Rogue One

Poster for the movie "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story"

At first, I was going to give this one a pass. And then, I started to hear good things about it. Great thing about it, even. So, I grew curious, and went… Wow, what a treat. This will be my second favourite Star Wars movie, I am sure. Take note, George Lucas. This is how you make a prequel. Oh, and those last few frames were just the perfect ending.

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Team America: World Police

Poster for the movie "Team America: World Police"

If you’ve ever seen an episode of South Park, you already know Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s brand of humour, and this movie doesn’t disappoint. With more (hilariously) nasty jokes, rude caricatures, catchy tunes and puppet sex than you can shake a weapon of mass destruction at, it will make your cheeks hurt from so much laughing.

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Lust, Caution

Poster for the movie ""

Ang Lee certainly made some bigger and more famous movies (Brokeback mountain, The ice storm and Crouching tiger, hidden dragon) but this one is an overlooked little gem. A beautiful love, duty and espionage story set in Japanese-occupied China, this movie deserves to be on your Netflix queue. Oh, and if you are wondering where you have seen Joan Chen (Mrs Yee) before, this is where

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V for Vendetta

Poster for the movie "V for Vendetta"

Remember, remember the 5th of November… I guess I am a tad late for this, but that little nursery rhyme was playing in my head today and reminded me that I should write about this movie. You may not care about comic books but Alan Moore who wrote this one (as well as Watchmen and From Hell, amongst others) is very good. With a fantastic plot set in a parallel fascist United Kingdom, great acting from both Natalie Portman and a masked Hugo Weaving, you will be hooked until the final fireworks.

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Raiders of the Lost Ark

Poster for the movie "Raiders of the Lost Ark"

I watched that movie again the other day. What a fun ride. A preposterous plot (nazis! treasures! ghosts! serpents!) but who cares? It is good to go back to a day before George Lucas discovered it would be more profitable to sell plastic toys than writing a crazy story with his friend Steven Spielberg, before Harrison Ford decided he would be a serious actor (while at the same time wearing a ridiculous earring… Go figure). As far as I am concerned, this is the perfect holidays movie. And when I grow up, I want to be an archeologist.

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Infernal Affairs

Poster for the movie "Infernal Affairs"

As much as I like Martin Scorcese and The Departed, this was yet another case of a perfectly unnecessary remake. Unless you really can’t get past the fact that it has subtitles, you should watch the original. Fast paced and even more intense, with no big names on the screen to distract from the plot, it won’t let you go until the end. And in case you are lucky enough not to know what this is about, don’t read anything about it. It will be even better!

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Inception

Poster for the movie "Inception"

We are literally just walking out of this movie. Wow. Maybe it is too early to talk about it, but I don’t care. This is unlike anything I have seen in a while. This is Cinema on a grand scale. This is breathtakingly intense. This is something that I am going to keep thinking about for a while. Superb story, great acting, amazing action sequences. Go and see it on the biggest screen that you can find.

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Kill Bill

Poster for the movie "Kill Bill: Vol. 1"

I realized yesterday chatting with friends that I had forgotten to include this movie in my original list… Blasphemy! A fantastic “roaring rampage of revenge” in The Bride’s own words, it is, after careful consideration, my favourite film from Quentin Tarantino. I don’t care about the commercial reasons which resulted in splitting it in two parts, I would just watch them both in one sitting…

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Oldboy

Poster for the movie "Oldboy"

Not for the faint of heart, but a masterpiece from Korean director Chan Wook Park. Trust me, you will keep thinking about this movie for weeks after watching it.

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