SvdW | Movies I saw for the first time in 2019

by sietsevanderwier | created - 24 Jul 2018 | updated - 1 hour ago | Public

  • All the films I've seen for the first time in 2019. So every movie I watch for the first time from Tuesday, January. 1, 2019 till Tuesday, December. 31, 2019 counts.
  • A New year, new movies, new chances!
My most daring Movies I saw for the first time list!

  • Last year's total was 345.
This year's total might be lower, around 295 movies. Because I am going to rewatch more movies, these will be on another list here.

Update Wednesday, October. 30, 2019: I've passed 295 films, expect at least 345 first time watches this year!!!

  • Another reason I'm not going to watch as much movies, is because of exams. Most of these exams will be in the months January, February, March & April 2019.

  • A update for my rankings for rating films, but not for documentaries and short (animated) films. These gave me more freedom for more precise rankings and is easier to use:
- ✮✮✮✮✮/✮✮✮✮✮: Great

- ✮✮✮✮½/✮✮✮✮✮: Amazing

- ✮✮✮✮/✮✮✮✮✮: Fantastic

- ✮✮✮½/✮✮✮✮✮: Pretty good

- ✮✮✮/✮✮✮✮✮: Okay

- ✮✮½/✮✮✮✮✮: Meh

- ✮✮/✮✮✮✮✮: Not good

- ✮½/✮✮✮✮✮: Bad

- ✮/✮✮✮✮✮: Terrible

- ½/✮✮✮✮✮: Piece of shit

  • Films I really liked have a icon: ♛

  • My favorite films I saw for the first time in 2019 are:
1. April Fool's Day (1986) 2. A Close Shave (1995) 3. The Wrong Trousers (1993) 4. Darkman (1990) 5. Uncommon Valor (1983) 6. Short Circuit (1986) 7. Maximum Overdrive (1986) 8. John Wick - Chapter 3: Parabellum (2019) 9. The Blair Witch Project (1999) 10. Resurrection (1999)

  • Directors I've watched the most films of:
- Neill Blomkamp (16 films) - Nick Park (5 films) - Stan Brakhadge (5 films) - Russell Mulcahy (4 films) - J.A. Bayona (4 films) - Phillip Noyce (3 films) - Tom Tykwer (3 films)

  • The best surprises / films that suprised me (films I thought I would have hated, but didn't/films I had low hopes for):
- Resurrection (1999) - Blue Streak (1999) - Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007) - A Monster Calls (2016) - Three Kings (1999) - Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) - Undisputed II: Last Man Standing (2006) - Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) - Joker (2019) - Baantjer: Het Begin (2019)

  • Films that disappointed me (films I thought I would have liked, but didn't):
- Us (2019) - Welcome to Marwen (2018) - Heaven (2002) - Domino (2019) - Wild At Heart (1990) - Gone in 60 Seconds (1974) - Invasion of the Saucer-Men (1957) - Eastern Promises (2007) - Beyond the Black Rainbow (2010) - Penoza: The Final Chapter (2019) - El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019)

  • Like last year's list I'll add the date when I watched a film, but this year's list I will add when I started watching a film and when I finished it.

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1. The Seventh Sign (1988)

R | 97 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Abby Quinn is eagerly awaiting childbirth but is haunted by dreams where she suffers a miscarriage. When she decides to rent a room to a mysterious stranger, she realizes a chain of events that will unleash the end of humanity.

Director: Carl Schultz | Stars: Demi Moore, Michael Biehn, Jürgen Prochnow, Peter Friedman

Votes: 12,418 | Gross: $18.88M

Date Watched: Tuesday, January. 1, 2019 | How I Watched: dvd on PlayStation 3

✮✮✮½/✮✮✮✮✮: Pretty good

Short thoughts contain spoilers

Watched this for the first time. It is easy for me to say that it’s a solid start for this year.

The Seventh Sign (1988) hits the spot with a solid build-up with it’s story, solid characters, beautiful moody score by Jack Nitzsche, and solid direction by Carl Schultz, but the emotional third-act is weak because it has a disappointing payoff with a very heavy handed discussion of religion. It makes the movie less remarkable as a hole.

Because of these problems the movie is bogged down immensely, this is why I give The Seventh Sign (1988) 3½ out of 5 stars.

2. Constantine City of Demons: The Movie (2018 Video)

R | 90 min | Animation, Action, Fantasy

A decade after a tragic mistake, Chas Chandler and occult investigator, John Constantine, set out to cure Chas's daughter, Trish, from a demonically induced coma. With the help of the ... See full summary »

Director: Doug Murphy | Stars: Matt Ryan, Laura Bailey, Robin Atkin Downes, Rachel Kimsey

Votes: 2,262

Date Watched: Wednesday, January. 2, 2019 | How I Watched: dvd on PlayStation 3

✮✮✮½/✮✮✮✮✮: Pretty good

Short thoughts contain spoilers

Constantine: City of Demons (2018) is a decent film. Yes. There are better films that use this concept like Constantine (2005), but there was still just enough creativity and insanity to make this film worth the price to pay.

The direction is well done, the writing is pretty good, the score is okay, the voice acting performances are solid and the editing is good. Nergal is a villain that got under my skin. There is a scary scene with a projection of 1920s film, when people are thrown in, they get killed in a brutal way, but in a way like a silent film from the 1920s. Also this film is bloodier than Constantine (2005).

As much as I liked Matt Ryan as John Constantine, I think Keanu Reeves played a better version of Christine. However City of Demons follows the comic book ‘’Hellblazer’’ more.

