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


    Watched During 2015

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  1. 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.

  2. EXCELLENT
  3. Movie DetailsBirdman (2014) 9  ComedyAcademy Awards Winner for Best Picture
    Washed-up movie star Keaton attempts a comeback via Broadway play while battling his ego. Surreal.
  4. Movie DetailsDouble, The (2014) 9  Comedy
    Cinematic adaptation of the Dostoevsky tale, full of loneliness and paranoia. Charmingly absurd, bureaucratic dystopia.
  5. Movie DetailsEx Machina (2015) 9  Sci-FiWith Sex/Nudity
    A young programmer is selected to help evaluate a female A.I. dubbed Ava. Thrilling, smart.
  6. Movie DetailsInside Out (2015) 9  AnimationComedyFantasy
    A Minnesota tween is moved to California. What goes on in her head? Pixar brilliance.
  7. Movie DetailsMad Max: Fury Road (2015) 9  Sci-Fi
    The fourth and best chapter. Charlize Theron rebels against tyranny in post-apocalyptic Australia. Car chase!
  8. Movie DetailsPredestination (2015) 9  Mind-blowingSci-FiWith Sex/Nudity
    Paradoxical head-trip. A temporal agent pursues an elusive terrorist through time, tries to prevent disasters.
  9. Movie DetailsSelma (2015) 9  Documentary/True
    Martin Luther King's campaign to secure equal voting rights via a 1965 Alabama march. Vital.
  10. Movie DetailsStation Agent, The (2003) 9  Comedy
    A solitary man with dwarfism inherits an abandoned train depot and moves in. Understated magic.
  11. Movie DetailsWhiplash (2014) 9  Musical/Music
    Driven by his cutthroat instructor, a conservatory drummer is hellbent on becoming a jazz great.

  12. VERY GOOD
  13. Movie DetailsBig Hero 6 (2014) 8  AnimationComedySci-Fi
    A robotics prodigy and inflatable robot Baymax become covert heroes of San Fransokyo. High-tech Pixar.
  14. Movie DetailsCity Dark, The (2012) 8  Obscure/RareDocumentary/True
    Documentary about the human and global consequences of modern light pollution and the disappearing stars.
  15. Movie DetailsComet (2014) 8  ComedyMind-blowingSci-Fi
    Bittersweet, jumbled retelling of moments from a couple's six-year relationship. Dreamlike references to parallel universes.
  16. Movie DetailsCongress, The (2014) 8  AnimationMind-blowingSci-Fi
    Ambitious, futuristic amalgam of Hollywood actor digitization and animated illusory utopia. Trippy. Robin Wright stars.
  17. Movie DetailsConjuring, The (2013) 8  HorrorDocumentary/True
    Creepy-as-hell 1971 paranormal investigation of a haunted Rhode Island farmhouse by Ed and Lorraine Warren.
  18. Movie DetailsGirl with the Dragon Tattoo, The (2010) 8  With Sex/Nudity
    A journalist and a hacker team up to investigate a 40-year-old unsolved disappearance. Dark, complex.
  19. Movie DetailsGone Girl (2014) 8  With Sex/Nudity
    Embrace media hysteria and lose faith in marriage and justice with Fincher's dark psychological thriller.
  20. Movie DetailsGruffalo, The (2009) 8  AnimationFantasyObscure/RareTV Shows
    A cunning mouse outwits a succession of predators while walking in the deep dark wood.
  21. Movie DetailsImitation Game, The (2014) 8  ConspiracyDocumentary/True
    How Alan Turing helped crack Germany's Enigma code during WWII and saved millions of lives.
  22. Movie DetailsInvisible War, The (2012) 8  Documentary/True
    Investigation of the rape epidemic in the U.S. military and its profound consequences. Tragic, appalling.
  23. Movie DetailsKung Fury (2015) 8  AnimationComedyFantasySci-Fi
    In 1985, a Miami cop goes back in time to kill Hitler. Over-the-top crowdfunded action-comedy.
  24. Movie DetailsMarvelous Misadventures of Flapjack - Seasons 1-3, The (2010) 8  AnimationComedyObscure/RareTV Shows
    Cartoon seafaring adventures of young Flapjack and pirate K'nuckles who live in a talking whale.
  25. Movie DetailsMonsters (2010) 8  Sci-Fi
    Six years after aliens invaded Earth, two Americans enter the Infected Zone. Satisfying, affecting road-movie.
  26. Movie DetailsNightcrawler (2014) 8  
    Chilling satire of tabloid TV news culture. Chasing ratings mutually supports chasing ambulances. Genius Gyllenhaal.
  27. Movie DetailsPeople, Places, Things (2015) 8  ComedyObscure/RareWith Sex/Nudity
    Graphic novelist Jemaine Clement, now single-parenting twin girls, can't get let go of his ex.
  28. Movie DetailsReality (2015) 8  ComedyMind-blowingObscure/Rare
    Surreal, compelling nonsense from absurdist Dupieux, who has taken a page from Lynch's Mulholland Drive.
  29. Movie DetailsRoom on the Broom (2012) 8  AnimationComedyFantasyObscure/RareTV Shows
    A gentle witch offers rides to a variety of animals on her increasingly crowded broom.
  30. Movie DetailsTangerine (2015) 8  ComedyObscure/RareWith Sex/Nudity
    A transgender prostitute tears through L.A. on Christmas Eve seeking her unfaithful pimp. Raunchy, empathetic.
  31. Movie DetailsTerms and Conditions May Apply (2013) 8  Obscure/RareDocumentary/True
    Documentary examines the erosion of privacy in the digital age. How corporations and governments spy.
  32. Movie DetailsTheory of Everything, The (2014) 8  Documentary/True
    Touching biography of physicist Stephen Hawking. Explores his personal life as ALS ravages his body.

  33. GOOD
  34. Movie DetailsAdvantageous (2015) 7  Obscure/RareSci-Fi
    Dystopian future where a middle-aged woman undergoes a drastic biomedical procedure to support her daughter.
  35. Movie DetailsBefore I Disappear (2014) 7  Obscure/Rare
    Circumstances cause a suicidal man to drag his young, precocious niece across Manhattan one night.
  36. Movie DetailsBoxtrolls, The (2014) 7  AnimationComedyFantasy
    An orphan raised by underground cave-dwelling trash collectors tries to save his friends from extermination.
  37. Movie DetailsDisappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them, The (2014) 7  Obscure/Rare
    The tragic dissolution of a romantic relationship, told from two perspectives in two independent chapters.
  38. Movie DetailsFrankenweenie (2012) 7  AnimationComedyHorrorSci-Fi
    Tim Burton's stop-motion love story between a boy and his (undead) dog. Classic horror homage.
  39. Movie DetailsFrequencies (2014) 7  Obscure/RareSci-Fi
    Ambitiously explores philosophical notions of fate and free will in an alternate reality of frequencies.
  40. Movie DetailsFrom One Second to the Next (2013) 7  Obscure/RareDocumentary/True
    Short documentary chronicling the devastating consequences of texting and driving, directed by Werner Herzog.
  41. Movie DetailsGirl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest, The (2010) 7  Conspiracy
    The trilogy finale. Hacker Lisbeth Salander is hospitalized, suspected of murder and targeted for death.
  42. Movie DetailsGirl Who Played with Fire, The (2010) 7  ConspiracyWith Sex/Nudity
    Hacker Lisbeth Salander becomes the prime suspect in deaths following a Swedish sex trade exposé.
  43. Movie DetailsGod Forgive Us (2014) 7  Obscure/RareWith Sex/Nudity
    Parallel stories of four struggling strangers build to an unexpected collision. Engaging indie. Acting is passable.
  44. Movie DetailsGruffalo's Child, The (2011) 7  AnimationFantasyObscure/RareTV Shows
    The child of the Gruffalo ignores her father's warnings and seeks the Big Bad Mouse.
  45. Movie DetailsI Cannot Go on as I Am (2015) 7  Musical/MusicObscure/RareSci-Fi
    Silent musical by Edgardo Flores. A woman loses her job and lover. Meaning in stillness.
  46. Movie DetailsJurassic World (2015) 7  Sci-Fi
    An enjoyably self-conscious, formulaic blockbuster of dinosaur de-extinctions. Part four! Bryce Dallas Howard is fun.
  47. Movie DetailsLoneliest Planet, The (2012) 7  Obscure/RareWith Sex/Nudity
    A pivotal, instinctive reaction divides a couple's hiking trek in Georgia's Caucasus Mountains. Slow, stunning.
  48. Movie DetailsLove & Teleportation (2013) 7  Mind-blowingObscure/RareSci-Fi
    A disgraced quantum mechanics professor invents a teleportation machine in his garage. Clever, charming ending.
  49. Movie DetailsLucy (2014) 7  Sci-Fi
    Stylish, fast-paced existential thriller. But you must concede the utter nonsense about 10% brain capacity.
  50. Movie DetailsMalèna (2001) 7  With Sex/NudityDocumentary/True
    In WWII Italy, Monica Bellucci provokes sensual awakenings in adolescent boys and scorn from townsfolk.
  51. Movie DetailsMood Indigo (2014) 7  AnimationComedyFantasyWith Sex/Nudity
    Gondry outwhimsied himself with this bipolar stop-motion diorama. Like Pee-wee's Playhouse plus Amélie, n'est-ce pas?
  52. Movie DetailsMy Week with Marilyn (2011) 7  Documentary/True
    Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe in 1956, through the eyes of a London film student.
  53. Movie DetailsOblivion (2013) 7  Mind-blowingSci-Fi
    A dazzling, futuristic Tom Cruise space vehicle. Sadly overexplains the post-apocalyptic mystery. Fuck you, Sally.
  54. Movie DetailsRosewater (2014) 7  Obscure/RareDocumentary/True
    Iranian-Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari is jailed in Iran under suspicion of espionage. Jon Stewart directs.
  55. Movie DetailsSoaked in Bleach (2015) 7  ConspiracyMusical/MusicDocumentary/True
    Compelling docudrama about the last days of Kurt Cobain. Re-open the death investigation, Seattle PD.
  56. Movie DetailsSon of the Congo (2015) 7  Obscure/RareSportDocumentary/True
    Basketball star Serge Ibaka returns to the Congo with the hope of uplifting communities. Heartwarming.
  57. Movie DetailsTime Lapse (2015) 7  Mind-blowingSci-Fi
    A mysterious device takes pictures 24 hours into the future. Engaging time-machine premise, passable acting.
  58. Movie DetailsTomorrowland (2015) 7  Sci-Fi
    I can't resist the retro-futurism of 1960s World's Fairs. Magical adventure into an alternate dimension.
  59. Movie DetailsWho is Dayani Cristal? (2014) 7  Obscure/RareDocumentary/True
    Moving portrait of border-crossing migrant workers. Begins with an unidentified body in the Arizona desert.
  60. Movie DetailsWrong (2013) 7  ComedyObscure/Rare
    Absurdist Dupieux film about a man changing others' lives while looking for his lost dog.
  61. Movie DetailsYoung & Beautiful (2014) 7  With Sex/Nudity
    Both male fantasy and moving coming-of-age story. A sexually curious French girl takes up prostitution.
  62. Movie DetailsZero Theorem, The (2014) 7  FantasySci-FiWith Sex/Nudity
    A computer hacker trying to discover the meaning of life keeps being interrupted by Management.

  63. FAIR
  64. Movie DetailsGodzilla (2014) 6  Sci-Fi
    Godzilla rises again in this nuclear-powered remake that spans the Pacific. Awesome monsters, dull humans.
  65. Movie DetailsHot Girls Wanted (2015) 6  Obscure/RareWith Sex/NudityDocumentary/True
    Superficial documentary of lost and confused young women being exploited in the amateur porn industry.
  66. Movie DetailsLast Night (2011) 6  
    Tense study of whether tempted spouses will actually commit adultery. Knightley glows, Worthington is dull.
  67. Movie DetailsLove (2012) 6  Obscure/RareSci-Fi
    Lonely astronaut stranded aboard the ISS develops cabin fever, becomes one with the universe. Posthumanism.
  68. Movie DetailsMan with the Iron Fists, The (2012) 6  
    RZA's martial arts thriller combines kung-fu action and hip-hop style. Saga of a Chinese blacksmith.
  69. Movie DetailsParallels (2015) 6  Mind-blowingObscure/RareSci-Fi
    A mysterious building is the gateway to infinite parallel Earths. Interesting concept, but mediocre execution.
  70. Movie DetailsRubber (2011) 6  ComedyHorror
    Dupieux's surreal grindhouse spoof and commentary on the absurdity of cinema, starring a homicidal tire.
  71. Movie DetailsSelf/less (2015) 6  Sci-Fi
    Explores the premise of transplanting minds into new bodies. Turns into a conventional action movie.
  72. Movie DetailsUpside Down (2013) 6  FantasySci-Fi
    If you can somehow accept the ludicrous science/impossible physics, it's charming. An ambitious love story.
  73. Movie DetailsVANish (2015) 6  HorrorObscure/Rare
    A drug lord's daughter is taken hostage by amateurs. Entertaining mayhem ensues inside their van.

  74. ADEQUATE
  75. Movie DetailsInterview, The (2014) 5  ComedyWith Sex/Nudity
    Sophomoric Seth Rogen comedy about North Korea/dick jokes. Gained notoriety due to Sony Pictures hack.
  76. Movie DetailsMan with the Iron Fists 2, The (2015) 5  Obscure/Rare
    RZA, the kung-fu blacksmith, arrives unceremoniously in an oppressed silver-mining village in feudal China. Fight!
  77. Movie DetailsOne and Two (2015) 5  FantasyObscure/Rare
    Siblings with teleportation powers live with their abusive father on an isolated Mennonite-like farmstead. WTF.
  78. Movie DetailsReconstruction of William Zero, The (2015) 5  Obscure/RareSci-Fi
    A geneticist with amnesia awakes under the care of his identical twin. Clever, but clumsy.

  79. FROM BAD TO WORSE
  80. Movie DetailsC.O.G. (2013) CRAP  ComedyObscure/Rare
    A self-absorbed graduate tries living the simple life in Oregon, finds self-hatred through religion? Pointless garbage.
  81. Movie DetailsSharknado (2013) CRAP  HorrorTV Shows
    Was idiotically curious about the magnitude of this TV-movie's absurdity. It's a bloody, bad-CGI trainwreck.
  82. Movie DetailsWrong Cops (2013) CRAP  ComedyObscure/Rare
    Aggressively self-conscious inanity via wild, musical antics of a moronic, corrupt police force. WTF, Dupieux.


  83. How much time was spent watching movies?
    On average, Ian watched 0.2 films per day during the past 365 days.
    That's a daily average of about 22 minutes of cinema. Or, about 1.5 films per week.


    Statistical ratings distribution of these 76 films (4.7% 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 76 films: 7.1.

    10:1.3%

    9:11.8%

    8:26.3%

    7:38.2%

    6:13.2%

    5:5.3%

    CRAP:3.9%



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