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Movie Ratings and Reviews

How to Train Your Dragon

An allegory for how to get along with any animal. Especially cats.

Romeo and Juliet
½

GORGEOUS scenery and costumes. Completely gorgeous. Some not bad delivery. Eh.

Iron Man
Iron Man(2008)

This was really not half bad. Nice effects and good acting on Downey's part.

Captain America: The First Avenger

If we can get over the ridiculous pseudo-historical nature, it's mildly entertaining.

Brave
Brave(2012)
½

Not what I was expecting at all, but I liked it!

Star Trek Into Darkness

Awesome. Really. A lot more than just 'splosions.

Star Trek
Star Trek(2009)

What? Yeah, this movie was kind of awesome. Except, really, Winona Ryder? Smallest part ever...

The Queen
The Queen(2006)

While it was good acting, casting, etc, I found the story to be biased in several ways. First of all, the fact that it was set during a very specific time. Less than a year, to be specific. This woman was (and still is, mind you) the Queen during amazing times of the 20th century and *that's* what is highlighted? No offense to Diana, of course, I do she think she was a lovely person. But I felt it was unfair to the Queen to an extent. Yes, these sentiments were expressed some, but everything made her look just *so* antiquated. Since then this woman has also met Lady Gaga. Then again, this is the trouble with making biopics of people, most of which are still alive and in power.

Rango
Rango(2011)
½

I'm not sure whether to be confused, impressed or downright awed.

The Hunger Games

Considering I just liked the book (as opposed to the over-obsessed love of others) I thought this was a ridiculously good adaptation. Ridiculously good.

We're Not Married

Boring and disjointed.

Born to Be Bad

Bad acting (yes, even The Mr. Cary Grant - it was before he found his style). Bad filming. Cliched and ill-paced story.

Black Swan
Black Swan(2010)

Natalie was fantastic (duh). Very beautifully done. Very.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Oddly enough, as good as the remake. Which is a shock in an of itself. Fabulous everything.

Where Angels Go---Trouble Follows!
½

Worse than the original. I watched cause I liked the original 60s hair and wardrobe. The music was especially horrid. I mean, really.

The Trouble With Angels
½

I watched this for Rosalind Russell... sadly, it was not all Rosalind could be. Cute in some ways, but still eh. TOTALLY DUG the 60s outfits and hair, however.

Phantom of the Opera

Well, at least I can say I have seen the original now.

I Was a Male War Bride

Not the best, but not the worst by any means!

The Front Page
½

So, His Girl Friday is my favorite movie, like, ever. And this adaptation is certainly missing that *thing* that makes His Girl Friday king. His Girl Friday has a kind of lyrical, musical quality about it that makes it fun, fast-paced and AMAZING. This, is a movie. And painfully so.
I watched this because of Jack Lemmon. And he was quite good. But not quite Rosalind Russell. I think he could have pulled off the fast-paced dialog that Hawks introduced too.
Overall, glad I watched it, but Grant and Russell do it MUCH better.

Richard III
Richard III(1995)

Ian McKellan was magnificent as usual. Annette Bening was magic. Jim Broadbent was incredible. Maggie Smith was brief, but fantastic. Robert Downey Jr. was confusing.

War and Peace
½

Henry Fonda and Audrey Hepburn are a reason to watch, even if it is CRAZY long and boring for long stints.

Destination Tokyo
½

Even with Mr. Grant - campy and dull.

To Catch a Thief

Not the best, but when you have Cary Grant AND Grace Kelly, it's hard to hate it.

Be Kind Rewind

Silly, but pretty cute!

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest

A boring movie if you haven't seen the first two and a little slow at times, but a great ending to the series!

The Santa Clause 2

Stupid, but good for completely mindless entertainment. I LOVED the first one as a kid - so strange to see everyone so much older in this one.

The Tree of Life

One of the best films I have ever seen. However, I might be biased.

Peter Pan
Peter Pan(2003)

Certainly not the greatest graphics. Awkward filming. Decent acting. Incredibly cute. Yeah, I'd have my kids watch this if I had them!

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1

The wolf pack mind thing was one of the coolest parts.

Compulsion
Compulsion(1959)
½

Orson Welles was JUST fantastic, as expected, I guess. It reminded me a lot of In Cold Blood.

The Aviator
The Aviator(2004)

This is certainly one of the best Scorsese films. The costumes, acting, cinematography, story were all outstanding! I mean, you could not have more powerhouse performances in one film! And such gorgeous, rich colors! This movie captured me in instantly and never really slowed. Completely entranced!
I had a few, few, tiny story issues I didn't like... like the split screen. Dated technique. But still, amazing overall!

Stage Fright
Stage Fright(1950)

I watched it only because it was going off of Netflix streaming. I just for the life of me could not get into this film. I wasn't invested in any character or interested in the story at all. Even with Marlene Dietrich in it. I'm not even sure if at the end I really knew all what was going on. Sorry, I am just not a Hitchcock girl for the most part...

Sex and the Single Girl

"I feel just like Jack Lemmon did in that movie where he dressed up like a girl."
HAH!! Perhaps it's because Tony Curtis references one of my favorite movies, I do love this movie. (However, in no way does Tony Curtis look like Jack Lemmon...)
Anyway, it was weird, it was funny, it was sweet, it was strange, it had the best car chase seen ever. I LOVED IT! I'd watch this again in a heart beat.

The Great Race

I didn't know it was a kids movie when I started, but I really, really liked it. Why? Because Jack Lemmon is a comic genius and made me crack up more than I was ever expecting. Parallel only to the ever charming Natalie Woods and the oddly suave Tony Curtis.
It was a bit long, but the comedy and hijinks were so crazy that I didn't mind it! This is something that if I ever had kids, would have them watch. Loved it. And I would totally watch this again.
Oh, and greatest pie fight EVER.

Body of Lies
Body of Lies(2008)

Oh Ridley, Ridley, Ridley. Why are you such a wild card with your films? This slightly reminded me of Man on Fire, but in the middle east. I decided to watch this film for Mr. DiCaprio and that is what I got. But I also REALLY loved Russell Crowe. Which doesn't surprise me, but I never really expected to get much of his character besides boring CIA guy. But he surprised me and provided a few little chuckles here and there.
I was entertained, but that's about all. As some other reviews said, and I agree with, it could have been a lot better. Especially with such powerhouse actors at work. They didn't fail Scott, he failed them.

What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

Oddly enough, earlier today I just so happened to finish a book about two sisters stuck in childhood. Very strange I should pick this movie without reading the summary. I thought Bette Davis was FANTASTIC. I can't imagine it's easy playing a crazy person. Joan Crawford was all right and the story lagged at a few points, but I couldn't take my eyes off of the weird and decidedly ugly Davis. Bravo, Miss Bette. Bravo.
I also LOVED that they used younger pictures of both Crawford and Davis. Genius! Not every actor you can do that with!

Ned Kelly
Ned Kelly(2003)

Well that was lovely and depressing now, wasn't it? And a bit of a spoiler, but that is the second time I have had to watch Orlando Bloom die on screen. It doesn't get any easier. Speaking of, I liked him in this role! Less stiff and form, a bit cuter and jokey than oh... all of his other roles? I also wished Geoffrey Rush's part was a bit bigger, but such is life. I liked it for what it was, but I was overwhelmingly captivated by it all. I watched it for pretty faces and I kinda got that.

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer
½

I think I am lost as to what the critics didn't like about this. It was stunningly shot, completely visceral. Smell, like taste, is something that is difficult to translate into film and the only way to do get as real as possible and let the audience create it for themselves. The extravagant colors and shots were more than enough to start you thinking about all of the scents in the world.
Ben Whishaw was entrancing to watch as he became a serial killer and of course Dustin Hoffman and Alan Rickman deliver performances their names promise.
The story is edged with a bit of strange. But I think that's what made it slightly fantastical. I haven't read the book, but I am very interested in it now.

L.A. Confidential

Fantastic acting. Of course, with such a powerhouse line up. Overall, I liked it but I wasn't ecstatic about it. I think overall, I was expecting a bit more? The link between Crowe and Pearce is the expectation, but it took so long to get there. At times I a little bored. There I said it. And people so entranced with Kim Basinger. I was very unimpressed with her. Pretty, but didn't have much else going on.
Still, I love my crime dramas and I definitely liked the twists and turns. And Kevin Spacey. Who doesn't like Kevin Spacey?

The Oxford Murders
½

Oh, Netflix. Why did you recommend this to me?
Decent acting, but the story got a bit contrived for my liking and the end was... completely unbelievable. And parts of the story seemed to happen way too fast with out much reason for them. Such as Beth's obsession or Martin's desperate desire to leave behind the numbers and symbols. Seems more of a source of melodrama than actual motive.

The Shining
The Shining(1980)
½

Now I am not a horror girl at all, but I liked this. Maybe because so much pop culture has instructed me too. I mean to say Jack Nicholson is fantastic is to say something as the sky is blue. Of course he's fantastic. And wild and crazy and completely and utterly perfect for this. And Danny Lloyd freaked me out! I was more scared of the child than I was of dear old Jack. However I did not like Shelley Duvall. Would it be mean to say I didn't really like her face? Her acting was a little over the top for me. But it was beautifully shot and very well paced. I must say the child in me adores the idea of riding around on a big wheel in a large empty hotel. Fantastic.

Shutter Island
½

I think... I liked it. One of those movies where the very end makes you a little unsure of what you just watched.
Fantastic acting all around. Of course I love me some Leo, but Mark Ruffalo was delight as well. And gorgeous shots. Really beautiful. And it definitely had me surprised here and there. Though I did kinda call the Cabinet of Dr. Caligari ending preeetty early, the path getting there was different. As well as what actually happened.
I'm always intrigued in the paths of psychosis. It was well worth the watch!
Though I must admit I don't think I understood the significance of the woman in the beginning telling Leo to 'shh'. Anyone get that? Or just creep factor?

The Crucible
The Crucible(1996)

I never had to read the play or anything, but I did rather enjoy this. Whenever Winona Ryder pulled a crazy I got this big ole smile on my face. I do love some good theatrics. I wasn't entirely entranced with DDL, one of my faves, but in the end he definitely pulled it off.
I can't really note any amazing cinematography or anything, all a play can offer in translation to film is good acting and good dialogue, and it did deliver that much.

Days of Wine and Roses

Well that was upbeat!
I must say that this topic in the early 60s is an original idea. It very well showed an average couple and how drinking became the relationship's vice and then the relationship. Powerfully acted and horribly depressing. Especially if you're an occasional drinker.

Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore

All right. I tried to get through this. I really did. I was just so bored and so uninterested in the characters I could not for the life of me suffer through it.
Amazing that Scorsese has some amazing winners. And then he has stuff like this. I blame Netflix for continually recommending me to this.

Coco Before Chanel
½

I was very intrigued at the idea of watching this, first of all, I love Audrey Tautou. Second I love that period. Thirdly, I do love the sharp simplicity of Chanel's designs.
I love the production design. The costumes were gorgeous and the cinematography was impeccable. But I think some of the pacing within the story lacked. I didn't even mind the gigantic jumps in time towards the end. But it didn't quite have a compelling nature as we saw her straddled between the two important men in her life (no rude pun intended there).
However, other than that it was stylish and gorgeous. I do wish that we could have seen more of the visual style influence. Chanel's style was very clean cut, as opposed to the natural Rococco-ish fashion before it and I would have like to see what inspired that when it was certainly not the rage.

Curse of the Golden Flower

Okay, right off the bat, A++++ for color. No lie there. Like, Hands Down winner there. Along with costume, set design, and props. FAN-tastic.
I think where this story lost it was the overall pacing and story. The first hour had some small nice fight scenes and then lots and lots of talk. And the ending was quite bloody. However I feel as though what happened here was there may have been some back story that was cut. And that's never good. Other takes and scenes were quite long. Too long, really.
Still, it gets 3 stars for color alone. Another star because I like Yun-Fat Chow and Li Gong. And keep in mind, if you are in dire need for a visual LSD party for your eyes.... WATCH THIS!!

In Cold Blood

In the last second of that film, I actually out loud exclaimed "Jesus" in my reaction to it.
A little history now. When I was very small I saw the murder part of "Cold Blooded" on TV. A modern edition of the same story. And it scarred me horrifically.
When I was older and understood the whole thing better, and watched Capote, I became more intrigued in the murders, me being all morbid and what not (I secretly blame that movie scene...).
But this was FANTASTIC! The acting was spot on. The cinematography was stupendous! I mean I think I had forgotten what great cinematography looked like in black and white films, this gave me such a refresher. The deep, looming, heavy shadows, the use of the flashlights, even the daytime scenery. So amazing. The last 45 minutes had my complete attention. So compelling and sinister. I could not look away. And the very end had my heart pounding.
To anyone who snubs a film made before 2000, I challenge you to this.

East of Eden
East of Eden(1955)
½

Was anyone else completely convinced that Dean was 14 year old boy? His mannerisms were always dead perfect. And I must say that this movie actually made me want to read the book! Which I know is a brick of a book.
Anyway, at first I wasn't all that enthralled in it, Dean played the disaffected youth he was so good at doing. Then he started trying to be "good" (a term thrown around a bit too much really) and I was a little more interested. By the time (SPOILER) Aron ruined the birthday party, I was ready for blood to be spilled!! I read that this was a "slice" of the novel so I'm curious to see what was cut.

Gods and Monsters

First of all, to the reviewer who said you felt molested watching this movie. You're homophoic and should see someone about that.
I thought it was really great. A nice telling of a Hollywood legend (not unlike Hollywoodland - but better!) I love Sir Ian McKellen and was doubtful on Fraser, but he really held his own. He wasn't fantastic, but he wasn't Keanu Reeves.
I also really liked the subtle, sparse and dry humor interjected every little while. Something I wasn't quite expecting but it was nice. Most of it done by Ms. Redgrave. Overall a nice movie, not spectacular but definitely worth watching!

Cool Hand Luke

Not even the clear sky itself is as blue as Paul Newman's eyes. Good Lord almighty...
I REALLY liked this! Good spirit about it! Good Never-Give-Up attitude. I think this is the greatest prison movie (maybe even above Shawshank Redemption). Great story, fun and serious, very well acted and some amazing sunset shots!! Fantastic!

Blue Velvet
Blue Velvet(1986)
½

Ooohh.... oh boy.
I think that growing up in a later era and watching film influenced by earlier works so not seeing the original first can be a problem. This is one of those cases. I'd heard SO much about Lynch and his work in many film classes and decided to be a darer and try out this one as my first.
Firstly, I got the symbolism and the levels. The perfectly manicured suburban garden with the bugs chomping away beneath it all (LOVED the through the grass shot, by the way.) I got the seedy underground life contrasted with the superficial suburbanites.
But I felt as though it was cut too short. I didn't feel any real connection between characters Jeffrey and Dorothy, and I was confused at why he went for Sandy and cut off the other relationship so quickly. Nor did I begin to understand any of the actual crime offenses going on with the other police detective. And what was the point of the Nicely Dressed Man or whatever? He was just Dennis Hopper? What?
Then I read that this film was originally cut from 4 hours down to 2. Ouch. Buy, does that effect a film. A film can survive cuts, yes, but I think it was just a little too damaging for this one in particular.
Now, don't get me wrong. It was extremely well filmed. Gorgeous colors. Very well acted. There seems to be some debate on Dennis Hopper's performance, but I think he is divine. And possibly a touch bipolar. But what good character isn't?! Of course the other performances and fantastic as well!
Overall, I don't feel good about giving it such a low rating, but I really just wasn't crazy about it as a whole. And I should say, I don't mind at all a weird movie, it just didn't hold together that well. Plus the ending. I mean, whoa. Unexpectedly sweet and happy for something writhing around in the dirt the whole time.

Harold and Maude

A sweet, morbid black comedy that I was entranced with from the very beginning. Gordon and Cort are fantastic against each other. A feisty, fiery old lady and disaffected, confused teen boy. Marvelous. Slightly weird, but to even present a relationship like this it has to be a bit.
Also, I must comment on one reviewer, Mr. Kehr has completely missed the point since he got whiny about the concentration camp mark. If this movie was supposed to be drama over WWII, we would have known. What that was was a story about a lady who had been surrounded by death, got past that and decided to live and not to dwell on it. Contrasting of course with the barely lived teen who was obsessed with killing himself. Go back to English class, Kehr and learn your allegories!

The Beach
The Beach(2000)

Well I think where this film loses it is in the story and direction. And that is a very bad thing. There were elements presented that went nowhere. And it seemed scattered and divided like everyone forgot the purpose of the movie halfway through. I think it also attempted WAY too much. A little Lord of the Flies, a little disillusionment of our youth, a little who cares? I mean who actually cared about the characters with all the themes going on?
Had some gorgeous shots and some neat effect ideas, like the video game part, but it wasn't all weaved together and connected. Not DiCaprio's best. Though really, he was fine in it.
Also, the soundtrack and some of the stylistic techniques, were CRAZY dated,

Platinum Blonde

It has been quite awhile since I watched an old movie and I've forgotten how delightful they can be. I've seen plenty of old screwballs and this isn't the best of the best, but it is funny and witty. And Williams is quite hilarious! Almost Grant-esque. Predictable story, but it made me laugh!

My Left Foot
My Left Foot(1989)

I had never heard of this in any film class or anything but Netflix seems to have figured out my love of Daniel Day-Lewis and recommended it. Holy hell. 20 minutes in and I was so astounded by the acting, if I was on the Oscar committee I would have given Day-Lewis and O'Conor awards retroactively. The filming was a bit hokey, but the acting was so superb that I'm giving it 5 stars regardless. It's not even the kind of story I normally enjoy watching, but any Daniel Day-Lewis film carries that much weight.

Les Miserables

I got a tad disinterested during the middle, but it picked back up again, luckily. Neeson and Rush are outstanding, as if I actually have to mention that. Having never read Les Miserables, I don't know about the adaption, but considering what a brick that book is, I'd say it was probably done pretty well.
Overall it could have been *a lot* worse. I do mean that.

Centurion
Centurion(2010)
½

Okay, LOVED the coloring and the contrast. Really conveyed the icy cold. And I liked the historical details. Great action. Gritty violence They must have spent a fortune on blood packs.
I think it could have been a lot better all things counting. The story was missing a little oompf. Reminded me of King Arthur, but I liked King Arthur better.

Spartacus
Spartacus(1960)

HOLY LONGNESS. Maybe this was made as an offering to the Roman god of LONG FILMS. I, to be perfectly honest, found it fantastically boring. But I did like Tony Curtis. Even though he still spoke from New York. Bless the man. And I did like Charles Laughton as well as Peter Ustinov.
Sorry, not even I will fully redeem a film just because it's old and was directed by Kubrick.

Troy
Troy(2004)

Torn torn torn... 1) I LOVE me some Orlando Bloom. 2) I don't love me some Brad Pitt. Especially in war-period. That's really not what he is good at. 3) I thought it was fairly accurate to parts of the Iliad. 4) Holy hell, Diane Kruger is pretty. 5) I LOVE me some Orlando Bloom.
Okay, and I really liked the CGI (and that is a rare comment from me indeed) and the fight scene between Hector and Achilles was AWESOME. Great choreography.
4 stars is a toughie rating for me. I might change it later upon review.

The Man in the Iron Mask

At first I wasn't quite convinced by Leo's acting, I played it off by his youth and the fact that he did this after being directed by Cameron. James wouldn't care about good acting if it hit him in the face. However this was resolved when he became Philippe.
Overall, the movie was okay. I'm not sure I appreciated the few comedic gags in there, but what gives this movie an extra overall boost was the acting. Beautifully done. Even if for whatever reason, Dicaprio and Malkovich did not see fit to attempt British accents.

Agora
Agora(2010)

As my second fight-for-religion movie of the day, I deem this one much better than the first.

Kingdom of Heaven

My god I found this fantastically dull. Perhaps it is because I find the Crusades, boring and bordering on heathenish as a historical period, or maybe it because I am not a Christian, but yikes it took an effort to get through.
But something with Orlando Bloom, Edward Norton, Liam Neeson, and Ridley Scott directing, I'll sit through it. However I always manage to find redeemable qualities in every film and while story was rough, there were some fantastically beautiful shots. Excellent violence and great acting.
At times, I had several Lord of the Rings flashbacks. The setting fire to the towers was interesting. I think Orly learned it from being Legolas. Or that is how I entertain myself when I see actors in similar roles. I did like some of the religious liberty and lessons in it, but doubt that is even close to how it was in history.

Badlands
Badlands(1974)
½

Strange that it is different and similar all in one. Similar in the western/ isolation feel, different in the character of Kit. Most of Malick's characters are emotionally distant enough to make them hard to connect to, but something about Kit was so off the wall, he made sense. Or maybe I'm a psychopath in the making. And I'm really taking that from the end. I can definitely see the beginnings of Malick's signatures.

Close Encounters of the Third Kind
½

I saw this YEARS ago and barely remember it. I should give it another watch.

Pretty Baby
Pretty Baby(1978)
½

One of those things I had to see. And I must say that if it didn't make you slightly sick, you need therapy.
Anyway, this is my second (I think) Malle film and something tells me I liked the other one better. The loonngg reaction shots were questionable only because the actor didn't actually emote more, just blank stare for the most part. But kudos to not only shields and her parents, but Malle for doing it. Having a 12 year old naked would get most people laughed out on their ass.

A Very Long Engagement

My first Gaspard Ulliel film! Yay! Same director and principle as Amelie as well as some other shared actors. French actors must be small in number. Anyway I was completely charmed with the romance presented. I got a little confused with all of the story lines, but then read this is from a book? Which explains it all. And I think it had some lagging points. Still, beautifully shot and told. And it even tugged a bit on my cold heart strings.
Lastly, JODIE FOSTER?! For reals?! Remember when I said about few French actors? I wasn't kidding. Not that I minded, but French?!

Hollywoodland

Uhhhh, well. Sometimes I think I run out things to say on mediocre films. The acting was good. I very much appreciated Affleck's attempt at the 40s actor speak. You know that standard "American" dialect all actors were trained to have. I'll give him an A on that one. I think my biggest hitch was the execution of the story. One of those things were lots of little things add up to a lot. Eh.

Frida
Frida(2002)

I never much cared for Kahlo's work. Still don't. But it made me respect the woman more. After this I can see how well suited this was for Taymor's directing style. The visual effects that worked for her here were very similar in Across the Universe.
Outstanding acting and beautiful cinematography. Probably one of my favorite biopics. (Much better than Evita...)

Quills
Quills(2000)

I am not one for egregious sex. When semi graphic sex/ nudity or innuendo is used in a film, I wonder if it has real value or if it's more sexy or shock and awe. However, there wasn't a moment in this film that made me think that. And I actually laughed (during the play of course). Visually beautiful, witty and inventive. Not to mention jam packed with hypocrisy. Love it. Completely gorgeous performances by every principle. As expected really.

The Count of Monte Cristo
½

Revenge is best served cold. Now, granted I've never read the book. In fact I think my only exposure to the story is the Wishbone version which greatly sweetens somethings. However, I actually really liked it. Revenge, Guy Pearce, swordplay, young Henry Cavill, what's not to like?

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1

Wow. Me seeing a movie in theaters. How strange.
However, I really liked this. I liked it MUCH more than the book. AND I teared up at least twice. So, go David Yates. Now I read the book when it came out, but it seemed like a very faithful adaptation of the book. And I appreciate that. Especially when the book had some pretty intense boring parts. AND (here's a biggie) I wasn't offended by any acting of the kids in this one. Usually DRad bugs me. But he wasn't horrible! Yay!!

Fame
Fame(2009)
½

I think that when a film is remade, the original is somehow labeled "ideal". Here's what I liked: the updated dance numbers. I might be crazy, but when I watch a musical, I want something fantastical. Shiny and flashy. The original... eh. The remake, yeah! And I liked that one kid actually wanting to kill himself. Much more realistic and teen-y. And Megan Mullally and Kelsey Grammer. Yes.
Here's what I didn't like: the acting. Oh boy. Yeah. Ouch. Not all actors were atrociously, but most of the leads were just not there. And as one critic pointed out: the total lack of drugs and gays. Even the original Fame was more daring than that.
Overall, I think it was meh. The original crammed more character and more story into it, but this was more fun as musical type of film.

The Machinist
½

I did not believe that Bale had actually lost all that weight. But then IMDb said it was so. Holy hell. I wish I could say I remember this movie when it came out, but I don't. But as a girl who doesn't particularly like suspense/ thriller I liked it. I think Bale deserves at least a star and half in this movie alone. Holy hell. (Again.) Not only was the weight loss commendable, but the acting was superb. Really killer. (No pun intended.)
Oh and I love the lack of color. Usually I'm so trained to notice deep, rich colors that not seeing it is unique! And very thematic for this film.

The New World

I think that is was possibly missing some Malick-esque quality. Some shots were beautiful, but I felt as though they weren't as rich and and gorgeous as in say, The Thin Red Line... but in the end it achieved it's man versus nature theme and that is always a good thing. It was almost sad seeing Kilcher in the British dress at the end.
And Farrell and Bale are fantastic. As always. Don't even have to question that.
Yet, I maintain that I love Malick films. And if you were "bored" by it or thought it slow (or for any Malick film) , then you simply don't have an appreciation for arty films. No shame in that, just don't whine and complain when you don't understand it and go back to your video games.

Days of Heaven

I must say the shots were as beautiful as I'd heard about. The New York accents were something else entirely. Oddly painful, really. And I think everyone should know you don't watch Malick for hot, fast and sexy stories. You watch for human truths and beauty. And this delivered that. Rich and gorgeous shots. Masterful.
On a side note, I'm pretty sure I had no idea Richard Gere was ever that young. No really.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Ah well, finally, eh? I put off watching this movie because I was severely bored by the book. I think I honestly liked the movie better than the book as well. Lots of awkward teen moments and such. They pushed in romance where there was boring in the book. Worked.
And Jim Broadbent and Helena Bonham Carter in one film is always a good idea. Especially with Alan Rickman. Good casting job, for reals. I think I need to watch it again for a better overall understanding, but for now, I rate it pretty good.

American Gangster

Seems like a cross between French Connection and the Godfather. Though I don't know about you, but I basically waited 2 hours to watch Denzel and Russell interact. Overall, it wasn't bad. Not my favorite crime drama ever ever, but hey. It was significantly long. Like wow. And I think they could have extended Denzel and Russell's interaction. I guess I have a thing for watching legendary actors interact.

Man on Fire
Man on Fire(2004)
½

I think Mr. Scott has proved that there is such a thing as being too artsy. To the point of disrupting story telling and that is bad thing. It had the feel of a bad music video. And what was with the subtitles? Anyway, in the end I was a little confused on what exactly had happened, but oh well.
Either way, I expected better.

Futurama: Bender's Game

Oh my nerd references.... another giftie for the fans. I must say I do like all of the references from the series put in the movies. It's subtle and part of that 'goft to the fans' thing.

Futurama: The Beast With a Billion Backs

Is it weird I think I overall liked this one more than the first? Truly a gift to the fans. Hearing Brittany Murphy was kinda sad. :/

Futurama: Bender's Big Score

Geez, Futurama, what a way to completely rip out my heart.... I've always had such a soft spot for Fry and really liked the story by the end. It was a little strange to begin with.

The Royal Tenenbaums
½

I was expecting a comedy full of obvious, laugh-out-loud humor, from the fervor I'd heard about it, but I was really shocked and impressed by it. First of all, Luke Wilson. Usually I group the Wilson brothers together in the not-so-serious-kinda-predictable movies, but Luke really shined in this, especially when set in a cast with tons of people to steal the scene. And even more impressive, Ben Stiller in a role that I actually liked. Whoa. It was most definitely a quirky, very black comedy that takes a ton of (mainly) comedy actors and successfully puts them together.
AC rating: My first Wes Anderson commentary. Yay! I liked it! I really liked all the details and story formation mentioned. This commentary also has raised my suspicions that Owen Wilson is actually smarter than he seems. And that is shocking.

Across the Universe

Incredibly colorful and creative!! I mean I couldn't make an entire movie out of songs written years before the movie. But the idea is revolutionary. And the colors and remakes of the songs are incredible.
AC rating: Commentary was with the director and composer and it's amazing to see how the film came from concept to execution especially with basically a bunch of no name actors. Loved it.

3:10 to Yuma
3:10 to Yuma(2007)

I used to say that I hate Westerns thanks to this and Unforgiven I have no amended that to I hate spaghetti Westerns. Which is true. And I don't see that changing.
First of all Crowe and Bale were just magical. I mean wow. Especially the ending. It was perfect. And oddly enough, Ben Foster's character and acting was just compelling. Something about his expression, mannerisms, everything made me like him even though he was the bad guy. Lerman (I do have a big ole soft spot for him) was great as well. The optimist, bright-eyed youth. Love it. The story and characterization was just perfect. Completely perfect. Pretty good rating for a girl who doesn't like Westerns...

AC rating: This has got to be one of the best commentaries I have heard. It was rich, relevant and interesting. Not only about story, talent, locations, but the many production problems and changes through out the process. Really very interesting! I would actually listen to this again.

The Nightmare Before Christmas

This has got to be one of the most creative stories ever. Magnificently done, though I doubt few truly appreciate the amount of work and effort that went into it.
AC rating: Between Danny Elfman and Henry Selick, Tim Burton didn't get much in, but it was still interesting to hear their points of view and their involvement in Tim's original vision.

Holes
Holes(2003)

Fabulous book, fabulous adaptation! Amazing kid actors, especially Shia.
AC rating: Yet again there was two different versions of commentary. One with the fabulous Louis Sachar and with the director (?) I think and the other with four of the kids, including Shia. Oh boy. Talk about your differences in insight. Although, mark my words, seriously, Shia LeBeouf will direct some day. Based on his more serious comments, someday he will.

The Boondock Saints

I know I am not the target audience, but I LOVE this movie. I can quote it entirely.
AC rating: Troy Duffy might have an ass-like reputation, but he still made interesting and insightful aspects of the whole production.

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
½

Gore Verbinski, thank you. It was funny, it was beautiful, it was a great story, it was well-acted. GORGEOUSLY filmed. SO rich and lush.
AC rating: Well there 3 different kinds of commentary and I watched them all. Of course. The one with director, producer and Johnny Depp was interesting and insightful. The one with the screenwriters was also very insightful. The one with Keira Knightley and Jack Davenport. Eh. Amusing more than anything else, but I still liked they had three different aspects of commentary.

Babe
Babe(1995)

Amazingly cute. That is all I have to say. Plus I have some mad respect for all the film people who had to work with ten thousand animals.
AC rating: Again, GIANT surprise this commentary was here. It was from the animal coordinator (or some title) of the film and so it was interesting to hear how they did all this. And I mean there is now way THAT was easy. Plus it was very interesting to know all the millions of other details that had to happen for this to happen.

Spaceballs
Spaceballs(1987)

My favorite Mel Brooks film I think. Hysterical.
AC rating: Well, Brooks isn't the greatest commentator in the world, but he does mention some aspect of the producing side of a film production. And that you don't get very much in audio commentary.

The Muppet Christmas Carol

This is the only version of A Christmas Carol I am willing to watch. Ever.
AC rating: Okay, I was REALLY shocked this had commentary. But wow was I pleased. And it was interesting! How actors work with puppets and I don't mean a few puppets, I mean a lot puppets! Very interesting. Very tedious. Henson studios are amazing!

Sleepy Hollow

Johnny Depp is hysterical and brilliant in this! (As always.) Miranda Richardson is also bloody brilliant.
AC rating: Just Tim Burton on this one. Finally nice to hear him for a change! He's so soft spoken really. But it was still really interesting to hear about some of the details and the stuff with the cast.

King Arthur
King Arthur(2004)
½

If you want history, go to a museum. I've always judged films by what they present, not they represent. Besides, I liked the different approach of the story.
I'm also a sucker for guy bonding stories and Keira Knightley. And on that and the bloody battle scenes, I *actually* liked it. So there.
And Keira rocks the blue people so much better than Na'vi. And this was made 6 years before Avatar... stealing ideas much, Cameron?
Plus, while the Arthurian aspect is wrong, the actual historical details of Rome's occupation of Briton is not far off. All the details with the Celts and such.
AC rating: Well you can always tell when a director is a tad bitter. However, hearing all historical detail and research was perfect for me (it's why I was watching it to begin with!) He skimmed over some stuff I wished he went into, but ah well. Still worth another listen at some point.

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
½

Fabulous. Insane color and all.
AC rating: The audio commentary I listened to was of the five kids in this film. The idea of it was incredibly intriguing. Not all their names are listed over to the left, but oh well. What was interesting to hear was all of their POVs as kids. What they remembered and how. Interesting, just not as much with production aspect.

There Will Be Blood

Daniel Day-Lewis is a god among men. His entire performance from start to finish was completely brilliant. And Paul Dano was incredible. I read he was not originally supposed to play this part and I am very glad that he did. I've never seen Dano in anything, but I will have to make a point of checking his stuff out now. I can't imagine it being easy playing a character like that, but he was fantastic. And every moment they were together was just fantastic.
Beautifully shot and amazing. Long. Very long. But worth the while.

Raging Bull
Raging Bull(1980)
½

As a character I could not stand Jake LaMotta. Just throwing that out there. I wanted to ram him with a car. And the story was meh. To me. I don't like boxing stories. Or sports in general.
However, De Niro and Pesci were brilliant. And it was shot gorgeously. And the Psycho-ish fight scene was awwwwesome even if it was cringe-worthy.

The Black Stallion

I watched this as a kid, but I honestly do not remember the second half of it. Strange.

Black Beauty
Black Beauty(1994)

I really need to rewatch this. Such a classic.

No Country for Old Men

I'll be honest. I didn't finish this film. I couldn't. It wasn't a bloody thing or anything it was just a disturbance with Bardem's performance. It just too horror-like for me. Maybe I'll try it again in a few years.

Alice in Wonderland
½

I think it's an interesting take on an insane story. Now the performances were nothing less than fantastic, as to be expected. I love the little nuances in Anne Hathaway's performance. And Helen Bonham Carter's. And Crispin Glover's.
And the visuals were pretty and colorful and kinda reminded me of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Gee, I wonder why...

The Namesake
The Namesake(2006)

I actually watched this for a Film & Literature class and really liked it. The struggles between old world and new world were interesting and are something I think everyone can relate to. I especially liked seeing Kal Penn in a serious role. Good to know he can pull that off.

Dead Poets Society
½

At times the story was a bit over dramatic, but the moral is still good.

The Girl Who Played with Fire (Flickan som lekte med elden)

I think what I missed most of all was the chemistry between characters Salander and Blomkvist. It did it for me in the first and barely hit it in this one. While the first one's plot was very followable, this one seemed more 'worldly', not focusing on a 'in the family' murder as much as more political and extensive. Not saying that's bad, just different. It went from more of a creepy personal feel, to something unpersonal and only mildly interesting. I'll still be very interested in seeing the 3rd in the trilogy.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
½

It's a mystery. Maybe even a double mystery of sorts. Now I haven't read the book, though I am intrigued to now. I thought the story was cunning and interesting and as someone who read Agatha Christie in middle school and has watched 9 seasons of CSI religiously, it's hard to truly intrigue me. Well done, Larsson.
Now there were moments of sex that was a tad on the gratuitous side, but I suppose overall it suited the theme of the film.
And now I'm off to go watch the next one!

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
½

Well... considering I'm not sure I understood every third word, I think it ranked very high! Okay, it wasn't that bad. Maybe every fifth word.
Still, lovely puzzling plot with lots of humor and British slang. One thing I really appreciated about this film was the cut away from violence. In modern films it's so rarely done, so when it is I appreciate it. Not that I mind violence. Not at all. But sometimes it can get a little blase.
It was fun and funny and just nail-biting enough if you came to like the four main guys as I did.

Righteous Kill

I think the miss here was the story. It wasn't a completely bad premise, just not well executed. The best part was the end. I thought it was well acted and all but eh. Won't remember it, won't watch it again.

Tristan & Isolde

James Franco is eaaaassssyyyy on the eyes isn't he? Wowza. Other than that... eh... sorry not much else to say on this...

Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

The two best things in this movie: Alan Rickman's acting and Christian Slater. Yum. Kevin Costner was atrocious. I mean, was I supposed to believe for a second he was British? I didn't. AWFUL. Like *gag*. BUT remember those two good things? Redeeming. And a pretty bad ass battle scene... finally. Last part of the movie! Better late than never, I suppose.
Still, I prefer the Mel Brooks parody over the original.

Excalibur
Excalibur(1981)
½

I suspect that Mr. Boorman invested some serious cash in green lights cause FOR REALZ. Now there were some great acting appearances, but these were not the best of their work. Some reviewers seemed to like it for its artistic beauty. Erm. I guess. Remember what I said about the green light thing? Yeah. A wee bit too much on that... Other than that it reeked of the 80s. Like whoa.

Becket
Becket(1964)

Awesome, the first real bromance picture. As actors Burton and O'Toole did fantastically well. As was expected I think. O'Toole's character a bit more, it's what you get for being animated, I guess.
I will admit it dragged a bit towards the middle, but even for someone who isn't religious, I found it interesting and even funny at times and well worth watching.

Bram Stoker's Dracula
½

Well looks like I'm going to be in a minority here. NOT one of Coppola's best. I liked most of the acting (Keanu Reeves can't act his way out of a box) and SOME of the visuals. I thought some of the graphics and overlay visuals were so bad and corny, I was actually ashamed for Coppola. Yeah, it's 1993. So what. No reason for some of the cheesy effects. Sorry, it's true. But there were other shots that were much better and more beautiful, but I think the bad shots equaled the good. And THAT is not good.
Sorry, I wanted violence and not overly gratuitous sex. Fail.

The Departed
The Departed(2006)
½

What a perfect ending. Couldn't think of a better one myself.
Now there are like 50 billion fantastic male actors in this and to even mention the great acting is redundant. They are excellent by nature. Leo, Martin, Jack and Alec were my favorites by far.
I think as stories go, this one was paced a little faster than some of Scorsese's films. Felt a lot sleeker and edgy? But then again, the actual plot was pretty bad ass. And was it just me or was there less violence? I can go either way, but I dunno. Although Jack Nicholson had a very cool death scene. Though doesn't he always?
Wait, this movie was produced by Brad Pitt? WTF?!

Carlito's Way
½

What I liked about it most was the angle. And the camera angles. But those are two different things. While this wanting to get out while getting sucked back in, is a mildly used plot line, though a whole film dedicated to it, it interesting. And I am really not a big Sean Penn girl, but he was okay in this. Didn't like the character, but you weren't supposed to...
It was nice and well done, but I don't need to watch it again.

Bunny Lake Is Missing
½

Whenever I watch a good film and don't like it, I feel like I'm missing something. And this was one of those moments. Okay, not entirely true, I liked *parts* of it. The ending. Oh my god. Painful. I dunno. Mixed.

Shine a Light

I'll be honest, I didn't exactly watch this beginning to end. Only because I'm not such a fan of the Stones later stuff. However, I got what Scorsese was going with it and after seeing lots of concert DVDs, I can tell it was extremely well filmed. Beautiful and crisp, cleanly filmed even if the Stones themselves are a bit rough to look at. But judging by Mick Jagger's dancing he's not a day over 20.

Gangs of New York

First of all, I liked Cameron Diaz. What?! I don't ever like her. Most withstanding actors will have an exception in their career. This was hers.
So, Scorsese. Well after watching several of his earlier films I must say that the filming and editing were a lot... sexier? Seemed a lot slicker especially during the battle scenes. Not to say I disliked it, just seemed unScorsese.
Also Leo DiCaprio and Daniel Day-Lewis need high mentioning.
I once heard at a film workshop in a presentation of the local Talent Manager for There Will Be Blood that Daniel Day-Lewis is a method actor and never dropped his act once while filming. I can't imagine the trial that must have been for him in this. And Leo. Leo has come such a long, long way from Jack Dawson don't you think? To say that he is astounding is just obvious.
On other notes: FANTASTIC costumes and set. Awesome violence and action. Fabulous. Totally worth the near to 3 hours.

GoodFellas
GoodFellas(1990)
½

I love me some violence and gangster films. Who did I like? Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta and Joe Pesci. (Like that's not obvious or something) What did I love? The narration. While hailed as a cinematic no no, I thought it served the story well. Kept it light, moving and interesting. Scorsese does his crime and filmic storytelling well doesn't he? And I must say I am getting really good at knowing when a hit is coming. You can just smell it. Can't say Joe Pesci didn't have it coming, but hey.

The Air I Breathe

Interesting... no, really. It was kinda of Crash-y but more violent. And I really liked the end. Wish that the Love (Kevin Bacon) story line had more oomph to it, but I think in these fractional tales, one story line usually gets a little shafted.
But really, the acting was great, the overall concept was very nice and the filming was beautiful. Oh, and Sarah Michelle Gellar looked stunning in every single frame of this film...

Cool Runnings

I remember watching this on a bus to a field trip. I don't remember much, but I think I liked it.

Mrs. Doubtfire

How have I missed this movie?! I ADORE this movie! Weird if you think about it and hilarious!! LOVED it as a kid and still do. Quote it at will.

Donnie Darko
Donnie Darko(2001)

It's one of those trippy movies that when the credits roll you wanna shake your head and go... 'wait, what?' Definitely a cult classic, definitely one of those you love it or you hate it deals.
Jake Gyllenhaal was astounding and so much creepier than I ever envisioned him being and him and his sister playing brother and sister. Genius. LOL

Let the Right One In

I heard it was good. I believed it. But damn. Oh my good that was really, really good. First of all OMG the cinematography. I am the biggest dork for that in the world and every shot was just completely masterful. And the story was original and phenomenal. And the acting! Who would think two 12 year olds could pull the off. Oh fabulous. All of it was just divine.
I think what I loved the most was the lack of showing the gruesome and horror. Didn't even show fangs, but you knew they were there. The essence of a monster. Perfect. Simply perfect.

Dick
Dick(1999)
½

I remember seeing this movie in theaters and my mom didn't want to take me until I understood the Watergate scandal. Haven't seen it since then, but it's funny and Dave Foley is fantastic. Still, I enjoyed it!

Help!
Help!(1965)
½

Ohhhhhh...... what is going on? Does anyone know? I love those movies where you just know what everyone is having fun. This is certainly one of them. It doesn't make sense. The plot is terrible. The script is meh, the acting isn't much better. But it's funny! And weird. AND I loved some of the camera work. No, really. Ticket to Ride was really great.

A Hard Day's Night
½

I'm not really sure I completely understood what was going on, but I still totally enjoyed it. Old, slightly stuffy British humor mixed with the Beatles impish behavior. (Sometimes I forget they were ever that young!) But it's nice seeing that crossed with concert footage and screaming girls that honestly make you laugh. (You know it does...)

All Dogs Go To Heaven
½

I LOVED this movie as a kid. In a re watch, um, is this supposed to be a kid's movie? Cause there is no way in hell it is. Subjects include: drinking, smoking, gambling and murder!
But still, I never minded it as a kid, so more power to Don Bluth for that. So beautiful and endearing.

The Land Before Time
½

Classic children's movie and beautiful. Don Bluth at some of his best moments.

Anastasia
Anastasia(1997)
½

I'm sorry, but how the hell can you go wrong with John Cusack, Kelsey Grammer, Christopher Lloyd, Hank Azaria, Bernadette Peters, Kirsten Dunst and Angela Lansbury. I could give or take with Meg Ryan. But seriously. That line up is FANTASTIC. The story is so unhistorical, but who cares!?

