Tim Dirks

Tim Dirks
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
AMC's Filmsite - also known as Greatest Films (http://www.filmsite.org/) is a unique website containing lengthy, interpretive, and descriptive review commentary and background history on hundreds of the best Hollywood and American classic films in the last century. It initiated the recent trend to select 100 Landmark Movies in the history of American/Hollywood cinema that are the milestones of our cinematic past, and the site has been recognized by Wikipedia as "an introduction to cinema literacy." The site was established by critic Tim Dirks in 1996, and is now owned by AMC Networks (but still managed and edited by Senior Editor and Film Historian Dirks). It has over 3,000 web pages, and has provided a valuable curriculum resource for film studies courses (high school, undergraduate and graduate) throughout the country and world, and accolades from Roger Ebert and other noted writers and critics. The site includes comprehensive reference material including film reviews, Academy Awards history, film genres, film terms, film history by decade, trivia, and lots of information on the 'best' films, stars, scenes/moments, quotes, posters, and much more.
Favorites:
There are no personal favorites, although the site has selected for commentary cinema's most critically-acclaimed, significant
Publications: AMC Filmsite
Location: California
Official Websites: filmsite.org/allfilms.html

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
A+ 90% A Face in the Crowd (1957) A Face in the Crowd (1957) is director Elia Kazan's satirical and powerful socio-political drama that illustrated how a jailed, down-home country boy in the late 1950s could be transformed overnight into a media celebrity on the radio, and later - AMC Filmsite EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
A+ 100% The Wind (1928) The Wind (1928) is one of Lillian Gish's greatest achievements in a powerfully dramatic silent film - her fourth and last MGM film and the last of her silent films. She had previously collaborated with Swedish director Victor Sjostrom... - AMC Filmsite EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2019
A+ 93% The Freshman (College Days) (1925) The Freshman (1925) is actor/director Harold Lloyd's silent film satire of college life (aka College Days), one of his best-remembered and well-crafted films and also his most successful effort. It was one of the top-grossing films of the year... - AMC Filmsite EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2019
A+ 100% The Kid (1921) The Kid (1921) is silent comic star Charlie Chaplin's classic of comedy and pathos - his first feature-length film (it was a more sophisticated six-reeler or "6 Reels of Joy" than his previous shorts). - AMC Filmsite EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2019
A+ 95% Sherlock Jr. (1924) Sherlock Jr. (1924) is stone-faced director/producer Buster Keaton's marvelously inventive, short silent film era, comic fantasy - his third and shortest feature film. It was filled with the comedian's trademark physical gags... - AMC Filmsite EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
A+ 100% Toy Story (1995) Toy Story (1995) is the first completely computer-generated, animated feature film. The visuals were entirely generated from computers, creating a wonderfully-realistic 3-D world with lighting, shading, and textures... - AMC Filmsite EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2019
A+ 90% Tootsie (1982) Tootsie (1982) is an engaging, original, hilarious gender-comedy story of an unemployed actor Michael Dorsey (Dustin Hoffman) whose disguises as a feminist named "Dorothy" fooled his/her co-actors and helped him get a job and become a female star - AMC Filmsite EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2019
A+ 98% To Be or Not to Be (1942) To Be or Not to Be (1942) is Berlin Germany-born director Ernst Lubitsch's sophisticated screwball masterpiece, with satirical comedy, romance, and suspense. The controversial anti-war comedy about espionage and politics from producer Alexander Korda - AMC Filmsite EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2019
A+ 89% The Thing from Another World (1951) The Thing (From Another World) (1951) is an influential and taut horror and science-fiction B-film hybrid, loosely based (by screenwriter Charles Lederer) on the short story Who Goes There? by John W. Campbell, Jr. - AMC Filmsite EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2019
A+ 98% Strangers on a Train (1951) Strangers on a Train (1951) was director Alfred Hitchcock's suspenseful, noirish black and white thriller about two train passengers: tennis pro Guy Haines (Farley Granger) and psychopathic dandy Bruno Antony (Robert Walker)... - AMC Filmsite EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2019
A+ 96% The Red Shoes (1948) The Red Shoes (1948, UK) is a beautiful and sensitive post-war film - the 10th collaboration from the masterful and respected British directing/producing team of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger... - AMC Filmsite EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2019
A+ 92% Pulp Fiction (1994) Pulp Fiction (1994) brought director Quentin Tarantino, a B-movie fanatic and ex-video store clerk, to mainstream attention with this stylish and inventive episodic thriller about corruption and temptation. It featured guns, femmes fatales, deadly hit-men - AMC Filmsite EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2019
A+ 88% Platoon (1986) Platoon (1986) is a harrowing, visceral, ultra-realistic, gutsy, visually-shattering Vietnam-war film, based on the writer/director's own first-hand knowledge as a Vietnam combat-infantry soldier. The insightful Best Picture-winning war film - AMC Filmsite EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2019
A+ 88% Planet of the Apes (1968) Planet of the Apes (1968) is a classic, thought-provoking and engrossing science fiction film that was the loosely-adapted film version of Pierre Boule's 1963 science-fiction novel La Planète Des Singes (Monkey Planet). - AMC Filmsite EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2019
