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The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring 2001, PG-13)
My personal favorite of the trilogy! A true masterpiece of a film. The pacing of this film is simply unreal. It's the best 2.5 hour experience available. It is developed brilliantly as we take in the beautiful scenery, story, and meet the characters. As a huge fan of the books, the characters were spot on from the book. Peter Jackson brilliantly selected every cast member perfectly. Gandalf, Frodo, Aragorn, Sam, Gimli, Merry, Pippin...they were all just as I had imagined them. The awesome ensemble cast from the large roles to the small roles were great. Ian McKellan and Elijah Wood in particular. The strong supporting cast, a cast of relatively unknown actors at the time, also gave good performances.
The Godfather 1972, R)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest 1975, R)
Wow, just wow! A brilliant masterpiece of a film.
Rebecca 1940, Unrated)
Wow! An absolutely fantastic, brilliant piece of classic cinema! I've seen two of Hitchcock's most famous films, Rear Window, and Vertigo, but neither of those spoke to me as much as Rebecca. Rebecca has to be his best. The plot of the film is depressingly eerie, but irresistable all the while. Non-stop intensity from very early on until the last seconds. It was by far more intense than the other Hitchcock classics I have seen.
Network 1976, R)
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope 1977, PG)
The Shawshank Redemption 1994, R)
Outstanding! Brilliant! One of the best!
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 2003, PG-13)
Brilliant! Peter Jackson has given us one of the of the best cinematic accomplishments of our time. It is the perfect ending to the world we fell in love with. The best thing about this movie is it's emotional power. It is one of the most touching, emotionally engaging films ever. The character's journeys have taken them to the edge of hope. We see the transformations within them; we see the desperation of their journey as it draws to a close. With the first two films and the addition of this one, we are a character. We experience everything the characters experience. When I watch this film, I am in Middle Earth. I think that is a sign of a masterpiece. It's incredible to know that Peter Jackson was able to create such epics films as this.
The Godfather, Part II 1974, R)
The Social Network 2010, PG-13)
Wow!! This film is absolutely perfect! There are so few words to describe the brilliance of this film. The Social Network is a film that defines a generation; it is so real, smart, fresh....truly a product of it's time!
Cidade de Deus (City of God) 2003, R)
A Separation 2011, PG-13)
Pulp Fiction 1994, R)
I love this movie! I was hesitant to watch this film because, honestly, it looked pretty stupid. I was wrong....this is a great film.
The Lives of Others 2006, R)
A superb, brilliant, magnificent, masterpiece of a film. One of the best I've ever seen. A brilliant story about an East German secret policeman who gets transformed by "The Lives of Others" he is supposed to be monitoring, and in the end he gives up his career in an attempt to spare them from their inevitable fate. I went into this film not knowing anything about it. What I found was a truly remarkable and touching story. Ulrich Muhe as Wiesler and Sebastian Koch as Dreyman stand out as part of the brilliant cast. Also, the music in this film was absolutely fantastic, some of the best music i've heard in any film. It really adds to the intense moments of the film.
Toy Story 3 2010, G)
This film is absolutely perfect! Perfect not only in the way it was the perfect ending to the Toy Story trilogy, but perfect as a film in general. Every second was so deep and meaningful beyond belief, it's means much more than just the animation. Brilliant!
12 Angry Men (Twelve Angry Men) 1957, PG)
The Pianist 2002, R)
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 2002, PG-13)
The third best of the trilogy. But, you can't say the worst of the trilogy because there's absolutely nothing negative about this film at all. The others are just more perfect. This installment of the trilogy introduces new characters as the adventure splits into different paths. We meet characters like Eowyn, Faramir, Eomer, Theoden.....in which the supporting actors portray brilliantly. Again, as in the first film, the supporting cast really adds to the movie. The fighting scenes in this film are so epic. The Battle of Helm's Deep is so awesome.
There Will Be Blood 2007, R)
WOW! First, let me state the obvious, Daniel Day Lewis was absolutely fantastic. One of the best performances by any actor I've ever seen. He was so real and convincing, every moment was just perfect. A good performance by Paul Dano as well, especially in the church scenes and the final scene. I was hesitant to watch this movie because I've heard so many bad things about it, that it's too long, boring, and that it's pointless. I just have one thing to say.....all y'all There Will Be Blood haters are crazy. This is an epic masterpiece. By far the best movie of 2007, and one of the best of our time. My favorite scene in the entire film is the last scene, it really puts it all into perspective. This is a brilliant movie, you absolutely must NOT miss it.
Saving Private Ryan 1998, R)
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington 1939, Unrated)
A classic film, among the all-time best. Perfect and timeless.
Schindler's List 1993, R)
American Beauty 1999, R)
Absolutely fantastic film! I believe this film expresses a very culturally relevant message. It shows how broken our messed up lives can be on the inside with no expression of it on the outside, and it shows how in spite of all that, there's still beauty in life. The message is very blunt, but the director brilliantly incorporates humor too.
Memento 2000, R)
Complex in its simplicity, Memento is one of the most tense, intriguing, and involving thrillers ever made. The film features an amazing screenplay bolstered by some fantastic editing choices. A masterpiece from genius Christopher Nolan. One of my all-time favorite films, and one of the best films of the 2000s.
All About Eve 1950, PG)
Brilliant! A classic film; absolutely fantastic. All About Eve is a film about a young woman named Eve (Baxter) who aligns herself into the life of aging actress Margo Channing (Davis) and ultimately schemes herself into the theatre spotlight. I really liked it.
Pan's Labyrinth 2006, R)
This film is absolutely fantastic! The story is great and unfolds in an almost effortless fashion with great performances by all the cast. They all were very convincing in their roles. The visual effects were stunning. Each of the characters were unique and intricate in appearance. This film is very dark and depressing, but beautiful without a doubt! A great movie. The best fantasy i've ever seen.
