My Film per Year list
2741 7.9 8.61. The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
2057 7.8 7.82. Drive (2011)
5100 8.3 8.83. Inception (2010)
Is Nolan a genius or what? Have you seen closely what he has been doing the last decade? This man doesn't know how to make bad movies, not only that, but also the fact that most of his movies are so psychologically charged, with a touch for human drama.
I have no problem saying that Nolan is my favorite Director for some time now and that every movie that he puts up from now are instant must-sees.
Now, Inception is everything Nolan knows how to do so far, and more... and with a high budget! TDK dealt with despair and madness, The Prestige dealt with obsession, while Batman Begins dealt with fear. Inception is about dreams and the concept of implanting an idea into a man's mind through them... Now HOW incredible is THAT??
4628 8.1 8.34. Inglourious Basterds (2009)
Once again Tarantino's crazy ideas work. Bending comedy with war tragedy, Inglorious Basterds is a masterfully directed movie that makes suspense movies and horror villains look like Sesame Street and the Cookie Monster, respectively.
6566 8.4 95. The Dark Knight (2008)
The movie that most effectively caught my interest and attention from the beginning until the very end. With a gripping intro, a thrilling ride throughout the entire movie, flawed and very human characters, a memorable soundtrack and the strongest ending I've ever seen, this for me became the perfect movie. It simply doesn't have anything I do not like.
The inconsistencies of the Joker? I simply don't need to know why he does it or how he manages to achieve it, that's how great of a villain he is.
My favorite movie of all time and the only movie I watched more than once in the big screen, ever.
2964 8 8.26. Into the Wild (2007)
The first time I saw it, it felt just like a very good story. The second time I did it, it had a greater impact on me, and I realized just how powerful and unforgettable is the amazing journey of the main character. Not the "wild" journey mind you, but the personal journey of self-discovery.
If not for the amazing soundtrack which has become my favorite of all time, watch it for the amazing scenarios and dialogue
3076 7.5 7.97. Children of Men (2006)
I've only heard good things about this movie and it was the only one from Clive Own's most popular movies I hadn't watched yet, and I must say... it completely caught me off-guard with my somewhat already high-expectations, especially when the story started picking up, around half-way through.
If there's a word to describe this movie (and it's hard to find a better movie to fit with that same word) it's breathtaking... this movie literally takes your breath away in some of its emotion-injecting scenes. The atmosphere is frightening real, it will immerse you into the movie and keep you on the edge of your seat in the final moments. A story with an incredibly real feeling of what could happen to humanity if it lost its innocence.
75 7.2 7.28. Kill Zone (2005)
This movie belongs in this list for a very simple reason: I am a huge consumer of the genre, and when I think of oriental quality movie-making, I think of Saat Po Long (aka Kill Zone).
Not only breathtakingly gripping with some of the most realistic and brutal fight scenes I have ever seen, but also rich in emotional and troublesome family relations.
Entertaining, thrilling, intellectual and emotional, this is the most spectacular martial arts/chinese police story I've seen.
6219 6.7 7.49. Spider-Man 2 (2004)
Now this is a super-hero movie, filled with crazy action scenes, great effects, funny momments and a little cheesyness. I can't explain why I like Spider-man movies so much, I even liked the 3rd movie which I admit it wasn't very good, but it was entertaining and it even managed to be very emotional for me.
Spider-man has always been one of my favorite heroes and overall fantastic characters ever since childhood. TV, books, games, you name it.
7981 8.2 8.910. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the Kin... (2003)
This was one of those good moments in life! I watched the conclusion (and a lot more) of one of my favorite adventures ever and I got to see Gandalf taking on a huge Mountain Troll with the help of the scared-outta their pants soldiers of Gondor, Legolas taking out a Mameluke like a hot knife cutting through butter and the biggest and most intense battle on-screen ever! With catapults and trebuchets wrecking havoc, trolls breaking through gates, flying dragons striking fear and screaming death from above, thousands of horses charging through thousands of hordes of orcs, huge elephant-like creatures suddenly appearing raising the chaos and body count and finally a much struggled victory.
8121 8 8.811. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
This movie shows our heroes finding their place in the quest while evolving within themselves showing greater character development than the first movie. The feeling of a dangerous adventure is also replaced by a frightening, dark and tense atmosphere and a fear of failure and death. And we can cleary see that on one of the most intense moments of this trilogy, the Elm's Deep battle which is definitely an excitement and emotional ride.
8849 8.1 8.812. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the... (2001)
Ever since I watched the "The Fellowship of the Ring" on the big screen, as a young teenager, I fell in love with the characters, the story and the exciting adventure! Seeing our already beloved fellowship struggling against that Giant Squid-thing, fighting the Cave Troll and running from Balrog! Is too much excitement... it's too good to watch just once... it's one hell of a ride. This first movie manages to strike you with emotions of fear and excitement due to its realistic presentation and the likeable introduced characters of the fellowship. Scenes like our Hobbits encounters with the Nazgul or the Cave Troll can really invoke your total focus and attention.
5909 7.7 8.513. Gladiator (2000)
I've always loved historical and medieval movies so when I watched "Gladiator" I couldn't help but feel it was one of the best movies I had seen.
It opens with a brutal war scene that gives you a fake hint of what the movie is about. It's not a war movie, it's a character ridden movie, almost biographic, following the drama and unbelievable story of Maximus, one of the best characters in the history of Cinema if you ask me (and a groundbreaking performance by Russel Crowe).
I'm not sure how accurate is this movie concerning historical facts, but the story is simply fantastic with perfect direction and strategic powerful moments, like the fights in the Arena and Colosseum where I was constantly in the edge of my seat with an ever-growing feeling of "how the hell is Maximus gonna get away from this now". And what brutal fights they were, violent and realistic as they should be depicted in a movie of this kind, flawless.
4811 8 8.514. The Green Mile (1999)
A beautiful and tragic story, the kind that is better to watch with some tissues. The casting in this movie is just incredible, it was what made it so unforgeable and powerful to me, the amazing performances of everyone present.
5311 7.7 8.615. Saving Private Ryan (1998)
With one of the most memorable and powerful intros I have ever seen, this remains to this day the best modern-war movie I have ever watched. With the genius actor Tom Hanks in yet another unmatchable performance, this movie follows the story of Capt. John H. Miller (played by Tom Hanks) leading a group of soldiers in a very unusual mission.
The concept of risking the lives of many to save one man is not anything new, but this movie tells that kind of story in a very realistic and powerful manner, while the characters throughout the movie keep questioning themselves why do they have to risk the lives of good men? Why do they have to risk their own lives? What is the point of risking so much to save one person in a war that is ripping the lives of so many? One thing is certain, these soldiers, at least the ones that will make it to the end, will find their answers, especially Capt. John Miller.
2440 8.3 8.416. Princess Mononoke (1997)
One of those movies you don't see every day, month or year. The story is simple, modest and at the same time, groundbreaking and epic for its mix of reality and fantasy (actually the premise is very similiar to Nausicaa's). The characters are also very simple. However you can't help but sympathize with them, even with the antagonists, everyone is unique, well developed and with their own fundamented and reasonable goal.
The visuals are simply stunning, I will go and say: the best the 90's anime have seen. This movie will entertain you and make you think, there's a lot more to it than gods, demons, ecological messages, smooth and violent action sequences or beautiful emotional scenes. Watch how every character's action in this movie can affect everyone and everything around them.
804 6.8 7.417. A Time to Kill (1996)
A movie I watched many years ago and one of the first movies with Samuel L. Jackson that I never forgot. The suspense in this movie was mind-blowind, it left me on the edge of my sit the whole time and I was somewhat surprised by the twists.
I probably enjoyed this movie so much because at the time it was something new for me, probably one of the first of the genre I watched.
3167 8.1 8.718. The Usual Suspects (1995)
My favorite movie ever? No. Best movie ever made? Probably not. The best movie I have ever watched? I might consider it.
One cannot understand this movie with words, it must be seen and rewatched totally focused to understand the masterpiece behind it. The ending is shocking, and don't come saying you already saw it coming from miles away. And we are actually continually being hinted at the "truth", I admit that.
7373 8.4 919. Pulp Fiction (1994)
People's tastes can vary greatly, be it in movies, sports or even food. But say whatever you may, Tarantino is a great story teller and knows how to make a movie with style and that is a fact. Pulp fiction is a an icon of the 90s.
5102 8.4 8.920. Schindler's List (1993)
The greatest war movie that isn't about war. It's about people, and the story is heart-shattering.
1438 7.5 821. Scent of a Woman (1992)
4512 7.7 8.522. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
When I saw this movie for the first time (as well as the first one) I was a child that wasn't supposed to be watching it in the first place... but I'm glad I did it because this movie amazed me in every aspect.
It was violent and with a such a heavy and dark atmosphere you can't help but feel the fear felt by the main characters. This movie really gives that rare feeling that it's pointless to run, that there's no hope, that you can't fight it... that it's simple impossible.
3539 8.3 8.723. GoodFellas (1990)
I honestly think that this movie is a little ovarrated. Crime thrillers are among my favorite movies, but this one might be just a little overlong. The performances are great though and the story remains super exciting, just like Scorcese knows best.
1435 6.6 7.224. Lethal Weapon 2 (1989)
The Lethal Weapon series is one of greatest series of films out there. Crazy action scenes, hilarious moments and the best duo in the history of cinema.
1525 8.2 8.525. Grave of the Fireflies (1988)
Speecheless...words cannot describe this movie, it's just too powerful. No doubt, an amazing story, one to be remembered.
1825 7.1 7.626. Lethal Weapon (1987)
The Lethal Weapon series is one of greatest series of films out there. Crazy action scenes, hilarious moments and the best duo in the history of cinema.
2871 7.8 8.427. Aliens (1986)
The original Alien was a landmark in Suspense and Sci-Fi film making while this movie grabbed that suspense and transformed it in thrilling and fast-paced action while keeping the dark and suspenseful atmosphere of the first movie.
James Cameron knows how to make great sequels, pretty much like the Terminator franchise, the first movie consists on a more claustrophobic nature while the sequel becomes more thrilling and fast-paced leveling up the quality of the movie on the whole.
6452 7.8 8.528. Back to the Future (1985)
4620 7.3 8.129. The Terminator (1984)
What was my favorite franchise as a kid, still remains, after a fantastic marathon, one of the most thrilling rides ever. What a freaking great saga this is, especially the second entry.
3466 7.9 8.330. Scarface (1983)
The story is not amazing, but Al Pacino is and he makes this movie alone, that's how great of an actor he is.
3733 8 8.231. Blade Runner (1982)
974 7.4 7.632. The Road Warrior (1981)
My favorite post-apocalyptic action driven movie! Mel Gibson knew how to make great heroes!
1804 8.1 8.333. Raging Bull (1980)
One of the most powerful performances of all time by the legend himself. The direction is perfect, Jake La Motta is one hell of a character, and together, De Niro and Scorsese deliver a kind of movie hardly seen now-a-days. Intense, real and scary, this film can really get to you.
3305 8.1 8.534. Apocalypse Now (1979)
Most complete and disturbing movie about the Vietnam which brings feelings of insanity and unpredictability not seen anywhere else. A difficult journey accompanied by an unforgettable soundtrack.
1722 8 8.235. The Deer Hunter (1978)
If there's one thing about this movie that separates it from other war movies is that it has a 2-part story. On the one had, the first half explores the lives of the characters, their families and their habits. On the other hand, the second half shows the horrors of war, the changes within the character and how Vietnam destroyed their pre-war lives as they were.
5308 8 8.736. Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)
4057 8.2 8.437. Taxi Driver (1976)
I need to rewatch this movie.
When I first and last saw it I was a a very young teenager, my taste in movies changed quite a bit since then.
3821 8.5 8.838. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
One of those movies that make you think "why is life so unjust?" Unforgettable characters.
3729 8.6 9.139. The Godfather: Part II (1974)
What's better than one Godfather? 2 Godfathers.
While many will say that the original Godfather is the better movie (even if they agree this movie is a masterpiece of its own) I say Part II is the superior movie.
Both movies excel in everything, however I think the first movie had better performances while the second one had a greater story and more exciting plot.
But there's a fact: the fact that this movie is only what I think it is, because there was part I.
2249 7.8 8.240. Life of Brian (1979)
5298 8.7 9.241. The Godfather (1972)
The start of one of the, if not the, greatest stories ever told in the form of the 7th art, one of the greatest movies ever shown and the build-up of one of the greatest sequels of all time, while being the eternal masterpiece it is.
5320 8.2 8.442. A Clockwork Orange (1971)
A disturbing movie indeed, but it's not that characteristic that makes this movie superb. What makes this movie a masterpiece is the themes in it: the ethic questions it evokes, the defiance of morals, the removing of liberty of choice and the using of aversion therapy to manipulate and create a "good" person in the eyes of society.
A dark and hideous vision of a future going through the routes of violence, criminality and corruption. Thought-provoking and thrilling story about the young delinquent that goes through all this, with an incredible performance.
And that soundtrack..!
1699 6.8 7.143. The AristoCats (1970)
Don't ask me why, I love this movie, it's so freaking cute and maybe the fact that I like cats helped it ^^. And I love the sketchy art style.
516 6.5 6.844. On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)
Blofeld once again is the center of attention with another one of his evil plans. Lazenby didn't disappoint me as Bond mostly because the "flow" kept going smoothly so it all felt like 007, just like before. It's another action-packed 007 movie, though not as thrilling or exciting as the others. The editing could be better.
A feature that I think this movie pulled quite well rarely seen in the other installments was a more emotional romance and dramatic impact on James Bond's part.
2136 7.8 845. Rosemary's Baby (1968)
665 6.7 6.946. You Only Live Twice (1967)
My first memory of James Bond and probably the first one I've watched. Word be said, this is one of the coolest and most entertaining 007 movies, featuring once again SPECTRE and yet another one of its evil plots, this time, revealing the big boss, nº 1 (AND one of the most known 007 villains). This movie also has the coolest spy vehicle of the franchise, the Little Nellie chopper!
Comparing this movie to the previous installments this one is more fast-paced and action-packed, and with a Sci-Fi concept not seen in the others (well, it's not the most credible thing ever and it wouldn't be much of a Sci-Fi today). Definitely my favorite SPECTRE story and one of my favorite Bonds overall.
2621 8.5 947. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
The western epic. Not only considered by many the greatest western of all time, but also one of the greatest movies of all time. I can see why it is regarded as the best western, but saying it's the greatest movie ever is going a little too far in my honest opinion.
With that aside, it's the final part of of the great western trilogy by Sergio Leone starring (and fully launching) Clint Eastwood. An epic story full of wit and great characters, one of the most memorable movies from the 60's and a masterpiece in cinematography and music.
1178 8 8.448. For a Few Dollars More (1965)
1280 7.3 7.849. Goldfinger (1964)
What a plot! Now this is a spy movie with a meticulously planned villainous plot and a superb finale. And with a villain that without me noticing it, became memorable.
This 007 introduces for the first time long-running and old-timer modified Aston Martini which is arguably the best toy in the whole franchise!
2444 7.5 7.850. The Birds (1963)
Holy crap! This movie was a shock! Having watched a bunch of Hitchcock movies before, I had somewhat medium expectations about this one... and boy did it surprise me!
The most notable things about this movie are the incredible cast, the very gripping (and very simplistic) story and the fact that it was one of the very few movies where I could truly feel the terror!
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