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Created Dec 16, 2010 02:22AM PST • Updated Dec 16, 2010 02:22AM PST

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1st High Tension
2003 Perfect 5 Points
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An ultra-violent claustrophobic horror that confirms Alexandre Aja’s standing as one of the most provocative and talented genre filmmakers working today, “High Tension” (or “Haute Tension” in it’s native France, “Switchblade Romance” in the UK) inserts into it’s mad, frightening 91 minutes set-pieces both original and classical as Marie (Cecile De France) battles to save herself and friend Alexia (Maiwenn) from a mysterious, violent stranger who’s interrupted a stay with Alex’s family by beginning a brutal slaughter. Fierce, visceral and appropriately tense, “High Tension” is one of the bes…

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1st Little Miss Suns...
2006 Perfect 71 Points
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A hilarious, sweet independent comedy that wound up being the underdog in the Best Picture category at the Academy Awards for which it was nominated, “Little Miss Sunshine” was as such despite being, for my money, the best contender in the category. Joyous, intelligent and wonderfully written, “Little Miss Sunshine” comes off as a family film rebelling against the masses by adding in profanity, drugs and death, all resulting in a motion picture that for all it’s would-be familiarity stans invigoratingly apart from the general crowd. I found it impossible to dislike a single second of it.

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1st Ginger Snaps
2000 Perfect 5 Points
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When it comes to horror in the early 21st century, John Fawcett’s fierce “Ginger Snaps” might surprisingly stand at the top of the heap – arguably superior to some of the best genre films of recent years, like Greg McLean’s “Wolf Creek” or Alexandre Aja’s “Haute Tension.” In the annals of feminist-tinged horror, the film is another uber-triumph, having its titular character inflicted with a curse turning her into a werewolf at night at the same time she begins to menstruate, the end result being just as canny a film about becoming an adult as it is horrific as a no-holds-barred horror flick…

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1st Mean Creek
2004 Perfect 5 Points
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The ability to evoke a profound emotional response is a cinematic ability too often overlooked in a day and age when superficial summer blockbusters get overrated to the nth degree. “Mean Creek,” the superb breakout film of Jacob Aaron Estes, is an independent gem whose ability to tug at the heartstrings comes not from banal melodrama but tragic circumstances surrounding an ill-considered revenge plot by teenage Sam (Rory Culkin) and company against taunting school bully George (Josh Peck). Writer-director takes a deceptively simple story and gives it the sort of treatment one would ordinar…

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1st Artificial Intel...
2001 Very Good 12 Points
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Not a very original concept anymore, I guess it probably was still borderline novel in 2001 when the movie was created. Haley Joel Osment does a very good job, especially for a child star, acting like a robot. I found the ending entirely dissatisfying though, sorry to say.

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1st Spirited Away
2001 Perfect 10 Points
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I don’t usually like anime, but if it’s under the direction of Academy Award winner Hayao Miyazaki, it’s impossible to resist. Spirited Away is what most call Miyazaki’s masterpiece. I call it one of the best movies of the past decade. I won’t go into writing a synopsis, but let’s just say this is a magical and adventurous movie. Also, don’t be fooled by the fact that this is a “kids movie”. It is NOT.

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1st Naissance des pi...
2007 None Yet 0 Points
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1st Elephant
2003 Really Great 9 Points
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I sense an elephant in the room…

With Elephhant, director Gus Van Sant creates a surreal, disturbing, and yet still very reallistic world revolving around one school, one day, and many kids. While not any sort of biopic nor factual account, the film explores what might have happened on the day of the massacre at Columbine High School. It follows many different kids as their stories intertwine and eventually lead up to an ending that will have you talking for days.

At the start of the movie we meet John, a young boy dealing with an alcoholic father. He takes over driving duties from …

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1st The Fly
1986 Perfect 10 Points
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The Fly is one of those extremely rare 80s horror movies that isn’t a cliche camp-fest. It doesn’t have an ending that drags on, it doesn’t use cliche moments and it’s incredibly inventive and eye-popping. When I started watching the movie I had absolutely no idea what I was in for and when I finished, a tear found its way out of my eye and on to my cheek. You see, this isn’t an average horror movie, as the creature is lovable… not in a King-Kong way but in the way that since you follow the man’s journey from the start, you feel sympathetic. In fact, he NEVER did any harm through out the …

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1st Halloween
1978 Really Great 32 Points
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Shot on a shoestring budget that didn’t originally promise much, “Halloween” saw John Carpenter strike horror gold, kickstarting a sturdy career for himself within the genre, one of the mainstay horror franchises up until the present day, and the so-called ‘golden age’ of the slasher subgenre that saw pretty much countless rip-offs and derivations attempt to ape Carpenter’s sensational classic, all of them failing to come close to the perfection that “Halloween” manages. The plot here is deceptively simple, revolving around the psychotic Michael Myers (Tony Moran), a man confined to a menta…

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1st Femme Fatale
2002 Perfect 5 Points
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Exhibiting the same visual panache attributed to the likes of Dario Argento, Brian De Palma exhiliratingly creates an aesthetically supreme dismantling of the thriller-noir in his brilliant, and therein underrated, “Femme Fatale.” Rebecca Romijn-Stamos stars as in the dual role of Laure and Lily, the former an on-the-run con-woman who screwed over her partners in crime, the latter an emotionally shattered woman grieving the death of her husband and daughter. Colliding in a way De Palma sublimely manufactures — in their first unbearably tense scene, Laure watches from hiding as Lily attempt…

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1st American History X
1998 Perfect 1 Points
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This is one of the truly great movies that many people have not seen. It centers around Derek (Edward Norton) a Neo-Nazi who is sent to prison and learns that his actions have consequences far beyond his comprehension. I would compare this movies point as a much rougher version of Crash. It is real and gritty and a must see.

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