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Created Jan 15, 2011 12:06PM PST • Updated Jul 16, 2018 04:45PM PST

Saw some pre-Viewguide, haven’t seen most.


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Title Released Trust Weighted Summary Viewable
1st Hounddog
2007 Very Good 22 Points

Dakota Fanning is tremendous in this emotional film that deals with a troubling childhood in the deep American south. Elvis, a boy neighbor, and a sage-like older friends provide solace for this girl, who confronts daily doses of a challenging and some times depressing life. See this movie for its outstanding acting, deft handling of touchy subjects, and a setting that transports you to a different place.

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2nd It's All Gone Pe...
2004 Great 29 Points

This playful romp of a movie follows the trials and tribulations of Pete Tong, a maniacal DJ who loses his hearing. Watch what happens when the boozing, coke-snorting, womanizing Pete discovers that he can no longer hear well enough to mix tunes. With his world crashing down around him, can Pete rediscover himself? Shot in a tongue-in-cheek documentary style, this movie comes across as a bit crazy and non-sensical at times, but I sense a cult classic in this one. Somewhere this movie should be playing at a frat house. Loved it!

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3rd The Lives of Others
2006 Perfect 68 Points

The Stasi employed 100,000 East Germans, who maintained a network of 200,000 informers, in a country of 16 million people. So roughly 1% of the population controlled the other 99%. Ring any bells America? 1

The Lives of Others, a Stasi romantic drama, was the first perfect movie about the tragedy of communism. Along with "Mr. Jones":https://www.viewguide.com/movie_reviews/5040-mr-jones, it dominates the wee pantheon of utopian exposés, not to mention being one of the greatest movies ever made. If you've never seen it, you must. If it's been more than a decade, view it again.


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Added Jan 25, 2011 09:56PM PST • Updated Apr 03, 2014 08:39PM PST
4th Bowfinger
1999 None Yet 0 Points
Added Feb 21, 2011 01:13AM PST • Updated Apr 03, 2014 08:39PM PST
5th Se7en
1995 Really Great 26 Points

A very engaging thriller filmed in a dark style about a murderer who fashions his craft after the Seven deadly sins. This is not for the faint of heart, as the killer's work is particularly gruesome. Freeman is outstanding playing the part of the tired, nearing retirement old cop dealing with the energetic and up and coming Pitt. The chemistry between them works well, and the story pulls you in and keeps you on the edge of your seat all the way through to an ending that surprises. And Kevin Spacey? The perfect psycho…..

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Added Feb 24, 2011 07:32AM PST • Updated Apr 03, 2014 08:39PM PST
6th In the Shadow of...
2007 Very Good 17 Points

Directed by Ron Howard. Shadow highlights the fascinating stories of the Apollo missions from the space men themselves. An amazing journey and story. I loved the way that the whole space program was almost a hack: try something, then fix bugs. Ironically, the height was during the 60’s when many of their buddies were flying in VietNam, they felt guilty for not being there. Of course their buddies would have none of that – they understood more than many how important the space program was for the psyche of the United States. This is a great first-person look at an amazing piece of …

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Added Jun 20, 2011 11:41AM PST • Updated Apr 03, 2014 08:39PM PST
7th Run Lola Run
1998 Perfect 10 Points

Lola Rennt, or, in English, Run Lola Run, is my favorite German movie ever. Period. Run Lola Run is mindblowingly original. It's essentially a red haired woman trying to get money for her boyfriend in time before "bad people" get him. It's no spoiler when I say…. she dies. Yes, she dies, and when she does, the movie restarts, but a few things have changed. I think this is the most creative way to make a movie ever- re-doing the same thing three times. It works with the butterfly effect.
I also have to mention the intensity of this movie. Let me say… this movie is so intense, I almost …

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8th Get Carter
1971 None Yet 0 Points
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9th Tamara Drewe
2010 None Yet 0 Points
Added Jul 30, 2011 11:37AM PST • Updated Apr 03, 2014 08:39PM PST
10th Another Day in P...
1998 Really Great 12 Points

I'm still reeling from this movie. Ranks in the top three most depressing movies I've ever seen along with with "House of Sand and Fog" and "Pan's Labyrinth." I guess that's not a good way to suggest this movie, and I'm not sure I do, but like those other two in my "top three most depressing" category, it's so well-done that I'd say "Watch it once and never watch it again." Then again, my roomate doesn't feel depressed or disturbed after watching it, so ….

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Added Aug 12, 2011 09:12PM PST • Updated Apr 03, 2014 08:39PM PST
11th Sleepers
1996 Great 29 Points

Payback is a b*tch, especially if you mess with boys from the Hell's Kitchen hood. This movie follows an all star cast from childhood in a tough neighborhood through abuse at an upstate reform school to an engaging tale of revenge. Three different and uniquely engaging segments to a powerful story — this film will appeal to all types of fans: fans of mob films, fans of drama, fans of good con-capers, and fans of great actors. Add to it all that this is supposedly a true story (some controversy about that), and you will be engrossed.

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Added Aug 13, 2011 10:28AM PST • Updated Apr 03, 2014 08:39PM PST
12th Moonlight Mile
2002 Very Good 17 Points

Poor Jake Gyllenhaal (“Joe”) finds himself living with his recently deceased fiancee’s parents (Dustim Hoffman and Susan Sarandon). Somehow, this tragic circumstance is turned in to something quirkily humorous and heartwarming as Joe needs to figure out what to do with his life. Of course, he meets cute and sassy Ellen Pompeo (“Bertie”), and things get interesting. Love the range of these top quality actors, from witty back and forth to intense drama – something for everyone.

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Added Dec 18, 2011 12:08PM PST • Updated Apr 03, 2014 08:39PM PST
13th Ride with the Devil
1999 Good 17 Points

A surprisingly good movie about Missouri guerrilla fighters called the Bushwackers (now I know where this term comes from) who hide in the woods and skirmish against Union soldiers and loyalists called Jayhawks. The film has plenty of fighting, including an impressive gathering of rebels to avenge an attack in Kansas, but the movie is more about the trio of Jake (Tobey Maguire), Jack (Skeet Ulrish), and Daniel the slave (Jeffrey Wright). Tobey’s character is the one that eventually stands out, marries the pretty sue (Jewel Kilcher) and does right by Daniel. This movie will reward you wi…

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Added Dec 29, 2011 09:14PM PST • Updated Apr 03, 2014 08:39PM PST
14th Let Me In
2010 Great 17 Points

A bullied twelve year-old boy befriends a vampire-girl, who’s guardian needs to be a serial killer at night in order to feed her. Now that’s a horror movie! Nasty bullying scenes quickly put you on Owen’s side about wanting to hurt them — bad. You also quickly gain an affinity towards the girl, even when she turns in to a grotesque vampire at feeding time Although her guardian is doing most of the dirty-work, you sort of sympathise with his need to keep his trustee alive, er, dead. As the story progresses, you figure out what the logical conclusion is going to be – but it still f…

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15th Touching the Void
2003 Great 17 Points

Gripping movie about Simon Yates and Joe Simpson’s climb up Siula Grande in the Andes. But the ascent wasn’t the gripping part. The incredible story was about how Joe breaks his leg and how Simon lowers him down – an incredibly treacherous maneuver, which fails when Joe goes over a ledge forcing Simon to cut him loose. Nevertheless, this would normally mean death, but instead, it marked the beginning of an incredible story of survival that should not be missed.

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Added Dec 31, 2011 05:25PM PST • Updated Apr 03, 2014 08:39PM PST
16th Middle Men
2010 Very Good 17 Points

Wayne Beering and Buck Dolby stumble on something big. Internet billing for the porn industry. Problem is that Wayne and Buck were two bumbling dudes, it quickly became evident to everyone around that they were in way over their heads. Enter Luke Wilson. With his saavy knack for business and ability to fix all kinds of problems, things were about to take off. But remember, this is the porn industry, so even keeled Luke soon gets mired in the world of the mob, money, porn-stars, murder, and some really crazy dudes. Middle Men is a fast paced drama that really helps you feel the whirlwin…

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Added Jan 02, 2012 11:16PM PST • Updated Apr 03, 2014 08:39PM PST
17th Magic Trip
2011 OK 17 Points

Stanley Tucci narrates this look at the famous Ken Keasey and the Merry Pranksters trip across the US. The trip itself was exactly that — a long strange trip. Looking at it from the outside, I don’t know whether to label it as something meaningful and defining for the 60’s, or just a bunch of kids partying and having a good time. You be the judge. It sure was fascinating to watch though. There was a bit more than the trip itself, as some of the other events of the times are discussed, most notably the acid tests in the SF bay area. In the end, I felt a bit exhausted – how could they…

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18th When We Were Kings
1996 None Yet 0 Points
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19th The Way
2011 Very Good 17 Points

Let’s take a walk, shall we? How about on the Camino Santiago with Martin Sheen as he pays tribute to his son (Emilio Estevez) who died on his first day out in the Pyrenees. The Way ends up being an endearing tale of a dad (Martin Sheen) who follows in his son’s footsteps both to pay tribute to him as well as discover some sort of meaning from it all. As you’d expect – this is a drama to the hilt, and well acted by Martin's trail buddies among some magnificently beautiful places. Now I want to go.

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Added Jul 02, 2012 09:12AM PST • Updated Apr 03, 2014 08:39PM PST
20th Thunderbolt And ...
1974 Very Good 66 Points

Thunderbolt And Lightfoot still entertains nearly half a century after it premiered. The star power of Clint Eastwood and a young Jeff Bridges see to that, as does a cockamamy story about Montana bank robbers.

Mostly it's a first-rate buddy picture, not unlikely buddies but very likely buddies in Eastwood's accomplished criminal and Bridges' wet-behind-the-ears criminal. That said, Michael Cimino's film indulges a sweet-tooth for absurdity, including many hocus-pocus coincidences, and a series of grotesque Americans, including a stereotypical used-car salesman and an insane Plymouth h…

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Added Aug 26, 2012 06:40PM PST • Updated Apr 03, 2014 08:39PM PST
21st Ronin
1998 Great 17 Points

How did I miss seeing Ronin for so long? DeNiro is really great as an ex intelligence agent part of an elite spook-squad for hire and sent on a hunt for something everyone seems to want. Plenty of tension, action, shooting without gratuitous blood, some amazing car chases in crowded European streets (they must have had one heck of a crash budget), and an excellent double-crossing/double-twisting plot. If you are an action thriller fan, this movie will not let you down.

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22nd Chuck Berry Hail...
1987 None Yet 0 Points
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23rd Windtalkers
2002 Good 17 Points

Nicolas Cage, the most versatile B-movie drama-king does all things Nick as a marine assigned to protect a Navajo code talker (Adam Beach). As expected, there were tons of overly-dramatic "war is hell" action scenes and moments of personal drama. The level of cheese did not turn away this war-movie buff, but it was tough to get past it from time to time.

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Added Jan 12, 2013 08:36PM PST • Updated Apr 03, 2014 08:39PM PST
24th The Seven-Per-Ce...
1976 None Yet 0 Points
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25th Neil Young: Hear...
2006 Really Great 17 Points

He rocks you with grooving new songs and hits you with classics that still raise goosebumps…. I haven't heard a better revival of his style of music. Although I didn't like all the songs on the DVD, please do stick it through — because there are some riffs you won't want to miss….. As for me? I like it enough that I want to stop writing now so I can go back to soak more of it in :)

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Added Feb 11, 2013 10:40PM PST • Updated Apr 03, 2014 08:39PM PST
26th The Night of the...
1955 Really Great 3 Points

Oscar winning British actor Charles Laughton directed only 1 movie in his 30 year plus career but in this case 1 movie was enough.

"Night of the Hunter" remains not only one of the great thrillers in the history of cinema but one of the better "Children in Peril" movies, not quite up there with "To Kill a Mockingbird" but in the conversation.

Laughton adapted Davis Grubb's 1953 best seller with ample assistance from Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters, and Lillian Gish. He also gets a lot of help from cinematographer Stanley Cortez and composer Walter Schumann.

"Night of the Hunter…

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Added Mar 16, 2013 08:47PM PST • Updated Apr 03, 2014 08:39PM PST
27th To Be or Not to Be
1942 Really Great 3 Points

Although "To Be Or Not To Be" is considered to be one of the great film comedies, both its public and critical reception was mixed when it came out.

Benny and Lombard play a bickering but loving couple who run a theater in Warsaw when the Nazis invade Poland in 1939. What follows is an unlikely but totally infectious screwball comedy with some very serious implications.

"To Be or Not to Be" is significant in several ways. It was Lombard's last film. And although Benny was a huge radio star at the time and would continue that run on TV, this is was one of the few movies of his that r…

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Added Mar 20, 2013 11:45PM PST • Updated Jul 16, 2018 04:45PM PST
28th Rescue Dawn
2006 Really Great 29 Points

Christian Bale stars in a "McGuyver meets Stalag 13" film about a US Figher pilot shot down in Laos during the Vietnam war. Filled with plenty of action and a fairly deep study of character and strength you will find yourself engrossed in all the phases from capture, comraderie, and escape.

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Added May 26, 2013 12:51PM PST • Updated Jul 16, 2018 04:45PM PST
29th Grizzly Man
2005 Great 26 Points

The story of Timothy Treadwell – famously known for going out into the wild and chronicling the lives of bears. He saw himself as a savior of the bear and of nature. The filming is incredible. The man got close. In the end, he got too close. This is no surprise after getting to know him. He was definitely out there at times. Very emotional and all over the place. Losing track over what was real – the fact that predators exist in nature. This film is an amazing collection of footage and interviews with his closest associates who both celebrated what he did but were also critical of the f…

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Added May 26, 2013 02:02PM PST • Updated Jul 16, 2018 04:45PM PST
30th Max Manus: Man o...
2008 Very Good 17 Points

A true story about Max Manus, a famous Norwegian resistance fighter. He and his band would do anything they could to thwart the Nazi machine. From vandalism and writing illegal newspapers to being trained as a saboteur and being dropped in behind enemy lines to wreak havoc. And wreak havoc they did, bombing docked freighters, destroying railway lines, whatever it took. Unfortunately it was at great personal sacrifice as the Nazis needed their pound of flesh. Max Manus the movie is a great edge of your seat wartime movie, and you will enjoy seeing it from the unique perspective of these …

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31st Coriolanus
2011 None Yet 0 Points
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32nd Ran
1985 None Yet 0 Points
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33rd The Last Emperor
1987 Very Good 17 Points

This history of Pu Yi – the last emperor of China is quite the epic. Chinese history is not well known to most, never mind the complicated transition from Empire, to Nationalism, to Japan domination, and finally to communism. Pu Yi was born in to emperor-hood, was ousted by chiang kai shek, cozied up to the Japanese as the leader of Manchuria, then finally ended up as a peasant under communist rule. This movie pulls out all the stops when it comes to showmanship and drama, awesome attention to detail, and a dynamic cast that brings it all to life. If you have any interest in Chinese imperi…

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34th Infamous
2006 None Yet 0 Points
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35th The Piano Teacher
2001 Great 2 Points

Intriguing and awkward, confusing at some points, but really exceptional. Michael Haneke is the master of stories of everyday life and even when his story is simple, it won't be plain. This time he confronts us with an unusual and a little bit old fashioned part of world, where people still make music recitals in their homes and where Schubert extremely matters.

The movie follows a strange piano teacher and her offbeat habits. It interferes in the crack between her business and private life, popping a question – can a person whose job is art even accept it just as a job and ignore the…

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Added Jul 06, 2013 01:41PM PST • Updated Jul 16, 2018 04:45PM PST
36th The Untouchables
1987 OK 17 Points

I'm a big fan of mob flicks, but this movie didn't impress me as much as many others. It is very entertaining, the cast can't be beat, and the action keeps the movie moving along. However, Costner's role was a bit cheesy (was Elliot Ness cheesy too?), and I would have liked to see more from DeNiro

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Added Jul 07, 2013 12:58PM PST • Updated Jul 16, 2018 04:45PM PST
37th Into the Wild
2007 Really Great 50 Points

A grand viewing of the McCandless escape from the clutches of his childhood and the typical dysfunction in so many families. The story was very engaging and full of humorous, fun, and sometimes spellbinding encounters with man and nature. Despite some periods of overly melodramatic narrative, this tale will surely entertain you and delight your senses and inspire your thoughts.

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Added Jul 09, 2013 04:23PM PST • Updated Jul 16, 2018 04:45PM PST
38th Heaven
2002 None Yet 0 Points
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39th Blackthorn
2011 None Yet 0 Points
Added Sep 26, 2013 12:58AM PST • Updated Jul 16, 2018 04:45PM PST
40th North Face
2008 Really Great 17 Points

An amazingly dramatic film about a competitive climb up the north face of the Eiger. Incredible action, an interesting back-story, and non-stop suspense make this film a must-see – even if you aren’t a fan of subtitles. It won’t matter, trust me.

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Added Nov 04, 2013 08:21AM PST • Updated Jul 16, 2018 04:45PM PST
41st Arachnophobia
1990 None Yet 0 Points
Added Jan 31, 2014 01:57AM PST • Updated Jul 16, 2018 04:45PM PST
42nd Amazon Women on ...
1987 None Yet 0 Points
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43rd Hard Eight
1996 None Yet 0 Points
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44th Bob le flambeur
1955 None Yet 0 Points
Added Mar 08, 2014 10:25AM PST • Updated Jul 16, 2018 04:45PM PST
45th McCabe & Mrs. Mi...
1971 None Yet 0 Points
Added May 10, 2014 12:40AM PST • Updated Jul 16, 2018 04:45PM PST
46th Big Bad Wolves
2013 None Yet 0 Points
Added May 23, 2014 01:41PM PST • Updated Jul 16, 2018 04:45PM PST
47th Elvis On Tour
1972 None Yet 0 Points
Added Jun 22, 2014 10:10AM PST • Updated Jul 16, 2018 04:45PM PST
48th The Proposition
2005 Perfect 13 Points

One of the finest Westerns ever made, The Proposition is a bloody, haunting, beautiful, violent epic poem and the savagry of man, the harshness of nature and the country of Australia.

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49th L.A. Confidential
1997 None Yet 0 Points
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50th Bye Bye Birdie
1963 None Yet 0 Points
Added Jun 29, 2014 08:13PM PST • Updated Jul 16, 2018 04:45PM PST
51st A Futile and Stu...
2018 Very Good 66 Points

Consider A Futile and Stupid Gesture the theatrical companion to "Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon":https://www.viewguide.com/movie_reviews/4513. Will Forte plays comedy genius Doug Kenney in Futile and Stupid Gesture, whereas archival footage of the lunatic real McCoy was used in DSBD, an rFactor 1 documentary.

A Futile and Stupid Gesture is therefore more entertaining in a voyeuristic way. It shows the cocaine and groupies, yet few bare boobs, proving that things have changed since Kenney & Co made "Animal House":https://www.viewguide.com/movie_revi…

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Added Jul 16, 2018 04:43PM PST • Updated Jul 16, 2018 04:45PM PST


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Jan 19, 2013 10:50AM

I almost watched it last night, but chose another Euro love/sex comedy instead. Pauline at the Beach. So that review’s coming first.

Jan 19, 2013 10:16AM

Re Malena – Netflix shows that I’ve seen this movie, but I can’t for the life of me remember it! Looking forward to your review – hopefully it will jog my memory.

Jan 5, 2013 6:06PM

Never got around to reviewing The Grey – but remember dropping it before it finished. It will be interesting to see if you make it through…