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200 & 99 From The 1st Decade Of The New Millennium

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People who added this item 390 Average listal rating (229 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.5
Jesus Camp (2006)
Back when I was a kid, I was sent to a Jesus camp for one summer.
I even earned a badge for being able to whistle thru my stigmatas.

Seriously tho,
Jesus Camp is the kind of documentary whose real life depictions of children having their evolving mindsets encrypted with teachings of the extreme religious right can seem more horrifying and disturbing than more satanic spiritual fare like Paranormal Activity or The Exorcist. At least those the stories being told in those movies are fictional (depending on your beliefs, of course).
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People who added this item 1110 Average listal rating (728 ratings) 5.9 IMDB Rating 6.3
The Cell (2000)
A cool psychological thriller that takes a journey into the psyche of a mind through the use of really creative, surreal and stunning visuals.
And when I say "creative, surreal and stunning visuals", contrary to what all of y'all might be thinkin', I am not referring to Jennifer Lopez's big ol' onion booty.

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People who added this item 641 Average listal rating (415 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.8
Grizzly Man (2005)
Actually, to be honest, I'm not really sure how much of a spoiler it is to talk about the Grizzly Man and his situation, since, at the time of this documentary's release, his story was pretty highly publicized. But I figured enough time has passed that there are enough of you out there who, either have since forgotten about this movie and the true story associated with it,
were too young at the time to be aware of it.
Either way the alarm has been sounded.
The second successful animal themed documentary on to come out on the year 2005 (March of the Penguins is also around here somewhere), Grizzly Man documents the story of Timothy Treadwell, a bear enthusiast who fancied himself more of a bear expert. Believing himself to possess some uncanny ability to whisper to bruins in the wild, Treadwell thought this would allow him to "tread well" amongst the beasts, and embarks on a mission to prove this. He sets up camp to live among them and soon finds out the hard way that these are some seriously bad news bears (Hey, that's another 2005 movie that's listed around here somewhere....).

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People who added this item 1194 Average listal rating (800 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.3
RocknRolla (2008)
After making a name for himself as a director of quirky violent gangster flicks, some British Guy named Ritchie goes allows himself to get Swept Away by a Material Girl and makes one of the worst movies of the millenium. Hoping to revive his good name, he's goes back to his bread and butter with this organized crime caper.
Not his best effort when compared to his earlier criminally layered works, but still, it does put Guy back on the crooked road to doing what he does best: making movies that don't feature Madonna in 'em.

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People who added this item 1114 Average listal rating (708 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 6.8
I've always had a soft spot for any film adaptations of the Charles Dickens classic featuring the most famous of all Christmas curmudgeons. It's an affection that began with me as a kid with the old 1938 black and white version, which played every year on our family TV set.
So when Robert Zemeckis' 09 version on the series came along, I had my reservations about it (as I do with any modern retellings of the classics).
But after I watched it,
the energy of the cool angle- shots and sense of frenetic movements really made this quite an enjoyable ride.
And the fact that this one was more in line with the original book adaptation, made me appreciate this updated effort even more. For my money, it gave the story a more darker edge and a fear factor that may not be suitable for younger audiences, but adds an extra bit of spice for the more mature and educated viewer. Y'know....
like me.

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People who added this item 255 Average listal rating (211 ratings) 4.2 IMDB Rating 3.5
The Room (2003)
For me, The Room is the epitome of acting so SO bad, that it actually swings around to being not just good, but unforgettably classic.

It's a piece of cinematic crap-art that has been playing in theatres since it's initial release in 2003 and is still going. And the main reason for that is b'cuz it has developed a reputation as an audience-participating event.
It is now standard for movie-goers to quote or yell out responses to specific scenes,
or to even throw plastic spoons at the screen whenever a certain prop makes an appearance.
You will even spot a football being tossed back and forth from one side of the theatre to the other during certain intervals.
In other words,
it's the straight person's answer to the Rocky Horror Picture Show.

And to be honest,
isn't it about time we got one?
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People who added this item 29 Average listal rating (14 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 6.5
The Invisible (2002)
A high school teenager finds himself to be invisible to all the other kids in school. And not just cuz of his lack of personality.
The boy's a ghost. And thus begins a tale of redemption from beyond the "other side".

The Invisible (or Den Osynlige, in it's original Swedish title) is yet another fine example of a "foreign" film that got went largely ignored here in the United States because Hollywood decided to produce an inferior remake instead. And of course, in this remake (also called The Invisible, BTW), they eliminated most of the distinctive elements of the original and replaced it with the standard tricks that are supposed to help make the movie a success at the box office.
Which it wasn't.
Gotta love those formula flicks, huh?
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People who added this item 1753 Average listal rating (1110 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7.3
Super Size Me (2004)

For a major part of my life, I have eaten at many different restaurants that belonged to the various giant fast food franchises of our society. And one of the things I noticed as time went on, from my childhood years and throughout my time as adult, is how big the food kept getting. There was a point when the cups for the soft drinks looked more like barrels than they did as cups. And I would think to myself "Geez, if these portions of good are this big now, how big are they gonna be twenty years from now? I mean, where's the limit?" One of those people was a guy named Morgan Spurlock. He didn't just ask the question, though. He decided to see if he could find an answer. And after documenting his journey for answers, it turns out the answer is, not only did we reach the limit, we surpassed it.
And not in a good way.
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Okay, while Disney or Pixar don't ever have to worry about Aardman Studios ever taking any food out of their mouths at the box office, the truth is, I prefer their stuff better.
It's takes the lighthearted animaton that currently crowds the movie theater industry today and adds British slant to both the dialogue and humor. Which tends to provide a nice little break from all that high-tech formula of the big boys, and a down-to-earthiness quality that's not found from Tim Burtons more macabre & zany-esque caricatures.
Even watching Curse Of The WereRabbit, their take on the werewolf lore, feels much more like a relaxing tea and crumpets afternoon at the cinema than a mega-merchandising spectacle that the DisPix people would have likely hyped it up into.
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People who added this item 416 Average listal rating (235 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.7

After a soldier returns from his military duty, he learns that three years earlier, a small gang of drug dealers had bullied his younger. Now, if this situation ended here, then it still would've made for a tale about a vet's vicious quest for vengeance that is fueled by the power of brotherly love. But add to the fact that the younger brother suffers from a mental disability, (not to mention that the script of this movie hints that the older soldier sibling also might not be in the best of health upstairs), now you've got a story that you know will end really bad for the bad guys. In short, those dope-pushers have pushed their last dope. For each of them are now running on borrowed time. Each of them are now running in dead man's shoes.

(Y'know, after penning that last sentence, I'm wondering if maybe I should look into perhaps getting a job writing movie poster blurbs or somethin'....)
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People who added this item 235 Average listal rating (159 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 6.2
Rogue (2007)
A "crocky-doyl" has become large enough and clever enough that it has decided to go all rogue an' shit.
Soon, on the fresh waters of the Northern Territory, a small group of river riding tourists find themselves trapped on a island of mud, and thent errorized by this carnivorous, cravenous, clever killer croc.

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People who added this item 1300 Average listal rating (890 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.6
It's evil versus evil as Communism versus fascism in this World War II Stalingrad one-on-one long distance sniper showdown.

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While I really like the style that Burton has to his live action movies, for my money, most of them seem to lack the substance to back up the strength of the uniqueness of their look. Sweeney Todd is one of the exceptions. Probably because this is based on an award winning stage play, with "fleshed" out characters and an energetic musical score, I found this film to have more "bulk" in it's story than some of the others in Tim's filmography. Plus I think the subject matter fits perfectly with the kind of rough-edged "avante garde" slant that is the signature of all of Mr. Burton's work.

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People who added this item 143 Average listal rating (102 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.4
Wonder Woman (2009)
Princess Diana as a true bad-ass.
While it may seem that she should be a staple in any conversation dealing with femme fatale butt-kickers, IMO, she had never been fully depicted as the bad-ass at the level which she had the potential to be.
Then, I picked up this recent straight to DVD feature, & came to the conclusion, that even though it may not yet be at the point that I'd like to see her at, it is a huge step in the right direction.
The Double W may still be in the form of a cartoon,
but in this latest interpretation of the Amazonian wunder, she is finally approaching the bad-ass broad with balls that she should've always been.

