Skuggs' Views of 2013by ElijahCSkuggs | created - 05 Jan 2013 | updated - 03 Jan 2014 | Public
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1. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 (2012 Video)
PG-13 | 76 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
Batman has not been seen for ten years. A new breed of criminal ravages Gotham City, forcing 55-year-old Bruce Wayne back into the cape and cowl. But, does he still have what it takes to fight crime in a new era?
The Caped Geyser Nicely captured Batman essence that has him beating dudes badly. Pretty evil bad guy as well. These animated comic movies tend to be above average viewings and this is no different. B-
2. Pieta (2012)
Not Rated | 104 min | Crime, Drama
A loan shark is forced to reconsider his violent lifestyle after the arrival of a mysterious woman claiming to be his long-lost mother.
Votes: 10,659 | Gross: $0.02M
Cripple Kim Ki Duk's latest offering is a good one that offered up some incredibly mature material on human nature. The more I think about it the more...I think about it. B+
3. Killing Them Softly (2012)
R | 97 min | Crime, Drama, News
Jackie Cogan is an enforcer hired to restore order after three dumb guys rob a Mob protected card game, causing the local criminal economy to collapse.
Votes: 120,195 | Gross: $15.03M
An Ordinary Hit This film managed to entertain with acting and dialogue but not with story. I like a good slow-burn as much as the next arthouse goon, but this didn't cut it. I had to wait till the last 10 seconds of the film so they could finally spit it out? I don't see the hoopla. C
4. John Dies at the End (2012)
R | 99 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi
A new street drug that sends its users across time and dimensions has one drawback: some people return no longer human. Can two college drop-outs save humanity from this silent, otherworldly invasion?
Votes: 33,131 | Gross: $0.14M
The Soy Sauce Blues Took me a little bit to appreciate the movie's vibe, but I eventually did, and I enjoyed it. If it had a couple more scenes of the red stuff and a boob or two, we're talking some serious sh!t. B-
5. Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
R | 157 min | Drama, Thriller
A chronicle of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the September 2001 attacks, and his death at the hands of the Navy S.E.A.L.s Team 6 in May 2011.
Votes: 238,111 | Gross: $95.72M
The Red Headed Avenger Kinda felt all over the place at times and I didn't care for the lead actress. With that said, it moved a nice clip, was intelligent, and...people go way too kakacuckoo for war films. Surprise surprise, just like with video games. B-
6. Pucker Up (2005)
Not Rated | 76 min | Documentary
Profiles six competitors in the 2004 Annual Whistler's Convention, held in Louisburg, North Carolina. We hear them whistle, and they and others talk about whistling as a way to relax, cheer... See full summary »
Whistle While You Work Because it's a natural anti-depressant. This film was awesome on a ton of levels. Knowing someone who can whistle really well always puts a smile on my face, and seeing the best of the best whistle their brains out? A-
7. Scarlet Road (2011)
106 min | Documentary
Scarlet Road follows the extraordinary work of Australian sex worker, Rachel Wotton. Impassioned about freedom of sexual expression and the rights of sex workers, she specializes in a long over-looked clientèle - people with disability.
Whore Power Absolutely refreshing and awesome look at the sex trade and the sex workers who help people with disabilities. Knowing people like this are out there and willing to help any and all people feel better about themselves is astonishing and totally uplifting. A-
8. Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011)
PG | 81 min | Documentary
A documentary on 85-year-old sushi master Jiro Ono, his renowned Tokyo restaurant, and his relationship with his son and eventual heir, Yoshikazu.
Votes: 28,843 | Gross: $2.55M
Emperor Sushi This is all about hard work and passion. I respect the talent and the man as a professional, but no so much as a family man. B+
9. Wreck-It Ralph (2012)
PG | 101 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
A video game villain wants to be a hero and sets out to fulfill his dream, but his quest brings havoc to the whole arcade where he lives.
Votes: 309,063 | Gross: $189.42M
Princess and the Stinkbrain If you dig animated movies and video games this is a must see. Minus some forced crap pop songs, this was a treat the entire time. A-
10. The Queen of Versailles (2012)
PG | 100 min | Documentary
A documentary that follows a billionaire couple as they begin construction on a mansion inspired by Versailles. During the next two years, their empire, fueled by the real estate bubble and cheap money, falters due to the economic crisis.
Votes: 11,562 | Gross: $2.40M
Luxury Suxury This honestly makes luxury look like something you don't want to be apart of. Sure excess can be fun, but excess to this degree becomes lazy, unprogressive, and just pathetic. The old fart Siegel is also a money hungry blowhard. B-
11. Klown (2010)
R | 93 min | Comedy
In order to prove his fatherhood potential to his pregnant girlfriend, Frank 'kidnaps' her 12-year-old nephew and tags along on his best friend Casper's debauched weekend canoe trip.
Votes: 8,945 | Gross: $0.07M
Willies Similar style to Curb Your Enthusiam where things just keep on going wrong when it doesn't really need to. Really funny stuff here. B+
12. All-Star Superman (2011 Video)
PG | 76 min | Animation, Action, Sci-Fi
After being poisoned by sun radiation, a dying Superman decides to fulfill his lifelong dreams while Lex Luthor has his own agenda.
The Man of Sun These animated superhero movies deliver so much more than the big box office ones it's ridiculous. It's what you want to watch if you really do appreciate the comics. B+
13. Livide (2011)
Not Rated | 92 min | Horror
The suggestion of a big treasure hidden somewhere inside Mrs Jessel's once renowned classical dance academy will become an irresistible lure to a fiendish trap for Lucie and her friends.
The Last House on Dead End Street The makers of Inside struck something once again in this striking and thought-provoking drama/horror. A mix and mash of lack luster acting and occasional screenplay issues, the film rises above with a sense of emotion and freshness. Had some nice blood too. B
14. Here Comes the Boom (2012)
PG | 105 min | Action, Comedy, Sport
A high school biology teacher looks to become a successful mixed-martial arts fighter in an effort to raise money to prevent extra-curricular activities from being axed at his cash-strapped school.
Votes: 79,362 | Gross: $45.29M
Waiting for Superman I only watched this for Bas. Enjoyable fare, but I won't be seeing it again. C+
15. The Imposter (2012)
R | 99 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime
A documentary centered on a young man in Spain who claims to a grieving Texas family that he is their 16-year-old son who has been missing for 3 years.
Votes: 39,944 | Gross: $0.89M
The Man Child This story is ridiculous. Between the manchild and the family of whackadoos....it's just a big what the hell is going on here? Entertaining though. B
16. Wrong (I) (2012)
Not Rated | 94 min | Comedy, Mystery
Dolph Springer wakes up one morning to realize he has lost the love of his life, his dog, Paul. During his quest to get Paul (and his life) back, Dolph radically changes the lives of others -- risking his sanity all the while.
Votes: 8,059 | Gross: $0.05M
The 7th Phase I dig Dupieux's style, but his humor is pretty hit or miss with me. Food for thought, but I'm not even sure it's meant to mean anything. Quirky but with a strange disconnect. Well, for me anyways. C+
17. Scalene (2011)
Not Rated | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A perceptual thriller told from three points-of-view revolving around the rape of a female college student by a mentally handicapped man and his mother's subsequent revenge after his incarceration.
Babysat Low budget indie that didn't do so much for me. One of those films where it warrants another viewing, that is, if you enjoyed it enough. I did not. C
18. Reality (II) (2012)
R | 116 min | Comedy, Drama
Luciano is a charming fishmonger whose unexpected and sudden obsession with being a contestant on a reality show leads him down a rabbit hole of skewed perceptions and paranoia.
Votes: 4,212 | Gross: $0.06M
Lights, Camera, Stupid! This could have been a better short. The point is made early and we witness his obsessiveness for a bit too long. Still a good film with solid acting, but for myself, the story was lacking. Even the punch wasn't that hard. C+
19. Oslo, 31. august (2011)
Not Rated | 95 min | Drama
One day in the life of Anders, a young recovering drug addict, who takes a brief leave from his treatment center to interview for a job and catch up with old friends in Oslo.
Votes: 15,992 | Gross: $0.10M
A Breaking Path For some reason people with Trier in their last name tend to focus on 'these' types of subject manner. And I love them for it. Very real, moving, frustrating...the movie runs the gamut. Get on this if you appreciate a little despair in your life. A
20. Looper (2012)
R | 113 min | Action, Crime, Drama
In 2074, when the mob wants to get rid of someone, the target is sent into the past, where a hired gun awaits - someone like Joe - who one day learns the mob wants to 'close the loop' by sending back Joe's future self for assassination.
Votes: 475,773 | Gross: $66.49M
Back to the Future 4 First half had some nice scenes and solid potential only for most of it to be squandered off into a really mediocre second half with love interests and little kids aka weak melodrama. C+
21. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 (2013 Video)
PG-13 | 76 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
The Batman has returned after a 10-year absence. The Gotham authorities want to arrest him. An old foe wants a reunion. The Feds want the Man of Tomorrow to put a stop to him.
Geriatric Joker vs. The Grey Bat More good animated Batman happy time. The dialogue and writing as an entity is basically pretty average, but there's lots of action and a surprisingly mature feel to these movies. B-
22. Monica & David (2009)
Not Rated | 68 min | Documentary
Explores the marriage of a young couple with Down syndrome, and the family who strives to support their needs.
Director: Alexandra Codina
Lovebirds Really touching look into the life of a newlywed couple who both have Down's Syndrome. The love they share is something you don't see often - totally happy love. Add in the emotional aspect of two loving families, and you got a great slice of life to burn an hour with. B+
23. Educating Peter (1992)
30 min | Documentary, Short
Peter Gwazdauskas, a child with Down Syndrome, attends a normal school with regular students. The documentary follows Peter and how much he has improved throughout the school year.
Patience Now this was incredibly insightful - the addition of a young boy with Down Syndrome into a normally taught class was nothing but a learning experience, and moreso than anything everyone not named Peter. The boys and girls of Peter's class especially deserve credit - holding it together have being tackled, kicked in the head etc etc. Really good short doc. A-
24. Pusher (1996)
Not Rated | 110 min | Crime, Thriller
A drug pusher grows increasingly desperate after a botched deal leaves him with a large debt to a ruthless drug lord.
Votes: 29,633 | Gross: $0.00M
Drug Smacked Refn's first flick was a great example of what he's capable of. This was really well made from top to bottom - had top notch acting, realistic writing, memorable characters, and even some nice violence. Dig it. B+
25. Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)
R | 86 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Three magazine employees head out on an assignment to interview a guy who placed a classified advertisement seeking a companion for time travel.
Votes: 108,569 | Gross: $4.01M
Guaranteed Safety In the sense this was a pretty straight-forward and predictable film, yet it still was enjoyable and rather cutesy. Should have been a bit longer too. B
26. Elena (2011)
Not Rated | 109 min | Drama
When a sudden illness and an unexpected reunion threaten dutiful housewife Elena's potential inheritance, she must hatch a desperate plan ...
Votes: 10,279 | Gross: $0.02M
Son and Daughter You know when a movie's great when the plot sounds boring yet the movie is enthralling. That's when you know the film-makers are legit. I've only seen two of this director's work, but I am totally a fan. A-
27. Jagten (2012)
R | 115 min | Drama
A teacher lives a lonely life, all the while struggling over his son's custody. His life slowly gets better as he finds love and receives good news from his son, but his new luck is about to be brutally shattered by an innocent little lie.
Votes: 217,419 | Gross: $0.69M
Kindergarten Criminal The movie does a great job focusing on the close-minded high-flying emotions of such a situation. On the other hand it craps its pants when painting a realistic picture of the accused - yet that itself creates a bewildering sense that keeps you on your toes. B+
28. Deano and Nige's Best Last Day Ever (2012)
Not Rated | 108 min | Comedy
When Nige finds himself in a spot of bother after a series of unfortunate incidents, he is forced to ask Deano for help. The problem is Deano is not really the kind of guy you should turn to in a crisis.
One Little Boy and One Big Maniac This was a weird one in that it juggles really damn dark humor with a rather light and airy vibe. This is modern comedy cult cinema, that's CCC, and it's not that bad. The acting is what shines brightest here. C
29. Brüno (2009)
R | 81 min | Comedy
Flamboyant and gay Austrian Brüno looks for new fame in America.
Votes: 128,353 | Gross: $60.05M
Bruno Hintern This was absolutely retarded and very funny. The balls Sacha has are as big as anyone's in entertainment. That cage fight scene was just tremendous on so many levels. B
30. Evil Dead (2013)
R | 91 min | Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
Five friends head to a remote cabin, where the discovery of a Book of the Dead leads them to unwittingly summon up demons living in the nearby woods.
Votes: 139,564 | Gross: $54.24M
Evil Deadish No amount of stylish cinematography or beautiful blood spray can detract my attention away from this lackluster take on the Evil Dead. Emotionless and typical modern horror that drops the ball on the creative front. As well, the lead dude....whathisface...was crap. C-
31. The Lords of Salem (2012)
R | 101 min | Horror, Thriller
Heidi, a radio DJ, is sent a box containing a record - a "gift from the Lords". The sounds within the grooves trigger flashbacks of her town's violent past. Is Heidi going mad, or are the Lords back to take revenge on Salem, Massachusetts?
Votes: 23,409 | Gross: $1.16M
Melty Midget Why'd this feel more amateurish than his other films? Started off well but kept on hitting aspects that felt unfinished. I was literally stunned by how it ended. That's it? That's it. Needs a rewatch for sure. C-
32. Superman: Unbound (2013 Video)
PG-13 | 75 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
Superman and Supergirl take on the cybernetic Brainiac, who boasts that he possesses "the knowledge and strength of 10,000 worlds."
Superman: Stroked Great enemy in Brainiac we got here. Pretty neat side-story with Supergirl, and just more animated fun that delivers far more than it faulters. If you're a kid at heart, these are always worth spending time on. B
33. Maniac (2012)
Not Rated | 89 min | Horror, Thriller
As he helps a young artist with her upcoming exhibition, the owner of a mannequin shop's deadly, suppressed desires come to the surface.
Votes: 30,692 | Gross: $0.02M
Wig Nice. A legit remake that pays tribute as well as being a good stand alone movie. That is so nice. Still, I felt a disconnect with the FPS angles...but no biggie, still dug. B
34. The Place Beyond the Pines (2012)
R | 140 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A motorcycle stunt rider turns to robbing banks as a way to provide for his lover and their newborn child, a decision that puts him on a collision course with an ambitious rookie cop navigating a department ruled by a corrupt detective.
Votes: 213,690 | Gross: $21.38M
Talk to Him Good film that is known for being too long - I'm not with that. Thoughtful film that even thought is filled with strife has a pretty happy heart at it's core. B
35. Terrifier (2011)
20 min | Short, Horror
After witnessing a brutal murder on Halloween night, a young woman becomes the next target of a maniacal entity.
Art This is a sweet as sin lil short that delivers some blood, a stylish and evil villain, and some (in my opinion) laugh out loud moments. Screaming in a car about your current situation = HA! "Why is this happening?!?" HA! Really cool flick. A-
36. Seven Psychopaths (2012)
R | 110 min | Comedy, Crime
A struggling screenwriter inadvertently becomes entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his oddball friends kidnap a gangster's beloved Shih Tzu.
Votes: 210,696 | Gross: $15.02M
A Dog called Bonnie Some people absolutely love this film...most likely the people that adored Snatch/Fight Club. Pretty funny film. Rockwell and Harrelson carried it. B-
37. Oxyana (2013)
Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary, News
The 'Hillbilly Heroin' epidemic that's slowly rotting the soul of rural America.
Director: Sean Dunne
Everybody's a Comedian If you enjoy drug docs, this is one to watch. Add Dunne's nice style and we have something a bit more special than other related materials. B+
38. Hated: GG Allin & the Murder Junkies (1993)
Not Rated | 52 min | Documentary, Biography, Music
Documentary about notorious punk rock performer GG Allin.
To the Brink Shame he went the way like every other, but man oh man, what a wild man. Truly wild. And awesome. B+
39. Europa Report (2013)
PG-13 | 90 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
An international crew of astronauts undertakes a privately funded mission to search for life on Jupiter's fourth largest moon.
Votes: 60,087 | Gross: $0.13M
Radiation Blues Consistently intriguing scifi venture that goes for science instead of fiction. Not perfect, but surprisingly good. B
40. Man of Steel (2013)
PG-13 | 143 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Clark Kent, one of the last of an extinguished race disguised as an unremarkable human, is forced to reveal his identity when Earth is invaded by an army of survivors who threaten to bring the planet to the brink of destruction.
Votes: 611,427 | Gross: $291.05M
Symbolman I dislike Snyder. I don't like his grandoise package - it comes off as him pulling out his big vein-laden dong and whirling it around while he pees sparkles. I didn't mind this though. Mainly because I enjoy Michael Shannon so much. Amy Adams is just crap though. C+
41. Coffee Town (2013)
Not Rated | 87 min | Comedy
A website manager enlists the help of his two friends in order to convince the owners of his favorite coffee shop -- which doubles as his office -- not to turn their business into a bar.
Caffeine High I got it to watch Glen, as I have a slight man boner for him, but came out pleasantly surprised with the other things. Still had a nice hard on due to Glen though. Is it Glen with two N's? Eh whatever. B
42. Pacific Rim (2013)
PG-13 | 131 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
As a war between humankind and monstrous sea creatures wages on, a former pilot and a trainee are paired up to drive a seemingly obsolete special weapon in a desperate effort to save the world from the apocalypse.
Votes: 424,068 | Gross: $101.80M
Unfocused Saw it in 3d Imax and the 3d glasses didnt work. Have you ever seen an entire movie blurry. I have. F you. ? I think a 7.
43. World War Z (2013)
PG-13 | 116 min | Action, Adventure, Horror
Former United Nations employee Gerry Lane traverses the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments, and threatening to destroy humanity itself.
Votes: 523,264 | Gross: $202.36M
Tackle Zombie Tackles Better than I thought. That is all. B-
44. (A)sexual (2011)
Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary
Facing a sex obsessed culture, a mountain of stereotypes and misconceptions, and a lack of social or scientific research, asexuals - people who experience no sexual attraction - struggle to claim their identity.
Moronasexual There was a time where I thought I may have been slightly asexual. I am not. This doc did nothing for me in teaching me about asexuality as it seems the people who know about asexuality the best don't really know all the answers. There was only one girl who rang true. Blah. C-
45. 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: 430,502 | Gross: $89.02M
Tom Cruise Scifi Film Not bad at all. If I were to describe it in one word: neat B-
46. Hell Baby (2013)
R | 98 min | Comedy, Horror
An expectant couple who moves into the most haunted house in New Orleans call upon the services of the Vatican's elite exorcism team to save them from a demonic baby.
Votes: 8,091 | Gross: $0.00M
Startled I dug this. Silly with well placed jump scenes that will have you jumping and then smiling. Just a fun film from the start. B
47. Secretary (2002)
R | 107 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A young woman, recently released from a mental hospital, gets a job as a secretary to a demanding lawyer, where their employer-employee relationship turns into a sexual, sadomasochistic one.
Votes: 73,967 | Gross: $4.06M
Bend Over and Shut Yer Face Whatshisface was really good in this. Not a huge fan of whosits, due to her strange physique, but her and her little bosoms and her baby voice seemed to work here. This is a trendy film that girls like to say they like to prove they like independent cinema. I'm okay with that. B
48. Mud (2012)
PG-13 | 130 min | Drama
Two young boys encounter a fugitive and form a pact to help him evade the vigilantes that are on his trail and to reunite him with his true love.
Votes: 149,899 | Gross: $21.59M
Cool Nicknames Probably my favorite American movie of the year so far. I don't know what's up with Matt, but he's this strange entity that can juggle hollywood bullcrap with genuinely awesome indie stuff. The dude knows what's up to the highest level....I think so anyways. A
49. Only God Forgives (2013)
R | 90 min | Crime, Drama
Julian, a drug-smuggler thriving in Bangkok's criminal underworld, sees his life get even more complicated when his mother compels him to find and kill whoever is responsible for his brother's recent death.
Votes: 94,921 | Gross: $0.78M
Bad People If you enjoy your movies to be cinematic and artistic and that don't use simple ideas to string you along you will enjoy this more than the average person. Still, was hoping for a little more character development. B
50. Elysium (I) (2013)
R | 109 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi