A Movie A Year (Part 1)
157 8.7 8.81. Boyhood (2014)
Notes: I already heard about this movie 6 or 8 years ago and, of course, I was really intrigued but I didn’t expect it to be so amazing. I mean, sure, it is a very nice gimmick (shooting a movie over a period of 12 years starting with a boy at 6 years old until he reaches 18 years old) but a gimmick remains a gimmick unless you manage to do something great with it and Richard Linklater certainly did something quite amazing here. Indeed, a traditional movie would give you a nice story, a great story if you’re lucky, but here they gave us a genuine slice of life. Of course, you could argue that they could have shot a documentary and you would have ended up with the same results but I highly doubt it. Indeed, for almost 3 hours, you spend more than a decade with these characters and even though nothing hugely dramatic happens, the whole thing was just spellbinding to behold.
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936 8.1 8.22. 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. 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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1441 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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1499 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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5099 8.3 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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4585 7.2 7.96. 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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3596 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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2963 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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4410 8 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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1062 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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5876 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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2676 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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5346 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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3844 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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4544 8.1 8.515. 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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8121 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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594 8.1 8.117. 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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1146 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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264 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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1243 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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2047 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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687 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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554 7.2 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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1103 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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3537 8.3 8.725. 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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4011 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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584 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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3431 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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2261 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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193 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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689 8 8.131. Paris, Texas (1984)
Note : Back then, this movie won the Golden Palm at the Cannes film festival but nowadays it is a little bit forgotten and it's actually a real shame. Indeed, it has one of the best soundtrack ever and the story, the directing, the acting, everything is just plain amazing, it's just a really mesmerizing picture to watch. In my opinion, it is also a really poectic picture with a hypnotising slow tempo which could bother impatient viewers but it did work for me, absolutely. To conclude, it is easily my favorite movie directed by Wim Wenders , it is plain and simply a great movie and it is definitely worth a look.
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3465 7.9 8.332. Scarface (1983)
Note : Eventually, I had to watch this movie a second time (with a gap of 14 years if I’m not mistaken) to really appreciate it. Basically, it is pretty much the story of a loser from Cuba who tries to make it big in America but ends up still a loser. To start with , the makers were pretty prestigious as it was actually directed by Brian De Palma and Oliver Stone wrote the screenplay. Indeed, many tend to forget it, but before launching his own directing career, Stone did write this massive classic. In the same genre, it is definitely really different than 'The Godfather' or 'Goodfellas' but I thought it was really awesome.
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3732 8 8.233. Blade Runner (1982)
Note : It is definitely my favorite Science Fiction flick and one of my favorite movies of all time. I have seen all the movies directed by Ridley Scott and it is easily his best one. Indeed, the look and the mood were great, the story was just plain fascinating and the cast was awesome. When it was released, it is hard to believe but it was actually a flop. You could blame the marketing but I'd rather believe that it was just way ahead of its time and nowadays it has reached a huge cult status which is totally deserved in my opinon.
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938 8.2 8.534. Das Boot (1981)
Note : I always thought that there was something fascinating about movies dealing with submarines and this one is by far the best one. Indeed, since then, it has been imitated numerous times but this feature remains the reference in its genre and I will remain so a for a long time. Basically, the directing was amazing and you could argue that Wolfgang Petersen never reached these heights again in his career (‘Troy’ maybe? just kidding...). In my opinion, the mood was intense, there was a completely nail-biting tension and I was on the edge of my seat from the beginning until the last seconds.
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1804 8.1 8.335. Raging Bull (1980)
Note : Basically, it is just a really spellbinding story and easily the best sport movie ever made. I mean, even though 'Ordinary People' was a very good flick, absolutely, this masterpiece was just from another level and should have won the best picture academy award back in those days. In my opinion, if there is a time when Scoresese should have won the big prize, it was at that moment and not with 'The Departed' which was the only way the Academy could possibly apologize to this great master.
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3305 8.1 8.536. Apocalypse Now (1979)
20 7.2 6.937. La Ballade des Dalton (1978)
Note : When I was a kid, I used to watch it all the time. Even today, I believe it is one of the best animated movie ever. The animation is pretty good but above all, the story is just so damned entertaining and there are really funny moments. Definitely worth a look, especially if you are interested in animated features.
1946 8.1 8.238. Annie Hall (1977)
4057 8.2 8.439. Taxi Driver (1976)
Note : In my opinion, it is definitely the first masterpiece produced by Martin Scorsese and Robert de Niro. I mean, 3 years ago, they already made 'Mean Streets' together and it was a real breakthrough for both of them but it is with this movie that they started to change cinema as an Art and they will keep doing it, at least twice again with 'Raging Bull' and 'Goodfelleas'. Even if nowadays De Niro has lost his edge, he will still be remembered forever for this unforgettable piece of art. He gave one of the best perfomances of his prestigious career and, plain and simply, one of the best performances ever given on a motion picture. For Scorsese, its status changed forever from promising young director to bonafide master.
1450 8 8.140. Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
Note : It is easily one of the best movies starring Al Pacino and he gives here one of his best performances. The fact that it is a true story doesn't really interest me but it was just an amazing story and it kept me mesmerized until the end. Sidney Lumet has made so great and not so great movies but this flick belongs to his best flicks. It is just a great classic and definitely a must see for any movie lover.
3729 8.6 9.141. The Godfather: Part II (1974)
Note : It is a great flick, probably as good as the first one. The masterstroke was to continue the story with most of the same characters but it still stands on its own though. To do so, Coppola chose a different structure which was quite spellbinding. Indeed, not only you follow Michael Corleone in his rise (or fall, it depends how you see it) as the new godfather but you follow also Vito Corleone going from Sicily to New York with literally nothing and slowly climbing his way up in the mob hierarchy. To make things even more amazing, to portray a young Vito Corleone, Coppola picked up a then still unknown Robert de Niro so he had two acting giants at the top of their games to play 2 generations of Corleones.
179 7.7 7.342. La Grande Bouffe (aka The Big Feast) (1973)
5298 8.7 9.243. The Godfather (1972)
Note : Even though some people believe this movie doesn't deserve so much praise, you can't possibly deny his huge impact on motion picture history. Basically, it is one of those flicks that you could/should watch every 10 years. Basically, the story was just spellbinding, the cast was great and Coppola was absolutely on top of his game (this guy basically ruled the 70's anyway). To conclude, it is a great masterpiece and it is a must-see for any decent movie lover.
5320 8.2 8.444. A Clockwork Orange (1971)
Note : It was the first movie directed by the great master I saw and I can remember when I saw it for the first time. I was something like 15 years old and completely blown away by the whole thing. I mean, I had seen some good movies but nothing like this. The thing that most impressed me, back then, is that even though it was made almost 25 years before, it felt actually really modern. In my opinion, this flick has everything : the visuals, the direction, the acting, the music, the thoughtfulness,....
277 7.7 845. Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace and Music (1970)
Note : Man, I have always loved this documentary. The first time I saw it, I was about 16 years old and it really blew me away. Indeed, back then and still nowadays, I was a huge fan of the music they made in the mid-60’s to the mid-70’s, probably one of the most prolific periode in music history so it was just a blast to see this massive concert with all these legendary music artists involved. What I didn’t know is that there were also a lot of footage involving the audience and what was going on around the concert. Those bits were also really interesting and the whole thing is just an invaluable time bubble which made possible to more or less experience what it must have been to live in this age.
836 7.8 846. Midnight Cowboy (1969)
3514 8 8.347. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Note : It is probably the most highly regarded movie directed by Stanley Kubrick and you could argue about the fact this flick might be or not the best movie he has made but you can't argue the fact that this movie is the mother of all Sci-Fi movies that came afterwards. Even if you think it's slow and boring, you can't deny it has visually inspired all the Sci-Fi movies that came afterwards. Kubrick made a visually spellbinding SF feature and went metaphysical and it completely worked. I mean, the last 15 minutes are probably the most exhilarating piece of cinema I have seen in my entire life.
690 7.8 7.848. Belle de Jour (1967)
Note : Catherine Deneuve is a great actrice and this is probably her best performance. The directing is very good aswell and the story is just fascinating. It deals with sex and eroticism without being exploitative about the whole thing. I think it is a great classic and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you are interested in French movies.
2620 8.5 949. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
851 8 7.850. Repulsion (1965)
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