Movies Seen in 2011 (Completed)

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  1. Breathless (1960)
  2. Just too French, too slow - ugh/D-/6.0
  3. I Know Where I'm Going (1945)
  4. Slow starter, but great movie in the end, Sentimental, moralistic, but still delivers/A-/9.0
  5. The War Game (1965)
  6. Plays like a documentary - but in reality is more a docudrama. Uses fact to show the madness and horror of nuclear war. I found it unsettling and horrifying. Under 50 minutes, but well worth the viewing./A/9.5
  7. Berlin: Symphony of a Great City (1927)
  8. Interesting view of Berlin in the 20's - framed beautifully with classical music/B-/8.0
  9. Hour of the Wolf (1968)
  10. Bizzare and quite delusional horror from the Sweedish. At times just plain creepy - others stupid/B-/8.0
  11. Manhattan (1979)
  12. Incredible views of New York - Woody Allen and his usual quick wit. The whole movie sets up the last 15-20 minutes. This summary (conclusion) takes this delightful movie and propels it into one of my personal favorites. Painfully insightful/A+/9.6
  13. Glory (1989)
  14. Takes a collection of the best actors of its time adds the Civil War and the Afican-American involvement in that war and you have a glorious movie./A-/9.0
  15. Doctor Zhivago (1965)
  16. An epic about love and life - lesson for all in this one./A-/9.0
  17. The Da Vuinca Code (2006)
  18. Fun, intense, controversal - but I hate to admit - the book was a thousand times better./B-/8.3
  19. L'Age D'Or (1930)
  20. Unique stylistic play on the roadblocks to desire./B-/8.2
  21. The Goebbels Experiment (2005)
  22. Documentary centered on NAZI propoganda minister. A genius in his area - many of the campaign tactics and contemporary media concepts got their start or first time wide spread use under this man./A/9.4
  23. Halo Legends (2009)
  24. just okay - except for those that live and die with HALO - then it is another slice for your universe/C/7.5
  25. Don't Look Now (1973)
  26. No, no, no - aaaaaaaaahhhhhhh/F/0.5
  27. Toy Story 3
  28. A true gem - more mature - more childish - and at its heart a bittersweet truth of life/A/9.6
  29. Frozen (2010)
  30. Basic thriller, some good parts, but just average/D+/6.9
  31. Death at a Funeral (2010)
  32. The parts beg for a funnier whole, but it has its monents. A true howler at times/B/8.4
  33. The Virgin Spring (1960)
  34. Intense, interesting study in life and the turns thereof!/B-/8.2
  35. The Last Exorcism (2010)
  36. Some really creepy and even scary parts - but in whole another blair witch or paranormal activity. The end badly finishes a quiet delightful and creepy movie/B/8.5
  37. Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
  38. Scewball comedy in full frontal assault. Really a few chuckles and a belly laugh/B-/8.2
  39. Children of Paradise (1945)
  40. Really struggled in early parts, but the characters and story soon had me in their spell. Tragedy in the truest French flavor - an absolute brillant movie. It has to be in my top 5 of all time/A+/9.9
  41. Princess & the Frog (2009)
  42. Wow - to have an ounce of Disney's creativity - but alas. Really good - no Beauty & the Beast, but a definite charmer!/A-/9.2
  43. Host (2006)
  44. Really good Asian Monster movie with a modern twist. Better, more intelligent & darker than the 60's Asian monster genre/B/8.6
  45. Panic in the Streets (1950)
  46. Nothing special - average movie with average acting/C/7.4
  47. Exam (2008)
  48. A pyscholgical thriller with some really intense and interesting parts - yet a very weak ending cripples the entire movie. Enjoy the chase for the answer, but be ready for a strange conclusion!/C+/7.9
  49. Ballad of a Soldier (1959)
  50. Russia during WWII, and a young soldier's attempts to see his mother. Of course it is propoganda, but the movie has a "realness" often lacking in such Soviet movies. You feel the strengths and weaknesses of the main characters - a delight in many ways./B/8.5
  51. The Malta Story (1953)
  52. A British movie concerning the conflict around the island of Malta - it has generous amounts of actual battle footage and some splendid acting. True British stif upper lip mentality can either make or break this movie for you./B-/8.0
  53. The Naked Truth (1958)
  54. Sooo stupid at times it is beyond funny. Peter Sellers and a cast of British comedy actors combine for just plain fun, craziness, rolling your eyes, etc. Clean fun for those that love this type of humor./B/8.5
  55. Passengers (2008)
  56. Predictable - overdone tratment of life after death - in so many ways a dissapointment./C-/7.0
  57. The Bounty Hunter (2010)
  58. A romantic comedy with a definite twist. Yes, it is predictable, but that is the norm for this genre. Funny - bittersweet, etc./B-/8.0
  59. Legend of the Hell House (1973)
  60. An old standby - a gulty pleasure. Horror/psychological thriller 70's style. I love it - but in truth it is just average./C/7.5
  61. The Picture of Dorian Grey (1945)
  62. Really a suprise! Quiet a sharp edge for a 40's horror/psychological thriller./B/8.5
  63. Winter Light (1963)
  64. Depressing is not really a deep enough term. This movie presents many of the questions people ask when life becomes hurtful - the conclusions are not warm & fuzzy!/A-/9.0
  65. 633 Squadrom (1964)
  66. Brit war movie. Okay tale with excellent ariel photography and some battle. Little romance but really for the war movie gang./C-/7.2
  67. Katyn (2007)
  68. A true story of the genocide at Katyn Forest of Polish officers in WWII. The story of the deaths and bitter propaganda battle between the NAZIS & Russians on those responsible. Okay movie about a horrific historical event./C/7.5
  69. Wide Blue Road (1957)
  70. Italian movie about fishing with home-made bombs - no kidding. Really touching, sad, well-made drama./B/8.4
  71. Goodfellas (1990)
  72. A blue-collar Godfather. Very rough & brutal - but interesting./B+/8.8
  73. One. Two, Three (1961)
  74. A fantastic manic comedy with so many layers of jokes it was hard to keep up. Cultural, geography, WWII, German, Russian, American, personal, inside, bathroom and a hundred other types of jokes weave together a fantastic movie with little overall significance than to make you laugh - at this it is exceptional./A/9.3
  75. Burn, Witch, Burn (1962)
  76. B-horror British style. More a thriller than a horror movie - and more of a comedy than it wants to be!/D+/6.8
  77. The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)
  78. Totally silent movie concerning the trial & death of Joan of Arc. The majority of the movie focuses on Joan's face and her reactions. The intensity of the English hatred and Joan's innocence (at least in what they are accussing her of)is so real it hurts. One of the best movies I have ever seen./A+/9.9
  79. Despicable Me (2010)
  80. Just what you expect! Cute and funny and in the most part - gotta love those minons./B-/8.2
  81. Panic (2000)
  82. Dark -really dark drama. It is painful, bittersweet, pyschotic, and just plain mean - but I loved it./B+/8.8
  83. Suspiria (1977)
  84. Strange, moody, very 70's and Italian witch/horror movie. Interesting but just marginally so./C-/7.2
  85. Ink (2009)
  86. Are you kidding me -OMG this was incredible. Powerful Indie Sci-fi/Horror/Fantasy combo with heart and depth. Many will scoff because of the genre or because it is indie but it is your loss./B+/8.99
  87. Gomorrah (2008)
  88. An updated and transplanted (to the Home Country)Godfather - but in the slums instead of some beautiful location. It is rough, brutal, oppressive, depressing and realistic?/B/8.4
  89. Descent 2 (2009)
  90. In truth, nothing more than a slasher movie. It lacks the touch and atmosphere of the original. If you want blood & guts, then maybe - otherwise no!/F/5.0
  91. The Shop on Main Street (1965)
  92. The beginning of WWII & the Jewish deportation. It has its light moments, but you rapidly spiral toward hatred and desperation - really a movie to be seen by anyone touched by or a student of this horrible event. It tries to answer how and why - does it?/A-/9.1
  93. Blackmail (1929)
  94. Very early Hitchcock. Fair murder thriller/C/7.5
  95. Targets (1968)
  96. Decent serial killer movie - nothing really special./C-/7.1
  97. Late Spring (1949)
  98. Post WWII Japan is seen with a very subtle touch and almost delicate film. Within this and the story lies the charm!/B/8.5
  99. Ocean's Eleven (1960)
  100. Original with many of the biggest Las Vegas' stars. Really a slight disappointment, but with late 50's Vegas and a semi-cool plot. It was okay/B-/8.0
  101. Le Corbeau (1943)
  102. Really a dramatic and cut-throat French drama concerning "poison" pen letters. Sounds really strange but it really delivers hard and cruel cuts throuhout/ suprise A/9.4
  103. 32 Short Films About Robert Gould (1993)
  104. Collection of shorts makes a movie concerning classical music talant Robert Gould. I really had little idea who he was - but this explains his eccentric life well. Great classical music - of course!/B-/8.2
  105. When in Rome (2010)
  106. Really not bad as Romantic Comedies go! Has heart, some magic, and some really great lines and moments. It is silly at times - par for the course./B/8.5
  107. Seven Days to Live (2000)
  108. I kept seeing the fingerprints of the Shinning on this one. Kinda scary - more brutal and creepy./C/7.5
  109. The Devil's Backbone (2001)
  110. Spanish horror filled with desperation/blood/betrayal and gore. Has a really interesting historical setting and delivers within this genre!/B+/8.8
  111. Mosquito Squadron (1969)
  112. Close cousin of Squadron 633 - some of the same stock footage - a semi-similar story - with similar plot results. Only for the war movie crowd./C-/7.0
  113. Two Women (1961)
  114. Powerful war drama starring Sophia Loren. Moving, complex excellent movie showcasing the acting talants of Miss Loren./A-/9.1
  115. La Bete Humaine (1938)
  116. At times hypnotical ride in true tragedy. Beautiful shots of trains, locomotives, etc. but the frality of the human condition takes full stage. It is interesting, hurtful, emotional and a little bit confusing - in other words - it is French./A-/9.2
  117. The One That Got Away (1957)
  118. The story of the only German POW to escape England and return to Germany. This man was determined. You may find yourself making the German POW into the hero in this movie - I found it hard not to - especially in the late stages of the movie!/C/7.5
  119. Unthinkable (2010)
  120. The title hits it on the head. I am not sure what to think, how to react - some will love it others will hate it with every ounce of their being. I find myself understanding moments while I grow sick to my stomach at the same instance. Samuel Jackson is the acting star in this one - but I'm not even sure if it is a quality movie - therefore/?/?
  121. Mildred Pierce (1945)
  122. A tragedy set up and made by Joan Crawford's character Mildred. Crawford is at her best - the movie is true American drama, and the ending is not suprising but satisfies nevertheless. A very good/great movie!/A/9.3
  123. The Last Wave (1977)
  124. Mystical Australian Sci-fi/Crime Drama/Cultural romp in 70's style - quiet a trip - presented well - a good choice/B-/8.1
  125. Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist (2005)
  126. Light weight of a scary movie - too dramatic - too unclear. Really a poor attempt at a back story. Only for avid Exorcist and/or horror fans./D-/6.2
  127. Year One (2009)
  128. The worst attempt at pretending to be a movie I have ever seen. It is painful, painful - I hope Jack Black cashed his check before the movie went to the box office. Pure adolesence humor and poorly done humor at that!/F/2.2
  129. The Earrings of Madame de... (1953)
  130. Beautiful, typically complex french romantic drama. My daughter claims just seeing all the beautiful gowns make the film an A - I'm not sure about that, but Miss Darrieux is so beautiful - it is painful./B+/8.99
  131. After.Life (2009)
  132. Another unusual movie for Miss Ricci - more mainstream than most, but still bizzare. The movie is still another take on the after life (as the title tells us). Main stream actors and production gives it a little gloss, and Miss Ricci plus a young man (about 5?) give it a special touch. The parts say it should be fantastic - instead it is at best average./C-/7.0
  133. The Oxford Murders (2008)
  134. An excellent psychological thriller that twists its way to an incredible conclusion. Fantastic acting, wonderful setting, beautiful women, and loads of puzzles provide unstoppable fun!/A-/9.2
  135. Following (1998)
  136. An indie that delivers a twisted & confused tale into sickness and beyond. A true pyschological movie less than a thriller but really thoughtful in the execution./B/8.5
  137. House of 9 (2005)
  138. Saw wanna-be! Interesting but only in a few brief moments!Ending saves it from being a total flop./D+/6.9
  139. Salt (2010)
  140. A good quick-paced spy thriller of above-average quality. I would not place it on the level of Bourne, but entertaining/B/8.4
  141. Mean Streets (1973)
  142. Another wise guy movie. Less violent - great music - okay story. I perfer the Godfather series and even Gooodfellas over this one./C+/7.9
  143. Bowling for Columbine (2002)
  144. Really a gun control doc instead one about Columbine. Has good wit, good interesting facts - but is one-sided - par for the course./b/8.5
  145. This Gun for Hire (1942)
  146. Tough guy and beautiful blonde against the war and WWII enemies - plays second fiddle to Casablanca and type./C/7.4
  147. Crimes & Misdemeanors (1989)
  148. A really mature, witty, and very deep questioning film about the moral questions of life. Allen's deepest most revealing movie with excellent actors, New York of course, and by far his best - I have ever seen. I loved Manhattan because the conclusion sumed up the movie so well - I loved this movie because it is strong from beginning to end./A+/9.79
  149. I Like Killing Flies (2004)
  150. A documentary concerning a hole-in-the-wall eatery in NY city. Gritty, profane, and witty combine to make this an original./B+/8.8
  151. Paradise Now (2005)
  152. A must-see drama about two semi-drafted suicide bombers in the west bank. You may/may not agree with the politics, but the humanity of these two men, their situation, and their approach to that situation make you think/A/9.4
  153. Kill Me Later (2001)
  154. Very below average "thriller/drama". It never really captured my attention, but it was passable - but just barely/D/6.5
  155. Spiral (2007)
  156. Some really good acting - with a decent story and a rather potent end make this indie thriller better than most. Uneven and cliche at times, but still enjoyable./B-/8.3
  157. Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973)
  158. Surrel but enjoyable western with Bob Dylan in supporting cast and his music - make this a rather non-bloddy account of the death of Billy the Kid. Major star power, great western scenery, and the mercenaery nature of law in the old west set up a good western. The 70's style - it hurts the quality of the entire movie - but not enough to destroy or make it a dud. /C+/7.99
  159. White Heat (1949)
  160. A true 40's ganster movie! How can you go worng with Cagney and Edgar Robbinson - Scarface in the 30's was a forerunner, but this really provided ground work for the many of the future ganster movies. I cannot place it as a classic - but as close at it gets/B+/8.999
