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People who added this item 242 Average listal rating (131 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.3
Hoop Dreams (1994)

The Ups: Life seldom turns out exactly as expected egen we follow two promising basketball players in their pursuit for superstar stardom and chance to play for NBA. It is soon apparent that money is essential to succeed through School who treat their sport students as cattle in their pursuit og a possible regional title. Injuries and hardships in The Family also threatens to kill their careers before it even starts. It is gripping real life stuff that even kept my interest who have never seen a full basketball match.

The Downs: Even more dramatic are our main characters lives after this documentary which would have made for an even more gripping sequel.
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People who added this item 23 Average listal rating (17 ratings) 5.8 IMDB Rating 6

The Ups: One of Jesus Franco's more memorable movies and the script even seem to have a coherent thought for a change. Lovely Soledad Miranda steals every scene and is one of film history's most seductive women and it is a shock that it was Franco who got his hands in her. It is a beautiful shot movie too and the editing is not all over the place either. Probably one of the better introduction films to this director's long and productive work. Horst Tappert has a supporting role as an inept inspector few years before his decade-long stint as Derrick.

The Downs: The movie is disturbing in that both the character and the actress would be dead before the film credits were over. While the plot is coherent it follows a predictable pattern. Melodramatic dialogue as only Franco can write.
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People who added this item 4 Average listal rating (2 ratings) 3.5 IMDB Rating 4.6

The Ups: It is a perfect erotic movie if one loves to see Lina Romay in different states of undressed and doing explicit sex: masturbation and giving a blowjob to the male actor.

The Downs: The truth is that this lacks any form of titillation nor is it very sexy. It is boring and lacks inspiration. There has been no effort to make a story less a dialogue.
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People who added this item 7 Average listal rating (6 ratings) 2 IMDB Rating 4.2
Paula-Paula (2010)

The Ups: It IS surreal. It is all about the mood and two nude female forms.

The Downs: Some of the worst acting found in a Franco movie. Minimalist plot so everything is driven by long slow-motion sequences that are manipulated by different kind of morphing and split screen manipulations. While not looking as she did in her prime years this was sadly Lina Romay's final production for her husband which easily can be said is one of his worst.
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People who added this item 2 Average listal rating (2 ratings) 4 IMDB Rating 4.3
Reservedekk (2011)

The Ups: It is a slasher exploitation horror short of a type that Norway seldom do so it has to be done by a group of young ambitious people who love the genre and have fun with it. Blood and mayhem is what you get. Luckily it is a short film and it manage to at least be mildly entertaining.

The Downs: Unfortunately it is all bottom of the barrel stuff: terrible acting, script only an alcohol-filled teenager could dream up with no logic and clumsy editing and direction.
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People who added this item 14 Average listal rating (9 ratings) 4.8 IMDB Rating 5.8

The Ups: It is a pulp old-fashioned Universal produced monster movie that can be fun on a Sunday morning when there is rain outside and nothing to do.

The Downs: Typical for the genre with an uninspired direction from Jack Arnold who has done better genre films before. Script doesn't ignite and has logical problems. Terrible monster make-up that seems applied on someone for Halloween. Even the director didn't like it.
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People who added this item 78 Average listal rating (49 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 4.6

The Ups: "Mad Max" done spaghetti western style is not the worst type of genre I have seen. Charismatic Fred Williamson looks cool even when he runs around in cosmic disco clothes - he also do the best action and gets the best woman in bed. Entertaining violent action too as people gets treated to some of the most gruesome deaths like burned alive by flamethrowers, impalement and getting shot by arrows that have bombs sticked to them so that they get splattered in many small human bits. It is a hilarious entertaining movie if one expect little from it.

