Films


This is a chronicle of films I have seen.

Criteria & Keys
★★★★★ – Cinema redefining.
★★★★ – Best of its genre.
★★★ – Above average in its genre.
★★ – Average in its genre.
★ – Below average in its genre.
☆ – half a star.
♥ – Personally having a soft spot for the film.
x – Personally having a distaste for the film.

Seen Recently

The Adjustment Bureau (2011) ★★
Paul (2011) ★★★
City of Life and Death (2009) ★★★☆ – should have made it in color.
Transcendent Man (2009) ★★★
No Strings Attached (2011) ★★
The Age of Stupid (2009) ★★★ | ♥
Restrepo (2010) ★★★☆
A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop (2009) ★★★☆
Sliding Doors (1998) ★★★☆
A Chinese Fairy Tale (2011) ★
Operation: Endgame (2010) ★★☆
Step Brothers (2008) ★★
I Am Number Four (2011) ★★☆
Winter’s Bone (2010) ★★★☆
Battle: Los Angeles (2011) ★☆
The Green Hornet (2011) ★☆
Thor (2011) ★★
The Lincoln Lawyer (2011) ★★★☆
Hanna (2011) ★★★☆
Limitless (2011) ★★★
Source Code (2011) ★★★☆ | ♥
Inside Job (2010) ★★★★ | ♥
The Next Three Days (2010) ★★★
The Kids Are All Right (2010) ★★★
Black Swan (2010) ★★★★
Going the Distance (2010) ★★★
The King’s Speech (2010) ★★★★
Love and Other Drugs (2010) ★☆ | x
True Grit (2010) ★★★★
127 Hours (2010) ★★★★
Norwegian Woods (2010) ★★☆ | x
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010) ★★★☆ | ♥
The Social Network ★★★★★ | ♥ (post 2, post 1.
The American (2010) ★★★☆
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010) ★★★☆
Piranha (2010) ★★
Red (2010) ★☆
Reign of Assassins (2010) ★★☆
Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen (2010) ★☆
The Last Airbender (2010) ★☆
The West Wing Season 1 ★★★☆
Mad Man Season 1 ★★★
The Town (2010 ★★★☆
The Experiment (2010) ★★★
Wall Street (2010) ★★★☆
Marie Antoinette (2006) ★★★☆
Splice (2009) ★★★ | x
Primer (2004) ★★★
Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989) ★☆
Robin Hood (2010) ★★★
Contact (1997) ★★★★☆ | ♥
Andromeda Strain Miniseries (2008) ★★★ | ♥
Death at a Funeral (2010) ★★
Cemetery Junction ★★★☆
The Other Guys ★★★☆ | ♥
The disappearance of Alive Creed ★★★
Human Nature ★★★ | ♥
The Tournament ★☆
Knowing ★☆
2012 ★☆
Prince of Persia ★★
The Iron Giant ★★★
where the wild things are ★★☆ – probably a good teaching tool, but too boring for adults.
Creation ★★★☆
Music and Lyrics ★★★
Downfall ★★★★
Speed Racer ★★
2001: A Space Odyssey ★★★★★ -mind blowing.
The Fountain ★★ | x
Tell No One ★★★☆
Fargo ★★★
Salt ★★★
No Country for Old Man ★★★★
A Prophet ★★★★
Toy Story 3 ★★★★
Soul Kitchen ★★★
The Good, the Bad, the Weird ★★☆
All the President’s Men ★★★★
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest ★★☆
The Girl Who Played with Fire ★★★
Moon ★★★☆
Brooklyn’s Finest ★★
The Ghost Writer ★★★☆ | ♥
Inception ★★★☆ | ♥ – even an over-hyped and under-delivered film from Nolan is still very much worth seeing in the theater.
The man from earth ★★★★ | ♥
Fido ★★★
The Horde ★★
The Time Traveler’s Wife ★★★☆
Its Complicated ★★
Defendor ★★☆
Knight and Day ★★
The Host ★★★★
Religulous ★★★ | ♥ – and secularist call-to-arm documentary
The Oxford Murders ★★★
Bound ★★★★
The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers ★★★☆ | ♥
Paprika ★★★☆
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time ★★★☆
Ninja Assassin ★★☆
Valentines’s Day ★★
The Bank Job ★★★★
Unthinkable ★★★★ | ♥
The Losers ★★
Death Race ★★☆
Alice in the Wonderland ★★★☆
How to train your dragon ★★★★
Waltz with Bashir ★★★★★
Food, Inc. ★★★★ | ♥
Kick-Ass ★★★★ | ♥
The Girl With Dragon Tattoo ★★★★ | ♥
Idiocracy ★★★☆ | ♥ – reminded me of this article.
The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call – New Orleans ★★★
Galaxy Quest ★★
Green Zone ★★★
Annie Hall ★★★★☆
Eastern Promises ★★★
The Damned United ★★★☆
Rounders ★★★☆
Pi ★★★☆
Funny people ★★★☆
Ratatouille ★★★★☆
rescue dawn ★★★☆
Shutter Island ★★★★
The Road ★★★☆
The book of Eli ★★☆
Up in the air ★★★★
An Education ★★★★
Burn After Reading ★★★☆
Daybreakers ★★☆
Invention of Lying ★★★☆ | ♥
Sicko ★★★★
Darwin’s’ Nightmare ★★★★ | ◙
Surrogates ★★☆ – waste of an provoking premise.
刺陵 (The Treasure Hunter) ★ | x
Invictus ★★★★☆ | ♥
Whatever works ★★★☆ | ♥◙
Gone baby gone ★★★★ | ◙
Shaun of the death ★★★★★ | r
Goemon ★★★ | ◙

By Genre

Superhero
The Dark Knight ★★★★☆ | ♥ – a Joker movie.
Batman Begins ★★★★
Batman and Robin ☆
Batman 3 ★☆
Batman Return ★★★
Batman ★★★★
Watchman ★★★
Spider Man 1 ★★★★
Spider Man 2 ★★★★
Spider Man 3 ★★☆
Iron Man ★★★★
The Hulk ★☆ – Ang Lees experimental failure is still interesting to watch.
The Incredible Hulk ★★ | x – very dull.

Sci-Fi
Surrogates ★★☆ – waste of a provoking premise.
Avatar ★★★★☆ | ♥
District 9 ★★★★★ | ♥
The Matrix ★★★★☆ | ♥
Matrix Reload ★★★
Matrix Revolution ★★★
Wall-E ★★★★★
Hitchhikers guild to the Galaxy ★★★☆ | ♥
Terminator 1 ★★★★
Terminator 2 ★★★★☆
Back to the Future 1 ★★★★
Back to the Future 2 ★★★★
Back to the Future 3 ★★★★

Romance
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind ★★★★★
Brokeback Mountain ★★★★
Titanic ★★★★ | x
500 days of summer ★★★★
Before Sunset ★★★★ | ♥
Before Sunrise ★★★★
50 First date ★★★★
Groundhog Day ★★★★☆
Slumdog millionaire ★★★★★ | ♥
生日快樂(Happy Birthday) ★★ | x

Drama
Invictus ★★★★ | ♥
Adaptation ★★★★★
Constant Gardener ★★★★ | ♥
Memento ★★★★ | ♥
Match Point ★★★☆
Big Fish ★★★ | ♥
Whatever works ★★★☆ | ♥◙
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button ★★★★
Synecdoche, New York ★★★★
In the loop – ★★★☆ | ♥
Vicky Cristina Barcelona ★★★ | x
Irreversible ★★★★★ | x
I Heart Huckabees ★★☆
Garden State ★★☆
The Big Blue ★★★☆
Old Boy ★★★★ | ♥
Fight Club ★★★★★ | ♥
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind ★★★★

Comedy
Hangover ★★★★

War
Braveheart ★★★★
Inglourious Basterds ★★★★★ | ♥
The Hurt Locker ★★★★★
Red Cliff 1&2 ★★ | x
A Battle of Wits ★★★
Three Kingdoms: Resurrection of the Dragon ★★
Black hawk down ★★★☆ | ♥

Crime
The Departed ★★★★
Infernal Affair ★★★★
Collateral ★★★☆
Miami Vice ★★★
Catch me if you can ★★★★
Blood Diamond ★★★ | ♥
Gone baby gone ★★★★
Leon: The Professional ★★★★
Reservoir Dog ★★★★
Seven ★★★★
The Usual Suspect ★★★★
Pulp Fiction ★★★★☆
Goodfellas ★★★★

Fantasy
Harry Potter Series ★★★ | ♥
Hook ★★★☆ | ♥
A Series of Unfortunate Event ★★★☆ | ♥
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe ★★☆ | x
Goemon ★★★☆ | ♥◙
Let the Right One In ★★★★☆
Blood: The Last Vampire ★ | x
Twilight: New Moon ★ | x
Twilight: Twilight ★★ | x◙
Ponyo ★★★☆ | ♥
Crunching Tiger Hidden Dragon ★★★★★ | ♥
Hero ★★★★☆ | x
Spirited Away ★★★★ | ♥
Princess Mononoke ★★★★☆
Goemon ★★★☆ | ♥◙
Interview With The Vampire ★★★★
Howl’s Movie Castle ★★☆

Disaster
Armageddon ★★★ | x
Shaun of the death ★★★★☆ | ♥
28 Days Later ★★★★☆ | ♥
28 Weeks Later ★★★
Resident Evil 1 ★★★
Resident Evil 2 ★

Action
刺陵 (The Treasure Hunter) ★ | x
Transformer ★★ | x
Hot Fuzz ★★★★☆ | ♥
Wanted ★★★★

Documentary
Darwin’s’ Nightmare ★★★★ | ◙
March of the Penguins ★★★★ | ♥
An Inconvenient Truth ★★★★ | ♥
The fog of war ★★★★ | ♥
The Power of Nightmares ★★★★★ | ♥
The Century of the Self ★★★☆ | ♥
Fahrenheit 911 ★★★☆ | ♥
This is it ★★★☆ | ♥
The September issue ★★ | x – personality cult and Vogue infomercial.
Darwins’ Nightmare
America: Freedom to Fascism ★☆
Winged Migration ★★★☆

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