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My Top 100 All-Time Favorite Movies

  English47's Rating My Rating
The Godfather 1972,  R)
The Godfather
The greatest film ever made. The acting is flawless, the cinematography is beautiful and the storyline is incredible.
The Usual Suspects 1995,  R)
The Usual Suspects
Kevin Spacey is one of the greatest actors of all-time. The twist at the end is one of the best I've ever seen. Oh and fuck Scary Movie...
Rocky 1976,  PG)
The inspirational music, the cinematography and the depth within each character portrayed is amazing when you consider how quickly this film was made and how low-budget it was. The acting was also phenomenal - FOUR actors including Talia Shire were nominated for Oscars.
Pulp Fiction 1994,  R)
Pulp Fiction
Possibly the greatest quotable movie ever made.
Fight Club 1999,  R)
Fight Club
Forget the twist... watching this movie the second and even the third time is so much better than the first. It's not even that my second favorite director directed this master piece or that 2 of my favorite actors star in it. It's the single greatest commentary of the post-modern era on consumerism. The stylistic storytelling and direction sets the perfect mood for one of the greatest movies of all-time. It's impossible not to like this.
Requiem for a Dream 2000,  R)
Requiem for a Dream
The most intense movie I've ever seen. The most powerful movie I've ever seen. The quick and clever ediitng along with the visuals provide an atmosphere that almost makes you feel trapped... there's a certain point in the movie where you just know if you go any further there's no turning back.
Seven (Se7en) 1995,  R)
Seven (Se7en)
Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Spacy 3 solid actors - in my Top 10. David Fincher directing - in my Top 10. Se7en is without hesitation - in my Top 10.
Being John Malkovich 1999,  R)
Being John Malkovich
You know you're watching a damn good movie when you start thinking what happens if John Malkovich enters his own portal to see the world through his own eyes... "Malkovich, Malkovich? Malkovich!" From Charlie Sheen's comb-over to the 7 1/2th floor... this was the most creative movie I've ever seen.
A.I. Artificial Intelligence 2001,  PG-13)
A.I. Artificial Intelligence
The most underrated film of all-time. Completely misunderstood.
The Shawshank Redemption 1994,  R)
The Shawshank Redemption
Morgan Freeman + Tim Robbins = one hell of a great movie. My first thoughts after seeing this flick: "That was based on a Stephen King book?"
American History X 1998,  R)
American History X
Absolutely powerful.
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope 1977,  PG)
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope
To me this is just about the most interesting movie ever made for a couple reasons:

1) How it was made
2) How it changed the sci-fi genre and movies to come
3) How it attracted one of the largest fan bases in movie history

This is the most creative film of all time and the whole storyline being a true epic is fascinating. The characters, the story, the art direction, the special effects and the action are incredibly rediculous.
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back 1980,  PG)
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back
Best of the Star Wars hexalogy. Hexalogy right?
Minority Report 2002,  PG-13)
Minority Report
Amazing story told through beautiful cinematography and very different but equally great visual effects. Every time I watch this I pick up something new. Every detail and second of this film is not wasted... the near perfrect sci-fi film with some of Spielberg's best direction yet.
Edward Scissorhands 1990,  PG-13)
Edward Scissorhands
This is Tim Burton's best work hands down. The emotion and strange feelings in this movie are almost magical and truley different than any other film I've ever seen... reminds me of E.T. I guess.
The Sixth Sense 1999,  PG-13)
The Sixth Sense
Oh the twist - the twist is incredible. Without the twist it is a Four Star - Four and a Half Star movie but the twist makes it all. I'm not quite sure how it could end without one though.
Raiders of the Lost Ark 1981,  PG)
Raiders of the Lost Ark
The best Indiana Jones movie ever made. Possibly the best action/adventure film ever made.
The Godfather, Part II 1974,  R)
The Godfather, Part II
The first time I saw this I couldn't really understand what was going on all the time - the second viewing I paid close attention. As soon as I started realizing this character had done that and that guy had done this I started realizing how brilliant this movie was. I loved the fresh idea of the 2 different stories happening both before and after the first installment.

DeNiro was excellent along with Al Pachino although when I think of The Godfather I think of Marlon Brando. To me this is still inferior to my favorite movie of all time... The Godfather.
GoodFellas 1990,  R)
Scorsese's best. In my opinion DeNiro's best. Best mob film not named The Godfather.
The Social Network 2010,  PG-13)
The Social Network
David Fincher is a genius. I saw this movie with my entire grade class (well a good bit of it at least) and I have to say I smiled the entire time. Not everyone "got" it but I loved every second of it. I first wanted to see this movie ever since I saw the trailer... probabley the greatest most interesting trailer I've ever seen.

First off let's say the cinematography was awesome. Then let's add in that Jesse Eisenberg gave a standout performance (one of the best I've ever seen) and Andrew Garfield impressed so much in his first role I've seen him in. Timberlake was actually very impressive too.

The script was so well-crafted and witty. The cleverness in the dialogue was better than any movie I've probabley ever seen...

"Hold on... let me check your math - I got the same answer."

I guess I can't say enough about the script and the stylish directing... David Fincher and "you need to see this" is all I really should have to say.
The Matrix 1999,  R)
The Matrix
Nothing quite like it...
Jurassic Park 1993,  PG-13)
Jurassic Park
Spielberg directs yet another awesome Summer blockbuster. The special effects are still amazing even 17 year later.

The action is thrilling and exciting while Michael Crichton's idea of a park made for dinosaurs comes to life.
Drive 2011,  R)
This is about as good as a film can get. Perfect acting from Ryan Gosling, Albert Brooks, Carey Mulligan, Oscar Isaac and Ron Perlman. The direction was near flawless. The music was great. The sound design was great. The over the top violence and the characters that come with it are great. The humor is just right.

My only complaint is that the audience as a whole sat through the ENTIRE length of the film and either talked, giggled or laughed whenever Ryan Gosling had a blank stare (even after the 20th fucking time) or whenever something violent happened (pretty much the entire film). It was hard to really dive into the action and more violent scenes bec. the audience reminded me it was just a fucking movie every time it saw an opportunity.
Terminator 2: Judgment Day 1991,  R)
Terminator 2: Judgment Day
One of the best action movies I've ever seen next to the the first Terminator. The acting isn't great but it's adequete. Not many movies that have the same type of suspense that the Terminator series includes.
12 Years a Slave 2013,  R)
12 Years a Slave
12 Years a Slave is the most powerful film I have ever seen. The characters in it are as real as ever. This is a film handled with such delicate care and is perfectly crafted, but I cannot ignore for one moment that it has a soul and it lives and breathes - 12 Years a Slave transcends the medium.
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button 2008,  PG-13)
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
One of the greatest stories and character studies of all time in film.
Jaws 1975,  PG)
The best action/thriller other than maybe The Terminator and T2: Judgement Day.
Kill Bill: Volume 1 2003,  R)
Kill Bill: Volume 1
Loved the fight scenes, the cartoon origin story, the soundtrack, the camera work and just about everything in this film. Instant favorite.
The Green Mile 1999,  R)
The Green Mile
Well, what a nice story. I really think Stephen King and Frank Darabont could do a prison TV mini series like Oz - that would be one hell of a show to watch. Anyway, The Green Mile was different than almost any other movie I've ever seen. The directing and storytelling styles were almost identical to The Shawshank Redemption but other than that, The Green Mile is one of a kind.

