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Movie Ratings and Reviews

Upside Down
Upside Down(2013)

Upside Down has a pretty much mind-bending setting to it. A pity it doesn't amount to much by the end. But still, it's something fresh than the largely stale mainstream.

Cloud Atlas
Cloud Atlas(2012)

I'm glad the bunch of people who made this movie were born exactly as they are in this life, so that the movie got made exactly as it is.

Stand Up Guys

What was the last time you were happy and thrilled at the same time at the movies? For me, when Arkin, Walken and Pacino were racing a stolen car on the highway getting chased down by the police!

Life of Pi
Life of Pi(2012)

Life of Pi isn't just a movie, it's a journey. It's scenery, music and theme is such an emotional experience.

The Odd Life of Timothy Green

Timothy Green is a wonderful film for all. It's about being human and life: it's ups & downs, mortality, love, family, having children, parents, trees and everything that matters about the world wrapped in fantasy. Perhaps why it's done poorly with critics, who tend to think more than to feel.

The Watch
The Watch(2012)

What does one expect when Stiller, Vaughn and Jonah Hill are put together, The Goodfellas? The Watch is pretty much the light comedy it aspires to be, however trite and predictable it may be.

Killing Them Softly

Killing them softly takes time to look intimately at the men behind the gangsters they happen to be. It may not have the tour-de-force of Guy Ritchie touch, but in the intellectual angle, plenty to go on.

Taken 2
Taken 2(2012)

Taken 2 is no different from it's predecessor in spirit: people he loves get taken and he rampages through a foreign country until every last one of them is killed. There, I've ruined it. Now try see it purely for entertainment.

Hotel Transylvania

Pleasant in both visuals and story-telling, the peak of Hotel Transylvania comes when Count Dracula dismays over the Twilight representation of vampires.

Paranormal Activity 4

The horror phenomenon that took the viewers by surprise long ago strays out to be a slow torture that answers virtually no questions and gives a few scares.

Silver Linings Playbook

It's rich characters and one-on-one banter elevates what would otherwise be a cheesy rom-com. Lawrence and Cooper are a wonderful pair.


Argo is an exceptional thriller. You cannot help but cringe and share the characters' fear as if it were your own. Ben Affleck proves yet again he can deliver.

Zero Dark Thirty

Grittiest movie of the year, no doubt. Chastain beautifully captures her character's strength and vulnerability.

Les Misérables

I now wish Tom Hooper and company would again board the podium accepting Best Picture Academy Award, among others. Monumental achievement.


Just one more reason why Denzel is a damn good actor.

Django Unchained

Even when he's not so good, he's better than most. Quentin delivers yet again a memorable bloodbath in the Western style.

The Bourne Legacy

When I truly enjoyed it was when they played Moby's Extreme Ways at the end as always. Apparently 'Legacy' didn't inherit the sophistication from the first trio.


The worth of Looper is notable in this sequel-infested world.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

The Hobbit isn't as 'tall' as The Lord of the Rings, but that shouldn't pass judgment on it. After all, it was only a children's book compared to the Rings trilogy. It's just what it promises, "An unexpected journey", but with satisfactory outcomes.


Wooden dialogue and a video game premise doesn't help dredd to rise above the regular shoot-em-ups.


Brave is not sophisticated enough to meet Pixar's longstanding originality, but it's heart is in the right place.

The Amazing Spider-Man

Mostly recycled parts and the same paint job, Amazing Spider-Man is far from amazing. Must watch Raimi's original again and rewrite the bad memory cells.

The Campaign
The Campaign(2012)

If The Campaign ran a little off the book, it would've been much funnier.

Ice Age: Continental Drift

Continental Drift is furrier (Yes, fur) than before with the usual slapstick sprinkled throughout, but also feels like lacking of substance.

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted

This is where 3D comes alive and the spirit of Madagascar goes to die.

Moonrise Kingdom

This quirky adventure may not please everyone but it's got a charm unseen elsewhere.


Prometheus is much hyped because of the legendary director. There's not much marvel here but reused space material.

Dark Shadows
Dark Shadows(2012)

Dark Shadows is comically 2D but is very much in the spirit of Burton. Also, still a better love story than Twilight!

Snow White and the Huntsman

Snow White and the Huntsman takes on an impressive epic scale, but has too little story to tell, and very little novelty to it.

The Five-Year Engagement

Five Year Engagement is bearable thanks to the wonderful leads and some great funny moments.

Marvel's The Avengers

It's not like The Avengers break whole new ground (or any new ground), but Oh boy, don't the single superhero films look boring now.

The Cabin in the Woods

It lures you in with the prospect of a cliched teen slasher and builds a momentum so preposterous, you would only be guessing its true nature, hoping someone would just lift a veil and reveal the magic trick. Prepare to be dumbfounded.


Bernie is not the type you sit on the seat's edge, but rather sit back and let roll. This is probably Jack Black's best role yet.

The Dictator
The Dictator(2012)

The Dictator is as offensive, gross out and hilarious as any Sacha Baron Cohen star vehicle gets.

The Tall Man
The Tall Man(2012)

The Tall Man escalates rapidly in the second act but keeps its true purpose hidden until the very end, which turns out to be surprisingly moving and debatable.

The Hunger Games

Contestants pitted against each other in a reality television show is far too familiar to be fresh. But The Hunger Games is pretty much superior to all of them once you get past that.


They have enough technology to wreck a city but they must hand-to-hand combat with the protagonists. It's plot is a weak mess with eye-popping action sprouted all over. We will have more of these in the future thanks to the booming all-you-can-eat 3D and lessening originality.

Dr Seuss' The Lorax

The Lorax is colorful, environment and family friendly, but it doesn't do much with it.

The Dark Knight Rises

'Begins' was the genre changer, 'Knight' was the masterpiece and 'Rises' is the (over-ambitious) comic book adaptation.

[REC] 3 Genesis

REC3 moves away from found footage style of its predecessors and onto generic zombie material. While it's still a thrilling entry, it's obviously less scary and feels lesser overall.


Cleanskin is a skillful execution of a uninspired plot.


Coarse and undoubtedly a masterful work of art, Bronson will be Hardy's defining work.

Casa de mi padre

Probably the goofiest thing this year.

The Raven
The Raven(2012)

It takes liberties with Edgar Allan Poe's life, but The Raven isn't particularly that bad. If anything, it's a murder mystery that suffers plot weaknesses and lacks certain genuine touches. But it's sufferable.

Get the Gringo

They might as well called it Mexican Payback, but Gringo is gritty and witty enough to bring back good old memories of the Gibson times.

One Day
One Day(2011)

One Day is sentimental and passionately acted by the talented Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess.


If you're looking for some action and snappy comebacks from Guy Pearce, look no further.

Ghost Town
Ghost Town(2008)

Perfect blend of comedy and romance, Ghost Town gleefully belongs to Ricky's genius.

Shallow Hal
Shallow Hal(2001)

Talk about seeing the inner beauty, Shallow Hal is sweet and funny with an interesting premise. Enough to be a satisfactory Rom-Com.


Phenomenon has an intriguing premise, but takes a long time to properly process its priorities.

Broken Arrow
Broken Arrow(1996)

This is when action was real, explosions were real instead of the CGI galore that replaced them. Broken Arrow is not the best of Woo, but good enough.


Impostor is clearly lesser than Dick's widely known Minority Report in many aspects, but it's futuristic effect is still admirable.


Beginners is a soulful treat, with magnificient Plummer and McGregor at the helm to steer in its deep waters of homosexuality, love and death.

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

Borat is a kick in the guts. It's not too funny, often obscene and a totally wacky experience.


There's a 1000 horror movies with the exact formula that makes Splinter. This is the 1001th.

Jeff Who Lives at Home

Signs and finding destiny might be too corny and repetitive as far as movies go, but Jeff finds the simple sweet formula to make it work.

Wrath of the Titans

If only its characters were as real as its effects Wrath of the Titans could have amounted to something. Pity.

Little Miss Sunshine

There is much emotion and humor when these related strangers push and start their faulting Volkswagen. While the vehicle stays faulty, they make up for it abundantly.

American Beauty

Spacey is pure joy to behold in this ethereal suburban drama. An achievement.

Mirror Mirror

A good old family movie, and that's it.

21 Jump Street

While it's a tad over-blown towards the end, it's still good fun.


It's funny, raucous and studded with a smooth cast. A feel-good flick that satisfies.

Iron Sky
Iron Sky(2012)

Outrageously goofy and sarcastic at points, Iron Sky owns perfectly executed effects and an innovative premise.

Donnie Darko
Donnie Darko(2001)

A memorable union of psychology and Sci-Fi, Donnie Darko is wildly haunting and imaginative.

Seven Pounds
Seven Pounds(2008)

Seven Pounds is emotionally affecting and unsettling. Smith and Rosario Dawson has a lot to do with that.

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance

Why Ghost Rider has failed consequently is beyond me. Maybe it needs a Zack Snyder/Chris Nolan treatment, or never be made at all.

Lost in Space

Lost in Space may be goofy, but just enough to give us a good old entertaining thrill ride.

Safe House
Safe House(2012)

Gritty and thrilling, but a thousand miles from anywhere smart. Ryan Reynolds did so much better trapped inside a coffin in Buried.


In a trending line of found-footage flicks, Chronicle is clearly a unmissable special treat. Might it be the best of all of them?

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island

This is how special effects and 3D take over what is left of the movie business.


Disturbing and chilling, After.Life leaves behind a deep resonance.

John Carter
John Carter(2012)

Owing to its grand effects, John Carter is a visual treat. But they often fail to hide a shallowness within.


Serenity is a spectacular space adventure with great action and a plot.

The Princess and the Frog

Dark and enchanting at the same time, The Princess and the Frog is complimented by a lively voice cast and the traditional 2D wonder of Disney's glorious past.

Man on a Ledge

Man on a Ledge is sloppy and utterly predictable, but it's got thrills to hold the seat.


Rather subliminal in its underlying, Revolver is packed with metapsychology and Guy Ritchie's signature crime thrills.

Underworld Awakening

Slick action aside Underworld Awakening is the weakest of the series and feels like it's hit the downward curve as many other franchises.

Don 2
Don 2(2011)

Don 2 hits the Hollywood mark better than they do these days.


Fiennes is mighty, both as an actor and a debut director while Coriolanus is proof of Shakespeare's timelessness.

Bad Company
Bad Company(2002)

There was a time when Bad Company material was all the rage, but that time may be long gone. Hopkins and Rock together is just plain bad company.

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

Guy Ritchie's visual style and the wonderful chemistry of Downey and Law is still afoot, but Game of Shadows isn't nearly witty enough to be Sherlock material.

The Thomas Crown Affair

The Affair isn't without its moments, but is quite pointless in the long run.

Lord of War
Lord of War(2005)

Lord of War questions evil and necessary evil. But sooner or later its wise to remember that those who take guns will be ended by guns. Sadistic and well performed, especially one of Nic Cage's last good performances.


Contraband may be predictable all the way, but it's got the thrills to spare.

Land of the Blind

Dare I say this is the most important film in human history? Yes, I think I will. And I quote.. "Under the old government man exploited man, but since the revolution it's the other way around".

Big Nothing
Big Nothing(2007)

Big Nothing is certainly a big nothing, but it's a still a fun black comedy.

Twelve Monkeys (12 Monkeys)

12 Monkeys is the rare sci-fi flick that combines mystery, thrill, performances and a smart script that really works.


It's long shots are rather tedious, but Shame owns magnificent performances by Fassbender and Mulligan, as well as thoughtful drama of sexual overtones.


It's not the masterpiece 2001 is, but 2010 is still a well made, thoughtful sci-fi film with credible performances and visuals.

Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol

Other than the fact that it's a mash-up of all the spy-action-thrillers to date and takes heavy liberties with the action and the technologies, Ghost Protocol is essentially more fun and lighter than the its predecessors, and a thrill ride all the way.

African Cats
African Cats(2011)

A very well compiled tale of two big cat families, African Cats is complimented by stunning visuals and a soulful score.

The Last Lions

A heartbreaking and heart warming tale of mother's love and survival in the wilderness, the Last Lions is visually spectacular and delivers a timely message.

Bridget Jones's Diary

It's charming like all British rom coms, but a little too slapstick to be ideal.

The Darkest Hour

Dumb irritating people trapped in an alien invasion? Like we haven't had that already.

The Iron Lady

Only Meryl Streep could achieve the feat of portraying madame Thatcher, but make us forget it's about Thatcher at all. We're watching an aged Meryl Streep running the great Britain. She's that powerful.


The crumbling of civilization redefined. Four great actors and witty banter that goes a long way.

Shakespeare in Love

Shakespeare in Love is a wonderful film, there is everything you could hope for, done with passionate craftsmanship.

Rescue Dawn
Rescue Dawn(2007)

Herzog takes the characters as well as the actors through a physical and psychological journey and brings the true story to an engaging and thoroughly well made survival drama. Hats off Christian Bale!

We Bought a Zoo

Cheesy but with a good heart, this is the family entertainment that doesn't come often. They bought a zoo, but a lot more came with it.

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

Extremely well done and incredibly moving. What a performance from Thomas Horn!

War Horse
War Horse(2011)

It might not be groundbreaking, but a movie like this may never get made if it wasn't for Steven Spielberg, the master of feel-good storytelling. Funny, moving and what the children will remember in the far future as a classic.

The Woman in Black

Hardly original, tedious and repetitive at points, horrifying at some, The Woman in Black is a mixed bag. Post-Potter Daniel Radcliffe's casting in a mature role is not out of the question too.

The Awakening

A chilling ghost hunt that leads to much more than bargained for, The Awakening is visually as well as subliminally creepy.

Harry Brown
Harry Brown(2010)

Michael Caine is not Clint Eastwood, but he's in a league of his own. Praise!

The Grey
The Grey(2012)

The Grey is mediocre and pointless in pretty much everything, and owes Liam Neeson for whatever life it has. But it doesn't mean that you won't enjoy the survival aspect of it.

Machine Gun Preacher

From addict biker to messiah, the story of Sam Childers is mesmerising and is brought with Butler's credible performance and a lot of emotion.

The Muppets
The Muppets(2011)

The Muppets is a treat for the nostalgics, but I suppose it teaches two things, humans should not be on a Muppets movie, and that Muppets need to return to where they are missed the most; the television.


Sloppy effects and dialogue, there's is pretty much nothing here than an excess of blood and gore, but Feast is monster fun in a guilty way.

Happy Feet Two

The first Happy Feet was a great movie, haunting and memorable. This is an unwanted sequel that doesn't stand a chance in its shadow.


A slow and nostalgic memoir, Hugo is decidedly not Martin Scorsese material, and decidedly not my favourite for 2011.

J. Edgar
J. Edgar(2011)

Dark and bleak in appearance and Leo's accented portrayal wavers here and there. It's narrative is adamant but well structured nonetheless. But J. Edgar's fault is not leaving enough emotional impact.

Puss in Boots

The boot donned suave cat's charm isn't quite enough to fix its familiar story. But then again, since the invention of 3D, visuals are more important to people than a great story; and Puss in boots does indeed pack a lot of detail in the frames.

Tower Heist
Tower Heist(2011)

Not very smart or funny as it sets out to be, but Tower Heist gets a free pass thanks to the ensemble, and a very welcome Eddie Murphy.


Brutal, bleak and immensely powerful. Mind you, I'm not describing the dinosaur namesake.

The Three Musketeers

This is the type of movie that spends a fortune on CGI, ravishing sets and costumes but spends no time at all on anything that's worth a damn. But I do confess it's eye candy and clumsy action is appealing, not by choice but by lack of options.

Take Shelter
Take Shelter(2011)

Suspenseful and atmospheric, Take Shelter is all thanks to masterful and restrained performances by Michael Shannon & Jessica Chastain and a patient storytelling.

The Hunter
The Hunter(2012)

A tale of man, beast and the wild, The Hunter is touching, suspenseful and well placed in the desolate Tasmanian wilderness.

The Big Year
The Big Year(2011)

Though not entertaining as it should be, The Big Year is largely complimented by its charming cast and the stunning locations, and the sense of adventure.

The Artist
The Artist(2011)

They say the best love is the silent kind. Perhaps the best movies share the same sentiment. The Artist is a true homage to an age of silent filmmaking and a proper rival to loud and soulless movies.

The Descendants

A sad and funny narrative of a man who is reconciling with a comatose wife, two daughters, the shift in parenthood and business and marital issues, The Descendants balances itself between perfect performances from all the leads and a moving story. Action-junkies keep away. :)

Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire

Powerful, repulsive, funny and heartfelt, Precious is truly precious!

Dream House
Dream House(2011)

Its talented stars are mired by the sloppy and cliched storytelling.

In Time
In Time(2011)

A unique Sci-Fi thriller made with all the right stuff despite a ridiculous cast.


A welcome break for Roland Emmerich from disasters, Anonymous is ravishingly set up and unfolded.

Albert Nobbs
Albert Nobbs(2012)

Albert Nobbs is a tale of intense beauty and intense woe. If there was any woman who could play a man, Glenn Close, you do it with distinction.

Killer Elite
Killer Elite(2011)

Sloppy is definitely the word, but Killer Elite is surprisingly apt at delivering the thrills.

The Guard
The Guard(2011)

Every line is golden dry humor. Thumbs up Brendan Gleeson!

Paranormal Activity 3

It might be the same old same old, but it's still got the shivers that run down your spine.

Johnny English Reborn

Johnny English is ridiculed in its stupidity which is the intended source of humour but which also brings it lower than expected. There are some good laughs here and there, mind you.

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Maybe I'm just plain dumb or the movie is exceedingly intelligent, but Tinker Tailor wasn't the espionage thriller I wanted it to be.


Real characters, a real cast, real humor and real pain, 50/50 is done with a lot of flair and a lot of heart. A solid movie through and through.

Real Steel
Real Steel(2011)

Cheesy and typical junkyard (Hollywood) scrap metal. But hey, your kid'll love it and buy all the toys!

The Andromeda Strain

This TV adaptation of Michael Crichton's bestseller is clearly flawed, but it's still a suspense filled Sci-Fi flick.

Margin Call
Margin Call(2011)

Smart, brutal and dog-eat-dog capitalism with a cast to die for.


A Visual and a visionary experience whose rival could only be perhaps Kubrick's Space Odyssey, the ultimate standard.

Crimson Tide
Crimson Tide(1995)

Gritty, gripping and tightly wound, Crimson Tide is blessed with powerhouse performances of Hackman and Washington, as well as a plot that binds a world war of nuclear proportions, nautical war of sea depths to a cease and desist war in the ranks.

Event Horizon

Atmospheric of generic Sci-Fi and horror, Event Horizon is a well done flick with visible weaknesses that can be overlooked.

Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark

Bailee Madison is flawless, but the clichéd horror formula gets too familiar to be scary.


Cheesy and fake from the get go, This teen popcorn thriller takes popcorn thrillers to a whole lower level.


Well played and exhilarating, Moneyball rides on Brad Pitt's performance and the crafty economics of Baseball.

Hard Candy
Hard Candy(2006)

Stellar performances and a binding storytelling, Hard Candy is a psychological roller coaster that will grit your teeth for hours to come.

The Ides of March

Smart and dramatically thrilling, Ides of March is about the corrupt power plays of politics and revenge. Ryan Gosling makes powerful appearances this year.

The Help
The Help(2011)

Emotional and well performed, The Help is made of powerful themes and performers. Viola Davis is enough evidence.

The Skin I Live In

Erotic, thrilling and twisted, The Skin I Live In is a powerhouse of drama, plot and performances. It's evident lack of purpose remains a mystery to ponder.


Scary and flows like a contagion itself. It's well studded cast and loosely packed plotlines serve their best.

Blade Runner
Blade Runner(1982)

Blade Runner is a landmark for its dark and Gothic visual influence, but as far as the science fiction go it's very little brain food.

Dolphin Tale
Dolphin Tale(2011)

Dolphin's Tale is for family hours, to get away from exploding cars and shooting machine guns and it serves its purpose to the audience.


Warrior is mediocre compared with the genre giants. But it's strength is a hard to predict finale.


Uninspiring dialogue, craftless plotline and immaterial backgrounds doesn't serve Immortals very well. But there's some visual entertainment to be had of Singh's 300sque approach.

The Thing
The Thing(2011)

The fancy CGI and the pretty face of the 'new' Thing can't surpass the 30 year old Thing (sequel). And that's called 'de'volution of creativity. It's unbelievably clichéd but still a whodunit thrill.

Red Dog
Red Dog(2011)

Based on a true story, Red dog to Australia is what Hachiko is to Japan. If you love dogs, Red dog probably would appeal to you against all its flaws. But it's no Hachiko, that's for sure.

Fright Night
Fright Night(2011)

Fright Night restores a little dignity into the Vampire lore again.

Cowboys & Aliens

Well there's two things that don't mix at all. What a waste of perfectly good star power and CGI.

The Big Lebowski

Witty and gloriously humorous in undertones, midtones and overtones, The Big Lebowski is well deserved to be in its cult classic status.

I'm Not Scared (Io non ho paura)

Poetic landscapes and immaculate performances, I'm Not Scared is a well made coming of age drama/crime thriller.

The Visitor
The Visitor(2008)

A rendition of a monotonous man of who falls into a world of rhythm and love, The Visitor is a showcase of Richard Jenkins' uniqueness and the diversity of human condition.

The Devil's Double

There is much to speculate on the level of dramatization, but Lee Tamahori (Die Anther Day) delivers a fierce 'Bond'ized drama that is ablaze with power, sex, evil and of course, Dominic Cooper. That is once you get past the fake accents.

Our Idiot Brother

Our Idiot Brother runs around in safe circles for all the characters, losing the intensity that would have elevated it's simple story into something more.

Conan the Barbarian

After the action and gore concludes, the age-old warrior formula of Conan leaves behind a cliché aftertaste.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Rise of the Apes is a provocative, scary and thrilling adventure where Andy Serkis led motion capture imagery outperforms its human counterparts.

30 Minutes or Less

It's comedy is nonexistent, but 30 Minutes Or Less depends on it's silly thrills to get the job done.

The Adventures of Tintin

A vivid adventure that is relentlessly funny and thrilling, Tintin is a true homage to it's creator and a just dessert to the faithful fans who have been waiting for their hero to leap out of the screen for a long time. I will complain of only it's restricted run-time which is nowhere acceptable.


Trespass may not be groundbreaking as a hostage thriller, but it's got enough violence and trauma to keep things going.

The Change-Up

This gross-out comedy is clearly not groundbreaking and is largely reminiscent of Family Man with Nic Cage. Change Up has its moments nonetheless.


Colombiana is formulaic, thrilling and hangs onto Zoe Saldana's effective macho for the ride. It's a shame it ridicules itself in a over-used third act.

Larry Crowne
Larry Crowne(2011)

My two most favourite stars can't make this movie work, and that should say something. Larry Crowne overstays it's sweet intentions and gets stale.

The Hangover Part II

However enjoyable it may be, it's suddenly very unoriginal and unfunny. Sequels often are.


A heist for comic-relief, Flypaper is a comedy, a mystery and a lot of fun!

Crazy, Stupid, Love.

It takes turns being entertaining and stale, but Crazy Stupid Love clearly lacks genuine premise and humor.

Captain America: The First Avenger

Cheesy lines, cheesy action and plot, Captain America is abominable as a film, spectacular as a merchandising effort. The word spectacular should not be counted as a compliment.

Kung Fu Panda 2

Rich in visuals, action, humor and character development, Kung Fu Panda 2 is a visual and emotional treat!

Cars 2
Cars 2(2011)

More cars, more settings, more action and thrills, but Cars 2 doesn't have what it takes to be the spectacle it's predecessor was. Pixars should not stray from their emotional terriory.

Midnight in Paris

A charming cast and a stupendous premise, Midnight in Paris is a movie for romantics, dreamers, artists and nostalgics, everything Paris stands for. Très bien!

Mr. Popper's Penguins

Jim Carrey may not be the same wack job he was before, but Mr. Popper's is a light comedy that will satisfy the lighter needs of family movie hours.

Green Lantern

In the era of gritty reboots, Green Lantern is a welcome experience for the silly fantasy spectacle that it is.

2001: A Space Odyssey

An ethereal achievement in all aspects of filmmaking, Space Odyssey is phenomenally ahead of it's time as well as Clarke's source material. Kubrick's intensely slow paced adaptation is visually, auditorily and psychologically haunting from its very first opening. It's obvious the impact its had on the later visionaries like Spielberg, Lucas and the whole Sci-Fi league. I don't have a frickin' idea what it was about though.


It's an ambitious Sci-Fi adventure that thrives on the relentless performance of Jodie Foster and the dilemma of faith and science.

The Relic
The Relic(1997)

A creature feature that runs on cliches and a pitch black setting that leaves very little to like.

Horrible Bosses

Incredibly wild and hilarious, pray that you don't choke on your own laughter cos I almost did.

The Lion King 1 1/2

It's attraction is the ability to take on a whole new perspective of the beloved animated feature. And it does so with much humor and emotion to spare.

The Lion King

Colorful, emotional and majestic, The Lion King is a rich production that hasn't been achieved before or since in all classic animations.

The Ledge
The Ledge(2011)

Theology, faith, dilemmas and social norms are questioned and melodramatically albeit skillfully scripted as a chain of events, The Ledge is surprisingly satisfactory as food for thought.

Pitch Black
Pitch Black(2000)

There is much room for an intelligent approach but Pitch Black makes do with it's creature thrills and Vin Diesel.


Being a sort of a chick 'Hangover', Bridesmaids is at times explodingly funny and thoroughly entertaining.


abominably gory and unpredictable, Bereavement deviates quite from the usual slashers and shockingly so. Perhaps too shockingly.

Attack the Block

Wildly (And I do mean wild) thrilling and funny, Attack the Block may be the best alien invasion flick in years! Maybe even all time if it wasn't for my personal favourite, Signs [2002]. Take lessons, Hollywood!

Bad Teacher
Bad Teacher(2011)

Kinky and occasionally out loud funny, Bad Teacher is not that good but not all that bad.

Water for Elephants

Colorful, melodramatic and heartfelt, Water for Elephants is a romantic drama of the classic formula. Christoph Waltz is particularly a treat on screen re-living his academy award winning persona.

The Conspirator

"In times of war,the law falls silent." A gripping court room drama that recounts the Lincoln assassination trial, The Conspirator is dramatized and acted well.

Jane Eyre
Jane Eyre(2011)

Perpetually dark and melancholic, Jane Eyre is nevertheless a fitting adaptation and an achievement in cinematography and solid performances.

Grumpier Old Men

Lemmon and Matthau doesn't let the sequel drown in familiar grounds. There is much fun to be rediscovered in this lighthearted comedy.

Grumpy Old Men

Lighthearted and funny, there is a wondrous delight to these grump old neighbors 'moron' and 'putz'.


Dazzling special effects and a potential chemistry of Hopkins and Hemsworth aside, Thor is but a cheesy space opera that could have been a lot better. A lot.

X-Men: First Class

Visually and plotwise impressive, X-Men First class is a satisfying Marvel epic that would have gone even better along much grittier lines. If nothing else, it's got the best damn cameo appearance in years!

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

A cleaner and visually stunning color palette might be all that 'On Stranger Tides' harbors since it suffers terribly from a weak plot, dry and tedious Jack Sparrow impressions that doesn't live up to the standard set by the very first installment. Yo ho, Yo ho, maybe a real pirate's life is just what the obvious follow-up requires.

Fast Five
Fast Five(2011)

The inner criminal in you may like it's metallic carnage, but not for a second can it be taken seriously. All that cliché and far-fetched action!

Everything Must Go

A testament to Will Ferrell's versatility and honest storytelling, Everything Must Go is a slow horror show of life's desperation and renewal.

The Beaver
The Beaver(2011)

As good as it is to see Mel Gibson back (even in lesser form), The Beaver should be less self-righteous and more psychologically involving than it is.

K-19: The Widowmaker

Kathryn Bigelow's (The Hurt Locker) swift direction and Harrison Ford and Liam Neeson's powerhouse performances makes K19 a compelling and emotional drama.


It's no Reservoir Dogs but it's fair enough mystery and suspense will keep you occupied.

Atlantis - The Lost Empire

This rich, traditionally drawn Disney adventure is simply put, 'epic'.

The Sunset Limited

Two beloved stars and an interestingly static setting, this intellectual and spiritual romp totters to an hypocritical end that leaves the audience hanging by a thread. Should it shake the belief of a man of god? Should it ridicule a man who believes in Nihilism? Is it the other way round? Are things black and white as the characters themselves are? Or is it again the other way round? These are questions Sunset Limited asks again and again but with no real answer but your own. If all the film achieves is raising this theological debate, you should know religions have beaten it to that.

Mr. Deeds
Mr. Deeds(2002)

It's nowhere near as funny as it tries to be but Mr. Deeds can be certainly be called upon for a good hearted family entertainment time.

Apollo 13
Apollo 13(1995)

It's narrative is impressive but sometimes too technical to be absorbed in, but Apollo 13 is quite sound in the cast, performances and the effects to compensate.

Charlie's Angels - Full Throttle

It's a mindless romp that ruins it's predecessor's charm, but still it's got enough star power to hold the gaze.

The Shining
The Shining(1980)

It has toned down the supernatural and the darkness of the acclaimed novel, but The Shining is still a solid thriller of Jack Nicholson's stellar performance and psychological drama.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2

This emotionally wrought fantasy spectacle is the just desert for Potter fans who have been waiting for the epic conclusion. It's ability to take deep intervals of emotion amidst the fast paced and visually stunning battlefields is praiseworthy. But then again it's all thanks to a wonderful source material that is perfect beyond all it's motion picture offspring.
And here at the ruined great hall, we bid farewell to one of the most memorable franchises ever. [nod].

Before the Devil Knows You're Dead

Every passing moment the plot thickens and the performances become breathtakingly splendid. It is an assorted masterpiece of plot, screenplay and performances that surpasses almost all crime thrillers.

The Fly
The Fly(1986)

It's science is shaky but The Fly is a disturbing tale of fiction told with the intellectual intentions rather than cheap horror.

Kung Fu Hustle

It's far too ludicrous to be taken seriously, but it's occasional inspiring slapstick and special effects makes Kung Fu Hustle one big fun ride.

Cidade de Deus (City of God)

It gloriously captures the sadism and the violence with performances and cinematography to match. A praiseworthy film that surpassed my expectations. Two very big thumbs up!

The Thing
The Thing(1982)

Thoroughly suspenseful and disturbing, The Thing is a perfect example of classic sci-fi horror at its finest.


Vastly addictive and well done, 21 is strengthened by Jim Sturgess's charm and Kevin Spacey's sassy demeanor.


You will be through with the movie in 3 hours, but the movie won't be through with you. Off-the-roof performances and a screenplay makes this indeed one of the best I've seen.

The Devil Wears Prada

A brutal and barbaric battle between life and career, Devil wears Prada is a showcase of Meryl Streep's ironclad performance and Anne Hathaway's charm no doubt. Truth is it's scary how good Meryl Streep is.

Your Highness

Aside from Danny McBride's occasional sly remarks and raunchy references Your Highness doesn't coax its intended laugh, but it's still a lot of fun

Peter Pan
Peter Pan(2003)

The perfect adventure for those who don't want to grow up too soon.

Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster

It takes the fighting a notch up, but the depth a notch down. Ip Man 2 is nevertheless an entertaining martial arts flick that hangs on Donnie Yen's firm presence.

Ip Man
Ip Man(2010)

It soon redeems itself of what seems to be a clumsy introduction, powered by the steely and graceful presence of Donnie Yen, the stifling arrangement of martial arts and its omnipresent score against the backdrop of the Sino-Japanese War.


Although its conclusion is generic (being faithful to the true events), this star-strewn classic western promises top notch adventure and drama with a most memorable performance by Val Kilmer. Thumbs up!

Transformers: Dark of the Moon

It's gloriously bloodcurdling when a thousand debris fly at you and giant robots tear each other's guts out in your face, yes. But when you look beyond that debris, it's worse than the second installment of this valuable franchise. But the trick is 'not' to. Just get your adrenaline fix and get out.

Downfall (Der Untergang)

The electrifying performance of Bruno Ganz is enough to uplift this already solid picture, depicting the downfall of monster and an era of darkness.


It may hardly be original, downright predictable and may weigh on too much gore, but Centurion can still be enjoyable with a grain of salt.


Tense, thrilling and fast paced, Deliverance is a classic showcase of top notch performances and suspense.


It's not very inspired, but it could have been a lot worse.


Colorful, cheerful and charming, Rio takes flight in the glamorous voice cast and sassy line of characters.


It has it's moments but beyond that, it's horribly painful.

There's Something About Mary

Although it could do a little less of 'dumb and dumber', There is definitely something about Mary that makes you laugh.

Jacob's Ladder

It's war, family, psychology, paranoia and horror that gets thrown into the mix and Jacob's Ladder climbs to the very top of it's game. It's solidity is the rational conclusion that borderlines on the irrational and the solid performance by Tim Robbins. Two very big thumbs up!

Cedar Rapids
Cedar Rapids(2011)

Ed Helms and John C. Reilly makes Cedar Rapids one gleeful and down to earth comedy.

Sucker Punch
Sucker Punch(2011)

Impressive gritty visuals and action, Sucker Punch is a lethal cocktail of Zack Snyder's poetic destruction and a human story behind it. Thumbs up!


There are movies about money and the spoils and evils it brings. But none of them will ever compare to Millions, Danny Boyle's off-the-rocker work of intricate beauty. A must see.


It looks quite good, it feels rotten unfortunately

Super 8
Super 8(2011)

Visually and emotionally reminiscent of the classic era of E.T, Super 8 is an enjoyable science fiction thriller that will satisfy all audiences alike, especially the younger generation.

28 Weeks Later...

It's upscaled and gory, everything the first was not. But in itself 28 Weeks later resorts back to the grenre formula and loses the soul Danny Boyle gave its predecessor. But it's still good fun

28 Days Later

Danny Boyle finds the genuine horror story from the post-apocalyptic world that countless others have tried and had made a mockery of. Gritty, intelligent and well acted, 28 Days Later may be the best among the genre that captivates the human aspect of survival and madness.

Field of Dreams

So little of this movie is to be seen, the rest is to be felt. A grand ensemble of fantasy, family and sport that is hauntingly memorable.

Mars Needs Moms

It's not the best conceived idea but Mars Needs Moms is a colorful and entertaining motion capture piece that at least kids will love if no one else.

Groundhog Day

This heartwarming tale of love and life is complemented a thousandfold by Murray's and MacDowell's delightful presence. Magical!

The Lincoln Lawyer

An irresistibly sassy Matthew McConaughey pulls off the Lincoln Lawyer with distinction, with the right amount of courtroom drama, suspense and wit. Two very big thumbs up!

Source Code
Source Code(2011)

It's not all original and not all substantive, but Source Code is quite an enjoyable piece of science fiction that brings together Déjà Vu and The Manchurian Candidate in small measures. But Source Code is not exactly the cinematic match for the director's debut, The Moon [2009].

The Eagle
The Eagle(2011)

Although over formulaic, The Eagle is done with a flair that is not disappointing.


It's the eccentric and freaky love child of Bourne Identity and SALT, but Hanna still leaves you wondering what the point of it all was.


A perfect excuse for your brain to be boiled inside your skull.

The Adjustment Bureau

How would I call it a wonderful premise, when every door it opens brings preposterousness beyond logic


While it's not the funniest or the freshest Nick and Simon have done, Paul is still a lovable collection of science fiction, profanity and slapstick that pays its rightful homage to pop culture and Steven Spielberg.

Henry's Crime

It's almost a fresh and winning formula Henry's Crime follows, but there's still loose ends and a below average Keanu Reeves to rectify. I would love to have Guy Ritchie remake this.

Scream 3
Scream 3(2000)

It isn't funny but painful to watch this great silliness unfold as the group of protagonists are unable to tackle one masked killer even when opportunity presents itself. This third Scream has the same ingredients that worked for the first installment, however it doesn't feel so original anymore. Instead it provokes a rage.

Scream 2
Scream 2(1997)

It is still the serious parody that does not rely on wits but rather the same old thrill of the chases. And that downgrades this sequel than it has to be.


Scary and thrilling, it parodies the horror genre as gritty and gory as possible for a parody. It's promising start however doesn't measure up to a more mature conclusion.


It's more melancholic than cheerful and more formulaic than inventive. However Gore Verbinski along with his trusted cast headed by Johnny Depp pull off one grand western with occasional bursts of genuine slapstick and action.

Red Riding Hood

It may very well be the sucker for mystery inside me speaking up, but Red Riding Hood rides well between fantasy, mystery and romance.

I Know What You Did Last Summer

What could be more clichéd than teenage slashers, yet when placed in a tangible setting it can prove to be effective and enjoyable amidst all it's flaws.


Whilst it's far from original, Liam Neeson's uncanny screen power and the edgy action-play elevates 'Unknown' to be an impressive suspense thriller.

Never Let Me Go

Silent and emotionally wrought performances by all the leads adds a huge sentimental value but amidst all of that Never Let Me Go still feels a bit off for me.


It's cast is flawless and so is the multi layered truth it divulges, But Syriana is still 2 hours of pure seriousness that takes time to assemble itself by wearing out the viewer before it's fully fledged at the end.

Fatal Attraction

Performances and a plot that is fatally attractive.

Drive Angry
Drive Angry(2011)

A shameless and mindless cocktail of blood, cars, fire, guns and so called 3D, that is the perfect picture of what is wrong with Hollywood. You sure know how to pick 'em Mr. Cage.


A movie that doesn't suffer any cliché or any setback, Limitless is a outstanding package of premise, performances and surprises. Two very big thumbs up!

Battle: Los Angeles

Black Hawk Down meets Independence Day and every second becomes painfully dynamic, thrilling and explosive. What it doesn't comprehend is following the same old invasion formula does not help even if you have good special effects and fine performances.

Vanishing On 7th Street

At one point you stop caring about their pain to try and stop yours. I suffered mine, you sure you want to?

The Last Samurai

It's strength does not rely on epic battles or battle cries, but on the underlying themes of philosophy and love. It is with such distinction Tom Cruise delves into the tainted war hero Nathan Algren and it is with such distinction Edward Zwick handles its many elements into a beautiful poetic engulfment. My favorite movie of all time.

Batman: Under the Red Hood

The animated Batman world has not lost it's magic. Most importantly, it's not forgotten the roots of it's mythology. Despite of what revolution Christopher Nolan did by stripping off the fantastic elements and pouring more realism, Under the red hood retaliates and brings back some of it back.

Anchorman - The Legend Of Ron Burgundy

It will be a strong contender to be the dumbest movie you have ever seen. But hey, dumb is fun!

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

Characters so mesmerizing and events so bizarre, Dr. Parnassus is a visceral journey into the depths of fantasy. It is a movie which holds magic in every step of the way. Spellbinding as it is, it brings this great sadness that we behold the true magic of the late Heath Ledger for the last time ever on screen. A truth my mind naturally rejects.


"Children of the Corn meets Texas Chainsaw Massacre" done with some talented hands but utterly distasteful due to the painful clichés. And I do mean painful.

Gnomeo and Juliet

Although not as funny as it should be and not as creative as the Pixars can be, Gnomeo & Juliet still manages to deliver entertainment and a good time with it's many colored visuals and star cast.

I Am Number Four

Apart from CGI spectacles and an action filled last act, I Am Number Four is still a (dumb?) teen fantasy that doesn't stand apart from the Twilight formula. But then again this too will have a faithful audience for the sequels to come.

It's Kind of a Funny Story

Novel and delightful, it's such a beautiful piece of work with a lot of heart and soul. The world could use more of this and a little less popcorn action and most importantly a mere week at a psychiatric ward. Completely and truthfully baffled by it's beauty. Thumbs up!

Blow Out
Blow Out(1981)

Travolta manages to single handedly make us tag along with the suspense while Nancy Allen fails miserably doing so. It doesn't come to a cheap conclusion, and that finishes Blow Out strong and unique.

When Harry Met Sally

A sweet romantic comedy that just doesn't work with full effect due to the union of monotonous Billy Crystal and the ever charming Meg Ryan.

All the Boys Love Mandy Lane

It's about teenagers who get picked off one by one. Like we haven't seen that before!

Cold Mountain

Cold mountain garners fine performances from it's all star cast but narrates a war story that is too typical to set off a lot of emotion in return.

A Scanner Darkly

A movie that is unique and intriguing, done with a high visual eccentricity and a rich plot. Thumbs up!

No Strings Attached

The best card of the deck is Ashton Kutcher who knows how to balance his act from the dumb 70's Show kid to a serious grownup. Apart from that No Strings Attached runs on a regular formula that doesn't garner too many laughs or too much freshness that is to be expected of a romantic comedy.

House of Wax
House of Wax(2005)

A perfect mix of horror and gore complemented by a back story that scares the hell out of you!

The Bank Job
The Bank Job(2008)

It's not really the Bank job, but the thrilling aftermath that makes this movie a good old British crime thriller. Thumbs up!

Enemy at the Gates

With a war movie, you either get the philosophy or the simple drive of the kill. Enemy at the Gates sets its stage in a backdrop vastly used in the war movie genre and uses it entirely for the singular duel of two rivals. It does make it shallow than it's many predecessors and leaves something missing from it's elegantly and elaborately painted picture. It does not fail to make it a fine thriller nonetheless.


The serious/funny, sentimental, up-scaled 'Kickass', or so to speak. Woody Harrelson delivers his best yet again, and the movie is absolutely stunning.
Two very big thumbs up!


It feels overly brutal and quite psychotic in its message, but you will love it for the integrity Rainn Wilson brings in amidst of all the chaos. In its last act 'Super' improves vastly over the brutal action to the emotional counterpart to its merit. A huge success over 'The Green Hornet' but a notch down the 'Defendor' standard.


Backed with a concept rarely used, it delivers genuine thrills and scares but insidiously it grows a huge preposterousness that gives way to visual elements than effective psychological horrors. The stale characters and performances who merely follow clichéd stereotypes doesn't help much it's cause.

How Do You Know

An enchanting cast made just perfect with Jack Nicholson and a story that is lighthearted and heavy at the same time makes this a delightful romantic comedy.

Nothing But the Truth

A sadistic tale of politics vs. journalism that presents itself as fictionalized, yet based on a real life scandal that took place in our time. It balances its many elements of politics, media, law and ideology with strong performances by Kate Beckinsale and Vera Farmiga and leaves with a twist that only adds on to what it builds up.
The 2010 movie 'Fair Game' starring Naomi Watts and Sean Penn is a direct adaptation of the scandal depicting the other side of the story, which would go hand in hand for an interested viewer.


An effective nerve wrecker that suffers it's share of painful teen clichés but delivers nail biting suspense.

The Last Exorcism

It follows the great tradition of mockumentary horror and delivers the chills and the thrills of the on-the-motion suspense. However it falls short of the supernatural scares that it promises to mere gore in the last act. There was a X-Files episode which closely followed the plotline, which I recall was far more effective. But if you're looking for something scary rather than nothing, The Last Exorcism may just qualify on the borderline.

Tell-Tale (Tell Tale)

It's basically the 'heart version' of 'The Eye [2008]', but it doesn't add anything new or pick up the pace until the very end, which ultimately leaves it as a passable thriller.

The Hole
The Hole(2012)

There has always been something down there in the basement or under the bed. That scares us more instinctively than rationally. The Hole borrows largely from Stephen King's IT but amidst a few quirks here and there and an unconvincing male lead, turns out to be a well made kids entertainment and horror feature that will work quite okay on grown ups as well.

Leaving Las Vegas

Emotionally and visually gritty, with brutally honest characters never larger than life, Leaving Las Vegas overcomes it's drooling inebriation with every passing minute. Cage and Shue deliver one of their finest in their careers. What's happened to you since then Mr.Cage?


It isn't all that bad, but it could have been better if no one spoke at all or let David Attenborough narrate.

The Rite
The Rite(2011)

It achieves nothing after all the usual exorcism hocus pocus and leaves you wondering why the devil they bothered to waste pure Hopkins talent away with a largely mediocre plot.

Lieksa! (The Matriarch)

Markku Pölönen does a fine job with it's cinematography and cast but the weaknesses of the plot ultimately drags it down. Unable to distinguish between it's love story and the family drama, it ends up somewhere between.

Dumb and Dumber

The title says it all and the crazy hair-do weirdos give it their push, yet not to their maximum.

Charlie St. Cloud

It's failure is heavily based on clichés of the genre and less emotional grittiness.

I Love You Phillip Morris

Although not as funny as it should be with Jim Carrey at the helm, I Love You Phillip Morris delivers sporadic laugh-out humour and emotion alike. But the story of this determined gay conman doesn't seem to add up to something worthwhile.

Knocked Up
Knocked Up(2007)

It mixes up raunchy humour with delightful characters and life situations and makes one honest movie out of it. Seth Rogen has never been this outstanding. A great movie for the people who are getting knocked up out there.
A quote from the movie I'd regret not to share, "Marriage is like a tense, unfunny version of Everybody Loves Raymond, only it doesn't last 22 minutes. It lasts forever." :D

Legends of the Fall

A movie that engulfs, transcends and mesmerizes, with praiseworthy performances and a tale of brotherhood, love and death. An absolutely great movie that must be seen.

Reservoir Dogs

It's very Tarantino, and like all Tarantinos, it's built around mesmerizing characters, powerful dialog and freak incidents that surprises you, repulses you and impresses you at the same time. It's no Pulp Fiction, but one good movie as long as it lasts.

Pineapple Express

All-out comedy with an unforgettable trio. Thumbs up!

Enemy of the State

Smart, fast-paced and thrilling. Enemy of the State combines a good many on-the-run thriller elements with techno-paranoia and brings up to a good all-out climax. Throw some Tony Scott iconic camera work and you're all set for a nauseating joy ride of a movie.

The Way Back
The Way Back(2011)

It's a movie that crosses from freezing mountains to blazing sands, from war torn prisons to free lands, and then across time. It's one weakness is not letting the characters be compelling as is the journey, a weakness that can be overlooked of course.

London Boulevard

You'd think the rate British crime thrillers are going they'd stop being so great all the time. Well, you'd be very wrong. Fresh, thrilling and funny with a great cast that can outsmart typical Hollywood any time any day.

The Resident
The Resident(2012)

Creepy and thrilling, but the Resident relies on the same old antics and less wit.

The Green Hornet

You've got Seth Rogen who cracks up any movie he's in, being painfully loud and not funny at all, You've got Academy award winning Nazi villain Christoph Waltz making a complete ass out of himself, You've got property destruction and flipping cars and exploding buildings and a totally superfluous Cameron Diaz that does nothing to elevate the movie. The only thing it achieves is making 'Kick Ass' look like the Godfather of Superhero comedies. "Absolute tosh" as a Brit would say.

The Celebration (Festen)

It's done with a really bad camera but that should be the least of your concerns. A gritty, haunting and disturbing tale with performances that movies 'should' be made of. It's one of those movies which demonstrate how powerful mere storytelling is.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1

It's so good that having read the book is not enough. It just has to be seen to the conclusion. One great movie.

Morning Glory

It's too painfully textbook, that you don't really need to see the movie at all. Apart from the tasteless Harrison Ford and Diane Keaton union, Rachel McAdams at least tries as much as her character to annoyingly nail her part.

Little Fockers

The cast has evidently lost their initial spark and of much of it's humor comes from The Godfather references. It's gotten very dumb, but hey, dumb fun works at least a little.

The Mechanic
The Mechanic(2011)

Fast, bloody and painfully pathetic. The absence of any sort of wit makes The Mechanic sink inches under the usual bang bang thrillers.

The Matador
The Matador(2006)

Probably the best hit man movie there ever was! A plot that surprises you and delights you over and over again with the over the top and magnetic Pierce Brosnan and Greg Kinnear. Two very big thumbs up!

Shattered (Butterfly on a Wheel)

Fast paced and thrilling, Shattered will slap you around, kick you in the guts and slap once more for closure.

What Lies Beneath

There is a renowned director, a notable cast and an almost passable plot that does nothing to come out of the uncompelling nightmare that it is.

The Edge
The Edge(1997)

Man's true test is in the face of nature. breathtaking locations, top notch leads and heart pounding survival.

Perrier's Bounty

British crime thrillers outrank Hollywood by many a mile, and so does this Irish flick. The plot, the wit and the cast are just too impeccable to resist and Jim Broadbent and Brendon Gleeson is gleefully magnificent.

Season of the Witch

It's entire plot hangs on preposterousness to the point it's painful. Yet it's darkness and action will not disappoint the regular Joe.

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

It shreds what magic it was built upon and moves to more epic territory, but this is one sequel that actually is not a dissappointment.


It takes multiple viewings to fully understand and appreciate every small detail that defines the core of this visual and psychological spectacle. But then again, that had always been Chris Nolan's tactic to date. The movie itself is multilayered as much as it's subject is.
Hats off to Nolan for his visionary directing and Leo for his ever spellbinding characterization!

The Social Network

It's always a pleasure seeing a movie about a success story. And it's always a pleasure seeing a movie with a story worth telling. 'The Social Network' has both and Jesse Eisenberg gives his best performance yet.

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

A musical horror drama thriller...Sounds very weird yet very true, Sweeney Todd delivers all of them with Johnny Depp and Helena Carter delivering a spellbinding performance.

The Mist
The Mist(2007)

Gritty, fast paced and often gloriously terrifying, The Mist brings the terrific Stephen King tale to a satisfying cinematic experience.


Despite a strong cast and a compelling story of friendship and injustice, it still lacks something, which could possibly be a good pace.

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Phenomenal special effects and beautiful sets doesn't complement it's mediocre acting and ultimately what it looks like is a big budget television movie. Narnians have a lot to learn from Harry Potter and grow with age.

American Gangster

Oh sure, nothing comes close to The Godfather, but the American Gangster makes it almost there.

Yogi Bear
Yogi Bear(2010)

There's nothing in it for anyone except for kids who haven't seen many movies.

The Good Shepherd

In the directorial hands of Robert DeNiro and a flawless cast headed by Matt Damon, The Good Shepherd becomes one reverberant spy thriller. It's ability to give space to the characters becomes its solid foundation.

The Man in the Iron Mask

A splendid cast, magnificent sets and a classic tale. What it lacks is a dark cinematography to amplify it's art.

Gulliver's Travels

Under the guise of reinventing, it tramples on the classic tale with it's huge flabby feet and destroys almost everything enjoyable about it. In a day when we have the technology to achieve what was imagined in minds while the pages were turned, how come we commit giant atrocities such as this? However it does wrap up the matters pretty quickly and I particularly enjoyed the pop culture references.

Driving Miss Daisy

A beautiful and touching tale of lives, transitions and affections that grow with time. All you have to do is sit back and let the story unfold at the hands of the marvelous Jessica Tandy and Morgan Freeman. The Academy award winner of Best Picture in 1989.

About a Boy
About a Boy(2002)

It's not just about a boy, but about lives of different and troubled people and how everything falls into place when no man is an island. With a charming cast, terrific drama and witty humor, 'About a boy', becomes so much else. Outstanding performance by a young Nicholas Hoult, and Hugh Grant, naturally so.

The Sorcerer's Apprentice

Dreadfully naive, frightfully cliched and dubiously fun! Interesting combination. Give it a shot, maybe it'll appeal to you.

Tron Legacy
Tron Legacy(2010)

Black spandex, light suits and a preposterous level of imagination goes into the creation of the movie, with a digitally restored Jeff Bridges. But ultimately it's lack of reality, lack of action and lack of novelty takes it's toll.


Visually splendid and classically told, Tangled makes an elegant addition into the long withstanding Disney magic.

Burke and Hare

Elegant sets and a handsome cast are Burke and Hare's strengths, but lost between horror and comedy, it loses finesse on both ends. As happy as I am to see Mr. Pegg on screen, Burke and Hare only succeeds in telling a piece of history with sporadic bland humor.


As unusual as it is for Clint Eastwood to venture into the fantasy realm and as fantastic as it is to explore an afterlife theme, Hereafter's greatest weakness lies therein. It loses credibility and the character depth of Clint's previous entries and lets the plot hang entirely on implausibility and coincidence.

The Brothers Grimm

Albeit an enchanting cast and a visual spectacle of a fantasy cocktail, The Brothers Grimm does not succeed in bringing out the desired effect. There is hardly a laugh or a gasp in the end to show for.

Empire of the Sun

Visually and emotionally visceral masterpiece of the spoils of war. The 12 year old Christian Bale proves himself on the screen in the capable hands of Steven Spielberg. A film that must be seen.

Step Brothers

Amidst the delicious and raucous performances of Ferrel and Riley, the plot ridiculously loses track of destination and rushes into a cliched closure. There was so much potential for it to be funny without actually trying.

A Single Man
A Single Man(2009)

Brave, cinematic and well acted, A single man portrays a silent and powerful story, although it may not be a pleasing one.

Mad Max
Mad Max(1979)

Thrilling and vengefully sadistic. The high octane Mad Max outranks the best of Hollywood in production value and precedes and spawns an era of action thrillers. The very young Mr. Gibson is never any lesser in screen power.

Taxi Driver
Taxi Driver(1976)

Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese in their early days of grandeur drama filmmaking. De Niro plays a psychologically battered veteran who takes up a whole new perception of society and his path, and delivers a brilliantly fresh and realistic performance. Even more interesting is the film's conclusion.

The Next Three Days

It's often that thrillers of this caliber borderline with near preposterousness and popcorn action surpass the characters. The Next Three Days is however a mesmerizing thrill ride which collaborates all the right ingredients and surpasses your everyday thriller. Two very big thumbs up!

Carlito's Way

Scarface meets Collateral in this classic crime thriller with magnificent performances by Pacino and Penn.

The Princess Bride

Let's face it, it must have been funny at the time, but apart from the glamorous and fairy-tale set pieces, there's nothing much to it other than the 2D comedy and romance that takes place. Do I have to honor it because it's a classic? Not always.


The kid with the big guns in the play pen. I'm no judge and jury of his character but Josh Brolin sure makes a screen worthy representation of Mr. George W. Bush.


It's textbook characters and text book story got me so bored, all I wanted to do was borrow the 'peashooter' from Mr. Johnson and blow my brains out.

Get Low
Get Low(2010)

You'll ask yourself why did you give a damn at the end, but it's not about the ending; just about the emotional journey of that one old Felix Bush who have had a story to say for 40 years. There's a few in the movie business that I wish won't get older. Robert Duvall is one of them.

Fair Game
Fair Game(2010)

2010 was, as I've noted before, an acclaimed year for true stories. Here I am after the passing of 2010, acknowledging yet another powerful thriller of a true story with the perfect director (Bourne Identity) and two over the top leads (Sean Penn and Naomi Watts) where Bush administration is yet again stripped and publicly displayed on the numerous unfair games which played out.

The Man From Earth

The most singular piece of cinema that will last another 14000 years.


Tony Scott spices up the movie with twice the tension of stopping the train just by waving the camera around and choppers, cop cars thrown into the speeding mean machine recipe. It's no brain food, can't argue, but who can resist a heart stopping popcorn thriller? (Michael Bay would've up blown up the train just for kicks though)

Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale

The Christmas tale you've always wanted to see..A daringly and preposterously original fantasy horror flick. A little too preposterous for my taste though.


It's almost successful in what it tries to be, a "mockumentary". Although equipped with some heart pounding moments it still falls short of the giants of the genre such as District 9 or Cloverfield. The blame partially goes to the unlikely and even worse, amusing antagonists. Nevertheless, no regrets.


Richard Attenborough is a wonderful storyteller, but Chaplin is too much of a character to be told from the beginning to the end through a movie. In fact it dwells on many events of his life but not quite enough on his troubled self. Be that as it may, Chaplin still is a wonderful journey.

Glengarry Glen Ross

The ending wasn't what I expected, that is to say it leaves you with a slap when you're expecting an explosion. And that is the only thing I don't like about it. The movie runs entirely on the mouths of these brilliant ensemble, with Pacino like the cherry on top. One mesmerizing look at the world of real estate salesmen.

The Insider
The Insider(1999)

Truth, integrity, corporations, media, press, smoking all disemboweled and put to display on a preposterous runtime. Crowe is magnificient as always and Pacino is a little less, truth be told. Mann's iconically paced cinematography keeps things interesting.


It's a lot of 'all-out-guns' rather than tactics. But the brilliant ensemble pull off a grand mix of emotion and destruction to top it off.

Due Date
Due Date(2010)

Put Tony Stark in a cross country ride with Zach the oddball and Due date is what you get. If you can laugh so hard even at a panned comedy, you don't get to badmouth it. You're an exception. I am one of them.

Paranormal Activity 2

Horror movies must be the genre that have suffered a long series of ill transformations. There were good old ghost stories and then there were the masked killers, morbid creatures, zombies, exorcism of demons, creepy children and the worst of all - raunchy/gory slashers where you get to see people get cut up in the most innovative of ways. And then there was 'The Blair Witch Project' which opened up a whole new arena of horror followed by successful 'Rec' series. Likewise The 'Paranormal Activity' series does not falter in delivering perfection of horror in a most basic form, 'realism'.
DO see it alone. I dare you to have a steady heartbeat.

He's Just Not That Into You

Well It's a ensemble romantic comedy, which in this case I didn't really feel either except for the ensemble part. Now, 'Love Actually' was actually one of those. But I gotta say, Jeniffer Connelly is the exception, I'd have liked to see her story in the whole film.

The Tourist
The Tourist(2010)

I can't believe there's not a single thing about it that I like. Amateurs make better movies than this one.

Is Anybody There?

It says so much about different people in different ages of their lives and does so with pure perfection from the charm of Michael Caine and young Bill Milner. After a long time I'm having trouble finding the right words to note it's beauty and depth. That ought to do it.

Casino Jack
Casino Jack(2010)

A true tale of greed and downfall with a slap. Kevin Spacey is electrifying as ever. W. Bush must really hate this movie. :D

Scent of a Woman

Mesmerizing and headstrong performances of the cinematic 'god' Pacino and young Chris O'Donell makes Scent of a Woman praisefully worthwhile. Whoo-ah!


It doesn't want to be larger than life or funny, but it builds up brutally honest and real characters and moments and ends without a note, which is ok really.

The Cider House Rules

Rich in emotion, life and love, it makes an unfathomable journey into a young man's world as he sees it for the first time. Praise to Tobey Maguire and Michael Caine. One of the best movies I've seen for sure.


A deliciously well crafted tale of redemption. Love it.


It's good for one thing, dumb fun. And dumb fun is a cure-all, wouldn't you agree?

The Kids Are All Right

It builds rich UNconventional relationships and complications and executes very well with top notch performances. A brave attempt at looking at life as it is.

Hachi: A Dog's Tale

Sentimental and touching. A perfect man-pet tale if there ever was one.

The King's Speech

2010 was a year for acclaimed adaptations for true stories. King's Speech, for me is undoubtedly the crown jewel of them all. Perfect cinematography, art direction, score and a truly breathtaking performance by Colin Firth. My own personal recommendation for Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Art Direction for the 83rd Academy Awards.

Rabbit Hole
Rabbit Hole(2010)

It's a sad, miserable tale which WILL bore you out if you sit down with wrong expectations.

Thank You for Smoking

There is an evil wit and a dry sarcasm that just makes the movie brilliant, but in a sadistic way. Loved it.

The Fighter
The Fighter(2010)

There is a gritty emotional depth and realism poured into this boxing movie so much that the game doesn't have anything to do with its intensity. The uncharted performance of Christian Bale is praiseworthy and not to mention Mark Wahlberg and Amy Adams. Thumbs up!

True Grit
True Grit(2010)

It's iconic western material , definitely with the 'Coen' touch and powered by a handsome and enduring performance by Jeff Bridges. Highly enjoyed and recommended.

Run Fatboy Run

Refreshingly naive, emotional and sweet. You gotta love those British movies, especially if Simon Pegg's in it.

Going the Distance

It's very timely and simple. I like it. Although Barrymore and Justin Long aren't the most picturesque couple.

Where the Wild Things Are

For the people who still have a wild thing in them, this is a treat of a lifetime. One of the best fantasy films ever.


It becomes interesting when it stops tiptoeing around and gets to the point; which unfortunately is when the movie is over.
It's amazing what you can do with so little talent and a lot of CGI these days. Too bad.

The Town
The Town(2010)

It's just cops and robbers....Sounds real classic but edge of the seat thrill ride all the way...and I mean all the way. Way to go Ben Affleck!

All Good Things

Drama and mystery aplenty and strong performances. Although the two slightly disconnected acts bring it down somehow.


It doesn't achieve anything when it ends other than a overly used sentiment. But man oh man what a thriller it is as long as it lasts. M. Night still writes to entertain, at least for me.

Case 39
Case 39(2010)

It scared me!...but then it scared me how clichéd it was too.

Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole

It's a complete text book story where Narnian owls battle over middle earth and there's hardly any originality. BUT, the phenomenal visuals and cinematography sure can take your breath away.

The American
The American(2010)

Equipped with a solid lead by Clooney but handicapped by somewhat loose ended and ambiguous back Story. However the American gets the job done as a fine drama thriller.


Don't expect the novelty and subtlety which 'Danny Ocean' brought into Heist genre. But the adrenaline rush sure can hold you to your seat.


It's basically all your nightmares in one tiny box. One actor, one tight location and a casket full of horror, thriller, emotion with running out batteries, flames, breath and space.
I'll say it now, it's the best hostage thriller I've seen and one of the best movies as well. I bow to you Ryan Reynolds for single handedly (And not just because he is the only actor present) stifling me with your performance. (Now I think I'll go out and get some air, phew.)

The Disappearance of Alice Creed

I doubt if 'ingenious' is a word to be used, however the suspense and the twists are brilliant. A good movie precisely.

Tomorrow, When the War Began

It's definitely very Australian, a bunch of renegade kids standing against an invading army. There is a very interesting premise and the movie is almost getting the job done, but not quite very well off. There is much room for the sequels to grow.

And Soon the Darkness

Well it's a remake from 1970s. And I'm sure they loved it in the 70's but we've seen a lot of it from then to now. We expect at least a little complexity these days, don't we?

Piranha 3-D
Piranha 3-D(2010)

If you want to see Piranhas, go to a aquarium. period.

Maybe I should rephrase, go there and get eaten by Piranhas so you wouldn't suffer watching this cinematic piece of crap. Now period.

Brooklyn's Finest

Just when I thought cop movies could never find their way up, Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) conjures up this top-notch cop thriller with the perfect amount of drama and suspense. And to top it off, you get Don Cheadle with Ethan Hawke, Richard Gere and a much better Wesley Snipes thrown in the way. They may be Brooklyn's finest, and in my book a finest in cop genre as well.

Dinner for Schmucks

At first glance you can tell that it's a remake of a French movie, and yes it is. How to know?- It's too ridiculous to be serious. But in a weird way Steve Carell's character has so much potential to be molded into a beautiful sentimental comedy which Dinner for Schmucks just barely touches upon.
Although as gloomy as this review sounds, don't miss it. You'll love the mice at least.

You Again
You Again(2010)

There is a bunch of highly likable leads in a highly likable premise handled with little flair and distaste. Too bad.

Hot Tub Time Machine

Absolutely wild and hilarious. Haven't laughed like this in a while.


I wouldn't know if it's a horror movie or a fantasy movie or a comedy, but there is so much elements in it that I'm compelled to call it one of the best movies I've ever seen. How could you expect anything less from Guillermo del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth)?

The Devil's Backbone (El Espinazo del diablo)

Highly dramatic and rich in plot, I wouldn't label it horror. Magnificent film making and performances where even the child actors do not let down the gritty feel of the movie.


In spite of the glorious director, poor performances and poor special effects combined, leaves nothing exciting about this creature feature.

The Orphanage

One of the creepiest movies I've seen, and also one of the best horror flicks. Highly impressed and recommended.


Amidst beyond mesmerizing characterizations from all the leads (Edward Norton especially) it gets lost in between religion and philosophy and stops impressing me with the lukewarm direction. Damn it could've been so good.

The Strangers

Moment by moment it wrecks your nerves and sets your heart on a unstoppable frenzy. If you weren't scared in a while, this maybe what you were looking for

Everybody's Fine

Wonderfully hearfelt and emotional. De Niro never has to put any effort looking authentic on screen. He just is.

Notting Hill
Notting Hill(1999)

Naive, light and sweet. An absolute delight of a romantic comedy.

Four Weddings and a Funeral

Friendship, Love, True love, Unrequited love, Marriage, Death and the Thunder bolt. Beautiful movie.

How to Lose Friends & Alienate People

Although ridiculed by a painfully silly ending it guarantees hearty laughter and a good time. Simon Pegg is practically glowing.

Los Cronocrímenes (Timecrimes)

I'll never understand time travelling nor bother with it. I believe it is a intellectually intriguing, hypothetically schematic, cinematically brilliant yet pragmatically nightmarish and improbable phenomenon. Well, I already said 'cinematically brilliant' didn't I? That should be enough about the movie.
The cinematography however could improve I felt, where the Hollywood remake (Oh yes, there's one planned) would do better, though I am not a fan of remakes at all.


Courage, resilience and hope. Hilary Swank gives yet another wonderful performance. As far as the story goes, what story could possibly be better than a true story?


There never was a fine line between horror and terror. And in case you feel like having a perfect mix of both don't forget to watch these 2 brilliant Spanish movies. Gory, Edgy and terrific performances and setting.

The Usual Suspects

‎"The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn't exist."
Golden classic. Magnificent!


Highly enjoyable standard issue hero vs. villain movie. But I thought Will Ferrell was a serious miscasting.


It employs picture perfect suburbs and teenage love and the 'two sides to every story' concept well but the 2D characterizations and constant monologuing makes the movie one big audio book. Still, it's not often simple and innocent movies are made, where Flipped certainly qualifies.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

Whilst it's original - the 1974 film of the same name, started a long line of masked killer flicks, the remake of Texas Chainsaw Massacre doesn't do much to add anything interesting like House of Wax did. But as far as the genre goes it does look better than the disaster that was Friday the 13th for me. And not to mention Jessica Biel in the lead.

Black Swan
Black Swan(2010)

The thing with psychological thrillers is that the filmmaker is able to blindfold you, hypnotize you and confuse you at the same time. The immensely talented Natalie Portman is astonishing in her role and however you feel at the start of the movie, it leaves you with a perfect stab to the psyche.

The Others
The Others(2001)

This 2001 Psychological Thriller/Horror film will take you in a journey beyond belief. Trust me, this is a work of a genius. Grace Stewart (Nicole Kidman) lives in a mansion in England with her two children Anne and Nicholas. Her husband has been missing since he went off to war. When suddenly 3 strangers, A housemaid, a gardener and a mute girl show up on their doorstep looking for work.
The strange thing about the family is that the children are photosensitive, they are allergic to sunlight, so the curtains of the house are always closed and the mansion is darkened. But the real mystery begins when the children, especially Anne, starts telling that she sees other people in the house. Grace doesn't believe her daughter at first, until she starts hearing them too. And the 3 servants are not exactly friendly as we begin to understand.
This movie is one of the most inventive horror movies I've seen since 'The Ring', with a brilliant performance by Nicole Kidman.
Thumbs Up!


Well, this is one of those movies that makes you feel magical at the end and leave you with nothing but a smile on your face. It does follow the Walt Disney standard but with a new look, both animated and live, as the creators call it, "A new Disney Classic".
When Giselle (Amy Adams) in the land of Andalasia falls in love with the prince of the kingdom (James Marsden), she is expelled from the kingdom by the evil stepmother of the prince to secure her throne. She falls to earth into the city of Manhattan, NY. Puzzled by this weird land she seeks help to find the prince, but is found by a divorce lawyer (Patrick Dempsey) who happens to pass by. he takes her in to his apartment thinking that she is a mentally ill girl and tries to contact any family she has, but finds out that she makes him feel so different than he could ever be. But when the prince decides to follow Giselle to this world to rescue her and take her back, she must decide whom she really is in love with. But the matters are complicated when the evil queen decides to come over herself and kill Giselle.
Adorned by both movie lovers and critics, it was also a box office hit, gaining many awards in many film festivals, the movie guarantees the enjoyment. This musical fantasy classic is one of the best released in 2007.
Thumbs Up!
Starring: Amy Adams Patrick Dempsey James Marsden Timothy Spall

Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events

Whatâ??s the word Iâ??m looking forâ?¦? â??Magicalâ?? should do justice I think. That is for none other than the movie â??A Series of Unfortunate Eventsâ??. The extractions from 3 Lemony Snicket novels form this magnificent storyline remarkably woven to the big screen.
And as the bonus point who plays the villain??? Jim Carrey, one of the finest in the industry. The story is plotted around three children, Violet Baudelaire the eldest who invents, Klaus the brother who reads and Sunny the infant who bites (Amusing!). The Baudelaire family is rich and has a huge mansion until one fateful day a mysterious fire destroys it, while the children are away spending time at a river bank. A rich banker, Mr. Poe brings the children the news of the fire and the tragic deaths of their parents. The three children are to be sent to their new guardian, a certain Count Olaf, who is an actor by trade. The villainous crook has no sympathy for the children and seems to be rather interested in inheriting the Baudelaire fortune along with the custody of the children. The children are to face an extremely unpleasant and unfortunate life at the countâ??s dark mansion and to carry out chores which the count mercilessly sets upon them. Barely escaping from a fatal trap set by Olaf to kill the children(which would legally pass the Baudelaire wealth to Olaf) the children are then sent to one of other closest relatives again.
Upon the departure the count swears that he will hunt them down no matter where they go and using his highly professional make up for acting, he follows them to every corner of the country in one hope to kill them and own the fortune. Will he succeed? Does the movie depict unfortunate ending to the children? Or do unfortunate events lead to the greatest of journeys?
Jim Carrey is an unforgettable laugh and also his character in Count Olaf really sets us off. The movie tells the journey, the Baudelaire children had to take in order to save themselves as a family, and to learn that no matter how cruel the world can be on the outside, how they can build their own sanctuary of peace and protect each other.
Thumbs up!

Léon: The Professional

With a French Director, Luc Besson and a French lead actor Jean Reno (The Pink Panther), you wouldn't expect a English movie now would you? Well you have to, because their collaboration 'Leon: The Professional', one of the finest of English movies ever made made it to the imdb top 250 movies of all time at the 37th position.
A solitary assassin Leon (Reno) lives in Little Italy of New York city, cleansing the city from drug runners and criminals. Sort of a criminal cleaning up crimes in the city. The next door apartment little girl (Natalie Portman, in her first ever role) is intrigued by this lonely man, passing her everyday in the hallway, after a little chit chat. But when that little girl Mathilda's father does business with the type of guys you don't mess with, things are horribly gone wrong and the entire family is killed but Mathilda. The boss of the killers Norman "Stan" Stansfield (Gary Oldman, Batman Begins) as it turns out is a corrupt DEA officer, who can make things like this go unnoticed.
Mathilda, without having anyone to take care of her is fallen into the hands of the very much concerned neighbor Leon, who takes her just to save her life for a little while and then let her go. But the adamant little girl wants to learn form the professional killer, how to kill and take revenge upon her family. After so many arguments Leon agrees with her to be his protege. He takes her on his assignments and Mathilda turns out to be a natural.
A very touching performance by the young Miss Portman, in her first ever role. Jean Reno is truly brilliant, and comedic at times, thus the movie is a true sentimental, drama nevertheless equipped with thrill and action as the rogue DEA officer takes law into his own hands.

Forrest Gump
Forrest Gump(1994)

This is just a review of my 3 all time favorite movies, Forrest Gump, Cast Away and The Last Samurai. I'm sure most of you have watched all of them or at least some of them. In each movie there is something that just adds something in to your life, something that completes you.
Forrest Gump [1994] is a Tom Hanks starring Robert Zemeckis movie which earned Hanks an Oscar for best actor and tells the tale of a low-IQ man making his journey of life through events that shaped history, most of them making no real sense to him too. The movie flows in different different times of his life and with only constant being his love for his childhood friend Jenny. An emotional drama with all the fun that you will need.
Cast Away[2000], another Tom Hanks starring Robert Zemeckis movie telling the story of a FedEx delivery official who gets stranded on an island after his plane crashes to the sea leaving only him alive. He must struggle to live his life with the comforts of everyday life taken away from him. Tom Hanks delivers an exceptional performance which I'm sure no other can.
The Last Samurai[2003] is quite frankly the best I've seen, that made most sense to me and made me feel quite close to Japanese culture. Tom Cruise is not quite himself in this movie, we can only see the troubled captain Nathan Algren. Also in the supporting role Ken Watanabe (Katsumoto) delivers a truly challenging counterpart for tom's character. The speech by the emperor of japan in the end was heartfelt strongly.

Please do share your opinions on your favorite movies of all time.

Cast Away
Cast Away(2000)

This is just a review of my 3 all time favorite movies, Forrest Gump, Cast Away and The Last Samurai. I'm sure most of you have watched all of them or at least some of them. In each movie there is something that just adds something in to your life, something that completes you.
Forrest Gump [1994] is a Tom Hanks starring Robert Zemeckis movie which earned Hanks an Oscar for best actor and tells the tale of a low-IQ man making his journey of life through events that shaped history, most of them making no real sense to him too. The movie flows in different different times of his life and with only constant being his love for his childhood friend Jenny. An emotional drama with all the fun that you will need.
Cast Away[2000], another Tom Hanks starring Robert Zemeckis movie telling the story of a FedEx delivery official who gets stranded on an island after his plane crashes to the sea leaving only him alive. He must struggle to live his life with the comforts of everyday life taken away from him. Tom Hanks delivers an exceptional performance which I'm sure no other can.
The Last Samurai[2003] is quite frankly the best I've seen, that made most sense to me and made me feel quite close to Japanese culture. Tom Cruise is not quite himself in this movie, we can only see the troubled captain Nathan Algren. Also in the supporting role Ken Watanabe (Katsumoto) delivers a truly challenging counterpart for tom's character. The speech by the emperor of japan in the end was heartfelt strongly.

Please do share your opinions on your favorite movies of all time.

The Constant Gardener

I was under the impression that this was a thriller, but what I did not know until I saw it that it was so powerful than just a entertainment piece of work. In Kenya the wife of a British diplomat (Rachel Weisz) is murdered under suspicious circumstances, which everyone claims to be a bandit activity, but the grieving husband, the diplomat Justin Quayle (Ralph Fiennes) discovers his wife's activist life battling against the pharmaceutical companies testing imperfected drugs in the African countries because the lives are easily disposable and because no one notices. He must find closure for his wife and for himself in a corporate warfare that endangers everything that gets too close to thetruth.
A very good picture of the lives of African people and the corrupted elements of the western trying to fill their own pockets out of their misery.
Thumbs up!
Rated R.
Starring: Ralph Fiennes (Harry Potter) Rachel Weisz (The Mummy)

The Bucket List

This one was one of my most eagerly awaited movies since I watched the trailer. Two terminally ill old men, Edward Cole the millionaire businessman (Jack Nicholson) and the middle class mechanic Carter (Morgan Freeman) gets two beds in the same room in the hospital Edward himself owns. Edward is depressed that in the end he has nobody left to him and Carter is loved by his family and visited by them frequently. Carter makes a list of all the things he wanted to do in his life before he dies which would possibly be 6-12 months. With the enthusiastic response form Edward, they embark on a journey that makes their final months of life, the best there ever were.
This movie brings out an entirely different perspective of life and played out brilliantly by two best all-time actors.
Thumbs Up!


This guy has something that makes him really incredible, and if you ever wanted a guy to act like really irritated, look no further, I give you , Nicolas Cage.
Starring in double roles in this 2002 drama/thriller/comedy as twin brothers who are screen writers, Charlie Kaufman (Cage), and Donald Kaufman (Also Cage) who are a little odd duo, Nicolas brings out a totally wonderful blend.
Charlie, who is given a new contract to write a screenplay for a book, 'The Orchid Thief' goes through a tough time getting the story straight. He must use all his imagination to come up with a story line that sounds right, something that feels like reality, without any fake action.
His twin brother, on the other hand, a slightly outgoing person, who wants to follow his professional brother into the industry of screen writing, is interested in writing more explosive, thriller,action stuff.
Charlie gets obsessive with the story of 'The Orchid Thief' and is lead into trouble along his over-inquisitive research into it. With Donald at his side Charlie is on for the thrill ride of his life, not really understanding that the script he wants....(OK, I'll stop here)
Also Starring Meryl Streep (Rendition) and Chris Cooper (Seabiscuit), and also Academy award for Cooper for Best Supporting Actor.
Thumbs up Nicolas!