Q Network Film Desk
Easy Rider (1969)
"unlike earlier films that exploited the sensational nature of their subject matter and did little else, Easy Rider borrowed its attitude and aesthetics from the various European new waves and sought to be about something. "
"the mixing of the old and the new gives Tangled a pleasant sense of nostalgia that wears well with its modern tweaks and is a welcome respite from Disney's more desperate attempts to compete with Pixar and DreamWorks in duds like Chicken Little"
"At the time of its release, it was probably the boldest, most experimental production to come out of Hollywood, which is why it is not terribly surprising that it was Disney's biggest commercial failure."
"There is an inherent curiosity quotient for any project this inherently whacked out, which helps smooth over the underlying rub that Rafelson is using the film to rather portentously blow his own horn"
"has a hard time matching Johnson's heavy forward momentum, primarily because the film is stacked so heavily with subplots that are constantly taking us away from The Artist Formerly Known as The Rock"
The Next Three Days (2010)
The Night of the Hunter (1955)
"the cleaving of Rowling's 759-page finale into two separate films ultimately benefits the material, allowing the filmmakers to take their time and keep as much of the story as possible while also maintaining a taut narrative pace"
Modern Times (1936)
"while its hectic battle sequences and penchant for mass destruction will certainly keep the eyes of action junkies satiated, its sly depictions of the balance between good and evil actually provide quite a bit of food for thought"
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)
Hausu (House) (1977)
Back to the Future Part III (1990)
Back to the Future Part II (1989)
Back to the Future (1985)
Paths of Glory (1957)
Paranormal Activity 2 (2010)
It's Kind of a Funny Story (2010)
The Magician (Ansiktet) (1958)
My Soul to Take (2010)
"disappointing in the way it drags out its narrative to little effect, substituting cheap revelations and sometimes incoherent action for anything resembling the kind of innovation and verve that is the hallmark of Craven's best work"
"The film’s attention is split fairly evenly across the major characters, and their interactions are consistently fascinating in the way they illustrate both the cultural divide and the halting attempts to somehow bridge it."
Troll 2 (1990)
"No description of it can quite contain its misguided ludicrousness or the way its infinite and varied sins against the traits of good cinema combine to produce one of the most uproarious unintentional comedies ever made."
The Social Network (2010)
"a virtuoso modern parable about greed, innovation, and betrayal, as well as a compelling portrait of how technology is changing the landscape of both business enterprise and interpersonal relationships"
Let Me In (2010)
The Town (2010)
Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010)
"There is not a single shot or moment that is anything other than derivative, and the fact that the momentum is constantly interrupted with egregious slow motion makes it feel that much longer and therefore more insufferable."
Going the Distance (2010)
City Island (2010)
The American (2010)
The Last Exorcism (2010)
Time Bandits (1981)
The Docks of New York (1928)
"visually evocative and narratively intriguing, such that even its generally terrible ending can't quite undermine the overall sense that you have just seen something profoundly of its time and ahead of it"
The Last Command (1928)
Machine Gun McCain (1970)
Black Orpheus (Orfeu Negro) (1959)
Piranha 3-D (2010)
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)
The Expendables (2010)
Eat Pray Love (2010)
Escape from New York (1981)