Movies I watched in 2014

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1. 500 Days of Summer (2009)

PG-13 | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

76 Metascore

An offbeat romantic comedy about a woman who doesn't believe true love exists, and the young man who falls for her.

Director: Marc Webb | Stars: Zooey Deschanel, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Geoffrey Arend, Chloë Grace Moretz

Votes: 444,716 | Gross: $32.39M

6/10 stars. It was alright. I like Joseph Gordon-Levitt. I think he's quite a good actor. This is not really one of his best. It's not bad it's just a little self indulgent.

2. After.Life (2009)

R | 104 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

36 Metascore

After a car accident, a young woman caught between life and death meets a funeral director who claims to have the gift of transitioning the dead into the afterlife.

Director: Agnieszka Wojtowicz-Vosloo | Stars: Christina Ricci, Liam Neeson, Justin Long, Chandler Canterbury

Votes: 34,737 | Gross: $0.11M

8/10 stars. Dark and creepy. There are many hints as to what's going on the whole way through the film but it makes you question whether your theory is right until the end. I thought it was a very interesting movie.

3. Heathers (1988)

R | 103 min | Comedy, Crime

72 Metascore

In order to get out of the snobby clique that is destroying her good-girl reputation, an intelligent teen teams up with a dark sociopath in a plot to kill the cool kids.

Director: Michael Lehmann | Stars: Winona Ryder, Christian Slater, Shannen Doherty, Lisanne Falk

Votes: 79,496 | Gross: $1.11M

7/10 stars. I remember it being one of the best movies ever. It's not quite as good as that but still pretty entertaining. It's got a very good tempo and some really classic lines. The cinematography was good I like the ridiculous outfits too. The more I think about it the more I like it. The eighties were the best.

4. Happy Endings (2005)

R | 128 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

57 Metascore

Happy Endings weaves multiple stories to create a witty look at love, family and the sheer unpredictability of life itself.

Director: Don Roos | Stars: Lisa Kudrow, Steve Coogan, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jesse Bradford

Votes: 8,702 | Gross: $1.31M

5/10 stars. The story was OK. Lisa Kudrow's performance was good and I liked the Jude character played by Maggie Gyllenhaal. It was clever how it all came together but it was a pretty average film.

5. Mindhunters (2004)

R | 106 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

33 Metascore

Trainees in the FBI's psychological profiling program must put their training into practice when they discover a killer in their midst.

Director: Renny Harlin | Stars: Val Kilmer, LL Cool J, Christian Slater, Eion Bailey

Votes: 55,366 | Gross: $4.48M

2/10 stars. It looked really good on the ad but it was a bloody terrible movie. It was so predictable and so boring. The first 5 minutes were awesome. After that everything went pear shaped. Definitely not worth watching.

6. Sucker Punch (2011)

PG-13 | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

33 Metascore

A young girl is institutionalized by her abusive stepfather, retreating to an alternative reality as a coping strategy, envisioning a plan to help her escape.

Director: Zack Snyder | Stars: Emily Browning, Vanessa Hudgens, Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone

Votes: 219,550 | Gross: $36.39M

3/10 stars. I spent most of the film thinking, 'What is this crap?' I thought the fight scenes were stupid and pointless and they made up over half the movie. I thought the end to the movie was decent though... Nah it was pretty cheesy. Lol

7. Man of Steel (2013)

PG-13 | 143 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

55 Metascore

Clark Kent is an alien who as a child was evacuated from his dying world and came to Earth, living as a normal human. But when survivors of his alien home invade Earth, he must reveal himself to the world.

Director: Zack Snyder | Stars: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Diane Lane

Votes: 652,950 | Gross: $291.05M

10/10 stars. Wow!!! That was impressive! Awesome in the true sense of the word. This is how a Superman movie should be!

8. Arrow (2012– )

TV-14 | 42 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

Spoiled billionaire playboy Oliver Queen is missing and presumed dead when his yacht is lost at sea. He returns five years later a changed man, determined to clean up the city as a hooded vigilante armed with a bow.

Stars: Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey, Susanna Thompson

Votes: 383,476

10/10 stars. I just finished watching the first season. Never have I been more excited, thrilled, impressed, and moved by a TV show. This is by far the best TV series I've seen in my life. Gawww. Holy *beep* it was good!!!

9. Truth or Die (II) (2012)

Not Rated | 96 min | Horror, Mystery

Young British boys and girls travel to an isolated cabin after being promised a night of heavy partying. Instead of the fun they hoped for, they meet a killer out to reap vengeance on them for the death of his brother.

Director: Robert Heath | Stars: Tom Kane, Liam Boyle, Jack Gordon, Florence Hall

Votes: 8,178

6/10 stars. As I was watching the film I thought it was an easy 8, maybe even a 9 at a stretch but I thought the ending was a bit weak. The plot was interesting and played out well and there was a lot of really artistic cinematography but it seemed they were trying a little too hard in parts. The film did have some really beautiful shots though I'll give it that. I thought it was a very good film until the end but the ending really didn't do it for me so what are you going to do.

10. Evil Dead (2013)

R | 91 min | Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

57 Metascore

Five friends head to a remote cabin, where the discovery of a Book of the Dead leads them to unwittingly summon up demons living in the nearby woods.

Director: Fede Alvarez | Stars: Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Jessica Lucas, Lou Taylor Pucci

Votes: 147,518 | Gross: $54.24M

9/10 stars. Gore!!! This was apparently how the original was supposed to be. It is heaps darker a more graphic than the original but I decided to watch it as a totally separate film so no more about the 1981 film. I loved the soundtrack. There were loads of weird little sounds that sounded out of place in the film but would sound very normal in your lounge room that made for a really cool and creepy effect. I kept thinking what was that sound a looking around. Well done! I really liked the makeup. It reminded me heaps of The Exorcist. Both films are about possession. I don't know if that's what they were going for but that's how I read it and I liked it a lot. The tempo of the film was perfect. I would easily rate it as one of the most well balanced and well timed horror movies I have seen. A well orchestrated mix of creepiness, storyline, corniness, fantasy, brutality, and gore. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I can't wait to see my wife's reaction. She loves horror and boy is she gonna dig this one.

11. Carrie (2013)

R | 100 min | Drama, Horror

53 Metascore

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.

Director: Kimberly Peirce | Stars: Chloë Grace Moretz, Julianne Moore, Gabriella Wilde, Portia Doubleday

Votes: 126,364 | Gross: $35.27M

7/10 stars. I thought this was a fairly good adaption of the Stephen King book. Normally, I try not to compare the film to the book as it's pretty rare the film even comes close. In this case it's my favourite author so I really couldn't help it. If you haven't read the book or seen either movie you might want to skip this review. I'll try not to give away too many details but I can't accurately describe how I felt about the movie without giving away some. I felt the 1976 version rushed through the story a bit and didn't have the same impact as the book. This version was modernised a bit but it felt true to the novel. It did fall short in three areas though. I think it could have been a bit longer and gone into more detail on those three things. It wasn't a long movie and it would have made the movie more true to the novel and given it more impact. I wanted to see more of the girls planning. They did get the point across when it got to the prom scene though so that wasn't so bad. I thought they should have spent more time on the domestic abuse that Carrie received from her mother and the fear that resulted from that. It's a pretty important part of the story and although they did show some of it, it didn't seem to carry as much weight as in the book. The last thing I think could have been improved was the prom incident. The book goes into quite a lot of detail. It seemed they mellowed it out a bit. That aside I thought it was pretty well done. Chloe Grace Moretz did a great job as Carrie. She is such a talented actress. I thought Julianne Moore overplayed the mother a bit. She made her seem a little too crazy. Piper Laurie did a better job in 1976. As for the supporting characters I thought they were pretty well perfect especially Alex Russell as Billy Nolan. He was perfect.

12. The Lords of Salem (2012)

R | 101 min | Horror, Thriller

57 Metascore

Heidi, a radio DJ, is sent a box containing a record - a "gift from the Lords". The sounds within the grooves trigger flashbacks of her town's violent past. Is Heidi going mad, or are the Lords back to take revenge on Salem, Massachusetts?

Director: Rob Zombie | Stars: Sheri Moon Zombie, Meg Foster, Bruce Davison, Jeff Daniel Phillips

Votes: 25,380 | Gross: $1.16M

3/10 stars. What a steaming pile of *beep* I like Rob Zombie as a musician but his films can be pretty hit and miss. In my eyes, this is by far his worst film to date. It was boriing, it had a weak storyline, and it failed to build any sort of tension. If it weren't for a pretty ripper soundtrack, the only good thing about this film would be the front cover. It really should have just been a video clip, not a 102 minute movie.

13. The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

PG-13 | 136 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

66 Metascore

After Peter Parker is bitten by a genetically altered spider, he gains newfound, spider-like powers and ventures out to solve the mystery of his parent's mysterious death.

Director: Marc Webb | Stars: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Irrfan Khan

Votes: 530,894 | Gross: $262.03M

7/10 stars. Lots of fun. Can't wait to see the second one.

14. Life of Pi (2012)

PG | 127 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

79 Metascore

A young man who survives a disaster at sea is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While cast away, he forms an unexpected connection with another survivor: a fearsome Bengal tiger.

Director: Ang Lee | Stars: Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Adil Hussain, Tabu

Votes: 541,404 | Gross: $124.99M

7/10 stars. This is a difficult one. It was visually very stunning. It got off to a slow start but the ending was very very good. I think it's a very good movie but somehow I feel it didn't take me on the journey it should have.

15. Evil Dead (2013)

R | 91 min | Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

57 Metascore

Five friends head to a remote cabin, where the discovery of a Book of the Dead leads them to unwittingly summon up demons living in the nearby woods.

Director: Fede Alvarez | Stars: Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Jessica Lucas, Lou Taylor Pucci

Votes: 147,518 | Gross: $54.24M

9/10 stars. It's been all but a week since I watched this movie but I had to watch it again to show my wife. She gave it 9/10 stars, losing one star for being too scary (lol). It felt much faster paced the second time around. It all seemed to happen so quickly, like going on a roller coaster for the second time. It was bloody brilliant. I enjoyed it even more this time. Definitely one of the best horror movies I've ever seen.

16. Sorority Row (2009)

R | 101 min | Horror, Mystery

24 Metascore

A group of sorority sisters try to cover up the death of their house-sister after a prank gone wrong, only to be stalked by a serial killer.

Director: Stewart Hendler | Stars: Briana Evigan, Rumer Willis, Carrie Fisher, Teri Andrez

Votes: 27,210 | Gross: $11.96M

6/10 stars. I have to admit I had pretty low expectations before watching this movie but was pleasantly surprised. I was in the mood for a slasher and that's exactly what I got. It is a total popcorn slasher flick. It follows the formula to a T. There are even some nice tributes to The Shining and Scream in there. The audio is pretty good. It's got some great sound effects and score pieces. This film is no masterpiece of the cinematic art but it's a fun popcorn slasher flick. If the mood takes you, I reckon it's worth a burl.

17. 20 Million Miles to Earth (1957)

Not Rated | 82 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

The first U.S. spaceship to Venus crash-lands off the coast of Sicily on its return trip. A dangerous, lizard-like creature comes with it and quickly grows gigantic.

Director: Nathan Juran | Stars: William Hopper, Joan Taylor, Thomas Browne Henry, Frank Puglia

Votes: 5,846

6/10 stars. Watched this from 1:30am last night. Ray Harryhausen's reptilian Venusian eats sulphur so there aren't many horrifying scenes. I don't think I'd really classify it as a horror to be honest. If you're a Harryhausen fan though this movie is a goer. The movement of the alien creature and the elephant are brilliant. The Venusian creature's design is cool and its wail is something that will be hard to forget.

18. Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)

R | 111 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

69 Metascore

After awakening from a four-year coma, a former assassin wreaks vengeance on the team of assassins who betrayed her.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: Uma Thurman, David Carradine, Daryl Hannah, Michael Madsen

Votes: 918,249 | Gross: $70.10M

4/10 stars. Pretty average. Of course this isn't the first time I've seen it. I thought it was pretty average the first time too though. I used to really like Tarantino flicks when I was in my teens. This film was the first one I didn't like and I haven't liked another one since. If I don't like it so much why did I watch it again I hear you ask. I wanted to show my wife Uma Thurman and Lucy Liu's Japanese. 'Kiritai nezumi ga iru kara' has become a bit of a catchphrase at my house. Lol

19. The Ledge (2011)

R | 101 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

34 Metascore

A police officer looks to talk down a young man lured by his lover's husband to the ledge of a high rise, where he has one hour to contemplate a fateful decision.

Director: Matthew Chapman | Stars: Charlie Hunnam, Terrence Howard, Patrick Wilson, Liv Tyler

Votes: 17,878 | Gross: $0.01M

6/10 stars. Trying to be intelligent, edgy and 'real' but barely scraping by. Everything in the plot was obvious and could have been read at least half an hour before it happened. That being said, it wasn't entirely bad. Both of Liv Tyler and Charlie Hunnam were charming. Patrick Wilson on the other hand made for a perfect whack job. I wouldn't rate it very highly but for a bit of casual drama, it wasn't bad.

20. Death at a Funeral (2007)

R | 90 min | Comedy

67 Metascore

Chaos ensues when a man tries to expose a dark secret regarding a recently deceased patriarch of a dysfunctional British family.

Director: Frank Oz | Stars: Matthew Macfadyen, Peter Dinklage, Ewen Bremner, Keeley Hawes

Votes: 103,107 | Gross: $8.58M

6/10 stars. This movie was absolutely hilarious in parts. Other parts were extremely wanky and uppity. It was a bit too posh for me in some parts in that it wasn't very down to earth. In other parts it was very childish. It did have some scenes were I was absolutely cracking myself. I don't think I've seen my wife laugh so uninhibitedly at a film before. For the good scenes, it would easily get an eight but the lame parts of the movie levelled it out to a six.

21. Peggy Sue Got Married (1986)

PG-13 | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

74 Metascore

Peggy Sue faints at a high school reunion. When she wakes up, she finds herself in her own past, just before she finished school.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Kathleen Turner, Nicolas Cage, Barry Miller, Catherine Hicks

Votes: 30,590 | Gross: $41.38M

8/10 stars. Eighties to the max! Love it! As far as these 'go back in time to fix the past' movies go, it's well up there. There are quite a lot of those movies like Freaky Friday, Seventeen Again, the opposite happens in Big and Suddenly Thirty. I think this one could probably go toe to toe with Back to the Future. Back to the Future is more fantastic but this has a sense of reality that Back to the Future lacks. The acting quality of Nicolas Cage was unbelievably bad. I don't know how he got the part and kept it. Helen Hunt on the other hand was a head turner. She didn't have the hugest role but she stood out. Kathleen Turner did a wonderful job as the lead. All in all it was fun and had a bit to say without getting preachy. I enjoyed it a lot.

22. Godzilla (2014)

PG-13 | 123 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

62 Metascore

The world is beset by the appearance of monstrous creatures, but one of them may be the only one who can save humanity.

Director: Gareth Edwards | Stars: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, Ken Watanabe

Votes: 355,799 | Gross: $200.68M

4/10 stars. Started out quite good but was pretty disappointing. The build up was quite good and the story was laid out well but went downhill once the monsters appeared. The monsters were surrounded by dust and were barely visible. Once they came on the screen, the screen basically went grey and stayed grey until the end. I can't think of a less visually stimulating film. The story got more and more wanky to the point where I just couldn't be bothered. All in all it was a waste of time and a disappointing.

23. Final Destination 5 (2011)

R | 92 min | Horror

50 Metascore

Survivors of a suspension-bridge collapse learn there's no way you can cheat Death.

Director: Steven Quale | Stars: Nicholas D'Agosto, Emma Bell, Arlen Escarpeta, Miles Fisher

Votes: 99,093 | Gross: $42.59M

7/10 stars. I'm a huge fan of the Final Destination franchise. They are always so much fun and such a thrill. I thought this one failed to live up to the others a little though because the initial disaster wasn't very intense and they didn't build up much tension around the deaths that followed. There were a few yummy easter eggs for the fans which was nice and I really liked the ending.

24. Sex and the City (2008)

R | 145 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

53 Metascore

A New York City writer on sex and love is finally getting married to her Mr. Big. But her three best girlfriends must console her after one of them inadvertently leads Mr. Big to jilt her.

Director: Michael Patrick King | Stars: Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Cynthia Nixon, Kristin Davis

Votes: 110,954 | Gross: $152.65M

3/10 stars. Rubbish. The story was boring and the lines that were coming out of people's mouths made me wanna wretch.

25. Porky's (1981)

R | 94 min | Comedy

40 Metascore

In 1954, a group of Florida high school students try to help their buddy lose his virginity, which leads them to seeking revenge on a sleazy nightclub owner and his redneck sheriff brother for harassing them.

Director: Bob Clark | Stars: Dan Monahan, Mark Herrier, Wyatt Knight, Roger Wilson

Votes: 35,553 | Gross: $111.29M

7/10 stars. I love it in all it's pervy juvenile 80's glory.

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