A list of the films I own, in multiple formats and media. The films I own cover all genres, and feature both good or bad scores that I have chosen.
The films are in order of my favourite, to lowest rated film.
A team of commandos on a mission in a Central American jungle find themselves hunted by an extraterrestrial warrior. (107 mins.)
“ Predator, is one of the greatest films I have ever seen, capturing the essence of Science Fiction, Predator and Alien were the highlights of my childhood. With a fantastic location deep in the jungle, and a suspense filled audio-score that has rarely been matched, combined with Arnie vs. a fearsome alien? Predator is fantastic, and is a shining example of the beauty of Science Fiction. The film shines the most in it's marvelous, original portrayal of the Predator, who hunts a squad of commando's throughout the jungle. The soundtrack to the film, creates a feeling of suspence that keeps viewers on the edge of their seats.
Whilst Arnold is not the greatest actors in the world, I believe it is impossible to not enjoy the films he stars in, Predator is a shining example, portrayed as vulnerable as other humans, Arnie performs well, and is a credit to himself in this film. Predator is a Science Fiction classic, and must be seen by every film fan, a film that is deeply embedded in my childhood fantasies, and heart. ” - Chipbutty92
Grave of the Fireflies
A young boy and his little sister struggle to survive in Japan during World War II. (89 mins.)
“ One of the most heartbreaking, tragic war stories I have ever witnessed. Although created in the medium of Anime, Grave of the Fireflies is one of the greatest films ever made. With anti-war elements, and some of the most stark, haunting animation of war torn japan I have ever seen, this film is unmissable. The Japanese voice actors are also unfaultable, creating a haunting, devastating movie.
The character of Setsuko is a joy, and at the same time, a tragedy to watch on screen. The film is a serious tearjerker, but will stay with you forever, and change your outlook on modern day conflict. ” - Chipbutty92
Kill Bill: Vol. 1
The Bride wakens from a four-year coma. The child she carried in her womb is gone. Now she must wreak vengeance on the team of assassins who betrayed her - a team she was once part of. (111 mins.)
“ Kill Bill Vol.1 is an absolutely fantastic film, and a perfect homage to the 70's and 80's kung fu, over the top action films. Quentin Tarantino directs this masterpiece wonderfully, and as has become his tradition, seperates the plot into numerous, out of sequence chapters which are wonderful, and feature a combination of medium, including a Japanese Anime segment, which fits in perfectly. Uma Thurman plays the unnamed Bride perfectly, and is a credit to herself. However, where Kill Bill shines are the perfectly shot and worked action scenes, from fantastic slow motion shots, to completely over the top gore and scale. A perfect homage and in a way, better, than the kung fu films afore mentioned.
There is elements of symbolism that is fun to question in this film, Quentin extremely empowers women, and features a nearly all female main cast, as well as casting females often in controlling roles over their male counterparts, an interesting mechanic. Overall, Kill Bill is perfect as an over the top gorefest, without taking it too seriously, and going along with it's dark humour, Kill Bill is one of the best films ever made. ” - Chipbutty92
American History X
A former neo-nazi skinhead tries to prevent his younger brother from going down the same wrong path that he did. (119 mins.)
“ One of the most haunting, viscous and frightening films I have ever seen. Rarely do films like this crop up, but American History X follows the plight of an extreme racist, who changes his ways and tries to stop his brother following in his footsteps. The film is fantastic, and at times hard to watch, due to the extremity of some of the racist characters in this film.
A film that will without a doubt change your outlook on race, regardless of colour, and a film that proves just how futile racism and hate is. Norton is superb, and one of the best films i've ever seen. Extremely recommend. ” - Chipbutty92
A man creates a strange system to help him remember things; so he can hunt for the murderer of his wife without his short-term memory loss being an obstacle. (113 mins.)
“ Christopher Nolan does it once again, and solidifies his place as perhaps one of the modern day best directors of all time. Memento follows a character called Lenny, who suffers from short term memory loss, and who is trying to find out who killed his wife. The films perfections do not lie in the acting, although the cast puts in terrific roles, it's in the original camera work, and marvellous technical portrayals. The film's scenes are portrayed backwards, in reverse chronological order, due to this, we experience Lenny's short term memory loss, and can understand his predicament.
One of the most original, perfect examples of film making and technical achievement. Memento is one of the best films I have ever seen, and once the film comes full circle, you will never forget it. ” - Chipbutty92
Two detectives, a rookie and a veteran, hunt a serial killer who uses the seven deadly sins as his modus operandi. (127 mins.)
“ One of the greatest films ever made, and a definite contender for greatest thriller ever made, by far. Se7en is a dark, twisted and bloody brilliant film, following a plot investigating a Serial Killer who kills along with the seven deadly sins, resulting in some of the most bizzare crime scenes i'm sure anyone has ever witnessed. With numerous themes investigated, such as extreme religious fanatical consequences, and the corruption that plagues modern society, Se7en is extremely set above the competition.
An amazing film, with amazing acting, an unpredictable plot, and an absolutely haunting ending. One of the greatest films ever made, you won't forget this one in a hurry, if at all. ” - Chipbutty92
An insomniac office worker, looking for a way to change his life, crosses paths with a devil-may-care soap maker, forming an underground fight club that evolves into something much, much more. (139 mins.)
“ Fight Club, is now one of the most famous films of the modern day, along with it's actors, and directors. This is for extremely good reason, the film is a fantastic piece of work, often breaking the 4th wall, and using camera work that is beyond amazing to watch.
