Gil Desmarais
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Movie recommendations

I like to watch and rate movies. Here are my recommendations.

Airplane! 1980 Recommendation
3.5 / 5 stars

Probably the most classic comedy movie ever?

What’s the vector, Victor?

Jim Abrahams, Jerry Zucker, David Zucker
  • Comedy
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Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa 2013 Recommendation
4.0 / 5 stars

An over the top comedy about a radio DJ.

American Psycho 2000 Recommendation
3.0 / 5 stars

“I have to return some video tapes.” Enough said.

Bin-jip 2004 Recommendation
3.5 / 5 stars

Oh yes, the 3-Iron can not solely be used to play Golf. Barely any speaking by the protagonists.

Exceptional movie.

Blackfish 2013 Recommendation
4.0 / 5 stars

I recommend watching this movie before visiting zoos which showcase orcas. Good thing is, there aren’t so many anymore. But there is one in Europe, on Tenerife (Canary Islands), in a park advertising with parrots, and siblings of Tilikum are or have been caged there.

And after watching, I hope you chose to spend your money wisely.

Cars 2006 Recommendation
4.5 / 5 stars

I’ve watched this dubbed in German. The dubbing is exceptionally good. They’ve used to commentators and drivers of the Formula1 TV broadcasts.

The movie itself is quite emotional about friendship and family.

John Lasseter, Joe Ranft
  • Animation
  • Comedy
  • Family
  • Sport
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Citizenfour 2014 Recommendation
5.0 / 5 stars

The story of Edward Snowden with original footage.

Laura Poitras
  • Documentary
  • Biography
  • History
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Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb 1964 Recommendation
4.5 / 5 stars

A classic and fun movie.

Dunkirk 2017 Recommendation
5.0 / 5 stars

A WW2 movie without every clearly showing the enemy.

I watched it in the IMAX and it was an immersive experience. The constant ticking of the metronome did the rest to me. Amazing dog fights.

Christopher Nolan
  • Action
  • Drama
  • History
  • Thriller
  • War
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Enter the Void 2009 Recommendation
5.0 / 5 stars

A classic Noe movie. It has its lengths, but still it’s a highly immersive movie.

Free Solo 2018 Recommendation
3.5 / 5 stars

This movie was thrilling and intense. Had goosebumps most of the time and wanted to scream.

Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi
  • Documentary
  • Adventure
  • Sport
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Full Metal Jacket 1987 Recommendation
4.5 / 5 stars

Towards the end it reveals what this movie really is about: an anti-war movie.

Hitting the Apex 2015 Recommendation
3.5 / 5 stars

A haunting ride on a MotoGP bike. It doesn’t always end well. RIP SuperSic58.

In Bruges 2008 Recommendation
4.0 / 5 stars

Very dark humor in this one. The actual reason I paid Bruges a visit once.

Martin McDonagh
  • Comedy
  • Crime
  • Drama
  • Thriller
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Inception 2010 Recommendation
4.5 / 5 stars

This is a movie to watch twice and scan for evidences to answer the question which is asked in the last scene.

Christopher Nolan
  • Action
  • Adventure
  • Sci-Fi
  • Thriller
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Inglourious Basterds 2009 Recommendation
5.0 / 5 stars

A multi-lingual movie about WW2, which makes some fun about languages.

I can’t applaud enough to Mr. Tarantino to limit the speaking to a specific actor in this kind of movie to just a few words.

Amazing performance by Christoph Waltz.

Quentin Tarantino
  • Adventure
  • Drama
  • War
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It's a Wonderful Life 1946 Recommendation
4.5 / 5 stars

What a classic from 1946. Best watched during Christmas season.

Joker 2019 Recommendation
4.5 / 5 stars

Had a good time in the movie observing when people laugh.

I thoroughly enjoyed the set and its decor. It’s well thought out with brilliant performances.

Judgment at Nuremberg 1961 Recommendation
4.0 / 5 stars

This should be a mandantory watch for every student in a German school.

Kick-Ass 2010 Recommendation
4.0 / 5 stars

A fun to watch superhero movie. Well produced with an excellent soundtrack.

Le Mans 1971 Recommendation
4.0 / 5 stars
Lee H. Katzin
  • Action
  • Adventure
  • Drama
  • Sport
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Life of Brian 1979 Recommendation
4.0 / 5 stars

A huge tank of citable quotes. Best watched during Easter. ;)

Lola rennt 1998 Recommendation
3.5 / 5 stars

A German movie, playing in Berlin, about a running woman.

