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People who added this item 626 Average listal rating (404 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.4
Take Shelter (2011)
01.06.12 - cinema

Too slow-paced, few build-ups (apart from the music which seems to be the only element in charge of creating tension) and an ambiguous ending that just doesn't bring any answers.
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People who added this item 10 Average listal rating (9 ratings) 4.8 IMDB Rating 5
Hollywoo (2011)
01.09.12 - cinema

It's a typical comedy but Florence Foresti is unique. She's hilarious.
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People who added this item 587 Average listal rating (296 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.5
01.09.12

A Ghibli classic but without charm or magic. Too many close-ups.
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People who added this item 251 Average listal rating (162 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 6.8
01.16.12

The last season of the TV series was already not as good as the previous ones and the movie is just as bad. The characters become caricatures of themselves and the plot is just so cliché. We don't laugh much.
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People who added this item 1320 Average listal rating (769 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.7
01.25.12

Boring, cheesy, typical, colorless.
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People who added this item 326 Average listal rating (175 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.4
02.02.12 - cinema

Lovely. The characters are engaging, the story is (bitter)sweet and the music is well-suited.
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People who added this item 799 Average listal rating (472 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.4
02.17.12 - cinema

The big finale is kind of badass but that's about it. The plot is poorly worked (a baby, jeez!) and the lack of Scott Speedman as Michael Corvin is annoying.
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People who added this item 3137 Average listal rating (2010 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7
Underworld (2003)
02.20.12 - rewatch
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People who added this item 2067 Average listal rating (1269 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.8
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People who added this item 1050 Average listal rating (704 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7.1
Chronicle (2012)
03.06.12 - cinema

The beginning was funny (I could have sit through an hour of the guys just having fun with their powers - everything is showed in the trailer by the way!) but then there is the turning point (one of the guys goes bad) and it turns into another common superhero movie, except the actors aren't good and the found footage film-making is outmoded.
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People who added this item 2761 Average listal rating (1815 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.2
03.21.12 / 03.30.12 - cinema | 08.05.12

The movie was way to tame for the story narrated (so less visceral than Battle Royale). The exuberance depicted by the people from the Capitol removed a side of realism to the story, and I guess watching the movie felt more like a fiction, a game than reading the book felt like a reflection on today's society. Though, there were some real raw scenes: Rue's death and Seneca's "death sentence".
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People who added this item 31 Average listal rating (23 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 6.9
My Way (2012)
04.07.12 - cinema

I didn't expect to like the movie this much. It turned out to be a finely-worked full-length.
1 - The images are colorful, the editing is so dynamic (except towards the end, the story stretches out but all Claude François's life is narrated so it's understandable) and the direction is controlled (there's a really great long take).
2 - You don't even have to be a fan of Claude François to like the music, it's just effortlessly catchy.
3 - The portrait that is drawn of the singer really tries to be objective. And it works. It's not a glorification of his persona but on the contrary, all his vices are showed.
4 - Jérémie Renier is impressive and Benoît Magimel's transformation is unbelievable (didn't recognize him!)
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People who added this item 689 Average listal rating (444 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 6.3
Young Adult (2011)
04.21.12

The trailer suggested the movie was a light comedy but Charlize Theron's character is more neurotic than crazy, making this flick a rather dark comedy. Mavis is actually a bitch, immature and depressive, and it's not intended for us to like her (though I find her loneliness and jealousies endearing at times because I predict I'll end up like her when older). Mavis is blasée by life and I think it's great the movie doesn't try to give false hopes in the end.
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People who added this item 803 Average listal rating (425 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7
04.24.12 - cinema

It's a story about a young man who confabulated about a supposed love story he shared with Marylin Monroe... Disappointing! Shame because the casting was great.
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People who added this item 4129 Average listal rating (2688 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 8.1
05.12.12 - rewatch
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People who added this item 154 Average listal rating (72 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 6.2
W.E. (2011)
05.17.12 - cinema

King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson's love story is fascinating but maybe there wasn't enough historical research to make it a 2-hour movie by itself, so Madonna had to add a side story (Wally's)... except we don't care about it. A connection between the two stories is vainly tried but it doesn't work.

I'm all for girl power, but Madonna just continuously pushes the women to the center of the story that it becomes tiring: first because we don't care about Wally's rich problems (she spends $$$$$ dollars on a pair of gloves in an auction), and second because she keeps praising Wallis for what she had to sacrifice for Edward... but what did she had to sacrifice? I'm still wondering.

All in all, it's not a bad movie (they are some shots and visuals that are good) but half of it is unnecessary and the movie is left with no real deep meaning.
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People who added this item 734 Average listal rating (503 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.2
The Dead Zone (1983)
05.17.12

I used to watch the TV show and I liked it a lot. I was pleasantly surprised to see the movie and TV show are really similar, and maybe that's why I didn't get bored. The different storylines don't link up well between each other: it's more like 3 shorts stories starring the same character. Good but not unforgettable.
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People who added this item 1787 Average listal rating (1137 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.8
TRON: Legacy (2010)
05.18.12

I haven't seen the 1982 movie, but I think it's great Jeff Bridges is in this one and that it is a sequel and not a remake (useless reboots and remakes are a trend nowadays).

Anyway, I didn't expect much of Tron: Legacy apart that it would be an action movie with a brainless scenario. Well, yes, the story's not that complex but it isn't weak either and it does everything to emphasize Bridges' talent (he plays two characters - some nice CGI on one of them). Garrett Hedlund's character is endearing (yes, I'm biased) and Olivia Wilde does a good work portraying naivety. The visuals/coloring are dazzling and the action scenes are exciting (disc wars didn't even look stupid). The soundtrack by Daft Punk is electric!

Enjoyable movie if you're not looking too much into it.
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People who added this item 1981 Average listal rating (1075 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 6.2
Dark Shadows (2012)
05.18.12 - cinema

It's funny but it's not Burton's best. There's something missing: maybe more gore than caricatural elements and/or a more moving character/storyline.
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People who added this item 2037 Average listal rating (1299 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.5
The Fly (1986)
05.19.12

I'm torn between fright and amusement... Sure it's an important horror movie. The story isn't bad, the characters are sincere, but the amount of gore sickens (though it is unintentional funny at the same time) and in the end, the picture just repels.
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People who added this item 674 Average listal rating (379 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.3
Dead Ringers (1988)
05.20.12

If we put aside the "gynecological instruments for operating on mutant women" part - which is the usual madness Cronenberg loves to bring to his stories (he just couldn't help himself) - Dead Ringers is a fascinating psychological thriller with a flawless Jeremy Irons in the role of the twins. Daring, disturbing, chilling movie with an ending which feels like a punch in the face.
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People who added this item 1117 Average listal rating (585 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.1
Naked Lunch (1991)
05.20.12

Naked Lunch is simply my #1 WTF movie by Cronenberg. (I can assure you nothing will shock you in Cronenberg's movies anymore if you've seen this one.)

I don't know how faithful to Burroughs' novel and life Cronenberg is, so I'm not sure who I should blame for the entire clusterfuck but the movie doesn't make any sense from beginning to end. Direct result of drugs and surrealism... I guess. I just couldn't appreciate any of it and the speech about the asshole with teeth was just too much.

Thanks to Cronenberg, I'll never see a typewriter the same ever again.
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People who added this item 196 Average listal rating (101 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 6.8
M. Butterfly (1993)
05.20.12

My main problem with this story is that the guy doesn't realize he only had anal sex with his partner and therefore that the conception of a baby was utterly impossible (but it's based on a true story so I guess that happened - the guy was just retarded).

For a Cronenberg movie, it was also incredibly sappy.
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People who added this item 1052 Average listal rating (557 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 6.4
Crash (1996)
05.21.12

People develops a sexual fetish over car crashes. They fuck. And I just couldn't give a fuck.
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People who added this item 986 Average listal rating (646 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 6.8
eXistenZ (1999)
05.21.12

This one is interesting! It's a bit like Inception but with video games instead of dreams. The story is too slow to settle, but it goes better when the two main characters get into the game. Cronenberg's twisted imagination and weird futurist organic props are irksome though (ports/game-pods) but the ending is great because of the mise en abyme.
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People who added this item 605 Average listal rating (256 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 6.1
On the Road (2012)
05.23.12 / 06.05.12 - cinema

The movie is formidable for its depiction of the Beat Generation. I was entranced by it and it really opened my mind to wanting to know more about Kerouac, Cassady, Ginsberg... It truly showed the making of this movie was something important for the people involved.

I think the music is great, the pacing dynamic (I don't understand people saying the movie was too long or boring), the landscapes/costumes perfect, the images colorful and the actors' performances are top-notched, especially Garrett Hedlund who I think stole the show.

Having read the book after seeing the movie, I can honestly say that the screenplay adaptation is impressive. A lot is narrated in the book but they still managed to keep great lengths of the story: the movie is entirely faithful to the book and I could just remember the visuals while reading.
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People who added this item 721 Average listal rating (378 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 6.8
Spider (2002)
05.24.12

It's a shame the picture is too slow-paced because the story isn't uninteresting and the "big reveal" at the end is open for discussion, but Spider is simply... kinda... apathetic. Even Ralph Fiennes' performance is half-convincing.
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People who added this item 525 Average listal rating (291 ratings) 5.7 IMDB Rating 5
Cosmopolis (2012)
05.25.12 - cinema

So... basically, Cronenberg cut out the one scene from the book that I think showed Eric Packer's only redeeming quality and that pissed me off (and still piss me off) though I can see he wanted for the character's downfall to be complete and resolute.

To be honest, I don't know how I feel about this movie. In fact, what I liked most about the book was De Lillo's prose and it's not like it's easy to transcribe such a thing on screen. The movie is full of heavy dialogues that are at some point hard to absorb and that end up with no clear resonance in the spectator's mind. I was simply more impressed with the book.

Also, I don't know why the strange fascination for Metric, but Howard Shore bringing them into the soundtrack of a Cronenberg movie was just so out of place.
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People who added this item 1574 Average listal rating (1059 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.7
05.29.12 - rewatch
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People who added this item 3100 Average listal rating (2009 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.8
Panic Room (2002)
06.09.12 - rewatch
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People who added this item 4054 Average listal rating (2684 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.7
Saw (2004)
06.11.12

I expected Saw to be like any other thriller, but that one actually has a real, solid plot. By the end of the movie, I was getting annoyed by the obvious narrative plot holes but then came the big, shocking twist end (which I thought genius) and once every pieces put together (and all body parts apart), it all made perfect sense.
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People who added this item 2584 Average listal rating (1610 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 6.6
Saw II (2005)
06.11.12

They actually tried to have one big shocking twist end like the first movie, but oh, how they failed! There was a twist, yeah, but not as impressive as the one in the first movie. The scriptwriters focused on staying faithful to Saw and bringing more to the story which is great, but it wasn't as thick as the original. They were less psychological aspects: the many people stuck in the house (or wherever) were brainless and just there to bring on the gore: i.e. they all die.
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People who added this item 64 Average listal rating (25 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 6.1
06.12.12 - cinema

It's a movie with no real purpose: 7 directors share a love for Havana and decided to do a compilation of short movies about it. The stories don't relate (apart from two) and I can't say I felt involved in any of them - I started to be bored after an hour. The two best shorts are easily the first two, especially the one from Benicio Del Toro, but I may or may not be blinded by my love for Josh Hutcherson.
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People who added this item 1990 Average listal rating (1212 ratings) 5.8 IMDB Rating 6.2
Saw III (2006)
06.12.12

It doesn't make sense anymore: the whole purpose of what Jigsaw is doing is to let people be the masters of their own fate but in Saw III, they're completely powerless and in the hands of some guy named Jeff who is a disgusting human being. Of course, there's a lot of convenient deaths (to keep the audience interested). Then there's a really dumb unrealistic brain surgery, then bang! a lot of people in the same room, far-fetched revelations, blood and boom! The end.
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People who added this item 1471 Average listal rating (898 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 6.1
06.13.12 - cinema

The casting, Alice in Wonderland's producer producing, the promotional trailers: it all seemed really promising and I was so looking forward to seeing SWATH.

Well, I sure was disappointed. The movie didn't hold up to the things it wanted to be: a darker tale of Snow White's story. It was just so... what Hollywood industry just crave to buy because it has what's needed: the good, the evil, fantasy elements, some action and a stupid, moronic love triangle.
What's the most unnerving is that there are absolutely no character developments, even for Snow White. And the pathetic try to make Queen Ravenna sympathetic doesn't even work.
There aren't even great battle scenes. The final one lasts, like, two minutes. I'm not even sure I can call it a battle scene...

The few enjoyments I had, I'd say, are the visuals (I think it has a lot to do with the producer), the ending credits by Florence and the Machine and strangely Sam Claflin (I liked him there, his character was the less annoying).
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People who added this item 45 Average listal rating (21 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6
Trishna (2011)
06.16.12 - cinema

It was weird. I know what Michael Winterbottom went for: it was kinda tame for the story narrated. Also uneven: there's a big part where nothing happens, the turning point isn't even clear, but then there's the whole denouement... and the end.
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People who added this item 309 Average listal rating (194 ratings) 5 IMDB Rating 4.9
06.16.12

Oh my God, atrocious! You don't even want to know.
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People who added this item 646 Average listal rating (475 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.6
06.21.12 - cinema

I was disappointed by the weak plot, and also because the movie was presented as the best action movie of the year, but it's actually only fight scenes, which were, yes, good but interminable (I was starting to snooze at the end and wondering if the men were made of steel and did not feel pain at all).
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People who added this item 216 Average listal rating (87 ratings) 5.3 IMDB Rating 5.4
Bel Ami (2012)
06.26.12 - cinema
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People who added this item 720 Average listal rating (361 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 6.7
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People who added this item 25 Average listal rating (18 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 6.5
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People who added this item 3997 Average listal rating (2567 ratings) 5 IMDB Rating 5.2
Twilight (2008)
07.02.12 / 12.03.12 - rewatch
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People who added this item 2081 Average listal rating (1223 ratings) 5.2 IMDB Rating 4.9
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People who added this item 804 Average listal rating (493 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 8.1
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People who added this item 2150 Average listal rating (1307 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 7
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People who added this item 8182 Average listal rating (5215 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7.3
Spider-Man (2002)
07.05.12 - rewatch
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Spider-Man 2 (2004)
07.06.12 - rewatch
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People who added this item 253 Average listal rating (103 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.3
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