Thumbelina
Thumbelina(1994)

Another favorite childhood from Don Bluth. I remember really loving this sweet little princess tale. I'm going to try and re watch it.

A Troll in Central Park

I loved this movie when I was a kid. I really should give it a re watch because it is Don Bluth and I don't remember much about it all

The Jerk
The Jerk(1979)

Was I the only one that was not entranced by this movie? There were a couple of cheap 'heh's but it was certainly nothing memorable. The funniest part was the dog, Shithead.

Little Monsters

A movie I saw on TV ages ago. LOL pretty lame, but there is little Fred and Ben Savage. And that's got some win.

Zombie (Zombi 2)
½

Had to watch this at a party, slightly drunk. I didn't follow much of the story and even drunk was not convinced of the acting... but there were some pretty good cinematic techniques. Like the woman holding a door shut and instead of showing the door slowly open, it shows the light. Very cool.
Very bloody and gruesome, so if you like that, then great!

Nosferatu, a Symphony of Horror (Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens) (Nosferatu the Vampire)
½

I love early film. Silents are always a bit of a patience tester, but I was impressed with quite a few of the visuals. Very creepy. However Nosferatu running around in daylight, holding a coffin full of dirt... not as impressive. Try humorous. However, if you love horror or vampires it is an absolute must!

The Godfather, Part III
½

I'll give it this much, the ending took me by surprise up until about 15 seconds before it happened. Though, can't say I was saddened by it. (Sorry, Sofia Coppola...)
To play it against the first two, the story just did not compel me in the same way, which is surprising because anything with dirty Roman Catholicism interests me! Perhaps it was the uninteresting romance between Coppola and Garcia. Eh. Half the movie of the first two, half the rating.

The Godfather, Part II

I didn't think it was possible, but I may have liked this one more.... whhaaat?? But no joke, the parallel journeys of Vito and Michael were fabulous and when I'm usually impartial to Robert De Niro, I think him (basically) impersonating Marlon Brando was just excellent. LOVED all the period scenes even though it got a little confusing in Michael's story. I literally had the thought 'there are just too many old men right now', how true. But regardless, fabulous.

The Godfather

I think this is a time when the hype really lives up to the film. Good show! It was classy, it was dark, it was twisted, it was satisfying. Everything department on this film was just grand. Phenomenal acting, beautiful cinematography, great story, fantastic costumes, props and sets. Fabulous. Made 3 hours not feel like 3 hours!!

The Misfits
The Misfits(1961)
½

While watching this movie I felt like I was back in high school English again, reading plays about isolationism. AND for once in my life I was watching Marilyn Monroe without mentally making fun of her performance... and I kinda wish her character had ended up with Clift's character.
I think if this had been written as a play, it would have been fabulous, but I do understand the freedoms of the screen (like having horses) but the *deep meaning* of it might have come out stronger and better.
Overall, I dunno. I'm kinda mixed on it.

Rushmore
Rushmore(1998)
½

I think this was my least favorite Wes Anderson film, however I really liked Bill Murray in it. And that's a plus and a rarity. (Sorry, Bill Murray fans). But I really found it funny, especially Mason Gamble. Hilarious kid.
I think Anderson strays from his usual themes in this film and that's what I didn't like about it. But, like I said, the humor was there.

Whip It
Whip It(2009)

I read the script a few months back at my internship and HAD to see it after that. I really didn't think it was all that bad! First of all, I got a huge kick out of seeing bits of Austin (where I'm from) but I think it was translated over to film rather well! I love me some fast paced action so I was all for it! And Daniel Stern (whom I adore) and Marcia Gay Harden (whom I also adore!) were fantastic. And when is Ellen Page not fantastic, please, I'd like to know. :)

The Lady Eve
The Lady Eve(1941)
½

Hah! Delightful!! I'm not sure who was the bigger scene stealer, Barbra Stanwyck or Henry Fonda, I loved them both. Fonda was sweet and naive while Stanwyck was closer to her Ball of Fire role, witty and fiery and perfect! The story lagged a bit here and there, but the humor kept me going.

Ponyo
Ponyo(2009)

This is the CUTEST MOVIE EVAAAR!!!! OMG!!! This might be one of my very favorite Miyazaki films. Adorable. Clever, beautiful, sweet and beautifully-other-worldly. Gorgeous. And with some amazing voice talents, how can you go wrong? Liam Neeson (and character) being my favorite part.
Loved it!!

Howl's Moving Castle
½

I didn't like as much as other Miyazaki films, but it was still entertaining to watch, very beautiful and creative. Especially with Billy Crystal's voice in it.

Princess Mononoke (Mononoke-hime)
½

I LOVED this movie when it came out! Loved it even more when I fully understood when I got older. You might think that nature movies would get redundant and preachy, but this film is just masterful and with voices like Minnie Driver, Billy Crudup, Claire Danes and Gillian Anderson, how the hell can you go wrong?

Spirited Away
½

A lovely and creative story. A beautiful story of strength and courage.

My Neighbor Totoro
½

Cutest movie!! Sweet, innocent and simply lovely.

Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation

Was this supposed to be funny? I found it to be a damn headache. The funniest part was the bird watching bit. But other than that I thought that it was trying. It seemed like the Simpsons would parody, or already have. Personally, I would have killed everyone in that family except for Stewart and O'Hara...

Strictly Ballroom
½

"Vivir con miedo es como vivir en medias."
I thoroughly enjoyed this film!! It was bright! It was jazzy! It was fun! It was unique! And above all.... AUSTRALIAN! Baz Luhrmann will never cease to visually dazzle me. Gorgeous and sweet!

Woman on Top
Woman on Top(2000)

Other than crazy sexy Penelope Cruz, I think Harold Perrineau was my favorite part! Sassy crossdresser. Fab! However, I think the story kinda lacked and shouldn't have ended like it did (she went back to the jerk who cheated on her?! Really?!) ... BUT! I did like the fairytale aspect of it (I'm such a sucker for that kind of stuff) and it was pretty sexy.

The Duchess
The Duchess(2008)

Holy costumes! And Holy Evil Ralph Fiennes! Can this guy play a nice guy, like ever? Whatever. He does evil so well. Even though I don't have a particular liking to children, I found this pretty cruel. (Funny the only other film I've thought that about was another Ralph Fiennes film...) Still, I think the acting was fine and the costumes were phenomenal. And as for Keira Knightley, I could watch that woman run around in pretty, period dresses all day and not have a problem with it.

Fame
Fame(1980)

I think I expected it to be more musically. But I would have honestly classified it more as a drama than a musical. Still, I liked the story and the ways that different kids had different problems. It's been done to death by now but it was still interesting to watch. And of course the fantastic teen performers, Barry Miller and Paul McCrane were my favorites, but Gene Anthony Ray was also fantastic and Lee Curreri was the cutest kid in the whole thing.
I think now this would have worked better as a TV show series, to expand on all the stories, oh wait, that's called Glee. Still, expected more songs, but still entertaining and hard to watch at times.

Evita
Evita(1996)
½

Haha! Antonio Banderas' part was the best bit. I think his kind of phantom character/ narrator role was very good and witty. And I thought Madonna did a fantastic job, too bad she hasn't done that since with acting. With a more analytical look, I thought it interesting the two (technically) main characters were white, Madonna and Pryce. But in Madonna's defense, she can sing and dance really well and pulled off the look very well.
The biggest thing that grated on me what the full on opera-style musical. And the fact it's and Andrew Lloyd Webber musical wears on the brain a bit. >_<

A Star Is Born
½

Wow, I was expecting more... About an hour in I was bored and confused. it wasn't until I read turfseer's review was some of my confusion explained. About the production stills and lost footage, etc and it's one of those things where I understand that they couldn't have done anything about it, but yikes does it really rake on the flow of storytelling.
Anyway, if you're looking for a flashy stage musical, this isn't it. But if you do want to hear powerful, belting Judy Garland songs, this is your film! And it does sound bolder than Wizard of Oz (LOVE it, and the only other Garland I'd seen before this). 'Somewhere There's a Someone' was the most amusing and cute number, while Garland's breakdown in the dressing room and then having to pull it together for another take was really powerful and shows how actors have to do it. Respect.
Now as for story, the focus seemed to vacillate between Blodgett and Maine. Who was the story really about? I liked the last hour, but it could have been severely edited. Almost 3 hours?! Sheesh. I dunno, I expected more and it could have been better. A lot better.

Peter Pan
Peter Pan(1960)

I loved this movie as a kid, but I should probably give it another watch.

Little Shop of Horrors
½

Oh, Rick Moranis... what has happened to your career? You were so good!! Still a horror film made into a musical. With Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, it HAS to be gold. And with Steve Martin and Bill Murray as the new Jack Nicholson, priceless. And the constant back up singers were always good for a subtle crack. :D

The Producers
½

"Wait, that's not my life. Somebody else's life is flashing before my eyes." Hah!
I'm sorry, I was thoroughly entertained. Matthew Broderick's expression kept me laughing the whole time and of course the lyrics were phenomenal, the choreography was pretty good (I thought!) and I loved the acting although Ms. Uma Thurman's accent slipped a few times, but oh well. The main thing is that Lane and Broderick were fantastic together. Such great stage presence.

Up
Up(2009)

Cute. Very cute. And very funny. AND (this is a big shocker...) HUGELY creative. A kids film about an old guy. Brills, Pixar. Imaginative and completely gorgeous. Loved it. Loved Doug. :D

Ace Ventura - When Nature Calls
½

Not as funny as the first, but just as lewd. It had some funny parts, but really, Carrey was the gold, as usual. Despite what many want to write him off as, he's amazing.

Ace Ventura: Pet Detective

When I was a kid, I loved this movie. Had no idea what it meant, but loved it. And above all, above all story, above all acting and everything, Jim Carrey is ah-mazing. Hands down comic genius. Hnads down.

Marie Antoinette

So I LOVE the Coppola film and had to see it for comparison. I think some of the historical parts were romanticized and especially since the '35 Hays Act. Anyway, GLORIOUS costumes, fantastic acting by Shearer and in many ways a more heart-wrenching tale than the modern one. Still, I really loved it. One of those films I really wish had been in color... it would have been spectacular...

Monkey Business
½

Haha! Loved it! Cary Grant and Ginger Rogers are just masters of physical comedy. It's one thing to act young, it's another thing to have your expressions look young. Hilarious!
Not the best screwball comedy I've ever seen, but certainly had it's funny parts! Strange they feature this as a Marilyn Monroe film when she certainly wasn't the best part of it, sorry Marilyn.

The Men Who Stare at Goats
½

What is it about Kevin Spacey that makes him such a fantastic bad guy? I don't know, but he does it just so damn well. Amusing satire, regardless. Funny and offensive all in the same go. There were so rough spots in the plot, but in the end I liked the light-hearted symbolic meaning. Yeah, a comedy had a symbolic ending, novelty!

Peggy Sue Got Married

Erm. I think I was expecting more. Had some funny moments, but for a genre "comedy" it was far too sappy. Although Nicolas Cage's ridiculous voice was an interesting point, but hardly a selling point. I dunno, I was expecting many more laughs and a lot less love-loss, love stuff. Bleh. Don't need to watch it again...
It also kinda lagged a lot in the middle. A lot a lot.

Penelope
Penelope(2006)

It definitely lulled in the middle and a few other parts. But it was still a cutey. I love fairy tales and love, so this was some winners. Plus James McAvoy is crazy fucking hot. So yummy. And Catherine O'Hara is genius always and forever.

Sister Act
Sister Act(1992)
½

LOL funny and cute. I remember this being huge when I was a kid (4 when it came out) finally glad to see it though!
Funny how they never actually said "witness protection".
LOVE Maggie Smith.

Casablanca
Casablanca(1942)

Aww, as sentimental as the next guy. I'm not a big Bogie girl, but I really liked him and his character. Though I found Claude Rains character to be just as likeable as Bogie's. Huh. Oh, and EXCELLENT lighting, Ingrid Bergman looked positively shimmering at times. Gorgeous.
Peter Lorre just makes a film by being in it, he doesn't have to do anything and be awesome.

Breakfast at Tiffany's
½

I once saw this on a plane to Italy. I don't remember liking it a whole lot, but considering my recent furthered love of Miss Hepburn, I'm going to have to give it another watch.
Second watch: Okay, A LOT better than I originally thought.... Loved the story, I really want to read the book now! I loved the superficiality of class and wealth. However I wonder the cat was not listed in the cast, what an amazing cast. But Mickey Rooney as an Asian man is all kinds of racially offensive.... just saying...

Honey, I Blew Up the Kid
½

I remember liking this movie when I was a kid. As an adult, I see the bad CGI. How much money did this movie cost? Filming on the strip?! Sheesh! Too bad it's not a great movie. But cute.

D2: The Mighty Ducks

I remember LOVING this movie when I was a kid. Liked all the new additions, but I'm going to have to rewatch and rejudge.

The Mighty Ducks

Oh, hot shot film reviewers can go screw themselves. This movie is a cutie. And feel-good family films have a market. Plus, if there is a 3 movie franchise, then obviously they made money, probably more money than those film reviewers have ever earned. *snub*
And little itty bitty Josh Jackson is just the cutest thing ever.

Run Lola Run
Run Lola Run(1999)

All right, ready to write this. Things I liked: the running, the screaming, the differences in people's lives by just a few seconds (even if some of them were a little hard to believe...). Things I didn't like as much: the predictability, I knew as soon as she came back the first time, he would die and then they would both die or live. BUT I also liked the video game aspect.
This start rating is the first time I've had so much trouble, anywhere from 2-3.5 stars....but I'm nice and usually round up... so....

All About My Mother (Todo sobre mi madre)
½

WHAT? How have I not reviewed this movie yet? I watched this for extra credit in Spanish class and really ended up liking it. It's a gripping, extremely harsh story about sexual identity, HIV and family. Odd combo, right? Plus hottie Penelope Cruz is fantastic as always.

Fast Times At Ridgemont High
½

Definitely had its good moments. I really liked Judge Reinhold, his character and his acting. And Sean Penn was quite good; the interactions with him and the teacher, made me wish I had more gusto in high school. However I found it REALLY over dramatized. So much sex to the point of trashy, really.

Volver
Volver(2006)
½

My mom saw this film before I did and called it "strange", but I don't see why, I liked it. This is my second Almodovar film and I've come to realize his films are a little non traditional, but at the end of the day, I still really like them. There's something meaty in the story that just sticks with you long after it's done and that is worthwhile.
My only qualm (and it is small) is that Penelope Cruz is FAR too gorgeous to be a maid. I mean, get real people...

Wild America
Wild America(1997)

Cutesy kid movie, but I got a little bored half way through. But some really nice scenery!

The Red Shoes

Slightly bizarre, but still beautifully filmed. Was anyone else slightly bothered by the kinda strangely put close up shots? Not a rating killer by any means but slightly distracting. I appreciated the trick photography and great use of color. The ending was pretty damn good too. Wasn't quite expecting that. I'm glad I randomly selected this film on Netflix.

The Last Picture Show
½

How have I not rated this before?! I LOVE this movie. I bizarre, but innocent little snap shot in the process of the loss of innocence and the growth of the world. Not an easy movie to watch all the time, but nonetheless an undisputed classic!

Jurassic Park

There is nothing better than dinosaurs on an island. It blends the old film world puppets with the CGI of the new film world and does so perfectly.

The Secret Garden

For a child's film, this is beautifully done. Rich colors, amazing mansion and fantastic acting on all parts. Especially Maggie Smith, naturally.

Hook
Hook(1991)

One of the few best Spielberg films. The acting absolutely could not be better. The production design was so creative and detailed. Love it.

American Beauty

I think it would be redundant to say it has some of the most amazing cinematography I've ever seen.

Marie Antoinette

This film redeemed Sofia Coppola for me. It might have been kinda slow paced, but the visual was just so pretty, I couldn't care. It never gets too dark or gritty, but the simple lightly color of the film blends with the French Rococo art.

His Girl Friday

Best screwball comedy I have seen yet. Howard Hawks is utterly brilliant and before his time in this. Grant is phenomenal. I could watch this movie every day for the rest of my life and still laugh at all the jokes.

River of No Return

A western. A Marilyn Monroe flick. Of course I had to see this. And it was just as bad as I was expecting. Now I usually don't demerit a film for bad "special effects" but this was a little absurd. I mean, was I ever supposed to believe Marilyn was on that raft? I don't see how. Awful. And when the Native American comes on the raft only to rip Marilyn's shirt as she screams helplessly. OMFG. Let's get real here people.

Lady Jane
Lady Jane(1986)
½

I so rarely cry, but leave it to Helena Bonham Carter and Cary Elwes to do it. Dumb sweet, young romance. Henry the VIII and his aftermath is one of the most fascinating times in history to me, so I loved it in that sense, even if this wasn't all entirely true. Hey, it's Hollywood. But I still loved the story and the lesson. And I do love period piece. I loved the costumes, the acting, the story, the casting, everything. Even the stony end with Queen Mary.

Scarface
Scarface(1932)

I wanna say I liked this one better than the remake. I liked it because for 1932 this was really violent. Not gorey, nor bloody, but a lot more deaths than in any film I've seen from around this era. And on top of that I've got to say the cinematographer was on top of his game here, it's one of the few films were I actually noticed the fantastic lighting and camera movement combined. If you're a lover of the Brian de Palma remake, you gotta see this.

Murder on the Orient Express
½

I do love me a good murder mystery and I used to read Agatha Christie as a kid. And Then There Were None was one of my very favorites and this was certainly in that kind of fashion. Sneaky. I liked it. And loved the talent, none better than Albert Finney. Even though I have never read this exact book, I know the Christie style and I thought this was very well done and cinematically interesting.

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

Heartbreaking and inspiring. I think Jimmy Stewart was excellently cast for this because he portrayed it just so well from a starry-eyed kid to a pushed-to-insanity man. The story was shrewd and flowed really well as I expected it to. It's a harsh and unfortunately, a fairly honest look at US politics and it's very clear why it's such an amazing classic.

You Can't Take It With You

I had NO idea Jimmy Stewart could be so young. But what a funny, sweet social comedy!! I thought it was really great even with it's rather typical storyline. And all the awkward moments were absolutely hysterical. I loved it and I'm not a big Jimmy Stewart girl!

The Big Sleep

Not my favorite noir, but a classic to be sure. I got a little mixed up when it came to all the turns and twists, but if I watched it again, I think it would become clearer. Still, I do love some 40s movies with some amazing acting!

U2 3D
U2 3D(2007)

I do believe this is actually the closest I have ever gotten to having a religious experience. Ever. Never mind the 3D aspect, the amazing shots that these cameras captured were unique for absolutely any concert footage I have ever seen. Amazing. Amazing! I want this on DVD so freaking bad.

U2 Go Home: Live from Slane Castle (U2's Beautiful Day)

All the pain and beauty of filming a concert in Ireland a few days after Bono's father's death. It's Irish, it's angry and it's perfect.

U2: Rattle and Hum

This is fabulous. Beautifully recorded. With or Without You and it's subtle amazing colors brings me to my knees every single time without fail. I love their commentary, love the renditions. I watch this on my iPod before bed quite often. Never fails to make me happy.

The French Connection
½

God, I do love me some good old gritty, grainy filmstock work. I really do. I really loved the visual of the entire thing. The bluesy cold New York. The excellent light and shadow work. Call me a dork, but I did. I also liked the story and how it wasn't over Hollywood-ized. Not to mention some of the most tense and long chase scenes. The car chase, which is raved about is of course fabulous. Even the tailing of Alain Charnier was very stressful and the awesome, nails-on-a-chalkboard type music didn't help with that.

V for Vendetta

Having never read the comic book, I thought it was fantastic. I feel like I'm joining the crowd late on this one, but I thought it was elegantly written, fantastically filmed, very well cast, and amazingly good production design and artistically arranged. I thought Natalie Portman was stellar and Hugo Weaving, or his voice more or less, could be cast as cockroach and still do a fantastic job and of course Stephen Rea immediately caught my attention the whole time.

People Will Talk
½

What a bizarre film. No, really. The first time I tried to watch it, I gave up about 30 minutes in. I tried again and got through it but was man, it was strange. This is most certainly NOT a romantic comedy of any kind and there is a kind of split interest going on here, Grant's relationship with Crain and Grant's relationship with Currie, something I could never quite figure out, either. In the end, I'm not even sure I really *liked* it as a film, but it was still well done in terms of storytelling. Strange.

Father Goose
Father Goose(1964)
½

What a cute movie! I felt really bad for Cary Grant for like the first half though, I would have beaten those kids for stealing my stuff, but it turned out well enough! It was really funny and the whole thing flowed really well. LOVED seeing Mr. Grant all un-sophisticated!

Penny Serenade
½

Such a sad-y! My biggest problem with this film was the time passage in records. Cutting back to Irene Dunne and all she did was change records, circle into "a few years" later deal and it got old. There are better ways to tell passage of time. That aside, Cary Grant's cracking voice in the courtroom teared me up. The man is such an acting god.

Don't Bother to Knock

Whoa. Marilyn Monroe freaked me out!! I didn't even know she could act! Hah! I'm impressed there was acting and I did like the story especially for 1952. A good psycho story always does me well. I liked it and it drew me in from the very beginning. I'd totally watch this again, if not only for Marilyn's CRAZY eyes.

Gilda
Gilda(1946)
½

I'm not sure what it was, but I was just NOT captured by the story at all. I was just kinda bored and followed along, but was not captivated by the story or characters.
However, it was gorgeously shot and Rita Hayworth is, well, Rita Hayworth! She is about as classy as a woman can get. It's a beautiful noir and for those things alone, I'll give it 3.5 stars, but the story doesn't really measure up to that. Also, I gotta say that every third word was "Johnny". Exhausting.

Hairspray
Hairspray(1988)
½

I still haven't gotten used to John Waters style, but I am getting there. Definitely has a Grease vibe, but sillier. Much sillier. What social class was in Cry Baby was segregation was in this. Still, it was well acted on Miss Lake's part and Divine was fantastic. I'm looking forward to seeing the remake, I heard it was good. Plus, the wigs, were fantastically ridiculous. Loved it.

La Vie en Rose (La Mome)

I feel like this was the female, French version of Capote. Both drilling, hard biopics that were utterly and completely career defining for their leads. Brilliantly acted. Brilliant. It was confusing at points with the time line and were exactly we were in her life, but still the heart of the story was there. I've also got to give a serious nod to wardrobe and make up in this film, it was just done so beautifully.
Lastly, I've got to give props to the world's most amazingly long dolly shot. It goes from 1:42:40 to 1:47. Ah mazing.

Interview with the Vampire

Two things this movie taught me:
A) Tom Cruise cannot pull off long hair.
B) Brad Pitt should not have long hair.
Other than that, it was very pretty and only kinda gorey. I also loved Kirsten Dunst's performance. Awesome spoiled brat. Antonio Banderas was a tad creepy looking that pale, it's just not natural on him. Also, I've never read the books, but the plot followed well and I know it's a part of a series, so good twist ending there. And I am a sucker for dark films and pretty dresses, so there's a big plus.

Taken
Taken(2009)
½

Was it just me or were most of the women in the movie whiny, annoying, ungrateful bitches? The daughter and ex-wife annoyed me the most! Whatever, I'll over look that for the moment. Still eye-dizzying action and some pretty wicked shooting moves did make it entertaining at the very least. And the did shoot quite a bit of that in Paris, which is cool. I was confused at times with the plot, but hey, what can you expect of an action movie? (How many people want to knife a pop star?) But seriously, it seemed like Liam Neeson was doing a whole lot and never got much back. Karaoke machine, saving her life, singing lessons. Sheesh. Ungrateful.

Almost Famous
½

This is one of those movies I had been meaning to see for ages, just never did. Wow. It was really a beautiful, feel good movie. LOVED Frances McDormand, I think she cracked me up more than anything. Kate Hudson, wow, I think this was the first role I liked her in. Jason Lee was fantastic and so was Billy Crudup. And of course, Patrick Fugit. Awesome. Sweet. Likeable and very relateable. I think it really did an awesome job of portraying the mindset of rock god-ery and idolism and more importantly, it's faults. It also says so much for the story that Penny and Russell didn't end up together. Says loads. Overall, really, really well done. This might get bumped up to a full on 5 stars upon later mental stewing.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
½

I've heard some grumping about this movie, I can't really see why... I really, really, on-the-verge-of-love liked it. Honestly, it flowed really well and yes, it was 2.5 hours, but it didn't really feel that long. I agree with the label of "the new Forrest Gump" but I thought the romance in this film was even better. No offense to Tom Hanks. Also, it was completely gorgeous. Excellent camera and lighting work. Really beautiful. Even though I have never read the original short story, I liked that they placed in New Orleans, something which I didn't even pick up on until the very end.
And lastly, CGI. I could still tell what was Brad Pitt and what wasn't Brad Pitt. But I was more impressed by all the airbrushing. I forgot how tasty Brad Pitt was in his younger years.

Big
Big(1988)
½

I re-watched this and I gotta say how freaking hilarious this film is. And how well acted! As a kid, I did not appreciate how hard it must be to be an adult and totally act as a carefree child, but Tom Hanks makes it look so easy. And it is SO much funnier as an adult. A plus I want his studio apartment SO badly. With the toys and all. Bad ass.

Ball of Fire
Ball of Fire(1941)

Ah. A dilemma every English dork struggles with. Kinda reminded me of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs but modern. Very cute and funny. Gary Cooper kinda surprised me in this, the only other movie I had seen before this was High Noon, but his refined nature in this was well played. And I loved Barbara Stanwyck, loved her carefree nature in this.

High Noon
High Noon(1952)

I had to watch this for a History of Cinema class. But I actually kinda liked it. We used it to study the three act structure. But I liked the story and I LOVE Grace Kelly. Again, I don't like 90% of westerns, but this has made it into that slim 10%.
Awesome.

The Amazing Quest of Ernest Bliss (The Amazing Adventure)(Romance and Riches)

Holy transitions! I'm shocked I didn't see star wipe. I have to say for a 1937 film, it had really, really low production value. Typical, sweet story, but yet again, it is a Cary Grant film, therefore it earns something. Entertaining, but not overly.

She Done Him Wrong
½

Not as good as "I'm No Angel" and I think I missed some of the story somehow cause I really didn't understand the suicidal girl from the beginning and what her part was. And I really wished Cary Grant had a bigger part, but then again, don't I always?

Pinocchio
Pinocchio(1940)
½

Not my favorite Disney film by a long shot, but still very interesting

I'm No Angel
I'm No Angel(1933)
½

Mae West makes this with her witty, clever, confident comments. Sassy! Love it. She is fab and has one of the world's greatest actors by her side making her look even better. Loved it.

Only Angels Have Wings

*sigh* This is proof not all Cary Grant movies are good. The acting was great, of course, but the story was just severely lacking. Just at no point was I really intrigued or concerned by the characters. I'm not sure where all these positive reviews come from, but to each their own I guess. Bit of a sweet ending.

Memoirs of a Geisha

I must say I think it was a very faithful adaptation to the book. Perhaps because of that reading, I did not find as dull as other reviewers on here. Visually, it was very pretty, but this story is about social class, structure with a lite touch on love. It's about a geisha, not a girlfriend. I liked it a lot, but that was me. I found all the actors to be fantastic and very bit of it captivating.

Stormy Weather

I've seen a lot of dance movies, but I have got to say that the end routine in this film just blows them all out of the water. It's phenomenal! The story here is pretty thin, but since when does anyone watch a musical for story? As blasphemous as this may be, it's a pity they didn't film in Technicolor. It would have popped fantastically. Still, entertainment in one of it's purest forms.

Walk, Don't Run

Holy Cary Grant in his boxers! Loved that. Freaking priceless and it may have been his last film, but damn, he went out in style. Grant is easily and obviously the best part of this film and he is pure brilliance. Can't say quite as much for the story, but it was still a cute little romantic comedy and I'll give plot and setting a + for originality.

My Man Godfrey
½

Not my favorite screwball comedy, but definitely a cutie. Kinda reminded me of Bringing Up Baby, lots of lunatics. But I guess that's the charm. It does have one of those tricky social awareness underlying morals hidden in there. Sneaky 30s. I will have to check out the Thin Man series now.

Auntie Mame
Auntie Mame(1958)

NEVER have I seen such a stylish set. Massive props on that.
Rosalind Russell is a goddess. And anyone who says otherwise should be done away with. Yes, it was a bit long and dragged at times, but the comedy was so witty and on the ball that who cares?!
I loved this. It's such a perfect film and perfect comedy!

There's No Business Like Show Business

Flashly and splashy and exactly what 50s musicals are. Most numbers were visually appealing and catchy. Not all, but most. The story was pretty nice too even if a little dull and contrived at times.

Burn After Reading
½

In terms of story it really reminded me of a CIA - based retelling of Fargo. And I think I liked Fargo better. However it was still funny, and Brad Pitt just fucking made it for me. I think he plays a fantastic airhead. And it wasn't until his *erm* exit, was I even reminded this was a Coen brothers flick. They are just super amazing at showing people at the ends of their ropes, and in both here and Fargo, incompetent criminals all around, pushed to their limits. Ultimately no one had heart (character-wise) in this film and it was hard to like any of them. With the exception of Brad Pitt's character.

