Dam Keeper, The (2014)
Damned, The (2014)
There is something unique in the emotions that certain independent directors can cause a viewer to experience, and most of the time, on half the budget that major motion pictures spend “forcing” you to feel a certain way. “Dandelion” is perfect in the sense that all emotions caused are organic and well-versed, with likeable characters played by the brilliant Vincent Kartheiser from “Mad Men” and the gorgeous Taryn Manning. The father-son relationship in the film, as well as the blossoming, yet heart-wrenching love story of the film, both make this film a must-see film.
Dangerous Liaisons (2012)
Dangerous Method, A (2011)
With a deeply moving score from Howard Shore and several memorable performances from all three of the leads, A Dangerous Method displays some of Cronenberg’s finest work. Knightley dares to deliver a frantic and sometimes ugly performance, all for the good of the film, creating a believable and out-of-body character that desperately holds through. Fassbender and Mortensen play off each other masterfully and add a deeper, richer feel to this period drama. A performance that definitely should not be overlooked is that of Carl Jung’s wife, Emma, played by Sarah Gadon who, even as a very supporting role, creates such a realistic character that steals the screen during all of her scenes. The film is daring, with its sometimes graphic nature and add to that some very interesting “collapsed space” cinemtography, A Dangerous Method offers some truly unique cinematic experiences.
Dan In Real Life (2007)
Was about what I expected. Funny especially with Dane Cook and worth several one liners, but overall, hard to believe the story especially in the end. Worth seeing though.
Danish Girl, The (2015)
Dante’s Peak (1997)
Not as disastrous as I remember, “Dante’s Peak” holds the same, played-out formula as far as disaster films go with very little originality and zero baseline emotion apart from sheer panic and fear. None of the characters shine through, and the only highlight of the film are the graphics, that still hold up.
Darjeeling Limited, The (2007)
Wes Anderson continues to deliver his completely own style, with fantastic visuals, including some of the best slow motion, train chasing I have ever seen, pithy dialogue, and overall, an intelligent, encompassing feel surrounding the entire film.
Darkest Hour, The (2011)
Darkest Hour (2017)
Dark Shadows (2012)
Filled with blood, sex, and campy adult humor, it is amazing that Dark Shadows ends up with only a PG-13 rating. Once again, Johnny Depp and Tim Burton collaborate to success, bringing to life a soap opera from the 60’s, which never actually comes off like a soap opera until the very end. What lacks in Dark Shadows, as stated by other critics, is consistency and rich character development, but what the film does have is constant humor, a visually stimulating environment, and the vivacious Eva Green who often steals the show. Not an uber fan of Burton’s work to begin with, his latest endeavor ends up being one of his better films.
Dark Tower, The (2017)
Dark Was The Night (2014)
Dark Water (2005)
Date Movie (2006)
Dave Chappelle: The Age of Spin (2017)
Dave Chappelle: The Bird Revelation (2017)
Dave Chappelle: Deep in the Heart of Texas (2017)
Dave Chappelle: Equanimity (2017)
Da Vinci Code, The (2006)
Day After Tomorrow, The (2004)
Day the Earth Stood Still, The (1951)
Day of the Fight (1951)
Day One (short) (2015)
Dazed and Confused (1993)
Dead Awake (2010)
Bad… just bad…
Dead Man Walking (1995)
Spiritual and endearing, “Dead Man Walking” raises a lot of good questions about the death penalty, giving both sides of the argument, and still remaining relevant and entertaining. Slow in parts yet contemplative, Susan Sarandon definitely earns her Oscar playing a nun who is left to befriend a death row inmate (Sean Penn). Sean Penn easily gives one of the best performances of his career. Apparently, Tim Robbins is a great director. Who knew?
Deadpool 2 (2018)
Dead Silence (2007)
Dear Basketball (short) (2017)
Dear John (2010)
Death Proof (2007)
Decoy Bride, The (2012)
Stunted in its delivery, this British comedy mainly misses its mark. With a phoned-in performance from David Tennant, an over exuberant performance from Alice Eve, and an unmatched and even performance from Kelly MacDonald, The Decoy Bride falls all over the map. The plot is predictable yet unjustified and ultimately overdone. A ‘PG’ comedy for adults should have been the first red flag.
Deep Blue Sea (1999)
Deep Blue Sea, The (2012)
Deep Impact (1998)
Predicting the future of a black president, “Deep Impact” builds its relationships between its characters with great skill, providing the perfect disaster, tearjerker. The best part about the film is its ability to continue the building of tension multiple different times with each passing attempt to stop the approaching comet. Though I prefer the acting and tension building in the similar film “Armageddon”, “Deep Impact” still holds true as a great disaster film and compliments its fellow genre film nicely.
Deer Hunter, The (1978)
Definitely, Maybe (2008)
Déjà Vu (2006)
DeKalb Elementary (short) (2017)
Dennis the Menace (1993)
Departed, The (2006)
Really great film with two really strong performances from DiCaprio and Damon. The supporting cast was also phenomenal with Nicholson, Wahlberg, and Farmiga pulling off some of their best stuff. This was an all hands on deck, anything goes film, and I loved it. Scorsese keeps proving that he is one of the greatest for a reason.
Descendants, The (2011)
Led brilliantly by two amazing performances from George Clooney and Shailene Woodley, The Descendants is far less a comedy than an insightful drama. As the situations rings true, the eloquence of an under-told storyline graces this film with a much needed freshness, topped only by its leading roles. Dark, rich humor at its best.
Descent, The (2006)
Perhaps it is the all-female cast screaming most of the film or the formulaic “climbing adventure” plot, but The Descent fails to impress me even on a horror film level. There are some worthwhile shocks, with sudden appearances from the creatures and nicely placed turning points, but otherwise, this film is nothing I have not seen before.
Despicable Me (2010)
Despicable Me 2 (2013)
Despicable Me 3 (2017)
Dated and blatant, Where The Heart Is basically tries too hard and mish-mashes far too many events and ideas into one film. A critic said it best when he referred to it as “a great big ol’ commercial for the Wal-Mart”.
Detainment (short) (2018)
Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo (2005)
Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo (1999)
Devil Inside, The (2012)
The Devil Inside does little to think outside the realm of the horror, fake documentary genre. With the usual scares and repetitive demonic possessions, the scariest parts of the films, like a dog barking out of nowhere while the “crew” is walking outside, almost seem like happy accidents instead of planned spooks. The plot gets progressively worse as the film drags on and the ending of the film is completely laughable, leaving a rotten taste.
Devil in the Flesh (1998)
Rose McGowan plays this part wonderfully. Though this concept is in no way original, it works just well enough to be enjoyable.
Devil in the Flesh 2 (2000)
Though she is no Rose McGowan, Jodi Lyn O’Keefe is still very attractive in this borderline adult entertainment sequel. It was at least nice to see a fresh face take the helm of such a film.
Devil’s Pass (2013)
Diamonds Are Forever (007) (1971)
“Diamonds Are Forever” provides Bond with one of his most interesting cases yet, as he impersonates his way into a diamond trade which leads him to Las Vegas. Though Lana Wood’s performance remains extremely short, she becomes one of my favorite females to come out of this franchise. Though Wint and Mr. Kidd receive a little too much screen time for little pay-off, having Sean Connery back as Bond is a nice treat.
Die Another Day (007) (2002)
“Die Another Day” remains my least favorite of the Pierce Brosnan / James Bond films, with constantly weak action sequences, villains that never quite reach the pinnacle of what a supervillain should be, obvious and often laughable plot devices, and Halle Berry landing as one of the weakest Bond Girls in the series. The highlight of this film, for me, was Rosamund Pike as Miranda Frost, who is able to continuous grab attention despite her weak surroundings.
Die Hard (1988)
Still one of the best action films of all time, Bruce Willis has a way about him that sells this film more than most action stars. Also, Alan Rickman never fails to completely stun as one of the most memorable villains, Hans Gruber.
Die Hard 2 (1990)
Lacking the interesting villain from the original “Die Hard” and often coming off repetitive and ill-equipped, “Die Hard 2” does its best to live up to the standards of the first film, but does little to progress our insight into the life of John McClane (Bruce Willis) and loses steam for the franchise. Credit is due to the pacing of the film, starting almost immediately and never quite giving up. The problem is, McClane is back and forth, in and out of the airport continuously that most of the film reaches levels of excruciating monotony. The excitement and action scenes are still there, but there’s little to hold on to despite best efforts to get the audience involved. In the end, all the supporting characters come off as caricatures and the eventual twists of either telegraphed or unimpressive enough to warrant emotion.
Die Hard: With a Vengeance (1995)
“Die Hard With A Vengeance” is John McClane (Bruce Willis) at his best. First and for most, like most action or superhero films, the villain is almost as important as the protagonist, in that there must be a charisma in that person that keeps the audience watching, acting as almost a focal point for the plot. Alan Rickman in the original “Die Hard” is almost unbeatable, in character and performance. But introducing Jeremy Irons into this third film is genius and he carries this role with a vigor lacking from the villains in “Die Hard 2”. The supporting roles are much more fleshed out in “Die Hard 3”, more so than any of the previous installments, helped mostly by the big name face of Samuel L. Jackson being apart of the entire film and almost initiating a sort of buddy cop film. Touching on issues of terrorism and racism tend to date this film, but being the first “Die Hard” to take place in New York, there is a uniqueness to this film that makes it better than the rest. Tack on a plot that keeps you guessing, splitting the film in different sections, with John playing “Simon Says”, to John finding out the pivotal secret, to John chasing Simon (Irons) through tunnels. Everything about this film screams action and Bruce Willis produces some of his best work in this third appearance as McClane. “Die Hard With a Vengeance” proves to be my favorite “Die Hard” film yet.
Dilemma, The (2011)
Pair Vince Vaughn with just about anyone and a film can be humorous. Letting Vince do his thing is the best part of this film. The fact that it deals with real life issues in an adult way is even better, and giving the film some heart makes this an above average comedy that I did not expect to like.
Dinner for Schmucks (2010)
Was not a fan of “Schmucks”. Paul Rudd really took no part in the film as it more or less happened around him. The best part of the film by far was my introduction to Stephanie Szostak who is remarkably gorgeous and was the only one that felt natural in her part, granted she graced the screen minimally. Minus the sexual dialogue, the film felt more for children than adults.
Dirty Girl (2011)
Juno Temple proves she can carry a film. Her sexy nature and commanding role provides this otherwise clumsy film with some grace and poise. With sentiment and life-lessons throughout, Dirty Girl fills out nicely with Milla Jovovich, William H. Macy, and even Dwight Yoakam providing much needed support to this drama/comedy. Even with the constant mood shifts, blatant and overused plot devices, and uneven story progression, there are still moments that catch your attention, bringing laughs as well as tears.
Dirty Grandpa (2016)
Disappearance of Alice Creed, The (2010)
Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, The: Them (2014)
Disaster Artist, The (2017)
Shia’s going to be huge, from disturbia to transformers. He’s got a style all his own. Definitely Hitchcock’s Rear Window for teens, but done well.
Divide, The (2012)
The Divide transcends its small location feel, but is debilitated by a wild, unkempt style with extremely little explanation or motivation from any of its characters or their actions. Despite the film being completely grotesque and violent at times, the situation is entertaining enough to grab attention without ever emoting melodrama or recycled ideas.
Django Unchained (2012)
Had “Django Unchained” followed the story set in its marketing and, with that, followed a much shorter run-time, Tarantino’s latest film could have been much closer to perfection. Instead, it remains an above-average exploitation film with above-average performances, that just cannot seem to tell its story properly. “Django” starts off impeccably, introducing the main characters, Django (Jamie Foxx) and Dr. Schultz, played by Christoph Waltz, who unarguably steals the show. The plot progression grows weary, portraying the story too much like a checklist, instead of a building up of moments. With most films that become epics, the moments build up, one on top of another, until several culminations drive to the conclusion. “Django” takes a different format of crossing one moment off the list at a time, ending the film with the crossing off of one moment instead of several. Despite all of this, with impressive showing from both Leonardo DiCaprio and Samuel L. Jackson and some high caliber dialogue which resonates long after the film, “Django” is still a unique endeavor into the world of the Western melded with slave vengeance that has Tarantino’s passion smeared all over it.
Doctor Strange (2016)
Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004)
Though Vince Vaughn lacks his normal, side guy cynicism and rougher edged snide, Ben Stiller more than makes up for that in his over-the-top, unbelievable jerk role that he began in Heavyweights. Not the funniest of the recent comedy classics, but definitely has its moments.
Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
The epitome of a bank robbery film, Al Pacino and Sidney Lumet deliver yet another gritty New York drama. Chalked full of social commentary and “wild”, before-its-time ideas, Dog Day Afternoon is yet another classic, presenting Pacino in a once-in-a-lifetime role that can never be matched or remade.
Dog Days (2018)
Dogtooth (Kynodontas) (2010)
One of the strangest, f***ed up films I have ever seen, and I loved every second of it. There is absolutely no way to describe this idiosyncrasy in clear genre terms. The closest it comes to is a dark comedy not really searching for laughs. Though the “brainwashed” and closed off teens are robotic, the performances fit the film absolutely perfectly and I would not change a thing about them. I could not stop laughing and smiling the entire length of the film, from the opening sequence in the bathroom to the closing frame on the trunk of the car. Though many believe the film tries to make a statement about home schooling or child discipline, I took the film at face value.
Tony Scott rocks. The film gets confusing towards the end but as long as you can follow along it is well worth it. Love Mickey Rourke in this role. Keira Knightley takes the Domino character by the balls and runs with it. Tony Scott has captured a film-making style all his own and it shows.
Donnie Darko (2001)
Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark (2011)
Though the set designs and visual effects are compelling, the plot becomes too reminiscent of heavily recycled horror conventions like the old scary house with hidden rooms, the child whom no one believes, and the evil that lays dormant in the basement. Had any of these conventions taken a new twist, this film would have come to life, but instead, it fell somewhat flat and somewhat predictable.
Don’t Breathe (2016)
Don’t Look Back (2009)
Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead (1991)
Doubt is a series of amazing performances from seasoned veterans that deserve these roles. The plot leaves you so torn that you have to stick it out just to see how it ends.
Dracula Untold (2014)
Drag Me To Hell (2009)
Horrible. Absolutely horrible. I realize Sam Raimi was poking fun at the genre but he might as well have teamed with the Wayans Brothers. Was uncomfortable through the whole film & lost interest a third of the way through.
The Stephen King fan in me wants to love this film, but I also cannot kid myself. “Dreamcatcher”, the film, is missing a main theme and, though it carries some nice horror film moments, it needed to commit to a genre. Though “Alien” was a science fiction film, it could rival any horror film around, but “Dreamcatcher” fails to grasp that horror stature. The actors are rigid and awkward in their parts, coming off more comical than believable and certain moments in the film that should have been memorable are mishandled and forgotten.
Dream House (2011)
Dream House is one of the most unoriginal films in recent memory. The plot is painfully transparent, with zero suspense and zero thrills. With some real reworking, this could have been a much better film, with hints of the right ideas popping up from time to time. Lacking direction and filled with meaningless “twists”, the only shimmer of hope this film had was its main cast, Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz, who, despite what appear to be their best efforts, are not able to turn this film around.
“Dreamland” is down-to-earth and everything an independent film should be. The cast is by far the gold lining of the film, with John Corbett delivering his most touching role yet. Kelli Garner shows off her stunning good looks while playing a struggling MS patient, adding a much needed depth to her character. Never having experienced Agnes Bruckner before, she definitely earned herself an IMDB.com look up. Who would have thought a film about a trailer park in the desert could have so much heart?
“Dredd 3D” is what it is; a violent, vicious action film that packs a punch. With slightly too much gore and slow motion for its own good, Karl Urban is brilliantly cast as the lead, taking the over-amped character of Judge Dredd to a level that isn’t hokey, delivering lines that, if spoken by any other actor, would be taken as a joke. Olivia Thirlby also fits in with her surroundings, never faltering despite her lack of action background. “Dredd 3D” rises above its B-movie demeanor and highly criticized predecessor and delivers a futuristic smash ’em up flick that works, even if it does follow the same plot line as “The Raid: Redemption”.
Smooth and calculated, Drive delivers the full package as far as borderline-action-dramas are concerned. Ryan Gosling is nothing short of perfect in this role along with Carey Mulligan who epitomizes everything desirable without having to barely bat an eyelash. The scenes present in the trailer were just as (if not more) impacting in the film and having gone into this film expecting it to be my favorite film of the year, it did not disappoint. The only element of the film that kept it from being a “five star” film was the gratuitous gore and violence visible on screen, which did not leave much to the imagination (which I much more prefer). The supporting cast was one of the best I have ever witnessed, it represented Los Angeles perfectly, and the score was chilling and genuine throughout. The cinematography reminded me of a symphony, with crescendos and sustains, making this film utterly beautiful with so many moments lingering long after the credits roll.
Drive Angry (2011)
Had this been more like Grindhouse, I believe I would have enjoyed it more. Instead, it is a blatant attempt at 3D and low brow humor.
Dr. No (007) (1962)
Arguably the best way to start off the 007 franchise, Connery commands this role and sets the standard for those to follow. Ursula Andress also sets the bar high for Bond girls, appearing completely capable while remaining absolutely stunning. The villain of Dr. No, along with his henchmen, could have been slightly more fleshed out, but Bond’s string of women and accomplices more than make up for any inadequacies.