- Casino Royale Review
- Carrie (1976)
- Two-Lane Blacktop (1971)
- Trainspotting (1996)
- Rain Man (1988)
- Fatal Attraction (1987)
- Targets (1968)
- An Education (2009)
- Mirror, The (1974)
- Fargo (1996)
- Fight Club (1999)
- Do The Right Thing (1989)
- Report (1967)
- Is "The Sting" The Best Gambling Film Ever Made?
- Pink Flamingos (1972)
- Ox-Bow Incident, The (1943), Or 28 Angry Men
- Rome, Open City (1945)
- Spring in a Small Town (1948)
- Drive (2011)
- Vinyl (1965)
- Seconds (1966)
- Rosemary's Baby (1968)
- A Hollywood Invasion of Casino Halls
- Thin Man, The (1934)
- In The Heat of the Night (1967)
- All In: The Poker Movie, Player’s Best Tricks
- Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
- 1001 Club - Skyfall (2012)
- 1001 Club - When Harry Met Sally... (1988)
- 1001 Club - Rain Man (1988)
Squish's Semi-Annual Best And Worst (June 2006)
Well looky here! It's time again for another recap of the five best films I've seen in these last six months. Also, in honour of the nay-saying fans I've gathered, I'll add the five worst films I've seen over this bleak wintery time of the year as well. When you double your film intake, you find your bell curve stretching itself out pretty wide and given that there are so many to choose from this time around, today's post will be all about peaks of greatness and depths of despair. In honour of lovely weather and this summer that is fast-approaching, let's begin on a positive note.
Here are the best movies that I've seen in the last 6 months, beginning with the best of the bunch:
How does one better explain how good something is than by comparing it to everything else that has come before? Over the past 6 months there have been just under 200 shorts, full-feature film and series reviews that have gone up on this site (I've been keeping busy this winter, as you can see), and of all those, this was the best I've seen. This is one of the films that I'll be adding to my own list of Top 10 all-time favorites, which should hopefully add some weight to this recommendation. The fact that this is based on the true story of a guy who actually got shot in the face for doing his job ethically (not a spoiler, it starts like that), might just make you want to watch this exciting and scathing peek into the underbelly of corruption. Want to read more? Just click on the film title above for the original review.
#3 - Joyeux Noel - 90% (Best Time of the Year)
The Dark Side of Oz - 90% (Severely Sub-Culture Super-Cool)
#5 - Grapes Of Wrath - 90% (Sweet Bitter Fruit)
This 1940 film based on the John Steinbeck novel of the same name was one hell of a surprise. When you watch an old black and white American film, you don't expect to find such a degree of dissent at a nation. This is bleak with the constant knowledge that hope springs eternal for our characters, even if you're watching children starve to death all around you. This movie stars Henry Fonda and won two academy awards on top of that. It's a lesson teacher in humanity, hope and history, and is sincerely not to be missed.
It sure was nice having a Top 5 list with high numbers, 90% or above is quite the accomplishment, but imagine my disappointment in the universe with the Worst 5. When you watch more movies, I suppose you risk finding worse films than the time before, but the fact that I couldn't crack 30% as the BEST of the worst puts this season as the most successful at finding terrible film. Luckily, you've probably never heard of any of these, because they are either such low budget or so old that they're completely out of your spectrum, but if I save you from seeing just one of these, then my job is done.
Here's a few God-awful films to avoid...
#4 - Within Our Gates - 28% (Abandon All Hope, Ye Who Enter Here)
#3 - Good Guys Wear Black - 28% (Good Guys is Evil!)
First, what is up with that title?! Longer please. Second, this was a sad attempt at defending itself against the Documentary that condemned Wal-Mart: Wal-Mart: The High Cost Of Low Price. The fact that you could see the disclaimer "Written, produced and directed by a corporate whore" in every shot didn't help this film's case. Clearly Wal-Mart was behind this and they failed at their propaganda. As an aside, someone claiming to be the director of this film kept commenting on how stupid my original review was. However, his immature insults worthy of a 10-year-old resulted in me just deleting every comment he made. Either way, his movie still sucks. Feeble, feeble, feeble.
#1 Worst movie in the last 6 months - Ankle Biters - 16% (I've Seen Worse, But Not Many... Just ONE, Actually.)
As I peruse the reviews for these last worst 5 films, I realize, I write better when I condemn, and Holy Hell did I ever rip into this guy. In fact if you check the original review, you'll see that I received the contact info for this "director". As promised I sent him a link to my lovely review, but sadly he left no comment. I will give him one praise though. He can get guns, cars, and tricked out motorbikes better than I ever could, good for him. Still his boring film passed the point of kitsch in 20 minutes and just got tremendously moronic and poor in quality, story and decency. It was a chore worse than cleaning barnacles off my grandma's arse.
Last time I signed off with a declaration of hope and joy that "there couldn't possibly be a six-month period where movies are worse than this bunch". At this stage, I know I'll keep watching garbage for a couple years yet, just to build a decent repertoire, in hopes that I find movies as good as Serpico, and scour for the wonderfully obscure titles like the Dark Side Of Oz.
See you ladies later...