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100 Boogie Nights (1997) tt0118749 Mar 30 2017, 23:16 Everyone's born with one special thing, and Eddie Adams uses his humongous "asset" to take the world of film pornography by storm. Things get ugly though when success leads to drugs and ruin. Will Dirk clean up and get back on top? Will Amber see her son? Will Rollergirl ever take off her skates?! (imdb) You know these little awesome montages in a movie? This film flows along like a bright, warming river of music and energy. Mark Wahlberg is perfect, the characters and how they populate a scene is wonderful, the score is nice (as noted above)... an instant classic.
100 The Departed (2006) tt0407887 Feb 01 2017, 08:17 The lives of two cops: Colin Sullivan, smart and ambitious, appears to be on the fast track in the Massachusetts State Police Department, whose prime target is powerful Irish mob boss Frank Costello. Billy Costigan, street-smart and tough, is purported to have a violent temper that costs him his badge... Brutal and melancholic, but not dark/grim. It has a fast style and never, ever feels boring.
100 Goodfellas (1990) tt0099685 Feb 01 2017, 08:12 Henry Hill is a small time gangster, who takes part in a robbery with Jimmy Conway and Tommy De Vito, two other gangsters who have set their sights a bit higher. His two partners kill off everyone else involved in the robbery, and slowly start to climb up through the hierarchy of the Mob. Henry, however, is badly affected by his partners success, but will he stoop low enough to bring about the downfall of Jimmy and Tommy ? (imdb) Exciting from the start. Three fantastic characters, great style. Can be watched many times.
100 Inception (2010) tt1375666 Feb 01 2017, 08:14 In a world where technology exists to enter the human mind through dream invasion, a single idea within one's mind can be the most dangerous weapon or the most valuable asset. Something that has never been seen, truly intelligent and unique!
100 The Matrix (1999) tt0133093 Feb 01 2017, 08:30 After meeting a group of rebels, a computer hacker who goes by the codename Neo learns that reality is not what it appears to be. Magical and unique. Perfect action scenes.
100 No Country for Old Men (2007) tt0477348 Feb 01 2017, 08:18 Violence and mayhem ensue after a hunter stumbles upon some dead bodies, a stash of heroin and more than $2 million in cash near the Rio Grande. (imdb) Great style. Quiet and creeping, with genuine characters.
100 The Sopranos (1999) tt0141842 Feb 02 2017, 23:31 New Jersey mob boss Tony Soprano deals with personal and professional issues in his home and business life that affect his mental state, leading him to seek professional psychiatric counseling. It's always great. There is a focus on the protagonist's family which can be annoying at times. But still, it's a magnificent journey. The characters have cult potential, and the little scenes "in between" make it all fit together.
100 Whiplash (2014) tt2582802 Feb 01 2017, 08:58 A young musician struggles to make it as a top jazz drummer. (imdb) Fucking awesome. So much drive and energy just pour out of this film.
90 American Psycho (2000) tt0144084 Feb 01 2017, 08:35 Patrick Bateman, a young, well to do man working on wall street at his father's company kills for no reason at all. As his life progresses his hatred for the world becomes more and more intense. Based on the book by Bret Easton Ellis. (imdb) Carried by a magnificent protagonist. The greatest Bale has ever done. Overall interesting.
90 The Big Short (2015) tt1596363 Feb 01 2017, 08:28 Four outsiders in the world of high-finance who predicted the credit and housing bubble collapse of the mid-2000s decide to take on the big banks for their lack of foresight and greed. (imdb) Brilliant and funny.
90 Blue Ruin (2014) tt2359024 Mar 13 2017, 14:49 A peaceful vagrant finds his quiet life upended by dreadful news and sets off for his childhood home to carry out an act of revenge. (imdb) Near perfection. Occasionally, I couldn't help but mutter things like "wow" or "amazing". The whole film is a sequence of masterful compositions.
90 Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) tt1727824 Dec 20 2018, 16:50 A chronicle of the years leading up to Queen's legendary appearance at the Live Aid (1985) concert. A divine, earth-shattering experience. Magnetic lead performance, great characters and actors, nice story progression, some really extraordinary shots. By all means, watch in the cinema.
90 Cars (2006) tt0317219 Feb 01 2017, 09:04 This is a fast-paced comedy adventure set inside the world of cars. Fueled with plenty of humor, action, heartfelt drama and amazing new technical feats, Cars is a high octane delight for moviegoers of all ages. (Disney) I hate kids movies, but this one is so decent with its message and so beautiful with its style.
90 Chernobyl (2019) tt7366338 Aug 07 2019, 09:26 In April 1986 an explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in the USSR becomes one of the world's worst man-made catastrophes. (imdb) Absolutely riveting; beautifully filmed and detailed. So many stunning and perfectly captured moments.
90 Cloud Atlas (2012) tt1371111 Feb 09 2017, 21:33 An exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution Great epic beyond time. Insane effort by the actors and a complex story line; still I could follow every subplot very well and there were almost no filler scenes, as it cuts to a different time when a point has been made.
90 Drive (2011) tt0780504 Feb 01 2017, 08:45 A Hollywood stunt performer who moonlights as a wheelman discovers that a contract has been put on him after a heist gone wrong. It does not do much, but it assembles the parts so nicely. This is a film that can be called "art" as much as a painting.
90 Green Book (2018) tt6966692 Jan 14 2019, 13:31 A working-class Italian-American bouncer becomes the driver of an African-American classical pianist on a tour of venues through the 1960s American South. (imdb) Fantastic road-trip movie with great characters and music. Scene after beautiful scene enhance the monumental power and sympathy that this movie radiates.
90 The Hateful Eight (2015) tt3460252 Feb 01 2017, 09:55 In post-Civil War Wyoming, bounty hunters try to find shelter during a blizzard but get involved in a plot of betrayal and deception. Will they survive? (imdb) It was a magical experience to watch it in the cinema.
90 Heat (1995) tt0113277 Feb 01 2017, 08:21 A Los Angeles crime saga, "Heat" focuses on the lives of two men on opposite sides of the law - one a detective; the other a thief.(imdb) Rarely seen coolness and style.
90 Inglourious Basterds (2009) tt0361748 Feb 02 2017, 10:26 In Nazi-occupied France during WW2, a group of Jewish-American soldiers known as "The Basterds" are chosen specifically to spread fear throughout the Third Reich by scalping and killing Nazis. A truly captivating film. There is a mission, there is a brilliant antagonist, and there are surprises ahead.
90 Pulp Fiction (1994) tt0110912 Feb 01 2017, 09:50 Jules Winnfield and Vincent Vega are two hitmen who are out to retrieve a suitcase stolen from their employer, mob boss Marsellus Wallace. Wallace has also asked Vincent to take his wife Mia out a few days later when Wallace himself will be out of town. Butch Coolidge is an aging boxer paid by Wallace to lose his next fight. The lives of these and other characters prove to be woven together in ways none of them could ever fully understand. Cool, with brilliant dialogues.
90 Rising Sun (1993) tt0107969 Feb 01 2017, 07:48 At the offices of a Japanese corporation, during a party, a woman, who's evidently a professional mistress, is found dead (imdb) An absolute gem. Intelligent and likeable characters, a complex(!) story to follow on your first watch. If you don't catch one line, there is a chance you'll not fully understand what is going on.
90 Se7en (1995) tt0114369 Feb 03 2017, 05:19 Two big city detectives (Pitt, Freeman) find themselves on the trail of a vicious serial killer that chooses his victims according to the seven deadly sins. (New Line Cinema) Stunning moments in a great detective film. Two good protagonists; some of their little moments are hilarious. As Fincher said, the film will find the soft spot of the viewer, where the fear and humanity lies, and stab into it.
90 The Staircase (2004) tt0388644 Jul 10 2018, 12:06 Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker, Jean-Xavier de Lestrade, presents a gripping courtroom thriller... (imdb) Riveting. Meticulous. Addicting. The definitive documentary series.
90 Summer Wars (2009) tt1474276 Feb 19 2017, 21:45 Kenji Koiso, an eleventh grade math genius, agrees to take a summer job at the Nagano hometown of his crush, Natuski. When he arrives, he finds that her family have reunited to celebrate the 90th birthday of the family matriarch. His job is to pretend to be Natsuki's fiancé. Meanwhile, his attempt to solve a mathematical equation causes a parallel world's collision with earth (imdb) Wonderful art style, and intriguing idea. Has emotion and intelligence.
90 The Thin Red Line (1998) tt0120863 Feb 12 2017, 20:36 "The Thin Red Line" tells the story of a group of men, an Army Rifle company called C-for-Charlie, who took part in the fierce World War II battle of Guadalcanal, but the way in which this story is told transcends the boundaries of the war film genre. Beautiful and painful.
90 Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011) tt1340800 Feb 02 2017, 18:31 In the bleak days of the Cold War, espionage veteran George Smiley is forced from semi-retirement to uncover a Soviet agent within MI6's echelons. (imdb) Well thought and executed, can be watched multiple times to maximize the stimulation of your brain.
90 Twin Peaks (1990) tt0098936 Feb 01 2017, 11:38 An idiosyncratic FBI agent investigates the murder of a young woman in the even more idiosyncratic town of Twin Peaks. (imdb) I love this series. Something is here that is so beautiful and pure it will never be recreated. With the best protagonist ever made and the best musical score I have heard to date. I think if I rewatch it some time, I will cry a bit, because of what could have been.
90 Up in the Air (2009) tt1193138 Feb 02 2017, 14:29 Ryan Bingham is a corporate downsizing expert whose cherished life on the road is threatened just as he is on the cusp of reaching ten million frequent flyer miles and just after he's met the frequent-traveler woman of his dreams. A great "feel good" movie.
90 Upgrade (2018) tt6499752 Aug 31 2018, 06:19 Set in the near-future, technology controls nearly all aspects of life. But when Grey, a self-identified technophobe, has his world turned upside down, his only hope for revenge is an experimental computer chip implant called Stem. (imdb) What a feast. Everything is on point: great protagonist, nice atmosphere and score, driven by an efficient story. -- I wouldn't even mind if this was 2 hours longer.
80 (500) Days of Summer (2009) tt1022603 Jul 22 2018, 21:13 An offbeat romantic comedy about a woman who doesn't believe true love exists, and the young man who falls for her. Relatable, great protagonist. The atmosphere is extremely vibrant and light-hearted. A prime "feel good" movie.
80 12 Angry Men (1957) tt0050083 Feb 02 2017, 11:49 A dissenting juror in a murder trial slowly manages to convince the others that the case is not as obviously clear as it seemed in court (imdb) It is very subtle and intelligent. Some scenes are truly memorable.
80 36th Chamber of Shaolin (1978) tt0078243 May 06 2017, 12:56 After a corrupt general occupies his village and terrorizes his family, San Te (Chia Hui Liu) vows revenge and leaves home to study the ancient fighting arts. He becomes a monk at the mythical Shaolin Temple, where he learns the secrets of all 35 chambers in a rigorous seven-year apprenticeship. But when he proposes a 36th chamber to teach the masses to defend themselves, he's cast out of the temple in this Shaw Brothers kung fu classic. Great training and fight scenes. Even the shortest appearances and scenes are meaningful, as in the end the monk uses all his skills - his body moves in uniformity.
80 All Is Lost (2013) tt2017038 Feb 18 2018, 11:26 After a collision with a shipping container at sea, a resourceful sailor finds himself, despite all efforts to the contrary, staring his mortality in the face. Watched it in the cinema, which probably helped its cause. Robert Redford is essential viewing, and I found the slow, drawn-out pacing relaxing. The ending gets my senses tingling.
80 American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson (2016) tt4277096 Mar 17 2019, 21:21 An anthology series centered around some of history's most famous criminals. (imdb) A remarkable, infuriating trip into the broken US justice system. Beautiful camera sweeps, great momentum building, high intensity, good acting. I consumed the episodes within a few days.
80 Apocalypse Now Redux (2001) tt9999998 Feb 01 2017, 15:55 Based on Joseph Conrad's Heart Of Darkness, this is a controversial addition to the multitude of Vietnam war movies in existence. Set in 1969 Vietnam, we follow U.S. Special Forces Captain Willard on his mission up a river into Cambodia to assassinate a renegade Green Beret who has set himself up as a God among a local tribe. (imdb) Great atmosphere is presented here. The ending is weak, but this is very much intentional. The film is in fact like watching the protagonist walk into a "heart of darkness".
80 Barry Lyndon (1975) tt0072684 May 12 2017, 15:11 An Irish rogue wins the heart of a rich widow and assumes her dead husband's position in 18th Century aristocracy. Magnificent. Goes straight into the heart.
80 Bone Tomahawk (2015) tt2494362 May 03 2017, 18:36 Four men set out in the Wild West to rescue a group of captives from cave dwellers. (imdb) I was immediately captured by the short summary - and I was not disappointed! This film unfolds precisely as it should. There is a long sequence where nothing really is happening, and it is fantastic to take in the atmosphere. If you are interested in a tense, gut-wrenching western/horror, try this one.
80 A Brighter Summer Day (1991) tt0101985 Mar 21 2018, 08:47 Based on the director's adolescent memories and focusing on one central male protagonist, an idealistic student who refuses to compromise his moral standards, looks at growing up in Taiwan during the 1960's and the problems of military dictatorship, unemployment and immigration from mainland China. This went by rather quickly. Reminds me of "The Best of Youth", but this film here is more polished and coherent than it. The scenery is so completely natural that it just pulled me in. Many great, memorable characters and scenes.
80 Burning (2018) tt7282468 Jan 27 2019, 08:51 Jong-soo, a part-time worker, bumps into Hae-mi while delivering, who used to live in the same neighborhood. Hae-mi asks him to look after her cat while she's on a trip to Africa. When Hae-mi comes back, she introduces Ben, a mysterious guy she met in Africa, to Jong-soo. One day, Ben visits Jong-soo's with Hae-mi and confesses his own secret hobby. (imdb) What a slow burn. The less you know before watching, the better.
80 Casino Royale (2006) tt0381061 Jul 17 2017, 10:41 In his first mission, James Bond must stop Le Chiffre, a banker to the world's terrorist organizations, from winning a high-stakes poker tournament at Casino Royale in Montenegro. The best of Craig's Bond films. Thrilling action and mystery, fast cars and dangerous women.
80 The Chaser (2008) tt1190539 Sep 08 2017, 10:20 A disgraced ex-policeman who runs a small ring of prostitutes finds himself in a race against time when one of his women goes missing. This was great! The best Korean crime film I've seen so far: exciting hunt with some surprises ahead.
80 Chronicle (2012) tt1706593 Mar 20 2017, 21:49 Three high school friends gain superpowers after making an incredible discovery. Soon, though, they find their lives spinning out of control and their bond tested as they embrace their darker sides. (imdb) Stunning and mind-blowing. The characters feel wonderfully natural, which makes the first half very satisfying. The ending is possibly a bit too action-loaded.
80 Cure (1997) tt0123948 Feb 22 2017, 12:26 Part atmospheric crime film and part philosophical meditation, this film follows a detective who is tracking a series of identical murders, committed under the same bizarre circumstances. (Cowboy Booking International) Let this film embrace you. The camerawork is way better than that of any modern film, and you have to pay attention to follow along.
80 Dark City (1998) tt0118929 Aug 18 2017, 11:50 Alex Proyas directs this futuristic thriller about a man (Sewell) waking up to find he is wanted for brutal murders he doesn't remember. Haunted by mysterious beings who stop time and alter reality, he seeks to unravel the riddle of his identity. [New Line] This is a supreme example of tight editing. The film progresses naturally and at a refreshing pace - great! -- (watched Director's Cut)
80 Death Note (2006) tt0877057 Mar 03 2017, 00:54 An intelligent high school student goes on a secret crusade to eliminate criminals from the world after discovering a notebook capable of killing anyone whose name is written into it. (imdb) Great series, driven by razor-sharp intellect. At times the thoughts will be racing through your head - which is so satisfying -, against the background of top-notch score and drawing. -- I have to say that the last 12 episode segment is not as great as the previous ones, it is just OK.
80 Dexter (2006) tt0773262 Mar 07 2017, 16:54 A Miami police forensics expert moonlights as a serial killer of criminals whom he believes have escaped justice. (imdb) Nice series; the first four seasons each have one defining motive - they are simply fantastic. Then it goes downhill... I recommend to quit after season 4.
80 Django Unchained (2012) tt1853728 Feb 01 2017, 09:49 With the help of his mentor, a slave-turned-bounty hunter sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner. (imdb) It's cool and bloody with the great Christoph Waltz, who gives it a melancholic tone. Could not have picked a better sidekick for Django. Overall really good.
80 The Drop (2014) tt1600196 Jul 02 2018, 12:34 Bob Saginowski finds himself at the center of a robbery gone awry and entwined in an investigation that digs deep into the neighborhood's past where friends, families, and foes all work together to make a living - no matter the cost. Very enjoyable. Good actors, nice setting and on-point tension.
80 Dunkirk (2017) tt5013056 Aug 02 2017, 15:21 Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire, Canada, and France are surrounded by the German army and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II. (imdb) Incredibly dense atmosphere. See it on a big screen with suitable speakers.
80 The Equalizer (2014) tt0455944 Feb 02 2017, 14:03 Robert McCall is a man who believes he has put his mysterious past behind him and dedicated himself to beginning a new, quiet life. But when he meets Teri, a young girl under the control of ultra-violent Russian gangsters, he can't stand idly by. He has to help her. (imdb) It can be so easy: cool protagonist with depth, a couple of bad guys, and a conflict. This leads to one of the most badass scenes I have ever seen. Great style, not too overloaded - finally someone got it right.
80 Fear X (2003) tt0289944 Feb 16 2018, 19:32 When his wife is killed in a seemingly random incident Harry (Turturro), prompted by mysterious visions, journeys to discover the true circumstances surrounding her murder. (imdb) I liked this small mystery film a lot. John Turturro is great, the score is great, the whole atmosphere just drew me in.
80 Field of Dreams (1989) tt0097351 Jul 19 2017, 17:12 "If you build it, he will come." With thes words, Iowa farmer Ray Kinsella (Costner) is inspired by a voice he can't ignore to pursue a dream he can hardly believe. Supported by his wife Annie (Madigan), Ray begins the quest by turning his ordinary cornfield into a place where dreams can come true. Along the way he meets reclusive activist Terence Mann (Jones), the mysterious "Doc" Graham (Lancaster), and even the legendary "Shoeless Joe" Jackson (Liotta). (Universal) I cried only a little bit. A magical experience, like a warm blanket for my depraved soul.
80 Fight Club (1999) tt0137523 Feb 01 2017, 11:44 An insomniac office worker, looking for a way to change his life, crosses paths with a devil-may-care soapmaker, forming an underground fight club that evolves into something much, much more. Great protagonists. Exciting throughout, beware of spoilers if you haven't seen it.
80 From Dusk Till Dawn (1996) tt0116367 Feb 12 2018, 20:11 George Clooney and Quentin Tarantino star as the Gecko brothers -- two dangerous outlaws on a wild crime spree. After kidnapping a father (Keitel) and his two kids (Lewis), the Geckos head south to a seedy Mexican bar to hide out in safety. But when they face the bar's truly notorious clientele, they're forced to team up with their hostages in order to make it out alive. (Dimension) A lovely film. Nothing beats the dream team Clooney/Tarantino. The style and atmosphere are great, can be watched many times.
80 Fury (2014) tt2713180 Jul 20 2017, 18:27 April, 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theatre, a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy commands a Sherman tank and her five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Outnumbered and out-gunned, and with a rookie soldier thrust into their platoon, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany. (imdb) Polished, gruesome and interesting war film. Quite exciting to see the group of protagonists move out into unknown territory. - Shia LaBeouf is great, the tank battles are nice and (!) the german dialogue is on point. That is enough to forgive the confusing ending.
80 Ghost in the Shell (1995) tt0113568 Feb 03 2017, 08:29 A female cyborg cop and her partner hunt a mysterious and powerful hacker called the Puppet Master (imdb) Exquisite and philosophical. The scenery is presented exceptionally well.
80 The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) tt2278388 Feb 02 2017, 18:10 The adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. (imdb) Beautiful, beautiful film; it feels nostalgic but also pure. Definitely worth your attention.
80 Grease (1978) tt0077631 Mar 10 2019, 19:34 Good girl Sandy and greaser Danny fell in love over the summer. But when they unexpectedly discover they're now in the same high school, will they be able to rekindle their romance? (imdb) I had a blast watching this. Pure rock'n'roll, sprawling with energy and fantastic musical scenes. -- Can be weird at first because some of the "teenagers" are clearly over 30. But it's still great fun.
80 The Guilty (2018) tt6742252 Dec 30 2018, 12:27 A police officer assigned alarm dispatch duty enters a race against time when he answers an emergency call from a kidnapped woman. (imdb) This is how you do suspense. The film is extremely nuanced and refined, only driven by the colossal lead performance.
80 Hold the Dark (2018) tt5057140 Nov 09 2018, 18:34 After the deaths of three children suspected to be by wolves, writer Russell Core is hired by the parents of a missing six-year-old boy to track down and locate their son in the Alaskan wilderness. (imdb) Nice visuals, cryptic story. Overall feels very consistent and confident, so it's easy to get lost in the rich atmosphere. The score is also great.
80 Ivy (2015) tt4309356 May 11 2019, 16:12 After months without pay, the already disgruntled crew on a Turkish cargo ship arrives in an Egyptian port and learns that the port authority is foreclosing on them. Ordered to anchor offshore, the remaining skeleton crew has their passports seized and must maintain the vessel until its owner's debts are paid... ( I love it! An intricate, mysterious and mind-enhancing trip.
80 The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst (2015) tt4299972 Mar 02 2019, 17:16 Filmmaker Andrew Jarecki examines the complicated life of reclusive real estate scion, Robert Durst, the key suspect in a series of unsolved crimes. (imdb) It delves slowly into the different important moments, and can get a bit tedious at times... but it is all worth it in the end! The finale is one of the finest TV episodes of all time.
80 Jodorowsky's Dune (2014) tt1935156 May 02 2017, 20:43 Shot in France, England, Switzerland and the United States, this documentary covers director Alejandro Jodorowsky (El Topo, Holy Mountain, Santa Sangre) and his 1974 Quixotic attempt to adapt the seminal sci-fi novel Dune into a feature film. ( Immensely inspiring. Really loved how Jodorowsky got the crew together. -- I also refrained myself from admiring the script too much; would have been a good film, but who knows how many of those were never made?
80 JoJo's Bizarre Adventure (2012) tt2359704 Jul 12 2019, 18:10 Anime adaptation of Hirohiko Araki's long running manga series, covering the first two parts, Phantom Blood and Battle Tendency. Follows the adventures of the descendants of the Joestar family, who discover they have unique powers and are destined to fight supernatural foes. The perfect mix of humour, action, style and autism.
80 JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable (2016) tt5779252 Aug 05 2019, 08:37 Josuke Higashikata and friends investigate a series of homicides in the Japanese village of Morioh. (imdb) The first half is a bit slow, introducing characters etc.; the second half is intense and addictive. Excellent tension and battle scenes, with great characters.
80 K-PAX (2001) tt0272152 Mar 25 2017, 14:57 Prot is a patient at a mental hospital who claims to be from a far away planet. His psychiatrist tries to help him, only to begin to doubt his own explanations. (imdb) Kevin Spacey does a perfect job. The film's idea is simply exciting and executed with great precision.
80 The Knick (2014) tt2937900 Aug 13 2018, 15:42 A look at the professional and personal lives of the staff at New York's Knickerbocker Hospital during the early part of the twentieth century. (imdb) Season 1 is great. Fantastic soundtrack, excellent camerawork, interesting characters and story. Season 2 is a good continuation; enjoyable and beautifully created, but only rarely exciting. -- Easily annihilates every other modern TV show.
80 L.A. Confidential (1997) tt0119488 Feb 01 2017, 12:32 A shooting at an all night diner is investigated by three LA policemen in their own unique ways. Great "vintage" style, all protagonists are well made. Some scenes are lengthy and a bit convenient.
80 Layer Cake (2004) tt0375912 Feb 01 2017, 08:40 A riveting thriller set in the drug underworld of the UK. Stylish and interesting. Insightful narration.
80 Luther (2010) tt1474684 Mar 04 2018, 11:19 A crime drama series starring Idris Elba as a near-genius murder detective whose brilliant mind can't always save him from the dangerous violence of his passions. (imdb) I like it. The first three seasons present a well-rounded story, the investigations are fun, the main character is good, and there is a real sense of danger and brutality.
80 Maniac (2018) tt5580146 Sep 29 2018, 20:49 An institutionalized man dreams of a new life in a fantasy world. Great, enjoyable trip. The design is great, there are many small details that you can pick up, the actors are all good, and the whole series has a nice feel of continuity and authenticity.
80 Margin Call (2011) tt1615147 Feb 18 2018, 11:20 A thriller that revolves around the key people at a investment bank over a 24-hour period during the early stages of the 2008 financial crisis. Seen this some time ago. I loved it for the cool atmosphere and the sustained feeling. Especially Kevin Spacey ties the film together.
80 Memento (2001) tt0209144 Feb 03 2017, 06:57 Memento chronicles two separate stories of Leonard (Guy Pearce), a ex-insurance investigator who can no longer build new memories, as he attempts to find the murderer of his wife, which is the last thing he remembers. One story line movies forward in time while the other tells the story backwards revealing more each time. (imdb) [Released at some festivals in 2000] Unique concept, aimed to make you feel the deep frustration the protagonist cannot comprehend.
80 Mulholland Drive (2001) tt0166924 Feb 01 2017, 13:31 In this complex tale of suspense, set in the unreal universe of Los Angeles, writer/director David Lynch explores the city's schizophrenic nature, an uneasy blend of innocence and corruption, love and loneliness, beauty and depravity. (Universal Focus) Unsettling atmosphere, masterfully designed, with a mysterious quality that is rarely found. -- That one scene made me very afraid of going around corners for a few days.
80 The New World (2005) tt0402399 Jan 20 2020, 08:52 A sweeping adventure set amidst the first encounter of European and Native American cultures during the founding of the Jamestown Virginia settlement in 1607. Nothing beats Terrence Malick. Stunning, meditative and enticing as always.
80 Nightcrawler (2014) tt2872718 Mar 07 2017, 21:03 When Lou Bloom, a driven man desperate for work, muscles into the world of L.A. crime journalism, he blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story. Aiding him in his effort is Nina, a TV-news veteran. (imdb) Compelling scenery, interesting story and a mysterious protagonist.
80 Norm Macdonald Has a Show (2018) tt8139862 Jan 13 2019, 18:07 Comedian Norm MacDonald and his sidekick Adam Eget sit down and chat with celebrity guests. (imdb) Some of the episodes almost killed me. -- I wonder who's lying in the grave of the guy who invented the old switcheroo.
80 The Office (2005) tt0386676 Mar 04 2018, 09:44 A mockumentary on a group of typical office workers, where the workday consists of ego clashes, inappropriate behavior, and tedium. (imdb) The first five seasons are overall great. There are episodes where I burst out laughing more than once, and I burned through half of the series with ease - a very enjoyable experience. After season 5, I lost interest a bit, so I decided to keep the good memories and move on.
80 Once Upon a Time in America (1984) tt0087843 Feb 11 2018, 16:11 A former Prohibition-era Jewish gangster returns to Brooklyn over 30 years later, where he once again must confront the ghosts and regrets of his old life (imdb) A full load of Robert de Niro, which is never bad. Long and old-fashioned film, not very exciting but with some kind of merit.
80 Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) tt0064116 Apr 29 2017, 09:44 Sergio Leone's monumental epic is as big as its Monument Valley locations, as grand as its fine, distinguished cast, as tough and bawdy as every kid imagines the Old West. Very enjoyable, with epic and emotional scenes. Leone finally got the pacing right. The characters are great, and it all comes together nicely in the end.
80 Only the Brave (2017) tt3829920 Oct 08 2019, 20:34 A drama based on the elite crew of firemen from Prescott, Arizona who battled a wildfire in Yarnell, AZ Iin June 2013 that claimed the lives of 19 of their members. (imdb) Subtle and great performances all around; fantastic building of suspense and characters. The ending lost me, should have been longer and more thoughtful.
80 Parasite (2019) tt6751668 Dec 05 2019, 16:42 All unemployed, Ki-taek's family takes peculiar interest in the wealthy and glamorous Parks for their livelihood until they get entangled in an unexpected incident. (imdb) Very good and intense suspense film. Great sound design and pacing. Gets more intricate and complex than you could imagine at first.
80 Phantom Thread (2017) tt5776858 Mar 01 2019, 12:58 Set in 1950s London, Reynolds Woodcock is a renowned dressmaker whose fastidious life is disrupted by a young, strong-willed woman, Alma, who becomes his muse and lover. (imdb) Beautiful music flows through this film, the characters are good (especially the protagonist), and the story unfolds slowly and delicately.
80 Pine Gap (2018) tt7371868 Jan 11 2019, 15:34 When a passenger jet is shot down over Myanmar air space, an investigation within the Pine Gap satellite surveillance facility is started... It starts good and subtle, and later the suspense really ramps up. Great!
80 The Prestige (2006) tt0482571 Feb 01 2017, 08:38 Christopher Nolan directs this mysterious story of two magicians whose intense rivalry leads them on a life-long battle for supremacy full of obsession, deceit and jealousy with dangerous and deadly consequences. (Touchstone Pictures) Exciting, perfectly executed with a vision.
80 Reservoir Dogs (1992) tt0105236 Feb 01 2017, 09:53 Six unacquainted professional criminals are brought together by a veteran thief to execute an intricately planned diamond robbery. Great protagonists at work, the story is told as "picking up the pieces"/recollection of what went wrong. At times it drags a little bit.
80 Rollerball (1975) tt0073631 Mar 16 2017, 19:26 In a corporate controlled future, an ultra-violent sport known as Rollerball represents the world, and one of it's powerful athletes is out to defy those who want him out of the game. (imdb) I'm surprised how great this film is. When the purpose of rollerball was revealed, it struck me like a work of genius. This struggle goes so much deeper than just the fight for survival... The ending drives it home perfectly.
80 Ronin (1998) tt0122690 Feb 18 2018, 21:53 When an international team of former Cold War intelligence adversaries meet in a warehouse, their adventure of friendship, intrigue and betrayal has just begun. Like the masterless Samurai of ages past, these modern day Ronin are embarking on their final covert mission -- to recover a mysterious briefcase for an unknown employer and to stay alive. (MGM) It's been a long time since an action scene made my heart race like this.
80 Run Lola Run (1998) tt0130827 Feb 19 2017, 23:14 Lola receives a phone call from her boyfriend Manny. He lost 100,000 DM in a subway train that belongs to a very bad guy. Lola has 20 min to raise this amount and meet Manny. Otherwise, he will rob a store to get the money. Three different alternatives may happen depending on some minor event along Lola's run. (imdb) A blast from start to finish! So many crazy shots and a blistering soundtrack.
80 Stop Making Sense (1984) tt0088178 Feb 20 2018, 11:17 An innovative concert movie for the rock group Talking Heads. (imdb) Starts ingeniously, David Byrne is a blast to watch.
80 Taxi Driver (1976) tt0075314 Feb 01 2017, 11:47 A mentally unstable Vietnam war veteran works as nighttime taxi driver in a city whose perceived decadence and sleaze feeds his urge to violently lash out. ( It's interesting, good score and urban design. Melancholic and dark.
80 Tenebre (1982) tt0084777 Mar 21 2017, 15:46 An American writer in Rome is stalked by a serial killer bent on harassing him while killing all people associated with his work on his latest book. (imdb) Completely ruthless and stylish. One of the best scores ever.
80 Thief (1981) tt0083190 Feb 01 2017, 07:44 Becoming closer to his dream of leading a normal life, a professional safecracker agrees to do a job for the mafia, who have other plans for him. (imdb) Very cool and melancholic, great protagonist.
80 The Thing (1982) tt0084787 Feb 07 2017, 00:41 Scientists in the Antarctic are confronted by a shape-shifting alien that assumes the appearance of the people that it kills. On second watch: it's brilliant. The sheer terror and gruesomeness are outstanding. In addition you have a great score and atmosphere.
80 To Live and Die in L.A. (1985) tt0090180 Dec 01 2018, 14:09 A fearless Secret Service agent will stop at nothing to bring down the counterfeiter who killed his partner. (imdb) Damn good cop drama. I didn't expect it to be this brutal and uncompromising - a pleasant surprise. Also has some nice-looking scenery and good score.
80 Touch of Evil (1958) tt0052311 Apr 20 2019, 11:50 A Mexican government investigator and his young American wife put their honeymoon on hold in an American border town when they become embroiled in a frame-up planned by the town's chief investigator (imdb) Excellent crime film. I love the carefully constructed shots and the snappy, dynamic dialogue.
80 Tower (2016) tt5116410 Aug 24 2017, 09:52 Nearly fifty years ago, a gunman rode the elevator to the twenty-seventh floor of the University of Texas Tower and opened fire. TOWER, an animated and action-packed documentary, shares the untold story of that day - when the worst in one man brought out the best in so many others. (imdb) Exciting film, great blend of animations with occasional original footage. The suspense is simply remarkable, the editing is fantastic, and the wonderful characters tie the film together nicely.
80 The Truman Show (1998) tt0120382 Feb 02 2017, 14:08 Twenty-nine years ago, a baby boy was adopted by the OmniCam Corporation to become the subject of the most popular television show of all time. His name is Truman Burbank. A brilliant idea, and its potential was used very thoroughly.
80 The Twilight Zone (1959) tt0052520 Jan 27 2019, 21:31 Ordinary people find themselves in extraordinarily astounding situations, which they each try to solve in a remarkable manner. (imdb) It's got an undeniable charm and intelligence. Like the man in the pilot said, "when a story is well-told, the viewer will sit straight and listen". -- Great episodes: 1.01, 1.05, 1.11, [...]
80 The Usual Suspects (1995) tt0114814 Feb 06 2017, 10:19 Following a truck hijack in New York, five conmen are arrested and brought together for questioning. As none of them is guilty, they plan a revenge operation against the police. The operation goes well, but then the influence of a legendary mastermind criminal called Keyser Söze is felt. It becomes clear that each one of them has wronged Söze at some point and must pay back now. The payback job leaves 27 men dead in a boat explosion, but the real question arises now: Who actually is Keyser Söze? (imdb) Extremely exciting on first watch. The characters are great.
80 The Wages of Fear (1953) tt0046268 Feb 01 2017, 08:08 In a decrepit South American village, men are hired to transport an urgent nitroglycerine shipment without the equipment that would make it safe. (imdb) Drags along for the first ~1h. Then it builds a great tension, has some supernatural elements.
80 Watchmen (2009) tt0409459 Feb 03 2017, 05:56 When an ex-superhero is murdered, a vigilante named Rorshach begins an investigation into the murder, which begins to lead to a much more terrifying conclusion. Great film, with a fascinating group of protagonists.
80 Where Eagles Dare (1968) tt0065207 Jul 10 2018, 17:01 Allied agents stage a daring raid on a castle where the Nazis are holding an American General prisoner... but that's not all that's really going on. (imdb) Keeps getting better and better. Old, but reckless NAZI CASTLE INVASION movie.
80 The White Diamond (2004) tt0435776 Jan 14 2018, 11:35 THE WHITE DIAMOND is a film about the daring adventure of exploring rainforest canopy with a novel flying device-the Jungle Airship. Airship engineer Dr.Graham Dorrington embarks on a trip to the giant Kaieteur Falls in the heart of Guyana, hoping to fly his helium-filled invention above the tree-tops... (imdb) Wonderful. Very philosophical, intimate and all around astonishing.
80 Wind River (2017) tt5362988 Mar 03 2018, 18:53 An FBI agent teams with the town's veteran game tracker to investigate a murder that occurred on a Native American reservation. (imdb) This is good stuff. Intense, authentic and atmospheric to a good amount. If it wasn't for a big question mark near the end, I would rate it even higher.
80 The Wire (2002) tt0306414 Jul 17 2017, 08:24 Baltimore drug scene, seen through the eyes of drug dealers, and law enforcement. (imdb) Season 1: Good characters, somehow very intense, melancholic. Season 2: Even better; meticulous and intriguing, exapands into a different direction. Season 3: More distanced, jumping from one place to the next rapidly; that makes it less intense and a bit chaotic.
80 The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) tt0993846 Feb 02 2017, 18:15 Based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, from his rise to a wealthy stockbroker living the high life to his fall involving crime, corruption and the federal government. (imdb) This feels like a rush. You are taken in by the protagonist and have loads of fun.
70 2 Guns (2013) tt1272878 Feb 09 2017, 16:05 A DEA agent and an undercover Naval Intelligence officer who have been tasked with investigating one another find they have been set up by the mob -- the very organization the two men believe they have been stealing money from. (imdb) Great buddy action/comedy; some of the dialogue really cracked me up. By far the most annoying part was Paula Patton's performance.
70 After Hours (1985) tt0088680 Feb 03 2017, 11:56 Paul meets Marcy at a coffee shop after work, and gets her phone number. He calls her, she asks him to come over (imdb) The beginning is enjoyable and full of opportunities. Then towards the end it gets a bit too much. It came to my mind that this film is truly Kafkaesque: 'a greater force that subdues the protagonist beyond his control'. Pretty neat, but I don't need to rewatch.
70 Angst (1983) tt0165623 Feb 27 2017, 13:45 A man is released from prison after serving four years for murdering an elderly woman. He quickly begins to feel the compulsion to kill again. After failing to murder a cab driver, he flees and discovers a secluded rural home, where a young woman lives with her sick mother and retarded brother. He then begins to take out his sadistic pleasures on them, attempting to hold them hostage, while thinking of his troubled childhood with his abusive mother and grandmother... (imdb) Unique little film. The director does not shy away from empathizing with a sadistic killer; the score is well done, and the protagonist is very good.
70 Arrival (2016) tt2543164 Feb 02 2017, 22:57 Taking place after alien crafts land around the world, an expert linguist is recruited by the military to determine whether they come in peace or are a threat. (imdb) A wonderful, exciting film. You are not fed the information, which makes it so much more interesting.
70 Barry (2018) tt5348176 Jan 04 2020, 09:19 A hit man from the Midwest moves to Los Angeles and gets caught up in the city's theatre arts scene. (imdb) Pretty good and enjoyable. Season 1 is nice, good humor and performances. Season 2 ramps up the tension, maybe even funnier. Overall, I don't like most of the normal characters (intentional?) but there are great bad guys to compensate.
70 Batman Begins (2005) tt0372784 Feb 11 2017, 11:49 Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins explores the origins of the Batman legend and the Dark Knight's emergence as a force for good in Gotham. (Warner Bros.) Massively entertaining hero action. The style is mainstream, but the small pieces like some dialogue lines add quite a bit of humour and originality.
70 The Best of Youth (2003) tt0346336 Feb 25 2018, 19:33 Spanning four decades, from the chaotic 1960s to the present, this passionate epic follows two Italian brothers through some of the most tumultuous events of recent Italian history. (Miramax) Six months after watching this, I still remember some of the vivid scenes. Some parts were dragging along, other parts were great. A very naturalistic film.
70 The Big Lebowski (1998) tt0118715 Feb 02 2017, 18:30 When "The Dude" Lebowski is mistaken for a millionaire Lebowski, two thugs urinate on his rug to coerce him into paying a debt he knows nothing about. While attempting to gain recompense for the ruined rug from his wealthy counterpart, he accepts a one-time job with high pay-off. He enlists the help of his bowling buddy, Walter, a gun-toting Jewish-convert with anger issues. Deception leads to more trouble, and it soon seems that everyone from porn empire tycoons to nihilists want something from The Dude. (imdb) It has some very comforting scenes, also lots of "chuckle" moments.
70 Black Mirror (2011) tt2085059 Feb 02 2017, 22:41 A TV series that explores modern life and it's attachment to technology in bizarre ways. It is good; every episode is different and handles its stuff differently. There were some great ones, some good ones, a few even terrible. -- Great episodes: 1) The Entire History Of You; 2) Be Right Back and White Christmas; 3) San Junipero(!) and Men Against Fire; 4) Hang the DJ and Metalhead; 5) none
70 Blackjack (1998) tt0126816 Feb 02 2017, 18:24 After saving Casey, a daughter of his friend, from hired assassins, Jack Devlin is hit with a strange phobia - fear of white color. But when his other friend, who works as a bodyguard for a supermodel, is wounded, Jack decides to step in for him. Now he must confront his fear and the assassin, who seems to be well aware of Jack's problem (imdb) It's almost hilarious at times, and the suspense is constructed very well. The best Woo film.
70 Blade Runner (1982) tt0083658 Feb 02 2017, 11:40 Harrison Ford stars as former detective Rick Deckard who is on the hunt for "replicants," androids, attempting to pass as humans in technogrunge 2019 Los Angeles. The scenery is great, futuristic and mysterious. After the introduction, things get a bit sketchy and there is too much time spent with the wrong things. -- (watched International aka Criterion version)
70 Blade Runner 2049 (2017) tt1856101 Jan 14 2018, 12:28 Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what's left of society into chaos. K's discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years. (imdb) A nice experience, which is a bit too overburdened with obligations to the first Blade Runner. I loved the first steps into this great new world, but the ending was rather weak.
70 The Blues Brothers (1980) tt0080455 Feb 05 2017, 14:16 Jake Blues, just out from prison, puts together his old band to save the Catholic home where he and brother Elwood were raised. (imdb) Massively enjoyable, cool but not too serious. A rightful classic. Sit back and jam along.
70 Das Boot (1981) tt0082096 Feb 06 2017, 10:38 It is 1942 and the German submarine fleet is heavily engaged in the so called "Battle of the Atlantic" to harass and destroy English shipping. With better escorts of the Destroyer Class, however, German U-Boats have begun to take heavy losses. Das Boot is the story of one such U-Boat crew, with the film examining how these submariners maintained their professionalism as soldiers, attempted to accomplish impossible missions, while all the time attempting to understand and obey the ideology of the government under which they served. (Sony Pictures) Excellent grounded atmosphere and frightening use of sound/silence. Also outstanding work by the actors.
70 Burden of Dreams (1982) tt0083702 Feb 08 2017, 16:12 A documentary on the chaotic production of Werner Herzog's epic 'Fitzcarraldo' , showing how the film managed to get made despite problems that would have floored a less obsessively driven director (imdb) Eye-opening and inspiring. This is how you should make a movie. Please watch it if you have any interest in "behind the scenes" material.
70 Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) tt0064115 Feb 01 2017, 20:09 Two Western bank/train robbers flee to Bolivia when the law gets too close. (imdb) A good western, with likeable protagonists. Features the slow tension of being tracked down by a masterful foe.
70 Children of Men (2006) tt0206634 Feb 02 2017, 22:39 In 2027, in a chaotic world in which women have become somehow infertile, a former activist agrees to help transport a miraculously pregnant woman to a sanctuary at sea. It starts slow. But there is a scene that is so beautiful and stunning and heartwarming, it must be a genius who put it to life.
70 Chinatown (1974) tt0071315 Feb 01 2017, 20:22 Jack Nicholson is private-eye Jake Gittes, living off the murky moral climate of sunbaked, pre-war Southern California. Hired by a beautiful socialite to investigate her husband's extramarital affair, Gittes is swept into a maelstrom of double dealings and deadly deceits, uncovering a web of personal and political scandals that come crashing together for one, unforgettable night in Chinatown. It is a demanding detective film. Nicholson is great in this one, so is the design and atmosphere.
70 A Clockwork Orange (1971) tt0066921 Feb 11 2017, 09:29 A savage and satiric morality play centering on Alex, who fights, robs, rapes and kills like any conscienceless predator. Captured and imprisoned, he undergoes treatment to condition him "safe", a "clockwork orange" healthy and whole on the outside - but crippled within by reflex mechanisms beyond his control. Good atmosphere and design. The protagonist fits very well, also the score is great.
70 The Color of Money (1986) tt0090863 Feb 19 2018, 21:39 A former pool player returns to the game and takes on a young protege. (imdb) Good old Scorsese magic.
70 The Darjeeling Limited (2007) tt0838221 May 07 2017, 09:24 Three American brothers who have not spoken to each other in a year set off on a train voyage across India with a plan to find themselves and bond with each other -- to become brothers again like they used to be. Their "spiritual quest", however, veers rapidly off-course (due to events involving over-the-counter pain killers, Indian cough syrup, and pepper spray), and they eventually find themselves stranded alone in the middle of the desert with eleven suitcases, a printer, and a laminating machine. At this moment, a new, unplanned journey suddenly begins. (Fox Searchlight) It's amazing how Wes Anderson just tells an honest and emotional story, without any cynicism or trapdoors, and gets away with it.
70 The Dark Knight Rises (2012) tt1345836 Feb 12 2017, 15:23 Eight years after Batman took the fall for Two Face's crimes, a new terrorist leader, Bane overwhelms Gotham's finest, and the Dark Knight resurfaces to protect a city that brands him an enemy. It has some lengths and - like before - the very normalized style. But the story has more gravity and the ending is quite emotional. There are also many faithful references to the first and second film.
70 Death on the Nile (1978) tt0077413 Feb 02 2019, 22:15 Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot has a set of murder suspects on a boat in the Nile after a rich heiress is killed. Can he find the culprit before they reach port ? (imdb) Lovely constructed, not rushing into action. All the characters have their special traits, and Peter Ustinov is great as the omniscient Belgian.
70 Die Hard (1988) tt0095016 Feb 07 2017, 00:56 New York cop John McClane gives terrorists a dose of their own medicine as they hold hostages in an LA office building. (imdb) The protagonist carries the movie as well as any challenge that is thrown at him. I like the concept of infiltrating a skyscraper.
70 La Dolce vita (1960) tt0053779 Sep 16 2019, 13:54 Marcello is a young playboy journalist who spends his days between celebrities and rich people, seeking for ephemeral joy in parties and sex... (imdb) Interesting, subtle dialogues. The film never hits you over the head, but the conclusion is unmistakable.
70 Donnie Darko (2001) tt0246578 Mar 07 2017, 21:08 A troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a man in a large rabbit suit who manipulates him to commit a series of crimes, after he narrowly escapes a bizarre accident. I liked it; it had authentic moments but also imaginative ideas. You can't go wrong with this one.
70 Dredd (2012) tt1343727 Jan 20 2018, 16:54 In a violent, futuristic city where the police have the authority to act as judge, jury and executioner, a cop teams with a trainee to take down a gang that deals the reality-altering drug, SLO-MO. (imdb) Love it. This is why action movies will never die.
70 Entourage (2004) tt0387199 May 28 2017, 14:50 Film star Vince Chase navigates the vapid terrain of Los Angeles with a close circle of friends and his trusty agent. It's very easy to burn through the series in a few days. Light and enjoyable fun. (watched a few years ago)
70 Evil Dead (2013) tt1288558 Mar 23 2017, 16:21 Five friends head to a remote cabin, where the discovery of a Book of the Dead leads them to unwittingly summon up demons living in the nearby woods. The evil presence possesses them until only one is left to fight for survival. (imdb) I think it does a very good job as a modern The Evil Dead. It is nice to see some more of the book, as well as excessive brutality.
70 Exiled (2006) tt0796212 Feb 11 2018, 17:38 Set just around the time of Macau's reversion to the Chinese government, it concerns a group of hit men who come together when their boss orders a hit on one of them... (IMDB Comments) Great, really great gangster film. Something about the film touches me in the strangest, almost romantic way.
70 Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010) tt1587707 Feb 11 2017, 09:14 The story of how an eccentric French shop keeper and amateur film maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on its owner with spectacular results. Billed as 'the world's first street art disaster movie' the film contains exclusive footage of Banksy, Shephard Fairey, Invader and many of the world's most infamous graffiti artists at work. (imdb) Interesting documentary about an unworthy camera guy who stumbles into the world of street art, and in the process captures incredibly rare footage.
70 Face/Off (1997) tt0119094 Feb 02 2017, 13:59 FBI agent Sean Archer knows how to stop elusive terrorist Castor Troy. He'll become him. Archer undergoes a futuristic surgery and has Troy's face mapped onto his, then infiltrates the terrorist's world to discover his deadly secrets. Great movie with an epic feel to it. The fight good vs evil carries the viewer along. Both main characters are well made - I think it's Cage's best performance.
70 Fallen (1998) tt0119099 Feb 18 2017, 00:19 Homicide detective John Hobbes witnesses the execution of serial killer Edgar Reese. Soon after the execution the killings start again, and they are very similar to Reese's style. (imdb) Surprisingly great. Decent, bizarre story and a handful of the best side characters you can get. The ending is just baffling.
70 Falling Down (1993) tt0106856 Feb 02 2017, 12:02 An unemployed defence worker frustrated with the various flaws he sees in society, begins to psychotically and violently lash out against them. (imdb) Great story with a great lead. It is always appealing to get thrown into a movie and just see what happens.
70 Fargo (1996) tt0116282 Feb 01 2017, 11:55 Jerry's inept crime falls apart due to his and his henchmen's bungling and the persistent police work of pregnant Marge Gunderson. It's alright, although it drags sometimes. But great setting and score. Also good characters.
70 Following (1998) tt0154506 Mar 17 2019, 09:30 A young writer who follows strangers for material meets a thief who takes him under his wing. (imdb) Interesting film with an almost ethereal quality. I liked the protagonists and the fast, dazzling story.
70 Free Solo (2018) tt7775622 May 14 2019, 15:31 Follow Alex Honnold as he becomes the first person to ever free solo climb Yosemite's 3,000ft high El Capitan Wall. With no ropes or safety gear, he completed arguably the greatest feat in rock climbing history. (imdb) Riveting and highly intense. The actual climb could have been shown a bit longer.
70 From Russia with Love (1963) tt0057076 Feb 17 2018, 09:12 Agent 007 is sent into Turkey to confiscate an encryption device which is actually a trap for him contrived by SPECTRE. An almost perfect spy film. The pieces fit together very nicely - although there is an occasional sketchy moment -, and Sean Connery carries the film all the way through.
70 The Game (1997) tt0119174 Feb 06 2017, 10:25 Wealthy financier Nicholas Van Orton gets a strange birthday present from wayward brother Conrad: a live-action game that consumes his life. It starts calmly and then escalates. Watch it once, then it's pretty great.
70 Gangs of New York (2002) tt0217505 Feb 01 2017, 10:01 Having seen his father killed in a major gang fight in New York, young Amsterdam Vallon is spirited away for his own safety. Some years later, he returns to the scene of his father's death, the notorious Five Points district in New York. It's 1863 and lower Manhattan is run by gangs, the most powerful of which is the Natives, headed by Bill "The Butcher" Cutting. He believes that America should belong to native-born Americans and opposes the waves of immigrants, mostly Irish, entering the city. (imdb) The intro is truly special and memorable. After that the story slows down a lot, but you still want to see what happens next.
70 The Ghost Writer (2010) tt1139328 Feb 01 2017, 09:15 A ghostwriter hired to complete the memoirs of a former British prime minister uncovers secrets that put his own life in risk. Good protagonist, really nice visuals and feeling. Watching once is enough.
70 Glengarry Glen Ross (1992) tt0104348 Mar 24 2017, 15:16 A group of real estate salesmen in Chicago compete for the best "leads" at a small firm selling property in "resort" areas, such as Florida and Arizona. When a hotshot executive from the head office arrives and proposes a vicious sales contest, competition gets stiff, and salesmen who have worked a lifetime for the company find their jobs in jeopardy. (Artisan) Dense "classical drama" on screen. Theatrical performances and dialogue, with the typical dramatic tension "triangle". Refreshing mind exercise.
70 The Godfather (1972) tt0068646 Feb 01 2017, 11:32 Francis Ford Coppola's epic features Marlon Brando in his Oscar-winning role as the patriarch of the Corleone family. Director Coppola paints a chilling portrait of the Sicilian clan's rise and near fall from power in America, masterfully balancing the story between the Corleone's family life and the ugly crime business in which they are engaged... (Paramount Pictures) The feeling and style of this is enchanting. A good movie on any standard.
70 Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (2015) tt4257858 Mar 02 2018, 11:54 An in-depth look at the inner-workings of the Church of Scientology. (imdb) The essential Scientology documentary.
70 The Great Escape (1963) tt0057115 Feb 24 2019, 21:12 Several hundred Allied POWs plan a mass escape from a German POW camp. (imdb) Methodical and gritty. The film doesn't rush anything, and the ending is very strong.
70 Green Room (2016) tt4062536 Mar 13 2017, 17:08 A young punk rock band find themselves trapped in a secluded venue after stumbling upon a horrific act of violence. (imdb) In the beginning, it's extremely suspenseful, but then it decreases moderately - in the middle/end, almost feels too long. I'm missing a key moment of brilliance. But to be fair, Saulnier nailed the final shot again (and this shot "unlocks" the whole film).
70 Grindhouse (2007) tt0462322 Feb 02 2017, 20:13 A double-bill of thrillers that recall both filmmakers' favorite exploitation films. "Grindhouse" (a downtown movie theater in disrepair since its glory days as a movie palace known for "grinding out" non-stop double-bill programs of B-movies) is presented as one full-length feature comprised of two individual films helmed separately by each director. (imdb) This one is a unique, exciting experience. Part 1 is a fucking badass action slaughterfest. Part 2 is quite an anticlimax to that; a lone antagonist is roaming the streets. - The cinema simulation is well done and the trailers are hilarious.
70 The Gunfighter (1950) tt0042531 May 27 2017, 08:51 Notorious gunfighter Jimmy Ringo rides into town to find his true love, who doesn't want to see him. He hasn't come looking for trouble, but trouble finds him around every corner. (imdb) I was reluctant at first, but this film turned out to be quite good and intelligent.
70 Hardcore Henry (2016) tt3072482 Feb 21 2017, 20:16 Henry, a newly resurrected cyborg who must save his wife/creator from the clutches of a psychotic tyrant with telekinetic powers, AKAN, and his army of mercenaries. Fighting alongside Henry is Jimmy, who is Henry's only hope to make it through the day. Hardcore takes place over the course of one day, in Moscow, Russia. (imdb) Visionary ego-shooter action. The humour and score are cheesy, in contrast the action is brutal and epic.
70 Hell or High Water (2016) tt2582782 Jul 22 2017, 08:37 A divorced dad and his ex-con brother resort to a desperate scheme in order to save their family's farm in West Texas. (imdb) Great protagonists, great score and a very natural feeling. Everything fits together nicely.
70 Hellsing (2001) tt0325547 Feb 27 2017, 14:43 A British taskforce, lead by the daughter of the vampire hunter Prof. Van Helsing, battles the supernatural with the aid of two vampires. (imdb) Great atmosphere; the story flows along and many things are only touched on shortly. The pace could have been improved here and there, the runtime maybe reduced by 2 episodes, to make it really sharp.
70 Hero (2002) tt0299977 Dec 30 2018, 10:52 The time: two thousand years ago. The place: the violent dawn of the Qin dynasty. The story: the soon-to-be First Emperor of China is on the brink of conquering a war-torn land. Three opponents are determined to assassinate him and one loyal subject stands in their way. (Miramax) Filled with beautiful and extraordinary scenes. The pond fight is the best fight scene ever and encapsulates all the great things about this film: rampant sword action, unobtrusive score, extreme attention to detail and "diligence".
70 High and Low (1963) tt0057565 Feb 11 2018, 15:43 An executive mortgages all he owns to stage a coup and gain control of the National Shoe Company, with the intent of keeping the company out of the hands of incompetent and greedy executives. (imdb) A rather good crime film. Gripping investigation, great acting and atmosphere.
70 High Noon (1952) tt0044706 Feb 02 2017, 14:28 A marshall, personally compelled to face a returning deadly enemy, finds that his own town refuses to help him. (imdb) A western how it should be. Follow the protagonist when he faces off with those who try to put him down.
70 Hostiles (2017) tt5478478 Jan 13 2019, 10:31 In 1892, a legendary Army captain reluctantly agrees to escort a Cheyenne chief and his family through dangerous territory. (imdb) Intense and elegant, with great characters all around.
70 House M.D. (2004) tt0412142 Mar 04 2018, 09:48 An antisocial maverick doctor who specializes in diagnostic medicine does whatever it takes to solve puzzling cases that come his way using his crack team of doctors and his wits. (imdb) Brilliant for the fast, witty dialogue. Hugh Laurie is consistently good, like the whole series. All the way until the end it never loses its special dynamics (although the last season is a bit weak).
70 House of Bamboo (1955) tt0048182 Oct 07 2018, 16:44 Planted in a Tokyo crime syndicate, a U.S. Army Investigator attempts to probe the coinciding death of a fellow Army official. (imdb) Really good. Nice style, good characters, interesting scenery.
70 Inside Man (2006) tt0454848 Feb 13 2017, 10:50 A police detective, a bank robber, and a high-power broker enter high-stakes negotiations after the criminal's brilliant heist spirals into a hostage situation Cool protagonist; average plot with some nice surprises.
70 Interstellar (2014) tt0816692 Feb 01 2017, 08:50 A group of explorers make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage. (imdb) Some great things happen here, but the constant music and a slight feeling of non-science ("love goes beyond time and space"??) were a bit annoying.
70 The Irishman (2019) tt1302006 Jan 04 2020, 09:07 A mob hitman recalls his possible involvement with the slaying of Jimmy Hoffa. A 3.5 hour monument, laced with music and sweeping camera moves. I really enjoyed the slow pacing and the very extensive "exposition" part. The last hour is ice-cold intense.
70 Jazz on a Summer's Day (1959) tt0052942 Feb 13 2017, 10:45 Set at the Newport jazz festival in 1958, this documentary mixes images of water and the town with performers and audience. The film progresses from day to night and from improvisational music to Gospel. It's a concert film that suggests peace and leisure, jazz at a particular time and place. (imdb) It's very relaxing to take in the jazz festival atmosphere, layered with shots of sailing boats and town houses.
70 Kill Bill: Volume 1 (2003) tt0266697 Feb 01 2017, 08:33 The Bride wakes up after a long coma. The baby that she carried before entering the coma is gone. The only thing on her mind is to have revenge on the assassination team that betrayed her - a team she was once part of. Thrilling and full of action.
70 The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters (2007) tt0923752 May 06 2019, 19:35 The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters is a documentary that follows Steve Wiebe as he tries to take the world high score for the arcade game Donkey Kong from reigning champion Billy Mitchell. Pretty cool and actually exciting documentary. The ending is just gloriously satisfying.
70 King of the Hill (1993) tt0107322 Nov 06 2019, 17:40 A young boy struggles on his own in a run-down hotel after his parents and younger brother are individually separated from which is set in the 1930s Depression-era Midwest. Lovely and intriguing film, good protagonists and environment. The score and camera work make it especially enjoyable and mellow.
70 The Leftovers (2014) tt2699128 Jul 14 2018, 08:01 Revolves around mysterious disappearances, world-wide, and specifically follows a group of people who are left behind in the suburban community of Mapleton. They must begin to rebuild their lives after the loss of more than 100 people. (imdb) Season 1: Great start. Almost no weak or uninteresting moments. The divine score is perfect. - Season 2 is tolerable. It's irritating at first, and sometimes it feels really petty and stupid. Still, a necessary continuation. - Season 3 is good; some repetitive scenes, lacking excitement. The final episode is impressive. -- Justin Theroux is great.
70 Lie to Me (2009) tt1235099 Mar 04 2018, 11:37 About Cal Lightman, the world's leading deception expert who studies facial expressions and involuntary body language to expose the truth behind the lies. (imdb) The first two seasons are good. Standard in many ways, but enlightened by Tim Roth and his team.
70 The Lighthouse (2019) tt7984734 Dec 26 2019, 17:59 The story of two lighthouse keepers on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s. (imdb) Wonderfully dark and brooding atmosphere. Both protagonists are great, but the film is missing some "conventional" ingredients such as a revelation or explanation.
70 The Little Drummer Girl (2018) tt7598448 Dec 16 2018, 12:45 The show is based on le Carré's novel of the same title. A bomb explodes in the house of an Israeli attaché in West Germany. A team of Israelis wants to stop such frequent bombings, all brilliantly planned by an elusive Palestinian. The Israelis identify an eccentric actor of English origin and convert her into an Israeli agent. She and her case officers brilliantly win the confidence of the Palestinian network and she is accepted as their own. (imdb) Great atmosphere and momentum. All the characters are spot on, even those who only have a few minutes of screen time. Probably the best adaptation of the book that can ever exist.
70 Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World (2016) tt5275828 Jan 11 2018, 06:51 Herzog explores the existential implications of a 21st century defined by technological innovation through interviews with industry pioneers and others whose lives are entwined with the Internet. This was pretty good. The topic is handled very well, there even were some eye-opening moments.
70 Logan Lucky (2017) tt5439796 Apr 29 2019, 21:02 When Jimmy Logan loses his job working on underground repairs at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, and learns that his ex-wife Bobbie Jo and her new husband are planning to move interstate with Jimmy's daughter Sadie, he devises a plan that requires the involvement of his bartender brother Clyde. Lovely old-fashioned heist film. Good characters and style.
70 The Long Good Friday (1980) tt0081070 Jan 05 2019, 10:47 Harold, a prosperous English gangster, is about to close a lucrative new deal when bombs start showing up in very inconvenient places. A mysterious syndicate is trying to muscle in on his action, and Harold wants to know who they are. (imdb) I liked it. Good cast of actors, no distractions, and a great ending.
70 The Long Goodbye (1973) tt0070334 Mar 16 2018, 22:22 Detective Philip Marlowe tries to help a friend who is accused of murdering his wife. (imdb) Intimate atmosphere with a nice protagonist (good face); the score is very good and unique. The story is quite messy, but I didn't mind too much.
70 Macbeth (2015) tt2884018 May 26 2018, 15:26 Macbeth, a duke of Scotland, receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders his king and takes the throne for himself. (imdb) Looks and sounds amazing! Such a brooding, epic atmosphere, mixing striking landscapes and dark chambers.
70 Mad Max (1979) tt0079501 Feb 03 2017, 05:06 In a dystopic future Australia, a vicious biker gang murder a cop's family and make his fight with them personal (imdb) It has grit, and kept me interested throughout.
70 Man Bites Dog (1992) tt0103905 Aug 19 2017, 17:28 A camera crew follows a serial killer/thief around as he exercises his craft. He expounds on art, music, nature, society, and life as he offs mailmen, pensioners, and random people. (imdb) Utterly fascinating documentary that blurs the line between reality and fiction.
70 Manhunt: Unabomber (2017) tt5618256 Feb 18 2019, 17:15 An in-depth look at how an FBI profiler helped track down the Unabomber. (imdb) Addicting and fascinating watch. The protagonist is kind of a jerk, and I respect that.
70 Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003) tt0311113 Feb 03 2018, 21:53 Based on author Patrick O'Brian's series of Aubrey/Maturin novels, the film is set during the Napoleonic Wars. Crowe is Captain "Lucky" Jack Aubrey, renowned as a fighting captain in the British Navy, and Bettany is ship's doctor Stephen Maturin. Their ship, the H.M.S. Surprise, is suddenly attacked by a superior enemy. (20th Century Fox) Very good, sustained film; not a lot of music used, slow moving story - but oh boy! is it worth the wait.
70 Match Point (2005) tt0416320 Feb 03 2017, 13:05 Match Point is a drama about ambition and obsession, the seduction of wealth, and the often discordant relationship between love and sexual passion. Perhaps most importantly, however, the story reveals the huge part luck plays in the events of our lives, refuting the comforting misconception that more of life is under our control than really is. (Dream Works Pictures) Great film, down-to-earth but it gets twisted, with nice acting. The ending is memorable even 2 years later.
70 Midnight in Paris (2011) tt1605783 Feb 03 2018, 21:46 A romantic comedy about a family traveling to the French capital for business. The party includes a young engaged couple forced to confront the illusion that a life different from their own is better. (imdb) Enjoyable, with a good protagonist and bonus points for the nice atmosphere.
70 A Most Wanted Man (2014) tt1972571 Aug 27 2018, 16:52 A Chechen Muslim illegally immigrates to Hamburg, where he gets caught in the international war on terror. Smart, dreadful and demanding. I like John le Carré, and this is a good attempt.
70 My Best Fiend -- Klaus Kinski (1999) tt0200849 Mar 22 2017, 21:00 In the 1950s, when Werner Herzog was 13, he was sharing an apartment with Klaus Kinski, an ego-maniacal live-wire. In an unabated, 48 hour fit of rage, Kinski destroyed every piece of furniture in sight. From this chaos, a beautiful albeit volatile partnership was born. In 1972, Herzog cast Kinski in Aguirre, The Wrath of God. Four more films would follow. In this personal documentary, Herzog traces the often violent up and downs of their relationship, revisiting Munich apartment where they first met - and thrashed, and the various locations of their films. (imdb) Interesting memories by Werner Herzog.
70 The Nice Guys (2016) tt3799694 Aug 13 2018, 14:43 A private eye investigates the apparent suicide of a fading porn star in 1970s Los Angeles and uncovers a conspiracy. (imdb) Good. Nice characters and atmosphere. Sometimes feels a bit annoying or "inaccurate", but still a fun time.
70 Ocean's Eleven (2001) tt0240772 Apr 29 2019, 11:24 Danny Ocean (Clooney) wants to score the biggest heist in history. He combines an eleven member team, including Frank Catton (Mac), Rusty Ryan (Pitt) and Linus Caldwell (Damon). Their target? The Bellagio, the Mirage and the MGM Grand. All casinos owned by Terry Benedict. It's not going to be easy, as they plan to get in secretly and out with $150 million. (imdb) Nice, cozy heist film. I like the assembly of the team, and the transcendent ending.
70 Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019) tt7131622 Aug 26 2019, 20:05 A faded television actor and his stunt double strive to achieve fame and success in the film industry during the final years of Hollywood's Golden Age in 1969 Los Angeles. (imdb) Very slow and, at first, disappointing. Gets better when thought about for a few days, though.
70 Out of the Past (1947) tt0039689 May 04 2019, 17:14 Jeff Bailey, small-town gas pumper, has his mysterious past catch up with him one day when he's ordered to meet with gambler Whit Sterling... (imdb) Interesting, quick-handed drama. Robert Mitchum is great as the smart, but unlucky protagonist.
70 Paprika (2006) tt0851578 Feb 19 2017, 21:44 When a machine that allows therapists to enter their patient's dreams is stolen, all hell breaks loose. Only a young female therapist can stop it: Paprika. (imdb) Entertaining and rapid film; quick travel through the crazy world of dreams.
70 Paris, Texas (1984) tt0087884 Jul 17 2017, 10:46 A man wanders out of the desert not knowing who he is. His brother finds him, and helps to pull his memory back of the life he led before he walked out on his wife and son four years before. (imdb) Very eerie, but also grounded and comfortable.
70 Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975) tt0073540 Aug 30 2019, 17:31 "Picnic at Hanging Rock" is a story about the disappearance of several Appleyard College students, and a teacher, from Hanging Rock. (imdb) Haunting melodies, gruesome nature, and a touch of beauty. A good slow-burning mystery.
70 The Place Beyond the Pines (2013) tt1817273 Jan 01 2018, 21:01 Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper and Eva Mendes star in this multi-generational crime drama from director Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine), about a motorcycle stunt rider whose moonlighting a bank robber brings him into conflict with an ambitious young cop. ( This was most rewarding because I did not know a single thing or keyword about the film. Therefore, I can do no more than recommend this confident, radiant gem of a movie.
70 Point Break (1991) tt0102685 Mar 15 2017, 15:36 An FBI agent goes undercover to catch a gang of bank robbers who may be surfers. (imdb) Ah, I remember this one instantly. An intelligent and sometimes spiritual heist film.
70 Primal Fear (1996) tt0117381 Jul 01 2018, 13:17 Guilty? Innocent? Those questions aren't for Chicago attorney Martin Vail to decide. When Vail hears that a penniless altar boy is accused of murdering the local archbishop, he snaps up the case, eager for the media spotlight. Little does he know that it will uncover a viper's nest of corruption... Really good. I like the grainy 90s style and the score. It is basically just a courtroom drama, but I was in the right mood for it.
70 Prisoners (2013) tt1392214 Feb 03 2017, 05:02 When Keller Dover's daughter and her friend go missing, he takes matters into his own hands as the police pursue multiple leads and the pressure mounts. But just how far will this desperate father go to protect his family? The style is cold; the protagonists have a genuine struggle. Fantastic Gyllenhaal performance.
70 Purple Noon (1960) tt0054189 Oct 11 2019, 15:56 Tom Ripley is sent to Europe by Mr. Greenleaf to fetch his spoiled, playboy son, Philip, and bring him back home to the States. In return, Tom will recieve $5,000. Philip toys with Tom, pretending he will go back home, but has no intentions of leaving his bride to be, Marge, and honoring his father's wishes... (imdb) Very cool and subdued Alain Delon. The film moves along quickly, from one absurd obstacle to the next.
70 Riverdale (2017) tt5420376 Apr 07 2019, 20:12 After the death of one of the rich and popular Blossom twins on the 4th of July, the small town of Riverdale investigates the murder. The series starts in September, the beginning of a new school year, that brings with it new students, relationships, and reveals the mysteries of the past 4th of July. Season 1: Glorious, cheesy high-school/youth drama. Easy viewing with likeable characters and some beautiful sequences.
70 Room (2015) tt3170832 Nov 22 2019, 12:31 A modern-day story about the boundless love between mother and child; young Jack knows nothing of the world except for the single room in which he was born and raised. (imdb) After a slow introduction, builds up insane tension and emotions. Great feeling of solitude and isolation.
70 Rounders (1998) tt0128442 Jul 17 2017, 15:21 A story of passion, risk, and the extreme price of friendship in the world of high-stakes poker. (Miramax) Good, blazing, fun poker film.
70 A Scanner Darkly (2006) tt0405296 Mar 14 2017, 19:50 Based on legendary science-fiction author Philip K. Dick's own experiences, A Scanner Darkly tells the darkly comedic, caustic, but deeply tragic tale of drug use in the modern world. The film plays like a graphic novel come to life with live-action photography overlaid with an advanced animation process -- a method known as interpolated rotoscoping, first employed in writer/director Richard Linklater's 2001 film "Waking Life" -- to create a haunting version of America, seven years from now. (Warner Independent Pictures) Really, really slick optics.
70 Scarlet Street (1945) tt0038057 Jul 09 2019, 13:34 When a man in mid-life crisis befriends a young woman, her venal fiancé persuades her to con him out of some of the fortune she thinks he has. (imdb) Very nice, intricate story. Moves very slowly at times, but the ending wraps it up perfectly.
70 Searching for Sugar Man (2012) tt2125608 Aug 04 2019, 11:22 Two South Africans set out to discover what happened to their unlikely musical hero, the mysterious 1970s rock 'n' roller, Rodriguez. (imdb) Nice story, but maybe a bit overdramatized.
70 Seconds (1966) tt0060955 Mar 21 2017, 11:44 An aging, tired businessman becomes involved with a mysterious corporation which promises to rejuvenate him and totally transform his life, for a price. I was pleasantly surprised that this is not a boring, prudish piece of black and white crap. Well done.
70 The Shawshank Redemption (1994) tt0111161 Feb 11 2017, 09:20 Andy Dufresne is a young and successful banker whose life changes drastically when he is convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of his wife and her lover. Set in the 1940's, the film shows how Andy, with the help of his friend Red, the prison entrepreneur, turns out to be a most unconventional prisoner. (imdb) Good, emotional film about humanity and hope under bad conditions.
70 The Shining (1980) tt0081505 Feb 01 2017, 09:10 A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future. The tension is built well, and the architecture is presented nicely. Other than that, not special or exceptional.
70 Silence (2016) tt0490215 Mar 06 2017, 10:51 In the seventeenth century, two Jesuit priests face violence and persecution when they travel to Japan to locate their mentor and propagate Christianity. (imdb) Not suitable for a general audience (about 10 people walked out of the cinema). It moves very, very slowly and you must have a strong will to sit through it. But this is a type of film that is rare today; and I was one of the few to enjoy it somewhat.
70 The Silence of the Lambs (1991) tt0102926 Feb 03 2017, 06:54 Young FBI agent Clarice Starling is assigned to help find a missing woman to save her from a psychopathic serial killer who skins his victims. Clarice attempts to gain a better insight into the twisted mind of the killer by talking to another psychopath Hannibal Lecter, who used to be a respected psychiatrist. FBI agent Jack Crawford believes that Lecter who is also a very powerful and clever mind manipulator have the answers to their questions to help locate the killer. Clarice must first try and gain Lecter's confidence before he is to give away any information. (imdb) Interesting and gruesome antagonist. The atmosphere can be terrifying and sickening.
70 Sin City (2005) tt0401792 Feb 01 2017, 08:46 Four tales of crime focusing around a muscular brute who's looking for the person responsible for the death of his beloved Goldie; a man fed up with Sin City's corrupt law enforcement who takes the law into his own hands after a horrible mistake; a cop who risks his life to protect a girl from a deformed pedophile; and a hitman looking to make a little cash. Cool stuff, with a great visual style.
70 Sorcerer (1977) tt0076740 Jul 09 2019, 20:59 Based on the French film Salaire de la peur, Le (1953), this production begins with the individual beginnings of outcasts of different backgrounds who are forced by fortune to work in a remote oil drilling operation in South America (imdb) Rapid cuts and sparse character introduction, leading to a high-intensity driving sequence. Gradually gets more haunting towards the ending.
70 La Soufrière - Warten auf eine unausweichliche Katastrophe (1977) tt0076741 May 02 2017, 11:44 Herzog takes a film crew to the island of Guadaloupe when he hears that the volcano on the island is going to erupt... (imdb) Authentic, chilling footage.
70 Southland (2009) tt1299368 Oct 15 2019, 18:48 The lives of Police Officers working for the Los Angeles Police Department. (imdb) Seasons 1-3 are excellent: intense, exciting, sometimes funny. Season 4 is also good, with some exchanged characters. Season 5 is pretty sketchy, but the last two episodes are worth it. -- Overall, great characters, great action and actual adrenaline rushes.
70 Starship Troopers (1997) tt0120201 Feb 09 2017, 16:20 From the bridge of the Fleet Battlestation Ticonderoga, with its sweeping galactic views, to the desolate terrain of planet Klendathu, teeming with shrieking, fire-spitting, brain-sucking special effects creatures, acclaimed director Paul Verhoven crafts a dazzling epic based on Robert A. Heinlein's classic sci-fi adventure. Courageous soldiers travel to the distant and desolate Klendathu system for the ultimate showdown between the species. (Sony) Good, frightening war film in space. The enemy design is just gross enough that you don't feel bad about them being slaughtered. Overall pretty good.
70 Sweet Smell of Success (1957) tt0051036 Apr 19 2019, 16:52 J.J. Hunsecker, the most powerful newspaper columnist in New York, is determined to prevent his sister from marrying Steve Dallas... (imdb) Pretty good. I like the untouchable Burt Lancaster and the fancy score.
70 There Will Be Blood (2007) tt0469494 Feb 03 2017, 05:49 A story about family, greed, religion, and oil, centered around a turn-of-the-century prospector in the early days of the business. Sure, a great Day-Lewis performance, and a great visual style. I wish every film could do a bit of what was done here on the photography. But it loses pace later; I wondered, "was that it?".
70 Thunderball (1965) tt0059800 Feb 11 2018, 20:38 James Bond heads to The Bahamas to recover two nuclear warheads stolen by SPECTRE agent Emilio Largo in an international extortion scheme. A clunky but very enjoyable Bond adventure.
70 The Train (1964) tt0059825 Feb 19 2018, 18:38 In 1944, a German colonel loads a train with French art treasures to send to Germany. The Resistance must stop it without damaging the cargo. (imdb) Not as good as I expected. Still a good, vigorous movie; especially impressed by the smart characters on both sides. There are no brainless henchmen, which makes it rather intense at times.
70 True Detective (2014) tt2356777 Feb 06 2017, 13:39 An anthology series in which police investigations unearth the personal and professional secrets of those involved, both within and outside the law. (imdb) It is enjoyable and captivating, even with the slow, slow pacing. - In series 1, many of great moments were had in the first two episodes, and then the momentum decreased massively; for the sake of reverse introduction. - Series 2 is linear, with good protagonists; also with lots of filler; it was probably a bad idea to make it less mysterious. - Series 3 is pretty good, jumping between timelines, but loses intensity later; seems like purposefully evading gritty moments.
70 Twin Peaks (2017) tt4093826 Jul 07 2018, 16:18 A continuation of the original Twin Peaks series (1990-1991). David Lynch tries to clean up his mess.
70 Vanilla Sky (2001) tt0259711 Jul 18 2017, 10:58 Snowboarding through life, David Aames (Cruise) appears to lead a charmed life. In one night David meets a girl of his dreams and loses her by making a small mistake. Thrust unexpectedly onto a roller-coaster ride of romance, comedy, suspicion, love, sex and dreams, David finds himself on a mind-bending search for his soul and discovers the precious, ephemeral nature of true love. (Paramount Pictures) A film that effectively sucks you in. At the end, I was left questioning everything.
70 Wild at Heart (1990) tt0100935 Jul 16 2018, 21:36 Sailor and Lula are in love in a way that seems so strong that nothing could ever corrupt it. Yet their past contains ghosts, and there are dark forces which are railed against them. As Sailor and Lula head out by road across the United States, these ghosts and these forces slowly catch up with them, putting their love to the test, and ultimately placing it in jeopardy. Simplistic story, but the great protagonists elevate it to another level. There are some weird scenes mixed in (most of them add to the experience). Good editing and soundtrack.
70 The Wrestler (2008) tt1125849 Feb 06 2017, 10:35 A drama centered on retired professional wrestler Randy "The Ram" Robinson (Rourke) as he makes his way through the independent circuit, trying to get back in the game for one final showdown with his former rival. (imdb) Interesting stuff. The protagonist does a great job at selling the story.
60 11:14 (2003) tt0331811 Jul 16 2017, 20:23 11:14 tells the seemingly random yet vitally connected story of a set of incidents that all converge one evening at 11:14pm. It's a sort of musical chairs with a corpse, with the structurally intriguing storytelling style of "Memento" and "Run Lola Run." (Media 8 Entertainment) Pretty good dark comedy/"mystery", ties together nicely at the end. Some downright hilarious moments.
60 12 Monkeys (1995) tt0114746 Feb 16 2017, 18:06 Between sanity and madness, fantasy and reality, the past and the future, comes an adventure beyond imagination from Terry Gilliam, the acclaimed director of "The Fisher King." Penal colony prisoner James Cole (Willis) must travel back in time from the year 2035 to find the cause of a virus that killed five billion people in 1997. (Universal) Pretty good, but also unsatisfying.
60 25th Hour (2002) tt0307901 Jul 17 2017, 20:25 The 25th Hour depicts the last day of freedom for a young man before he begins serving a seven-year jail term for drug dealing. Prowling through the city until dawn with his two close male friends and his girlfriend, he is forced to re-examine his life and how he got himself into his predicament, which leads to a shocking, disturbing finale. (imdb) The greatest trick Spike Lee ever pulled, was making me expect a great reveal at the end of this film. Nonetheless, the ride was quite enjoyable.
60 The 47 Ronin (1941) tt0033654 Aug 09 2017, 14:50 Lord Asano resists a bribery attempt by a member of the Shogun's court. His honesty, however, is useless against the corruption of the administration... (imdb) It was strangely intriguing for a long time, but then the film made the unacceptable decision to *not* show the central event that the characters were working towards. - Very unsatisfying, but overall still recommended.
60 The Accountant (2001) tt0222675 Feb 13 2017, 19:59 The Accountant, the 2001 Academy Award Winning ® Best Action Live Short film, tells the story of a mysterious accountant whose remarkable mathematical skills just might save the O'Dell family farm. (ginnymulepictures) Pretty entertaining short film with an authentic vibe.
60 Ahlat Agaci (2018) tt6628102 Feb 10 2019, 20:40 For some, the countryside is a place of exile where all hopes ultimately merge with solitude. A boundless place of exile where all hopes and dreams merge with despair like the coinciding destinies of fathers and sons. (imdb) It looks beautiful, but I found it too long and repetitive, and I didn't really care about any of the characters.
60 Akira (1988) tt0094625 Aug 15 2017, 19:46 Kaneda is a bike gang leader whose close friend Tetsuo gets involved in a government secret project known as Akira. On his way to save Tetsuo, Kaneda runs into a group of anti-government activists, greedy politicians, irresponsible scientists and a powerful military leader. The confrontation sparks off Tetsuo's supernatural power leading to bloody death, a coup attempt and the final battle in Tokyo Olympiad where Akira's secrets were buried 30 years ago. (imdb) It's alright, but has only a few short moments of greatness.
60 Alien (1979) tt0078748 Feb 24 2017, 18:49 After a space merchant vessel perceives an unknown transmission as distress call, its landing on the source moon finds one of the crew attacked by a mysterious life-form, and they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun. Nice atmosphere at the beginning, and some shocking moments. But I found it not very gripping, especially in the middle.
