Roger's Watchlist - Movies by the day

by rogdie | created - 21 Apr 2012 | updated - 1 day ago | Public

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1. Tarzan and the Mermaids (1948)

Approved | 68 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

Boy is away at school in England. The high priest is trying to force a young girl to marry an evil pearl trader posing as the god Balu. She escapes, is recaptured and is finally rescued by ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Florey | Stars: Johnny Weissmuller, Brenda Joyce, George Zucco, Andrea Palma

Votes: 1,802

December 12 2018

Johnny’s farewell. Tarzan and the Mermaids was Weissmuller’s 12th and final Tarzan movie and I kept myself asking if it hadn’t been the one that was too much. This is the weakest story of all 12 and the decision to move to Mexico made this look more than ‘Fun in Acapulco’ than deepest Africa. Weissmuller himself had grown quite voluminous, even decided to wear flip flop sandals in some scenes which looked quite ridiculous. There was a new Cheeta, which had not enough screen time by far and all the humor of the past entries was gone. 5.4/10

2. Viva Las Vegas (1964)

Approved | 85 min | Comedy, Musical

Race car driver Lucky Jackson goes to Las Vegas to earn money to pay for a new engine for his motor car. Working as a waiter, he still finds the time to court young Rusty Martin.

Director: George Sidney | Stars: Elvis Presley, Ann-Margret, Cesare Danova, William Demarest

Votes: 5,841 | Gross: $5.13M

December 11 2018

This is for certain the most successful well known Elvis Presley movie. Not alone the title song which has been designated as the official Las Vegas hymn but also the pairing of Elvis with Ann Margret have placed this movie highest on the fan’s favorite list. Yet when you have a look at it 2018 style, you’ll find that the movie has not aged very well. Except for some scenes at the end and during the helicopter ride in the middle of the movie the Las Vegas setting is practically unimportant for the story. It is even so unimportant that the scene with the helicopter taking off was filmed at New York JFK airport. Otherwise the story is a pretty standard romance highlighted by some good music, good Ann Margret dancing scenes and a few cute sequences. Pretty average on today’s standards. 6.3/10

3. Book Club (I) (2018)

PG-13 | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

53 Metascore

Four lifelong friends have their lives forever changed after reading 50 Shades of Grey in their monthly book club.

Director: Bill Holderman | Stars: Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, Mary Steenburgen

Votes: 13,884 | Gross: $68.57M

December 10 2018

This movie must definitely be targeted for the elderly with this story and this cast. The question in my mind is : from what age can you enjoy Book Club and I do have to say that 40 upwards seems to be the target group here. Let's face it, here you have 4 romantic relationships developing : Diane Keaton (72) and Andy Garcia (62) (they played nephew and aunt in Godfather 3 ?!), Jane Fonda (80) and Don Johnson (68), Candice Bergen (72) and Richard Dreyfus (71) and finally Mary Steenburgen (65) and Craig T.Nelson (74). Those relationships develop after the ladies decide to read 50 Shades of Grey for their Book Club. Libidos and feelings re-awaken with hilarious consequences. Suffice to say , this is a movie which is funny and entertaining, maybe not for all audiences but seeing these veteran actors is just a pleasure in itself. 7,7/10

4. Bus Stop (1956)

Approved | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A naive but stubborn cowboy falls in love with a saloon singer and tries to take her away against her will to get married and live on his ranch in Montana.

Director: Joshua Logan | Stars: Marilyn Monroe, Don Murray, Arthur O'Connell, Betty Field

Votes: 9,609

December 9 2018

I was wondering while watching Bus Stop if such a movie was still fit to be broadcast these days as I found the whole movie quite hostile to women. The manner in which Don Murray, the allegedly innocent farmer from Montana pursues his prey, Marilyn Monroe is more a memory of the dark ages and even for 1956 it is quite offensive. Playing on both character naivety doesn’t really help the mood of the movie which comedic moments are a total waste compared to the uncomfortable awkwardness that accompanies the movie. And when it finally seems that reason gets over the bully, the naive girl tuns back into his arms. Bus Stop is a movie that has not aged well,it has its moments, especially Monroe and her southern accent but in the end it does not hold up compared to the world today. 5.5/10

5. The 9th Life of Louis Drax (2016)

R | 108 min | Mystery, Thriller

41 Metascore

A psychologist who begins working with a young boy who has suffered a near-fatal fall finds himself drawn into a mystery that tests the boundaries of fantasy and reality.

Director: Alexandre Aja | Stars: Jamie Dornan, Aiden Longworth, Sarah Gadon, Aaron Paul

Votes: 11,585

December 8 2018

What an uneven example of a movie. Starting out I thought that this would be a quirky black comedy about an accident prone nine year old child but as the movie played on it transformed itself into a drama, a crime thriller, a psycho thriller to end up as a supernatural fantasy. Not knowing which genre it should finally embrace it varies between all kind of genres ending up with no particular genre at all. The story in itself is interesting enough, yet because of its unevenness it has great difficulty to find its public and even the presence of Jamie Dorian as the doctor trying to save Louis Drax’s Life cannot help making it a steadfast film. 6.5/10

6. Wrong Turn at Tahoe (2009)

R | 91 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A small-time crime boss kills a drug dealer without realizing that the drug dealer works for the biggest crime boss in the country.

Director: Franck Khalfoun | Stars: Cuba Gooding Jr., Miguel Ferrer, Harvey Keitel, Alex Meneses

Votes: 3,552

December 7 2018

A movie starring Cuba Gooding jr. , Miguel Ferrer, Harvey Keitel goes direct to DVD. Sometimes it is hard to understand what reasons push executives at film studios or production firms to treat a movie like a piece of trash. True, some films are genuinely bad, yet the quality of these actors and a great gangster story must have had some people thinking, no ? In any case this is the best gangster movie i have seen in a long while, good story, great actiong, fantastic shootout at the end. This does not belong in the B-movie category and neither does Cuba Gooding jr. who is in my view a very good actor. I for once could recommend this movie to any action film aficionado. 8,4/10

7. Breaking In (2018)

PG-13 | 88 min | Action, Crime, Drama

42 Metascore

A woman fights to protect her family during a home invasion.

Director: James McTeigue | Stars: Gabrielle Union, Billy Burke, Richard Cabral, Ajiona Alexus

Votes: 7,628 | Gross: $46.38M

December 6 2018

The tendency to put stories about strong women on film was not only present since the Metoo movement in 2017. Yet lately there have been quite a number of good movies with a female lead. Before Jennifer Garner made a flamboyant comeback as an action hero in Peppermint, Gabrielle Union did a stint as a mother ready to do everything to save her children in Breaking In. Here Union battles a group of robbers intent on looting millions of cash that her father left her in his house. Her problem is particular. The robbers hold her kids hostage inside the fortress that is the house and she is outside. Action is quite acceptable, Billy Burke is a very suave villain and the movie is short enough to make things happen quickly. 6.7/10

8. Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy (1955)

Approved | 79 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Bud and Lou find themselves pursued by an Egyptian cult for a special medallion linked to a walking mummy.

Director: Charles Lamont | Stars: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Marie Windsor, Michael Ansara

Votes: 4,577

December 5 2018

Having sat through the whole Mummy films that followed the Boris Karloff original during the 1940’s , I was quite relieved when the final movie about Universal’s Mummy was revealed to be a Abbott and Costello comedy. The two comedians once regarded as the worthy successors of Laurel and Hardy manage to serve up a quite funny spoof of these tedious movies with a lot of slapstick, confusions and double entendres. Quite entertaining. What is even more funny is that despite being assigned names for their characters, they still call each other by their real names. 6.6/10

9. Taxi (I) (2004)

PG-13 | 97 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

27 Metascore

A mouthy and feisty taxicab driver has hot tips for a green and inept cop set on solving a string of New York City bank robberies committed by a quartet of female Brazilian bank robbers.

Director: Tim Story | Stars: Queen Latifah, Jimmy Fallon, Gisele Bündchen, Henry Simmons

Votes: 37,161 | Gross: $36.61M

December 4 2018

Taxi was the highest grossing movie in France in the 90’s and as tradition wants the story about a cab driver and his tuned up car used to apprehend a gang of bank robbers was soon set up for an American remake. The tradition also was held up when that remake did bomb in the United States, joining a long list of other remakes of French movies that just could not perform at the box office. The American writers had the unusual idea to put Queen Latifsh in the part of the cab driver with Jimmy Fallon joining her as the inept cop she partnered with to catch the gang of bank robbers. This gang was here played by a gang of super models led by Brazilian Gisèle Bundchen. I must admit I had more fun watching this (maybe because of fantastic looking Bundchen ?) than the original. The movie got slaughtered by critics and moviegoers altogether, yet I have to classify this as an entertaining watch and the movie must be categorized as one of my guilty pleasures. 7.4/10

10. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

PG-13 | 178 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

92 Metascore

A meek Hobbit from the Shire and eight companions set out on a journey to destroy the powerful One Ring and save Middle-earth from the Dark Lord Sauron.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom, Sean Bean

Votes: 1,458,400 | Gross: $315.54M

December 3 2018

Even those who did not had the stomach to read Tolkien’s novel, including myself, could not ignore what came to cinemas between 2001 and 2003. Never had someone taken on such a gigantic task like New Zealander Peter Jackson did when between 1999 and 2001 he made three back to back movies telling Tolkien’s whole story. He did not leave anything to coincidence. His native New Zealand was the perfect location, he assembled a group of actors that were perfect and realized a visual wonderland. Even those who did not watch fantasy were mesmerized by nature, and fantasy worlds and creatures. Fellowship introduces as to the story, the main characters and sets up the whole saga. Although, the scenes with the elves were a little bit boring, the action made completely up for these moments of calm. I loved Ian McKellen as Gandalf and Orlando Bloom as Legolas and even though the extended version had a running time of almost three and a half hours, the movie remained fresh and exciting. 8.6/10

11. Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)

PG-13 | 135 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

62 Metascore

During an adventure into the criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his future co-pilot Chewbacca and encounters Lando Calrissian years before joining the Rebellion.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover

Votes: 178,979 | Gross: $213.77M

December 1 2018

When Disney took over Lucasfilms it was a foregone conclusion that a lot more story’s from the Star Wars saga were bound to be put on film. This is the second movie made out of the Star Wars saga and it handles the early years of the Han Solo character and it is interesting for every Star Wars aficionado as it fleshes out the formation of the Solo Chewbacca friendship. Aside that the movie is a very entertaining action story of how Solo becomes the piloting legend we know of and how he got to be the pilot and owner of the famous Millennium Falcon. The cast is also very prominent : next to Alden Ehrenreich we meet Emilia Clarke, Woody Harrelson, Paul Bethany, Thandie Newton and Donald Glover as young Lando Calrissian. The best character however belongs to Phoebe Waller-Bridge voicing a very opinionated, female android L3 37 who gets the best lines by far. All in all a very good entry in the Star Wars university and I do not understand why it did not perform so well at the box office. 8.0/10

12. Making Mr. Right (1987)

PG-13 | 98 min | Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi

A reclusive scientist builds a robot which looks exactly like Dr. Ulysses, a scientist set to go on a long-term space mission. Since the (real) scientist seems to lack all emotions, he is ... See full summary »

Director: Susan Seidelman | Stars: John Malkovich, Ann Magnuson, Glenne Headly, Ben Masters

Votes: 2,209 | Gross: $1.58M

November 30 2018

Susan Seidelman directed Madonna in Desperately Seeking Susan a quirky movie set in New York City and apparently she must have liked that type because 2 years later, she helmed Making Mr.Right in which a young actor called John Malkovich plays an absent minded professor and his creation, an android. Incidentally, it is the android who falls in love with a girl, creating all sorts of problems. It is quirky, sometimes downright silly, yet it has a certain charme which does not make it boring. 6.9/10

13. Kommando Leopard (1985)

103 min | Action

A cruel dictator rules a Latin American state. Corruption, brutality and exploitation are present every day. A few people begin to organise resistance. Under the leader "El Leopardo" a ... See full summary »

Director: Antonio Margheriti | Stars: Lewis Collins, Klaus Kinski, Cristina Donadio, Manfred Lehmann

Votes: 392

November 29 2018

It is a Swiss movie. Back in 1985 Kommando Leopard united action star Lewis Collins (Brodie in The Professionals) with Uber-villain Klaus Kinski in this story about guerilla warfare in a non-specified country in which Collins rebellion leader squares off against the government militia. To say that this is a classic is a reach. Lots of miniature special effects took the majority of the budget and the lack of money for the rest of the production shows. Yet with all these difficulties they still managed to achieve a quite acceptable film in which Kinski of course manages to stick out. 5.8/10

November 28 2018

Changing the setting of a magical Christmas story as Erich Kästner imagined it with Das Fliegende Klassenzimmer, a book that oozes Christmas Spirit, is a bold move but film makers were sure they had a hit back in 1973 when the book was adapted for a summer setting and famous german movie star Joachim Fuchsberger was hired to play the principal in this new version of an all time classic book. The result is a mixed bag, you can of course recognize the story, it still keeps a lot from the origianl and yet it simply doesnt get you in the mood.You wish for the winter to come back and not even Fuchsberger can save the day. That being said it is still quite watchable and entertaining. 7,1/10

15. Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)

PG-13 | 134 min | Biography, Drama, Music

49 Metascore

A chronicle of the years leading up to Queen's legendary appearance at the Live Aid (1985) concert.

Directors: Bryan Singer, Dexter Fletcher | Stars: Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy

Votes: 147,725 | Gross: $175.10M

November 27 2018

Man ! So many memories, such iconic music and such iconic characters. Having lived through the 1980's, having been a fan of Queen all through these years it still is a happening to see how their music came together and how their charismatic frontman chose to live his life. Everybody was shocked in 1991 when first it was announced that Freddie Mercury had AIDS and just a day after news of his death came through. The lifestyle he led was only known to most fans later but it is heartbreaking to see this flamboyant guy succumb to the virus. Remi Malek gives an academy award worthy performance as Mercury, the actors playing the other members of Queen are really look-a-likes of the original musician, in short this is a movie i will savior and savior again, because it is a chapter of music history culminating in the most iconic of live appearances at Live Aid 1985, 9,0/10

16. Deadpool 2 (2018)

R | 119 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

66 Metascore

Foul-mouthed mutant mercenary Wade Wilson (AKA. Deadpool), brings together a team of fellow mutant rogues to protect a young boy with supernatural abilities from the brutal, time-traveling cyborg, Cable.

Director: David Leitch | Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin, Julian Dennison

Votes: 312,484 | Gross: $318.49M

November 26 2018

Once again the politically incorrect Marvel superhero has done what other Marvel extravaganzas are failing to achieve. Produce a pleasing, exciting and entertaining movie full of jokes, action and tongue in cheek one-liners. What no Avengers movie could ever master, Deadpool does easily and with a lot of self depreciating jokes : entertain the viewer. A sly choice of 80’s music, the breaking of the fourth wall, the multi references towards other movies, great cameos like a Matt Damon or Brad Pitt, a hilarious end credit sequence and more jokes that you possibly can imagine. It is a feast for the eyes and without any doubt Deadpool is the best Marvel character to be granted movie status. Keep it coming. 9.2/10

17. Confession of Murder (2012)

Not Rated | 119 min | Action, Thriller

Lee Du-seok publishes an autobiography describing murders he committed after the statute of limitations expires. A detective and one of the victim's mothers search for the author while another killer begins a spree of murders.

Director: Byung-gil Jung | Stars: Jae-yeong Jeong, Shi-hoo Park, Hae-Kyun Jung, Yeong-ae Kim

Votes: 6,542

November 25 2018

This is the second Korean movie I recently watched (Train to Busan being the first a few months ago), and I have to admit that they finely hold up to any American production. Confession of Murder is the international title for this crime thriller in which a police lieutnant resorts to some unorthodox means to catch a serial killer he has been chasing for years. The story gets a lot of publicity when the killer surfaces in order to publish a book about his murders after they pass the statute of limitations. This is a quite unorthodox story, yet it is captivating and interesting throughout. 7.5/10

18. Ocean's Eight (2018)

PG-13 | 110 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

61 Metascore

Debbie Ocean gathers an all-female crew to attempt an impossible heist at New York City's yearly Met Gala.

Director: Gary Ross | Stars: Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling

Votes: 109,420 | Gross: $139.38M

November 24 2018

I said it before, I like heist movies. I like them even better when they are star studded like the Ocean’s 11, or Ocean’s 13 movies. The announcement of an all female Ocean’s 8 led by Sandra Bullock and featuring Cate Blanchett, Rihanna, Sarah Paulson was quite exciting, and now that I have seen the movie, I must say that I enjoyed it a lot. It is different from the other movies, set in New York, and the goal here is to steal a 150 million dollar necklace during a big gala. Yet watching the gang prepare and execute the heist is a real joy in itself and this goes right into my favorite heist movies list. Oh by the way, two cameos from the Ocean’s 11 make it into this one, but it seems they killed off Clooney’s character Danny !!!??? 8.3/10

19. Jamaica Inn (1939)

Not Rated | 98 min | Adventure, Crime

In Cornwall in 1819, a young woman discovers that she's living near a gang of criminals who arrange shipwrecks for profit.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Maureen O'Hara, Robert Newton, Charles Laughton, Horace Hodges

Votes: 7,732

November 23 2018

Alfred Hitchcock, before leaving to work in the United States back in 1939, was contractually obliged to do one last movie in England and he chose to partner up with Charel Laughton for Jamaica Inn, a 19th century tale about life on a rough coast in Cornwall and the shabby deed of wreckers. Hitch came to regret this move as he found working with Laughton unbearable and did not think much of the movie afterwards. Maybe he was mistaken, because I found Jamaica Inn a great atmospheric movie, with a great story and a Charles Laughton whose dandy behaviour fit his character perfectly. There is also Maureen O'Hara in one of her first first movie roles but alas Hitchock was not able to fit himself somewhere into the picture. Nevertheless, a movie that was much better than the master's own opinion of it. 7,8/10

20. Personal Shopper (2016)

R | 105 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

77 Metascore

A personal shopper in Paris refuses to leave the city until she makes contact with her twin brother who previously died there. Her life becomes more complicated when a mysterious person contacts her via text message.

Director: Olivier Assayas | Stars: Kristen Stewart, Lars Eidinger, Sigrid Bouaziz, Anders Danielsen Lie

Votes: 27,911 | Gross: $1.31M

November 22 2018

In 2015 Kristen Stewart won a César for best supporting actress for her role in Sils Maria, a movie directed by Olivier Assayas. The same Assayas also directed this movie, a supernatural kind of thriller putting Stewart into the role of Maureen, a young woman, personal shopper for a celebrity who has just lost her twin brother. Apparently she is waiting for a sign of her deceased brother, when she is also contacted via test message by an unknown character. It is difficult to characterize this movie, there are no real tense scenes, except for a short sequence, there is just the viewer following Stewart around, seeing her shopping for her boss, texting with an unknown and trying on her celebrity bosses clothes. Yet the atmosphere keeps you interested and even though at the end most people are non the wiser, it seems as if the movie's ending is acceptable. Very curious movie. 6,6/10

21. Father Figures (2017)

R | 113 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

22 Metascore

Upon learning that their mother has been lying to them for years about their allegedly deceased father, two fraternal twin brothers hit the road in order to find him.

Director: Lawrence Sher | Stars: Owen Wilson, Ed Helms, Glenn Close, Robert Jon Mello

Votes: 12,443 | Gross: $17.50M

November 21 2018

Father Figures is in my opinion another movie that has been unfairly panned by critics. The film in which two middle aged man are told by their mother that their father , whom they believed deceased, is alive and who set out on a quest to find him is quite an entertaining comedy, highlighted by the great chemistry between Ed Helms and Owen Wilson, and enriched by great support cast like Glenn Close, J.K. Simmons, Christopher Walken or Ving Rhames. 6,8/10

22. Outpost (2008)

R | 90 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

In war-torn Eastern Europe, a world-weary group of mercenaries discover a long-hidden secret in an abandoned WWII bunker.

Director: Steve Barker | Stars: Ray Stevenson, Julian Wadham, Richard Brake, Paul Blair

Votes: 15,256

November 20 2018

It really looks like a one person ego shooter video game. A group of ex-soldiers and mercenaries are hired by a businessman for an expedition into a forest area in Eastern Europe.(It was filmed in Scotland, though) Down there they happen on a 'deserted' WWII bunker and some very alive zombie nazis. That is the story of a movie which is presented as a gory horror film. There certainly are a few jumpscenes, though the real action only starts about solid 40 minutes into the film. Is it gory, not really, there are a few scenes in it but it is no bloodfeast. All in all it is a solid entry into the fantasy-horror thriller genre with a bunch of virtually unknown actors, except Ray Stevenson maybe, but in the end you are left unsatisfied because of the premise and what it promised this movie would be. 6,3/10

23. It Came from Beneath the Sea (1955)

Approved | 79 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

A giant, radioactive octopus rises from the Philippine Trench to terrorize the North American Pacific Coast.

Director: Robert Gordon | Stars: Kenneth Tobey, Faith Domergue, Donald Curtis, Ian Keith

Votes: 4,182

November 18 2018

The 50’s saw them all, big monsters rising and menacing to destroy cities and all mankind. From giant spiders, big dinosaurs, abominable creatures to this giant octopus in It came from beneath the Sea. The scheme of things is often the same : Signs of something wrong flare up, the people in charge are not believing and it comes down to a small group of heroes to save the fate of the world. Here, the giant octopus is attacking the pacific west coast of the USA. It would not be different from the other sci-fi classics if it weren’t for Ray Harryhause. In one of his first movies, the master of stop motion visual effects is responsible for the fantastic giant octopus wreaking havoc on the city of San Francisco and his work is astounding. The story in itself is pretty standard but Harryhausen saves the day. 6.9/10

24. Zorro (I) (1975)

G | 120 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

In the New World, a new Spanish governor finds the province of Nueva Aragón under the iron fist of the corrupt Colonel Huerta and vows to bring justice under the guise of a masked avenger.

Director: Duccio Tessari | Stars: Alain Delon, Stanley Baker, Ottavia Piccolo, Enzo Cerusico

Votes: 2,634

November 17 2018

Millions of female fans must have rejoiced back in 1976 when Zorro came out with Alain Delon in the lead as the masked avenger. But not only the women were rejoicing, because this action movie, a French-Italian production turned out to be a crowd pleaser and even today it can stand its own when compared to the Antonio Banderas movies a few decades later. The movie is full of action and thoroughly entertaining throughout its 2 hour runtime, the only thing which kind of disturbed me was the English dubbing. It seems that the movie was produced in English but for obvious reason most of the actors were dubbed later, but not very satisfyingly. The surrounding sounds also seemed a bit odd, but they could not deter me from enjoying the movie. 8.4/10

25. The Palm Beach Story (1942)

Passed | 88 min | Comedy, Romance

An inventor needs cash to develop his big idea. His wife, who loves him, decides to raise it for him by divorcing him and marrying a millionaire.

Director: Preston Sturges | Stars: Claudette Colbert, Joel McCrea, Mary Astor, Rudy Vallee

Votes: 9,596 | Gross: $0.44M

November 16 2018

This was a screwball comedy intended to star the great Carol Lombard, who died in a plane crash prior to the shooting of this film. Claudette Colbert took over the role of Gerry, the wife who wants to divorce her husband, get a divorce in Palm Beach, marry a millionnaire in order to have the money to financally help her husband whome of course she still loves. Beginning and end of the movie are perfectly set in the tradition of the screwball comedy laws, yet the middle part is quite catastophic. I do not know who might have had the idea with the drunk hunters on the train, but that sequence kind of ruined the movie for me; a total waste of time that could have been used in a better way 5,5/10

26. A Star Is Born (2018)

R | 136 min | Drama, Music, Romance

88 Metascore

A musician helps a young singer find fame, even as age and alcoholism send his own career into a downward spiral.

Director: Bradley Cooper | Stars: Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper, Sam Elliott, Greg Grunberg

Votes: 113,916 | Gross: $197.64M

November 15 2018

There have been 3 ‘ A Star is born’ before Bradley Cooper decided to do yet another remake of this dramatic, romantic tale featuring Lady Gaga in her feature debut and Cooper himself. Now of course the story should be similar to the previous ones : Aging,alcoholic singer meets young lady who has a talent herself and enters into a relation to her that propels her to the top, yet that sends him into a downward spiral. The tragic end is, I guess, obvious too. This 2018 version is too long, yet has great music, great stars and a chemistry between Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper that is completely mesmerizing. The middle part of the movie however drags along and as soon as Ally transforms due to her stardom, it is as if the Gaga we all know has taken over from the actress Stefani Germanotta and that is kind of disappointing. 8.1/10

27. The Great Train Robbery (1978)

PG | 110 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

68 Metascore

In Victorian England, a master criminal makes elaborate plans to steal a shipment of gold from a moving train.

Director: Michael Crichton | Stars: Sean Connery, Donald Sutherland, Lesley-Anne Down, Alan Webb

Votes: 13,825 | Gross: $13.03M

November 14 2018

Heist movies are one of my preferred genres. Train robberies are my favorite stories within the heist genre. So no surprise here when I do declare that I thoroughly enjoyed Sean Connery, Donald Sutherland and Lesley-Anne Down pulling this kind of heist in a story set in 1855. So, actually the title fits, and Michael Crichton, the director (the guy who wrote Jurassic Park) tells a great tale with a great first part in which Sean & Co must get hold of four keys. The heist in itself covers the last third of the movie and the ride on the train’s top must have been Connery’s most dangerous scenes ever as it is clearly him running on the roof from wagon to wagon. Brilliant entertainment. 8.3/10

28. The Hunter (1980)

PG | 97 min | Action, Biography, Comedy

The story of professional bounty hunter Ralph "Papa" Thorson.

Director: Buzz Kulik | Stars: Steve McQueen, Eli Wallach, Kathryn Harrold, LeVar Burton

Votes: 4,198

November 13 2018

The Hunter is Steve McQueen's last movie. Before his death from lung cancer in 1980 he finished this film, a hats off to Ralph Papa Thorson the most prolific bounty hunter in the US. By the look of today, this seems to be a made for television movie, yet it was intended for cinematic exploitation and featured next to McQueen his Magnificient Seven enemy Eli Wallach in a small role. Another well known name is LeVar Burton, shot to fame with TV event 'Roots' and established as Star Trek charcter Geordi LaForge. The Hunter is quite an entertainment to watch today, it features some great scenes in a corn field or on board a Chicago train as well as an incredible car stunt off a Chicago high rise. What stays with me however is McQueen's haggard look, even if he did not know that he was seriously ill at the time of shooting his appearance is that of a sick man which spoils the fun. 6,8/10

29. How to Talk to Girls at Parties (2017)

R | 102 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

50 Metascore

An alien touring the galaxy breaks away from her group and meets two young inhabitants of the most dangerous place in the universe: the London suburb of Croydon.

Director: John Cameron Mitchell | Stars: Ruth Wilson, Nicole Kidman, Elle Fanning, Stephen Campbell Moore

Votes: 5,704 | Gross: $0.08M

November 12 2018

This is definitely not what you would expect from a movie with this title. It is not an awkward teen comedy about first romances but it is a somewhat disjointed story set in England 1977, during the Queen's 25th year jubilee, among the rising punk music scene, when three teens tumble upon a group of aliens. One of the aliens, extracts herself from the group to get to know human life and love. Among all the alien ritual music and dances, the punk music scenes, the only thing that kept me going were Elle Fanning, Nicole Kidman, Ruth Wilson and Matt Lucas, four household names that make the viewing of this movie a bit more bearable. Otherwise this is hit and miss for a lot of people and regarding the box offic scores of this movie I would say that this was definitely a miss. For me too. 4,6/10

30. Split (IX) (2016)

PG-13 | 117 min | Horror, Thriller

62 Metascore

Three girls are kidnapped by a man with a diagnosed 23 distinct personalities. They must try to escape before the apparent emergence of a frightful new 24th.

Director: M. Night Shyamalan | Stars: James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Haley Lu Richardson, Jessica Sula

Votes: 298,522 | Gross: $138.29M

November 10 2018

In IMDb trivia you can read in all these spoiler alerts about how this movie is set in the Unbreakable universe. To be honest, until the very last scene and that cameo, There was not one single clue which I could identify that would lead me on that path. The story of the three teens kidnapped and the kidnapper being a schizophrenic with more than 20 personalities is intriguing, with James McAvoy in a quite commandeering role, yet the action is remarkably limited throughout the running time making the viewing actually a bit boring. Let us hope that the link with Unbreakable and the upcoming reunion of characters from both movies in Glass can provide a more engaging and suspenseful end to this story. 6.5/10

31. Qui a tué Bambi? (2003)

126 min | Thriller, Drama

47 Metascore

Isabelle, a beautiful nursing student, is starting her internship at a prestigious hospital. She meets Dr. Philip there, feels attracted to him from the beginning and starts suffering from ... See full summary »

Director: Gilles Marchand | Stars: Sophie Quinton, Laurent Lucas, Catherine Jacob, Yasmine Belmadi

Votes: 1,280

November 11 2018

A cat and mouse game between a young nurse and a sinister doctor, molesting unconscious patients, even murdering unwanted witnesses : that is the right ingredient for a psycho thriller in best Hollywood tradition. This one though is French, doesn’t use a lot of fright scenes, almost no blood scenes only the atmosphere and a stone faced villain. A bag full of missed opportunities, an unsatisfying ending and quite a few questions that remain unanswered make Qui a tué Bambi an irregular movie that leaves the thriller seeker wanting more. 5.7/10

32. Genius (2016)

PG-13 | 104 min | Biography, Drama

56 Metascore

A chronicle of Max Perkins's time as the book editor at Scribner, where he oversaw works by Thomas Wolfe, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald and others.

Director: Michael Grandage | Stars: Colin Firth, Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, Laura Linney

Votes: 14,713 | Gross: $1.36M

November 9 2018

Booooring ! I could not think of any word after sitting through Genius. True storys are often captivating, thrilling, most of them are quite unbelievable, yet I kept wondering what would have been the catalyst for anyone to make the decision to make a movie out of a relationship between a writer and his editor. Precisely this is the whole story of Genius. Set at he end of the 1920 and through to 1938, Colin Firth and Jude Law play best known Maxwell Perkins and young and upcoming writer Thomas Wolfe highlighting a very tumultous and intensive relationship when Perkins tries to reign in the overzealous, enthusiastic and loud Wolfe while editing his two first novels. If you have not heard of Perkins nor Wolfe, this goes nowhere fast, and I hadn't heard of either, so I could not relate at all and the two characters just were not interesting enough. Only highlight : Firth wearing his hat in every scene, interior or exterior, except for the very last one. 4,3/10

33. Freaks of Nature (2015)

R | 92 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

In the town of Dillford, humans, vampires and zombies were all living in peace - until the alien apocalypse arrived. Now three teenagers - one human, one vampire, and one zombie - have to team up to figure out how to get rid of the visitors.

Director: Robbie Pickering | Stars: Nicholas Braun, Mackenzie Davis, Josh Fadem, Denis Leary

Votes: 9,317

November 7 2018

A great idea, a great premise, a very promising beginning, a hilrious middle part and a terribly weak ending. That is the short synopsis of Freaks of Nature, a horror teen comedy that went through development hell between 2010 and 2015 to end up in limited release and on Streaming services or direct to DVD. It deserved more that is for sure, the idea of a town in which humans, vampires and zombies co-exist being invaded by aliens and in the meantime examining the love life of teenagers is simply exhilarating. The movie is also very entertaining until about two thirds of the way when things go haywire. It seems like the writers went out of ideas and needed to get finished quickly. But it is worth a look, also because of some of the cast, most notably Mackenzie Davis but also a few great small parts taken over by Joan Cusack and Denis Leary. 7,4/10

November 6 2018

A few weeks ago I watched Picpus, starring Albert Préjean as pipe smoking Maigret, and I found him absolutely unfitting to the role of the commissaire because he interpreted the part as that of a dynamic policeman, sometimes choleric, never calm, quite the opposite to what Simenon wanted him to be in the novels. Here Préjean continous his impestous portrayal, yet the movie and the story is much more suited and engaging, so it does not hamper the narrative. Cécile est morte is close to the novel, a very suspenseful story of a triple murder which Maigret has to tackle and quite an achievement for a movie made back in 1944 under quite difficult circumstances 7,0/10

35. Sea of Love (1989)

R | 113 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

66 Metascore

A detective investigating a series of murders becomes involved with a woman who may be the culprit.

Director: Harold Becker | Stars: Al Pacino, Ellen Barkin, John Goodman, Michael Rooker

Votes: 33,848 | Gross: $58.57M

November 5 2018

Sometimes I really prefer to sit down to a crime thriller, quite straightforward, with a cop or detective on the hunt for a killer, preferably a serial killer. In 1989, Al Pacino chose such a story to come back from a 4 year hiatus, he became a New York Police Detective tasked to find the murderer of men who were looking for companionship through classified ads in the newspaper. As the female suspect and love interest , producers hired Ellen Barkin, the buddy partner part went to John Goodman. Sea of Love is maybe a tad long but it is quite a success, the story is quite suspenseful, you can't be sure who is the culprit until the very end, and the chemistry between Pacino and Barkin was quite steamy. Great entertainment for a Monday night crime thriller. 8,3/10

36. A Room with a View (1985)

Not Rated | 117 min | Drama, Romance

80 Metascore

When Lucy Honeychurch and chaperone Charlotte Bartlett find themselves in Florence with rooms without views, fellow guests Mr Emerson and son George step in to remedy the situation. Meeting... See full summary »

Director: James Ivory | Stars: Maggie Smith, Helena Bonham Carter, Denholm Elliott, Julian Sands

Votes: 34,991 | Gross: $20.97M

November 4 2018

The romantic triangle would have been a great Hugh Grant or Meg Ryan vehicle set in modern times, yet the Victorian/Edwardian setting gives this even more atmosphere. By incidence it is the very first movie of Helena Bonham Carter. Next to English movie royalty she certainly holds her own and yet it seems that almost everyone in this movie got nominated for some award except Bonham Carter or her fellow newcomer Julian Sands. Nothing against Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Denholm Elliott or Daniel Day Lewis, but the two main character got not really what they deserved. 6.9/10

37. Rampage (2018)

PG-13 | 107 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi