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Criticker Zealot - 5627 Film Ratings

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100 95% Heart Like a Wheel (1983) - Apr 15, 2008
"I don't give a damn about racing -- or about any sports -- but I think this movie is wonderful. I watch my copy over and over again, never tiring of it. Bedelia gives one of the greatest "quiet" performances I ever saw, of one woman's struggle to be what she was born to be, and Bridges is damn near perfect as one of the classic characters in fiction -- the lovable scoundrel"
40 23% Macario (1960) - May 11, 2009
"Handsomely photographed, but silly. This is yet another movie in which every character has to behave like an idiot so the plot can keep going. The late Philip Jose Farmer's novel _Stations of a Nightmare_ is a MUCH better story with basically the same plot -- "ordinary man suddenly and inexplicably becomes a great healer""
90 86% Twice Upon a Time (1983) - Apr 13, 2009
"This is a lot of fun. Should be better known than it is"
91 90% Traffik (1989) - Jul 17, 2009
"I saw the US movie version first. I must say I admire what a fine job Mr. Soderbergh did of transplanting this story to another continent and reinventing the cast of characters, but I still find this to be a little better. Its length allows for more detail, the absence of stars lends verisimilitude, it's often rawer and ickier... and Lindsay Duncan is a much better actress than Catherine Zeta-Jones. Sexier, too."
80 68% Reefer Madness (1936) - Jun 12, 2007
"Bad but fascinating in its crudity, cheapness, hilarious ignorance of marijuana, and sheer hypocrisy"
100 95% Be Human (1936) - Sep 20, 2009
"A Betty Boop cartoon about how horrible it is to abuse animals... which therefore manages to convey the ugly truth of the matter while still, by virtue of being a cartoon, doesn't make it *too* hard to bear. I have been amused and heartwarmed by more than a few of these Boop toons; to be moved by one is something else quite again"
90 86% Crac (1981) - Oct 11, 2008
"I remember seeing this when I was a kid; in adulthood, it took me forever to figure out what it was. By pure chance I wandered into a museum exhibit recently featuring Back's work, and I finally realized. A recent re-viewing of this animation shows it to be even better than I remembered"
100 95% Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959) - Mar 30, 2007
"So ineptly made, impassioned, and utterly crazy that it's beautiful to behold. Absolutely not to be missed"
50 33% Night and Fog (1955) - Mar 25, 2007
"Thunder stolen by all the subsequent films and TV shows about the Holocaust"
90 86% Tune in Tomorrow... (1990) - Oct 17, 2008
"Charmingly strange little movie about a young man chasing his sexy aunt, helped along the way (if "helped" is the right word) by an eccentric scriptwriter. Along the way we keep leaving the "real" storyline for interludes into the writer's deranged radio drama, which is studded with star cameos. A fun movie that also has something to say, and it's not what you might think. I don't think there's any other film quite like it"