Movies I want on Blu-ray
Movies I want to add to my Blu-ray collection.
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The Terminator 1984, R)
The Sixth Sense 1999, PG-13)
The horror-thriller masterpiece that put M. Night Shyamalan on the map. Everything about it is of near-perfect quality, including the stunningly good ending, which holds one of the best plot twists I've ever seen in a movie. It's just a shame that Shyamalan's other films aren't as brilliant, because then we'd truly have a reason to jump for joy.
The Green Mile 1999, R)
No film has ever evoked such a strong emotional response out of me as this one has. I mean, I seldom cry from watching a movie to begin with, but this one felt so real that it had had me tear up in a way I never thought possible (and yeah, I'm not ashamed to admit that). While having me truly hate some of its characters, it simultaneously had me love and feel a strong sense of compassion towards others.
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial 1982, PG)
They just don't make movies like this anymore. Spielberg's directing, John Williams music score...there's nothing that even gets close to that perfect combination of talent. But above all, it holds a wonderful story that still touches the heart. One I think everyone should take part of at least once in their lifetime. Because as far as family films go, this one ranks as one of the best ever made. A childhood favourite of mine and the very definition of movie magic.
Dumb and Dumber 1994, PG-13)
Kingpin 1996, PG-13)
Big 1988, PG)
The Abyss 1989, PG-13)
A sci-fi masterpiece that has me glued to my seat everytime I see it. Story-wise it reminds me a lot of Close Encounters of the Third Degree and the first two Alien movies, and the screenplay (as always by James Cameron) is top notch, with characters and dialogue that feels very natural and believable. My only regret is that I never had the chance to see this one in the cinema, as it would have been an incredible experience; especially as the special effects were groundbreaking for its time. And in the end, after almost 3 hours of captivating entertainment, you realise that the movie doesn't just have a great story to tell, but also provides a good message. One that is as true today as it was back then.
Coming to America 1988, R)
Remember the days when Eddie Murphy's movies were actually funny? It seems but a distant memory now, but every once in a while I make a little re-visit to the 80's, just to remind myself of a time when it wasn't all about fat suits and farting at the dinner table. Granted that he plays a multitude of roles in this one too, but at least the jokes are on the money and the make-up extremely convincing. A hilarious fish-out-of-water comedy, that even more than 20 years after its making, is still as side-splitting as ever. This, along with "Beverly Hills Cop", are my hands down favourite Eddie Murphy flicks, that always manages to get a laugh out of me. Not to mention the great supporting cast, which includes a prime-performing Arsenio Hall, the legendary James Earl Jones and a brief, but memorable cameo by Samuel L. Jackson. Maybe not a comedy to everyone's taste, but I for one really love it.
Jackass: Number Two 2006, R)
Planes, Trains and Automobiles 1987, R)
Comical virtuosos John Candy and Steve Martin star in this brilliantly hilarious road movie, about an advertising executive (Martin), who runs into all sorts of obstacles when trying to get home to his family in Chicago. What I love about this film (among a high number of other things), is that it doesn't try too hard to be funny. It just succeeds with that naturally, with its masterfully executed gags and memorable antics. The biggest credit, of course, goes to Candy and Martin, whose wonderful interplay is the heart and soul of the movie. One is an easily-irritated cynic, and the other a high-spirited blabbermouth, which becomes the basis for a great many hilarious moments. Just some of the faces that Steve Martin makes are absolutely priceless. A film where top notch humor is not an exception, but dominates the entire story. There's just so much to enjoy about it, and despite having been around for more than two decades, it never grows old and tired. In fact, it's like a fine bottle of wine that only gets better with time. And hey, that even rhymes! So if you're one of the poor, unfortunate souls who happened to have missed it, well, then I hope this review may spur you to check it out. Because in all sincerity, it deserves nothing less than my warmest recommendation. A laughter-fest of a movie, and my all-time favourite comedy by the legendary John Hughes.
Fast Times At Ridgemont High 1982, R)
Honest, raunchy and hilarious, but more essentially, one of the best high school comedies ever made. I don't think I've ever seen so many great characters in one and the same comedy. The dialogue is superb, the acting spot-on and it's incredibly fun to see actors like Sean Penn, Nicolas Cage and Forest Whitaker at such a young and rebellious age. Not to mention Jennifer Jason Leigh, who really stole my heart in this one. A true 80's classic!
K-PAX 2001, PG-13)
Ghost 1990, R)
This movie has a very special place in my heart. It's moving, suspenseful and arguably one of the greatest love stories ever told. Maybe it's because I'm such a strong believer in life after death that I like it so much, but it's also because it has a lot of heart and soul, and a great deal to say about the dark and greedy nature of mankind. Bittersweet in its ending, but that's how I like it to be, as it's found the perfect balance between melancholy and joy. And that sure can't be said for a lot of movies out there.
Serenity 2005, PG-13)
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids 1989, PG)
Rounders 1998, R)
True Lies 1994, R)
Team America - World Police 2004, R)
Political satire at its best! It's sort of become a tradition now among me and my friends to see this about once a year, as it's one of extremely few films that we all love equally. And given the hilarious dialogue and incredibly catchy songs, maybe it's no wonder. If you ask me, you'd have to be a really boring and humorless prude not to like this movie. Just the fact that it bashes and makes fun of Michael Bay makes into a real winner.
Das Boot (The Boat) 1981, R)
Beavis and Butt-Head Do America 1996, PG-13)
Man, do I miss the 90's! That golden era of comedy when The Simpsons was still funny, sitcoms didn't require recorded laughings and Mike Judge brought us hilarious stuff like this. It's the third time I've seen it, if I remember correctly, and it just keeps getting funnier for every time. Beavis and Butthead, in all their stupidity, are the creation of a true comedic genius. There's so many side-splitting moments in this film that I wouldn't know where to begin. I think my favourites though is when Beavis goes into "Cornholio mode", after taking one too many caffeine pills from an old lady. Or every time they mess with Tom Anderson and his wife. Great voice-acting as well, by a cast that include big names like Bruce Willis and Demi Moore. There's even a cameo by David Letterman as a Mötley Crüe roadie. I mean, how cool is that? Anyway, if you have ever been a fan of these two legendary dopeheads, then this is definitely something you should add to your watchlist. It's raunchy, it's out there, but above all, outrageously funny!
Maverick 1994, PG-13)
City Slickers 1991, PG-13)
Three friends in a mid-life crisis goes on a Wild West adventure together, to re-ignite their lost passions for life. This isn't really a Western movie in the classic sense though, but more like a fish-out-of-water comedy, with influences from said genre. It does have the same feel of one, however, and is one of the most enjoyable films of its kind. Billy Crystal is hilarious with his sarcasm and cynical sense of humor, and together with Daniel Stern and Bruno Kirby they make up a really fun trio. You'll also find Jake Gyllenhaal in a very young role here. Not to mention Jack Palance, who is very memorable as Curly Washburn - an old legendary cowboy who oozes intimidation. If there was ever a contest for most bad-ass cowboy in cinema, it would be a close race between him and Clint Eastwood. Long story short: a highly entertaining movie, and one of my all-time favourite Westerns.
The Mummy Returns 2001, PG-13)
Cutthroat Island 1995, PG-13)
A predecessor to Pirates of the Caribbean that unlike those movies became a big flop in the box-office. The critics showed no mercy back then and yes, it is partially very cheesy and suffers from bad cinematography and directing. But nonetheless it is, suprisingly enough, a very entertaining film without a dull moment. It's easy to see where PotC got its inspiration from :-)
Antz 1998, PG)
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation 1989, PG-13)
There's no Christmas that goes by without me watching this at least once. I've seen it so many times now, yet it's still as side-splitting as ever. Not only do we all have something we can relate to in it, but it's also the perfect marriage between slapstick and the more intelligent kind of humor. It's my hands-down favourite "Vacation" movie, and also one of my top 3 beloved Christmas flicks, along with Home Alone 1 & 2. From the cat that gets burned into the rug to the white trash antics of Cousin Eddie, there's so much to love about this film that you'll keep coming back for more. A must-see for the holiday season, whether you're a Chevy Chase fan or not.
