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Movie Ratings and Reviews

The Return
The Return(2003)

I don't know what to say, it was just beautiful, poetic and powerful. And I think it was Zvyagintsev's debut movie..damnit I hate smart people like that...

Affinity
Affinity(2008)
½

Ahh! Sadly, I have to admit I am shallow..I was pissed that there weren't any sex scenes. Affinity began with an okay idea, but the plot did not develop well so the ending just seem disappointing although it wasn't what I have expected.

Young Adult
Young Adult(2011)
½

DIABLO CODY!! OIII

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Wow....I was so disappointed. Despite that it stayed pretty true to the plot-line in the book, it was simply a waste of money - another big budget Hollywood film adaptation that lacked depth, character development and heart. Shallow portrayals but with fantastic cinematography and music, other than that, not worth it.

Something Wild
½

Great writing,
great cinematography,
one of the best dream sequences.
Classic American indie film.

Protagonist
Protagonist(2007)

This visually fasinating(with all the Greek myth tiltle animations) documentary really surprised me. Four men who come from extremely different background somehow share the same pattern of life, and with staged Greek drama, Jessica Yu used puppets to act out scenes which connect all the characters. It's hard to do a documentary with only narrations and couple achieval footage, but Yu really pulled it off with the puppets and some great music score, making the film extra diverse.

His & Hers
His & Hers(2011)

Simple concept, His & Hers is a really well-made documentaries, it was a joy to watch. I find myself laughing during majority of the film, and tearing up at parts at the end. I've heard feedback from Irish folks who found that the film painted a stereotypical image of Irish women, but to me, it was meant to be light-hearted and there's no need to take offense, just laugh out loud and cry your hearts out.

Tadpole
Tadpole(2002)
½

Fav part of the movie are Voltaire's quotes.

Swedish Auto
Swedish Auto(2006)

I was sucked in from the first minute, however, it lost focus and dragged on too long. The plot and characters never developed deep enough for me to feel engaged in. Nonetheless, good performances.

Revolutionary Road

For fans of the book, you are in for a good film adaptation. The film stayed true to the content, narrative style, and tone of the book. Mendes is in charge of the type of story he's familiar with; as of Winslet and DiCaprio's performancesâ¦I am sure that's enough said. Also, the closing of the film was very memorable.

Midnight in Paris

For once, I liked Owen Wilson's acting. Yes the whole paris thing is very cliche, but being someone who's crazy about the Lost Generation, I loved every bits and pieces of this movie. Midnight in Paris is structured like any other typical Woody Allen style, however this time the theme is much more simpler. It's overall a feel-good fun movie that I would revisit again.

Imitation of Life

Never a huge fan of melodramas, but an interesting comment on gender roles and identity crisis.

Zero no shôten (Zero Focus)
½

Will need to get my hands on the original, but this remake was a thrill to watch. Great cast and great writing.

Suîto ritoru raizu (Sweet Little Lies)

I was expecting so much... Awesome cinematography and the performances were as good as I expected. I loved the concept so much but it never developed deep enough. It's possible Hitoshi Yazaki wanted to create a greater distance between the audience and the story, but to me it just didn't work.

Goongnyeo (Shadows in the Palace)

Compelling story, especially with its setting.

Joueuse (Queen to Play)
½

Very pleasant to watch, one of the feel-good movies, chess is an interesting subject but the execution of the story was a little cliche.

X-Men: First Class
½

Michael Fassbender deserves 5/5 because he's sexy!!!!!!!! But the film wasn't as good as I expected. Having not seen any of the X-Men movies, I really enjoyed this one. There are many aspects that overlap with another critically-acclaimed comic book film, Watchmen. First of all, they both are incredibly long, they both center on recruiting a group of extraordinary individuals that are emotionally vulnerable blah blah and etc. However, X-Men had a slower pace and I just couldn't really connect with the characters like I did with Watchmen(NOT because they are not human....)

Confessions (Kokuhaku)
½

I started the film with no expectation, and it really surprised me. Ttsuya Nakashima's films are always visually interesting, but Confessions is also very rich in content and the actor's performances were very in depth. At parts it seems to have lost its focus and the soundtrack gets a little repetitive although very appropriated and beautiful. In general, Confessions is one of the best recent Japanese movies I've seen. I would recommend it to anyone who looking for a provocative disturbing movie with a beautiful soundtrack and cinematography.

Monsters
Monsters(2010)

Can't wait to see more of Gareth Edwards' work in the future.

He Ran All the Way
½

Wong Howe's cinematography made the film visually more interesting given such a simple story. John Garfield and Shelley Winters characters were complex and I wish the story could have stretched longer to explore deeper with what could have happened if Nick and Peg really escaped.

A Perfect World

T.J. Lowther was SO cute! Fantastic performances. Several moments reminded me of He Ran All the Way (1951). Very good writing and although somewhat predictable, I was drawn to the characters and immensely moved by the chemistry between Costner's character and Lowther's. Great casting and direction, definitely worth seeing.

Un Chien Andalou

Luis Bunuel & Salvador Dali making a non-narrative film. Enough said

Meshes of the Afternoon
½

I wish Maya Deren is still alive, her genius transcends time and genres of art. Deren's films unlike films today, she does not reduce her vision to the point that will be understandable to others, instead she assumes the audience is intelligent, and make something that's open to interpretation. Meshes of the Afternoon is absolutely beautiful and tragic.

Black Snake Moan

Christina Ricci got so skinny in this movie, but damn, she's still hottt! Great story and actors, see the power of music? haha Started off a lil slow, but the ending was touching! Loved it!

The Girlfriend Experience

So I forgot that I watched this movie when it came out until today when my friend sent me yet another sexy photo of Sasha Grey. I definitely have a soft spot for Sasha Grey and Soderbergh. The Girlfriend Experience was a simple film with much improvised scenes. There's a story but it might as well be plotless. It has a voyeuristic feel to it that I love and it's a different movie viewing experience. A good one that I really enjoyed. But it's definitely not for everyone, not necessarily all Soderbergh could even appreciate.

The Dinner Game (Le Dîner de cons)

Francis Veber can always find a way to creat a hilarious story out of ordinary characters and moments we experience in life. Simple begining, but as it progress we learn more about each characters and things got more complicated. I especially loved the ending.

Date Night
Date Night(2010)
½

Very very funny. Not what I was expecting(having not watched the trailer, thought it would be just about a more normal date night). It was really entertaining and honestly had me laughing out loud throughout the whole film, there was never a moment that I found dull. Gotta say though, the pole dancing scene was mega difficult to watch because of how awkward it was. Haha

P.S. I Love You
½

one of the few times Hilary Swank actually does NOT play someone who'se famous, prebendary and inspiring. Very touching story, but it's packed with rom-com cliches. I suppose its nice to watch something like this once in a while that doesn't require much thinking. (I watched it on a plane...) I am only giving the stars to the hot guys in this film. :D lol

The Social Network
½

It surely is surprising that Aaron Sorkin, the writer of The West Wing and a few acclaimed political dramatic films would team up with David Fincher, the director of Fight Club and other films that emphasized a great deal on the flexibility his cinematographer are allowed to.First of all, it's important to view the movie as fiction, since alot of the facts are dramatized and portrayals of real life characters are not necessarily realistic. Written in a traditional western myth structure, The Social Network is an instant contemporary classic. Great dark ambient soundtrack, typical Jeff Cronenweth style: not alot of fancy camera angles, mostly medium shots with a shallow depth of field. Lota camera manipulation, but that's really all you need when you get a script by Sorkin.

The City of Lost Children (La Cité des Enfants Perdus)
½

Fantastic art direction and cinematography. However, overall it was too chaotic and lacked moments for us to "cool down"

Blame It on Fidel (La Faute a Fidel)

I want to cut fruits like Fidel does!

Fighter
Fighter(2007)

I've never seen any Natasha Arthy's work, but Fighter really surprised me since I had no expectations and only caught my attention when it happened to be on tv. It's definitely one of the best kungfu movie set in modern time that I've seen. Very simple story, and at times it gets a bit melodramatic and it's somewhat predictable, but the fights scenes were very beautifully choreographed, and I loved the ending.

3-Iron
3-Iron(2004)
½

Lack of dialogue could create such relax atmosphere and sometimes still create tension between characters. Again, Ki-duk Kim takes us to almost another world by introducing us these characters who seem so common on the surface, and told such a beautiful and simple story. Love the writing and execution.

Dolls
Dolls(2002)

Great cinematography. Pace was a bit unsteady, but overall an enjoyable film with impressive art direction.

Zebraman
Zebraman(2007)

Typical fun superhero movie. Nonetheless, it's impressive the range of movies Takashi takes on.

Black Orpheus (Orfeu Negro)
½

Beautiful music, beautiful cast, beautiful culture, beautiful story. Enough said

Koroshiya 1 (Ichi the Killer)
½

Despite the over the top gore(which is awesome), I love the black humor and character studies. Yet another superb movie by Takashi Miike

Salt
Salt(2010)
½

Glad Tom Cruise dropped the role, Angelina Jolie definitely added a different dimension to the character. Enjoyable thriller, somewhat predictable ending, but overall a well-done action film. Not James Newton Howard's best music score, but still helped the movie to carry along the plot.

Obsessed
Obsessed(2009)

"...I will SHOW you crazy" lol

Train Man: Densha Otoko
½

Thought-provoking? No. Superb performances? Wasn't required. Outstanding techniques? Wasn't required either. But this film was definitely fun, I found myself, like Densha otoko's "friends" in the movie, caring for the characters and what happens next. It's also valuable in terms of how it showed a very 21st century perspective to a simple love story. Yes it is corny and functions like a cliche rom-com, but it's worth seeing. (I admit, I have a soft spot for Nakatani Miki, so that might have clouded my judgment a bit...)

The Edge of Love

You have such an inspirational poet, such a great story, and you have these great actors, how come it didn't work? It felt like another melodramatic love-triangle movie with beautiful cinematography. I didn't connect with the story nor the characters.

Paris
Paris(2008)

I've always enjoyed Cedric Klapisch's movies. Paris features a superb cast with couple simple and interesting story-lines. At parts I felt the differences between these story-lines(with some details of the narrative style) loosen the unity of the Parisians' story as a whole. Overall, pleasant, and I liked the ending alot, though I thought it ended a bit abruptly.

The Sun Also Rises
½

The Sun Also Rises, having it to be one of my fav books, I have to say that Henry King did a good job telling the story in its original order and words. But something was missing, I can't quite say what. It was lack of the lonliness and lost feeling that this characters had, especially Jake. I also thought they could find other actors that fit to play Jake and Brett more than Ava Gardner and Tyrone Power. Mel Ferrer was great though, because I hated him as much as I hated the Robert when I read the book.

About a Boy
About a Boy(2002)

1st time I watched it-loved it. 2nd time after reading the book-still enjoyed it but wish they did not change certain things. First half of the movie really stayed true to the book and did a great job adapting it to the big screen. The second half changed much of the great details and story development in the book and rushed to a cliche coming of age movie climax of the talent show. And I wish they stayed to the background (1994) of the book. Nonetheless, fun movie.

Agora
Agora(2010)
½

I appreciate how historically accurate majority of the film was. I've never seen any feature films concerning the Christianization of the Roman Empire, and iit was fascinating being introduced to the world of Hypatia. Typical Roman Empire themed movie, the epic scale, the cinematography and the melodrama. Still enjoyed it better than I thought I would.

Puffball
Puffball(2008)
½

Started off interesting but overall was bland. But I give credit to Kelly Reilly and actor who played Tucker's sex scene.

I Am Love
I Am Love(2010)

I am in love with I Am Love.

The Runaways
The Runaways(2010)
½

Good performances but felt like just another once-famous-band kinda movie. I do appreciate the details the two incorporated in portraying the real life Cherie Currie and Joan Jett, and some shots were nicely choreographed. It was trying to be a more in depth movie, but felt shallow.

Everybody's Fine

I have yet to watch the original. But Kirk Jones version is, on the surface, another heartwarming family dramedy. Robert De Niro gives a great performance, I found myself crying only couple minutes into the film. Might have been a bit too melo-dramatic for me, but overall I am a sucker for any movies that focus on the dynamic and relationships or two generations in a family, so I enjoyed it.

A Serious Man
½

Love the subtle mixing of genres. It's essentially a dark comedy written in a format of a horror film. I really appreciated the Coen brothers for using actors many moviegoers aren't familiar with.

Inception
Inception(2010)

Saw it twice on the day it premiered. All I can say is, the writing is beautiful, clever, original and complex on multiple levels and different aspects. The whole production is this epic Hollywood blockbuster, anyone who's going for the entertainment elements of a movie would be thrilled, but any moviegoers who also want something deeper, more intellectual would be very satisfied as well. Theres no one second where the film lost my attention. Definitely a movie I could go on and on and on......and since there's no enough space on flixter I shall stop here.

A Complete History of My Sexual Failures
½

I didn't know what I was expecting, but the result was a fun and pleasant surprise. It's funny, raw and honest film-making. I admire Chris Waitt for exposing himself (literally and figuratively) for the sake of a fantastic documentary. Very happy and miraculous ending.

Chloe
Chloe(2010)

Something erotic, dangerous, well-written and well-performed. I love how the power and protagonist shifts from character to character. Predictable but the portrayal of chloe in response to her relationships made the movie worth watching

Groundhog Day
½

Nice take on a man's existentialist crisis. Charming and funny

Dancer in the Dark
½

I don't know if Bjork is like this all the time, if not, then that was some great acting. Very creative plot with passionate characters, and the songs are great!!

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

MORE hilarious dialogue from Twilight. I give credit for David Slade who made the fighting sequences visually cooler. The acting has really became unbearable, and the timing for when Jacob's shirt is off just cracks me up. As always, I go see the Twilight movies for the comedy, the soundtrack, and now one more reason - Dakota Fanning, who's always amazing(seriously)

Robin Hood
Robin Hood(2010)
½

Sigh Ridley Scott... The once genius director is just making the same movie through different setting. Robin Hood does tell a different and interesting story about the hero, but the end result seems like Gladiator in a different setting, and not nearly as good as Gladiator.

The Karate Kid

Even though I am not a huge fan of Hollywood blockbusters, this was the best Hollywood movie experience I've had yet. Going to a movie of a remake of a old classic, the audience was more diverse than usual. The Karate Kid(Kung Fu Kid) was obviously a bigger production compare to the original, more money and a better setting(China). I laughed, cried and cheered along with the audience.

The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos)

Mixed genre films are always tricky. Political drama, a love story, a story about a man haunted by his past... It's entertaining, racy and other elements that make it a blockbuster. It's clearly a great production, I greatly enjoyed parts of the film.

Feng sheng (The Message)
½

Well-done well-done. It's shocking the quality of the cast, I could say pretty much all the top actors and actresses in China played a part in Feng Sheng. Besides the fantastic performances, the story was carefully crafted and unlike many Chinese historical movies that I've seen, there wasn't any tiny historical detail that was misleading. The movie is packed with a lot of information, I wish it was longer so we get to know the other characters as well, however, it's nice that it maintain certain characters' mystery.

Toy Story 3
Toy Story 3(2010)

Definitely not a cartoon suitable, or could be understood by young children. Toy Story 3 is for the generation like me, who grew up with it. Like the previous movies, it's entertaining, adventurous, and full of energy. But this one is the most memorable yet, maybe it's because it's the last of the Toy Story movies. This one is especially emotional because of the toys attachment to Andy, who's going off to college. I cried pretty much throughout the whole film. There are many hidden dialogue and imagery that are adult humor. One complaint though, the 3D was really unnecessary..

Mulholland Drive

THE movie that changed me

The Dreamers
The Dreamers(2004)

Loved how Bertolucci mixed scenes from classics, and all the details that tells you the history background directly.Very sexy, deep and sad, and a lil ironic..

Paris Je T'aime

Passionate and beautiful. Amazing collection of short films.

The Ghost Writer
½

Never been a huge fan of political thrillers, but Polanski planned the movie so well that it is well-paced, and the suspense and complexity is underneath the surface. Even though at parts, his effort of using this subtlety lost my focus for couple seconds, overall it was very well-done. And on Alexandre Desplat's music score, he tried some new things and I absolutely love how it complemented the story.

Deliver Us from Evil

Content wasn't shocking. But it was still an impressive film and it's about time more people get to be aware of such issue.

The War Room
The War Room(1993)
½

Rare political documentary with a complete third-person observation point of view.

Li mi de cai xiang (The Equation of Love and Death)
½

Tried to hard to be a unique mixed genre movie with a twist, but although the plot made sense, it's hard to see a connection that clicks. It's kind of a waste using such great actors.

Picnic at Hanging Rock

Watched this a while ago, watching Cracks reminded me of this film. The fact that it's based on a true story makes the movie more beautiful, appealing and mysterious. It's one of those films that are very haunting, but in a slightly implied erotic way that grabs your attention throughout the film.

Cracks
Cracks(2011)

Reminded me alot of Innocence (also based on a novel) by French director Lucile Hadzihalilovic.
Incredibly depressing. Complicated characters and in a limited set, developed a rich story and it kept me thinking. Eva Green again gave a fantastic performance playing someone coo-coo. But seriously, it was a complicated character and she manages to emphasize on her role's importance without taking over the observers' role. Beautiful music written by Pan's Labyrinth's Javier Navarrete. I hope to see more from Jordan Scott!

Clash of the Titans

I love Greek mythology, but I hate epic melodramas. Isn't there a way to present a Greek myth film without all the cheesy dialogues and overly dramatic and sometimes even historically incorrect details? I found myself not taking many parts of the film seriously and I kept calling out similarities between this film to elements from Avatar, Pan's Labyrinth, and Transformers. I am indifferent to the changes they made from the original myths, it might have been more interesting to stay true to the myths instead of trying to make everything seem so perfect. Overall, visually Clash of the Titans was nice to watch, but nothing special about it.

44 Inch Chest
½

Knowing it's written by the writers of Sexy Beast, another awesome movie, this wasn't what I was expecting. Although I can see similarities between the two, 44 Inch Chest was way more dense in terms of the performances required from each actor. It's rare to find a great character-driven instead of plot-driven movie with limited sets to keep it visually interesting. The movie has a raw, honest, and bold style. This would make a perfect play about male ego.

Seven (Se7en)

Beautifully crafted movie about the ugliness of reality, strong performances.

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
½

NOWHERE as good as the first movie. A failed attempt to make the film less superficial by making the plot confusing. It has degraded itself to another typical guy movie with explosions and Megan Fox doing nothing but running behind Shia LaBeouf with her boobs bouncing in slow-mo.

The Matrix Revolutions
½

Stayed true to the spirit of the first movie

Cabin Fever
Cabin Fever(2002)
½

Eli Roth's debut. Chilling story

Troy
Troy(2004)
½

Don't remember much of the movie. Another epic historical drama? Only thing I got out of it is how much I hated Orlando Bloom(b/c of his character)

The Dark Knight
½

I always enjoy Christopher Nolan's work. Great performances from everyone(besides Christian Bale for he's either playing himself or playing the same role over and over again) The DARK Knight brought out the DARKNESS of Batmen series, that's the real spirit!

Napoleon Dynamite
½

Overrated awkward teen movie.

The Italian Job

Entertaining. Wasn't very memorable

The Libertine
½

Overly dramatic and staged. There were some very strong scenes but overall I just get a sense of a lacked focus. I wish they could have further explore Johnny's creative process of his work rather than details of his personal life.

Funny Games
Funny Games(2008)
½

It IS a shot-to-shot remake of Haneke's Austrian version of Funny Games. Didn't think the performance of actors would make a difference. Michael Pitt was great, but obviously adds his flavor to the character. Still an amazing film and I enjoyed the performances of actors I am more familiar with. I prefer the casting of the boys in the other version(their differences were more obvious and comedic), even though I didn't have a problem with identifying them, some would find it difficult to tell them apart at the beginning.

Funny Games
Funny Games(1998)

Michael Haneke is such a jerk! All his films are soo negative and disturbing. But Funny Games especially, is a movie made to provoke the audience relationship with violence in the media, with the characters interacting constantly with the audience. We as audience became engaged in the film and got tricked again and again by Haneke's little games. Some might think the plot is too slow, and the violence is not exceptionally outgrageous, but Haneke had pushed the actors to some extreme levels, and the film reached his goal to play with the audience, and that's the whole point.

The Blind Side

I am very interested in the Tuohys, but the film did not deliver it well. Kid who plays Oher's acting was so shallow and dry. Even though Sandra Bullock did a great job, and I think it's her best performance yet, I don't know if I would say it's Oscar worthy. Overall, it's just aonther inspirational movie. But what the Tuohys did was incredible.

Whatever Works
½

Typical Woody Allen film, with similar plot, setting, characters and structure. But it's the dialogues that made his films amazing. It's funny and reflective. I have to say Woody Allen has continued his old ways and showed his repetitiveness in this one, but it still was enjoyable and thoughtful.

Sherlock Holmes

Lack of development. But pure entertainment! It was fun and I loved the set and music.

Man With a Movie Camera

Definitely an inspiration for ALL filmmakers. On one hand it's an exciting documentation of modern life, of different classes, human interactions, and society's development as a whole. On the other hand, it showcase Vertov's innovative techniques with editing and filming, solely using movie camera without other props or influences. I haven't seen it with other soundtrack, but Cinematic Orchestra's soundtrack in 2003 fits well.

Shutter Island
½

Somewhat predictable ending. I guess what you need to do is to just enjoy it without overthinking what's gonna come next. Shutter Island has by far, I think the best collection of some of the 21st century classical music as its music score. It worked perfectly. Something I loved yet irritated me a little is the perfection Scorsese ended up achieving. Every shot, every scene, every little gesture were so dramatic, so carefully, beautifully choreographed. Regardless of how those little details might bug me, it was entertaining and well done.

Alice in Wonderland

Although not a big fan of Tim Burton, Alice In Wonderland was enjoyable. Knowing it was about the 1st book, but rather, an extension of the 1st AND 2nd book, I did not have expectations, especially after all those not so favorable reviews. Danny Elfman as usual, did a fantastic job. Visually it was very fun and impressive, no doubt about Tim Burton's vision, the film just lacks a focus and tries too hard to impress its audience.

The Men Who Stare at Goats
½

Fascinating story. It's hard to believe the extent of the range of hippies' beliefs that have been spread.

Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire

Fantastic writing(I am sure I have to give credit to the original book author) and performances from an amazing cast. It's so very heartbreaking but instead of making it a melodramatic sad movie, Daniels presented Precious' world and inner strength and struggles from her point of view, making the audience develop a deeper connection to the screen as the character and plot develops.

It's Complicated

It's nice to watch a Nancy Meyers film once in a while and excuse yourself from watching sappy/cheesy warm-hearted rom-coms because the main characters are always not so young.

2046
2046(2005)
½

Like all Wong Kar Wai's movies, the music is gggreat, especially the theme! I just realized though, all the female and male characters are so much alike in all his movies. I thought the story was really creative, original and sad. Loved it!!

Franklyn
Franklyn(2008)
½

Writing material was so great and rich that it shouldn't have been just ONE movie. There's alot of themes, story lines and aspects that the audience would want to explore, but the final result of the movie resulted in almost chaos from trying to fit all that into an hr 37 min of film. Not sure if the casting was perfect. Other than that, it was visually pretty fun to watch and plot was generic but in its own way original, I just wish it would be a more detailed interpretation of one single story.

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

Can't compare to my favorite Anderson movie- Royal Tenenbaums, but still the writing and cast were pretty good, quirky and fun

The Lovely Bones

Something was missing. Though the content(after being PG 13-lized) is quite dark, I wish the movie interpretation would have stick more to the book and make it darker and more depressing(since I've heard the reputation of the book). It was too hopeful in a way. Besides Stanley Tucci, some performances were a little disappointing though they were fantastic actors whose previous work I love. Good but not great. Susan Sarandon certainly made the movie more fun in my opinion.

Knocked Up
Knocked Up(2007)
½

Not a great movie but I did enjoy it very much

Avatar
Avatar(2009)
½

A very American film with an almost anti-American message. As much as I hate Hollywood type of films, I have to admit I tend to always have a soft spot for James Cameron's films, doesn't anyone? I was really resisting on seeing Avatar but after all the buzz I gave in. Great special effects and very entertaining. Nothing you have to see, but if you do make sure you get the 3D experience in the theatre.

The Incredibles

Surprisingly, I enjoyed it a lot.

Nine
Nine(2009)
½

I felt like it tried to hard to use the money and tehcnology we have today to glamorize the story of 8 1/2. Entertaining but lack of passion in 8 1/2.

In the Mood for Love

Chinese David Lynch, but w/out the creepiness=Wong Kar-wai!!

Imagine Me & You

You can find true love in 1 sec! Such a cuuuute movie! Though the purpose to see this movie is because Lena Headey, I actually fell in love w/ Matthew Goode!

Gigantic
Gigantic(2009)

Quirky, awkwardly sexy, funny and a bit confusing. Confusing in a way that we don't necessarily need answers. Every character is mysterious, but the story works well without explaining much. Offbeat but pleasant.

District 9
District 9(2009)
½

I am pretty sure a sequeal is coming. Very clever concept and sends a message to the audience. It's not just another awesome sci-fi with great visual effects. It was a work done with emotions. It made me think for a long time afterwards. Totally worth seeing.

The Hangover
The Hangover(2009)

The ultimate fun, MEN movie

Public Enemies
½

Just can not stand most films, especially a flim noir on digital film camera, for example with the shooting scene in the woods, it looked exceptionally tacky

American Psycho
½

Fascinating movie. Don't think of it as a horror film, think of it of a vivid and twisted portrayal of a victim psychological state under this culture's pressure.

Up in the Air

Up in the Air has the same tone as Reitman's other movies, however, the story was told without cheesiness. The movie as a whole at least touched me more directly compare to his other films. It's no surprise such film will be many nominations this year at a time of recession in United States. Bingham's job ties into our current situation, at the same time raises a question people everywhere at same point would ask themselves. Very enjoyable and well-done.

Broken Embraces

Broken Embraces is purely about love. Love affairs and ultimately love for the cinema. There are shots and elements from old classics being put in between scenes. However I enjoyed Almodovar's last movie, Volver better. Because although I clearly see the passion in Broken Embraces, it sometimes failed to reach out to me.

Extract
Extract(2009)

Always have been a fan of MIke Judge. I adored the concept of Idiocracy and the ridiculousness of that movie. Same as Extract, its randomness and some surprising casting choices made me happy. And I always like a simple story with good laughs.

8 1/2
8 1/2(1963)
½

Fellini always knew how to show beauty even in such a chaotic setting. 8 1/2 definitely was chaotic, full of confusions, thoughts, beautiful images, like the Guido played by Marcello Mastroianni. Some say Fellini use music score inappropriately in his films, I disagree, not in 8 1/2 at least. Even though at some scenes the chaotic arguments, crowds, women and fantasies might be overwhelming, the fact that it was filmed in black and white made sure a pureness and restriction for the audience, which balanced out.

The Invention of Lying

i LOVE LOVE LOVE the concept. The film never directly tell you whether it's good to lie, whether it's good to use religion as a power and etc. It used this ficitional town in which everyone speaks the truth, only the truth, and Rick Gervais as the guy who thinks outside the box, and starts lying towards success. Really entertaining although I felt he could have developed deeper into the concept instead of focusing on more cliches.

The Messenger
½

Woody Harrelson and Ben Foster's performances were superb. The Messenger is much heavier compare to other movies Moverman has been involved in. There are many similarities to Hurt Locker, but The Messenger seems more personal. At parts I felt like it was about to lose focus. Other than that, it was a very good film.

An Education
An Education(2009)
½

I expected more from a screenplay by Nick Hornby, maybe it's better if he sticks to warm-hearted comedy. Overall it was a nice movie with a good message and charming charters. But there was a certain cheesiness, and shallowness and uncertainty that made the movie not as meaningful as it intended to be.

The Wiz
The Wiz(1978)
½

You gotta love the fun and New Yorker style in this Afro version of The Wizard of Oz. Enjoyed it, some scenes are very memorable.

Lean on Me
Lean on Me(1989)

Just another inspirational teacher-student kind of film. Nothing makes it stand out really, besides the fact that it's base on a real character.

The Last Dragon

I really liked this movie. It was SO ridiculous and funny. Favorite line:"Yeah coolie, kiss my converse!"
I don't watch camp movies that often. But I enjoyed this one with its seriousness and cheesiness.

A Single Man
A Single Man(2009)

Tom Ford Tom Ford Tom Ford...how can I love you more? His directorial debut stunningly showcased his ability as an artist who pushes limits to provocatively show beauty, or at least beauty from his point of view. Beautiful cinematography and set design(not surprised, I would expect no other from the people who designed it for Mad Men). The(obvious) change of colors, the slow-motion, the close-up focus, all that set the tone of the film and told the story exactly with a Tom Ford style. Amazing performances from the cast, especially Colin Firth, this movie perfectly shows how good of an actor he is. Breathtaking music score by Abel Korzeniowski. I haven't read the novel, but I loved the story. I fell in love with this film 5 min into it, I am eager for more from Ford as a director now.

Twilight
Twilight(2008)
½

I was being forced to the theatre without any expectations, and surprisingly liked it. I've never read the series, so I can't judge how much it has followed the book. Although it's not really a movie about vampires(which I love!), Twilight maintained to have two parallel stories in two different worlds of Bella and Edward. We as audience were fully engaged because we followed Bella's point of view through out the whole thing. Alright acting, some moments were way too cheesy, and the cast was great(mainly because they are just all so gorgeous). The movie did a good job making the Cullen's mysterious and interesting enough that we want to know more----and now I am expecting the New Moon. Soundtrack wasn't really appealing. Overall, a fun and enjoyable teenage romance film.

The Twilight Saga: New Moon

Funnier than Twilight, now that it has more money and a even better cast. Favorite line from Edward(to Bella):'I dont want you to come..."
Favorite line from Bella(to Jacob after he takes his shirt off):"You are...sort of beautiful..."
I enjoyed its hilarity. I do seriously expect Eclipse, since David Slade will be the director.

I Heart Huckabees
½

For me, it wasn't an instant classic, but the more u think about it, and try to watch it at different stages in your life, result may vary, like it did with me.

Keulraesik (The Classic)
½

1 of the beeeeeeeeeeest azn movie!! Very touching w/ great performances! Beautiful beautiful story and photography!!

Gone With the Wind

What a life. it's got its Hollywood moments, but overall it is a nearly perfect picture. Reminded me of Pride & Prejutice, and A Streetcar Named Desire. and The Thorn Birds. Probably they were all influenced by Gone with the Wind. The acting were great, especially the beautiful Vivien Leigh, and Hattie McDaniel. And Clark Gable was soo charming and sad. You don't know what you have until it's gone.

I Love You, Man

It's not just a movie about bromance, its also about something almost all couples go through- how to balance the importance between friendship and your relationship. On a lighter note, I Love You Man was an enjoyable and funny film featuring a great cast, definitely worth seeing.

Sunshine Cleaning
½

Wonderful concept, Amy Adams and Emily Blunt have great on screen chemistry, as well as comic timing. It was enjoyable, warm-hearted and humorous.

Inglourious Basterds
½

Have mixed feelings about this, can't quite put it in words how I feel and not sure what Tarantino's intention was to make this movie(besides knowing for sure the plot + the cast will make the movie a box office winner since it's so American). Nevertheless, I enjoyed it, and think it's definitely better than Pulp Fiction which is overrated. And I have to say, Christoph Waltz's performance was superb, without him this movie would not have been the same.

The Hurt Locker
½

This is a honest portrayal of war (especially one that's currently highly controversial). It reminds me of All Quiet on the Western Front. The intensity of the plot and the actors' excellent performance kept me on the edge of my seat. It really was emotionally exhausting getting through this movie, but it definitely was worth it.

500 Days of Summer

Anyone who's experienced falling in love and/or been heartbroken can relate to this film. Like the tagline says, "it's not a love story, it's a story about love." 500 Days of Summer is a true/humorous/(at parts slightly exaggerated)/honest portrayal about pop culture, this generation, values, life and different peopl, and most importantly love. Casting was perfect. Levitt's performance was so strong, vulnarable and just genuien. And Deschannel plays an important yet unimportant role. Great soundtrack plus many great references to old classic films(BIG PLUS). Everyone go see it!

Moon
Moon(2009)
½

Duncan Jones is definitely one of the newcomers I will pay attention to. Moon has a very creative and original plot, yes you could tell Jones was inspired by many sci-fi classics, however he took it to the next level and asked a question similar to "what if robots' intelligence

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
½

Not a huge fan of the Harry Potter book series, I've always been fond of the films. The visual effects are probably the best in the Half-Blood Prince. Overall an enjoyable experience expecially when I look through the audience filled with differnet people with different background, age, ethnicity who shared the same emotions at a particular scene...

Away We Go
Away We Go(2009)
½

I am truely impressed by Sam Mendes' ability to stay true to what he does the best- suburban family life, and at the same time present it in a different way and with a different topic. Away We Go, like Sam Mendes' other movies, have fantastic comedic timing, of course Krasinski and Rudolph's performances need to take some credit for that. A very warm loving light comedy with sincereity from the point of view of two young parents' love and responsibility they have already taken for their unborn child.

Volver
Volver(2006)
½

Very very entertaining movie. Penelope Cruz's performance deserves high praise in this one. A very well-written movie about women.

Me and You and Everyone We Know
½

Miranda July has such a different, interesting and honest vision. Her characters are abnormal in a common way and all the awkwardness seem to connect together. A sweet and small film.

M
M(1931)

The ending and the concept of the film remind me of A Clockwork Orange, with questioning the truth of human nature. Peter Lorre's performance was fantastically haunting. Truely a classic on so many levels

The Brothers Bloom

I am sure after this film, no one would argue Rachel Weisz's talent for not just being a great actress, but a comedian. This Rian Johnson con-men film should NOT be ignored. Featuring a great cast, Kikuchi(who i wish had more lines but still played such an important role in the film), Ruffalo and Brody, AND the hilarious Weisz. Although some parts were predictable, the fashion, the plot, the acting and this extraordinary style in the film make it stand out from other indie flicks these days. If you don't watch this, like Weisz says in the film, you ought to be "constipated in you soul!"

Up
Up(2009)
½

When have Disney movies start to deal with real issues like lost, death in a serious and realistic story? (well for the most part at least). It's probably the first Disney film in which I cried from the beginning to the end... The 3-D didn't do much for me. The colors were fantastic and truly an fun, adventurous and meaningful (cartoon) blockbuster. Gotta love Pixar!!

Last Chance Harvey

The concept of the film make me wonder if the writing was inspired by Richard Linklater's 1995 film Before Sunrise and later in 2004 the sequel Before Sunset. Last Chance Harvey also deals with two strangers who meet at an airport(in which case Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy met on a train), both from very different background and culture, they try to get to know each other better with endless talks and walks while exploring who they really are as well. Just like Before Sunrise/Sunset, many might argue the lack of action, and slowness of the script. However, the beauty of films like these are the chemistry between the main characters through the dialogue, the way they react before and after they find the other person. It's fortunate that Thompson and Hoffman carried subtle and believable performances which triggered feelings that the audience could relate to. Both have perfect comical sense which made the film more enjoyable to watch. Unlike Before Sunrise/Sunset, Last Chance Harvey Harvey do not emphasize on first love and all the sparks and excitement you have when you meet someone new and different. To me, Last Chance Harvey is a movie about taking your chances(hence the title...), it's about taking steps to improve your lifestyle which, although it's miserable, it's something you are used to; it's about taking control of your life, and about taking risks and making changes. When Harvey finds Kate, he didn't find the most beautiful lady and immediately fall head over heels for her, what truly happened is that he found someone who is on a similar page as he, who is stuck; who is miserable; who wish things were different but is confused what they really want and how they could get it.
To me, Last Chance Harvey ended on too much of the positive and hopeful note. It's understandable however, we need hopeful films like this at a time when our economy is not looking too positive especially when the film is targeting middle age or older people.Like Slumdog Millionaire which I consider slightly overrated, we need postive and hopeful films right now although they might be a bit unrealistic. Life is full of (sometimes) unexplained coincidences, though I wish the film ended earlier in the scene where Harvey was at the stairwell, it feels good to watch a film with a warm happy ending(especially when they are about older people instead of sexy young people with high hormonal level...) and after all, it's a film about chances, I am glad the characters had control over their own lives and took the chances.