I saw Constantine (2005) before this film, and I like that film better. I am not a fan of the ending, where in order to defeat Nergal, Constantine used a spell on Nergal to rescue Trish, which works, but the downside is that Chas loses his memory of his family, the rest of Chas’ family also forgets about Chas too. Yet another loss of memory is that of Chas and Constantine past as kids. It made the rescue Trish’s soul seem pointless.

This is why I give Constantine: City of Demons (2018) 3½ out of 5 stars.

I would say give it a watch if you are curious about it. And skip it if you could care less.

3. Incredibles 2 (2018)

PG | 118 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

80 Metascore

The Incredibles hero family takes on a new mission, which involves a change in family roles: Bob Parr (Mr Incredible) must manage the house while his wife Helen (Elastigirl) goes out to save the world.

Director: Brad Bird | Stars: Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, Huck Milner

Votes: 220,484 | Gross: $608.58M

Date Watched: Thursday, January. 3, 2019 | How I Watched: dvd on PlayStation 3

✮½/✮✮✮✮✮: Bad

Short thoughts contain spoilers

Listen, I’m a huge fan of The Incredibles (2004). And seeing them team up again is one of those 'Finally, it has happened' moments.

It is just too bad that is for an Extremely Dull, Uneventful, and Boring piece of crap like this one.

For one it has great animation and good music, but the film slips through the cracks with annoying characters like Evelyn, Voyd, Dash and Violet. Not much Incredibles together in the entire running time, for a movie called Incredibles 2. Predictable and annoying villain Evelyn.

Jack-Jack’s scenes takes away the pacing. Hate the feminism/SJW angle of Elastigirl being the only Incredible to get chosen to do superhero things. The Underminer & Evelyn get no real punishment, it feels very obvious like they want to use these characters in Incredibles 3. Or they didn't know write these characters fates.

Incredibles 2 (2018) is The Incredibles (2004) swapped. In the end of the first movie the struggle between Dash and Violet was resolved, but in Incredibles 2 they argue like that story ark didn’t happen. Also that sub plot with Tony and Violet going on a date together is dissolved in the second part because Dicker erases Tony’s memory. Because of this lazy writing, this sub plot needs to be explored again and resolved.

All the women in the are strong characters, yet all the male characters are bad at what they’re doing.

If you want to films that do a better job in handling a story like this. Watch The Incredibles (2004).

This is why I give The Incredibles 2 (2018) 1½ out of 5 stars.

4. Bao (2018)

G | 8 min | Animation, Short, Family

A Chinese-Canadian woman suffering from empty nest syndrome gets a second shot at motherhood when one of her handmade dumplings comes alive.

Director: Domee Shi | Stars: Sindy Lau, Sharmaine Yeoh, Tim Zhang

Votes: 18,656

Date Watched: Thursday, January. 3, 2019 | How I Watched: dvd on PlayStation 3

5. THX 1138 (1971)

R | 86 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

75 Metascore

In the twenty-fifth century, a time when people have designations instead of names, a man, THX 1138, and a woman, LUH 3417, rebel against their rigidly controlled society.

Director: George Lucas | Stars: Robert Duvall, Donald Pleasence, Don Pedro Colley, Maggie McOmie

Votes: 45,450 | Gross: $2.44M

Date Watched: Thursday, January. 3, 2019 | How I Watched: dvd on PlayStation 3

✮✮½/✮✮✮✮✮: Meh

Short thoughts contain spoilers

THX 1138 (1971) is the first George Lucas film I’ve watched in a long time. Even though this is my second least favorite Lucas’ film, I can respect this film a lot more than Attack Of The Clones (haven’t seen Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace (1999) or Star Wars Episode 3: Revenge of the Sith (2005) yet).

Looking the film on its own as of now, the movie is interesting with a story kinda like George Orwell’s 1984. The third act is my favourite moment of this film, with the great car chase. The pacing feels off, the CGI added in looks dated, and the characters are pretty imperfect and badly written. The worst thing about the film though is the screenplay, which makes most scenes not work. The score by Lalo Schifrin is solid, the performances by the cast are either good or somewhat bland.

A lot of effort was being put into this movie, but it is a unsettling mixed bag.

This is why I give THX 1138 (1971) 2½ out of 5 stars.

6. Bald: The Making of 'THX 1138' (1971)

8 min | Documentary, Short

A documentary about the sacrifice the actors and actresses had to make to be a part of THX 1138 (1971).

Director: George Lucas | Stars: Francis Ford Coppola, George Lucas, Walter Murch, Claudette Bessing

Votes: 213

Date Watched: Friday, January. 4, 2019 | How I Watched: dvd on PlayStation 3

7. Artifact from the Future: The Making of 'THX 1138' (2004 Video)

31 min | Documentary, Short

George Lucas and others discuss the production and the making of THX 1138 (1971).

Director: Gary Leva | Stars: Walter Murch, Matthew Robbins, George Lucas, Carroll Ballard

Votes: 155

Date Watched: Friday, January. 4, 2019 | How I Watched: dvd on PlayStation 3

8. The Wrong Trousers (1993)

Not Rated | 30 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Wallace takes in a new lodger, a devious penguin. Sporting some techno-trousers, the penguin plans a grand theft, a plan that involves putting Wallace in danger.

Director: Nick Park | Stars: Peter Sallis, Peter Hawkins

Votes: 48,380

Date Watched: Friday, January. 4, 2019 | How I Watched: recorded off BBC1 on Ziggo Mediabox

✮✮✮✮✮/✮✮✮✮✮: Great | ♛

Read the book years ago in English class for an assignment, but I never got around seeing this wonderful film, until recently.