Benny & Joon
Benny & Joon(1993)
½

This film was worth watching because I LOVE vaudeville physical comedy and Johnny Depp doing it?! Oh dear. Best thing ever. Once more I was struck by how YOUNG Johnny Depp is and the lack of make up and costumes on him and his face. Very cute, very sweet. Really liked it!

Stranger Than Fiction
½

I was very pleasantly surprised by this film. I thought it had an excellent story, wonderful casting and even something I thought as odd, but FABULOUS locations. Gorgeously dressed and wonderful spacing on this awesome locations. That's something I rarely note in a film. This film was cute, funny, sweet and serious, modern and with a very, very humorous look at a writer's job.

Pee-wee's Big Adventure
½

This was a must see at some point. It's a Tim Burton film after all...
I think what cracked me up the best was the Hollywood interpretation of his adventure at the end. LOL! Very clever. Even his ride through WB studios. Funny!
Didn't see a lot of the Tim Burton style, but he was still a youngin at this point. The portrayal of Texas hurt my heart a little...

Buffy the Vampire Slayer
½

On the one hand, I have seen all 7 seasons of Buffy the TV show. But this did start it all. So I DID like the vampire appearance changes in the TV show, but I actually really liked this and I'm glad they developed the TV show from it. Luke Perry was a few years before my time and damn, I do see what the fuss was about...
Still, it's your basic campy 80s teen video (yes, technically it was made in 1992, but the 80s is so, so present in it). Though, it weirds me out Paul Reubens is a vampire...

Cry-Baby
Cry-Baby(1990)

The WEIRDEST thing about watching this film was seeing Johnny Depp so young and so... well... natural. Think of Pirates, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, hell, even Edward Scissorhands, he always has a lot of make up. This was refreshing. I knew this was popular, but not mainstream I never expected this... this was very, very, very weird, but I dug it! Quirky, but funny and very satirical in a sense. I all ready know I'm going to have to watch it again.

Young Frankenstein
½

There is no better to act loud crazy than Gene Wilder. I think this is one of Brooks' best, Spaceballs always being number 1. Still, Peter Boyle was a fantastic monster, Madeline Kahn is great as always. Some of the jokes were basic, but hey, I still laughed.

Annie Hall
Annie Hall(1977)
½

I really loved some of the stylistic and story elements. They were hilarious. I also just adore Woody Allen's kind of stumbling-for-his-lines delivery, he's so one of a kind. I gotta say I think this may have been one of the earliest of the modern romantic dramadey. Definitely a role-definer.
LOVE the random little one line and single shot of Jeff Goldblum!!!!

500 Days of Summer

Call me young and in my 20somethings, but I LOVED this. It was real, it was harsh, it was funny, it was clever, it was beautiful. It reminded me of a younger, lighter-hearted Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. I simply adored Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Zooey Deschanel was gorgeous and fabulously cold.

The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day
½

Troy Duffy delivers what he has promised again. There were still some beautiful shots and about as good violence scenes, probably not quite as good as the first. The story was VERY similar to the first, though enough twists to keep my attention. I liked it. I watched it on Netflix, but I will have to buy it. Yup.

Fargo
Fargo(1996)

Wow. Did this film teach me the little girl from Texas something about Minnesota. I thought southern accents were awful. Oi. Was I wrong.
What is amazing about this film is that it very beautifully and subtly blends two very different ways of life in a very isolated place. There's the country that can't get out a sentence without including 'um', 'oh', 'yeah' and 'ah,geez' and there are the more hardened urban types that scream 'fuck' and 'shit' five times in every sentence. And while we can balk at the country podunk atmosphere with their greasy, home-style cookin' and their suffocatingly cheap decor, they win overall, don't they? I must say the violence set against the whited out plains was at times a bit shocking, but still sat thematically beautiful within the film.
Even as the credits rolled I was still trying to figure out my feelings on this film, but the stunning shots and twisted story convinced me that this truly is an epic film for the ages.
A sidenote: Steve Buscemi can just never win in a film can he? He's always dying. Most of the time violently.

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
½

It got a lot better as it went. I was torn about the film, because I am not a huge fan of Bill Murray, but I really love Wes Anderson, Owen Wilson and Willem Dafoe. So it was a toss up. Also, pleasantly shocked at Matthew Gray Guber's first major acting appearance as the Intern.
It wasn't my favorite Wes Anderson film, but it very much rang true to what he does best. Awkward "family" comedies that re-define what family is. There were definitely a few twists that caught me off guard. I didn't totally and completely love it, but I didn't hate it either. LOVED Owen Wilson in it. It's strange to see him in such a totally normal role for once.

Monty Python's The Meaning of Life

I've gotten about half way through and had to stop. Better review coming. LOVED the sex ed part.

Monty Python's Life of Brian
½

BEST part.... the last song.... of course. ALWAYS love Monty Python.

The Darjeeling Limited

I actually really liked this. Wes Anderson is as Wes Anderson does, is a true mantra for this (and all) Anderson films. The basic set up of this story reminded me of Bottle Rocket, with a dash of Royal Tenenbaums all set in India. The colors were completely stunning and striking. Very well done.
Did Jason Schwartzman remind anyone else of a Luke Wilson-ish character? His style made me think Luke was supposed to be in this originally, but decided he didn't want to go to India. Or perhaps that's because Jason was the Luke character in Bottle Rocket. Whatever. Still loved it.

Europa Europa
½

I very crazy, trippy WW2 film. Whhhaat? Still it's a very interestingly and well done film.

Confessions of a Shopaholic

I'll give it this much. It was cute. Hugh Dancy is quite yummy to look at and Isla Fisher pulls off comedy very well. It's like Legally Blonde meets The Devil Wears Prada. I had some laughs and a good pick for 'wanting something brainless'. I wasn't disappointed. Probably will never need to watch it again.

The Invisible

I was surprisingly UNimpressed by this. The trailer looked cool... then again... trailers usually look cool.

Velvet Goldmine

I watched this years ago and it was certainly visually striking. Interesting. I think I need to watch it again....

Muppets From Space

Sadly, I was expecting more.... I LOVED the old Muppet Movies that were so clever, but this was mainly directed at kid humor with not enough for adults to appreciate it. Sad, Muppets usually carry a huge potential.

Bottle Rocket

Wow. All THREE Wilson brothers were in this movie. Even Andrew Wilson, who looks and sounds like Owen. I loved this quirky comedy AND actually REALLY enjoyed Owen Wilson, not just Luke. Now that is truly a first, people. A great little independent film that was so geeky and funny that it was adorably realistic. Love it. Wes Anderson, you are growing on me, sir.

Charlie's Angels
½

I watched this on a bus once. A little bit more clever than its sequel. I guess not being a 18- 25 year old white male, I don't exactly LOVE this film....

Charlie's Angels - Full Throttle

I thought I had seen this before. I was wrong. My roommate likes this because "it's goofy". And yet the message that kept blaring at me was "ATTENTION ATTENTION ALL 18-25 WHITE MALES. YOU WILL LIKE THIS." And that was about all.
Demi Moore was smoking though... I'll give her that much.

Men in Black II

One of my "I don't wanna think so let's put in a crappy movie" nights. Boy, did I get this one right. I honestly think the first one was much better, it at least tried to be serious, as this.... did not. Light of Sgjonewrv? Or whatever? Please. Did you get that out of a Ed Wood film? I still like all these actors, but I think 2002 must have been a slow year...

An American Tail

I am fairly certain that there are no bad Don Bluth films. This included. Though I think I liked the sequel better.

An American Tail - Fievel Goes West

I ADORED this movie as a child. Not sure why, I think I loved the animation. Now I marvel that Jimmy Stewart and John Cleese were voices in here! Things you learn in your later years!

Clueless
Clueless(1995)
½

You know you liked this movie. Everyone did. Early Donald Faison and for that matter, Brittany Murphy. I think this is the best Austen adaptation I have ever seen.

The Big Lebowski
½

This was an odd one. It had some tones that reminded me of Adaptation, not sure why. Both awkward, unusual comedies that were really very good. Jeff Bridges was fantastic! Simply brilliant. John Goodman was also fantastic and insane. Philip Seymour Hoffman was bizarrely brilliant in this as well. Most of the time I am positive whether or not I like a film, this one gave me ridiculously good laughs, but I think I could watch it again in maybe 5, or 10 years.

A Perfect Getaway
½

The film kinda lost me on the 10-minute black-and-white flashback scene. Felt like I was watching a really long music video. I gotta say the scenery was absolutely fantastic. Gorgeous. But I gotta say, I was never really sure who the main couple was. The first couple or the second. It's like the writer couldn't make up his mind. Some nice gory violence. That's always nice. But really, the scenery was the best.

Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief
½

Ok, so I saw this at midnight when it came out... I have since seen it 3 times total. If you want a straight up book adaptation, look elsewhere, friends, for this is not that. And with good reason! Percy Jackson is very episodic, film CANNOT be like that. I'm a tad confused why the sub plot in the book became the main plot in the movie, but whatever. Here's the crux of it all.... I was still fabulously entertained. Logan Lerman did not dissappoint for a single second, his mannerisms gave a whole new life to the character. Brandon Jackson was hilarious with kid and adult humor. Uma Thurman... could not be a better psycho Medusa. And I simply loved Kevin McKidd! First thing I've seen him in. Also, who can overlook Mr. James Bond as a centaur. Fabulous.
I'm not sure what these 48% of critics have shoved up their asses... I thought it was great. Oh, I bet too many are comparing this to Harry Potter (which amusingly enough, same director for the first two movies) but for serious.... stand back, wizards, the demigods will nicely hand your asses to you.

Armageddon
Armageddon(1998)

Was.... was that fire in space? I think it was. Huh. Didn't think that was possible.
It had some really great, pretty shots and edited like a music video. I really hate Liv Tyler and there were some moments that reminded me of Pearl Harbor... oh wait.... same director and a same actor. Huh.
I did like Billy Bob Thorton. :)

Night at the Museum

It had some laughs. Shocked Dick Van Dyke was in it. Not the worst movie I've ever seen. Also, didn't HATE Ben Stiller in it either. Weird.

Something Is Killing Tate
½

This was something found randomly on Netflix. The synopsis sounded interesting and it wasn't too long, so what the hell. I was pleasantly surprised by this film. It had a few twists in the end I wasn't expecting and got a little vengeance satisfied by. A nicely dramatic movie, the only thing missing story-wise is a proper catalysis for the story.

Capote
Capote(2005)

A Hitchcockian paced film, most certainly. A chilling look into not just the story of the gruesome Kansas murders, but Capote's obsession into delving into the twisted minds of those murderers. Philip Seymour Hoffman has come a long, long way from playing Dusty in Twister. His performance in this film was sheer brilliance and I can't even begin to understand how to would have attempted to get into this character. From his voice, to the appearance, to the mannerisms, he was fantastic.

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
½

Marilyn being classically Marilyn. Funny how diamonds are a girl's best friend reminded me of Moulin Rouge! Still this is one of the more enjoyable early romance films. I thought it was cute and funny. And LOVE that Technicolor!!!

All About Eve

Sit back, men. The women are bringing out their claws. From the first 30 minutes I thought this was going to be another long, trudging "good for you" film, but I was surprised by the end. It was a great, powerfully acted film about ambition, usurping and greed. I did enjoy the feminist aspect taken with it, especially for the 50s. I totally enjoyed my first Bette Davis film and she was wild and crazy and perfect for the part.

Paper Moon
Paper Moon(1973)

HOW have I NEVER seen this movie before?? Correction: How the HELL have I have never seen this movie before?? This film was fabulous!! I know Tatum O'Neal won an Academy award when she was young, but had no idea this was the film for it! She was tremendous!! Her expressions and attitude. I was entranced within minutes. Ryan O'Neal was also fantastic, especially being her father and playing a father role. Fabulous. Just fabulous.

Vanity Fair
Vanity Fair(2004)

I honestly lost complete interest about half way in. Please know this NEVER happens. I loved the costumes and I like Reese Witherspoon, but it was just so stuffy and dull. Ugh.

Shakespeare in Love

When Joseph Fiennes came out of her room dressed as a woman, I near about died laughing.
This was really not the downer movie I was expecting, but as many as Romeo and Juliet filmic adaptations I have seen, this had to be one of the best, considering it's not really a Romeo and Juliet adaptation. I almost hate to admit it, but I truly believe that every actor in here was completely phenomenal. I don't care for Gwyneth much, but I'm okay with overlooking it. Geoffrey Rush was amazing as usual. Joseph Fiennes was heart-skipping (not sure that's a popular term) and it's truly a rare occasion when I say I even liked Ben Affleck!
Probably one of the best romantic, dramedies I've ever seen. Hysterical and sweet as true poetry.

How to Steal a Million

This film is sheer brilliance! It was funny, well-acted, great and tremendously clever story! I totally loved it from start to finish! Even the stealing work was very clever and funny! Especially the twists at the end!

Umberto D
Umberto D(1955)
½

Ah, Italian Neorealism. This film was alright. The bit with the dog at the end nearly killed me. Ravage a human monstrously and I will be fine. Injure a dog, and I'm coming after your blood....

Charade
Charade(1963)

I was not expecting to like it, but I'll give anything with Cary Grant AND Audrey Hepburn a try! I really loved it! Audrey is just pure grace and class and so is Cary! Good twist at the end. Didn't see it coming!

The Princess Bride

I thought I had seen this movie before, turns out, only in pieces. Cary Elwes is hysterical and gorgeous. Mandy Patinkin... awesome. Lovely dovey and great, if not a little corny.

Roxanne
Roxanne(1987)

I saw this movie AGES ago as a kid. Completely forgot about it until I saw it browsing around on Netflix. It's kinda funny, kinda cute. Kinda.

That Darn Cat!

Oooooh man... I LOVED this movie when I was a kid! No way a remake could ever redo this clever little film centered around a very clever Siamese.

Being John Malkovich
½

This and Adaptation go hand-in-hand. Welcome to the existential mind fuck. Dry and hysterical. John Malkovich is SUCH a trooper for this whole thing. And Diaz and Cusack were awesomely awesome. Quite funny. I do appreciate Charlie Kaufman's work. Totally.

Space Cowboys
½

I'm not sure you can go wrong with Clint Eastwood, Tommy Lee Jones and Donald Sutherland in a movie. Classy actors. A little hokey in the story, but hey, this many good actors, who cares?

Heavyweights
Heavyweights(1995)

Dumb roommates... why do they force me to watch movies I KNOW I won't like?! A few little chortles, but really... not all that funny and really kind of offensive. Ben Stiller is so young in this! But I can definitely see a standard be set for all his future roles. *eyeroll*

The Secret Garden

This was not exactly my favorite adaptation of this story, but it was okay. IF I remember correctly, it was filmed like a play.

Madeline
Madeline(1998)

Oh man... I saw this when it came out... YEARS ago.... really the book is MUCH better

Pink Floyd - The Wall

Would it be appropriate to just say "mind fuck"?

Labyrinth
Labyrinth(1986)
½

Holy David Bowie's pants! I think that's all I can say....

Doctor Dolittle
½

I kinda forgot how LONG this movie is. Some annoyingly catchy songs, but ultimately very dated.

The Parent Trap

I loved this movie as a kid. Hayley Mills in probably one of the better trick photography films of the 60s. I loved this one more than the Lindsay Lohan remake.

Alice in Wonderland

A trippy version of the original book, not bad, but not great. Definitely revived the interest in the novel.

True Lies
True Lies(1994)

Another AMC - battling-a-migraine movie. I gotta admit, I did not have the stomach to sit all the way through to the very end, but I can guess how it ended. I found this awful. Contrived, egoist bull. Huh, James Cameron directed this? Why am I not shocked?
Bill Paxton did render a chuckle or two.

Behind Enemy Lines

Ah-MAZE-ingly predictable plot. Wow. But it was on AMC and I was battling a migraine. Still, Owen Wilson in a serious role kept me intrigued enough to not turn it to other crappy cable shows. I did find it amusing that for the first 70% of the movie all Owen Wilson did was run....

Gladiator
Gladiator(2000)

I really need to watch this again...

Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End
½

A lot of people did not like it. I liked it. I liked the intricacy and even (eventually) the ending which made me so sad at first...

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

It wore on me with it's length, but the complicated plot and connections from the first made it interesting, like solving a visual puzzle.

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
½

Very pretty and very simple, especially from what it about to follow.

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Way more action than either of the first two, very well put together. Good adaptation.

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

One of those middle pieces in a trilogy. Still pretty good, but long.

The Lion King

I cried and cried with this movie as a kid. Still makes me tear up, but damn beautiful.

Beauty and the Beast

Beautiful and funny. "I use antlers in all of my decorating..."

101 Dalmatians
½

So cute. Loved it as a child and now.

The Simpsons Movie

Nothing you couldn't get by watching the show. Good thing I didn't pay for it.

Tim Burton's Corpse Bride

Glad to see stop motion is never truly dead. A lot cleaner than Nightmare B X-mas, but also a little less creative. Still, loved it!

Aladdin
Aladdin(1992)
½

Oh, Robin Williams makes this film. All the little mature references in there. Awesome.

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
½

Great story, beautifully done. Love Ang Lee.

Amélie
Amélie(2001)

Story: fabulous. Visually: stunning, fantastic, revolutionary, amazing. Acting: fantastic. I just hands down love EVERYTHING about this film.

Mary Poppins
Mary Poppins(1964)

I will always and forever love anything with Dick Van Dyke in it.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Gotta give it props for its age.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
½

Jack Nicholson, this is why you are an acting god. Never forget that.

It's a Wonderful Life

One of those classic Christmas films I guess.

Pocahontas
Pocahontas(1995)
½

Holy racism! Why am I shocked? Mel Gibson and Disney. Ouch.

Madagascar
Madagascar(2005)

Pretty damn funny, not gonna lie.

The Wizard of Oz

I love this film. Everything about it. Just everything. It's history, it's ingenuity, everything.

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari)
½

This was the first silent film I ever saw and it really blew me away for its inventiveness and visual style. Love German Expressionism.

Save the Last Dance
½

A classic in it's own way.

10 Things I Hate About You
½

Loved it. So many great people in one film.

An Inconvenient Truth
½

It's kind of a documentary...

Titanic
Titanic(1997)

Great graphics. Simply great. AWESOME production expenses. Impressive even for today. Acting was fairly good as well. Story? Wait, there was a story? Huh. Gee, I wonder if he'll try this again in like 12 years....

Edward Scissorhands

Johnny Depp looks like a lost, confused puppy. Amazingly well acted, and even better styled. Very well done. Very heartbreaking and warming!

Pulp Fiction
Pulp Fiction(1994)
½

Holy brain spatter!

Twister
Twister(1996)
½

Sweet. Let's go try this in real life!!

Home Alone
Home Alone(1990)

VERY cute. Original idea. Pretty clever.

Fight Club
Fight Club(1999)

Visually, this was done EXTREMELY WELL. I read the book before seeing the movie and had my doubts. Needless to say I was pretty blown away by it.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Alfonso Cuaron. Yessss. Can't go wrong!

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
½

A good sequel film. A bit darker than the first.

Jumanji
Jumanji(1995)

LOVE the concept of the story, even if it was taken from a picture book.

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

I still laugh like a complete moron while watching this. It is hysterical, and even better than the first!

Chicago
Chicago(2002)
½

Wow. Something I like Renee Zellweger in... Catherin Z-J is amazing as usual.

The Aristocats
½

Pampered, socialite cats. Love it.

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
½

Holy blood.... Tim Burton's bloodiest film to date. Visually beautiful, if not a little sickening.

The Phantom of the Opera

Egregious music, but visually stunning.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Pretty good, very nicely adapted for such an extremely complicated plot.

Back to the Future

Christopher Lloyd is my hero. <3

X-Men
X-Men(2000)

Cute effects. Liked the cartoon better.

Men in Black
Men in Black(1997)

Vincent D'Onofrio is in this!! Whhaaaatt??? Crazy. He's crazy good. I love him.

Wild Wild West
½

Ridiculous, but funny.

It Happened One Night

Not as great as I was expecting. Ah well, I watched for the Hays Act effects.

The Wedding Singer
½

One of Adam Sandler's funniest.

Tombstone
Tombstone(1993)

Forced to watch it. Not as bad as I thought it would be.

Jerry Maguire

Eh. Big when I was a kid.

Vertigo
Vertigo(1958)
½

WOW. This could have been waaay edited down. I was unexpectedly disappointed in it. Considering it's considered a classic.

The Little Shop of Horrors
½

How is Jack Nicholson in the first billed? He was in for six seconds... still it was pretty funny.

The Great Gatsby

Watched it for English extra credit. Pretty decent adaptation.

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Reminds me of my parents. Probably not a good thing.

The Virgin Suicides
½

3rd Sofia Coppola I'd ever seen. Not quite the tie breaker I expected. It was okay, not great, but not crap.

Beetlejuice
Beetlejuice(1988)

Ah, Tim Burton. How do you not love it?

Batman Forever

I should probably see this again. I barely remember it.

Batman & Robin

I barely remember watching this in theaters. Should probably see it again.

Batman Returns

Danny DeVito as The Penguin. Effin' brilliant. Effin brilliant.

Pearl Harbor
Pearl Harbor(2001)
½

Very well done, very pretty. Impossible story, but very good otherwise.

Forrest Gump
Forrest Gump(1994)

A classic? Maybe. I sure as hell don't see why.

Cast Away
Cast Away(2000)

I HATED this film when I first saw it. Long. Boring. Stupid. GAH! Wanted to punch every volleyball I saw afterward.

How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days

It's a romantic comedy, what else can be said?

Remember the Titans
½

If real life racism where that easy. Hm. Notice the lack of racial slurs that would have really existed in really life. Jus' sayin'.

The Fifth Element

I loved the colors and story wasn't half bad, really. A little ridiculous at times, but what can you expect with Bruce Willis and Chris Tucker?

Mulan
Mulan(1998)
½

Wow. A really non-racist Disney film. Good job, Disney.

Reservoir Dogs
½

Ah. Low budget films. Sometimes shows the true talent of the filmmaker. And I think Tarantino did just that. Unfortunately, ify on whether he has done that since...

Atonement
Atonement(2007)
½

Interesting story. Very interesting story. Very sad, but very good. Well done.

Chinatown
Chinatown(1974)
½

Excellent!! Total twist I was not expecting at the end!

Garden State
Garden State(2004)

The classic 20something indie film. I'm more impressed by Zach Braff writing, directing and starring in this.

Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace
½

This was the shit in fifth grade. Jar Jar. Worst. Thing. Ever. But Ewan is always nice to look at.

Charlotte's Web
½

I loved this movie as a kid. And no remake will ever out do it.

James and the Giant Peach
½

LOVE stop motion. Cute integration of real life and claymation. Very clever.

Shrek 2
Shrek 2(2004)

Saw it ages ago. Cute little story lines.

School of Rock
½

This was pretty cute if nothing else. I'd watch it again.

Mean Girls
Mean Girls(2004)

I gotta say... it was a lot funnier than I was expecting. Lots of good quotes in there.

Hancock
Hancock(2008)

Kinda original story. Note the kinda in there.

A Beautiful Mind

VERY well conceived idea, beautifully executed.

Scarface
Scarface(1983)
½

All right, violent gangsta film. Whatchu talking?

A Knight's Tale

Loved the modern integration in the past. Very cute.

The Breakfast Club

A classic. Totally and completely and still holds so true to today.

Cruel Intentions

LOVED it. Better than Dangerous Liaisons actually.

Pan's Labyrinth
½

Visually beautiful and strange. Completely immersed in it, despite the disgusting violence at times.

Hot Fuzz
Hot Fuzz(2007)
½

Ridiculously stupid.

Taxi Driver
Taxi Driver(1976)
½

I LOVED the concept of this film I truly did. Very well done.

Schindler's List

Holy God. To NOT get me started on this. Hate hate hate.

Brokeback Mountain

Ridiculously beautifully shot. Tragic, heart-breaking story.

Twelve Monkeys (12 Monkeys)

My favorite Brad Pitt performance to date.

City of Angels

Nicholas Cage eye-raping Meg Ryan. Awesome.

Patch Adams
Patch Adams(1998)
½

I remember really not liking this film when I was a kid.

Drumline
Drumline(2002)

I was in the band in high school. I appreciate it's cuteness.

The Stepford Wives
½

LOL this was originally a horror film, no? This remake didn't exactly carry the same tune.

I Am Sam
I Am Sam(2001)
½

God, I hated this movie. Had to watch it for a psych class. I liked Dakota Fanning the best.

A Christmas Story

Saw this once in a class. I'm not as in love as everyone is with it however.

Pleasantville

Very cute idea. Loved the use of color.

Girl, Interrupted

I was rather impressed by this. All of the actresses just did stellar performances.

Apocalypse Now
½

I BARELY was able to finish this movie. Sorry Coppola. I don't like a lot of your family.

Empire Records
½

I probably need to see this again. Even though I hate Liv Tyler.

Fried Green Tomatoes

I remember this movie terrifying me as a child.

Enough
Enough(2002)

So so. Eh. Good acting on JLo's part however.

The Science of Sleep

Not nearly good as ESSM, but interesting nonetheless.

Saved!
Saved!(2004)
½

VERY cute. Very, very cute.

A Time to Kill

Lovely and depressing. Gotta love watching racists and the KKK antagonize people. Was impressed by all the stars and Matthew McConaughey's performance.

Riding in Cars With Boys
½

I can't remember much about this film. I remember kinda liking it, but not overly in love.

Center Stage
Center Stage(2000)

Dancer movies are always good. Kinda.

K-PAX
K-PAX(2001)
½

Science fiction based on reality is never good.

Liar Liar
Liar Liar(1997)
½

Some funny little gags.

12 Angry Men (Twelve Angry Men)

Had to watch it for a Speech class. Not sure why now that I think about it.

Bruce Almighty
½

Morgan Freeman as God. Now THAT is a religion I will follow.

Billy Madison
½

Not Adam Sandler's best. But not his worst.

Honey, I Shrunk the Kids

Another childhood movie! Loved it!!! Rick Moranis is fabulous! Whatever happened to him?

Click
Click(2006)

My roommate was watching it. I was bored and watched too.

Monty Python and the Holy Grail
½

Quite funny. Dry British humor is always great.

Matilda
Matilda(1996)
½

Cute. Very cute.

The Little Mermaid
½

I don't think I need to review this. I mean... it's a must have in any video collection.

Beethoven
Beethoven(1992)
½

I ADORED this movie as a kid.

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
½

I never liked ET as much as everyone else did...

Homeward Bound - The Incredible Journey
½

Animals across America. Always loved Sassy. Sally Field was perfect for it.

Monsters, Inc.

VERY cute idea. I will give them that much.

Crocodile Dundee

Another childhood favorite of mine. Quite funny, though the adult humor went over my head at the time.

Robin Hood: Men in Tights
½

Hysterical. One of Mel Brooks' best!

Never Been Kissed

Completely implausible and dorky, but what can you expect from Drew Barrymore?

Sex and the City
½

I enjoy the show, I enjoyed the movie. A little long however...

Dazed and Confused
½

Not ever what I would call a realistic portrayal of teens in the 70s, but entertaining nonetheless.

Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events
½

LOVED the artistry on this film. Jim Carrey was great!

Sixteen Candles
½

Oh sexy girlfriend. I think I kinda died laughing.

Chocolat
Chocolat(2000)

This always makes me want to eat chocolate. Yum. Johnny Depp helps with that... yum.

The Brave Little Toaster

How can you not like this? It's a classic.

A Little Princess

Amazing and beautifully done! Stunning cinematography. This film proves that not all children's films have to be crappy and stupid.

It Takes Two
It Takes Two(1995)
½

This was before I had good taste in film...

Muppet Treasure Island

Effin Tim Curry. Greatest underrated actor ever. LOVE every minute with him.

The Muppets Take Manhattan

Again... how does anyone NOT love the Muppets?!?

DuckTales: The Movie - Treasure of the Lost Lamp
½

I cannot tell you how many times I watched this movie as a kid. Like on repeat.

The Borrowers
½

Cutest film ever. Tom Felton is in it too.

The Great Muppet Caper

I'm sorry, but how does anyone NOT love the Muppets. Especially with Charles Grodin.

Twilight
Twilight(2008)

Oh... there are many MANY things I could say about this film. I'll try to keep it brief. It could have been better. A lot better. Hardwicke had to prove the film industry stereotype that women directors are "difficult to work with" and I can completely see why she was not asked back.

Dancer, Texas Pop. 81
½

This is the epitome of cute, safe family films, but it is funny and sweet and captures small town Texas pretty well.

Out of Africa

I HATED this. If it were not for the class, I would have not finished it.

Far and Away
Far and Away(1992)
½

Young Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise pretending to be Irish? Fabulous.

Love Me if You Dare
½

This is such a strange, and cute story about two friends who dare each other their whole lives. One of those perfect reality romances.

Baby Boom
Baby Boom(1987)
½

Yet another one of those childhood films. Cute, but predictable.