Requiem for a Dream 2000, R)
With a unique visual style and some amazing performances, Requiem manages to be one of the most effective films about drug addiction ever. Ellen Burstyn gives a stunning performance, and Jennifer Connelly is also really good. Right from the start you get the sense that the film will end horribly for these characters, but predictability aside, the film delivers a powerhouse conclusion that left me completely wrecked upon watching it. Disturbing, depressing, hopeless, and unforgettable, Requiem for a Dream is a really good little film from Darren Aronofsky.
Amadeus 1984, R)
Perfect! This film is one of the best films that I have ever seen. Magnificent in ever way a film can....the acting, cinematography, story, emotion, music, pace, direction. This film is a masterpiece; I cannot believe I waited so long to watch it.
The King's Speech 2010, PG-13)
Absolutely fantastic film! The story is so touching, and the actors truly portray the characters to perfection. Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter, Guy Pearce, they all deliver such strong and realistic performances; the audience simply falls in love with each character, making the story that much more touching. Colin Firth really gives a brilliant performance. He really does a good job of showing the conflict and emotions of the character. I really loved the scene where he cries......great acting. A great performance; I can't wait to see him holding the Oscar for Best Actor, he deserves it.
Million Dollar Baby 2004, PG-13)
West Side Story 1961, PG)
Secrets & Lies 1996, R)
Stunning film! A powerhouse drama fueled by a BRILLIANT cast and a great script. One of the best indie films I have ever seen. A near perfect film about people who are all connected and must face their "secrets and lies." An extremely low-budget indie film, but this grabs you and never lets go. Brenda Blethyn should have won the Oscar for Best Actress, NOT Frances McDormand! She gives a devastating, emotional, and stunning performance. A must see!
GoodFellas 1990, R)
Nominated for 6 Academy Awards, GoodFellas is one heck of a movie. I'm a huge Dances With Wolves fan, but I can't believe this film did not win Best Picture. It is wow! Brilliant performances, great action, blood, interesting story.....this film cannot be missed.
Gone With the Wind 1939, G)
Ordinary People 1980, R)
Excellent! I haven't seen Raging Bull yet, but I think this film may have deserved Best Picture. I had never heard anything about this film other than that fact it "stole" Best Picture from Raging Bull, but I'm so glad I finally watched it. It's a timeless classic, that is among my favorite films of all time!
Fight Club 1999, R)
This is such a smart film. I love every second of it! Whether it be the great narration, awkward Edward Norton, script, setting, creepy negative Helena Bonham Carter, the fighting, cool guy Brad Pitt, or any other brilliant thing, this film captivates the audience right from the start. While doing so, it delivers a serious message about materialism. It is brilliantly portrayed in this seemingly action-packed only film. It is so much more, though; it has a level of depthness that cannot be found in the first viewings. I've seen this film twice, and I know that I have yet to even touch the surface of the true purpose of the film. That's why it's so great, it makes you think in such a way that makes the message different to every person. I'm sure that you've heard about the twist...well it's the best ending ever. You should check it out and experience it for yourself!
The Dark Knight 2008, PG-13)
So perfect! Brilliant in every way...the script, concept, editing, direction, cast, characters, acting (especially Winslet and Dunst)... I honestly could not have asked for anything more from this film. Nominated for 2 Academy Awards for Best Original Screenplay and Best Actress, this film is certainly one of the absolute best films of 2004! Incredible film! One of my all time favorites.
The Artist 2011, PG-13)
Wonderful! The reason this film was my favorite of 2011 is because not only is it a brilliant tribute to classic slient cinema, but it's also fully aware that it's a modern film. For example, there's a dream sequence that creatively incorparates sound in a manner that fits into the conflict of the story. Also, the ending was so brilliant; many people don't like that the film did what it did at the end, but I thought it was absolutely necessary. Dujardin and Bejo are great, the music is great, the dancing is great, the story is great. All-in-all, just a wonderful film that completely deserved Best Picture in my opinion.
Amélie 2001, R)
Mystic River 2003, R)
This is definitely a film that will have you yelling at the TV by the end. It's dark and depressing, but a great thriller nonetheless. It's backed up by a great storyline and an excellent cast. Sean Penn gave a great performance. I'm usually not a big fan of his, but he definitely deserved the Oscar. If you're a fan of Clint Eastwood films, you cannot miss this one! It's for sure in his best films alongside Million Dollar Baby. One of my favorite films!
The Tree of Life 2011, PG-13)
What is The Tree of Life? It's a celebration of life. It's a prayer to the one who creates all things. It's a hymn of reality about both the good and evil in the world. It's a reminder of who we are and where we come from. A true poetic masterpiece. One of the best films of 2011.
Crash 2004, R)
A great movie! The thing that really stands out about this film is the message and how it's portrayed in a way that helps the audience relate to it in a deep and personal way. Each character is so raw, real, and flawed that the audience is able to see themselves as the characters, rather than the actors; this is one of the reasons why this film is so powerful and affective. I also love the way this film doesn't sugar coat the issues, nor does it beat around the bush. It gets right to the core of rascism in our culture and who we really are as people. The cast is just brilliant. Sandra Bullock, Matt Dillon, and Don Cheadle really let go of themselves here. Great performances all the way around.
The Usual Suspects 1995, R)
Great performances, especially from Spacey, a brilliant screenplay, and some excellent direction from Bryan Singer make THE USUAL SUSPECTS one of the most intelligently manipulative films you'll ever see. The plot is twisted and complicated, but by the end of it all, you realize you were fooled thanks to one kicker of a twist. I personally find the film hard to follow which is why I like it less than some, but the ending alone is worth seeing. One of the all-time great endings.