60 All the President's Men (1976) tt0074119 Dec 16 2018, 12:41 Reporters Woodward and Bernstein uncover the details of the Watergate scandal that leads to President Nixon's resignation. Pretty intense at times, driven by the two good protagonists.
60 Alone in the Wilderness (2004) tt0437806 Oct 08 2019, 12:48 Documentary tells the story of Dick Proenneke who, in the late 1960s, built his own cabin in the wilderness at the base of the Aleutian Peninsula, in what is now Lake Clark National Park... (imdb) Short and laid-back video diary. Not riveting, not boring.
60 American Beauty (1999) tt0169547 Feb 06 2017, 13:26 Provoked by forbidden passions, Lester Burnham (Spacey) decides to make a few changes in his rut of a life, changes that are less midlife crisis than adolescence reborn. The freer he gets, the happier he gets, which is even more maddening to his wife, Carolyn (Bening), and daughter Jane (Birch) --especially when he turns his lustful gaze toward Jane's friend, the sultry Angela (Suvari). (Dreamworks SKG) Relatable protagonist. The story was quite intriguing, but the ending is just the result of awfully convenient and stupid moments.
60 American Gods (2017) tt1898069 Feb 01 2019, 12:04 A recently released ex-convict named Shadow meets a mysterious man who calls himself "Wednesday" and who knows more than he first seems to about Shadow's life and past. (imdb) Season 1 starts really good (visual ecstasy!), but goes downhill from episode 4: the series entirely discards the more interesting story line for a few hours, only to end on an annoying teaser.
60 The American (2010) tt1440728 Feb 01 2017, 07:46 An assassin hides out in Italy for one last assignment. Slow moving, but it has some nice scenes and a good protagonist.
60 Apocalypto (2006) tt0472043 Feb 03 2017, 07:08 A heart stopping mythic action-adventure set against the turbulent end times of the once great Mayan civilization. Epic proportions, with authenticity. The protagonist goes through a hell where it's "eat or be eaten".
60 Aquarius (2015) tt3768572 Jun 23 2018, 18:07 A gritty 1960s cop drama about a cop who goes undercover to track Charles Manson and the Manson Family before their infamous murder spree. (imdb) Season 1: Starts really cool, but after a while it is just going nowhere. Still not bad, with an enjoyable protagonist. - Season 2: It's fine. I wanted a continuation of the series, and it is satisfying in many ways. Less coherent than season 1, crazy and unexpected events. -- Overall, some good characters, but rather lacking in soundtrack and style.
60 The Aviator (2004) tt0338751 Feb 03 2017, 12:15 A biographical chronicle which charts the early years of famous tycoon, Howard Hughes, whose eclectic career spanned across everything from oil, to film, casinos, and aviation. Appealing style, and a great protagonist. The Hepburn character was very annoying; but all other things were pretty good. It's long but it keeps you entertained.
60 Bad Day at Black Rock (1955) tt0047849 Jan 03 2019, 13:54 A one handed stranger comes to a tiny town possessing a terrible past they want to keep secret, by violent means if necessary. Fun little story. Not a lot is going on, but the protagonist is interesting.
60 Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009) tt1095217 Feb 09 2017, 10:15 A rogue detective is as devoted to his job as he is at scoring drugs - while playing fast and loose with the law. The visuals and score are weird, a bit too stylized for my taste, and there are some boring scenes. But Nicolas Cage is a fun protagonist.
60 Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) tt6628394 Jan 03 2019, 19:38 Seven strangers, each with a secret to bury, meet at Lake Tahoe's El Royale, a rundown hotel with a dark past. Over the course of one fateful night, everyone will have a last shot at redemption - before everything goes to hell. Sure-handed sound and visual design, which is very much appreciated. Maybe a bit lengthy, and a bit too messy, but enjoyable regardless.
60 The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) tt6412452 Dec 02 2018, 10:07 Saddle up for six tales about the American frontier from the unique minds of Joel and Ethan Coen, who wrote and directed this anthology. Funny, charming and weird. Some of the stories are wonderful, others a bit annoying. Overall, more coherent than other full-length films that have to manage just one story. Just a genuinely nice experience.
60 Band of Brothers (2001) tt0185906 Feb 17 2019, 12:08 A 10 episode mini series that follows Easy Company of the 101st Airborne from pre-D Day training through 2 long years of fighting in France, Holland, and Germany. You really learn to respect and love these men. Be sure and watch the Reunion disc with the real men of Easy Company. (DuaneNeitzel) Good and elaborate war drama. Basically a documentary without all the useless talking heads and more investment.
60 Bang Boom Bang (1999) tt0135790 Jul 25 2018, 15:08 Life could be just great for bankrobber Keek: His buddy Kalle is doing time for their last coup, while Keek has to retain the loot. Kalle will spend two more years in jail, so Keek is not exactly bothered by the fact that he has lost most of the money betting on horse races. But then Kalle watches a porn video 'starring' his girlfriend and he breaks free to take revenge. Suddenly, Keek is in desperate need of cash and even the weirdest scheme seems promising. (imdb) Pretty good, hand-crafted movie. Authentic characters, and a few nice scenes. -- Not amazing, but an enjoyable watch.
60 Before Sunrise (1995) tt0112471 Feb 25 2018, 19:28 A young man and woman meet on a train in Europe, and wind up spending one evening together in Vienna. Unfortunately, both know that this will probably be their only night together It was okay. The two actors are pretty good and there certainly is chemistry between them.
60 Being John Malkovich (1999) tt0120601 Feb 26 2018, 10:37 Craig, a puppeteer, takes a filing job in a low-ceilinged office in Manhattan. Although married to the slightly askew Lotte, he hits on a colleague, the sexually frank Maxine. She's bored but snaps awake when he finds a portal leading inside John Malkovich: for 15 minutes you see, hear, and feel whatever JM is doing, then you fall out by the New Jersey Turnpike... (imdb) This was insane, but charming at times.
60 Berserk (1997) tt0318871 Mar 07 2017, 16:30 Gatsu is a skilled swordsman who joins forces with a mercenary group named 'The Band of the Hawk', lead by the charismatic Griffith, and fights with them as they battle their way into the royal court. (imdb) Some moments are very memorable, but sadly it is ~10 episodes too long; focusing on an unlikeable side character was a big mistake. But the philosophical dialogues between the two main characters are fantastic and if you watch a second time, you will see a clear predestination. -- The final episodes are incredible.
60 The Big Clock (1948) tt0040160 Apr 27 2019, 12:22 When powerful publishing tycoon Earl Janouth commits an act of murder at the height of passion, he cleverly begins to cover his tracks and frame an innocent man, whose identity he doesn't know, but who just happen to have contact with the murder victim. That man is a close associate on his magazine whom he enlists to trap this "killer" George Stroud. It's up to George to continue to "help" Janouth, to elude the police and to find proof of his innocence and Janouth's guilt. (imdb) Not bad at all. The story progresses nicely, forcing the protagonist into one corner after another, until the explosive finale.
60 The Big Heat (1953) tt0045555 Jan 14 2019, 21:10 Tough cop Dave Bannion takes on a politically powerful crime syndicate. (imdb) Nice, old-fashioned crime film.
60 The Big Kahuna (1999) tt0189584 Apr 29 2019, 13:32 On the last evening of a convention two seen-it-all industrial lubricant salesmen and a youngster from the research department gather in the hotel's hospitality suite to host a delegates party. The main aim is to get the business of one particular big fish. When it becomes apparent that it is the lad who has developed a direct line to the guy, his strong religious beliefs bring him into sharp conflict with his older and more cynical colleagues. It's okay for one watch. The meandering dialogue is thrown in liberally, but nothing is worth remembering except the last few minutes.
60 Blood Diamond (2006) tt0450259 Feb 03 2017, 05:35 Set against the backdrop of the chaos and civil war that enveloped 1990s Sierra Leone, Blood Diamond is the story of Danny Archer (DiCaprio), an ex-mercenary from Zimbabwe, and Solomon Vandy (Hounsou), a Mende fisherman. Both men are African, but their histories and their circumstances are as different as any can be until their fates become joined in a common quest to recover a rare pink diamond, the kind of stone that can transform a life... or end it. (Warner Bros.) A good and grim film on an epic scale. The terrifying feeling of the mines instantly comes to mind.
60 Blow Out (1981) tt0082085 Feb 21 2018, 18:39 A soundman accidentally records the evidence that proves a car "accident" was murder, and consequently finds himself in danger. (imdb) Good thriller, I guess. John Travolta is very good here.
60 Blow-Up (1966) tt0060176 Feb 12 2018, 19:55 A photographer who is talented but aimless has photographed violence and pain without feeling any involvement... (imdb) Interesting, almost like a stage piece, but only carried through by the good protagonist.
60 Blue Velvet (1986) tt0090756 Feb 17 2017, 11:26 Set in a small American town, Blue Velvet is a dark, sensuous mystery involving the intertwining lives of four very different individuals. The film's painful realism reminds us that we are not immune to the disturbing events which transpire in Blue Velvet's sleepy community. There is a darker side of life waiting for us all. (De Laurentiis Entertainment Group Inc.) Sensitive love story, but the mystery feels slapped on and unfitting.
60 Brick (2005) tt0393109 Jul 16 2017, 18:22 A teenage loner pushes his way into the underworld of a high school crime ring to investigate the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend. Very dense dialogue and a bright protagonist. Unfortunately, I could hardly understand some of the rambled lines, and the story is not that gripping.
60 Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974) tt0071249 Aug 17 2017, 21:20 A family scandal causes a wealthy and powerful Mexican rancher to make the pronouncement -- Bring me the head of Alfredo Garcia! (imdb) This film is a good, straightforward action flick; not boring, not too stylized, with a mean undertone.
60 Bringing Out the Dead (1999) tt0163988 Feb 23 2018, 20:05 Surrounded by the injured and the dying, EMS paramedic Frank is dwelling in an urban night-world, crumbling under the accumulated weight of too many years of saving and losing lives. The film follows Frank over the course of fifty-six hours in his life as he reaches the very brink of spiritual collapse and redemption. Psychedelic trip through life and death, with a good protagonist.
60 Bronson (2009) tt1172570 Oct 30 2019, 16:18 The film follows the life of notorious Welsh prisoner Michael Gordon Peterson (played here by Tom Hardy), who was re-named Charles Bronson by his fight promoter. Born into a respectable middle class family, Peterson would nevertheless become one of Britain's most dangerous criminals, and is known for having spent almost his entire life in solitary confinement. (Wikipedia) Strange, but very intriguing. Tom Hardy is fantastic, making the protagonist absolutely enigmatic and scary. The pacing is pretty slow, and a bit more context would be nice.
60 Caliber 9 (1972) tt0067429 Aug 26 2017, 21:25 Just out of prison, ex-con Ugo Piazza meets his former employer, a psychopathic gangster Rocco who enjoys sick violence and torture... (imdb) Groovy, violent gangster flick. Pretty good.
60 Call Me by Your Name (2017) tt5726616 Dec 02 2018, 21:41 A romance between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parents' cliffside mansion on the Italian Riviera. (imdb) The characters are pretty good, and the scenery is just beautiful. A difficult watch, and I'm not sure I get it.
60 Casablanca (1942) tt0034583 Apr 07 2018, 14:39 Classic film set in occupied Africa during the early days of World War II: An American expatriate meets a former lover, with unforeseen complications (imdb) Good, straightforward drama. Humphrey Bogart is great, as well as Conrad Veidt.
60 Casino (1995) tt0112641 Feb 02 2017, 18:16 This Martin Scorsese film depicts the Janus-like quality of Las Vegas--it has a glittering, glamorous face, as well as a brutal, cruel one. Ace Rothstein and Nicky Santoro, mobsters who move to Las Vegas to make their mark, live and work in this paradoxical world. Seen through their eyes, each as a foil to the other, the details of mob involvement in the casinos of the 1970's and '80's are revealed... (imdb) Sure had some good scenes, and good performers. But it's not better than 'good'.
60 Clockers (1995) tt0112688 Aug 17 2017, 11:53 Strike is a young city drug pusher under the tutelage of drug-lord Rodney Little, who, when not playing with model trains or drinking Moo for his ulcer, just likes to chill with his brothers near the benches outside the project houses. When a night man at a fast-food restaurant is found with four bullets in his body, Strike's older brother turns himself in as the killer... (imdb) It's good, but it takes a bit too long to get going. And I didn't like the lead actor.
60 Columbus (2017) tt5990474 Dec 23 2018, 17:03 A Korean-born man finds himself stuck in Columbus, Indiana, where his architect father is in a coma. The man meets a young woman who wants to stay in Columbus with her mother, a recovering addict, instead of pursuing her own dreams. (imdb) Very nice-looking and relaxing film. The girl's naive stupidity combines pretty well with the man's brutal honesty.
60 Le Conseguenze dell'amore (2004) tt0398883 Feb 06 2017, 13:21 Titta di Girolamo apparently has a regular and tedious life with nothing strange a part from his own name (as he uses to say). He lives in a Hotel in Lugano (Switzerland) since almost ten years, spending his days waiting for something we don't know. His life is too rigid, too detached following a flat routine... (imdb) A quiet, contemplating film; the protagonist is very sensitive. The message of the boredom of life is universally understandable to every human.
60 The Constant Gardener (2005) tt0387131 Aug 31 2018, 19:09 Adapted from the novel by John le Carre, this is a gripping romantic thriller that sweeps audiences along one man's emotional and global journey to uncover the truth behind a personal loss and a worldwide conspiracy. (Focus Features) Not only a good film, but also a reasonable adaptation (some complexity was removed obviously). It fits together very well without unnecessary detail.
60 The Cranes Are Flying (1957) tt0050634 Nov 06 2019, 17:55 Veronica plans a rendezvous with her lover, Boris, at the bank of river, only for him to be drafted into World War II shortly thereafter. (imdb) It's alright, but pretty straightforward. Could be a lot stronger with tighter editing.
60 Crank (2006) tt0479884 Feb 11 2018, 16:05 Chev Chelios (Statham) is about to begin his morning with an unexpected wake-up call. Groggy, practically unable to move and with a heart that's barely beating, he hears the voice of thug Ricky Verona, who reveals Chev has been poisoned in his sleep and only has an hour to live. As it turns out, Chev is a hit man who freelances for a major West Coast syndicate... (Lionsgate) Rampaging action film. Worth watching because it's fun.
60 Cross of Iron (1977) tt0074695 Jul 09 2018, 22:22 The film opens with a squad of seasoned German soldiers, led by a disillusioned but skilled sergeant... (imdb) Dirty, nihilistic war drama. Although the editing is sloppy, it comes out alright. -- I do like it when a movie knows when to be silent.
60 Dallas Buyers Club (2013) tt0790636 Feb 01 2017, 07:56 The story of Texas electrician Ron Woodroof and his battle with the medical establishment and pharmaceutical companies after being diagnosed as HIV-positive in 1986, and his search for alternative treatments that helped established a way in which fellow HIV-positive people could join for access to his supplies. (imdb) Pretty fun, mostly because of the protagonist. You feel invested and interested.
60 The Dark Knight (2008) tt0468569 Feb 12 2017, 12:03 Batman and James Gordon join forces with Gotham's new District Attorney, Harvey Dent, to take on a psychotic bank robber known as The Joker, whilst other forces plot against them, and Joker's crimes grow more and more deadly. Takes more time to introduce the new characters, therefore less snappy than Batman Begins. But this effort leads to a great ending.
60 Darker than black: Kuro no keiyakusha (2007) tt0995941 Oct 07 2018, 17:57 In Tokyo, an impenetrable field known as "Hell's Gate" appeared ten years ago. At the same time, psychics who wield paranormal powers at the cost of their conscience also emerged. Hei is one of the most powerful of these psychic agents, and along with his blind associate, Yin, works for one of the many rival agencies vying to unlock the mysteries of Hell's Gate. (imdb) A hard mystery series. It does not explain a lot, and sometimes I got extremely confused. -- Probably not made for a casual watch, but I didn't get engaged enough to follow every scene closely.
60 Darkman (1990) tt0099365 Feb 01 2017, 20:24 A hideously scarred and mentally unstable scientist seeks revenge against the crooks who made him like that. (imdb) A twisted protagonist makes this interesting to watch. It does many things better than your average hero movie.
60 Days of Heaven (1978) tt0077405 Feb 01 2017, 07:43 A hot-tempered farm laborer convinces the woman he loves to marry their rich but dying boss so that they can have a claim to his fortune (imdb) Sometimes beautiful, but also a lot of emptiness and boredom.
60 Dead Poets Society (1989) tt0097165 Mar 15 2017, 21:04 Painfully shy Todd Anderson has been sent to the school where his popular older brother was valedictorian. His room-mate, Neil, although exceedingly bright and popular, is very much under the thumb of his overbearing father. The two, along with their other friends, meet Professor Keating, their new English teacher, who tells them of the Dead Poets Society, and encourages them to go against the status quo. Each, in their own way, does this, and are changed for life. (imdb) Adequate film about friendship and believing in yourself and all that stuff.
60 Diamonds Are Forever (1971) tt0066995 Feb 12 2018, 19:47 007 goes to Las Vegas to investigate the disappearance of diamonds in transit and discovers the involvement of his enemy Blofeld. Flows together rather well - great antagonists, good score and a suave old Sean Connery. The plot is especially jumbled, but it is an enjoyable Bond film.
60 Do the Right Thing (1989) tt0097216 Feb 02 2017, 23:17 It's the hottest day of the year in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, and tensions are growing there, with the only local businesses being a Korean grocery and Sal's Pizzeria. Mookie, Sal's delivery boy, manages to always be at the center of the action. There are some great things; as an example the nicely crafted, genuine feeling neighborhood. Also the suspense that seems to float in the air, waiting to explode.
60 Eastern Promises (2007) tt0765443 Aug 30 2018, 18:13 The mysterious and charismatic Russian-born Nikolai Luzhin is a driver for one of London's most notorious organized crime families of Eastern European origin. The family is part of the Vory V Zakone criminal brotherhood. Headed by Semyon--whose courtly charm as the welcoming proprietor of the plush Trans-Siberian restaurant impeccably masks a cold, brutal core--the family is tested by Semyon's volatile son and enforcer, Kirill, who is more tightly bound to Nikolai than to his own father. (Focus Features) I liked it, although it is very linear first and confusing at the end.
60 End of Watch (2012) tt1855199 Mar 07 2017, 20:59 A drama centered on the long-term friendship and partnership between two cops. (imdb) Enjoyable and authentic cop film.
60 Eraserhead (1977) tt0074486 Feb 17 2017, 11:38 Henry Spencer's life spins out of control when conflict erupts in his strange yet simple world (imdb) Almost every event here is horrible to imagine; the creepy atmosphere amplifies this massively.
60 Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) tt0338013 Feb 03 2017, 12:45 Joel (Carrey) is stunned to discover that his girlfriend Clementine (Winslet) has had her memories of their tumultuous relationship erased. Out of desperation, he contacts the inventor of the process, Dr. Howard Mierzwiak (Wilkinson), to have Clementine removed from his own memory. But as Joel's memories progressively disappear, he begins to rediscover his love for Clementine. (Focus Features) Good, humane film. The story can be predicted, but the style of "wandering around in one's memory" is great.
60 The Evil Dead (1981) tt0083907 Feb 01 2017, 12:24 Five friends travel to a cabin in the woods, where they unknowingly release flesh-possessing demons. Some great effects here, but in the middle of the film there is a weird stalling period and therefore a loss of tension.
60 Exotica (1994) tt0109759 Sep 05 2017, 21:23 The 'Exotica' is a nightclub on the outskirts of Toronto, where Eric, DJ and MC, watches nightly as his ex-girlfriend Christina performs... (imdb) Nice atmosphere, like a nightly taxi ride mixed with an oriental score. The plot is secondary.
60 Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) tt0432283 Feb 01 2017, 08:52 Angry farmers, tired of sharing their chickens with a sly fox, look to get rid of their opponent and his family. So nice and decent, it's incredible that someone got this approved by a production company.
60 Fargo (2014) tt2802850 Feb 01 2017, 11:58 The all new "true crime" case of Fargo's new chapter travels back to 1979 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and Luverne, Minnesota, where a young State Police Officer investigates a case involving a local crime gang and a major Mob syndicate. (imdb) Very slick, modernized crime tales. -- Series 1 is better than the film, with a better protagonist and antagonist. The pacing could be faster. -- Series 2 is underwhelming and slow. The "shiny" optics don't fit well; most of the characters are unlikable or annoying. Not worth the time. -- I liked series 3 a lot more; it has uneven parts, but overall a great feeling of a "tightening noose".
60 A Fistful of Dollars (1964) tt0058461 Apr 29 2017, 09:29 A wandering gunfighter plays two rival families against each other in a town torn apart by greed, pride, and revenge. Enjoyable little film, carried by the unreachable coolness of Clint Eastwood.
60 Forbidden Planet (1956) tt0049223 Oct 07 2019, 20:12 A starship crew goes to investigate the silence of a planet's colony only to find two survivors and a deadly secret that one of them has. (imdb) A watchable but very clunky space adventure.
60 Foxcatcher (2014) tt1100089 Mar 19 2018, 13:52 The greatest Olympic Wrestling Champion brother team joins Team Foxcatcher led by multimillionaire sponsor John E. du Pont as they train for the 1988 games in Seoul - a union that leads to unlikely circumstances. What did I just witness? No actors throwing lines at each other straight from the script, no sterilized sound effects, no unnecessary recap dialogue, generally great performances and a slow and exquisite style. All that being said, it was a bit too slow at times and I will probably not watch it again.
60 Frantic (1988) tt0095174 Mar 09 2017, 13:32 A doctor and his wife go to Paris for a medical conference. While showering, his wife disappears. I don't remember a lot about this film, but I had a good time with Harrison Ford running through Paris(?).
60 Freeway (1996) tt0116361 Jan 20 2020, 08:51 A twisted take on 'Little Red Riding Hood' with a teenage juvenile delinquent on the run from a social worker traveling to her grandmother's house and being hounded by a charming, but sadistic, serial killer/pedophile. (imdb) Pretty intense and dirty. There's something great about young Reese Witherspoon kicking ass.
60 French Connection II (1975) tt0073018 Mar 23 2018, 22:46 "Popeye" Doyle travels to Marseilles to find Alain Charnier, the drug smuggler that eluded him in New York. (imdb) Authentic and grounded. Insane performance by Gene Hackman, and a chilling finale.
60 The French Connection (1971) tt0067116 Jul 19 2017, 20:31 A pair of NYC cops in the Narcotics Bureau stumble onto a drug smuggling job with a French connection. (imdb) Acceptable crime film with an authentic style. - Especially one scene was interesting, where a french guy picks some kind of sea urchin from a tide pool and just eats it casually. Truly mind-boggling.
60 Full Metal Jacket (1987) tt0093058 Feb 07 2017, 00:33 The story of an 18-year-old marine recruit named Private Joker - from his carnage-and-machismo boot camp to his climactic involvement in the heavy fighting in Hue during the 1968 Tet Offensive. [Warner Bros.] The beginning is very good and sets up the tension. Later you have intense moments, which were filmed amazingly stable and not overacted.
60 Funny Games (1997) tt0119167 Feb 01 2017, 08:25 Two psychotic young men take a mother, father, and son hostage in their vacation cabin and force them to play sadistic "games" with one another for their own amusement. (imdb) Unique with a great antagonist. Creepy and cold, like you know something bad will happen.
60 Gattaca (1997) tt0119177 Jan 21 2019, 18:40 An engrossing sci-fi thriller about an all-too-human man who dares to defy a system obsessed with genetic perfection.  (Sony) An alright science-fiction film. More melancholic and subdued than I expected.
60 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) tt1568346 Jan 25 2019, 18:45 Journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Craig) is aided in his search for a woman who has been missing for forty years by Lisbeth Salander (Mara), a young computer hacker. (imdb) Has the good old David Fincher feel; everything looks nice and well-crafted. The film also seems very long and tenacious, but not boring.
60 Glass (2019) tt6823368 May 10 2019, 14:37 Security guard David Dunn uses his supernatural abilities to track Kevin Wendell Crumb, a disturbed man who has twenty-four personalities. I almost stopped half-way because of stupidity, but I'm glad I didn't. The ending is pretty good.
60 The Godfather: A Novel for Television (1977) tt0809488 Feb 07 2017, 22:53 The first two Godfather films were re-edited together in chronological order with additional footage added. (imdb) An epic, vigorous tale of the old days.
60 Goldfinger (1964) tt0058150 Mar 02 2018, 11:19 Investigating a gold magnate's gold smuggling, James Bond uncovers a plot to contaminate the Fort Knox gold reserve. The score is by far the best Bond score I have heard. The film gets better in the second half, but it only gets really exciting for a few short scenes.
60 Gravity (2013) tt1454468 Jan 27 2019, 19:21 Astronauts attempt to return to earth after debris crashes into their space shuttle, leaving them drifting alone in space. (imdb) I only remember some parts, which were indeed very cool, in the sense that shitting your pants at 30 rotations/minute is cool.
60 Hamlet (1996) tt0116477 Feb 27 2018, 13:42 Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, returns home to find his father murdered and his mother remarrying the murderer, his uncle. Meanwhile, war is brewing. (imdb) It was good, and I did not get too bored. The dialogue flows along very well.
60 The Handmaiden (2016) tt4016934 Feb 25 2018, 22:28 1930s Korea, in the period of Japanese occupation, a girl (Sookee) is hired as a handmaiden to a Japanese heiress (Hideko) who lives a secluded life on an estate with her domineering Uncle (Kouzuki). But the maid has a secret. She and a swindler who poses as a Japanese Count are scheming to get the Lady engaged, rob her fortune, and lock her up in a madhouse. All proceeds according to plan until Sookee starts to truly understand Hideko. (imdb) It started extremely strong - to a point where I actually got excited -, but then it got convoluted in its own plot. One twist too many.
60 Hard Boiled (1992) tt0104684 Feb 01 2017, 07:58 A tough as nails cop teams up with an undercover agent to shut down a sinister mobster and his crew. It gets dull after some time.
60 Her (2013) tt1798709 Feb 02 2017, 22:45 A lonely writer develops an unlikely relationship with his newly-purchased operating system that's designed to meet his every need. (imdb) Good protagonist, subtle futuristic design.
60 High Flying Bird (2019) tt8128188 Apr 29 2019, 18:32 A sports agent pitches a rookie basketball client on an intriguing and controversial business opportunity during a lockout. Story is mostly non-existent, but still a well-made and enjoyable film for an afternoon.
60 The Hurt Locker (2009) tt0887912 Feb 03 2017, 12:19 Iraq. Forced to play a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse in the chaos of war, an elite Army bomb squad unit must come together in a city where everyone is a potential enemy and every object could be a deadly bomb. (imdb) It stays intense all the way. Might rewatch because there were some nice scenes between the forced "character development".
60 I Saw the Devil (2010) tt1588170 Mar 27 2017, 07:07 A secret agent tracks a serial killer who murdered his fiancée. Good revenge thriller. It uses occasional physical and emotional violence, but it is never done unnecessarily.
