Best Movies I Watched in 2013

I watched a ton of movies in 2013, more than most people see in 3 or 4 years. New, old, and many genres. I saw some really great stuff. Some might say I'm using the word liberally, but here's a list of the best, and in the order I watched them. While all of these movies aren't in my all-time top 100, they are the best I saw this year. Trite, over-watched, over-hyped, underrated, good, bad, ugly: if it's on this list, I thought it was noteworthy. I wanted to keep it under 100, but failed.
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Moon (2009)
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Astronaut Sam Bell has a quintessentially personal encounter toward the end of his three-year stint on the Moon, where he, working alongside his computer, GERTY, sends back to Earth parcels of a resource that has helped diminish our planet's power problems. (97 mins.)
Director: Duncan Jones
“ This is certainly one of my favourite sci-fi films. See it if you haven't. Watched it on New Year's Day with my wife in our apartment in Berlin. ” - fred-sickly
Murderball (2005 Documentary)
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Quadriplegics, who play full-contact rugby in wheelchairs, overcome unimaginable obstacles to compete in the Paralympic Games in Athens, Greece. (88 mins.)
“ Intense and entertaining documentary about some seriously tough people. ” - fred-sickly
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 love the feel of this film. Reminds me of 'To Catch a Thief.' ” - fred-sickly
The Grey (2011)
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After their plane crashes in Alaska, six oil workers are led by a skilled huntsman to survival, but a pack of merciless wolves haunts their every step. (117 mins.)
Director: Joe Carnahan
“ Neeson pretty much always kicks some ass. I love sad films, this is definitely one. ” - fred-sickly
Bronson (2008)
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A young man who was sentenced to seven years in prison for robbing a post office ends up spending three decades in solitary confinement. During this time, his own personality is supplanted by his alter-ego, Charles Bronson. (92 mins.)
“ My wife and I were excited when, on our DVD spree in Berlin, we found a copy of this. This is one of our favourites. SEE it if you haven't, watch it again if you have! ” - fred-sickly
Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)
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A substance, designed to help the brain repair itself, gives rise to a super-intelligent chimp who leads an ape uprising. (105 mins.)
Director: Rupert Wyatt
“ I'm a huge Andy Serkis fan. Another one we were excited to find inexpensive in Berlin. I like the tone and look of this film. It has a lot of texture to it, both visually and emotionally. Funny and interesting and sad and quiet and epic. ” - fred-sickly
Mr. Nobody (2009)
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A boy stands on a station platform as a train is about to leave. Should he go with his mother or stay with his father? Infinite possibilities arise from this decision. As long as he doesn't choose, anything is possible. (141 mins.)
“ I love this movie. It has a lot of physics and philosophy themes in it that I enjoy studying and use in my own art. Plus, any movie with me and my wife's song in it has my vote. The best thing Leto's probably ever made. Very good film. ” - fred-sickly
The Experiment (2010)
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26 men are chosen to participate in the roles of guards and prisoners in a psychological study that ultimately spirals out of control. (96 mins.)
“ The last in the long line of movie Tina and I somehow found time to watch on our trip to Berlin. We sat in the apartment, drinking, smoking cigars, playing ukulele, playing tarocchi and laughing, in between breaking my legs walking ALL OVER Berlin. This movie isn't a faithful telling of the prison experiment, but it is compelling and truthfully displays the emotions and themes of what happened and the characters that were developed over the course of the experiment. ” - fred-sickly
Sound It Out (2011 Documentary)
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SOUND IT OUT is a documentary portrait of the very last surviving vinyl record shop in Teesside, in the North East of England... (75 mins.)
Director: Jeanie Finlay
“ This is the first movie we watched after returning from Berlin. So far, I've just listed every film I watched in 2013. Watched some good stuff. My wife and I got into vinyl last year and this was a great portrait of why vinyl is important. If you're a fan of music, or a collector of anything, give this a watch. ” - fred-sickly
Hitchcock (2012)
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A love story between the influential filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock and his wife Alma Reville during the filming of Psycho in 1959. (98 mins.)
Director: Sacha Gervasi
“ Great flick about one of my favourite directors. The casting was great! Mirren, Hopkins, Johansson, Wincott, Biel, and D'Arcy are amazing. Great script. Great film. ” - fred-sickly
The Impossible (2012)
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The story of a tourist family in Thailand caught in the destruction and chaotic aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. (114 mins.)
Director: J.A. Bayona
“ Great film. I didn't like that they changed the family's ethnicity, but this was an amazing film. ” - fred-sickly
Red State (2011)
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Set in Middle America, a group of teens receive an online invitation for sex, though they soon encounter fundamentalists with a much more sinister agenda. (88 mins.)
Director: Kevin Smith
“ Kevin Smith's creepiest movie, and probably his deepest and most political. Pretty dark commentary on religious quacks, what happened in Waco, and the closed-minded freaks that stink about America for the rest of us. Good stuff. ” - fred-sickly
The Celluloid Closet (1995 Documentary)
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A documentary surveying the various Hollywood screen depictions of homosexuals and the attitudes behind them throughout the history of North American film. (102 mins.)