  161. Farenheit 9/11
  162. You either hate Michael Moore or love him! I cionfess he makes me think - I don't see a devil under every rock, but the connections he makes are extordinary. I really do not know his agenda - it is liberal without a question, he hates Bush and all to do with him. Put let's be honest - what it is not to hate about the Bush's. Is he a bumbling idiot or mad genius. Mr. Moore gives ton if evidence to support both anwers. It is worth watchng for Moore'wit and insight - but be careful the slant is definety bias./A.9.5
  163. Nine Lives (2005)
  164. Stricking, powerful tale of nine women. Bittersweet stores of nine different women on totally diffierent paths not for happy go lucky crowd. Intense. provocative, suble, sane and maddening. If this is the true nature of being a women. I'm truely sorry!/A-/9.1
  165. Cube 2: Hypercube (2002)
  166. One really bad film - little here except for the most avid horror fan./F/4.5
  167. Seventh Moon (2005)
  168. In the same idea of Blair Witch genre, but lacks depth in back story; therefore, nothing more than a slasher movie/D-/6.1
  169. Nine Dead (2009)
  170. Puzzle murder thriller - like Saw or similar. The story (or puzzle) is interesting but the ending (where unexpected)and the execution of the plot destroy what little movie there is/F/5.9
  171. Twelve O'Clock High (1949)
  172. One of the better WWII movies. A little too much bravado, but it has humanity - something most movies past and present totally miss out on./A-/9.0
  173. Inception (2010)
  174. Hard to explain - I found it better this time. One question - did the little top keep spinning or fall? /A/9.4
  175. The Offical Story (1985)
  176. Moving and troubling story of greed, revolution, and at the center the quest to answer who is this sweet little child. A fantastic drama!/A/9.4
  177. Race to Witch Mountain (2009)
  178. Typical lite movie from the Disney studios - okay for the family. Within the genre - it is okay./C/7.5
  179. The Machinist (2004)
  180. Dark, unsettling account of madness - will not take you anywhere new or even suprising./C/7.5
  181. Sergeant York (1941)
  182. A classic account of an American WWI hero. Tends to stereotype, but in the whole an excellent movie./B/8.5
  183. Dark City (1998)
  184. Asks one of Sci-fi's favorite questions - What makes us human? Really moody, dark, strange, and somewhat creepy - also silly at times. Within the genre - better than most./B-/8.1
  185. Man Push Cart (2005)
  186. Really a suprise - slow paced with simple but profound statements. You will either hate or love this one. It almost plays as a documentary - and I found myself deeply drawn in by this story./B+/8.7
  187. Right at Your Door (2006)
  188. I love movies that make me think - and this movie does! Yes, it is an Indie, and has almost no real true action - except to ask you. What would you do? Really? Are you sure? Are you really sure?/A-/9.0
  189. Taking of Pelham 123 (1974)
  190. The original - not as flashy but a truer New York feeling to it. Has more wit, jokes, and etc. while still having a mean streak very evident in the 2009 remake./B+/8.8
  191. Resurrection (1999)
  192. Serial killer aka Seven - but no where as inventive. Sure it is intense but brutality and intensity do not always make a fantastic movie in this genre./C/7.5
  193. The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985)
  194. Very Inventive and original. The ending brought together an average film and made it have a bite!/B-/8.2
  195. The Naked City (1948)
  196. Nice location shots of the real New York City @40's, a charmer in some ways - will feel dated because it is - I enjoyed the ride./B-/8.2
  197. Roger & Me (1989)
  198. Moore at his best - Bowling for Columbine was excellent - but this movie shows Moore before he just got angry at the world. Sensitive treatment of the failings of so many in Flint, Michigan (his hometown), and a brutal assault on GM and the "rich" insensitivity toward those in desperate need all around them./A/9.4
  199. The International (2009)
  200. Fast paced dark violent action/thriller. The bad guy is a bank - who cannot love hating the bank? Roller coaster for sure - with great locations/scenery/etc. Close to loving this one, but not quite./B+/8.9
  201. Paranormal Activity 2 (2010)
  202. Quite a suprise. Sure it is a "jumper/horror" movie done on a shoestring budget like the first - but in reality this is a prequel. I love a good backstory to explain an earlier movie - this does it really well. Hard to say if the ending will make sense without seeing the first, but since I have - it did! A guilty pleasure - but in reality for its type - it is really good./A-/9.2
  203. Deadline (2009)
  204. A layered mystery that has horror/jump elements in it. The horror soon just becomes part of the mystery felling, and in that it is at the strongest. Decent mystery with some really good acting./B-/8.0
  205. Them (1954)
  206. Special selection for #100 - one of my all time atomic mutant stories favorites from the 50's. It is really funny and always a joy!/B+/8.8
  207. The Gold Rush (1925)
  208. Chaplain story - quite a good time for all. Silent movies at their best./A-/9.0
  209. Prince of Persia: Sands of Time (2010)
  210. Beautiful people, locations, CGI and a very simple plot - don't you just love modern blockbusters./B+/8.8
  211. Triumph of the Will (1934)
  212. Hypnotic & visually stunning - sometimes redundent but always chilling. The Nazi Rally in 1934 with all the "bad" guys. Even reading subtitles I realized what a powerful speaker Hitler was - if you forget history - you would never know you were watching the people responsible for millions of deaths and untold suffering. An absolute must-see./A+/9.99
  213. Signs (2002)
  214. Crop circles, aliens, end of the world - yeah it is all there. It is a story of "signs" - providence and mostly redemption. Moments that will make your stomach hurt - they are that powerful. An incredible movie!/A/9.4
  215. Real Life (1979)
  216. Albert "Mel" Brooks' first film and it is a mockumentary on reality shows. Sure it has funny parts, but I despise reality shows with a deeeep passion; therefore, I despised this movie equally./D-/6.2
  217. Day of the Jackal (1973)
  218. Action/thriller old style. Very european in touch and execution so the 70's style is not so thick - in all a good detective story with some interesting moments./B-/8.2
  219. Last Man on Earth (1964)
  220. Vincent Price in the forerunner to The Omega Man & I Am Legend. You basically see the same story with cheap 60's makeup and vampires. If you are into this: try a triple feature./C+/7.8
  221. Barton Fink (1991)
  222. Some good, great, strange, and dumb moments come together to make a total Coen brother experience. Some of their brillance seen in the later Fargo is there, but the movie is just too uneven!/C/7.7
  223. Law Abiding Citizen (2009)
  224. I am not sure what the director/writer's message was intented to be - but for me it is the total corruption of our legal system - where truth is not even considered. The movie has some intense parts, but really it is just a shade above average./C+/7.8
  225. Misty (1961)
  226. Total family fare, completely 60's, beautiful horses - sums it up./B-/8.2
  227. Shutter Island (2010)
  228. A paranoid trip into a max. security criminally insane prison. Slick, great actors, some suprises and in all a good movie./B+/8.8
  229. Breakfast Club (1985)
  230. Sterotypical high school kids placed in detention. Feels right - does not go for the easy way out and in this makes a special movie. Insightful, painful, sad, and adolescent in the most subtle ways possible./A-/9.2
