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Added by johanlefourbe on 7 Jan 2020 12:31

1001 Movies ... my own version (2010's)

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People who added this item 6106 Average listal rating (4286 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.8
Inception (2010)

Notes: This movie was the proof that a movie can be a huge blockbuster, entertaining and thoughtful at the same time. It's a real pity that it has lost some of its reputation several years after its release. Indeed, the nolanites are so fanatic, they really believe that this movie is the best one ever made which is kind of infuriating when you consider the wealth of movies made during more than 100 years of film history. I mean, I think it is a great movie, the best one released in 2010, but it is far from being the best movie ever made, it is not even near my top 10 at all. So, with all these arguments going on, it is actually rather difficult to objectively judge this flick nowadays. Anyway, in spite of what the lovers and haters have to say, I still think it is a great movie. Indeed, it was visually impressive, there was a great cast, the whole thing was damned entertaining and I just loved the concept behind it. The haters should keep in mind that it is and remains a blockbuster with its creative limitations. As a result, it is supposed to be enjoyed by a broad audience so you can't really expect too much artsy and philosophical shenanigans. Anyway, in spite of all the controversies, I really love this flick, Nolan did it again.
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People who added this item 3477 Average listal rating (2294 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.7

Notes: It is rather funny that when the rumor came out that David Fincher was making a movie about Facebook, many people started to actually trash him. Indeed, it is pretty obvious that an average director would have made an average flick with this material but Fincher succeeded in making one of the best movies of the year. I mean, I don't even care about Facebook at all, I understand that many people really love it but I really don't care about this website whatsoever. I seriously don't care if Mark Zuckerberg is actually a completely different person in real life, the Mark Zuckerberg they showed in this movie was just fascinating. Basically, the guy was a genius but he didn't look like most of your typical lead characters, physically and mentally. Furthermore, he was a disaster in the way he interacted with other people and this whole combination was just spellbinding to behold. So, the writing was quite impressive, but the directing was just as good and so was the acting as well.
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People who added this item 440 Average listal rating (272 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 6.9
Trust (2011)

Notes: It’s only later on that I discovered that Roger Ebert picked up this movie as one of the best released in 2011. Well, as usual, good Old Roger was right… Indeed, it was a terrific drama and something awful to watch for any parent. Indeed, my step-daughter is now 26 years old but I remember all those years worrying when she was younger spending hours on MSN chatting with some people she barely knew. Her sister is now 14 years old and I guess I would have to go soon through this phase again… And guess who directed this amazing flick? David Schwimmer, of all people!!! Basically, it was a masterful psychological study of a father and a daughter after she had been assaulted by a pedophile. The really amazing thing about this flick was how heartfelt the characters were developed. The whole process went into details and seemed pretty realistic on how a teenager could fall for this and her reactions afterwards were quite striking as well. At some point, I was worried that the father will go full vigilante on us but it was not that kind of movie, fortunately.
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People who added this item 497 Average listal rating (303 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.3
Incendies (2011)

Notes: Basically, it is a really slow burning drama but it was very effective and the ending was just heart-breaking. Still, I thought it was a little bit frustrating that they never named in which country the whole thing took place and it bugged me so much, I had to stop half way through it to look it up on the internet. And, indeed, it takes place in an unnamed Middle-Eastern country based on Lebanon. There were also some refugees whose nationality was never specified. Even though I consider myself an history buff, I was sometimes confused, and if you don’t have any knowledge of this region history, I’m pretty sure you’ll be confused as well. Anyway, it didn’t change the fact that it was a fascinating drama with some shades of thriller elements. The cast was also really good and, like I said before, the ending was completely heartbreaking hitting me like a truck on full speed. Usually, I’m annoyed to death by the typical twist ending provided by your average Hollywood thriller. It is a useless gimmick but, in this movie, it was really good and appropriate. Even the random chronology which is so much overused nowadays worked really well here. This movie was also a terrible reminder of all the atrocities which have been taken place in the last 50 years in the Middle East.
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People who added this item 971 Average listal rating (629 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.2
Carnage (2011)

