Parabola's Films Watched in 2014

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1.
Terms of Endearment (1983)
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Follows hard-to-please Aurora looking for love and her daughter's family problems. (132 mins.)
Director: James L. Brooks
“ I didn't realize there would be so much humor in this -- I always had the impression it was pure melodrama. Of course there's plenty of sappiness to go around, but it's done pretty well. While Shirley MacLaine was definitely good as the overbearing, unhinged mother I really thought that Debra Winger gave the standout performance in the film -- she should have been the one to win all those awards! And I don't know if Jack Nicholson truly deserved his wins -- it's hardly "acting" to play his sleazy, womanizing self. 7/10 (1-Jan) ” - parabola33
 
2.
What If (2013)
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Wallace, who is burned out from a string of failed relationships, forms an instant bond with Chantry, who lives with her longtime boyfriend. Together, they puzzle out what it means if your best friend is also the love of your life. (98 mins.)
Director: Michael Dowse
“ A very good romantic comedy in the awkward/adorkable mold. It's somewhat predictable overall, but in getting there it has a fresh storyline and great chemistry in the cast -- and lots of laughs. Some of the ab libbed scenes are obvious and not as polished comically, but they feel genuine and fun for the actors to riff off each other. Really nice to see Toronto showcased as a romantic city. 7/10 (4-Jan) ” - parabola33
 
3.
When Jews Were Funny (2013 Documentary)
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Surveys the history of Jewish comedy. (89 mins.)
Director: Alan Zweig
“ The interviewees they got were funny -- and some quite insightful -- but there were many big celebs that they obviously couldn't get. While certainly funny, there's no way this should have won Best Canadian film at TIFF. It was entertaining, but not overly enlightening. 6/10 (4-Jan) ” - parabola33
 
4.
Enemy (2013)
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A man seeks out his exact look-alike after spotting him in a movie. (91 mins.)
“ Of this year's Canada Top Ten that I already saw at TIFF, this is the only one I went to see again during CTT. It's one of those films whose atmosphere really sticks with you (especially making Toronto feel so bleak and lonely, quite a contrast to The F Word) and also because it's so ambiguous. On second viewing I noticed a lot more of the thematic imagery, but I've learned that none of that is in the source novel -- so reading it won't necessarily help me understand what the heck is going on here! The actors are all fantastic -- doubly so for Jake Gyllenhaal. 8/10 (4-Jan) ” - parabola33
 
5.
Subconscious Password (2013 Short Film)
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Forgetting somebody's name is the starting point for a mind-bending romp through the unconscious. (11 mins.)
Director: Chris Landreth
“ Very surreal and lots of imaginative visuals, including the use of 3D. The story and themes don't really all come together, though, so it's a bit of a head-scratcher. 5/10 (7-Jan) ” - parabola33
 
6.
The End of Pinky (2013 Short Film)
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Three people meet in a seedy part of Montreal. (8 mins.)
Director: Claire Blanchet
“ Nice moody atmosphere in this animated noir with a distinct style. Not much of a payoff, story-wise, unfortunately. 6/10 (7-Jan) ” - parabola33
 
7.
The Chaperone (2013 Documentary)
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The Chaperone tells the true, previously untold story of a lone school teacher who fought off an entire... (13 mins.)
Director: Fraser Munden
“ An amusing animation of the narrated story, using lots of different styles. Seems kind of haphazard in how it's all mixed together, but it certainly keeps keeps things interesting -- as does the seemingly unbelievable story that goes along with it. 7/10 (7-Jan) ” - parabola33
 
8.
A Grand Canal (2014 Short Film)
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A Greek tragedy told in Chinese pop music. The tragic events of a boat captain trying to collect a debt to save his fleet of boats, as remembered by his ten year old son. (20 mins.)
Director: Johnny Ma
“ The main story is a little slow, but there's a satisfying shift of perspective at the end that adds a nice emotional connection. 6/10 (7-Jan) ” - parabola33
 
9.
Yellowhead (2013 Short Film)
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An industrial safety inspector descends forebodingly into a deepening state of willful ignorance and denial. (19 mins.)
Director: Kevan Funk
“ There's not much plot to speak of -- just scenes of a lonely guy going about his days, which I guess is supposed to speak to ... something more profound?? 5/10 (7-Jan) ” - parabola33
 
