Insidious-halfway suspenseful spooker about a boy in a coma hoping to be possessed by a lipstick-faced demon that turns ridiculous towards the end, bringing in a wacky medium (like Poltergeist) and having one of the parents having to go into another dimension to rescue the kid (like Poltergeist). There are three sequels/prequels, all of which I'll watch.
Sinister-true crime writing Ethan Hawke and family move into new house where he finds home movies showing brutal murders, each case of which features a missing kid, and guess who committed each murder? the queasy murder scenes are a lot better than anything involving ghost kids.
Sinister 2-not as bad as I expected, but clearly lesser and with even more ghost kids, with Ziggy from The Wire, who was pretty much Deputy Dewey in the first movie, but is now pretty competent, and the girl from Rules of Attraction, who still looks good, but named her kid Audio Science.
The Vault-silly bank heist feature that includes evil spirits ruining everything for the robbers and James Franco in what has to be the least involved role of his career.
The Signal-two MIT nerds get stalked by a hacker, but when they track him down they get abducted by aliens and put in an asylum where they're routinely interrogated by Laurence Fishbourne, who isn't willing to give any answers himself until the end of the movie where things go all Area 51 on our asses; not a good movie, but it seemed like the director should be capable of making one eventually.
House at the End of the Street-Joe H. covered this last time (it stinks).
Dark Light-dire horror with a plot I don't wanna explain and some kind of creatures with lights for faces who are really loud when murdering in addition to glowing, but who are really hard to find evidence of for whatever reason (worst movie of the week).
Our House-kids' parents get hit by a truck and then are in communication via their eldest's electromagnetic pulse generator, but they're not the only spirits that cross over (it stinks too).
The Ritual-halfway suspenseful spooker about four adult Brit lads who get lost in a Swedish forest and get tormented by and then murdered by a silly looking demon who probably shouldn't have been shown.
Bloody Sunday-pretty good, but probably too like a documentary made for tv movie concerning the '72 Northern Ireland killings from the guy who did the Bourne films.
Green Zone-as is this which pairs him up with Damon again with a conspiracy plot involving those pesky missing WMDs in Iraq; not surprisingly the action sequences are better than the politics.
Looper-wasn't that into this, mostly because the plot falls apart under the slighest scrutiny, though the ending was pretty good in its avoidance of killing a kid via self-sacrifice. Also, Joseph Gordon Levitt's face being like 60% like Joseph Gordon Levitt's face was super distracting.
Robocop 3-I might've seen this in the theater as a kid, which means that it's definitely not rated R and subsequently ain't my Robocop. There's that evil corporation again hiring mercenaries to menace the poor city folk in a boring storyline that not even early appearances by Jeff Garlin, Bradley Whitford, the Crossing Jordan chick and CCH Pounder can make interesting, and there's no Peter Weller, and they kill off Nancy Allen, so don't watch this.
The Hangover Part II-this has at least ten things in common with the first movie, but it's not as funny, so no good.
Terminator Salvation-the Bale meltdown is way more entertaining than the movie, and he might be the worst part of it (with the possible exception of Helena Bonham Carter's bizarre turn); decent world building and a slightly better storyline around the Worthington character, but it's mostly notable for all the cool inside references, like when they play "You Could Be Mine" in that one part.
Snowpiercer-the last people in the world live on a train and can't go outside, because it's too cold or something, and the train is divided by class, which doesn't seem effective at all, and it runs via children operating the gears, which seems highly questionable, and they rely on a rebellion of the lower class to reduce the population number? I don't understand this movie at all!
Smokin' Aces-godawful Guy Ritchie ripoff movie with too many characters trying to kill a snitching Jeremy Piven with a black comedy vibe, but it's not actually funny, and a lot of over-the-top violences; there's a few good performances by people like Ray Liotta who shouldn't be involved, and a lot of bad ones by people like Andy Garcia who shouldn't be involved.
Enemy-Jake Gyllenhaal is a bored history teacher who sees someone who looks exactly like him in a movie and then tracks him down and lots of drama ensues, mostly involving the womenfolk in their lives. I liked it once I understood what was really happening, but don't feel like watching it again with the knowledge of what's really happening. This reminded me of the time I got mail at my job from someone with the same name as me.
Jerry Maguire-it's pretty likable with good turns by the three leads and all the quotes The World loves repeating, but it's way too long and I don't really get the breakup part or like the Springsteen song or felt too attached to the title character's plight, so pass on this one.
Deep Impact-pretty funny world-saving disaster stuff where millions of people hilariously get wiped out despite the blockbuster nature of this thing with Morgan Freeman as the president, Elijah Wood barely being a character at all, Robert Duvall as an astronaut and Tea Leoni doing a really bad job of acting.
Little Miss Sunshine-I like this; it lives or dies by the ending, but once they stop being miserable garbage people it justifies its existence, imo.
A Story of Floating Weeds/Floating Weeds-I didn't really care for either of these, which center on a traveling actor troupe headed by an absentee father the son thinks is his uncle who runs into trouble when one of his mistresses get jealous of the mother and sicks her girlfriend on the son; the later version is incredibly similar (except it's in color), right down to having some of the same lines, so I'm not too sure why it exists.
Good Morning-this one is billed as a loose remake of I Was Born, But...which is great, but this time they don't really have too much in common, so I'm not really buying it. I mean, they both have little boy characters who act like real life little boys do, but this one is otherwise totally different, but possibly just as good! It's kinda weird to see Ozu doing as much straight comedy as there is in this, but he pulls it off.
Equinox Flower-stop me if you've heard this one before: a father wants to marry off his daughter pre-arranged style, but the daughter's not into it. I like these movies, but holy cow are a lot of them similar. this one has a good ending and a really good trickery scene, but it's been done better by the same director.
Late Autumn-like here, in this friggin' great twist on the Late Spring formula where Setsuko Hara is now the mother having to deal with her daughter marrying and leaving her alone with a similarly sad ending; it's not as good as that one, but there are three funny conniving gents whose comeuppance is tremendous.
An Autumn Afternoon-seriously, Ozu? this is almost the same story AGAIN with the same actor from Late Spring playing the same role, with the same ending again (except it doesn't hit as hard, because he still has a son at home and another son and daughter in law who drop by all the time). The best thing about this one is there's an old drunken guy nicknamed The Gourd in it who is funny as hell.