Tieser's Movie Log 2011

Starting End of June 2011 I will try to keep track of all the movies i watch. No exceptions. Enjoy!

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edit: Continued in Movie Diary 2012!
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1.
Marathon Man (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A graduate history student is unwittingly caught in the middle of an international conspiracy involving stolen diamonds, an exiled Nazi war criminal, and a rogue government agent. (125 mins.)
“ 27.6.11 .. Odd thriller story with very intense and disturbing moments. the world's madness invading the world of the common man. fascinating finale.. a real gem! 8.5/10 ” - tieser
 
2.
A Short Film About Killing (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
The plot couldn't be simpler or its attack on capital punishment (and the act of killing in general) more direct - a senseless... (84 mins.)
“ 28.6.11 .. I think it is pretty overrated. Has some extraordinary scenes in it, but did not strike me as the masterpiece it is being advertised as. See for yourself. 6.5/10 ” - tieser
 
3.
Dancer in the Dark (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An east European girl goes to America with her young son, expecting it to be like a Hollywood film. (140 mins.)
Director: Lars Von Trier
“ 30.6.11 .. finally. A brilliant, intense experience! A heartbreaking dead end street plot and a fascinating mix of drama and music. 9.5/10 ” - tieser
 
4.
The Tree of Life (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
The story of a family in Waco, Texas in 1956. The eldest son witnesses the loss of innocence and struggles with his parents' conflicting teachings. (139 mins.)
Director: Terrence Malick
“ 3.7.11 .. Amazing Camera work and visual effects, I even like the dinosaurs, but hate Pitt and the overall plot and the ending in particular. Beautiful, but extremely overrated and pretentious. 5/10 ” - tieser
 
5.
Casino (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Greed, deception, money, power, and murder occur between two best friends. a mafia underboss and a casino owner for a trophy wife over a gambling empire. (178 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ 4.7.11 .. seen it at least 3 times before, years ago. this time, only hate and contempt for the annoying narrator and de niros and stones characters. pescis death is still almost unbearably sadistic, but then again, he got what he deserved. what for quiet some time i reckoned as a top notch mobster flick is, all in all, pure and utter crap. Scorcese's weakest i know so far. 3/10 ” - tieser
 
6.
Tetsuo, the Iron Man (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A businessman accidentally kills The Metal Fetishist, who gets his revenge by slowly turning the man into a grotesque hybrid of flesh and rusty metal. (67 mins.)
“ 5.7.11 .. this. is. the. stuff. 10/10 ” - tieser
 
7.
The Book of Eli (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A post-apocalyptic tale, in which a lone man fights his way across America in order to protect a sacred book that holds the secrets to saving humankind. (118 mins.)
“ 6.7.11 .. actually ok. well crafted actioner. 6/10 ” - tieser
 
8.
Dust Devil (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A woman on the run from her abusive husband encounters a mysterious hitch-hiker. (87 mins.)
Director: Richard Stanley
“ 6.7.11 .. fun movie. cool atmosphere, story and characters. 8/10 ” - tieser
 
9.
Evil Dead II (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The lone survivor of an onslaught of flesh-possessing spirits holds up in a cabin with a group of strangers while the demons continue their attack. (84 mins.)
Director: Sam Raimi
“ 7.7.11 .. didn't convince this time. i still like the first one better. BUT, great gore fx. 7.5/10 ” - tieser
 
10.
Knocked Up (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
For fun-loving party animal Ben Stone, the last thing he ever expected was for his one-night stand to show up on his doorstep eight weeks later to tell him she's pregnant with his child. (129 mins.)
Director: Judd Apatow
“ 7.7.11 .. great approach to comedy. reminded me of clerks, but it's not as absurd. 8/10 ” - tieser
 
11.
High Tension (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Best friends Marie and Alexia decide to spend a quiet weekend at Alexia's parents' secluded farmhouse. But on the night of their arrival, the girls' idyllic getaway turns into an endless night of horror. (91 mins.)
Director: Alexandre Aja
“ 8.7.11 .. not as powerful as the first time. suspenseful and pretty gory, and i still haven't seen the full uncut version yet. but then again, do i need to? 7/10 ” - tieser
 
12.
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Ron Burgundy is San Diego's top-rated newsman in the male-dominated broadcasting of the 1970s, but that's all about to change for Ron and his cronies when an ambitious woman is hired as a new anchor. (94 mins.)
Director: Adam McKay
“ 8.7.11 .. one of the funniest movies i know, which means, of course, a whale's vagina. 8/10 ” - tieser
 
13.
Wedding Crashers (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
John Beckwith and Jeremy Grey, a pair of committed womanizers who sneak into weddings to take advantage of the romantic tinge in the air, find themselves at odds with one another when John meets and falls for Claire Cleary. (119 mins.)
Director: David Dobkin
“ 9.7.11 .. like anchorman, i watch this one from time to time. entertaining. 7/10 ” - tieser
 
14.
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
A young F.B.I. cadet must confide in an incarcerated and manipulative killer to receive his help on catching another serial killer who skins his victims. (118 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Demme
“ 9.7.11 .. unintended humor. just can't take lecter seriously. there are some pretty suspenseful moments in it, though. 4/10 ” - tieser
 
15.
The Mist (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A freak storm unleashes a species of blood-thirsty creatures on a small town, where a small band of citizens hole up in a supermarket and fight for their lives. (126 mins.)
Director: Frank Darabont
“ 12.7.11 .. almost!! fckn mean ending. 7.5/10 ” - tieser
 
16.
The Road (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
In a dangerous post-apocalyptic world, an ailing father defends his son as they slowly travel to the sea. (111 mins.)
Director: John Hillcoat
“ 12.7.11 .. watched it for the 2nd time, this time kinda boring. but still, atmospheric and rough. mortensen is very good, too. 8/10 ” - tieser
 
17.
The Seventh Seal (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A man seeks answers about life, death, and the existence of God as he plays chess against the Grim Reaper during the Black Plague. (96 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
“ 12.7.11 .. absolutely fantastic!! 10/10 ” - tieser
 
18.
Young Torless (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
At a boarding school in the pre-war Austro-Hungarian Empire, a pair of students torture one of their fellow classmates... (90 mins.)
“ 13.7.11 .. ok, but seems very outdated. 6/10 ” - tieser
 
19.
Made of Honor (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
A guy in love with an engaged woman tries to win her over after she asks him to be her maid of honor. (101 mins.)
Director: Paul Weiland
“ 14.7.11 .. tv romance/comedy/boredom. sort of fun. naah, not really, but a man's gotta do what he's gotta do. 3/10 ” - tieser
 
20.
Little White Lies (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A near-fatal accident leaves one friend in the hospital while the rest go on their annual vacation. But their secrets and personal grief threaten to drive them apart. (154 mins.)
Director: Guillaume Canet
“ 15.7.11 .. the end is very very annoyingly tearful. seems to me they took the easiest, most melodramatic way out of a very funny, beautifully casted and acted ensemble piece. enjoyed it very much, should have left 20 min before the end. therefore 6.5/10 ” - tieser
 
21.
Dogtooth (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Three teenagers live isolated, without leaving their house, because their over-protective parents say they can only leave when their dogtooth falls out. (94 mins.)
“ 16.7.11 .. extraordinary! one of the strongest, original dramas i've seen in a long time. highly recommended! 9/10 ” - tieser
 
22.
Boiling Point (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Two disquieted junior baseball players seek revenge on the local yakuza for attacking their coach. (96 mins.)
Director: Takeshi Kitano
“ 17.7.11 .. early kitano, laconic and violent. 8/10 ” - tieser
 
23.
Sound and Fury (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
This drama depicts the misery of neglected children in big cities. 13 years old Bruno is of a good family... (95 mins.)
“ 18.7.11 .. very disappointed, was pretty excited about this one. unintentionally funny. the "dream sequences" are so SO bad. 4.5/10 ” - tieser
 
24.
Source Code (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A soldier wakes up in someone else's body and discovers he's part of an experimental government program to find the bomber of a commuter train. A mission he has only 8 minutes to complete. (93 mins.)
Director: Duncan Jones
“ 27.7.11 .. 12 monkeys rip off, well-made and somewhat entertaining but nothing special. 5/10 ” - tieser
 
25.
Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A substance, designed to help the brain repair itself, gives rise to a super-intelligent chimp who leads an ape uprising. (105 mins.)
Director: Rupert Wyatt
“ 13.8.11 .. extremely well made cgi apes play waaay better than the real cast. nice action from time to time. 7/10 ” - tieser
 
26.
The New World (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
The story of the English exploration of Virginia, and of the changing world and loves of Pocahontas. (135 mins.)
Director: Terrence Malick
“ 14.8.11 .. second attempt to watch this one. almost made it. seems pretentious and melodramatic, especially the score, but has great moments. still, bores me. nightmarish vision: double feature with the tree of life. 4.5/10 ” - tieser
 
27.
The Disappeared (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Following the disappearance of his younger brother Tom, Matthew Ryan tries to put his life and sanity back together. However the past keeps coming back to haunt him. (96 mins.)
“ 14.8.11 .. slow burning chiller. interesting mix of realism and horror, but flawed. 6/10 ” - tieser
 
