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People who added this item 394  Average listal rating (236 ratings) 6.4  IMDB Rating 6.9 
1. The Jane Austen Book Club (2007)
Dec 25 @ Download
USA, English
(First Viewing)

Sweet little comedy that warms your heart, especially if you're a fan of Jane Austen's stories. It was really cool as a meta movie about the stories that I've enjoyed over the years. All the good ones are there - Sense and Sensibility, Mansfield Park, Emma, Persuasion and others. Good acting all around also helps.
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People who added this item 1671  Average listal rating (1087 ratings) 6.7  IMDB Rating 7.1 
2. Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008)
Dec 25 @ Download
USA, English
(First Viewing)
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People who added this item 2717  Average listal rating (1828 ratings) 6.6  IMDB Rating 6.8 
3. Hellboy (2004)
Dec 23 @ Download
USA, English
(First Viewing)
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People who added this item 886  Average listal rating (572 ratings) 6.2  IMDB Rating 6.4 
4. Get Him to the Greek (2010)
Dec 12 @ Download
USA, English
(First Viewing)
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People who added this item 1933  Average listal rating (1200 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating 7.7 
5. 127 Hours (2010)
Dec 12 @ Theatre
USA, English
(First Viewing)

Decent movie but rather disappointing for the all hype it got. It really is hard to make a movie when the only character is stuck in one location for 75% of the movie.
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People who added this item 3927  Average listal rating (2464 ratings) 7.9  IMDB Rating
6. Black Swan (2010)
Dec 10 @ Theatre
USA, English
(First Viewing)

Darren Aronofsky delivers again with this psychological thriller, much in the mould of Pi, combined with the raw intimacy of The Wrestler. Stunning work.
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People who added this item 1987  Average listal rating (1322 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating 8.2 
7. The Thing (1982)
Dec 8 @ Blu-ray
USA, English
(First Viewing)

Decent horror/sci-fi thriller despite the dated special effects.
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People who added this item 42  Average listal rating (28 ratings) 6.6  IMDB Rating 6.3 
8. Dabangg (2010)
Dec 5 @ In-flight Movie
India, Hindi
(First Viewing)

Farcical comedy with a corrupt cop as the anti-hero. It's very funny for the most part, especially when it doesn't take itself too seriously.
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People who added this item 204  Average listal rating (98 ratings) 5.2  IMDB Rating 5.1 
9. The Romantics (2010)
Dec 5 @ In-flight Movie
USA, English
(First Viewing)

Mediocre romantic comedy which doesn't offer anything remarkable but isn't boring enough to stop watching altogether.
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People who added this item 1175  Average listal rating (820 ratings) 6.7  IMDB Rating 7.2 
10. Shooter (2007)
Dec 2 @ TV
USA, English
(First Viewing)

I just wanted a mindless action movie but this doesn't even fit that bill. It just got more and more ridiculous all the way to the predictable climax. I expected better from the director, but alas it wasn't to be.
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People who added this item 959  Average listal rating (648 ratings) 5.2  IMDB Rating 5.4 
11. Max Payne (2008)
Dec 2 @ TV
USA, English
(First Viewing)

Lived up to my pretty low expectations for a mindless action thriller.
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People who added this item 1932  Average listal rating (1282 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating 7.7 
12. Despicable Me (2010)
Nov 19 @ In-flight movie
USA, English
(First Viewing)

Sweet little comedy about a misfit anti-hero.
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People who added this item 716  Average listal rating (487 ratings) 6.4  IMDB Rating 6.8 
13. Unstoppable (2010)
Nov 12 @ Theatre
USA, English
(First Viewing)

There's a lot of competent actors playing incompetent people in this movie.
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People who added this item 1630  Average listal rating (963 ratings) 6.2  IMDB Rating 6.4 
14. Elizabethtown (2005)
Nov 8 @ TV
USA, English
(First Viewing)

Has a really cool soundtrack and a really dull plot. Orlando Bloom is a limited actor and Kirsten Dunst is wasted as his sidekick. There are fleeting moments of chemistry between the two but nothing that sustains for the length of the movie. Most of the characters are written with an attempt to make them quirky but all of them come off as ridiculous. The movie rests on Orlando Bloom's inadequate shoulders and he isn't up to it.

Other than the mediocre acting, nothing in this movie made any sense whatsoever. How can one lose a billion dollars on one shoe design? How stupid would the CEO of such a company be? Is it possible to lose a billion dollars on a single shoe design? Every shoe company I know of has dozens of designs at any one time. Why was the airline running a flight with only one passenger? Such a flight would have been cancelled days in advance. Why did Claire send Drew on a meaningless road trip?

Why did I watch this movie?
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People who added this item 19  Average listal rating (8 ratings) 7.9  IMDB Rating 8.3 
15. 30 for 30 The Two Escobars (2010)
Nov 6 @ Download
USA, Spanish/English
(First Viewing)

Stunning documentary about Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar and football player (and captain of the national team) Andrés Escobar. Both Escobars rose from the city of Medellin in Colombia and their lives would intertwine for decades. Both Escobars met with violent deaths, allegedly by the hands of the same people. The movie isn't just about these two people, it's about everything that surrounded them. You could accuse the filmmakers of being melodramatic at some points in the film, but you can't deny the truth of the events and their power to move you.
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People who added this item 1188  Average listal rating (751 ratings) 7.1  IMDB Rating 7.3 
16. Megamind (2010)
Nov 5 @ Theatre
USA, English
(First Viewing)

The ideas aren't all original but the movie puts an original spin on the whole superhero / villain from another planet idea. Successfully spoofs the Superman franchise and most superhero franchises in general. It's not (mega)mind-blowing, but it's fun entertainment that will not insult your intelligence.
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People who added this item 291  Average listal rating (163 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating 8.2 
17. Inside Job (2010)
Oct 29 @ Theatre
USA, English
(First Viewing)

The best movie I've seen all year. Explores the roots of the current global financial crisis, though focused heavily on the USA. It's non-partisan approach and in-depth research compels you to watch.
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People who added this item 703  Average listal rating (411 ratings) 6.2  IMDB Rating 6.5 
18. Hereafter (2010)
Oct 23 @ Theatre
USA, English
(First Viewing)

Stellar acting, barely a story. Matt, Clint, what were you thinking?
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People who added this item 10  Average listal rating (6 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating 7.6 
19. Guns, Germs, and Steel (2005)
Oct 22/23 @ Netflix Streaming
USA, English
(First Viewing)

Jared Diamond explores his hypothesis explaining why Europeans have dominated much of human history. Based on his book of the same name.
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People who added this item 1337  Average listal rating (820 ratings) 7.1  IMDB Rating 7.5 
20. The Orphanage (2007)
Oct 21 @ Netflix Streaming
Spain, Spanish
(First Viewing)

A fantastic psychological thriller from Spain. Our protagonist, Laura buys the house that served as a orphanage for her during her childhood. Once they move there, Laura's son starts to behave strangely. Is there something sinister in the house that is affecting Billy or is this all in Laura's head? Once her son disappears, the movie hurtles towards a shocking conclusion.
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People who added this item 14  Average listal rating (8 ratings) 7.1  IMDB Rating 7.1 
21. Chinaman (2005)
Oct 20 @ Netflix Streaming
Denmark, Danish/Chinese
(First Viewing)

Keld is recently divorced from his wife and doesn't know what to do with himself. To pay off his wife, he agrees to a marriage of convenience to Ling, the sister of the owner of his favourite Chinese eating joint. Things don't go exactly as planned when falls in love with Ling.
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People who added this item 2976  Average listal rating (1900 ratings) 8.1  IMDB Rating 8.4 
22. Toy Story 3 (2010)
Oct 14 @ Download
USA, English
(First Viewing)

Pixar pull ou the storytelling stops for one final(?) adventure for Woody, Buzz and the rest of the gang. They have to cope with Andy growing up and moving to college, a sociopathic teddy bear, young kids at daycare hell bent on destroying toys, among other calamities. The final 15 minutes are pure storytelling gold, that lift the movie from your regular action-adventure-comedy to something special. BTW, anyone notice that Bo Peep went missing, leaving woody with no love interest? I wonder why they took her out, it was surprising.
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People who added this item 1290  Average listal rating (721 ratings) 7.2  IMDB Rating 7.2 
23. Never Let Me Go (2010)
Oct 9 @ Theatre
UK, English
(First Viewing)

The premise was very interesting (and relatively original) and the acting was great. Overall, the movie would have been much improved if we got more insight into what the characters were thinking and feeling. It isn't until the last 30 mins that you really start to get a feel for the characters. A better director might have helped.
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People who added this item 3031  Average listal rating (1971 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating 7.8 
24. The Social Network (2010)
Oct 1 @ Theatre
USA, English
(First Viewing)

Another movie that is "based on" true events i.e. most of it is actually made up, only the names haven't been changed. Despite that. it's a very well directed and acted movie. The pace doesn't slacken for even a moment. Funniest thing about it is that the *only* Indian guy is played by an actor of English and Chinese descent, which just cracked me up.
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People who added this item 1855  Average listal rating (1203 ratings) 7.1  IMDB Rating 7.2 
25. Easy A (2010)
Sep 27 @ Theatre
USA, English
(First Viewing)

Entertaining high-school comedy. Emma Stone's comedic talents are on display again, much like last year's Zombieland.
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People who added this item 2  Average listal rating (1 ratings) 7  IMDB Rating
26. Stigmata (2009)
Sep 24 @ SIFF Cinema
Spain, Spanish
(First Viewing)

Disturbing film about the how different people exploit a very troubled man after he develops stigmata on his hands. His life is regularly punctuated by tragedy and any happiness seems fleeting. Shot is stark black and white, this movie will stay with you even after you've left the theatre.
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People who added this item 1124  Average listal rating (767 ratings) 5.9  IMDB Rating 6.5 
27. Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006)
Sep 21 @ Download
USA, English
(First Viewing)

What impulse made me watch this movie? I can't even recall it. It's funny in patches, and those patches are all in the trailer. The bits in-between aren't very funny at all.
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People who added this item 1348  Average listal rating (867 ratings) 7.2  IMDB Rating 7.6 
28. The Town (2010)
Sep 19 @ Theatre
USA, English
(First Viewing)

Crime drama about a group of Boston bank robbers. Ben Affleck directs and directs exceptionally well. While the overall plot feels a little far fetched (much like Oceans 11/12/13), the characters and their relationships always feel authentic. Affleck is now a bona fide director, proving that 'Gone Baby Gone' was no fluke.
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People who added this item 728  Average listal rating (458 ratings) 4.6  IMDB Rating 4.2 
29. Sex and the City 2 (2010)
Sep 12 @ Download
USA, English
(First Viewing)

This movie is only for fans of the franchise, it's the 'Twilight' of middle-aged sex comedies. Fortunately, I am a fan of the franchise and the further adventures of Carrie, Charlotte, Miranda and Samantha are still welcome. Despite that, the film makers should think seriously before they make a third instalment, they are close to overstaying their welcome.
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People who added this item 1666  Average listal rating (1071 ratings) 6.4  IMDB Rating 6.6 
30. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010)
Sep 8 @ Download
USA, English
(First Viewing)

Easy entertainment on a weekday night. Doesn't tax your brain too much but keeps it interested enough to enjoy the fast paced action and adventure. The direction is good and the acting is competent. The acting ranks are filled with Britishers, for what reason, I cannot fathom.
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People who added this item 1629  Average listal rating (1050 ratings) 6.2  IMDB Rating 6.4 
31. Salt (2010)
Aug 19 @ Download
USA, English
(First Viewing)

Unmitigated garbage. The plot is ridiculously convoluted, actually it's just plain ridiculous. The script seems to have been written by an adolescent with a fascination for trashy spy fiction or bad Robert Ludlum novels. Nothing about the stale plot was even faintly surprising. All that is made worse by how seriously the whole plodding enterprise seems to take itself. A little bit of humour might have injected some life into the movie and maybe distracted the audience from the littering of bad clichés in second half of the movie. Easily the worst movie I've seen this year.
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People who added this item 2349  Average listal rating (1603 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating 7.5 
32. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)
Aug 15 @ Theatre
USA, English
(First Viewing)

It's a clever movie but has trouble consistently funny. I lost count of the number of video game references there were. Once the novelty of the video game invading the real world wears off, the story or the characters aren't enough to see it through to the end. Kieran Culkin nearly steals the show as Scott's gay roommate. He's about the only character that is consistently interesting (and surprising). Overall, I have to say this was a disappointment.
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People who added this item 52  Average listal rating (27 ratings) 6.6  IMDB Rating 6.6 
33. Au revoir Taipei (2010)
Aug 13 @ Download
Taiwan, Chinese
(First Viewing)

Sweet screwball comedy about a man pining for his girlfriend who is in Paris, a book store employee with a crush on him and a bunch of inept mobsters. The editing is superb, the acting is understated and the background score perfectly complements the mood.
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People who added this item 41  Average listal rating (25 ratings) 6.3  IMDB Rating 6.7 
34. Cairo Time (2009)
Aug 7 @ Download
Canada / Egypt, English / Arabic
(First Viewing)
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People who added this item 290  Average listal rating (188 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating
35. Batman: Under the Red Hood (2010)
Aug 3 @ Download
USA, English
(First Viewing)

Great animation, half decent story combined with my Batman obsession makes for a reasonably entertaining movie. Wouldn't recommend it though.
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People who added this item 639  Average listal rating (415 ratings) 5.5  IMDB Rating 5.9 
36. Dinner for Schmucks (2010)
July 30 @ Theatre
USA, English
(First Viewing)

Ridiculous and contrived but funny. None of the characters or situations are even remotely believable (or fresh) but the laughs still keep on coming. With the massive amount of comedic talent on display, the movie should do better than this.
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People who added this item 11  Average listal rating (4 ratings) 6.3  IMDB Rating 6.8 
37. The Strange Case of the End of Civilization ... (1977)
July 25 @ DVD
UK, English
(First Viewing)

Disappointing spoof of Sherlock Holmes and the detective genre in general. However, it's a rather dull script which isn't enlivened by the presence of John Cleese.
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People who added this item 5144  Average listal rating (3409 ratings) 8.3  IMDB Rating 8.8 
38. Inception (2010)
July 24 @ Theatre
USA, English
(First Viewing)

My first movie in 2 months... this is a light year for movies apparently. And what a cracker of a movie it was. Christopher Nolan delivers again.
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People who added this item 797  Average listal rating (465 ratings) 6.1  IMDB Rating 6.5 
39. Youth in Revolt (2009)
May 23 @ Download
USA, English
(First Viewing)

Michael Cera has made a career out of playing hapless teenagers. He's on great form here, playing Nick as well as his alter-ego Francois, trying to get the girl of his dreams in typically incompetent fashion.
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People who added this item 4060  Average listal rating (2538 ratings) 6.4  IMDB Rating 6.5 
40. Alice in Wonderland (2010)
May 21 @ Download
USA, English
(First Viewing)

Absolutely gorgeous looking movie, Wonderland has never looked this good on film before. Unfortunately, the story is not up to scratch. Instead of a straight adaptation of the book, the film makers decided to be clever and crafted up a 'sequel' of sorts with a grown up Alice. Despite the beautiful conception of Wonderland, the movie is pretty dreary for the most part. In the process of growing up, we've lost the sparkle of the original story. Such a wasted effort, really. As a side note, I absolutely loved Stephen Fry's voicing of the Chesire Cat, it complemented the beautifully rendered cat on-screen perfectly.
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People who added this item 2881  Average listal rating (1860 ratings) 6.7  IMDB Rating 7.1 
41. Iron Man 2 (2010)
May 14 @ Theatre
USA, English
(First Viewing)
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People who added this item 671  Average listal rating (411 ratings) 8.1  IMDB Rating 8.3 
42. The Secret in Their Eyes (2009)
May 8 @ Theatre
Argentina, Spanish
(First Viewing)
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People who added this item 1228  Average listal rating (821 ratings) 6.8  IMDB Rating 7.2 
43. Highlander (1986)
May 1 @ Download
USA, English
(First Viewing)

Basically, the film makers needed an excuse to have swordplay in the middle of New York city. Funny to see an American (Lambert) play a Scotsman, while a Scotsman (Connery) plays an Egyptian(?). Stays interesting for the first half but the over-the-top presentation eventually gets to you. A little more character development would have gone a long way.
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People who added this item 260  Average listal rating (172 ratings) 6.2  IMDB Rating 6.8 
44. Sea of Love (1989)
Apr 30 @ Netflix Streaming
USA, English
(First Viewing)
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People who added this item 2871  Average listal rating (1951 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating 7.8 
45. Kick-Ass (2010)
Apr 17 @ Theatre
UK, English
(First Viewing)

The movie has only two modes - believable or totally absurd, it treads no middle ground at all. It isn't quite the masterpiece that Kill Bill is but it treads the same grounds of self-parody and extreme bloodshed.
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People who added this item 696  Average listal rating (444 ratings) 6.9  IMDB Rating 7.1 
46. The Girl Who Played with Fire (2009)
Apr 11 @ Download
Sweden, Swedish
(First Viewing)
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People who added this item 1576  Average listal rating (964 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating 7.8 
47. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)
Apr 10 @ Theatre
Sweden, Swedish
(First Viewing)

The first couple of hours of the movie are a taut and well acted mystery thriller but the director really blows it by going over the top in the final 15 mins. Such a shame.
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People who added this item 576  Average listal rating (310 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating 7.2 
48. Broken Embraces (2009)
Apr 10 @ Blu-ray
Spain, Spanish
(First Viewing)

Pedro Almodovar comes up short with latest movie. It has his usual trademarks - quirky characters, explosive emotions and a twisted tale. Unfortunately, the main plot is too well worn for it to make any impact. Great cinematography and competent acting keep the movie from falling into mediocrity, unfortunately with no plot to match.
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People who added this item 246  Average listal rating (128 ratings) 6.7  IMDB Rating 6.8 
49. Elegy (2008)
Apr 4 @ Netflix Streaming
USA, English
(First Viewing)

Great acting all round but this story of a middle aged man having a fling with a young student leaves me nothing memorable in the end.
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People who added this item 487  Average listal rating (337 ratings) 6.8  IMDB Rating 7.2 
50. District 13 (2004)
Apr 3 @ Blu-ray
France, French
(First Viewing)

Lots of slick action, zero story. Deserves B-movie status but with all the money spent on it, it looks too good for a B-movie. The writer and director should be commended for keeping it short, it's over before it gets on your nerves. The short duration also fits into the attention span of a male adolescent, the only category of movie goers who will actually enjoy this. The rest should stay away.
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Movies I've watched in 2010, in reverse order.

First Time Viewing: 80
Repeat viewing: 20

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