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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 88%

An Unmarried Woman (1978)

"The writer-director has created a film both sensitive and lighthearted, punctuated with many fleshy closeups that amplify good cinema acting and make us see with others' eyes."

Posted Sep 18, 2010

Robert C. Cumbow

2 100%

The Buddy Holly Story (1978)

"[W]hat really puts the movie over is the actor in the title role, Gary Busey."

Posted Sep 18, 2010

Richard T. Jameson

3 95%

Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

"... it's good enough, for all Kubrick's obvious influence on it, to stand on its own as a classic of the science-fiction genre, and also outside any genre considerations."

Posted Sep 18, 2010

Pierre Greenfield

4 96%

3 Women (1977)

"... what occurs in 3 Women is a collision of two kinds of reality: the external and the internal."

Posted Sep 18, 2010

Robert C. Cumbow

5 ——

Return of the 5 Deadly Venoms (1978)

"Some of the most memorable classics of old school Hong Kong martial arts revenge movies are built on gimmicks and this one is a doozy..."

Posted Sep 14, 2010

Sean Axmaker

6 33%

Starcrash (1979)

"... both the most ridiculous and the most irresistible of all the Star Wars knock-offs of the late seventies and eighties."

Posted Sep 14, 2010

Sean Axmaker

7 74%

The Exploding Girl (2010)

"Bradley Rust Gray's film of a young college student (Zoe Kazan) home for the summer is a portrait in interlude."

Posted Sep 11, 2010

Sean Axmaker

8 ——

Playing for Time (2010)

"... one of the most powerful TV events of its era."

Posted Sep 11, 2010

Sean Axmaker

9 ——

Machine Gun McCain (1970)

"(T)his Italian-American crime movie cocktail has some great flavors in the mix, thanks to Cassavetes and to the unraveling chaos that director Montaldo follows to the bitter end."

Posted Sep 4, 2010

Sean Axmaker

10 83%

Underworld (1927)

"... a nocturnal fantasy of the urban criminal underworld... transformed into a tale of loyalty and love in a violent world."

Posted Sep 4, 2010

Sean Axmaker

11 100%

The Last Command (1928)

"Sternberg uses the [acting] contrast to differentiate the sides of the battle, emphasize the class difference and create a dynamic of old Europe and new."

Posted Sep 4, 2010

Sean Axmaker

12 100%

The Docks of New York (1928)

"... a turn-of-the-century bowery answer to Sunrise, with a romantic idealism fighting its way out of hard-scrabble lives and resigned characters of the waterfront culture."

Posted Sep 4, 2010

Sean Axmaker

13 91%

Orfeu Negro (Black Orpheus) (1959)

"The vibrant color of the costumes and settings and the energetic beat of the music and dance creates an intoxicating atmosphere..."

Posted Aug 17, 2010

Sean Axmaker

14 79%

Orlando (1992)

"Potter recreates four centuries of British cultural history in painterly images and austerely constructed settings..."

Posted Aug 17, 2010

Sean Axmaker

15 100%

Nightfall (1957)

"Crisply directed, scripted with gems of hardboiled lines and superbly paced, it's a film of darkness and light that ends up in the snowy mountains of Wyoming..."

Posted Aug 11, 2010

Sean Axmaker

16 ——

Deadline at Dawn (1946)

"... a film of shadows and secrets and moments of street poetry."

Posted Aug 11, 2010

Sean Axmaker

17 100%

The Phenix City Story (1955)

"... one of the most hard-hitting crime films of its era... inspired by real-life events and directed in a semi-documentary style with a tabloid punch. "

Posted Aug 11, 2010

Sean Axmaker

18 100%

There Was a Father (1942)

"... an indisputable masterpiece, a work of grace and simplicity that feels as timeless now as it was timely then."

Posted Aug 11, 2010

Sean Axmaker

19 ——

Hitori musuko (The Only Son) (1936)

"... the level of disappointment and despair in this film is unusual and devastating."

Posted Aug 11, 2010

Sean Axmaker

20 75%

The Iron Horse (1924)

"John Ford's first American epic is not a birth of a nation, but its physical and symbolic unification in the wake of the Civil War."

Posted Aug 11, 2010

Sean Axmaker

21 97%

A Prophet (Un prophete) (2010)

"... a riveting portrait of a prison education."

Posted Aug 11, 2010

Sean Axmaker

22 100%

The Story Of A Cheat (1936)

"... takes the idea of narration to a new level in a comic memoir of a reluctant scoundrel... recounting his life in snappy flashbacks with running commentary."

Posted Aug 11, 2010

Sean Axmaker

23 86%

Elvis: That's the Way It Is (1999)

"... chronicles his phoenix-like rebirth as a Vegas showman as a concert rockumentary interspersed with interviews, backstage material, and a wealth of footage featuring the King in rehearsal."

Posted Aug 11, 2010

Sean Axmaker

24 ——

Elvis on Tour (1972)

"He's still a dynamic performer but you can already see that he's packing on weight... and at times he seems to be simply falling into familiar rhythms. "

Posted Aug 11, 2010

Sean Axmaker

25 ——

Deathsport (Death Sport) (1978)

"It's stilted, cheap and takes itself awfully seriously for such a bad script."

Posted Aug 11, 2010

Sean Axmaker

26 72%

Piranha (1978)

"... an energetic and inventive tongue-in-cheek thriller."

