Watched in 2013 w/ commentary
43 7.1 760. The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister (2010)
A movie about a lesbian woman in the 1800's who's mad in love with another woman. Things are going fairly well until her love marries with a man, at that point her frustration and obsession occasionally beams at you from the screen. At times I wish I could slap her in the face and yell "get yourself together woman!", because too many times she acts like a maniac. There are more fish swimming in the sea, as the ending obviously proves!
509 7.9 8.159. Prisoners (2013)
Hugh Jackman shows that he's a good actor, after all. After all the X-men movies and spin-offs I'd almost forgotten. Jake is also marvelous in this one. Outbursts of rage and desperation, it asks you the question you might've been asked before; how far would you go to save someone you love? Personally, I would go ballistic, that's for sure.
263 6.7 6.758. Epic (2013)
This movie was EPIC! No, truly, it's great. I've always liked those movies of 'normal person suddenly gets into a brave new fantasy world' kind of thing. And this is one of those! Great animations and voice acting.
712 6.7 6.857. The Wolverine (2013)
Lots of roaring, angry men and veiny arms. Asian people having personal vendetta's, greed, ninjas and misplaced trust. Yeah, I think I got everything.
142 6 6.556. Turbo (2013)
Totally unrealistic animation movie if I've ever seen one, which I probably did but this one takes the cake!
Entertaining enough though, nice animations and they did their best with the voice actors. The story is original, that's for sure.
450 6.6 7.155. We're the Millers (2013)
So you get an odd bunch together and voíla, you have yourself a family! Alas a fake one but that's completely acceptable since they just need to pass in order to complete a drug deal! It's should be a win-win situation for everyone but, of course, shit hits the fan and they have to rely on one another. Jokes here and there (it's supposed to be a comedy) but I can't really remember I laughed much. It was more annoying than comical to me, especially the kissing between the boy and two girls. What the hell were the creators thinking... Totally off-putting! Not to mention immoral!
968 7.7 8.254. Gravity (2013)
I watched this in the cinema in 3D and wow, that might've been the greatest decision I ever made. What a thrill, what suspense and what a godly experience. I felt like I was in the movie the whole time. It was gripping me tight and wouldn't let go and I didn't want it to! Amazing.
866 7.6 7.953. Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)
I liked this movie. I'm not a particular Trekkie, but I do know some stuff. Good acting and the best stereotypical-looking villain ever, like he just jumped out some kind of comic book. Just excellent.
742 6.7 7.352. Now You See Me (2013)
Nice cast, absolutely, but what the hell is with the unrealistic abracadabra. I like tricks as much as any other person, but there are no tricks being performed in this movie, more like fucking magic. Yeah, this movie makes me mad especially considering about the 'why' that's explained in the ending. The 'how' is not because they simply can't.
My daddy got killed in an accident that's kind of the fault of a economic budget and that's why I'll just start some secret organization that fools everyone while I go undercover as a cop. My revenge shall be sweet. Perfect plan evar.
242 7.9 7.251. Turkish Delight (1973)
This is a Dutch movie. I watched this one on television some time ago. Really over the top romance and a lot of what-the-fuck-am-I-watching-moments. This one is a classic in the Netherlands though and I can understand why. Really controversial for its time.
663 7.3 7.550. Monsters University (2013)
Awesome! So much fun to see how it all came to be.
The final climax of the probably biggest scare ever was so fucking cool it sent a chill down my spine.
592 7.1 7.649. The Conjuring (2013)
So I saw this movie because everyone told me I just had to. While I do agree that some parts were pretty creepy, I won't say this is in my top ten horror movies. It doesn't even come anywhere near it. Still, good if you're in the mood for a scare.
1683 6.5 6.748. The Proposal (2009)
Pretty okay movie I guess albeit a very predictable one. That in itself was also predictable.
301 6.4 6.747. The Heat (2013)
Good one liners and chemistry between Sandra and Melissa in this one. Just good ol' slapstick (kinda) comedy.
754 6.9 7.146. Pacific Rim (2013)
This movie reminds me too much of a cliché Anime show; Japanese girl with childhood trauma, foreign protagonist (they always have to stand out and be macho), cheesy dialog, character relationships and big fucking robots. My mind kept wandering throughout the movie. I expected more.
882 6.5 7.145. World War Z (2013)
Nature strikes again! She intelligently spreads a new disease, turning people into zombies (surprise!) and causing panic around the globe. I must agree this is one of the better zombie movies out there.
494 6.9 7.144. Side Effects (2013)
This movie just... Blew my mind.
Such good acting and holy shit, I only figured out a few days later that the actress that played as Emily in the movie is also the same actress that played the genius emo chick in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. My mind needed a few moments to process that.
First I was swept off my feet by how psychiatrists/psychologists were portrayed in this movie, because it is the truth. What's wrong, you have a mental disorder or are depressed? Don't worry, let me write you a medical prescription. They keep stuffing people with all kinds of medicine that impacts their minds, not thinking about possible consequences. That's all what it boils down to.
But back to the movie. It's a slap in the face. I can't say too much without spoiling, but I'll say this; great fucking movie!
Also, some great lesbian action with Catherina Zeta-Jones. Yummy.
621 7.1 7.643. Despicable Me 2 (2013)
So it wasn't exactly a tear jerker or movie material that kept me pondering after it was over, but it managed to entertain me well enough. Good sequel.
1029 6.9 7.442. Man of Steel (2013)
Finally they understood how lame the concept of 'superman' really is and gave it a well-deserved twist. There is no 'S' on his chest, it's a symbol of hope!
The story was told in a refreshing and new way instead of recycling methods of the older Superman movies. The action was a thrill to look at and the special effects even more so. All in all, better than I expected.
335 6 5.941. The Host (2013)
This movie has an interesting idea; which I think is a human's soul being replaced by a different one by a different species from outer space. The reason I think the souls are completely replaced is because at the end, a lot of seekers remain even though they allied with the humans. Why not leave the bodies and just give the human you infiltrated his/her life back? Maybe because it's already impossible since their soul is gone. Hence everyone calls it murder. This is only speculation on my part.
Very interesting movie with the soul and original owner of the body, Melanie, in conflict most of the time. In time, they see from each other's perspective and start to understand where each one is coming from. I can't say too much without spoiling, so I would definitely recommend this movie if you're into sci-fi.
1214 7 7.440. Iron Man 3 (2013)
Why are the 'villains' always such predictable people? It's a pity he has to take such a stereotypical approach, I can't take this movie seriously for that reason. There were a lot of cheesy moments and Stark's sarcastic attitude, as always, started to get on my nerves. The jokes did not deliver nor did the plot. Action was alright but that's about it. Remind me not to have high hopes for the next Iron Man movie.
760 6.4 6.539. Oz the Great and Powerful (2013)
Pretty good movie. At first I thought the acting was kind of awkward but what the hell. It does it's job right and that was probably entertaining in the fantasy spectrum.
183 6 6.338. Dark Skies (2013)
I watched this movie some time ago. You have this wonderful, average family and then suddenly freaky things start happening around the house. First they blame it on their son and possible mental issues but then they start believing in other-worldly theories. We are not alone.
483 6.1 6.337. Mama (2013)
My god! This movie was scaring me to bits. Mama is scary, especially when she's mad!
The acting wasn't bad per se, but I was really annoyed by Annabel's behavior towards the kids, whom is played by Jessica Chastain by the way. She was seemingly lacking all common sense and acted selfishly, at least for the most part.
It didn't do very good in the writing department, a lot of things don't make sense and a lot of issues are being ignored to make room for the horror, but that alone doesn't make a great movie. 'Oh my god! Is that your aunt lying dead on the floor? It mustn't matter now, the kids are standing on the top of a cliff!' Just an example of the random silliness that occurs in this movie. The social interaction in this movie is rather odd as well...
357 5.9 6.536. Olympus Has Fallen (2013)
Great action and good special effects. Gun play was overflowing from the screen and Koreans everywhere! It starts with a friendly visit from the South-Korean prime minister and before you know it, his head of security crashes the whole party and makes sure a selection of important people, including the president, is isolated in the white house's bunker while the building itself is being overrun and conquered by Korean military. Do not fret. We always have that special someone who can save the day.
2532 6.7 7.235. Unbreakable (2000)
Re-watched on television.
Weird movie that has an unique take on today's comic book heroes and how they came to be. It's a bit over the top in some areas and some parts of the movie made me roll my eyes. I'm not sure whether that's because of the story or Bruce Willis.
It had good potential, but Bruce's mediocre acting left me unsatisfied.
3747 8 8.534. Alien (1979)
The mega horror blockbuster of the century! I took my time to watch this movie again since the last time I saw it, which is quite some time ago. I can't stop saying how much I love sci-fi. When people ask me what my favorite genre is, I won't shut up about it. This franchise is one of those movies that made me love sci-fi in my younger days. Awesome space frigate with some good action and a young Sigourney Weaver, whom I find pretty attractive with that slender frame and boyish appearance!
690 7 7.133. Martyrs (2008)
This movie was sickening me to the bone. While I can certainly applaud this movie for its horrifying creativity, I can also say that this movie made me wonder about several things. The ending is just as gruesome as it is serene. Does the end justify the means? After seeing this movie (and just by looking at humanity as a whole) I absolutely disagree.
295 5.4 5.732. Identity Thief (2013)
Pretty good movie. Melissa McCarthy is just hilarious to me without doing anything, so everything that came out of her mouth felt like comic relief. While the movie is mainly comedy, there are other parts that do take your attention in an entirely different way. The way Diana (McCarthy) became who she is; an identity thief, is a rather sad story and made me feel sorry for her. Excellent acting from both Melissa and Jason.
690 7.2 7.531. Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
It was very difficult not to be biased while watching this movie and in the end I just couldn't pull it off. The movie alone was wonderful, but the motive and truth behind it wasn't very convincing. Even now, or even more so now, there are multiple conspiracy theories going around with even the photograph, which is said to be showing Bin Laden's corpse, shown to be clearly fake. I never thought it was real in the first place, I think even I would be able to do a better job than that in PS. The point is, why all the secrecy? They allegedly dumped his body in the ocean (uh, hello?), the cameras that were supposed to film the whole operation got cut off at the last 30 mins or so and the only physical evidence is a fake picture. Perhaps the greatest hoax of all time.
232 6.5 6.730. The Loved Ones (2009)
Oh. My. God.
This movie is so incredibly gruesome in such a particular way that I can't remember the last time I saw a movie like this. Maybe never. And I know my share of horror movies but this one takes the cake in the category 'crazy ass people'. This perfectly normal guy gets asked to a dance by, what you think is, a perfectly average girl named Lola. The guy; Brent, declines because he already had plans to go with his girlfriend. WRONG ANSWER! What follows is a swift kidnapping, leaving his family and town members behind in wonder and distress. The girl is obsessed with finding the ideal 'prince' and you soon found out she has been keeping a photo diary of all boys before Brent that made the same mistake of declining her sweet invitation. I'm talking torture here, very creative and insane torture. You absolutely must see this movie if you haven't already.
And you know what? Beside that fact that she was maybe a bit obsessed and perhaps had somewhat of an incestuous nature, I really liked Lola!
2732 6.8 7.129. Iron Man 2 (2010)
Tony Stark does it once again, this time with a bit of help from unexpected allies. I think I watched this movie in the past already, I could remember some scenes, but only vaguely, so I guess if that were the case, the movie wasn't so memorable. In the end, the movie is hinting at The Avengers, but you probably already knew that.
Mickey Rourke... There is just something attractive about him that I can't put my finger on. Oh, wait; ULTRA-MANLINESS!!!
824 5.9 6.228. The Strangers (2008)
I watched this movie wide-eyed, especially in the beginning. It's tense, atmospheric and scary. It's based off a mix of true stories, such as the Mason murders and cabin 28. Makes you think about how insane some people can be, and how easy it is to make people do horrific things for you if you brainwash them enough.
The constant appearing and suddenly disappearing got old quick and I think they relied too much on it in this movie. While there certainly were a lot of tense moment, you can't help but think 'been there done that'. Still, it had effect on me! I can't help but think about what I would do in that situation, I always do with horror movies. I think I would go batshit crazy and run outside with my shotgun. At least try to hunt them down and don't give a damn about a possible sentence; "it was self-defense, your honor!" If in a worst case scenario I'm going to die, I will at least die with guns blazing!
481 5 4.927. Gulliver's Travels (2010)
Re-watch on television.
This movie is so well made and just so much fun to watch. Everything is beautifully done; from the city and small people all the way to the doll house. Everything is made perfectly in proportion and almost makes me want to be a giant in such a world myself.
422 7.1 7.326. The Croods (2013)
Nice animations and nice characters. Eep gave me the creeps at one point though, when she acted like some kind of psycho girlfriend. This movie did have some funny moments and the 3D moments really stood out, but it doesn't have that certain spark, nor did I really care that much about the characters.
1989 7.1 7.325. The Hunger Games (2012)
The movie adaption isn't all that bad. I think the cast is great and very suited to play the characters from the book, but somehow the film was lacking in the actual hunger games section. The preparations were very well done and introduced all the characters nicely, but the actual combat was, in my opinion, a bit hastily executed in the film. Overall the movie was fine, but lacking.
755 7.2 7.224. Seven Psychopaths (2012)
A somewhat strange movie about the take on psychopaths. I didn't know what to expect at first, but I can say that this movie is not what I expected at all and I'm not sure if that's a good thing. At first I thought it was okay, but then it all went downhill. There were no explanations nor was the movie trying to define or argue with the audience what a psychopath really is, which is a pity because there lies the potential. Instead you get people with a somewhat questionable history and, at least with me, the lack of realism when you keep thinking about how these people are still roaming around and not behind bars in the first place.
1100 7.3 7.723. Les Misérables (2012)
In this movie, people are constantly pouring out every single emotion in every note they sing, it's marvelous and absolutely heart wrenching. It's really no wonder Anne Hathaway won an Oscar for best supporting role, her part in this movie was breathtaking when she performed 'I dreamed a dream'. Never have I seen someone so miserable and through with life as I'd seen her. It was perfect.
This movie brought tears to my eyes more than any other movie ever did... This movie is magnificent.
532 7.4 7.322. Rise of the Guardians (2012)
So we probably all know them, the easter bunny, Santa, tooth fairy, the sandy guy (?) and Jack Frost. Do we believe in their existence? I think we all did when were kids and that very thought made them alive, at least to us as children.
This movie takes that very concept. Of course, the reversible can happen; if children stop believing they will disappear. Not a problem with Jack Frost, because he was never really believed in and didn't see the use of someone like him, who only caused problems, joining the Guardians. But when they need help in fighting the bogeyman, named Pitch Black, with his plan to surround the world in darkness and fear, they see no other way but to ask this irresponsible fellow's help.
They are having a snow fight at the very end of the movie and it saddens me they don't even try to include Pitch in it, or even convince him his entire existence doesn't revolve around fear and solitude alone, but can experience fun and companionship if he allows it. After all, fear and nightmares can be valuable lessons in itself, so why is he not given the support and love he so desperately needs? Very sad to see at the end they didn't try to convey this to him, but to see his part in this movie is only evil and nothing more. I hoped they would show children that not everyone is fully bad nor are they always willingly choosing to be so.
1156 7.7 8.121. Life of Pi (2012)
Can I just say "wow"? The animations of this movie are utterly stunning. This is the first time in a movie I was forgetting I was watching animations. I didn't have that with King Kong or The Rise of the Planets of the Apes. Those animations were amazing too, don't get me wrong, but I was still being reminded at some points that I was watching animations, not a real animal.
The movie is about an Indian boy, Pi, who's family owns a zoo. At one point his father decided to go to Canada to have a better life and take the animals to sell them there for a good price. Everything and everyone is being transported by a big cargo boat, alas tragedy occurs and Pi ends up being stuck on a lifeboat. Not only that, there are several exotic animals on that boat as well, one of them being a Bengal tiger. Things start happening and only they are left, well, only the tiger is left on the boat and Pi is keeping his distance on his draft. When everything reaches a boiling point for Pi, he decides to gather his courage and confront the tiger.
One thing I know for sure after watching this movie; I will always remember Richard Parker.
533 5.8 6.320. Taken 2 (2012)
This movie follows after the original Taken. So Bryan undertook action in the first movie to save his daughter from an international virgin auction, or something, and killed baddies in the process. Family of these victims didn't take this lightly and decided to find and kill him in this movie to get their revenge. He gets to be badass and totally predictable yet again, only this time in Istanbul! It's your typical action flick formula; nobody is on par with the protagonist, everybody gets beaten by his superior kung fu moves and quicker trigger finger reflexes. Only at the end one is slightly better than the average baddie (commonly known as the right-hand man) to show at least a bit of resistance against the protagonist's skills. All three are included, so his daughter and ex too. The story isn't exceptional and the movie as a whole didn't get me on the edge of my seat at any point. I expected more.
145 5.5 5.419. Mars Needs Moms (2011)
Okay, so you're probably thinking: 'What? No way!' but seriously, don't be fooled by the title. Despite being a major letdown in the box office, I think this movie is getting a lot of love, but also a lot of hate, which I think I can explain. First of all, if I was a kid and would watch this movie, I would be terrified out of my mind. I was already scared of some scenes of Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella back in the day, so this one would just take the cake and be a totally devastating and traumatizing experience. The protagonist reminded me of Seth Green so it was no surprise when the credits rolled his name popped up. Thumbs up for motion capture.
Great animations, too bad the movie failed sales-wise. Maybe it has something to do with the title?
550 6.8 7.318. Flight (2012)
A movie about a pilot, called Whip, who struggles with drug and alcohol addiction. One flight goes wrong while he's being intoxicated and immediately at the beginning of the movie you're dragged along in moments of adrenaline and panic. What follows is a thorough investigation about what exactly caused the crash. Was it only the plane or was the pilot also partially at fault? Camera lenses are aimed at Whip and all the while he tries to ease his suffering with more alcohol abuse, but sooner or later, the truth has to come out.
556 7.8 7.817. Perfect Blue (1997)
An animation done by madhouse, the same studio responsible for movies like Paprika and Piano no Mori. They also made a lot of great series such as Death Note and Claymore, just to name a few because the list goes on and on.
First off, wow, this movie has a very mature setting and is quite depressing. It's about a reasonable popular idol called Mima (there are a lot of them in Japan, you should probably look it up) but leaves her group in order to follow an acting career. Meanwhile, she has this really creepy stalker, which she finds out about later because of his online blog, describing every little thing she does everyday in perfect detail. Not only that (he is FUGLY), he is in agony because of the fact that his beloved idol stooped so low to the extent of doing a rape scene and a nude photoshoot. Murders start happening, and obviously the stalker is the main suspect, but this movie is such a big mindfuck you start doubting yourself after a while. Is it really him causing all this?
1433 7.1 7.316. The Road (2009)
A father and son go on a journey in a post-apocalyptic world to reach the south in hope for a better future. What they experience along the way is human brutality and selfishness, but also hope and each other. The escape scenes were nerve-wrecking, as were the people who caused it; evil, selfish people. The kind that shows his true colors when it's every man for himself. I kept picturing myself in those situations and asked myself; what would I do if that were to happen to me? I hope I never find out.
Sad movie that made my eyes water towards the end. If they only knew.
845 7.6 7.815. Wreck-It Ralph (2012)
I've waited so long to watch this, and this movie rewarded me so much for it! My goodness, especially when you're a gamer and you recognize subtle hints throughout the movie, you'll love it even more. I smiled, laughed out loud several times, got mad and was even on the brink of almost crying. That's why I love animation movies so much, there are endless possibilities and you can create characters that real life people simply can't. And what amazing characters this movie has, I love every single one of them. This movie has the whole package.
1978 7.5 7.714. Coraline (2009)
I watched this movie after ParaNorman and I liked this one more to be fair. The story is pretty horrifying, especially at the end. We all wish we could trade in our parents once in a while, but maybe we shouldn't. Hell, after this movie, I don't think you'll ever want to.
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