Tuesday, 5 January 2010

ickleReviews

Since Sunday 12 September 2004, I've been reviewing every film I see at the cinema, on video or DVD, and on TV. The reviews are supposed to be "ickle": small and easy to digest, giving you just enough about the film to help you decide whether or not you want to see it. Sometimes the reviews are very short, so if you'd like me to expand any of them, let me know by email and I'll add to it.

Update (Tuesday 5 January 2010): I haven't reviewed any films since Brüno (in a vain attempt to streamline my life and get on with my DPhil without unnecessary clutter) but I've still added these films to this list and given them a rating. These are the films without hyperlinks, such as The Boondock Saints.

Update (Monday 11 January 2010): I'm now going to try reviewing films within Twitter's limit of 140 characters, starting with The Road.

ickleRatings explained:
* a must-see: miss this and you're a damn fool
+ pooty good: a fair crack of the whip
= so-so: won't give you rabies, but don't break a leg to see it
- stinks royally: avoid like the plague

A
About Time +
The Adjustment Bureau +
Adventureland +
Afghan Star =
Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer =
AKA =
Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa =
Alexander -
Alice +
Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore +
Amores perros =
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy =
Annie Hall *
L'Argent +
Argo +
Arthur Christmas (3D) +
The Artist *
The Assassination of Richard Nixon =
Avatar +

B
Bad Education =
Bananas =
Band of Brothers *
Batman Begins -
The Beat That My Heart Skipped (aka De battre mon coeur s'est arrete) =
Before Midnight *
Before Sunrise *
Before Sunset *
Behind the Candelabra -
Be Kind Rewind -
Benda Bilili! +
Bend It Like Beckham =
Best Shot (aka Hoosiers) -
The Bicycle Thieves (aka Ladri di biciclette) *
Bigger Stronger Faster* +
Black Hawk Down +
The Blind Side +
Bloom =
Blow Out +
Blow-Up =
Blue Blood +
Blue Jasmine +
The Boondock Saints =
Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan +
The Bourne Identity +
The Bourne Supremacy +
The Bourne Ultimatum +
Bowling for Columbine +
Boyhood +
The Breakfast Club -
Breaking Away +
Breaking the Waves =
Brick +
Bridesmaids =
Broadway Danny Rose =
Broken Flowers +
Brokeback Mountain =
Brüno =
A Bug's Life =
Bugsy Malone +
Bullets Over Broadway +
Butterfly on a Wheel =

C
Calvary +
Capote =
Captain Phillips +
Carnage (cinema) +
Carnage (TV) *
Casino Royale +
Cassandra's Dream =
Catfish +
Cemetery Junction =
CGI-brows =
Charge: The Electric TT =
Chariots of Fire =
Chelsea on the Rocks =
Chinatown =
Chocolat +
A Christmas Story +
City Slickers -
Closer (cinema) +
Closer (DVD) +
A Cock and Bull Story +
Coffee and Cigarettes =
Cold Mountain =
Collateral +
The Color of Money =
Contact =
Control Room =
The Conversation =
Cookie's Fortune =
The Cooler =
Coraline =
The Corporation =
Crash (cinema) =
Crash (DVD) +
Crimes and Misdemeanors +
C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America -
The Curse of the Jade Scorpion +

D
Day & Night (3D) +
Dead Poets Society +
Dean Spanley =
Death Proof +
Deconstructing Harry +
Deep Throat =
The Departed =
Derailroaded +
The Descent -
Despicable Me =
Despicable Me 2 =
The Devil's Advocate =
Die Another Day =
DiG! +
Diner +
District 9 +
Django Unchained +
Documentary: The Margins of Reality -
Dog Altogether +
Dogville *
Donnie Brasco =
Donnie Darko +
Donnie Darko: The Director's Cut +
Double Indemnity +
Down by Law =
Downfall +
Drive +
Drugstore Cowboy =
Due Date =
Dylan Moran: Monster =

E
Eastern Promises =
Easy Riders, Raging Bulls +
Eddie Murphy Raw +
Eddie Izzard: Unrepeatable +
An Education +
End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones =
An Englishman Abroad =
Enough Said +
Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room +
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind +
Être et avoir +
Every Little Thing (aka La Moindre des choses) =
Everyone Says I Love You +
Everything in This Country Must +
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* But Were Afraid to Ask =
Exit Through the Gift Shop +

F
Fargo +
Fast Food Nation +
Fast Times at Ridgemont High =
Festival Express (cinema) *
Festival Express (DVD) *
50 First Dates =
Fight Club +
Finding Forrester =
Finding Neverland =
5x2 +
500 Days of Summer =
Flags of Our Fathers =
Following James Joyce, Dublin to Buffalo +
The Football Factory =
Forgetting Sarah Marshall =
Forrest Gump +
Four Lions +
The 40 Year Old Virgin +
Frankie and Johnny +
Frankie Boyle Live +
Frankie Howerd on Campus -
Freaky Friday +
Friday Night Lights +
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe *
Friends with Benefits =
Funny People =

G
Garden State (cinema) +
Garden State (DVD) +
Gerry =
Gilda -
The Godfather: Part II +
Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson -
Good Bye Lenin! +
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly +
The Good Girl =
Good Night, and Good Luck. +
The Good Samaritan -
Good Will Hunting +
A Good Woman -
Googlewhack Adventure +
Gosford Park *
Gravity *
The Great Global Warming Swindle +
A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints +

H
Hallam Foe +
Handkerchief Drill +
Hannah and Her Sisters +
Happy-Go-Lucky +
Harold and Maude +
Hearts and Minds +
Heat =
Hero =
He's Just Not That Into You -
Hidden (aka Cache) +
Hillsborough =
The History Boys *
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy =
Hollywood Ending =
Hostel =
Hot Fuzz =
The House I Live In +
House of Flying Daggers =
Hugo (3D) =
The Hurt Locker +
Husbands and Wives =

I
I Am Sam +
Igby Goes Down =
I Heart Huckabees =
The Inbetweeners Movie =
In Bruges +
Inception (cinema) +
Inception (DVD) +
An Inconvenient Truth +
The Incredibles =
Inglourious Basterds +
Inside Deep Throat =
The Interpreter -
In the Land of the Deaf (aka Le Pays des sourds) *
Invictus =
Iris =
The Iron Lady +
It's a Wonderful Life +

J
Jarhead =
Jeremy +
Jericho Days =
Jesus Camp +
Juno +

K
The King of Comedy +
The Kings of Summer *
The King's Speech =
Kinsey -
Knocked Up +
Kolja (aka Kolya) +

L
Lady Chatterley +
Lars and the Real Girl +
Last Days +
The Last King of Scotland +
The Last of the First =
Letters from Iwo Jima +
Letter to Brezhnev =
Liberal Arts +
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou =
Life in a Day +
Life Is Beautiful (aka La Vita è bella) +
Like Crazy +
Limitless =
Little Miss Sunshine +
The Lives of Others (aka Das Leben der Anderen) *
Local Hero =
Locke =
The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner =
Looking for Eric +
Looper -
Loose Change: 2nd Edition =
Love Actually +
Love and Death =

M
Manhattan *
Manhattan Murder Mystery =
Man on Wire +
March of the Penguins +
The Mark of Cain =
Marley +
Match Point (cinema) +
Match Point (DVD) +
Mayor of the Sunset Strip =
Me and You and Everyone We Know +
Meet the Fockers -
Melinda and Melinda +
Memento *
The Merchant of Venice =
Mesrine: Killer Instinct =
Mesrine: Public Enemy No. 1 =
Micmacs (aka Micmacs à tire-larigot) +
Midnight in Paris +
A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy =
Mighty Aphrodite +
A Mighty Wind =
The Mirror -
Moneyball +
Monster =
Moon +
Moonlight Mile *
The Motorcycle Diaries =
Murderball +
The Muse =

N
Napoleon Dynamite =
Network +
New York Doll +
Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist =
9 Songs =
9th Company +
No Direction Home: Bob Dylan +
Nora +
Notes on a Scandal +
Nowhere Boy +

O
Office Space +
Of Gods and Men +
On a Clear Day =
Once Upon a Time in America =
One Day in September +
Operator +
Overlord *

P
The Panic in Needle Park =
Partly Cloudy +
The Passion of the Christ -
Paul =
Paul Weller: Studio 150 =
The Perks of Being a Wallflower +
Phone Booth +
Pickle =
Pierrepoint (cinema) +
Pierrepoint (DVD) +
Play It Again, Sam =
Porky's -
The Poseidon Adventure -
A Prairie Home Companion *
Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire +
The Princess and the Frog +
The Producers =
The Program =
Project Nim +
Proof =
A Prophet (aka Un prophète) +
Pumping Iron +
Punk's Not Dead +
The Purple Rose of Cairo +

Q
Quick Change =

R
Radio Days =
Rain Man +
Red Lights (aka Feux Rouges) +
Red Road +
Remember the Titans +
Rize +
The Road +
Rocky Road to Dublin =
Roger & Me +
Roger Dodger =
Romantics Anonymous +
Romanzo criminale =
Rush +

S
Saloon =
Saw =
A Scanner Darkly +
Scent of a Woman =
Scoop +
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World +
Sea of Love =
Secretary =
The Selfish Giant +
Senna +
Shadows and Fog =
The Shining +
Shrek the Third =
Shut Up and Play the Hits +
Sicko +
Sideways =
Silent Shakespeare =
Silver City =
The Simpsons Movie +
Sin City +
Sin Nombre +
16 Blocks =
Skyfall =
Sleeper =
Sleepless in Seattle =
Slumdog Millionaire =
Small Time Crooks =
The Social Network +
Some Kind of Wonderful +
Some Like It Hot =
Somersault +
Somers Town +
SoulBoy (cinema) +
SoulBoy (HD) +
Source Code *
Spellbound +
Stardust Memories -
Starsky & Hutch =
The Stone Tape -
Strictly Ballroom =
Style Wars +
subUrbia =
Sunshine on Leith +
Superbad =
Super Size Me (cinema) =
Super Size Me (TV) =
Sweet and Lowdown =
Swingers +
Synecdoche, New York +

T
Take the Money and Run =
Ted =
The Terminal =
Thank You for Smoking +
The Thin Blue Line +
37 Uses for a Dead Sheep =
This Is England *
This Is Spinal Tap =
This Sporting Life =
Three Colours: Blue (aka Trois couleurs: Bleu) +
Three Colours: Red (aka Trois couleurs: Rouge) +
Three Colours: White (aka Trois couleurs: Blac) +
To Rome With Love =
Toy Story 3 (3D) +
Traffic =
Trance =
Trucker +
True Stories: Biggie and Tupac =
Tsotsi +
TT3D: Closer to the Edge (2D) +
2001: A Space Odyssey *

U
Under the Skin +
United 93 +
Untouchable (aka Intouchables) +
Up (2D) *
Up in the Air +
The U.S. vs. John Lennon +

V
Vicky Cristina Barcelona +


W
Wag the Dog +
Waking Life +
Walk the Line -
Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit +
WALL·E +
The War Room +
We Are Marshall =
Wedding Crashers =
Le Week-end +
Whatever Works +
What Maisie Knew +
What's New, Pussycat -
What's Up, Tiger Lily? =
When Harry Met Sally... *
When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts +
When We Were Kings =
Whip It +
Wide Sargasso Sea =
The Wind That Shakes the Barley +
Winter's Bone =
The Woodsman =
Woody Allen: A Documentary +
World Trade Center -

X
X-Men =

Y
Youth in Revolt =
You've Got Mail =
You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger +

Z
Zelig =
Zombieland +
Zoolander =