Mulholland Drive 2001, R)
Animal Kingdom 2010, R)
Atonement 2007, R)
Babel 2006, R)
The Departed 2006, R)
The Hours 2002, PG-13)
Absolutely fantastic! Watching The Hours was such a wonderful experience; it was one of those times where I felt like I experienced something unreal. I've seen a decent amount of movies, some good, some bad, but one of the things I love about watching films is that every once in a while you view something that completely takes you away, and surprises you like you never thought. It's usually impossible to describe why, but basically...film is powerful. The Hours is an incredible masterpiece!
Avatar 2009, PG-13)
For sure one of the best action/sci-fi movies ever. It's so emotionally engaging, so mindbogglingly(?) epic, nothing compares to the epic awesomeness of this film. As I'm sure you can tell, I love this movie.
The Fighter 2010, R)
The Fighter was the one movie that I knew I had to see in 2010. My two favorite actors are Amy Adams and Christian Bale, so I knew I had to see this film to see them together. As the release date came closer, and as more and more Oscar buzz flowed, I knew this was going to be a great one. It is. This film is easily among the 5 best films of the year, if not the best.
Dead Poets Society 1989, PG)
Trainspotting 1996, R)
Beauty and the Beast 2012, G)
Seven (Se7en) 1995, R)
Inglourious Basterds 2009, R)
The Graduate 1967, PG)
Excellent, excellent, excellent. This brilliant film launched the career of one of Hollywood's greatest actors, Dustin Hoffman. After a few short moments, it's easy to tell why. His performance as Benjamin Braddock is flawless, to say the least. Alongside Hoffman is Anne Bancroft, who also gives a stunning, memorable performance as Mrs. Robinson. Katharine Ross also is convincing as Elaine Robinson.
Casino Royale 2006, PG-13)
Hugo 2011, PG)
Good Will Hunting 1997, R)
I have wanted to see this film for a very long time. I finally was blessed with the opportunity to watch it and my already high expectations were greatly exceeded. This film is brilliant in every way a film can. Touching story, great scenery, fantastic script, near perfect acting. This gem of a film really sets the standard for a good film.
The Silence of the Lambs 1991, R)
A great film! The Silence of the Lambs is another one of those movies that I waited way too long to watch. Winner of 5 Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Actor, and Best Adapted Screenplay, this film is one that will be remembered as one of the best of the thriller/horror genre.
You Can't Take It with You 1938, G)
Black Swan 2010, R)
Yes! Another another amazing film from director, Darren Aronofsky. For me, Black Swan is the perfect example of a modern classic film. A true piece of art, astounding in so many ways. Immediately after the opening credits, the film left a tense, uneasy feeling in my gut. The atmosphere was established, and I was instantly at the edge of my seat, knowing that something was off. I was immediately taken into the film. The brilliant musical score was very effective in establishing the dark tones, as was the perfect cinematography. I loved the use of color in the film; blacks and whites dominated the color palette of the film, establishing the dark tone, but also to further emphasizing the idea of good vs. evil. The acting was excellent; stunning performances by supporting cast members Barbara Hershey, Winona Ryder, Vincent Cassel, and especially Mila Kunis, who is really showing herself to be a talented young actress with a bright future. Natalie Portman gives the best performance though. In fact, it's the best of her career...she is this film. She portrayed every emotion with a level of maturity and grace that I have never seen before. Her character, Nina, changes so much as the film goes on, but Portman handles the role perfectly. It truly was a brilliant performance, worthy of every praise it received. She more than definitely deserved her Oscar for Best Actress! The film builds to a trippy, but amazing ending; the last 40 minutes of the film were pure gold. Some of the best film scenes I have ever seen, everything came together in a satisfying fashion.
The Truman Show 1998, PG)
A truly fantastic film, a one of a kind masterpiece.
Rear Window 1954, PG)
For my first Hitchcock film ever, I was very pleased. A classic film that upholds its reputation as one of the best. It's such a great thriller, not only through the main story, but also the small stories of all the neighbors as well. I love all the characters and their development. Brilliant! I also loved the romance, very memorable, it gives more depth to the film. James Stewart gives a very layed back performance. He's very real, and believable. Grace Kelly is simply stunning and beautiful!
Shakespeare in Love 1998, R)
Ben-Hur 1959, G)
Drive 2011, R)
Kill Bill: Volume 1 2003, R)
I really loved this movie! It was extemely exciting to watch: action, awesome fighting, blood, Tarantino dialogue. It is great!
Take Shelter 2011, R)
Slumdog Millionaire 2008, R)
Chinatown 1974, R)
A great film! Starring Jack Nicholson as cop turned private detective, Jake Gittes, Chinatown follows the mysterious case that ensues after a woman hires Gittes to spy on her husband; greed, deception, and secrets follow as Gittes uncovers a scandal involving the Los Angeles water supply. This film is wonderfully written, it's hard to pinpoint exactly what's so great about the script, but I thought the script was well-done and extremely effective. The story progressed nicely, building up to a great ending. The acting was solid as well, especially from Nicholson and Faye Dunaway. Nicholson has such a charm and moxie about him that really shines here. Dunaway is equally as brilliant as the interesting and mysterious Mrs. Mulwray! Both received well deserved Oscar nods. This classic film is a must-see for any film lover; nominated for 11 Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Actor, and Best Actress, this is a classic!
Bonnie and Clyde 1967, R)
Toy Story 1995, G)
THE animated movie! Pixar's 1995 debut film is one that is and will be remembered forever. It has launched a studio that has given us some of the best films in the past decades, and will continue to do so as long as it exists. While I feel Toy Story 3 is Pixar's best film, Toy Story gets similar praise. TS3 wouldn't have been perfect if this film hadn't been great. An epic, classic film. One of my favorites as a kid, but it still has the goods for entertainment now.