Godzilla 1998, PG-13)
Yes, it's a B-movie. And yes, the writing could be better. But like most other Roland Emmerich flicks, it's got enough entertainment value to go around. I can't quite explain it, but I've always had a thing for stories that features giant monsters on a path of mayhem and destruction. Leastways as long as the special effects are good, which is definitely the case here. I can understand why some may dislike this film, or even hate it, but in my eyes, this is an enjoyable guilty pleasure. Kind of comical though that they hired Matthew Broderick to play the main role. Not that he's a bad actor, but he just looks a bit misplaced here - like a pacifist at an NRA meeting or a teletubby at a rock concert. Well, you get the point.
Mafia! 1998, PG-13)
WarGames (War Games) 1983, PG)
Minority Report 2002, PG-13)
Superb sci-fi thriller, with top notch special effects and a brilliant storyline. What's funny though, is that it also includes some absurd dialogue in Swedish, which was hilarious for me who is a Swede myself. Spielberg did the exact same thing with Peter Stormare in Jurassic Park II, so it seems to have become a recurring element with him. But I'm happy that he does, because there's nothing more fun than hearing someone curse in Swedish in a big-budget Hollywood flick. At least when it's done in a believable fashion, like here.
Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle 2004, R)
Bad Santa 2003, R)
Cast Away 2000, PG-13)
Sleepy Hollow 1999, R)
Atmospheric, well-acted and Tim Burton at his best! It also happens to be one of my favourite films by said director, as it not only endures several re-watches, but also has one of the greatest casts ever assembled on screen. Add a wonderful music score to that and you immediately have a highly recommendable movie, that combines horror and fantasy into a perfect blend. So perfect in fact, that I'm begging on my bare knees for Burton to make a sequel, or leastways something along the same lines. Rather that than another "Sweeney Todd".
The Game 1997, R)
Incredibly intriguing story and one of Fincher's best, second only to Fight Club. Even though it feels somewhat slow in the beginning, once things get going, it grabs a tight hold of you and keeps you nailed to your seat until the very end. There's also a lot of cool twists and turns here that plays with your mind as much as it does with Michael Douglas character, but fortunately everything becomes wrapped up in a very nice way by the end, which left me satisfied as all my questions (at least the most essential ones) were answered. Two thumbs up!
The Incredibles 2004, PG)
Raiders of the Lost Ark 1981, PG)
My love for this great classic is truly beyond words! As a kid, it was a moment of magic for me every time Indy in his iconic adventure gear appeared on screen. Whether it was narrowly escaping a giant boulder of death, or opening a can of whoop-ass when faced with some Nazi bad guys, you could always count on him to deliver some first-rate fun. And there couldn't have been anyone better to execute it than artisan story-teller Steven Spielberg. Nor any better music composer than the legendary John Williams, whose instantly recognizable themes are classics in their own right. Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Paul Freeman and John Rhys-Davies - there's not a single performance in here that isn't totally fantastic. So prepare yourself for a helluva good time. Because whenever Indy whips up some action, it's impossible not to stick around and watch.
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom 1984, PG)
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade 1989, PG-13)
Very rarily does a sequel match the greatness of the original, but with "Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade" it all shines just as brightly. There's nothing I don't love about this stellar adventure gem, that tells us more of Indy's backstory and invites us to some of the key events that made him what he is. In the heart of the film, we also have the strained and intricate relationship between Indiana and his father Henry (played by a wonderful Sean Connery), that adds a bit of family drama to the plot and makes it perhaps the most emotionally powerful in the whole series. That scene towards the end where they rescue each other from certain death, is two incredibly touching moments, that I regard as among the finest in all of Hollywood's long history. The hilarious interplay between Ford and Connery gives it quite a humorous touch as well, with some of the most memorable lines of dialogue ever written for cinema. Nowadays, we'd be lucky to even get one such piece of extraordinary wit. The only thing in this film that can be considered a flaw is the awfully dated blue-screen effects. Easily neglectable, however, as you're having too much fun to be bothered by such trifles. Because in all other regards, this is pure adventurous perfection. A phenomenally entertaining entry, in a trilogy that never withers, but just gets better and more valuable as time trudges on (and yes, I'm saying "trilogy", because I refuse to acknowledge the fourth film as part of the franchise). Simply put, it's Spielberg at his very best and a masterpiece of which qualities I doubt will ever be re-created. Now, if only it could have ended here, with Indy and his friends riding off into the sunset. Then I could have slept really well at night, knowing there would never be any aliens to drop a deuce upon my childhood memories. But alas, the fridge was nuked nevertheless.
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