Roger's Watchlist - Movies by the day

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The Two Jakes (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
The sequel to Chinatown finds Jake Gittes investigating adultery and murder... and the money that comes from oil. (137 mins.)
Director: Jack Nicholson
“ August 30 2016

Almost 15 years after Chinatown directed by Roman Polanski came out, the time for a sequel seemed to have come. For legal reasons Polanski wasn't available to direct so no other than Jack Nicholson took over the director's chair along with the principal role of J.J. Gittes. Actually I prefer the sequel over the original. While Chinatown was a nasty story about incest and patriarchy I didn't really connect with (although the actors were great) , The Two Jakes is an interesting crime story linked to the past of our private detective which gives him quite a headache. Harvey Keitel, Meg Tilly and Madeleine Stowe have joined the cast, the story is set in 1948, sets, decors and costumes are great, the 40's atmosphere is all around and it helps the movie alot. 7,5/10 ” - rogdie
Vegas Vacation (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
In the fourth outing for the vacation franchise, the Griswolds have to survive Vegas fever when they go to Las Vegas for a fun family vacation. (93 mins.)
Director: Stephen Kessler
“ August 28 2016

14 years after the first movie and 7 years after Christmas vacation, Clark Griswold aka Chevy Chase takes his family on another vacation trip. This time it is Las Vegas that gets hit by our chaotic family. Of course havoc and accidents follow the Griswolds on every step, Clark loses the family's money, Ellen gets sexual advances from no other than Mr. Vegas, Wayne Newton, Audrey ends up as an exotic dancer and underage Rusty becomes a high roller with a fake ID. Aside from funny inside jokes, some really great sequences at the Mirage Hotel and the Hoover dam, the movie boasts a whole lot of celebrity cameo's most notably the last appearance in a movie of TV legend Sid Caesar. 8,1/10 ” - rogdie
The Damned Don't Cry (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A New York socialite climbs the ladder of success man by man until a life among rich gangsters gives her what she thought she always wanted. (103 mins.)
Director: Vincent Sherman
“ August 27 2016

Joan Crawford heads this drama/film noir about a woman from poor origins realizing that if she wants to get out of her miserable life she needs to use her physical charms and brain to climb up the ladder. Of course her strategy gets her mixed up with dishonest people and before long she is tied up in a crime syndicate. Loosely based on the relationship between mobster Bugsy Siegel and Virginia Hill this story seen as a flashback is foremost interesting through the performance of Joan Crawford. Most of the other characters are unfortunately too one-dimensional to turn this into a classic picture. 6.5/10 ” - rogdie
Saps at Sea (1940)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Oliver suffers a nervous breakdown as a result of working in a horn factory, but when he follows doctor's orders about sea air, he finds an ex-con is aboard. (57 mins.)
Director: Gordon Douglas
“ August 26 2016

Many Laurel & Hardy fans regard this movie as the last true movie from the couple, it was in fact the last movie they did for Hal Roach productions and everything that came afterwards were signs of decline. Saps at Sea is not a great Laurel & Hardy movie but it has its moments. The beginning sequence in the horn factory is quite ingenious, so is the Doctor's visit to diagnose Hornomania in Ollie. The second part on the boat is a little bit weaker, the highlight being Stan's quarrel with the goat in his bed. They have been better but for the last true Laurel and Hardy movie it is quite acceptable. 6,4/10 ” - rogdie
You're Darn Tootin' (1928 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Members of a municipal band, Stanley and Oliver seem to be always following someone else's lead, rather than that of the temperamental conductor... (20 mins.)
“ August 26 2016

This Laurel and Hardy silent carries a few very good slapstick gags as our comedic duo are musicians in an orchestra. However during their first concert they manage to wreak havoc and subsequently they get fired. As street musicians they try to win money but that too is filled with problems. The best thing of course in this one is the tit for tat fight at the end including more than 20 men getting either a fist into the stomach, a kick to the shin or losing their pants. Highlight of the movie. 6,2/10 ” - rogdie
Below Zero (1930 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
In the dead of winter, street musicians Stanley and Oliver aren't getting much business in a run-down neighborhood... (20 mins.)
Director: James Parrott
“ August 26 2016

This 20 minute short done in 1930 shows Stan and Ollie trying to win some money as street musicians. Bad luck, it is snowing and freezing cold and they really don't get any support from the public. Their luck seems to change when they find a wallet full of money. No real fun there, a bit of a 'fake' snowball fight, but no good jokes and a very disappointing ending. 4,8/10 ” - rogdie
Rock of Ages (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A small town girl and a city boy meet on the Sunset Strip, while pursuing their Hollywood dreams. (123 mins.)
Director: Adam Shankman
“ August 25 2016

When I started watching Rock of Ages I felt oddly rreminded watching some cheesy 80's musicals like Xanadu or Footloose. Then I understood that the makers wanted to achieve exactly that : the cheesiness of the story and the affectonate view of a decade that was known for its music and fashion. Of course the music is top notch for people knowing every aong and the performances of the actors are so over the top, that they become hilarioulsy funny again. I will have the image of Tom Cruise and Malin Akerman forever before my eyes every time now that I hear Foreigner's I want to know what love is and REO Speedwagon's Can't fight this feeling will never be the same again after Russell Brand and Alec Baldwin had a go at it. The story is an absolute peak of cheesiness, the music is top. 7.4/10 ” - rogdie
Rocky IV (1985)
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After iron man Drago, a highly intimidating 6-foot-5, 261-pound Soviet athlete, kills Apollo Creed in an exhibition match, Rocky comes to the heart of Russia for 15 pile-driving boxing rounds of revenge. (91 mins.)
“ August 24 2016

It's the 80's, the cold war is at its height, Reaganomics are ruling the United States, and Sylvester Stallone does Rocky IV. Is it any surprise that the Italian Stallion is facing off against a big bad russian fighter (played by a Swede - Dolph Lundgren in his first major part).The movie is submerged completely in a "Good American / Bad Soviet" ideology , going as far as making the Russian responsible for the death of Apollo Creed. It is up to Rocky to go into the lair of the wolf to make these bad bad guys understand the true values of the American Way and defeat the big fighter while convincing a hostile crowd entirely to his cause. Even today, the ideologic effort is just laughable, the story is barely acceptable, only the fight choreographies are first rate. Anyone else asked himself how much Brigitte Nielsen got paid by her then husband Stallone to turn in such a dreadful performance ? 5,5/10 ” - rogdie
3 hommes et un couffin (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Jacques, steward de Air France, accepte de garder un paquet pour le compte de Paul. Le paquet sera remis chez lui à la maison... (106 mins.)
Director: Coline Serreau
“ August 23 2016

The most successfull movie of the 1980's in France was not E.T., it wasn't Indiana Jones nor Star Wars, but it was this movie. A lighthearted comedy about three bachelors finding themselves with a baby on their doorstep, the offspring of one of them with the little girl's mother gone for 6 months on business had 9 million cinemagoers in France in 1985 far more than any french or US rival. The movie, aptly written and directed by Coline Serreau (only a woman could have thought of this) follows the trials, sleepless nights and variouns tribulations the guys have to go through, including a brush with crime and a bunch of ridiculous situations with friends, girlfriends and other people. Its huge success is mainly due to the frantic game of the three leads Roland Giraud, André Dussolier and best of all Michel Boujenah. 8,2/10 ” - rogdie
Charlie Chan at the Circus (1936)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
While visiting the circus with his family, Charlie is recruited by the big top's co-owner to investigate threatening letters that he's received. (72 mins.)
Director: Harry Lachman
“ August 22 2016

One of the funniest Charlie Chan movies certainly is Charlie Chan at the Circus. A murder mystery among the artists and performers in a travelling show must be ranked among the top cases our Chines detective must have encountered. Little people, giants, contortonists and trapeze artists are among the suspects to which Chan must also add a free wandering ape. Now, the conclusion seems to be a bit silly but that should really not distract viewers from the overall story which is very fun. We also get a rare glimpse of Chan's complete family, all 12 children are featured in a family visit to the big top. 7.4/10 ” - rogdie
Concussion (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
In Pittsburgh, accomplished pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu uncovers the truth about brain damage in football players who suffer repeated concussions in the course of normal play. (123 mins.)
Director: Peter Landesman
“ August 21 2016

I am not an American Football fan but I have seen enough of the sport to have drawn the conclusion that it is the most brutal of sports around. The movie Concussion deals with the ongoing investigation that years of practising American Football is a risk to the player's health and that thousands of untreated concussions to the brain can lead to a life threathening condition called CTE. The death of a group of ex professionals has led to a study from a Pittsburgh pathologist who clashed with the NFL during the past 12 years. Will Smith takes on the role of Nigerian doctor Bennet Omalu, who was not afraid to go ahed and take on the big corporation in order to validate his findings. A very interesting movie that is quite educating and provides a very interesting insight into this matter. 7.7/10 ” - rogdie
Magic Mike XXL (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Three years after Mike bowed out of the stripper life at the top of his game, he and the remaining Kings of Tampa hit the road to Myrtle Beach to put on one last blow-out performance. (115 mins.)
Director: Gregory Jacobs
“ August 20 2016

Channing Tatum is back in his role as Mike, the male entertainer from Magic Mike. After quitting the stripper scene at the end of the first movie, he went on to live with his girlfriend and open a carpenter business. Now a few years later, his life is in tatters, as he doesn't make ends meet and his girlfriend has left him. So he gets together with his friends from the stripper group to go on one final tour before everyone goes his own way. Candy entertainment for women again, as there are a lot of dancing sequences with the male actors stripping down, I guess that is why Jada Pinkett Smith, Andie McDowell, Elizabeth Banks and Amber Heard signed on for this movie. The story again is secondary and definitely not adequate enough to be remembered. A waste of time. 4,8/10 ” - rogdie
Lost in Alaska (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Two volunteer firemen rescue a gold prospector from suicide. However, once they discover that the police mistakenly want them for murder... (76 mins.)
Director: Jean Yarbrough
“ August 19 2016

Bud Abbott and Lou Costello were a comedic duo, considered in the United States as prominently as Laurel and Hardy but who are virtually unknown outside of the US. They made over 30 movies together in which they showcased their comedic routines. Lost in Alaska is a lesser known film they did in which the two friends travel to Alaska in order to prove their innocence in a San Francisco murder case. Aside from a run of visual gags and a choice of funny dialogues this movie does not really impress. it has a weak plotline and aside from a very funny scene in which Bud succesfully deprives Costello from sleeping there is not much to remember. Other films were clearly more successful and worthy to be remembered, not this one. 4,9/10 ” - rogdie
Trumbo (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
In 1947, Dalton Trumbo was Hollywood's top screenwriter, until he and other artists were jailed and blacklisted for their political beliefs. (124 mins.)
Director: Jay Roach
“ August 18 2016

When during the 1940's and 1950's the United States started their witch hunt for communists promoting un-american activities, many innocent people were targeted, losing their homes, their existence and sometimes their life through suicide. In Hollywood many were targeted losing their ability to work, and this movie tells the story of Dalton Trumbo, one of the best screenwriters in history. Trumbo was a registered member of the communist party and one of the first people blacklisted. Trumbo's struggle through these years until his vindication in 1961 when Spartacus hit the screenis depicted in this movie starring Brian Cranston. Interesting piece of history featuring a very good cast including John Goodman, Diane Lane and Helen Mirren. 8.0/10 ” - rogdie
Our Brand Is Crisis (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A battle-hardened American political consultant is sent to help re-elect a controversial president in Bolivia, where she must compete with a long-term rival working for another candidate. (107 mins.)
“ Agust 16 2016

I think i understand why Our Brand is Crisis bombed at the box office : It is a movie about the inner workings of politics, not very attractive for viewers going to the movies for distraction. Add to that, it is set in Bolivia, a country most Americans haven't even heard of, so I am not surprised why the film bombed. Contemplating the current political landscape in the US, however I would surely recommend the majority of US moviegoers to go see a film on political manipulation, crooked political campaigns and incompetent political candidates, they would find this movie a powerful comparison to their actual situation. Too bad that this cast performance wasn't recognized enough, Bullock is top notch, Joaquim de Almeida as the candidate is great and Billy Bob Thornton as Bullocks counterpart is just devilishly good. 7,2/10 ” - rogdie
Pacific Rim (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
As a war between humankind and monstrous sea creatures wages on, a former pilot and a trainee are paired up to drive a seemingly obsolete special weapon in a desperate effort to save the world from the apocalypse. (131 mins.)
“ August 15 2016

It's monsters against machines. Basically, the story is secondary, the only thing that keeps the movie going is human made robots taking on Godzilla style monsters and creating a maximum of destruction. But it is incredibly fun, you keep enjoying these completely overdone fights and you keep waiting for the next thing to happen. Guillermo del Toro is a very creative director and he keeps surprising you. I loved Ron Perlman's appearance as this over the top character and what ultimately happened to him. Stick to the end credits in order to find out what really happened to him. If you like the Godzilla Monster movies and the matinee serials, you are definitely going to like this one. 8.1/10 ” - rogdie
The Dressmaker (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A glamorous woman returns to her small town in rural Australia. With her sewing machine and haute couture style, she transforms the women and exacts sweet revenge on those who did her wrong. (118 mins.)
“ August 14 2016

The filmmakers of this Australian production delayed production by a year to wait for Kate Winslet to have a child, because they knew that she was the only choice to play Myrtle, a woman who returns to her home village in the Australian outback to take care of her mother, but primarily to clarify dark events from her childhood and to take revenge on the smallminded, conniving people of the town. It is true that Winslet is the perfect choice to play the lead role, but Judy Davis as her mother is a standout and Hugo Weaving as the crossdressing police man is a hoot as well. Great story , great 1950's costumes and a gread cast performance. 8,3/10 ” - rogdie
L'Italien (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Life smiles at Dino Fabrizzi,a cool forty-two-year old Italian. Not only is he the most successful salesman... (102 mins.)
Director: Olivier Baroux
“ August 13 2016

My favorite french actor today has to be Kad Merad, a guy who looks like everybody else with a receding hairline and a big nose, but he is one of the best comedic actors ever. Apparently in the beginning he had to hide his Algerian roots in order to get booked or hired, and this movie seems to be cut perfectly for him. Kad plays a guy originally from Algeria who masquerades as an Italian car vendor in front of all his colleagues and his girlfriend. To his parents he pretends to work in Italy allowing him to make only short and infrequent visits. Things get hairy though when his ailing father makes him promise to observe Ramadan in his place. It is a very nice piece about immigration and prejudice, at times funny but which makes you also reflect on the situation of immigrants. 6,5/10 ” - rogdie
Batman Begins (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
After training with his mentor, Batman begins his fight to free crime-ridden Gotham City from the corruption that Scarecrow and the League of Shadows have cast upon it. (140 mins.)
“ August 11 2016

The failure of the Batman franchise finalised by the commercial and critical desaster that was Batman and Robin seemed to make another movie almost impossible, but when Christopher Nolan took over, the reboot of the series was on. The first installment Batman begins traces the life of Bruce Wayne before he became the Caped Crusader, and his subsequent transformation. It is a complete departure from the other movies, the atmosphere is darker, so are the characters. Bale's Batman is already the Dark Knight, Liam Neeson makes a wonderful villain , but the best castings are without a doubt Michael Caine as Alfred, Gary Oldman as Gordon and Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox. Great choices ! But whoever made Katie Holmes the female lead ? Not so great choice !? 8,2/10 ” - rogdie
Charlie Chan at the Race Track (1936)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
When a friend of Charlie's is found kicked to death by his own race horse on board a Honolulu-bound liner, the detective discovers foul play and uncovers an international gambling ring. (70 mins.)
“ August 10 2016

Confusing and meddled part of the Charlie Chan series about a gambling ring trying to throw horse races and murdering one of the Chinese detective's friends. Most of the movie takes part on a cruise ship, only the last 15 minutes are at the race track. The murderer is revealed a bit by accident, as if the writers didn't have a clue who to make the bad guy. Only Keye Luke is at the top of his form , masquerading as a cabin boy on the ship and as a laundry man burning down his car to create a distraction. 6.4/10 ” - rogdie
Romero (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The life and work of Archbishop Oscar Romero who opposed, at great personal risk, the tyrannical repression in El Salvador. (102 mins.)
Director: John Duigan
“ August 9 2016

One political assassination that took place in 1980 tends to be often a bit overlooked today. The murder of Archbishop Oscar Romero of San Salvador by order of members of the military junta was at the origin of a yearlong civil war that cost over 65,000 people their lives. The story of this priest, who at the beginning of the reprisals against yhe Salvadoran people was a non political , somewhat complacent clergyman, but changed into a political activist when a number of his priests were assassinated, is intelligently told in this movie depicting the years of Romero as the archbishop. Raul Julia plays the title role with an extreme restraint and a very remarkable serenity. Educational and memorable. 7,3/10 ” - rogdie
The International (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
An Interpol agent attempts to expose a high-profile financial institution's role in an international arms dealing ring. (118 mins.)
Director: Tom Tykwer
“ August 8 2016

This is an interesting spionage thriller spearheaded by Clive Owen and Naomi Watts, loosely based on the demise of the famous BCCI bank in Luxembourg in the 1980's. Director Tom Tykwer has updated the story to today's standards, has added a very good dosis of first rate action culminating in a great shootout in the Guggenheim Museum in New York (filmed on a sound stage in Germany but nevertheless amazingly good). Although the movie seems to take place all over the world, locations in Germany cover for most exterior locations, even the villain's bank's headquarters in Luxembourg was not filmed there but in the Volkswagen Autostadt in Wolfsburg. Would have been nice to have an international movie shoot in Luxembourg, but that was the only thing I felt cheated about. 8.2/10 ” - rogdie
Der Nanny (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Young industrialist Clemens Klina doesn't have time for his children and accidentally hires a man who actually came to him, seeking revenge, as a nanny for them. (110 mins.)
“ August 7 2016

Funny german comedy with comedic duo Milan Peschel and Matthias Schweighöfer starring in another crowdpleaser. In their fourth collaboration, both stars harmonize fantastically in a story featuring a guy who just lost his apartment when a big construction project forces him out. When he goes to the project manager to avenge himself, he is hired as the manager's kids nanny. Little do both guys now how this will affect their life. Peschel is great as the lowlife Horst, Schweighöfer at his oiliest best as the project manager. It seems that Schweighöfer has found his marks as a director and all his films are funny and entertaining 7,0/10 ” - rogdie
Room 13 (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A serial-killer is murdering the ladies of a night club. Detective Gray is seeking for the killer but can only find a lot of gangsters... (89 mins.)
Director: Harald Reinl
“ August 6 2016

Another Edgar Wallace german production supposedly taking place in England but not filmed there save for a few establishing shots. This one reunites Germany's favorite 60's actors like Joachim Fuchsberger, Karin Dor, Siegfried Schürenberg and Eddi Arent in a veru muddled story about an armed train robbery , its planning and a murderer killing women with a razor. It is different from its predecessors when mostly a murder hunt was shown, here you don't know really what is going on. a golden opportunity to put some structure into the story was missed. 5,1/10 ” - rogdie
A Fish Called Wanda (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
In London, four very different people team up to commit armed robbery, then try to doublecross each other for the loot. (108 mins.)
“ August 5 2016

For many fans, A Fish called Wanda is the definite comedy of the 1980's. Putting together a cast that unites two Monty Pythons (Cleese and Palin), with two American movie stars (Jamie Lee Curtis and Kevin Kline) in a completely mad story about an English Barrister, a cunning and gorgeous American grifter, the stupidest (Don't call me stupid !) killer that ever walked the Earth and the most lethal animal lover with a stutter was a stroke of genius from co-writer John Cleese and director Charles Crichton. Many iconic scenes (who doesn't remember the Kline/Curtis sex scenes or John Cleese dancing naked in an apartment when a family is shown the premises) have made this low budget English movie a timeless classic and it is always a joy watching it again. 9,1/10 ” - rogdie
Dracula Has Risen from the Grave (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
When his castle is exorcised, Dracula plots his revenge against the Monsignor who performed the rites... (92 mins.)
Director: Freddie Francis
“ August 4 2016

The third outing for Christopher Lee as Dracula was the biggest grossing Hammer movie in history back in 1969, but in my opinion it is the weakest of the series so far. The vampire's resurrection is mediocre, the story is a a weak vendetta saga which Dracula undertakes in order to punish the priest who exorcised his castle. Two scenes stand out, the unsuccessful attempt to ram a stake through Dracula's heart and his death scene, being impaled by a golden cross. Otherwise the film itself is rather disappointing, the makers were apparently too frightened to put more violence in it. 5,7/10 ” - rogdie
Under Siege (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A former S.E.A.L., now cook, is the only person who can stop a gang of terrorists when they seize control of a U.S. Navy battleship. (103 mins.)
Director: Andrew Davis
“ August 3 2016

Without a shadow of a doubt, the best movie Steven Seagal ever did is Under Siege. Was it the story, xhich bore some resemblance to Die Hard, or was it the cast led by an excellent Tommy Lee Jones as the villain ? I guess it was both, but the story of a gang of criminals taking over a US warship in order to rid it of its nuclear missiles, having the bad luck to forget the ship's cook who is a former Navy Seal is an exciting one. The chemistry of Tommy Lee Jones and Gary Busey as the crooked first officer is excellent, so good that you don't miss Steven Seagal who is just on screen for about half the movie. It is violent with a lot of kills, but that is the way it should be. 8,3/10 ” - rogdie
Frontera (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A former Arizona sheriff's wife is killed while riding on their ranch property. It would appear a Mexican man illegally crossing into the US is at fault. As the former and the current sheriff search for answers, lives are changed forever. (103 mins.)
Director: Michael Berry
“ August 2 2016

I found another gem ! I first thought this was a Western , but it is a modern day drama dealing with the reality and problems of immigration in the Southern USA with an outstanding cast. Ed Harris as a retired Sheriff, Michael Pena as a Mexican illegal immigrant and Eva Longoria as his pregnant wife are brilliant in a criminal case of mistaken identity, when the sheriff's wife is killed while on a ride out. The cinematography of the borderline between the US and Mexico is simply breathtaking, the story is first class and its content is even more actual today considering all the political dangers the US find themselves in, especially immigration. 8,6/10 ” - rogdie
New in Town (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
A Miami businesswoman adjusts to her new life in a tiny Minnesota town. (97 mins.)
Director: Jonas Elmer
“ August 1 2016

Another romantic comedy with Renee Zellweger, though here she doesn't play a plump English broad called Bridget Jones. Here she is a driven professional sent from Miami to coldest Minnesota in order to streamline a plant while also reducing the workforce. Of course, the change of climate, the people, and a union rep called Ted, and played by Harry Connick Jr. make her change her mind. Funny scenes when the smartly dressed executive arrives in Minnesota in her 5 inch heels and sheer tights getting acquainted with the cold weather. Otherwise it is a by the book love story : first they can't stand each other, then they draw closer, some circumstances make them split until the happy end. Pretty formulaic, but cute. 6.7/10 ” - rogdie
Smokey and the Bandit II (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  
The Bandit goes on another cross-country run, transporting an elephant from Florida to Texas. And, once again, Sheriff Buford T. Justice is on his tail. (100 mins.)
Director: Hal Needham
“ July 31 2016

It was only a matter of time until one of the most profitable movies of the 1970's got its sequel. 3 years after the phenomenal success of Smokey and the Bandit, cast and crew reunited to do the follow up. The budget was bigger, the crew was bigger but the story wasn't better. In fact everything that the original was, the sequel was not. The actors don't seem to have fun and the story about a pregnant elephant being transported from Miami to Dallas was weak at best, add to that a real absence of good stunts (except for that desert extravaganza) you find yourself in front of a bad movie with famous actors. 5.0/10 ” - rogdie
Two for the Money (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
After suffering a career-ending injury, a former college football star aligns himself with one of the most renowned touts in the sports-gambling business. (122 mins.)
Director: D.J. Caruso
“ July 30 2016

If it weren't for Al Pacino and Matthew McConaughey, this movie would have disappeared for a long time in the archives and nobody would be taking about it anymore. The apparently true story of a former football player turned sports betting advisor with a phenomenal success rate should only interest real sports betting aficionados but McConaughey has too much charisma and has the possibility to show it off Al Pacino who plays the exuberant, self-destructive guy who hired him. Initself the story is not even that interesting, it shows that even the best have their meltdowns and the way to behave when things are going bad shape the character beyond imagination. Meh. 5,7/10 ” - rogdie
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Four kids travel through a wardrobe to the land of Narnia and learn of their destiny to free it with the guidance of a mystical lion. (143 mins.)
Director: Andrew Adamson
“ July 29 2016

he Chronicles of Narnia are a seven part book series published in the 1950's by an English professor, C.S.Lewis. The series bares a bit of a resemblance with Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, so it was a bit of a logical decision to give Narnia the cinematic treatment after the successes of the Rings trilogy. Lion, Witch and Wardrobe tells the tale of four kids, magically transported from WWII England to the magical kingdom of Narnia, which is threatened by the nefarious White Witch (excellently played by Tilda Swinton) and defended by the wise lion Aslan (voiced of course by Liam Neeson). Excellent special effects, good storytelling, although in my view geared a little bit too much towards children, the violence is very muted. 7,4/10 ” - rogdie
The Big Short (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Four denizens in the world of high-finance predict the credit and housing bubble collapse of the mid-2000s, and decide to take on the big banks for their greed and lack of foresight. (130 mins.)
Director: Adam McKay
“ July 27 2016

The Big Short is a movie about the Subprime Crisis that was at the origin of the biggest financial crisis in history back in 2007/2008 and how a handful of people came out making money out of it. As someone who was involved in this crisis and lived first hand how markets collapsed and Lehman went bust, I was not sure if a movie about people profiting from this was what i wanted to see. In the end though I am glad I watched it, The Big Short is a truly original movie highlighting how the crisis came about, being not too specific to avoid losing non initiated viewers and making the subject interesting by making the characters interesting. Steve Carell and Christian Bale stand out as two very riveting outstanding figures, but Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt too have juicy parts. High marks for making a very complex theme into a entertaining film. 8,2/10 ” - rogdie
Damnation Alley (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
In an post-apocalyptic world, a group of survivors travel and find other settlements in huge custom designed all terrain vehicles. (91 mins.)
Director: Jack Smight
“ July 26 2016

I actually kind of liked this movie. Damnation Alley is a science fiction apocalypse thriller in which a group of survivors of World War III cross the devastated United States in a futuristic vehicle from West to East in hope to find other survivors. George Peppard, with grey hair and a black moustache, plays a predecessor character to his Hannibal Smith A-Team figure, and Jan Michael Vincent in pre-Airwolf days is the youthful athlete in charge of the more robust action. This movie was supposed to rival another Sci-fi movie back in 1977 called Star Wars, in the end this was one hell of a turkey. While the story isn't half bad, to be honest, the movie was done in by godawful special effects. it would be interesting to see the same movie with today's technical possibilities. 5,9/10 ” - rogdie
Charlie Chan at the Olympics (1937)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
When a strategically important new aerial guidance system is stolen, Charlie traces it to the Berlin Olympics, where he has to battle spies and enemy agents to retrieve it. (71 mins.)
“ July 25 2016

Solid Charlie Chan part of the series which has our great detective visit the Olympic games in Berlin on the chase for a smuggler of US war instruments. This film is particular in the way that it contains footage from the actual games in Berlin including images from the relay race won by the US with Jesse Owens. You can also see Owens on the top deck of a bus circulating in Berlin. Another peculiar part is that in these pre war times the German authorities are depicted in a very pleasant and sympathetic way, all the Nazi symbols are carefully removed as if producers knew what would happen a few years later. Good story, great performance by Warner Oland. 7.3/10 ” - rogdie
Twilight (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
A teenage girl risks everything when she falls in love with a vampire. (122 mins.)
“ July 24 2016

First part in the Twilight series, first meeting between Kristen Stewart as Bella Swan and Robert Pattinson as Edward Cullen. For someone with no knowledge of S.Mayer's books, the movie is able to generate some interest in the beginning with all the mysteries around the Cullen family. The vampire angle is always interesting, but it soon evolves into this love story that will continue on for four movies. Though the storyline with the evil vampires manages to keep the film interesting, it does not do a lot for non fans of the book who will have quite a lot of difficulties and who'll need a lot of stamina to sit through the whole series. 6,5/10 ” - rogdie
X the Unknown (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A radioactive, mud-like creature terrorizes a Scottish village. (81 mins.)
Director: Leslie Norman
“ July 23 2016

A pile of mud eats radioactive material for survival and kills people with radiation as they come near to it. This could be the plot of any B-movie but what's making it more interesting, is that iy is a Hammer film production, years before Dracula made Hammer famous for its horror movies. Those famous movies were all color movies, this one isn't, it looks very campy at times, but there is a certain appeal to it. It is well done, there are angles of suspense and the story,even though very far fetched and laughable, isn't hurting the film. 5,4/10 ” - rogdie
The Whole Nine Yards (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Nick is a struggling dentist in Canada. A new neighbor moves in, and he discovers that it is Jimmy "The Tulip" Teduski. His wife convinces him to go to Chicago and inform the mob boss who wants Jimmy dead. (98 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Lynn
“ July 22 2016

One of the best comedies in the past twenty years is for sure The Whole Nine Yards, pairing Friends alumni Matthew Perry with Bruce Wiliis with supporting cast Michael Clarke Duncan, Natascha Henstrdge and Amanda Peet. Perry is just fantastic as a hapless Montreal dentist, whose wife wants to kill him and who gets a professional hitman as his next door neighbor. Visual gags aplenty, great funny story, the only negative thing in the whole movie is Rosanna Arquette, completely miscast as Perry's wife with an absolutely ridiculous canadian accent. Amanda Peet though is a standout as an apprentice professional assassin. 8,4/10 ” - rogdie
8 Mile (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A young rapper, struggling with every aspect of his life, wants to make it big but his friends and foes make this odyssey of rap harder than it may seem. (110 mins.)
Director: Curtis Hanson
“ July 21 2016

I am no particular fan of Rap music, Hip Hop Music nor the most well known of these artists, Eminem. As apparently 8 mile is a movie with quite a lot of biografical references to Eminem, I was also quite apprehensive of this movie, fearing it would be boring,but my fears were quite unfounded even though the movie isn't really exciting. . Clearly, Eminem plays a young rapper and the story tells us about some of the most important days in this guy's life, facing decisions he must make in order to guarantee himself a future. Detroit is the setting of the film, a dark harrowing neighborhood translating the situation people find themselves in. Kim Basinger and the late Brittany Murphy co-star to Eminem who does a nice job, but he is basically playing himself right ? 5,7/10 ” - rogdie
Dirty Grandpa (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Right before his wedding, an uptight guy is tricked into driving his grandfather, a lecherous former Army Lieutenant-Colonel, to Florida for spring break. (102 mins.)
Director: Dan Mazer
“ July 20 2016

I guess that Robert DeNiro at age 70 has decided that he just wants to have shooting movies now and that quality and strength of screenplay are only of lesser importance. How else can we explain him starring in movies like Dirty Grandpa? DeNiro fits the role of a widower on his way to Florida with his overly correct lawyer grandson like a glove. While Zac Efron, normally used to the character parts of college students and heart throbs, is visibly uneasy in his character. Dirty Grandpa is like its name tells us quite a raunchy movie with an overuse of f-words and sexual references. However it is funny, has a good story and time flies by. Aubrey Plaza is a standout as a sex crazed college student intent on bedding DeNiro. 7.3/10 ” - rogdie
Guarding Tess (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A former U.S. First Lady wants a particular Secret Service agent to head her bodyguard detail, even though he can't stand her. (96 mins.)
Director: Hugh Wilson
“ July 18 2016

Back when Nicolas Cage was still able to pick out his screenplays, before he won an academy award and before he found himself in a financial downward spiral, he starred with the great Shirley MacLaine in a delightful little movie called Guarding Tess which depicts the trial and tribulations of a disillusioned Secret Service Agent being detailled to being the bodyguard of an Ex-President's eccentric widow. Funny, witty and very entertaining, especially when the two main characters have a go at each other. The movie gets a little too hectic at the end, morphing into an action thriller, which is not necessary at all. They could have round a better end than that. 7.4/10 ” - rogdie
Disco (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  
Didier Travolta (Franck Dubosc) is a 40-year-old disco music fan who has no job, lives with his mother... (103 mins.)
“ July 17 2016

Except for the 1970's disco music throughout this movie there is barely anything that makes this ridiculous movie worth watching. The story of a 40 year old guy , jobless, living with his mother trying to win a flashback disco dance contest in order to take his son on a trip to Australia isn't just worth the film on ahich is has been raped. I wonder how film stars like Emanuelle Béart or Gérard Depardieu could have agreed in this farcical movie that at times is super awkard and quite idiotic to boot. Franck Dubosc, one of France's leading comics is in the main role , but even his perforamnce is below par. 7 for the music, 3,5 for the movie 5,2/10 ” - rogdie
Malcolm X (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Biographical epic of the controversial and influential Black Nationalist leader, from his early life and career as a small-time gangster, to his ministry as a member of the Nation of Islam. (202 mins.)
Director: Spike Lee
“ July 16 2016

The 1990's were a rich decade for political biopics, and the life of Malcolm Little, better known as Malcolm X was one of the very best next to JFK. Denzel Washington portrays the Black Nationalist Leader, from his youth years as a small time crook in Harlem, through his emprisonment and his conversion to Islam, to his tenure as a minister of the Nation of Islam becoming a public figure right up to his assassination after he famously broke up with the Nation snd their mentor Elijah Mohammed. At over 3 hours the film never gets boring, thanks to Washington's charisma and the events that shaped Malcolm's character and have become a part of US history. For every socially and politically interested person, this is a movie I'd really recommend. 8.0/10 ” - rogdie
Love & Mercy (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
In the 1960s, Beach Boys leader Brian Wilson struggles with emerging psychosis as he attempts to craft his avant-garde pop masterpiece. In the 1980s, he is a broken, confused man under the 24-hour watch of shady therapist Dr. Eugene Landy. (121 mins.)
Director: Bill Pohlad
“ July 15 2016

Brian Wilson, the oldest of three brothers, is better known as the creative head of a world famous pop group : The Beach Boys. This movie is a biopic of two different periods in Wilson's life. The emergence of his mental health disorder during his most creative period and the difficult situation he finds himself in when cared for by a overwhelming and overprotective psychatrist while he gets to know his future wife. In general this is a very boring movie, only die hard Beach Boys fans should take some pleasure out of it , otherwise the only thing you can pick up from it are the performances of the main actors, Paul Dano, John Cusack playing young and old Brian and Elizabeth Banks as the future wife. 5,2/10 ” - rogdie
Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
James Bond heads to stop a media mogul's plan to induce war between China and the UK in order to obtain exclusive global media coverage. (119 mins.)
“ July 13 2016

As a follow-up to Goldeneye, the producers of the Bond movies had to find a way to top the incredible stunts from Pierce Brosnan's debut movie. I think they managed to do just that. Tomorrow never dies features an incredible opening scene, a car chase with Bond remote controlling a BMW 750, a breathtaking helicopter/car/motorbike chase taking place in Vietnam but that was filmed in Thailand, and a finale aboard a stealth ship that has the highest death rate of all final battles. Storywise the plot about a media mogul trying to provoke a war between the UK and China isn't all bad, I just wish someone more charismatic than Jonathan Pryce would have been casted (Apparently Anthony Hopkins walked away from the role). Michelle Yeoh as main female is okay, Teri Hatcher as Carver's wife is a disappointment. The best performance goes to Götz Otto as the henchman Stamper. 8.1/10 ” - rogdie
Pacific Heights (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A couple works hard to renovate their dream house and become landlords to pay for it. Unfortunately one of their tenants has plans of his own. (102 mins.)
“ July 12 2016

This should be a required viewing for everyone who considers becoming a landlord. Pacific Heights features the tenant from hell, and the tenant is none other than Michael Keaton in an over the top performance as a criminal trying to terrorize a young couple when he moves in their house and takes possession of a flat they want to rent out. Matthew Modine in a very weak performance and Melanie Griffith as the hands on girlfriend taking on responsability when Modine outrageously fails, complete the cast of this thriller that cannot convince me. Maybe it scared the hell out of house owners in 1989, but today it wouldn't frighten anyone anymore. 5,7/10 ” - rogdie
The Danish Girl (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A fictitious love story loosely inspired by the lives of Danish artists Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener. Lili and Gerda's marriage and work evolve as they navigate Lili's groundbreaking journey as a transgender pioneer. (119 mins.)
Director: Tom Hooper
“ July 10 2016

Eddie Redmayne, Academy Award winner for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking, stars in this loose biography of Lili Elbe, one of the world's first gender reassignment patients. The story of his life, his emergence as a transsexual and his ultimate transformation via one of the very first gender reassignment surgeries is however quite far away from the real events. Elbe was in her late forties during these events, not early thirties. The relationship with her wife Gerda Wegener is also a very adapted story. The end product is a very sappy love story highlighting a couple managing the condition of Einar/Lili. Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander are perfect in their roles, Vikander picking up an Academy Award as supporting actress for her performance, but the movie is not really captivating. It is maybe of interest for people of the transgender community but the general public might get bored very quickly. 6.2/10 ” - rogdie
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
“ July 9 2016

You go into the movie expecting to see a typical underdog movie about a female boxer from white trash origins getting a shot at title bouts, but you end up in a gut wrenching euthanasia tragedy. Best film of 2004, Academy Awards for producer/director Clint Eastwood, actress Hilary Swank and actor Morgan Freeman, the prizes and appreciation for Million Dollar Baby are well deserved and even at a second or third viewing the fate of Maggie Fitzgerald doesn't leave you indifferent. Swank and Eastwood as her boxing trainer with a dark past make sure that this story stays with you long after the movie end. A very moving and captivating experience. 8.8/10 ” - rogdie
It's a Boy Girl Thing (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Sworn enemies find themselves in each other's bodies, and use this to ruin each other's lives. (95 mins.)
Director: Nick Hurran
“ July 8 2016

Another variation on the body switch theme, this time in a highschool surrounding. This Elton John (!?) produced movie makes a young football prospect and a driven Yale bound literature student switch bodies with the predictible consequences. Now the jock has to get high grades and go through an interview for a college acceptance while the girl has to perform in an important football game in front of college scouts. As one can expect romantice feelings ensue and everything is geared toward a happy end. Simplistic approach, this film might be appealing for a younger audience, it has its funnier moments but it has no depth at all. Easily forgettable. 5,5/10 ” - rogdie
Room (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A young boy is raised within the confines of a small shed. (118 mins.)
“ July 7 2016

