at Christmas in a more innocent era."

Posted Dec 26, 2003

Steven D. Greydanus

31 75%

Peter Pan (1953)

"While it's neither the best retelling of Barrie's nursery tale or nor the best Disney cartoon of the era, it is, fortunately, a decent enough example of both."

Posted Dec 26, 2003

Steven D. Greydanus

32 100%

Peter Pan (1924)

"One of the best silent films for the whole family, this magical production of Peter Pan is true to both letter and spirit of Barrie's nursery tale."

Posted Dec 26, 2003

Steven D. Greydanus

33 ——

Peter Pan (1999)

"It may seem heresy to baby boomers with fond memories of Mary Martin… but this beautifully produced A&E restaging… eclipses the [Martin version] in almost every way."

Posted Dec 26, 2003

Steven D. Greydanus

34 77%

Peter Pan (2003)

"As much a commentary on Peter Pan as an adaptation... an interesting if flawed tribute to all that is 'gay and innocent and heartless' in Barrie's enduring story."

Posted Dec 25, 2003

Steven D. Greydanus

35 94%

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

"It's hard to overstate the soaring achievement of Peter Jackson and company... this film, and this trilogy, is a gift to be treasured."

Posted Dec 8, 2003

Steven D. Greydanus

36 88%

Ohayo (Good Morning) (1959)

"Ozu's delicate, wry comedy of manners takes a sympathetic but not uncritical look at life and etiquette in a small 1950s Japanese village community."

Posted Nov 28, 2003

Steven D. Greydanus

37 46%

I.Q. (1994)

"Has been done to death, but there's something endearingly goofy about throwing Einstein, of all people, into the mix that breathes new life into the formula."

Posted Nov 28, 2003

Steven D. Greydanus

38 58%

The Missing (2003)

"Where The Searchers challenged assumptions and attitudes still current in 1956, Howard's film embraces, if not panders to, politically correct current attitudes…"

Posted Nov 28, 2003

Steven D. Greydanus

39 10%

Dr. Seuss - The Cat in the Hat (2003)

"What's next? Will the Sneetches get wild and crazy? / Will the Lorax get jiggy with Daisy-Head Mayzie?"

Posted Nov 21, 2003

Steven D. Greydanus

40 100%

My Man Godfrey (1936)

"The ultimate Depression-era satire of the idle rich and tribute to the noble poor. This popular theme was never more devastatingly realized than in this opening sequence…"

Posted Nov 17, 2003

Steven D. Greydanus

41 86%

Say Amen, Somebody (1982)

"Engaging, gospel-infused tribute to the black men and women who first began combining the heart and soul of Negro spirituals with the infectious rhythms of jazz and blues."

Posted Nov 17, 2003

Steven D. Greydanus

42 100%

The Incredible Adventures of Wallace & Gromit (2001)

"Little masterpieces… Park lovingly evokes whole genres and cinematic conventions through attention to every element of the moviemaking process…"

Posted Nov 17, 2003

Steven D. Greydanus

43 38%

Brother Bear (2003)

"Disney animation's attempts to recover from the collapse of its renaissance have come to an end not with a bang, or even a growl, but with a whimper."

Posted Nov 17, 2003

Steven D. Greydanus

44 85%

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)

"A film that spurns condescension and pandering, made with the novels' own flawless authenticity… characters who talk and argue like grown-ups and like men of their time."

Posted Nov 14, 2003

Steven D. Greydanus

45 99%

Finding Nemo (2003)

"The best father-son story in all of Hollywood animation, and maybe animation generally...exploits the potential of computer animation like no film before it and few films after it."

Posted Nov 7, 2003

Steven D. Greydanus

46 95%

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

"Classic action set pieces, Harrison Ford at his swashbuckling best, Old Testament spirituality, and a satiric jab at Nazi anti-Semitism."

Posted Nov 7, 2003

Steven D. Greydanus

47 92%

Duck Soup (1933)

"As absurdly nonsensical as comedy can be and still be about something."

Posted Nov 7, 2003

Steven D. Greydanus

48 36%

The Matrix Revolutions (2003)

"Neo's messianic abilities, the war against the machines, the freeing of mankind, the irrelevant characters — practically nothing pays off in a satisfying way."

Posted Nov 7, 2003

Steven D. Greydanus

49 92%

The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977)

"What a peculiar genius was A.A. Milne… Milne's distinctive voice retains its quality in with a clarity and integrity exceeding that of any other author Disney adapted."

Posted Nov 3, 2003

Steven D. Greydanus

50 91%

Sleeping Beauty (1959)

"Disney's last great fairy tale adaptation for more than thirty years, until Beauty and the Beast… a worthy successor to Snow White and Pinocchio."

Posted Nov 3, 2003

Steven D. Greydanus

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