Oldboy (2003 ) • Ratings: • IMDb: 8.4/10 • Rotten Tomatoes: 80% • Personal Rating: 9.5/10 • Did you know? • The famous one-take corridor scene was shot in three days. No CGI was used to cleverly edit the sequence like a single shot but the scene was actually shot in one take (although a little CGI was used to show Oh Dae Su getting stabbed in the back with a knife and to correct some punches landing ).
Zodiac (2007 ) • Ratings: • IMDb: 7.7/10 • Rotten Tomatoes: 89% • Personal Rating: 8.7/10 • Did you know? • Trees had to be helicoptered in to the Lake Berryessa location, as the area had changed substantially since 1969, and David Fincher wanted it to resemble the murder site as closely as possible.
The House That Jack Built (2018 ) • Ratings: • IMDb: 6.9/10 • Rotten Tomatoes: 57% • Personal Rating: 6.7/10 • Did you know? • Jack cutting off Simple's breasts is reminiscent of how Jack the Ripper does the same to a prostitute in Alan Moore's graphic novelle 'From Hell'. The policeman not believing her story because he thinks she is drunk is somewhat similar to one of Jeffrey Dahmer's victims, who managed to escape his apartment in an intoxicated state, and was returned to Dahmer by the police. Other similarities to serial killers include faking an injury in order to appear harmless like Ted Bundy, and keeping bodies in a freezer like Richard Kuklinski
American Psycho (2000 ) • Ratings: • IMDb: 7.6/10 • Rotten Tomatoes: 68% • Personal Rating: 8.9/10 • Did you know? • After the novel was originally optioned in 1991, author Bret Easton Ellis himself was set to write the script for director Stuart Gordon with Johnny Depp starring as Patrick Bateman. Gordon wanted to do the film in black and white, and stick as close to the book as possible, meaning a guaranteed X-rating. After the project fell through, David Cronenberg replaced Gordon, with Brad Pitt set to star. This project also failed to get off the ground.
Avengers: Endgame (2019 ) • Ratings: • IMDb: 8.8/10 • Rotten Tomatoes: 95% • Personal Rating: 9.6/10 • Did you know? • In a brief scene where the members of the Avengers are flashed on a holographic screen, the headshot used for Scott Lang was pulled straight from Paul Rudd's IMDB profile photo.
Pulp Fiction (1994 ) • Ratings: • IMDb: 8.9/10 • Rotten Tomatoes: 92% • Personal Rating: 9.1/10 • Did you know? • Chandler Lindauer had to sit through the Captain Koons speech delivered by Christopher Walken. Because of his young age, he had no clue what Walken was saying, including the use of adult language.
Whiplash (2014 ) • Ratings: • IMDb: 8.5/10 • Rotten Tomatoes: 93% • Personal Rating: 9.5/10 • Did you know? • Miles Teller, who has played the drums since he was 15, received blisters on his hands due to the vigorous, unconventional style of jazz drumming. Some of his blood was on the drumsticks and the drum set as a result.
John Wick (2014 ) • Ratings: • IMDb: 7.3/10 • Rotten Tomatoes: 87% • Personal Rating: 8.5/10 • Did you know? • In the original script, the character of John Wick was written with "a man in his mid-sixties" to play the role, given the title character's fabled reputation, ergo, the filmmakers had initially imagined an older actor. However, head of Thunder Road Pictures, Basil Iwanyk, decided against this, stating, "Instead, we decided to look for someone who is not literally older, but who has a seasoned history in the film world."
Reservoir Dogs (1992 ) • Rating: • IMDb: 8.3/10 • Rotten Tomatoes: 91% • Personal Rating: 9.1/10 • Did you know? • Madonna, who is the main topic of the opening conversation, really liked the film, but refuted Quentin Tarantino's interpretation of her song "Like a Virgin". She gave him a copy of her "Erotica" album, signed, "To Quentin. It's not about dick, it's about love. Madonna."
The Big Lebowski (1998 ) • Ratings: • IMDb: 8.1/10 • Rotten Tomatoes: 83% • Personal Rating: 8.7/10 • Did you know? • In an interview with Rolling Stone Magazine, John Goodman stated that The Dude referring to The Big Lebowski as a "human paraquat" was one of the only improvised lines to make it into the final film. Virtually every other line, including every "man" and "dude", was scripted.
Taxi Driver (1976 ) • Ratings: • IMDb: 8.3/10 • Rotten Tomatoes: 98% • Personal Rating: 9.8/10 • Did you know? • When Paul Schrader was first writing the script, he believed that he was just writing about loneliness, but as the process went on, he realized he was writing about the pathology of loneliness. His theory being that, for some reason, some young men (such as Schrader himself ) subconsciously push others away to maintain their isolation, even though the main source of their torment is this very isolation.
In The Mouth Of Madness (1994 ) • Ratings: • IMDb: 7.2/10 • Rotten Tomatoes:59% • Personal Rating: 8/10 • Did you know? • At the end of the film, when Sam Neill approaches the movie theater showing the meta-film, the following credits can be seen (though some names are slightly blurred ) on the movie poster outside the theater: "New Line Cinema Presents a John Carpenter Film 'In the Mouth of Madness' Starring John Trent, Linda Styles, Jackson Harglow, Written by 'Michael De Luca', Associate Producer Artist W. Robinson, Director of Photography Gary B. Kibbe, Production Designer Jeff Ginn, Produced by Sandy King, Director John Carpenter" Except for the three lead character names, all the other credits are for the real film's actual crew.
Spider-Man (2002 ) • Ratings: • IMDb: 7.3/10 • Rotten Tomatoes: 93% • Persona Rating: 9/10 • Did you know? • If you look closely at Peter's apartment, you can see the picture he took of Mary-Jane just before he was bitten by a radioactive spider. It was supposed to represent the last moment of innocence in Peter's life before it changed forever.
Kill Bill vol. 2 • Ratings: • IMDb: 8.7/10 • Rotten Tomatoes: 84% • Personal Rating: 8.9/10 • Did you know? • The reason that The Bride no longer has the "Pussy Wagon" in this movie is because in the original script that included the character of Yuki Yubari, Go-Go's sister, Yuki had destroyed it, soon after the killing of Vernita Green.
Inglorious Basterds (2009 ) • Ratings: • IMDb: 8.3/10 • Rotten Tomatoes: 88% • Personal Rating: 8.6/10 • Did you know? • Quentin Tarantino was considering abandoning the film while the casting search for someone to play Colonel Hans Landa took place, fearing he'd written a role that was unplayable. After Christopher Waltz auditioned, however, both Tarantino and producer Lawrence Bender agreed they had found the perfect actor for the role.
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014 ) • Ratings: • IMDb: 8.1/10 • Rotten Tomatoes: 91% • Personal Rating: 8.9/10 • Did you know? • Chris Pratt apparently stole his Star-Lord costume from the set, for the sole purpose of having it available so he could show up in costume to visit sick children in the hospital, who might want to meet Star-Lord.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier • Ratings: • IMDb: 7.8/10 • Rotten Tomatoes: 90% • Personal Rating: 8.9 • Did you know? • Unlike other films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, this movie minimized the use of visual effects as much as possible. Anthony Mackie elaborated: "The Russos, what they did that was so great was, they wanted to stay with live-action, which is a dying art form. If they could build it, they built it. If we could do it, we did it. They wanted to do as little CGI as possible. That's why the movie looks so great."
Iron Man (2008 ) • Ratings: • IMDb: 7.9/10 • Rotten Tomatoes: 93% • Personal Rating: 9/10 • Did you know? • Director Jon Favreau wanted Robert Downey, Jr. because he felt the actor's past was right for the part. He commented: "The best and worst moments of Robert's life have been in the public eye. He had to find an inner balance to overcome obstacles that went far beyond his career. That's Tony Stark. Robert brings a depth that goes beyond a comic book character having trouble in high school, or can't get the girl." Favreau also felt Downey could make Stark "a likeable asshole", but also depict an authentic emotional journey once he won over the audience.
Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017 ) • Ratings: • IMDb: 7.5/10 • Rotten Tomatoes: 92% • Personal Rating: 8.8/10 • Did you know? • Michelle's literary tastes contain subtle allusions to either the plot or spiders. • she is first seen reading "Of Human Bondage" by W. Somerset Maugham. In that novel, the protagonist is an orphan living with his aunt and uncle. • Later, she is reading "Invitation To Beheading" by Vladimir Nabokov. In that novel, a condemned man awaits his execution, accompanied only by a spider in his cell. • Finally, during the Washington Monument scene, she is wearing a Sylvia Plath t-shirt. Plath wrote a poem called "Spider", and used spiders as images in other poems.
