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Watched or Rewatched 2013 Q3 Third Quarter

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Language: English

September 2013 [22]
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People who added this item 184 Average listal rating (136 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 6.7
Habemus Papam (2011)






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Language: Italian

September 2013 [A0]
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People who added this item 356 Average listal rating (231 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.3






The gist of it: Gruesome, ruthless, surprising, dark. It's easy to understand why Tarantino loved this spaghetti western, which by the way has a message against racism. The international cast was dubbed in Italian in the original production: even Italian lead actor Franco Nero was dubbed by another Italian actor, Nando Gazzolo.


The good: Cult movie. Some great spaghetti western moments


The bad: Sergio Corbucci is not Sergio Leone and Franco Nero is not Clint Eastwood. Some parts are dull and the anti-racist "message" is wordy.


Language: Italian

September 2013 [M0]
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People who added this item 441 Average listal rating (304 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 6.5
Road House (1989)




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Language: American

September 2013 [J1]
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People who added this item 53 Average listal rating (27 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7.3
Il vigile (1960)






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September 2013 [20]
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People who added this item 4401 Average listal rating (2812 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.6







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People who added this item 476 Average listal rating (281 ratings) 5 IMDB Rating 5.3






The gist of it: A not-so-great movie about not-so-good American reality TV shows


Language: American

September 2013 [H1]
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People who added this item 704 Average listal rating (397 ratings) 5 IMDB Rating 5.3
Honey (2003)




The gist of it: Jessica Alba presents... the social side of hip hop culture


The good: The music, the moves


The bad: Lukewarm, predictable story


Language: American

September 2013 [S1]
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People who added this item 60 Average listal rating (37 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.7
La doppia ora (2009)






The gist of it: Man meets woman at speed-dating club. Then shit happens.


Language: Italian

September 2013 [K0]
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People who added this item 746 Average listal rating (462 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 8






The gist of it: Michael Moore compares health care in the US of A with the rest of the world. The movie is from 2007, before president Obama's reform


The good: Somewhat informative, brilliant and moving at moments.


The bad: Heavily biased. Moore's documentaries don't tell lies, but he only tells one side of the story. European health care is not heaven either.


Language: American

September 2013 [20/1]
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People who added this item 78 Average listal rating (58 ratings) 5.9 IMDB Rating 6.1






The gist of it: A comedic movie about council elections in a little town in Calabria, Southern Italy. Crime and political apathy blend and mix. The title is a made-up word referring to qualunquismo, Italian for political apathy


The good: Funny gags, real social tragedy


The bad: Sketchy


Language: Italian (regional accents and words from Calabria mixed with made-up slang)

September 2013 [20]
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People who added this item 2099 Average listal rating (1177 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.6






The gist of it: A woman meets a boy in post-WWII Germany. They have sex and he reads books to her.


The good: A poster film for literacy


The bad: Surprising yet not very believable unfolding of events which I won't tell in order not to spoil the story


Language: English with German accents

September 2013 [21]
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People who added this item 728 Average listal rating (409 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.2






The gist of it: Meryl Streep and Robert Redford in Africa


The good: Meryl Streep and Robert Redford


The bad: Not bad, yet somehow chickflickish


Language: English

September 2013 [K1]
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People who added this item 840 Average listal rating (515 ratings) 5.7 IMDB Rating 6.2






The gist of it: Something happened out there in outer space. If you find out what it is about, please let me know


The good: Photography


The bad: Not being Kubrick's


Language: English

September 2013 [21]
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People who added this item 510 Average listal rating (280 ratings) 5.9 IMDB Rating 6.5






The gist of it: Kirsten Dunst as a high school student messing around with a nerd


The good: Kirsten's tight T-shirts!


The bad: The tedious guy in front of her


Language: American

September 2013 [I1]
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The gist of it: Huge police car chase, the Texan way


The good: Goldie Hawn off her rocker


The bad: Those Southern accents can be hard to understand (/me: not a native speaker)


Language: American (Texas accents)

September 2013 [20]
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People who added this item 1041 Average listal rating (578 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 6.3






The gist of it: Soldier with troubled father meets lovely college girl, but then he has to leave for the army. A saddish love story in times of 9/11, between the USA and Afghanistan. "Dear John", as in the opening of the letters she wrote to him...


The good: Amanda Seyfried. Unplugged music. Understated drama


The bad: The boring guy. All in all, not an overwhelming story.


Language: American

September 2013 [O0]
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The gist of it: The classic Disney animation fairy tale everybody knows

The good: Witch Maleficent and her funny evil minions bring some action and irony to the table

The bad: Less accurate drawings compared with earlier classics. The "good" characters like Princess and Prince look a bit dumb and boring, and the Three Good Fairies talk too much


Language: American

August 2013 [61]
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People who added this item 3409 Average listal rating (2274 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.6






The gist of it: A comic-book fan teen not satisfied with everyday life makes himself a costume and becomes a superhero. Together with a preteen superheroine, they will fight the baddies and kick ass in a hyper-real graphic-novelish world.

The good: Funny. Surprising. Original. Kicks ass!

The bad: A child shooting and slaying people as if it was a game is somehow disturbing.


Language: American

August 2013 [G1]
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People who added this item 724 Average listal rating (429 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.8
Sliding Doors (1998)






The gist of it: A romantic comedies that unfolds in two parallel universes.

The good: The trick of a parallel "What if" makes the story intriguing. Gwyneth is adorable. Ms. Paltrow fakes a convincing English accent, according to what I read from some natives.

The bad: The male co-stars are not on the same level as Gwynet.


Language: British English

August 2013 [S0]
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The gist of it: [SPOILER ALERT] A disabled girl who is going to die wants to get a life, and lose virginity with a young butcher. Meanwhile, their families are brought together by some other stuff going on... A story of grief and joy at the same time.

The good: Story told with a gentle touch. Understated drama. Elizabeth Ashley. Kristen Stewart.

The bad: All in all, everything is too easy, easy as pie!


Language: American

August 2013 [C1]
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The gist of it: Two old pals--bank robbers--are released on parole after having spent 30 years in jail. Despite their age, they can still kick ass! Building a new life away from crime is not easy, though, and inmates' rehabilitation programs don't seem to help. Sour-sweet comedy about the elderly that relies heavily on the charm of the two old lions, Douglas and Lancasters.

The good: It's a pleasure watching Kirk and Burt on screen together, aged but still fierce.

The bad: The script is childish at times.


Language: American

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People who added this item 133 Average listal rating (80 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.9






The gist of it: Houston, we have a problem. A staged fake travel to Mars!

The good: Suspense. Pace. The plot will make any conspiracy believer happy. Elliot Gould (Ross's father in "Friends").

The bad: Just like most conspiracy theories, some things in this movie don't add up! Lead actors are OK but lack star quality.


Language: American

August 2013 [C1]
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People who added this item 3367 Average listal rating (2167 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 7.2






The gist of it: Some psycho wears a mask and kills teens after calling them on the phone

The good: Not predictable. Movie buff references, with some irony. Neve Campbell

The bad: Combines genres--horror, mystery, teen flick--but doesn't really excel in any of them.


Language: American

August 2013 [G1]
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People who added this item 979 Average listal rating (587 ratings) 5.3 IMDB Rating 5.5






The gist of it: It's the same old story of the Antichrist born as a human child...

The good: The stars. Liev Schreiber. Julia Stiles, Mia Farrow

The bad: A bit boring at times.


Language: American. Short Italian dialog.

August 2013 [F0]
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People who added this item 19 Average listal rating (11 ratings) 4.7 IMDB Rating 3
Robotropolis (2011)






The gist of it: Underrated independent horror science-fiction about robots going berserk! Like a zombie apocalypse, but with machines.


The good: Suspense hooked me in at start. Clever idea: action shown as a TV live report, just like it would have been shown had it happened for real. And I must say that, especially in the first part, it felt very real.


The bad: Too bad it loses speed along the way. Doesn't keep up to the promises. At times you can notice it's a low-budget production.



Language: English, mostly American

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The gist of it: Based on Andrea De Carlo's novel, it's about a young Italian guitarist who moves to New York in search of work, fame and love. But the Big Apple is not so sweet... Spoken in Italian and American English. Original Italian title: Treno di panna, literally "Train of cream".

The good: Conveys the feelings of alienation in American society, together with some comedy and romance. A good Sergio Rubini. A lovely Cristina Marsillach

The bad: The script is quite silly at times. A terrible Carole Alt.


Language: Italian and some English

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The gist of it: A future where super-cops have judiciary powers on the field! Based on the comic book.


The good: The 'Lawgiver' giant gun (always handy).
Some 'tough' oneliners. Judge Dredd: I am the law!
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Ilsa: Bitch!
Judge Hershey: [Hersey headbutts Ilsa] JUDGE BITCH!


The bad: The entire movie looks cheap.


Language: English

August 2013 [F1]
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People who added this item 40 Average listal rating (19 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 6.7






The good: Full immersion in the Thirties. Everyday life and way of thinking in an upper middle-class American family. Paul Newman as an unbending lawyer. Joanne Woodward.


The bad: Dullish. Not one of greatest Ivory's films.


Language: English

August 2013 [C1]
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People who added this item 980 Average listal rating (607 ratings) 5.8 IMDB Rating 6.3






The good: A movie that is easy on the eye. Cute people, nice places, overdose of tennis and romance!


The bad: Predictable, anemic storyline


Language: English

August 2013 [E0]
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People who added this item 1457 Average listal rating (880 ratings) 5.8 IMDB Rating 6.4








The good: Somehow entertaining, has its moments. Makes you even think on some choices in life!


The bad: A bit lame. Dumb at times. Not so remarkable


Language: American

August 2013 [F0]
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People who added this item 186 Average listal rating (115 ratings) 5.2 IMDB Rating 0






The good: Bad cops always make a somewhat interesting plot!


The bad: Waste of stars in supporting roles for a definitely minor flick


Language: American

August 2013 [B1]
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The good: Reese is cute and smart as always


The bad: Script tries to be witty but gets annoying


Language: American

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People who added this item 2077 Average listal rating (1406 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.6






The good: The reckless cop played by Mel Gibson


The bad: Lame storyline


Language: American

August 2013 [D1]
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The good: Mildly entertaining comedy about some chicks in the army.


The bad: Ms. Simpson not as funny and empathic as, say, Anna Faris would be in that same role


Language: American

August 2013 [C1]
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People who added this item 24 Average listal rating (15 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 6.4






Original Italian title: Ma quando arrivano le ragazze?

The good: Jazz music. Pupi Avati's gentle narrative. Fine young Italian actors.


The bad: The captions about a comet. The somehow predictable plot.


Language: Italian

August 2013 [C0]
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The good: Binoche. Jackson. Ubuntu. Post-apartheid South Africa between grief and reconciliation.


The bad: Weak narrative


Language: English ans some Afrikaans

July 2013 [G1]
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The good: Restrained storytelling, avoids rethorics. The road to freedom and race equality in South Africa through the eyes of Mandela's censor officer and prison guard.


The bad: Not as powerful and dramatic as the events it portrays.


Language: English

July 2013 [G1]
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The good: Enjoyable mystery about a research fellow at the Arab-Anglo Institute in London who becomes a high-class escort. Caine and Weaver in old England. Eighties but feels Seventies. Sigurney plays an intriguing character: an intelligent, emancipated woman in a men's world. Brains and body, she has both, but will it suffice? Nice touch, the Palestinian (?) movie buff.


The bad: Story not compelling as it should be. What happens on screen is not entirely convincing and believable, at times.


Language: English

July 2013 [G1]
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People who added this item 4 Average listal rating (3 ratings) 5.3 IMDB Rating 5.8




The good: A handful of nice Italian actors. Lighthearted early 'Commedia all'Italiana'.


The bad: Lame story. Sort of a B movie.


Language: Italian

July 2013 [C0]]
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People who added this item 875 Average listal rating (581 ratings) 5.8 IMDB Rating 6.2






The good: Suspense. Reminds of a Mr. Bates.


The bad: Something's weak. The script? The ending? The male lead?


Language: American English

July 2013 [H1]
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People who added this item 1807 Average listal rating (1141 ratings) 5.9 IMDB Rating 6.1






The good: Powerful soundtrack. Visual. Visionary.


The bad: The characters are like puppets. "Babydoll"'s sad, dull face got to my nerves.


Language: American English

July 2013 [F0]
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Movies I watched for the first time or watched again.

For each entry I'll post the gist of it, what's good, and what's bad in my view.
I'll try not to give away too much of the plot, but if you don't want to know anything don't read the "Gist" section.

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How I Rate Movies
★★★★★(10) - Loved it. Memorable.
★★★★☆(9) - Brilliant
★★★★(8) - Very Good
★★★☆(7) - Good
★★★(6) - Just OK
★★☆(5) - Weak
★★(4) - Very Weak
★☆(3) - Frankly Bad
★(2) - Pain in the Neck
☆(1) - Major Disaster!



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