Lost In Translation 2003, R)
Adaptation 2002, R)
To Kill A Mockingbird 1962, Unrated)
It Happened One Night 1934, Unrated)
Little Miss Sunshine 2006, R)
Love this movie! From the introduction scene with the family dinner, to the final scene with the family dancing with Olive, this little film is pure genius! Every second is smart funny, yet utterly real and touching. Little Abigail Breslin is so perfect, especially with her special talent. This is the second film I've seen Paul Dano in he and gives another performance that I really enjoyed. Alan Arkin is great as well. The whole cast is great in this great movie!
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid 1969, PG)
Letters from Iwo Jima 2006, R)
Clint Eastwood....he is such a brilliant director. He dared to take Hollywood where it had never gone before, the heart and mind of the enemy. With this film, he told a story that few have ever heard. Letters from Iwo Jima is yet another masterpiece by Eastwood and is a film that will proudly be among the best of his films.
Brokeback Mountain 2005, R)
Excellent film. One of those films that I'll admit I wanted to hate, because of the controversial topic, but I can't, because it is great. Everything about it is wonderful; the story, characters, the acting, the music, the direction. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Excellent performances from Ledger, Gyllenhaal, Williams, and Hathaway. Nominated for 8 Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Supporting Actor, this is a must see.
Platoon 1986, R)
Excellent! A standout film for War cinema. Platoon goes where so few films do, the emotional side of wartime. The cast is perfect with so many great performances, especially Tom Berenger and Willem Dafoe, who both received Oscar nominations for Best Supporting Actor. A great story, intense action, good writing, and memorable scenes. A great film! I recommend it!
Being John Malkovich 1999, R)
Blade Runner 1982, R)
Scarface 2003, R)
Milk 2008, R)
I absolutely loved it! Sean Penn gives the best performance of his career. He truly steps into the character and completely deserved his Oscar. Great cast. There were a few minor missteps here and there, particularly with some of the character development, but that does not hold this film back from being one of the absolute best films of 2008. A stand out film of the modern Civil Rights movement.
Moulin Rouge! 2001, PG-13)
Finally got a chance to rewatch this, and I loved it even more this time. What a film! No director has a signature touch like Baz Luhrmann, and Moulin Rouge! lives up to that with it's grand scale, elaborate sets, glamorous costumes, and unique music. Kidman and McGregor both give great performances; Kidman deserved an Oscar for Best Actress but was only nominated. A truly rewarding film experience.
City Lights 1931, G)
A wonderful, classic film of the silent film era. Charlie Chaplin is nothing short of amazing here; he truly is a brilliant comedic performer. He delivers a hilarious and fantastic performance as The Tramp. Virginia Cherrill is also great as The Blind Girl, and she's adorable. This film is funny, sweet, cute, and a classic. I recommend it!
Quiz Show 1994, PG-13)
An excellent film! A new favorite of mine. I knew very little about the film, but the title intrigued me...Quiz Show, it sounded interesting, and it really was. The film is about the Twenty-One Quiz Show scandal of the 1950's...i had never heard of the scandals.
L.A. Confidential 1997, R)
American History X 1998, R)
Great movie! Extemely powerful and touching unlike any other film. Edward Norton gives a stellar performance here, deserving of his Oscar nomination. The supporting cast also gives great performance, Beverly D'Angelo and Edward Furlong in particular. This is an incredible, moving film. You cannot miss this!
Star Trek 2009, PG-13)
The Wrestler 2008, R)
The Wrestler is an excellent film. One of the most depressing, yet utterly real dramas I have ever seen. Mickey Rourke gives an ASTOUNDING performance as Randy "The Ram" Robinson. He is worthy of every praise he received and i'm so thrilled he was able to come away with at least an Oscar nomination. Alongside Rourke is the stunning Marisa Tomei as the aging stripper, Cassidy. Another one of the powerful performances in the film. Evan Rachel Wood gives a stunning performance also, as much of the films emotional power comes from her character. The cinematography is top notch, brilliantly capturing the depressing tone of the film. The soundtrack is great. Everything is great. Fantastic, powerful, moving, memorable film by Darren Aronofsky!
Finding Nemo 2003, G)
A great film! Only Pixar could take a story about 3 fish and turn it into a masterful, timeless film.
Juno 2007, PG-13)
Warrior 2011, PG-13)
Easily the one of the most satisfying films of 2011 as well as one of the best. Joel Edgerton, Tom Hardy, and Nick Nolte are terrific; all three give some of the best performances of 11. An emotional powerhouse that features some brilliant drama sequences that make the film one of the most touching and realistic I've seen in a while.
My Fair Lady 1964, G)
JFK 1991, R)
Capote 2005, R)
Great film! Very slow, but once the story gets going, it grips you hard and never lets you go. Philip Seymour Hoffman is absolutely perfect and gives on the best male performances I've seen. A truly devastating performance and one that certainly makes PSH worthy of his Oscar win; it's remarkable how excellent he is. One of the absolute best of 05.
Ratatouille 2007, G)
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 2011, R)
District 9 2009, R)
This film really surprised me. I had high expectations, but I did not know this would be great. This film is brilliant!
21 Grams 2003, R)
WALL-E 2008, G)
In the world of animated films, WALL-E is a standout film. Although not one of my favorite animated features, I cannot deny what a landmark film it is. Animated films are now beginning to be more emotional and as deep as live film movies. WALL-E is a great example of the bright future for this genre of film. Not only does this film have brilliant music, effects, sound, editing, characters...it also delivers a thought provoking message about what our life and technology could become, exagerated of course, in the future. Any film that can express such a message in the undertones of a child movie, deserves praise. WALL-E is a brilliant film! Pixar has yet to disappoint!
