February 2013 - Escapism

An average of 2 movies a day this month plus some critics.

You'd be surprised how much this list has helped me get through a very difficult time in my life.

Thanks to anyone who has checked out my lists.
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1.
The Dreamers (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A young American studying in Paris in 1968 strikes up a friendship with a French brother and sister. Set against the background of the '68 Paris student riots. (115 mins.)
“ Stylized as a 50's french movies; the main characters were eccentric but story lacked depth. The lack of storyline is made up with all the awkward nudity. ” - twodozenamyls
 
2.
Intermission (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A variety of losers in Dublin have harrowingly farcical intersecting stories of love, greed and violence. (105 mins.)
Director: John Crowley
“ I enjoy Collin Farrel and Cillian Murphy, together in one film was a pleasure. The plot and style was very Guy Ritchiesque... worth watching. ” - twodozenamyls
 
3.
Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The story of how an eccentric French shop-keeper and amateur film-maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy... (87 mins.)
Director: Banksy
“ This was funny and ironic; a look at how people are so easily swayed by new ideas and pop culture. We are always looking for next 'new' thing even if it isn't necessarily good,talented or even new, ie. Warhol. ” - twodozenamyls
 
4.
The Imposter (2012 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A documentary centered on a young man in Spain who claims to a grieving Texas family that he is their 16-year-old son who has been missing for 3 years. (99 mins.)
Director: Bart Layton
“ Haunting. An unbelievable true story. ” - twodozenamyls
 
5.
The Tenant (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A bureaucrat rents a Paris apartment where he finds himself drawn into a rabbit hole of dangerous paranoia. (126 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
“ I had seen Repulsion and Rosemary's Baby which were creepy and intense. The Tenant has those same elements. Polanski really knows how to take you in a downward spiral with him. ” - twodozenamyls
 
6.
Anita: Swedish Nymphet (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
Anita is a girl of only 16 years, and while she has developed early physically, to a mature woman, she is psychologically completly ruthless... (95 mins.)
Director: Torgny Wickman
 
7.
Lolita (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A middle-aged college professor becomes infatuated with a fourteen-year-old nymphet. (152 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ I thought the 1997 version was better in terms of acting and intensity in expressing this strange love story. This version was good considering it was released in 1962. ” - twodozenamyls
 
8.
Maid in Sweden (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  
Maid in Sweden tells the story of Inga, a 16-year-old Swedish girl who leaves her rural home to spend a weekend in the Swedish capital... (80 mins.)
Director: Floch Johnson
 
9.
The Master (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A Naval veteran arrives home from war unsettled and uncertain of his future - until he is tantalized by The Cause and its charismatic leader. (144 mins.)
“ Quite riveting and intense acting from entire cast. I hope an Oscar win comes out of this. ” - twodozenamyls
 
10.
Punch-Drunk Love (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A psychologically troubled novelty supplier is nudged towards a romance with an English woman, all the while being extorted by a phone-sex line run by a crooked mattress salesman, and purchasing stunning amounts of pudding. (95 mins.)
“ Different than PT Anderson's 'The Master'. Realistic mix of dark comedy with romance. Plus a unique score which all of PT Anderson films perfect. ” - twodozenamyls
 
11.
The Breakfast Club (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Five high school students, all different stereotypes, meet in detention, where they pour their hearts out to each other, and discover how they have a lot more in common than they thought. (97 mins.)
Director: John Hughes
“ True classic. Brought me back to my highschool days. Difficult to say which group I belong to. There should be a quiz to see which character you're most like: an athlete, geek, princess, criminal or nutcase. ” - twodozenamyls
 
12.
The Ages of Lulu (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
The story of a young woman's descent into the kinky and dangerous sexual underground in Madrid. (95 mins.)
Director: Bigas Luna
“ Some good scenes but not worth watching, unless you're a Javier Bardem fan. ” - twodozenamyls
 
13.
Diary of a Sex Addict (2001 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.9/10 X  
A restaurant owner leads a double life. (93 mins.)
Director: Joseph Brutsman
 
14.
The Cold Light of Day (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  
After his family is kidnapped during their sailing trip in Spain, a young Wall Street trader is confronted by the people responsible: intelligence agents looking to recover a mysterious briefcase. (93 mins.)
“ Very predictable action film. Some nice shots of Spain. ” - twodozenamyls
 
15.
Room in Rome (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A hotel room in the center of Rome serves as the setting for two young and recently acquainted women to have a physical adventure that touches their very souls. (109 mins.)
Director: Julio Medem
“ The main character's were nude for the entire film which took away the appeal of the actual sex scene. The dialogue was just interjected to give us a less perverse reason to keep on watching. ” - twodozenamyls
 
16.
Chutney Popcorn (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Reena is a young Indian American lesbian who lives and works in New York. Her sister Sarita, who is happily married... (92 mins.)
Director: Nisha Ganatra
 
17.
Animal House (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
At a 1962 college, Dean Vernon Wormer is determined to expel the entire Delta Tau Chi Fraternity, but those trouble-makers have other plans for him. (109 mins.)
Director: John Landis
 
18.
Ruby Sparks (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A novelist struggling with writer's block finds romance in a most unusual way: by creating a female character he thinks will love him, then willing her into existence. (104 mins.)
“ It was interesting until the Ruby Sparks character entered. Didn't enjoy Zoe Kazan's presence, bad casting choice. I guess because she was the writer. but didn't do the movie justice. ” - twodozenamyls
 
19.
Hotel Transylvania (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Dracula, who operates a high-end resort away from the human world, goes into overprotective mode when a boy discovers the resort and falls for the count's teen-aged daughter. (91 mins.)
“ Fun to watch. Great monster humor. ” - twodozenamyls
 
20.
L'Eclisse (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A young woman meets a vital young man, but their love affair is doomed because of the man's materialistic nature. (126 mins.)
“ A neorealist movie that translates to exactly that. Movies in this genre can be ether a hit or miss, and this one is a hit for me. Antonioni lets the viewer intrepret what the actors are thinking and feeling. ” - twodozenamyls
 
21.
Mr. Nobody (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
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.)
“ The paths untaken taken in a 'dream'. Cool movie, inception-like. ” - twodozenamyls
 
22.
Pineapple Express (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A process server and his marijuana dealer wind up on the run from hitmen and a corrupt police officer after he witnesses his dealer's boss murder a competitor while trying to serve papers on him. (111 mins.)
“ I wonder if this movie would have been more funny if Seth and James switched roles, not to say that it wasn't funny as is. ” - twodozenamyls
 
23.
The Senator Likes Women (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Senator Pupis feels a strong and uncontrollable urge to grab women's bottoms, a habit than can lead to embarrassment... (109 mins.)
Director: Lucio Fulci
“ Oddly funny, using the Catholic religion and nudity to create a comedy. I'm sure the Italian cinema has over-used this theme, but this one was quite strange. ” - twodozenamyls
 
24.
Scissors (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  
After a young woman is attacked in the elevator she meets her neighbours (two brothers) for the first time... (105 mins.)
“ I remember watching this as a child and it really scared me. Today it just made me laugh at the unrealistic scenario of this happening today. Technology has come along way. ” - twodozenamyls
 
25.
Close My Eyes (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
After some years of tension, Richard begins a sexual relationship with his sister Natalie, who is now married... (108 mins.)
“ Surprising well acted and scripted. Love it when a movie exceeds my expectation. An early 90's movie that shows the gross shift in our culture from classic to modern/excessive. ” - twodozenamyls
 
26.
Jeff, Who Lives at Home (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Dispatched from his basement room on an errand for his widowed mother, slacker Jeff might discover his destiny (finally) when he spends the day with his unhappily married brother as he tracks his possibly adulterous wife. (83 mins.)
“ A touching story that makes you see the blessings in life, even at dark moments. Not much comedy considering Ed and Jason were in it; good to see them using their acting muscles. ” - twodozenamyls
 
27.
The Piano Teacher (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A young man romantically pursues his masochistic piano teacher. (131 mins.)
Director: Michael Haneke
“ Wow! Really amazing acting. Isabelle's character very believeable with her pain, desperation and perversions. The two main characters are so multi-layered and you see how their relationship goes from 'ordinary' to completely insane. Worth the two hours for that final climatic scene. ” - twodozenamyls
 
28.
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, born with a superior olfactory sense, creates the world's finest perfume. His work, however, takes a dark turn as he searches for the ultimate scent. (147 mins.)
Director: Tom Tykwer
“ The ending was surprisingly funny, even though the story was of a serious matter. Original story, great cinematography. One flaw: I don't like movies with narration, sometimes it's okay, but not in this case. ” - twodozenamyls
 
29.
127 Hours (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
An adventurous mountain climber becomes trapped under a boulder while canyoneering alone near Moab, Utah and resorts to desperate measures in order to survive. (94 mins.)
Director: Danny Boyle
“ Great movie. Danny Boyle is very versitile; he can capture any story and show us his genius interpretation. James Franco was also talented and raw. ” - twodozenamyls
 
30.
Elf (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
After inadvertently wreaking havoc on the elf community due to his ungainly size, a man raised as an elf at the North Pole is sent to the U.S. in search of his true identity. (97 mins.)
Director: Jon Favreau
“ This movie reminds me of 'Big', except Will is so over-the-top. A comedian actor outshine a dramatic actor; hard to notice James Caan with Will Farrel beside him. ” - twodozenamyls
 
31.
Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Between two Thanksgivings two years apart, Hannah's husband falls in love with her sister Lee, while her hypochondriac ex-husband rekindles his relationship with her sister Holly. (103 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
“ Typical quirky Woody Allen movie; I'm really starting to appreciate his older work which are probably more true to his style. Great dialogue. ” - twodozenamyls
 
32.
The Artist (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A silent movie star meets a young dancer, but the arrival of talking pictures sends their careers in opposite directions. (100 mins.)
“ This movie is ironic because of the theme at large, we all know what happens to silent cinema, yet we are nostalgic at the beauty of something that does not exist. There are many reasons why silent movies wouldn't work today yet this movie transends that and gives the audience a deeper sense to cinema today. ” - twodozenamyls
 
33.
Brazil (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A bureaucrat in a retro-future world tries to correct an administrative error and himself becomes an enemy of the state. (132 mins.)
Director: Terry Gilliam
“ Strange how this movie predicted the way we would use computers and how bureaucracy would pretty much rule our lives and the way we function as a society. This movie made me feel uncomfortable because of how dirty everything looked and the way people were so comfortable with terrorism. ” - twodozenamyls
 
34.
Trainspotting (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Renton, deeply immersed in the Edinburgh drug scene, tries to clean up and get out, despite the allure of the drugs and influence of friends. (94 mins.)
Director: Danny Boyle
“ I could watch this movie over and over again and still cringe at the 'dirtiest toilet in Scotland' scene. Danny is brilliant. ” - twodozenamyls
 
35.
Hesher (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A young boy has lost his mother and is losing touch with his father and the world around him. Then he meets Hesher who manages to make his life even more chaotic. (106 mins.)
Director: Spencer Susser
“ Hesher; a non-apologetic, abrasive, works-in-mysterious-ways character that could compare to a punk version of Nanny McFee. TJ, the younger character, has the biggest balls I've seen since 'La promesse'. ” - twodozenamyls
 
36.
The Hairdresser's Husband (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Antoine, has always been fascinated with hairdressers, and this story is the embodiment of the wishful thinking of a young boy dreaming to marry a hairdresser and the fulfillment of a perfect, idealized love. (82 mins.)
Director: Patrice Leconte
“ Beautiful and awkward story. Hard to say if it was a fantasy or reality. ” - twodozenamyls
 
37.
Fat Girl (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Two sisters confront their sexual attitudes and experiences while on a family holiday. (83 mins.)
“ This story looks at the relationship between two polar teen sisters and their ideas on sex and virginity. The older 'attractive' sister is manipulated into losing her virginity. The younger... well i think you'd have to see this film to see what happens. Shocking ending. ” - twodozenamyls
 
38.
Skyline (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  
Strange lights descend on the city of Los Angeles, drawing people outside like moths to a flame where an extraterrestrial force threatens to swallow the entire human population off the face of the Earth. (97 mins.)
“ Umm...okay. ” - twodozenamyls
 
39.
Swingers (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Wannabe actors become regulars in the stylish neo-lounge scene; Trent teaches his friend Mike the unwritten rules of the scene. (96 mins.)
Director: Doug Liman
“ Vince Vaughn is great; loved the bear/rabbit speach. ” - twodozenamyls
 
40.
Sex Is Comedy (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
A director struggles to film a difficult, intimate sex scene between two actors who happen to hate each other. (92 mins.)
“ Deconstructing the sex scenes from 'Fat Girl'. Not worth watching. ” - twodozenamyls
 
41.
Deconstructing Harry (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Suffering from writer's block and eagerly awaiting his writing award, Harry Block remembers events from his past and scenes from his best-selling books as characters, real and fictional, come back to haunt him. (96 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
“ This movies shows the genious of Woody Allen. He psychoanalyzes his life through the art form of writing. He makes the audience empathise with his bad qualities and see him for his good qualities and idiosycrasies. ” - twodozenamyls
 
42.
Melissa P. (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  
An adolescent girl, living with her mother and her grandmother, will have her first sexual experiences in a heavy and excessive way. (100 mins.)
Director: Luca Guadagnino
 
43.
Wedding Crashers (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
John Beckwith and Jeremy Grey, a pair of committed womanizers who sneak into weddings to take advantage of the romantic tinge in the air, find themselves at odds with one another when John meets and falls for Claire Cleary. (119 mins.)
Director: David Dobkin
“ Classic romantic comedy. The story is predictable but there are some great moments along with a great cast. ” - twodozenamyls
 
44.
Prozac Nation (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A young woman struggles with depression during her first year at Harvard. (95 mins.)
“ Irritating to see how a privileged girl from Manhattan, who goes off to Harvard, can't handle her self-induced alcohol and drug abuse. She deserves to be depressed. ” - twodozenamyls
 
45.
Defendor (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Arthur Poppington, a regular man who adopts a superhero persona, known as 'Defendor', combs the city streets at night, in search of his arch-enemy, Captain Industry. (101 mins.)
Director: Peter Stebbings
“ Woody Harrelson's 'eccentric' character is the only reason to watch this movie. I'm usually into strange, dark films, but this one didn't do it for me. ” - twodozenamyls
 
46.
Inland Empire (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
As an actress starts to adopt the persona of her character in a film, her world starts to become nightmarish and surreal. (180 mins.)
Director: David Lynch
“ Story within a story, within a story, parallel to another story, all within another story. At times it's hard to follow but its really important to have an open mind and not to try to connect the dots. ” - twodozenamyls
 
47.
Couples Retreat (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
A comedy centered around four couples who settle into a tropical-island resort for a vacation. While one of the couples is there to work on the marriage, the others fail to realize that participation in the resort's therapy sessions is not optional. (113 mins.)
 
48.
Shame (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
In New York City, Brandon's carefully cultivated private life - which allows him to indulge his sexual addiction - is disrupted when his sister arrives unannounced for an indefinite stay. (101 mins.)
Director: Steve McQueen
“ Powerful movie. Well dramatized storyline of two siblings who both express their pain in different ways. The minimal dialogue is overshadowed by the detail in expression and movement. ” - twodozenamyls
 
49.
Lost and Delirious (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A newcomer to a posh girls boarding school discovers that her two senior roommates are lovers. (103 mins.)
Director: Léa Pool
 
