Watched Films Protocol

by FilmAndLanguage | created - 27 May 2014 | updated - 2 days ago | Public

A protocol to keep track of my movie watching. Lists all movies I have ever watched, also reoccurring watches. Entries without a date are watched films that predate this list. I tried to order those chronologically to the best of my knowledge.

my IMDb rating system: 1* regret watching it (no aesthetic or cultural value) 2* waste of time 3* hardly entertaining (a drag, hard to watch) 4* not recommendable 5* ok (not worth watching twice) 6* entertaining (rather ephemeral, good for movie nights) 7* good (worth watching several times) 8* inspiring (extremely entertaining, mind-blowing) 9* visually & thematically overwhelming (goes to my heart) 10* Masterpiece (all time favorite, stays in my heart, re-watched at least once) If I'm undecided on my vote I'll always choose the lower rating.

DISCLAIMER: I acknowledge that rating any artistic expression will always be inherently subjective. This is why I do not try to be objective in an academic sense and rather embrace the subjectivity of my evaluation.

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1. The NeverEnding Story (1984)

PG | 102 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

46 Metascore

A troubled boy dives into a wondrous fantasy world through the pages of a mysterious book.

Director: Wolfgang Petersen | Stars: Noah Hathaway, Barret Oliver, Tami Stronach, Gerald McRaney

Votes: 131,016 | Gross: $20.16M

2. Princess Mononoke (1997)

PG-13 | 134 min | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy

76 Metascore

On a journey to find the cure for a Tatarigami's curse, Ashitaka finds himself in the middle of a war between the forest gods and Tatara, a mining colony. In this quest he also meets San, the Mononoke Hime.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Yôji Matsuda, Yuriko Ishida, Yûko Tanaka, Billy Crudup

Votes: 337,767 | Gross: $2.38M

(English subs, VHS)

3. Short Circuit (1986)

PG | 98 min | Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi

50 Metascore

Number 5 of a group of experimental robots in a lab is electrocuted, suddenly becomes intelligent, and escapes.

Director: John Badham | Stars: Ally Sheedy, Steve Guttenberg, Fisher Stevens, Austin Pendleton

Votes: 56,431 | Gross: $40.70M

(German dub, TV)

4. Titanic (1997)

PG-13 | 194 min | Drama, Romance

75 Metascore

A seventeen-year-old aristocrat falls in love with a kind but poor artist aboard the luxurious, ill-fated R.M.S. Titanic.

Director: James Cameron | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane, Kathy Bates

Votes: 1,035,223 | Gross: $659.33M

1st&2nd watch: German dub, German cable TV

5. Back to the Future (1985)

PG | 116 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi

87 Metascore

Marty McFly, a 17-year-old high school student, is accidentally sent thirty years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his close friend, the eccentric scientist Doc Brown.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover

Votes: 1,044,354 | Gross: $210.61M

(DVD)

6. Back to the Future Part II (1989)

PG | 108 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi

57 Metascore

After visiting 2015, Marty McFly must repeat his visit to 1955 to prevent disastrous changes to 1985...without interfering with his first trip.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Thomas F. Wilson

Votes: 476,077 | Gross: $118.50M

(DVD)

7. Back to the Future Part III (1990)

PG | 118 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi

55 Metascore

Stranded in 1955, Marty McFly learns about the death of Doc Brown in 1885 and must travel back in time to save him. With no fuel readily available for the DeLorean, the two must figure how to escape the Old West before Emmett is murdered.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Mary Steenburgen, Thomas F. Wilson

Votes: 400,989 | Gross: $87.73M

(DVD)

8. Erkan & Stefan gegen die Mächte der Finsternis (2002)

80 min | Adventure, Comedy

A couple of slackers find an antique dagger and manage to free the gorgeous female warrior was imprisoned in it by an evil spell. An evil sorcerer is not happy by this turn of events and ... See full summary »

Director: Axel Sand | Stars: John Friedmann, Florian Simbeck, Bettina Zimmermann, Stephan Schulberg

Votes: 1,233

9. Erkan & Stefan (2000)

87 min | Comedy

Editor Eckernförde has come into the possession of an audiocassette that contains a recording of the last minutes of deceased politician Uwe Barschel. The circumstances of his untimely ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Herbig | Stars: John Friedmann, Florian Simbeck, Alexandra Neldel, Manfred Zapatka

Votes: 2,191

10. Werner - Volles Rooäää!!! (1999)

77 min | Action, Comedy, Animation

Based on the German cult comic, 'Werner' and his bike gang are threatened to be thrown out their club house at the harbor by an unscrupulous property shark but they fight back with all means.

Director: Gerhard Hahn | Stars: Klaus Büchner, Rötger Feldmann, Thomas Struck, Andi Feldmann

Votes: 2,417

11. Bowfinger (1999)

PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy

71 Metascore

When a desperate movie producer fails to get a major star for his bargain basement film, he decides to shoot the film secretly around him.

Director: Frank Oz | Stars: Steve Martin, Eddie Murphy, Heather Graham, Christine Baranski

Votes: 65,971 | Gross: $66.38M

(German dub, TV)

12. Werner - Das muss kesseln!!! (1996)

85 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Animation

Because of a bet, Werner and his friend have to construct the fastest vehicle to win a race, because life depends on it.

Directors: Udo Beissel, Michael Schaack | Stars: Monty Arnold, Klaus Büchner, Andi Feldmann, Benno Hoffmann

Votes: 2,976

13. Kleines Arschloch (1997)

82 min | Animation, Comedy

He is a small, short-sighted boy who politically incorrectly terrorizes his environment in an old-fashioned, disrespectful and sometimes vulgar manner.

Directors: Michael Schaack, Veit Vollmer | Stars: Ilona Schulz, Helge Schneider, Arne Elsholtz, Kathrin Ackermann

Votes: 3,471

14. Der Wixxer (2004)

85 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

A mysterious serial killer is shocking the underworld. Scotland Yard is investigating the case. Clues lead the detectives to Blackwhite Castle.

Director: Tobi Baumann | Stars: Oliver Kalkofe, Bastian Pastewka, Thomas Fritsch, Tanja Wenzel

Votes: 7,940

15. Groundhog Day (1993)

PG | 101 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

72 Metascore

A weatherman finds himself inexplicably living the same day over and over again.

Director: Harold Ramis | Stars: Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Chris Elliott, Stephen Tobolowsky

Votes: 573,957 | Gross: $70.91M

(German dub, TV)

16. The Vexxer (2007)

98 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

The Vexxer is back. The notorious criminal mastermind wants to murder seven people in one day. Inspectors Even Longer and Very Long will do everything in their power to stop the Vexxer.

Directors: Cyrill Boss, Philipp Stennert | Stars: Oliver Kalkofe, Bastian Pastewka, Joachim Fuchsberger, Christiane Paul

Votes: 4,486

17. Evolution (2001)

PG-13 | 101 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

40 Metascore

A fire-fighting cadet, two college professors, and a geeky but sexy government scientist work against an alien organism that has been rapidly evolving since its arrival on Earth inside a meteor.

Director: Ivan Reitman | Stars: David Duchovny, Orlando Jones, Julianne Moore, Seann William Scott

Votes: 118,818 | Gross: $38.35M

18. Summer Storm (2004)

R | 98 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

51 Metascore

A close friendship between two crew teammates is tested when one slowly discovers he's gay and attracted to the other.

Director: Marco Kreuzpaintner | Stars: Robert Stadlober, Kostja Ullmann, Miriam Morgenstern, Jürgen Tonkel

Votes: 13,324 | Gross: $0.10M

19. Planet of the Apes (2001)

PG-13 | 119 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

50 Metascore

In 2029, an Air Force astronaut crash-lands on a mysterious planet where evolved, talking apes dominate a race of primitive humans.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Helena Bonham Carter, Tim Roth, Michael Clarke Duncan

Votes: 209,264 | Gross: $180.01M

(German dub, TV)

20. Cherry Blossoms (2008)

Unrated | 127 min | Drama, Romance

62 Metascore

After Rudi's wife Trudi suddenly dies, he travels to Japan to fulfill her dream of being a Butoh dancer.

Director: Doris Dörrie | Stars: Elmar Wepper, Hannelore Elsner, Aya Irizuki, Maximilian Brückner

Votes: 5,603 | Gross: $0.10M

(cinema)

21. Lucky Number Slevin (2006)

R | 110 min | Action, Crime, Drama

53 Metascore

A case of mistaken identity lands Slevin into the middle of a war being plotted by two of the city's most rival crime bosses. Under constant surveillance by Detective Brikowski and assassin Goodkat, he must get them before they get him.

Director: Paul McGuigan | Stars: Josh Hartnett, Ben Kingsley, Morgan Freeman, Lucy Liu

Votes: 298,307 | Gross: $22.49M

(German dub, TV)

22. A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)

PG-13 | 146 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

65 Metascore

A highly advanced robotic boy longs to become "real" so that he can regain the love of his human mother.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Haley Joel Osment, Jude Law, Frances O'Connor, Sam Robards

Votes: 288,535 | Gross: $78.62M

(German dub, TV)

23. A Scanner Darkly (2006)

R | 100 min | Animation, Crime, Drama

73 Metascore

An undercover cop in a not-too-distant future becomes involved with a dangerous new drug and begins to lose his own identity as a result.

Director: Richard Linklater | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder, Robert Downey Jr., Rory Cochrane

Votes: 105,916 | Gross: $5.50M

(German dub, TV)

24. Kung Fu Panda (2008)

PG | 92 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

74 Metascore

The Dragon Warrior has to clash against the savage Tai Lung as China's fate hangs in the balance. However, the Dragon Warrior mantle is supposedly mistaken to be bestowed upon an obese panda who is a novice in martial arts.

Directors: Mark Osborne, John Stevenson | Stars: Jack Black, Ian McShane, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman

Votes: 415,070 | Gross: $215.43M

(German dub, cinema)

25. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

PG | 91 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

91 Metascore

King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table embark on a surreal, low-budget search for the Holy Grail, encountering many, very silly obstacles.

Directors: Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones | Stars: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam

Votes: 496,914 | Gross: $1.23M

(German dub, TV)

26. Watchmen (2009)

R | 162 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

56 Metascore

In 1985 where former superheroes exist, the murder of a colleague sends active vigilante Rorschach into his own sprawling investigation, uncovering something that could completely change the course of history as we know it.

Director: Zack Snyder | Stars: Jackie Earle Haley, Patrick Wilson, Carla Gugino, Malin Akerman

Votes: 496,941 | Gross: $107.51M

(German dub, TV)

27. Virus (1999)

R | 99 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

19 Metascore

When the crew of an American tugboat boards an abandoned Russian research vessel, the alien life form aboard regards them as a virus which must be destroyed.

Director: John Bruno | Stars: Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Sutherland, William Baldwin, Joanna Pacula

Votes: 26,383 | Gross: $14.01M

(German dub, TV)

28. Lissi und der wilde Kaiser (2007)

85 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

A send-up of the Sissi trilogy.

Director: Michael Herbig | Stars: Lotte Ledl, Waldemar Kobus, Christian Tramitz, Rick Kavanian

Votes: 3,946

29. The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009)

PG-13 | 123 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

65 Metascore

A traveling theater company gives its audience much more than they were expecting.

Director: Terry Gilliam | Stars: Christopher Plummer, Lily Cole, Heath Ledger, Andrew Garfield

Votes: 143,634 | Gross: $7.69M

30. Battle Royale (2000)

Not Rated | 114 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

81 Metascore

In the future, the Japanese government captures a class of ninth-grade students and forces them to kill each other under the revolutionary "Battle Royale" act.

Director: Kinji Fukasaku | Stars: Tatsuya Fujiwara, Aki Maeda, Tarô Yamamoto, Takeshi Kitano

Votes: 167,913

31. 127 Hours (2010)

R | 94 min | Biography, Drama

82 Metascore

A mountain climber becomes trapped under a boulder while canyoneering alone near Moab, Utah and resorts to desperate measures in order to survive.

Director: Danny Boyle | Stars: James Franco, Amber Tamblyn, Kate Mara, Sean Bott

Votes: 345,264 | Gross: $18.34M

33. Pumping Ercan (2012)

89 min | Documentary

The great comeback of the Bodybuilding World Champion Ercan Demir.

Directors: Peter Künzel, Frank J. Müller, Michael Reithmeier | Star: Ercan Demir

Votes: 56

34. Waltz with Bashir (2008)

R | 90 min | Documentary, Animation, Biography

91 Metascore

An Israeli film director interviews fellow veterans of the 1982 invasion of Lebanon to reconstruct his own memories of his term of service in that conflict.

Director: Ari Folman | Stars: Ari Folman, Ron Ben-Yishai, Ronny Dayag, Ori Sivan

Votes: 54,767 | Gross: $2.28M

(German dub, TV)

35. WALL·E (2008)

G | 98 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

95 Metascore

In the distant future, a small waste-collecting robot inadvertently embarks on a space journey that will ultimately decide the fate of mankind.

Director: Andrew Stanton | Stars: Ben Burtt, Elissa Knight, Jeff Garlin, Fred Willard

Votes: 987,842 | Gross: $223.81M

(German dub, cinema)

36. The Butterfly Effect (2004)

R | 113 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

30 Metascore

Evan Treborn suffers blackouts during significant events of his life. As he grows up, he finds a way to remember these lost memories and a supernatural way to alter his life by reading his journal.

Directors: Eric Bress, J. Mackye Gruber | Stars: Ashton Kutcher, Amy Smart, Melora Walters, Elden Henson

Votes: 448,241 | Gross: $57.94M

37. Dude, Where's My Car? (2000)

PG-13 | 83 min | Comedy, Mystery, Sci-Fi

5.5