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The Official 2007 Home Theater Lounge List

Discussion in 'Movie Lounge' started by Chris White, May 10, 2007.

  1. Chris White

    Chris White New Member

    The Official 2007 Home Theater Lounge Film List!

    What is this thread all about?
    This is an attempt to catalog and rate the movies watched by Home Theater Lounge members in 2007. Do you find that you agree with some members' reviews more than others? If so, check their lists for movies they like. Do you just want a handy place to track the movies you've watched? This is the place. If you want create a list, just make an initial post in this thread. Then, edit the same post from here on out each time you want to rate a new movie. Overall, the goal is to create awareness of movies that we may otherwise overlook and hopefully spark some great film discussions!

    What type of list can I post?
    Feel free to create whatever kind of list (or lists) you want. It?s completely up to you. You?re not obligated to do so, but if you?ll keep your list in alphabetical order it will be much more useful for others.

    Ratings
    When listing a movie, be sure to rate it based on your rating system of choice. Examples like the Star System (****), A+ to F-, and 1 to 10 are most often used. Choose whatever fits your reviewing technique best.

    A few notes about the way this thread will be run:

    Placeholder Posts
    If you want to hold a place for your list (a placeholder post), please label it as such, so I don?t accidentally delete it.

    Chat Type Posts
    Chat type posts where you ask questions, answer questions, or just make comments are welcomed but will have a limited life. To keep the listing thread streamlined, the only posts that will remain undeleted are the ones with actual lists in them.

    Movie Discussion Posts
    We would prefer actual discussion of the movies to take place in a separate thread for that movie.

    Bump Posts
    Anytime you update your list, feel free to post a reply noting what you?ve added to your list. These posts will be cleaned (deleted) often to keep things streamlined.
     
  2. Chris White

    Chris White New Member

    1. The African Queen (1951) - AFI
    2. All the King's Men (2006) - C+
    3. Apocalypto (2006) - B
    4. Art School Confidential (2006) - C
    5. Babel (2006) - A
    6. Basic Instinct 2 (2006) - D
    7. Blades of Glory (2007) - C
    8. Bobby (2006) - B-
    9. Borat (2006) - C
    10. Cars (2006) - B
    11. Casino Royale (2006) - B-
    12. Cheaper by the Dozen 2 (2005) - D
    13. Children of Men (2006) - B+
    14. Christmas with the Kranks (2004) - D-
    15. Clerks (1994) - B-
    16. Clerks II (2006) - B-
    17. Click (2006) - C
    18. Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen (2004) - D
    19. The Da Vinci Code (2006) - A-
    20. Dave Matthews Band: Listener Supported (1999) - MUS
    21. The Departed (2006) - B
    22. The Devil Wears Prada (2006) - C
    23. Elizabethtown (2005) - C
    24. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) - B+
    25. Fantasia (1940) - AFI
    26. Freedomland (2006) - C
    27. Frida (2002) - B
    28. Good Night, and Good Luck (2005) - B-
    29. A Good Year (2006) - C
    30. Grilled (2006) - D
    31. Happy Feet (2006) - C
    32. Hard Candy (2005) - B
    33. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007) - A-
    34. The Hole (2001) - C
    35. Holiday (1938) - C
    36. The Holiday (2006) - C
    37. Ice Age 2: The Meltdown (2006) - B
    38. Idiocracy (2006) - D
    39. The Illusionist (2006) - B
    40. In Enemy Hands (2004) - C
    41. An Inconvenient Truth (2006) - DOC
    42. Jack (1996) - C-
    43. John Tucker Must Die (2006) - C-
    44. Just My Luck (2006) - D
    45. Kentucky Fried Movie (1977) - C
    46. King Kong (2005) - B-
    47. Knocked Up (2007) - C+
    48. Lady in the Water (2006) - C
    49. Little Miss Sunshine (2006) - B+
    50. Lucky Number Slevin (2006) - B+
    51. Miami Vice (2006) - C
    52. Munich (2005) - B-
    53. Must Love Dogs (2005) - C
    54. Night at the Museum (2006) - C
    55. Open Season (2006) - B-
    56. Over the Hedge (2006) - B
    57. Pan's Labyrinth (2006) - B+
    58. The Perils of Gwendoline (1984) - C
    59. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007) - B+
    60. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006) - B
    61. The Prestige (2006) - B
    62. Pride & Prejudice (2005) - B
    63. Prime (2005) - C
    64. Private Resort (1985) - D
    65. Proof (2005) - C-
    66. The Pursuit of Happyness (2006) - C
    67. The Queen (2006) - B
    68. Ratatouille (2007) - A
    69. Red Dust (2004) - C
    70. Reno 911!: Miami (2007) - D
    71. RV (2006) - C-
    72. Scary Movie 4 (2006) - D
    73. School for Scoundrels (1960) - B
    74. School for Scoundrels (2006) - C
    75. Scoop (2006) - C
    76. The Sentinel (2006) - C+
    77. Spider-Man 3 (2007) - A
    78. The Station Agent (2003) - B
    79. Stranger than Fiction (2006) - B
    80. Superman Returns (2006) - C
    81. Swimming With Sharks (1994) - C
    82. Syriana (2005) - C
    83. Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006) - D
    84. Tristan + Isolde (2006) - C+
    85. Twilight (1998) - B
    86. United 93 (2006) - B
    87. Wild Hogs (2007) - C+
    88. The World's Fastest Indian (2005) - B+
    89. World Trade Center (2006) - C
    90. You, Me & Dupree (2006) - C
    91. Yours, Mine and Ours (2005) - D
    No ratings for the following: AFI: An AFI 100 film; DOC: Documentary; MUS: Music DVD; TV: TV Series on DVD
     
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  3. Chris Smith

    Chris Smith Well-Known Member

    Note: 1-5 scale movie names link to a review site my friends and I use (which I wrote for a project in college)

    New To Me in 2007: (92)
    ...And Justice for All. (1979) (7/6) 4
    .com for Murder (2002) (1/6) 0
    2009: Lost Memories (2002) (7/13) 3
    28 Days Later... (2002) (9/16) 3.5
    30 Days of Night (2007) (10/27) 3.5
    300 (2006) (3/18) 4
    Apocalypse Now (1979) (9/24) 5
    Basketball Diaries, The (1995) (2/7) 3.5
    Beautiful Girls (1996) (6/25) 4
    Beer League (2006) (4/20) 2
    Ben Folds: Live at My Space (2007) (V) (7/5) 3.5
    Blades of Glory (2007) (9/9) 3.5
    Borat!: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006) (5/19) 3
    Capote (2005) (8/12) 3
    Casino Royale (2006) (4/14) 4
    Cinderella Man (2005) (7/17) 4
    Constant Gardener, The (2005) (3/17) 3.5
    Crank (2006) (12/27) 3.5
    Date Movie (2006) (6/17) 1
    Deja Vu (2006) (6/3) 3.5
    Disturbia (2007) (9/14) 3.5
    Dracula (1931) (1/20) 3.5
    Dracula's Daughter (1936) (1/20) 3.5
    Europa Europa (1990) (6/19) 4
    Fantastic Four (2005) (9/5) 3
    Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007) (12/3) 3
    Finding Forrester (2000) (6/20) 3.5
    Flightplan (2005) (2/7) 2.5
    Flyboys (2006) (9/3) 3
    Four Brothers (2005) (1/4) 2.5
    Grindhouse (2007) (4/15) 4.5
    Hannibal Rising (2007) (9/21) 2
    Happy Feet (2006) (4/21) 1.5
    Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007) (7/21) 4.5
    Hot Fuzz (2007) (8/4) 4
    Hours, The (2002) (8/5) 2.5
    House of Dracula (1945) (2/6) 2.5
    House of Frankenstein (1944) (1/31) 2
    I Am Legend (2007) (12/16) 4
    Idiocracy (2006) (4/18) 3
    Illusionist, The (2006) (3/9) 4
    In Cold Blood (1967) (8/13) 3.5
    Inconvenient Truth, An (2006) (1/18) 4
    Jackass Number Two (2006) (3/18) 2.5
    Knocked Up (2006) (8/31) 4
    Laberinto del Fauno, El (2006) (5/15) 4.5
    Ladder 49 (2004) (6/27) 2
    Last Kiss, The (2006) (6/10) 3
    Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III (1990) (2/21) 2
    Little Miss Sunshine (2006) (2/15) 4
    Live Free or Die Hard (2007) (7/26) 3
    Lucky Number Slevin (2006) (6/1) 4.5
    Man of the Year (2006) (6/13) 3
    Mighty Joe Young (1949) (5/31) 4.5
    My Super Ex-Girlfriend (2006) (9/10) 2.5
    Nuovo cinema Paradiso (1988) (1/29) 5
    Ocean's Thirteen (2007) (12/23) 3.5
    Over the Hedge (2006) (1/6) 3
    Prestige, The (2006) (3/10) 4.5
    Punisher, The (2004) (12/21) 2
    Purple Rain (1984) (7/1) 0
    Pursuit of Happyness, The (2006) (9/9) 4
    Ratatouille (2007) (12/4) 4.5
    Return of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The (1994) (7/19) 1
    Ricochet (1991) (6/26) 1
    Rocky Balboa (2006) (7/11) 3.5
    Rosenstrasse (2003) (7/19) 2.5
    Saw III (2006) (1/26) 2.5
    School for Scoundrels (2006) (6/24) 3.5
    Seabiscuit (2003) (7/16) 4
    She-Wolf of London (1946) (2/19) 1
    Shrek the Third (2007) (12/29) 2.5
    Son of Dracula (1943) (2/6) 3
    Sophie Scholl - Die letzten Tage (2005) (7/5) 4
    Spanglish (2004) (3/12) 3.5
    Spider-Man 3 (2007) (5/27) 2
    Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures (2001) (7/4) 4
    Station Agent, The (2003) (6/19) 4.5
    Stranger Than Fiction (2006) (6/30) 4.5
    Superbad (2007) (8/31) 3.5
    Superman Returns (2006) (3/16) 3.5
    Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007) (12/22) 3
    Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, The (1986) (2/15) 2.5
    The Bodyguard (1992) (9/23) 2.5
    Thirteen Days (2000) (1/31) 4
    Transformers (2007) (7/11) 4
    Troy (2004) (2/12) 3.5
    Van Wilder 2: The Rise of Taj (2006) (12/23) 2.5
    Werewolf of London (1935) (2/21) 3
    White Squall (1996) (7/18) 4
    Wild Hogs (2007) (11/22) 3
    Yesterday (2002) (8/14) 1.5

    Revisited in 2007 (64)
    24 Hour Party People (2002) (2/21) 4
    300 (2006) (8/18) 4
    51st State, The (2001) (5/19) 1.5
    Alien Vs. Predator (2004) (11/3) 2.5
    American History X (1998) (2/3) 5
    American Pie 2 (2001) (1/19) 3.5
    American President, The (1995) (1/14) 4
    American Wedding (2003) (1/19) 3
    AntiTrust (2001) (5/1) 3
    Armageddon (1998) (3/8) 3.5
    Back to the Future (1985) (10/24) 5
    Back to the Future Part II (1989) (10/25) 3
    Back to the Future Part III (1990) (10/25) 4
    Beerfest (2006) (2/3) 3.5
    Blade Runner (1982) (12/26) 4
    Blair Witch Project, The (1999) (2/24) 2.5
    Blood Diamond (2006) (5/26) 4
    Can't Hardly Wait (1998) (1/19) 4
    Christmas Vacation (1989) (12/25) 4.5
    Dark City (1998) (2/10) 4
    Dazed and Confused (1993) (1/19) 4
    Dead Man on Campus (1998) (12/3) 2.5
    Demolition Man (1993) (8/11) 3
    Departed, The (2006) (3/11) 5
    Escape from New York (1981) (11/10) 3
    Friday Night Lights (2004) (10/11) 4
    Ghostbusters (1984) (12/29) 4.5
    Ghostbusters II (1989) (12/29) 3
    Godfather, The (1972) (11/20) 5
    Godfather: Part II, The (1974) (12/2) 5
    Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (2004) (7/12) 3
    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) (7/8) 4.5
    Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001) (1/6) 4
    High Fidelity (2000) (2/22) 4.5
    History of Violence, A (2005) (6/23) 4
    Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006) (1/17) 3
    Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) (11/9) 4
    Karate Kid, Part II, The (1986) (3/9) 3
    Karate Kid, The (1984) (3/9) 4
    Knocked Up (2006) (12/19) 4
    Lethal Weapon (1987) (11/24) 4
    Lethal Weapon 2 (1989) (11/25) 3
    Live Free or Die Hard (2007) (11/20) 3
    Lost Boys, The (1987) (8/18) 3.5
    Major League (1989) (4/30) 4
    Major League II (1994) (4/30) 2
    Marine, The (2006) (7/5) 2.5
    Million Dollar Baby (2004) (1/28) 5
    National Treasure (2004) (1/14) 3.5
    Ocean's Eleven (2001) (3/17) 4
    Outbreak (1995) (10/10) 4
    Payback (1999) (11/30) 3.5
    Princess Bride, The (1987) (12/8) 5
    Project X (1987) (3/7) 3.5
    Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) (10/29) 4
    Rent (2005) (6/30) 4.5
    Rounders (1998) (2/17) 4
    Short Circuit 2 (1988) (8/8) 2
    SLC Punk! (1999) (3/3) 4
    Sneakers (1992) (5/1) 4
    Starship Troopers (1997) (2/3) 3
    The Program (1993) (10/3) 3.5
    Trojan War (1997) (2/20) 2
    X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) (2/17) 3
     
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  4. Mike Kelly

    Mike Kelly Active Member

    2007 Movies Seen List Part 1
    Releases prior to 2007
    Films Seen This list: 242
    Total Films Seen: 311
    Latest Editions in Red

    13 CONVERSATIONS ABOUT ONE THING (2001-DVD) 7: A somber film that examines fate, guilt, envy and happiness through five storylines.
    13 TZAMETI (2006-DVD) 7: French film has immigrant roofer taking client's place in a risky gambling venture, which proves to be a horrific life and death contest.
    36 HOURS (1965-TCM) 7.5: Engaging wartime thriller about clever German plot to acquire D-Day landing site info from Army Major.
    711 OCEAN DRIVE (1950-TCM) 6: An interesting 'B' picture about greed and obsession with success; a noir expose of the American Dream gone bad.
    ADVISE AND CONSENT (1962-DVD) 8: When a controversial nominee for Secretary of State is brought before the Senate for approval, lines are drawn, gloves come off and skeletons are brought out of the closet.
    AFTER THE WEDDING (2006-DVD) 7: The Danish manager of an orphanage in India, reluctantly returns home to acquire funding for his project, and finds his past life unfolding before him in a series of startling revelations
    ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN (1976-DVD) 9: Woodward and Bernstein, the dogged Washington Post reporters break the Watergate cover-up, which leads to the dismantling of an American Presidency.
    AMATEUR (1994-DVD) 6.5: Quirky mystery full of dead-pan dialogue and in no way interested in a feel good ending.
    AMERICAN FRIEND, AN (1977-DVD) 6.5: Wim Wender's take on Patricia Highsmith's novel Ripley's Game has a European 70s gritty stylistic look
    THE APARTMENT (1960-DVD) 10: When an ambitious young insurance clerk lends his apartment out to several bosses for their philanderings, he quickly moves up the corporate ladder, with a price.
    APOCALYPTO (2006-DVD) 8: The Mayan Civilization at the time of its demise. Graphic, without being exploitive, and viscerally thrilling, yet often touching.
    ARMY OF SHADOWS (1969-DVD) 8: A serious, deliberate and suspensful story of a group of operators in the French Resistence.
    AS GOOD AS IT GETS (1997-DVD) 8.5: This is very human story that's dramatic and romantic, while remaining very funny.
    AURA, THE (2005-DVD) 7: A mild mannered taxidermist, with a photographic memory, often imagines the perfect heist - until he finds himself in the middle of a real one.
    BENNY GOODMAN STORY, THE (1956-TCM) 7: Typical Hollywood Bio treatment where the story is secondary to the great music.
    BILLY BUDD (1962-DVD) 8: Allegory that pits naval law against moral justice on board British H.M.S. Bellipotent during the 1797 war with France.
    BIG SLEEP, THE (1978-DVD) 6: Ill-advised remake of a classic film noir, has a too old Robert Mitchum as Phillip Marlowe and a change in setting to England.
    BIRD (1988-DVD) 7: Detailed look at the life of Charlie "Bird" Parker, the extraordinary jazz saxaphonist whose innovations are of influence today.
    BIRDMAN OF ALCATRAZ, (1962-TCM) 7.5: Prison lifer becomes one of the world's foremost authorities on bird diseases.
    BLOOD DIAMOND (2006-T) 8: Emotional action-filled story of the illegal smuggling of conflict diamonds in Sierra Leone.
    BOBBY (2006-DVD) 7: Mostly fictionalized account of the going-ons inside the Ambassador Hotel on the day Sen. Bobby Kennedy was assassinated.
    BORAT (2006-DVD) 7.5: It's tasteless and obnoxious but does make you laugh, if you are not too thin-skinned.
    BOYNTON BEACH CLUB, THE (2006-DVD) 5.5: Seniors in an upscale Florida community cope with the loss of their significant others.
    BRANDO (2007-TCM) N/R: Documentary examines the professional and private life of Marlon Brando, perhaps the most revolutionizing actor in film history.
    BREAKING AND ENTERING (2006-DVD) 6: An architect, in the midst of a marriage crisis, deals with a series of break-ins at his London office.
    BUBBA HO-TEP (2002-DVD-R) 7.5: Very funny horror film with Bruce Campbell just outstanding as psych patient an Elvis impersonator.
    BUCCANEERS, THE (1995-DVD) 7: Adaptation of Edith Wharton's final novel finds four heiress of New York's nouveau riche in the late 19th century, who travel to England to marry into the British aristocracy
    C-MAN (1950-DVD) 5: Story of a Custom's agent trying to stop a smuggling ring responsible for the death of his partner.
    CAGED (1950-TCM) 7.5: Unsentimental look at prison life, where the system hardens even the innocent, despite the good intentions of a sympathetic warden.
    CAMOMILE LAWN (1992-DVD) 6.5: This mini-series is essentially an adult soap opera that follows each of 8 cousins through various adulteries, menage a trois, wife swapping and some deaths, through the war years in Britain.
    CASINO ROYALE (2006-DVD) 7.5: Return to the no nonsense tough Bond persona, as Daniel Craig makes his solid debut as Agent 007.
    CATCH A FIRE (2006-DVD) 7: Power plant forman in Apartheid South Africa, joins Freedom Fighters against the white government.
    CHASE, THE (1946-DVD) 6: Robert Cummings as an ex-GI hired as chauffeur to a Miami gangster who enters the literal dream world of noir after he decides to help the gangster's wife escape to Cuba.
    CHASE, THE (1966-TCM) 5.5: With a credit list of "A" names, this story of an escapee coming back to his Texas town mostly full of rich oil folk is a turgid mess.
    CHILDREN OF MEN (2006-T) 8: Incredibly kinetic look at a dystopian future in a childless England. Riveting.
    CHILLY SCENES OF WINTER (1979-TCM) 7: Bittersweet romance as civil servant, John Heard falls head over heals when he meets a married woman.

    CHRISTMAS CAROL, A (1951-DVD) 9.5: Charles Dickens' classic story of redemption is given its best treatment in this 1951 British production starring Alastair Sim as Ebenezer Scrooge. This restored DVD captures the flavor of Dickensian London, and has a peerless cast of colorful characters.

    COFFEE AND CIGARETTES (2004-DVD) 7: Jim Jarmusch's riff on celebrity, presented as short vignettes, and filmed in B&W.
    COME EARLY MORNING (2006-DVD) 6.5: Hard-drinking single Mississippi woman tries to overcome her fear of commitment.
    COPYING BEETHOVEN (2006-DVD) 6.5: Female composition student is sent to assist Beethoven as a copyist for his Ninth Symphony.
    COVER HER FACE (1985-DVD) 7: Inspector Dalgleish confronts many suspects, each with their own motives, in a series of murders.
    CRIME WAVE (1954-DVD) 7: A beautifully composed shot-on-location crime move has a standard plot and a tough lead performance from Sterling Hayden.
    CROUPIER (1998-DVD) 8: An aspiring writer takes a job as a croupier in a casino as a favor to his father, with unpredictable results.
    CRY DANGER (1951-TCM) 6.5: Standard revenge drama as Dick Powell, falsely imprisoned for a robbery/murder is released and determined to find out who has the loot from the hold-up.
    CURSE OF THE GOLDEN FLOWER (2006-DVD) 7.5: Turgid goings-on among a royal family replete with sibling rivalry, incest and betrayals.
    DAVID AND LISA (1962-TCM) 7: Sensitive, arty and somewhat outdated story of very bright but emotionally unstable teenage boy placed in a private institution who meets a schizophrenic young woman.
    DEAD GIRL, THE (2006-DVD) 7.5: When the body of a young woman is found, the story is told as a series of vignettes, through the point of view of various people who have a connection to the deceased.
    DEAD MAN'S SHOES (2005-DVD) 7: Paddy Considine has a score to settle with a group of town low-life druggies, when his mentally retarded brother became the target of their cruel actions.
    DEATH OF MR. LAZARESCU, THE (2006-DVD) 7.5: A Romanian man calls for medical assistance in this black satire.
    DEATH ON THE NILE (1978-DVD) 7: Peter Ustinov is fine as Hercule Poirot and the all-star supporting cast has fun with their parts
    DECOY (1946-DVD) 7: A cheap, cult noir, with one of the deadliest femme fatales who concocts an outrageous scheme to find the location of buried loot from her gangster boyfriend.
    DEFENSE OF THE REALM (1987-DVD) 7: An investigative reporter's tabloid story on the extra-marital affair of a British minister, soon leads to a cover-up of a nuclear incident.
    DEJA VU (2006-DVD) 6.5: After a ferry explodes with over 500 naval personnel, ATF agent is asked to join up with a select FBI group to investigate.
    DELIVER US FROM EVIL (2006-DVD) 8: Evil comes in the guise of a lilting Irish brogue of a priest who somehow got away with scores of child molestations.
    DEVIL IN A BLUE DRESS (1995-TCM) 7: Nice looking neo-noir told from within the African-American culture of 1948 Los Angeles
    DICK TRACY (1990-DVD) 8.5: Perhaps the closest any film has come to capturing the style and feel of a popular comic strip.

    DOWN BY LAW (1986-DVD) 7: Jim Jarmusch's follow up to his breakthrough film Stranger Than Paradise, is another quirky character study.
    DOWN TO THE BONE (2004-DVD) 7: It's a good film showing how recreational drug use can worm its way into everyday life.
    DREAMGIRLS (2006-T) 7.5: Nice adaptation of Broadway musical of the rise and struggles of a Supremes-type Motown group.
    FACTORY GIRL (2006-DVD) 5.5: The true story of NY 'it' girl' Edie Sedgwick and her short adult life mixing it with Andy Warhol and his Factory groupies is a time capsule of late 60s avant-garde scene.
    FACTOTUM (2006-DVD) 6.5: Episodic look at alchoholic writer modeled on Charles Bukowski, played with just the right touch by Matt Dillon.
    FAIL SAFE (2000-DVD) 7.5 - Faithful remake of the 1964 cold war cautionary tale of a bomber group, sent on a mission to destroy Moscow.
    FALLEN IDOL, THE (1948-DVD) 8: Wonderfully crafted story of an impressionable young boy, the son of the French Ambassador, living among the protocol in the London Embassy.
    FAY GRIM (2006-DVD) 6: This is Hal Hartley's sequel to Henry Fool and it falls short. With a plot involving codes, terrorists and CIA agents it is convoluted and mostly too talky.
    FINAL CUT, THE (1995-DVD) 7.5: The third and concluding segment in the BBC series involving the Machiavellian Francis Urquhart.
    FLICKA (2006-DVD) 6: A nice family film, based on the famous story of an untamed mustang who helps bring a family together, My Friend Flicka.
    FLYBOYS (2006-DVD) 6: True story of a group of American pilots who join the French in WWI is predictable yet often exhilerating.
    FORSYTE SAGA (2002-DVD): The various members of the Forsyte family of England at the turn of the 20th century deal with misguided marriages, infidelities and obsessions.
    FORSYTE SAGA: SERIES TWO (2003-DVD) 7.5: As the main protagonists of the first series age, the bitterness among them rather than being resolved is exacerbated when their children begin and ill-fated romance.
    FORTUNE IS THE WOMAN (1957-TCM) 6: Routine story of insurance investigator solving the mystery of a London arson incident that evolves into blackmail and murder.
    FOUNTAIN, THE (2006-DVD) 5: A muddled attempt to show one man's quest to save his wife from a fatal brain tumor. Taking place in three time periods, I found it too abstract, repetitive and rather pretentious.
    FREEDOMLAND (2006-DVD) 5: A mess of a movie which is muddled, overwraught and moves in too many directions at once.
    FUR (2006-DVD) 6: A fictionalized account of the late Diane Arbus, whose photographs are revered today, is a combination of Beauty and the Beast and Freaks.
    GLEANERS AND I, THE (2001-DVD) 6: French documentary looks at the ancient art of gleaning, where people pick the spoils of the harvesting left behind.
    GLENN MILLER STORY, THE (1954-TCM) 7: Plenty of Glenn Miller music to appreciate in between the Hollywood-type storyline
    GOOD GERMAN, THE (2006-DVD) 6.5: Steven Soderbergh's paean to the 1940s films of foreign intrigue and romance scores an absolute bullseye visually and stylistically, but falters narratively.
    GOOD YEAR, A (2006-DVD) 6: A high powered broker who inherits his uncle's vineyard, and finds romance and lost values.
    GREEN FOR DANGER (1946-DVD) 8.5: A top notch British murder mystery set during the late WWII period.
    GREEN MILE, THE (1999-DVD) 7.5: Adaptation of Stephen King's serial novel about a man with a healing gift brought to death row, and the resounding effect he has on the guards and inmates there.
    GUARDIAN, THE (2006-DVD) 6.5: Standard story of the passing of the torch from a grizzled Coast Guard rescue diver (Kevin Costner) to his protege (Ashton Kucher). Nothing surprises, but its all nicely done.
    GUIDE FOR RECOGNIZING YOUR SAINTS (2006-DVD) 7: Dito leaves his fellow thugs, becomes a successful writer who doesn't look back.
    HALF NELSON (2006-DVD) 7: Realistic dialogue and fine acting from both Ryan Gosling and Shareeka Epps are the film's strong points.
    HAMLET (1996-DVD) 7.5: Filmed in lavish 70mm. and in its complete form at 243 minutes, it is beautiful to look at and each character is given complete development.
    HAPPY FEET (2006-DVD) 6.5: A misfit penguin leaves his clan to find the answer to the fish food shortage that is threatening his species.
    HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER (1986-DVD) 7.5: A chilling and disturbing film told in docudramatic fashion, strictly from the killers point of view.
    HIS KIND OF WOMAN (1951-DVD) 6: Deported gangster Raymond Burr uses Robert Mitchum, a down on his luck gambler, as a patsy to steal his identity.
    HISTORY BOYS, THE (2006-DVD) 6: An 80s Yorkshire grammar school where a group of eight boys are being prepped for the mind-crushing exams that could lead to a place at Oxford.
    HIT, THE (1984-DVD) 7: Gangster gives up his collegues in a deal with the D.A. 10 yrs. later the boss is released and sends two hit men for him.
    THE HOAX (2006-DVD) 6.5: Author Clifford Irving bogusly convinces the publishers of McGraw Hill that he has exclusive interview rights to recluse billionaire Howard Hughes and is given the go ahead and a huge advance to write Hughes's Biography.
    HOLIDAY, THE (2006-DVD) 6.5: Strangers, reeling from failed relationships, switch houses, and find a much needed boost to their lovelives.
    HONKY TONK FREEWAY (1981-DVD) 6: An offbeat comedy with some, but not enough inspired moments, despite a game and large cast.
    HOST, THE (2006-DVD) 6.5: Korean horror film is a throwback to the days of the mutant monster coming out of the water to wreck havoc. Really well done in most aspects except for a shifting tone.
    HOUSE OF CARDS (1990-DVD) 7.5: Chief Whip of the Tory Party, uses Machiavellian tactics to replace a weak Prime Minister.
    HOUSE ON TELEGRAPH HILL (1950-DVD) 7: Hitchcockian tale of concentration camp survivor assuming a dead companion's identity in Frisco
    IDIOCRACY (2006-DVD) 6: A futuristic satire of a world inhabited by idiots from the director of Office Space, doesn't have the touch he did with that film.
    ILLEGAL (1955-DVD) 6.5: A rather preposterous court room story is made interesting by the vastly underrated Edward G. Robinson as a D.A. turned defense attorney whose former assistant is accused of killing her crooked husband.
    INFAMOUS (2006-DVD) 7: This second version of author Truman Capote's involvment in the Clutter Murder case is a bit glossier.
    INLAND EMPIRE (2006-DVD) 6.5: It's all too much like the second half of Mulholland Drive without the cohesion that film had. The result is a Frankenstein monster that will probably appeal only to the most ardent David Lynch fans.
    INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (1978-DVD 7.5: The special effects and production values are at a higher level in this remake, but the infiltration of the other-worldly spores and pods occur so swiftly, that the sense of foreboding is truncated
    INVINCIBLE (2006-DVD) 6.5: True story of a local bartender who becomes a Philadelphia Eagle after new coach Dick Vermeil holds an open tryout.
    IT HAPPENED HERE (1965-DVD) 7.5: Fascinating alternative history story that speculates the occupation of England by the Germans in 1943.
    KEEPING MUM (2006-DVD) 6.5: A fine cast keeps this very black and very British comedy about a homicidal housekeeper afloat.

    KILLER OF SHEEP (1977-DVD) 7.5: A UCLA film project made in 1973 and released in1977 only to be pulled due to not having procured rights to the music, it nonetheless was chosen to be one of 50 films selected to the National Registry. Perhaps the truest look at the African American experience as it depicts with almost documentary accuracy life in the Watts district of Los Angeles as seen through a struggling family with a father who is disillusioned by his job in a meat factory (where he leads the sheep to slaughter) and surrounded mostly by do-nothings and petty criminals. There isn't any story arc, unlike some of the Italian neo-realistic films it has been compared to, but there are several poetic moments to cut to the core.

    KILLER THAT STALKED NEW YORK (1950-TCM) 6: Graphic title actually concerns a female diamond smuggler, who reenters the US unknowingly infected with small pox.
    L'APPARTEMENT (1995-DVD) 7: French homage to many Hitchcock thrillers, especially Vertigo, is a daisy chain of unrequited love.
    LA CEREMONIE (1995-DVD) 7.5: A mousy, quiet woman is hired as a maid by a well-to-do family. Slowly developing tension leads to an explosive conclusion in this French suspense film.
    LA HAINE (1994-DVD) 7.5: Three immigrant youths are part of the fringe and disenfranchised elements of French society in this hard-hitting drama.
    LAST KING OF SCOTLAND (2006-T) 7.5: A Look into the charismatic, but crazed mind of Idi Amin, through the eyes of a young Scottish Doctor
    LATE SHOW, THE (1977-DVD) 7.5: Art Carney, as an aging private detective, takes on a case involving a missing cat, which spirals into a complicated throwback to 40s genre noir of blackmail and murder.
    LES ENFANTS TERRIBLES (1950-DVD) 6.5:Odd story of repressed incest involving a pretty boy student, injured in a snowball fight, his strong-willed sister who cares for him and a young woman who comes between them.
    LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA (2006-T) 8.5: An elegiac look at the Japanese doomed defense of a strategically important island. A beautiful film
    LITTLE CHILDREN (2006-T) 9: Two Gen-X parents grapple with unhappy marriages through an adulterous affair.
    LIVES OF OTHERS, THE (2006-DVD) 8.5: In the mid-1980s, the German Democratic Republic's Secret Police (The STASI) uses covert surveillance and a legion of informants to spy on its populace and squash any Western thought or overt activity.
    LONELINESS OF A LONG DISTANCE RUNNER, THE (1962-DVD) 7: Seminal British angry young man film from the early sixties.
    LONG GOODBYE, THE (1973-DVD) 6: Robert Altman's revisionist look at the noir detective can be captioned Rip Van Marlowe.
    LOST HORIZON (1937-TCM) 7.5: Frank Capra's fantasy adventure of Shangra-La, a Himilayan utopia where people live in harmony and peace.
    MALTESE FALCON, THE (1941-DVD) 9.5: The gold standard for detective mysteries, full of interesting characters and dialogue it is a bonafide classic.
    MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE (1962-TCM) 7.5: Tenderfoot lawyer settles out west and soon experiences Frontier law and justice.
    MARIE ANTOINETTE (2006-DVD) 5.5: Modern look at the child Queen of France. Lavishly beautifult, but drags with too much pomp and circumstance.
    MATING SEASON, THE (1951-TCM) 7.5: Delightful old style newly wed comedy/romance, with Thelma Ritter the stand-out.
    MIAMI VICE (2006-DVD) 6.5: Updating of 80s TV hit has great visual touches and some spectacular photography and a routine plot.
    MICROCOSMOS (1996-DVD) 8: Remarkable documentary on a day in the life of various insects inhabiting a French meadow -incredible photography
    MISSISSIPPI BURNING (1988-DVD) 8: When two civil rights activists 1964 Mississippi, the FBI is brought in to inverstigate.
    MISS POTTER (2006-DVD) 6.5: A quiet story of a determined woman to break into the men's world of publishing, and break out of the confines of her Victorian era society rules.
    MORE THE MERRIER, THE (1943-TCM) 7: Frothy story of an old codger playing cupid during a housing crisis in Washington DC.
    MURDER BY CONTRACT (1958-TCM) 6.5: Vince Edwards plays the cool, intelligent but totally immoral hit man who is in it strictly as a business, until he takes on a high profile case.
    MYSTIC RIVER (2003-DVD) 9.5: Clint Eastwood masterfully constructs and observes an urban story of tragedy.
    MY TRUE STORY (1951-TCM) 5.5: A woman released on parole is drawn into a con scheme against her will in this true confessions melodrama.
    MY VOYAGE TO ITALY (1999-DVD) 7.5: American premier film director Martin Scorsese examines the effect that Italian cinema had on him
    NATURAL, THE (1984-DVD) 8: Director's cut of this classic baseball film further sets up the mythology of writer Malamud's story of a farm boy who just could have been the greatest player there ever was, were it not for fate
    NEXT VOICE YOU HEAR, THE (1950-TCM) 6: An apparently legitimate voice saying He is God is heard on radio throughout the world.
    NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM (2006-DVD) 6.5: Fine family film with excellent visual effect concepts and execution.
    NIGHT LISTENER, THE (2006-DVD) 6.5: Talk show host becomes involved in a mystery after a phone call from a troubled youth.
    NINETEEN HUNDRED AND EIGHTY FOUR (1984-Online) 7.5: George Orwell's classic novel of a dystopian future is given an appropriately bleak adaptation as John Hurt, an outer party functionary makes the fatal error of falling in love.
    NINTH CONFIGURATION (1980-DVD) 7.5: New commander of a military asylum humanely deals with the inmates until his secret past is exposed.
    NOS AMOURS (1982-DVD) 6: French coming of age story as 15 yr. old girl from a dysfunctional family explores her sexuality with many willing partners.
    NOTES ON A SCANDAL (2006-T) 7.5: A closeted lesbian school teacher develops a friendship with a new Art teacher after witnessing a pedophilic act.
    OCEAN'S ELEVEN (2001-DVD) 7.5: Steven Soderbergh's update of of the Ratpack caper film is hugely entertaining high tech and star-studded.
    OCTOBER MAN, THE (1947-TCM) 7: When a Londoner suffers head injuries he goes t a boarding house to recoup and soon finds himself suspect in a murder. A good atmospheric psychological drama.
    OLIVER TWIST (2005-DVD) 7: Faithful adaptation by Roman Polanski of the Dickens classic goes for a somber and somewhat emotionally distant telling.
    ONE NIGHT WITH THE KING (2006-DVD) 5: The biblical story of Esther who poses as an gentile and becomes queen of Persia until she is forced to declare her Jewish ancestry to save her people.
    ON THE BEACH (1959-DVD) 6.5: Cautionary tale of the aftermath of a nuclear war, where the only survivors - those on Australia and the crew of a submarine that docks down under, await the inevitable radiation cloud.
    OPEN CITY (1945-DVD) 7.5: Filmed at the end of WWII, this documentary looking story of the Italian underground and its resistance to fascist forces is powerfully gritty and moving.
    OVERLORD (1975-DVD) 7: Interesting British film makes extensive use of newsreel footage to blend with story of young British soldier through his training and his eventual assignment as one of the first troops to land at Normandy.
    PACKAGE, THE (1989-DVD) 7.5: Renegade military personnel from U.S and Russia resort to extreme measures to stop a nuclear disarmament treaty
    PAINTED VEIL, THE (2006-DVD) 7.5: A British bacteriologist takes a post in 1925 China to help control an outbreak of cholera.
    PAN'S LABYRINTH (2006-T) 9: Young girl is caught up in the bleak life of facist controlled Spain during its Civil War in the 40s in this imaginative fable.
    PAYBACK (1999-DVD) 7: Porter, left for dead, takes on his betrayers and the outfit that backs them.
    PAYBACK - STRAIGHT UP (1999-DVD) 7: This version is Helgeland's entire work and it differs substantially from theatrical version - new soundtrack, Mel Gibson narration removed, cinematography 's color scheme different, his early scenes reinserted, and the entire final act changed.
    PERFUME: THE STORY OF A MURDERER (2006-DVD) 7: Director Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run) tries his hand at a period piece in this off beat horror story of a man with the world's most acute sense of smell.
    PERSONAL JOURNEY WITH MARTIN SCORSESE THROUGH AMERICAN MOVIES, A (1995-DVD) N/A: Scorsese looks at the American Movies that influenced his career. He concentrates on the genres of westerns, musicals and gangster films and looks at various directors as storyteller, illusionist, smuggler and iconoclast. Fascinating.
    POLITICIAN'S WIFE, THE (1995-DVD) 7.5: The wife of the British Minister of Family Services learns that his so-called one night affair, has in fact lasted a year, and she plans to expose him and his lack of ethics for what it is.
    PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION, A (2006-DVD) 7: Robert Altman's swan song is essentially a filmed version of the longrunning and last stage and radio show.
    PRESTIGE, THE (2006-DVD) 7: Turn of the century magicians become deadly rivals in this complicated and somewhat cold story.
    PRIME SUSPECT 4 (1995-DVD) : Unlike the other six installments in this on-going series starring Helen Mirren as British Investigative Superintendent, PS 4 presents three distinct stories each with a running time equivalent to a feature film.
    PS4: THE LOST CHILD - 7.5: The investigation into the alleged kidnapping of a young child. Tennison grapples with suspects ranging from a convicted child molester to an ex-husband, while contemplating the recent abortion she had herself. Quick moving story.
    PS4: INNER CIRCLES - 7.5: Tennison on loan must deal with politics, and class conflicts as a country club administrator is found murdered in what may or may not have been a sex crime. A real battle of wits.
    PS4: SCENT OF DARKNESS - 8: A series of murders occur that appear to be copycats of those committed by the serial killer from the first Prime Suspect show. Soon everyone is questioning then outright refuting Supt. Tennison's original arrest.
    PRINCE OF THE CITY (1981-DVD) 8.5: The young head of an elite NYPD Special Invistigations Unit team makes a decision to assist a Federal Investigation and he learns that his cockiness will not let him control what he though he could.
    PRIVATE LIFE OF SHERLOCK HOLMES, THE (1970-DVD) 7: Billy Wilder's interesting take on the famous sleuth has the director's notable cynical and humorous touch.
    PULP (1972-DVD) 5.5: A very strained comedy with all roles played as caricatures. A year after Director Mike Hodges and star Michael scored a bullseye with Get Carter, this one misses the mark.
    PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS (2006-DVD) 6.5: Manipulative, contrived, but held together and heartwarming due to Will Smith's winning performance.
    PUSHOVER (1954-TCM) 6: Fred MacMurray, as in Double Indemnity, is corrupted by a blond beauty, to his ultimate demise.
    REIVERS, THE (1969-DVD) 7: The time is 1906 and young Lucius from small town Mississippi is taken to Memphis by his rascal friend Steve McQueen in their borrowed 18 hp Winton Flyer Motorcar.
    RENAISSANCE (2006-DVD) 6.5: Technically superior animated feature using rotoscoping and black and white drawings to depict Paris in 2054.
    ROBINSON CARUSO ON MARS (1964-DVD) 6.5: This reworking of the classic Defoe story was one of the last of the old-style Sci/Fi space movies that were soon overshadowed by the realism that 2001: A Space Odyssey introduced.
    ROCKY BALBOA (2006-DVD) 7: Returning to his roots, Stalllone gives us a touching conclusion to the Rocky Balboa character.
    RUNNING WITH SCISSORS (2006-DVD) 6: A bit like The Royal Tenenbaums, but not as successful. Annette Bening is the best feature of this one
    SANSHO THE BALIFF (1954-DVD) 8: When a compassionate governer in 11th Century Feudal Japan is sent into exile for being too sensitive to the needs of the peasants, his family attempts to join him, with tragic results.
    SCANNER DARKLY, A (2006-DVD) 6.5: Rotoscopic story of an undercover cop trying to find the source of a deadly drug and falling under its effects.
    SCHIZOPOLIS (1996-DVD) 5: A low level office worker and his more accomplished doppleganger become a speech-writer for a motivational guru. Poor.
    SCIENCE OF SLEEP (2006-DVD) 6: Much of the film lives in the surreal cardboard pop-up dream world of media artist/inventor Gail Garcia Bernal.
    SECRET LIFE OF WORDS, THE (2006-DVD) 7.5: A Russian nurse slowly bares her past horrors to a victim of an oil rig accident
    SERAPHIM FALLS (2006-DVD) 7: A revenge/pursuit western taking place a few years after the Civil War, this little heard of movie has a riveting first half.
    SHAUN OF THE DEAD (2006-DVD) 7: From the gang that gave us this year's Hot Fuzz, this first effort is a funny send up of zombie movies, with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost as rather idiotic, but endearing roommates taking on a town gone nuts.
    SHADOW, THE (1994-DVD) 6.5: Alec Baldwin tried his hand, with middling success, as a comic strip hero, another rich playboy who fights for justice, as the mysterious 'Shadow.'
    SHERRYBABY (2006-DVD) 6.5: Realistic look at young mother released from jail due to addiction, trying to remain clean and reunite with her child.
    SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE (1995-Plex) 7.5: Old fashioned romantic comedy tells the tale of a widower whose young son uses a radio talk show to solicit a new mom.
    SOLID GOLD CADILLAC (1956-DVDR-TCM) 7: Comedy about a small stockholder taking on the executive board of a huge company.
    STAKEOUT ON DOPE STREET (1958-TCM) 6: L.A. street story of three layabout young men who come across a kilo of uncut heroin and foolishly enter a world of junkies and strong-arm men when they try to peddle it.
    STRANGER THAN FICTION (2006-DVD) 7.5: This is a clever, poignant and humorous story with a terrific cast headed by Will Farrell.
    STRAY DOG (1949-DVD) 7.5: Akira Kurosawa's crime story of a rookie detective who loses his pistol to a pickpocket, experiences personal responsibility and guilt with every crime it is used.
    SUNDAY IN NEW YORK (1963-TCM) 7: Typical breezy romance of that time period, with mistaken identities, sexual innuendos and sitcomish situations.
    SWEET LAND (2006-DVD) 6.5: Beautifully shot indie period piece of a German mail order bride arriving in Minnesota in early 20th Century and experiencing the prejudices of the close knit Scandinavian community
    TAKING OF PELHAM ONE TWO THREE (1974-TCM) 7.5: This entertaining 70s thriller has more than its share of cynical humor, as four men take over a subway car and demand one million to release the hostages.
    TASTE FOR DEATH, A (1999-DVD) 7: Another Adam Dalglliesh mystery from P.D. James, that follows the same format of multiple suspects involved in several murders.
    TENDER TRAP, THE (1955-TCM) 6:Typical 50s romance with a tired plot and very little music. Sort of misses a good opportunity with the talented stars (Frank Sinatra and Debbie Reynolds)
    TENSION (1950-DVD) 7: A meek husband/pharmacist's femme fatale wife has affairs under his nose. This leads him into the noir world of revenge as he develops an alter-ego to set up an alibi for killing the wife and her current lover.
    THIS FILM IS NOT YET RATED (2006-DVD) 7: Cursory look at the MPAA with its cloak of secrecy and inadequate and ineffective policies.
    TIN STAR (1957-DVD) 7.5: Anthony Perkins plays a young inexperienced Sheriff, who finds a mentor in Henry Fonda. Fonda is an ex-Sheriff, now bounty hunter who helps give Perkins the confidence to keep his job.
    TO PLAY THE KING (1993-DVD) 7.5: British Prime Minister, and his conservative policies clash with the newly crowned liberal minded King
    TO SIR, WITH LOVE (1967-TCM) 7.5: Sidney Poitier as a new teacher taking on the rowdy and rebellious Sen. Class in a poor London neighborhood.
    TOUT DE SUITE(2004-DVD) 6.5: French art student falls head over heals over a young man just as he gets involved in a bank heist/hostage situation.
    TRIAD ELECTION (2006-DVD) 7: The allusions to The Godfather are felt througout this Hong Kong story right to the parallels with Michael Corleone ("Just when I want out, they pull me back in"). Intricately plotted with several torture scenes quite graphic.
    TRISTRAM SHANDY (2006-DVD) 6.5: A movie about making a movie of an unfilmable novel, here is much fun and insight into the filmmaking process.
    TRUST THE MAN (2006-DVD) 6: Modern relationship film set in Manhattan, with two couples in the midst of crises.
    UGETSU (1953-DVD) 7.5: In 16th century Japan, two men's irresponsible quest for importance lead to tragic circumstances for their neglected wives.
    UNKNOWN (2006-DVD) 6: 5 men wake up in an inescapable warehouse, after being exposed to a poisonous gas that causes temporary memory loss.
    UNSUSPECTED, THE (1947-TCM) 7: Glossy murder mystery is very much in the vein of Laura as sophisticated radio celebrity is pulling out all the stops to collect an inheritance.
    VENUS (2006-DVD) 7: Womanizer Peter O'Toole, a former matinee idol, now feeble and near death becomes infatuated with his theatrical buddy's grand-niece dispite their 50 year age difference.
    VICKI (1953-DVD) 6: Dark look at the obsessive behavior of a homicide detective determined to pin a murder of a model on her publicity agent.
    VICTIM (1961-TCM) 7: Dirk Bogarde's gives a fine performance as the closeted middle-aged barrister, who risks his marriage and reputation by pursuing the mystery blackmailers of gay male Londoners.
    VOLVER (2006-T) 7.5: A mother thought dead, returns as one daughter is up to her head in protecting her own daughter by trying to hide a homicide.
    WHIRLPOOL (1949-DVD) 6.5: A nepharious hypnotist/con artist who uses an impressionable woman to take the fall for a murder.
    WIND THAT SHAKES THE BARLEY, THE (2006-DVD) 8: In 1920, as the British Black & Tans brutally run roughshod over the Irish, the IRA is recruiting and fighting back.
    WOMEN IN LOVE (1970-DVD) 6.5: Visually imaginative adaptation of D. H. Lawrence's novel, examines love from the experimental to the tragic.

    Pioneer Plasma Revisits

    12 MONKEYS - 8.5
    300 - 6
    AMELIE - 8.5
    BATMAN BEGINS - 8.5
    BLOOD DIAMOND - 8
    CHILDREN OF MEN - 8
    CHINATOWN 10
    DA VINCI CODE, THE - 7
    DARK CITY - 8.5
    DINER - 7.5
    DOLORES CLAIBORNE - 8
    EYES WIDE SHUT - HD-DVD - 9

    Face Off (HD-DVD) 7

    FIND ME GUILTY- 7
    GANGS OF NEW YORK: 9
    GOOD NIGHT AND GOOD LUCK - 8.5
    HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE - 7.5
    A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE - 8
    HOLLYWOODLAND - 7
    THE ILLUSIONIST - 8
    IN AMERICA - 9
    KISS KISS BANG BANG - 7.5
    MI-3: 7
    MRS. HENDERSON PRESENTS - 7.5
    OUT OF THE PAST - 9.5
    PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN'S CHEST - 7
    THE QUEEN - 8
    RUNAWAY JURY - 7.5
    SERENITY - 7
    SPIDER-MAN 2 - 8
    THE STATION AGENT - 8.5
    THE TEN COMMANDMENTS - 8
    THE THIRTEENTH FLOOR - 7.5
    TOP GUN - HD-DVD - 7
    WAR OF THE WORLDS - 8
    WHERE THE SIDEWALK ENDS - 7.5
     
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  5. Mike Kelly

    Mike Kelly Active Member

    2007 Movies Seen List Part 2
    2007 Releases
    Movies Seen This List: 69
    Total Movies Seen in 2007: 311
    Latest Editions in Red

    300 (2007-T) 5.5: Body-builder Spartan soldiers led by King Leonidas, take on the hordes of supposedly Persians. Stylish, but silly.
    3:10 TO YUMA (2007-T) 7.5: Taken from Elmore Leonard's pulp short-story, a rancher joins a posse to capture and transport notorious stagecoach robber to the train station that will take him to the Yuma prison.
    1408 (2007-DVD) 6.5: Effective scare movie, with John Cusack, solid as ever, as a writer who debunks claims of supernatural happenings at various hotels.
    AMERICAN GANGSTER (2007-T) 8: Denzel Washington is charismatic in title role and Russell Crowe actually plays a bit against type as the undercover detective heading a task force under a federal umbrella.
    AWAY FROM HER (2007-DVD) 8.5: Beautifully modulated story of husband faced with very difficult decisions when his wife of 42 years develops Alzheimer's Disease.
    BECOMING JANE (2007-T) 7: The young life of esteemed British author Jane Austin, semi-fictionalized to parallel her own Pride and Prejudice story.
    BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOU'RE DEAD (2007-T) 8.5: The year's darkest and most embroiled family drama combines financial desperation with Shakespearean motivation to give us a crime story that goes very bad.
    BEOWOLF 3D (2007-T) 6.5: The movie is a wet dream for adolescent boys with its violence and nude animation of the goddess/witch played by Angelina Jolie.
    BLACK BOOK (2007-DVD) 7.5: The story of a Jewish cabaret singer, who must infiltrate the local SS party in Holland to stay alive and help the resistance during WWII. It all unfolds as highly entertaining thriller with typical Verhoven luridness and sex.
    BLACK SNAKE MOAN (2007-DVD) 7.5: Former blues guitarist, Samual Jackson, finds a white trash young woman left for dead in front of his shack. As he nurses her back to health, he finds her wounds go deep, and years of abuse have manifested itself as nymphomania and self-destruction.
    BLADES OF GLORY (2007-HD-DVD) 6.5: A change of style role for Jon Heder and Will Farrell doing what he does best as two rival ice skaters join forces in a world competition.
    BOURNE ULTIMATUM, THE (2007-T) 8: It should be headache inducing, but somehow Director Greengrass makes it all comprehensible. A mature, exciting and worthy second sequel to a very good franchise.
    BREACH (2007-T) 7: The true story of the case and arrest of FBI Intelligence agent Robert Hanssen, played with charisma by Chris Cooper.
    BRIDGE TO TERABITHIA (2007-DVD): 8: An excellent family film that explores imagination, friendship and loss; with just enough special effects to enhance rather than dominate the story.
    BROOKLYN RULES (2007-DVD) 6: A coming of age film set on the mean streets of Brooklyn as three boyhood chums share a right of passage and struggle with life's challenges and loyalties as they enter adulthood.
    CATCH AND RELEASE (2007-DVD) 5: A totally ordinary romance with predictable cardboard characters and too many storylines.

    CHARLIE WILSON'S WAR (2007-T) 7.5: Mike Nichols' wonderfully paced political comedy is a showcase for Tom Hanks, who plays real life Texas Congressman, a womanizing J.R. Ewing type, who procures nearly a billion dollars in funds to provide Afghanistan with weaponry and training to stop the Soviet invasion of their country during the 1980s. With great support from Philip Seymour Hoffman as a CIA advisor and Julia Roberts as a wealthy right wing power broker.

    DEATH PROOF (2007-DVD) 7: The car chase scenes are really kick-ass. Where the movie falters in my opinion, is the excessive lengthy dialogue scenes among the females.
    DISTURBIA (2007-DVD) 6: With a Rear Window like atmosphere, suspicious activity at a neighbors house lead a home arrest juvenile into a life and death situation.
    EASTERN PROMISES (2007-T) 7.5: David Cronenberg gives us a nearly unrecognizable London, and in interesting look into the workings of the Russian mob.
    EVAN ALMIGHTY (2007-DVD) 5: One of the more inane story lines of late and not all that funny either.
    EVENING (2007-T) 6.5: While lying on her deathbed, Ann reminisces about the time 50 years earlier when she was Maid of Honor at her best friend's wedding, and met the short-lived love of her life amid tragic circumstances.
    FANTASTIC FOUR: THE RISE OF THE SILVER SURFER (2007-DVD) 5: Innocuous comic book story seemingly written for pre-teens.
    FIRST SNOW (2007-DVD) 7.5: A self-absorbed salesman visits a psychic for a reading who seems to legitimately see a vision of Pearce's demise before the first snowfall.
    FRACTURE (2007-DVD) 6: Polished courtroom murder mystery stacks the implausibilities and contrivances way too high for my liking.
    GONE BABY GONE (2007-T) 8.5: A private investigator hired by the distraught aunt to find a missing little girl, must win over an uncooperative team of detectives and their Captain, as well as the missing girls mother, an irresponsible and out of control addict.

    HAIRSPRAY (2007-DVD) 7: It's Baltimore, 1962, and all High Schooler Tracy Turnblad wants to do is dance on the Corny Collins local TV show, with regular hunk, Link Larkin. Standing in her way is the bigoted Stage Manager, Michelle Pfeiffer, who wants the show to stay WASPY and showcase her daughter. With an overabundance of exuberance and non-stop dancing, this is a very lighthearted and entertaining musical. The satire is heavy-handed, by design I think, and the score while certainly bouyant, isn't particularly memorable, but the period design, costumes, choreography and message are on target. John Travolta has fun taking on the part of Tracy's super-sized mom.

    HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX (2007-T) 7.5: Perhaps the most transitional of the Potter films, it is also the most mature, yet I did miss some of the joy of the earlier episodes.
    HOT FUZZ (2007-DVD) 7.5: A very funny parody of action films that goes from droll to over the top mayhem.
    INTERVIEW, THE (2007-DVD) 7: A game of cat and mouse evolves with two rather unlikeable participants that leads to one turning the tables on the other.
    IN THE VALLEY OF ELAH (2007-T) 7.5: When a retired Military Police Investigator's son goes missing after returning from a tour in Iraq, he decides to investigate the incident.
    INTO THE WILD (2007-T) 8: Sean Penn adapts the true story of Christopher McCandless, an idealistic college graduate, who gives up his identity to seek nature and solace in the Alaskan wilderness.
    ITALIAN, THE (2007-DVD) 7.5: 6 yr. old Vanya is one of the lucky Russian orphan children, having been selected by an Italian couple, but he stubbornly sets out on his own, to find his natural mother. in this Dickensian story
    JINDABYNE (2007-DVD) 6.5: Four buddies, on a fishing trip in a remote Australian location, discover the body of a teenage aborigine girl with indications of homicide.
    JUST KILL ME (2007-DVD) 6.5: An entertaining crime spoof, with Ben Kingsley, playing an alcholic hit man from Buffalo, sent to San Francisco to dry up in an AA program.
    KNOCKED UP (2007-T) 8: With a well thought-out script and other characters with interesting stories of their own, you have one of the better comedies in recent years.
    THE LAST MIMSY (2007-DVD) 6: A children's movie in the vein, but not nearly the level of E.T., as two siblings find a device from the future that enable them to accomplish some amazing fetes and return hope to the future.
    LA VIE EN ROSE (2007-DVD) 7.5: The story of legendary French singer Edith Piaf - the little sparrow with the big voice, captured in one of the great biographical performances by Marion Cotillard.
    LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD (2007-DVD) 7: Action-packed delayed sequel to the Die Hard series has lost nothing in the interim.
    LONELY HEARTS (2007-DVD) 6: This treatment of a real life serial murder investigation is watchable, but not compelling.
    THE LOOKOUT (2007-T) 7.5: Superior writing and character development makes this film a cut above most action heist movies.
    MICHAEL CLAYTON (2007-T) 8: When a law firm's chief litigator becomes emotionally unhinged during a big case, problem solver Clayton must get him back on board.
    MIGHY HEART, A (2007-DVD) 7.5: A police procedural involving the true story of a Jewish-American journalist who is abducted by a militant group in Karachi as retribution for the reported treatment of Al Qaeda prisoners by the U.S at Guantanamo.
    MR. BROOKS (2007-DVD) 6: A watchable, but incredibly goofy film has Kevin Costner in a change of pace role as businessman of the year/serial killer.
    MUSIC AND LYRICS (2007-DVD) 6.5: Inoffensive romantic comedy has nice chemistry and doesn't try too hard. Song itself, Way Back into Love is rather nice.
    NAMESAKE, THE (2007-DVD) 7.5: A touching, often heartbreaking story of a Bengali couple and their children trying to find their place in American culture.
    NEXT (2007-DVD) 6: Moderately entertaining hokum, with Nicolas Cage having the ability to see 2 minutes into his future and as such becoming an interest to the FBI. It all moves briskly but leaves you without much to chew over afterwards.
    NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN (2007-T) 9: The Coen Brothers' terrific return to form, is a masterpiece of cinematic storytelling and a gripping crime thriller to boot

    OCEANS THIRTEEN (2007- DVD) 7: After the misstep of Twelve, where they all seemed to sleepwalk through the movie, the crew is back in Vegas and up to their old tricks. With Al Pacino, toning down his antics and enjoyable as the mark, it also seemed that Brad Pitt and George Clooney stepped back a bit to let the others take more of the spotlight. A good rental.

    ONCE (2007-DVD) 8.5: A small, but utterly captivating film of an Irish street singer/composer who performs on the streets of Dublin, joined by a young female Czech immigrant, whose musical talents supplement his.
    PARIS JE T'AIME (2007-DVD) 6.5: Twenty different directors each present a short film to show off Paris as the City of Lights and Love.
    POTC: AT WORLD'S END (2007-T) 7: It's more of the same in the saga of Capt. Jack Sparrow, in this wildly successful action adventure.
    PREMONITION (2007-DVD) 6: Essentially shows someone going through the five stages of grief amid a series of premonitions. It offers some food for thought, but doesn't really hold together.
    RATATOUILLE (2007-DVD) 7.5: Once again Pixar Studios presents a wonderful entertaining story that captivates, while continuing to push the envelop in animation.
    RED ROAD (2007-DVD) 6.5: A mousy CCTV operator watching over a seedy section of Glasgow Scotland for any illegal activity spots, follows then inserts herself into the life of a released convict.
    REIGN OVER ME (2007-DVD) 6.5: Adam Sandler in a rare dramatic role as a disassociated man who lost his family in the 9/11 tragedy, trying to be brought back to life by his old college roommate, played by Don Cheedle.
    RESCUE DAWN (2007- DVD) 7.5: A harrowing look at a small group of POWs in Laos at the early stages of The VietNam War
    SHOOTER (2007-DVD) 7: An ex-USMC top sniper is recruited by a
    secretive government group to help foil an anticipated Presidential assassination. He soon finds out he has been set up as the patsy and must use all his skills to survive and expose the plot.
    SNOW CAKE (2007-DVD) 7: A good Canadian film has Alan Rickman as a motorist with serious issues to resolve getting sidetracked after a young hitchhiker he gives a ride to, is killed when he is broadsided.
    SOPRANOS - SEASON SIX - PART II (2007-DVD) 8.5: The saga of the North Jersey crime family comes to a violent and abrupt conclusion, as the conflicts between the Brooklyn and NJ families boil over.

    SPIDER-MAN 3 (2007-T) 7: A long movie that feels even longer, due to the continuation of themes from its prequels and a few too many story-lines.

    STARDUST (2007-HD-DVD) 7: Ambitious fantasy/fairy tale has a sly sense of humor, some eye-popping visuals and probably too much plot. It doesn't quite gel, but offers a lot to look at. The leads are ok, but the supporting players that steal the show in this one.

    SUPERBAD (2007-DVD) 7: The sexual quest of three graduating high schoolers has an overabundance of profanity and idiotic characters, but is at times quite funny.

    SWEENEY TODD (2007-T) 8: Tim Burton's gothic adaptation of Steven Sondheim's award-winning musical is heavy on the gore, but wonderfully atmospheric. A brooding Johnny Depp aquits himself nicely to the challenges and Helena Bonham Carter ably assists. Their vocal skills, while not stage quality, complement each other very well and are fine for a cinematic treatment.

    THIS IS ENGLAND (2007-DVD) 7: Young Shaun lost his dad in the Falklands War and is constantly being picked on at school. It is no surprise that when an older group of skinheads take him under their wing, he is a very willing subject.
    TRANSFORMERS (2007-DVD) 6: Michael Bay's action extravaganza of the popular 1980s cartoon and toy franchise, uses state of the art CGI effects to tell the story of waring alien robots in search for a long buried artifact on Earth.
    WAITRESS (2007-DVD) 7.5: Keri Russel shines as a southern waitress, with a remarkable talent for pie-making, while juggling an unwanted pregnancy, an abusive husband and an affair with her OB-Gyn.
    WILD HOGS (2007-DVD) 6.5: Four Harley driving friends, each facing varied mid-life crises, take off on a open road trip ala City Slickers.
    ZODIAC (2007-T) - 7.5: Top-notch police chronicle of a notorious serial killer that plagued California law enforcement and journalists in the 1970s.
     
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  6. Max Yokell

    Max Yokell Well-Known Member War Zone Member Top Poster

    PK Will be filling this one up this year.

    Max
     
  7. Shane

    Shane Active Member

    Movies rated between 1 and 10 with 10 being the best.

    1. Sopranos S1: 7 - The main reason I haven't watched any films this year. I started with S1 to get me reacquianted as I missed it. Not quite as intense as I expected. The show really is just getting started.

    2. United 93: 9 - Somber and Pride are the 2 feelings that come to mind about this film. What a stunning achievement this film is.

    3. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang: 8.5 - Hilarious off beat detective story that surprised me with the acting performances.

    4. Black Dahlia: 4 - Wasted effort in terms of story but the noir aspects are quite well done. Disappointing indeed.

    5. The Guardian: 3 - Wasted effort as it started out great but too much backstory made this a big borefest.

    6. Miami Vice: 7 - Remake of a TV show that really was a 2 hr long episode. See the show first. The movie will be better for you after that.

    7. Sopranos S2: 9 - Season 2 was quite intense. No More character development needed so the show was able to stretch its legs. The last 2 episodes were off the chain!

    8. Flyboys: 3 - Pearl Harbor again only worse. One time rental at best as the PQ/SQ are great on the BR disc.

    9. Fearless: 8 - Jet Li's final martial arts film is a stunning film.

    10. Lady in the Water 7 - A modern fairy tale told by M Night Shymalan. Don't expect his usual twists.

    11. Sopranos S3: 9 - Equivalent to S2. The lackluster final episode keeps this below the perfection mark.

    12. The Breakup: 3 - A poorly marketed movie with Vince Vaughn breaking up with his girlfriend(Jennifer Anniston).

    13. Little Miss Sunshine: 8 - Quirky comedy about a dysfunctional family making a road trip.

    14. Nacho Libre - 3 - Downright painful to watch. A few funny parts but nothing else.

    15. Running Scared - 6- - Violent movie with a good performance from Paul Walker. Excellent soundtrack.

    16. Sopranos S4 - 6 - a let down after 3 great seasons.

    17. Sopranos S5 - 7 - better than Season 4. the cames worked for me. I liked the ending episodes moreso than the weak middle.

    18. Crank - 3 - Low rating reflects poor acting, story(though interesting) but the movie was downright entertaining and wretched excessive in terms of language, violence, sex etc.

    19. Deja Vu - 7.5 - Denzel plays an ATF agent tracking a crime in New Orleans. This is not just a who done it as they have a big twist in the style of film.

    20. Rocky Balboa -8 - A touching and heartfelt ending to a storied franchise. A wonderful film.

    21. The Prestige - 8 - Deliberate with a very big reach of an ending but quite entertaining

    22. Munich - 8 - a bit preachy but overall a very well done intrigue story about a Israeli agent set out to seek revenge on behalf of his people against Muslim terrorists at the 72 Olympics

    23. Sopranos S6 Part 1 - 7 - First 1/2 season of the final one for Tony and his crew. Starts off with a bang and slowly treads water.

    24. The Queen - 9 - Stellar acting accompanies a script revolving around the Queen of England the the death of Princess Di.

    25. Flags of our Fathers - 7 - All star cast and crew that fails to deliver as the story was dragged down by politics and an uninteresting story. They should have stuck to the battle and the troops that fought it.

    26. Pans Labyrinth - 10 - A seamless balance of fantasy, horror, and drama backdropped into 1940's Spain during WWII.

    27. Curse of the Golden Flower - 7.5 - The bookend to the chinese action political trilogy of Hero, HOFD and now COTGF. More drama than action if that matters to you.

    28. Station Agent - 9 - Story about isolationism from a dwarfs point of view and how he forms 2 friendships with 2 unlikely people. Top notch acting.

    29. Bridge to Terabithia - 8 - Childrens film about 2 kids in a small town dealing with teenage problems so they escape to a fantasy world to rebuild their confidence and friendship.

    30. 300 - 4 - Overblown and overdone, a fun film but not much substance.

    31. The Simpsons - 6 - For what it was(a 90 minute episode of the show), I laughed a bunch.

    32. Ghost Rider - 1 - A turd of a comic book movie. A disaster in all areas.

    33. Children of Men - 9 - The 2nd best film I've seen this year. A near future science fiction film that is relentless on the senses.

    34. Bourne Ultimatum - 8 - Riveting action and a relentless pace make this the best Bourne yet.

    35. The Fountain - 5 - Prententious and overdone. Story needed focusing.

    36. Mission Impossible 3 - 6 - While better than MI and MI2, that isn't saying much. It's still an enjoyable ride though.

    37. Syriana - 5 - Convoluted plot spoils great acting performances in this political intrigue film.

    38. The New World - 4 - Boring and uninteresting. This tale of explorer John Smith fails to excite or impress.

    39. Breach - 7 - a character study of a film about the greatest Anti-American spy in American history. Acting performances were superb.

    40. The Lives of Others - 9 - German film about the secret police. Haunting, riveting and moving at the same time. Spectacular.

    41. Matchpoint - 8 - Woody Allen thriller with great acting and a nice twist.

    42. Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer - 1 - Pure Crap. Good for a 4 yr old. PG Rated.

    43. Catch and Release - 5 - Kevin Smith's oddball comedy additions make this love story tolerable.

    44. Wild Hogs - 6.5 - 4 buddies take a motorcycle road trip to relive the past. Laugh out loud funny at times.

    45. The Kingdom - 8.5 - Peter Berg's tale of 4 FBI Crime Scene investigators traveling to Saudi Arabia is intense as it gets. Action, story, it's got it all.

    46. A Night at the Museum - 7 - A fun light hearted movie about a father who takes a job at a Museum only to find out the museum has a secret.

    47. Mr. Brooks - 8 - Kevin Costner plays a cold killer with an alternate personality. Pure evil and it's genius until the ending. A solid 90% of a great film.

    48. Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby - 5 - Stupid film but hilarious. Other Will Farrell films are funnier.

    49. Knocked Up -6 - A movie about a one night stand and the months following. Touching yet annoying. I felt the movie was just too long.

    50. The Good Shepherd - 5 - This birth of the CIA story revolves around Matt Damon's character. Ultimately, the story is boring and uninteresting.

    51. Spider man 3 - 6 - A let down compared to the first 2 as they focused on the action and overdid the story. The first 2 are far better comic book films.

    52. The Company - 9 - This made for TV miniseries about the birth of the CIA is a brilliant piece. Instead of focusing on one character, this mini series focuses on the CIA and their arch rival, the KGB and the games they play. One of the best of the genre.

    53. The Black Book - 8 - Dutch WWII film about a Jewish girl in hiding and what she has to do to survive. A compelling first rate thriller.

    54. Shooter - 7 - Government conspiracy film involving Marky Mark is a tightly paced well executed action flick.

    55. Close Encounters of the Third Kind - 8 - Early Spielberg film about alien visitation. A good start and end make up for a weak middle.

    56. Rescue Dawn - 9 - A navy fighter pilot in Vietnam gets shot down and imprisoned. Christian Bale is magnificent as usual.

    57. Live Free or Die Hard - 8 - The last movie is the 2nd best. A true sequel that rocks from start to finish.

    58. Ratatouille - 9 - One of Pixar's most mature and best animation titles to date.

    59. Eastern Promises - 8 - David Cronenberg's violent tale of the Russian mob in London. The movie felt incomplete due to a hanging storyline that I felt was almost unneeded.

    60. Prime - 6 - Uma Thurman plays a 37 yr old divorced woman who finds love with a 23 yr old kid who happens to be the son of her therapist.
     
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  8. murrayb

    murrayb Active Member War Zone Member

    1 - 10 scale is the one I'll use.

    January
    1. Invincible - 7.5 - Not a great sports movie, but still an enjoyable one.
    2. Little Miss Sunshine - 8 - Quite enjoyed this movie. Not a terribly sophisticated plot, but the acting was very good, especially Steve Carrall and Alan Arkin. The near final scene was hilarious; haven't laughed so hard in a long time.
    3. Larry the Cable Guy Health Inspector - 7.5 - A hard one to rate. It's a bad movie but I enoyed it immensely. It broke me up on numerous occasions.
    4. Godzilla vs Mothra - 4- Bad movie; awful effects; but Godzilla is cool.

    February
    5. The Guardian - 7 - Better than I thought it would be. Worth a watch.
    6. Scary Movie 4 - 2 - A God awful movie. Not funny, just bad, bad, bad.
    7. One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest - 6.5 - Despite the acolades this movie has received, I didn't particularly enjoy it.
    8. Comedy in the Muslim World - 6 - Neat premises and I've always enjoyed Albert Brooks understated comedy; but this movie simply wasn't very good. A few laughs but the movie just didn't come together.

    March
    9. Man of the Year - 7 - A lot of funny lines and a good premises, but ultimately fell short of its potential. Still liked it, but it could have been better.
    10. The Illusionist - 8 - Quite enjoyable and well acted; although the ending was fairly easy to guess.
    11. Crank - 3.5 - Uggh. Simply a terrible movie. Stay away; far, far away.
    12. Casino Royale - 8.5 - Easily one of the best Bond films. Not ready to bestow "best Bond" on Daniel Craig just yet, but he is infinitely better than Roger Moore.
    13. The Prestige - 8 - Very enjoyable. Interesting plot although the capabilities of the "machine" were just a tad far fetched; but a good movie nonetheless.
    14. Pulp Fiction - 7.5 - Based on the fame of this movie, I feel I should like it more; but it's never quite grabbed me the way it has others.
    15. Flags of our Father - 8.5 - Very moving movie. Definitely worth adding to one's collection.

    April
    16. Patriot Games - 7 - While the book was far better (almost always the case), still a good movie.
    17. King of Scotland - 7 - Easy to see why Forest won an academy award for his performance; just stellar. The movie, though, was no where near as good as Forest's performance but it's still worth watching for Forest's performance.
    18. The Departed - 9 - Truly deserved all the accolades it received. Never cared for Jack Nicholson, but his was a great performance.

    May
    19. Dream Girls - 8.5 - Very enjoyable. One heck of a debut by Jennifer Hudson who simply steals the movie. She may not have gotten top billing, but she was the clear star of the movie.
    20. Smokin Aces - 6 - A quirky and incredibly violent movie. Not a particularly good story but action packed.
    21. A Night at the Museum - 7.5 - Quite a bit better than what I expected. Quite a fun little movie.
     
  9. Tom Morgan

    Tom Morgan New Member

  10. Hayes Preston

    Hayes Preston Member

    Letters From Iwo Jima (HD DVD) (A)
    Smokin' Aces (C-)
    The Fellowship Of The Ring (EE) (A++)
    The Departed (A)
    Planet Earth (does this count as a movie?) (A)
    Forbidden Planet (HD DVD) (A)
    The Good Shepherd (B)
    Tenacious D in: The Pick of Destiny (B+)
    The Illusionist (B)
    The Prestige (B+)
    The Ant Bully (HD DVD) (B)
    Curse of the Golden Flower (A)
    Eragon (D)
    Dune (HD DVD) (A)
    Hard Candy (B)
    Hollywoodland (C+)
    Jet Li's Fearless (HD DVD) (A)
    Casablanca (HD DVD) (A)
    Casino (HD DVD) (A)
     
  11. CJ

    CJ Well-Known Member Admin War Zone Member

    05/13/07 Smokin Aces 3/5
    05/09/07 Blood Diamond 4/5
    05/04/07 The Wicker Man (remake) 3/5
    05/02/07 Casion Royale 4/5
    04/30/07 Idiocracy 3/5
    04/23/07 School for Scoundrels 4/5
    04/11/07 Accepted 3/5
    04/11/07 Babel 3.5/5
    04/11/07 The Departed 4/5
    04/24/07 Nacho Libre 3.5/5
    04/24/07 Walk the Line 3.5/5
    04/24/07 28 Days Later 4/5
    04/10/07 Happy Feet 3.5/5
    04/10/07 The Prestige 4/5
    04/04/07 Stranger than Fiction 3.5/5
    03/27/07 The Science of Sleep 3/5
    03/22/07 Visions of Light 4/5
    02/16/07 Dogville 4/5
    02/16/07 Little Miss Sunshine 4/5
    02/12/07 A Scanner Darkly 3/5
    02/08/07 Scary Movie 4 3/5
    02/06/07 Havoc 3/5
    02/06/07 Lady in the Water 3.5/5
    02/01/07 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest 3.5/5
    01/31/07 Crank 3.5/5
    01/30/07 Manderlay 4.5/5
    01/30/07 This Film Is Not Yet Rated 5/5
    01/29/07 X-Men 3: The Last Stand 4/5
    01/26/07 The Illusionist 4/5
    01/24/07 Cinderella Man 4/5
    01/18/07 Kiss Kiss Bang Bang 4/5
     
  12. Tyson

    Tyson New Member

    Movies seen so far: 52

    Recently viewed movies will be in red.

    1 to 10 grade scale.

    Upcoming:
    Pan's Labyrinth
    The Fountain

    Art School Confidential (2006) - on DVD---6.0 - Some funny moments here, and most of them came from the lead characters' art class buddy, Bardo, played by Joel David Moore. Expect to see more of him in movies. The movie is an unplanned plot to be a 'great artist' by taking full advantage of the media that for the most part helps to make or break 'great artists' these days. Pretty funny stuff but I did get bored quite often to tell the truth.Recommended

    The Big Brass Ring (1999) - on DVD---6.5 - Jumbled but watchable movie starring William Hurt as a would be president with a shady past.Recommended

    Brick (2005) - on DVD---8.5 - This was the highlight of my three days of movie watching. It's been called a sort of neo noir style for the younger generation. It's got a lot of style and a language all it's own. It keeps you guessing right until the end and never lets you down. A winner.Highly Recommended

    Brooklyn Lobster (2005) - on DVD---7.5 - On a small budget of about $200K, a few family members wrote and directed this film, based on a true story of a Brooklyn family struggling to keep their seafood business alive due to a bank default on a loan that was never the family's fault to begin with. Good story about a family pushed to the limits and trying their best to keep themselves and their family business from falling to pieces. Danny Ailello is great in this one. One of the best yellers and red-in-the-face-mad-guys on the big screen. Seriously, he's good here through and through.Recommended

    Cabin Fever (2002) - on DVD---5.5 - I will recommend this one for the horror fans. The humor was hit and miss for me, but the gore was well done and comically horrific in parts. A skin eating disease that also causes bloody vomiting...well, you get the picture by now. Beware of the gore here.Recommended

    Children of Men (2006)? 7.5 ? What a wild ride. I think I built it up a little too much in my head. I was expecting even more from things I had read about the movie. That said, it is still a good movie and I doubt it will disappoint very many people. It is a very interesting story and well made, action filled, and thought provoking.AllMovie Guide's abridged synopsis: Y Tu Mam? Tambi?n and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban director Alfonso Cuar?n returns to the helm to tell this futuristic tale in which society is without hope since humankind lost its ability to procreate. The year is 2027, and women can no longer give birth. The youngest inhabitant of the planet has just died at the age of 18, and all hope for humanity has been lost.Recommended.

    Chrystal (2004) - on DVD---7.5 - Very good performances all around make this movie worth seeing. A married couple (played very well by Billy Bob Thornton and Lisa Blount) seek redemption after their young son is killed in a car crash while trying to evade the police. After 20 years imprisonment since that incident, Thornton returns home to a wife who is barely hanging on, as he tries to make it among his memories and his 'friends' from the past.Recommended

    Clerks 2 (2006) - on DVD---6.0 - This sequel tried a little too hard to capture the old feel of the original, but I did enjoy it for the most part and had more than my share of laugh out loud moments. This is a barely recommend. If you like the humor of the first, check it out. If not, stay away. Recommended

    The Departed (2006) ? 8.5 ? Excellent remake of an Asian movie called Internal Affairs. Jack Nicholson is a key element to this movie. I find it hard to think of anyone else to fill that role and still have the movie be as powerful as it is. Definitely check this one out. Highly Recommended

    Descent (2005) - on DVD---7.0 - Brutal chick flick cave outting that made me lose a little interest once the freaks arrived. I think the movie could have survived without the freaks and simply stuck with the mind tricks and woman vs. nature themes. But descent is a good entry into the horror/action drama, nonetheless. Recommended

    The Devil Wears Prada (2006) - on DVD---7.0 - Funny movie, especially when Meryl Streep is on the screen, about a woman who falls into a job as an assistant to the most ruthless and demanding magazine editors in the high fashion industry (played to a T by Streep). The only thing I didn't buy is the lead girl actually quitting the job. I understood the lessons learned and all that, but her portrayal just wasn't very convincing by the time she decided to give it all up in the name of love. She seemed like she was being challenged and loving it, not hating it enough to quit just when she was at the top of her game. Other than that, a funny movie to check out. Recommended

    The Devil's Backbone (2001) - on DVD---8.0 - Director Guillermo Del Toro brings a strong story to the screen with an even stronger visual style. Violent at times, but never gratuitous, this is a must see foreign film entry for even the casual film goer. I don't think anyone would be bored if you just give it a shot past the first 20 minutes or so.Highly Recommended

    Eastside (2000) - on DVD--- - Can't rate what I can't finish.Not Recommended

    The Fountain (2006)? 6.5 ? I saw this as one man's attempts to reconcile the imminent death of his beloved wife. The man (Played well by Hugh Jackman) also happens to be a scientist looking for a way to save his wife's life, and in so doing stumbles upon a possible 'fountain of youth', scientifically speaking. The movie reaches for great heights but I found it a bit mixed up in what it wanted to do and say. It weaves in two different stories about the search for eternal life, and in both the lead is also played by Jackman. As AMG is able to put into words better than I, the movie 'abandons conventional story structure in favor of something more cinematically abstract'; I thought that it was hit or miss as far as that goes.Requiem for a Dream director Darren Aronofsky switches gears from drug-induced urban malaise to abstract science fiction with this time-tripping symbolic tale of a man's thousand-year quest to save the woman he loves. Moving between representational stories and images, this meditation on life and death focuses on the concept of the mythical Tree of Life that is said to bestow immortality to all who drink of its sap. In one of the film's allegorical timelines, a 16th century Spanish conquistador played by Hugh Jackman sets out to find the tree in order to save his queen (Rachel Weisz) from the Inquisition. Another conceptual story finds Jackman centuries later, struggling with mortality as a modern-day scientist desperately searching for the medical breakthrough that will save the life of his cancer-stricken wife, Izzi. The third and most abstract concept finds Jackman as a different incarnation of the same character-idea, this time questing for eternal life within the confines of a floating sphere transporting the aged Tree of Life through the depths of space.Recommended.

    Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus (2006) ? 6.5 ? Strange but never boring, with two good performances by Nicole Kidman and Robert Downey, Jr. It mixes fiction with fact, and once you realize that, it is fairly easy to imagine where the fiction is and where it is not.AllMovie Guide's abridged synopsis: Nicole Kidman assumes the identity of visionary photographer Diane Arbus in a film that draws inspiration from author Patricia Bosworth's best-selling biography to tell the tale of a once-shy woman who becomes one of her generation's most strikingly original visual artists.Recommended.
    Watched May 16.

    The Ghost (Ryeong) ? 6.5 ? The few Korean movies I have seen are starting to grow on me. This one isn't really jump out of your seat scary, even though it tries to be a few more times than it should, but it is a good story. I liked it. AllMovie Guide's abridged synopsis: South Korean director Kim Tae-gyun's horror picture Ryeong (AKA The Ghost) concerns Ji-won (Kim Ha-neul), an intelligent and comely young student who suffers from complete amnesia. A mysterious 'accident' befell her, wiping out long term memories of friends, acquaintances, and past events.Recommended.

    Gosford Park (2001) - on DVD---8.0 - Not as accessible as Altman's last film, A Prairie Home Companion, but still a good movie, Gosford park tells a 'Clue' like story and does it in that intertwining way that Altman is famous for. Long camera takes, impecably perfect, British mansion as it's setting, and first rate cinematography, costumes and acting all around, Gosford Park is fine filmmaking. The only real qualm being...who should I like in the movie?Recommended

    The Grey Zone (2001) - on DVD---7.5 - Set in a concentration camp in Auschwits, this is a hard hitting movie about an uprising attempt to destroy two crematorioums. Difficult to watch but very well made, with HarveyKeitel, David Arquette, Steve Buscemi, and Mira Sorvino who was incredibly hard to recognize. I had to wait until the end credits to figure out who she was.Recommended

    The Gridiron Gang (2006) ? 6.0 ? Do they even make BAD sports movies these days? They seem to have the formula down pretty good. Even though I am tired of seeing them lately, this is another ?decent? sports movie, starring The Rock. Recommended.

    The Guardian (2006) ? 6.0 ? My only real complaints with this movie is it is not very original and some of the stereotypes of the Navy Chiefs in the bars were pretty stupid. Other than that it was a decent movie, but nothing to write home about. Recommended.

    Happy Feet (2006) ? 6.5 ? Funny tale about an outcast penguin who can tap dance like nobody's business, when he's really supposed to be singing like nobody's business, the way all the other penguins do (of course). It has some pretty funny moments and I'd recommend it for kids and for the adults who are really into animated children's movies.AllMovie Guide's abridged synopsis: In the world of the emperor penguin, a simple song can mean the difference between a lifetime of happiness and an eternity of loneliness. When a penguin named Mumble is born without the ability to sing the romantic song that will attract his soul mate, he'll have to resort to some fancy footwork by tap dancing his way into the heart of the one he loves.Recommended.

    Imaginary Crimes (1994) - on DVD---7.5 - A very good performance by Harvey Keitel and strong supporting cast make this a good story and a memorable movie. Small time con artist Harvey Keitel may be crooked, but when it comes to family he does his best to keep it on the straight and narrow, even after the death of his wife and mother of his two young daughters.Recommended

    An Inconvenient Truth (2006) - on DVD--- - I will not give this one a rating because I did not finish the movie. I was ready to be enlightened on the facts of global warming or damages that we do to our environment, but I had a hard time getting past the obvious running commercial for Gore's next election run, or his attempts at bashing the current administration. My politics completely aside, I found the first 20 minutes distateful and boring enough to not give it anymore of my time.Not Recommended

    Inside Man (2006) - on DVD---6.5 - Good heist movie fueled mostly by good turns from Denzel Washington, Clive Owen, Christopher Plummer and Jody Foster. Tight direction by Spike Lee. Recommended

    Joyeux Neol (Merry Christmas) (2005) - on DVD---7.0 - This is based on a true story and concerns a truce at a battle in 1914 during WWI between the Germans and the French and Scots. It is hard to believe that something like this actually happened but I won't press the issue. I'm sure at least something close to it happened, and that is enough for me. It is a good movie and reminds us all of the seriousness of war, but also the possible strength of our humanity to one another.Recommended

    Land of Plenty (2004) - on DVD---7.0 - Challenging movie from Wim Wenders about a Vietnam Vet who (it seems) has taken it upon himself (and one other friend) to do surveillance on whoever he thinks might be suspect in the next big attack on the United States. Asks many questions about the nature of paranoia in America, after 911. Very low budget movie and a little on the politically biased side, although it seems there is a clear intention to try and not show any bias, which I respect. It's not preachy so don't worry about that if that sort of thing bothers you.Recommended

    Lantana (2001) - on DVD---7.5 - Ensemble piece where everyone ends up connected in some way, Lantana is a well made movie about love, infidelity, and loss.Recommended

    The Last King of Scotland (2006) - 7.5 - Outstanding performance by Forrest Whitaker and a good movie, to boot. I'm curious to know just how factual this movie really is.Recommended.

    Little Miss Sunshine (2006) ? 8.5 - Very funny movie about a dysfunctional family taking their daughter across the country via VW Van to a children?s Beauty Pageant, only to find that it is not what they expected. If you have seen this movie, did you laugh as hard as I did when the horn started going off? Highly Recommended.

    The Man from Elysian Fields (2001) - on DVD---7.0 - Struggling writer (Andy Garcia) decides to take a job in an escort service (with Mick Jagger as his boss) in order to feed his family, but in the end struggles with the question of why did he really accept the job. I think this story had potential to be even better, but I did enjoy it and nice seeing James Coburn in a good performance in one of his last film roles.Recommended

    Masked and Anonymous (2003) - on DVD---6.0 - Wildly uneven yet hard to look away, this one is a keeper for any Bob Dylan Fan. Other than that the story is very odd and the movie has a high strung element to it that makes it a difficult but somewhat uique viewing experience. Starring Bob Dylan, John Goodman, Jeff Bridges, Penelope Cruz, and Luke Wilson, with cameos and/or very small roles by Bruce Dern, Val Kilmer, Ed Harris, Chris Penn, Cheech Marin, Giovanni Ribisi, Christian Slater, Mickey Rourke, Fred Ward, and many other notable yet maybe not famous, faces.Recommended

    Max (2003) - on DVD---6.0 - Another uneven entry for the day, Max tells the fictional story of Max Rothman, an art dealer at the end of WWI, who takes a young Adolph Hitler (played very well by Noah Taylor) under his wing and tries his best to get him to channel his energy/confusion/ravings into his art in order to refine it and make his artisitic vision unique. It almost seems that the more Max learns of Hitler and especially when he sees him speak, that he feels more and more inclined to channel Hitler's growing antisemitism into a thing more positive and not destructive, such as art. As to the path Hitler decides to take, well.... From the bonus features and what little I read, the only thing the writer/director took as his queue was the fact that Hitler was a struggling artist in Vienna. The rest of the movie is not based on fact. Interesting movie that could have been very controversial for the reason that Hitler here is somewhat humanized, but not in my opinion to any sort of level that pardons him or glorifies him in any way at all.Recommended

    A Mighty Wind (2003) - on DVD---7.0 - Another funny ensemble piece by Christopher Guest and his usual troops, 'Wind' brings back some rather absurd folk artists from the 60's era after the death of their promoter. The new promoter for the big TV show in his memory is none other than the annoying, anal son, played hilariously by Bob Balaban. All the usual Guest characters are funny here again. I would rate this one up their close to Best in Show, my personal favorite Guest ensemble piece. I haven't seen the latest 'For Your Consideration', yet.Recommended
     
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    Tyson New Member

    Movies seen so far: 52

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    Pan's Labyrinth
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    Art School Confidential (2006) - on DVD---6.0 - Some funny moments here, and most of them came from the lead characters' art class buddy, Bardo, played by Joel David Moore. Expect to see more of him in movies. The movie is an unplanned plot to be a 'great artist' by taking full advantage of the media that for the most part helps to make or break 'great artists' these days. Pretty funny stuff but I did get bored quite often to tell the truth.Recommended

    The Big Brass Ring (1999) - on DVD---6.5 - Jumbled but watchable movie starring William Hurt as a would be president with a shady past.Recommended

    Brick (2005) - on DVD---8.5 - This was the highlight of my three days of movie watching. It's been called a sort of neo noir style for the younger generation. It's got a lot of style and a language all it's own. It keeps you guessing right until the end and never lets you down. A winner.Highly Recommended

    Brooklyn Lobster (2005) - on DVD---7.5 - On a small budget of about $200K, a few family members wrote and directed this film, based on a true story of a Brooklyn family struggling to keep their seafood business alive due to a bank default on a loan that was never the family's fault to begin with. Good story about a family pushed to the limits and trying their best to keep themselves and their family business from falling to pieces. Danny Ailello is great in this one. One of the best yellers and red-in-the-face-mad-guys on the big screen. Seriously, he's good here through and through.Recommended

    Cabin Fever (2002) - on DVD---5.5 - I will recommend this one for the horror fans. The humor was hit and miss for me, but the gore was well done and comically horrific in parts. A skin eating disease that also causes bloody vomiting...well, you get the picture by now. Beware of the gore here.Recommended

    Children of Men (2006)? 7.5 ? What a wild ride. I think I built it up a little too much in my head. I was expecting even more from things I had read about the movie. That said, it is still a good movie and I doubt it will disappoint very many people. It is a very interesting story and well made, action filled, and thought provoking.AllMovie Guide's abridged synopsis: Y Tu Mam? Tambi?n and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban director Alfonso Cuar?n returns to the helm to tell this futuristic tale in which society is without hope since humankind lost its ability to procreate. The year is 2027, and women can no longer give birth. The youngest inhabitant of the planet has just died at the age of 18, and all hope for humanity has been lost.Recommended.

    Chrystal (2004) - on DVD---7.5 - Very good performances all around make this movie worth seeing. A married couple (played very well by Billy Bob Thornton and Lisa Blount) seek redemption after their young son is killed in a car crash while trying to evade the police. After 20 years imprisonment since that incident, Thornton returns home to a wife who is barely hanging on, as he tries to make it among his memories and his 'friends' from the past.Recommended

    Clerks 2 (2006) - on DVD---6.0 - This sequel tried a little too hard to capture the old feel of the original, but I did enjoy it for the most part and had more than my share of laugh out loud moments. This is a barely recommend. If you like the humor of the first, check it out. If not, stay away. Recommended

    The Departed (2006) ? 8.5 ? Excellent remake of an Asian movie called Internal Affairs. Jack Nicholson is a key element to this movie. I find it hard to think of anyone else to fill that role and still have the movie be as powerful as it is. Definitely check this one out. Highly Recommended

    Descent (2005) - on DVD---7.0 - Brutal chick flick cave outting that made me lose a little interest once the freaks arrived. I think the movie could have survived without the freaks and simply stuck with the mind tricks and woman vs. nature themes. But descent is a good entry into the horror/action drama, nonetheless. Recommended

    The Devil Wears Prada (2006) - on DVD---7.0 - Funny movie, especially when Meryl Streep is on the screen, about a woman who falls into a job as an assistant to the most ruthless and demanding magazine editors in the high fashion industry (played to a T by Streep). The only thing I didn't buy is the lead girl actually quitting the job. I understood the lessons learned and all that, but her portrayal just wasn't very convincing by the time she decided to give it all up in the name of love. She seemed like she was being challenged and loving it, not hating it enough to quit just when she was at the top of her game. Other than that, a funny movie to check out. Recommended

    The Devil's Backbone (2001) - on DVD---8.0 - Director Guillermo Del Toro brings a strong story to the screen with an even stronger visual style. Violent at times, but never gratuitous, this is a must see foreign film entry for even the casual film goer. I don't think anyone would be bored if you just give it a shot past the first 20 minutes or so.Highly Recommended

    Eastside (2000) - on DVD--- - Can't rate what I can't finish.Not Recommended

    The Fountain (2006)? 6.5 ? I saw this as one man's attempts to reconcile the imminent death of his beloved wife. The man (Played well by Hugh Jackman) also happens to be a scientist looking for a way to save his wife's life, and in so doing stumbles upon a possible 'fountain of youth', scientifically speaking. The movie reaches for great heights but I found it a bit mixed up in what it wanted to do and say. It weaves in two different stories about the search for eternal life, and in both the lead is also played by Jackman. As AMG is able to put into words better than I, the movie 'abandons conventional story structure in favor of something more cinematically abstract'; I thought that it was hit or miss as far as that goes.Requiem for a Dream director Darren Aronofsky switches gears from drug-induced urban malaise to abstract science fiction with this time-tripping symbolic tale of a man's thousand-year quest to save the woman he loves. Moving between representational stories and images, this meditation on life and death focuses on the concept of the mythical Tree of Life that is said to bestow immortality to all who drink of its sap. In one of the film's allegorical timelines, a 16th century Spanish conquistador played by Hugh Jackman sets out to find the tree in order to save his queen (Rachel Weisz) from the Inquisition. Another conceptual story finds Jackman centuries later, struggling with mortality as a modern-day scientist desperately searching for the medical breakthrough that will save the life of his cancer-stricken wife, Izzi. The third and most abstract concept finds Jackman as a different incarnation of the same character-idea, this time questing for eternal life within the confines of a floating sphere transporting the aged Tree of Life through the depths of space.Recommended.

    Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus (2006) ? 6.5 ? Strange but never boring, with two good performances by Nicole Kidman and Robert Downey, Jr. It mixes fiction with fact, and once you realize that, it is fairly easy to imagine where the fiction is and where it is not.AllMovie Guide's abridged synopsis: Nicole Kidman assumes the identity of visionary photographer Diane Arbus in a film that draws inspiration from author Patricia Bosworth's best-selling biography to tell the tale of a once-shy woman who becomes one of her generation's most strikingly original visual artists.Recommended.
    Watched May 16.

    The Ghost (Ryeong) ? 6.5 ? The few Korean movies I have seen are starting to grow on me. This one isn't really jump out of your seat scary, even though it tries to be a few more times than it should, but it is a good story. I liked it. AllMovie Guide's abridged synopsis: South Korean director Kim Tae-gyun's horror picture Ryeong (AKA The Ghost) concerns Ji-won (Kim Ha-neul), an intelligent and comely young student who suffers from complete amnesia. A mysterious 'accident' befell her, wiping out long term memories of friends, acquaintances, and past events.Recommended.

    Gosford Park (2001) - on DVD---8.0 - Not as accessible as Altman's last film, A Prairie Home Companion, but still a good movie, Gosford park tells a 'Clue' like story and does it in that intertwining way that Altman is famous for. Long camera takes, impecably perfect, British mansion as it's setting, and first rate cinematography, costumes and acting all around, Gosford Park is fine filmmaking. The only real qualm being...who should I like in the movie?Recommended

    The Grey Zone (2001) - on DVD---7.5 - Set in a concentration camp in Auschwits, this is a hard hitting movie about an uprising attempt to destroy two crematorioums. Difficult to watch but very well made, with HarveyKeitel, David Arquette, Steve Buscemi, and Mira Sorvino who was incredibly hard to recognize. I had to wait until the end credits to figure out who she was.Recommended

    The Gridiron Gang (2006) ? 6.0 ? Do they even make BAD sports movies these days? They seem to have the formula down pretty good. Even though I am tired of seeing them lately, this is another ?decent? sports movie, starring The Rock. Recommended.

    The Guardian (2006) ? 6.0 ? My only real complaints with this movie is it is not very original and some of the stereotypes of the Navy Chiefs in the bars were pretty stupid. Other than that it was a decent movie, but nothing to write home about. Recommended.

    Happy Feet (2006) ? 6.5 ? Funny tale about an outcast penguin who can tap dance like nobody's business, when he's really supposed to be singing like nobody's business, the way all the other penguins do (of course). It has some pretty funny moments and I'd recommend it for kids and for the adults who are really into animated children's movies.AllMovie Guide's abridged synopsis: In the world of the emperor penguin, a simple song can mean the difference between a lifetime of happiness and an eternity of loneliness. When a penguin named Mumble is born without the ability to sing the romantic song that will attract his soul mate, he'll have to resort to some fancy footwork by tap dancing his way into the heart of the one he loves.Recommended.

    Imaginary Crimes (1994) - on DVD---7.5 - A very good performance by Harvey Keitel and strong supporting cast make this a good story and a memorable movie. Small time con artist Harvey Keitel may be crooked, but when it comes to family he does his best to keep it on the straight and narrow, even after the death of his wife and mother of his two young daughters.Recommended

    An Inconvenient Truth (2006) - on DVD--- - I will not give this one a rating because I did not finish the movie. I was ready to be enlightened on the facts of global warming or damages that we do to our environment, but I had a hard time getting past the obvious running commercial for Gore's next election run, or his attempts at bashing the current administration. My politics completely aside, I found the first 20 minutes distateful and boring enough to not give it anymore of my time.Not Recommended

    Inside Man (2006) - on DVD---6.5 - Good heist movie fueled mostly by good turns from Denzel Washington, Clive Owen, Christopher Plummer and Jody Foster. Tight direction by Spike Lee. Recommended

    Joyeux Neol (Merry Christmas) (2005) - on DVD---7.0 - This is based on a true story and concerns a truce at a battle in 1914 during WWI between the Germans and the French and Scots. It is hard to believe that something like this actually happened but I won't press the issue. I'm sure at least something close to it happened, and that is enough for me. It is a good movie and reminds us all of the seriousness of war, but also the possible strength of our humanity to one another.Recommended

    Land of Plenty (2004) - on DVD---7.0 - Challenging movie from Wim Wenders about a Vietnam Vet who (it seems) has taken it upon himself (and one other friend) to do surveillance on whoever he thinks might be suspect in the next big attack on the United States. Asks many questions about the nature of paranoia in America, after 911. Very low budget movie and a little on the politically biased side, although it seems there is a clear intention to try and not show any bias, which I respect. It's not preachy so don't worry about that if that sort of thing bothers you.Recommended

    Lantana (2001) - on DVD---7.5 - Ensemble piece where everyone ends up connected in some way, Lantana is a well made movie about love, infidelity, and loss.Recommended

    The Last King of Scotland (2006) - 7.5 - Outstanding performance by Forrest Whitaker and a good movie, to boot. I'm curious to know just how factual this movie really is.Recommended.

    Little Miss Sunshine (2006) ? 8.5 - Very funny movie about a dysfunctional family taking their daughter across the country via VW Van to a children?s Beauty Pageant, only to find that it is not what they expected. If you have seen this movie, did you laugh as hard as I did when the horn started going off? Highly Recommended.

    The Man from Elysian Fields (2001) - on DVD---7.0 - Struggling writer (Andy Garcia) decides to take a job in an escort service (with Mick Jagger as his boss) in order to feed his family, but in the end struggles with the question of why did he really accept the job. I think this story had potential to be even better, but I did enjoy it and nice seeing James Coburn in a good performance in one of his last film roles.Recommended

    Masked and Anonymous (2003) - on DVD---6.0 - Wildly uneven yet hard to look away, this one is a keeper for any Bob Dylan Fan. Other than that the story is very odd and the movie has a high strung element to it that makes it a difficult but somewhat uique viewing experience. Starring Bob Dylan, John Goodman, Jeff Bridges, Penelope Cruz, and Luke Wilson, with cameos and/or very small roles by Bruce Dern, Val Kilmer, Ed Harris, Chris Penn, Cheech Marin, Giovanni Ribisi, Christian Slater, Mickey Rourke, Fred Ward, and many other notable yet maybe not famous, faces.Recommended

    Max (2003) - on DVD---6.0 - Another uneven entry for the day, Max tells the fictional story of Max Rothman, an art dealer at the end of WWI, who takes a young Adolph Hitler (played very well by Noah Taylor) under his wing and tries his best to get him to channel his energy/confusion/ravings into his art in order to refine it and make his artisitic vision unique. It almost seems that the more Max learns of Hitler and especially when he sees him speak, that he feels more and more inclined to channel Hitler's growing antisemitism into a thing more positive and not destructive, such as art. As to the path Hitler decides to take, well.... From the bonus features and what little I read, the only thing the writer/director took as his queue was the fact that Hitler was a struggling artist in Vienna. The rest of the movie is not based on fact. Interesting movie that could have been very controversial for the reason that Hitler here is somewhat humanized, but not in my opinion to any sort of level that pardons him or glorifies him in any way at all.Recommended

    A Mighty Wind (2003) - on DVD---7.0 - Another funny ensemble piece by Christopher Guest and his usual troops, 'Wind' brings back some rather absurd folk artists from the 60's era after the death of their promoter. The new promoter for the big TV show in his memory is none other than the annoying, anal son, played hilariously by Bob Balaban. All the usual Guest characters are funny here again. I would rate this one up their close to Best in Show, my personal favorite Guest ensemble piece. I haven't seen the latest 'For Your Consideration', yet.Recommended
     
  14. Tyson

    Tyson New Member

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    Next - 7.0 ? Nicolas Cage sure does get a bad rap in my opinion sometimes. The reviews for this movie were for the most part horrible. And while I don't think it's up to snuff with certain other Philip K. Dick novels (not by a longshot with two others in mind), I enjoyed this movie, not only for it's action but it's overall pacing and story.AllMovie Guide's abridged synopsis: A man with the ability to see the future and change the outcome of events before they occur is forced to choose between saving himself and saving the world in this supernatural thriller starring Nicolas Cage and directed by Lee Tamahori (Die Another Day, The Edge).. Recommended.

    Northfork (2003) - on DVD---7.0 - Northfork, Montana was purposely flooded in 1955 to make way for a new dam. During the evacuation phase by the state, a young orphan boy lay dying in the bare orphange run by Nick Nolte, the local pastor. Northfork is at times funny, quirky, and innovative, while in other moments just flat out dreary and depressing, leaving me feeling empty and wanting to hug my sons. Does it work as a movie? Yes, overall. Is it going to be for everybody? Absolutely not. Recommended

    The Oh in Ohio(2006) - on DVD---6.5 - Starring Parker Posey, Paul Rudd, and Danny Devito, The Oh in Ohio concerns Posey's inability to climax either by herself, with her husband or anybody else on the planet. Much of the movie is simply her search for the answer on how to achieve what she desperately wants to achieve, no matter what the consequences. The funniest thing going here are the performances by Parker Posey and Paul Rudd as the married couple, both pretty much on their own paths from the beginning of the movie until the end, and both looking for different things in life. Recommended

    Pan's Labyrinth - 8.5 ? Well this one needs a second viewing I think. I really, really liked it, but by reading the subtitles, taking in the fantastic visuals, and not knowing very much about Spain in 1944, I will be revisiting this one again. The movie was totally engaging from beginning to end. There didn't seem to be a wasted moment anywhere. The Captain is one of the better villains I have seen on screen for some time, the 'creatures' were fantastically done visually and their voices, in Spanish, really worked well.AllMovie Guide's abridged synopsis: Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro returns to the phantasmagorical cinema that defined such early fare as Cronos and The Devil's Backbone with this haunting fantasy-drama set in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War and detailing the strange journeys of an imaginative young girl who may be the mythical princess of an underground kingdom..Highly Recommended.

    A Prarie Home Companion (2006) - on DVD---7.5 - A fitting ending to the career of maverick director Robert Altman, 'Prarie' tells the story of an old time radio show done on the stage for some laughs and good prarie folk music. 'Prarie' has the typical flow of an Altman movie in the spirit of Nashville: big ensemble cast with a camera and narrative that seems to flow in and between its cast, soundtrack, set, you name it. I really liked these fairly nutty characters and as always I like that Altmanesque feeling. Recommended

    Poolhall Junkies (2002) - on DVD---5.5 - Written, directed and starring Mars Callahan, this is an updated attempt at movies like The Hustler and Color of Money, with ok results but not matching either movie in quality. Still, I thought it was a fun ride and I liked the performances of Callahan, Chaz Palminterri, and Christopher Walken (of course). I'll recommend it for the pool/action movies. You know the kind. When the camera and the editor can turn a pool hall into a roller coaster ride. Recommended

    The Proposition (2005) - on DVD---7.5 - Interesting tale of the old west set in the outback, The Proposition stars Guy Pearce, Danny Huston (John Huston's son), and Emily Watson. I was intrigued by the reviews and the synopsis and I'm glad I gave this one a shot. It is a slow moving tale, mixed in with intense, short bursts of violence, and ultimately erupts in some sustained violence at the end. It's a story of four brothers, of which we're never sure just how 'bad' they really are, and the good guys may or not be as good as meets the eye. Very interesting movie that blurs the line of morality in what could only be a difficult period in a difficult land. Recommended

    The Queen - 8.0 ? Such a great performance by Miranda Richardson and really by everyone else in the movie. I knew I had seen the actor playing Prime Minister Tony Blair (played by Michael Sheen). He plays one of the bad guys (Lucian) in the Underworld movies.AllMovie Guide's abridged synopsis: On August 31, 1997, Diana, Princess of Wales died in an auto accident in Paris; despite the controversial breakup of her marriage to Prince Charles, she was still one of the most famous and best-loved women in the world, and the public outpouring of emotion over her passing was immediate and intense. However, given the messy circumstances of Diana's breakup with Charles, official spokespeople for the Royal Family were uncertain about how to publicly address her passing. Recommended.

    Rocky Balboa - 7.5 - Very nice ending to a franchise that had its share of ups and down, mostly after Rocky II. Still, it goes back to the heartfelt, slow paced style of the original, Academy Award Winning Rocky, and proves once again that Sylvester Stallone knows how to direct, write and act when he puts his mind to it. Recommended.

    A Scanner Darkly (2006) - on DVD---8.0 - Very good and memorable adaptation of a Philip K Dick novel, A Scanner Darkly features live action animation and very good performances by Keanu Reeves, Robert Downey, Jr., and Woody Harrelson. Excellent sci fi movie with tight direction by Richard Linklater and visuals you just can't take your eyes off of, A Scanner Darkly will remain high on my list for sci fi probably for this entire decade. Good sci fi is hard to find. Recommended

    Shawn of the Dead (2004) - on DVD---7.5 - Zombie fan or not, this movie is flat out funny. I couldn't stop laughing, and the best thing about it is the more I watched the more I laughed. Recommended

    Snakes on a Plane ? 6.0 ? I had about as much fun as I was hoping to have with this and that was enough for me. Some hilarious snake attack shots and a rather tightly paced action script made it a fun ride. Recommended.

    Spun ? 5.0 ? I normally find ?drug movies? fascinating to watch for many different reason, but this one falls pretty flat from the get go. I got tired of the quick shots and skipped frames throughout the movie and actually was unable to finish this without a good bit of fast forwarding. Not Recommended.

    The Station Agent (2003) - on DVD---9.0 - Every once in a while a movie comes along that doesn't seem to be striving for greatness but ends up being so anyway. Excellent, simple story with great characters and great performances. A must see feel good movie. Very Highly Recommended

    Stranger Than Fiction - 7.0 - Good movie and performances by Thompson and Farrell. I wasnt sure while watching it but I thought I might be watching a Charlie Kaufman movie at first. The story wasn't as strong as his for this similar style of story but it was worth watching and I enjoyed it. Recommended.

    Surviving Christmas ? 3.0 ? I really hate the super short and cute review blurbs that critics love to throw out there. Sometimes it makes me wonder if they really did or didn?t like a movie; instead, opting to use a cute two word phrase that somehow utilizes the title or what not. I really hate it when they do that. But here?s mine for the year, and like the movie, it ain?t very original at all. Surviving This Movie. Not Recommended.

    10th and Wolf (2006) - on DVD---6.0 - For me the best thing going for this movie is the performance by Giovanni Ribisi, as the up and coming made man trying to exert muscle over newcomer heroin mafia dealers who themselves exerted considerable muscle to get what they want. The story tries to be too many different things at once, in my opinion, but just about every performance was good (nice to see Brian Dennehy in a good role), and that mafia street feeling is there. Pacing is choppy and the writing is below the similar likes of Donnie Brasco, for instance. Recommended

    Vera Drake (2004) - on DVD---7.5 - Imelda Staunton gives a very strong performance about the true story of a woman who performs abortions (with a type of soap and oil and syringe) before, during, and after WWII. She does not charge the girls directly and in fact only receives things like a pound of sugar from her middle-man (a woman). In her eyes she is only trying to help out 'poor young girls', and there is more than a hint that something happened to her as a young woman that causes her to do what she does (she is a maid for wealthy citizens by day). The movie does not preach. It tells the story on a 'familial' level and there are some really great performances all around. Loved the cinematography and the production design of post WWII England, too. Recommended

    Waking Life (2001) - on DVD--- - No rating because I didn't finish it. I felt like I was being lectured on different philosophical ideas and it got boring after about 20 minutes. Felt like a Slacker 2, just not as interesting. Directed by Richard Linklater. Not Recommended
     
  15. Tyson

    Tyson New Member

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    Next - 7.0 ? Nicolas Cage sure does get a bad rap in my opinion sometimes. The reviews for this movie were for the most part horrible. And while I don't think it's up to snuff with certain other Philip K. Dick novels (not by a longshot with two others in mind), I enjoyed this movie, not only for it's action but it's overall pacing and story.AllMovie Guide's abridged synopsis: A man with the ability to see the future and change the outcome of events before they occur is forced to choose between saving himself and saving the world in this supernatural thriller starring Nicolas Cage and directed by Lee Tamahori (Die Another Day, The Edge).. Recommended.

    Northfork (2003) - on DVD---7.0 - Northfork, Montana was purposely flooded in 1955 to make way for a new dam. During the evacuation phase by the state, a young orphan boy lay dying in the bare orphange run by Nick Nolte, the local pastor. Northfork is at times funny, quirky, and innovative, while in other moments just flat out dreary and depressing, leaving me feeling empty and wanting to hug my sons. Does it work as a movie? Yes, overall. Is it going to be for everybody? Absolutely not. Recommended

    The Oh in Ohio(2006) - on DVD---6.5 - Starring Parker Posey, Paul Rudd, and Danny Devito, The Oh in Ohio concerns Posey's inability to climax either by herself, with her husband or anybody else on the planet. Much of the movie is simply her search for the answer on how to achieve what she desperately wants to achieve, no matter what the consequences. The funniest thing going here are the performances by Parker Posey and Paul Rudd as the married couple, both pretty much on their own paths from the beginning of the movie until the end, and both looking for different things in life. Recommended

    Pan's Labyrinth - 8.5 ? Well this one needs a second viewing I think. I really, really liked it, but by reading the subtitles, taking in the fantastic visuals, and not knowing very much about Spain in 1944, I will be revisiting this one again. The movie was totally engaging from beginning to end. There didn't seem to be a wasted moment anywhere. The Captain is one of the better villains I have seen on screen for some time, the 'creatures' were fantastically done visually and their voices, in Spanish, really worked well.AllMovie Guide's abridged synopsis: Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro returns to the phantasmagorical cinema that defined such early fare as Cronos and The Devil's Backbone with this haunting fantasy-drama set in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War and detailing the strange journeys of an imaginative young girl who may be the mythical princess of an underground kingdom..Highly Recommended.

    A Prarie Home Companion (2006) - on DVD---7.5 - A fitting ending to the career of maverick director Robert Altman, 'Prarie' tells the story of an old time radio show done on the stage for some laughs and good prarie folk music. 'Prarie' has the typical flow of an Altman movie in the spirit of Nashville: big ensemble cast with a camera and narrative that seems to flow in and between its cast, soundtrack, set, you name it. I really liked these fairly nutty characters and as always I like that Altmanesque feeling. Recommended

    Poolhall Junkies (2002) - on DVD---5.5 - Written, directed and starring Mars Callahan, this is an updated attempt at movies like The Hustler and Color of Money, with ok results but not matching either movie in quality. Still, I thought it was a fun ride and I liked the performances of Callahan, Chaz Palminterri, and Christopher Walken (of course). I'll recommend it for the pool/action movies. You know the kind. When the camera and the editor can turn a pool hall into a roller coaster ride. Recommended

    The Proposition (2005) - on DVD---7.5 - Interesting tale of the old west set in the outback, The Proposition stars Guy Pearce, Danny Huston (John Huston's son), and Emily Watson. I was intrigued by the reviews and the synopsis and I'm glad I gave this one a shot. It is a slow moving tale, mixed in with intense, short bursts of violence, and ultimately erupts in some sustained violence at the end. It's a story of four brothers, of which we're never sure just how 'bad' they really are, and the good guys may or not be as good as meets the eye. Very interesting movie that blurs the line of morality in what could only be a difficult period in a difficult land. Recommended

    The Queen - 8.0 ? Such a great performance by Miranda Richardson and really by everyone else in the movie. I knew I had seen the actor playing Prime Minister Tony Blair (played by Michael Sheen). He plays one of the bad guys (Lucian) in the Underworld movies.AllMovie Guide's abridged synopsis: On August 31, 1997, Diana, Princess of Wales died in an auto accident in Paris; despite the controversial breakup of her marriage to Prince Charles, she was still one of the most famous and best-loved women in the world, and the public outpouring of emotion over her passing was immediate and intense. However, given the messy circumstances of Diana's breakup with Charles, official spokespeople for the Royal Family were uncertain about how to publicly address her passing. Recommended.

    Rocky Balboa - 7.5 - Very nice ending to a franchise that had its share of ups and down, mostly after Rocky II. Still, it goes back to the heartfelt, slow paced style of the original, Academy Award Winning Rocky, and proves once again that Sylvester Stallone knows how to direct, write and act when he puts his mind to it. Recommended.

    A Scanner Darkly (2006) - on DVD---8.0 - Very good and memorable adaptation of a Philip K Dick novel, A Scanner Darkly features live action animation and very good performances by Keanu Reeves, Robert Downey, Jr., and Woody Harrelson. Excellent sci fi movie with tight direction by Richard Linklater and visuals you just can't take your eyes off of, A Scanner Darkly will remain high on my list for sci fi probably for this entire decade. Good sci fi is hard to find. Recommended

    Shawn of the Dead (2004) - on DVD---7.5 - Zombie fan or not, this movie is flat out funny. I couldn't stop laughing, and the best thing about it is the more I watched the more I laughed. Recommended

    Snakes on a Plane ? 6.0 ? I had about as much fun as I was hoping to have with this and that was enough for me. Some hilarious snake attack shots and a rather tightly paced action script made it a fun ride. Recommended.

    Spun ? 5.0 ? I normally find ?drug movies? fascinating to watch for many different reason, but this one falls pretty flat from the get go. I got tired of the quick shots and skipped frames throughout the movie and actually was unable to finish this without a good bit of fast forwarding. Not Recommended.

    The Station Agent (2003) - on DVD---9.0 - Every once in a while a movie comes along that doesn't seem to be striving for greatness but ends up being so anyway. Excellent, simple story with great characters and great performances. A must see feel good movie. Very Highly Recommended

    Stranger Than Fiction - 7.0 - Good movie and performances by Thompson and Farrell. I wasnt sure while watching it but I thought I might be watching a Charlie Kaufman movie at first. The story wasn't as strong as his for this similar style of story but it was worth watching and I enjoyed it. Recommended.

    Surviving Christmas ? 3.0 ? I really hate the super short and cute review blurbs that critics love to throw out there. Sometimes it makes me wonder if they really did or didn?t like a movie; instead, opting to use a cute two word phrase that somehow utilizes the title or what not. I really hate it when they do that. But here?s mine for the year, and like the movie, it ain?t very original at all. Surviving This Movie. Not Recommended.

    10th and Wolf (2006) - on DVD---6.0 - For me the best thing going for this movie is the performance by Giovanni Ribisi, as the up and coming made man trying to exert muscle over newcomer heroin mafia dealers who themselves exerted considerable muscle to get what they want. The story tries to be too many different things at once, in my opinion, but just about every performance was good (nice to see Brian Dennehy in a good role), and that mafia street feeling is there. Pacing is choppy and the writing is below the similar likes of Donnie Brasco, for instance. Recommended

    Vera Drake (2004) - on DVD---7.5 - Imelda Staunton gives a very strong performance about the true story of a woman who performs abortions (with a type of soap and oil and syringe) before, during, and after WWII. She does not charge the girls directly and in fact only receives things like a pound of sugar from her middle-man (a woman). In her eyes she is only trying to help out 'poor young girls', and there is more than a hint that something happened to her as a young woman that causes her to do what she does (she is a maid for wealthy citizens by day). The movie does not preach. It tells the story on a 'familial' level and there are some really great performances all around. Loved the cinematography and the production design of post WWII England, too. Recommended

    Waking Life (2001) - on DVD--- - No rating because I didn't finish it. I felt like I was being lectured on different philosophical ideas and it got boring after about 20 minutes. Felt like a Slacker 2, just not as interesting. Directed by Richard Linklater. Not Recommended
     
  16. Mike Kelly

    Mike Kelly Active Member

    Additions:

    MUSIC AND LYRICS (2007-DVD) 6.5: Has been 80s pop star, Hugh Grant, gets comback chance from pop diva when he is commissioned to write a duet for her. While he has no problem with melody, his lyrical ability is lacking. Enter Drew Barrymore, plant lady and closited lyricist. Inoffensive romantic comedy has nice chemistry and doesn't try too hard. Song itself, Way Back into Love is rather nice.

    SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE (1995-Plex) 7.5: Old fashioned romantic comedy uses An Affair to Remember to tell the tale of a widower whose young son uses a radio talk show to solicit a new mom. Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan have very little screen time together, but their screen chemistry is strong. The soundtrack is exceptional and the writing its major strength.

    VICTIM (1961-TCM) 7: Dirk Bogarde's gives a fine performance as the closeted middle-aged barrister, who risks his marriage and reputation by pursuing the mystery blackmailers of gay male Londoners. Cautious by today's standards, it is presented with more emphasis as a police procedural than a social treatise. In its time is was quite controversial as homosexuality was considered a crime is both London and the United States. The film was actually banned in the U.S. for its use of the word homosexual.

    MISS POTTER (2006-DVD) 6.5: The story of Beatrix Potter, creater of Peter Rabbit, and one of the world's top authors of children's books. It is a quiet story of a determined woman to break into the men's world of publishing, and break out of the confines of her Victorian era society rules. The setting in the English countryside is beautifully captured.

    SANSHO THE BALIFF (1954-DVD) 8: When a compassionate governer in 11th Century Feudal Japan is sent into exile for being too sensitive to the needs of the peasants, his family attempts to join him. They are kidnapped and separated, the mother sold into prostitution and the children into slavery under a ruthless baliff. As their bleak lives unfold, they never lose site of their father's teachings and though the son falters, he recovers in time to try to reunite with his parents. Filled with both brutal and beautiful images, this Japanese classic ends on a hauntingly touching note.

    PAYBACK - STRAIGHT UP (1999-DVD) 7: When director Helgeland refused to delete several decidedly cruel scenes from Payback, he was fired and the movie was released to decent reviews. This version is Helgeland's entire work and it differs substantially from theatrical version - new soundtrack, Mel Gibson narration removed, cinematography 's color scheme different, his early scenes reinserted, and the entire final act changed. I find both versions equally good. Straight Up is the bleaker of the two and worth a look if you liked the original.

    EVENING (2007-T) 6.5: While lying on her deathbed, Ann reminisces about the time 50 years earlier when she was Maid of Honor at her best friend's wedding, and met the short-lived love of her life amid tragic circumstances. This movie is definitely geered to the woman viewer. The cast is first class, the cinematography is lushly dramatic and the story appropriately turgid. The clunky structure, which frequently shifts back and forth between present and past, is further complicated by the contemporary scenes having both reality and fantasy sequences.

    FORSYTE SAGA: SERIES TWO (2003-DVD) 7.5: As the main protagonists of the first series age, the bitterness among them rather than being resolved is exacerbated when their children begin and ill-fated romance. It's soap opera on a high British scale, as the bittersweet story concludes. Fine acting from Rupert Graves, Gina McKee and especially Damien Lewis.

    BLACK SNAKE MOAN (2007-DVD) 7.5: Former blues guitarist, Samual Jackson, finds a white trash young woman left for dead in front of his shack. As he nurses her back to health, he finds her wounds go deep, and years of abuse have manifested itself as nymphomania and self-destruction. He chains her and tries to figure out a way to cure her, even though his actions put himself at great risk. Fine acting from both Jackson and Christine Ricci is the big feature here.

    SHOOTER (2007-DVD) 7: An ex-USMC top sniper is recruited by a secretive government group to help foil an anticipated Presidential assassination. He soon finds out he has been set up as the patsy and must use all his skills to survive and expose the plot. Good action film with a requisite high body count may be formulaic, but nevertheless effective.

    PRINCE OF THE CITY (1981-DVD) 8.5: Perhaps the definitive exploration of police corruption, at nearly three hours it is unrelenting. The young head of an elite NYPD Special Invistigations Unit team makes a decision to assist a Federal Investigation and he learns that his cockiness will not let him control what he though he could. As he inevitably is led toward exposing his partners, which he swore he would never do, he reaches the breaking point. Treat Williams is excellent in this most challenging role of his career and he is matched by a superlative supporting cast. Jerry Orbach is especially good in his pre Law and Order days.

    MY VOYAGE TO ITALY (1999-DVD) 7.5: American premier film director Martin Scorsese examines the effect that Italian cinema had on him as he grew up in NYC's Little Italy and eventually influenced his career decisions. This six hour documentary has lengthy film clips from five of Italy's greatest directors: Roberto Rossellini, Vittorio De Sica, Luchino Visconti, Federico Fellini and Michelangelo Antonioni. Scorsese's passion and insight into their work is infectious.

    Plasma Revisits
    BATMAN BEGINS: 8.5
    FIND ME GUILTY: 7
    MRS. HENDERSON PRESENTS: 7.5
    WAR OF THE WORLDS: 8

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    711 Ocean Drive
    P.D. James: A Taste For Death
    Fallen Idol
    Overlord
    Open City
     
  17. Mike Kelly

    Mike Kelly Active Member

    Additions:

    THE LATE SHOW (1977-DVD) 7.5: Art Carney, as an aging private detective, takes on a case involving a missing cat, which spirals into a complicated throwback to 40s genre noir of blackmail and murder. Its strengths are the script by director Robert Benton and a very good performance from Mr. Carney, a peerless TV comedian who showed depth of talent in his brief and limited film career. The influence of Robert Altman as producer is felt throughout, especially through the quirkiness of co-star Lily Tomlin and overall cynical humor.

    THE ITALIAN (2007-DVD) 7.5: A run-down Russian orphanage houses abandoned children and a lucrative adoption operation. 6 yr. old Vanya, wonderfully played by Koyla Spiridonov, is one of the lucky children, having been selected by an Italian couple, but he stubbornly sets out on his own, to find his natural mother. The bleakness of the Russian winter enhances the obvious Dickensian story, which also includes a Fagin-like older teen who rules over his young toughened group of boys with an iron fist. Unsentimental up to the touching end, this is a compelling look at a social issue through the eyes of a child.

    THE NATURAL (1984-DVD) 8: Watched the director's cut of this classic baseball film, which further sets up the mythology of writer Malamud's story of a farm boy who just could have been the greatest player there ever was, were it not for fate and circumstance. All the impeccible production values remain. Enigmatic and haunting.

    AFTER THE WEDDING (2006-DVD) 7: The Danish manager of an orphanage in India, reluctantly returns home to acquire funding for his project, and finds his past life unfolding before him in a series of revelations that will alter the course of his future. An interesting soap opera, with emphasis on social as well as familial issues, it kept my interest throughout. Lead Mads Mikkelsen, who played villain Le Chiffre in Casino Royale, does nice work.

    THE CHASE (1946-DVD) 6: A very low budget "B' noir with Robert Cummings as an ex-GI hired as chauffeur to a Miami gangster. He enters the literal dream world of noir after he decides to help the gangster's wife escape to Cuba. Despite the reduced production values, the expressionistic camerawork instills the movie with a sense of dread and dispair.

    HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX (2007-T) 7.5: This fifth installment of the uber-popular series continues the trend toward darkness and gloom. With almost too much pace, the exposition flies fast and furious as Harry, now in his fifth year at Hogwarts, must begin to take matters into his own hands, to prepare for the inevitable showdown with Voldemort. Perhaps the most transitional of the Potter films, it is also the most mature, yet I did miss some of the joy of the earlier episodes. Strong support from Imelda Staunton, as a smiling inquisitor and the always delightful Alan Rickman.

    THE ILLUSIONIST - 8
    GOOD NIGHT AND GOOD LUCK - 8.5
    THE THIRTEENTH FLOOR - 7.5



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    A TASTE FOR DEATH (Miniseries)
    THE BRIDGE TO TARABITHIA
    THE BUCCANEERS (Miniseries)
    OVERLORD
    FALLEN IDOL
    OPEN CITY
    PREMONITION
     
  18. Mike Kelly

    Mike Kelly Active Member

    ADDITIONS:

    A TASTE FOR DEATH (Miniseries) (1999-DVD) 7: Another Adam Dalglliesh mystery from P.D. James, that follows the same format. This time the Inspector, now promoted to Commander is aided by a female investigator. A good English cast headed by one of Dame Wendy Hiller's last performances.

    BRIDGE TO TERABITHIA (2007-DVD): 8: Young teen Jessie's days are filled with dealing with school bullies and parents whose life worries leave little room to appreciate his talent for drawing. When Leslie moves next door, she teaches Jessie to open his mind up. An excellent family film that explores imagination, friendship and loss; with just enough special effects to enhance rather than dominate the story.

    ONE NIGHT WITH THE KING (2006-DVD) 5: The biblical story of Esther who poses as an gentile and becomes queen of Persia until she is forced to declare her Jewish ancestry to save her people, is pretty much a TV level adaptation. The production values are very good, but merely adequate actors and a lame script keep it from making it recommendable.

    FACTORY GIRL (2006-DVD) 5.5: The true story of NY 'it' girl' Edie Sedgwick and her short adult life mixing it with Andy Warhol and his Factory groupies is a time capsule of late 60s avant-garde scene. I found it facile and uninvolving, though Sienna Miller and Guy Pearce turn in pretty good acting jobs.

    THE LAST MIMSY (2007-DVD) 6: A children's movie in the vein, but not nearly the level of E.T., as two siblings find a device from the future that enable them to accomplish some amazing fetes and return hope to the future. Tries to cover too many bases for this type of movie as it touches on ecology, mysticism, terrorism, the absent father and time travel.

    THE BUCCANEERS (1995-DVD) 7: Adaptation of Edith Wharton's final novel finds four heiress of New York's nouveau riche in the late 19th century, who travel to England to marry into the British aristocracy, which at the time is in need of American money. Strictly a woman's mini-series, as most of the protagonists find life and marriage not what they had hoped for. Sumptuous filming in many of the huge estates in the British countryside in this BBC Miniseries.

    711 OCEAN DRIVE (1950-TCM) 6: Telephone technician Edmund O'Brien helps a bookie wire service update their operation, and soon is taking it over himself - until the national syndicate gets wind and clips his wings. An interesting 'B' picture about greed and obsession with success; a noir expose of the American Dream gone bad.

    UPCOMING

    RENAISSANCE
    THE HOST
    A PERSONAL JOURNEY WITH MARTIN SCORSESE THROUGH AMERICAN MOVIES
    THE SEVENTH VEIL
    PERFUME: THE STORY OF A MURDERER
    SWEET LAND
    ZODIAC
    OPEN CITY
    OVERLORD
     
  19. Mike Kelly

    Mike Kelly Active Member

    Additions:

    RENAISSANCE (2006-DVD) 6.5: Technically superior animated feature using rotoscoping and black and white drawings to depict Paris in 2054. Story involves evil corporation looking for immortality formula, a kidnapped bio-geneticist and the police captain trying to find her. Some spectacular scenes overshadow a less than compelling story. The imagery is very, very contrasty, which may lead to eye fatigue as it did me.

    THE HOST (2006-DVD) 6.5: Korean horror film is a throwback to the days of the mutant monster coming out of the water to wreck havoc. Really well done in most aspects except for a shifting tone that mixes slapstick with unusually somber material.

    FORTUNE IS THE WOMAN (1957-TCM) 6: Routine story of insurance investigator solving the mystery of a London arson incident that evolves into blackmail and murder.

    MY TRUE STORY (1951-TCM) 5.5: A woman released on parole is drawn into a con scheme against her will in this true confessions melodrama. Of interest partially due to its director, Mickey Rooney, in a rare turn behind the camera.

    A PERSONAL JOURNEY WITH MARTIN SCORSESE THROUGH AMERICAN MOVIES (1995-DVD) N/A: As he did with Voyage to Italy, Director Scorsese is our guide and instructor as he looks at the American Movies that influenced his career. He concentrates on the genres of westerns, musicals and gangster films and looks at various directors as storyteller, illusionist, smuggler and iconoclast. Fascinating.

    PERFUME: THE STORY OF A MURDERER (2006-DVD) 7: Director Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run) tries his hand at a period piece in this off beat story of a man with the world's most acute sense of smell. When he amazes a aging perfumer with his ability to discern all the chemical fragrances in any perfume, and create new perfumes at will, he is given an apprenticeship. His obsession however is to distill the essence of the human female and to do this he must kill his victims. This unusual horror film leads to an unexpected and quite off-beat conclusion. Not totally successful, it does have Tykwer's excellent visual flair.

    THE FALLEN IDOL (1948-DVD) 8: Wonderfully crafted story of an impressionable young boy, the son of the French Ambassador, living among the protocol in the London Embassy. He idolizes Baines, the head Butler and fears Baines's wife, the headmistress. When he overhears snippets of conversations between Baines and his lover and partially witnesses an argument between husband and wife that leads to her accidental death, he tries to help his idol but ends up implicating him further. A complicated look at an adult world through the eyes of a child.

    THE OCTOBER MAN (1947-TCM) 7: When a bus crashes, passenger John Mills suffers head injuries and learns the little girl he was watching for a friend has perished. After physical and psychological therapy he is released to a London boarding house, where he tries his best to reenter society. The murder of a female boarder points to him as a suspect, and he begins to doubt his own innocence. Nice atmospheric psychological drama.

    Revisits:
    IN AMERICA - 9.5
    300 - 6


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    The Bourne Ultimatum
    Becoming Jane
    Overlord
    Hot Fuzz
    Defense of the Realm
    Sweetland
     
  20. Mike Kelly

    Mike Kelly Active Member

    Additions:

    OPEN CITY (1945-DVD) 7.5: One of the seminal films that ushered in the Italian Neo-realism movement in film. Filmed at the end of WWII, this documentary looking story of the Italian underground and its resistance to fascist forces is powerfully gritty and moving. Features a young Anna Magnani.

    OVERLORD (1975-DVD) 7: Interesting low budget British film makes extensive use of newsreel footage to blend with story of young British soldier through his training and his eventual assignment as one of the first troops to land at Normandy.

    13 TZAMETI (2006-DVD) 7: French film has immigrant roofer overhearing his clients talking about an opportunity to earn a lot of money in a risky gambling venture. When the client dies and he is not paid, he uses the invitation to take his place - and finds himself in a horrific life and death contest. Filmed in black and white, it proves to be quite suspenseful.

    PREMONITION (2007-DVD) 6: Sandra Bullock is told her husband has died in an auto accident, and over the next few days finds herself going back and forth in time, possibly through dreams, with the ability to possibly alter fate. Essentially shows someone going through the five stages of grief amid a series of premonitions. It offers some food for thought, but doesn't really hold together.

    THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM (2007-T) 8: Picking up and sometimes flashing back to the Bourne Supremacy, this is one action film that is told quite brilliantly through camerawork and editing. It should be headache inducing, but somehow Director Greengrass makes it all comprehensible. A mature, exciting and worthy second sequel to a very good franchise.

    DEFENSE OF THE REALM (1987-DVD) 7: An investigative reporter's tabloid story on the extra-marital affair of a British minister, soon leads to a cover-up of a nuclear incident on an American air base. He's in over his head and there's no Hollywood heroics to bail him out.

    L'APPARTEMENT (1995-DVD) 7: When a young man recently engaged unexpectedly overhears the disturbing phone conversation of an old flame, he is thrown into a potpourri of emotions and flashbacks. With look-alike mistaken identities, a homicidal ex-lover, and a best friend thrown into the mix, this French homage to many Hitchcock thrillers, especially Vertigo, is a daisy chain of unrequited love.

    HOT FUZZ (2007-DVD) 7.5: A London super-cop, who makes his colleagues look lazy in comparison is sent to a rural township that annually wins the most peaceful village award. He soon learns the reason behind the so-called benevolent police force - better make that police service. A very funny parody of action films that goes from droll to over the top mayhem.

    Revisits
    GANGS OF NEW YORK: 9

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    Disturbia
    Becoming Jane
    Inland Empire
    Fracture
    Wild Hogs
    La Ceremonie
    Dead Man's Shoes
     

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