Ultimately it's a story about human nature and meaning behind life and death - it's a very powerful film.
The Terminator 1984,  R)
The Terminator
Best action/thriller ever.
Donnie Darko 2001,  R)
Donnie Darko
I still don't understand certain elements of this film (most people don't)... I'm not sure if you really have to.
Ratatouille 2007,  G)
Years ago I didn't think this movie was going to be great even though I rarely doubt Pixar, but a friend encouraged me to watch it and I'm glad I did. The story comes around and finishes surprisingly strong. It's not as easy to get heavily invested into the characters or anything, but the story is as strong as they come from Pixar. Another good movie from Brad Bird also.

Edit: I had this at 3.5 stars over a year ago, but upon revisiting Ratatouille I have to say I think this is Pixar's best yet. Pixar's films are often a tad bit predictable and formulaic because they're essentially children's movies. But they deliver the best aspects of conventional narratives and they introduce us to worlds and characters that resonate more than any other studio. Ratatouille provides several surprises along the way too and even if you know what's going to happen next, there's a genuine reason for it.

The voice acting is fantastic as always and the message of this film is charming and heartwarming (anyone can cook, or rather, a great cook can come from anywhere).
The Virgin Suicides 2000,  R)
The Virgin Suicides
After seeing this a second time I have to bump it up another half star. Every scene one after the next gives off a unique authentic vibe that screams youth. The atmosphere and story are perfectly combined in this movie under Sofia Coppola's direction.
Hugo 2011,  PG)
This being a very different film for Martin Scorsese and a different film just in general, I was surprised at how much I liked it. Hugo grabbed my attention from the very start and I fell in love with the characters and the tribute to Georges Méliès works excellently as a story of purpose.

All of the actors are well casted, I felt, including Sacha Baron Cohen and especially Chloe Grace Mortez (who is continuing to impress me) and Asa Butterfield. This is a feel good film and a rare sort of magical film experience that I'll have to come back to.
L.A. Confidential 1997,  R)
L.A. Confidential
Near perfect dialogue with perfect characters for the story (which is nearly perfect). The best shootout scene I've ever seen since Heat. Kevin Spacey. Russell Crowe. Twists and turns and brilliant direction from Curtis Hanson. Even with as much critical praise as it received this has still got to be one of the most underrated movies I've seen.
Moon 2009,  R)
This was amazing and it should become a classic some years from now but I know it won't. The story is so intriguing from the very start and the feeling at the end of the movie is unreal. At first it seemed like it was going to be a different take on the story of HAL from 2001 when GERTY hits Sam but afterwards you realize it's nothing like that at all instead it's one of the most original fresh ideas ever put on the screen.
Revolutionary Road 2008,  R)
Revolutionary Road
The perfect drama in a lot of ways. Sam Mendes has topped American Beauty and Road to Perdition in my honest opinion with a brilliant portrait of... reality? The film touches on some relevant, emotional and personal themes. If you've ever asked yourself who you really are or who you really want to be, or what you really want to do, or be doing, then you should feel right at home with the core of this film.

The scenes are incredibly compelling although there is a complete lack of action (at least that you're used to seeing in films) which just means it's a movie that ordinary people with complex thoughts and feelings can relate to. Rarely does a film truly captivate my interest and encourage me to think about myself, but Revolutionary Road is definitely one that does.
The Fountain 2006,  PG-13)
The Fountain
It's hard to understand why so many critics did not like this film. If you liked 2001: A Space Odyssey you will love this.

The story is sad and depressing. The metaphor is unique. The truth of what this film speaks of is understandable - love will last forever. This is a film that forces you to think outside the box and should become a classic decades for now (but probabley will not).

Darren Aronofsky directs another beautiful and near- perfect film.
2001: A Space Odyssey 1968,  G)
2001: A Space Odyssey
Visually stunning but the ending leaves a big intentional question mark as to what happened. (Don't read this if you haven't seen the movie). I still don't know what exactly to think but it seems as though mankind evolves after epanding its existence from the Earth to the Moon to the Universe yet is reborn as something completley different ready to exist in whole new level of evolution. It's really something special and unique in every way.
Hot Fuzz 2007,  R)
Hot Fuzz
I love how this movie could be such a great horror film (just like Shaun of the Dead)... but its an even better comedy with great characters, a great story, great action and above all - just damn funny.

Edit: After re-watching this (and Shaun of the Dead) I can confirm my privately kept hunch that this is the better of the two movies and now having seen The World's End, the best of the Cornetto Trilogy.

This might be my favorite comedy of all-time. It's part comedy, small part horror and last but certainly not least, a third act promising on one big part - action. Fantastic movie.
Starship Troopers 1997,  R)
Starship Troopers
In the style of a B-Movie Sci-Fi war film, Starship Troopers is possibly the most under-appreciated sci-fi flick of all time. It feels like a long movie even though it isn't, which is usually a bad thing, but I think that's just because so much happens in this movie.

From my understanding the novel had a different philosophy and wasn't so much an anti-war satire, but I think that difference is what justifies this movie as a whole. If you ever think you're about to feel bored, don't worry the two mains characters are about as good looking as they get and the acting, although campy, like every thing else in this movie, really keeps the show going.
Inglourious Basterds 2009,  R)
Inglourious Basterds
Much better than I expected. Quentin's done it again.
He Got Game 1998,  R)
He Got Game
I love the combination of Denzel Washington with Spike Lee and (surprisingly) Ray Allen. The ending is a little odd but altogether this film was just so different than anything I've ever seen before. It's hardly a sports movie though it has everything to do with the basketball lifestyle of a highly recruited prodigy. Well made and highly underrated.
Forrest Gump 1994,  PG-13)
Forrest Gump
The art of storytelling at it's best - and it doesn't hurt to have one of the greatest actors of all time telling it.
Fargo 1996,  R)
Umm, how the hell is this a comedy? It's not even a dark comedy... there is nothing funny about it other than the insane aspects of chopping up somebody's limbs in a wood chipper (so yes there are some aspects of a black/ dark comedy but honestly not many). The reoccurring "yea" with a distinct accent was funny - I guess. The fact that this isn't even real is an element of comedy... oh wait, not really. Besides the genre debate this was a phenomenal film. The writing and dialogue was outstanding and the acting was perfect.
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial 1982,  PG)
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
One of the few films that is timeless, anyone and everyone can enjoy and is powerful in its use of emotion.
No Country for Old Men 2007,  R)
No Country for Old Men
Possibly the greatest thriller I have ever seen. Bardem plays the most convincing antagonist in cinematic history.
Full Metal Jacket 1987,  R)
Full Metal Jacket
The greatest war film of all time. I became an instant fan of Kubrick after I saw this.
The Breakfast Club 1985,  R)
The Breakfast Club
The second best coming-of-age movie I've ever seen. The characters and the chemistry is just about all you can ask for.
American Beauty 1999,  R)
American Beauty
I've been waiting to see this for a long time and it was fantastic. Spacy once again delivers.
Slumdog Millionaire 2008,  R)
Slumdog Millionaire
A good concept and plot but a great story that explains everything you need to know about a guy named Jamal from him becoming a boy to a man. Impossible to not love this movie.
Mud 2013,  PG-13)
Whoa. This film totally went under the radar. It's a coming of the age flick that's a slow burner but a great film the whole way through. The direction and acting is perfect for this story and the characters are unforgettable.
Big Fish 2003,  PG-13)
Big Fish
Big Fish was one of my favorites when I was younger and it had just come out, but now it seems almost too simple and sentimental. I still really enjoy watching it and I think it still works as a touching story about a son trying to figure out his old man. It also gives insight (however heavy-handed) into the appeal and controversy of story telling.
Mystic River 2003,  R)
Mystic River
This is a movie that would probabley be your average flick if it wasn't for Eastwood directing and Penn, Bacon and Robbins starring. Everyone played their roles to absolute perfection and each second is filled with dark suspense. The disturbing ending is what I expected (well the fact that it would be disturbing). This mystery is as intense as they come.
Super 8 2011,  PG-13)
Super 8
Ahhh I loved this movie. The humor, the special effects, the kids, Kyle Chandler, Elle Fanning, the countless Spielberg elements, E.L.O... it had it all (even the short film during the credits). It's been a while since I've seen a movie like this in the theatres and I'm glad I didn't wait until it came out on DVD to see it.
Toy Story 1995,  G)
Toy Story
Nearly 20 years after its release, Toy Story has become the classic Pixar probably knew it would be. The voice acting and toy characters are so well crafted and the story and the plot are as perfect (and especially for a kids movie) as anything to come after it. It's no wonder why still today (with the exception of a few movies) Pixar has turned out great movie after great movie - they set the bar almost impossibly high with this one. Even the animation is breath taking albeit a little dated (okay that dog looked horrible, but everything else was incredible).
Back to the Future 1985,  PG)
Back to the Future
What good fun! Lloyd and Fox are perfect - it's a great story and idea. It keeps your brain thinking "what if" through the entire movie and even afterwards.
Jerry Maguire 1996,  R)
Jerry Maguire
Love this movie.
Heat 1995,  R)
This was incredible. A great story with a great cast - the perfect crime drama. Also one of the greatest action scenes ever with the huge police shootout.
A Clockwork Orange 1971,  R)
A Clockwork Orange
The idea of a common cure for aggression by way of torture and conditioning raises all kinds of questions. The fact is Alex is a cold blooded criminal and the cure (as the priest says) does nothing other than prevent him from making decisions. The cure does not make him good - it makes him insane (as if he wasn't already).

This is a disturbing and twisted film throughout... but the conclusion is perhaps even more disturbing and twisted. Brilliant film.
Gran Torino 2009,  R)
Gran Torino
Even if the acting is miserable and the dialogue eye-brow raising Gran Torino is a solid movie with a great story.
District 9 2009,  R)
District 9
Different - I wonder if there's going to be a District 10.
Boyz n the Hood 1991,  R)
Boyz n the Hood
This is one of the most powerful movies ever made next to American History X. Cuba Gooding and Fishburne were perfect and the rest of the cast was solid. Singleton's debut film and best film (2 Fast 2 Furious was mighty close though).
Up 2009,  PG)
Possibly Pixar's best ever.
Tron Legacy 2010,  PG)
Tron Legacy
Amazing movie. There really isn't one moment where you could say it's boring. The story is entertaining even though the conclusion isn't all that dramatic - it works for the kind of movie it is.

The critics are pretentious assholes... everything about this movie is at least in some way pretty damn good. Throw in the outstanding visual effects and this is one movie you'll never forget.
Paths of Glory 1957,  G)
Paths of Glory
A disturbing and emotional ride through WWI w/ Kirk Douglas appearing to be the only man with either morals or the gut to stick w/ his own principles. Everyone should see this film - it is one of the better anti-war films I have seen to this date.
Unforgiven 1992,  R)
Will Munny: It's a hell of a thing, killing a man. Take away all he's got and all he's ever gonna have.
The Schofield Kid: Yeah, well, I guess they had it coming.
Will Munny: We all got it coming, kid.

This dark western is a twist on the genre. It's violent and disturbing and built on meaning. The characters that truly matter are truly characters. "Deserves got nothing to do with it." Gotta love that line coming from Eastwood. This is the a great depiction of the genre and makes sense to be Clint's last western.
Django Unchained 2012,  R)
Django Unchained
Another revenge tale from the best at it... Quentin Tarantino. Django is outright fun and full of every thing that makes a Tarantino film.

It's most similar to Inglourious Basterds being that it is a revenge story in a historical setting of racism, contains explosives, has a long dinner conversation that builds up suspense and overall just makes you happy to see white racist bastards die...

Lots of fun, full of half-surprises (as in: didn't expect "that" to happen, but expected something) and thank god QT's cameo was cut short the way it was.
The Incredibles 2004,  PG)
The Incredibles
One of my favorite animated films of all time. I would rather this get a sequel than Cars or even Monsters Inc. Both films which I also liked.

Upon seeing this again and re-watching several other Pixar films, I'm realizing more and more just how perfect these films are. The cinematography, costume designs even and especially the beautiful james bond-esque locations are all creations by people sitting behind computers, but more to my point, are absolutely flawless.

The film has very subtle references to the ridiculous tropes of action films and uses other tropes to its advantages. The excellent drama in the beginning of the film with Bob Parr trying to hide his vigilante outings from his wife is what propels the story into an all-out action extravaganza. What I love about Pixar is that they stick to what works. Every. Single. Time. Don't get me wrong - each Pixar classic is unique in its own right, but is also using what works in any other great story.
12 Angry Men (Twelve Angry Men) 1957,  PG)
12 Angry Men (Twelve Angry Men)
The fact that this film was (almost) entirely shot in one room w/ no stops in the conversation seems absurd when you also consider this to be one of the greatest films of all-time. Technically flawless. Near-perfect acting. Gripping dialogue. The idea of a single life laying in the hand of 12 Angry Men is a great concept that can be argued about for days, but unfortunately people have 'better things to do'...
V for Vendetta 2006,  R)
V for Vendetta
Upon a 3rd visit to this film I have changed my opinion completely. I understand the message and the idea of "V" so much more now than I did years ago when I first saw this film which makes it all the more enjoyable though this is not a movie or a film you simply enjoy.

