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1.
Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey (2011 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
The Muppet Elmo is one of the most beloved characters among children across the globe. Meet the unlikely man behind the puppet - the heart and soul of Elmo - Kevin Clash. (80 mins.)
Director: Constance Marks
“ aka The Fabric of Love
This way to Sesame Street!!
A ” - ElijahCSkuggs
 
2.
The Innkeepers (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
During the final days at the Yankee Pedlar Inn, two employees determined to reveal the hotel's haunted past begin to experience disturbing events as old guests check in for a stay. (101 mins.)
Director: Ti West
“ aka Wait for It..............BOO!
S'alright.
B- ” - ElijahCSkuggs
 
3.
We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Kevin's mother struggles to love her strange child, despite the increasingly dangerous things he says and does as he grows up. But Kevin is just getting started, and his final act will be beyond anything anyone imagined. (112 mins.)
Director: Lynne Ramsay
“ aka Genetics are a Bitch
Tilda for president.
B+ ” - ElijahCSkuggs
 
4.
Bullhead (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Sint-Truiden, Belgium. Jacky, a young cattle farmer who is constantly pumped on steroids and hormones, is approached by a veterinarian to make a deal with a notorious beef trader. (129 mins.)
“ aka One Stone > Two Stones
Pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty good.
B ” - ElijahCSkuggs
 
5.
Chop (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Lance Reed is forced by a psychotic stranger to confront his duplicitous past. Seeking retribution for a crime, the man forces Lance to reveal his inner most secrets by systematically removing his limbs. (98 mins.)
Director: Trent Haaga
“ aka The Impeccable Illusion of Bygone Days Torn Asunder
Actually funny.
B ” - ElijahCSkuggs
 
6.
War Horse (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Young Albert enlists to serve in World War I after his beloved horse is sold to the cavalry. Albert's hopeful journey takes him out of England and to the front lines as the war rages on. (146 mins.)
“ aka The Mane of Desire
Mr. Hands' favorite movie.
D+ ” - ElijahCSkuggs
 
7.
The Interrupters (2011 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A year in the life of a city grappling with urban violence. (125 mins.)
Director: Steve James
“ aka Quit Dat Sh!t
Interrupters job opening: One requirement - must have balls of steel.
B ” - ElijahCSkuggs
 
8.
Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory (2011 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A further followup of the case of the West Memphis Three and the decades long fight to exonerate them that finally gained traction with new DNA evidence. (121 mins.)
“ aka Paradise Lost 3: Limbo
The best of the trilogy.
B+ ” - ElijahCSkuggs
 
9.
Real Steel (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
In the near future, robot boxing is a top sport. A struggling promoter feels he's found a champion in a discarded robot. (127 mins.)
Director: Shawn Levy
“ aka Robo Suck
Not even so bad it's good.
D ” - ElijahCSkuggs
 
10.
Shame (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A man's carefully cultivated private life is disrupted when his sister arrives for an indefinite stay. (101 mins.)
Director: Steve McQueen
“ aka Depressingly Hung
Fassbender? More like Hugeboner.
B ” - ElijahCSkuggs
 
11.
The Hunter (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Martin, a mercenary, is sent from Europe by a mysterious biotech company to the Tasmanian wilderness on a hunt for the last Tasmanian tiger. (102 mins.)
Director: Daniel Nettheim
“ aka The Bath Hunter
Surprisingly weak.
C ” - ElijahCSkuggs
 
12.
Catfish (2010 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Young filmmakers document their colleague's budding online friendship with a young woman and her family which leads to an unexpected series of discoveries. (87 mins.)
“ aka Copy, Paste, and Smile
Entertaining and has it's heart in the right place.
B+ ” - ElijahCSkuggs
 
13.
BookWars (2000 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
An insider's look at the gritty streets of New York City, seen through the eyes of street booksellers. (79 mins.)
Director: Jason Rosette
“ aka A Bookful of Dollars
Honest film-making tastes swell.
B ” - ElijahCSkuggs
 
14.
A League of Ordinary Gentlemen (2004 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Filmmaker Christopher Browne documents the mission of a group of middle-aged bowlers as they attempt to revitalize the sport and get the television-watching public interested in it again. (93 mins.)
“ aka A Strike to Spare
Rather watch a candlepin documentary.
C+ ” - ElijahCSkuggs
 
15.
Orozco the Embalmer (2001 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A Documentary about the grim work of an embalmer in one of the poorest and most dangerous parts in Colombia. (91 mins.)
“ aka A Dab Will Do Ya
*cleans up barf* Very interesting.
B ” - ElijahCSkuggs
 
16.
Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles (2011 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
An urban mystery unfurls as one man pieces together the surreal meaning of hundreds of cryptic tiled messages that have been appearing in city streets across the U.S. and South America. (86 mins.)
Director: Jon Foy
“ aka The Secret of the Tileman
Who doesn't love a good mystery?
B+ ” - ElijahCSkuggs
 
17.
9 to 5: Days in Porn (2008 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
9to5 - Days in Porn focuses on the people behind a controversial and multi-billion dollar industry "The Adult Entertainment industry"... (113 mins.)
Director: Jens Hoffmann
“ aka Porn Stars: We're All Used Up
Otto Bauer = Porno Steretype
B ” - ElijahCSkuggs
 
18.
Mondo Topless (1966 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  
Completely topless! Completely uninhibited! The wayout craze that began in San Francisco is now exploding across the USA and Europe... (60 mins.)
Director: Russ Meyer
“ aka Boobs a-go-go
Darlene Grey. That's all.
C ” - ElijahCSkuggs
 
19.
Virgin School (2007 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A shy 26-year-old man visits a school run for virgins to educate them in sexuality and all aspects of dating. Will the training he receives allow him to 'lose it'. (65 mins.)
Director: Osca Humphreys
“ aka Slow Times
It ain't easy being lonely.
C+ ” - ElijahCSkuggs
 
20.
Cinemania (2002 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
This documentary about the culture of intense cinephilia in New York City reveals the impassioned world of five obsessed movie buffs... (83 mins.)
“ aka I've Seen That
Movies, movies, movies, movies, movies, movies..........................
A- ” - ElijahCSkuggs
 
21.
Voices in the Tunnels (2008 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A group of intrepid filmmakers explore the abandoned subway tunnels beneath New York City in search of the mole people. (56 mins.)
Director: Vic David
“ aka Dreams in the Dark
Crack cocaine and computer programmers.
B+ ” - ElijahCSkuggs
 
22.
The Tunnel Dwellers of New York (2008 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Director: Chantal Lasbats
“ aka Inside Night
Just a lil bit of paint and presto!
B ” - ElijahCSkuggs
 
23.
American Hollow (1999 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
This film tells the tale of a close-knit Appalachian family that has changed little in the last 100 years. (90 mins.)
Director: Rory Kennedy
“ aka To the Moon
Clint and Shirley 4-eva!
B- ” - ElijahCSkuggs
 
24.
Knee Deep (2007 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A tragi-comic story of a young man from Maine who tries to kill his mother when she sells the family farm. (81 mins.)
“ aka A Mother Knows Worst
I still love Vacationland.
B- ” - ElijahCSkuggs
 
25.
Hardcore (2001 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Hard hitting documentary about an English girl trying to break into the American pornography industry to support her daughter.
Director: Stephen Walker
“ aka Max Hardcore Must Die.
Did I mention that Max Hardcore is better off dead?
B+ ” - ElijahCSkuggs
 
26.
Turned Out: Sexual Assault Behind Bars (2004 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Estimates are that 20 percent of all men serving in US prisons have been raped. This film looks at the social system within prisons that allows this violent sexual behavior to occur. (56 mins.)
“ aka Love in the Cooler
I ain't no sissy!
A- ” - ElijahCSkuggs
 
27.
Whole (2003 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Explores individuals who feel the need to become amputees by interviewing these individuals and psychiatrists, loved ones, etc. (55 mins.)
Director: Melody Gilbert
“ aka Dry Ice Bullets
These butt-cheeks have got to go!
B ” - ElijahCSkuggs
 
28.
Cat Dancers (2007 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
The story of the Cat Dancers, one of the world's first exotic tiger entertainment acts, and the tragic accidents that brought their tale to an end. (75 mins.)
Director: Harris Fishman
“ aka The Kitty Cat Blues.
Ron needs to tell more of the truth.
B ” - ElijahCSkuggs
 
29.
Fudge 44 (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
A mockumentary about strange events which occurred in Tokyo one Autumn when hundreds of Japanese people... (71 mins.)
Director: Graham Jones
“ aka The Puppet Masters
They should have shortened it up a bit.
B- ” - ElijahCSkuggs
 
30.
The Lion Cub from Harrods (2009 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
This documentary tells the heart warming story of Christian, a lion cub purchased from a London department...
“ aka The 3,000 pound Lion
What a good kitty cat.
B+ ” - ElijahCSkuggs
 
31.
Private Dicks: Men Exposed (1999 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Men, most of them naked, talk about their penises. The men range from 17 to 70+, all are from the U.S... (56 mins.)
“ aka Turn Off Central
A nice array of shlongs if I do say so myself.
B ” - ElijahCSkuggs
 
32.
The Elephant in the Living Room (2010 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
The Elephant in the Living Room takes viewers on a journey deep inside the controversial American subculture... (96 mins.)
Director: Michael Webber
“ aka Lambert the Sheepish Lion
Pygmey Marmoset Monkey here I come!!!!!!
B+ ” - ElijahCSkuggs
 
33.
Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead (2010 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
100 pounds overweight, loaded up on steroids and suffering from a debilitating autoimmune disease, Joe... (97 mins.)
“ aka Juiced
I'm gonna give it a go.
B+ ” - ElijahCSkuggs
 
34.
Cowboy del Amor (2005 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A documentary on a 60-year-old New Mexico matchmaker who finds Mexican wives for American men for a fee. (86 mins.)
Director: Michèle Ohayon
“ aka The Border of Love
I may actually give Ivan a call one of these days.
B- ” - ElijahCSkuggs
 
35.
Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer (2010 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
An in-depth look at the rise and fall of New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, including interviews with the scandalized, former politician. (117 mins.)
Director: Alex Gibney
“ aka Don't Mess With Rich Old White Men While Banging Whores in the City
Pretty interesting, but also pretty pathetic.
B ” - ElijahCSkuggs
 
36.
Brother's Keeper (1992 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
This documentary by Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky details the murder trial of Delbert Ward. Delbert's... (104 mins.)
“ aka Brotherly Love
I'd like to meet their parents.
A- ” - ElijahCSkuggs
 
37.
Running the Sahara (2007 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Three men attempt to become the first humans to run coast to coast across the Sahara Desert. (102 mins.)
Director: James Moll
“ aka I've Got Sand In My Shoes
More of a jog, but I ain't splitting no hairs.
B+ ” - ElijahCSkuggs
 
38.
Garbage Warrior (2007 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Imagine a home that heats itself, that provides its own water, hat grows its own food. Imagine that it needs no expensive technology... (86 mins.)
Director: Oliver Hodge
“ aka The Trash Knight
Self-sustaining home are amazing.
B ” - ElijahCSkuggs
 
39.
Like Water (2011 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
In the most brutal and often most misunderstood sport in the world, becoming a champion takes more than just blood... (76 mins.)
Director: Pablo Croce
“ aka Fight Simple
Not very enlightening or interesting for mma buffs.
C+ ” - ElijahCSkuggs
 
40.
Diary of a Teenage Nudist (2004 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
(60 mins.)
Director: Alex Berk
“ aka Don't Look At My Vagina
Lot of these naturists should get on a diet and hit the gym.
C+ ” - ElijahCSkuggs
 
41.
Bobby Fischer Against the World (2011 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
'Bobby Fischer Against the World' is a documentary feature exploring the tragic and bizarre life of the late chess master Bobby Fischer... (93 mins.)
Director: Liz Garbus
“ aka Mind Games
Not a fan of that Mother.
B+ ” - ElijahCSkuggs
 
42.
The Adventures of Tintin (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Intrepid reporter Tintin and Captain Haddock set off on a treasure hunt for a sunken ship commanded by Haddock's ancestor. (107 mins.)
“ aka Close Call A-Go-Go!
Tin-Tin needs to show a bit more appreciation towards Snowy.
A- ” - ElijahCSkuggs
 
43.
Le Havre (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
When an African boy arrives by cargo ship in the port city of Le Havre, an aging shoe shiner takes pity on the child and welcomes him into his home. (93 mins.)
Director: Aki Kaurismäki
“ aka London Calling
Gotta love that classic Aki style.
B ” - ElijahCSkuggs
 
44.
Hugo (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
In Paris in 1931, an orphan named Hugo Cabret who lives in the walls of a train station is wrapped up in a mystery involving his late father and an automaton. (126 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ aka Gears of Love
Needed more of that robot.
B+ ” - ElijahCSkuggs
 
45.
The King's Speech (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The story of King George VI of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, his impromptu ascension to the throne and the speech therapist who helped the unsure monarch become worthy of it. (118 mins.)
Director: Tom Hooper
“ aka A Royal Pain
Ga-ga-good acting, okay story.
B ” - ElijahCSkuggs
 
46.
The Grey (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
After their plane crashes in Alaska, six oil workers are led by a skilled huntsman to survival, but a pack of merciless wolves haunts their every step. (117 mins.)
Director: Joe Carnahan
“ aka Animal Trap
I just can't take Liam Neeson seriously.
C ” - ElijahCSkuggs
 
47.
Super 8 (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
During the summer of 1979, a group of friends witness a train crash and investigate subsequent unexplained events in their small town. (112 mins.)
Director: J.J. Abrams
“ aka Batteries Included
Thankful that it was better than Clovercrap.
B- ” - ElijahCSkuggs
 
48.
Young Adult (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Soon after her divorce, a fiction writer returns to her home in small-town Minnesota, looking to rekindle a romance with her ex-boyfriend, who is now happily married and has a newborn daughter. (94 mins.)
Director: Jason Reitman
“ aka Live and Learn
Come for the realism, stay for the acting, leave for the predictability.
C+ ” - ElijahCSkuggs
 
49.
Midnight in Paris (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
While on a trip to Paris with his fiancée's family, a nostalgic screenwriter finds himself mysteriously going back to the 1920s everyday at midnight. (94 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
“ aka A Better Past
Luke Wilson was pretty much perfect in this part.
A- ” - ElijahCSkuggs
 
50.
The Artist (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A silent movie star meets a young dancer, but the arrival of talking pictures sends their careers in opposite directions. (100 mins.)
“ aka Peppy and George
Twas a nice, celebratory picture.
B ” - ElijahCSkuggs
 
51.
Ocean Men: Extreme Dive (2001 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
OCEAN MEN takes you on a giant screen adventure into the world of two freedivers and their unique relationship to the sea. (90 mins.)
Director: Bob Talbot
“ aka Orange Lungs
A tad more melodramatic than I recalled, but still vastly impressive.
B+ ” - ElijahCSkuggs
 
52.
Undisputed 2: Last Man Standing (2006 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Sequel to the 2002 film. This time, Heavyweight Champ George "Iceman" Chambers is sent to a Russian Jail on trumped-up drug charges. (98 mins.)
“ aka White Russian
Rock hard bodies and crisp editing can only do so much.
C ” - ElijahCSkuggs
 
53.
Source Code (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A soldier wakes up in someone else's body and discovers he's part of an experimental government program to find the bomber of a commuter train. A mission he has only 8 minutes to complete. (93 mins.)
Director: Duncan Jones
“ aka Quantum Leap
More enjoyable than Inception if ya ask me.
B+ ” - ElijahCSkuggs
 
54.
Nénette (2010 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A documentary on a 40-year-old orangutan that is locked behind bars. (70 mins.)
Stars: Nénette
“ aka I Look Depressed But I'm Not
If you're an eight year old girl and you bump into an orangutan in the wild, you're done for.
B ” - ElijahCSkuggs
 
55.
Green Lantern (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Reckless test pilot Hal Jordan is granted an alien ring that bestows him with otherworldly powers that inducts him into an intergalactic police force, the Green Lantern Corps. (114 mins.)
Director: Martin Campbell
“ aka The Green Ring
Predictable and strengthened my misogynistic thoughts for woman characters in super hero movies.
C ” - ElijahCSkuggs
 
56.
Into the Abyss (2011 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Conversations with death row inmate Michael Perry and those affected by his crime serve as an examination of why people - and the state - kill. (107 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
“ aka Dashed
Herzog's emotional doc on death row delivers on many levels.
B ” - ElijahCSkuggs
 
57.
Trust (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A teenage girl is targeted by an online sexual predator. (106 mins.)
Director: David Schwimmer
“ aka Ur So Cool
Schwimmingly above average pedo tale.
B- ” - ElijahCSkuggs
 
58.
Bellflower (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Two friends spend all their free time building flame-throwers and weapons of mass destruction in hopes that a global apocalypse will occur and clear the runway for their imaginary gang "Mother Medusa". (106 mins.)
Director: Evan Glodell
“ aka Confused
Not much to like about this one - almost anti-me.
D ” - ElijahCSkuggs
 
59.
The Descendants (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A land baron tries to reconnect with his two daughters after his wife is seriously injured in a boating accident. (115 mins.)
Director: Alexander Payne
“ aka Paradise
Laird getting flipped off by a little girl is priceless.
B ” - ElijahCSkuggs
 
60.
Rampart (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Set in 1999 Los Angeles, veteran police officer Dave Brown, the last of the renegade cops, works to take care of his family, and struggles for his own survival. (108 mins.)
Director: Oren Moverman
“ aka Beat
One of Woody's best performances.
B ” - ElijahCSkuggs
 
61.
Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Haunted by painful memories and increasing paranoia, a damaged woman struggles to re-assimilate with her family after fleeing an abusive cult. (102 mins.)
Director: Sean Durkin
“ aka The Menstruating Robot
I can only imagine the ineffectiveness this film would have had with zero sex or nudity.
D+ ” - ElijahCSkuggs
 
62.
Limitless (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
With the help of a mysterious pill that enables the user to access 100 percent of his brain abilities, a struggling writer becomes a financial wizard, but it also puts him in a new world with lots of dangers. (105 mins.)
Director: Neil Burger
“ aka To Pill or To Pop
100% Brain Power = 100% Boner Power
C+ ” - ElijahCSkuggs
 
63.
The Woman (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
When a successful country lawyer captures and attempts to "civilize" the last remaining member of a violent clan that has roamed the Northeast coast for decades, he puts the lives of his family in jeopardy. (101 mins.)
Director: Lucky McKee
“ aka Sean Spillane's Music Video
UnLucky direction, Jacksh!t writing, and a soundtrack that wouldn't shut the f@ck up.
D+ ” - ElijahCSkuggs
 
64.
Stand Tall (1997 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A documentary on Lou ferrigno and his journey to the Olympia 19 years after he had retired from competitive bodybuilding. (84 mins.)
Director: Mark Nalley
“ aka Muscle Masters
Always a hoot to watch monsters blast their pecs, but there was a lack of charm here.
B- ” - ElijahCSkuggs
 
65.
I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A girl who thinks she is a combat cyborg checks into a mental hospital, where she encounters other psychotics. Eventually, she falls for a man who thinks he can steal people's souls. (105 mins.)
Director: Chan-wook Park
“ aka Plugged Up
There's a level of silly weirdness here that reached a point of tedium and over-reached the point of going back to becoming something better. You be quiet.
C+ ” - ElijahCSkuggs
 
66.
The Muppets (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A Muppet fanatic with some help from his two human compatriots must regroup the Muppet gang to stop an avaricious oil mogul from taking down one of their precious life-longing treasures. (103 mins.)
Director: James Bobin
“ aka Jason Segel and Co's The Muppets
A loving homage, but phewy, I'll pass on this all day long.
C- ” - ElijahCSkuggs
 
67.
No Reason (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  
Engulfed by anguish, trapped inside an allegory of torment and carnage, Jennifer's soul seeks the path of awareness and enlightenment. (70 mins.)
Director: Olaf Ittenbach
“ aka Levels of Color
Nonsensical Ittenbach that contains some really nasty grue.
C ” - ElijahCSkuggs
 
68.
The Future (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
When a couple decides to adopt a stray cat their perspective on life changes radically, literally altering the course of time and space and testing their faith in each other and themselves. (91 mins.)
Director: Miranda July
“ aka Ballet on the Moon
I guess indie melodramas ain't my thing.
D+ ” - ElijahCSkuggs
 
69.
The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  
Inspired by the fictional Dr. Heiter, disturbed loner Martin dreams of creating a 12-person centipede and sets out to realize his sick fantasy. (91 mins.)
Director: Tom Six
“ aka Bellyboy
Repeat watch, didn't pay super attention as I really just wanted to see the sandpaper and barbwire scenes - which were actually not so bad. Funny for sure. Good, f'ed up movie.
B+ ” - ElijahCSkuggs
 
70.
Permanent Midnight (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A comedy writer struggles to overcome his addiction to heroin. (88 mins.)
Director: David Veloz
“ aka In the Veins
Stiller's a damn good junkie.
B ” - ElijahCSkuggs
 
71.
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  
As Johnny Blaze hides out in Eastern Europe, he is called upon to stop the devil, who is trying to take human form. (96 mins.)
Director: Neveldine, Taylor
“ aka Flaming Skull of Sh!t
Ladies and gentlmen, the worst movie of the year (that I've seen).
D ” - ElijahCSkuggs
 
72.
Paris, Texas (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Travis Henderson, an aimless drifter who has been missing for four years, wanders out of the desert and must reconnect with society, himself, his life, and his family. (145 mins.)
Director: Wim Wenders
“ aka Lost and Found
Not as affective as I hoped, but I can see why people adore it.
B ” - ElijahCSkuggs
 
73.
Cars 2 (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Star race car Lightning McQueen and his pal Mater head overseas to compete in the World Grand Prix race. But the road to the championship becomes rocky as Mater gets caught up in an intriguing adventure of his own: international espionage. (106 mins.)
“ aka Beware the Lemons
Not a fan of that hick-truck but I thought this was better than the first.
B- ” - ElijahCSkuggs
 
74.
When the Wind Blows (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A naive elderly British rural couple survive the initial onslaught of a nuclear war. (80 mins.)
“ aka Under One Roof
Extremely realistic animated film that has a brain and heart.
B+ ” - ElijahCSkuggs
 
75.
Turn Me On, Dammit! (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
In Skoddeheimen, Norway, 15-year-old Alma is consumed by her hormones and fantasies that range from sweetly romantic images of Artur, the boyfriend she yearns for, to daydreams about practically everybody she lays eyes on. (76 mins.)
“ aka A Poking Sensation
Girls touch their vaginas too much.
B ” - ElijahCSkuggs
 
76.
My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
When two girls move to the country to be near their ailing mother, they have adventures with the wondrous forest spirits who live nearby. (86 mins.)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
“ aka Mr. Furry Belly
I'm thinking we need a sequel to this bad boy.
B+ ” - ElijahCSkuggs
 
77.
The Bothersome Man (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
In a strange city where every person seems content beyond reason a new man arrives in town and stirs up trouble by asking too many questions. (95 mins.)
Director: Jens Lien
“ aka New Bathrooms
Ahhh....refreshing film-making.
B+ ” - ElijahCSkuggs
 
78.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Journalist Mikael Blomkvist is aided in his search for a woman who has been missing for forty years by Lisbeth Salander, a young computer hacker. (158 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
“ aka Identical Girl with the Same Dragon Tattoo
Caught and enjoyed the original, and this just felt like a waste of time. Nice ass though.
C+ ” - ElijahCSkuggs
 
79.
Castaway on the Moon (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A failed suicide attempt leads a heartbroken man to live a life in the wilderness. (116 mins.)
Director: Hae-jun Lee
“ aka Island With a View
Really well-written SoKo RomCom that'll put a feather in your cap.
B ” - ElijahCSkuggs
 
80.
The Raid: Redemption (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A S.W.A.T. team becomes trapped in a tenement run by a ruthless mobster and his army of killers and thugs. (101 mins.)
“ aka Floors of Fury
It really is as awesome as you've heard.
A- ” - ElijahCSkuggs
 
81.
A Better Tomorrow (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A reforming ex-gangster tries to reconcile with his estranged policeman brother, but the ties to his former gang are difficult to break. (95 mins.)
Director: John Woo
“ aka Brotherly Love
Great action for sure, though the story kinda bored me.
B ” - ElijahCSkuggs
 
82.
God Bless America (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
On a mission to rid society of its most repellent citizens, terminally ill Frank makes an unlikely accomplice in 16-year-old Roxy. (105 mins.)
“ aka Kill Your TV
Heart is in the right place, but the film isn't nearly as funny as it thinks it is, as well, what's Bobcat's deal with high fives? F that.
C+ ” - ElijahCSkuggs
 
83.
Beast (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Bruno loves his wife Maxine. But something is wrong. Their love is not what it once was, and Maxine has found someone else... (83 mins.)
Director: Christoffer Boe
“ aka Consumed
You can not do wrong with the tag-team that is Bro and Boe.
B ” - ElijahCSkuggs
 
84.
Stuck (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A young woman commits a hit-and-run, then finds her fate tied to her victim. (85 mins.)
Director: Stuart Gordon
“ aka Windshield
Surprisingly good flick from Gordon that got me all wedged up in Suvari's big fat ass.
B ” - ElijahCSkuggs
 
85.
Boy Wonder (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A traumatized boy grows into a shy, determined teenager who patrols the mean streets of New York City, helping those in need and dishing out severe punishment to remorseless thugs. (93 mins.)
“ aka Revenge of the Nerd
Slightly above average revenge flick that was a bit too predictable and corny for my liking.
C ” - ElijahCSkuggs
 
86.
Sleep Tight (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
You wake day after day to the comfort and security of your home. But how safe is it really? (102 mins.)
“ aka Service With a Smile
Well, this was a pleasant surprise. Get on this if you dig the whole peeping tom scenario - it takes it much further, and is a really well-produced film.
B+ ” - ElijahCSkuggs
 
87.
Only Yesterday (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A twenty-seven-year-old office worker travels to the countryside while reminiscing about her childhood in Tokyo. (118 mins.)
Director: Isao Takahata
“ aka What Made You
Between this and Grave of the Fireflies, these are the two most mature films of Studio Ghibli. This is light-hearted, but it takes an older viewer to really appreciate the narrative.
B+ ” - ElijahCSkuggs
 
88.
Get the Gringo (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A career criminal nabbed by Mexican authorities is placed in a tough prison where he learns to survive with the help of a young boy. (96 mins.)
“ aka UnstoppaMel
There's just something about the wired personality of Mel. Enjoyable and pretty cool with bits of cheese and a been-there-done-that feel, and yet, still a nice watch.
B ” - ElijahCSkuggs
 
89.
Michael (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Five months in the life of a pedophile who keeps a 10-year-old boy locked in his basement. (96 mins.)
“ aka No Love For You
Really well done and realistic film on pedophilia. If you enjoy this taboo subject this is a must see.
A- ” - ElijahCSkuggs
 
90.
Men in Black 3 (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Agent J travels in time to M.I.B.'s early days in 1969 to stop an alien from assassinating his friend Agent K and changing history. (106 mins.)
“ aka It's Just Boris
I have a very big soft spot for this series, and this is no exception. The villain was great.
B+ ” - ElijahCSkuggs
 
91.
The Avengers (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Earth's mightiest heroes must come together and learn to fight as a team if they are to stop the mischievous Loki and his alien army from enslaving humanity. (143 mins.)
Director: Joss Whedon
“ aka Loki's Playhouse
Oh the hype. The immeasurable hype! Some solid action scenes and some seriously snoozeville back and forths (I'm looking at you fat tits). The sequel, which they hinted at after the credits, better not fail. I'm a complete and total fanboy of The Mad Titan.
B- ” - ElijahCSkuggs
 
92.
Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Steve Rogers, a rejected military soldier transforms into Captain America after taking a dose of a "Super-Soldier serum". But being Captain America comes at a price as he attempts to take down a war monger and a terrorist organization. (124 mins.)
Director: Joe Johnston
“ aka Captain America: The First Juicemonkey
Was much better than I thought it would be. Lots of death in this one with people kicking the bucket all over the place. And the casting, besides the melting pot nod, was pretty perfect - Mr. Smith was great as Red Skull. And holy crap, the lead actress...mama mia.
B ” - ElijahCSkuggs
 
93.
Snow on Tha Bluff (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
The story of Atlanta robbery boy and crack dealer, Curtis Snow, who stole a camera from some college kids in a dope deal and made a documentary about his life. (79 mins.)
Director: Damon Russell
“ aka Bluffin'
Neat idea, almost instantly realized it wasn't a legit doc, it was mostly lost on me. Still, credit is owed to Snow and crew for making this film - it was a solid attempt that's for sure, and I'll keep an eye out on what's next for Curtis.
C ” - ElijahCSkuggs
 
94.
Thor (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
The powerful, but arrogant god Thor, is cast out of Asgard to live amongst humans in Midgard (Earth), where he soon becomes one of their finest defenders. (115 mins.)
Director: Kenneth Branagh
“ aka Young, Dumb, and Full of Thunder
Another superhero movie that didn't suck even close to as much as I thought it would. Some well-done silly moments mixed in with some fun action scenes played well with the exaggerated acting of the guy who played Thor, Whoshisface. Also, I'm liking Portman less and less.
B- ” - ElijahCSkuggs
 
95.
Silenced (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Based on real events, this film depicts the story of a school for the hearing-impaired where young deaf students were sexually assaulted by the faculty members over a long period of time. (125 mins.)
Director: Dong-hyuk Hwang
“ aka Hear No Evil
An important movie for sure, but at times, due to the lead actor, it came off as a bit melodramatic; cheesy. Nevertheless it's great this film was made so hopefully it can put those pervs away.
B ” - ElijahCSkuggs
 
96.
Superman vs. The Elite (2012 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
The Man of Steel finds himself outshone by a new team of ruthless superheroes who hold his idealism in contempt. (76 mins.)
Director: Michael Chang
“ aka Superman's Fodder
Alright Superman story that never had me thinking Supes would be in any sort of trouble. Lois Lane was pretty awful in this.
C+ ” - ElijahCSkuggs
 
97.
Whores' Glory (2011 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
An examination of the lives, needs, troubles and hopes of prostitutes in Thailand, Bangladesh and Mexico. (110 mins.)
Stars: Emma, Ning, Toh, Wat
“ aka Church Bells
This was pretty much great. Focusing on three different bordellos from three different parts of the world, we get an intimate look into what it's like in each area. Mexico's Zone delivered the most for this guy.
A- ” - ElijahCSkuggs
 
98.
Wanderlust (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Rattled by sudden unemployment, a Manhattan couple surveys alternative living options, ultimately deciding to experiment with living on a rural commune where free love rules. (98 mins.)
Director: David Wain
“ aka Citylings
Paul Rudd's a genuinely funny guy and with David Wain who knows funny, this was an alright time. Narrative was cliche as all hell, but the jokes and acting were basically as good as it gets nowadays.
B ” - ElijahCSkuggs
 
99.
Shôjo tsubaki: Chika gentô gekiga (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A little orphaned girl joins a freak-show circus troupe whose members rape and abuse her. She then finds a glimmer of hope in the enigmatic magician who joins the group. (56 mins.)
Director: Hisaaki Ezu
“ aka Alone
Wasn't expecting the story to be as good as it was. Not as exploitative a watch as I was expecting, yet still, it's easily one of the most unique animated experiences I've come across.
B+ ” - ElijahCSkuggs
 
100.
CJ7 (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A poor Chinese laborer learns important lessons after his son gets a strange new toy. (86 mins.)
Director: Stephen Chow
“ aka Puff the Magic Alien
A mish mash of hearty goodness and ott antics that delivered an above average children's movie. My biggest issue with the film was how the boy treated his new found friend - I did not find it funny nor good writing. It should have stuck with a mysterious feel as it did when it started instead of the cartoony way it went.
C+ ” - ElijahCSkuggs