  231. Hallowen II (2009)
  232. The original H. II was no masterpiece - yet what you get here is a more mystical, demonic, gory version. It fits the "Saw" age better, but the film is little more than a gore and f-bomb ride./D-/6.0
  233. Nashville (1975)
  234. I get it. It makes fun of Nashville 70's style. I just did not like it!/C-/7.1
  235. Lock Stock & Two Smoking Barrels (1998)
  236. A hoot of a movie. Pure english comedy with one crazy heist movie thrown in. Much better than say the Ocean series./B+/8.9
  237. Retribution (2006)
  238. Asain horror film in the same vein as Ring, etc. Creepy and disorienting but at the same time not clear in the end. OK but not a favorite/B-/8.0
  239. Rules of the Game (1939)
  240. The French being the french. You need a scorecard in these french "romances". Everyone is in love with everyone but their husband/wife - and they all want to get married to the other person. Really quiet an interesting story with a clever ending all nicely woven together by the "rules of the game"./A-/9.1
  241. October (1927)
  242. Soviet 10th Anniversary telling of the October 1917 rebellion in silent movie form. True propaganda - hard to follow - not the best lighting, but for its time, the purpose, and the semi-historical value - it has great value./B-/8.2
  243. The Phantom Carriage (1921)
  244. Really slow starter - a redemption story - wrapped in a horror theme shell. The middle third has an incredible punch to it./B/8.6
  245. Rosemary's Baby (1968)
  246. Throw in the earlier "B" movies and you have the start of the "Satanic" film trail. The Exorcist and Omen films were just around the corner. Weird, strange, but well played with an excellent cast - it takes this genre from the "B" realm and propels it into a whole new level. Not really scary, gory, or even unsettling./B+/8.8
  247. Come and See (1985)
  248. WWII on the Eastern Front. Focuses on the Russian Partisans and the German Death Squads. Tilted toward the Russians (It is their movie)- Without question a brutal, sadistic, etc., etc. of the German's treatment of the "sub-human" Russians. In my mind one of possibly 5 must-see war movies of all time (see seperate listing)./A+/9.8
  249. The Hustler (1961)
  250. Slick, tragic fall into desperation - Newman, Scott and Jackie Gleason - yes Gleason. Really quick paced with a true grit. An American classic./A-/9.3
  251. Murder by Numbers (2002)
  252. A predestrian try at a murder/mystery. Really disappointing./D-/6.2
  253. Germany Year Zero (1948)
  254. Interesting and quite depressing - but I assume realistic. A good choice in the basic idea of the Bicycle Theif but with a more desperate and more vicious undertow./B/8.4
  255. Brazil (1985)
  256. Strange, witty, dead-on protrayal of government (aka 1984 type) gone mad. Mystical and revolutionary in so many ways - a great film for our times./A-/9.0
  257. Daybreakers (2009)
  258. Fast paced, brutal, gory - welcome to another ride on the Vampire train. Different emphasis and scenes cut out of our newspapers make this more than pretty boys chasing sad little girls around in the woods. B/8.6
  259. Fires on the Plain (1969)
  260. Sad, sadistic betrayal of the Japanese Army in full defeat early in 1945. It is excellent but terribly graphic./B+/8.9
  261. Hidden Fortress (1959)
  262. Japanese film with so many overtones of the American Western. Not sure which way the influence went - never-the-less still fun./B+/8.8
  263. Valhalla Rising (2009)
  264. Strange, moody, mystic adventure film - with plenty of gore and small on explanations./C/7.6
  265. Monsters (2010)
  266. A film that tries to be all things to all people. It does a million things - none extremely well. Horror portion is fair./C-/7.0
  267. Alphaville (1965)
  268. French take a swing at the perfect society ruled by a computer. Dated and unique - it is French and the 60's./C+/7.7
  269. Army of Shadows (1969)
  270. Gritty French view of their WWII underground movement and the German response. Has a strong cast with a really good feel to it./B+/8.8
  271. Pickup on South Street (1953)
  272. Strong espionage thriller - can be also seen for cop/robber or even a marginal romatic thriller. Interesting and a good ride./A-/9.1
  273. From Russia with Love (2009)
  274. Typical manic American action/thriller./C/7.6
  275. Sanjuro (1961)
  276. Typical Samurai movie - but for me it is more intense and interesting. Would recommend this one over most of this period/genre/B+/8.9
  277. Hunter Prey (2010)
  278. Basic enemy mine or similar - better than most - really sci-fi fans and few others./C/7.6
  279. Lost Tribe (2010)
  280. A Descent (?) knockoff - but poorly done and just barely watchable./D-/6.1
  281. Batman:Under the Red Hood (2010)
  282. a Very dark animation dealing with the "dark knight". Much better than most in this area./B/8.6
  283. Superman/Batman: Apocolypse (2010)
  284. Basically an intro into supergirl franchise - not that extrodinary./B-/8.0
  285. Oceans (2009)
  286. Disney film with fluff and beautiful shots of our oceans. Several series do this better, but it is fun, harmless, and beautiful!/B-/8.1
  287. The Fall of St. Petersburg (1927)
  288. Similar to Revolution - another Soviet Propoganda Film. Okay?!/C-/7.2
  289. The Ascent (1977)
  290. Meaningful, moving film from Russia concerning the questions of human instinct to live - all placed in the brutality of WWII./A-/9.2
  291. Forbidden Games (1952)
  292. Tender but macbe story of WWII through the eyes of 2 French children./A-/9.1
  293. Beneath the Dark (2010)
  294. Run-of-the-mill supernaturasl thriller/C/7.5
  295. R-Point (2004)
  296. Asian War/Horror film with fair amount of merit./C+/7.8
  297. Survilleiance (2007)
  298. A real different take on the Bonnie & Clyde story. Not bad but lacks?/B/8.4
  299. Ghost of Mae Nak (2005)
  300. Thai Horror movie trying so hard to mimic a contemporary Asaian Horror film. It totally fails./F/4.5
  301. The Ritchie Boys (2004)
  302. Fantastic doco about 10 military intelligence men during WWII - I will leave it there. I will let them tell their own story./A/9.6
  303. The White Ribbon (2009)
  304. Stern, bleak, and unsettling./A/9.3
  305. Cry of the Owl (2009)
  306. Some twists at the end gives this film an above average thriller rating./B/8.5
  307. The Monster That Challenged the World (1957)
  308. Below average B Horror movie - not even in the same leaque as Them, etc./C-/7.2
  309. The Seven Year Itch (1955)
  310. Miss Monroe in a perfect role - funny - cutting - probably too truthful./B/8.4
  311. The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring
  312. Yes, once again - I love the books & movies./A+/9.8
  313. The Nights of Cabiria (1957)
  314. Bravo! Italian movie making at its best./A/9.4
  315. Haxan (1923) (Silent)
  316. German semi-historical treatment of witchcraft. Interesting/B/8.4
  317. Sherlock Jr. (1924) (Silent)
  318. Fun, incredible real stunts all courtisy of Buster Keaton./A-/9.1
  319. The Passion of Christ (2004)
  320. There is no other movie that deals with this subject as well - no matter your convictions about Christ or your feelings concerning Gibson. This is a must-see for all adults./A+/9.8
  321. Mutants (2009)
  322. French try at the Zombie genre - adds little or goes few new places./C/7.4
  323. Mojave Phone Booth (2006)
  324. Indie drama with 4 narrative threads - really good in many ways but the end seemed a little confused or it could be me. A definite rewatch/B-/8.0
  325. Ironman 2 (2010)
  326. Fun, wild ride, typical American blockbuster. Meaningless banter and explosions - got to love it or not!/A-/9.0
  327. 9th Company (2005)
