Films: Aby ihrtfilms | created - 23 Aug 2014 | updated - 18 Sep 2014 | Public
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1. A Blooming Business (2009)
Not Rated | 52 min | Documentary
Flowers love people. Anyway, that is what the flower growing industry is trying to propagate. But whether flowers actually do love people, well, that remains the question. The largest ... See full summary »
Director: Ton van Zantvoort
Very interesting, if not depressing doco
2. A Child Is Waiting (1963)
Approved | 102 min | Drama
Psychologist Dr. Matthew Clark is the head of the Crawthorne State Training Institute, one of the first boarding schools for developmentally challenged children. Dr. Clark is sympathetic ... See full summary »
Amazing performances from the children. I loved the very end when Garland calls the new boy darling and he says in horror 'Darling?' and she replies, 'yes, I guess that darling is a little inappropriate for a boy your age'.
3. A Christmas Carol (2009)
PG | 96 min | Animation, Drama, Family
An animated retelling of Charles Dickens' classic novel about a Victorian-era miser taken on a journey of self-redemption, courtesy of several mysterious Christmas apparitions.
Votes: 93,565 | Gross: $137.86M
Dicken's classic is animated to life in this new version, with Jim Carrey playing Scrooge and the Ghosts, all animated with performance capture technology. This style of animation has been used before, in Beowulf for instance and whilst it at times works for the most part I struggle with it as the sense of realism becomes borderline. In this instance it looks okay, but the better scenes are the ones where people aren't in close up. The human characters rarely look anything more than bad computer game characters. On a few occasions does it work well, a candle lit Scrooge's face. General scenes where presumably they used regular animation are often wonderful, flying over a snow covered London or the scenes where Scrooge falls through the air are very effective.
Jim Carrey does well here playing the old Scrooge and is less Carrey than normal, his performances as the three ghosts are also okay, despite annoying accents. The film is for the most part very dark with scenes such as the ones with the Ghost of Christmas yet to come really ominous and perhaps too dark for a 'family' rated film.
The story is a true classic, but whilst there is some things to enjoy, it is perhaps a story I prefer told as a live action story.
4. A Christmas Tale (2008)
Not Rated | 150 min | Comedy, Drama
The troubled Vuillard family is no stranger to illness, grief, and banishment, but when their matriarch requires a bone-marrow transplant, the estranged clan reunites just in time for Christmas.
Votes: 6,296 | Gross: $1.06M
Great cast - but overly long.
5. A Complete History of My Sexual Failures (2008)
Unrated | 90 min | Documentary, Comedy
A humorous look at life for a loser in love.
Another WOW! This was such a surprise. I didnt know what to expect, but within the first opening moments, I was, along with the rest of the audience laughing heartily. And I did so for much of the film. This was an incredible insight into someones life, if not a very tragic and sad one, but it was difficult not to see the humour in the situations. It was down right hilarious. Poor guy....and poor women!!. We as an audience never really learn what his faults are, he just sound like a guy blessed with bad luck, and some part of you has to feel sorry for him. Not sure I was comfortable with the scenes of him asking woman if they would *beep* him after he'd taken too much viagra, but still there was a nice outcome to that. The scenes near the end with the one woman he really loved, were quite heartbreaking. Great stuff!
6. A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash (2006 Video)
Not Rated | 84 min | Documentary, War
A theatrical documentary on the planet's dwindling oil resources.
Great doco. Oil is the nightmare of humanity.
7. A Dangerous Method (2011)
R | 99 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
A look at how the intense relationship between Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud gives birth to psychoanalysis.
Votes: 94,529 | Gross: $5.70M
I just can't stand Knightley - makes for difficult viewing.
8. A Dirty Shame (2004)
NC-17 | 89 min | Comedy
An uptight, middle-aged, repressed woman turns into a sex addict after getting hit on the head, and she then falls into an underground subculture of sex addicts in suburban Baltimore.
Votes: 11,781 | Gross: $1.34M
Had high hopes, but was very disappointed.
9. A Few Best Men (2011)
Not Rated | 97 min | Comedy, Romance
A groom and his three best men travel to the Australian outback for a wedding.
The lead is likable, but this is a unfunny mess.
10. A Field in England (2013)
Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, History, Horror
Amid the Civil War in 17th-century England, a group of deserters flee from battle through an overgrown field. Captured by an alchemist, the men are forced to help him search to find a hidden treasure that he believes is buried in the field.
Votes: 9,776 | Gross: $0.03M
Trippy, surreal, weird, fantastical and confusing.
11. A Film with Me in It (2008)
89 min | Comedy, Thriller
A broke, jobless actor and a broke, jobless screenwriter set out to make a movie and then find that life starts imitating art.
I had hopes for a good for laughs from this,it does have Dylan Moran in after all, but I was really disappointed. The premise is so far fetched and whilst that might the whole point, I just couldn't wait for it to end. I may have cracked a smile once. It's a shame, as it's a very well made film for a low budget effort.
12. A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints (2006)
R | 100 min | Crime, Drama
The movie is a coming-of-age drama about a boy growing up in Astoria, New York during the 1980s. As his friends end up dead, on drugs, or in prison. He comes to believe he has been saved from their fates by various so-called saints.
Votes: 24,240 | Gross: $0.52M
great cast and likable thriller.
13. A Gun in Each Hand (2012)
95 min | Comedy, Drama
A comedy centered on eight men in their 40s, all with identity crises.
Brilliant film - moving, funny and cleverly played out.
14. A Hijacking (2012)
R | 103 min | Drama, Thriller
The crew of a Danish cargo ship is hijacked by Somali pirates who proceed to engage in escalating negotiations with authorities in Copenhagen.
Votes: 14,956 | Gross: $0.41M
Brilliant tense thriller - just has the edge over Captain Phillips.
15. A History of Violence (2005)
R | 96 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A mild-mannered man becomes a local hero through an act of violence, which sets off repercussions that will shake his family to its very core in this action thriller.
Votes: 213,918 | Gross: $31.49M
Great performance from Mortensen.
16. A Home at the End of the World (2004)
R | 97 min | Drama, Romance
A boy who has experienced many losses in his life grows to manhood and enters into a love triangle with a woman and his boyhood friend.
Votes: 12,898 | Gross: $1.03M
Likable enough drama.
17. A Journey with Peter Sellars (2007 TV Movie)
90 min | Documentary
I went into this not knowing anything about Peter Sellars (no, not Peter Sellers) and I left feeling creative and inspired. Sellars is a man full of energy and passion and it's wonderful to see this creative mind on screen. There is an intensity to him which is both fascinating and a little disturbing.
At times he seems way over the top, crying during rehearsals for instance but perhaps this is the sign of true passion for the art or work you create and love. I'm not sure I felt I went on a journey with this man as the title suggests, but I did get a wonderful insight
18. A Lady in Paris (2012)
94 min | Drama
Anne leaves Estonia to come to Paris and care for Frida, an elderly Estonian lady who emigrated to France long ago. Anne soon realizes that she is not wanted. All Frida wants from life is ... See full summary »
great performances and got me engaged despite negative reviews
19. Un lac (2008)
90 min | Drama
The story takes place in a country about which we know nothing: a country of snow and dense forests somewhere in the North. A family lives in an isolated house near a lake. Alexi, the ... See full summary »
Here are the final scores for the film A Lake:
Visual Imagery 1 - Film 0
People Leaving throughout the film 1- Film 0
Oh dear. Boy has fit in snow, after walking with horse. Found by sister. Stranger arrives. Sister and stranger sleep together. Small girl appears. Followed by the return of the father. And near the end, the mother, which is followed by the sister and stranger leaving. FIN. This "story" is told with some very sparse dialogue, but plenty of shaky out of focus camera work. The film's only redeeming feature and I use the word redeeming lightly, was the visual, the snow covered landscape looked amazing and the camera work often gave it an ethereal effect. At least I had a chance to rest my eyes without fear of missing anything. Shocking. No wonder so many people left, and those that didn't I suspect were asleep or resting their eyes.
20. A Late Quartet (2012)
R | 105 min | Drama, Music
Members of a world-renowned string quartet struggle to stay together in the face of death, competing egos and insuppressible lust.
Votes: 13,175 | Gross: $1.56M
Listed as A Late Quartet;
likable, but hated the characters after a while.
21. A Letter to Momo (2011)
Not Rated | 120 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Clinging to an unfinished letter written by her recently deceased father, young Momo moves with her mother from bustling Tokyo to the remote Japanese island of Shio. Upon their arrival, she... See full summary »
22. A Love Song for Bobby Long (2004)
R | 119 min | Drama
A headstrong young woman returns to New Orleans after the death of her estranged mother.
Votes: 24,179 | Gross: $0.16M
Hated it. But being near the end of a long haul flight wouldn't have helped.
23. A Matter of Life and Death (1946)
PG | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
A British wartime aviator who cheats death must argue for his life before a celestial court.
Released in the US as Stairway to heaven. Astonishing film. Visually amazing and touching on some ideas that must have been a little taboo when it was made.
24. A Most Wanted Man (2014)
R | 122 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A Chechen Muslim illegally immigrates to Hamburg, where he gets caught in the international war on terror.
Votes: 68,920 | Gross: $17.24M
brooding drama, well played, but Rachel McAdams accent was so bad. Hoffman was a fine actor
25. A Midsummer Night's Dream (1999)
PG-13 | 116 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Lovers' lives are complicated by city law, feuding faerie royalty, and... love.
Votes: 23,527 | Gross: $16.07M
Likable adaptation of the classic.
26. A Mighty Heart (2007)
R | 108 min | Biography, Drama, History
Mariane Pearl embarks on a frantic search to locate her journalist husband, Daniel, when he goes missing in Pakistan.
Votes: 25,993 | Gross: $9.18M
Gritty thriller, good performances although Jolie is a little hammy.
27. A Night at the Opera (1935)
Passed | 96 min | Comedy, Music, Musical
A sly business manager and two wacky friends of two opera singers help them achieve success while humiliating their stuffy and snobbish enemies.
after a spate of old black & white films which I hadn’t really enjoyed I was wary. But really enjoyed this. Very funny at times.
28. A Passage to India (1984)
PG | 164 min | Adventure, Drama, History
Cultural mistrust and false accusations doom a friendship in British colonial India between an Indian doctor, an Englishwoman engaged to marry a city magistrate, and an English educator.
Votes: 15,901 | Gross: $27.19M
This is one of those very British films I remember watching as a kid, the kind that always seemed to be one television. Set amid the British colonial rule if India, two British ladies visit India and with their liberal thinking are shocked at the divide between the whites and the Indians, a gap that is vast, discriminatory, and ultimately will bring change to the country.
The two women, strive to see the real India, to meet real Indians but to start everything is presented in a very prudish and English manner, not the real side of things they yearn for. Then they meet a young Indian doctor, who bonds with both women and agrees to take them on an excursion to the Marabar caves, where events take a terrible turn and the divide of race and class are brought to the fold.
It's quite an epic tale, one based on E.M. Forster's novel, one that starts with an air of lightness as the we see the British behave in that colonial way, foppish and above everyone else. Mrs. Moore and Adela, provide a different insight into this world, one that they seem to loathe and that they see isn't either suited to where they are nor what they hoped to experience. There's a lovely moment, when at the club, Adela Picks up a cucumber sandwich and throws it back down with disgust, as if to suggest that she didn't sail half way around the world to eat cucumber sandwiches.
The trip to the caves provides further highlights at the divide and the level of racism and even more so once the doctor, Aziz is accused of rape. The trial is full of tension and sickening racism and brings the film from a lighter side to a much darker one, which is quite tragic.
With a stellar cast and lush landscapes of India, the film looks terrific. The scenes at the caves with the ghostly echoes, have the same mystery and sense of foreboding that is felt in Picnic At Hanging Rock. I do find it odd that the role of Indian professor Godbole was played by a 'blackfaced' Sir Alec Guinness or maybe just inappropriate. The film clearly tells a tragic tale of broken trust and betrayal, misconceptions and prejudice and yet unfortunately whilst it does convey these topics well, it never packs the punch that it should, it isn't nearly as powerful as the story should be.
29. A Prairie Home Companion (2006)
PG-13 | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Music
A look at what goes on backstage during the last broadcast of America's most celebrated radio show, where singing cowboys Dusty and Lefty, a country music siren, and a host of others hold court.
Votes: 21,210 | Gross: $20.34M
Fabulous and funny film with a great cast.
30. A Prophet (2009)
R | 155 min | Crime, Drama
A young Arab man is sent to a French prison.
Votes: 89,187 | Gross: $2.08M
Great performance from the lead.
31. A Private Affair (2002)
107 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller
It's been six months since Rachel Siprien disappeared. At the request of Rachel's mother, private detective François takes over the investigation. The young woman, with a complex and ... See full summary »
Great French drama, that was much better than I anticipated. The twist at the end came as a really big surprise, I just would never have guessed it and I don't consider myself that gullible!
This review written in Nov 2006 means nothing know. Can't remember it at all!!
32. A Quiet Place in the Country (1968)
R | 106 min | Drama, Horror
A popular painter, plagued by nightmares that he and his lover/sales agent are engaging in bizarre, ritualistic, sadistic sexual acts, seeks to escape the city and rent a house in the country.
Oddly good, oddly bad.
33. A Room with a View (1985)
Not Rated | 117 min | Drama, Romance
In a Florence pensione circa 1900 with English guests, George and his dad offer their rooms with views to Lucy and her chaperone. Lucy and George get acquainted but Lucy returns to England. George and Lucy meet again but now she's engaged.
Votes: 36,743 | Gross: $20.97M
Goodness, they don't make them like this anymore, which as Maggie Smith's Charlotte would say, is very vexing indeed. This is one of those classic British period dramas that not only is one of the best, but one that has stood the test of time.
With a superb recreation of the era and great use of both the magic of Florence and the beauty of the English countryside, visually the film is a treat. With it's story of missed and wrong opportunity it is played with such charm it is difficult not to fall in love with it all. This is such a different world, with it's well to do manners and aristocratic inklings, but to escape into this is wonderful.
The film never gets bogged down into sentiment nor does it become too serious, with the array of charming and harmless characters played by some of the cream of British actors, including a young Daniel Day Lewis and the always brilliant Dame's Judi and Maggie, the film is made enjoyable because of this and never becomes too stuffy, which period dramas have a habit of. The final scene of the young lovers sitting on the window with the Duomo is one of the most perfect scenes in a film you'll ever likely to see. Spiffing stuff old chap.
34. A Royal Affair (2012)
R | 137 min | Biography, Drama, History
A young queen, who is married to an insane king, falls secretly in love with her physician - and together they start a revolution that changes a nation forever.
Votes: 41,638 | Gross: $1.55M
Fantastic and sumptuous costume drama.
35. A Scanner Darkly (2006)
R | 100 min | Animation, Crime, Drama
An undercover cop in a not-too-distant future becomes involved with a dangerous new drug and begins to lose his own identity as a result.
Votes: 102,154 | Gross: $5.50M
Likable film with an effective gimmick.
36. A Separation (2011)
PG-13 | 123 min | Drama
A married couple are faced with a difficult decision - to improve the life of their child by moving to another country or to stay in Iran and look after a deteriorating parent who has Alzheimer's disease.
Votes: 203,172 | Gross: $7.10M
fantastic, taught thriller.
37. A Serious Man (2009)
R | 106 min | Comedy, Drama
Larry Gopnik, a Midwestern physics teacher, watches his life unravel over multiple sudden incidents. Though seeking meaning and answers amidst his turmoils, he seems to keep sinking.
Votes: 124,426 | Gross: $9.19M
Really good drama, great performances.
38. A Short Film About Killing (1988)
Not Rated | 84 min | Crime, Drama
The plot couldn't be simpler or its attack on capital punishment (and the act of killing in general) more direct - a senseless, violent, almost botched murder is followed by a cold, ... See full summary »
Couldn't get into this film. I found the murderer very creepy and I was uncomfortable watching him. But there was also something creepy about the taxi driver. Then of course there is the murder itself, which is utterly brutal and prolonged and is one of the few things in cinema where I have had to turn the sound down and look away. Still this is a film with a message, that being is capital punishment any better?
39. A Short Film About Love (1988)
Not Rated | 87 min | Drama, Romance
An innocent virgin spies on his frontal neighbor and falls in love with her, thus starts using tricks on her which he hopes will lead to them meeting.
I enjoyed this film: I liked the Rear Window element to it. Well, Rear Window taken to a different area. I thought the performances were great and the visual element fantastic. It was interesting to see the woman become the voyeur
40. A Short Stay in Switzerland (2009 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 90 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
Just after losing her husband to a similar condition, Dr Anne Turner is diagnosed with a fatal neurological condition. So she plans to end her life herself. Based on a true story.
Sad but important story telling.
41. A Simple Life (2011)
Not Rated | 118 min | Drama
After suffering a stroke, an altruistic maid announces that she wants to quit her job and move into an old people's home.
Votes: 4,931 | Gross: $0.19M
Stunning, heartbreaking stuff. Really devastated me.
42. A Single Man (2009)
R | 99 min | Drama, Romance
An English professor, one year after the sudden death of his boyfriend, is unable to cope with his typical days in 1960s Los Angeles.
Votes: 100,923 | Gross: $9.17M
Stunning film, exquisite to look at, with some great performances.
43. A Star Is Born (1954)
Passed | 154 min | Drama, Musical, Romance
A film star helps a young singer and actress find fame, even as age and alcoholism send his own career on a downward spiral.
Votes: 14,452 | Gross: $14.93M
Garland is superb. She should of gotten the Oscar!!
44. A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
PG | 122 min | Drama
Disturbed Blanche DuBois moves in with her sister in New Orleans and is tormented by her brutish brother-in-law while her reality crumbles around her.
Votes: 93,289 | Gross: $8.00M
Vivien Leigh owns this film. She is just stunning as the troubled Blanche. Perfect infact. The films tension starts slowly and builds terrifically resulting in the tragic ending. Marlon Brando is just beautiful, but seriously his voice is annoying, he sounds like he has a bad throat infection. But for me the film is all about Leigh.
45. A Tale of Two Sisters (2003)
R | 115 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller
A family is haunted by the tragedies of deaths within the family.
Effective and gory horror.
46. A Very Long Engagement (2004)
R | 133 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance
Tells the story of a young woman's relentless search for her fiancé, who has disappeared from the trenches of the Somme during World War One.
Votes: 68,768 | Gross: $6.17M
Another gem from Jeunet.
47. A Very Natural Thing (1974)
R | 80 min | Drama, Romance
A poignant romantic drama examines the life of gay 26 year old, ex-monk, school teacher living in Manhattan. When he meets a man at a gay bar, they connect and are soon living together. Unfortunately their views on monogamy don't match.
ground breaking, but doesn't stand the test of time.
Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary