The films which are always close to be in My favorites list

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Those which were out, just by a little, so I consider them wonderful too. No special order (but as in My favorites, the last ones are based on books, for children, etc...). Also films that could be my favorites, but I couldn´t see them complete, so I can not valorate them in a perfect way. As the list moves, there are some candidates to be on it in the list "Candidates to be in close to faves list"

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Shadow of the Vampire 2000,  R)
The War 1994,  PG-13)
The Dark Knight Rises 2012,  PG-13)
The Dark Knight Rises
Usually, in the third movie of a saga, it is common that, trying to overcome what you did in the previous ones, you try to become things maximalistic, and that gets a little baroque. That can be the defect in this movie, which, however, has great point as a good inheritance of the previous ones, with interesting evil characters (although, in my opinion, it falls in the mistake of one the previous movies referring to the motivation of them), good feminine roles (although the best Catwoman continues being Pfeiffer, in my opinion), and a good hypertrama which combines some social questions -however, in that and also in the motivation of the characters, some of the things sound a common topic-. Anyway, the too big approach is compensated by the crepuscular tone, a good end, and some really good script-lines (including the legend of the prison). Not a disappointing end at all, although it results a little strange, but leaves a good Bruce Wayne inheritance.
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? 1966,  R)
All About My Mother 1999,  R)
Oscar 1991,  PG)
The Apartment 1960,  Unrated)
The Apartment
More dramatic than comedy, more sad than funny, even full of melancholy. Shirley MacLaine makes a lovely role, I even though she was Audrey Hepburn the way she acted!
The Life of David Gale 2003,  R)
Dancer and the Thief (El baile de la victoria) 2009,  Unrated)
Dancer and the Thief (El baile de la victoria)
Good story with great interpretations. The plot is around two people who have just gone out from jail: Ricardo Darín, who plays the role of a famous thief who now only looks for his wife and son, and Mario Guerra (in the movie, Angel), a young boy who falls quickly in love with Victoria, a girl that hasn´t spoken since the disappearance of her parents under Pinochet dictatorship, and that only express her feelings through dance. These three characters will look for redemption, love, and a new opportunity for their dreams. Everything starts with Angel proposing Darín a robbery that will make them rich at the same time they´ll look for revenge and justice.
Family Business 1989,  R)
Metropolis 1927,  PG-13)
Although it is a difficult movie to follow, as it´s a silent movie, the visual work is fantastic, and the story is scarely modern, in a distopic and unpleasant future that is closest to the present times that we would like. This is one of the movies -if I were a director- that I would like to make a new version, to take the best of the original and improve it even more.
Manhattan Murder Mystery 1993,  PG)
The Boy Who Could Fly 1986,  PG)
Amador 2012,  Unrated)
Includes a social drama, an intimal story with touchs of tenderness and also humour (even a very dark humour), and a not-expected twist that conditions all the movie. Fernando León does again a work that combines
Changeling 2008,  R)
Eastwood does again and creates a great story, based on an outstanding real fact about power, human rights and abuses. I thought the movie was going to be too much decaying and depressing, but in fact, it is a good thriller with intense feelings. Great job, highly recommended.
Así en el cielo como en la tierra (On Earth as It Is in Heaven) 1995,  Unrated)
Así en el cielo como en la tierra (On Earth as It Is in Heaven)
Funny costumbrist comedy set in a 'supposed' Spanish Heaven. Very good actors, surrealist moments, and a good excuse to laugh.
La Vida de nadie (Nobody's Life) 2003,  Unrated)
La Vida de nadie (Nobody's Life)
Based on a real story, but with a free interpretation. An aproach to the abysm of human sight, and what lies beneath... I must recognize that the movie is only 3 stars worth, but I add an additional star because I think the election of the issue is a success itself.
Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind 2004,  R)
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof 1958,  PG)
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Intense and full of fight of characters, as it is common in Tennessee Wiliams plays. Great actings (not as good as in A streetcar named desired), describing different aspects of familiar interactions: relations between fathers and sons, inheritances and affections, unhappiness in marriage, feeling of spite for the absence of love from the one you worship, and a hidden speech about how hiding homosexuality can induce you to misfortune. And (as usual), the relations between husbands and wives. Strange couple the one of Paul Newman and Elizabeth Taylor: she wants to show sensuality, adoration and love, and she receives nothing. A recomforting trip to the deep of human nature. Paradoxically, the most important scenes, at least for me, come with the speaking between Paul Newman and his father, and then is when the relationship with Elizabeth Taylor takes sense. So, 3 stars, and close to 3.5, as the movie is more interesting as it progresses.
The Help 2011,  PG-13)
The Help
Between 3 and 3.5. Delightful at the same time that powerful. From what I heard from the book, it seems it suffered a few changes which make the story lose some originality, but achieves the stories fit more in the general overview (a little more "American style" ending, among others). Not also the issue, but the way it is told, makes it very interesting. A heavy point in my rating is because of the black actresses, leaded by Viola Davis (future candidate to Oscar this year?, I won't be surprised)
Amistad 1997,  R)
We have not seen a lot in cinema a reflect of the tragic consequences of slavery, and the interesting point about this movie is that it does without falling in too much sentimentalism or dark suffering excesses that will make the message get lost (although some scenes are really hard). Interesting characters and good cast around a court room movie with political interestest around. Also, a good success in reflecting the shock between African and European-American culture. Great physical acting of the African actors, in particular Hounsou. In the bad part, it becomes sometimes more idealistic than close to the real facts (in the speech of John Quincy Adams, I find too much references to the future), and, in that sense, it loses some credibility.
Ransom 1996,  R)
A Single Man 2009,  R)
A Single Man
Not only to underline the master work of Colin Firth (nominated to Oscar), but also the brilliant eye of Tom Ford, who achieves to make an elegant recreation of the past (although sometimes abuses and falls into a Gucci-like style -don't forget he was before a Gucci designer-; even some scenes look advertisements). Even more, he employs in a subtle but powerful way all resources in hundreds of little details (light, colour, sights, reminds, atmosphere, sound) to show us every single feeling of the main character and make that, even though he could seem distant to us, we perfectly understand what's going on through and want to be his accomplice. A must see.
The King's Speech 2010,  PG-13)
The King's Speech
Nice and elegant picture about self-superation and friendship that counts with great interpretations, photography and artistic direction. I give a particular merit to this movie because for me (not very monarchic and living in a time where kings are just decorative figures), it was difficult to assume that a king´s speech can be important for nation, but the movie achieves to make you think it is (and also, makes you suffer with the task and circumstances of the main character). A good work, for me not the best of the year, but an interesting one.
Sweet November 2001,  PG-13)
Sweet November
I must confess that before watching the film I thought it was going to be just a romantic comedy or drama, so cute that I will throw up of so "pink" and wonderful love... However, the great character they have chosen to the role of Charlize Theron -a lovely, original, excentric, helping woman, such an Amelie but a little more realistic and less French, with very original neighbours-, and the transformation she produces on Keanu Reeves, makes it a very interesting film to watch. You could say the end is previsible (well, at least in Spain the trailer suggested it very clear) and easy, but you are going to be so in love with the femenine character (not as plain as the usuals in romance movies), that you won´t be able to be indiferent about it.
The Amazing Spider-Man 1977,  Unrated)
The Time Traveler's Wife 2009,  PG-13)
The Time Traveler's Wife
Read the book and I loved it (I would have quited half of the pages, but the story was enormous). The movie doesn´t catch completely the spirit of the book because it doesn´t recreate so much in the time travels to the past and in the internal feelings of the characters, but Eric Bana is tender with the people who surround his life (even himself in the past), and Rachel McAdams is lovely in the way she express her passion by why she adores and expects and wants to fight for. Great use of paradoxes of time. Not so good use of possible resources at the end as the book did.
With Honors 1994,  PG-13)
The Woodsman 2004,  R)
The Woodsman
Strong, consistent, intelligent and brave approach to a difficult and not much explored issue. Very good interpretation from Kevin Bacon, and simple but hard-worked script.
The Last Station 2009,  R)
The Last Station
I think that probably they have modified some of the real facts to make a more interesting story, but they create a very good atmosphere showing a Tolstoi more tolerant and comprehensive than his own followers, a wife that loves her husband but at the same time doesn´t understand his objectives and is domained by last ambition (and also defends a common love story along years, even with hysteria), and good secondaries stories with different characters that show the fight between love to couple or love to mankind, following ideals vs tolerance, imposing something or follow the master versus find your own way. The best point about the plot is its lack of manicheism, showing that everybody has a part of reason and their motives to act that way. Scenography is quite interesting. Oustanding actings from every actors, but Helen Mirren was particularly exceptional. You must stay after the movie to see the credits, you´ll llike what you see.
Quiz Show 1994,  PG-13)
Quiz Show
Excellent actings, very good direction, good script. It is not a story about something crucial, but about honesty, truth, belief, dignity. Great work.
Mississippi Burning 1988,  R)
Hero (Accidental Hero) 1992,  PG-13)
Hero (Accidental Hero)
Although Garcia´s character is too soft, and Geena Davis´ is not a great one, Dustin Hoffman´s is very funny and shows a double face that makes it amazing.
Burn After Reading 2008,  R)
La Torre de Suso 2007,  Unrated)
La Torre de Suso
Intelligent and very funny movie, with good dialogs and interesting characters. It´s a movie about old buddies meeting again in the town, finding how different are their lives from which they expected. But they are all together now because of the dream of a dead friend: to build a tower, "from which we could see things from a higher altitude".
The Notebook 2004,  PG-13)
The Notebook
I must say I have never seen such a sexy character as McAdams plays here, but for me, the overwhelming story is the one around James Garner. I do not usually like romantic movies, but this is an exception. However, I haven´t seen it completely, lost a part of the young-people story.
Days of Wine and Roses 1962,  Unrated)
The Shoes of the Fisherman 1968,  G)
The Shoes of the Fisherman
If the real Pope was as this one, things would go much better.
Elizabethtown 2005,  PG-13)
An unexpected surprise. The character of Kristen Dunst conquers the movie (she is the kind of girl I would marry with), and Orlando Bloom plays a role who usually doesn't (and which we are not used to see in American movies). Funny little stories, and also deep sentences. The last trip is incredible. Very good taste of mouth.
La Vida Mancha 2003,  Unrated)
Bicicletas son para el verano (Bicycles Are for the Summer) 1984,  Unrated)
Rosemary's Baby 1968,  R)
Analyze This 1999,  R)
Father Brown (The Detective) 1954,  Unrated)
The Insider 1999,  R)
Road to Perdition 2002,  R)
Cube 1997,  R)
Dial M for Murder 1954,  PG)
A Perfect Murder 1998,  R)
Strange Days 1995,  R)
Twilight 1998,  R)
The Reader 2008,  R)
The Reader
It´s a good adaptation from a good book, but of course, it can not achieve the complexity of the inner thinking of the characters. Daldry tries to develop a story from the memory, and it gets someway, but, of course, not as well as the book. Talking about Kate Winslet, it´s difficult to play a role that, in the book, is always refered to in third person, and make in "in first person", and again, difficult without knowing all what is going on through the minds of the characters. However, she does as good as it was possible, although maybe to be such a famous actress make us less credible (it could have been better with an unknown one). Refering to more concrete aspecs, I didn´t remember Hanna to be so authoritative, maybe a little less. Anyway, as a said, a good adaptation, but from an even better book.
Joe Gould's Secret 2000,  R)
In the Line of Fire 1993,  R)
Traffic 2000,  R)
Flatliners 1990,  R)
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid 1969,  PG)
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
The great point of the movie is the high chemistry among Newman and Redford, probably the best cinema couple
Vidocq (Dark Portals: The Chronicles of Vidocq) 2001,  R)
American History X 1998,  R)
Bullets Over Broadway 1994,  PG)
Bullets Over Broadway
Wolf 1994,  R)
Cousinhood (Primos) 2011,  R)
Cousinhood (Primos)
Brilliant dialogs. Makes a circle around its own perfection. Superb, and, over all, very funny.
Turtles Can Fly (Lakposhtha hâm parvaz mikonand) 2004,  PG-13)
Turtles Can Fly (Lakposhtha hâm parvaz mikonand)
Not only good telling the hard life of people in a land which is always between a war and another, but also original as a story of characters, not following in stereotypes and with mix of genres. Very good characters and actors, which are children but give the impression of having the power of gods.
The Iron Giant 1999,  PG)
The Pelican Brief 1993,  PG-13)
Invictus 2009,  PG-13)
Good inspirational story. Very good acting from Morgan Freeman. Not the most impressive story in the world, but very, very interesting.
A Civil Action 1998,  PG-13)
IL Generale della Rovere (General della Rovere) 1959,  Unrated)
Paths of Glory 1957,  G)
To Kill A Mockingbird 1962,  Unrated)
The Browning Version 1994,  R)
Away from Her 2006,  PG-13)
Away from Her
Sarah Polley directs movies as the ones she likes to act in: beautiful, tender, small precious stories about feelings with an exquisite actor direction (both Julie Christie and Gordon Pinsent were delighting), making what could have been just a sad story become hopeful and nice.
U Turn 1997,  R)
Anatomy of a Murder 1959,  G)
Missing 1982,  PG)
The Beaver 2011,  PG-13)
Una Giornata Particolare (A Special Day) 1977,  Unrated)
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps 2010,  PG-13)
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
A good second part for the ones who liked the first Wall Street. Points to underline from the movie: 1) starting from the critics that I have heard about this movie, it is true that Oliver Stone always tries to be the moral concience of his country. Some people don´t like it (it´s not my case), anyhow I can say the story about economic crisis is presented as a summary of things we already known, not like if Oliver Stone wanted to impress us with something new. He is only going putting on a movie (something more time-lasting than newspapers or comments on TV) a special situation that we have all lived in order that it can be remembered in next years, not trying to offer magic solutions or showing that the directors knows more than the viewer. 2) Continuing with the critics, some people said some characters are too plain. Well, some characters, in fact, are just there to make its function, and it´s logical they are the way it is according to their characteristics. For example, Josh Broslin is the new Wall Street broker villain, similar to Gordon Gekko in the past, not a new generation of brokers but a message from Stone that things don´t change really and go in a cyclical way. Carey Mulligan character is also clear in her feelings, although we can say she has a contradictory attitude about her father and also about what Wall Street boys mean for her. However, complicated and ambigous characters are present in this movie, including a great Shia LaBeouf (good actor when he has a good project), splendid Langella, and marvellous Michael Douglas, who gives us the 20 different versions of Gekko, sometimes hateful and other able to be forgiven and even appreciated in his powerful return (it´s quite a different Gekko than the original one). 3) It´s a movie about economy, but also about familiar relationships, about forgiveness, loyalty, make friends in hell, second opportunities, about pathways to follow in life under different decisions. The movie is much complex than the first one (that was moved to a defined end), and here it looks more "things go on at the same time that life happens". Stone usually wants to show both faces of the coin and the motivations of the characters but not forgiving what are the main principles, the ones that should sustain our life. So, in conclusion, a movie that criticizes system and at the same time make peaces with it (including -and that´s a spoiler- a too much happy ending). Just a bad point: Charlie Sheen inclusion is almost a parody of himself -completely forgettable.
The China Syndrome 1979,  PG)
The Others 2001,  PG-13)
Michael Clayton 2007,  R)
Michael Clayton
Good story about the character of George Clooney. Tom Wilkinson was also right. But Tilda Swinton was even more marvelous...
Bringing Up Baby 1938,  Unrated)
Cat People 1982,  R)
Cat People
You could say it´s only a good excuse to have N. Kinski on the screen... Well, not bad objective, after all. Independently of this, they take the idea of the original film (not bad), and they create a good-pulse thriller with erotic reminiscences. The great problem of the idea -as it happened in the original- is that, although it´s interesting to know about a particular species of cat-people and how they live (in this version they develop a little more the history of cat people) , they focus too much in the sexual aspect, what could make the film a little ludicrous in some moments (as I said, it sometines seems more a excuse than a film).
