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Decent Films Guide

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 ——

Joseph - King of Dreams (2000)

"Once one stops making unfair comparisons to a theatrical film made on a much bigger budget, Joseph: King of Dreams is worthwhile on its own more modest terms."

Posted May 8, 2002

Steven D. Greydanus

2 53%

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

"By the time that you read this short essay of ours / The Grinch will have made ten squintillion more dollars!"

Posted May 8, 2002

Steven D. Greydanus

3 76%

Gladiator (2000)

"All the pieces are in place, but somehow they just don’t come together."

Posted May 8, 2002

Steven D. Greydanus

4 70%

Frequency (2000)

"Touches upon the profound human longing to escape the constraints of time, to see the wrongs and mistakes of the past somehow set right, redeemed."

Posted May 8, 2002

Steven D. Greydanus

5 25%

The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas (2000)

"What’s with the film’s odd preoccupation with such adult themes as class, money, and sex?"

Posted May 8, 2002

Steven D. Greydanus

6 53%

The Family Man (2000)

"If it were only predictable, syrupy, and overlong, The Family Man might still be worth watching for the appealing performances from Leoni and Cage."

Posted May 8, 2002

Steven D. Greydanus

7 84%

Erin Brockovich (2000)

"Erin is far and away her own worst enemy — and a good thing too, because she needed at least one."

Posted May 8, 2002

Steven D. Greydanus

8 96%

The Dish (2001)

"In 1969, when the world watched as man went the moon, America needed help from Australia to see it. Today, the Aussies are coming to our aid again."

Posted May 8, 2002

Steven D. Greydanus

9 97%

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2001)

"A firebrand of a movie, bold, dramatic, and haunting."

Posted May 8, 2002

Steven D. Greydanus

10 97%

Chicken Run (2000)

"May not maintain quite the same frantic level of invention as the Wallace and Gromit shorts, but it has more heart."

Posted May 8, 2002

Steven D. Greydanus

11 45%

The Cell (2000)

"Gives imaginative and visual shape to as it were the very soul of misogynism, perversion, depravity, sadism, and the supreme nihilism and egotism of the damned."

Posted May 8, 2002

Steven D. Greydanus

12 90%

Cast Away (2000)

"Chuck has flashes of ingenuity that filled me with the thrill of discovery and invention, and stretches of failure that I felt just as acutely."

Posted May 8, 2002

Steven D. Greydanus

13 95%

Best in Show (2000)

"What a pity that with such funny material, Guest and company found it necessary to rely so heavily on sex as a supplementary source of comedy."

Posted May 8, 2002

Steven D. Greydanus

14 3%

Battlefield Earth (2000)

"No, it doesn’t rise to the appalling heights of awfulness of such legendary mega-bombs as Ishtar or Burn Hollywood Burn. It hasn’t the wit."

Posted May 8, 2002

Steven D. Greydanus

15 96%

The Straight Story (1999)

"Lynch has no intention of trying to “explain” what makes Alvin tick or of understanding him in any reductionistic way; of reducing a man to a motivation."

Posted May 8, 2002

Steven D. Greydanus

16 56%

Mumford (1999)

"A film without conviction, about a town full of people with problems without depth, aided by a guru without soul."

Posted May 8, 2002

Steven D. Greydanus

17 80%

The Green Mile (1999)

"Those whose lives Coffey touches may find relief from physical ailments, but they seem no freer, more hopeful, or nobler for the experience."

Posted May 8, 2002

Steven D. Greydanus

18 89%

Galaxy Quest (1999)

"Meet the Thermians: the biggest science-fiction nerds of all time."

Posted May 8, 2002

Steven D. Greydanus

19 67%

The End of the Affair (1999)

"Can anyone fail to recognize this as a fundamental betrayal of the author’s creative vision?"

Posted May 8, 2002

Steven D. Greydanus

20 67%

Dogma (1999)

"Smith isn’t content merely to promote his own generic “faith”; he has to tell us, again and again, what’s wrong with orthodox Catholic belief."

Posted May 8, 2002

Steven D. Greydanus

21 93%

Being John Malkovich (1999)

"Gender and relationships shift and merge and re-form like blobs of goo in a lava lamp… a profoundly anti-human fantasy."

Posted May 8, 2002

Steven D. Greydanus

22 60%

Rush Hour (1998)

"Eventually, of course, Lee and Carter must learn to work together, respecting one other’s methods and abilities, blah blah blah."

Posted May 8, 2002

Steven D. Greydanus

23 79%

The Prince of Egypt (1998)

"A genuinely great work of art that is also an inspiring and theologically significant narrative."

Posted May 8, 2002

Steven D. Greydanus

24 86%

Pleasantville (1998)

"For a movie that makes such a big deal about color, Pleasantville is awfully black and white."

Posted May 8, 2002

Steven D. Greydanus

25 62%

Babe: Pig in the City (1998)

"Would anyone go for a sequel to The Wizard of Oz that catapulted Dorothy and Toto into the world of Once Were Warriors or Escape From New York?"

