First Time Viewings: December 2015

by Kraemorr | created - 01 Jan 2016 | updated - 01 Jan 2016 | Public

It took until the final month of the year to be my most productive, 18 films watched for the first time. I also re-watched 80's classics E.T. and First Blood. I saw a surprisingly great film called Paperhouse by Bernard Rose which takes the honours for being the best of the month. Other notable directors include Roman Polanski, George Clooney, Norman Jewison and Joseph L. Mankiewicz.

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1. Pollock (2000)

R | 122 min | Biography, Drama

77 Metascore

A film about the life and career of the American painter, Jackson Pollock.

Director: Ed Harris | Stars: Ed Harris, Marcia Gay Harden, Robert Knott, Molly Regan

Votes: 26,054 | Gross: $8.60M

Viewed: 1/12/15 My Score: 8/10

2. The Picture Show Man (1977)

PG | 99 min | Comedy, Drama

At the beginnings of this centuary a man, his son and a piano player travel around Australia showing the first silent movies (naturally in black and white). But what they really want is ... See full summary »

Director: John Power | Stars: John Meillon, Rod Taylor, John Ewart, Harold Hopkins

Votes: 200

Viewed: 5/12/15 My Score: 7/10

3. Ride Along (2014)

PG-13 | 99 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

41 Metascore

Security guard Ben must prove himself to his girlfriend's brother, top police officer James. He rides along James on a 24-hour patrol of Atlanta.

Director: Tim Story | Stars: Ice Cube, Kevin Hart, Tika Sumpter, John Leguizamo

Votes: 97,708 | Gross: $134.94M

Viewed: 6/12/15 My Score: 5/10

4. Traveller (1997)

R | 101 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

57 Metascore

A young man, Pat, visits the clan of gypsy-like grifters in rural North Carolina who belong to the nomadic ethnic group known as Irish Travellers and from whom he is descended. Pat is at ... See full summary »

Director: Jack N. Green | Stars: Bill Paxton, Mark Wahlberg, Julianna Margulies, James Gammon

Votes: 1,726 | Gross: $0.50M

Viewed: 6/12/15 My Score: 6/10

5. Paperhouse (1988)

PG-13 | 92 min | Drama, Fantasy

A young girl lost in the loneliness and boredom of reality finds solace in an ill boy, whom she can visit in a surreal dream world that she drew in her school composition book.

Director: Bernard Rose | Stars: Charlotte Burke, Jane Bertish, Samantha Cahill, Glenne Headly

Votes: 5,188 | Gross: $0.24M

Viewed: 6/12/15 My Score: 9/10

6. Venus in Fur (2013)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama

69 Metascore

An actress attempts to convince a director how she's perfect for a role in his upcoming production.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Emmanuelle Seigner, Mathieu Amalric

Votes: 16,703 | Gross: $0.34M

Viewed: 17/12/15 My Score: 9/10

7. Heritage (1935)

94 min | Drama, History

Follows the life experiences of the Morrison and Parry families as they establish themselves within a new and challenging colony in Sydney. Facing the many trials and tribulations of ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Chauvel | Stars: Frank Harvey, Franklyn Bennett, Margot Rhys, Mary Maguire

Votes: 17

Viewed: 24/12/15 My Score: 5/10

8. The Monuments Men (2014)

PG-13 | 118 min | Comedy, Drama, History

52 Metascore

An unlikely World War II platoon is tasked to rescue art masterpieces from Nazi thieves and return them to their owners.

Director: George Clooney | Stars: George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett

Votes: 120,279 | Gross: $78.03M

Viewed: 26/12/15 My Score: 6/10

9. The Horse's Mouth (1958)

Not Rated | 97 min | Comedy

A somewhat vulgar but dedicated painter searches for the perfect realization of his artistic vision, much to the chagrin of others.

Director: Ronald Neame | Stars: Alec Guinness, Kay Walsh, Renee Houston, Mike Morgan

Votes: 3,122

Viewed: 26/12/15 My Score: 8/10

10. The Poseidon Adventure (1972)

PG | 117 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

70 Metascore

Nine people explore a cruise ship at sea in a manner that turns their whole lives upside down.

Director: Ronald Neame | Stars: Gene Hackman, Ernest Borgnine, Shelley Winters, Red Buttons

Votes: 38,949 | Gross: $84.56M

Viewed: 27/12/15 My Score: 7/10

11. The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming! (1966)

Unrated | 126 min | Comedy, War

Without hostile intent, a Soviet submarine runs aground off New England. Men are sent for a boat, but many villagers go into a tizzy, risking bloodshed.

Director: Norman Jewison | Stars: Carl Reiner, Eva Marie Saint, Alan Arkin, Brian Keith

Votes: 7,488 | Gross: $21.69M

Viewed: 28/12/15 My Score: 7/10

12. The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947)

Not Rated | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

In 1900, a young widow finds her seaside cottage is haunted and forms a unique relationship with the ghost.

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz | Stars: Gene Tierney, Rex Harrison, George Sanders, Edna Best

Votes: 14,701

Viewed: 28/12/15 My Score: 8/10

13. Swimming Upstream (2003)

PG-13 | 114 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

58 Metascore

The inspirational life story of Australian swimmer Tony Fingleton.

Director: Russell Mulcahy | Stars: Geoffrey Rush, Judy Davis, Jesse Spencer, Tim Draxl

Votes: 3,096 | Gross: $0.05M

Viewed: 29/12/15 My Score: 6/10

14. Peaches (2004)

109 min | Drama

This is the story of teenage girl Steph, who is brought up by her fiery aunt Jude after her pregnant mother Jass and Vietnamese father are killed in a car crash. The arrival of her late ... See full summary »

Director: Craig Monahan | Stars: Hugo Weaving, Jacqueline McKenzie, Emma Lung, Matthew Le Nevez

Votes: 449

Viewed: 29/12/15 My Score: 7/10

15. Tai Chi Zero (2012)

PG-13 | 98 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

52 Metascore

Yang travels to Chen Village to learn a powerful form of Tai Chi. Though villagers are forbidden from teaching outsiders, Yang becomes their best hope for survival when a man arrives with a plan to build a railroad through the village.

Director: Stephen Fung | Stars: Hark-On Fung, Xiaochao Yuan, Stephen Fung, Eddie Peng

Votes: 4,677 | Gross: $0.21M

Viewed: 30/12/15 My Score: 7/10

16. Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985)

R | 96 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

47 Metascore

Rambo returns to the jungles of Vietnam on a mission to infiltrate an enemy base-camp and rescue the American POWs still held captive there.

Director: George P. Cosmatos | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Richard Crenna, Charles Napier, Steven Berkoff

Votes: 146,905 | Gross: $150.42M

Viewed: 30/12/15 My Score: 7/10

17. Rambo III (1988)

R | 102 min | Action, Adventure

36 Metascore

Rambo mounts a one-man mission to rescue his friend Colonel Trautman from the clutches of the formidable invading Soviet forces in Afghanistan.

Director: Peter MacDonald | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Richard Crenna, Marc de Jonge, Kurtwood Smith

Votes: 116,219 | Gross: $53.72M

Viewed: 31/12/15 My Score: 7/10

18. Rambo (2008)

R | 92 min | Action

46 Metascore

In Thailand, John Rambo joins a group of mercenaries to venture into war-torn Burma, and rescue a group of Christian aid workers who were kidnapped by the ruthless local infantry unit.

Director: Sylvester Stallone | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Julie Benz, Matthew Marsden, Graham McTavish

Votes: 210,931 | Gross: $42.75M

Viewed: 31/12/15 My Score: 8/10

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