Notes: Since I'm a huge fan of Roman Polanski, I was really eager to watch this flick and when I heard about the cast, I became even more excited. Eventually, I wasn't disappointed and I’m so amazed that this movie doesn’t get more credit. Indeed, the whole thing was just so funny and it has been a while since I laughed so much at the movie theater. Seriously, Roman Polanski always impressed me in the past but I didn't expect him to make such a hilarious dark comedy. Of course, the casting was pretty much perfect and they all gave some strong performances. I have to admit that I had my doubts when Kate Winslet was drunk as I thought that she wasn't really convincing but it wasn’t a big issue. I'm usually really critical about comedies because most of them go for the easy stupid jokes but, here, it was dealing with some recognizable human beings with a wide range of emotions. There was no trick, just 4 actors stuck in a a room with their dialogues. Fortunately, those dialogues were terrific and after 15 minutes, I couldn't wait to see what would happen next. All these characters were imperfect and rather annoying, self-righteous and arrogant but that's what made them so damned interesting.
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People who added this item 1202 Average listal rating (815 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.3

Notes: I wonder why it took Alexander Payne 7 years to finally come up with a new director effort. Anyway, it was definitely worth the wait, that’s for sure. Indeed, I thought it was a very good drama with a perfect pace (probably the best directing by Payne so far) , some more than solid performances and some of the best written characters I have seen lately. The beginning monolog also stroke a personal chord in the sense that my wife has been really sick for about 8 years now and I had about the same internal monologs as our relantionship was already pretty chaotic even before she got some health issues and even more afterwards. Of course, I didn’t went through the rest of the story myself but it was definitely a good start. But the movie is not only about a family tragedy, it is also about the faith of an aristocratic family and what they should do with their land. That part of the story was also quite fascinating and it is quite amazing that they managed to balance such diverse topics in one movie.
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People who added this item 308 Average listal rating (180 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.2

Notes: It turned out to be a really weird and messed up documentary, that’s for sure. First of all, I have to confess, I wasn’t really aware of all the horrors that happened in Indonesia about 50 years ago and only therefore it was already a really valuable feature (as a result, Indonesia is another country I won’t be visiting for ‘fun’). Anyway, not only this movie deals with a massively traumatic experience but it deals with it in such a unique way, as a result, the whole thing was just as much fascinating as it was horrifying. Indeed, even though you might expect these executioners to regret their actions, most of them didn’t feel much guilt, in the contrary, they were actually proud of what they did and, as a result, this movie was more about the psychological impact then putting actual blame on people. I mean, if you see ‘Shoa’, everyone, even the former SS, agree that what happened in WWII was horrible but, then, Germany lost the war. In Indonesia, the same people who ordered the purge still have the power and, therefore, after so many decades, those ‘winners’ have been telling anyone that what they happened was actually justified creating this weird acceptation of a major human tragedy. And yet, when you get to see Anwar Congo, right from the beginning, you wonder if he really believes everything he says and, indeed, slowly, after reproducing these terribly deeds, his attitude changes and, towards the end, he seems to be finally devastated by what he has done.
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People who added this item 115 Average listal rating (71 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 8
Marley (2012)

Notes: Since I'm a huge fan of Reggae music, I definitely had to watch this flick. To be honest, I have never been really a fan of his work, in my opinion, Marley has always been the big tree hiding the rest of the forest, but I always had a huge respect for his legacy and he definitely made some monsters tunes. Anyway, it was a great flick, absolutely. Even though I already knew about 90% of what was told, it was just great to have the whole story told, to see all those places where he has been and to meet all these people with whom he was involved with. And what a life... Like so many other immortal figures like Bruce Lee, Kurt Cobain or Jimi Hendrix, he left right in the middle of his fame but this movie succeeded in giving most of the details of his journey from a small village in Jamaica to become a world super-star, passing by the ghettos of Trenchtown in Kingston. You could argue that they didn't criticize the guy much but that's not what this movie was about. Even though he was a person who was rejected as a mixed-blood, as a rastafari, he still became an idol for everyone living in this small island (even still today) but also for many people around the globe.
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People who added this item 1229 Average listal rating (670 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.3
Lincoln (2012)

Notes: It was a fascinating historical picture but not only was it fascinating from a historical point of view, it was also a spellbinding policitical intrigue. Indeed, to see Lincoln managing to get all the necessary votes was quite something, reaching out to his opponents, blackmailing, bribing, was quite something and a great lesson in Political strategy. Of course, as usual, Daniel Day-Lewis was just amazing. The other actor who also completely blew me away was Tommy Lee Jones who simply gave his best performance of his prestigious career. They were also some other decent actors like Joseph Gordon Levitt and Sally Field but I honestly didn't care much about their sub-plots. So, it was a very good flick, one of Spielberg's best, but still, there were a few things that bothered me. Indeed, even though the tone was usually really good, Spielberg couldn't help throwing some over-sentimental uplifiting music, a trademark of his. Another critic I would have is that the characterization was rather simplistic. Indeed, you had the good guys, the bad guys and on top of that, Lincoln who was some kind of half-god and I'm sure the whole thing was a little bit more complicated back then. Finally, pretty much like in 'Amistad', in my opinion, it suffers that, even though it deals with the fate of black people, the black folks just pop up in small measly roles which be might true historically speaking but, as results, they remain some faceless and helpless creatures who can't deal with their life without the help of the Great White man. Still, even though it is not a perfect feature, it is still a very good movie though.
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People who added this item 764 Average listal rating (477 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.6

Notes: Since this movie was chosen by Roger Ebert as one of the best movies released in 2012 so there was a good chance that the whole thing would be good and I was quite eager to check it out. Eventually, after watching the damned thing, I would agree with Roger Ebert and I’m actually surprised that this movie didn’t get more attention when it was released (eventually, only Naomi Watts received a Oscar nomination for the Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role). Indeed, I thought the whole thing was quite impressive. While watching this, I couldn’t help thinking that we spend a lot of time watching such movies and shows like ‘The Hunger Games’ or ‘The Walking Dead’ about some fictional survival stories when, in fact, there are some real tales about survival and, when they are very well developed like this one, there are just fascinating and quite heartbreaking to behold. Indeed, here, we are dealing with a real threat and thanks to the impressive acting by Naomi Watts but also by Ewan McGregor, you could get a pretty good idea on how it must have been to be there at the time. Of course, some people argued that it was dealing with some white people when it was fact taking place in Thailand but, for once, it didn’t bother me as many tourists were indeed victims of the tsunami.
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People who added this item 1542 Average listal rating (1073 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.7
Argo (2012)

Notes: To my surprise, I really enjoyed this movie. I mean, I was expecting something good but not something so entertaining. Indeed, it seemed to be historically pretty accurate, it was a thrilling thriller and there were even some hilarious bits. Even the animated introduction was neat because it gave a context for the whole thing. Without it, the Iranians would have been some bloodthirsty hysterical fanatics but, with this intro, you were able to understand that there was once upon a time a legit prime minister who took care off his people, nationalizing the petroleum industry in the process. But, of course, the American government didn't like this and replaced him with the Sha who turned out to be a despote and after years of cruel dictactorship, the population turned to the Muslim fundamentalists. All this information that you get within the first minutes of this movie was crucial because it allowed you understand how the whole situation turned out to be so terrible. It gave a great nuance about their endeavour. Indeed, Mendez was a great hero and the CIA did a terrific job but they also messed up this contry for decades so two sides were displayed. After that, I don't know, I thought it was just quite thrilling. I mean, I did like 'Gone Baby Gone' and 'The Town' but I never thought that either one were really that amazing. However, this flick was a total different kind of ball game. It was slick, smart, emotional and, sometimes, just plain fun. Of course, there were a few issues. The first one, obviously, was that you knew from the start that they were going to make it so for us, viewers, there was never much at stake as for those poor fellows. Still, Affleck managed to make it quite nail-biting. The other issue I had was that, at some point, there were couple of scenes where the military police were just missing them for a few minutes. It didn't work very well but it didn't spoil the whole thing.
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People who added this item 1856 Average listal rating (1285 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.7