10.
Nous avions (2013 Short Film)
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Montreal, 1999. Like every sunday, a modest Pakistani immigrant family picnics in a dead-end next to the Airport... (19 mins.)
“ A nice little story of family and the gap between generations (tradition vs. teenage restlessness). 6/10 (7-Jan) ” - parabola33
 
11.
Paradise Falls (2013 Short Film)
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Two adventurous youths explore a haunted mansion and fall in love with it's ghost, deep in the heart of suburban hell. (17 mins.)
“ I'm bumping this up a grade from when I first saw it at TIFF ... I like the surreal and whimsical style of it all. A good, offbeat coming of age story. 8/10 (7-Jan) ” - parabola33
 
12.
Noah (2013 Short Film)
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Noah's relationship takes a rapid turn for the worse. (18 mins.)
“ A well deserved win for best Canadian short film at TIFF. Here's my original reivew: A pretty funny, but incisive, story about modern communication and relationships. The concept of using only shots of the computer or phone screen, with panning to convey the character's attention, worked really well. 8/10 (7-Jan) ” - parabola33
 
13.
In Guns We Trust (2013 Documentary)
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In Kennesaw, a small American town in the state of Georgia, a good citizen is an armed citizen. By law, since 1982, each head of household must own at least one working firearm with ammunition. (12 mins.)
“ More of a photo essay (but some neat effects at times) with interviews, the townspeople/gun owners speak for themselves and the documentary is pretty non-judgmental in portraying them. 6/10 (7-Jan) ” - parabola33
 
14.
Quelqu'un d'extraordinaire (2013 Short Film)
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A 30 year-old scholar, intelligent and beautiful yet socially crippled, is forced to attend a bachelorette party where her quest for authenticity leads to an unavoidable confrontation with old acquaintances. (30 mins.)
Director: Monia Chokri
“ Being friends with and starring in movies by Xavier Dolan, you can definitely tell from this that there's an influence or common sensibilities. The epic blowup between the women is really hilarious and the performances were well done. 7/10 (7-Jan) ” - parabola33
 
15.
Vic + Flo Saw a Bear (2013)
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Winner 2013 Silver Bear (Alfred Bauer Prize) Berlin International Film Festival. Vic + Flo Saw a Bear... (95 mins.)
Director: Denis Côté
“ Painfully boring for most of the film, but takes a dark & menacing turn towards the end. 5/10 (10-Jan) ” - parabola33
 
16.
Watermark (2013 Documentary)
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A documentary on how water shapes humanity. (92 mins.)
“ An intriguing look at how water shapes our lives and vice versa. There isn't much of a narrative, just some brief interviews to give context to what we're seeing. It is really a visual experience, and the filmmakers aren't explicitly making judgement -- the scenes just speak for themselves, and are often stunning to look at. 7/10 (10-Jan) ” - parabola33
 
17.
Asphalt Watches (2013)
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This hilarious, grotesque, and unique adult animated feature chronicles visual artists Seth Scriver... (94 mins.)
“ The animation is primitive (but gets better as it goes along), but really they must have been high on something while making it ... and you probably need to be high for it to possibly make much sense at times. So strange and so random. 5/10 (10-Jan) ” - parabola33
 
18.
Rhymes for Young Ghouls (2013)
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Red Crow Mi'g Maq reservation, 1976: By government decree, every Indian child under the age of 16 must attend residential school. In the kingdom of the Crow, that meansimprisonment at St. Dymphna's. That means being at the mercy of "Popper", the sadistic Indian agent who runs the school. (88 mins.)
Director: Jeff Barnaby
“ This was much better than I expected, since often stories set on Native reserves or dealing with the Residential School travesty or bleak and heavy-handed. But this was a lighter, but still very serious, story with some humor and some excellent performances. The directing was also very good from a first-timer. 7/10 (11-Jan) ” - parabola33
 
19.
American Hustle (2013)
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A con man, Irving Rosenfeld, along with his seductive partner Sydney Prosser, is forced to work for a wild FBI agent, Richie DiMaso, who pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia. (138 mins.)
“ The acting was definitely top-notch, although I'm not sure any of the individual performances are better than their fellow Oscar nominees in this competitive year -- except maybe Jennifer Lawrence. The plot of the movie was alright and kept me entertained, but it's the great ensemble cast (probably the best of the year) that warrants the high rating. 8/10 (17-Jan) ” - parabola33
 
20.
The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
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Eight years after the Joker's reign of anarchy, the Dark Knight, with the help of the enigmatic Selina, is forced from his imposed exile to save Gotham City, now on the edge of total annihilation, from the brutal guerrilla terrorist Bane. (164 mins.)
“ On it's own it doesn't hold up as well as the first two (suffers from a fair amount of "mindless blockbuster plot holes"), but it does tie up things and has some nice callbacks. But above all it looks fabulous and is fun (yet dark), and I thought Anne Hathaway was a great Catwoman. 8/10 (19-Jan) ” - parabola33
 
21.
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
“ Been meaning to re-watch The Shining lately, so I thought I'd revisit this great doc from TIFF 2012 beforehand to brush up on the crazy & ridiculous theories. I realized that while the one guy was talking about "ROOM No" and the capital letters can be used to spell MOON and ROOM ... you can also use them all for MORON. :p 8/10 (20-Jan) ” - parabola33
 
22.
The Great Gatsby (2013)
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A writer and wall street trader, Nick, finds himself drawn to the past and lifestyle of his millionaire neighbor, Jay Gatsby. (143 mins.)
Director: Baz Luhrmann
“ Stylish, for sure, but a little over the top for my tastes. It also didn't help my enjoyment that none of the characters were sympathetic. I suppose Tobey Maguire was supposed to be the nice guy we connect with, but he seemed rather useless (and he usually annoys me anyway). There were a lot of shots that were obviously meant to take advantage of 3D, but they were somewhat distracting in 2D. 6/10 (20-Jan) ” - parabola33
 
23.
Operation Concrete (1958 Documentary)
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(20 mins.)
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
“ Notable as Jean-Luc Godard's first film, the historical footage is somewhat interesting. But otherwise this is just dry, straightforward documentary footage. 5/10 (23-Jan) ” - parabola33
 
24.
A Flirtatious Woman (1955 Short Film)
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A young woman is tempted to flirt with a stranger. (10 mins.)
Director: Hans Lucas
“ Again something notable mainly because of how rare original prints are, the story had a couple of parts that made me chuckle but not much else going on. 6/10 (23-Jan) ” - parabola33
 
25.
Breathless (1960)
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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
“ This is one of those "classics" that shook up cinema style and is important in French New Wave ... so if film history is your thing, then this is probably important to watch. But while it may have been fresh and daring in its day, watching it from a modern point of view doesn't do it many favors and it can feel unremarkable. The main character is a bit of a doofus jerk (complete with sexism from that time), but Jean Seberg is pretty charming. Some scenes are way too slow, but other times it's an effective crime drama -- too bad it feels too uneven by today's standards. 6/10 (23-Jan) ” - parabola33
 
26.
The Seven Deadly Sins (1962)
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Seven directors each dramatize one of the seven deadly sins in a short film. In "Anger," a domestic... (113 mins.)
“ I saw the 'Sloth' entry by Jean-Luc Godard, which had some funny moments about an actor who is really bored/lazy with everything -- including tying his own shoes and being hit on by an actress. This seems to show an early pessimism about those within the world of movie-making that becomes a theme in later films. 6/10 (26-Jan) ” - parabola33
 
27.
My Life to Live (1962)
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Twelve episodic tales in the life of a Parisian woman and her slow descent into prostitution. (80 mins.)
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
“ Despite the story & filming style making the character of Nana feel distant from the audience, actress Anna Karina is just so captivating. It was hard to get into a straightforward flow of the film since it was broken up into many chapters, and some of them can feel pretty mundane given the subject matter. The ending was surprising and rather abrupt, but there's probably lots of symbolism in that too. 7/10 (26-Jan) ” - parabola33
 
28.
300 (2006)
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King Leonidas of Sparta and a force of 300 men fight the Persians at Thermopylae in 480 B.C. (117 mins.)
Director: Zack Snyder
“ I'm actually rather looking forward to 300: Rise of an Empire (maybe that's just for Eva Green), and I don't think I've watched the original since its theatrical run. It sill feels a little too fake at times, and there's not a whole lot to the plot, but overall it's effective & stylish violence. 7/10 (28-Jan) ” - parabola33
 
29.
The Jerk (1979)
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An idiotic man struggles to make it through life on his own in St. Louis. (94 mins.)
Director: Carl Reiner
“ Somehow I'd missed seeing this before, and really only had a vague idea of what it was about. The gags and Steve Martin's performance hold up quite well and there are lots of hilarious moments. 7/10 (31-Jan) ” - parabola33
 
30.
The Dictator (2012)
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The heroic story of a dictator who risked his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed. (83 mins.)
Director: Larry Charles
“ You don't remember how funny it is until you watch again. 7/10 (31-Jan) ” - parabola33
 
31.
Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)
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A week in the life of a young singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961. (104 mins.)
“ Not as good as I was expecting; main characters rather annoying and unlikable. 6/10 (1-Feb) ” - parabola33
 
32.
The Great Beauty (2013)
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Jep Gambardella has seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades, but after his 65th birthday and a shock from the past, Jep looks past the nightclubs and parties to find a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty. (141 mins.)
“ The great WTF? 2/10 (1-Feb) ” - parabola33
 
33.
Her (2013)
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A lonely writer develops an unlikely relationship with an operating system designed to meet his every need. (126 mins.)
Director: Spike Jonze
“ Relaxed vibe, subtly futuristic. Nice work by the actors -- in person and voice. 7/10 (1-Feb) ” - parabola33
 
34.
Cutie and the Boxer (2013 Documentary)
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This candid New York love story explores the chaotic 40-year marriage of famed boxing painter Ushio Shinohara and his wife, Noriko. Anxious to shed her role as her overbearing husband's assistant, Noriko finds an identity of her own. (82 mins.)
“ Not a very interesting subject for a doc. 4/10 (1-Feb) ” - parabola33
 
35.
Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
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In 1985 Dallas, electrician and hustler Ron Woodroof works around the system to help AIDS patients get the medication they need after he is diagnosed with the disease. (117 mins.)
“ Very good performances, although not Best Actor-worthy this year; Leto I can support as Best Supporting. 7/10 (1-Feb) ” - parabola33
 
36.
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
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Based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, from his rise to a wealthy stock-broker living the high life to his fall involving crime, corruption and the federal government. (180 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ So over the top, but often very funny. I don't know that I'd watch it again though. 7/10 (1-Feb) ” - parabola33
 
37.
Captain Phillips (2013)
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The true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the U.S.-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years. (134 mins.)
Director: Paul Greengrass
“ Surprisingly better than I thought at maintaining the suspense, even though based on true events. Hanks has become a little annoying over the years, but does a nice job here. 7/10 (1-Feb) ” - parabola33
 
38.
Alphaville (1965)
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A U.S. secret agent is sent to the distant space city of Alphaville where he must find a missing person and free the city from its tyrannical ruler. (99 mins.)
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
“ 6/10 (2-Feb) ” - parabola33
 
39.
Pierrot le Fou (1965)
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Pierrot escapes his boring society and travels from Paris to the Mediterranean Sea with Marianne, a girl chased by hit-men from Algeria. They lead an unorthodox life, always on the run. (110 mins.)
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
“ 6/10 (2-Feb) ” - parabola33
 
40.
Contempt (1963)
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Screenwriter Paul Javal's marriage to his wife Camille disintegrates during movie production as she spends time with the producer. Layered conflicts between art and business ensue. (103 mins.)
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
“ 5/10 (4-Feb) ” - parabola33
 
41.
August: Osage County (2013)
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A look at the lives of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose paths have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Oklahoma house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them. (121 mins.)
Director: John Wells
“ Understandably, felt too much like a play. Worse escape scene ever. 6/10 (12-Feb) ” - parabola33
 
42.
Frozen (2013)
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When the newly crowned Queen Elsa accidentally uses her power to turn things into ice to curse her home in infinite winter, her sister, Anna, teams up with a mountain man, his playful reindeer, and a snowman to change the weather condition. (102 mins.)
“ Very surprised at how much I enjoyed this one. Nice to see some none-typical Disney female characters. 7/10 (19-Feb) ” - parabola33
 
43.
Russell Peters: Notorious (2013 TV Special)
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Global comedy star Russell Peters leaves no ethnic or cultural stereotype unstrapped in this outrageous stand-up appearance in Sydney, Australia. (71 mins.)
Director: David Higby
“ Not as funny as earlier material, but still entertaining. 6/10 (19-Feb) ” - parabola33
 
44.
Philomena (2013)
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A world-weary political journalist picks up the story of a woman's search for her son, who was taken away from her decades ago after she became pregnant and was forced to live in a convent. (98 mins.)
Director: Stephen Frears
“ Another one I wasn't overly excited to watch, but it's worth it. 7/10 (20-Feb) ” - parabola33
 
45.
The Hunt (2012)
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A teacher lives a lonely life, all the while struggling over his son's custody. His life slowly gets better as he finds love and receives good news from his son, but his new luck is about to be brutally shattered by an innocent little lie. (115 mins.)
“ Gives you a feeling of dread throughout, seeing how things get misinterpreted and spiral out of control. 7/10 (21-Feb) ” - parabola33
 
46.
The Croods (2013)
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After their cave is destroyed, a caveman family must trek through an unfamiliar fantastical world with the help of an inventive boy. (98 mins.)
“ A little too slapsticky for my tastes; kids would probably love it much more. 6/10 (22-Feb) ” - parabola33
 
47.
Dirty Wars (2013 Documentary)
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Investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill is pulled into an unexpected journey as he chases down the hidden truth behind America's expanding covert wars. (87 mins.)
Director: Rick Rowley
“ His own involvement seems a little over-dramatized, but still interesting subject matter. 6/10 (22-Feb) ” - parabola33
 
48.
The Grandmaster (2013)
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The story of martial-arts master Ip Man, the man who trained Bruce Lee. (130 mins.)
Director: Kar Wai Wong
“ A lot of promise, but so so slooow. 5/10 (22-Feb) ” - parabola33
 
49.
Get a Horse! (2013 Short Film)
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Mickey, Minnie, Horace Horsecollar, and Clarabelle Cow go on a musical wagon ride until Peg-Leg Pete tries to run them off the road. (6 mins.)
“ Cool to see the mix of retro and modern animation, even though there's not much to the plot. 7/10 (23-Feb) ” - parabola33
 
50.
Mr Hublot (2013 Short Film)
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Mr Hublot is a withdrawn, idiosyncratic character with OCD, scared of change and the outside world. Robot Pet's arrival turns his life upside down: he has to share his home with this very invasive companion. (11 mins.)
“ I really liked the style of this and a sweet little story. My pick for best animated short. 7/10 (23-Feb) ” - parabola33
 
51.
Feral (2012 Short Film)
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A wild boy is found in the woods by a solitary hunter and brought back to civilization. Alienated by a strange new environment, the boy tries to adapt by using the same strategies that kept him safe in the forest. (13 mins.)
Director: Daniel Sousa
“ Couldn't get into this, but it often looked pretty. 5/10 (23-Feb) ” - parabola33
 
52.
Possessions (2012 Short Film)
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One night of the eighteenth century, in the depths of the mountain, a human being is lost and finds a small temple. In the moment when he enters the room space is transformed into a completely different world. (14 mins.)
Director: Shuhei Morita
“ I barely remember this; thought it was so-so. 5/10 (23-Feb) ” - parabola33
 
53.
Room on the Broom (2012 Short Film)
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To the annoyance of her cat a kindly witch allows a dog, a bird and a frog who have helped her retrieve things she has lost to ride on her broomstick... (25 mins.)
“ This was more like a TV special, so it just seemed to go on and on. Maybe not a fair criticism, but it wasn't good enough to keep me engaged for that long. 6/10 (23-Feb) ” - parabola33
 
54.
Helium (2013 Short Film)
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A young boy Alfred is dying, but through the stories about HELIUM - a magical fantasy world, told by the hospital's eccentric janitor Enzo, Alfred regain the joy and happiness of his life, and finds a safe haven away from daily life. (23 mins.)
Director: Anders Walter
“ In retrospect, this was rather creepy ... I wouldn't want this guy visiting my kid in the hospital. 6/10 (23-Feb) ” - parabola33
 
55.
The Voorman Problem (2011 Short Film)
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Doctor Williams is the latest psychiatrist to deal with a smug patient called Voorman who claims to be God himself. Although skeptical, Williams soon gets an eerie feeling that openly malicious Voorman is not simply insane. (13 mins.)
Director: Mark Gill
“ Very Twilight Zone-y ... glad they kept it as short as they did, it was effective. 7/10 (23-Feb) ” - parabola33
 
56.
Just Before Losing Everything (2013 Short Film)
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Miriam, with her two children, escapes her husband, whom she fears. (29 mins.)
Director: Xavier Legrand
“ I though the tension in this one was well done, even if it seems like not much happens. 7/10 (23-Feb) ” - parabola33
 
57.
That Wasn't Me (2012 Short Film)
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(25 mins.)
Director: Esteban Crespo
“ Another effective, tense short from this year's nominees. 7/10 (23-Feb) ” - parabola33
 
58.
Do I Have to Take Care of Everything? (2012 Short Film)
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A chaotic morning in a family with kids, and a mother who is determined that it's best to take care of everything herself. (7 mins.)
Director: Selma Vilhunen
“ Very funny. 7/10 (23-Feb) ” - parabola33
 
59.
The Broken Circle Breakdown (2012)
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Elise and Didier fall in love at first sight, in spite of their differences. He talks, she listens. He's a romantic atheist, she's a religious realist. When their daughter becomes seriously ill, their love is put on trial. (111 mins.)
“ First of all, I was very impressed at Flemish bluegrass scene. The story itself was bittersweet with excellent acting all around. 7/10 (24-Feb) ” - parabola33
 
60.
Trainspotting (1996)
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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
“ It's been along time since I've seen this, and it holds up exceptionally well. 7/10 (1-Mar) ” - parabola33
 
61.
M (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
When the police in a German city are unable to catch a child-murderer, other criminals join in the manhunt. (117 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
“ I thought seeing it a second time wouldn't be as good because of the slow pace, but the story unfolds well and the directing style is definitely strong. 7/10 (1-Mar) ” - parabola33
 
62.
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
A bounty hunting scam joins two men in an uneasy alliance against a third in a race to find a fortune in gold buried in a remote cemetery. (161 mins.)
Director: Sergio Leone
“ First time watching it all the way through. It's too slow in parts, but overall very good. 7/10 (1-Mar) ” - parabola33
 
63.
Helium (2013 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A young boy Alfred is dying, but through the stories about HELIUM - a magical fantasy world, told by the hospital's eccentric janitor Enzo, Alfred regain the joy and happiness of his life, and finds a safe haven away from daily life. (23 mins.)
Director: Anders Walter
“ 6/10 (1-Mar) ” - parabola33
 
64.
The Voorman Problem (2011 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Doctor Williams is the latest psychiatrist to deal with a smug patient called Voorman who claims to be God himself. Although skeptical, Williams soon gets an eerie feeling that openly malicious Voorman is not simply insane. (13 mins.)
Director: Mark Gill
“ 7/10 (1-Mar) ” - parabola33
 
65.
Just Before Losing Everything (2013 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Miriam, with her two children, escapes her husband, whom she fears. (29 mins.)
Director: Xavier Legrand
“ 7/10 (1-Mar) ” - parabola33
 
66.
That Wasn't Me (2012 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
(25 mins.)
Director: Esteban Crespo
“ 7/10 (1-Mar) ” - parabola33
 
67.
Do I Have to Take Care of Everything? (2012 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A chaotic morning in a family with kids, and a mother who is determined that it's best to take care of everything herself. (7 mins.)
Director: Selma Vilhunen
“ 7/10 (1-Mar) ” - parabola33
 
68.
The Ruling Class (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A member of the House of Lords dies, leaving his estate to his son. Unfortunately, his son thinks he is Jesus Christ. The other, somewhat more respectable, members of their family plot to steal the estate from him. Murder and mayhem ensue. (154 mins.)
Director: Peter Medak
“ Wow, this totally did not click with me, I'm surprised how highly rated it is. Way too long and incomprehensible. 3/10 (1-Mar) ” - parabola33
 
69.
Pitch Perfect (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Beca, a freshman at Barden University, is cajoled into joining The Bellas, her school's all-girls singing group. Injecting some much needed energy into their repertoire, The Bellas take on their male rivals in a campus competition. (112 mins.)
Director: Jason Moore
“ Perfectly re-watchable any time. 8/10 (1-Mar) ” - parabola33
 
70.
You're Next (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
When the Davison family comes under attack during their wedding anniversary getaway, the gang of mysterious killers soon learns that one of the victims harbors a secret talent for fighting back. (95 mins.)
Director: Adam Wingard
“ Excellent and inventive entry in the home invasion sub-genre. 7/10 (1-Mar) ” - parabola33
 
71.
Ghostbusters (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Three former parapsychology professors set up shop as a unique ghost removal service. (105 mins.)
Director: Ivan Reitman
“ Beloved childhood film, never gets old. 10/10 (2-Mar) ” - parabola33
 
72.
Groundhog Day (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A weatherman finds himself inexplicably living the same day over and over again. (101 mins.)
Director: Harold Ramis
“ Appropriately, I could watch this repeatedly. 8/10 (2-Mar) ” - parabola33
 
73.
Carrie (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Carrie White, a shy, friendless teenage girl who is sheltered by her domineering, religious mother, unleashes her telekinetic powers after being humiliated by her classmates at her senior prom. (98 mins.)
Director: Brian De Palma
“ Holds up pretty well all these years later. 7/10 (8-Mar) ” - parabola33
 
74.
Veronica Mars (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Years after walking away from her past as a teenage private eye, Veronica Mars gets pulled back to her hometown - just in time for her high school reunion - in order to help her old flame Logan Echolls, who's embroiled in a murder mystery. (107 mins.)
Director: Rob Thomas
“ Couldn't have asked for a better film continuation as a fan. Great cast chemistry, glad to see them all back together. 8/10 (13-Mar) ” - parabola33
 
75.
Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
The IMF is shut down when it's implicated in the bombing of the Kremlin, causing Ethan Hunt and his new team to go rogue to clear their organization's name. (133 mins.)
Director: Brad Bird
“ Finally got around to seeing this, and it was a very good action flick. 7/10 (13-Mar) ” - parabola33
 
76.
The Shining (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil and spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future. (146 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ Great to be able to watch this on a big screen. Love this movie. 10/10 (15-Mar) ” - parabola33
 
77.
The Shining (1997 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A recovering alcoholic must wrestle with demons within and without when he and his family move into a haunted hotel as caretakers. (90 mins.)
“ I watched this shortly after the Kubrick film. I remember catching this on TV back when it originally aired and thinking it was pretty good. Time has not been kind. The cheesiness of mini-series is very apparent, and the special effects were rather lame. One thing going for it is that it holds much more closer to King's book than the film. But overall ... not so great. 5/10 (23-Mar) ” - parabola33
 
78.
Our Idiot Brother (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A comedy centered on an idealist who barges into the lives of his three sisters. (90 mins.)
Director: Jesse Peretz
“ Some good chuckles, but not as funny as it could have been. 6/10 (25-Mar) ” - parabola33
 
79.
The Mist (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A freak storm unleashes a species of bloodthirsty creatures on a small town, where a small band of citizens hole up in a supermarket and fight for their lives. (126 mins.)
Director: Frank Darabont
“ Been meaning to watch this for so long! I thought it was a very good adaptation and I like the bleak changes from the original short story. 7/10 (29-Mar) ” - parabola33
 
80.
The Heat (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
An uptight FBI Special Agent is paired with a foul-mouthed Boston cop to take down a ruthless drug lord. (117 mins.)
Director: Paul Feig
“ I wanted this to be funnier and better than it actually turned out to be. 6/10 (2-Apr) ” - parabola33
 
81.
Tim's Vermeer (2013 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Inventor Tim Jenison seeks to understand the painting techniques used by Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer. (80 mins.)
Director: Teller
“ Oh to be rich and pick up such a crazy hobby. Very fascinating though. 7/10 (3-Apr) ” - parabola33
 
82.
Jodorowsky's Dune (2013 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
The story of cult film director Alejandro Jodorowsky's ambitious but ultimately doomed film adaptation of the seminal science fiction novel. (90 mins.)
Director: Frank Pavich
“ The documentary is so good, and Jodorowosky enthusiasm so contagious, that afterwards you feel like you've practically seen his unmade movie. What I found so striking was that the project didn't collapse because of ego or conflict, it was just too ahead of its time. I think it's telling that all the assembled crew still spoke so fondly of their experience. 8/10 (4-Apr) ” - parabola33
 
83.
Jerry Maguire (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
When a sports agent has a moral epiphany and is fired for expressing it, he decides to put his new philosophy to the test as an independent with the only athlete who stays with him. (139 mins.)
Director: Cameron Crowe
“ Watching this, I kind of feel sorry for the career/lives of many of the stars. Still a decent movie. 7/10 (3-May) ” - parabola33
 
84.
The Internship (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Two salesmen whose careers have been torpedoed by the digital age find their way into a coveted internship at Google, where they must compete with a group of young, tech-savvy geniuses for a shot at employment. (119 mins.)
Director: Shawn Levy
“ Promising, but tries way too hard and a lot of the humor falls flat. 5/10 (16-May) ” - parabola33
 
85.
Alien (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
After a space merchant vessel perceives an unknown transmission as distress call, their landing on the source moon finds one of the crew attacked by a mysterious life-form, and soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun. (117 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ Looks fantastic on Bluray; an all-time fav. 10/10 (17-May) ” - parabola33
 
86.
Aliens (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
The moon from Alien has been colonized, but contact is lost. This time, the rescue team has impressive firepower, but will it be enough? (137 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
“ Fantastic follow-up, looks great on Bluray. 10/10 (17-May) ” - parabola33
 
87.
Save the Tiger (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A disillusioned aging decent man and once proud WWII veteran is dealing with midlife crisis as well as a tough moral dilemma. If he wants his small near-bankrupt clothing company to survive, he has two days to let go of his shaken morals. (100 mins.)
“ Good performance by Jack Lemon, but I couldn't really get into it. 6/10 (24-May) ” - parabola33
 
88.
The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
In New Jersey in 1935, a movie character walks off the screen and into the real world. (82 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
“ Quirky and some fun moments, but not one of my favorite Allen films. 6/10 (24-May) ” - parabola33
 
89.
Paprika (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
When a machine that allows therapists to enter their patients' dreams is stolen, all Hell breaks loose. Only a young female therapist, Paprika, can stop it. (90 mins.)
Director: Satoshi Kon
“ Maybe it was too early to wrap my mind around, but it just wasn't making much sense. Crazy visuals kept it interesting to watch. 6/10 (24-May) ” - parabola33
 
90.
Gone Baby Gone (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Two Boston area detectives investigate a little girl's kidnapping, which ultimately turns into a crisis both professionally and personally. (114 mins.)
Director: Ben Affleck
“ Very well done drama/mystery. 7/10 (24-May) ” - parabola33
 
91.
Say Anything... (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A noble underachiever and a beautiful valedictorian fall in love the summer before she goes off to college. (100 mins.)
Director: Cameron Crowe
“ They look so young! Still a fun watch. 7/10 (24-May) ” - parabola33
 
92.
Akira (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A secret military project endangers Neo-Tokyo when it turns a biker gang member into a rampaging psychic psychopath that only two teenagers and a group of psychics can stop. (124 mins.)
Director: Katsuhiro Otomo
“ I saw this in high school and all I remembered was that it should have been cooler and I didn't like it. That's still accurate. 5/10 (24-May) ” - parabola33
 
93.
Thor: The Dark World (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
When Dr. Jane Foster gets cursed with a powerful entity known as the Aether, Thor is heralded of the cosmic event known as the Convergence and the genocidal Dark Elves. (112 mins.)
Director: Alan Taylor
“ Solid sequel, I think I liked it a bit more than the original. 7/10 (24-May) ” - parabola33
 
94.
Snowpiercer (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Set in a future where a failed climate-change experiment kills all life on the planet except for a lucky few who boarded the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe, where a class system emerges. (126 mins.)
Director: Bong Joon Ho
“ Very inventive and surprising; I'd definitely watch it again. 8/10 (24-May) ” - parabola33
 
95.
Marvel One-Shot: All Hail the King (2014 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A documentary filmmaker interviews the now-famous Trevor Slattery from behind bars. (14 mins.)
Director: Drew Pearce
“ Pretty funny. 7/10 (24-May) ” - parabola33
 
96.
Election (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A high school teacher's personal life becomes complicated as he works with students during the school elections, particularly with an obsessive overachiever determined to become student body president. (103 mins.)
Director: Alexander Payne
“ Still so wrong yet hilarious. 7/10 (25-May) ” - parabola33
 
97.
21 Jump Street (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A pair of underachieving cops are sent back to a local high school to blend in and bring down a synthetic drug ring. (110 mins.)
“ Great pairing and lots of laughs. 7/10 (25-May) ” - parabola33
 
98.
X-Men: First Class (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
In 1962, the United States government enlists the help of Mutants with superhuman abilities to stop a malicious dictator who is determined to start World War III. (132 mins.)
Director: Matthew Vaughn
“ Great cast and great action story. 8/10 (25-May) ” - parabola33
 
99.
X-Men (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Two mutants come to a private academy for their kind whose resident superhero team must oppose a terrorist organization with similar powers. (104 mins.)
Director: Bryan Singer
“ The quality doesn't hold up as much over time, when compared to the more recent comic book movies. But still pretty good. 7/10 (30-May) ” - parabola33
 
100.
Ocean's Eleven (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Danny Ocean and his eleven accomplices plan to rob three Las Vegas casinos simultaneously. (116 mins.)
“ Finally watched this for the first time, and the story was a lot of fun and an impressive cast. After visiting the Bellagio ourselves, it's pretty crazy that they could coordinate so much filming on location and shut down sections of the hotel & casino to do so! I guess the movie is almost like 'free' advertising, but still. 7/10 (12-Jun) ” - parabola33