If You Are the One (Fei Cheng Wu Rao)
½

Although not Feng's best work, like Cellphone, this film reflected many trends and how people are today in China. Beautiful cinematography and of course old/new actors all delivered good performances. However the plot lacked focus. Overall it was a fun movie and a good laugh

Blind Mountain

Blind Mountain told a story and presented an issue that is still an on going in some small country sides in China. The complex issues and hard to resolved solution lie underneath the surface of the story, people who watch this film have to dig deep to appreciate the value of this film,

Watchmen
Watchmen(2009)

I am not a huge comic book movie fan, however, Watchmen was so visually stunning, at the same time it speaks of everything I believe it. The darkness and truth from this sci-fi film made me fell in love with it. Snyder made risky but correct decisions in Watchmen. The soundtrack was so different but it connected with the image and helped to explain the plot. Every character has distinctive personality and background, underneath their superhero costumes there are such complexity that trigger the audience to explore. Watchmen emerge all the superhero comics and truly presented an epic story with the darkness of human nature. I do not agree that Watchmen is just another movie that's justifying violence and torturing. I do think that Watchmen says a lot about American cinema, and I think it's truly a cinematic masterpiece.

The Wrestler
The Wrestler(2008)
½

Aronofsky never fail to find beauty in disturbance, or vice versa. The Wrestler maintain a sad, ordinary and old tune, the cinematography and music backed down and instead, he put more emphasis on the characters and their action which bring out the core of the story and force the audience to look closer. Micky Rourke's performance led me crying from the begining to the end of the film. The sense of reality, it's humor and its sadness was presented. The film also says alot about Americans and our culture. It's really worth seeing.

Doubt
Doubt(2008)
½

Can you ask for a better cast? Streep, Hoffman, Adams and Davis all delivered strong performances that carry the powerful and in depth plot line along. It's more obvious that Shanley seem to give more of an answer with the film version of Doubt, however the audience were too engaged in each character development that the truth doesn't really matter to us anymore. The ending really was shocking to me, with Streep's performance, I left the theatre feeling speechless

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

It's rare to see such a breathtaking film that's done with such passion and beliefs. Yes it lasts almost 3 hrs, but that time is needed for a story for a extraordinary man's whole life and the lives that are connected to him. The film is only loosely base on the F. Scott Fitzgerald short story. This film brings you into a magical world that are filled with realistic every-day life characters that force the audience to relate to a surreal story. Brad Pitt again delivers another Oscar worthy performance, Fincher never fails to bring humor in his dramatic works, and his ability of engaging the audience's emotions has increased, you could be laughing at the old man talking about his experiences with lightening and without warning the next second you would be filled with tears. From Benjamin's point of view, we grew up and loved every person who has effected his life with him. Again, as one of my favorite composers, Desplat's music score manipulated the audience without making the film too melodramatic. This is a mesmerizing and meaningful film with fantastic performances and cinematography that deserves to be classic.

Unfaithful
Unfaithful(2002)
½

Lack of strong development. Gere and Lane both delivered mesmerizing performances. There were times that are wasted on small close-ups and cutaways to buil foreshadows and for dramatic effects. Overall a well done production.

Bedtime Stories
½

A great family movie. Not as great as Sandler's other films though.

Yes Man
Yes Man(2008)
½

Jim Carey has toned down his craziness and drew back from his dramtic roles, he plays an ordinary man who goes on a journey fill with excitement and learns to truely live his life. Simple plot and moral, it's an enjoyable film that made me feel warm-hearted and hopeful. Zooey Deschanel was fantastic as well!

Thumbsucker
Thumbsucker(2005)
½

Fantastic cast. Very much like Running With Scissors(plot and cast and style). Casting was especially great, choosing Keanu Reeves as the dentist was perfect. Just another quirky and coming of age and self-acceptance story.

That Thing You Do!
½

Entertaining romantic comedy which covers the rise and fall of one-hit bands during the 60s.

Milk
Milk(2008)

Honestly. As a Gus Van Sant fan, I could say Milk is the best he's done with the way it touched and connected and stir up such emotions in the audience. Amazing writting and casting, with complex characters each delivered with Oscar worthy performances by a cast that could not get better. Words can not describe how much this film has effected me.

Shirley Valentine
½

Fantastic story and performance by Pauline Collins. Though you could easily tell it was originally written for stage, they still took some advantages of the on screen transition and made some interesting visual effects. Extremely humorous and refreshing. However, there are some stereotyping, but that tends to come with the silly humor.

Year of the Dog

Mike White delivers a warm hearted, quirky and observant dramady. Molly Shannon showed her professionally trained dramatic actress skills, giving a strong and realistic performance. It's slow and awkward at times, just like real life, everyone could relate to certain characters in this movie.

The Constant Gardener

A crossed genre film involving politics, truth, death and a strong romance. Great writing and performances by Weisz and Fiennes.

Australia
Australia(2008)

Australia is melodramatic, it's epic, it's romantic, it's got fantastic cinematography, it's got a great cast, it's got a complex plot, it's set in a war background, it's got a great music score, it talked about racial issues, and its length....all these made me realize it's Baz's Aussie version of Gone With the Wind. It's fairly enjoyable and effective, however, it's lack of unity, there's something missing to balance all these great aspects of the flim to make it seem more together. It's certainly not as good as Baz's Red Curtain trilogy, but I am sure he would continue developing his unique style and perfect it!

Where Angels Fear to Tread
½

Disappointment! There are so many hidden themes that are waiting to burst out and lead the audience to question the differences between society, culture, truth, class, and passion, but whenever there's a built-up, the film just vaguely represented these messages and fail to make a connection to the book and interact with the audience. Great book, plot, scenary, and cast, but a waste of movie.

Center Stage
Center Stage(2000)
½

common theme, still loved it tho!

Rent
Rent(2005)
½

OVERRATED.

Malena
Malena(2000)

Giuseppe Tornatore's work are so powerful and beautiful. Like Cinema of Paradiso, Malena is filled with Renato's chaos in his life as well as Malena's, also the world's chaos. We follow Renato's pov and experience his pain out of love and fantasies for Malena.

The Duchess
The Duchess(2008)

Disappointment. Not so great writing and casting. Fortunately it's like all the other period pieces, it still has amazing cinematography adding values on costumes and scenery.

Quantum of Solace
½

I am not surprised that ot many critics are praising Quantum of Solace, Casino Royale is a difficult one to follow. Quantum is a sequal, which started 15 min after the ending of Casino Royale with a great car chase scene that got the audience pumped up. As one of my favorite directors, Marc Forster used fantastic angles for many action scenes(which are the best part of the film), however, the writting was not so great. David Arnold 's music score still is fantastic. And Daniel Craig kept perfecting his version of James Bond, who's more of a human and fights rather than someone who never dies and just shoots around(and sleeps around). Again, the bond girl, played by Olga Kurylenko this time, was different from the others. She and Bond had something common, they both worked together and formed a partnership. Quantum of Solace was a well-done sequal lack of the emotional intensity of Casino Royale, it's still easier for the audience to be engaged in it unless they haven't seen Casino Royale.

Swimming Pool

First of all, having Ludivine Sagnier, one of my favorite actresses, involved is already a big plus for me, second of all, opposite Charlotte Rampling, it's almost certain it's gonna be epic. Swimming Pool is one of those movies that challenge the audience to think outside the box, to think deeply, yet simply. It remained a flat, dark, mysterious, and almost boring-at-times style. And it really made me feel stupid when I saw the ending, because I feel like I was tricked into involving my emotions with fictional characters, fictional as in....well you will see

Not on the Lips

An enjoyable musical comedy set in the 20s with some catchy tones. However, the production was not a successful transition from stage to cinema, they didn't use the advantages of camera to create a better setting or anything.

Driving Lessons

Another fun, quirky, cute little story about self-discovery. In a way, reminded me of Harold and Maude.

Irréversible
½

Gaspar Noe and his wife both make extraordinary art house films, that are also most walk-out films. Irreversible is absolutely one of the most disturbing piece of art I've ever seen. It reveals the horror of rape, physical abuse and psychological tortures. The amount and quality of violence recorded in this film are very precisely well-done. The reverse chronology made a simple story far more intense, and allowed the audience to think more deeply with the implication of violence. However, you really need to have enough patience for the story to explains itself and enough tolerance to watch the violence in order to finish this masterpiece.

American Beauty

This film left me speechless. It sums up life. It's about self-discovery, growing-up, desire, escape, death, love, class, and everything wrapped with beauty in this world. Fantastic screenplay, I loved its honesty, absurdity and humor. Kevin Spacey and Annette Bening perfected two ordinary roles and made them extraordinary. The ending caused me heartache, and at the same time, a smile.

Moulin Rouge!

Baz Luhrmann created a perfect, glamorous, colorful and rich romance stage play with enough special effects that could satisfy modern musical movie goers. I fell in love with this film when it first came out, and it still remains one of my favorite movies.

Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist
½

Yes it is a sappy teenage romantic comedy and yes it is base on a book written from both teeangers p.o.v. Although they made many changes, which actually were smart changes that fit the story on screen perfectly, I still LOVE the book AND the movie. So what if it's a simple cute story? Everyone can find beauty in simplicity. This is 1 of those films. It made me feel all warm and lovie-dovie and hopeful and even more in love with NYC.

Religulous
Religulous(2008)
½

A very enjoyable and funny documentary, Bill Maher did ask many good questions. However, the theme of the film did not go too far, and there were not enough built-ups for the dramatic and epic ending.

Innocence
Innocence(2004)
½

True art house film! I can't compare this with other Lucile Hadzihalilovic films. But clearly she was inspired by a great story and created characters and put them in settings that would transform it to a cinematic masterpiece. There are so much symbolism, shot wth beautiful landscapes and cinematography. Though the tone might be too quiet and it's got a slow pace, it really hits you and definitely a great cinematic experience.

That Obscure Object of Desire
½

Luis Bunuel is such a legend. It takes courage to have 2 actresses playing the same role, but the purpose is to show the true nature, to reveal the 2 sides of Conchita with extreme different qualities, it's for the sake of the film. Great performances and great writing. The differences between female and male's view on the power of sex and its frustration and obsession were all shown by Bunuel without ruining them with much explicit sex scenes.

My Blueberry Nights

Why's everyone hating the fact that Wong Kar-wai is doing a film in English?! I think as a good director, it's good to experiment and like he did, Wong extended a short film he did a while ago, added more elements and stories that happened in different cities as the main character travels, and put it into a different culture/language. My Blueberry Nights was not as strong as Wong's other films, but cinematically, he kept his old techniques with filming lots of details on gestures and objects(which were extremely beautiful with the bright colors). A simple story with a simple but positive message which I love. Maybe it's because Wong was trying too hard to make the story more diverse, too much ideas but too little time, the result was lack of or had too much of something, which made me kind of disliked it.

Babel
Babel(2006)

Alejandro González Iñárritu's style and theme never gets old. Different characters, age, backgrounds, cultures, and stories that happened in the same time, all very moving stories(which made me cried). One of the most memorable scenes for me is when Kikuchi's character was walking through the crowd in a club, the silence and the flashing lights were so effective. Somehow, Alejandro González Iñárritu finds another way to connect all of them to show the misery of communication, how difficult it is to reach a mutual understanding between races, cultures, generations, and politics, even though technology has developed so much.

Blindness
Blindness(2008)
½

How can you expect a film that's not disturbing from Fernando Meirelles? It was visually mind-blowing, and most of the time, the horror and disturbance were derived from your imagination. Many American audiences might not agree what Meirelles trying to show because everything in the film contradict with most American films(except the ending and the melodramatic-ness). It might take them a while to avoid the characters' twisted behaviors before realizing the beauty and ugly nature of civilization and humanity that's being shown in the film. I love the fact that the protagonist is a woman and that the main characters have no names.

Brief Encounter
½

Ah, David Lean! Simple story narrated completely from the female's point of view. Cinematically, Brief Encounter might have influenced many other filmmakers, the way Lean used the advantages of the train station setting to develop a strong light/dark contrast, it also made the meeting and parting of the two more dramatic. Also the fade-in/outs were used wisely. However, I felt that the male lead's performance was not convincing enough and the narration was a bit too much at some point.

The Women
The Women(2008)
½

Since the original is one of my all-time favorites, I have to judge this remake VERY seriously. But to my surprise, Diane English successfully transformed the story that's set in a modern setting, with appropriate(by that I meant how some of the women talk today and what they talk about) language, and brought up controversial topics today. The cast, without a doubt, did a great job, especially with Debra Messing playing Edie(perfect role for her!). English kept the none-male actors tradition, although it's filmed in color , she didn't let that affect the legendary fashion show scene, instead, she used the strongest colors of all time- black, white, and red, as Mary starts showing her collection. Yay! Great remake! Thumbs up for Diane English and her cast!

Elegy
Elegy(2008)
½

One thing I loved about this film is the honesty, it was so honest the way David was portrayed. He wasn't perfect, he was a well-respected man in his late 50s who's insecure, fear commitment, and obsess with female beauty(especially the young ones...). Elegy was beautifully shot. Penelope Cruz of course, again, showed how gorgeous she is, and how great of an actress she is. Maybe some people would find this hard to watch, but I was convinced that Ben Kingsley and Cruz both had great chemistry on film, which is very important for the audience to understand in order to have deeper emotional response to the plot as it progresses. However, I thought they didn't explain too well about how David had an obsession with Consuela's beautiful breasts, since that's one huge part in the book. I followed the film's direction and saw everything in David's point of view, many parts of the movie brought me to tears,

A Lot Like Love

Although this movie doesn't show much of Ashton Kutcher nor Amanda Peet's acting ability, I still liked it alot with it's simple cheesy predictable plot. Super-duper romantic and cute!

When Harry Met Sally
½

Meg Ryan's famous "orgasm" scene still gets me every time I watch this film. Another sweet romantic comedy. And it reminds me of many of my friends, who I secretly think will end up spending the rest of their lives together but they don't know it yet.

Sleepless in Seattle
½

This film never gets old. I've watched this probably 10 times. A great sweet, romantic, feel-good chick flick!

Burn After Reading
½

Overacted performances from a great cast, fantastic soundtrack, a simple plot with stupid yet complex characters, and brutally hilarious.

Eagle Eye
Eagle Eye(2008)

Political Hollywood film, how rare!

Ghost Town
Ghost Town(2008)

Reminded me of Stranger Than Fiction. A predictable, cute, sweet, romantic comedy.

Standing Still

Standing Still is about a bunch of good friends united when one of them is getting married, and they all realize that each other have many things to figure out 4 years after graduating. It's at the point when they realize they are no longer kids, but they are not ready to take the responsibilities that adults need to take. Good message, but some stories were just too stereotypical.

The Valet
The Valet(2007)

First of all, Alice Taglioni was REALLY hot! Now about the film. It's a simple story about a poor, not too handsome but optimistic valet and a rich, bitter and selfish owner of a successful company, caught between a gorgeous model. Nice and sweet ending. LOVED Kristin Scott Thomas' character!

Conversations With Other Women

I've ALWAYS loved split screens! Hans Canosa used the advantages of split screen soo well! Maybe it's becuase I can kind of relate to the story or maybe because it's set in real time or maybe because it's a mixture of Before Sunset the two characters future, I loved the honesty of the film and the woman and man. Well written and well performed, Conversations With Other Women might seem short, but it's worth watching and it gives something all of us could relate to.

Ping Guo (Lost in Beijing)
½

People go to Beijing for their careers, to pursue their dreams, to have a better life, but they all were lost and although some of the worked hard to achieve some goals, none of them are truely happy. Like its Chinese title, Ping Guo, the film is revolved around her, everything started because of her but everyone became so selfish and busy having greedy thoughts but forgot who's the victim. Perfect ending.

The Sun Also Rises
½

Jiang Wen is definately one of the most art house director from China, no wonder he's well-known to many European directors. The Sun Also Rises had beautiful cinematography. The story might seem hard to understand at first with it's simple but non-logical story-telling way. But everything is connected(at least that's how I see it.) One thing I love about Jiang Wen's work is that he likes to use his strange artistic vision(which is hard to be accepted to Chinese audiences yet) to tell stories with a rich Chinese historical background. Great performances were shown, and I was impressed with Jaycee Chan as well.

The House Bunny
½

The hilarious Anna Faris, as the lead, follow by a cast full of gorgeous girls, starred in this simple, funny, sweet and stereo-typical story about a retired playboy bunny helping a failed sorority girls to find confidence. Although the plot is flawed, it had a simple and good message. And it was just an enjoyable movie to watch(especially with so many pretty girls.)

Vicky Cristina Barcelona
½

This film is filled with typical Woody Allan themes: art, love, sex, and philosophy, but it was filmed in such a exotic, sexy, and totally different way from his other comedy films(which all just happened to set in New York...) Fantastic soundtrack, beautiful cinematography, and still starring Scarlett Johansson, but with Rebecca Hall(who did a great job), and of course Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz, who perfected the film with their dramatic, passionate, and psychotic relationship. The film showed how different relationships had to work under certain circumstances, and how the same people who have the same passion could go different ways because of how they look like life.

Married Life
Married Life(2008)
½

Wth a really unpredictable plot, Married Life, in its humorous and strange way told a story of the defination of staying married. Altough I find the plot hard to believe, but at the end, the message was perfectly satisfying.

Flawless
Flawless(2008)

The plot was flawless, but the film isn't. I could find small mistakes during certain scenes. But overall, I liked the mood and theme of the film. The opening of the new generation and the opening going back to the 1960s - strong contrast. Demi Moore did a flawless job, playing a flawless independent woman who participated in a flawless plan(which at first I thought is predictable). Great music as well

Lie with Me
Lie with Me(2005)
½

Another great movie with beautiful sex scenes which showed the connection and struggles the two characters have, without using too many narrations or dialogue.

Phat Girlz
Phat Girlz(2006)

Phat Girlz is a very well-done comedy considering it a low budget movie. It's funny and inspirational. I think it's the first time I see a film where Mo'Nique gave a powerful performance, not just funny, but emotional and showed how confidence and self-realization can change one person. Phat Girlz speaks to all women, telling them you are all beautiful, be confident and live your life fully, and dont care about the other bitches who judge you by how you look

Nae meorisokui jiwoogae (A Moment to Remember)
½

A cute, innocent and sweet love story. Although it seems rather dramatic since it dealt with love and death(like many other Korean movies or sitcom), but the two characters, from how they met, their personality and the time they spend together as a couple, resemble the innocence and purity of teenage love. I love the close-ups on all the little details on gestures, small objects and facial expressions. Though highly predictable, it ended slightly differently then I expected, and what happened to the house?

Red Cliff (Chi Bi)
½

Pace and transition points are like the ones in a normal tv sitcom. Good music score, but lack of elements of traditional Chinese music, and doesn't fit the theme and cultural background of the film. The cast is just scary! All the famous actors from HongKong, Taiwan and mainland China all had a part in this film. There were some differences between the book and the movie, but the fighting scenes and Zhu ge's clever battle plans were shown acurately with amazing computer effects and epic cinematography. Warning: unless you are seeing this film outside of Asia, Red Cliff would be released in two parts.

The Bank Job
The Bank Job(2008)

A crime movie that involves some deeper crimes. Base on true events, The Bank Job had a good-paced plot and a good cast.

The Island
The Island(2005)
½

Aside from all the computer effects and some of the creative choices Michael Bay has made, The Island did not stand out as a good sci-fi film that brings issues and raise questions about coloning. McGregor and Johanson's performances weren't that good either.

Charlie Bartlett
½

A combo of Harold and Maude + Igby Goes Down(The Catcher in the Rye), Charlie Bartlett is the man! This film, with its unique humor and wittiness, showed how teens struggle their way through high school and the peer pressure they receive along the way.

Reefer Madness (Tell Your Children) (Doped Youth)

Its fact that this was made in the 30s, so now you watch it it seems pretty stupid and funny in a way, it might seem better if u actually were having a smoke. Definately more serious than the new version though

Tokyo boshoku

Very Ozu stayle- about family and marriage. In this case, Ozu's like Shakspeare, whose work from years ago still present the issues we have now in our society. It's very well done, the actors did great jobs. I only complaints though. First they played the music which did not fit the content in couple scenes, like when Aikiko confronted her mother. Secondly the conversation scenes, Ozu focused too much on one person and going back and forth, and lastly the film could of shortened to at most 2 hrs.

Molière
Molière(2007)
½

Although I am not too familiar with Moliere's work, I got to know him and his work through this semi-fictional movie about the 2 years when Moliere disappeared. I've always thought comedy comes from a lonely/sad place, and this film proves that. My fav quote from the movie is when Elmire said: "Unhappiness has comic aspects one should never underestimate." I would like to believe that this love affair did happen, which inspired him to write such great comedies. It was very funny, of course thanks the great cast. Romain Duris was fantastic as always, Ludivine Sagnier was just gorgeous, Laura Morante(who actually spakes French!!?) and Fabrice Luchini were witty and great as well.

Domino
Domino(2005)
½

Very Tony Scott style. Keira Knightley was such a bad ass and a great choice to play the famous Domino Harvey. Although there are fictional and dramatic aspects of the film, Domino worked for me and I really admired Harvey.

Rounders
Rounders(1998)
½

Great movie for poker enthusiasts. They made a great choice of picking Edward Norton and Matt Damon to play the two leads. Especially Damon, his calm facial expression shows the character's technique. John Malkovich was also great (as always).

Gray Matters
Gray Matters(2007)
½

A naive, genuine, and simple plot. There are cute funny moments with loving characters played by a good cast. (I wish everyone's that nice in real life...) The ending is not what I wanted, but it's realistic and simple. Plus, simply seeing Heather Graham and Bridget Moynahan kiss and doing a dance from Till the Clouds Roll By are enough to keep me happy for a while!

Henry Fool
Henry Fool(1998)
½

It takes time for the audience to appreciate Hal Hartley's vision, his humor between the lines at odd situations from odd characters. Henry is a genius, he inspired so many people, he's a hero, he's a fool , and he's a liar? He's all those things and I cared about him although the story seem ridiculous. I love the open-ended ending, thought it could have been shorter though.

Fay Grim
Fay Grim(2007)
½

Who would have thought that Henry Fool was ACTUALLY a fucking hero and has been through so much shit? Haha. Hal Hartley is such an artist, I appreciate the fact that he made Fay Grim into a crossed-genre movie, at the same time there's something about it that reminds you of Henry Fool. The same actors(Great cast!) with the same over-the-top performance, same oddly humorous dialogue, plus the use of dutch angle which actually fit the movie perfectly. Every characters enter and exit the frame at exact the right sec, it's like a choreographed piece of staged dance. Fay is the ultimate female hero, who fights for love and family! Oh and another open-ended ending...are we gonna be expecting another sequal??

Perfect Stranger

Typical steamy/mysterious/twisted thriller. Predictable at parts and the ending was cool.

Silk
Silk(2007)
½

I thought this might just be a cheesy middle age romantic story, but I felt attached to every characters in the film even after the ended. Yes the pace might seem a bit too slow, but it's perfect for this movie, like people say, we need to slow down to appreciate beauty in our lives. Everything in Silk is beautiful, every characters, the music, beautiful scenes of little Japanese towns and Helene's garden, and when Helene said: "I thought you were dead. And the whole world, there's nothing beautiful left." This is a movie that could convince me there's true love.

Ghost World
Ghost World(2001)

Ghost World has its dark humorous moments. I loved every characters in this film, and I love the ending. Life isn't as easy as it seems, and you might be trying to find the solution all your life.

Kung Fu Panda
½

Despite the stereotypes of Chinese, Kung Fu Panda was funny, creative and simply a great family film.

Havoc
Havoc(2005)
½

Stephen Gaghan writes a variety of screenplays, but comparing to his other films, Havoc did not seem as strong although the audience could receive its message easily. The cast was fantastic, with Anne Hathaway and Freddy Rodriguez, two of my favs. The film ended sort of sloppily, but I liked that they used Eric's footage of Allison's interview from the begining.

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
½

Badass effect! Very nice set and just a fun family film

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

WTF...Nice visual effects and there are funny moments. But the plot was a bit all over the place and it was too slow.

Wanted
Wanted(2008)

Its Timur Bekmambetov meets Mark Millar...DUH of course it's gonna be a visual blast! I just did not expect it to be that much fun and exciting. The plot was badass and thanks for the lil twist in the film. James McAvoy was great playing his first action role, and Angelina Jolie...enough say. And the music, by Danny Elfman was fucking amazing as well. This is just a great summer flick, packed with action, visual effects, exciting plot, some sex(wish there were more), great set and great cast!

Road Trip
Road Trip(2000)
½

Ew funny.
Second time watching this made me realize how clever Todd Phillips is. Haha, and Tom Green is just...pure insane

Small Town Gay Bar
½

Simple observational documentary. It was interesting to get to know the gay community in the deep south and to know how important it is for them to have a get-away family.

Top Gun
Top Gun(1986)

So Tony Scott! Haha Tom Cruise looked soo sexy in this. It's got its cheezy moments, but not bad for a typical modern 80s film.

Dan in Real Life

Never liked Steve Carell much until I saw this. It's a very sweet and nice warm loving movie. Simple plot but with mucho lovie dovie feelings and funny awkward moments.

Get Smart
Get Smart(2008)
½

Steve Carell=fantastically funny. Anne Hathaway=too fuckin hot. Surprisingly actually a comedy with much action and great effects, the actors really put effort in their roles and you can tell from Anne's banging tight bod! Great summer flick

Sex and the City

Since I haven't watched enough episodes/seasons of Sex and the City(the show), I can't really compare the style of writting or the style of clothing and such. But this film seem like a a preview of one season of the show. Everything happened just like that. There were many hilarious parts and very sexy parts(which were actually VERY funny cause some old ladies sitting next to me were in shocked seeing the improvement of how open rated R movies have become). Overall it's just another chick flick w/ stories/characters which many girls/women could relate to, but w/ extra excitement of sex and drama and fashion and Jason Lewis!!! (SOOO HOT!)

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Not bad for a summer blockbuster. I liked the fact that Spielberg took some risks on the filming techniques and the opening was pretty epic. Good cinematography and I have to give credit to my sexy Shia LaBeouf, and Harrison Ford who still looks amazing at his age!

Schindler's List

There are sooooo many films out there about the Holocaust, but none touched all aspects of it like Schindler's List has. Spielberg's choice of shooting the past in b&w made it harder to shoot, but the amazing cinematography created great contrast when color scenes appear. The cast was amazing, Liam Nesson, Ralph Fiennes and Ben Kingsley all were as great as usual. Haunting soundtrack, and I love the hand-held camera scenes, made them more realistic.

Scenes from a Marriage (Scener ur ett äktenskap)

Can't to too judgemental since I haven't seen the original(6 episodes tv version), but as a movie, Bergman carefully edit the important parts that stand out the most which showed his distinct style. Many close-ups on facial expressions and well-written dialogue. Of course Ullmann and Josephson gave strong performances. If I only look at Scenes from a Marriage as a film, then I would complain that it's lack of obvious climax.

Lemming
Lemming(2006)
½

I love realllly Frechy mystery movies! The tone of Lemming, also the theme kind of reminded me of Red Lights(Feux Rouges), and La Moustache. The plot is pretty predictable, and I loved when they play Dream A Little Dream at the end. Conclusion: a thought-provoking movie with a great soundtrack but a bit too long and slow. oh and Charlotte Rampling was REALLY annoying but great.

Ellie Parker
Ellie Parker(2005)
½

A good awkward indie film portraying an desperate actress going to auditions while trying to figure out what she wants. Can't say much about the technical aspects, but Naomi Watts did a great job and there were even some comical moments.

The Shining
The Shining(1980)
½

Stephen King + Stanley Kubrick = fucking insane! The Shining was so scary it didn't need any gore or blood, simply Jack Nicholson's overly dramatic acting + a fantastic set made it extremely frightening. The Shining won't give you nightmares, but it tells you how frightening it would be when you close yourself up. BTW, since everyone is giving Shelley Duvall crap for giving a bad performance, I just wanna say she gave the same performance as Nicholson, which argublly could be a bad one too since it's so over the top. Plus, Duvall needed to cry basically through out half of the film, it's emotionally and physically exhausting, so people, show some respects.

Full Metal Jacket
½

Not my ideal war movie. Full Metal Jacket took on the psychological approach of war, and it definately showed Kubrick's obvious style. Very good opening, and good ending which brought it back to the opening. R.Lee Ermey was fantastic playing the...trainning captin(w/e u call him). Very very well done, just not my type of film.

An Affair to Remember
½

Having the rep of being "The Most Romantic Movie of All Time", An Affair to Remember truely seem to be the base of many romance movies these days, and has influenced many different cateogories of films. The glamour of this film was no doubt fully expressed, both Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr gave beautiful performances and had great chemistry together.

The Grey Zone

By using mostly focused/zoom in shots and the gray colored tone, Grey Zone created such a claustrophobic feel which made this film even more depressing than some other Holocaust films. The film stayed quiet till the end, the characters were very engaging, and the ending was so shocking but so peaceful, made us felt completely hopeless - which achieved the purpose of the film.

Mansfield Park
½

A GREAT Jane Austen romantic comedy. Like many other Austen's stories, this one also have the same themes like different classes in the society, the role of women, struggles and confilicts in a family, and loveeeee of course. I loved the way they ended the film.

C.R.A.Z.Y.
C.R.A.Z.Y.(2005)

Love the way the story was told, love the characters and it's comic moments. I thought the main theme wasn't concentrated enough though. All actors gave strong performances.

Iron Man
Iron Man(2008)

Very well done! First just about the story, this superhero is different from the other ones, this one has flaws, he became Iron Man for a "realistic" cause. Fantastic cinematography and computer effects. Only complaints might be that Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow did NOT kiss in the end of the film(after I waited and waited), but that and the ending definately hints that there's gonna be a sequal.

Red Lights
Red Lights(2004)

Jean-Pierre Darroussin's character was such a jerk to his wife, especially when the wife is played by the gorgeous Carole Bouquet. Red Lights, with it's mysterious plot and steady pace, shows the common male paranoia. I don't know if the end brought justice or if it made me happy, I just hope the husband will start being nice to his family and quit drinking.

My Beautiful Laundrette

This movie really surprised me as a movie made in 1985. (I am not a big fan of 80s movies) I realize, it's Stephen Frears, which explains the difference this film has w/ other 80s movies. Besides the fact that the gorgeous and great Daniel Day-Lewis starred in it, the plot which isn't really a plot is fantastic. My Beautiful Laundrette is a story about characters, people who are outsiders, who struggles and try to fit in in London. There are many great scenes and steamy moments as well! haha

A Beautiful Mind

A fantastic, not cheezy at all Hollywood movie! Ron Howard is always soo good at understanding his subject and clearly knows how he wants to present the story. Nash's paranoid schizophrenia symptoms were correctly shown(although Howard exaggerated some for dramatic effects), but it did not take over the theme of the movie, instead, Howard use that as a great tool to power up the emotional level of this story. You could not help but feel sympathetic and respects for this mind. Both Crowe and the stunningly gorgeous Connelly gave extrordinary performances! Great music score as well!

Reveille with Beverly

Ann Miller looked great as usual. There are many great footage that showed some of the bestes musciencs and performers. Another film showing the importance broadcast back in the days.

Face
Face(1997)

Hahahaha. This movie has many scenes that's like clips from a music video. The story was alright, typical British crime movie, nothing special really. Lena Headey looks very pretty as usual(altho she doesn't have a huge part here.)

La Moustache
La Moustache(2005)

I HEART MOVIES LIKE THIS, those one's like you think you know what the film is trying to tell you, but you are not quite sure what it is exactly...La Moustache is a portray of middle age men, loss of identity, old couples...etc. The story is so original, imaginative and engaging, I don't know how Emmanuel Carrere did it(who wrote and directed the film.) Philip Glass's music score was perfect for this film. The ending was confusing and mysterious. And Vicent Lindon and Emmanuelle Devo's performances were fantastic as always.

Lonesome Jim
Lonesome Jim(2006)

1 big reason why I gave Lonesome Jim such high rating is because he mentioned The Sun Also Rises, which is one of my fav. This movie really reminds me of Garden States, similar them, similar characters, and same ending/result. Casey Affleck of course, did a great looking and making us feel uncomfortable for just being there and doing nothing. Liv Tyler, on the other hand, was like a tool. She was there to just look pretty and she showed little acting skills really. Overall, Lonesome Jim is a pretty interesting indie film starring good actors, but lack of good comedic moments like they had in Garden States.

Kissing Jessica Stein
½

Jennifer Westfeldt and Heather Juergensen co-wrote and co-starred in this sweet, cute, funny, smart and well-written movie. It deals with many issues about love, age, sexuality and family. But they did not focus on those details which would have killed the light comedy-ness. This would be a great lesbian for straight chicks. The ending wasn't what I wanted, but it's still a very satisfying ending and it made me happy.

Smiley Face
Smiley Face(2007)
½

HAHAHAHA! Although this is a Gregg Araki film, it doesn't seem like his other films in 90s, which are all about sex and violence(some drugs as well). Smiley Face is basically about a day of this girl played by Anna Faris who got so fucking stoned it damaged her brain. Smiley Face is dark and funny, and seems like it doesnt really have a msg comparing to Araki's other work. It's still very funny tho, and Anna Faris was awesome! woohoo!

The Home Song Stories

Although I can really relate to the story, Tony Ayres didn't present it with anything different or special. But overall it was well-done drama, and Joan Chen(as always)looks great and gives a strong performance.

Venus
Venus(2006)
½

It's got 1 of the most beautiful lines I've ever heard in films: "Maurice: For most men, the woman's body is the most beautiful thing they will ever see.
Jessie: What's the most beautiful thing a girl sees? Do you know?
Maurice: Her first child." It's humorous, well-acted and so touching with a simple idea.

Guizi lai le (Devils on the Doorstep)

It's no surprised that Devils on the Doorstep stirred many controversies in both Japan and China. Jiang Wen, as a director, has a vision that's not appropriate for the Chinese audience. Devils on the Doorstep managed to create the black & white oldies scene, showed strong and obvious characteristics and their development throughout the story. For the most part, this is a black comedy, only at the last 40 min, the film goes on a shocking climax. Again, many aspects of camera angles & dialogue showed how Jing Wen has a unique vision from most Chinese directors. It definately doesn't have a "suitable" ending and not a "suitable" pace. Overall, Jiang Wen made his point with a clear vision and ended the movie powerfully.

8 Women (8 Femmes)
½

Highly plotted story but highly enjoyable and fun with a great cast. Think about it, 8 french leading ladies stuck in a house in winter solving a mysterious death of one men? Disaster or fun? Or both?

