2012

Movies I watched in the year two thousand twelve
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1.
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (2011)
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A group of men set out in search of a dead body in the Anatolian steppes. (157 mins.)
“ Lekker traag en mooie beelden, film gesitueerd op het platteland van Turkije. Zwarte komedie, Coen brothers. Tevens een leuk inzicht in het leven in de Turkse provincie Anatolia. Elk personage heeft zijn eigen sores en daarmee ook een soort eigen belang. De karakters komen niet echt samen, maar zijn min of meer tot elkaar veroordeeld. Arthouse. 8/10 ” - ludwig von
 
2.
The Killing (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Crooks plan and execute a daring race-track robbery. (85 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ Een voorloper van de moderne aktiefilm. Overvallers met clownmaskers en veel geweld. Een film van meer dan 50 jaar oud en voelt nog steeds modern. Hoog tempo en goede suspense. Kijken dus. Klassieker. 8/10 ” - ludwig von
 
3.
Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
An African American mafia hit man who models himself after the samurai of old finds himself targeted for death by the mob. (116 mins.)
Director: Jim Jarmusch
“ Wat je bij blijft zijn dromigere shots, de beats van the RZA en het schele oog van Whitaker. ” - ludwig von
 
4.
Insomnia (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Two Los Angeles homicide detectives are dispatched to a northern town where the sun doesn't set to investigate the methodical murder of a local teen. (118 mins.)
“ Pacino zoals we hem graag zien. Zeer sterk neergezet. ” - ludwig von
 
5.
Rescue Dawn (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A U.S. fighter pilot's epic struggle of survival after being shot down on a mission over Laos during the Vietnam War. (120 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
“ Razend spannend en beklemmend. De jungle als gevangenis en als groene al aanwezige vijand. Uitgehongerd sleept Christian Bale zich door deze film. Waargebeurd verhaal. ” - ludwig von
 
6.
Anche libero va bene (2006)
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A young father and his two children struggle to find harmony after his wife leaves them for another man. (108 mins.)
 
7.
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
In future Britain, Alex DeLarge, a charismatic and psycopath delinquent, who likes to practice crimes and ultra-violence with his gang, is jailed and volunteers for an experimental aversion therapy developed by the government in an effort to solve society's crime problem - but not all goes according to plan. (136 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
 
8.
The Fighter (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A look at the early years of boxer "Irish" Micky Ward and his brother who helped train him before going pro in the mid 1980s. (116 mins.)
 
9.
American Psycho (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A wealthy New York investment banking executive hides his alternate psychopathic ego from his co-workers and friends as he delves deeper into his violent, hedonistic fantasies. (102 mins.)
Director: Mary Harron
 
10.
Safe House (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A young CIA agent is tasked with looking after a fugitive in a safe house. But when the safe house is attacked, he finds himself on the run with his charge. (115 mins.)
Director: Daniel Espinosa
“ Het is verhaal voelt wat obligaat. Goed acteerwerk en dito montage-/camerawerk. Maw gewoon een gelikte film. Uitgewerkte karakters, toch niet meer een dan een standaard aktie film. Niet onaardig, niet bovengemiddeld goed, gewoon vermakelijk. 7/10 ” - ludwig von
 
11.
eXistenZ (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A game designer on the run from assassins must play her latest virtual reality creation with a marketing trainee to determine if the game has been damaged. (97 mins.)
 
12.
Waltz with Bashir (2008 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An Israeli film director interviews fellow veterans of the 1982 invasion of Lebanon to reconstruct his own memories of his term of service in that conflict. (90 mins.)
Director: Ari Folman
 
13.
The Intouchables (2011)
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After he becomes a quadriplegic from a paragliding accident, an aristocrat hires a young man from the projects to be his caregiver. (112 mins.)
 
14.
Rounders (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A young man is a reformed gambler who must return to playing big stakes poker to help a friend pay off loan sharks. (121 mins.)
Director: John Dahl
 
15.
Into the Wild (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
After graduating from Emory University, top student and athlete Christopher McCandless abandons his possessions, gives his entire $24,000 savings account to charity and hitchhikes to Alaska to live in the wilderness. Along the way, Christopher encounters a series of characters that shape his life. (148 mins.)
Director: Sean Penn
 
16.
Süskind (2012)
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During WWII, a member of the Jewish Council of Amsterdam finds a way to spare children from deportation to the death camps. (118 mins.)
“ Geen gemakkelijk onderwerp, de systematische deporatie van Joden in Amsterdam in de tweede wereld oorlog. Een pijnlijk beeld van het opzij kijken van Nederland en de passitiviteit van de Joodse gemeenschap. Spannend, goed acteerwerk, realistische aankleding. Waargebeurd verhaal maakt het extra indrukwekkend. 7/10 ” - ludwig von
 
17.
Cell 211 (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
The story of two men on different sides of a prison riot -- the inmate leading the rebellion and the young guard trapped in the revolt, who poses as a prisoner in a desperate attempt to survive the ordeal. (113 mins.)
Director: Daniel Monzón
 
18.
Prometheus (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Following clues to the origin of mankind a team journey across the universe and find a structure on a distant moon containing a monolithic statue of a humanoid head and stone cylinders of alien blood but they soon find they are not alone. (124 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
 
19.
Me, Myself & Irene (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A nice-guy cop with dissociative identity disorder must protect a woman on the run from a corrupt ex-boyfriend and his associates. (116 mins.)
 
20.
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
 
21.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A young boy wins a tour through the most magnificent chocolate factory in the world, led by the world's most unusual candy maker. (115 mins.)
Director: Tim Burton
 
22.
The First Beautiful Thing (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A misanthropic professor returns to his hometown to assist his dying mother. (122 mins.)
Director: Paolo Virzì
 
23.
Unknown (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Five men wake up in a locked-down warehouse with no memory of who they are. They are forced to figure out who is good and who is bad to stay alive. (85 mins.)
Director: Simon Brand
“ Interessant uitgangspunt over goed en slecht, en ook een aardige benadering van de vraag "wie ben ik" en "wie/wat bepaalt wat je bent". Goed acteerwerk en een grimmige sfeer. Het verhaal blijft slap en onnavolgbaar. Uiteindelijk een B film met een goede cast. 5/10 ” - ludwig von
 
24.
Metropia (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A complex story of a misaligned man, though good intent, creating a nightmarish Dystopian existence. (86 mins.)
Director: Tarik Saleh
 
25.
Contraband (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
To protect his brother-in-law from a drug lord, a former smuggler heads to Panama to score millions of dollars in counterfeit bills. (109 mins.)
“ Simpel, voorspelbaar en cliché-matig. Inwisselbare karakters en een ongeloofwaardig verhaal. Aardig film werk, mooie belichting en coole shots. Een 5 voor de moeite. 5/10 ” - ludwig von
 
26.
Conquest 1453 (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
After the death of his father Murat II, Mehmet II ascends to the Ottoman throne. After braving internal and external enemies, he decides to complete what he was destined to do - conquer Constantinople. (162 mins.)
Director: Faruk Aksoy
“ Wat een but film. Duurt te lang, belegeringsscenes van Istanbul duren eindeloos. Eenzijdige, oninteressante karakters, verheerlijking van de Turkse geschiedenis. Eendimensionale benadering van een interessante geschiedenis. Kitscherig, nep en over the top. 4/10 ” - ludwig von
 
27.
Paranormal Activity (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
After moving into a suburban home, a couple becomes increasingly disturbed by a nightly demonic presence. (86 mins.)
Director: Oren Peli
“ Film vastgelegd met amateurbeelden van een burgerlijk stelletje. Manier van filmen geeft de film een realistisch tintje. Zou spannend moeten zijn, is het niet. Film is een parodie op zichzelf. Platte, oninteressante, saaie karakters. Geen plot, niet spannend, repetitief. 4/10 ” - ludwig von
 
28.
88 Minutes (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
On the day that a serial killer that he helped put away is supposed to be executed, a noted forensic psychologist and college professor receives a call informing him that he has 88 minutes left to live. (108 mins.)
Director: Jon Avnet
“ Platte karakters, afgezaagd verhaal, niet spannend. Clichematig en op geen enkel vlak vernieuwend. Snel vergeten deze film, dat zal niet moeilijk zijn. Kleurloos en gedateerd. 3/10 ” - ludwig von
 
29.
Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
An Asian-American office worker and his Indian stoner friend embark on a quest to satisfy their desire for White Castle burgers. (88 mins.)
Director: Danny Leiner
 
30.
Total Recall (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A factory worker, Douglas Quaid, begins to suspect that he is a spy after visiting Rekall - a company that provides its clients with implanted fake memories of a life they would like to have led - goes wrong and he finds himself on the run. (118 mins.)
Director: Len Wiseman