This story is so thought provoking that you can almost forget you're watching actors and actresses for 2 hours. Alan Moore has created many graphic novels that are almost better off as just novels - their content is so hard to wrap your brain around that pictures can almost take you away from the core message, but if done well (in the case of this movie and in his graphic novels) pictures can also enhance it.
Boogie Nights 1997,  R)
Boogie Nights
Paul Thomas Anderson's best work. This atmospheric film is a rarity in that it tackles the subject of pornography in the 70's heading into the 80's in a style that only a great storyteller and a great director can offer.

Burt Reynolds plays Jack Horner the legendary porn director who has brought Mark Whalberg a.k.a. Eddie Adams a.k.a Dirk Diggler a.k.a. Brock Landers... into the game. I might add that both provide 2 great performances next to a line of other stellar performances from:

Juliane Moore
John C. Reilly
Phillip Seymour Hoffman
William H. Macy
Don Cheadle
Heather Graham
Thomas Jane

... and that's not to mention other stars like Phillip Baker Hall, Robert Downey Sr., Alfred Molina and Luis Gruzman.

The cast is loaded and full of great performances. The film itself is hilarious and offers a great commentary on the lives of the characters portrayed. The soundtrack which seems to play during the entire movie is awesome too. P.T. Anderson has done a fantastic job with this one.
Fantastic Mr. Fox 2009,  PG)
Fantastic Mr. Fox
One of the best animated movies I've seen. The voices are all very well done and the stop motion animation along with the nice visual touch is handled extremely well. Loved every quircky second of this funny and entertainting movie.
Cidade de Deus (City of God) 2003,  R)
Cidade de Deus (City of God)
There's an interesting story behind the City of God but I won't give it away. This film is too good to pass up.
Rise of the Planet of the Apes 2011,  PG-13)
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Holy hell... this was a damn well made action flick. The characters - plot - story development - pacing. The direction from Rupert Wyatt was impressive to say the least.

This was a very intelligent well thought out action movie with a pretty good script and I think the CGI and cinematography worked together better than so many movies that focus way too much on the special effects (aka Avatar).

I was entertained and blown away. It was worth the 13 dollars and the price of popcorn and a drink.
Never Let Me Go 2010,  R)
Never Let Me Go
Underrated film in my opinion. Never Let Me Go is of course beautifully shot and directed, but the near tragic theme of the story and the flow of the movie makes it beautiful in it's own right - a word I rarely use to describe movies. It's is sad and real, profound and provocative. I highly recommend this Mark Romanek film.
Planet of the Apes 1968,  G)
Planet of the Apes
Whoa, did not see this coming. I knew about the twist, had seen Burton's remake and ROTPOTA as well (liked both), had known for years about the twist ending, but still...

This movie is pure genius, combing political, scientific and religious themes throughout a fun sci-fi film that is dated of course, but doesn't let you down from the moment you start watching.
Kick-Ass 2010,  R)
Fun movie... the trailers don't do it any justice though.

Second Viewing: Well technically my third, but anyway... I just realized how damn good of a movie this is. In all aspects Kick-Ass was funny and well made. It's story, characters and action scenes are fairly impressive.
Pan's Labyrinth 2006,  R)
Pan's Labyrinth
I liked it, but the hype killed it for me... the suspense and mystery was gripping enough.

Edit: Well, second viewings have a way of completely changing my perspective on films. I had this at a 3.5 star rating... I didn't get it so much the first time around. It felt like it was just an imaginative but melancholic meandering experiment.

The ending definitely resonates with me more this time around. The idea of Ofelia using her imagination to escape a cruel world is a great concept and addition of dark fantasy to a sad yet beautiful story.
Shotgun Stories 2007,  PG-13)
Shotgun Stories
Shotgun Stories is another slow burner set in the south from Jeff Nichols that just feels right from the get-go. It's a story about a feud b/w two sets of half brothers and is essentially a family drama that doesn't try to pull the heart strings of the audience or manipulate them even with what could be a tear jerker. It's a tragic tale of vengeance set off by dumb bull shit.

Michael Shannon delivers as does the rest of the cast and having seen Mud and Take Shelter, I can say Jeff Nichols is a refreshing new face in cinema.
Ghost Dog - The Way of the Samurai 2000,  R)
Ghost Dog - The Way of the Samurai
Whoa dude. Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai is pretty cool flick from director Jim Jarmusch. RZA provides a cool and mellow hip-hop soundtrack while we watch a film essentially centering around old dying cultures clashing in a changing world.

Animals, cartoon foreshadowing, odd communication, perspective on the world itself... Ghost Dog is a fascinating 'urban samurai v. Italian mob' film that blends style and substance to make one bad ass movie.
Gravity 2013,  PG-13)
A masterpiece in its own right. The 3D serves a purpose for once and the cinematography is beautiful. The story is simple. Spoiler Alert (but not really): you have a feeling that the main character is going to achieve the near impossible of surviving all this mess and it's all a matter of how she does it. It's intense. It's a cinematic experience unlike any other and perhaps one of the most unique films ever made.
Miller's Crossing 1990,  R)
Miller's Crossing
Miller's Crossing ranks as one of the greatest gangster flicks of all time. If you haven't watched this one yet, pay attention - it gets a little messy.

Gabriel Byrne leads a stellar cast in an incredibly tight script penned by the Coen Brothers. It's about character, loyalty and betrayal, trust and friendship and even... ethics, in a business where you would least expect it.


The last scene is interesting as the realization sets in with Leo's character. He's done so much for Leo after crossing him (which in the end turns out to be more or less - saving him from a world of trouble from Casper) and Leo just doesn't get it. Leo is engaged to Verna even though Tom has been through all this trouble because of their relationship and when Tom is offered back his old position and is forgiven, he explains he wants none of that and he stands his ground as a sudden facial expression of realization sweeps over the face of Leo and he walks away.

Good movie.
Star Trek 2009,  PG-13)
Star Trek
Not a fan of Star Trek but this was simpily amazing. One of the best sci-fi films I've ever seen.
Star Trek Into Darkness 2013,  PG-13)
Star Trek Into Darkness
I would say the first film (2009 reboot) is better by a hair, but mainly because it's an origin story and a fantastic one at that. However, this sequel is outstanding in it's own right. As someone recommended to me, watch Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan before seeing this.

As with the first film, the action is plentiful, but once again it is not mindless action at all. Every scene progresses the story and the characters. And every bit of action comes around somehow or another by the time the credits role as with the reboot.

J.J. Abrams has not made a bad film yet (that is, as a director - I still have not seen Cloverfield)
Mission: Impossible III 2006,  PG-13)
Mission: Impossible III
Man this was an exciting movie. From the very first scene the level of intensity and action are raised to heights most action films won't go. Phillip Seymour Hoffman was incredible as Davian but the action and the twists and turns keep you guessing and on your seat the whole way through.
The Place Beyond The Pines 2013,  R)
The Place Beyond The Pines
Place Beyond The Pines is a touching film with few one-dimensional characters if any at all. The story is essentially made up of 3 parts. One story centers around a sort of daredevil outlaw motorcyclist (Gosling) and his actions after becoming aware of some late news. The second story, which is shorter, centers around a cop (Bradley Cooper) who witnesses police corruption in the aftermath of prior events. The third story involves the children of the former protagonists - Luke and Avery's sons.

That's a brief summary of what this film is all about without giving away the details that hooked me on this film. I'm not even sure how to say what this film is trying to get across because I can only say I felt a certain way watching it.
Oldboy 2005,  R)
Oldboy is a truly unique disturbing, twisted film and given the reasons for it being that, it's a powerful and stunning display of cinema. Any scene with action in it, feels realistic as there is a story and emotion and character in every frame. Several scenes standout as particularly thought provoking including the very last scene which raises a few questions for me, like,"was that a smile?"
Casablanca 1943,  PG)
Released 50 years to the date before my birthdate (general release), this became the all-time classic romance story of cinematic history. It looks beautiful and the story unfolds beautifully while embodying what made old hollywood so great. It's an easy to like, unique and fantastic film.
Monsters, Inc. 2001,  G)
Monsters, Inc.
Aside from Buzz and Woody, Mike and Sully from Monsters, Inc. are probably Pixar's two best characters. Although a bit formulaic, this movie earns its moments and works on all levels.
Dazed and Confused 1993,  R)
Dazed and Confused
Richard Linklater is known to be a incredibly prolific filmmaker who's never in danger of typecasting himself (thus often coming up in the same conversation as Steven Soderbergh). However, his sophomore effort, Dazed and Confused, is definitely a Linklater film. There is a not much in the way of a plot, like his first film Slacker and it features a large ensemble cast and good amount of seemingly random dialogue. Yet, with Dazed and Confused, there seems to be more in the way of a story and so it benefits on a visceral level.

It focuses on the last day of school and a few characters that are memorable, cool and funny who drive around giving out or taking beatings (depending on what grade they're in) and ultimately try to have a good time. The acting is unique and along with some of the greatest music ever made (in my opinion of course) sells the vibe. It works as a fun and honest picture that captures the zeitgeist of the late 70's - it's a movie that lives and breathes.

"Hey man you got a joint?"
"It'd be a lot cooler if you did."
Adventureland 2009,  R)
It starts off a with some forced lines that made me wonder where this was going, but before I knew it Adventureland engrossed me in its details. The characters are all laid back and fun to watch. I like Jesse Eisenberg and Martin Starr from Freaks and Geeks, but I've never been that keen on Kristen Stewart or Ryan Reynolds but both are convincing enough for this surprisingly good 80's coming of age love story.

It captures a sort of magical summer atmosphere even though it was shot in Pittsburgh and was supposedly freezing cold during the entire shoot (on top of that, the actors had to put ice cubes in their mouths between takes so you couldn't see their breath). Anyway, great movie, you should check it out.
Planet Terror (Grindhouse Presents: Robert Rodriguez's Planet Terror) 2007,  R)
Planet Terror (Grindhouse Presents: Robert Rodriguez's Planet Terror)
Whoa. Haven't seen much of Robert Rodriguez's work outside Dusk Till Dawn and Sin City so I was surprised that Planet Terror was as good as it was. It's fun, cool and visually - it's just fucking awesome.

It's campy and tongue in cheek, but it's genuinely a great movie with as much action and fun as a zombie film can have. The music mocks a lot of John Carpenter's scores and it pays homage to films from the era and genres he worked in. I honestly prefer this to Death Proof which is still a great film and a perfect match for a double feature.
Take Shelter 2011,  R)
Take Shelter
Take Shelter's a fantastic family drama and character study. It's not the easiest film to watch, but it's well crafted and Michael Shannon's performance (and you might as well say Jessica Chastain's) drives the narrative. There are some moments when I thought everything could go wrong for these characters, but the movie took a direction I wasn't exactly expecting or even thinking of really...

Now it's spoiler time!

Alright, I'm going to talk about the ending here which I wrestled with before going else where to find a satisfactory answer (it took a while). At first I didn't like the ending at all. I felt it was obvious what happened, but it's true implications were not so much. The ending to me in most ways of interpreting in, sort of undermined the rest of the film, but I came to like the ending... scratch that, I now can say that I love the ending.

First, I must say this film had a somewhat predictable path. Michael Shannon's character, Curtis has had not just nightmares but delusions about a number of things (mainly involving a storm). It's obvious that the ending is going to center around a storm and either he is going to come out looking like a prophetic sane man or just the same old delusional schizophrenic. We also know this could end in a good ol' fashion dream v. reality cliche seeing as how that's also a running theme throughout the film.

Well, near the end there is a literal storm and Curtis rushes his family down to the tornado shelter and the next morning, his wife and daughter wake up and realize the storm is over. However, Curtis does not. He refuses to believe the storm is over until his wife convinces him in a very emotional performance and Michael Shannon's character albeit thinking he can hear and even feel the rain on the metal surface of the shelter gives in and submits his trust with his wife.

She wants him to let them out of the shelter and demands he unlocks the hatch at the top of it. Curtis still knowing there is a storm in his own mind but acknowledging the contradicting statements of his wife hesitantly offers the keys to her, but she looks at him and says, "I love you, but if I open the door then nothing's going to change - you'll see that everything's fine but nothing will change. Please, this is what it means to stay with us."

He gives in, and accepts what he has to do and lets his family out of the shelter.

A few scenes later we come to the final scene. Where Hannah is building a sandcastle with Curtis at Myrtle Beach and she signs that there is a storm (I think). He looks out across the Atlantic Ocean and we don't see what he's looking at - just his reaction as he picks up his daughter with a worrisome look on his face. And Samantha comes out of the beach house and sees the storm. Curtis still holding his daughter looks up to her and she nods her head. He returns the nod and heads back to the beach as Samantha feels rain coming down and looks at her hand as a few streams of yellow oily rain and running down it. And she sees two waterspouts, a sky completely covered by menacing grey clouds and a rising tsunami - a storm is coming indeed. Curtis distracts her, "Sam?" And she simply says, "Okay."

Thunder flashes. Fade to black.