Posted May 8, 2002

Steven D. Greydanus

26 39%

Armageddon (1998)

"Yes, in this film the honors-science students are obliged to sit back and watch as the shop class saves the world."

Posted May 8, 2002

Steven D. Greydanus

27 97%

Babe (1995)

"Unlike subsequent talking-animal pictures, Babe is a movie in which the human leads matter as much as the animals, or more so."

Posted May 8, 2002

Steven D. Greydanus

28 71%

The Ref (1994)

"The Ref has a soft heart of domesticity underneath its superficially heartless humor."

Posted May 8, 2002

Steven D. Greydanus

29 90%

Iron Monkey (2001)

"The joy of watching this kind of stuff lies in the choreographical invention and creativity [and] the speed and dexterity of the combatants."

Posted May 8, 2002

Steven D. Greydanus

30 94%

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

"Despite the macabre humor, there’s something touchingly innocent about Halloweentown."

Posted May 8, 2002

Steven D. Greydanus

31 94%

The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

"Lecter fascinates us because he embodies qualities that we associate with civilized, reasonable existence, yet he is murderously sociopathic."

Posted May 8, 2002

Steven D. Greydanus

32 75%

Romero (1989)

"Where Romero excels as a film is in its depiction of its subject’s gradual transformation."

Posted May 8, 2002

Steven D. Greydanus

33 92%

Die Hard (1988)

"For an evening of edge-of-your-seat entertainment, you’d be hard pressed to do much better."

Posted May 8, 2002

Steven D. Greydanus

34 84%

The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)

"Cross a certain line, and message overwhelms medium, substance overwhelms style, what you have to say drowns out how you might be saying it."

Posted May 8, 2002

Steven D. Greydanus

35 96%

Babettes Gæstebud (Babette's Feast) (1987)

"A quiet celebration of the divine grace that meets us at every turn, and even redeems our ways not taken, our sacrifices and losses."

Posted May 8, 2002

Steven D. Greydanus

36 98%

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

"Like Peter Pan, who also took children flying until it was time for them to grow up, E.T. represents the wonder of childhood, of a time that we must all leave behind."

Posted May 8, 2002

Steven D. Greydanus

37 76%

Silverado (1985)

"By the time the credits roll, we’ve had a whirlwind tour of virtually everything you can do in a Western."

Posted May 8, 2002

Steven D. Greydanus

38 76%

Becket (1964)

"Peter O'Toole roars magnificently both in laughter and in rage; his Henry sees the world in two great categories: (a) things he wants, and (b) obstacles to getting them."

Posted May 8, 2002

Steven D. Greydanus

39 100%

Lilies of the Field (1963)

"Despite the divergence in faith and culture, a tolerant ecumenical respect characterizes the relationship between Smith and the sisters."

Posted May 8, 2002

Steven D. Greydanus

40 ——

Father Brown (The Detective) (1954)

"What's become here of Fr. Brown's self-effacing humanism?"

Posted May 8, 2002

Steven D. Greydanus

41 100%

Singin' in the Rain (1952)

"People who say they don’t like musicals should watch Singin’ in the Rain, and find out how sweet eating one’s words can be."

Posted May 8, 2002

Steven D. Greydanus

42 ——

Come to the Stable (1949)

"Sweet, pious entertainment of a sort that “they don't make like that anymore.”"

Posted May 8, 2002

Steven D. Greydanus

43 ——

Monsieur Vincent (1947)

"Maurice Cloche's beautifully crafted, award-winning biopic of St. Vincent de Paul celebrates the saint's single-minded devotion to the poor."

Posted May 8, 2002

Steven D. Greydanus

44 96%

Fantasia (1940)

"A joyous experiment in pure animation, an ambitious work of imaginative power, a showcase of cutting-edge technique, and a celebration of great music."

Posted May 8, 2002

Steven D. Greydanus

45 99%

The Wizard of Oz (1939)

"Ranks among our earliest and most defining experiences of wonder and of fear, of fairy-tale joys and terrors, of the lure of the exotic and the comfort of home."

Posted May 8, 2002

Steven D. Greydanus

46 100%

Angels with Dirty Faces (1938)

"Rocky Sullivan is riveting. His movements are quick and vital, his speech like machine-gun fire, his demeanor sharp and confident. He is all attitude and style."

Posted May 8, 2002

Steven D. Greydanus

47 100%

Modern Times (1936)

"A worthy last hurrah for an immortal character, for a great body of work, and for a whole era of cinema."

Posted May 7, 2002

Steven D. Greydanus

48 88%

American Beauty (1999)

"There is beauty to which this movie is stone cold blind: beauty it tramples on as ignorantly as Buddy Kane or Col. Fitts."

Posted May 7, 2002

Steven D. Greydanus

49 92%

Saving Private Ryan (1998)

"The remaining battle scenes are riveting, and in war as nowhere else difficult choices can have shattering consequences."

Posted Jul 24, 1998

Steven D. Greydanus

50 67%

Gulliver's Travels (1939)

Posted Dec 22, 1939

Steven D. Greydanus

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