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December

People who added this item 112 Average listal rating (74 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 7
Saltburn (2023)

2023




Director: Emerald Fennell
Her 2nd Movie
My 2nd movie watched from the director




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Top Ten Performances - Rosamund Pike (Honorable Mention)
Top Ten Performances - Richard E. Grant
The Unlikable Protagonist - Oliver Quick



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Location: Oxford, England, UK; Northhamptonshire, England, UK
People who added this item 146 Average listal rating (95 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.4



Director: Grillian Armstrong
Her 12th Movie
My 2nd movie watched from the director


Blanchet is so Blanchett in this WWII movie about a strong woman who is weakened, or strengthened by love, then definitely strengthened by another love. It's an earlier role for her that really shows her passion for her craft and her subject. The production overall is pretty decent, but it is the acting overall that really moves this picture.


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Favorite Actors Checklist: Cate Blanchett
Cate Blanchett is the Title Character
The Insanely Large Amount of Stories from World War II
Top Ten Performances - Cate Blanchett (Honorable Mention)
Top Ten Performances - Billy Crudup
Top Ten Performances - Michael Gambon

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Location: Vichy France (WWII); Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val, Tarn-et-Garonne, France
Stehako's rating:
People who added this item 334 Average listal rating (206 ratings) 5.3 IMDB Rating 5.6



Director: Brian De Palma
His 19th Movie
My 12th movie watched from the director


De Palma was trying something here... from an impressive long shot (overshadowed by "Goodfellas" released this same year) and a series of not-so-serious characters in a satire that never really lands. Nonetheless Hanks carries the ensemble of soon-to-be-well-known character actors in what is a fairly satisfying ending.


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Big Casts Before They Were Bigger Stars
The Longest Long Shots

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Location: Midtown Manhattan, NYC, NY, USA
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People who added this item 20 Average listal rating (14 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 5.3
Berserk! (1968)



Director: Jim O'Connolly
His 4th Movie
My 1st movie watched from the director


Wanted to see this after watching the show, "Feud", expecting it to be really bad but it was actually a pretty decent B movie. The circus stunts were entertaining, Crawford puts in her famous effort, and the ending reveal was good even if messy.

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Top Ten Performances - Joan Crawford
A Day at the Circus

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Location: Various towns in England, UK
Stehako's rating:
People who added this item 809 Average listal rating (508 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 6.8
Stoker (2013)



Director: Park Chan-wook
His 10th Movie
My 4th movie watched from the director




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Top Ten Performances - Matthew Goode
Best Match Cuts in Cinema History (Combing Hair to Field)
The Art of the Shower Scene (India reflecting on a murder)

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Location: Outside of Nashville, TN, USA
Stehako's rating:
People who added this item 103 Average listal rating (68 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7



Director: Richard Kwietniowski
His 2nd Movie
My 1st movie watched from the director


What starts as a movie about a gambling addiction turns into a movie about actually owning the addiction and having no pleasure out of life other than in those moments of big gambles. A movie with several strong performances but so glad I got to see another incredible performance by the late P.S. Hoffman.


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The Stress of Watching Gambling
Dress Up Pretty and Meet Me in Atlantic City
Top Ten Performances: Philip Seymour Hoffman
Top Ten Performances: Minnie Driver
Top Ten Performances: John Hurt

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Location: Toronto, ON, Canada; Atlantic City, NJ, USA
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People who added this item 2 Average listal rating (1 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 5.6
Stripper (1985)



Director: Jerome Gary
His 1st Movie
My 1st movie watched from the director


I tend to like competition documentaries, getting the inside stories of a group of individuals with very different backgrounds but with the same goals. I also like diving into an industry or topic I know little about. I especially like watching the time capsule docs. So, this fits all of that which means I enjoyed it, even if it was far from polished and never really that compelling.


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Favorite Competition Documentaries

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Stehako's rating:
People who added this item 336 Average listal rating (260 ratings) 5.2 IMDB Rating 6.3
The Boss Baby (2017)



Director: Tom McGrath
His 5th Movie
My 5th movie watched from the director


Watched this with my youngest, not actually as bad as I thought it would be. Some of the alternative animation sequences was a good touch. Still, overall it's kind of a nonsense movie with a bunch humor we've seen so often in animated family movies.


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People who added this item 177 Average listal rating (120 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 6.6
Asteroid City (2023)

2023




Director: Wes Anderson
His 11th Movie
My 12th movie watched from the director


One of Anderson's weaker movies (So far upon one viewing) but it is still filled with plenty of whimsy, clever writing, and interesting characters. Anderson has shown he can make a movie with lots of well-developed characters with limited screen time, that's kind of his thing, but here I feel the characters weren't quite developed as well, or I just didn't care about them as much. I'm not sure... yet. As always, much love is given to the production design, writing, andcinematography, which all help make it to be an entertaining outing.


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Top Ten Films - Wes Anderson (Honorable Mention)
Top Ten Performances - Scarlett Johansson (Honorable Mention)
Top Ten Performances - Bryan Cranston
Top Ten Performances - Steve Park
Welcome to List City


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Location: Asteroid City (Fictional), USA
Stehako's rating:
People who added this item 156 Average listal rating (75 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 6.9



Director: Sandra Goldbacher
Her 2nd Movie
My 1st movie watched from the director


Friel and Williams are incredible together and really make this the movie it is, which might not be memorable outside of their performances. Maclachlan plays an interesting role, too, widening his range a bit.


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Baths that Last
Top Ten Performances - Anna Friel
Top Ten Performances - Michelle Williams (Honorable Mention)
Top Ten Performances - Kyle Maclachlan (Honorable Mention)


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Location: Isle of Wight and Brighton, England, UK
Stehako's rating:
People who added this item 70 Average listal rating (40 ratings) 5.9 IMDB Rating 6.2
Wonderstruck (2017)



Director: Todd Haynes
His 7th Movie
My 5th movie watched from the director




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2017: The Year of Wonder
Black and White in Modern Era
The Main Character Never Speaks

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Location: Gunflint Lake, MN, USA & Hoboken, NJ, USA
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November

People who added this item 463 Average listal rating (242 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.8
All That Jazz (1979)



Director: Bob Fosse
His 4th Movie
My 4th movie watched from the director


There is a lot going on in this movie loosely based on its director. It moves really well yet it's erratic, it's messy yet it's focused, it's self-promoting yet self-maligning, and it's kind of brilliant. "Jaws" may be Scheider's most well-known role, but this is definitely his best performance.


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Top Ten Performances - Roy Schedier
Dancing the Scene Away - Best Dance Scenes

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Location: Midtown Manhattan, NYC, NY, USA
Stehako's rating:
People who added this item 110 Average listal rating (79 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7.2
Belfast (2021)



Director: Kenneth Branagh
His 19th Movie
My 9th movie watched from the director


It's a movie about The Troubles, but it is more so a movie about boyhood and finding one's place in the world. I loved the relationships within in the family, especially between the boy and his grandmother. The colorful present-day opening of Belfast transitioning to his childhood in Belfast was nicely done. I loved the Van Morrison soundtrack, but really nothing wowed me and I never became that invested, as the filmmakers would have liked. An enjoyable movie, and one of Branagh's best.


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Top Ten Films - Kenneth Branagh
Top Ten Performances - Caitriona Balfe
Top Ten Performances - Ciaran Hinds
Top Ten Performances - Judy Dench (Honorable Mention)
The Were Riots on the Streets, Tell Me Where Were You?
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Location: Hmmm... Belfast, Ireland?
Stehako's rating:
People who added this item 201 Average listal rating (107 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8



Director: Sidney Lumet
His 8th Movie
My 13th movie watched from the director


This is a Sidney Lumet classic I finally got to watch. It's appropriately intense and full of solid performances, including a very serious role from Matthau. The decisions being made and the ultimate decision brings the most intensity to the movie. It's just kind of tense the whole way through, but builds very nicely. The final moments help make it great. It's strangely controlled yet daring for a 1960s movie.


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Top Ten Films - Sidney Lumet
Top Ten Performances - Henry Fonda
Top Ten Performances - Walter Matthau
Bombs in Movies that Weren't Bombs

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Location: Washington D.C., USA
Stehako's rating:
People who added this item 24 Average listal rating (12 ratings) 5.8 IMDB Rating 5.9
Sibyl (2019) (2019)



Director: Justine Triet
Her 5th Movie
My 1st movie watched from the director


The two female leads hold their own and make this movie worth watching, otherwise it's a plainly filmed and directed movie that doesn't have much new to offer. There are some effective moments but they don't add up to more than an average movie. Seems like a lot of potential lost, as it was directed by the same director as much-praised, "Anatomy of a Fall".