The English Patient 1996, R)
Excellent! One of the most stunning, epic, classic romance films I have ever seen. Winner of 9 Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Supporting Actress, this is a must see! (Even if you are a dude).
A Beautiful Mind 2001, PG-13)
A Beautiful Mind is a beautiful film! There's not much to be said of it really.
Pride and Prejudice 2005, PG)
This film really took me by surprise, not by how good it was, but by how much I liked it. This excellent film completely took me in and I absolutely loved it.
Black Hawk Down 2001, R)
War Horse 2011, PG-13)
Steven Spielberg, yet again, proves to be one of the best directors and story tellers of our time. Only he could take a story about the relationship between a horse and his boy and turn it into a heart warming adventure. The character development is arguably the best thing about the film; War Horse has many different characters, some only in the movie for a few scenes, but almost immediately their roles in the grand story are seen. The cinematography is gorgeous and the score sweeping. I can't recommend this film enough. Excellent; one of the best films of the year!
Walk the Line 2005, PG-13)
Roger Ebert said this about the film and I completely agree with him: "The music is great, the drama is great, the writing is great, the performances are great, I love it!"
Far From Heaven 2003, PG-13)
Almost Famous 2000, R)
The Green Mile 1999, R)
Inception 2010, PG-13)
My mind has been blown by Memento, The Prestige, The Dark Knight, and now....Inception. Easily alongside the top films of 2010, this film is truly unbelievable in every way. Basically, if you have not seen this film, you have waited way to long, as I did. You must see this film for yourself! There is so much to be said of it, but so few words that can explain it.
The Descendants 2011, R)
Forrest Gump 1994, PG-13)
Unforgiven 1992, R)
A classic Western! I really haven't seen too many Westerns, but this is the best one that I have ever seen. Nominated for 9 Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director, Unforgiven is a true example of a film that proved the Western could be legit again.
Kramer vs. Kramer 1979, PG)
Monsters, Inc. 2001, G)
Dances With Wolves 1990, PG-13)
Many people think the 1990 Oscar for Best Picture should have gone to GoodFellas; I might have preferred that also, but don't discredit this film for that reason. This is a great film! Along with 92's Unforgiven, Dances With Wolves revamped the Western genre, making it popular again. Nominated for 12 Academy Awards and winner of 7, this classic film is a must see!
Titanic 1997, PG-13)
Titanic.....where to begin. First, too many people diss on this film. We can question how it's one of the highest grossing films of all time, we can wonder how it won 11 Oscars, we can wonder how it's ranked as one of the best films ever, but the fact of the matter is, is that it is what is because we loved it. I do not get how 68% of user like this film when everyone knows that most everybody has scene it and liked it enough to sit through the whole thing. So it's weird that people are so set that this is a bad film.
Die Hard 1988, R)
Rabbit Hole 2010, PG-13)
I thought this was excellent! I was very surprised by this film; I expected it to be good, but it was better than what I imagined. Nicole Kidman received an Oscar nomination for he role...I originally just assumed the Academy threw her in the lineup simply because she's a star and generally good in all of her films. I was completely wrong, as I was with the film, also. This film was great...one of my favorites of 2010!
It's a Wonderful Life 1946, PG)
The Great Escape 1963, Unrated)
V for Vendetta 2006, R)
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button 2008, PG-13)
Gandhi 1982, PG)
Braveheart 1995, R)
Sin City 2005, R)
Brilliant! This is another one of those films like Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill that I never thought I'd like. Well...I loved it! What's not to love? Awesome characters, crazy violence, multiple storylines with no holes, interesting graphics, all-star cast...Sin City delivers!
Gangs of New York 2002, R)
Excellent! Daniel Day Lewis stands out the most in the film. He gives a stunning performance as the famous, Bill The Butcher. He completely deserved his Oscar nomination for Best Actor. The cinematography is another thing that stood out to me...everything from the sets, all the way to the costumes and props were absolutely perfect.
The Insider 1999, R)
Excellent...I had high expectations, but this was brilliant!
Heavenly Creatures 1994, R)
This was great! A devastating, yet utterly beautiful film!
Doubt 2008, PG-13)
Based on a play, also entitled "Doubt," the film unfolds much like a piece of theater would with the dialogue and actors all in the spotlight. It's in this way that Doubt ultimately succeeds. The performances are all fantastic. Meryl Streep is brilliant in the lead role, while Philip Seymour Hoffman owns as the Priest and Amy Adams shines in a more reserved role; throughout the film, I found myself anxious for the next scene where the 3 would be together because they had great chemistry. Also Viola Davis delivers a great performance, she has only one scene in the film but makes it count by stealing it from the great Meryl Streep. All 4 garnered Oscar nominations. The film also benefits from a really good screenplay. It is never too obvious in delivering its themes and topics, but the dialogue and drama is enthralling nonetheless.
Super 8 2011, PG-13)
Truth is...I didn't want to see this that bad. I only saw it because it got good reviews and the movie that I originally wanted to see (Green Lantern) didn't. I'm so so glad I saw this film in theaters! It blew me away and I absolutely loved it! One of the best films of 2011 so far.
Tangled 2010, PG)
The Help 2011, PG-13)
Not a great film, but there's not much to dislike about this film. Tate Taylor's direction isn't all that special, but while the direction isn't great, he doesn't let his direction hold the film back. However, he did do one thing right; he let the actors act. The acting in The Help is terrific, great performances all around. Emma Stone is the "main" character and does a fine job. Viola Davis shines as the lead maid and Octavia Spencer is solid as well. One performance that isn't getting as much attention is Allison Janney; she's absolutely stunning and I don't think the film would be as good without her. The performance for me though is by Jessica Chastain...a truly fascinating character fueled by a masterful performance.
Crazy Heart 2009, R)
Although it treads familiar territory, I really don't care because Crazy Heart is so well done that it's easily one of the most effective and satisfying films of its kind in years. The performances are great; Maggie Gyllenhaal is great (as usual), well deserving of her Oscar nom., and Jeff Bridges is brilliant and completely deserved his Oscar for Best Actor. Also, two key supporting characters played by Robert Duvall and Colin Farrell really knock the film out of park. Solid script, great music, perfect cast, Crazy Heart is one of the best films of 2009.
Garden State 2004, R)
Garden State is such a great film. Zach Braff truly shows is talent not only as a performer, but also as a talented writer and director. A brilliant script, with smart dialogue in nearly every scene. Natalie Portman is nothing short of amazing in this film.
The Prestige 2006, PG-13)
Wow! Genius! Christopher Nolan did it again. One of the smartest flims I have ever seen. This film starts out as a simple rivalry between to two magicians, but through a series of personal and emotional attacks towards each other, it becomes an intense obssession for superiority. Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman give strong performaces as the lead roles, truly portraying the transformations that occur in their characters. Also the supporting cast gave great performances as well, Micheal Caine, Scarlet Johansson, Andy Serkis.....but especially Rebecca Hall. She too does a great job of showing the transformation in her character as Mrs. Borden.
The Bourne Ultimatum 2007, PG-13)
Marvel's The Avengers 2012, PG-13)
The Little Mermaid 1989, G)
Spider-Man 2 2004, PG-13)
Perfect! A fantastic film! Spiderman 2 is Marvel's best film! It's among the best of it's genre if not the best. Everything that was perfect about the first film the second exemplifies!
The Birds 1963, PG-13)
Gladiator 2000, R)
Wings 1927, PG-13)
For my first silent film ever, Wings more than met my standards, it blew me away. Winner of the very first Best Picture Academy Award, this film is one that every movie buff should see. It really is one of the gems of the silent-film era. I went into this this having never experienced a silent movie before and I absolutely loved it.
Children of Men 2006, R)
Terms of Endearment 1983, PG)
A great film! So touching. Shirley MacLaine and Debra Winger both give great performances! I had originally given this film a 4/5 rating. However I have recently decided to bump it up to a 4.5/5. I will never forget this film...the acting, the story, the characters, the execution...it's an extremely well done film.
North by Northwest 1959, Unrated)
Close Encounters of the Third Kind 1977, PG)
The Sting 1973, PG)
Oliver! 1968, G)
The Bourne Identity 2002, PG-13)
How to Train Your Dragon 2010, PG)
The Town 2010, R)
Catch Me If You Can 2002, PG-13)
This film is so fun and nothing but a complete joy to watch. It's not your typical Spielberg movie, but it's definitely one of the most enjoyable. The cast, story, humor, cinematography, pace, flow, emotion.....it was all great! I'm thrilled to have this as part of my personal collection.
Dark City 1998, R)
Phenomenal film! One of the best Sci-Fi movies I have seen in a while, and definitely one of my new favorites. Dark City is one of the most thought-out and well done films I have seen. Director Alex Proyas did an excellent job with this film. The pacing is perfect; I had tons of questions throughout, but never was I bored or completely lost. The director takes his time and never assumes the audience needs a rushed conclusion. Basically, you need to this movie. Everything about it is fantastic...the concept, story, cast, visuals, tone, music, emotion, pacing, direction. I literally could have asked no more from this film. Truly an underrated gem!
In Bruges 2008, R)
Stranger Than Fiction 2006, PG-13)
This is one of my favorites! I love everything about it. This is my third review I have written for this movie; it's so hard to describe it and do it justice, especially when it's a little underrated.
Cold Mountain 2003, R)
A wonderful film! I really did not know what to expect when I watched this because I had only heard a little bit about it, some good, some bad. I was very surprised by how good it was. I loved it!
Batman Begins 2005, PG-13)
The Lion King 2011, G)
Kick-Ass 2010, R)
Donnie Darko 2001, R)
One of the oddest and weirdest movies I have ever seen. But I love every second of it! Definitely one of my favorites.
The Fall 2006, R)
Closer 2004, R)
Fantasic film! I knew very little about this film going into it, so I had no idea what to expect. What I found was an intense, tragic story of the relatonships of four people. The story takes place over a period of many years, so the films jumps around alot, but I never felt lost at all. The story was so brilliantly executed that I was completely taken in by it.
Traffic 2000, R)
The Devil Wears Prada 2006, PG-13)
I'm pretty confident that I'm one of the only guys in the world that seriously likes this film. I think it's more than just a chick-flick; it serves, also, as a film about life in general. Great performances by Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway. Solid performances by the supporting actors Stanley Tucci and Emily Blunt as well. I really love this film!
X-Men: First Class 2011, PG-13)
One of the better additions to the X-Men series. For once I felt for the characters, I actually cared about what happened to them and how they interacted with each other. Credit must go to the cast because their performances contributed to this, especially James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender. McAvoy gives a great performance as Professor X, and Fassbender is incredible as Magneto. (You will see Erik/Magneto in a whole new light). The film does have some flaws which are even more apparent with multiple viewings. Even so, there's much to look forward to with this prequel series (or soft-reboot rather).
Aladdin 1992, G)
Sunset Boulevard 1950, Unrated)
Changeling 2008, R)
Casablanca 1943, PG)
Psycho 1960, R)
Hotel Rwanda 2004, PG-13)
Howl's Moving Castle 2005, PG)
My very first Miyazaki film, and what a spectacle it was. The animation was absolutely gorgeous; there is truly nothing else like it out there. When it comes to foreign films, I always try to skip dubbed versions and just go along with subtitles; I wish I would have done the same here. At times the script was very cheesy, and I can't help but think that the Japanese to English translation attributed to that. Also, the story got very confusing, especially at the end. Overall though, I absolutely loved this film. Breathtaking and beautiful!
In the Name of the Father 1993, R)
Dial M for Murder 1954, PG)
Billy Elliot 2000, R)
Singin' in the Rain 1952, G)
The Wizard of Oz 1939, PG)
The Ides of March 2011, R)
From Here to Eternity 1953, G)
The Shining 1980, R)
Vertigo 1958, PG)
Great film, but I was expecting so much more. I wasn't dissappointed, just surprised by how I didn't like it as much as I thought I would. Not as intense as I expected, but definitely a film for everyone to check out. The pacing is brilliant, as it seems all of Hitchcock's films are, the story is interesting and intriging, but not as mind blowing as I had heard. Maybe it's because I've seen to many new thrillers that like to spoil the ending right away and incorporate unrealistic twists. I have more Hitchcock films left to watch so hopefully my understanding of his strategy will improve.
Minority Report 2002, PG-13)
Toy Story 2 1999, G)
Margin Call 2011, R)
The Matrix 1999, R)
Winter's Bone 2010, R)
Fatal Attraction 1987, R)
Really good film! Solid writing and directing. BRILLIANT performance from Glenn Close. The thing I loved about her performance is that it evokes so many different emotions from the viewer. As an obsessive ex-lover, she is annoying, infuriating, sick, and horrific, but at the same time she also comes across as a real human worthy of sympathy, even if only for a brief time. Nominated for 6 Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actress (Glenn Close). I loved it!
Field of Dreams 1989, PG)
50/50 2011, R)
Blue Valentine 2010, R)
Chicago 2002, PG-13)
The Piano 1993, R)
A good film lifted by a brilliant ending and two superb performances by Holly Hunter and Anna Paquin. Both Paquin and Hunter won Oscars for their performances. The story is unique to say the least; many will appreciate it as I did, while others will likely hate it. With that aside, The Piano is a on-of-a-kind film that cannot be missed! Nominated for 8 Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director, and winner of 3 including Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress.
Midnight in Paris 2011, PG-13)
I can't really say what I was expecting, but this was completely different than what I thought it would be; it's a good thing, too, because it was unlike anything I have ever seen before. I loved it! It really made me wonder what it would be like to live in another era and meet all those important historical figures. This was actually my first Woody Allen film, so I can't really say how this stacks up with some of his other films, but it was certainly a very good directorial effort. The cast here, featuring a lot of household names, is perfect; everyone gives fine performances. It's definitely one of my favorite things about the film. The scenery and music is good as well. I also thought the writing was extremely solid. I loved the script, and it's no surprise that it was nominated for an Oscar. Including Best Screenplay, Best Director, and Best Picture, Midnight in Paris was nominated for 4 Academy Awards. One of the best films of 2011!
Moon 2009, R)
Great film! The critics loved it, but this film still didn't receive all it's deserved praise...how could Sam Rockwell NOT be nominated for an Oscar? He gives a stunning, Oscar caliber performance as the main character Sam Bell. Check out this film for his incredible performance. Also, the story was well thought-out, unique, and really intriging and interesting. Unlike anything I have ever seen, really. I also liked that it incorporated a few of the good elements of 2001: A Space Odyssey, like the robot, Gerty's, appearance, and the classical musical score. Excellent music by Clint Mansell. I even thought the special effects and computer generated sequences were good, especially for a low budget of only 5 million dollars. Pretty impressive!
Raiders of the Lost Ark 1981, PG)
Philadelphia 1993, PG-13)
Before Sunrise 1995, R)
This dialogue driven romance is close to perfection; Before Sunrise is simply the story of a tourist and a French traveler who meet on a train, talk, and fall in love. Though it is simple and nothing more than a 100 minute conversation between two strangers, it's so much more. The script is absolutely perfect, with dialogue so smart, powerful, and incredibly real. Add to that the brilliant chemistry between Hawke and Julie Delpy and you have an excellent film that completely takes you in. You fall in love with the characters and believe everything they say.
Spider-Man 2002, PG-13)
A great film! Marvel's best superhero adaptation to date. This film, like the other superhero movies, is full of the things that instantly grab an audiences attention.....action, fighting, entensity, emotion, and story. Spiderman more than delivers in those areas. This film, unlike the other films in it's genre, has a perfect cast that makes this film more than typical. With leading actors like Tobey Maguire, Willem Dafoe, Kirsten Dunst, and James Franco, this film has a depthness that it otherwise would have lacked. Also a strong supporting cast with actors like Rosemary Harris and J.K. Simmons also adds to the film.
Elizabeth 1998, R)
The Hurt Locker 2009, R)
Gattaca 1997, PG-13)
Big Fish 2003, PG-13)
Rachel Getting Married 2008, R)
Fish Tank 2010, Unrated)
I stumbled across Fish Tank simply because Michael Fassbender is in it; I had never really heard much about it because it's a low-budget British indie film, and well, I'm American, so just hadn't heard anything about it. I'm glad I came across it because it's a really good little film. Extremely realistic portrayal of a troubled family, great characters, perfect pace, and excellent performances from Fassbender and Jarvis. I completely recommend this film!
Rise of the Planet of the Apes 2011, PG-13)
A very solid first entry/prequel in this (re)rebooted franchise that sets the stage nicely for future installments. This is not a great film, but thanks to a brilliant mo-cap performance from Andy Serkis, the film possesses a very compelling human drama that allows you to sympathize for the apes. This elevates the film and makes me optimistic for what's to come later on.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban 2004, PG)
I don't think this is my favorite HP film, but it certainly is one of the best. Alfonso Cuaron's direction is what holds The Prisoner of Azkaban together There are many brilliant sequences throughout the film, but there are also some moments where I felt the jumbled plot could have ruined the film, but Cuaron's vision and direction holds it all together and makes for a wonderful viewing experience. This film lacks some of the magic that the first films had, but the performances, writing, direction, cinematography, and tone are all spot-on. Really liked it!
Iron Man 2008, PG-13)
Great film! Marvel's best since Spiderman 2!
The Sixth Sense 1999, PG-13)
Shrek 2001, PG)
The Constant Gardener 2005, R)
The great political thriller of 2005. Rachel Wiesz is fantastic in her Oscar winning performance...I had previously thought Amy Adams deserved the award that year but Weisz is excellent here. Great script and good editing. Well-done drama, one of the best of 2005. Nominated for 4 Academy Awards, The Constant Gardener is a must see.
The Others 2001, PG-13)
Brilliant film! I won't name the film this reminds me of because that spoil it, those that have seen this probably know the film I'm thinking of, it came out a few years before this; I like The Others more! Don't miss this, it's a must see!
Mr. Deeds Goes to Town 1936, Unrated)
Back to the Future 1985, PG)
Twelve Monkeys (12 Monkeys) 1995, R)
Taxi Driver 1976, R)
The Thin Red Line 1998, R)
A really good war film, one of the best actually. The battle sequences were amazing, the cast is huge with many stars, the acting is superb (especially Nolte), and the cinematography is gorgeous. My only real complaint with the film is that the philosophical elements infused throughout the film aren't as easy to understand as they were in Malick's 2011 film, The Tree of Life. The battle sequences and performances were brilliant, but I wasn't able to fully grasp the full picture, at least not in the first viewing. I also found it interesting that the film was released the same year as Saving Private Ryan. This is a great film but unfortunately it was overshadowed by the brilliant Private Ryan. Nominated for 7 Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director, The Thin Red Line is a must-see!
Reservoir Dogs 1992, R)
Not Tarantino's best film, but a brilliant directorial debut from a director who's among the best of all time. Perfectly acted, well written, and stylish, RD is a film that cannot be missed. A lot of this film reminded me a lot of 12 Angry Men...much of the film focuses on men talking in an empty warehouse, but yet each scene was intense. Great dialogue scenes. And of course, a Tarantino film must have great quotes...
The Incredibles 2004, PG)
Michael Clayton 2007, R)
Very, very, very slow and hard to follow at first. But, Michael Clayton is a very good thriller. A unique thing about this film, isn't the plot, but the way it appeals as a thriller. With the minimal use of a score and action, it's thrills are driven by the acting. So many other thrillers depend on intense music and fighting, but this film depends solely upon it's brilliant cast. George Clooney, Tom Atkinson, and Tilda Swinton are fantastic in this film. Definitely worth a watch. I promise that after the slow first hour, it gets very good and intense.
White Christmas 1954, G)
Ocean's Eleven 2001, PG-13)
Mary and Max 2009, G)
The Sound of Music 1965, G)
Superman 1978, PG)
Rango 2011, PG)
Junebug 2005, R)
Amy Adams is my absolute favorite actress and I'm so glad I finally saw this film. I really liked it a lot, and Adams is absolutely fantastic. She completely deserved he Oscar nomination, and if it weren't for Rachel Weisz's great performance in The Constant Gardener, she would have won Best Supporting Actress. But, her time IS coming so I can live with that! Truly one of the best films of 2005.
The Last of the Mohicans 1992, R)
Midnight Cowboy 1969, R)
127 Hours 2010, R)
An absolutely fantastic film! A powerful, touching, and inspirational film that is truly one of a kind. Fantastically shot and brilliantly directed by Danny Boyle, this film captures what I thought could never be an intriging story. I was so wrong! This film delivers in so many ways that I never imagined. It is undoubtably worthy of all the praise it received. This film would have had zero effectiness had it not been for the Oscar nominated performance by James Franco. He brilliantly portrays the trapped Aron Ralston as he cycles through countless emotions. His talent and his maturity as an actor shines here; this performance solidifies him as one the best young actors today. The film also has great cinemtography and a brilliant musical score by A.R. Rahman.
About a Boy 2002, PG-13)
Great film! Driven by great performances and a touching story, this dark comedy delivers an emotional dramatic punch that is impossible to not fall in love with. I love this film...it falls into that drama/comedy genre that I absolutely love (Garden State, Juno, Stranger Than Fiction).
Arsenic and Old Lace 1944, Unrated)
Fantastic Mr. Fox 2009, PG)
The Lincoln Lawyer 2011, R)
Bridesmaids 2011, R)
Fargo 1996, R)
A great film, but I find this film to be a little overrated. I really do like it alot and I thoroughly enjoyed it, but for some reason it was not as "masterful" as I was led to believe. However, the film is still a strong one, and is worthy of much praise.
Melancholia 2011, R)
Hunger 2009, R)
Great! This is an extremely difficult film to watch. It's so realistic to how the prisoners were probably treated. The brutality of the beatings almost makes you want to turn your head, but the scenes are so artfully portrayed that the audience is still taken in! The cinematography also influences the realism of this film. The scenery and appearance of the film is brilliant. I also love the tone of this film; it's so dark, tragic, and real. Also the performances are great all around, especially Michael Fassbender as Bobby Sands.
Brick 2006, R)
The Fugitive 1993, PG-13)
Really good film. BUT, I personally feel like this movie will go down as one of the most over-rated Oscar films of all time. While the film is incredibly intense, it's also terribly average...I have a hard time believing it deserved a Best Picture nomination. I also can't believe Tommy Lee Jones won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. Good performance, but not Oscar-worthy in my honest opinion.