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1001 Movies Chosen By Johanlefourbe

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2020

People who added this item 45 Average listal rating (27 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 9
Hamilton (2020)


Notes: To be honest, I have to admit that I was rather sceptical at first. Indeed, I have to admit that I had never heard of this musical of even of Alexander Hamilton himself before watching this flick. To make things worse, in general, I’m not a huge fan of musicals and the idea of watching 150 mins of non-stop singing with no straight dialogue whatsoever on a single stage didn’t sound really appealing to me. However, to my surprise, I really loved the damned thing. Indeed, right from the very first song, I was impressed by the lyrics and the singing skills of this crew and I was pretty much hooked. He did help that Lin-Manuel Miranda had some major hip-hop influence for his lyrics and it was rather surprising how well it worked within such an historical context. But the damned thing was not only seriously entertaining, it was educational and, within a little more than 2 hours, you get also some fascinating crash-course about a crucial period of the history of the United States. Eventually, this movie was also a great reminder that the USA as a country, in spite of its flaws and various mistakes, remains intriguing and, to go back to its foundations and focus on its most overlooked founding father was just so fascinating.
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2019

People who added this item 302 Average listal rating (214 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 8


Notes: Basically, it was some kind of modern version of ‘Kramer vs. Kramer’ but while this fairly outdated movie only scratched the surface of this topic, this movie however went so deep, giving such a thoughtful and well balanced analysis on the subject.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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People who added this item 548 Average listal rating (404 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.6
Parasite (2019)


Notes: I can imagine that, if you are not familiar with Bong Joon Ho's work, the constant changes of tone can be rather overwhelming. However, as far as I'm concerned, I always thought it was so bold and I don't know many directors who can so easily blend a drama, with a comedy, a thriller and a social satire. This mix was pretty much irresistible and I loved the way the Korean director kept setting the audience on the wrong foot. On top of that, it was also a great critic on our current way of life in which the gap between rich and poor is getting only bigger. Basically, even if they are geographically close by, the two extreme sides of our society seem to live in two completely different worlds with barely no connection or communication between them whatsoever. Eventually, the only thing that didn't really work for me were the massive switch the 'poor' family kept doing during the whole duration. Indeed, when they would be together, they would always all act like some pathetic and hopeless drunks but, from the moment they would be with the 'rich' family, they would suddenly completely change their behaviour, manners and speech in such a drastic way that it would make any professional spy like James Bond really jealous. Anyway, to conclude, even if it was maybe not a complete home-run, it was still a really wild and bold directing effort from Bong Joon Ho.
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2018

People who added this item 15 Average listal rating (9 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 8.2


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 436 Average listal rating (326 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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2017

People who added this item 837 Average listal rating (585 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 8


Notes: To be honest, even though it was indeed really good, I don't think it was really so great after all. I have actually a strong feeling that many critics and viewers have overpraised this movie because everybody pretty much dismissed its predecessor when it was released when it was in fact a masterpiece so, this time around, they didn't want to feel like some idiots. Anyway, coming back to our main feature, sure, it was visually really neat and it was quite amazing to come back to this fascinating futuristic world but it was not as groundbreaking as I expected. Same thing about the story, I mean, it was pretty neat to see a sequel coming so long after the previous installment with a really decent story but, once again, the story in 'Blade Runner' worked better for me and I didn't help that the damned thing was just so long. Even the soundtrack which was very nice was not present enough in my opinion. On the positive side, I really loved how they developed Ryan Gosling's character who was really complex and constantly interesting and entertaining. Anyway, don't believe the hype, it was a very good movie, no doubt about it, and Denis Villeneuve displayed once again that he is easily one of the best directors at work nowadays, but it is probably not a revolutionary masterpiece like its predecessor was and still is.
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People who added this item 547 Average listal rating (363 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 415 Average listal rating (302 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 801 Average listal rating (563 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.9
Dunkirk (2017)


Notes: It was another box-office hit for Christopher Nolan which is even more remarkable since you wouldn't expect a movie dealing with WWII to be able to compete with your usual summer blockbusters. Still, to be honest, I don't think it will be remembered as one of his best movies, at least, not by me. I mean, sure, I was glad that he was at last doing something else than a super-hero flick or some high-concept science-fiction thriller, but at the end of the day, even if it looked different, it was still yet another thriller, something he has been doing through his whole career. Furthermore, I have seen my share of movies dealing with this conflict and, even though it was still a really good movie, I have seen better to be honest. On top of that, I didn't care much for the mixed chronology and it didn't help that none of the involved characters was developed at all. Still, from a technical point of view, it was really impressive and I have to admit that this movie was still quite spellbinding.
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2016

People who added this item 88 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 131 Average listal rating (80 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 222 Average listal rating (138 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.2
Fences (2016)


Notes: Basically, it is the story of an ordinary man but it doesn't mean it was not interesting, in the contrary. However, in spite of the fact that he was ordinary or because he was in fact ordinary, he was also really complex and therefore quite fascinating to behold. It would be easy to judge him and the decisions he made but you have keep in mind his background and, at the end of the day, he tried his best like we all should do and the end-result was a mix of pain, pleasure, anger, bliss and frustration which is basically what life is all about. Of course, Denzel Washington should be praised as, even though he gave himself the lead role, he removed all the glamour around his status, he completely disappeared in this character and delivered easily one of his best performances. With Viola Davis, he had a terrific partner, she was also very strong and displayed once again that she is one of the most interesting actresses at work nowadays.
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People who added this item 201 Average listal rating (130 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.9


Notes: I have been faithfully following Ken Loach for more than 20 years and, to be honest, I has been a while that the guy delivered something so impressive. Indeed, Loach managed to deliver one of his best movies which was rather unexpected as many including myself thought that his best movies were already behind him. Anyway, once again, he gave us another socially relevant and really powerful tale and, in this case, it was even more heartbreaking as it all felt terribly familiar. Indeed, my wife has been terribly ill for already 8 years and, even though we live in the Netherlands and not in the UK, she had to face the same fight with the bureaucracy to have her invalid status acknowledged and approved. Like Daniel Blake, she had a similar interview with a so-called 'insurance specialist' who asked her if she could raise her arms and other ridiculous things like that and, just like Daniel Blake, their conclusion was that she was fit to work when at least 5 specialist doctors testified that she was in no condition to work. This battle lasted at least 4 years and what's so outrageous is that such organisations should be meant to help people but, in fact, there are in place to make sure the government's budget doesn't get red. As a result, you have some seriously sick people who spend hours, days, months dealing with this matter which eventually turns into a huge battle when they should be in fact focusing on their recovery. Well, in this movie, Ken Loach completely captured this social nightmare, the realism was just uncanny and it is not hard to believe that some women would choose to get into prostitution as ruthless gangsters and pimps might seem to be eventually more helpful than the so-called social welfare system.
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People who added this item 554 Average listal rating (381 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.5


Notes: Since I really loved 'A Single Man', I was really glad that Tom Ford was finally coming up with a follow-up after 8 long years and I was really eager to check the damned thing. Well, I wasn't disappointed, that's for sure. I think the thing I enjoyed the most about this movie was how completely different it was from its predecessor. I mean, both films were visually really neat but that was pretty much the only thing they had in common. The next thing I really enjoyed was the way he managed to perfectly mix the different timelines and storylines. Indeed, it is something really tricky to do, in fact, it can be a useless and annoying gimmick but it worked here so well and I'm pretty sure that these different tales wouldn't have worked so much if they would have been told separately. The only thing that I was slightly confused about was the age of the characters in the present time. As a result, I did miss the fact that the main character received the book maybe 20 years after divorcing her first husband but it was probably because I didn't pay enough attention. Anyway, once again, Tom Ford came up with another fascinating tale.
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2015

People who added this item 211 Average listal rating (124 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 218 Average listal rating (131 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.7


Notes: I have to admit it, pretty much everything you get to see was actually rather predictable but it was still a really powerful tale. I also really appreciated the fact the movie didn’t focus on some white man or white woman, which is very often the case when a movie takes place in Africa (see ‘Blood Diamonds’, ‘Shooting Dogs’, ‘Cry Freedom’, ‘The Last King of Scotland’…). Of course, you might argue that one of the most important character was played by a British actor but Idris Elba was just really good here so it worked fine for me. While watching this, I wonder how they came up with this story because the amount of details was really impressive and the whole thing felt really realistic. The other thing that I was thinking about while watching this movie is that, even though the people in such countries have a shortage of anything, yet, there are still plenty of guns and bullets which is just sad and to see all these young children forced to become some ruthless killers was just downright heartbreaking.
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People who added this item 689 Average listal rating (518 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.6
Sicario (2015)


Notes: To be honest, even though I thought it was really good, I have to admit that it didn't completely blow me away though. I mean, it was definitely a strong production, no doubt it, with a great cast, a very solid directing and one of the best stories about the war on drugs I have seen for a very long time. While watching this, somehow, I couldn't stop thinking about all the people going on holidays in Mexico. I mean, how could you go there to have some fun when you are aware of all the atrocities going on in this country? So, it was definitely some strong and dark material and, yet, something bothered me about the damned thing though. Basically, you are pretty much like Emily Blunt's character, they keep you in the dark during the whole thing and, as a result, the plot was sometimes rather murky, I'm not sure if I was really able to follow everything and now that I have seen the damned thing, I'm not sure that everything really made sense. Anyway, even though it wasn’t a complete home-run, it was not far from it though.
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People who added this item 997 Average listal rating (736 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.8


Notes: At first, I actually had some doubts about this flick. Indeed, even though I have enjoyed everything released by Quentin Tarantino, in my opinion, all his recent releases ('Django Unchained', 'Inglourious Basterds', 'Kill Bill') have been seriously overrated. Well, at last, the guy has made an amazing come-back, delivering his best movie since many years. I mean, this time, even though it was maybe not perfect, it surely came close. Basically, not only it was a gorgeous Western with a great soundtrack by the legendary Ennio Morricone, it was also combined with a spellbinding thriller, some kind of mystery that could have come out of an Agatha Christie novel or an Alfred Hitchcock movie and this combination was just really spellbinding. Indeed, even though everyone talks during this movie, you are never sure what's actually their agenda and, during the whole thing, the only thing you can be sure is that none of them can be trusted. Eventually, what impressed me the most was how well written the whole thing was. Obviously, Tarantino has quite a reputation in this area but, recently, I thought he took himself really for granted with some half-baked results. Here, it was totally focused with some really hilarious dialogues, some very well developed characters and a tale that finally kept me on the edge of my set until the very end.
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2014

People who added this item 1044 Average listal rating (663 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 1921 Average listal rating (1361 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 315 Average listal rating (191 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 322 Average listal rating (195 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8.1
Mommy (2014)


Notes: With this directing effort, Xavier Dolan has delivered some of his best work so far. Indeed, the damned thing was a fascinating drama. Basically, the Canadian made a full circle and came back to a similar tale developed in his directing debut, ‘J'ai tué ma mère'. Indeed, it was again about the struggle between a (very) difficult teenager and his mother, except that the end-result was this time much stronger and I think I have never seen before a better representation of ADHD disorder. The other masterstroke was for Dolan to step aside this time and give the lead to Antoine-Olivier Pilon who was just fascinating in this movie. Then, to make this cast pretty much perfect, Dolan brought back his 2 muses, Anne Dorval and Suzanne Clément, who were fine as well, especially Dorval. To be honest, I wish they developed a little bit more what was going on between Suzanne Clément’s character and her family but it was the only minor flaw in this movie.
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People who added this item 1276 Average listal rating (964 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.5
Whiplash (2014)


Notes: In my opinion, it is basically some kind of dark version of 'Fame' mixed with a nail-biting thriller. Still, even though J.K. Simmons was really amazing, giving the best performance of his career, they went really far with this character. I mean, the guy was just downright awful and, at some point, I started to have a hard time believing that someone would accept to be treated like that. But, basically, that's the whole point of this movie, is it all really worth it? For most of the duration of this movie, the answer would be a resounding 'NO' and, then, they brought up this amazing ending with a music piece lasting almost 10 minutes with a solo drum of about 5 minutes. At that moment, you basically don't know anymore as the main character, also very played by Miles Teller, seemed to have reached another level of musical awesomeness, and then again, you start to think, maybe it was worth it after all. That's basically the tricky thing with Arts like music and cinema, even if you are a freaking genius, you still have to work with other people and many of these geniuses are famous to have treated their colleagues like garbage. That's maybe the problem in this case, you never really get to see exactly what makes Fletcher so amazing and it makes it harder to swallow his awful behaviour. And, yet, this ending made clear that both student and professor were chasing perfection but I guess we'll never know if they will ever be able to find it.
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People who added this item 1662 Average listal rating (1145 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 8.1


