movies to watch

recommendations by allaire mikháil

date: 06 Apr 2006




Ladyhawke
Ladyhawke   A wonderful fantasy film about a tragic love affair: the knight Etienne de Navarre (Rutger Hauer) and the beautiful Lady Isabeau d'Anjou (Michelle Pfeiffer) fell in love -- but the evil bishop of Aquila wanted Isabeau for himself and cursed them both. During the night, Navarre is now a wolf, while, during the day, his love Isabeau takes the form of a hawk. Only for the blink of an eye, at sunset and dawn, they can see each other in their human forms, too short to touch... But a young thief (Matthew Broderick) and a drunk monk might find a way to break the curse. They pin all their hopes on the upcoming solar eclipse - because if, just once, night and day came together and the pair stepped in front of the bishop in their true forms, the curse would be lifted...

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The English Patient
The English Patient   During the Second World War: The Hungarian count Lazlo Almásy (Ralp Fiennes) remembers the events which led to him lying in a makeshift hospital in Italy, horribly burned after a plane crash and waiting for death... He relives it all - how he worked for the Royal Geographic Society in Egypt to chart the vast expanses of the Sahara Desert, and fell in love with the wife of one of his colleagues, Katherine Clifton (Kristin Scott Thomas). How, when the war broke out, and his friend disovered the affair, they found themselves alone in the middle of the desert, and how he had to leave his love behind in order to get help... How he wandered for days through the endless sand, only to be captured by English soldiers because of his Austrian name, and how, in the end, it was ironically German mortar fire which shot down his plane, completing the circle...

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Jeffrey - It's just Sex
Jeffrey - It's just Sex   Jeffrey (Steven Weber) is an ordinary young man - he only happens to be gay. AIDS is always present in his life, although he's not infected himself. To protest against against this unfairness, he simply decides to become celibate. No sex. None at all. Until the man of his dreams in the form of Steve (Michael T. Weiss, the 'Pretender' as the testosterone babe par exemple) in the body-building studio. Steve, who happens to be HIV-positive. It takes Jeffrey some time and some strange people (Mother Theresa, a gay priest, Sigourney Weaver as a self-help-TV-preacher, his dead friend Darius, and Patrick Steward as a gay interior designer always dressed in pink, and his parents) until he accepts his love to Steve.

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Beautiful Thing
Beautiful Thing   Jamie (Glen Berry), a relatively unpopular boy who bunks off school to avoid football, lives next door to Leah (Tameka Empson), a huge Mama-Cass-freak, and Ste (Scott Neal), a more popular athletic lad but who is frequently beaten up by his father and older brother. Such an episode of violence brings Jamie and Ste together: Jamie's mother Sandra (Linda Henry) offers refuge to Ste, and the two, embarrassed, have to share a bed. As the bullying continues, Ste spends more and more time with Jamie. With Jamie, Ste finds a tenderness he has so far missed out on in life. They finally both come to terms with their sexuality and their attraction to each other, in spite of Sandra discovering the truth and Ste's ever-present fear of his family finding it out, too.

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Echte Kerle (Regular Guys)
Echte Kerle (Regular Guys)   Christoph Schwenk (Christoph M. Orth), cop and self-confident macho, has trouble with his fiancée. After a long night he wakes up in the arms of Edgar (Tim Bergmann), a good-looking, gay auto-mechanic. Unfortunately, he cannot remember exactly which events led him there - and even less, what really happened last night... Did he--? His live gets more and more troublesome after his girlfriend throws him out of their apartment and as last resort he moves to Edgar's place. Working together with his new, pretty, very self-confident female collegue Helen (Carin C. Tietze), but living with a good-looking gay guy makes him pretty uncertain about his own sexuality and his role as a cop...

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A few good Men
A few good Men   On the American military base on Cuba, a Marine is killed. Young military lawyer Lieutenant Daniel Kaffee (Tom Cruise) is ordered to defend the two soldiers charged with the murder. But the two Marines won't talk to him. Together with his new colleague Lt. Commander JoAnne Galloway (Demi Moore), Kaffee discovers that the Marines only acted upon orders - and inflicted a so-called 'Code Red' upon their comrade. And the orders came from the very top - directly from their imperious C.O., Colonel Jessep (Jack Nicholson). Now, Kaffee and Galloway must only find a way to prove that in court, despite the Army trying its best to prevent them from finding out the truth...

