Sunday, 1 December 2019

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 (in-flight movie) +
About Time (DVD) *
The Adjustment Bureau +
Adult Life Skills +
Adventureland +
Afghan Star =
Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer =
AKA =
Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa =
Alexander -
Alice +
Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore +
All Good Things =
All the President’s Men +
All This Mayhem +
American Hustle +
Amores perros =
Amy +
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy =
Andre the Giant +
Annie Hall *
L'Argent +
Argo +
The Armstrong Lie +
Arrival +
Arthur Christmas (3D) +
The Artist *
The Assassination of Richard Nixon =
Atonement +
Avatar +
Away We Go +

B
The Babadook +
Baby Driver +
Bad Education =
Bananas =
Band of Brothers *
Batman Begins -
Battle of the Sexes +
The Beat That My Heart Skipped (AKA De battre mon coeur s'est arrete) =
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood +
Before Midnight *
Before Sunrise *
Before Sunset *
Beginners +
Behind the Candelabra -
Be Kind Rewind -
Belleville Rendez-Vous +
Benda Bilili! +
Bend It Like Beckham =
Best Shot (AKA Hoosiers) -
The Bicycle Thieves (AKA Ladri di biciclette) *
Bigger Stronger Faster* +
Big Hero 6 +
The Big Lebowski *
The Big Short +
The Big Sick +
Black Hawk Down +
BlacKkKlansman +
Black Orpheus =
Black Panther =
The Blind Side +
Bloom =
Blow Out +
Blow-Up =
Blue Blood +
Blue Jasmine +
The Bodyguard -
Bombshell +
The Book of Life =
Booksmart *
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 =
Bridge of Spies +
Broadway Danny Rose =
Broken Flowers +
Brokeback Mountain =
Brooklyn +
Brüno =
A Bug's Life =
Bugsy Malone +
Bullets Over Broadway +
Butterfly on a Wheel =

C
Café Society +
Call Me By Your Name *
Calvary +
Capitalism: A Love Story +
Capote =
Captain Fantastic +
Captain Phillips +
Captain Underpants =
Carnage (cinema) +
Carnage (TV) *
Carol (35mm) +
Casino Royale +
Cassandra's Dream =
Catching Hell +
Catfish +
Cemetery Junction =
Certain Women +
CGI-brows =
Charge: The Electric TT =
Chariots of Fire =
Check It =
Chelsea on the Rocks =
Chinatown =
Chocolat +
A Christmas Story +
The Circle =
City Slickers -
Closer (cinema) +
Closer (DVD) +
A Cock and Bull Story +
Coco +
Coffee and Cigarettes =
Cold Mountain =
Collateral +
The Color of Money =
The Commitments *
Contact =
Control Room =
The Conversation =
Cookie's Fortune =
The Cooler =
Coraline =
The Corporation =
Crash (cinema) =
Crash (DVD) +
Crazy Rich Asians =
Crimes and Misdemeanors +
C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America -
The Curse of the Jade Scorpion +

D
Danny Collins =
Darkest Hour +
Dating Amber =
Day & Night (3D) +
Dazed and Confused *
Dead Poets Society +
Dead Man's Shoes +
Dean Spanley =
The Death of Stalin +
Death Proof +
Deconstructing Harry +
Deep Throat =
Denial =
The Departed =
Derailroaded +
The Descent -
Despicable Me =
Despicable Me 2 =
The Devil's Advocate =
Die Another Day =
Diego Maradona +
DiG! +
Diner +
District 9 +
Django Unchained +
Documentary: The Margins of Reality -
Dog Altogether +
Dogville *
Do I Sound Gay? +
Donnie Brasco =
Donnie Darko +
Donnie Darko: The Director's Cut +
Double Indemnity +
Down by Law =
Downfall +
Draft Day -
Drive +
Drugstore Cowboy =
Due Date =
End of Watch +
An Englishman Abroad =
Enigma -
Enough Said +
Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room +
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind +
Être et avoir +
Everybody Wants Some!! +
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 +
Ex Machina +

F
The Falling =
The Farewell +
Fargo (DVD) +
Fargo (Netflix) +
The Fast and the Furious =
Fast Food Nation +
Fast Times at Ridgemont High =
The Favourite +
Ferris Bueller's Day Off =
Festival Express (cinema) *
Festival Express (DVD) *
50 First Dates =
Fight Club +
Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool +
The Final Year +
Finding Forrester =
Finding Neverland =
Finding Vivian Maier +
5x2 +
500 Days of Summer =
The Five-Year Engagement =
Flags of Our Fathers =
The Florida Project +
Following James Joyce, Dublin to Buffalo +
The Football Factory =
Forgetting Sarah Marshall =
Forrest Gump +
The Founder +
Four Lions +
Four Weddings and a Funeral =
The 40 Year Old Virgin +
Frances Ha +
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 =
Frost/Nixon +
Fruitvale Station +
Funny Cow +
Funny People =
Fury =