9. Scanners (1981)

R | 103 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

60 Metascore

A scientist sends a man with extraordinary psychic powers to hunt others like him.

Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: Jennifer O'Neill, Stephen Lack, Patrick McGoohan, Lawrence Dane

Votes: 44,344 | Gross: $14.23M

Date Watched: Saturday, January. 5, 2019 | How I Watched: youtube on ipad

✮✮✮✮✮/✮✮✮✮✮: Great | ♛

For a cult classic horror film, David Cronenberg (1981) is suspenseful, has wonderful action sequences, a solid lead with Lack’s performance being low-key as a contrast to the villain.

A creepy villain played by Michael Ironside. Great practical/gore effects and great direction.

This is why I give Scanners (2018) 5 out of 5 stars.

10. Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982)

R | 98 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

50 Metascore

Kids all over America want Silver Shamrock masks for Halloween. Doctor Daniel Challis seeks to uncover a plot by Silver Shamrock owner Conal Cochran.

Director: Tommy Lee Wallace | Stars: Tom Atkins, Stacey Nelkin, Dan O'Herlihy, Michael Currie

Votes: 40,226 | Gross: $14.40M

Date Watched: Sunday, January. 6, 2019 | How I Watched: youtube on ipad

✮✮✮✮½/✮✮✮✮✮: Amazing | ♛

Along with other interesting elements and a great director, Halloween 3: Season of the Witch (1982) took everything that made the first two great films. You have cool characters, great cinematography, solid build-up of it’s story and good cliff-hanger ending.

This is why I give Halloween 3: Season of the Witch (1982) 4½ out of 5 stars.

11. Heaven (I) (2002)

R | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

68 Metascore

A woman takes the law into her own hands after police ignore her pleas to arrest the man responsible for her husband's death, and finds herself not only under arrest for murder but falling in love with an officer.

Director: Tom Tykwer | Stars: Cate Blanchett, Giovanni Ribisi, Remo Girone, Stefania Rocca

Votes: 22,529 | Gross: $0.77M

Date Watched: Sunday, January. 6, 2019 | How I Watched: dvd on PlayStation 3

✮✮/✮✮✮✮✮: Not good

This film is nowhere near as good as it could have been. Cate Blanchett was fantastic in the lead role and really gave her it all character wise. But the rest of the cast lets her down big time. No one really stands out and most of them give forgettable performances. The lead villain is not intimidating.

The lack of high stakes and a legitimate threat hurts the film greatly and the movie's pacing. At times it is far too dull for an drama/crime film. Speaking of pacing, it takes forever to get going. It blows its wad too early and as a result, the climax is anti-climactic and total weak sauce.

The script needed a lot of work. From the dialogue to the characterization all the way down to the plot. Far too much of this film's time is wasted with a boring procedural plotline that bogs the film down considerably and feels like padding. This screenplay needed almost an entire overhaul. The direction by Tom Tykwer is solid.

The editing is also really solid. It has some inspired moments of slow motion in the climax. The score is also pretty forgettable except for a couple bits here and there.

This is why I give Heaven (2002) 2 out of 5 stars.

I would only recommend checking this out if you are really curious about it, or you are a big fan of Cate Blanchett.

12. Marwencol (2010)

Not Rated | 83 min | Documentary, Biography, Fantasy

82 Metascore

After a vicious attack leaves him brain-damaged and broke, Mark Hogancamp seeks recovery in "Marwencol", a 1/6th scale World War II-era town he creates in his backyard.

Director: Jeff Malmberg | Stars: Mark Hogancamp, Emmanuel Nneji, Edda Hogancamp, Tom Neubauer

Votes: 3,250 | Gross: $0.11M

Date Watched: Tuesday, January. 8, 2019 | How I Watched: dvd on PlayStation 3

13. Inspector Gadget (1999)

PG | 78 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

36 Metascore

A security guard's dreams come true when he is selected to be transformed into a cybernetic police officer.

Director: David Kellogg | Stars: Matthew Broderick, Rupert Everett, Joely Fisher, Michelle Trachtenberg

Votes: 43,040 | Gross: $97.40M

Date Watched: Wednesday, January. 9, 2019 | How I Watched: Ziggo Go On Demand on ipad

½/✮✮✮✮✮: Piece of shit

Inspector Gadget: I'm not me anymore. I'm a hardware store!

With an undisputingly terrible casting choice of Claw and Inspector Gadget, an incoherent and messy story, horrendously bad direction and bland characters, annoying sound effects and bad CGI. Inspector Gadget (1999) is one of the worst films of 1999.

This is why I give Inspector Gadget (1999) ½ out of 5 stars.

14. The Blair Witch Project (1999)

R | 81 min | Horror, Mystery

81 Metascore

Three film students vanish after traveling into a Maryland forest to film a documentary on the local Blair Witch legend, leaving only their footage behind.

Directors: Daniel Myrick, Eduardo Sánchez | Stars: Heather Donahue, Michael C. Williams, Joshua Leonard, Bob Griffin

Votes: 221,091 | Gross: $140.54M

Date Watched: Thursday, January. 10, 2019 | How I Watched: dvd on PlayStation 3

✮✮✮✮✮/✮✮✮✮✮: Great | ♛

Josh Leonard: You gonna write us a happy ending, Heather?

Watched this for the first time. It is easy for me to say that I enjoyed the movie. The Blair Witch Project (1999) is the type of quintessential horror film that has pushed the envelope for a genre that was yet to be recognized. This is a classic from start to finish and is one of the best horror films I have witnessed.

The environment and atmosphere of the woods was perfectly represented in the film. The actors and actresses in this have done a phenomenal job. The lack of music were so effective, it could hardly be easy to recapture. The editing and cinematography is well done. Also the acting didn’t feel like acting.

No matter what found footage films today will offer for the genre, their impact will never compare to what people and company did with this classic gem.

This is why I give The Blair Witch Project (1999) 5 out of 5 stars.

15. Curse of the Blair Witch (1999 TV Short)

Unrated | 44 min | Short, Horror, Thriller

A documentary exploring the life of the Blair Witch and the three missing student filmmakers.

Directors: Daniel Myrick, Eduardo Sánchez | Stars: Frank Pastor, Rachel Braaten, Elaine Stebbins, Tom Williams

Votes: 2,032

Date Watched: Started Watching Thursday, January. 10, 2019. Restarted over and Finished Watching Friday, January. 11, 2019 | How I Watched: dvd on PlayStation 3

16. Run of the Mill (1999)

8 min | Short, Animation, Fantasy

The story of a young man who gets hooked on drugs.

Director: Børge Ring

Votes: 78

Date Watched: Friday, January. 11, 2019 | How I Watched: youtube on ipad

17. Fantasia 2000 (1999)

G | 75 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

59 Metascore

An update of the original film with new interpretations of great works of classical music.

Directors: James Algar, Gaëtan Brizzi, Paul Brizzi, Hendel Butoy, Francis Glebas, Eric Goldberg, Don Hahn, Pixote Hunt | Stars: James Levine, Steve Martin, Itzhak Perlman, Quincy Jones

Votes: 32,941 | Gross: $60.66M

Date Watched: Saturday, January. 12, 2019 | How I Watched: Ziggo Go On Demand on tv

✮✮✮✮/✮✮✮✮✮: Fantastic | ♛

Fantasia 2000 (1999) has great animation, solid pacing and great music choices, but is bogged down a notch by annoying cameos before the animation segments and an overall convicting tone.

This is why I give Fantasia 2000 (1999) 4 out of 5 stars.

18. The Orphanage (2007)

R | 105 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

74 Metascore

A woman brings her family back to her childhood home, which used to be an orphanage for handicapped children. Before long, her son starts to communicate with an invisible new friend.

Director: J.A. Bayona | Stars: Belén Rueda, Fernando Cayo, Roger Príncep, Mabel Rivera

Votes: 140,547 | Gross: $7.16M

Date Watched: Wednesday, January. 16, 2019 | How I Watched: dvd on PlayStation 3

✮✮✮✮/✮✮✮✮✮: Fantastic | ♛

Laura: 1, 2, 3. Toca la pared.

Despite some overbearing music and pacing issues, El orfanato (2007) has great cinematography, likeable characters, and a lack of jump scares makes this film a worthwhile experience.

This is why I give El orfanato (2007) 4 out of 5 stars.

19. Welcome to Marwen (2018)

PG-13 | 116 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

40 Metascore

A victim of a brutal attack finds a unique and beautiful therapeutic outlet to help him through his recovery process.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Steve Carell, Falk Hentschel, Matt O'Leary, Nikolai Witschl

Votes: 13,854 | Gross: $10.76M

Date Watched: Thursday, January. 17, 2019 | How I Watched: Pathé Zwolle

✮✮✮/✮✮✮✮✮: Okay

GI Julie: [teaching Mark how to walk again] One foot in front of the other. You got it, Mark. You got... Mark Hogancamp: [Mark stumbles and falls] It hurts like hell! GI Julie: Relax, Mark, you got to embrace that pain. You've got love the pain. The pain is a rocket fuel.

Welcome to Marwen (2018) does suffer from pacing issues and inconsistent tone between real life and CGI scenes, but the direction by Robert Zemeckis is okay, the transitions between CGI and real life is seamless, some good CGI, a solid score by Alan Silvestri and a okay leading performance by Steve Carrell.

This is why I give Welcome to Marwen (2018) 3 out of 5 stars.

20. Dogma (1999)

R | 130 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

62 Metascore

An abortion clinic worker with a special heritage is called upon to save the existence of humanity from being negated by two renegade angels trying to exploit a loop-hole and reenter Heaven.

Director: Kevin Smith | Stars: Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Linda Fiorentino, Bud Cort

Votes: 201,243 | Gross: $30.65M

Date Watched: Wednesday, January. 23, 2019 | How I Watched: youtube on pc

✮✮✮✮½/✮✮✮✮✮: Amazing | ♛

Metatron: You people. If there isn't a movie about it, it's not worth knowing, is it?

Dogma (1999) is well casted, well paced, an okay score by Howard Shore which isn’t all that memorable, good directing by Kevin Smith and good practical and CGI effects.

The only reason it's not a full 5 out of 5 stars? Once in a while, a joke doesn't work. Which is a tough thing to have an excellent ratio in these kind of flicks.

This is why I am going to give Dogma (1999) 4½ out of 5 stars.

21. Epilogue (I) (1992)

13 min | Short

Sadly, there is nothing more left between Nadja and her husband, and as a grim epilogue, Rainer has to pack and go. But even now, is there a chance to salvage what's left of their tattered marriage?

Director: Tom Tykwer | Stars: Isis Krüger, Thomas Wolff

Votes: 643

Date Watched: Friday, January. 25, 2019 | How I Watched: youtube on ipad

22. eXistenZ (1999)

R | 97 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

68 Metascore

A game designer on the run from assassins must play her latest virtual reality creation with a marketing trainee to determine if the game has been damaged.

Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: Jude Law, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Ian Holm, Willem Dafoe

Votes: 89,195 | Gross: $2.84M

Date Watched: Tuesday, January. 29, 2019 | How I Watched: youtube on pc

✮½/✮✮✮✮✮: Bad

Seminar Leader: eXistenZ. Written like this. One word. Small 'E', capital 'X', capital 'Z'. 'eXistenZ'. It's new, it's from Antenna Research, and it's here... right now.

eXsitenZ (1999) has solid direction by David Cronenberg, an okay musical score by Howard Shore and good practical effects.

But this film is bogged down a lot with a boring lead performance by Jude Law. Jennifer Jason Leigh sleeping through her role. Dumb lines of dialogue like:

eXistenZ is paused!

Is he dead?

The pacing felt off because I wasn’t interested in the characters and the story. There was a overabundance of distracting and obvious sexual references. The movie also has a moronic ending.

eXistenZ felt like Videodrome, but with video games. But Videodrome is more memorable, thrilling, has a better lead, etc.

This is why I am going to give eXistenZ (1999) 1½ out of 5 stars.

23. Resurrection (1999)

R | 108 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

Chicago homicide detectives John Prudhome and Andrew "Andy" Hollingsworth are assigned to investigate a gruesome murder, and both become entangled in the plot of a serial killer whose goal is to recreate the body of Christ.

Director: Russell Mulcahy | Stars: Christopher Lambert, Mike Anscombe, Jeff J.J. Authors, Patrick Chilvers

Votes: 8,484

Date Watched: Wednesday, January. 30, 2019 | How I Watched: youtube on pc

✮✮✮✮✮/✮✮✮✮✮: Great | ♛

John Prudhomme: Do you have any idea how difficult it is to get away with murder? There are fifty ways to fuck up a crime and if you can think of twenty of them, you're a genius. So far, this guy is batting a thousand.

Resurrection (1999) might not be a game-changer, but is highly watchable with likeable characters like Prudhomme & Hollinsworth (played by Christopher Lambert & Leland Orser), who work wonderful together. An okay musical score. Great sense of dread and urgency throughout the film. Good direction by Russell Mulcahy. And a solid villain.

This is why I am going to give Resurrection (1999) 5 out of 5 stars.

24. Blue Streak (1999)

PG-13 | 93 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

46 Metascore

A former convict poses as a cop to retrieve a diamond he stole years ago.

Director: Les Mayfield | Stars: Martin Lawrence, Luke Wilson, Peter Greene, Dave Chappelle

Votes: 70,456 | Gross: $68.52M

Date Watched: Thursday, January. 31, 2019 | How I Watched: recorded off RTL 7 on Ziggo Mediabox

✮✮✮½/✮✮✮✮✮: Pretty good

[Miles grabs the diamond] Miles: Got the rock. Time to roll.

Despite some deadtime with the humour, Blue Streak (1999) is quickly pacing, has well-handled action sequences and an okay villain.

This is why I am going to give Blue Streak (1999) 3½ out of 5 stars.

25. Asterix and Obelix vs. Caesar (1999)

Not Rated | 109 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

Inhabitants of the last unconquered village in Gaul (ancient France) use a magical potion to hold their independence from Roman invaders.

Director: Claude Zidi | Stars: Christian Clavier, Gérard Depardieu, Roberto Benigni, Michel Galabru

Votes: 37,130 | Gross: $1.64M

Date Watched: Started Friday, January. 25, 2019. Restarted and Finished Thursday, January. 31, 2019 | How I Watched: dvd on portable dvd-player & dvd on blu-ray player | Dutch/Flemish voice Dub

✮✮½/✮✮✮✮✮: Meh

Short thoughts contain spoilers

With the Dutch voice dub, the voice acting is horrible. But with an interesting casting choice for Julius Caesar, great sets and a fine directing job by Claude Zidi makes Astérix et Obélix contre César (1999) worth it for one watch.

However the love subplot doesn’t work and ends on a downer. The pacing needed something which wasn’t there to make to flow better.

And as a comedy I didn’t find this film all that funny. Astérix & Obélix: Mission Cléopâtre (2002) was more comedy-orientated, and flows extremely well. Astérix et Obélix contre César (1999) doesn’t have a strong foundation.

This is why I am going to give Astérix et Obélix contre César (1999) 2½ out of 5 stars.

26. Inferno (II) (1999)

R | 95 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

A man (JCVD) drives out in the desert where some men steal his motorcycle and leave him for dead. He survives and no longer thinks of suicide as he now has a purpose in life: revenge and getting his bike back.

Director: John G. Avildsen | Stars: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Pat Morita, Danny Trejo, Gabrielle Fitzpatrick

Votes: 8,429

Date Watched: Friday, February. 1, 2019 | How I Watched: youtube on ipad

✮✮/✮✮✮✮✮: Not good

Eddie Lomax: Hey, can't we all just get along?

Inferno (1999) is a misfire in Jean Claude Van Damme & John G. Avildsen’s line of work.

The problems arise with forgettable villains. Vincent Schiavelli is miscast and was pretty annoying to see on screen, mainly the problem behind that was his accent. Jean Claude Van Damme could’ve done more in the action department.

I wasn’t that big a fan of Danny Trejo’s character, he felt rather forced in. The slapstick humour was horrible and the movie is sleep inducing.

At the end of the day this film is very forgettable.

That is why I am going to give Inferno (1999) 2 out of 5 stars.

27. Muppets from Space (1999)

G | 87 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

53 Metascore

Gonzo is contacted by his alien family through his breakfast cereal. But when the men in black kidnap him, it's up to Kermit and the gang to rescue Gonzo and help him reunite with his long-lost family.

Director: Tim Hill | Stars: Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire, Bill Barretta, Jerry Nelson

Votes: 17,183 | Gross: $16.63M

Date Watched: Saturday, February. 2, 2019 | How I Watched: recorded off Comedy Central on Ziggo Mediabox

✮✮✮✮/✮✮✮✮✮: Fantastic | ♛

[Miss Piggy runs by] Statler: Is breakfast over? Waldorf: No, why? Statler: 'Cause I think the bacon just ran out.

With great puppeteering, great effects and a solid story makes Muppets from Space (1999) a very fun experience to watch.

This is why I am going to give Muppets from Space (1999) 4 out of 5 stars.

28. Kung Fu Hustle (2004)

R | 99 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy

78 Metascore

In Shanghai, China in the 1940s, a wannabe gangster aspires to join the notorious "Axe Gang" while residents of a housing complex exhibit extraordinary powers in defending their turf.

Director: Stephen Chow | Stars: Stephen Chow, Wah Yuen, Qiu Yuen, Siu-Lung Leung

Votes: 119,505 | Gross: $17.11M

Date Watched: Saturday, February. 2, 2019 | How I Watched: dvd on PlayStation 3 | Cantonese Dub

✮✮✮✮½/✮✮✮✮✮: Amazing | ♛

Sing: No more soccer!

Kung Fu Hustle (2004) is nostalgic to me. I saw the dvd in a Videoland store maybe ten years ago, but somehow I never got around to watching it.

After I’ve finished this film, my expectations were met. Kung Fu Hustle has great action sequences and wirework. I like the story-arc of Sing (Stephen Chow) and humour was witty and full of energy. The villain is intimidating.

The CGI is used a little bit too much, although I can tolerate some of the effects more than others. I would’ve liked a little bit less of the scenes with the people of Pig Sty Alley.

At first I wasn’t a fan of the mystical aspect of the story, but I grow to like more and more as the film went on.

This is why I am going to give Kung Fu Hustle (2004) 4½ out of 5 stars.

29. Belle's Magical World (1998 Video)

G | 92 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

Beauty and the Beast "midquel" set during Belle's original stay at the Beast's castle and composed of three short stories (four in the DVD release) that suitably teach both kids and adults to forgive, love, and be kind to one another.

Directors: Bob Kline, Cullen Blaine, Dale Case, Daniel de la Vega, Barbara Dourmaskin-Case, Rick Leon, Burt Medall, Mitch Rochon | Stars: Jeff Bennett, Robby Benson, Paige O'Hara, Jim Cummings

Votes: 2,352

Date Watched: Sunday, February. 3, 2019 | How I Watched: dvd on blu-ray player | Dutch Dub

½/✮✮✮✮✮: Piece of shit

Beast: [roaring] I will NEVERRRRR - A - POLOGIZE!

When you put four horrible segments of Beauty and the Beast-filler together, you get Belle’s Magical World (1998). This ‘’film’’ has a horrible screenplay, bad animation and life lessons straight out of a bad cartoon.

You’re better off watching Beauty and the Beast (1991) instead of this ‘’film’’.

This is why I am going to give Belle’s Magical World (1998) ½ out of 5 stars.

30. True Crime (1999)

R | 127 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

65 Metascore

Can an over-the-hill journalist uncover the evidence that can prove a death row inmate's innocence just hours before his execution?

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Isaiah Washington, LisaGay Hamilton, James Woods

Votes: 30,142 | Gross: $16.64M

Date Watched: Sunday, February. 3, 2019 | How I Watched: dvd on PlayStation 3

✮✮✮✮/✮✮✮✮✮: Fantastic | ♛

Steve Everett: You're right, pal. Santa Claus rides alone.

While True Crime (1999) does need something to improve it’s pacing, the film has great characters, solid cinematography and a solid third act.

This is why I am going to give True Crime (1999) 4 out of 5 stars.

31. Jakob the Liar (1999)

PG-13 | 120 min | Drama, War

40 Metascore

During World War II, an ordinary inhabitant of a ghetto fakes news about Allied offensives to inspire hope for other victims of the Nazi regime.

Director: Peter Kassovitz | Stars: Robin Williams, Hannah Taylor Gordon, Éva Igó, István Bálint

Votes: 14,437 | Gross: $4.96M

Date Watched: Tuesday, February. 5, 2019 | How I Watched: dvd on PlayStation 3

✮✮✮½/✮✮✮✮✮: Pretty good

Short thoughts contain spoilers

Jakob Heym: Hitler goes to a fortune-teller and asks, "When will I die?" And the fortune-teller replies, "On a Jewish holiday." Hitler then asks, "How do you know that?" And she replies, "Any day you die will be a Jewish holiday."

Even though the film has pacing issues and a bad idea with killing off Robin Williams, which I wasn’t a fan of, Jakob the Liar (1999) has likeable characters, great set design and memorable lines of dialogue.

This is why I am going to give Jakob the Liar (1999) 3½ out of 5 stars.

32. Being John Malkovich (1999)

R | 113 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

90 Metascore

A puppeteer discovers a portal that leads literally into the head of movie star John Malkovich.

Director: Spike Jonze | Stars: John Cusack, Cameron Diaz, Catherine Keener, John Malkovich

Votes: 293,654 | Gross: $22.86M

Date Watched: Wednesday, February. 6, 2019 | How I Watched: blu-ray on PlayStation 3

✮✮½/✮✮✮✮✮: Meh

Short thoughts contain spoilers

Craig Schwartz: There is truth, and there are lies, and art always tells the truth. Even when it's lying.

1999 was a weird year for films, you got classics like The Matrix & Fight Club, but also a film that tries to explore the mind of John Malkovich.

With Being John Malkovich (1999) I didn’t really care about most of the characters. In the second and third act this is a giant problem. The screenplay could’ve used a rewrite. Some lines were cringe-worthy. I wasn’t a fan of the lesbian subplot.

But there are some positives to the film as well. The music by Carter Burwell is good and the cinematography is solid. The scene with Lotte & Maxine going through the childhood memories of John Malkovich was excellent.

This is why I am going to give Being John Malkovich (1999) 2½ out of 5 stars.

33. Geri's Game (1997)

4 min | Animation, Short, Family

Geri sets up a chess game to play his greatest opponent - himself.

Director: Jan Pinkava | Star: Bob Peterson

Votes: 21,194

Date Watched: Friday, February. 8, 2019 | How I Watched: youtube on pc

34. Cruel Summer (2016)

80 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

Young Autism sufferer Danny enjoys the serenity and solitude of camping. That's all about to change when enraged teens Nicholas, Calvin and Julia find him, each with their own agenda for wanting to see Danny suffer.

Directors: Phillip Escott, Craig Newman | Stars: Danny Miller, Reece Douglas, Natalie Martins, Gary Knowles

Votes: 715

Date Watched: Friday, February. 8, 2019 | How I Watched: dvd on PlayStation 3

✮✮/✮✮✮✮✮: Not good

I watched Cruel Summer (2016) for the first time and I honestly don’t like it. I thought it was a bad film for what it is and for what it was trying to do.

Was to show the darkest side of humanity in an unflinching and up close and personal way. There are things I like about this movie. I like Richard Pawulski's performance as well as his character, the direction by Phillip Escott & Craig Newman is fine, I love the fact the film is shot in a real forest and real locations (It adds so much realism to the film and makes it a very enthralling experience when you decide to sit down and watch it), and the found footage camerawork is okay, but a little bit too shaky for my taste. And it's honestly a pretty fast paced film for the most part. At least I thought so anyway. I was never bored while watching this movie. My eyes were always glued to the screen. Even during some truly despicable scenes, it was hard to look away. It was that captivating.

That being said though? It is definitely not a film for everyone. It's all kinds of fucked up and it has plenty of characters in it that are equally as fucked up as the horrific sequences shown on film. Which is in a lot of ways the point of the movie to begin with, but that doesn't make the actions any less shocking or appalling.

Plus the film has more than a bit too much of a shock factor. I know why it's there...To further hammer home the message that the film is trying to convey, but it's still hard to take regardless. I would be lying if I said it didn't take things a bit too far on those fronts for my personal taste.

I definitely do not condone any of the acts of cruelty displayed in this motion picture. But that does mean I think that Cruel Summer is an bad film. Because I think that it is. It sets out to go all the way. And that's exactly what it does. A gripping and horrifying film that goes too far.

This is why I am going to give Cruel Summer (2016) 2 out of 5 stars.

35. The Wild Bunch (1969)

R | 135 min | Action, Adventure, Western

95 Metascore

An aging group of outlaws look for one last big score as the "traditional" American West is disappearing around them.

Director: Sam Peckinpah | Stars: William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Ryan, Edmond O'Brien

Votes: 73,626 | Gross: $12.06M

Date Watched: Saturday, February. 16, 2019 | How I Watched: blu-ray on PlayStation 3

✮✮✮✮/✮✮✮✮✮: Fantastic

Deke Thornton: We're after men. And I wish to God I was with them.

While this film was a tad bit too long, The Wild Bunch (1969) has great direction by Sam Peckinpah, interesting characters, a solid story and cinematography that’s still impressive to this day, using close-ups like Sergio Leone and wide angles.

While I’m not big on western movies, this film left it’s mark on film. The highlight of this film definitely are the shoot-outs, with the great usage of blood squibs.

This is why I am going to give The Wild Bunch (1969) 4 out of 5 stars.

36. The Guilty (2018)

R | 85 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

83 Metascore

A police officer assigned alarm dispatch duty enters a race against time when he answers an emergency call from a kidnapped woman.

Director: Gustav Möller | Stars: Jakob Cedergren, Jessica Dinnage, Omar Shargawi, Johan Olsen

Votes: 32,605 | Gross: $0.21M

Date Watched: Sunday, February. 17, 2019 | How I Watched dvd on PlayStation 3

✮✮✮✮/✮✮✮✮✮: Fantastic | ♛

A sharp and highly suspenseful thriller from first-time director Gustav Möller, Den skyldige (2018) is a great directional debut featuring a strong lead performance from Jakob Cedergren and solid cinematography.

This is why I am going to give Den skyldige (2018) 4 out of 5 stars.

37. A Clockwork Orange (1971)

R | 136 min | Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi

80 Metascore

In the future, a sadistic gang leader is imprisoned and volunteers for a conduct-aversion experiment, but it doesn't go as planned.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Malcolm McDowell, Patrick Magee, Michael Bates, Warren Clarke

Votes: 709,360

Date Watched: Monday, February. 18, 2019 | How I Watched: blu-ray on PlayStation 3

✮✮½/✮✮✮✮✮: Meh

Alex: No time for the old in-n-out, love, I've just come to read the meter.

While I think this is Stanley Kubrick’s weakest film I’ve seen up to this point, A Clockwork Orange (1971) has splendid cinematography. Great directing by Stanley Kubrick, he uses long takes & slow-motion brilliantly. The film also has a solid musical score which uses electronic versions of classical music.

Malcolm McDowell gives a good performance, but I wasn't fully invested in his character. Thus the pacing of 136 minutes felt like a slog to sit through and some of the scenes felt like overkill.

This isn’t to say this Kubrick film is bad. Far from it. Visually this film is stunning, the set design is outstanding and Malcolm McDowell’s performance is good.

This is why I am going to give A Clockwork Orange (1971) 2½ out of 5 stars.

38. Duran Duran: Rio (1982 Video)

Not Rated | 5 min | Short, Music

A music video for "Duran Duran: Rio", an instant classic of the 1980's from their smash-hit album of same name. The video clip presents the band having lovely and amusing moments on a boat ... See full summary »

Director: Russell Mulcahy | Stars: Duran Duran, Simon Le Bon, Nick Rhodes, Reema Ruspoli

Votes: 413

Date Watched: Friday, February. 22, 2019 | How I Watched: youtube on iphone

39. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017)

PG-13 | 137 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

51 Metascore

A dark force threatens Alpha, a vast metropolis and home to species from a thousand planets. Special operatives Valerian and Laureline must race to identify the marauding menace and safeguard not just Alpha, but the future of the universe.

Director: Luc Besson | Stars: Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen, Rihanna

Votes: 147,873 | Gross: $41.19M

Date Watched: Sunday, February. 24, 2019 | How I Watched: dvd on PlayStation 3

✮✮/✮✮✮✮✮: Not good

I guess I shouldn't be too suprised with this film being a giant void in space. It has some good things about it. But it wasn't any good for me personally.

The plot just was not engaging at all to me. There were way too many times where it's humour did not work.

And most of the cast sucks. Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne & Rihanna are terribly miscast. The script/screenplay isn't memorable and feels like its juggling too many things.

The tone was wildly uneven. The CGI at times was good but at other times it was used it way too much. Or it trying to put too much CGI in one frame.

I like the score okay, but a score by Eric Serra could've benefited this film a lot. And Besson's direction is good and nice to watch. But the story left a lot to be desired for me personally. It was predictable and made the running time feel like 180 minutes.

It is not a total waste though. Don't get me wrong here. It features some of the most breathtaking visuals you will ever see in a science fiction film.

It is just held back by a weak script, inconsitent tone, forgettable and disengaging villains, a predictable plot, some poor performances by major cast members (Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne & Rihanna). And all of these combined also make the film have a much slower pace to it, which hurts the most. It is flat out boring at times. Especially near the end.

I would say wait to see this one on digital/dvd/blu-ray unless you are really curious or a big fan of Luc Besson. Otherwise? It is an entertaining but flawed film that does not leave enough space to really leave a mark.

This is why I am going to give Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) 2 out of 5 stars.

40. Suspiria (1977)

R | 92 min | Horror

79 Metascore

An American newcomer to a prestigious German ballet academy comes to realize that the school is a front for something sinister amid a series of grisly murders.

Director: Dario Argento | Stars: Jessica Harper, Stefania Casini, Flavio Bucci, Miguel Bosé

Votes: 71,744

Date Watched: Wednesday, February. 27, 2019 | How I Watched: dvd on PlayStation 3 | English dub

✮✮✮✮½/✮✮✮✮✮: Amazing | ♛

I've not been a fan of Dario Argento's line of work. After watching Opera (1987) & The Bird with the Crystral Plumage (1970) as my starting stones of his filmography, I wasn’t impressed and my thoughts were that his films didn't appeal to me.

Suspiria (1977) is a diamond in the rough though. Solid characters. Great cinematography. The floating camera was impressive, felt like an another character. Wonderfully directed by Dario Argento. Well-paced and a good score by Goblin.

The only problems I’ve had that it could’ve used a somewhat less louder score and the English Dub is a little grading at times.

This is why I am going Suspiria (1977) 4½ out of 5 stars.

41. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)

R | 116 min | Drama, Horror, Musical

83 Metascore

The infamous story of Benjamin Barker, aka Sweeney Todd, who sets up a barber shop in London which is the basis for a sinister partnership with his fellow tenant, Mrs. Lovett.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman, Timothy Spall

Votes: 328,362 | Gross: $52.90M

Date Watched: Saturday, March. 2, 2019 | How I Watched blu-ray on blu-ray player

✮✮✮✮/✮✮✮✮✮: Fantastic | ♛

Short thoughts contain spoilers

Sweeney Todd: [holding up one of his razors] At last! My arm is complete again!

Even though I’m not big on musicals, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007) made for an enjoyable film. It’s directed well by Tim Burton. The other strengths lie with its musical score, good cinematography and an good balance between practical and CGI effects.

The only problems I’ve had with this film where that Sacha Baron Cohen felt very miscast, although luckily he wasn’t too much in the film, and the subplot wasn’t really engaging and isn’t resolved in the end.

This is why I am going to give Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007) 4 out of 5 stars.

42. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017)

PG-13 | 129 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy