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> All details of Oscar wins and nominations: Pox Voldius
> All reviews with star-ratings: Eric Vandenberg (see Eric's explanation of his star ratings)
> Pox and Eric will be specifically credited where there would be any ambiguity without doing so.
> All other contributors will be credited at the end of their review.
> If others wish to mention Oscar awards or give a star rating, please feel free to do so. You will be clearly credited for your review.
A Borrowed Identity (2014) 2.5 stars
Fairly well paced, shallowly characterized, Arabic relationship and identity drama.
Muscle Shoals (2013) 2.5 stars
Well paced, interesting, musical documentary.
House of Good and Evil (2013) 2.5 stars
Well acted, fairly well paced rural horror.
Weekender (2011) 2.5 stars
Well acted and paced, British crime drama.
Diana (2013) 2.5 stars
Well acted, fairly well paced, biographical drama romance.
The Mirror (2014) 1.5 stars
Well acted, slow paced, minimal plot, British shaky-cam supernatural horror.
11 Blocks (2015) 1.0 stars
Moderately acted, fairly well paced, repetitive, violent action crime drama. Some good fight scenes. Too much jumping around in time, and repeating scenes. Hero would not have done well against thrown objects or guns.
America’s Secret D-Day Disaster (2014) 2.5 stars
Well paced, interesting, 51 min. WW2 training disaster documentary.
Bang Bang! (2014) 3.5 stars
Well acted and paced, Hindi action adventure / romantic musical.
Blondie’s New York (2014) 2.5 stars
Well paced, interesting, 51 min. examination of a studio album.
Bombs, Bullets, and Fraud (2007)
Bombs, Bullets, and Fraud is a look at the Postal Inspection Service, probably one of the least-known and least-understood arms of the U.S. Postal Service. It shows the history of the postal inspectors, and follows some modern-day inspectors as they track down criminals that use the mail. A very interesting watch, especially if you are interested in law enforcement in general. — Nica, April 25, 2017
Fairly well paced, 51 min., interesting amalgam of historical postal criminal incidents. 2.5 stars
— Eric Vandenberg, April 25, 2017
Civil War 360 - 3 Episodes (2013) 2.5 stars
Well paced, interesting historical documentary.
1 Oscar nom: Sound
The Day Kennedy Died (2013) 2.5 stars
Well paced, interesting, historical documentary.
Day of the Kamikaze (2007) 2.5 stars
Well paced, interesting, WW2 Japanese military strategy documentary. Good mix of archival footage and interviews. Particularly appreciated voice-over vs. subtitles.
Doomsdays (2013) 2.0 stars
Well acted, fairly well paced dramedy. SPOILER ALERT: Plot = 2 entitled a**holes wantonly destroy other people's possessions, largely without consequences.
FernGully 2: The Magical Rescue (1998) 2.0 stars
Well voiced, fairly well paced, young children's simplistic adventure dramedy.
Flicka: Country Pride (2012) 2.0 stars
Fairly well acted and paced, girls-and-horses family relationship drama.
Freedom Force (2012) 2.5 stars
Well voiced and paced, animated action adventure.
Good Will Hunting (1997)
2 Oscar wins
Actor in a Supporting Role (Robin Williams)
Writing (Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen - Ben Affleck and Matt Damon)
7 Oscar noms
Actor in a Leading Role (Matt Damon)
Actress in a Supporting Role (Minnie Driver)
Directing (Gus Van Sant)
Music (Original Dramatic Score - Danny Elfman)
Music (Original Song - "Miss Misery")
Grizzly Man (2005) 2.5 stars
Slow paced, interesting, man-living-with-bears-goes-insane nature docudrama.
Heart of the Country (2013) 2.5 stars
Well acted and paced, relationship melodrama.
Hindenburg: The Untold Story (2010) 2.0 stars
Well acted, moderately paced, repetitive, overly long docudrama. Interesting subject matter.
Hitler's Riches (2014) 2.5 stars
Well paced, interesting, 46 min. biographical, historical, forensic, economic investigation documentary.
The House on Telegraph Hill (1951)
1 Oscar nom: Art Direction (Black-and-White)
The Human Centipede 2: Full Sequence (2011) 1.5 stars
Well acted, very slow paced, gory black-and-white cult horror. Well enough paced during setup, but then gets extremely slow paced and grotesque.
The Hunt for Bin Laden (2012) 3.0 stars
Well paced, interesting, fairly comprehensive, biographical history and U.S. intelligence response. Good access to key players.
I Am Road Comic (2014) 2.5 stars
Well paced, interesting, traveling stand-up comedian documentary.
I Touched All Your Stuff (2015) 2.5 stars
Moderately paced, engaging, but scattershot, relationship crime documentary. Needed more exposition of why protagonist was in jail.
Jurassic Park (1993)
3 Oscar wins
Sound (Gary Rydstrom)
Sound Effects Editing (Gary Rydstrom)
Visual Effects (Dennis Muren, Stan Winston, Phil Tippett, Michael Lantieri)
Leopard Fight Club (2014) 2.0 stars
Fairly well paced, 46 min., overly flowery narration, select animal biography. Some strange cutaways, semi-edited for family viewing?
Loosies (2011) 2.5 stars
Well acted, fairly well paced, crime / relationship / drama romance.
The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)
1 Oscar nom: Visual Effects (Dennis Muren, Stan Winston, Randal M. Dutra, Michael Lantieri)
Ninja: Shadow Warriors (2012) 2.5 stars
Well paced, interesting, 51 min., Japanese historical documentary.
The Real Beauty and the Beast (2014) 2.5 stars
Well paced, interesting, 46 min., historical biographical documentary.
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)
1 Oscar nom: Music (Original Song - "[Everything I Do] I Do It For You")
Samurai Headhunters (2013) 2.5 stars
Well paced, interesting, 46 min., Japanese historical documentary.
The Secret Village (2013) 1.5 stars
Moderately acted, fairly well paced horror.
The Seven Dwarfs of Auschwitz (2013) 2.5 stars
Well paced, interesting, 46 min. WW2 documentary.
Sinister (2012) 2.0 stars
Well acted, slow paced, mildly scary horror.
Steve Byrne - Champion (2014) 3.5 stars
Well paced, highly amusing, 69 min. stand-up.
Stripped (2014) 2.0 stars
Fairly well paced, comic [strip] documentary. Combination of Industry history and veterans discussing their lives, experiences, and influences.
That Gal. . .Who Was in That Thing: That Guy 2 (2015) 3.0 stars
Well paced, interesting examination of Hollywood character actresses, and their experiences with various facets of the business.
Titanic’s Final Mystery (2012) 2.5 stars
Fairly well paced, interesting, shipwreck examination, minimal repetition.
Titanoboa: Monster Snake (2012) 2.5 stars
Well paced, interesting, nature investigation documentary.
To Catch a Thief (1955)
1 Oscar win
2 Oscar noms
Art Direction - Set Decoration (Color)
Costume Design (Color - Edith Head)
Treblinka: Hitler’s Killing Machine (2014) 2.5 stars
Fairly well paced, slightly repetitive and scattershot, 46 min., WW2 death-camp excavation documentary.
Turnaround Jake (2014) 2.0 stars
Moderately acted, fairly well paced, religious spiritual drama. Well acted and paced at start, but then devolved into poorly acted, pious morality.
Van Wilder: Freshman Year (2009) 2.5 stars
Well acted, fairly well paced, college sex comedy. Characters somewhat stereotypical and shallow.
Venom Islands (2012) 2.5 stars
Well paced, interesting, 46 min., scientific nature documentary.
World War II Spy School (2014) 2.5 stars
Well paced, interesting, 46 min., WW2 historical documentary.
O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)
2 Oscar noms
Cinematography (Roger Deakins)
Writing (Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published - Ethan and Joel Coen)
The Wedding Pact (2013) 2.5 stars
Well acted and paced romantic comedy.
D.L. Hughley: Clear (2014) 3.0 stars
Well paced, amusing, 59 min. stand-up comedy.
Eric's star system and review process"I use the Videohound rating system out of 4 stars.
> Essentially, 1.5 or less, I do not consider to be worth watching for anyone.
> 2 stars may be greater enjoyment for others than what I derived from it.
> 2.5 is competent.
> 3.0 or more is very enjoyable.
The most important factors for me are acting and pacing."
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