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Pacific Rim
Pacific Rim(2013)

Pacific Rim is an irresistibly fun movie that should make a mark on summer blockbusters that needs to be seen by far more people that the box office stipulates. I am not a Del Toro fan, but this is warming be back up to the director. This had such a sense of fun that I have not seen in a film for a while and a truly operatic tone that I haven't felt in quite some time.

The Dark Knight Rises

I want to begin by saying this isn't as good as it's predecessors. But I didn't enjoy this film for that reason however. The film is made competently, although the swooping shots of Gotham do get old. It's not a bad movie but it's simply okay, it's politics seem misguided and it's just simply too bleak. Now I enjoy other "bleak" films such as "The 400 Blows" but everyone seemed to be just plain evil when the previous film held that goodness could lie in everyone as much as evil. I didn't think the themes worked quite as well as the previous films and it has nothing to do with the legacy" of these films. It seemed frustrating, and some characters seemed miscast. For a film that tries for realism this one was a little too cartoonish for my taste. It didn't have any of the style or appeal as the others. Bane was a terrifying creation but when he got self righteous and transparently evil it simply stopped being scary and sounded like preaching. Overall, it's a passable film but not all that enjoyable for the dark, bleak, attitude it takes. Bleakness is fine in some films, but there are at least characters worth liking in those films.

McCabe & Mrs. Miller

McCabe and Mrs. Miller stands as not only one of the best Robert Altman movies, but amongst the best westerns made. While Altman describes it as an anti-western, it more or less reinvents the western and gives it another face. Though, for the time, I can see why this would be considered an anti-western by lackluster standards but when compared to others, it holds its own as some of the best. This stands as one of the better anti-capitalist films, as well as a great look at hubris. However, new themes become more apparent with each possible viewing. An amazing period piece if I ever saw one and, in this case, the improvising feels natural and flowing.

La tigre e la neve (The Tiger and the Snow)

While this isn't a perfect film, it is quite charming. What I didn't like about the film was, unfortunately, the editing is a little unfocused as we never really can tell when a day passes or what exactly is going on at times. That said, Benigni is wonderfully funny and the story is absolutely sweet. Apparently based off of Sleeping Beauty, Benigni spins a semi-light, semi-dark tale about a woman injured in an Iraq bombing and one man's attempt to revive her. What ensues are both hilarious antics and dark scenarios. Mixed together we are greeted with a wonderful film that, sadly, is a little disjointed and unfocused at times. However these can be ignored, especially for a little anti-war message slipped in here and there.

9
9(2009)

Despite being one of those films where you love it or you hate it, 9 is still intriguing. The story was disappointing in some aspects, as I felt it would have been a much better character driven story as opposed to an action film. That said, Shane Acker created a unique world, unique characters, and some rather fascinating concepts for such a short movie. If I have any major complaint, it's that the film is much too short. This is a film which deserves a lot of time devoted to it's universe which is why it would be much better had it have a sequel. But this is just 9, and 9 isn't all that bad of a movie, a little lacking, but a rather interesting film and a pretty good first film for Mr. Acker. Despite failing to live up to expectations, it makes me want to see more from him. I do recommend this work, and it's anti-war message comes on a little blunt, but it works quite well.

Exorcist II: The Heretic
½

While this isn't a good film, it isn't all that terrible either. I think what hurts this film the most is that it happens to be a sequel to The Exorcist. While it lacks the creative touch of William Peter Blatty, I can't hate this film for taking a risk and trying something new. It doesn't necessarily work but there is a lot of experiments being made with this film as John Boorman seemed to want to try out new work during the 70s. However, I can somewhat recommend this film for taking risks and trying not to be the first novel, and that it something I can applaud. Overall, it's a failed experiment but not a horrible film.

Ace in the Hole (The Big Carnival)

Ace in the Hole is among the most underrated of Billy Wilder's work in that there isn't nearly enough celebration about it. Much like how The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance is the pessimistic John Ford film, Ace in the Hole is Wilder's. This is a cynical look at how just depraved we can become with the influence of the media and those who exploit the less fortunate. There is a lot of darkness surrounding this film and it brings out the worst in all of us. In addition, it shows just how gleefully we're willing to go along with the crowd even though we know someone is in dire need of help; we simply don't care, we just go along with the carnival. However, this is one of the most impressive films made, it doesn't make light of the situation and it presents it's characters as honestly as possible. It doesn't get any truer than this, and this film speaks volumes.

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

It's no surprise that John Ford is a master filmmaker, but there's something about this film that separates it from other Ford films. This is, ultimately, a rather bitter and pessimistic film which has dashes of hope and optimism here and there. Not that Ford's films are all sugar and sweetness but for a film starring John Wayne and James Stewart in the early sixties this is quite the shocking film. However, it is absolutely magnificent for more than just the themes. The acting is superb, to say the least, and the staging and lighting is something to behold. This is one of the more philosophically deep of the Ford films, making one wonder just how the world works and what motivates and moves a person to do what they need to do. This isn't just a great western, it's a great film all over.

Super 8
Super 8(2011)

I'm not the biggest fan of J.J. Abrams but Super 8 genuinely surprised me as to how much I liked it. Some say it recalls the work of Stephen Spielberg but, in all honesty, it's better than most of Spielberg's work. The emotional depth is fantastic and the characters are well fleshed out and acted fantastically. These are some of the best child actors I've seen in a long time and the script is rather good to boot. At times there is a little too much spectacle in the effects which can be distracting, however any flaws I have are overlooked for how much I was invested in these characters.

Traffic
Traffic(2000)

Traffic is a surprisingly good movie, if not a little overrated. The performances and cinematography are what really make this film, as the story sometimes feels a little weak in places. Nevertheless this film never grows old as it progresses. The film deals with the drug trade with a middle zone rather than black and white or rather, a good vs. evil. Perhaps the most surprising performances come from Miguel Ferrer and Luis Guzman who seem exceptionally on the top of their game, though everyone else delivers fantastically, just those two surprised me the most. The color tints got a little tiresome at times, particularly because it changed so much throughout but ultimately added to the films experience rather than hindered it. Overall, a great film that separates itself from many drug films by not being plagued by meaningless action or nonsubtle politics.

The Color of Money

While this isn't the best Martin Scorsese film, it's among the most unappreciated of his films. It's an enjoyable film that takes a different spin on The Hustler, set 25 years later. The result is an enjoyable experience where Cruise and Newman have excellent chemistry. The original film explored the American Dream and its flaws, the second deals much more with character and making the dream happen rather than fail at it. Still found in this one is an exploration of dignity, but on a different level. Overall, while it goes with our saying that it's inferior to The Hustler, that doesn't mean it doesn't deserve a second viewing. It's worth exploring some more and deserves appreciation.

Ghost Dog - The Way of the Samurai

Like the best of Jim Jarmusch's work, there is an interesting clash of cultures in this film. However instead of nationalities, Jarmusch blends both the gangster genre with the samurai genre making a rather unique take, with echoes of the masterful Le Samurai by Jean Pierre Melville. Ghost Dog is an interesting film that presents a new way of seeing the genre as well as creating a fascinating character in Ghost Dog himself. Jarmusch is a master at his craft and this is one of his best. It's not as grand as Dead Man or Stranger Than Paradise, but it's a great film nonetheless and deserves viewing.

The Big Sleep

It's no surprise that a film made by Howard Hawks should be great, but combined the excellent writing of Raymond Chandler and William Faulkner, and we get something especially good. The Big Sleep is one of the quintessential noir novels and the film is no exception. Bogart plays Phillip Marlowe not quite in the way I envisioned the character, but his performance is so suave and cool I couldn't care less. Lauren Bacall turns a great move as Vivian and enchants us with her presence as well as some great atmosphere and set up. The twist of the film is different from that of the book but that's part of the surprise. There is such a thrill, surprise, suspense, and charm of this film that it electrifies.

Being John Malkovich

While the film has a brilliant concept and a few neat ideas but ultimately it's quirkiness and "unique" concepts grow extremely old.fast. At no point does the film make an attempt to have you connect to the characters in this film. These characters are either pathetic or insufferably mean spirited, much like the nature of this film. There is an air of nastiness and hateful attitudes to be found in this film, especially from Catherine Keener's character Maxine. This is an unpleasant film full of spite and annoyance. For such a lauded and heralded film, it doesn't meet expectations and alienates the viewer rather than entertains. A unique concept is one thing, and I can applaud it for trying something new but it's execution leaves something to be desired. Luckily, as time went on, the overrated Charlie Kaufman got better with films such as Adaptation and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, but this film is rather atrocious. Not in the film making style, but in the script and overall mean attitude towards the viewer.

Carlito's Way

Carlito's Way is a rather disappointing film. It tries to fit in every gangster film convention possible in the hope that something sticks yet it comes out as too long and too messy. It's not a bad film and it's far better than De Palma's remake of Scarface, and aspects of the film are admirable such as themes of redemption. Not to mention parts of the film are well crafted moments of noir but ultimately there are better gangster films to watch and Carlito's Way does nothing to separate itself from anything else. The shining moments do come from Pacino's monologues and Sean Penn's powerhouse performance.

Walker
Walker(1987)

Okay, first of all, do not expect historical or even temporal accuracy. What you do need to expect is an Acid Western in the vein of El Topo. If you can do that then you will get what Alex Cox is going for with Walker. This is a rather good film following the story of William Walker, but with many many liberties taken from it. A spiritual successor to the film "Burn!", Walker is a fun, violent, politically striking film which deals directly with imperialism and American interventionism. Walker is full of bizarre iconography and isn't in touch with it's own reality, but at no point does it ever compromise it's vision for what we think is right. If we allow Quentin Tarantino get away with re-writing WWII, then surely we can allow Alex Cox to do the same with Walker. At times the images are rather brutal, but never strays too far from camp value either. This is a funny film but it hits us with real truths and forces us to recognize them.

A History of Violence

I've seen this film twice now and I still cannot see the hype. I will admit, it is a good film which presents questions regarding violence as well as making a wonderful anti-violence message however it doesn't seem to hold up to the celebration around it. Now, what I can say is that it doesn't pander to us and at no point is the violence glorified. This film treats us like adults and handles the matter with a maturity not often found in films these days. I simply wasn't moved by it in ways others were. But I certainly would never stop anyone from watching this brutal, yet poetic, film.

Spider
Spider(2002)

Spider ranks among the most underrated film in the Cronenberg filmography. Ralph Fiennes and Gabriel Byrne turn out one of the best performances in their entire careers in this fascinating look into a schizophrenic man's past and current life. Like most of Cronenberg's films, this is a very deep work which explores our fears and, in this case, one's family as a source of fear. I wouldn't call this a horror film, but instead a Beckettesque tale involving several instances of horror. Still, it doesn't demonize or popularize what we're being shown, instead we're just given what is. Spider is one of the best films of the early 2000's. Instead of relying on sensationalism, we are given a quiet exploration into the psyche and past of a disturbed, yet sympathetic, man. This is worth the watch by far.

Bob Roberts
Bob Roberts(1992)
½

First and foremost, Bob Roberts is much more drama than it is a comedy. While there are many humorous moments, the tone of the film is quite serious. It's not the situation where the movie is silly and everyone plays it straight, it's more like everything is played straight. The film is, for the most part, very melodramatic and extremely dark. It's quite good when it makes political statements over the nature of politics and the dark side behind politicians, but it goes far more for dark, dramatic satire than, say, Robert Altman's Nashville does. I will say that this is a very good film, it is just marketed the wrong way. Tim Robbins does an excellent job crafting this story and the cinematography is spot on. It's a little overloaded though, as it tries to shove in a lot for it's running time, but it manages to handle most of it rather well.

1941
1941(1979)

I honestly do not understand the hate for this film. This is one of Spielberg's better films, it's incredibly funny and I personally enjoy it more than E.T. and Jurassic Park, among others. As an anti-war film it's quite absurd which fits the tone of the film. My only complaint is that it needs to decide whose story we really want to follow, however Spielberg does make it work and the film is quite the spectacle. The special effects are still impressive and the acting is quite funny. The statement on the effects of war and the status it leaves on the public is a rare sight to be seen in comedies, except for Dr. Strangelove and we don't have to deal with an army training setting. Overall, this is one of Spielberg's better films, one that seems to be really thought out and planned with a purpose and those are generally his best.

A King in New York

Chaplin's last starring role in a film is one of his more underrated and finer performances. You can feel a lot of Chaplin's frustration with America and the HUAC as a result of his own exile. These sentiments are strongly felt in A King in New York and it makes for both a very wonderful film and a strong political statement about the status of America during the 1950's. With the use of rather scathing satire, Chaplin crafts a rather fantastic film which is nothing short of magnificent. Also, it is one of the rare films you will find of it's era that readily defends Marxism, which is a breath of fresh air.

Eyes Wide Shut

As a last film, this is one of Kubrick's best and most underrated work, well except for maybe Barry Lyndon. Kubrick's exploration of the psyche and sex in general is impressive on many different levels. This is the kind of film you need to watch a few times before you really understand what it is you've just watched. The sets are some of the most impressive made and the story is air tight in just how good it is. Compared to some of his other films, this feels like Kubrick's companion peice to The Shining. There is an air of horror and suspense but it isn't like any other film made, similar to The Shining. Eyes Wide Shut is a thrilling suspense and exploration of sex and relationships, and one of the most horrifying films Kubrick films has produced.

Kingpin
Kingpin(1996)

Stacking up against some of the other Farrelly brothers films this is one of their best. Kingpin is their film where all the jokes just seem to work and they go straight for the belly laughs. Whereas many prefer Dumb and Dumber, to me Kingpin is their funniest work. Maybe it's because I have a soft spot for bowling in general, but the absurd situations and characters just seem right and the idea of a hook handed former champ and an Amish man who secretly bowls is simply too funny the pass up. Not to mention the performances of Woody Harrelson and Randy Quaid are played so straight it's hard to watch without a grin, whereas Bill Murray is so over the top it's impossible to hate.

Waking Life
Waking Life(2001)

I've heard this film described as "too" talky. I put emphasis on the "too" because what do you expect from the genius behind Slacker? In theory, this is the spiritual sequel to Linklater's Slacker, except this goes a little bit further. Using the dreamscape as a backdrop, we explore many philosophies and experiences to create a fascinating, cerebral animated work of art. The animation is what especially seals the deal on this film as the animation sequences with the dialogue to make each and every conversation memorable and cemented in your mind. Ultimately, though, this is one of the more hopeful and optimistic films which encourages us to grasp life and "wake up" from our dreaming nature and get out there and live, as such is the existential nature of this film. This film is, as a bonus, one of the most visually compelling films made, each scene masterfully crafted and wonderfully surreal.

Hairspray
Hairspray(1988)

While this isn't the most daring film John Waters has made, it's certainly among the most fun of them. While the laughs in this film hit hard and the silliness is campy goodness, there's far more to this film that meets the eye. This film is rarely seen as a commentary on race relations, McCarthyism, and maybe the Reagan era. Through the hilarity, similar to Pink Flamingos, Waters is forcing us to face facts and see the real problems in society. Similar to more of his raunchy films, he has uncomfortable scenarios which are played for laughs and allow us to take in social issues much easier and leave us a little smarter as a result. Hairspray isn't the most challenging film, in the sense that the images aren't as bizarre or sleazy, but it's one of his best and one of the best out there.

In the Mouth of Madness

Next to Prince of Darkness, perhaps, In the Mouth of Madness is John Carpenter's most underrated film. Carpenter crafts a tale heavily inspired by the works of H.P. Lovecraft and Stephen King in which fiction becomes reality and madness reigns supreme. Of all of the later work of John Carpenter, this is his scariest and most masterfully made. The scares becomes metaphysical ad the horror begins to creep down your spine subtly without resorting to slasher conventions or gore. Perhaps one of the best exercises of a "what if" scenario put to film, it takes a lot of risks and the majority of them stick. This is one of the more worthwhile horror films of the nineties and most certainly worth anyone's time.

The Boondock Saints

A film that is about as bad as Natural Born Killers, except that at least Killers attempted to address an issue. This is stupid and violent just for the sake of it and panders to the lowest common denominator. Boondock Saints is one of those many films which try to be Tarantino without getting the point. The dialogue is forced and the shots are, honestly, wretched. Why and how Willem Dafoe agreed to do this film will continually confuse me forever. I've seen this described as a film which values style over substance but there's not even style to carry this along, it's simply garbage pure and simple that happened to get lucky.

Natural Born Killers

Natural Born Killers was a film that defeated me, similar to Cool World. I've seen the film entirely, but trying to watch it again was one of the worst experiences I've tried to endure. Ten minutes and I had to turn this off. Oliver Stone seems to want to update Arthur Penn's Bonnie and Clyde for the MTV generation and fails miserably. NBK can't seem to keep it's head on straight, it doesn't know whether it wants to be a film or a bunch of jumbled images that, ultimately, don't mean a lick of sense. I know they're supposed to create a feeling but this is torture, it can't just stop for a moment and tell a story. Not to mention, much like Spike Lee's Bamboozled, it asks for us to suspend our disbelief far too much to believe any of this could happen literally. With Bonnie and Clyde the era and times allowed for their actions to happen, but for this to happen in the 90's is hard to believe. Not only that but, really, everything is so overacted and idiotic that this film just isn't worth watching. Stick to Bonnie and Clyde, Breathless, or Man Bites Dog.

Bird
Bird(1988)

As far as I can tell, Bird is Clint Eastwood's most underrated film. Bird is an expertly crated work of cinema which focused both on the music and life of jazz musician Charlie Parker. This is a beautifully crafted film cast in almost eternal night with the narrative weaving in and out from the past, present, and even the future. At times this film feels almost like a noir due to the film making conventions used to create the setting and atmosphere, and hey maybe this is a noir. This ranks high among my favorite Eastwood directorial efforts, and one of the best performances by Forrest Whittaker. It should be noted that the music is quite excellent, the soundtrack is worth the film alone.

Monsieur Verdoux

Perhaps the most underrated of the Chaplin films, Monsieur Verdoux is a strikingly dark comedy with a nice anti-war sentiment about it. Skillfully made, Chaplin proves his directorial talent as well as acting ability. This film skillfully blends slapstick and verbal comedy with a political aim towards the end, making this rather sentimental at times. It's one of those rare comedies that gets right down to the meat of the matter and touches us right at the soul, and that is a rare feat indeed.

The Artist
The Artist(2011)

Perhaps the best movie of 2011 next to Drive, The Artist is a loving tribute to the art and magic of silent films. It is a joyous, yet sad, film about the work artists put in and what little respect they may receive in return. It is a fascinating portrayal of a man who, sadly, feels past his prime and we see the rise of a new artist at work. This is a passionately made film, a love letter to the silent era and to the genius of Billy Wilder. The Artist will certainly continue to create joy for years to come.

Trainspotting

Danny Boyle's second feature is, perhaps, the best of his films. A fun, fast paced film which is both highly entertaining and extremely horrifying at moments. The problem with the film is that it seems to be a little held back. There is a feeling that there could be a lot more to this film than there really is. Not to mention it has some issues flowing from one scenario to the next. However all of these problems are forgiven for the enthusiasm of the cast and the wonderful delivery. It's definitely one of the more entertaining films about drugs, but it never touches us in the same way that, say, Naked Lunch does.

Waltz with Bashir

Waltz with Bashir is one of the most fascinating animated films to have come out in years. Ari Folman crafts an interesting autobiography by blending animation with documentary film making to create one of the best art house/surrealist films in a long time. Perhaps made by guilt, we see a side of history which is not often highlighted in film. This is a film which shows exactly what animation can do and can be used for. Ralph Bakshi broke the barrier in the 70's but it's Folman who smashes through the walls with the force of a locomotive with a film as good and as profound as this. Fans of animation should see this film, if only to know there are no limits as to what this medium can do.

Tom Jones
Tom Jones(1963)

Tom Jones speeds, races, jumps, and goes all over the place; and man what a fun ride it makes! This is a film which jumps out all over the place and has a lot of fun with the source material. Albert Finney is having an awfully good time and captures the nature of the Fielding character. Tom Jones is, in a sense, the precursor to One Flew Over the Cukoo's Nest in that we follow a character who constantly rebels against the social norm and is more concerned with having fun than doing any real work. And that's what this film is, fun. It's delightfully cheerful and hilarious. The techniques employed in this film make it a perfect transition from the early 60s into the mid to late ones and create a general carefree atmosphere.

Miller's Crossing

Miller's Crossing is one of the more unique gangster films made. While it doesn't shy away from racism, it doesn't glorify it either, more or less it pokes fun at the racism of the times. Sometimes Albert Finney's character, Leo, doesn't seem like the kind of man who could control a city, but he more than makes up for it and the characters behind him are a testament to that. Instead of focusing on the family and the business, Miller's Crossing is more interested in ethics, noir, philosophy, and more existential issues. This is one of the best of the Coen Brothers films, it's filmed fantastic, the dialogue is top notch, and the characters are memorable. If William Faulkner teamed up with Dashiell Hammet, the result would look a little something like this.

Man on the Moon

Milos Forman's look into the life of Andy Kaufman is one of the better biopics out there. We see a tortured soul who struggles between creating his art and what the people want. In one of his greatest performances, Jim Carrey delivers a dead on portrayal of Kaufman and gives full on emotion into the role. However, credit must be given to Danny DeVito for really carrying this film as the outsider, or as the audience. We're given both the insides and outsides of the Kaufman experience and, ultimately, a moving film about a misunderstood artist and the work he wished to create. Milos Forman has a gift for biopics and this stands to be one of his best. It's underrated compared to Amadeus, and deserves the same respect. Just because it isn't as grandeur doesn't make it any less powerful, and the argument could be made that both films follow the same issues.

Naked Lunch
Naked Lunch(1991)

David Cronenberg's Naked Lunch is one of the more original films of the 90s. Instead of attempting to possibly adapt William S. Burroughs' monumental book, Cronenberg instead merged both the book and aspects of Burroughs' life to make an interesting look at the art of writing. The film is often surreal and the narrative isn't always coherent, but that's the point of the film. It's supposed to be, and it creates a disjointed feeling in us. We're able to see the writing process and the difficulties and tribulations the life of a writer faces. Not to mention the film doubles as a biopic into the life of Burroughs, creating a reflection into the life and legacy of a brilliant mind, and the insanity faced within it. Additionally, this film manages to create a truly surreal effect ranging from small details, such as the scenery, to large scale, such as a talking insect typewriter. It is truly one of the more fascinating films made and among the best Cronenberg has ever made.

Prometheus
Prometheus(2012)

Prometheus fails as a movie because it doesn't live up to the hype it promises. Instead of going for a deeper, philosophical exploration involving androids and the remnants of a lost civilization, we get a weaker version of the first film in the series. There are horrifying moments in the film, which work, but there isn't a lot of substance and most of the characters are simply impossible to like, with the exception of Fassbender's David. It's one of the more disappointing films of the year, but it isn't terrible. It simply doesn't live up to any of the hype nor does it deliver the horrors or answers that it sets out to make, but it isn't horrible.

Boom!
Boom!(1968)

Boom! doesn't deserve half of the hate directed towards it. Yes, no doubt this is an incredibly campy film filled with scene chewing; however, at the same time this film is stylishly made mixed in with an interesting art house flair. While this doesn't live up to other works based upon Tennessee Williams' works such as Baby Doll or Night of the Iguana, nevertheless Boom! is a fun film with enough style to keep it pretty strong. However, one must go into this film looking for a fun time instead of intense drama. I still speculate that had this film been made by Fellini it'd be celebrated instead of hated so much, as it has the flair of Fellini in it's sets and designs. It's not perfect, but it's certainly worth watching a number of times.

Punch-Drunk Love

One of the most surprising Adam Sandler oriented films which show cases his actual talent as an actor. Punch-Drunk Love is one of the more fascinatingly odd romantic comedies where the quirk doesn't take away from the story or the characters at all. Sandler's Barry Egan is easily one of the more compelling characters, like all of P.T. Anderson's creations, but the story is a touching and sweet tale. And what an honest portrayal of someone with bipolar disorder, it's so refreshing to see that. Combined with all of this, the film manages to keep a lot of style and flair, with an excellent use of color. Such a wonderful film this is indeed.

Do the Right Thing

An incredibly powerful film blending drama and comedy seamlessly to make one of the most compelling portraits of race relations ever. Everything about this film works; complete with compelling characters, wonderful shots, brilliant backgrounds, and a super tight script. Do The Right Thing is a film that transcends time, as it's powerful message fits in any age and generation. The themes presented in this film continue to spark debate, and to me that is one of the most impressive aspects of this film. This film never ceases to impress at any moment, or any age.

The Adventures of Baron Munchausen

While most people prefer the Dystopian epic which is Brazil, I prefer the flamboyantly epic film that is Baron Munchausen. While it lacks the political punches that Brazil throws out, Baron Munchausen is an epic film that takes us through time and space, mixed with immensely impressive visuals and a fun cast to boot. Everyone involved seems to be very much into their roles and despite the problems that may have arose from production, all the effort and hard work shows. This is one of the most visually pleasing films, not to mention having one of the most fun stories of any of Gilliam's films.

Tideland
Tideland(2006)
½

While not as weak as The Brothers Grimm, Tideland remains one of the low notes of Gilliam's career. At times, this film reaches moments of fascination and greatness, whereas at other times it becomes boring. The acting ranges from quite good to scenery chewing and at other moments the film reaches John Waters levels without any of the charm. The problem with this film is that it can't make its mind whether it wants to be a horror film or a whimsical film. Potentially it could have been both, but unfortunately there is no balance and the film becomes, more or less, sickeningly whimsical. That said, this isn't a terrible film, and is gifted at moments. It's worth seeing but be prepared for a little disappointment.

Safety Last!
Safety Last!(1923)

One of the most underrated silent film actor's best films, Harold Lloyd's Safety Last is a hilarious film that also illustrates the anxiety and stress of life, love, and work. Equally impressive are the fantastic stunts which Lloyd performs all by himself. While lacking the sheer punch of some of Chaplin's works, Harold Lloyd's joyful comedies make time for political commentary and tons of laughs. What helps with this is the sheer happiness found in his expressions and our emotion connection through his fantastical expressions. Definitely worth seeing at least once in a life time.

The Nutty Professor

Jerry Lewis' brilliant film is, for some reason, constantly being reviled by the masses. I find this odd as this is one of the more creative films of its era. This film is a great exploration of society's expectations and the desire to fit into that notch, doing everything in our power to make it happen. Like our own society, we're constantly being told that we're not good as we are, that we have to fit into some mold. The Nutty Professor is one of those films that illuminates this problem, but through slapstick. Combine this with impressive visuals and hilarious performances from Lewis in both roles and The Nutty Professor stands to be one of the best films of all time.

Gummo
Gummo(1997)

Harmony Korine wishes so hard that he could be a gifted film maker. Films with concepts like Gummo make me wish he wasn't an inept director devoid of anything remotely called talent. The idea behind Gummo is good enough; an exploration of people's lives in he aftermath of a Tornado makes for a fantastic ideal. Unfortunately, Korine's head is firmly planted up his own butt for him to realize there's a difference between great concepts and great films. Instead of giving us substance and story, we get trash trying to be passed off as art house. Unlike the gifted John Waters, Korine makes no statements, brings no talent, nor does he attempt to entertain, amuse, or challenge the system. He merely makes a bland, vacuous film with little to no real value whatsoever.

Epidemic
Epidemic(1987)
½

Epidemic is a surprisingly good experimental work about the nature of disease in horror films. Far better than the disease epics of today, von Trier's reflection of disease opens room for a lot of questions. While it doesn't answer everything, it does raise enough for us to keep thinking after the film is over. Mixed in with the film is the story of Dr, Mesmer which, admittedly, is the best part of the film as we see his travels throughout the story. Epidemic remains one of the stronger experimental horror films and is worth watching if you want to see something challenge your perception of horror cinema.

Dogville
Dogville(2003)

Dogville would have worked far better as a stage play than a film, however that does not mean that this isn't a great work of cinema. While often brutal, the script for this film is among the better written and the minimalist set works for the film rather than taking way from it. The performances are strong and at no point do you think "Wow this is terrible". In fact, despite almost being three hours long this film doesn't seem to drag. Not to mention the cinematography is quite good despite not much to work with background wise. Lars von Trier's Dogville is worth anyone's time if your mind is open enough to see it.

Antichrist
Antichrist(2009)

The problem of Lars von Trier's Antichrist is not the concept, but the execution. While von Trier sets out to make a psychologically terrifying horror film, ultimately he gives way to unnecessary gore and shock when he had been going so strong before. At no point did we need to see some of the graphic scenes presented in the film, when the surreal imagery and mood had been doing it for us. Despite these problems however, Antichrist is a film worth seeing for it's fascinating concepts, brilliant shots, and for the truly horrific scenes. Just be sure to close your eyes or ignore the graphic moments, they merely take away from the poetic moments.

Freaks
Freaks(1932)

The real horror of Freaks comes not from the circus performances, but by forcing us to confront our prejudices and the horror of knowing the cruelties we are capable of inflicting upon one another just because someone is different. However, Freaks never preaches to us nor does it stop being entertaining. Mixed with the cruelties are laughs, love, joy, and performances that touch us rather than horrifying us. The horrors come not from the Freaks themselves, but from regular people and it's a quality that we need to come face to face with. Freaks, despite being dubbed an exploitation film, is a powerfully made film by Tod Browning and an underrated classic.

Breakfast of Champions

While the film has its head in the right direction, it is far too much of a mess to be anything good. The acting is all over the place, the direction is disjointed, and parts of it are simply poorly done in all aspects. Alan Rudolph isn't a bad director, but some of the liberties he took with Vonnegut's novel are confusing, such as having Celia Hoover remain alive, or changing the nature of several characters, not to mention the ending. The only consistently good aspect of the film is Albert Finney's portrayal of Kilgore Trout. This film could have been so much more, but instead tried to be too quirky instead of giving the film anything resembling substance.

Black Swan
Black Swan(2010)

Black Swan is less a drama than it is one of the better horror films of the past few years. Recalling the past horror films of Roman Polanski and David Cronenberg, Black Swan is a psychological horror film that likes to dig right under your skin and stay there long after the film has ended. Easily one of Aronofsky's best, next to The Wrestler, it shows his maturation as a film maker; going from sheer shock value to substance with a meaning behind the shock. The imagery and the ballet numbers are simply fantastic.

Czlowiek z Zelaza (Man of Iron)

Man of Iron is one of the greatest political films of all time. Serving as an allegory to Lech Walesa's rise with the Polish Solidarity movement, Man of Iron goes back and forth in time in order to tell us the story of Tomczyk and his rise to prominence against the Communist regime in Poland. The structure of the film is a lot like Citizen Kane as it is told through a series of interviews about the so called Man of Iron's life and works. As a reflection to Lech Walesa, who is in the film, it works immensely and tells a fascinating political story of hope and solidarity with all workers. This is a film not to be missed and should be watched when given the chance.

The King of Comedy

Perhaps, hands down, the most underrated film by Martin Scorsese. The King of Comedy is both hilarious and disturbing, shocking and sympathetic, and an interestingly psychological film that could be seen as a companion piece to Taxi Driver. At times this is a surreal film because we cannot always believe what we're seeing, literally, and because we have to tell ourselves this doesn't happen in real life. However, it echoes our own celebrity obsessed world and the status we put upon them, as well as the stress which comes with being a celebrity. Not to mention it touches upon the idea of the American Dream and how disturbing it very well may all be. An odd, off beat, complex film about fame and comedy, The King of Comedy goes down as both one of Scorsese's best, as well as one of the best Jerry Lewis performances with another director.

Dillinger
Dillinger(1945)
½

I think the problem with this film solely rests in that it wasn't made in the 30's rather than the mid-forties. My reason for this is that by the time this was made the gangster film had fallen into a formula similar to that of Little Caesar or Scarface and this was one of them. However, this film is quite good due to the impressive performance by Lawrence Tierney and some impressive cinematography. While far from being a gangster film classic, it nonetheless is an impressive pulp gangster movie with a lot of grit and a fun story. It isn't perfect, but it's one of the better and clever gangster films of the time.

The Roaring Twenties

Raoul Walsh's The Roaring Twenties ranks among the greatest gangster films you've never seen. For some odd reason it doesn't get as much screen time or discussion as the somewhat weaker Cagney film, The Public Enemy, when this one is so grounded in the even more harsher realities of the time. Not to mention, this film's story and cinematography are top notch, ranking high up there with Howard Hawks' Scarface. Further more, the extremely impressive ending echoes the work of Jean Luc Godard by at least twenty years, which should at least stand for something.

The Long Good Friday

The Long Good Friday stands among the great gangster films of all time, but unfortunately, it seems to go unnoticed. It seems rare to find this film mentioned in any circles despite being one of the most unflinching portrayals of crime put on film. Maybe it's because the film is far more political, as in out right political, than most films? It raises questions involving capitalism, the IRA, problems within the system, corruption, among many others. Maybe that's why people don't bring it up more? Or is it because the protagonist loses at the end, when we really want to see him succeed despite his horrendously evil nature. I see this almost as a precursor to The Sopranos in it's style, deliver, and scope than anything else. At any rate, this ranks among the great of the crime films and should not go unnoticed any time soon.

Dead Ringers
Dead Ringers(1988)

Dead Ringers has one of Jeremy Irons' greatest performances of all time as both Mantle brothers. This is among one of David Cronenberg's greatest works which is incredibly disturbing and, at the same time, very sympathetic. We feel for the Mantle twins despite their weirdness, but as the film goes on we spiral into a world of sheer madness. A great film on the nature of duality and the horrors of twins has to offer.This film is incredibly smart and deep in it's portrayal and handling, not to mention one of the more depressing depictions in film history. A must see film.

Wise Blood
Wise Blood(1979)

John Huston's adaptation of Flannery O'Connor's novel is an incredibly good one at that. With the right amount of southern flair, this film touches the right chords to tell a darkly comic tale. It pulls no punches and digs right into various religious issues and the nature of religion itself. The scenarios range from incredibly dark to quite hilarious and is worth watching not only for it's commentary, in O'Connor's own Catholic way, and the comedy that comes along with it. Wise Blood is an unrecognized classic much like Huston's Night of the Iguana and deserves much more recognition that it is given.

W. R.: Mysteries of the Organism (W.R. - Misterije organizma)

If there was any film that could be described as a film collage, this would be it. This mixture of fiction, documentary, interview, sex, comedy, and then some is one of the most original films ever made. Whereas this experimental exercise into the thought of Wilhelm Reich might be off putting to some,if you continue to watch you're going to have a great time. While this is a weird film, at no point does this film become boring and manages to stay nice and fresh. This film takes the theory of montage to the complete next level and pushes it as far as it can go into one of the greatest films ever made. It's worth every minute.

Casablanca
Casablanca(1942)

An absolute classic with a fantastic script. Casablanca may not be Bogart's greatest film and performance. However, it's a testament to cinema as one of the best epics of all time and worth seeing throughout the ages.

Ratatouille
Ratatouille(2007)

One of the better Pixar films which has one of the better morals in any Pixar films. Not everyone can achieve everything they try to be, but anyone could be anything. It's an inspiring movie that doesn't fall into the formula that besets many of their films, but teaches a valuable lesson. Mix this with wonderful voice acting and you have a classic animated feature.

Clerks
Clerks(1994)

Kevin Smith's first feature film is almost one of his best. Having worked in this situation before, it doesn't ring any less true now than it did in the early 90s. Similar to Richard Linklater's fantastic film Slacker, this film also speaks to a generation and doesn't seem to sour with age.

Wayne's World 2

While not as great as the original, Wayne's World 2 doesn't feel like a manufactured film and the heart of the original is still felt beating within this one. All of the fun and enjoyment can still be found here, and Wayne and Garth are simply impossible to dislike.

Fight Club
Fight Club(1999)

One of the most overrated films of all time. Fight Club begins strong but eventually by the time the fight club actually begins. By then it spouts off a ridiculous philosophy which shouldn't be taken seriously, but the hardcore fans seem to. Not to mention, it becomes way too self aware of itself and tries much too hard to be cool and underground and ultimately feels manufactured and shallow than deep and provoking.

Labyrinth
Labyrinth(1986)

While not as creative as Dark Crystal, Labyrinth is a fun fantasy film which only Jim Henson could have brought to us. David Bowie churns out a fantastic performance while the sets and visuals are quite impressive. However, there isn't much substance here despite being such a fun movie.

South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut

Unlike the Beavis and Butthead film, this one goes all out in it's comedy and humor, as well as making a rather strong anti-censorship responsibility argument. Not to mention, it's a highly comedic film that loves it's profane nature. The South Park film is surprisingly smart and shockingly good.

The Pianist
The Pianist(2002)

Perhaps this can be seen as Roman Polanski's version of Schindler's List. This emotionally harsh film is one of Polanski's greatest works. It is a truly beautiful film which brings up the true nature of what war, racism, and fascism can do to a person as well as showing us the persecution of the Jews in a truly unique light.

Beavis and Butt-head Do America

This is a hilarious film which doesn't try for anything but laughs. It's become a little dated due to being focused a little around the 90s a little. Still, the laughs hit strong despite being juvenile and raunchy, but it works to it's favor. Not to mention, it's smarter than half the comedies like it around these days.

Airplane!
Airplane!(1980)

While this film is funny, it seems a little bit dated these days due to the over abundance of terrible movies like it. I do fault this film for starting the rather annoying trend, but I don't hold it against it. This is an amusing film but it doesn't nearly reach the same number of laughs and roars that it once did. It goes straight for the gut and never lets up.

Mr. Bean's Holiday

A rather cute movie that doesn't try to reach greatness, like M. Hulot's Holdiay, but merely make us smile with it's childlike whimsy and naivety. It's a lovely movie that doesn't aspire to anything but amusement, and I can't fault it for that.

American Psycho

American Psycho is one of the more underrated horror films of the 21st century. While it isn't as powerful as the novel, Mary Harron's adaptation still hits the right vein. The film highlights what's wrong with the system and just how wrong the American Dream really is on the inside. A serial killer who absolutely gets away with everything, no suspects, no one believes his confessions, and the world goes on. It shows how truly disturbed our system and life is, not to mention the real depravity of the Wall Street big wigs really are and how oblivious to the world they really are.

Blade Runner
Blade Runner(1982)

Blade Runner is a phenomenal film which really rocks me to my core. It's a film which causes us to question the nature of our existence and makes us wonder, just what makes us a human. Far superior than the questions raised in The Matrix, Blade Runner equally has a beautiful score and monumentally impressive visuals. Combine this with incredible performances from everyone involved and we get one of the great existential films, and sci fi films, of the 20th century.

The Hustler
The Hustler(1961)

The Hustler is an immensely morally complex film in the world of pool. This is more than a film about a sport, this is a film about the dark side of humanity and the lengths obsession and drive will take a person and just how far it will bring one down. Eddie Felson isn't the greatest guy in the world, so he serves more as an anti-hero moire than he does anything else. His obsession is, in a sense, the worst side of humanity. our drive to be noticed and have our ego's stroked. The Hustler also, if we think about it, illuminates what's wrong with the American Dream and how our drives, if taken too far, will destroy us with unfiltered opportunity and will destroy and take everything from us.

Baby Doll
Baby Doll(1956)

In my opinion, this is the greatest adaptation of a work of Tennessee Williams' beating out both Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and A Streetcar Named Desire. I think the reason for that is that this film is having fun, as well as being a comedic drama. That and it takes risks being raunchy, thrilling, exhilarating, and a lot of fun. Baby Doll reaches greatness with it's scandalous story and extremely strong performances. This is certainly one of the great Southern films alongside Sling Blade and Deliverance.

Wittgenstein
Wittgenstein(1993)

With an impressive script by the talented Terry Eagleton, Derek Jarman's experimental biographical film about the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein is a truly fascinating film. Having never read the works of Wittgenstein, I can't say how accurate it is regarding his philosophy. However, the concepts and questions raised cannot be ignored and are intriguing enough to continue watching this through it's entirety. This isn't a long film, but it's certainly a great film which certainly makes us think during and after the film. Using a minimalist set, we are able to get pure Wittgenstein through the spectacular performances of Karl Johnson and Clancy Chassay as Old and Young Wittgenstein as well as Michael Gough's performance as Bertrand Russell. Everyone else, though, is fantastic and worth noting and they make a great job at transferring both his life story and his philosophy in little over an hour. This is one of Jarman's greatest works and should not go unnoticed.

Velvet Goldmine

Velvet Goldmine is a super stylish, glam rock film in the style of Citizen Kane following a Bowieesque rockstar's rise and fall. It feels less like a 90's film than it does a film Ken Russell might have turned out in the 60's. This is a super fun film with great performances and a fascinating look into the world of rock and roll. When most musically oriented films deal with a mostly linear story, this one goes into various different directions and touches on the notoriety of fame. In addition, it gets right into the dark underbelly of the rock star world and how we treat homosexuality and how drugs can destroy one from the inside out. Much better than what it's been given on this website, Velvet Goldmine needs to be recognized for the incredibly stylish film it sets out to be.

Pink Flamingos

Many people cannot get past the utter vile of the film to see just how fun it is. It highlights societies fascination with the disgusting and people's desire to, as Warhol put it, have their fifteen minutes of fame; which is something Waters' elaborates more on in Female Trouble. In this film, however, we see to what extent people will go to in order to have some status or some kind of fame. Using the utter disgusting, Waters' shocks us into realizing just how disturbing our own society was, is, and will be. After all, Jersey Shore is a hit TV show isn't it? It doesn't appear to be a far cry from what the Marbles couple or Divine's family are willing to go in order to achieve their fame. All the while, Pink Flamingos is having a good time and wants us in on the joke, no matter how gross it may be. It's asking for us to be shocked but to lighten up for once which is why it's one of the great American films which adds to our identity and illuminates our own issues.

Hairspray
Hairspray(2007)

A more conventional film than the John Waters original, this version still is a lot of fun. The musical track is supurb and all of the acting is great. This movie looked terrible from the trailers but finally seeing it was quite a surprise. This has a lot of heart and while it delves into overacting, it's more in the style of the original film than anything. While it lacks the comedy the original had going for it, this one makes up for it's energetic spirit and overall fun attitude.

Batman
Batman(1989)

One of the better adaptations of Batman, Tim Burton's version is stylish and fun without being too Burtonesque. Mixed with a memorable score by Danny Elfman and great performances by Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson, Batman is a lot of fun. In addition, it makes some interesting remarks about the nature of violence, horror, and disfigurement in ways which Tim Burton would later exploit rather than comment upon. Not to mention, his version of Gotham is one of the better designs in the films.

Platoon
Platoon(1986)

While Oliver Stone's film is impressive, it doesn't come close to Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket. It works as an anti-war film, but it lacks the same impact that Born on the Fourth of July does. Still, it's impressive and works out quite well for the most part, but is a little obvious at moments.

The Blair Witch Project

This film is the best of the found footage films in which the shakey cam works as for the need to have the camera running at all times. This film is full of scares and shows the true nature of what it means to not show us the monster. What we don't see scares us the most and at no point does it talk down to us or treat the audience like an idiot.

Die Hard
Die Hard(1988)

Die Hard is a fun action flick with a lot of heart to it. I don't think it reaches the monumental amounts of greatness people heap onto it. However, this is a fun movie with a lot going for it and a good time found inside of it.

High Fidelity

High Fidelity is an enjoyable take on the romantic comedy genre, with an incredibly fun performance by John Cusack. Mixed with a series of interesting relationships and entertaining reflections from the main character.

Speed
Speed(1994)

A fast paced action thriller which, while fun, isn't worthy of greatness. If, however, you are looking for a good time and something to kick back and enjoy yourself with this movie. Still, there isn't enough for it to be on the same level of greatness.

Meet the Robinsons

A film that had potential ends up being one big morality tale with the world "Family" repeated about a thousand times during the course of the film. It's not a horrible movie but there isn't a lot to remember from it, nor does it count as anything all that great. Still, for a one or two time watch.

Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back

This may as well be called Fanservice the movie, but for those who are a fan of the work of Kevin Smith, you'll be pleasantly satisfied with the film and walk out having enjoyed yourself. Although this is also proof why Jay and Silent Bob shouldn't be the sole focus of any movie of Smith's.

Clerks II
Clerks II(2006)

Clerks II isn't as good as its predecessor but it still brings on the laughs, however it feels more like a series of vignettes rather than a focused narrative. This isn't bad, but the film doesn't seem to know where it's going some of the time.

Gangs of New York

Gangs of New York has been described as a disappointment in the Scorsese filmography, however I would full heartedly disagree. This film covers a lot of ground and, at times, slows down because of it. However, this is a wonderfully structured film, with great sets, and fantastic acting. As far as historical films go, it takes liberties, but as gangster films go this is one of the best out there while making great commentary on social and economic issues at the time.

Hot Fuzz
Hot Fuzz(2007)

Superior than Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz is a tribute to John Woo and all over the top action and detective films where the laughs don't stop coming. This can be a frustrating film at times in that, sometimes, it moves a little slow, but when it begins to pick up speed the film comes alive and doesn't stop moving. Definitely the best work that Simon Pegg and Nick Frost have done together, at least in their filmography.

Seven (Se7en)

I am not the biggest fan of David Fincher, but Se7en is a great suspense thriller. The build up and concept rivals Silence of the Lambs. This is a stylishly made suspense film which chills us by what we don't see and leaves our mind to see the horrors in all of it's own. Se7en is smart and doesn't treat us like we're children, it's horrifying in it's own right. Not as great as Silence of the Lambs, but a fantastic film all it's own.

Sixteen Candles

John Hughes' Sixteen Candles is a little immature, sometimes racist, and sometimes too juvenile, but is likeable. Not the best work Molly Ringwald would perform in her career, but this isn't a horrible film. It's not as good as The Breakfast Club or Ferris Bueller but worth giving a shot at some point in your life.

Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind
½

Michel Gondry's film about memories isn't as good as Spike Jonze's collaborative efforts with Charlie Kaufman, but the film is impressive on it's own rights. It's stunningly filmed and the concept is fairly creative and pulled off quite well. It's a step up for his previous work, Human Nature, and the relationship in the film feels real. Eternal Sunshine's only weakness comes from a boring soundtrack and an overacted performance by Kirsten Dunst, but aside from her the film is quite wonderful.

Schindler's List

This is, perhaps, one of the crowning achievements of Spielberg's career. A moving piece about the Holocaust in a brutally honest, gritty, and touching manner. Artfully made without manipulation or exploitation. One of the best films about World War II ever made with one of Liam Neeson's best performances of all time.

American History X

A rather good film about racism and violence in America, used splendidly against a black and white backdrop. Although, part of me does feel as if the film is a bit overrated due to the hype surrounding it.

There's Something About Mary

A goofy film by the Farrelly Brothers that doesn't quite meet the standard as "Kingpin" did but is still funny in it's own right. It goes right for the gut and is consistently low brow. Not a bad film at all but not nearly as game changing or amazing as people think it is. In fact, it can probably be blamed for the string of rather terrible comedies that we consistently see lately, but this one isn't terrible.

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

A film with a lot of potential that, ultimately, doesn't deliver what it promises. The problem with Fear and Loathing is that it is too long. We feel a little too burned out on their adventures by the time we hit the third act and the stationary setting gets a little bland whereas, previously, we had just seen a wild and bizarre Las Vegas prior to it. Where this film could have been Naked Lunch, it comes awfully close to it's weaker older brother "Where the Buffalo Roam" but not nearly as bad. This is a movie with a great cast, a gifted director, but ultimately falls short of being a great or all that good film.

The Untouchables
½

Whereras "Scarface" is a bad film, dePalma's "The Untouchables" is a rather good film. Sean Connery doesn't make a convincing irishman but the film itself has enough of it;s own, unique, take on the era that it stands on it's own. This is the homage to the gangster films of the 1930's instead of the Pacino film. This feels almost like a classic gangster flick and is fun like them too, all the while showing the true grit beneath all of the glamor and the tough times. Not to mentionm, Kevin Costner does quite a good job alongside Andy Garcia and Sean Connery, not to mention DeNiro's fun performances as Capone. Though, at times, this seems like mixture of various other films such as Bonnie and Clyde from the law's point of view. Still, not a bad movie and is quite the watch.

Scarface
Scarface(1932)

A vastly superior film to the Brian dePalma remake. Howard Hawks' masterpiece describes the dangers and follies of being a mobster, in addition to the follies of the system and the world trying to stop it. Tony Camonte is a fascinating character whose actions come off more like being a big kid than being an adult. A real sense of immaturity surrounds him as well as the gangsters of the time. This film has a lot of commentary for the time it was made, both left and right sides of the argument. Further more, there's no cheese to be found unlike the 80's version and nothing over the top either. What we get is a gritty portrayal of crime at the times, mixed in with various psychological aspects.

F for Fake
F for Fake(1974)

F for Fake isn't exactly a documentary as it is a film essay on trickery. While I know the term film essay is used to describe this film a lot, it's probably the best word to use. Although, it's also a light conversation that Orson Welles has with us as well, just using film instead to do it. It's a very fun film that, while experimental, is light and very enjoyable. Welles is clearly having a good time with himself and so should the viewers. Instead of scratching your head with yours mouths open, just listen to the words. This is a high point in experimental and avant garde film making, it blends a bit of the mainstream with the documentary and mixes monologues in between. In some instances, even, the film is autobiographical so it doesn't exactly fit in one genre or the other. However, it remains a testament to just how gifted a film maker Orson Welles really was, and not just in the conventional standards.

Kill Bill: Volume 1

Whereas the second one is more philosophical, this one is a fun action film with great build up for the sequel. This film mixed a great number of genres, including animation, to great a fast paced action film with a lot of fun to be found. As a call back film it's really fun and on it's own, it's got a lot of style and a ton of fun to it, definitely worth the watch.

Tiny Furniture

Unlike countless faux-independent films such as "You, Me, and Everybody Else", Lena Dunham's film is a real independent film with a lot of heart behind it. For a first effort, it's quite good. I think it's a little flawed, as I would have liked the focus to be more on her family and attempts to be a film maker as opposed to her love life. That said, this is a funny, fun, somber, and enjoyable movie. The cinematography leaves something to be desired however. I hope in future features of Dunham's that she improves her direction and tweaks the stories she wants to tell in a more focused direction.

Ferris Bueller's Day Off

A fun meta film by John Hughes. This film seems to be a critique of his other films, pulling them apart and picking out their major themes and then playing off them and analyzing them with Ferris as the penultimate Hughesian teenager and Cameron the outsider who sees the insanity of it all. It is easily the best John Hughes movie and one of the most mature of his movies outside of The Breakfast Club.

Spirited Away

One of the most unique coming of age stories presented on film, Miyazaki gives his version of Alice in Wonderland. What makes this film work is there is no real villain, but we simply get an experience, and what an experience it is. The film is absolutely beautiful to look at, the story is exemplar, and the direction is some of the best in an animated film ever. Spirited Away is special in ways few films are, it cares more about it's characters and their inner struggles than any good vs. evil complex, and that makes it all the more memorable.

Cabin Fever
Cabin Fever(2002)

Eli Roth is a joke director, someone who has never produced anything that can be called quality. Cabin Fever is one of his so called films, although I prefer the term garbage. At no point does this incoherent mess of a film start being entertaining. Instead we get a rehash of the stupid kids in a cabin without trying anything new or attempt at satire. Cabin Fever is junk and will never be anything but. If Rotten Tomatoes had a zero star option, it'd get a score of worthless.

Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End

A painfully long film that relies far too heavily on CGI and a complex, unnecessarily labyrinthine plot when all we really could have been given was just a pirate story. Not to mention this film wastes a Chow Yun Fat performance which is almost as bad as making this an entirely boring film with nothing going for it.

Howl's Moving Castle

Like the majority of Miyazaki's work, this film takes the yet another fascinating approaching towards the anti-war sentiment. This time using the war as a backdrop, but not the primary focus. What it does do, however, is focus on the lives war effects and how everyone approaches it in some form or fashion. What we get is a smart movie which some fans find weak. I don't think so. I think the ending is a little rushed, if anything, but ultimately the film is strong enough to hold its own, combining both whimsy and grit to craft a wonderful story.

Sin City
Sin City(2005)

Sin City is, perhaps, the greatest work from director Robert Rodriguez. An underrated modern noir film which, at times, gets bogged down with action sequences, but the stories are the hard boiled stories which come from Chandler, Hammet, and Howard Hawks. While the digital aspect of the film sours a bit of it for me, the rest of the film mkaes up for it. Each tale, or yarn as Frank Miller calls it, is interwoven together and connects in some form or fashion. While the film is rather violent, it's not a glorification as it is an unfortunate necessity and most characters would rather not engage in it. Unfortunately, the world where they exist appears to force everyone to be violent or gives them no other choice. I'm not sure on the political aspects of the film, but it's something to muse over.

The Royal Tenenbaums

This film might possibly be Wes Anderson's magnum opus, if Rushmore isn't. It has all the qualities that make up the Andersonian filmography. While dooming the dysfunctional family film to faux-independent film makers from that point onward, Anderson's film is a unique take borrowing heavily from the work of JD Salinger, this time using The Glass Family. The vision is distinctly stuck in the past, but that's the point. None of these characters seem to move on from their childhood or a moment in time where everything went wrong. It discussions obsessions and the such, and it, to me, is one of Anderson's crowning achievements and a definite must see.

Apocalypse Now

Arguably one of the greatest films about Vietnam, but it's so much more than that. It's a complex look into humanity, the nature of war and the effect it has on everyone involved. Fantastic visuals and performances involved great a truly unique experience unlike any other before it, rivaled by maybe only Full Metal Jacket. Next to The Conversation, this may be Coppola's greatest work.

Vinyl
Vinyl(1965)

A film that isn't understood by many, to my knowledge, but it is a great exercise in experimental film making. Warhol makes great use of cramped space and exhausted actors to capture a feeling of in the now, on the spot, film making. Based off of A Clockwork Orange, the cramped style feels like debauchery and recklessness, devoid of a point even when given one. Ultimately it's a fun film with some talent, and had it been prepared first and put on stage, it may be celebrated like we do Samuel Beckett.

Lost In Translation

Sophia Coppola's best film is also the most artistic film by her. By using the surreal setting of Tokyo, we go through a journey through both the physical and mental states of our two protagonists. It is a film which proves that a coming of age story doesn't just apply to children.

Dazed and Confused

Richard Linklater's 1993 film is one, if not the best, film about youth in the 70's as well as an easy going, laid back, and surprisingly mature and deep film. Combined with an incredibly impressive soundtrack, this film adds a lot of stories and aspects and never falters or feels forced, long, or messy.

The Lord of the Rings

One of the weaker Bakshi films, Lord of the Rings is, nonetheless, an impressively made watch utilizing traditional animation with rotoscoping to make a distinctly unique vision of the Tolkien books. Unfortnately part of it are bland, overacted, or just confusing. Also lacking is Bashi's social commentary or usual fare. Still, it's not a bad film, and at times very well crafted.

Tombstone
Tombstone(1993)

A good modern western film which captures the spirit of the older films, but nothing too much is special about it. It is impressive but nothing much that i can all that recall from it.

I Clowns (The Clowns)

I rank this film as among some of the best work Fellini ever did. The Clowns is a hilariously jovial film about the art of clowning and the meaning behind it. Despite being terrified of clowns in his youth, Fellini set out to discover just what it is to be a clown or what clowns do. In this metawork, we see all aspects of the circus work, whether it be good, bad, joyful, or full of sorrow. This could've been handled messily, but that is, of course, assuming a master wasn't at work here either. That said, The Clowns may be my person favorite film of Fellini's out of the joy and smiles it brought to my face as well as documenting a rather fascinating subject matter not looked into all that much.

Slipstream
Slipstream(2007)
½

This was a weird experiential film, which says a lot. It's weird in that it seemed unsure what it is it wanted to experiment. Did it want to play around with reality, story telling, film making, writing, what? It wasn't shot bad and the acting isn't terrible, Christian Slater pulls quite a good performance here, as does Hopkins, but it feels too disjointed. It feels manufactured rather than an honest experiment. I know Hopkins made this film to have fun, but the viewer doesn't feel like it. It also feels a little too long despite being only 96 minutes. It's sad, though, because there are great moments such as Kevin McCarhty's performance and the scenes with Slater in it. Ultimately the experiment fails, but I can't downscore it for, at least, trying to make something different.

Amélie
Amélie(2001)

A breakaway film for the normally science fiction and fantasy oriented Jean Pierre Jeunet, Amelie will be sure to delight all viewers. A sweet tale of a girl who changes the lives around here, it's all very sugary and sweet to watch. It's not as imaginative or creative as Delicatessen or City of Lost Children, but it definitely is worth watching for it's incredibly lovely story.

The Holiday
The Holiday(2006)

The Holdiay is a well worn story, but it's not terrible. It's cheesy, sure, but it's a sweet film with it's head in the right place and it knows what it wants to be. Nothing ground breaking or great, but it's simply something good you can watch. Ultimately, it's a very harmless film.

Bram Stoker's Dracula

One of the more underrated films by Francis Ford Coppola. Unlike some of his other films, this is his most operatic. Beautifully made, the sets and designs of this film are impressive, the performances are fantastic, and the score is incredible. This is a smart adaptation of a classic story, as well as one of the best and most frightening films about vampires ever filmed. A must see film for fans of classic horror, in fact it may be better than the Tod Browning film, as hard as it may be to believe!

Breathless
Breathless(1961)

Breathless is a groundbreaking film which broke all the rules and instated a while set of new ones on the art of being cool. Taking a tired and used genre, the gangster, and turned it up on it's head. Godard began a red of snappy dialogue, quirky characters in the Hawksian tradition, this film serving more as a tribute to Scarface than anything else. Both our characters are fun and interesting, while giving us a hip, cool, and stylish film that, honestly, doesn't seem aged at bit since it hit the scenes in 1960. Without Godard and Breathless, there may not be a Scorsese, Tarantino, Wes Anderson and then some, so be thankful such a great film exists.

GoodFellas
GoodFellas(1990)

Not the greatest Scorsese film but one of the more fun, wild ride style of films. A quick paced film despite it's length, the movie tells the story of Henry Hill through ups and downs while never glorifying what he does, yet still making us sympathetic to what's going on.

Across the Universe

A terrible, terrible film. Instead of being a real counter culture take like Zabriskie Point, it paints a silly, overly romanced version of the hippies and the Vietnam war situation with stupid visuals and a story, tired story over all. Sure Beatles songs are great, but here they suffer.

Masked and Anonymous
½

Despite the poor reviews here, I feel that Masked and Anonymous is an underrated film that, while flawed, tells an interesting story. Not often listed as a dystopian film, it fills all the elements of a dystopian story. The sets and settings of this film are, in my opinion, among the best of them all. The visuals are very impressive and are the most memorable parts. Now, despite being a Bob Dylan fan, the dialogue isn't all that bad despite being written by him. It's a vanity project, but the reflections and comments often made in the film are interesting and worth listening to. Some of the scenarios go no where and the film itself, o the whole, is rather flawed but it's not a far stray for being a potentially great film.

The Ladies' Man

This ranks among the greatest works of Jerry Lewis, additionally it is criminally underrated. While The Nutty Professor is a fantastic film and makes excellent social commentary, this film is a great example deconstructing and poking fun at masculinity. What makes this better, though, is the massive and artistically made set piece which almost seems like a living organism rather than a set piece. The Ladies Man impresses on all levels and makes for a fantastic comedy and deserves remembering far more than it's been handed.

Dead Man
Dead Man(1995)

While it may not the first acid western, it certainly is one of the best of the genre. This post modernist work of art stands as one of auteur Jim Jarmusch's best works. Combine the loosely flowing narrative, a fantastic score by Neil Young, and snappy dialogue, it stands alone as one of the most impressive works. I should also mention that, of most westerns, this has one of the most accurate and impressive portrayals of Native Americans, played fantastically by Gary Farmer. Dead Man needs more notice, it's comedically philosophical situations and dialogue give it far more brains than most films of it's time and even now. Certainly one of the best films of the 90's and needs far more recognition.

Zabriskie Point

An underrated classic by Micelangleo Antonioni. The incredibly impressive visuals add to the counter cultural message of the film. Zabriskie Point is a slow paced film which requires our investment, but if given the attention the characters in the film really stand out. The soundtrack is, for lack of better words, absolutely outstanding featuring the works of Pink Floyd and The Grateful Dead. The acting, at times, feels a little wooden but that's forgiven, they liven it up as time goes on and it gives sense to the lost and confusing times of the generation. However, the film captures a generation, politically, culturally, and especially aesthetically. This film is worth seeing over and over, it is grossly underrated.

Reservoir Dogs

A Tarantino classic which serves as a fantastic tribute to heist films despite never having a heist. Instead it's success comes from the fantastic background scenes and the confusion that ensues. Incredibly good dialogue combines to make this a memorable and fun experience.

Gremlins 2: The New Batch

Gremlins 2 is the right kind of sequel. It's a movie that knows that it can't be as good as the original and plays it up as campy as possible. This time, instead of attacking consumerism, though, it goes straight for corporate, wall street America itself.

Kill Bill: Volume 2

A great follow up to Kill Bill volume 1, the second half is a more contemplative look at kung fu, philosophy, and action. While containing the right about of action, we get interesting reflections from the characters, Bill in particular. Worth seeing and skillfully made, Kill Bill volume 2 is a must see.

Jackie Brown
Jackie Brown(1997)

Quentin Tarantino's most underrated films by far. Working from an excellent source novel by Elmore Leonard, he weaves a great pulp tale with a powerhouse performance by the excellent Pam Grier. Jackie Brown is stylish, slick, and smart movie with fantastic performances by everyone involved.

Fargo
Fargo(1996)

Fargo is a triumph of story telling. Not the greatest film ever made, but it's among the greatest. It's a film for people who love movies and need to sit down to see something impressive. Fargo is a great blend of drama and comedy, along with stylish shots and settings.

Braveheart
Braveheart(1995)

A grand sweeping epic of a film, Braveheart is a grand film with a great head on its shoulders. It focuses heavily on pride and the fight for freedom in the same way Neil Jordan's Michael Collins would do a year later. Impressively made, Braveheart should not go forgotten.

The Matrix
The Matrix(1999)

A lesser version of Dark City, the Matrix's "philosophy" is more or less a skim through a philosophical text. What is supposed to be a deep film is bogged with muddled settings, unimpressive cinematography, and overvblown action scenes. Even with such a great cast, the Wacowski's inept direction makes for a mediocre and far overrated film.

Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back
½

Among the best of the series, Empire Strikes Back is an impressively made films with a fantastic plot twist which, sadly, has stopped being such an impressive twist due to time's cruelty. Still, the impact of this film adds to the series' impressive cultural impact and long lasting mythos.

Monsters, Inc.

A film I used to enjoy, but as time goes on the more it becomes a sour taste in my mouth. Using more cutesy scenes and sugar coating, this films commentary on alternative energy gets lost in the sugar gumdrop plot and the frustratingly annoying and narcissistic characters.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

An overly complicated sequel to a fairly straightforward first film. This is a complicated mess of a movie. Whereas the first was just a simple ghost story, this becomes labyrinthine, convoluted story about the afterlife and whatever else it wants to show us.

Jurassic Park

To be honest, this isn't a Spielberg film that doesn't impress me. Oh, it's an alright film, nothing bad about it to be very honest, but it's nothing much to me. The visuals are impressive and that's something to be proud of, but overall it's just that. A suspense film with some pretty impressive effects, but impact wise it just began a trend of big budgeted special effects films.

Back to the Future
½

Another very good film by Robert Zemeicks which generates a great deal of interest in the world of time travel. Mixed with a great amount of humor and we have the makings of a great film. It's not as good as Who Framed Roger Rabbit in scope and style, but this is a fun film, interesting science fiction, and one hell of a good time.

Miss Congeniality

A lesser film by Sandra Bullock in which she goes undercover in the pageantry world. The situation is funny, some of the scene garner laughs, but ultimately it falls into formula and just grows a little old.

Dirty Dancing

A Good Jennifer Gray and Patrick Swayze movie which, honestly, isn't all that bad but is a little overblown. It's worth watching, some scenes are hard to watch, and the love story is fun enough. Worth watching but not exactly a great film either.

Meet the Parents

Virtually this film boils down to childish bickering and the fact that Focker sounds like a curse word. Aside from that though, there isn't a whole lot going with this film now that the sequels have virtually remade this one twice over.

Grease
Grease(1978)

As nearly as good as it is made out to be, Grease is still a fun film with a few good musical numbers. I doubt it reflects the society it portrays, but its hardly a bad film, just overrated. No one really acts bad and John Travolta is amusing enough, though hardly his best performance.

Men in Black
Men in Black(1997)

The first of the series, as far as I've seen, is the best of the series. Men in Black is a smart movie with a sense of cleverness about it. The jokes are spot on and the idea of what the MiB actually does it fairly amusing as well as the situations the main characters go through. Some of the commentary about immigration is quite clever, as well as the jabs at celebrity status among other things.

Dumb and Dumber

A stupid comedy by the Farrelly brothers that isn't nearly as good as some of their other comedies such as "Kingpin". Still, the journey of Harry and Lloyd is memorable enough, and some of the jokes hit quite hard and enough to garner the right about of laughs.

Ice Age
Ice Age(2002)

A little mediocre but not nearly as bad as the series would later become. Unfortunately the film doesn't seem to go very far and doesn't accomplish an awful lot either. The film is nothing special and overall it's an average watch and forget it.

X-Men
X-Men(2000)

A well made movie which makes a few clever analogies between mutants and the gay community. While this isn't the greatest film ever made, and indeed there are many stupid lines in this film but as many bad ones there are a few clever moments. At times, though it's a little childish to be a great film, when it could have been so much more.

A Bug's Life
A Bug's Life(1998)

A Bug's Life is like the flip side of Kurosawa's "Seven Samurai". Definitely not to consider them the same, but the elements of a samurai or western film are there, but turned upside down. What we get is a comedic turn on the genre. Sadly, this seems like an incredibly overlooked Pixar film when it is far better than many of their other ventures such as "Cars" and "Up".

Dodgeball - A True Underdog Story
½

For a well loved comedy, it gets old quite fast. The first time, this film garners quite a few laughs but it sours over time. That said, in small doses the film still generates enough laughs to be funny, but how many times can we hear it before it gets old? Not to mention, Ben Stiller appears to be trying way too hard to be funny and just comes off as weak.

Freddy vs. Jason

What might have been a fun "what if" scenario turned into a disaster of a film. That isn't to say either series were gold by any stretch of the imagination by the time this film was released. Ultimately, Freddy vs Jason should have remained a what if scenario instead of an actual film.

Independence Day

Probably the best of Roland Emmerich's work, but it still doesn't make the cut. It's incredibly stupid, worthy of many moments where you will most likely shake your head. That said, this is an unusually fun film where a lot of enjoyment can be found from the performances of Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum.

Without a Paddle

A poor comedy that attempts to be a midlife coming of age film. Instead any growth is wasted on a ridiculous subplot involving the drug trade. Little humor can be found here, being wasted on juvenile jokes too low brow even for its target audience.

Cast Away
Cast Away(2000)

Cast Away is an alright film, mixed with drama and some humor. Nothing makes this film stand out all that much, as there isn't a whole lot to find memorable. However, Tom Hanks turns out a good performance with just himself. The ending, however, feels a little weak as does the beginning but overall not a bad film.

Dennis the Menace

A mediocre comedy with some charm from Walter Matthau but there isn't enough of it. Fortunately this isn't the worst film ever made but it simply isn't very good. Kids will most likely enjoy themselves, but this isn't a must see or long time classic.

I Know What You Did Last Summer

A poor attempt at a slasher film which uses several horror film conventions while never creating anything that is all that scary. The film suffers even more so from a terrible cast and their incredibly uninteresting performances.

GoldenEye
GoldenEye(1995)

The best of the Pierce Brosnan movies and one of the better Bond films in the series, GoldenEye pleases and delivers a fun, incredibly well ride. Bond here is suave, slick, and every bit as cool as he had been in the past and the movie we're given pleases immensely.

Cheaper by the Dozen

A poor remake of a rather good film as well as a waste of Steve Martin's talents. This film relies on too much melodrama, alienating child viewrrs while having overly childish humor alienating it's adult viewers. Mix in a very poor script and this is the end result of what might have been a charming film is handled right.

The Fifth Element

A stylish science fiction film that is a little too misguided, leaving us wanting to know more about the world of the film. However, solid acting, a fun story, and grand visuals make this a film worth watching despite leaving some things unexplained as well as missing the mark of being a great film.

Matilda
Matilda(1996)

An alright adaptation of a Roald Dahl book which, unfortunately, becomes overacted. Mara Wilson is quite good in this film and it's message of literature over tv is quite good. If it had a little bit better direction it might have been a great film. Danny DeVito isn't a bad director but this just isn't one of his better efforts, however I do recommend giving this one a watch. It captures the magical effect of the book at times.

The Spongebob Squarepants Movie

An amusing movie that gets to be a little too much at times. There are many funny moments and they come quite often, but it delves too much into too much silliness. It begins to talk down to viewers and often dumbs down it jokes. Still, overall it's quite an amusing film worth giving a shot.

Home Alone 3
Home Alone 3(1997)

The Home Alone films began to get sour after the second one, but this one was where it became convoluted, overly dramatic, and just plain stupid. This film is vapid, vacuous, and incredibly simplistic which talks down to it's viewers and especially children.

Spider-Man
Spider-Man(2002)

Not bad, but not great. Often this film suffers from overacting and a little bit of the ridiculous. Spider-Man isn't a great comic book film, but it's the beginning of a few films that aren't all that bad.

Forrest Gump
Forrest Gump(1994)

An overrated film worth seeing but isn't worth all the celebration that it receives. It's mostly just bland mixed in with instances of humor and nostalgia for the past. I do not consider Forrest Gump to be bad or terrible, but it is a good film which relies too much on histrocial jokes rather than real character driven plot. Still, visually it's impressive and the acting, as well as blending Gump into historical situations, are quite well done.

Home Alone
Home Alone(1990)

A harmless slapstick film that falls a little flat but has the holiday spirit within it. It's not horrible but there's just not a whole lot too it except for the nostalgia factor which we all seem to come back to.

Jumanji
Jumanji(1995)

An imaginative film that, unfortunately, falls apart as it progresses. It is well acted bu the effects make it feel a little dated and the film progresses a little bit longer than it really needs to. Overall not a bad film but it isn't a great film, but it enters the realm of enjoyability.

XXX
XXX(2002)

Vin Diesel isn't a bad actor, I really don't think so, but movies like XXX doesn't do him any favors. The story could be interesting, but it focuses too much on stunts and action to focus on any real action story at all.

RV
RV(2006)

A bland comedy from Barry Sonnfeld who used to make good films and good cinematography, but apparently something went wrong along the way. Robin Williams even appears to struggle with the material he's given and laughs are very few and far between. Ultimately it's an incredibly boring movie with a tired script and flat characters.

Zoolander
Zoolander(2001)

A hilarious Ben Stiller comedy about the modeling community. It offers a razor sharp satire while never insulting it's object of ridicule. Ben Stiller offers one of the funniest roles in his career as well as one of his better directorial efforts. Not to mention Will Ferrell delivers one of his best performances as Mugatu, the villain of the film.

Dogma
Dogma(1999)

A hilarious poke at the Catholic church and organized religion without every insulting anyone for having faith or being apart of the church. At times it may appear to be, but often we get a counter point which evens out the film and what it tries to accomplish. One of Kevin Smith's more deliberate and mature minded satires mixed with the right about of juvenile humor common to his films.

Sahara
Sahara(2005)

A dull action film with the enjoyable acting of Matthew McConaughey but nothing much else going for it.

Mrs. Doubtfire

I honestly used to enjoy this film, but as time goes on it seems to falter due to the sentimentality, the forgetful characters minus Doubtfire, and ultimately a sometimes too cruel characters. It's imaginative, sure, but it loses it's charm over time and Robin Williams has done better than this too. It's an alright film, but it no longer remains a good film after another viewing.

Toy Story
Toy Story(1995)

Existential toys, what next? But, honestly, this is the Pixar film which began their formula of films, however it doesn't diminish the real drama and sense of identity that this film brings up. An original idea for the time, Toy Story is quite a good film with a lot of talent behind it. Honestly, it's my favorite of the series with a good sense about it and a lot of smarts thrown in for good measure.

Atlantis - The Lost Empire

I find this to be an underrated Disney film which, of course, has it's plot holes, flaws, and sometimes two dimensional characters. Still, the story is imaginative, the visuals are pretty beautiful, and the majority of the characters are interesting enough despite leaving us wanting more than we were given. It's often overlooked though for being considered mediocre when it reaches for the stars more so than other Disney films did and, honestly, still do.

Honey, I Blew Up the Kid

A movie about which nothing I remember except a gigantic baby but,well, that's to be expected from the title, right? ultimately this film fails for being nothing special at all and offering nothing either.

Who Framed Roger Rabbit

A smart, technologically advanced film which is much more clever than people realize. Not only is this an artistically impressive film, but it's commentary on minorities and impressively constructed noir story opens eyes just as much as the comedy makes us laugh. The cartoons give up perspectives that we never really consider before, and their conditions are little different than the oppressed faced before and still. Wonderfully funny, daring, and clever, Who Framed Roger Rabbit will charm for years to come.

The Fog
The Fog(2005)

Another atrocious remake which creates a simple but overcomplicated take of what was supposed to just be a regular ghost story. Instead, a rammed in back story is tossed in without any of the fear, atmosphere, or effect of John Carpenter's original film.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

Platinum Dunes' first remake of classic horror movies is, to me, their least offensive attempt but at no point is this film bad. Relying more, still, on the same tropes of constantly screaming, meaningless gore, and paltry dialogue. This is a pointless movie with little to nothing too it. It tells a different story but it doesn't improve the original nor capture the grisly nature or horror of the original.

The Wizard of Oz

The Wizard of Oz is a timeless movie that continues to enjoy, thrill, and bring smiles out since it hit the theatres in '39. Artistically impressive, the colors and sets still amaze despite the amount of time that's passed but never does it feel dated. The performances are timeless and the artistic direction, songs, and feel of the film blow me away each time I watch it. The Wizard of Oz's impact is one that cannot be honestly measured except by those who are constantly enraptured by it's majestic presentation.

Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny

Not a great film, but for fans of Jack Black, they're going to find this an entertaining movie and I honestly found myself being pretty amused myself. Nothing to write home about, but if you want some simple laughs or amusing moments, then Tenacious D will suffice enough.

Uncle Buck
Uncle Buck(1989)
½

It was around this time that John Hughes began to lose his touch. The film suffers from mostly being boring and feels manufactured. It aims to be entertaining and at times it is, but ultimately it's a flat work without the same heart that seemed to be found in Hughes' earlier work.

Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope

My favorite film in the Star Wars films. Time hasn't been as good to this film from my perspective, due to continuous re-edits and changes in the philosophy put in the story, it begins to feel flat. However, unaltered the film attempts to tell a new epic for the modern era and has, thus far, succeeded for the most part. Not my preferred science fiction film, but it is undoubtedly important and it is important to me.

Coneheads
Coneheads(1993)

An unfunny exercise in SNL films. This film suffers from a bad script but not bad performances, the problem is that you can only make so many alien jokes before it all falls apart. The comedy stiffens after about twenty minutes but the film still persists. It isn't the worst SNL film but there's not a lot to be redeemed from it either.

The Terminator

James Cameron is one of my least film directors and this film falters with me a little. A horror film rather than a science fiction film, it tells a neat time traveling story and it's cast is likable. But, for me, it isn't all than fantastic. Much like Indiana Jones I won't call it great or take up a list with this, but it is a fun B-flick with heart before Cameron got too convoluted and egotistical.

Gone With the Wind

A classic epic film that isn't as good as I once thought it to be, but it's still a powerful which which I happen to love. Many of it's characters I find hard to like but it's scope, setting, designs are very hard to not like.

Life Is Beautiful (La Vita è bella)

I don't know how a Holocaust based film could be comedic but Benigni managed to do it. However, it never trivializes its subject matter and the seriousness is felt through the film. You will cry, but you'll also laugh, the film is masterfully made and one of the best films which he starred in, but not directed. It so far remains the last good film he had directed.

Daredevil
Daredevil(2003)

Not a worthless movie, but not good. The soundtrack is distracting and the story is weak. I hear the directors cut is better but that doesn't help this film. It has a few good moments but overall comes off as rushed and with a focus too much on action scenes than any real story, not to mention it's too dark in it's lighting and could use at least a little more brightness.

Halloween
Halloween(1978)
½

A John Carpenter classic but not his best. It is a good slasher film but I'm not the biggest fan of the subgenre within horror. This, however, ranks amongst the best of them but in years following this movie, John Carpenter proved to the world that he could do better with films such as The Thing and In the Mouth of Madness.

Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery

A humorous film by Mike Myers, Austin Powers is the best of the three films as well as the most memorable. While it's a little dated due to it specifically being set in the 90s, it's still a laugh generator through it's other culturally references as well as the clash is creates and the confusion with its main character. Not to mention, it's odd how his mindset in the 60s is one that still dominates today as opposed as the other way around.

Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd

An atrociously bad film that ranks among the Seltzerberg movies and misses the point of hilarity of the original. Instead it tries to remake the sophomoric humor of the original and instead makes it somehow stupider than the original without hitting a single funny bone, instead generating anger and hatred in it's wake.

Scarface
Scarface(1983)

Compared to Howard Hawks' 1932 masterpiece of the same name, Brian de Palma's film is utterly pale. Does it match up on it's own? No. This is an over-hyped film with overacting and stereotyping that it's more of a cartoon than it is anything else as opposed to making any statement or trying to give an updated version of a perfect film. Does it do anything different? Yes, but that doesn't make it good.

Hercules
Hercules(1997)

A weaker Disney film which is simplified but still has laughs to it. However, we do get a more independent female lead than most Disney films provide. James Woods also performances hilariously good, but he and Meg are really the only two memorable reasons as opposed to the titular character who comes off more as Superman than anyone memorable.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

The Rocky Horror Picture Show is more science fiction that horror, but it's a great tribute to both genres will still being new and interesting. Trying to be a B film than anything, it knows what it is and doesn't try to be anything else. With memorable songs, creative sets, as well as a cast that's clearly having fun, Rocky Horror deserves it's cultural status as well as an example of how to do a tribute to camp right.

A Charlie Brown Christmas

A wonderful film about the spirit of Christmas. You might notice many of my preferred films are Christmas ones, well, not preferred but higher rated. Some of them just tend to do it right instead of others and A Charlie Brown Christmas is a good spirited holiday film with nice animation to boot.

Knight's Tale

A mixture of modern culture with old, Knight's Tale tries to be hip but falters in it's story instead of telling something original, mixed in with plot holes it's overall just an okay film than anything else.

Lethal Weapon 2

One of the best of the series, it still feels a little weak after time to me. I used to consider it a great film, but lately it feels more like a very enjoyable movie rather than something that is great.

Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

The Wallace and Gromit series has always been one of my favorites. One of the better duos in films, Wallace is impossible to hate and Gromit is his always caring companion. They upped the ante with this film and delivered a sometimes frightening tale but always funny, mixed with some quite dark humor. It works through and though, however, and remains one of their better moments.

Flushed Away
Flushed Away(2006)

While being a rather funny and fun film, Flushed Away is the weakest of the Aardaman films. It relies a little too much more on pop culture than the other ones which makes it a little dated. However, this is a fun film with a lot of laughs and some really good moments, especially with Sir Ian McKellan as the Toad.

Babe
Babe(1995)

Babe is a film with a lot of heart. It's a joyful film with a great questions raised such as what is my place and why is it my place. An the answer of, yes I can be the master of my life. It's hard to imagine this as an existential film, but I would say it is. Mix this with a sweet performance by James Cromwell, wonderful settings, and a warm attitude and Babe is a wonderful film for all ages.

Raiders of the Lost Ark

The first of the series is one of the best of the series. It has the fun of a serial and the heart to back it. While I'm still not the biggest fan of Spielberg's works, this film is one of his more fun.

Rocky IV
Rocky IV(1985)

Easily the most ridiculous of the Rocky movies, Rocky IV is still a fun film despite it's many, many flaws and insane set up. Although I felt that it was, more or less, a repeat of the third film but with a far more unbelievable ending than any of the films.

Spaceballs
Spaceballs(1987)
½

One of the last good Mel Brooks films, even Spaceballs feels a little floppy. It's comedic and moments are quite good, but it's punches feel a little pulled in moments where it could have shone quite a bit more. Still, it is a funny movie even if it moves slow, although the most fun of this film comes with it's villains who, admittedly, are far more interesting that it's heroes.

Tim Burton's Corpse Bride

Tim Burton owns me time and money for this film. Lacking substance, the film relies on dead puns, a lame story, and an even lamer world in which these characters inhabit. The designs are sometimes neat, but there isn't enough to redeem the film. Tim Burton hits a low point here and gives evidence that he is running out of ideas and instead relies more on the hope his fan base will adore his love of the dead than the living.

Friday the 13th

The film's twist is well known and interesting, but I've never been a fan of the teens getting picked off in a summer camp movie. Halloween I see as different due to the connected characters and the motives behind Michael Myers, but this film simply doesn't feel the same and isn't my favorite. The shots aren't as impressive and the story feels a little weak. The final scene, however is very impressive and redeems a lot.

Cry-Baby
Cry-Baby(1990)

John Waters is an underrated American film maker and his first attempt at a musical is one of his more amusing films. Taking place in his bizarre version of Baltimore, he exposes the aspects of square and hillbilly culture, obviously choosing the low culture as opposed to the high. What we get is a silly, wild, and fun musical ride in one of his more underrated films and one of Johnny Depp's more overlooked performances which shows his aptitude for silliness that needs to be used much more often that his aptitude for the gothic.

The Hills Have Eyes

A poor remake of Wes Craven's original, there isn't much to say except at least Ted Levine turns out a good performance but he isn't enough to save this film.

Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones

A dull film by George Lucas, as one of the infamous prequel movies. If this film suffers from anything, it suffers from being boring, too vacuous, and unsure of what it wants to be. There is a mystery aspect to the film, surrounding the character of Dooku, but nothing is done with it when it comes to the stupid action sequences and the put me to sleep romance. It had potential, I will say that much, but it wastes it in order to be either marketable or to satisfy cravings for action. This film should have revolved around the mystery behind the clones and Dooku's actions, instead of establishing Anakin's back story. I know the films are about him, but the cartoons before the film's release accomplished this far better. If it was Lucas' intent, then he should have made those the live action film and this the animated specials.

The Pink Panther
½

The first Pink Panther film isn't my favorite, "A Shot in the Dark" would be, and if anything we are able to get more Clouseau in this film. It isn't good, but for some reason I found myself smiling at Steve Martin's antics and that's a plus in my book. I wouldn't own or recommend it, but if I saw it on TV it would amuse me for a little while until something else came along.

Anastasia
Anastasia(1997)
½

Not being that much of a fan of Don Bluth as I once was, this film has soured with me over time. Much like the majority of the mid to late 90s work of Don Bluth, he is trying to beat Disney by being Disney and failing as a result. However, this film has some likable scenes but ultimately doesn't treat the subject matter seriously, is historically inaccurate, and serves as mere fluff instead of anything of substance.

Total Recall
Total Recall(1990)

One of the few really good Paul Verhoven films, Total Recall is a fun excursion into B-movie territory with a Phillip K. Dick backed story. Not to mention, it remains one of the better Arnold Schwarzenegger films .

A Clockwork Orange

An incredibly stylish science fiction film which explores issues of free will. While we follow the horrifying acts of our main character, we cannot help but feel horrified at his surroundings, the state of society, and others in this dystopian nightmare where anyone can be turned from good to bad or worse in the blink of an eye.

The Benchwarmers

A worthless film with a positive message. Unfortunately it gets lost in lame jokes, hokey acting, and an unbelievable story. The film wants to have a heart but falls out with too many lame jokes in which at least Jon Heder and David Spade are better than.

The Terminal
The Terminal(2004)

A sweet feeling Robert Zemeckis film that feels a little more bland than it does anything else. This is not a bad movie, but it's a film that doesn't go anywhere either. Like most movies I rail against, it's mainly due to a forced romance subplot when the film's strength is so much more based on the relationships that Tom Hanks' character has with the residents of the terminal. It could have worked but ultimately fails.

2001: A Space Odyssey

"2001" is a cinematic masterpiece meticulously crafted by auteur Stanly Kubrick. To me, it remains one of the most superior science fiction films ever crafted. This film serves as a perfect example as to what science fiction can do. Raising deep philosophical questions such as our purpose, place, and meaning in the universe. Other issues raised are questions of God and the evolution of man are brought up. Visually, as well, 2001 remains among the great and it's effects will always, always be superior to anything James Cameron releases.

Peter Pan
Peter Pan(1953)

A fun Disney film which, unfortunately, is dated due to offensive stereotypes but ultimately is still a lot of good fun to watch due to the charisma of Peter Pan and the fun of Captain Hook, with all the magic in between.

Scary Movie 4

Much like all of the "movie" series, this one is a rotten egg that stinks something awful. It isn't the same garbage that Seltzerberg churns out, but it's a poor example of what the Zucker brothers used to create.

The Shining
The Shining(1980)

"The Shining" is one of the most genuinely interesting horror films ever made. Utilizing insanity inducing spatial design, truly horrifying performances, great atmosphere, and a tight script this film stands out among the greatest ever made.

Batman Returns

This film lacks the same power that the original had, but it's not a bad film. It suffers from too much of Burton's artistic flair after the design of the first film. That said, elements of it are genuinely fascinating, especially The Penguin's run for office.

Finding Neverland

A very nicely made drama about the writing and production of Peter Pan. Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet turn out powerful performances. The ending is especially joyful despite the somber mood.

Mars Attacks!
½

For a movie that used to frightened the living daylights out of me, it relies so much on shock with the hopes of making us laugh. Instead it just comes off as too terribly weird instead of a horror or a comedy. This is definitely one of the weaker Tim Burton films of the 90's.

Joe Dirt
Joe Dirt(2001)

An incredibly dumb movie that relies more on pointlessly vignettes as opposed to any real kind of story or set of jokes. Joe Dirt relies on it's stupidity rather than actual comedy in order to try and get anything substantially funny.

Rocky III
Rocky III(1982)
½

An incredibly serious and moody Rocky film starring a particularly crazy Mr. T. Oddly enough, it never lost the heart of the original film, just a much more silly situation and a few more ham fisted scenes opposed to the original film.

The Princess Diaries

One of the least offensively bad Garry Marhsall movie. It's not a horrible movie, but it's a little on the bland side, but there is enough charm and sweetness in this movie when it isn't muddled with boring side characters and ridiculous adults.

Rocky II
Rocky II(1979)

Like the rest of the Rocky movies, this one is weaker than the first. However, this film is full of heart, hope, and a lot of good fun. A lovable, warm hearted film which closes out the first film's arc sweetly and encouragingly.

Big Momma's House

A dull, unfunny movie with the wasted talent of Paul Giamatti before broke out with better performances than this. What we have is a stupid, distracting romance, the perpetual insistence than woman are stupid, and that simply being fat is funny enough.

Beverly Hills Cop

A funny film by John Landis with captures the best parts of Eddie Murphy playing the straight man while still being the hilarious comedian that he, at least, was at the time of this film. What makes this work is that it is both a good comedy and drama and blends both of them together quite effectively.

Toy Story 2
Toy Story 2(1999)

My love for Pixar has waned and so has this movie. Lucikly, there is enough to enjoy with Woody's identity crisis as well as the character of Stinky Pete and Jesse adds to the quality of this film. Parts of it seem unnecessary but overall this film is alright enough.

Me, Myself & Irene

A funny Farrlley brother's film that doesn't quite hit the mark. Jim Carrey has fun with his role but the story becomes boring when the gangster element is introduced into the story. Had it rather been the adventures of a cop with split personality and an out of place girl we would have had a better film. Instead it feels as if they wanted to remake "Kingpin" but missing the same elements which made that film work.

From Dusk Till Dawn

A vampire film that begins strong and falters as time goes on. Overall it's a fun film with a lot of enjoy, it simply isn't that strong. A good collaborative effort, and a fun B-movie horror film with great vampires but too much going on at ones and too many expendable characters unfortnately.

Aliens
Aliens(1986)
½

I'm not the greatest fan of this film. I am glad it did not try to rehash the original film, but it isn't as good. The style and design of the original film is gone and any suspense is dropped in favor of trash talking space marines and one liners. James Cameron goes more for special effects over any real narrative. Parts of this film work, but ultimately it's a loud departure from horror and led the way for special effects, terrible, sequels that followed, not to mention the trend science fiction would follow on the basis that action sci-fi makes money.

The Count of Monte Cristo

This is an alright film, not much to do with Dumas' novel, but this wasn't too terribly bad. This isn't a great film, but it's not bad. It's a bit gripping and a fun ride, and the vengeance scenes are pretty enjoyable to watch. Not to mention, for the great Richard Harris' last role, he does a great job with it.

Bean
Bean(1997)
½

A somewhat humorous film that is a little too Americanized for it's original source material. It feels like most flimsy late '90's films that doesn't really go anywhere. Moments of it are charming and funny, but it feels too foreign from Rowan Atkinson's original television series and bits.

Shaun of the Dead

I'm not the hugest fan of this movie. Not because it's bad or anything, but I found the humor to be a lot weaker in this movie than I would with any of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost's other collaborations such as "Hot Fuzz". But maybe it's also because I'm not the biggest fan of zombie films,plus the humor seems a little off for me. Not terribly bad, but just a little off kilter as opposed to some of their later efforts.

Bedknobs and Broomsticks

A muddled film but enjoyable and fun, the film tends to lag a little but ultimately is enough to keep the viewer's attention. Not to mention Angela Landsbury is far too charming to ignore in this film.

Beetlejuice
Beetlejuice(1988)

One of Tim Burton's funniest and most creative films, "Beetlejuice" is a little over crowded with it's references to the dead, but the titular character is more than enough to bring us back into the fun of the film than later efforts such as "Corpse Bride" could ever try to do. Unique in it's vision of the afterlife and ghosts, Beetlejuice stands out as a creative vision of the afterlife even over twenty years after it's release.

Halloween
Halloween(2007)

Not one of Rob Zombie's shining moments, though those are few and far between, his remake of Halloween is unnecessarily loud and messy. Relying more on unnecessarily back story, breasts, and "sexiness" in a film that doesn't call for it nearly as much, Zombie's film does nothing new or scary compared to the John Carpenter original. And Rob Zombie, still, cannot write dialogue for women to save his life.

Red Dragon
Red Dragon(2002)

A pitiful attempt to cash in on the Hannibal Lecter franchise and a pale comparison to the Michael Mann film "Manhunter". Lacking the stylish minimalism and direction of Mann, Brett Ratner churns out a passably mediocre film whose only shining light is Ralph Fiennes, but he even hams it up at times in an attempt to save this film from generating more snores than it already has. A cash cow used by studio brown nose Brett Ratner which adds or does nothing unique, he just simply makes a movie.
Doing nothing special, at all, for a film series that desperately needed a special touch is almost as insulting as the previous film, "Hannibal" and it's pitiful attempt at horror with nothing but shock. This film does not even attempt that.

Edward Scissorhands

An overrated film by Tim Burton, whose hype loses momentum over time. However, this is still a well made film with great artistic direction and an unique John Watersesque world in which a Burtonian figure intrudes to change the order of things. Regardless of it's overrated nature, Scissorhands is a unique film among the Burton canon and one of his best films as well.

Last Action Hero

I understand why people hate this movie, but I don't understand why they hate it so much. It's honestly not that bad of a film, but maybe it is because it feels the need to spell everything out for us? Still, I love the idea of actually exploring the inside of an action movie world and presenting just how silly these films have become and still are. Mix this with the confrontation of the real world and you have a fun adventure film where Schwarzenegger has some real time to shine. I think "Last Action Hero" is a little underrated and doesn't deserve to be as despised as it is.

The Fox and the Hound

A sad film, but one that successfully deals with the issues of racial prejudice, coming of age, and the innocence of childhood. A little flawed, sure, but it's still a joy to watch and the voice acting and artistic direction is still something to behold.

Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey

I'm quite happy to know the sequel to the immensely fun "Excellent Adventure" doesn't try to copy the first. Instead of traveling through time, we instead get to see the afterlife and our goofy heroes attempt to save the future by doing so, aided by Death of course. A fun, goofy, film with a lot of laughs. It's not as good as the first one, but it at least doesn't try to be the first film.

Nanny McPhee
Nanny McPhee(2006)

Quite a surprising film, "Nanny McPhee" is an imaginative film reminiscent of Mary Poppins. However, it doesn't go the Poppins' route and instead is far more interested in teaching discipline and responsibility. As it does this, we see the humorous and creative ways in which Nanny McPhee operates making the film worth watching. If anything else, it's quite a treat with the eyes for what it does with colors its sets.

Ocean's Thirteen
½

It feels like a rehash of the first film, but it's a sheer improvement over the second. "Ocean's Thirteen" doesn't do anything all that special for the series or try to go all out with it's gigantic heist, but it's a decently fun film worth watching if it's on TV. Not Soderbergh's best but it's decent enough as it is.

Hocus Pocus
Hocus Pocus(1993)

A fun, harmless, Disney farce about Witches that tends to be more entertaining that it looks. Parts of it feel out of place, shoved in, or a little forced, but overall there's nothing all that terrible, wrong, or even bad with this movie. I'd give it a recommendation for kids on Halloween but it's nothing more than a fun kids film.

Tremors
Tremors(1990)

Before the series became ridiculously stupid, "Tremors" was a fun tribute to B-movies of the 50's. There's nothing all that great about it, but it is a movie with a lot of fun to be had, excitement to be felt, and a good time all around. Nothing genre changing, but it's nothing that I wouldn't recommend if you need to turn off your brain either.

Godzilla
Godzilla(1998)

As a fan of the older Godzilla films, this is a mockery to giant monster films, a knock off of Jurassic Park, and a special effect snore-fest which makes cheap pot shots at Siskel and Ebert. It's a film with no substance, no weight, nothing to make it good. The question is, though, how do you mess up a film about a monster destroying New York City? It shouldn't have been so hard to mess this up, but completely changing everything about Godzilla which made it what it is, well, this movie should have never been associated with the original giant green nuclear lizard.

Breakfast at Tiffany's

A wonderfully made Blake Edwards adaptation of a Truman Capote novel, "Breakfast at Tiffany's" remains my favorite Audrey Hepburn movie next to "Charade". Mixed together with a wonderful score, the acting is superb with a great sense of love and the struggles of being your own person.

Wild Hogs
Wild Hogs(2007)

Like many comedies I review on this website, this is a mediocre tribute to motorcycle films, relying on crummy jokes as well as old age jokes, while involving some lame subplot involving a dangerous biker gang. Throw in homophobic jokes and we have Wild Hogs. This is a waste of talent for everyone involved, except Martin Lawrence, this is his usual fare.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

A very charming children's with many fun songs and a lot of imagination. I adore the sets and the playful nature of all of the characters, including the goofy villains. Mixed between reality and fantasy, "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" has a little bit of everything and makes for a very fun romp for everyone watching.

Accepted
Accepted(2006)
½

A movie with a neat concept but fails to deliver on it's laughs and it's story. There are funny moments, but they're few and far between and not enough to support it. It is an average film but not mediocre, it's enjoyable due to the likability of its characters but it's merely average. Still, it is a far better college movie than the majority that are currently in existence.

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

A classic film with a lot of charm and style. The imagination of this film harkens back to some of the large sets and color of the film recalls Jerry Lewis' "The Ladies Man" and even some of the magnificent sets seem very Lewisesque. Gene Wilder's performance is a timeless one filled with zany kindness and fun loving snarkiness. The songs are memorable and the characters resonate in one's mind long after the film is over and you keep coming back to it time and time again.

Aladdin
Aladdin(1992)

A rather decent Disney film that is probably much better than I give it credit for. Unfortunately, I am not all that big of a fan but in this case, it is personal taste. There is nothing all that bad about Aladdin, but it is nothing that I'm all that excited over, however I am sure everyone else will enjoy it.

A.I. Artificial Intelligence

One of the greatest films Spielberg has ever made. An underrated classic containing many deep, existential questions concerning what it means to be human, the nature of our existence, and the question of love. Mixed with wonderful performances, stellar sets, and a wonderful mixture of minimalism and grandiose sets, AI is a science fiction tour de force worth watching again and again.

Shallow Hal
Shallow Hal(2001)
½

A movie with a lot heart and a good message but ultimately is executed rather poorly. The jokes fall flat around thirty minutes into the film and instead of trying to make a straight laced film, the fat jokes just keep coming and that is all there seems to be. Still, it isn't a bad movie, just poorly executed, had it been handled like "Stuck on You" this would have been a much better film.

Catwoman
Catwoman(2004)

There is honestly nothing to salvage in this abysmal film. Way to stray far away from the source material as well as offer absolutely nothing new at all. Instead we get a stupid, mindless, film that doesn't even hold up to other bad comic book movies like "Howard the Duck"

My Big Fat Greek Wedding

A funny, simple, romantic comedy whose strength comes from the honesty of the film and the pretty good acting the supporting cast offers. There's no real difference between this and any other romantic comedy plot, but it stands apart by the types of characters we see as well as the focus on the practices and traditions of this goofy Greek family.

Superman
Superman(1978)

Not a bad superhero film, but it's become severely dated as time has gone on. Still, as far as Superman movies go, it's the second best behind Superman II, but still an enjoyable film due to the stellar performances of everyone involved. it just gets a little boring at times and doesn't stand up to the test of time.

Grindhouse
Grindhouse(2007)

Together, these two films make for a fun double feature, but don't rely on Deathproof to fulfill everyone's expectations. It's a dull Tarantino film which says quite a bit. Planet Terror, however, will fulfill expectations and will bring on the most fun in this action packed double feature, play it last to bring the fun back into everyone unless you want to get the best first.

Police Academy

An average comedy that has some nostalgic value and still contains some good laughs even today but my memory of the film is a little blurred so I couldn't rate it all that high.

Elf
Elf(2003)
½

Elf is a holiday film with a lot of joy, spirit, and sheer happiness in it. Will Ferrell has a lot of heart and lays this film with all he has. The movie aims at laughs and making us feel better and the film certainly achieves that and brings on the happiness big time.

Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith

The least bad of all of the Star Wars prequels but that isn't saying much. An engaging mythos is compromised for whining, overly done John Williams scores, and CGI. Darth Vader is reduced to a whining "chosen one" and Yoda is a backwards speaking talking head. Everyone over acts and Lucas tosses all subtle out the window when he makes a Bush era criticism that in no way will become dated, right? It suffers from the same thing "V for Vendetta" suffers by offering nothing subtle and spells everything out for us without letting us figure it out ourselves.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

I love the original Willy Wonka but I don't hate this remake. I think the songs are rather bland, as well as the Charlie Bucket of the film, but everyone else is a little strong, the visuals are stunning, and I don't hate Depp's Wonka. Still, it's not great, and no where near as good as Burton's previous film, "Big Fish".

King Kong
King Kong(2005)
½

Peter Jackson is a gifted director, but his big budgeted King Kong isn't the terror that the original film was. I don't hate it because it's a remake, but I don't like it for trying to take away the terror of King Kong, instead playing him sympathetically and preaching to us. The visuals are quite nice, and no one acts badly, but the film just falls flat soon after Kong is introduced and any sense of danger disappears to an apparently romance between Kong and the film's heroine.

Wedding Crashers

Hardly the movie people make it out to be, Wedding Crashers is a boring film that plays around a one joke punch line. After the first, say, ten minutes of the movie it loses all appeal and you find yourself checking your watch wondering when this flick is going to finally be over. A waste of potential from both Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn, and Christopher Walken.

Planet Terror (Grindhouse Presents: Robert Rodriguez's Planet Terror)

As someone who isn't a fan of zombie films, I have to say that "Planet Terror" is a refreshing take on the genre, playing up the silliness of low budget schlock films. Instead of trying to scare us with mindless gore, it goes for big laughs at the sheer insanity of the situation and it doesn't disappoint the viewer. While there are some disgusting scenes, the film is overall pretty fun and worth watching.

Meet the Fockers

A mediocre sequel to a mediocre movie. There's nothing really to gawk at, or to laugh at. Like most comedies of its nature, there's nothing to set it apart from any other film, making it yet another bland installment to the rom com genre.

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

One of the weaker Steven Spielberg movies in my opinion. I've never been an E.T. fan. I'm not the greatest fan of Spielberg honestly, but in his film canon this one is too gushy and kiddy to be considered a great film. He's made better science fiction with films such as "A.I.:Artificial Intelligence" and " Close Encounters of the Third Kind", that treated it's audience much more maturely without relying on a rather ugly alien to charm us. There is such a thing as too much whimsy and this is one of the best examples.

50 First Dates

One of the more sentimental Adam Sandler movies, it has a a few disturbing elements, including the premise itself, but ultimately they handle it nicely and sweetly. Despite the problematic ending, the film is cute enough to carry it's own.

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

The best of this overblown, too complicated, and messy series. in the beginning we had a simple pirate story mixed along with some ghosts. Not a bad premise and this delivered the best. It's sad to see what it eventually would turn into but that's to be expected. I can't in good faith call this a great movie, it doesn't champion anything when it comes to cinema. However, it is a very entertaining movie and one worth watching for a good time.

Austin Powers in Goldmember

It's bland for an Austin Powers movie, a little worn out from a series that most likely should have stopped with the second. However, where there is money there are sequels. It's not that we have a horrible movie here, but we have one that feels too tired and worn out to possibly go on any farther than it already has.

American Pie
American Pie(1999)

A mediocre sophomoric comedy full of stock characters and raunchy situations that, for the most part, go nowhere in terms of development. It is a sex for the sake of sex film that relies on one joke premise that virgins are funny to watch.

Sister Act
Sister Act(1992)

A cute little movie about a witness protection program within the Catholic church. There's nothing too great about the movie, it's your average comedy, but it's worth sitting through at least once. I guarantee a few smiles but it's nothing I'd rank as great.

A Christmas Story
½

A Christmas classic that captures the spirit of the holidays in all of us. I've been watching this movie for years. It has yet to lose it's charm and spirit with me and while it could be merely written off as a consumerist film, there is too much childhood innocence for it to be anything but a simple Christmas tale. Fun for all for years to come, highly recommend this movie.

Bruce Almighty

An interesting concept not played much in films. Unfortunately this film squanders some interesting "Groundhog Day" like potential in favor of cheap throwaway jokes. Parts of it work and when it works it's pretty alright, but overall it falls a little but the likable performances from Jim Carrey and Morgan Freeman keep it from sinking completely.

Evan Almighty
½

I understand why this movie is hated and I dislike it too but, honestly, it wasn't nearly as bad as people say it is. After seeing many "Christian" films, this one isn't all that offensive nor is it as vacuous as films such as "Facing the Giants" . Still, there isn't a lot of substance to be found, so it is disappointing given the interesting nature of "Bruce Almighty" which, itself, was plagued with problems. Still, it's nothing to be up in arms over, it knows what it is, it just isn't very good.

Shrek 2
Shrek 2(2004)
½

The "Shrek" series is one of the more overblown animated series and hardly one of the best. Instead of really having characters, it relies far too heavily on pop culture in order to tell a story and ultimately, no longer lives up to the fun it used to provide.

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

This first film is rather magical. It has spirit and doesn't overload itself with just action and whimsy. When dark things happen we do feel a sense of dread and when things are triumphant we feel it. It isn't a great film though, I think it's too loaded with symbolism to be called subtle, but the film isn't terrible but I wouldn't add it to my person collection.

Eraserhead
Eraserhead(1977)

David Lynch's best film, "Eraserhead" is an experimental film with a truly original world that raises more questions than we get answers. However, unlike "Donnie Darko" this is an unknown world from to get go. Instead we can interpret this zany and surreal world as we see fit. Is it a nightmare, is it about child rearing, responsibility, disease, or what? The images sent to us are incredible and the black and white add to the film beautifully as we get an artistic ride through the reality of the film, leaving us amazed when this poetic horror film is over.

Full Metal Jacket

"Full Metal Jacket" is one of the better war movies out there for the fact that it isn't all that political. Throw in Kubrickian aesthetics, we get a Vietnam movie unlike any war movie before or after it. This film stands out for it's more lunar landscape of Vietnam than the thing jungle, as well as spending a great amount of time dealing with the horrors of basic training and the brainwashing dealt there, which few films have done. I think by making this an apolitical war film, if possible, it allows for us to be mature and decide for ourselves what the film means.

The Incredibles
½

If Disney was asked to make "Watchmen" it would look something like this. Better than the actual "Watchmen" movie we got, "The Incredibles" sometimes suffers from actually dealing with the family element as well some unincredible costumes, even if they do explain it. I would have rather seen a stylish superhero world other than the boring sets we did get. However the dialogue is fantastic and the story delivers tenfold. The comedy is strong when we get it and ultimately it's one of the better Pixar movies out there.

Donnie Darko
Donnie Darko(2001)

Richard Kelly is one of the worst directors around and this film is one of the more confusing, muddled messes of a popular cult film. Trying too hard to be David Lynch, Kelly throws is surrealism with too many high concepts in the hopes that people will find him deep and engaging. Instead he makes a messy film that people, for some reason, believe is a deep engaging movie when it honestly isn't. I can think of nothing redeemable about this movie other than if you want to see a David Lynch movie, then simply watch something by David Lynch. This film has nothing to offer but confusion and a convoluted story.

Finding Nemo
Finding Nemo(2003)

Not my favorite Pixar movie, but then again there aren't many Pixar films that I am really drawn to after getting over their time and time again formula. There are sweet moments but over all the film tends to get off target to pad it out with silly moments and action segments that feel out of place for a story about a Dad looking for his lost son, the same with how trivial the son getting separated from his Dad seems.

Ocean's Eleven
½

Not bad for a remake. It isn't as good as the original and true to Soderbergh's nature, he favors the aesthetic more than the substantial but this isn't a bad film. There is enough fun in the heist story to keep us watching, and laughing. Still, this isn't one of his better films but he puts enough effort into it to make a good film.

Hulk
Hulk(2003)

I'm no Ang Lee fan and I am not a fan of this film. However, Joss Whedon was because I did see several elements of this film show up in the "Avengers" movie which has made me re-evaluate this movie, maybe we've been too hard on it. Granted, it's hard to make something all that "smart" for a film about The Hulk, but the film's mind is in the right place. Unfortunately, this film doesn't execute it like it envisioned. This might have been a better film has it been directed just a bit different had it taken a direct science fiction route instead of being an action film.

Groundhog Day

One of the best Bil Murray films and one of the best films dealing with time travel in a smart way. I say smart because it doesn't explain it to us, the time loop just happens and the film is stronger for it. We don't know how he got in it, how he breaks, it, how long he is there, we just simply see it repeated and one man's trouble with being stuck in time. What we get is a philosophical reflection on the nature of God, time, death reincarnation, and several other themes. We also get a lovely exploration of redemption for past sins. Harold Ramis' film is a lot smarter than people seem to give it credit for. i think it's an underrated film for being written off mainly as just a comedy and hardly ever seen as science fiction, the possibilities of this film are as deep as a Kubrick film, but handled differently. Overall, it's great, fantastic and one of Murray's best roles.

The Green Mile

One of the better Stephen King adaptations even though, at times, it feels more like a miniseries than it does a movie, especially the ending. Still, its a good film which exposes racism and the problems of the justice system along with some great performances from everyone involved with the film.

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Not as good as it used to be in my eyes, this film still has charm and fun before Burton thought he could recapture the magic with later films of his. Henry Selick's direction, however, should not be overlooked. While Burton worked heavily with this film, Selick's direction was equally as important and adds to the film's wonderful look and feel.

Coming to America

An amusing movie by Eddie Murphy with a lot of great talent from he and Arsenio Hall in this funny comedy. There isn't a whole lot to say, the substance is a prince and the pauper style story where the Prince plays both roles but we get several funny moments and some sweet romance. Overall a pretty alright film to just sit back and relax to without working your brain all that hard.

The Producers

Much weaker than the original, this film forces the gags of the original down our throats and continues to ram them long after we've choked. The only person here who seems to keep in spirit with the original film is Nathan Lane, but he even gives way to mugging for the camera. Throw in an unnecessary romance and toss in more gay stereotypes and you have this movie in a nutshell.

Office Space
Office Space(1999)

It is eerie how much this film relates to not only the world of cubicles but also to the world of retail. Maybe it is my frustration with my job that allows me to relate the most of this film, but I find that's what gives is more strength. However, the film is hilarious regardless of whether you've been there or not. Mike Judge doesn't alienate his audience just because of the specific job it focuses on.

Pulp Fiction
Pulp Fiction(1994)

Quentin Tarantino's 1994 classic still feels as fresh as it did back in the day. Nothing about it seems overrated and the dialogue still feels hip and fresh. While Tarantino would move on to do bigger projects, this remains among the best of his work. An excellent tribute to the French New Wave like the most of his work, and a new twist on the gangster film genre.

Stepmom
Stepmom(1998)

It has good performances from everyone involved but, ultimately, it's just a cranked out vehicle for Susan Sarandon with no real substance to it.

Batman Begins

A stylish looking Batman movie that, I think, is better than it's sequel since Christian Bale has yet to get too gruff with his voice as well as having a very creepy looking Gotham where Christopher Nolan makes great use of shadows. Before his Batman series got too big and loaded, this film mixes a lot of philosophy without being didactic or over analytic, allowing for us to breathe as well as giving us a powerhouse performance by Liam Neeson.

Zathura
Zathura(2005)

A little overlooked children's film about playing a game and space exploration. It is more or less Jumanji but played a bit better with a lot more imagination and better thrills. This film is rather imaginative and Dax Shepard surprisingly plays this role very seriously as if everything happening were real making this his best role aside from Idiocracy, and definitely needs to be something he does more often.

The Blues Brothers

A classic musical with great tunes, loads of comedy and never a dull moment in the film. Like I say with many comedies, the world which everyone habits needs to be played as if everything our heroes do is natural. In this film, every single moment of ridiculousness is played as if his happens every day to them. It borderlines Deadpan almost but it's played perfectly for the best laughs.

Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
½

A film that was run into the ground as soon as it was released and stopped being funny years before Sacha Baron Cohen released "Bruno". While he pokes fun at the errors of other people, he essentially does it in a few form of blackface, not to mention not everyone is in on the joke and repeats the often offensive or racist comments as if they were honest. In addition, some people miss the point entirely and ignore the social commentary just to laugh at the funny, "lovable" , racist man on the screen because of what he says, instead of making us feel uncomfortable.

Little Miss Sunshine

A fantastic film that borderlines "indie" movie as opposed to an independent film. However, instead of being quirky for the sake of quirkiness in an attempt to imitate Wes Anderson, "Little Miss Sunshine" has a life of its own and it's characters are well thought out, well made, with hopes, desires, dreams, and despairs. There are many laughs in this film as well as many genuinely sweet moments which makes this film stand out from others such as "You, Me, and Everybody Else".

The Secret Garden

A melodramatic movie that rarely lets up on the viewer. It isn't bad but it's not all that good either. Not for children though, this much depression is almost far too much for anyone to handle. Still the sets are nice, the ending is sweet, and the Garden itself is nice to look at.

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

This doesn't hold up nearly as well as "Life of Brian" but maybe that's because this film has been copied and repeated to death where the jokes are no longer any funny or they feel stale. In addition, the redo with "Spamalot" finally ran the film into the ground and it honestly cannot go anywhere else. Still, there is enough to salvage and the film still retains the comedic hold it once had, but only in small doses nowadays.

Tommy Boy
Tommy Boy(1995)

Not as funny as it promises to be, there are enough laughs to make this an okay comedy. Still, most of the jokes are fat person jokes and, at times, they do get old not to mention we tend to forget this film has a plot around half way through the movie and just focus on the road trip. Still, it is better than the attempt to recreate the "magic" with "Black Sheep" a year later.

Wayne's World

An underrated comedy from Penelope Spheeris that is big on laughs and big on heart. The jokes don't feel dated despite relying on the spirit of the 80's and early 90's, and Wayne and Garth as impossible to hate. Maybe some of the jokes require you to have been born in a certain generation, but many of them stick and work regardless and the laughs just keep coming. This is how a comedy is made.

Johnny English

The British answer to "Austin Powers" is no where near as good despite the talented cast. It suffers from a poor script with jokes we've seen about a million times before. There are laughs but they are so few and far between that it gets old, as well as some convoluted plot for royalty which no one buys for a second, instead of going for more ridiculous situations and even goofier villains like Dr. Evil was in Austin Powers.

Hellboy
Hellboy(2004)
½

Despite not being a fan of Guillermo Del Toro, this is a hard film to hate. The biggest problem I have with this film is that while there is artistic design with the characters and the costumes, the sets are bland, a little boring, and not much to really look at. While I praise some films for being minimalist, this film doesn't try to add or take anything away from it's design which hurts it until we get into the final act of the film. Otherwise, the film wins by strong performances by Ron Pearlman, John Hurt, and Jeffery Tambor. Unfortunately this film pulled a "pure of heart" line of dialogue which made me groan and, again, hurt the film.

Constantine
Constantine(2005)

A film that had potential to be good, but instead wasted it on rotten special effects, not an ounce of horror, and a lack of any religious crisis of faith. Unlike "The Exorcist" or "Hellboy" the film has no real mythos to draw upon or any good explanation for the way the world of the film is. I'm not against Keanu Reeves, but he isn't all that good here, as if he himself is bored of the subject material too.

Father of the Bride: Part II

The same goes for my original review of the first part, it is pretty much a rehash but it has the charm of the first one.

National Treasure

A fun spirited Nicolas Cage movie which I view as a healthy alternative to the ultra ridiculous "DaVinci Code" film, unfortunately it isn't as smart as it says it is and one must be able to suspend an incredible amount of disbelief in order to enjoy this film. As far as popcorn movies go, it isn't a terrible one but there are better films to choose from such as Indiana Jones.

Chicken Run
Chicken Run(2000)

A favorite animated film which combines real drama with comedy in the most unlikely of places. Mixed with WWII imagery, Chicken Run is a smart film that is as much for adults as it is for children. Not to mention the film contains not one, but many strong female characters which adds to it's likability in my eyes. More children's films need strong female roles, and this one delivers with many in solidarity and their refusal to give up, even though many times they're sidetracked from their goal.

The Ringer
The Ringer(2005)
½

Not a terrible movie, it's a little too goofy to be taken too seriously but it is nice to see a film featuring mentally handicapped people that doesn't insult them, instead choosing to portray them as much smarter and talented than people see them. Unfortunately the film throws in a unneeded romantic subplot that doesn't really add anything to the film other than move the plot along in some parts.

Something's Gotta Give

A fun romantic comedy with good chemistry between it's main characters, but holds back on some of it's jokes or the material it is dealing with in order to appeal to a larger audience. With better care this could have been a funny Woody Allen style romantic comedy that could have explored some more aspects of old age, falling in love, and taken better advantage of Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton's chemistry.

Gremlins
Gremlins(1984)

Joe Dante's 1984 film garners the right amount of laughs as much as is scares. The joy of Gremlins is that is pays tribute to films of the fifties while making fun of our society today using an old style backdrop to poke holes into consumerism and the horror of over consumption and greed.
At the same time, it's a slapstick comedy that wants to garner as many laughs as it can while still showing us some horrifying scenes, something Tim Burton tries to do but a little too hard at times as opposed to Dante.

Hook
Hook(1991)

I don't hate this film as much as many critics did, but I do see why they do. Still, I thought it was a neat look at the Peter Pan story that has a lot of childhood charm as well as a fun performance by Dustin Hoffman who gets some of the best lines in the film. Still, I could have done without Julia Roberts' performance as Tinkerbell, on that note the other critics are absolutely right.

Léon: The Professional
½

A cleverly made film showing the relationship between a newly orphaned girl and her hitman neighbor. I wish the film would lightened up when it called for it, but overall it is a strong film with fantastic performances by Jean Reno, Natalie Portman, and Gary Oldman. A unique film that, unlike films of today, refrains from falling into a lot of stupid action sequences and focuses more on the relationship between the characters without unnecessary padding.

V for Vendetta

I used to think this was a great film but my attitude has soured over the years. I feel like it too a smarter story and oversimplified it in favor of an unsubtle critique of the Bush administration instead of tackling larger themes such as Fascism, anarchy, as well as alienating the original British audience it was made for. The same could be said for the American audience, but that is why Fascism on the whole would be a much stronger target, as well as had it stayed closer to it's source material and kept V an ambiguous character rather than "that masked man".

The Polar Express
½

I found this film to be quite pleasant, surprisingly so too. I felt that there could have been a bigger cast than Tom Hanks but this is a whimsical film with the right amount of Holiday magic. Sometimes the child characters are annoying, but it isn't enough to ruin the film. I'm against motion capture but sometimes, such as this film, it works quite to its advantage.

Walk the Line

Not a bad biopic, and a fascinating look into the life of Johnny Cash. Joaquin Pheonix does an impressive job as the Man in Black and Reese Witherspoon equally impresses. The film gets pretty deep into his life and combined with impressive singing, great shots, and a well held together story "Walk the Line" is a snazzy film that is just as good as it's previous year counterpart, "Ray".

Ever After: A Cinderella Story

A forgettable movie ultimately, with some neat aspects thrown here or there. Unfortunately there isn't much to bring us back to it for repeated viewings and it might as well be called Cinderella as opposed to a "Cinderella Story". No one acts badly here but there just isn't anything that makes it stand out among other fairy tale films, unlike "The Princess Bride"

Taxi Driver
Taxi Driver(1976)

Among my favorite Scorsese films, tying first place with "The King of Comedy", this film leaves an imprint that never goes away. Filled with echoes of Dostoyevsky and a fantastic script by Paul Schrader, "Taxi Driver" is a reflective look on loneliness, desperation, and madness among other things. Despite the horrible nature of our protagonist, we tend to like him and almost cheer him on at times, maybe highlighting our worst nature or our desire to see some people achieve happiness if possible.
Combined with an excellent score, impressive cinematography, and a powerful script, Taxi Driver's impact is as powerful now as it was in '76.

A Nightmare on Elm Street

I much prefer John Carpenter to Wes Craven, but of all the horror film series out there, the "Nightmare" films have flourished the most. Not to mention, but this remains a fairly creative and inventive horror film which explores the world of dreams and nightmares without being Lynchian or snobbish. Experimentation is good, and this film does explore the possibilities of the dream world but doesn't come off as trying to be too high concept or symbolic. Instead, it presents our dreams as reality and making it hard for us to differentiate between the two, creating much more horror than anything too surreal.

The Princess Bride

Rob Reiner's charming fairy tale film which stands out among the rest. Complete with humor, style, unique characters, it doesn't suffer from the boring didactic which many fantasy films will do. Instead, we have a smart film that knows what it wants to be, harkening to the novels Terry Pratchett would be beginning to write around this time. Unlike many films in which a lot of walking takes place, we feel as if we are on an adventure as well as a real sense of danger when the danger is constantly around our heroes.

The Brothers Grimm

One of the worse Terry Gilliam films out there. Not as bad as "Tideland" but close to it. What supports this film are interesting sets and designs, in combination with likable heroes. Unfortunately the film gives way to mediocrity, one shot cameos from Grimm's fairy tales, as well as a muddled, messy story as well as a lack of the Gilliam charm found in other fantasies of his like "Time Bandits".

The Exorcist
The Exorcist(1973)

A great horror film which tackles issues of faith instead of focusing around just exorcizing a demon, as many later would simply do. We are scared because of the skepticism that this could never happen but are confronted by the horrifying reality. In addition, the film builds up the suspense as well as the demon instead of rushing headfirst into the horror. Few exorcism films that achieved this since William Freidken's classic, whether there is more remains to be seen.

Big Fish
Big Fish(2003)

In my honest opinion it is the last good film that Tim Burton has churned out in years. It strays away from the Burton formula and, instead of relying on the dead, he focuses far more on the living mixed in with magic realism to great a world that once was fantastical and now lives in skepticism. It's a great dichotomy with a lot of heart, romance, and whimsy and it feels like an actually honest Tim Burton film, as opposed to cashing in on his supposed image as a "creepy" and "gothic" director as he would do with "Corpse Bride" and "Alice in Wonderland"

Army of Darkness

My favorite of the Evil Dead series is still the second of them, and this movie is a little weak after the power of the second. I still enjoy it, but a part of me thinks it could have been better, as if more could have been done.
Still, it's a funny movies that strays away from horror elements in favor of fantasy and, honestly, fantasy isn't as good to me. Still, it's a fun movie with a lot of memorable lines, I just refuse to get caught up in the hype surrounding the movie.

The Big Lebowski
½

The most overblown of the Coen Brothers movies is, actually, as good as people say it is but not for the same reasons I love it. Oh, sure, I love the jokes, the references, and the great lines but I also love that this film is a Raymond Chandler novel played in the least likely way possible. Few people realize that the Big Lebowski is a comedic noir film, and a gigantic tribute to Raymond Chandler's book "The Big Sleep" right down to it's title.

Bubble Boy
Bubble Boy(2001)

A horrible film with a lot of wasted talent, excluding Jake Gyllenthal. It's about the only film of his that I've actually "enjoyed" but that's stretching it. This movies throws too much at us in the saga of Jimmy, but nothing ever sticks or stays around long enough for us to care about anything that happens to him or any of these characters. It falls flat as a comedy and even flatter as a romance which portrays women as stupid enough to never see how much of a jerk the man she's dating is. So I guess there's sexism thrown right in there as well, way to go movie.

Kindergarten Cop

A harmless Schwarzenegger comedy that is better than some of his later efforts, but still isn't all that great. It's a lot of fun, but nothing to write home about either. Maybe it fails with the romance subplot, but then again it's a goofy movies played incredibly serious, but it beats out later films like it such as "The Pacifier" or "The Spy Next Door"

Goldfinger
Goldfinger(1964)

As a big fan of the Bond movies, this one remains my favorite. It contains all of the best of the Bond movies, with a lot of style, flair, adventure, danger, and the suave classy Bond that I grew up loving. It's ridiculous but when wasn't the Bond series a little ridiculous? It also helps that Auric Goldfinger is such a fun villain that he stands out as one of the better villains in the Bond rogues cast.

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

An underrated Indiana Jones film, and a prequel, that risked a bit more than the others by showing some rather gruesome scenes mixed in with humor and even a little family friendliness. In addition, it produced some of the more memorable lines in the series and I think it's a bit a neglected movie. Like the rest of the Indiana Jones movies, I tend to prefer this set of movies to some of the others, like "Lord of the Rings" due to the sheer pleasure of the main character as well as the goofy, serialesque nature of the films.

Homeward Bound - The Incredible Journey

It has been a while since I've seen this movie in it's entirety but as far s talking animals films go it is a harmless movie with thrills, chills, laughter, and adventure that I'm sure will continue to delight children still.

The Cable Guy
½

I like to imagine this as "The Truman Shows" mentally twisted older brother. Relating some of the same themes such as the dangers of too much TV and reality shows, "Cable Guy" is a risky film that Jim Carrey steals the show from. At a time when he was still stuck in goofy "Ace Ventura" style comedies, he turns out a much darker performance than he was used to. Honestly, he works incredibly well in both dramatic and dark roles and he needs to rise up from "Mr. Popper's Penguins" and " Yes Man" in order to do those. Instead, I wish to see him more in roles such as this, "Man on the Moon" and "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind". It isn't too late, he can still rise out of the muck.

Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure

A very funny,creative time travel story that honestly works because of its two main characters. Had we been watching anyone but two stoner wanna be rock stars this film would never work. For what it strives for "Bill and Ted" achieves it's goal in it's attempt for laughs and silliness. Some of the aspects of it being the late eighties leaks into the film, weakening it a little, but the film survives from the strength of it's heroes and the supporting cast of historical figures running around modern times.

Pan's Labyrinth
½

I used to be one of Del Toro's biggest supporters but after reading about his ego, his films started to lose me and even this one, falls a little flat. There is a lot of style and, in my eyes, that is a plus but there isn't as much substance and it begins to wear thin as the movie progresses. Perhaps had this been a series of shorts or the fantasy aspect been played up a bit more without any princess subplot, the film would have been more whimsical or engaging but the politics wrapped up in the film actually seem to weaken it for me.
I don't disagree with anything that it is stating, but the depressing fact that our heroes actually will lose makes the film not nearly as hopeful as it makes it out to be. Had the film been a short, with the Pale Man scene only, I would recommend this highly but Del Toro throws a lot of concepts that don't seem to ultimately go anywhere and all we get is a lot of artistic style, which admittedly, is very lovely to look at.

Blast From the Past

A mildly amusing movie by Brendan Fraiser, "Blast from the Past" contains an amusing premise that falls flat soon after the movie kicks into gear, not to mention the jokes become quite dated rather fast. Maybe if he had awoken far far into the future, maybe we would have an amusing film but otherwise it doesn't live up to its promise.

Mallrats
Mallrats(1995)

Despite the low Rotten Tomatoes score this has received, I think it's one of the funnier Kevin Smith movies for the sake of being funny. I think the problem is that this movie is, wholly, very nineties or speaks to a certain generation much like "Scott Pilgrim" would do later, but with better critical results. This movie speaks to mall rats and comic book fans, intermingled with an amusing love story and comedic interludes from Jay and Silent Bob.

The Truman Show

One interesting concept of a film, "The Truman Show" skewers the obsession with celebrities and eerily predicted the sick minded reality TV shows such as "The Kardashians" or " Jersey Shore". Unlike those people, Truman is a lovable, likeable protagonist whom we want to watch, but he want to watch him break free of his prison. The repercussions of the real world seems irrelevant, instead we get an interesting reflection on the nature of free will and, perhaps, what it may be like had someone recreated Eden but without the chance to be tempted.

The Breakfast Club

I recently re-watched this movie to see if it has aged well and, surprisingly, it has. Like many movies I review, this isn't the greatest movie, but I will score it rather high because of the strength and emotion put into the characters and the actors behind them. No one is bad here, and honestly I could believe that something like this might actually happen.
Mix this with a rather catchy soundtrack, a nice still setting, and great performances and you get a memorable film that still seems to hold up even after the 80's generation.

The Santa Clause

A charming Christmas movie that is, ultimately, strong due to the performance by Tim Allen. No one else stands out, well except Judge Reinhold. Although, the North Pole sections are pretty impressive even if the toys being built there aren't. The premise is rather cute and overall it's a sweet holiday movie that proves Tim Allen has talent, he just doesn't use it often.

The Aristocats

A film I loved as a kid, I now think this movie hasn't aged all that well. It's a little bland as far as films go built around an utterly ridiculous premise in which our villains comes off as far more sympathetic. Maybe it's supposed to show us the follies of the rich while pointing out the reality of the lower class, but it doesn't do that good of a job handling it. What we get is overt ridiculousness and just a bland film churned out by Disney without the memorable characters.

Field of Dreams
½

A film that relies too much on over-simplification and sentimentality I understand that this is well loved movie. However, as the years go by it's a film that I've begun to lose interest in. I can't think of anything that's really wrong with it, but it gives way to preaching and overall being a little bland. It is a fun watch, and Kevin Costner is pretty good along with Burt Lancaster and James Earl Jones, but I feel as if this could have been a better movie than the one we got.

Predator
Predator(1987)
½

More or less another stupid action, sci-fi picture. Still, for the time it was a unique take on the alien invasion film, as well as creating one of the more interesting aliens with a clear and distinct purpose for wanting to kill humans. After that, it went downhill but it nevertheless is something new for the time it was released.

Alien
Alien(1979)

One of the better Ridley Scott movies, his science fiction horror film is probably the best of the "Alien" series. Far superior to any of the films after it, Scott goes for atmosphere, mood, and chilling terror than the loud bombast of James Cameron and the space marine formula that would be dragged into the ground with films to come. The unique designs and look by H.R. Geiger make this film stand out and the gripping atmosphere not only makes it a pleasing science fiction film, but one of the more clever slash movies made in it's time and after.

Alice in Wonderland

Of the Disney canon, this is one of the more experimental films, alongside "Dumbo". While they weren't going for a straight literary adaptation, it is perhaps best that they didn't. Instead they produced visuals that made us feel as if we were going into a mad world as opposed to directly adapting a mad world. Aside from Jan Svankmajer's "Alice" this is one of the better attempts at translating Lewis Carroll's books to the screen and one of the more daring Disney films out there.
A lot of risks were put into the making of this films, from it's incoherent plot, to the dazzling colors, Disney's "Alice" is an unforgettable film in his dazzling filmography.

It's a Wonderful Life

Admittedly, I am a fan of Frank Capra's films. Unfortunately, some of the statements in this film date it quite a bit, especially the "Old Maid" comment Clarence makes. Still, the love and charm of this film is still felt despite the many, many copy cat films that have been produced as a result.
Not to mention, it's one of the original "what if" films to get the formula right and never fails to bring out the love, joy, and Holiday spirit out in people. Years after its initial release, the fact it still brings out these feelings to new generations is a testament to its lasting strength.

Ghostbusters (1984 Original)
½

A fun movie by Ivan Reitman about a tea of paranormal investigators who decide to finally fight back against the ghosts plaguing New York. It's not a bad movie, but it isn't as great as people claim it to be. Does this make it overrated? A little, but there is enough fun and charm to make it a pretty good film. i wouldn't consider this to be a great film, definitely not one of the better Bill Murray films at least, but its an enjoyable watch which, in my book, becomes a pretty good movie. Still, it is a far cry from being great.

Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi

No longer my favorite of the "Star Wars" movies, it still ranks high for being a satisfying conclusion to the original movies. For some, it's a disappointment and I can understand. After the monumental powerhouse of the series, "Empire Strikes Back" it is hard to be able to top it. However, this film feels satisfying to watch. A restoration of peace, the rebels finally winning, and the end of an evil reign of terror makes one feel triumphant. Though the film takes such an odd shift from rescuing Han Solo from the grasp of space gangster, Jabba the Hutt, to confronting the Empire once and for all.
However, there is enough adventure to last, almost despite the later Lucas revisions.

Billy Madison
½

I must admit, one of my guilty pleasures are Adam Sandler pictures, and Billy Madison is one of those. Admittedly, this isn't a good movie. However, it brings the laughs and this movie doesn't aspire to be anything but a means to make us laugh. It isn't a smart comedy, but among the silly, bizarre, childish films out there this one is one of the funnier. I won't rank this high at all, but I will watch it whenever I see it on tv. Maybe that is a bad reflection on myself, but growing up on stupid comedies has softened me a bit when it comes to Sandler comedies.

When Harry Met Sally

A joyful romantic comedy that remains one of Rob Reiner's better movies. I used to say it rivaled "Annie Hall" but I no longer feel that sentiment. Sadly, over the years Reiner's works aside from "This is Spinal Tap" seem to have waned on me, and this film remains no exception.
It is a good movie still, yes, but with the wave of other good romantic comedies, this one begins to look like some of the rest and doesn't remain as original as it once had been. Not to mention the wave of mediocre and bland romantic comedies it has inspired doesn't help this films case, but if it is on I certainly will watch it.

The Godfather

Believe it or not, this is not my favorite Coppola movie. I prefer some of his other works such as "The Conversation" or " Apocalypse Now". However, "The Godfather" remains a monumental film in the gangster genre and the importance it has made in our culture doesn't need to be ignored.
Do I think it is the greatest gangster film made? Not really, I've seen better but the depth, scope, and vision is one that stands out among the rest and the cinematography and tightness of the script leaves it a monumental force of cinema. Still, is it better than "Citizen Kane"? No, and no matter how many years it is voted, it will never surpass Orson Welles' tour de force of American innovation.

Nacho Libre
Nacho Libre(2006)

For all it's many, many flaws, I did not hate Nacho Libre. By no means is this a good movie, but there is something about it's juvenile humor that kept me laughing. I believe it's the strength of Jack Black honestly trying to sell this? I cannot fault him though, after all Charleton Heston played a Mexican in "Touch of Evil" and somehow we allow him to get away with it, so I'm not going to attack Black for the same. That said, the film could've been better, had its script not been so juvenile, but there is heart in the film. If only had it been taken in a better direction it could have been a better movie,

Death Proof
Death Proof(2007)

Unlike other Tarantino fare, this film feels overly dialogue heavy. Deathproof comes off more as a Tarantino look a like film rather than an actual Tarantino film. Kurt Russell turns out one of his best performances in years but the Stuntman Mike character deserves a better film than this. Perhaps had Tarantino made a "Two-Lane Blacktop" style film, this would be more memorable. Instead, his attempt at a slasher movie falls as flat as it's leading heroines. Unlike his heroines in "Kill Bill" and "Jackie Brown" these do not have the same level of acting or depth as his previous ones. Maybe it is because he was attempting a Grindhouse film instead of something more personal?

Sleepy Hollow
½

One of the better Tim Burton films out there. This is one of the few Burton films where it feels like he was going for horror. Yes, mixed and mingled is humor, even gallows humor, but this feels like his only real attempt at the horror genre as opposed to comedy featuring the dead. As such it comes off as a stylish horror film with settings that Lars von Trier seemed to take note of when he would later make "Antichrist".
It isn't a perfect foray but as far as Tim Burton goes, this is one of his more restricted, reserved, and respectful films in the genre he wishes to work in/ It is an original take on the Washington Irving story and while it is a flawed worked, it is a very good one.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

A bit of an overrated classic, the rebellious nature of "Cukoo's Nest" still ranks high in the Milos Forman filmography. At times the cinematography could have been better, scenes from the novel might have been left in, but over all it's rebellion and hope is still felt. I think the film is a little too short, as if there could have been more in the film. Scenes left out that could have stayed, atmosphere that could have been built, and development that leaves some to be desired. But, this is not a bad movie. Not as rebellious as it could have been, nor the best the year it came out, but hardly a bad or mediocre film by any means.

Robin Hood
Robin Hood(1973)

I think this is one of the more overlooked Disney works. It has the fun and adventure of some of their other works, but oddly enough it seems to be passed off as mediocre. Not one of their best, but it's better than what time has dealt to it. I tend to think of it as a precursor to Wes Anderson's wonderful film "The Fantastic Mr. Fox" with adult characters that will, more often than not, be caught in silly situations. However, when it calls for seriousness, this film is very serious and I think it handles the mixture of comedic and dark subject matter in a mature manner and certainly deserves a second look as part of the Disney canon.

O Brother, Where Art Thou?

One of the best of the Coen Brother films. It has the feel of a Flannery O'Connor story, complete with religious symbolism, violence, and true Southern flair. What helps is a nice Sepia color tone, giving it a dated, dusty look in the same way that the grainy look of Peter Bogdaovich's "Paper Moon" did.
What makes it work the best, though, is the accompanying saga of Pappy O'Daniel and his continuous troubles with the "Progressive" stances of Homer Stokes. It plays nicely with political hypocrisy on both sides, all the while following a series of goons fresh off the farm, each one of them goofier than the last. While the film lacks the punch of earlier Coen Brother films such as "Barton Fink" or "Miller's Crossing", it's a very aesthetically pleasing film whose goals is to provide belly laughs and doesn't fail to live up to it's promise.

Father of the Bride
½

Not a bad remake of a funny classic, but not a great remake. There isn't a whole lot to say about this film, but it is a fun watch. It is nothing terrible, but ultimately it's like any other romantic film revolving around marriage and child rearing, it just happens to be one of the least bad of the films.

Young Frankenstein
½

Similar to Paul Morrissey's "Flesh for Frankenstein" Mel Brooks' twist on the Frankstein story is a funny tribute to the classic tale. Of course, the Brooks parodies the film much more than the book, but maybe that is better. It captures the atmosphere of the original film fantastically, while poking fun of it at the same time. The sets, costuming, and feel of the film creates an atmosphere of pure parody but, oddly, still feels serious. The world of the film feels oddly seriously, played completely straight, as if this is a film to be taken seriously. But, like good comedy, the world should be serious where the comical is natural, and that's how it should be. Brooks used to know this, but by the time we came to his Dracula parody, it felt less like "Blood for Dracula" and more like "Scary Movie"

Child's Play
Child's Play(1988)

A mediocre horror film that later became a bad series of films. It isn't a horrible film, but standing among films such as "Halloween" or "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" there isn't a whole lot it offers. There are moments that are scary but due to the lack of subtly in the film, there is no real surprise to any of them, and therefore a total lack of substance to go along with it.
No one even acts badly in the film, especially Brad Dourif, but it fails both as a comedy and as a horror film ultimately. Maybe if they had tried not to hold our suspense they may have gone in a better direction than they did.

Carrie
Carrie(1976)

A skillful horror movie that also tugs at our heartstrings. I am not the biggest fan of Brian de Palma's work, but this is one of his better works as a director. At times, though, the bullying seems overly cruel and over the top. The mockery, the bullying, it exists yes, but in this films is becomes overbearing. Maybe this is the point and as a victim of bullying it feels this way. Still seeing all of the cruelty makes it a hard film to watch, but a lasting impression long after the film has ended.

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

I still watch this movie, I still laugh, but it's not a good movie in the least. I hold this as a funny movie on the basis that I watched it as a child. Nostalgia, however, doesn't keep me from giving this a low rating nor does it keep me from saying that the jokes in this resemble tortures out of "Saw" than it does for a children's comedy.
I enjoy slapstick as much as the next person, but this borderlines cruel and unusual and I'm often wincing more than I am laughing. Three Stooges comedy, this is not. In additions, it more or less is a repeat of the original film, just with a New York backdrop. Not to mention, to believe any adults are this stupid calls for an incredible suspension of disbelief.

Ghost
Ghost(1990)

This movie has become too overly sentimental and overrated for me to give it a high rating. Stil, it is a good romance film with a lot to like. Patrick Swayze remains a positive aspect of this film, as is Woopie Goldberg, but it no longer retails the charm that it once had. Aspects of this film are good, but not enough for it to be absolutely great. It is worth seeing and worth having repeated viewings but if you're looking for anything deep and meaningful then you're watching the wrong movie. However, as sentimentality goes, it's fulfills all expectations and will bring a smile to your face.

The Sandlot
The Sandlot(1993)

Overly nostalgic this film is, but it never has lost it's flair for me. I still can smile whenever I see it and never has it gotten old. I have adored this film since I was young and it is for this reason I still recommend this picture. It's very sweet and it has a lot of heart. It harkens back to a simpler time for most of us, I think, and I cannot recall a moment when I didn't want to have the adventures that these kids were having. It isn't the best coming of age film, but it most definitely isn't a bad one. It's a film that still lasts for me and, honestly, that makes it at least an alright movie in my eyes.

Fahrenheit 9/11

Despite not being a fan of the Bush administration, I am still not a fan of Michael Moore's films. I'm never a fan of one sided arguements for better or worse and after "Bowling for Colbumbine" Moore still feels dishonest. Jean Luc-Godard made the comment once that Moore invented the "crockumentary". It's a stateent I am inclined to agree with. It seems disappointed that he latches onto conspiracies as oppossed to fighting for the down trodden like he does in "Roger and Me" and would later do in "Sicko". It seems a little too cheap for Michael Moore, and I'd rather have seen him attach himself to something else. Still, in a time where Bush support was waning, it is refreshing to see some dissent.

Monty Python's Life of Brian

My favorite of the Monty Python films, it skewers religious films, fundamentalists, politics and more. I've heard this called an anti-religious film but I disagree. It's a film that pokes fun at misinterpreting, blind faith, and endless bickering rather than honest to goodness believers. Not to mention Jesus exists in the film itself, and even then he is never made fun of, but those listening to him are. Even the so called revolutionary heroes think his message is wrong for blessing the poor, calling them "the problem". Going for laughs with each passing scene, "The Life of Brian" is a smart film by the Python gang and, to me, more memorable than "The Holy Grail"

The Dark Crystal

Not my favorite Jim Henson fair, but a dark, whimsical film that deserves notice. It is one of the more artistically impressive films that I've seen. Puppetry is a dying art form and films like this need to be seen to impress a new generation of puppeteers. This film, i am happy to say, would never work as a CGI film. This looks too real to be fake, everything is right there and for me, this is what separates it from other fantasy films.

Rocky
Rocky(1976)

Nostalgia keeps me from rating this to a 3.5. I think this is a flawed film, but there's a lot of love and heart to this movie too. Rocky Balboa is an underdog character that, to me, seems impossible to hate. He is the guy that everyone down on their luck can look up to. A poor man slumming it who rises above his class status and fights even when he's losing. For the current Occupy Generation ,Rocky is the kind of movie and the kind of person we can look up to. Those with more power than us can continue to knock us down, use us for publicity, and out shine us, but we fight back and we never stay down even when we're losing. To me, that is what Rocky stands for, never giving up and always fighting the good fight.

Major Payne
Major Payne(1994)

A film I once thought was funny but the magic has been lost. It's a movie I cannot honestly recommend. Overacting, flat characters, and unrealistic situations fill this movie and it does not a thing for me. This isn't the worst movie that I've reviewed but that doesn't say much. I think Damon Wayons has had potential to be funny, but he overacts far too much here to be taken seriously as a comedian. I know serious and comedian seems like an oxymoron, but comedy needs to be handled in a special, serious way. You can have as much silliness as you want, but you have to actually be funny with your jokes. It isn't the worst comedy ever, but it's no where near being good.

Little Shop of Horrors
½

A loving tribute to B-Movies and Roger Corman. Frank Oz is a gifted film maker and this is no exception to the rule. With catchy songs, colorful sets, and a great cast this is a fun film that still holds up today. It behaves like an allegory for the trouble with fame and how it can overtake and, sometimes, destroy us. I personally prefer the happy, yet cautious ending of the final product rather than the dark original ending. Mainly it's because I love "Mean Green Mother" so much but also because I like to think that celebrity won't destroy everyone if handled correctly.
The puppetry and set designs are really what make this film shine. It sometimes harkens back to some of the sets Jerry Lewis produced in the sixities and that makes this movie all the more pleasant to me. I wouldn't doubt that funny man Frank Oz took some influence from Jerry Lewis ranging from the sets, to the down on his luck Seymour, to the musical numbers. This movie feels like a mid sixities B-Movie extraveganza rather than an eighties film, and as such is captures a magic than feels a little lost these days.

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas

I can't really see much redeeming facet. It took something simple and perfect and made it over blown and ridiculous. The thing about Dr.Suess is that everyone was normal in a world of silliness. Everyone here is as silly as the settings and overacting. At no point in the original does anyone overact. The cartoon could have been overblown but it is played straight and the Grinch was a better villain when we knew nothing about him. I do admit, Jim Carrey is lovable but out of place in this film, but that can be said for 50% of his filmography.

Super Mario Bros.

I'm not sure what compelled me to even bother giving this a rating really. It's a movie that wanted to make something out of a story that, at the time, had no real story. It feels that way even though, ultimately, it comes off as a cheap cash in. I can't say it didn't respect the source material, because there honestly wasn't any. I am a fan of the Mario series but the only way this could have worked is had it been an animated movie. In some ways, that may have been worse than what we were given. Ultimately it relies too much on stupid jokes, ridiculous situations, and not a lot of anything else. Had there been much of a budget, someone who could write and direct, this could've been an okay b-movie with a neat sci fi setting. But perhaps I'm a wishful thinker.

The Mummy
The Mummy(1999)

It seems that four years ago I gave this film a full star rating. Coming back to this film I give it half a star. There is nothing to hate about this movie, but there's not a whole lot to be amazed. It seems more like a bunch of special effects and not a lot of substance. Nothing about this movie wants me to keep watching it years down the road. Even if it's just on TV nothing special about it makes me want to keep on the channel it's on. "The Mummy" could have been intriguing but horror is moved aside from effects, mugging, and who cares romance.

War of the Worlds

While many liked this film I care nothing for it. It lacks the design and feel of the original. I know it is unfair to base it on this, but the original just feels better. It's use of color and atmosphere left a much more lasting impression. The effects are dated, sure, but they give the film a much more artistic twist. This feels like any run of the mill alien invasion film. Filled with gray, nothing but miles and miles of gray. Color in a film is one of the more important aspects, and all gray is only good when the universe of the film calls for it. I don't think so in this. The acting isn't bad, but there is nothing memorable or all that wowing about it. If anything, this film suffers from being overtly boring, and that's the worst thing a film can be.

Star Wars

Not nearly the classic it's made out to be, but it's still a special film that I have held close to my heart. Still, as time has gone on I find myself being less inclined to the Star Wars series. That said, this is my favorite of the movies as it still contains all the excitement and the fun that any good beginning should have. George Lucas is by not means a great director, well any more but this is a special film in pop culture. I cannot lie, despite my waning love for the George Lucas, this film retains the love I have. Unfortantely, how hard is it to watch with all the new CGI and out of place images that take unncessary space in the film?
As it stands, it is a good film which begins a new Odyessy for lovers of mythology and heroes of old. As the Greeks once partook of Homer's tales, generations of people find solace and inspiration in the tales of Luke Skywalker and Han Solo. It is so ingrained into our culture that it may as well be a new Mythos for people all over the world.