A+ 100% Pinocchio (1940) Pinocchio (1940), Disney's second feature-length animated film followed after the success of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), and was produced during Disney's heyday from 1937-1942 of animated classics... - AMC Filmsite EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2019
A+ 94% Murder, My Sweet (1944) Murder, My Sweet (1944) was to be released with the original title of its literary source, writer Raymond Chandler's 1940 novel Farewell, My Lovely, although it was changed so that fans of 30s song-and-dance star Dick Powell... - AMC Filmsite EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2019
A+ 98% Metropolis (1927) Metropolis (1927) is a stylized, visually-compelling, melodramatic silent film set in the dystopic, 21st century city of Metropolis - a dialectical treatise on man vs. machine and class struggle. Austrian director Fritz Lang's German Expressionistic - AMC Filmsite EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2019
A+ 97% Mean Streets (1973) Mean Streets (1973) is Martin Scorsese's third full-length feature film - and first important film, with energizing early 60s girl-group and hit rock 'n' roll songs. With a script co-written by the director and Mardik Martin, the original film... - AMC Filmsite EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2019
A+ 88% McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971) McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971) was iconoclastic and offbeat director Robert Altman's acclaimed revisionist western (or "anti-western" according to some) about the American frontier. It was the first of his two myth-busting westerns... - AMC Filmsite EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2019
A+ 95% Manhattan (1979) Manhattan (1979) was an acclaimed, mature, B/W masterpiece enhanced by a George Gershwin score (performed by the New York Philharmonic conducted by Zubin Mehta), telling about infidelity, entangling romances and situations... - AMC Filmsite EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2019
A+ 93% The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) was another nostalgic and memorable B/W John Ford-directed film about the passing of the Old West and the rise of civilization - it was his last great film. - AMC Filmsite EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2019
A+ 88% Knute Rockne---All American (1940) Knute Rockne: All American (1940) is the inspirational film biography of the famous and prominent Notre Dame football coach, Knute 'Rock' Rockne (Pat O'Brien). The immortalized coach is brought to life in this excellent, episodic film... - AMC Filmsite EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2019
A+ 97% The Killing (1956) The Killing (1956) is a stylish but stark film noir crime drama, and the definitive heist-caper movie - a story of greed and infidelity. The classic, dark-edged black and white film was 28 year-old writer/director Stanley Kubrick's third film - AMC Filmsite EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2019
A+ 97% Key Largo (1948) Key Largo (1948) is one of the more entertaining crime-gangster melodramas from Warner Bros. The intelligent, exciting, theatrical, but moody, downbeat crime drama-thriller (and melodramatic film noir)... - AMC Filmsite EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2019
A+ 80% Jailhouse Rock (1957) Jailhouse Rock (1957) is a prison-related, rags-to-riches musical-drama (and biopic parable of a predictable downfall and recovery) from director Richard Thorpe. It was the most influential black-and-white rock musical... - AMC Filmsite EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2019
A+ 98% In a Lonely Place (1950) In a Lonely Place (1950) is maverick director Nicholas Ray's and Columbia Pictures' well-respected, bleak, mature, and dramatic film noir, although it was not a box-office hit and received no Academy Award nominations. - AMC Filmsite EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2019
A+ 100% The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939) The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939) is one of many film adaptations of the classic 1831 Victor Hugo 'beauty and the beast' novel about a deaf, hunch-backed, outcast bellringer Quasimodo (Charles Laughton) in the Notre Dame... - AMC Filmsite EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2019
A+ 100% The Heiress (1950) The Heiress (1949), as the theatrical poster declared, is "a truly great motion picture" - a bleak tale of crushed, heartbroken expectations and incisively-harsh retribution. The top-line, prestige production was directed by William Wyler... - AMC Filmsite EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2019
A+ 95% Giant (1956) Giant (1956) is a sprawling, grandiose and iconic western epic and melodrama based on Edna Ferber's celebrated 1952 novel. It told about two generations of a wealthy American cattle ranching family in Texas spanning a twenty-five year period - AMC Filmsite EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2019
A+ 94% Freaks (1932) Freaks (1932) is a shocking, bizarre and unsettling horror film, but a durable cult favorite. Tod Browning directed the unusual, creepy, and gothic horror film with real-life side-show "freaks" - it was one of his best works... - AMC Filmsite EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2019
A+ 98% Forbidden Planet (1956) Forbidden Planet (1956) is one of the more influential, classic and ground-breaking science-fiction space-opera adventures ever made - it was the first science-fiction film in color and CinemaScope. - AMC Filmsite EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2019
A+ 100% Footlight Parade (1933) Footlight Parade (1933) is one of the three most spectacular musicals in 1933 from Warner Bros. and legendary choreographer Busby Berkeley, alongside Lloyd Bacon's 42nd Street (1933) and Mervyn LeRoy's Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933) - - AMC Filmsite EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2019
