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Just keeping track of the movies that I've seen and want to remember. Comment, suggest and/or argue: I'd love to pick your brain. =)
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1. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
R | 142 min | Crime, Drama
Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency.
Votes: 1,942,289 | Gross: $28.34M
An innocent man is put in prison. This motion picture unveils his life struggle to achieve what he wanted through willpower, determination and inner strength. Admirable plot, script, play...and one hell of a good life lesson.
2. Groundhog Day (1993)
PG | 101 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
A weatherman finds himself inexplicably living the same day over and over again.
Votes: 507,802 | Gross: $70.91M
Plot is that one man's day is repeated because his destiny wants him to live it in a whole different (right?) way. Funny, sometimes even wacky episodes, well-played, comic script.
3. Stranger Than Fiction (2006)
PG-13 | 113 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
An I.R.S. auditor suddenly finds himself the subject of narration only he can hear: narration that begins to affect his entire life, from his work, to his love-interest, to his death.
Votes: 200,674 | Gross: $40.14M
A clerk suddenly begins to hear his life actions narrated to him in his head. Bewildered, he finds out that the narration is part a new novel, in which the fictional character bears the same name. When does fiction need to stop being life?
Emma Thomson very well plays the slightly absent-minded, very articulate and humming writer, just as I imagine them to be! Clever, funny.
4. The Science of Sleep (2006)
R | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
A man entranced by his dreams and imagination is love-struck with a French woman and feels he can show her his world.
Votes: 64,465 | Gross: $4.66M
Colorful, but not so deep-plotted type of film (a-la Amelie de Montmartre), this movie is about a guy that sees the world differently. This is his tribute, or a picture of his dreams and fantasies, where the imagination is setting boundaries.
5. One for the Money (2012)
PG-13 | 91 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
Unemployed and newly-divorced Stephanie Plum lands a job at her cousin's bail-bond business, where her first assignment puts her on the trail of a wanted local cop from her romantic past.
Votes: 37,017 | Gross: $26.41M
A sweet girl begins working as a bounty hunter. Challenge begins when she finds out that her biggest catch will be her ex.
Well-played the awkwardness of a I-don't-know-how-to-do-this-behaviour. Simple, but comic plot.
6. TRON (1982)
PG | 96 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
A computer hacker is abducted into the digital world and forced to participate in gladiatorial games where his only chance of escape is with the help of a heroic security program.
Votes: 101,820 | Gross: $33.00M
Absolutely amazing story of a war between the digital and real world. Amazing how they could come up with so much futuristic stuff in the 80-s! Creativity, comedy and action. A good action movie to watch.
7. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)
R | 158 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Journalist Mikael Blomkvist is aided in his search for a woman who has been missing for forty years by Lisbeth Salander, a young computer hacker.
Votes: 367,258 | Gross: $102.52M
Raw, harsh movie about a journalist that has been hired to investigate a murder in the family. As he digs deeper into the family secrets, a dark history appears. No pauses, watch it from beginning to end. Americans are better at creating suspense, rather than the Swede's.
8. The Listener (2009–2014)
TV-14 | 42 min | Crime, Drama, Fantasy
A young paramedic discovers he has telepathic powers.
Series is about a young paramedic who can hear and even see others' thoughts. Discreetly, he uses his ability to help police investigations. A little of comedy, action and romance, charming side-character (his partner), ok plot, easy to watch.
One big MINUS though: Mainly the female actresses whisper and blurr their words...to sound sexy?!! I like to keep a low volume when I watch, and I don't hear a squat! You can sound sexy without pretending you have an angina.
9. Alphas (2011–2012)
TV-14 | 44 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
Dr. Lee Rosen leads a team of "Alphas", (human beings with enhanced abilities) who investigate the death of a witness in a court case. They soon uncover more than they had bargained for.
A group of gifted individuals, called alphas, guided by a talented neurologist (non-alpha), are handling the crimes committed by...other criminally-oriented gifted individuals. I really do like the different spectrum of characters, the intricate plots of some episodes, the doubt and where to draw the line between good and evil. Highly recommended for sci-fi enthusiasts.
10. Gilmore Girls (2000–2007)
TV-PG | 44 min | Comedy, Drama
A dramedy centering around the relationship between a thirtysomething single mother and her teen daughter living in Stars Hollow, Connecticut.
Basically, the series depicts a short life period of a young mother and her daughter. Everyday events are blended and twirled with fast-paced conversations, mentions of American culture details and some words I haven't even heard before! Literally had to pause and look up the people, words and places that have been mentioned.
Even if labeled chick series, I adore the series for it's humor, motivation (for me, at least) and wittiness. Hope they do more of these series later, maybe even more boy-oriented. I think every gender deserves a series that makes you...scratch your brain a bit.
11. Amélie (2001)
R | 122 min | Comedy, Romance
Amélie is an innocent and naive girl in Paris with her own sense of justice. She decides to help those around her and, along the way, discovers love.
Votes: 612,513 | Gross: $33.23M
In my opinion I've observed that french cinematographers do movies more emotion-based rather than focusing on generating a well-thought plot. This movie is about a waitress that entertains her life by imagination. Once she finds a thing that belongs to a cute guy and the rest of the movie is about how she is trying in her own way give it back. Cute, funny, well-played by main and bi-characters. A laid-back quirky, slightly dramaturgical comedy...certainly not for main public, but the ones that like movies as an art.
12. The Fifth Element (1997)
PG-13 | 126 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
In the colorful future, a cab driver unwittingly becomes the central figure in the search for a legendary cosmic weapon to keep Evil and Mr. Zorg at bay.
Votes: 381,428 | Gross: $63.54M
A young female soldier is brought to Earth to save the planet, but gets attacked on the way, which causes her slight amnesia. A retired soldier (on Earth) is assigned to help her with whatever she came there to do. With the help of a devoted priest, they unravel the ancient history and...save the world? That you got to see.
Amazing creativity and ability of the special effects crew to do what they did in the movie. I think that Luc Besson is really good at mixing action and calm episodes, comedy and seriousness. That's what makes it a movie worth watching.
13. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
R | 118 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A young F.B.I. cadet must receive the help of an incarcerated and manipulative cannibal killer to help catch another serial killer, a madman who skins his victims.
Votes: 1,038,767 | Gross: $130.74M
I think it's about Jodie Foster, who plays a detective is interrogating a prisoner about a murder and he shares with her some of his mind.
I don't remember so much of it, but I do remember the awesome suspension that was so perfectly made in the movie. That horror, neither hidden nor exposed, the dark mind. Scary, but well-made, I must say (who usually is too scared of watching horror movies).
14. Black Swan (2010)
R | 108 min | Drama, Thriller
A committed dancer wins the lead role in a production of Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake" only to find herself struggling to maintain her sanity.
Votes: 612,562 | Gross: $106.95M
A shy ballerina is asked to play the grand role of the swan queen in the upcoming "Swan Lake". Rehearsing for the dance of the evil black swan, she's struggling to find her darker side, the way to express it, while she dives in herself and lives out her life the way she wanted to from before. An odd mixture of hallucinations, dreams, lesbian plays and self-exploration. I got a strange impression of the movie. I'll probably remember the main plot, so I certainly wouldn't like to see the movie again.
15. The Transporter (2002)
PG-13 | 92 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
Frank is hired to "transport" packages for unknown clients and has made a very good living doing so. But when asked to move a package that begins moving, complications arise.
Votes: 258,711 | Gross: $25.30M
Frank Martin (The Transporter) is an ex-military guy that earns some side-money by transporting things between gangs, big fishes and so on. This time the thing being transported is actually...a person, and things get heated.
No brain required, a genuine action movie to watch. Cool fighting scenes, some romance, some action.
16. Transporter 2 (2005)
PG-13 | 87 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
Mercenary Frank Martin, who specializes moving goods of all kinds, surfaces again this time in Miami, Florida when he's implicated in the kidnapping of the young son of a powerful USA official.
Votes: 171,848 | Gross: $43.10M
This time Frank Martin (The Transporter) is asked to provide his services as a transporter/bodyguard for a little boy, that suddenly gets kidnapped as leverage (he's the son of someone important). Again, well-planned fighting/shooting scenes, hot model actresses and, I think, car races. Again, no brains required, just a good time-killer movie.
17. Knocked Up (2007)
R | 129 min | Comedy, Romance
For fun-loving party animal Ben Stone, the last thing he ever expected was for his one-night stand to show up on his doorstep eight weeks later to tell him she's pregnant with his child.
Votes: 319,891 | Gross: $148.73M
Regular movie to watch without thinking too much.
18. Drive (I) (2011)
R | 100 min | Crime, Drama
A mysterious Hollywood stuntman and mechanic moonlights as a getaway driver and finds himself in trouble when he helps out his neighbor.
Votes: 491,416 | Gross: $35.06M
19. Inception (2010)
PG-13 | 148 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
A thief, who steals corporate secrets through the use of dream-sharing technology, is given the inverse task of planting an idea into the mind of a CEO.
Votes: 1,700,058 | Gross: $292.58M
20. The Hunger Games (2012)
PG-13 | 142 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Katniss Everdeen voluntarily takes her younger sister's place in the Hunger Games: a televised competition in which two teenagers from each of the twelve Districts of Panem are chosen at random to fight to the death.
Votes: 765,414 | Gross: $408.01M
21. Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011)
PG-13 | 118 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A middle-aged husband's life changes dramatically when his wife asks him for a divorce. He seeks to rediscover his manhood with the help of a newfound friend, Jacob, learning to pick up girls at bars.
Votes: 416,156 | Gross: $84.35M
22. Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
R | 122 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
After a stint in a mental institution, former teacher Pat Solitano moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife. Things get more challenging when Pat meets Tiffany, a mysterious girl with problems of her own.
Votes: 592,030 | Gross: $132.09M
Really great chemistry between the two main characters! I got a bit frightened from all the screaming and swearing and freak-outs. But wait till you see the end...what it all was for.
Liked the movie, not so cliché romance movie.
23. Fish Tank (2009)
Not Rated | 123 min | Drama
Everything changes for 15-year-old Mia when her mum brings home a new boyfriend.
Votes: 52,767 | Gross: $0.37M
I get that it's a coming-out-of-age-movie, but I thought it had a lot of swear words, too much brutal...ness. I don't know how to explain it. I guess the behavior of the main character is realistic, but... It gave me a raw feeling. Tough world, I guess...
24. Surrogates (2009)
PG-13 | 89 min | Action, Crime, Mystery
Set in a futuristic world where humans live in isolation and interact through surrogate robots, a cop is forced to leave his home for the first time in years in order to investigate the murders of others' surrogates.
Votes: 159,395 | Gross: $38.58M
I always loved Mr.Willis acting, and my feelings haven't changed about him in this movie either. He plays in macho style, consequently digging up the truth. What I don't remember remembering is the self-irony that is very often present in his acting...but is, I think absent, in this motion picture.
Good action, anyway.
25. The Intouchables (2011)
R | 112 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama
After he becomes a quadriplegic from a paragliding accident, an aristocrat hires a young man from the projects to be his caregiver.
Votes: 614,348 | Gross: $13.18M
I was a little annoyed that the movie was in French: here I was, sitting in the movie salong, just to quickly read the lines to understand the story.
But the feeling disappeared as fast as it came. A guy from the hood signs up to be an aristocrat's personal assistant. Culture differences, wacky scenes...my Gosh, it all made me either weep hard or laugh till the tummy muscles ache.
A great motion picture.
26. Imaginaerum (2012)
86 min | Drama, Fantasy, Musical
A coma sends an old man into his childhood's sinister fantasy world, where he must fight dementia and gain back his memories before it's too late.
A man with dementia is re-evaluating his life prior to passing by. Very strange dream-like movie, positively speaking. Greatly shot, cinematographically. I never coud guess what would happen next. Fan of Nightwish, who did a great job singing and performing in the movie. This is not the movie I would like to see many times, but sure as hell a movie I will remember.
27. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012)
R | 105 min | Action, Fantasy, Horror
Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, discovers vampires are planning to take over the United States. He makes it his mission to eliminate them.
Votes: 137,792 | Gross: $37.52M
I thought it would be a lot of action, cliché and Hollywood stuff. I was pleasantly surprised.
28. Syrup (I) (2013)
R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A slacker hatches a million-dollar idea. But, in order to see it through, he has to learn to trust his attractive corporate counterpart. Based on Max Barry's novel.
Votes: 9,816 | Gross: $0.00M
I like most of the acting, the monologues directed to the camera, in the style of "House of Cards" and witty, fast-paced dialogues. I don't really understand the ending though: it's like saying "If only he could trust her...", and then? The movie, imo, ends very abruptly.
Marketing as such was portrayed very rigidly in the movie ( energy drinks is all about the look, not the taste, for instance): might be something to it, but I didn't like the cling of it. Otherwise, ok movie.
29. The Book Thief (2013)
PG-13 | 131 min | Drama, War
While subjected to the horrors of World War II Germany, young Liesel finds solace by stealing books and sharing them with others. In the basement of her home, a Jewish refugee is being protected by her adoptive parents.
Votes: 113,144 | Gross: $21.49M
Need to see...need to see...
30. Sex and the City 2 (2010)
R | 146 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
While wrestling with the pressures of life, love, and work in Manhattan, Carrie, Miranda, and Charlotte join Samantha for a trip to Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates), where Samantha's ex is filming a new movie.
Votes: 65,497 | Gross: $95.35M
What I like is, of course, the funny plot. The portrayal of so many fashion collections that I stopped counting (I should thank the stylists for their paramount effort to make all clothes look awesome). Lots of giggly moments, some embarrassing ones too, haha. A movie to watch over doing household work.
Also, I watched in a bad audio quality, so that is not recommended. Good sound does...a lot, I learned recently.
31. Oblivion (I) (2013)
PG-13 | 124 min | Action, Adventure, Mystery
A veteran assigned to extract Earth's remaining resources begins to question what he knows about his mission and himself.
Votes: 430,485 | Gross: $89.02M
OMG! I like the gigantism of the structures (houses, workplaces - maybe just a green screen though, but still) being created for the movie. The tech of the new era is portrayed so vividly. So is the endless possibilities of cloning people, unfortunately.
My hubby did guess that the "radioactive" area was not radioactive at all, but I seriously didn't get it until I reached that part in the movie.
Music by Susanne Sundför and M83 is so grandiose and just is the dot over the i. Epic.
Best seen in movie theatres, for sure.
32. Parker (2013)
R | 118 min | Action, Crime, Romance
A thief with a unique code of professional ethics is double-crossed by his crew and left for dead. Assuming a new disguise and forming an unlikely alliance with a woman on the inside, he looks to hijack the score of the crew's latest heist.
Votes: 100,335 | Gross: $17.62M
As usual - galant and quick in actions, my new eye candy Jason Statham is starring in another paced movie. I like the idea of vengeance, and the marvelous by-role (?) of Jennifer Lopez (she can act!), but I would like to see more innovative fight scenes from now on (just like it was before in, say, The Transporter).
33. Adult World (2013)
R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama
A naive college graduate, Amy, who believes she's destined to be a great poet, begrudgingly accepts a job in a shop while she pursues a mentorship with reclusive writer Rat Billings.
Votes: 15,181 | Gross: $0.02M
Looks so easy, but maybe tough to play. Well-thought plot, funny moments, ok acting.
I have only the positive things to say about this movie. Good coming-of -age movie.
34. The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
R | 99 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama
The adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous hotel from the fictional Republic of Zubrowka between the first and second World Wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend.
Votes: 583,480 | Gross: $59.10M
Simple, amazing plot. A story told in a quietly pleasant way. I adore the decorations, the rooms, the dialogues.
This motion picture is like a vivid colourful drink with a slight twist of irony, humour and coquette. I absolutely loved it. My Easter holiday was well spent.
35. The Skeleton Twins (2014)
R | 93 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Having both coincidentally cheated death on the same day, estranged twins reunite with the possibility of mending their relationship.
Votes: 35,180 | Gross: $5.28M
Brother and sister reunite after a long period of time. Skeletons in life, old habits/crushes, boil up. Probably why I'm not a fan of reunions. Discreet, well-written, well-played. Somewhat predictable plot. Very realistic character base and development. Funny ideas for scenes. I really enjoyed the movie. Not that it helps me cheer up, but something to slightly relate to. I believe that I probably am not the only one.
36. Rise of the Guardians (2012)
PG | 97 min | Animation, Adventure, Family
When the evil spirit Pitch launches an assault on Earth, the Immortal Guardians team up to protect the innocence of children all around the world.
Votes: 137,636 | Gross: $103.41M
Forces of good and evil meet, fights. Boogeyman wants to take over the children's world. The plot is far too known.
But what I love about the movie is limitless discreet humor, well-written manuscript and just well-made animation. Awesome. Probably not for small kids, but awesome for older ones.
37. Casablanca (1942)
PG | 102 min | Drama, Romance, War
A cynical nightclub owner protects an old flame and her husband from Nazis in Morocco.
Votes: 444,271 | Gross: $1.02M
Watched half of the movie, opinion will appear here when I'm done watching it. Love it so far. Classic. Would be awesome to watch "The Thorn birds", if it would have been a movie.
38. The Fault in Our Stars (2014)
PG-13 | 126 min | Drama, Romance
Two teenage cancer patients begin a life-affirming journey to visit a reclusive author in Amsterdam.
Votes: 292,352 | Gross: $124.87M
Good portrayal of such an...poorly-highlighted population sector: the sick kids. Some things were good and some were bad.
Also, I had the unpleasant experience of googling my way to youtube "What's wrong with (enter movie title here)?"- video and watched it before watching this movie to the end. Never to that again. Like garlic smell in your mouth after a tasty burger. Or the long-living basic taste of semen in your mouth after giving a blowjob...
39. Whiplash (2014)
R | 107 min | Drama, Music
A promising young drummer enrolls at a cut-throat music conservatory where his dreams of greatness are mentored by an instructor who will stop at nothing to realize a student's potential.
Votes: 545,514 | Gross: $13.09M
Deep impression. Paramount producer/camera work, artistic, only positive to say. Good point with the plot. Well played of the actor playing teacher (never know their names), although probably not that realistic. On the other side, let's not underestimate how much effort (and violence) it takes to make yourself in the music world. Definitely worth watching this motion picture.
40. Disconnect (I) (2012)
R | 115 min | Drama, Thriller
A drama centered on a group of people searching for human connections in today's wired world.
Votes: 67,658 | Gross: $7.44M
Argh, just wanted half of it...coming up with a review when I watched the rest!
41. Ex Machina (2014)
R | 108 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
A young programmer is selected to participate in a ground-breaking experiment in synthetic intelligence by evaluating the human qualities of a breath-taking humanoid A.I.
Votes: 382,591 | Gross: $25.44M
Thought: even if you are the smartest person on the Earth, don't think you can play with AI. Or it will play with you...till YOUR end. Disliked the almost absence of music, or maybe it was ok: let me focus on the plot more. Worth seeing.
42. Paul (2011)
R | 104 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Two English comic book geeks traveling across the U.S. encounter an alien outside Area 51.
Votes: 210,552 | Gross: $37.41M
I laughed so hard! It seems like the manuscript writers didn't have any breaks, hinders to how/what to write. Everything is said naturally, with it's wacky and odd things. Just like human beings. Loved it! Made my sad day more happy.
43. Boyhood (I) (2014)
R | 165 min | Drama
The life of Mason, from early childhood to his arrival at college.
Votes: 302,236 | Gross: $25.38M
Made like an indie-movie, I liked it. So ambitious to make such a "time-taking" movie! Interesting to see how the main character changes. How he talks, his emotions. Not how I expected he would grow up to be. But nevertheless...great perspective.
44. 9 (I) (2009)
PG-13 | 79 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
A rag doll that awakens in a postapocalyptic future holds the key to humanity's salvation.
Votes: 120,552 | Gross: $31.74M
Witty and odd (in a positive way) idea, and great animation. A little sad that it doesn't end in a happy ending, but that makes the movie worth more. A little too serious to be for kids, more like....grown up kids (aka adults).
45. Young & Beautiful (2013)
Not Rated | 95 min | Drama, Romance
After losing her virginity, Isabelle takes up a secret life as a call girl, meeting her clients for hotel-room trysts. Throughout, she remains curiously aloof, showing little interest in the encounters themselves or the money she makes.
Votes: 26,882 | Gross: $0.05M
Captivating, raw, true. Didn't really understand the ending though. Coming out of age...and bodily maturity that the mind doesn't always catch up with. This movie left me with a strange feeling. Worth seeing definitely.
46. Benny & Joon (1993)
PG | 98 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A mentally ill young woman finds her love in an eccentric man who models himself after Buster Keaton.
Votes: 49,682 | Gross: $23.20M
Need to watch...the two awesome actors in one movie, hello?!
47. Interstellar (2014)
PG-13 | 169 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
A team of explorers travel through a wormhole in space in an attempt to ensure humanity's survival.
Votes: 1,166,742 | Gross: $188.02M
I watched it before, but remember only some bits and pieces. Re-watched it today and...wow. Great, contemporary content (life of Earth), well-played. Great filming of zero gravity scenes, which I consider is difficult to achieve.
1/2-SPOILER ALERT: I don't seem to under stand one thing though: when Cooper reunites with his daughter, they are orbiting the Saturn. How did they (the people) get there? Was it because Earth was dead? And what was the solution that was sent via Morse code?
Thought-awakening movie, warmly recommended, but only when you are in a happy state of mind to begin with. Otherwise you might feel even more depressed.
48. Castle (2009–2016)
TV-14 | 43 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
After a serial killer imitates the plots of his novels, successful mystery novelist Richard "Rick" Castle receives permission from the Mayor of New York City to tag along with an NYPD homicide investigation team for research purposes.
Good police investigation series, ok to watch. Some episodes do stick out, and they are great. Some not so much. Like when manuscripts contain irony =)