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


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  1. 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.

  2. EXCELLENT
  3. Movie Details10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) 9  HorrorSci-Fi
    Winstead awakens in a bunker. Is the outside world under widespread attack? Tense chamber piece.
  4. Movie Details13th (2016) 9  Obscure/RareDocumentary/True
    In-depth look at racial inequality, criminalization and the prison-industrial complex in the U.S. Essential. Tragic.
  5. Movie DetailsAnomalisa (2016) 9  AnimationComedyWith Sex/Nudity
    A joyless motivational speaker just going through the motions has an extraordinary experience. Stop-motion humanity.
  6. Movie DetailsMartian, The (2015) 9  Sci-Fi
    Astronaut Matt Damon, accidentally abandoned on Mars, has just one month of supplies. Compelling realism.
  7. Movie DetailsMe and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015) 9  AnimationComedy
    A Pittsburgh high-schooler is deeply changed after befriending a classmate with cancer. Witty and heartbreaking.
  8. Movie DetailsRevenant, The (2015) 9  
    The resilience of Leonardo DiCaprio, 1820s frontiersman on a fur trading expedition. Epic survival tale.
  9. 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.
  10. Movie DetailsSpotlight (2015) 9  Documentary/TrueAcademy Awards Winner for Best Picture
    True story of Boston Globe journalists uncovering systematic child molestation cover-ups in the Catholic Church.
  11. 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.

  12. VERY GOOD
  13. Movie DetailsBabadook, The (2014) 8  Horror
    A single mother and her troubled boy find a creepy children's book. Slowly enveloping dread.
  14. Movie DetailsBig Short, The (2015) 8  ComedyWith Sex/NudityDocumentary/True
    Breaks the fourth wall to reenact the credit and housing bubble collapse of the mid-2000s.
  15. Movie DetailsBrooklyn (2015) 8  
    An Irish immigrant lands in 1950s Brooklyn, but ends up having to choose between countries/lives.
  16. Movie DetailsChristmas, Again (2015) 8  Obscure/Rare
    Life of a dejected Christmas-tree salesman. Small observations about human behavior, the importance of timing.
  17. Movie DetailsCODE: Debugging the Gender Gap (2015) 8  Obscure/RareDocumentary/True
    Exposes the lack of women and minorities in tech. Explores reasons why and possible solutions.
  18. Movie DetailsDope (2015) 8  ComedyWith Sex/Nudity
    In a tough L.A. neighborhood, an overachieving teen's life changes following an underground party. Charming.
  19. Movie DetailsEverybody Wants Some!! (2016) 8  ComedyWith Sex/NuditySport
    Good-natured look at the 1980 college party scene, the shenanigans of an unsupervised baseball team.
  20. Movie DetailsExperimenter (2015) 8  Documentary/True
    True story of social psychologist Stanley Milgram's experiments on human obedience, by using electric shock.
  21. Movie DetailsFinding Vivian Maier (2013) 8  Documentary/True
    Fascinating investigation into the mysteries of an eccentric, secretive nanny with a prolific photographic legacy.
  22. Movie DetailsGrand Night In: The Story of Aardman, A (2015) 8  AnimationObscure/RareDocumentary/TrueTV Shows
    History of Aardman Animations, the acclaimed British stop-motion animation studio behind Morph, Wallace & Gromit.
  23. Movie DetailsJungle Book, The (2016) 8  AnimationFantasy
    Can't really go wrong with Bill Murray and Christopher Walken voicing characters in this adaptation.
  24. Movie DetailsKubo and the Two Strings (2016) 8  AnimationFantasy
    A young boy searches for a magical suit of armor, fights vengeful spirits. Stop-motion origami.
  25. Movie DetailsLittle Prince, The (2016) 8  AnimationFantasy
    An overscheduled girl befriends an eccentric aviator, who shares his extraordinary world. Moving, charming adaptation.
  26. Movie DetailsLo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World (2016) 8  Obscure/RareDocumentary/True
    Werner Herzog explores the Internet's evolution, ponders its societal influence. Cyberwarfare, AI, telepathy, etc.
  27. Movie DetailsPigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence, A (2015) 8  Comedy
    Series of absurdist episodes, many involving a pair of hapless novelty salesman. Completes Swedish trilogy.
  28. Movie DetailsSicario (2015) 8  
    Idealistic FBI agent Emily Blunt is enlisted to aid in the escalating inter-American drug trade.
  29. Movie DetailsStar Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) 8  FantasySci-Fi
    Abrams redeems the franchise as much as could be expected. WTF, giant Lincoln Memorial Gollum.
  30. Movie DetailsTale of the Princess Kaguya, The (2014) 8  AnimationFantasy
    Watch a magical moon nymph be bored by 10th-century Japanese nobility. Pastel-toned Studio Ghibli folktale.
  31. Movie DetailsTangerines (2015) 8  Documentary/True
    An Estonian tangerine farmer refuses to leave during the bloody Abkhaz-Georgian conflict. Powerful humanity.
  32. Movie DetailsWhat We Do in the Shadows (2014) 8  ComedyFantasyHorror
    The real lives of vampire roommates in a New Zealand flat. Funny interactions with werewolves.
  33. Movie DetailsZootopia (2016) 8  AnimationComedyConspiracy
    A bunny police recruit and a con-artist fox work together to uncover a savage conspiracy.

  34. GOOD
  35. Movie DetailsARQ (2016) 7  Mind-blowingSci-Fi
    Stuck in an accidental time loop in a dystopian future, a disoriented couple attempts survival.
  36. Movie DetailsBlack Power Mixtape 1967-1975, The (2011) 7  Obscure/RareDocumentary/True
    Found footage shot by Swedish journalists documenting the Black Power Movement. Great Angela Davis interviews.
  37. Movie DetailsH. (2016) 7  Obscure/RareSci-FiWith Sex/Nudity
    Two women named Helen struggle to cope following strange atmospheric phenomena in Troy, NY. Unsettling.
  38. Movie DetailsHow I Live Now (2013) 7  
    An American teenager's visit to the English countryside changes dramatically when World War III begins.
  39. Movie DetailsI Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House (2016) 7  HorrorObscure/Rare
    A hospice nurse cares for an elderly horror novelist in an old house. Persistent unease.
  40. Movie DetailsMascots (2016) 7  ComedyWith Sex/Nudity
    Offbeat, uneven look into the weird world of competitive mascots. The fourth Christopher Guest mockumentary.
  41. Movie DetailsMinimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things (2016) 7  Obscure/RareDocumentary/True
    Inside the lives of minimalists striving to exist meaningfully with less. A familiar anti-consumerism premise.
  42. Movie DetailsMonster in Paris, A (2012) 7  AnimationComedyFantasy
    In 1910 Paris, a monster from an eccentric scientist's greenhouse meets a beautiful cabaret singer.
  43. Movie DetailsNo No: A Dockumentary (2014) 7  Obscure/RareSport
    The story of baseball star Dock Ellis, most famous for his 1970 no-hitter on LSD.
  44. Movie DetailsSky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang (2016) 7  Obscure/RareDocumentary/True
    The grand celestial ambitions of Chinese contemporary artist Cai Guo-Qiang, famous for his pyrotechnic displays.
  45. Movie DetailsStarlet (2012) 7  Obscure/RareWith Sex/Nudity
    The unlikely friendship between a 21-year-old actress and a lonely elderly woman in Los Angeles.
  46. Movie DetailsTurbo Kid (2015) 7  ComedySci-Fi
    Good-natured 1980s nostalgia. A post-apocalyptic wasteland with bicycles. Fun homage. Laurence Leboeuf is a delight.
  47. Movie DetailsZ for Zachariah (2015) 7  Sci-Fi
    A radioactive global catastrophe. Three survivors? Mesmerizing first half. Weak love triangle. Clever water wheel.

  48. FAIR
  49. Movie DetailsByzantium (2013) 6  FantasyHorrorWith Sex/Nudity
    Two mysterious women take refuge in a seaside town. An outlandish but effective vampire story.
  50. Movie DetailsEmbers (2015) 6  Obscure/RareSci-FiWith Sex/Nudity
    Survivors of a global neurological epidemic, unable to make memories, live entirely in the present.
  51. Movie DetailsExtraordinary Tales (2015) 6  AnimationHorrorObscure/Rare
    Animated anthology of five stories adapted from Edgar Allan Poe. Disjointedly connected via Death character.
  52. Movie DetailsGiant Mechanical Man, The (2012) 6  Comedy
    Jenna Fischer is charming in this offbeat celebration of confused, aimless adults. Annoying supporting characters.
  53. Movie DetailsJack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart (2014) 6  AnimationFantasyMusical/MusicObscure/Rare
    Strange, vivid fantasy about a boy with a mechanical heart. Disjointed script, uncanny valley characters.
  54. Movie DetailsPee-wee's Big Holiday (2016) 6  ComedyObscure/Rare
    A Netflix revival of Pee-wee Herman's childlike antics and fun-house sketch humor. Fulfills 1980s nostalgia.
  55. Movie DetailsTrainwreck (2015) 6  
    Commitment-phobic career woman Amy Schumer grows up. An irreverent and candid comedy about relationships.
  56. Movie DetailsWay, The (2011) 6  Comedy
    A grieving father embarks on the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage. Sincere, but too explanatory, awkward.

  57. ADEQUATE
  58. Movie DetailsHome (2015) 5  AnimationComedyFantasySci-Fi
    Adorable cuttlefish-like aliens attack Earth, then learn to love Rihanna's music. I guess? Zany, underdeveloped.

  59. FROM BAD TO WORSE
  60. Movie DetailsLady Ninja Kaede 2 (2009) CRAP  Obscure/RareWith Sex/Nudity
    Why? Bizarre, terrible Japanese erotica. Lady ninja's mission is to destroy an Edo sex cult.


  61. How much time was spent watching movies?
    On average, Ian watched 0.1 films per day during the past 366 days.
    That's a daily average of about 16 minutes of cinema. Or, about 1 films per week.


    Statistical ratings distribution of these 54 films (3.4% 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 54 films: 7.5.

    10:1.9%

    9:16.7%

    8:38.9%

    7:24.1%

    6:14.8%

    5:1.9%

    CRAP:1.9%



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