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Forrest Gump
Forrest Gump   Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks) has an I.Q. of about 80... and the heart of a child. The film follows his life from his early school days, when he's laughed at by his class-mates because of the splits he has to wear, to his amazing career as a football star, to his months in Vietnam where he becomes a military hero, to his success in the shrimps business... And all his life, meeting personalities like Elvis Presley, John F. Kennedy, John Lennon, Nixon etc., Forrest dreams only about his best friend - Jenny Curran (Robin Wright). He is an innocent in an America that's losing its innocence. And in the end, finally, his destiny leads him into Jenny's arms.

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Stargate
Stargate   Before the Second World War, in the desert of Egypt, a strange artifact is discovered - a dark ring, covered in egyptian symbols. Only years later, the brilliant egyptologist Daniel Jackson (James Spader) can discern the meaning of the symbols and manages to bring the ring to life. It's a gate - leading into another dimension, a way to travel lightyears in mere seconds... Together with Colonel Jack O'Neill (Kurt Russell) and his men, Jackson begins a journey into another galaxy, bringing them to a planet called Abydos, where the people still live the life of the old Egyptians, building pyramids and living in fear of god Ra. And Ra is real - as O'Neill and Jackson soon discover. Real - and deadly.

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In the Line of Fire
In the Line of Fire   Veteran Secret Service agent Frank Horrigan (Clint Eastwood)is a man haunted by his failure to save President Kennedy while serving protection detail in Dallas. Thirty years later, a man calling himself "Booth" (John Malkovich) threatens the life of the current President, forcing Horrigan to come back to protection detail to confront the ghosts from his past. Together with his new colleague, Agent Lilly Raines (Rene Russo), Horrigan tries his best to find the assassin - before it's too late. But the man knows about Horrigan's greatest fear and starts a game of cat-and-mouse, a game that not only cost the life of Horrigan's best friend, but which could also lead to a repeat of Frank's nightmare - Dallas...

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The Man without a Face
The Man without a Face   12-year-old Chuck Norstedt (Nick Stahl) feels like an outsider in his fatherless family and dreams about being taken on by the renowned military academy Holyfield. To achieve that, he'll have to spend the summer holidays learning for the entrance examination. The former teacher Justin MacLeod (Mel Gibson), living a hermit-like life close-by, forms a close friendship to the lonely boy after frightening him at first - MacLeod's face is disfigured by terrible scars originating from a car accident years ago. He helps Chuck with his school work and teaches him much about friendship and trust. But the narrow-minded and hysterical environment around them sees a totally different picture and moves heaven and earth to prevent any further contact between them...

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Les Spécialistes (The Specialists)
The Specialists   During a routine transfer of prisoners from one jail to another, an accused cop killer, Paul Brandon (Bernard Giraudeau), is temporarily chained to a con and safe specialist with only a year left to serve, Stéphane Carella (Gérard Lanvin). Brandon bolts pulling the reluctant Stéphane with him. They escape to a farmhouse whose lovely owner Laura (Christiane Jean) lost her husband to a cop's bullet; so she agrees to assist them. Once out of their chains, Bernard proposes the burglary of a casino on the Cote d'Azur, owned by the Mafia. Stéphane and Laura agree, but Stéphane soon learns that Brandon is an undercover cop whose burglary plot is a ruse to start a war between rival gangs. Can they avoid detection? And what about the heist? 30 million francs are a great temptation...

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Frequency
Frequency   John Sullivan (James Caviezel) is a New York City homicide officer and the son of a firefighter (Dennis Quaid) who died 30 years ago in a warehouse fire. One night, after finding his father's old short-wave radio, a storm and a strange atmospheric phenomenon make it possible for John to talk to his father Frank by the radio, 30 years into the past. John uses this opportunity to warn his father of his impending death and manages to save his life. However, what he does not realize is that changing history has triggered a new set of tragic events, including the murder of his mother. The two men must now work together, 30 years apart, to find the serial killer before he strikes so that they can change history - again.

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Lord of the Rings I - The Fellowship of the Ring
LotR I - The Fellowship of the Ring   An ancient ring thought lost for centuries has been found, and through a strange twist in fate has been given to a small Hobbit named Frodo Baggins (Elijah Wood). When an old family friend, the wizard Gandalf, discovers that the Ring is in fact the One Ring of the Dark Lord Sauron, Frodo must make an epic quest to the Cracks of Doom in order to destroy it before it can fall into the hands of Sauron and enable him to enslave Middle-Earth. Accompanied by his Hobbit friends Merry, Pippin and Samwise, Frodo flees from Sauron's servants, the undead Ring Wraiths, to Bree. There, he meets Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen), a ranger and the descendant of the throne of Gondor, and is soon joined by Gandalf, Legolas the elf, Gimli the Dwarf and the human warrior Boromir (Sean Bean). The Fellowship of the Ring has to travel through snow, mines, forests, rivers and plains, facing evil and danger at every corner, with Sauron's hunters always on their trail...

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Lord of the Rings II - The Two Towers

LotR II - The Two Towers   The Fellowship has been broken. Boromir is dead, Frodo and Samwise have gone to Mordor alone to destroy the One Ring, Merry and Pippin have been captured by Orcs, and Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli have made friends of the Rohan, a race of humans that are in the path of the upcoming war, led by its aging king, Théoden. The two towers between Mordor and Isengard, Barad-dûr and Orthanc, the home of the corrupt wizard Saruman, have united in their lust for destruction and send out a grand Uruk-hai army. Not all hope is lost, though, as the rebellion against Sauron is building up and will be led by Gandalf, who was thought to have been killed in the mines of Moria. One of the Ring's original bearers, the creature Gollum, has tracked Frodo and Sam down in search of his 'precious', but is captured by the Hobbits and used as a way to lead them to Mount Doom. The War of the Ring has now begun...

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Lord of the Rings III - The Return of the King

LotR III - The Return of the King   Rohan and Gondor are overrun by the orcs of Mordor, and Gandalf and Pippin ride to Minas Tirith to ask for help from the Steward of Gondor, Denethor, father of the late Boromir, who has been driven mad by Sauron's secret suggestions. Meanwhile, Aragorn must realize his true identity and purpose as the King of Men, and journey with Gimli and Legolas to summon the Army of the Dead so that the battle against evil can be won. While all of Middle-Earth is being turned into a battlefield, Frodo and Sam continue to carry the One Ring towards Mordor, guided by Gollum who is leading them into a trap so that he can reclaim the Ring for himself. Frodo, slowly being corrupted by the Ring's power, is blinded towards the deceit. The only way good can prevail is if the Ring is destroyed, an event that is becoming harder every minute for Frodo to achieve...

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2009 (2009 - Lost Memories)

2009 - Lost Memories   The film takes place in the year 2009, and the course of history has changed. The Japanese won World War II and Korea is still a colony under Japanese rule. However, there's a grassroots nationalist movement called the Hureisenjin, which use violent means to drive home their philosophy of Korean independence. Korean born Masayuki Sakamoto (Jang Dong-Gun) and his partner Shojiro Saigo (Toru Nakamura), both members of the Seoul office of the Japan Bureau of Investigation (JBI), are assigned the latest Hureisenjin's case. During the investigation, Sakamoto is haunted by strange feelings of déjà vu and learns that history has been tampered with. The Hureisenjin's quest for independence is less about patriotism than about justice... and Sakamoto has a choice to make.

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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

Harry Potter I   Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) is a 10-year-old orphan who has been living under the stairs in the house of his cruel and abusive aunt and uncle. But on his 11th birthday, Harry is bombarded by owl-carried letters informing him that he has been accepted into Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and encounters the giant Hagrid, the school's gamekeeper. At Hogwarts, he learns not only that his parents were wizards, but also that he is destined to become a powerful wizard himself. Along with his new friends Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint) and Hermione Granger (Emma Watson), Harry hones his magical powers and uncovers the secret of the Philosopher's Stone, which leads him into a confrontation with the evil wizard Voldemort who murdered his parents.

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Harry Potter II   On the evening of his 12th birthday, young wizard Harry Potter receives a visit from Dobby, a house-elf, who warns him not to return to Hogwards. Harry, now curious, ignores the warning, and, after the rest of the summer spent at his friend Ron's house, is happily reunited with his friends Ron and Hermione at school. There, he is not only faced with his old nemeses, Draco Malfoy and professor Snape (Alan Rickman), but also with an incompetent new teacher, Gilderoy Lockhart, and a rumor saying that the Chamber of Secrets has been opened. An unseen enemy puts all pupils in peril, but despite the danger, Harry, Ron and Hermione want to uncover the chamber's secret, especially after Ron's sister Ginny is kidnapped.

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Harry Potter III   Harry Potter and his friends Ron and Hermione return for their 3rd year at Hogwarts. In nearby Hogsmeade, Harry learns that wanted prisoner Sirius Black (Garry Oldman), who escaped from the magic prison of Azkaban after 12 years, was the traitor responsible for his parents' murders and is in league with Voldemort. Due to the belief that Black might be out to kill Harry, Azkaban's feared guards, the Dementors, are brought to Hogwarts' gates. They have a devastating effect on Harry who is therefore given additional lessons by the mysterious new teacher Remus Lupin. Harry is hell-bent on revenge against Black who used to be his father's best friend, but one night in the Shrieking Shack on Hogwart's grounds changes his beliefs for ever.

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Harry Potter IV   In his 4th year at Hogwarts, Harry must contend with being mysteriously selected to compete in the prestigious Triwizard Tournament, a thrilling international competition that pits him against older and more experienced students from Hogwarts and two rival European wizarding schools. Meanwhile, the Death Eaters, supporters of the evil Lord Voldemort, send a shockwave of fear throughout the wizard community when their Dark Mark scorches the sky at the Quidditch World Cup, signaling Voldemort's return to power. Hogwart's headmaster Dumbledore sends for Mad-Eye Moody, an ex-auror, to look after Harry's safety. But for Harry, the Death Eaters' return is not the only harrowing news causing him anxiety… he still has yet to find a date for Hogwarts' Yule Ball dance.

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An Angel for May
An Angel for May   12-year-old Tom (Matthew Beard) isn’t happy with his mom’s new boyfriend, and feels left out of the new life she is embarking on. When exploring the old ruins on the English moors one day, Tom comes upon a time portal and finds himself transported back to the middle of World War II where he encounters Sam Wheeler (Tom Wilkinson) who owns the property which Tom managed to land on. Sam, who lives with his adult daughter, Alison (Julie Cox), also provides shelter for a traumatized waif named May (Charlotte Wakefiled). May, who had been buried under the rubble when her entire family was killed in a bombing raid, sleeps with the dog outside and refuses to come inside even for meals. However, after she spends some time with Tom, she quickly progresses. Tom, meanwhile, is intent on finding his way back to the future. Once he gets there, though, he realizes that he left something very important back in the past.

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Latter Days
Latter Days   19-year-old Aaron Davis (Steve Sandvoss) moves into an apartment complex in West Hollywood with a fellow group of Mormon missionaries to spend their requisite two years converting the world to the Church of the Latter Day Saints. On a bet with his roommate Traci (Amber Benson), shallow gay party boy Christian (Wes Ramsey), their next-door neighbor, tries - and succeeds - in seducing Aaron. The courtship is actually mutual and once the two have been together it is Aaron who feels the anguish and Christian who re-examines his motives and feelings. Until the budding romance of Aaron and Christian is discovered by Aaron's fellow Mormon missionaries, and both are separated. Thankfully, there is still the restaurant Christian works in...

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Hate Crime

Hate Crime   For six years Robbie Levinson (Seth Peterson) and Trey McCoy (Brian J. Smith) have been living together openly in a well-kept suburb of Dallas, Texas. However, the idyll comes to an end with the arrival of their new neighbor Chris Boyd (Chad Donella), the son of a fundamentalist preacher. The aggressive hater of "fags" predicts that the two of them will burn in hell. A threat that seems to come true far too soon: when Trey sets out on his nightly walk with their dog one evening, he is brutally attacked and ends up in a coma - with life-threatening injuries. The police first investigates the neighbor, but soon turns their attention towards Robbie since Chris Boyd has been given an alibi by his parents. Robbie and Trey's parents are devastated by their seemingly futile search for justice and feel they have no other choice than to execute a desperate and dangerous plan of retribution.

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Serenity

Serenity   In the series ("Firefly") preceding this movie, the crew of the ranshackle freighter Serenity hid two fugitives from the ever-present totalitarian government of the Alliance, and soon found themselves on the run from various operatives sent to recapture traumatized River (Summer Glau) whose brain had been tampered with. Now, Serenity's captain Mal Reynolds (Nathan Fillion) and his crew are getting desperate. They have lain lower and lower to protect their doctor, Simon Tam (Sean Maher) and River, his sister, and money is getting short. When they take River on a robbery during which the feared cannibalistic Reavers attack, Simon decides that it's time to leave. But when a dormant trigger in River's brain is activated and she goes berserk, Reynolds takes them back on board for safety only to learn that a skilled Alliance operative is now on their tracks and will stop at nothing to get her. Determined to find out what the Alliance is hiding, Serenity's crew sets out into Reaver territory and uncovers a devastating secret.

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