Parabola's Films Watched in 2012

Films that I've watched in the 2012 calendar year.

My Ratings Scale:

10 - an all-time favorite, happy to re-watch any time and go out of my way to recommend it. Probably needs a few years post-release to be promoted this high.

9 - something really memorable that I would likely own and tell others about as a must-see.

8 - better than most, would likely watch again. Something about it that makes it stand above the rest.

7 - perfectly enjoyable movie, worth the time to watch.

6 - meh ... alright, but nothing to get excited about.

5 - not overly enjoyable, but somewhat watchable.

4 and below: scale of awfulness.
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1.
Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel (2009)
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While drinking at their local pub, three social outcasts attempt to navigate a time-travel conundrum. (83 mins.)
“ Amusing and nerdily well thought-out, but not as funny as I was hoping. 6/10 (1-JAN) ” - parabola33
 
2.
The Comedians of Comedy (2005 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Follow four comedians as they tour the States. (103 mins.)
Director: Michael Blieden
“ Interesting look at life on the road for a group of comedians; features some familiar faces (even though their names may not be). I think you have to be a little crazy to be a good comedian. 6/10 (1-JAN) ” - parabola33
 
3.
Winter's Bone (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
An unflinching Ozark Mountain girl hacks through dangerous social terrain as she hunts down her drug-dealing father while trying to keep her family intact. (100 mins.)
Director: Debra Granik
“ Be warned that it's slow and the rural life/people are depressing, but it still held my attention. Jennifer Lawrence was good, as buzzed about during awards season. 7/10 (1-JAN) ” - parabola33
 
4.
Rachel Getting Married (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A young woman who has been in and out of rehab for the past 10 years returns home for the weekend for her sister's wedding. (113 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Demme
“ Yes, Anne Hathaway is definitely good, but I can see how people would either really like or dislike this movie. The talky characters and family dysfunction feel real, but could also seem annoying. I liked it, but probably wouldn't watch again. 7/10 (1-JAN)

P.S. - shaky camera ” - parabola33
 
5.
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
“ Really fun and original alien invasion movie. 8/10 (2-JAN) ” - parabola33
 
6.
Monsieur Lazhar (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
At a Montréal public grade school, an Algerian immigrant is hired to replace a popular teacher who committed suicide in her classroom. While helping his students deal with their grief, his own recent loss is revealed. (94 mins.)
“ Very thoughtful and touching, and incorporates a lot of contemporary issues. The main kid actors do a great job. 9/10 (5-JAN) ” - parabola33
 
7.
Keyhole (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
Gangster and deadbeat dad, Ulysses Pick, embarks on an unusual journey through his home. (94 mins.)
Director: Guy Maddin
“ Like other Guy Maddin movies, you don't always know what the hell is going on, but I've always been captivated anyway. This is a strange mash-up of gangsters and ghosts and elusive memories. 7/10 (6-JAN) ” - parabola33
 
8.
Citizen Gangster (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
WWII vet Eddie Boyd is torn between providing for his young family and an unfulfilled dream of becoming a Hollywood star. He discovers a way to do both, but his dream leads him down a path of danger and tragedy. (105 mins.)
Director: Nathan Morlando
“ What it lacks in character depth, it is a very thorough recap of one of Canada's most famous bank robbers. I had never heard of the story, so found it very interesting. It's a very nicely shot film, especially considering it's a first-time director. 7/10 (6-JAN)

P.S. - features Ethan and Keamy from Lost. ” - parabola33
 
9.
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
“ Hilarious and highly re-watchable. 9/10 (7-JAN) ” - parabola33
 
10.
Hobo with a Shotgun (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A homeless vigilante blows away crooked cops, pedophile Santas, and other scumbags with his trusty pump-action shotgun. (86 mins.)
Director: Jason Eisener
“ Purposely crazy and over the top, it's pretty fun to watch. 6/10 (7-JAN) ” - parabola33
 
11.
Starbuck (2011)
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As his lover announces her pregnancy, a fortysomething slacker receives other life-changing news: 142 people, all of them the result of artificial insemination, have filed a class action lawsuit against him, their biological father. (109 mins.)
Director: Ken Scott
“ Very funny, despite some pretty unbelievable bits. 7/10 (10-JAN) ” - parabola33
 
12.
Wetlands (2011)
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On a dairy farm in the Eastern Townships, in the middle of a drought and while the land is parching, a drama will disrupt the life of the Santerre family. Confronted to each other they will have to learn to forgive. (111 mins.)
Director: Guy Édoin
“ Life on a farm is depressing enough, but then to have a sad, slow story take place there just makes it worse. It's well done, though, just not very exciting. 6/10 (11-JAN) ” - parabola33
 
13.
Café de Flore (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A love story between a man and woman. And between a mother and her son. A mystical and fantastical odyssey on love. (120 mins.)
“ I really liked this the first time around, even though you spend a lot of time wondering how things fit together. Afterwards, it leaves an impression and a lot to think about. I just saw it again, and I'm still impressed and would definitely recommend it. 9/10 (13-JAN and 15-JUN) ” - parabola33
 
14.
Helvetica (2007 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A documentary about typography, graphic design, and global visual culture. (80 mins.)
Director: Gary Hustwit
“ You wouldn't expect a film about a font to be so entertaining, but it is. 7/10 (14-JAN) ” - parabola33
 
15.
Objectified (2009 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A feature-length documentary about our complex relationship with manufactured objects and, by extension, the people who design them. (75 mins.)
Director: Gary Hustwit
“ Not as good as Helvetica because -- understandable, since the subject isn't as well-defined. 6/10 (14-JAN) ” - parabola33
 
16.
The Salesman (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Marcel Lévesque, a quick-witted car salesman nearing retirement, lives to sell. He has been salesman... (107 mins.)
“ The director described it well beforehand: a movie that shows little details, but is about bigger ideas. So, not recommended if you're easily bored. :) 6/10 (14-JAN) ” - parabola33
 
17.
Take This Waltz (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A happily married woman falls for the artist who lives across the street. (116 mins.)
Director: Sarah Polley
“ There was a lot I liked about this (humor, characters) ... but just as much that seemed distracting (certain story parts & filming style). In the end, still enjoyable. 7/10 (14-JAN) ” - parabola33
 
18.
Im Staub der Sterne (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
After a six year journey, the Spaceship Cyrno lands on the planet TEM 4 from where they had received a call for help... (95 mins.)
“ The Soviet-era sci-fi B-movie I originally went to see was rescheduled, so I saw this one instead. Pretty much what you would expect from a 70s, East German, sci-fi, B-movie ... Including bad clothing, bad dancing (yes, that's right ) and absurd villains. It's a cheesy good time. 5/10 (20-JAN) ” - parabola33
 
19.
Stalker (1979)
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A guide leads two men through an area known as the Zone to find a room that grants wishes. (163 mins.)
“ Much more psychological than I was expecting, and I probably need to see it when I'm not so tired in order to fully appreciate it. I hoped as a strange, post-apocalyptic sci-fi type story it would be more engaging, but you really need to be in a thoughtful frame of mind for it. I give it a 6/10 for my own viewing, but willing to give it another shot. 6/10 (21-JAN) ” - parabola33
 
20.
50/50 (2011)
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Inspired by a true story, a comedy centered on a 27-year-old guy who learns of his cancer diagnosis, and his subsequent struggle to beat the disease. (100 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Levine
“ Very funny but also serious, really enjoyed it. 8/10 (28-JAN) ” - parabola33
 
21.
Solaris (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A psychologist is sent to a station orbiting a distant planet in order to discover what has caused the crew to go insane. (167 mins.)
“ Oddly, not as dark as I remember the Soderbergh/Clooney-remake to be, but this original is still more engaging. Maybe the contrast between the bright environment of the base and the strange happenings make things more unsettling. A good psychological sci-fi. 8/10 (2-FEB) ” - parabola33
 
22.
Groundhog Day (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A weatherman finds himself living the same day over and over again. (101 mins.)
Director: Harold Ramis
“ Why haven't I made this a yearly tradition?? Classic. 8/10 (2-FEB) ” - parabola33
 
23.
Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Three friends decide to turn their fantasy vacation into reality after one of their number becomes engaged. (155 mins.)
Director: Zoya Akhtar
“ I heard this described as "Bollywood bachelor party road trip" and although it does have some famous names in it, it's much more indie than typical Indian movies. I was actually surprised at how authentic and often hilarious the film was, and the Spanish setting was a great landscape. Definitely some cheesy bits, but still well worth watching. 8/10 (11-FEB) ” - parabola33
 
24.
Two for the Road (1967)
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A couple in the south of France non-sequentially spin down the highways of infidelity in their troubled ten-year marriage. (111 mins.)
Director: Stanley Donen
“ Finney and Hepburn are a good match showing the many ups & downs of a relationship; Hepburn in particular is charming as expected. 7/10 (18-FEB) ” - parabola33
 
25.
The Debt (2010)
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In 1965, three Mossad agents cross into East Berlin to apprehend a notorious Nazi war criminal. Thirty years later, the secrets the agents share come back to haunt them. (113 mins.)
Director: John Madden
“ A pretty good action film, better than I expected. 7/10 (18-FEB) ” - parabola33
 
26.
The Interrupters (2011 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A year in the life of a city grappling with urban violence. (125 mins.)
Director: Steve James
“ From the hype, I was expecting much more. Sure, the "interrupters" are to be commending for trying to help, but overall I didn't get much of an impression that things are that organized or that they are accomplishing much. 5/10 (18-FEB) ” - parabola33
 
27.
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
“ I think this is one of my favorite Woody Allen films, even though it has some of the same themes as many of his past ones. But the cast is really good, even Owen Wilson, and the Paris setting and time-travel (just go with it) all make it fun and fresh. 8/10 (18-FEB) ” - parabola33
 
28.
A Dangerous Method (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A look at how the intense relationship between Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud gives birth to psychoanalysis. (99 mins.)
“ Disappointing and ... dull is the best word to describe it. 6/10 (12-JAN and 18-FEB) ” - parabola33
 
29.
Miss Bala (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
After entering a beauty contest in Tijuana, a young woman witnesses drug-related murders and is forced to do the gang's bidding. (113 mins.)
Director: Gerardo Naranjo
“ Seemed to have promise, but seemed to meander and didn't have much in the way of explanation of the story. 5/10 (18-FEB) ” - parabola33
 
30.
The Descendants (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A land baron tries to reconnect with his two daughters after his wife is seriously injured in a boating accident. (115 mins.)
Director: Alexander Payne
“ Less than two months since the honeymoon in Hawaii, it was hard to watch this without longing to go back. :) But regardless, it was still a good movie that had a nice balance of funny and serious, and Clooney is probably the most "everyday family guy" he's ever played and he does it well. 8/10 (18-FEB) ” - parabola33
 
31.
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.)
“ A good home-invasion thriller that has some originality to it. 8/10 (19-FEB) ” - parabola33
 
32.
I Saw the Devil (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A secret agent exacts revenge on a serial killer through a series of captures and releases. (141 mins.)
Director: Kim Jee-woon
“ Good thriller with plenty of suspense. 7/10 (19-FEB) ” - parabola33
 
33.
Pentecost (2011 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Ireland 1977. Eleven-year-old Damian Lynch (Scott Graham) is called in at the last moment to serve as... (11 mins.)
Director: Peter McDonald
“ Pretty good with some amusing moments and a nice buildup to the conclusion. 7/ 10 (28-FEB) ” - parabola33
 
34.
Raju (2011 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A German couple adopts in Kolkata an Indian orphan. Their child suddenly disappears and they realize that they are part of the problem. (24 mins.)
Director: Max Zähle
“ I feel like I've seen this story told before ... 6/10 (28-FEB) ” - parabola33
 
35.
The Shore (2011 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
The story of Joe and Paddy, whose childhood friendship is shattered by the troubles in Northern Ireland. Twenty five years later they are reunited. (29 mins.)
Director: Terry George
“ Some funny bits. 6/10 (28-FEB) ” - parabola33
 
36.
Time Freak (2011 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A neurotic inventor creates a time machine and gets lost traveling around yesterday. (10 mins.)
Director: Andrew Bowler
“ Lots of funny bits! Worth a watch. 7/10 (28-FEB) ” - parabola33
 
37.
Tuba Atlantic (2010 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Everybody is going to die one day. Oskar (70) is going to die in 6 days. He is now ready to forgive his brother for a disagreement years ago... (25 mins.)
Director: Hallvar Witzø
“ Certainly original and whimsical. 7/10 (28-FEB) ” - parabola33
 
38.
Sunday (2011 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
On a typically boring Sunday a small boy goes to church with his parents before being taken to a relative's house for a family lunch... (9 mins.)
Director: Patrick Doyon
“ Barely remember this one after the fact, not a great sign. 4/10 (28-FEB) ” - parabola33
 
39.
A Morning Stroll (2011 Short Film)
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When a New Yorker walks past a chicken on his morning stroll, we are left to wonder which one is the real city slicker. (7 mins.)
Director: Grant Orchard
“ Odd but amusing animated short. 7/10 (28-FEB) ” - parabola33
 
40.
Wild Life (2011 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Calgary, 1909. An Englishman moves to the Canadian frontier, but is singularly unsuited to it. His letters home are much sunnier than the reality. Intertitles compare his fate to that of a comet. (14 mins.)
“ Solid animation style, interesting historical story. 6/10 (28-FEB) ” - parabola33
 
41.
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore (2011 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
After a hurricane levels his city, a young man wanders into a mysterious library where books literally come to life. (15 mins.)
“ Very nicely animated, enjoyable short. 7/10 (28-FEB) ” - parabola33
 
42.
La Luna (2011 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A fable of a young boy who is coming of age in the most peculiar of circumstances. Tonight is the very... (7 mins.)
Director: Enrico Casarosa
“ Very nicely done, one of the ones I'd try to find again. 7/10 (28-FEB) ” - parabola33
 
43.
Skylight (2009 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A cautionary mockumentary set against the foreboding backdrop of the Antarctic. (5 mins.)
Director: David Baas
Stars: Jason Groh
“ A little too cutesy, but still alright. 6/10 (28-FEB) ” - parabola33
 
44.
The Hybrid Union (2010 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Two abstract characters - Plus and Minus come from opposite poles and when their predicament forces them to unite, they create a new, startling, energy form - The Hybrid Union. (5 mins.)
“ Odd and not all that interesting; luckily short. 5/10 (28-FEB) ” - parabola33
 
45.
Nullarbor (2011 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
An animated road-movie set across the vast and barren landscape of Australia's Nullarbor Plain. (11 mins.)
“ The animation is nicely done and the story was amusing, although too long. Good ending. 6/10 (28-FEB) ” - parabola33
 
46.
Amazonia (2011 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
In the dangerous world of the Amazon Rainforest, finding a meal proves to be an impossible task for a little treefrog named Bounce... (5 mins.)
Director: Sam Chen
“ This one's style was way too cutesy. 4/10 (28-FEB) ” - parabola33
 
47.
Moneyball (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane's successful attempt to assemble a baseball team on a lean budget by employing computer-generated analysis to acquire new players. (133 mins.)
Director: Bennett Miller
“ A movie about statistical analysis and the Oakland A's? That's a winner in my books! Also happens to be a good film anyway. 7/10 (10-MAR) ” - parabola33
 
48.
The Artist (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A silent movie star meets a young dancer, but the arrival of talking pictures sends their careers in opposite directions. (100 mins.)
“ A good crowd-pleasing movie, even though it's B&W and essentially silent. Still good on this repeat viewing. 7/10 (17-MAR) ” - parabola33
 
49.
21 Jump Street (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A pair of underachieving cops are sent back to a local high school to blend in and bring down a synthetic drug ring. (109 mins.)
“ Better than expected, very funny. Both Hill and Tatum are surprisingly good. 7/10 (24-MAR) ” - parabola33
 
50.
The Thin Blue Line (1988 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A film that successfully argued that a man was wrongly convicted for murder by a corrupt justice system in Dallas County, Texas. (103 mins.)
Director: Errol Morris
“ Seems almost cliched viewing it after hearing of so many miscarriages of justice, but this documentary was one of the first to use the style of re-enactment fused with 'talking-head' interviews. Notable that it lead to the case being re-opened and leading to release. Some of the film re-enactments seem cheesy now, but overall it's effective. 7/10 (25-MAR) ” - parabola33
 
51.
Vernon, Florida (1981 Documentary)
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Early Errol Morris documentary intersplices random chatter he captured on film of the genuinely eccentric residents of Vernon... (55 mins.)
Director: Errol Morris
“ Not much of a narrative here, just an odd assortment of strange people from this town in Florida. 6/10 (31-MAR) ” - parabola33
 
52.
Gates of Heaven (1978 Documentary)
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A documentary about a pet cemetery in California, and the people who have pets buried there. (85 mins.)
Director: Errol Morris
“ As you'd expect to find in a documentary about a pet cemetery, there are a lot of ... interesting ... people out there. Drags on a little long, but still good. 7/10 (1-APR) ” - parabola33
 
53.
Win Win (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A struggling lawyer and volunteer wrestling coach's chicanery comes back to haunt him when the teenage grandson of the client he has double-crossed comes into his life. (106 mins.)
Director: Tom McCarthy
“ Good story & acting performances; Paul Giamatti is the MVP of sack sad mid-life crisis guys. 7/10 (1-APR) ” - parabola33
 
54.
Life in a Day (2011 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A documentary shot by film-makers all over the world that serves as a time capsule to show future generations what it was like to be alive on the twenty-fourth of July, 2010. (95 mins.)
“ Interesting compilation of submitted footage from around the world on the same day. Most of it is unspectacular, but isn't that the reality? While there are many differences, it's also remarkable to see all the similarities. 7/10 (2-APR) ” - parabola33
 
55.
Lockout (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A man wrongly convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage against the U.S. is offered his freedom if he can rescue the president's daughter from an outer space prison taken over by violent inmates. (95 mins.)
“ Harmless sci-fi adventure; surprised to see Guy Pears in something this mundane. Not surprised to see Maggie Grace in something so mundane. 5/10 (11-APR) ” - parabola33
 
56.
The Cabin in the Woods (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Five friends go for a break at a remote cabin in the woods, where they get more than they bargained for. Together, they must discover the truth behind the cabin in the woods. (95 mins.)
Director: Drew Goddard
“ Inventive and original take on the horror genre. Lots of humor, as would be expected from Joss Whedon. 8/10 (12-APR) ” - parabola33
 
57.
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
“ Pleasantly surprised by this one, as I didn't really know much about the story. Hard to see how this fits into the overall Avengers mythology since he's basically a God while others are humans, but I'm interested to find out. 7/10 (14-APR) ” - parabola33
 
58.
Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
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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
“ Another pleasant surprised, as my childhood memories of Captain America don't recall him being the most exciting of superheroes. But the story was well done. 7/10 (15-APR) ” - parabola33
 
59.
Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father (2008 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
A filmmaker decides to memorialize a murdered friend when his friend's ex-girlfriend announces she is expecting his son. (95 mins.)
Director: Kurt Kuenne
“ It's almost unfair to criticize some of the amateur aspects of this film, because it's really a heartfelt and touching end product. It's very tragic, but at the same time cannot be missed. 8/10 (21-APR) ” - parabola33
 
60.
Dark Days (2000 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A cinematic portrait of the homeless population who live permanently in the underground tunnels of New York City. (94 mins.)
Director: Marc Singer
“ Came across this randomly on Netflix and it was quite a surprise. It's almost a secret world that these homeless people live in, and the filming style gets right into their lives. Fascinating. 7/10 (22-APR) ” - parabola33
 
61.
Bobby Fischer Against the World (2011 Documentary)
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'Bobby Fischer Against the World' is a documentary feature exploring the tragic and bizarre life of the late chess master Bobby Fischer... (93 mins.)
Director: Liz Garbus
“ I never realized how wacky he was nor all the details that this doc covers. Very interesting. 7/10 (22-APR) ” - parabola33
 
62.
Bill Cunningham New York (2010 Documentary)
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A profile of the noted and extraordinarily cheerful veteran New York City fashion photographer. (84 mins.)
Director: Richard Press
“ Not the most interesting subject matter, but still an engaging story of the man I had never heard of. 6/10 (11-MAY) ” - parabola33
 
63.
The Avengers (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Earth's mightiest heroes must come together and learn to fight as a team if they are to stop the mischievous Loki and his alien army from enslaving humanity. (143 mins.)
Director: Joss Whedon
“ Excellent start to the summer movie season! Not only was it a great movie, but I'm ecstatic for Joss Whedon to receive all the credit that's due to him. This was a great mix of the superheroes and lots of humor that Whedon is known for. Great job! 8/10 (22-MAY) ” - parabola33
 
64.
True Grit (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A tough U.S. Marshal helps a stubborn teenager track down her father's murderer. (110 mins.)
“ A solid western with excellent performances. 7/10 (25-MAY) ” - parabola33
 
65.
The Breakfast Club (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Five high school students, all different stereotypes, meet in detention, where they pour their hearts out to each other, and discover how they have a lot more in common than they thought. (97 mins.)
Director: John Hughes
“ Good 'ol 80s Hughes nostalgia. Not one of my most-loved, but still good. 7/10 (2-JUN) ” - parabola33
 
66.
Alien (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
After a space merchant vessel perceives an unknown transmission as distress call, their landing on the source planet finds one of the crew attacked by a mysterious lifeform. Continuing their journey back to Earth with the attacked crew having recovered and the critter deceased, they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun. (117 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ Simply a classic, although suffers from the dated tech that is sometimes hard to ignore. 9/10 (2-JUN) ” - parabola33
 
67.
Prometheus (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Following clues to the origin of mankind a team journey across the universe and find a structure on a distant planet containing a monolithic statue of a humanoid head and stone cylinders of alien blood but they soon find they are not alone. (124 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ Oh how I wanted to really like this more. I still came away impressed and entertained, but some characters/plot points were infuriatingly silly. But the scope and vision were really stunning, I can forgive some of the unanswered questions if we learn more in sequels. Afterall, this film sheds light on some of the mysteries of Alien 30+ years ago. A hesitant 8/10 (8-JUN) ” - parabola33
 
68.
Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey (2011 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
The Muppet Elmo is one of the most beloved characters among children across the globe. Meet the unlikely man behind the puppet - the heart and soul of Elmo - Kevin Clash. (80 mins.)
Director: Constance Marks
“ A feel-good story about Kevin Clash's journey to become the puppeteer & voice behind one of the most loved characters on Sesame Street. Straightforward, but a good watch. 7/10 (10-JUN) ” - parabola33
 
69.
Hysteria (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
The truth of how Mortimer Granville devised the invention of the first vibrator in the name of medical science. (100 mins.)
Director: Tanya Wexler
“ Walks a fine line of being too jokey about the subject matter vs. being too graphic. In the end, it's a funny film and I enjoyed it on repeat viewing. 7/10 (10-JUN) ” - parabola33
 
70.
Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An ophthalmologist's mistress threatens to reveal their affair to his wife, while a married documentary filmmaker is infatuated by another woman. (104 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
“ An enjoyable Woody Allen film that I hadn't seen yet ... not sure why, it was pretty good! 7/10 (13-JUN) ” - parabola33
 
71.
Waste Land (2010 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
On the outskirts of Rio de Janiro is Jardim Gramacho, the world's largest landfill, where men and women sift through garbage for a living. Artist Vik Muniz produces portraits of the workers and learns about their lives. (99 mins.)
Stars: Vik Muniz
“ Some interesting personal stories, but it felt a little drawn out to make it feature-length. Not much time was spent on the process of the art-making. 6/10 (14-JUN) ” - parabola33
 
72.
Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation (2011 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The toys throw Ken and Barbie a Hawaiian vacation in Bonnie's room. (6 mins.)
Director: Gary Rydstrom
“ Funny and worth watching! 7/10 (15-JUN) ” - parabola33
 
73.
Good Hair (2009 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Chris Rock explores the wonders of African-American hairstyles. (96 mins.)
Director: Jeff Stilson
“ Very entertaining and quite surprising as to the extent of the industry. Chris Rock is not a great interviewer, though -- lots of shots of him just nodding along to what the speakers are saying. 7/10 (16-JUN) ” - parabola33
 
74.
Mean Girls (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Cady Heron is a hit with The Plastics, the A-list girl clique at her new school, until she makes the mistake of falling for Aaron Samuels, the ex-boyfriend of alpha Plastic Regina George. (97 mins.)
Director: Mark Waters
“ Still really good after a number of years. It's funny to see think of how Lindsay Logan and Rachel McAdams are doing now, considering the characters they played. 8/18 (29-JUN) ” - parabola33
 
75.
The Aggression Scale (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Four heavily armed hitmen and two unusual teenagers go to war over $500,000 of stolen cash. (85 mins.)
“ Pretty bad to watch, from the acting to the story. It's rather depressing that this is the sort or work that a couple of Twin Peaks alum must resort to. 4/10 (29-JUN) ” - parabola33
 
76.
Triangle (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The story revolves around the passengers of a yachting trip in the Atlantic Ocean who, when struck by mysterious weather conditions, jump to another ship only to experience greater havoc on the open seas. (99 mins.)
“ I wanted to like this more and to give it credit for its originality and ambition, but there were too many plot details that nagged at me (and maybe I didn't fully reason out whey they might make sense). 6/10 (1-JUL) ” - parabola33
 
77.
The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
After Peter Parker is bitten by a genetically altered spider, he gains newfound, spider-like powers and ventures out to solve the mystery of his parent's mysterious death. (136 mins.)
Director: Marc Webb
“ In isolation, this was very well done and I thought Garfield and Stone were a great match. But it comes so soon after the earlier Spider-Man films that it feels like too much of a rehash. That probably knocks it down a rating, even though I realize it's unfair because ultimately I quite liked it. 7/10 (9-JUL) ” - parabola33
 
78.
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.)
“ A great reboot to the franchise; prepping for Dark Knight Rises a few days later. 8/10 (16-JUL) ” - parabola33
 
79.
Young Adult (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Soon after her divorce, a fiction writer returns to her home in small-town Minnesota, looking to rekindle a romance with her ex-boyfriend, who is now happily married and has a newborn daughter. (94 mins.)
Director: Jason Reitman
“ Had its moments, but when the main character is so unlikeable it's hard to get into. 5/10 (18-JUL) ” - parabola33
 
80.
The Dark Knight (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.0/10 X  
When the menace known as the Joker wreaks havoc and chaos on the people of Gotham, the caped crusader must come to terms with one of the greatest psychological tests of his ability to fight injustice. (152 mins.)
“ Prep for Dark Knight Rises the next day. 8/10 (19-JUL) ” - parabola33
 
81.
The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Eight years after the Joker's reign of anarchy, the Dark Knight, with the help of the enigmatic Selina, is forced from his imposed exile to save Gotham City, now on the edge of total annihilation, from the brutal guerrilla terrorist Bane. (164 mins.)
“ It has some issues like the previous films, but they can be overlooked by how well done and engaging the whole thing is. 8/10 (20-JUL) ” - parabola33
 
82.
Easy A (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A clean-cut high school student relies on the school's rumor mill to advance her social and financial standing. (92 mins.)
Director: Will Gluck
“ Very well done and holds up on repeated viewing. Emma Stone does a great job. 8/10 (22-JUL) ” - parabola33
 
83.
Prometheus (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Following clues to the origin of mankind a team journey across the universe and find a structure on a distant planet containing a monolithic statue of a humanoid head and stone cylinders of alien blood but they soon find they are not alone. (124 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ We saw this again because I won tickets and they were good for 3D showings. It looked even more fantastic. Still troubled by some of the annoying characters and the questions left unanswered, but still very impressed by the good stuff. Wish I felt more confident in my rating, maybe it's getting a bonus point for wishful thinking. 8/10 (26-JUL) ” - parabola33
 
84.
The Room (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.5/10 X  
Johnny is a successful banker who lives happily in a San Francisco townhouse with his fiancée, Lisa. One day, inexplicably, she gets bored of him and decides to seduce Johnny's best friend, Mark. From there, nothing will be the same again. (99 mins.)
Director: Tommy Wiseau
“ This poses a dilemma, as this is a film so bad that it is hilariously entertaining to watch, especially with a group of friends. Unlike many good films that you will forget, this is a horrible one that will stick with you. 2/10 for quality, 7/10 for 'you gotta see this to believe it' (18-AUG) ” - parabola33
 
85.
Breathless (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A bitter loan shark strikes a friendship with a troubled schoolgirl as he faces his own troubled past with his abusive father. (130 mins.)
Director: Ik-joon Yang
“ I was surprised by this one and how good it turned out to be. 7/10 (18-AUG) ” - parabola33
 
86.
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.)
“ It was good I didn't know much about this before watching it. It was a good mystery and makes we want to check out more of Hitchcock's work that I haven't seen. 7/10 (18-AUG) ” - parabola33
 
87.
Con Game (2012 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Jack is on the run from two of the most rival con gangs in the city. Little do they know, they've just been serving as small pawns in Jacks ultimate game of con. (12 mins.)
Director: Steve Gagne
“ Not much to the story, an excuse to have some fight scenes. 5/10 (18-AUG) ” - parabola33
 
88.
Carnage (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Two pairs of parents hold a cordial meeting after their sons are involved in a fight, though as their time together progresses, increasingly childish behavior throws the discussion into chaos. (80 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
“ It's clear this has roots as a play, given the intimate setting and small cast. But what a cast it is, and excellent "verbal jousting" as I've heard it described. 7/10 (18-AUG) ” - parabola33
 
89.
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.)
“ A film that knows it all about the action and doesn't try to pretend any differently. Keeps up the pace throughout. 7/10 (18-AUG) ” - parabola33
 
90.
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
“ Excellent cast, and quite funny. 7/10 (18-AUG) ” - parabola33
 
91.
The Dictator (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
The heroic story of a dictator who risked his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed. (83 mins.)
Director: Larry Charles
“ Funnier than I thought it would be, given the so-so reviews. Some hilarious, if "wrong", bits. 7/10 (18-AUG) ” - parabola33
 
92.
The Hunger Games (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Katniss Everdeen voluntarily takes her younger sister's place in the Hunger Games, a televised competition in which two teenagers from each of the twelve Districts of Panem are chosen at random to fight to the death. (142 mins.)
Director: Gary Ross
“ Haven't read the books yet, but I thought this was well done and I look forward to the sequels. Jennifer Lawrence does a great job. 7/10 (18-AUG) ” - parabola33
 
93.
Inception (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
A thief, who steals corporate secrets through use of dream-sharing technology, is given the inverse task of planting an idea into the mind of a CEO. (148 mins.)
“ I think this was the first time I've rewatched it, and it's still mesmerizing even though I have a few problems with the logic. 9/10 (19-AUG) ” - parabola33
 
94.
Inception (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
A thief, who steals corporate secrets through use of dream-sharing technology, is given the inverse task of planting an idea into the mind of a CEO. (148 mins.)
“ I had to buy my own copy and watch it again. 9/10 (25-AUG) ” - parabola33
 
95.
Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Faced with both her hot-tempered father's fading health and melting ice-caps that flood her ramshackle bayou community and unleash ancient aurochs, six-year-old Hushpuppy must learn the ways of courage and love. (93 mins.)
Director: Benh Zeitlin
“ A very distinct vision and an incredible, natural performance by Quvenzhané Wallis as the young girl. I wasn't as engaged with the story as I thought I might be, given all the buzz, but this is definitely an original film worth checking out. 7/10 (1-SEP) ” - parabola33
 
96.
Playtime (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Monsieur Hulot curiously wanders around a high-tech Paris, paralleling a trip with a group of American tourists. Meanwhile, a nightclub/restaurant prepares its opening night, but it's still under construction. (115 mins.)
Director: Jacques Tati
“ You have to go into this knowing it's more of a technical piece of film making to be experienced rather than a cohesive storyline; it's almost experimental, although there are mini-stories going on. But it was purposely filmed in a wide aspect, as there's often tons of different things going on. It feels as if everything on screen has been specifically planned out. This is supposed to be a rather classic piece of film, so it's probably best viewed from that historical point of view. Best viewed on the big screen to take it all in. 6/10 (2-SEP) ” - parabola33
 
97.
Compliance (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A normal Friday service at a fast food restaurant becomes interrupted by a police officer who claims an employee stole from a customer, but something more sinister is going on. (90 mins.)
Director: Craig Zobel
“ This is a film where if "based on a true story" weren't flashed on the screen beforehand then it would feel ludicrous and insulting to your intelligence. But to know these events actually did happen, and variations occurred dozens of times, leaves you incredulous about some people -- either for their depravity or their naivety. In any case, the film is worth watching and I give it credit for trying to get across what might have been going on in peoples' mind to explain their actions (or lack thereof). 7/10 (2-SEP) ” - parabola33
 
98.
American Beauty (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A sexually frustrated suburban father has a mid-life crisis after becoming infatuated with his daughter's best friend. (122 mins.)
Director: Sam Mendes
“ Sakina had never seen this film, and given the description she wasn't sure why Sven and I were so excited to see Jason Reitman's live script reading at TIFF. It had been a while since I'd seen it, but it still holds up quite well with excellent performances all around. 8/10 (5-SEP) ” - parabola33
 
99.
Rust and Bone (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Put in charge of his young son, Alain leaves Belgium for Antibes to live with his sister and her husband as a family. Alain's bond with Stephanie, a killer whale trainer, grows deeper after Stephanie suffers a horrible accident. (120 mins.)
Director: Jacques Audiard
“ I wasn't as impressed by it given all the buzz. Yes Marion Cotillard is good and holds the screen well as always, but I wouldn't necessarily consider it "best actress" material for the year. I couldn't really relate to the characters, although it was a still decent film overall -- just not as great as you might expect. 7/10 (7-SEP) ” - parabola33
 
100.
Girl Most Likely (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
A failed New York playwright awkwardly navigates the transition from Next Big Thing to Last Year's News. (103 mins.)
“ Was called "Imogene" when I saw it. The characters & performances of Kristen Wiig and Darren Criss (he seems like he could have a good post-Glee career) were well done. There were a lot of good laughs to be had, but sometimes things were just too over-the-top (Matt Dillon and Annette Benning). Its quirkiness was too forced. The brother's character seemed like something written for Zach Galifianakis. It didn't live up to the potential, but it was still OK. 6/10 (7-SEP) ” - parabola33