The Tailor of Panama 2001,  R)
Gordos 2009,  Unrated)
Very good movie, even better than "Azuloscurocasinegro", the previous work of the director, because it has the same depth in the stories, but is more brightful, full of light, tells drama but with a good sense of comedy, an appropiate rhytm, telling the story of the characters alterning sadness with jokes and humour, knowing that pity comes better with a smile. Sometimes it is not very subtle, and the characters change opinion too quickly, but that is something that you maybe have to do if you want to tell so many stories just in a movie, and in any case, it reflects how characters are: selfish, contradictory, naive, obsessive, insecure, aparently intelligent but being domained by their passions and fears. It tells you that eating much maybe in a reflect of something deeper inside, or being fat creates you feelings you didn´t expect. So, a very realistic film in which everything comes natural, a good study of different characters, what move them in life and how strange their pathways evolve. You won´t regret to see it.
Buda as sharm foru rikht (Buddha Collapsed Out of Shame) 2007,  PG)
Buda as sharm foru rikht (Buddha Collapsed Out of Shame)
The naive sight of the girl who has the main role in this movie moves us along the aim to learn that she exhibits all the film, and how children reproduce (for good, and for bad, in a funny or in a cruel way) the world of adults. The importance of little details (a notebook, a pencil, a lipstick) in this movie is essential, as they bright as little suns. The scene in which the boys play to be islamists is one of the most shocking ones I have seen in cinema. With nice or impacting scenes (including the final one), the movie compensates an almost documentary-style that can make the narration a little difficult (however, its short length helps not to increase too much this defect) with the brilliant use of allegories. A pray for a better world.
The Purple Rose of Cairo 1985,  PG)
Paper Birds (Pájaros de papel) 2010,  Unrated)
Paper Birds (Pájaros de papel)
With wonderful characters, it is a tribute to the comedians, to the people we love and that love us, to surviving despite all. Very good actors, music and plot. It reminds me -with its differences- to one of this Graham Greene novels where politics are mixed in the life of a main character which thinks more in its personal affairs. Also, a great tribute to the best clown in the history of Spain.
It's Alive 1974,  R)
Once 2007,  R)
Little jewel. Excellent soundtrack.
Bringing Out the Dead 1999,  R)
The Valet (La Doublure) 2006,  PG-13)
The Valet (La Doublure)
Really interesting and funny film. Daniel Auteuil was very good, Kristin Scott Thomas, amazing, but what I almost like most was the character of the doctor.
A Separation 2011,  PG-13)
A Separation
Not really so focused in the separation (though it has an important role), this movie is more about how an apparently innocent situation becomes a spiral of lies, troubles, tragic decisions and threatening for this family. Here, nobody is absolutely innocent, although you can understand the different point of views of the characters (some more than others), and things become in a tense limit because a little lie here, some stubborn attitudes there, a peculiar personality or too much belief in religion in this place... and then it becomes a torture situation which can finish with freedom and wealth of everybody. So, an uncomfortable movie for an uncomfortable situation, that makes you move in your seat asking about what incredible paradoxes human beings create in their relations and how simple problems can derive to enormous ones. An interesting movie, then.
Wings of Desire 1987,  PG-13)
Wings of Desire
I knew there was something special in the sight of Peter Falk...
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy 2011,  R)
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Between 3 and 3.5. The movie tries not to give you all the information plain, but in little bits, so you must be cautious and don't get lost while the things which are exposed first are explained later (maybe it has been too complex and make the movie a little difficult to follow, but you thank that they treat you as a intelligent spectator, and things are explained in a way that should be more natural in real life. Anyway, too much). As you know more, the intrigue becomes more interesting. Very good interpretations, atmosphere and supporting roles and the relations among them.
Wall Street 1987,  R)
Winter's Bone 2010,  R)
Winter's Bone
Very hard movie about Deep America, and a very special sub-world. Shakespearean characters of few words and which move in the mud. Surprising. Very good work.
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil 1997,  R)
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
Two main aspects: atmosphere (a very Southern one), and excentric characters. You'll laugh a lot with it, although paradoxically it's a thriller. Very good story.
Boiler Room 2000,  R)
...And Justice For All 1979,  R)
...And Justice For All
Probably my favorite end ever. You will say it (as the film) is not original, and that is even "primary". But we sometimes need powerful primary feelings on the screen, as well as in our lives...
Extraordinary Measures 2010,  PG)
Dead Man Walking 1995,  R)
Luna de Avellaneda (Moon of Avellaneda) 2004,  Unrated)
Map of the Sounds of Tokyo 2009,  R)
Map of the Sounds of Tokyo
The story is quite simple but effective, but the main achievement of this film is the use of images and mainly, sounds (not very frequent that there´s silence, there´s always a sound that means something and it´s related to the previous or latter sound) to express life in Tokyo, and the drama of characters you understand perfectly, and so on you understand they hate each other. So, good approaching, experimental but not so extrange as it could sound, not very complicated but, OK, interesting story, good actors, and good photography, and, as I have sounds, and even smell. Imprescindible for Assia-lovers.
Doubt 2008,  PG-13)
Good interpretations and dialogs, but something fails with climax and confrontations -it seems they could have been more intense, there´s someting that does not go perfect in the machinery. But anyway, intelligent proposal.