60 The Ides of March (2011) tt1124035 Sep 13 2017, 22:50 An idealistic staffer for a newbie presidential candidate gets a crash course on dirty politics during his stint on the campaign trail. Based on the play by Beau Willimon. (imdb) Not the greatest visionary achievement, but a nice and slim drama.
60 In Bruges (2008) tt0780536 Jul 17 2017, 10:52 Guilt-stricken after a job gone wrong, hitman Ray and his partner await orders from their ruthless boss in Bruges, Belgium, the last place in the world Ray wants to be. A good film. The right mix of humor, sadness and action.
60 In Cold Blood (1967) tt0061809 Feb 14 2017, 10:39 Originally released in 1967, In Cold Blood is the powerful, true story of a callous murder, based upon the best-selling novel by Truman Capote. (Sony) Appealing visuals and great score. But the story is linear and therefore could be told in a fraction of the time.
60 In the Electric Mist (2009) tt0910905 Feb 01 2019, 17:54 A detective in the deep South is led into a series of surreal encounters with a troop of Confederate soldiers. I always appreciate a good detective film. This one is pretty nice; Tommy Lee Jones is great and the flair of the film is excellent.
60 Inherent Vice (2014) tt1791528 Feb 21 2017, 23:52 In Los Angeles in 1970, drug-fueled detective Larry "Doc" Sportello investigates the disappearance of a former girlfriend. (imdb) Confusing and messy, which is funny at times in this film - but then other scenes are just stretching the patience too much. Overall not very rewarding.
60 Inland Empire (2006) tt0460829 Mar 29 2017, 10:27 An actress's perception of reality becomes increasingly distorted as she finds herself falling for her co-star in a remake of an unfinished Polish production that was supposedly cursed. Fuck you, Lynch!! Jump scares at 1:09h, 1:19h, 1:57h and 2:45h. Overall it's damn scary. Has "found footage" visuals, which is not as stylish, but works alright.
60 Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) tt2042568 Apr 07 2018, 11:08 A singer-songwriter navigates New York's folk music scene during the 1960s. (imdb) Although the protagonist is an asshole, and some very dark and terrible things get touched on, it still is not nauseating or depressing. Can be watched pretty comfortably.
60 Into the Inferno (2016) tt4846318 Jan 14 2018, 09:33 An exploration of active volcanoes around world. (imdb) Good and interesting, with some amazing images. I can't blame the director for taking the opportunity to take a look inside North Korea; also, the documentary is worth watching for the footage from the Ethiopian desert alone.
60 Intouchables (2011) tt1675434 Feb 03 2017, 04:55 A true story of two men who should never have met - a quadriplegic aristocrat who was injured in a paragliding accident and a young man from the projects. (imdb) A film for the heart. Good but nothing more.
60 Irreversible (2002) tt0290673 Mar 27 2017, 20:16 Events over the course of one traumatic night in Paris unfold in reverse-chronological order. The first few minutes made me nauseous, so that I could not bare to watch the screen: a thrilling and frightening experience. - Note: Pierre is an annoying dumbass.
60 Isle of Dogs (2018) tt5104604 Jan 20 2020, 16:23 Set in Japan, Isle of Dogs follows a boy's odyssey in search of his dog. (imdb) It's alright, but very predictable and a bit boring.
60 John Wick (2014) tt2911666 Feb 03 2017, 08:44 An ex-hitman comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him. (imdb) Cheesy action hero, standard plot. Keanu Reeves is pretty good, and you can have fun watching.
60 JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders (2014) tt3687376 Jul 20 2019, 11:33 In a Japanese jail sits 17-year-old Joutarou Kuujou: punk, fighter, delinquent...and possessed by a force beyond his control! Around the world, evil spirits are awakening: "Stands," monstrous invisible creatures which give their bearers incredible powers. To save his mother's life, Joutarou must tame his dark forces and travel around the world to Cairo, Egypt, where a hundred-year-old vampire thirsts for the blood of his family. ( Overlong, silly and sometimes tedious. Gets really good in the last eight episodes. -- Honestly, why not cut it down from 48 to 36 episodes (or less)?
60 The Killer (1989) tt0097202 Feb 01 2017, 12:09 A disillusioned assassin accepts one last hit in hopes of using his earnings to restore vision to a singer he accidentally blinded, only to be double-crossed by his boss. Great action scenes, also quite good dialogue sometimes. Also very convenient bad guys who shoot barrages near the hero but never hit.
60 The Killers (1946) tt0038669 Apr 21 2019, 12:11 Hit men kill an unresisting victim, and investigator Reardon uncovers his past involvement with beautiful, deadly Kitty Collins. (imdb) The beginning is fun. Overall a solid murder mystery.
60 The Killing (1956) tt0049406 Mar 09 2018, 12:07 After getting out of prison, Johnny Clay masterminds a complex race-track heist, but his scheme is complicated by the intervention of the wife of a teller (George Peatty) in on the scheme, the boyfriend of the wife, airport regulations, and a small dog. (imdb) I could tell what would eventually happen, but it still got me hooked because of the gritty characters. The climax is chilling and intense, but the ending is illogical.
60 Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005) tt0373469 Mar 20 2017, 18:21 A petty thief posing as an actor is brought to Los Angeles for an unlikely audition and finds himself in the middle of a murder investigation along with his high school dream girl and a detective who's been training him for his upcoming role... (imdb) Fucking hilarious dialogue and narration. Most of the time I had no idea what's going on, but it fits together somehow in the end.
60 Knives Out (2019) tt8946378 Jan 04 2020, 09:13 A detective investigates the death of a patriarch of an eccentric, combative family. (imdb) It's alright, but a bit messy. Especially the ending escalated things very quickly, and some little details don't quite make sense. The score and camerawork is excellent and thrilling. -- Also, was Chris Evans forced at gunpoint to be a part of this movie?
60 La La Land (2016) tt3783958 Mar 22 2018, 21:13 A jazz pianist falls for an aspiring actress in Los Angeles. (imdb) Let's be clear: this is a musical. People are actually dancing and singing to poppy, colorful set pieces and cheerful melodies. It's still mostly enjoyable, but very cheesy. Most of the six musical sequences are bordering on the over-the-top, and if this was pulled off a little bit worse, the result would be catastrophic. But it works well; I can't remember one sequence where I felt really uncomfortable. That's all the praise I can give: a musical I ... enjoyed.
60 Law Abiding Citizen (2009) tt1197624 Feb 18 2018, 19:38 An everyday guy decides to take justice into his own hands after a plea bargain sets his family's killers free. His target: The district attorney who orchestrated the deal. (imdb) A messed-up Gerard Butler goes on a crusade. Definitely worth a watch.
60 Lessons of Darkness (1992) tt0104706 Jan 11 2018, 06:44 This film shows the disaster of the Kuwaitian oil fields in flames. In contrast to the common documentary film there are no comments and few interviews (imdb) Lingering and somewhat appealing style, but it never managed to get fully exciting.
60 The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004) tt0362270 Feb 09 2017, 12:56 Internationally famous oceanographer Steve Zissou (Murray) and his crew set sail on an expedition to hunt down the mysterious, elusive, possibly non-existent Jaguar Shark that killed Zissou's partner during the documentary filming of their latest adventure. (Touchstone Pictures) Beautiful interior design and score, some funny scenes. Sadly the focus is on the tedious father/son drama.
60 Limitless (2011) tt1219289 May 19 2019, 20:14 A struggling novelist acquires a top-secret drug which gives him superhuman abilities. Pretty good fun, worth a watch.
60 The Lineup (1958) tt0051866 Dec 26 2019, 18:00 The San Francisco police are out, after a seemingly random street robbery resulted in the killing of a cop. Meanwhile, psycho-killers Keith and Wallach have been hired to find the suitcase stolen in the robbery because it contained a massive amount of heroin. However, they also want to find out about 'The Man' who has hired them. Pretty good, fast-moving crime flick. Otherwise, nothing special.
60 Live and Let Die (1973) tt0070328 Feb 18 2018, 19:31 007 is sent to stop a brilliant heroin magnate armed with a complex organization and a reliable psychic tarot card reader. Watchable, but not overly exciting - just good, clean James Bond action.
60 Looper (2012) tt1276104 Jan 27 2019, 19:23 In 2072, when the mob wants to get rid of someone, the target is sent 30 years into the past, where a hired gun awaits. Someone like Joe, who one day learns the mob wants to 'close the loop' by transporting back Joe's future self. (imdb) I like the scenery and the story. Pretty good movie.
60 Lucky Number Slevin (2006) tt0425210 Mar 14 2017, 19:40 Lucky Number Slevin is a thriller that twists and turns its way through an underworld of crime and revenge. Set in New York City, a case of mistaken identity lands Slevin (Hartnett) into the middle of a war being plotted by two of the city's most rival crime bosses. (The Weinstein Company) Dedicated story, but it regards itself smarter than it actually is. Still, it is a nice watch.
60 The Machinist (2004) tt0361862 Feb 05 2017, 22:57 Trevor Reznik has not slept for a year. His every waking minute has become an unremitting nightmare of confusion, paranoia, guilt, anxiety and terror - each of which is part of an escalating series of clues that will lead to the source of his mysterious affliction. (Paramount Classics) A good watch, recommended if you want a mystery story to enjoy.
60 The Magnificent Seven (1960) tt0054047 Mar 20 2017, 22:28 An oppressed Mexican peasant village assembles seven gunfighters to help defend their homes. (imdb) It was pretty good.
60 Magnum Force (1973) tt0070355 Mar 22 2018, 14:32 Dirty Harry is on the trail of vigilante cops who are not above going beyond the law to kill the city's undesirables. (imdb) Good cop action flick, impressive orchestral score by Lalo Schifrin. -- "There's no problem with shooting, as long as the right people get shot."
60 A Man Escaped (1956) tt0049902 Oct 08 2018, 06:34 French Resistance activist Andre Devigny is imprisoned by the Nazis, and devotes his waking hours to planning an elaborate escape... (imdb) Interesting and methodical film that lives from the mind-numbing, stale prison atmosphere; not much else is going on.
60 The Man Who Wasn't There (2001) tt0243133 Feb 18 2019, 20:20 A noirish tale set in 1949, about a dissatisfied barber who hears from a customer about a speculative business venture. The barber, Ed Crane, is prompted to reflect on the direction he wishes his life to take, and on what he might do to change his current direction. Got a nice feel to it, and some great play with light and shadow. The story is rather slow but helped along by the protagonist.
60 The Master (2012) tt1560747 Mar 02 2018, 15:34 A 1950s-set drama centered on the relationship between a charismatic intellectual known as "the Master" whose faith-based organization begins to catch on in America, and a young drifter who becomes his right-hand man. (imdb) Enjoyable protagonists, but nothing more.
60 The Matrix Reloaded (2003) tt0234215 Feb 09 2017, 21:23 Neo and the rebel leaders estimate that they have 72 hours until 250,000 probes discover Zion and destroy it and its inhabitants. During this, Neo must decide how he can save Trinity from a dark fate in his dreams. Part 1 of the sequel-double-feature. It is good, some scenes even great, but missing that special touch. -- You can watch this and Revolutions back to back, as they are basically one movie split into two.
60 Meru (2015) tt2545428 Dec 14 2018, 12:08 Three elite climbers struggle to find their way through obsession and loss as they attempt to climb Mount Meru, one of the most coveted prizes in the high stakes game of Himalayan big wall climbing. (imdb) Interesting for one watch. Falls a bit flat at the end.
60 Mindhunter (2017) tt5290382 Mar 06 2018, 16:27 An agent in the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit tracks down serial killers and rapists. Season 1: The first three or four episodes are insanely good and intense, but this doesn't last long. Season 2: More of the good stuff, but also lots of down time. -- The visuals and design are consistently great. Overall an acceptable drama series.
60 Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (1985) tt0089603 May 02 2017, 09:45 A fictionalized account in four segments of the life of Japan's celebrated twentieth-century author Yukio Mishima... (imdb) The score is outstanding, and the film has a nice atmosphere.
60 Mission: Impossible (1996) tt0117060 Mar 15 2017, 20:58 Cruise stars as Ethan Hunt, a secret agent framed for the deaths of his espionage team. Fleeing from government assassins, breaking into the CIA's most impenetrable vault, clinging to the roof of a speeding bullet train, Hunt races like a burning fuse to stay one step ahead of his pursuers... and draw one step closer to discovering the shocking truth. (Paramount) Nicely done spy action.
60 Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) tt4912910 Dec 28 2018, 14:27 Ethan Hunt and his IMF team, along with some familiar allies, race against time after a mission gone wrong. Good action film with great fight scenes. Not overly exciting, but neither entirely uninteresting.
60 Mississippi Burning (1988) tt0095647 Mar 17 2017, 08:46 Two FBI agents with wildly different styles arrive in Mississippi to investigate the disappearance of some civil rights activists. (imdb) Nice investigation movie. The viewer learns almost nothing about the two agents; obviously the message is the real protagonist of the film.
60 Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) tt0071853 Jan 01 2019, 21:19 King Arthur and his knights embark on a low-budget search for the Grail, encountering many very silly obstacles (imdb) Wacky and entertaining film. For a comedy, I didn't laugh very often; but when I did, I almost collapsed (e.g. first scene).
60 Moonrise Kingdom (2012) tt1748122 May 06 2017, 15:52 A pair of lovers flee their New England town, which causes a local search party to fan out and find them. (imdb) Nice-looking but rather flat and uninspiring.
60 Mosaic (2017) tt5056958 May 05 2019, 19:31 A show with an interactive element where the audience can determine the outcome of the story. (imdb) Intriguing, bold mystery series. It all comes together for the spectacular last episode.
60 A Most Violent Year (2014) tt2937898 Feb 18 2018, 13:55 In New York City 1981, an ambitious immigrant fights to protect his business and family during the most dangerous year in the city's history. (imdb) This is a slow burn for sure. The scenery and some of the images are truly astonishing. But I didn't enjoy the protagonist that much.
60 Mr. Brooks (2007) tt0780571 Mar 09 2017, 13:00 Consider Mr. Brooks. A successful businessman. A generous philanthropist. A loving father and devoted husband. Seemingly, he's perfect. But Mr. Brooks has a secret -- he is also the notorious Thumbprint Killer and no one has ever suspected it -- until now. (MGM) The protagonist sells the whole film, he's enjoyable to watch. Worth a viewing.
60 My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done (2009) tt1233219 May 02 2017, 13:29 Inspired by a true crime, a man begins to experience mystifying events that lead him to slay his mother with a sword. David Lynch presents a Werner Herzog film. What the hell did I expect? It's hilarious and strange, but can get tedious just because of that.
60 Natural Born Killers (1994) tt0110632 Jan 20 2020, 08:56 Two victims of traumatized childhoods become lovers and psychopathic serial murderers irresponsibly glorified by the media. The movie equivalent to a Tequila Suicide. The style is over the top, and the two protagonists are great.
60 Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984) tt0087544 Aug 25 2017, 15:02 Warrior/pacifist Princess Nausicaä desperately struggles to prevent two warring nations from destroying themselves and their dying planet. (imdb) It was okay. Nicely drawn, a bit confusing, but with a child-like charm.
60 Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995) tt0112159 Jan 11 2019, 21:02 When the Angels start attacking the planet Earth in the year 2015, only a handful of 14-year-old EVA pilots are able to stop them. Young Shinji Ikari suddenly finds himself forced to pilot EVA-01, a giant organic mecha, designed and constructed by NERV, that is the only thing that can stop the Angels. (Chris Cleveland) Pretty good and comfy.
60 Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion (1997) tt0169858 Jan 11 2019, 21:04 NERV faces a brutal attack from SEELE, but with Asuka in a coma, and Shinji in a nervous breakdown, things soon turn into the surreal. This movie provides an concurrent ending to the final two episodes of the show "Neon Genesis Evangelion". Exciting ending to a nice series.
60 New World (2013) tt2625030 Aug 10 2017, 21:29 A detective infiltrates into one of the biggest gang organizations in the country and gets involved in a fight for the heir to the gang after the boss dies and in between the second in charge who trusts him with his life and the high police officials who think of him only as bait. (TMDb) Real good fun, once the story gets going. Actually it's only scene which makes this film stand out; a very unexpected and welcome surprise.
60 O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000) tt0190590 Feb 03 2017, 13:01 A trio of escaped prisoners (Clooney, Nelson, Turturro) embarks on the adventure of a lifetime as they set out to pursue their freedom and the promise of sharing in the division of a fortune in buried treasure. (Touchstone Pictures) It was really comfortable and sometimes hilarious.
60 Out of Sight (1998) tt0120780 Feb 25 2019, 08:53 A career bank robber busts out of jail (Clooney) with the help of his buddy (Rhames) and kidnaps a US Marshal (Lopez) in the process. When the two cons head for Detroit to pull off their final big scam, the Marshal is put on their case but she finds she is attracted to one of them and has second thoughts about bringing them in. (imdb) Pleasant, stylish film that you can relax to.
60 Panic Room (2002) tt0258000 May 18 2019, 19:18 Recently divorced Meg Altman (Foster) and her daughter Sarah (Stewart) have bought a new home in New York. On their tour around the mansion, they come across the panic room. A room so secure, that no one can get in. When three burglars break in, Meg makes a move to the panic room. But all her troubles don't stop there. The criminals know where she is, and what they require the most in the house is in that very room. (imdb) It's okay, but nothing special. The "mobile phone scene" is truly exhilarating.
60 Paths of Glory (1957) tt0050825 Mar 18 2018, 21:32 When soldiers in WW1 refuse to continue with an impossible attack, their superiors decide to make an example of them (imdb) Hard-hitting war film. The fanatic French general might be one of the most frightening antagonists ever.
60 Primer (2004) tt0390384 Jul 02 2018, 21:49 While tweaking their current project, two young engineers accidentally discover that it has some highly unexpected capabilities--ones that could enable them to do and to have seemingly anything they want. Taking advantage of this unique opportunity is the first challenge they face. Dealing with the consequences is the next. (ThinkFilm) Pretty difficult to understand, but quick and interesting. -- What I have gathered so far (read after watching): the machine extends the A and B ends as far as the timer (~6 hours) and sends a copy back to the A end; the hotel is a safe place during the machine runtime; the failsafe causes a hard reset to the first day; the copies created by main machine and failsafe somehow dispose of their predecessors; the recording was made by a failsafe copy for "future" main copies.
60 The Professionals (1966) tt0060862 Apr 13 2019, 15:24 A rich Texan, J.W. Grant, selects three men and invites them to his private train to offer them a contract:... (imdb) Nice, slow and steady western. You can almost taste the dust and sweat.
60 Public Enemies (2009) tt1152836 Feb 26 2018, 13:41 The Feds try to take down notorious American gangsters John Dillinger, Baby Face Nelson and Pretty Boy Floyd during a booming crime wave in the 1930s. A whole new level of realism, which is sometimes great, sometimes annoying.
60 Punch-Drunk Love (2002) tt0272338 Jul 17 2017, 13:19 Barry Egan is a small business owner with seven sisters who kept him alone and unable to fall in love. When a harmonium and a mysterious woman enter his life, his romantic journey begins. Sometimes funny and touching, but I expected a bit more.
60 Raise the Red Lantern (1991) tt0101640 Nov 05 2019, 17:44 China in the 1920's. After her fathers death, nineteen year old Songlian is forced to marry Chen Zuoqian... (imdb) It's an okay melodrama. The slow camera and esoteric score are nice, but the story is a bit too lengthy.
60 Red Dragon (2002) tt0289765 Jul 26 2018, 17:06 The first and most terrifying chapter in the Hannibal Lecter trilogy. (Universal Pictures) It starts interesting and suspenseful, but feels a bit odd; like some parts at beginning and end of the film are missing.
60 Red Sparrow (2018) tt2873282 Nov 11 2018, 11:45 A young Russian intelligence officer is assigned to seduce a first-tour CIA agent who handles the CIA's most sensitive penetration of Russian intelligence. The two young officers collide in a charged atmosphere of trade-craft, deception, and inevitably forbidden passion that threatens not just their lives but the lives of others as well. (imdb) It's okay, with some great moments; but there is not a lot going on behind the facade.
60 The Remains of the Day (1993) tt0107943 Nov 22 2019, 12:25 A rule bound head butler's world of manners and decorum in the household he maintains is tested by the arrival of a housekeeper who falls in love with him in post-WWI Britain. The possibility of romance and his master's cultivation of ties with the Nazi cause challenge his carefully maintained veneer of servitude. (imdb) Quite boring and slow. The ending is not very satisfying, and overall there is no real insight.
60 Revanche (2008) tt1173745 Aug 26 2019, 20:07 A pimp's employee named Alex and Tamara, one of his ukrainian prostitutes, get involved with each other. Since Alex cannot stand to see his new girlfriend as a prostitute they try to break out from the brothel and to finance their start into a new life they try to rob a bank. The consequences are fatal. The story threads are connected nicely, but overall it's very long and tedious. The hopelessness and depression is intense.
60 The Revenant (2015) tt1663202 Feb 03 2017, 04:59 In the 1820s, a frontiersman, Hugh Glass, sets out on a path of vengeance against those who left him for dead after a bear mauling. (imdb) One of many films that are good but not great. It has stunning action sequences.
60 Revolver (2005) tt0365686 Jan 19 2019, 19:33 Gambler Jack Green (Statham) enters into a game with potentially deadly consequences. (imdb) What just happened? I think I had a blackout...
60 Rififi (1955) tt0048021 Feb 01 2017, 08:02 Four men plan a technically perfect crime, but the human element intervenes... (imdb) Parts of it are thrilling and awesome, the other parts not so much.
60 The Road Warrior (1981) tt0082694 Feb 03 2017, 05:09 In the post-apocolyptic Australian wasteland, a cynical drifter agrees to help a small, gasoline rich, community escape a band of bandits (imdb) Has problems with pacing, especially in the middle. The protagonist is great, most of the other characters are just annoying. Excellent action at the end.
60 Rosemary's Baby (1968) tt0063522 Aug 07 2017, 21:27 A woman discovers that her pregnancy is actually part of a satanic ritual. (imdb) It was alright, but the ending was a bit too long. Even though the protagonist behaves like an idiotic child sometimes, at other times she notices things that even a vigilant viewer could miss - interesting.
60 Secret Window (2004) tt0363988 Jul 08 2017, 12:26 Mort Rainey is a best selling author whose imagination thrills his reader to the core. But one of his stories holds a secret that comes to life. A secret that even he can't imagine. (Sony Pictures) Nice little mystery film, thoroughly enjoyable for an afternoon.
60 Seven Days in May (1964) tt0058576 Apr 24 2019, 16:43 US military leaders plot to overthrow the President because he supports a nuclear disarmament treaty and they fear a Soviet sneak attack. (imdb) Dry and lengthy film, with interesting dialogue and a good ending.
60 Seven Samurai (1954) tt0047478 Feb 03 2017, 12:50 A poor village under attack by bandits recruits seven unemployed samurai to help them defend themselves. It is an epic tale of heroism, with great characters. Also a great fight where the bad guys don't go down easily. Surely a good film, but with problems in pacing.
60 Shooter (2007) tt0822854 Mar 22 2018, 21:56 Shooter is an edgy, non-stop action thriller about an honorable and brilliant marksman (Wahlberg) who finds himself in an unthinkable situation: framed as a Presidential assassin. Plunged into a shocking vortex of terror and conspiracy, the rogue shooter discovers the race is on to prove his innocence even as he is pursued by every law enforcement agency in the country, as well as a shadowy organization on a relentless manhunt aimed at destroying the secrets he has uncovered. (Paramount Pictures) Good performance from Mark Wahlberg. The movie is quite enjoyable and intense.
60 Shutter Island (2010) tt1130884 Feb 03 2017, 08:51 Two U.S. Marshalls are sent to a federal institution for the criminally insane to capture a violent female escapee. One of the better psycho thriller(?) films.
60 Sicario (2015) tt3397884 Feb 16 2017, 16:38 A young female FBI agent joins a secret CIA operation to take down a Mexican cartel boss, a job that ends up pushing her ethical and moral values to the limit. (imdb) Dense and brutal atmospheric film with fitting score. Besides the bland lead actress, it was all done well with cool military precision.
60 Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) tt5052474 Feb 23 2019, 18:51 A follow-up to the 2015 film, 'Sicario', which centers around the escalating war against drugs along the border of the United States and Mexico. (imdb) Exciting, slightly unsatisfying film. There is no real story, but it's cool to look at (and listen to!).
60 Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014) tt0458481 Feb 19 2018, 19:04 The town's most hard-boiled citizens cross paths with some of its more reviled inhabitants. (imdb) It was alright, although there was a large focus on the story line I liked the least.
60 Skyfall (2012) tt1074638 Jan 14 2018, 12:33 Bond's loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost. It is okay, mostly because of Javier Bardem and his secret island hideout.
60 Snatch (2000) tt0208092 Feb 02 2017, 18:13 Guy Ritchie's highly anticipated comedy features a colorful ensemble cast in a rollicking ride through London's gangster world, its bustling diamond district and a rowdy gypsy camp. (Columbia Tristar) Pretty fun to watch.
60 Solace (2015) tt1291570 Jan 02 2019, 10:41 A psychic works with the FBI in order to hunt down a serial killer. (imdb) Pretty good, creative film. Anthony Hopkins is not up to par, but I see the overall merit of the film.
60 Sonatine (1993) tt0108188 Feb 11 2018, 17:35 Several yakuza from Tokyo are sent to Okinawa to help end a gang war. The war escalates and the Tokyo drifters decide to lay low at the beach. (imdb) I think I took a break somewhere in the middle and haven't continued since. But I remember the likeable protagonists and the charming beach scenery. Will rewatch some time.
60 Source Code (2011) tt0945513 Jul 18 2017, 14:14 An action thriller centered on a soldier who wakes up in the body of an unknown man and discovers he's part of a mission to find the bomber of a Chicago commuter train. (imdb) Good, inventive action.
60 Spectre (2015) tt2379713 Jan 14 2018, 12:43 A cryptic message from Bond's past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE. (imdb) Overall enjoyable. There were a few genuinely great scenes, but maybe the team should take a creative break for a few years...
60 Split (2017) tt4972582 Jan 25 2019, 13:00 Kevin, a man with at least 23 different personalities, is compelled to abduct three teenage girls. As they are held captive, a final personality - "The Beast" - begins to materialize. (imdb) Intense and interesting. Good lead performance and soundtrack, but it is a bit too lengthy.
60 Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring (2003) tt0374546 May 13 2017, 11:16 Entirely set on and around a tree-lined lake where a tiny Buddhist monastery floats on a raft amidst a breath-taking landscape, this film is divided into five segments with each season representing a stage in a man's life. (Sony Pictures Classics) Offers just enough to be interesting. Not amazing, just good, with a nice scenery.
60 Stalker (1979) tt0079944 Feb 02 2017, 22:50 Near a gray and unnamed city is The Zone, an alien place guarded by barbed wire and soldiers. It takes you in when you first watch it. It is required to have imagination and empathy for the protagonists; then you can feel a sense of wonder and excitement.
60 Straight Time (1978) tt0078326 Mar 19 2017, 11:41 After being released on parole, a burglar attempts to go straight, get a regular job, and just go by the rules. He soon finds himself back in jail at the hands of a power-hungry parole officer. When he is released again, he assaults the parole officer, steals his car, and returns to a life of crime. (imdb) Drama with a very authentic vibe. In fact, so authentic that you can sometimes hear the footsteps of the camera man. Dustin Hoffman is quite good and lifelike.
60 Stranger Than Fiction (2006) tt0420223 Mar 15 2017, 21:13 Will Ferrell plays Harold Crick, an IRS Agent whose world is turned upside-down when he begins to hear his life being chronicled by a narrator only he can hear. The Narrator, Kay Eiffel (Emma Thompson), a nearly forgotten author of tragic novels, is struggling to complete her latest and best book, unaware that her protagonist is alive and uncontrollably guided by her words. Fiction and reality collide when the bewildered and hilariously resistant Harold hears the Narrator say that events have been set in motion that will lead to his imminent death. (Sony) Engaging idea. A more sophisticated type of film.
60 The Strawberry Blonde (1941) tt0034236 Mar 28 2017, 11:36 Biff Grimes is crazy about Virginia Brush, but his "pal" Hugo Barnstead marries her himself and makes Biff the fall guy for his shady dealings. Though Hugo seems to have everything Biff wanted, Biff learns that having what one wants and wanting what one has can be two very different things. (imdb) Light soap opera with witty dialogue. The scenery is portrayed nicely, and the film is pleasant for an afternoon.
60 Summer of '84 (2018) tt5774450 Nov 10 2018, 14:57 After suspecting that their police officer neighbor is a serial killer, a group of teenage friends spend their summer spying on him and gathering evidence, but as they get closer to discovering the truth, things get dangerous. Pretty enjoyable, with good characters. But not very memorable or interesting otherwise.
60 Sunshine (2007) tt0448134 Aug 31 2018, 13:17 The Sun is being destroyed from inside out by a type of highly stable form of matter that renders nuclear fusion impossible, by turning common matter on its own kind. The only hope is to send a team of astronauts to detonate a massive, highly energetic bomb, able to destroy this strange matter and restore Sun's natural state. (imdb) Good film overall, intense and enjoyable.
60 Super Dark Times (2017) tt5112578 Oct 28 2018, 09:30 A terrible accident transforms best friends from high school Zach and Josh into enemies. This ambitious thriller is set in the American suburbs of the early 1990s - the pre-Columbine era. (IFFR) The locations are beautiful, and the whole film looks great. It gets a lot of things right, but the story seems a bit fabricated at times.
60 Take Shelter (2011) tt1675192 Feb 02 2017, 23:58 Plagued by a series of apocalyptic visions, a young husband and father questions whether to shelter his family from a coming storm, or from himself. (imdb) Good and frightening, with a great protagonist.
60 The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999) tt0134119 Feb 17 2017, 20:34 The 1950s. Manhattan lavatory attendant, Tom Ripley, borrows a Princeton jacket to play piano at a garden party. When the wealthy father of a recent Princeton grad chats Tom up, Tom pretends to know the son and is soon offered $1,000 to go to Italy to convince Dickie Greenleaf to return home. In Italy, Tom attaches himself to Dickie and to Marge, Dickie's cultured fiancée, pretending to love jazz and harboring homoerotic hopes as he soaks in luxury... (imdb) Captures the Italian lifestyle very well, also builds the tension nicely. All in all a good watch.
60 The Tenant (1976) tt0074811 Aug 06 2017, 11:17 A quiet and inconspicuous man (Trelkovsky) rents an apartment in France where the previous tenant committed suicide... It started very promising, and it delivered in the small pieces in between. But for such a masterful buildup, I was a bit let down by the ending.
60 The Terminal (2004) tt0362227 Mar 15 2017, 21:02 The Terminal tells the story of Viktor Navorski (Hanks), a visitor to New York City from Eastern Europe, whose homeland erupts in a fiery coup while he is in the air en route to America. Stranded at John F. Kennedy International Airport with a passport from nowhere, he is unauthorized to actually enter the United States and must improvise his days and nights in the terminal's international transit lounge until the war at home is over... (DreamWorks) Comforting and easy on the viewer. I like airports.
60 Texas Cotton (2018) tt8009578 Apr 12 2019, 19:41 An aging lawman is convinced a mysterious stranger arrested in his small town is innocent. His investigation stirs up a hornet's nest that will change the town forever. (imdb) Pretty solid indie film.
60 The Thin Blue Line (1988) tt0096257 Dec 20 2018, 16:57 Documentary investigating the 1976 murder of policeman Robert Wood in Dallas, Texas. Randall Adams was convicted of the crime and sentenced to death, after 16-year old David Harris blamed him for the crime. But filmmaker Errol Morris pursues the question of who was in fact responsible for the crime. Good documentary, but not very memorable.
60 Three Identical Strangers (2018) tt7664504 Mar 01 2019, 12:52 New York, 1980: three complete strangers accidentally discover that they are identical triplets, separated at birth. The 19-year-olds' joyous reunion catapults them to international fame, but it also unlocks an extraordinary and disturbing secret that goes beyond their own lives - and could transform our understanding of human nature forever. Starts okay, but gets more intriguing later when more layers of the mystery are revealed. -- Fastest way to get wasted: take a shot every time someone says "incredible".
60 Three Kings (1999) tt0120188 Feb 23 2018, 13:09 A small group of adventurous American soldiers (Clooney, Whalberg, Ice Cube, Jonze) in Iraq at the end of the Gulf War is determined to steal a huge cache of gold reputed to be hidden somewhere near their desert base. Finding a map they believe will take them to the gold, the soldiers embark on a journey that leads to unexpected discoveries, enabling them to rise to a heroic challenge that drastically changes their lives. (Warner Brothers) Chaotic and crazy war film with very dark humor. More than a poor man's Full Metal Jacket, but the ending was too implausible for me.
60 A Time to Kill (1996) tt0117913 Mar 26 2017, 21:32 A young lawyer defends a black man accused of murdering two men who raped his 10-year-old daughter, sparking a rebirth of the KKK. (imdb) Mostly forgettable court room film, but the ending is quite good. Really makes you question the US judicial system.
60 The Twilight Samurai (2002) tt0351817 Mar 15 2019, 20:37 A family drama set in the late nineteenth century Japan, as the feudal Shogun period was giving way to the Meiji Restoration. (Empire Pictures) It was good, but ultimately forgettable. Well made, but lacking true atmosphere.
60 Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992) tt0105665 Jul 07 2018, 16:28 David Lynch's prequel to his cult television series "Twin Peaks" concerns the last seven days in the life of Laura Palmer. Pretty cool to see a little bit more of Twin Peaks, although Lynch pulls more of his bullshit.
60 The Untouchables (1987) tt0094226 Feb 01 2017, 07:51 Federal Agent Elliot Ness sets out to take out Al Capone; because of rampant corruption, he assembles a small, hand-picked team. (imdb) It is good, but something is missing. Standard movie except setting and some nice scenes.
60 V for Vendetta (2006) tt0434409 Jan 13 2020, 14:52 Set against the futuristic landscape of totalitarian Britain, V for Vendetta tells the story of a mild-mannered young woman named Evey who is rescued from a life-and-death situation by a masked man known only as "V." Incomparably charismatic and ferociously skilled in the art of combat and deception, V ignites a revolution when he urges his fellow citizens to rise up against tyranny and oppression. [RELEASED IN 2005] It's alright but not very memorable.
60 A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014) tt0365907 Mar 22 2018, 10:15 Private investigator Matthew Scudder is hired by a drug kingpin to find out who kidnapped and murdered his wife. (imdb) Just barely above a standard mass-produced crime "thriller", this film is watchable mainly because of Liam Neeson.
60 Watership Down (1978) tt0078480 Feb 03 2019, 20:55 A group of rabbits flee their doomed warren and face many dangers to find and protect their new home. (imdb) Good animations, and some of the details are nicely done.
60 We Were Soldiers (2002) tt0277434 Jul 06 2018, 21:28 Based on the best-selling book which details the events of the battle of LZ X-Ray in the Ia Drang Valley. (Paramount) Enjoyable military film. It has a Hollywood touch to it, which places it below war films like "The Thin Red Line" or even "Fury".
60 Westworld (2016) tt0475784 Dec 01 2018, 08:12 A series inspired by the 1973 film of the same title written by Michael Crichton about a futuristic theme park populated by artificial beings. (imdb) It's alright, I guess. Season 1 starts great, but a lot of the story doesn't make any sense and/or is too slow-paced, which is a bit annoying (almost as annoying as the "acting" of a certain female protagonist). The first season has no real conclusion, but I don't know if I'll keep watching.
60 Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950) tt0043132 Nov 11 2018, 11:41 Cop Mark Dixon is already in trouble with his superiors for his brutal tactics when he accidentally kills a murder suspect... (imdb) Restrained, but not boring. Well-constructed, straightforward story with a good protagonist.
60 The Wild Bunch (1969) tt0065214 Jul 09 2018, 19:27 An aging group of outlaws look for one last big score as the "traditional" American West is disappearing around them (imdb) Dirty and violent, with a group of ragged characters. Will rewatch some day.
60 You Only Live Twice (1967) tt0062512 Dec 21 2018, 13:42 Agent 007 and the Japanese secret service ninja force must find and stop the true culprit of a series of spacejackings before nuclear war is provoked. Good Bond film. Great fight scenes, but drags a bit in the middle.
60 The Young Pope (2016) tt3655448 Jul 08 2019, 20:45 From Paolo Sorrentino, director of the Academy Award®-winning 'The Great Beauty,' 'The Young Pope' tells the controversial story of the beginning of Pius XIII's pontificate. (HBO) Looks and sounds good but moves slowly or, more often, not at all.
60 Zodiac (2007) tt0443706 Feb 06 2017, 10:28 As a serial killer terrifies the San Francisco Bay Area and taunts police with his ciphers and letters, investigators in four jurisdictions search for the murderer. The case will become an obsession for four men as their lives and careers are built and destroyed by the endless trail of clues. Moves slowly forward, but I didn't find it boring. It doesn't overact anything.
50 3:10 to Yuma (2007) tt0381849 Mar 15 2017, 21:01 A small-time rancher agrees to hold a captured outlaw who's awaiting a train to go to court in Yuma. A battle of wills ensues as the outlaw tries to psych out the rancher. (imdb) Too stylized for a real western - not only visuals, the performances and the camerawork too. It is a good film but nothing special.
50 Adaptation. (2002) tt0268126 Feb 19 2017, 21:52 The lives of screenwriter Charlie Kaufman, author Susan Orlean and orchid poacher John Laroche become strangely intertwined as each one's search for passion collides with the others' in this adaptation of the best-selling "The Orchid Thief." If you like something "meta", then you will have great moments with this film. But overall it's too uneventful to be good on its own.
50 American Crime Story: The Assassination Of Gianni Versace (2018) tt5378852 Oct 01 2019, 20:12 Follows the manhunt for serial killer Andrew Cunanan in the aftermath of his assassination of Gianni Versace, contrasted with the early lives of both men. More or less tedious from start to finish. I was a bit intrigued by the reverse story, but there is nothing to justify the length of eight episodes.
50 Annihilation (2018) tt2798920 May 11 2018, 14:53 A biologist signs up for a dangerous, secret expedition where the laws of nature don't apply. (imdb) Not very good. Wasted potential on almost every level, only the soundtrack and "zone" design were pretty nice.
50 Apostle (2018) tt6217306 Nov 09 2018, 15:17 A man attempts to rescue his sister who's been kidnapped by a religious cult. (imdb) Not that great. The first half or so is mysterious and exciting, but the supernatural stuff really sucks.
50 The Book of Eli (2010) tt1037705 Feb 09 2017, 16:38 A lone man fights his way across America in order to protect a sacred book that holds the secrets to saving humankind. I liked the wasteland design, and the protagonist is just right. The plot is unbelievably stupid. Actually I sided with the antagonist because what he said made a lot more sense.
50 Brazil (1985) tt0088846 May 05 2017, 19:33 Brazil is a surrealistic nightmare vision of a "perfect" future where technology reigns supreme. Everyone is monitored by a secret government agency that forbids love to interfere with efficiency. When a daydreaming bureaucrat (Pryce) becomes unwittingly involved with an underground superhero and a beautiful mystery woman, he becomes the tragic victim of his own romantic illusions. (Universal Pictures) The design is simply incredible. It's a shame that pretty much everything else sucks. The story is a mess, the protagonist is blunt and it feels too long.
50 Brooklyn Nine-Nine (2013) tt2467372 Jan 06 2019, 16:42 Jake Peralta, an immature but talented NYPD detective in Brooklyn's 99th Precinct, comes into immediate conflict with his new commanding officer, the serious and stern Captain Ray Holt. (imdb) A comedy show that sacrifices everything for on-the-nose, expendable jokes. -- Basically it's the "junk food" of television: It gets very repetitive and stale when watching several episodes in a row, but I come back once in a while to check the new episodes.
50 Buena Vista Social Club (1999) tt0186508 Jul 01 2018, 15:48 This ground-breaking documentary, inspired by the album, includes appearances by legendary performers Ry & Joaquim Cooder, Ibrahim Ferrer, Ruben Gonzáles, Eliades Ochoa, Omara Portuondo, Compay Segundo and many other renowned Cuban Musicians. (Artisan Entertainment) It is alright. The documentary does not explain a lot, which is a shame. I just wanted that breakout moment.
50 Castello Cavalcanti (2013) tt3331512 May 06 2017, 13:43 Commissioned by the fashion giant Prada, it's set in 1955 and stars Jason Schwartzman as a Formula 1 driver who crashes his car into an Italian village. Looks nice.
50 Chungking Express (1994) tt0109424 Mar 25 2018, 09:45 Wong Kar-Wai's movie about two love-struck cops is filmed in impressionistic splashes of motion and color (imdb) It starts really good, but then it mysteriously switches characters. I liked the second story a lot less, mostly because of the obnoxious overuse of a certain song and the unlikable female character.
50 City of God (2002) tt0317248 Feb 11 2018, 16:20 Welcome to the world's most notorious slum: Rio de Janeiro's 'City of God.' A place where combat photographers fear to tread, where Police rarely go, and residents are lucky if they live to the age of 20. This is the true story of a young man who grew up on these streets and whose ambition as a photographer is our window in and ultimately may be his only way out. [Original Release 2002] (Miramax) I don't remember a lot about this film - uncertain if it is my or the movie's fault. I do remember that I was bored at times...
50 Class Rank (2018) tt5219972 Oct 13 2019, 21:05 Two high school outsiders join forces in an attempt to overtake the local school board. Guided by their families, they enter the perilous word of politics and, in the process, learn a thing or two about love. Essentially a dumb and corny love story with unlikable protagonists. I can't decide if the film wants to be taken seriously or not.
50 Collateral (2004) tt0369339 Feb 26 2018, 10:43 A cab driver finds himself the hostage of an engaging contract killer as he makes his rounds from hit to hit during one night in LA. He must find a way to save both himself and one last victim. It was "meh", as far as I remember.
50 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) tt0190332 Feb 09 2017, 16:17 The disappearance of a magical jade sword spurs a breathtaking quest for the missing treasure. Li is embittered by the loss of his jade sword, and his unrequited pursuit of Yu is further complicated by the mysterious intrusion of an assassin. The identity of the assassin is gradually unveiled as another poignant tale of love begins to ravel with that of Li and Yu against the backdrop of Western China's magnificent landscape. (imdb) The fight scenes are godlike. The rest drags itself along terribly, especially the "poignant tale of love"(??). Decide for yourself.
50 Deadwood (2004) tt0348914 Apr 02 2017, 11:56 A show set in the late 1800s, revolving around the characters of Deadwood, South Dakota; a town of deep corruption and crime. (imdb) Great moments can be had - mostly in the first few episodes -, but it degrades noticeably towards the ungraceful ending.
50 Deep Water (2016) tt6001964 May 05 2018, 13:56 When a young gay man is brutally murdered near Bondi Beach, Detectives Tori Lustigman and Nick Manning are assigned to investigate. After more bodies are found, Tori links the deaths to a series of murders of gay men in the 1980s and '90s. (imdb) This is one big cliché of a crime series. But it looks pretty.
50 Designated Survivor (2016) tt5296406 Aug 01 2018, 21:46 A low-level Cabinet member becomes President of the United States after a catastrophic attack kills everyone above him in the Presidential line of succession. Modern television crap. Inane dialogue, stone-faced acting, boring visuals and editing. -- Maybe I'll watch season 1 to the end, but only because I have nothing else to do.
50 Diabolique (1955) tt0046911 May 02 2017, 18:57 A man is killed by his wife and mistress, but his body disappears. What is going on? (imdb) The ending really is great, but overall the film takes too long to get going.
50 Dirty Harry (1971) tt0066999 Apr 21 2018, 16:39 A San Francisco cop with little regard for rules (but who always gets results) tries to track down a serial killer who snipes at random victims. (imdb) Starts great, but it is just too clunky and dumb. -- Strangely, I liked Magnum Force a lot more than this film.
50 District 9 (2009) tt1136608 Jan 27 2019, 19:23 An extraterrestrial race forced to live in slum-like conditions on Earth suddenly find a kindred spirit in a government agent that is exposed to their biotechnology. I saw the film some time ago, and it didn't really stick with me.
50 Encounters at the End of the World (2008) tt1093824 May 13 2017, 11:22 Filmmaker Werner Herzog travels to Antarctica to capture its landscape's rarely seen beauty on film. It's alright, from what I remember.
50 Enemy (2014) tt2316411 Feb 16 2017, 18:16 A man seeks out his exact look-alike after spotting him in a movie. (imdb) Starts very promising, but it's not reaching its potential at all - it's just a "smoke and mirrors" kind of film. Jake Gyllenhaal is great.
50 Enter the Void (2010) tt1191111 Feb 16 2017, 17:24 "Enter the Void" takes a hypnotic and hallucinatory trip through the eyes and mind of an American drug-dealer living in Tokyo with his sister. Nice idea, but the film is just too boring. The camera stays terribly long in one place, while I just want to see what's next.
50 The Equalizer 2 (2018) tt3766354 Sep 20 2018, 19:26 Robert McCall serves an unflinching justice for the exploited and oppressed, but how far will he go when that is someone he loves? Not very good. A lot of stupid, convenient shit happens, all subtlety or mystery is gone.
50 Equilibrium (2002) tt0238380 Jul 09 2018, 14:55 In a futuristic world, a strict regime has eliminated war by suppressing emotions: books, art and music are strictly forbidden and feeling is a crime punishable by death. Cleric John Preston (Bale) is a top ranking government agent responsible for destroying those who resist the rules. When he misses a dose of Prozium, a mind-altering drug that hinders emotion, Preston, who has been trained to enforce the strict laws of the new regime, suddenly becomes the only person capable of overthrowing it. High-powered trashy action movie: flamboyant editing, stylish plays with light and shadow, good score. The acting and plot are both mediocre.
50 Event Horizon (1997) tt0119081 Jul 03 2018, 20:18 The year is 2047. Years earlier, the pioneering research vessel Event Horizon vanished without a trace. Now a signal from it has been detected, and the United States Aerospace Command responds. Hurtling toward the signal's source are a fearless captain (Fishburne), his elite crew and the lost ship's designer (Neill). Their mission: find and salvage the state-of-the-art spacecraft. What they find is state-of-the-art interstellar terror... (Paramount) I don't like cheap scares, but otherwise this was mildly entertaining in a gruesome and hilarious way.
50 Ex Machina (2015) tt0470752 Feb 08 2017, 16:19 Caleb, a coder at the world's largest internet company, wins a competition to spend a week at a private mountain retreat belonging to Nathan, the reclusive CEO of the company. But when Caleb arrives at the remote location he finds that he will have to participate in a strange and fascinating experiment in which he must interact with the world's first true artificial intelligence, housed in the body of a beautiful robot girl. (imdb) Never got really interesting, although it tried very hard to seem sophisticated. The ending is just big nonsense.
50 Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998) tt0120669 Mar 21 2018, 20:05 When a writing assignment lands journalist Raoul Duke and sidekick Dr. Gonzo in Las Vegas, they decide to make it the ultimate business trip. But before long, business is forgotten and trip has become the key word. Fueled by a suitcase full of mind-bending pharmaceuticals, Duke and Gonzo set off on a fast and furious ride through nonstop neon, surreal surroundings and a crew of the craziest characters ever. Nightmarish, bat-shit crazy and incoherent - in this regard, true to the book. The both protagonists put on a good show.
50 For a Few Dollars More (1965) tt0059578 Apr 29 2017, 09:32 Two bounty hunters with completely different intentions team up to track down a Western outlaw. Clint Eastwood is like a ray of sunlight to this film. Overall, too long and boring.
50 The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2006) tt0808506 May 18 2019, 19:22 Tells a wonderful story centered on 3 friends, the tomboyish and clumsy Makoto Konono, and two hunks Chiaki Mamiya and Kousuke Tsuda. Theirs is a friendship formed after school at the baseball court where they spend quality time talking about typical teenage stuff. Things start to change however, when Makoto by accident gets the power to time travel (IMDB Comments) Too slow and clumsy. Not intriguing or exciting after the first ten minutes.
50 The Godfather: Part II (1974) tt0071562 Feb 03 2017, 07:02 The sequel to "The Godfather" continues the saga of two generations of successive power within the Corleone family. Coppola tells two stories in Part II: the roots and rise of a young Don Vito, played with uncanny ability by Robert De Niro, and the ascension of Michael (Al Pacino) as the new Don. (Paramount) Drawn out and lengthy. There are great scenes, but overall it feels forced, like the filmmaker was indebted to continue the "saga".
50 The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) tt0060196 Apr 29 2017, 09:36 Three gunmen set out to find a hidden fortune. Who will walk away with the cash? (imdb) It starts on the wrong foot (with an unnecessary recast). Unfortunately, the film does not get really interesting for the first 2 hours and 50 minutes.
50 The Great Wall (2016) tt2034800 Mar 20 2017, 14:39 European mercenaries searching for black powder become embroiled in the defense of the Great Wall of China against a horde of monstrous creatures Really good action movie. It has face-melting epicness, some actually funny dialogue, and excellent faction design. The big problems are the hasty editing and the bland score - and of course some parts towards the end. Overall has some rough parts, but it's not bad.
50 The Green Inferno (2015) tt2403021 Mar 14 2017, 09:52 A group of student activists travel from New York City to the Amazon to save a dying tribe but crash in the jungle and are taken hostage by the very natives they protected. (imdb) Merciless ultra-violent horror. It is enjoyable, but many technical items like visuals and score are only mediocre.
50 Grizzly Man (2005) tt0427312 May 05 2017, 14:42 In his mesmerizing new film, acclaimed director Werner Herzog explores the life and death of amateur grizzly bear expert and wildlife preservationist Timothy Treadwell. (Lions Gate Films) It manages to remain interesting most of the time. Watchable, but way too long.
50 Hardbodies (1984) tt0087385 Feb 03 2019, 20:52 Three middle-aged daddies visit California to have a marvelous time at the beach. When they learn that a nice apartment and an expensive cabriolet isn't enough for them to score with the chicks, they employ a student to help them. At first he's as disgusted of them and his job as his girlfriend, but soon they find out how to use the situation to everyone's benefit. (imdb) Well, it wasn't boring.
50 Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse (1991) tt0102015 Jul 17 2017, 10:38 Documentary that chronicles how Francis Ford Coppola's "Apocalypse Now" was plagued by extraordinary script, shooting, budget, and casting problems--nearly destroying the life and career of the celebrated director. (imdb) Seen it, forgot most about it.
50 High Fidelity (2000) tt0146882 Jul 17 2017, 17:19 In this biting romantic comedy, Rob Gordon (Cusack) is the owner of a semi-failing record store in Chicago, where he sells music the old-fashioned way -- on vinyl. His needle, however, skips the love groove when his long-time girlfriend, Laura (Hjejle), walks out on him. As he examines his failed attempts at romance and happiness, the process finds him being dragged, kicking and screaming, into adulthood. (Touchstone Pictures) I didn't feel entertained (except by Barry), but overall the film knows what it's going for.
50 The Hunt (2012) tt2106476 Jul 09 2018, 18:08 Following a tough divorce, 40-year-old Lucas has a new girlfriend, a new job and is in the process of reestablishing his relationship with his teenage son, Marcus. But things go awry. Not a lot. Just a slight comment. A random lie. And as the snow falls and the Christmas lights are lit, the lie spreads like an invisible virus. ( I'm sure it has a deep psychological reasoning behind it, but all the time I was nothing but infuriated at the stupid characters. The scary part is that a lot of people are exactly this kind of hypocritical/naive morons.
50 I Stand Alone (1998) tt0157016 Aug 19 2017, 15:47 The Butcher (known from Noé's debut "Carne") has done some time in jail and now he wants to start a new life. He moves to Lille with his mistress. She promised him a new butcher shop. She lied. The butcher decides to go back to Paris and find his daughter. I think this is a wake-up call more than anything else. It certainly is no enjoyable experience, and might seriously disturb the sensitive viewer.
50 In a Lonely Place (1950) tt0042593 Jan 20 2019, 21:19 A potentially violent screenwriter is a murder suspect until his lovely neighbor clears him. But she begins to have doubts... (imdb) It's alright to pass the time and look at some old interiors. Nothing outstanding or remarkable happens here.
50 In the Heat of the Night (1967) tt0061811 Oct 10 2019, 20:42 An African American detective is asked to investigate a murder in a racist southern town. (imdb) Resting a bit too much on the white people being idiots. Besides that, there is no interesting story or developments.
50 Incendies (2010) tt1255953 Jul 19 2017, 11:52 A mother's last wishes send twins Jeanne and Simon on a journey to Middle East in search of their tangled roots. Adapted from Wajdi Mouawad's acclaimed play, Incendies tells the powerful and moving tale of two young adults' voyage to the core of deep-rooted hatred, never-ending wars and enduring love. (imdb) Strong movie, but I don't enjoy misery porn that much.
50 John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) tt4425200 May 16 2019, 14:03 After returning to the criminal underworld to repay a debt, John Wick discovers that a large bounty has been put on his life. Extreme gun action, and hardly anything else. The soundtrack is boring.
50 John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum (2019) tt6146586 Aug 26 2019, 08:16 Super-Assassin John Wick is on the run after killing a member of the international assassin's guild, and with a $14 million price tag on his head - he is the target of hit men and women everywhere. (imdb) Too self-important, trying desperately to keep the story going. -- Suddenly Lt. Daniels has an annoying Nigerian accent...
50 Knock Knock (2015) tt3605418 Mar 13 2017, 20:11 A pair of femme fatales wreak havoc on the life of a happily married man. (imdb) It is memorable for its psychological "voyeur" horror, but I don't feel a strong connection to the film.
50 Legion (2017) tt5114356 Jan 21 2019, 11:44 Legion follows the story of David Haller, a troubled young man who may be more than human. Since he was a teenager, David has struggled with mental illness. Diagnosed as schizophrenic, David has been in and out of psychiatric hospitals for years. But after a strange encounter with a fellow patient, he's confronted with the possibility that the voices he hears and the visions he sees might be real. ( Season 1 looks and sounds great, but the characters have no real weight to them, and the story is repetitive and mostly irrelevant. Could have been easily reduced from 8 to 4 episodes, without missing anything important. The ending is just shameless and disappointing.
50 The Limey (1999) tt0165854 May 06 2019, 17:42 Acclaimed director Steven Soderbergh's latest film follows the exploits of Wilson (Stamp), a tough English ex-con who travels to Los Angeles to avenge his daughter's death. (Artisan Entertainment) The film is missing a real story, and is not cool enough to justify it.
50 Lone Star (1996) tt0116905 Feb 20 2017, 23:44 John Sayles' murder-mystery explores interpersonal and interracial tensions in Rio County, Texas. Sam Deeds is the local sheriff who is called to investigate a 40-year-old skeleton found in the desert....As Sam delves deeper into the town's dark secrets, he begins to learn more about his father, the legendary former sheriff Buddy Deeds, who replaced the corrupt Charlie Wade... (imdb) It has a heart, but most of the scenes and characters are really boring.
50 Lost Highway (1997) tt0116922 Mar 22 2017, 16:41 A jazz musician, tortured by the notion that his wife is having an affair, suddenly finds himself accused of her murder. In a parallel story, a young mechanic is drawn into a web of deceit by a temptress who is cheating on her gangster boyfriend. A drawn out, impenetrable mess. Is it all symbolic? Is it all just bullshit? Who knows?
50 Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) tt1392190 Mar 29 2019, 22:26 An apocalyptic story set in the furthest reaches of our planet, in a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, and almost everyone is crazed fighting for the necessities of life. (imdb) It is missing the charm of the older films. Basically a very expensive stunt show without engaging story or characters.
50 Magnolia (1999) tt0175880 Mar 31 2017, 14:37 On one random day in the San Fernando Valley, a dying father, a young wife, a male caretaker, a famous lost son, a police officer in love, a boy genius, an ex-boy genius, a game show host and an estranged daughter will each become part of a dazzling multiplicity of plots, but one story. (New Line Cinema) I'm not convinced that this is a "masterpiece". I found it too long, and some of the plots are simply not needed. I disliked the normalized visual style, and the momentum is all over the place.
50 Manhattan (1979) tt0079522 Mar 26 2017, 12:08 A divorced New Yorker currently dating a high-schooler brings himself to look for love in the mistress of his best friend instead (imdb) Uninspiring study about relationships.
50 The Matrix Revolutions (2003) tt0242653 Feb 09 2017, 21:29 The human city of Zion defends itself against the massive invasion of the machines as Neo fights to end the war at another front while also opposing the rogue Agent Smith. Part 2 of the sequel-double-feature. Loads of action, but no sense of miracle and destiny whatsoever; a truly botched resolution of the trilogy. Watch if you have seen Reloaded.
50 Mean Streets (1973) tt0070379 Aug 30 2018, 19:09 A small-time hood struggles to succeed on the "mean streets" of Little Italy. (imdb) Pretty rough and unmemorable.
50 The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009) tt1234548 Mar 17 2017, 10:07 A reporter in Iraq might just have the story of a lifetime when he meets Lyn Cassady, a guy who claims to be a former member of the U.S. Army's First Earth Battalion, a unit that employs paranormal powers in their missions. Weird film, but forgettable.
50 Miller's Crossing (1990) tt0100150 Feb 01 2017, 08:09 A highly styled 'genre' film which can perhaps be seen as a pastiche of all gangster movies. Tom Reagan is the laconic anti-hero of this amoral tale which is also, paradoxically, a look at morals within the criminal underworld of the 1930s. Two rival gangs vie for control of a city where the police are pawns, and the periodic busts of illicit drinking establishments are no more than a way for one gang to get back at the other. Black humour and shocking violence compete for screen time as we question whether or not Tom, right-hand man of the Irish mob leader, really has a heart. (imdb) It is alright, but not worth more than one watch, maybe none at all if you are easily bored.
50 Moon (2009) tt1182345 Feb 03 2017, 04:57 Sam Bell is nearing the end of his contract with Lunar. He's been a faithful employee for 3 long years. His home has been Sarang, a moon base where he has spent his days alone, mining Helium 3. Creepy atmosphere, but doesn't keep the pace well.
50 Murder, My Sweet (1944) tt0037101 Apr 22 2019, 19:52 This adaptation of the Raymond Chandler novel 'Farewell, My Lovely', renamed for the American market... (imdb) That is one convoluted plot.. otherwise, nothing special.
50 New Kids Nitro (2011) tt2043932 Feb 28 2017, 12:36 Gerrie, Richard, Rikkert, Robbie and Barry from "Maaskantje" are in a big fight with the village of "Schijndel". When a zombie kills someone from "Brabant", things get out of hand. (imdb) A seamless continuation of the first film, but more confident with itself.
50 New Kids Turbo (2010) tt1648112 Feb 28 2017, 12:35 Five friends from 'Maaskantje' are getting fired because of the economic crisis. They decide that they won't pay for anything anymore. (imdb) Some funny moments, and it is refreshing to see something so unapologetic.
50 North by Northwest (1959) tt0053125 Feb 03 2017, 12:25 An advertising executive is mistaken for a spy and is pursued across the country while he looks for a way to survive. This one was alright, with good tension, but an off pacing sometimes. Also very predictable ending.
50 Oldboy (2003) tt0364569 Mar 25 2017, 14:50 Oh Dae-su (Choi Min-sik) is an ordinary Seoul businessman with a wife and little daughter who, after a drunken night on the town, is locked up in a strange, private "prison." No one will tell him why he's there or who his jailer is. The imprisonment last for 15 years until one day when Dae-su finds himself unexpectedly deposited on a grass-covered high-rise roof, determined to discover the mysterious enemy who had him locked up. (Tartan Films) I didn't feel engaged in anything happening. Maybe it's the protagonist of the film, or the overall feeling that it gave me. I don't plan on watching it again.
50 Opera (1987) tt0093677 May 02 2017, 14:08 A young opera singer is stalked by a deranged fan bent on killing the people associated with her to claim her for himself. Nothing special. Watch Tenebre instead.
50 The Outsider (2018) tt2011311 Apr 15 2018, 20:04 An epic set in post-WWII Japan and centered on an American former G.I. who joins the yakuza. (imdb) Not exactly bad, with some nice shots and soundtrack, but it seriously lacks authenticity and a leading personality. Bland, glossy visuals and a forgettable story make it a mediocre affair.
50 Pan's Labyrinth (2006) tt0457430 Feb 09 2017, 16:30 In 1944 fascist Spain, a girl, fascinated with fairy-tales, is sent along with her pregnant mother to live with her new stepfather, a ruthless captain of the Spanish army. During the night, she meets a fairy who takes her to an old faun in the center of the labyrinth. He tells her she's a princess, but must prove her royalty by surviving three gruesome tasks. If she fails, she will never prove herself to be the the true princess and will never see her real father, the king, again. (imdb) Not really gripping or entertaining.
50 Prime Cut (1972) tt0069121 Feb 01 2017, 08:04 A Chicago mob enforcer is sent to Kansas City to settle a debt with a cattle rancher who not only grinds his enemies into sausage... (imdb) This is a standard good guy vs bad guy movie. Good antagonist.
50 Quantum of Solace (2008) tt0830515 Jan 14 2018, 12:32 Seeking revenge for the death of his love, secret agent James Bond sets out to stop an environmentalist from taking control of a country's valuable resource. A bit of a drag, and lacking in atmosphere.
50 Rear Window (1954) tt0047396 Feb 03 2017, 12:54 A wheelchair bound photographer spies on his neighbours from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder. Almost good. A likeable protagonist and intriguing story idea. But the execution is just too flat and boring.
50 The Red Shoes (1948) tt0040725 Jan 21 2019, 15:15 Under the authoritarian rule of charismatic ballet impressario Boris Lermontov, his proteges realize the full promise of their talents, but at a price: utter devotion to their art and complete loyalty to Lermontov himself. Under his near-obsessive guidance, young ballerina Victoria Page is poised for superstardom, but earns Lermontov's scorn when she falls in love with Julian Craster, composer of "The Red Shoes," the ballet Lermontov is staging to showcase her talents. (imdb) I liked some of it, but overall the lack of momentum is too serious. What a shame, this could be a pretty great film.
50 Repo Man (1984) tt0087995 Sep 29 2019, 11:53 Young punk Otto becomes a repo man after helping to steal a car, and stumbles into a world of wackiness as a result. (imdb) Clunky and outlandish drunk-flick.
50 RoboCop (1987) tt0093870 Mar 15 2017, 20:59 In a dystopic & crime ridden Detroit, a terminally wounded cop returns to the force as a powerful cyborg with submerged memories haunting him (imdb) Nothing special. A good action flick.
50 The Salton Sea (2002) tt0235737 Jan 27 2019, 11:18 After the murder of his beloved wife, Danny Parker (Val Kilmer) is set adrift in a world where nothing is as it seems. On his journey he befriends slacker Jimmy the Fin (Peter Sarsgaard) and becomes involved in rescuing his neighbor Colette (Debra Kara Unger) from her own demons. Danny is antagonized by undercover narcotics agents (Anthony Lapaglia and Doug Hutchison) and sadistic dealer Pooh Bear (Vincent D'Onfronio). (imdb) It's an alright film which tries too hard to convince the viewer how deep and mysterious it is. To be honest, there is almost nothing that makes the film interesting or special.
50 Le Samouraï (1967) tt0062229 Mar 28 2019, 19:58 Hitman Jeff Costello is a perfectionist who always carefully plans his murders and who never gets caught. One night however, after killing a night-club owner, he's seen by witnesses. His efforts to provide himself with an alibi fail and more and more he gets driven into a corner. (imdb) Slow and aimless film that drifts into disaster. I like the inspector, but otherwise not very memorable.
50 Scarface (1983) tt0086250 Feb 03 2017, 08:36 In 1980 Miami, a determined Cuban immigrant takes over a drug empire while succumbing to greed. (imdb) Brute film, with the iconic 80's synthesized soundtrack. Many bland scenes, really not impressive.
50 Shadow of a Doubt (1943) tt0036342 Apr 25 2019, 17:58 A young woman thinks her uncle may be a serial killer. The idea is alright, but the result is wonky and unfocused. Maybe one or two great scenes in the whole film, the rest is a never-ending stream of inane palaver.
50 Sherlock (2010) tt1475582 Jul 29 2017, 14:12 A modern update finds the famous sleuth and his doctor partner solving crime in 21st century London. (imdb) It used to be pretty good, but at the point of season 4 it is an unbearable, self-important piece of shit.
50 Sleeping Giant (2015) tt3778086 May 10 2019, 20:26 The film deals extensively with themes of death, masculinity, as well as adolescent perceptions of love, friendship and sexuality. Sleeping Giant portrays a summer filled with euphoric moments as well as difficult times. The relationship between the boys is never predictable, yet always feels authentic. There will never again be a summer so intensely felt, so alive, so valuable to the forming of their characters. (imdb) Life-like but pointless film with mostly annoying characters.
50 Solaris (2002) tt0307479 Jul 08 2018, 15:23 The inhabitants of a space station orbiting the planet Solaris send a message back to Earth, reporting mysterious difficulties and requesting that psychologist Chris Kelvin visit them at the station. Better than the original; much less elaborate and contrived, which is a good thing. Beautiful visuals and score; slow and dry story.
50 Split Second (1992) tt0105459 Mar 24 2017, 11:52 In a futuristic London, the rising sea levels mean that large areas are under feet of water. Hauer plays a cop who previously lost his partner to some strange creature. Now the creature is back and its after him. (imdb) Ragged 90s action. Barely enjoyable, has some nice scenes, but also a lot of the typical nonsense.
50 Spring Breakers (2013) tt2101441 Feb 16 2017, 08:38 Four college girls who land in jail after robbing a restaurant in order to fund their spring break vacation find themselves bailed out by a drug and arms dealer who wants them to do some dirty work. (imdb) Very stylish, and easy on the viewer; the ending is quite qood. Honestly I don't know what to make of this movie.
50 The Sting (1973) tt0070735 Feb 03 2017, 06:55 In 1930s Chicago, a young con man seeking revenge for his murdered partner teams up with a master of the big con to win a fortune from a criminal banker. (imdb) It was alright, mostly because of the great Robert Redford.
50 Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) tt5027774 Dec 23 2018, 21:37 In this darkly comic drama, a mother personally challenges the local authorities to solve her daughter's murder, when they fail to catch the culprit. A completely miserable, dark experience. A few scenes are good regardless, but I wouldn't watch it again.
50 Tombstone (1993) tt0108358 May 04 2017, 08:32 A successul lawman's plans to retire anonymously in Tombstone, Arizona are distrupted by the kind of outlaws he was famous for eliminating (imdb) Not that great. Doc Holliday is legendary, but I didn't like any of the other protagonists. The "Best of Disney" soundtrack is a major flaw.
50 Total Recall (1990) tt0100802 Jul 06 2018, 21:23 Douglas Quaid is haunted by a recurring dream about a journey to Mars. He hopes to find out more about this dream and buys a holiday at Rekall Inc. where they sell implanted memories. But something goes wrong with the memory implantation and he remembers being a secret agent fighting against the evil Mars administrator Cohaagen. Now the story really begins and it's a rollercoaster ride until the massive end of the movie. (imdb) It's alright. The design is good, but the rest is damn sketchy and dumb.
50 Training Day (2001) tt0139654 Mar 22 2018, 21:52 A police drama about a veteran officer (Washington) who escorts a rookie (Hawke) on his first day with the LAPD's tough inner-city narcotics unit. (Warner Bros.) Saw it some time ago, but I didn't like it a lot. Especially the ending was disappointing.
50 Trainspotting (1996) tt0117951 Aug 31 2018, 13:13 Renton, deeply immersed in the Edinburgh drug scene, tries to clean up and get out, despite the allure of the drugs and influence of friends. I don't remember if this was good or not. I don't even remember a single thing that happened, except some shit flying around.
50 The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) tt0040897 Oct 07 2018, 18:03 Frank Dobbs and Bob Curtin, two Americans searching for work in Mexico, convince an old prospector to help them mine for gold in the Sierra Madre Mountains. It was okay, but felt a bit sluggish.
50 Triple Frontier (2019) tt1488606 Mar 15 2019, 14:29 Five former Special Forces operatives reunite to plan a heist in a sparsely populated multi-border zone of South America. For the first time in their prestigious careers these unsung heroes undertake this dangerous mission for self instead of country. But when events take an unexpected turn and threaten to spiral out of control, their skills, their loyalties and their morals are pushed to a breaking point in an epic battle for survival. Not bad, but not good either. Feels rushed and not really on point.
50 Two-Lane Blacktop (1971) tt0067893 Mar 08 2017, 16:54 Story of two men drag racing across the USA in a primer grey 55 chevy. Wilson is the mechanic, James Taylor is the driver. (imdb) It breathes life and follows closely the duel on the road. But it is also quite boring; there is nothing to rest your eyes on or to enjoy silently.
50 Unforgiven (1992) tt0105695 Feb 05 2017, 23:03 Two retired sharp-shooters and a would-be gunslinger team up to claim a $1,000 reward for killing two cowboys who brutally disfigured a prostitute. I like the motive of saving a prostitute's honor in the middle of the wild west. But it was quite boring to sit through.
50 Vertigo (1958) tt0052357 Feb 03 2017, 12:56 Complex story about a San Francisco detective and his psychological troubles with fear of heights and obsession over a woman.(imdb) At first I was captured by the film, but then it got pretty annoying in terms of resolving the plot.
50 Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008) tt0497465 Feb 03 2018, 21:48 Two girlfriends on a summer holiday in Spain become enamored with the same painter, unaware that his ex-wife, with whom he has a tempestuous relationship, is about to re-enter the picture. (imdb) The atmosphere is good, but the rest is rather meaningless, maybe driven by sexual attraction to the lead actresses?
50 Yojimbo (1961) tt0055630 Feb 02 2017, 11:57 A crafty ronin comes to a town divided by two criminal gangs and decides to play them against each other to free the town. (imdb) What makes it good is the grounded style. There is a genuineness to the protagonist that makes up for the lack of story.
40 The 400 Blows (1959) tt0053198 Mar 09 2018, 14:40 Antoine Doinel is a Parisian adolescent. His parents do not show much interest in him. He skips school to go to the movies and play with his friends. He discovers his mother has a lover (imdb) Naturalistic and with some sociological impact. But, it is not enjoyable or intriguing.
40 The Act of Killing (2012) tt2375605 May 06 2017, 09:01 In this chilling and inventive documentary, the unrepentant former members of Indonesian death squads are challenged to re-enact some of their many murders in the style of the American movies they love. ( This probably smashed at Sundance or Cannes or whatever, but I couldn't wait for it to end. Just so, so very long and dry. Seriously, fuck this cold, lifeless social commentary.
40 Adam's Apples (2005) tt0418455 Aug 20 2017, 21:08 A wickedly dark comedy about a middle-aged neo-Nazi sentenced to community service at a small, countryside church. I didn't find it funny at all, just very dark and terrible. Overall nothing to be excited about.
40 The American West (2016) tt3738872 Oct 28 2018, 10:59 This series will provide unprecedented access to the wilderness, frontier lawlessness, and bloodshed of the 40 years between the end of the American Civil War and after the turn of the 20th Century, when the west was won. Each episode follows the stories and struggles of the West's most infamous outlaws as they fight for their land and identity. (imdb) Lackluster and bland. Does all the things I learned to hate about mainstream documentaries. -- Can we not get scenes longer than one minute without being interrupted by some irrelevant author's chatter?
40 The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007) tt0443680 Dec 21 2018, 09:56 Robert Ford joins Jesse James's gang, only to become resentful of the legendary outlaw and hatch a plan to kill the fastest gun in the West. (imdb) A boring and pointless movie.
40 Baby Driver (2017) tt3890160 Jul 06 2019, 12:49 After being coerced into working for a crime boss, a young getaway driver finds himself taking part in a heist doomed to fail. (imdb) Tries to be funny, cool and intense but fails at everything. Lacking true spirit, instead just has a weird music gimmick.
40 The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970) tt0065143 Mar 15 2019, 14:32 A writer is stalked by a serial killer after witnessing a murder attempt on one woman's life. (imdb) I started watching this some time ago, but I lost interest quickly. Maybe I'll try again some day.
40 Birdman (2014) tt2562232 Feb 03 2017, 05:14 A washed-up actor who once played an iconic superhero must overcome his ego and family trouble as he mounts a Broadway play in a bid to reclaim his past glory. Highly overrated trash. No empathy for most of the characters, the "soundtrack" is idiotic, the plot is going nowhere, you are left with dissatisfaction.
40 Blackhat (2015) tt2717822 Feb 01 2017, 07:41 A furloughed convict and his American and Chinese partners as they hunt a high-level cybercrime network from Chicago to Los Angeles to Hong Kong to Jakarta. (imdb) Forgettable crap.
40 Blood River (2009) tt1137999 Feb 28 2017, 17:33 After a near-fatal car crash in the middle of the desert, Clark and his pregnant wife Summer walk to the nearest town, Blood River, in search of help. There they encounter Joseph (Andrew Howard), who offers his assistance, but tensions begin to mount as the couple's relationship becomes strained leaving them vulnerable to Joseph's sinister agenda... (Revolver Entertainment) The plot is shallow nonsense, everything else average at best. Tremendous runtime problem here - could have been a "not bad" 30-minute short film.
40 Bloodline (2015) tt3520702 Sep 30 2019, 17:42 A family of adult siblings find that their past secrets and scars are revealed when their black sheep of a brother returns home. (imdb) I tried. But the pacing is excruciatingly slow, and the characters not that interesting. Endless talking scenes really drain all the suspense.
40 Blow (2001) tt0221027 Aug 21 2017, 20:39 A high-velocity look at George Jung's (Depp) spectacular rise and fall -- based on the true story of how powder cocaine turned into America's biggest drug problem and how one man from the blue-collar suburbs became the 35 billion-dollar a-year conduit to the Colombian cartels. Ted Demme directs this riveting look at the manic allure -- and dangerous reality -- of a drug smuggler's everyday life, and unfolds one of the great untold stories from the recent annals of American crime and culture. (New Line Cinema) Nothing special. Every aspect of this "drug empire rise and fall" film has been done better elsewhere (e.g. Goodfellas); acceptable but not good.
40 Branded to Kill (1967) tt0061882 Feb 02 2017, 16:20 The film's story centers on Hanada, a.k.a. "No. 3 Killer," the third-best hit man in Japanese organized crime... (imdb) It's a weird, meditating, sometimes cheesy film. The score is very well done. The rapid cuts, even within a scene, make it hard to grasp what is going on.
40 Breaking Bad (2008) tt0903747 Jul 18 2017, 14:05 A chemistry teacher diagnosed with a terminal lung cancer teams up with his former student to cook and sell crystal meth. I don't get it. Am I supposed to praise this series as the best TV production ever? It was alright, but as I recall, there were many rough spots. I even got bored/annoyed sometimes, but had nothing better to do at the time.
40 Caché (2005) tt0387898 Feb 01 2017, 20:14 Georges (Auteuil), a television talk show host, and his wife Anne (Binoche), are living the perfect life of modern comfort and security. One day, their idyll is disrupted in the form of a mysterious videotape that appears on their doorstep. On it they are being filmed by a hidden camera from across the street with no clues as to who shot it, or why... (Sony Pictures Classics) Unsatisfying. The design is dry with many static ensembles, and there are some interesting and frightening ideas here.
40 Candyman (1992) tt0103919 Feb 18 2017, 18:22 Helen Lyle is a student who decides to write a thesis about local legends and myths. She visits a part of the town, where she learns about the legend of the Candyman, a one-armed man who appears when you say his name five times, in front of a mirror (imdb) Never does more than being a standard low-intensity horror flick.
40 Castlevania (2017) tt6517102 Jul 12 2017, 21:00 A vampire hunter fights to save a besieged city from an army of otherworldly creatures controlled by Dracula. (imdb) Surprisingly bad. The animations are nice, but everything else is sub-standard and unsatisfying.
40 Control (2007) tt0421082 Aug 26 2018, 17:46 A profile of Ian Curtis (Riley), the enigmatic singer of Joy Division whose personal, professional, and romantic troubles led him to commit suicide at the age of 23. (imdb) 90% of the film are sleep-inducing, flat and uninspiring. I couldn't wait for it to end.
40 The Conversation (1974) tt0071360 Feb 03 2019, 13:11 A paranoid and personally-secretive surveillance expert has a crisis of conscience when he suspects that a couple he is spying on will be murdered. Incredibly boring and drawn-out drama. The characters are as intriguing as a pile of dirt, and the story is almost non-existent.
40 Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989) tt0097123 Mar 03 2019, 12:38 The film's title indicates the themes of two separate stories: 1) a renowned opthalmologist is desperate to cut off an adulterous relationship...which ends up in murder; and 2) an ethically frustrated documentary filmmaker woos an attractive television producer while making a film about her insufferably self-centered boss. (MGM) Slow, pedestrian, meandering film that tries for deep philosophical reasoning.
40 Cube (1997) tt0123755 Feb 09 2017, 16:33 Six people wake up from their daily lives and find they are imprisoned in a deadly maze. Slowly they discover that each holds a key to unlocking this diabolical puzzle. But as a mathematical formula for escape begins to reveal itself, the enemy rises from within themselves and survival is threatened by the same human weaknesses that created the Cube. (Trimark Pictures) Intriguing, but then loses momentum.
40 The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) tt0421715 Feb 03 2017, 05:44 Tells the story of Benjamin Button, a man who starts aging backwards with bizarre consequences. (imdb) I quickly lost interest when I noticed that the film would roll on for quite a while. It hits you over the head again and again with the love story/tragedy.
40 The Dark Tower (2017) tt1648190 Jul 02 2019, 13:53 The last Gunslinger, Roland Deschain, has been locked in an eternal battle with Walter O'Dim, also known as the Man in Black, determined to prevent him from toppling the Dark Tower, which holds the universe together. With the fate of the worlds at stake, good and evil will collide in the ultimate battle as only Roland can defend the Tower from the Man in Black. No, this is not a sufficient movie. Try again. -- I liked the fast-paced beginning, but the typical audience pandering crap ruins the second half.
40 Dawn of the Dead (1978) tt0077402 Mar 30 2017, 10:01 Following an epidemic of zombies two Philadelphia SWAT team members, a traffic reporter and his girlfriend seek refuge in a secluded shopping mall. Grounded survival film without unnecessary drama. But the bad editing ruins most of the charm and momentum.
40 The Dead Zone (1983) tt0085407 Jul 07 2018, 16:12 A man awakens from a coma to discover he has a psychic detective ability. (imdb) I almost fell asleep when watching this. Lame movie, wasted potential.
40 Deep Red (1975) tt0073582 Jul 10 2018, 20:41 A musician witnesses the murder of a famous psychic, and then teams up with a fiesty reporter to find the killer while evading attempts on their lives by the unseen killer bent on keeping a dark secret buried. This lost me somewhere in its garbage story, acting and sound design.
40 Double Indemnity (1944) tt0036775 Feb 01 2017, 07:53 An insurance rep lets himself be talked into a murder/insurance fraud scheme that arouses an insurance investigator's suspicions. (imdb) It was alright, but not very memorable or interesting.
40 Dune (1984) tt0087182 Jul 07 2018, 16:25 In the distant future, a man appears who may be the prophet that a long-suffering galaxy has been waiting for. This is jarring and insufferable.
40 Eyes Wide Shut (1999) tt0120663 Feb 18 2017, 22:01 A doctor, who is married to an art curator, pushes himself on a harrowing and dangerous night-long odyssey of sexual and moral discovery after his wife admits that she once almost cheated on him. Infinitely boring and tedious. I developed complete disgust for the two main characters - and that is no good.
40 F for Fake (1973) tt0072962 Mar 22 2018, 10:24 A documentary about fraud and fakery. (imdb) This feels very much like a train going off the rails at high speed, while Orson Welles stands in front, holding preachy monologues about authenticity in art and life... Slightly infuriating and boring in equal parts.
40 The Fall (2008) tt0460791 Feb 26 2018, 10:29 Original premiere in 2006 at the Toronto Film Festival. In a hospital a little girl with a broken collar bone meets a bedridden man who starts telling her a fantastical story which reflects his state of mind. As time goes by fiction and reality start to intertwine in this uplifting epic fantasy. (imdb) Couldn't bother to finish this. The intro was excellent, but the following hour just felt devoid of life or authenticity.
40 Film Noir (2007) tt0970933 Mar 01 2017, 06:49 Private detective Sam Ruben's clever plan falls apart with the onset of amnesia. Everyone is trying to kill him and he doesn't know why. The classic film noir milieu now comes to you in the form of an animated feature. (imdb) It tried something new, and failed. The animations are clunky and completely mess up the flow of the movie. Would have been much better with actors.
40 Forrest Gump (1994) tt0109830 Jul 17 2017, 10:34 Forrest, Forrest Gump is a simple man with little brain activity but good intentions. He struggles through childhood with his best and only friend Jenny. His 'mama' teaches him the ways of life and leaves him to choose his destiny. Forrest joins the army for service in Vietnam, finding new friends called Dan and Bubba, he wins medals, starts a table tennis craze, creates a famous shrimp fishing fleet, inspires people to jog, and more. (imdb) Found nothing great about this.
