Movie Ratings and Reviews

9
9 (2009)

The monsters in this movie

Django Unchained

Excellent script and characters, bloody hilarious...

Warm Bodies
Warm Bodies (2013)

Cute, albeit cheesy, I like R and Julie

Beasts of the Southern Wild

When it all goes quiet behind my eyes, I see everything that made me lying around in invisible pieces. When I look too hard, it goes away. And when it all goes quiet, I see they are right here. I see that I'm a little piece in a big, big universe. And that makes things right. When I die, the scientists of the future, they're gonna find it all. They gonna know, once there was a Hushpuppy, and she live with her daddy in the Bathtub.

Jiro Dreams of Sushi

Once you decide on your occupation... you must immerse yourself in your work. You have to fall in love with your work. Never complain about your job. You must dedicate your life to mastering your skill. That's the secret of success... and is the key to being regarded honorably.

Magic Mike
Magic Mike (2012)

Nudity aside, not a bad movie. Cop out ending I think, butt...

Turn the River
½

Pleasantly depressing, I liked the soundtrack and grittiness of everything.

Moonrise Kingdom
½

Oh how I missed you Wes Anderson. A symphony.

Your Highness
½

Sadly, I didn't think Danny McBride was funny at all.

Paul
Paul (2011)
½

Had no interest in seeing this movie, but on a whim took the time to watch it. I should have known that Simon Pegg and Nick Frost wouldn't not make a not not funny movie. And Kristen Wiig is in it too! Seth Rogen is a great voice actor.

Hanna
Hanna (2011)

Some good ideas, came off mainstream in parts (when Hanna is on the road and meets the family and Spanish boys), cool visuals at times, fragmented.

Undertow
Undertow (2010)
½

Very compelling beautiful and well acted story.

Secretariat
Secretariat (2010)

"Do you give the horse its strength, or clothe its neck with a flowing mane?"

Mercury Rising

FYI I didn't watch this movie tonight

Vengeance (Fuk sau)

Memento meets Brother. French hong kong ex police thriller

Kaboom
Kaboom (2011)

You have to know going into this that Gregg Araki does not take himself very seriously (the RA is a hippie nicknamed "the messiah" who is actually an undercover spy). Kaboom is an homage to a quizzically existentialist post modern youth culture that doesn't understand itself, no doubt because as it turns out society is run by new order cults of witches and alcoholics with a nuclear conspiracy to blow up the world. More heady than campy, but all in good fun. Great looking cast (Hello Thor!)

The Korean
The Korean (2009)

I saw this at the Pittsburgh Film Festival in 2010 and remember really liking it. Great action and story.

Rango
Rango (2011)
½

"well that there's a belly button". Favorite movie of 2011 thus far

Sucker Punch
Sucker Punch (2011)
½

I liked the soundtrack (bjork! And White Rabbit), I also appreciated the director's layering of metaphor, fights were stunning but not original, at times it felt like it was an import 2000's ninja movie that had been Americanized... Poor acting and script killed the redeeming qualities... All look and half ass substance... Should have been better. :/

Battle: Los Angeles

Brainless aliens, why try and mess with LA? You know you can't defeat Michelle Rodriguez.

2012
2012 (2009)

John Cusack, time and time again, you consistently prove to us that you alone are the craziest cracker on the planet. Can't wait til 2013

Shelter
Shelter (2007)

Thanks for sharing this movie with me maarte! But it was not my favorite. Brad Rowe is a hunk though. ;D

The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh

Pittsburghs only true basketball team

Mars Attacks!
½

Before there was Scary Movie, there was Mars Attacks. First movie I associate with the genre of raunchy humor against a popular movie (ID4)

Dune
Dune (1984)

Very excellent 80's sci fi. Great character development, nefarious villains, shining heroes, complex galaxies with rules and environments, fantastic costumes sets... And hair. Artistic as much as entertaining. Star Trek meets Clash of the Titans.

Black Swan
Black Swan (2010)

For me, this was a very beautiful and well-thought out movie. A lot of suspense and drama, it seemed Natalie Portman's character was an innocent victim of her own environment. It is a film about transformation, good and evil, and breaking points. I would love to own this movie.

X-Men Origins - Wolverine

Tried and true Marvel movie formula, lots of action, quick dirty fun

Love and Other Drugs
½

Hm. How was he selling flat screens in 92

Our Lady of the Assassins
½

I guess I didn't give this movie as much credit as it deserved, but still, it was shot using a poor type of film (looked like a daytime soap) and the acting was horrible. But a good concept that should be reevaluated.

Burlesque
Burlesque (2010)

Great songs and characters, when Christina sings her first song... So good!

Death at a Funeral
½

How is Martin Lawrence Chris Rock's younger brother?

The Last Airbender

Didn't make it the whole way through

Lone Wolf and Cub - Baby Cart to Hades

OH SON OF A BITCH, THEY DID IT AGAIN. It is popular for Asian movies to have an equivalent Americanized titled, in this case, this being Lone Wolf and Cub: Demon Carriage to Hades, WHICH I JUST SAW LAST WEEK!!! F!

Black Dynamite

Ha HA! I threw that before I walked into the room! Chocolate Gettyup

Pirate Radio (The Boat That Rocked)
½

I feel like you might watch this movie in a History of Rock & Roll class. I guess I was hoping for Steve Zissou, with a long list of accredited actors, but this film just didn't do it for me. Although posh toshkins is a fun phrase.

Paranormal Activity
½

I couldn't watch this by myself at midnight! So I still need to watch the last half. Creeepy! Less so than Blair Witch, but similar

Julie & Julia
½

Did not get the full way through, I did nit care for Julie in the first 2/3 of the film, although I would like to sit through the rest of this film. Warm fuzzy blankets on a rainy evening movie.

Fantastic Mr. Fox
½

Very pleasantly surprised by this Wes Anderson offering. Starts strong in the same tone of Royal Tennenbaums and Life Aquatic, wonderful animation (I was afraid from the trailers, I would like to see this in Blu-ray), great plot and character development. Buy worthy. :D

Push
Push (2009)

Redeeming qualities: set entirely in Hong Kong, stars Ming Na and other good looking C grade actors, unique system of super hero abilities. Downfall: no depth or direction in plot or motives, Dakota Fanning is so awkward!, and just leaves an enthusiast of this genre wishing someone else had directed this otherwise fun timewaster.

The Road
The Road (2009)

Feel good movie of the year. Not as good as No Country. Creepy.

Winter's Bone

Very well done, excellent acting, captivating story and music score, a haunting modern day perspective of poverty and human interaction in rural midwest.

Tekon Kinkurţto

Awesome animation from one of the artists featured in The Animatrix, a story about two orphans who become gang lords of a small absurd district in Tokyo. Very cool flick.

Despicable Me
½

Cute! Um... 3D. And.... funny. Yep.

Watchmen
Watchmen (2009)

Cool effects and fights. Script and acting need work. Never read the comic though...

The Thing
The Thing (1982)

Scary shit! Starring Wilford Brimley as Winston.

How to Train Your Dragon

Super cute! I want a Toothless... :p

A Single Man
A Single Man (2009)

Sultry Sixties Sophistication, an ode to Tom of Finland and everything fashionable, the story was a bit too contrived (I especially didn't care for the second half), but a very recommendable, even own worthy film in my opinion, can't help but respect the sharp artistic vision of Tom Ford, and it is a story that although set in post World War II LA, still has relevance to today. And Julianne Moore.

Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
½

This was a very well done movie I think, with passionate characters and captivating ambiance. I don't think I would call it a favorite movie, but a worthwhile story and heartwarming ending.

A Clockwork Orange
½

I must see this again. on 11/23/09, I did. great cinematography and script.

Let the Right One In

very thoughtful and fantastically swedish

Zack and Miri Make a Porno

apart from the 60,000 or so Pittsburghers who will recognize the snow, sports, and shopping mall references in the film, this little film was quirky at best, with a fallible plot line and bland, marijuana induced script. a lot of stereotype humor and running gags like "chubby white sarcasm" keep this gem from sparkling, and instead send it deep into the forgotten abyss of movie obscuria. movie gets half a star for high school reunion scene with former quarterback heart throb comes back monroeville with gay porn producer boyfriend scene. I would have taken out the feel good attitude, that making a porn could actually solve being broke, and replaced it with the cast being arrested or getting weird std's and still being broke. that would be funny.

Warlords (Tau ming chong)

Saw this movie at the SF International Film Festival, arguably better than Crouching Tiger, Hero, and the best Jet Li film.