El Misterio Galíndez (The Galíndez File) 2003,  Unrated)
La grande séduction (Seducing Doctor Lewis) 2002,  Unrated)
La grande séduction (Seducing Doctor Lewis)
Very funny movie. One of those in which the whole town is the main character.
Hannah Arendt 2013,  Unrated)
Thesis (Tesis) 1996,  R)
Baby Doll 1956,  R)
Baby Doll
Another great South drama, full of sexual tension, from Tennesse Williams. Great interpretations, but Eli Wallach is exceptional.
True Grit 2010,  PG-13)
True Grit
Good work with taste to classic movie, good actings by every side, solid way to do things, and a story of strong people with some touches of humour. In summary, a very interesting movie.
Four Minutes 2008,  G)
Fury 1936,  Unrated)
Nadie Conoce a Nadie 1999,  R)
The Concert (Le concert) 2010,  PG-13)
The Concert (Le concert)
Magnifique! One of this subtle, fresh, intelligent comedies that France sometimes gives to us . Emotive as well as funny. Solid and frank Guskov, delicious Melanie Laurent.
Silver Linings Playbook 2012,  R)
Silver Linings Playbook
Very good movie. Funny, original, surprising, and with good chemistry among the interpreters (leading and supporting), which make a good work. The end is maybe too stereotypical, but, OK, you can not have everything. Close to 3.5
Romantics Anonymous 2011,  Unrated)
Romantics Anonymous
A delightful comedy about happiness, fear to life, and the incredible treasures inside anyone of us, as it happens with chocolate sweets.
Almanya Willkommen In Deutschland 2011,  Unrated)
Almanya Willkommen In Deutschland
Nice story about immigration, coming back home, identity family, and over all, a funny point of view of relations Germany-Turkey.
The Lion in Winter 1968,  PG)
Revolutionary Road 2008,  R)
John Q 2001,  PG-13)
John Q
It's strange to me that nothing like this has happened before. Probably, only that people from US are civilized, peaceful people, has avoided it. In any case, it is difficult to tell a story about such a dramatic issue, and though that problem, the movie is not badly solved.
Death and the Maiden 1995,  R)
Scener ur ett äktenskap (Scenes from a Marriage) 1974,  PG)
Scener ur ett äktenskap (Scenes from a Marriage)
Very complicated movie to watch. It is hard, long, and intense. But is a great effort that is worth to watch, by far. It is full of content, analytical, gets psychologically inside the characters. In the same way Ibsen analyzed the role of woman in Scandinavian society in its time, Bergman has dissect marriage and the attitudes of men and women (incredible analysis of the development of a woman in the middle of the movie), their contradictions, mistakes, what they look for, their selfish way to act, insecurities, problems, forms in which they spoil what they have, etc... All this is supported by strong, well-profiled actings from the two main actors, which make a outstanding role. It is history from a generation, or from the generations of First-World countries who acquired comfort but lost their happiness and discovered they were not nice and did not get what they wanted, if they could ever get it. Great work.
Atonement 2007,  R)
Impeccable directed, mainy in the visual aspect, but also with music and actors, it has literary echoes waving all around. It would have likely deserved the Oscar for that year.
Searching for Love (Entre vivir y soñar) 2004,  Unrated)
Philadelphia 1993,  PG-13)
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre 1948,  Unrated)
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
Even when you know what is going to happen, it keeps you interested in how it happens and even surprises you. Very good work.
The Shadow 1994,  PG-13)
The Conspirator 2010,  PG-13)
The Conspirator
Robert Redford has a special quality to find good stories in the past and look to them in a new perspective. Close to 3.5.
The Town 2010,  R)
The Town
Between 3 and 3.5. More than solid thriller, in which individuals that could have gone out from Jersey shore acquire somehow the greatness of Shakespearean characters. Very good job from its director.
Cat People 1942,  R)
Cat People
Good idea, but too quiet film, keeping you so much in the expectation. 1982 remake overcame this aspect, but maybe too much, so it lost a lot of the original subtlety of the film.
The Men Who Stare at Goats 2009,  R)
The Men Who Stare at Goats
Coen Bross started making movies about idiot characters in a systematic way -something not completely new, but which they combined with acid humour in a particular style from them-. Then, we they got famous actors, they had them -typically heroes in other movies- acting as idiots as well. Now, others continue doing it, and they get excellent results, as in this parody about war, Army functioning, journalism, paranormal and human relationships. Incredible cast for laughing a lot in a very ironic way.
Unleashed (Danny the Dog) 2005,  R)
Unleashed (Danny the Dog)
I heard a critic about this film: "It was a Jet-Li movie... until Morgan Freeman arrived to the cast, and then became a Morgan Freeman movie..." Beautiful, the actos create a magic world outside the violence of the life of Danny.
Welcome 2009,  Unrated)
They say it is a sort of European "Gran Torino", and, although I was skeptical, yeah, I could say that sentence is true. I will not forget this sentence: "he crossed 4,000 km to meet with his girlfriend, and I did not cross the street when you went away from me".
Nine Queens (Nueve reinas) 2001,  R)
Nine Queens (Nueve reinas)
Elegante revisitación de un clásico (el de la película de las grandes estafas), que nunca pasa de moda.
