Finished Films — April to Oct. 2021

by Seras11123 | created - 5 months ago | updated - 1 month ago | Public

Every movie I've watched. The third list in my cataloging.

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1. What Lies Beneath (2000)

PG-13 | 130 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

51 Metascore

The wife of a university research scientist believes that her lakeside Vermont home is haunted by a ghost - or that she is losing her mind.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Harrison Ford, Michelle Pfeiffer, Katharine Towne, Miranda Otto

Votes: 121,439 | Gross: $155.46M

April 5 5/10 A murder mystery/thriller with a worthy build up plays it too by-the-numbers with its twist and botches its promise with a anticlimactic send off. Watched on: Prime Video

2. Dark Water (2005)

PG-13 | 105 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

52 Metascore

A mother and daughter, still wounded from a bitter custody dispute, hole up in a run-down apartment building, where they are targeted by the ghost of a former resident.

Director: Walter Salles | Stars: Jennifer Connelly, Ariel Gade, John C. Reilly, Tim Roth

Votes: 61,113 | Gross: $25.47M

April 2 3/10 Coming out coincidentally the same timeframe and also a Hollywood remake of a Japanese horror movie like The Ring, but far inferior. Its too drab for its own good. Watched on: Prime Video

3. The Hitch-Hiker (1953)

Approved | 71 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Two fishermen pick up a psychopathic escaped convict who tells them that he intends to murder them when the ride is over.

Director: Ida Lupino | Stars: Edmond O'Brien, Frank Lovejoy, William Talman, José Torvay

Votes: 8,258

April 15 7/10 A very routine noir with maybe not the most original ideas, but it puts them to use. A small, capable cast and easy to understand writing make this one of few easy to follow, deliberately paced thrillers. Watched on: Prime Video

4. Taken (I) (2008)

PG-13 | 90 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

51 Metascore

A retired CIA agent travels across Europe and relies on his old skills to save his estranged daughter, who has been kidnapped while on a trip to Paris.

Director: Pierre Morel | Stars: Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, Famke Janssen, Leland Orser

Votes: 579,971 | Gross: $145.00M

April 18 7/10 The script is bogus and might as well not even exist. But I would be a liar if I said the stunt choreography and one-liners won’t knock your socks off. Watched on: Prime Video

5. The Birds (1963)

PG-13 | 119 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

90 Metascore

A wealthy San Francisco socialite pursues a potential boyfriend to a small Northern California town that slowly takes a turn for the bizarre when birds of all kinds suddenly begin to attack people.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Rod Taylor, Tippi Hedren, Jessica Tandy, Suzanne Pleshette

Votes: 179,020 | Gross: $11.40M

April 18 5/10 Really impressive for the era. The special effects and tasteful lack of score elevate the life or death dilemma in all the right ways. However, too much dead air lingers between the actual horror sections. The romance could’ve been ditched by the way. So it’s not a stretch to say hitchcock has done leagues above this. In other words, The Birds’ reputation has superseded its caliber. Watched on: Prime Video

6. The Terminator (1984)

R | 107 min | Action, Sci-Fi

84 Metascore

A human soldier is sent from 2029 to 1984 to stop an almost indestructible cyborg killing machine, sent from the same year, which has been programmed to execute a young woman whose unborn son is the key to humanity's future salvation.

Director: James Cameron | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Michael Biehn, Paul Winfield

Votes: 820,553 | Gross: $38.40M

April 23 9/10 A rare hybrid of amazing universe building, characters you can feel empathetic for and sensational action. The first two being things action movies never contain. A couple of the special effects seem a little lame, but the vast majority of the product feels fresh today. Watched on: Prime Video

7. Spaceballs (1987)

PG | 96 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi

46 Metascore

A star-pilot for hire and his trusty sidekick must come to the rescue of a princess and save Planet Druidia from the clutches of the evil Spaceballs.

Director: Mel Brooks | Stars: Mel Brooks, John Candy, Rick Moranis, Bill Pullman

Votes: 179,964 | Gross: $38.12M

May 10 4/10 Occasionally there’s an OK gag or one-liner, but mostly I don’t know what’s even being put on screen. This dead on arrival Starwars parody is incomprehensible, and much too concerned with trying hard to be funny instead of putting out good entertainment. And this isn’t a knock on Mel Brooks, who I’m sure has far better films than this sensory overload. Watched in a movie theater

8. Sigur Rós: Heima (2007)

97 min | Documentary, Music

In the summer of 2006, Sigur Rós returned home to play a series of free, unannounced concerts for the people of Iceland.