Paris, Texas
Paris, Texas(1984)
½

Beautiful shots. Truly captured the Texas landscape. Very long, but I would sit through it again.

Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back
½

Sweet. Yoda. All you ever need to make a movie...

Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi
½

Little teddy bears things.... the first of some very bad inventions, Lucas. But cute, regardless.

Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope

I saw this in the re-release in the theaters. Obviously I wasn't too impressed, but I agree with its historical standing in film.

Spider-Man
Spider-Man(2002)
½

Not much to say. It is what is. A comic book movie.

The Lost World - Jurassic Park
½

Loose dino in LA. Awesome. Jeff Goldblum. You could never do wrong though.

The Lost Boys

Roommates made me watch it. Um. Wow. Whatever, practically a period piece from the late 80s.

Contact
Contact(1997)

My first "science" movie. Very cool with one of those 'let down' endings.

The Neverending Story

Another childhood classic. Awful, but you never retain that as a kid.

Minority Report
½

I saw this once, years ago in theaters. From time to time I still think about. It's a pretty interesting plot with cutesy little graphics and of course this was before Tom Cruise was crazy. Always a plus.

The Faculty
The Faculty(1998)

Why did I watch this again? Oh yeah. Elijah Wood. Erm. He did better as a hobbit.

Splash
Splash(1984)

I freaking GREW UP on this film. Oh, Ron Howard. Thank you for this.

El Mariachi
El Mariachi(1993)

Watched it for a Spanish class. Not nearly as bloody as its sequels, but then again they were shot better.

Waking Life
Waking Life(2001)

Watched it for a philosophy class, of all things. Still found its lessons interesting. Love Linklater.

M
M(1931)

I effin love Peter Lorre. That man can do no wrong in my eyes.

Down by Law
Down by Law(1986)
½

Had to watch it for a film class. Semi-interesting.

Jurassic Park III
½

A very shitty sequel to a great original concept. So why do I like? More dinosaurs. Duh. Semi-interesting plot as well.

Blood Diamond
½

I was rather impressed with this film. DiCaprio was very good, as usual and Djimon Hounsou was also fabulous. Beautifully shot.

Meet the Robinsons

Pretty cute, some pretty good humor.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

One of my top favorite films ever! Everything, absolutely everything was simply fabulous about this film. Editing, cinematography, acting, story, everything. Every time I watch it, I get some new meaning out of it.

Hidalgo
Hidalgo(2004)
½

Watched this in the aftermath of Mortensen's success in LOTR. Delivered what was expected.

Love Actually

Was forced to watch this sappy thing. Not overly sappy, but hey. It's a Christmas romance movie, what can you expect?

Finding Nemo
Finding Nemo(2003)

Watched it at some party and then some time later on. Cute.

The 39 Steps
The 39 Steps(1935)

It was a little odd, but not all that bad. Definitely not the worst Hitchcock film I'd ever seen.

The 400 Blows (Les Quatre cents coups)
½

Cute little film. I would totally watch this again

Diva
Diva(1981)

My dad LOVED this. And it was fairly interesting. The last bit was well shot, very pretty and slightly existential.

Glory
Glory(1989)

I barely remember this. But I remember watching it in middle school, either as historical or racial harmony lesson pieces.

My Beautiful Laundrette

Had to watch it for a film class. Might not have watched it otherwise.

Avatar
Avatar(2009)

Whoa. Where are the celebrities? Talk about your excellent way to save money, get no names. THE most hyped up movie of the year and where are all the star-studded celebrities? Maybe that's because James Cameron is an ass. However, Michelle Rodriguez was pretty damn good.
Ok, so the graphics. Are nice. But scenery is not hard. Nor that original (I've seen the same in many fantasy art books). But scenery compared to human faces is easy. Essentially what James Cameron has done was took what Peter Jackson has done and gone one step further. Gollum was filmed the exact same way and really, looked just as good as the Na'vi. I think my idea is perfectly summed up in an Ian Malcolm quote from Jurassic Park. "I'll tell you the problem with the scientific power that you're using here: it didn't require any discipline to attain it. You read what others had done and you took the next step. You didn't earn the knowledge for yourselves, so you don't take any responsibility... for it. You stood on the shoulders of geniuses to accomplish something as fast as you could and before you even knew what you had you patented it and packaged it and slapped it on a plastic lunchbox, and now you're selling it, you want to sell it."
Maybe not quite as dramatic, but the meaning is there. And with 300 million under his belt, sure! Why not!
The story was atrociously boring! It was like Fern Gully and Jurassic Park mixed together. (Odd, I find a quote so perfect for it from Jurassic Park.) And I hate to, but there a TON of inconsistencies floating around. Like the air, how much of the Pandoraian air could they breathe and how some survive so long while others died so easily (ain't that the question in all war films?) Oh, and the biggest question of all: how did they know the Mother Spirit could just transfer bodies with Sigourney Weaver, when it had never been done before? But I digress.
It was very pretty, I imagined a broader color palette, but hey? Whatev. Still, not (and by a pretty wide margin) the worst movie I have ever seen.
Oh, and I forgot to mention - seeing it in 3D, makes my brain feel like it's on a sugar high. Several times I had to close my eyes just to give them a rest. 3D for some movies is ok, but this seemed a little over the top for Avatar.

The Sword in the Stone
½

Such a cute little movie. I thought the backwards, yet forwards, ideologies were cutely explained.

Silent Movie
Silent Movie(1976)

I think the mimicking of silent era acting was funny even if the story was so so. Still, the slapstick and physical comedy made it worth it. "Ars es pecunia" was the greatest line of the whole movie, for any of you with an ounce of Latin.

The Awful Truth
½

Reminded me of His Girl Friday, only older and much more tamer... Ralph Bellamy plays another dumb-witted moron while Grant plays the smooth, suave and debonair prince. Cute, but I still prefer His Girl Friday.

Holiday
Holiday(1938)

I liked the moral of the story more than I liked the screwball comedy. I've definitely seen better Cary Grant, but still, it was cute and worth the time.

Ballet Shoes
Ballet Shoes(2008)
½

Cute little family film. Pretty sweet and a little quirky.

Arsenic and Old Lace
½

I ADORE Cary Grant. And this film only expanded that. Grant is a comedic genius. Confusing, loopy, scary and hilarious story, but rather delightful! I would totally watch this again!

The Seven Year Itch

Tom Ewell's character's neurotic tendencies got on my nerves. His paranoia really got in the way of the story for me and drove me crazy more than it made me laugh. Surprisingly, Marilyn Monroe's acting and comedy was a lot better and humorous for me than anything else in the film. With all the things I've heard about this movie I was rather disappointed in the whole thing.

How to Marry a Millionaire

As comedies go, it was okay. A little slow in pacing and a few funny moments.

Gosford Park
Gosford Park(2001)
½

This film is EXTREMELY British. The pacing, the humor, the story. I enjoyed it because I used to read a lot of Agatha Christie novels too. Very intricate and extremely well put together.

The Twilight Saga: New Moon
½

A hundred times better than Twilight!! Much more dynamic camera angles and concept. Interestingly and well done!! +1 for Chris Weitz

What's Up, Tiger Lily?
½

Good, a little strange, but funny.

Up in the Air

Another FANTASTIC film by Jason Reitman. I saw this at Austin Film Festival and laughed hysterically. Anna Kendrick and George Clooney are an incredibly fierce and witty team. Kendrick plays a stark, young, wannabe-a-hardass college graduate paired up with the experienced and cool George Clooney. The goal: firing people.
Fabulous! Simply fabulous!

The Others
The Others(2001)
½

I do not freaking like horror! I was forced to watch this... luckily.. not quite as scary as I was intending. Always love Nicole however!

Dangerous Liaisons
½

I love France in this time.... pretty dresses. I found it very intriguing and seductive. Proves once more Glenn Close is astonishing and that Keanu Reeves actually has had a good role in his life. WOW.

Blazing Saddles
½

I think I have seen funnier Mel Brooks films, but it was still funny and the end was awesome. :)

The Orphanage

Cute plot twists, decent gore. And I can't watch horror movies to save my life. Barely survived this one. (Dumb roommates.) Some of the story didn't quite make sense, but still fairly good twist at the end.

Déjà Vu
Déjà Vu(2006)
½

Nice flashy effects. Interesting plot idea, but reminded me a lot of Minority Report and I thought it could have been better executed. I love Denzel and he was fabulous as always and he might of been the best part. Except for Adam Goldberg. I do love me some Adam Goldberg. But the best part was the flashy cutesy effects.

Toy Story
Toy Story(1995)
½

Haven't seen it since I was a kid - but very cute!

Persona
Persona(1966)
½

Weird. Good, but weird. :)

The Postman Always Rings Twice
½

Redeeming quality: Jack Nicholson.

A Streetcar Named Desire

STEEEEEEEEELLLLLAAAAA..... haha!

The Birth of a Nation

It's seen as an epic film, that changed film history, however, I can not get past the overt racism that claws at my deep sown ethics and morals so badly that I just cannot look past it. Sorry.

Once upon a Time in Mexico
½

I'm sure if I had watched Rodriguez's trilogy in order I might not have liked this one. But I didn't, so I liked it more. The story is a bit contrived, working from the trilogy, but still pretty bad ass in the white male 18-25 range which makes it violently cool.

Desperado
Desperado(1995)

Definitely a nice cast upgrade. Might just be the only time in history I like the sequel's cast more than the first. And nice violence upgrade as well. I liked it more than the first, really. A nice intermittent story.

Rebel Without a Cause
½

First James Dean flick. Bit of a contrived plot, but the ending was rather good, not exactly what I expected from all that I heard about it over the years, but good regardless.

Some Like It Hot
½

First Marilyn Monroe flick I have ever seen. Jack Lemmon was absolutely hysterical and a very good sport. Marilyn was ridiculous, but still entertaining. All in all very funny.

Weekend
Weekend(1967)

Bizarrely strange and beautifully done. Nice political message.

The Wild Bunch

Let's hear it for blood packets! Make this the second Western I have ever liked. There was no point where I was bored while watching this movie, which usually happens in most Westerns. I was very much intrigued. Liking the bad guys - how unusual.

The Man Who Knew Too Much
½

Again, very long feeling, but fairly interesting. I liked it.

The Maltese Falcon
½

It was a classic film noir I had to seen in order to call myself a film nerd. I really loved Humphrey Bogart and Peter Lorre was nice and creepy. Very nicely done - which is why it is a classic.... duh.

The Day the Earth Stood Still

Awful. Simply Awful. If I had not been on a plane, I would not have watched it.

The Birds
The Birds(1963)

Better than a lot of other Hitchcock films! Creepy, but not too bad, interesting technical aspects.

Senior Skip Day

NOT my type of movie, but not bad really. I watched it for Jackson Rathbone and got Jackson Rathbone. Had some gross humor, but had decent aspects.

Dial M for Murder

Lots of talk, little action. The details in the story was interesting, but got confusing. Grace Kelly: the saving point of this film

Strangers on a Train

Good, but incredibly slow paced but not to the intense point of thriller. Still, some beautiful shots!

The 40 Year Old Virgin

Some funny parts in that awkward way... don't want to watch it again really.

50 First Dates

The lowest rating I can give it....

Psycho
Psycho(1960)

I guessed the plot about 40 minutes in, but still fun to watch. Loved Tony Perkins!

North by Northwest
½

Really, really long. But anything with Cary Grant in it can't be too bad! :)

Grave of the Fireflies (Hotaru no haka)

Saw this AGES ago... horribly depressing... but good.

Pray for Morning
½

This was awful. It's only redeeming factor was Jackson. Some of the other actors weren't too bad either.

How To Be
How To Be(2008)

Loved everything about this black comedy. Amazing.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
½

I have a weakness for Dick Van Dyke. I love him. Hahah!

101 Dalmatians

Glenn Close MAKES this.

Juno
Juno(2007)
½

A great way to make teen pregnancy funny!

Who Framed Roger Rabbit

Fabulous. Revolutionary film making! Incredible!!

The Waterboy
The Waterboy(1998)

My favorite modern comedy and my favorite Adam Sandler movie hands down.

Legally Blonde
½

Really quite good for a comedy.

The Great Escape

I have seen this movie since elementary school. Cute, not awful by any means.

Oldboy
Oldboy(2005)

Not something I can watch every day... or even every year, but something that permanently scars you... for the better, I swear.

The Thin Red Line

Some of the most beautiful and artful shots I have ever seen in film.

Adaptation
Adaptation(2002)

If you are into writing or film, you will enjoy this! I actually liked Nicholas Cage!

Eagle Eye
Eagle Eye(2008)
½

Rather contrived story...

Thirteen
Thirteen(2003)
½

Fabulous well done and acted!

Footloose
Footloose(1984)

Best. Kevin Bacon. Dance. Scene. Ever.

Memento
Memento(2000)

Very well done considering the massively confusing plot.

Ever After: A Cinderella Story
½

Loved the adaptation and costumes if nothing else. Hah!

Disturbia
Disturbia(2007)
½

Kinda like Hitchcock's Rear Window.... but with Shia La Beouf

Batman
Batman(1989)
½

Best Batman in my opinion.

Frankenweenie

How can you not love the zombie dog?

Vincent
Vincent(1982)

His first stop motion! Yay!

Lost In Translation

I cannot tell you why I hated this movie so much....

Spellbound
Spellbound(1945)
½

Hated the antiquated psychology, sorry Hitch.

Freaks
Freaks(1932)

Really pushed the terror factor...

The Grapes of Wrath

I surprisingly liked it. Didn't think I would.

The Searchers
½

Sorry, not big on Westerns...

Bringing Up Baby
½

Not the best Howard Hawks - Cary Grant film, but still very cute!

Rashômon
Rashômon(1951)
½

Another film classic must-see.

Metropolis
Metropolis(1927)

Surprisingly good for a early silent era film!

M*A*S*H
M*A*S*H(1970)

Delightfully funny! LOVED the TV series as a kid.

Fantasia
Fantasia(1940)
½

Fantastic concept.

Rear Window
Rear Window(1954)

Currently my favorite Hitchcock film.

Citizen Kane
Citizen Kane(1941)

Ah! One of those film must-sees.

My Big Fat Greek Wedding

Simply hysterical!! Very well done!

Unforgiven
Unforgiven(1992)

Best true Western ever.

American Movie
½

Hilarious! And I do feel for them!

Independence Day
½

Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum... winning combination all around.

Moulin Rouge!

Fabulous costumes, colors and sets!

Dirty Dancing
½

Awesome 80's feel good movie.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
½

Helena Bonham Carter made this for me... as usual.

The Matrix
The Matrix(1999)
½

Good for what it is.