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Top Ten Performances - Virginie Efira
Top Ten Performances - Adรจle Exarchopoulos
Movies About Making Movies

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Location: Paris, France, Stromboli, Italy
Stehako's rating:
People who added this item 153 Average listal rating (121 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.7
The Killer (2023)

2023





Director: David Fincher
His 12th Movie
My 12th movie watched from the director


The movie has a really interesting first act where we witness the and hear about the strategies of a hired assassin; but then the rest of the movie is about cleaning up his mess and revenge killing. Each scene is its own character, in a way, but the main character never changes. Fassbender is purposely emotionless but because of that it never gets very interesting. It's pacing and tone reflects his profession and therefore there is not a lot of life in it. Never a bad movie, but never a great movie, something I expect from Fincher.


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Top Ten Films - David Fincher
Top Ten Performances - Michael Fassbender
Cinema's Best Assassins

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Location: Place du Pantheon, Paris, France; Dominican Republic; New Orleans, LA, USA
Stehako's rating:
People who added this item 148 Average listal rating (103 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 6.5



Director: Lisa Gottlieb
Her 1st Movie
My 1st movie watched from the director


This movie was so far removed from reality, but somehow it's fun enough to keep it watchable. I give most of that credit to the lead, Joyce Hyser, who surprisingly never took off as a movie actress. It is very much a 'just go with it' kind of movie that is filled with 80s teen movie tropes we all love but it's just a level down from the ones we all love.


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The Evolution of Teen Movie
The Teen Comedy: Ranked

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Location: Phoenix, AZ, USA
Stehako's rating:
People who added this item 7 Average listal rating (4 ratings) 4 IMDB Rating 4.9



Director: Ziggy Steinberg
His 1st Movie (His Only Movie)
My 1st movie watched from the director


This movie is a mess and really just stupid. I thought I'd try it because it has Christopher Plummer and Daniel Stern and wanted to try a movie I knew nothing about, but now I regret wasting my time. It's another one of those movies where reality is so far gone that it makes it too hard to watch and enjoy.


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Location: Palm Springs, CA, USA
Stehako's rating:
People who added this item 1 Average listal rating (1 ratings) 2 IMDB Rating 4.9
The 1970s Guilty Pleasure Short Story Series Movies 2023
Second Feature
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The 1970s Guilty Pleasure Short Story Series Movies 2023
First Feature
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People who added this item 69 Average listal rating (56 ratings) 5.3 IMDB Rating 5.1



Director: Dennis Hopper
His 6th Movie (Final Movie)
My 2nd movie watched from the director


A kind of fun road trip movie that never takes itself too seriously. The three leads carry it along even if none of them are exceptional. Dennis Hoppers final movie he directed and it comes with a (sort of) funny cameo.


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Top Road Trip Vehicles
Top Road Trip Teams

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Location: Various South Carolina, USA
Stehako's rating:
People who added this item 62 Average listal rating (35 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 6.6



Director: John Byrum
His 3rd movie
My 1st movie watched from the director


An interesting movie for 1980s Murray, as it's almost entirely dramatic and against type; but he plays it so well. His performance is hindered by poor direction and an uneven tone. His costars do a fine job, too. I really like the music and themes, it felt like an epic from the 60s and is full of beautiful and surprising moments.


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Top Ten Performances - Bill Murray (Honorable Mention
The Let-It-Happen-Around-the-World Character

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Location: Lake Forrest, IL, USA; Paris, France
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October

People who added this item 786 Average listal rating (528 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 6.8
The Fog (1980)



Director: John Carpenter
His 5th Movie
My 6th movie watched from the director




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Location: Antonio Bay (Fictional), Northern CA, USA
People who added this item 44 Average listal rating (28 ratings) 4.4 IMDB Rating 4.5
The 1980s Guilty Pleasure Slasher Movies 2023
Second Feature
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People who added this item 152 Average listal rating (107 ratings) 5.6 IMDB Rating 5.6
Chopping Mall (1986)
The 1980s Guilty Pleasure Slasher Movies 2023
First Feature
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People who added this item 540 Average listal rating (317 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.7
Gilda (1946)



Director: Charles Vidor
His 23rd Movie
My 1st movie watched from the director


Finally getting the chance to watch Rita Hayworth's most famous performance is worth the wait. She does not disappoint and she makes me interested in every aspect of this movie. Glenn Ford is pretty good, too, in perhaps his best performance as well.


