This is where I keep track of EVERYTHING that I watch. I try to describe them as if I'm talking to a stranger on the street. Here is the definition of my made-up word:

[moo-vyoo-og-ruh-fee] – noun

1. A listing of movies that I have seen
2. A collection of writings about motion pictures, esp. detailed essays dealing with specific films.

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What It’s About: Set in the near future, a falsely convicted ex-government agent has one chance at obtaining freedom. He must undertake a dangerous mission to rescue the President’s daughter from rioting convicts at an outer space maximum-security prison.
What I Liked: Um…Guy Pearce, I guess. He did the best with what he could do because I know he can do so much better than this. I think you really have to turn your brain off to enjoy this movie as it is just full of mindless action and nonsense.
What I Didn’t Like: I don’t even know where to start. The dialogue coming from Guy Pearce’s character was just one-liner after one-liner, trying to be this gruff badass. I blame the writing on that. It’s not just him, but every single person in the film and even the audience (me) is affected. The things that happen in this movie is so ridiculous it hurts my head trying to think how they thought that what they were doing was a good idea. The CGI was terrible. The plot was so predictable too, I think this would have been better as a cartoon. I was just surprised by how bad this was because my friend told me how awesome it was going to be…I think I’ll just stop there.
Watch This If You Like: So-Bad-It’s-Bad Movies? Guy Pearce.
Grade: F

What It’s About: Set in the near future, a falsely convicted ex-government agent has one chance at obtaining freedom. He must undertake a dangerous mission to rescue the President’s daughter from rioting convicts at an outer space maximum-security prison.

What I Liked: Um…Guy Pearce, I guess. He did the best with what he could do because I know he can do so much better than this. I think you really have to turn your brain off to enjoy this movie as it is just full of mindless action and nonsense.

What I Didn’t Like: I don’t even know where to start. The dialogue coming from Guy Pearce’s character was just one-liner after one-liner, trying to be this gruff badass. I blame the writing on that. It’s not just him, but every single person in the film and even the audience (me) is affected. The things that happen in this movie is so ridiculous it hurts my head trying to think how they thought that what they were doing was a good idea. The CGI was terrible. The plot was so predictable too, I think this would have been better as a cartoon. I was just surprised by how bad this was because my friend told me how awesome it was going to be…I think I’ll just stop there.

Watch This If You Like: So-Bad-It’s-Bad Movies? Guy Pearce.

Grade: F

What It’s About: Neo and the rebel leaders estimate that they have 72 hours until 250,000 probes discover Zion and destroy it and its inhabitants. During this, Neo must decide how he can save Trinity from a dark fate in his dreams.
What I Liked: Someone told me to watch this film but pretend none of the scenes in Zion happened and it would make the film a lot better, he was right. The action was really non-stop and the effects were a visual feast to look at. The questions the film asks its characters and its viewers are something to think about among friends and that’s what I like about this. Keanu Reeves and Hugo Weaving were awesome.
What I Didn’t Like: There’s a couple things I wasn’t a fan of. The characterizations of the characters such as The Oracle, Niobe, Link, and even Morpheus. They weren’t flushed out that well and seemed like they were created specifically for the videogame. Laurence Fishburne as Morpheus felt a bit overdone, maybe a bit too much gusto? The pacing felt off, scenes just didn’t seem to transition well. And like I said, the scenes in Zion really could have been taken out. I understand they want to give the audience exposition, but I think in this case there was too much of it which hindered the film.
Watch This If You Like: The Matrix trilogy, Sci-Fi, Action, mythological films, Keanue Reeves, Hugo Weaving. 
Grade: B-

What It’s About: Neo and the rebel leaders estimate that they have 72 hours until 250,000 probes discover Zion and destroy it and its inhabitants. During this, Neo must decide how he can save Trinity from a dark fate in his dreams.

What I Liked: Someone told me to watch this film but pretend none of the scenes in Zion happened and it would make the film a lot better, he was right. The action was really non-stop and the effects were a visual feast to look at. The questions the film asks its characters and its viewers are something to think about among friends and that’s what I like about this. Keanu Reeves and Hugo Weaving were awesome.

What I Didn’t Like: There’s a couple things I wasn’t a fan of. The characterizations of the characters such as The Oracle, Niobe, Link, and even Morpheus. They weren’t flushed out that well and seemed like they were created specifically for the videogame. Laurence Fishburne as Morpheus felt a bit overdone, maybe a bit too much gusto? The pacing felt off, scenes just didn’t seem to transition well. And like I said, the scenes in Zion really could have been taken out. I understand they want to give the audience exposition, but I think in this case there was too much of it which hindered the film.

Watch This If You Like: The Matrix trilogy, Sci-Fi, Action, mythological films, Keanue Reeves, Hugo Weaving.

Grade: B-

What It’s About: Michael Clayton (George Clooney) handles all of the dirty work for a major New York law firm, arranging top-flight legal services and skirting through loopholes for ethically questionable clients. But when a fellow “fixer” decides to turn on the very firm they were hired to clean up for, Clayton finds himself at the center of a conspiratorial maelstrom.
What I Liked: The way the plot unravels is nothing short of amazing. This is probably my favorite performance of George Clooney out of all of his roles, he shows a very complex character dealing with multiple problems while trying to solve someone else’s. It wasn’t just him either, every other actor/actress did an amazing job as well. The shots they pulled off and the cinematography was just beautiful. The pacing was perfect and it kept its intensity throughout the film. I’m usually not a fan of legal thrillers but I can see myself revisiting this film from time to time.
What I Didn’t Like: Well this wasn’t an issue for me, but this film requires 110% of your attention because there’s a lot of important dialogue going on.
Watch This If You Like: George Clooney, Tony Gilroy, Tilda Swinton, Legal Thrillers, Crime films, Dramas, Mysteries.
Grade: A

What It’s About: Michael Clayton (George Clooney) handles all of the dirty work for a major New York law firm, arranging top-flight legal services and skirting through loopholes for ethically questionable clients. But when a fellow “fixer” decides to turn on the very firm they were hired to clean up for, Clayton finds himself at the center of a conspiratorial maelstrom.

What I Liked: The way the plot unravels is nothing short of amazing. This is probably my favorite performance of George Clooney out of all of his roles, he shows a very complex character dealing with multiple problems while trying to solve someone else’s. It wasn’t just him either, every other actor/actress did an amazing job as well. The shots they pulled off and the cinematography was just beautiful. The pacing was perfect and it kept its intensity throughout the film. I’m usually not a fan of legal thrillers but I can see myself revisiting this film from time to time.

What I Didn’t Like: Well this wasn’t an issue for me, but this film requires 110% of your attention because there’s a lot of important dialogue going on.

Watch This If You Like: George Clooney, Tony Gilroy, Tilda Swinton, Legal Thrillers, Crime films, Dramas, Mysteries.

Grade: A

What It’s About: Scientists in the Antarctic are confronted by a shape-shifting alien that assumes the appearance of the people that it kills.
What I Liked: I really loved the feeling of paranoia throughout the film. The score by Ennio Morricone certainly helped that. I also really loved the lighting here bringing out the shadows giving out creepiness. Good stuff.
What I Didn’t Like: If I were to pretend the prequel didn’t happen or I didn’t watch it first, I would have enjoyed this soo much more. But I didn’t, I watched this immediately after watch the 2011 prequel. I could see why this film is considered a horror classic, but its impact was lessened for me.
Watch This If You Like: The Thing (2011 film), Horror, Sci-Fi, Mystery
Grade: B

What It’s About: Scientists in the Antarctic are confronted by a shape-shifting alien that assumes the appearance of the people that it kills.

What I Liked: I really loved the feeling of paranoia throughout the film. The score by Ennio Morricone certainly helped that. I also really loved the lighting here bringing out the shadows giving out creepiness. Good stuff.

What I Didn’t Like: If I were to pretend the prequel didn’t happen or I didn’t watch it first, I would have enjoyed this soo much more. But I didn’t, I watched this immediately after watch the 2011 prequel. I could see why this film is considered a horror classic, but its impact was lessened for me.

Watch This If You Like: The Thing (2011 film), Horror, Sci-Fi, Mystery

Grade: B

What It’s About: At an Antarctica research site, the discovery of an alien craft leads to a confrontation between graduate student Kate Lloyd and scientist Dr. Sander Halvorson.
What I Liked: Having not seen the original film (then watching it after this), it explains almost everything that was mystery in the 1982 film. It does it in a way that doesn’t feel too cheesy or heavy handed. Mary Elizabeth Winstead is probably the best part of it and I hope she gets more lead roles. It’s a decent film if you go into it without seeing the original or think it is its own thing (pun intended).
What I Didn’t Like: I wish I didn’t watch this before the original because it downplayed most of the stuff that would have worked if I had watched the original first =(. It also felt very cliche.
Watch This If You Like: The Thing, horror, mystery, sci-fi
Grade: C-

What It’s About: At an Antarctica research site, the discovery of an alien craft leads to a confrontation between graduate student Kate Lloyd and scientist Dr. Sander Halvorson.

What I Liked: Having not seen the original film (then watching it after this), it explains almost everything that was mystery in the 1982 film. It does it in a way that doesn’t feel too cheesy or heavy handed. Mary Elizabeth Winstead is probably the best part of it and I hope she gets more lead roles. It’s a decent film if you go into it without seeing the original or think it is its own thing (pun intended).

What I Didn’t Like: I wish I didn’t watch this before the original because it downplayed most of the stuff that would have worked if I had watched the original first =(. It also felt very cliche.

Watch This If You Like: The Thing, horror, mystery, sci-fi

Grade: C-

What It’s About: In the future, the Japanese government captures a class of ninth-grade students and forces them to kill each other under the revolutionary “Battle Royale” act.
What I Liked: Unlike The Hunger Games (which came out about 10 years after this film), the film goes straight into the battle royale within 20 minutes. Throughout the film, the characters bring heart into the film acting as regular kids would (I think) which makes the audience asks themselves what they would do in the same situation. When there’s action, they’re not shying away from the violence as the scenes are usually brutal. 
What I Didn’t Like: I guess some people could think it was too violent and it could be offensive because it involves kids…but that’s what makes it awesome.
Watch This If You Like: Action, Thrillers, Suspense, Japanese films, The Hunger Games?
Grade: A

What It’s About: In the future, the Japanese government captures a class of ninth-grade students and forces them to kill each other under the revolutionary “Battle Royale” act.

What I Liked: Unlike The Hunger Games (which came out about 10 years after this film), the film goes straight into the battle royale within 20 minutes. Throughout the film, the characters bring heart into the film acting as regular kids would (I think) which makes the audience asks themselves what they would do in the same situation. When there’s action, they’re not shying away from the violence as the scenes are usually brutal.

What I Didn’t Like: I guess some people could think it was too violent and it could be offensive because it involves kids…but that’s what makes it awesome.

Watch This If You Like: Action, Thrillers, Suspense, Japanese films, The Hunger Games?

Grade: A

What It’s About: Katniss Everdeen voluntarily takes her younger sister’s place in the Hunger Games, a televised fight to the death in which two teenagers from each of the twelve Districts of Panem are chosen at random to compete.
What I Liked: The second half, basically the actual Hunger Games.
What I Didn’t Like: The first half, I just couldn’t buy into the world that was built within the movie. It took me out of the movie more than it pulled me in probably because I didn’t read the books. The characters weren’t develop well in my opinion. Also, they never explained that three-finger salute in the movie so I had to ask people what it meant. That annoyed me. Oh yeah, they also overdid the shakey camera movements.
Watch This If You Like: The Hunger Games, Jennifer Lawrence.
Grade: C

What It’s About: Katniss Everdeen voluntarily takes her younger sister’s place in the Hunger Games, a televised fight to the death in which two teenagers from each of the twelve Districts of Panem are chosen at random to compete.

What I Liked: The second half, basically the actual Hunger Games.

What I Didn’t Like: The first half, I just couldn’t buy into the world that was built within the movie. It took me out of the movie more than it pulled me in probably because I didn’t read the books. The characters weren’t develop well in my opinion. Also, they never explained that three-finger salute in the movie so I had to ask people what it meant. That annoyed me. Oh yeah, they also overdid the shakey camera movements.

Watch This If You Like: The Hunger Games, Jennifer Lawrence.

Grade: C

What It’s About: Over a decade has passed and the gang return to East Great Falls, Michigan, for the weekend. They will discover how their lives have developed as they gather for their high school reunion. How has life treated Michelle, Jim, Heather, Oz, Kevin, Vicky, Finch, Stifler, and Stifler’s mom? In the summer of 1999, it was four boys on a quest to lose their virginity. Now Kara is a cute high school senior looking for the perfect guy to lose her virginity to. 
What I Liked: This is probably the best American Pie since the first one. It had some very funny and nostalgic moments. The main guys are funny as usual and the situations they get in are hilarious.
What I Didn’t Like: Tara Reid aka Vicky, didn’t feel necessary to the plot at all but I guess they needed the entire original cast there. She was just…there. Seann William Scott as Stifler seemed a bit overdone too.
Watch This If You Like: American Pie franchise, 90’s comedies/music.
Grade: B-

What It’s About: Over a decade has passed and the gang return to East Great Falls, Michigan, for the weekend. They will discover how their lives have developed as they gather for their high school reunion. How has life treated Michelle, Jim, Heather, Oz, Kevin, Vicky, Finch, Stifler, and Stifler’s mom? In the summer of 1999, it was four boys on a quest to lose their virginity. Now Kara is a cute high school senior looking for the perfect guy to lose her virginity to.

What I Liked: This is probably the best American Pie since the first one. It had some very funny and nostalgic moments. The main guys are funny as usual and the situations they get in are hilarious.