The Downs: Low budget movie clearly filmed in a local sand-mine and the futuristic cars are clearly rebuilt golf cars. A rape sequence performed by a homosexual templar knight is so absurd that it almost feels more fitting in a parody movie which it sometimes feels like when the actors deliver some of the film's laughable dialogue the best being this one: "We are the Templars. The warriors of vengeance. We are the Templars. The high priests of death. We have been chosen to make others pay for the crime of being alive. We guarantee that all humanity, accomplices and heirs of the nuclear holocaust, will be wiped out once and for all. That the seed of Man will be canceled forever from the face of the earth!" which means that they should all start by taking their own lives shouldn't they?
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People who added this item 137 Average listal rating (83 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.7
Gettysburg (1993)

The Ups: Authentic civil war drama with battles as close to the real stuff as possible. Strong acting.

The Downs: Never manage to entertain. It is too dry as a drama and while characters are important to the story they all look and talk the same which make it hard to care for them if one hasn't gone deep into the historic material before viewing the film. For us "normal people" all look like bearded nerds talking strategy games. Too long too.
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People who added this item 105 Average listal rating (65 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.3

The Ups: After seeing this prequel and it's original "Gettysburg" I can at least say that I am a patient man. Another epic with a lot of historical correctness and military strategy excellent for historians and people who have gone deep into the material. Robert Duvall stealing every scene as General Lee and it is no wonder to see he was the original first choice for "Gettysburg" had he been available. It is also nice to see that for once the South army gets a stronger voice after tons of political correct movies where it is "right" to take the side of Lincoln and his army.

The Downs: Same problems as "Gettysburg" in that the production is so true to the real life story that it becomes too overcrowded with bearded men who look and act the same making it hard to care about it.
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People who added this item 1968 Average listal rating (1333 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.8
The Fugitive (1993)

The Ups: Harrison Ford decides for once to really give a powerhouse performance in the "wrong man" role. Tommy Lee Jones' breakout role. Excellent adaptation of long-running series that is retooled like an Alfred Hitchcock movie. One of the most excellent bus / train cashes in film history is one moment of several good set pieces. Interesting crime puzzle.

The Downs: Villains are obvious when looking at the cast list.
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People who added this item 628 Average listal rating (427 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 6.5
U.S. Marshals (1998)

The Ups: Tommy Lee Jones returning in the role he won an Academy Award for. Robert Downey Jr. memorable in a supporting role.

The Downs: Plane crash wants to replicate the big setpiece from the original "The Fugitive", but obvious plane model make it lackluster. Stuart Baird can edit a film, but not direct one. Rehashes everything from original only worse. Stupid re-introduction of our "hero" in a yellow chicken suit. Talented Irene Jacob wasted in thankless supporting role.
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People who added this item 433 Average listal rating (287 ratings) 5.3 IMDB Rating 5.6
Bad Company (2002)

The Ups: Never before has a film title been this fitting as this movie really is bad company for an evening. Mildly amusing to see elderly Hopkins as an action-hero trying to take over where Sean Connery left his career.

The Downs: Another of those "two dudes that don't mix: one very British and correct and the other very annoying and street American. Script and action that no chances and go through the usual stunts and predictable plot. Joel Schumacher has never been comfortable with these kinds of movies and it shows especially here as every scene feels forced and hard to sit through. Peter Stormare's talents are again wasted in a stereotypical role as a Russian gangster.
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People who added this item 602 Average listal rating (384 ratings) 4.8 IMDB Rating 4.9
Dracula 2000 (2000)

The Ups: Taking the Dracula myth out of it's time period and till our own decade is an interesting thing if treated with respect. Christopher Plummer has an excellent cameo in a role that could have been perfect for another Christopher (Lee). Sexy vampire babes. Some genre faces in small roles fun to see.

The Downs: Problem is that Dracula is an overused character that can not surprise anyone anymore. Stupid plot about criminals stealing coffin. Gerard Butler lacks the energy and sex appeal to play Dracula - it seems for the most part as this is another actor altogether than the one who later would play Phantom of the Opera or in 300. No chemistry between Dracula and his love object, ancestor of arch-enemy Van Helsing. Poor pacing.
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People who added this item 162 Average listal rating (122 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.4

The Ups: The sweet and slapstick world of Shaun the Sheep is upgraded to a full feature movie and it doesn't really feel boring at all as the time flies away with the likable company. It also helps enormously that the movie is without dialogue and it resorts to glances and atmosphere to get it's plot across.

The Downs: Why the need of a Big Bad? It is eventually the only big clichè in the movie and that subplot is annoying predictable from him getting introducing as a crazy person doing everything in order to capture stray animals to a literal edge-of-yo thing tour-seat cliffhanger at the end.
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People who added this item 1739 Average listal rating (1183 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 7
Crank (2006)

The Ups: The evil cousin of "Run Lola Run" and "D.O.A.". Jason Statham seems perfect cast for this ridiculous role. As fast-paced action goes this movie never lets go of it's grip.

The Downs: If looking for an action comedy that is not rude or is political correct then you have come to the wrong place. The movie also seems like an experimental low-budget movie and it is hard to see any need of seeing it again after it's first viewing. It is also strange that for all its violent imagery and craziness it is a public sex scene that actually stands out and is the most memorable moment in the film.
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People who added this item 2056 Average listal rating (1363 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.8

The Ups: A few neat story twists. Likable heroes and villains. Stellar acting even Josh Hartnett is acceptable. Some stylish camera angles.

The Downs: Ending that explain every thread for those dumb enough to not understand that the story has already been laid out to them. Annoying "fake" death - film would have been a lot more effective had this character stayed dead at the end. Tarantino-esque attempts at having popculture dialogue about James Bond and "North by Northwest" falls flat because it is too mainstream and takes no risks with its references.
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People who added this item 147 Average listal rating (69 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7

The Ups: Still one of the most memorable transformations of Dr. Jekyll to Mr. Hyde on screen where only acting is used to show the evil side of the character. An excellent surreal moment when a spider with Mr. Hyde's head crawls on Dr. Jekyll's body. Nita Naldi stealing the spotlight from leading actress in supporting role as pleasure girl.

The Downs: Mostly everything else is forgotten in the film when seeing John Barrymore in the title role - silent film's "Killer Bob".
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People who added this item 255 Average listal rating (182 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 6.2
House (1985)

The Ups: It doesn't take itself serious and is a kind of a silly combination of "Poltergeist" and "The Shining". Some fun rubber monsters. Some fun dialogue and inventive ideas.

The Downs: William Katt is a weak leading actor. With a better polish on the writing and directing and this movie would have been a gem as the movie would have been even better if all the madness was left in the leading character's mind and he was truly deranged after being in Vietnam.
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People who added this item 101 Average listal rating (70 ratings) 5.7 IMDB Rating 5.4

The Ups: Playboy Playmate Devin Devasquez almost sacrificed on an altar.

The Downs: Stupid rubber pet dog. Zombie grandfather with a helping hand. Terrible dialogue. John Ratzenberg unfunny as a Ghostbuster.
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The Ups: It is a who-dunnit based upon a novel written by Sweden's own lady of crime who did mysteries like Agatha Christie but with a big focus on the psychological aspect of the stories. It is an interesting cast of suspects and it has a timeless aspect over itself since it takes place during the 1950s.

The Downs: Clearly a production for TV that suddenly someone wanted to premiere on film in hope to market it to a broader audience. It doesn't suit the big screen as the movie is not epic enough in it's cinematography, style or artistic vision to deserve a visit on the big screen while this kind of story and production suits perfectly the small screen as the first episode in a limited series.
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People who added this item 162 Average listal rating (84 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 6.6
Sherrybaby (2006)

The Ups: It is a strong performance from Maggie Gyllenhaal. Danny Trejo is for once not typecast as a big, mean and dangerous criminal. Realistic situations and how life and one's own behavior and mindset is hard to change into something different than they are. There is also a documentary feel over the production that helps in giving it some realism. One want to see if the heroine get's her heroin or her daughter back.

The Downs: The story seem only to show a few days in an ex-heroin addict and prostitute's life. There is no answers to how her life will end and there is no true resolution to the problems she have and there seem even more possible that she will resort to heroin again at the end since her father seem to be a big part of her life - a man that seem not only hungry with sexually abusing her but have free access to her own daughter too as she lives with a uncle who seem to know what happened to his own sister but don't dare do anything with the problems that she has faced. There is also a couple of sex scenes that probably is there only to tell us that women can do whatever they want with anyone they want but still seem out-of-sync and tune with the rest of the picture as if they were meant to only be there for a shock value that I can not comprehend.
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People who added this item 696 Average listal rating (401 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7

The Ups: Stellan Skarsgård goes full circle repeating his role as a shrink for a nymphomaniac like he did for "Anita" for over 40 years ago. Playful at times. Graphic sex and art go hand in hand. Stacy Martin has an extremly daring debut performance but is also believable as a young Charlotte Gainsbourgh. Christian Slater redeems himself in a vulnerable performance as Joe's father.

The Downs: Director's cut goes overboard with too much graphic sex, blood and gore and ruins what is a more artistic movie in it's theatrical form.
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People who added this item 503 Average listal rating (319 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 6.7

The Ups: It continues the story of a woman who feels her vagina is more important than both family and having a normal life so it is no wonder that her life turns out depressing and hopeless at the end. There is some diabolical and disturbing sex but also something pretty hilarious like when she tries a human sandwich with two colored brothers who only end up quarreling at each other. It is not pleasant viewing but it is strangely engaging and fascinating especially the philosophical moments between the psychologist and his "patient".

The Downs: Final twist feels like a final joke taken too far and I felt sad for the characters that the story ended like this for them and disturbingly to say it was also a little bit predictable. Self-inflicted abortion sequence is not something one want to enjoy anytime soon and makes the film practically impossible to watch the film if one is unfortunate enough to watch the "preferred" version.
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People who added this item 80 Average listal rating (49 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.9

The Ups: Charming Czech version of the Cinderella story that was the first production to give the character a stronger personality than before with hunting skills, manipulative flirting and disguising skills and was somewhat remade as Drew Barrymore's "Ever After" 25 years later.

The Downs: Overkill in how many times I have seen this as it has been a traditional Christmas screening on national TV ever seen I was a kid. The movie is dated compared to extravagant CGI movies of today and the story is the same as ever before.
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People who added this item 368 Average listal rating (223 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 8

The Ups: Topol who is fantastic as a traditional Jewish father. It is also good that the cast feel very authentic. Manage to stay positive even in the most dreaded and darkest hour of humanity. It is a rich movie in folk lore, religious rituals and traditional dances but it doesn't feel at anytime as anything else than a tribute to the people it portrays.

The Downs: It really feel like the last swan song of the Hollywood musical and therefor the final imagery is fitting also as the last hurrah for the genre as it leaves the screen together with the cast.
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People who added this item 767 Average listal rating (474 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.3
Yojimbo (1961)

The Ups: From the moment this movie starts it is easy to see how it influenced the entire Italian Spaghetti Western genre and several modern actioners as this is basically a Samurai Movie mixed with the gangster genre.

The Downs: The strange over-the-top comical element that is in so many Asian movies is a aquired taste that may not feel suited for everyone.
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People who added this item 405 Average listal rating (209 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.5

The Ups: It has focus on the strange and inconsistent Hollywood rating system that stop nudity before violence and the people that decide what you can and cannot see in theaters.

The Downs: The sad part is that nowadays the problem is not MPAA anymore but Hollywood itself as the money hungry producers do everything to censor their own films so that they can get a PG-13 rating instead of an R- rating so that they can sell even more tickets instead of letting the final product talk for itself and forgetting that many adult people also skip out on a PG-13 rating as well.
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People who added this item 26 Average listal rating (18 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 6.5

The Ups: Period piece about medicine evolution and primitive medical surgery with a small element of suspense in it. Karloff hugely effective and sympathetic as a driven man who wants to help his patients into having painless amputations and surgeries but ends up as a drug addict during his experiments. Believable story too. Movie feels also like a passing of the torch from the old black & white horror legend to the new color film legend, Christopher Lee, who has a supporting number as an extortioner and killer.

The Downs: Title will disappoint anyone who believe this to be a Gothic horror movie about a mad executioner that loves to do beheadings in the dark corridors of a medieval castle.
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People who added this item 5 Average listal rating (3 ratings) 5 IMDB Rating 6.3

The Ups: Stolen Emino Morricone score. Easily digestible. Female sidekick with a James Bond-like name "Connie Breastfull".

The Downs: Terrible song and stagenumbers. Loses steam after a while. Not the most interesting hero on screen.
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People who added this item 4 Average listal rating (2 ratings) 2.5 IMDB Rating 5.2

The Ups: It is a work inspired on the works of Marquis de Sade. It is a lavish better than usual photographed erotic movie that wants to be more art than a smut movie. Swedish and Danish girls have no problem having simulated and non-simulated sex on screen. Marie Forså also have a believable realistic next-door vibe to her that makes her hugely appealing on screen.

The Downs: It is so loosely based on the novel that nothing is really recognizable and Sade's dark and uncompromising story is turned more into a light sex comedy. It is spiced up with stupid dialogue and pretty bad acting. Story makes very little sense.
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People who added this item 64 Average listal rating (35 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 6.8
Rock & Rule (1983)

The Ups: Evil character looks like a demonic Iggy Pop. Debbie Harry's angelic voice helps a lot. Soundtrack made especially for the movie holds some interest.

The Downs: Too cartoony at times. Embarrasing upskirts scenes that feels mostly disturbing and disgusting. Story and characters feels half-finished and never hits on all buttons.
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People who added this item 7 Average listal rating (3 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 6.5

The Ups: You get to see Perry Mason and Jessica Fletcher in the same movie and the actor who played Mason probably got his long-running lawyer gig by doing this role. It is an underrated little film noir that manage to hold interest through it's fast-paced running time.

The Downs: While the director started out making films it is not strange to find out that this is his last one and he ended his career on TV as his film is not ambitious enough to pass as a theatrical film but could be classified as a high class TV movie of the week production. There is little imagination in the direction and how it is filmed and the budget is clearly low.
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People who added this item 69 Average listal rating (44 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 6.6
Vigilante (1983)

The Ups: It sets up my mood at once with a excellent directed speech by Fred Williamson who is in full exploitation mood here. Engaging theme score by Jay Chataway makes the movie a lot better and makes even the most boring walking scene engaging. Joe Spinell's cameo as a believable sleazy attorney steals the show when he is on screen.

The Downs: Probably one of the most brutal child killings on screen shortly after that moment on "Assault on Precinct 13" will put some viewers off. Lustig would perfect the vigilante theme for his later "Maniac Cop" trilogy. While it is fun to see Woody Strode punch the life out of a man four times bigger than himself the scenes in the prison doesn't add to that much really. Revenge and some plot feel unfinished too as there is an entire gang left to take over after the main killers.
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People who added this item 4 Average listal rating (2 ratings) 4 IMDB Rating 5.8

The Ups: A good-looking melodramatic movie about sin in paradise makes you believe this could be an old "Blue Lagoon" type movie. A very short running time which makes it not that hard to watch.

The Downs: Characters are all one-dimensional and lacks any drive to them. There is no chemistry between romantic leads and the tension and action sequences feels forced. Stupid Chinese stereotypical portrayal as well. I guess this has to be one of James Whale's worst movies - a man usually more up to game than this sub-standard film. It actually turns more interesting when the characters leave "paradise" and what will happen to them then.
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People who added this item 98 Average listal rating (56 ratings) 5.9 IMDB Rating 6.4

The Ups: Noteworthy sequel as it possibly kick-started the entire lesbian vampire genre on film as there has to be lust in this female vampire's eyes when she attacks her female victim.

The Downs: Lacks the class and atmosphere of the original. Should also have been at least a flashback or some involvement where Bela Lugosi's Dracula is involved. Van Helsing also returns to this movie but since the timeline is changed several decades into modern times (1930s) he also has to be undead.
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People who added this item 139 Average listal rating (91 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.2

The Ups: The teaming of Rathbone, Karloff and Lugosi making it the most starfilled of the Universal Frankenstein movies. Lugosi even deliver one of his most nuanced and strongest portrayals. Camera work and sets are top notch and things were still not recycled to the extremes as in the lower budget sequels that would define the genre in the 1940s.

