A Woman Under the Influence : 8/10
Slumdog Millionaire: 9/10
My favorite Boyle, aside from Millions (which no one else seems to love as much as I do).
The Pope’s Toilet 7.5
A Fool There Was 8/10
War, Inc. – 1/5
This film was hard to sit through. The themes were blatant and often times would reach from the screen and slap you in the face. I don’t understand why great actors would lower to such political waste.
Rashomon – 7/10
Sunset Boulevard – 7.5/10
The Third Man – 8/10
(The Ian Curtis of Joy Division movie)
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button 7/10
-enjoyable movie that made me think about aging and the span of a lifetime
Slumdog Millionaire 8/10
-wonderful, unique, and sweet story in interesting settings
Gran Torino 8/10
The Lives of Others (9.5/10)
Morvern Callar (8/10)
Daughters of Darkness: 7.2/10
Revenge of Frankenstein (Terence Fisher) 8/10
For a Hammer Horror it had a fascinating script and some outstanding twists and lovely visual touches – the disembodied eyes that follow the flame!
Man on Wire 7.5/10
“Milk” 3.5 out of 4 stars
The Curious Case Benjamin Button (5.5/10)
Forrest Gump-lite. Overlong, repetitive, Pitt was boring, and Blanchett annoying. A few of the support characters are very interesting though.
Black Book (6.8/10)
2nd or 3rd worst Verhoeven movie ever and that’s saying something as the only unwatchable movie he has ever made was showgirls and that was almost so bad, it was good. Everything you think will happen and discount as too obvious/exploitive happens. Fun pulp trash.
Vengeance Is Mine (6/10)
Catch Me If You Can + Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer + really misplaced soundtrack. Not as good as either of the aforementioned films but still ok. Ken Ogata is good in it though. Worth watching on cable, renting, or the internet (watch it now if you have nothing better to do). Not worth buying imo.
Cannibal Ferox (7/10)
2nd goriest cannibal movie ever
Cannibal Apocalypse (7.1/10)
most watchable cannibal movie ever
Slave of the Cannibal God (4/10)
mediocre Italian cannibal sexploitation movie. Would have probably liked it better if I was intoxicated.
SS Hell Camp (5.5/10)
above average exploitation film.
Slumdog Millionaire- really good
The Seventh Seal- amazing, classic
Cowards Bend the Knee- not my favorite Maddin, but definitely good; quite entertaining
Stalker-7/10 Film could have done with a little better pacing. Some scenes go on way too long.
Gran Torino : 4 / 5
Cache : 5 / 5
Tideland by Terry Gilliam: 7 out of 10
The Quiet Earth – 7/10
Toxic Avenger 4 – 6.5/10
Eyes Wide Shut – 8.5/10
Benjamin Button – 7.5/10
Doubt – 6.8/10
Benjamin Button – 6.5/10
Somebody mentioned the English suspense/horror movie “Lake Eden” on another thread. I watched it last night and I’d give it a 6.5/10. It"s very well made and the acting is good, but this type of film is just not really my cup of tea and there were way too many coincidences for my taste. Horror/torture fans will like it; there’s a lot of PAIN and it is very suspenseful and very intense. I cringed on several occasions. Overall, I enjoyed watching it and would recommend to those who like these type of films.
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button 5/5.
Gran Torino :- 7/10, but cannot help but sing praises for Clint Eastwood, over 50 years of acting, 30 years of directing and boy was he convincing, spot on.
In the valley of elah 3/4.: Very well crafted showing Haggis’ range and a solid Jones supported very beautifully and subtlely by Theron. Also a fine cast rounded out by Jason Patric, Susan Sarandon and even Josh Brolin who is on fire!
michael clayton 4/4. Goerge Çlooney turns in another career high performance of redemption. Swinton shows why she won her oscar and Tom Wilkinson is brilliant. Once again the supporting actors form Pollack, to a surprise casting of Michael Okeefe in a key role are great casting. This film should’ve won the best orginal screenplay, still dont understand why the academy rewards rookies and passes over veterans like Gilroy who wrote the masterpiece trilogy of jason bourne. the film craft is evident in every frame. Beautifully paced and written. An excellent film for a friday night! Any other year and this film could’ve won the best picture Oscar! But hey then again we say the same thing about LA Confidential!
Benjamin Button 6/10 it’s okay but it’s getting way overblown. Pitt’s performance is okay better than what else I have seen for this year but not oscar worthy. Which just made me think how if The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford had been held back till this year it would sweep every category at the Oscars and Brad Pitt would get an Oscar for this and not Button.