Tieser's Movie Log 2012

Ongoing list of all the movies I watch, starting 1.1.12. Enjoy!

First time viewings if not indicated otherwise.

Check the 2011 Diary for older entries. New entries at the bottom of the list .. (so reverse list order)
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1.
May (2002)
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A lonely young woman traumatized by a difficult childhood and her increasingly desperate attempts to connect with the people around her is sent into a murderous tailspin. (93 mins.)
Director: Lucky McKee
“ 1.1.12 .. charming (I) stalker story! thumbs up for lucky mckee! 7.5/10 ” - tieser
 
2.
Jane Eyre (2011)
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A mousy governess who softens the heart of her employer soon discovers that he's hiding a terrible secret. (120 mins.)
“ 2.1.12 .. romantic and beautiful period piece. pointless, but how deep is your love? 6/10 ” - tieser
 
3.
Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011)
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A middle-aged husband's life changes dramatically when his wife asks him for a divorce. He seeks to rediscover his manhood with the help of a newfound friend, Jacob, learning to pick up girls at bars. (118 mins.)
“ 2.1.12 .. there's just so much wrong with the american society, but some scenes here are really hard not to laugh at. what was gosling thinking? and carell?? he used to be kinda fun.. 3.5/10 ” - tieser
 
4.
The Ninth Gate (1999)
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A rare book dealer, while seeking out the last two copies of a demon text, gets drawn into a conspiracy with supernatural overtones. (133 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
“ 4.1.12 .. rewatched. in a very classical sense entertaining, at times hilarious, but also a little dry. still 7.5/10 ” - tieser
 
5.
Haze (2005)
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A man wakes up to find himself locked in a cramped concrete maze of corridors, in which he can barely move. He doesn't remember why he is there or how he got there. He has a terrible stomach injury and is slowly bleeding to death. (49 mins.)
“ 5.1.12 .. this is an exact visualization of one of my worst nightmares: being locked in very narrow corridors, unable to stand or stretch. tsukamoto's claustrophobic horror short evolves from some kind of relationship drama i did not fully grasp, still it can be recommended as a powerful experience! 7/10 ” - tieser
 
6.
Bad Biology (2008)
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Driven by biological excess, a man and a woman search for sexual fulfillment, unaware of each other's existence. Unfortunately, they eventually meet, and the bonding of these two very unusual human beings ends in a god awful love story. (84 mins.)
“ 5.1.12 .. my first henenlotter. the perfect movie for a first date, very charming (II). good hip hop soundtrack featuring jedi mind tricks, wu tang's killah priest etc.. very weird little loooooow budget flick! 6.5/10 ” - tieser
 
7.
Hostel: Part II (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
Three American college students studying abroad are lured to a Slovakian hostel, and discover the grim reality behind it. (94 mins.)
Director: Eli Roth
“ 5.1.12 .. it somehow is the better movie compared to part 1, in terms of character development and plot structure, it has more consistency and it is not as awkward (which then again was a big plus for part 1, being that awkward), but lost the edge and is very numbing at the same time.. the definition of mainstream! that is a bad thing for such a sickly themed movie. some sweet gore fx anyway, hahar! 4/10 ” - tieser
 
8.
Paperhouse (1988)
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A young girl lost in the loneliness and boredom of reality finds solace in an ill boy, whom she can visit in a surreal dream world that she drew in her school composition book. (92 mins.)
Director: Bernard Rose
“ 6.1.12 .. very sweet and actually quite scary. a true little gem of 80s fantasia. only the cheap sounding hans zimmer score is a little distressing. 7.5/10 ” - tieser
 
9.
Christine (1983)
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A nerdish boy buys a strange car with an evil mind of its own and his nature starts to change to reflect it. (110 mins.)
Director: John Carpenter
“ 7.1.12 .. one of the best king adaptations (hey, it's 80s carpenter, so what did you expect?), featuring an intense performance by keith gordon, an unforgettable robert prosky, some beautiful, quite tricky fx .. but i do hate rock'n'roll. 8/10 ” - tieser
 
10.
Hobo with a Shotgun (2011)
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A homeless vigilante blows away crooked cops, pedophile Santas, and other scumbags with his trusty pump-action shotgun. (86 mins.)
Director: Jason Eisener
“ 8.1.12 .. not even remotely as clever and stylish as the artwork suggests. the points solely go to one of my favorite actors, rutger hauer, who plays the hobo with sincereness, depth and weight. the rest: lousy pseudo grindhouse. no fun at all. 4/10 ” - tieser
 
