Three Years of Movies, Summer 2017by tha_hawk | created - 07 Jun 2017 | updated - 28 Aug 2017 | Public
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1. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)
PG-13 | 136 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
The Guardians struggle to keep together as a team while dealing with their personal family issues, notably Star-Lord's encounter with his father the ambitious celestial being Ego.
Votes: 477,620 | Gross: $389.81M
Extremely likeable characters make up for the lack of a coherent story line.
2. The Usual Suspects (1995)
R | 106 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller
A sole survivor tells of the twisty events leading up to a horrific gun battle on a boat, which began when five criminals met at a seemingly random police lineup.
Votes: 903,689 | Gross: $23.34M
Interesting twist on a decent story. Good performance from Spacey.
3. The Punisher (1989)
89 min | Action, Crime, Drama
When Frank Castle's family is murdered by criminals, he wages war on crime as a vigilante assassin known only as The Punisher.
Not enough "A" and not enough "B". Bad decisions lined up. Also, Lundgren is terrible.
4. Ex Machina (2014)
R | 108 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
A young programmer is selected to participate in a ground-breaking experiment in synthetic intelligence by evaluating the human qualities of a highly advanced humanoid A.I.
Votes: 422,524 | Gross: $25.44M
Intriguing premise, but a bit far-fetched at times.
5. Band of Brothers (2001)
TV-MA | 594 min | Action, Drama, History
The story of Easy Company of the U.S. Army 101st Airborne Division, and their mission in World War II Europe, from Operation Overlord, through V-J Day.
Too many characters and uneven storytelling in an otherwise well-made series.
6. The Pacific (2010)
TV-MA | 530 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
The Pacific Theatre of World War II, as seen through the eyes of several young Marines.
A story without direction.
7. Saving Private Ryan (1998)
R | 169 min | Drama, War
Following the Normandy Landings, a group of U.S. soldiers go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper whose brothers have been killed in action.
Votes: 1,105,293 | Gross: $216.54M
Extremely well-made war depiction with effective characters. Third act is a bit slow though.
8. Flags of our Fathers (2006)
R | 135 min | Drama, History, War
The life stories of the six men who raised the flag at the Battle of Iwo Jima, a turning point in World War II.
Votes: 111,408 | Gross: $33.60M
A dramaturgical nightmare.
9. Platoon (1986)
R | 120 min | Drama, War
A young soldier in Vietnam faces a moral crisis when confronted with the horrors of war and the duality of man.
Votes: 350,387 | Gross: $138.53M
Honest and moving. Deserves every award.
10. Vi hade i alla fall tur med vädret (1980 TV Movie)
57 min | Comedy
The Backlund family is going on a caravanning holiday. According to the father Gösta it is the best way to see Sweden. The son Johan does not want to do anything but bathing and the ... See full summary »
More than decent satire of vacation in Sweden.
11. Hidden (I) (2015)
R | 84 min | Horror, Thriller
A family takes refuge in a bomb shelter to avoid a dangerous outbreak.
Cool twist, but becomes forced towards the end. Some bad writing here and there.
12. DeepStar Six (1989)
R | 99 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi
At the bottom of the ocean, the DeepStar Six has just discovered a new and deadly alien menace.
Votes: 8,990 | Gross: $8.14M
Production design makes it worth watching, but not much else does.
13. Looper (2012)
R | 113 min | Action, Crime, Drama
In 2074, when the mob wants to get rid of someone, the target is sent into the past, where a hired gun awaits - someone like Joe - who one day learns the mob wants to 'close the loop' by sending back Joe's future self for assassination.
Votes: 499,460 | Gross: $66.49M
The plot is swiss cheese, but the style is refreshing and the characters are strong.
14. Source Code (2011)
PG-13 | 93 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
A soldier wakes up in someone else's body and discovers he's part of an experimental government program to find the bomber of a commuter train. A mission he has only 8 minutes to complete.
Votes: 451,025 | Gross: $54.71M
Interesting premise with RoboCopesque ethical conflict attached. A bit preachy at times.
15. Midnight in Paris (2011)
PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
While on a trip to Paris with his fiancée's family, a nostalgic screenwriter finds himself mysteriously going back to the 1920s everyday at midnight.
Votes: 355,629 | Gross: $56.82M
For once Allen manages to mix nostalgia with purpose. Gets many things right on many levels. Not entirely comfortable with Wilson though.
16. The Bourne Identity (2002)
PG-13 | 119 min | Action, Mystery, Thriller
A man is picked up by a fishing boat, bullet-riddled and suffering from amnesia, before racing to elude assassins and attempting to regain his memory.
Votes: 474,218 | Gross: $121.66M
Not very innovative but captivating beginning nontheless. Loses all appeal towards the end, including most of its credibility.
17. The Butterfly Effect (2004)
R | 113 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Evan Treborn suffers blackouts during significant events of his life. As he grows up, he finds a way to remember these lost memories and a supernatural way to alter his life by reading his journal.
Votes: 420,418 | Gross: $57.94M
Preposterous story combined with confused storytelling. Takes it self way too seriously.