Gigante 2009,  Unrated)
Little jewel. Describes the process of falling in love with someone, with all the steps: when your friends don't understand you, when you do pointless activities... Lovely to see this enormous, hard-rock fan giant, behave in such a strange way because of the obsession he has fallen into. Delightful.
Veronica Guerin 2003,  R)
Nell 1994,  PG-13)
Apart from the incredibly achieved inside-role of Jodie Foster, this film fascinates me because it treats about how personality is developed, if it can be the same, and we can think the same, after growing in absolute solitude. Also,it seems to me the world where Nell lives is a little magic, almost onyrical. Probably the reality would not been the same if it really happened, but that is something very difficult to reflect. Good cast, good script, good environment, good phylosophical questiones to be asked, wonderful movie.
The Reckoning 2004,  R)
Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed (Vivir es fácil con los ojos cerrados) 2013,  Unrated)
In the Name of the Father 1993,  R)
In the Name of the Father
Although I consider it is a 3 stars movie, I add an additional half a star by the brilliant performances and the strength of real facts.
Red Lights 2012,  R)
Red Lights
Better than his previous movie (however, that was much more aclaimed), it is a good psychological thriller that offers the best dramatic role for De Niro in years, and also good interpetrations and use of sound, lights, script and other resourcers. SPOILER: (I think the end does not contradict the message of all the rest of the movie because, as you know, this is only fiction).
Let the Right One In 2008,  R)
Let the Right One In
As a lot of people will tell you, a different story about vampires, intimist, closer, paused and quiet, focused in adolescence. Lina Leandersoon makes wonderfully in showing the contradictions of her character and the people who are around her, and it's a movie that shows us that, in middle of the horror, deep and beutiful feelings can be found. Fresh air in a genre that of which it has been abused sometimes.
Lord Jim 1965,  Unrated)
Malice 1993,  R)
In Time 2011,  PG-13)
In Time
Much better than I expected. This distopic story (although sometimes too commercial and some others more an exhibition of Amanda Seyfried hair and body -although, hey!, I am not the one to protest against that, and, anyway, her character is interesting-) includes a hard anti-capitalism critic (even to the concept of money in circulation and inflation), references to a classic movie, and all the reflections which can be carried out about this particular kind of society. Although other parts of the script are too common or not well resolved, others are much better. Curious the way the story plays with the proportions of time. So, strange but good combination of science fiction story and blockbuster
Phone Booth 2003,  R)
Coriolanus 2011,  R)
A puerta fría 2012,  Unrated)
Brick 2006,  R)
Very good film noir story. All the components of the classic detectives story, it is just set in an institute. Very well done.
La Noche de los Girasoles (The Night of the Sunflowers) 2006,  Unrated)
La Noche de los Girasoles (The Night of the Sunflowers)
Disturbing, solid and consistent thriller. Very good work with the script. The hardness of actions and bad luck, the correspondant reactions and the consequences of our acts. Good characters supported by strong interpretations. An interesting study about human nature.
Micmacs (Micmacs à tire-larigot) 2010,  R)
Micmacs (Micmacs à tire-larigot)
Jeunet offers us his very particular magic world, now against weapons manufacturers. The main character, with his trouppe of crazy soldiers, has a master plan to take revenge for two big arms sellers. Humor, tenderness and a very careful photography in a film in the same line of the previous works of Jeunet (Amelie, Delicatessen, The city of lost children, A very long engagement), maybe less funny and genial than others when it gets into the details of the master plan, but, as always, offers a original approach and marvelous characters.
Bubble Boy 2001,  PG-13)
Bubble Boy
Hilarant and even tender. It´s just a big joke, but with original characters, lots of magic and crossed stories and a loving bubble boy you´ll enjoy and suffer with. I have read that the mother of the original characters claimed that his son seemed a clown, and it can be true, but is also true that they have created a curious story about the classic idea of love and believing in yourself and what you want, no matter how difficult it is.
Warrior 2011,  PG-13)
I was told that this was a fight movie that talked about feelings. I was quite skeptical. I was wrong: it is strong, solid, full of heart. Great, great job.
The Ides of March 2011,  R)
The Ides of March
The dark side of politics. No concessions. Be careful, although there is (as you can imagine) a trick around, nothing is what looks like (or you can predict is going to be -although maybe one thing you have seen other times). I say no more.
Spy Game 2001,  R)
Quartet 2013,  PG-13)
Maybe not the movie of the year, but lovely to watch. Very nice characters and actors.
La Historia Oficial (The Official Story) 1985,  R)
The Fountain 2006,  PG-13)
The Fountain
The depth of the issues treated, the beauty of the images, and the interconnection of the stories in the symbolism, make this movie overcomes the defects it has.
Amazing Grace 2007,  PG)
Gravity 2013,  PG-13)
Quite good interpretations, not a bad general message -even strong- and (in 3D) the closest experience to be in space. That is what I asked for, and that was what I had.
Looper 2012,  R)
Although much to discuss about the script, it has interesting points.
Proof 2005,  PG-13)
Déjà Vu 2006,  PG-13)
Déjà Vu
I would give it half an additional star if it didn´t step over physics rules every five minutes.
Margin Call 2011,  R)
Margin Call
Between 3 and 3.5, great actings from great actors to describe quite a Shakespearing tragedy about economy, which is described in a clean and elegant way basing on the construction of characters. Recommended to understand how finance works.
