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My official list of the greatest films ever made, in no particular order.

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The Lion King 2011,  G)
The Lion King
The best movie ever made. Period. From the technical side of things, when it's in 3D its fine. When it's in 2D its breathtaking.
The Lion King 2 - Simba's Pride 1998,  G)
The Lion King 2 - Simba's Pride
Th song's are actually quite good. This film is so under rated, its better then anything disney have put out after 2004
Black Snake Moan 2007,  R)
Black Snake Moan
Although a misfire for the mainstream audience (who should avoid it like the plague) I am a huge fan of this movie.
I am sure I will never be able to look at Christina Ricci or Samuel L Jackson the same way again after witnessing, in my opinion, their most breathtaking performances ever. Especially after watching them in a movie that's more aware of itself than anything i've ever seen. It's about Christina Ricci being shackled by Samuel L Jackson and chained to a radiator and from this the two of them, who are exact opposites, heal eachother emotionally...and it still manages to be clever. How much more aware can you get?
The chemistry the two of them shared was phenomenaly impressive and it made the movie sophisticated from it, as it was very emotional to watch.
The film itself has the best formula mix of utter hatred and hidden emotion i've ever seen. It's also got a brilliant blues soundtrack and well executed deliberately dark cinematography.
Black Snake Moan is a piece of film making that goes where no actor, director or writer want's to go. Having said that anyways it's ironically directed solidly, acted brilliantly (the leads deserved trollies of awards but were overlooked) and it's much closer to a grim sexploitation movie than Tarantino and Rodriguez who made Grindhouse so desperately wanted to replicate. Except this is smarter and longer.
One of my all time favourite films!
Monsters, Inc. 2001,  G)
Monsters, Inc.
The first film I ever saw. I never saw Toy Story until much later in life. This film is closer to my heart. Its colours are as rich and bright as Toy Story. I must disagree with everyone who thinks this film lacks sophistication because it is highly sophisticated and Pixar throws something else to Monsters Inc that was never really given to Toy Story, imagination. Furthermore, I think this film provides action, quality humour and even better visuals for Monsters Inc to be called Pixar's best.
Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind 2004,  R)
Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind
A very very moving film with deep character development that you'd expect from a director like Gondry but more then you'd expect from an actor like Carrey. It's very trippy and confusing but like Inception it's so good that you dont have to get it to like it. I got the message and I loved it.
The Italian Job 1969,  G)
The Italian Job
This classic film was ruined 8 years ago by a pointless remake that had nothing to do with the original classic that is The Italian Job (1969). A film that made Michael Caine famous is among my favorite films because of its fantastic action sequences considering the films budget and its outrageous comedy. It's famous car chase involving the 3 mini coopers is hilarious and is always a spectacle to watch. The Italian Job has hilarious wit and a humourous style that could be loved by almost anyone.
Princess Mononoke (Mononoke-hime) 1999,  PG-13)
Princess Mononoke (Mononoke-hime)
Princess Mononoke is one of the most legendary examples of how captivating and magical animation can be. It wouldn't have had the same emotional impact if it were a live action film, as it wouldn't have been as outstandingly disturbing and hauntingly unforgettable as it is. Drawing from many different inspirations and crafting them into his own, its Miyazaki's most wild, untamed yet sophisticated and beautiful creation. Not only does it have some of the best drawing i've ever seen in an animated film. It's probably the most powerful epic i've ever seen. One that goes the deepest emotionally and maturely into its highly controversial subject matter of the conflict between humans and the natural world.
Monster 2004,  R)
Where to start? Charlize Theron and Christina Ricci are possibly the best screen couple i've ever seen in my life. No offence meant, but Theron literally transformed doing this role into something she's not. And I actually believed that she WAS Aileen. Thats what I call solid acting. This movie is emotionally wrenching. I was crying through out this beautifully graphic masterpiece out of joy and sadness.
Fight Club 1999,  R)
Fight Club

I unlike most audiences recognised the brilliance of Fight Club the first time I saw it. When I watched it the second time round I absolutely loved it. There's never been a more likable, demented, metaphorical, grisly, or weirdly hilarious film, quite like David Fincher's picture. In my opinion his misunderstood masterpiece. Namely, Fight Club. All despite the complexities of Palahniuk's original novel this film is an engaging overwhelming mind-opener and boasts striking performances and character chemistry from it's let's say "two", leads, Edward Norton and Brad Pitt. It's rip-roaring soundtrack works well with the enigmatic atmosphere. The action sequences are also naturally brilliant and rightfully realistic. The fine direction is as always emotionally resonant of Ficher, and helps you get in touch with your unoppressive and empowering side. The cinematography, is beautifully executed and sets the smirky sadistic tone of the stoyline, which is intelligently adapted by a faithful and caring script. Overall it's a peculiar and timeless movie that i'd recommend to anyone besides the squeamish and faint hearted.
Four Lions 2010,  R)
Four Lions
The premise of the film could have gone badly wrong in any other directors hands but talented comic writer Chris Morris has created a very smart film thats aware of itself and filled with quotable lines and quality black humour. But the real reason Four Lions is complex and gripping is how it crafts humour and the depressing true story it shows us extremely well put together.
Hard Candy 2006,  R)
Hard Candy

This is without a doubt one of the most disturbing films I have ever seen. The mirror image of main character Hayley is Ellen Page who is perfectly cast for the brilliantly insane but incredibly intelligent protaganist and performs outstandingly with emotional depth and charisma in a way that's very much more memorable than any actress i've seen in a while. Trust me when I stress that this film will be hard for many to digest because it's brutal, gritty, tremendously intense and with great ambition; intellectually open minded, so I wouldn't suggest you see it unless your like me and enjoy this sort of movie. The result of the intriguing and daring premise is the truthfully art house film; Hard Candy. An absolutely perfect psychological thriller that's directed carefully, creatively and is determined to keep you as uncomfortable as possible throughout it's viewing and even more so when you've finished watching it.
Batman Begins 2005,  PG-13)
Batman Begins

Christopher Nolan proved with Batman Begins for the first time that he understood the symbolism, the importance, and the feelings of the Batman in his profound reboot of the franchise. His direction and script is that of an intelligent fan of cinema who think the audience is as smart as he is. But if one thing's for sure, I cannot resist smiling at the sight of Gary Oldman attempting to drive the Batmobile. Christian Bale's charisma, charm and voice brings The Dark Knight to life and in a magnetic screen presence makes the character study work well. It's an extremely dark comic book adaptation and better than any other Batman film made previously. It's original, exciting, and filled with thrilling action sequences. Essentialy, it's an entertaining and deeply mature art house film about ideas, with a budget. It's incredible how a big super hero blockbuster film made for 200 million is as artistic as Batman Begins. There is no denying that it surprised everyone, whether they liked the film or they didn't. It's a masterpiece.
The Grey 2012,  R)
The Grey
Never have I been drawn into the environments of a film like The Grey in a long time. I was expecting a forgetable survival thriller but what I was given was a whole lot more. The Grey is skilfully directed and mixes dumb but genuine thrills with debatable philosophy. It's also quite psychological and I absolutely adored the character development. It's quite unexpected in everything it does and that's what pulls it from it's B movie tones and turns it top quality. Some people (like the person I went with) might not appreciate it's depth and study like I did but it's solid, scary and emotionally tragic all at the same time. Dont be put off, it may have a cheesy title and a ludicrous plot but guess what? In it's own enigmatic way, it's absolutely terrifying.
The Big Lebowski 1998,  R)
The Big Lebowski

It's a fact that the 1990's wasn't the best decade for witty and smart comedy movies, but The Big Lebowski was an exception. It's a real shame the critics didn't embrace it because it's truly deserving of it's cult status. There's excellent chemistry between Bridges, Goodman and Buscemi and it's surprising "mumble" core style of comedy is just plain funny. In fact, it's so good that I can completely ignored the plot inconsistencies. It's not a solid movie, it's all over the place, but it is absolutely hilarious.
Ginger Snaps 2001,  R)
Ginger Snaps

There's a lot of reasons why this film is more memorable than other teen horror movies. For one thing, everything in Ginger Snaps is kept consistent including, the frights, the irony and the belly aching laughs. The lead duo give it all they've got and that's rarely seen in this type of movie. Backed up with a decent script, an array of likable and real characters and a cleverly built in social commentary, Ginger Snaps suceeds beyond all other films with this over used premise. I'm really surprised this one was forgotten, because it's damn well the coolest one out there.
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas 1998,  R)
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Terry Gilliam's films attempt to combine fantasy and reality into one huge void. There are few films other than Fear And Loathing in which he does he does it perfectly. Mostly due to the magnifecent art direction, he essentialy creates surrealism at it's best. I've also noticed that many believe the film has no distinctive purpose, well, it's not a distinctive movie. The subject matter in my opinion, ties in with destiny, vulnerability, opression and cultural movements. Like many unrealised masterpieces it leaves the message to you, but that's just my opinion. Next to it's amazing set design the performances and the script are both researched well. They share heritage to the source novel, and there are along with that, a lot of good laughs provided. Johnny Depp and Benicio Del Toro share a good chemistry and the cameos are hilarious. My favourite being the unfortunately short one from Christina Ricci. I just hope one day this is recognised for how good it actually is. Truthfully I wasn't fond of it the first time around, the second time round I enjoyed it as art, third time my final thought on it was that it was as a masterpiece. I looked at it for what it was and thought to myself, it's actually brilliant.
True Grit 2010,  PG-13)
True Grit

Considering True Grit is a mainstream release the Coen Brothers have brilliantly remained faithful and affectionate towards the novel and have managed to craft a modern western masterpiece. True Grit is quite simply a revenge western that's much more intelligent than expected, it's backed up by brilliant performances from Bridges, Damon and Steinfeld and remarkably feels like a gritty but also emotional Western considering the highly stylistic gore restraint. To put it simply, amazing.
Brokeback Mountain 2005,  R)
Brokeback Mountain

One of the most enchanting, intimate and beautiful love stories ever made. Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal's moving performances are a huge spectacle, even more so than the beauty of the breathtakingly dream like environment in which they both fall in love. Ang Lee's precise direction engrossed me so much that my visualisation of the title mountain felt realised and as heartwarming as the love Ennis and Jack felt. Most remarkably of all, thie romance of Brokeback Mountain never falls to the use of any cliche's, and unlike most hollywood dramas is graceful, simple, caring and utterly unforgettable. I didn't get as emotional as I wanted to, but I admire this film with all my heart.
Splice 2010,  R)
I'll admit Splice is not for everyone, but I think thats because pure horror fans just cant stand the moral values this movie touches upon. The genius basic set up is: sci fi's, horror's, thriller's and of course; drama's taken to the next level. Without a doubt, Vincenzo's best film. It's much smarter than your average horror movie and it succeeds in trying to be something different. It maintains a brutally dark and chilling atmosphere and combines or ("splices") the codes of what you'd expect from it's genre with staggering heartwrenching drama and even a bit of innocence wonderfully inspired by Frankenstein. Which is a similar parent and child story that's now considered a horror classic.
A Nightmare on Elm Street 1984,  R)
A Nightmare on Elm Street

Wes Craven's benchmark creature of terror: Freddy Kreuger. Combined with the brilliantly intelligent premise has strongly helped make this deservedly remain one of the greatest suspense horror's of all time. It's an incredibly smart slasher movie that never loses it's ability to bring forth a unique enigmatic and eery sense of isolation among it's victims. The victims? Us.
Balto 1995,  G)
Balto is a hugely under rated animated film. It was released at the same time as Toy Story and therefore overshadowed. But I preffered this film, I enjoyed it because it was funny and Bob Hoskins shows real enthusiasm to his character of the goose who is Balto's sidekick. Balto is one of the greatest hero's of an animated film and whilst watching you'll care about what he does next. I know you see a lot of animated films with the central character as an outcast but I will say Balto is the best of them all.
Pulp Fiction 1994,  R)
Pulp Fiction

Quentin Tarantino's masterpiece. Pulp Fiction remains one of the most inspiring films of all time, when ironically, it was an inspired feature already. And that's just proves how brilliant it really is. It's jaw dropping style, it's unexpected depth, it's incredible cast, and it's masterfully interlocking storylines are so well structured and entertaining, you never want them to end even after 154 minutes of having the honour of being in their company. It assembles one of the greatest ensemble casts ever. Featuring Samuel L Jackson who was at last recognised as a great actor for his sadistic yet hilarious performance as Jules Winnfield, Uma Thurman as seductive Mia Wallace, John Travolta as street smart Vincent Vega, the list of memorable talents goes on. It's a right in your face, solidly directed exploitation movie; which is much to frequently expected from the likes of Tarantino, but much more intelligent and easily his best. It's entirely in it's right to be that way and is none other than a profoundly self-aware piece of art. Cool, slick, funny and witty, it's an instant black comedy classic. Without any doubts in mind, Tarantino's smartest film to date. And it gets more and more entertaining every time I see it. Within reason, Pulp Fiction is one of the only films ever made that I would recommend immensely to anyone.
The Social Network 2010,  PG-13)
The Social Network

I was immensely enthusiastic about getting to watch The Social Network because i'm a huge fan of David Fincher's previous work and i'd argue within an inch of my body that he's one of the few true visionary directors working today. Exactly as I expected, it managed to surpass all of my expectations, made my jaw drop in utter amazement, and then some. The Social Network helms everything you could possibly want from a perfect film. Jesse Eisenberg's infinetely memorable, spellbindingly poisonous performance as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg kept me glued to the screen as did the beautiful technical design that's very reminescent of Fincher's previous work like it's atmospheric cinematography delicately shot by Jeff Cronenweth, who also shot Fincher's previous masterpiece Fight Club. With it's perfectly engaging supporting cast, it's cleverly inserted witty humour and an entirely satisfying finale the film works as entertainment as well as a brave political statement, an overwhelming drama, and an art form. In literal terms you can't honestly describe how intense the drama is and how impressive the direction and script is structured. Unionised with a uniquely suiting soundtrack it's a film memorable in every definition of the word and easily one of the best films of 2010 and possibly the twenty first century because of it's importance to modern day society, and it's remarkability in modern film making.
2001: A Space Odyssey 1968,  G)
2001: A Space Odyssey

Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey is one of the greatest cinematic ahievements in history, outstanding entertainment, with it's use of enthralling imagery and mesmerising music it completely deserves to take pride in it's simplicity and lack of plot. It was way ahead of it's time upon release, you could easily mistake it for a film released yesterday day but it's ideas are nostalgic and will always be thought provoking as they are mind boggling and mysterious. In my opinion, the point being made is that life is an ascent through material means, the ultimate goal being, essentially, godhood. The aliens themselves never appear because they've evolved beyond the point of requiring any physical manifestation whatsoever (the monoliths are just machines to progress humans through out the evolutionary stage). It's about the advancement of man, evolution, and man's tools. The ending is a resurrection, a new stage in human development, beyond the use of technology.
Rocky 1976,  PG)

The very definition of Rocky, is masterpiece. This was probably the first drama I ever saw and I remember finding myself in tears by the end of it. It's an enormously compelling story with emotional engagement, drama, romance, all held together by a beautifully written script and utterly outstanding performances from all involved. Definetely Stalllone's best film. Absolutely nothing he or director John G. Avildsen has made to date shares the same raw power and emotional impact that Rocky inspires in me.
Jaws 1975,  PG)
Jaws is the undefeated master of horror, terror and suspense. Simply because of how little you see the shark is why your sitting on the edge of your seat eagerly awaiting the next suspenseful scene.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest 1975,  R)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
A great film but also an amazing adaption. One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest is an emotional rollercoaster with memorable characters and performances and a cleverly inserted political subtext that never ceases to manipulate and entertain among the occasional multiple viewing. It could have been 20 minutes shorter, but despite being incredibly slow, I was glued to the screen in it's entirety. This is possibly the best example of a film that's enjoyable in it's unrestrained intensity.
The Descent 2006,  R)
The Descent

I think that Neil Marshall is one of the greatest horror directors working in the business today. I clearly remember when I first saw his debut feature Dog Soldiers a few years ago that I was left feeling terrified, but also laughing in my seat at it's hilarious black humour. His second feature, The Descent, is one of the most serious movies I've seen in a while, and that's saying something when you consider how horror movies have become a lot funnier than scarier in recent years. Having said that this is an absolutely brilliant film. The Descent started by petrifying me, giving of a wince inducing sense of claustrophobia and total isolation. But as it progresssed so skillfully treading into more disturbing and darker territory I was feeling more and more horrified. I love horror, it's undoubtedly one of my favourite film genres, but i've toughened up on them over a long period of time and not scared easily. However I was literally shaking after seeing this. It's also got everything a horror fan could possibly wish for. Director Neil Marshall clearly loves horror as much as we do, he brings together all elements of the genre, psychology, gore, monsters, kills, murkiness, and of course the "last girl." He offers countless bloodbaths throughout the flick and each scene is shot by Marshall carefully, with a beautiful visual style. Due to the compressed environment in which the plot is set, the film also uses it's imagination to bring on the scares rather than ending up becoming cheesy, then succumbing to the usual means of deaths in horror films. His script features incredibly realistic dialogue that truly aids you in investing your sympathies to the characters. In addition I found the cinematography eye popping and downright stunning, the acting compelling, and the crawlers in the caves constantly scary and creepily animated. To put it simply, The Descent get's weirder, bloodier and nastier after every twist and turn, leaving you right at the edge of your seat. Before unbeknownst to us throwing it's audience back into them again in complete fear. I just couldn't ask anything more from a horror film. It's outright demonic with just a slight pinch of feminism from it's all female cast, and quite easily the perfect fright flick for Halloween. Without contest it's one of my favourite horror films of all time, and eventually it will become a timeless British horror classic.
Seven (Se7en) 1995,  R)
Seven (Se7en)

It's always intrigued me at how a thriller as deep and exciting as Seven can come out of Hollywood. Addressing the fascinating finale, you can't describe it in any way, other than, incredibly creepy, and utterly unexpected. David Fincher's Seven is full of twists and turns with a fantastic visual style and performance chemistry between Morgan Freeman and Brad Pitt that I first suspected wasn't going to work. It's easy to emotionally invest in their sympathetic characters because the various sub plots concerning their relationship with each other and other people are consistently interesting if not as much as the imaginative and tense primary narrative. As always with David Fincher his obsessive eye for detail is presented here, and in the case of a detective story he uses suitably grim and murky cinematography that captures the atmosphere perfectly. Kevin Spacey is also well cast, performing in a creepily magnetic screen presence as the psychopath murderer the duo have to track down. The blood splattered gore effects and eye popping set pieces are not rushed, filmed excellently, with each and every corner caught on camera, designed within an inch of their very existence. One can only really describe the film as a peculiar and unforgettable experience. With it's edginess, enigmaticity and style, it deserves it's title as Fincher's original masterpiece.
Pan's Labyrinth 2006,  R)
Pan's Labyrinth
Pan's Labyrinth is imaginative and spellbinding to the extreme. I've rarely seen any films like this with wonderful emotional depth. Guillermo Del Toro does more than help us manage crossing the language barrier but pulls us into a different world that helps us ignore it and fall to our feet with emotion as we express tender care for the little girl and even see the world's from her eyes. I cannot stress how exhilarating and stunning this magic motion picture is. Del Toro creates one of the darkest atmosphere's in the history of film and shapes innocence into it too, despite the fact we are watching an independent main character who is a great role model for children as well as adults. All this and more of its timeless majesty and ultimate entertainment experience help me conclude that Pan's Labyrinth is one of the best Fantasy films ever made.
The Godfather 1972,  R)
The Godfather

Outstanding in every possible manner, the feature that would be first in the cinema dictionary to be classed underneath masterpiece. There are certain films that are adored by almost everyone, films that have the honor of being called flawless, films named misunderstood cult classics, but then there's Francis Ford Coppola's "The Godfather". Arguably one of the greatest achievements in American filmmaking. A powerfully acted, grippingly written, utterly overwhelming gem crafted with such skill that it is categorically and unconditionally flawless. I cannot cast enough praise for this film. Aside from merely delivering what we expect when we wish for a big screen experience. Including that of good performances, great scriptwriting and artful direction this delivers so much more. At the time of it's release no person expected it to be as good as it was. But The Godfather gave us all of the above and in addition to that defined a genre. It was the birthplace and remains to this day the high water mark for gangster drama/crime noir filmmaking. It's highly open to debate what the message of the saga is. I see at it as a truthful insight into how the gangster genre is endlessly and carelessly glamourised. That there is actually a lot of pain and heartbreak in the criminal underworld. I also think the film is a lecture on what can be personal as opposed to that what is actual business in the line of organised crime. But also a tale of love, hatred, truth and death. In addition to that, as a companion piece to my favourites, a better cast has never been assembled on screen before. Marlon Brando's most engrossing performance is undeniably showstopping. Al Pacino who plays the role of one of his sons constructs the character inside out. Changes him from a vastly respectable man, to an even more reputable godfather. The way I view it is simple. If a film can grip you so much that you actually manage to sympathise for a universally feared mafia crime lord what your having the pleasure of viewing must be really something and then some. The Godfather is just that, it delivers in every single department. It is quite easily one of the best films that ever graced motion pictures.
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy 2011,  R)
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

The first thing to say is, it's the film of the book, and what a dazzlingly envisioned adaption it turns out to be, never skimping on visual style and character development. It's a good old fashioned mystery tale that pitches itself to a niche audience. Having said that many have noted it's not a film for everyone and I couldn't agree more. Despite, it deserves universal credit as one of the most crisp and faithful adaptions ever crafted. The performance of Gary Oldman as the lonely misunderstood George Smiley is outstanding, his movements and use of all senses is highly imaginative, and just jaw droppingly perfect! He isn't the only stand out actor, I think that the film is ensemble and the supporting performances of everyone else involved are in equal measure; amazing. The dialogue is also very sharp and the set pieces, are quite simply the work of a master artist, they completely blew me away. There is a lot to like about Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, having said that no one can call it; completely and utterly boring. Unlike many modern spy films it's a caringly nostalgic and sophisticated movie, i'll admit people will dislike it, but if you cant find anything at all good in it you aren't very observant. Basically the film is flawless in every possible sense, the only problem is not everyone will understand it, I did.
The Exorcist 1973,  R)
The Exorcist
It wasn't terrifying but instead was very engaging and it creeped me and freaked me out a lot. The Exorcist has brilliant acting, special effects for the time and will never fail to give you the ultimate mindf**k. It started out slow (too slow) but there's still a lot to admire though in this Kubrick-esque psycho horror. It poses questions without giving answers or a back story and with it's slightly gothic and entirely religious overtones, The Exorcist deserves to be called a classic. It's very eery and has a brilliant conspiracy/true story set up that makes it even creepier.
Spirited Away 2001,  PG)
Spirited Away

I have no doubt that Spirited Away is the most imaginative movie I have ever seen in my life. It was the first Studio Ghibli film I ever saw and I couldn't have picked anything better quite frankly...well besides Princess Mononoke. Firstly, I love how it approaches both adults and children. Young viewers of Spirited Away will see themselves in the main character Chihiro and relatable characters are key in animation. From a technical viewpoint it looks outstandingly brilliant and the creatures are stuff beyond my imagination. It's an emotional rollercoaster that's severely intense and then laid back and then heartwarming. Then somehow from all this it maintains a consistent tone. It's a beautiful film that goes to show how powerful and wonderful animation is.
The Shawshank Redemption 1994,  R)
The Shawshank Redemption

The Shawshank Redemption demonstrates one of the reasons why I love watching movies, it is utterly inspirational. A gruelingly gritty film but remarkably the most visually and emotionally warm prison drama ever crafted. Why the performance of Tim Robbins was almost entirely overlooked I honestly have no idea. At least justice was given to the never failing Morgan Freeman for his breathtaking portrayal. More deserving of Best Picture at the '94 Oscars than the hugely over rated Forrest Gump for sure. As nostalgic as it is powerfully resonant this jewel of classic film making leaves it's message for us to decide and never stopped pulling my heart strings. In my opinion this movie can change a personality for it's belief in the human spirit, friendship, survival and redemption and for that embrace it as one of the best films of the 1990's if not of all time.
Rain Man 1988,  R)
Rain Man
It's the king of all crowd pleasers. The simple and intriguing premise of the film came off brilliantly. Hoffman and Cruise (with a much under rated performance) are fantastic together showing excellent chemistry. Rain Man shows us everyday situations from a sufferer of autism's perspective truthfully yet touchingly. The movie didn't feel to me at all like 2 hours. It's by no means flawless but very near perfect. I have a brother who suffers from this condition so maybe the film just connected with me in a special way and made me feel good. Like movies are supposed to do. Amazing film about love and self discovery.
The Raid: Redemption 2012,  R)
The Raid: Redemption

Feeling each of the character's physical wounds, pain, and agony in action film's mentally, is vital to the excitement and the thrills of it all. In recent memory I can't think of watching anything more mentally painful than the suggestion of each kill that is seen in The Raid. What it loses in substance it makes up for in, pure, undeniably perfect, full on action. I'm certain that this will be the regarded as the best action film of the year. It's an absolutely fantastic technical achievement in filming action sequences. The cinematography is brilliant and the building itself, the king size set piece, is reminiscent of Die Hard and improves upon it in terms of design and visual spark. I dont think director Gareth Evans should be involed in the production of the remake being made for Hollywood. This is going to be almost impossible to top. It doesn't help that it just encourages people further to avoid subtitled films. Despite that fact, this film is edgy, hard-hitting and mind-blowing. It's plot is straight-forward, it's made on a small budget, and it's proof that blockbuster special effects doesn't come close to what truly makes action films awe-inspiring. I'll also add that the acting is surprisingly decent for a film of it's kind. It's a near perfect movie, and essential viewing for action fans. It's undeniably cool, incredibly inventive, but what I loved about the film the most however is how it reminds us that two men fighting in a kitchen with pots and pans can be more thrilling than giant robots destroying a city. It's incredibly enjoyable and i'll say very proudly that it's one of the best films of 2012.
Requiem for a Dream 2000,  R)
Requiem for a Dream
Silver Linings Playbook 2012,  R)
Silver Linings Playbook

The unconventional storyline of Silver Linings Playbook may be the basis for the best romantic comedy I have ever seen. I don't think I need to explain from this point onwards that I love this film. The stellar performance chemistry shared by Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence fleshes out one of the sweetest and funniest screen couples I can remember. Needless to say that the romance sparking between them is exciting, funny, heartwarming yet somewhat mysterious and intriguing. From this David O. Russell ignites perfect physical tension between these two seemingly unrelatable characters and sets the road out for heartwarming charm and humour without a single trace of annoying, unbearable melodrama. Each character steals every scene from the rest. Robert De Niro and Jacki Weaver bring more development to their supporting characters then what may have been absolutely necessary in the best possible way. In addition there are some brilliant plot twists that bring a certain edge to what could have potentially been a typical, sugar coated sob story. Russell's sensitive direction is a whole lot more thoughtful and mesmerising for dramatic and comedic timing than even the most determined Oscar bait dramas. Interestingly this was granted a release just before awards season but I will proudly defend this movie against any prejudice targeted against it. Such as allegations that it is drastically begs for audience sympathy and critical press because in all fairness it is a great piece of quirky, unpretentious filmmaking that earned my sympathy and took me completely by surprise. This is not filmmaking at it's most arrogant in any way, shape or form. It is an impressively original, smart, likable little movie that displays a range of terrifically talented people at their very best. A fresh take on love, life and new beginnings. If not one of the best films of last year.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 1974,  R)
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
This movie is relentlessly disturbing and jaw droppingly shocking. No horror film in the history of cinema could be more unethically entertaining. Horror films today usually try to carry narrative's that make some sort of sense and its these storylines that always cause the film makers to hit a brick wall and forget that they are trying to scare people out of their minds. The reason The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is so scary is because it carries no explanation for all these mad killings. Slasher film's should contain no character development in my opinion and this movie couldn't be more of a milestone of exploitational slasher horror even though barely any blood is seen. To sum up, the cult classic is a truly terrifying experience that draws you in as if you are there.
Antichrist 2009,  Unrated)

Not much stuff happens in Antichrist but if you were to sum Lars Von Trier's misogynistic art house horror into one word, that word would be overwhelming. Some may ask the message he was trying to get across and it is difficult to figure out. But it is about nature being Satans Garden of Eden and the bringer of life being women also being the bringer of death. Antichrist shares a genetic heritage to the french cult horror film Posession in the way it portrays it's complete hatred for the female kind but visually it's beautiful rather than hateful. With some unforgettable scenery captured by Tier's masterful direction and breathtaking performances by Willem Dafoe and the under rated actress Charlotte Gainsbourg the film holds tightly together. It isn't a film for everyone, due to the squeamish nerve shredding sexual torture scenes but it's painfully powerful stuff, as some scenes are so intense you may remember them forever. I know I will.
Life of Pi 2012,  PG)
Life of Pi

An engrossing and otherworldly piece of darkly philosophical yet majestically gentle 3D poetry stretching to a seemingly short-lasting 127 minutes. Ang Lee has always had a talent for bringing smoothness and relaxation to gritty tales of sorrow and the loss of all hope. But with Life of Pi he takes it to a whole new level. His blending of real live action and animation is absolutely flawless in this film, and although i'm somebody who has a strong dislike for 3D, it actually enhances the experience of watching it. But the story of this film is so incredible and Lee's triumph over the boundaries of "normal" storytelling is so revolutionary that seeing Life of Pi in 2D would make almost no difference at all. It is one the most wondrously spiritual experiences that I have ever got from watching a film. Like all the best tales with an underlying meaning or point to be made Ang Lee's priority is never to shove morals down our throats. He simply guides us through an interesting, dream like and mind opening story. Against all impossibilities he succeeds, a plot as bizarre and mind bending as Life of Pi could only be grounded correctly by a masterful storyteller, and Lee is arguably one of the few who could do it. Suraj Sharma's performance as the titular character is one of the most energetically engaging debuts I have seen in quite a while. Especially when you consider he only ever has conversations with a CGI Bengal tiger and occasionally himself. The special effects for the tiger are brilliantly realistic. I found myself doubting the illusion it was fake. Not merely at the service of the visuals, which were truthfully breathtaking, but because the movements and actions of the tiger were lifelike. Life of Pi never ends on an entirely liberating note in which the main character and the tiger become best friends and then live happily ever after, the whole film explores the true nature of nature. The fact that animals like ourselves do have souls but don't always see us as angelic as we do them. It's also about holding on tightly to what you have left. The idea of the story itself may be phenomenally silly to some but, I felt genuine anguish for Pi and the end of everything situations he gets thrown into and believed the film for every second it lasted. It is the most touching, frightening, beautiful, groundbreaking film to come out in many years and along with that Lee's best film since Brokeback Mountain. Somehow it is even better. The 3D is undoubtedly the best I think I have ever seen. The way the film breaks the rules of character and setting isolation deserves to be remembered for many years. Awards wouldn't be enough, Life of Pi is a landmark in great film making history. I would endlessly urge everyone to see it in all of it's sheer beauty.
The Shining 1980,  R)
The Shining
A lot of people may disagree with me but I see Stanley Kubrick's The Shining to be his absolute best film. This movie is proof that blood special effects dont rule the horror industry. From the films i've seen with Jack Nicholson this is the one role that fit him solidly and of course the role which he has acted at his best. It is a perfect psychological horror that flows scarily unlike modern horror films from beggining to end. The reason this oh so terrifying movie is oh so chillingly nerve wrecking is because Kubrick flawlessly takes advantage of the human nature that everything that we dont know or understand scares us. Somehow this movie believe it or not managed to make sense at the same time. But, the most enigmatic scene and a great example of this happening in this horror classic is the ending that wasn't exactly "an ending" which made it even creepier. Like the whole movie it scared the hell out of me and although the film is set in a gigantic hotel with barely any characters inside of it. It gave me one of the greatest senses of claustrophobia and isolation I have ever experienced.
Oldboy 2005,  R)
Panic 2000,  R)
The Elephant Man 1980,  PG)
The Elephant Man
The Fly 1986,  R)
The Fly
GoodFellas 1990,  R)
The Matrix 1999,  R)
The Matrix
The Matrix is groundbreaking on almost every level. In terms of imagination this is definetely near the top of the ladder. Everything else is fantastic too. It was actually released 10 years before James Cameron's Avatar, which was the next great achievement in imagination and technical effects that surpassed The Matrix. But what this amazing piece of cinema has that its achievement sucessor doesn't is a mind-bending plotline that isn't as simple or as camp as Avatar.
Captain Phillips 2013,  PG-13)
Captain Phillips
Blue Is The Warmest Color 2013,  NC-17)
Blue Is The Warmest Color
American Hustle 2013,  R)
American Hustle
12 Years a Slave 2013,  R)
12 Years a Slave
American Beauty 1999,  R)
American Beauty
Dog Day Afternoon 1975,  R)
Dog Day Afternoon
Ghost World 2001,  R)
Ghost World

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