What I Didn’t Like: Tara Reid aka Vicky, didn’t feel necessary to the plot at all but I guess they needed the entire original cast there. She was just…there. Seann William Scott as Stifler seemed a bit overdone too.

Watch This If You Like: American Pie franchise, 90’s comedies/music.

Grade: B-

What It’s About: The planet from Alien has been colonized, but contact is lost. This time, the rescue team has impressive firepower, but will it be enough?
What I Liked: Again, Sigourney Weaver proves why she is a badass female protagonists, even just a badass protagonist in general. This sequel is one of the few that is bigger and maybe even better than its predecessor. The action is incredibly fun to watch. All the characters leave lasting impressions whether you love them or hate them. 
What I Didn’t Like: That little girl. I forgot why since it’s been awhile since I’ve seen this. But that’s all I remember not liking.
Watch This If You Like: Alien franchise, James Cameron, Sigourney Weaver, action, sci-fi
Grade: A

What It’s About: The planet from Alien has been colonized, but contact is lost. This time, the rescue team has impressive firepower, but will it be enough?

What I Liked: Again, Sigourney Weaver proves why she is a badass female protagonists, even just a badass protagonist in general. This sequel is one of the few that is bigger and maybe even better than its predecessor. The action is incredibly fun to watch. All the characters leave lasting impressions whether you love them or hate them.

What I Didn’t Like: That little girl. I forgot why since it’s been awhile since I’ve seen this. But that’s all I remember not liking.

Watch This If You Like: Alien franchise, James Cameron, Sigourney Weaver, action, sci-fi

Grade: A

What It’s About: The crew of the deep space towing vessel Nostromo are awaken from hypersleep to investigate a strange signal from a nearby planet. While investigating the signal, they discover it was intended as a warning, and not an SOS.
What I Liked: Even 30 years later this film still holds up on pretty much all aspects. The atmosphere throughout the film is very unsettling, yet effective thanks to the cinematography and set design. The script is very well written, every moment/twist is grounded in reality (well in the film’s reality). Sigourney Weaver did awesome as Ripley. My favorite part of the film was its score, giving the scenes an eerie and uneasiness feel which fit perfectly with the image on the screen.
What I Didn’t Like: Some could say the first half was a bit slow. I can see that argument, but I thought it was well done building up to the second half and setting the tone.
Watch This If You Like: Ridley Scott, Sci-fi/Horror films, Sigourney Weaver
Grade: A

What It’s About: The crew of the deep space towing vessel Nostromo are awaken from hypersleep to investigate a strange signal from a nearby planet. While investigating the signal, they discover it was intended as a warning, and not an SOS.

What I Liked: Even 30 years later this film still holds up on pretty much all aspects. The atmosphere throughout the film is very unsettling, yet effective thanks to the cinematography and set design. The script is very well written, every moment/twist is grounded in reality (well in the film’s reality). Sigourney Weaver did awesome as Ripley. My favorite part of the film was its score, giving the scenes an eerie and uneasiness feel which fit perfectly with the image on the screen.

What I Didn’t Like: Some could say the first half was a bit slow. I can see that argument, but I thought it was well done building up to the second half and setting the tone.

Watch This If You Like: Ridley Scott, Sci-fi/Horror films, Sigourney Weaver

Grade: A

What It’s About: A pair of underachieving cops are sent back to a local high school to blend in and bring down a synthetic drug ring.
What I Liked: It was surprisingly really funny and enjoyable to watch. The dialogue is pretty clever and even though this was a remake it felt like the movie was its own thing. I also surprised by how much I laughed at Channing Tatum’s scenes. I’ll admit, I’m not his biggest fan but he did really good here and was the best part of the movie. So far, I think this might be the best comedy of 2012.
What I Didn’t Like: It’s not that I didn’t like it, but Jonah Hill’s performance seemed to be more of the same from his character in SuperBad. It was still funny though.
Watch This If You Like: Action, comedies, Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, buddy cop movies, the original 21 Jump Street.
Grade: B+

What It’s About: A pair of underachieving cops are sent back to a local high school to blend in and bring down a synthetic drug ring.

What I Liked: It was surprisingly really funny and enjoyable to watch. The dialogue is pretty clever and even though this was a remake it felt like the movie was its own thing. I also surprised by how much I laughed at Channing Tatum’s scenes. I’ll admit, I’m not his biggest fan but he did really good here and was the best part of the movie. So far, I think this might be the best comedy of 2012.

What I Didn’t Like: It’s not that I didn’t like it, but Jonah Hill’s performance seemed to be more of the same from his character in SuperBad. It was still funny though.

Watch This If You Like: Action, comedies, Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, buddy cop movies, the original 21 Jump Street.

Grade: B+