53 Reviews of MUST see GOOD and BAD movies

Movies that are so GOOD or BAD that you simply need to experience them. They are in no particular order of importance.
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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
“ I used to think Al Pacino was a great actor (Dog Day Afternoon, The Godfather series) until I saw this movie. Words are hard to find to describe his performance as Tony Montano, no wait, appalling, egregious, cliched, there's a few that work. His accent was shamingly outrageous. I wish they would have dubbed his voice! The plot was so stereotypical of movies about gangsters. Brian de Palma's violent signature was all over it. I don't know what was going on in Michelle Pfeiffer's life at that time but her portrayal of a druggie just seemed a little too accurate; of course if she were watching the "daily shots" I would have wanted to be stoned during filming too! This movie is over the top with violence, bad acting and laughable bad accents. But it is entertaining to watch, okay, it makes me laugh. ” - osborn-griffith
Lone Wolf McQuade (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
The archetypical renegade Texas Ranger wages war against a drug kingpin with automatic weapons, his... (107 mins.)
Director: Steve Carver
“ Where should I begin? This is the "inspiration" for Walker, Texas Ranger - which is horrible from the moment Chuck Norris begins singing the theme song. This movie is hilariously bad, over the top acting, stupid dialogue, cliche dominated script, and the wardrobe of the characters is so silly and fun. Starring Chuck Norris who just oozes macho and that's about it with his acting abilities, also starring David Carradine who must have had a really difficult time being as macho as Chuck Norris because his wardrobe was lots of baby blue double knit stuff ( hard to be macho and intimidating when you're wearing baby blue knit pants with a matching harlequin patterned baby blue sweater). I realized with writing this I am risking my life, I am a big fan of the Chuck Norris Facts list and the things he could do to me are frightening; however, this movie is so godawful I must warn others about it even if I have to risk my life. ” - osborn-griffith
Bolero (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.8/10 X  
A 1920s English heiress seeks ecstasy with a sheik in Morocco and a bullfighter in Spain. (105 mins.)
Director: John Derek
“ Well, first you have to believe Bo Derek is a virgin and it simply goes downhill from there. How bad is this movie? We had a group screening with all our friends and the "erotic" scenes were so hilarious we had to stop the movie for the laughter to die down. I don't even want to think about the "honey kissing" on the naked body scene - you know how it looks when a little kid's nose really runs and a baby drools? Well, add those two together only it's a million times worse with close-ups; plus it's supposed to be sexy! I know the whole intent of this movie is supposed to be about Bo's sexual awakening with the right partner; but the real plot is about how John and Bo Derek can make sex hilarious and not erotic. John Derek created the movie and Bo Derek annihilates it. What a great team they are! John can't direct or write and Bo can't act. It's amazing, Bo is beautiful and sexy but she just appears brainless and boring. This movie is so outrageously awful it is worth seeing. You will be shocked and amazed at the abominable acting, writing, and directing! Of course, once you've seen Bolero you must go on to the Derek team destruction of Tarzan -get ready for more cheesy crap and most of it in slow motion!! ” - osborn-griffith
Blade: Trinity (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Blade, now a wanted man by the FBI, must join forces with the Nightstalkers to face his most challenging enemy yet: Dracula. (113 mins.)
Director: David S. Goyer
“ One of the best of the current fad of vampire movies. It seems to me the writing on this movie was the best of the three, it incorporated more humor. The casting also is perfect. Wesley Snipes personifies macho, cool, intense, strong character Blade. He is supported by a wonderful cast including Ryan Reynolds (hilarious in his irreverence), Jessica Beil (surprisingly brings some depth to her character), Kris Kristofferson (good in all three), Parker Posey (just so much fun to watch). This is a great action, vampire movie. Although recently I just saw "Priest" with Paul Bettany and Karl Urban and it was quite unique and interesting; another good fun vampire movie. ” - osborn-griffith
Curse of the Golden Flower (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
During China's Tang dynasty the emperor has taken the princess of a neighboring province as wife. She has borne him two sons and raised his eldest. Now his control over his dominion is complete, including the royal family itself. (111 mins.)
Director: Yimou Zhang
“ Okay before you complain, you have to deal with subtitles. It is worth it!! This is one of the best family melodramas I have ever seen. It is also one of the most breathtakingly beautiful movies I have ever seen. The machinations of the family in this movie are surreal. The costumes and the sets are magnificent in their artistry. The story is full of despair but it is also simply fascinating and compelling. It is starring Chow Yun-Fat. It takes place in the Tang Dynasty and the rituals and fighting styles are interesting. This is just an absolutely gorgeous enthralling movie. I also forgot to mention although it is simply one of the most dazzling movies I have ever seen, it has a lot of violence and is a very poignant story. ” - osborn-griffith
Casablanca (1942)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
In Casablanca in December 1941, a cynical American expatriate encounters a former lover, with unforeseen complications. (102 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
“ This is another perfect must see movie. This movie is a story of "true love," patriotism, personal sacrifices, friendship, and extraordinary loyalty. This film was supposedly a "B" film in the 1940's but they had no idea the impact this movie would have. It was written by the wonderful team of Julius and Philip Epstein (who have written other movies on this list). It has so many meaningful, eloquent quotable lines (as compared to stupid, snarky, irritating ones like Schwartzenegger's). FYI: Humphrey Bogart never says "Play it again, Sam" like Woody Allen led us to believe. Michael Curtiz directed it, a well known respected director. But it must have been a breeze with the splendid acting of: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Heinreid, Claude Rains, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre, SZ Sakall, Dooley Wilson and Conrad Veidt. This movie affects you in so many ways, the impassioned love story, the intensity of WWII, the characters' dilemma over their actions, the adept portrayals of compassion. This movie has every sentiment imaginable in it's scenes. It also has some fun and interesting twists. It is a perfect movie. It is an inspiring movie. It is a beautiful movie - perfect in black and white. This movie incites you like few others can. Have kleenex beside you when you watch it and prepare for no bathroom/snack breaks, you don't want to miss a moment. ” - osborn-griffith
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.)
“ The Wachowskis' invented a whole new style of action movies. They are quite innovative in all the moves of this movie (didn't you always wonder how slow a bullet could move?). It has the brilliant acting of Hugo Weaving (I find his acting to be amazing from this movie to Priscilla Queen of the Desert to Lord of the Rings, he is incredible), the coolest of cool: Lawrence Fishburne, and of course, the uniquely flat inexpressive Keanu Reeves. Everything about this movie is innovative including the plot, the action scenes, the settings. But Keanu Reeves just adds that something hilarious to the plot, I don't know if they wanted his emotionless, flat acting style and monotone intense voice or what; but it adds a unique touch to the movie. Personally, although I enjoy the movie, I much prefer the "Riff Tracks" version (the guys from MST3000 new on-line movie comment site). It seems to bring much needed irreverence to a movie that takes itself so seriously. ” - osborn-griffith
Bride & Prejudice (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A modern adaptation of Jane Austen's classic novel, Pride and Prejudice, that features the lives of four unmarried daughters in an Indian family. (122 mins.)
Director: Gurinder Chadha
“ A brilliant Bollywood remake of Pride & Prejudice directed and written by Gurinder Chadha. This is one of the best of Bollywood, although not the usual over the top drama, it has some of the funniest, clever songs and dancing sequences. The colors, locations and wardrobes are dazzling. It is starring the incredible, breathtaking Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. Just a fun, playful, gorgeous happily ending movie to brighten your day. ” - osborn-griffith
Breathless (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A small-time thief steals a car and impulsively murders a motorcycle policeman. Wanted by the authorities, he reunites with a hip American journalism student and attempts to persuade her to run away with him to Italy. (90 mins.)
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
“ The beginning of New Wave cinema and what a perfect movie it is. This is the version of this movie you must see. It is the start of a style of cinema that altered our movies. It was directed by the brilliant innovative Jean-Luc Godard. It was starring the charismatic Jean-Paul Belmondo. It was written by Francios Truffuat. Every shot in this movie is a stunning picture in itself. Beautiful to watch and worth dealing with subtitles. ” - osborn-griffith
High Noon (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Marshal Will Kane, personally compelled to face his returning deadly enemy Frank Miller, finds that his fellow townspeople refuse to help him. (85 mins.)
Director: Fred Zinnemann
“ Directed by Stanley Kramer, this movie is said to be an allegory of the 1950's McCarthy Communist Party hearings in regards to the Hollywood 10 and how Hollywood deserted these people in their time of need. A wonderful "real time" movie that is full of tension and interesting character actions. This movie is intense. The "theme" music is just as beautiful as the filming. Gary Cooper does a great job in his stoic acting style. Many good supporting actors including: Grace Kelly, Thomas Mitchell, Katy Jurado, Lloyd Bridges, Lon Chaney Jr., and Lee Van Cleef in his first acting role with no lines but plenty of macho toughness. ” - osborn-griffith
Pumping Iron (1977 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
From Gold's Gym in Venice Beach California to the showdown in Pretoria, amateur and professional bodybuilders prepare for the 1975 Mr... (85 mins.)
“ Well, you want to know the real Arnold, this is it. He's just as snide, muscular and self-absorbed as you expected. You can't take this movie seriously, it's basically about a bunch of muscular egotistical twits. However, it is an excellent comedy. The body builders are hilarious. One of Arnold's best quotes from the movie: "I'm coming in the gym, I'm coming when I am at home, I'm coming on the stage." Way too much information!!! Frankly I wish he were going anywhere but on my TV. Personally find the bodies gross and "wormy"(the veins are disgusting, anatomy should be kept on the inside). But to get to the point the movie is interesting, sad, and funny; definitely something weird to experience. ” - osborn-griffith
Double Indemnity (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
An insurance representative lets himself be talked into a murder/insurance fraud scheme that arouses an insurance investigator's suspicions. (107 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
“ Once again a man you cannot escape with his excellent writing and directing: Billy Wilder (along with Raymond Chandler) wrote it and Billy Wilder directed it. This is one of the very best examples of Film Noir. It is starring Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson and Fred MacMurray (in one of his best roles). Raymond Chandler added a hard-boiled touch to the dialogue which is sometimes hilarious. But the plot is dead serious and just plan riveting. ” - osborn-griffith
My Dinner with Andre (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Two old friends meet for dinner; as one tells anecdotes detailing his experiences, the other notices their differing worldviews. (110 mins.)