Director: Dean DeBlois | Stars: Amiina, Hildur Arsaelsdottir, Jon Thor Birgisson, Orri P. Dyrason

Votes: 8,108

May 20 8/10 At Home is a jaw-dropping immersion into the landscape and quaintness of Iceland. At Home will only work for the viewer if you enjoy Sigur Ros’s slow, gargantuan crescendos. For all fans of their music, a must. Watched on: Youtube

9. The Third Man (1949)

Approved | 93 min | Film-Noir, Mystery, Thriller

97 Metascore

Pulp novelist Holly Martins travels to shadowy, postwar Vienna, only to find himself investigating the mysterious death of an old friend, Harry Lime.

Director: Carol Reed | Stars: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, Trevor Howard

Votes: 165,040 | Gross: $0.45M

May 24 8/10 An atmospheric and gloomy noir set in Post WWII Europe. Even with the ruins of Vienna and dark overtones, it has plenty of touching moments. Much more emotional than the vast majority of its contemporaries.

10. Eyes Without a Face (1960)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Horror

90 Metascore

A surgeon causes an accident which leaves his daughter disfigured and goes to extreme lengths to give her a new face.

Director: Georges Franju | Stars: Pierre Brasseur, Alida Valli, Juliette Mayniel, Alexandre Rignault

Votes: 29,392 | Gross: $0.05M

June 14 8/10 Particularly hardcore horror for 1960. The pacing is almost too graceful, but it’s very good at what it does. There’s hard to look at gore and it revolves around an amoral family who mutilate girls for personal gain. It predates slashers and even some giallo.

11. I Stand Alone (1998)

Not Rated | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A horse meat butcher's life and mind begins to breakdown as he lashes out against various factions of society while attempting to reconnect with his estranged daughter.

Director: Gaspar Noé | Stars: Philippe Nahon, Blandine Lenoir, Frankie Pain, Martine Audrain

Votes: 22,303 | Gross: $0.05M

June 16 7/10 A demented arthouse drama where a man monologues his mentally ill thoughts for an hour and a half. It’s flawed but has many memorable, complex messages.

12. Detour (1945)

Passed | 68 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Chance events trap hitchhiking nightclub pianist Al Roberts in a tightening net of death, deception and blackmail.

Director: Edgar G. Ulmer | Stars: Tom Neal, Ann Savage, Claudia Drake, Edmund MacDonald

Votes: 16,414 | Gross: $0.02M

June 16 7/10 I thought this would be another film based upon a loony hitchhiker, but it takes a surprising left turn around halfway. The mile a minute script can get vexing, but it makes up for it by fairly decent Hayes Code writing and its tiny run time.

13. The Wicker Man (1973)

R | 88 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

87 Metascore

A puritan Police Sergeant arrives in a Scottish island village in search of a missing girl whom the locals claim never existed.

Director: Robin Hardy | Stars: Edward Woodward, Christopher Lee, Diane Cilento, Britt Ekland

Votes: 75,835 | Gross: $0.06M

June 17 3/10 crap

14. The Warriors (1979)

R | 92 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

65 Metascore

In the near future, a charismatic leader summons the street gangs of New York City in a bid to take it over. When he is killed, The Warriors are falsely blamed and now must fight their way home while every other gang is hunting them down.

Director: Walter Hill | Stars: Michael Beck, James Remar, Dorsey Wright, Brian Tyler

Votes: 97,763 | Gross: $22.49M

Jun. 19 7/10 A fun action flick that probably hit harder, you know, 40 years ago. It’s a little silly and over the top now, but has a neat “future” setting and works well despite little death of gore.

15. Enter the Void (2009)

Not Rated | 161 min | Drama, Fantasy

69 Metascore

An American drug dealer living in Tokyo is betrayed by his best friend and killed in a drug deal. His soul, observing the repercussions of his death, seeks resurrection.

Director: Gaspar Noé | Stars: Nathaniel Brown, Paz de la Huerta, Cyril Roy, Olly Alexander

Votes: 75,084 | Gross: $0.34M

Jun. 20 8/10 Madhouse of an experimental “film.” I don’t know where to begin with it. It starts out kind of weird but after our protagonist dies it’s like watching the universe itself move. Profoundly vulgar and ironic, hopeful and also dreading the human experience. It’s Noe on steroids. Needless to say, the encroaching 3 hour length could be dropped but who cares? Once you’re sucked in you’re pinned down for the ride. Wouldn’t blame you if you fell asleep, but I’m proud to state I watched this fully sober.

16. The Thing (1982)

R | 109 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

57 Metascore

A research team in Antarctica is hunted by a shape-shifting alien that assumes the appearance of its victims.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, Keith David, Richard Masur

Votes: 390,630 | Gross: $13.78M

Jun. 20 9/10 An unlikely inaugurate to must-see horror canon. It was fervently rejected upon release, but reappraised over time. Adapting a story dating back to the 30’s, I can’t say if it’s better or worse off than other adaptations. The Thing is one of the most visceral and vile motion pictures put to screen. Chef’s compliments. The ultimate in Carpenter’s repertoire.

17. The Master (2012)

R | 138 min | Drama

86 Metascore

A Naval veteran arrives home from war unsettled and uncertain of his future - until he is tantalized by the Cause and its charismatic leader.

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson | Stars: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Jesse Plemons

Votes: 163,006 | Gross: $16.38M

Jun. 21 8/10 The central relationship oversees two sickly, yet chronically attached men each with their own undeniable charisma. Not since “Man Bites Dog” have I rooted for such wretched characters. A Hollywood scale Art drama that looks & feels great. Characterized so intricately. The film does have its rowdy moments, but it’s usually quietly powerful and not in your face. The Master is not just about subtilely studying these broken souls, but also the uniting philosophies behind cults.

18. Caché (Hidden) (2005)

R | 117 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

84 Metascore

A married couple is terrorized by a series of surveillance videotapes left on their front porch.

Director: Michael Haneke | Stars: Daniel Auteuil, Juliette Binoche, Maurice Bénichou, Annie Girardot

Votes: 76,801 | Gross: $3.63M

Jun. 21 5/10 What to do if you’re harassed out of the blue? Cache is a painful situation where no party comes out a winner. Haneke gets so obsessed with elusiveness that his political message and plot get botched in the process. You wonder what happened, and then why it even mattered. An interesting movie with an interesting set-up, but it never gets much of anywhere unfortunately.

19. Rain Man (1988)

R | 133 min | Drama

65 Metascore

Selfish yuppie Charlie Babbitt's father left a fortune to his savant brother Raymond and a pittance to Charlie; they travel cross-country.

Director: Barry Levinson | Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Tom Cruise, Valeria Golino, Gerald R. Molen

Votes: 489,843 | Gross: $178.80M

Jun. 22 7/10 The textbook example of Oscar bait but damn it I liked it, cheese and all. Watching these two lost brothers and their relationship growing is so satisfying.

20. Shutter Island (2010)

R | 138 min | Mystery, Thriller

63 Metascore

In 1954, a U.S. Marshal investigates the disappearance of a murderer who escaped from a hospital for the criminally insane.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Emily Mortimer, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley

Votes: 1,194,858 | Gross: $128.01M

Jun. 22 7/10 Shutter Island’s acting and plot are too theatrical partly. It’s still engrossing to see how this weird alternate history mystery reaches its conclusion. Definitely not my favorite Scorsese, but I love seeing him genre hopping. There is not another one like this in his filmography.

21. Carne (1991)

40 min | Short, Crime, Drama

After a dreadful incident coupled with an ungovernable paroxysm of violence, a butcher will fall into a downward spiral that will burn to the ground whatever dignity still remained in him.

Director: Gaspar Noé | Stars: Philippe Nahon, Blandine Lenoir, Frankie Pain, Marie Berto

Votes: 6,850

Jun. 22 7/10 The first New French Extremity film and what kickstarted Mr.Noe’s career. Those could be good or bad outcomes weighing you liking his artsy brashness. An origin story of the butcher. Even if there’s unfilled gaps between the end of this short and the impotent, foul-mouthed lunatic he is by I Stand Alone.

22. Climax (I) (2018)

R | 97 min | Drama, Horror, Music

67 Metascore

French dancers gather in a remote, empty school building to rehearse on a wintry night. The all-night celebration morphs into a hallucinatory nightmare when they learn their sangria is laced with LSD.

Director: Gaspar Noé | Stars: Sofia Boutella, Romain Guillermic, Souheila Yacoub, Kiddy Smile

Votes: 59,678 | Gross: $0.80M

Jun. 23 6/10 Exactly what the title implies. Dark and sexually depraved as ever. The cast has a rotating wheel of random dancers we’re supposed to identify. It’s dizzying to pick apart the ensemble, but likely the intended effect. There isn’t a story but about the style/events on screen. The dancers are genuinely fun to watch even if the first half drags. Said meat and potatoes are the last 40~ minutes. Yes, it’s self indulgent and has missed opportunities but it’s decent. Once again, if you like his style you’ll like this. He’s still got it.

23. The Secret of Roan Inish (1994)

PG | 103 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

Young Fiona lives with her grandparents in a small fishing village where she takes an active role to unravel the mysterious secrets.

Director: John Sayles | Stars: Jeni Courtney, Eileen Colgan, Mick Lally, Pat Slowey

Votes: 8,885 | Gross: $6.10M

Jun. 24 7/10 A modern day Celtic fable based on generations of folklore. The family the movie details is storied and believable in its own folklore legends way. To top it all off, the on-location scenery is amazing to look it. A comforting and charming film.

24. Winnie-the-Pooh Pays a Visit (1971)

10 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Winnie the Pooh and Piglet visit their friend the rabbit. After a hearty breakfast of honey, Pooh finds it hard to leave.

Director: Fyodor Khitruk | Stars: Evgeniy Leonov, Iya Savvina, Anatoliy Shchukin, Vladimir Osenev

Votes: 3,227

Jun. 24 7/10 This Soviet adaptation of Winnie the Pooh is cute and shares the same energy you would expect from this beloved children’s franchise. It’s notable for its non-derivative character looks and style. Definitely not hard to see this as a classic any less than the source material is.

25. Winnie-the-Pooh (1969)

11 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

A Soviet version of Winnie-the-Pooh. His first adventure is a desperate attempt to get to honey in a bee hollow. He is ready to take decisive action.

Director: Fyodor Khitruk | Stars: Evgeniy Leonov, Iya Savvina, Vladimir Osenev

Votes: 4,045

Jun. 24 7/10 The starting entry of these adaptations. It establishes the alternate depictions of these characters and simplistic style instantly.

26. Noroi (2005)

Not Rated | 115 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A documentary filmmaker explores seemingly unrelated paranormal incidents connected by the legend of an ancient demon called the "kagutaba."

Director: Kôji Shiraishi | Stars: Jin Muraki, Rio Kanno, Tomono Kuga, Marika Matsumoto

Votes: 11,182

Jun. 25 8/10 Noroi is a rabbit hole you don’t want to travel down. Mysterious deaths, eerie atmospherics and basically the best traits of found footage combined in one movie. It takes place over two years and works as an anthology of events rather than total continuity. These events all serve an overarching narrative. A proto Marble Hornets, if you’ve ever watched that Youtube series. In a genre that often sucks, Noroi is a jewel. Maybe the best found footage horror besides REC.

27. Peeping Tom (1960)

Not Rated | 101 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

A young man murders women, using a movie camera to film their dying expressions of terror.

Director: Michael Powell | Stars: Karlheinz Böhm, Anna Massey, Moira Shearer, Maxine Audley

Votes: 33,306 | Gross: $0.08M

Jun. 26 7/10 At this point slashers were still mixed with touches of film noir and had a lot of class. For a guy who impulsively murders, there’s no gore. Overall a pretty good character study and the first film to ask what if the cameraman was the killer.

28. Fog Line (1970)

11 min | Short

Larry Gottheim's classic short from 1970, re-scored by musician and experimental geographer, Sterling Mackinnon.

Director: Larry Gottheim

Votes: 135

Jun. 26 3/10 Fog obscures a field and trees in silence for approximately 11 minutes before the short film stops. The sole sign of change is that it gets less obscured. Boring, inoffensive. Unremarkable as avant-garde gets. To the next.

29. La petite fille et son chat (1899)

1 min | Documentary, Short

A short black and white film which documents the activities of a little girl and her cat.

Director: Louis Lumière | Star: Madeleine Koehler

Votes: 571

Jun. 26 5/10 It’s often hard to rank or ascribe much of anything to this Actuality genre but this is an adorable minute of footage of a girl feeding a cat. It does make you smile.

30. Cat Listening to Music (1988)

3 min | Documentary, Short

Chris Marker films a cat reacting to the sound of a piano playing.

Director: Chris Marker | Star: Guillaume-en-Egypte

Votes: 295

Jun. 26 6/10 Once again another forefather of cat vids. Professional footage of a cat chillaxin’ and enjoying a soft piano.

31. La Jetée (1962)

Not Rated | 28 min | Short, Drama, Romance

The story of a man forced to explore his memories in the wake of World War III's devastation, told through still images.

Director: Chris Marker | Stars: Étienne Becker, Jean Négroni, Hélène Chatelain, Davos Hanich

Votes: 31,693

Jun. 27 9/10 This is about as good as short films get. With literally no movement and all photos, Chris Marker crams a spellbinding time travel story with many layers of philosophy into a scant runtime.

32. Lines: Vertical (1960)

6 min | Animation, Short

An experiment in abstract film-making, this short film (as its name implies) consists only of vertical lines, drawn directly onto each film frame, that change in response to music.

Directors: Evelyn Lambart, Norman McLaren

Votes: 369

Jun. 28 7/10 You could do way worse off than this when it comes to earlier experimental. A windows screensaver of playful lines dancing. It’s meditative and visually/aesthetically pleasing.

33. Spacy (1981)

10 min | Short

Set of rapid telescopic images of a gym, in fast forward, traveling through itself, space and time.

Director: Takashi Ito

Votes: 319

Jun. 28 6/10 I liked it but a lower score because of brutal sensory overload. People with epilepsy don’t view. For what’s the same picture looping, it becomes nightmarish quickly.

34. Nymphlight (1957)

8 min | Short

An experimental short film from Joseph Cornell documenting a day in the park with birds and people.

Directors: Rudy Burckhardt, Joseph Cornell

Votes: 242

Jun. 28 7/10 The idyllic happenings of a 50’s park in the middle of a city and its inhabitants.

35. Short and Suite (1959)

5 min | Animation, Short

The various moods in music written for a jazz ensemble by Eldon Rathburn are translated into moving patterns of colour and light. This lively short is composed of images hand-scratched and hand-painted directly onto the film strip.

Director: Norman McLaren

Votes: 219

Jun. 28 6/10 Norman does feature his moving lines in this short… but there’s also many other kinda of flashing images to spice it up. Set to a jazz piece.

36. Dots (1940)

3 min | Short, Animation

An experimental film of dots animated by being drawn directly on filmstock.

Director: Norman McLaren

Votes: 926

Jun. 28 6/10 Fun. Green dots zoom and zip rapidly and create funny beatboxing sounds. This was made in 1940?

37. V for Victory (I) (1941)

2 min | Animation, Short

Canadian WWII commercial selling War bonds.

Director: Norman McLaren

Votes: 91

Jun. 29 3/10 Norman swoops in with a big government respecting ad. A stick figure marches to a military tune. It says “Buy war bonds, Canada!” Cool historical perspective however.

38. Mosaic (I) (1966)

5 min | Animation, Short

A man sets a ping-pong ball into motion and it becomes fruitful and multiplies.

Directors: Evelyn Lambart, Norman McLaren | Star: Norman McLaren

Votes: 358

Jun. 29 6/10 A ping pong ball multiplies and changes color erratically, all the while bouncing all over a pitch black room. The rhythms created by its movements once again solidify this Canadian as ahead of his time and predicting animation and music trends.

39. Serenal (1959)

4 min | Short

A cheerful fantasy in salute to the Antilles, which evokes its festive spirit to the chords of an island song performed by the Great Curacaya Orchestra of Trinidad.

Director: Norman McLaren

Votes: 78

Jun. 30 5/10 In terms of visual fireworks this is by far one of McLaren’s most intense exhibitions yet. It’s lively and super fast, but amounts to nothing as you can’t absorb any of it.

40. Fiddle-de-dee (1947)

3 min | Animation, Musical, Short

A film made without a camera, made by painting directly on the film.

Director: Norman McLaren

Votes: 218

Jun. 30 6/10 Some pretty abstract painted backgrounds are synced with a jolly and folksy fiddle. It jives well.

41. Hen Hop (1942)

4 min | Animation, Short

In a drawn-on-film animation, a hen gradually breaks apart into an abstract movement of lines as it dances to a barn dance.

Director: Norman McLaren

Votes: 251

Jun. 30 4/10 Another War Bonds ad, and an unwelcome inclusion of vocals. The music and animation are ok.

42. Scherzo (1939)

2 min | Short

Subtitled, "A Non-Objective Study," the film consists of pictures hand-drawn directly onto clear film. First we see pink dots or wafers moving across a yellow background, zipping past each ... See full summary »

Director: Norman McLaren

Votes: 142

Jun. 30 3/10 A dumbed down and crappier Dots from a year before.

43. Mail Early (1941)

2 min | Short, Animation

A brief animated film reminding Canadians to post their Christmas mail early, teasing the pressure on the postal system's capacity as a "great flood" coming in December.

Director: Norman McLaren

Votes: 110

Jun. 30 2/10 A faceless Christmas ad.

44. NBC Valentine Greeting (1940)

1 min | Short, Animation

A Valentine's Day greeting to television viewers. "We love our audience" appears in squiggly lettering across the screen. Then a line becomes a heart; a second heart joins in, and the ... See full summary »

Director: Norman McLaren

Votes: 103

Jun. 30 2/10 An early television short thanking NBC’s viewers. It’s cool to think televisions were all the way back at the dawn of the 40’s.

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