Kuro-obi (Black Belt)
½

saw this at sf intl film festival. very good fight scenes and cinematography

Antarctica
Antarctica (2008)

well scripted, fun thoughtful look at an interesting cultures, dreamers, saw this delightful piece at PGH lgbt film fest

Vantage Point

this movie was turrible, it was like watching 8 of the same crappy story. bleh

Jason and the Argonauts

Jason and the ARGONAUTS!! a classic cult favorite with lots of surprises

Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian

Typical ben stiller patronizing with most of the cast members of NBC's the Office. Met my expectations

City of Ember
½

Wonderfully intricate, well developed character interactions with some fresh acting talent and seasoned veterans; great story and CGI bring Final Fantasy meet Harry Potter to life. Definite purchase

Up
Up (2009)
½

Unfortunately, the movie, for me, was too serious and lacrimose from the start for me to fully enjoy the visually stunning effects or comedic revalry of the entertaining and well-developed characters. I need to think about this...

Ong-Bak (Ong Bak: Muay Thai Warrior)
½

No holds barred Tony Jaa, wonderful fight scenes, but no rewatchability factor.

I Love You, Man
½

Cute, really funny, Paul Rudd's awkwardness is delightful. Easy story telling, a worthwhile see with friends or your significant other.

Superbad
Superbad (2007)

Great flick, hilarious situational comedy and the coming of age nuance. A lot of catchy gimmicky language, ending was kind of... weird. Similar in flavor to Road Trip. McLovin' is a treat.

Get Smart
Get Smart (2008)
½

Cute, fun, funny, pretty formulaic, worth a rent though. Oh! Ha, and Bill Murray in a tree.

Azur et Asmar (Azur and Asmar: The Princes' Quest)

Wonderful film, amazing attention to aesthetics and mood and culture. A must see for all ages.

Role Models
Role Models (2008)

Cute, compact little film with references to role-playing games, Kiss (the band), and general gen-y angst. Good for a few laughs, but in the end not a milestone in the history of comedy by any means.

The Times of Harvey Milk
½

A must see piece about an important historical political figure I had known nothing about, even after having lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for 4 years.

Milk
Milk (2008)

Touching film, well portrayed characters, and seeing with my boo = awwww... =)

The Golden Compass
½

Something about this movie just didn't resonate with me.

In & Out
In & Out (1997)

Great film, can't believe gay stereotypes 10 years a

Bambi
Bambi (1942)
½

Amazing film, how I had forgotten/not been able to appreciate in my youth.

Charlie's Angels
½

It's been a while since I've seen this, and Lucy Liu's in it from what I remember.

Ratatouille
Ratatouille (2007)
½

Super cute! Fun for everyone, and cooking!

The Lost World - Jurassic Park
½

Why Jeff Goldblum became the main character, why the T-Rex was brought off the island, and why I own this movie will never be understood to me.

Anchorman - The Legend Of Ron Burgundy

Fuck you San Diego. Gotta love the Ferrell.

10,000 B.C.
10,000 B.C. (2008)

This movie hangs. Are these cavemen or Russians?

The Fall
The Fall (2006)
½

Super cute main character in Catinca Untaru, awesome visuals and "epic" style story, HOWEVER, major gripe: if you've ever seen the plotless movie "Baraka", this film literally steals the major images from that film and gives it a plot. If you've never seen Baraka then, you might consider The Fall compellingly original, which it is not. Still a cool little flick, definitely a worthwhile watch.

Quantum of Solace

Bond with a twist, lacking in plot depth, but more of the flashy sexiness you'd expect from Daniel Craig James Bond.

Camp
Camp (2003)
½

Great movie for a younger audience, same boat as High School Musical, just less memorable. Meh.

Narayama bushiko (Ballad of Narayama)
½

Overstylized, with the simple beauty of mountain living drama. Nothing spectacular, a good time waste.

Cha no aji, (The Taste of Tea)

REALLY well directed movie, lovable characters and anecdotes. Very beautiful scenery. Worth seeing again!

The Happiness of the Katakuris

Meh... not so great, some funny and scary weird parts, but a far cry from other Miike masterpieces.

Dumplings (Gaau ji)
½

Freaking intense and well directed movie, funny and scary at the same time.

Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story

I respect this movie for its quest to challenge the divide between fiction and an enjoyable movie. Then again, there were times when I wish the movie hadn't even started, that I had my hour and thirty some minutes of my life back, and that I could have easily read a book or done some chore instead of watch this movie. But I'm thankful. Some parts were really funny.

Knocked Up
Knocked Up (2007)

Beyond expectations, funniest fucking movie... JESUS. Thank you Seth Rogen.

Caligula
Caligula (1979)

Meh, it was gratuitous and unappealing, some funny parts, but overall a waste of time.

Casshern
Casshern (2004)
½

I would like to give this film a second chance. But until then, you are in for a acid trip of a visual thrill ride with bad translations.

C.R.A.Z.Y. (Crazy)

Very well done modern coming of age film set in French Canada, lots of family and sexual tension, cute boys, yada yada, reminscent of "A Home at the End of the World"

She's the Man

Whatever, I'm a sucker for Amanda Bynes, hot chiseled boys, and underlying Shakespearean plots.

August Rush
August Rush (2007)
½

Don't listen to Debby Chang, she's a crude Republican. This movie was wonderful, heart-touching, and miraculous. Everyone played their role to a T, especially the cameramen.

Strange Wilderness

What a disappointing film. The premise: get high and dub nature videos. Turns out, it was as lame as it sounds.

The Invasion
The Invasion (2007)

Gotta say I was pleased with this movie. Finally had a chance to watch it, and for some reason, it just boded well with me. I can definitely sympathize with someone who would call the movie generic or redundant, but still, I was scared a couple times, and the movie just flowed nicely.

Jumper
Jumper (2008)
½

Much better than I expected it to be. Graphics were very well edited, cool fight scenes, and... romance? Worthwhile owning flick.

In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale

Surprisingly pleasant. Have you ever wanted the Zelda video game to be a movie? Well here it is. A bunch of C class actors with some cool visual effects and medieval whatnotness.

My Blueberry Nights

I got bored. Wong Kar Wai should have stuck to Hong Kong. New York? Meh...

Mirrors
Mirrors (2008)

Terrible, what a waste of time. Only redeeming part was when a nun was blown to shreds and turned into a hardcore demon.

Dan in Real Life
½

Got bored reaaaal quick, but what I saw was ok. I guess...

Time Bandits
Time Bandits (1981)

Classic British humor, the cast of Brazil, plus Sean Connery and a whimsical twist. I say, chip chip! "How long have you been a robber?" "4'10"."

The City of Violence (Jjakpae)
½

I must own this movie, it bunked out on me, damn Library scratched copy, but I think it could be instant perfection, not unlike the Soon Dobu I just ate: spicy and "mushroom"

Charly
Charly (1968)

ANother classic on the same tone as The Miracle worker.

30 Days of Night

I'm quite confident that this would have been an excellent movie had the DVD not been scratched and unreadable midway through. Very scary, well directed, and Josh Hartnett. Weeeeee

The Miracle Worker

Triumphant. The girl folded her napkin, better than her father ever did. Really makes you believe you can accomplish anything given the right circumstances. I mean, Helen Keller is a miracle among all of human history, in my opinion. And this movie made me realize this. Wonderfully played characters by the by.

The Dark Knight

Freaking awesome. My mind is still spinning.

Hellboy II: The Golden Army (Hellboy 2)

Very pretty movie with some quality kung fu sword fight seens, blended with Guillermo del Toro's distinctive macabre meets fantasy character design. The Angel of Death scene was particularly vivid.

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

For what it was, it was decent. Not something I'd go out of my way to see again, but probably worth more attention than I gave it.

Into the Wild
½

After/while watching this movie, I was reminded of a deep sadness I first felt during college, a feeling that I wasn't living my life correctly, and that a truer, ancient reality existed just outside society. Living off the land and making lasting, meaningful connections with people, these are the keys to unlocking the spirituality of naturalism. The death of this young man is a harrowing story that shook me to the core. I debated whether to pack a bag and drive my car until it ran out of gas and start a completely new persona. But in my weakness, I also see living within the norms as a challenge, to which we the many can look up to Alexander Supertramp in our own unique ways. I'll end with this: making money and doing the right thing can be just as difficult, morally and physically, as eating poisonous berries and facing a bear days before knowingly lying down one last time time to die.

Hitman
Hitman (2007)

Poor. Nowhere near as fun as the game. Lost attention quickly.

Ba wang bie ji (Farewell My Concubine)
½

For being an almost 3 hour long movie, this film ROCKED my face off. It was so good, I love Beijing opera, and this was just a well told story about forbidden love and love triangles.

Hellboy
Hellboy (2004)

Entertaining, exciting, and well-developed characters. Good action scenes.

Rikyu
Rikyu (1991)

Awesome film about the modern day inventor (1600's Japan) of the tea ceremony, monk turned sycophant Sen no Rikyu. Interesting historical perspective with well directed aesthetics.

The Hills Have Eyes 2
½

So suspensefully stupid scary I had to turn it off midway.

Ye yan (Legend of the Black Scorpion) (The Banquet)
½

It's unfortunate I saw Curse of the Golden Flower prior to this gem, as it appears to be the same story. However, in this adaptation, Yuen Wo Ping choreographs some stunning action sequences, reminscent of early 90's works with Jet Li. Not bad, but certainly not a great film.

Grandma's Boy

Ha! Doris Roberts is B+ in this lackluster pot induced film, with funny parts worth seeing while trashed. Way to go, Nick... Goossen?

Thumbsucker
Thumbsucker (2005)

How depressingly melodramatic. It's Little Miss Sunshine, except it forgot to take it's antidepressants.

Juno
Juno (2007)
½

Hello people. This a-maaazing film has already been done. It was called Thumbsucker. And that sucked too.

Date Movie
Date Movie (2006)
½

Movies/ideas this movie makes fun of: Meet the Parents, Meet the Fockers, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Hitch, King Kong, The Wedding Planner, The Bachelor on ABC, Pimp My Ride on MTV, Carmen Elektra, My Best Friend's Wedding, Alyson Hannigan as American Pie's "One Time at Band Camp" Girl, black people, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, celebrity couples, and a gay Puerto Rican.

Shoot 'Em Up
Shoot 'Em Up (2007)

This movie's hot. Very beautiful, and Giamatti is creepy to a T. The acting was intentionally gimicky, which I have to think about, but otherwise, an awesome movie.

The Wedding Planner
½

Pretty good, pretty predictable, a fun date movie I think.

Circus
Circus (2000)

Your run-of-the-mill Snatch wannabe. Nuff said, just fine.

Sunshine
Sunshine (2007)

Pretty freaking cool movie, scary at times, and sweet cinematography and CGI. Michelle Yeoh, Cillian Murphy (28 Days Later), and Chris Evans (Human Torch from Fantastic 4) along with an amazing cast. A little too Armageddon-ish or The Sphere-esque for my taste, but all in all a worthwhile see. Made me think about appreciating the world we live in, how I haven't put the effort into fully doing so, and questions of what I would do to protect this world so that others can. :P

The Broken Hearts Club

Yeah, whatever, MEANWHILE. I like how Dean Cain and White Scrubs are in this.

Volver
Volver (2006)
½

Delightful characters and a witty script, but what was original at first started to drag and end predictable.

Definitely, Maybe

I agree with Rachel Levy, with the added note that I am intrigued by the story-telling within a story concept.

Triad Election (Hak se wui yi wo wai kwai)

I refuse to like movies that in the original language has a backstory but is suppose to be complete, cohesive, and free-standing once brought to America. It's just bullshit and I won't stand for it. As such, I only got 15 minutes in, and those 15 minutes were borrrring.

The Wicker Man

This movie is terrible. Don't waste your time unless you're ok with good actors talking about god knows what on a scenic Washinton state island.

The Joy Luck Club

Brilliantly woven, Amy Tan's words are given the breath of life by director Oliver Stone and Wayne Wang, the story of four women and their four daughters, the joys and sorrow that luck brings into their lives. Highly emotional and inspiring.

Next
Next (2007)
½

Very cool concept, but Cage looks like crap and the all-star cast fall very short of their potential. It's like the Matrix minus the awesomeness.

Mystic Pizza
Mystic Pizza (1988)

Perhaps I was not in the mood, because this movie just didn't hit home with me. A lot of famous people, and Julia Roberts' character is hilarious. Definitely a C movie, which I didn't know existed until now.

Curse of the Golden Flower
½

This movie was SO BORING. But the visuals were not. And yet, I was still disappointed.

John Tucker Must Die
½

He's not even that cute. And the plot... so 1998.

Sideways
Sideways (2004)

Painfully melodramatic and hilarious in its subtlety. Just like a fine wine should be.

The Brave One
½

Not gonna lie, Jodie Foster is a great actress. I feel like I'll forget this film easily however, though it is very well put together.

Enchanted
Enchanted (2007)
½

Great songs, classic Disney. For having fallen out of love with the franchise after Poccohontas (what was next, Hercules?) this was exquisite and heart-warming.

Mean Girls
Mean Girls (2004)

Not gonna lie, movie was pretty good, met the hype.

Apocalypto
Apocalypto (2006)

Pretty classic storytelling with some of the most vivid over the top epic scenes from a movie in a while. Very much in the mood of Gladiator or The Patriot.

The Fountain
The Fountain (2006)

Finally saw the movie the whole way through. I feel like it set some unattainable goals for its audience, and that once understood yields some great potential. But until that day this movie speaks to me, I will remain disappointed in an otherwise favorite director of mine (D. Aronofsky).

The Wedding Banquet (Xi yan)
½

Solid Ang Lee film, can't really find a reason not to like it. Although not a spectacular must see blockbuster, it is a must see in its classical appeal, the fluidity with which the plot unfurls, and the overall goofy awkward comedy of family, love, and doing the right thing.

The History Boys
½

One of those coming of age pre-collegiate films in the spirit of Dead Poet's Society. Mildly raunchy and heartfelt at times, good character development, but a bit campy for my exquisite taste in film. A solid B flick.

I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry

Awww. So, give this movie two years, and it will be outdated and stale and playing on TBS. But it was good. Good enough to get on DVD.

Orange County
½

Probably a bit biased since I attended Stanford, Jack Black and the rest of the quirky characters give the film that collegiate, MTVegocentric pinache, but hardly memorable. In a Freudian way, it probably influenced me more than I would have liked, but that's just me.

Longtime Companion
½

Poignant, real, passionate, they don't make films of this quality any more.

Phone Booth
Phone Booth (2003)

BETTER. THAN. SWEENEY TODD.
But seriously, this movie was pretty cool, a glorified coincidence that spans the better part of an hour. And Kiefer Sutherland!

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
½

Tough to like this movie. The brightness level was so low, it was hard to see everything going on. The songs were not to my liking. However, the actors were all very good, and the plot is creepy and ironic. Love Depp's hair too.

Balls of Fury
½

Interesting "spin" on the comedy hobby genre, no big names, but funny cameos. On the whole, it's not that good. The way it demeans Asian cinema, it's just tackless, even for Chris Walken.

Without A Paddle
½

somewhat funny? i saw this at a limited release screening at school, it was pretty fun.

Running Scared

So far so good, although the damn Library DVD collection is all scratched up from airheads who don't know how to maintain anything worth value in this F*@#^ing dirt hole of a place I call HOME!!!! AHHHH...

this movie is good and worth seeing, actionful and cool camera techneeks.

Naruto the Movie: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow (Gekij˘-ban Naruto: Daikatsugeki!)
½

As far as anime goes, its was average. As far as cool ninja fighting goes, it was mediocre. And, well, in my opinion, Naruto is a wonderful concept with some major flaws, so that did not help this movie's rating.

The Emperor and the Assassin (Jing Ke ci Qin Wang)

In a time before Hero, this film was probably regarded as very technically advanced and beautiful. Not so much 9 years later.

Four Brothers

A solid 3 star flick. Nothing spectacular, a good time waster.

Resident Evil
½

Excellent movie. Suggestion: do NOT watch this movie by yourself and in the dark. Or even at dusk. Because you may poo yourself a little. Only thing that bugged me (like most video game movies) are the parts where the two mediums deviate storywise.

Rent
Rent (2005)
½

Didn't watch the whole thing, but from what I saw I liked it. Then again, I didn't watch the whole thing, half by choice, half due to sleep depravation.

Shaolin Soccer

WOW. Even more hilarious and over-the-top string wire kung fu than Kung Fu Hustle. The subtleties are hilarious, but the concept made me wish this wasn't a Stephen Chow endeavor. Still though, worth owning.

The Forbidden Kingdom
½

For being a movie primarily about a white kid who wants to learn kung fu, this movie ROCKED!!! AND, it has JET LI WITH JACKIE CHAN?! Come now. Although the kung fu wasn't spectacular, otherwise, this movie was prety sweet (for any martial art movies enthusiasts)

└ cause d'un garšon (You'll Get Over It)
½

On a sunny day, it's nice to look forward to a happy struggle, the family dysfunctional merry-go-round, and friends falling in love and coming of age. And hell, all the actors were beautiful and French and at times baring it all for the camera, so cheers for that. But the ending.... eesh... it left a poor taste in my mouth for an otherwise acceptable film about love and youth.

Flightplan
Flightplan (2005)

I <3 you Jodie Foster. This movie was just the right balance of crazy Jodie Foster and action suspense.

Kamata koshin-kyoku (Fall Guy)
½

Half a year later, I'm thinking about this wonderful little piece that is both touching and serious and the whole time comedic. About an underdog who breaks into the movie industry to win the love of his best friend's newly pregnant concubine.

National Treasure: Book of Secrets

You know, I give this franchise credit: the action and adventure hit rapidly and with a kind of catchy style. They remind me of The Goonies without the hilarious characters.

Super Troopers

Finally saw this movie in its entirety, and I still don't quite LOVE love it, but it's definitely good. Funny part: "He's pulled over as far he can, sir!"

P.S. I Love You
½

My favorite part about the movie was how it took a really sad experience and turned into a positive and happy thing. I'd recommend seeing it!

The Ring
The Ring (2002)

Ahhh!! Don't watch that movie (no, the movie IN the movie, watch this movie though)

21
21 (2008)

Great fun, great characters, great plot. F$#k MIT, but other than that, it was awesome.

Smart People
Smart People (2008)
½

If you're from Pittsburgh, attended CMU, and like Royal Tennenbaums, you will be entertained. Otherwise, this movies was... eh... not so good.

Resident Evil: Extinction
½

I was pleasantly pleased with this little flick, fun to watch and get scared at. However, the ending blew very harsh, it was as if everybody on the film said "well, it's about that time we get up, hit the ol' dusty trail now" and used scotch tape to finish it all. Just a fun movie.

Happy Endings
½

Wonderfully intertwined, romantic, funny, and ironic... thus far... I'm only about half hour in as I write this.

Gay Republicans

Another fascinating facet of the gay American: Log Cabin Republicans.

2046
2046 (2005)
½

Decent enough, lot of my favorite people, story's kind of weird.

My Best Friend's Wedding

I remember liking it. I also remember being too young to get most of the adult humor.

Shutter
Shutter (2008)

I probably would not see the movie again. It was fun to watch in a theater or if you're really into J-Hors.

The Long Kiss Goodnight

This movie is not why Gina Davis isn't in movies anymore, because this movie rocks.

Dr. Strangelove Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

Definitely worth seeing, but also devoting some thought to.

Hot Rod
Hot Rod (2007)
½

This movie was cool beans. That's about it. Move along now.

Dancer in the Dark

What a wonderful movie with exceptional acting and musical numbers.

Die Hard 3: With a Vengeance
½

So many good parts to this movie, weapons and puzzles galore.

Titanic
Titanic (1997)
½

Evvvery night in myyy dreeeams.

Titan A.E.
Titan A.E. (2000)
½

I remember there being a lot of hype for this movie, then it failing my expectations. Maybe because it was one of the first movies of 2000. How sad.

When a Man Loves a Woman

Again, cheesy, but interesting how Meg Ryan's character transforms in a family dynamic with alcohol and suchness.

Smokin' Aces
Smokin' Aces (2007)

Lots of action in this catchy sexy film. Plot is barf, but if you like to watch things, it ain't bad. OMG, that was Alicia Keys?

28 Days
28 Days (2000)
½

One of the last movies with the twin towers, Sandra Bullock is a renegade drug and alcohol abuser with two hot boyfriends, one of whom is Wolverine. An AA movie with some funny parts.

Rash˘mon (Rashomon) (In the Woods)
½

Kurasawa is one of the most influential filmmakers ever, and Rashomon shows why, with inventive beautiful camera angles and a captivating story telling method. Think Memento circa first movies ever.

Memories
Memories (2004)
½

They were all good, #2 was my fav.

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
½

Oh, come on now, how can you not love the conquest for the one ring?

Final Fantasy VII - Advent Children
½

So glad I downloaded this movie illegally.

Paprika
Paprika (2006)

From the same director that brought us Paranoia Agent, I was thrilled to see his massively eccentric and iconoclasmic work reinvigorated through Paprika. An excellent soundtrack coupled with traditional Japanese narrative story-telling elements and a honorable nod to western cinema, this neo sci-fi pop culture frenzy was not as cool as I'm making it out to seem, but definitely worth seeing once.

Forgive And Forget

I was decently surprised by this movie, because the story was sort of engaging, although it might have been the setting that captivated moreso than the movie as a whole. Still, worth seeing.

Latter Days
Latter Days (2004)

Awww... gay romance, gushy. Recently decided that this is a milestone gay film from which others are judged.

Amnesia: The James Brighton Enigma

It was ok, not what I was expecting, and some poorish acting once the story movies to the US. But decent for its genre: dramatic gay mystery romance.

War (Rogue Assassin)

Not a Jet Li best by any means, but entertaining nonetheless.

I Am Legend
I Am Legend (2007)
½

would have been better with better art for the zombs... not complaining though

The Day After Tomorrow

Pretty good, I like global warming.

Zoolander
Zoolander (2001)

Frothy and bloaty, this movie makes me love myself and all the beautiful things.

X-Men
X-Men (2000)

Yeaaaa... Huge Jackman.

Jurassic Park

Just one of those historically significant movies that everyone has to live up to. Way to go.

Alice in Wonderland

Whoa, this movie woul probably be a whole lot more awesome if I saw it again now.

Happy Gilmore
½

Sandler's funny streak.

There's Something About Mary

There is something about this movie. I say it's semen in my hair.

American Pie
American Pie (1999)

Ha! Pie fucking. Ingenius. Not a big fan of the genre though.

Meet The Fockers

Met them, didn't have much to say afterwards.

Finding Nemo
Finding Nemo (2003)
½

Ok, these fish are just cute. And witty. Like the one fish that's from Everybody Loves Raymond.

The Incredibles

After a long streak of depressing Disney debuts, this film just did it for me.

Ocean's Eleven

Hott. This movie was just plain hott.

Gladiator
Gladiator (2000)
½

I always associate this movie with The Patriot. Two epic movies released about the same time.

10 Things I Hate About You

There were some funny parts I guess

Sin City
Sin City (2005)

Yowza, visually spectacular, need to see it again to understand the story though.

50 First Dates

Awww... kinda cute, kinda sad.

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
½

Yeah, it's pretty good, probably the best of the three.

Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
½

El Classico. The laces were in!

Armageddon
Armageddon (1998)

How could you not love it? Don't listen to Sam Franco.

Independence Day

Yes! Also, the infamous "Sports Movie"

Godzilla
Godzilla (1998)
½

I probably shouldn't review movies that I don't remember. or maybe that just tells you what you'll think of it 9 years later.

Uzumaki
Uzumaki (2002)

The manga's better. If I hadn't read it, it would have been so so, a little slow moving.

Fist of the North Star
½

Just one of those anime you never forget. Epic.

Kuraingu furţman (Crying Freeman)
½

Very excellent. Read the manga recently, renewed my faith in protaginism. And in Anime. Instant classic.

Gozu (Gokud˘ ky˘fu dai-gekij˘: Gozu)

Not sure what was going on here, partly because I had no subtitles on, partly because I was very very high.

The Science of Sleep

In the spirit of Eternal Sunshine and Brazil, this bizarre romance is both cleverly aesthetic and depressingly confused. Post modernism is so bizarre.

Children of Men
½

This movie is one long chase scene. With cool effect and ideas, so it gets a better rating... and Clive Owen.

Sicko
Sicko (2007)
½

Yeah, I'm a MM fan, so what, you wanna fight about it?

Wing Chun
Wing Chun (1994)
½

Lady Abacus, how well you compliment Chinese folk action hero Michelle Yeoh (Michelle Wong) in this classic! Must see for the Kung Fu junkie.

Across the Universe
½

When I was told this was the new "Moulin Rouge", my hopes were placed very high. The concept is cool, and a definite must see for any Beatles fan, but the movie drags on a lot and feels forcedly put together, like a bunch of cool music videos that happen to form a plot. Few memorable parts.

Tan Lines
Tan Lines (2007)

Pretty good movie I saw at the PLGFF.

Pulp Fiction
Pulp Fiction (1994)
½

Pretty good, not as memorable for me as most people, but some very historical scenes (injection to the heart, Royale with Cheese)

Grindhouse
Grindhouse (2007)

Stellar, hillarious, enthralling.

Cidade de Deus (City of God)
½

Whoa. Did not expect this movie to be as good as it was. Very compelling.

Yeopgijeogin geunyeo (My Sassy Girl)
½

Super romantic comedy, one of my favorites!

I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK (Saibogujiman kwenchana)
½

Cute, but not as good as some of Chan Wook's other works.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
½

Nothing like the original. Still pretty cool looking.

Sleepy Hollow

Oooooh, Bod Crane goes goth!

The Witches
The Witches (1990)

Another throwback, Anjelica Huston before she became Mrs. Tennenbaum.

Hocus Pocus
Hocus Pocus (1993)

Ahh... a Halloween must have.

The Addams Family

Not so memorable for me, but M. Bison plays a mean husband to Morticia.

Beetlejuice
Beetlejuice (1988)
½

I was too young to appreciate the work of Michael Keaton at the time, I would like to revisit this in say, oh, 4 years?

Murder by Death
½

If you liked Clue, this movie is like Clue meets Celebrity Deathmatch, which for me, is a very good thing.

Capote
Capote (2005)
½

Didn't see it all, but what I saw was decent. And not to brag, but Capote is in another of my all-time favorites Murder by Death.

Stargate
Stargate (1994)
½

Just one of those movies that start off a whole life of wondering, "Will this movie ever surpass the films of my childhood"

The Fifth Element
½

A favorite sci-fi thriller of mine, the effect may seem antiquated now, but they are all overshadowed by the alien operetta.