Sven's Watched in 2014by svenning123 | created - 01 Jan 2014 | updated - 01 Jan 2015 | Public
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1. The Selfish Giant (2013)
Not Rated | 91 min | Drama
Two thirteen year-old working-class friends in Bradford seek fortune by getting involved with a local scrap dealer and criminal.
Votes: 11,038 | Gross: $0.01M
The film came highly recommended to me. It reminded me of Fruitvale Station in that it was a long slow buildup to a singular event that changes everything. The buildup for this one wasn't as good as Fruitvale to me. The performances were pretty good. The real problems here were that it was very light on story and that it was sometimes impossible to understand what they were saying hanks to the thick accents. Might have been better with subtitles. The ending does what it's meant to do and brings the film to another level. 6/10
2. The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer (1947)
Approved | 95 min | Comedy, Romance
A high school girl falls for a playboy artist, with screwball results.
Comedy with a premise that wouldnt really work today. "I swear officer, I'm just dating this 17 year old because the doctor prescribed it". Not Cary Grant's best performace, but even at his worst he is still great. The 19 year old Shirley Temple was good as well. 7/10
3. The People Under the Stairs (1991)
R | 102 min | Comedy, Horror, Mystery
Two adults and a juvenile break into a house occupied by a brother and sister and their stolen children. There, they must fight for their lives.
Votes: 29,545 | Gross: $24.20M
Surprisingly enjoyable film. It reminded me a little of the Burbs without the comedy. I'd like to see this film get a remake. It was pretty good, despite the performances being a bit too cheesy. It could do well with an update. One important thing learned from watching this film...An explosion in a pile of money doesnt destroy the bills, it just distributes them throughout the neighbourhood. I'll have to keep that in mind. 7/10
4. I Married a Witch (1942)
Not Rated | 77 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
A beautiful 17th-century witch returns to life to plague politician Wallace Wooley, descendant of her persecutor.
Votes: 6,279 | Gross: $0.31M
After seeing this I'm not surprised that it inspired Bewitched. Aside from a few points that were a bit over the top, it was a good movie with a fun story/script. Best part of the film, by far, was Veronica Lake. I guess I've seen her before, but never really took note of her til this film. She's got to be the most beautiful actress of her time. She put in a great performance for this role. The worst part was the actor who played her father. His performance was consistently over the top. 7/10
5. Thomas & Friends: Hero of the Rails (2009 Video)
Not Rated | 61 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
Thomas finds an old engine and tries to restore him without The Fat Controller finding out.
Not sure how this movie compares to the TV show. I guess Thomas isnt as terrible as I'd thought it would be. If Sawyer didnt love it so much, I'd gladly never watch it again though. 5/10
6. About Time (I) (2013)
R | 123 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
At the age of 21, Tim discovers he can travel in time and change what happens and has happened in his own life. His decision to make his world a better place by getting a girlfriend turns out not to be as easy as you might think.
Votes: 278,866 | Gross: $15.32M
First off, I was really glad this didnt go exactly where I expected it to go. It was fairly predictable really, but there was one plot point that I was sure would happen, and it never did. It did however have lots of problems with the logic of the time travel and lots of moments that left me thinking "why is this a problem...he can just travel back again and fix it" but he inexplicably doesnt. 6/10
7. The Blue Dahlia (1946)
Not Rated | 96 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery
An ex-bomber pilot is suspected of murdering his unfaithful wife.
Votes: 7,035 | Gross: $2.70M
Happy to see more Veronica Lake, although she was much more pleasant to watch in the fun role of I Married A Witch. All in all this was a decent noir. I felt that it dragged a bit in parts, so it could have been better. 6/10
8. The Underneath (2013)
88 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A young newlywed couple find themselves trapped in a network of underground caves. With her husband injured, the new bride is forced to find her way back to the surface in order to save his... See full summary »
Basically just a cheap rip off of the descent...almost exactly the same in fact. Problem is that this one started off with such a small cast that it didnt allow for anyone to get killed off throughout the film. Waiting til the end for the action to start really ruined it even though it was only a 70 min film. That combined with the not so great acting and the bad effects made for a bad film. 3/10
9. Kung Fu Panda (2008)
PG | 92 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
The Dragon Warrior has to clash against the savage Tai Lung as China's fate hangs in the balance. However, the Dragon Warrior mantle is supposedly mistaken to be bestowed upon an obese panda who is a novice in martial arts.
Votes: 397,161 | Gross: $215.43M
I think this is one of my favourite non Disney/Ghibli animated films. It has humour that can be enjoyed at any age, fun voice work from well known stars, good looking and creative animation and a strong yet accessible story. 8/10
10. Enough Said (2013)
PG-13 | 93 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A divorced woman who decides to pursue the man she's interested in learns he's her new friend's ex-husband.
Votes: 56,874 | Gross: $17.54M
Good performances from both of the leads, but her character was so annoying (and made so many annoying choices) that it all but ruined the movie. I'm sure the viewer was meant to be put off by her actions, but it was over the top stupid at times. It really is too bad that Gandolfini died, because he's been really good in the last few films I've seen him in. 6/10
11. Stardom (2000)
R | 100 min | Drama, Comedy
A young girl is plucked from small-town obscurity and thrust into the spotlight of the glamorous world of super-models.
Votes: 1,588 | Gross: $0.08M
I suppose it was well done for what it was. I would have enjoyed the fake documentary style if it had more comedy. The story was average at best. Not Denys Arcand's best work by a long shot. 5/10
12. Ms .45 (1981)
R | 80 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A timid and mute seamstress goes insane after being attacked and raped twice in one day, in which she takes to the streets of New York City after dark and randomly shoots men with a .45 caliber pistol.
I guess this has some sort of cult following. It didnt really strike me as anything special. We've seen this type of film done before, even with the deaf girl, and done much better. The acting in this one was bad. The only saving grace was the quantity of killings, but even those were nothing very unique. 4/10
13. Bad Grandpa (2013)
R | 92 min | Comedy
86-year-old Irving Zisman takes a trip from Nebraska to North Carolina to take his 8 year-old grandson, Billy, back to his real father.
Votes: 87,146 | Gross: $102.00M
All the jackass type stunts and the parts with the kid talking to unsuspecting people were funnier than expected. I could have done without the story connecting everything with the kid and the grandpa. 7/10
14. Carrie (2013)
R | 100 min | Drama, Horror
A shy girl, outcasted by her peers and sheltered by her religious mother, unleashes telekinetic terror on her small town after being pushed too far at her senior prom.
Votes: 128,725 | Gross: $35.27M
Chloe Moretz and Julianne Moore were both perfect casting choices. I think a stronger director could have made this much better. As it was I think I enjoyed it more than the original, although I haven't seen that one in many years. Even though there wasn't a lot going on for the first hour or so, it didn't drag at all thanks to Moretz's performance. The action and effects from the crowning of the king and queen on were impressive. I have to agree with some of the critics who pointed out the awkwardness of Carrie using her hands to direct her powers. I don't think it was much less awkward when she used her eyes to direct her powers in the original though. 7/10
15. Hour of the Wolf (1968)
Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Horror
While vacationing on a remote Scandanavian island with his younger pregnant wife, an artist has an emotional breakdown while confronting his repressed desires.
It seems to me that Bergman was great at making good looking yet boring films. This one was a bit better than some I've seen on the excitement scale, but still felt very drawn out even at 90 mins. The look and style of the film was enough to make it better than average, but not much. 6/10
16. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)
PG | 114 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
When his job along with that of his co-worker are threatened, Walter takes action in the real world embarking on a global journey that turns into an adventure more extraordinary than anything he could have ever imagined.
Votes: 282,536 | Gross: $58.24M
This was better than the critics have made it out to be. I can see why the public opinion of this film is much higher than that of the critic. It has alot of flair that is in the end fairly shallow. What critics can't accept though is that sometimes that is enough to make for an entertaining, yet somewhat throwaway, film. The problem with this film for me was that there were several big, emotional (thanks to the inspirational music) and entertaining scenes, but the rest of the film couldnt live up to those moments. I usually dislike Kristin Wiig, but I did enjoy her in this role. I don't buy into her being the beautiful love interest, but I guess she fits that role in the eyes of the character of Walter Mitty. Probably won't be a memorable film, but it did have memorable moments with elevated the film past what it otherwise could have been. 7/10
17. Aningaaq (2013)
PG | 7 min | Short, Drama
Short film connected to the movie Gravity (2013). it shows the conversation of Dr. Ryan stone with someone on earth, but this time from the other side of the line, an Inuit fisherman in a frozen desert.
Great idea to make this companion short to go with Gravity. I found it equally as emotional seeing the conversation between Sandra Bullocks character and the Inuit fisherman from the fisherman's side. There is some talk about this getting nominated for best short film. That will depend entirely on whether or not the voters consider Gravity and the connection this film has with that. If you'd not seen Gravity and you watched this short it would not have much impact, aside from being a nicely shot piece of film. I'm glad this side of things wasnt in the film (Gravity), but I love the idea of adding to the story in this way. The only other place I've seen this done is with pixar short films (Wall-E and The Incredibles). I hope this gives other filmmakers the inspiration to do this with their own films. 8/10
18. King Ralph (1991)
PG | 97 min | Comedy, Romance
As the only relative to take over the Royal throne, a down on his luck American slob must learn the ways of the English.
Votes: 14,612 | Gross: $34.00M
Not one of the best comedies of all time or anything like that, but one that I have good memories of watching over and over when it came out. It had probably been 10+ years since I'd last seem this movie. Still just as funny as I remembered it. John Goodman seemed like he'd have a long career of a leading comedic actor. I guess it turned out that he was just as good or better in dramatic roles. 7/10
19. Drug Wars: Silver or Lead (2008)
R | 83 min | Documentary
Disappointing documentary about the drug wars in Mexico. The really interesting subject matter was wasted in this doc that just refused to dig deep into it. The whole thing felt like it was barely scratching the surface and also felt very amateur. 4/10
20. Nothing Sacred (1937)
Passed | 77 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance
An eccentric woman learns she is not dying of radium poisoning as earlier assumed, but when she meets a reporter looking for a story, she feigns sickness again for her own profit.
I guess this shows how different things were back in the 30s. Nowadays a woman dying of radium poisoning would not be the news story of the century, like it seemed to be in this film. It worked as a good setup for this film though and led to some funny moments. Unfortunately the over the top acting was hard to ignore and took away from the enjoyment of the film. More grounded comedic performances would have made for a better film. 6/10
21. Diana (2013)
PG-13 | 113 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
During the last two years of her life, Princess Diana embarks on a final rite of passage: a secret love affair with Pakistani heart surgeon Hasnat Khan.
Votes: 18,159 | Gross: $0.33M
I refused to believe the rotten tomatoes score on this film. It is a film about the last years of Princess Diana's life leading up to and including her death and it stars Naomi Watts. It turned out that the 8% RT score is completely warranted. It was horribly boring for the entire film. I stuck with it thinking that it was going to get interesting as soon as it got to her death. That ended up being the worst part of all, because it didnt show any part of it. It only showed her getting into the car then people finding out about the death. 2/10
22. Blue Crush 2 (2011 Video)
PG-13 | 113 min | Drama, Romance, Sport
Haunted by the memory of her deceased mother, Dana leaves Malibu behind and heads to South Africa to fulfill her mother's dream of surfing Jefferys Bay.
The only reason I watched this is because I saw that it had Sharni Vinson in it. Unfortunately she wasnt one of the leads, because it was a really bad movie. The only moderately interesting parts of the movie were the surfing scenes, and they werent really that good either. Maybe I should have tried Step Up 3d instead if I wanted to watch a bad movie with Sharni in it. 3/10
23. Magic Magic (2013)
R | 97 min | Drama, Thriller
A naive young tourist's road trip across Chile with friends turns into a waking nightmare.
Between this and the Crystal Fairy, Michael Cera has been in some pretty bad movies lately. I think the only redeeming factor this film has is Juno Temple. She has been in some bad movies too, but at least I enjoy her in whatever I see her in. Michael Cera just feels like he is trying to break the mold he is known for but just makes you realize he should continue playing that same character over and over cause its all he's got. 4/10
24. The Fly (1986)
R | 96 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
A brilliant but eccentric scientist begins to transform into a giant man/fly hybrid after one of his experiments goes horribly wrong.
Votes: 150,598 | Gross: $40.46M
This film takes body horror to another level. It holds up surprisingly well for a film that's more than 25 years old. Some of the effects and makeup could do well with an update, but it wasnt distracting. I had forgotten how graphic some of the gore was, so was pleasantly surprised to see it. Will definitely be checking out the original sometime soon. The computer used to control the pods in this film was the size of a volkswagon beetle, so I wonder what it looks like in the original. 8/10
25. August: Osage County (2013)
R | 121 min | Comedy, Drama
A look at the lives of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose paths have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Oklahoma house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them.
Votes: 81,459 | Gross: $37.74M
Even more boring than I'd imagined it would be. Very slow going and I didnt feel a connection to any of the characters, so I didnt care what happened to them at all. At a point, about an hour and a half into it, I thought it was finally getting interesting, then it got bad again. The whole film felt like it was trying too hard, and most of the performances felt the same way. All this added up to an average film with a below average story. 5/10
26. This Gun for Hire (1942)
Passed | 81 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
When assassin Philip Raven shoots a blackmailer and his beautiful female companion dead, he is paid off in marked bills by his treasonous employer who is working with foreign spies.
Good Noir with another nice performance from Veronica Lake. This seemed like a stronger story than some of the other noirs I've seen recently. Story was tighter and the performances were more genuine. 7/10
27. Oliver & Company (1988)
G | 74 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
A lost and alone kitten joins a gang of dogs engaged in petty larceny in New York City.
Votes: 41,108 | Gross: $74.15M
After watching and not enjoying The Rescuers recently, which I think has a bigger following than this, I wasn't expecting much. Turns out I liked this one a lot more. The animation of all the animal characters was good. The human's animation varied quite a bit, but were appropriate to their characters. Some of the 'camera work' looked really nice like in the famous scene from beauty and the beast but without the intricate backdrop. 7/10
28. Puss Cafe (1950)
Approved | 7 min | Animation, Comedy, Family
Milton the cat is walking down the street and notices a yard full of delicious milk, birds, and fish not realizing it is guarded by Pluto. He shows his inferior minded pal Richard the set ... See full summary »
Funny short film with some very outdated and ugly animation. 6/10
29. Secretariat (2010)
PG | 123 min | Biography, Drama, Family
Penny Chenery Tweedy and colleagues guide her long-shot but precocious stallion to set, in 1973, the unbeaten record for winning the Triple Crown.
Votes: 25,266 | Gross: $59.71M
Surprisingly good telling of the true story of a race horse. I wouldnt normally care that much for that type of story, but this was very well done. Good, even if slightly over the top, performances from a very strong cast. I didnt know anything about the true life story, but it was still very predictable. 8/10
30. The Cottage (2008)
Unrated | 92 min | Comedy, Crime, Horror
In a remote part of the countryside, a bungled kidnapping turns into a living nightmare for four central characters when they cross paths with a psychopathic farmer and all hell breaks ... See full summary »
This film felt very familiar, so I may have seen it before, but I didnt have a rating for it. I enjoyed the combination of humour and horror elements. The comedy was somewhat average, but the horror stuff was nice and gory. 8/10
31. Wreck-It Ralph (2012)
PG | 101 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
A video game villain wants to be a hero and sets out to fulfill his dream, but his quest brings havoc to the whole arcade where he lives.
Votes: 360,644 | Gross: $189.42M
I found this even more funny the 2nd time around. I'm sure there are tons of references that I didnt get, but I'd think that this film would lose something for somebody who wasnt into any video games. 8/10
32. Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)
G | 100 min | Family, Fantasy, Musical
A poor but hopeful boy seeks one of the five coveted golden tickets that will send him on a tour of Willy Wonka's mysterious chocolate factory.
Votes: 168,107 | Gross: $4.53M
I've been wanting to rewatch this for a long time now. Glad I finally got around to it, because I think I enjoyed it more than ever this time. Gene Wilder is perfect in this film, as is the kid who played Charlie. I was surprised to see that the kid who played Charlie never end up acted in anything again after this film. I enjoyed all the songs and the set pieces are rich and colourful. 8/10
33. WALL·E (2008)
G | 98 min | Animation, Adventure, Family
In the distant future, a small waste-collecting robot inadvertently embarks on a space journey that will ultimately decide the fate of mankind.
Votes: 944,931 | Gross: $223.81M
It wasnt intentional, but interesting that I ended up watching 3 W films in a row. The first part of this film, before they get onto the ship, is really unique. You can't compare it to any other animated film. After the point that they get on the ship, it is still a good story with good animation, just not quite as unique as the beginning part. 8/10
34. Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001)
PG | 95 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
A young adventurer named Milo Thatch joins an intrepid group of explorers to find the mysterious lost continent of Atlantis.
Votes: 96,811 | Gross: $84.05M
This was very strange for a disney film. The animation didn't look like any other disney film I can think of. The script was more adult than any disney film I can think of (talking about alcohol, some sexual references, guns and more violence in general). The story was the only thing that felt remotely disney. All that being said, I did enjoy it this time around, unlike when I watched it when it first came out. Michael J Fox as the lead is a good start and all those aspects listed above that made it less disney made it enjoyable as well. 7/10
35. Donnie Darko (2001)
R | 113 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
A troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a man in a large rabbit suit who manipulates him to commit a series of crimes, after he narrowly escapes a bizarre accident.
Votes: 714,348 | Gross: $1.48M
I couldnt remember anything about this film, so it all felt fresh to me. Lots of stars in this film, all of them putting in good performances except for Drew Barrymore. Great use of music, creative camerawork, and of course a very unique story. Its really /unfortunate that this director hasnt done anything good since. 8/10
36. This Is the End (2013)
R | 107 min | Comedy
Six Los Angeles celebrities are stuck in James Franco's house after a series of devastating events just destroyed the city. Inside, the group not only have to face the apocalypse, but themselves.
Votes: 370,453 | Gross: $101.47M
Still hilarious the 2nd time through. As enjoyable as it is, I still feel like they missed some really good opportunities to make use of the stars they had and to get more jokes in at their expense. It obviously doesnt leave itself open to a sequel but I'd like to see another film like this. 8/10
37. Jay and Seth Versus the Apocalypse (2007)
10 min | Short, Comedy
Jay and Seth are at each other's throats while holed up in a messy apartment during an apocalyptic crisis.
The short film that led to This is The End. It stars Jay Baruchel and Seth Rogan trying to survive an apocalypse in a house, but has no resemblance to This is the End past that. This one was unfunny and didnt have any of the charm of the feature length version. I can't imagine that somebody saw this and then greenlit the feature. They mustve kept this hidden. 3/10
38. Found (III) (2012)
Unrated | 103 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller
A horror-obsessed boy discovers his older brother is a serial killer.
It really isnt fair to call this a horror film. Its hardly fair to call it a film at all. Bad acting, and no action whatsoever. Just a complete bore waiting for the good stuff to come. 2/10
39. Twelve (2010)
R | 93 min | Action, Crime, Drama