18. The Incredible Hulk (2008)
PG-13 | 112 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Bruce Banner, a scientist on the run from the U.S. Government, must find a cure for the monster he turns into, whenever he loses his temper.
Votes: 400,473 | Gross: $134.52M
Extremely promising beginning with refreshing perspective. Ruins most of it at the end with ridiculous antagonist and stretched fighting scenes. Bad CGI at times. Feels like two different movies.
19. Gravity (2013)
PG-13 | 91 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Two astronauts work together to survive after an accident leaves them stranded in space.
Votes: 707,469 | Gross: $274.09M
Too many close calls to actually be believable, but the original tone and an unusually competent Bullock makes it worth watching.
20. The Virgin Suicides (1999)
R | 97 min | Drama, Romance
A group of male friends become obsessed with five mysterious sisters who are sheltered by their strict, religious parents in suburban Detroit in the mid 1970s.
Votes: 134,095 | Gross: $4.86M
Excellent, except for Hartnett's wig. Spot on when it comes to mental illness and how it's handled by people uncomfortable with it.
21. Kelly's Heroes (1970)
GP | 144 min | Adventure, Comedy, War
A group of U.S. soldiers sneaks across enemy lines to get their hands on a secret stash of Nazi treasure.
Somewhat cozy adventure - if you can say that about a war movie. Sutherland and Savalas are the real stars.
22. Road to Perdition (2002)
R | 117 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A mob enforcer's son witnesses a murder, forcing him and his father to take to the road, and his father down a path of redemption and revenge.
Votes: 227,794 | Gross: $104.45M
Surprisingly believable and captivating. Jude Law's character doesn't tonally match the overall story.
23. It Comes at Night (2017)
R | 91 min | Horror, Mystery
Secure within a desolate home as an unnatural threat terrorizes the world, a man has established a tenuous domestic order with his wife and son. Then a desperate young family arrives seeking refuge.
Votes: 68,458 | Gross: $13.99M
Nothing happens. And then nothing happens again. And then you wish you hadn't paid to see it.
24. Cowboys & Aliens (2011)
PG-13 | 119 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A spaceship arrives in Arizona, 1873, to take over the Earth, starting with the Wild West region. A posse of cowboys and natives are all that stand in their way.
Votes: 195,505 | Gross: $100.24M
Tongue-in-cheek idea that misplaces its humour along the way. Uneven pacing and script is so-so.
25. Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)
R | 141 min | Drama, History, War
The story of the battle of Iwo Jima between the United States and Imperial Japan during World War II, as told from the perspective of the Japanese who fought it.
Votes: 146,182 | Gross: $13.76M
Fairly interesting story with unclear perspective and no real protagonist. A bit slow from time to time.
26. Steel Dawn (1987)
R | 100 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
In a post-apocalyptic world, a warrior wandering through the desert comes upon a group of settlers who are being menaced by a murderous gang that is after the water they control.
Votes: 4,250 | Gross: $0.56M
27. Små citroner gula (2013)
99 min | Comedy, Romance
LOVE AND LEMONS is a romantic comedy about love, friendship and the courage it takes to follow your dreams. The movie is based on the successful novel with the same title by author Kajsa ... See full summary »
Some attempts at style, but in between there's the usual swedish blandness. Ekborg, von Brömssen and Bornebusch outshine the rest.
28. Vatten (2013)
30 min | Short, Drama
Vatten is a drama about young unconditional love.
Beautifully shot and interesting storywise.
29. Cloud Atlas (2012)
R | 172 min | Action, Drama, Mystery
An exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution.
Votes: 325,920 | Gross: $27.11M
Pretentious trainwreck without a point. Fails completely to emotionally engage me.
30. Battle Royale (2000)
Not Rated | 114 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
In the future, the Japanese government captures a class of ninth-grade students and forces them to kill each other under the revolutionary "Battle Royale" act.
Political and entertaining at the same time. Obvious inspiration for The Hunger Games, except much more graphic and much less mainstream emptiness.
31. The Girl with the Dog (2013)
30 min | Short, Drama
A film about young love and the first confusing steps towards a sexual identity.
Fairly interesting story about love and exclusion. Some good acting and some bad. Nicely shot.
32. Vid skogens rand (2013)
30 min | Short, Drama, Fantasy
Shots are fired at a woman as she runs through the forest. At the same time, two brothers turn on to a forest road. Their paths will soon cross in a suspenseful film with supernatural elements - where nobody is what they seem to be.
Somewhat flat and silly. Fascinating though how close it is to professional swedish productions when it comes to quality.
33. Schindler's List (1993)
R | 195 min | Biography, Drama, History
In German-occupied Poland during World War II, industrialist Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazis.
Votes: 1,083,541 | Gross: $96.07M
Powerful, despite demonizing tendencies and excessive running time. Extremely believable production and excellent performances from Neeson, Fiennes and Kingsley.
34. The Octagon (1980)
R | 103 min | Action, Drama, Romance
A martial artist must defeat a plan by ninjas to create a worldwide training camp for terrorists.
