Films Seen 2012by boylesi | created - 01 Jan 2012 | updated - 08 Apr 2014 | Public
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1. 2012 (I) (2009)
PG-13 | 158 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
A frustrated writer struggles to keep his family alive when a series of global catastrophes threatens to annihilate mankind.
Votes: 312,137 | Gross: $166.11M
Not as bad as some of the reviews but way too long. The action scenes are as visually entertaining as they are unbelievable but that's the point of this film - total disaster enterntainment. Should have trimmed the last half hour though. Emmerich wanted to eclipse his previous disaster films but in the end perhaps he went for too much in one go. It's got a cast which works well in this sort of film. Solar flares are triggering apolocalyptic floods (cue lots of over the top special effects) and John Cusack takes his family across the world to avoid the flood on some arks.
2. The Lion King (1994)
G | 88 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama
A Lion cub crown prince is tricked by a treacherous uncle into thinking he caused his father's death and flees into exile in despair, only to learn in adulthood his identity and his responsibilities.
Votes: 761,645 | Gross: $312.90M
Pretty good for Disney. I prefer Pixar but this one is ok, not too many songs and a fairly good story. It's base story is similar to a lot of anciety royalty tales but told with lions. Simba is the son of the king and is tricked into thinking he killed his father so runs away. He has adventures growing up and eventually returns home to fight the lion who originally tricked him.
3. Schindler's List (1993)
R | 195 min | Biography, Drama, History
In German-occupied Poland during World War II, Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazi Germans.
Votes: 1,001,908 | Gross: $96.07M
The true story of Oscar Schindler who saved hundreds of Jews from the Nazi extermation, putting his own life at risk in the process. The only portrayal that I know of taking on the touchy subject of the holocaust with such acclaim. Most WW2 films are just about the battles. Superbly filmed and gripping throughout but not entertaining as such. Can't give it 10/10 without it being entertaining and it would be wrong for this film to be an enjoyable watch. It is however fantastically written, directed, filmed and acted. You can tell everyone involved puts everything into it. Liam Neeson and Ben Kingsley are outstanding.
4. The Proposition (2005)
R | 104 min | Crime, Drama, Western
A lawman apprehends a notorious outlaw and gives him nine days to kill his older brother, or else they'll execute his younger brother.
Votes: 45,733 | Gross: $1.90M
Very average modern western with Ray Winstone and Guy Pearce. Missable.
5. A Sound of Thunder (2005)
PG-13 | 101 min | Action, Adventure, Horror
When a scientist sent back to the prehistoric era strays off the path he causes a chain of events that alters history in disastrous ways.
Votes: 17,482 | Gross: $1.89M
Cheap and tacky mix between Jurassic Park and Back To The Future. The concept was there but the execution is dire.
6. Timeline (2003)
PG-13 | 116 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
A group of archaeologists become trapped in the past when they go there to retrieve a friend. The group must survive in 14th century France before they can escape back to the 21st Century.
Votes: 55,864 | Gross: $19.48M
Another time travel film, this time back to the 1300's to rescue Billy Connolly who has been stranded there by the most ridiculous of reasons - accidental discovery of time travel while trying to fax in 3D. Gerard Butler must never put this one on his CV.
7. Duel (1971 TV Movie)
PG | 90 min | Action, Thriller
A business commuter is pursued and terrorized by the malevolent driver of a massive tractor-trailer.
An early venture from Steven Spielberg which looks at the issue of road rage. We're supposed to empathise with Dennis Weaver but the more I watch it and the more I drive on our roads the more I side with the truck driver.
8. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)
R | 152 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
A journalist is aided by a young female hacker in his search for the killer of a woman who has been dead for forty years.
Votes: 189,337 | Gross: $10.10M
Swedish crime thriller - slow and on the lengthy side but fairly interesting.
9. The Girl Who Played with Fire (2009)
R | 129 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
As computer hacker Lisbeth and journalist Mikael investigate a sex-trafficking ring, Lisbeth is accused of three murders, causing her to go on the run while Mikael works to clear her name.
Votes: 80,835 | Gross: $9.08M
Not as entertaining as the first film which was slow enough in itself - like all trilogies the middle film seems to be there to lead to the finale.
10. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (2009)
R | 147 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Lisbeth is recovering in a hospital and awaiting trial for three murders when she is released. Mikael must prove her innocence, but Lisbeth must be willing to share the details of her sordid experiences with the court.
Votes: 59,021 | Gross: $5.19M
Similar to the second film and I have yet to finish watching it.
11. Primal Fear (1996)
R | 129 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
An altar boy is accused of murdering a priest, and the truth is buried several layers deep.
Votes: 150,227 | Gross: $56.12M
Excellent courtroom drama and the best non-Grisham I have seen apart from 12 Angry Men. Norton is excellent in his 'dual role' ably supported by Gere and Linney. Nicely paced and does not feel like 2 hours at the end.
12. 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)
PG-13 | 107 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
Former cop Brian O'Conner is called upon to bust a dangerous criminal and he recruits the help of a former childhood friend and street racer who has a chance to redeem himself.
Votes: 217,735 | Gross: $127.15M
The first film was ok but the sequel is dire. Paul Walker remains but any character brought by Vin Diesel to the first fiilm is gone. Even the car racing scenes are abysmal.
13. Halloween (2007)
R | 109 min | Fantasy, Horror
After being committed for 17 years, Michael Myers, now a grown man and still very dangerous, escapes from the mental institution and immediately returns to Haddonfield to find his baby sister, Laurie.
Votes: 95,794 | Gross: $58.27M
Rob Zombie remakes the classic 70's horror, inserting more backstory to his original killing and time in the asylum but it's not a patch on the original for suspense.
14. Jumper (2008)
PG-13 | 88 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
A teenager with teleportation abilities suddenly finds himself in the middle of an ancient war between those like him and their sworn annihilators.
Votes: 262,109 | Gross: $80.17M
An average film where the lead character teleports from place to place with action sequences throughout. Unfortunately the lead actor is dreadfully dull and some of the linking storyline is too much like a teen romcom.
15. Murder in the First (1995)
R | 122 min | Drama, Thriller
An eager and idealistic young attorney defends an Alcatraz prisoner accused of murdering a fellow inmate. The extenuating circumstances: his client had just spent over three years in solitary confinement.
Votes: 23,700 | Gross: $17.38M
Excellent prison drama about a man who was in solitary confinement in Alcatraz for 3 years. Kevin Bacon is outstanding as Henry. Moving and gripping.
16. [Rec] 2 (2009)
R | 85 min | Horror, Thriller
In order to ascertain the current situation inside, a supposed medical officer and a GEO team step into the quarantined and ill-fated apartment building.
Votes: 60,915 | Gross: $0.03M
I really enjoyed the first film and this one did not let me down. Good jumpy scenes and lots of good hand-held camera action.
17. Monster (2003)
R | 109 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
Based on the life of Aileen Wuornos, a Daytona Beach prostitute who became a serial killer.
Votes: 117,827 | Gross: $34.47M
Fantastic performance by Charlize Theron in this true story film.
18. Death Warrant (1990)
R | 89 min | Action, Crime, Mystery
In a violent and corrupt prison, decorated cop Louis Burke must infiltrate the jail to find answers to a number of inside murders. What he finds is a struggle of life and death tied in to his own past.
Votes: 14,335 | Gross: $16.85M
So cheesy I put on 3 lbs watching it. JCVD goes undercover in prison to solve prison murders or something like that. The Shawshank Vandammshun.
19. Due Date (2010)
R | 95 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
High-strung father-to-be Peter Highman is forced to hitch a ride with aspiring actor Ethan Tremblay on a road trip in order to make it to his child's birth on time.
Votes: 292,291 | Gross: $100.54M
It might be seen by many as a modern take on Planes, Trains & Automobiles but it is different enough to be original and remain funny with an equal balance of laugh out loud and emotional moments.
20. The Fighter (I) (2010)
R | 116 min | Biography, Drama, Sport
Based on the story of Micky Ward, a fledgling boxer who tries to escape the shadow of his more famous but troubled older boxing brother and get his own shot at greatness.
Votes: 302,349 | Gross: $93.62M
Not as good as expected and more about the trashy family of the boxer than the boxer himself. I can see why Bale was nominated for the role though.
21. The Hangover (2009)
R | 100 min | Comedy
Three buddies wake up from a bachelor party in Las Vegas, with no memory of the previous night and the bachelor missing. They make their way around the city in order to find their friend before his wedding.
Votes: 637,831 | Gross: $277.32M
Seen this three times now and like most comedies it's not as funny the next time or the next time after that. Still has laugh out loud moments though.
22. Stir of Echoes (1999)
R | 99 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
After being hypnotized by his sister in law, a man begins seeing haunting visions of a girl's ghost and a mystery begins to unfold around him.
Votes: 66,977 | Gross: $21.13M
Bacon stars in a suspensful thriller, a little slow in parts but reasonably enjoyable.