Academy Award and further major awards galore rained on Brie Larson for her portrayal of Ma in this gripping drama about a mother, kidnapped at age 17 and held into a shed for more than 7 years. Her son Jack is 5, fathered by the kidnapper and rapist, has never seen the outside world, this Room is their world. Jack is played by Jacob Tremblay and I kept asking myself why the very mature and enlightning performance by this 8 year old wasn't matched up to Larson's, he is as good as she is. Anyway Room kept reminding me of those kidnapping cases in Austria and the Usa, with quite similar backgrounds and children born in captivity so it has a very true ring to it even though it is based on a novel and not a true story. 7.8/10 ” - rogdie
The Runner (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  
In the aftermath of the 2010 BP oil spill, an idealistic but flawed politician is forced to confront his dysfunctional life after his career is destroyed in a sex scandal. (90 mins.)
Director: Austin Stark
“ July 6 2016

Those waiting for an action thriller with Nicolas Cage will be bitterly disappointed, this 2015 movie is a political insight in the aftermath of the oil catastrophe Deep Water Horizon back in 2010 and the consequences for inhabitants of Louisiana. Cage plays an idealistic politician seizing the opportunity of the limelight to get help for the victims of the oil spill. However a sex scandal destroys his career and once he has disappeared he seems to notice that working as an attorney for the victims has its own merits or so it seems. For those politically interested you get a deeper look into the workings of the political system in the US but the movie stays uninspired, not interesting and the path it takes makes you ask in the end if there was a message to be conveyed. 5,0/10 ” - rogdie
Charlie Chan's Secret (1936)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The heir to a huge fortune is presumed drowned, then shows up, is then murdered. (72 mins.)
Director: Gordon Wiles
“ July 5 2016

This is without any doubt one of the best Charlie Chan's, showing our favorite sleuth what he is doing best, solving a murder in difficult circumstances with a number of suspects. Add to this one that he proceeds without any help from his son, Keye Luke. Comic relief is provided by Herbert Mundin, best known as one of the friars in Robin Hood. The mystery is a challenging one, Chan must find the murderer of a long lost heir to a big estate, who just after resurfacing gets stabbed fatally in a very old estate with lots of hidden passages. Very suspenseful, entertaining. This must be one of Warner Oland's best stints as Chan. 8.4/10 ” - rogdie
Absolute Power (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A career thief witnesses a horrific crime involving the U.S. President. (121 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
“ July 4 2016

I remember reading David Baldacci's novel and being quite disappointed with the movie as quite a lot was changed, especially the fact that the character of Luther (Clint Eastwood) who was killed off early in the novel was made the hero. I also didn't like the over the top performance of Gene Hackman as the President. But now, a long time after I saw it first, I must say that without the details of his the novel still in my head, the movie is a first class thriller, very expertly directed and with a whole cast of quite famous actors like Ed Harris, Judy Davis, Richard Jenkins, Scott Glenn, David Haysbert and E.G.Marshall. Changed my mind over it and I don't regret that. 8.2/10 ” - rogdie
Get Him to the Greek (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A record company intern is hired to accompany out-of-control British rock star Aldous Snow to a concert at L.A.'s Greek Theater. (109 mins.)
“ July 3 2016

From the comedy team arount writer/director Judd Apatow comes 'Get him to Greek', in which Jonah Hill, as a record company assistant has to escort an hasbeen, drug addicted, British rock singer from London via New York to Los Angeles in order to perform an anniversary concert. Of course this is gonna be the trip of his life and the film moves from one outrageous scene to the next. Russell Brand, ex of Katy Perry, portrays the addictive and eccentric Aldous Snow, the extreme rock star who finds out that basically he has noone, and leads a very lonely life. Good entertainment, quite raunchy at time, but very funny. 7,3/10 ” - rogdie
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The Griswold family's plans for a big family Christmas predictably turn into a big disaster. (97 mins.)
“ July 2 2016

Third entry in the Griswold saga, in which the world's most chaotic family celebrates its Christmas holiday. Clark Griswold, family dad and neighbor from hell wants to provide everyone with a Christmas to remember and he does just that. Chaos and mayhem rock and the viewer gets his fair share of visual gags. But what makes this movie even more interesting is the supporting cast. The Griswold kids are played by Juliette Lewis and Johnny Galecki (Big Bang). The grandparents are played by Diane Ladd, Doris Roberts, E.G.Marshall and John Randolph, add to that Randy Quaid, Nicholas Guest and Julia Louis-Dreyfus and you have a great assembly. 7.4/10 ” - rogdie
Safe Men (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Two untalented singers are mistaken for a pair of major league safe crackers in Providence, Rhode Island... (88 mins.)
Director: John Hamburg
“ June 30 2016

Steve Zahn, Sam Rockwell, Paul Giamatti, Mark Ruffalo, Michael Lerner : these days a cast like this would define this movie almost as a blockbuster. Unfortunately, Safe Men was made in 1998, for most of the cast, it was career beginning, and the movie set in Providence, Rhode Island, about two completely untalented party singers being mistaken for expert safe crackers by a local mafioso is anything but funny. I cannot say that it is a total failure, the cast is just too well known and watching Giamatti trying his best in a badly written script is still quite pleasant at times. The movie though is something which can easily be forgotten. 4.2/10 ” - rogdie
The Hateful Eight (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
In the dead of a Wyoming winter, a bounty hunter and his prisoner find shelter in a cabin currently inhabited by a collection of nefarious characters. (187 mins.)
“ June 29 2016

Basically this is a mystery story like any Agatha Christie movie/book, cloistering a select number of people in a remote place and letting bad things happen, leaving our hero to find the culprit. However it is a Quentin Tarantino film, and what he did with the basic easy story is really worth it. He took some of his favorite actors like Samuel L.Jackson, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Kurt Russell and paired them with Bruce Dern, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Channing Tatum to form a cracking ensemble to portray strong characters in a story that keeps you on the edge for quite some time. Kudos to Tarantino, even though the story was leaked he decided to do the movie and I'm reall glad that he did. 9.1/10 ” - rogdie
Freddy und der Millionär (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
(88 mins.)
Director: Paul May
“ June 27 2016

Back in the sixties, it was a tradition that every singer able to produce a chart hit would go on to star in some kind of movie, generally a piece of comedy enabling the star to belt out a few songs and try himself at acting. Freddy Quinn was such a star, making a fortune with his recordings, but an actor he was not. Thank God that this movie features comic Heinz Erhardt, at least his gags save the movie somewhat. Otherwise there is no reason to make this one memorable. 4.3/10 ” - rogdie
Rocky III (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
After winning the ultimate title and being the world champion, Rocky falls into a hole and finds himself picked up by a former enemy. (99 mins.)
“ June 26 2016

Rocky Balboa has arrived in the eighties. The dark scenes from Philadelphia's suburbs have gone replaced by the flashy colors of California, the bright lights of the champ's villa or the big stadiums in which he fights. We have the 80's music, Hulk Hogan and Mister T. as his brutal opponent Clubber Lang. Of course, the story has lost all its social components, the underdog storyline, now it is purely a tribute to Rocky. The film needs tension, so Rocky loses his championship, his old manager dies and he has to challenge himself again to go back to the top. Entertainment has taken over. 7.7/10 ” - rogdie
Two for the Seesaw (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Jerry Ryan is wandering aimlessly around New York, having given up his law career in Nebraska when his wife asked for a divorce... (119 mins.)
Director: Robert Wise
“ June 25 2016

First, Robert Mitchum was not an actor to do romances or romantic comedies. Second, if not for Shirley MacLaine, this 1962 romance would have been a turkey from the beginning. Third, the movie has awfully aged, painting a romance and its failure on completely antiquated standards, beliefs and morals. It is based on a stage play and it shows, the movie doesn't really take advantage of 1960's New York, two sets are being used for 90 percent of the movie. Thanks to Shirley, I give it 4.9/10 ” - rogdie
Joy (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Joy is the story of the title character, who rose to become founder and matriarch of a powerful family business dynasty. (124 mins.)
“ June 23 2016

I was a bit disappointed when I read that Joy is not the biopic of one person but more of a congglomerate of women who took matters in their own hands, turned their life around and achieved success. Jennifer Lawrence's portrayal of Joy and the movie's storyline resembles however closely that of Joy Mangano, inventor of 100+ products and most importantly the Miracle Mop starring regularly on Home Shopping Networks. The films tells us of how Joy achieves despite all adversities, familywise or business wise to come through with her inventions and start a very successful venture. It is absolutely satisfying to see Jennifer Lawrence show again her wide range and prowess in acting, she has so much more talent than appearing in the Hunger Games or being painted in blue in the X-Men. Silver Linings Playbook co-actors Bradley Cooper and Robert de Niro are back with her in this very balanced picture. 8,3/10 ” - rogdie
The Omen (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Mysterious deaths surround an American ambassador. Could the child that he is raising actually be the Antichrist? The Devil's own son? (111 mins.)
Director: Richard Donner
“ June 22 2016

The Omen has its place in my memory due to two of the most memorable death scenes in movie history. The impaling of the priest and the decapitation of the photographer have made their mark with me and even though in comparison to today's special effects one could seriously laugh at them they still are the highlights of one of the most successful horror movies. Directed by Richard Donner and starring Gregory Peck the telling of the re-birth of the Antichrist and the fate of his adoptive family surely ranks amidst the most memorable films of the 1970's, by today's standards however it has become rather tame, maybe that is why a remake was made a few years ago. 7,3/10 ” - rogdie
Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
After finding love, Bridget Jones questions if she really has everything she's dreamed of having. (108 mins.)
Director: Beeban Kidron
“ June 21 2016

Bridget Jones is at it again, you would think that during the first movie our perky Brit (played by American Renee Zellweger) seemed to have found love in Mark Darcy (Colin Firth) but the sequel shows that Bridget is not really that good as relationships. Edge of Reason shows her breaking up with her boyfriend, thinking about hooking up with ex Daniel Cleaver (Hugh Grant) and landing in a Thai prison. The movie might not be as funny as the first one but it has its moments and it is quite a lot of fun. Now on to the third. 7.2/10 ” - rogdie
You're Not You (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A drama centered on a classical pianist who has been diagnosed with ALS and the brash college student who becomes her caregiver. (102 mins.)
Director: George C. Wolfe
“ June 20 2016

This is a weepie alright. Don't expect any comedic touches, don't expect any roantic moments, it is a rather bleak story about a woman who is dying from ALS and the young college student who is taking care of her. Academy Award Winner Hilary Swank plays the ALS patient rather convincingly and Emmy Rossum is her caregiver. It seems to me as if the movie is particularly keen on raising awareness to the sickness than really telling a story. it is a moving story, well acted, well told but with no particular depth, especially the supporting cast, Josh Duhamel, Frances Fisher have to fight with negative character painting. 6,5/10 ” - rogdie
Sisters (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Two sisters decide to throw one last house party before their parents sell their family home. (118 mins.)
Director: Jason Moore
“ June 19 2016

Amy Poehler and Tina Fey might be one of the best comedic duos in the US, TV shows like Saturday Night Live, Parks and Recreation, 30 Rock and diverse award shows are the proof that whether alone or as a duo, they do indeed gel quite perfectly. Sisters is their second movie featuring them in principal roles, however it just doesn't work. The story of two fortysomething sisters, both at a difficult point in their life, who try to relive the past by staging a party in their parents' house just like they did 30 years before is lame, visual gags sometimes work, but mostly they don't, there isn't any chemistry between Fey and Poehler, and some supporting actors are funnier than the main stars. James Brolin and Dianne Wiest as the parents are great, too bad that they don't have any more screen time. 5.1/10 ” - rogdie
Eagle Eye (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Jerry and Rachel are two strangers thrown together by a mysterious phone call from a woman they have never met. Threatening their lives and family, she pushes Jerry and Rachel into a series of increasingly dangerous situations, using the technology of everyday life to track and control their every move. (118 mins.)
Director: D.J. Caruso
“ June 18 2016

Conspiracy thrillers have been quite popular these past years, led by famous TV Series like 24, The Blacklist and movies like Conspiracy Theory or the Bourne quadrilogy and Eagle Eye is the conspiracy thriller by definition as our two unwilling heroes Michelle Monaghan and Shia LaBoeuf are made instruments in a conspiracy to eradicate the government of the US. So far, so good. The action is first rate, a car chase around Chicago, a wild pursuit inside an aeroport luggage system and an explosive shooting inside a tunnel are the highlights. However, the villain, overseeing everything and manipulating the electronics and media is a computer. Bummer ! We're back to Wargames, a computer program manipulating and using a training scenario as the real thing, was there no better scenario? Good thing, the computer voice haunting our main characters is noone else than Julianne Moore. Action and entertainment are top, story : can do better. 7.5/10 ” - rogdie
August 15th (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Three men are abandonned by their wives for a few days in the summer holidays. They are alone with five kids to feed and a house to maintain. And they will learn what they did wrong with their wives. (90 mins.)
“ June 17 2016

Three married guys get ditched by their respective wives during a vacation so they have to deal with their young kids and their own problems while the women seem to have a good time. This rather insipid french comedy tries to be a funny look at how helpless men and fathers are once they get abandoned by their wives, but it is a very unfunny piece of cinema culminating in a godawful ending when the men get liberated by a life counsellor. A waste of time. 4.1/10 ” - rogdie
The Scorch Trials (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
After having escaped the Maze, the Gladers now face a new set of challenges on the open roads of a desolate landscape filled with unimaginable obstacles. (132 mins.)
Director: Wes Ball
“ June 16 2016

This is the sequel to the Maze Runner and apparently the middle part of a trilogy as the movie ends in a cliffhanger. The adventures of Thomas and his friends who escaped the famous maze continue and while i was reminded of Lord of the Flies when watching the first movie, the Scorch Trials oddly were very similar to the Resident Evil movies, when the bad guys, representing an evil corporation called Wickd, were hunting our hero who seems to carry an antidote to a worldwide plague. Zombies galore, another element common with the Resident Evil movies make the action scenes quite interesting, however the cliffhanger element lets the viewer dissatisfied, what will happen next ? Okay story, good action, good actors, bring on the next one. 7,3/10 ” - rogdie
Lost in Space (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  
The Robinson family was going into space to fight for a chance for humanity. Now they are fighting to live long enough to find a way home. (130 mins.)
Director: Stephen Hopkins
“ June 15 2016

A 1960's Tv series about a family stranded in space was one of the first shows that got the movie treatment in Hollywood's drive to put famous TV events onto the Cinema screen. Money was poured into the production, special effects were created, however the actors didn't gel and the story was quite ludicrous, especially the ending was particularly awful. Lost in space is a big budget production that loses its way big time during the middle and the actors seem even more lost. Only Gary Oldman is at his usual best, he owns the screen, while William Hurt as the commander seems oddly miscast. Matt Leblanc as the tough major is a complete miscast, truth to be said. 5.5/10 ” - rogdie
Eraser (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A Witness Protection specialist becomes suspicious of his co-workers when dealing with a case involving high-tech weapons. (115 mins.)
Director: Charles Russell
“ June 14 2016

Apparently the producing of Eraser was quite an adventure with lots of quarrels between producer and director and an endless screenplay re-writing process. The end result is nevertheless a good action movie with Arnold as a US Deputy trying to protect Vanessa Williams, who is about to testify in an arms deal scandal. James Caan is the bad guy but he does by far the best performance. 7.9/10 ” - rogdie
Magic in the Moonlight (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A romantic comedy about an Englishman brought in to help unmask a possible swindle. Personal and professional complications ensue. (97 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
“ June 13 2016

Woody Allen is back as his best in this romantic comedy set in the late 1920 in which pessimistic and grumpy magician Colin Firth is set on debunking mediums and their tricks just like Harry Houdini did, but seems to meet his match when he encounters young Emma Stone whose powers seem genuine. What more is, he seems to fall for this bright young woman despite all his senses warning him against. It is a delightful comedy full of wit and sensibilty, such a departure from Allen's moody chamber pieces when you ask yourself what the master's intentions really are. 7.9/10 ” - rogdie
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
British retirees travel to India to take up residence in what they believe is a newly restored hotel. Less luxurious than advertised, the Marigold Hotel nevertheless slowly begins to charm in unexpected ways. (124 mins.)
Director: John Madden
“ June 12 2016

Get together a group of the most well known british actors, find them an appealing story and you have a gem of a movie. Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a very entertaining, lovable tale of a group of retirees moving to India for their different style of return rement. They expect to pass their time in a luxurious resort, but unfortunately that is not the case. The hotel is not quite as noble but the enthousiasm of the young owner and adapting to their new surroundings provides the group with incentive enough to try out their new lives. The best of course here is the chemistry of the actors. Judy Dench, Bill Nighy and Tom Wilikinson are just great but Dame Maggie Smith again is fantastic as the rather racist old Governess who just comes to India for a replacement hip, but provides the key for the Marigold Hotel to have a future. 8.2/10 ” - rogdie
It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
An angel helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman by showing what life would have been like if he never existed. (130 mins.)
Director: Frank Capra
“ June 11 2016

To this day. It's a wonderful Life must be the most played movie at Christmas time on TV all over the world. One reason more for me to watch it in June, and to debunk a lot of beliefs, this movie wasn't made in winter but during july in excruciating heat. The angel second class only appears after more than 90 minutes in the movie, and the bad guy, Potter seems to get away with embezzeling money. There you are, not really a Christmas movie, but nevertheless it is one of the best movies ever made, led by James Stewart as George Bailey, directed by Frank Capra, it has entered general culture all over the world and rifhtly so. 8.8/10 ” - rogdie
Pasha (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Six months before his retirement from the criminal police, inspector Joss finds his colleague Gouvion dead... (90 mins.)
Director: Georges Lautner
“ June 10 2016

A new variation on the French crime thriller came out in 1968 when director Georges Lautner elected to feature monumental star Jean Gabin as a police commissioner using all sorts of dirty tricks in order to find a neafrious gangster who, among others, murdered a childhood friend and a colleague of the policeman. It is quite a different procedural and for that time it was quite a revolutionary concept to see a policeman resort to those sorts of methods. It seemed even more horrific that that policeman was Jean Gabin. But the movie became a success, hard, short, snappy at 82 minutes, even though it looks quite outdated for today. 6,3/10 ” - rogdie
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
“ June 9 2016

The end of another trilogy, Meet the Fockers makes one last ditch effort to showcase the irrational family life of the Byrnes and the Fockers with Robert de Niro as head honcho Jack Byrnes still making his son-in-law's life miserable. This time he elects to test Greg Focker, alias Ben Stiller, as the head of the family should he be not there anymore and this is the more challenging for the ever impressionable Greg, as this just happens at the moment when a beautiful pharma rep is making him advances. It is nice to see Stiller and DeNiro at it again, but the movie doesn't really have a purpose except for making the tension between father in law and son in law come to an exciting finale, but it has a lot of plot holes and Owen Wilson's part in the movie is just what it is : A time filler. Money and talent wasted, maybe they should have concentrated on the Focker's kids instead, there was potential there. 5,7/10 ” - rogdie
Rolling Thunder (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Major Charles Rane comes back from the war and is given a number of gifts from his hometown because he is a war hero... (95 mins.)
Director: John Flynn
“ June 8 2016