Posted Aug 11, 2010

Sean Axmaker

27 86%

Pandora and the Flying Dutchman (1951)

"... there is a grace to the literary elegance and poetic dialogue of his script, and to the rich mix of European history, myths ancient and contemporary and Spanish culture..."

Posted Aug 11, 2010

Sean Axmaker

28 95%

Céline et Julie Vont en Bateau (Celine and Julie Go Boating) (1974)

"The plot has its mysteries, but there's also a playful simplicity and modesty of scope that one tends to associate with much shorter films."

Posted Jul 27, 2010

Peter Hogue

29 99%

Metropolis (1927)

"The visionary qualities of the visual creation become more impressive with each restoration, and the narrative more interesting."

Posted Jul 25, 2010

Sean Axmaker

30 98%

The Red Shoes (1948)

"... a film of dark fantasy, romantic passion and an infectious love of dance, music and cinema."

Posted Jul 20, 2010

Sean Axmaker

31 60%

Forbidden World (Mutant) (1982)

"... gets my vote for both the most gratuitous nudity ever perpetrated in a sci-fi movie and the most inventive distraction from dull exposition."

Posted Jul 20, 2010

Sean Axmaker

32 36%

Galaxy of Terror (Mindwarp: An Infinity of Terror) (Planet of Horrors) (Quest) (1981)

"... a crazy mish-mash of elements borrowed from the sci-fi blockbusters of years past with a twist out of Forbidden Planet and Solaris."

Posted Jul 20, 2010

Sean Axmaker

33 71%

[Rec] 2 (2010)

"Approaches the rarified dream logic of the best otherworldly horror films. Call it meta or post-modern or whatever, but once this sucker hits nightvision mode, all bets are off."

Posted Jul 12, 2010

Andrew Wright

34 81%

Despicable Me (2010)

"A welcome blast of silly string in this time of Quality Animation: a cartoon that never forgets to capitalize on its chosen medium's knack for unreality."

Posted Jul 9, 2010

Andrew Wright

35 92%

Night Train to Munich (Gestapo) (1940)

"What is does offer is a mix of wit and wiles, a genuinely startling sequence in a concentration camp... and sprightly performance by Rex Harrison..."

Posted Jul 1, 2010

Sean Axmaker

36 100%

The Leopard (1963)

"You might say that the entire film is a dance to the music of time, but neither the music nor the steps change. They simply swap partners..."

Posted Jul 1, 2010

Sean Axmaker

37 ——

Hawthorne: Season One (2010)

"She's not the most likable character on TV, and not as interesting as the more self-destructive Nurse Jackie, but she runs a good crew in a floundering hospital."

Posted Jun 27, 2010

Sean Axmaker

38 83%

Le Combat dans l'île (Fire and Ice) (1962)

"... you know this is heading into truly weird territory."

Posted Jun 27, 2010

Sean Axmaker

39 100%

Red Desert (1964)

"[Antonioni] casts a hypnotic spell, his every frame is impeccably composed and painted... and his imagery stripped of extraneous details..."

Posted Jun 27, 2010

Sean Axmaker

40 ——

Eastwood Factor (2010)

"It's an enjoyable visit but frustratingly slim as a documentary, with no real insights to the artist or his working methods."

Posted Jun 13, 2010

Sean Axmaker

41 74%

Micmacs (Micmacs à tire-larigot) (2010)

"Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet turns a grim subject... into a whimsical comedy with a hero right out of silent movie comedy."

Posted Jun 10, 2010

Sean Axmaker

42 84%

Get Low (2010)

"... a lovely film about regret, self-punishment and redemption on a human scale."

Posted Jun 10, 2010

Sean Axmaker

43 80%

I Killed My Mother (2013)

"(Xavier) Dolan's perceptive portrait isn't particularly nuanced but it does have the slap of honesty..."

Posted Jun 5, 2010

Sean Axmaker

44 59%

Centurion (2010)

"The men get lost in the muddy palette of earth tones... and the staccato strobe-vision of battle scenes that simply confuses the action, and the story along with it."

Posted Jun 5, 2010

Sean Axmaker

45 ——

Silver Lode (1954)

"The usually inexpressive John Payne is excellent as the tarnished hero Allan Dwan's sturdy 1954 western that twists into a nightmare of victimization and mob hysteria."

Posted May 29, 2010

Sean Axmaker

46 ——

K-20: Kaijin niju menso den (K-20: Legend of the Mask) (The Fiend with Twenty Faces) (2008)

"... a mix of Japanese manga, forties adventure pulp and silent movie serial surrealism, set in an alternate reality where World War II was averted..."

Posted May 29, 2010

Sean Axmaker

47 74%

Splice (2010)

"It works best while navigating the territory between emotion and instinct and primal drive..."

Posted May 29, 2010

Sean Axmaker

48 84%

Tucker & Dale vs Evil (2011)

"The gore is epic and the self-destruction all the funnier when it appears inevitable."

Posted May 23, 2010

Sean Axmaker

49 94%

Les beaux gosses (The French Kissers) (2009)

"If there is a message... it's that boys are dumb, self-involved, insensitive and more obsessed with the idea of sex than the reality of it."

Posted May 23, 2010

Sean Axmaker

50 76%

Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll (2010)

"... hides an utterly conventional biopic behind a narrative chopped up into flashbacks, fantasies, animated interludes, music videos and carnivalesque stage shows."

Posted May 23, 2010

Sean Axmaker

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