40 From Dusk Till Dawn (2014) tt3337194 Jan 12 2019, 19:34 A Texas Ranger is in hot pursuit of the infamous Gecko brothers. Looks sloppy and bad just from the first few episodes.
40 Gone Baby Gone (2007) tt0452623 Mar 19 2017, 23:34 Gone Baby Gone follows the explosive case of just one missing little girl. But inside this investigation lie secrets and a labyrinthine maze of class and corruption, evil and innocence...all leading up to one man's extraordinary choice in a world where right and wrong have become blurred. (Miramax) Uninspired and boring filmmaking, with equally shallow characters (i.e. Michelle Monaghan). The ending is alright.
40 Gone Girl (2014) tt2267998 Mar 03 2019, 10:27 On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne reports that his wife, Amy, has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick's portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies, deceits and strange behavior have everyone asking the same dark question: Did Nick Dunne kill his wife? (imdb) The story falls apart when you think too hard about it. The wooden acting by Ben Affleck doesn't help either.
40 Gone in 60 Seconds (2000) tt0187078 Feb 15 2017, 09:31 Car theft in Long Beach went down 47% when Randall "Memphis" Raines walked away from the life. He gets dragged back into it by assuming the job his brother Kip screwed up for stolen-car broker Raymond Calitri: steal 50 exotic cars and have them on a container ship by 8 AM Friday morning, and he got this news on a Monday. With Calitri threatening to kill him and Kip, and the police GRAB unit breathing down his neck, Memphis reassembles his old crew and attempts to pull off the logistically impossible. (imdb) Dialogue from a TV scrapbook, flashy camerawork and score, shallow story. But if you want mindless fun that requires a minimum of your attention, give it a try.
40 The Great Beauty (2013) tt2358891 Feb 03 2017, 05:53 The story of an aging writer who bitterly recollects his passionate, lost youth. A portrait of today's Rome. (imdb) The intro was pretty good, but then it just went downhill, and got very tedious. There is no meaning here whatsoever, so why watch it?
40 Hannibal (2013) tt2243973 Feb 01 2017, 08:53 Explores the early relationship between the renowned psychiatrist and his patient, a young FBI criminal profiler, who is haunted by his ability to empathize with serial killers. (imdb) Too much style, too few actually impressive or memorable scenes. Goes downhill after season 1.
40 Harakiri (1962) tt0056058 Mar 10 2017, 14:00 An elder ronin samurai arrives at a feudal lord's home and requests an honorable place to commit suicide. But when the ronin inquires about a younger samurai who arrived before him things take an unexpected turn. (imdb) Not that great. I was getting bored after the first 45 minutes. And the ending does not reward you enough for sitting through the tiring narration.
40 Hard Eight (1996) tt0119256 Aug 16 2017, 08:28 Sydney (Hall) is a poker-faced professional gambler with a soft heart for a hard luck story. He plays guardian angel to unlucky John (Reilly) and a hooker, Clementine (Paltrow), whom he grows to love like family. When John's and Clementine's honeymoon night leads to a disastrous hostage situation, Sydney takes care of it, as usual. But when slick casino pro Jimmy (Jackson) threatens to reveal a secret from Sydney's past that could destroy his relationship with the newlyweds, Sydney decides to hedge his bets and not leave anything to chance. (Sony) Boring, uninteresting protagonist and story. Bad film.
40 Hatfields & McCoys (2012) tt1985443 Jan 21 2019, 15:28 Anse Hatfield and Randall McCoy, close friends and comrades until near the end of the Civil War, return to their neighboring homes to increasing tensions, misunderstandings and resentments. I somehow lost interest in who's killing who and why. Forgettable TV filler material.
40 Headhunters (2011) tt1614989 Aug 02 2017, 22:03 Intense and entertaining thriller packed with twists and based on award winning mystery writer Jo Nesbo's novel, Headhunters' stars Aksel Hennie (Max Manus) as an elite headhunter who finances his lavish lifestyle by stealing art from his own clients. ( It starts very promising, but then it goes downhill with the typical nordic absence of style and rather unemotional execution. It goes from 0 to bat shit crazy very fast, and some things feel sloppy and nonsensical.
40 Hot Fuzz (2007) tt0425112 Feb 03 2017, 05:32 In this action-packed comedy from the makers of "Shaun of the Dead," Nicholas Angel (Pegg) is the finest police officer London has to offer, with an arrest record 400% higher than any other officer on the force. He's so good, he makes everyone else look bad. As a result, Angel's superiors send him to a place where his talents won't be quite so embarrassing -- the sleepy and seemingly crime-free village of Sandford. A small village is about to get some big city justice. (Rogue Pictures) Did not find it funny, as usual with Edgar Wright.
40 House of Cards (2013) tt1856010 Mar 04 2018, 09:40 A Congressman works with his equally conniving wife to exact revenge on the people who betrayed him. (imdb) Started okay, but it got much worse after season 1.
40 Insomnia (2002) tt0278504 Mar 08 2018, 20:29 The story of Will Dormer, a veteran LAPD detective who travels to a small Alaskan town with his partner Hap to investigate the disturbing murder of a seventeen year-old girl. Unsatisfying. All the time, I was waiting for something spectacular to reveal itself.. but then the film just ends. The score is good - too good for such a flat movie.
40 The International (2009) tt0963178 Apr 14 2018, 07:51 Interpol Agent Louis Salinger and Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Eleanor Whitman are determined to bring to justice one of the world's most powerful banks. Uncovering illegal activities including money laundering, arms trading, and the destabilization of governments, Salinger and Whitman's investigation takes them from Berlin to Milan to New York and to Istanbul. Clive Owen doesn't really fit, and there is too much explaining. Everything else is pure standard, except the good first scene and the nice score.
40 Irrational Man (2015) tt3715320 Feb 03 2018, 21:50 A tormented philosophy professor finds a will to live when he commits an existential act. (imdb) Completely forgettable.
40 Kill Bill: Volume 2 (2004) tt0378194 Feb 01 2017, 07:39 The murderous Bride continues her vengeance quest against her ex-boss, Bill, and his two remaining associates; his younger brother Budd, and Bill's latest flame Elle. Not nearly as fun and exciting as Vol.1. Very lengthy at the end.
40 The King of Comedy (1983) tt0085794 Feb 25 2017, 00:24 Aspiring comic Rupert Pupkin wants to achieve success in showbiz, by resorting to stalking his idol, a late night talk show host who craves his own privacy. Not that great. The protagonist is a jerk who is sometimes hilarious to watch; but most of of the film didn't capture my interest.
40 Live by Night (2016) tt2361317 Jan 19 2019, 13:11 A story set in the Prohibition Era and centered around a group of individuals and their dealings in the world of organized crime. (imdb) The action is visceral, and I like the 1920s design, but there is hardly any momentum or coherent story.
40 The Living Daylights (1987) tt0093428 Feb 16 2018, 19:44 James Bond is living on the edge to stop an evil arms dealer from starting another world war. Bond crosses all seven continents in order to stop the evil Whitaker and General Koskov. Just a drag. Nobody looks like they give a shit, Timothy Dalton is not that great, the score is obnoxious; it would make a whole lot of difference if it was fun to watch.
40 Lost in Translation (2003) tt0335266 Feb 10 2017, 14:01 Unable to sleep, Bob and Charlotte, two Americans in Tokyo, cross paths one night in the luxury hotel bar. This chance meeting soon becomes a surprising friendship. Charlotte and Bob venture through Tokyo, having often hilarious encounters with its citizens, and ultimately discover a new belief in life's possibilities. Would be an excellent short film. The length is a major problem; especially because Murray is not really convincing.
40 Lucy (2014) tt2872732 Mar 07 2017, 16:18 Lucy (Scarlett Johansson) becomes the first human to use 100 percent of the brain's capacity. Great visual effects, but the story is a steaming pile of nonsense.
40 Magnetic Rose (1995) tt1530535 May 04 2017, 11:02 "Magnetic Rose" is about what happens when a deep space corporate freighter is called upon to investigate a distress signal from what ought to be a derelict space station. Disappointing and empty, won't watch it again.
40 Marriage Story (2019) tt7653254 Jan 17 2020, 18:18 A stage director and his actor wife struggle through a grueling, coast-to-coast divorce that pushes them to their personal and creative extremes. (imdb) Exceptionally boring and petty. The actors are good, but to what end? -- Really a "let's just watch anything" movie.
40 Maverick (1994) tt0110478 Apr 12 2019, 19:52 Bret Maverick, needing money for a poker tournament, faces various comic mishaps and challenges, including a charming woman thief. (imdb) Too noisy and over the top. Probably highly watchable when you are drunk with some friends.
40 Miami Vice (2006) tt0430357 Aug 03 2017, 08:58 The cocaine cowboys of the 80's are gone, but Miami's Casablanca allure, the undercover cops and the attitudes of Michael Mann's culturally influential television series have been enhanced by time in the feature film version of Miami Vice. (Universal Pictures) It's a bit staggering how anyone thought Miami Vice should be so grim and realistic; overall it is just a very bland and joyless experience.
40 Moonlight (2016) tt4975722 Jul 16 2019, 20:19 A three-part narrative spanning the childhood, adolescence, and adulthood of an African-American man who survives Miami's drug-plagued inner city, finding love in unexpected places and the possibility of change within himself. Dreadfully boring film. Weak protagonist without any qualities.
40 Moonraker (1979) tt0079574 Dec 16 2018, 19:26 James Bond investigates the mid-air theft of a space shuttle and discovers a plot to commit global genocide. Just trash. Crappy editing and acting, overall boring as hell.
40 Mr. Robot (2015) tt4158110 Jul 16 2018, 21:55 Follows a young computer programmer (Malek) who suffers from social anxiety disorder and forms connections through hacking. He's recruited by a mysterious anarchist, who calls himself Mr. Robot. (imdb) I watched a few episodes, but it was just too lame to continue.
40 Mustang Island (2017) tt6589292 Jul 25 2018, 15:01 After his girlfriend dumps him at a New Year's Eve party, Bill and his friends drive to an off-season beach town to win her back. (imdb) Indie garbage. Cringe humor, mostly unlikable characters and - the deal breaker: - unnecessary and retarded black-and-white.
40 My Darling Clementine (1946) tt0038762 Jan 27 2019, 14:52 A Western retelling the tale of the Shoot-out at the OK Corral. (imdb) As Doc Holliday slowly coughed himself to death, I was dying of boredom.
40 The Negotiator (1998) tt0120768 Feb 01 2017, 07:55 Maverick negotiator Danny Roman is framed for embezzlement and the murder of his partner and best friend. A mess. Keeps you waiting for a big reveal, only to deliver more and more brainless "big man" talk.
40 The Neon Demon (2016) tt1974419 Mar 14 2017, 22:38 When aspiring model Jesse moves to Los Angeles, her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will take any means necessary to get what she has. (imdb) Stylish like a fashion catalogue, but void of feeling or authenticity. Yes, that is the point, but then how should I care about anything that's happening in the film? - Also, fails miserably at being clever.
40 The Ninth Gate (2000) tt0142688 Mar 09 2017, 13:34 Dean Corso, known for locating rare books for wealthy collectors, is hired by a scholar of demonology to find the last two volumes of a legendary manual of satanic invocation. Parts of it are really meticulous, but other parts are boring/annoying/nonsense.
40 Quiz Show (1994) tt0110932 Feb 24 2019, 14:32 An idealistic young lawyer (Rob Morrow) working for a Congressional subcommittee in the late 1950s discovers that TV quiz shows are being fixed. His investigation focusses on two contestants on the show "Twenty-One": Herbert Stempel (John Turturro), a brash working-class Jew from Queens, and Charles Van Doren (Ralph Fiennes), the patrician scion of one of America's leading literary families. Based on a true story. (imdb) Way too long and dragged out. There is no material to work with, and it ends on a half-assed conclusion.
40 Ride the Pink Horse (1947) tt0039768 Oct 07 2018, 07:27 In the bordertown of San Pablo, preparing for an annual 'Mexican Fiesta,' arrives Gagin: tough, mysterious and laconic. His mission: to find the equally mysterious Frank Hugo, evidently for revenge; or is it blackmail? FBI agent Retz is also after the elusive Hugo. Everyone in town is enigmatic, especially Pila, a mystical teenager who follows Gagin around and has premonitions of his death. Also involved are a classic femme fatale and an antique carousel with a pink horse... (imdb) Drags along horribly, and the shoved-in inane side character doesn't help either.
40 River (2015) tt4258440 Jan 19 2019, 17:05 John River is a brilliant police inspector whose genius lies side-by-side with the fragility of his mind. He is a man haunted by the murder victims whose cases he must lay to rest. I really tried to sit through the series, but it's too damn boring and stretched out; I don't care about the story or character(s).
40 Rubber (2010) tt1612774 Feb 27 2017, 14:31 A tire is on his way through the desert to kill or destroy everything passing his way. At first it's only things or animals but then it's starting to kill people as well. Till he meets a girl he seems to be fond of. After sparing her, the sheriff wants to use her as a decoy to lure the tire into a trap. Could have been genuinely great, but the dialogue and production design was a failure. Maybe if they hadn't tried to be so smart (while being utterly shallow), they could have made a good film.
40 Sabotage (2014) tt1742334 Jul 25 2018, 14:58 Members of an elite DEA task force find themselves being taken down one by one after they rob a drug cartel safe house. (imdb) Boring and stupid after a while.
40 Savages (2012) tt1615065 Jan 05 2019, 10:50 Pot growers Ben and Chon face off against the Mexican drug cartel who kidnapped their shared girlfriend. (imdb) I still don't know if this was meant to be taken seriously. Just what the hell did I just watch? Ridiculous nonsense, crappy voice over, and generally bad acting.
40 Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010) tt0446029 Feb 03 2017, 08:47 Scott Pilgrim must defeat his new girlfriend's seven evil exes in order to win her heart. Overacted for comic purposes. It's just not that funny.
40 Secret City (2016) tt4976512 Mar 16 2019, 19:45 Amidst rising tension between China and America, Canberra press gallery journalist Harriet Dunkley (played by Anna Torv) forces her way closer to the truth, uncovering a secret city of interlocked conspiracies which will threaten her career, her life and endangers the freedom of every Australian. ( Boring, can't be bothered to watch more than two episodes.
40 The Servant (1963) tt0057490 Feb 25 2018, 19:35 This film takes a sharp look at British class relations via a dramatic turning of the tables between a dainty Oxbridge twit bachelor (played by a young and dapper James Fox) and his contemptuous manservant (imdb) This film slipped my mind almost immediately after watching. More like a chore to endure and then move on.
40 Shaun of the Dead (2004) tt0365748 Feb 03 2017, 05:37 This romantic zombie comedy follows the bloody funny adventures of underachiever Shaun and his best mate Ed as they cope with a zombie invasion of North London and attempt to rescue Shaun's girlfriend Liz and his Mum. It's going to be one hell of a weekend. Unfunny to an annoying degree. I know it's supposed to be a satire, but who cares when the satire is so bad?
40 The Skin I Live In (2011) tt1189073 Mar 23 2017, 12:55 A brilliant plastic surgeon, haunted by past tragedies, creates a type of synthetic skin that withstands any kind of damage. His guinea pig: a mysterious and volatile woman who holds the key to his obsession. I don't like the Canal+ typical visuals and score; the story dragged itself along, but the reveal redeemed it somewhat. Overall, nothing spectacular.
40 The Social Network (2010) tt1285016 Feb 06 2017, 10:22 On a fall night in 2003, Harvard undergrad and computer programming genius Mark Zuckerberg sits down at his computer and heatedly begins working on a new idea. In a fury of blogging and programming, what begins in his dorm room soon becomes a global social network and a revolution in communication. A mere six years and 500 million friends later, Mark Zuckerberg is the youngest billionaire in history... but for this entrepreneur, success leads to both personal and legal complications. Nothing special, with unlikeable characters.
40 Solaris (1972) tt0069293 Aug 05 2017, 17:03 A psychologist is sent to investigate the mysterious crisis which has occurred on board a space station orbiting a remote planet. Made me fall asleep.
40 Sphere (1998) tt0120184 Feb 05 2017, 22:59 A new dimension in thrills in the deep-water, deep-suspense sci-fi adventure centered on a spacecraft that plunged into the Pacific -- 300 years ago. (Warner Bros.) Not bad, but far from good. My biggest complaint is that it could've been more intelligent and sharp instead of playing it safe.
40 The Straight Story (1999) tt0166896 May 05 2019, 19:33 "The Straight Story" chronicles a trip made by 73-year-old Alvin Straight from Laurens, Iowa, to Mt. Zion, Wis., in 1994 while riding a lawn mower. The man undertook his strange journey to mend his relationship with his ill, estranged, 75-year-old brother Lyle. (imdb) Highly boring and tedious, although it is made with great care. Some of the scenery and music is very beautiful, but that was not enough in this case.
40 Swimming Pool (2003) tt0324133 Mar 24 2018, 19:11 Europe's most daring and inventive writer/director, François Ozon, reunites with his two favorite leading ladies, Charlotte Rampling (of "Under the Sand") and Ludivine Sagnier (of "8 Women") in this deliciously sophisticated and sexy mystery. (Focus Features) Just bad. Boring, bland and inane, while trying to convey a sense of mystery. The only part that is interesting is the very last 5 minutes, so we get a ridiculously low interesting/boring ratio.
40 Taken (2008) tt0936501 Jul 16 2018, 17:01 [Originally Released in 2008] A former spy (Neeson) relies on his old skills to save his estranged daughter (Grace), who has been forced into the slave trade. (imdb) Silly, retarded, piece of shit.
40 The Third Man (1949) tt0041959 Oct 07 2018, 18:02 Arriving in Vienna, Holly Martins learns that his friend Harry Lime, who has invited him, recently died in a car accident.(imdb) Didn't interest me in any way, as far as I remember.
40 Thunderbolt (1947) tt0038171 Jul 06 2018, 21:31 A documentary on the P-47 Thunderbolt fighter aircraft and its use in missions over Europe and the Pacific Theatre in the Second World War. (imdb) Christ, this is boring. Feels like 5 minutes of fighter plane footage and 35 minutes of filler.
40 The Tree of Life (2011) tt0478304 Mar 11 2017, 10:35 The story centers around a family with three boys in the 1950s. The eldest son witnesses the loss of innocence. (imdb) There's a thin line between epic beauty and epic boredom...
40 Valhalla Rising (2010) tt0862467 Mar 30 2017, 10:08 1000 AD, for years, One Eye, a mute warrior of supernatural strength, has been held prisoner by the Norse chieftain Barde. Aided by Are, a boy slave, One Eye slays his captor and together he and Are escape, beginning a journey into the darkness. Endless boredom awaits.
40 Vanishing Point (1971) tt0067927 Dec 02 2018, 11:44 Kowalski, the hero of the story, works for a car delivery service. He takes delivery of a 1970 Dodge Challenger to take from Colorado to Frisco, California. Shortly after pickup, he takes a bet to get the car there in less than 15 hours. After a few run-ins with motorcycle cops and highway patrol they start a chase to bring him into custody... (imdb) What a terrible start for a movie. Has someone shuffled the scenes in post production? Too boring and irritating to sit through.
40 Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) tt7043012 Feb 11 2019, 09:21 Big money artists and mega-collectors pay a high price when art collides with commerce. (imdb) High-budget dumb horror flick.
40 Youth of the Beast (1963) tt0057697 Mar 22 2017, 11:40 A violent thug plays opposing yakuza bosses against each other. (imdb) It has a nice look and feel, but I was just massively bored throughout. Maybe need to watch again some time.
40 The Zero Theorem (2013) tt2333804 Dec 28 2018, 17:09 A computer hacker's goal to discover the reason for human existence continually finds his work interrupted thanks to the Management; this time, they send a teenager and lusty love interest to distract him. (imdb) Dirty and dark visual style; tedious story, useless characters.
30 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) tt0062622 Feb 02 2017, 11:45 A unique cinematic journey, "2001: A Space Odyssey" travels across enormous distances of both space and time. The story it tells is on the one hand about the collective adventure of human life on and off this planet. But it is also about something lying beyond the bounds of humanity, something lying in the true realms of the mysterious. If you manage to stay interested until the end, then you will have seen one of the shittiest endings ever made. The film is a mess, trying desperately to seem sophisticated.
30 Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006) tt0443453 Feb 03 2017, 05:31 The movie film is a government assigned project to broaden and enlight people and glory of nation. Cultural learning is emportant to follow on global basis. We make our nation a better and more convenient place for house and living. Kazakhs are progressive and asstonishing people that with conclusion of project will have new optimistic approach in daily life in world of same people. Our film will bring the US & A closer to us. We help with needs of kazakh knowledge and Us&a culture is positive step for future of our glorious nation. (20th Century Fox) It has some hilarious moments, although you know, deep inside, it is just a piece of crap.
30 Fritz the Cat (1972) tt0068612 Feb 27 2017, 21:23 A hypocritical swinging college student cat raises hell in a satiric vision of various elements on the 1960's. (imdb) Sleazy, boring rubbish.
30 Hobo with a Shotgun (2011) tt1640459 Feb 10 2017, 15:05 A homeless vigilante blows away crooked cops, pedophile Santas, and other scumbags with his trusty pump-action shotgun. Brightly colored, ultraviolent trash with terrible acting and score. Was probably made by a second year film student. -- With a more capable director, could've been a cult classic.
30 The Holy Mountain (1973) tt0071615 Mar 31 2017, 10:31 A Christlike figure wanders through bizarre, grotesque scenarios filled with religious and sacrilegious imagery. The constant, overblown symbolism made me roll my eyes. The "interpretations" are completely obvious attacks on religion/politics. - The whole thing is just a terrible art film; neither smart nor mysterious.
30 The Insider (1999) tt0140352 Feb 06 2017, 10:14 Balls-out "60 Minutes" producer Lowell Bergman sniffs a story when a former research biologist for Brown & Williamson, Jeff Wigand, won't talk to him. When the company leans hard on Wigand to honor a confidentiality agreement, he gets his back up. Trusting Bergman and despite a crumbling marriage, he goes on camera for a Mike Wallace interview and risks arrest for contempt of court... (imdb) Bloated and tedious to sit through. There's nothing to see here besides Al Pacino making phone calls.
30 The IT Crowd (2006) tt0487831 May 11 2018, 16:35 The comedic adventures of a rag-tag group of technical support workers at a large corporation. I hate sitcoms
30 Now You See Me (2013) tt1670345 Jul 18 2017, 14:10 An FBI agent and an Interpol detective track a team of illusionists who pull off bank heists during their performances and reward their audiences with the money. This film has almost disappeared from my memory, but I can faintly remember it as being bullshit.
30 Now You See Me 2 (2016) tt3110958 Jul 18 2017, 14:11 The Four Horsemen resurface and are forcibly recruited by a tech genius to pull off their most impossible heist yet. (imdb) This film has almost disappeared from my memory, but I can faintly remember it as being also bullshit.
30 Psycho (1960) tt0054215 Feb 03 2017, 12:23 A young female embezzler arrives at the Bates Motel after stealing $40 thousand, which has terrible secrets of its own in the form of an odd proprietor and his domineering, never-seen mother. Did not grip me at any moment.
30 Strangers on a Train (1951) tt0044079 Feb 01 2017, 08:22 You'd like your wife killed, wouldn't you? I'll do it for you if you'll kill someone for me, and since we're strangers we'll be free of suspicion (imdb) Boring. It is really not enough to build a full-length film on 1 interesting scene.
30 Underground (1995) tt0114787 May 06 2017, 07:39 The story starts from an underground manufacture of weapons of Belgrade, during the WWII, and evolves into fairly surreal situations... (imdb) Couldn't bother to watch more than 55 minutes. Very off-putting and dirty.
30 Zelig (1983) tt0086637 Feb 07 2017, 14:01 "Documentary" about a man who can look and act like whoever he's around, and meets various famous people. (imdb) The fake documentary was made with extreme effort. But it's overall very nonsensical and boring.
20 The Big Bang Theory (2007) tt0898266 Feb 03 2017, 05:41 A woman who moves into an apartment across the hall from two brilliant but socially awkward physicists shows them how little they know about life outside of the laboratory. (imdb) Terrible show. It tries so hard to have "smart" humour, and while failing at that, just feeds you usual sitcom bullshit (but with nerds lol!). The laugh tracks are used to an obscene degree.
20 The Core (2003) tt0298814 Feb 09 2017, 16:28 A wildly diverse team of professionals journey into unknown regions of the earth in the hopes of detonating a nuclear device which they hope will reactivate the earth's core and restore balance to the planet. (Paramount) You should lock every disc of this in an unobtanium safe and throw away the key. Waste of time. (hmm, this sounded funnier in my head..)
20 Doctor Strange (2016) tt1211837 Feb 01 2017, 11:51 A neurosurgeon with a destroyed career sets out to repair his hands only to find himself protecting the world from inter-dimensional threats. It is typical Marvel shit. It offers nothing but the shallowest of gags, the most standard Hollywood design, the overflowing action with rapid cuts. Although one sequence here was really impressive.
20 Evil Dead II (1987) tt0092991 Feb 08 2017, 18:47 Ash (Campbell), the sole survivor of "The Evil Dead," continues his struggle with the forces of the dead, with his girlfriend Linda. The two discover a mysterious tape recorder and hear the voice of Professor Knoby reciting passages from the Necronomicon, or Book of the Dead. The professor's words invoke a spell that unleashes the spirit of evil alive in the remote forest surrounding them... (imdb) If the goal was to spit on everything the first film established, then well done. Unbearable bullshit.
20 Into the Wild (2007) tt0758758 Feb 02 2017, 10:15 Freshly graduated from college and with a promising future ahead, 22-year-old Christopher McCandless chose instead to walk out of his privileged life and into the wild in search of adventure. What happened to him on the way transformed this young wanderer into an enduring symbol for countless people. Was Christopher McCandless a heroic adventurer or a naïve idealist, a rebellious 1990s Thoreau or another lost American son, a fearless risk-taker or a tragic figure who wrestled with the precarious balance between man and nature? (Paramount Vantage) The protagonist is such a prick, and the narration so pretentious. The whole motive of the film is "guy runs away from home", but his smart talking should make you believe he is on a mission. Unfortunately, this film has not many things to say. Things get emotional at the end.
20 A Serbian Film (2010) tt1273235 Feb 01 2017, 12:14 An aging porn star agrees to participate in an "art film" in order to make a clean break from the business, only to discover that he has been drafted into making a pedophilia and necrophilia themed snuff film. A film for voyeurs who are desensitized by the internet. Besides the infamous scenes, it's really boring and just delays time, because apparently they didn't know how to fill the non-shocking parts.
20 White Heat (1949) tt0042041 Feb 01 2017, 15:46 A psychopathic criminal with a mother complex makes a daring break from prison and leads his old gang in a chemical plant heist. Shortly after the plan takes place, events take a crazy turn. The greatest amount of time is wasted with story that goes nowhere. The ending does not take a "crazy turn" at all, very disappointing. The score is terrible, it is blatant and obscenely loud. The protagonist as crazed gunslinger is quite interesting. Overall not worth any of your time.