“ Pretty good portrait of the evolution of gay and lesbian characters in film. ” - fred-sickly
West of Memphis (2012 Documentary)
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An examination of a failure of justice in the case against the West Memphis Three. (147 mins.)
Director: Amy Berg
“ Good companion piece to the 'Paradise Lost' films. This film's a little slanted, but that is the tragedy of the WM3 case. The angle this movie presents will probably never be seriously looked into by the bigots & morons that can't admit they wrongly incarcerated the WM3. One of the saddest legal messes ever. ” - fred-sickly
The Paperboy (2012)
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A reporter returns to his Florida home-town to investigate a case involving a death row inmate. (107 mins.)
Director: Lee Daniels
“ Pretty sexy & dark. Interesting performances from Cusack & Kidman. ” - fred-sickly
Seven Psychopaths (2012)
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A struggling screenwriter inadvertently becomes entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his oddball friends kidnap a gangster's beloved Shih Tzu. (110 mins.)
Director: Martin McDonagh
“ Better than Martin McDonagh's first film 'In Bruges.' GREAT cast, wicked performances, cool premise, killer script, funny, dark, twisted, tacky, well put together. See it. ” - fred-sickly
Deathtrap (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A Broadway playwright puts murder in his plan to take credit for a student's script. (116 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
“ Reeve & Caine are hilarious in this. Well-written. Dark & funny. Very different role for Reeve. ” - fred-sickly
Django Unchained (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner. (165 mins.)
“ Great western. Tarantino knocks this one out of the park. Not my favourite movie of all time, but I CANNOT understand some of the flack that it's gotten from some people and some of their qualms about it, particularly those that criticize the hell our of Tarantino personally and those that criticize this film without having seen it. ” - fred-sickly
Much Ado About Nothing (1993)
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Young lovers Hero and Claudio, soon to wed, conspire to get verbal sparring partners and confirmed singles Benedick and Beatrice to wed as well. (111 mins.)
Director: Kenneth Branagh
“ Getting ready to perform in the lead role of this piece of Shakespeare in Bern, Switzerland this year, I watched this film a few times, along with some other productions. I remember watching this with my father back in 1993. I think it was the only Shakespeare play he ever really talked about. I've played Benedick twice and any version of it has a place on my shelf, I think. I'm looking forward to seeing what Whedon came up with. ” - fred-sickly
Skyfall (2012)
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Bond's loyalty to M is tested when her past comes back to haunt her. Whilst MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost. (143 mins.)
Director: Sam Mendes
“ I dig the new Bond flicks. I like the contrast of how dark and serious they are compared to the older ones' light playfulness. I was skeptical of them at first, but the new Bond's pretty wicked. ” - fred-sickly
Anna Karenina (2012)
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In late-19th-century Russian high society, St. Petersburg aristocrat Anna Karenina enters into a life-changing affair with the dashing Count Alexei Vronsky. (129 mins.)
Director: Joe Wright
“ Beautiful film. Wonderful cast, enchanted production. Intense stuff. See it if you haven't. ” - fred-sickly
Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
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After a stint in a mental institution, former teacher Pat Solitano moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife. Things get more challenging when Pat meets Tiffany, a mysterious girl with problems of her own. (122 mins.)
“ This caught my wife and I a little off guard. Pretty surprisingly good film. I had low expectations going into it, but the whole cast is pretty tight and the story's a little nuts. De Niro's always great in a comedy and always plays a good nut. ” - fred-sickly
Argo (2012)
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Acting under the cover of a Hollywood producer scouting a location for a science fiction film, a CIA agent launches a dangerous operation to rescue six Americans in Tehran during the U.S. hostage crisis in Iran in 1980. (120 mins.)
Director: Ben Affleck
“ Another surprise. Reading about it, I had no desire to see it, but since I see pretty much anything that crosses my radar, we watched it, & had a good afternoon. Sort of odd subject for a movie, but I've definitely seen less interesting, less relevant chapters of history thrown up on a screen. ” - fred-sickly
The Green Hornet (2011)
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Following the death of his father, Britt Reid, heir to his father's large company, teams up with his late dad's assistant Kato to become a masked crime fighting team. (119 mins.)
Director: Michel Gondry
“ Some wacky Rogen antics. Goofy stuff. Worth a watch. ” - fred-sickly
Arizona Dream (1992)
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An Innuit hunter races his sled home with a fresh-caught halibut. This fish pervades the entire film... (142 mins.)
Director: Emir Kusturica
“ Underrated. Poetic, odd, cagey film. Great cast & performances. ” - fred-sickly
Comic Book Men (2012 TV Series)
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An unscripted series set in Smith's iconic comic shop Jay and Silent Bob's Secret Stash and captures the world of the neighborhood comic book store and fanboy culture. (22 mins.)
“ Great show. I think it should run another 6 seasons. Pretty funny & geeky. Sort of like the Antiques Roadshow for nerds. We've had a bunch of fun watching this. Kevin Smith & his crew taught my wife the joys and finesse of haggling and how awesome toys and comics can be. ” - fred-sickly
An Evening with Kevin Smith (2002 Documentary)
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Kevin Smith interacts in Q&A sessions throughout various college stops in the USA. (224 mins.)
Director: J.M. Kenny
“ You don't have to be a fan of Kevin Smith to get into these movies. He's a pretty talkative guy... ” - fred-sickly
An Evening with Kevin Smith 2: Evening Harder (2006 Documentary)
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In this second Q&A with Kevin Smith he now enters the homes of some of his fans in Toronto and London. (239 mins.)
Director: J.M. Kenny
“ These flicks swing between being really informative and just plain entertaining. ” - fred-sickly
Kevin Smith: Sold Out - A Threevening with Kevin Smith (2008 Documentary)
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Kevin Smith brings his famous and "infamous" Q&A back to his hometown of Red Bank, New Jersey for his 37th birthday. (122 mins.)
“ And the man just... keeps... talking... ” - fred-sickly
Kevin Smith: Burn in Hell (2012 Documentary)
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Kevin Smith conducts a Q&A session about the aftermath of his latest film, Red State. (89 mins.)
“ In this, Kevin Smith goes into why he made 'Red State.' Along with all the 'Evenings with' and 'Comic Book Men,' I watched all of Smith's movies this year. Serious Smith marathon. 'Red State' is probably my favourite of his. His films all get better as he went along, I think. That's why I think this was one of my favourite of the 'Evenings with.' His insight into where 'Red State' came from and the process of writing it and showing it is a decent story. He's articulate for being so goofy. ” - fred-sickly
Kevin Smith: Too Fat for 40! (2010 Documentary)
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A no holds barred concert with award winning filmmaker and raconteur Kevin Smith. In this special celebrating his milestone 40th birthday, Kevin answers questions from his fans, revealing stories and hilarious truths. In HD. (120 mins.)
“ Good stories in this one. If I remember right, this is the one where he talks about his father a bit, which is well put. ” - fred-sickly
Jay and Silent Bob Get Old: Tea Bagging in the UK (2012 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith take their podcast, "Jay & Silent Bob Get Old" across the pond. (240 mins.)
Director: Kevin Smith
“ I watched the series of these too. They're silly & frivolous, but they're a fun watch if you're a Mewes/Smith fan or like wacky stories. They don't have the same sort of question and answer format as the 'Evenings with.' This one was my favourite of them. This is the one where Kevin Smith recommends the bacon in Ireland, and he's not joking around. If you haven't been to Ireland, you REALLY haven't had bacon. I agree with him. We went to Ireland and sitting down to our first breakfast, I felt like I'd been lied to my entire life. Really. Thanks, Kevin. Really. ” - fred-sickly
The Collection (2012)
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A man who escapes from the vicious grips of the serial killer known as "The Collector" is blackmailed to rescue an innocent girl from the killer's booby-trapped warehouse. (82 mins.)
Director: Marcus Dunstan
“ Horror is not my favourite genre. But, I like me some horror. Good horror, bad horror, serious horror, comedic horror, horror spoofs. One of the things that I typically really hate in a horror flick is when they take themselves too seriously. Or when they just center on a tacky gimmick. Or when they act like they're blowing your mind and they're really just a little boring. I couldn't take my eyes off this one. This is one of the best horror films I've seen in a while, definitely in the top five horrors I watched this year. This one is really twisted. ” - fred-sickly
Spaced (1999 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
Friends Tim and Daisy, 20-something North Londoners with uncertain futures, must pretend to be a couple to live in the only apartment they can afford. (25 mins.)
“ In anticipation of 'The World's End' coming out this year, I did a Pegg marathon too. 'Spaced' is truly a classic. The writing, acting, & directing in it are the same stuff that has made Pegg & Frost & Wright & Hynes' careers all so cool. This show is very well put together and effin' hilarious. The premise and characters are hilarious and every episode is unique and textured. This show probably has a higher rewatchability than the rest of Wright's work too. Just see it. It's so clever and funny. ” - fred-sickly
A Fantastic Fear of Everything (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A crime novelist whose research on Victorian serial killers has turned him into a paranoid wreck must confront his worst fears when a film executive takes a sudden interest in his movie script. (100 mins.)
“ Speaking of Pegg being hilarious... The end of this one's maybe a little tangled up, but I really dug this movie. A comedy about a paranoid writer freaking himself out while working on a piece about serial killers. Funny stuff. ” - fred-sickly
Shaun of the Dead (2004)
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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
“ While I mentioned, I'm not the biggest horror fan, I have to say, I am a huge zombie fan. There's something about the philosophy behind them that I really relate to and dig. I like that they can be view superficially, but you can dig deeper and watch them as these sinister metaphors. A good zombie movie is not just freaks and blood. This is probably my favourite zombie film, or at least in my top 3 or 5. Actually, while this wasn't the first one I ever saw, this was sort of a gateway film that really opened my eyes to zombie films. The homages in it are pretty awesome. Wright's directing is well-suited to this type of film, and I think this might be his best, really. See it again. ” - fred-sickly
Life's Too Short (2011 TV Series)
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The show centers on Warwick Davis in his day-to-day life, complete with the frustrations he faces. (30 mins.)
“ This is truly some of Gervais' best work. This series is seriously funny and twisted. It's got some great layers to it and some of it's just plain wrong. The celebrity guests are all wicked funny. The Depp episode is just effin' epic. Get your hands on this show. ” - fred-sickly
Portlandia (2011 TV Series)
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A sketch-comedy series that parodies life in Portland, Oregon. (22 mins.)
“ The wife and I got seriously hooked on this show and we're going to be severely bummed if there's not another season. I'll tell you, I really don't like sitcoms. I'm not a big TV fan, but typically the stuff I like I REALLY dig. Usually if I'm watching some show, it's a documentary show, sketch comedy, or British. This show is some of the best sketch comedy I've seen. The celebrity guests are always awesome. Kyle MacLachlan as the mayor is hilarious. Armisen & Brownstein are amazing together. The portrait of Portland they paint is mind-blowingly accurate and side-splitting. Good sketch comedy rags on how ridiculous we can all be. This is seriously good. If you watch it and don't think it's funny, what probably just happen is that you just didn't get it. ” - fred-sickly
Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
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The Bride wakens from a four-year coma. The child she carried in her womb is gone. Now she must wreak vengeance on the team of assassins who betrayed her - a team she was once part of. (111 mins.)
“ I could really go off about these. It's another series I was initially pretty skeptical of, but Tarantino & Uma (Q & U) really kill these flicks they're so funny and violent & serious & over-the-top. Give them both a shot if you haven't. ” - fred-sickly
TPB AFK: The Pirate Bay Away from Keyboard (2013 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
An intellectual freedoms documentary based around the interpersonal triumphs, and defeats of the three main characters against the largest industry in the known universe. The media industry. (85 mins.)
Director: Simon Klose
“ While framed a little sideways, this is a pretty good documentary on an interesting enough subject. A documentary's job is to make its subject interesting to the audience. That must have been an easy job in this case, with such a unique subject and a weird locations, characters and twists. ” - fred-sickly
The League of Gentlemen (1999 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
An interweaving narrative chronicling the antics of such diverse characters as: a transsexual taxi driver, a family obsessed with hygiene and toads, a fiery reverend, a carnival owner who kidnaps women into marriage, and a xenophobic couple who run a local shop for local people. (60 mins.)
“ This is probably in my top 5 favourite TV shows of all time. If you like British comedy shows or just twisted humour, this is on the top shelf. Seriously. This show is always just plain wrong, on like 15 levels, most of which you can't put your finger on in one viewing. Excellent characters and plots. It's pretty unique. It's a sketch comedy show that has a plot. 'Portlandia' also has plot arcs in its seasons. But 'The League of Gentlemen' always has three or four plots moving at a time and every sketch fits into them in some way, with no merely funny or interesting side tracks. Everything's always twisted and moves the plot along in some way. Give it a chance... If you dare... ” - fred-sickly
Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)
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The Bride continues her quest of vengeance against her former boss and lover Bill, the reclusive bouncer Budd and the treacherous, one-eyed Elle. (137 mins.)
“ A great sequel. A completely different feel from the first one. The first is a Kung Fu western comedy, this second piece is a emotional western revenge drama. When you write or hear a story, you want a few things. You want a story you want to hear. And you want to hear the whole thing. That's the great thing about these movies. They're a great double feature, hearing the complete story, but they're written in such a way that, while you want to hear a whole story, with these two, you both do and don't have to. While they are both telling different chapters of the same story, they are both very different from each other and can absolutely stand on their own or be watched in backwards order, really. They both have very different moods and serve different purposes, fulfill different narrative needs. They might be too bloody for a lot of people, or seem overblown, but I think they are worth a good critical eye. The 'Kill Bill' films could not be made without 'Pulp Fiction,' 'Natural Born Killers,' 'True Romance,' et cetera, and 'Inglourious Basterds' and 'Django Unchained' could not have been made with the 'Kill Bill' films. I'm interested to see what he comes up with next. ” - fred-sickly
Bully (2011 Documentary)
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A documentary on peer-to-peer bullying in schools across America. (98 mins.)
Director: Lee Hirsch
“ You know me, I'm a sucker for a good documentary. It's funny: I think books are sort of more about information, and films are more about entertainment. But most of my favourite books are fiction, and most of my favourite movies are documentaries. To me, making a documentary is kind of a cheap shot. Almost: make a documentary and you immediately have my attention & I'll see your film. I like finding out how and why people do what they do and how they think and feel. Especially when an underdog or an unreliable narrator is involved. This one is a good look at bullying in America's schools. Worth a watch. ” - fred-sickly
Detropia (2012 Documentary)
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A documentary on the city of Detroit and its woes, which are emblematic of the collapse of the U.S. manufacturing base. (90 mins.)
“ A sad look at the decay in Detroit. ” - fred-sickly
The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)
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The life of Jesus Christ, his journey through life as he faces the struggles all humans do, and his final temptation on the cross. (164 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ About ten years ago, a friend of mine gave me a copy of the soundtrack to this film and told me I absolutely had to hear it. I thought it was amazing. The emotions and instrumentation and themes in it are real gritty. It was good to finally put a face to it. Going into it, I had no idea that Keitel and Dafoe were in it or that Scorsese directed it. Reading the title or a synopsis would normally just completely put me off. I thought this film was amazing. Probably the ONLY movie about Jesus that I like. Catholic, atheist, Buddhist, intellectual, brain-dead moron, whatever, give this flick a shot if you haven't. It's dark and stormy and compassionate, open-minded and thoughtful. ” - fred-sickly
Moog (2004 Documentary)
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Bob Moog shaped musical culture with some of the most inspiring electronic instruments ever created... (72 mins.)
Director: Hans Fjellestad
“ If you watch this film, you will immediately start noticing Moog's work at concerts and on recordings everywhere you go. This man was a pioneer that made a lot of the sounds that elevate music you love possible. ” - fred-sickly
A Trip to the Moon (1902 Short Film)
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A group of astronomers go on an expedition to the Moon. (13 mins.)
“ Oldie/goodie. You wish you could make a film this cool. Iconic, epic, beautiful, graceful, delicate, awkward, sweet magic. ” - fred-sickly
The World According to Garp (1982)
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Based on the John Irving novel, this film chronicles the life of T S Garp, and his mother, Jenny. Whilst Garp sees himself as a "serious" writer... (136 mins.)
Director: George Roy Hill
“ A unique film. Probably one of Williams' first dramatic roles and the only time Lithgow's ever worn drag. A good story about an ordinary and unique man and the sh***y and sublime situations in his life. ” - fred-sickly
Experiment in Terror (1962)
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A man with an asthmatic voice telephones bank clerk Kelly Sherwood at home and coerces her into helping him steal a large sum from her bank. (123 mins.)
Director: Blake Edwards
“ Excellent noir. Excellent soundtrack. Good stuff. ” - fred-sickly
Flash of Genius (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Robert Kearns takes on the Detroit automakers who he claims stole his idea for the intermittent windshield wiper. (119 mins.)
Director: Marc Abraham
“ Interesting biopic. Good role for Kinear. Give it a shot some Saturday. ” - fred-sickly
Dig! (2004 Documentary)
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A documentary on the once-promising American rock bands The Brian Jonestown Massacre and The Dandy Warhols, and the friendship/rivalry between their respective founders, Anton Newcombe and Courtney Taylor. (107 mins.)
Director: Ondi Timoner
“ Bizarre documentary about moron musician's bitter feud with his sell-out peers. A strange portrait. ” - fred-sickly
Die Husky Familie - Ein Leben im Schnee (2012 TV Series)
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(43 mins.)
Director: Ralf Breier
“ If you like seeing different ways of life and animals, give this a watch. Some simple and extraordinary goings on. ” - fred-sickly
Searching for Sugar Man (2012 Documentary)
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Two South Africans set out to discover what happened to their unlikely musical hero, the mysterious 1970s rock n roller, Rodriguez. (86 mins.)
“ Amazing documentary about an underrated musician. We went to see him at the Montreux Jazz Festival this year. It was a truly great show, a wonderful experience, a beautiful trip, and a touching epilogue to this film for us. Whether you've seen this or not, DO NOT pass up an opportunity to see Rodriguez. See this if you haven't, especially if you like great music, underdogs, or mysteries. ” - fred-sickly
If I Should Fall from Grace: The Shane MacGowan Story (2001 Documentary)
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Music videos and archived footage supplement recent interviews in this documentary of ex-Pogues singer Shane MacGowan... (91 mins.)
Director: Sarah Share
“ A good documentary about a stupendous drunk. Probably the only (or biggest) negative thing I have to say about this is that they played way too much of his music in it. They literally stopped the documentary to play whole Pogues music videos several times throughout the film. Some is necessary, but, while the videos & tunes were good, they didn't need to halt the interviews and show whole music videos. But, overall a good documentary. ” - fred-sickly
The Killing (1956)
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Crooks plan and execute a daring race-track robbery. (85 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ Good, heisty, early Kubrick. Definitely an influential film. ” - fred-sickly
Nothing But the Truth (2008)
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In Washington, D.C., a female reporter faces a possible jail sentence for outing a CIA agent and refusing to reveal her source. (108 mins.)
Director: Rod Lurie
“ I don't usually like what I call "movies for grown-ups" -- by that I mean dramas about spies or government agencies with lots of people in suits with drab, serious, chalky endings and claustrophobic schmaltzy morals -- but this flick was okay. Good story. Heavy stuff. ” - fred-sickly
Lawless (2012)
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Set in Depression-era Franklin County, Virginia, a trio of bootlegging brothers are threatened by a new special deputy and other authorities angling for a cut of their profits. (116 mins.)
Director: John Hillcoat
“ Killer prohibition film. Alright cast. Good Tom Hardy performance. He's come a long way since that lame Star Trek film. ” - fred-sickly
The Nutty Professor (1963)
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To improve his social life, a nerdish professor drinks a potion that temporarily turns him into the handsome, but obnoxious, Buddy Love. (107 mins.)
Director: Jerry Lewis
“ This is just as funny as I remembered it. Lewis is a comic genius here. ” - fred-sickly
World's Greatest Dad (2009)
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When his son's body is found in a humiliating accident, a lonely high school teacher inadvertently attracts an overwhelming amount of community and media attention after covering up the truth with a phony suicide note. (99 mins.)
“ I've always been a Bobcat fan. This is just as dark and twisted and thoughtful and funny as his 'God Bless America.' Give it watch. Funny and unlikely, leaving a weird taste in your mouth. ” - fred-sickly
Zach Galifianakis: Live at the Purple Onion (2006 Documentary)
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A master of the one-liner with an absurd rambling style, Zach's sharp, resonating humor makes his show at the famed Purple Onion in San Francisco one of the funniest performances in recent comedy. (72 mins.)
Director: Michael Blieden
“ Huge Galifianakis fan. This is some decent stand-up. ” - fred-sickly
16 Blocks (2006)
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An aging alcoholic cop is assigned the task of escorting a witness from police custody to a courthouse 16 blocks away. There are, however, chaotic forces at work that prevent them from making it in one piece. (102 mins.)
Director: Richard Donner
“ I didn't like this the first time I saw it, but gave it another chance this spring. Pretty good cop drama/thriller. Mos Def's great in it. The story's good and the characters have some good conflicts & textures & arcs. ” - fred-sickly
The Thomas Crown Affair (1999)
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A very rich and successful playboy amuses himself by stealing artwork, but may have met his match in a seductive detective. (113 mins.)
Director: John McTiernan
“ I finally got around to this. I love a good heist. This is one of those rare re-makes that's better than the original. ” - fred-sickly
Spellbound (2002 Documentary)
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Spellbound follows eight teenagers on their quest to win the 1999 National Spelling Bee. (97 mins.)
Director: Jeffrey Blitz
“ Entertaining watching these dorky kids struggle through a spelling bee. Good kids. Good movie. ” - fred-sickly
Warrior (2011)
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The youngest son of an alcoholic former boxer returns home, where he's trained by his father for competition in a mixed martial arts tournament - a path that puts the fighter on a collision course with his estranged, older brother. (140 mins.)
Director: Gavin O'Connor
“ Great flick. Probably one of my favourite sports films. Good use of Moby-Dick to highlight what the characters are experiencing. Killer fights. Good depth. Sad. Funny. Epic. My brother and a have a pretty grim feud and had effed relationships with our father, so I relate to this on a few levels. Another great performance by Hardy. ” - fred-sickly
The Conversation (1974)
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A paranoid, secretive surveillance expert has a crisis of conscience when he suspects that a couple he is spying on will be murdered. (113 mins.)
“ My father had talked about this and I finally got around to it. Pretty dark, weird, cagey stuff. Definitely influential and worth a watch. ” - fred-sickly
Room 237 (2012 Documentary)
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An exploration of various interpretations of Stanley Kubrick's horror film, The Shining. (102 mins.)
Director: Rodney Ascher
“ Conspiracy theory wackiness. Really poorly directed. Proof that if you have an interesting enough subject, you don't need any talent to direct a film about it. Great subject. Positively wretchedly cobbled together. ” - fred-sickly
The Buddy Holly Story (1978)
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The story of the life and career of the early rock and roll singer, from his meteoric rise to stardom, to his marriage and untimely death. (114 mins.)
Director: Steve Rash
“ Very surprising performance by Busey. I seriously gained some respect for his talent and started to understand how he gained his career and reputation, aside from just being pretty crazy. ” - fred-sickly
Sound City (2013 Documentary)
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A documentary on the fabled recording studio that was located in Van Nuys, California. (107 mins.)
Director: David Grohl
“ Another great subject. Good directorial debut for Grohl. While, on some level, this film serves as sort of a show and tell, look what a cool toy I acquired, sort of document, the subject is important and serious enough and has changed enough of our lives through the musicians that worked with it that I think this film is relevant, worth having been made, and certainly worth watching. Good job, Dave. Good stuff. ” - fred-sickly
Every Little Step (2008 Documentary)
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Follows the plight of real-life dancers as they struggle through auditions for the Broadway revival of "A Chorus Line". Also investigates the history of the show and the creative minds behind the original and current incarnations. (96 mins.)
“ Any actor that's ever auditioned for any role and any freak that's ever been outcast or undermined will relate to this film. ” - fred-sickly
Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures (2001 Documentary)
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The career and life of Stanley Kubrick is explored through pictures, clips from his films, his old home movies, comments from his colleagues and a narration by Tom Cruise. (142 mins.)
Director: Jan Harlan
“ A great look at a great director. Insightful. Give it watch. ” - fred-sickly
The Front (1976)
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A cashier poses as a writer for blacklisted talents to submit their work through, but the injustice around him pushes him to take a stand. (95 mins.)
Director: Martin Ritt
“ Great story. Important stuff. A good Allen performance. Check this one out. ” - fred-sickly
Silent Running (1972)
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In a future where all flora is extinct on Earth, an astronaut is given orders to destroy the last of Earth's botany, kept in a greenhouse aboard a spacecraft. (89 mins.)
“ Nix the cheesy music, please. Other than that, I don't care what you say, this is a good flick. Good message. Great setting. Sad and lonely. ” - fred-sickly
The Trip (2010)
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Steve Coogan has been asked by The Observer to tour the country's finest restaurants, but after his girlfriend backs out on him he must take his best friend and source of eternal aggravation, Rob Brydon. (112 mins.)
“ I usually think Coogan's a moron and not funny. Sometimes he does stuff like this that just kill me though. I LOVE a good mockumentary. This is funny stuff. This and 'Tristram Shandy' are an excellent double feature that's guaranteed to bore, anger, and irritate your sense of humourless wife. ” - fred-sickly
Side by Side (2012 Documentary)
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The documentary investigates the history, process and workflow of both digital and photochemical film creation. (99 mins.)
Director: Chris Kenneally
“ A great look at the evolution (and devolution) of cinema and film and their tools and processes. ” - fred-sickly
Timecrimes (2007)
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A man accidentally gets into a time machine and travels back in time nearly an hour. Finding himself will be the first of a series of disasters of unforeseeable consequences. (92 mins.)
Director: Nacho Vigalondo
“ Strange, amazing, simple time travel thriller. This one really crept up on me. Probably in my top 20 time travel films. Nice and creepy and quiet. ” - fred-sickly
Prometheus (2012)
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Following clues to the origin of mankind a team journey across the universe and find a structure on a distant planet containing a monolithic statue of a humanoid head and stone cylinders of alien blood but they soon find they are not alone. (124 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ PLEASE make a sequel to this... please... Excellent alien film. Best use of ancient alien theory in cinema. Very engaging. Says a lot about our identities, desires, perceptions, vulnerability, and loneliness. ” - fred-sickly
ShakespeaRe-Told (2005 Mini-Series)
Episode: Much Ado About Nothing (2005)
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Tensions mount in the TV studio when a take-charge anchor is reunited with a man she has a "history" with.
“ In my research for playing Benedick in Bern, I stumbled across this. Excellent adaption. And their Benedick played it like the douche bag I grew to interpret mine as. Worth a watch for an Shakespeare fan. I'm looking forward to checking out the rest of the series. ” - fred-sickly
Penn & Teller: Fool Us (2010 TV Series)
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Penn & Teller go to the U.K to find a magician who can "fool them" If Penn & Teller can figure out the... (90 mins.)
“ I'm a sucker for magic. This was a fun show to watch. If you like magic and/or Penn & Teller, the variety of acts on this are worth a watch or rewatch. Look it up. ” - fred-sickly
Joy Division (2007 Documentary)
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A chronological account of the influential late 1970s English rock band. (93 mins.)
Director: Grant Gee
“ A good look at the bitchin', stormy band and the era and area they inhabited and influenced. ” - fred-sickly
Let Me In (2010)
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A bullied young boy befriends a young female vampire who lives in secrecy with her guardian. (116 mins.)
Director: Matt Reeves
“ One of my favourite vampire movies ever. Very dark and lonely and sad. ” - fred-sickly
Hamlet 2 (2008)
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In this irreverent comedy, a failed actor-turned-worse-high-school-drama-teacher rallies his Tucson, AZ students as he conceives and stages politically incorrect musical sequel to Shakespeare's Hamlet. (92 mins.)
Director: Andrew Fleming
“ Excellent premise for an insane comedy. Another one of Coogan's good ones. Really daffy. ” - fred-sickly
Army of Darkness (1992)
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A man is accidentally transported to 1300 A.D., where he must battle an army of the dead and retrieve the Necronomicon so he can return home. (81 mins.)
Director: Sam Raimi
“ ALWAYS great for a rewatch. Finally forced it on the wife this spring. In my all-time top 100, maybe in the top 40 or higher. Sci-fi/western/horror/time travel/romance/fantasy/zombie/comedy. Rare and fine. ” - fred-sickly
Indie Game: The Movie (2012 Documentary)
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A documentary that follows the journeys of indie game developers as they create games and release those works, and themselves, to the world. (94 mins.)
“ Another unexpected gem. These dude are doing something right. Super Meat Boy is a wicked game. Give this a watch and grab a couple of the games in it when you have a few minutes. ” - fred-sickly
Splinter (2008)
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Trapped in an isolated gas station by a voracious Splinter parasite that transforms its still living victims into deadly hosts, a young couple and an escaped convict must find a way to work together to survive this primal terror. (82 mins.)
Director: Toby Wilkins
“ Another of my horror favourites. This one's pretty effed up. Sort of a Lovecraftian freak organism flick. Strange. Simple. Creepy, pleasant surprise. ” - fred-sickly
Kiss of the Damned (2012)
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The vampire Djuna resists the advances of Paolo, but soon gives in to their passion. When her trouble-making sister unexpectedly comes to visit, Djuna's love is threatened, and the whole vampire community becomes endangered. (97 mins.)
Director: Xan Cassavetes
“ Say what you will, I thought this was a good, sexy, dark, simple vampire movie. Give it a glance, if you like that kind of thing. There are so many terrible 21st century vampire flicks. This is one of the good ones, maybe in the top ten in the last few decades. ” - fred-sickly
Good Neighbors (2010)
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Victor is new to Montreal and attempts to make friends with the wheelchair-bound Spencer and the cat-loving Louise, but everybody is on edge with a serial killer terrorizing the neighborhood. (99 mins.)
Director: Jacob Tierney
“ Dark, simple, Hitchcockian goodness. I really dug this one. ” - fred-sickly
Memento (2000)
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A man creates a strange system to help him remember things; so he can hunt for the murderer of his wife without his short-term memory loss being an obstacle. (113 mins.)
“ I love an unreliable narrator. I dig a Mobius plot. I love a noir. Great combination. I'm a big Nolan fan. This one doesn't get old to me. ” - fred-sickly
Blood Into Wine (2010 Documentary)
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Take a look inside the life of one of Rock music's most mysterious and interesting figures. With winemaking in his blood, multiplatinum recording artist Maynard James Keenan sets out to bring notariety to Arizona's burgeoning wine regions. (100 mins.)
“ Another good surprise. The wife is really into wine and exposes me to these cool things I probably would find otherwise. Decent little eye-opener for you. ” - fred-sickly
Young@Heart (2007 Documentary)
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A documentary on a chorus of senior citizens from Massachusetts who cover songs by Jimi Hendrix, Coldplay, Sonic Youth, and other unexpected musicians. (107 mins.)
“ Great music documentary. Give it a shot. ” - fred-sickly
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.)
“ Great. Killer Brando. ” - fred-sickly
The Godfather: Part II (1974)
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The early life and career of Vito Corleone in 1920s New York is portrayed while his son, Michael, expands and tightens his grip on his crime syndicate stretching from Lake Tahoe, Nevada to pre-revolution 1958 Cuba. (202 mins.)
“ Killer De Niro. ” - fred-sickly
The Godfather: Part III (1990)
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In the midst of trying to legitimize his business dealings in New York and Italy in 1979, aging Mafia don Michael Corleone seeks to avow for his sins while taking a young protégé under his wing. (162 mins.)
“ Fitting end for the trilogy. This was a big year for me watching things I had never gotten around to. "Shame-on-you" (for not having seen) movies. Some iconic stuff. I hadn't seen these and just thought they were amazing. It's rare to see a trilogy hold together so well. I thought these were all just really great. The De Niro flashbacks were probably my favourite parts. ” - fred-sickly
Don't You Forget About Me (2009 Documentary)
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(74 mins.)
“ A great look at Hughes films, why they're good, and how influential his work was. ” - fred-sickly
High Fidelity (2000)
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Rob, a record store owner and compulsive list maker, recounts his top five breakups, including the one in progress. (113 mins.)
Director: Stephen Frears
“ I love this film. Tina hadn't seen it. Now that we're fledgling vinyl freaks, it was a good time for a rewatch. Good music. Hilarious cast. Wacky escapades and an honest, silly look at the way people get in relationships. This is one of those rare romantic films that does not qualify as a chick flick. Based on a good book. Tina had to see it, since she ordered all three of the Three EP's. Good stuff. ” - fred-sickly
The Prestige (2006)
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Two stage magicians engage in competitive one-upmanship in an attempt to create the ultimate stage illusion. (130 mins.)
“ Tina gives me hell because I probably watch this every other month. I have two copies of it, an American copy and a German copy. I sometimes watch it in German, with German subtitles, as a learning tool. (I love doing that with movies. It is a big help here.) This is one of the few movies I've ever seen that I think merits a perfect 10 rating. I just really think its thoroughly amazing. Great story, based on a good book. Caine & Jackman & Bale & Johansson & Bowie & Hall are all awesome in this. The plot & themes & turns & scope & settings & mood in it are great. I can't say enough about this film. Our DVD player blew out while we were on vacation, with my German copy in it. We'll get it out, buy a new player, and I won't be surprised if it's the first thing I watch on the new player. ” - fred-sickly
Jack Reacher (2012)
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A homicide investigator digs deeper into a case involving a trained military sniper who shot five random victims. (130 mins.)
“ Huge MacQuarrie fan. His stuff's great and this is no exception. Great film, for a "grown-up movie." Cruise does a pretty good job in this. ” - fred-sickly
Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010 Documentary)
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The story of how an eccentric French shop-keeper and amateur film-maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy... (87 mins.)
Director: Banksy
“ Twisted look at art trends and a moron with no idea of his own that creeps into the middle of things. It's got mystery elements and can be pretty funny. Give it a watch. ” - fred-sickly
The Central Park Five (2012 Documentary)
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A documentary that examines the 1989 case of five black and Latino teenagers who were convicted of raping a white woman in Central Park. After having spent between 6 and 13 years each in prison, a serial rapist confessed to the crime. (119 mins.)
“ Sad story of some wrongfully accused men, paying for something they didn't do this a huge part of their lives. Sad and disgusting. ” - fred-sickly
Rock School (2005 Documentary)
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At the real life School of Rock a group of misfit kids get in touch with their inner rock star. (93 mins.)
Director: Don Argott
“ This was mesmerizing. Look it up. ” - fred-sickly
Rock the Bells (2006 Documentary)
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An inside look at what it took to bring the Wu-Tang Clan together for their final performance at the Rock the Bells Hip-Hop festival. (103 mins.)
“ This was even more mesmerizing. ” - fred-sickly