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Top Ten Performances - Rita Hayworth
Top Ten Performances - Glenn Ford
Best Songs Sung in a Movie
Iconic Dresses of Cinema - Black

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Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Stehako's rating:
People who added this item 1023 Average listal rating (673 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.8
Warm Bodies (2013)



Director: Jonathan Levine
His 4th Movie
My 6th movie watched from the director


This is a little better than expected. It's actually kind of a sweet story which makes it strange with the post-zombie apocalypse setting. I suppose that's what they were going for, so it works. The two leads are pretty good and the chemistry is there, also strange. Still, the production overall didn't really impress me - it's not bad, just basic filmmaking.


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Top Ten Performances - Nicholas Hoult
Stuck in One Place

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Location: Montreal, QB, Canada
Stehako's rating:
People who added this item 43 Average listal rating (21 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 5.4



Director: Phil Karlson
His 45th Movie
My 1st movie watched from the director


I've been wanting to see this since "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" came out and I'm really glad I did. It's not a very good movie, but it is fun and it is a unique piece from Hollywood history, considering the pending demise of Sharon Tate. Tate is incredibly likable and a reminder of a sad loss. However, the "Star" is Dean Martin, and he is terrible in this. Clearly they cast him for the star power and marketing, but I can't help know it would have been a better movie with someone else in the lead.
Overall it is a silly James Bond or Flint movie and just good fun.


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Iconic Dresses of Cinema - Green, Violet

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Location: Various and Unnamed
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2023






Director: Wes Anderson
His 12th Movie
My 11th movie watched from the director


The longest and my favorite of Anderson's recently released Roald Dahl shorts.
I also watched "Poison", "The Rat Catcher", and "The Swan", rating those three a 7/10.

It is technically a short, it's a long one, with a running time exceeding half an hour, but it's so nicely packed with lots of scenes, characters, story and triple settings, it feels closer to a feature-length movie. Like "The Grand Budapest Hotel" we experience a story within a story within a story, and like that movie it is rapid-paced with a bounty of dialogue. Anderson appears to stick so close to Dahl's script, leaving nothing out, and even providing an aesthetic resembling reading a tangible Dahl book. It's got many of the Anderson traits and it's engaging all the way through. I really enjoyed the lightness to it and it feels like a story most people could appreciate.

The other three shorter shorts held the same aesthetic and heavy narration/dialogue. At points there was almost too much, but once again, like reading a Dahl book, say for your kid at bedtime, I felt like I could fall asleep to it, as it was so constant.

Referring to all four shorts, Anderson hired only one actor he's worked with in the past (Ralph Fiennes) with mostly new players showing up; and it was a delight seeing people like Richard Ayoade, Dev Patel, Benny Kingsley, Benny Cumberbatch, and Rupert Friend workout out extensive Anderson/Dahl dialogue.



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Top Ten Wes Anderson Shorts

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Location: London, England, UK
Stehako's rating:
People who added this item 248 Average listal rating (176 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7.2



Director:
His 5th Movie
My 1st movie watched from the director


This is a movie I can't seem to get out of my head. The imagery and tone hit hard. I'm thankful for knowing nothing about it going in. Fiennes continues to quietly be one of the all-time great actors and the rest of the cast is importantly strong to make any of the ridiculousness believable. I won't say any more so you can hopefully have the same experience.


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Best Movie Sandwiches - Cheeseburger
2022: The Year We Made Fun of the Ultra Rich
Stuck in One Place
Top Ten Performances - Anya Taylor Joy
Top Ten Performances - Nicholas Hoult
Top Ten Performances - Hong Chau
Top Ten Performances - Janet McTeer
Top Ten Performances - Aimee Carrero

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Location: A Fictional Island near Savannah, GA, USA
Stehako's rating:
People who added this item 72 Average listal rating (50 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.2
Born Free (1966)



Director: James Hill
His 7th Movie
My 1st movie watched from the director


The music and song is famous and I thought my youngest would enjoy a story about lions, so I finally gave in and watched. The settings are pretty impressive and the work with lions must be, too. I just couldn't help but worry about the stress they put on them during production. Anyway, the story was fine but most everything else was average, especially the acting - though Virginia McKenna certainly has some affable qualities.
I will give it a seven because of how tough it must have been to get made and it turned out fine.


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Live-Action Movies Centering on Animals
Movies Where the Song is More Popular

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Location: Meru National Park, Kenya
Stehako's rating:
People who added this item 78 Average listal rating (56 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 6.8

2023




Director: Michael B. Jordan
His 1st Movie
My 1st movie watched from the director


I'm not sure if this is the final of the series, if it is, it sure ended weak. Jordan is a proven fine actor but maybe he should have tried directing a smaller picture first, as this movie felt like a high-production cost amateur movie. Pretty disappointing where this series has gone after such a strong start.

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The Rocky Saga: Ranked
Top Ten Performances - Tessa Thompson (Honorable Mention)

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Location: Crenshaw and Beverly Hills, L.A., CA, USA
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Director: Jim Jarmusch
His 12th Movie
My 6th movie watched from the director


Perfect score for this movie, likely memorable enigmatic characters that hit the right tone throughout. The production design is noteworthy, too. I love the very specific type of characters and vampires they are. Jarmusch shows he still has some creativity left but the overuse of exposition is its biggest setback.


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Top Ten Films - Jim Jarmusch
Top Ten Performances - Anton Yelchin
Top Ten Performances - Tilda Swinton
The Chameleons: Tilda Swinton

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Location: Detroit, MI, USA; Tangier, Morocco
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September

People who added this item 30 Average listal rating (20 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 5.1



Director: Michael Almereyda
His 14th Movie
My 1st movie watched from the director


Tesla is one of the most interesting and impactful people in our history, so it's crazy it took me this long to watch. I suppose the low ratings didn't help, but after watching I can't understand the low ratings. It took the tired biopic approach and tried many things differently with enough being a success. I couldn't quite buy Ethan Hawke in the role and some of the style choices didn't work for me and in the end I didn't get a clear understanding of what message the writer and director was trying to tell. So, it's not perfect but I'm really glad they finally made a movie about Tesla that at least gives a sense of the immense impact he has had on our modern world.

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Top Ten Performances - Eve Hewson
Top Ten Performances - Kyle MacLachlan - Honorable Mention
Biopics that tell the story of the USA

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Location: Manhattan in NYC, NY, USA; Colorado Springs, CO, USA
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Director: Anton Corbijn
His 5th Movie
My 5th movie watched from the director


This is the perfect documentary for director Anton Corbijn, and he does not disappoint. This is not an amazing documentary, but it is purely enjoyable the whole way through and thorough... but not too thorough, as some documentaries on such specific subjects can get.

Added to Lists:
A Dozen Great Documentaries on Design

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2023




Director: Steven Soderbergh
His 34th Movie
My 24th movie watched from the director


A feel like this movie must have been misunderstood to have such low ratings. It's a comedy, like the first two, so it shouldn't be taken seriously for the wrong reasons, and it's a dance movie, so we are here to laugh and watch the dancing. Soderbergh made an actually decent movie and the plot is fine with a funny idea for surprising people ready to see a stuffy British play but met with a male-stripper take on this British play.
The dance scenes are great, like in the very impressively sensual opening, a musical-style one on a bus, and the best one in the rain on stage (in photo above).

Yes, there are several small issues with this movie, I'm not saying it's great, but it is a worthy ending to this trilogy I never thought I would like.


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The Dance Movie: Ranked
Dancing the Scene Away: Best Dance Scenes in Movies

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Location: Southwest London, England, UK
Stehako's rating:
People who added this item 67 Average listal rating (49 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.5

2023




Director: Guy Ritchie
His 14th Movie
My 13th movie watched from the director


A Guy Ritchie movie, but you wouldn't know it. A fictional story, but you wouldn't know it. Incredible, award-worthy acting but you won't hear about it. An incredibly important story to experience after the U.S. left Afghanistan and left hundreds of interpreters behind to be imprisoned or left for dead.


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Top Ten Films: Guy Ritchie
Impossible Missions

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Location: Afghanistan - Various Locations
Stehako's rating:
People who added this item 27 Average listal rating (22 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 6.1



Director: Annabel Jankel
Her 3rd Movie
My 1st movie watched from the director


This is a lovely story about a mother and son and about the mother's love for a doctor, both forced to hide their innate need for each other. A story benefitted from the female director.
(Spoiler) It felt like a common story that was going to end in a depressing way, but instead we are relieved to see both characters escape even if they can't be together, which is sad yes, but the tone is one of hope and so much love.


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Top Ten Performances - Anna Paquin
My Favorite Sapphic Stories
My Favorite Sapphic Scenes
A Kiss to End the Movie

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Location: Unnamed town in Northern Scotland, UK
Stehako's rating:
People who added this item 1359 Average listal rating (907 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 6.3
Transporter 2 (2005)



Director: Louis Leterrier
His 3rd Movie
My 6th movie watched from the director


The first Transporter had some credibility and the stylized action scenes worked and the story and plot and characters were all decently created and well... it was a fucking movie. This "movie" was unnecessarily over-the-top in its characters, the stylized cameras and action, and the plot was stupid. Leterrier was let loose and all the wrong things happened. It's unfortunate because this could have a been a really cool series.
Still, Statham is entertaining and awesome for his role, at least.

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Location: Miami, FL, USA
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People who added this item 4 Average listal rating (3 ratings) 4.7 IMDB Rating 4.3
The Seniors (1978)
The 1970s Guilty Pleasure Back-to-School Flicks 2023
Second Feature
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People who added this item 17 Average listal rating (12 ratings) 5.5 IMDB Rating 5.4
The 1970s Guilty Pleasure Back-to-School Flicks 2023
First Feature
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People who added this item 997 Average listal rating (650 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.1



Director: Roman Polanski
His 19th Movie
My 10th movie watched from the director


Clearly adapted from a play, this non-stop verbal attack on the audience is only sometimes interesting. The acting is great from all four actors but the development of the story just never really gets that interesting to me. It's good but not as good as it should be, considering the director and cast.


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Stuck in One Place
Top Ten Performances - Christoph Waltz - Honorable Mention

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Location: Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn, NYC, NY, USA
Stehako's rating:
People who added this item 270 Average listal rating (206 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 6.5



Director: Walter Hill
His 8th Movie
My 4th movie watched from the director


Yes, it's sloppy and full of potholes, but Pryor is undeniably funny and entertaining, as is Candy. Neither comic really gets to let loose, as the movie is strangely PG. It could have been better had it used the lead's R-Rated comedy to their fullest. I love the concept of this movie and there are some clever things put into it and it has a very classic 80s feel that I love.


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Location: Manhattan, NYC, NY, USA; Hackensack, New Jersey, USA
Stehako's rating:
People who added this item 196 Average listal rating (108 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 6.4
Laurel Canyon (2003)



Director: Lisa Cholodenko
Her 2nd Movie
My 3rd movie watched from the director


One of Bale's weakest selections in movies. I can see the appeal as the premise is promising, but the direction, editing, and overall production is second rate. It's just overall a little entertaining, never bad, but never surprising or really good... I'm just having a tough time trying to understand the point of it, too. The five main actors are fine as they are all top-tier actors just not given enough.


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Top Ten Performances - Kate Beckinsale


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Location: Laurel Canyon in Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles, CA, USA
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August

People who added this item 204 Average listal rating (141 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.7



Director: Martin McDonagh
His 4th Movie
My 4th movie watched from the director


A movie about nice people and not nice people. Nice people doing not-so-nice things and not nice people doing nice things. It's about friendship, sibling relationships, loneliness, love for a friend, love for a pet, love of a good pint. It's about music, lack of music, leaving a legacy, going mad and making it known, going mad and not realizing it. It's about abuse of power, abuse of time, and abuse of kindness.
It's subtle and it's not so subtle.
It's feckin' brilliant, is what it is.


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Top Ten Performances - Colin Ferrell
Top Ten Performances - Brendan Gleeson
A Dozen Irish Films to Love
Carter Burrell is Quietly the Third Best Movie Composer of All Time.

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Location: Fictional island (likely in Aran Islands) in Ireland
Stehako's rating:
People who added this item 27 Average listal rating (20 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 6.7

2023




Director: Bobby Farrelly
His 13th Movie
My 12th movie watched from the director


Bobby Farrelly has a beautiful history of empowering those with disabilities, it's seen in most of his movies, and in this one he went all out. Harrelson is great and the supporting cast is fine enough. I love the positivity and the simplicity and familiarity of the story works as most crowd-pleasers do. There are some awkward filmmaking moments and a lot of awkward Des Moines promoting.


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Top Ten Films - Bobby and Peter Farrelly
Top Ten Performances - Woody Harrelson (Honorable Mention)
The Basketball Movie: Ranked
Most Anticipated Movies of 2023


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Location: Des Moines, IA, USA
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People who added this item 102 Average listal rating (62 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 6.1



Director: John Singleton
His 2nd Movie
My 4th movie watched from the director


Singleton's second movie isn't as strong as his debut but it shows he can do a lot behind the camera and had so much potential to have a great career, instead of one that started off hot and sadly became subpar for two more decades. Janet Jackson was really good in this, Tupac is iconic as in every role he has played, and Regina King is a spark in a very early role.


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The Short But Powerful Movie Career of Tupac Shakur
Top Road Trip Movies
Top Road Trip Vehicles
Top Road Trip Teams

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Location: South Central LA, CA, USA; Highways from LA to Oakland.
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People who added this item 63 Average listal rating (39 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.3
Brigsby Bear (2017)



Director: Dave McCary
His 1st Movie
My 1st movie watched from the director


The comedic brilliance of The Lonely Island, the brilliant awkwardness of Kyle Mooney, the brilliant Greg Kinnear acting, the brilliant comedic timing of director Dave McCary. It's all there, yet the movie isn't brilliant. It's a very good 8/10, but damn I can't help but know this had potential to be brilliant. It's a warm, strange, funny, and positive movie that very few people seem to know about and I hope that changes.


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Best Movie Sandwiches - Cheeseburger
The Best and most Awesome of the Positive Movies
Top Ten Performances - Greg Kinnear
Top Ten Performances - Mark Hamill


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People who added this item 135 Average listal rating (96 ratings) 5.5 IMDB Rating 5.9

2023




Director: Elizabeth Banks
Her 3rd movie
My 2nd movie watched from the director


Cocaine by a pilot on a plane, cocaine consumed by two kids, cocaine consumed by a bear. More cocaine consumed by a bear. Much more cocaine consumed by a bear... and a bunch of violent deaths. If you accept the absurdity this is a fun watch.

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Top Ten Bear Movies
Favorite Posters of 2023

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Location: Fannin County, GA, USA
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People who added this item 545 Average listal rating (331 ratings) 5.8 IMDB Rating 6.3



Director: Danny DeVito
His 5th Movie
My 5th movie watched from the director


DeVito delivers another dark comedy and really seems to be developing a certain style, even if not great, at this point in his directing career. It's too bad his next movie, "Duplex" was so bad, maybe being the reason it was the last feature he has directed. Norton and Williams are really good in this, but the results of the story and development are underwhelming.


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Top Ten Performances - Edward Norton (Honorable Mention)

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This list was created by Stephen H Koontz

A list of movies I have seen chronologically, for the FIRST time, in the year we all know, properly, as 2023.



Release Date Tally (updated through November)
Movies released in...

2023: 16
2020s: 41
2010s: 29
2000s: 13
1990s: 9
1980s: 12
1970s: 5
1960s: 5
1950s:
1940s: 1
1930s: 2





Movies I've seen previously (Number of times seen)
D2: The Mighty Ducks (6)
The Devil Wears Prada (3)
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (6)
Home Alone (10)
Last Holiday (3)
Into the Mind (2)
Sister Act 2 (4)
Klaus (2)
Miracle on 34th St. (2)
Shampoo (2)
Ted 2 (2)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (3)
Dan in Real Life (3)
Jaws (5)
Rocky Horror Picture Show (2)
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (2)
Dead Poets Society (3)
Mad Max: Fury Road (2)
The Green Mile (3)
The Descendants (3)
Win a Date with Tad Hamilton! (2)
The Grand Budapest Hotel (3)
Fight Club (5)
Forgetting Sarah Marshall (5)
Sherlock, Jr. (2)
The Big Lebowski (6)
Les Miserables - 2012 (3)
Lawless (2)
The Sandlot (23)
The Birds (2)
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2)
The Shawshank Redemption (6)
Beetlejuice (2)
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (4)
European Vacation (2)
Logan lucky (3)
Wayne's World (30)
Notorious - 1946 (2)
Baby Driver (3)
Interstellar (2)
Senna (2)
A Beautiful Mind (2)
Taken (2)


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