A further factor Fight Club shines in, is the twist, the twist is without a doubt one of the greatest of all, and is so obvious, yet unobvious at the same time. This film is fantastic, and you will not forget it soon, brilliant from Pitt, Norton and Fincher, and once you understand this film, it is assured to remain with you for a long, long time. ” - Chipbutty92
Two stage magicians engage in competitive one-upmanship in an attempt to create the ultimate stage illusion. (130 mins.)
“ The Prestige is another, absolutely fantastic and almost perfect film from a director who seems to be unable to do anything wrong, Christopher Nolan. With scenes constantly cutting forward and backwards in the films timeline, the film constantly keeps one guessing back and forth and creates an unbelievable sense of suspense. The audience is never informed who the antagonist/protagonist is, both Bale's magician, and Jackman's are both portrayed by their flaws, and their positives, and the audience is given their own character to invest their hopes in. The cast is fantastic, Jackman as the obsessed, broken hearted Magician, Bale as his silent and mysterious rival, and Michael Caine as Jackman's fantastic advisor.
The film shines the most as it approaches it's climax, I doubt anyone could have seen the end coming, and a film that can surprise it's audience in such a way as The Prestige does is wonderful, fitting in with the three rules of a magic trick, The Prestige will hit you with wonder, keep you rooted to the edge of your seat, and the ending, will undoubtedly blow you out of your seat. ” - Chipbutty92
Henry Hill and his friends work their way up through the mob hierarchy. (146 mins.)
“ Goodfellas is a marvelous effort from Martin Scorsese, and honestly deserving of the legacy the film has created for itself. Following the rise and fall of mobster Henry Hill, based on a real life character, Goodfellas shines the most in the portrayal of the films major characters, every character is a joy to watch unfold, and grow on screen, from Henry and his wife, to the unforgettable Tommy DeVito, the cast is wonderful, all around.
What elevates Goodfellas even further over the competition is that it does not fall into the trap of becoming too slow paced, Goodfellas is a constant, perfect portrayal of how a gangster film should be, falling just short of being the best. ” - Chipbutty92
Armed with a licence to kill, Secret Agent James Bond sets out on his first mission as 007 and must defeat a weapons dealer in a high stakes game of poker at Casino Royale, but things are not what they seem. (144 mins.)
“ A Bond for the modern era, and perhaps the best one of all time. Craig's first appearance as Bond is an unforgettable one, as a brutal, cocky and detached MI6 Agent, that partakes in his first mission, to investigate Le Chiffre, a suspected terrorist. With extremely fluid cuts, and brutal action, this is one of the greatest thrillers of the past 10 years.
Everything is as it should be, there are no massively unbelievable gadgets, or anything of the sort, and women aren't portrayed as a simple tool for Bond to use when he likes. Overall, a fantastic film, one of the greatest thrillers of the 00's, and a great performance from Craig. ” - Chipbutty92
Kill Bill: Vol. 2
The Bride continues her quest of vengeance against her former boss and lover Bill, the reclusive bouncer Budd and the treacherous, one-eyed Elle. (137 mins.)
“ Kill Bill Vol.2, had a huge role to fill being the successor to, in my opinion, it's perfect predecessor. Sadly, Vol.2 does not reach the standard set by it's counterpart, however, it is still an extremely good film, and once again a perfect homage. Carrying the brutal standard set by Vol.1, Kill Bill continues the story as Uma Thurman playing The Bride. I believe KIll Bill Vol.2 stars without the impact the first had, perhaps explaining why the film is not as good. However, once the film finds it's feet, there are fantastic roles, including the fantastic scenes shot during the Pai Me sequence, these are all fantastic in representing the traditional kung fu movies.
A further reason I do not think this movie is as good as the first, is the massive anti climax when it comes time to face Bill. However, casting all negatives aside, the action films are still extremely fantastic, and once again, Kill Bill empowers the female cast members to a fantastic scale, and a wonderful mechanic. A great movie, and one of my favourites, however not on the same level as the original. ” - Chipbutty92
City of God
Two boys growing up in a violent neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro take different paths: one becomes a photographer, the other a drug dealer. (130 mins.)
“ City of God is a wonderful film, based on a true story, following the early life of a young photographer, Rocket. City of God's success is it's accurate, tragic portrayal of the youth of the City of God, just a small way out of Rio, and how dangerous it can be. The films characters and story shine, with a fantastic portrayal of an unhinged gangster Lil' Ze.
The film has often been stated to be the 'Brazilian Goodfellas', whilst obviously nowhere near the same calibre, City of God contends with Goodfellas due to it's excellent storyline and acting, its questioning of morality and it's fantastic, unhinged star in Lil' Ze. ” - Chipbutty92
The claustrophobic world of a WWII German U-boat; boredom, filth, and sheer terror. (149 mins.)
“ A German harrowing epic that stretches nearly 4 hours. Not one of these hours is wasted however, as every scene is filled with excellence. Das Boot follows the harrowing patrol of a young U-Boat squad, as they grow in the filth and terror of submarine combat. This film is a fantastic technological achievement, and is extremely believable due to the amazing on-set design. The film is well deserving of the legacy it has in Germany.
Don't be put off by the fact this follows a Nazi U-Boat squad, as the film addresses the crew as they become confused with the war they are fighting, and who their enemy actually is. A fantastic film, and perhaps even classed as an anti-war film, a must see. ” - Chipbutty92
A psychological study of operations desert shield and desert storm during the gulf war; through the eyes of a U.S marine sniper who struggles to cope with the possibility his girlfriend may be cheating on him back home. (125 mins.)
“ Jarhead is a fantastic, original war drama by a brilliant director, Sam Mendes. Jake Gylennhaal and Jamie Fox are both brilliant, and extremely believable as an aspiring marine sniper, and a staff sergeant. Jarhead succeeds in being above the competition due to it's lack of mindless, hollywood action scenes, and instead having extremely powerful scenery, lighting and cinemtography, combined with an extremely powerful drama, and an in depth portrayal of a marine's life, and how it is nothing like we are often led to believe.
A great film, perhaps one that will appeal to people who have been in the armed forces themselves more than otherwise, but a definite favourite, an original, interesting, and successful drama, and another hit, from Sam Mendes. ” - Chipbutty92
A sexually frustrated suburban father has a mid-life crisis after becoming infatuated with his daughter's best friend. (122 mins.)
“ A fantastic film, and more than worthy for the reception it still gets to this day. American Beauty is one of the most well crafted forms of media that has ever been made, from a fantastic screenplay and audio-score, to the wonderful analytical side of the film, American Beauty is a work of art. I believe the film shines due to it's portrayal of innocence, repressed sexuality and eventually, tragic redemption.
A further point American Beauty shines is its acting, with a rather small cast, the multiple characters portrayed on screen are played to a rare perfection. Kevin Spacey is unforgettable, along with the film, one of the very rare, greats. ” - Chipbutty92
A cab driver finds himself the hostage of an engaging contract killer as he makes his rounds from hit to hit during one night in Los Angeles. (120 mins.)
“ Collateral is an acting triumph, in which even the great Tom Cruise is outmatched by the unbelievable Jamie Foxx. Collateral is a fantastic thriller, with an unforgettable storyline, and the performances from Foxx as the bumbling, nervous cabbie with wild dreams, and Cruise as the professional, mysterious hitman, who shows is side of fury magnificently. A combination of fantastic acting, along with an unforgettable nightclub scene, makes Collateral one of the best films of the past ten years, and an easy favourite.
Whilst it is easy to shun Tom Cruise of, it is evident he is still one of the best actors available at the moment, and even more so in Jamie Foxx. Collateral must be seen by everyone, the film is not a complete action fest, and instead offers some extremely good character development and insight into the motivations of the films characters, a fantastic film. ” - Chipbutty92
The lives of two mob hit men, a boxer, a gangster's wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption. (154 mins.)
“ Pulp Fiction is a fantastic film, and one of my favourites, however I went into the film with extremely high hopes, I believe this is why I didn't enjoy Pulp Fiction as much as I wanted to. Tarantino is fantastic, dripping with satire, funny and a damned good actor. The cast him and his crew put together for Pulp Fiction is fantastic, from Uma Thurman, to Steve Buscemi, to the legendary pairing of John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson. Samuel's character in this film is an extreme favourite, as well as Ving Rhames character, Marsellus Wallace, both playing into the stereotype of black gangsters extremely well and comedically. Pulp Fiction wonderfully melds 4 stories together, and it is a pleasure to not watch a traditional, predictable action film.
Pulp Fiction is one of the greats, perfect? Not by a long shot, but damned good. With fantastic acting, from actors afore mentioned as well as Bruce Willis, it is a pleasure to watch. A film that has surprising depth, and is very interesting to take apart, Pulp Fiction must be seen by any aspiring film critic. ” - Chipbutty92
A mysterious Hollywood stuntman and mechanic moonlights as a getaway driver and finds himself trouble when he helps out his neighbor. (100 mins.)
“ A good film, that just falls short of being called a classic. Over-use of slow-motion scenes and some parts dragging out brought the film down for me. I also though the love scene could have been investigated with more detail, I don't think the main character has as much motivation as he does to partake in the events of the film. Ryan Gosling works extremely well with the female role in this film however, and the violence is extremely brutal, which contributes to the film.
However, the acting, action and atmosphere of the film is hard to forget. A tribute to the lost era of the 80's, with just the amount of shine to set it apart from the bunch. Highly recommended film, and worthy of the nominations it received. ” - Chipbutty92
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Journalist Mikael Blomkvist is aided in his search for a woman who has been missing for forty years by Lisbeth Salander, a young computer hacker. (158 mins.)
“ A dark, twisted and bloody fantastic adaptation of Stieg Larsson's international best-selling trilogy. With some of the best cinematography seen in 2011, and fantastic acting from both the films stars, Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig, a personal favourite. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is by far one of, if not the best film of 2011. The film shines the most with is fantastic audio score, but most of all bleak, brutal and freezing cinematographic, fantastic from David Fincher.
Be warned, some scenes in the film are extremely brutal, even for an older audience it can be disturbing. If you see one film from 2011, this must be it. ” - Chipbutty92
A Phoenix secretary steals $40,000 from her employer's client, goes on the run and checks into a remote motel run by a young man under the domination of his mother. (109 mins.)
“ Psycho is a fantastic achievement, from a director that well deserves the legacy he has created for himself. Hitchcock's camera work and design of his sets are fantastic, the house on the hill in Psycho, along with the shower scene, are two of the most iconic examples of perfection in film making I have seen. The film shines the most I believe, in the perfect sense of suspense it creates, coupled with a perfect, haunting, and depressing performance from Anthony Perkins, who plays Norman Bates, who is absolutely believable in his role.
Whilst this summary might make Pyscho out to be one of my favourite films, I do not believe it is, I sadly thought the plot was predictable, and in a film that relies heavily on the shock factor, evident in Pyscho, keeping the twist under wraps is key. Other than this, I believe the death scenes are extremely dated, bar of course the shower scenes, a great film, just a favourite for a previous generation. An example however, of perfection in film making. ” - Chipbutty92
Road to Perdition
Bonds of loyalty are put to the test when a hitman's son witnesses what his father does for a living. (117 mins.)
“ A somewhat depressing film, that just falls short of one of my favourite movies. Tom Hanks, in my opinion, was completely the wrong look for the lead character, but played his role to the best of his ability. The rest of the cast resonate extremely well, especially Daniel Craig. With a engrossing plot and fantastic cinematography and a wonderful soundtrack, Road to Perdition is not hard to recommend.
Although the film does not quite achieve greatness, it is a great to watch, and Jude Law and Daniel Craig, do the film justice. A great film. Worthy of the oscar the film won, perhaps would have been better without the disastrous Tom Hanks moustache. ” - Chipbutty92
A rescue crew investigates a spaceship that disappeared into a black hole and has now returned...with someone or something new on-board. (96 mins.)
“ Event Horizon is a difficult film to write a summary of, the first half of the film, is Science Fiction perfection, and could have easily screamed into my favourites, instead, the wasted, last half hour, that is rushed and pathetically hollywoodised ruins the film, and draws it back from being up there with the greats. Yet, Event Horizon is still a great science fiction film, and one that is underrated. Set in a dark, realistic and gritty future, not unlike Alien, the film follows the search for a lost crew aboard the said Event Horizon, a ship that was attempting to warp itself faster than the speed of light, instead opening a gateway into an unknown, evil, brutal and chaotic dimension, that becomes dubbed as 'hell'. Event Horizon's cast works extremely well, and Sam Neill delivers a disturbing performance.
Event Horizon could have been so much more, it features a gritty, at times realistic look at space travel in the future, and has an extremely good plot at first, and some very disturbing, and gory scenes. Whilst the second half of the film is not very good at all, it is still an important film to watch for Sci-Fi fans, and it asks us the question if we really want to mess with the laws of physics. ” - Chipbutty92
The Ghost Writer
A ghostwriter hired to complete the memoirs of a former British prime minister uncovers secrets that put his own life in jeopardy. (128 mins.)
“ The Ghost, is a film I did not think I would enjoy, being inexperienced with Polanski films at the time of watching this, I was sceptical about how much I was going to enjoy it, but the bleak, rainsoaked landcapes filmed and portrayed on camera, and a marvelous, at times comedic portrayal by Ewan Mcgregor's unnamed character, had me on the edge of my seat with a fantastic, well written plot. I sincerely enjoyed the film, and found the camera work and suspense building to be incredible, the revelation when the plot comes full circle is also an eye opener.
A great film, and one that, even if the film is slow paced at times, provides a great value of entertainment, with a fantastic, worrying, and at times mature plot, The Ghost/The Ghost Writer, is a great political thriller, and one that should be seen, at least once. ” - Chipbutty92
The relationship of a contemporary married couple, charting their evolution over a span of years by cross-cutting between time periods. (112 mins.)
“ A depressing, but realistic look at the futility of falling in love, and provokes thoughts wondering if one really knows what love feels like. Ryan Gosling is once again brilliant, and the dual narratives are what makes the film shine. Providing the viewer glimpses of the relationship, that is centre to the film, in the past and in the present, it is painful to see how far love can fall.
The technicality of the dual narratives in Blue Valentine set this film above most romantic dramas, and great performances ensure this as a watch, regardless how depressing. ” - Chipbutty92
A wealthy New York investment banking executive hides his alternate psychopathic ego from his co-workers and friends as he delves deeper into his violent, hedonistic fantasies. (102 mins.)
“ An extremely brutal, in depth look at the collapse of the the human ideas of sanity. Addressing the dark world of self-obsessed American culture in the late 80's/early 90's, American Psycho shines. Whilst missing out some extremely disturbing parts of the book, American Pyscho still claims the award of being a damned good adaptation, and one that shouldn't be missed.
Christian Bale is excellent, the movie falls short in extremely few areas, but they are prevalent. Highly recommend, alongside the novel. ” - Chipbutty92
Kingdom of Heaven
Balian of Ibelin travels to Jerusalem during the crusades of the 12th century, and there he finds himself as the defender of the city and its people. (144 mins.)
“ An epic on a massive scale by Ridley Scott, one of the greatest historical epic directors. Kingdom of Heaven is a good film, with good acting, and a good story. However, it sadly lacks the magic other Scott films had, such as Gladiator. The soundtrack is forgettable, and Orlando Bloom is perhaps the wrong choice.
A very good watch, that falls short of being a classic, some very good action scenes, and a wonderful performance from Ed Norton, however I have come to expect classics from Scott, and this film falls just short. Good Effort. ” - Chipbutty92
A mentally unstable Vietnam War veteran works as a night-time taxi driver in New York City where the perceived decadence and sleaze feeds his urge for violent action, attempting to save a preadolescent prostitute in the process. (113 mins.)
“ An astounding performance from Robert De Niro, portraying a disturbed war veteran, disgusted with modern day society and the filth on the streets. The film shines in the way it shows De Niro's mental breakdown, and how the plot drastically changes due to this. With a slow start, and a romance sub plot, we see how fast a characters mental barriers can collapse, and by the end, we are questioning whether or not De Niro's character is even who he says he is.
Sadly, I believe this film has become too hyped, I was expecting somewhat more. Robert De Niro's performance is a classic, the rest of the film, is somewhat of a flawed masterpiece. ” - Chipbutty92
Mike Bassett: England Manager
The manager of England's national football unexpectedly succumbs to a heart attack, and suddenly the search is on for a replacement... (89 mins.)
“ A hilarious satirical documentary, following the journey of a lower division manager, taking England to the world cup finals. Ricky Tomilson, makes this film, with his brilliant portrayal, and is hilarious, his scouse accent especially. The film also features many memorable characters who play for England, including Whacko and Smallsy.
Not by far one of the best comedies ever made, but for a football fan in this country, Mike Bassett is one of the funniest films around, and the half time team talk scene will stay with you forever. A great film ” - Chipbutty92
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.)
“ Thor is a surprisingly excellent film based on a Marvel Comics superhero that at times seemed doomed to fall into obscurity and typical oversaturated gags and one liners. However Thor has an extremely good storyline, that is easy to follow and unpredictable from the off, with twin narratives featuring Earth and the Norse kingdom of Asgaard, Thor is easily one of the best superhero films recently, even before the action starts, which avoids the cliche slow motion standard set by previous films.
The actors put in great performances, especially from the three leads in the film. With fantastic character development, and plot points that specifically link together with the other Marvel films recently released, Thor does a great job of introducing a new superhero, and makes me excited for The Avengers, when I was once dubious. ” - Chipbutty92
In a future where a special police unit is able to arrest murderers before they commit their crimes, an officer from that unit is himself accused of a future murder. (145 mins.)
“ Minority Report is a great, just short of fantastic science fiction film from Tom Cruise and Steven Spielberg, Spielberg's choice of the way he has filmed Minority Report, featuring extremely saturated shots is incredibly interesting, and works extremely well. Tom Cruise is brilliant once again, as the 'Pre-Crime' officer, who has a dark, and broken past. Minority Report investigates interesting themes, featuring the use of somewhat imprisoned psychic detectives that can predict a crime before it happens, allowing real police officers to stop the crime. The film delves into themes such as inevitability, fate, imprisonment against ones will, and many other dark, interesting themes.
I believe some of the technology shown in Minority Report is great, but falls somewhat cheesy, not comparing at all to the likes of Blade Runner, and perhaps is a little too far-fetched. Overall Minority Report is a great, must see for all science fiction lovers, not a classic, but a great film. ” - Chipbutty92
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.)
“ Source Code is a great thriller, set basically on a train and it's surrounding area, keeping the plot limited to such a small area is part of the films success, along with the sci-fi elements it portrays wonderfully. Jake Gylennhaal is great, not as good as he is in films such as Jarhead, but he fits his role well, as the confused helicopter pilot stuck in a project he doesn't understand. With a small cast, the film provides a great watch for a short time, not a classic but good. The special effects environmentally were not up to much, however, certain character portrayals enhanced by special effects were haunting and brilliant.
A depressing film, and one that becomes more desperate and emotional as the plot moves forward, but a good film, and definitely worth a watch, not a classic, but a damned good film. ” - Chipbutty92
Enemy at the Gates
A Russian and a German sniper play a game of cat-and-mouse during the Battle of Stalingrad. (131 mins.)
“ Enemy At The Gates is a great action/war effort and an entertaining watch, with some surprising cast members. Although Enemy At The Gates provides a fantastic, adrenaline fuel'd sniper battle throughout war-torn Stalingrad, carried by the magnificent Ed Harris, I believe the casting and choice of over Americanized dialogue, as well as the implementation of useless love scenes, drag the film below greatness.
If the film was russian, and stayed true to the brutal reality of the Eastern Front, I believe this could have been a classic, although due to the film becoming extremely hollywood focused, as well as an all american cast, even stretching to featuring an asian cast member as a member of a russian sniper team, Enemy At The Gates is a simple, but effective war film, a good watch, but can't stand with the greats. ” - Chipbutty92
The Devil's Double
A chilling vision of the House of Saddam Hussein comes to life through the eyes of the man who was forced to become the double of Hussein's sadistic son. (109 mins.)
“ The Devil's Double is a chilling look at one of the middle east's most brutal dictators, and the inner workings of his family, specifically his son, and primarily the life of his specifically chosen body double. The Devil's Double is largely recommended, and is a great thriller, whilst not reaching any staggering heights, Dominic Coopers dual role as Saddam's Son and Body Double is exceptional, and is difficult to ignore his contribution to the film.
The cinematographic and scenery in the film are extremely interesting, portraying lavish gold tinted scenery representing wealth, and in contrast, barren landscapes on the outskirts of said wealth. The Devil's Double is a brutal, and at times hard film to watch, featuring rape, gore and excessive violence, but it is hard not to enjoy. ” - Chipbutty92
After being kidnapped and imprisoned for 15 years, Oh Dae-Su is released, only to find that he must find his captor in 5 days. (120 mins.)
“ Oldboy is a wonderful example of why foreign films are really worth watching. The film follows the harrowing imprisonment of Oh Dae-Sue, and his transition when his release finally comes. I believe what makes the film so good is it's extremely disturbing storyline, along with fantastic technical shots. The hallway fight scene is unforgettable, and an example of technical directory genius.
Oldboy is not a film for everyone, but it is an excellent film for one to be introduced to foreign film, and eastern cinema. Highly recommend, a technological and cinematographic masterpiece, if anything. ” - Chipbutty92
A team of U.S. government agents is sent to investigate the bombing of an American facility in the Middle East. (110 mins.)
“ The Kingdom, is a suprisingly good, and emotionally touching film, based in Saudi Arabia and following the current unrest we face in the middle east. The scene pacing and cutting is fantastic, and creates a fantastic state of alarm at crucial points in the film. The movie successfully avoids the traditional Americanized brainwashing of the film, instead showing the Middle Eastern people as just like us, people, with terrorists, and criminals infesting their ranks. It also portrays the alarming state of how the youth is potentially brainwashed, a suprisingly culturally significant film, as well as touching.
Jamie Foxx has no right to be as good an actor as he is, completely shaking off all negative impressions of him, Foxx is continuing to become one of my favourite actors, and along with his support cast, especially the Saudi lead, is giving the audience great film, after great film. ” - Chipbutty92
In the Mouth of Madness
An insurance investigator begins discovering that the impact a horror writer's books have on his fans is more than inspirational. (95 mins.)
“ In the Mouth of Madness is one of the most surreal films I have ever seen, and John Carpetenter is an artisan in horror making without a doubt. ITMOM (In the Mouth of Madness) portrays an insurance investigator, played annoyingly at first by Sam Neill, who later redeems himself, who investigates the disappearance of a horror writer Sutter Cane, who's work seems to cause his readers to have some sort of violent breakdown. As the film progresses, it is clear Carpenter is a fantastic horror director, as we are constantly barraged with disturbing, violent and at times disgusting scenes.
ITMOM is a strange film, and one I didn't think i'd enjoy, but I did, much to my surprise. There are no great cinematographic locations as such, however there are some very impressive H.P Lovecraft inspired sets shown in the film. Overall a great film, and one that blur's the line of reality, and fiction, and leaves us asking what really is fact? ” - Chipbutty92
Healthcare professionals, government officials and everyday people find themselves in the midst of a worldwide epidemic as the CDC works to find a cure. (106 mins.)
“ Contagion is a very enjoyable film set around a rather frightening plot premise. A virus that has never been encountered before, and one that is extremely realistic, takes it's grip on the planet and begins to wipe out the population. Whilst this is a rather used plot outline, it is rather original in Contagion. A further strong point in Contagion is the amount of brilliant actors that star in the film, and it is on these actors shoulders the film is carried. Jude Law, Kate Winslet, Gwyneth Paltrow, Lawrence Fishburne, Marian Collitard and Matt Damon star, which is an extremely A-list cast list. The film is a success mainly due to this, as well as the fast paced shots, and the enjoyment of the first hour or so.
However, whilst it seemed Contagion was destined for greatness, it falls at a fatal hurdle. I believe the last half hour or so of Contagion is extremely dragged out, and sadly, I found myself eagerly waiting for the credits, I cannot say why this is, but I believe the plot lost its bearing too quickly, and as soon as a key plot point is advanced, it seems to take forever to be distributed, without causing spoilers. Overall, a good, enjoyable film for a night, with a worrying, eye-opening plotline. ” - Chipbutty92
Captain America: The First Avenger
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.)
“ Captain America is a suprisingly decent film about the famous comic book hero, the film is named after. There are no fantastic performances, and many well known actors perform cheesingly, but the action and the set pieces portrayed in the film are well worth viewing. A film that won't really interest anyone looking for a serious World War 2 film, when the film is set, instead one for the comic book fans and fans who are looking forward to The Avengers.
Captain America himself has a rather believable origin, compared to other heroes, and at times it is depressing to view his transition into the modern world, Captain America is cheesy, and far, far from a masterpiece, but quality action save this film from disaster, a good blockbuster. ” - Chipbutty92
The Inbetweeners Movie
Four socially troubled 18-year-olds from the south of England go on holiday to Malia. (97 mins.)
“ A hilarious, respectable big-screen conversion of the well known and loved comedy The Inbetweeners. Whilst, in my opinion, falling short of the hilarity of the TV series, The Inbetweeners is still a great summer film, and provides a large amount of laughs, due to the lads going on a holiday, the film provides a rather original plot, at least as far as previous episodes go.
Overall The Inbetweeners is a great summer film, one of the best of the year? No chance, not in a long shot, but still a great watch. If not just for Neil's dance scene, if anything. ” - Chipbutty92
After their plane crashes in Alaska, six oil workers are led by a skilled huntsman to survival, but a pack of merciless wolves haunts their every step. (117 mins.)
“ The Grey, is a decent, original thriller staring a personal favourite, Liam Neeson. As in all his roles, Neeson has a commanding presence on screen, and it is hard not to love his performances. In The Grey, we follow Neeson and a handful of other survivors of a plane crash, on the wintery tundra's of Alaska, and their struggle to survive as they are hunted by wolves. The film investigates personal struggles, and delves interestingly into the relationship between man and god, and at times, the futileness of faith. I liked this film, however I do not believe it is one of my favourites, nor a brilliant film, a decent enough thriller, that at times becomes too slow, and extremely predictable. In addition to this, I believe at times some of the Wolves look extremely unrealistic, this is forgiveable I guess.
A redeeming feature, aside from Liam Neeson, is the wonderful scenery and cinematography shot by the crew, with some wonderful, brutal, and peaceful environments, that reminds us the beauty that remains in some parts of the planet, and the danger it masks. Overall a good thriller, and i'd recommend it, depressing at times, but Neeson is great as usual, a decent enough film. ” - Chipbutty92
In a future world devastated by disease, a convict is sent back in time to gather information about the man-made virus that wiped out most of the human population on the planet. (129 mins.)
“ Watching Twelve Monkeys as a sci-fi buff I was expecting a fantastic film, however, I believe this film is overated. The plot is at times, hard to follow, and at times the camera work is extremely frustrating, however, the soundtrack to the film is magnificant. Bruce Willis, is his usual, wooden, annoying self, where Brad Pitt truly shines once again.
Overall, I believe Twelve Monkeys is an overated film, and certainly not one of the Sci Fi greats, a decent film? Sure. Just don't be expecting this to be up there with Empire Strikes Back or Blade Runner anytime soon. ” - Chipbutty92
A private detective hired to expose an adulterer finds himself caught up in a web of deceit, corruption and murder. (130 mins.)
“ A dark, tragic and at times disturbing crime story, with a perfect look at Los Angeles, under a Noir style of film-making. The music, cinematography and costumes in Chinatown are perfect, alongside a top performance from Jack Nicholson. With a tragic ending, Chinatown will not be forgotten in a rush, one of the most important, and final classic Noire films ever made, an important film by Roman Polanski.
This film could have scored higher, however I found the film too slow in parts, although this does not take away from the overall film. The idea of 'Chinatown' and the significance of it, definitely elevates this film over most modern crime stories. ” - Chipbutty92
Quantum of Solace
James Bond descends into mystery as he tries to stop a mysterious organization from eliminating a country's most valuable resource. All the while, he still tries to seek revenge over the death of his love. (106 mins.)
“ I am not quite sure what happened with this film. Casino Royale, in my own opinion, is one of the best thriller's ever made, and without a doubt the greatest Bond film. However, near enough everything about this film falls short, the villain is no longer intimidating, the plot is average at best and the camera work during the action scenes is woeful.
Craig is decent, however being a favourite actor of mine that is a slightly biased outlook. Overall, a terrible sequel when compared to Casino Royale, and a poor Bond film. As an action film with a thin plot just like typical Hollywood flicks? A decent enough film. ” - Chipbutty92
Cowboys & Aliens
A spaceship arrives in Arizona, 1873, to take over the Earth, starting with the Wild West region. A posse of cowboys and natives are all that stand in their way. (119 mins.)
“ Painfully average Sci-Fi flick with a twist, could have been so much more. Harrison Ford isn't up to much, whereas Daniel Craig significantly impresses. The Aliens in the film sadly aren't impressive either, nor are they very frightening or intimidating. The film also takes a ridiculous turn and native Americans and the encroaching cowboys ally against their common foe, resulting in a usual, chicle battle.
Worth a watch, but hard to seriously recommend. The plotline, close to the end becomes too thin to actually follow, and instead winds up a traditional overload of hollywood explosions and little plot. A shame, as the film starts with such promise. ” - Chipbutty92
A writer is accused for plagiarism by a strange man, who then starts haunting him for "justice." (96 mins.)
“ A rather serious film from an actor who is viewed as one of the most eccentric out there today. Sadly, Secret Window falls extremely short of most expectations one could have, and becomes mired in being an average flick. Secret Windows fatal flaw is that the plot is extremely predictable, and one will mostly guess the ending within the first hour or so, a crucial flaw in a film such as this. The cinematography, audio and harrowing ending do it credit.
Perhaps the films saving feature, avoiding total disaster, is Johnny Depp. The only notable actor in the film, and once again a joy to watch on screen. ” - Chipbutty92
A resourceful British government agent seeks answers in a case involving the disappearance of a colleague and the disruption of the American space program. (110 mins.)
“ The very first James Bond film, and one that executes what it sets out to do almost perfectly. However, being of a younger audience, the film does not appeal to me as much as it could have done 40 years ago. However, the film is still an enjoyable watch, with a dangerous sense of satire and campiness about it.
Sean Connery is one of the greatest actors of all time, and does a magnificent job as Bond, I was happy how vulnerable he is portrayed, however the portrayals of Women in the earlier Bond films are not to be enjoyed. Dr No is also a wonderful villain, with sadly, not even screentime. A good enough film. ” - Chipbutty92
Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem
Warring alien and predator races descend on a small town, where unsuspecting residents must band together for any chance of survival. (94 mins.)
“ Aliens. Vs. Predator is not, in my opinion, as bad as some reviews I have stated, whilst failing to compare to the fantastic original source material in anyway whatsoever, AVPR is not as bad as the previous film in the franchise, and introduces a brutal new insight into the Alien and the Predator. Whilst the film could have been hugely more effective without including the teenage cast, which at times made the film seem like a teen slasher movie, the film is not as bad as it could have been, there are also parts of the film in which it is shockingly hard to see what's going on, which is surprising.
I do not think this film is a great film, nowhere near, but it isn't an annoying watch, the Predator design is spot on, and the look at the Predator homeworld is wonderful for any fan, however I believe the gore goes extremely too far at parts, most evident in the scene with the pregnant woman. Overall, not as terrible as Predator 2, but nowhere near as good as the original Alien or Predator films. ” - Chipbutty92
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
In the bleak days of the Cold War, espionage veteran George Smiley is forced from semi-retirement to uncover a Soviet agent within MI6. (127 mins.)
“ An extremely detailed, espionage thriller, with a fantastic performance from Gary Oldman. However, the film is perhaps too detailed, for one who has not read the novel the film is based on, at first, the film is extremely hard to follow, with a large amount of characters and multiple narratives playing out on screen. This is the films rather large let down, but saving it from total disaster, is it's amazing use of actors, with a variety of stars, every actor hits perfection, none truer than Oldman's performance.
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is not one of my favourite films, I found it extremely hard to take in and at times slow paced, however the acting, in depth plotline and ending, are all saving graces, and earns at least a recommendation, Oldman must win the Oscar. ” - Chipbutty92
A teenager suspects that his new neighbor is a vampire. (106 mins.)
“ Fright Night, was a strangely promising film, with an extremely interesting role for Colin Farrell, that sadly fell short of the mark. I believe Colin Farrell plays his role as Jerry the Vampire, with great skill, and the fault does not lie with him, not even with Anton Yelchin, who does a decent job. The film falls into the trap of portraying the traditional, perfect looking female roles with little acting skill, that the teenage population adore now, and the main characters mother in this film is extremely frustrating. In addition to this Chris Mintz-Plasse just won't get off my screen, funny in Superbad, but having played the same role in the past 5 years, he has become increasingly frustrating, and I won't even mention the cliched, pathetic role David Tennant plays. These pale and drab cast members, coupled with the terrible, useless (in this picture) 3D gimmick, extremely drags Fright Night down.
However, Fright Night, like I said has some redeeming features, Colin Farrell and Anton Yelchin both do well, and are decent in their roles. I believe the beginning of the film has extreme promise, and rather than fall into a traditional slasher type movie, the film could have not revealed Jerry's role as a vampire until much later, not unfamiliar to Disturbia, a fantastic film Fright Night would do well to learn from. Overall, a disappointing film, and one that seems to fit in with the current trend of poor remakes, not worth a watch if you're looking for something to remember. ” - Chipbutty92
A San Francisco cartoonist becomes an amateur detective obsessed with tracking down the Zodiac killer. (157 mins.)
“ A surprisingly disappointing film from one of my favourite directors, David Fincher. The premise of Zodiac is perhaps it's ultimate failure, due to it being a true to history film, we already know the Zodiac killer won't be caught. In addition to this, I believe that the film is extremely slow pace, and at times, viewers are wondering when something will actually happen.
From my point of view an extreme, surprising, disappointing film, however the acting cannot be ignored. Downey Jr. Once again significantly impresses, an average film, and one to be ignored. ” - Chipbutty92
In 1970s America, a detective works to bring down the drug empire of Frank Lucas, a heroin kingpin from Manhattan, who is smuggling the drug into the country from the Far East. (157 mins.)
“ In my opinion, one of the most surprisingly overrated films of the past 10 years, I went into this film expecting a traditional Ridley Scott epic, however I was met with a frustratingly slow paced film as well as completely unoriginal filmography. I understand this is a biographic, but some biographic films (Such as this), are simply best not made into films, or left to books. I have also read the film is not even accurate, and is in fact 99% fiction based.
The acting is average, with completely unforgettable roles from two of my most favourite actors. A terrible effort from Scott, and one i'm glad he bettered with some of his previous releases. ” - Chipbutty92
AVP: Alien vs. Predator
During an archaeological expedition on Bouvetøya Island in Antarctica, a team of archaeologists and other scientists find themselves caught up in a battle between the two legends. Soon, the team realize that only one species can win. (101 mins.)
“ Alien vs. Predator is a standard, below average film, and two of the most iconic figures in sci-fi have become simple cash-ins. Whilst the film is not as terrible as it's sequel, or even Predator 2, the film never attains any greatness it has the potential for, nor does it match the standard set by the previous films. The predator characters in the film seem to be extremely cheesy, and the way they move often makes me embarrassed compared to the legacy of the original, the Aliens don't do anything to contribute to the film, and do nothing we haven't seen before. The human characters have some backstory at least, and we have the extreme potential of investigating the Weyland corporation, although this is never investigated.
The backstory of the film is interesting, but has an extreme amount of plotholes, the scenery is decent, and the temple that serves as most of the set for the film is very well designed and interesting, although it is never really investigated much. There are some wonderful slow motion shots in the film, however they cannot save the film from being a disgusting, poor cash-in on the legacy of two fantastic Sci Fi franchises. ” - Chipbutty92
Amidst a territorial gang war in 1997, a sophisticated alien hunter stalks the citizens of Los Angeles and the only man between him and his prey is veteran L.A.P.D. officer, Lieutenant Mike Harrigan. (108 mins.)
“ Predator 2 is one of the most disappointing films I have ever seen in my life, the sequel to one of my all time favourites, I never expected Predator 2 to match the original, but the film is an extreme disappointment and cannot even hold the faintest candle to the original. Predator 2 never elevates itself above a 'B' movie style, and the film features embarrassing racial stereotypes, specifically the Jamaican cast members. In addition to the lack of an engaging soundtrack, a terrible choice of action hero in Danny Glover and terrible scenery compared to the lush jungle of the original, Predator 2 fails to create the perfect sense of suspense and fear the original relied on and used to elevate itself to Science Fiction perfection.
Predator 2 is not a complete disaster, the film shows extreme potential at parts and investigates the Predator creature more than the original, featuring it's ship, more weapons and an insight into it's warrior/hunter culture. This potential is even more disappointing, Predator 2 could have been so much more, instead, it is a disgrace to the original, and a poor film. ” - Chipbutty92
A young man who was sentenced to seven years in prison for robbing a post office ends up spending three decades in solitary confinement. During this time, his own personality is supplanted by his alter-ego, Charles Bronson. (92 mins.)
“ Bronson is a strange film, and one, I sadly did not enjoy. I failed at times to understand what I was supposed to enjoy about the film, Tom Hardy is a great actor, and fulfills his role in this wonderfully, everything else about the film is surreal, disturbing, disgusting and at 75% of the time, not even remotely enjoyable. Bronson is basically montage after montage of prison fights, Bronson is a disgusting character to watch on screen, however believable Hardy portrays him, and the only thing I could draw from this film was how disturbing, and disgusting the human psyche can become.
Overall, a poor film, and almost a terrible one if Hardy hadn't saved it, some extremely disturbing scenes, and often confusing at times, the film suggests incredibly awkward things, but is a poor film, and never elevates itself to an enjoyable level. ” - Chipbutty92