Grave of the Fireflies (Hotaru no haka)

Sad sad sad story. Still brought me to tears when I watch it today...

My Kid Could Paint That

Bar-Lev really put his heart into this documentary. It's very different and not bias, its a open-ended documentary, shot in reflexive mode. The original purpose/theme gradually changed as Marla's family's image changed in the media. Did Marla really paint those hauntingly beautiful abstract paintings? I don't think that's really what this is about. He never answered the question anyways. Something that will keep you thinking even after the film.

Being John Malkovich

Oh Spike Jonze meets with John Malkovich with a movie about Malkovich(s)=amazing film. John Cusack, Cameron Diaz, and I guess Catherine Keener too(who looks extremely sexy here) all played some very different characters. And the great John Malkovich plays himself well, at least it's himself in public, maybe not his true self, but how-the-public-sees-him self, and plays Cusack's character as well. The scene when he enters his own mind, with him speaking Malkovich and playing all different people was one of the most weird and well done bizarre scene ever. Well written with many dark humor, Jonez managed to creat a great story with so many things going on, but he gets everything right and did not rush it. I felt sooooooo bad for Cusack's character at the end...AND Malkovich too...AND the little kid...

Romeo + Juliet

A mixed genres movie. Baz Luhrmann presents the ending beautifully.

Diva
Diva(1981)

I liked many bit parts of it, but it's a genre film with a bunch of genres mixed together, there are so much going on, maybe a bit too much. I don't know if he original book was written this way, but Jean-Jacques Beineix should find a way to connect the parallel stories together with certain cinematic elements.

Radio Days
Radio Days(1987)
½

To be honest, it's been a while since I saw this...but I rememeber Allen showed the radio days perfectly, with enthusiasm and funny family moments.

Broadway Danny Rose
½

Danny's work is no Broadway stars, but Danny's life is a big Broadway show. I liked the way Woody Allen used to tell Danny Rose's story with a dinner conversation. Very funny and quirky, like many other Allen's work, Mia Farrow plays a different kind of character in this one though.

The Story of Adele H
½

I know it's a famous story and it's Victor Hugo's 2nd daughter, but it's such a difficult story to make it interesting as a film, the long and obsessive waiting like the hopelessly romantic Adele's love for Pinson. But, what can I say, it's François Truffaut, he had his way to make the story into a moody and powerful drama. However, I didn't like it that much is because I didn't like Adele Hugo, a person who could not move on really is sad.

A Clockwork Orange

Kubrick scares me, not as a person, but as a director through his work. He's so honest to deliver directly what he wants to his film. I found some similarities between A Clockwork Orange and No Country For Old Men, but the changed ending Kubrick has for the movie made the theme even darker. The performances and music was fantastic. This picture is dark, funny. disturbing, and is perfect.

Downfall (Der Untergang)

This might be the only film which Hitler is protrayed as not just a cold-blooded monster, but also a human being. Bruno Ganz does such a fantastic job playing Hitler, every gesture, the way he speaks, his expressions, his silence and his smile, were all perfectly shown in the movie. I couldn't help to feel guilty while feeling sympathy for Hitler and the Nazis that were loyal to him, and the country that was having the downfall. Cinematically, everything was right, especially the little details. Although the ending is not accurate, it gives a satisfying nice ending.

Strictly Ballroom
½

A very enjoyable film.

Beyond the Sea
½

I have so much more respects for Kevin Spacey after this movie. It's the correct touch, correct tone, and perfect way of telling Bobby Darin's story. One of my fav biographical film.

My Own Private Idaho
½

River Phoenix was great here. But I just did not like the movie much...

Elephant
Elephant(2003)

Watched this many times, I am still amazed at how Gus Van Sant gets everything right.

Adam and Eve
Adam and Eve(2005)
½

Very cute and hilarious at moments.

All About Eve

You can't ask for a better cast:Bette Davis, Anne Baxter and Marilyn Monroe landing a small supporting role. This great drama is all about the glamour, the jealousy, insecurity, betrayal, setting plans, using people and success. It really show the complexity of women AND men in different age and positions. Bette Davis made me change my mind about her acting skills-which is great in All About Eve, and as my first Anne Baxter movie, I have to say she really played the "natural-born actress" part. The ending was very clever and honest, loved it!

The Wizard of Oz
½

Not my fav musical, but I love the fancy and colorful set, makeup, costume, special effect, and the massive crowd of midgets. The cast was perfect as their characters, and the details of the visual technique was nearly perfect. A great fantasy film for family.

Pumpkin
Pumpkin(2002)
½

A sweet and cute indie teen romance comedy with hidden dark and cruel humorous cliches. The main idea of the movie is a loving chick flick plot- a shallow preppy sorority girl whose life flips upside down as she falls for a mentally and physically changllenged boy with a beautiful soul. But Broder and Abrams won't let us feel loving and just feed us predicatable moments, instead, they add jokes that make us feel guilty but couldn't stop laughing about.

Combats de femme (Un amour de femme, A Woman's Love)

I don't wanna say this and I usually don't, but this was crap. I don't think I cared a bit for the characters except the sex scenes maybe.

Frida
Frida(2002)
½

What can I say, it's Julie Taymor doing a film on Frida Kahlo. Both are great female artists that are great at expressing themselves visually with colors and passion.

Big Fish
Big Fish(2003)
½

Probably the only Tim Burton movie that I KIND OF enjoyed. I liked the father and son, and husband and wife relationships that're being portrayed, and I liked the simplicity of the story. But somehow Burton's fantasy world bugs me a bit, maybe it was just too happy. My did cry watching the funeral scene though, which means he had me for a moment-I cared for the characters.

Gouttes d'eau sur pierres brûlantes (Water Drops on Burning Rocks)

Quirky and empty characters in a simple story. The story may look good if its in the form of literature or a play with characters narrating their inner thoughts, but as a movie, they didn't show the thoughts of the characters, so we as audience failed to have a connection with them. I liked the symbolizens that were used in the movie though. There were couple cute moments, but I kept on waiting and waiting, the just never went deeper below the surface of each character.

The Covenant
The Covenant(2006)
½

Another cool movie that won't charge your energy emotionally. Hot guys with awesome stunts and the same-old good-bits-the-evil ending.

Undiscovered
Undiscovered(2005)
½

Unoriginal plot which dragged its way to a predictable ending. So what? I still enjoy seeing just couple cuties with good songs and a stupid love story.

Bounce
Bounce(2000)

Nice and cute chick flick.

Sliding Doors

Don't remember tooo much of it, especially the ending...But I remember I liked it, and it's ending.

Before Sunset

It's hard to make a enjoyable and great sequal of a movie, but I guess we were sooo engaged and drawn to the story and the characters Jesse and Celine, after 9 yrs, Before Sunset's plot became so important to us. Again, Linklater's old style-the film was shot in "real-time", about 80 min before sunset. There were no kissing, only a lilttle hugging and small talks, but we can still feel the intimacy and strong attraction between the two like the phone booth scene in Before Sunrise, in addition to that, we can feel the sadness and the need to be with one another in order to be "complete" is so strong. Fav scene was when they were fighting in the car, both characters hesitated to touch the other as they looked away. I love the dreams and the songs they have about each other, and the lies they said to cover the truth. The ending strikes me everytime, I love/hate it, it's reality, but do they end up together?!???

2 Days in Paris
½

I LOVE Julie Delpy! I love her as an actress, as a musicien, and as a director and writer, I love her honesty, which shows in her 1st directorial feature film 2 Days in Paris. The dialogue is soo smart an so Delpy. The differences between French and American culture, the politics, the food, the ex-lovers, the sex, and the parents. All sum up these two funny, neurotic and charming characters Marion and Jack. I love all the movie references as well. The ending was predictable and could have been cheesy, but with Delpy's narration, the film made us feel something and ended beautifully.

The Lost Battalion

Good war film except the melodramatic ending. It didn't change too much of the historical facts, but the film was a bit too bias since it was all from the Americans' perspective. Loved the color tone. The begining shot of the trenchs was very good too.

Before the Devil Knows You're Dead

What A Fucked Up Family! Ethan Hawke(especially him, it's been a while since he gets a role that really shows his ability of being a great actor) and Philip Seymour Hoffman(duh!)'s performances were fantastic! Very well written screenplay, and very fucked up. Andy and his dad both scared the shit outa me!

The Other Boleyn Girl
½

If you have the want to see a historical movie, this is definately not your choice. Gregory created a fasinating drama to the psychological insight of Anne Boleyn loosely base on the history with couple historians bias views on the Boleyn girls. The movie didn't really follow the book well, but if you only see it as a movie, it's a great drama with very amazing performance by Natalie Portman, great costume designed by Sandy Powell, beautiful cinematography and dramatic cliches to show the desperate state of many characters. People who watch this movie should be prepared and know that it's not a actual historical movie, facts are more interesting than fiction. But the Other Boleyn Girl, as a fictious Tudor drama, was a well-done piece of work.

Breaking and Entering

Beautiful title. Breaking and Entering came across many issues, love, cheating, family, lonliness, and reality. Every character is complex, there's no definite good character or bad. London was shot beautifully, like Notes on a Scandal. Minghella casted perfect actors. The contrast between Binoche and Penn as actresses showed the contrast between the two characters. The movie was a bit slow from the begining, but still well-done.

Shoot 'Em Up
Shoot 'Em Up(2007)

I love stupid badass shoot'em up action flick with hot actors! Shoot'Em Up has alll the cliches of a Hollywood gun movie, but eliminated the trying-to-be-meaningful plot, and THAT'S WHAT makes it a GOOD movie! It's pure entertainment, overacting, unrealistic plot, and great effects and violence. Funniest and coolest scene ever: Monica Bellucci having an orgasm with Clive Owen while he's shooting some bad peeps. That's a muthafucking badass!

Taking Lives
Taking Lives(2004)
½

That scene when Ethan Hawke and Angelina Jolie were having sex, was suppose to be hot, but the story made it soo fucking disturbing. The scene in the elevator was awesome too. Good thriller.

Before Sunrise
½

A classic indie romance film! This is like my ultimate(and maybe many girls) fantasy. A movie that make you feel good and happy, although the end left me speechless and all sad. Everyone in this film is sooooo nice, Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy gave great great performances as two stranger who met on a train and became soulmates as they spent one night in Vienna. And the scene in the phone booth was soo natural, cute and realistic. My only complaints would be that some characters were unrealistic(how can everyone be SOOOO nice?!) and the simple camera angles.

Free Zone
Free Zone(2006)
½

A movie that surprised me...with a WTF! Strong opening with Natalie Portman sitting in the cab. It had a focus, but the plot just dragged along left me with confusion and disappointment. It was very cool to see the two sides of Israel and to see Natalie's great performance though.

Charlotte Gray
½

I think it can be called a good anti-war film. But the film as it developes just kind of lost it's focus. The ending was so melodramatic it just lost me. Opening was amazingly beautiful though. Overall, the film was very well-done, but the story just didn't grab me.

Running With Scissors
½

What a bizarre childhood Augusten B. had in the 70s. The setting and cast are AMAZING! Good coming of ago story. Sad story but was told in a dark humorous way.

Chutney Popcorn
½

I don't get the name of this movie...but it was pretty good, great theme and very moving

Lost and Delirious
½

Beautiful but something wasn't right....

Pavilion of Women

Started off great, Pearl S. Buck's novel talked in detail of many traditions in China and what happens when a foreigner comes into the picture. But the story contradicted all the Chinese traditions obviously. The film failed to show the development of Dafoe and Luo's characters, and the ending went to a different direction and become very religious.

Black Book
Black Book(2007)
½

Carice van Houten is like the most gorgeous, talented, and hot actress ever, who also have a great voice. Sebastian Koch plays a nice Nazi! I am soo happy they're dating in real life! Anyways, the story was well-written and thrilling. My only complaint might be that they showed lack of development between Ellis and the nice Nazi's relationship.

The Savages
The Savages(2007)

My 1st Tamara Jenkins' movie, her 2nd movie. The Savages is surprisingly insightful, delightful, depressing, extremely funny...It doesn't only talk about the struggles between the dad and his kids, but also the struggles they had, especially the sister, played by Laura Linney(who did a REALLY great job as always). Philip S. Hoffman was funny and very great too. Very Alexander Payne too(I believe 1 of the producer).

The Cider House Rules

Similiar to Legends of Fall in many aspects, especially the story, although different kind of characters and setting. Very touching. p.s Paul Rudd is tooo hot. And Kieran Culkin, being a lil boy did a great job too.

A Good Woman
A Good Woman(2006)

Great acting by Helen Hunt. Very detail description of high class society in the 30s. The story is written in such a way which makes you change your view on characters as it developes.

Sherrybaby
Sherrybaby(2006)

Maggie Gyllenhaal's acting was great, but the story just wasn't for me. Sherry is someone who would feel sorry for but at the same time she doesn't try to improve herself to become a better person and a better mother.

Lust, Caution

Haunting! Ange Lee at his best. A movie that talked about history, culture, human nature, hidden talents, making choices, sex, love, and that human beings can bring out of complex emotions that can't be described with words. Although the pace was a bit slow, the characters were well-developed with great, I mean GREAT, brilliant, fan-motherfucking-tastic performance by Tony Leung, Joan Chen, and especially Tang Wei, only she could show the hidden self of Wong. Music written by Alexandre Desplat=great. The ending was powerful and unpredictable. With Eileen Chang's short story as the base had already helped alot for Ang Lee to bring out more from the characters to show the complicated relationship between the two. And the sex scenes are probably the most amazing one's I've seen which helped the audience to understand sooooo much more about the two.

Atonement
Atonement(2007)
½

Joe Wright did achieve the characteristics of Ian McEwan's book. The different points of view were well-done. Too bad in a movie, it's hard to show the inner thoughts of the characters since in the book, the thoughts of the characters really helped us to understand the characters. The music written by Dario Marianelli was very original and beautiful. 3 of the actresses who played Briony were very good, they showed the change of Briony without changing the character herself. The story is of course haunting and complicated, and the movie did a pretty good job showing it. The beach scene which everyone has been telling me about it's simply brilliantly well-done, it's a great one-shot war scene, but it's not as effective as I thought it'd be.

Sex Is Comedy
½

Quite funny in some parts, and really illustrated the development of a film or a scene. Also, it showed a different relationship French directors had with their actors compare to Americans.

Igby Goes Down

Igby=Holden. It's funny, it's sad, it's powerful, it's rebellious, and it's Catcher in the Rye. Great acting and writing. Seems like every good movies features Coldplay's Don't Panic(ex:Garden State). And I have to say I fucking hated Ryan Phillippe's character.

House of Cards
½

The lilttle girl did a great job, her scream scared me so much! With a good start, the story did go well, it was force to drag along with the idea of, the house of cards(which was cool). Kathleen Turner's character really sucks, she wasn't being reasonable through out the whole movie. The buidling of the house was to unrealistic too.

Lilja 4-ever
Lilja 4-ever(2003)

This is so fucking sad. One's life can change dramatically in only 3 months, and sadly for Lilya, her life just gets worse and worse. The ending was happy though. Those bastards who pay for women or teens that are forced into prostitution should watch this, and see what they're responsible for. More people should watch this and understand that there are people out there who have worse lives, and start the cherish what they have.

Miracle on 34th Street

I LOVE movies that spread the belief of Santa! Very predictble and Hollywood, but a great family movie, very sweet and cute! And Dylan McDermott was sooo hot!

Rain Man
Rain Man(1988)
½

Tom Cruise's character was such a jerk at the begining! But both of them did a great job, especially Dustin Hoffman, powerful performance. It's been a while since I saw this, kinda forgot the ending.

Control
Control(2007)

It's more about Ian Curtis as a man than it's about Joy Division. Sam Riley gave a tremendous performance, the singing, every action to the emotions of Ian Curtis, all were being portrayed perfectly. A bit slow, but I guess it's an appropriate pace for this movie.

As You Like It
½

Kenneth Branagh really did a great job transferring this Shakespeare play into something colorful and perfect for cinema but at the same time still kept the originality of the story. Great acting, with limited setting, Branagh put the story into a Japanese background, creating something diverse and more interesting to watch. Best Shakespeare comedy film I've seen so far!

Madame Sousatzka
½

Very good story with great actors and music. One thing that kept me thinking is that...how in the hell can a 15 yr old boy get with Twiggy? It's just soooo impossible!

Pulp Fiction
Pulp Fiction(1994)

Obviously, Tarantino had been greatly influenced by old movies, some of the film noir. Each characters have their own personality and are very different. Pure entertainment with good actor, sountrack and memorable lines.

The Lover (L'amant)
½

Very touching story. And the sex scenes were perfect, unfortunately, they never showed too much of the characters emotions, especially from the begining, with lack of emotions, we as audience are hard to imagine and feel what they felt underneath. I also thought it was a bit too slow.

Miller's Crossing
½

I must have been reallllly tired and was spacing out while watching this, cause all that I could remember is screaming: WHAT?! when it ended...

Wild Tigers I Have Known

Awkwardness, sexuality, coolness, school, obsessions, lonliness, friendships, day dreams, craziness...all in this movie about a 13 yr old boy. The movie itself make you feel the strange feelings you have as a teenager. With beautiful music and imagery, Cam Archer also showed the beauty of teens growing up. The story took off from great start, but went downwards and just ended.

Nowhere
Nowhere(1997)

The title speaks for itself- this film goes nowhere, it's about nothing really. Teens, sex, drugs, religion, love, violence, aliens....It's such a bizarre and crazy and depressing movie, especially the ending. You would probably wanna die if you watch Nowhere while being high on acid. It reminded me of Donnie Darko, which also starred James Duval. It's fun though, to see some of the actors like Ryan Phillippe and Heather Graham doing interesting roles when they were younger.

Far From Heaven

Best melodrama EVER! It's got all the predictable cliches in those 50s movies, yet, the ending was not what I have expected. The difference though, is that this film touched many social issues of our everyday lives, which is rare to see in those oldies. Julianne Mooreof cousrse has once again rocked our socks off!

In Bruges
In Bruges(2008)
½

Veryyyy funny and simple short story. "Where the fuck is Bruges? It's a shithole", but seriously, it's sooo fucking beautiful! The story was simple and it happened in 3 days only, interesting characters and a very not Hollywood ending. There are moments that brought me to tears but at the same time burst into laughters. Colin Farrell was soooo cute! And it's about time for Ralph Fiennes to do a intense AND funny role! Pure entertainment but with a good story and great acting, plus the beautiful view in Bruges = worth seeing!

Dogville
Dogville(2003)
½

Hah, another story expressing the evil human nature. Very good experimental piece of art. Love the music score(except the strange choice of using David Bowie's songs for the credits) and the setting. It might have been a bit too long, but the characters were well developed. Although with a cast like this, simple setting doesn't really mess up the movie, but if it was shot with a better setting it could've been beautiful. I LOVE the ending, predictable but subtle and you'd be surprise of how deeply you felt for Grace.

Into the Wild

A perfect picture. The opening and the ending are one of the bestest I've seen. Most songs were performed by one of my fav, guitar player, Eddie Vedder, great soundtrack. That is a beautiful story about a fasinating man.

4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days
½

Engaging story and characters. Simple editing, simple camera angles, simple cast and only diegetic sounds, but the director really focused on showing the transition of the main girl. Favorite scene was the dinner scene, very realistic and you could feel the awkwardness and weirdness and the tension on that atmosphere.

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
½

Robert Ford is by far my favorite tragic hero, Jean-Baptiste Grenouille in Perfume would be my second favorite. I did not expect it to be so fucking well done, I wanted to see this only because of Brad Pitt who gave a very powerful performance, but Casey Affleck, first I have to say he's a very smart actor, he knows how to choose roles, both his character in Gone Baby Gone, and Robert Ford would leave me thinking about them for a longggggggg time. There are only two complains about this movie though, first, the music score didn't seem to fit in some parts, second, it's a bit too long, they could have eliminated certain parts.

Margot at the Wedding

I expected more from Noah Baumbach. Margot At The Wedding in many ways is similar to The Squid and the Whale, but it was not as effective. Despite the great performances from all actors, especially Nicole Kidman who tried a very different role this time, the film had a good plot and complex characters but it didn't have a impact on us, and the he forced the ending by rushing it. I have to say though, Jack Black and Nicole Kidman both tried very different roles and did a great job!

30 Days of Night
½

It's been a while since the last time I saw a good vampire movie set in modern age. Although lack of plot development, the hero of the story was different, and I liked the ending too. Some of the scenes were very frightening actually. The cinematoragphy was cool, very typical David Slade styles. By watching this film, I also learned, there're foreign vampires that speak a different language that no one understands..

Superbad
Superbad(2007)
½

Some parts were a bit too slow, but it was a cute, meaningful and haliarious movie! Best ending ever! I think Superbad represents many teenager's dreams, to become a super badass overnight from being a super uncool nerd. I felt soooo happy for them when McLovin was having fun with the coooooooolest cops, and when Evan and Seth got the ladies!

Amazing Grace

Very well-done film, but personally not too much of a historic EPIC movies fan. Fav part was the music score.

Michael Clayton
½

This movie is a mess..in a good way, the story is a mess, the characters is a mess. Started off a bit too slow and confusing, but then it becomes complicated and exciting. Michael Clayton was actually not 1 of my fav character from this film, my fav is Swinton's character and Michael's kid, who really shows how kids are like these days. I thought Tom Wilkinson overacted some of the parts, and Tilda Swinton, I have to say, she did a very great job playing this role. And George Clonney, what can I say, although I didn't think he did a FANTASTIC job, he was good and he is the sexy beast. Ending is the best part.

Grindhouse
Grindhouse(2007)
½

2 well-made versions of cult movies. The gore of Planet Terror meet the critiria for cult movies perfectly, but the setting seem a bit too fancy(although I loved it), anyways, it seem to meet most of the cult movies cliche, funniest part was when Rose McGowan says that she wants to be a comedian! Death Proof was just an exciting and thrilling ride! Started off a bit slow, but then speeds up with these 2 amazing car tracing scenes. Death Proof had more of a plot, great soundtrack too, and I am soo happy the underated Zoe Bell get to be in it, she was just amazing. Definately worth seeing, Rodriguez and Taratino? Who would NOT wanna see that? Also, Marley Shelton plays the hottest nurse/doctor you could get, smokin'!

21 Grams
21 Grams(2003)

I couldn't stop crying after watching 21 Grams. Great writing+Great director(have you seen Babel? How fucking good was that!?)+Great actors(not 1, but 3 leads are some of the very best actors these days) +Great complex plot=Fucking Great movie. I totally felt the sadness of Cristina when she talks about her daughters shoes, I had that feeling before...Watching this movie it's like sovling a puzzle, get first you're confused, then you start to see every pieces of them, it's like life.

Of Human Bondage

One of W. Somerset Maugham's best. Since I haven't read the book, I could not compare the film adaptation to the book, but I thought at parts, the plot might've moved too fast. Overall thought, I have to say the characters were well-developed. Expected story with a unexpected(or expected..hard to say) ending, and seems like most W. Somerset Maugham's works have the female character as the protagonist, but this story focused on Howard's character...still very good. And I have to give credit to Bette Davis, her character was SUCK A BITCH! lol

Invisible Children

Perfect title. I admire and have great respects for these 3 guys, they are willing to go through the trouble, use a single camera, try to help out these kids that're suffering, and many people in the world don't realize that. The scene when Jacob was talking about his brother is just...I cry everytime I think about it. These problems exist, and every1 needs to be aware of it, try to help out, and be grateful of what we have here. I am really looking forward to their feature film that's coming out in 2009, hope to see a better editing production.

Playing by Heart
½

Don't remember too much details. All I remember is it was a very cute and warm-hearted movie, and I loved Dennis Quaid's character, and I liked the chemistery between Phillippe and Jolie...

Coffee and Cigarettes
½

From the weird Jarmusch. Some of them were a bit pointless and goofy, my favs would be the one with Cate Blanchett, Coogan vs. Molina, and the last one with Taylor Mead.

American Gangster
½

The plot was not powerful enough, but I love the cast, Denzel, Lymari, Russell, Ruby, etc. I also love the soundtrack(sepacifically the two tracks written by the really cute Marc Streitenfeld!)

Gone Baby Gone
½

Was that the right thing to do? I still don't know. I have to say, Gone Baby Gone as Ben Afflectk's debut movie as a director, he really did a great job. A captured the theme of the story, and developed the plot with a perfect pace. The performances were very good too. I could not stop thinking whether that was the right thing to do or not...All I know is, it's a heart-breaking story and it's not something you could easily say it's right or wrong.

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

With the 1st person perspective, we as an audience experience Bauby's paralyzed life. Jean-Do really is a impressive man, but the film didn't try to make it dramatic, no incrediblelly dramatic music score or dialogue, but bitter, realistic, and even humorous at times. Bauby's relationships with his family is so beautiful, I couldn't stop crying. Beautiful cinematography, and it's a beautiful story about a beautiful man.

Dead Man Walking

I am sure everyone cried watching this movie...at least I did. The relationship between Sarandon and Penn's characters are pure, complex and moving. It's hard to find good movies that portray prisoners on death row, and this let you see both points of view.

Capote
Capote(2005)

Yes yes it is true that people are starting to get tired of Philip Seymour Hoffman's face these days, but it is fact that hes a great actor. Just see how well he played this role. The plot was a bit too slow though.

The Fabulous Baker Boys
½

Michelle Pfeiffer was soooo sexy in this movie. Very interesting story. Except I don't remember the ending of the film, I only remeber Pfeiffer's audition and her singing on the piano....

The Bridges of Madison County
½

One of the very touching love story I've saw when I was little. I don't really know what to say, seems like many movies/books have the same theme, but Eastwood and Streep's performances were very believable and showed their struggles through love. Especially the scene when it was raining outside, and they were trying to avoid each other in the trucks...I like the fact that they showed her kids reaction without over done it, so it wouldn't overlap or take over with the main story.

Evening
Evening(2007)

DISAPPOINTMENT! It's like the failure of a Hollywood remake of The Bridges of Madison County. And if it's not because of Patrick Wilson and the lovely poster, I wouldn't've seen this. And what's up with her nurse wearing that dress? Is there something symbolic about it??

Feel the Noise

Wow..speaking of a movie that's lack of focus. The theme was good, but lost focus. Lack of music, lack of characte developments and a really unpowerful ending. Good thing Omarion tried to be an actor more than a dancer, but let's face it, you need to show what you're good at when you know you're not an actor yet.

American History X
½

Every school should be required to play this film. I could not stop crying watching parts of the movie, especially the ending. Norton, as always is insanely good and hot, too bad he didn't get the oscar for this...The music though, kinda killed the movie a bit..

Girl With a Pearl Earring

Everything is beautiful, the story, the music score(by the great Alexandre Desplat), the cinematography, and the characters!!!!!!!

Snatch
Snatch(2001)
½

Very fun movie. 1 of Guy Ritchie's work that influenced several crime movies. The soundtrack was pretty good. Many great lines, here's my fav by Jason Statham's character: "Have you ever crossed the road, and looked the wrong way? A car's nearly on you? So what do you do? Something very silly. You freeze. Your life doesn't flash before you, 'cause you're too fuckin' scared to think - you just freeze and pull a stupid face."

Unknown White Male

A journey to discover yourelf, your past and move on.

9 songs
½

Sex/Love/Passion/Music...

The Legend of 1900 (La leggenda del pianista sull'oceano)

How can you not cry for such a tragic character?? Tim Roth was a charming tragic hero, a genius, he was on fire on the piano! And guess who wrote the music?? Ennio Morricone...enough said.

The Aviator
The Aviator(2004)
½

This is the movie that made me changed my mind about Leonardo DiCarpio, he really is great and strong actor. Music score by Howard Shore was also very powerful.

The Painted Veil

Love the cast! Both Naomi Watts and Edward Norton gave great performances. Music, of couse, by Alexander Desplat, was beautiful and mixed with Chinese traditional music. I literally couldn't stop crying watching this movie.

A History of Violence

Another 1 of Cronenberg's best. The story and the characters were well-developed, and as always, Viggo Mortenson is just greatttt! Like Eastern Promises, the blood and gore is this 1 is a have-to-see. Ending was perfect. Great music score also by Howard Shore(Eastern Promises)

Notes on a Scandal
½

Tremendous performances, love the ending! And like always, the music score, written by Philip Glass, was awesomeeee!!!

Rocket Science

Great indie flick! Like Juno and some other teen movies, this one was witty, funny and smart. But with an unexpected ending, very different compare to most teen movies.

The Illusionist

Great cinematography by Dick Pope! I am not familiar with Neil Burger's works at all. But the story was great and the music, written by THE Philip Glass, was absolutely beautiful and epic. Reminded me of Romeo and Juliet, except everyone in this story are more complex and smarter.

No Country for Old Men

Deeeeeeep deeeeeep deeeep movie. The three main characters were symbolic and sympathetic(in a way...) Love the ending! And I love the fact that they had nooooo music score through out the movie at all, creating a scarier and mysterious atmosphere. Of course, Javier Bardem and Josh Broline's performances were incredible.

Cloverfield
Cloverfield(2008)
½

Depends how you see Cloverfield as a movie: a amature documentery or a Hollywood big production sci-fi flick. Or combine the two. Considering the low budget they got, the effects were very good. And I am veryyy verrry verrry happy that they took the risk of filming this in a 1st person p.o.v w/ a hand-held digital camera, that made us feel very engaged to the event. Of course, once the screen is off, we would question about it's realism of many parts, but it's definately a good Hollywood movie made from a indie filmaker's perspective.

Get Real
Get Real(1999)

Love the ending, it was unexpected...And I don't like <-- poster as much as i do w/ the other one. Brad Gorton sucks...

Pecker
Pecker(1998)

HAHAAH, John Waters the man! Very random and funny movie. A bit unrealistic. Many moments were very unexpected and random, but funny of course. I liked the idea of the story

Priceless
Priceless(2006)

très bon!!!! great music, actors and really funny!

300
300(2007)
½

I cried.......Lena Headey was soooooo hottttt!!

Friends With Money
½

Great indie flick! Some moments were very realistic. Funny, modern, feminine, and loving.

There Will Be Blood

1 of my fav director, 1 of my fav actor, 1 of my fav musicien, and 1 of my fav genre...I loved everything about this film, the performances, the visual effects, the small details of changes in different times, the well-developed characters, and especially, the music, which was written by Johnny Greenwood!! I literally watched it twice in the theatre today. There're only 1 complain: lack of strong female characters. Daniel Day-Lewis and Paul Dano are just beyond great.

Elizabeth: The Golden Age
½

Disappointment...The costum, the performances, the effects, and the camera angles were good. But the music, and most importantly, the plot was a failure. It was as if Kapur is trying to make something that's epic and human, but it never came to where he wanted the movie to be. And I absolutely hated the music score for some reason. Cate Blanchett's performance was as great as usual though.

Hard Candy
Hard Candy(2006)

Visually stunning. You won't miss this if you see the poster. Pretty much there are only 3 characters in this movie, Hayley, Jeff, and the colors/tone which changes as the emotions of the two changes. The cropped final screen gives a effective results, also the soundtrack, there were about 10 min of music, other than that there were only breathing noise with intense dialogue. It's rare to se e a film without bias. Simply plot, simple setting, complex characters who we know little of, and complex psychological elements. It was honest, non-bias, beautiful and disturbing. The very old school angle shots made the audiences think, instead like most movie angles, lead us to think in certain perspective. There's no message in this movie I believe, it was made for other people to think, to face something, and to define something.

Juno
Juno(2007)

It's a movie about growing up, refusing to grow up, and being who you are. I absolutely LOVED it! There are many parts I just couldn't stop crying. Ellen Page's performance really was worth Gloden Globe nominated! And Michael Gere was just adorable. This movie, with great music, was written by Diablo Cody, possiblly the hottest writer that's out there right now! It was smart, well-developed characters and witty, funny, just clever! Although I really liked Thank You For Smoking, but Jason Reitman certainly improved a lot. And this is maybe the 1st movie that made me like Jennifer Garner!

10 Things I Hate About You
½

A better adaptation compare to Kiss Me, Kate(of course without the music). A pretty good teen movie. Loved the "10 things" poem. Afterall, a GOOD light-fun-cute-teen comedy once in a while doesn't hurt.

Guinevere
Guinevere(1999)
½

Sarah Polley is beautifullll! I saw Away From Her and realized how talented she is as a young director, and in Guinevere, you sure could tell she's a fine actress as well. Guinevere is a very odd and touching movie. Overall the movie was well-done, but there were moments that were too dramatic which fucked up the movie a little bit, especially the ending, the idea was great but it was a bit too corny. The music was great! And thank god Stephen Rea played this role, or I would only remember him as the guy from The Crying Game....

Hairspray
Hairspray(2007)
½

We need more musicals like this one in our days! Great songs and costume! Just a fun movie!

Casanova
Casanova(2005)

Sienna Millerrrrrr! Alright..the movie was overall okay. I have to give credit for the beautiful Venice scenes though.

Life Is Beautiful (La Vita è bella)
½

Life IS beautiful, to Guido, no matter what. And Giorgio Cantarini is sooo f-ing cute! He's like the sweeeeeeeetest and cuttesssstt kid ever! What a loving family! We need more ppl like that on this world. Also I was thinking: was Guido trying to prevent the harsh reality from Joshua? Or he doesn't want to face the reality and leave his childlike innocence? Pretty much this film left me speechless.

Legends of the Fall

Hate to say that I am a sucker for Hollywood tearjerkers, but I am, especially for the epic ones like this 1. The music score totally ruined the movie, made the too dramatic and epic, but then again I don't know what other kind of music they can use to suit such story. Brad Pitt, obviously was veryyyy good here. The whole cast was great!

Cover Girl
Cover Girl(1944)
½

All the males in this picture is trash. None of the songs were too appealing or memorable. The dancing were not too special(except that one GREAT scene where Gene Kelly was doing a great # w/ himself). Cover Girl is like a Asian drama, it's got all the requirements for making a Asian drama..no kidding.. Nice story though.

House of Flying Daggers
½

Love the complex(but somewhat simple...)plot, every scene was perfect. Filmed in Switerland(I believe..), every scene was sooo beautiful, especially the final fighting scene, which made me cried soooo hard.

Zathura
Zathura(2005)
½

Not a huge fan for sci-fi flicks. But I did like this one. Somewhat similar plot, with well-done comp. effects.

Derailed
Derailed(2005)
½

Clive Owen was great as usual. But Jennifer Aniston really surprised me! Great story and ending. And I love the gore in this movie

Casablanca
Casablanca(1942)
½

Hey it's a classic. We all know that

My Fair Lady
My Fair Lady(1964)
½

Nothing's could be bad with Audrey Hepburn! Very funny and loving. Seeing the class difference and the transformation of a lady.

The Bourne Supremacy

Watching Matt Damon being very confused but still a man. Loved the soundtrack

Ghostbusters 2

I think this was the one with the giant marshmallow ghost walking through the city right? Awesomeee

The Princess Bride
½

A silly and funny fairytale

Queen of the Damned
½

Whenever I think about the movie, I would think about the scene when the queen(i think it was the queen) rips out someone's organ and just start chewing on it. Awesomeee!

The Patriot
The Patriot(2000)
½

One of Mel Gibson's best. Loved it!

The Pianist
The Pianist(2002)

Possiblly Adrien Brody's best performance. Every scene was so well-done and powerful, leaving every audience speechless.

Elizabethtown
½

Love the chemistry between these two. Very cute and funny. Great chic flick.