There’s never really a break… but continuos suspense. Probably one of the best German movies out there.

Lords of Chaos 2018 Recommendation
4.0 / 5 stars

It’s a controversial movie about the Black Metal scene in Norway during the 1990s. I liked it a lot because it pushes several boundaries.

Very dark and graphic, but most of it really happened. It’s not a documentary.

Jonas Åkerlund
  • Biography
  • Drama
  • Horror
  • Music
  • Thriller
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Lux Æterna 2019 Recommendation
4.0 / 5 stars

Gaspar Noe is my favorite director.

This is a short movie (51 minutes) about the process of making movies.

You will be exhausted like you’d have watched an intense 3 hour thriller without any break.

If you’re planning to watch this, I recommend darken your room. Do not watch it if you had epileptic episodes. I warned you.

M - Eine Stadt sucht einen Mörder 1931 Recommendation
4.5 / 5 stars

A must see, a milestone in film history.

Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound 2019 Recommendation
3.5 / 5 stars
Modern Times 1936 Recommendation
4.0 / 5 stars

Modern Times, filmed in the 1930s, aged well.

Charles Chaplin
  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • Family
  • Romance
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Moneyball 2011 Recommendation
3.5 / 5 stars

A movie which I can’t unlike. It shows how to achieve success in sports with a systematic approach, using mathematics.

Moonrise Kingdom 2012 Recommendation
4.5 / 5 stars

Wes Anderson’s film making style is so unique.

Office Space 1999 Recommendation
4.0 / 5 stars
  • Uhm yeah, you know what would be great?
  • Yup, watching this movie!
Primer 2004 Recommendation
3.5 / 5 stars

A very nerdy (in the positive sense) film about time traveling. The budget for this movie was around $7000.

Psycho 1960 Recommendation
3.5 / 5 stars

violin music intensifies

Alfred Hitchcock
  • Horror
  • Mystery
  • Thriller
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Rope 1948 Recommendation
4.0 / 5 stars

This feels like a one-take movie. However, it isn’t and it enriches the suspense levels.

Alfred Hitchcock
  • Crime
  • Drama
  • Mystery
  • Thriller
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Senna 2010 Recommendation
5.0 / 5 stars

The extended version is worth it. An emotional roller coaster about the life of Ayrton Senna.

Asif Kapadia
  • Documentary
  • Biography
  • Sport
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Seul contre tous 1998 Recommendation
3.0 / 5 stars

Another movie by Gaspar Noe. English title is “I Stand Alone”. It’s Noe’s first full length movie, taking some characters from his previous short movies.

This is an inner dialogue of a person: you hear the person you’re following thinking. There is a warning in the movie that gives you 30 seconds to leave the cinema. Take it serious.

The movie breaks many social rules. It is hard to withstand. If you like such rule-breaking movies:

Sicario 2015 Recommendation
4.5 / 5 stars

Dark and atmospheric war against drugs.

Denis Villeneuve
  • Action
  • Crime
  • Drama
  • Mystery
  • Thriller
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Soylent Green 1973 Recommendation
3.5 / 5 stars

A Sci-Fi classic.

Richard Fleischer
  • Crime
  • Mystery
  • Sci-Fi
  • Thriller
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Spotlight 2015 Recommendation
4.5 / 5 stars

The story of how a news paper uncovered a massive child abuse scandal in the Catholic Church.

Sucker Punch 2011 Recommendation
3.5 / 5 stars

In an alternative reality weird things happen.

Taxi 2015 Recommendation
3.5 / 5 stars

This is a movie about movies. Get in the taxi with Jafar Panahi as a driver and experience the ride.

Jafar Panahi is banned from making movies by the Iranian government. That doesn’t stop him. Exceptional.

Tenet 2020 Recommendation
4.0 / 5 stars

This goes forward and backward at the same time. Had to watch it twice.

Tiny movie detail: when you play the radio messages during the car chase backwards, you’ll hear what will happen later in the movie.

Christopher Nolan
  • Action
  • Sci-Fi
  • Thriller
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The Big Lebowski 1998 Recommendation
4.0 / 5 stars

A true classic search for a carpet. Best served with the promoted cocktail.

Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
  • Comedy
  • Crime
  • Sport
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The Cove 2009 Recommendation
3.5 / 5 stars

An activist group created this movie while investigating (cruel) japanese dolphin killers.

Louie Psihoyos
  • Documentary
  • Biography
  • Crime
  • History
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The Great Hack 2019 Recommendation
3.5 / 5 stars

The story of Cambridge Analytica. I feel most people (and politicians) still do not understand the consequences.

Jehane Noujaim, Karim Amer
  • Documentary
  • Biography
  • History
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The Hurt Locker 2008 Recommendation
5.0 / 5 stars

A war movie with amazing sound, showing an army soldier operating in a bomb squad.

The Imitation Game 2014 Recommendation
4.0 / 5 stars

A biographic movie about Alan Turing who cracks the code of the Enigma.

Morten Tyldum
  • Biography
  • Drama
  • Thriller
  • War
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The Killing of a Sacred Deer 2017 Recommendation
3.5 / 5 stars

An intelligent and terrifying drama/horror/mystery/thriller.

Yorgos Lanthimos
  • Drama
  • Horror
  • Mystery
  • Thriller
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The Lobster 2015 Recommendation
3.5 / 5 stars

I’m not sure if I’d have picked that animal in that situation.

Yorgos Lanthimos
  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • Romance
  • Sci-Fi
  • Thriller
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The Pianist 2002 Recommendation
4.5 / 5 stars

A haunting WW2 movie about the Warsaw ghetto.

Roman Polanski
  • Biography
  • Drama
  • Music
  • War
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The Walk 2015 Recommendation
3.5 / 5 stars

I think it’s just to recommended this movie to be played on a big screen.

Robert Zemeckis
  • Action
  • Adventure
  • Biography
  • Drama
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There Will Be Blood 2007 Recommendation
4.0 / 5 stars

An intense movie about the oil business around the year 1900.

This Is Spinal Tap 1984 Recommendation
3.5 / 5 stars

You can rate this movie with 11 out of 10 stars on IMDb. Because 11 is better than 10.

Tickled 2016 Recommendation
4.0 / 5 stars

“Professional tickling” sounds funny to you? Well then, go ahead, watch this movie and have your mind changed.

David Farrier, Dylan Reeve
  • Documentary
  • Crime
  • Mystery
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Toni Erdmann 2016 Recommendation
4.0 / 5 stars

An above average German comedy with hilarious moments.

The story of a career woman and her relationship to her father and her job.

Trainspotting 1996 Recommendation
4.5 / 5 stars

A drug drama. Some scenes are unique and have been referenced in other movies.

The great electro track ‘Born Slippy’ by Underworld is featured prominently.

V luchakh solntsa 2015 Recommendation
3.0 / 5 stars

A propaganda movie about North Korea, but the director continues filming between the scripted scenes.

Vanishing Point 1971 Recommendation
3.0 / 5 stars

Whispering voice: “Kowalski, Vanishing Point”. Does that trigger something in you?

Yes? No? Doesn’t matter, the car needs to be delivered.

Richard C. Sarafian
  • Action
  • Crime
  • Thriller
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Vertigo 1958 Recommendation
4.0 / 5 stars

My head is still spinning!

Alfred Hitchcock
  • Mystery
  • Romance
  • Thriller
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WEIT. Die Geschichte von einem Weg um die Welt 2017 Recommendation
4.0 / 5 stars

A calm movie about a young German couple which travels the world in 3.5 years by going east.

They documented the trip by filming and this movie summarizes it.

Quite a life changing experience for the couple.

Patrick Allgaier, Gwendolin Weisser
  • Documentary
  • Adventure
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Z 1969 Recommendation
4.0 / 5 stars

This film paved the way for geopolitical thrillers. It’s about the Greek junta from 1967 to 1974. However, that information could not be revealed clearly in the movie - for political reasons.

Creating this is brave. The result is a well watchable movie.

Costa-Gavras
  • Crime
  • Drama
  • History
  • Thriller
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Zero Dark Thirty 2012 Recommendation
4.0 / 5 stars

If you like dark and violent movies, this one is for you. Gave me goosebumps a few times. Topic is the US haunting for a popular terrorist.

Kathryn Bigelow
  • Drama
  • History
  • Thriller
  • War
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Zero Days 2016 Recommendation
3.5 / 5 stars

Although the impression manifests that the told story is true, no evidence is provided which would hold up in a court house. This ambiguity in combination with its political explosiveness makes it a movie worth watching… with a grain of salt.

Zoku Shinya shokudô 2016 Recommendation
3.0 / 5 stars

Take a seat at the counter of a restaurant and listen what the others have to say.

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