And a few of his worsts, as well.
The Projectionist checks in.
"Your recent films 'The Queen' and 'Diving Bell' were the best of their respective years, and you never made anything as grisly as 'Nine.'
"To fight the charges of Puritanism, I guess I have to haul out my pervert-atheist credentials and support for legal marijuana."
"These days, I don't believe that the anti-smoking crusaders are so out of line, at least in their demand that movies with cigarettes get an automatic 'R' rating."
In one of them, he proclaims 'The Lovely Bones' to be the worst film of 2009.
"'2012' rides in on and reinforces an especially idiotic wave of evangelical doomsday predictions with supposed roots in the Mayan calendar, and it’s too trivial to live."
"It's vivid, illuminating, and sometimes — more often than you’d think possible — inspiring."
"It turns out what they say about Willem Dafoe is true: The man has a schlong the size of an oil tanker."
"Now, there will be a lot of grandstanding by idiots, who will say that Polanski is worse than the likes of Peter Braunstein and should be thrown in prison for the remainder of his life."
"It's sprawling, scattershot, sniggery, and, in one instance, exploitative. It's brazenly one-sided. But ..."
"In 'Dirty Dancing,' Swayze combined brawny physicality and feline grace in a way that made millions of women (and a lot of men) weak in the knees."
David Edelstein, too, is disappointed 'Final Destination 3-D' and 'Halloween II' won't be screened for critics.
"Of all the big, commercially successful American auteurs, he has always seemed to me the most mysterious, the most conflicted, the most unfulfilled."
You've read David Edelstein's reviews of 'Harry Potter 6' and '(500) Days of Summer' — but have you read them with footnotes?
"I don’t have much nice to say about 'Transformers 2,' but I’m happy to see my Park Slope neighbor John Turturro get another big paycheck."
David Carradine didn’t seem given to advance planning, career calculation, or control. He was the anti–Tom Cruise.
"It's easier to see why Robert Downey Jr. bristled when asked what his character in 'Tropic Thunder' would say about Jamie Foxx’s performance as the brilliant cellist Nathaniel Ayers."
"There ought to be a rehab center for celebrity self-righteousness."
'Yes, it’s worth it, but more for the experience — for the commitment itself — than because Kobayashi’s humanism will rock your world.'