The Green Mile (1999)

I’m in Heaven when I see a movie this good. Normally I would look at a run-time of a film set at 3 hours and 9 minutes and sigh, but this film hardly feels long at all. I love the time period that the movie is set in, I love the wide variety of cast members and characters. The costumes are great, the music is great. There is also an excellent bad guy… Percy. I would put him in my top ten best villains in a film. Stephen King’s movies do not always translate into good movies but this one hits it out of the park. It doesn’t hurt when Tom Hanks and Michael Clarke Duncan lead the cast. The movie’s real moments are great and their supernatural moments are even better. It’s an excellent blend of sci-fi and a prison film.
I can’t say enough good things about this, I’ll just say that the only reason it didn’t get a perfect score was that there were a couple of scenes that felt like they didn’t need to be there and it would have helped with the monstrous length of the film. Because let’s face it, nobody likes being in Prison and nobody wants to do the time of a three hour long movie, no matter how good it is. I suppose if this was made today it would have been split into at least 4 movies… so lets be thankful we don’t have to go through that. Why are you still reading this? Watch this film if you haven’t already!

98/100

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Gattaca (1997)

Don’t get your DNA in a twist, it’s just a movie! Honestly though, I could see this happening in the not too distant future. Genetics is an intriguing subject to tackle and this film did a great job showing the fears and concerns genetically superior people can be over just normal folks born the good ol’ fashioned way. Ethan Hawke and Jude Law were great in this, and despite Uma Thurman’s genetic deficiencies (what?!) She was also very good in this film, although I wish she would have let loose a little bit, she was very wooden (due to her character, not her acting choices). This movie also has a gorgeous score that I could listen to over and over. Alan Arkin’s sticktoitiveness gets on your nerves but in a good way, you just don’t want Hawke to get caught! You should see this movie, a believable sci-fi movie that has some good suspense in it as well. Check it out, otherwise I’ll suspect you are an invalid!

88/100

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A Very Merry Mix-Up (2013)

No, I actually picked this movie. It wasn’t a mix-up. I was at my wife’s Grandmother’s and we were searching for Christmas movies to watch, so I picked this one. I must say, it really wasn’t that bad. Yes, some of the acting was a little on the bad side, but I thought it was a fun Christmas film. I was able to guess the plot twist (mainly from the title) pretty quickly. Alicia Witt is very fun to watch, not only is she a cute red-head (who doesn’t like that?) but she has the most adorable facial expressions. She was definitely the star of the film. The movie’s villain (Witt’s fiance in the film) was as anti-Christmas as you can imagine. He did a good job, though. The new love interest she runs into accidentally was pretty bad, and I would say the vast share of points lost for the film are due to him. So, if you are looking for a fun and cheesy Hallmark movie to curl up to this winter, this one won’t kill you, at least it has Alicia Witt to brighten your Holidays.

68/100

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Deep Rising (1998)

A movie doesn’t have to be deep, to be enjoyable. Deep Rising has everything a good B-Movie needs… it has bad CGI, dorky bad guys and just unbelievable events that unfold throughout the film. Treat Williams does a great job keeping the cheesiness flowing in the film with his boyish good looks and his devil may care attitude. Famke Janssen brings some much needed smoulder to the movie as the sexy thief. The movie feels like a strange mix of Titanic, Oceans Eleven and the Abyss. Very gory and funny at times, this movie is an excellent 90’s representation of a mindless action/sci-fi flick. Not everyone will like this, but I found it quite enjoyable. Plus, Famke Janssen… she’s just great. See this.

79/100

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The Game (1997)

No this isn’t about Michael Douglas sitting down and finishing a 1000 piece puzzle upside down, no matter what the poster leads you to believe… this film is an excellent Suspense/Thriller. Douglas is a wealthy man that seems to have it all until his brother, played by Sean Penn, gives him an invite to a live action game that adds a lot of danger to Douglas’ life. Deborah Kara Unger has an excellent role in this as well and the two try to figure out what is going on. The twist at the end is pretty easy to figure out, but don’t let that keep you from enjoying this superbly made movie by David Fincher.

82/100

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The NeverEnding Story (1984)

If this was a really long movie, I’d have a pretty funny quip to write here, but it wasn’t so I’ll just say that this story was pretty good, just not neverending. Based off the book written by Michael Ende, this German tale come to life under Wolfgang Petersen’s direction. I would have never said just by looking at this movie that it’s a Wolfgang Peterson film, it’s just so funny looking and has a lot of puppets. Still, I found this film to be pretty entertaining and it definitely makes you want to dive right into a book after watching it. This movie also wins the award of best named characters. Check this one out, it’s pretty neat.

79/100

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