Limelight 1952,  G)
The Good Shepherd 2006,  R)
The Good Shepherd
Sober description (as cold as the main character, who looks despicable since minute 1) of the evolution of the life of a spy along with the beginning of CIA. Lives mixed and destroyed, no trusting in anyone, personal, moral and political conflicts, and the relations among power. A very intelligent, well-made approach from de Niro in his best work in years, but in the direction side. Some extraordinary acting. Very, very good.
Bonnie and Clyde 1967,  R)
Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans 1927,  Unrated)
Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
Although some aspects are a little mean and simplistic, and the second part is much weaker than the first part, the great moments in the first half of the movie, the great use of the images, the subtility in, however, quite a clear and bright message, with the cathartic moment of crisis and resurrection of the feeling, all that makes this movie worth. Marvelous in some aspects.
Secondhand Lions 2003,  PG)
Secondhand Lions
Pretty funny, with two great actors and characters. A great time watching it.
In A Better World 2011,  R)
In A Better World
It talks about eternal issues: peace and violence, revenge and prudence... It like the comparison between the Third World and the circumstances of kids, which reminds me to the scheme in the movie "The war". Great work, which deserved the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language movie (which respect for the other candidates).
Cloud Atlas 2012,  R)
Whose Life Is It Anyway? 1981,  R)
The Strange Trip (El Extraño Viaje) 2006,  Unrated)
Zelig 1983,  PG)
Very interesting, well-thought, funny story, with a very intelligent sense of humor, some tenderness, and a more realistic love story than in many other films. Amazing. Liked what a summary said elsewhere about what happens when you fall in love with someone that can be whoever you want him to be, haha.
Drive 2011,  R)
Well directed, good actors, good combination of music, silence and image, and just a hyperviolence sometimes that makes it lose some of the great realism it has to describe some sub-worlds. I understand all the good critics last year because it has all the good ingredients, although maybe the parts are a little less than the total.
The Box 2009,  PG-13)
The Box
Although the last part is a little bizarre, it makes a good intrigue along good part of the movie.
Peacock 2009,  PG-13)
Chinatown 1974,  R)
The Green Mile 1999,  R)
Stalker 1979,  Unrated)
Science fiction almost without visual effects. Just a special situation and people who move and talk about the different possibilities. Three (and more) different characters exposed, fronting themselves and a extraordinary situation. Nothing happens and, however, it keeps you in tension as makes you more interested in what is going on as the story evolves and misteries start to be solved (in the beginning it is a little mess because you do not understand what is happening until movie advances). Not strange for me that Tarkovsky also adapted Lem's classic Solaris: they are done to understand each other.
Un Lugar en el Mundo (A Place in the World) 1992,  PG)
Un Lugar en el Mundo (A Place in the World)
A story about how to fight and how to lose (always, against the powerful). The story of a very special family and friends around. Good work.
Nowhere in Africa (Nirgendwo in Afrika) 2001,  R)
Rashômon (Rashomon) (In the Woods) 1951,  Unrated)
Rashômon (Rashomon) (In the Woods)
It is a good story, but lacks of some narrative force: probably because 1) it is very difficult to understand the mentality of Japanese XIth century, 2) probably, for 1950, no enough resources had been invented to increase the thrilling impact of a story (although Kurosawa makes a good job, there are elements that nowadays will be indispensable: for example, the sound of the rain should be continuous, and not just intermittent, and there should be more darkness in story and more violence in the dialogues). Although, maybe, this is just my vision (at the end, the acclaimed director is Kurosawa), and it is the particular decision of the director to do it that way, and put the vision of crime under the fear of daylight (and it is right that the photography is exceptional and can increase the disturbing of the story). However, in my opinion, an actualized version, set in this time, with powerful actors, and sound and visual tricks prepared to reinforce the script (in the way of the most classic film noir), will be required: I would go to see it! The story creates you an intrigue which is even move underlined by the fact that, at that time (and as far as I know), very little had been played in cinema with alternative versions. Between 3 and 3.5.
The Grand Budapest Hotel 2014,  R)
All About Eve 1950,  PG)
All About Eve
How to be a harpy, advanced course. Not the kind of story which interests me more, but we must recognize dialogs are brilliant.
El Mundo Es Nuestro 2012,  Unrated)
El Mundo Es Nuestro
Interesting and curious bet. A sor of "Dog day afternoon" with all the particularities of Spain (specifically Seville), economic crisis and low class problems. Very funny, and social in a strange way. Between 3 and 3.5
The Wrestler 2008,  R)
The Law Is the Law (La legge è legge) 1958,  Unrated)
Demon Seed 1977,  R)
Demon Seed
Definitely, 70´s horror movies are the best ones
Girl, Interrupted 1999,  R)
Espérame en el cielo (Wait for Me in Heaven) 1987,  Unrated)
Moon 2009,  R)
It´s between 2.5 and 3 stars: 3 because the story is very well told and the interpretation of Sam Rockwell is very good, but the problem is that the main core of the script seems a copy-paste (or copy-adaptation) of other famous science-fiction movies (and I am not talking about the computer interpreted by Kevin Spacey, because I already knew that). As a summary, if you have not seen Blade Runner, you will love it, but if you have seen, maybe you´ll be a little disappointed. Maybe you can see these movies as a mirror: this is much better done (in the general aspects) than Blade Runner, but the last one has more impacting and original messages than Moon.
If Not Us, Who? 2011,  Unrated)
Escape from the Planet of the Apes 1971,  G)
Fail-Safe 1963,  Unrated)
Close "Dr. Strangelove", but in a serious way (well, unless you thing Dr. Strangelove is more realistic, which can be perfectly feasible), it is not strange that it was not a success with the hard issues it talks about. Lumet goes to the limit -even too much- to show us the dangers of a nuclear war and to let the machines too much of our decisions. Very hard to watch because it is very intense.
A Chinese Tale 2011,  R)
I Cento passi (One Hundred Steps) (The Hundred Steps) 2000,  PG)
I Cento passi (One Hundred Steps) (The Hundred Steps)
Very interesting movie, based on real facts, about a young man who claims about the domain that Mafia imposes to its Sicilian town. Story of a youth fight, and a community that moves with fear and submission to crime. Should be known by people so Mafia loses its power.
Lars and the Real Girl 2007,  PG-13)
Rio 2011,  G)
Very nice environment. Magnificent work. Excellent music and settings. It catches Brazil spirit. One of the best animation movies I have seen in the last times.
The Sword in the Stone 1963,  G)
All Dogs Go To Heaven 1989,  G)
Bedknobs and Broomsticks 1971,  G)
Batman: Under the Red Hood 2010,  PG-13)
Batman: Mask Of The Phantasm 1993,  PG)
Batman: Mask Of The Phantasm
I am sure many of the ideas of this movie were useful as inspiration for Batman Begins.
Batman - Mystery of the Batwoman 2003,  PG)
Batman - Mystery of the Batwoman
I love Batman animation movies. They have not only the intrigue, the darkness, the depth of the characters and the complicated detectives plot of the normal Batman movies, but also has great images, wondering action scenes and extremely attractive women. Great work.
Atlantis: Milo's Return 2003,  G)
Beowulf 2007,  PG-13)
I thought it was just going to be another Hollywood movie with a novelty on special effects, but its base on mithology and all the contradictions and dark legends it implies, gives the movie a special dimensiones that makes it worth to watch.
Who Framed Roger Rabbit 1988,  PG)
Young Sherlock Holmes 1985,  PG-13)
My Fair Lady 1964,  G)
My Fair Lady
Elegant, precious, with a very ironic sense of humour: and think I am not a great fan of musicals.
Doctor Zhivago 1965,  PG-13)
Hamlet 1996,  PG-13)
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea 1997,  PG)
Death of a Salesman 1985,  PG)
Merlin 1998,  PG)
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen 2003,  PG-13)
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
The good point about this movie is watching again the characters which were your idols at your childhood, all mixed in a good story written by Alan Moore. It is true that, in some moments, it becomes irrealistic (even more than what is supposed), and in others, just an action movie, but in general, if you don´t ask for too much, it´s a funny movie with interesting characters that makes you have a good time of entertainment.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets 2002,  PG)
X-Men: First Class 2011,  PG-13)
M*A*S*H 1970,  PG)
Lawrence of Arabia 1962,  PG)
Apocalypse Now 1979,  R)
Apocalypse Now
It shows craziness about Vietnam war, and it is also a tribute to Heart of Darkness, and all that is very good. Some iconic scenes and characters (as Ride of Valkiries, and Brando and Duvall's roles) are now part of history of cinema.It has some common deffects to Vietnam war movies and also some problems of structure. However, it had to show some very important things.
Inside Job 2010,  PG-13)
Inside Job
One of this must-see movies for all those which don't believe that is deregulation of financial markets which has caused the crisis. Although it talks about hard economy (and can be very specific sometimes), it's amusing and easy to follow along all the problems of the system: authorities, banks, universities.
Blackfish 2013,  PG-13)
Las maestras de la Republica 2013,  Unrated)
Spellbound 2002,  G)
Between 3 and 3.5. A very original point of view to all the implications of this contest and what it means to children and families.
The Invisible War 2012,  Unrated)
The Invisible War
A story which had to be told.
Hijos de las nubes, la última colonia (Sons of the Clouds) 2012,  Unrated)
The Day of the Jackal 1973,  PG)
La Battaglia di Algeri (The Battle of Algiers) 1966,  Unrated)
The 5 Deaths of Ibrahim Gonsález 2009,  Unrated)
Paseo de Arturo Luiz Serrano ,  Unrated)
Paseo de Arturo Luiz Serrano
Great short story about a group of three men who are going to be executed as prisoners of a war. They are a poet, a farmer and a soldier. Between them, in the last moments, lots of humour and tenderness. Wonderful.
El secdleto de la tlompeta 2013,  Unrated)
7:35 de la mañana (7:35 in the Morning) 2004,  Unrated)
Partly Cloudy 2009,  G)
El Profe (The Professor) 1971,  Unrated)
Por mis pistolas (With My Guns) 1969,  Unrated)
Patrullero 777, El 1978,  PG)
Señor doctor, El 1965,  PG)
Columbo: Murder, Smoke and Shadows (TV SHOW) 2007,  Unrated)
Columbo: Ashes to Ashes 1998,  Unrated)
Columbo: Uneasy Lies the Crown (TV SHOW) ,  Unrated)
Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - The Speckled Band ,  Unrated)
Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - The Final Problem ,  Unrated)
Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - The Red-Headed League ,  Unrated)
Return of Sherlock Holmes - The Six Napoleons 1986,  Unrated)
Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes 2004,  Unrated)

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    hakkanarejo posted 3 years ago

    i like this lists...