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300 From The First Decade Of The New Millennium

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People who added this item 1110  Average listal rating (696 ratings) 5.9  IMDB Rating 6.3 
300. The Cell (2000)
A cool psychological thriller that takes a journey into the psyche of a mind through the use of really creative, surreal & stunning visuals.
And when I say "creative, surreal & stunning visuals", contrary to what all of y'all might be thinkin', I am not referring to Jennifer Lopez's big ol' onion booty.


People who added this item 641  Average listal rating (397 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating 7.8 
299. Grizzly Man (2005)


Now don't quote me on this,
but there was a rumour going around at the time that this guy's remains were fined a citation by park officials.
For breaking the forest rule that states "Do not feed the bears".


People who added this item 390  Average listal rating (216 ratings) 7.2  IMDB Rating 7.5 
298. 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 & disturbing than the fictional tales of movies like Paranormal Activity or The Exorcist.

People who added this item 1194  Average listal rating (757 ratings) 7.1  IMDB Rating 7.3 
297. 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.


People who added this item 1114  Average listal rating (636 ratings) 6.5  IMDB Rating 6.8 
296. A Christmas Carol (2009)
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 & 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 & 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 & a fear factor that may not be suitable for younger audiences, but adds an extra bit of spice for the more mature & educated viewer. Y'know....
like me.


People who added this item 255  Average listal rating (181 ratings) 4.1  IMDB Rating 3.5 
295. 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 & 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?

People who added this item 29  Average listal rating (14 ratings) 6.9  IMDB Rating 6.5 
294. 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, & 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 kinda ignored here in the States b'cuz Hollywood decided to produce an inferior remake instead.
Gotta love those formula flicks, huh?

People who added this item 1753  Average listal rating (1085 ratings) 6.7  IMDB Rating 7.3 
293. Super Size Me (2004)
I remember going to see this documentary the same weekend that I saw another 2004 food-themed feature, Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle.
Which, when you think about it, since this is a story of one man's expedition to reveal the ugly truth (a truth that we all most likely already suspected, but didn't want to admit to,
this probably makes the perfect McCompanion piece to Harold & Kumar's road trip quest for artery clogging convenience food.


People who added this item 1489  Average listal rating (934 ratings) 6.9  IMDB Rating 7.5 
292. Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabb... (2005)


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 & 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 & crumpets afternoon at the cinema than a mega-merchandising spectacle that the DisPix people would have likely hyped it up into.

People who added this item 416  Average listal rating (220 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating 7.7 
291. Dead Man's Shoes (2004)


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'....)

People who added this item 235  Average listal rating (154 ratings) 5.9  IMDB Rating 6.3 
290. Rogue (2007)
A crocydile has become large enough & 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.
Crikey.


People who added this item 1300  Average listal rating (861 ratings) 7.1  IMDB Rating 7.6 
289. Enemy at the Gates (2001)
It's evil versus evil as Communism versus fascism in this World War II Stalingrad one-on-one long distance sniper showdown.


People who added this item 4286  Average listal rating (2660 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating 7.5 
288. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Stre... (2007)
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.


People who added this item 143  Average listal rating (86 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating 7.3 
287. 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.


People who added this item 464  Average listal rating (269 ratings) 6.7  IMDB Rating 6.9 
286. Shadow of the Vampire (2000)
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?
Easy.
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*


People who added this item 41  Average listal rating (17 ratings) 5.6  IMDB Rating 5.9 
285. They Came Back (2004)
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.

People who added this item 5825  Average listal rating (3822 ratings) 6.9  IMDB Rating 7.3 
284. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)
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.


People who added this item 132  Average listal rating (66 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating 7.8 
283. Sword of the Stranger (2007)
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 & 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.


People who added this item 2977  Average listal rating (1939 ratings) 6.4  IMDB Rating 6.8 
282. Panic Room (2002)
Jodie Foster (along with the chick from Twilight :/) takes on three tough thugging thieves 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.


People who added this item 586  Average listal rating (317 ratings) 7.2  IMDB Rating 7.3 
281. 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 & 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.



People who added this item 3704  Average listal rating (2337 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating 7.6 
280. American Psycho (2000)


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.

People who added this item 693  Average listal rating (440 ratings) 6.2  IMDB Rating 6.6 
279. 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 & 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) &, for me, still come off as quite visually impressive.
One of those moments that I'll always remember being in the theater & just being totally visually amazed by what was on the screen.


People who added this item 1708  Average listal rating (1061 ratings) 5.4  IMDB Rating 5.8 
278. Cheaper by the Dozen (2003)
Bonnie Hunt and Steve Martin play a couple of parents who've spawned 12 children and are trying to raise 'em right in the white bread portion of the American Dream.
Cheaper By The Dozen is 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.
Even though these are the type of movies that have 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.

People who added this item 4068  Average listal rating (2624 ratings) 6.7  IMDB Rating 7.1 
277. A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)


An uneven film that contains separate moments of 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.

People who added this item 83  Average listal rating (44 ratings) 5.6  IMDB Rating 6.2 
276. 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 & not simply as a xerox-copied script hoping to just lazily cash in.

People who added this item 7708  Average listal rating (4920 ratings) 6.8  IMDB Rating 7.3 
275. 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 1st. 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 & crew understand the character's premise, but also, respected it as well.


People who added this item 557  Average listal rating (303 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating 7.9 
274. 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....



People who added this item 550  Average listal rating (355 ratings) 6.1  IMDB Rating 6.6 
273. [REC] 2 (2009)
How do you up the ante of a zombie flick that already raised the level of real horror & therefore finally busted through the mired schlock that had infected the genre?
Well,
revealing the answer to that question would require some big-time spoiler,
so let me just say,
it's about time the films about the living dead starting showing some new signs of life.


People who added this item 772  Average listal rating (429 ratings) 6.6  IMDB Rating 6.7 
272. Rachel Getting Married (2008)
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 & denial, get ready to cut some cake. And maybe reopen a few emotional wounds or two.


People who added this item 491  Average listal rating (257 ratings) 6.6  IMDB Rating 6.7 
271. 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.
Separately.
The fact that this movie is has been promoted as a horror film,
makes it easy to guess which category May fits into.


People who added this item 4291  Average listal rating (2971 ratings) 6  IMDB Rating 6.5 
270. War of the Worlds (2005)
The story of this 2005 remake is one that doesn't seem to come off as intriguing as the original, it has a few plot-points that don't make too much sense (especially in the world of modern world of science fiction) & it has a weird scene with Tim Robbins that just seems totally out of place with the entire feel of the film.
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 & over-all visuals.


People who added this item 1647  Average listal rating (969 ratings) 7  IMDB Rating 7.3 
269. 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?

People who added this item 1928  Average listal rating (1192 ratings) 6.6  IMDB Rating 7.2 
268. 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, & spend massive amounts of time into the wee hours of the morning, making up lists & posting 'em here for your pleasure.
So, along with a movie directed by Christopher Nolan & starring Al Pacino, Hilary Swank & Robin Williams, I guess that we can thank insomnia for that.


People who added this item 699  Average listal rating (421 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating 7.5 
267. The Devil's Backbone (2001)
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.

People who added this item 6141  Average listal rating (4020 ratings) 7.1  IMDB Rating 7.5 
266. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)
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 & 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.


People who added this item 613  Average listal rating (376 ratings) 6.8  IMDB Rating 6.9 
265. Sunshine Cleaning (2008)
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 & the always casual & confident Alan Arkin combine their talents in making this movie seem more than it probably really is.


People who added this item 1294  Average listal rating (851 ratings) 6.4  IMDB Rating 7.2 
264. 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.


People who added this item 1236  Average listal rating (757 ratings) 6.2  IMDB Rating 6.6 
263. Monsters vs. Aliens (2009)


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 & 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.

People who added this item 2776  Average listal rating (1856 ratings) 6.6  IMDB Rating 6.8 
262. Hellboy (2004)
One of my fave flicks from the mid 80's was a film called Legend, starring Tom Cruise, Mia Sera & 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, & 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.


People who added this item 164  Average listal rating (95 ratings) 6.3  IMDB Rating 6.4 
261. 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.


People who added this item 419  Average listal rating (217 ratings) 6.7  IMDB Rating 6.9 
260. Steamboy (2004)
Katsuhiro Ōtomo's follow-up to his landmark feature, Akira.
Some of the tightest integration between CGI & 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 alot more smoothly than the translations that are found in most other anime films.
Multiple viewings are required to just capture & appreciate all the beautifully intricate designs.
Plus, one of my favorite things about Steamboy, is the way that, even though the human figures are still drawn in the typical manga style, there's still a strong more western "realism" to the caricature element to their design, that it adds alot more weight to their forms. The end result is that it allows them to integrate into the multi-dimensional visuals so that their simplicity is not so overwhelmed by the deeply designed backgrounds.


People who added this item 987  Average listal rating (657 ratings) 6.4  IMDB Rating 6.9 
259. 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 waterdowned Apatow 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 a message: "Don't try to bulls#t the bullsh#tter".
I think.

People who added this item 3660  Average listal rating (2485 ratings) 6.2  IMDB Rating 6.7 
258. Signs (2002)
How do you get a former priest whose lost his faith to "open his eyes" & believe again?
Try sending down an alien or two to start forming big ol' circles in his crops.
I really liked the theme of a man-of-faith who has lost his faith that provided the personality conflict of the Mel Gibson's character.
And, IMO, the first part of this flick almost matched The Sixth Sense in terms of building up the creep factor.
However, once the guilt-ridden veterinarian (played by M. Knight) announced that he had an alien in his kitchen, & then just drove off (...uhmnnn...whut....?),
it kinda began showing "signs" of the kind of rushed, crumbling logic that we could expect to dominate Shyamalan's future films.
Still, in the end, for me, the majority of this movie makes for an over-all solid down-to-Earth alien thriller.
Not to mention, that it's always cool to see Joaquin Phoenix in a role that depicts him as a normal person, as opposed to the alien life-form that he has since become. Nowadays, he's seems more frightening than the extra-terrestrials of this or any other sci-fi-horror film.


People who added this item 175  Average listal rating (84 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating 7.1 
257. Noroi: The Curse (2005)
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'.


People who added this item 4984  Average listal rating (3143 ratings) 7.1  IMDB Rating 7.4 
256. 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.


People who added this item 2297  Average listal rating (1390 ratings) 6.5  IMDB Rating 6.4 
255. Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003)
Okay, first there was Once Upon A Time In The West. Then there was Once Upon A Time In America. Now, in 2003, there's Once Upon A Time In Mexico. And what do these films have in common?
Absolutely nothing.



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.

People who added this item 2118  Average listal rating (1356 ratings) 6.3  IMDB Rating 7.1 
254. The Passion Of The Christ (2004)
A biblical depiction that helps to reveal the ugly truth (a truth that we all probably already know, but didn't ant to admit, actually) about the level of severity & brutality that resulted in the passion of the Christ.

I can't tell you how many times while watching this movie that I found myself saying "Ouch!!.... now that has really gotta hurt....!"



TBH, I was kinda hoping that this story would've gone beyond the crucifixion scene, to the part when Jesus rose up from the grave.
Because if it had, then between this movie 7 three releases from the same year, They Came Back, & the two Dead flicks (Shaun & Dawn), I could've proclaimed 2004 as the year of zombie cinema.

People who added this item 582  Average listal rating (380 ratings) 6.6  IMDB Rating 6.8 
253. Trick 'r Treat (2007)
What do you get when you pack in a coven of werewolves, a group of misfit zombies, a serial killing neighbor & a mischievious trick-or-tricking imp & that one fat kid from Bad Santa all into one script?
A Jack 'O' Latern 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.



This movie, for me, has got the feel of all those big budget horror flix released during the late 80's & 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.

People who added this item 1281  Average listal rating (867 ratings) 6.8  IMDB Rating 7.1 
252. 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.


People who added this item 697  Average listal rating (345 ratings) 7.2  IMDB Rating 7.2 
251. 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 & 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 & darkest urges with an immortality that flies above pitiful human morals.



Damn.
I never realized that I scribe down something so.... Freudian.


 

My Favorite Flix from the first ten years (2000 - 2009) of the new mill.



Updated entries:

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Lists from other time periods:
The 20's:
http://www.listal.com/list/10-20-my-fvaorite-films/edit
30's:
http://www.listal.com/list/19301939-my-top-ten-favorite
40's:
http://www.listal.com/list/19401949-my-top-ten-favorite
50's:
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60's:
http://www.listal.com/list/30-60s-my-favorite-films
70's:
http://www.listal.com/list/seventy-movies-70s
80's:
http://www.listal.com/list/my-favorite-100-films-80s
90's:
http://www.listal.com/list/films-from-the-1990s
Of all time:
http://www.listal.com/list/150-favorite-movies


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



Other Favorite Movies By Year
1970
http://www.listal.com/list/10-70-my-fave-films
1971
http://www.listal.com/list/15-71-my-favorite-movies
1972
http://www.listal.com/list/15-72-my-favorite-films
1973
http://www.listal.com/list/20-73-my-favorite-films
1974
http://www.listal.com/list/films-of-1974
1999
http://www.listal.com/list/my-top-20-favorit-movies

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Posted: 2 years ago at Apr 23 17:17
Very cool list!

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