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Archive for January, 2015

Revamped Kumpel Page

The Kumpel Page has long been one of the most glaring eyesores of Criticker — subject to ridicule, hatred and revulsion. And that was just from us, the guys who designed it in the first place!

In our recent continuing effort to revitalize Criticker’s look, we’ve given the Kumpel Page a facelift. All the functionality is still there, it’s just been re-organized and brought more inline with the way the rest of the site looks. You can still see your Kumpel’s latest reviews, still get recommendations from your Kumpels, and generate “Joint PSIs” of films neither you nor a particular Kumpel has seen.

“And what in the world,” some of you may be asking, “is a Kumpel?” Kumpel (pronounced koom-pel) is German for “buddy” or “pal”. We’re a half-German team here, so at Criticker, you’ll never have “friends” or “buddies”. You’ll have kumpels. Grab some Bratwurst with them, and go see a movie!

Go check it out!



A New Look for Starred Reviews

As most of you have noticed, we’ve been introducing new style changes to Criticker for the past few months. The latest section to get the treatment is Starred Reviews.

We think it’s a massive improvement, but we’ll let you be the judge:

Old

New

The functionality hasn’t changed (much), but the look is completely new. What do you think?



Criticker’s Twenty Best Films of 2014: #1-10

Here they are: the ten best films of the year, as chosen by the Criticker community. There’s a little of everything in this list… animation, documentary, suspense and comedy, but 2014 seemed to mostly be a year of excellent drama. Did your favorite films make the cut? Take a look at the list, and leave a comment with your opinions!

10. Jodorowsky’s Dune – 7.7025 Average Tier

“Artist/directors such as Jodorowsky straddle the cliched boundary between madness and genius. The fact a film of such creative importance was never made but the ideas were fragmented into hundreds of other films, comics, and books is an interesting concept. Jodorowsky is a man that views the world in a dream state. His Dune reflects that intensity and vision. It’s not surrealism done for surrealism’s sake but an abstraction of our world in the pursuit of exploring and creating realities.” – CinemaAsia

9. Life Itself – 7.7045 Average Tier

“overing the entire life of a man as prolific and popular as Roger Ebert is dangerous territory for a documentary, but Life Itself manages to capture the bigger picture while remaining focused on all the smaller moments that make everyone human. You couldn’t ask for a much better film about someone who devoted his life to the movies.” – doughbaron

8. The Grand Budapest Hotel – 7.8302 Average Tier

“This may be Wes Anderson’s best piece of work to date! The Grand Budapest Hotel, as sometimes mean-spirited as it tries to be sometimes, manages to balance out pure watchability with it’s impressive acting, great writing, really good directing, and all of the fake mustaches. Good production (as usual) anda weird, good feel. My favorite part? Probably the music. I personally liked Willem Dafoe’s character but they are all good. Worth the watch for sure!!!” – Leonardis

7. Force Majeure – 7.9247 Average Tier

“This is a film about expectations, disappointment and openness. It is a wonderful look at a family’s struggle with trust following what could have been a tragic event for them all. It explores the Scandinavian tendency to look the other way when something isn’t right. When we do so, a sense of mistrust can develop. When there is mistrust, there is worry. When there is worry, there is tension. If you build up enough tension, there will be a breaking point, and finally a thunderous collapse.” – sputnik84

6. Nightcrawler – 7.9471 Average Tier

“This is an amazing movie, a mix of Taxi Driver, American Psycho, and Network. Gyllenhal portrays a completely fleshed-out sociopath, likely the best character of 2014. There are maybe only 5 other characters that have lines in the film, and they are also great too. Rene Russo, the mumbly assistant, and Paxton are all great. The cinematography is also extremely captivating and engrossing. There’s also a great car chase in this one, too.” – jspidah

5. Mommy – 7.9620 Average Tier

“One of the most vibrant dramas I’ve ever seen, pulling you into every exhilarating high and heartbreaking low through three astounding lead performances.” – CinematicESP

4. Birdman – 8.0000 Average Tier

“Poses the question: “What is artistic integrity, and how does it relate to actual integrity?” Turns out the answer is pretty fucking complicated, but watching Keaton and his wonderful supporting cast grapple with that issue implicitly and explicitly for two hours, all at an utterly breakneck pace, is enthralling, regardless of what conclusions one draws. Emmanuel Lubezki’s whirlwind cinematography proves again why he’s the best around: you will believe a camera can fly, if not a man.” – Alex Watkins

3. The Tale of the Princess Kaguya – 8.1270 Average Tier

“IF IT DOESN’T WIN EVERY AWARD FOR ANIMATION THIS YEAR I WILL SCREAM FOR 8 CENTURIES AND YOU WILL ALL SUFFER. ALL OF YOU. 8 CENTURIES OF SCREAMING TO COME IF SOME DERIVATIVE AMERICAN ANIMATED MOVIE BEATS THIS GLORIOUSLY BITTERSWEET TALE WITH INCREDIBLY MATURE WRITING AND ANIMATION. YOU’VE BEEN WARNED.” – bakcheia

2. Boyhood – 8.1677 Average Tier

“Linklater keeps being better at portraying and reminding us of the wonder of actual life (rather than the Hollywood versions) than any other American director. If the time span was just a gimmick it would still be interesting, but it coheres into something truly astonishing yet graceful.” – caffe

1. Whiplash – 8.4474 Average Tier

“By the end of the film, I was literally on the edge of my seat, jaw agape, marveling at what is one of the most visceral climaxes I’ve seen on screen in years.” – graveyardtan