2349 7.5 7.51. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)
If you haven't seen this film, don't be turned off by its higher-than-it-should-be ratings at IMDb or Rotten Tomatoes; it's better than it sounds. I'm pretty sure video game fans will like this. Go watch this movie if you haven't already. Trust me, you won't regret it.
161 7.5 8.32. Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (2001)
Despite its very long runtime (3 hours and 44 minutes), there isn't a dull or boring moment. It's one of the very few movies where I like to stand up and applaud.
114 7.8 7.23. The Thief and the Cobbler (1993)
The Recobbled Cut, most obviously.
This film is a great example of executive meddling gone horribly wrong. Changing it from a supposed masterpiece by the great animator that brought you Who Framed Roger Rabbit? to a shameful Disney knockoff is such an inexcusable disgrace.
It definitely deserves a proper restoration treatment. Hopefully, it will in the future, as it's better late than never.
4448 7.9 8.54. The Prestige (2006)
1411 7.5 7.85. Dark City (1998)
2132 8.1 8.26. The Elephant Man (1980)
1442 7.4 7.97. The Iron Giant (1999)
377 7.6 7.98. The Killing Fields (1984)
1604 7.3 7.69. The Thin Red Line (1998)
2085 6.6 7.210. Enchanted (2007)
The musical numbers are catchy. And Amy Adams is just charming. It's also one of those movies that puts me in a good mood.
595 7.5 7.611. The Secret of NIMH (1982)
532 7.1 7.512. The Mission (1986)
This film has one of the best cinematic film scores I've heard. And it's written by the legendary Ennio Morricone, who really should have won an Oscar for it.
2915 7.5 7.713. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
I can understand why some people wouldn't like this movie. But I've become of those people that likes it, and thinks it deserves more recognition. Plus, it has already grown on me after a few days of watching it.
I like Johnny Depp and Benicio Del Toro's performances, the creatively uncomfortable atmosphere, and I love the soundtrack. Just how can you go wrong with The Rolling Stones and Jefferson Airplane in the same movie?
1228 6.8 7.214. Highlander (1986)
Yes, the film does have a cult following. But in terms of critical reception, it is underrated.
1710 6.6 7.115. Spaceballs (1987)
A 54% at Rotten Tomatoes? Are you nuts? If that movie had something like an 83% or higher, that would have been more accurate and acceptable.
Anyways, this movie is hilarious and a great spoof of Star Wars. It's better and enjoyable than the ratings make it out to be. It's really worth checking out if you haven't seen it.
Movies I Like, But Everyone Else Seems to Hate
4619 7.2 7.916. Avatar (2009)
Yes, the plot is similar to Dances with Wolves (It's been a very long time since I last watched it, but I remember it for being okay) and Pocahontas (that movie was weak). But this movie is more about the experience than storytelling. I hate to sound biased, but I'm even looking foward to see what James Cameron has in store for the sequels and even a themed land at Walt Disney World's Animal Kingdom. And I even enjoyed it more than The Hurt Locker. There, I said it.
1425 6.1 6.617. Drag Me to Hell (2009)
I seriously don't get the hate for this film, mostly from IMDb. That is one of the reasons why I don't always rely on everything that IMDb says (sometimes Rotten Tomatoes, too). And this is one of the few films where I agree with the critics over film buffs and casual film goers.
Anyways, it's one of those movies that makes me scared, laugh, and cry, for the price of one. I genuinely enjoy this film way more than any of Sam Raimi's Spider-Man films. I really hope he makes more movies like this in the near future. Nowadays, we get horror films that mostly range from okay to terrible. God help us all. Although there are some good ones such as The Cabin in the Woods and The Conjuring.
297 7 6.318. Under the Skin (2013)
*sigh* Another film that IMDb disagrees with Rotten Tomatoes. Anyways, I thought the film was a fascinating experience. Scarlett Johansson, one of my favorite beautiful actresses, is sexy and her performance is spellbinding. The music is pretty haunting. And the editing, visuals, the atmosphere, and cinematography are excellent. There's even little dialogue, which does make the film a bit slow-paced. But it's what makes the film work.
As for the people who don't like this movie, I honestly don't know where are they coming from. Some even say the film is laughable. What?! What's so laughable about it? What are they seeing that I'm not seeing?
1734 6.9 7.119. The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)
Even though people dismissed it for being a rehash of the first Spidey film by Sam Raimi, I think the reboot is better written, IMO. I'd take Andrew Garfield over Tobey Maguire any day. I just couldn't accept Maguire's whiney attitude and blandness. Emma Stone's Gwen Stacy is a more believable female character than Kirsten Dunst's Mary Jane Watson. The Lizard in this movie is a more threatening yet sympathic, and a less hammy villain than Willem Dafoe's Power Rangers-esque Green Goblin. Although this film is not on the same level as Marval's The Avengers or The Dark Knight, I still say this is two times better than the Sam Raimi film. I would also very much approve an extended or director's cut of the movie to make it better.
600 6.6 720. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)
Wow! I think some critics either woke up the wrong side of bed, or just don't know what the hell they're talking about. But I digress. Anyways, this is better than the last movie. Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone still deliver good performances and chemistry. Jamie Foxx played a decent Electro. He really could have had more development, though. One of my favorite scenes in the movie is when he and Spidey confront each other at Time Square. And the haunting music by Hans Zimmer is a plus.
However, I can understand that the film had a bit too many characters. I even knew it was going to be problematic when I first heard there was going to be three villains. Clearly, Sony did not learn their lesson from Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 3. The movie might have fared better if the Green Goblin was saved for the Sinister Six film. Although I do must say that Gobby in this movie is much better and less ridiculous than the first Sam Raimi Spidey film. As for Rhino, he only appeared at the beginning and the end of the film, which doesn't distract the film too much. But I do like to see more of Paul Giamatti as him in the future installments. He was fun and over-the-top while it lasted.
Forget the other people who didn't like it or don't know what to make of it. It's worth checking if you have nothing else to do, especially if you're a fan of Spidey. I don't think it's a fantastic film, however, but I still thought it was fine and glad that I saw it.
But unfortunately, the third and supposedly final installment of the Marc Webb series won't be released until 2018 due to the underwhelming box office numbers and the mixed reception. Now, Sony is focusing on the The Sinister Six spin-off, which will be a soft reboot (too early for that), and are also in negotiations with Marvel for a planned crossover with The Avengers. Well, Sony, it's your own damn fault that TASM2 didn't work at the way you wanted! Maybe it wouldn't happen if you let Marc Webb have more creative control.
I even read that there's even a petition for an extended cut of the movie at change.org. If the left out scenes could have improved the film much, then count me in. Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, and director Marc Webb definitely deserved better.
2793 5.7 6.421. The Blair Witch Project (1999)
I was pleasantly surprised by this movie. I was hooked from the beginning to the end. It's creepy, atmospheric, and doesn't rely on jump scares or blood and gore. What made the film scary is you never see who or what is the Blair Witch. It could be a person, a supernatural creature, or even an unidentified group of people or cult.
Although I can see some people being annoyed by Heather Donahue's screaming and shouting, and also the shaky camera. To me, I thought they were part of the haunting mood of this film.
What boggles my mind is this movie got a Razzie nomination for Worst Picture, and yet a far worse and more painful Baby Geniuses got completely snubbed by them. If you ask me, that's total blasphemy and inexcusable.
Anyways, whether you're going to like this film or not, it's still worth checking out. I think this would make a fun double feature with Cannibal Holocaust, another found footage movie.
6861 6.5 6.722. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)
I must agree that Gene Wilder is the better Willy Wonka, but I still like this as a whole better than the old film, mostly because the screenplay feels more complete and has a better supporting cast. Although Johnny Depp's Wonka still delivers some good lines. However, I must admit that Martin Scorsese could have done a better job, as he was once attached to this project.
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