Other movies I recently watched not in my top 250

This is just to keep track, scribble something down about all movies I did not place in my personal top 250. That means no ratings here higher than 8, and only a rare 8 in here.

My top 250 can be found here: http://www.imdb.com/list/-AN_9vbOvv0/
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Bringing Up Baby (1938)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
While trying to secure a $1 million donation for his museum, a befuddled paleontologist is pursued by a flighty and often irritating heiress and her pet leopard, Baby. (102 mins.)
Director: Howard Hawks
“ 5/10
Supposed to be funny, but mostly irritating. I didn't like Katherine Hepburn here. Cary Grant has been in much better movies too. I feel the high score is partly because of the cheetah that is in the movie. ” - Jesper
Ip Man (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
During the Japanese invasion of 1937, when a wealthy martial artist is forced to leave his home and work to support his family, he reluctantly agrees to train others in the art of Wing Chun for self-defense. (106 mins.)
Director: Wilson Yip
“ 5/10
Way over-stylised. The martial arts choreography in itself is not bad, but at the same time filmed way too over-stylised, with ugly slow motion. While based on a true story, it feels highly unrealistic and too westernised. ” - Jesper
Big Fish (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A frustrated son tries to determine the fact from fiction in his dying father's life. (125 mins.)
Director: Tim Burton
“ 6/10
Different than the usual Tim Burton movie, which is positive. Sadly, it is also a chaotic pot-pourri of many things, yet not culminating in a solid story. The forced accents were irritating. Helena Bonham Carter was good though (as always). ” - Jesper
American Reunion (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Jim, Michelle, Stifler, and their friends reunite in East Great Falls, Michigan for their high school reunion. (113 mins.)
“ 6/10
Solid enough considering the genre. Better than most of the other sequels and quite entertaining. ” - Jesper
Harvey (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Due to his insistence that he has an invisible six foot-tall rabbit for a best friend, a whimsical middle-aged man is thought by his family to be insane - but he may be wiser than anyone knows. (104 mins.)
Director: Henry Koster
“ 7/10
A bit dated, but decent. ” - Jesper
La Haine (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
24 hours in the lives of three young men in the French suburbs the day after a violent riot. (98 mins.)
“ 7/10
Lively and well-shot in black and white. I think there was more potential in the story to push it to a higher level. ” - Jesper
Warrior (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
The youngest son of an alcoholic former boxer returns home, where he's trained by his father for competition in a mixed martial arts tournament - a path that puts the fighter on a collision course with his estranged, older brother. (140 mins.)
Director: Gavin O'Connor
“ 6/10
Not a bad movie and Tom Hardy and Nick Nolte (better than usual) are fabulous here, but it also feels very much like what I would expect of this type of movie. In the end I did not feel moved that much. ” - Jesper
The Hustler (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An up-and-coming pool player plays a long-time champion in a single high-stakes match. (134 mins.)
Director: Robert Rossen
“ 7/10
It reminds me of The Sting, which has of course to do with Paul Newman. Solid story. George C. Scott and Piper Laurie are the best things about this movie. ” - Jesper
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Jack Skellington, king of Halloween Town, discovers Christmas Town, but his attempts to bring Christmas to his home cause confusion. (76 mins.)
Director: Henry Selick
“ 7/10
Enjoyable and the songs aren't nearly as irritating as most songs in animated movies. ” - Jesper
In the Heat of the Night (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An African American police detective is asked to investigate a murder in a racially hostile southern town. (109 mins.)
Director: Norman Jewison
“ 7/10
Decent. ” - Jesper
Shadow of a Doubt (1943)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A young woman discovers her visiting uncle may not be the man he seems to be. (108 mins.)
“ 7/10
This is Hitchcock, so it hardly could not disappoint. It does not, but it is a little dated in its acting and does not stand out as much as some of his other works. ” - Jesper
The Steamroller and the Violin (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Seven year old Sasha practices violin every day to satisfy the ambition of his parents. Already withdrawn as a result of his routines... (46 mins.)
“ 7/10
I am watching Tarkovsky chronologically. This was his last student film, only 40 minutes long. While being 'lite' for Tarkovsky, it would stand out as a student film and has some images fore-shadowing what he went on to do later. ” - Jesper
The Mirror (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A dying man in his forties remembers his past. His childhood, his mother, the war, personal moments and things that tell of the recent history of all the Russian nation. (107 mins.)
“ 7/10
My incentive for watching Tarkovsky chronologically was largely based on seeing Zerkalo high placed in the recent Sound and Sight polls: higher than the suspected Stalker and Andrei Rublev. As I had only seen those two and Nostalghia yet, this would be a great way to see the other Tarkovsky movies. This way, I could also work my way up to Zerkalo, not diving straight into it, but seeing how Tarkovsky developed.
Zerkalo is strange, stranger than any other Tarkovsky movie. While containing some beautiful shots, I cannot really make my mind up about it. While all Tarkovsky's movies are abstract they all have a theme or at least feel to it. I think Zerkalo is ambitious, but it somewhat lacks a cohesive theme which would at least bind the whole thing together, even if I would not understand it. It is because of this that I am giving it a slightly lower score than other Tarkovsky movies. ” - Jesper
The Hunger Games (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 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
“ 7/10
Started out not very good, but became better as it went on. It is generic Hollywood, but it included at least one scene which I did not think would be in such a broadly marketed family movie. In the end, enjoyable enough. While probably performing below their usual level, Donald Sutherland, Stanley Tucci, Woody Harrelson are class actors and add to the thing. Jennifer Lawrence is a promising young actress and will very probably (deservingly) rise to fame now that she has done this movie. ” - Jesper
The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A poor Midwest family is forced off their land. They travel to California, suffering the misfortunes of the homeless in the Great Depression. (129 mins.)
Director: John Ford
“ 6/10
In a way, The Grapes of Wrath is the perfect role example of what I do not like about some older movies (note 'some', as I do like a lot of them): some of the acting is wooden and stiff (some of the non-main character family members) or just over-the-top ridiculous (grandpa, Muley). This sits really in the way of enjoying a movie or taking it seriously. Incidentally, the same thing bothered me with The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, another John Ford movie, so I guess I am also not a John Ford fan...
It barely gets a 6 though because of Henry Fonda's good acting, the quite ok story and quite good cinematography. ” - Jesper
Rain Man (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Selfish yuppie Charlie Babbitt's father left a fortune to his savant brother Raymond and a pittance to Charlie; they travel cross-country. (133 mins.)
Director: Barry Levinson
“ 7/10
A movie I had low expectations of: I thought it would be too moralised and over-sentimentalised. It is actually solid and mainly stays away from being over-sentimentalising. Tom Cruise is fittingly casted here, Dustin Hoffman's acting is impressive (although his character is written a tad too stereotypically). Hans Zimmer's score is memorable too. ” - Jesper
A Day in the Country (1936 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The family of a Parisian shop-owner spends a day in the country. The daughter falls in love to a man at the inn, where they spend the day. (40 mins.)
Director: Jean Renoir
“ 7/10
My first Renoir. A good introduction. The story is exactly what the title says: a day in the country. I like how Renoir uses image nature to portray emotions/feelings: the scene at the end which is more downbeat in contrast to the rest of the movie uses wind, rain and moving clouds to great effect. ” - Jesper
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, where they get more than they bargained for, discovering the truth behind the cabin in the woods. (95 mins.)
Director: Drew Goddard
“ 7/10
A very refreshing horror movie in a genre that is mostly repeating itself over and over again. It is best not to say too much about the plot, it can only spoil it. It is one of the most creative, surprising and also very enjoyable recent horror movies I have seen though!
Hint: do not read a synopsis or reviews before! ” - Jesper
The Searchers (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An American Civil War veteran embarks on a journey to rescue his niece from the Comanches. (119 mins.)
Director: John Ford
“ 7/10
After three John Ford movies, I can safely say I am not a big Ford fan. Again, the acting is wooden here and there are some plain silly or one-dimensional characters again. The landscape shots are beautiful though with a certain grandeur. And The Searchers is better paced than Grapes of Wrath and Liberty Valance too. It is somewhat overrated though, as it is not a masterpiece in my opinion. ” - Jesper
Mother and Son (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A slow and poignant story of love and patience told via a dying mother nursed by her devoted son. The... (73 mins.)
“ 6/10
Stunning images, very painting-like, music and ambient sound are good too. I did not care for the story at all though and was quite bored by it. I cannot call the story bad though, and there was one scene (the final talking scene) where I felt like an intruder in a very intimate situation; which is a compliment for the realism in that scene. ” - Jesper
Manslaughter (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A lonesome ambulance driver turns both his life and society upside down after one night he violently loses his temper with the hoodlum youths who hinder him in performing his duties. (81 mins.)
Director: Pieter Kuijpers
“ 6/10
Somewhat out-of-the-box for Dutch movie making, which is positive. It is a mixed bag though. Comedian Theo Maassen is surprisingly fitting in this serious acting role, the movie is at least ambitious and triggers thought questions. It is also somewhat pretentious (one part in black-and-white was not necessary). There are a number of unrealistic or all too coincidental things happening. And suddenly introducing comedian Najib Amhali opposite Theo Maassen in what should be one of the most confronting scenes only provokes unwanted laughter: a well-intended inside joke perhaps but certainly a miscasting here. There are some definite plot holes too. A 6 for trying, sympathy and being a little different than other Dutch movies though. ” - Jesper
The Color of Pomegranates (1969)
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A super-stylized, surreal biography of Armenian troubadour Sayat Nova, whose life is depicted through non-narrative amalgamations of poetic images. (79 mins.)
“ 5/10
I do not quite know what The Colour of Pomegranates should 'do' to me. It is about Armenia, it is also hugely symbolic, I cannot gather anything more from it. The images are nearly always creative. Yet they do not engage me.
The Holy Mountain by Jodorowsky is perhaps a comparable movie in that is mostly built on images. There is a huge differences though: The Holy Mountain's images conjure up a powerful theme (for me at least) and are even as individual images constantly grabbing my attention. The Colour of Pomegranates has me thinking: "interesting", trying to watch it and hoping the joy behind the art will somehow show, but deep inside already fully aware it is not going to reveal itself. ” - Jesper
Rio Bravo (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A small-town sheriff in the American West enlists the help of a cripple, a drunk, and a young gunfighter in his efforts to hold in jail the brother of the local bad guy. (141 mins.)
Director: Howard Hawks
“ 6/10
Interestingly, behind the colour I detect Howard Hawks' film noir style and think this might have been moodier when filmed in black-and-white.
It has a problem that I have with John Ford's westerns as well: ridiculous characters; in this movie it is 'Stumpy'. Too much forced one-liners too.
But easy to pass time with as well. All-in-all, a 6. ” - Jesper
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A young fugitive prince and princess must stop a villain who unknowingly threatens to destroy the world with a special dagger that enables the magic sand inside to reverse time. (116 mins.)
Director: Mike Newell
“ 4/10
Not good at all. Very bad camera work, if it can be called that; the camera often 'moves' through a CGI landscape. The CGI is surprisingly bad for such a recent movie. The story is tied together with loose knots. Jake Gyllenhaal, not a bad actor normally, is totally misplaced here as Persian fighting prince. There are only two reasons to watch this. One is Ben Kingsley, who is normally miles better, but towers above anyone else here easily. The second is Gemma Arterton, who is totally lost here with an ultra-English accent, but at least gorgeous to look at. ” - Jesper
Symbol (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A man wakes up alone in a brightly illuminated white room with no windows or doors. When he presses... (93 mins.)
“ 7/10
Leave it to the Japanese to come up with crazy, weird ideas. It is hard to describe this without giving away the plot, but Shinboru is remarkable for its sheer inventiveness and creativity. Also, the CGI is great: very visibly made by a computer, but highly stylised and fitting with the atmosphere. Also, very funny. ” - Jesper
Kingdom of Heaven (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
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.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ 7/10
Kingdom of Heaven is cleverly deceiving: the stunning visuals and the well-dosed pacing disguise a somewhat muddled script. That said, during its entire three hours it managed to hold my attention always, never dozing off into sub-interesting scenes.
The cinematography and especially the toning in many scenes is wonderful. The large scale armies scenes are really a delicious sight. The direction and editing during the big war scenes is quite sublime, giving it the aesthetic 'edge' over many other movies with large army scenes. ” - Jesper
Jamaica Inn (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
In Cornwall in 1819, a young woman discovers that she's living near a gang of criminals who arrange shipwrecks for profit. (108 mins.)
“ 7/10
Even an inferior Hitchcock is still decent by normal movie standards. While it is not nearly as good as Hitchcock's bests, the atmosphere is moody, Charles Laughton is good (even while overacting) and the pacing is well enough. Daphne Du Maurier's novel is both more elegant and rough; the movie is adapted well though and works on the screen. ” - Jesper
Survive Style 5+ (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Five bizarre stories with no apparent connection to one and other eventually become intertwined, resulting in surreal circumstances. (120 mins.)
Director: Gen Sekiguchi
“ 7/10
This definitely has the 'cool' factor! Funny and creative. ” - Jesper
Alexander (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
Alexander, the King of Macedonia and one of the greatest military leaders in the history of warfare, conquers much of the known world. (175 mins.)
Director: Oliver Stone
“ 5/10
Overlong. There is a whole load of good to great actors here who underperform here. Colin Farrell's blonde hair looks fake. The narrative structure is messy. This is best described by the first battle scene, where subtitles constantly tell us we are looking at "Macedonia Center", "Macedonia Left", "Macedonia Right" etc. Oliver Stone does not deliver the shots we need to understand what is happening in the battle (in my mind I see a couple of close-ups fading out to grand overview shots working quite well in this particular battle). The subtitles are there because otherwise it would be a complete mess instead of the quite troubled scene it is now. And again, the subtitles constantly keep popping up throughout the movie to tell us we skip ahead ten years earlier, and then go back another nine years, and so on and so on. Oliver Stone, a director capable of great movies, could have solved this by various directorial techniques. Also, Vangelis, normally a great soundtrack man, provides a soundtrack that is not bad, but somewhat unfitting with new-age influences.
Alexander is not a complete blunder, but it fails in several ways. ” - Jesper
Enter the Void (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A U.S. drug dealer living in Tokyo is betrayed by his best friend and killed in a drug deal. His soul, observing the repercussions of his death, seeks resurrection. (161 mins.)
Director: Gaspar Noé
“ 7/10
Although a bit too arty, Enter the Void is technically very accomplished. The images are great, as is the editing. The sound editing was highly detailed as well.
While some scenes feels very intimate and close, the movie sometimes feels a bit distant and I am not quite sure what I have been watching. Still, I appreciate how Enter the Void is uncompromising, very atmospheric, feels realistic and is like an impressive trip. ” - Jesper
Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A drama critic learns on his wedding day that his beloved maiden aunts are homicidal maniacs, and that insanity runs in his family. (118 mins.)
Director: Frank Capra
“ 6/10
Very old-fashioned and the humour is a bit too happy-happy and too obvious. But also a surprising plot, and almost Midsomer-Murder-like weirdness. Capra's direction is solid enough. Peter Lorre is good. ” - Jesper
Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A pair of young lovers flee their New England town, which causes a local search party to fan out to find them. (94 mins.)
Director: Wes Anderson
“ 7/10
There it is: I have watched the whole top 250!! :)
About the movie: although it is somewhat too stereotypical, it is well-crafted. The images are often gorgeous and are at points strongly influenced by Kubrick (highly symmetrised). The movie as a whole is very un-Kubrick-like though as it is much more light-hearted.
The cast is strong and includes some well-known faces in surprising roles. I would like to single out one: in the last ten years Bruce Willis has really managed to distinguish himself as a great actor, choosing surprising and new roles every time. ” - Jesper
Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
After being mortally wounded and taken to the morgue, murderer Jason Voorhees spontaneously revives and embarks on a killing spree as he makes his way back to his home at Camp Crystal Lake. (91 mins.)
Director: Joseph Zito
“ 5/10
One of the more amusing sequels to Friday the 13th. Probably the best one besides the original. Not really good, as with the whole series, but it is entertaining, the pacing is ok (sometimes a problem in the first three parts). The flashback beginning was not a wise choice. ” - Jesper
Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  
Still haunted by his past, Tommy Jarvis - who, as a child, killed Jason Voorhees - wonders if the serial killer is connected to a series of brutal murders occurring in and around the secluded halfway house where he now lives. (92 mins.)
Director: Danny Steinmann
“ 4/10
Ridiculous at points, with several stupid characters. Also does not feel like a Friday the 13th movie due to a different setting. ” - Jesper
Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Tommy Jarvis goes to the graveyard to get rid of Jason Voorhees' body once and for all, but inadvertently brings him back to life instead. The newly revived killer once again seeks revenge, and Tommy may be the only one who can defeat him. (86 mins.)
Director: Tom McLoughlin
“ 4/10
Not good. Too random. Suffers also because a lot of it, including some of the kills, is happening during daylight. ” - Jesper
Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
Years after Tommy Jarvis chained him underwater at Camp Crystal Lake, the dormant Jason Voorhees returns to the camp grounds when he is accidentally released from his prison by a telekinetic teenager. (88 mins.)
“ 5/10
Not too bad, has some interesting things going on. The sleeping bag kill is memorable. ” - Jesper
Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  
A boat of graduating high school students bound for Manhattan pulls Jason Voorhees along for the ride. (100 mins.)
Director: Rob Hedden
“ 4/10
Does not even take place in Manhattan until the final half hour and then it is only three shots of Jason in New York and twenty minutes of docks not only even looking like New York.
The 'drowned baby' visions of the main female character drag an otherwise acceptable first half down. ” - Jesper
Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  
Serial killer Jason Voorhees' supernatural origins are revealed. (87 mins.)
Director: Adam Marcus
“ 4/10
Although I appreciate that the movie tries different things (in a franchise that is never really experimenting), the result is horrendous, with a ridiculous story, and very bad special effects.
That said, this movie includes what might just be the best kill of the whole series (the tent scene). And the character of Creighton Duke is cool too: one of his scenes is scarier than any of Jason's kills during the whole series: because it feels quite real. ” - Jesper
Jason X (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  
Jason Voorhees returns with a new look, a new machete, and his same murderous attitude as he is awakened on a spaceship in the 25th century. (91 mins.)
Director: Jim Isaac
“ 4/10
Of all the entries in the Friday the 13th series I was most wary of Jason X. It turned out Jason X was bad in many different ways, but also one of the funniest and entertaining movies of the series. Always self-aware of its ridiculousness and over-the-topness, it is quite campy and enjoyable.
I cannot give it higher than a 4, as it is bad. BUT it so outlandish it almost (just almost) works. ” - Jesper
The Transporter (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Frank is hired to "transport" packages for unknown clients and has made a very good living doing so. But when asked to move a package that begins moving, complications arise. (92 mins.)
“ 5/10
Entertaining, nothing more. ” - Jesper
Friday the 13th (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
A group of young adults discover a boarded up Camp Crystal Lake, where they soon encounter Jason Voorhees and his deadly intentions. (97 mins.)
Director: Marcus Nispel
“ 5/10
Not as bad a remake as some horror movie remakes have been. Was well entertained. Grounding Jason in reality was not necessary. ” - Jesper
Dark Shadows (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
An imprisoned vampire, Barnabas Collins, is set free and returns to his ancestral home, where his dysfunctional descendants are in need of his protection. (113 mins.)
Director: Tim Burton
“ 5/10
Pretty average. OK for a random evening, but quite unmemorable too. Several plot lines are thrown out in the early stages of the movie, but then altogether left alone. There is an attempt at humor, it does work at points, but it also feels a little forced and the whole thing becomes too cheeky because of it.
I had low expectations about Johnny Depp after liking him less and less in recent movies, including Burton's movies. But Depp is ok here. Still, Depp, as well as Eva Green, Johnny Lee Miller, Michelle Pfeiffer, Chloe Grace Moretz, Helena Bonham Carter, while turning in good performances, also are too caricatural. A little too much one-liners. Cheeky is the word. I do not blame the actors, it is the script.
Also, there is some unnecessary CGI/post-processing. For example, the docks and ships at the beginning of the movie look very unnatural. ” - Jesper
Blade of the Ripper (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
An ambassador's wife discovers that one of the men in her life - either her husband, an ex-lover or her current lover - may be a vicious serial killer. (98 mins.)
Director: Sergio Martino
“ 7/10
I thought Sergio Martino's Torso was a surprisingly watchable giallo, a genre that is inconsistent in quality to say the least. The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh (or Next!) falls in the category of good giallos. The story is simple, but seems logical enough and does not wander off into ridiculousness (a problem in many of best giallo director Argento's movies).
The atmosphere is quite sadistic and perverted, which gives it intensity. The pacing is surprisingly good for a giallo. The leading lady is astonishingly beautiful, but also capable of carrying the lead well, which is refreshing in a horror movie.
I cannot find anything about it, but for several reasons I feel this could have been an influence on the equally enjoyable Wild Things. ” - Jesper
The Case of the Scorpion's Tail (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
The Case of the Scorpion's Tail begins with the mysterious death of a millionaire and spirals into the murder of his suddenly rich wife, which draws the attention of a dogged investigator, who follows a trail of blood to the bitter end. (90 mins.)
Director: Sergio Martino
“ 7/10
Another Sergio Martino giallo. A little less engaging than The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh or Torso perhaps, but again a story-driven and consistent giallo that manages to deliver. ” - Jesper
Lisa and the Devil (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Surreal goings-on at a Spanish villa in this poetic horror fairytale, which was crassly re-edited into The House of Exorcism for US release. (95 mins.)
Director: Mario Bava
“ 6/10
Mario Bava's Lisa and the Devil is a bit of a mixed bag. The highs: the whole atmosphere, a very ambiguous role by Telly Savalas (Blofeld in On Her Majesty's Secret Service), some of the sets, and in general original ideas. Somewhat less good is the story, which has original ideas but is also a bit unclear at points. Downright bad are the uneven sound mix and dubbing which is even within Italian giallo exceptionally bad. ” - Jesper
The Case of the Bloody Iris (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Beautiful young model Jennifer Lansbury and her goofy friend Marilyn Ricci move into a swanky high-rise... (94 mins.)
Director: Anthony Ascott
“ 6/10
A decent, but not totally memorable giallo. If I would not have known this was directed by someone else, I would have said this was a Sergio Martino movie. ” - Jesper
Skyfall (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Bond's loyalty to M is tested when her past comes back to haunt her. Whilst MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost. (143 mins.)
Director: Sam Mendes
“ 7/10
I am confused how to form an opinion on Skyfall. In short, I saw a good movie, but I am unsure if I saw a James Bond movie.

Let's start with what was good:
- a more careful direction compared to the shaking cameras of Quantum of Solace
- the cinematography: the Shangai skyscraper with reflecting doors scene, the wonderful Macau set, the beautiful Scottish landscape scenes which were perfectly tinted, the fire
- not only the inclusion of the Aston Martin, but especially the way it was filmed, as well as the shot of it in the Scottish mist were wonderful nods to Goldfinger
- Adele's title track: finally again a song where they got the Bond feel right (it's been since Goldeneye)
- at points a convincing plot
- it is clear Sam Mendes is an experienced director: most things here feel solid
- a solid cast: Judi Dench and Ralph Fiennes really add to the thing

And best of all two things:
- Javier Bardem: who is far and away the best actor in this movie. We have to go back to A View to a Kill (Christopher Walken) and perhaps Goldeneye (Sean Bean and Famke Janssen) to find the last inclusions of truly great and memorable Bond villains. Bardem reigns in the scenes he is in, through face, look, feel and intonation.
- again, the villain, but approaching from a different point of view now: what I'm getting at is how the story actually includes a villain. One of the great joys of watching old Bond movies was watching a charismatic villain instead of the villains' schemes (did the schemes matter really? Most often not). Many of the recent Bond movies invested more in the scheme than the villain itself. While the villain's scheme here is sufficiently written, this is all about the villain again: a larger-than-life (while avoiding the 80's cheesiness) villain who commands the screen. Bardem's performance is crucial to this, but it also has to do with how this villain was actually written and developed instead of being tacked on almost as an afterthought.

So, many good things to admire and in shades more Bond-like than in ages. Still, for some reason, it does not feel right. I am not completely sure yet why this is, but these reasons are part of an explanation:

- What struck me most is how Bond himself is almost absent. Daniel Craig's performance was more than ok and he has sufficient screen time, but thinking about the movie produces images of many things in my head (Bardem, Dench, landscapes, Aston Martin, Macau), but no Bond. Bond did not feel like a central part of this movie. Sure, there were certain other focuses in this movie, making it partly intentional, but it felt like Bond was wandering around in a story that was not about him.
- Bond girls: there are two Bond girls here, but where are they? They are truly tacked on.
- Thomas Newman: Newman is a giant in soundtrack world and his soundtrack in itself was not bad, but I am not sure if it was a fitting match.

I am trying very hard to include one single conclusion in this review, but I am unable, I cannot make my mind up what this movie is (yet). I did enjoy it thoroughly. And I want to unapologizingly like it for its many good things, but part of it does not sit right and I can't quite put my finger on what that is.

Oh, and put that gunbarrel scene back at the front finally next time! ” - Jesper
Black Sabbath (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A trio of atmospheric horror tales about: A woman terrorized in her apartment by phone calls from an... (92 mins.)
Director: Mario Bava
“ 7/10
Black Sabbath (by Bava) consists of three separate unrelated horror stories. The first of these is the best. It is perhaps the simplest of the three (a room, three actors, a telephone), but also the most effective. It shows a complete mastery of suspense, with very precise pacing and tension-building.
The second and third stories are not bad either. The third has an impressive, almost gothic look. ” - Jesper
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
“ 4/10
Hm, disappointing. Sure, I did not expect a high culture movie from Sacha Baron Cohen, but Borat was a pleasant surprise. While Bruno was somewhat disappointing too, I got my hopes up for two reasons. The first was reading this was to have more of a story as well. The second was the surprisingly memorable performance by Baron Cohen in Scorcese's Hugo. But The Dictator is merely a chain of sketches stitched together to form a story. This would not be a problem if most of it was funny (see Borat), but there is too little material which is of good enough comedic value. Bruno was disappointing, but at least successful in its uncompromising bad humour. This leaves no impression at all, making it a 4/10 instead of a 5/10. ” - Jesper
You Don't Know Jack (2010 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A look at the life and work of doctor-assisted suicide advocate Jack Kevorkian. (134 mins.)
Director: Barry Levinson
“ 7/10
This suffers a bit from the TV movie syndrome, having certain TV movie clichés: the more generic cinematography, a script that is somewhat too predictable. Also just a tad too much 'the easy way' at times.
Still, Al Pacino's performance, which the movie centers all around, is great. It is not Pacino we're looking at, but Jack Kevorkian, proving once more that Pacino is still one of the best actors around. ” - Jesper
The Hunt (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A teacher lives a lonely life, all the while struggling over his son's custody. His life slowly gets better as he finds love and receives good news from his son, but his new luck is about to be brutally shattered by an innocent little lie. (115 mins.)
“ 7/10 (A high 7 though)
I must admit my expectations were perhaps too high as this new Vinterberg was said to be an equal to Festen in some reviews. Yes, it is good, but Festen is definitely in an entirely different class still.
Jagten centers around a little girl accusing a teacher of sexual intimidation. The accusation is false, but serves as the catalyst. What follows is convincing. No sentimentalisation or judging. I do feel though that it also holds back a little and the first half could have been trimmed. ” - Jesper
Hatchet for the Honeymoon (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A bridal design shop owner kills various young brides-to-be in an attempt to unlock a repressed childhood trauma that's causing him to commit murder. (88 mins.)
Director: Mario Bava
“ 7/10
Bava's Hatchet for the Honeymoon is among the best Italian horror movies. While starting out as a giallo it technically is not a giallo as it dips into the supernatural for a bit, luckily without any ridicule effects. The story here is consistent and solid enough for a horror. Bava's direction is steady and well-paced and (also handling director of photography duties) his lighting and sets are a joy to watch. Recommended for giallo/Italian horror fans. ” - Jesper
Cat Soup (2001 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A young anthropomorphic cat goes on a psychedelic journey with his sister in order to save her soul. (34 mins.)
Director: Tatsuo Sato
“ 7/10
Morbid and disturbing at points, making it an interesting watch. I read the maker did not intend any meaning while making this, just randomly sticking dreamlike scenes together. My interpretation is that within a chaotic and out-of-line modern world, one can find meaning in a family bonding (brother and sister kitten). ” - Jesper
Film (1965 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A twenty-minute, almost totally silent film (no dialogue or music one 'shhh!') in which Buster Keaton... (20 mins.)
Director: Alan Schneider
“ 6/10
A man tries to hide his face from the camera. An interesting idea, not without meaning, but also a tad boring in execution perhaps. ” - Jesper
Outer Space (1999 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A premonition of a horror film, lurking danger: A house - at night, slightly tilted in the camera's view... (10 mins.)
“ 7/10
A black-and-white movie cut up in such a way that it becomes a horror movie. Technically highly accomplished and very intense (not for epileptics!). ” - Jesper
Argo (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Acting under the cover of a Hollywood producer scouting a location for a science fiction film, a CIA agent launches a dangerous operation to rescue six Americans in Tehran during the U.S. hostage crisis in Iran in 1980. (120 mins.)
Director: Ben Affleck
“ 7/10
Thousands of espionage movies have been made. It is not surprising that it is hard to make a memorable espionage movie that sticks out and is not generic. What is surprising is that Ben Affleck is able to do it! Ben Affleck was an actor I hated, but after three of his movies as director had gotten high scores consistently I had to give in. It must be said: the man is a better director than an actor. He plays the lead here as well and it must also be said that he has matured somewhat as an actor. Still at tad plain, but acceptable now. But direction is where his real talent lies. While I thought the movie was perhaps a tad too pro-American, it is within acceptable boundaries. ” - Jesper
Cleopatra (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Queen Cleopatra of Egypt experiences both triumph and tragedy as she attempts to resist the imperial ambitions of Rome. (192 mins.)
“ 6/10
The sets, the costumes and the 70 mm shots are all impressive. Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton are good too. Yet, Cleopatra misses the mark: clocking in at over four hours it is simply too long. While not heartless (the acting is too passionate for this to say), it feels technical and calculated. ” - Jesper
Ocean's Thirteen (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Danny Ocean rounds up the boys for a third heist, after casino owner Willy Bank double-crosses one of the original eleven, Reuben Tishkoff. (122 mins.)
“ 5/10
Having usually heard this was a step up from Twelve, this was surprisingly messy in plot. ” - Jesper
Giovannona Long-Thigh (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
A new judge closes a cheese factory for pollution; its owner, La Noce, bribes a monsignor who points him toward an official who might fix it... (94 mins.)
Director: Sergio Martino
“ 4/10
A so-called Italian sex-comedy by giallo director Sergio Martino. Wrong in many ways, making it funny again. Considering the topic, the stunningly beautiful Edwige Fenech in the lead was perfect casting. ” - Jesper
Quel gran pezzo della Ubalda tutta nuda e tutta calda (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
During the Middle Ages, a clumsy knight returns home where his wife awaits him. Sensuous and beautiful... (91 mins.)
“ 3/10
Same genre as Giovannona (and with a beautiful Edwige Fenech again, two bonus points!). This is even more wrong. In some ways this resembles a medieval type of comedy in its plain form of humour. Like Giovannona, this is wrong in many ways. Only a 70's Italian movie can make a shameless funny scene out of a rape scene.
So bad and plain, it also became entertaining. But after two bad Italian sex-comedies I have seen enough too. ” - Jesper
Saint (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
A horror film that depicts St. Nicholas as a murderous bishop who kidnaps and murders children when there is a full moon on December 5. (85 mins.)
Director: Dick Maas
“ 6/10
A Dutch legend thrown into the horror blender by Dick Maas. An original idea, but predictable once the basic idea is established. Ridiculously bad CGI. Bad none of it matters too much: the movie is fully self-conscious and its only goal is to have some fun. Considering this it is good enough as light-weight entertainment. ” - Jesper
Transporter 2 (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Mercenary Frank Martin, who specializes moving goods of all kinds, surfaces again this time in Miami, Florida when he's implicated in the kidnapping of the young son of a powerful USA official. (87 mins.)
Director: Louis Leterrier
“ 5/10
While certainly not expecting a highly intellectual movie, and still entertaining, Transporter 2 is less 'original' than the first Transporter. the first Transporter was not a relevation either, but had a clear concept, with the car, the driver, and his rules. This one feels more like a generic action movie with some Bond things thrown in. This makes it less definable in the whole action genre. ” - Jesper
Looper (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
In 2074, when the mob wants to get rid of someone, the target is sent into the past, where a hired gun awaits - someone like Joe - who one day learns the mob wants to 'close the loop' by sending back Joe's future self for assassination. (113 mins.)
Director: Rian Johnson
“ 7/10
Clever action movie. A bit too serious for its own good perhaps, but generally quite ok. I liked the supernatural turn halfway a little less.
Certainly not the new Inception, as some reviews called it, but quite good within the action genre. It is interesting to watch Joseph-Gordon Levitt intentionally mimic Bruce Willis: a well-done acting performance. ” - Jesper
Adventureland (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
In the summer of 1987, a college graduate takes a 'nowhere' job at his local amusement park, only to find it's the perfect course to get him prepared for the real world. (107 mins.)
Director: Greg Mottola
“ 4/10
Confusing script, generally uninteresting. Not really funny either. Also pretty unrealistic: non-attractive nerdish guy is pretty uninteresting, yet the two popular hot girls want him. Doesn't work that way in real life folks!
I thought it was the Twilight scripts which made Kristen Stewart act so bad (watching the first two Twilights is a memory I'd like to erase...), but here she is just as monotonous and bland: she IS that bad. ” - Jesper
Transporter 3 (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Frank Martin puts the driving gloves on to deliver Valentina, the kidnapped daughter of a Ukranian government official, from Marseilles to Odessa on the Black Sea. En route, he has to contend with thugs who want to intercept Valentina's safe delivery and not let his personal feelings get in the way of his dangerous objective. (104 mins.)
Director: Olivier Megaton
“ 5/10
Moves a little towards the first Transporter again, based more on the original idea. But also has a couple over-the-top action scenes à la Transporter 2. Quite ridiculous at points, but fun. ” - Jesper
Seven Psychopaths (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A struggling screenwriter inadvertently becomes entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his oddball friends kidnap a gangster's beloved Shih Tzu. (110 mins.)
Director: Martin McDonagh
“ 6/10
With high expectations after the wonderful In Bruges this was somewhat of a let down. Still ok though.
Like In Bruges it mixes (cynical) humour and introspection well, but the script flutters into many directions. This is the point of course, with the story involving a script writer trying to find his story. But in watching the movie there is also a slight loss of focus.
The cast is great, with wonderful (big and small) roles by Christopher Walken, Harry Dean Stanton, Tom Waits, Woody Harrelson. Also worth noting is that Martin McDonagh seems to get the best out of Colin Farrell, who both here and in In Bruges is better than in some of his other roles. ” - Jesper
TRON: Legacy (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
The son of a virtual world designer goes looking for his father and ends up inside the digital world that his father designed. He meets his father's corrupted creation and a unique ally who was born inside the digital world. (125 mins.)
Director: Joseph Kosinski
“ 5/10
What a messy, messy plot. Perhaps it is because I did not see the original movie, but neither did nearly every other movie-goer of the current generation. Tron: Legacy throws a number of story components at you in random fashion without the tools to resemble them.
Visually cool though. The whole design is impressive. It IS consistently cool to look at. Shame about the story though. ” - Jesper
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A reluctant hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, sets out to the Lonely Mountain with a spirited group of dwarves to reclaim their mountain home, and the gold within it from the dragon Smaug. (169 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
“ 6/10
Going into The Hobbit, it was always going to be about expectations. I must admit my expectations were very low. However, I went in with an open mind.
The Hobbit was not as bad as I thought it would be, not a failure either: the production simply is too good. But it does not come close to The Lord of the Rigns either.

One prejudice I had going before actually seeing it was that the splitting into three separate movies was induced by greed for cash. I was wrong. Having seen this, I am now convinced it was indeed a wrong decision to make three movies, but for a very different reason than I thought. Peter Jackson wants to tell every single line of the novel (and the LOTR appendix he used). This is actually a very admirable motive, clearly something a fan would do. The total opposite of milking an audience. But when translating novel to movie, such an approach does not work. An Unexpected Journey almost solely focuses on secondary matters, with perhaps only 20% of screen time contributing to the essential story.
Three full-fledged movies for The Lord of the Rings were justified as there was a fleshed out story available. Three movies were mandatory there to tell the story right. This first entry into the new trilogy lacks such a substance.
I truly think were this movie made before the success of TLOR a second set of eyes would have intervened, saying: "Cut this and that", resulting in a tighter result (not three movies, but one long or two short). Jackson had cart-blanche now and was able to fulfil his dream of filming every line of the novel and more. Admirable, but not tight and substantial.

Still, the production values are stunning. Martin Freeman is well-cast as a young Bilbo too. The landscapes are beautiful again. There is a certain memorable scene involving stones.
I must admit the first ten minutes were as good as any of the best scenes of TLOR too. If only there were more of it. ” - Jesper
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 finds a structure on a distant moon, but they soon realize they are not alone. (124 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ 6/10 (towards 7/10 though)
Better than any of the other Alien sequels (including the somewhat overrated Aliens). Atmospheric rather than action-oriented, which is a good thing. Wonderful sets too. A good cast too, especially Michael Fassbender.
Script-wise I am unsure though. I feel it does not always fit together. And we are hardly given any information. Actually we are left with more questions than answers. ” - Jesper
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
A meek Hobbit from the Shire and eight companions set out on a journey to destroy the powerful One Ring and save Middle Earth from the Dark Lord Sauron. (178 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
“ Note: this is in my top 250, just putting it here (with a longer text) to tie-in with the other three LOTR movies I rewatched.

Having watched The Hobbit, I thought it was a good idea to revisit the original Lord of the Rings trilogy, seeing as I had not seen the movies in full for a long time. Never having seen the Extended Editions, I decided to watch all three as Extended Editions.
While liking the trilogy, I always thought it had its shortcomings too and thought it was overrated somewhat. 10 years on, it is now the right time to re-evaluate. I am now able to look at the movies distanced from the era in which they were made. Let's see how they hold up now that time has passed.

Fellowship of the Ring always was my favourite of the three. Rewatching it now I am surprised to see how tight and well-written it is, especially compared to The Hobbit. After a short (timed just about right) introduction the story commences, pulls you in, never to let you go.

The more family-aimed bits that were so stuck in my mind as negative were actually at a minimum here. Gimli's jokes are kept to a minimum here, and when he opens his mouth it is functional, constructive to the story.

Jackson is not necessarily the best director out there. He has the tendency to be over-theatrical, with too many slow-motion shots here and there. Also many of the scenes have been colour-toned to distinguish between moods and places: a little bit too much I think, diminishing the quality of the shots a little sometimes. But these are minor shortcomings in a movie as grand as this. Jackson's quality is his vision and strength to bring such a larger-than-life story to the screen, something which he succeeded in.

Note on Extended edition: While I do not think the added scenes are among the most essential of the movie, the extended version most certainly does not drag. I was in no way annoyed by the extra length. The added scenes help to give depth to the story. So, yes, well done. ” - Jesper
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
While Frodo and Sam edge closer to Mordor with the help of the shifty Gollum, the divided fellowship makes a stand against Sauron's new ally, Saruman, and his hordes of Isengard. (179 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
“ 6/10
The Two Towers is an entirely different movie than The Fellowship of the Ring. Fellowship followed a group of people and thus, in the base, presented a very singular story. In The Two Towers the main characters are split and new characters are introduced. The story now diverges three or four stories as well. Sometimes these story arcs are broken up by as much as half an hour, which is too large a time to get engaged in any of them.

Furthermore, the plot is not as strong either. The Rohan and Faramir parts of the plot are less interesting than what was seen in Fellowship. However, the least interesting of them all is the Ent (trees) story. Nothing much happens here until the final act.

The Two Towers has much more to tell than Fellowship, but also bores and drags. It does try to explain what is newly introduced, but it results in overlong sequences that fail to sustain attention.

Several things not present or at least not nagging in Fellowship are introduced in this second entry. Gimli, functional in the first entry, gains screen time and proves to be a mere 'comic relief' device, not adding to the story. The Aragorn and Arwen romance sub plot was minimal and well-done in the first, but is drawn out here, and annoys a little. But my main annoyance is the increase of orcs. Fellowship only showed small bit, but here the orcs start talking. Frankly, I find the orcs embarrassing: the actors' over-acting is a definite low of the trilogy.

Note on Extended edition: I did not so much note what was added, apart from one or two scenes. The Faramir/Boromir added flashback does add character depth. But generally, Two Towers in its theatrical version dragged and was unengaging; the added scenes did not remedy this. ” - Jesper
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
Gandalf and Aragorn lead the World of Men against Sauron's army to draw his gaze from Frodo and Sam as they approach Mount Doom with the One Ring. (201 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
“ 7/10
The final entry of the Lord of the Rings trilogy is the most sweeping and lavish epic of the three and best encompasses the vision of Peter Jackson. It is hellish at points in its darkness. There are new sets introduced here which are a beauty to behold: The city of the dead where the witch king resides for instance.

Where The Return of the King falls short somewhat is in its sheer length. The battle scenes, while grand, go on and on. Frodo's and Sam's journey takes forever. The Return of the King as a story is better to follow than The Towers, but nevertheless its overlong.

Note on Extended edition: There are many significant scenes here which were deleted from the theatrical version, such as the death of Saruman. The added scenes are therefore welcome mot of the time. I actually think some of the scenes in the theatrical release would have to be cut. Definitely the most interesting extended edition. ” - Jesper
The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An introvert freshman is taken under the wings of two seniors who welcome him to the real world. (102 mins.)
Director: Stephen Chbosky
“ 7/10
Keeping up-to-date with new top 250 entries, I watched this. It was a surprising, above average movie about high school. What struck me most was how the story, while ending on a good note, avoids any true resolution. There is no 100% good or bad ending to anything in life: the good comes with the bad, the bad with the good. This is the movie's unique quality, settling it well above similar themed movies (of which there are a lot). Another theme I liked was its plea for acceptance and tolerance, a difficult one to get right without resorting to moralising. ” - Jesper
Swimming Pool (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A British mystery author visits her publisher's home in the South of France, where her interaction with his unusual daughter sets off some touchy dynamics. (102 mins.)
Director: François Ozon
“ 7/10
An ideal mix of black humour, sensuality and mystery. The script is clever and tricks you right when you thought you knew it all. ” - Jesper
Memories of Murder (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
In a small Korean province in 1986, three detectives struggle with the case of multiple young women being found raped and murdered by an unknown culprit. (131 mins.)
Director: Joon Ho Bong
“ 7/10
At the start of the movie we learn three things: 1. it is based on a true story, 2. it is about an unresolved murder case, 3. the story takes place under military dictatorship. What a pity then that the film only used the second of these (the unresolved case). If this is a true story, why are there funny 'Hollywood buddy-type' characters? And why does the story not touch onto the military dictatorship situation?
This is not a bad movie at all, but I feel there was so much more potential. The movie makers tried to 'Hollywood it up', which cheapens it. There are two or three scenes which hint at something much darker and moody that could have been. Had it gone more in the direction of a serious and true story, or the political situation, it would have strenghtened the movie. ” - Jesper
Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
After a stint in a mental institution, former teacher Pat Solitano moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife. Things get more challenging when Pat meets Tiffany, a mysterious girl with problems of her own. (122 mins.)
“ 7/10
I had no expectations for this new IMDB Top 250 entry. It is surprisingly good for something that is billed as comedy/drama/romance. This mainly (not entirely) stays away from cliché. It focuses on anxiety, unease and obsession rather than putting a romance story in front.
Jennifer Lawrence (who I only saw in The Hunger Games) proves once again she is among the best upcoming actresses. Bradley Cooper does an entirely different role here than in The Hangover (the only thing I saw him in) and does it convincingly enough. ” - Jesper
Darkened Room (2002 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
John's struggle to get out of a locked room with a sinister secret inside. (8 mins.)
Director: David Lynch
“ 5/10
An 8-minute David Lynch short. Creepy, but I also have no clue what is going on. ” - Jesper
Django Unchained (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner. (165 mins.)
“ 7/10
Beware: this movie review may or may not entirely be influenced by the annoyingly loud gum chewer who sat next to me in the movie theatre.

The new Tarantino is more conventional in its narrative structure. Its difference lies in the violent gunscenes, which are intentionally over-the-top. While I do not oppose them - they are hilarious - I am completely unsure how to process this new Tarantino. Sure, a lot of the gunscenes and some of the other jokey stuff are meant to be fun, which is fine. In Inglourious Basterds and Kill Bill we are offered a same type of fun, within stories that are clearly meant to be a parody. Django Unchained obviously includes elements of parody again. But I have a feeling Tarantino's story about slaves is not entirely meaningless. I feel he has something to say, morally speaking, with the revenge story, moreso than in Inglourious Basterds. There are serious scenes in here.
As a result, this movie came across to me as a hugely schizophrenic movie. On the one hand I like all the hilariousness, but it also sits in the way of getting across of the meaning within the slave story.

Perhaps I am wrong about it carrying meaning and Tarantino entirely meant all of this to be a parody. In this case it does not come across as such to me.

All of the above sounds somewhat negative. But Django is definitely worth a watch. It is a feast to watch: Tarantino is far more than a guy who cuts up his stories. He is in entire control of his script and his images. Also the cinematography is top-notch. Christopher Waltz is wonderful, as are a devilish Leonardo di Caprio and a hardly recognizable Samuel L. Jackson. The soundtrack is at points well-picked (but sometimes schizophrenicly out of it timewise).
All in all not the second best Tarantino though (as in how it is rated in the top 250).

But hey, perhaps it was all influenced by the gum chewer. Maybe next time it clicks with me the way Tarantino intended it. For now a 7/10. ” - Jesper
The Boys from Brazil (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A Nazi hunter in Paraguay discovers a sinister and bizarre plot to rekindle the Third Reich. (125 mins.)
“ 6/10
Schaffner does lavishness well, and The Boys from Brazil too has that large, rich look to it. But the movie is also marred by some boring passages. And Laurence Olivier is annoying with a bad German accent, which is surprising considering his role in Marathon Man, also with German accent, is great. But without his creepy nazi role it just does not work. Furthermore, would it not be great if Steve Guttenberg never did anything besides Police Academy? Gregory Peck is interesting enough as Joseph Mengele though, although probably largely inaccurate and beefed up to Hollywood villain stature. ” - Jesper
Obsession (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A wealthy New Orleans businessman becomes obsessed with a young woman who resembles his wife. (98 mins.)
Director: Brian De Palma
“ 7/10
De Palma goes fully Hitchcock here, resembling Vertigo and Rebecca quite a bit. Still, the tense atmosphere is good enough to make it stand on its own. Great Bernard Hermann soundtrack, a nice surprisingly young John Lithgow supporting role. A somewhat less focused second act holds it back just a little. ” - Jesper
Shattered (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
After a horrific car wreck leaves him an amnesiac, a man slowly begins to unravel his shocking past. (98 mins.)
“ 6/10
Not entirely without its merit, but too clichéd and conforming to Hollywood standards. Which is a pity, as the story has some good elements to it and some nice twists. There is some moody noir-type stuff in here, but also some Bold-and-the-Beautiful-like stuff. Greta Scacchi's acting is bad. ” - Jesper
Planet of the Apes (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An astronaut crew crash-lands on a planet in the distant future where intelligent talking apes are the dominant species, and humans are the oppressed and enslaved. (112 mins.)
“ 7/10
Cool idea. The wide-screen outside shots are great. The inside shots a bit fake. A bit dated and one-dimensional. ” - Jesper
Inland Empire (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
As an actress starts to adopt the persona of her character in a film, her world starts to become nightmarish and surreal. (180 mins.)
Director: David Lynch
“ 7/10
When I watched this in the theatre at the time I was quite disappointed. Rewatching it, I enjoyed it a lot. It is not Lynch strongest offering, but it is perhaps his most nightmarish. I cannot quite grasp what the story is all about, but somehow it works. Slightly too long. ” - Jesper
All the Colors of the Dark (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A woman recovering from a car accident in which she lost her unborn child finds herself pursued by a coven of devil worshipers. (94 mins.)
Director: Sergio Martino
“ 6/10
Enjoyable, but not as good as some of the other Martino giallos. Still, for a giallo, the story and acting are decent enough. ” - Jesper
Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A recently laid off factory worker kidnaps his former boss' friend's daughter, hoping to use the ransom money to pay for his sister's kidney transplant. (129 mins.)
Director: Chan-wook Park
“ 6/10
Too disjointed and not cohesive to like entirely. It has a number of well-done scenes, but as a whole Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance went over my head. ” - Jesper
Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus (2009 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.5/10 X  
The California coast is terrorized by two enormous prehistoric sea creatures as they battle each other for supremacy of the sea. (88 mins.)
Director: Ace Hannah
“ 3/10
A little madder and badder than Sharktopus even. A hilarious watch for the amazingly bad special effects, dreadful acting, continuous editing effects and inexplicable goofs. The 'shark attacks plane' scene is highly memorable in its badness. ” - Jesper
Superman (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
An alien orphan is sent from his dying planet to Earth, where he grows up to become his adoptive home's first and greatest superhero. (143 mins.)
Director: Richard Donner
“ 5/10
Disappointing. One-dimensional cardboard characters, a Gene Hackman who is dressed goofy, boring plot, too many slapstick moments. Not exactly a testament to this famous cartoon character. ” - Jesper
Headhunters (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
An accomplished headhunter risks everything to obtain a valuable painting owned by a former mercenary. (100 mins.)
Director: Morten Tyldum
“ 7/10
Nice and intelligent thriller with some cool twists. Generally avoids becoming clichéd. ” - Jesper
Duck, You Sucker (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
An I.R.A. explosives expert on the run in Mexico meets an amoral Mexican bandit; together they are drawn into the Mexican revolution. (157 mins.)
Director: Sergio Leone
“ 6/10
A strong and tight first half hour, some interesting conceptual ideas, but an execution which lacks. This could have done with some severe editing, as it drags on and on. The Irish flashback scene just before the final scene is simply baffling and is entirely misplaced.
Images and direction are good though, and the explosions are a feast to watch. ” - Jesper
Basic Instinct 2 (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  
Novelist Catherine Tramell is once again in trouble with the law, and Scotland Yard appoints psychiatrist Dr. Michael Glass to evaluate her. Though, like Detective Nick Curran before him, Glass is entranced by Tramell and lured into a seductive game. (114 mins.)
“ 6/10
Not half as bad as everybody says. The 4.0 it scores here is far too harsh. This sequel is perhaps a little generic and Sharon Stone is far less inspired than in the first one. But it is entertaining, the story ain't too bad, it looks well, and there are excellent supporting roles by David Thewlis and Charlotte Rampling. ” - Jesper
Being John Malkovich (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A puppeteer discovers a portal that leads literally into the head of movie star John Malkovich. (112 mins.)
Director: Spike Jonze
“ 7/10
Very interesting idea, quite entertaining. ” - Jesper
Mean Streets (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A small-time hood aspires to work his way up the ranks of a local mob. (112 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ 6/10
This is undeniably well-made when looking at the camera work and acting. But its also somewhat dated, has a thin story. And I found it a bit boring, not my type of movie. ” - Jesper
The Limey (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
An extremely volatile and dangerous Englishman goes to Los Angeles to find the man he considers responsible for his daughter's death. (89 mins.)
“ 7/10
For a short time I thought this was going to end up as a 9/10, with its Lynchian atmosphere, the immediate sense of what the *beep* is going on and a general coolness about it. Its editing and story after the first ten minutes are not able to match these first ten minutes though. The Limey is definitely a good movie to watch though. Terence Stamp oozes coolness, Soderbergh is atmospheric enough to balance his tendency to be a little generic image-wise (his usual heavy orange tinting is surprisingly fitting here, and did not bother me at all). Peter Fonda's acting is terrible. ” - Jesper
The Aviator (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A biopic depicting the early years of legendary director and aviator Howard Hughes' career from the late 1920s to the mid-1940s. (170 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ 5/10
What The Aviator has against it is that it is mostly reasonable, but never elevates to something remarkable or beautiful. Yet, there are quite a number of flaws. Having nothing remarkable to counter the flaws, it is sadly the flaws that stand out.

Howard Hughes' life-story is a fascinating one, and while it is all in there, it hardly interests and feels unsympathetic. Leonardo di Caprio is ok here I suppose, but without exception I do like older Di Caprio better than younger Di Caprio. More to blame than Di Caprio is the script, which does not let us feel any sympathy for towards anyone in the movie. And the movie is simply overlong: parts which could have been interesting go on too long. Scorsese also spends too much time paying tribute to movie classics, rather than portray Hughes' story (if I want to see Scorsese pay tribute to the classics I'd rather watch the excellent Hugo). Hughes' mysophobia is interesting and perhaps integral to the story, but it mixes terrible with the rest of the story.

Scorsese's trademark camera work is in here and generally it is good enough. But oh my, the colour toning, colour saturation and desaturation he chooses throughout the movie are at points terrible. For someone like Scorsese, this is quite unacceptable, I expect a lot better.

Cate Blanchett plays a terribly over-the-top version of Katherine Hepburn, totally overdoing it in trying to impersonate her. A little later on she moves away from trying to imitate Katherine Hepburn and it actually works a little better.

I suppose The Aviator would have been a 6/10 if all the names involved would not be so famous. But considering the budget, all the high-profile actors, and especially the director, I really expect a lot better. A 5/10. ” - Jesper
Sacrifice (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
At the dawn of World War III, a man searches for a way to restore peace to the world and finds he must give something in return. (149 mins.)
“ 4/10
I am probably too harsh here, but Offret infuriated me so much that I broke my rule to always to finish a movie and then score it. I turned it off exactly halfway and gave it this score. I also watched the final fifteen minutes to see the scene of the burning house, as this is what everybody's talking about.

I have always found Tarkosvky's dialogue difficult, but his movies ultimately rewarding because of the images and vision. In Offret the characters ramble on and on and on and I have absolutely no clue here what is going on. If it were only thematically, it would have been fine by me, but absolutely nothing here. Halfway through I had enough and stopped it, despite the nice images. ” - Jesper
Loft (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Five close friends, all of them married, share a loft to meet their mistresses. One day they find the body of a young woman in the loft. Since there are only five keys to the loft, the five men begin to suspect each other of murder. (118 mins.)
Director: Erik Van Looy
“ 7/10
This Belgian movie is roughly the same as the Dutch remake, in story, acting, images and mood. A little generic perhaps, but also enjoyable for its story with many plot twists. ” - Jesper
Cruel Intentions 3 (2004 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  
Two guys at a college prep school make wagers on seducing naive young girls, and then meet their match when they agree to see which one can seduce the most popular and devious girl who has her own agenda to everything. (85 mins.)
Director: Scott Ziehl
“ 4/10
Many plot holes and generic editing, but enjoyable. The plot twists are a little contrived, but again: enjoyable. ” - Jesper
Naked Lunch (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
After developing an addiction to the substance he uses to kill bugs, an exterminator accidentally murders his wife and becomes involved in a secret government plot being orchestrated by giant bugs in a port town in North Africa. (115 mins.)
“ 6/10
This is all very original, but felt like it was going on for ages. But there are a number of good things going on here: creativity, Peter Weller is fantastic, beautiful green-red-yellow colour schemes, a nice twist at the end. ” - Jesper
Charade (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Romance and suspense ensue in Paris as a woman is pursued by several men who want a fortune her murdered husband had stolen. Who can she trust? (113 mins.)
Director: Stanley Donen
“ 7/10
Described as the best Hitchcock he did not make. I get the description stylistically, but Hitchcock is better. This is quite a good movie though. It looks good, making good use of the spaces filmed in. The plot is ok too. While not annoying, I liked the lighter and humorous style employed a little less. ” - Jesper
The Roommate (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  
When college freshman Sara arrives on campus for the first time, she befriends her roommate, Rebecca, unaware that the girl is becoming dangerously obsessed with her. (91 mins.)
“ 4/10
Psychological thriller with a few hints of horror. There are some unexplainable things happening in the story. Acting-wise not great either. ” - Jesper