Talk about an ending. What's happening here in my opinion is that the entire scene is essentially a metaphor in the form of a dream. The film starts out with a storm overhead and Michael Shannon looking outwards noticing the same yellow oily rain on his hands then it cuts to him in the shower - it is in a way a metaphor represented in what I also believe to be a dream (I mean it's either a delusion, a dream or something not meant to be taken literal in any way - which is the least likely of the three options). So it's only fitting that the film ends in the same way, but this time he is not alone - he is not the only person that knows a storm is coming. And in my opinion the storm is definitely a running metaphor even though Curtis sees it literally.

The storm is basically the trouble and hardship to come for this man and his family, but after the literal storm a few scenes earlier in the film - the family is now on the same page and recognizes that trouble and hardship is going to come, but they are in it together (and with the shelter you could argue there is hope). It's beautiful really. The end is a dream as I see it and not just another nightmare for this character.
Mulholland Drive 2001,  R)
Mulholland Drive
David Lynch's confusing narrative about a sort of love triangle is regarded as one of (if not) his best works. To take from another source that kindly explained just about everything in prefect English, Mulholland Drive follows the story of a young actress named Diane who is love with another young actress named Camilla who has a history with Diane (or maybe something that is still a little bit there). At a dinner party, Camilla and Adam (her new lover) announce they will be getting married (or so it is assumed). So Diane orders a hit on Camilla and when she discovers the hit has actually gone though - she kills herself.

The rest is a fantasy of her own. The conspiracy against Adam, the director, being the only way Camilla was cast over her. The re-imagined version of herself as Betty and Camilla as Rita - who is really just another version of Diane.

- I guess the blue box can act be a symbol for her fantasy (or what's inside it anyway) and the key is the tool to unlock the fantasy which would explain the old people from before exiting the box of course and attacking her as her fantasy has in essence, killed her.

- The scene with the dude with big eyebrows confronting his fear of the hobo who lives behind the wall can is just that - confronting your worst fear, which is essentially what Diane does when she orders the hit at that same diner.

- The cowboy says to one character earlier on "Now... you will see me one more time, if you do good. You will see me... two more times, if you do bad."
We see him two more times and remember what he had to say about attitude? " A man's attitude goes some ways. The way his life will be. Is that something you agree with?" The character agrees and so the Cowboy says a few exchanges later, "So since, you agree you must be someone who does not care about the good life." Well, Diane obviously cares about the good life.

- The silencio club is the theatre where it is revealed that the people playing instruments are just an illusion (in other words the music is pre-recorded). This is a commentary on the film in someway seeing that up to this point, nothing presented has been real, and this is right around the time when Diane wakes up from her dream/fantasy. A woman is singing on stage when Betty (Diane) and Rita (Camilla) start crying after realizing when the woman faints that the song is also a pre-recording, then the woman is simply carried off stage and the show goes on - supposedly a commentary on Hollywood and how stars will give their life for an illusion (and how stars/artists are expendable).

Ultimately Mulholland Drive works as a compelling dark story about how Hollywood really works.
There Will Be Blood 2007,  R)
There Will Be Blood
This was an excellent film by all measures. The intensity and the character of Daniel Plainview kept my interest throughout the whole movie. I always like a good plot in my favorite movies or something that ties pieces together and this is more of a character study but the film held onto me the entire time. I think I have to watch it again to absorb it all.

Edit: After watching this again some years later, I have bumped this up from a 4 star film to a 4.5 star film (probably deserves a 5 star rating, but I only reserve that for my all-time favorites i.e. top 50 movies I could watch over and over, but I might reconsider this as time goes on.

I think this might be one of the greatest films of the last 10-15 years and some would argue, ever. Each scene is important and revealing and dramatic to whatever degree which is satisfying as a film goer. I think the photography and the dialogue are near perfect (along with just about everything else). Not the most enjoyable movie, but a masterpiece of cinema.
The Wrestler 2008,  R)
The Wrestler
I'm glad I finally got the chance to see this. My uncle has a funny story about Mickey Rourke and The Wrestler - He's somewhat involved in the film making business and he saw the movie a while ago. He was at a party and talking to a guy about how he thought Mickey Rourke's performance was overrated bec. it was just Mickey Rourke being himself durring the whole film. I don't really care if that's true or not but he did give a damn good performance. Anyway he looks over his shoulder and sees none other than THE Mickey Rourke...

Cool story - Cool movie. Darren Aronofsky directs yet another amazing picture about destroying someones body and life.
Flight 2012,  R)
From the intensity of the action in the nose dive of the plane to the intensity in the drama of Whitaker's spiraling downfall as an alcoholic, Robert Zemeckis delivers one of the best dramas I think I have seen in years. The ending can be a tossup for most movie goers (I mean you can't just say cocaine saved the day!), but I like that this film is about the reality of the situation and although no one scene is out of place or dull and boring, the film isn't the same old bullshit coming out of Hollywood's assembly line.

It's a film well done that is painful at times to watch through the main character's eyes, but the messages it sends are insightful (although I am a little confused about the ones involving God... of course). Regardless, great film, full of meaning, character, hope, reality and scenes that are daring to explore what most films do not.

It's also rated R for a reason. And you'll see why in the first scene, as there is nudity, drugs, an amazing amount of alcohol, profanity, controversy and more drugs and a slew of more alcohol. In fact I'm wondering if these are the reasons I mainly watch R rated movies.
The Great Gatsby 2013,  PG-13)
The Great Gatsby
I don't understand all the hate, it was much better than expected after hearing some bad reviews. I can understand people not liking the soundtrack, but it's not completely irrelevant or anything.

I thought the acting was very good and most importantly fit the mold of the film perfectly. The story itself did not drag for a second and it played out very well on the big screen inspiring wonder and creating awe. The movie feels big if you know what I mean, but so do the characters and the lives the live. It takes the imagination of Baz Luhrmann and a good budget to bring another classic piece of literature on the big screen in such fashion.
The Royal Tenenbaums 2002,  R)
The Royal Tenenbaums
Anderson seems to have the same themes through out all of his films and I like that about him. He's one of a few notable auteurs that are making million dollar budget films. This film was simple yet complicated and the vibe it gives off is worthy of every star. Great performances by every single cast member.
Catch Me If You Can 2002,  PG-13)
Catch Me If You Can
From the title scene and the music to the character of Frank Abagnale Jr. that DiCaprio potrays... this is a clever movie and a good cat and mouse film.
Moonrise Kingdom 2012,  PG-13)
Moonrise Kingdom
Possibly Wes Anderson's best film to date although I may have enjoyed a few others more (The Royal Tenebaums and Fantastic Mr. Fox). At this point you know what you're getting with Anderson but it's still a great flick. Definitely the best lineup in a cast we've seen from Wes I just wish it was a little bit longer.