28.
The Wrestler (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A faded professional wrestler must retire, but finds his quest for a new life outside the ring a dispiriting struggle. (109 mins.)
“ 15.8.11 .. touching drama, must-see! 8/10 ” - tieser
 
29.
Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus (2009 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.5/10 X  
The California coast is terrorized by two enormous prehistoric sea creatures as they battle each other for supremacy of the sea. (88 mins.)
Director: Ace Hannah
“ 15.8.11 .. grade A trash! in that way, very entertaining. 2/10 ” - tieser
 
30.
The Phantom of Liberty (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
One of Luis Bunuel's most free-form and purely Surrealist films, consisting of a series of only vaguely related episodes - most famously... (104 mins.)
Director: Luis Buñuel
“ 16.8.11 .. surreal episodes. some of them brilliant, some too constructed to be convincing. 7/10 ” - tieser
 
31.
Bridesmaids (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Competition between the maid of honor and a bridesmaid, over who is the bride's best friend, threatens to upend the life of an out-of-work pastry chef. (125 mins.)
Director: Paul Feig
“ 16.8.11 .. idiotic and depressing, then again funny from time to time. sweet love story, which is the best about this. overall constructed, meant to gross out or to pity everyone on screen. disappointing! 4/10 ” - tieser
 
32.
Jeepers Creepers II (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Set a few days after the original, a championship basketball team's bus is attacked by The Creeper, the winged, flesh-eating terror, on the last day of his 23-day feeding frenzy. (104 mins.)
Director: Victor Salva
“ 16.8.11 .. late night tv. actually well made, with style and humor. honest, mindless contemporary B - entertainment. 5.5/10 ” - tieser
 
33.
Stereo (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
Sometime in the future, the Canadian Academy for Erotic Inquiry is investigating the theories of parapsychologist Luther Stringfellow... (65 mins.)
“ 17.8.11 .. very "intellectual", conceptual early cronenberg. neither entertainment nor experiment, but has an edge to it that somehow appeals to me. 6.5/10 ” - tieser
 
34.
Kidnapped (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Three hooded Eastern-European criminals burst into a home in a Madrid gated community, holding the family hostage in its own home, and forcing the father to empty his credit cards. (85 mins.)
“ 17.8.11 .. don't know why i do this to me. near perfect in look, state of the art camera, logic use of split screen, long sequences, well acted, so in every aspect a high level of filmmaking, but the purpose? to fck me up, i suppose. this is a gory, over the top "funny games" that is meant to feel "real". instead, it just breaks has-been taboos, reassures certain effects, thus establishing genre conventions. i guess, a very detailed smashed-in head has become mainstream. that's what made "irreversible" a good movie, right? no? a lot better than the godawful "the strangers", though. 5/10, with 2 extra points for the giallo ending! ka bam! ” - tieser
 
35.
On Tour (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Joachim, a former Parisian television producer had left everything behind - his children, friends, enemies... (111 mins.)
Director: Mathieu Amalric
“ 19.8.11 .. what was this about? 3/10 ” - tieser
 
36.
Mirrors (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
An ex-cop and his family are the target of an evil force that is using mirrors as a gateway into their home. (110 mins.)
Director: Alexandre Aja
“ 20.8.11 .. wow, what crap. aja's weakest so far. 2/10 ” - tieser
 
37.
Sharktopus (2010 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.3/10 X  
A half-shark, half-octopus creature created for the military, creates a whole lot of terror in Mexico while a scientist who helped create it tries to capture/kill it. (89 mins.)
Director: Declan O'Brien
“ 20.8.11 .. stumbled across this on tv, and since i just watched "mega shark vs giant octopus", i couldn't resist. this one got "better fx", and the german translation is pretty amazing! 1.5/10 ” - tieser
 
38.
A Bittersweet Life (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Things go wrong for a high ranking mobster when he doesn't proceed by his boss's orders. (120 mins.)
Director: Kim Jee-woon
“ 21.8.11 .. a pointless revenge plot, but with a certain beauty to it. 7/10 ” - tieser
 
39.
Essential Killing (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
An Afghan POW attempts his escape. (83 mins.)
“ 21.8.11 .. amazingly quiet and simple - a modern fairy tale. 8.5/10 ” - tieser
 
40.
Insidious (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A family looks to prevent evil spirits from trapping their comatose child in a realm called The Further. (103 mins.)
Director: James Wan
“ 22.8.11 .. spooky first half, weak finale. 6.5/10 ” - tieser
 
41.
Piranha 3D (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
After a sudden underwater tremor sets free scores of the prehistoric man-eating fish, an unlikely group of strangers must band together to stop themselves from becoming fish food for the area's new razor-toothed residents. (88 mins.)
Director: Alexandre Aja
“ 23.8.11 .. aja #3 in the movie diary. badass gore flick, holy sht. liked it very much! 7.5/10 ” - tieser
 
42.
Stake Land (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Martin was a normal teenage boy before the country collapsed in an empty pit of economic and political disaster... (98 mins.)
Director: Jim Mickle
“ 23.8.11 .. strongest recent post-apocalypse movie, despite the "vampires". 8/10 ” - tieser
 
43.
Predator (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A team of commandos on a mission in a Central American jungle find themselves hunted by an extraterrestrial warrior. (107 mins.)
Director: John McTiernan
“ 28.8.11 .. yeah, finally i got around to watch this one as a whole. guilty pleasure .. awesome! kontaaaaakt! 8/10 ” - tieser
 
44.
The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The wife of an abusive criminal finds solace in the arms of a kind regular guest in her husbands restaurant. (124 mins.)
Director: Peter Greenaway
“ 29.8.11 .. simply amazing! love, feces, cannibalism! great score and acting. there are so many references i don't get it's ridiculous, but still 9/10 ” - tieser
 
45.
Cold Prey (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Jannicke, Morten Tobias, Eirik, Mikal and Ingunn are on a snowboarding vacation in Jotunheimen. They... (97 mins.)
Director: Roar Uthaug
“ 30.8.11 .. i seem to be having a thing for teen slashers lately, and i gave this norwegian flick a try. the suspense builds nicely, the timing and acting are ok, but the killer is no character at all, a real disappontment. all in all mediocre and lame, and not because it's not gory enough, it simply lacks innovation. 4/10 .. sequel coming right up! ” - tieser
 
46.
Cold Prey 2 (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Jannicke wakes up in the hospital. All of her friends are dead. As she walks through the dark corridors, she thinks she is left alone. But the nightmare isn't over yet. (86 mins.)
Director: Mats Stenberg
“ 30.8.11 .. a lot of reviewers on imdb state the sequel is superior to the first part. couldn't say why. this one takes itself way too serious for its ridiculous premise. not even decent fx make this a worthwhile watch. check out "in 3 tagen bist du tot 2" if you're looking for an unknown, underrated contemporary slasher ( and one that is not a self-reflective comedy), the "cold prey" series is a waste of time. and they just made a third one, wow! 2/10 ” - tieser
 
47.
The Virgin Spring (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A kind but pampered beautiful young virgin and her family's pregnant and jealous servant set out to deliver candles to church, but only one returns from events that transpire in the woods along the way. (89 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
“ 31.8.11 .. a simple tale. the mother of rape/revenge exploitation movies? 9/10 ” - tieser
 
48.
Red White & Blue (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A woman attracts the attention of a psychotic former Army interrogator and an emotionally fragile young man caring for his ailing mother. (104 mins.)
Director: Simon Rumley
“ 1.9.11 .. powerful indie drama. coincidences causing a spiral of violence. not your average revenge flick. low budget, but looks pretty good. great use of music, too. graphic violence in the truly horrifying last 20 min. one "dramatic" detail i won't spoil was a little too much, though. anyway, i feel like been kicked in the groin. 8/10 ” - tieser
 
49.
Michael (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Five months in the life of a pedophile who keeps a 10-year-old boy locked in his basement. (96 mins.)
“ 1.9.11 .. sat through the vienna premiere of this celluloid controversy. a very "real" look on the everyday life of an abducted boy and his tormentor - dinner, tv, rape, christmas and the end of it all. intense from time to time. the question is: why make this movie, depict what the media put in everybodies head already? to make us shiver one more time? "michael" is an exploitation movie, but not an honest one, it comes disguised as a calculated arthouse scandal. ok when understood as fiction, though. 4.5/10 ” - tieser
 
50.
Last Year at Marienbad (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
In a strange chateau, a man insists to a woman that they have met before. (94 mins.)
Director: Alain Resnais
“ 3.9.11 .. cryptic love story. score alternates between annoyingly hysterical organ dissonances and very beautiful string melodies. a little too much symbolism for me, but all in all a strong movie with very effective ideas. influential to lynch, i guess. will watch it again soon, for now: 8.5/10 ” - tieser
 
51.
Scream 4 (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Ten years have passed, and Sidney Prescott, who has put herself back together thanks in part to her writing, is visited by the Ghostface Killer. (111 mins.)
Director: Wes Craven
“ 4.9.11 .. no, no, no. this puts an end to my teen slash affinity for the moment. what a joke (I)! 2/10 ” - tieser
 
52.
Midnight in Paris (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
While on a trip to Paris with his fiancée's family, a nostalgic screenwriter finds himself mysteriously going back to the 1920s everyday at midnight. (94 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
“ 10.9.11 .. i don't like most of his movies in the first place, but this is woody at his weakest. a story comprised of postcard clichées of paris and name dropping of famous artists.. what a joke (II)! 2/10 ” - tieser
 
53.
Deliverance (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Intent on seeing the Cahulawassee River before it's turned into one huge lake, outdoor fanatic Lewis Medlock takes his friends on a river-rafting trip they'll never forget into the dangerous American back-country. (110 mins.)
Director: John Boorman
“ 12.9.11 .. didn't expect this one to be that amazing. beautiful camera work, acting, unusual backwoods thriller story. a little unresolved, though. 8.5/10 ” - tieser
 
54.
The Silence (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Two sisters and 13-year old boy travel in a fictitious foreign country. The older sister gets sick and the three move into a hotel. (96 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
“ 13.9.11 .. mmh. my mind kept wandering around. maybe the wrong moment to watch this one, didn't touch me at all. beautiful lighting, odd setting. somehow intriguing, but meaningless to me. 6.5/10 ” - tieser
 
55.
Sisters (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A journalist witnesses a brutal murder in a neighboring apartment, but the police do not believe that the crime took place. With the help of a private detective, she seeks out the truth. (93 mins.)
Director: Brian De Palma
“ 14.9.11 .. early de palma. okayish thriller, kinda random. i just love the look of these seventies flicks. 7.5/10 ” - tieser
 
56.
Kinatay (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A young man tries to make some money so he can marry his girlfriend. He takes a job for $2,000 and then soon realizes that this job involves killing a woman. (105 mins.)
“ 15.9.11 .. i'm shattered to pieces. i was totally absorbed by the sound, the writing and mendoza's direction. the loss of innocence. absolutely astonishing! 9.5/10 ” - tieser
 
57.
Women Are Heroes (2010 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
(80 mins.)
Director: JR
“ 15.9.11 .. after the devastating experience with "kinatay" i was in the mood for something uplifting. street artist JR's documentary is a powerful work of positivity, optimism, hope and human dignity. i know, i'm ignoring the potential shadows that this project certainly throws, but i don't care right now. great soundtrack by the way! 8.5/10 ” - tieser
 
58.
Suspiria (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A newcomer to a fancy ballet academy gradually comes to realize that the school is a front for something far more sinister and supernatural amidst a series of grisly murders. (98 mins.)
Director: Dario Argento
“ 16.9.11 .. psychedelic fantasy with horror elements. 7/10 ” - tieser
 
59.
In a Glass Cage (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
In Spain, the former Nazi doctor Klaus tries to commit suicide jumping off the roof of his manor. However... (110 mins.)
“ 17.9.11 .. phew, challenging. shame i had to pause it 30 min before the end for a couple of hours. what was this? the work of madmen? the end takes the whole story on an even weirder, more symbolic level. this is the real "apt pupil". stunning!! 9/10 ” - tieser
 
60.
Slaughterhouse-Five (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A man tells his story of how he became unstuck in time and abducted by aliens. (104 mins.)
Director: George Roy Hill
“ 18.9.11 .. the second greatest time travel story i know. the book is just amazing, absolute MUST READ!!! this adaptation is far from perfect, but enjoyable nonetheless. sweet music by glenn gould. 8/10 ” - tieser
 
61.
Tatort (1970 TV Series)
Episode: Zwischen den Ohren (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A long running German cop show where detectives work to solve a crime. (90 mins.)
“ 18.9.11 .. disappointing münster tatort. ridiculous story, no suspense at all. 3/10 ” - tieser
 
62.
Lord of the Flies (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Lost on an island, young survivors of a plane crash eventually revert to savagery despite the few rational boys' attempts to prevent that. (92 mins.)
Director: Peter Brook
“ 20.9.11 .. amazing. in the end, little roger awakens from the dream. not believing that the sailor rescuing them is reality he needs to touch him, mouth working in awe. a paradise in flames. chaos' triumph over ratio. sketchy editing sometimes, but that's part of the magic i guess. catchy music, powerful images. the story is just such a perfect, very basic parable on the mechanisms and structures human society is build upon. obligatory movie. 9/10 ” - tieser
 
63.
Outrage (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
The boss of a major crime syndicate orders his lieutenant to bring a rogue gang of drug traffickers in line, a job that gets passed on to his long-suffering subordinate. (109 mins.)
Director: Takeshi Kitano
“ 21.9.11 .. is kitano aware how redundant, pointless and stupid this story is? is this done on purpose? surprisingly, it still has lots of charme. at times very close to the original "elephant" short by alan clarke. 6.5/10 ” - tieser
 
64.
Amadeus (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
The incredible story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, told by his peer and secret rival Antonio Salieri - now confined to an insane asylum. (160 mins.)
Director: Milos Forman
“ 22.9.11 .. director's cut, 178 min. powerful performances, by abraham in particular. flawless cinema. 9/10 ” - tieser
 
65.
The White Ribbon (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Strange events happen in a small village in the north of Germany during the years before World War I, which seem to be ritual punishment. Who is responsible? (144 mins.)
Director: Michael Haneke
“ 23.9.11 .. still as enigmatic as the first time about 1 1/2 years ago. 8.5/10 ” - tieser
 
66.
Hatchet (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
When a group of tourists on a New Orleans haunted swamp tour find themselves stranded in the wilderness, their evening of fun and spooks turns into a horrific nightmare. (85 mins.)
Director: Adam Green
“ 24.9.11 .. fun gore flick. some laugh out loud moments and old skool fx. a genre inside joke? also, cool ending. 5.5/10 ” - tieser
 
67.
Super (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
After his wife falls under the influence of a drug dealer, an everyday guy transforms himself into Crimson Bolt, a superhero with the best intentions, but lacking in heroic skills. (96 mins.)
Director: James Gunn
“ 24.9.11 .. slash filmfest vienna #1: after a dorky "selfmade superhero dress-up competition", a really messed up superhero satire. very violent, but also with amazing emotional depth. finally, the movie to stomp the awful, wanna be subversive "kick ass" into the ground. 9/10 ” - tieser
 
68.
The Raid: Redemption (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A S.W.A.T. team becomes trapped in a tenement run by a ruthless mobster and his army of killers and thugs. (101 mins.)
“ 24.9.11 .. slash #2: "the raid" has to be one of the best actioners ever made. i had only seen the trailer, and jumped in my seat when it was announced to be the surprise sneak peak movie of the festival. it contains the straightest, most violent hand to hand combat scenes i know, jaw dropping choreographies and fx, amazing camera work, suspense. this movie HAS EVERYTHING an action fan is looking for. DO NOT MISS!!!! I MEAN IT!!! 9/10 ” - tieser
 
69.
Attack the Block (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A teen gang in South London defend their block from an alien invasion. (88 mins.)
Director: Joe Cornish
“ 25.9.11 .. hip monster concept and some fun moments. entertaining, but easily forgettable. 6.5/10 ” - tieser
 
70.
Maniac (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A psychopath, troubled by his childhood abuse, loose in New York City, kills young women and takes their scalps as his trophies. Will he find the perfect woman in a photographer, and end his killing spree? (87 mins.)
Director: William Lustig
“ 25.9.11 .. slash #3: what a complex, insanely atmospheric accident this is. very effective score and sound design. borderline genius. 9/10 ” - tieser
 
71.
Cold Fish (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
When Syamoto's teenage daughter is caught stealing, a generous middle-aged man helps resolve the situation... (146 mins.)
Director: Sion Sono
“ 26.9.11 .. slash #4: "life is pain".. this is what sono is trying to say with this? a descent into depravity and murder for an average guy, finally tipped over the edge.. did not work for me on too many levels. and the excessive violent ending left a very sour taste in my mouth. 4.5/10 ” - tieser
 
72.
Kill List (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Nearly a year after a botched job, a hitman takes a new assignment with the promise of a big payoff for three killings. What starts off as an easy task soon unravels, sending the killer into the heart of darkness. (95 mins.)
Director: Ben Wheatley
“ 26.9.11 .. slash #5: conspiracy, the wicker man, snuff movies, professional hitmen, a relationship drama.. it's really three movies mashed into one. a little less graphic violence would have suited this one, too. loved the last 30 min and the mind boggling turns the script took, although i had figured out the last mean twist. the donnie darko of contemporary gore. 8.5/10 ” - tieser
 
73.
Breathing (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Through his work at a morgue, an incarcerated young man trying to build a new life starts to come to terms with the crime he committed. (94 mins.)
Director: Karl Markovics
“ 27.9.11 .. a calm, sharp, but pretty average, almost tv-ish drama. 6/10 ” - tieser
 
74.
The Taint (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
The water is tainted. The Taint poisons the minds of men. It turns them into raging misogynists: monsters... (75 mins.)
“ 27.9.11 .. slash #6: grade A gore trash, hilarious performances and timing, truly demented!! a celebration in blood and sperm. yeah, kill women, kill them all! 8/10 ” - tieser
 
75.
Visitor Q (2001 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A troubled and perverted family find their lives intruded by a mysterious stranger who seems to help find a balance in their disturbing natures. (84 mins.)
Director: Takashi Miike
“ 30.9.11 .. nauseating, but worth it. family bonds overcome the madness of the world. sion sono can suck it! ;) 8.5/10 ” - tieser
 
76.
Monster Brawl (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.6/10 X  
Eight classic monsters fight to the death in an explosive wrestling tournament set inside an abandoned and cursed graveyard. (89 mins.)
“ 30.9.11 .. slash #7: the last movie of the filmfest, a boring, phony pile of dung! skip this one, guys! 2.5/10 ” - tieser
 
77.
A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
A teenage boy is haunted in his dreams by Freddy Krueger who is out to possess him in order to continue his murder spree in the real world. (87 mins.)
Director: Jack Sholder
“ 1.10.11 .. yes! what a sequel! very imaginative, part horror/fantasy, part schizo story. 80s horror at its finest. but how does it end exactly? jesse does not go to jail? strange .. still 8/10 ” - tieser
 
78.
Final Destination 5 (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Survivors of a suspension-bridge collapse learn there's no way you can cheat Death. (92 mins.)
Director: Steven Quale
“ 1.10.11 .. can't we have a movie with those cool death scenes without the crap in between? on the other hand, i got a lot of other stuff done while watching this. wasn't even in my watchlist .. i got to stop doing that ;) 5/10 ” - tieser
 
79.
Halloween II (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
While Sheriff Brackett and Dr. Loomis hunt for Michael Myers, a traumatized Laurie is rushed to hospital, and the serial killer is not far behind her. (92 mins.)
Director: Rick Rosenthal
“ 1.10.11 .. this is the night of the sequels, i guess. holy grail of suspense or not, carpenter's original never touched or scared me as much as this one tonight. i. actually. felt. angst. 9/10 ” - tieser
 
80.
Thor (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
The powerful but arrogant god Thor is cast out of Asgard to live amongst humans in Midgard (Earth), where he soon becomes one of their finest defenders. (115 mins.)
Director: Kenneth Branagh
“ 2.10.11 .. ludicrous, seldom in a good way. 4.5/10 ” - tieser
 
81.
Tatort (1970 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A long running German cop show where detectives work to solve a crime. (90 mins.)
“ 2.10.11 .. ok kiel tatort. starts off really good, loses a lot of the vibe. clumsy introduction of the new sidekick character brandt, played by sibel kekilli. annoying continuity mistakes all over the place. still, as usual with borowski, one of the better episodes. 7/10 ” - tieser
 
82.
Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Steve Rogers, a rejected military soldier transforms into Captain America after taking a dose of a "Super-Soldier serum". But being Captain America comes at a price as he attempts to take down a war monger and a terrorist organization. (124 mins.)
Director: Joe Johnston
“ 3.10.11 .. since i just watched thor, now cap. very pulp fiction. kinda liked the overall look. 6.5/10 ” - tieser
 
83.
Trollhunter (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A group of students investigates a series of mysterious bear killings, but learns that there are much more dangerous things going on. They start to follow a mysterious hunter, learning that he is actually a troll hunter. (103 mins.)
Director: André Øvredal
“ 4.10.11 .. unconventional, pretty clever creature/found footage flick. a little too much of dark forests plus shaky camera.. and what happened to hans in the end? 7/10 ” - tieser
 
84.
Super 8 (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
During the summer of 1979, a group of friends witness a train crash and investigate subsequent unexplained events in their small town. (112 mins.)
Director: J.J. Abrams
“ 5.10.11 .. very atmospheric, especially the exposition. fun details in the characters. very sudden ending. 8/10 ” - tieser
 
85.
Valhalla Rising (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
1000 AD, for years, One Eye, a mute warrior of supernatural strength, has been held prisoner by the Norse chieftain Barde... (93 mins.)
“ 6.10.11 .. stunning cinematography and editing. amazing score/sound design, reminded me of "dead man". a meditation on death and a celluloid enigma. 9/10 ” - tieser
 
86.
Disturbia (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A teen living under house arrest becomes convinced his neighbor is a serial killer. (105 mins.)
Director: D.J. Caruso
“ 6.10.11 .. watched the first half some months ago and found it ok, so tonight i finished it.. it gets weaker by the minute. mediocre, unconvincing, overrated!! 4/10 ” - tieser
 
87.
And Soon the Darkness (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Two young English women go on a cycling tour of the French countryside. When one of them goes missing, the other begins to search for her. But who can she trust? (99 mins.)
Director: Robert Fuest
“ 11.10.11 .. suspense in bright daylight! really nice atmosphere and convincing twist. 8/10 ” - tieser
 
88.
Defamation (2009 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Intent on shaking up the ultimate 'sacred cow' for Jews, Israeli director Yoav Shamir embarks on a provocative - and at times irreverent - quest to answer the question, "What is anti-Semitism today?" (91 mins.)
Director: Yoav Shamir
“ 13.10.11 .. interesting and chilling michael moore'ish documentary about anti-semitism, the american jewish community and their influence on politics and their critics. being german, this is a very delicate subject for me. the mass psychosis "suffering" of the modern jewish people mirrors the trauma of "guilt and shame" that german society deals with for some 60 years. highly recommended! 8/10 ” - tieser
 
89.
Convoy (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Truckers form a mile long "convoy" in support of a trucker's vendetta with an abusive sheriff...Based on the country song of same title by C.W. McCall. (110 mins.)
Director: Sam Peckinpah
“ 17.10.11 .. americana curiosity. truck drivers are the anti-establishment and the modern cowboys, believe it or not. also hard to believe: directed by sam peckinpah! wacky, but worth a chuckle! 4.5/10 ” - tieser
 
90.
A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Survivors of undead serial killer Freddy Krueger - who stalks his victims in their dreams - learn to take control of their own dreams in order to fight back. (96 mins.)
Director: Chuck Russell
“ 21.10.11 .. totally amiss. bad effects, strange mix of fantasy/horror and humor (although the skeleton scene is ok), no suspense. the worst freddy i know so far. 3.5/10 ” - tieser
 
91.
Alps (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A group of people start a business where they impersonate the recently deceased in order to help their clients through the grieving process. (93 mins.)
“ 21.10.11 .. viennale filmfest #1: not as strong as lanthimos' debut "dogtooth", but once again, he creates a world with a unique premise that is consequently executed. stunning performance by the female lead. also, a lot of truth about the nature of grieve to be found here. 8/10 ” - tieser
 
92.
Accident (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A troubled assassin, who works by orchestrating "accidents", suspects that an accident that happens to his team is not an accident at all. (89 mins.)
Director: Pou-Soi Cheang
“ 21.10.11 .. viennale #2: that was just beautiful! 9/10 ” - tieser
 
93.
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
“ 22.10.11 .. rewatched this classic after 10 years to rate it.. horror masterpiece, period. 9/10 ” - tieser
 
94.
The Howling (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
After a bizarre and near fatal encounter with a serial killer, a television newswoman is sent to a remote mountain resort whose residents may not be what they seem. (91 mins.)
Director: Joe Dante
“ 22.10.11 .. rather disappointing. some great fx, some really bad fx. an interesting, more realistic approach to the werewolf theme, but the obscure psychiatry-center-in-the-woods set-up was strange and implausible. has a cool ending though. 7/10 ” - tieser
 
95.
Poltergeist (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A family's home is haunted by a host of ghosts. (114 mins.)
Director: Tobe Hooper
“ 23.10.11 .. one of the most entertaining flicks i've seen for quite some time, spielberg is the man! some pretty dated fx, but a lot of 80s california magic ;) again, family bonds overcome the madness of the world - so sweet! 9.5/10 ” - tieser
 
96.
Tatort (1970 TV Series)
Episode: Mauerpark (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
A long running German cop show where detectives work to solve a crime. (90 mins.)
“ 23.10.11 .. berlin tatort with a typical far fetched, implausible story. i guess the logical, easy plots have already been written and produced. but where's the entertainment? i don't want to think that hard on a sunday night! good performances from some minor characters. 5/10 ” - tieser
 
97.
Midnight Cowboy (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A naive hustler travels from Texas to New York to seek personal fortune but, in the process, finds himself a new friend. (113 mins.)
“ 24.10.11 .. strangest "buddy movie" ever. great editing, creating an associative web of flashbacks, dream sequences and the plot. 8/10 ” - tieser
 
98.
Elite Squad (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
1997, Captain Nascimento has to find a substitute for his occupation while trying to take down drug dealers and criminals before the Pope comes to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (115 mins.)
Director: José Padilha
“ 27.10.11 .. horrible events in the slums of rio de janeiro and a facist elite police squad.. there is no difference between "good" and "evil", only action and reaction. 7.5/10 ” - tieser
 
99.
Hesher (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A young boy has lost his mother and is losing touch with his father and the world around him. Then he meets Hesher who manages to make his life even more chaotic. (106 mins.)
Director: Spencer Susser
“ 29.10.11 .. viennale #3: a "visitor q" for the american indie cinema? the aggressor hesher frees your soul and shakes everybody out of their apathy. reminded me of the story "the invisible indian" by janosch. so sweet! 8/10 ” - tieser
 
100.
The Silent House (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
The plot is based on a true story that happened in the late '40s in a small village in Uruguay. The film focuses on Laura... (86 mins.)
“ 30.10.11 .. viennale #4: what began as a pretty spooky "real time horror" (the whole movie is designed as if it was one long sequence) turned out to be the movie with the most unsatisfying, confusing twist i have seen in a long time. think "haute tension" and lose every hint of logic that was in that one. effective music and sound design.. avoid nevertheless! 4/10 ” - tieser