  328. Grim and gritty potrayal of a Russian Company of soldiers in Afganistan. A lesson could be learned by all./B+/8.9
  329. Unstoppable (2010)
  330. A very typical car chase movie with runaway trains taking their place - intense and fun./B-/8.1
  331. Skyline (2010)
  332. Some really cool moments visually, but in truth a horrible movie./F/4.5
  333. Pray for those close to me - terrible destruction in Alabama.
  334. 127 Hours (2010)
  335. The arrogance, talent, strength, shortsighted, lessons of youth rolled up in a very powerful and meaningful movie. This movie touched me - like few have./A/9.5
  336. Under the Bombs (2007)
  337. As a social view of the horror/confusion/desperation of war - it does a remarkable job./A-/9.2
  338. Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010)
  339. A romp through the world of street art. Very interesting and quirky./B/8.5
  340. Red Shoes (1948)
  341. Enjoyable and beautiful. Quite a break from my last few movies./B/8.5
  342. The King's Speech (2010)
  343. Wow - incredible human story about a man who needed to be a king and the commoner who helped it come true. A fantastic story with acting on level with any ever done. The second best film ever made!/A++/10.0
  344. The Conversation (1974)
  345. Worth the time and effort = interesting, slow paced thriller/drama. The end might siprise you - as it did me!/B+/8.7
  346. Dolores Claiborne (1995)
  347. Did you know Stephen King could actually write - he can and proves it in this movie. Kathy Bates is such a delight./B/8.5
  348. Alamar (2009)
  349. Fun, very simple - childlike, story of youmg child./B/8.4
  350. Spider Forest (2004)
  351. Asian horror/ghost story with more drama than scares - just barely average./C-/7.1
  352. A Shot in the Dark (1964)
  353. Peter Sellers at his best, fun and way over-the-top/B/8.6
  354. Battle for Los Angeles (2011)
  355. The absolute worst movie made. In the genre of Skyline but even worse./F-/1.1
  356. Monster (2008)
  357. Modern concept of a Godzilla movie, a clone? of Cloverfield. Very low budget - fair for what it brings, hurt badly by no effects or terrible effects. Good try but misses the mark/D+/6.8
  358. High Lane (2009)
  359. Cross between Saw, Deliverance, and several other survival movies. Breathtaking and sadistically brutal - it is good for its type./B+/8.8
  360. Let Me In (2010)
  361. American go at Sweedish Let the Right One In. Both movies offer a chilling trip into preteen sweetness and innocence sandwiched in the world of bloodlust. For me the sweedish film had more atmosphere and emotion - but I saw it first. Either film will be a chiller to the bone!/A/9.1
  362. High & Low (1963)
  363. Crime drama from Japan. Too long - but I still really liked it. The end is really an injustice to a good movie./C+/7.9
  364. Stalker (1979)
  365. Holy crap - this makes Inception seem like a 1st grade reader. No action, countless symbols, and etc. and tons of talking - caught some of the meaning, but not enough. Going to find the book it was based on and go from there. Probably a rewatch but only if I can make more sense out of the book. I think (believe) I'm really missing a treasure./?/?
  366. Strike (1924)
  367. Russian silent propoganda film concerning the struggle of the worker over the greedy capitalist. Same song different verse./C+/7.8
  368. Wall-E (2008)
  369. Intelligent social commentary wrapped up in animation, - a cute 1984./A-/9.0
  370. Blow-Up (1966)
  371. Literally a film of "snapshots". Hard to follow story - reminded me of walking through an art museum. The paintings may relate, but the connection is not always clear or intented./B-/8.0
  372. The Horde (2009)
  373. Manic, agressive, hyper-vicious Zombie film from the French./B-/8.0
  374. Cries & Whispers (1972)
  375. Subtle (at times) telling of three damaged sisters - one physical - two emotional. Unsettling, uncomfortable, and unusual scenes mixed in with just simple beauty./A-/9.0
  376. The Rite (2011)
  377. Same question of faith that bases majority of exorcism films - the real differences are visual (Rome) & Anothony Hopkins. His presence makes a good movie into an above average film./B/8.5
  378. Ivan's Childhood (1962)
  379. A classic Russian drama about WWII, but for me, just an average trip down the same path. Not bad - but I did not connect with it./C-/7.2
  380. Harold & Maude (1971)
  381. Unique, strange, and often funny - a dark comedy with the 60 - 70's touch. I loved parts but nowhere near all./B-/8.1
  382. Deadfall Trail (2009)
  383. More in 127 hours area than a true psych/thriller - there are parts with very intense strangeness, but the best parts are just the simple survival techniques./C-/7.1
  384. It! The Terror From Outer Space. (1958)
  385. Pure 50's camp sci-fi, they have a bazooka and gernades on a spaceship. Really!!! Has to be the inspiration for Alien - same storyline./B/8.4
  386. The Beast with a Million Eyes (1955)
  387. Another 50's camp sci-fi thriller - a below average attempt./D/6.5
  388. Invisible Invaders (1959)
  389. I continue my journey into cult/camp movies of the 50's - average./B/8.4
  390. The True Glory (1945)
  391. Doc. concerning WWII western front - interesting actual battle footage./B-/8.0
  392. Aquirre: The Wrath of God (1972)
  393. A story of men taken by gold lust. Interesting for the historical value and the Amazon locations./B+/8.7
  394. The White Zombie (1932)
  395. Very early zombie film is very good for the time but is just average for the modern viewer./B-/8.0
  396. Apartment 1303 (2007)
  397. Japanese horror film is strong to the very end. Good story, semi-believable situation, some intense moments, but in the end a shade below the average line./C/7.4
  398. A Film Unfinished (2010)
  399. Warsaw Ghetto in WWII - the personal testimonies add the special touch and humanity to these new views of this horrible time./A-/9.2
  400. Black Swan (2010)
  401. Really a mild disappointment. Racy and fragile at times - the story did not capture me!/B/8.4
  402. I Am Number Four (2010)
  403. Sci/fi adventure is a mixture of X-files and Twilight. Pretty boys chasing pretty moody girls around the town. It does have some merit on the sci-fi side, but really is little more than a teen romance pic./C-/7.2
  404. Naked Lunch (1991)
  405. No, a thousand times no!/F/4.0
  406. Blade Runner (1982)
  407. Incredible Sci/fi - thriller chosen specially for #200. It has it all and it does it very well. Even the music is top rate./A+/9.98
  408. The Creature From the Black Lagoon (1954)
  409. Along with "Them" - the best this genre has to offer. A huge guilty pleasure./B+/8.7
  410. 2001: A Space Odessey (1968)
  411. Visuals hold up after all these years. There is minimal dialouge and an ending for all endings./A+/9.8
  412. Fat Head (2009)
  413. Remember Supersize - this documentary gives a rather strong argument against it./B+/8.9
  414. The Architecture of Doom (1991)
  415. European Documentary giving the social and artistic pathway to the Jewish annilation in WWII. Different./B/8.5
  416. Flame and Citron (2008)
  417. Graphic, gritty view o0f two Danish freedom fighters in WWII. A Danish film - and you just know who betrays them in the end?/A-/9.2
  418. Easy Rider (1969)
  419. Pure 60's - hippies, great music, generous amount of drugs, great stars. The music alone makes the movie a classic./A-/9.0
  420. Pi (1998)
  421. Throw everything from religion, mysticism, science, and others and somehow it works. I have read several stories looking for the same answer./A/9.1
  422. Hard Day's Night (1964)
  423. It is about the music - all the rest is pure silliness./B/8.5
  424. Reservoir Dogs (1992)
  425. Tarantino's first - it is physchotic, brutal, and pure Tarantino./B/8.4
  426. Devil (2010)
  427. A poor try at a redemption story wrapped up in horror. Some decent moments, but they are very few./D+/6.8
  428. Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010)
  429. OK Resident Evil story with many of the same characters - I'm sure the 3D added a little to it, but as a 2D movie - it was par for the course./C-/7.1
  430. True Grit (2010)
  431. I loved this remake of the John Wayne classic. It does have some very intense moments, but the Coen brothers show a respect for the original. In many ways this movie is tender, rough, subtle, and in-your-face, yet in the end it is tender with the love of a young girl for her father as the axis./A-/9.2
  432. Lebanon (2009)
  433. Das Boot in a tank. Yes, it has some striking weaknesses, but overall a good try./C+/7.9
  434. Sherlock Holms (2009)
  435. Basic fun romp with Sherlock and Watson./C/7.8
  436. Cat On a Hot Tin Roof (1958)
  437. WOW, part Greek tragedy, part prodigal son, and the man who built too many barns. The whole cast is powerful - but the real emotion centers on Miss Taylor. I can finally understand the awards she received after seeing these classics./A/9.6
  438. Phantoms (1998)
  439. Basic scary movie stuff - average./C-/7.2
  440. The Box (2009)
  441. Tries for too much - in the end really a sub-par attempt at a sci-fi/action film./D/6.5
  442. Predators (2010)
  443. Advances Alien/Predator storyline an inch, otherwise it is little more than a slasher movie. I really believe this series has gone as far as it can. I hope I am wrong!/C-/7.1
  444. Trinity and Beyond (1995)
  445. Systematic documentary concerning Nuclear weapons and testing by the US. Really fascinating and terrifying at the same time./A-/9.3
  446. Black Death (2010)
  447. Moody, average black plaque action film. OK/C/7.4
  448. Yojimbo (1961)
  449. Fantastic Japenese film with great humor and of course sword fighting. This movie was the inspiration for Clint Eastwood in his early westerns./B+/8.8
  450. 9 (2009)
  451. Ok? Most seem to love this movie - but is was original but just average!/C/7.5
  452. V for Vedndetta (2005)
  453. Incredible socio/political commentary/warning of the abuse of power for the "right" reasons. Hints of Hitler, Stalin, and modern America are glaring, but it is all set in the UK;/A/9.5
  454. Fort Massacre (1958)
  455. Typical western - lots of gun battles and maybe a tad too much talking./C/7.5
  456. Beachhead (1954)
  457. War movie with a sprinkle of South Pacific. OK/C/7.5
  458. The Memphis Belle (2002)
  459. Not the feature version, but it is a decent doco concerning the final flight of this B-17./B-/8.1
  460. Event Horizon (1997)
  461. Horror sci/fi - it is one of my favorites. Really nothing new, but I cannot get enough of this movie./B/8.6
  462. 2010 (1984)
  463. Not as visual as 2001, but the story is quite deep. Good sci/fi but not great./B+/8.8
  464. Prey (2010)
  465. French creature/feature. Below average./C-/7.0
  466. Angels and Demons (2009)
  467. Dan Brown novel made into a feature film. Neither the book or film have the same intensity and depth as The Da Vinci Code, but it is still pure fun./B+/8.9
  468. Chop Shop (2007)
  469. No suburbs here, gritty and sad - at the same time hopeful./B/8.6
  470. Throne of Blood (1957)
  471. Japanese take on Macbeth - an excellent film./A/9.3
  472. Island on Bird Street (1997)
  473. Family (or as close as you can get) fare concerning the Jewish ghettos in WWII./B-/8.3
  474. Under Ten Flags (1960)
  475. WWII story concerning a German naval raider. Plays better than it sounds./B/8.4
  476. Santa Fe Trial (1940)
  477. John Brown's story with a whole chorus of historical notables./B+/8.99
  478. The Bird with Crystal Plumage (1970)
  479. Decent serial killer film. Very European and 70's./C+/7.9
  480. The Angry Red Planet (1959)
  481. Very typical 50's B scifi. It is fun - in its horrible way./B/8.5
  482. Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths (2010)
  483. Basic good vs. evil, but animation is so edgy these days./B-/8.2
  484. I am Legend (2007)
  485. Even though a mainstream movie - it still has a true scifi heart. Will Smith has a crazy range as an actor./A-/9.2
  486. The Two Towers (2002)
  487. The second in the LOTR trilogy - great battles and a solid movie. The weakest of the three./B+/8.8
  488. Cheyenne Autumn (1964)
  489. John Ford's last western - has a mix of serious and almost stupid moments. Below average for a Ford offering./C/7.4
  490. Carve Her Name with Pride (1958)
  491. Great British film! Told in true British flavor, it is the biggest suprise of this year's viewing./A-/9.1
  492. Ulzana's Raid (1972)
  493. Rough & tumble western. Burt Lancaster in the lead role./B/8.4
  494. Sorrow and Pity (1972)
  495. Doco with a penetrating eye into the unusual part France plays in WWII and the Holocaust./B/8.5
  496. Ride the High Country (1962)
  497. Quality Western - better than the majority./A/9.4
  498. Drive Angry (2011)
  499. No, No, No a thousand times no!/F-/2.0
  500. The Big Heat (1953)
  501. Tough guy cops and mobster thriller - excellent./A-/9.1
  502. The Exorcist (1973)
  503. Special selection for #250 - first viewing of original in decades. I had forgotten how agressive, brutal, and disturbing the uncut version was. For what it is - it is fantastic (in a very sick way)/A-/9.2
  504. The Hole (2001)
  505. Spooky trip down the road of a pyscho/thriller./B-/8.0
  506. Dark Corners (2006)
  507. Most point to Asian influence on this very strange horror movie - yes, but still not done particually well./C-/7.1
  508. The Da Vinca Code (2006)
  509. The book was better - plain & simple./B-/8.0
  510. LOTR: Return of the King
  511. The best and worse of the three - incredible CGI - but it will never end./A/9.5
  512. Crazy Eights (2006)
  513. Very slow start and predictable - OK/C/7.5
  514. Defiance (2008)
  515. Smart, bloody, betrayal of Russian/Polish Jews in WWII/A-/9.2
  516. Harlan: In the Shadoe Jew Suss (2008)
  517. Documentary concerning whether a WWII German director was an opportunist or a war criminal./B/8.4
  518. Godzilla: The King of Monsters (1956)
  519. "Americanized" version - really cool with all the model work and a real person in a monster suit/B/8.4
  520. Rodan (1956)
  521. Another Japanese monster with a bunches of explosions and destruction./C+/7.8
  522. No Name on the Bullet (1959)
  523. Western with several twists - played on the level and quite entertaining./B++/8.99
  524. Ran (1985)
  525. Japanese epic - based on King Lear./A-/9.1
  526. Red Riding Hood (2011)
  527. A small twist on the legend - it is ok/C/7.5
  528. Three Kings (1999)
  529. Interesting and provocative film set in the US/Allies first battle with Iraq./B+/8.8
  530. The Mummy Returns (2001)
  531. Rather silly but fun ride - typical of a summer release movie./C-/7.9
  532. Cabin Fever 2 (2009)
  533. Pure unaldutered crap./F-/1.0
  534. Voices (2007)
  535. Predesterian Asian Horror film./C-/7.1
  536. Entre Nos (2009)
  537. Pure, human survival story - a thousand cheers for this one! At the top of foriegn films and near the top of all films./A+/9.89
  538. Blood Simple (1984)
  539. Coen brother first try - sparks of their insane brillance - not a bad story/C/7.7
  540. Bloody Reunion (2006)
  541. Slasher movie - well done in most areas - interesting back story/C+/7.9
  542. Alabama Moon (2009)
  543. Good family movie - terrible stereotypical characters -but it is what it is./B/8.6
  544. Rubber (2010)
  545. Unique, strange, and hilarious - a tire serial killer. I am not making this up/B/8.6
  546. Cinema Paridiso (1988)
  547. A masterpiece, pure and simple. A deeply layered movie - really touching and beautiful./A+/9.8
  548. Source Code (2011)
  549. Take Groundhog Day, Inception, and almost any other time travel movie - put them together - shake real hard - and you get Source Code. Serious, hopeful, action packed - not as cynical as Groundhog Day or as confusing as Inception./A/9.4
  550. Lifeforce (1985)
  551. British cult scifi - not bad for its genre./B/8.5
  552. Day Night Day Night (2006)
  553. No real political speeches, little or no background story, just the last 2 days of a potential suicide bomber. Quiet, reserved, disturbing, and so subtle - I promise you will either hate it or love it. I loved it - not for her potential actions, but the beautifully protrayed struggle in her "soul" and the fear she was engulfed in during these last few moments./B++/8.99
  554. Insidious (2011)
  555. Tries too hard - the subtle parts are downright scary - the in-your-face parts get silly/C-/7.0
  556. Kick-Ass (2010)
  557. So over the top at times - funny, crazy, and harsh - it reminds me of the recent Zombieland./A/9.3
  558. Sunrise (1927)
  559. Moving silent film focused on a love triangle - sweet and bloodthirsty./B+/8.88
  560. La Souriante Madame Beudet (1922)
  561. Interesting and thoughtful - for the time a progressive commentary/B/8.4
  562. A Nous la Liberte (1931)
  563. Fun, crazy, at times rather groundbreaking./B/8.5
  564. Sansho the Bailiff (1954)
  565. Japanese folk tale with all the trappings of Greek tragedy./B+/8.9
  566. The Haunting in Connecticut (2009)
  567. Standard trek down the haunted house road - nothing great or bad just familar./C+/7.8
  568. Raid on Rommel (1971)
  569. Explosions, more explosions, and even more explosions - needless to say I love it./C/7.5
  570. Trouble in Paradise (1932)
  571. Charming, delightful romance/comedy/drama - a treasure./A-/9.2
  572. Shanghai Express (1932)
  573. Well done mystery/drama - excellent/B+/8.8
  574. The Black Cat (1933)
  575. Rather strange offering - ok at best./C/7.5
  576. Von Ryan's Express (1965)
  577. Guilty pleasure - decent war movie/C/7.6
  578. Usual Suspects (1995)
  579. Great Heist movie with a very definite twist/A-/9.1
  580. The Haunting of Molly Hartley (2008)
  581. Fair try at a fright - okay/C/7.4
  582. Memoirs of a Geisha (2005)
  583. Interesting, insightful/B/8.7
  584. The Adjustment Bureau (2011)
  585. Fun romp with extra dimensions and time travel/A-/9.1
  586. Zenith (2010)
  587. Independent try at the one world society controlling all - part DaVinca Code, Inception, 1984, and others. Has incredible moments of clarity and purpose, but it reaches too far and meanders to a final fantastic conclusion./B-/8.1
  588. Ironclad (2011)
  589. Historical (?) gory telling of the Magna carta's signing - powerful and quite moving - it seems to be the part of history - the books fail to tell. Moving/B+/8.9
  590. Accidental Tourist (1988)
  591. Quirky, fun, light in many ways romance./C+/7.8
  592. The Crying Game (1992)
  593. Really interesting, quirky, sweet in a very strange way - not the average movie./B/8.5
  594. Rango (2011)
  595. Fun, interesting, western animated romp/B/8.4
  596. Bob Le Flambeur (1956)
  597. Slooow French heist movie - OK/C-/7.1
  598. Gun the Man Down (1956)
  599. Pedestrian western - common plot, action, a little different resolution./C/7.4
  600. Day of the Dead (2008)
  601. A remake of a Romero classic - fast zombie/virus/heavy gore/basic rules - that should explain it for the genre fan/B/8.6
  602. They came back (2004)
  603. WOW, a zombie movie for the thinking crowd - sure a great zombie movie usually hits hard at social issues, but seldom does one deal with the real issues of what would be the real issues of a zombie immigration! I fear the zombie fans will dislike/hate this movie - but it is a definite original./B/8.6
  604. All That Heaven Allows (1955)
  605. Preachy but true movie based upon the thought "be true to yourself"/B/8.6
  606. The Expendables (2010)
  607. Explosions, more explosions, a few girls, and gernades, shotguns - etc. and a little plot /action adventure./B-/8.0
  608. Warlock (1959)
  609. Excellent Western with fantastic cast - the anti-hero is present in full force./B+/8.99
  610. The Burmese Harp (1956)
  611. Thoughtful, deep anti-war movie from the Japanese. Awkward at times, but a definite classic./A-/9.2
  612. Godzilla Raids Again (1955)
  613. painful money grab based upon the earlier Godzilla movie. Really low quality and quite stupid (even for a Godzilla movie)/D/6.4
  614. Warlock (different than above)(1989)
  615. A semi-horror movie - plays almost as a comedy/D+/6.8
  616. Four Guns to the Border (1954)
  617. Average western - more optimistic than most./C-/7.0
  618. The Stranger (1946)
  619. Uneven but incredible at times. This is really a showcase for Wells and Robinson, and they deliver. Wells is beyond creepy. Overplayed without a doubt - it does have a heavy taste of WWII propaganda./A/9.4
  620. Call Northside 777 (1948)
  621. Stewart carries this movie with a mixture of a cynical/passionate hunt for truth. Stewart is a fantastic actor - often forgotten by those unfamilar with his early work./C+/7.99
  622. Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project (2007)
  623. A very informative and entertaining portrait of this legendary comic - worth the effort just to see where he has been, who he knew, and how he can get away with "it"./C+/7.99
  624. Exorcist II:The Heretic (1977)
  625. Part of my Halloween viewing party - it is what it is. A sequel for the money - fair/C-/7.1
  626. Exorcismus (2010)
  627. English take at the exorcism genre - decent with a few twists./C/7.4
  628. Halloween H20 (1998)
  629. One of the best after the original - typical and predictable, yet decent./B/8.0
  630. Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011)
  631. Another trip with the Transformers. Visually impressive, new love interest - beautiful as always, new plot, old friends, yawn, did I mention there are countless explosions./B/8.4
  632. Watch on the Rhine (1943)
  633. Similarities to Casablanca - the brave/noble against the evil/Nazi influence. A step or so below Casablanca - but still a great morale play and WWII propaganda./A-/9.0
  634. Faces in Crowd (2011)
  635. Disappointing thriller. It is unique in the approach, but extremely weak in delivery./C-/7.0
  636. Resident Evil: Degeneration (2008)
  637. OK anime treatment of the Resident Evil series. The animation just did not match my expectations, and the story was same song - different verse./C/7.4
  638. The Captains (2011)
  639. Totally suprising documentary by William Shatner concerning the different Captains from the Star Trek series. The insights by these well rounded men and one woman will be shocking and revealing. It has just enough trekkie moments, but this is really a true interview movie./A/9.5
  640. The Sentinel (1977)
  641. Interesting for 2 reasons - pure 70's satanic horror - huge collection of the old/new guard of actors/C+/7.7
  642. The Warrior's Way (2009)
  643. Visual feast of Kill Bill/Sin City style - martial arts set in the Old West - bloody, camp, etc./A-/9.2
  644. Gnomeo & Juliet (2011)
  645. No Toy Story or Lion King, but a delightful trip into a familiar story with clever references to the original and recent cultural and musical tributes./A-/9.0
  646. Terribly Funny (2008)
  647. Clever Danish journey - intelligent, yet unsettling to the core./A-/9.3
  648. The Outlaw (1943)
  649. Billy the Kid, Doc Holiday and Pat Garrett - would seem to be perfect - but it plays more comedy than a gritty western./C+/7.9
  650. Word Wars (2004)
  651. Spellbound with more attitude, drugs, and a huge dose of geekishness - all around the game scrabble./A/9.3
  652. Case 39 (2009)
  653. Psycho/horror/thriller with some bite - works well as a psycho/thriller, not so well as horror./C+/7.8
  654. Skyline (2010)
  655. Blockbuster/sci-fi/invasion done with style and visuals but little real plot or purpose - think Independence day with no happy ending./C/7.5
  656. Airplane (1980)
  657. Total fun stupidity - an original. Think a kinder, more gentle Mel Brooks/B+/8.8
  658. Chungking Express (1994)
  659. A desperate study of big city isolation - well done. It hurts to see the path people take just to say hello to another human being./A/9.5
  660. Ballad of Narayama (1984)
  661. Bleak, bleak, bleak Japanese story - most consider it a classic, I never connected with it./B-/8.0
  662. Tell No One (2006)
  663. A french murder/mystery done really well - a real surprise./B+/8.99
  664. Do the Right Thing (1989)
  665. Social commentary the world needs to hear./A-/9.1
  666. Kagemusha (1980)
  667. Japanese epic classic - the ole switch/double wrapped up in a huge war./A-/9.0
  668. The House on Haunted Hill (1959)
  669. Pure camp - nothing more needs to be said./C+/7.7
  670. The Car (1977)
  671. Must have some connection with Duel - 70's horror/thriller/mystery - pure and totally a guilty pleasure. It is just passable as a mystery./C-/7.0