The only thing that irks me is that the awkwardness of dialogue and situations are so awkward and scripted that they just seem weird beyond imagination (not even all that awkward). Which means I have a harder time digging the vibe than when the awkwardness is a little more realistic in Rushmore or The Life Aquatic. Maybe I'm just ranting though.
Looper 2012,  R)
When I saw the trailer for Looper I thought it was a stupid idea and I hated the fact that Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt were in it because I don't like when stars I like are in bad movies. Then came a slew of good reviews, so from that point on, I expected it to be pretty good.

I'll just say it was even much better than I expected then.
Argo 2012,  R)
Yeah, Argo was the shit. Affleck's resume as a director is getting better and better and his acting as Mendez was great along with the rest of the cast members like Walter White, that dude from Friday Night Lights and even John Goodman. The characters were pretty likeable, in fact I'd say the only downside of it is that the hostages were characters I was least interested about.

But the movie flows so smoothly and is never boring, but thrilling at times and well made in every aspect. Affleck will definitely get a nod for director (maybe a win too).

And stay at least a minute after the credits argo fuck yourself.
Skyfall 2012,  PG-13)
Best Bond for me that I've seen. I think Craig being a cold and detached Bond works better than any other Bond before him. Bringing Sam Mendes and Roger Deakins onto this project was the best decision this franchise could go after the dreadful Quantum of Solace.

The movie grabbed me from the very start. The action scenes were not the biggest of all time or even close, but they were well shot, directed and edited so that the $200,000 budget didn't turn into an absolute mess that you couldn't follow (i.e. Solace). Bradem was awesome. The plot was simple but perfect for Bond. I was impressed even after hearing reviews.
Dogville 2003,  R)
With all of Lars Von Trier's controversial statements, its hard to really understand what he is trying to say in this film as he has made some anti-American and pro-Nazi remarks that are equally ridiculous yet somehow understandable and that's sort of how I feel about the conceit of this film.

It's ending is shocking and the imagery presented in the credits is also shocking and questionable. What is Lars saying about humanity here? Is this just a critique on capitalism or the nature of small town folk (or morally inferior people)... it's hard to know, but ultimately it comes down to justice and morality. What you think the film is saying about those concepts is key to how it resonates with you.

The stage setting is incredible. It serves a purpose and highlights the essential elements of the story and the film with its actors carrying the weight. It's simple and minimal and to the point - it's not a puzzle you have to piece together yet it's incredibly inventive and artistic and although everything is laid out for the viewer to digest, it certainly comes down to your interpretation of it all. Personally, I loved the film and can't wait to see more of Lars Von Trier's work.
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford 2007,  R)
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
Along with There Will Be Blood and No Country For Old Men, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford solidified 2007 as the year of great westerns.

Brad Pitt proves once again he is one of the greatest actors of his time embodying one of the best written characters of that last 10 years in cinema. Casey Affleck's performance is also incredible in every aspect.

The narrative of this film is incredible and complex. Its a character study that centers around motivations, masculinity and America's obsession with the outlaw Jesse James. The cinematography is as everything else in this film, spectacular.
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure 1989,  PG)
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure
Hard to describe. You just have to watch it with an open mind. Nice to see Keanu Reeves actually acting.
Pacific Rim 2013,  PG-13)
Pacific Rim
Although they're are plenty of recycled movie cliches and plot devices this film is a completely refreshing homage of Kaiju films. The cast is decent, the action is awesome. The special effects are about as good as they get - awe inspiring, the design of every aspect contributes to giving this film a unique atmosphere.

All in all, del Toro's new monster v. robots flick is just bad-ass. The jaegers are incredible and the fight scenes are all unique and exciting and impressive to watch on the big screen as the destructions of gorgeous set pieces are handled in an amazing artistic manner.

Definitely worth the price of admission for 3D or IMAX although I sticked with the always reliable 2D.
RoboCop 1987,  R)
First off let me say the visual effects on the 209's were just fantastic lol but in all seriousness this was a fascinating flick. Robocop was just cool - if the movie was extended another hour I would eat it up. There were a few characters that overacted but it was a great storyline and well executed film. I like "Red" as the bad guy too. I can't wait to see what Aronofsky does with the remake.
Stand by Me 1986,  R)
Stand by Me
Nice story with great characters created by Stephen King himself. I liked it mainly because I could identify with some of the kids (except for Teddy). Pretty good coming of age film.
The Killing 1956,  Unrated)
The Killing
What a great heist flick. The suspense is riveting and the characters are all very interesting. The pacing of the story and the story itself are key in this film - Kubrick's direction is outstanding.
The Goonies 1985,  PG)
Blade Runner 1982,  R)
Blade Runner
Talk about a dark movie. A little slow for my taste but a well-crafted and well-shot movie. The visual effects and set decoration are amazing. Reminded me of Minority Report and I later found that both movies are based off the work of Phillip K. Dick.


Alright, this has been on my re-watch list for quite some time now and with this last viewing I feel I have grasped the essence of this film. The narrative does not follow the traditional storytelling methods that most films do and instead relies on visuals and mesmerizing performances to tell the majority of the story.

And if I applaud Blade Runner for one thing (or two) it's just that: its visuals and the cast of characters in this dystopian city. By visuals I don't just mean the graphics - I'm also talking about the cinematography, the unicorn, the rain etc.

Honestly, Blade Runner is quite dull and boring on the surface. It has pacing problems for a movie that's not quite 2 hours long, but it has a good deal of redeeming factors which are mainly its underlying themes of artificial realities and consciousness and the ethics and emotions involved.

Spoiler Alert:

It's interesting that Deckard is supposedly a replicant, but the ending in that case is unsatisfying because we never get to see what knowing that does to him. We're given a since that it doesn't matter - he's witnessed what knowing and not knowing certain unalterable truths can do to someone - given that Deckard doesn't really show any other emotion than acceptance (he just nods his head as he remembers what Edward James Olmos' character said to him "It's too bad she won't live, but then again who does").

Somethings I just don't fully comprehend certain scenes and regardless it just doesn't sit well with me for whatever reason. It's as if Deckard goes through this entire mission and comes out sympathizing with replicants and the last scene just sort of throws an incredibly subtle twist in there that explains he was even more ignorant that he or the viewer thought he was and now he's not only identified with the replicants, but he is one. It's a full understanding for the character - but what of it if we don't see how that then affects his character. Ridley Scott left it all up in the air and ended it so abruptly I think, but I still find Blade Runner to be an incredibly unique picture and worthy of discussion.
Frailty 2002,  R)
This is such a great movie - one of the best phycological thrillers I've ever seen next to the 6th sense and No Country for Old Men. This movie is seriously underrated and overlooked and I can sort of understand why (the ending might stretch itself but it makes so much sense and makes the story truly that much more creepier). The story is amazing - the only other reason why it might go overlooked would be be because of it's sort of anti-religous storyline.
Do the Right Thing 1989,  R)
Do the Right Thing
This is a movie about tension in the middle of the Summer on a hot day. Do The Right Thing is a powerful film with excellent characters, dialogue, story, camera work and acting - overall a brilliantly directed film about racism and human relationships (of all kinds from boss and co-worker, girlfriend and boyfriend, neighbors, friends and brothers to father and son). This is one of Spike Lee's best works.
Following 1999,  R)
Christopher Nolan once again uses his special non-linear story telling to explain the story of a man who follows people and ends up in a sticky situation. The ending explains every shot that might have seemed irrelevant before hand. It can obviously be compared to Memento as a less polished and thought out movie but it was fantastic...
Memento 2000,  R)
The twist disappointed me a little bit even though it was still great but everything else about this film is amazing. The story, the acting, the cinematography and the concept to begin with.
The World's End 2013,  R)
The World's End
After seeing this film a second time I have refined my opinions about it. I'm a huge fan of Hot Fuzz and I quite liked Shaun of the Dead, but the World's End probably has the most substance of either film.

