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« on: January 01, 2014, 06:40:48 AM »

List as many as you like, regardless the year of make.

1. The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012) ~ This wasn't at all what I expected. It's just an all-around very good, entertaining movie.
2. The Artist (2011) ~ This wasn't a movie, this was an experience. Loved everything about it.
3. Children of Men (2006) ~ smart and engaging sci-fi.
4. Argo (2012) ~ Nearly flawless and quite intense.
5. Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) ~ truly deserves all the praise. Above average summer blockbuster fare.
6. The Conjuring (2013) ~ Spookie stuff for the "mature" audience.
7. Sunshine (2007) ~ This was on my to-watch list for years. Glad I finally gave it a spin. Majestic.
8. The Hunger Games (2012) ~ Another above-average blockbuster that delivered. I didn't expect to like that much.
9. 11:14 (2003) ~ The "whoa, this wasn't bad at all!" kind of flick. The low budget and high ambition gels perfectly.
10. The Jerk (1979) ~ Yes, I should be sitting in a corner hanging my head in shame. But hey, better late than never :)

Also watched for the first time and enjoyed:

Iron Man 2 (2010)
Thor (2011)
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009)
ParaNorman (2012)
Warm Bodies (2013)
Stoker (2013)
Horrible Bosses (2011)
Sinister (2012)
The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans (2009)
Evil Dead (2013)
Oz the Great and Powerful (2013)
The Woman in Black (2012)
The Awakening (2011)
The Raven (2012)
Dark Skies (2013)
Red Lights (2012)
Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)
Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013)
Planet 51 (2009)
I Am Number Four (2011)
Immortals (2011)
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012)
The Possession (2012)
Wrath of the Titans (2012)
Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (2012)
The Man with the Iron Fists (2012)

Most overrated: Frankenweenie (2012) ~ Yes, I'm aware of the awards and stuff but still, Burton's old tricks got tiresome.
Most underrated: Mama (2013) ~ All I read on message boards are complaints. Too bad because this is much better than its reputation.
The "Sue me, but I liked the sequel better than the original" Award goes to: Silent Hill: Revelation 3D (2012)
The "It left me indifferent" Award goes to: Sucker Punch (2011) ~ too repetitive for my taste.

Honorable mention:

1. The Killing of America (1982) ~ Stunning documentary.
2. Sophie's Choice (1982) ~ Meryl Streep's performance blew my mind.
3. Scream, Pretty Peggy (1973) ~ Solid made-for-TV proto-slasher.
4. 20 Most Horrifying Hollywood Murders (2006) ~ Exploitative journalism but damn, it was entertaining.
5. Rare Exports (2010) ~ Has cult appeal.
6. Cracks (2009) ~ Female Fatal Attraction between students and teacher. Complex and compelling.
7. Mad Circus (2010) ~ Epic and over the top dramatic, and violent. Amazing movie.
8. The Man Who Could Cheat Death (1959) ~ Surprisingly "rude" with a few "harsh" practical effects.
9. Dirty Girl (2010) ~ A bit disjointed and silly but I didn't mind.
10. The Skull (1965) ~ Atmospheric.

Also watched for the first time and enjoyed:

The Haunted (1991)
American Mary (2012)
Blackout (1985)
Grabbers (2012)
Lone Wolf McQuade (1983)
Room in Rome (2010)
Lake Mungo (2008)
Teen Witch (1989)
Deadly Lessons (1983)
Retreat (2011)
The Pact (2012)
Stitches (2012)
The Echo (2008)
Night of Dark Shadows (1971)
Curse of Chucky (2013)
The Initiation of Sarah (1978)
The Butterfly Effect 3: Revelations (2009)
The Bay (2012)
The Cars That Ate Paris (1974)
The Demon Murder Case (1983)
The Innkeepers (2011)
Lovelines (1984)
The Shadow of Chikara (1977)
The Fantasist (1986)
When the Lights Went Out (2012)
The Lords of Salem (2012)
The Squad (2011)
The Boy Who Cried Werewolf (1973)
The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia (2013)

The "Could you be more gross and immature" Award goes to: Chillerama (2011)
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« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2014, 07:48:42 AM »

Promethius (2012) - I'm a total Alien fanboy (except for Resurrection) and I loved this  TeddyR

Ju-on: The Grudge (2002) - I'd seen the American version but this was the first time I'd seen the original.  Very creepy.

Phone (2002) - South Korean horror movie.  Great atmosphere, characters, everything.

Noroi: The Curse (2005) - more J-horror.  Scariest movie I saw all year  Thumbup

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008) - great addition to the franchise.

American Mary (2012) - stylish and original, and Katharine Isabelle does a great job in the title role.

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« Reply #2 on: January 01, 2014, 09:45:32 AM »

Not counting 2013 releases, the three movies I saw last year I gave perfect 5/5's were:

PERSONA (1966)



next best:

THE TRIAL (1963)




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« Reply #3 on: January 01, 2014, 01:43:06 PM »

In terms of old movies I came across plenty of classics for the first time.

Rio Bravo
Black day at Black Rock

Let The Right One In
Mothers Day
Q The Winged Serpent
The Strangers

Brando Movies
Streetcar Named Desire
One Eyed Jacks

Bronson Movies
Hard Times
Mr Majestyk

B Movies
A Talking Cat!?!
The New Kids

Best of the Best first time viewings
Dancer in the Dark
Barry Lyndon
Burn After Reading
The Before Trilogy
The Age of Innocence
Shattered Glass

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« Reply #4 on: January 01, 2014, 05:36:32 PM »

Not counting 2013 releases -

The Planet of the Apes (1968)

Heaven's Gate (1980)

The Artist (2011)

J. Edgar (2011)

Death Sentence (2007)

Insidious (2011)

Exporting Raymond (2010)

Poltergeist (1982)

The Living Daylights (1987)

True Romance (1993)

Never Say Never Again (1983)

Sherlock Holmes A Game of Shadows (2011)

The Town (2010)

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

Midnight Cowboy (1969)

The Man With the Golden Gun (1974)

Cape Fear (1991)

The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)

Airplane! (1980)

Mulholland Drive (2001)

Moonrunners (1975)

Spiderman 3 (2007)

Blade Runner (2007) The Final Cut

Vanilla Sky (2001)

Any Given Sunday (1999)

3:10 to Yuma (2007)

Superman (1978)

Cloverfield (2008)

Dredd (2012)

Friends with Benefits (2011)

Looper (2012)

The Greatest Movie Ever Sold (2011)

The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

Black Book (2006)

Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010)

In the Land of Blood and Honey  (2011)

Apt Pupil (1998)

Play Misty for Me (1971)

The Flowers of War (2011)

The War of the Worlds (1953)

Interview With a Vampire (1994)

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

Hellraiser (1987)

Ghosts of Mars (2001)

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)

House on Haunted Hill (1959)

The Last House on the Left (1972)

Escape from L.A. (1996)
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