Notes: In my opinion, his movie was just really amazing. I even shed a few tears, something that never happened to me before. First of all, the characters and the whole story really touched me personally as I was reminded of how I met my wife and why we ended up together in the first place. Finally, it was just a terrific movie with some real characters, with some real issues, dealing with their emotions and making me laugh and cry. I was also impressed by Bradley Cooper. Man, this guy seems to be the real deal. Indeed, only a few years back, he got his breakthrough with 'The Hangover' as a supposedly funny guy, then he became quickly another pretty face but, now, he is profiling himself as a genuinely talented dramatic actor. Concerning Jennifer Lawrence who actually won the Academy award for this performance, I'm not so sure. To be honest, in my opinion, she was actually too young for this part but she was solid and she definitely had some strong chemisty with Cooper. Eventually, I just loved this flick, it is basically an awesome drama and a great romantic-comedy.
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Notes: To be honest, at first, I was a little bit worried that it would be yet another feature about a shy kid struggling in high-school but, eventually, it turned out to be maybe not the very best movie in this genre but at least certainly one of the very best. Where should I start? Basically, pretty much everything was pitch-perfect, going from the chosen actors for each part, to the realistic and engrossing relationships between the characters involved. I have to admit that it is sometimes difficult for a European to really understand the weird connection between the Americans and their high-school time but, with this movie, I was completely able to relate with what the main character was going through. From the moment you come into your new classroom, you start to think that it will never work out and you will probably spend the rest of the year alone sitting in a corner, but, somehow, you start a trivial conversation with someone, discovering some kindred spirit and you finally come to the conclusion that, after all, it will be fine and, if you're lucky, you might even have the best time of your life.
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People who added this item 1782 Average listal rating (1199 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.9
Life of Pi (2012)

Notes: It turned out to be a really fascinating story, a gorgeous movie to look at and I'm really glad I'm managed to watch it in the movie theater and in 3D. Pretty much like the late Roger Ebert, I really dread this new 3D hype but Ang Lee used it very well and it definitely enhanced the whole experience. It is pretty funny to think that 10 years ago, Ang Lee was ridiculed for 'Hulk' (in my opinion, a feature criminally underrated and actually one of the best super-hero flicks ever made) above all for its really ugly CGI sequences. This time around, Lee didn't only manage to master the CGI, he made one of the best use of it I have witnessed. Just mind-blowing. Used properly it can be a great tool but it's unfortunate that nowadays it is mostly used to create some big robots, huge monsters or impossible explosions. So, it was visually fascinating and the story was also really interesting with some thoughts about fiction, reality, religion and rationality.
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People who added this item 900 Average listal rating (538 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.7

Notes: Eventually, I was quite blown away by the whole thing and, in my opinion, it was one of the most beautiful and intense love stories I have ever seen. Rightfully, Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos were heralded for their performances and they were both just mesmerizing to behold. Seriously, I still can’t stop thinking about their relationship which was so raw and realistic. This is basically the kind of relationship we all dream to have once in our lifetime. To be honest, I have to admit that not everything did work though. Of course, there is the matter of those very explicit sex scenes. Indeed, on one hand, it felt really voyeuristic and it seemed to be a very masculine point of view on lesbian love. You might wonder if those scenes really added something valuable to the story but, on the other hand, you might argue that they matched the intensity of their feelings for each other. Another thing that did bother me was the fact that I didn’t really grasp the chronology. Indeed, at some point, there was some kind of flash-forward and the previous conflicts in Adéle’s life (with her parents, her school friends) were just wiped away and never mentioned again. Anyway, in spite of these flaws, it was still an amazing love story.
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People who added this item 679 Average listal rating (423 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.5

Notes: For about 20 years, I have been faithfully following the Coen brothers but, to be honest, it had been a while since they really blew me away. Indeed, even after watching ‘No Country for Old Men’ twice, I still didn’t think it was one of the best films ever made, or even one of their best movies. The main issue with the Coen brothers is that it all depends on my mood. Depending on when I would watch one of their movies, I would either love it or it would make me indifferent. Apparently, this time, I was in a great mood since I really loved this flick. Indeed, I thought it was quite hilarious, one of their best sardonic comedies. Llewin Davis was a great character, some guy who decided at some point to become a folk singer but was never able to breakthrough, partly because of his lack of luck and partly because of his obnoxious behavior. It was such a flawed individual, indeed quite talented with his guitar and songs but so socially awkward and stubbornly making the wrong decisions. Obviously, it was a star making performance for Oscar Isaac but the rest of the cast, especially John Goodman was really good as well. The only issue I would have is that the whole thing was maybe too episodic but it was a minor flaw.
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People who added this item 41 Average listal rating (26 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.7

Notes: This time again, I didn’t know anything about it, which is the best way to watch a movie. It was again a really heartbreaking but powerful story with some solid directing and some impressive acting by some teenagers with no prior acting experience. In fact, it was the directing debut of Diego Quemada-Díez, a Spanish guy, who has worked before mostly as a camera operator. Anyway, even though you have heard the stories, read the news about it, I have even seen a couple of movies about the subject, it was still really a tough watch though. Basically, you follow a group of teenagers going from Guatemala to the USA, without any money, and death and despair awaits them a every corner. Once again, I reached the same conclusion that anti-immigration laws are rather pointless. Indeed, if someone lives in a country without hope for a decent future, they will take all the risks to get somewhere else where they might find some better opportunities. It is inherent to human nature and it will never be stopped and it has more than often some tragic outcome for the people involved.
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People who added this item 316 Average listal rating (192 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.3

Notes: This time, the Dardenne brothers came up with some mix between a social drama and a thriller and the end-result was once again quite impressive. At first, I might have had some doubts about the fact they were working with such an international star like Marion Cotillard (something unique for the Belgian directors) but there was eventually nothing to worry about as Cotillard delivered once again a really strong performance. Indeed, in contrary to some other actresses like Charlize Theron or Nicole Kidman, the french woman didn't require some heavy make-up to become a really believable working-class woman. The only thing that didn't completely work for me concerning this character was the fact that she was a recovering depressive woman. I mean, for how long was she sick? Probably for months and this sickness seemed to make her a liability. As a result, it made it almost understandable that her bosses would want to sack her and I think this tale would have been more powerful if she would have been healthy. Still, what a strong social drama! For each colleague she meets, you get to see a different reaction, a different set of emotions, all human, sometimes rather despicable but always relatable and understandable.
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People who added this item 1595 Average listal rating (1077 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8
Her (2014)

Notes: At last, after being literally lost for so many years making 'Where the Wild Things Are', Spike Jonze was finally back and the end-result was once again pretty terrific. Indeed, he basically made a fascinating movie which worked on so many levels. Sure, I really liked the minimalistic style and the whole thing was visually really appealing but it went way beyond that. For example, it might sound crazy to have the main character fall in love with his operating system but in a world where we barely speak to our next-door neighbours and yet manage to have 3000 friends on Facebook or having a deep relationship with someone living at the other side of the globe, are we really so far from this reality? Talking about reality, is the physical world much more significant than any virtual world? And what is the foundation of our relationships? Is it something really physical or is it in fact the interactions that we have we one and another? This movie went really deep into those questions without of course giving any answers but the process displayed was just mesmerizing.
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People who added this item 1043 Average listal rating (664 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.9
Boyhood (2014)

Notes: I actually already heard about this movie 6 or 8 before it was released and, of course, I was really intrigued by this concept but, to be honest, I didn’t expect it to be so amazing. I mean, sure, it is a very nice gimmick (shooting a movie over a period of 12 years starting with a boy at 6 years old until he reaches 18 years old) but a gimmick remains a gimmick unless you manage to do something great with it. Well, Richard Linklater certainly did something quite amazing here. Indeed, a traditional movie would give you a nice story, a great story if you’re lucky, but here they gave us a genuine slice of life. Of course, you could argue that they could have shot a documentary and you would have ended up with the same results but I highly doubt it. Indeed, for almost 3 hours, you spend more than a decade with these characters and even though nothing hugely dramatic happens, the whole thing was just spellbinding to behold.
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People who added this item 1914 Average listal rating (1351 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8.6
Interstellar (2014)

