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Last film added: December 16, 2018. There are currently 1603 films in the database (since 1996).


    Films I own on DVD (since 1996)

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  1. Movie DetailsA.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001) 10  Mind-blowingSci-FiI own on DVD
    A futuristic adaptation of the tale of Pinocchio, using intelligent robots with real feelings.
  2. Movie DetailsAdaptation. (2002) 10  ComedyMind-blowingDocumentary/TrueI own on DVDFilmometer Best Film of the Year
    A screenwriter writes himself into the screenplay he's trying to adapt from a nonfiction book.
  3. Movie DetailsAmazing Screw-On Head, The (2006) 10  AnimationComedyHorrorObscure/RareComic Book/SuperheroTV ShowsI own on DVD
    A TV pilot featuring Emperor Zombie and Lincoln. Any last words before I spark it?
  4. Movie DetailsAmélie (2001) 10  ComedyWith Sex/NudityI own on DVD
    Shy French waitress Amélie decides to be a regular do-gooder and accidentally falls in love.
  5. Movie DetailsBefore Sunset (2004) 10  I own on DVD
    Richard Linklater directs the sequel to Before Sunrise, set nine years later, in Paris.
  6. Movie DetailsCollected Shorts of Jan Svankmajer, The (2005) 10  AnimationHorrorObscure/RareI own on DVD
    An excellent retrospective of surreal, unsettling films from the Czech animator, dating 1965 to 1992.
  7. Movie DetailsCyclo (1996) 10  Obscure/RareI own on DVD
    After a Vietnamese man's bicycle-taxi is stolen, he desperately turns to the mob for work.
  8. Movie DetailsDance of Reality, The (2014) 10  FantasyObscure/RareWith Sex/NudityDocumentary/TrueI own on DVD
    Jodorowsky bares his soul through a dreamlike, mythical retelling of his childhood in Chile. Provocative.
  9. Movie DetailsDark City (1998) 10  ConspiracyFantasyMind-blowingSci-FiWith Sex/NudityI own on DVD
    Rufus Sewell struggles to recover his memories in a nightmarish world run by telekinetic beings.
  10. Movie DetailsEndless Poetry (2017) 10  FantasyObscure/RareDocumentary/TrueI own on DVD
    Jodorowsky's vibrant retelling of his life continues. Chronicles personal and artistic development via magical realism.
  11. Movie DetailsEraserhead 2000 (2001) 10  FantasyHorrorMind-blowingI own on DVD
    David Lynch's restored first feature film. A nightmarish 1977 masterpiece of grotesque, eerie postindustrial life.
  12. Movie DetailsEternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) 10  AnimationMind-blowingSci-FiI own on DVDFilmometer Best Film of the Year
    Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet undergo a procedure to erase each other from their memories.
  13. Movie DetailsFall, The (2008) 10  FantasyI own on DVD
    Tarsem Singh, director of 'The Cell,' creates a delightful fantasy based in 1920s Los Angeles.
  14. Movie DetailsFantastic Mr. Fox (2009) 10  AnimationComedyI own on DVD
    A brilliant adaptation by Wes Anderson of the classic Roald Dahl book. Fantastic stop-motion animation.
  15. Movie DetailsFear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998) 10  ComedySportDocumentary/TrueI own on DVD
    As your attorney, I advise you watch Johnny Depp as gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson.
  16. Movie DetailsFight Club (1999) 10  Mind-blowingWith Sex/NudityI own on DVD
    This is your life, and it's ending one minute at a time. Edward Norton stars.
  17. Movie DetailsGhost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999) 10  I own on DVD
    Forest Whitaker lives on a New York rooftop, with pigeons, and follows the Samurai code.
  18. Movie DetailsGhost World (2001) 10  ComedyComic Book/SuperheroI own on DVD
    A witty appraisal of America during the summer following Thora Birch's high school graduation.
  19. Movie DetailsGravity (2013) 10  Sci-FiI own on DVDFilmometer Best Film of the Year
    Breathtaking masterpiece inspires profound reflection on Earth and humanity. Among the greatest films ever made.
  20. Movie DetailsHappy Accidents (2000) 10  ComedyMind-blowingObscure/RareSci-FiI own on DVD
    Marisa Tomei wonders if her boyfriend Vincent D'Onofrio is really a time-traveler, or just delusional.
  21. Movie DetailsInland Empire (2006) 10  Mind-blowingWith Sex/NudityI own on DVD
    Lynch examines Hollywood and its artistic constraints in a bizarre/long jumble of movies within movies.
  22. Movie DetailsIt's Such a Beautiful Day (2012) 10  AnimationComedyObscure/RareI own on DVD
    Don Hertzfeldt's feature-film version of his animated philosophical trilogy about Bill and his shattered psyche.
  23. Movie DetailsKill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) 10  I own on DVD
    Quentin Tarantino directs Uma Thurman as the Bride in a martial-arts quest of revenge.
  24. Movie DetailsKill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004) 10  I own on DVD
    Quentin Tarantino directs Uma Thurman as the murderous Bride bent on exacting vengeance against Bill.
  25. Movie DetailsLost Highway (1997) 10  HorrorMind-blowingWith Sex/NudityI own on DVDFilmometer Best Film of the Year
    David Lynch's brilliant cinematic Möbius strip of paranoia, adultery, murder, and Freudian psychology.
  26. Movie DetailsLost in Translation (2003) 10  ComedyWith Sex/NudityI own on DVDFilmometer Best Film of the Year
    Unhappily married movie star Bill Murray meets neglected newlywed Scarlett Johansson in Tokyo.
  27. Movie DetailsMemento (2000) 10  Mind-blowingI own on DVD
    A man with no short-term memory uses tattooed notes to hunt down his wife's killer.
  28. Movie DetailsMulholland Drive (2001) 10  ConspiracyMind-blowingWith Sex/NudityI own on DVD
    David Lynch directs a dark Hollywood conspiracy about the psychosis of becoming someone else.
  29. Movie DetailsPi (1998) 10  ConspiracyMind-blowingSci-FiI own on DVDFilmometer Best Film of the Year
    A paranoid mathematician searches for a number to unlock the universal patterns found in nature.
  30. Movie DetailsPunch-Drunk Love (2002) 10  ComedyI own on DVD
    Businessman Adam Sandler begins a romantic journey with a curious woman amidst personal chaos.
  31. Movie DetailsRosetta (2000) 10  Obscure/RareI own on DVD
    The Dardenne Brothers' Dogme 95 film. Young Rosetta will do anything to maintain a job.
  32. Movie DetailsShort Films of David Lynch, The (2002) 10  HorrorObscure/RareI own on DVD
    A detailed DVD collection of Lynch's six short films, dating 1966 to 1996. Horrifically odd.
  33. Movie DetailsSpirited Away (2001) 10  AnimationFantasyI own on DVDFilmometer Best Film of the Year
    Miyazaki animates an alternate nighttime universe of Japanese gods and spirits.
  34. Movie DetailsStay (2005) 10  Mind-blowingI own on DVD
    The desperate psychological nightmare of a dying man. A visually rich, ghost-inhabited alternate reality.
  35. Movie DetailsV for Vendetta (2006) 10  ConspiracyMind-blowingSci-FiComic Book/SuperheroI own on DVD
    The Wachowski Brothers present the futuristic landscape of totalitarian Britain, starring Natalie Portman.
  36. Movie DetailsWorld of Tomorrow (2015) 10  AnimationComedyMind-blowingObscure/RareSci-FiI own on DVDFilmometer Best Film of the Year
    Brilliant Don Hertzfeldt short. A little girl experiences a mind-bending tour of her distant future.
  37. Movie DetailsYou Can Count on Me (2000) 10  I own on DVDFilmometer Best Film of the Year
    Drifter Mark Ruffalo reunites with sister Laura Linney in their childhood hometown.

  38. EXCELLENT
  39. Movie DetailsAnimation Show, The (2003) 9  AnimationComedyFantasyObscure/RareSci-FiI own on DVD
    A collection of short films (mostly comedy) put together by Mike Judge and Don Hertzfeldt.
  40. Movie DetailsAnimation Show 2005, The (2005) 9  AnimationComedyFantasyObscure/RareSci-FiI own on DVD
    Don Hertzfeldt, Bill Plympton and other animators return in this second collection of excellent shorts.
  41. Movie DetailsAnimation Show 2007, The (2007) 9  AnimationComedyFantasyObscure/RareI own on DVD
    The touring festival's third anthology of animated shorts collected by Don Hertzfeldt and Mike Judge.
  42. Movie DetailsContact (1997) 9  Sci-FiI own on DVD
    Jodie Foster stars in this Carl Sagan story about the search for intelligent extraterrestrial life.
  43. Movie DetailsDreamers, The (2004) 9  With Sex/NudityI own on DVD
    Outside, the Paris student riots of 1968 are happening. Inside, Eva Green is mesmerizing.
  44. Movie DetailseXistenZ (1999) 9  ConspiracyMind-blowingSci-FiI own on DVD
    Game designer Jennifer Jason Leigh creates a virtual-reality experience indistinguishable from real life.
  45. Movie DetailsFollowing (1998) 9  I own on DVD
    A dark thriller by Christopher Nolan about a young writer who follows strangers around London.
  46. Movie DetailsGo (1999) 9  ComedyWith Sex/NudityI own on DVD
    Three different comedic perspectives on a botched drug deal. Set in L.A. and Las Vegas.
  47. Movie DetailsGonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson (2008) 9  Obscure/RareDocumentary/TrueI own on DVD
    A fast-moving, entertaining portrait of late gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson, narrated by Johnny Depp.
  48. Movie DetailsHow to Die in Oregon (2011) 9  Obscure/RareDocumentary/TrueI own on DVD
    Peter Richardson's respectful, heartbreaking documentary about physician-assisted suicide and the beauty of life.
  49. Movie DetailsLive Flesh (1997) 9  With Sex/NudityI own on DVD
    Javier Bardem seeks revenge against the people he feels were responsible for his imprisonment.
  50. Movie DetailsMeeting People Is Easy (1999) 9  Musical/MusicObscure/RareDocumentary/TrueI own on DVD
    A documentary about the band Radiohead. An OK Computer travelogue of the disorientation of touring.
  51. Movie DetailsOffice Space (1999) 9  ComedyI own on DVD
    I'm going to have to go ahead and ask you to come in on Sunday.
  52. Movie DetailsOpen Your Eyes (1999) 9  HorrorMind-blowingSci-FiWith Sex/NudityI own on DVD
    The brilliant Amenábar film, starring Penélope Cruz, that Tom Cruise turned into Vanilla Sky.
  53. Movie DetailsPrimer (2004) 9  Mind-blowingSci-FiI own on DVD
    This puzzle film of time-travel paradoxes and loopholes begins with four inventors in a garage.
  54. Movie DetailsRed Turtle, The (2017) 9  AnimationFantasyI own on DVD
    A man stranded on a deserted island encounters an enormous red turtle. Dialogue-free Japanese fable.
  55. Movie DetailsRoyal Tenenbaums, The (2001) 9  ComedyI own on DVD
    Owen Wilson and Wes Anderson present a dysfunctional family reunion of former child prodigies.
  56. Movie DetailsRun Lola Run (1998) 9  AnimationI own on DVD
    A kinetic race against the clock in which small decisions domino into riches, or death.
  57. Movie DetailsScott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010) 9  AnimationComedyFantasyComic Book/SuperheroI own on DVD
    Clever graphic novel adaptation about a boy who must defeat his girlfriend's seven evil exes.
  58. Movie DetailsSong of the Sea (2014) 9  AnimationFantasyI own on DVD
    Magical journey of Irish siblings to free fairy creatures trapped in the modern world. Beautiful.
  59. Movie DetailsTorrey Pines (2016) 9  AnimationConspiracyMusical/MusicObscure/RareDocumentary/TrueI own on DVD
    Stop-motion adventure of 1990s youth. Director Clyde Peterson also leads queercore band Your Heart Breaks.
  60. Movie DetailsTwin Peaks - The Definitive Gold Box Edition (2007) 9  FantasyHorrorMind-blowingSci-FiTV ShowsI own on DVD
    David Lynch's groundbreaking 1990-91 TV series. It's a paranormal murder mystery set in northern Washington.
  61. Movie DetailsWonderfalls - The Complete Viewer Collection (2004) 9  ComedyTV ShowsI own on DVD
    Arguably the best cancelled television series ever. Only 4 of the 13 episodes actually aired.

  62. VERY GOOD
  63. Movie DetailsClear Cut: The Story of Philomath, Oregon (2006) 8  Obscure/RareDocumentary/TrueI own on DVD
    A documentary about political conflict in an Oregon logging town, directed by Peter Richardson.
  64. Movie DetailsDavid Lynch: The Art Life (2017) 8  Obscure/RareDocumentary/TrueI own on DVD
    Lynch discusses his early life, his art and his creative process. Meditative smoking and painting.
  65. Movie DetailsDynamic:01 - The Best Of DavidLynch.com (2007) 8  HorrorObscure/RareI own on DVD
    A collection of short films and interviews created for subscribing members of DavidLynch.com. Weird experiments.
  66. Movie DetailsHire Film Series Vol. 1, The (2001) 8  Obscure/RareI own on DVD
    Five short BMW-commissioned films starring Clive Owen. Directors include Kar-Wai Wong and Ang Lee.
  67. Movie DetailsJulien Donkey-Boy (1999) 8  Obscure/RareI own on DVD
    A Dogme 95 video-art exercise about the effects of schizophrenia on family life. Poetic desperation.
  68. Movie DetailsSix-String Samurai (1998) 8  Musical/MusicObscure/RareSci-FiI own on DVD
    In a post-apocalyptic America, samurai guitarist Buddy Holly journeys to Lost Vegas to become king.

  69. GOOD
  70. Movie DetailsBest of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, The (2005) 7  AnimationFantasySci-FiTV ShowsI own on DVD
    My childhood memories, now on DVD. A first-rate reMASTERing of this moralizing homoerotic 1980s toy-advert.


  71. Statistical ratings distribution of these 67 films (4.2% of total rated films):
    With enough films included, it usually approximates a bell curve with a mean near 6.5...
    (especially when considering that CRAP is 0-4 combined).
    Average rating for these 67 films: 9.4.

    10:55.2%

    9:34.3%

    8:9%

    7:1.5%

    6:0%

    5:0%

    CRAP:0%



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