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People who added this item 464 Average listal rating (296 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 6.9
Back when the world of cinema was still in it's infancy, how could a director make a film about a vampire at a time when the first CGI special effects won't make an appearance for yet another 70 years?
Instead of an actor, hire a real-life vampire for the lead role.
*Insert your own "Hollywood-is-nuthin'-but-a-buncha-bloodsuckers-anyway" type of wisecracking analogy here*

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People who added this item 41 Average listal rating (19 ratings) 5.7 IMDB Rating 5.9
The dead have come back to life. But this time, they're not out for blood, brains or body parts. They just want to live amongst the living.
Thus begins the process of re-integration and healing.
But if anyone thinks that people can just go on to the other side, and then just come right back, they're wrong. Dead wrong.
Oh, okay, maybe that makes this movie sound a bit more cryptic than it really is, but still,
the message of "you just can't go home again" still applies.

Le Revenants/They Came Back is definitely whay you'd call an unconventional take on the zombie genre.
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With the first chapter of the Harry Potter film franchise proving to be almost as successful as the book, the 2nd in the series is released (and in the nick of time considering that the movies must coincide with the age of the children actors) and solidifies that the kid with the lightning scar is worthy of the reputation of being "The Chosen One". Particularly when it comes to the tweener targeted box office.
Now because these first HP films were targeted towards a more younger demographic, the stories didn't really grab me as mush as the later, darker stories. However, I was still able to enjoy 'em for the colorful enthusiasm and youthful energy they take towards the initial arcane adventures of Harry, Hermione, Ron and the rest of Hogwarts' spellbinding sorcerous student body.

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People who added this item 132 Average listal rating (75 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.8
First let me start off by saying that, for me, this particular anime movie displays alot of the same drawbacks that I find in most manga movies as far as the somewhat distant emotional appeal of the characters that has a tendency to be part of this genre. However, the action sequences in SOTS are definitely some of the best I've seen in 2D animated form. Very smooth and successfully executed in a manner that make 'em flow with a visual energy that the viewer can follow without any confusion of what just happened (as is the case with many of today's action films, animated or not).
Also, I like how this film shows that manga stories are starting to evolve in a manner where even the secondary characters are not just throwaway characters simply to be used as target practice.
Not to mention that despite their fleeting screentime, the abundantly numerous & beautifully "painted" backgrounds were obviously not meant to be targeted to the trash bin afterward.
Overall, a visual treat that effectively displays the direction that the artform that is this medium should be moving.

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People who added this item 2977 Average listal rating (1987 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.8
Panic Room (2002)
Jodie Foster (along with the chick from Twilight :/) takes on three tough thugging thieves (a corn-rolled Jared Leto, the usually lazy-eyed Forest Whitaker, and the rarely seen hatless Dwight Yoakum) who have broken into her newly acquired home in search for some hidden loot.
Seeking safety in the panic room, she ends up utilizing it's security in a manner that turns the tables on the thieves. What should've been a simple caper for them, instead becomes the longest night that they've ever experienced on the job.

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People who added this item 586 Average listal rating (349 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.3
Fish Tank (2009)
Listen, I gotta be honest with you guys (and this may be a bit of a spoiler, so you might wanna read this entry with one hand covering your eyes),
there is no fish tank in this movie.
So to any of you out there reading this that are hardcore fans of the glass encasings that act has artificial habitats for all those fishy friends of ours that enrich our lives and homes as water-logged pets, take heed.....
the term "fish tank" that is used as the title of this film is some kind of metaphor.
Exactly what it's a metaphor for, I don't know.
But what I do know for sure is throughout the entirety of this piece of highly regarded British cinema, I saw neither hide nor hare* of a fish tank.

You have been warned.

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People who added this item 3704 Average listal rating (2427 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.6

Before Christian Bale became Batman, the Gotham Avenger,
he was Bateman, the American Psycho.
Yep. Before he began dispensing justice to all evil doers preying on random innocents,
he was dispensing body parts of random innocents who fell victim as his prey.
And as you can probably tell,
before I began dispensing bad descriptive puns on time-wasting lists like this,
I had a life outside of the internet.
Damn you, world wide web. I want my life back.
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People who added this item 693 Average listal rating (460 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 6.6
Titan A.E. (2000)
This movie showed us where the big-budget animated features were going not just commercially but artistically, also. And even tho you can notice some clunkiness to some of the computer-generated areas and the way there were fitted into the story (especially compared to today's films), the drawn parts are of the highest quality (for it's time) and, for me, still come off as quite visually impressive.
One of those moments that I'll always remember being in the theater and just being totally visually amazed by what was on the screen.

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People who added this item 1708 Average listal rating (1077 ratings) 5.4 IMDB Rating 5.8
Two of the most likeable actors in modern times, Bonnie Hunt and Steve Martin, play a couple of parents who've spawned twelve children and are trying to raise 'em right in the white bread portion of the American Dream.
Cheaper By The Dozen is a family formula flick with a heart that is down-to-earth enough that it avoids the typical sugary distance that has desensitized the genre in the last decade or so. IMO, it is a film that can almost be perceived as a poor man's Parenthood (another movie in Steve Martin's filmograhy where yet again, he plays the role of a good-natured dad).
Even though this is a subject matter that, since the dawn of cinema, has pretty much covered the same ground over a hundred times by now, I still was surprised at how much I ended up enjoying this "story-straight out of Disney theme machine" flick.

BTW I should mention that I am very proud to declare that this is the only movie that I have ever watched that features Ashton Kutcher in it.
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People who added this item 4068 Average listal rating (2706 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7.1

An uneven film that contains separate moments of some really good stuff. Enough of 'em, that, despite it's unstitched story flow, hits on a few certain plot points that were interesting enough to keep my attention. As a big fan of Stanley Kubrick's work, I can't help but look at this movie with the potential that it held if the original director had lived to make it.
But despite that, Steven Spielberg's effort at keeping A.I. alive is the main reason why this movie makes an appearance on this list.
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People who added this item 1582 Average listal rating (1071 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.7
3:10 to Yuma (2007)
A sly, high falootin' outlaw is captured and must be escorted to a train ride that will take him to face trial. In order put food on the table to feed his family, a struggling rancher accepts the dangerous job. And thus begins a winding journey that will test each man's principles against each other.
Christian Bale and Russell Crowe in a remake of a quality classic cowboy flick, directed by James Mangold (y'know.... the guy who did Girl, Interrupted).

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People who added this item 83 Average listal rating (46 ratings) 5.7 IMDB Rating 6.2
Cold Prey 2 (2008)

Okay, lemme start off by saying that I'm not that a big fan of the slasher flick. So it's rare that I like one (I made a list of the few that I like watching, and it only came out to ten films). What's even more rare is that I'll like a slasher flick sequel.
I enjoyed the first Cold Prey enough to see why it was such a surprise success. This 2nd installment, made more as a result of that the first one did so well (as opposed to a story that had always been planned to be made as a series from the start), follows the standard of other sequels that came from unexpected successful movies; it's not as good as the original. However, because it was somewhat willing to venture outside the formula it's predecessor, it felt more as an extension of the first film and not simply as a xerox-copied script hoping to just lazily cash in.
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People who added this item 7708 Average listal rating (5111 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7.3
Spider-Man (2002)
Mild mannered Peter Parker is bitten by a radioactive spider, resulting in super-powers that grant him the proportionate abilities of the eight-legged arachnid. Leading into a story where the young webslinging teen-ager truly learns that "with great power comes great responsibility".
As a comicbook nerd, I was pleased with Marvel's first initial effort at trying to do what Burton did with the Batman: Introduce the webhead as a serious legitimate property for film.
One of the things that usually bugs (pun unintentional) me about comicbook based movies is that the changes made in the character's universe for the sake of the film are usually so off, that it oft-times it strays away too far from the character's unique feel that helped to separate it from that of other superheroes.
Spider-Man's debut featured adaptations in the wallcrawler's world that showed that not only did Sam Raimi and crew understand the character's premise, but also, respected it as well.

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People who added this item 557 Average listal rating (320 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.8
Man on Wire (2008)
Hey, we've all had dreams sometime in our lives, right?
Some people have dreamt about reaching a million dollars, or reaching the Oval Office in the White House.
Here's a story about a guy who dreamt about reaching between the two tallest buildings in the world (at least, they were the tallest back when this story happened).
And you know how one of the most quoted pieces of advice when pursuing one's dreams is "If you should fall, you just gotta get back up again"?
Well, I'm not sure if that can be applied here....

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People who added this item 772 Average listal rating (440 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.7
Big sis is getting married! So put on a bridesmaid outfit, a sarcastic smirkiness for drama, carry in a burden a lifetime of simmered family tension and denial, get ready to cut some cake. And maybe reopen a few emotional wounds or two.

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People who added this item 491 Average listal rating (281 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 6.7
May (2002)
Okay, we all know by know that hell hath no fury like that of a woman scorned.
So how can you tell whether a woman is truly in love with you or if she's just a remarkably incessant psychopath?
Well, if her infatuation is based on love, true love,
then she is after your heart.
If her infatuation is based on murderous madness,
then, she is after your heart, your lungs, your limbs, etc.
The fact that this movie is has been promoted as a horror film,
makes it easy to guess which category May fits into.

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People who added this item 4291 Average listal rating (3053 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 6.5
The story of this 2005 remake of the 1958 classic starts out very promising, but after the second half, falls short of matching, let alone exceeding, the original.
However, it is still a Steven Spielberg production starring Tom Cruise. Therefore, despite certain shortcomings, the plot was written with a few interesting updates on certain elements of the H.G. Wells' classic, and of course, the high production values that usually come attached with Spielberg's name do provide for some really cool special effects and over-all visuals that make this war between worlds one worth watching.

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People who added this item 1647 Average listal rating (1003 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.3
Monster (2003)

I remember once hearing a popular movie-reviewer starting his critique of this film as "Monster is based on a true story of a woman gone sociopath."
And when I heard that sentence, I realized that, the truth is, from whatever knowledge I've been able to gather in my experiences in the dating world, most horror flicks based of pycho-bitches can be said to be based on a true story.
When I recall the way some of my break-ups with previous girlsfriends went, hell, I could say that the Exorcist was based on a true story.
So, as engaging as was the semi-autobiographical story tale of two murderous lesbians on the warpath, the truth is, it's probably too far from what most single people who are putting themselves "out there" have experienced.
Am I right guys?
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People who added this item 1928 Average listal rating (1247 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7.2
Insomnia (2002)
I've had my fair share of nights where, no matter how many sheep I count, I just can't get to sleep.
So, what I end up doing, is , late at night, I sit behind my computer, log onto this site, and spend massive amounts of time into the wee hours of the morning, making up lists and posting 'em here for your pleasure.
So, along with a movie directed by Christopher Nolan and starring Al Pacino, Hilary Swank and Robin Williams, I guess that we can thank insomnia for that.

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People who added this item 699 Average listal rating (453 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.5
Guillermo Del Toro's tale of how an orphanage-turned-temporary safe-haven begins to show signs of a haunting after one of the orphan boys disappears (can you see why I stressed the comparison to Del Toro on my Orhanage entry?).

A story that may seem somewhat simplistic at first,
but when combined with the background dramas of both the lead characters, along with those hinted at of the supporting characters, along with the blatant "not-so-blatant" metaphors that are the director's strong-suit (that is, it's his strong-suit only if he isn't directing a Hellboy movie),
The Devil's Backbone turns out to be a satisfyingly rich movie that goes more for creepy metaphysical melodrama than it does for in-your-face scare tactics.
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My intro in the world of wizarding world was not with this film, but with the Prisoner Of Azkaban movie. After being pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed a story of magicks, monsters and mystic mysteries that I originally assumed was geared just towards a tweener audience, I
decided to check the rest of the series that had been released up to that time.
And while this first chapter isn't as tightly molded in it's story as it's follow ups, as part of the whole of the Harry Potter film series,
The Sorcerer(Philosopher's) Stone still has more than enough to be enjoyed even by those of us whose adolescence would require a lot of twists on the ol' time-turner pendant.

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People who added this item 613 Average listal rating (378 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 6.9
Two sisters with different life paths stumble upon an unexpected career path; cleaning up after a crime scene. It's a dirty job with the potential to provide them both with a clean start.
I'm not sure how strong I can evaluate the story of Sunshine Cleaning, because what made this film so watchable was the performance of the lead roles. Amy Adams, Emily Blunt and the always casual and confident Alan Arkin combine their talents in making this movie seem more than it probably really is.

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People who added this item 1294 Average listal rating (872 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 7.2
Old School (2003)
A bunch of grown men acting like a buncha drunken college freshmen.
The success of this film is proof that there is a pretty good chunk of the male species for whom growing up is really hard to do.
And a role that always seems to fit Will Ferrell like a glove.

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People who added this item 1236 Average listal rating (862 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 6.5

A tribute to all those 50's black & white sci-fi horrors flicks, but now in cool 3-D-like computer graphics. And in full color.
The graphics are absolutely top-notch, but some of the sheen has been lost due to the fact that they're also something that I'm sure viewers are pretty much starting to become accustomed to by now. And teen-agers today, let alone the more targeted little kid audience, will barely, if at all, get any of the references made to the Attack Of The 50 Foot Woman, the Creature Of The Black Lagoon and the like.
Now don't get me wrong. I think that MvA comes off with enough of the high quality that we expect from this type of picture, but to some movie-goers, it may feel like it came out a few years too late.
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People who added this item 2776 Average listal rating (1954 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 6.8
Hellboy (2004)
One of my fave flicks from the mid 80's was a film called Legend, starring Tom Cruise, Mia Sera and most importantly, Tim Curry, as Lord Darkness, one of the coolest (and by this point in time, one the most iconic) appearances of a demon lord ever captured on film.
Flash forward to the mid 2000's, and here is the silver screen adaptation of Hellboy, the comicbook creation of artist extraordinaire Mike Mignola.
Another crimson-skinned, muscled bound demon but with a much more devil-may-care attitude who could easily pass off as the slacker son of the aforementioned Darkness Lord of Legend fame.

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People who added this item 164 Average listal rating (99 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 6.4
Cold Prey (2006)
A Norwegian-speaking cabin in the woods type of flick that follows the formula of the more well=known American franchises of the Freddy Kruger/ Michael Myers variety. Except, instead of a cabin, it takes place in an abandoned hotel. And also, the teenagers that terrorized by knife wielding slashmaster (a mountain man in this instance) are not so much in the woods as they are in the snowy mountains of Jotunheimen.

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People who added this item 419 Average listal rating (228 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 6.9
Steamboy (2004)
Katsuhiro Ōtomo's follow-up to his landmark feature, Akira.
Some of the tightest integration between CGI and 2-D animation on film.
The detail in this movie is just about about perfect, and it's English language version was treated exceptionally well, so that the dialogue flows a lot more smoothly than the translations that are found in most other anime films.
Multiple viewings are required to just capture and appreciate all the beautifully intricate designs.

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People who added this item 987 Average listal rating (673 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.9
Role Models (2008)
Role Models is a film that, with it's plot of grown men learning to grow up with the help of a couple of non-grown-ups, in my opinion, came off sort of as a watered down Apatow movie (which, now that I think about it, makes sense, since Apatow had nothing to do with this movie). However, it still provided me with more out-loud laughs than I had expected walking in. Not to mention that it's a comedy that comes with several messages, one of them being: "Don't try to bullshit the bullshitter".
So, y'know....
I'm not gonna try and bullshit any of my fellow Listolites out there....

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People who added this item 3660 Average listal rating (2554 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 6.7
Signs (2002)
How do you get a former priest whose lost his faith to "open his eyes" and believe again?
Try sending down an alien or two to start forming big ol' circles in his crops.

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People who added this item 175 Average listal rating (98 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.1
A horror mockumentary in almost the exact same vein as Blair Witch Project.
To be honest, this story of an ancient curse bought forth to modern times comes off as a bit more complicated than it needs to be, not to mention some of the sidepaths the plot takes feels like they could've been edited out.
But still, the end does add a bit of freakiness horror that is usually expected in shaky-cam subcategory of the horror genre.
By no means perfect, but still, as someone who has grown restlessly tired of the formulaic so-called scare flick that the American movie market has been cranking out for the past decade or so,
I'm just glad to see any effort that steps out of the today's horror-themed same-ol' same-ol'.

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People who added this item 4984 Average listal rating (3285 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.4
Corpse Bride (2005)
To paraphrase PeeWee Herman,
"If you love ghosts so much, why don't you marry one?"
Which, as you can probably tell by the title, is what this movie is about; exchanging vows with the spirit of a deceased one. Which, of course, sounds like a morbid idea for an animated flick geared towards the younger of living, but in the hands of Tim Burton, it's just another good reason to get behind the director's chair. A whimsical tale of lost love and the desire to mend a broken heart (even if that heart has been dead and buried for many years), Corpse Bride is a good example of why, for my money, Burton's preference for spookish cinematic subject matter is a perfect marriage with stop-motion animation and tends to come much more alive than when he tries to film it in live action.

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Now there really isn't all that much to the plot of this particular Once Upon A Time "saga" other than it's just abuncha good-looking people doing really bad-ass things (which, around the time of this movie, is when I first noticed that this a typical habit of most Robert Rodriguez films).
But in the stylish manner in which the characters are presented and in the way the action unfolds, along with it's connection to the El Mariachi Trilogy, on the surface level it does some times come off as if there was more to the story than first meets the eye. Which was enough for me to enjoy it as a solid, entertaining thrill-ride from just south of the border.
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A biblical depiction that helps to reveal the ugly truth (a truth that many God fearing movie producers probably already knew, but didn't want any of their previous Jesus themed films to look at too closely) about the level of severity and brutality that resulted in the passion of the Christ.

Now I don't think it's a sin admitting this, but I can't tell you how many times while watching this movie that I found myself saying out loud "Ouch!!.... now that has really gotta hurt....!"
And which is why I couldn't never ever take up the mantle of martyred Savior.
I cry like a baby whenever I get a paper cut, let alone be expected to deal with this kind of parochial passion.

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Trick 'r' Treat is a Jack 'O' Lantern filled candy-collection of quality, modern campy Halloween tales of the escapist-fare variety done right: with more focus on the quality than on the camp.

For me, this is a movie that does an effective job of capturing the feel of all those big budget horror flix that were released during the late 80's and thru-out the 90's. The kind that always frustrated me because their scripts rarely reached the level of their budgets.
Trick 'r' Trick comes closer to the type of fun onscreen fearfest that I would've like to have seen during that particular time of the horror cinema.
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Pitch Black (2000)
Pitch Black is a dark film with a plot that literally isn't all sunshine. Which is why it's called "Pitch Black".
A group of space-farers find their intergalactic journey interrupted when they are marooned on a planet of perpetual daylight, with the exception of the periodical cycles of ecliptical darkness.
And during these few shifts of nightfall,
the major form of alien life are hordes of flying meat-eating whatchamacallits.
And to these nocturnal beasties, humans make a pretty tasty midnight snack.

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Thirst (2009)
Y'know, in their earliest appearances in the cinema, vampires were made to be that dwelled within the genre of horror.
After a while, particularly through the sixties and 70's, the idea of a fanged neck-biter became aligned more on the campiness of creature features. Nowadays, we tend to divide 'em into the two categories: that of the comicbook crowd (as in Blade) or worse, in the rallying side of the romantics (you know what I'm talking about).
In this film, we get to see the concept of vampirism in manner that was probably the original intention of those whose first spawned the folklore:
As a soul-craving thirst to unleash our deepest desires and darkest urges with an immortality that flies above pitiful human morals.

I never realized that I could scribe down something so.... Freudian.
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My Favorite Flix from the first ten years (2000 - 2009) of the new mill.

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- The Fog Of War

- The Escapist

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Other lists by The Mighty Celestial:

My Top 60 Favorite "Horror"-Themed Movies http://www.listal.com/list/my-top-ten-favorite-horror

My Top 20 Female Movie Bad-Asses http://www.listal.com/list/my-top-10-female

Yep. When It Comes To Comicbook Movies .... http://www.listal.com/list/yep-am-huge-comicbook

10 Movies That Feature A Dancin' Travolta In 'Em http://www.listal.com/list/my-list-9158

My Top 15 Guilty Pleasure Movies http://www.listal.com/list/guilty-pleasures-thecelestial

WAATAAAH!! My Top 10 Favorite Martial Arts Flix! http://www.listal.com/list/my-list-thecelestial

My Top 50 Favorite Sci-Fi Movies.... Of Like, Ever http://www.listal.com/list/scifi-movies

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Posted: 3 years, 6 months ago at Apr 23 17:17
Very cool list!

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