2015 Diary

by guineabrat | created - 01 Jan 2015 | updated - 7 months ago | Public

Things I saw this year.

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1. The Masseurs and a Woman (1938)

66 min | Drama

Two blind masseurs travel to a mountain retreat. One of them falls for a visiting lady from Tokyo and investigates a series of thefts.

Director: Hiroshi Shimizu | Stars: Shotaro Akagi, Shin'ichi Himori, Ayuko Hirano, Toru Hirose

Votes: 500

2. The Carpetbaggers (1964)

PG | 150 min | Drama, Romance

Jonas Cord's a disagreeable young tycoon who's building planes, directing films and catting around on the corporate make, in the 1930's Hollywood.

Director: Edward Dmytryk | Stars: George Peppard, Alan Ladd, Carroll Baker, Robert Cummings

Votes: 1,790 | Gross: $28.41M

3. The Immigrant (2013)

R | 120 min | Drama, Romance

77 Metascore

1921. An innocent immigrant woman is tricked into a life of burlesque and vaudeville until a dazzling magician tries to save her and reunite her with her sister who is being held in the confines of Ellis Island.

Director: James Gray | Stars: Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix, Jeremy Renner, Dagmara Dominczyk

Votes: 26,948 | Gross: $2.01M

4. Jackass 3D (2010)

R | 94 min | Documentary, Action, Comedy

56 Metascore

Johnny Knoxville and company return for the third installment of their TV show spin-off, where dangerous stunts and explicit public displays rule.

Director: Jeff Tremaine | Stars: Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O, Bam Margera, Ryan Dunn

Votes: 53,796 | Gross: $117.22M

5. The Dog (I) (2013)

Not Rated | 101 min | Documentary, Adventure, Biography

76 Metascore

A documentary portrait of the late John Wojtowicz, whose attempted robbery of a Brooklyn bank to finance his male lover's sex-reassignment surgery was the real-life inspiration for Dog Day Afternoon (1975).

Directors: Allison Berg, Frank Keraudren | Stars: John Wojtowicz, Carmen Bifulco, Jeremy Bowker, Liz Debbie Eden

Votes: 814 | Gross: $0.04M

6. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)

PG | 115 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

75 Metascore

When seeds drift to earth from space, mysterious pods begin to grow and invade a small town, replicating the residents one body at a time.

Director: Philip Kaufman | Stars: Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, Jeff Goldblum, Veronica Cartwright

Votes: 46,947 | Gross: $24.95M

7. The Power and the Glory (1933)

Passed | 76 min | Drama

A man's life is retold just after his funeral. Beginning as a track walker, Tom Garner rose through all sorts of railroad jobs to head the company. In the meantime he lost touch with his ... See full summary »

Director: William K. Howard | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Colleen Moore, Ralph Morgan, Helen Vinson

Votes: 535

8. Locke (2013)

R | 85 min | Drama

81 Metascore

Ivan Locke, a dedicated family man and successful construction manager, receives a phone call on the eve of the biggest challenge of his career that sets in motion a series of events that threaten his carefully cultivated existence.

Director: Steven Knight | Stars: Tom Hardy, Olivia Colman, Ruth Wilson, Andrew Scott

Votes: 122,098 | Gross: $1.36M

9. Rich Hill (2014)

Not Rated | 91 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

75 Metascore

Rich Hill intimately chronicles the turbulent lives of three boys living in an impoverished Midwestern town and the fragile family bonds that sustain them.

Directors: Andrew Droz Palermo, Tracy Droz Tragos | Stars: Alyssa Jewell, Andrew Jewell, Elizabeth Jewell, Willie Jewell

Votes: 2,121

10. Life Itself (2014)

R | 121 min | Documentary, Biography

87 Metascore

The life and career of the renowned film critic and social commentator, Roger Ebert.

Director: Steve James | Stars: Roger Ebert, Chaz Ebert, Gene Siskel, Martin Scorsese

Votes: 14,166 | Gross: $0.81M

11. Knock on Any Door (1949)

Approved | 100 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

An attorney defends a hoodlum of murder, using the oppressiveness of the slums to appeal to the court.

Director: Nicholas Ray | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, John Derek, George Macready, Allene Roberts

Votes: 2,746

12. Undercurrent (1946)

Approved | 116 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller

Middle-aged bride Ann Hamilton soon begins to suspect that her charming husband is really a psychotic who plans to murder her.

Director: Vincente Minnelli | Stars: Katharine Hepburn, Robert Taylor, Robert Mitchum, Edmund Gwenn

Votes: 2,514

13. Boyhood (I) (2014)

R | 165 min | Drama

100 Metascore

The life of Mason, from early childhood to his arrival at college.

Director: Richard Linklater | Stars: Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke, Elijah Smith

Votes: 317,771 | Gross: $25.38M

14. Death of a Cyclist (1955)

Not Rated | 88 min | Crime, Drama

A couple having an affair strike a bicyclist with their car and do not offer aid out of fear of their relationship being exposed.

Director: Juan Antonio Bardem | Stars: Lucia Bosé, Alberto Closas, Bruna Corrà, Carlos Casaravilla

Votes: 2,835

15. Fear in the Night (1947)

Passed | 72 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A man dreams he committed murder, then begins to suspect it was real.

Director: Maxwell Shane | Stars: Paul Kelly, DeForest Kelley, Ann Doran, Kay Scott

Votes: 1,192

16. Hester Street (1975)

PG | 89 min | Drama, Romance

It's 1896. Yankel Bogovnik, a Russian Jew, emigrated to the United States three years earlier and has settled where many of his background have, namely on Hester Street on the Lower East ... See full summary »

Director: Joan Micklin Silver | Stars: Steven Keats, Carol Kane, Mel Howard, Dorrie Kavanaugh

Votes: 1,155

17. For All Mankind (1989)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary, History

An in-depth look at various NASA moon landing missions, starting with Apollo 8.

Director: Al Reinert | Stars: Jim Lovell, Ken Mattingly, Russell Schweickart, Eugene Cernan

Votes: 4,646 | Gross: $0.77M

18. The King of Kings (1927)

Not Rated | 155 min | Biography, Drama, History

Jesus Christ faces religious and political oppression during his ministry and in the days before his death and resurrection.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: H.B. Warner, Dorothy Cumming, Ernest Torrence, Joseph Schildkraut

Votes: 1,754 | Gross: $1.77M

19. Port of Shadows (1938)

Not Rated | 91 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

A military deserter finds love and trouble (and a small dog) in a smoky French port city.

Director: Marcel Carné | Stars: Jean Gabin, Michel Simon, Michèle Morgan, Pierre Brasseur

Votes: 7,457 | Gross: $0.03M

20. The Promise (1996)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama

82 Metascore

Roger uses his son Igor to ruthlessly traffic and exploit undocumented immigrants. When one of the immigrants is killed, Igor is guilt-ridden and wants to care for the dead man's family against his father's orders.

Directors: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne | Stars: Jérémie Renier, Olivier Gourmet, Assita Ouedraogo, Jean-Michel Balthazar

Votes: 6,570 | Gross: $0.45M

21. Things to Come (1936)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, War

The story of a century: a decades-long second World War leaves plague and anarchy, then a rational state rebuilds civilization and attempts space travel.

Director: William Cameron Menzies | Stars: Raymond Massey, Edward Chapman, Ralph Richardson, Margaretta Scott

Votes: 6,442

22. As It Is in Heaven (2004)

Not Rated | 133 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

A successful international conductor suddenly interrupts his career and returns alone to his childhood village in Norrland, in the far north of Sweden. It doesn't take long before he is ... See full summary »

Director: Kay Pollak | Stars: Michael Nyqvist, Frida Hallgren, Helen Sjöholm, Lennart Jähkel

Votes: 15,367 | Gross: $0.01M

23. Last Call at the Oasis (2011)

PG-13 | 105 min | Documentary

64 Metascore

A documentary on the world's water crisis.

Director: Jessica Yu | Stars: Erin Brockovich-Ellis, Jay Famiglietti, Peter H. Gleick, Tim Barnett

Votes: 418 | Gross: $0.04M

24. Nothing But a Man (1964)

Not Rated | 95 min | Drama, Romance

87 Metascore

A black man and his school-teacher wife face discriminatory challenges in 1960s America.

Director: Michael Roemer | Stars: Ivan Dixon, Abbey Lincoln, Julius Harris, Gloria Foster

Votes: 1,100 | Gross: $0.01M

25. Women Aren't Funny (2014)

Not Rated | 79 min | Documentary, Comedy

Comedian Bonnie McFarlane dons her investigative journalist's hat to find out once and for all if women are funny and report her unbiased findings in what some are calling the most important documentary of our generation.

Director: Bonnie McFarlane | Stars: Maria Bamford, Adam Carolla, Anthony Cumia, Susie Essman

Votes: 441

26. Helium (II) (2013)

Not Rated | 23 min | Short, Drama, Family

A young boy Alfred is dying, but through the stories about HELIUM - a magical fantasy world, told by the hospital's eccentric janitor Enzo, Alfred regain the joy and happiness of his life, and finds a safe haven away from daily life.

Director: Anders Walter | Stars: Casper Crump, Pelle Falk Krusbæk, Marijana Jankovic

Votes: 2,161

27. The Voorman Problem (2011)

TV-PG | 13 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

Doctor Williams is the latest psychiatrist to deal with a smug patient called Voorman who claims to be God himself. Although skeptical, Williams soon gets an eerie feeling that openly malicious Voorman is not simply insane.

Director: Mark Gill | Stars: Martin Freeman, Simon Griffiths, Tom Hollander, Elisabeth Gray

Votes: 1,013

28. Just Before Losing Everything (2013)

29 min | Short, Drama, Family

Miriam, with her two children, escapes her husband, whom she fears.

Director: Xavier Legrand | Stars: Léa Drucker, Anne Benoît, Miljan Châtelain, Mathilde Auneveux

Votes: 750

29. That Wasn't Me (2012)

Not Rated | 25 min | Short, Drama, War

A harrowing tale of courage and forgiveness as told from the perspective of the killers. Being a soldier is not difficult: either you get used to it or they kill you. The hardest thing is ... See full summary »

Director: Esteban Crespo | Stars: Alejandra Lorente, Gustavo Salmerón, Babou Cham, Mariano Nguema

Votes: 515

30. Do I Have to Take Care of Everything? (2012)

TV-PG | 7 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

A chaotic morning in a family with kids, and a mother who is determined that it's best to take care of everything herself.

Director: Selma Vilhunen | Stars: Joanna Haartti, Santtu Karvonen, Ranja Omaheimo, Ella Toivoniemi

Votes: 938

31. The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2014: Live Action (2014 Video)

Not Rated | 111 min | Drama

Collective screening of the Academy Award nominated short films from the Live Action category for 2014.

Votes: 150

32. Le Samouraï (1967)

GP | 101 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

After professional hitman Jef Costello is seen by witnesses his efforts to provide himself an alibi drive him further into a corner.

Director: Jean-Pierre Melville | Stars: Alain Delon, François Périer, Nathalie Delon, Cathy Rosier

Votes: 39,862 | Gross: $0.04M

33. Maverick (1994)

PG | 127 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

62 Metascore

Bret Maverick, needing money for a poker tournament, faces various comic mishaps and challenges, including a charming woman thief.

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, James Garner, Graham Greene

Votes: 95,726 | Gross: $101.63M

34. The Fan (1981)

R | 95 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

Douglas, a record salesman, is an obsessive fan of actress Sally Ross. When his letters are rejected, he strikes out at her and her loved ones.

Director: Ed Bianchi | Stars: Lauren Bacall, James Garner, Michael Biehn, Maureen Stapleton

Votes: 1,690

35. Werckmeister Harmonies (2000)

145 min | Drama, Mystery

92 Metascore

An innocent young man witnesses violence break out after an isolated village is inflamed by the arrival of a circus and its peculiar attractions: a giant whale and a mysterious man named "The Prince."

Directors: Béla Tarr, Ágnes Hranitzky | Stars: Lars Rudolph, Peter Fitz, Hanna Schygulla, János Derzsi

Votes: 11,339 | Gross: $0.03M

36. Criss Cross (1949)

Not Rated | 84 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

An armored truck driver and his lovely ex-wife conspire with a gang to have his own truck robbed on the route.

Director: Robert Siodmak | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Yvonne De Carlo, Dan Duryea, Stephen McNally

Votes: 6,376

37. So Dark the Night (1946)

Not Rated | 71 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Paris police detective Cassin has a well needed vacation at a rural inn, where the owners' adult daughter shows interest in him but she has a jealous boyfriend. Will Cassin need his skills?

Director: Joseph H. Lewis | Stars: Steven Geray, Micheline Cheirel, Eugene Borden, Ann Codee

Votes: 895

38. He Loves Me... He Loves Me Not (2002)

PG-13 | 92 min | Romance, Thriller

63 Metascore

A young woman who is in love with a married doctor becomes dangerous when her attempts to persuade him to leave his wife are unsuccessful. However, when things are seen from his point of view, the real situation becomes clear.

Director: Laetitia Colombani | Stars: Audrey Tautou, Samuel Le Bihan, Isabelle Carré, Sophie Guillemin

Votes: 17,795 | Gross: $1.01M

39. Double or Nothing (1940)

Approved | 18 min | Comedy, Musical, Short

This short subject has a clever gimmick- the cast consists of doubles for noted actors and actresses. The plot has Lee Dixon hit on the head and imagining he is in a series of movie scenes.... See full summary »

Director: Roy Mack | Stars: Lee Dixon, The Hollywood Doubles, Ed Smalle's Octet, John Elliott

Votes: 61

40. When You Grow Up (1973)

11 min | Short

Educational short that introduces children to the concept of working in a career for income to acquire the necessities and pleasures of life. Briefly looks at many different jobs to get kids to consider what they will do when they grow up.

Director: Jerry Kurtz | Star: Les Shaw

Votes: 92

41. I Was an Adventuress (1940)

Not Rated | 81 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

A pair of crooks (von Stroheim and Lorre) use a phony countess (Zorina) who winds up falling in love with one of their victims (Greene).

Director: Gregory Ratoff | Stars: Vera Zorina, Richard Greene, Erich von Stroheim, Peter Lorre

Votes: 175

42. Finding Vivian Maier (2013)

Not Rated | 83 min | Documentary, Biography, Mystery

75 Metascore

A documentary on the late Vivian Maier, a nanny whose previously unknown cache of 100,000 photographs earned her a posthumous reputation as one of the most accomplished street photographers.

Directors: John Maloof, Charlie Siskel | Stars: Vivian Maier, John Maloof, Daniel Arnaud, Simon Amédé

Votes: 12,150 | Gross: $1.51M

43. Seems Like Old Times (1980)

PG | 102 min | Comedy, Romance

58 Metascore

Wrongfully accused of a bank robbery, a writer seeks the help of his ex-wife, who is now married to the soon-to-be D.A. of California.

Director: Jay Sandrich | Stars: Goldie Hawn, Chevy Chase, Charles Grodin, Robert Guillaume

Votes: 7,945 | Gross: $44.00M

44. The Last of Sheila (1973)

PG | 120 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A year after Sheila is killed in a hit-and-run, her multi-millionaire husband invites a group of friends to spend a week on his yacht playing a scavenger hunt-style mystery game. The game turns out to be all too real and all too deadly.

Director: Herbert Ross | Stars: Richard Benjamin, James Coburn, James Mason, Dyan Cannon

Votes: 4,562

45. Bye Bye Monkey (1978)

113 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

A man walking on the beach near New York City finds the corpse of King Kong. He also finds Kong's orphaned son, and takes it to a friend who lives in the city, and they decide to raise it.

Director: Marco Ferreri | Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Marcello Mastroianni, James Coco, Geraldine Fitzgerald

Votes: 997

46. Bad Words (2013)

R | 89 min | Comedy, Drama

57 Metascore

A spelling bee loser sets out to exact revenge by finding a loophole and attempting to win as an adult.

Director: Jason Bateman | Stars: Jason Bateman, Kathryn Hahn, Allison Janney, Rohan Chand

Votes: 44,335 | Gross: $7.76M

47. Last Days in Vietnam (2014)

Not Rated | 98 min | Documentary, History, War

86 Metascore

During the chaotic final weeks of the Vietnam War, the North Vietnamese Army closes in on Saigon as the panicked South Vietnamese people desperately attempt to escape. On the ground, ... See full summary »

Director: Rory Kennedy | Stars: Richard Nixon, Henry Kissinger, Stuart Herrington, Juan Valdez

Votes: 3,519 | Gross: $0.47M

48. Dark Command (1940)

Approved | 94 min | Drama, Romance, Western

6.8