A+ 75% Eyes Wide Shut (1999) Eyes Wide Shut (1999) is legendary director Stanley Kubrick's highly-anticipated, last completed film. It was titled 'Eyes Wide Shut' to imply self-contradictory opposites: at first being exposed or tempted, and then reflexively turning away... - AMC Filmsite EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2019
A+ 97% Don't Look Now (1973) Don't Look Now (1973) is British director Nicolas Roeg's haunting and classic "shattering" supernatural thriller (his greatest film), and depiction of grief, based upon the 1971 Daphne du Maurier short story tale. - AMC Filmsite EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2019
A+ 89% Dodsworth (1936) Dodsworth (1936) is famed German-born director William Wyler's classic romantic drama from Samuel Goldwyn Productions, and distributed by United Artists. Scriptwriter Sidney Howard wrote the screenplay based upon his 1934 stage adaptation of... - AMC Filmsite EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2019
A+ 89% Dial M for Murder (1954) Dial M For Murder (1954) is director Alfred Hitchcock's screen version of English playwright Frederick Knott's script. It was filmed in 3-D with the faddish technology that was available at the time (but already going out of fashion)... - AMC Filmsite EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2019
A+ 95% The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) is one of the most influential, seminal fantasy science fiction films in motion picture history. The counter-revolutionary, big-budget film provided salient social commentary about the madness of Cold War politics... - AMC Filmsite EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2019
A+ 96% The Court Jester (1956) The Court Jester (1955) is Paramount's Vista-Vision comedy film starring Danny Kaye (in his best-known performance). It is a classic, high-energy musical spoof of the dashing adventure films in Hollywood's Golden Age... - AMC Filmsite EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2019
A+ 95% Cabaret (1972) Cabaret (1972) is director/choreographer Bob Fosse's defining, decadent, award-winning musical which popularized the phrase: "Life is a Cabaret." It was only Fosse's second film, but won numerous accolades... - AMC Filmsite EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2019
A+ 97% Bull Durham (1988) Bull Durham (1988) is a humorous and intelligent romantic sports comedy-drama about a mediocre Carolina minor leagues baseball team - the Durham Bulls, from first-time director Ron Shelton. It is the quintessential modern sports film about America's... - AMC Filmsite EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
A+ 100% Black Narcissus (1947) Black Narcissus (1947) is a provocative, dazzling and rich-colored psychological-religious and sexual drama from the legendary partnership duo of the 'Archers': British director Michael Powell and scriptwriter Emeric Pressburger. - AMC Filmsite EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
A+ 82% The Big Lebowski (1998) The Big Lebowski (1998) is a dark, idiosyncratic and quirky comedy/crime caper-thriller involving an intriguing complex case of mistaken identity, deception, double-crosses, and a mysterious kidnapping. It came from the inventive, cultish... - AMC Filmsite EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
A+ 90% Bambi (1942) Bambi (1942) is one of the most appealing, gracefully-told, lushly-beautiful, and popular Disney animated film classics. It was based on Austrian writer Felix Salten's 1923 storybook Bambi, A Life in the Woods. - AMC Filmsite EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
A+ 87% American Beauty (1999) American Beauty (1999) is a tragic, absurdist, satirical and dark domestic tale - and the debut feature film of British-London theatrical-stage director Sam Mendes. - AMC Filmsite EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
A+ 93% Amadeus (1984) Amadeus (1984) was director Milos Forman's stunning, opulent fictional biography of musical prodigy Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, based on the Tony-winning Broadway play... - AMC Filmsite EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
A+ 97% Airplane! (1980) Airplane! (1980) was a trend-setting, zany, hilarious comedy - using as its core material the airplane disaster film as the spoof's stepping stone, borrowing from the subplots of heavy-handed films in the 1970s decade. - AMC Filmsite EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
A+ 91% Ace in the Hole (The Big Carnival) (1951) Ace in the Hole (1951) is director/co-writer Billy Wilder's uncompromising, dark and harsh noirish commentary about human nature, and the unscrupulous and self-serving actions of compromised tabloid-media journalists. - AMC Filmsite EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
A+ 96% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 (2011) The film continued with the concluding scene of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 (2010). Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes), an evil wizard and the leader of the Death Eaters, stole the Elder Wand... - AMC Filmsite EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2011
A+ 54% Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002) The film opened as a spoof of Mission: Impossible - retitled Austinpussy. During the pre-credits sequence "somewhere in Utah," "Austin Powers" parachuted into his driver-less Shaguar, and then ejected himself from the driver's seat... - AMC Filmsite EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2010
A+ 97% Goldfinger (1964) Goldfinger (1964) is the third entry in the long-running series of Bond films, the first of four films directed by Guy Hamilton, and the first official blockbuster for the franchise.... - AMC Filmsite EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2010