The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs (2018 ) • Ratings: • IMDb: 7.3/10 • Rotten Tomatoes: 91% • Personal Rating: 8.1/10 • Did you know? • When the title was announced, its episodic nature led many people to erroneously believe that the Coen brothers had been developing a TV (mini ) series, despite always maintaining that they aren't interested in doing a television show due to its open-ended format. Later speculation that the episodes were re-cut and reorganized into an anthology movie have been denied by the brothers, who indicated that their screenplay remained the same throughout production, and the movie was released the way they had always intended.
American Psycho (2000 ) • Ratings: • IMDb: 7.6/10 • Rotten Tomatoes: 68% • Personal Rating: 8.9/10 • Did you know? • Although he was a huge fan of the original scene from the book, Huey Lewis originally didn't allow Hip To Be Square to be put in the film due to him disliking the way the studio wanted him to re-record it for the movie's soundtrack along with other songs, which led to him wanting to boycott the movie after the studio made false accusations of him hating the film for its violence, he did, however, eventually let them use it and has since become a fan of the film and its message.
Cinematic Parallel: • Pulp fiction (1994 ) X Reservoir Dogs (1992 ) • Did you know? • Pulp Fiction: • In real life, Vincent Vega's (John Travolta's ) 1964 Chevelle Malibu convertible belonged to writer and director Quentin Tarantino and was stolen during the production of the film. In 2013, a police officer saw two kids stripping an older car. He arrested them, and when researching the vehicle, found the VIN had been altered. It turned out that it was the car stolen off Quentin Tarantino. The owner had recently purchased it and had no idea it was stolen. • Reservoir Dogs: • Mr. Orange's apartment was the upstairs to the warehouse where most of the movie takes place. The filmmakers redecorated it to look like an apartment in order to save money on finding a real apartment.
The Hateful Eight (2015 ) • Ratings: • IMDb: 7.8/10 • Rotten Tomatoes: 74% • Personal Rating: 8.9/10 • Did you know? • After the script leaked on-line, Writer and Director Quentin Tarantino did not want to make this movie. However, after they did a brief reading of the script in Los Angeles, the cast was stunned and got excited for the film, and with Samuel L. Jackson persuading him to do this movie, Tarantino accepted.
#DontSpoilTheEndgame • • • • • I'll be less active on ig to avoid endgame spoilers since apparently there have been huge leaks but I'll still be posting some stuff though, I'm gonna be posting a review in a few hours and probably an infinity war review the same week as endgame comes out
Reservoir Dogs (1992 ) • 🎞 Ratings • IMDb: 8.3/10 • Rotten Tomatoes: 91% • Personal Rating: 9.1/10 • 📽 Did you know? • According to an interview on the DVD, Michael Madsen says that Kirk Baltz asked to ride in his trunk to experience what it was really like. Madsen agreed but decided as he went along that this was time for his own character development. So he drove down a long alley with potholes, and then a Taco Bell drive-through before taking Baltz back to the parking lot and letting him out. The soda he ordered at the said drive-through is the same one he can be seen drinking during his character's first appearance in the warehouse.
Death Proof (2007 ) • Ratings • IMDb: 7/10 • Rotten Tomatoes: 65% • Personal Rating: 7.9/10 • Trivia • In an interview, Quentin Tarantino said that the version of "Down in Mexico" heard in 'Death Proof' was likely the rarest recording in his entire collection. When he was working at a stage theatre in his teens, he showed the record to the projectionist, another record collector, who immediately pointed out the words "Newly Recorded" on the record's label. Tarantino said this version soon became one of his favorite tracks of all time.
In The Mouth Of Madness (1994 ) • Ratings: • IMDb: 7.2/10 • Rotten Tomatoes: 59% • Personal Rating: 7.8/10 • Trivia: • The Sutter Cane character is clearly based on John Carpenter's friend Stephen King, even referencing King's New England roots, with Hobb's End filling in for King's Castle Rock. Carpenter directed a film version of King's Christine (1983 ). Additionally, Michael De Luca had previously written the screenplay for the King adaptation The Lawnmower Man (1987 ). However, the characters say that Sutter Cane is even more popular than Stephen King.
Unbreakable (2000 ) • Ratings: • IMDb: 7.3/10 • Rotten Tomatoes: 70% • Personal Rating: 9/10 • Trivia: • The scene where David's son tries to shoot him to prove he has super powers is based on the popular urban legend that George Reeves was once confronted by a child who asked to shoot him with a real gun while he was in his Superman costume. According to the legend, Reeves, just like David, got the boy to put the gun down by convincing him it would ricochet and hurt someone else.
The Shinning (1979 ) • Ratings: • IMDb: 8.4/10 • Rotten Tomatoes: 86% • Personal Rating: 9.4/10 • Trivia: • For the scene in which Jack breaks down the bathroom door, the Props Department built a door that could be easily broken. However, Jack Nicholson had worked as a volunteer fire marshal and tore it apart far too easily. The Props Department were then forced to build a stronger door.
American Psycho (2000 ) •• Ratings: •• IMDb: 7.6/10 •• Rotten Tometoes: 68% •• Personal Rating: 8.9/10 •• Trivia: •• During the shooting of the film, Christian Bale spoke in an American accent off-set at all times. At the wrap party, when he began to speak in his native Welsh accent, many of the crew thought he was speaking that way as an accent for another film. They had thought he was American throughout the entire shoot.
Assault on Precint 13 (1976 ) • Ratings: • IMDb: 7.4/10 Rotten Tomatoes: 98% Personal Rating: 8.4/10 • Trivia: • John Carpenter has acknowledged that Night Of The Living Dead (1968 ) was an influence on the marauding street gang. Like George Romero's zombies, they're completely dehumanized. They hardly talk and almost seem supernatural in their ongoing resilience.
Se7en (1995 ) Ratings IMDb: 8.6/10 Rotten Tomatoes: 81% Personal Rating: 8.8/10 Trivia: As preparation for his traumatic scene in the interrogation room, Leland Orser would breathe in and out rapidly, so that his body would be overly saturated with oxygen, giving him the ability to hyperventilate. He also did not sleep for a few days, in order to achieve his character's disoriented look.
Django Unchained (2012 ) Ratings: IMDb: 8.4/10 Rotten Tomatoes: 86% Personal Rating: 8.8/10 Trivia: During the filming of one of the dinner scenes, Leonardo DiCaprio had to stop the scene because he was having "a difficult time" using so many racial slurs. Samuel L. Jackson then pulled him aside telling him, "Motherfucker, this is just another Tuesday for us."
Léon:The Professional (1994 ) Ratings: IMDb: 8.6/10 Rotten Tomatoes: 72% Personal Rating: 8.3/10 Trivia: According to Jean Reno, he decided to play Léon as if he were "a little mentally slow" and emotionally repressed. He felt that this would make audiences relax and realize that he wasn't someone who would take advantage of a vulnerable young girl. Reno claims that for Léon, the possibility of a physical relationship with Mathilda is not even conceivable, and as such, during the scenes when such a relationship is discussed, Reno very much allowed Portman to be emotionally in control of the scenes.
The Hateful Eight (2015 ) Ratings: IMDb: 7.8/10 Rotten Tomatoes: 74% Personal Rating: 8.9/10 Trivia: The guitar that Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh ) played while singing "Jim Jones at Botany Bay" was a priceless antique from the 1870s, on loan from the Martin Guitar Museum and worth some $40,000. At the end of the song, the script called for John "The Hangman" Ruth (Kurt Russell ) to grab the guitar and smash it to pieces. Six replicas were built for the shoot, and were supposed to be substituted for the real instrument for the smashing shot, but due to a miscommunication, Kurt Russell was not informed, and destroyed the original guitar before anyone could stop him. Jennifer Jason Leigh's shocked reaction to this is genuine, and can be seen in the released film. The Martin Guitar Museum subsequently announced they would never loan guitars to film shoots again.
Reservoir Dogs (1992 ) Ratings: IMDb: 8.3/10 Rotten Tomatoes: 91% Personal Ratings: 9.1/10 Trivia: The film's budget was so low that many of the actors simply used their own clothing as wardrobe; most notably Chris Penn's track jacket. The signature black suits were provided for free by the designer, based on her love for the American crime film genre. Steve Buscemi wore his own black jeans instead of suit pants