  672. Vipers (2008)
  673. A few and I mean a few moments of fright -otherwise a very sad and pitiful movie./D-/6.00
  674. The Pixar Story (2007)
  675. Nice and gentle story dealing with the rise and success of Pixar - the creators of Toy Story./B-/8.2
  676. It's A Gift (1934)
  677. W.C. Fields in a slapstick comedy - not my cup of tea./C/7.5
  678. Raise the Red Lantern (1991)
  679. Delicate yet brutal Chinese story of 4 women in a haram. The beauty of the location and the women can hide the sadness and loneliness - it is quite a movie./A+/9.7
  680. The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972)
  681. Charming, disarming social comentary on the middle class and its conflicted "morals" - all centered around trying to eat a meal - really a brillant French masterpiece./A+/9.8
  682. The Big Lebowski (1998)
  683. The Coen brothers - who else? Really not to the genius of Fargo, but it is a feast of craziness./A-/9.1
  684. No Mercy (2010)
  685. A Korean murder mystery with a bite beyond belief. If this genre is your favorite or you love puzzles - this film is an absolute must-see/A+/9.89
  686. Henry:Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986)
  687. Unusual, even for the subject, and savage story of a serial killer, his protege, and a lost but caring woman. Feels like sandpaper in your stomach and on your eyes./B-/8.1
  688. Young & Innocent (1937)
  689. Early British film from Hitchcock - you can see brief moments of the future master, but an average murder/mystery./B-/8.1
  690. Koyaanisqatsi (1983)
  691. Opening of the Qatsi trilogy - music & visuals are the total sum of the movie experience. It is a total dream or nightmare - depending on your taste. It has grown on me - I see power, natural order, infusion of chaos, total chaos, and then destruction from the power./C- becoming a B+/8.8
  692. The Shrine (2010)
  693. Effective cult/horror movie - nothing too ambitious, but for the old devil gonna get you - good./B/8.4
  694. The Ward (2011)
  695. Carpenter getting some of his horror mojo back, nothing magical - just decent horror movie./C+/7.9
  696. Anthony Zimmer (2005)
  697. Excellent French romance/thriller - very light on romance heavy on thriller. Yes, it is predictable and many point to the Tourist as better - I will see the Tourist - still liked this one./B/8.5
  698. To the Devil a Daughter (1976)
  699. Grooovy Satan's child scary movie. Is it any good? Who cares it is so grooovy./C/7.6
  700. Tangled (2010)
  701. Disney takes on the Repunzel story with its usual flair and creativity - will never be a classic, but fun and a few more semi-adult moments than normal - a pre-teen disney maybe/B/8.7
  702. Toy Story 3 (2010)
  703. The Toy Story trilogy has to be the best American animation story-telling. It is subtle, hilarious, true, and all wrapped up in a beautiful story of loss and finding new meaning. Watch it at any level from serious to comedy - it will speak. In American animation it stands with Lion King and The Beauty and the Beast./A+/10.0
  704. Inception (2010)
  705. Watched it this time as a Sci-fi movie - trying to tie all the levels, meanings, etc together. It was a great ride. Inception can play as a mystery, light romance, true American action/adventure, sci-fi, summer blockbuster with incredible CGI or a combination of any or all of the above. Plays best for me as action, blockbuster, and/or sci-fi./A+/9.8
  706. My Name is Nobody (1974)
  707. Silly - and I do mean silly western. I loved it as a kid - guess that is why I can actually watch it still./D/6.5
  708. Paisan (1946)
  709. Extremely serious Italian movie concerning the last days of WWII - the destruction, despair, poverty, hope, etc. - it hurt to watch many of the stories./A-/9.2
  710. Limitless (2011)
  711. Light on the sci-fi, heavy on drama/thriller. A good try at an intelligent what-if scenario involving a wonder drug - entertaining and fun./B/8.5
  712. To Be or Not to Be (1942)
  713. Fun yet serious stab at the Germans during WWII - a very heavy and dangerous subject dealt with a subtle and penetrating dialogue./B+/8.7
  714. Monsieur Vincent (1947)
  715. Incredible life story of a man dedicated to helping the poor in France - quite a few scenes are poignant reminders of the total disassociation of the rich person's mind and the poor man's reality./A/9.4
  716. Naqoyqatsi (2002)
  717. Closing of the Qatsi trilogy. Not as profound as the first, yet still presents the question of technology and humanity in a very unique way./B-/8.2
  718. The Reef (2010)
  719. Very low budget - ship sinks, people in water, great white shark is hungry, snack time. Not bad, several good jumps, but in the end, just another killer shark movie./C-/7.0
  720. Father of the Bride 2 (1995)
  721. Fun second try with both the mom & grandma with baby - some funny moments. More an ahhhhhhhhh movie for the ladies./B/8.4
  722. Don't Look Back (2009)
  723. Unique telling of the back story is both interesting and extremely confusing. In the end a drama with a touch of horror/mystery/B-/8.0
  724. Cave of the Forgotten Dreams (2010)
  725. An absolute must-see for art lovers, archeologists, and Herzog fans. His wonder and presentation are always such a joy./A-/9.2
  726. Super 8 (2011)
  727. Spielberg and J.J. Abrams give you a retro summer blockbuster. It is set in the 80's, feels like an 80's adventure movie (except for the language and a little more violence), and is all about getting home. Modern day fans may find it too tame and the monster never quite visible, yet it does deliver in the previously mentioned retro concept./B/8.4
  728. Le Cercle Rouge (1970)
  729. A true heist movie with little or no story beyond the main plot. Very interesting with a wide footprint to be seen in many later movies in this genre./B/8.7
  730. Pontypool (2008)
  731. A thinking man/woman zombie movie - has a few true zombie moments, but the majority is done by hearing only. The language becomes the key. Different - may hit the right note for you./C+/7.9
  732. To Let (2006)
  733. Incredibly violent, sadistic, almost mystical journey into madness. For the real horror fans out there./C+/7.8
  734. The Baby's Room (2006)
  735. Another journey into horror with a strong inclusion of alternate universes - stays firmly in horror while using the "sci-fi" elements just to explain or deliver more terror./B-/8.3
  736. La Dolce Vice (1960
  737. Italian classic/A-/9.0
  738. Chronos (1993)
  739. Mexican take on the vampire story. It has some decent scare and a good unique story. It is by no means a masterpiece - but enjoyable./C+/7.9
  740. Airport (1970)
  741. The original carries more plot, humananity, and story than I remembered. It has been spoofed so many times - it has almost lost all of its punch. a very nice surprise./B+/8.8
  742. Airport 1975 (1974)
  743. Updated airplane, different story, different actors - not as solid as original, but in the time of the disater movie. It is as expected./B/8.5
  744. Airport 1977 (1977)
  745. Just simply stupid./C-/7.0
  746. 12 Dogs of Christmas (2005)
  747. It is all about the dogs. Very lite family fare for Christmas - harmless and vanilla./C/7.5
  748. Mrs. Miracle (2009)
  749. a surprise christmas family movie - has numerous strong points. Predictable, sugar-coated but enjoyable!/B+/8.9
  750. End of the Year - will try in 2012 to duplicate my one per day as in 2011.
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Movies graded against like/type (Hallowen against Nightmare on Elm street - not Casablanca) Simple A-F grading system with a point system (0-10) to help a little more. Comments are keep short. Majority come from one of the "classic" lists with a few modern releases included. Will find I tend to the middle (C- to B+), a few D's almost no F's and numerous A's. Highlighted movies are some favorites.

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I was shooting for 365 this year, but personal sickness and horrible weather have put me in for the first month or so. In the end 365 may be where I wind up - but I have increased my goal to 450-500.

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