I thought I would create a page outlining my opinion of the movies I see. Since I prefer to know nothing about a movie before seeing it I can't say anything about the content of the movie. I think it's hard to compare all movies using one system so I don't give star ratings. I ended up with a page describing the lasting thoughts in my head after seeing each movie.
"I am truly astonished by the sheer magnitude of your movie going experience. I'm not sure whether to applaud you or refer you to a relevant counsellor." said my friend David after reading this page.
70 movies in 2000 at a rate of 1.35 per week.
65 movies in 1999 at a rate of 1.25 per week.
24 films (movies, videos and tv) is my record for a single week.
I have seen American Pie at the cinema in 3 continents.
These movies come very close to making the list, depending on my mood:
28 Days June 10th, 2000 imdb
Not too heavy, not too light.
8mm April 20th, 1999 review details
Disturbing and captivating. Hard to judge the movie because the material alone is gripping enough. The "dance with the devil and the devil will change you" theme was fairly clumsy.
Almost Famous February 12th, 2001 July 11th, 2001 imdb
You probably shouldn't listen to anything I have to say about this movie as I'm still convinced that Penny Lane is Billy's sister.
Along Came a Spider April 8th, 2001 imdb
Morgan Freeman chasing a murderer always makes for an interesting movie.
America's Sweethearts September 17th, 2001 November 9th, 2001 imdb
John Cussack and Billy Crystal are great as always...
American History X June 8th, 1999 review details
I see a lot of movies and I enjoy most of them. Every now and then though I see a movie which makes the rest just seem like crap. American History X is one of those movies.
American Pie August 27th, 1999 October 30th, 1999 March 27th, 2000 review details trailers
A good quality teen flick that had me laughing the whole time. The American audience didn't quite seem to find it as funny as I did though (Boston). I enjoyed it just as much the second time (Sydney). And the 3rd (Berne, Switzerland).
Bean July 4, 1997 review details
If you have watched and loved the show then don't see the movie. It is just recycled humour from the television series. The only interesting part is the way we are shown that Mr Bean actually realizes how annoying he is.
Bedazzled January 30th, 2001 imdb
Simple, predictable but not terrible.
Beethovens 3rd August 7th, 2000 imdb
I'll watch anything on a 14 hour flight, not sure I would have got through this otherwise.
Billy Elliot April 19th, 2001 imdb
Boogie Nights February 20, 1998 review details
I would never has guessed that I would enjoy this film. From the ads it seemed like sex, sex and more sex (not that there's anything wrong with that :-). I heard an interview with the director where he said that he wanted to explore with this movie the way porn is something that many people both enjoy and are disgusted by. Overall, the movie just left me feeling sad.
Bring It On December 19th, 2000 imdb
Trashy, but fun. Strange that cheerleading never took off in Australia. How many dance related movies have we seen over the last few months!
Cast Away January 23rd, 2001 imdb
After the brilliant plane crash sequence, anyone could be afraid to fly.
The Castle July 23, 1997 review details
A hilarious movie about a simple Australian family. Somehow the strange and stupid family members manage to win your heart in their quest to protect their "castle". I just hope that overseas watchers realize that this is not a typical Australian family, although it's probably not far from the truth.
Center Stage October 17th, 2000 imdb
If you enjoy watching dancing, you'll enjoy this movie. It scared me that I even enjoyed the ballet.
Charlie's Angels December 5th, 2000 imdb
mmmm... Cameron. Great action and lots of funny little references to other shows / films...
Chill Factor September 6th, 1999 details
Very predictable, but some nice action sequences.
Chocolat February 23rd, 2001 imdb
Chopper August 17th, 2000 imdb
Extra scary for all of us who have seen the real Chopper interviewed by Elle McFeast.
A Civil Action May 4th, 1999 review details
It felt a little bit long and slow, but that may just be because it is based on a true story. The statistics and insights into personal injury law were interesting.
Coyote Ugly January 13th, 2001 imdb
Coyote ugly and the girls in this movie is a bit of a contradiction.
The Craic May 11th, 1999 review details
I really enjoyed this film laughing out loud a number of times. It was great seeing Australia through the eyes of an Irishman. The barmaid will take your breath away...
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon January 16th, 2001 April 19th, 2001 imdb
I love the new slow-motion / beyond reality fighting effects, but think this movie took them a bit too far. I enjoyed this movie a lot more the second time.
The Cup June 2nd, 2000 imdb
All this and the final wasn't even a very good game...
Delivering Milo July 23rd, 2001 imdb
Strange and stupid.
The Dish October 31st, 2000 imdb
Feels good and is a nice way for relatively young people like me to pretend to experience the moon landing.
Doctor Dolittle 2 July 17th, 2001 imdb
Cute and funny but quickly forgotten.
Dog Park September 24th, 1999 details
A cute little romantic comedy.
Dolphins April 25th, 2000 details
It went through the IMAX motions but there was very little really effective footage.
Down to Earth July 23rd, 2001 imdb
Pretty much a waste of time.
East is East June 20th, 2000 imdb
Don't let the trailer suck you into thinking that this is a comedy.
Evolution November 3rd, 2001 imdb
On a plane, anything is watchable.
Extreme April 10th, 1999 review details
This movie confirmed my thinking that the great IMAX format is not enough to make a movie good. The focus on extreme sports sounds perfect but many of the shots were so panoramic that you lost perspective on the size of the waves and the slope of the mountains. Some of the scenes were truly spectacular, just not enough of them.
Face/Off September 13, 1997 review details
Fantastic. John Travolta and Nick Cage do an amazing job of acting as each other. Nicholas Cage is just perfect for this bad guy role. The prison on the oil rig was also a highlight.
Fantasia 2000 April 12th, 2000 details trailers
Saw this in Japanese which made the visual interpretation of the music all the more impressive. I don't think it has the lasting imagery and characters of the original however.
Finding Forester April 10th, 2001 imdb
Warm and interesting. Also a good escape from 90 school kids cramped into economy on a red eye flight.
Gladiator May 23rd, 2000 imdb
Filmed in a way that makes you think there is great depth to the characters and story. Unfortunately, there isn't. Russel Crowe is still fantastic.
Gods and Monsters July 13th, 1999 review details
Although sick, I showed true dedication (read stupidity) and went to the movies. Unfortunately for the first time ever I keep falling asleep in the cinema. I did enjoy the bits I saw though.
Gone in Sixty Seconds July 4th, 2000 October 26th, 2000 imdb
Good Will Hunting April 3, 1998 review details
I really liked this movie the first time I saw it. The second time though it felt a bit silly. The effect that Matt Daemon's character had on people seemed unrealistic.
Gossip October 3rd, 2000 imdb
The first movie that has left us thinking and prompted conversation for a long time.
Hannibal March 6th, 2001 imdb
I was more chilled by the air conditioning in the cinema than by the movie itself.
High Fidelity September 26th, 2000 October 26th, 2000 imdb
Sucked on a plane, great in a cinema.
Himalaya May 16th, 2001 imdb
Movies like this are so easy to believe because they are so far removed from my sense of reality.
Hollow Man August 13th, 2000 imdb
Good special effects, but I just hate this type of movie.
Judas Kiss February 2nd, 2001 imdb
Exciting, interesting, intelligent and unpredictable. Everything a movie should be. Of course, starting with a lesbian love scene helps capture the attention of at least half the audience. ;)
Keeping the Faith June 27th, 2000 imdb
A unique and interesting story, which is quite rare these days...
The Kid November 25th, 2000 imdb
Started OK but just got weirder and weirder as it went on.
The Klumps December 28th, 2000 imdb
All the good bits are in the trailer. The characters had potential from the first movie, but not enough substance to justify their own.
KM 0 May 6th, 2001 imdb
A classic and interesting tale of lifes little co-incidences.
A Knights Tale September 22nd, 2001 imdb
Fantastic. Had me flinching the whole time. I wasn't expecting much, but really enjoyed it.
L.A. Confidential December 9, 1997 review details
I loved this film. I recommend it to everyone. Russell Crowe and Guy Pearce were brilliant. I am still outraged that Kim Bassinger won an Oscar for this film while the Australian boys didn't even get nominated.
Life is Beautiful March 30, 1999 review details
I had to see this because my Dad kept pestering me and Roberto Benigni was just so infectious at the Oscars. Humour and a concentration camp is an unlikely mix but Roberto's infectiousness makes it work very well. Funny and sad.
Looking for Alibrandi May 16th, 2000 August 14th, 2000 imdb
Great! Pia Miranda is just adorable...
Loser August 29th, 2000 imdb
Nice. The cast was good, but very much in their trademark roles.
Mad About Mambo November 29th, 2000 imdb
There are a lot of dance oriented movies around at the moment. This one, like the others, was quite pleasant to watch.
The Matrix April 15th, 1999 review details
A fantastic sci-fi film. Amazing special effects, a clever story, computers, filmed in Australia - what more could you want? Just one thing, to be able to move that fast...
Meet the Parents January 2nd, 2001 imdb
Hilarious. Ben Stiller rocks.
Memento May 27th, 2001 imdb
Interesting format, but be more awake than I was when you choose to see it.
Men in Black October 6, 1997 review details
Funny. The contrast between Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones makes most of the humour possible. My favourite part is still the television advertisement that I didn't understand until seeing the movie. They hold up the memory eraser, it flashes, and the quote "See it again, for the first time".
The Mexican May 1st, 2001 July 23rd, 2001 imdb
Enjoyable little tale ... particularly for those who like drooling over Brad Pitt.
Miss Congeniality March 25th, 2001 imdb
Funnier and not quite as silly as I was expecting.
Mission: Impossible II June 6th, 2000 imdb
Like all good action films, completely unbelievable.
Moulin Rouge June 13th, 2001 imdb
I hate to admit that musicals are growing on me...
My Best Friends Wedding September 27, 1997 review details
Extremely light. It basically felt like the whole movie was based around one catchy tune (Say a Little Prayer For Me). The hilarious gay friend of Julia Roberts was the one thing that made the movie worth watching.
O Brother, Where Art Thou? January 21st, 2001 imdb
Not sure where it went, but I enjoyed the ride.
The Patriot July 25th, 2000 imdb
I even got a bit watery eyed at one point.
The Perfect Storm July 9th, 2000 imdb
Great storm scenes wrapped in a bad attempt at building land-based relationships for the main characters.
Planet of the Apes November 3rd, 2001 imdb
Interesting concept (still), great special effects.
The Princess Diaries September 15th, 2001 imdb
Lots of smiles from all the "would be princesses" in the audience.
Proof of Life April 2nd, 2001 imdb
Watchable, but no where near as good as Ransom.
Quills March 4th, 2001 imdb
Disturbing content is by its nature compelling. Unfortunately this film doesn't seem to have a more interesting message hidden below.
Reindeer Games October 10th, 2000 imdb
It took half an hour to remember that we'd seen it. I was even looking at the title and thinking that we never got around to it.
Remember the Titans January 31st, 2001 imdb
Things are still not perfect, but it's so hard to imagine living in a time when racism was such a dividing issue. It's also strange to have a feel good movie where people spend most of their time getting pummelled.
Road Trip September 22nd, 2000 imdb
Slow start, funny middle, poor ending.
Romeo Must Die March 22nd, 2000 May 30th, 2000 imdb
Really good action film. Used some visual effects brilliantly to further highlight the violence.
Save the Last Dance May 2nd, 2001 imdb
Inter-racial dating is something we don't see enough of in the media today...
Saving Private Ryan December 18, 1998 review details
One of those films where no one in the cinema makes a single noise. Maybe that's because the sound effects were up to 110dB :-). So realistic. Thought provoking. It made me realize the contradictions of war. The overall cause is worthy, the campaigns are costly and futile, but one person can make a huge difference.
Scary Movie September 5th, 2000 imdb
If 30% of one million jokes work you have a funny movie.
Shaft November 7th, 2000 imdb
The most violent movie I've seen in quite a while. Funny though...
Shanghai Noon August 22nd, 2000 October 26th, 2000 imdb
Finally a mainstream Jackie Chan movie that gets the mix exactly right.
Shrek June 29th, 2001 August 3rd, 2001 imdb
Fantastic fun... "that'll do Donkey, that'll do"
Snatch November 14th, 2000 imdb
Great story that was very well filmed...
Someone Like You August 3rd, 2001 imdb
It was alright until the terrible ending.
The Suburbans February 13th, 2000 details
Very silly but funny. Jennifer Love Hewitt makes it much more watchable.
Superstar September 28th, 2000 imdb
Simple but enjoyable.
Swordfish July 9th, 2001 imdb
I laughed when I watched the guy while hacking. Banging his head on the desk, having revelations, etc. Exactly the things I do when coding...
There's Something About Mary September 11, 1998 review details
Pushes the line of what I feel comfortable laughing at. I laughed very hard in the cinema, I felt a little uncomfortable afterwards. On reflection the laughter is outweighing the discomfort.
The Thin Red Line March 13, 1999 review details
I was very disappointed. This movie got rave reviews everywhere and I hated it. I thought that it was long and boring. There was very little action and lots of voice overs. I hate voice overs. Some of the sound effects and cinematography was fantastic though.
Thrill Ride: The Science of Fun September 3, 1997 review details
This IMAX format movie was a real disappointment. Most of the movie is made in the standard cinema screen format. There was probably about 15 minutes of excitement in the 1 hour movie. The title should have been warning enough.
Titanic July 14, 1998 review details
Brilliant. The story was so powerful. One of those amazing movies where the special effects are so good that you don't even realize how good they are because you don't notice them at all. I am so glad that I saw it on the big screen. I wonder if movies will ever get more true to life than Titanic.
Tombraider July 13th, 2001 imdb
Just stay home and play the game.
Topsy Turvey April 15th, 2000 review details trailers
If I wasn't so jet lagged I'm sure I would have enjoyed it more. It is guaranteed to put you to sleep in that state however. There were some great scenes depicting life at that time.
Traffic March 20th, 2001 imdb
Interesting style, interesting story, difficult problems, great acting.
Tropfest 2001 February 25th, 2001 site
85,000 people decide to converge on the domain have a quiet picnic and watch short films together. Fantastic!
True Crime May 13th, 1999 review details
Enjoyable suspense film. The death row prisoner and his family convey their emotion very convincingly. Clint Eastwood makes us feel awkward just watching him fumble through life as a reporter.
U-571 May 9th, 2000 imdb
Nothing builds suspense like a submarine movie.
Unbreakable January 4th, 2001 imdb
Strange but got more and more interesting as it went on.
Vertical Limit April 19th, 2001 imdb
Definitely exciting and not as over the top as the previews seemed.
What Becomes of the Broken Hearted? August 3rd, 1999 review details
A good sequel to the amazing Once Were Warriors. Jake is still as terrifying as ever and the maturation of his character is very believable. Saw the first half of the movie twice due to a gas leak (false alarm - it was the smell from an oil leak 10km away) evacuation.
What Women Want January 9th, 2001 imdb
Slow start, good middle, terrible ending.
When Brendan Met Trudy July 20th, 2001 imdb
Unlikely, but funny.
Where the Heart Is August 7th, 2000 October 26th, 2000 imdb
In the 90's you wouldn't think people would still have so much trouble with the concept of contraception.
Where the Money Is August 7th, 2000 imdb
Funny but forgetable...
X-Men July 16th, 2000 imdb
A few interesting ideas and concepts surrounded by trash.
You Can Count on Me April 2nd, 2001 imdb
Only watchable because I was on a 13 hour flight to the US.