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Movie Ratings and Reviews

Mad Max: Fury Road

While the cinematography and score were stunning, the good traits of this film stop there. How about having a compelling story? Or good dialogue? Or dimensional characters?

Magic Mike XXL

Just a whole lot of fun! The story doesn't matter as much as the stripping, and that's what we all want, isn't it?


I wasn't sure about going to see this one, but it proved to be one of my favorite movie-going experiences of 2015. A little too much unnecessary cursing, but pretty solid otherwise.

Jurassic World

Pretty conventional film that attempts to dazzle with special effects and sacrifices dialogue and story. Much worse than the first Jurassic Park.

Inside Out
Inside Out(2015)

While not the best Pixar film, it's still a very enjoying ride that I recommend you see. The world could have been crafted a little more coherently, though.


Very crass, but laugh-out-loud hilarious! I would definitely recommend this to anyone who isn't offended by Amy's brand of humor.

The Spectacular Now

The story wasn't particularly intriguing or inventive, and I didn't empathize with these characters at all. I think both Miles and Shailene are great actors, so that probably saves this movie.

General Education

It clearly has a definitive style, as far as the acting is concerned. More of a "30 Rock" hyper-reality than earnest acting/reacting. And the film is also well-shot and professionally made. I tried to like it, but about halfway through, I gave up and fast-forwarded to the end.

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Like him or hate him - Wes Anderson has style. I happen to LOVE him, so it's basically a "given" that I will enjoy his films. However, this one really surpassed any expectations, with Ralph Fiennes making a lovely addition to Anderson's team of players. Films just aren't made like this. You have to be special to make studios agree to fund things like this. You have to be Wes Anderson.


Dare I say I liked this film more than the novel? It was certainly different, especially at the end - and I happen to think that the changes they made were for the better. The novel itself, however, was pretty terrible in the first place, so I'm surprised they were able to make even a semi-decent movie out of it.

Shailene Woodley is clearly the best thing about this movie. Everybody else needs to learn how to act.


If you take it for what it is - a film based on a graphic novel - you'll start with low expectations. And then, seeing the emotional power of the film - your expectations will raise slightly and then just stay there. I wasn't digging the bland dialogue or the whole "rock monsters" angle, but I do feel like it's worth seeing. It certainly has an "auteur" vibe.

Blue Is The Warmest Color

The film itself - everything from the story to the cinematography - was divine. The lead actresses were obviously entirely convincing and completely mesmerizing. Their relationship was one of the most realistic I've ever seen portrayed on film. Would I watch this film again, however? No. Some scenes were far too lengthy and too graphic for me to tolerate. Glad I rented it on DVD.

The World Before Her

Fascinating film about two completely different viewpoints on modern women's place in India. On the one hand: a culture promoting Western beauty and pageantry. On the other: a militant Muslim training camp that teaches girls how to kill those who oppose their religion. No idea why this wasn't nominated for any major awards - it's a deserving film.

Sons of Perdition

A fascinating look into the polygamist cult in The Crick (Colorado City, AZ) and their brainwashing practices. Like most documentaries, it made me appreciate the life I have.


I don't know how people love Alexander Payne so much. Both "The Descendants" and "Nebraska" were snooze-fests where not much happened and I was bored to tears. Sure, it was a good "character study," but this is one of those stories that doesn't warrant a film being made about it. A simple book (or even a short story) would have sufficed.


Funny, well-made (obviously), and unexpectedly modern. I thought it was great and I'd totally recommend it as part of your Halloween viewing marathons.

In & Out
In & Out(1997)

I love the way they made movies those days - the shooting style and the editing. BUT I don't love the themes of bigoted homophobic characters continuing to be nasty until the very last scene.

The Croods
The Croods(2013)

A film whose target market is probably 8-year-olds, but which I enjoyed anyway.

Lee Daniels' The Butler

Great acting from absolutely everyone, and a compelling story to boot! I recommend this film, though I wouldn't watch it again myself.

The Wolf of Wall Street

Two things: I only saw this because I'm determined to see all the Oscar nominees this year. Also, I saw this as a screener so I could fast-forward through certain parts - okay, a lot of the parts.

I did not enjoy this movie. Moreover, I have no idea why it was made other than that Scorsese and Leo pushed for it. Indulging in a lifestyle of excess, sex, and drugs, this film was like "The Bling Ring" meets "The Basketball Diaries." Like Bling Ring, it did not show the retribution for the crimes, nor did it really explain them. It simply rested the camera on scenes of stupidity (which I personally don't care for). And...SPOILER Basketball Diaries or Catch Me if You Can, Leo once again gets out of responsibilities that he has to pay and becomes an upstanding citizen and a help to society.

Overall, I hated this film. I don't argue that it was well-acted and well-shot. I simply think that the story and the script did nothing for me but make me hate these characters and this lifestyle.

Enough Said
Enough Said(2013)

For such great reviews that I've been hearing, I expected something more...or maybe less. I didn't appreciate the side story lines of the maid and Ellen's best friend (and her mom). I don't know why the writer needed to throw so many extraneous characters in who don't serve the plot at all. The central relationship was not believable at all - she could honestly do much better than the guy played by James Gandolfini. And...SPOILER ALERT...the ex-wife thing was totally obvious right from the beginning.

Overall - meh. I did love seeing Tavi from Style Rookie in her first film role.

Atlantis - The Lost Empire

Saw that this was available on Netflix and I hadn't seen it in over 10 years, so I gave it a watch. A lot of details are inaccurate (no, I don't mean historically, I mean visually impossible). Take, for example, the first scene of the film, where Milo rubs off a part of the chalkboard map with his shirt and then stands in front of the map to complete it. The imprint on his shirt should be the MIRROR IMAGE of the map, therefore not allowing him to fill in the gap with his body.

HOWEVER, I think that this film does a lot in terms of representing all races and classes of people and not sugar-coating the explosions or sarcasm that the characters convey. I'd pick this over a Disney movie any day.

Dallas Buyers Club

The acting was incredible and the story was on-point! I'm even more in love with Jared Leto now, somehow - even though he was playing a transsexual. Only 4.5 stars because I would not watch this movie again. Too hear-wrenching.

The LEGO Movie

Absolutely delightful for all ages! I haven't seen such a funny, self-aware comedy in a long time - animated or not! Go see this; it's hilarious!

12 Years a Slave

Okay, so I finally sat through the terror that was "12 Years a Slave." My thoughts? Far too much time was devoted to "filler" close-ups of various characters, as they were given Anne-Hathaway-like freedom to just brood, or cry, or both. The rest of the film was comprised of unnecessarily lengthy, extremely brutal, and wince-inducing torture scenes. However, I think the film set out to accomplish its goals: show the real, raw truths of slavery. ... But I think we already knew that. I think, if the filmmakers wanted to, they could have made a really great Discovery Channel special about this topic, without masking it as "entertainment" (which it most certainly was not) and requesting our time and money to watch a guy repeatedly get fucked over.

The cinematography was a little limited (literally - the depth of field was so shallow that only people's noses were in focus).

The acting was tops, but couldn't get over Brad Pitt being Brad Pitt.

One Hour Photo

I had no idea Robin Williams could be so spooky. But, if you think about it, what he's doing is very similar to what we all do now - with Facebook.

Blue Jasmine
Blue Jasmine(2013)

Is it a good movie? I suppose it is, yes. Is it a movie I want to subject myself into watching again? No, it most certainly is not.

No se aceptan devoluciones (Instructions Not Included)

Absolutely brilliant! It might have dragged in the last quarter, but I don't care! Just watch it and feel all kinds of good.

Ender's Game
Ender's Game(2013)

It was rushed, without much room for exposition or world-building. I felt like everything was spoon-fed to the viewer, hitting me on the head with every obvious plot turn. The film was also rife with contradictions and plot holes.

Asa Butterfield was the best part of the whole thing. I love him (in a not-creepy way, of course).

Dom Hemingway

It felt like the entire film could have been compressed into 10 minutes and still have gotten the point across, creating the opening act to a much better movie.

Bronies: The Extremely Unexpected Adult Fans of My Little Pony

I really enjoyed this look at Bronie culture. To be honest, it sort of restored my faith in humanity. I just wish these messages of love weren't coming from such a corporate show with so much stigma attached to it.


I don't know, this was sort of seedy. I barely watched it. One of the distribution execs came into my producing class, so I thought I'd give it a shot. But no.

Cutie And The Boxer

It was great! I haven't seen a more interesting relationship captured on film. One has to wonder how they're able to even stay alive, what with the price of rent in New York.


I absolutely love David Sedaris' stories, but the intricate comedy and dry wit of his tales didn't transfer onto the screen. It also doesn't help that I didn't know what C.O.G was and they never explained, leading me to Google the thing. It was a "meh" movie. Take it or leave it.

The English Teacher

It was "okay." Nothing to see here, move along...

The Internship

This was classic Vaughn and Wilson. So suited for the times and so witty! All the critics ragging on this film must be smoking crack. It was a great comedy - totally recommend it!

The Square
The Square(2013)

This film brought be to tears more than once. It unravels the story of what's been happening in Egypt over the last three years with heartwrenching, raw testimonials the likes of which I have never seen. I truly believe that films can bring about change, and it has never been more true than with "The Square."

The Lifeguard

I don't know why I even started watching it. It's so pointless.

Memoirs of a Geisha

After reading the book, I was looking forward to seeing the film. While I was blown away by the art design and cinematography, I was disappointed in the choice to have the characters speak English. Obviously, I know that a film like this needs a well-established star (Zhang), and that she can't speak Japanese. But I'd rather have all the characters speak Japanese (even with an accent) than have everybody speak with really heavy English. It takes you out of the story.

Miss Representation

An enlightening documentary, showing us absolutely nothing new: the same images we are constantly presented with in media are prominent in this film. Yet, by calling attention to the ads, TV characters, and other popular media mainstays, one gets the sense that there is something fundamentally wrong with the way women are being represented and that this causes problems in real women's lives.


I loved Spike Jonze's other work, and this did not disappoint! In many a film, romantic relationships are based in physical attraction, with the main couple having no witty, believable language or personal virtues to speak of. This flips a typical romance on its head, focusing instead on the only thing that should matter: love.

Saving Mr. Banks

I'm normally not very fond of movies about movies...and this is no exception. As a way of squeezing more money out of the Mary Poppins brand, Disney has decided that they will take the sentence "The author of Mary Poppins wasn't satisfied with the way Walt Disney wanted to adapt her book, mainly because the parallels to her own life were too painful to bear," and turn it into a 2-hour repetitive snooze fest.


A "must-see" for anybody who's ever been to Seaworld and paid money, contributing to their cruel orca program.

American Hustle

Really? This was boring, the stakes weren't felt at all. I'm calling David O. Russell's bluff. This is a terrible movie, disguised as a good one, thanks to amazing performances from every single one of its cast.

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

This was classic Chevy Chase. Love this series!


Totally over-hyped, and lacking basic plot points and backstory.

Anna Karenina

Gorgeous and highly innovative. But dreadly boring.

This is 40
This is 40(2012)

There are so many reasons I don't like this movie - I even fast-forwarded through the last half just to keep myself from wasting any more of my time. Nothing here says "film". It's more like a really boring 2-hour TV show. The plot is stale and unrealistic. Why would a family who can afford a custom birthday cake and catering be in financial trouble!? Nothing made sense. Don't waste your time on this.

Behind the Candelabra

The acting was absolutely phenomenal, and I certainly see why this movie was made (as far as unique, untold stories go - this has a very glamorous undertone, perfect for Hollywood). But what gets me is that it's based off of a very biased autobiography of a drug-addicted convict. I'm afraid people will see this as the absolute truth, without knowing the whole story.


If Sandra Bullock does not win an Oscar for her performance, I will punch a wall.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Although I'm not a huge fan of the story in general, this was one of the most accurate book-to-screen adaptations I've seen. And, with visibly less shaky-cam footage, a vast improvement over its predecessor.


Saw this for the first time ever as an adult. It has a very nineties "Jingle All the Way" feel. An easy story with lots of laughs. What could be better for the holidays?


AWESOME! I highly recommend this film, for any age. It instantly became my favorite Disney Princess movie. The songs, the visuals, and the comedy are top-notch. Go and see it in theaters!

Don Jon
Don Jon(2013)

Not my cup of tea. Too repetitive as well.
The acting from JGL was great, though! Tony Danza and Scarlett just acted like themselves, though.

The Very Thought of You

It was surprisingly fresh for a romantic comedy, though it fell into the trap that I find a lot of romances fall into: there was nothing admirable about any of the characters. I can't care for characters that don't have any redeeming qualities that make me believe they like each other. "Love at first sight" is too simple of a cop-out.


Very interesting in a sort of art-student way. This is definitely NOT for everybody, but if you enjoy typography and if you're a fan of learning how this particular font came to be, I recommend this film.

Fame High
Fame High(2012)

A very open and unassuming documentary following the lives of several youngsters at a competitive LA art school. I felt for them very much, and this world is always curious to visit. The doc was made well, and I enjoyed it very much!

The Heat
The Heat(2013)

I like the style of this movie - everything from the way it was shot to the dialogue and characters. It's very normal, nothing fancy or "artsy," no deeper message. It's un-intrusive and really lets you enjoy the film.

As for the content of the film, though, I'd have to say that any episode of Breaking Bad has more drug-dealer related suspense than this entire film. It's a good romp, and I'm glad I only paid $1.30 at Redbox for it.

Park Avenue: Money, Power and the American Dream

While deceptively less about the location and more about the politics, this film opened my eyes to problems that I didn't even know existed. And although I may not 100% agree with the views of the filmmakers, it's hard to argue with facts.

Happy People: A Year in the Taiga

Although I rarely fault documentaries for their visual style (after all, it's all about story here), I have to say that I was expecting something grander from Werner Herzog, cinematically-speaking. This looks like it was filmed on a single handycam.

Other than that, the documentary did what it was supposed to do: fascinated me and kept me enthralled throughout. Great job!

Bill Cunningham New York

I didn't know what to expect, but I was blown away. A man who I never knew about, who's over 80 years old and head-over-heels in love with street fashion, is one of the most influential movers and shakers in New York. Not only that, but he's the most honest and humble man I've ever seen. Perhaps I enjoyed this film because I saw so many parallels to my own life - the complete love of the fabulous, the meager living, the eating out. I feel like I've been greatly educated about one of the greatest human beings who ever lived. I have nothing more to say. Watch this movie, become a better person.


An interesting concept, but not executed as well as I would have liked. Didn't touch my heart nor inspire sympathy, apathy, or anything else for that matter.

In a World...

This is the first movie I've actually enjoyed this year. A near-perfect comedy, with many quirky moments that feel very natural, not acted. The characters are all well-formed and believable. I forgot I was watching a movie for a second, and that's pretty rare. Also, I am in love with Demetri Martin's character.

Charlie Bartlett

Meh. A typical high-school comedy that isn't very funny nor endearing. Well acted, though. Wish the screenplay was better.

Upside Down
Upside Down(2013)

Although this was very CG-heavy and plot-light, I still enjoyed the heck out of it! Just the concept is enough to get me through this film, fascinated with the ways the characters overcome their predicament.

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

I admit - I fell asleep halfway through. But from what I did see, this is a family comedy with a few elements of raunchy humor for the adults and lots of magic for the kids. It's hilarious that they had David Copperfield cameo, because this film is practically about him (if anyone's seen his Vegas act, you'd know).

Exit Through The Gift Shop

Art is what you make it. Is this documentary a piece of art in itself? Well, I'm not so sure. But it was entertaining, and Thierry is definitely someone who deserves credit, if not for creating art, then for making people believe that what he creates is art.

Brooklyn Castle

I cried - and any film that manages to elicit emotions from this face deserves top praise.
I found myself wrapped up in each of these children's stories, unable to turn away from the real-life drama going on in the school. Each person is a character, especially Pobo. I hope he runs this country one day - we need someone like him.


I have absolutely no idea why people are ragging on this film, and the critic reviews have nothing of substance to comment upon, so methinks they were rubbed the wrong way somehow.

I found this film hilarious in parts, moving in other parts, and very honest on the part of Ashton Kutcher's acting. I thought that this was the best I've ever seen him, and Josh Gad was absolutely wonderful. I'm pretty sure Gad out-shadowed Kutcher in this.

My only quip is that they did not talk at all about Pixar - the founding of which is a huge part of Jobs' legacy.

The Queen of Versailles

As a documentary, this was very well-done. Not rushed or insinuating, well-timed and well-filmed. You hear about these kinds of people existing, but to see such a raw account of their lives is fascinating.


That was weird. What a weird weird movie. Maybe it's a generational thing. Maybe I'm too young.

Trading Places

This was great! Whenever Landis and Murphy get together, you're sure to have a good time.


It lacked something. Oh yeah - chemistry, plot, acting, believability, and comedy.

First Position

Absolutely gripping and powerfully emotional. After learning about the histories of each contestant, I was watching them on the stage like a proud mom, clutching a pillow tightly, afraid they might fall.


Every female critic loves it while most male critics have given it the boot. The point is: it's classic. They don't make movies like this anymore, with this much emotion and this caliber of talent. It's unpredictable and the performances are poignant and believable.

Indie Game: The Movie

Very well-made documentary that unobtrusively chronicles the lives of three video game developers and is highly inspiring to anyone with a creative drive.

What to Expect When You're Expecting

Not bad for the target audience. But I couldn't stand it for longer than half an hour. There's only so many baby jokes I can tolerate.

The Truman Show

I LOVED the concept and execution of this film. The art direction was flawless and the cinematography was very sneaky - I kept trying to find faults with it, but I couldn't! Overall, very highly recommended!

Galaxy Quest
Galaxy Quest(1999)

Not even understanding the jokes relevant to Trekkies, I still had a great time watching this. What a cool premise and very well-done, in a campy sort of way.

Also, spot Rainn Wilson in his first feature film role.

Monsters University

Absolutely wonderful in every way. The writing was witty and charming, the animation was flawless (SO much fur to render!) the voice acting was great, and the story was fresh and heartfelt. GREAT GREAT GREAT!

And the best part is: anyone can go see it. Rated G.

Muriel's Wedding

Why don't people make films like this anymore? A likable, relatable lead character and a story that's not so cut-and-dry, not so grotesque and attention-seeking - is that too much to ask? Just a lovely film.

The Bling Ring

Remember Les Miserables, in which Anne Hathaway made up 90% of the trailer but 10% of the film. Well here we go again.

Emma Watson isn't the main character or even the second. She is the third SUPPORTING character. That being said, lets get on with it.

Very natural acting. Great shot compositions and use of grainy surveillance videos, webcam shots, and Facebook profiles.
Jarringly good music.
Clever use of low-budget cheats for high-budget sequences.

The editing was horrid, choppy, random at times. Just gross, I can't even....
Emma Watson's Cali-girl accent.
The story focused WAY to much on the scenes of robbing houses (which, after the first three tended to blend together) and not enough on the courtcase nor the aftermath. The courtroom was not even shown.

Overall, meh. Kind of interesting how these people's lives are 100% different than mine, though we are the same age and we live in the same city.

The Great Gatsby

Having never read the book nor heard the story, I was moved by Baz's brilliance. There are only so many liberties a filmmaker can take with such a well-known tale, but Baz's magic is all there: from the impeccable styling and set design to the elaborate costumes and modern music. I gladly gave my full $17 to see this in 3D. It was so worth it. Bravo!

Kissing Jessica Stein

I really like Jennifer Westfeldt's writing style and the neurotic characters she plays. This movie helps affirm what I've always believed in - love is a spectrum.

Struck by Lightning

I don't know why all the critics are putting this movie down. I think that for Chris Colfer's first screenplay, this was marvelous! It had many funny moments and some interesting dialogue. Sure, the characters were all pretty cardboard-ish. But hey, it's a high school comedy! Don't think too hard, your brain will hurt.

The East
The East(2013)

With a screenplay that mostly consisted of the lead actress staring into space, this somehow kept me interested, riveted, and fascinated throughout. Would I watch it again? No. Would I recommend it to someone who's at the theater while Great Gatsby is sold out (like what happened to me)? Yes.

Now You See Me

A strong movie, with a decent premise and a compelling plot.

THE GOOD (no spoilers):

1. It definitely kept me thoroughly entertained, and I'm still thinking about it now, trying to find errors in logic.
2. I enjoyed Jesse's performance.
3. I was really surprised at the conclusion of the film, which doesn't often happen.
4. The sound design was great.

THE BAD (no spoilers):

1. The cinematography was dizzying and frantic, as was the editing. I absolutely deplored the never-ending swooping camera moves in the Vegas scene. I couldn't find a single clear frame in any of the crowd-chase sequences. It seemed to slow down toward the end, which I enjoyed.
2. The ending was rushed, and poorly patched-up, without a decent pay-off.
3. The central romance was absolutely not compelling, and I'm not even sure it was necessary or added anything at all.

PLOT HOLES that haven't been brought up in the blogs I read (spoilers, duh):

1. If Thaddeus told Dylan that Alma was an accomplice, when it clearly was't true (and Dylan KNEW that), why did Dylan still ACT surprised, when he was just TALKING on the phone to Thaddeus. His expression should have been the opposite of his words.
2. No Federal Agent would just BELIEVE a stolen safe has money without double-checking.
3. Wouldn't the driver of the truck with the safe FEEL that the safe was lighter by a couple hundred pounds? Balloon animals sure do feel different than real money.
4. A magician punk is able to beat out several armed agents? Even if Dylan purposefully lost, the other guy didn't!

Overall, I would recommend this film. Go see it - it's a great ride AND you won't be forking over your money to a franchise.


I really enjoyed this, though I wouldn't quite call it "Epic." This should be titled along the lines of "The Leaf People" or "Queen of the Forest," because there is nothing EPIC about it. The skeleton of the story is nothing we haven't seen before. But the flourishes, including some fabulous supporting characters and careful attention to details of dialogue, are certainly worth seeing. I also can't pretend I wasn't holding my breath during some of the action sequences.

All in all: if a little child ropes you into seeing this film, you'll still be entertained.

Friends With Kids

This was just a string of dinner conversations not deserving of the film medium. That being said, it's exactly what you think it is: a huge cliche of a romantic comedy, mostly centered on what happens below the belt. Not for me, and I don't recommend it.

The Sessions
The Sessions(2012)

A little bit awkward, but a "lotta bit" awe (and awww) inspiring. I'm very disappointed that John Hawkes was not celebrated with an Academy Award nomination for this role - he was superb!

Into the Wild

This felt so long and dragged-out, full of "big idea" poems, and lacking in any sense. After giving it the honest 1.5-hour try, I just couldn't take it anymore. I should have known - I hated Thoreau in school.

Life of Pi
Life of Pi(2012)

Take Cast Away, but replace Wilson for a tiger, an island for a boat, and Tom Hanks for a scrawny Indian kid. Then add several million dollars of special effects. Mix in a sprinkle of religion and a dash of confusion. Let bubble for two hours.

Pitch Perfect

For what it is - it's good. I'm not a huge fan of movies that constantly reference other movies. Also, I don't think Anna Kendrick can carry a lead role.

Girl Model
Girl Model(2012)

A very fascinating film that shows the raw fear, confusion, and judgement that goes on in the modeling industry.

G.I. Joe: Retaliation

Not really my genre, but if you like lots of violence and you're into ninjas - you'll probably like this. Creative stunts, expert cinematography and really well-done visual effects. Also, Lee Byung-Hoon takes his shirt off. Just sayin'.


Creative and well-made, albeit predictable.

Young Adult
Young Adult(2011)

Not particularly entertaining and pretty slow-paced. Theron does a solid job, but I wouldn't watch it again.

From Prada to Nada

You can see the actors trying their best, but they really can't get past the horrible screenplay.


Nothing redeeming, gripping, or worthwhile. I couldn't even finish the movie, I was so bored. A complete waste of time.

Like Crazy
Like Crazy(2011)

A film that does what a film is supposed to do: show an accurate portrayal of real life. The performances were very real -- never did I feel like they were "acted." The story, as is real life, was just meh. I also wasn't a fan of the shaky-cam.

The Hours
The Hours(2002)

Everything was on-point: the superb cinematography, art direction, and especially acting and editing. Why then, did I find it nearly impossible to get through? I had to watch it in four sittings because I got antsy from the lack of anything enjoyable.


A great concept that was very well-shot and superbly acted on the part of Joseph Gordon-Levitt and a random little kid genius. Definitely very engrossing, with just enough mystery to not be predictable but still not highbrow enough to put off the general public. 1 1/2 stars off for the following. Warning: Spoilers!

I think the switch between parallel dimensions could have been handled better than a simple cut. Also, the use of production design could have been more evenly distributed: 80% of the movie is spent on simple sets, while the more complex shots (like the solar-powered cars in the working girl district) are hardly presented. The dialogue was also lacking, with many lines literally reading, "shit, fuck, fuck." Also, I completely didn't buy into Bruce Willis' romance with the Asian chick, who did not get a single line of dialogue. So much for being the ONE thing driving the main character to action.


Quite unexpectedly hilarious, despite the subject matter. This film will appeal to young audiences as well as to their parents, with references to classic horror flicks of decades past.

Django Unchained

The most by-the-book Tarantino film I've seen, both story and cinematography-wise. What really stood out were his great choices in music.

Zero Dark Thirty

Unobtrusive cinematography and realistic dialogue did not cover for the fact that this story probably should not have been made into a film.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

While this movie had me tearing up more than once, I hardly think this is worthy of comparisons to John Hughes' classic teen films. Much of the culture is lost due to the dated music and film references, which most modern teenagers do not associate with. Whatever star power Emma Watson brought to the film was immediately overshadowed by the captivating, real performance of Ezra Miller, whose career I will now be meticulously following.

I'm Reed Fish

The plot twist didn't spin this tale into anything noteworthy, unfortunately. Also Alexis Bledel's worst film, even taking into account "Post Grad."

The Deal
The Deal(2008)

Although it had its moments, the story was just too unbelievable and contrived. It was very self-aware and tried to be risqué, yet was done complete Hollywood fashion.


Yara's performance was the only one worth watching; she was the only character with depth. Yet, she is not even featured in any of the posters. This films was as cheesy (or buttery, eh?) as it gets, but Yara saved it from being a total disaster.

Hungry For Change

A really preachy hour-and-a-half, with the "experts" repeating the same things over and over again. Here, I'll sum it up for you: start a juice cleanse and love yourself. Done.

Jeff Who Lives at Home

Well that was random. Not sure why, but I enjoyed the carefree feel of this flick.


I hope more people see this film, as it shows just how heartbreaking of an epidemic obesity really is, from a very personal, introverted look.

Dear Santa
Dear Santa(2011)

While predictable and as cheesy as they come, it's not the worst Christmas film I've seen.

The September Issue

This did what a movie should do, regardless of the documentary style - it took me into the world it was portraying and I was entertained.

Analyze This
Analyze This(1999)

I feel like I have to take off a star simply because it keeps obviously referring to "The Godfather," and nothing can possibly compare. But as a COMEDY about the Mob, this is very entertaining and clever. I have a feeling tough guy DeNiro was never really fond of his crying scenes, and therefore wasn't very believable.

Craigslist Joe

You see so many negative, slandering, hopeless documentaries these days that it's hard to believe that there is any basic human kindness left in the world. This film shows that it's all over the place. It made me smile and feel good about the state of the world, which is more than most films can claim to have done.

Debra Digiovanni: Single Awkward Female

Pretty hilarious, though she does talk very fast! A few jokes fell flat, but overall very well-thought-out and naturally flowing from one topic to another.


A very interesting film about the world of asexuality and how it is slowly gaining acceptance by society.

Premium Rush
Premium Rush(2012)

Looks like the storyline was secondary to the sheer novelty of making a film about the world of bike messengers in NYC. He could have been carrying practically anything: neither Point A or Point B mattered much. The majority of this film was spent speeding along New York, following JGL on a bike, as he found creative solutions to outrun (or catch up to) various completely replaceable cardboard characters. But it's JGL, and his pure charisma holds the film together and makes it entertaining to watch.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

The computer graphics were indeed quite impressive, but any story that stars an ape (even a hyper-intelligent one) cannot have enough depth to satisfy me, a fully-functioning human with a brain.

Mardi Gras: Made in China

I viewed this film over five years ago and it's still lodged in my memory every time I go and purchase any product. If a film can have that sort of impact on me, it deserves 5 stars automatically.

Jane Eyre
Jane Eyre(2011)

If you like the sort of drawn-out suffering that comes standard with these period flicks, you'll probably like this.

The Joneses
The Joneses(2010)

A fairly entertaining film based on a very original idea, though the ending was pretty obvious.

Les Misérables

Get ready for ... EVERYONE'S close-up. This film is a marathon of ECUs executed with uncomfortable shaky-cam and the worst focus-pulling I've ever seen. And unlike a stage production, which at least has an intermission, this provides no break from the ... well ... misery.

Stephen Tobolowsky's Birthday Party

This cannot be judged as a film with respect to the typical aspects of cinematography, story, characters, etc. But for what it is, which is basically a very lengthy stand-up routine, it is indeed very enjoyable and deserves to be seen and recognized.

Sleepwalk With Me

For a film about a standup comedian, there were surprisingly few laugh-out-loud moments. And in all honesty, I would have been fine with a film that involved no sleepwalking whatsoever.

A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas

I can't believe there was ever a reason to create this film. It is ridiculously high-budget for what it is: a simple mish-mash of holiday-related drug accidents.

Arthur Christmas

A really great Christmas movie that's genuinely funny and very with-the-times. The characters are more three-dimensional than in most animated films I've seen. Includes jokes about an iPhone-like device called the "HoHo" and references to Atlantis, cannibals, and the Cuban Missile Crisis. Fun for the whole family!

Be Kind Rewind

I actually found it quite cooky and charming, especially during their big one-shot recreation sequence about 2/3 of the way through the film.

Did You Hear About the Morgans?

Not the best SJP or Hugh Grant film there is. Pretty predictable with very little levels of actual threat or danger. A mostly slow-paced script with some sporadic comedic moments.

In Time
In Time(2011)

One of those cerebral films that keep you thinking long after the movie is over.

The Soloist
The Soloist(2009)

I think more could have been done with the story, given Jamie Foxx's amazing portrayal of Ayers. But then again, this being biographical, nothing too interesting could have happened. If you want a feel-good story about a musical prodigy, watch August Rush.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

This could definitely have been much much shorter, as sequences dragged on way past the point of comfort or necessity. Otherwise, the cinematography, acting, art direction, and visual effects were all top-notch!

My Week with Marilyn

Really more of a character study than a film. But as a slice from the life of Miss Monroe, this film serves its purpose beautifully, with Williams turning in a stellar performance.

Four Christmases

A fairly funny Christmas romp. More upscale than made-for-TV flicks but not reaching "A Christmas Story" status.

Sarah Silverman: Jesus Is Magic

One of the more entertaining and least grotesque female stand-up comics in the business.

Morning Glory

Surprisingly, Harrison Ford totally bombed in this flick. Much like his character, I felt that he (as an actor) was completely phoning it in, relying on his starpower to get him by. McAdams and Keaton were lovely, however. I highly enjoyed McAdams' quirkiness.

The Rebound
The Rebound(2009)

Not very original or interesting, despite the talented actors. I would watch "Notes on a Scandal" instead, if you're into age-gap romances.

Ruby Sparks
Ruby Sparks(2012)

Quite the well-written (pun intended) flick about a storybook romance coming to fruition. I couldn't escape several pivotal "real person" thoughts like: Where does Calvin get his money to live? How did Ruby go "back" to her apartment if no such thing exists? And, of course, why would anybody want a girl like Ruby? She seems incredibly flighty and whiny, though I must admit she has a good heart and a cute appearance.

Matchstick Men

Didn't see that coming. Cool!
Half off because they cast Nick Cage.

George of the Jungle

I have very fond memories of this film. As a kid's movie, it does very well at being both entertaining and age-appropriate.

The Ramen Girl

Take the Japanese dedication to culinary arts of "Hiro Dreams of Sushi" and the storyline of "The Karate Kid" and mix until frothy, bubbly, and inedible.

12 Dates Of Christmas

Complete hogwash. Don't even waste your time. Watch "Groundhog Day" instead.

Christmas Cupid

One of the dumbest and most horribly-acted films I've ever seen. I hope nobody watches this. Ever.

Romantics Anonymous

What a wonderfully quirky love story, all wrapped up in the world of gourmet chocolate! I'd definitely recommend this to anyone.


A very well-written film that struck genuine fear in my heart and had me in suspense 'till the end.

Jiro Dreams of Sushi

Really fascinating subject matter, mouthwatering cinematography, and well-designed music. I highly recommend!


Not my favorite Bond film (or my favorite Bond), but thoroughly enjoyable because of two actors: Ben Whishaw and Javier Bardem. Whishaw was delightfully understated in his portrayal of the new Q, which left me hungering for more. And Bardem was completely whacky and in-character as Silva, the revenge-crazed ex-agent hell-bent on murdering M. As for the was a weak one by Bond standards. There's usually so much more espionage and smolder and so much less brass-tacks murder and straight-forward revenge.

Holiday Engagement (A Holiday Engagement)

Pretty one-dimensional characters abound in this done-to-death topical flick.

Holiday in Handcuffs

A surprisingly good flick from ABC Family. Sure, the characters were very cookie-cutter and you could feel the actors screaming "I'm in a low-budget family comedy" inside, but that's what this is supposed to be! I actually found Mario Lopez' acting not half-bad.


This solid piece of entertainment has pretty good premise and solid acting. However, the ending is quite abrupt and there are several avenues that could have been explored more in-depth. For example, I would have loved to hear a colorful conversation between a call center employee and a customer. I would have also liked to see more of the types of items that the company sells, and how those affect the employees.


I imagine one could fashion a drinking game over how many times Stewart touches her hair while looking at the ground and stammering.


Not particularly redeeming or artistically glorious in execution. The acting was top-notch, however (meaning, I didn't really pay attention to it because it was so natural).

Learned a lot about wine. Still don't want to drink any.

The Darjeeling Limited

This is not for everybody, but it certainly WAS for me!

High Anxiety
High Anxiety(1977)

A Hitchcock fanboy's wildest dream, this spoof is too esoteric to stand on its own.

Me and You and Everyone We Know

It started in nowhereland and ended in confusionville, but this slice of life in the world of ordinary people was exceptionally awkward and deliciously cringe-worthy. Just goes to show that you don't need a blockbuster cast and budget to create a fabulous little jewel of a film.

Tropic Thunder

The best part was Robert Downey Jr. pretending to be an Australian guy pretending to be a black guy. The rest seemed overly contrived and glorified, constantly peddling to the "we're making a movie WITHIN a movie" storyline. We get it.

American Splendor

I really enjoyed this unconventional anti-movie. Along with being beautifully shot and edited, it had a genuine well of charm that never ran dry.

Tiny Furniture

A quirky, self-indulgent character study that oddly enough made me feel fantastic.

The Weather Man

I quite liked it, though I wouldn't watch it again. I felt ever-sorrier for Dave as the movie wore on and it never got much better. Michael Caine did a fine job acting as Cage's disgruntled father, though I don't know if the accent made any sense.


I do not care for the trifles of Emma Woodhouse and do not understand the need for a film about them. This entertainment would have been perfectly acceptable in book form, for ladies in 19th-century England to occupy their time with. But to me, it dragged on immensely long, with no particular care for any of the characters or their meddling personalities.

Punch-Drunk Love

Not too sure what I just watched, but I liked it! The music was a bit too distracting for my taste, but it added to the sense of danger/excitement. I could have done without the Kubric-esque psychedelia, but I loved the creative use of long takes and practical lights to enhance shadow elements.

Oh and as for story, I was thoroughly entertained. I didn't know where it was heading at all.

Super 8
Super 8(2011)

I enjoyed the movie-making storyline and completely didn't need the monster at all.


It was a very well-made film and well-acted on the part of Philip Seymour Hoffman. But never did I feel any sense of danger for Capote, nor did I find the actor who played Perry to be captivating enough for the role. I'm sure that if I'd read "In Cold Blood," I'd be even more disappointed with him.

The Hunger Games

It was just fine, though I was constantly distracted by the camera shake. The acting was okay, but I was hyper-aware of the "actors" because of the lack of soundtrack. It annoyed me even more than the shaking or the "I can tell it's a set" sets. I also don't think they did the fashions of the Capitol justice and I was very upset by the sluggish CG.

As for story, because I have just finished reading the book, I was of course disappointed. Being written from the first-person POV, the book was (although gruesome and poorly-written), at least personable. In this film, I can't tell what's going through Katniss' mind at any time. Lawrence played her off very cool-ly, not cleverly, as the character is intended to be.

The Dark Knight Rises

I'll tell you why I'm not jazzed. I couldn't understand what Bane was saying! MAJOR snafu on the part of the filmmakers. Also, I'm not into superhero movies at all. And also also also, it was way too long.

BUT, to his merit, Christopher Nolan really knows how to write, film, and market such big-budget blockbusters. And the cinematography was seamless, not at all detracting. The action sequences were even more spectacular in IMAX.

Harold and Maude

Quite the strange little film. At first, I thought Harold was 12 years old so it was even creepier. But overall, for the level of skill despite being shot in the 60s and the originality of the story, I forgive its questionable acting.

The Amazing Spider-Man

Really exceptional 3D cinematography and outstanding visual effects. There were several cute moments in the film, mostly having to do with Garfield's facial expressions. As for the chemistry between the main characters, I didn't feel it at all.


Not my favorite genre or cinematic style. But it was intriguing and entertaining!


I don't like being scared and I don't like macho movies about fighting with sharks, therefore this is not my cup of tea.

The Apartment

They just don't make movies like this anymore. It was funny, entertaining, and very well-acted. It did lag in certain parts, however. I felt that some scenes could have been cut down. I also didn't really understand the romance between Fran and Sheldrake. Seemed forced to me.

Moonrise Kingdom

This was incredibly stylized, hyper real, and absolutely beautifully acted and shot. I really, really, really enjoyed this film and I encourage anybody and everybody to go see it.


This movie doesn't take itself seriously and doesn't expect you to either. If you try to fill in the plot holes, you'll fall through an abyss. Just enjoy it for what it is: a crass movie about a wise-cracking teddy bear.

Jerry Maguire

I learned some things I didn't know about the world of sports. However, I still felt myself itching to fast-forward this film.

Oh and I didn't believe the romance for one second.

Marvel's The Avengers

The filmmakers did an excellent job with the sheer amount of story material that they had to cover. I had never seen ANY of the individual Avengers' previous movies nor had I read (or even heard about) any of the comics, so I was going into this completely blind. Each character's story and personality traits were slowly introduced, at all the right times. The visual effects alone are worth the price of admission.

Men in Black III

Although it had a few humorous moments, I never really felt any tension or danger. The villain was an idiot and it never felt like the fate of the earth was in J's hands. Everything felt too perfect, too coiffed, too forced: from the sets to the wardrobe to the line delivery to the special effects. They should stop making these; Tommy Lee is too old.

Katy Perry: Part of Me

A very fun, funky, funny, and fabulous film.


Absolutely fantastic, heartwarming, and beautiful. I can really appreciate all the work it took to not only make this movie BE interesting but make this movie LOOK fantastic. Everything, from tiny scratches to simulated rain is realistic and beautiful. The story is also unique, unexpected, funny, and emotional. I believe this ushers in a new era of the Disney Princess and crowns Pixar as royalty in the world of animated features. See it in 3D if you can!

Oh but be advised: all the characters speak with Scottish accents.

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

This could have easily dragged on and on, but because each of these colorful, complex characters was given a chance to discover themselves, the interweaving of their storylines played out nicely. Could have done without Maggie Smith's subplot. Also, most situations seemed quite contrived and convenient. I didn't really believe in any of the conflicts presented in this film.


I quite liked it, though it did feel very set-designed and small. Also, the joke got old pretty quickly.

Marie Antoinette

I thought this would be entertaining but boy was I wrong. It mainly follows a bored royal and all of her boring activities, which include sleeping, laying there wide awake, eating, looking, and chatting about trivial matters with her courtesans. If you want to watch this film to escape your own mundane life for a little bit, you'll just end up living her mundane life for a little bit.

I also didn't like how this film glazed over the historical issues of the time, preferring to focus on Marie's quest for sexual fulfillment rather than the burgeoning revolution happening all around her.

Three stars are given purely for the costume and makeup department.

Nihon no Yoru to Kiri (Night and Fog in Japan)

Don't watch this unless forced by some sort of torturer (I was, by my teacher). You won't get it. I spent a week learning and reading about it and I still didn't get it. I'm sure it's brilliant and all that hubbub, but it's not entertaining in the slightest. Not that entertainment has to be a requirement...but for me it is.


I was personally turned off by the subject matter. It's like "The Basketball Diaries" and "Reservoir Dogs" combined, in less interesting fashion. Most of the film focuses around the main character going from one heroin overdose to the next. While he has some fascinating musings about the meaning of life and he certainly made me feel good about my OWN existence, I wouldn't recommend this film to any impressionable youngsters lest they get the wrong idea.

Billy Elliot
Billy Elliot(2000)

Really quite charming and tear-jerking. Fairly predictable but there are some great characters. The young actor handles this complex role remarkably well.


It was beautifully shot. I swear, every frame is a masterpiece. But it was too slow-paced and quite dull for my taste. The dialogue was quite standard and the characters were fairly one-dimensional.


This is clearly a blatant cop-out, but it works! There are some great revelations and philosophical musings about writing and the struggle to find passion and worthiness.
This is also the most "meta" film I've seen. Talk about movies about movies...


I haven't seen much of Godard and I will not attempt to judge this based on its political content, which I'm sure accounts for 90% of the reasons the choices here were made. I don't care how brilliant or meta it is. I just personally found it difficult in all aspects of the viewing experience.

50 First Dates

One of my favorite stupid romantic comedies. I've watched it far too many times.


Didn't understand a word of it and was bored throughout.

Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles

It's a test of your willpower. Though the way she makes meatloaf had me in a trance.

True Grit
True Grit(2010)

I have not seen the original and am unfamiliar with the story, so my critique rests with this film as it stands alone.
This was very well-cast and believable, with the actors turning out solid performances. It was cinematically beautiful and visually striking. Like most Westerns I've seen, however, it was too drawn-out and lengthy. Too much wandering around and yakking going on. It only really picked up speed in the last half hour.

I Love You Phillip Morris

Take "Catch Me if You Can," add the usual silliness of Jim Carey, insert a bunch of stereotypical gay jokes, subtract logic, and you get this film. If you're craving Carey, watch "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind."

Bonus points to Ewan McGreggor for pulling off that accent, though.

Annie Hall
Annie Hall(1977)

This kept me entertained throughout because of its compelling, true-to-life characters and witty dialogue. I really enjoy these slice-of-normal-life movies.


You'd think it would be hard to follow, what with four story lines, but it somehow works. I really liked the suspense, but I felt like the Japan sequences ran a little long.
Overall, this is a good movie. The production value was very high, so it has to be.


A great idea and a beautiful film. I highly recommend it and I would watch it again in a heartbeat.

Groundhog Day

One of my all-time favorites. I still cannot get over this brilliantly-concocted and superbly-acted film. I love the small-town feel of the setting, as it puts me into a place where I know that I am safe, that there won't be any crazy car crashes or shootings. I also admire the attention to detail that the continuity team had, staging the same day over and over again. Just wonderful!

Back to the Future

It's just "okay" for me. I like time-travel movies, but this one could have taken more advantage of that theme, I believe.

Ghostbusters (1984 Original)

Yeah, it's a bit cheesy and silly, but HEY! It's GHOSTBUSTERS! And if you don't like it, then we are going to have a problem.

Men in Black
Men in Black(1997)

Pretty much my favorite film about aliens. I think Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith are an awesome buddy cop team and this entire concept is really intriguing. I periodically keep thinking back to this movie whenever I encounter a person who seems just a little bit "off," if you know what I mean.


Burton at his best. Doing what he was born to do. And I mean, with an all-star cast like that, it's hard to go wrong. This is a staple on my Halloween movie playlist.

The Incredibles

Falls short of my usual expectations for Pixar. Then again, I never did like superhero movies to begin with. There's something about the whole self-righteous pompous attitude of superheroes that turns me off.

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Yeah, pretty much the best Disney live-action film ever.

Meet the Fockers

Kind of dumb, but hey, it's got De Niro, Hoffman, and Streisand. Need I say more? They carry the movie.

The Day After Tomorrow

If you haven't seen this movie, you are sorely missing out on: spectacular visual effects, crazy bite-your-nails suspense, masterful acting, brilliant cinematography, and the most gripping end-of-the-world film I've ever seen.

27 Dresses
27 Dresses(2008)

It's a pretty standard chick-flick, but since I LOVE chick-flicks, especially ones with Katherine Heigl, I'm giving it 4 stars. Also cause the wardrobe department deserves a standing ovation.

Lars and the Real Girl

I loved the concept, though the movie was quite dull. It was well-made, however, and definitely worth a viewing. I recommend it.

The 40 Year Old Virgin

It's not my cup of tea. I don't see what's so funny about this kind of vulgar humor.

Mrs. Doubtfire

One of my favorite always-on-tv-but-I-watch-it-anyway movies. Just heartwarming goodness from start to finish. I could (and have) watch this dozens of times.

Rush Hour 2
Rush Hour 2(2001)

I love all the Rush Hours. Not because Jackie Chan or Chris Tucker are the greatest actors ever, but because they're a super-funny "buddy cop" team. This one is better than the first.

Dr. Dolittle
Dr. Dolittle(1998)

It's kind of a sucky movie cinema-wise, but I've seen it too many times to care. It's not high-brow and doesn't pretend to be. Just a great little flick for the kids in your life.

The Searchers

Most of this movie was like pulling teeth. I never thought it would get past the scenes of the men, the desert, and their stupid antics. It only really picked up near the end, after (only) 5 years of "searching."

On the Waterfront

There's nothing I really liked about this movie except Marlon Brando's acting. He's not even particularly good-looking. The story didn't intrigue me and the characters were too preachy.

Breakfast at Tiffany's

What was that? I had expected something thought-provoking and grand, something deserving of Audrey Hepburn's talents. But this character was not one I sympathized with. In fact, I hated Holly and her naive ways. I hated Varjack for falling for her. The movie made no sense to me.

Being John Malkovich

I thought it was great! To relate such a complicated concept in such a short time period requires expert editing and revision skills. All the actors were constantly on-point and the storyline was one of the most intriguing I have ever seen. I highly recommend this (though of course not to anyone under 18).

The Descendants

It's just so average and boring. Nobody will care about this film in 2 years, I guarantee it.


The film was visually thrilling to watch in full 3D. The special effects and the cinematography were really beautiful. The story, however, was predictable (at least to me, who knows the history of Melies and is familiar with those early silent films). This is not to say that it wasn't a great children's story and that it wasn't masterfully directed.

I also highly appreciate all the nods to classic cinematography and the way the plot unfolded. I expect a lot more in the future, when the novelty of 3D wears off and this technology is used on actor-driven (rather than effects-driven) films.

Shadow of a Doubt

A weird story full of palpable sexual tension between a young girl an her crazy uncle. There was really no mystery in this, nor was her romance with that other guy believable.

Citizen Kane
Citizen Kane(1941)

What do you expect from the most critically-acclaimed film of all time? I expected it to be philosophical bullshit that would likely put me to sleep. But luckily, it wasn't! It was a very compelling storyline (any fictional biography is usually grounds for a good story) and was shot with creative cinematography. The only WTF moment was a random, loud parrot that flashed on the screen for a millisecond (you can't miss it).

Cinema Paradiso (Nuovo Cinema Paradiso)

This is a great film that I recommend to any filmmaker, movie enthusiast, or lover of foreign films. It cleverly ties the history of film with the life of one boy whose boyhood fascination for the cinema turned into a life-long love. I'm taking off one star because some sequences were just too lengthy for comfort.

The Artist
The Artist(2011)

It's a hit with critics because film analysts have been brought up with the notion that silent films are on a pedestal of their own. They see "The Artist" as part of that epoch.
It's a hit with viewers because most viewers haven't seen a silent film (or enough silent films) to consider this anything but a fascinating novelty. It wasn't a hit with me because I saw no compelling storyline and I was not convinced by the actors.
I see this film as simply a way for the director to cut production costs on sound equipment and art direction (a large part of which nowadays heavily relies on colors) by passing this film off as "artsy." He even called it "The Artist" - a not-so-subtle nod to own vanity.

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

Although I'm usually not wild on movies centering around political themes, this film kept me interested and alert. I really sympathized with Jefferson and supported him right up to the (rather abrupt) end.

Footlight Parade

It is quite long and fast-paced, which creates the illusion that it lasts for hours. If you're watching it and about to give up - just wait. There's a BIG visual feast in store for you in the last half hour that you can't help but enjoy.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Maybe the message was too "deep" for a simpleton like me to understand. Maybe I blinked and something remarkable happened in that very millisecond to justify the acclaim this movie gets. I don't know. All I know is that this was an incredibly dull, sad, and pointless film. Is it wrong that I want to be entertained? I somehow don't find a hospital room with a bunch of barely-coherent lunatics to be entertaining.

Reservoir Dogs

I went into this knowing nothing of what it was about and I'm glad I was allowed to be surprised and to discover the story exactly the way Tarantino intended me to.

The Road to El Dorado

A very entertaining and educational non-Disney cartoon.


Hilarious little short film!

Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

For a silent film, it was quite entertaining. The story is a pretty happy one and it provides lots of room for laugher and joy.

The Immigrant

For being a short silent film, this was really entertaining! The boat sequence was too lengthy, I feel. And the continuity could have been cleaner. But it was hilarious and definitely worth my time.

Way Down East

Some scenes seemed to drag on forever, but I won't be too critical of one of the most innovative films of American motion picture history. Yes, it's not relevant to today's audiences and yes, it's very long. The music gets annoying and repetitive at times. But the storyline was compelling enough to at least keep me awake.

The Big Lebowski

There's a conspiracy, a kidnapping, a million dollars, and several lives on the line. But what does "The Dude" do? He smokes a joint and complains about his rug, which "really tied the room together." This movie dragged on and on, didn't keep me entertained, and wasted my time.

Ip Man
Ip Man(2010)

A subpar rating for a subpar action flick with poor dialogue and weak acting. Better go with a Bruce Lee film instead of this one about his teacher.

The Future
The Future(2011)

This film touches on many real issues: relationships, complacency, the passage of time, the fear of inadequacy, parenting, the proliferation of technology, etc. It also contains some profound thoughts and interesting dialogue. However, it left me asking "What was the point of spending my time watching that?"

The Help
The Help(2011)

This film was well-made and well-acted; I can see why people love it. It had hilarious comedic elements as well as tear-jerking dramatic moments. A few ends were left loose (I suppose because of the difficulty of the book-to-movie transition), but overall the film is an excellent story that I would definitely watch again.

Paris Je T'aime

Each of the short films in this series has its own focus and direction, from a cute love story of a blind boy to a film about a mime to an abnormal vampire flick. While some have stronger concepts than others, they somehow all manage to highlight the beauty of Paris and provide commentary on how tricky relationships can be, especially in the city of love. I think this film has something for everyone: so much like a vaudeville show, you will eventually be entertained.


I thought that this would be a bright, cheery film that would conjure up a picture of whimsical modern London. No such thing. It was quite dry and really had no plot. I did like the way she was taught to drive, though. I've been using the same technique ever since.

Larry Crowne
Larry Crowne(2011)

I don't care what critics say. This film isn't made to be the best thing ever. In a world where "The Hangover" and "The Girl w/the Dragon Tattoo" dominate with gross scenes and violence, it's nice to see a cheery movie reminiscent of 90s rom-coms.

Midnight in Paris

I really enjoyed this film and it's look at Paris, past and present. The storytelling is fresh, the acting is natural, and the vivid cast of characters reminded me that modern movies can still intellectually stimulate while at the same time being thoroughly entertaining. And yes, after the movie I spent a lot of time on Wikipedia, learning about many of the historical figures that were alluded to.
Half a star off for the cheesy unnecessary last scene.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

So sick and twisted - I see why they had to re-make it for American audiences. However, it was a well-written and suspenseful story. The execution was a little botched (I mean, you can't really reveal details in blurry pictures simply by increasing the contrast or enlarging them). I wouldn't recommend this to anyone under eighteen years old. And for those over eighteen - beware.


Comedy can be done in a tasteful way without being this dumb, cheesy, and over-acted. The only reason this even gets one star (as opposed to half a star) is for Melissa McCarthy's character.

Crazy, Stupid, Love.

As far as dumb modern comedies go, this wasn't all that terrible. Had a few cute moments, but disappointed overall (except for Emma Stone, who is fantastic at whatever she does).

North by Northwest

It really did keep me enthralled throughout. Very intelligent and fast-paced. Half a star off for being predictable. And I'm docking another half a star for the most botched-up ending I've ever seen.

My Date With Drew

Made me glad that he got his date, made his movie, and made his mark in film history. However, his obsession with Drew frightened me and had me half hoping he'd never meet her. The style of filming was also very shoddy and haphazard.

He's Just Not That Into You

Yeah it's predictable, but it's a good chick flick and has a fantastic cast. It was a pleasure to watch (or maybe I'm just saying that cause it's 6am and I've stayed up all night).

Singin' in the Rain

I really loved it! Not only is the storyline great, but you'll be hard pressed to find actors that are as versatile as Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds. This film captures all the glitz and glam of old Hollywood from every angle, as it revolves around the lives of Hollywood stars and is told BY Hollywood stars.

Tuck Everlasting

As much as I love Alexis Bledel, here she plays a character with absolutely no redeeming qualities, which make this love story fall flat. The novel is wonderful - the film doesn't show one ounce of the same magic the book contains.

Christmas With the Kranks

This is the kind of movie where so much mischief and hijinks happen that you can't help but watch.
I've always said that holiday films should be judged on a different scale than regular films because they in general are of much poorer quality. So for a holiday movie, this is decent.

The Karate Kid

This movie was the same as Jaden Smith's acting: over-exaggerated and underwhelming. The situations were painfully concocted and skill-lessly executed.
Also, this movie managed to effectively stereotype both Americans and Chinese, making things up as it went along.
One more thing. It's called the "Karate" kid. But Dre learns Kung Fu. In fact, there is even a line where he argues with his mom that this is not karate, it's KUNG FU. This lack of care about "big picture" items such as the name of the whole entire film caries over into small details (for example, like the fact that a kung fu master would never charm a snake while wearing a frivolous pink scarf).

All About Eve

It's a great movie with sharp dialogue (too sharp to ever be believable in real life, however). The plot also ended up just where I thought it would, but I had a fun time getting there. But hey, you can't blame the movie, since the plot is based on a novel.
All in all, an enjoyable film that kept me entertained the entire time, without any action sequences, CGI, fancy sets, or even color.

You Again
You Again(2010)

It was an "okay" chick flick with lots of sight gags and a predictable storyline. Plus, Kristen Bell still looks hot as a nerd, so there's really no point to the story.

Howl's Moving Castle

Another Miyazaki film that stretches the imagination. At first, it was understandable and I could follow along. Then toward the middle, the cartoon started breaking its own rules and it confused me. Nevertheless, it is a humorous, colorful, lively film that's great for anyone over the age of six.

Spirited Away

It's a good alternative to your typical cutesy cartoon.
But the storyline is kind of what I would experience in a nightmare. Definitely not for young kids to watch. And the film is very slow in places (did they really need to spend all that time focusing on her descending a ladder...filling a bath...being on a train...the list goes on and on).

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

The original was pretty innovative with the pre-thought-out fight sequences in slow-mo. This brought nothing new to the table and stretched the realm of the "possible" beyond the scope of this fairly realistic world.


For example, a doctor in that century could not possibly re-construct entire faces and make people look like clones of other people (that technology does not even exist in present times), let alone leave only a small scar behind the ear as proof. And how dumb does Ritchie think the audience is to believe that Holmes survived that giant fall thanks only to a tiny oxygen bauble? And how does he have the technology, time, or skill to paint himself camouflage body suits? Also, Irene Adler died and Holmes didn't really seem all that bent up about it.

The only innovative thing about this movie was the mental chess game during its climax.

V for Vendetta

I didn't really believe the chemistry. I think that because one character was constantly in a goofy-looking mask (even though it was integral to the story), an added level of feeling wasn't there. I also didn't buy into this fabricated post-modern Britain, nor did I care for Portman's poor British accent.

Schindler's List

This film really hit me hard. In most other films, I can comfort myself by saying "It's okay - it's not real" and pointing out flaws in the film, whether they be with the unnatural acting or with continuity problems. But not only is this film based on a true story and the depictions of the horrors of the Holocaust accurately portrayed, the way this is shot is flawless. I particularly admire the use of black and white, which makes this ever more chilling and documentary-like.

New Year's Eve

Don't look at this from a movie critic's perspective. This wasn't made to be a GOOD movie. Obviously, if you've got to cram in eight different stories in one two-hour film, there will be no depth and no good dialogue. If you look at this as a feel-good flick for the 2012 holiday season, you will realize that it does a great job of getting you into the holiday spirit. It has a few heartwarming moments and some aspects of the plot will surprise you. Plus, it's a great look at New York on New Year's Eve, albeit a very contrived one.


A bit to much cursing and violence for my taste, but it kept me intrigued throughout. I really enjoyed the narrative style of the movie and the way it was shot sometimes from the first-person perspective of Henry Hill.

The Silence of the Lambs

I don't see why it has become as popular as it is. Perhaps, at the time, it was groundbreaking. But for today's standards, it's not nearly as spooky or twisted as movies get.
However, it features great acting by Mr. Hopkins and some interesting shot sequences that will surprise you. Worth a watch, and I'm curious to see the rest of the films in this story.


Blanchett does a really excellent job in her portrayal of this iconic figure. If you like movies about the British monarchy and period films from the 1500s (think: The Other Boleyn Girl), this film is a must-see. Great costumes, too.


Definitely worthwhile to see if you're a fan of loosely tied multiple story lines. This film is similar to "Love Actually," but instead of a comedy set in London, it is a drama set in Paris. Great, very natural acting and beautiful shots of the city wrap this movie into a very nicely-produced package.


Am I the only person who didn't like this film? It was so dull and drudged on and on. You already know the ending right at the very start and nothing happens in the last two hours of the film that didn't already happen in the first 38 minutes. I suppose if you are more musically inclined, you will like this film more because you will understand the music composition terms that are used. For me, there was too much nomenclature and not enough intrigue to carry such a long film.

It's a Wonderful Life

I watched this movie 7/8 of the way through and thought I had had just about enough of George's unluckiness and heartbreak, so I stopped. Today I picked up where I left off and let me tell you - it was amazing! I cried buckets. It's rare that a movie brings me as much joy as this one did. It's a great story and teaches an important lesson about life, love, friends, and values. Just...wonderful!


This is clearly among the superior films coming out of the animation genre in the last ten years. Forget How to Train Your Dragon. Forget Monsters vs. Aliens. THIS is the real deal. The characters were three-dimensional (and I DON'T just mean the style of animation). They had such real personalities and facial expressions - it was amazing! I thoroughly enjoyed this film, which was only moderately predictable.

Samurai Reincarnation (Makai tenshô)

This film is a bit long and some scenes lag, but overall it was a very enjoyable watching experience. I'd say it's better than any film that you can see in movie theaters today.


Quite possibly the most naturally-acted movie I've ever seen. You feel as though the characters really exist.
The script, cast, and storyline are really excellent. Yes, it is pretty brash in the way it deals with the issues of sex and it is certainly not appropriate for children.
But I highly liked it and I recommend it to my college-minded friends.

Mary and Max
Mary and Max(2009)

An unexpected claymation from the land of Australia which will have you laughing, crying, guessing, and marveling at the craftsmanship and love that went into this film.
Warning: even though it is claymation, it is not child-appropriate whatsoever.

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

I know this is a classic and it's very well-received, so perhaps I'm not ready to fully appreciate its glory. Yes, there were a few humorous points in the film. And yes, I understand the satire.
However, I felt that the film was dreadfully slow and repetitive. Moreover, there is no way that the US govt would ever be that stupid in real life.

P.S. I Love You

Gerard Butler should stick to being epic in fighting movies, not trying to be romantic. So should Hilary Swank.

The Man in the Iron Mask

You can't go wrong with a young Leo DiCaprio and a cooky Gerard Depardieu, flanked by an amazing cast of actors, including Jeremy Irons and John Malkovich. The film is beautiful, the costumes are to die for, and the story is classic. I could watch this over and over again.

The Count of Monte Cristo

Love love love this movie! I think it's a great adaptation of the book and it's very enthralling. A fantastic film.

The Legend of Zorro

Not as good as the first, but still pretty darn good.

The Mask of Zorro

Just the right mix of fortune, love, and adventure.

Fiddler on the Roof

A MUST for any Jewish girl like me. My parents and I quote this constantly.

Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind

Probably is going down as one of my top 10 favorite films. I like Jim Carrey in this. He's not his usual, stupid self. And I really got to see him be vulnerable with his acting. I also love Kate Winslet, who is one of my favorite actresses, doing something outside of her usual regal English self. The storyline is so fascinating and the relationship is so tangible, so real. I wish I had a relationship like this.

Blade Runner
Blade Runner(1982)

It was very cinematic and thoroughly dark. The subject matter, though not innovative, was handled well. It really made my heart pump with the last chase sequence.
I felt like it had too much crammed into under two hours and there wasn't any room to breathe or explain. I didn't get the romance at all.


It took a while to get warmed up, but this film proved to be one of the most thought-provoking pictures I've seen. It also comically demonstrates what I keep finding out for myself - that government bureaucratic agencies will f you over if you don't constantly keep them in check yourself.

The Odd Couple

A great comedy from the late 60s, starring two hilarious actors at the peak of their game. I enjoyed it.
Though the whole time I kept thinking that if Felix was my husband, I wouldn't mind at all.

2001: A Space Odyssey

It takes a particular kind of person to like this film and watch it all the way through. For one, you have to have patience. This has the longest, seemingly-pointless, non-dialogic scenes in any movie I've seen. It's really more an exploration of color and sound than a film with a set plot or multifaceted characters.

Sunset Boulevard

Being about a silent film actress's struggles with growing old and trying to cling on to the last bits of usefulness she may have, I found it appropriate and not at all inconvenient that this film is in black and white. Don't let that scare you out of watching this movie.
One of the best aspects of it is that you know how it's going to end right at the beginning, so Gillis' fate does not come as a surprise. The acting of Gloria Swanson is so believable that she made me feel uneasy throughout the entire movie.

Good Will Hunting

Once in a great while, I see a movie which has me amazed at the level of craft put into the research and development of the dialogue and characters. This movie did not have any special effects and yes, it did have 154 f-bombs, but all of the characters were thoroughly engaging and deep. The conversations were intelligent, full of facts and clever asides - just the sort of conversations I hope to have with people once I've read many, many more books and lived many, many more years.


I saw it coming, but that doesn't mean that I didn't have fun while getting there. This movie is unlike any that I have ever seen.
Firstly, I enjoyed the backwards storyline. I had no idea what was going on for the first half hour. It was a bit frustrating, but I don't like films where you are spoon-fed the plot like you're some kind of idiot. This film made me think.
Secondly, the plot was really twisted and the premise of a guy who forgets everything he just did in a matter of minutes is wildly intriguing. I'll probably be thinking about this subject for quite a while.


I don't really dig these massive-fight-sequence glory-of-your-country martyr movies.

The Wiz
The Wiz(1978)

I found it tedious to watch and it had me wondering when it was going to finish.

The Wizard of Oz

Maybe people think it's so great just because it IS the WIZARD OF OZ. Looking back on it, I don't think the acting, cinematography, costumes, or anything gives it enough merit for five stars. However, if you still haven't seen this film, you've been missing out.


Perhaps I'm giving it a low score because I read the novel and there was an entire separate storyline about a guy involved in mission control which I really felt should have been in the movie. There was also a tangent about a politician, but that was slashed to give more time to the family drama between the airport manager and his wife. However, this is a great film to see if you haven't seen it yet. The characters are unique and likable and for some reason, the atmosphere of an airport makes me feel safe. So I feel warm and fuzzy watching this, even though it's about a plane stuck in a blizzard and a crazy man with a bomb.

The Shawshank Redemption

For a movie in which two guys spend twenty years in prison together, this film surprisingly didn't lag. And it wasn't as dramatic as I thought it would be, which is why I had avoided this film for so long. Sure, the ending was as Hollywood-y and far-fetched as they get, but I suppose it could not have been any other way. And it was perfect.

Pulp Fiction
Pulp Fiction(1994)

I loved it! Now going down as one of my favorite movies of all time. In fact, I don't think there's a single Tarantino movie that I haven't absolutely loved.

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Sick, twisted, AND theatrical!
Fantastic story, though it IS a remake AND based on a book. Great cast (well, it should be, since it's filled with Burton's favorites). Not for the queasy or easily grossed-out.

Soul Surfer
Soul Surfer(2011)

I mostly watched this to catch editing mistakes in the digital removal of AnnaSophia Robb's hand. The movie was average in quality and overly preachy in its message.

Big Fish
Big Fish(2003)

A great big adventure story, that's for sure. Most of it seemed random, however, and I totally didn't see the young, enthusiastic Edward in the character of the old, dying Edward. It is as if the two actors never compared notes on their character.

The King's Speech

Light on the drama, but heavy on the brilliance of one Colin Firth. I honestly didn't know what to expect and thought that it would be laden with conflict. But it turned out to be a nice comedy that I'll probably watch again.

My Fair Lady
My Fair Lady(1964)

One of the best musical films of all time! I've watched this over a dozen times and I will watch it a dozen more. It's great! The music, the lesson, the love story. It's not often you get a believable musical.

The Sound of Music

It's great...until 3/4 of the way through when reality begins setting in.

The King and I

One of my favorite films of all time.

Spider-Man 2
Spider-Man 2(2004)

Yeah, yet another poorly-written, CGI-heavy superhero flick that you can do without.

Monsters, Inc.

One of the best Pixar films.


I always think about this movie...

Batman Returns

Very cheesy, but I guess it's supposed to be that way.

Raiders of the Lost Ark

Crazy thrill-ride that I will watch again and again.

Twelve Monkeys (12 Monkeys)

They tried to fit a great concept into just over 2 hours and the trade-off was the lack of chemistry between the lead couple. However, this post-apocalyptic film was riveting and will have you scared for the future of humanity, as all films of this genre tend to do.


I enjoyed the style of storytelling that Oldboy brought to the screen. I liken it to Tarantino's work in "Kill Bill," which is a damn great movie.
The confusing world of the narrative paralleled the equally confusing situation of the protagonist. I didn't know where this film was going to go, but when it got there, everything suddenly made sense.

FYI: NSFW and don't watch it with your parents and/or children.

One Day
One Day(2011)

I LOVED director Lone Scherfig's last film, "An Education". Can't say the same about this one, however. The storyline is as clichà (C) as it gets when it comes to chick flicks. And I didn't see the reason behind only showing these people's lives on one day a year, and an insignificant day at that. 3 stars are given for Anne Hathaway's acting, which echoes her "Princess Diaries" days, what with the geekwhobecomesprettybytakingoffherglasses.

Die Hard
Die Hard(1988)

He saves the day and suddenly everything is okay in his private relationship? Gah! Maybe it's just my repulsion for macho movies or maybe it was the terrible screenplay. But this film deserves 2 stars.


Very believable characters and a good story. The best part is that this kind of stuff happens every day and they went and made a movie about it.

Killer of Sheep

Be warned, this film is not for those who expect any of the following: a storyline, professional actors, a script, great audio. However, this is a strange, innovative look at a slice of life in a very particular part of LA. As one student in my class put it, "It's like watching poor people's home movies."


I actually really loved this film. Such an under-appreciated little comedy/drama. It's not filmed in the typical style and the storyline is anything but typical. I thoroughly enjoyed it.


Fantastic! This was truly an original idea in the over-cheesed (pun intended) talking animal genre. The script is great too.

The Holiday
The Holiday(2006)

Jack Black does not belong in romantic comedies like these. I can't ever imagine the graceful Kate Winslet falling for him. But I'm still giving a high rating because the storyline with the filmmaker was very interesting and unexpected. Also, JUDE LAW.

August Rush
August Rush(2007)

I actually really enjoyed this music-oriented film and the story it depicted. The kid was fantastic in his role. One star off for the lack or chemistry between his parents and the rushed beginning of the film.

Knocked Up
Knocked Up(2007)

Katherine Heigl fails in all her comedic ventures except in "My Father the Hero," where she wasn't even trying to be funny.

Life Is Beautiful (La Vita è bella)

Roberto Benigni was able to combine comedy, drama, and suspense into one well-written and brilliantly-acted jewel of a film. I tried not to cry but failed miserably.

Alice in Wonderland

I don't know if I like this remake more than the original. Then again, I saw it on a plane, so maybe I wasn't paying much attention. Beautiful visual spectacle, but not much by way of story. Then again, it IS a remake, so it's not like they could have done much with the story.

The Dark Knight

Heath Ledger was scary good. But besides that, I don't see the appeal.

Kiki's Delivery Service

One of the best cartoon films I've ever seen.

Love Actually

This film succeeds where others fail in the multiple-storyline category.


I feel really dirty having watched that. Perhaps I shouldn't have...

Oh but PETER SARSGAARD how I love you. What a fantastic actor.


Not DeNiro's nor Murphy's best work. Kind of outlandish. But not too horrible.

Young Frankenstein

So many sexual jokes, hehe. Mel Brooks is my favorite director for a reason. This is part of that reason.


There is absolutely no justifiable reason why someone who looks like Christina would be an outcast at a burlesque club. Not believable. Horrid acting and even worse dialogue. Great singing, though.

Date Night
Date Night(2010)

That was really stupid. And the plot could have been better, especially for the budget. The dialogue was pretty crap too.

A State of Mind

North Korea is a country so isolated, so enmeshed in its own philosophy, that just taking a small peek is enough to be shocked by the cultural differences.The "Mass Games" is a spectacle like no other we would hope to see in the Western world, and that alone makes this documentary worth watching.

Scent of a Woman

Ohhahh! Al Pacino at his very best. The plot is light on conflict and the film has no spectacular views or special effects. The brilliance comes from one man - Pacino. Chris O'Donnell is so-so and the other characters have no depth or personality. But who cares? Definitely a movie I recommend.

Fast Food Nation

Wanna become a vegetarian? Watch this.

The Informant!

I really liked all the asides by his inner voice. I learned a lot of random facts. The story, however, was confusing and did not have much visual stimuli to go on (most of the movie has a confusing yellow tone, most of the scenes are in board rooms, most of the dialogue is esoteric, etc).

Winnie the Pooh

This is a great little film for any age. Very cute! The only reason I'm giving it 3 stars is because I saw it in theaters and it was NOT worth the ticket price. It was just under an hour long.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2

FANTASTIC! I saw it in 3D and! It was perfect. How they managed to squeeze in so much plot in just two hours is amazing. It was a non-stop thrill ride from beginning to end.

Easy A
Easy A(2010)

Not as bad as I thought it would be, but still pretty bad. Emma Stone carries it through with her quirkiness. This movie would not have been as enjoyable for me if some other actress was playing the lead.

Office Space
Office Space(1999)

Haha! So funny! The characters are so unique and quirky. What I like is how this doesn't feel like a film - it feels like a window into real life.

The Prince of Egypt

I love to see these fantastic cartoon musicals coming out of places other than Disney. Gives them a lot more freedom, I think. There's something magical about this film.

The Da Vinci Code

Pretty big-budget, so you know it's going to be worthwhile. However, nothing compared to the fantastic book it's based on. They left out so much!

Mary Poppins
Mary Poppins(1964)

Simply fantastic, of course. Pretty sure anything Julie Andrews ever touched has turned to gold.


Not as horrible or as great as people say. Don't watch it. Waste of time.

Fight Club
Fight Club(1999)

Awesome. Pretty gruesome in places but what an awesome resolution! I didn't see anything coming. When I don't see it coming, I know it's good.

The Social Network

Eh. Clever screenplay, but it's only for the in-the-know young populace of the US. Will not last the test of time nor distance.

12 Angry Men (Twelve Angry Men)

How they managed to make a movie that is set in one room and contains limited props is beyond me. Oh, wait. Yes, those long-forgotten cinematic tools called great acting and a great script.

The Godfather

I mean, you can clearly see why this is one of the best movies of all time. From the music to the acting to the shots to the editing to the cinematography to the lighting. Everything is just as it should be. And what's more, the story is epic. Yes EPIC. In the actual sense of the word.

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas

If you have a choice, watch the cartoon version.


Very little substance. Mostly a visual feast than a thematic one.

The Little Rascals

Of course it's no Disney, but it's a fun family film that'll amuse little kids and keep adults from being bored. Not as bad as the typical ratings.


They left a lot out from the book, but they still did a respectable job with the adaptation. It's hard to fit three interlacing story lines into one coherent film, but it was done well.

The Blue Lagoon

The acting isn't that great, but don't tell me the storyline isn't interesting. I don't think it's very realistic, but it's entertaining.


Fantastic animation and music. Great story, too.

Spy Kids
Spy Kids(2001)

I'm not ashamed to say I own this film. Though a bit silly, I still like it. It's a great film for kids.

Happy Feet
Happy Feet(2006)

Very cute kids movie. It's a bit too white and hurts my eyes. Buy what can you do? It's all set in the snow.

It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

Hilarious film. Shows that you can do comedy without profanity or numerous sexual allusions. I wish they still made movies like this.

Rear Window
Rear Window(1954)

I didn't expect this to be so quirky. I had a fun time solving the mystery along with the characters. If you haven't seen it, you should.

Going the Distance

A bit too "real" for me. Too much profanity for no reason whatsoever. But a nice rom-com, still. Oddly enough, I don't believe in the chemistry, even though they're a real couple.

The Ugly Truth

Awful. Why did I watch that?


I mean, it's my favorite movie of all time. 'nuff said.

The Breakfast Club

Really cool flick. Take a simple setting - school. A simple premise - detention. Add some fantastic young actors and you get a worthwhile film!

Kiss Me, Kill Me (Kilme)

Not quite what I expected, but still worth a watch (that is, if you like long, brooding, meaning-of-life movies). The premise is fantastic but the execution could have been better, I feel.

Indecent Proposal

Brings up an interesting moral question. Though for me, the answer was obvious. And obviously Demi Moore's character is a complete idiot.

Nine Months
Nine Months(1995)

Why the low rating? This rom-com was hilarious and worth a watch!


Just like everyone says it is, this movie is amazing. Such a huge production for a movie of its time!

The Ten Commandments

One of the best films ever. And this coming from an atheist who doesn't buy in to religious bs.

Planet of the Apes

It wasn't meant to be scary, but it scared me half to death. Interesting plot line and definitely worth watching if you haven't seen it. Charlton Heston is one of the best actors of the sixties.


Epic film that is usually on really late at night for some reason. The story is really original and the cast is excellent. I've seen this movie over 5 times, probably, and there is always something new to see.

The Lizzie McGuire Movie

Fans of the TV show will love this movie. I sure did. It has a cute plot and beautiful music, ranging from Vitamin C to Dean Martin.


Disney doesn't make movies like this anymore. I wish they would. Mulan is one of my favorite films. The music in the movie is phenomenal. If you haven't seen it yet, why?

The King and the Clown

If you're looking for your typical summer blockbuster, this is not it. If you're looking for some kind of kinky gay flick, this is not it. If you're looking for a stupid comedy, this is not it.
This film is indescribable. There is no clear-cut message or conclusion. The characters are multi-faceted and therefore fascinating. I really liked this movie, and not just because I think Lee Joon-ki is amazing.
If you like this, I highly recommend watching Iljimae on Same actor. Same dynasty. 18 more hours of bliss.


Not your typical superhero. This one kicks more ass than all the rest because he can't see a thing.

Get Him to the Greek

Ridiculously awful. Though if you liked "Bruno" or "The Hangover," you'll like this film. It's all about drugs, sex, and more drugs. And more sex. And then with some drugs thrown in.

Ever After: A Cinderella Story

I've watched this movie enough times to quote entire scenes. Beautiful movie and wonderful acting. Of course the storyline is not original - don't expect it to be. But ah, I feel like watching this again.


With minimal dialogue, Disney was able to create a classic movie for all generations from all nationalities.


Not good scripturally, but excellent visually and especially conceptually. This film is like a more realistic Wall-E.

Shrek Forever After

I hope they stop making sequels.


Oh man I've seen this so many times. So good!

Toy Story 2
Toy Story 2(1999)

Not as good as the first.

Toy Story
Toy Story(1995)

I mean, come on! It's Toy Story!

Toy Story 3
Toy Story 3(2010)

Yes, it's every bit as awesome as everyone says it is.

Boys Don't Cry

An uncomfortable peek into one very confused individual's life.

The Blind Side

I don't know why Sandra Bullock got an Oscar for this film. I normally don't like sports movies but this one was less about sports and more about the main characters. It was okay, but I wouldn't watch it again.

A Chorus Line

Boring setting. It's solely the acting that pulls this movie through.

The Producers

Can't get better than this. Mel Brooks is my favorite director. This film is hilarious and original AND a musical!

The Producers

Not as good as the original Producers but a very good film.


I have to admit that I've watched this more than once. The romance is believable and the actors are top-notch.

Kill Bill: Volume 2

Just as good if not better than Vol 1. Still extremely graphic and not for the kiddies.

The Nanny Diaries

I read the book. Go read the book instead.

Vampires Suck

This movie sucked. Couldn't even finish it.

Dead Poets Society

I really liked the film, until the end. I didn't think it was THAT kind of a movie.
Let that be a lesson to all you boarding school kids!

A Beautiful Mind

Wonderful film! Russell Crowe's acting is phenomenal and the story is compelling.

Minyeo-neun goerowo (200 Pounds Beauty)

Makes it seem like getting plastic surgery will make those who previously rejected you fall in love with you. Such bs.

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

I'm from Kazakhstan, so I HAVE to like it, right?

Dinner for Schmucks

Eh, this is a dumbing-down of the American movie-goer. I only saw it cause it was free.


Saw it in a pre-screening. It was boring.
Think "James Bond" with old people.

It's Kind of a Funny Story

I really liked it. Very cute find-your-true-self story. I especially like the roommate.

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

Not your typical movie. Full of curious characters. I loved it! Also helps that Rain was in the cast.

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (Ice Age 3)

Saw this in Spanish. I liked Scrat's storyline more than the main storyline.

Ice Age
Ice Age(2002)

Really good kids movie! Introduces some fairly accurate prehistoric creatures.


Horrible. I fast-forwarded through most of it because it was just plain disrespectful towards everyone - gay, straight, or in-between.

Let the Right One In

Beautiful colors. Unique story. Not as scary as I thought it would be.

The Invention of Lying

I keep thinking back to this movie. I like it because it makes so much fun of religion and yet gets away with it.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1

Experience the dark, grown-up, ontheedgeofyourseat installment of Harry Potter. This movie lags at times, but they did a good job with interpreting the book.
Oh yeah, and very nice animation sequence in the middle.

Ninja Assassin

The script and storyline are perhaps the worst, most unimaginative cinema I've ever experienced. But this movie is all about the eye candy. RAIN! and Rain's fight scenes! If you're going to watch it, watch it for Rain.

Apocalypse Now

I know this movie is supposed to be one of the best films ever. But it lagged in spots and was too military for my taste. Yes, I know it was the Vietnam War, so of course it has to be military. But still, some parts, especially near the end, were just a bunch of WTF and errrrrr?

My Life in Ruins

Not as bad as critics say! The script is completely lifeless, but at least you get to see beautiful Greek landscapes. It reminded me of my own tour.

How to Train Your Dragon

We all knew everything already. This story has been done many times. And I don't like how they stereotype Vikings, giving kids the wrong idea about history.

But the animation and score is fabulous.

The Hangover
The Hangover(2009)

I don't understand why everyone loves this movie. Just a bunch of guys getting drunk and doing stupid things that are too wacky to be believable.

Down With Love

I actually really liked it. It definitely is not a typical film and has its own niche.
I did not see the ending coming at all.


I don't know who the intended audience is here, exactly. Definitely not for children. But adults probably wouldn't like it either.
The cinematography, however, is beautiful. So many vibrant colors!


Watched it about a third of the way through and I couldn't take it anymore. Too much talk about lies, cheating, and sex, but without much explanation of motives and without any suspense. Too dirty for my taste.

Post Grad
Post Grad(2009)

Nice movie. Not winning any awards for originality or characterization, but it's what you'd expect from the trailer. Good for one view.


Made me shed a tear. Loved the characters! If you get past the ridiculous idea, it's worth a watch.

Sherlock Holmes

Good plot line. Not boring by any means. But, from what I understand, a really Hollywood-y version of the story.

Raise Your Voice

Typical Duff movie. A kind of Cinderella story, very similar to "A Cinderella Story," also by Duff. Also, a complete rip-off of "Brave New Girl," a much better made-for-TV movie.

To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar

This was so hippidy-hoppidy! I enjoy this movie every time I watch it. If you like "The Birdcage," you'll like this movie.

The Terminal
The Terminal(2004)

This movie ripped my heart out.

The Pacifier
The Pacifier(2005)

Not believable. I'd just rather see a Vin Diesel action flick.

Freaky Friday

I own this movie and I've watched it 10-15 times. It's not the best, but entertaining.

500 Days of Summer

Not that good, people. And I see nothing in Summer that's desirable to somebody like JGL. All 3 stars are just because he's in the movie.

Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason

Just as awesome as the first. One of my favorites!

Bridget Jones's Diary

Watch this movie! Preferably with me, so we can laugh and have a good time.

What a Girl Wants

A fun flick. Great views of London. A great-looking Oliver James doesn't hurt either.

Children of a Lesser God

The truth hurts. It's good to be exposed to these kinds of raw, emotional movies once in a while.

Kate & Leopold

Interesting concept. Could have gone further with it. And I'm not digging this whorish post-nineties Meg Ryan, with her new lips and new breasts. Also, I have no idea what either or the two leading characters see in each other.

Ella Enchanted

Same old storyline, but a nice family film.


Take all fairytales and roll them into one, what do you get? Shrek. And Enchanted. Shrek is better.

Some Like It Hot

One of my top 10. Just a great comedy with a little crossdessing, a little cleavage, and a lot of laughs.


I didn't see what was so amazing. Seems like any other movie with a tired plot. Then again, I only saw it on DVD.

13 Going on 30

Not the best rom-com, but I liked it.

17 Again
17 Again(2009)

Think "Big" and "13 Going on 30" and add the awkwardness of "Hot Chick," and you've got this mess.

High School Musical 3: Senior Year

Terrible acting coupled with horrendous singing.

High School Musical 2

Worse than the first, if that's possible.

The Greatest Game Ever Played

Just another sports movie. But set in a different time period, so I'll give it that.


Not a big fan of big-scale action-y things that lack character development.

Crimes and Misdemeanors

Woody Allen's love for himself never ceases to amaze me. And his lack of originality. This is like a combination of Annie Hall and Match Point. But it's entertaining and interesting.

Daddy Day Care

Stupid. But worth your time. Once.

Coming to America

One of my favorite movies. I know it by heart.

Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones

I own this movie and I can watch it over and over again and find something new. Okay, so the acting's not great. But who cares? It's mostly done by animated characters.

Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

I mean, what can you say? It's Star Wars, and it's required watching for any human being or extra-terrestrial.


I liked this more than Star Wars.


Worth watching again. Clever and charming.

Super Size Me

Everybody needs to be aware of this. Educational? Yes. Entertaining? Somewhat.

Love Story
Love Story(1970)

I know this is supposed to be classic and epic and whatnot, but I hated it. The characters were just mean to each other all the time. And I wanted to pluck Jenny's eyebrows.

Romeo and Juliet

Eh, sticking with the original is nice and all, and I guess a movie had to be done about this. I prefer Baz Luhrmann's version.

Romeo + Juliet

Baz Luhrmann's movies are always a bit weird, and this is no exception. BUT it's my favorite interpretation of Romeo and Juliet.

Shakespeare in Love

I really love this movie. One of my top 5 romantic movies.

Mamma Mia!
Mamma Mia!(2008)

A good waste of time. I own this movie. I also own three Abba CDs, which would explain why I own this movie.


Cars that can talk. Terrible idea. Didn't enjoy this movie.

Cast Away
Cast Away(2000)

I mean, how awesome is Tom Hanks? This isn't a feel- good movie, but it's original, clever, superbly acted, and a must-see.
Also, fun fact: I wrote my SAT essay about this movie.

Apollo 13
Apollo 13(1995)

A must-see. If you haven't seen this movie, what are you doing with your life?

Forrest Gump
Forrest Gump(1994)

Love this movie. I mean, really. In the top 20 movies of all time, for me.
Also, it's really educational.


Love love love this movie!

How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days

Eh. Not worth watching. But not fatal if you do happen to indulge.

Wild Child
Wild Child(2008)

Stupid stupid stupid. Lowest rating ever.
No acting skills. Shitty, unoriginal storyline.

Legally Blonde

Let's face it -- this movie is badly-acted and a load of glittercrap. But I can still quote every line and watch it every time it's on. What can I say? Guilty pleasure.

The Devil Wears Prada

I could watch this again and again. Not a must-see, but very entertaining. And it has beautiful views of Paris and New York.

Moulin Rouge!

Weird, but a must-see. And the music is beautiful. And Ewan McGregor. Need I say more?

The New World

I absolutely love this movie. It was the first time in my life when watching a movie made me feel something inside.
So what if it's not critically-acclaimed and virtually forgotten? It's a jewel. Well, to me.

Million Dollar Baby

Was very sad and I didn't like it at all. If you want to have a good time watching a movie, this is not the one to watch.

Gone With the Wind

One of the best and most believable love stories. I always have a problem with actors in romantic movies and their chemistry and believability. But this was really something special.


Not my cup of tea, but a beloved classic (and rightfully so). But I'm never watching it again and I didn't enjoy it.

An Affair to Remember

The ONLY problem I can see is that it goes by too fast. But I guess that's the point.

Sleepless in Seattle

Another witty romantic comedy from the Ryan/Hanks duo. Lovely. I highly recommend this if you haven't seen it.

You've Got Mail

Not top-notch, but a top-notch rom-com. This is back when they knew how to make romantic comedies and actors knew how to act. I've seen this movie many times and I still watch it whenever I come across it on cable.

The Hot Chick

Ranks up there with any Anna Faris movie -- a giant waste of time.

The House Bunny

Stupid. Don't watch it, no matter how tempting. If you really want to see a broken-down house of deadbeat Greek-lifers, watch Revenge of the Nerds.

Kung Fu Hustle

Kind of dumb but worth a watch.

The Godfather, Part III

Not as good as the previous two, but STILL 5 stars. That's saying something.
That scene on the steps, though. Intense.

The Godfather, Part II

Probably the only sequel I've seen that equals or even exceeds it's predecessor in quality, storyline, and entertainment value. I loved the flashbacks. They weren't hard to follow at all.

What's Eating Gilbert Grape

Odd, but entertaining and enlightening. Good for one viewing, but I wouldn't watch it again.

The Basketball Diaries

Hard to watch. It made me too emotional and I haven't watched it since. Not recommended for anyone under 18.

Saturday Night Fever

The girl had no groove. But I could watch the young Travolta dance all day.


Not as good as people say it is. Maybe it's just because neither I nor my parents were brought up in this kind of culture and we can't relate.


A lovely gem of a movie-musical. Blonski is absolutely adorable.

Dirty Dancing

I don't buy the romance at all. The dancing is so-so.

Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights

Believe it or not, I liked this better than the original. It's in my top 20 movies for a few reasons, the biggest of which being Diego Luna.

Vanity Fair
Vanity Fair(2004)

I really enjoyed it. Worth a watch. It's now free on, so you have no excuse not to watch it.

The Princess Diaries

Definitely one of my top-ten favorite movies. Not because it's a great, critically-acclaimed film. Because I like it. I like Anne Hathaway's performance in it. I've watched it at least 20 times and could watch it 20 more.

Becoming Jane

I loved it. Anne Hathaway and James McAvoy are perfect together. True or fictional, this story rivals those of Austen herself.

The Last King of Scotland

Very scary and graphic. Almost too realistic for me. But if you're into this kind of crazy-dictator political stuff (and I'm not talking Chaplin's "Great Dictator" here) this movie is for you.


If you're in the mood for a wonderful love story and a passionate drama, grab your tissues and go watch!

Pride and Prejudice

Love it! I could watch this movie dozens of times. The period costumes and scenery compliment the dialogue, which is directly from the book. This movie also does a nice job showing the essence of the book to those who haven't read it.

Bend It like Beckham

Not a waste of time. Highly recommended. Could have done with a little more character development and a little less stereotyping.

The Other Boleyn Girl

Everything from the acting to the costuming was on-point. Really shows what a cruel world the Tudor dynasty was.

Death at a Funeral

Laugh-out-loud British comedy. One star off for being predictable and having one-to-many "gross out" laughs. But hey, I was sold when I found out "Mr. Darcy" from the Kiera Knightley version of P&P plays in it.

Everything's so f$&@ing green!

Tristan & Isolde

My guilty pleasure. James Franco.

Angels & Demons

Very true to the book. Ewan McGreggor was a superb acting choice. Entertaining AND educational. Can't beat that.


The only good thing is that they shot on location, so you actually see Europe. But the story line seems a little far-fetched. Still, not a bad waste of time.

The Reader
The Reader(2008)

Chilling, yet ultimately unsatisfying. Winslet did a fantastic job. Really, I think this is her best film. A very well-deserved Oscar.

Catch Me If You Can

One of my favorite movies. I always enjoy watching Leo fool everybody. And it has a happy ending, which most of Leo's movies don't.

Match Point
Match Point(2005)

I'm a fan of Woody Allen'd work, but this reminds me so much of Crimes and Misdemeanors. Made me think that Allen had a mistress at one point in time that he just couldn't wait to kill off.

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

Not here nor there. 2 of the stars are for Taylor Lautner. Minus one for Robert Pattinson. Minus half for Kristen Stewart (she's getting better, but I couldn't stop staring at her wig). Add two for the music, cinematography, and sexual tension (just two, mind you). And that's a total of 2.5.

The Birdcage
The Birdcage(1996)

If you haven't seen this movie, go out right now and rent it! It's that good. Wouldn't buy it, though. Good for one or two views, though I've personally seen it 6 or 7 times.

My Father, the Hero

I don't know why I like this movie, but I really do. Good to watch if you don't feel like watching crap or drama.

Notes on a Scandal

Four stars up to a certain point. I don't watch from then on because its too sad.


Every year, on my birthday, I used to wish I had Matilda's powers. I still wish for that when I blow out my candles.
I love this movie. This is my childhood.

My Big Fat Greek Wedding

Not in my top ten or anything, but it still remains one of the two movies I can quote entirely -- the other being Matilda. I've seen both dozens of times.

Julie & Julia

Nice concept, but I would have much preferred to have an entire movie about Julia Child's life, starring the amazing Meryl Streep. Amy Adams' story didn't intrigue me.

Little Miss Sunshine

Could watch this many, many more times.

The Pursuit of Happyness

Really sad. I hardly ever cry, but this made me cry.

Robin Hood: Men in Tights

How can this only have 45% on the Tomatometer? Clearly, people don't have a sense of humor.


Loved it loved it loved it loved it LOVED IT.

American Beauty

Okay...that just happened.

Brokeback Mountain

Minus one star because of the ending.


Worth every bit of the movie ticket. Leo gives a satisfying (albeit typical) performance. JGL is very good in this. The concept has you thinking for hours. Need to watch it again to be able to give a proper review.

When in Rome
When in Rome(2010)

Apart from viewing some thoughtful art (Bell plays a museum curator), this movie was a giant waste of time.

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Les Parapluies de Cherbourg)

They sang the entire thing! Beautiful music. Made me want to sing all day. Classic. I enjoyed it very much.

Fish Tank
Fish Tank(2010)

Independent, esoteric British film. Doesn't seem to have a real plot -- just a bunch of events grouped together and scattered throughout. However, this made it very real.
Katie Jarvis did a great job in her first role.

Despicable Me

Despicable. Predictable. Not funny (except for that one Godfather reference).


Very quaint, charming, unassuming, and scrumptious. Not your typical love story. And the vivid colors make it a feast for the eyes.
Imaginative storytelling at its best.


Gorgeous movie. Oh, did I say movie? I meant men.
We all know the story, so yes, its a little tired. But I'll watch anything with Brad Pitt or Orlando Bloom, and this just happened to have both.

Up in the Air

3 Stars are given automatically to any George Clooney movie. Yes, I'm biased like that. The extra star was for the unusual plot, but very typical conclusion.

An Education
An Education(2009)

This is a lovely movie that I definitely want to see again. Mulligan effortlessly pulls Jenny's character off.

Eat Pray Love

Lovely views of Italy, India, and Bali. Javier Bardem's character is amazing. The only problem was that I couldn't connect to Julia Roberts' character and all the idiotic things she was doing (like running away from 3 men who were all clearly perfect).