The comedy as always is brilliant.

"What do they say? To err is..."
"To err is human."
"To err is human! So uh..."

I love this movie. There's brilliant subtext littered throughout this film. The themes of growing up, freedom, alcoholism and friendship are what make the emotional scenes really work. On the surface some scenes might feel contrived, but when you really see the depth of what is going on between the characters in relation to their past, it's a tragedy hidden behind a sci-fi comedy.
Ferris Bueller's Day Off 1986,  PG-13)
Ferris Bueller's Day Off
The best coming-of-age movie I have ever seen unless you count He Got Game as a coming-of-age movie.
Sin City 2005,  R)
Sin City
I gave this a second viewing and actually watched it on my TV instead of a crappy little monitor - it made a big difference. Understanding the whole story now I actually enjoyed it a lot more so than my first going. In fact the only thing not to like is the cheesy occasional one-liners, "but that's my specialty!"
True Grit 2010,  PG-13)
True Grit
This is a hard film to write a review for. Where do you begin? The direction was awesome - without a doubt oscar worthy. The acting was amazing. Better than any film I might have ever seen. Anyone who's seen this will support me when I say that.

Jeff Bridges wins the oscar hands down. His attitude, voice, body control and his questioning looks are all impressive to watch. Hailee Steinfield as Mattie Ross blew me away. Matt Damon, Barry Pepper, Josh Brolin - all these guys gave flawless performances.

The blend of comedy and realism was perfect for the Joel and Ethan - once again they prove their among the best in the business.
Office Space 1999,  R)
Office Space
Such a classic. Love the homage in the Family Guy episode:
Inception 2010,  PG-13)
That I have seen, there are only 19 Five Star movies ever made - this is one of them. The concept and the complexity of a simple idea is astonishing. The film-making is stunning. The editing and special effects are spot on. The ONLY aspect that wasn't practically perfect was the exposition... but you try explaining half that shit to a PG-13 audience.
The Departed 2006,  R)
The Departed
The Departed puts a spin on the whole good guy v. bad guy deal with the Whalberg and DiCaprio's characters. This loaded cast also delivers.
Assault on Precinct 13 1976,  R)
Assault on Precinct 13
Assault on Precinct 13 is one of the better John Carpenter films I've seen. It's dated and totally ridiculous, but it's not a tongue in cheek camp fest like Escape From New York or Big Trouble in Little China. This film is a gritty action/suspense thriller with just a little side commentary on the LAPD. Assault on Precinct 13 is solid and engaging from start to finish.
Battle Royale 3D 2000,  Unrated)
Battle Royale 3D
Battle Royale is a disturbing movie that doesn't fail to entertain.
The Prestige 2006,  PG-13)
The Prestige
Excellent. Wolverine and Batman in the same movie! But honeslty this was one of the most clever films I've ever seen. There's only one movie from Nolan I have yet to see and if it's less than amazing it will be a first.
Léon: The Professional 1994,  R)
Léon: The Professional
Reminds me of Taxi Driver in some ways. I would've liked it to be a little longer. The potential for this movie to be a Top 10 or Top 15 on my list was there but the admiration for the two main characters was cut short by the time.

Jean Reno was fantastic. Natalie Portman was great. Gary Oldman was solid but I couldn't take him seriously.

The Hurt Locker 2009,  R)
The Hurt Locker
Other than a few timeline mistakes this was truly phenomenal. The acting and cinematography were so real... easily the best war movie I've seen since Full Metal Jacket.
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou 2004,  R)
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
Really liked this one... a little weak in the middle but the last 45 minutes were especially strong. Can't believe it got a 53% from the critics.

A strong cast once again made this enjoyable and fun to watch, but ultimately it's Wes Anderson's brilliant creativity that makes this movie come to life. The set design was really awesome too.
Warrior 2011,  PG-13)
About as good as it gets. The story and battles that tell the story are riveting. Two brothers and a father reunited for an MMA tournament after years apart because of family differences. A great sports movie.
Dancer in the Dark 2000,  R)
Dancer in the Dark
Lars Von Trier delivers another powerful film with Bjork as our blind protagonist. There are quite a few scenes that are almost painful to watch but the film itself is beautiful. The characters and scenarios they are put in along with the actual performances and direction make this film what it is for the most part while the ending completes what you could call a masterpiece in some regards.
Watchmen 2009,  R)
Another good one from Zach Snyder but it all starts with a great story and you can thank Alan Moore for that. I really want to see the extended version, but the theatrical was awesome in its own right.
Pleasantville 1998,  PG-13)
Pleasantville is a near perfect movie that explores the idea that "ignorance is bliss" (and maybe not so much) in a beautiful way. Absolutely brilliant. The exit song of Fionna Apple's cover of "Across the Universe" was a great way to go out too.
Children of Men 2006,  R)
Children of Men
Visually incredible... I'm not sure if they shot the whole thing on a stedicam or what but the constant camera movement is just perfect for the movie.
Rushmore 1998,  R)
Great indie comedy. The performances are all very good from Bill Murray to Mason Gamble who plays a character named Dirk. I loved it because it didn't try too hard to seem weird and there aren't many movies made like this (in fact the only other movie that I've seen close to it was The Life Aquatic although I didn't finsih it). So I guess I could best sum this movie up by simpily saying: Wes Anderson.
Gladiator 2000,  R)
A true hollywood epic that is complete fiction for the most part but is an incredible film that will be remembered for years. Russell Crowe is outstanding in a Spartacus inspired role, but Joaquin Phoenix steals the show for me. It's been a long time since I really hated a character so much as Commodus (which is due partly to the script, directing, editing and maybe history but above all - Phoenix himself).

Aside from performances this film was great. The emotion and story behind the general that became a slave that became a gladiator that defied an emperor is one I will never forget. I'm glad I finally saw this, about two and half years after a classmate kept insisting and insisting that I see it (I knew I would eventually).

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