What I Think Are Overrated Movies

Please, someone, explain to me why any of these are considered 'great', as I have never understood their hype.
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Chariots of Fire (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Two British track athletes, one a determined Jew and the other a devout Christian, compete in the 1924 Olympics. (125 mins.)
Director: Hugh Hudson
“ The most excruciating movie ever made, in my opinion. Aside from Vangelis' wondrous and empowering theme, there really isn't much to stand up against. Dull and best off avoided. Just trust me on that. Unless, of course, you attend a public school - in which case you'll probably "get it" a lot more than I did. ” - lee_mark_baker_1989
Blade Runner (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A blade runner must pursue and try to terminate four replicants who stole a ship in space and have returned to Earth to find their creator. (117 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ Too dark, bland and rainy. Also, Philip K. Dick was - in my opinion, of course - a terribly convoluted writer. Give me Arthur C. Clarke, Isaac Asimov or Douglas Adams anyday over Dick's pretentious guff. ” - lee_mark_baker_1989
Gosford Park (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The lives of upstairs guests and downstairs servants at a party in 1932 in a country house in England as they investigate a murder involving one of them. (131 mins.)
Director: Robert Altman
“ Now, I'm not into all this fancy 'Upstairs/Downstairs' guff about priveleged socialites while they discuss fox hunting, the Chancellor's Budget and scoffing at the economic reform. Conservative Julian Fellowes here wrote a self-important Agatha Christie rip-off intended for the wealthy. I'm aware that Robert Altman was a very important and capable filmmaker (I love 'M*A*S*H', 'Nashville' and 'The Player'), but this is dry, time-consuming and eventually unenjoyable. Take my advice: stick to an actual Christie adaptation, preferably ' ...And Then There Were None' ('Ten Little Indians' in some countries) and see how these sorts of muder-mysteries should be done. Avoid this garbage at all costs - unless you are a UK life peer or Baron, you may enjoy it then. ” - lee_mark_baker_1989
The Sixth Sense (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A boy who communicates with spirits that don't know they're dead seeks the help of a disheartened child psychologist. (107 mins.)
“ By the time you get to the end of this pointless film (if you're still awake, that is) you don't really care if Bruce Willis is alive or dead. ” - lee_mark_baker_1989
Donnie Darko (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a man in a large rabbit suit who manipulates him to commit a series of crimes, after he narrowly escapes a bizarre accident. (113 mins.)
Director: Richard Kelly
“ Tosh. Bin it. ” - lee_mark_baker_1989
Minority Report (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
In a future where a special police unit is able to arrest murderers before they commit their crimes, an officer from that unit is himself accused of a future murder. (145 mins.)
“ Again, Philip K. Dick and his awful, niche writing. ” - lee_mark_baker_1989
Man with a Movie Camera (1929 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A man travels around a city with a camera slung over his shoulder, documenting urban life with dazzling invention. (68 mins.)
Director: Dziga Vertov
“ Impossible to understand "documentary" chronicling a typical day in the Soviet Union. There is an insteresting sequence, however, which showcases a very early form of stop-motion animation. This scene is fascinating and well put-together; the rest is bloated and rather pointless. ” - lee_mark_baker_1989
Spirited Away (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
During her family's move to the suburbs, a sullen 10-year-old girl wanders into a world ruled by gods, witches, and spirits, and where humans are changed into beasts. (125 mins.)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
“ How does Studio Ghibli's stuff compare to Disney/Pixar? How? ” - lee_mark_baker_1989
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
When their relationship turns sour, a couple undergoes a procedure to have each other erased from their memories. But it is only through the process of loss that they discover what they had to begin with. (108 mins.)
Director: Michel Gondry
“ Good cast/director/writer. There's a lot of love for this movie out there. I painfully sat through it twice for Media Studies in college and disliked it. Immensely. ” - lee_mark_baker_1989
Inception (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
A thief, who steals corporate secrets through use of dream-sharing technology, is given the inverse task of planting an idea into the mind of a CEO. (148 mins.)
“ I enjoyed it to a point, but the headline-making ending didn't really grab me. I was like, "so what?" as I exited the theatre. A disappointment, because I really liked the cast and I like Nolan's work. ” - lee_mark_baker_1989
The Sting (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
In Chicago in September 1936, a young con man seeking revenge for his murdered partner teams up with a master of the big con to win a fortune from a criminal banker. (129 mins.)