The Downs: It is the unsung final entry in the Karloff trilogy and a better ending than it gets credit for. The biggest problem here is that the monster is now more brainless and is more controlled by others. Ending is not as climatic and intense as the two former ones which is probably why it is seen as an inferior film.
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People who added this item 83 Average listal rating (55 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 6.1

The Ups: Atmospheric in style with the other movies and it has connection with the original trilogy even if the next sequels are more fast-food entries into the Universal classic monster series. Bela Lugosi continues being hugely watchable and there is again huge help from excellent supporting cast of the "usual suspects".

The Downs: Ludicrous idea of putting Ygor's brain into the monster makes me think about another stupid sci-fi fantasy moment in "Star Trek" with "Spock's Brain". Karloff is sorely missed as the monster too as Lon Chaney miss on the spot everything that made Karloff great in his role. Even if there is moments for fans this is the weakest film in the whole bunch of Universal Frankenstein films I have seen and while it is great to see Lugosi again there is no real reason given in the script why he magically reappears.
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People who added this item 127 Average listal rating (89 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.6

The Ups: Excellent atmosphere and a more interesting story with Talbot trying to find a cure for his full moon transformations. Lon Chaney jr. is superb again as Talbot and it is really "his" movie. It is hugely charming stuff too and probably the best Universal sequels during the 1940s.

The Downs: It's low budget is apparent several times. The meeting is as expected at the very end of the movie, but sadly it is also so brief lacking the fantastic climatic and memorable film moment that it should have been. Lugosi is marginally better than Lon Chaney jr. as the monster but still terrible, stiff and laughable compared to Karloff's fantastic portrait.
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People who added this item 54 Average listal rating (34 ratings) 5.8 IMDB Rating 5.6

The Ups: The Gil Man is back and he is still sympathetic and more interesting than the humans. Good cinematography helps too.

The Downs: Clint Eastwood misplaced in his debut role as a scientist. It is probably his most embarrassing film moment. Story only marginally interesting.
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People who added this item 31 Average listal rating (18 ratings) 5.7 IMDB Rating 5.8

The Ups: It's ending that is perfect and ends this trilogy as an opera. Some well shot and lit scenes.

The Downs: Terrible acting and one of the worse scripts. It is pretty boring too. For once a reboot/reimagination of this classic Universal monster would be welcome actually as there is a huge potential with it.
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People who added this item 837 Average listal rating (574 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.6

The Ups: It's impressive CGI apes that act a lot better than the humans in the film. Manage to be both involving character drama, gripping sci fi and have action at the same time without diminishing it's original premise (take note "Star Trek"!!!). I actually got tear-eyed during this film mostly because the action in this film mirror the fear and hate that we see in our society today between different cultures and skin-tones somehow this thought combined with this film gave me a huge lump in the throat.

The Downs: Conflict between humans and apes is played out in a predictable way. Gary Oldman underused in a glorified cameo. Story only concentrated in a small area of San Francisco when we need to see more of the planet.
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People who added this item 1431 Average listal rating (773 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.3

The Ups: Excellent acting. Memorable surreal imagery. It is a low-key drama but it is also enormously charming and never feels artificial or untrue to what it wants to tell.

The Downs: It is not a traditional film with a linear line but it demands your attention and interpretation of what you have seen since this is also a hugely experimental film.
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People who added this item 369 Average listal rating (215 ratings) 5.9 IMDB Rating 6.5
Hollywoodland (2006)

The Ups: It is about one of the most mysterious famous deaths in Hollywood history. I like Ben Affleck in the role of an old superhero actor who wants to be taken serious again but no one else wants to cast him and I thought he does here one of his better roles. Diane Lane and Robin Tunney are also engaging interesting women in the actor's life. I like also that the movie decide to show us different theories surrounding the mystery and that everyone of them seem plausible. Jeffrey deMunn is fantastic as Reeves' agent in a small supporting role stealing scenes he is in.

The Downs: No definitive answers nor happy ending. Just like in real life. A even stronger editing and deeper understanding of the story would have made this movie an even more gripping affair.
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People who added this item 907 Average listal rating (608 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.9

The Ups: It explains what happens when heroes also kills civilians under the heat of battle - it is a very satisfying political superhero thriller. Excellent effects with a lot of superheroes fighting superheroes that feels fresh. New heroes (Spider Man, Black Panther) leave lasting impact.

The Downs: Should have needed a few extra scenes for a few characters so that we would know a little more about why they choose the side they do. Should probably have been titled "Avengers: Civil War" or plain "Marvel's Civil War" even if Captain America is the drive force through the movie.
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The Ups: It has focus on a little known historic part of European / Lithuanian history. Feels poetic.

The Downs: Movie feels very theatrical and old-fashioned as if they have tried to have a classical Shakespearean approach to it which would have been good had it been possible to translate this poetic language better to English as the version I saw was not particularly strong and ruined some of the experience. Characters also lacked true depth and it seemed to me that Herkus Mantas was not really that driven by his warfare but forced into it.
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The Ups: Realistic. Funny everytime Jack Nicholson is around. Believable development.

The Downs: Many tragi-comedies has repeated this formula to death since. Has a "telemovie of the week" feel over it with only a better budget than usual.
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Runaway Jury (2003)

The Ups: It is filled with cast members that better directors strive to have unto their project. It is a legal thriller based upon a John Grisham novel, a man with strong connections to the real source material, making the plot believable about how big corporations use private investigators to control jury members to vote on their behalf. It is also refreshing to see that there is no real good or bad side as everyone has some "dirty hands". Finally someone decided to let Hackman and Hoffman have one scene together in a film.

The Downs: Some expected twists is unavoidable in the genre at this point. In my eyes Gene Hackman retired with this movie it feels fitting but also makes his final moments in the movie bitter-sweet. It seem strange that the law don't have better control over their jury members and how they are chosen than what is shown here
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Sliding Doors (1998)

The Ups: Good concept where we get to see what happens in one person's life when she misses the train and in another alternate life does not miss it. Douglas McFerran is the funniest force in the movie as Gerry's friend, Russell. Gwyneth Paltrow gets to play on all that she got here.

The Downs: Strange to see John Hannah in such a positive and happy role as everything I have seen him in so far is comic relief roles, tired detective roles or crazy psycho roles. Disappointing ending. The writer boyfriend is so pathetic and pig-headed that it feels unrealistic that he is not busted out at once (even though that is not the case with cheating boyfriends in real life I guess). Ending seem to say that "You can't control your life as everything is decided by fate or by some higher force anyway and you have to die or almost die in order to discover the true meaning of life and love".
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Murder! (1930)

The Ups: The first moments of this film is pure Hitchcock and show that the master was already starting to get his fingerprints on his thrillers as we witness the reaction of the neighbors to a off-screen murder. There is also a memorable climatic moment at the end when the true killer confronts his own inner voices at a circus. The initial story set-up is also intriguing and hints at classic Hitchcock with a wrong (wo)man set-up as a killer, a race against time to find a solution and a villain in woman clothing. There is a lot of Hitchcock stuff to cherish here.

The Downs: Unfortunately the story itself drags and is very theatrical and stiff in it's execution. The leading actor is also forgettable and lacks charisma. Loses steam after it's introduction and courtroom drama and never finds it's momentum again before the very end.
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High Crimes (2002)

The Ups: Watchable at least once on a boring day since it is competent made with enough danger and plot twists to make the running time flow. Morgan Freeman channels his demon in the bottle and is the main acting reason for watching this film.

The Downs: One of the many military court room thrillers that were made during the turn of the last century and at the beginning of the new one.Final twist disappoint and there is no reason for putting the woman in jeopardy at the end except that some film producers demanded a generic film ending. Plot and actors seem to have a "day in the office and grab the money" approach to the material.
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