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People who added this item 5205 Average listal rating (3457 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.4
Amélie (2001)

The Ups: It is a rich picture book that has more plot and attention to characters than tons of normal books I have read. It has great small details. It has an insanely cute leading actress that makes me think of another Audrey no longer with us. Fast edits, cool camera angels and unique ideas.

The Downs: It is a shame that life can't be enrich more by people like Amelie.
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People who added this item 1429 Average listal rating (903 ratings) 5.7 IMDB Rating 6.2

The Ups: It is a production that has better budget and a more detailed, gorier death sequences. L. Ree Ermey having fun as another crazed military-like sheriff. Jessica Biel looking delicious in supertight jeans.

The Downs: It is a typical Michael Bay production - a lot of spectacle and spectacular footage but it is as brainless and heartless as everything else that he takes his hands on only at an ever higher lever than normal.
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People who added this item 647 Average listal rating (409 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 6.4
Dead Snow (2009)

The Ups: It is a zombie movie made by people who genuinely love the genre done in a country where this type of film has been neglected since the birth of movie meaning it has to be cherished for it. It is filled with some absurd and over-the-top gore sequences and also several disgusting scenes but none worse than the love sequences on an outdoor toilet. Snow and blood mix great together. Excellent soundtrack consisting of Norwegian rock classics.

The Downs: Stereotypical characters and we have all seen the story about young people trapped in a remote cabin with death lurking outside before haven't we? Too serious at times.
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People who added this item 42 Average listal rating (15 ratings) 4.1 IMDB Rating 2.8
Snuff (1975)

The Ups: The "snuff" end sequence that was added on the end of the film as if someone forgot to delete it before putting the film out on the commercial market - and the "outcry" that went with it when it was released. Needs to be seen only because someone wanted it banned.

The Downs: The outcry must have been a great market ploy because the end sequence can't fool anyone except the most stupid person and there is nothing that can possibly pass as realistic in that scene. When the rest of the film is a slow-moving drug movie directed with little passion it is hard to keep one's interest throughout this movie that is mostly interesting for things that happened surrounding it and not the film itself.
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People who added this item 21 Average listal rating (9 ratings) 4.8 IMDB Rating 3.9

The Ups: The director managed to get some tits on the screen from the town's wanna-be actresses.

The Downs: It really is "chaper than a chainsaw" as even 99% of films produced by amateurs on Youtube looks more expensive or have more thought into it than this production. This film lacks everything: decent characterization, logic. The only thing this film really has is terrible one-liners. There is also no joy or love from those involved in the production as everyone seem to have been forced by the director to appear in the film so that he could do his love project but they themselves look either uncomfortable or with contempt at the director when they are forced to take off their clothes without a dollar returned in salaries for the job. Reveal of killer also doesn't make sense as it is clearly the wrong sex that has done the deed.
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People who added this item 260 Average listal rating (142 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 6.5
Maniac (1980)

The Ups: It is believably gory and has some memorable death sequences especially the exploding head of Tom Savini and disturbingly sexy knife kills. Caroline Munro as one of the sexy damsels in distress and adult actress Abigail Clayton has a memorable death scene. Good movie score. Joe Spinell goes totally dark into the role as a maniac. It is also undeniably atmospheric.

The Downs: Well it is also a pretty sick and tasteless and it could be just how one could feel after seeing this film.
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People who added this item 117 Average listal rating (66 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.8

The Ups: Last film in Oliver Stone's Vietnam-trilogy tackles the story from the other side of the war and give even the Vietnamese resistance women a voice. Young Hiep Thi Le is a revelation in the leading role. Tommy Lee Jones excellent as a haunted man. Music and it's poetic presentation shows Oliver Stone at his best. The film seem to really want to tell the audience something and is of big historic importance.

The Downs: It is so rich with story, time-periods and details that it would actually have benefited the film if it had been either two films or a miniseries so it could go through with the entire autobiographical story (which would have made sense as I have later found out that this film was cut by close to an half hour during it's theatrical run). It is also sad that this film has not a director's cut when "Alexander" got four. It is also sad the film did such poor box office and had a critical slam as Americans probably didn't want to see the realities of the Vietnam war had on innocent people and that American soldiers was no better or worse than the people they fought.
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People who added this item 73 Average listal rating (46 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.4
49th Parallel (1941)

The Ups: Effective war propaganda drama about how Germany could invade the U.S. through Canada. It is one of the best films in the genre masterfully thought through. It is believably done too and it must have been scary stuff in the early phase of WW2. Even more compelling and shocking is that several of the German soldiers are played sympathetically so one are interested in their "evil" plot to take over the world. Excellent group of Brit actors too who deliver their lines perfectly.

The Downs: Laurence Olivier's thick French Canadian accent close to parody. Some dialogue is typical rally speeches to keep up morale and support for both soldiers and public alike.
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People who added this item 8 Average listal rating (5 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 7.1

The Ups: Donald Duck shorts always watchable as the character is a loose cannon and therefor fun to watch.

The Downs: Too many of those later Donald Duck shorts had Donald in conflict with Chip and Dale which made them all very repetitive and if they did not have plenty of gags they also ended up being of the most boring of them.
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People who added this item 14 Average listal rating (7 ratings) 5.7 IMDB Rating 7.8

The Ups: It is a powerful puppet movie for Norwegian kids who understand the language and poetry about two trolls who live inside our teeth hacking away making holes living on sweets and sugar. It is equally scary and fun when the young boy scream out "how hurtful it is in his teeth" while the trolls hack away. Their demise at the dentist is also a memorable moment where one actually feel sorry for those devious trolls.

The Downs: Could be that kids actually take the side of the antiheroes and actually start to eat even more candy and sugar so that the trolls get "friends" in their teeth. The puppetry is of course dated too.
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The Ups: Ivo Caprino give his puppet treatment on Norway's number one fairy-tale hero, Askeladden (Ash Lad), and fires on all national romantic feelings by putting him in our national suit, Bunaden. There are some memorable supporting characters like a man that eats rocks, a man who blow winter and summer winds and a man who can run faster than the speed of light. Beautiful designs and memorable to any Norwegian.

The Downs: The puppetry is charming but not state-of-the-art anymore.
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People who added this item 7 Average listal rating (5 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 8

The Ups: It is a classic Norwegian fairytale done with the unique puppet style of Ivo Caprino.

The Downs: Patience is tested with a long live introduction where the fairy-tale collector get introduced to the story. This segment is boring for the kids and lacks depth for adults so it should have been skipped.
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People who added this item 96 Average listal rating (51 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 8.4

The Ups: The ultimate Norwegian puppet movie for the entire family. It is rich with unique characters created from Kjell Aukrust's pen and it is made to life by Ivo Caprino's time consuming puppetry work. Fast-paced race sequences that still kick a punch with one of the most uniquely designed cars on film.

The Downs: Some humor is so typical Norwegian it is hard for foreigners to take the jokes as it makes fun on original Norwegian stereotypes and their strange behavior patterns. There is also a concert musical number that last too long.
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People who added this item 344 Average listal rating (230 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 6.6

The Ups: Manhattan has never been better animated. There is a great premise at the bottom of the movie of how pets live when no one sees them.

The Downs: Unnecessary violent and annoying "bad guys" who need to put our heroes into a situation where they they have to fight for their survival in some rather gloomy and scary situations.
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People who added this item 1561 Average listal rating (895 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.7
Ponyo (2008)

The Ups: It is an unique Japanese take on "The Little Mermaid" story mixed with "Ride of the Valkyries" but with the mermaid/supernatural creature changed into a goldfish with a human head. It is pretty cute and refreshingly without any kind of villain characters or noisy scary moments even if there are a big storm and a lot of water putting characters into peril. The water sequences look beautiful and like nothing seen in handmade animation I have seen before. Excellent voice cast as well even in it's English dub.

The Downs: Could be too sweet for some tastes but I found it hard to hate as it's heart is as big and vast as the ocean.
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People who added this item 2972 Average listal rating (1810 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.3
Cinderella (1950)

The Ups: No one does it better than Walt Disney classic animated movies in telling these old-fashioned fairy tales in a fresh way that still works today. The wonderful use of hand-animation that is still top-notch. Memorable songs. The suspenseful sequence when she runs from the donging clock. The stripping of Cinderella's dress is powerfully done. Memorable songs and dialogue.

The Downs: It is a fairy tale so yeah the story is simple and predictable, what did you expect?
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People who added this item 550 Average listal rating (337 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 7
Cinderella (2015)

The Ups: There is a lot to cherish in this live update of the beloved Disney animated movie, especially in it's decor, gorgeous costumes and beautiful sets. Cate Blanchett steals predictably the scenes as the wicked stepmother and Lily James melts hearts in the title role. Special effects are fantastic especially the scene when the magic returns to normal when the clock strikes it's final tone of twelve.

The Downs: Characterization is paper thin. There is not taken any risks with the source material. Helena Bonham Carter do another of her eccentric Kate Bush-like witch roles. It feels like there are numerous other adaptations that are emotionally more fulfilling with a lesser budget out there.
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The Ups: If there was anyone to play a younger version of Father Merrin it was not that stupid a casting choice to pick Stellan Skarsgård. The African atmosphere is interesting and there is some good pointers on faith and how man has to fight evil at every turn. There is also a disgusting birth sequence crosscut with a surgery scene that make me squirm and the massacre sequences is also a devastating moments (both the war and school scenes).

The Downs: The movie never stood a chance with studio executives who dropped the movie making it impossible for the film to give us complete and finished effects and a normal audio mix which make the film seem both theatrical and make the effects more comical than terrible at times. It also doesn't help that the climax look more like a sorcerer's showdown than a religious confrontation. The British soldiers are also an unnecessary addition and leave bigger plot holes than giving anything meaningful to the film with the exception of a Crucifixion moment to two thieves. Story never manage to engage and deliver something meaningful to the overall franchise.
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People who added this item 576 Average listal rating (351 ratings) 4.7 IMDB Rating 5.1

The Ups: It is a different alternate approach of Father Merrin's first exorcism approved by studio heads as it is a more traditional story with an obligatory shower sequence by Izabella Scorupco. The new possessed person makes actually more sense to me after seing the original cut first.

The Downs: It goes too far and over-the-top to ever be taken as a serious product even if there are elements in this film that is better than the first attempt. It also has the stupid inclusion of the British soldiers and that crazy military leader who goes on killing without any sense. Worst of the worst acting by Alan Ford as a drunken, horny bastard. Characters lacks much more depth in this film and the scenes taken from the original cut makes less sense for the viewers here.
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People who added this item 406 Average listal rating (225 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 6.2

The Ups: It is an atmospheric horror from the new wave of Asian horror films. A fun highlight and spoof is the sequence where a TV show put a doomed girl live on their show with a panel of so-called experts commenting her upcoming doom while she stands shocked awaiting her own death.

The Downs: It is basically a "Ringu" remake but the videotape is substituted to more modern technology. It also remakes elements from Korean movie "Phone". Again we have a white girl with the long black hair trying to scare us. "Surprise ending" is predictable.
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People who added this item 62 Average listal rating (39 ratings) 5.9 IMDB Rating 5.4

The Ups: As pretty much any better budgeted Japanese horror this entry has also plenty of atmosphere with a lot of rain and darkness.

The Downs: Predictability is this film's hardest enemy. Too many false jump scares. The acting is also not the strongest aspect here. Characters from original is discarded and terribly written out of the film.
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People who added this item 43 Average listal rating (30 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 4.5

The Ups: The sequel tries to explain the origin of the Pumpkinhead curse and who the monster really is. Andrew Robinson having fun as a sheriff. There is a nice tie-in with "The Evil Dead" films as the "Book of the Dead" appears inside the witch's house. Fans of Linnea Quigley gets to see her topless...again. It is a more humorous affair and the effects are satisfying for a direct-to-video production.

