Meaghan's Movie Recommendations

40 Year-Old Virgin, The

40 Year-Old Virgin, The

Andy Stitzer (Steve Carell) is a 40 year-old electronics story employee with a large collection of action figures and video games who rides his bicycle to work. He also happens to be a virgin. Though he tried in the past, he found himself too nervous and finally just gave up. When his friends at work find out about Andy's little problem they try to help him in their own little ways. Andy may not need their help, however, when he meets and begins dating a single mother (Catherine Keener).

Meaghan's Rating: Good
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A History of Violence

A History of Violence

A bloody self defense incident involving a mild mannered man brings his hidden past back to haunt him and his family. Starring Viggo Mortensen and Mario Bello.

Meaghan's Rating: Grointastic
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A.I. Artificial Intelligence

A.I. Artificial Intelligence

In this futuristic fairy tale, "David", a highly-advanced robotic boy, hopes to become a real boy so that he can win back the affection of the human mother who abandoned him. Like Pinocchio, he goes on a long journey hoping to find his "Blue Fairy," who can make his dreams come true.

"Very intelligent and moving."

Meaghan's Rating: Good
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Aladdin

Aladdin

The story of a diamond in the rough, who is granted three wishes by a genie. Released in 1992.

"The last really good Disney movie, in my opinion."

Meaghan's Rating: Grointastic
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Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy

San Diego anchorman Ron Burgundy is at the top of his game, until Veronica Corningstone walks in and not only steals his heart, but steals his job. Stars Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Steve Carell and Paul Rudd.

"Will Ferrell is some sort of weird genius."

Meaghan's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Army of Darkness

Army of Darkness

The third film in the Evil Dead series, this one finds our hero Ash (Bruce Campbell) travelling back in time to help a medieval village fight against an army of the dead. Directed by Sam Raimi, and co-starring Embeth Davidtz.

Meaghan's Rating: Good
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Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast

Belle, whose father Maurice is imprisoned by the Beast (really an enchanted Prince), offers herself instead and finds the prince inside the Beast.

Meaghan's Rating: Good
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Big Fish

Big Fish

"Big Fish", based on the novel of the same title, follows the life story of Edward Bloom as told through his own eyes. As the older Edward lies dying of cancer, his son William desperately attempts to connect with him and discover the truth behind his tall-tales.

"The ending of this movie made me cry so hard that I was just trying not to make loud sobbing noises in the theatre. It was very emotional."

Meaghan's Rating: Good
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Bring It On

Bring It On

A champion high school cheerleading squad discovers its previous captain stole all their best routines from an inner-city school and must scramble to compete at this year's championships. Starring Kirsten Dunst and Eliza Dushku, and released in 2000.

Meaghan's Rating: Good
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Brokeback Mountain

Brokeback Mountain

In the summer of 1963, Ennis del Mar and Jack Twist meet for the first time. The two form a bond, but a relationship between them is forbidden. The movie follows their lives and the progression of their relationship.

Meaghan's Rating: Grointastic
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Casablanca

Casablanca

The 1943 Academy Award winner for Best Picture tells the story of people trying to flee Europe to America by way of the city of Casablanca in Morocco. Former lover Rick Blaine and Ilsa Laszlo ar reunited as she tries to get out with her husband Victor.

Meaghan's Rating: Grointastic
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Chronicles of Narnia, The: The Lion, the Witch, and The Wardrobe

Chronicles of Narnia, The: The Lion, the Witch, and The Wardrobe

Disney's adaptation of the classic book by C.S. Lewis, it follows the Pevensies (Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy) as they are sent to a house in the country to wait out the bombings that are occurring in London during World War II. When young Lucy discovers an upstairs wardrobe, the Pevensies find themselves swept up into an epic adventure, full of magic, battles, heartbreaks, and joys.

"Very beautiful and very true to the book. This movie made me cry because I never got to go to Narnia. I'm serious."

Meaghan's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Cold Mountain

Cold Mountain

A stirring and romantic drama about a Confederate soldier trying to make it home to the woman he loves despite having only spent a limited amount of time with. Stars Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, Renee Zellweger, Brendan Gleeson, Kathy Baker, and many others.

"This movie is incredibly sad, but very beautiful. I think all the characters, particularly Ruby and Ada, develop really well through the film, and you grow to love them all. If you can stand watching a movie that deals with the horrors of the Civil War, then you'll probably like this. As a big White Stripes fan, I also appreciate the movie for the acting debut of the awesome Jack White. :)"

Meaghan's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Constant Gardener, The

Constant Gardener, The

Activist Tessa Quayle is found brutally raped and murdered in Kenya, her companion Dr. Bluhm missing and believed guilty. Her husband, quiet diplomat Justin Quayle, doesn't believe that Bluhm is responsible. As he sets out to find what really happened to his wife he discovers that she was about to expose a plot by the drug companies to test a TB pill on unsuspecting, poor African villagers. Along his journey, he also discovers who his wife really was and falls more in love with her than he was while she was alive. Based on the novel by John Le Carre.

"Ralph Fiennes was really overlooked by the Oscar people. He is absolutely excellent in this movie. And the movie isn't bad either. :)"

Meaghan's Rating: Grointastic
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Deer Hunter, The

Deer Hunter, The

The Deer Hunter gives a raw account of how a group of Vietnam soldiers are effected after they return to their Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania suburb from the war in Vietnam.

Meaghan's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Departed, The

Departed, The

Leonardo DiCaprio plays an undercover cop who infiltrates mob boss Jack Nicholson's organization, while Matt Damon is the dirty cop providing information to Nicholson from inside the police force. Things get more and more complicated as both the cops and the criminals realize they have a rat in their midst. Directed by Martin Scorsese, the movie also stars Mark Wahlberg and Martin Sheen.

"Incredibly suspenseful. I really enjoyed all the twists and turns the story took as the characters all tried to figure out who was who and where they stood. The acting is just awesome -- this might be Leo's best performance ever, Mark Wahlberg is great, Jack Nicholson is ... Jack Nicholson, and even though I normally don't like Matt Damon that much, I enjoyed his performance in this movie. Highly recommended!"

Meaghan's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Dick

Dick

What if the famous Watergate informant "Deep Throat" had been two stupid 15 year old girls? Dick is a hilarious comedy that explores just that, with a fantastic cast including Kirsten Dunst, Michelle Williams, Dan Hedaya, Will Ferrell, Bruce McCulloch, and Dave Foley.

"I could not believe how hilarious this movie was. Very, very silly, but also great. I loved it despite my hatred of Michelle Williams."

Meaghan's Rating: Good
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Dirty Dancing

Dirty Dancing

When 16-year-old Baby (Jennifer Grey) spends the summer at a resort in the Catskills with her parents, she falls in love with an older dance instructor named Johnny Castle (Patrick Swayze). Also there's dancing.

"This is one of the cheesiest and, at the same time, one of the best movies ever made. How is that possible? It just is."

Meaghan's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Dodgeball

Dodgeball

Average Joes gym owner Peter LaFleur (Vince Vaughn) must come up with $50,000 to save his gym or else slimy rival gym owner White Goodman (Ben Stiller) will be turning it into a parking lot. Peter and his eccentric group of gym members decide to compete in a Dodgeball tournament to help save their beloved gym.

"Arrr."

Meaghan's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Drop Dead Gorgeous

Drop Dead Gorgeous

This mockumentary follows the contestants of the Sarah Rose Cosmetics Company's Miss American Teen Princess in Mount Rose, Minnesota. As the comptetion gets closer, things get more and more dangerous for the contestants as someone tries to kill them. Starring Kirsten Dunst, Denise Richards, Kirstie Alley, and Ellen Barkin.

"Hilarious! Also it's a great cast which includes Amy Adams and Allison Janney along with the people listed above."

Meaghan's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Dude, Where's My Car?

Dude, Where's My Car?

Two guys wake up one morning and can't remember where they left their car. On their jounrey to find it, they encounter transvestite strippers, gay nordic dudes and a bubble wrap wearing cult.

Meaghan's Rating: Grointastic
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Ed Wood

Ed Wood

Tim Burton's 1994 biopic of the legendarily bad writer, director, and actor Edward D. Wood, Jr. Filmed in stylized black and white to echo Wood's own films. Stars Johnny Depp, Martin Landau, Patricia Arquette, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Bill Murray, among others.

"Highly, highly recommended to anyone who enjoys Tim Burton or Johnny Depp. This movie is absolutely excellent and not enough people have seen it. It could have been a total mockery of Ed Wood, but instead it comes off as a tribute to a filmmaker who was very true to his vision (though it may not have been a good one)."

Meaghan's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

A man discovers that his ex-girlfriend has undergone a procedure to erase him from her memory, so he decides to have her erased in revenge. Starring Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Elijah Wood, Mark Ruffalo, Kirsten Dunst, and Tom Wilkinson. Written by Charlie Kaufman and directed by Michel Gondry.

"A really lovely movie about memory, relationships, loss, and love. It manages to be both quite silly and very moving, sometimes at the same time. The acting is excellent, and director Michel Gondry, who was best known before this for some really amazing music videos, has a fantastic imagination. The central question -- would you erase me? -- is one I think anyone who's ever lost someone can really relate to."

Meaghan's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Fantastic Four

Fantastic Four

After a freak radiation accident, four people must unite to save the world.

"Not as good as some of the other Marvel movies, but fun."

Meaghan's Rating: Good
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Garden State

Garden State

Andrew Largeman is a struggling actor in Los Angeles who has been in a medicated haze since he was a child. When he returns home to New Jersey to attend a family funeral, he meets the pathological but free-spirited Sam who changes his life forever. The movie was written and directed by Zach Braff, and Zach stars along with Natalie Portman, Ian Holm and Peter Saarsgaard.

Meaghan's Rating: Good
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Gift, The

Gift, The

Annie is a psychic who uses her gift to make money so she can care for her three sons after her husband dies. She sees the dead body of a missing girl, Jessica King, and must help the police find the person responsible for her death.

"I love this movie, and I watch it quite often. It could have been really cheesy, but Sam Raimi gives it a very mysterious and dream-like atmosphere which I think makes it a lot more interesting than it might have been. Also, unlike many in COTWWSB, I am a big Keanu Reeves fan and he's absolutely great in this movie! Scarily great, actually, considering the fact that he plays a redneck wifebeater."

Meaghan's Rating: Grointastic
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Godfather Part II, The

Godfather Part II, The

Francis Ford Coppola and Mario Puzo continue their saga, detailing the life of the Corleone family. The film mixes their present life, as well as telling how Vito Corleone first arrived in the United States and his rise to power.

"Wow. I am amazed that Al Pacino did not win the Oscar for this. (But not amazed that Robert DeNiro did.)"

Meaghan's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Godfather, The

Godfather, The

The Godfather saga begins at the wedding of Vito Corleone's daughter. His son Michael arrives after spending time in the Army. As the story continues, Vito begins to give more and more control of his empire to Michael.

Meaghan's Rating: Grointastic
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Grease

Grease

Australian exchange student Sandy discovers that her summer love Danny goes to the same school she does. Much musical romantic angst ensues as the two get their signals crossed over and over again. Released in 1978. Stars John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John.

"I got chills! They're multiplyin!"

Meaghan's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Hours, The

Hours, The

The Hours, based on Michael Cunningham's novel of the same name, is a movie about how Virginia Woolf's novel, Mrs. Dalloway, affects three women, including Virginia. It shows us what connects the women to the world around them: their friends and family, their joys, sorrows, and regrets.

"It's gorgeous!"

Meaghan's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Inception

Inception

A team of "extractors" usually hired to steal information from people by entering their dreams is hired to perform "inception," the difficult task of planting an idea in a man's mind and making him believe the idea is truly his own. Directed by Christopher Nolan. Stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Marion Cotillard, Ellen Page, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tom Hardy, Ken Watanabe, Dileep Rao, Cillian Murphy, and many more.

"Leo never makes bad movies. This one is a puzzle, but it's enjoyable trying to figure it out."

Meaghan's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

The last Indiana Jones film reunites Indy with his father, Henry Jones Sr. when he is kidnapped by Nazis. They want his diary, which contains a map that will lead them to the Holy Grail. Indy and his father embark on a journey to stop the Nazis, while joined by Sallah and Marcus Brody.

"I think this is easily the best Indiana Jones movie. Casting Sean Connery was a stroke of genius. Also, it contains two of my very favourite movie lines of all time: 'Henry, the pen! The pen is mightier than the sword!' and 'He chose ... poorly.' :D"

Meaghan's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Inglourious Basterds

Inglourious Basterds

Quentin Tarantino tackles World War II with Inglourious Basterds. Lt. Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt) and his men, known as the Basterds, are dropped into France in civilian clothing on a mission to kill Nazis. The premiere of a Reich produced film offers an opportunity to end the war. Not only are the Basterds on the mission but also a German actress working as a double agent (Diane Kruger) and a French Jew (Melanie Laurent) who witnessed the murder of her family. Right on their trail is Nazi Col. Hans Landa (Christoph Waltz).

"Extremely entertaining. I've never been a big Tarantino fan, but he may have won me over."

Meaghan's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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It's a Wonderful Life

It's a Wonderful Life

When money is missing from his family's building and loan George Bailey finds himself wishing he was never born. As he is about to take his own life he meets an angel named Clarence who takes him on a journey to show him what the world would be like if he'd never touched the lives of those he loves.

"Guaranteed to make you cry."

Meaghan's Rating: Grointastic
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Jarhead

Jarhead

Based on former Marine Anthony Swofford's best-selling 2003 book about his pre-Desert Storm experiences in Saudi Arabia and about his experiences fighting in Kuwait. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal and released in 2005.

"Visually amazing. Jamie Foxx gives a great performance."

Meaghan's Rating: Good
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JFK

JFK

Released in 1991 this tells the story of the only trial ever to occur in the death of John F. Kennedy Jr. Directed by Oliver Stone with an all-star cast including Kevin Costner, Tommy Lee Jones, Gary Oldman, Sissy Spacek and COTWWSB husband Vincent D'Onofrio.

"IT'S A CONSPIRACY!!! LEE HARVEY OSWALD DID NOT ACT ALONE!"

Meaghan's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Kayak Pals

Kayak Pals

A very funny movie about best buddies on a kayaking adventure. Chock full of wacky hijinks. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire. Directed by Alan Smithee.

"A hilarious yet also thrilling and moving tale of kayaking adventures. Tobinardo have never had better chemistry."

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Kill Bill Volume 1 & 2

Kill Bill Volume 1 & 2

Uma Thurman plays "The Bride", seeking bloody revenge against "Bill" (David Carradine) and his assassins for their ruthless attack on her at a wedding chapel. Kill Bill is the fourth feature film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. Though technically one film, it was released in two parts due to its long (3 hour, 46 minute) running time. Volume 1 was released on October 10, 2003 and Volume 2 was released on April 16, 2004.

"Well, I saw these two as a double feature and I actually didn't enjoy Vol 1 that much. I was planning to leave before Vol 2, to be honest. But then I saw the ending of Vol 1 and had to stay, and I really, really enjoyed Vol 2."

Meaghan's Rating: Good
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King Kong (2005)

King Kong (2005)

Filmmaker Carl Denham is taking his crew, which includes writer Jack Driscoll and actress Ann Darrow, to the mysterious Skull Island in order to shoot their movie. Once there they encounter frightening natives, dinosaurs, giant bugs and a large ape.

"I disagree with Morgan in that I thought this movie felt every second of its three hour length and then some. However, I still recommend it because, even though it is badly in need of editing, the parts with Naomi Watts and Kong are wonderful, and it's entirely worth seeing just for those."

Meaghan's Rating: Good
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Knocked Up

Knocked Up

Go-getter Alison (Katherine Heigl) finds herself pregnant after an ill-advised drunken one night stand with slacker Ben (Seth Rogen). The two must figure out how they're going to fit a baby into their lives, and whether they can make a relationship work and raise their child together. Written and directed by Judd Apatow with a large supporting cast that includes Jason Segel, Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann, Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill, and Martin Starr. Also features cameos by various celebrities including COTWWSB favourite Steve Carell.

"Like Judd Apatow's last movie, The 40 Year Old Virgin, this was pretty much equal parts dumb comedy and sweet romance. I really enjoyed it!"

Meaghan's Rating: Grointastic
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L.A. Confidential

L.A. Confidential

1950's Los Angeles is the seedy backdrop for this intricate noir-ish tale of police corruption and Hollywood sleaze. Three very different cops are all after the truth, each in their own style: Ed Exley, the golden boy of the police force, willing to do almost anything to get ahead, except sell out; Bud White, ready to break the rules to seek justice, but barely able to keep his raging violence under control; and Jack Vincennes, always looking for celebrity and a quick buck until his conscience drives him to join Exley and White down the one-way path to find the truth behind the dark world of L.A. crime. Stars Kevin Spacey, Guy Pearce, Russell Crowe and Kim Basinger. Directed by Curtis Hanson.

"While I do not agree with Hoppy and Morgan that it was robbed of the Best Picture Oscar (TITANIC FOREVAH!!), I do agree that this is an excellent movie. The cast is outstanding."

Meaghan's Rating: Grointastic
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Lady in the Water

Lady in the Water

When a man discovers a sea nymph living in the pool at the apartment complex he manages, he decides to help her finish the quest that her people have sent her into the human world to pursue. Written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan and starring Paul Giamatti and Bryce Dallas Howard.

"I think this is my second favourite M. Night Shyamalan movie after Signs. There is no plot twist, so don't expect that ... It really is exactly what it was marketed as: a bedtime story. Paul Giamatti is great in it, and I loved watching him and the fantastic cast of secondary characters put the story together. It's a beautiful movie, and I came away from it feeling really happy."

Meaghan's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Little Children

Little Children

Stars Kate Winslet and Patrick Wilson as two unhappy stay-at-home parents who meet in a local park where their children play and begin having an affair. Meanwhile, a convicted pedophile, played by Jackie Earle Haley, has moved into the neighbourhood, and another neighbour (Noah Emmerich) goes on a crusade to force him out of the area. Jennifer Connelly also stars as Wilson's character's wife. The movie was was directed by Todd Field from a screenplay written by Field and Tom Perrotta, author of the book the movie is based on.

"It's a very odd movie, but also a really excellent one. If you've seen Todd Field's previous movie In the Bedroom then you have some idea what to expect: normal people's lives intersecting in explosive ways. But I think this one is actually much better than In the Bedroom. There's unexpected comedy in it, some provided by the movie's unique narrative style, and I think it works really well."

Meaghan's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Little Mermaid, The

Little Mermaid, The

A mermaid princess makes a faustian bargain with an unscrupulous seahag in order to meet a human prince on land.

"Probably my favourite Disney movie. I love Sebastian!"

Meaghan's Rating: Grointastic
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Little Miss Sunshine

Little Miss Sunshine

When a young girl wins a spot in the Little Miss Sunshine beauty pageant, her (extremely odd) family packs into their old VW bus and races to drive her to California in time for the competition. Wackiness and family bonding ensues. Stars Greg Kinnear, Toni Collette, Steve Carell, Alan Arkin, Paul Dano, and Abigail Breslin.

"Lovely, lovely, lovely. I think this could have been incredibly cheesy, but the awesome cast makes it work really well, and it is both hilarious and moving."

Meaghan's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Love Actually

Love Actually

The 2003 romantic comedy which marked the directorial debut of writer Richard Curtis. The film tells multiple stories of love in London taking place right before Christmas.

"I think some of the storylines in this movie are much stronger than others (the Colin Firth parts sort of bored me, and what was with the porno people?) but all in all it's quite a lot of fun to watch. The highlights for me are Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, and Bill Nighy."

Meaghan's Rating: Good
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Mary Poppins

Mary Poppins

Jane and Michael have never been able to keep their nanny for very long - that is, until Mary Poppins arrived! Follow the children on their magical and fantastical journeys with their new nanny and her old friend Bert. Released in 1964, this film stars Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke.

"One of the best movies ever! An absolute classic. When I was little I wished Julie Andrews was my nanny."

Meaghan's Rating: Grointastic
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Moulin Rouge

Moulin Rouge

Penniless writer Christian comes to Paris to write and epxerience love for the first time. Along the way, he gets involved with some Bohemians trying to pitch a show to be performed at the Moulin Rouge. He does indeed fall in love with the beautiful courtesan, Satine. But, their love is doomed from the start as Satine is owned by the Moulin Rouge's patron, The Duke.

"I love musicals, I love tragic love stories, I love Baz Luhrmann, and I really, really love this movie. Ewan is just so damn cute."

Meaghan's Rating: GLORIOUS BEYOND GLORY
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Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

Idealistic Jefferson Smith is appointed to the U.S. senate and finds that Washington D.C. is very corrupt. Instead of going home, faces his oppontents and stands up for what he believes in.

Meaghan's Rating: Grointastic
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Network

Network

When TV news anchorman Howard Beale suffers a breakdown on air, his situation is exploited by ratings-hungry network executives eager to capitalize on Beale's ability to tap into the general population's feelings of discontent and his newfound status as the mad prophet of the airwaves. Stars Faye Dunaway, William Holden, Peter Finch, and Robert Duvall.

"Really bizarre, extremely dark, and very smart. It's equally entertaining and disturbing, and the acting by everyone involved is excellent."

Meaghan's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

The governor's daughter Elizabeth Swann is kidnapped by Captain Barbossa as he and his crew try and lift a curse that fell upon them. Will Turner enlists the help of Captain Jack Sparrow to get Elizabeth back as Jack tries to get his ship back, the Black Pearl, which Barbossa took from him. Based on the Disneyland ride and starring Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Keira Knightley and COTWWSB mentor Orlando Bloom.

"One of the best movies I've ever seen. I never get tired of it."

Meaghan's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Rear Window

Rear Window

Photo journalist L.B. Jeffries is stuck in his apartment with a broken leg and spends his time spying on his neighbors. He begins to suspect one neighbor of murdering his wife and sets about trying to prove it.

Meaghan's Rating: Grointastic
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Scream

Scream

One year after the brutal murder of her mother, Sidney Prescott and her small group of friends become the target of a masked serial killer. Two of her classmates have already been murdered and Sidney must try and find out who the killer is before he kills again. Starring Neve Campbell, David Arquette, Courteney Cox, Rose McGowan, and Drew Barrymore.

"Certainly one of my favourite movies. It's clever, scary even on repeated viewings, and also very funny. A work of genius!"

Meaghan's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Scream 2

Scream 2

It has been two years since the tragic events at Woodsboro. Sidney Prescott and Randy Meeks are trying to get on with their lives, and are currently both students at Windsor College. Cotton Weary is out of prison, and is trying to cash in on his unfortunate incarceration. Gale Weathers has written a bestseller, "The Woodsboro Murders," which has been turned into the film, "Stab," starring Tori Spelling as Sidney. As the film's play date approaches, the cycle of death begins anew. Dewey Riley immediately flies out of Woodsboro to try to protect Sidney, his "surrogate sister." But in this sequel to the 1996 horror film, the number of suspects only goes down as the body count slowly goes up! Starring Neve Campbell, David Arquette, Courteney Cox, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Sarah Michelle Gellar.

"The first is a classic, and this is not. But it's still very entertaining and quite scary."

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Scream 3

Scream 3

After the terrifying events that occurred around Windsor College, Sidney is now living alone in a secluded Northern California mountainside. Still haunted by her past, frightening images of her dead mother reappear time after time in her head as she tries to get on with her life. She now gives advice, under a fictional name for safety, to women in crisis via telephone. Soon enough though, her comfort turns to fear as she receives a threatening phone call from an anonymous source who informs her on the recent murders committed around the Hollywood set of "Stab 3: Return to Woodsboro, the third and final chapter to the 'Stab' series. Sidney decides to visit the set when she finds out that with every victim, the new killer leaves behind a different photo of Sidney's deceased mother, Maureen Prescott. Eventually the cast of "Stab 3" start dying one by one and more photos of Maureen appear. Mark Kincaid, an LAPD detective, is sent to investigate the strange murder and becomes friendly with Sidney. Meanwhile, Gale visits the set of "Stab 3," after she hears of the murders. Ironically, she meets up with Dewey, who is now working behind the film alongside his actress/girlfriend Jennifer. Gale, Dewey, and Sidney rejoin along with the actors and actresses of "Stab 3," who are all shaken up by the rest of the cast being killed off. As the secret to Sidney's past unfolds, the three discover that in the trilogy, anything can happen. Starring Neve Campbell, David Arquette, Courteney Cox, Patrick Dempsey and Liev Schreiber.

"I think it's the worst of the trilogy, but I still like it a lot."

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Seabiscuit

Seabiscuit

Released in 2003 and nominated for a Best Picture Oscar that year, Seabiscuit tells the true story of the underdog horse who became a champion and an inspiration to millions of downtrodden Americans. Stars Tobey Maguire, Jeff Bridges, Chris Cooper, William H. Macy, and Elizabeth Banks. Written and directed by Gary Ross.

"I love a good Depression-era story. I also love a good underdog story, and Seabiscuit is a great example of both those things. It's exciting, moving, and beautiful to look at. The characters are very likeable and the acting is absolutely excellent. Plus, Tobey. :)"

Meaghan's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Serenity

Serenity

Based on Joss Whedon's short lived series Firefly, Serenity follows the crew aboard the Firefly class ship as they protect one of their own from the Alliance.

"Absolutely amazing, even by Joss's standards. Very, very highly recommended. I'm almost speechless, except to say that you will love this movie."

Meaghan's Rating: GLORIOUS BEYOND GLORY
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Shaun of the Dead

Shaun of the Dead

29-year-old Shaun is stuck in a dead-end job and spends most nights hanging out at the pub with his slacker friend Ed. His girlfriend Liz wants something more out of life, so she breaks up with him. It just so happens that said break-up occurs on the eve of a zombie apocalypse. Loser Shaun must become a very unlikely hero if he wants to save his family and friends, and win back his girlfriend. Star Simon Pegg also co-wrote the script with director Edgar Wright. The film also stars Nick Frost, Bill Nighy, Kate Ashfield, Lucy Davis and Dylan Moran.

"Though I must say I thought the last half hour or so was a bit lacking, the rest of the movie was easily hilarious enough to make up for that."

Meaghan's Rating: Good
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Sin City

Sin City

An adaptation of Frank Miller's stories based in the fictional town of Sin City. Released in 2005, and stars Bruce Willis, Jessica Alba, Elijah Wood, Clive Owen and Benicio Del Toro.

"One of the most visually amazing movies I've ever seen."

Meaghan's Rating: Grointastic
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Spider-Man

Spider-Man

When geeky teenager Peter Parker is bitten by a genetically enhanced spider, he gains the powers of the arachnid. After his uncle is murdered by criminals he decides to use his new abilities to become a costumed crimefighter named Spider-Man, and lives by the motto "With great power comes great responsibility." In this first movie in the series, released in 2002, he faces off against the Green Goblin, a villain who knows the secret of Peter Parker's true identity. Starring Tobey Maguire, Willem Dafoe, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, Rosemary Harris, J.K. Simmons, and Cliff Robertson.

"IT ROXORS. While I would definitely say that the first instalment is nowhere near as good as the second, it's still great and is certainly worth watching, especially for the incredibly enjoyable first hour, in which Peter gains and tests his powers. The sequences dealing with Peter's first uses of his abilities are, I think, some of the best (and most fun) movie moments ever produced."

Meaghan's Rating: GLORIOUS BEYOND GLORY
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Spider-Man 2

Spider-Man 2

As Peter Parker begins to experience inexplicable losses of his spider powers, his non-Spidey life spiral out of control, too: Mary Jane is engaged, Peter loses his job, Harry continues to search for Spider-Man's true identity, Aunt May's house is about to be taken away, and a new villain, Doctor Octopus, emerges to make things even more challenging. Maguire, Dunst, Franco, Harris, Robertson, Dafoe, and Simmons return for the sequel and Alfred Molina joins the cast as the many-armed Otto Octavius. Released in 2004.

"It is THE BEST MOVIE EVER. And if you don't believe me that's just too bad."

Meaghan's Rating: GLORIOUS BEYOND GLORY
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Spider-Man 3

Spider-Man 3

The third movie in the Spider-Man series finds Peter Parker facing his own dark side when a symbiote attaches itself to his costume, bringing out the worst parts of his nature. Peter is also having problems in his relationship with Mary Jane and dealing with a host of new villains: the New Goblin (Harry Osborn), the Sandman, and, eventually, Venom.

"While I don't think this movie comes close to living up to the greatness of Spider-Man 2, I still found it very entertaining. It is extremely flawed (basically, too many characters + too many storylines = not enough time spent on anything), but in some ways it is a satisfying end to the ongoing stories from the first two films. The acting is also excellent, for the most part."

Meaghan's Rating: Grointastic
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Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

The first in the trilogy of prequels set before the events of the original Star Wars series. In this film, we meet a younger Obi-wan Kenobi and his Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn as they are assigned to protect the young Queen of Naboo, (Padme) Amidala. They end up stranded on Tatooine where they meet an exceptional young boy named Anakin Skywalker, who Qui-Gon feels is the "chosen one" that was prophesized about.

"The first time I saw this, I thought it was awful. The second time, though, I actually enjoyed it. I don't know if this means I've truly become a Star Wars geek or what, but anyway, it's pretty good."

Meaghan's Rating: Good
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Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones

Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones

Set ten years after The Phantom Menace, Anakin Skywalker is now a teenage padawan under the tutelage of Obi-wan Kenobi. They are, once again, assigned to protect Padme who is no longer Queen, but a Senator. Padme and Anakin travel to Naboo to hide out, and begin to fall in love, while Obi-wan must investigate the commissioning of a clone army by a Jedi who is no longer alive.

"A little bit boring in parts and dear lord, that dialogue! But still, it's pretty entertaining. Also, I think seeing Episode III makes this one better since a lot of what happens here gains meaning in the final film."

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Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith

Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith

In the final installment, Anakin is torn between his duties as a Jedi and his love for his wife Padme and their unborn children. The manipulations of Palpatine become obvious, and as expected, he turns to the Dark Side, engaging in a fierce battle with his once friend and mentor, Obi-wan Kenobi.

"Definitely, definitely recommended. Not only is this the movie that set off the worldwide bout of Hayden Fever, it's also the movie that made me appreciate Star Wars, and yay for that. Any movie that sucessfully makes a guy who crushes people's larynxes with his mind into a sympathetic character has got to be pretty well done."

Meaghan's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope

Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope

The movie that started it all! Farmboy Luke Skywalker yearns for more than his simple life, and gets far more than he ever bargained for when he gets involved in an intergalactic war. Along the way he hooks up with an aging Jedi Master, a smuggler and a Wookiee in an effort to rescue a brave and beautiful princess.

"I used to think Star Wars was very boring and the only thing I could remember from the movie was the part where they're in the garbage dump thing. Anyways. I am past that now and can say without hesitation that this movie is great!"

Meaghan's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

In the second installment of this series, Luke travels to Dagobah to continue his Jedi training with the greatest Jedi of all, the diminuitive Master Yoda. Meanwhile, Leia, Han and the others end up in Cloud City where they meet up with Lando Calrissian who may not be quite the friend that Han thinks he is.

"There is an insane plot twist in this movie. I won't spoil it for you, but man -- you won't believe it."

Meaghan's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi

Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi

In the third installment, the rebels land on Endor where they meet up with a friendly but tough group of natives named the Ewoks. Luke must finally face down both Vader and Emperor Palpatine in this conclusion to the original series.

"I think this may actually be my favourite of the original trilogy. Some parts of it amuse me (blind Han? C-3PO as god? comic genius) while others (notably Luke's visit to Dagobah) make me sad. I really love the scenes on Endor, partly because I think the Ewoks are really really cute. So sue me."

Meaghan's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Stardust

Stardust

Young Dunstan Thorn crosses the wall and nine months later a baby boy is delivered to him. His son Tristran grows up and falls in love with the beautiful Victoria. He promises her he will cross the wall and find a star they saw fall to prove his love for her. He manages to cross and finds himself on an adventure beyond his wildest dreams.

"This is very different than the book, but it manages to preserve the tone, which I appreciate. I really enjoyed it! Charlie Cox is so cute."

Meaghan's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

Ricky Bobby is a very famous and successful NASCAR driver. But when a French Formula One driver named Jean Girard joins the NASCAR circuit to try and defeat Ricky, things take a downhill turn and soon Ricky finds himself having to work his way back up from the bottom. Stars Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Sascha Baron Cohen.

"Completely ridiculous, but utterly hilarious."

Meaghan's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Taxi Driver

Taxi Driver

Having trouble sleeping, Travis Bickle decides to take a job as a taxi driver. As he drives throughout New York City in the middle of the night he sees the problems befalling the people. When he meets a young prostitute named Iris, he decides it's his job to help clean up the city.

Meaghan's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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The Last King of Scotland

The Last King of Scotland

In 1970, young Scottish doctor Nicholas Garrigan travels to Uganda looking for adventure as a doctor at an aid hospital. He arrives the day Idi Amin takes over as president in a coup. Garrigan meets the new president and is asked to become his personal physician. He accepts the job and as time goes on he witnesses the conditions in Uganda worsen as Amin becomes more and more brutal. Starring Forest Whitaker, James McAvoy, Kerry Washington and Gillian Anderson.

"Really excellent. Forest Whitaker's Oscar was totally deserved, but the movie definitely has more going for it than just him."

Meaghan's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Trainspotting

Trainspotting

Told from the perspective of Mark "Rentboy" Renton, the movie follows the lives of young people in Scotland and their addiction to heroin. Based on a novel by Irvine Welsh and directed by Danny Boyle, the movie stars Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle and Jonny Lee Miller.

"Very entertaining! Parts are disturbing, but that's one of the things I like about it: it does not glorify the junkie lifestyle."

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Tropic Thunder

Tropic Thunder

A group of actors on a big-budget location shoot for a Vietnam drama find themselves stranded in the jungles of Asia. They believe they're shooting their movie guerilla style, but instead they find themselves in a very real fight. Starring Ben Stiller, Robert Downey Jr., Jack Black, Nick Nolte, Tom Cruise and Jay Baruchel.

"I learned things from this movie. I learned that you should never go full retard, and that Matthew McConaughey will move heaven and earth to reach Ben Stiller. I also re-learned that Spider-Man and Iron Man are totally gay for each other."

Meaghan's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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V For Vendetta

V For Vendetta

In post-war England, a mysterious stranger known as V rescues a girl named Evey and fights against the totalitarian government.

"Excellent. The ending is breathtaking."

Meaghan's Rating: Grointastic
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Velvet Goldmine

Velvet Goldmine

Reporter Arthur Stuart is assigned to investigate the staged murder of 70's glam rocker Brian Slade. Through Arthur's own recollections, and the stories of others, we follow the rise and fall of Brian Slade and learn about his relationship with another rockstar, Curt Wild.

"I love this movie! Some parts of it are just utter nonsense but it's so pretty to look at and listen to that I really don't care. I've seen it multiple times but I never get tired of it."

Meaghan's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Wearing Hats

Wearing Hats

Hilarious story of two best friends who get matching baseball caps. Stars real life hat-wearing best friends Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire.

"Obviously, this is the best movie ever (apart from Spider-Man 2)."

Meaghan's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Wimbledon

Wimbledon

English tennis player, Peter Colt, was once ranked 11th in the world, but is now hovering somewhere around 119th and playing in his final Wimbledon tournament. He meets a player on the opposite end of the spectrum from him, the up-and-coming Lizzie Bradbury. The two flirt and start to fall for each other, and in the process, Peter begins to play tennis better than he ever has. Stars Paul Bettany and Kirsten Dunst.

"This movie was really cute. Even my movie snob friend Helen liked it and she normally looks down on anything that is American or has a budget of more than $100,000."

Meaghan's Rating: Good
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Wonder Boys

Wonder Boys

A tale of a madcap weekend at a literary festival in Pittsburgh. No really. Starring Michael Douglas as Grady Tripp, the writer/professor whose life is interrupted by a troublesome student (Tobey Maguire), a pregnant mistress (Frances McDormand), a flirtatious tenant (Katie Holmes), and an impatient editor (Robert Downey, Jr) who wants to see the novel Grady hasn't finished yet. Directed by Curtis Hanson and based on the novel by Michael Chabon.

"This movie is hilarious but beautiful. It's also criminally under-watched, so I recommend that anyone who hasn't seen it yet go out and rent it immediately. Michael Douglas gives a fabulous performance ... actually, the entire cast is absolutely excellent, but Grady is my favourite non-Tobey character in any Tobey movie. :)"

Meaghan's Rating: GLORIOUS BEYOND GLORY
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X-Files Movie, The

X-Files Movie, The

Mulder and Scully must fight the government in a conspiracy and find the truth about an alien colonization of Earth. Released in 1998, this feature film is set between seasons 5 and 6 of the television show.

"If you like The X-Files, you will enjoy the movie, lol."

Meaghan's Rating: Grointastic
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