Movies I have on Blu-ray

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My personal Blu-ray collection.

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The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring 2001,  PG-13)
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Instant classic :-)
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 2002,  PG-13)
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
My least favourite in the trilogy, but an awesome movie nonetheless, that is still leagues better than most fantasy films out there.
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 2003,  PG-13)
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Greatest fantasy film ever made! Even if it isn't full-on perfect, I still regard it as a 4.9 out of 5. I'm a real sucker for the Lord of the Rings and fantasy in general, but this one is very special to me. Kudos to Peter Jackson for making such a triumphant and awe-inspiring adaptation to screen. It really deserves its twelve Oscars. Love every second of it, from start to finish. One of the few full pointers I've ever given a movie, which is saying a lot.
First Blood (Rambo: First Blood) 1982,  R)
First Blood (Rambo: First Blood)
One of the better Rambo films, second only to the latest installment, namely Rambo IV. This original film isn't far behind though, as its very exciting and intense from beginning to end. Great music as well by Jerry Goldsmith.
Rambo: First Blood Part II 1985,  R)
Rambo: First Blood Part II
Good and very action-packed, but not quite up to par with the original, nor the latest installment for that matter. I would say it's about equal with Rambo III though.
Rambo III 1988,  R)
Rambo III
Quite underrated if you ask me, as it works great as a brainless popcorn flick. As compared to the other Rambo films, this one is about equal with Rambo II, thus being one of my least favourites in the quadrilogy. Still good nonetheless though, if you're in the mood for some nice and solid action.
Rambo (Rambo IV) 2008,  R)
Rambo (Rambo IV)
Say what you want about Stallone and his age, but he certainly knows his character to the bone and has, much like with the resurrection of Rocky, done a wonderful job in bringing him back to the screen. For not only was this one of the greatest action movies I've ever seen, but it also turned out to be my favourite Rambo flick of all-time, which is something I certainly didn't expect.

The first 15 minutes or so were a bit slow, but once it got going this movie was an intense, gripping and quite powerful experience. I'm sure some people will loathe it for its extreme violence, but for me, I was glad Stallone didn't spare on said element, as it not only made things incredibly entertaining, but also dared to illustrate the true horror and evil that sadly still exists in many parts of the world. In that respect, the story became very compelling and thoughtprovoking, instead of just being a pointless blood bath like so many other action films.

My only complaint here concerns the dialogue, which was a bit weak in places, altough fortunately not to the point where it ever got bad. As for Stallone, well, I've never really considered him a good actor, but he did deliver a solid enough performance and emitted a cool vibe that reminded me of the character of Major Dutch (played by Arnold Schwarzenegger) in the original Predator movie, which in this case is a good thing. And with the great jungle settings that served as the backdrop for the story, that nostalgic feeling became even more palpable.

To put it shortly, Rambo IV is the best movie I've seen so far this year and a nice return to the classic kind of action films that reigned during the 80's and 90's. I honestly can't the remember the last time I walked out of the cinema this excited and with such a great feeling of satisfaction over what I've just seen.

The first 15-20 min: 3 out of 5 stars

The middle-section: 4 out of 5 stars

The ending: 3 out of 5 stars

= 4 out of 5 stars :-)
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl 2003,  PG-13)
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest 2006,  PG-13)
Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End 2007,  PG-13)
Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End
Another disappointment of 2007 :-( It was worth the price for the ticket but the movie suffers from some serious flaws. First of all, it's way too long for a pirate movie and the pacing is a bit slow. I don't mind long movies as long as the story is rich but it felt like 1/3 of it should have been cut out or deleted. Too blabbery and confusing. Still, it's a good film, just not as great as the first two.
Shrek 2001,  PG)
Shrek 2 2004,  PG)
Shrek the Third 2007,  PG)
Shrek the Third
Apart from a few untasteful jokes and misses here and there, it was hardly the disappointment that the critics had me fear it would be. Once I got over the fact that the story is the weakest of the three, I was actually able to enjoy it. Of course, it's still a shameless way to milk the cow once more, but I don't regret seeing Shrek the Third at all, as it was neither better nor worse than the average for this genre.