23. War of the Worlds (2005)
PG-13 | 116 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
As Earth is invaded by alien tripod fighting machines, one family fights for survival.
Votes: 367,871 | Gross: $234.28M
Worthy remake with plenty of action and special effects. Loses a point as Dakota Fanning is annoying and the end is typical American shmaltz.
24. Purple Rain (1984)
R | 111 min | Drama, Music, Musical
A young musician, tormented by an abusive situation at home, must contend with a rival singer, a burgeoning romance, and his own dissatisfied band, as his star begins to rise.
Votes: 16,637 | Gross: $68.39M
Prince's self-penned musical debut featuring all the tracks from his seminal album. The acting isn't fantastic but the music more than makes up for it.
25. The Village (2004)
PG-13 | 108 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
A series of events tests the beliefs of a small isolated countryside village.
Votes: 214,414 | Gross: $114.20M
Improves after the first watch once you realise what the film is all about. Slow.
26. The Hitcher II: I've Been Waiting (2003 Video)
R | 93 min | Horror, Thriller
A sadistic serial killer terrorizes a couple driving on a rural highway in Texas while killing numerous people and framing them for his killings.
Dire sequel to a classic film. No wonder it was straight to video.
27. Psycho (1960)
R | 109 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A Phoenix secretary embezzles $40,000 from her employer's client, goes on the run, and checks into a remote motel run by a young man under the domination of his mother.
Votes: 493,311 | Gross: $32.00M
Timeless classic thriller/horror which has spawned so many homages and influenced a generation.
28. About Schmidt (2002)
R | 125 min | Comedy, Drama
A man upon retirement, embarks on a journey to his estranged daughter's wedding, only to discover more about himself and life than he ever expected.
Votes: 114,002 | Gross: $65.02M
Sentimental but not funny. Nicholson acts ok but not convinced it should be award winning.
29. The Plague (2006 Video)
R | 88 min | Horror
Ten years have passed since the world's children fell into a coma. Tonight they're waking up and all hell is breaking loose. An unholy battle between the generations is being waged, and time is not on the side of adults.
Trying to combine Invasion of The Body Snatchers with Night of the Living Dead and failing miserably. No redeeming features in the script or acting and the 'religious' ending is simply ridiculous.
30. Doom (2005)
R | 105 min | Action, Adventure, Horror
Space Marines are sent to investigate strange events at a research facility on Mars but find themselves at the mercy of genetically enhanced killing machines.
Votes: 94,486 | Gross: $28.03M
One of the better films based on a game but still not very good. A bit like Aliens but duller.
31. 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: 1,699,918 | Gross: $292.58M
Stunning, gripping, great concept, fantastic execution. A little long but what great film isn,t.
32. Jurassic Park III (2001)
PG-13 | 92 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
A decidedly odd couple with ulterior motives convince Dr. Alan Grant to go to Isla Sorna (the second InGen dinosaur lab.), resulting in an unexpected landing...and unexpected new inhabitants on the island.
Votes: 248,435 | Gross: $181.17M
Average third instalment of the 'dinosaurs on an island' series. Reasonable but not thrilling.
33. Stealth (2005)
PG-13 | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Deeply ensconced in a top-secret military program, three pilots struggle to bring an artificial intelligence program under control before it initiates the next world war.
Votes: 47,849 | Gross: $32.12M
Expected it to be a lot worse than it was for an unheard of action movie. An AI stealth plane is the centre of the plot that ends up being not too cheesy for a change.
34. American Psycho (2000)
R | 102 min | Crime, Drama
A wealthy New York investment banking executive, Patrick Bateman, hides his alternate psychopathic ego from his co-workers and friends as he delves deeper into his violent, hedonistic fantasies.
Votes: 404,150 | Gross: $15.07M
Stylish, strange, witty and confusing. Bale is excellent in the role that made his name as a yuppie in New York who goes on a killing spree. Or does he?
35. Rear Window (1954)
PG | 112 min | Mystery, Thriller
A wheelchair-bound photographer spies on his neighbors from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder.
Votes: 368,473 | Gross: $36.76M
A cinema classic with some breakthrough filming techniques, all on one set. A Hitchcock/Stewart masterpiece.
36. Hollow Man II (2006 Video)
R | 91 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi
A Seattle detective and a biologist are on the run from a dangerous invisible assassin gone rogue.
Average at best. The sequel does not even have Kevin Bacon but instead a rarely-seen Christian Slater.
37. Boogeyman (2005)
PG-13 | 89 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
A young man tries to deal with the childhood terror that has affected his life.
Votes: 27,775 | Gross: $46.75M
Poor 'horror' riddled with predictable 'jumps' and scares.
38. Mindhunters (2004)
R | 106 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery
Trainees in the FBI's psychological profiling program must put their training into practice when they discover a killer in their midst.
Votes: 53,165 | Gross: $4.48M
There are a number of films where people are trapped on an island being picked off one by one. This time the 'fodder' are FBI profilers including Johnny Lee Miller and LL Cool J. In no way impressive.
39. Paycheck (2003)
PG-13 | 119 min | Action, Mystery, Sci-Fi
What seemed like a breezy idea for an engineer to net him millions of dollars, leaves him on the run for his life and piecing together why he's being chased.
Votes: 95,264 | Gross: $53.79M
There are only a few original ideas in scifi films and this isn't one of them. It's interesting enough but steals too much from Total Recall and Johnny Nmenonic. Affleck tries to find out what happened before his memory was erased.
40. I Spy (2002)
PG-13 | 97 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
A professional athlete has to help a U.S. government agent recover a missing jet.
Votes: 44,677 | Gross: $33.56M
Falls too far between 'action buddy cop' and 'comedy' achieving neither. Eddie Murphy's career had already achieved full slide by the time he made this and Wilson is as dreadful as ever.
41. Flightplan (2005)
PG-13 | 98 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
A bereaved woman and her daughter are flying home from Berlin to America. At 30,000 feet, the child vanishes, and nobody will admit she was ever on the plane.
Votes: 137,314 | Gross: $89.71M
It starts out very much like a Hitchcock mystery but there's only so far you can go with a missing girl on an aeroplane so why not then turn it into a hostage/blackmail story? Because it doesn't work.
42. Vertigo (1958)
PG | 128 min | Mystery, Romance, Thriller
A San Francisco detective suffering from acrophobia investigates the strange activities of an old friend's wife, all the while becoming dangerously obsessed with her.
Votes: 295,119 | Gross: $3.20M
Not one of Hitchcock's best for me. The leading plot is so slow that by the time the plot twist is revealed I almost lost interest.
43. Mad City (1997)
PG-13 | 115 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A disgruntled security guard holds a school trip group hostage, while a news reporter forms a bond with him.
Votes: 17,593 | Gross: $10.56M
Almost seems a rhetoric on the American obsession with the news media but it's way too slow to be entertaining.
44. The Birds (1963)
PG-13 | 119 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
A wealthy San Francisco socialite pursues a potential boyfriend to a small Northern California town that slowly takes a turn for the bizarre when birds of all kinds suddenly begin to attack people.
Votes: 145,695 | Gross: $11.40M
A classic in it's day but now looking dated. Takes a little time to get going but well worth it.
45. Marnie (1964)
PG | 130 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Mark marries Marnie although she is a habitual thief and has serious psychological problems, and tries to help her confront and resolve them.
Votes: 38,035 | Gross: $7.00M
Slow paced mystery with no thrills - it's ok but not Hitchcock's best.
46. Pulp Fiction (1994)
R | 154 min | Crime, Drama
The lives of two mob hitmen, a boxer, a gangster's wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption.
Votes: 1,518,374 | Gross: $107.93M
Stunning in so many ways. The plot, dialogue, acting, soundtrack all carry the film perfectly. Maybe we could lose the scenes at the diner and there is no need for Travolta dancing but that does not stop this being my equal top film of all time.
47. Rope (1948)
PG | 80 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Two young men strangle their "inferior" classmate, hide his body in their apartment, and invite his friends and family to a dinner party as a means to challenge the "perfection" of their crime.
What would probably have been a very good play has been made into a pretty good film. The film is heavily built on the mentality of the murderers. This isn't a who dunnit but more of a will they get away with it. It is actually done in 6 takes but is made to feel like 1.
48. City of God (2002)
R | 130 min | Crime, Drama
Two boys growing up in a violent neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro take different paths: one becomes a photographer, the other a drug dealer.
Votes: 604,052 | Gross: $7.56M
Very good film about the slums in Rio. I was sceptical of it's high rating but I really enjoyed it.
49. A History of Violence (2005)
R | 96 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A mild-mannered man becomes a local hero through an act of violence, which sets off repercussions that will shake his family to its very core.
Votes: 202,914 | Gross: $31.49M
Not very good. Little or no suspense. Irrelevant sex scenes. No character buy-in. Dull.
50. Fight Club (1999)
R | 139 min | Drama