Films I've recently watched (constantly updated)

Just a list for me to keep track of what movies I've seen. Comments about the films in italics are mine.
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The Echo (2008)
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An ex-con moves into an old apartment building, where he encounters a domestic problem involving a police officer, his wife, and their daughter. When he tries to intervene, however, a mysterious curse entraps him. (90 mins.)
Director: Yam Laranas
“ I was pretty impressed at how atmospheric and creepy this film was. It had a real Hitchcock feel about it, the way it relied on tension and suspense much more than gore or graphic horror. Definitely recommend this film. My rating: ★★★ ” - rjperkins1980
Insidious (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A family looks to prevent evil spirits from trapping their comatose child in a realm called The Further. (103 mins.)
Director: James Wan
“ I saw this film on a day where I needed to have some time to myself. I expected to not enjoy it very much and found myself pleasantly surprised. While the supernatural cliches had me rolling my eyes, the eeriness of the film and its atmosphere were very well done. My rating: ★★★ ” - rjperkins1980
Easy A (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A clean-cut high school student relies on the school's rumor mill to advance her social and financial standing. (92 mins.)
Director: Will Gluck
“ Many people told me this was a fantastic, funny movie, so I hired it out from the video shop to see what it was about. I was disappointed. Not only were all of the characters unpleasant and little to be enjoyed, I cringed continuously at the blatant sexism and slut-shaming. Terrible movie that does little more than insult women. My rating: ★ ” - rjperkins1980
The Hangover Part II (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Two years after the bachelor party in Las Vegas, Phil, Stu, Alan, and Doug jet to Thailand for Stu's wedding. Stu's plan for a subdued pre-wedding brunch, however, goes seriously awry. (102 mins.)
Director: Todd Phillips
“ A friend and I went to see this, expecting it to be hilarious because everyone who'd seen it said so. Uh... I gotta stop listening to what other people find funny in a film because while this film had a few (very minute) chuckle-worthy moments, it was otherwise not funny or entertaining or remotely clever. I became downright offended when the film blatantly bashed transgender/transexual people and homosexuality. Horrible, horrible movie. Not funny at all. Nobody has any idea how to make a clever comedy anymore. My rating: ★ ” - rjperkins1980
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.)
“ This movie is simply breathtaking. The dancing, the atmosphere, the acting, the creepiness. I absolutely loved it. I didn't want the film to end; I was disappointed when it did. Black Swan is a wonderfully twisted and wonderfully orchestrated psychological thriller that I will no doubt be watching successive times. My rating: ★★★★★ ” - rjperkins1980
P2 (2007)
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A businesswoman is pursued by a psychopath after being locked in a parking garage on Christmas Eve. (98 mins.)
Director: Franck Khalfoun
“ Being a fan of gore and horror, I picked this movie up from the video shop simply because the classification warned of "gore and blood". Pretty terrible movie. That's not to say I didn't enjoy it, though. I enjoyed the gore and the suspense, but the film was otherwise completely lacking in any believable storyline. A fun film to watch if you want a horror that has no depth. My rating: ★★ ” - rjperkins1980
Sunshine (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A team of international astronauts are sent on a dangerous mission to reignite the dying Sun with a nuclear fission bomb in 2057. (107 mins.)
Director: Danny Boyle
“ I'd been meaning to watch this film for a while and finally got around to it during the weekend. I really enjoyed it. The film took a LOT of liberties with regards to scientific accuracy but I overlooked that because the concepts of the film were fantastic. More than that, there was a real darkness about it that I found gripping. Definitely a film I'd watch again. My rating: ★★★★ ” - rjperkins1980
The Experiment (2001)
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For two weeks, 20 male participants are hired to play prisoners and guards in a prison. The "prisoners" have to follow seemingly mild rules, and the "guards" are told to retain order without using physical violence. (120 mins.)
“ Hired this film out of curiosity, ended up being pretty blown away. The film is based on the Standford prison experiment, a real experiment that took place at Stanford University in 1971. Such a deep, disturbing film. I didn't really connect with the romantic subplot going on between Tarek and Dora and I wasn't sure what the point behind that subplot was. But otherwise, amazing movie. My rating: ★★★★ ” - rjperkins1980
Dread (2009)
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Three college students set out to document what other people dread most. (108 mins.)
Director: Anthony DiBlasi
“ Based on the premise and the fact that it was based on a story of Clive Barker's, I had a lot of hope for this film. The film achieves what it set out to do and it was quite a good film, but there was something lacking in it. For that reason, the film fell short of my expectations. Still a good film, though. My rating: ★★★ ” - rjperkins1980
Little Fockers (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
Family-patriarch Jack Byrnes wants to appoint a successor. Does his son-in-law, the male nurse Greg Focker, have what it takes? (98 mins.)
Director: Paul Weitz
“ I really enjoyed "Meet The Parents" and "Meet The Fockers". "Little Fockers" was fun but nowhere near as good as the first two. My rating: ★★ ” - rjperkins1980
August Underground's Mordum (2003 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.2/10 X  
Two friends bring along a newcomer to go on a killing spree. (77 mins.)
Director: Cruise, Killjoy
“ With its notoriety for being one of the sickest films ever made, I had to see this. The gore is top notch; it's frighteningly real. The acting was very well done, as was the cinematography. If I hadn't have known this was a film, I'd have thought this was a real snuff film. I did find the storyline pretty boring - then again, I don't think the storyline was what mattered. My rating: ★★★ ” - rjperkins1980
Tangled (2010)
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The magically long-haired Rapunzel has spent her entire life in a tower, but now that a runaway thief has stumbled upon her, she is about to discover the world for the first time, and who she really is. (100 mins.)
“ I'm truly sick of Disney. I'm sick of its utterly prejudiced, heteronormative, sexist take on women. I'm sick of the notion that only good things happen to beautiful women and only bad things happen to ugly women. I'm sick of the way all of the aforementioned is packaged in an "innocent kid's film", abundant in brainwashing merchandising and aimed specifically at young, very easily impressionable kids. Disney is honestly an insult to children's intelligence. While "Tangled" was indeed entertaining, I couldn't enjoy the film because of everything I've just mentioned. Disney needs to get with the damn times. My rating: ★ ” - rjperkins1980
Mirrors (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
An ex-cop and his family are the target of an evil force that is using mirrors as a gateway into their home. (110 mins.)
Director: Alexandre Aja
“ I was expecting something completely cheesy and predictable. It was a little cheesy in some parts and again, I was rolling my eyes at some of the supernatural cliches. However, this was a very well done film, very creepy, definitely had me feeling a little uneasy when the film was over. I couldn't help looking at my reflection in mirrors afterwards and getting a bit creeped out. My rating: ★★★ ” - rjperkins1980
Mirrors 2 (2010 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  
When Max, who is recovering from a traumatic accident, takes a job as a nighttime security guard, he begins to see visions of a young mysterious woman in the store's mirror. (86 mins.)
Director: Víctor García
“ Unlike its predecessor, "Mirrors 2" sucked. It had a couple of scenes with some pretty decent gore, but otherwise, total waste of time. My rating: ★ ” - rjperkins1980
Hard Candy (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A teenage girl raids a man's home in order to expose him under suspicion that he is a sex offender with pedophilia. (104 mins.)
Director: David Slade
“ Wow. Talk about gripping and controversial. This film left me feeling both uneasy and vindicated. Very well acted, very solid script, wonderfully sustained tension, very disturbing. Hard to sit through, but well worth it. My rating: ★★★★ ” - rjperkins1980
Salvage (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.0/10 X  
When a container washes ashore the residents of a sleepy cul-de-sac are plunged into violence, terror and paranoia. Ring fenced by the military a single mother must overcome all the odds to save her daughter. (79 mins.)
Director: Lawrence Gough
“ Low-budget independent British horror about a mysterious shipping container that gets washed up on a beach and carnage ensues in the small British town. Tension was very good in this film, as were the special effects. Quite a good little horror flick. My rating: ★★★ ” - rjperkins1980
The Collector (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Desperate to repay his debt to his ex-wife, an ex-con plots a heist at his new employer's country home, unaware that a second criminal has also targeted the property, and rigged it with a series of deadly traps. (90 mins.)
Director: Marcus Dunstan
“ Saw-esque film that relied much more on graphic horror and suspense than plotline. By the end of the film, I had a number of questions which were imperative to the plot (such as "who the *beep* is the collector and why did he do all of that?" and "why'd he rig all those traps and how the hell did he do it all in such a short space of time", and "why is this collector invincible?"). That said, I actually enjoyed this film quite a lot, gaping plot-holes aside. I very much enjoyed the creativity of the traps and I of course enjoyed the gore. Not a brilliant film but not altogether terrible, either. My rating: ★★★ ” - rjperkins1980
Devil (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A group of people are trapped in an elevator and the Devil is mysteriously amongst them. (80 mins.)
“ Given M. Night Shymalan's reputation for making/writing terrible movies (The Sixth Sense exempted), I was expecting this to be equally terrible. Boy, was I wrong! What fantastic suspense! Creepy, tense, kept me guessing til the end. The biggest downfall with the movie, though, was the last five minutes. Cop-out ending, which was a shame. But up to that point? I was riveted and sitting on the edge of my seat. My rating: ★★★★ ” - rjperkins1980
127 Hours (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
An adventurous mountain climber becomes trapped under a boulder while canyoneering alone near Moab, Utah and resorts to desperate measures in order to survive. (94 mins.)
Director: Danny Boyle
“ Been meaning to see this for a while, finally hired it out tonight. This film was a pretty ambitious undertaking, given the fact that most of it is set in a deep, very narrow rock crevice and with pretty much only one actor. He succeeded in delivering a great film. I got a real sense of Aron's character through his flashbacks and through the way he dealt with his predicament. Some moments of fantastic tension. Quite a gripping movie, quite an emotional rollercoaster ride, with a fantastic performance from James Franco. My rating: ★★★★ ” - rjperkins1980
Marley & Me (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A family learns important life lessons from their adorable, but naughty and neurotic dog. (115 mins.)
Director: David Frankel
“ Caught this flick on TV tonight. A delightful movie where the characters are very real and the storyline, simple though it is, resonates with a lot of humanism. Very much enjoyed it, though the ending was more than a little cliched in the way it aimed straight for the tearjerker thing. My rating: ★★★ ” - rjperkins1980
Autopsy (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.0/10 X  
A young woman tries to find her injured boyfriend in a bizzare and dangerous hospital. (84 mins.)
Director: Adam Gierasch
“ What a stupid movie. Absolutely terrible. So many plot holes, ridiculous storyline, terrible acting, terrible script, terribly predictable "plot"... but incredibly fun to watch because of all those reasons. My rating: ★ for pure awfulness. ★★★★ for fun, stupid, gory entertainment. ” - rjperkins1980
Labyrinth (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A 16-year-old girl is given 13 hours to solve a labyrinth and rescue her baby brother when her wish for him to be taken away is granted by the Goblin King. (101 mins.)
Director: Jim Henson
“ Blast from the past. Watched this movie this week. I love it as much now as I did when I was a kid. My rating: ★★★★★ ” - rjperkins1980
Wishmaster (1997)
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A demonic djinn attempts to grant its owner three wishes, which will allow him to summon his brethren to earth. (90 mins.)
Director: Robert Kurtzman
“ A friend recommended this. I'm glad they did. I really enjoyed it. The special effects were fantastic for its time, and the concept is fantastic. Also loved the hell out of the djinn's cheesy one-liners. My rating: ★★★★ ” - rjperkins1980
The Rite (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
An American seminary student travels to Italy to take an exorcism course. (114 mins.)
“ A movie that had fantastic promise and an interesting premise, only to fall flat on its feet at the end with its "resolution". Bah. My rating: ★★★ ” - rjperkins1980
The Princess Bride (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
While home sick in bed, a young boy's grandfather reads him a story called The Princess Bride. (98 mins.)
Director: Rob Reiner
“ I'm probably one of the last people on the planet to have seen this film. I don't know why I waited so long to see it. Such a brilliant, lovely, wonderful, happy movie! My rating: ★★★★★ ” - rjperkins1980
The Mist (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A freak storm unleashes a species of bloodthirsty creatures on a small town, where a small band of citizens hole up in a supermarket and fight for their lives. (126 mins.)
Director: Frank Darabont
“ Well, this wasn't too bad a film. It had pretty decent tension and pretty decent atmosphere. The one thing that made me groan and eyeroll, though, was the religious earbashing. Why King has to have strong religious themes or undertones in all of his stories, I don't know, but it gets old. That said, I suppose it's not unrealistic that there was a Christian nutjob, particularly given this film was set in Maine. The CGI was pretty bad but enjoyable nonetheless. My rating: ★★★ ” - rjperkins1980
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A local scientist is often regarded as a failure until he invents a machine that can make food fall from the sky. But little does he know, that things are about to take a turn for the worst. (90 mins.)
“ Finally got around to seeing this movie. What a silly film. Silly but fun. But also very silly. And there were so many plot holes and questions left unanswered that it made it a bit difficult for me to fully enjoy it. My rating: ★★★ ” - rjperkins1980
United 93 (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A real-time account of the events on United Flight 93, one of the planes hijacked on September 11th, 2001 that crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania when passengers foiled the terrorist plot. (111 mins.)
Director: Paul Greengrass
“ What a powerful movie. Very tastefully done, very realistic and very heartbreaking. I got a real sense of the terror those passengers must have felt during those last moments before the plane crashed. My rating: ★★★★ ” - rjperkins1980