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These 'sex-romps' did carve out their own little genre - especially from '82 to '86. That's part of what made 1990's "Ski School" such a delight... it was a throwback from the mid-80's...
Nearly every movie on here save "Weird Science", "Just One of the Guys", "The Sure Thing", "The Woman in Red", and "Once Bitten" are R-Rated with plenty of Nudity, but I thought those films belonged because of their heavy use of sexual themes, and when they were released. The Woman in Red is the only PG or PG-13 film that I know of that has full-frontal nudity(however quick it may be). :) Look ma, no more hairy palms.
some flicks were left out for other reasons... "Summer of '42" for timeframe, "Oddballs" for cleanliness(and terribleness), and all the new-age sex-romps like "The Girl Next Door" even though that one is a great example of the genre... everything on this list falls from '79 to '90, and I'm going to keep it that way... Although I'm always on the lookout for stuff I missed.
Just missed list: 26.Lucky Number Slevin, Once, The Host, Running Scared, Children of Men, Rocky Balboa,
There are still many films I need to watch but some I anticipate could make a run at the top 25: "ida", "Leviathan", "Blackhat", "Inherent Vice", "Digging Up the Marrow", "American Sniper", "Camp X-Ray", and "In Order of Disappearance".... or at least those are the 2014 films on my watchlist that I anticipate will make a run at the list.
i have watched 77 films from 2014.(will edit)
Remember, it's just an opinion.
Just missed:26.The Judge 27.Dawn of the Planet of the Apes 28. Life Itself
I started with every film I have rated/seen from 8-10 stars(my rating) on IMDB. It started as almost exactly 150 films I had rated 8/10+, but now into late 2012 as I edit - some 8's are dropping off the list.
Here's the just missed list before I start(in no particular order):The COunt of MOnte Christo, Avatar, The Departed, 3:10 to Yuma, SPartan, Gran Torino, Win Win, Bridesmaids, A Beautiful Mind, Public Enemies, The Fighter, Ratatouille, Perfect Host, The Double Hour, Raid:redemption, Paprika, Beerfest, The Girl Next Door, 300, IPMan 2, Superbad, Waitress, The Fountain, Three BUrials of Melquis Estrada, Munich, The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Identity, Kill the Irishman, the Matador, Black Hawk Down, Tailor of Panama, A Scanner Darkly, Dark Blue, Old School, Session 9, Walk The Line, The Perfect Storm, Elephant, LOTR:The Fellowship of the Ring, Felon, Remember the Titans, The Dancer Upstairs, the Escapist.... All good films... deserving... but some have to be left out to get to 150...
Since the listings start with #1 - I'll start with #1 and go to #150.........
everyone has their own likes and dislikes......... While I'm sure many won't agree with the order - I truly CAN recommend every film on this list. I tried to maintain integrity within my own rating system(which is not perfected by any means). Hope you enjoy it. EDiting IN newer films as I see them..
It is a particularly exciting year for me at the movies. My two favorite directors, Wong Kar Wai and Brian De Palma released new movies, and a bunch of sleepers are dominating the list.
A Few months ago - I thought that 2013 might have been a pretty weak year for movies, but now that I've come to the end of the watchlist, it was actually a VERY GOOD year for movies. Seldom do I have so many 9's in my top 25, and seldom do the 8's go nearly to the bottom of the list like this. By the time I'm done there may not be a 7 on the whole list. Amazing.
will edit as I see films that deserve a spot on the list. (last edit was out of NINETY-THREE films viewed from 2013). Will likely/eventually be out of about 110.
Sometimes my top 25 lists(see previous yrs) might include films that imdb says were released the previous yr... but I go by the us dvd or major u.s. theatrical release dates... not festivals etc..
at times it was rough. had to cycle through some rough patches... Spring Breakers... it "looked" good, but what the heck was that about? Pain and Gain... much, mUCH more pain than gain... Rapture Palooza? Take me Away.
here's the Just missed list:26.The East 27.Mental 28.Blue Jasmine 29.Only God Forgives 30.Warm Bodies, 31.StarTrek:Into Darkness 32.Maniac, 33.Fruitvale Station, 34.Locke, Before Midnight, Grandmasters, Rush, Eden, Side Effects, 42, Man of Steel, Gangster Squad, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The World's End, Oblivion, Captain Phillips, Last Vegas, Trance, Redemption, Red 2, Extracted, Hatchet 3, Stoker, Olympus Has Fallen, Dark Skies
I suggest inverting the list.............................................\/
just missed:The Green Mile, Varsity Blues, The Limey, Election, Stir of Echoes.
2001 was a terrible year for movies, ratings-wise - it's the lowest of any year since 2000, and by a fairly wide margin.
no 9's on this list for me(that's a first so far), and also contains some 6/10's - also a first. Some good sleepers in there, but that's about it, bad yr overall.
just missed:crazy beautiful, Hannibal
just missed: 26.Devil's Rejects, Hard Candy, Election(subt), Grizzly Man, 40 Year-Old Virgin, Three Burials of Mequiades Estrada, Walk the Line
Mississippi Grind (2015)
Reynolds is good, Mendelsohn is fantastic. Gritty. Shoe-In for top 10 of 2015. Very mild spoilers
This is right up my alley. I enjoy gambling films, and like both actors.
"Mississippi Grind" is a great film bolstered by the chemistry and performances of the two leads.
The film steady rolls out of the gate. Like the Mississippi itself, it doesn't seem to be in a hurry, but it keeps rolling towards it's destination.
This is not a film of twists, cons, or gimmicks. It's a realistic examination of two gambling addicts, who find friendship and success despite their differences and problems.
Mendelsohn gives an Oscar worthy performance. "Gerry's" life has been permanently scarred because of his addiction. Think of William H. Macy in "The Cooler", or Philip Seymour Hoffman in "Owning Mahoney" and then up the ante(and that's saying something - especially the latter). I doubt he'll actually get a nomination. I already knew this was one of the best lesser- known actors in Hollywood. I'd seen many Australian films starring Mendelsohn, but many might recognize him from his supporting roles in films like "Place Beyond the Pines", and "Black Sea". This performance should catapult him into some bigger roles in American film.
Here Mendelsohn can't seem to get out of the way of himself. He's fallen so far that he believes that he deserves every bad thing that comes his way, yet he still can't stop his actions. It's like any addiction. There's usually a good person underneath there, but unfortunately, the weight of all his transgressions needs to be lifted before there is any chance at redemption. But, can the weight ever be lifted? I think that's the open-ended message and question at the end of the film. That's also why the ending works so well. It takes such a depressing character, two of them actually, and leaves us with the thought that they can right every wrong.
Mendelsohn's "gerry" also has a somewhat likable, light-hearteded quality in his depressive state. It's magical really. You'll leave the film thinking that you may run into Gerry at your regional casino; passing by and casually saying, "Hey Gerry". "Hey Man" he'd quietly reply, wondering possibly worrying about where he knew you from as he headed to the poker room.
The only thing that separates these two characters, is luck. Nothing more. Each of them imprint on one another, and the result is a revelation for them both. They need each other. Gerry needs Curtis' luck, and Curtis needs Gerry to justify that he can turn his own personal life around, that people like them can make a good decision. Proof that it's not all luck. Proof that he can quit and machu pichu(have to see it).
Highly recommended. Sitting right with "Wild Tales" for my top film of 2015, granted I've only seen 27 of 80 on my watchlist. As Gerry might say "It's a Sign" that better movies might lie ahead.
You'll like this if you liked: Trees Lounge(not as good), Owning Mahoney(very close but not quite as good as this), The Cooler(not as good), or Rounders(close but not as good, though I'm sure the comparison and statement won't help the useful %).
Area 51 (2015)
Not as quiet as a church mouse, but still more fun than i expected at 4.9.
The film has many flaws. The group is terrible at "sneaking around", and the filler set-up could have been chopped-down a bit. They're also a bit TOO prepared imo.
All that said - when the film gets to the last half "actually doing it", it IS genuinely fun exciting stuff, and some of the ideas were fresh and looked rather convincing.
It's totally unrealistic, but if u can suspend your disdain for that aspect and just sit back and enjoy the last 45 minutes, you might be Pleasantly surprised(again, given its rating). It was more fun(& actually rating a touch higher) , albeit not as well acted as "child 44"(its rental companion).
I say watch it. Its not nearly as bad as the score. I think some of the younger crowd votes this low because they think this young group is stupid and silly, just like they are, but they don't want to admit it.
Don't get me wrong. Concept wise its ridiculous. They're clumsy and loud while sneaking around. The ending could have had a twist of sorts but really doesn't. BUT, its still quite fun and thrilling at times.
52/100 I've seen much worse. You'll like this if you liked: the signal( tad better), cloverfield(much better), or that found footage flick were the young couple is in bfe ireland(cant remember name/ about even or slightly below this).
Yi ge ren de wu lin (2014)
Granted, they had me at Donnie Yen, but then they gave me incredible production values, a fairly competent storyline, and met the action/fight-sequence quality of the first two IPman's.
This was ranked 6.4 this morning, 6.5 this afternoon, and could be headed all the way to 7.
It deserves it. It's a freakin' blast!
The final fight is as good as the alleyway in Killzone, and a clear lack of the all-too-present drama silliness found in many of these HK action flicks. Some of the serious stuff is handled quite well.
Albeit the fight scenes are still gloriously over-the-top(not sure what some were expecting reading some negative reviews - i mean isn't that wHY you rent a kung fu flick? Geesh).
The "filler" is solid, decently acted fare that keeps at an even pace and keeps the audiences interested in the fate of its lead characters. If u want realism go rent "the gunman" and be bored to death with a more basic plot, realism, and seasoned actors. It will fry your brain and send u back to the redbox faster than "Get Hard". Or have fun watching a mindless, unrealistic kung fu flick - which flies by like an F-16, and is a 90-minute adrenaline rush.
Highly recommend this! 73/100
I will be purchasing this. You should know where u stand before u hit play. If u enjoyed "true Legend", the "police stories", "supercop" or SPL:Killzone.. Or any modern kung fu flick.. You will love this!
Get Hard (2015)
Save yourself the time and money and watch the superior original, "Big Stan"
Don't get me wrong.. If you ask Rob Schneider or Will Ferrell, whether it be overall funniness or filmography, I'm taking Ferrell, but not here.
Get Hard starts out rough. Unfunny and uninteresting. Trying way "too hard" with a script that just had nothing to offer.
Granted, the film makes a mild comeback in the second half. Ferrell's antics finally go over-the-top and make the second-half nearly re-watchable, but not quite. At present this may be the worst film I know-of that's still sitting above a 6.0 on IMDb, but give it three more weeks of DVD time and it might drop closer to where it should be.
47/100 It's the second under-whelming comedy I've rented this week from A- listers. "Unfinished Business" also left a lot to be desired(a tad better than this crap). "Get Hard" WAS better than HTTM2, but that's not a difficult task. This film also relied a bit too much on crude humor. And that's weird that I just used crude humor as a negative, and then referenced "Big Stan" as a better film. I don't mind crude humor - as long as it's funny.
I nearly turned it off about 45-in, and I try "really hard" NOT to do that when watching a movie. It's gotta be pretty darn awful. If it didn't star Hart and Ferrell I WOULD have turned-it-off, but I thought I'd give them a chance at redemption and they did salvage a little face in the second-half.
Lazy writing. WIthout the physical comedy of it's leads it's in the Turkey/1-2 area.
You don't expect too much plot with these types of films, but the finish of the story is so dull yet somehow also hurried, and the films only saving grace is some physical comedy and decent chemistry from the leads. Too bad they didn't have a script worth 2 cents.
You thought the Horror Genre was dying... uh uh.. the comedy genre is what's dyin'. Anchorman this is not. Big Stan this is not.
go buy a used copy of Big Stan(6.5/10) instead of dropping 1.50 on the redbox for this junk. All they did was try to remake it, and like most remakes, it's a huge step-down.
Home Alone 3 (1997)
Not as bad as you'd think, but not as good as some of the reviews either
This is a small step down from the first two, but it's still above average. It's definitely not Alex Linz' fault - he's as good as Culkin here and nearly makes this a 'good' film. The story is both more implausible AND more interesting than the previous entries.
The problem here is that the final 30 minutes is a little scatterbrained and we start to miss Pesci and Company, AND some of the higher production values of the first two films. Sad too, because Linz and the set-up for the film are as good or better, but overall don't believe the hype that its as good or better than the previous two. First of all, its not. Second of all, the fact that its even close, especially given the new cast, is part of the reason its quality has been deceivingly escalated.
Woman in Gold (2015)
Good, could've been great.
This is a good movie. Mirren is excellent, Reynolds passable, but overall a good film.
Reynolds' character is under-developed, and that takes away from the films overall impact. A little more family background on reynolds character would've gone a long way. Instead, we don't feel the emotional implications concerning his ancestry, and some of those scenes just aren't as effective as they could have been. Not the case with Mirren - her story is complete. This could have been Really good if reynolds character had been better developed.
Otherwise,.. the film is excellent. I don't know if we should blame the casting, the writing, or the performance, and i do normally like Reynolds. I don't want it to sound like its a bad film, because it's not. Quite good actually.
The flashback scenes are excellent, the score is incredible, and the story itself is mesmerizing. Yet, it's still just a 'good' film that stands a marginal chance at holding onto a top-25 for 2015 spot come next spring.
U might like this if you liked: The Book Thief( a notch better), Sarah's Key(actually not as good as WIG), The Queen(a bit better), or Escape From Sorbibor((better/great sleeper).
73/100 Defo worth a rental.
6.3 seems a bit low... 6.8 was what I was expecting to see.
As a kid, this film hit me like a ton of bricks. With all it's powerful emotions and tense moments, it was a bit much for an 11yr- old. Still, it seems to hold that power for older audiences.
"Greystoke:The Legend of Tarzan" stays pretty true to Burroughs work. The film is really divided into two segments. The first takes place in the jungle, and the second takes place in a more civilized(or so it seems) world of Victorian Mansions.
The first half is unbelievably gripping. Emotional, Scary, and Adventurous. The second half is more a powerful drama, but for me the second-half is not only a bit under-rated, but quite deep and disturbing.
Christopher Lambert of "Highlander" fame is excellent throughout - easily his best work.
This is a tough watch for any animal lover. A tough watch in general. I think THAt is actually skewing the score here a bit. It's a good movie, not great, good, but I think it's considerably better than the score here. One of those films that you enjoy, but don't want to turn around and watch it again.
It could be even better. There's a few moments in the second half that were a bit redundant, and that could've perhaps shaved about 10 minutes off of this and helped overall. BUT, I left this review simply because it's a bit better than 6.3 might lead you to believe. If you haven't seen it - do.
69/100 A good forgotten adventure/drama from the 80's. The best Tarzan film - though that ain't sayin' much.
You might like this if you liked: PLatoon(better), Rise of the Planet of the Apes(slightly better or even), or Project X(slightly below this).
Something Wild (1986)
Deserves a much, MUCH higher rating.
"Something Wild" is a pulpy-weird mess of a fantastic movie. The characters have depth, the dialog is sharp, and the music backing it all is glorious.
Melanie Griffith is spot-on as a free-spirited woman who dabbles in petty-crime and men, but also successfully brings heart to the role. Jeff Daniels' physical comedy and innocence make him the perfect match, and what better estranged husband to bring into the mess than Ray Liotta. He was built for parts like this.
Reminds me a bit of the directors earlier release, "Married to the Mob", only much better. There's something very serious about this film that really sets it apart. The violence and the threat of violence seems very real, and the characters actions seem extremely realistic, albeit totally wacky.
There are many moments that make us read further into the characters and their situations... the trip to LuLu's(Griffith) Mom's house, and the moment when Daniels flees the hotel... these scenes are great because they don't treat the viewer like a 5 yr-old. You can really gather tons of insight into these characters without all of the information being spoonfed to the audience. It's a rather 'smart' film.
The other great thing here is the music. It's truly fantastic. A great soundtrack is bolstered by some awesome Reggae/ska/rock selections and some live clips from the "Feelies" who are playing a reunion scene. The "Feelies" stuff is just incredible, and will make you seek out their stuff immediately, and the film incorporates all the music seamlessly and effectively throughout the film.
The is one of the best 80's sleepers. It's right there with "After Hours", "Miracle Mile", "Body Double", "Gotcha", "Up the Creek" and "Let it Ride".
A truly unique film. Risqué. Genre-bending. Sharp, witty, and thoroughly entertaining. I refuse to throw this the rom-com genre simply because the film is too good to be generalized like that.
Highly recommended. 80/100
You'll like this if you liked: Married to the Mob(not as good), After Hours(better), Gotcha(not quite as good) or Miracle Mile(close, very close, perhaps a touch better)
Having Melanie Griffith running around naked the whole movie doesn't hurt, but even on that note there's a weird realistic edge to all the sexuality in the film. It's unbelievably sexy without being dirty, cliché', or overdone.
So glad I revisited this little gem, and very happy to own it.I can see how some may not care for it's seedy characters, but that's life man... definitely don't see how anyone should dismiss it or hate it for that reason.
Playing It Cool (2014)
I don't mind the occasional romcom. As a matter of fact I rented this at the same time i rented "Love, Rosie". Neither were anything to write home about or recommend, but this one in particular was weak.
The biggest problem here is the writing - which is deplorable.
The plot around the lead character is dropped like a dead fly. There is just absolutely no momentum for the plot. The whole "writing" theme isn't tackled well at all(kinda mirrors the whole script actually), and Chris Evans doesn't really fit the bill either. Don't get me wrong, I like Chris Evans and Michelle Monaghan very much, but this will easily qualify as one of their worst.
They don't have any chemistry here. The biggest problem is Michelle's 'playing hard to get' which really derails the whole thing. It's not the acting... it's the writing.. there's no significantly well- written dialog between these two, and then the hard-to-get theme, the oddball friend thang, and the completely ball-dropped writing subject of the plot come together to give us this.... a completely under-whelming romcom.
I would definitely pass on this one. "Love, Rosie" wasn't great, but it was a lot better following this. There's just not much at the Redbox - here's yesterdays Redbox ratings: Love, Rosie 5.5/10 Playing It Cool 4/10 Spare Parts 6.5/10 Wild Tales 8.5/10
42/100 Pass! Even fans of the genre. Drab.
Relatos salvajes (2014)
early shoe-in for top-25 of 2015.
Note:My top-25 list are based on the U.S. release date.. so while it has 2014 next to it on IMDb, this will be featured on my pending 2015 list.
"Wild Tales" was an orgasmic reprieve from the diluted, poorly written, oft-regurgitated Hollywood romcom's that saturated my rental selections the last few days.
It's a collection of short stories that mainly focuses on the animalistic nature of human beings. It's often funny, sometimes shocking, and the quality of the work overall is exceptional.
It looks great and sounds great, and is one of the more entertaining films that I've seen in a while. The acting is strong top to bottom, and no one segment pulls the rest of it down. They are all good, but personally I think the middle segments("road rage" and "botched wedding") are the best. "Dynamite Joe" probably the weakest, and that is primarily due to it's unrealistic climax.
There's some spectacular moments of cinematography and music. Definitely reminiscent of films like "Babel", but the subject/themes are based more upon black-comedy-bad-fortune type scenario's. Think "After Hours" or "Creepshow 2" ONLY with the cinematography and overall attention to detail similar to "Babel".
I highly recommend this. Very pleasant surprise that went directly onto my "Jeremy's B-Movie Marathon List Part 4".
Glad to see this was nominated for an Academy Award. Deservedly so.