G
Garden State (cinema) +
Garden State (DVD) +
Gerry =
Get Out +
Gifted +
Gilda -
The Godfather: Part II +
Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson -
Good Bye Lenin! +
Goodfellas +
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly +
The Good Girl =
Good Night, and Good Luck. +
The Good Samaritan -
Good Vibrations +
Good Will Hunting +
A Good Woman -
Googlewhack Adventure +
Gosford Park *
The Grand Budapest Hotel =
Grandma +
Gravity *
The Great Global Warming Swindle +
Green Book +
Green Zone +
Gregory's Girl +
Grosse Pointe Blank =
The Guard =
A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints +

H
Hail, Caesar! +
Hallam Foe +
Handkerchief Drill +
Hannah and Her Sisters +
Happy-Go-Lucky +
Harold and Maude +
Hearts and Minds +
Heat =
The Heat =
Hero =
He's Just Not That Into You -
Hidden (AKA Cache) +
Hidden Figures =
Hillsborough =
The Hippopotamus +
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 Hunger Games =
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire =
Hunt for the Wilderpeople +
The Hurt Locker +
Husbands and Wives =
HyperNormalisation +

I
I Am Sam +
I, Daniel Blake +
Igby Goes Down =
I Heart Huckabees =
The Imitation Game +
The Inbetweeners Movie =
The Inbetweeners 2 =
In Bruges +
Inception (cinema) +
Inception (DVD) +
An Inconvenient Truth +
The Incredibles =
Inglourious Basterds +
Ingrid Goes West -
Inside Deep Throat =
Inside Llewyn Davis +
Inside Out *
The Interpreter -
In the Fade +
In the Land of the Deaf (AKA Le Pays des sourds) *
Invictus =
Iris =
The Iron Lady +
Irrational Man +
Isle of Dogs =
I, Tonya +
It's a Wonderful Life +

J
Jackie =
Jarhead =
Jaws =
Jeremy +
Jericho Days =
Jesus Camp +
Joker -
Judy =
Julie & Julia +
Juno +
Just Mercy +

K
Kedi =
The Kids Are Alright +
The King of Comedy +
The Kings of Summer *
The King's Speech =
Kinsey -
Knives Out +
Knocked Up +
Kolja (AKA Kolya) +

L
Lady Bird +
Lady Chatterley +
The Lady in the Van +
La La Land +
Lars and the Real Girl +
Last Days +
The Last King of Scotland +
The Last of the First =
Legally Blonde -
The Lego Movie =
Le Mans '66 (AKA Ford v Ferrari) +
Letters from Iwo Jima +
Letter to Brezhnev =
Liberal Arts +
Life, Animated +
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou =
Life in a Day +
Life Is Beautiful (AKA La Vita è bella) +
Like Crazy +
Limitless =
The Lion King =
Little Men +
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 =
The Lost City of Z =
Love Actually +
Love and Death =
Love & Mercy +
Love Is Strange +
Love, Simon +
Lucy =

M
Made in Dagenham =
The Madness of King George +
Maggie's Plan +
Magic in the Moonlight +
Manhattan *
Manhattan Murder Mystery =
Man on Wire +
March of the Penguins +
The Mark of Cain =
Marley +
Marriage Story +
The Martian +
Mary Poppins =
The Master +
Match Point (cinema) +
Match Point (DVD) +
Mayor of the Sunset Strip =
Mean Girls =
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 +
Mid90s +
A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy =
Mighty Aphrodite +
A Mighty Wind =
Minions =
The Mirror -
Misbehaviour =
Miss Americana =
Miss Sloane +
Mistress America +
Moana +
Moneyball +
Monster =
Moon +
Moonlight +
Moonlight Mile *
Moonrise Kingdom =
A Most Wanted Man =
The Motorcycle Diaries =
Mrs Doubtfire =
Murderball +
Murder on the Orient Express =
The Muse =
My Best Friend's Wedding =

N
Napoleon Dynamite =
Neighbors -
Network +
New York Doll +
Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist =
Nightcrawler +
9 Songs =
1917 *
99 Homes +
9th Company +
Nocturnal Animals +
No Country for Old Men +
No Direction Home: Bob Dylan +
Non-Fiction +
Nora +
Northern Soul +
Notes on a Scandal +
Notting Hill =
Nowhere Boy +

O
Obvious Child +
Office Space +
Official Secrets =
Of Gods and Men +
On a Clear Day =
Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood +
On Golden Pond *
On the Basis of Sex +
Once Upon a Time in America =
One Day in September +
Operator +
Overlord *
The Overnighters +

P
Paddington +
Paddington 2 +
The Panic in Needle Park =
Pan's Labyrinth +
Parasite +
Partly Cloudy +
The Passion of the Christ -
Paterno =
Paul =
Paul Weller: Studio 150 =
The Perks of Being a Wallflower +
The Personal History of David Copperfield +
Phantom Thread +
Phone Booth +
Pickle =
Pierrepoint (cinema) +
Pierrepoint (DVD) +
Pitch Perfect +
Pitch Perfect 2 =
Play It Again, Sam =
Porky's -
Portrait of a Lady on Fire *
The Poseidon Adventure -
The Prestige =
Pretty in Pink =
Pride =
The Princess and the Frog +
The Princess Bride =
The Producers =
Professor Marston and the Wonder Women =
The Program =
Project Nim +
Proof =
A Prophet (AKA Un prophète) +
Pumping Iron +
Punk's Not Dead +
The Purple Rose of Cairo +

Q
Quick Change =
The Queen =

R
Radio Days =
Rain Man +
Reality Bites =
Red Lights (AKA Feux Rouges) +
Red Road +
The Red Turtle +
Remember the Titans +
Rize +
The Road +
Rocketman +
Rocky Road to Dublin =
Roger & Me +
Roger Dodger =
Roma +
Romantics Anonymous +
Romanzo criminale =
Room +
Room 237 +
Rounders +
Rush +

S
Saloon =
Saving Mr. Banks +
Saw =
Say Anything… +
A Scanner Darkly +
Scent of a Woman =
School Ties =
Scoop +
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World +
Sea of Love =
Searching +
Searching for Sugar Man +
Secretary =
The Selfish Giant +
Senna +
Seven Psychopaths +
Shadows and Fog =
The Shape of Water =
The Shining +
Shrek the Third =
Shut Up and Play the Hits +
Sicario +
Sicko +
Sideways =
The Silence of the Lambs +
Silent Running =
Silent Shakespeare =
Silver City =
Silver Linings Playbook +
The Simpsons Movie +
Sin City +
Singin' in the Rain =
Singles =
Sing Street +
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 *
The Souvenir +
Spectre =
Spellbound +
Spotlight +
Stand By Me *
Stardust Memories -
A Star Is Born (2018) +
Starsky & Hutch =
Steve Jobs +
Still Alice +
The Stone Roses: Made of Stone *
The Stone Tape -
Strictly Ballroom =
Stronger +
Style Wars +
subUrbia =
Sully =
Sunshine on Leith +
Superbad =
Super Size Me (cinema) =
Super Size Me (TV) =
Supersonic =
Sweet and Lowdown =
Their Finest +
The Theory of Everything +
There Will Be Blood +
The Thin Blue Line +
The Third Man =
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri *
Three Colours: Blue (AKA Trois couleurs: Bleu) +
Three Colours: Red (AKA Trois couleurs: Rouge) +
Three Colours: White (AKA Trois couleurs: Blac) +
Three Kings +
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy =
To All the Boys I've Loved Before =
To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You =
To Rome With Love =
Toy Story 3 (3D) +
Traffic =
Trainwreck +
Trance =
Trucker +
True Grit (2010) +
True History of the Kelly Gang -
True Stories: Biggie and Tupac =
Tsotsi +
TT3D: Closer to the Edge (2D) +
T2 Trainspotting +
12 Angry Men +
20th Century Women +
21 =
The Two Popes +
2001: A Space Odyssey *

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

V
Vice +
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 +
Wayne's World =
The Way Way Back +
We Are Marshall =
Wedding Crashers =
Weiner +
Le Week-end +
Whatever Works +
What Maisie Knew +
What's New, Pussycat -
What's Up, Tiger Lily? =
What We Did on Our Holiday =
When Harry Met Sally... *
When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts +
When We Were Kings =
Whip It +
Whiplash +
Whitney: Can I Be Me =
Wide Sargasso Sea =
Wiener-Dog =
The Wife =
The Wind That Shakes the Barley +
Winter's Bone =
Won't You Be My Neighbor +
The Woodsman =
Woody Allen: A Documentary +
Working Girl -
World Trade Center -

X
X-Men =

Y
Yesterday =
Your Father's Murderer: A Letter to Zachary +
Your Sister's Sister +
Youth in Revolt =
You've Got Mail (TV) =
You've Got Mail (Amazon Video) =
You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger +

Z
Zelig =
Zombieland +
Zoolander =