Votes: 4,502 | Gross: $18.97M
Misunderstands much of the basics in filmmaking, in typical B-movie manner. Very entertaining!
35. Blue Ruin (2013)
R | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A mysterious outsider's quiet life is turned upside down when he returns to his childhood home to carry out an act of vengeance. Proving himself an amateur assassin, he winds up in a brutal fight to protect his estranged family.
Votes: 58,585 | Gross: $0.26M
Gets a lot of things right but loses its momentum half way through. Well-crafted social criticism with lukewarm ending.
36. Dyngkåt och hur helig som helst (2011 Video)
119 min | Comedy
Star: Mia Skäringer
Slow and a bit pointless. The jokes are stale and the script has no progression.
37. Popular Music (2004)
105 min | Comedy, Drama
Two boys grow up together in the town of Pajala during the 1960s. United by rock'n'roll music.
Surprisingly confident in terms of tone and style. Acting is of varying quality, but editing compensates for some of it. Voice-over doesn't blend in, but overall a competent film.
38. The Maze Runner (2014)
PG-13 | 113 min | Action, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Thomas is deposited in a community of boys after his memory is erased, soon learning they're all trapped in a maze that will require him to join forces with fellow "runners" for a shot at escape.
Votes: 386,031 | Gross: $102.43M
Reminiscent of The Cube but more fleshed out. Plot keeps you intrigued through out, but ending is somewhat far-fetched. Characters might lack originality but serve their purpose. OK.
39. Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015)
PG-13 | 131 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
After having escaped the Maze, the Gladers now face a new set of challenges on the open roads of a desolate landscape filled with unimaginable obstacles.
Votes: 200,415 | Gross: $81.70M
Plot is episodic, random and story has no arc. Not nearly as provocatively bad as it could have been though. More a setup for a conclusion than anything else.
40. Children of Men (2006)
R | 109 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
In 2027, in a chaotic world in which women have become somehow infertile, a former activist agrees to help transport a miraculously pregnant woman to a sanctuary at sea.
Votes: 428,942 | Gross: $35.55M
Original style and interesting story. Unfortunately it's a bit slow and unjustifiably lengthy at times. Would benefit from a tighter cut.
41. Show Me Love (1998)
Not Rated | 89 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Two teenage girls in small-town Sweden. Elin is beautiful, popular, and bored with life. Agnes is friendless, sad, and secretly in love with Elin.
Votes: 47,163 | Gross: $0.17M
Incredibly realistic in its depiction of a teenager's life (or at least how it could be in a small town during the late 90's) Maybe not the deepest exploration of love, homosexuality and social structures, but decent enough.
42. Rupture (I) (2016)
Not Rated | 102 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A single mom tries to break free from a mysterious organization that has abducted her.
Looks like a cheap music video and plays like a B-movie. Barely watchable. Rapace doesn't even come close to pull off a canadian/american accent.
43. Beyond (2010)
Not Rated | 99 min | Drama
A drama set in 1970s Sweden and centered on a young woman's experiences growing up in a home riddled with abuse and alcoholism.
Conveys moods incredibly well and acting efforts are mostly good. Both Noomi Rapace and Tehilla Blad are very believable. Not even comparable to Rapace's mediocre achievements in Hollywood.
44. Suicide Squad (2016)
PG-13 | 123 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
A secret government agency recruits some of the most dangerous incarcerated super-villains to form a defensive task force. Their first mission: save the world from the apocalypse.
Votes: 530,306 | Gross: $325.10M
A whole lot of characters I don't know why I should care about. Completely worthless until the end of second act where there's some glimpses of characterization. Plot is a total mess.
45. Super 8 (2011)
PG-13 | 112 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
During the summer of 1979, a group of friends witness a train crash and investigate subsequent unexplained events in their small town.
Votes: 319,999 | Gross: $127.00M
Very Spielbergian story with evident inspiration from E.T., Close Encounters and The Goonies. Quite interesting, but a bit muddled and in need of a clearer perspective.
46. Bredband (2004)
28 min | Drama, Short
Rune, a middle aged working class man, has lost his wife, his dog and his job, and now the city management wants to dig up his lawn in order to provide broadband for the neighborhood. ... See full summary »
Not very original story and some aspects have an amateur quality to them. Watchable.
47. Barbarella (1968)
PG | 98 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
Barbarella, an astronaut from the 41st century, sets out to find and stop the evil scientist Durand Durand, whose Positronic Ray threatens to bring evil back into the galaxy.
More a psychedelic showcase than an actual story. Worth seeing because of its place in film history and the influence it's had on pop culture.
48. Changeling (2008)
R | 141 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
A grief-stricken mother takes on the LAPD to her own detriment when it tries to pass off an obvious impostor as her missing child.
Votes: 222,764 | Gross: $35.74M
Quite interesting story, but Eastwood's somewhat stiff narrative makes it less emotional and more literal. Jolie has her moments.
49. Sleepers (1996)
R | 147 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller