- Decoy Bride.
Way better than expected.
- The mask of Zorro.
- Forever strong
- Kinky boots.
Crap (but I am seeing this while exercising, so...)
- One for the money.
- The Most Beautiful (Kurasawa) - skippable.
- I live in fear (Kurasawa) - very good.
- The dinner party (very french)
- Live Free or Die Hard
- The Holiday
- Walk the Line
- No Country for Old Men
- The Italian Job
- Just Like Heaven
- Nanook of the North
- The Bourne Supremacy
- Hotel Rwanda
- Y tu mamá también
- Children of Men
- A Fistful of Dollars
- Family Guy: Vol. 1: Disc 1: Season1
- A Man for All Seasons
- The Notebook
- The Sacrifice
- The Bourne Ultimatum
- Million Dollar Baby
- The Bad Sleep Well
- The Namesake
- The Producers
- Flags of Our Fathers
- The Pursuit of Happyness
- Tom Jones
- Blood Diamond
- Letters from Iwo Jima
- The Career of Nikos Dyzma
- Black Hawk Down
- Being There
- Band of Brothers
- Brideshead Revisited: Disc 1 (4-Disc Series)
- Dersu Uzala
- Garden State
- Teddy Roosevelt: An American Lion
- Raise the Red Lantern
- Late Spring
- The History Channel Presents: The War of 1812
- Daria: The Movie: Is it Fall Yet?
- Hiroshima Mon Amour
- Children of Heaven
- Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance
- Band of Brothers: Disc 1 (6-Disc Series) Series Disc
- Cold Mountain
- The Passion of Joan of Arc
- Heroes: Season 1
- ZEuropa Europa
- The 400 Blows
- Joan of Arcadia: Season 2
- Joan of Arcadia: Season 1
- Tru Calling: Season 1: Disc 1
- Samurai Rebellion
- Late spring
- Valley of the wolves
An anti-American Turkish movie about Iraq. It was so bad and
ludicrous, that it was very funny.
- Cold mountain.
- 400 blows
- Simpsons (the movie)
- Samurai Rebellion
- Stray dog
- The Magnificent seven
- ghost rider.
- Pan's labyrinth
- I'm a cyborg but thats ok.
- Knocked up
- Bungee jumping of their own
- My sassy girl (korean)
- The host (korean).
- Volver (Almadovar), 02/27/07.
- The departed
- Dor, 07/02/10.
- March of the penguins
- little miss sunshine
- Khosla Ka Ghosla - KKG.
A man buys land in Delhi, to discover he was cheated and he has to
pay more money to get it. His osne is a software engineer thinkig about
going to the US. Reasonably good.
- Lord of war.
- Sleepless in Seattle
- The Devil Wears Prada
- The chronicles of raddick
- The terminal.
- Sin City
- The crying game.
- Bus 174
- Kind hearts and coronets (1949)
- Bonnie and Clyde
- The american president
- 24: Season 1, 2 and 3.
- Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest - Slept well during
- Thank you for smoking
- Proof - I liked it to my surprise.
- V is for Vendetta...
- Goodbye, Mr. Chips
- Paradise now
- Facing windows (Italian movie)
- Vodka Lemon (Russian movie?)
- Brokeback Mountain
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
- Good Night, And Good Luck
- The Squid and the Whale
- The pelican file.
- Ghost world
- The africa queen.
- Key Largo
- Rhapsody in august (Kurasawa)
- Hari-Bhari (Indian movie)
- Field of dreams
A bizarre movie. With a strong encouragement to prefer fantasy to
reality. So, so...
- The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman
- Dances with wolves
- The lost weekend.
- Harold and Kumar goes to the white castle.
- Theodora goes wild
- My big, fat, greek wedding
- Howl's moving castle
- The bueaty and the beast - Diseny version
- 8 1/2 (1963)
Complicated and self referential, and overall interesting...
- The running man
- Mars attacks
- Kagamusha (Kuraswa movie).
- Duets (7/7/05)
- Shadow of a Doubt (1943)
- shaolin soccer
- Toy story II
- Kung Fu Hustle
- Liabeled lady
- On the Waterfront (1954)
- Destry rides again.
- Night at the Opera, A (1935) 7.8/10
- The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
- Die Hard 2
- The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
- The Philadelphia Story
- Stalag 17
- The householder (1963). Indian movie
Not as good as the Apu trilogy, but still very nice.
- The life of Emile Zola
- Bad Education (2004) (by Almadovar) - 6
- Mononoke-hime (1997) - Princess Mononoke
- The devil and miss jones.
- My dog skip
- In the Heat of the Night
- Bringing Up Baby (1938)
- The Day the Earth Stood Still, The
- Suraj Ka Satvan Ghoda - Seveth horse of the son
Amusing, but not a master piece. A bit post modern.
- Mr. & Ms. Iyer
A movie about a tamil woman and a moslem traveling in a bus, and the
women pretends that the man is her wife to save his life in a ethnic
riots. Well done and interesting.
- Kiki's delivery service
- You can't take it with you
- Witness for the Prosecution (1957)
- The Abyss
- Adventures of Robin Hood, The (1938) 5
- The incredibles (2004) 6
Funny, but not as funny as Team American.
- Sling Blade (1996) 7.9/10
- Bronenosets Potyomkin (1925) - The Battleship Potyomkin
Excellent movie, and very impressive. Great music.
- Team America: World Police (2004)
- Amores perros (2000) - Love's a Bitch
A very violent, but yet a good movie. Several stories connected
together. A guy trying to get out of his lousy life by dog fighting,
a model participating in a car accident, and a serial killer hired
to kill a brother of a guy.
- Henry V (1989), 10/9/04. 6.7
Well done and acted. Interesting and deep. Hard to understand
because ofthe language but powerful and amusing.
- Beijing Bicycle
- The Manchurian Candidate
- Intimate Stranges (2004)
- Maria full of grace 6.5
A girl in columbia that becomes a drug mule (i.e., she brings drugs
in to the US). Well made and interesting.
- Maqbol, 5.5
Indian version of Macbeth. Not bad, but not briliant either.
- Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, 5
Boring and predictable, and the special effects looks not yet there
- Festen (1998) - The Celebration [Denemark],
An excellent and hard movie about a celebration of the father family
60th birthday, and a disucssion of the dauther suicide. Well made,
and very touching. Well acted.
- Die xue shuang xiong (1989) - Bloodshed of Two Heroes [Hong
An action movie that is so packed with violence, and is taking it
self so seriously that it is funny. The movie is also known as "the
- Grande illusion, La . 6.2
- The cooperation, 6
A documentary about cooperations and their rise, and their bad
impact on economy and so on. Interesting, although a left wing
liberal propoganda movie as expected.
- Chunking Express
- La dolce vita
- Grave of the fireflies
- All about my mother, by Pedro Almodovar.
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
- The man who came to dinner. 6
- I, Robot 6
- Lost in Translation. 5.3
- Fiddler on the roof, 6
Somewhat chiclhed, somewhat predictable, but the music compensate
for that. And sad.
- Immortal Battalion, 4.5
Cliched by now (About a battalion in WW II).
- Midnight in the garden of good and evil. 5.5
An interesting movie as far as the general athmosphere (Savvanah,
South Carolina) - about a rich guy murdering/killing his lover. But
in the end of the movie, the Hollywood justice kicks in and ruined
the movie for me. Direct by Clint Eastwood, but still a far cry from
- Supersize me. 5
- Betty Blue, 6/25/04. 6
A french movie (37 le matin (1986)) which is pretty wild. At points
very alive, but overall depressing. This movie leaves you with the
feeling that either you are insane, or the actress is insane, or
the actor is insane. What was really funny, was that there is a lot
of nakedness in the movie, and it was censored. As such, whenever
the actor turns completely naked towards the camera, there is a big
spot appearing on his penis. Since, this happens all the time in
the movie, this spot appears/disappears all the time from him or
her. After a
while it gets funny. Another strange thing si that there is a murder
scene in the movie which is shown as is, but the showing the sex
organs is being censored. Maybe those people got the wrong
- The insider
Interesting. Well acted.
- Fahrenheit 9/11
Nothing too new in the movie. I found it interesting, but I am not
too excited about Micheal Moore, since I think he sometimes go for
cheap manipulations. Nevertheless, this was an interesting movie. I
thought that showing the mother of the dead soldier was very good,
since it game human face to the dead soldiers in Iraq. I also
thought that his point about only (or almost only) poor kids serving
in Iraq was well made. Worth seeing, but don't expect any big
- Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988) (USA)
Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios (1988) by Pedro Almodovar.
An interesting movie about several women in a very enrvous state
because their friend dumped them, their boyfriend is a terrorist,
and so on. Amusing, although not out right helriously funny. Not as
good as talk to her.
- Toy Story. 5.5
- Donnie Darko (2001). 6.8
An intelligent and mentally unstable teenager, Donnie Darko, hear
voices and see
this rabbit called Frank. Frank saves his life, telling him to
leave his bedroom, just before a big jet engine falls on his
house. Donnie then do some other things that Frank tells him to
do. Thought the movie, it is clear that Donnie getting more and more
deranged, losing connection with reality. However, The main fear
factor for me in the movie, was that Donnie would turn out to be
like one of those people in Columbine - killing everybody around
him. In particular, Donnie hears from Frank that time travel is
possible, and he is possessed by this topic. In the end of the
movie, Donnie is using this time travel to redeem himself.
The movie is very nicely done, and gives a very interesting view of
society from a teenager point of view.
- Last time I saq Paris. 5.4
- Metropolis (1927) 8.0/10. 6
- Hable con ella (2002) - Talk to Her, 05/29/04. 7
A disturbing but interesting movie. Two men meet in a hospital
where their "girlfriends" are in coma. One is a nurse in the
hospital, and he went and worked there, after his "girlfriend"
came into coma, although he met here only very few times
before. Ther other, is a journalist that met his girlfriend a few
months before. In the end, it is hard to feel sympathy to the
journalist, and one only feels disgust with the nurse guy.
The movie has one interesting scene, which is showing supposedly a
silent movie, where a man drinks some potion that makes him shrink
continuously, till he become tiny. Then there is a very interesting
scene of how he is "making love" to his beloved.
This is a spanish movie, by Almodovar, and the sound track is nice,
and the movie visually is very nice.
- Coyote Ugly 5.5
- Titan A.E. 5
It is amazing what one would watch when one is unable to sleep.
- Shrek 2
- Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), 6
- Picture Perfect, 5
A romantic comedy. As good and as bad as it gets.
- Bend it like Beckham. 5.2
An interesting movie as far as showing different culture, but
overall somewhat fake. Amusing, not more than that.
- A Beautiful Mind. 6
Better than expected, concentrating on the human and not the
science. Much better than Good Will Hunting, for example.
- Mulholland Dr., 4.5
A stupid and silly movie, without real plot.
- Lara Croft - Tomb Raider, 4.5
- Cool Hand Luke <1967) 6.5
- The General (1927) 7
A silent movie about the north in the civil war stealing a train
engine from the south, and the south stealing it back. Amusing.
- No Exit (Play) by Sartre. 7
A play with the famous line "Other people are hell",
- Good bye, Lenin!
A very nice and touching movie, about a mother having an hart
attack, and going into comma in east Germany, and waking up after
the wall fell. To prevent her from shock, the son does not tell er
that the wall fell, and he simulates the continuation of things like
before. Well done.
- Ladri di biciclette - The Bicycle Thief (1948<,
A great movie about a man working in Rome, and somebody stealing his
bikes. And his desperate search for the bikes, which are the only
way to keep is work, after he was unemployed for a very long time.
- Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
- Arsenic and Old Lace, 7.8
A man (Kerry Grant) learns that his kindly old aunts and his
sinister brother are
all serial killers. Very funny.
- The Straight Story 6.9
The story of a brother traveling on a lawn mower across the US to
visit his brother that had a stroke. Touching and well made.
- Spartacus, 5.5
- Glory (1989). 5.5
Cliched and predictable, but overall ok.
- Rebecca (1940). 7
Hitchcock movie. Very enjoyable.
- Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
A movie about a people wiping out their memories of people they
dont care about any more. Like their lovers, etc. Interesting
idea. Performance is average.
- Bandit Queen6
- Asoka 5.5
- Strangers on a Train (1951). 6
- Whale rider, 4.5.
- The General (1998). 5.503/14/04
A story about a Dublin master mind thief and his life.
- Once Upon a Time in the West (1968). 6
A reasonably acted western, if somewhat too long.
- My briliant career. 5
- Platoon. 6
- The fog of war (2003). 6.8
- The Triplets of Belleville. (2003). 6
Interesting animated movie.
- L.A. Confidential (1997). 2/28/04. 7.5
Very well made action movie. About corruption in the LA police
department. A lot of suspense, action and corrupt all the way
- City Lights (1931). 2/20/04. 6
- Respiro (2003). 2/14/04. 6.5
- Cidade de Deus [City of God]
(2002). 2/15/04. 7.2
A very violent movie about fighting among gangs and kid gangs in a
very poor neighborhood.
- MASH (1970. 2/3/04.
- Nuovo cinema Paradiso (1988) - Cinema
Best movie I saw in the last year. Great.
- A bug's life.
- Pillow Talk, 12/07/03. 4.5
A somewhat embarrassing movie from the early sixties with Rock
and Doris Day about the universal topic of boy meets a girl. A few
minor jokes that are funny, but this did not age well
- Mystic River (2003). 11/21/03. 6
A nice but somewhat flawed movie, about a murder, and three
childhood friends, involved in it. One is the father of the killed
child, which is a local gangster, one is a regular person that has
trauma because he was kidnapped as a kid, and the third is a
The movie, by Clint Eastwood, is somewhat flawed because of the
ending, which includes
an unnecessary sex scene, and making things too explicit. Also,
twisting the story to make it somewhat morally clean reduces the
quality of this movie.
- Double Indemnity (1944). 11/08/03. 7
A good murder story by an insurance agent that get tempted to write
an insurance for a guy with double indemnity, and then kills him in
the perfect murder for his wife. Reasonably well made, and worth
- Throne of Blood. 10/05/03. 7
A remake of Macbeth in Japanese settings by Kurosawa. Reasonbly
well, although not up to his masterpieces.
- Se7en [seven] (1995) 9/15/03. 6
An effective and reasonably made movie, about a serial killer which
kill seven people for their seven deadly sins (envy, gluttony, lust,
anger, greed, sloth, pride). The movie is well made, and except for
not very convincing acting, is pretty interesting, if somewhat
horrifying. Somewhat of the silence of the lambs.
- All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
A reasonably good movie, but not as good as the book. Nevertheless
worth watching, and much better than standard movies from this
times. A very amusing handling of the scene where the soldiers give
some french girls food for sex.
- The Lion in Winter (1968) 9/1/03. 5.5
A historical melodrama remotely accurate about Henry II and his sons
fighting over to who would be the next after him. With the queen
(Eleanor of Aquitaine). Not bad, but not as complex as the real
history. Well acted but somewhat boring. For more info about the
real history, see here.
- Freaky Friday (2003) 8/30/03. 5.4
A semi amusing Disney movie about a mother and her teenager kid
- Full Metal Jacket (1987) 8/28/03. 7
A Vietnam movie made by Kubrick. The first half is very amusing
the part in Vietnam itself is weaker. A very good depiction of how
basic training works.
- Gandhi (1982) 8/20/03. 6.5
A bit over melodramatic and a bit over simplified, still an
interesting movie about Gandhi. I was a bit bothered by the leader
warship in the movie.
- 7th Seal
- American History X (1998). 8/18/03. 7
A movie about white supremacists. The movie is a bit simplistic, but
nevertheless it is very powerful, and present the attractiveness of
it very well. Very sad and in some ways very
The story is a story of a white supremacist guy being released from
jail after killing violently two guys that stole his car. His
younger brother adore him, and he is worried that he would follow in
his steps. Also, he became disillusioned with the white supremacist
message during jail. As such, he comeback to a strange reality.
- The Apu Trilogy - Part I - Pather
Panchali. 8/16/03. 7.6
The story of the family of Apu. An interesting description of a poor
family in a village in India. Impressive both technically and
- Nowhere in Africa (2003) 8/10/03. 6
- Paths of Glory (1957) 8/10/03. 7
First world war. The general staff of the french army decides, for
political reasons, to attack an unassailable hill. The attack fails,
and the general in charge, which is charge, which is a bit of a
moron, picks three people from the unit to be executed for
to improve the "moral" of the unit army. Everything works fine,
except for the Colonel of the unit that sticks with his men, and
does whatever he can to save the people.
The movie is very well made, and expose the complete luck of caring
for life, even for their own soldiers that commanders on both sides
had. The only problem with this movie is that it is a bit too
- The Zig Zag Story, (1983) 8/10/03. 7.5
Very funny and hard to describe - a real treat.
- To Kill a Mockingbird
- 12 Angry Men (1957) 7/30/03, 6
An OK movie. About the group psychology of 12 juries in a murder
- Best Years of Our Lives (1946), 7/29/03. 6.6
A movie about people returning from world war II and their problems
in getting readjusted to reality. Interesting and not too
sentimental. Includes a guy that lost his hands, a guy with a wife
that he knew only shortly before going to war, and a banker that
finds it hard to go back to regular life.
- The great escape, 7/26/03. 6
Predictable. Makes the war into a game which it is not. Also give a
very simplified answers to hard questions. In the end a glorified
- The good, the bad and ugly, 7/26/03. 8
Excellent western. Funny and amusing.
- Bowling for Colombine, 7/20/03. 7.5
A thought and interesting movie about the shooting in Columbine (in
Little-rock near Denver). Interesting and insightful, but does not
provide a closed form answer.
- Reservoir Dogs, 7/15/03. 6.5
Somewhat similar to pulp fiction. A movie about criminals that just
did a robbery that went wrong. Interesting.
- Ben-Hur (1959), 7/12/03. 5.5
A fictional historic story that takes place in Israel during the
time of Christ. There are some amusing references to Jesus, but the
movie overall suffers from too much Christian evangelism,
- Attack the gas station, 7/9/03. 7.9
A Korean movie about a gang attacking a gas station. Very funny.
- Guns+talks, 7/3/03. 7
A Korean movie about 4 assassins which are a bit clueless. Funny
and a bit weird.
- Die Another Day, 12/08/02. 5.5
A standard James Bond. Nothing deep. The gadgets got a little bit
out of control. For example, the "invisible" car....
- Requiem for a dream, Darren Aronofsky. 10/10/02.
Well made, and well acted movie about drugs. The end of the movie is
somewhat predictable, and when you come down to it, this movie is
not very original in the statement it is trying to make. Jennifer
Connelly acts well, but the best actress in this movie is by far
Ellen Burstyn, acting a very human and emphatic character.
- Barton Fink, Cohen Brothers. 10/9/02. 7.5
Well made and amusing. About an author that comes to Hollywood, and
his life there. With a serial killer going around. Very
unpredictable, funny, and well made.
- Story-telling, Todd Solondz, 2002. 10/7/02-1.
Two stories, one about a student being "raped" by her literature
professor. The second about a rich kid and his college application,
- Triumph of the will, (1934), 10/7/02, 6
A movie documenting the Nazi party congress at Nuremberg at Germany
in 1934. The movie was done by the Nazis and received various
- Thirteen Conversations About One Thing,
A small interesting movie, about fate, life in the big city, etc.
- Best in show, 8/10/02. 6.7
A funny description of the weirdos that hung out in dog
shows. Pretty funny, but it makes fun of stupidity, which is always
- Signs, 8/5/02. 5
The movie has presence, but it does not have a consistent story, and
the movie drifts from the banal to the ridiculous. There are some
- Lilo & Stitch, 7/14/02. 6
Not bad. The short animated movie shown before the movie was very
- There is something about Mary, 7/14/02. 6.5
Not bad, in fact, better than expected. Some reasonably funny jokes,
although the movies feels a lot like a sitcom. Another movie by Ben
Stiller, the guy from Meet the Parents. Too bad there is nothing
special about Cameron Diaz, the actress playing Mary. The end was, as
expected, but had been much better if the last sixty seconds were cut.
Oh well, don't get me started about the ends of American movies.
- Minority Report, 6/30/02. 6.2
An adaption of a short story by Philip K. dick with Tom Cruise as the
main character and Spielberg and the director. While PKD story had
higher consistency, and more logical. The movie adaption, which is
naturally completely different, is more adaptive and more
flexible. The basic idea of using precogs to predict future crimes
remains. The idea that of the three precogs used, one might be a
minority, also remained. What was not clear why is such a report is
being created (in the story, there is a very clear and logical reason
- essentially, the first report predicting the murder of X by Y, is
being read by Y, as such Y changes is mind not to murder X).
And of course, in the movie, there is a touching human story about the
precog, X, Y and everybody else (including the person that invented
the precog). So, the movie was OK, the story was more consistent, both
are in the OK level, but not above it.
- The Negotiator, 6/30/02. 7
A fast and effective thriller, about a negotiator (a person educated
in handling kidnapings, and similar things), that becomes a kidnapper
himself to prove his innocence, in the corrupt police department of
- Primary Colors, 6/30/02. 5.5
A spin-off of the Clinton era. A president like Clinton and his rise
to power. About infinite ambition, and the willingness to use whatever
necessary to win, and inability of one key person to control his
sexual drive. Sound familiar, isn't it? Emma Thomson plays "Hilary"
pretty well. What remains unclear is what really motivates the
president and his wife, a question left unanswered to this day (on the
real Clintons this is)...
Clinton was probably a very good president, as far as hitory is
concerned (although it si too early to judge). The political obsession
with his sexual affairs was yet another indicator of the decadent and
corrupt political system in the US.
- Gattaga, 1997. 5/25/02. 7
We are in the not so far future. People are being born with genetic
editing before birth, so that they would be perfect. Non perfect
people geneticly, or not be hired to jobs, because, heck, why take the
A normal born, Vincent, decides he want to be an
astronaut. Unfortunately, his way is blocked because of genetics. He
finds a (cripple) perfect born, and uses him as his cover story,
giving his blood, and so on, as the samples needed to get him into the
While the settings are interesting, the movie is far from perfect. For
example, there is a good chance that we would be able to do in body
DNA editing (speaking out of my ignorance on the topic, of
course). Also, the movie does not account to the ingrained
conservatism of the human society.
- Get shorty, 1995. 5/25/02. 5
A Pulp Fiction rip-off. Not bad, but nothing much more than that.
- Spiderman, 2002. 5/25/02. 4
- Panic Room, 2002. 4/21/02. 6
- Stagecoach 1939; dir. John Ford. 4/21/02. 4
A standard old boring western.
- 12 Monkeys, 1995; dir. Terry Gilliam. 4/11/02. 5.5
An SF movie with Bruce Willis, playing a guy sent from the future to
figure out who had spread viruses that kill most of humanity. Somewhat
similar to terminator and blade runner. The movie drags on for over
120 minutes, without having a real point. A bit dark, and not
completely bad made, but the end is very disappointing, not because it
is not positive, but because it is kind of pointless.
- Fargo,1996; dir. Joel & Ethan Coen. 4/11/02. 7.5
A good movie about the Midwest, the simple life, greed, murder, and
humanity. Frances McDormand plays a very human policewomen, trying to
figure out a crime that gets out of control. A used car seller,
decides to get money by faking the kidnapping of his wife, so that her
father would pay him a million dollar (everything is going in
Minnesota near Minneapolis). He contacts those pair of criminals that
can be only be described as mentally unstable (especially one of
them). From there on, it becomes blood bath, while this policewomen
from nowhere, slowly figures out whats going on. A lot of nice human
moments, some funny jokes, and a horror of violence without
remorse. Somewhat Clockwork Orange as far as violence is concerned. A
- Do the Right Thing 1989; dir. Spike Lee. 3/24/02. 7.5
Two days in the street of a black neighborhood in NYC. Tell the story
of how a guy is being killed by the police, and how the mob burns down
a pizzeria. A very vague story morally, and there is no clear right or
wrongs. Interesting, and the movie has a unique atmosphere around
it. It is unclear what the director really thinks. In particular, the
movie end with a quote of King against violence, and a quote of
Malcolm X supporting violence in the name of self defense, but what
self defense was there in the movie? So, the movie is interesting, but
it might be morally inconsistent. It definitely has an interesting
depiction of culture clash between the natives and the Korean grocery
story (similar to the Silent Cry, by Oe), and the Italian pizzeria
owner. If fact, the Pizzeria owner seems to be the only truely descent
man there, maybe except for the half drank call the Mayor.
- Red River 1948; dir. Howard Hawks. 3/24/02. 6
A long and never ending western. With a sugar on the top. Boring.
- Sweet Smell of Success 1957; dir. Alexander
Mackendrick. 3/24/02. 7.2
About what a person is willing to do to become successful. A famous
journalist wants to keep his sister under his control. He gets
somebody to be his cats paw and do the dirty dead. A well acted movie,
but nothing too surprising.
- A Room With a View 1986; dir. James Ivory. 3/23/02. 6.5
A standard 19-th century high society British story. A girl and a boy
and whatever follows is predictable. The story is a bit stretched as
the love story is not that credible. The movie is well acted, but
thats about it.
- Raiders of the Lost Ark 1981; dir. Steven
Spielberg. 3/22/02. 7.
A fun action movie. Well made.
- Reds 1981; dir. Warren Beatty. 3/21/02. 8
The story of a communist journalist and his wife during the early
twenty century. In particular, during World War I, and the Russian
revolution. The movie is interesting as a historical document,
documenting the hysterical fear of communism in the US, and the
naivety of the intellectuals about the communism. Having the
perspective of history, makes this movie even more itneresting. It is
a bit on the long side (190 minutes), but it is very well acted
(notably Warren Beatty and Diane Keaton). The main person is Jack Reed
author of "Ten
Days That Shook the World" (might be interesting to read this).
- Out of the Past 1947; dir. Jacques Tourneur. 3/17/02. 6
A standard movie about an investigator that is sent to find out a
woman that ran away with money, and get mixed with her, and the Mafia
boss which is her husband. You can imagine what follows. Ok - not more
- All That Jazz 1979; dir. Bob Fosse. 3/17/02. 6.5.
What Jazz? An itneresting view in death, from a point of view of a
director that has heart problems and have time to reflect about his
work, his womanizing, etc. A unique view, not necessarily too original
or too deep. Interesting.
- Groundhog day 1993; dir. Harold Ramis. 3/16/02. 8.
An unpretentious comedy about a guy repeatedly waking up in the same
day again and again and his effort to try and escape from this
day. The comedy is pretty funny, and the movie plays with the idea to
its limits. Including for example the case that the hero goes and save
the same kid again and again when it falls from a tree, and similar
events. Small comedy, a lot of fun, and surprisingly little religious
righteousness (like in example in the movie The Family Man).
- Hud 1963; dir. Martin Ritt. 3/16/02. 6.5.
The story of a farm in Texas where a guy, named Hud, is in conflict
with his father, and with the other people of the household. To
complicate things, the cows in the farm are attacked by a decease, and
the people have to decide what to do. The story concentrate around a
17 years old, and his admiration to Hud, and his disillusion with it
as time passes. Movie well made, and well acted.
- This Is Spinal Tap 1984; dir. Rob Reiner. 2/22/2002. 3
A movie making fun of the heavy rock culture, and its inherit
stupidity of all t
he people involved. Predictable and stupid.
- Notorious 1946; dir. Alfred Hitchcock. 2/18/2002. 6
A standard Hitchcock movie. A pretty impressive performance by Ingrid
Bergman however, but not enough to save this movie from being
boring. It is amazing how much fast forward is able to kill suspense -
ha, the director want us to see the man slowly climbing the stairs for
20 seconds while a music in the background prepares us to the worse,
but in 4*fast forward, it takes 5 seconds and no brainwashing by the
music. Ha, the wonders of technology.
- Moonstruck 1987; dir. Norman Jewison. 2/13/2002. 7.
Pretty funny, and not mushy. A woman plans to get married for the
second time, but falls in love with her fiancee's brother, which is a
weirdo. Made with a lot of charm. The end is a bit mushy, but this is
an American movie, what can you expect...
- Hamlet 1948; dir. Laurence Olivier. 2/12/2002. 7.5.
A marvelous option to blast a classic. To make fun of the old and
outdated. But, sadly, I liked it. In the end, it is not clear that
Hamlet is the good guy. A bit ruthless, while playing the wounded
intellectual. Well made. I should probably read Hamlet in the original
carefully, with a dictionary...
- The Piano 1993; dir. Jane Campion. 2/6/2002. 5.
Pretentious, violent, and a long stretch of imagination. Just fake.
- Patton 1970; dir. Franklin Schaffner. 2/5/2002. 7.5
An interesting movie. The movie present Patton as he was - a somewhat
strange person, with strange belief, and as a briliant general that
understood war very well. And a person without nay ability to be
diplomatic. Somewhat of a general worrying about fighting other
generals than what is healthy. Interesting.
- A Streetcar Named Desire 1951; dir. Elia Kazan. 2/4/2002. 4
Better named "Streetcar named disaster". A truely irritating movie,
and boring and predictable, and after one hour of watching it, I gave
- A Hard Day's Night 1964; dir. Richard
Lester. 2/2/2002. 7
A movie by the Beatles. As a standard band movie, they look for any
opportunity for starting to sing. Whats put this movie as better than
similar movies, is that they make fun of themselves, of the their
fans, and the movie as a bit of Marx brothers and a bit of a dream
quality. So it si definitely interesting. It is interesting to see how
much they were clear cut kids, to some extent.
I still find the fact that the beatles were so successful a bit
strange. Why were they so successful? There were definitely better
singers, and better bands than the beatles.
- Zulu 1/27/02. 6
A movie about how the good british survive outnumbered against the bad
bad bad Zulu in south africa. Yes. The british were such victims.
- The Terminator 1984; dir. James Cameron. 1/27/02. 5
- The Thin Man 1934; dir. W. S. Van Dyke. 1/27/02. 5.5
Not there yet. Some hints of the classical movies of the
forties. Nothing too interesting - a complicated mysterious merder
story, without too much opertunity to follow it or understand it.
- Midnight Cowboy 1969; dir. John
Schlesinger. 1/27/02. 6.2
A young Texan, decides to go to New-York to start his life from
scratch. Having no abilities, he deteriorates into living in the
gutter, and becoming a friend to another luckless person. A movie on
the dark side of the American existence, and on the far side between
self image and reality. Not bad.
- Last Tango in Paris 1972; dir. Bernardo
Bertolucci. 1/26/02. 7
A strange movie. Sometime pretentious, sometime interesting, sometime
cliched. An American leaving in Paris, just lost his wife that
suicided. He find a new lover, trying to have a love outside of the
grim reality. Things are open ended, and a bit blurry.
- The Quiet Man 1952; dir. John Ford. 1/17/02. 4
Silly. Stupid. And irritating.
- Psycho 1960; dir. Alfred Hitchcock. 1/6/02. 6
A standard Hitchcock movie.
- The Third Man 1949; dir. Carol Reed. 1/6/02. 7.5
A very good movie. All about friendship, and such friendship becomes
void and null. The story is Vienna after the war, and a friend comes
to visit his freidn Harry in Veinna. However, it turns out that Harry
is daead and was a black market racketeer of the worst case, and Holly
Martin finds himself torn between friendship, and basic human
dignity. As he try to find out if Harry was killed or murdered.
- Schindler's List 1993; dir. Steven Spielberg. 1/5/02
A well made movie. Nothing much new in it for me. From what I heard
Oscar Schindler was a much more complicated person, and less clear cut
white as described in the movie. So what, in a world were the
competition was for being black or blacker he was unique.
- It Happened One Night 1934; dir. Frank Capra. 1/3/02 -
The story, is well, a cliche by now. The plot is completely
predictable. The acting is a bit contrived, and the special effect,
heck, every third rate movie has better special effect. But I liked
this movie nevertheless. Probably because it was the first. The story:
a rich daughter escapes from her very rich father and try to get to
her "husband". On the way, she meets a journalist that helps her, and
surprise surprise, the fall involve. The rest is history. However, the
movie has charm, and it is nice to see how they handle all the things
considering the fact that they were so conservative (for example, how
do you depict an unmarried couple sleeping in the same room?). A fun
- Modern Times 1936; dir. Chales Chaplin. 1/1/02 - 7
A classic. Some very nice scenes, especially when he is being
swallowed by the machine, and also when he sings in the resturant.
- Rebel Without a Cause 1955; dir. Nicholas Ray. 1/1/02 -
A rich kid is being rebellious without any reason. The movie try to be
conservative while giving a realistic picture of whats going
on. Somewhat similar in spirit to "Catcher in the rye". By now, this
theme was used so many times, so it is like watching a cliche. Overall
- The Last Picture Show 1971; dir. Peter Bogdanovich. 12/30/01 -
A small texas town in the middle of nowhere with their own dark
pathethic secrets. Picture is filmed in black and white. Very
artistic, very nothing. The movie is buried in Nostalgia and the story
of a soap opera. Somewhat similar to twin peaks. Oh well, it was on
- Jaws 1975; dir. Steven Spielberg. 12/30/01 - 6
A standard super make money fast movie for all the family. A
"classic". Not worth watching except for its being famous.
- The hidden fortress 1958; Akira Kurosawa, 12/30/01 - 7
In my hunt to extend my ignorance, I saw this movie. It is an amusing
Kurosawa movie, without pretension, and trying to have some
fun. Nothing is too deep. Supposedly, this movie was the influence for
star-wars. I think this movie is slightly better. Make fun of greed
and stupidity. A princess escapes her enemies that are hunting her
down. She also moves a large amount of gold together with her. The
movie is all about her escape.
- Unforgiven 1992; Clint Eastwood. 12/27/01 - 8.1
Best western I saw in a long time. Well made, well acted. With no
clear good guys or bad guys. The story: A whore is being cut up by two
drunks. The local sheriff do nothing. The whores mad as hell, promise
money for killing the two guys. A retired "gangster" is encouraged by
a kid to go and help him kill the two idiots. The gangster (played by
Clint Eastwood) has two kids but his wife is dead. The story is their
travel for killing those two people, and the revenge of Clint Eastwood
after his (third) partner is being killed.
- The usual suspects 12/25/01 - 6.8
We all remember doctor Moriatee, the arch enemty of Sherlock
Holmes. Beware, for a new deadly arch-criminal had risen from the
ashes of Turkey: Keyser Soze. He, which we do not see in the
movie, forces a gang of criminals from NY to stop a ship containing a
huge amount of cocaine sent my a competing company. But in fact, there
is no cocaine. The only porpuse of the raid is to kill the only person
that ever saw Keyser Soze. The story is being told after the act,
during the investigation of the only remaining criminal which is lame
and stupid. By the end of the movie we know who is the real Kerser
Soze. Unfortunately, I could see the end ocming from hte middle of the
Overall an amusing movie, but nothing too deep.
- The Hustler, 1961; dir. Robert Rossen. 12/25/01 - 7.5
A good, but a somewhat manipulative movie. The story of a rising pool
player (Edie Felson) that meats for the first time a player that can
match his ability. He loses, meet a strange girl, rebuild himself, and
replay this player, winning, but discovering that the price of victory
is by far too large. And victory is not eveything.
- Touch Of Evil
(1958) - 7.1.
- Pulp Fiction - 7.
- Network, 1976; dir. Sidney Lumet. 12/25/01 - 8
A very interesting movie, speaking about the slavery to ratings. Plot:
A news anchor goes mad and starts to bubble various nonsense. The
network which in the beginning tries to control him, discover that he
is good for buisness and keep him on, turning the news show into a
apocalyptic nonsense. The regular theme about multinationals replacing
nationalism, and the end of nationalism and personal freedom.
Overall, this is very interesting, considering what really happend (as
we know now, 25 years later). To begin with, they did not predict
maybe the most important change, which is the proliferation of
channels. This had in a sense completely removed the importance of a
single show. The most widely showed in the first week of december
2001, was ER (with 18.2%) (following with "friends" 14.9%, and "Law
and Order" 13.3%). Namely, nobody watches a single show naymore. Also,
it is quite conceivable that in 10 years from now, even that would be
considered to be ridiculously high (replay and tivo are going to make
watching TV live almost a thing of the past) - especially if you would
start to be able to see 1000 changles in your home, or better, be able
to buy movies/programs on a viewer basis. The economics of TV are
dramaticly changing, and it would be interesting to see whats going to
They did observe that the slavery to ratings is going to be a major
thing, but because of the offesting effect of cables, I think this is
not that important. Overall a good movie, but somewhat predicable,
after having Oprah and Springer shows around...
- Rushmore, Wess Anderson. 12/22/01 - 7.2
A very interesting movie. All about the confusion of growing up,
together with the boring life of a rich man, and a very creative
student in a exclusive high school falling in love with one of the
teachers, competing with the rich man for the teacher. And deciding to
go for it. The movie has a presence and is very interesting. Currently
it is to some extent more a collection of short sketches, so...
I think Wess Anderson has great promise, we will have to just wait and
see if it is realized. In some sense, he has to grow up. I wonder if
- Beverly Hills Ninja. 12/22/01 - 5
A very silly movie, with somewhat amusing moments. A fat white male
finds himself as a Ninja, trying to "save" a female in "distress",
which is in fact related to money counterfeiting gang. Somewhat
similar to the movie Tommy Boy.
- Vanilla Sky, 2001, 12/18/01 - 4.5
An irritating rip off o P.K. Dick book (you can never tell which book,
because it is usually just ideas). A guy is murdering his own
girlfriend and strange things happend to him. Somewhat similar to
Ubik, but without the clever undergoing theme, and without the nerve
to go all the way. The movie is long, and the end is completely
predictable (yes, he wakes up - yet again - after 500 times he wake up
in the movie). Lame.
- Fight club, David Ficher, 1999. 12/12/01 - 7.9
A very strange guy is starting a cult that involves a lot of
violance. The regular thingy about the emptiness of the modern life
and the revolution against it. The movie have a very violent ending,
somewhat similar to what happend to the two towers 9/11/01. The movie
has a strong presence, and is interesting, but is not as good as
- Ran, Akira Kurosawa, 1985. 11/5/01 - 8.5
A truely impressive movie. A japanesse remake of Lear. Is the hero
really a hero or a butcher of innocent life? Can we just retire, and
forget the world around us? Is there a god? Or do make this ourself?
Is this hell, or paradise? Maybe, in the end, it just comes down to a
simple twist of fate.
In short, this is a truely complicated movie, and I dont have simple
reaction. Impressive battle scenes and war. More in the butchery sense
than in the glorifying sense.
- Monsters, Inc, 2001. 11/3/01 - 5
A very nice 3d animation - a truely impressive fur. Except for that
not so impressive, and the story is a bit redundant.
- Spaceballs, 1987; dir. Mel Brooks. 10/27/01 - 7.5
- Young Frankenstein, 1973; dir. Mel Brooks. 10/27/01 - 5.8
- West Side Story 1961; dir. Robert Wise. 10/26/01 - 5
A musical - Romeo and Juliet in modern times in new-york city as a
fight between the white and hispanic groups over the control of the
streats of the neighberhood, with the inevitable love, and death of
several participants. Predictable, songs are boring, and the dancing
except for one or two places is just boring. In short BORING. But
heck, it was on the list, and it is not longer on it.
- The Bridge on the River Kwai 1957; dir. David
Lean. 10/25/01 - 8
The story of a batellion of british soldiers that are prisoner of war
under the Japanese in China, that are being used under hash settings
to build a bridge. You have the regular settings of a commander of the
camp unwilling to compromise with the british, and is willing to
ignore reality, just for saving face, and the long and avoidable fight
he have with the british of whether or not the officers would work or
not. Of course, one of the soldiers escapes, and the british are
planning to come back and ruin the bridge. Overall, an amusing movie,
with funny moments, serious moments, and the inevitable statement
about the stupidity of war.
- The Apartment 1960; dir. Billy Wilder. 10/23/01 - 5
A guy is manouvered into giving his apartment key to everybody. He of course
fall in love in one of the girls being brought into the apartment, and saves her when she tries to suicide. The story from this point on is completely predictable.
- From Here to Eternity 1953; dir. Fred Zinnemann, 9/27/01 - 7
The life in a military camp just beofre the attack on perl harbour. On
two people trying to get love, and failing in the face of reality. A
big soup opera like gone with the wind, and a bit on the efailure of
achieving heapiness. The movie is based on a strongly anti millitary
story. It was watered down and the effect is visible.
- The Deer Hunter 1978; dir. Michael Cimino. 9/22/01 - 8.5
A movie about god forsaken small town, and several coworkers, that
some of them go to Vitnam. The movie has several very strong moments,
and is somewhat slow. In particular, the first hour in the movie is
really really slow. The move from the hart of america, to the
Vietnameese game of Russian roulette, is quite effective. Unlike other
movies, it is not judgmental about Vietnam. It accepts it as it is,
and shut shows the horrible price involved. A very impressive movie
in some parts, and very effective, but I do not really believe we can
just forget about the folly that lead 59,202 americans die in Vietnam
(10,000 died non-hostile deaths, I am sure that makes them feel
It is sad how rarely politicians pay for their mistakes. And even when
they pay, their payment is so small compared to the real price of
their mistake. I truely pray that we had learned something from
history, but I am afriad we did not.
- Spy kids 2001; - 5.5.
A somewhat childish kids "jame bond"-type movie. Silly but amusing,
with the predicatble mad scientiest, and hyper doper special effects,
and so on. Stupid but fun.
- Nashville 1975; dir. Robert Altmam. 9/15/01 - 5.
A mood movie about nashville. Nothing much in the line of story. A lot
people just looking for happiness. One singer get shot in the end of
the movie, and a pathethic singer turned into streaptease performer. A
statemetn about the wish of people to become somebodies, and/or
stars. Oh well.
- The Big Sleep 1946; Howard Hawks. 9/13/01 - 5.5.
A fast pacing detective movie which is so complicated that it is never
clear who is again who, and whats goin on. Has some nice and amusing
schenes. Bugard plays the Marlo the PI, and Backole is one of the
sisters in the rich and strange family that pays for his services.
- The Musketeer, Directory: Hyams. (2001) 9/7/01 - 5.
A remake of the classical story of the Musketeers. A turn off your
brain fun movie. Have a lot of action which is redicilously similar to
Hidden Dragon, Crouching Tiger. You will remember nothing from this
movie a week after your saw it.
- Apocalypse Now 1979; dir. Francis Ford Coppola 9/5/01 - 5.5.
Indiana Johns and the Holy Temple in Vietnam! Buy now! A completely
ridiculous movie, with nice photography, good acting, and completely
unbelievable story. The story: An American officer starts his own
independent "kingdom" in Cambodia after he is being accused of dirty
fighting in Vietnam (i.e., killing four people that he decides
cooperate with the enemy). A special unit guy is sent to terminate
him. The special unit guy is almost is wacky as the person he is sent
to terminate. An enjoyable, but flawed movie.
There are real horrors in wars, but this movie is just not delivering
as far as the story is concerned.
- The Curse of the Jade Scorpion, Woody Allen (2001),
8/26/01 - 6.9.
A turn off your brain fun movie. A non standard Woody Allen movie with
a somewhat neat idea (Of course stollen, see for example. Scanner
Darkly by P.K. Dick) - a investigator has to "fight" himsef. Helen
Hunt, unforunately, plays the intelligent female that make fun of
W.C. Brigs (i.e., Woody Allen). The end, is of course, predictable.
- Taxi Driver, Martin Scorsese (1976). 8/26/01. 7
A somewhat pretentious, slow paced movie. Exposing the amazing facts
that people are lonely, strange, and New York is (in certain places)
Sodom and Gomorrah at night. This movie was probably interesting 20
years, today it is outdated. On the positive side, the photography and
sound are quite nice. I also liked the end of the movie. (The story: A
lonely person becomes a taxi driver in NY and search for meaning in
his life. Famous line: "Are you speaking to me?".)
- AI - Artificial Intelligence, Spilbertg. 6/29/01. 7.9
A reasonably good and interesting movie. Supposedly, the last movie
the Kubrik wanted to produce. The movie has impresive special effects,
and some nice jokes. On the negative side, there is nothing much new
if you already saw Blade Runner. The movie drugs on and on towards
the end, and would have benefits from some cuts. Furtheermore, the
movie does not make much technlogical sense considering the current
technology: (i) why would humans limit the number of children, (ii)
where is the global network that everybody would be connected to?,
and (iii) GPS?
- The Wizard of Oz 1939; dir. Victor Fleming, 6/24/2001. 7.1.
Somewhat conservative and simplicial, but still have a lot of charm. A movie
which has somewhat simplicial messages, but most of them are worthy. I
liked the mockery of heroes, and doctors. Especially the ref to PhDs.
- Hannah and Her Sisters 1986; dir. Woody
Allen. 6/17/2001. 5.9.
After a while, some of Woody Allen movies become predictable and
boring. The conclusion: "One should just enjoy the ride" is not
exactly the most uriginal and deep observation about life.
- The Wild Bunch 1969; dir. Sam Peckinpah. 6/17/2001. 6.5
A well made and acted western. Nevertheless, a standard one. Everybody
dies. Violence is bad for you, etc, etc, etc. The regular stuff. A
gang being setup by the railroad company escapse to mexico, where they
are hired by some generalisimo to steal guns from an american
train. They succeed in doing so, while all the time being hunted down
by one of their previous comrades.
- The Shawshank Redemption, 6/16/2001i. 7/10
A white banker is being accused and sent for two years for jail for
killing his wife and her lover. This is the story of his life in the
jail and his friendship with one of the black prisonners. While well
acted (Tim Robbins, but especilally Morgan Freeman), the movie is
good, but somewhat manipulative. Detailed are a bit streched, and the
good are good, and the bad, are well, really bad. A bit of ambiguity
and uncertainty would have greatly improved the movie.
- Shrek, 5/18/2001. 7.7/10
A computerized animated movie - make fun of standard
fairy-tales. Reasonably funny and amusing. Seventy minutes of fun. Not
exactly ground breaking.
- Remember the Titans, 5/16/2001. 7.3/10.
A sport movie and a black-white relations movie. Some good moments,
and some good acting. A good, but somewhat predictable movie.
- The Searchers 1956; dir. John Ford, 5/6/2001. 5.8/10
A standard western.
- All About Eve 1950; dir. Joseph Mankiewicz, 5/5/2001. 7.5/10.
Reasonably well acted. The story of a manipulative and ambitious
"nobody" (Eve Harington), trying (and succeeding) in becoming a famous
actress. In the process inventing her own history, applying blackmail to
get her way, etc. The regular sweet cute woman, which is in fact a
monster (run away screaming!).
But in the end, Eve got her fame for being a good actress. Does it
really matters how she got there? Shouldn't we blame also the people
being manipulated for giving up to the manipulation? A lot of famous
people had to invent themselves, and sometime reinvent themselves all
the time, to remain famous.
The movie is a bit too long, and slightly predictable.
- One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest 1975; dir. Milos Forman, 5/1/2001.
Interesting and in some sense funny. What is sanity? What is
insanity? Was the nurse sane? Are insane people that bad? Or that
good? Story: The usual spiral of events getting out of control.
Interesting and surprising end. Worth the time to see it, despite the
several dead minutes. Jack Nicholson as usual, playing the partially
insane really well.
- Momento, 2001. 8.9/10.
Aren't we all have only bounded memory, bound to repeat what we done
before. A slaves to our palm pilots, our lists, and our calendars. And
it is not different than how we function sometime. Interesting
connection to Finite automata theory and finite memory.
This said, I am not sure the story is consistent. Can a person that
forgets everything immediately do anything at all? Can one be
intelligent without having just a little bit of short term memory?
BTW, the movie ends very open-ended , which is extremely
A very good movie.
- Vertigo 1958; dir. Alfred Hitchcock. 6.2/10.
A bit too long in today standards. A little lack of believe in the viewer
patience, with hints of whats going on. (worth seeing, but not a
masterpiece). See the Rear window instead.