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No no no.
Stop being mean to this movie people. It's not to be taken so seriously. Hell, it's the feel good movie of the year (well, that year anyway). Once every so many months you just need one of those movies that allow you to disable any functional part of the human brain, yet still make for an unspoiled evening. And for me, this is such a flick. If i want a good, original and coherent storyline i probably shouldn't be looking in the action movie corner anyway, and the ripoff/remake section isn't exactly keen on originality. But i don't give a mooh. Who cares if it's a no-brainer. Who cares if it's not your Godjira. It's fun, grab a few beers, you'll see.
Phone Booth (2002)
Much better than i had expected
Nicely done. Intense inner turmoil for our victim and main character in this movie. With just 10 days, a few skilled actors and one big street you can apparently do an effective job at creating something worthwhile. Makes me want to pick up a camera and make my own psych thriller. } :o)
The Straight Story (1999)
A moving (and slow at that), beautiful, very sentimental tale. When i watched this movie it made such an impression on me that i just had to have it. It felt like hearing the life story of my grandparents and getting an insight into their past lives (even though i'm fairly certain that in reality they had very little in common with Alvin Straight). Not your "average" over-the-top mind blowing David Lynch movie, but no less wonderful. This movie relativates. Not suitable for all tastes, but quite worth your time.
The Ninth Gate (1999)
The reason I loved this movie was it's gripping, mysterious atmosphere and cult-like feeling. I went to the cinema expecting to see a horror flick of sorts and was pleasantly surprised. The fact that it moves rather slow at times IMO adds to the feeling of the movie, but may be a downer to those with a short attention span. If you're into atmospheric movies watch this one. Not recommended for those that want nothing but action, special effects and/or blood and guts.
La Femme Nikita (1997)
Wonderful, great action and more
One of the best action series of our time, no doubt about it. The advantage of the series over the movie is that the expanded time frame gives more room for character development and expanded plotlines without sacrificing the attention payed to details. Intricate plots and subplots, good round characters, action, romance... I'm very sorry to have seen this one end. Probably my favorite series next to BtvS and Angel. Try Alias if you like this.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997)
Simply put: got my vote for best show on TV.
Best show on television, and unlikely to be surpassed any time soon, unless perhaps (and not likely) by something else by the hands of Joss Whedon. Why do you ask?
OK, well first of all, this is a show that has it all. Comedy, fantasy, action, horror, epic battles, heroism, drama (lots of drama), great atmosphere, good acting, originality, surprising storylines, great soundscape (thank you Christophe Beck), and above all awesome Character Development. And therein lies the show's strength, but also the primary reason why some people slander it: the more you watch it, the better it gets. Corny as it sounds: you start to feel like you get to know the characters, feel for them, like they were real life people that you befriended a long time ago. Not many shows can do that, and not a single show can do it for me the way Buffy has. It's weird, but this obviously fictional show has some utmost realistic elements in it (watch the show up to and including episode The Body and you should know what i mean). I also believe that for this reason Buffy surpasses it's spin-off, Angel (though not by far). Unfortunately this also means that in order to appreciate the show fully you will have to watch it for quite a while, and have at least some appreciation for round character development (as opposed to the flat or slightly curved characters most shows will hand you). And of course it'll help if you can relate to the characters in terms of age and what comes with that. Still, I don't believe anyone who calls this show "overrated" or "crappy" or whatnot has seriously given it a shot. Well suit yourself, your loss.
I myself was sceptic when i first started watching Buffy. Turned to it primarily because nothing else was on. I'm not usually picky about my shows. Imagine my surprise when i found out this show actually had "quality" written in the fine print. Episodes such as (and I'll try to avoid spoilers here) The Body (wow, I was actually completely utterly shocked by that one, and i still get teary eyed and depressed every time i watch it, which is unique for a TV show), Hush (great, modern day fairy tale), Restless (grand, occasionally hilarious, atmospheric), The Gift (epic, dramatic), Chosen (again, epic) and so many others have led me to see this show for what it really is: TV the way all TV would be in a perfect-cinema world.
Groundhog Day (1993)
Great comedy concept
Great comedy concept, and perfectly executed at that. If you love repetitive feel-good movies with a sadistic twist, watch this one, over, and over, and over, and over.... If not, watch it anyway.
Anyone not too grossed out by this movie's splattery effects will have a joyous time watching it. Peter Jackson & Co. obviously put so much love into this that you just have to respect this all time gore classic. The bad acting, c-movie feel and over-the-topness of it all just add to the fun. One of my favorites.
Evil Dead II (1987)
Fun horrorfest with a twist
This movie was hilarious and immensely creepy at the same time. It's Blair Witch Pro with a gory comedy twist. Horror must have been invented for movies like this. A must see for fans of horror movies, and a high recommendation for all those others who have the stomach for it. When i watch this one i grab myself a martini and put on a happy smile. Weeeeeeeee!
Bad Taste (1987)
Feel good movie of the century
Four years of work, a budget that could buy you two rolls of toilet paper, and a crew with virtually no professional experience. But what this movie does have, different from most movies nowadays, is the love poured into it which seems to be trademarked to Peter Jackson. And that shows. Funny, culty, gory, but above all: sunny. Cheers!