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Face/Off (1997)

Amazing story of good vs. evil. The whole concept is sort of iffy, but once you suspense your disbelief it makes it all the better. I’ve seen this movie so many times, I’ve lost count, but I think it’s one of Cage’s and Travolta’s best films in their entire careers.


Faces Places (2017)


Faculty, The (1998)

I don’t care how many science fiction films this rips-off, it will always be a favorite of mine. With a nicely mixed cast and a fresh take on some standard horror genre elements, it is hard not to take to this generational sci-fi flick.



Fair Game (2010)

On the high end of films based on true stories, Fair Game really holds your attention. The acting is subtle, the story is nicely told, and I honestly expected the film to simply keep on going. From viewing the trailer, I expected more of an action thriller, rather than a gripping drama and it played to that solidly.




Family Guy: Blue Harvest (2008)

Exactly what you expect from a Family Guy spoof with enough cultural references and Star Wars jabs to keep it interesting.


Family Guy Presents Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story (2005)


Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)


Fantastic Four (2005)


Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007)


Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)

The best stop-animation film I have ever seen. The voice actors are perfectly cast, the humor is very well written and a brand rarely seen, and Wes Anderson proves he can animate with the best if them.


Fantastic Woman, A (2017)



Far From the Madding Crowd (2015)


Fargo (1996)







Fast Five (2011)

For a pure and simple action film, “Fast Five” works. The duo of Vin Diesel and Paul Walker played nicely, and bringing back the ensemble cast of everyone from the other films made this film standout from the prior four. I could have done without The Rock, but his death match with Diesel was worth his dry dialogue. At some point you stop caring about the absurd, laws-of-physics-defying action and just enjoy the car smashing, face beating ride. Very reminiscent of “The Italian Job” and “Gone in 60 Seconds”.


Fate of the Furious, The (2017)


Father Figures (2017)



Fauve (short) (2018)


 

Favourite, The (2018)


Fear (1996)

In his first major role, Mark Wahlberg proves why he is still around, and with Witherspoon in her youthful prime, the two create amazing chemistry, which makes the sometimes absurd plot more bearable.


Fear and Desire (1953)


Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)

For anyone that has never done drugs needs simply to watch Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, and they will experience the closest thing the movies have to offer to an acid-trip. Johnny Depp and Benicio Del Toro take on uncharacteristic roles and completely knock their parts out of the park. Depp’s narrative is some of the best narration I have experienced in a film to date and really helps to clue the viewer in on what the characters are going through. This ranks high on my list of drug related films, but not enough to make it a favorite.



Fear Me Not (2009)


Feast (short) (2014)


Fences (2016)


Ferdinand (2017)



Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)


Fever Pitch (2005)


Fifth Element, The (1997)



Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)


Fight Club (1999)


Fighter, The (2010)

One of the best boxing films I have seen. Christian Bale ultimately becomes the star of the film, with the much more dynamic performance, but Wahlberg puts up one of his best performances to date. Amy Adams steps into a new role and I loved her. I was emotionally enthralled by the film and absolutely adored it. Great all around.


Final Destination (2000)


Final Destination 2 (2003)


Final Destination 5 (2011)

As bad as I pictured this film being, especially after returning from the dead (the previous film being titled the FINAL destination), Final Destination 5 actually returns to a level of watch-ability the likes of the first few films. Though the acting is never quite spot-on, the attempt at a new twist in the game of death is much appreciated and adds an thrilling element to the film. Also, the twist ending bringing the franchise full circle is a nice new element were they to make another film.



Finding Dory (2016)


Finding Nemo (2003)


Finding Vivian Maier (2014)


Fire at Sea (Fuocoammare) (2016)

Stagnant shots, a young boy with a lazy eye, and boatloads of refugees dying at sea comprise the documentary “Fire At Sea.” Slow and plodding, the documentary mainly follows a young boy who has very little to do with the actual premise of the film, as he wanders around his island hometown with a friend, shooting slingshots, getting seasick on his father’s boat, and visiting the local doctor. The doctor is the connecting thread here, as he delves into the horrors that he has seen in treating those refugees that end up on their island when their boats wash ashore. By the end, the documentary hits its stride, showing frontline footage of the coast guard pulling people off a ship that is simply jam-packed with refugees, some which did not live to see the end of the trip. That produces some real emotions in people and makes you seriously wonder what you would do to find freedom in another country. Overall, however, this particular documentary feels weighted down by the stagnant shot choices and wildly off topic subject matter.


Fired Up (2009)

Great lines in this film. Not the greatest acting, but the chemistry between the main two actors kept me watching the film. Loved Eric Christian Olsen’s wittiness in the film. Hope to see him in more funny things and hope he stays out of films like “Not another teen movie”.


First Man (2018)


First Reformed (2018)


Fisher King, The (1991)


Five-Year Engagement, The (2012)

Filled with plenty of laughs and heart-felt moments, The Five-Year Engagement takes on a life of its own, separating itself from its fellow comedies like Bridesmaids and Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Emily Blunt has a commendable showing in this comedy, holding her own next to the seasoned comedian, Jason Segel, who repeatedly shows his unique brand of comedy. The plot suffers slightly from its girthy run-time, the flat parental involvement and the dismal focus group gags, but this Judd Apatow produced, Nicholas Stoller directed comedy finds itself eventually successful. A comedy is only as good as its supporting characters and this film is filled with hilarious one-liners from its supporting cast, including some great moments from Chris Pratt, Alison Brie, and Brian Posehn.


Flashbacks of a Fool (2008)

“Flashbacks of a Fool” is simple and thoughtful, with Daniel Craig bringing a sophistication to his role. Despite being immersed in a rather basic coming-of-age plot, Harry Eden is catapulted into a much more dramatic role with help from Olivia Williams, Felicity Jones, and Jodhi May, who all deliver memorable performances, making Eden come off as a stronger actor. With its raw nature and fine-tuned story, this drama delivers more than expected.


Flatliners (1990)


Flight (2012)

Denzel Washington delivers a heart-wrenching and spectacularly tortured performance as an alcoholic, yet extremely talented airplane pilot. With an intense opening act, involving an all-too-realistic plane crash, Zemeckis instantly grabs your attention and rarely lets go. “Flight” weaves a story so enthralling, one is never quite sure what will happen next, with expectations often toyed with, rocking back and forth from what you want to happen for the characters and what actually transpires. Don Cheadle and Bruce Greenwood offer up effective supporting performances, as does Kelly Reilly, who completely blows away, with an equally tormented performance, as a fellow addict and love interest. Though “Flight” is at times uneven, the overall appeal never fades and this becomes proof that Zemeckis should stick to live-action cinema.


Flightplan (2005)


Florence Foster Jenkins (2016)


Florida Project, The (2017)


Flowers in the Attic (2014)


Flubber (1997)


Fly, The (1986)

The Fly never lets up, from start to finish, mainly because Jeff Goldblum holds the entire film together, with a strong, devoted performance. Along with David Cronenberg’s distinct nuance, this classic horror film still holds up wonderfully today.


Flying Padre (1951)


Focus (2015)



Follow That Bird (1985)

One of the best adaptations of a children’s television series, “Follow That Bird” is a film I grew up with as a kid and still remember huge portions of the film to this day, making it memorable, even after more than a decade. A perfect showcase of the television show, Sesame Street, this film is reminiscent of The Muppets in all of the greatest ways.


Food, Inc. (2009)


Fool’s Gold (2008)


For a Good Time, Call… (2012)

“For a Good Time, Call…” works splendidly with its appealing leading ladies Lauren Anne Miller and Ari Graynor, both of which take their first time leading roles to the next level. Justin Long also continues his long run of being the gay best friend, to which he has perfected over the course of several different films, including “The Break Up” and “Zack and Miri Make A Porno”. The comedy pushes the raunchy limits, while remaining grounded and never completely unrealistic. Some of the exchanges between characters come up slightly cheesy, but it all shakes out in the end.



Forget Me Not (2009)

Granted I saw this film without its score/music tracks (thanks Netflix Instant), there was little that the score could have added to justify this film. The plot was dismal, with blatant style shifts throughout. The cast was attractive, but lacked in the actual acting department. The “ghosts” were by far the best part, providing creepy movements and even creepier noises, but the film was too watered-down to be a horror film and not sexy enough to warrant any shock value.


Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)

Upon my first viewing, I remember laughing until I cried at this film and the humor holds up after every viewing. Jason Segal is in true form and the combination of Kirsten Bell, Russell Brand, and Jonah Hill create the perfect comedic experience. Mila Kunis also successfully launches her comedic career, finding the perfect middle ground of being one of the guys while also being stunningly attractive. Stoller also develops a genre of raunchy comedy that rarely offends and frequently produces laughs with an almost real-life version of a “Family Guy” episode.



For Your Eyes Only (007) (1981)

Fairly tame for the 007 series, “For Your Eyes Only” sticks to the basics, as James Bond (Roger Moore) helps Melina Havelock seek vengeance on the men that killed her father. Lacking the major thrills from the previous installments, the only memorable, death-defying adventure involves Bond scaling the side of a mountain as a henchman chisels out his rope hooks. Definitely not at the top of Bond films, Roger Moore continues to completely impress me with his interpretation of the suave secret agent.


The Founder (2016)


The Fountain (2006)

Rent it. Easy to get lost in the story, as well as the future sequences, but beautiful cinematography and great “past & present” stories.


Four Christmases (2008)


Four Lions (2010)

Not sure if I was entirely in the mood for the humor of this film, but my wavering demeanor aside, this film is witty and, dare i say “funny”. It is so refreshing to see this type of humor come out and be successful. Praising aside, the film delved a little too much into blatantly stupid humor at times and felt forced. However, it was balanced nicely with truly funny moments


Fourth Kind, The (2009)


Foxcatcher (2014)


Fracture (2007)

What can I say, Anthony Hopkins could fairly be the best villain to ever live. Didn’t like the way the plot was set up (kinda made me want to kill myself it gets so depressing) but it was definitely worth seeing. Ryan & Anthony are some of the best actors alive right now.




Frankenweenie (2012)

Originally made as a black-and-white live action film, Tim Burton returns to his passion project “Frankenweenie”, producing one of the first ever black-and-white stop-animation films. With a predictable plot and the trademark horror spoofs, Burton proves he’s in touch with the past conventions of classic horror like Frankenstein and the Wolfman, but fails to produce anything innovative beyond the realm of his animation. Still a solid children’s film, “Frankenweenie” entertains on the most basic of levels and nothing more.


Freaks Of Nature (2015)


Freakonomics (2010)

Great to actually see the guys that wrote the book and enjoyed the film for the most part, but in the end, you’re better off just reading. On a good night, you could probably finish the book in just as much time as the movie and be that much wiser to each discussion.


Freddy Got Fingered (2001)


Freddy vs. Jason (2003)

What astonishes me about the film is that it took 10 years to finally get around to making the actual film, as it was alluded to at the end of the 1993 Friday the 13th film, “Jason Goes To Hell: The Final Friday”. A casual fan of “Nightmare on Elm Street” and an invested fan of “Friday the 13th”, this film definitely grabs your attention and often feels surreal seeing both iconic maniacs both in the same film. Although you find yourself cheering for Jason to finally kill Freddy, all you an do is thank god the production quality is good enough to distract from the dismal acting and disregard for effective storytelling, as the film sidetracks aimlessly and belligerently, often. Overall, for the slasher film fanboys, this film will achieve at least some sort connectivity, but otherwise lands dead in the water.


Freebie, The (2010)

Heartbreakingly real and honest, Darren and Annie have simply become too close that instead of taking a normal step forward in their relationship (say having a child), they opt to devote a single night to having an affair. Most of the film is their leading up to the night and then the fallout. Do not expect a laugh-fest of pick up lines and one night stands. Instead, get ready for an almost documentary look at the life of two monogamous characters stuck in a rut and their ass-backwards way of fixing it.


Free Solo (2018)


Free Willy (1993)

“Free Willy” holds up as a quaint family film about a delinquent orphan who befriends a killer whale and not only trains him but eventually sets him free. Although there’s no stellar performances to speak of, everyone plays their part well enough to keep this enjoyable. The iconic end sequence is still an amazing, cinematic moment that will hopefully keep this film alive in the decades to come.



Friday the 13th (2009)



Friday the 13th Part 3 (1982)

Showing the lackluster nature of 3D at its most primal state, with every single object, whether shovel handle or knife, getting “projected” at the audience, Friday the 13th Part 3 is as generic as you can get when dealing with both slasher films or 3D films. The kills are unexciting, the chasing passes the point of bearable, and the sex is completely drained from the series. Reading about what was cut in order to keep this film from getting an “X” rating, I feel that it would be a much better film had those moments been re-added.


Friday the 13th, Part VI: Jason Lives (1986)

With the right mix of monster movie and campiness, “Friday the 13th, Part VI – Jason Lives” revives the original Jason Voorhees and continues him on the path of destruction. There are several strides in this particular installment, like the attempt to change the name of Camp Crystal Lake, the teens of the town talking about Jason as if he’s a legend, rather than reality. “Jason Lives” is the most self-aware of the series thus far, but is still unable to revive the lack of originality in the way characters are disposed of, sticking to the throat cuts, head smashes, and chest piercings (which is surprisingly often kept off screen). Take out the sex-fueled camp counselors and this becomes the tamest of the films. However, the end visual of Jason suspended underwater is a chilling image that ultimately sets this film apart.


Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988)

“Friday the 13th Part VII – The New Blood” contains an interesting concept, pairing a young woman with psychic and mental abilities with the homicidal masked man, Jason Voorhees. “Part VII” probably marks the first film in the series, where Jason isn’t killing people immediately into the film and instead focuses on the young woman’s tribulations. What follows is the formulaic destruction of all characters involved, one by one and not very creatively. Felt like a mash-up of “Carrie Meets Jason Voorhees”, which is perhaps what spawned the forth-coming sequel “Freddy Vs. Jason”.


Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989)

“Friday the 13th – The Final Chapter” is the epitome of what the camp horror slasher film would eventually become: adults skinny dipping, having sex, and being murdered by their respected franchise serial killer. Even though Part IV doesn’t end the series, it brings to life the formula for the following films and with a young Corey Feldman and Crispin Glover, the film has enough star-power to keep it interesting, despite its uncreative killing spree.


Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984)

“Friday the 13th – The Final Chapter” is the epitome of what the camp horror slasher film would eventually become: adults skinny dipping, having sex, and being murdered by their respected franchise serial killer. Even though Part IV doesn’t end the series, it brings to life the formula for the following films and with a young Corey Feldman and Crispin Glover, the film has enough star-power to keep it interesting, despite its uncreative killing spree.


Friend (short) (2015)


Friended To Death (2014)


Friends With Benefits (2011)

Actually very good considering the same film came out earlier this year entitled No Strings Attached with Kutcher and Portman. I do have to say, I prefer Friends With Benefits over the former as Timberlake and Kunis have much more chemistry and the humor is more along my lines. The fast talking, witty dialogue is what sells this film and being R rated actually helps the film break passed the boundaries of the normal romantic comedy.



Frighteners, The (1996)

The Frighteners is the perfect blend of horror and comedy. Despite critics’ disapproval, Michael J. Fox pulls off the leading role wonderfully, and though the love story between Frank and Lucy is barely there, the action and effects from Peter Jackson’s last film before his Lord Of The Rings stretch is truly reminiscent of the era of film in the mid-90’s.


Fright Night (2011)

Finally, a horror film where you know exactly who the killer is from the get-go. I saw this film turning out like Disturbia where you second-guess whether the neighbor is killing people but Fright Night lets you know right away and allows for suspenseful moments to come from that. Colin Farrell and Anton Yelchin work great together in this film.



From Russia With Love (007) (1964)

Bond’s witty comments and first high-tech gadget make this film most enjoyable, however, its crippling location of a moving train and anti-climatic end(s) loses the film points.








Fun With Dick and Jane (2005)


Furious 7 (2015)