The Downs: The origin story is less than satisfying. Strange choice of using country music during scenes when the monster kills. Teenage characters that no one cares about even if the girls look good. The monster also should have stayed in the shadows and it is shown in all it's rubbery glory.
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People who added this item 4046 Average listal rating (2737 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.8
Liar Liar (1997)

The Ups: There are some fun moments coming from a story where a lawyer/liar can't stop telling the truth and not lie anymore. Jim Carrey's rubber face saves a lot of situations. It is on the top of the actor's more grounded, mainstream and family-friendly movies so it should be at least one joke everyone likes. Amanda Donohue is a delicious evil rival. It is refreshingly short.

The Downs: "Father disappoints kid, father saves situation and becomes hero" plot seen numerous times. Having actors and actresses raising their voices at any time doesn't mean it is hilariously funny. The one joke loses it's steam throughout the movie.
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People who added this item 121 Average listal rating (82 ratings) 2.5 IMDB Rating 0

The Ups: Most films deserve to be seen at least once...

The Downs:...Except this type of crappy comedy that has not a single comedic moment or laugh and that spits in the face on anyone who is not plasic operated perfect. Story is obvious drivel and there is not a single actor who deserve praise except the fact that Paris Hilton who usually is the worst of the worst in anything she does actually is half decent compared to the male lead who is as charming as a sweaty shoe.
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People who added this item 98 Average listal rating (66 ratings) 5.4 IMDB Rating 4.6
Biker Boyz (2003)

The Ups: It is an attempt to make a fast-paced high octane action movie inspired on the "Fast and Furious" craze with motorcycles. Sweet motor-sounds and cool designs on the cycle.

The Downs: Terrible acting. Boring plot about a young son who wants to get approval from his father.
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People who added this item 49 Average listal rating (25 ratings) 5.1 IMDB Rating 5.5
Fast Company (1979)

The Ups: A lot of fast cars. John Saxon perfectly cast as sleazy business head. Has great realistic racing sequences and it shows that the film is produced where the action really takes place. I like the story about how sponsors force their top drivers to do embarrassing promotional stuff only so that the "owners" can get more profit in their wallets while the drivers only want to do their sport and be the fastest one.

The Downs: Underrated David Cronenberg film probably since it is the only one who has a straight-forward story that makes sense and is without his usual quirky style. Sadly Claudia Jennings' last motion picture role. It's huge potential is not fully realized.
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People who added this item 57 Average listal rating (44 ratings) 5.9 IMDB Rating 6.1

The Ups: A film that give celeb nerds a face and there a couple of sexy ones there. The director manage to give the games a cool and glossy look where one get inspired to take out ones old console again. Some great comments about the cultural importance of video games.

The Downs: It reminds me too much of all the games I would have loved to have played but never take time to - and that it is thousands of them that I should play. Documentary is unsatisfying as it jumps back and forth in time to tell it's story but also never really explain what makes the games important historically that much in detail nor give that much detail about them but instead is that typical story about the video game manufacturers. Too short a documentary that even forgets to mention several of the consoles that it was set to tell about.
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People who added this item 8 Average listal rating (6 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.7

The Ups: It is the definitive funeral song for Atari as we get to see it's final resting place and the game that allegedly killed it: E.T. There are interviews with some of the developers and the sentimental nerds from the 1980s and beyond.

The Downs: Nothing really revolutionary comes out of it and it clears the game developer's name somewhat from this entire disgrace and scandal (allegedly even Spielberg liked it!!!) as it always is the money men on top who ruins something creatively good ain't it or is it the fact that the developers didn't have technical firepower to go further technologically, I guess on the latter myself? Well it is a fun nostalgia trip and requiem for Atari but it doesn't give us anything important to sink our teeth into.
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People who added this item 164 Average listal rating (111 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 7.5
Pumping Iron (1977)

The Ups: No wonder Arnold Schwarzenegger became both an actor and a governor as he shows here in this documentary that he has always had plenty of charm, loved to be in the center of things and shakes hands with anyone he meets. You get to see The Terminator compete against The Incredible Hulk in body-building. Incredible dialogue where Arnold compares himself to sculptures and dreaming of dictators and Jesus.

The Downs: You need to accept the fact that there is a lot of beauty shots of the male muscular body. Arnold, "the big attention queen", invent some of the stories for the screen so that he can seem to be more interesting than he really is.
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People who added this item 16 Average listal rating (5 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 6.3

The Ups: One of the first movie adaptations of "Alice in Wonderland" in glorious black and white and produced in the glorious days of silent film. Some good costumes. Things done here is still copied in stage productions throughout the world.

The Downs: Huge chunks of the movie is lost so so scenes that tell about when Alice shrinks or meet the Mad Hatter are gone forever. Since it is also a crude and primitive production the movie is mostly interesting for film historians, silent movie fans or fans of all things "Alice" in general.
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People who added this item 210 Average listal rating (126 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.2

The Ups: It was the movie that on it's own revived the gothic horror genre again and made the careers of both Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee and scream queen Hazel Court. Even Roberr Urquhart does an engaging heroic role, a character that usually is the worst part in this kind of movie, but is here fantastically designed as he is at the beginning actually Victor Frankenstein's mentor and culprit. It is a mostly perfect timed production too that builds-up the suspense before the scares. It shocked many with it's use of severed body parts, dismemberment and erotic passion but today we will call these scenes classy made and with beautiful finesse. I also like that the film is not a straight version of the book (as there is enough of those films too now) but more like a reimaging of the story. There is also a lot of value on screen as it was a rather cheap production in those days but would probably have been made for 100 times that amount today. I even like the depressing ending.

The Downs: Taken on it's own it is a classic even if it is inferior when you compare it to the 1931 version in some aspects - but what few seem to forget is that in a perfect world there is a room to different versions just as it is room for different James Bonds, Batmans, Supermans, Star Treks and/or you name it/them.
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People who added this item 221 Average listal rating (115 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 6.7
The Raven (1963)

The Ups: It unites several horror stars together: Boris Karloff, Vincent Price, Peter Lorre and a upcoming star in the genre, Jack Nicholson. We even get horror femme fatale Hazel Court here. This was made during a time when it was possible to do quirky, light-hearted and laid-back stuff that didn't need to be too serious. I like Roger Corman's cliched but always watchable gothic atmosphere with cold castle walls and costumes that seem to have been bought for a Halloween celeb party. The movie is also full of fun dialogue and is entertaining to watch due to this and the actors having a ball with the script.

The Downs: Not much to do with Edgar Allan Poe's poem except having Vincent Price reciting it at the beginning and in the closing lines. It is also a pure camp production so it is not for those expecting something dead-serious and horrific. The animated visual effects are also pretty weak and seem to be for a different production all together which makes the final sorcerer duel (fun as it is) a letdown.
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The Ups: It answers some questions for fans of the series that were left open after the reveal at the end of the original show and give the gang the chance to break out of a prison again only this time it is Sarah Wayne who gets to put on the prisoner uniform. This is now only one step further in the saga as it is being filmed a new season taking some of the bad taste from the series' ending and this film's explanation from us like a bad dream.

The Downs: It feels like an episode on auto-pilot running on it's old hits and this direct-to-video film can't do the idea justice. Not a movie for newcomers of the series as it is too much old characters and history that is addressed for them to make sense. Melodramatic ending. As a full season on Netflix it would have been one scene of gratuitous exploitation of the leading actress in the shower so even that is a missed opportunity but then this was before that streaming giant's days. It all feels unnecessary really.
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People who added this item 717 Average listal rating (468 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 6.4

The Ups: It gave rapper Coolio his only music hit. It has some realism to it since it is based on a true story. There is an optimistic message that is delivered.

The Downs: It is nice to see Michelle Pfeiffer in a tougher role but as an ex-marine? WTF? Story we have seen numerous times before ever since "Blackboard Jungle" arrived on the screen. Wade Dominguez who do the best performance sadly died shortly after the movie was released.
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People who added this item 50 Average listal rating (29 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 6.1

The Ups: Richard Roundtree is the definitive Shaft. The atmosphere and streets still feel authentic and real. Shaft is also more an action hero now than a detective as he have to battle against a helicopter and do slow-moving fighting.

The Downs: It is not as fresh and cool as the original. The original Isaac Hayes' theme song was so iconic that it is sorely missed as the new song (though interesting) isn't effective. The plot also tries to be intelligent but lacks focus and a real drive to it.
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People who added this item 77 Average listal rating (54 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7.2

The Ups: It is the movie that immortalized the Tarzan myth forever. It has the legendary Johnny Weissmuller cry. Maureen O'Sullivan in tight wet clothes at a point is sexy stuff for 1932. Some cool sets and a lot of trained animals on display. Fast paced.

The Downs: Some stiff acting. Terrible combination of stock footage in some scenes that takes you out of the story. Story is not of this character's most memorable ones. Too many action setpieces where Tarzan fight an exotic animal was exciting stuff back then but become monotonous now.
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The Ups: Don't waste any time in giving us some monster action and now there is two monsters wrestling for the price of one. The speeded-up footage of the two monsters fighting add to the fun of it all. Minature buildings are thrown around and blown up killing civilians.

The Downs: It must be a downer in Japan where the government has so much control over you that they even can turn off the power lights in automobiles when necessary. Loses steam after big destruction sequences in the middle of the film as uninteresting characters have a party and starts search for location of Godzilla ending anti-climatic - they should have changed the action set pieces around with the two monsters battling at the end instead. Engaged couple has romantic tension as a tin can as I thought for a long time it was the other flyer that was engaged to the girl since he at least was close to the same age as her.
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The Ups: It is one of the greater Norwegian silent movies with a dramatic love story that turns sour and more interesting because of it. It tries to recreate the most national romantic painting that we have and it is easy to understand that it's success would lead to similar films during the final years of silent epics in Norway. The leading actress, Åse Bye (a forgotten starlet for everyone else then the film historic interested), is also engaging and do a great lasting impression here and would had a recurring appearance in this type of films for the next years. Alfred Maurstad is also memorable as a drunken laughing selfish bastard son.

The Downs: Well some melodramatic acting is unavoidable due to it's lack of sound.
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People who added this item 162 Average listal rating (107 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 6.7
Dragonslayer (1981)

The Ups: One of the most believable and dangerous dragons that has been on screen that actually (for once) is blood-thirsty and eat young virgins. Impressive effects, especially the dragon since it was done pre-CGI and it blows most of the new ones out of the water too. I like the use of light and the music and cinematography is top notch. Peter MacNicol is also good cast as a untraditional hero.

The Downs: Story and characterization should have been more developed and it would have really kicked ass.
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People who added this item 219 Average listal rating (110 ratings) 5.6 IMDB Rating 5.2

The Ups: Dyanne Thorne looks like a horny and diabolical evil Nazi commander who treats female prisoners as shit and f%¤/! their men. Some lovely titties too and it is not unbelievable if someone has seen them in some hardcore XXX action movies as well. It certainly works as a sick exploitation movie.

The Downs: The sick torture sequences where girls get maggots poured into open wounds, gets boiled alive or pukes out their insides is pretty grisly to watch. It is close to disgusting and hard to find entertaining. The fact that someone also want to make a truly tragic and sick moment in history entertaining is also hard to bare.
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People who added this item 343 Average listal rating (235 ratings) 3.5 IMDB Rating 3.8

The Ups: What do you do when the comedy doesn't work and everything from acting to production is terrible? Put it in a science fiction setting so that at least there is some nice decor and color to look at. It is at least the most expensive science fiction comedy flop to look at that I can think of.

The Downs: Bottom-at-the-barrel stuff and this is among Eddie Murphy's worst moments which says a lot. Annoying Randy Quaid makes the movie even more unbearable. Rosario Dawson looks embarrassed throughout the film (2002 was a terrible year for her as she also did the disappointing Men in Black II that year!).
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People who added this item 391 Average listal rating (254 ratings) 4.9 IMDB Rating 5

The Ups: I only watched this film for Emma Caulfield, who was one of the better actresses in "Buffy: The Vampire Slayer" so it would be fun to see her in a dramatic role.

The Downs: Well it was anything else than fun. Boring stuff with a lot of running in dark corridors. Emma is terrible and can not do wonders with a role that lacks warmth, humor or even sex appeal. The monster looks stupid and this movie can only scare kids under 13.
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People who added this item 3 Average listal rating (2 ratings) 4.5 IMDB Rating 6.8

The Ups: It has a distinctive style of depressing and moody darkness. If one manage to see through this movie there is no way that you will ever attempt suicide as you have gone through the most hopeless and sad feelings. There are some striking images and strange symbolism.

The Downs: There is no way the story is engaging for anyone else then those who have read the book or (possible) people who find the bleakest Bergman and von Trier films happy comedies. The version I saw also had the worst subtitles and translation I have ever seen so much of the film's point was possibly lost on me. I couldn't get into it at all but since even my Lithuanian wife gave up on it and said that this was "no a particularly good way to sell Lithuanian films" I guess this is a love or hate it film and that it is not a film everyone can like.
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Utterly Alone (2004)

The Ups: I can not deny that the movie has a historical interest since it document and tell about the genocide on the Lithuanian people who fought against communism and the occupation from Russia. The black/white footage is great as it give the movie a more timeless feel and the music give depth

The Downs: Needs a better written script, dialogue and flow. It is possibly not very accessible for other than Lithuanians and those with huge historic interest.
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People who added this item 21 Average listal rating (18 ratings) 5.9 IMDB Rating 4.2

The Ups: Rebecca De Mornay looks great. There is a potential in the movie as it has the same basic premise as the original in some way and is directed by the original movie's Roger Vadim.

The Downs: Lacks direction, unfunny and corny. Characters lacks depth and it is without charm. It only seems like Roger Vadim tries to make a new movie with a new starlet that he wants to bed as in the past. Roger Vadim decided to spit in the faces of his fans by giving this film the title of his charming 1950s movie since there is no likeness to that movie other than having a blonde sexbomb in the main role.
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People who added this item 591 Average listal rating (354 ratings) 5.4 IMDB Rating 5.9

The Ups: It at least gives us more of the Clone Wars than the films ever did. Samuel L. Jackson, Anthony Daniels and Christopher Lee repeats their characters and do voice work. Some designed moments and action work more smoothly than the the first two movies and the story makes more sense (childish as it is!) than the same mentioned films. Anakin Skywalker also feels more alive in this film than he ever did under Hayden Christensen's performance and when he snaps at his apprentice it works better and we can understand he has a dark side much better than when he had his soul-searching and emotional scenes with Padme.

The Downs: Actually a pilot movie for a series. John Williams' iconic music is not used before at the end of the film which is hard to accept if this is supposed to be in the same universe. Some jumping and action moments is more suited for a video game. Humor is clearly targeted to kids. Jabba the Hut's son is a baby which takes out some drama from the story. Not as much Clone Wars as one would expect but at least more than we got from the official films where everything was over before it started.
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Nick of Time (1995)

The Ups: You get the chance to see Johnny Depp looking normal for a change without behaving like a weirdo, eccentric or crazy. This is an attempt on a real-time motion picture made before "24" made it popular for the mainstream masses. It is a thriller with a Hitchcockian premise. Christopher Walken in his better villainous mood. Engaging plot.

The Downs: Depp is boring as a normal person. Action sequences are too low scale and looks produced for T.V. Conspiracy subplot predictable.
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The Ups: With it's beautiful cinematic scope and James Horner's music landscape we get a epic that try to tell a man's life over two hours and fifteen minutes. Time has been good to this movie as I skipped this numerous years because I thought it to be a melodramatic romantic movie when that in fact is only a small facet of this film that tell about family, man's hunt for his own individuality and how to overcome darkness in life's most troubled times. Acting is top notch from Anthony Hopkins and the three brothers (Brad Pitt, Aidan Quinn and Henry Thomas).

The Downs: Julia Ormond's character is the least developed and seem more to do actions because the script tells her to and not because of any true inner motivations which is a shame as her journey and voice would also have been interesting to follow - but it could be the fact that in two hours it is impossible to follow every character's twenty year journey and some scenes feel left on the cutting floor due to it.
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People who added this item 534 Average listal rating (342 ratings) 4.9 IMDB Rating 5.2

The Ups: At first glance this should be a winner. It tries to go back to the roots of Robert E. Howard's dark adult sword and sorcery stories bringing to us magnificent vast landscapes, rich cities and violent sword fights. Ron Perlman appear as Conan's father who is the definition of a strong masculine man and Morgan Freeman give the film some gravitas by giving narration to it. Rachel Nichols is also a spicy little redhead who almost made think we suddenly were in the reboot of Red Sonja instead for a moment.

The Downs: Nothing connects us to the material. The film is full of terrible executed scenes where violence is shown but there is nothing to gives us reason to care about it. Jason Momoa has the body and elegance that is probably closer to what Howard envisioned but he gets nothing to act with as he only goes around growling and posing and we get no heart or passion from the character. Even worse are the villains with a hammy Stephen Lang who hisses and barks with wild eyes and Rose McGowan who brings bad acting over on a new level here. Dialogue is also pathetically written and there seems to be a lot of ideas put into the film but nothing that makes much sense as things just seem to happen with no build-up at all. The sad part is? There are brief flashes of something epic here and the design and production values sure are up to the task, but director Markus Nispel should never had his hands on this production that is for sure and Jason Momoa, bless his good heart, seem miscast for the role due to an underwritten and terrible uninteresting script. I would rather have seen a movie about Nonso Anozie's pirate character well he seem like a genuine interesting guy.
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The Ups: It completes the "new" trilogy of "The Hobbit" and sets up some of the story for the "better" story in "Lord of the Rings". Impressive effects and battle sequences. We get to see Galadriel, Elrond and Saruman in a brief battle sequence that is beautifully put together. Billy Boyd has a bitter-sweet song called "The Last Goodbye" at the end. Some impressive "big boss" fights. The added-on romantic subplot with the elf and dwarf become one of the few better enchanments to the story in the end. Richard Armitage manage to give gravitas to the sad story of Thorin. Some of the darkest moments in the entire series are really brutal and pushes the PG-13 rating pretty hard.

The Downs: As the first two movies this film lacks the emotional and epic heart of "Lord of the Rings". There is really nothing that makes us feel for why the battle is important or why the dwarves NEED the gold and the mountain. It is just told us and we have to accept it. Even worse is that with the exception of three of the dwarves they all lack any true personality to them. The humans in the story is even worse and painted only in broad strokes and to be honest their story is mostly over anyway after the dragon's attack so it would have been better to only take them out of the war after a while. Even worse is that the movie is called the Hobbit but Bilbo Baggins are mostly underplayed and don't get to show off his heart and heroics like his other hobbits in the future. The resolution to the fantastic build-up from the second movie is anti-climatic and a major disappointment too as I was expecting major dragon kick-ass action and that too wimpers out. Even more sadly is that there is not nearly enough to connect these films with "Lord of the Rings" and I at least see it all as a big missed opportunity not to show more clearly that Saruman becomes corrupted by evil during his more heroic moments and therefor turning to the "dark side". Sadly the entire film trilogy at the end feel like a missed opportunity. It probably has to do with three things: it was meant to be two films but had to be expanded and added with scenes, Guillermo del Toro was once planned to direct and not Peter Jackson which means that we get more of the same vision we have seen before (the George Lucas trap where the director is so invested in the universe that he can't see his wrong-doings from his right ones) and thirdly the original book was a fun story clearly meant for everyone while this one was to be just as epic and mature as "Lord of the Rings" which was clearly the wrong thing to do as there is not enough meat on the original story to begin with. Also...too much Orlando Bloom....way too much Orlando Bloom.
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