A Movie A Year (Part 1)
305 6.6 6.71. RoboCop (2014)
Notes: Honestly, I didn’t think it was so bad actually. The point is that I went to see it with some rather low expectations and that’s probably why I didn’t think it was too underwhelming. First of all, I really enjoyed Joel Kinnaman. Indeed, I thought he had a great charisma and it was nice that they took some time to show him as a police officer before he becomes Robocop. Unfortunately, that’s probably the only thing they really got right. I mean, there were many good things, but probably too many of them actually. The whole thing tries to be a futuristic action flick, a familly drama, a political thriller and also a satire, that was just way too much to handled and all of those ideas were rather half-baked.
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676 8.1 8.32. 12 Years a Slave (2013)
Notes: Even though I heard it would be a tough watch, it still ended up being a massively depressing movie to watch. Of course, the horror displayed was tremendous but, above all, I thought this movie had a terrible mirror effect. Indeed, even though I’m somewhat optimistic and believe that men are usually good, this movie reminds you that men can be evil, especially to one another. Furthermore, I’m half Dutch and if the Dutch managed to become one of the richest countries in the world, in spite of the fact that it is actually a very tiny land, it is also because they made a fortune with slavery back in those days. So, there you are, centuries later after our ancestors have been brutalizing those poor African fellows so we could live a comfortable existence, we are here in a luxury movie theater with dolby surround looking back at the story of one black man who was basically daily tortured just so they could make a fortune. So, I felt pretty bad afterwards but movies are not always about entertainment, certainly not. Sometimes, it is there to remind you about the awful things that happened and/or are still happening and, therefore, this movie is incredibly valuable.
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1315 7.4 7.93. Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
Notes: I know, many of you will probably be surprised that this movie gets my top spot but this movie hit me so bad, I was a wreck at the end and I even shed a few tears. First of all, it reminded me about how I met my wife and why we ended up together in the first place. Secondly, after 20 years of mindless garbage, the great Robert De Niro was finally showing up in a good movie giving a great performance like in the good old days. Finally, it was a terrific movie with some real characters, with some real issues dealing with their emotions and making me laugh and cry. I just loved this flick, enough said.
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1439 6.9 6.74. The Tree of Life (2011)
Note : Many people won't get this movie and will loathe it. It is definitely the least accessible movie directed by Mallick and I'm not sure I did get half of it but it doesn't matter. I touched me very deeply and many times, I thought I was watching myself when the father was messing up his familly or when the older boy was getting messed up. If you're looking for some deep and meaningfull movie, you should definitely have a look to this one.
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4926 8.4 8.85. Inception (2010)
Note : I had very high expectations. And surprisingly, the movie totally succeeded in meeting those high expectations. This movie is the proof that a movie can be a huge blockbuster and entertaining and thoughtful at the same time. A great achievement.
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4428 7.2 86. Avatar (2009)
Note : After seeing Avatar, I realized that 3D movies could be great and not a complete swindle. The story is maybe not original but still pretty entertaining and the visuals are just mind-blowing. Coming out of the movie theater, I had probably the same feeling when people just saw Star Wars back in 1977. Just blown away...
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3492 7.5 8.17. Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
Note : I really loved this movie. It is one of the best combination of drama, realism and entertainment. A great achievement. I always found that Danny Boyle was a very good director and once again, he proves it here. I'm really glad he finally received all the recognition he deserved.
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2860 8 8.28. Into the Wild (2007)
Note : I always liked the movies directed by Sean Penn but this one is his best by far. A fascinating and thoughtfull story, great directing, great acting. I really loved it.
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4305 7.9 8.59. The Prestige (2006)
Note : This movie was almost perfect. The story, the acting and the direction was so great, during the whole movie, my heart was boucing and I had a terrible headache. Unfortunately, the end was a little bit disappointing. I won't say why because I don't want spoil yo it. A part from that, it is a fascinating movie.
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1036 6.5 6.710. The New World (2005)
Note : Terrence Malick has directed only 4 movies in almost 40 years. This movie is his least appreciated one.
It is actually my favorite (I still have to see "Days of heaven" though). To me, it is the movie with the best poetic feeling ever. It is like watching a poem but not with words but with images and sound. Incredible.
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5744 8 8.411. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
Note : If you think Jim Carrey is a bad actor, just watch this movie (and The Truman Show). Kate Winslet gives also a great perfomance. The direction and the story are amazing too. One of the best movie ever made.
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2598 8.2 8.412. Oldboy (2003)
Note : I usually don't like twist but the one developped in this movie didn't bother me. The reason why is that the story, the directing, the acting,... are just so compelling. A great schocking movie. A true classic.
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5256 7.3 813. Catch Me If You Can (2002)
Note : The true story on which the movie is based is really amazing. It is my favorite Spielberg film. It is funny and sad at the same time. A great entertaining movie.
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3712 8.4 8.614. Spirited Away (2001)
Note : I really love this movie. The visuals are great and the story is just fascinating. A great achievement !
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4432 8.1 8.615. Memento (2000)
Note : I think this movie is really amazing. At the end, you are so confused. I'm sure a lot of people are annoyed by this but I love this feeling. Even you have more information than the main character, Leonard, at the end, it is still a big blur. How long has been he on the run ? 1 year ? 2 years ? longer ? How many John D. has he killed ? Was his wife killd or did he made it up ? Some many questions that remain even if you watch the movies 20 times. I just think it is fascinating.
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7951 8.4 8.916. Fight Club (1999)
Note : This movie has everything. Great acting, great direction, great story. It entertains you but also makes you think at the same time. A great achievement.
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571 8.1 8.217. The Celebration (1998)
Note : The first Dogme movie was just great. No special effects, no big stars just a simple and pure movie. It was also the first time I felt nauseous after watching a movie. Not because it was bad but because it was so heavy and emotional. A great movie.
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1089 7.6 7.618. Funny Games (1997)
Note : I'm usually not a fan of psychopath/serial killer movies. I mean they are most of the time entertaining but they are almost never great, in my point of view. This one is the exception. It is so thoughtful and complex. An amazing picture.
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253 7.7 7.919. Microcosmos (1996)
Note : Ok, the pic above is a little bit weird... but this movie is actually really unique. A gorgeous documentary about insects with no comments, just some beautiful classic music. I guess it is pretty much forgotten now but it's a shame because it is a true masterpiece.
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1204 7.6 7.820. Dead Man (1995)
Note : It is my favorite Johnny Depp movie. It is so poetic. The acting and direction are great. A really mesmerizing picture.
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1996 7.4 7.921. Clerks (1994)
Note : It is probably the movie I have most seen in my life (20 times ? 30 times ?). I saw it when it came out. I was 15 years old and I was struck by how it was simple and complex at the same time. A great movie.
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672 7.2 7.522. A Perfect World (1993)
Note : After winning hist first best picture Oscar movie "Unforgiven", Clint Eastwood has directed this one. I saw it it the movie theater when it came out. I was 13 or 14 years old and it was the first time I almost cried (I never cried watching a movie. I know, I'm so tough!). I found it was so emotional and it was a great experience. It is not Eastwood best known movie but I think it is actually his best one.
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537 7.1 7.123. Bad Lieutenant (1992)
Note : Back then, Harvey Keitel and Abel Ferrara were probably at the best of their career. A great and a very bleak picture. Not for everyone, definitely but one of my favorite movies.
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1075 7.5 7.824. Delicatessen (1991)
Note : It is a very original movie. Great visual, directing, acting. It is a great cult classic.
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3427 8.3 8.825. GoodFellas (1990)
Note : I really love The Godafther part 1 and 2 but this one is even better. A great movie and the best gangster/crime movie ever made.
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3939 7.7 8.326. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
Note : By now, I have seen it so many times but it has never lost its charms and it is easily my favorite Indiana Jones movie. Basically, it is, in my opinion, the ultimate adventure film. The first masterstroke was to cast Sean Connery as Professor Henry Jones. Indeed, there was this great chemistry between Harrison Ford and Sean Connery and they made the whole thing completely spelbinding to watch.
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555 7.5 7.427. Dead Ringers (1988)
Note : This movie is really creepy and it has one of the best perfomance ever. Jeremy Irons portrays 2 different twins so well that if even though they are identical, you can easily identify them. The story is fascinating as well. It is definitely worth a look, especially if you are interested in David Cronenberg's work.
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3338 8 8.428. Full Metal Jacket (1987)
Note : Honestly, I had some rather mixed feelings about this one. First of all, I have to make myself clear : it is a really awesome movie but I don't think it is flawless. Indeed, the directing is absolutely amazing and the acting is completely off the charts. However, the combining of the 2 parts (the training and the actual war) didn't work for me. Especially for the second part, I thought it was rather underwhelming, especially after the emotional rollercoaster provided by the boot camp. Still, it remains an awesome flick.
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2211 7.7 8.229. Platoon (1986)
Note : In my opinion, it is pure and simply the best movie about the Vietnam war. It might even be my favorite war movie. I mean, there are some other pretty good movies about the Vietnam war, like ‘Full Metal Jacket’ for example, but this flick is just way better than the rest in my opinion.
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187 6.6 6.530. Subway (1985)
Note : I'm not a big fan of Luc Besson. He is a great director in the sense that the direction is always top notch but the stories as usually less than average. Not with this one. It is one of the less known movies directed by Besson (his best is "Nikita"). Great directing, nice mood, very good cast (even a good Christopher Lambert ! Now that's amazing !!). Definitely worth a look, especially if you are interested in Besson's movies.
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3219 8.1 8.536. Apocalypse Now (1979)
19 7.2 6.937. La Ballade des Dalton (1978)
1891 8.1 8.238. Annie Hall (1977)
3943 8.2 8.439. Taxi Driver (1976)
1388 8 8.140. Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
3626 8.6 9.141. The Godfather: Part II (1974)
173 7.7 7.342. The Big Feast (1973)
5168 8.7 9.243. The Godfather (1972)
5185 8.2 8.444. A Clockwork Orange (1971)
273 7.7 845. Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace and Music (1970)
808 7.8 846. Midnight Cowboy (1969)
3416 8 8.347. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
664 7.8 7.848. Belle de Jour (1967)
2537 8.5 949. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
820 8 7.850. Repulsion (1965)
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