These are the movies I've seen lately, submitted to my utterly subjective ratings system.
Reservoir Dogs: 8.3
The film that propelled Tarantino to stardom (apparently). I can see why. Great direction, good visceral fun.
American History X: 7.9
A former skinhead sets out to turn his younger brother's life around after getting out of jail for murder.
Very emotionally involving. The way AHX entices the viewer to sympathize with the neo-nazis at the start by showing us their perspective, intellectualizing their rhetoric and making them appear as the 'underdog' is brilliant as it enables us to accompany Norton (who shines in this movie) on his journey and transformation from Nazi to -- non-nazi, I guess. His transformation, however, is the film's weak point: it feels somewhat forced simply because it is so abruptly shown.
Blade Runner: 8.8
Harrison Ford plays a police bounty hunter of sorts tasked with hunting down and killing several androids who, it would seem, have achieved a level of self-awareness not desired by their human manufacturers. Philosophically relevant, well-acted by Ford and Rutger Hauer, and with a futuristic film noir atmosphere that gives it plenty of charm, Blade Runner has stood the test of time.
2001 A Space Odyssey:
It feels wrong to give this movie a numerical rating, since it is certainly not a film in the conventional sense of the word -- it transcends convention. Spanning over 4 million years, 2001 is a symphony in five movements. The first: a monolith appears overnight next to a tribe of primitive humans, after they (our ancestors) discover the use of tools. The second: we, in the future, discover a mysterious monolith on the moon, its electromagnetic waves emanating towards Jupiter. The third: a crew sets forth for Jupiter on a top-secret mission to discover the source of the monoliths. The ship is controlled by HAL, a revolutionary computer intelligence, which turns homocidal when it discovers the crew's plan to shut it off. The fourth: the crew reaches Jupiter and finally encounters the force behind the monoliths (and mankind's evolution?).
This film speaks through poetry, music, silence and metaphors. It is maddeningly vast, frustratingly inscrutable and frighteningly beautiful. I certainly won't ever forget it.
The England football hooligan setting masks a deceptively Hollywoodyan cookie-cutter plot of treason and revenge. Entertaining , however, and it sports some charismatic performances. Elijah Wood, on the other hand, should really widen his acting range of expressions, which currently only seem to include 'baffled', 'confused' and 'bamboozled'.
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: 8
'Delightful' describes every aspect of this movie, from the delightful performances (Depp is awesome) to the perplexing yet hilarious dialogue to the trippy direction that made me feel high despite my being dead sober while watching it.
V for Vendetta: 8
Mesmerizing. Great performances, lovely atmosphere. Hugo Weaving is charismatic as hell, Natalie Portman is hot and acts to the best of her ability despite a thin character that's ultimately just a vehicle to explore 'V'.
Harrowing in its masterful misdirection and dark humour. Strong performances and a distinctly unorthodox approach to chronology and narration make Memento a gem and a puzzle for the viewer to solve.
Stranger than Fiction: 6.4
I wanted to hit Will Ferrel over the head with a shovel just to get him to emote something -- anything. Other than that, a depressing story with a coyly annoying narration and an even more annoying narrator. Every aspect of this movie is utterly cold, calculated and unsympathetic. I actually wanted the main character to die. Actually, I wanted everyone to die.
Shows some originality, however (whatever that means these days), and I'll give it credit for having a very intriguing premise.
You Kill me: 6.3
A romantic comedy featuring a stilted alcoholic hitman who falls in love with a woman who shows him how to live (and kill) again. Includes a mob revenge plot and humorous (not really) rehab scenes. Don't necessarily avoid this one, but don't go looking for it either. There is a word that describes You Kill Me perfectly: 'meh'.