When i read the plot on the DVD cover for the first time, i was convinced that it was another Death Wish / Charles Bronson type movie. The story is not unlike the Death Wish vigilante storyline, however it could have been more. It was foremost a Vietnam soldier's drama focussing on the main character's past, him being a Prisoner of War for 7 years and not being capable to resocialize. In most parts the movie does indeed concentrate on Devane as Major Rane, but unfortunately once the drama happens and the guy loses his family it gradually turns into Death Wish with the violent shootout as an inevitable finale. Tommy Lee Jones in one of his first movie appearances is great, i don't think he changes his face expression once .... well maybe once at the end when he meets the hooker. 6,8/10 ” - rogdie
Smokey and the Bandit (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The Bandit is hired on to run a tractor trailer full of beer over county lines in hot pursuit by a pesky sheriff. (96 mins.)
Director: Hal Needham
“ June 7 2016

It was nothing but a series of car crashes, cascades, stunts that veteran stuntmen used to put together a script that went on to become one of the most successful movies of the 1970's. Smokey and the Bandit was in 1977 second only to Star Wars earnings wise. However it hit the nerves of the cinema goers by making the then biggest movie star in the world, Burt Reynolds, take on the role of Bandit and make fun of the whole police force. Sally Field was the female lead, not bad either for that time, as she and Reynolds became a couple during shooting. But the movie belongs without the shadow of a doubt to veteran Jackie Gleason , whose Sheriff Buford T.Justic became a row model for caricatures of overweight under-intelligent police troopers in movies for decades to come. But his peformance is perfect, without him neither Reynolds nor the whole movie would have had such a success. Anyone for a remake ? 7,1/10 ” - rogdie
“ June 5 2016

It is 1964 and crime and espionage movies are the latest rage. James Bond copies are popping up in every country, especially the Germans are extremely hungry for everything that has to do with British spies, Scotland Yard. The Edgar Wallace series draws millions into the theaters, and this one, although it is not based on a Wallace novel, manages to find a mix between a spy thriller and a whodunit throwing a plethora of known german actors and a few international names in the hat. The story about a formula that makes petrol and oil redundant is very stereotyped and full of clichés but it still is quite amusing, especially when everyone drives cars with the steering wheel on the left, when the movie is set in England. No great cinematic feat though. 5.5/0 ” - rogdie
Fantastic Four (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  
Four young outsiders teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe which alters their physical form in shocking ways. The four must learn to harness their new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy. (100 mins.)
Director: Josh Trank
“ June 4 2016

Why do executives in film studios take decisions that provoke head shaking for every movie fan around the world ? Why do action hero movies constantly get rebooted for lesser quality or new storylines. Apparently 20th Century Fox needed to do another Fantastic Four movie before the end of 2015, but they came with a big desaster. They gave the reins of the movie to an incometent director who seemed to pick a fight with almost everyone of the crew, producer and actors, they decided to change the script, shorten the movie, and reshoot parts of it, but in the end all that came out was a confusing movie. It differed significantly from the earlier films, the story was radically altered, only the Four's names and super powers remained the same. Ultimately it is not a complete disaster, but it was savaged by critics and public, and mostly they were right. Too bad, this was a franchise that i kind of liked. 5,5/10 ” - rogdie
The Scarlet and the Black (1983 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Vatican efforts, lead by Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty, to save Allied POWs and downed Allied airmen as the Nazis invade Rome. (143 mins.)
Director: Jerry London
“ June 3 2016

This 1983 TV movie starring Gregory Peck pays tribute to a real life WWII hero, Irish priest Hugh O'Flaherty. As a Monsignore in the Vatican O'Flaherty took it on himself to organize the escape and hiding of some 6500 prisoners of war and Jews throughout the city of Rome and its surroundings. O'Flaherty and his aides were hunted by the commander of the SS Herbert Keppler and his goons. Keppler is played by Christopher Plummer, while John Gielgud is Pope Pius XII. Credit to this movie who focuses on the lesser known hero O'Flaherty, i just wonder how they came to the idea to give the role of a 45 years old priest to he 67 year old Gregory Peck. Not that i don't appreciate Peck's performance, he is absolutely spot on, but didnt they find a younger actor ? 6,5/10 ” - rogdie
Charlie Chan on Broadway (1937)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Returning from European exile where she avoided testifying against her criminal associates, a former singer with a tell-all diary is murdered to ensure her silence. (68 mins.)
Director: Eugene Forde
“ June 2 2016

Let's take aside the fact that the thing that makes Chan movies so interesting, the murder, only happens after 32 minutes (it is a 68 minute long film) and considering that absolutely nothing links the story with Broadway except that it takes place in New York I can still appreciate this segment in the series around the famous detective. It is a snappy, funny entry highlighting once again the chemistry between Warner Oland and Keye Luke. The mystery is an interesting one and the real culprit isn't really obvious until the end, which is not the case for a few other Chan crime stories. 7.0/10 ” - rogdie
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
High schooler Greg, who spends most of his time making parodies of classic movies with his co-worker Earl, finds his outlook forever altered after befriending a classmate who has just been diagnosed with cancer. (105 mins.)
“ June 1 2016

There are movies which can surprise you when you least expect it. With Me and Earl and the Dying Girl i was preparing for a downbeat teenage drama about dying young and what such an experience could bring for friends and family. Basically that is the story, but the way it is told to the viewer has a powerful, uplifting effect. Even though watching Olivia Cooke go through the metamorphosis that the leukemia forces on her makes watching difficult it is fantastic how the humor and heart of Thomas Mann lightens up the movie. Every relationship in this gem is painted just the right way and despite the expected result the movie is refreshing, forthright and inspiring. 8,5/10 ” - rogdie
Roxanne (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Based on the play "Cyrano de Bergerac", large nosed C.D. Bales falls for the beautiful Roxanne while she falls for his personality but another man's looks. (107 mins.)
Director: Fred Schepisi
“ May 31 2016

Actor comedian Steve Martin created a modern update of Edmond Rostand's Cyrano de Bergerac as a perfect vehicle for himself, as this 1987 comedy provides a romantic, yet truly hilarious entertainment for the whole family. Martin as a fire dhief in a small town , whom nature has given a remarkably prominent nose, takes it upon himself to help a dumb witless colleague woo Roxanne, an articulate but helplessly romantic beauty. Clearly, the story orientates itself dlosely towards the original, but it gives Martin the unique chance to demonstrate his comedic talent. His declination of 20 insults to his big feature in front of an admiring crowd is the absolute highlight of a truly briiliant comedy. 8.4/10 ” - rogdie
OSS 117: Mission for a Killer (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
A secret agent is dispatched to find a rare and valuable drug. (99 mins.)
“ May 30 2016

3rd outing for French super agent OSS 117 in this adventure movie taking place in Brazil. The pale copy of 007 is dispatched to South America in order to find the people behind a string of political assassinations. Frederick Stafford, a Czech born model landed his first film role when director Andre Hunnebelle chose to cast him as the suave agent, some 3 years before the Bond producers tried the same thing. They also went to Brazil some 13 years before Bond shooting scenes in some areas where Moonraker would be shot. But no comparisons to Bond, the french movie is an acceptable spy movie in the style of so many movies that were made to ride on the success of the bigger series, but neither on technical levels nor storywise it can compete. Enjoy for what it is, a fair adventure movie like wo many others from the 60's. 6.0/10 ” - rogdie
The Lady in the Van (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A man forms an unexpected bond with a transient woman living in her van that's parked in his driveway. (104 mins.)
Director: Nicholas Hytner
“ May 29 2016

Alan Bennett is one of the most renowned playwriters in the UK, and you wouldn't imagine that this extraordinary story really happened to him. Putting up for fifteen years with a homeless, elderly lady parking her van in his driveway must have been a nightmare at times. Yet the movie concentrates on the characters of Bennett and the lady, played by Dame Maggie Smith in a very nuanced performance. Not prying on the viewers' sentimental sides, not trying to convey any pity for the homeless woman, The Lady in the Van is a spirited biopic of an extraordinary happenstance that is fuelled by a band of good actors. 7.2/10 ” - rogdie
Chinatown (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A private detective hired to expose an adulterer finds himself caught up in a web of deceit, corruption and murder. (130 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
“ May 28 2016

It is widely regarded as one of the best movies ever, and its screenplay is used in colleges and film schools as mandatory reading, yet Chinatown cannot convince me entirely. It is a film noir shot in color with Jack Nicholson, in a very good performance, as 1930's private eye J.J Gittes who gets in over his head with a case that proves to be much more complex than the adultery cases he normally takes on. But the story is slow moving, true to classic detective stories everything is told out of the hero's point of view, which by today's standards isn't done anymore. So following around Nicholson gets tiresome and even the famous nostril cutting scene nor the shocking incest revelation and tragic ending can't really save it for me. For me there are better movies around, sorry Mr. Polanski. 6.9/10 ” - rogdie
Steve Jobs (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Steve Jobs takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution, to paint a portrait of the man at its epicenter. The story unfolds backstage at three iconic product launches, ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac. (122 mins.)
Director: Danny Boyle
“ May 27 2016

Steve Jobs may well be the reason our world is what it is today, his Ipod, Iphone , Ipad ideas have revolutionized the way we live and there are quite a few people around who liken the charismatic founder of Apple as a modern day Edison. This movie, written by West Wing creator Alan Sorkin and directed by Danny Boyle features Michael Fassbender as Jobs and Kate Winslet as his right hand Joanna Hoffman at crucial moments of his life, 1984 when he launched the Mcintosh computer, a resounding failure, 1988 when, after being fired from Apple, he founded Next a company which was later bought by Apple allowing Jobs to take over again and 1998, the ever so important launch of the iMac. True to the Sorkin style dialogues are flying and actors are , well acting. It is quite interesting for the people who know the story of Jobs, his visions, his character and his quirks, but for a simple movie amateur it is not a good pick. You need to have inside knowledge and following the action without that just won't help you go through the 2 hours. 6,7/10 ” - rogdie
The Matrix (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers. (136 mins.)
“ May 26 2016

It was the movie that noone understood, but that everybody talked about. The Matrix was surely the phenomenon of 1999/2000, featuring action sequences that had been seen before, a story that was a challenge for every viewer to understand at the first sitting but that had everyone begging for more. Keanu Reeves became an instant action hero and the success of the movie spawned two sequels. It remains as of today the reference in fight and action scenes. 9.1/10 ” - rogdie
Dakota (1945)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
In 1871 Dakota, two crooked businessmen oppose the local wheat farmers and the railroad development, in order to control the town of Fargo. (82 mins.)
Director: Joseph Kane
“ May 25th 2016

Produced for Republic Pictures in 1945 this must be one of his weaker Westerns John Wayne did after he shot to fame with Stagecoach. Dakota is a muddled story about land dealings around 1870 in the city of Fargo, North Dakota. Wayne plays a newly wed guy who plans to settle down with his Wife in that city only to be caught in the middle of a gangster scheme to rid the farmers around town of their land. Ward Bond, one of Wayne's long time friends plays the villain Bender and Vera Ralston his wife but even at barely 80 minutes the movie drags on a little bit. A clumsy Wayne vehicle and one of Duke's failures. 5,8/10 ” - rogdie
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
As the war of Panem escalates to the destruction of other districts, Katniss Everdeen, the reluctant leader of the rebellion, must bring together an army against President Snow, while all she holds dear hangs in the balance. (137 mins.)
“ May 24 2016

4th part of the Hunger Games : all done now, the trilogy in four parts has run its course and this last film brought the tale of Katniss Averdeen to its deserved end. Verdict : Acceptable. Action and drama, lose the humor (there really was never any in the whole franchise), add pathos and show the dilemma of the heroine and there is the finale. Those who know the book surely know about the big twist at the end, but it really isn't a huge surprise for the viewer. Jennifer Lawrence rules, but the other actors like Liam Hensworth and Josh Hutcherson aren't bad either. It was bout time though for this saga to end. 6.6/10 ” - rogdie
Xanadu (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.0/10 X  
The story of a girl who makes dreams come true. (96 mins.)
“ May 23 2016

After the worldwide of success, Olivia Newton John was prepped to become the next big musical star, and the movie that was scheduled to make her achieve further stardom was Xanadu. We all know what happened : Xanadu flopped badly, the movie was covered with bad critics and to be truthful, this must be one of the cheesiest and worst acted movies around produced by a major studio. Never mind the great Gene Kelly for whom this was the last movie appearance and his very cute duet with Olivia Newton John, but all the actors including Olivia were woefully bad. The only highlight is the soundtrack shared between ELO and Newton John which went to Number One in the charts back in 1980. So let's say 3 for the movie and 7 for the music averaging at 5,0/10 ” - rogdie
GoldenEye (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
James Bond teams up with the lone survivor of a destroyed Russian research center to stop the hijacking of a nuclear space weapon by a fellow agent formerly believed to be dead. (130 mins.)
Director: Martin Campbell
“ May 22 2016

Exit Timothy Dalton, enter Pierce Brosnan. After a 6 year hiatus James Bond returns in GoldenEye in an elaborate and thrilling adventure about a russian spy satellite and the sinister plan to detonate an electric bomb wiping out all electronics over London. To make Brosnan's debut even more exciting the movie features a chase across St. Petersburg with a tank and a finale in Puerto Rico on the world's biggest telescope. The support cast was also notable : Sean Bean, Robbie Coltrane, Gottfried John, Alan Cumming , Judy Dench in her first appearance as M and in a small cameo Minnie Driver as a russian bar singer. The best role however was given to Famke Janssen, the dutch actress who would later be a part of the X-men was ideally cast as the murderous Xenia Onatopp, whose killings seemed to provide her sexual pleasure. 8.0/10 ” - rogdie
8 Heads in a Duffel Bag (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
A mob bagman finds that his luggage, containing the proof of his latest hit, has been switched. (95 mins.)
Director: Tom Schulman
“ May 21 2016

Joe Pesci is certainly one of the most typecast actors in Hollywood. He seems to be locked up to play mafia henchmen or small time crooks for eternity. His role in this movie is more of the same when he is a mafia bag man tasked to deliver 8 heads of murdered gangsters to a mafia boss only to lose the duffel bag with the bloody cargo inside when it gets switched with the bag of a college student. The film wants to be a comedy and the writers do everything to make it hilarious, but it doesn't really work, most gags are not really funny, the other actors are average at best , only comedian David Spade holds his own against Pesci. This could have been done better. 5,7/10 ” - rogdie
Carol (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
An aspiring photographer develops an intimate relationship with an older woman in 1950s New York. (118 mins.)
Director: Todd Haynes
“ May 20 2016

Based on a novel by Patricia Highsmith, Carol is a romantic love story between two women in the 1950's. Though slow moving, the film is never boring, highlighting the attraction between the two lead characters despite the social constraints and difficulties of such a relationship in the 1950's. Both Rooney Mara, playing the young naive shop assistant falling in love with an older woman and Cate Blanchett as the socialite in the proceedings of her divorce, risking to lose the custody of her child because of her lesbian tendancies harmonize perfectly. A very polished movie. 6,9/10 ” - rogdie
The Women (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A study of the lives and romantic entanglements of various interconnected women. (133 mins.)
Director: George Cukor
“ May 19 2016

Imagine a film about love, adultery, divorce, betrayal, collusions, power struggles and relationships that lasts 130 minutes. This huge chunk of movie has one particularity : Every role in this movie is female, there isn't a man to be seen or heard throughout its entirety, even the featured animals are females. The movie is based on a famous stage play and it assembles about every female actress active in Hollywood at the time save a few absentees like Myrna Loy or Vivien Leigh. The drama is of course full of cliched scenes relevant of the late thirties, many acid commentaries provide chuckles and laughter. A curious but watchable movie. 6.3/10 ” - rogdie
Make Mine Mink (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Zany collection of misfits led by aging military man (Terry-Thomas) go on a spree of robbing mink coats... (101 mins.)
Director: Robert Asher
“ May 17 2016

Now, I wonder why so many movies or TV series, whether successful or not, are being remade today and treasures like this one are not. Make mine Mink is a delightful comedy made in 1960 about a very unusual gang of fur robbers led by British comedy icon Terry Thomas. In case you don't know him, that is the chap with the large moustache and the rather big hole between his two front teeth. The adventures of this band of superb characters who are committing crimes only for charity reasons are a highlight of british comedy talent and comedy writers these days should watch these gems as a mandatory preparation. Look for Freddie Frinton in this movie, the guy who is so famous in Germany for sketch called Dinner for One, had a small role in this one. 8.4/10 ” - rogdie
Extraction (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  
A former CIA operative is kidnapped by a group of terrorists. When his son learns there is no plan for his father to be saved, he launches his own rescue operation. (83 mins.)
“ May 16 2016

Whenever did Bruce Willis slide down the career ladder so his movies ended up in the Limited release or Direct to DVD section ? If you consider his movie choices in the past five years, there are a few titles which might not say a lot to you. Extraction had his release mostly through VOD though it is a very acceptable action movie about a CIA agent ignoring protocol and going after his kidnapped father, a CIA agent himself. Decent fight scenes and my favorite action heroine Gina Carano make this an entertaining view, even though Willis' role is quite limited. You'll experience the usual, at times very predictable twists at the end but they should not deter from enjoying the action. 6.4/10 ” - rogdie
Burnt (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Adam Jones (Bradley Cooper) is a chef who destroyed his career with drugs and diva behavior. He cleans up and returns to London, determined to redeem himself by spearheading a top restaurant that can gain three Michelin stars. (101 mins.)
Director: John Wells
“ May 15 2016

Set in the very competitive world of the Haute Gastronomie, Burnt tells the story of a top chef, ex drug addict, who resurfaces in London after a three year absence and tries to make up for lost time by becoming a three star Michelin chef. Bradley Cooper stars as the ambitious, driven chef, reuniting with American Sniper costar Sienna Miller in a movie highlighting the tensions that can happen in this universe and especially the amends Cooper's character has to live through with all the people around him that he bitterly deceived. Good photography of the kitchen antics, the movie makes you get an insight into the frenzy and the incredible work load these superstars of the Haute Cuisine have to endure. 7,1/10 ” - rogdie
P.S. (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
An unfulfilled divorced woman gets the chance to relive her past when she meets a young man who appears to be her high school sweetheart who died many years before. (97 mins.)
Director: Dylan Kidd
“ May 14 2016

A divorced woman in her late thirties, without a relationship falls for a young art student who reminds her by his name and his looks of her highschool sweetheart who was killed in a car accident. Her belief in this case of reincarnation messes up her life and her relations with her ex husband, her mother and brother and her best girlfriend. This sappy live story drama fantasy features Laura Linney as the woman who can't get a grip of her life and Topher Grace as the young art student. Moving along very slowly, it incites the viewer to reflect about how this young man could really be either the reincarnation of her sweetheart or a possible offspring, but the end is a real letdown even though it might be a happy end for the protagonist. 4.9/10 ” - rogdie
Legend (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Identical twin gangsters Ronald and Reginald Kray terrorize London during the 1960s. (132 mins.)
Director: Brian Helgeland
“ May 13 2016

Legend is a biopic featuring famous London gangsters Ronnie and Reggie Kray who during the 1960's were star figures in the Loneon underworld and who both were convicted for murder at the end of the decade. Tom Hardy does an excellent performance portraying the twin brothers, the business like Reg and the mad, schizophrenic Ronnie. However the movie lacks dynamics, a lot of time is dedicated to the live relationship between Reg and his first wife Frances. This drags the movie along for over 2 hours and viewers not familiar with the story are bored despite scenes of violence and murder. Disappointing. 5 4/10 ” - rogdie