Director: Louis Malle
“ Okay, this is just a movie of a dinner, all dialogue, no action, the same set through most of it. But the conversation is interesting, weird, funny, sad; it makes you think about your life and how you live. The most marvelous attribute of this movie is it is similar to reading a book, in the sense that the descriptions of what has happened in Andre's life are so vivid your imagination takes hold and you conceptualize them within your mind. No flash back scenes, no recreations, the movie simply allows your mind to create what it perceives. (Sometimes movies can be so frustrating after you have read the book and allowed your imagination to go wild; the characters never seem to be quite who you dreamt or the scenes aren't just right - this movie allows you to conceptualize what you want.) Written and acted by Wallace Shawn and Andre Gregory as themselves, it shows what complex lives we live and how our personal philosophy/lifestyle can be "contrary" or "logical." It is a real conversation starter. ” - osborn-griffith
Nosferatu (1922)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Vampire Count Orlok expresses interest in a new residence and real estate agent Hutter's wife. (94 mins.)
Director: F.W. Murnau
“ One of the weirdest, creepiest vampire movies. This is a silent movie that is beautifully filled with moodiness. There were rumors that the star Max Schreck was really a vampire, which adds great interest to the movie. It is a beautifully filmed and engrossing story. Well worth dealing with the silent aspect, in fact it adds to the mood. It stands the test of time with its frightening tale. ” - osborn-griffith
The Killers (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Hit men kill an unresisting victim, and investigator Reardon uncovers his past involvement with beautiful, deadly Kitty Collins. (97 mins.)
Director: Robert Siodmak
“ The story is by Ernest Hemingway and it is wonderful. The cast list is great: Burt Lancaster, Ava Gardner, Edmond O'Brien, Sam Levene and of course the best of the character actors on the lot. The story is exciting and emotional and intense. The numerous betrayals and machinations are marvelous. This is Burt Lancaster's first film and he makes a lasting impression that led to a brilliant career. ” - osborn-griffith
Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr. (1999 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A cinematic portrait of the life and career of the infamous American execution device designer and holocaust denier. (91 mins.)
Director: Errol Morris
“ This documentary is so bizarrely moving. It is the story of Fred Leuchter an extremely eccentric man. This documentary is like a train wreck, you are shocked, dismayed but you can't stop watching it. He is ABSOLUTELY WRONG in his testing of the gas chambers. But this documentary is fascinating, he is such a weird man. Well worth seeing for a glimpse into the a life of sadness. ” - osborn-griffith
Hollywood Shuffle (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
An actor limited to stereotypical roles because of his ethnicity, dreams of making it big as a highly respected performer. As he makes his rounds, the film takes a satiric look at African American actors in Hollywood. (78 mins.)
Director: Robert Townsend
“ Directed by the talented Robert Townsend and co-written by Townsend and Keenan Ivory Wayans this is a brilliant clever comedy/drama about how ethnic actors are stereotyped in Hollywood. The movie tells the story of Robert's character seeking roles. The stereotype forced upon his character when he does get a leading role is so disheartening. The paradies of movies within the movie are priceless. The development of each character is so funny, many very awkward absurd situations arise. This movie is ingenious and inventive in its portrayal of minorities being stereotyped and stymied trying to find work in Hollywood. It makes you feel both compassionate and hopeful for Robert's character. I can't recommend this movie enough. It really touched me. ” - osborn-griffith
Valley of the Dolls (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Film version of Jacqueline Susann's best-selling novel chronicling the rise and fall of three young women in show business. (123 mins.)
Director: Mark Robson
“ Trashy writer Jacqueline Susann at her very best. This movie is a hoot. It is one of the most over the top movies in horrifying dialogue, acting, singing, wardrobe, emoting, you name it this movie did it atrociously. You have to take breaks in the movie you are laughing so hard. While watching pay special attention to the words of the songs - if you can't hear them clearly, look them up on the internet - they are ridiculous. One of the best scenes is with Patty Duke and Tony Polar in the mental hospital singing, no wait, there are just too many bad scenes to concentrate on one. The movie is wall to wall bad scenes. ” - osborn-griffith
The Blair Witch Project (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Three film students vanish after traveling into a Maryland forest to film a documentary on the local Blair Witch legend, leaving only their footage behind. (81 mins.)
“ In the mood for an over hyped irritating movie? Well, this is it! We went out to see it immediately after hearing all the wonderful reviews. It was considered innovative. As far as I am concerned the only innovative thing it did was make me want to throw up with all the shaky camera shots. It certainly made me insensitive to the word *beep* It would be a great drinking game to take a shot everytime they say *beep* Well, that's the best affect of the movie, it certainly is more irritating than entertaining; so if you take a gallon or two of shots you may find you like it!!! ” - osborn-griffith
Shaun of the Dead (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A man decides to turn his moribund life around by winning back his ex-girlfriend, reconciling his relationship with his mother, and dealing with an entire community that has returned from the dead to eat the living. (99 mins.)
Director: Edgar Wright
“ As zombie movies go, this is one of the best. It has the marvelous writing of Simon Pegg, along with his fun unique acting. The story seems so real in the sense that we get so occupied with our lives we sometimes don't notice what is going on around us. This is a comedy with the fear of zombies thrown in to make life more difficult. Simon Pegg is a pleasure to watch (he did a great Funny or Die video about the Olympics) and his writing is great. ” - osborn-griffith
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
There is panic throughout the nation as the dead suddenly come back to life. The film follows a group of characters who barricade themselves in an old farmhouse in an attempt to remain safe from these flesh eating monsters. (96 mins.)
“ George A. Romero is king of zombie movies! Romero started a craze but none can compare to the original. This is the best of the series of zombie movies that Romero created (although the one at the mall is "fun" too). Not only did he direct this movie but he also co-authored the screen play. This movie is so scary. This movie is so realistic. It is a simple story that is brilliantly filmed in black and white- it almost looks like a documentary. Duane Jones was wonderful in the lead role (surprisingly he was a Professor of English). ” - osborn-griffith
Stalag 17 (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
When two escaping American World War II prisoners are killed, the German POW camp barracks black marketeer, J.J. Sefton, is suspected of being an informer. (120 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
“ There are so many WWII movies that are good, but this one stands out for several reasons. Billy Wilder directed and co-wrote it. It is starring the ingenious William Holden (who won a well deserved Oscar for his brilliant portrayal of Sefton). This was originally a stage play and it transfers to the screen beautifully. There is a wonderful supporting cast including: Otto Preminger, Harvey Lembeck, Robert Strauss, Neville Brand and Peter Graves. This movie has many twists and surprises. It can be hilarious at one moment and heartbreaking at another. It shows both intentional and unintentional heroes. The movie will definitely affect you, it is a wonderful observation on the unique human character. Truly an inspiring, enjoyable and sometimes sad movie to watch. ” - osborn-griffith
One Million Years B.C. (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Prehistoric man Tumak is banished from his savage tribe and meets pretty Loana who belongs to a gentler coastal tribe but he must fight caveman Payto to win her favors. (100 mins.)
Director: Don Chaffey
“ Okay, its claim to fame is it launched the career of Rachel Welch. But wait, there's more!!! It is astoundingly awful in everyway except for the wonderful Ray Harryhausen and his silly dinosaur fights. What I mainly want to know is: did they really have false eyelashes and perfect make-up in 1 million years BC? Did they also have hair stylists and hair dye? Who made the first bikini then? But I also have so many things to be thankful for: there was little dialogue in the movie, Rachel Welch kept her bikini on most of the time so you had something beautiful to watch, and Ray Harryhausen's dinosaurs were better actors than any of the cast!!!!! Again another godawful movie that is silly and funny unintentionally. ” - osborn-griffith
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
An oddball journalist and his psychopathic lawyer travel to Las Vegas for a series of psychedelic escapades. (118 mins.)
Director: Terry Gilliam
“ In contrast to "The Lost Weekend" if you want a humorous take on drug addiction this is your movie. Co-written by the genius Hunter S Thompson ( you must read his books - the man is incredible and funny as hell, his observations on the quirks of life are scintillating!!). Directed and co-written by Terry Gilliam, this movie is a true life expression of a drug addled time in Las Vegas. It is taken from a book by Hunter S. Thompson about his trip with his Samaon lawyer. This is truly a flashback psychedelic experience. I simply loved the carpeting scene in the hotel. Also the movie has an incredible cast of supporting actors including: Tobey McQuire, Penn Jillette, Lyle Lovett, Gary Busey, Michael Jeter, Flea, Lorraine Newman, Mark Harmon, Harry Dean Stanton, Tim Thomerson, amazing, huh? Brilliant, weird, fun, strange movie to watch. ” - osborn-griffith
Commando (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A retired elite Black Ops Commando launches a one man war against a group of South American criminals who have kidnapped his daughter. (90 mins.)
Director: Mark L. Lester
“ Where do I begin? The opening is short scenes of Arnold Schwartzenegger trying to act playful and human with his daughter - it's painful and hilarious at the same time because frankly they are just asking too much of his acting abilities. I can just imagine the script to this movie: Scene 1: Arnold looking macho and emotionless states a few sarcastic snotty comments, shoots someone leaves scene. Scene 2: Arnold looking serious and menacing walks woodenly towards villain's flunkies makes memorable snarky quote and shoots them all, leaves scene. This goes on for hours and hours. Well, that sums up Commando. Of course how could I forget the torturing sing-song whining/screaming stupid comments/questions of Rae Dawn Chong as his sidekick/eventual girlfriend. Frankly I was hoping with all the millions of people he killed in the movie he would shoot her too. Seriously, dead people were coming out everywhere: windows, roofs, towers, cars, you name it - one more dead sidekick wouldn't hurt! Just one of the funniest, stupid, horrifyingly acted movies I have ever seen. ” - osborn-griffith
The Thin Man (1934)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Former detective Nick Charles and his wealthy wife Nora investigate a murder case, mostly for the fun of it. (91 mins.)
Director: W.S. Van Dyke
“ The story is written by the extremely talented Dashiell Hammett. It's a fun mystery and comedy starring the charismatic actors: William Powell, Myrna Loy and of course Asta their dog. This movie is both a mystery and a comedy with lots of interesting characters in the mix. There were several more movies in the Thin Man series but this is the best. ” - osborn-griffith
Sunset Blvd. (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A screenwriter is hired to rework a faded silent film star's script only to find himself developing a dangerous relationship. (110 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
“ Beautiful black and white movie, what is perfect about it: the acting, the script, the story, the location. This movie is absolutely perfect. It has the incredible acting talent of William Holden, Gloria Swanson, Erich Von Stroheim. It has a fantastic script from Billy Wilder and Charles Brackett, and of course the brilliant direction of Billy Wilder. ” - osborn-griffith
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
Luke Skywalker joins forces with a Jedi Knight, a cocky pilot, a wookiee and two droids to save the galaxy from the Empire's world-destroying battle-station, while also attempting to rescue Princess Leia from the evil Darth Vader. (121 mins.)
Director: George Lucas
“ Once again it seems redundant to add this movie but it had such a major effect on the film industry it seems necessary to add it. Plus Disney buying the franchise may bring some new interest to the series. This movie was George Lucas at his best. It was stunning and mesmerizing to see in the theatre. It totally changed your theatre experience. The movie just came off the screen and enthralled you. It is the pen-ultimate "swashbuckler" movie. The philosophy of "the force" is quite interesting and George Lucas seeking Joseph Campbell for the story makes it even better. ” - osborn-griffith
Ball of Fire (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A group of professors working on a new encyclopedia encounter a mouthy nightclub singer who is wanted by the police to help bring down her mob boss lover. (111 mins.)
Director: Howard Hawks
“ A wonderful screwball comedy with an unbelievable cast. The "stars" are Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck, and Dana Andrews but the supporting cast is a who's who of Hollywood character actors from the 1940's. Once again it was written by the brilliant team of Charles Brackett and Billy Wilder directed by the wonderful, talented Howard Hawks. The story is fun, the writing is excellent (the studying of 1940's slang is wonderful) and the acting is superb. ” - osborn-griffith
The Killing (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Crooks plan and execute a daring race-track robbery. (85 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ Another excellent example of Film Noir directed by Stanley Kubrick also screen play by Kubrick. The wonderful unique Sterling Hayden plays the lead. An interesting robbery story with a great group of character actors - one of my favorites Elisha Cook, Jr. An intense fun to watch movie. As with most Film Noir the dialogue is sometimes unintentionally hilarious. ” - osborn-griffith
The Godfather (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.2/10 X  
The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son. (175 mins.)
“ It almost seems pointless to list this great movie, I can't imagine anyone who hasn't seen it but it is such a powerful movie with brilliant acting that is has to be on the list. The cast is the best of the best. I absolutely love this complex story of basically a family. The characters are so beautifully developed and portrayed. Mario Puzo and Francis Ford Coppola's development of the script was perfect. Coppola's direction was perfect. To me this is a perfect film. ” - osborn-griffith
The Lady Eve (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A trio of classy card sharps targets the socially awkward heir to brewery millions for his money, until one of them falls in love with him. (94 mins.)
Director: Preston Sturges
“ Written and directed by the accomplished Preston Sturges, known for his wonderful screwball comedies, this movie is just plain hilarious. Starring Barbara Stanwyck, Henry Fonda, once again with the best character actors on the lot (Charles Colburn, Eugene Palette). ” - osborn-griffith
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.)
“ Alfred Hitchcock was the master of suspense and this movie is one of his best. Joseph Cotten, a brilliant actor, is marvelous as Uncle Charlie - intensely frightening while very personable. Teresa Wright is also wonderful in her bravery and mislead devotion. The dialogues between young Charlie's father and neighbor are so fun. An excellent example of how evil can touch the best of families. ” - osborn-griffith
The Lost Weekend (1945)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The desperate life of a chronic alcoholic is followed through a four-day drinking bout. (101 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
“ I can't seem to get away from Billy Wilder and Charles Brackett, they could write anything and this is one of their most intense scripts. Of course Wilder directed the movie adding his deft touch. The story is of an alcoholic and his weekend. Ray Milland is ingeniously skillful in his portrayal of Don Birnam's horrifying time. If you want to understand the agony of the affliction of alcoholism this is the best. it is a poignant disturbing movie but the portrayals and script are brilliant and worth every second. ” - osborn-griffith
The Maltese Falcon (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A private detective takes on a case that involves him with three eccentric criminals, a gorgeous liar, and their quest for a priceless statuette. (100 mins.)
Director: John Huston
“ Of course since it is starring the charismatic Humphrey Bogart this is the best of all the versions of this story. This was Walter Huston's first experience as a director and what a marvelous job he did, but it must have been somewhat easy with a cast like: Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Peter Lorre, Sydney Greenstreet, and Elisha Cook, Jr. The story was written by the incredibly talented Dashiell Hammett. Once again it has a wonderful Film Noir dialogue and style. The characters have many depths and are fun to watch. ” - osborn-griffith
Cobra (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
A tough-on-crime street cop must protect the only surviving witness to a strange murderous cult with far reaching plans. (87 mins.)
“ This movie is so violently bad, bad acting, bad dialogue, stupid story. It is starring the extremely macho, manly to the point of the inability to talk, Sylvester Stallone. His face is frozen in an "intense macho" expression. His dialogue is full of grunts and snarky comments. To top it all off it was co-starring Brigitte Nielson, his partner "in life" (at that time) and his partner in the crime of the inability to act their way out of a paper bag. This movie is full of unintentional laughs and gruesome violence. ” - osborn-griffith
Elmer Gantry (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A fast-talking traveling salesman with a charming, loquacious manner convinces a sincere evangelist that he can be an effective preacher for her cause. (146 mins.)
Director: Richard Brooks
“ From a book by the marvelous Sinclair Lewis and adapted and directed by Richard Brooks this is a moving mesmerizing movie. Burt Lancaster is at his brilliant best in the lead. Shirley Jones won an Oscar for her performance, which was quite out of character from her past musicals. Brooks and Lancaster also won Oscars. The interesting thing about this movie is it passes the test of time; the story is still relevant with it's corrupt minister - which we still frequently see. ” - osborn-griffith
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Mike Nelson and his robot companions watch and give their comments about This Island Earth. (73 mins.)
Director: Jim Mallon
“ The whole series of MST3000 is great. It is just so much fun to watch bad bad bad movies and hear someone make snarky remarks. This episode "snarks" at This Island Earth. It's fun, the remarks are hilarious and it has Gilligan's "The Professor" in a small role. Frankly I recommend the whole series if you are into bad movies. Mike Nelson and crew have a new series called "Riff Tracks" which is just as fun and it includes newer movies not just the old sci-fi. ” - osborn-griffith
The Oscar (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  
Snotty Hollywood actor becomes even more full of himself after he's nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor. (119 mins.)
Director: Russell Rouse
“ Okay, the name is impressive, the cast is impressive, the movie is awful, bad, stupid, over acted, hilarous, funny. The dialogue is brilliantly horrible and trite. I actually could go on for hours about how bad this movie is but the credit mainly goes to one person: Stephen Boyd. He is so bad he just oozes stink. The cast is shockingly well known and not awful actors but Stephen Boyd is over the top in his bad acting. It is a great movie to watch although it might be painfully bad for others. But I personally cannot resist the worst of movies. I think they were afraid to put a picture/poster from the movie on line because it's so bad even the poster stinks. ” - osborn-griffith
A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Disturbed Blanche DuBois moves in with her sister in New Orleans and is tormented by her brutish brother-in-law while her reality crumbles around her. (122 mins.)
Director: Elia Kazan
“ Marlon Brando in his beautiful youth, at his acting best. Written by Tennesse Williams and directed by Elia Kazan two of the best in their field. Brando is mesmerizing on the screen and he has to battle for it with the talented Vivien Leigh and Kim Hunter. The movie is moving and sad. It contains some the best known lines and scenes. Beautiful to watch and experience. The script was censored by the Production Code but still it is a moving fascinating movie. ” - osborn-griffith
Rope (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Two young men strangle their "inferior" classmate, hide his body in their apartment, and invite his friends and family to a dinner party as a means to challenge the "perfection" of their crime. (80 mins.)
“ Another Alfred Hitchcock movie, but one probably rarely seen. This is Hitchcock's take on the famous 1920's Leopold/Loeb murder. This is a very interesting movie taking place basically in one room. Jimmy Stewart is his personable self but John Dall and Farley Granger are creepy and weird. It's a sad story but fascinating. One of the actual murderers, Leopold, wrote a book about himself called "99 years to Life" quite an interesting sad tale. ” - osborn-griffith
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
“ Mary Chase wrote the play and the screen play. She won a Pulitzer Prize in 1945 for the play. This is simply a lovely story about a unique character. Jimmy Stewart plays the lead, Elwood P Dowd, "to a T." This is a comedy while imparting an excellent life philosophy. Jimmy Stewart is supported by the wonderful character actors Josephine Hull and Cecil Kellaway. The best way to describe this movie is lovely and inspiring. ” - osborn-griffith
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
“ Directed by the talented Frank Capra, this is the best of the "screwball comedies." Frankly, this is my favorite comedy. It was originally a Broadway play that transferred beautifully to the screen. Cary Grant is at his best, it seems as if he overacts but the juxtaposition of his character's manner with the calm sane manner of all the crazy people around him is absolutely perfect. The plot is just hilarious. Every moment has an interesting new twist. The supporting cast is amazing, Raymond Massey, Peter Lorre, Edward Everett Horton, Jack Carson, James Gleason, Josephine Hull, Jean Adair, and John Alexander. The last 3 actors recreating their Broadway roles (Josephine Hull won an Oscar for her acting in this movie). One interesting rumor about the movie is Boris Karloff played the Raymond Massey role on Broadway, and in the movie there are several jokes about Raymond Massey looking like Boris Karloff which really angers the Raymond Massey character (unfortunately Boris Karloff had other commitments so he was unable to make the movie). This movie is sheer pleasure to watch. The twists and turns in the plot are so fun. ” - osborn-griffith
A Summer Place (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A self-made businessman rekindles a romance with a former flame while their two teenage children begin a romance of their own with drastic consequences for both couples. (130 mins.)
Director: Delmer Daves
“ Have you ever wondered what it was like to grow up in the 1950's? Well, here's the stereotypical version. This movie is so full of cliches it is fun. Add in Sandra Dee and Troy Donahue, the perfect teens of the 1950's and you have an absurd idiotic version of life then. Teen pregnancy, divorce, alcoholism, virginity, secret romance, it's all there. Angst and condemnation out the whazoo are also included. The musical score is great. It's a silly bit of fluff that is a great example of the teen melodramas. ” - osborn-griffith
Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.0/10 X  
Aliens resurrect dead humans as zombies and vampires to stop humanity from creating the Solaranite (a sort of sun-driven bomb). (79 mins.)
“ Considered by most as the "worst movie ever made," this is a definite must see! The Johnny Depp/Tim Burton movie "Ed Wood" is a wonderful introduction to the bizarre film career of Edward D Wood, Jr. He was a triple threat, he wrote, directed and also starred in some of them ("Glen or Glenda"). But to truly experience the flagrant badness of his movies this one is the most tolerable. The horrifyingly bad sets, the visible string holding up the pie plate flying saucers, the boom shots, the introduction of weird stock footage, the priceless dreadful dialogue, this is all included for your viewing pleasure. The actors are magnificently substandard. There are so many awful scenes to describe: the usage of the word there, the gun prop in the graveyard scene, the vampire chasing the heroine, the "stupid, stupid minds" scene, actually EVERY SINGLE scene is appalling. This movies reeks of brilliant dreadful film making. It is so much fun to watch! I fell in love with Ed Wood's style. If possible I would consider it so bad it's good. ” - osborn-griffith
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Humanity finds a mysterious, obviously artificial object buried beneath the Lunar surface and, with the intelligent computer H.A.L. 9000, sets off on a quest. (149 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ Stanley Kubrick at his finest, an excellent collaboration of Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke from Clarke's story. However, this review is for those who live in the states of Washington, Colorado or any other state that allows the use of mind altering substances to smoke or bake. With slow pace and beautifully coordinated movements and soundtrack on screen, you just need that little extra mind altering effect to make the movie tolerable even entertaining, otherwise you will fall asleep or spend the whole movie texting about how come things move fast in Star Wars and like a turtle in 2001 and does it take place in someother space or is it because 2001 is older and Star Wars is young or what? The whole movie seems to move at a snail's pace and sometimes you want to just grab the pen and shove it in the guy's hand or scream "move it, move it, move it" like a marine sargeant. But with your personal "special effects" the movie is almost a religious experience, your mind and the movie meld together perfectly. H.A.L.'s nervous breakdown is wonderful revenge, myself having experienced numerous breakdowns while working with my own computer, Elvis. The psychedelic travel sequence for Keir Dullea is a flashback to the 60's. Overall this movie needs participation of the viewer with mind altering substances otherwise it works as if it were Valium. ” - osborn-griffith
Johnny Guitar (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
After helping a wounded gang member, a strong-willed female saloon owner is wrongly suspected of murder and bank robbery by a lynch mob. (110 mins.)
Director: Nicholas Ray
“ Okay, I am still in a state of shock over the fact that they made 2 remakes of this movie. That simply proves that Hollywood is "mercifully free of the ravages of intelligence." Johnny Guitar is directed by Nicholas Ray (of "Rebel without a Cause" fame). This movie is overwhelmingly awful, if you watch it you will spend most of the movie with your mouth hanging open in shock, no matter how many times you view it. Mercedes McCambridge sets a new bar to "over the top" acting. According to rumor the feud between McCambridge and Joan Crawford was real. Crawford is at her best icy anger/emotionless acting. Sterling Hayden does his stoic best. One quote from Hayden after making this movie is: "There is not enough money in Hollywood to lure me into making another picture with Joan Crawford. And I like money." The dialogue is delightfully awful. Surprisingly this movie is considered a classic good movie by some. I find this to be a definition of "classic and good" that is beyond my understanding. This movie is simply one of the weirdest movies I have ever seen. It is a definite must see! ” - osborn-griffith
Citizen Kane (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Following the death of a publishing tycoon, news reporters scramble to discover the meaning of his final utterance. (119 mins.)
Director: Orson Welles
“ How could I possibly forget this innovative, ingenious, clever, inventive movie. Directed, written and acted by the gifted Orson Welles, co-written by Joseph Makiewicz and an uncredited John Houseman, edited by the skillful Robert Wise ( who went on to direct an incredible variety of movies from "The Sound of Music" to "The Haunting"); this movie is perfect in every way. The script is a sly mirror of the lives of William Randolph Hearst and Marion Davies; unfortunately with the great power Hearst had, he panned this movie in all his newspapers and made it difficult for Welles. This is the tale of Kane and his life told in a flash back. The scenes are brilliant, the cinematography is incredible, the music is by the wonderful Bernard Herrman (Psycho and many other Hitchcock movies, Taxi Driver, The Magnificent Ambersons). The cast is headed by Orson Welles with the accomplished Joseph Cotten at his best. It is in beautiful black and white and every scene is masterful. A must see movie for any devoted cinephile. "Rosebud." ” - osborn-griffith
All About Eve (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
An ingenue insinuates herself into the company of an established but aging stage actress and her circle of theater friends. (138 mins.)
“ If you only watch 1 Bette Davis movie, this one is it. She is not at the height of her beauty but she is at the height of her acting. This movie was made for her. She is absolutely flawless in the role of Margo Channing. The movie was written and directed by Joseph Mankiewicz based on a story by Mary Orr. The movie won an Oscar for Mankiewicz and Best Picture (6 Oscars in all). It tells the wonderfully fun and sad machinations of a group of co-workers/friends on Broadway. The innocent and sly manipulations of the characters are wonderful. The most famous line from this movie is: "Fasten your seatbelts, it's going to be a bumpy night." The actors are an incredible group: George Sanders (at his charming nastiest best and an Oscar winning role for him), a bit role for Marilyn Monroe, Celeste Holm, Anne Baxter playing the "innocent" Eve (who was said to have continued her rivalry with Davis off stage in their best actress Oscar nominations - both lost), Thelma Ritter, Hugh Marlowe and Gary Merrill (who eventually married Davis, but they divorced with her stating he married the character Margo Channing not her). This is an exquisite protrayal of blind ambition and betrayal. The dialogue is perfect, the performances are perfect, once again this is another must see perfect movie. ” - osborn-griffith
Frankenstein (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
An obsessed scientist assembles a living being from parts of exhumed corpses. (70 mins.)
Director: James Whale
“ Directed by the incredible James Whale (watch "Gods and Monsters" for a piece of his life story) and portrayed by the masterly Boris Karloff; this movie is frightening and most importantly full of pathos. The sets on this movie were amazing. The equipment Dr. Frankenstein used to bring the monster alive was fascinating. Of course, Boris Karloff's portrayal is brilliant. It has a wonderful supporting cast of characters. This movie isn't the violent monster movies we see now but in my opinion it is much more effective and frightening plus the added poignancy is the perfect touch. ” - osborn-griffith
Gunga Din (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
In 19th century India, three British soldiers and a native waterbearer must stop a secret mass revival of the murderous Thuggee cult before it can rampage across the land. (117 mins.)
Director: George Stevens
“ Based on a poem by Rudyard Kipling, this is a wonderful adventure film. It is starring Cary Grant, Victor MacLaglen, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. and Sam Jaffe. This movie is full of fun, action and pathos. The acting is great and so are the characters. ” - osborn-griffith
Magic Town (1947)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
An opinion pollster finds a town which is a perfect mirror of U.S. opinions. (103 mins.)
“ This is an odd movie to add to the list but after this past election it seems so appropriate. It is the story of how polls can effect a town. An interesting "little" movie starring James Stewart and Jane Wyman. In this day and age of polls driving us insane, this movie takes a look at what polls can do to people. It's really a basic romance. But my personal frustration with constant polling information brought this to my mind as a movie worth seeing. ” - osborn-griffith
Beau Geste (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Three adopted English brothers join the French Foreign Legion in North Africa, after one of them steals their adoptive family's famous heirloom sapphire. (112 mins.)
“ This film has been made several different times but this is one of the best versions. The story is inspiring, it's about the heroism of brothers and "true love." It is a great adventure film. It's starring: Gary Cooper, Ray Milland, Robert Preston and Brian Donlevy. ” - osborn-griffith