Last Ten Films I Watched (Extended)
According to Flixster, I’ve seen 57 films since the last time I posted one of these articles. So here they all are, in the order I saw them, rated using They shoot Pictures‘ scale.
HR = Highly Recommended
R = Recommended
W = Worth a Look
A = Approach with Caution
D = Dud
Days of Being Wild (1990) – A, if you’ve never seen a Wong Kar-wai film. W. If you’re a Wong Kar-wai fan.
Before the Rain (1994) – R, especially if you like films that follow multiple intertwining lives.
The Apartment (1960) – HR, fantastic manic-pixie-dream-girl rom-com.
Laura (1944) – W, if you’re into old-fashioned murder-mysteries.
Un Homme et une Femme (1966) – A, a cute, well-shot film, but not much substance to it.
The Expendables (2010) – W, simply because cinema has never had more roiders on screen at the same time before.
The Town (2010) – W, solid hollywood heist film.
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010) – D, at least Carey Mulligan is still cute.
The Night of the Hunter (1955) – W, very strange and dated film, but great performance by Robert Mitchum and it’s cool to see where love/hate hands come from.
Waltz with Bashir (2008) – HR, great movie, great score. I wept in the end. Yeah, I said.
The Visitor (2007) – W, especially if you want to get angry at the mistreatment of immigrants.
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) – R, I’ll refrain from making a “Badges!” reference and just say that the world needs more crazy prospectors.
Wild Strawberries (1957) – R, if there was ever a “Forever Alone” movie, it would either be this or Ikiru by Kurosawa.
Monsters (2010) – W, low-budget sci-fi journey film with a nice score by Jon Hopkins.
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005) – W, a very fun movie with Zooey Deschanel in it. Can’t ask for much else.
Synechdoche, New York (2008) – N/A, because what the fuck happened in this movie I don’t even.
Y Tu Mama Tambien (2001) – R, because you’ll probably touch yourself after watching this.
Cries and Whispers (1972) – W, beautifully shot, but at times difficult to watch because of two words: vagina and razor blades. Well, that’s technically three words, but you know what I mean.
Memento (2000) – W, originally watched this about 8 years ago and was pretty blown away. Re-watched this and not so much.
Yi Yi (2000) – A/W, at three hours, I think this film tried to do too much and didn’t do enough. A, because it’s three fucking hours.
Paths of Glory (1957) – HR, fuck that Clockwork Orange bullshit. Watch this Kubrick film instead.
Raging Bull (1980) – W, not as depressing as I was told it would be, mainly because the main character is a douchebag.
Lolita (1962) – R, see Paths of Glory.
The Lady from Shanghai (1948) – D, only watched 25 minutes of this because the only thought I had throughout was “WTF Orson?!?!?”
Roman Holiday (1953) – HR, see The apartment.
The Philadelphia Story (1940) – HR, I like old-fashioned rom-coms, what can I say?
Wages of Fear (1953) – A/W, had some great moments, but dragged on for too long and had the most absurd ending I’ve ever seen (might I add ballsiest, because no film studio would dare end a movie like this anymore.)
True Grit (2010) – A/W, the bookends were unnecessary and/or terrible. The acting was good, but the film was very forgettable.
Never Let me Go (2010) – R, depressing. I wept. Again.
Boogie Nights (1997) – R, a fun version of Magnolia.
L.A. Confidential (1997) – W, nostalgic LA noir movie with not enough noir.
L’illusionniste (2010) – W, a depressing French mostly-silent-film animated movie. I kind of wept, but not really.
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010) – A, ehh, I’m probably too old for this. Does that make me sound like a douche? Probably.
The Killing (1956) – HR, see Lolita.
The Social Network (2010) – W, this being the best film from 2010 makes me sad.
Kick-Ass (2010) – W, if you like watching a pre-teen girl brutally murder people. Plus Nic Cage.
The Shop Around the Corner (1940) – W, you will never ever see a rom-com be set in Poland again.
Get Carter (1971) – W, Michael Caine gets angry and I like it.
Dirty Harry (1971) – R, Clint Eastwood is one bad-ass-motherfucker, but what upgrades this film from W to R is the underrated score.
Death Wish (1974) – A, Charles Bronson.
Taken (2008) – W, from what I hear, Liam Neeson has the biggest dick in Hollywood. From this film, it’s apparent.
The Asphalt Jungle (1950) – A, old-fashioned heist movie that started off really strong but dragged on too long and just got plain boring and forgettable towards the end.
The Big Heat (1953) – W, simply because this film has the balls to blow up the most likable character halfway through.
Murder My Sweet (1944) – W, only if you like Raymond Chandler books/movies.
Armored Car Robbery (1950) – A, to be honest, I only watched this because it was 68 minutes long. Probably wasn’t worth it.
Kiss Me Deadly (1955) – W, a sci-fi twist on a private detective movie. I like it.
The Searchers (1956) – W, John Wayne really hates Indians in this film.
Rio Bravo (1959) – W, simply for a character named stumpy.
The Wild Bunch (1969) – W, when I saw the ending of this film, I couldn’t believe it was from 1969.
Tombstone (1993) – A, what the fuck is Val Kilmer doing in this movie I don’t even.
Andrei Rublev (1966) – R, a three-and-a-half hour black-and-white Russian film that, for some reason, reminded me of Don Delillo’s Underworld.
L’Eclisse (1962) – W, like Antonioni’s L’Avventura, nothing really happens, but the film lingers in your mind long after you’re done watching it.
Plein Soleil (1960) – W, a nice thriller.
Bringing Up Baby (1938) – HR, see The Philadelphia Story.
Elephant (2003) – A, this movie just made me angry, and not in a good way.
Raising Arizona (1987) – R, semi-ashamed to say I haven’t seen this until now, but it’s Cage at his finest.
Mystic River (2003) – W, very solid movie, but it had a strange ending and I couldn’t help but want more from it.