300 From The First Decade Of The New Millennium
1098 5.9 6.3300. 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.
4674 5.9 6.2299. Spider-Man 3 (2007)
Spidey finds himself in need of a costume change to reflect his new, more hardcore attitude.
But instead, he ends up getting a wardrobe malfunction in the form of a venomous life-form from the stars.
SM3 is yet another one of those movies that tends to get alot knocks from critics & fans alike, but not enough to dissuade my fat comicbook nerdy ass from liking it (although, I will admit that Spidey 3 doesn't match the quality of Sam Raimi's two previous webslinging efforts).
The Mighty Celestial's rating:
629 7.7 7.8298. Grizzly Man (2005)
380 7.1 7.5297. 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.
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.
1171 7.1 7.3296. 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.
1072 6.5 6.8295. 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....
248 4.1 3.5294. 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?
29 6.9 6.5293. 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?
1724 6.7 7.3292. Super Size Me (2004)
I remember going to see this documentary the same weekend that I saw 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 probably already knew, but didn't want to admit to) about the fast food world of burgers & fries,
this probably makes the perfect companion piece to Harold & Kumar's road trip quest for artery clogging convenience food.
3468 7 7.5291. Gangs of New York (2002)
The depiction of the quest for power amoung the lower ranks of society during the burgeoning years of the Four Corners of the Big Apple.
To be honest, while I liked this tale the struggles of the original gangstas of New York, with it's when the grit in the hearts of it's denizens was just as grimey as it's muddy streets,
& I don't think this is one of Martin Scorcese's best.
The characteristics of charisma & chemistry that tend to shoot out of most of Scorcese's films seem to be quite lacking in this movie, despite a stellar cast that includes Leonardo DeCaprio, Cameron Diaz & Daniel Day Lewis.
But still, I include it on my year's favorites, because it's enjoyable none the less, particularly when compared to the standard fare that occupies most theatre screens today.
1458 6.9 7.6290. 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.
408 7.3 7.8289. 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'....)
225 6 6.3288. 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.
1355 6.3 6.7287. Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001)
I'm not usually a fan of Disney movies, particularly their animated stuff. Their stories are usually a bit too saccharine for my tastes, despite the polished smoothness of their art style.
However, coming along near the end of the their 2-D run, and at a time when the company seemed to decide that their homogenized brand could do with a bit of an edge, I enjoyed Atlantis with it's vast and sheer underwater visuals along with what seems to me like a little inspiration from comicbook illustrator Mike Mignola to their house style. And wouldn't you know it, just when they had me starting to warm to their stuff, they finally pull the plug to the hand-drawn animation department.
1272 7.1 7.6286. Enemy at the Gates (2001)
4215 7.3 7.5285. 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.
140 7.7 7.3284. 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.
448 6.7 6.9283. 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?
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*
41 5.6 5.9282. 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.
347 6.1 6.3281. Art School Confidential (2006)
Art School Confidential first appeared in the #7 issue of the Dan Clowes comicbook series Eightball, as a four page short story that was, of course, expanded to fit the length of the movie.
To be honest, I normally wouldn't give a thumbs-up to a film who's clunkiness in it's plot seems to distract from it's distinctive premise, but I think that this industry needs more Clowes-based comicbook based movies. IMO, these kinds of films really do provide a nice refreshing break from the standard "same ol' same ol'" cinematic fare that have numbingly dominated theatres screens for several years.
I guess that they're kinda like the Junior Mints of the world of cinema.
2830 6.6 7.2280. Cars (2006)
To be honest, for me, the story in Cars really isn't the strongest I've seen in these type of movies, the characters, while a worthy effort, aren't the most memorable, and just the very concept of a universe of cars "running" around by their own "ignition" and with the ability to talk doesn't lend itself very well as a consistent idea in believability, no matter how much suspension I try to apply into my sense of belief.
However, I'm still including this film onto this list of favorites on the basis that the visuals on this thing are pretty damn insane.
The reflecting light off of the hulls of the shiny race-cars is eyecatchingly reflective, the realism in may of the backgrounds shots are incredibly affecting, the just the sheer amount of detail in everything is amazing (consistency in the color-schemes keep it from getting too distracting like in Speed Racer).
After watching Cars, it truly boggles the mind of where computer graphics will be in twenty, or even in just ten years from now.
The Mighty Celestial's rating:
5727 6.9 7.3279. 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.
129 7.7 7.8278. 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.
2923 6.4 6.8277. Panic Room (2002)
Jodie Foster (along with the chick from Twilight :/) takes on three tough thugging thieves who have broken into her newly aquired 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.
565 7.2 7.3276. 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.
3626 7.4 7.6275. 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.
682 6.2 6.6274. 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.
44 5 5.9273. Beautiful Creatures (2000)
film. It seemed like that was the decade that indies really began breaking out of the self-restrictive arthouse theatres & making their way to more available venues.
So when the new millennium started, I was even more excited about the future for non-mainstream cinema.
Even though Beautiful Creatures came off more like a watered down version of Bound, it's jagged edge story still shone enough to make me hopeful of where this style of filmmaking was going.
In the end, the 00's fell short compared to the previous decade, not to mention that it seems to be even worse during the second decade of the millennium, but that's a story for another forum.
BC maybe didn't live to the high quality of previous indies, but the mixture of dark humour & quirky shock in it's premise still served as a spark of non-conventionality in a world of ever-increasing bloated big-budgetry.
1668 5.4 5.8272. Cheaper by the Dozen (2003)
Bonnie Hunt & Steve Martin play a couple of parents who've spawned 12 children & 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.
4001 6.7 7.1271. 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.
80 5.6 6.2270. 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.
7594 6.8 7.3269. 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.
531 7.7 7.9268. 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....
533 6.1 6.6267. [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?
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.
757 6.6 6.7266. Rachel Getting Married (2008)
476 6.6 6.7265. 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.
4221 6 6.5264. 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.
1617 7.1 7.3263. 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?
1889 6.6 7.2262. 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.
680 7.3 7.5261. 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.
6033 7.1 7.5260. Harry Potter and the Philosopher'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.
600 6.7 6.9259. 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.
1279 6.4 7.2258. Old School (2003)
1208 6.2 6.6257. 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.
2717 6.6 6.8256. 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.
160 6.3 6.4255. 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.
410 6.6 6.9254. 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.
967 6.4 6.9253. 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".
3601 6.2 6.7252. 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.
166 7.3 7.2251. 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'.
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