To Kill A Mockingbird

Like the book, very effective. Absolutely one of the best opening/title I've seen in movies.

Psycho
Psycho(1960)

Although compare to today's technique, Psycho seems not scary at all. But the idea of it scared me, especially the ending, gave me a chill.

Munich
Munich(2005)

Powerful characters and story background.

Minority Report
½

Some scenes were fucking well-done and cool.

Beauty and the Beast

# 2 best love story when I was little. Sigh, good times good times.

The Transporter

Total action flick. Pure entertainment.

The Parent Trap
½

When Lindsay Lohan was a cute lil innocent(at least seemed like it) and good actress. Very sweet and cute movie.

Meet Joe Black

Interesting ideas. But they made it too dramatic.

Speed
Speed(1994)
½

I <3 Keanu Reeves

Joe Dirt
Joe Dirt(2001)
½

I had no idea why I started watching this one..

Flightplan
Flightplan(2005)
½

The power of Hollywood! Shot within limited space-a plane, but kept the plot interesting and mysterious. Didn't really show the actor's abilities of shaping the characters though.

House of Wax
House of Wax(2005)

I wasn't able to finish cuz I chickened out..But I was a bit sad when Paris Hilton(who didn't do much at all in the movie) got stabbed on the back of her head. T_T

The Pink Panther
½

Eh...too Hollywood. Soo not as good as the originals.

The Lake House
½

Not much difference from the original, just more Hollywood-y, happy ending...

Siwore (Il Mare)
½

I guess I prefer this original than the Hollywood remake. The Lake House was very romantic and pretty, but I don't think they showed the lonliness(not as strong as Il Mare) of the characters, and the visual effects made the story too dramatic. Il Mare was very pretty in a right scale. And the location of the house is more reasonable than the one in The Lake House.

Dear Frankie
Dear Frankie(2005)

Reminded me of "The Return" in a way. Although everyone is very lonely, the cinematography seems very cold(of course its also because it's Scotland), but there's something warm about the story and the characters. It's a story purely about love. Loved the cast, every actors was right for the characters. Good music too, especially when Damien Rice's delicate started playing, I just started crying...

Up at the Villa
½

Anything with Kristin Scott Thomas, and about the 1930s, it's gotta be good, not to mention Sean Penn is in this one too. Great story, although I haven't read the book, I know the pretty much shot the movie following the details of the book, except they added subplots. The dialogues between the two when they first met were clever!

Carefree
Carefree(1938)
½

I am VERY glad they have a great story in this F & G movie. It's more like a comedy than a musical. It's very fun watching Ginger Rogers being silly, cute, and the two sort of switched roles. Although it's back when feminism wasn't too encourage, if we look at this movie today, like "How to Murder Your Wife", I found "Carefree" a bit sexist, since the two men are trying to "control" her feelings... But overall it's very cute and funny and silly, and there's one REALLY great (and different) number(the dinner dance scene).

The Golden Compass

1/2 star for (the stuning)Nicole Kidman, 1 star for (wow)Dakota Blue Richards, and 1/2 for the great comp. effects. Pretty good for a entertaining movie with extremely good effects and a great cast who gave great performances. But as a book adaptation, it was good at some of the parts following the book, but they rushed some of the small details and cut off the ending(of course, they put it to the begining of the 2nd movie), and they did not show the msg Pullman embeded.

Step Up
Step Up(2006)

1 of those entertaining film which I could watch over and over again.

Shall We Dance

One of the Fred & Ginger movie which has a different and more interesting plot. It had some of my all time fav songs. And that roller skates number should be one of the best number in history!

.45
.45(2006)

If Mila Jovovich wasn't in this movie, I wouldn't have wasted my time on better movies. The plot is cliche and easily predictable. Good thing is, there are many pretty well shot sex scenes, and Jovovich gives a pretty good performance.

The Gay Divorcee
½

Not a bad movie overall, but it's probably my least favorite Fred & Ginger movie. There were no memorable songs, and the the amt of time the two spent dancing together were only 10 min.

Nana
Nana(2005)
½

Cute and well done for a movie that's based on the manga.

Nana 2
Nana 2(2005)

WORSE than the 1st 1! I want the original actress of nana back! It was way too long since it didn't talk about too much.

Wings of Desire

A beautiful film of observations of human beings. The story, the characters, the music(especially), and the colors were beautiful. But I thought it developed too slowly, it took about 1 hr to lead into the main story. And I don't know if anyone noticed theres a flaw: since Peter Falk's character is an ex-angel, how could he have a grandma?? (Cause he mentioned his grandma in his interior dialogue couple times..)

Everyone Says I Love You
½

Woody Allen's humor never gets old. He used many songs I love. The ending was sooo romantic and cute.

Kdo chce zabít Jessii? (Who Wants to Kill Jessie?)
½

True comical movie! Its original, goofy, just loved it!!

The Astronaut's Wife

Creeeeeepy. Pretty cool idea, but I don't remember the ending...

Crazy Stone
Crazy Stone(2006)
½

1 of those outstanding director's work from today's film industry in China. Somewhat simple plot, and the ending was very cute. And the use of dialects are made the movie more original!

Magnolia
Magnolia(1999)

Everyone in this movie is sooo fucking lonely. One of the most intense and weird movie I've ever seen. Strong performances, especially from Tom Cruise.

The Women
The Women(1939)

Ah, women, the most beautiful and complex creature. I FINALLY got a dvd of this in China after desperately looking for it, and it was better than I expected! Extremely funny, classy, and you cant get a better cast than they have in The Women. It's like Gossip Girl, but older, in the 30s. Gossip, glamour, marriage, fashion, men(although none of them appeared in the film), oh, and l'amour, l'amour!!

Nightwatch
Nightwatch(1998)
½

The ONLY reason why I started watching this is because of Ewan McGregor, and turns out it's a fucking twisted scary movie. I couldn't stop screaming "omg" during a couple scenes, especially with the zoom in on characters' facial expressions, those were very effective. The cinemotography and lighting were very good.

Ostre Sledované Vlaky (Closely Watched Trains)

Not really my type of movie, but is 1 of the veryyyyy good anti-war movies. It was funny, dry(in a good way), and the ending was great!

Crazy/Beautiful
½

A bit unrealistic, but observed the issues during adolescence through these two people with different background and history. Romantic, touching, and Jay Hernandez is SUPER cute!

Down With Love

Simple story, simple characters, and simple songs. Very cute and romantic.

Fight Club
Fight Club(1999)
½

FINALLY! I finally saw Fight Club! I don't really know what to say about this movie, but it makes you feel GREAT when you watch it(I was not on drugs..) It's funny, intense, with some cool visual effects. Not to mention Edward Norton and Brat Pitt were just hot/great.

The Mother
The Mother(2004)

Daniel Craig is just a baddasss! He got to fuck around and yelled at ppl. lol. Very different perspective to portrait woman. There were many great shots, including the ending.

The Kite Runner

I love Marc Forster, so I knew it'd be a great movie, and it turned out to be evern better than I expected! Loved the music, I basically cried from the beginging to the end. The plot talked about different issues, I am really looking forward to the book now. (Idk what my reaction would be if I saw the movie after reading the book..)

Becoming Jane

It's like Pride and Prejudice, except 100 times more intense. We see inside story of how Jane has became the Jane Austen who wrote those amazing books. Great performances both from Anne Hathaway and James McAvoy(who seems to be in every movie with such history background this year). There were many scenes that made me burst out into tears. If you are a hopeless romantic like me, then this would be a perfect movie for you.

My Wife Is an Actress

Cute, fun, entertaining. Its cuter when you think about the fact that Yvan Attal is writting/acting out his own story and marriage w/ Charlott. Sweet and cute and real

Caché
Caché(2005)

Apparently, this is too deep and dark for me to understand and enjoy it.

La Petite Lili
½

Great cast. Love the opening, very powerful images and beautiful cinematography. To quote this movie, La Petite Lili strikes me as if "someone is squzzing my heart...". I think Perfume used the same theme music. Great movie! One of the best adaptation for a classic literature(altho I havent read The Seagull, now I reallly want to). Also, Ludivine Sagnier got to show off her curvy sexy body in the begining.

Nobody Knows (Dare mo shiranai)
½

I am not sure if there was a climax of the plot, at least not obvious, but yet, it was such a highly emotional charged story, I couldn't stop crying and feel how lucky I am. The talented 14th yr old(at the time) Yûya Yagira totally deserved the best actor award he got from cannes. And although I havent seen other Hirokazu Koreeda, I have to say I really liked what he did in Nobody Knows. No one narrated the story, he showed the time, emotions of characters, etc. by using little details, and that really moved me.

Spirited Away

I wouldn't say it's my fav or Miyazaki. But this 1 was very well made, and the plot was great too.

The Scorpion King
½

Saw it since it was Rock's debut movie. It was a fun action flick.

Stuart Little
½

I want Stuart!! And the little boy from the movie was very cute too!!!

Guess Who
Guess Who(2005)

Its got some wicked jokes.

XXX
XXX(2002)

Vin Diesel is sooo hot! Same idea as Charlie's Angels, but only Diesel.

Tarzan
Tarzan(1999)

Hahahahahaha. Good ol days

Memoirs of a Geisha
½

It was alrite. Didn't like the book too much either, although the ending was better than in the film. Its got a great cast, and the music, written by Yoyo Ma, was just fantastic.

Charlie's Angels - Full Throttle

Not as good as the 1st one, but still 3 hot chicks are rockin'. Plus, with the appearence of Demi Moore, woohoo, one extreme hot body.

Runaway Bride
½

Cute little movie. Again, Richard Gere and Jullia Roberts. The good'o'days

Ghostbusters (1984 Original)

I want to be a ghost buster..

Monsters, Inc.
½

Love it! Cute, funny, and clever

The Mask
The Mask(1994)
½

I was terrifying for me to see this when I was like 6. But it is one of Jim Carey's best, and made Cameron Diaz famous.

Rush Hour
Rush Hour(1998)
½

Pretty good. But I only remember one scene..

Shrek
Shrek(2001)
½

classic animated Matrix fighting scenes! I love the ginger cookie man!

V for Vendetta

So good I cant describe it

How to Murder Your Wife

VERY FUNNNNNNNNNNNNNNY! Although it is a bit sexist, and anti-marriage, it is a fact that it was made 40 something yrs ago, people weren't as sensitive as they are now. I feel like they rushed the ending though...

She's the Man

Saw movies w/ this theme 10000000 times. Like others, lots cliche, but cute and funny. Laura Ramsey, and Channing Tatum are sooo hot!!

Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium
½

Like Stranger than Fiction, also written by Zach Helm, this movie was filled with fantasies, innocence, and the appearance of The Son of Man, etc.!! It's also a movie that makes you feel happy and alive. Not a typical children fantasy movie. Reminede me of the Little Prince a bit... The hand-made, and computer effects are something worth-seeing too

Say Anything...

Cuuuteee! I think this might be all high school graduate girls' dream. John Cusack is soo cuteee!

King of Hearts

It's happy, it's anti-war, it's funny, it's sorta sad, it's just a must-see. More people need to see this movie!!

Smokin' Aces
Smokin' Aces(2007)
½

With all the actors/celebrities I love, and all that action and a not so bad story line...way to fuck it up w/ making it dramatic. My only complains...

What She Knew
½

Incredible performance by Amber Tamblyn. Story about two women, their insecurity and identity. A bit too slow, and the plot could've been tighter

Across the Universe

A movie about relationships, love, music, history, and growing up. Like I always say, Julie Taymor is too good for words.

Inland Empire
½

WTF IS WRONG WITH DAVID LYNCH????!???? He is a genius. With a fantastic cast, Inland Empire is a very typical Lynch movie, but at the same time, he used many different technique which we've never seen in his previous work, and messes with the way we are used to watching a film. It's a masterpiece, but I doubt if I would watch it again, b/c it's not "attractive" like Mulholland drive, and it's 10 times more confusing and disturbing.

The Darjeeling Limited

Very simple, awkwardly funny, and sweet movie. The soundtrack was greattt too. There were several very interesting shots, including some which are exactly like the scenes you would see in a typical Indian movie.

The Lives of Others
½

Very quiet but effective. The use of music was very clever in this movie, it was the theme. With a beautiful color cinematography and performances by these great actors(seems like they didn't try to hard..in a good way), although its a 2 hrs long movie, it was very well developed in each scenes.

Dead Again
Dead Again(1991)

Great plot! Branagh did a great job at directing and acting. Love the music and the begining of the movie. I was cracking up at the end though...the old fashion 90s slow-mo! ahha

Undertow
Undertow(2004)

Started off with graet builups, but slows down, but there's something about it just keeps u interested.

Gerry
Gerry(2003)

A character-driven and action-driven movie! It's like a uncut documentery with great photography. Best nature vs. human movie I've seen yet. It's verrrrry slow-paced, but I felt like there's no need to rush it, the pace and the beautiful visual images made it peaceful and breathtaking. I wouldn't recommand this to any of my friends though, it is indeed a very different movie...I loved a lot close-up scenes when they both just walk for 10 min without saying a word, and the soundtrack is perfect

Marvin's Room

Diane Keaton and Meryl Streep were fantastic sisters who haven't met each other for 20 years, and got together after they Keaton's character has leukemia. Touching and funny.

Spy Kids
Spy Kids(2001)

I want to be as cool as those kids! >.<

Contact
Contact(1997)
½

Since I am not a big sciency person, so I didn't feel too excited about it. But it was a good experience.

My Best Friend's Wedding

Cameron Diaz was soooooooo funny.

Blood Diamond

Meaningful film inspired by a history event. I loved Leonardo DiCaprio in this movie, he gave a surpisingly great performance! Jennifer Connelly's character plays a somewhat important part too. Fav line: " In America it's bling bling, but over here it's bling bang!"

Cats & Dogs
Cats & Dogs(2001)
½

Dogs + cats fight. Coool

Die Another Day
½

Sexxxy. Classic scene - Halle Berry getting out of the sea with orange bikiniiii! Same scene appeare in Casino Royale, except it's Daniel Craig.

Walk the Line
½

Intense. Great performances, and great music.

Kill Bill: Volume 2
½

The sequal is always not as good as the 1st one, same with Kill Bill. Chinese Kung Fu guy was cool though.

Stepmom
Stepmom(1998)
½

Great story with a great cast!

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
½

I remember so much about this movie!

The Mummy Returns
½

Mummmmmmmmmmiessss! Some scenes were pretty disgutsting...

Inspector Gadget
½

Crazy/stupid ass movie! I liked it though.

Hostage
Hostage(2005)
½

It makes you watch it with highly intense emotions!!

Home Alone
Home Alone(1990)

Hhahaha I thought this is the coolest movie ever!

Spider-Man 2
Spider-Man 2(2004)
½

I haven't seen the 1st one, but I am positive this is better than the 1st 1!!

Men in Black
Men in Black(1997)
½

Will Smith + Aliens = OOOOOhhh yeeeehhhh

War of the Worlds
½

Typical Steven Spielberg, not as good as his other work tho.

Inside Man
Inside Man(2006)
½

Smart/bad-ass movie!

Shattered Glass

The detailed story of Stephen Glass' career, and the inside of journalists' world.

The Battle of Shaker Heights

Very fun movie to watch! A journey of a teenager growing up, choose between reality nd his own fantasy world

Lucia, Lucia
Lucia, Lucia(2003)

Strange and funny. One of my fav line of all time is from this movie..

King Arthur
King Arthur(2004)

Although I love Keria Knightley with a passssiiion, I don't remember too much about this movie at all...obviously I thought it was just okay.

Charlie's Angels

There's something wrong with you if you don't like seeing 3 hot chicks fighting and being stupid and funny!

Piccadilly Jim
½

Actually one of my fav comedy. I don't even know why, I guess I just love the cheeseness of it!

Henry & June
Henry & June(1990)

Obsessions, sex, innocence, and lies. It's sooooooo exciting to take a good look of Anais Nin and Henry Miller and their spouses' adventure before they became such influential writers. And Maria de Medeiros was PERFECT for the role!

Love Me if You Dare
½

I cried soo much. Games can get seriously dangerous, same with love. Obsessive, cute, romantic, and sad. Very original story!

Donnie Darko
Donnie Darko(2001)
½

Complex movie w/ a simple plot(sorta..), but involves hella different messeges. Loved the final scene! And the ending totally reminded me of "The Butterfly Effect". Not to mention Jena Malone was just too cute! ^_^

Shaun of the Dead
½

Pure badass funny extreme entertaining zombie flick!

Almost Famous

It was based on Cameron Crowe's own experiences. Very nicely shot, and great music. Loved the ending!

In the Bedroom

Wow. The performances were too fucking good and real. Very effective and emotional. I wonder if the book would be better though, since I didn't like Todd Field's Little Children, because he changed the idea of the book.

The Matrix Reloaded

Certainly bad as hell compare to the 1st one. I don't even remember what happened in this one, cept the sex scene.

Ultraviolet
Ultraviolet(2006)

The only good part was the fire swords fight at the end, besides that, the whole movie seem pretty dull, over emotional, and didn't make too much sense. The last fighting scens totally reminded me of Matrix...

Secret Things

That 1 star is for the weird orgy/sex scenes.
Totally didn't get it.

Shakespeare in Love

Very cute movie. AWWW, yuh..1 of those once-in-a-while romance movie. Of course, more of a girls movie.

Elizabeth
Elizabeth(1998)

A deeper look into the early life of the great Elizabeth I. Beautifully shot, of course Cate Blanchett did a greatt job.

The Vagina Monologues

Eve
Ensler
is
AMAZING!
It's funny, it's touching, is intenseeeeee

Reefer Madness

I had more fun watching this 1 than the original. But it gone a little too far. Fun movie to watch. Liked the songs too!

Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind

Interesting characters play by great actors!! I've always loved Michel Gondry's style, really liked it! Thought it was more like a girl movie..dont know if a lot guys would like it..

Eastern Promises
½

I wanted to see this ever since the begining of this yr! Only b/c of Naomi Watts though, I thought it's only a typical Hollywood thriller. Toally wrong of course...Viggo Mortensen was sooooo in character. The whole movie remain a very calm, quiet and coldblooded(all those bloody violent scenes-hecka well done), it didn't seem slow at all!
Definately 1 of the best of this yr!

Harold and Maude
½

LOVED IT! Watched this so many times!
And Cat Steven's songs were perfecccccccccccccct.

Isabella
Isabella(2006)
½

I don't really know how to describe my feelings towards this movie. I just simply loved it. I had so many i-knew-he/she's-gonna-say-that moements, and the camera used alot different and great angles. Although I really liked "Spider lillies", personally I think she did better in "Isabella".

Together (He ni zai yi qi)
½

Hecka touching. Great story, great music.

Head over Heels
½

haha luv cheeeeeezy movies. very cute and funny

Underworld: Evolution
½

Now that's a vampire movie w/ real great actions shot in great angles!

Thank You for Smoking
½

Great indie film base on a best-seller from 1994. Smart and funny. Loved the word choices in this 1.

The Dead Girl

A really heavy, dark and depressing film, and it just really striked me. Every characters were so well-developed, complex and fill with lots of emotion. It's got a great cast too. Loved it!

Oldboy
Oldboy(2005)
½

Wow...I really don't know what to say but wow, such a powerful movie! The characters(intense performances) and the story were powerful! I loved every shot, and the music was good too!

Like Water for Chocolate (Como Agua para Chocolate)

I had mix feelings for several characters in this film, and the story was good, but i thought it was okay...not really my kind of movie.

Death at a Funeral

If there's 6 stars, I will totally give this meaningful, delightful and hilarious movie w/ great performances and soundtrack! It made me laugh all through out the whole movie and cried when Daniel made that speech. 4 thumbs upppp!

Cashback
Cashback(2007)

beautiful+simple+funny, a real artistic movie!

Gun chung (Eye in the Sky) (Surveillance)
½

Another out-standing HK movie! Kate Tsui was really good, simple story but well directed!

The Virgin Suicides

Kirsten Dunst is amazing! Sofia Coppola is just crazy, she directed and wrote the screenplay of this depressing tale about an over protected sisters, and it really was a great movie!

Ci qing (Mandala) (Spider Lilies)

It was okay, too slow and the plot was a little loose. But Raine Yang was sooooooo cute!!! and she surprised me w/ her performance, both leads did a great job! and the whole idea of "little green-y" was kind of a turn-off-scary.....

Sheng xia guang nian, (Eternal Summer)
½

The ending was confusing, but the photography was beautiful, and it was a little slow.

On Golden Pond

I saw this w/ my family, and all of us were moved w/ tears! Wonderfully photography, performances and music. Great film!

Live Free or Die Hard

Typical hollywood action movie. Nothing special, but i liked the msg.

Transformers
Transformers(2007)
½

Totally sick. Typical Hollywood action film, but i loved it! Especially w/ Megan Fox in it, things just couldnt get better!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Gosford Park
Gosford Park(2001)

The 2nd time seeing it s even better than seeing it the 1st time! It just gets better and better. All the details, humor and actions! It's got the best cast you could get, best director, and best setting. Although this is not Altman's genre, he totally pulled it off. And I know nothing is perfect, but I just couldn't find anything bad about this movie!!

The Cutting Edge
½

MOIRA KELLY! Still looking very pretty and young now. Actuallty prettier.

Street Fighter
½

hahaha! I don't remember how many times I've seen this movie. Soo funny. 1 of my fav vid game, jus wish they got more action in the movie

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

A turning pt of Taylor and Newman's career. Not to mention Taylor did filmed this when she received the news of her hubby's death T__T. But she did such great job, Newman did too, and he is so incrediblelly good-looking! Hott!

The Piano Teacher (La Pianiste)
½

A heavey drama about seduction, love and taking control. And it taught me there's 2 ways to play the piano...

Head in the Clouds

Always loved this movie!

The English Patient

Poetic, great directing and great performances. Whenever I watch this, I will go completely speechless...

Chocolat
Chocolat(2000)

I just hope at the end, no 1 become a fatty..

The Chorus (Les Choristes)

Really common theme. I've seem tons of movies/tv series with this kind of theme. But none of them change the "evil" kids using music! Loved it!

My Life as a Dog (Mitt Liv som Hund)

Really positive, and cute movie. The 1st part of the movie really irritated me bcuz of the little mark on the screen of the lens...

Rize
Rize(2005)

David LaChapelle is my hero, my idol. There's no doubt I would not like any of his work, including this 1. Truely, it was real, and you can feel the passion thru every dancer's movies. Hope David would make more films!!

Take the Lead

antonioooo! yep. it's got some pretty hot #s.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
½

Beautiful scene about "re-building" the earth!

Once
Once(2007)

It's so real, so touching, w/ the way it was acted and shot, it's almost like documentery. Two stranger/musicians bonding, creating amazing music, and the ending, it's just inspirational. Fucking loved it!!!!!! Best film I've seen this yr, yet.

A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints

As a writer of the book, of his own story, Dito Montiel, a 1st time director really showed what he wanted and took some riskes. Very good movie, I cried several times watching real people in this real story.

Resident Evil: Apocalypse

1st 1 is better, but still, you gotta give credit for the last scene..o yes!

Anatomy of Hell

Catherine Breillat=God!! How can someone understand human sexuality so completely? It's such a beautiful film, so original, honest, and human. Amira Casar was perfect for the "woman" role, she has the most beautiful body ever. And Rocco Siffredi, hmm..didn't know that some porn stars could actually act...

Reconstruction
½

Fabulous!! Maris Bonnevie was a sensation! A well filmed movie w/ great themes!

CQ
CQ(2002)
½

Élodie Bouchez and Angela Lindvall were sooo hot! It was well written, and directed. But clearly, Roman Coppola's style is quite different from his sister's, I personally prefer Sofia's films. I liked it!

Zoolander
Zoolander(2001)
½

It's all my friends' fav..not me. Though it was quite funny.

Nacho Libre
Nacho Libre(2006)
½

Did you all know it's inspired by a true story?! Anywayz, I thought it was okay, a little plain. Just a simple story about definding one's self. Loved the nun tho. haha

Mr. Deeds
Mr. Deeds(2002)
½

Again, Adam Sandler played a nice/silly/cute guy. I would so marry him haha!

Hitch
Hitch(2005)

Amber Valletta=HOTTTT!! Basically this movie is full of romantic/hot/nice ppl.

A Guy Thing
A Guy Thing(2003)

I don't get the title, so like, is lying, and changing your mind about marriage a guy thing?! lol

American Pie
American Pie(1999)

Hahahaha humping apple pieeeee! All time fav!

The Brothers Grimm

Another fairy tale, it was alright.

Cursed
Cursed(2005)

It was okay, anything about wolf men is worth watching!

Monster
Monster(2004)
½

Great performances. But I don't think I will ever watch it again, some scenes are just too disturbing and they made you remember them forever...

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

1 of my fav work by Tom Tykwer! You can't imagine how hard it is to turn such masterpiece into a film, though the orgy scene was a little strange, but he at least captured the main idea of the book and tried his best to show it to the audience. Music was fucking great! I cried just listening to the music...

The Motorcycle Diaries
½

What a journey! I cried 3 times! You really see the transition of the characters. Their friendship, dreams and doubts. Loved it!!

Loving Annabelle

Probably the best lesbian movie i've seen so far. haha. Story was great, simple and moving. Katherine Brooks is woohoo!!

Honey
Honey(2003)

Jessica Albbbba! Simple story w/ hotties dancing! Worth seeing.

Save the Last Dance 2: Stepping Up

Fav scene: recording her heart-beat during sex! So cuuute! Love the dances, simple/common story, but well told w/ great dances too.

The Queen
The Queen(2006)
½

I cried. Stephen Frears' best yet. Helen Mirren did such great job, others did well too. The Royale power and the political power, let you see the inside details of characters. Great movie!

Remember Me My Love

Wonderful film about family, dreams, teenagers and one's past.

La Vie en Rose (La Mome)
½

Edith Piaf!!!! Yes, finally saw this movie! 1 of my fav biographical movie. I was all speechless and couldn't stop crying, Marion Cotillard's performance was incrediblly fantastic!!!!

Requiem for a Dream
½

loved the music, acting and the getting-high process scenes were the best! (not that it's a good thing, but it was beautifully shot, really well done.) And I think any1 who saw this film will never touch drugs..which is a good thing!

Bright Future
½

I want Jo Odagiri and a jellyfish! haha. The ending shot was the best!

The Red Violin (Le violon rouge)

Fucking amazing film! A life journey of a violin. It was love that guides it to its owner.

And Now Ladies & Gentlemen
½

Haha, Lelouch. It got a little slow in the middle, but very beautifully shot, I just wish they would let Patricia sing more.

A Man and a Woman

I thought it was really "Jean-Luc Godard". Beautiful and simple love story. Anouk Aimee was so gorgeous! Liked Lelouch's style, although he was a tough director to work with so it seems..

Ginger and Cinnamon
½

Italians on the island of love- nothing could be hotter!!

Mrs. Henderson Presents

I was so interested in the history about Windmill, thanks to Stephen Frears, this film showed you what it was like and also the story of the characters. I was soooooo sad when Kelly Reilly died T__T.

The Butterfly Effect
½

Ashton Kutcher CAN be a good actor! Cool effects, and I love the version which ended w/ him killing himself...Emotional film!

Electric Shadows
½

Totally reminded me of "Cinema Paradiso" and "The Dreamers". Loved the idea, just a little too dramatic for me. And the outfits and movies didn't fit in the right period of time, they all mixed up, it wasn't reasonable, also they didn't explain how did she get money to survive. Besides all these, it's a good movie.

Blue Gate Crossing
½

Bo lin is my hubby!! haha. Very cute movie! Teen-ager theme is always interesting!!

Purple Butterfly (Zi hudie)
½

Never knew Chinese people can be so fucking artsy too...He totally over done the artsy part, but it's got a great potential to be a great film! No wonder Europeans love it though, it's too slow, and it's like a painting by Picasso-too hard for me to understand...

The War Zone
The War Zone(1999)
½

Disturbing, disgutsting, sad and beautiful. The actors were so well directed! Tim Roth is such a great director and actor!!!

De Battre mon Coeur s'est Arrêté (The Beat That My Heart Skipped)
½

A little too slow for me, but Romain Duris was great, really showed the transition of Tom. Ending shot was the best!

Russian Dolls (Les Poupées Russes)

It got a little slower in the middle, but the ending was great and overall it's a meaningful and sensational film! I really didn't expect that..thought it's another 1 of those sequals using 2 hot actors to get more money..I was totally wrong!! It actually was better than L'Auberge Espagnole.

Good Bye, Lenin!

Same theme song in Amelie!! Yann Tiersen knows how to save money haha. And also like Amelie, positive attitude towards life, and life is wonderful, every1 is so nice!

The Da Vinci Code

I LOVED Audrey Tautou in it, but I didn't like the movie, not sure if I did get it or not...

Grease
Grease(1978)

I can watch this movie everyday!

A Very Long Engagement
½

Beautifully shot, but too long and too slow

The Science of Sleep

I wish I can dream like em, cuz..sadly, I cant dream..

Amélie
Amélie(2001)

wow, it blew my mind! Everything in this movie is just so pure, innocent(well for most parts) and beautiful! Life is good!!

50 First Dates
½

I LOVED the song Adam Sandler played for Drew in this 1!

King Kong
King Kong(2005)

Too long. But my Naomi Watts is great in it, and Peter Jackson is great too. I thought the ending was a little too weak because of Jack Black.

Species II
Species II(1998)
½

I have no idea why after 6 yrs I would watch this..but I remember when I saw a clip from 1 of the species movie, it scared the shit outa me! Well, you know, now that I watch it, it's only because...Natasha is hot?

Mean Girls
Mean Girls(2004)

Tina Fey is 1 of my fav comedian. It was a really smart and funny teen age movie!

A Walk to Remember

Soo cheesy, but I was crying non-stop when I watched it.

Crash
Crash(2004)

Every1 in every scene is racist...o well, then again, that's reality.

Great Balls of Fire
½

GGGGreat portrait of Jerry Lee Lewis!

The Motel
The Motel(2005)
½

Sooo Chinese, haha. The lighting was a little bad in this film, but the story is good although it was a little slow...

Heaven
Heaven(2002)
½

Totally fell in love with them both in this film! Smart, cute and dramatic. 1 of my fav of Tom Tykwer's work!

Match Point
Match Point(2005)

Maybe Woody Allen's only serious/depressing drama film. Really loved it.

Little Miss Sunshine
½

Great theme! Very funny and meaningful. 3 weeks=excellent film!!

Sideways
Sideways(2004)

Maybe its because I was too young when I saw this film, I didn't like it that much, except the part when they are talking about wine and when Paul's character is talkin about his novel..great ending. Recently I realized that Payne likes his main character to be a self-pity person..haha

Garden State
Garden State(2004)

*sigh* 1 of those fairy tale kinda movie! So happy and cute!

Lost In Translation
½

GGGGGGreat ending! Bill Murray was soo funny especially when he was in the hospital n doing the commercial. Sofia Coppola is my hero!!

Y Tu Mama Tambien
½

Absolutely LOVED the ending! LOVED the whole movie! Like they said in the movie, the ending made me felt pain in my stomach...

I Love Your Work

Loved it! I really didn't expect it to be any good. It reminds me of my fav movie Mulholland Dr.. Terrific actors and sounds editing!

Le Divorce
Le Divorce(2003)

Didn't like it, but give em credit for shooting in Paris. Although I havent finished the book, it's seems better than the movie.

Marie Antoinette
½

It was a little slow, but the constume and everything were just so colorful-eye candy! Great directing and photography!

Pan's Labyrinth

Deep, dark and beautiful fairy tale. Love the ending!

Waitress
Waitress(2007)

Funny, smart and yummy! I thot the theme was close to "Little Children".

9 Songs
9 Songs(2005)
½

Real sex w/ 9 great songs from great bands!! What else do you need? haha.
The cool thing is, Winterbottom directed this w/out a script..and it was great!!

The Fog
The Fog(2005)

It's alright, liked the story and the special effects.

Elf
Elf(2003)
½

I believe in Santa..so there u go.

Saving Private Ryan

Best war movie! Tom Hanks was perfect for the role! I cried hella much at the end..

Brigadoon
Brigadoon(1954)
½

I wanna go to Brigadoon...

Gene Kelly - Anatomy of a Dancer

Highlight of Gene's career and fabulous dance style!

The Phantom of the Opera
½

Watched it 3 times in a row and cried 3 times in a row..

Kiss Me Kate
Kiss Me Kate(1953)

Cole Potter=awesome music!

Ziegfeld Follies

The only movie w/ Gene and Fred together in only 1 scene!

My Neighbor Totoro

Cutest!! Got a poster of it in my room >.<

The Triplets of Belleville
½

Funny and strange(in a cooooool way!) Great music 2!! The city view was done beautifully!

Whisper of the Heart (Mimi wo sumaseba) (If You Listen Closely)

1 of my fav from childhood, really cute and positive. good music 2!

Stranger Than Fiction

Well written, all small details were great. Very funny and cute. 1st movie made me fell in love w/ Will Ferrell!

Born Into Brothels

Inspirational. Sad too..I cried after seeing this...

This Film Is Not Yet Rated

Shocking and sexy!! haha.
Take a great look of the secrets of MPAA.

Formula 17
Formula 17(2005)

haha Tony and Duncan are soo cute!!

Sexy Beast
Sexy Beast(2000)
½

Johnathan Glazer is amazing!!

"Fuck...!@*%!*@^%*^..Fuck"

Casa de los Babys
½

John Sayles' style- alot talking, less action.
Loved the scene where the two are talking about their daughters(or "will-be" daughter), and how they don't understand each other...

Layer Cake
Layer Cake(2005)
½

Amazing ending!

Casino Royale
½

Best 007 movie yet, and Eva Green is the best Bond girl in history! Surprisingly, Daniel Craig became my fav Bond.

Bug
Bug(2006)
½

Great performance, great cinemotography, vvvery well-done! Best sex scene ive seen so far..
The 1st long shot to short shot bugged me a lil tho..

He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not
½

1st part of movie: cute, sweet, and the guy is a jerk.
2nd part of the movie: creepy stalker, obsessive, and poor guy...

Cinema Paradiso (Nuovo Cinema Paradiso)

Prefer the version which he doesn't meet her when he went back..

Swing Time
Swing Time(1936)

Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers make the perfect on-screen couple ever! 1 of their very best film!

Bewitched
Bewitched(2005)

Nicole Kidaman is a great witch!

Birth
Birth(2004)

Watched it 3 times, amazing story and details. Of course Nicole Kidman and Cameron Bright(cuuuuute) were so great. As Jonathan Glazer's second movie, which was totally different from "Sexy Beast", but both of em are great!

Happy Feet
Happy Feet(2006)
½

Cuuuuute penguins!!! Very creative. Love the msg of the movie!

The Hours
The Hours(2002)
½

Amazing portaits.

The Others
The Others(2001)

Ironic and touching

Band of Outsiders (Bande à part)

Cutest(and longest) dance scene I've ever seen.

The Elephant Man
½

Strange + interesting

Click
Click(2006)
½

I cried sooo much!! wish i have a remote like dat..

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
½

Love the lonngest shot of gun fight between 3 of them, its the loongest among all westerns!

Dreamgirls
Dreamgirls(2006)
½

A little too long, but the songs were very good.

Little Children
½

As a movie, it was great. But the book is still better. Kate Winslet was great, and my Patrick Wilson has improved his acting skills!

Away From Her

Touching, beautifully shot and of course great performances. After 50 min, it slowed down a little bit, but it was a great movie as Sarah Polley's directorial debut.