Notes: To be honest, I always had a hard time with Wes Anderson. I mean, I always admired his work and his movies have always been visually impressive but I was missing something in his stories and I usually didn’t connect with them very well. Anyway, at last, with this movie, he finally nailed it. Indeed, he finally managed to mix his whimsical visual style and his hilarious characters with a very entertaining plot. To be honest, I still think I prefer ‘Fantastic Mr. Fox’ but this movie is definitely not far behind. Along the years, Wes Andeson has managed to get many interesting actors under his wings and it seemed that they all showed up for this movie. Indeed, every single character was played by some known figure and you might wonder if it was not really distracting but it actually worked out fine. Of course, Ralph Fiennes played the main character with a lot of gusto and he delivered once again a terrific performance. He is and remains one of the best actors of his generation and he was definitely one of the reasons why this movie worked so well. Still, at the end of the day, what was this movie all about? Nothing much, I’m afraid. But does it have to be? Not necessarily, especially when it is so entertaining.
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Notes: Through the years, the Academy has made some poor choices but, lately, I have to admit that they finally got it right and this movie was definitely a worthy winner. Eventually, I still think that 'Boyhood' was in fact a better choice but this flick was really not far behind and I liked it a lot. To be honest, I thought that the actual play was in fact about Birdman so I was expecting something slightly different but that wasn't a big deal, in the contrary. What we got here was a very smart, very well directed movie with some really impressive performances. Indeed, it was filled with some very long takes and you can imagine that it must have been rather daunting for the actors involved (apparently, Inarritu was actually eager to shot the whole thing in one single take but the actual merit of this rare technic is rather questionable if you ask me). For Inarritu, it is the crowning of an already impressive and pretty much flawless career and, for all the actors involved (Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts), it was a definitely a very high point in their career.
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2013

People who added this item 185 Average listal rating (111 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.1


Notes: I wasn't disappointed as the whole thing turned out to be a fascinating documentary about a potential masterpiece that was actually never made. Of course, it was equally frustrating to see such a visionary director gathering all these great talents together when in fact we will never have the opportunity to see the damned thing. Still, while watching this movie, I was rather amazed that all the people involved actually believed that this movie was actually doable, especially at the time. Furthermore, I was also wondering actually how it actually all ended and, to be honest, I'm rather surprised that those guys thought that they could to go to Hollywood with their ambitious but also really insane project and expect that they would been given at least 15 millions dollars which was, at the time, a huge sum of money. In fact, why didn't they try in Europe or why didn't they try to finance it independently? Anyway, eventually, Jodorowsky would turn to comic-books, a much more flexible Art form in which money doesn't play such a huge part like in the movie business, creating some amazing masterpieces like 'L'Incal' which happens to be my all-time favorite comic-book.
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People who added this item 1598 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 898 Average listal rating (537 ratings) 7.5 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 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 682 Average listal rating (424 ratings) 7.4 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 1141 Average listal rating (796 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8.1
Prisoners (2013)


Notes: First of all, I have to say that I'm usually not a huge fan of such thrillers because they rely way too much on the usual tricks and gimmicks. Well, this one was really a different kind of ball game and it was easily the best movie I have seen in this genre for many years. Where should I start? First, it was emotionally so intense, you spent more than 2 hours with these characters and, at some point, it became pretty much a genuine nightmare. I mean, thanks to some stellar performances and some really solid writing, you get so close to the characters, not only the parents but also the detective looking for those girls, that it became so believable that you could feel their agony and despair. At some point, following this terrible predicament, one of the parents makes a terrible judgment call but how many parents, in the same situation wouldn't do the same? Following 'Incendies', it is another spellbinding thriller delivered by Denis Villeneuve who once again pushed the viewers in the darkest corners of the human mind and, once again, I will keep thinking about this flick for many days.
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People who added this item 1933 Average listal rating (1275 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 8.2


Notes: I thought it was so entertaining and actually downright hilarious which wasn’t something I really expected. During some scenes, especially when DiCaprio was heavily intoxicated, he gave us some real slapstick and it actually worked like a charm. I mean, even though there was a really solid supporting cast, the focus was put on Jordan Belfort and as a result, DiCaprio had basically to carry the whole thing on his shoulders. He did a fine job, supported by the fine directing provided by Martin Scorsese, but honestly, by now, we know pretty well that he can play the talented but very neurotic characters like no one else and it would be nice if he tried something else for once. Furthermore, the other characters were not very well developed since they didn’t get much space in my opinion which is rather surprising since the movie lasted 3 hours. And, indeed, it was rather long and you wonder so many times when Belfort will finally get caught and eventually fall down. Anyway, even though it might not the best movie made by the duo Scorsese-DiCaprio, it was still terribly entertaining and easily the most hilarious film released in 2013.
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People who added this item 860 Average listal rating (612 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.8


Notes: Even though Paul Greengrass eventually became famous thanks to the Bourne franchise, I actually always preferred his very realistic thrillers based on some historical events and he was coming up this time with something similar. There was one slight difference though. Indeed, with this movie, we were not dealing with some real historical event though, even if the background was definitely realistic and compelling, but with a supposedly true story told from one specific angle and some people already argued that Richard Phillips might not have been such a great guy after all. Anyway, in this case, I didn't really care if the story was true or not, I just enjoyed the fact that it was a really believable and very well made thriller. Indeed, except for Tom Hanks and Catherine Keener, all the actors were pretty much unknown and the way they behaved and talked made me believe that they were actually the real thing. There was only one area which sometimes was off though. Indeed, half of the time the Somali pirates were talking, the English they used was just way too complex for some guys who probably had very little contact with English speaking people. Also, it could have been interesting if they had developed a little bit more the background of the Somali pirates, it was nice that they gave us a glimpse of their life but this glimpse could have been extended. However, I would rather have such a realistic documentary-like thriller than any preposterous feature coming from Hollywood.
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Short Term 12 (2013)


Notes: Eventually, I was seriously impressed by the damned thing and I'm not surprised that it gave Brie Larson's deserved breakthrough. The first thing I enjoyed was the fact they didn't give a tedious introduction to make sure that the viewers understood what was going on. Sure, Rami Malek was playing a new employee on his first day so they gave him a few tips, obviously, to still informed somehow the viewers but, fortunately, they didn't focus too much on his character. Anyway, the way they presented this foster-care facility felt so realitisc and, very often, it felt like watching a fascinating documentary. I have to admit that I did struggle a little bit with how much time they spent on the private life of the co-workers and, to be honest, I don't think that someone with so much personal baggage like the main character was actually really suited for this kind of job. On the other hand, it was really interesting to see someone so damaged who had decided to help such kids in need until she got to the point that she couldn't handle anymore the pressure because her work reminded her that she should also face her own demons.
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People who added this item 632 Average listal rating (372 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.3


Notes: Somehow, the vampires have been an endless source of inspiration for the filmmakers, ever since 'Nosferatu' was made about 100 years ago, and while most of the mainstream features like 'Twilight' are terribly underwhelming, Jim Jarmusch managed to come up with something fresh and original. Indeed, instead of the usual boring action scenes, you get here a fascinating and melancholic character study about some of these night creatures. Once again with this director, the soundtrack was just perfect and mesmerizing and, with Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton, he couldn't have found some better actors. To be honest, there were a couple of things that did bother me though. For example, how on Earth a vampire should be able to die like that? It seemed to be an odd choice. Furthermore, those vampires were apparently filthy rich and with such wealth, it shouldn't be really difficult to find some blood and, yet, they act as if they are going to die soon. Anyway, even though it was probably missing something to be truly amazing, I still thoroughly enjoyed it.
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People who added this item 617 Average listal rating (402 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.4
Mud (2013)


Notes: To be honest, even though I did like ‘Take Shelter’, it didn’t completely blow me away but Jeff Nichols definitely displayed some potential and I was really eager to watch his following directing effort. Eventually, I was quite impressed by this flick. The first thing I really enjoyed was the pitch-perfect depiction of teenage first love they gave here. Indeed, pretty much like this young boy, I was 14 years old when I had my first ‘girlfriend’, she was a friend of my sister and she was 18 years old. So, I pretty much knew exactly what the guy was feeling and coming through and it was pretty much flawless in my opinion. Sure, you can argue that it was just a detail but that’s why this movie was so good, it’s because so many details were done right. Indeed, the way the boys were interacting with each other, pretty much everything done by Matthew McConaughey who has managed to become one of the most exciting actors at the time erasing decades of underwhelming work, how Jeff Nichols managed to give this time and place a real genuine feeling, all those details worked so well for me.
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People who added this item 1780 Average listal rating (1195 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 1857 Average listal rating (1283 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 1543 Average listal rating (1075 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 1231 Average listal rating (671 ratings) 7.1 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 771 Average listal rating (482 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 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 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 211 Average listal rating (134 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.8


Notes: Thanks to my filmclub, I discovered Felix Van Groeningen and I was quite eager to check this movie which was apparently his best directing effort so far. Well, I wasn't disappointed, that's for sure, as the damned thing turned out to be a fascinating and heartbreaking drama. I mean, to be honest, the story itself was actually rather generic. Basically, they gave us a nice couple who falls in love and when everything seems to be perfect for them, they are faced with a massive tragedy which was obviously nothing new. However, the big difference with this movie is that this couple was just fascinating to follow. Indeed, even though they were immensely charismatic, they didn't feel like the usual super-stars you get in your typical Hollywood production, they felt like some genuinely regular people which made them much more mesmerizing to follow. It did help that the music they played was just amazing and, of course, Van Groeningen should get some credit as well as the directing was really strong here. Hell, even this usually terribly useless and annoying gimmick of going back and forth in time worked very well thanks to him.
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People who added this item 338 Average listal rating (230 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8.2


Notes: Since I kept hearing some really good things about this flick, I was really eager to check it out and, boy, I wasn’t disappointed. First of all, contrary to some other similar documentaries dealing with some lost music artists like ‘Anvil: The Story of Anvil’ or ‘The Devil and Daniel Johnston’, Rodriguez’ music was actually pretty good and some of his songs have some mesmerizing quality ('Crucify your mind' totally gave me the goosebumps). So, that was a already good start but the best part was this incredible tale about this artist who never had any mainstream success at all anywhere in the world but, somehow, became a huge icon in South African as big as Elvis Presley or the Beatles. I was glad I didn’t know much about the guy or this movie beforehand (like the majority of the rest of the world) because this movie had some major twists. I think I shouldn’t talk much about it because I don’t want to spoil it but the last 30 minutes were pretty messianic. This tale ends up on a really inspiring note and this Rodriguez guy turned out to be one of the most intriguing music artists I have ever heard of.
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2011

People who added this item 974 Average listal rating (630 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 1199 Average listal rating (813 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 1384 Average listal rating (854 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.2
Shame (2011)


Notes: Once again, Steve McQueen really impressed me and it is not very often that you come across a director who managed to deliver so much quality with just 3 movies (It's too bad that I didn't care much for 'Widows'). The only thing I’m worried is that the whole dreariness of his tales might become a gimmick at some point if he keeps throwing at us such dark and relentless dramas. Anyway, this time, he gave us a rather painful portrait of a man driven by his obsession and how his life constantly revolved around this obsession and nothing else. Since I’m a rather obsessive person myself, it was rather confronting and I could definitely relate with him in the way that, even though his constant search for sex gave him a purpose, it also made him emotionless and completely unable to connect or socialize with other human beings. At least, junkies or alcoholists usually have an active (albeit sick) social life but the main character here chose not to have such a social life, probaby because of the shame he constantly felt. Once again, Michael Fassbender who is obviously one of the greatest actors of his generation gave a fearless performance and it is really astonishing that he wasn’t even nominated at the Academy awards.
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People who added this item 422 Average listal rating (291 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 7.1
Margin Call (2011)


Notes: Not so long before I watched this movie, I saw ‘Inside Job’ which was a really praised documentary about the same subject and it was great to then see a fictional take on those events. Somehow, it reminded me also of ‘Glengarry Glen Ross’ except that the resonance was just way bigger this time. First of all, there was a great cast (Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Irons, Zachary Quinto, Penn Badgley, Simon Baker, Stanley Tucci), they all gave some really good performances and I enjoyed the fact that there was no main character and no real bag guy either. The only weakest link would be Demi Moore who tried her best but I really couldn't buy her as an executive. Anyway, I thought it was a fascinating story. I mean, maybe if you don’t care about economics, about the process behind speculation, it might be dull for you but, personally, I couldn’t wait to see what would happen next even though I already knew how it would end. The most brilliant thing is that, even though some characters might come over as despicable, their behavior, actions and words always made sense which made for some really interesting situations. Eventually, at the end of the day, it gave another example that the whole stock-market system was (and probably still is) rotten to the core.
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Movies that I need to rewatch:
- City Lights (1931)
- M (1931)
- Ladri di biciclette (1948)
- Nora inu (1949)
- Rashomon (1950)
- A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
- Les diaboliques (1955)
- Det sjunde inseglet (1957)
- Les quatre cents coups (1959)
- The Hustler (1961)
- La notte (1961)
- Lolita (1962)
- To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
- La baie des anges (1963)
- Tengoku to jigoku (1963)
- America America (1963)
- Belle de jour (1967)
- Teorema (1968)
- A Clockwork Orange (1971)
- Johnny Got His Gun (1971)
- Straw Dogs (1971)
- État de siège (1972)
- La grande bouffe (1973)
- Scarecrow (1973)
- Taxi Driver (1976)
- Life of Brian (1979)
- Coup de tête (1979)
- Manhattan (1979)
- The Elephant Man (1980)
- Le roi et l'oiseau (1980)
- La femme de l'aviateur (1981)
- Sophie's Choice (1982)
- Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (1983)
- Birdy (1984)
- Paris, Texas (1984)
- Amadeus (1984)
- Brazil (1985)
- My Beautiful Laundrette (1985)
- The Emerald Forest (1985)
- Out of Rosenheim (1987)
- Hotaru no haka (1988)
- Camille Claudel (1988)
- Do the Right Thing (1989)
- My Left Foot: The Story of Christy Brown (1989)
- Drugstore Cowboy (1989)
- Roger & Me (1989)
- An Angel at My Table (1990)
- Shattered (1991)
- Delicatessen (1991)
- Dead Again (1991)
- L.627 (1992)
- The Crying Game (1992)
- Bad Lieutenant (1992)
- Damage (1992)
- Bitter Moon (1992)
- Bob Roberts (1992)
- In the Name of the Father (1993)
- A Perfect World (1993)
- Arizona Dream (1993)
- Caro diario (1993)
- Exotica (1994)
- Shallow Grave (1994)
- Once Were Warriors (1994)
- Les roseaux sauvages (1994)
- Little Odessa (1994)
- La cérémonie (1995)
- Smoke (1995)
- Butterfly Kiss (1995)
- Living in Oblivion (1995)
- To Die For (1995)
- Microcosmos: Le peuple de l'herbe (1996)
- Mars Attacks! (1996)
- Nil by Mouth (1997)
- Pâfekuto burû (Perfect Blue) (1997)
- Mad City (1997)
- The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
- Ôdishon (1999)
- eXistenZ (1999)
- Yi yi (2000)
- L'emploi du temps (2001)
- Frailty (2001)
- The Tailor of Panama (2001)
- Bowling for Columbine (2002)
- Amen. (2002)
- De Tweeling (2002)
- 25th Hour (2002)
- Dogville (2003)
- Red Dust (2004)
- Finding Neverland (2004)
- Simon (2004)
- Mar adentro (2004)x
- Layer Cake (2004)
- Paradise Now (2005)
- Murderball (2005)
- Munich (2005)
- A History of Violence (2005)
- Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005)
- The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007)
- There Will Be Blood (2008)
- Man on Wire (2008)
- The Reader (2008)
- Entre les murs (2008)
- WALL·E (2008)x
- In the Loop (2009)
- Saul fia (2015)x

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