50.
Belle de Jour (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A frigid young housewife decides to spend her midweek afternoons as a prostitute. (101 mins.)
Director: Luis Bunuel
“ Loved how Catherine's character changed from frigid to sweet. Great film; the dream sequences were surreal. And the ending was ambiguous. ” - twodozenamyls
 
51.
Swimming Pool (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A British mystery author visits her publisher's home in the South of France, where her interaction with his unusual daughter sets off some touchy dynamics. (102 mins.)
Director: François Ozon
“ Enjoyed this film. Kind of felt like something was wrong from the moment 'Julie's' character came to the house. She was a great match to Sarah's prude character. ” - twodozenamyls
 
52.
Mystic River (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
With a childhood tragedy that overshadowed their lives, three men are reunited by circumstance when one has a family tragedy. (138 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
“ Wonderful story. The pace is quite slow but the story, acting and cinematography keeps you engaged the whole time. The backdrop of the darker streets of Boston matched the quality of the dark theme. ” - twodozenamyls
 
53.
Un Coeur en Hiver (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Beautiful violin virtuoso Camille has two obsessions: the music of Ravel, and a friend of her husband's who crafts violins... (105 mins.)
Director: Claude Sautet
“ I really enjoyed Emmanuelle's acting; she is great at under-acting emotions, but still with fire in her eyes. ” - twodozenamyls
 
54.
Rape Me (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  
Two young women, marginalised by society, go on a destructive tour of sex and violence. Breaking norms and killing men - and shattering the complacency of polite cinema audiences. (77 mins.)
“ Tough to watch, you get to see the less romantic side of Paris. ” - twodozenamyls
 
55.
Dark City (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A man struggles with memories of his past, including a wife he cannot remember, in a nightmarish world with no sun. (100 mins.)
Director: Alex Proyas
“ Interesting story. Similar story to 'The Matrix' but not as mind mending. Had a very comic book feel to it. ” - twodozenamyls
 
56.
Knocked Up (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
For fun-loving party animal Ben Stone, the last thing he ever expected was for his one-night stand to show up on his doorstep eight weeks later to tell him she's pregnant with his child. (129 mins.)
Director: Judd Apatow
“ Really enjoyed this realistic romantic comedy. Judd Apatow is known for his hilarious 'realism' with his movies and TV series. My favorite scenes were anything with Ben/Seth and his crew, Jason, Jay, Jonah, Martin and Jodi. ” - twodozenamyls
 
57.
This Is 40 (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Pete and Debbie are both about to turn 40, their kids hate each other, both of their businesses are failing, they're on the verge of losing their house, and their relationship is threatening to fall apart. (134 mins.)
Director: Judd Apatow
“ This was the uneventful sequel to 'Knocked Up'. The honest dialogue between 'Pete' and 'Debbie' is the only thing that's worth watching. The rest is just filled with sarcastic and jewish-tone yelling. Don't put yourself through this movie unless you want to be annoyed. ” - twodozenamyls
 
58.
50/50 (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Inspired by a true story, a comedy centered on a 27-year-old guy who learns of his cancer diagnosis, and his subsequent struggle to beat the disease. (100 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Levine
 
59.
The Change-Up (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Dave is a married man with three kids and a loving wife, and Mitch is a single man who is at the prime of his sexual life. One fateful night while Mitch and Dave are peeing in a fountain, lightning strikes and they switch bodies. (112 mins.)
Director: David Dobkin
 
60.
The Switch (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Seven years after the fact, a man comes to the realization that he was the sperm donor for his best friend's boy. (101 mins.)
 
61.
Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A group of misfits enter a Las Vegas dodgeball tournament in order to save their cherished local gym from the onslaught of a corporate health fitness chain. (92 mins.)
“ Great humour, won't get old. ” - twodozenamyls
 
62.
Spun (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A drug dealer introduces one of his customers, a 'speed freak', to the man who runs the meth lab. A crazy three-day adventure ensues. (101 mins.)
Director: Jonas Åkerlund
“ Do not watch sober. This movie makes you want to be stupid drunk or high. ” - twodozenamyls