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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 ——

Won Ton Ton: The Dog Who Saved Hollywood (1976)

"... as lowbrow as a dachshund and as funny as a dead rat."

Posted Mar 10, 2012

Richard T. Jameson

2 ——

Salute the Artist ()

"There's a biographical rightness to Marcello Mastroianni's characterization, in Salut, l'artiste, of a job actor..."

Posted Mar 10, 2012

Richard T. Jameson

3 ——

Vincent, Francois, Paul and the Others ()

"... an abundance of nicely observed moments in the lives of characters who are not at all remarkable played by actors who number among the extraordinary."

Posted Mar 10, 2012

Richard T. Jameson

4 ——

Dreileben -- One Minute Of Darkness (Dreileben - Eine Minute Dunkel) ()

"This third section, like the first, is shot in razor-sharp hi-def, and needs it."

Posted Mar 10, 2012

Richard T. Jameson

5 ——

Dreileben -- Don't Follow Me Around (Dreileben - Komm Mir Nicht Nach) ()

"Each scene, interaction, or apparent digression is worth watching, yet the eschewal of anything resembling a conventional narrative agenda grows more insistent as the movie proceeds."

Posted Mar 10, 2012

Richard T. Jameson

6 ——

Dreileben - Beats Being Dead (Dreileben - Etwas Besseres Als Den Tod) ()

"... to define the incompleteness of "truth," to underscore the impossibility of "seeing" everything, even about ourselves."

Posted Mar 10, 2012

Richard T. Jameson

7 78%

The Big Bus (1976)

"I'd like to pretend it's a better movie than it is... its failings aren't gross and its modest pleasures are so far superior to the general run this slummy summer season that I feel very kindly toward it."

Posted Feb 19, 2012

Richard T. Jameson

8 88%

Margin Call (2011)

"Chandor underplays the human drama and the anonymity of the Wall Street office building so much it risks slipping into doldrums, but the stakes are too great and the actors too sharp to let that happen."

Posted Feb 19, 2012

Sean Axmaker

9 ——

Embryo (Created to Kill) (1976)

"The illogicalities of the film are myriad."

Posted Feb 19, 2012

Robert C. Cumbow

10 97%

Play It Again, Sam (1972)

"In contrast to Allen's own egocentric directorial tendencies, Ross's generally undistinguished direction contained two minor, but in retrospect significant, virtues..."

Posted Feb 19, 2012

Greg Way

11 ——

Life Begins for Andy Hardy (1941)

"...a little Hardy noir: a homeless kid that Andy hides in his boarding house room dies, an apparent suicide in the wake of shattered dreams. This is a real education for Andy..."

Posted Feb 19, 2012

Sean Axmaker

12 ——

Judge Hardy and Son (1939)

"You can also see the jalopy humor becoming one of the defining elements of the Andy Hardy series here."

Posted Feb 19, 2012

Sean Axmaker

13 ——

Andy Hardy Meets Debutante (2001)

"It's classic Andy: he gets his comeuppance and then gets his happy ending. It's also a superb [jUDY] Garland turn. "

Posted Feb 19, 2012

Sean Axmaker

14 ——

Out West with the Hardy's (1938)

"...Rooney's smart aleck patter, comic smugness and blithe confidence trumps the generic script..."

Posted Feb 19, 2012

Sean Axmaker

15 ——

You're Only Young Once (1937)

"...sends the family on a California vacation (and into the predatory dating scene of West Coast decadence)..."

Posted Feb 19, 2012

Sean Axmaker

16 17%

Lipstick (1976)

"...not as bad as it has been reported to be by many critics and reviewers, nor yet as good as it might have been."

Posted Feb 19, 2012

Robert C. Cumbow

17 ——

A Gunfight (1971)

"The increasingly allegorical bent of Johnson's two-character confrontations reaches its greatest moral directness with A Gunfight..."

Posted Feb 19, 2012

Robert C. Cumbow

18 ——

The McKenzie Break (Escape) (Wolfpack) (1970)

"...[Lamont] Johnson turned a routine escape drama into a compelling study of the similar ambitions and failings of two opposing characters..."

Posted Feb 19, 2012

Robert C. Cumbow

19 ——

My Sweet Charlie (1970)

"The film is essentially a somewhat labored sermon on social and racial polarities..."

Posted Feb 19, 2012

Robert C. Cumbow

20 90%

United Red Army (2011)

"...historical drama as psychological thriller."

Posted Feb 19, 2012

Sean Axmaker

21 84%

Mysteries of Lisbon (2011)

"This is a film of labyrinthine storytelling and cinematic weaves of character and narrative that stretch across countries and time itself..."

Posted Feb 19, 2012

Sean Axmaker

22 ——

Il cappotto (The Overcoat) (1952)

"... behind the bouncy caricatures and deft satire is a quiet humanism that sneaks up on the story and haunts the final images quite literally."

Posted Feb 19, 2012

Sean Axmaker

23 100%

Caught (1949)

"... belongs as much to the murky world of American film noir as to the polished European dramas of high society social appearances and power games. "

Posted Feb 19, 2012

Sean Axmaker

24 100%

Letter From an Unknown Woman (1948)

"[Max] Ophuls' first personal project in Hollywood and he injects this exquisitely stylish romantic melodrama with his continental sensibility."

Posted Feb 19, 2012

Sean Axmaker

25 ——

The Exile (1947)

"...while Fairbanks lunges and leaps, Ophuls choreographs the crowd scenes to give the film a scope the belies the budget and a grace lacking in most such adventure films."

Posted Feb 19, 2012

Sean Axmaker

26 ——

Le Frisson des vampires (The Shiver of the Vampires) (1970)

"...a mad skin flick for surrealists where bad acting, slapdash effects, and narrative abstraction are transformed into an aesthetic."

Posted Feb 19, 2012

Sean Axmaker

27 100%

La Rose de fer (The Iron Rose) (1973)

"...a spiritual rather than a physical threat."

Posted Feb 19, 2012

Sean Axmaker

28 ——

The Nude Vampire (Vampire nue, La) (1974)

"[Jean] Rollin's love of twins and matched pairs is first hinted at here, as is his penchant for romantic heroes drawn to mysterious women and supernatural places."

Posted Feb 19, 2012

Sean Axmaker

29 100%

Rebecca (1940)

"It's an elegant production, beautifully photographed and designed like a dream house shrouded in mourning, but it also favors the pictorial over the cinematic and surface over subtext. "

Posted Feb 19, 2012

Sean Axmaker

30 97%

Wings (1927)

"...the last of the grand studio epics of the silent film era."

Posted Feb 19, 2012

Sean Axmaker

31 ——

The Roots of Heaven (1958)

"...a different kind of African wildlife adventure: the heroes are early eco-warriors, animals rights activists who take on both private elephant poachers and government indifference..."

Posted Feb 19, 2012

Sean Axmaker

32 ——

The Truth About Youth ()

"...briefly flickers to life when [Myrna] Loy comes on as slinky nightclub singer "The Firefly," seducing [Loretta] Young's betrothed..."

Posted Feb 19, 2012

Sean Axmaker

33 ——

Safe in Hell (1931)

"...imagine Casablanca as a lice-infested backwater run by mercenary opportunists and filled with the sleaziest criminals to escape a manhunt. "

Posted Feb 19, 2012

Sean Axmaker

34 ——

El Río y la muerte (The River and Death) (1955)

"...an anti-macho message picture, in which science, culture and education are held up as the remedies to the hatred and machismo..."

Posted Feb 19, 2012

Peter Hogue

35 ——

Illusion Travels by Streetcar (La Ilusion viaja en tranvia) (1954)

"...has its special moments of poetry bordering on the surreal..."

Posted Feb 19, 2012

Peter Hogue

36 ——

Gran Casino (1947)

"...while the director has distinctly colored the film with his presence, Gran Casino is also notable for its professional polish."

Posted Feb 19, 2012

Peter Hogue

37 100%

The Young One (Island of Shame) (White Trash) (La Joven) (1960)

"... crackles with a dark humor and perverse complexity that seem utterly mystifying in a low-budget American film shot on location-or would, if we didn't know something about Luis Buñuel."

Posted Feb 19, 2012

Peter Hogue

38 100%

The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz (Ensayo de un crimen)(Rehearsal for a Crime) (1955)

"...the most integrated and impressive of his ostensibly lighthearted films..."

Posted Feb 19, 2012

Peter Hogue

39 91%

Death in the Garden (La Mort en ce jardin) (1956)

"...an "ambitious" film whose best moments prove more interesting than its plot-perhaps deliberately so. "

Posted Feb 19, 2012

Peter Hogue

40 ——

The Mob (Remember That Face) (1951)

"[Broderick] Crawford is at his best as the veteran lawman playing the tough-guy dockworker, engaging and compelling and, at times, quite funny. "

Posted Feb 19, 2012

Sean Axmaker

41 ——

The Burglar (1957)

"...sordid world of twitchy crooks, flophouse hideouts, duplicity as a way of life, and an atmosphere dripping in sexual longing and lust, with fractured, jagged storytelling..."

Posted Feb 19, 2012

Sean Axmaker

42 ——

Drive a Crooked Road (1954)

"... what I like to call beachhouse noir, a world away from the classic nocturnal urban style with its coast highways and sunny beaches and sleek West Coast architecture."

Posted Feb 19, 2012

Sean Axmaker

43 83%

Under the Olive Trees (Zire darakhatan zeyton) (Through the Olive Trees) (1994)

"... a marvelous glimpse into the working methods of Kiarostami, but that becomes merely one of the many layers of "reality" in this film."

Posted Feb 19, 2012

Sean Axmaker

44 100%

And Life Goes On (Zendegi va digar hich) (Life, and Nothing More) (1996)

"It's a film that denies even the most rudimentary of dramatic arcs: Nothing happens, and yet life erupts all around."

Posted Feb 19, 2012

Sean Axmaker

45 100%

Khane-ye doust kodjast? (Where is the Friend's Home?) (1987)

"On one level Kiarostami paints a society rooted in authoritarian demands, but on another he reminds how us kids get lost in the grown-up world of business and responsibility."

Posted Feb 19, 2012

Sean Axmaker

46 ——

Man in the Iron Mask (1939)

"[Director James] Whale turns the dialogue into a duel in its own right, with the advisors currying favor with the corrupt King Louis XIV and the Musketeers jabbing away with witty comments."

Posted Feb 19, 2012

Sean Axmaker

47 ——

The Count of Monte Cristo (1934)

"... slow and static and creaky, stopping dead for monologues and exposition to explain what the film can't afford to show."

Posted Feb 19, 2012

Sean Axmaker

48 57%

Rock-a-Bye Baby (1958)

"[Director Frank] Tashlin... was all about the gag and helped define Lewis as a walking cartoon, the rubberface spastic adolescent in a grown-up body. "

Posted Feb 19, 2012

Sean Axmaker

49 90%

Three Colors: White (Trzy kolory: Bialy) (Trois Couleurs: Blanc) (1994)

"... not so much a black comedy as a wicked satire in the cold white light of Polish winter, which (as you would expect) informs the color palette of this film."

Posted Dec 17, 2011

Sean Axmaker

50 ——

Histoire(s) du cinéma: Seul le cinéma ()

"... the Nouvelle Vague legend considers the history of the movies with a typically idiosyncratic style and non-linear train of thought. "

Posted Dec 17, 2011

Sean Axmaker

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