hours of my life I'd quite like back, please

highly-rated movies I'm not feeling
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1.
American Beauty (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A sexually frustrated suburban father has a mid-life crisis after becoming infatuated with his daughter's best friend. (122 mins.)
Director: Sam Mendes
“ trite. ” - maddox-richard
 
2.
Il Postino (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Simple Italian postman learns to love poetry while delivering mail to a famous poet; he uses this to woo local beauty Beatrice. (108 mins.)
“ trite. ” - maddox-richard
 
3.
Garden State (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A quietly troubled young man returns home for his mother's funeral after being estranged from his family for a decade. (102 mins.)
Director: Zach Braff
“ sh*te ” - maddox-richard
 
4.
Black Swan (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A committed dancer wins the lead role in a production of Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake" only to find herself struggling to maintain her sanity. (108 mins.)
“ trite. and sh*te ” - maddox-richard
 
5.
Amores Perros (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A horrific car accident connects three stories, each involving characters dealing with loss, regret, and life's harsh realities, all in the name of love. (154 mins.)
“ The model's dog stuck under the floorboards bit. Trite. ” - maddox-richard
 
6.
Ratatouille (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A rat who can cook makes an unusual alliance with a young kitchen worker at a famous restaurant. (111 mins.)
“ unappetising. ” - maddox-richard
 
7.
Cars (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A hot-shot race-car named Lightning McQueen gets waylaid in Radiator Springs, where he finds the true meaning of friendship and family. (117 mins.)
“ unfunny. ” - maddox-richard
 
8.
Natural Born Killers (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Two victims of traumatized childhoods become lovers and psychopathic serial murderers irresponsibly glorified by the mass media. (118 mins.)
Director: Oliver Stone
“ unwatchable ” - maddox-richard
 
9.
Forrest Gump (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
While not intelligent, Forrest Gump has accidentally been present at many historic moments, but his true love, Jenny Curran, eludes him. (142 mins.)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
“ unappetising, unfunny and unwatchable ” - maddox-richard
 
10.
Magnolia (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An epic mosaic of interrelated characters in search of love, forgiveness, and meaning in the San Fernando Valley. (188 mins.)
“ actors acting ” - maddox-richard
 
11.
Babel (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Tragedy strikes a married couple on vacation in the Moroccan desert, touching off an interlocking story involving four different families. (143 mins.)
“ more actors acting. ” - maddox-richard
 
12.
Dogville (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A woman on the run from the mob is reluctantly accepted in a small Colorado town. In exchange, she agrees to work for them. As a search visits town, she finds out that their support has a price. Yet her dangerous secret is never far away... (178 mins.)
Director: Lars Von Trier
“ like watching a play with Nicole Kidman in it. ” - maddox-richard
 
13.
Closer (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The relationships of two couples become complicated and deceitful when the man from one couple meets the woman of the other. (104 mins.)
Director: Mike Nichols
“ like watching a play with Natalie Portman in it. ” - maddox-richard
 
14.
Traffic (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A conservative judge is appointed by the President to spearhead America's escalating war against drugs, only to discover that his teenage daughter is a crack addict. Two DEA agents protect an informant. A jailed drug baron's wife attempts to carry on the family business. (147 mins.)
“ original tv series did this better. ” - maddox-richard
 
15.
21 Grams (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A freak accident brings together a critically ill mathematician, a grieving mother, and a born-again ex-con. (124 mins.)
“ several tv series doing this better. ” - maddox-richard
 
16.
Sideways (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Two men reaching middle age with not much to show but disappointment embark on a week-long road trip through California's wine country, just as one is about to take a trip down the aisle. (126 mins.)
Director: Alexander Payne
“ whiney ” - maddox-richard
 
17.
Philadelphia (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
When a man with HIV is fired by his law firm because of his condition, he hires a homophobic small time lawyer as the only willing advocate for a wrongful dismissal suit. (125 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Demme
“ worthy ” - maddox-richard
 
18.
Breaking the Waves (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Oilman Jan is paralyzed in an accident. His wife, who prayed for his return, feels guilty; even more, when Jan urges her to have sex with another. (159 mins.)
Director: Lars Von Trier
“ overwrought ” - maddox-richard
 
19.
The Last Emperor (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The story of the final Emperor of China. (163 mins.)
“ overlong ” - maddox-richard
 
20.
Farewell My Concubine (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
The story of two men, who met as apprentices in the Peking Opera, and stayed friends for over 50 years. (171 mins.)
Director: Kaige Chen
“ whiney, worthy, overwrought, overlong. ” - maddox-richard
 
21.
The Man Who Wasn't There (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A laconic, chain-smoking barber blackmails his wife's boss and lover for money to invest in dry cleaning, but his plan goes terribly wrong. (116 mins.)
Director: Joel Coen
“ yawn ” - maddox-richard
 
22.
Barton Fink (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A renowned New York playwright is enticed to California to write for the movies and discovers the hellish truth of Hollywood. (116 mins.)
Director: Joel Coen
“ yawn ” - maddox-richard
 
23.
The Doors (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
The story of the famous and influential 1960s rock band The Doors and its lead singer and composer, Jim Morrison, from his days as a UCLA film student in Los Angeles, to his untimely death in Paris, France at age 27 in 1971. (140 mins.)
Director: Oliver Stone
“ yawn. ” - maddox-richard
 
24.
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
A meek Hobbit from the Shire and eight companions set out on a journey to destroy the powerful One Ring and save Middle Earth from the Dark Lord Sauron. (178 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
“ yawn ” - maddox-richard
 
25.
The Departed (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
An undercover cop and a mole in the police attempt to identify each other while infiltrating an Irish gang in South Boston. (151 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ yawn. steals from classy Gary Oldman gangster flick. ” - maddox-richard
 
26.
There Will Be Blood (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A story of family, religion, hatred, oil and madness, focusing on a turn-of-the-century prospector in the early days of the business. (158 mins.)
“ there will be seat shuffling ” - maddox-richard
 
27.
King Kong (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A movie crew, travelling to a mysterious island to shoot their picture, encounter a furious gorilla, taking their leading actress and forming a special relationship with her, protecting her at all costs. (187 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
“ prefer Mighty Joe Young. ” - maddox-richard
 
28.
All or Nothing (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
In a poor working class London home Penny's love for her partner, taxi-driver Phil, has run dry, but when an unexpected tragedy occurs, they and their local community are brought together, and they rediscover their love. (128 mins.)
Director: Mike Leigh
“ prefer nothing. ” - maddox-richard
 
29.
(1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A harried movie director retreats into his memories and fantasies. (138 mins.)
“ 6? ” - maddox-richard
 
30.
Ran (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
In Medieval Japan, an elderly warlord retires, handing over his empire to his three sons. However, he vastly underestimates how the new-found power will corrupt them and cause them to turn on each other...and him. (162 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
“ prefer Welles, Branagh, Kozintsev... ” - maddox-richard
 
31.
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.3/10 X  
Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency. (142 mins.)
Director: Frank Darabont
“ for kids. ” - maddox-richard
 
32.
Antz (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A rather neurotic ant tries to break from his totalitarian society while trying to win the affection of the princess he loves. (83 mins.)
“ not for kids. (kidz?). ” - maddox-richard
 
33.
The English Patient (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
At the close of WWII, a young nurse tends to a badly-burned plane crash victim. His past is shown in flashbacks, revealing an involvement in a fateful love affair. (162 mins.)
“ Looks like that ad for Turkish Delight. The candlelit art scene is filched from Leos Carax. ” - maddox-richard
 
34.
The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
In late 1950s New York, Tom Ripley, a young underachiever, is sent to Italy to retrieve Dickie Greenleaf, a rich and spoiled millionaire playboy. But when the errand fails, Ripley takes extreme measures. (139 mins.)
“ Looks like an ad for Cornetto. Much prefer Plein Soleil, http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0054189/ ” - maddox-richard
 
35.
Arizona Dream (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
An Innuit hunter races his sled home with a fresh-caught halibut. This fish pervades the entire film... (142 mins.)
Director: Emir Kusturica
“ yawn. HOWEVER, Vincent Gallo's North By North West comedy skit is one of the funniest things ever. shame it only lasts 5mins. ” - maddox-richard
 
36.
Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A housewife who is unhappy with her life befriends an old lady in a nursing home and is enthralled by the tales she tells of people she used to know. (130 mins.)
Director: Jon Avnet
“ to be fair I need to watch again. can't remember why such a let down. ” - maddox-richard
 
37.
L.A. Confidential (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
As corruption grows in 1950s LA, three policemen - one strait-laced, one brutal, and one sleazy - investigate a series of murders with their own brand of justice. (138 mins.)
Director: Curtis Hanson
“ the big reveal is less of a surprise than your average episode of Scooby Doo. qv. Bourne Identity, Minority Report... why are the baddies so easy to spot? ” - maddox-richard
 
38.
The Usual Suspects (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
A sole survivor tells of the twisty events leading up to a horrific gun battle on a boat, which began when five criminals met at a seemingly random police lineup. (106 mins.)
Director: Bryan Singer
“ self-satisfied twisty teaser. It can't get enough of how clever it thinks it is. ” - maddox-richard
 
39.
Inception (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
A thief, who steals corporate secrets through use of dream-sharing technology, is given the inverse task of planting an idea into the mind of a CEO. (148 mins.)
“ Does that 'Usual Suspects' trick of allowing you to feel clever just for keeping up with the twists and turns. The jaw-dropping bit is stolen from a Fred Astaire movie. ” - maddox-richard
 
40.
The Road (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
In a dangerous post-apocalyptic world, an ailing father defends his son as they slowly travel to the sea. (111 mins.)
Director: John Hillcoat
“ one man and his shopping trolley ” - maddox-richard
 
41.
Wonderland (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
There's little wonder in the working-class lives of Bill, Eileen, and their three grown daughters. They're lonely Londoners... (108 mins.)
“ a film about someone annoyed by a neighbour's barking dog. ” - maddox-richard
 
42.
The Constant Gardener (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A widower is determined to get to the bottom of a potentially explosive secret involving his wife's murder, big business, and corporate corruption. (129 mins.)
“ Thrill-less Mills & Boon adventure about the dark side of the pharma industry. ” - maddox-richard
 
43.
The Kite Runner (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
After spending years in California, Amir returns to his homeland in Afghanistan to help his old friend Hassan, whose son is in trouble. (128 mins.)
Director: Marc Forster
“ a very decent horror movie about the child sex trade: the Midnight Express of kite-flying movies. But it all suddenly gets 'Boys Own Adventure' at the end in a miraculous last-minute action adventure escape from the baddies. If that is in fact a dream sequence I'll rewatch for sure. ” - maddox-richard
 
44.
Million Dollar Baby (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A determined woman works with a hardened boxing trainer to become a professional. (132 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
“ They coax you in with Morgan Freeman. they promise you a boxing movie yarn. then they cosh you over the head with a preachy pro-euthanasia finale... ” - maddox-richard
 
45.
Manchester by the Sea (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A depressed uncle is asked to take care of his teenage nephew after the boy's father dies. (137 mins.)
“ actors acting. yawn. prefer 'One More Time With Feeling' (Andrew Dominik). ” - maddox-richard
 
46.
I've Loved You So Long (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A woman struggles to interact with her family and find her place in society after spending fifteen years in prison. (117 mins.)
“ long. ” - maddox-richard
 
47.
A Very Long Engagement (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Tells the story of a young woman's relentless search for her fiancé, who has disappeared from the trenches of the Somme during World War One. (133 mins.)
“ very long. ” - maddox-richard
 
48.
Toni Erdmann (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A practical joking father tries to reconnect with his hard working daughter by creating an outrageous alter ego and posing as her CEO's life coach. (162 mins.)
Director: Maren Ade
“ shame this one just didn't work for me. Whereas I laughed like a drain through Elling, Direktøren for det hele, Idioterne, Osôshiki, Festen, Borat, Step Brothers among many others... ” - maddox-richard
 
49.
The Secret in Their Eyes (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A retired legal counselor writes a novel hoping to find closure for one of his past unresolved homicide cases and for his unreciprocated love with his superior - both of which still haunt him decades later. (129 mins.)
“ kinda pretty good. but not great. ” - maddox-richard
 
50.
Anything for Her (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
With no legal means left to him, a high school teacher devises a daring plan to rescue his wrongfully imprisoned wife from jail. (96 mins.)
Director: Fred Cavayé
“ it's ok. just not great. ” - maddox-richard