To summarize: I loved the first movie (which remains the best one), the second was great and this third installment was (surprisingly enough) pretty good as well. For the future, though, I hope the creators will try out something new and fresh. Because this franchise is running on its last fumes, and it would be wise to let it die out with some dignity left, unlike that poor old Frog King, who makes a good metaphor for where all this could be heading.
Shrek Forever After 2010,  PG)
Shrek Forever After
Fun for the whole family! This last adventure with everyone's favourite ogre, corrects the mistakes of the previous film, by bringing us a story that really entertains. While still lacking some of the vibrance of the first two, the script is well-constructed and rich on good laughs. Vivid animation and dazzling, beautiful colors, also makes it a true visual treat. I regret I never went and saw it in the cinema, but the day I get a 3D-TV, this'll be one of the first movies I'll introduce it to. All the new characters are great and the old ones still shine. Puss in boots especially, who gets funnier for each film. I'm looking forward to his spin-off, which has every potential to be at least as enjoyable. A satisfying wrap-up to the epic tale of Shrek and his friends. And one I'll definitely be seeing again.
Independence Day 1996,  PG-13)
Independence Day
When I first saw this in the cinema, in 1996, I thought it was the best movie ever. Now, thirteen years and a few hundred movies later, I'm not sure I would say the same thing. It's still a near-perfect action/sci-fi flick though, with a wonderful cast, superb music, awesome special effects and a kick-ass story. In fact, it's still one of the twenty best movies I've ever seen, and that's coming from a guy who has seen plenty mind you. It's the kind of movie that'll probably never win the hearts of the critics, but which will keep you highly entertained from beginning to end, leaving you with a big smile on your face as the end credits roll. Yes, this is indeed a true gem of the 90's and a movie I'll never get tired of watching. I simply love it!
Galaxy Quest 1999,  PG)
Pulp Fiction 1994,  R)
Pulp Fiction
Supremely cool and stuffed with great dialogue, Pulp Fiction is by far my all-time favourite Tarantino flick. Where most films have one or maybe two scenes worth adding to memory, this is filled to the brim with outrageously fun and instantly quotable moments. From the priceless "Butch-picks-a-weapon-scene" to the iconic dance number by Uma Thurman and John Travolta, not a minute is wasted in this ingeniously constructed attention-grabber. I'm usually of the opinion that Tarantino is somewhat overrated, but this is the one exception that lives up to all the hype and rave reviews. A little draggy here and there, but the great style and originality more than makes up for it. A truly royale piece of film-making, that I'm now incredibly delighted to own on Blu-ray. Because as far as cult fare goes, Pulp Fiction is a classic that can be seen over and over again.
The Day After Tomorrow 2004,  PG-13)
The Day After Tomorrow
Cool and entertaining popcorn movie, but also one that is flawed in every area except the CGI department, where it inspires awe with its outstanding special effects. If I didn't have such a sweet tooth for disaster movies I would probably have given it a somewhat lower rating, but since I do I couldn't help but really enjoy this.

Update: Just bought and watched it on blu-ray now, and man did this movie look great in said format! Certainly one of the best investments I've ever made. As far as movie purchases goes that is.
The Inbetweeners 2012,  R)
The Inbetweeners
Kind of like a British equivalent to the American Pie movies. That is to say: crass, raunchy, vulgar and very funny. Up until recently, I was completely oblivious to the fact that it's based on a popular TV show. But it has definitely peeked my interest now with this lol-worthy movie adaptation. Sometimes the dialogue in these type of Brit flicks go a bit over my head, what with the Cockney accents and indiscernible slang. But thanks to the brilliance of subtitles, that was never any problem here. I'm sure it's not a comedy to everyone's taste, but if you have an open mind, I think you'll find a lot to enjoy about it. As for me, I think it's the best and most entertaining comedy that I've seen all year. Highly recommended, even to all the non-Europeans out there.
Enter the Dragon 1973,  R)
Parenthood 1989,  PG)
Parenthood is a wonderfully written family film, directed by the infinitely brilliant Ron Howard. Now, I don't have any kids myself, but I can bet the farm on the hypothesis that there's a lot of parents out there who can relate to the situations in this story. I remember when I was a teenager and watched this with my mom, and she loved it for its honesty and thought it perfectly encapsulated everything it means to be a parent. Not a single a detail has been overlooked, from the teen boy who just discovers the wonders of sex (resulting in a lot of sneaking around with a paper bag full of porn), or the father who raises his 5-year old daughter to be the next Nobel Prize winner. Every type of family and behavior is flawlessly covered. And as if that wasn't enough to wow us, comical genius Steve Martin gives one of his all-time greatest performances, along with the rest of the cast whom are all stellar as well. One thing I didn't notice until now (by my third viewing or so), is that the previously mentioned adolescent is actually played by Joaquin Phoenix. He's so young in this film, that it had previously escaped me. Keanu Reeves is really fun also, with a character that reminded me a lot of his Bill & Ted days (that is to say, before he got all corpse-like and humorless). By far the best movie Ron Howard has ever made, and that's should be saying a lot, considering he's the mastermind behind such cinematic jewels as Cocoon and Frost/Nixon. From the deepest places in my heart, I love this film to bits. It's hilarious, yet dashed with melancholy and pathos. Wacky and out of control, yet always down-to-earth. Simply put: the greatest film I've ever seen about family life, parenting and the beautiful bonds that ties it altogether. I couldn't possibly give it any higher recommendation. It's just one of those movies you have to see!
Boogie Nights 1997,  R)

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