11.
The Woman (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
When a successful country lawyer captures and attempts to "civilize" the last remaining member of a violent clan that has roamed the Northeast coast for decades, he puts the lives of his family in jeopardy. (101 mins.)
Director: Lucky McKee
“ 10.1.12 .. mckee's potential is undeniable. his latest work has a brilliant premise, but it is partly spoiled by some elusive plot turns, a lame gore finale and a straining use of the songs by sean spillane (which are pretty good though). still, one of the horror highlights of 2011. 7/10 ” - tieser
 
12.
The Conversation (1974)
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A paranoid, secretive surveillance expert has a crisis of conscience when he suspects that a couple he is spying on will be murdered. (113 mins.)
“ 11.1.12 .. a highly inventive, virtuoso movie, part psychogram, part paranoia thriller. a gripping and thought provoking milestone of the 70s. 9/10 ” - tieser
 
13.
Battle Royale (2000)
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In the future, the Japanese government captures a class of ninth-grade students and forces them to kill each other under the revolutionary "Battle Royale" act. (114 mins.)
Director: Kinji Fukasaku
“ 12.1.12 .. a deliriously violent frenzy and a poetic sensation - near perfect! 9.5/10 ” - tieser
 
14.
The Illusionist (2010)
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A French illusionist finds himself out of work and travels to Scotland, where he meets a young woman. Their ensuing adventure changes both their lives forever. (80 mins.)
Director: Sylvain Chomet
“ 12.1.12 .. animated movie based on an original script by jacques tati. sweet melancholic story with subtle humor. 8.5/10 ” - tieser
 
15.
Battle Los Angeles (2011)
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A squadron of U.S. Marines becomes the last line of defense against a global invasion. (116 mins.)
“ 13.1.12 .. patriotic nonsense, brazen independence day rip off, kudos to whoever produced this with a straight face. but when i'm in the right mood for brainless junk food like this i tend to give a brainless 5/10 ” - tieser
 
16.
Play Misty for Me (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A brief fling between a male disc jockey and an obsessed female fan takes a frightening, and perhaps even deadly turn when another woman enters the picture. (102 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
“ 14.1.12 .. jessica walter is amazingly creepy in this little thriller gem. 7.5/10 ” - tieser
 
17.
Demons (1985)
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A group of random people are invited to a screening of a mysterious movie, only to find themselves trapped in the theater with ravenous demons. (88 mins.)
Director: Lamberto Bava
“ 14.1.12 .. "evil dead" set in a berlin movie theatre. outrageous "plot" but sweet fx and classy 80s vibe! 8.5/10 ” - tieser
 
18.
Tatort (1970 TV Series)
Episode: Todesbilder (2012)
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A long running German cop show where detectives work to solve a crime. (90 mins.)
“ 15.1.12 .. one of the better episodes, featuring a pretty suspenseful finale. 6/10 ” - tieser
 
19.
Female Prisoner #701: Scorpion (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
After being used and betrayed by the detective she had fallen in love with, young Matsu is sent to a female prison full of sadistic guards and disobedient prisoners. (87 mins.)
Director: Shun'ya Itô
“ 21.1.12 .. do not mess with matsu! 8/10 ” - tieser
 
20.
Right at Your Door (2006)
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A dirty bomb goes off in Los Angeles, jamming freeways and spreading a toxic cloud. (96 mins.)
Director: Chris Gorak
“ 21.1.12 .. atmospheric post 9/11 terror/paranoia scenario, spoiled by annoying actors and an over the top twist ending. clever use of a relatively small budget. when you don't expect too much, then this one is worth a shot. 6/10 ” - tieser
 
21.
This Must Be the Place (2011)
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Cheyenne, a retired rock star living off his royalties in Dublin, returns to New York City to find the man responsible for a humiliation suffered by his recently deceased father during W.W.II. (118 mins.)
“ 21.1.12 .. penn delivers a memorable performance as the robert smith/ozzy/lebowski hybrid cheyenne, hysterical and melancholic on the verge of depressed lunacy, generating an instant cult classic.. close to (but fortunately not quite in!) the coen brothers' comic universe. amazing soundtrack.. best time i had in the cinema in the new year. 9/10 ” - tieser
 
22.
Empire Me: New Worlds Are Happening! (2011 Documentary)
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Handmade utopias - a filmic search for the worldwide phenomenon of the micronation movement. Do-it-yourself... (100 mins.)
Director: Paul Poet
“ 21.1.12 .. very intriguing subject. great cinematography, but oddly narrated. 7/10 ” - tieser
 
23.
Häxan (1922 Documentary)
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Fictionalized documentary showing the evolution of witchcraft, from its pagan roots to its confusion with hysteria in modern Europe. (91 mins.)
“ 22.1.12 .. christensen's mix of document and fiction is not without flaws and is in the end quite long drawn out, but the fantastic imagery does more than compensate. also, seen in the context of its time, this is without doubt a truly visionary piece of art. 8/10 ” - tieser
 
24.
Tatort (1970 TV Series)
Episode: Verschleppt (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A long running German cop show where detectives work to solve a crime. (90 mins.)
“ 22.1.12 .. a good script ruined by terrible directing. but since kappel and deininger are one of my favorite tatort teams: 6.5/10 ” - tieser
 
25.
Dressed to Kill (1980)
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A mysterious blonde woman kills one of a psychiatrist's patients, and then goes after the high-class call girl who witnessed the murder. (105 mins.)
Director: Brian De Palma
“ 22.1.12 .. it does not matter that the identity of the killer is crystal clear from the first moment on we get a short look at her, for the construction of the suspense scenes is so masterful, just breathtaking. 8.5/10 ” - tieser
 
26.
Ran (1985)
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In Medieval Japan, an elderly warlord retires, handing over his empire to his three sons. However, he vastly underestimates how the new-found power will corrupt them and cause them to turn on each other...and him. (162 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
“ 24.1.12 .. king lear rendered to celluloid by kurosawa .. grand! 9.5/10 ” - tieser
 
27.
Happiness (1998)
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The lives of several individuals intertwine as they go about their lives in their own unique ways, engaging in acts society as a whole might find disturbing in a desperate search for human connection. (134 mins.)
Director: Todd Solondz
“ 25.1.12 .. very seldom before have so many people streaming in tears been that hilarious. a traumatic, ludicrous comedy. 9/10 ” - tieser
 
28.
Faust (2011)
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A despairing scholar sells his soul to Satan in exchange for one night with a beautiful young woman. (140 mins.)
“ 26.1.12 .. i won't bash sokurov's vision of faust and his very original visual conception ( although very artificial), but this was as boring as can be. 4/10 ” - tieser
 
29.
Female Prisoner Scorpion: Jailhouse 41 (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
After spending a year in solitary confinement, Matsu escapes from prison with six more convicts, followed by the guards led by the vengeful warden who wants her dead at all costs. (90 mins.)
Director: Shun'ya Itô
“ 27.1.12 .. do not mess with matsu, again! .. this one is magic! 9/10 ” - tieser
 
30.
Sometime in August (2009)
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(92 mins.)
“ 27.1.12 .. couldn't be more indifferent.. pointless characters and plot .. avoid. 3/10 ” - tieser
 
31.
Limitless (2011)
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With the help of a mysterious pill that enables the user to access 100 percent of his brain abilities, a struggling writer becomes a financial wizard, but it also puts him in a new world with lots of dangers. (105 mins.)
Director: Neil Burger
“ 27.1.12 .. fun! even smart.. somewhere. 8/10 ” - tieser
 
32.
Tatort (1970 TV Series)
Episode: Schmuggler (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
An employee of the border police Germany-Switzerland is found murdered. The police investigates his colleagues and finds a lot of cash is shipped to and from Switzerland. (90 mins.)
“ 29.1.12 .. 2.5/10 ” - tieser
 
33.
Someone to Watch Over Me (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A married New York cop falls for the socialite murder witness he's been assigned to protect. (106 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ 29.1.12 .. very vague mix of thriller, romantic elements and social realism. 3.5/10 ” - tieser
 
34.
Female Prisoner Scorpion: Beast Stable (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Matsu is sheltered by an incestuous prostitute on her run from the police, her ex-prison mate and a cop whose arm she hacked off. (87 mins.)
Director: Shun'ya Itô
“ 31.1.12 .. one last time, do not mess with matsu! 8/10 ” - tieser
 
35.
Drive (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A mysterious Hollywood stuntman and mechanic moonlights as a getaway driver and finds himself in trouble when he helps out his neighbor. (100 mins.)
“ 31.1.12 .. cold, cheesy 80s like soundtrack with a massive bass, amazing suspenseful atmosphere, raw violence. just like the driver, the whole movie seethes with an anger underneath, seemingly against the conventions of the plot and its characters. the result is a subversive attack on 80s action flicks. breathes the spirit of takeshi kitanos earlier works. be sure to watch this one on the big screen .. cinemascope!
9/10 ” - tieser
 
36.
Rendition (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A CIA analyst questions his assignment after witnessing an unorthodox interrogation at a secret detention facility outside the US. (122 mins.)
Director: Gavin Hood
“ 1.2.12 .. very clever play with time, and one of the few movies about contemporary american foreign politics i can recommend. 7/10 ” - tieser
 
37.
Demons 2 (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
A group of tenants and visitors are trapped in a 10-story high-rise apartment building infested with demons who proceed to hunt the dwindling humans down. (88 mins.)
Director: Lamberto Bava
“ 2.2.12 .. overall not as much fun as the first one, although some highlight scenes in there. some might find the brawls hilarious, i just found this spencer/hill vibe out of place. the fx don't come off as charming any more but mostly just bad. one of the most illogical movies i can think of, but still, the late night fitness team and the stop motion demon baby are unforgettable. 5.5/10 ” - tieser
 
38.
Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
In the 16th century, the ruthless and insane Don Lope de Aguirre leads a Spanish expedition in search of El Dorado. (95 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
“ 2.2.12 .. impossible. 10/10 ” - tieser
 
39.
The Proposition (2005)
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A lawman apprehends a notorious outlaw and gives him nine days to kill his older brother, or else they'll execute his younger brother. (104 mins.)
Director: John Hillcoat
“ 3.2.12 .. tense and atmospheric australian neo western. features an evocative score co-produced by nick cave and some nasty violence. 7/10 ” - tieser
 
40.
Masters of Horror (2005 TV Series)
Episode: The Fair Haired Child (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A warlock couple abduct a young teenage girl to sacrifice her to a mysterious and evil entity as an offering to resurrect their long-dead boy. (60 mins.)
“ 3.2.12 .. a borderline moronic episode, but i liked the creature. 2.5/10 ” - tieser
 
41.
Masters of Horror (2005 TV Series)
Episode: Imprint (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
In the 1800s, an American returns to Japan to find the prostitute he fell in love with, but instead learns of the psychical and existential horror that befell her after he left. (60 mins.)
“ 3.2.12 .. easily the best entry to the moh series, followed by argento's 'jenifer'. absurd, excellently crafted, terrifying! 7/10 ” - tieser
 
42.
Candyman (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
The Candyman, a murderous soul with a hook for a hand, is accidentally summoned to reality by a skeptic grad student researching the monster's myth. (99 mins.)
Director: Bernard Rose
“ 4.2.12 .. being a big fan of the 'books of blood' by clive barker, i was a little reluctant to give this one a shot, but bernard rose delivered another true gem of the supernatural cinema. a terribly underrated director. effective score by philip glass! 8.5/10 ” - tieser
 
43.
The Haunting (1963)
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A scientist doing research on the paranormal invites two women to a haunted mansion. One of the participants soon starts losing her mind. (112 mins.)
Director: Robert Wise
“ 4.2.12 .. genuine mystery! 8/10 ” - tieser
 
44.
Tatort (1970 TV Series)
Episode: Kein Entkommen (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A long running German cop show where detectives work to solve a crime. (90 mins.)
“ 5.2.12 .. vienna tatort with a massive body count and a very mean open end. best one in many months. 8/10 ” - tieser
 
45.
Threads (1984 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Documentary-style account of a nuclear holocaust and its effect on the working class city of Sheffield, England, and the eventual long-term effects of nuclear war on civilization. (112 mins.)
Director: Mick Jackson
“ 6.2.12 .. almost cannot wrap my mind around this one. an incredibly gritty account of the nuclear apocalypse, not even remotely haloed for the sake of entertainment. this bbc drama is one of the bleakest, most terrifying tv productions i know.. must see! 9/10 ” - tieser
 
46.
Fright Night (1985)
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When a teenager learns that his next door neighbour is a vampire, no one will believe him. (106 mins.)
Director: Tom Holland
“ 6.2.12 .. fast paced and fun. 6.5/10 ” - tieser
 
47.
Day of the Dead (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A small group of military officers and scientists dwell in an underground bunker as the world above is overrun by zombies. (96 mins.)
“ 7.2.12 .. finally, and what a treat! the first one in romero's work that works almost solely as a splatter flick and is a little negligent of the social criticism (that people read into romero's movies - imo somehow overrated anyway). it is the perfect closure of the trilogy. although 'dawn' will always be the one that had the biggest impact on me, this one also is a definite 9.5/10 ” - tieser
 
48.
Dracula (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The centuries old vampire Count Dracula comes to England to seduce his barrister Jonathan Harker's fiancée Mina Murray and inflict havoc in the foreign land. (128 mins.)
“ 7.2.12 .. very surprising. a strange patchwork feel here, but maybe just the most playful of coppola's movies i know so far. good performances (except reeves, what a log), nice score, some amazing make up fx (the 'beast' - outstanding!!) and effective use of crossfades and shadow-tricks .. it is as if tim burton had finally grown up, stopped using magic mushrooms, and learned how to tell a story. 8/10 ” - tieser
 
49.
Sennentuntschi: Curse of the Alps (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Three lonely herdsmen starved of female companionship creates the girl of their dreams, from a broom, some straw and a few rags. The creation - Sennentuntschi, lives and breathe to cook, clean and look after the three. (110 mins.)
Director: Michael Steiner
“ 8.2.12 .. swiss director michael steiner hopelessly lost in horror cliché confusion .. nasty ending though. ofszarek should stick to theatre. 5/10 ” - tieser
 
50.
Blue Valentine (2010)
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The relationship of a contemporary married couple, charting their evolution over a span of years by cross-cutting between time periods. (112 mins.)
“ 8.2.12 .. beware, this is not your average hollywood romance. this is the real world, where men can't help it but either goof around and dream or be self centered bullies, women make money and spoil all the fun, and where even wacky ukulele tunes won't help. i didn't get why she was so miserable, but the movie is misogynistic enough to make me forget about this and just have pity for poor, poor gosling.. he tried, oh he tried so haaard TO MAKE IT WORK! 6/10 ” - tieser
 
51.
The Punisher (2004)
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An undercover FBI agent becomes a vigilante assassin and sets out to unleash his wrath upon the corrupt businessman who slaughtered his entire family at a reunion. (124 mins.)
“ 8.2.12 .. one of the few decent B movies of the 00's and i kinda like thomas jane. the fight with 'the russian' is very nice. 5.5/10 ” - tieser
 
52.
Bedevilled (2010)
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A woman subject to mental, physical, and sexual abuse on a remote island seeks a way out. (115 mins.)
Director: Chul-soo Jang
“ 9.2.12 .. a very dramatic and bloody story about oppression and depravity on a remote south korean island. a little too black and white for my taste, and the moral statement is trite and overarticulated: never look the other way and act before it is too late. but: it is 1000 times more insightful and more poetic than the similar 'cold fish' by sion sono, and it is just beautifully crafted. 8/10 ” - tieser
 
53.
The Man from Nowhere (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A quiet pawnshop keeper with a violent past takes on a drug-and-organ trafficking ring in hope of saving the child who is his only friend. (119 mins.)
Director: Jeong-beom Lee
“ 10.2.12 .. another korean revenge flick. again, some nasty violence and very, very bad guys. somehow unsettling with its mix of all too sweet hollywood sentiment and gruesome knife killing. again, the craft is just amazing (how did they shoot that window jump??), but the whole thing feels strangely worn off.. ok if you enjoy it as a straight forward actioner. 6/10 ” - tieser
 
54.
Pontypool (2008)
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A radio host interprets the possible outbreak of a deadly virus which infects the small Ontario town he is stationed in. (93 mins.)
Director: Bruce McDonald
“ 10.2.12 .. very clever and scary! check it out!! 8.5/10 ” - tieser
 
55.
Rammbock (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Just when Michael arrives in Berlin to visit his ex-girlfriend Gabi, a terrible virus starts spreading across the city at a rapid pace... (63 mins.)
Director: Marvin Kren
“ 10.2.12 .. who would have thought (I) ?! 7.5/10 ” - tieser
 
56.
Gremlins (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A boy inadvertently breaks three important rules concerning his new pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town. (106 mins.)
Director: Joe Dante
“ 11.2.12 .. does not work too well, but maybe i'm just old. 6/10 ” - tieser
 
57.
16 Blocks (2006)
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An aging alcoholic cop is assigned the task of escorting a witness from police custody to a courthouse 16 blocks away. There are, however, chaotic forces at work that prevent them from making it in one piece. (102 mins.)
Director: Richard Donner
“ 11.2.12 .. never thought this one was any good, i was right. what a waste. 2.5/10 ” - tieser
 
58.
Salome (1973 Short Film)
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(18 mins.)
Director: Clive Barker
“ 12.2.12 .. one of barker's spooky early experiments with film. 7/10 ” - tieser
 
59.
Tatort (1970 TV Series)
Episode: Ordnung im Lot (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.0/10 X  
A long running German cop show where detectives work to solve a crime. (90 mins.)
“ 12.2.12 .. twin peaks influenced, 'different', but at times excruciating. but i respect the effort. 5.5/10 ” - tieser
 
60.
The Bodyguard (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A former Secret Service agent takes on the job of bodyguard to a pop singer, whose lifestyle is most unlike a President's. (129 mins.)
Director: Mick Jackson
“ 12.2.12 .. i will always love this one, not just in the light of current events.. kind of a guilty pleasure. 7/10 ” - tieser
 
61.
Polisse (2011)
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A journalist covering police assigned to a juvenile division enters an affair with one of her subjects. (127 mins.)
Director: Maïwenn
“ 14.2.12 .. ambiguous and eclectic kaleidoscope. brilliant! 9/10 ” - tieser
 
62.
Storm Warning (2007)
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A yuppie couple lost in a thick brush filled marsh seek refuge at an isolated farmhouse only to discover they've jumped out of the frying pan into the fire. (86 mins.)
Director: Jamie Blanks
“ 16.2.12 .. trash trash trash and 5 min of badass gore. 3/10 ” - tieser
 
63.
The Ugly Truth (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A romantically challenged morning show producer is reluctantly embroiled in a series of outrageous tests... (96 mins.)
Director: Robert Luketic
“ 16.2.12 .. ehem.. some fun heigl moments. 3.5/10 ” - tieser
 
64.
Manhunter (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Former FBI profiler Will Graham returns to service to pursue a deranged serial murderer named "the Tooth Fairy" by the media. (120 mins.)
Director: Michael Mann
“ 16.2.12 .. about an hour into this one it dawned on me that i had seen the crappy remake some years ago, that spoiled a lot. the story here unfolds its creepiness and suspense nicely, the photography is simply amazing, in fact one of the best shot movies i have seen recently, the end was strange. still, a great thrill! 8/10 ” - tieser
 
65.
Phantasm (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A teenage boy and his friends face off against a mysterious grave robber known only as the Tall Man, who keeps a lethal arsenal of terrible weapons with him. (88 mins.)
Director: Don Coscarelli
“ 17.2.12 .. psychedelic (?) fantasy with horror elements and a very vague plot. some creepy moments and obscure visual ideas. would have loved it 15 years ago. 7/10 ” - tieser
 
66.
House on the Edge of the Park (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Two low-life punks invite themselves to a party at a posh villa and after being taunted by their snobbish hosts, hold everyone hostage and subject them to various forms of torture and mayhem. (91 mins.)
Director: Ruggero Deodato
“ 18.2.12 .. one of the most amoral and anti-social movies i have ever watched. what a mess. kinda hard to masturbate to, and even harder to rate. ” - tieser
 
67.
Riki-Oh 2: Child of Destruction (1990 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Riki must enter into a fighting tournament to save his brother, Nachi from a madman general called Washizaki who has the magical sword power. The two fighters are reunited after many years. The story starts soon after the original movie. (46 mins.)
Director: Satoshi Dezaki
“ 18.2.12 .. both parts: Riki-Oh 1: Walls of Hell and 2: Child of destruction. grade A anime gore! rad! 7.5/10 ” - tieser
 
68.
Ip Man (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
During the Japanese invasion of 1937, when a wealthy martial artist is forced to leave his home and work to support his family, he reluctantly agrees to train others in the art of Wing Chun for self-defense. (106 mins.)
Director: Wilson Yip
“ 20.2.12 .. some amazing martial arts performances enrich this dull semi-biopic. has a weird propaganda feel to it. 6/10 ” - tieser
 
69.
Road Games (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A truck driver plays a cat-and-mouse game with a mysterious serial killer on a desolate Australian highway. (101 mins.)
“ 22.2.12 .. crappiest score ever, but the plot feels fresh. 6.5/10 ” - tieser
 
70.
Manhunt (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  
The summer of 1974, four young people are all ambushed and left unconscious. They wake up deep in the woods with no one around but the sound of a hunting horn. (78 mins.)
Director: Patrik Syversen
“ 24.2.12 .. very underrated norwegian horror flick. no jokes, no bullsht, just strip to the bone backwoods terror - works for me! 8/10 ” - tieser
 
71.
When a Stranger Calls (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A psychopathic killer terrorizes a babysitter, then returns seven years later to menace her again. (97 mins.)
Director: Fred Walton
“ 25.2.12 .. wow. i'm floored. this one is a ridiculously underrated suspense masterpiece! everything in its right place .. amazing score.. 9/10 ” - tieser
 
72.
Rope (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Two young men strangle their "inferior" classmate, hide his body in their apartment, and invite his friends and family to a dinner party as a means to challenge the "perfection" of their crime. (80 mins.)
“ 25.2.12 .. a clever scenario with an intriguing formal design, but at the end of the day trite and unsatisfying. feels like a finger exercise, but at least stewart's performance is absorbing enough to make it worthwhile. 7/10 ” - tieser
 
73.
Rebecca (1940)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A self-conscious bride is tormented by the memory of her husband's dead first wife. (130 mins.)
“ 25.2.12 .. disappointing. 6.5/10 ” - tieser
 
74.
First Blood (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Former Green Beret John Rambo is pursued into the mountains surrounding a small town by a tyrannical sheriff and his deputies, forcing him to survive using his combat skills. (93 mins.)
Director: Ted Kotcheff
“ 25.2.12 .. stallone's final speech is heartbreaking, who would've thought (II) ? 6/10 ” - tieser
 
75.
Let's Get Lost (1988 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Documentary on the life of jazz trumpeter and drug addict Chet Baker. Fascinating series of interviews with friends... (120 mins.)
Director: Bruce Weber
“ 25.2.12 .. essential portrait of the inexplicable genius of chet baker. transcendent. ” - tieser
 
76.
Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
John Rambo is released from prison by the government for a top-secret covert mission to the last place on Earth he'd want to return - the jungles of Vietnam. (96 mins.)
“ 26.2.12 .. enjoyed this one a lot more than the first part. what an amazing end credit song, haha!! some of the best one liners ever! what else.. john rambo is half german. i guess thats it. 7/10 ” - tieser
 
77.
Frontier(s) (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A gang of young thieves flee Paris during the violent aftermath of a political election, only to hole up at an Inn run by neo-Nazis. (108 mins.)
Director: Xavier Gens
“ 26.2.12 .. hailed as one of the big hits of the so called new french extreme.. it really is just a very weak pseudo gore fest. no heart at all. avoid at all costs. 1.5/10 ” - tieser
 
78.
Tatort (1970 TV Series)
Episode: Der traurige König (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A long running German cop show where detectives work to solve a crime. (90 mins.)
“ 26.2.12 .. another decent munich tatort. udo wachtveitl rules!! 7/10 ” - tieser
 
79.
Until the Light Takes Us (2008 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Interviews and news footage explore the rise of black metal music in Norway in the 1990s, including artists who were involved in suicide, murder and arson. (93 mins.)
“ 27.2.12 .. insightful, unsettling and strangely poetic. 7/10 ” - tieser
 
80.
Shadow of a Doubt (1943)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A young woman discovers her visiting uncle may not be the man he seems to be. (108 mins.)
“ 29.2.12 .. the mirror companion piece to one of my favorite hitchcock movies, 'suspicion'. classy! 8/10 ” - tieser
 
81.
Screamers (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
(SIRIUS 6B, Year 2078) On a distant mining planet ravaged by a decade of war, scientists have created the perfect weapon: a blade-wielding... (108 mins.)
“ 1.3.12 .. ha! a very crude story, body snatchers in space. partly dated fx, but i dig weller .. 7/10 ” - tieser
 
82.
Control (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A profile of Ian Curtis, the enigmatic singer of Joy Division whose personal, professional, and romantic troubles led him to commit suicide at the age of 23. (122 mins.)
Director: Anton Corbijn
“ 3.3.12 .. how i loathe these kind of biopics.. so pointless. 3.5/10 ” - tieser
 
83.
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A cyborg, identical to the one who failed to kill Sarah Connor, must now protect her ten year old son, John Connor, from a more advanced cyborg. (137 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
“ 3.3.12 .. watched for the 6th time .. nuff said. used to rate it 8.5, but let me quote bob ross and "lets get crazy here": 9/10 ” - tieser
 
84.
It's Alive (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
The Davies expect a baby, which turns out to be a monster with a nasty habit of killing when it's scared. And it's easily scared. (91 mins.)
Director: Larry Cohen
“ 4.3.12 .. essential 70s. pulp master larry cohen staking out in what was to become cronenberg territory.. fine bernard hermann score.. eerie creature. love it. 8/10 ” - tieser
 
85.
Tatort (1970 TV Series)
Episode: Scherbenhaufen (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A long running German cop show where detectives work to solve a crime. (90 mins.)
“ 4.3.12 .. weak episode. 3.5/10 ” - tieser
 
86.
The Appointment (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A family is confronted in their house by an evil force. (90 mins.)
“ 4.3.12 .. spooky british tv mystery, check it out! 8/10 ” - tieser
 
87.
Stroszek (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
In Berlin, an alcoholic man, recently released from prison, joins his elderly friend and a prostitute in a determined dream to leave Germany and seek a better life in Wisconsin. (115 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
“ 5.3.12 .. maybe i just don't get herzog. i mean, aguirre, alright. i take that one to be his masterpiece accident. but although i somehow enjoyed the weird movie stroszek, while pushing away that i was utterly annoyed by eva mattes performance, and to be honest, persona, i couldn't shake the feeling that i'm missing out on something somebody else might see in this story, so i hate the movie for making me feel dull and ignorant. also, the soundtrack is so bad. i can see what makes herzog's movies so hip, he has an eye for obscurities and moments, but i seldom saw truth, only facade, "truth via chance?".. i think he would be a good journalist for the terrible vice magazine.. the berlin part was brilliant, though.. i can only shrug my shoulders. weird experience, and not the good weird. 5.5/10 ” - tieser
 
88.
Phenomena (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A young girl, with an amazing ability to communicate with insects, is transferred to an exclusive Swiss boarding school, where her unusual capability might help solve a string of murders. (116 mins.)
Director: Dario Argento
“ 15.3.12 .. better than suspiria, weaker than tenebrae.. loved the last 30 minutes! 8/10 ” - tieser
 
89.
Shame (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A man's carefully cultivated private life is disrupted when his sister arrives for an indefinite stay. (101 mins.)
Director: Steve McQueen
“ 24.3.12 .. virtually plotless movie, but fassbender's portrayal of a sex driven manic is very worth it. the inner struggle in his eyes in the very last scene alone.. incredible actor. 7.5/10 ” - tieser
 
90.
Shotgun Stories (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Shotgun Stories tracks a feud that erupts between two sets of half brothers following the death of their father... (92 mins.)
Director: Jeff Nichols
“ 24.3.12 .. a family drama, laconic, absurd, even funny, but eventually very tragic. a brilliant movie.. highly recommended! 9/10 ” - tieser
 
91.
Tatort (1970 TV Series)
Episode: Falsch verpackt (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A long running German cop show where detectives work to solve a crime. (90 mins.)
“ 25.3.12 .. decent vienna episode. crappy score. 6.5/10 ” - tieser
 
92.
The Cove (2009 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Using state-of-the-art equipment, a group of activists, led by renowned dolphin trainer Ric O'Barry, infiltrate a cove near Taijii, Japan to expose both a shocking instance of animal abuse and a serious threat to human health. (92 mins.)
Director: Louie Psihoyos
“ 26.3.12 .. touching and rough, even heartbreaking documentary.. put together with too much sensationalism. 6/10 ” - tieser
 
93.
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
In the bleak days of the Cold War, espionage veteran George Smiley is forced from semi-retirement to uncover a Soviet agent within MI6. (122 mins.)
Director: Tomas Alfredson
“ 5.4.12 .. great suspense scenes. master stylist alfredson tells a story where world politics depend on all too human interaction. 7/10 ” - tieser
 
94.
The Human Centipede (First Sequence) (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  
A mad scientist kidnaps and mutilates a trio of tourists in order to reassemble them into a human centipede, created by stitching their mouths to each others' rectums. (92 mins.)
Director: Tom Six
“ 9.4.12 .. not as graphic as you would think. and although the premise is a fckd up as can be, it is a pretty decent little shocker. uncomfortable ending too. 6.5/10 ” - tieser
 
95.
Cherry Tree Lane (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.0/10 X  
A couple is terrorized by a gang who is hunting their son. (77 mins.)
“ 9.4.12 .. 2 words: legalize it. 3.5/10 ” - tieser
 
96.
Cries & Whispers (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
When a woman dying of cancer in early twentieth-century Sweden is visited by her two sisters, long-repressed feelings between the siblings rise to the surface. (91 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
“ 10.4.12 .. tough to watch, understand, rate. an allegoric family tale, demanding, touching, painful, true .. in 1 word (?): feminine. 7/10 ” - tieser
 
97.
Barbara (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A doctor working in 1980s East Germany finds herself banished to a small country hospital. (105 mins.)
“ 10.4.12 .. this one's got a little more substance than petzold's recent movie, 'jericho'. eerie display of the reality of the german democratic republic, and not as insolently dramatic as in 'the life of others'. but nothing more, really. check out petzold's 'gespenster', this one is festival hyped and overrated for no reason. 5.5/10 ” - tieser
 
98.
Through a Glass Darkly (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Recently released from a mental hospital; Karin rejoins her emotionally disconnected family and their island home, only to slip from reality as she begins to believe she is being visited by God. (89 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
“ 14.4.12 .. fantastic, although a bit weak in the end. 7.5/10 ” - tieser
 
99.
The Amityville Horror (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Newlyweds move into a large house where a mass murder was committed, and experience strange manifestations which drive them away. (117 mins.)
“ 14.4.12 .. good one. flawed continuity and editing only support the lutz' family descend into madness. brolin is a rural, bearded patrick bateman. a slow burner, but some nice shocks too. 7/10 ” - tieser
 
100.
Night of the Comet (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A comet wipes out most of life on Earth, leaving two Valley Girls fighting against cannibal zombies and a sinister group of scientists. (95 mins.)
Director: Thom Eberhardt
“ 15.4.12 .. fast paced, funny 80s sci-fi horror comedy mix. very well acted for that kind of production. that, some really nice self reflective jokes and some true shocks make this one stand out from most of the rest. but where did the uzis and the dynamite come from? nevermind. 8/10 ” - tieser