Our Favourites from 100 Reviews

Our post on Mud (2012) marked our 100th review.


As you know, we only post reviews on high quality films.

We guess most of you will have heard the hype on massive successes such as No Country for Old Men (2007), The Artist (2011) and Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012), so…


Here are our favourite non-blockbuster discoveries that you may not have seen:


1997 Funny Games Movie Film Cinema Poster Art Advance Teaser Theatrical 2008 Surveillance Movie Film Cinema Poster Art Advance Teaser Theatrical 2008 The Clone Returns Home to the Homeland Kurôn wa kokyô wo mezasu kuron kokyo Movie Film Cinema Poster Art Advance Teaser Theatrical 2004 Primer Movie Film Cinema Poster Art Advance Teaser Theatrical 2010 Submarine Movie Film Cinema Poster Art Advance Teaser Theatrical 2011 Tyrannosaur Movie Film Cinema Poster Art Advance Teaser Theatrical 2006 The Lives of Others Das Leben der Anderen Movie Film Cinema Poster Art Advance Teaser Theatrical 1998 Run Lola Run rennt Movie Film Cinema Poster Art Advance Teaser Theatrical 2011 Anonymous Movie Film Cinema Poster Art Advance Teaser Theatrical 2010 Winter's Bone Movie Film Cinema Poster Art Advance Teaser Theatrical 2011 The Mill and the Cross Movie Film Cinema Poster Art Advance Teaser Theatrical 2000 Werckmeister Harmonies Harmóniák Harmoniak Movie Film Cinema Poster Art Advance Teaser Theatrical


These films all come highly recommended – as do all our reviewed films!

Click on the posters to read the reviews.




  1. I didn’t enjoy Primer at all, it bored me rigid. And Run Lola Run hasn’t aged very well, although I did enjoy staring at Franka Potente. I’d fling in a few, if one may:

    Mary and Max, The Illusionist (Chomet’s 2010 cartoon), Senna, Stranded: I’ve come from a plane that crashed on the mountains, annnnnnnd finally – The Raid.

    1. Hi, Mr. Wapojif! Many thanks for your thoughts and tips.

      I wholly agree with you on The Raid: Redemption (2011) and Senna (2010). Excellent films! I’ve been meaning to write a review on Senna for a long time (I am a big F1 fan), so I must get on and do it.

      I’ve just taken a quick look at IMDb for Mary and Max (2009), Chomet’s L’illusionniste (2010) and Stranded: I’ve Come from a Plane That Crashed on the Mountains (2007). They all sound very interesting. I will definitely check them out.

      It always fascinates me how two people can share a love for some films yet completely disagree on others. It should be that way too, I think: it makes for interesting debating. Otherwise, we’d all only ever comment on posts with, “Oh, yes! Totally!”. I thoroughly enjoyed both Primer (2004) and Run Lola Run (1998), and found them to be extremely well-written and directed. And, yes, Ms. Potente is very sexy. :O)

      Thanks again for commenting. And do please pass on warmest greetings from myself to Beans!

      See you around

  2. I certainly agree on Winter’s Bone, and I have heard that The Mill and the Cross is excellent. I haven’t even heard about some of the others, so I’ll have to check them out. However, I thought Anonymous was dreadful, but mostly because the stuff about Shakespeare not writing Shakespeare is nonsense. I researched this subject in school, and the idea is based on several false premises. I hate to see it rearing its ugly head again. You won’t find a single serious scholar who believes this notion.

    1. Hi Kay! Thanks for commenting.

      The preposterous allegations made in Anonymous (2011) didn’t bother me at all. They were put across so well in a film that has been put together so nicely that I couldn’t help but enjoy the whole package immensely. It hasn’t changed my opinion on Will’s pennings and I certainly don’t care if the film manages to change other people’s notions. But as a Will scholar, I am not surprised in the least that it would irk you.

      I had rather have a fool to make me merry than experience to make me sad and to travel for it too!

  3. I have to agree with Mr. Wapojif–‘Primer’ was awful, but ‘the Mill and the Cross’ has entered my favorites list–also loved ‘Another Happy Day’ ‘Terribly Happy’ and ‘The Bothersome Man’

    1. Hi Julie! Many thanks for your opinions and film tips. I haven’t heard of those three but I’ll be sure to look them up!

  4. Hi, Shimky — congratulations on your 100th review. I haven’t seen many of your top 12 and I’m adding them to my to-watch list immediately. One of my favorite recent films is “Holy Motors” directed by Leos Carax. I’d be interested in what you and others think about it.

    I just celebrated the first anniversary of my blog, nancybishopsjournal.com. I write about theater, film and music and sometimes politics and Chicago issues.

    1. Thanks for writing, Nancy, and many thanks for the congrats. It does feel a little special and I am allowing myself a small and rare moment of pride!

      I’ve seen Holy Motors (2012). I found it astounding. Such originality in writing and bold filmmaking left my emotions a little confused, so I promised myself to give it some time, then watch it again before writing a review.

      All the best to you and Chicago!

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