Day to Day Viewing (avid movie watcher and reviewer)

I'll watch almost anything and have seen thousands of movies. Some I watch now are new to me, others are repeat viewings. These are in the order I see them, from the time this list was created. I'll add daily, like a journal, warts and all, in no order of merit, just to show the variety there is out there to be enjoyed and briefly what I thought of them.
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Come and See (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
After finding an old rifle, a young boy joins the Soviet resistance movement against ruthless German forces and experiences the horrors of World War II. (142 mins.)
Director: E. Klimov
“ The most powerful & visually intense image of war I've ever experienced. A sensory overload that I'll never forget. Russian film set in Belarus during WW2 ” - tim-764-291856
The Letter (1940)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
The wife of a rubber plantation administrator shoots a man to death and claims it was self-defense, but a letter in her own hand may prove her undoing. (95 mins.)
Director: William Wyler
“ Bette Davis in a ripe old melodrama, set on a Malayan rubber plantation, where she murders a man. She thinks that she ought to get away with it but a letter surfaces that puts her credibility into doubt. They don't make them like this any more! ” - tim-764-291856
AfterLife (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
An ambitious Scottish journalist is torn between a high-profile career and caring for his younger sister who has Downs Syndrome. (100 mins.)
Director: Alison Peebles
“ Rather dour life drama from 2003 set in Scotland, but does include a good cast, including Eddie Marsden, Shirley Henderson and Kevin McKidd. A journalist, who is itching to follow up a story in Switzerland about a euthanasia clinic is hindered by his mother diagnosed with ovarian cancer and his Downs Syndrome sister, who his mother looks after. It has its moments though! ” - tim-764-291856
London - The Modern Babylon (2012 Documentary)
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London: The Modern Babylon is legendary director Julien Temple's (Joe Strummer - The Future is Unwritten) epic time-traveling voyage to the heart of his hometown. (125 mins.)
Director: Julien Temple
“ Ace documentary maker Julien Temple's affectionate ode to London and its multiculturalism, timed to coincide with the 2012 Olympics. Premiered on BBC2 ” - tim-764-291856
War Horse (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Young Albert enlists to serve in World War I after his beloved horse is sold to the cavalry. Albert's hopeful journey takes him out of England and to the front lines as the war rages on. (146 mins.)
“ Missed this at the cinema, bought the DVD, love Spielberg. Bit too Disneyfied, corny in parts but there's no denying the power, either of the story or of the director's unapologetic emotional manipulation. Either moan and avoid or enjoy it, as I did! ” - tim-764-291856
Anna and the King of Siam (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
In 1862, a young Englishwoman becomes royal tutor in Siam and befriends the King. (128 mins.)
Director: John Cromwell
“ Sumptuous black & white original of the evergreen but charmingly naive story. American Irene Dunne is spot-on as the English schoolmistress but Rex Harrison as the Siamese King is horribly miscast and just looks and sounds awful. Rarely shown on TV, though. ” - tim-764-291856
Honey (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
The quiet life of a boy and his family is endangered when his father does not return home from his work collecting honey in the forest. (103 mins.)
“ Simple & meditative story set in the current day mountains of Turkey, of a travelling honey-collector and his ten year old son. Incredible photography and heightened use of natural sounds make this rather different, crawling pace allows the viewer to almost become part of their organic way of life. ” - tim-764-291856
Critical Condition (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
Con man Kevin Lennihan framed in a jewel smuggling tries for an insanity plea and is sent to a hospital for review where he is confused for another doctor and takes over the hospital when a major storm hits. (100 mins.)
Director: Michael Apted
“ Richard Pryor is seldom funny in this - it's the dreadfully unfunny material that lets both him and us down. Even worse is where he tries to get sentimental AND romantic - I almost needed hospital treatment myself! ” - tim-764-291856
Sade (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A man prepares himself to be transferred to a detention center and rest home where he will relive one more time the highlights of his youth. (100 mins.)
Director: Benoît Jacquot
“ Subscribing to French movie channel Cinemoi means I want to get my money's worth and and watch everything. This rather dry and straightforward drama about the infamous lewd libertine starring the usually very good Daniel Auteille is worthy but dull - certainly compared to the much more entertaining Quills. ” - tim-764-291856
City Island (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
The Rizzos, a family who doesn't share their habits, aspirations, and careers with one another, find... (104 mins.)
“ Interesting and warm-hearted little indie movie, involving a family. Starring an unusually candid and vulnerable Andy Garcia, set in and around present-day The Bronx. Could almost be an adult version of the Simpsons, except he's a prison guard with a penchant for acting Marlon Brando, badly! ” - tim-764-291856
A Separation (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A married couple are faced with a difficult decision - to improve the life of their child by moving to another country or to stay in Iran and look after a deteriorating parent who has Alzheimer's disease. (123 mins.)
Director: Asghar Farhadi
“ I'd eagerly anticipated this Iranian Oscar winner for best world movie. Once into it, it becomes an ever increasingly gripping tale of everyday domesticity, except this is Tehran, there's an 80 year old Alzheimer's sufferer who's peed himself and needs changing and the female home help refuses to...sounds like a comedy, but this is definitely not. Tragic, intuitive and very believable and where religion and social circumstance turn this into almost a Shakespearian masterpiece. ” - tim-764-291856
Shattered (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A perfect family's dynamic is ruined by a kidnapper's brutally efficient plot. (95 mins.)
Director: Mike Barker
“ Starring Pierce Brosnan, this flashy ransom movie has him being rather surly and mean rather too much. It does sort itself out though, with an ending that is both unseen and believable - rare these days. ” - tim-764-291856
Too Many Crooks (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Accident-prone Fingers runs a pretty unsuccessful gang. They try and rob wealthy but tricky Billy Gordon... (87 mins.)
Director: Mario Zampi
“ Part of the Terry-Thomas dvd collection, this has a whole load of Brit actors who went on to star in those (mostly) awful Carry On's. This is both smarter and far less peurile! ” - tim-764-291856
Home (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Life for an isolated rural family is upended when a major highway next to their property, constructed 10 years before but apparently abandoned, is finally opened. (98 mins.)
Director: Ursula Meier
“ One of the best and most original movies I've ever seen.. Isabelle Huppard plays the mother of a happy but dysfunctional French family who live right bang on an unused autoroute. Then, one night, the road-rollers move in as it is resurfaced. Now open to heavy traffic and during a heatwave, the family (try to) carry on as before. Equally funny, tragic and environmentally very astute, this is an unusual, brave and superb movie. ” - tim-764-291856
The Art of War (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Shaw is an operative for the United Nations' covert dirty-tricks squad, using espionage and quasi-ethical tactics to secure peace and cooperation... (117 mins.)
“ Overly flashy and chaotically directed crime/mob thriller, involving Triads, apparently. With Wesley Snipes, who's actually good. Plot has more holes in it than an old string vest and one gets to just not caring for anybody, or anything, except perhaps a premature ending! ” - tim-764-291856
Silver Streak (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
On a long-distance train trip, a man finds romance but also finds himself in danger of being killed, or at least pushed off the train. (114 mins.)
Director: Arthur Hiller
“ The best and worse of '70s Hollywood, personified. About a big, very long train, it's a mixture of Bond, Hitchcock and pure American 'biggism' and Gene Wilder partnering a very funny Richard Pryor. ” - tim-764-291856
Way of the Morris (2011 Documentary)
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(64 mins.)
“ Documentary oddity that was on Sky Arts. Enlightening and surprisingly well-made little film about these most maligned traditional dancers and how they not only keep up tradition but help maintain the organic link between our pagan past with current village life. ” - tim-764-291856
Knife in the Water (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
On their way to a sailing trip, an aging husband and wife invite along an emphatic young hitchhiker out of sheer patronization. (94 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
“ Roman Polanski's striking debut, made in his native Poland. Imagine a claustrophobic, gritty black & white version of the much later Hollywood Dead Calm, add some jazz and a running theme about a flick-knife. ” - tim-764-291856
Beauty and the Beast (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A beautiful young woman takes her father's place as the prisoner of a mysterious beast, who wishes to marry her. (96 mins.)
Director: Jean Cocteau
“ One of the most beautiful and quite scary of all fairytales, this sounds so much better with its native title - Belle et La Bete. Jean Cocteau's exquisitely imaginative sets and poetic light touch make this 1946 French version an equal to, if radically different alternative to Disney's animated Classic. ” - tim-764-291856
Hue and Cry (1947)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A gang of street boys foil a master crook who sends commands for robberies by cunningly altering a comic strip's wording each week... (82 mins.)
“ Apparently, Ealing's first comedy, the stars of which are mostly a gaggle of young kids who play around and in London's bombed-out just post-war East-end. A tall-tale about their favourite comic missing a page and so a race against time - and crooks! - to fill in the missing story. Highlights are Alistair Sim, as the reclusive creator of the comic and the often evocative on-location filming. ” - tim-764-291856
La Grande Illusion (1937)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
During the first World War, two French soldiers are captured and imprisoned in a German P.O.W. camp. Several escape attempts follow until they are sent to a seemingly impenetrable fortress which seems impossible to escape from. (114 mins.)
Director: Jean Renoir
“ This classic anti-war French film from Jean Renoir is still seen as pertinent and influential. Not my favourite movie but it is often funny and is rather like Colditz crossed with Carry On, but all the WW1 guards are nice... ” - tim-764-291856
Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A French actress filming an anti-war film in Hiroshima has an affair with a married Japanese architect as they share their differing perspectives on war. (90 mins.)
Director: Alain Resnais
“ Alain Resnais' directorial debut is a graphically intense but ultimately beautiful and sensual contrast between horrific aftermath with architectural new beginnings and an impassioned love affair. Literally blew me away when I first saw it; still grips. ” - tim-764-291856
The Wedding Banquet (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
To satisfy his nagging parents, a gay landlord and a female tenant agree to a marriage of convenience, but his parents arrive to visit and things get out of hand. (106 mins.)
Director: Ang Lee
“ Taiwanese maestro director Ang Lee with his first feature made in the U.S is a clever, witty and poignant observation of cross culture and sexuality. A gay Taiwanese man living with his partner New York gets a visit from his old-fashioned parents, for, yes, his straight wedding! ” - tim-764-291856
Boccaccio '70 (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Four directors tell tales of Eros fit for a 1970s Decameron. Working-class lovers, Renzo and Luciana... (205 mins.)
“ Portmanteau of four films that typify love and lust at a certain time in Italy, according to the big directors of the day. Bit hit and miss, with Fellini's the most entertaining. ” - tim-764-291856
Get Carter (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  
Years ago, Jack Carter left his Seattle home to become a Las Vegas mob casino financial enforcer. He... (102 mins.)
Director: Stephen Kay
“ The original remains one of Britain's best crime thrillers, so a remake with Stallone must be worth seeing? No, is the short answer! ” - tim-764-291856
Lust, Caution (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
During World War II era, a young woman, Wang Jiazhi, gets swept up in a dangerous game of emotional intrigue with a powerful political figure, Mr. Yee. (157 mins.)
Director: Ang Lee
“ Ang Lee's follow up to Brokeback Mountain - an erotically charged and intense drama set in wartime Shanghai. Probably one of my least favourite of Lee film's, it has a sour tone, but is, as you'd expect, is beautifully put together. ” - tim-764-291856
The Boys & Girl from County Clare (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
In 1965, Jimmy McMahon and his group of Liverpudlians plot to win the annual céilí music competition in Ireland. (90 mins.)
Director: John Irvin
“ Nostalgic 1960's set Irish ceilidh music drama, where two brothers re-unite after 20 years at a Festival in rural Ireland. Andrea Corr is dreadful but as the two brothers, Colm Meaney and Bernard Hill are great, as is the music. ” - tim-764-291856
An Inspector Calls (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
When a young girl is found dead an inspector is sent to investigate a prosperous Yorkshire household. It emerges that each member of the family has a guilty secret - each one is partly responsible for her death. (80 mins.)
Director: Guy Hamilton
“ Alistair Sim is supremely masterful in this definitive version of the famous play by J B Priestley set in 1912. This BFI restoration is crisp and clean, too! ” - tim-764-291856
London River (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Two strangers come to discover the fate of their respective children in the 2005 terrorist attacks on London. (84 mins.)
Mahler (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Composer Gustav Mahler's life, told in a series of flashbacks as he and his wife discuss their failing marriage during a train journey. (115 mins.)
Director: Ken Russell
“ Ken Russell's more subtle examination, compared to many of his films, of the Austrian composer, suitably played by a scholarly and sensitive Robert Powell. ” - tim-764-291856
Hell's Angels (1930)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Brothers Monte and Ray leave Oxford to join the Royal Flying Corps. Ray loves Helen; Helen enjoys an affair with Monte; before they leave on their mission over Germany they find her in still another man's arms. (127 mins.)
Director: Howard Hughes
“ Howard Hughes' bankrupting personal mission that culminates in the biggest peace-time private fighter-plane airforce in the world and some of the most breathtaking dog-fight scenes ever committed to film. A must see, even just for its historical value. ” - tim-764-291856
The Last Flight (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
World War 1 veterans roam Paris drinking and admiring a woman they recently met. (76 mins.)
Irina Palm (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Maggie, a 50-year-old widow, desperately needs some money to pay for a medical treatment for her ill grandson... (103 mins.)
Director: Sam Garbarski
“ Marianne Faithful is the grandmother who, naively gets to work in a Soho sex joint, when she desperately needs quick cash to pay for her grandson's life-saving operation in Australia. At times embarrassing and awkward and not always entirely plausible, this odd scenario ultimately works surprisingly well, just about keeping its credibility, as does its lead. ” - tim-764-291856
Madhumati (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
While driving his car on a rainy night, Anand's car breaks down, and he goes to seek shelter in a nearby house... (110 mins.)
Director: Bimal Roy
“ Brooding and heated Indian melodrama, the epitome of early Bollywood. It's one that is very accessible to western audiences, with the sort of cinematic urgency and melodrama of say, Hitchcock's Rebecca. A surprise delight. ” - tim-764-291856
Rosetta (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Young and impulsive Rosetta lives with her alcoholic mother and, moved by despair, she will do anything to maintain a job. (95 mins.)
“ A young Belgian woman, who has to look after her chronically sick alcoholic mother, tries in desperation to keep a job - any job. Emille Dequine puts heart and soul into her very physical performance - the camera sometimes finds it hard to keep up with her, not the usual other way around. Bittersweet, at times uncomfortable and ultimately rather unsatisfying social drama. ” - tim-764-291856
Last Exit to Brooklyn (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Set in Brooklyn during the 1950s against a backdrop of union corruption and violence. A prostitute falls in love with one of her customers... (102 mins.)
Director: Uli Edel
“ A very hard-hitting novel gets a whack round the head, as we do. Sort of heated Tennessee Williams pot-boiler feel to it, turned up to a hardcore white- heat level. Interesting and entertaining but often difficult to watch but ultimately, rewarding. ” - tim-764-291856
Devdas (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Childhood sweethearts, Devdas and Paro grow up in a small village with a love-hate relationship which changes to love when they mature. Devdas' dad does not approve of his marriage or even any friendship with Paro, and sends him away to Calcutta where he is introduced to a dancer, Chandramukhi, who adores him and falls hopelessly in love with him. Devdas in not aware of Chandramukhi's affection and love for him, as most of his time is spent in a alcoholic stupor, and lust for Paro. (159 mins.)
Director: Bimal Roy
Le Samouraï (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
After Professional hitman Jef Costello is seen by witnesses his efforts to provide himself an alibi drive him further in a corner. (105 mins.)
“ A supremely accomplished 'modern' film-noir, stylishly shot in cool blues and greys. Alain Delon is the ultimate in supercool assassin; chiselled good looks that put Paul Newman down a peg or two and a detailed, completely engrossing story make this one of the French greats. ” - tim-764-291856
200 M.P.H. (2011 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.1/10 X  
An amateur racer gets involved in illegal street racing after the death of his brother. (92 mins.)
Director: Cole McKay
“ Incredibly inept factually, this low budget straight to DVD petrolhead movie has pointless and boring story and frankly stupid characters. The odd street race are the only redeeming features, though there's no way any of these cars could even hope of ever getting 170, let alone 200mph! ” - tim-764-291856
Wichita (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
In 1874, after noticing the total lawlessness in Wichita, Wyatt Earp reluctantly accepts the Marshal's job and runs into the worst local troublemakers. (81 mins.)
Happy-Go-Lucky (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A look at a few chapters in the life of Poppy, a cheery, colorful, North London schoolteacher whose optimism tends to exasperate those around her. (118 mins.)
Director: Mike Leigh
“ Mike Leigh's tale of the irritatingly always happy Poppy, played by Sally Hawkins is counterbalanced by Eddie Marsden, her driving instructor, who finds her even more irksome than we do. Sounds like a comedy, which it definitely isn't, especially when he blows his top and endangers them both, when she, again, wears unsuitable footwear. A lesser Leigh, one that can be ignored, frankly - it lacks his wry insight and just two or three characters in one his scripts just aren't enough to give satisfactory balance. ” - tim-764-291856
The Ladykillers (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
An eccentric, if not charming Southern professor and his crew pose as a classical ensemble in order to rob a casino, all under the nose of his unsuspecting but sharp old landlady. (104 mins.)
“ Look at this Coen bros as being a different film to the classic Ealing and don't compare and it then stands up much better. Deep southern humour is very different to that of the East End and at least the brothers know this. Tom Hanks though, doesn't quite have the authority of character to indelibly stamp his mark on it. Wrongly cast, maybe? But the movie is better than you may be lead to believe. ” - tim-764-291856
Day for Night (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A committed film director struggles to complete his movie while coping with a myriad of crises, personal and professional, among the cast and crew. (115 mins.)
“ Described by some as the French equivalent to Fellini's 8 and a half. It cleverly combines the sort of making a drama about shooting an actual film that the industry so loves, as 'they' are so in love with their craft. Francois Truffaut includes moody actresses, production difficulties and kittens that won't drink milk on cue. Subtle, knowing humour, but overall doesn't live up to its reputation, being rather underwhelming as a whole. ” - tim-764-291856
O Lucky Man! (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
This sprawling, surrealist musical serves as an allegory for the pitfalls of capitalism, as it follows the adventures of a young coffee salesman in Europe. Many actors play multiple roles, giving the film a stagy tone. (178 mins.)
“ One of my all-time favourites, that I can watch at any time, despite its near 3 hour length. Odd sketch-like strands of story somehow merge into a baffling and brilliant stand against capitalism and everything nasty and modern. Malcolm McDowell is brilliant throughout, plus a whole cast of Brit who's who doing what you wouldn't expect them to. Particularly memorable for Alan Price's music and a sultry early performance by the groupie cum daughter of a millionaire tycoon, Helen Mirren. A treat. ” - tim-764-291856
The Invisible Man (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A scientist finds a way of becoming invisible, but in doing so, he becomes murderously insane. (71 mins.)
Director: James Whale
“ For a film so old, this has special effects that are both clever and convincing. We never see the bandaged Claude Raines speak, only his voice or his invisibility remain with us. It's a fine, lesser known story from the genius of H G Wells. The original and best. ” - tim-764-291856
Johnny Mad Dog (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A cast of unknown performers are used in this drama about child soldiers fighting a war in an African country. (98 mins.)
“ Unfortunately, I just couldn't watch this world cinema film that centres around boys who are guerilla gun-toting killers. However worthy the film might be or what messages it contains, some things are beyond and I have my right to switch off, so I did. ” - tim-764-291856
The Cat o' Nine Tails (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A newspaper reporter and a retired, blind journalist try to solve a series of killings connected to a pharmaceutical company's experimental, top-secret research projects and in so doing, both become targets of the killer. (115 mins.)
Director: Dario Argento
War and Peace (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Napoleon's tumultuous relations with Russia including his disastrous 1812 invasion serve as the backdrop for the tangled personal lives of two aristocratic families. (208 mins.)
Director: King Vidor
“ Hollywood's take on Tolstoy's classic epic. In a lesser film, the mix of Henry Fonda, Audrey Hepburn and the superb cinematography of Jack Cardiff would be enough. Somehow it fails to match the peerless material and ultimately lacks something. ” - tim-764-291856
In the Electric Mist (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A detective in post-Katrina New Orleans has a series of surreal encounters with a troop of friendly Confederate soldiers while investigating serial killings of local prostitutes, a 1965 lynching, and corrupt local businessmen. (117 mins.)
American Buffalo (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Long-repressed feelings of bitterness and betrayal explode when three inner-city losers plot the robbery of a valuable coin in a seedy second-hand junk shop. (88 mins.)
“ David Mamet's play is adapted by him into this three character exchange set in a run-down, dusty New York junk shop. Locationally quite static, Dustin Hoffman, Dennis Franz and Sean Nelson are the very different guys who slowly fall-out over the coin in the title. Talky and intense, though not for everyone. ” - tim-764-291856
Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A Jewish prince seeks to find his family and revenge himself upon his childhood friend who had him wrongly imprisoned. (143 mins.)
Director: Fred Niblo
“ The impressive, equally ambitious (for its day) original 'Tale of the Christ'. Now beautifully tinted along with its extra 'colour sequence' this Silent now has a new stereo Carl Davis score. The chariot race is also impressive but we don't get Charlton Heston. Definitely worth checking out, especially if you're getting too familiar with the usual version. ” - tim-764-291856
Damnation (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A lonely barfly falls in love with a married bar singer. (120 mins.)
Director: Béla Tarr
“ Bela Tarr's monochrome apocalytpic film-noir is visual misery, but incredibly poetic, with nods to Tarkovksy. ” - tim-764-291856
Formosa Betrayed (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
An FBI agent while unveiling a series of international conspiracy is embroiled in a set of political intrigue. (103 mins.)
Director: Adam Kane
“ Disappointing conspiracy thriller, supposedly based on actual events. Routine treatment amount to no more than elongated TV episode with bland actors. ” - tim-764-291856
Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
After being mistaken for terrorists and thrown into Guantánamo Bay, stoners Harold and Kumar escape and return to the U.S., where they proceed to flee across the country with federal agents in hot pursuit. (104 mins.)
“ Funnier than it should be, as it's crude, un-PC and often immoral, with toilet humour, lots of nudity and the last American President....A guilty pleasure. ” - tim-764-291856
“ The last performance by anyone at this iconic Long Island stadium. Paul McCartney flew in specially. Programme had lots of info about Joel, Long Island and baseball. Shown on Sky Arts. ” - tim-764-291856
The Illusionist (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A French illusionist finds himself out of work and travels to Scotland, where he meets a young woman. Their ensuing adventure changes both their lives forever. (80 mins.)
Director: Sylvain Chomet
“ The late, great Jacques Tahti himself wrote this charmingly animated fable and the creator of Belleville Rendez-vous has relocated it to vaudeville London and then to a rose-tinted Edinburgh. The stage musician in question is an obvious, affectionate parody of Tahti. A lot quieter and less quirky than Belleville it does have some eccentric flourishes and characters, though unfortunately these alone cannot raise the whole to the greatness its credentials have set. ” - tim-764-291856
I Live in Fear (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
An aging, industrialist Japanese man becomes so fearful of nuclear war that it begins to take a toll on his life and family. (103 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
“ Part of the BFI Kurosawa Classic Collection, this has ageing Toshiro Mifune, who's taken to court by his family, to rule him mentally unfit, as his constant, profound fear of nuclear annihilation has lead him to attempt to sell the foundry they all rely on and relocate them all to a farm in Brazil. Kurosawa masterfully blends topical cold-war paranoia into a touching, interesting drama, that has touches of director Ozu to it. ” - tim-764-291856
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923)
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In fifteenth century Paris, the brother of the archdeacon plots with the gypsy king to foment a peasant revolt. Meanwhile, a freakish hunchback falls in love with the gypsy queen. (133 mins.)
Director: Wallace Worsley
“ Creaky old Silent of the familiar story has a memorable and spirited performance from Lon Chaney as Quasimodo and Patsy Ruth Miller is suitably beguiling and lovely as his Esmeralda. I still prefer the quintessential 1939 Charles Laughton movie - on every level, but this still watchable. ” - tim-764-291856
School for Scoundrels (1960)
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Based on the Stephen Potter "One Upmanship" and "Lifemanship" books, Henry Palfrey tries hard to impress but always loses out to the rotter Delauney... (94 mins.)
Director: Robert Hamer
“ One of the best Brit comedies of the '60s, made by the central casting of dastardly rogues Terry-Thomas & Ian Carmichael. Throw in the equally scurrilous Alistair Sim as the mastermind beyond the whole scam and you get a delicious, heady mix. ” - tim-764-291856
Passchendaele (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
The lives of a troubled veteran, his nurse girlfriend and a naive boy intersect first in Alberta and then in Belgium during the bloody World War I battle of Passchendaele. (114 mins.)
Director: Paul Gross
“ Disappointing WW1 drama that amateurishly mixes cloying romance with characters we can't root for and ends up as a dog's dinner that is ultimately more of an insult to all who fell there rather than the memorial we know it should be. ” - tim-764-291856
Adventures of Captain Fabian (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
A sea captain becomes involved with a servant girl in early New Orleans. She sees him as a way to gain access into wealthy households. (100 mins.)
“ Hoary old nonsense starring a young Vincent Price and an old Errol Flynn. Their age difference is marked, specially as they're supposed to be love rivals! Story something about something naval set in the early 19th century. Very forgettable - and not very good. ” - tim-764-291856
Sorry, Wrong Number (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
While on the telephone, an invalid woman overhears what she thinks is a murder plot and attempts to prevent it. (89 mins.)
Director: Anatole Litvak
“ Barbara Stanwyck is the invalid, stuck in bed, her husband on a date with a younger woman, her nurse given the night off, when she gets a crossed line on the phone. A murder is planned by the voices on the other end. Whose? Not hers, surely? Still effective film-noir thriller, nicely retro now that we're in the digital/satellite age, not crossed lines and telephone exchanges. ” - tim-764-291856
A Screaming Man (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Present-day Chad. Adam, fifty-five, a former swimming champion, is pool attendant at a smart N'Djamena hotel... (92 mins.)
Mad Dog Morgan (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
The true story of Irish outlaw Daniel Morgan, who is wanted, dead or alive, in Australia during the 1850s. (102 mins.)
Director: Philippe Mora
10 Rillington Place (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Based on the real-life case of the British serial killer John Christie, and what happened to his neighbours Tim and Beryl Evans. (111 mins.)
“ Before the infamous Fred & Rose West, 10 Rillington Place was the home and final resting place for those unfortunate enough to cross paths with its landlord. Richard Attenborough has probably never been better as the complex and evil bitter man who entraps his victims through his disguise as a medically discharged doctor. John Hurt is quite superb too, as the illiterate Welsh lodger, who moves in with his wife. ” - tim-764-291856
The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
The lives of two struggling musicians, who happen to be brothers, inevitably change when they team up with a beautiful, up-and-coming singer. (114 mins.)
Director: Steve Kloves
“ Perfectly schmaltzy, yet classy. What better sight is there than Michelle Pfeiffer, skin-tight clad in a red dress, draped over a gleaming grand piano, singing sultry jazz? It's an adult story that has no final easy answers but is accessible and enjoyable throughout, with real-life brothers Jeff and Beau Bridges. A smattering of humour, lack of crude gags and finally, Dave Grusin's Oscar-nominated jazz score all raise it to a minor, modern classic. ” - tim-764-291856
Darling (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A beautiful but amoral model sleeps her way to the top of the London fashion scene at the height of the Swinging Sixties. (128 mins.)
The Score (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
An aging thief hopes to retire and live off his ill-gotten wealth when a young kid convinces him into doing one last heist. (124 mins.)
Director: Frank Oz
At the Max (1991 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A filming of the 1990 Rolling Stones "Steel Wheels" concert that traveled Europe. This was filmed in the IMAX process, which allows the film to be projected in a size ten times the size of a regular 35mm projected image. (89 mins.)
Another Year (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A look at four seasons in the lives of a happily married couple and their relationships with their family and friends. (129 mins.)
Director: Mike Leigh
Wayne's World (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Two slacker friends try to promote their public-access cable show. (94 mins.)
The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
In Argentina, the family man Julio Madariaga is the patriarch of his family and considers his farm the paradise on Earth... (153 mins.)
Port of Shadows (1938)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A military deserter finds love and trouble (and a small dog) in a smoky French port city. (91 mins.)
Director: Marcel Carné
The Quiet American (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
An older British reporter vies with a young U.S. doctor for the affections of a beautiful Vietnamese woman. (101 mins.)
Director: Phillip Noyce
Fellini's Casanova (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Casanova is a libertine, collecting seductions and sexual feats. But he is really interested in someone... (155 mins.)
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
Ryan's Daughter (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Set in the wake of the 1916 Easter Rising, a married woman in a small Irish village has an affair with a troubled British officer. (206 mins.)
Director: David Lean
Hobson's Choice (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Henry Hobson is a successful bootmaker and tyrannical widower of three daughters. The girls each want to leave their father by getting married, but Henry refuses as marriage traditions require him to pay out settlements. (107 mins.)
Director: David Lean
The F.J. Holden (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Bankstown, NSW, Australia, 1970s. Kevin and his mate Bob spend their time drinking and cruising around... (101 mins.)
Nashville (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Over the course of a few hectic days, numerous interrelated people prepare for a political convention as secrets and lies are surfaced and revealed. (159 mins.)
Director: Robert Altman
The Front Line (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
An African immigrant bank security guard turns the tables on Dublin's nastiest criminals when they force him to be the "inside man" on a bank robbery (93 mins.)
Director: David Gleeson
Hansel and Gretel (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
After meeting an mysterious girl on an dark stretch of road, a young salesman is invited to a beautiful house with bizarre secrets and no way to escape. (117 mins.)
Director: Pil-Sung Yim
“ Creepy Korean slant on classic Fairy Story that's not for kids. Premiered on Film4 ” - tim-764-291856
Mail Order Bride (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Elderly Will Lane arranges marriage of wild son of dead friend to tame him. (83 mins.)
Director: Burt Kennedy
“ Rumbustious B western, with unknown cast but is spirited and quite likeable. ” - tim-764-291856
Norwegian Wood (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Toru recalls his life in the 1960s, when his friend Kizuki killed himself and he grew close to Naoko, Kizuki's girlfriend, and another woman, the outgoing, lively Midori. (133 mins.)
Director: Tran Anh Hung
“ Slow, often poignant and beautiful movie that maybe has lost something in translation from book to screen. I enjoyed it, though. ” - tim-764-291856
13 Assassins (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A group of assassins come together for a suicide mission to kill an evil lord. (141 mins.)
Director: Takashi Miike
“ Apparently, a better remake of a 1960's film that follows the familiar theme of Seven Samurai, collaborating in feudal Japan to overthrow an evil and tyrannical warlord. Gripping, gritty and well-made. ” - tim-764-291856
Lights in the Dusk (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
In Helsinki, a lonely night watchman is caught up in a series of misadventures with a femme fatale and a crooked businessman. (78 mins.)
Director: Aki Kaurismäki
“ Nicely odd Finnish film-noir, set in Helsinki. OK, night security guard Janne Hyytianen isn't quite a contemporary Bogart, nor does his name slip off the tongue so readily, but this is, cool, languid and strangely enticing. ” - tim-764-291856
The Adjustment Bureau (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
The affair between a politician and a contemporary dancer is affected by mysterious forces keeping the lovers apart. (106 mins.)
Director: George Nolfi
“ The natural chemistry between Matt Damon and Emily Blunt is sweet and believable and raise this one above other time warped 'fate' movies, as do the New York settings. ” - tim-764-291856
The Portrait of a Lady (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
An American girl inherits a fortune and falls into a misguided relationship with a gentleman confidence artist whose true nature, including a barbed and covetous disposition, turns her life into a nightmare. (144 mins.)
Director: Jane Campion
“ Jane Campion's rather dull and plodding 2.5 hours of Henry James' novel. Nicole Kidman, John Malkovich, Barbara Hershey and Richard E Grant all are very convincing and authentic and the story is interesting enough, but one definitely more for ardent period buffs than your average modern CGI enthusiast. I'm somewhere in the middle! ” - tim-764-291856
The Candidate (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Bill McKay is a candidate for the U.S. Senate from California. He has no hope of winning, so he is willing to tweak the establishment. (110 mins.)
Director: Michael Ritchie
“ Perfect casting for Robert Redford, as the blue-eyed congressman, on his long, uphill journey in US politics. Looks dated now but still interesting; certainly well written and directed. Solid, sensible entertainment. ” - tim-764-291856
U Turn (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A man heading to Vegas to pay off his gambling debt before the Russian mafia kills him, is forced to stop in an Arizona town where everything that can go wrong, does go wrong. (125 mins.)
Director: Oliver Stone
“ Oliver Stone's hallucinogenic Texas-set crime thriller, with Jennifer Lopez and Sean Penn. Sort of desert road movie, but cranked up set of scenarios and characters make an interesting film from a fairly cliched plot. Ultimately too long and wearing; not Stone's best but certainly with his distinctive style, before he sold out to 'banal normality'. ” - tim-764-291856
Ordinary People (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The accidental death of the older son of an affluent family deeply strains the relationships among the bitter mother, the good-natured father, and the guilt-ridden younger son. (124 mins.)
Director: Robert Redford
“ Rather sombre but extremely well written and acted family drama, that starts dutifully on a subject that most of us wouldn't want to watch. Somehow, it draws us in and keeps us there, even if it looks dated now. Deals with personal loss, mental health and social stigma amongst middle-class America like no other film I know. Not a difficult to watch film either, being non-confrontational, nor sentimental, but a good balance all-round. ” - tim-764-291856
Glorious 39 (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
The adopted daughter of a privileged British politician uncovers a family secret in the weeks leading up to World War II. (129 mins.)
“ A decent BBC film that made it into the cinema, from renowned TV dramatist Stephen Poliakoff. Named after the summer that preceded the outbreak of WWII and charts a titled family's journey from rustic idyll to the devious depravities of a country ill-prepared for another war with Germany, so soon after the 'war to end all wars'. A stellar cast of familiar Brits a bonus. ” - tim-764-291856
Unbreakable (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A man learns something extraordinary about himself after a devastating accident. (106 mins.)
“ M Night Shamalyan before he got all spooky and obtuse - and when he still had original ideas. Bruce Willis is his true self - that's a given but it's an unfamiliar Samuel L Jackson as a wheelchair bound collector of comics that's the interesting part. The story is familiar sort of supernatural that is Shamalyan's trademark, that's convincing enough, but this one has it via its interesting characters. ” - tim-764-291856
The Tourist (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Revolves around Frank, an American tourist visiting Italy to mend a broken heart. Elise is an extraordinary woman who deliberately crosses his path. (103 mins.)
“ I gave this 2/10 first time round, now it's 4. There won't be a third time, but for most this shouldn't even ever be a second. Or a first... ” - tim-764-291856
Puss in Boots (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
An outlaw cat, his childhood egg-friend and a seductive thief kitty set out in search for the eggs of the fabled Golden Goose to clear his name, restore his lost honor and regain the trust of his mother and town. (90 mins.)
Director: Chris Miller
“ I actually loved most of this - a natural expansion for Antonio Banderas' voiced Cat in the Shrek movies. Title is misleading; this is no animated Pantomine, but has a clever script, inc a brilliant link to Fight Club which helps adults. Salma Hayek is perfect (no feline orientated play on words there) as his love interest. Great action scenes, decent enough animation plus knowing mockery of Mexican films and Spanish culture bring this up to something well worth watching. Not quite up there with the best but a light, pleasant surprise. ” - tim-764-291856
Tootsie (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Michael Dorsey, an unsuccessful actor, disguises himself as a woman in order to get a role on a trashy hospital soap. (116 mins.)
Director: Sydney Pollack
“ Feels dated today, in both concept and on-screen. Undoubtedly said a lot at the time, exactly (and only) twenty years ago - probably one of the most significant films of the early 80's. Remains a fine acting vehicle for Dustin Hoffman, too and well worth watching for this alone. ” - tim-764-291856
Wilde (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The story of Oscar Wilde, genius, poet, playwright and the First Modern Man. The self-realization of... (118 mins.)
Director: Brian Gilbert
“ Though you could quibble that Stephen Fry isn't Irish and perhaps not considered a leading actor, he is perfect here. As are his fellow leads; Jude Law the epitome of the young, smug and spoilt lover of Wilde's and a superb early performance by the then unknown Michael Sheen. I, for one, can't see how this film could be bettered. ” - tim-764-291856
Machan (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The real story of the not-so real Sri Lanka National Handball Team. (109 mins.)
Director: Uberto Pasolini
“ This 'Cool Runnings' for the Sri Lankan handball team was disappointing. Poorly made, esp for a modern Germanic funded film, but it still had its humour and quirks. It is subtitled and may suit those in a more receptive mood for comedy than I was in. ” - tim-764-291856
Stiff Upper Lips (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Aunt Agnes vainly tries to force Emily to marry boring Cedric by taking them to Italy and India hoping that Emily will forget about the handsome George. (94 mins.)
Director: Gary Sinyor
“ One of the very few films mocking the period drama genre - and does it superbly and often, hilariously. Suitably OTT acting mocks even more, either in gesticulated gesture or stony-faced deadpan in the face of ironic adversity. Good Brit cast. Loved it. ” - tim-764-291856
Billy Two Hats (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
When someone gets killed during a bank robbery by Deans, half-breed Billy Two Hats and their partner... (99 mins.)
Director: Ted Kotcheff
“ Interestingly titled, Sam Peckinpah type of gritty western that has an ageing Gregory Peck as a thick-accented and bearded Scot. Billy 'Two Hats' is a young half Indian and the two become fugitives and unlikely friends after a bungled bank robbery. The usually kindly Jack Warden is a violent and racist sheriff who relentlessly tracks them down. Unusual in its casting but generally good and watchable. Filmed in Israel. ” - tim-764-291856