Notes: Even though I had pretty much enough of the fanatism surrounding Christopher Nolan, I still have to admit that the guy displayed once again an impressive set of balls. Indeed, nowadays, the box-office is pretty much ruled by the super-heros, the young adult book adaptations, the sequels, the remakes, the reboots and you don't see many directors coming up with something really original and without 3D, on top of that. It seemed that Nolan's ambition is pretty much limitless as he decided to tackle this time an epic science-fiction feature reaching out for a seminal masterpiece like '2001: A Space Odyssey' and the guy almost pulled it off. I say almost because even though the whole thing was really entertaining, emotional and gorgeous to look at, the story was actually rather shaky and half of it didn't make much sense whatsoever. Above all, with this movie, you finally got a glimpse of Nolan's actual limitations. By now, we all pretty much agree that he is one of the most talented directors at work today but if you want to go all the way and make a really awesome masterpiece like his example Stanley Kubrick, he has to stop to please the average movie watcher by throwing some random action scenes here and there. It didn’t bother me with 'Inception' but, here, it was really obvious and rather annoying. Still, you get here some rather deep thoughts about life, death, love, the relativity of time and space and it was just exhilariting to see a blockbuster at least trying to tackle such ideas.
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People who added this item 210 Average listal rating (123 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.5
Son of Saul (2015)

Notes: I have to admit that I was 'glad' that I saw 'Shoah' not so long ago as it greatly helped me to understand what the hell was going on and to appreciate this impressive movie. To be honest, I'm not sure if you can get into this movie if your knowledge about the holocaust doesn't go beyond 'The Schindler's List' or what they teach you in school. Anyway, basically, with this movie, right from the beginning, you are immersed in some kind of chaotic and irrational mayhem, it's so relentless that the makers don't give you one single wide shot in order to breath, to take a few seconds to understand what just happened, to actually see and try to understand this whole situation. Instead, you stay close, very close, to some random man who also seems to act really irationally but, in such a doomed time and place, after spending your days helping to exterminate men, women and children, just so you could survive another day, was it in anyway possible to keep your sanity and act like a sensible human-being? Coming back to their choice of never really show what was exactly going on, the effect was so more powerful, effective and horrifying, as a result, you will never forget something that you actually never really saw.
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People who added this item 87 Average listal rating (60 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 8.2
13th (2016)

Notes: I’m glad I saw the damned thing and it was really good, even one of the best movies I have seen released so far in 2016. Of course, I knew already a lot of what they told but they went so much in depth in the subject and they chose some really interesting, well-spoken and knowledgeable speakers. It was really interesting that the problematic came all the way back from the end of the slavery but I was mostly shocked by the privatisation of the prison sector in the USA. I already saw something similar in ‘Sicko’, another very strong documentary delivered by Michael Moore, in which they displayed the damage done by the privatisation of the health sector. As a result, you get to see that there is so much money involved in the process, it can never be good that someone would open a prison and take care of prisoners in order to make some profit. Anyway, to conclude, it was a really strong documentary.
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People who added this item 126 Average listal rating (76 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.8
The Salesman (2016)

Notes: As usual, I didn’t know anything about the story before watching the damned thing and I have to admit that it took me a while to get into it but, pretty much like ‘Jodaeiye Nader az Simin’, it turned out to be another fascinating mix of a thriller with a realistic drama. Indeed, the core of the story was dealing with what did happen to Rana which was basically some pretty basic thriller setup. However, in the contrary to your average US thriller, there was no intrusive music cue telling what you should expect or what you should feel, in fact, there was no music whatsoever. Above all, what was so interesting was the fact that there were no good guys or bad guys. I mean, for example, you could argue that Emad was sometimes acting pretty much like a douchebag but, considering the circumstances, it was actually rather understandable and, in fact, it was completely relatable to me. Eventually, in my opinion, this movie was about the fact that the aftermath following a dramatic event can be just as or even more traumatic than the actual event itself. Anyway, Farhadi’s movies display such an indepth analysis of what it means to be human, it is just fascinating to behold and this movie was another great example.
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People who added this item 407 Average listal rating (297 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 7.9

Notes: To be honest, it took me a while to get into this movie. Indeed, I was at first slightly annoyed by this intellectual bourgeois family with their gorgeous house in Italy and, when Armie Hammer (basically your typical Greek god) showed up, I started to wonder if the damned would actually work for me. However, the whole thing was pretty slow and it really took its time but, eventually, it slowly won me over. Indeed, thanks to the slow pace, you really get the chance to follow Elio in his journey experiencing his first love and this journey was quite fascinating. Seriously, it is not very often that you get to see such a perfect depiction of the burgeoning of love and it has been a while since I have seen such a convincing love story. Concerning Timothée Chalamet, I kept hearing some great things about this guy and now I understand why he is considered as one of the most promising actors of his generation. Concerning Armie Hammer, ever since his breakthrough with ‘The Social Network’, the guy had been rather struggling but, with this flick, he made an impressive come-back.
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People who added this item 545 Average listal rating (360 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 6.6
Mother! (2017)

Notes: Following the polarizing responses towards this movie, I wasn't really sure what to expect but since I have always been a fan of Darren Aronosfky's work, I was still really eager to check it out. Well, I have to admit it, it was a difficult movie to read as the whole thing was just so bizarre and chaotic and I can imagine that not everyone might be able to connect with this picture. But that was also the real beauty of it, the fact that you could give it pretty much any meaning you want. Indeed, someone might think that it is a story about motherhood, some others might say it is about how chaotic our society and way of life have become. As far as I was concerned, it felt like a fascinating and endless nightmare, the way everything seemed familiar and yet odd at the same time and the way the main character seemed to be a mere spectator with no control over the events happening in front of her. Their world kept shifting, unfolding and exploding with some continuous random small or big events which felt really reminiscent to a nightmare, at least, to me, and this process was quite spellbinding to behold.
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People who added this item 425 Average listal rating (317 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.3
Hereditary (2018)

Notes: I really loved the damned thing and it turned out to be the best horror film I have seen for a very long time, no less than that. To be honest, it is definitely a slow-burn movie and, if you would expect a standard horror flick, you would be disappointed since at least 3/4 is actually a family drama. In fact, many viewers consider this movie as a drama but I can't remember the last time I watched a movie mixing these two genres so well. As a result, the dramatic parts managed to ground the story and the characters and you had more time to get to know and care about them. Still, the last 30 minutes, when the horror part finally really kicked in, were just so unsettling and pretty damned f*cking scary, it was just an awesome way to conclude this tale. Sure, you could argue that the outcome was after all rather predictable but it worked just fine for me. On top of that, I just loved that, even though some stuff was explained, they didn't chew out everything freaking details and the fact that some of it remained mysterious made the whole thing even more spellbinding to behold. And, of course, Toni Collette displayed once again that she is a terribly underrated character actress as she delivered here another really strong performance.
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Notes: Well, it turned out to be one of the finest documentaries I have seen in a very long time. What I liked the most was that there were just so many interesting layers. First of all, even though you might feel nothing about skateboarding, you'll have to admit that there was something quite spellbinding about watching these guys dashing through such a ugly urban landscape doing some incredible tricks. Indeed, in such a socially and economically deprived environment, they still found a way to push themselves creatively, honing their skills through hours of training, delivering something artistic while their relatives completely ignored them. But, of course, the whole thing went just way beyond skating. It was also an intimate look on these skaters and the fact that the director was one of them was something that you rarely get to see since, most of the time, a documentary maker is basically an outsider. As a result, the whole thing was just as much about Bing Liu himself than about his two friends. Concerning his buddies, it did help that they were both really charismatic. Anyway, I could go on forever, basically, it was a really strong documentary.
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People who added this item 293 Average listal rating (213 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 8.1

Notes: Basically, it was some kind of modern version of ‘Kramer vs. Kramer’ but while this fairly outdated movie only scratched the surface of this topic, this movie however went so deep, giving such a thoughtful and well balanced analysis on the subject. Above all, the biggest strength of this movie was to properly developed both sides of the equation displaying how devastating the whole process can be. I mean, it did make sense that Nicole wanted to get back to Los Angeles but it did make just as much sense that Charlie wanted to keep his whole family in New York. I did help as well that Scarlett Johansson gave here the best performance of her career so far (Adam Driver was also pretty amazing though). This movie also provides the best explanation on why most relationships are actually pretty much doomed to fail nowadays. Indeed, basically, the main reason why Nicole and Charlie eventually got a divorce was because they both wanted it all. Indeed, to make it work, one of them should have been able to sacrifice their own wish, Nicole could have stayed in New York or Charlie could have dropped his work and go to live in Los Angeles but neither of them wanted to let it go. But to have it all is just a massive pipe dream which crushes so many couple like the one displayed here. And, yet, this amazing movie shows how messy we are but also that our messy nature makes us, human beings, actually quite fascinating to behold.
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