Director: George Roy Hill
“ Too long. I loved 'Butch Cassidy... ' and I was after more of the same. Robert Shaw is outstanding, but it just didn't push the right buttons for me. ” - lee_mark_baker_1989
The Great Escape (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Allied prisoners of war plan for several hundred of their number to escape from a German camp during World War II. (172 mins.)
Director: John Sturges
“ Sure, it's a good movie and the 'very English' parts are endearing; but take out McQueen and his motorcycle and all you've got is an over-long postcard from the POW camps. ” - lee_mark_baker_1989
Scarface (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
In Miami in 1980, a determined Cuban immigrant takes over a drug cartel and succumbs to greed. (170 mins.)
Director: Brian De Palma
“ Ahhh, a favourite of all proud men walking the Earth. Not bad stuff, here. Just not as good as that rating will tell you. Honestly, were it not for the macho bravado, this film would be rated around a 6/10. ” - lee_mark_baker_1989
Shrek the Third (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
When his new father-in-law, King Harold falls ill, Shrek is looked at as the heir to the land of Far, Far Away. Not one to give up his beloved swamp, Shrek recruits his friends Donkey and Puss in Boots to install the rebellious Artie as the new king. Princess Fiona, however, rallies a band of royal girlfriends to fend off a coup d'etat by the jilted Prince Charming. (93 mins.)
“ Big fan of the first two films; I thought they were inspired and very, very funny. This one, however, is tired, dull, bland and immediately jokeless. Why Hollywood have to spin everything out that makes money is beyond me (FYI: that was obviously sarcasm) ” - lee_mark_baker_1989
The Raid: Redemption (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A S.W.A.T. team becomes trapped in a tenement run by a ruthless mobster and his army of killers and thugs. (101 mins.)
“ Over-hyped movie with non-stop fighting (that gets boring after a while) that will appeal to men on the hunt for adrenaline... and nobody else. There is a story of sorts hidden in here somewhere, but I have this ill feeling that that's not why it is so revered. There have been plenty of martial arts movies of varying quality in the past and, I'll admit, the action is impressive in this one. The main problem streaking its way through 'The Raid' is that - action aside - it remains to be very little else and, ultimately, very forgettable. All style and zero substance. ” - lee_mark_baker_1989
The Leopard (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
The Prince of Salina, a noble aristocrat of impeccable integrity, tries to preserve his family and class amid the tumultuous social upheavals of 1860's Sicily. (186 mins.)
“ Too long and boring. I've never been a fan of Visconti's work. 'Death in Venice' was about as close as he came to making a great movie. This film is, yet again, another with a lot of respect thrust in it's direction; I just don't feel it's earned it. There are far better movies that have come from Italy, such as: 'La Vita é Bella' ('Life is Beautiful'), 'L'Avventura', 'La Dolce Vita', 'La Strada', 'Cinema Paradiso', 'Nights of Cabiria' and '8 1/2'. And of course the Spaghetti Westerns - let's not forget those. ” - lee_mark_baker_1989
The Bourne Identity (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A man is picked up by a fishing boat, bullet-riddled and suffering from amnesia, before racing to elude assassins and regain his memory. (119 mins.)
Director: Doug Liman
“ Matt Damon is not a great action hero. He does the job amicably here but he possesses nothing special in order to rank these movies with as high a merit as the trilogy carries. Sometimes shaky camerawork is a plus; however, in the 'Bourne' series (particularly the 'Ultimatum' effort) it is distracting and the story is nothing that wowed me. Not bad for passing a couple of extra hours, but that is it. ” - lee_mark_baker_1989
A Serious Man (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Larry Gopnik, a Midwestern physics teacher, watches his life unravel over multiple sudden incidents. Though seeking meaning and answers amidst his turmoils, he seems to keep sinking. (106 mins.)
“ Dear Coen Brothers,

Seriously? I mean, I'm a big fan of yours and have loved many of your movies and ranked them alongside my personal favourites, but this? Oh, man; I struggled to sit through it. I thought it was an absolute disaster. Sorry, but, ya know... ” - lee_mark_baker_1989
The Simpsons Movie (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
After Homer accidentally pollutes the town's water supply, Springfield is encased in a gigantic dome by the EPA and the Simpson family are declared fugitives. (87 mins.)
Director: David Silverman
“ I loved 'The Simpsons'. I mean I seriously loved it; but for me this was the beginning of one of the most monumental quality declines in the history of television. Almost levelling that of 'Family Guy'. I cannot remember a time when I was more disappointed in a cinema. I walked out thinking it was some sort of joke. There were some immature bad-taste scenes - not part of 'The Simpsons' traditional repartée - and even those felt false and missed the mark. With the incredible talent involved, it should have been way, way better than it was. A film I'll never sit through again. ” - lee_mark_baker_1989
Phone Booth (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Stuart Shepard finds himself trapped in a phone booth, pinned down by an extortionist's sniper rifle. (81 mins.)
Director: Joel Schumacher
“ Boring, one-dimentional tale of a man trapped in a phone booth which happens to be pinned down by terrorists. Director Joel Schumacher ('Batman & Robin', 'St. Elmo's Fire') directs this stolid feature, written by the exhibitionist author of 'Maniac Cop', Larry Cohen, with zero aplomb. It's not "gut-wrenchingly" bad. In fact, this movie wouldn't provoke enough emotion out of a viewer for it to be classified in any superlative term. It's just bad. ” - lee_mark_baker_1989
300 (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
King Leonidas of Sparta and a force of 300 men fight the Persians at Thermopylae in 480 B.C. (117 mins.)
Director: Zack Snyder
“ Not a terrible movie, but this is how I break down the meaning behind the title: 1 person yelling in short sentences and 299 cardboard cutouts with abdominals grunting behind. And what's with all the slow-mo? If it were played at the normal frame rate, the film would last around 12 minutes. Nauseating. ” - lee_mark_baker_1989
Cries & Whispers (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
When a woman dying of cancer in early twentieth-century Sweden is visited by her two sisters, long-repressed feelings between the siblings rise to the surface. (91 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
“ I am by no means a 'Bergman-hater'. I vastly enjoyed 'Wild Strawberries', 'The Seventh Seal', 'Smiles of a Summer Night', 'Summer With Monika' and in particular 'Sawdust and Tinsel'. 'Cries and Whispers' is just a very slow and - ultimately - rather uninteresting tale that takes it's time getting to a conclusion that amounts to very little. Maybe it's just me, but I expected more from the ending, having waited so long. ” - lee_mark_baker_1989
About Schmidt (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A man upon retirement embarks on a journey to his estranged daughter's wedding only to discover more about himself and life than he ever expected. (125 mins.)
Director: Alexander Payne
“ Nicholson is a great actor. One of the best there has ever been; and Alexander Payne has made fantastic movies in the past and present, but this one could have been more promising considering the talent. It feels a little too understated for my liking; as if the passive-aggressive Schmidt should have been more fleshed out by the lukewarm script. That's just my opinion, however, and I know I can definitely be wrong. ” - lee_mark_baker_1989
A Scanner Darkly (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
An undercover cop in a not-too-distant future becomes involved with a dangerous new drug and begins to lose his own identity as a result. (100 mins.)
“ Overrated Philip K. Dick hodgepodge which, were it not for the cel-animated visuals, would have no special bearing whatsoever. A really slack storyline that needlessly confuses for the sake of sci-fi. In short: there are much, much better sci-fi films out there. Don't settle for this. ” - lee_mark_baker_1989
The Expendables (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A CIA operative hires a team of mercenaries to eliminate a Latin dictator and a renegade CIA agent. (103 mins.)
“ Quite humerous action bonanza starring "past it" actors looking to squeeze a paycheck from there retirement. One can't help thinking that they (Stallone primarily) put this movie together in order to prove that they still "have it". It's all very flash and will impress the easily impressed; but as with so many action movies, it exists on flair alone. ” - lee_mark_baker_1989
The Expendables 2 (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Mr. Church reunites the Expendables for what should be an easy paycheck, but when one of their men is murdered on the job, their quest for revenge puts them deep in enemy territory and up against an unexpected threat. (103 mins.)
Director: Simon West
“ Funnier than the previous effort, this cash-in extravaganza will appease the hardcore fans of the first - as it basically gives the exact same thing as its predecessor. Stallone seems to be a re-hash extraordinaire of late and he has proven that his mumbling still works with audiences. However, it will not become a classic like other movies in this genre ('Die Hard', 'Lethal Weapon', 'Robocop'), but you can't help but think that these actors/producers don't care. It makes them a ton of cash, why would they? ” - lee_mark_baker_1989
The Terminal (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
An eastern immigrant finds himself stranded in JFK airport, and must take up temporary residence there. (128 mins.)
“ Ham-fisted in its self-importance, Spielberg's least memorable movie recounts the fictitious life of eastern European Viktor Navorski, based on the real-life pursuits of Iranian Merhan Nasseri, who was similarly stranded in Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris for a number of years. This movie, despite being well cast, is ultimately very derivative, the script lacks many interesting points of the real story and the director's trademark flair is missing from this effort. ” - lee_mark_baker_1989
The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Wallace and his loyal dog, Gromit, set out to discover the mystery behind the garden sabotage that plagues their village and threatens the annual giant vegetable growing contest. (85 mins.)
Director: Steve Box, Nick Park
“ Again, I loved the shorts they made; this big-screen debut, though, leaves a lot to be desired. To me, it runs at an inordinately slow pace and never really gets anywhere. The simple and endearing nature of the short films has been lost here and I found it to be tremendously disappointing. ” - lee_mark_baker_1989
Cabaret (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A female girlie club entertainer in Weimar Republic era Berlin romances two men while the Nazi Party rises to power around them. (124 mins.)
Director: Bob Fosse
“ This WWII-set musical is a bizarre one; yet it won 8 Oscars at the 1973 ceremony against 'The Godfather''s 3. How, I dunno. It's not a bad film, it's just not a patch on a good 80% of musicals out there and yet it continues to be very highly rated. I must be missing something. Joel Grey as the Emcee does give us some great scenes though. I would personally recommend 'New York, New York', ya know, if you absolutely 'must' see Liza Minnelli. ” - lee_mark_baker_1989
The Rules of the Game (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A bourgeois life in France at the onset of World War II, as the rich and their poor servants meet up at a French chateau. (110 mins.)
Director: Jean Renoir
“ Overwrought French tale that undoubtedly has enjoyable moments, but they are far too sparse to make it worthy of the praise it has attained over the years. To be honest, the theme has been done many times similarly since, and I feel that 'La Regle du Jeu' doesn't stand up as well anymore. Shame, that. It ain't bad. I'd still recommend it; but it is often mentioned alongside the best foreign-language movies of all-time and I just think there are plenty of other, better examples. ” - lee_mark_baker_1989
Old School (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Three friends attempt to recapture their glory days by opening up a fraternity near their alma mater. (88 mins.)
Director: Todd Phillips
“ Why this is deemed funny, I'll never know. There is some genuine talent involved (Will Ferrell and Todd Phillips especially) but none of it seems to go anywhere and the movie winds up being nothing more than an immature farce - which I know is the intention, but this one seems to believe that it appeals to more than just the 'American Pie'/'Porky's' viewers out there, which it unfortunately does not. ” - lee_mark_baker_1989
Dogma (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
An abortion clinic worker with a special heritage is called upon to save the existence of humanity from being negated by two renegade angels trying to exploit a loop-hole and reenter Heaven. (130 mins.)
Director: Kevin Smith
“ Kevin Smith made a great movie in 'Clerks'; an ambitious portrait of convenience store life - a life in which he of course knew well. This, however, lacks in many departments. Alan Rickman is about the only salvaging component of this disaster. Obviously, I'll point out now, this is only my opinion, as I am aware that many people love it, I just don't understand why. The dialogue that was so real in 'Clerks' is missing. The reason I believe that the aforementioned film was so successful is that Kevin Smith COULD do a story like that well, seeing as he lived and breathed it - whereas this is just a mish-mash of all the fantasy stories flung around any geek's basement. Also, Affleck should just stick behind the camera: he fares much, much better there. ” - lee_mark_baker_1989
The Thing (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A research facility in Antarctica comes across an alien force that can become anything it touches with 100% accuracy. The members must now find out who's human and who's not before it's too late. (109 mins.)
Director: John Carpenter
“ John Carpenter was more faithful to the original novella here than the previous film 'The Thing From Another World' and suffers for it in my opinion. The special effects are impressive... but that's all. None of the acting stands out; not much of the story is interesting and the atmosphere put across by the film was boring, instead of the intended 'uncomfortable' aura. Pretty bad considering the same guy made the great 'Halloween' and 'Assault On Precinct 13'. A letdown. ” - lee_mark_baker_1989
Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Henry, a drifter, commits a series of brutal murders, supposedly operating with impunity. (83 mins.)
Director: John McNaughton
“ Horrible movie. Michael Rooker capably earns his paycheck in it, but it is a sick movie that's solely for "torture porn" aficionados. If you aren't, stay well clear. If you are, go for 'A Clockwork Orange' instead; don't settle for this crap. ” - lee_mark_baker_1989
Persona (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A nurse is put in charge of a mute actress and finds that their personas are melding together. (85 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
“ Depressing story about a mental health nurse and an actress put in her care. Ingmar Bergman is a very good filmmaker, but he can do mediocre movies. I've scanned through IMDb and 95% of his films have 8.0/10 plus. I don't understand this. Sure, he's been influential, but - as I've said before - there are plenty of other writer/directors worldwide that have made movies that pack more clout. ” - lee_mark_baker_1989
Drag Me to Hell (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A loan officer who evicts an old woman from her home finds herself the recipient of a supernatural curse. Desperate, she turns to a seer to try and save her soul, while evil forces work to push her to a breaking point. (99 mins.)
Director: Sam Raimi
“ Dumb horror. I expected more from Sam Raimi. This film simply did not cut the disgusting mustard one has come to appreciate about this director; it is what's made him different from many other influential genre trailblazers of late and I left the cinema tremendously disappointed. One to watch only once - at a push. It will no doubt please the ones looking specifically for brainless gore, otherwise - if you are seeking a 'good' horror flick - search elsewhere. ” - lee_mark_baker_1989
American Graffiti (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A couple of high school grads spend one final night cruising the strip with their buddies before they go off to college. (110 mins.)
Director: George Lucas
“ I expected that I would love this: what, with it's 50's fashions, music and various other retro-isms - but I was starkly disappointed. A pre-stardom Harrison Ford as the jocky Bob Falfa is interesting to watch, but it seems clear to me that he still had much of his craft to learn at that point. Though, this movie did team him with George Lucas, who would of course catapult Ford's career with the 'Stars Wars' and 'Indiana Jones' franchises; so, I guess we have to be thankful for this movie in terms of nostalgia. Word of advice, however: don't be expecting 'Happy Days'. ” - lee_mark_baker_1989
The Deer Hunter (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
An in-depth examination of the ways in which the U.S. Vietnam War impacts and disrupts the lives of people in a small industrial town in Pennsylvania. (183 mins.)
Director: Michael Cimino
“ A good movie, yes. A great movie, no. It's far too extended to keep any one person entertained. That is one person's opinion, however. Obviously, like many other movies I've listed here, many people love it. I would love for people to defend this movie and give me reasons. I thought the Russian Roulette scene at the end was brutal and inspired - a cinematic gem; but many other scenes were like pulling teeth at times for me. ” - lee_mark_baker_1989
The Matrix (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers. (136 mins.)
“ Not a bad movie, either. As a trilogy: the next one sucked and the last one was 'ok'. Over-inflated and a bit tiresome. Coulda been put into just the one movie, I thought, and then I saw the profits it made and remembered that it was a Hollywood product. ” - lee_mark_baker_1989
Match Point (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
At a turning point in his life, a former tennis pro falls for an actress who happens to be dating his friend and soon-to-be brother-in-law. (124 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
“ Now, I'm a big Woody Allen fan: I just found this movie to be slow, boring, derivative and devoid of any of the writer/director's trademark witticisms. ” - lee_mark_baker_1989
Heat (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A group of professional bank robbers start to feel the heat from police when they unknowingly leave a clue at their latest heist, while both sides attempt to find balance between their personal lives with their professional lives. (170 mins.)
Director: Michael Mann
“ I hate to say it, because two of the greatest actors of all-time appear in it, but this was slow and unaffecting. Had Michael Mann shaved half an hour off the runtime and minimised Kilmer's input, this would have been a great movie. Oddly, Mann remade his own 'L.A. Takedown' here and I'm beginning to wonder if his earlier version was any better. Sure, the tense scenes between Pacino and De Niro are blazing and Mann has made some brilliant films ('Collateral', 'The Insider') but this was a tepid affair for me. Much more lukewarm than it should have been. ” - lee_mark_baker_1989
The Abyss (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A civilian diving team is enlisted to search for a lost nuclear submarine and face danger while encountering an alien aquatic species. (145 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
“ Dark and oblivious underwater drama from movie mogul James Cameron. Like so many of his films, this one has attained a respectable level of cult status. I, however, found it to be a drab and dreary 'Alien' clone with a story not strong enough to uphold the gloomy atmosphere. ” - lee_mark_baker_1989
Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Over the course of five social occasions, a committed bachelor must consider the notion that he may have discovered love. (117 mins.)
Director: Mike Newell
“ 'Love Actually', I think, is rather significantly better than this other Richard Curtis effort. The cast are all fine, but it seems to me to be missing something and for it to be classed as a comedy I can only think of one good joke in it: the one that begins "She isn't my girlfriend anymore... ", but other than that it concentrates more on being 'too English'. However; that said, the scene where John Hannah is reading the W.H. Auden poem at the funeral is very well-acted and very emotionally handled. A great scene indeed. ” - lee_mark_baker_1989
Gladiator (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
When a Roman general is betrayed and his family murdered by an emperor's corrupt son, he comes to Rome as a gladiator to seek revenge. (155 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ Don't get me wrong; it's not bad either, but it just wasn't as interesting as I'd hoped. ” - lee_mark_baker_1989
Brazil (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A bureaucrat in a retro-future world tries to correct an administrative error and himself becomes an enemy of the state. (132 mins.)
Director: Terry Gilliam
“ I didn't hate this movie. Not at all. I did think the dystopian visuals would have looked much better and much more appealing in colour, as opposed to the artistic chrome colour scheme. Having said that, it does look different and that's fair game, but I think the complex layers of the story could have been better ironed out and reinforced. Good cast, however, and they all do themselves proud. ” - lee_mark_baker_1989
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A botched card game in London triggers four friends, thugs, weed-growers, hard gangsters, loan sharks and debt collectors to collide with each other in a series of unexpected events, all for the sake of weed, cash and two antique shotguns. (107 mins.)
Director: Guy Ritchie
“ Now, I loved 'Snatch': I thought it was visionary, hilarious, very well put-together and superbly acted. 'Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels' is not a bad movie - not by any means, but the ending leaves a lot to be desired in my opinion. It is another one of those movies where people are generally gripped by the ending, but I just didn't get it. I thought it was an anti-climax, if anything, and ruined the otherwise quick pace and clever writing of the previous hour and a half. Vinnie Jones was perfectly cast though, and here he steals the movie. ” - lee_mark_baker_1989
The Wicker Man (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A police sergeant is sent to a Scottish island village in search of a missing girl whom the townsfolk claim never existed. Stranger still are the rites that take place there. (88 mins.)
Director: Robin Hardy
“ Not necissarily a bad movie - and still a thousand times better than the God awful "remake". Sir Christopher Lee is spellbinding as Lord Summerisle - commanding all his brainwashed hippies into a pagan frenzy - and "fart-in-the-bath-sounding" Edward Woodward is capable as the stiff upper-lipped Bobby with the unfortunate happenstance of meeting him. Personally, it wasn't as riveting as I'd previously read, so this movie disappointed me. ” - lee_mark_baker_1989
The Wolf Man (1941)
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A practical man returns to his homeland, is attacked by a creature of folklore, and infected with a horrific disease his disciplined mind tells him can not possibly exist. (70 mins.)
Director: George Waggner
“ Despite a fantastic horror cast, I personally don't think this film holds up as well as some of the other Universal classics, most notably 'Frankenstein', 'The Bride of Frankenstein', 'The Mummy' and 'Dracula'. The infamous "transformation sequence" looks sadly lacking recently, due to the superb 'American Werewolf in London''s scene and now this movie doesn't seem to pack the clout it probably once did. Not a bad movie, just not close to being as good as the other "monster" movies, for me. ” - lee_mark_baker_1989