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Added by The Mighty Celestial on 4 Mar 2012 10:14
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350 From The 1st Decade Of The New Millennium

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People who added this item 356 Average listal rating (192 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 6.3
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 comic-book 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 theaters screens for several years.
I guess that they're kinda like the Junior Mints of the world of cinema.

People who added this item 2243 Average listal rating (1499 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.6
I've never been a big fan of the James Bond series, but after Casino Royale rebooted the character back to his roots, I started to see this Agent 007 from a different albeit darker light. Royale really took me off guard as such a high quality action flick (in fact, my fave action flick of that year) but one that established that Bond was more than just a human vehicle for some really cool (and sometimes outlandish) spy gadgets. And even though, Quantum of Solace slips a bit from the trajectory that started in Casino (choppy action sequences, looser story) it's high energy and emphasis on characterizations, particularly between Bond and "M", were enough to still keep this installment entertaining to the eyes of this usually non-Bond fan.

People who added this item 949 Average listal rating (655 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 6.8
Here's a dark ditty of deviltry about a family of hellbent hillbillies that makes even Lucifer hisself go "Damn....! These ratchety-ass rednecks are just plain downright evil.....!"

Ever since the first Texas Chainsaw Massacre back in 1974, there have been a certain type of subhorror slasher-family flicks that have since tried to match the bar 'o' evil that was raised by the original Leatherface Clan.
While Rob Zombies' creation of Captain Spaulding's kith & kin, IMO, doesn't quite match up to the legendary status of TCM, it's was still a worthy effort to the genre.
People who added this item 3051 Average listal rating (2053 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8.1
Gran Torino (2009)
"Ever notice how you come across somebody who you never should've f#cked with?
That's me."

Clint Eastwood is probably the only senior citizen on this planet that could get away with saying something like that and making you sense that he really means it.

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People who added this item 1159 Average listal rating (677 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.5
For a brief period of time, during the mid to late 2000s, for some reason that escapes me, penguins in movies were all the rage in cineplexes and movie theaters from all over the world, from the north pole to the south pole. And this inexplicable"march of the penguins" seemed to start in 2005 with the combined success of the scene stealing trio in the animated film Madagascar (which is not on this list primarily because I never got around to seeing it), and the surprise box office hit of this documentary.
Now, I personally have always enjoyed watching documentaries, particularly when they are about the animal world. And this one was no exception. However, why it made so much money, I couldn' T tell ya. While I thought it was good, entertaining and educational, the overall quality of the film or the information it gave about the waddling wingless wonders wasn,t too far from something you'd see on the Discovery Channel or some nature program that one stumbles upon whilst channel surfing on the ol' boob-tube.
Still, at the end of the day, it was gratifying to see a film like this so as well as it did. It means that, while escapism centered subject matter will always dominate the cinema, every once in a while the moving going public wants a little break from the norm, maybe see something where they can learn a thing or two. Which in turn, tells the Hollywood machine that not every thing that they crank out should require that we leave out brains at the door.

People who added this item 1279 Average listal rating (838 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7.3
Clerks II (2006)
I loved the first Clerks movie.
So much so that I cringed when I heard that they were making a sequel to it. And after watching this second film, there were some aspects that validated my feelings about doing a follow-up feature to Kevin Smith's indie classic.
The inexperienced acting of the original players, which was still evident in this film, played off so much better in the first film. The main reason being that the combination of being filmed in black and white and we've never seen the fresh faced cast gave Clerks the feel of almost being a humorous documentary. So the lack of thespian skillz seemed to add to the realness of the flick and made the humor feel more natural.
The bigger budget and colorization of C2 made the crudeness of the actors stand out more and, IMO, made alot of the jokes and the points being made in the story, feel a bit forced.
So why did I include it on this list?
B'cuz, even though I don't think Clerk 2 matches up to Clerks 1, I still liked the sharp wittiness of Smith's script, Rosario Dawson does an excellent job of portraying the love interest as such a very sweet character and in the end, the overall message of the movie still came off as being the kind of view askewed that made Kevin Smith's early career a standout from the rest.

People who added this item 2724 Average listal rating (1694 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 6.4
Happy Feet (2006)
In the world of the emperor penguins, in lieu of the internet, males and females find their soulmates via the old skool way.....through song. They sing to each other until a "Sonny" finds it's "Cher". Until an "Ashford" finds it's "Simpsons". Until a "Peaches" finds it "Herb". Until a...well... you get the picture (besides, I can't think of any other famous male/female singing duos). And it's a system of penguin propagation that carries from one generation to the next.
Until one such coupling ends inexplicably hatching an offspring that can't seem to carry a more to save his life. However, Nature, in her infinite wisdom, to make for this little penny's lack of vocal makes up for by giving the little rule the ability to cut up a rug. Even if the rug is made of solid ice.
And thus is the basis for an animated film aptly titled Happy Feet. With a voice cast that includes the ever reliable comedic chords of Robin Williams and is bought to you by the computer cartooning skillz from Australia.

Wait a second.....
The hot, continental island of Oz, with it's giant heartland of desert sands full of 'roos, dingos and more 'roos,
is responsible for producing a happy go lucky computer cartoon flick that takes place down in the icey, frostbitten wastelands of the Antartic?
Crikey....aren't those Aussies a buncha clever blimey bastards....!
People who added this item 2 Average listal rating (1 ratings) 2 IMDB Rating 2.4
Here's a movie that is also known as the "The McPherson Tape" but was originally planned to be called "Guess Who's Coming To Dinner", until they found out that that title had already been taken.
A Thanksgiving family get-together gets interrupted by big-eyed visitors from, well... I'm sure most of you know by now where this is going.

Upon deeper reflection of this film's holiday theme, I think that the story here might be an allegory of what happened to the Native Americans after they had the Pilgrims (i.e. White man) over for a turkey dinner. The McPherson family is supposed to represent the Natives and the aliens, the white man.
But I'm not sure.
I may have just made that up to sound allegorically astute for this post.
People who added this item 52 Average listal rating (32 ratings) 5 IMDB Rating 5.9
For me, the nineties was the golden era of independent film. It seemed like that was the decade that indies really began breaking out of the self-restrictive arthouse theaters and 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 humor and quirky shock in it's premise still served as a spark of non-conventionality in a world of ever-increasing bloated big-budgetry.
People who added this item 205 Average listal rating (139 ratings) 5.6 IMDB Rating 5.8
The escapist fantasy of innocence that baseball tends to provide towards one's childhood comes colliding with the realism of crushed spirits that tends to come with adulthood.
Oh, but with humor.
Not to mention with Billy Bob Thornton doing what he does best and bringing the kind of booze-guzzling bite that's makes it easier for us grown-ups to have to sit through a little league game.

People who added this item 4757 Average listal rating (3292 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.4
Damn! Lookit all those freakin' mutants!
The students of Prof. Charles Xavier's School Of Gifted Youngsters return, more grander, more powerful and more "mutantly" varied. Considering that this is a movie that needs to handle as many characters as it does, each one with an already firmly established background in the pages of the comic-book universe, it's amazing that they were able pull this project off to the extent that they did. As an example of what happens when a qualified director is allowed more freedom and more money than in the initial film. For this sequel, X definitely seems to mark the spot.

People who added this item 1242 Average listal rating (770 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7
Julie & Julia (2009)
To be honest, the way in that J&J's story is presented here in this movie, well, usually it just isn't my thing. At first, watch, it came off just a tad bit too fluffy and soft for me, and at the risk of sounding chauvinistic, just a bit too "girly" . But every time I thought I was ready to turn it off whilst viewing, a scene with Meryl Streep as Julia Child would come up, and the energy and charisma that she "characteristically" infused into the role would be enough to keep my attention.
So that when the final credits finally came up, I realized that I had found myself actually sitting through the entire film and thoroughly entertained based on Mademoiselle Meryl's performance alone.

People who added this item 4426 Average listal rating (3003 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7.2
I Am Legend (2007)
I just recently watched this on DVD. I didn't think it was pretty good.
But if the idea of the vampires was a little more like vampires than it was like sun-fearing zombies, I think I'd be able to muster up more to say 'bout this so-called legend. And maybe then, I'd have put this movie up higher on the list.
So for right now, there is one thing that I can definitely say was cool about this flick: Near the beginning of the movie, there was a scene that featured billboard that featured a Batman/ Superman World's Finest insignia. And as a comic-book nerd, I found that to be pretty kick-ass.

People who added this item 155 Average listal rating (118 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.8
Most sports teams are known to have hardcore fans. But the truth is, football (soccer to those who live in the United States) is a sport whose fans take the concept of hardcore to the level of the extreme. Known as hooligans, to them, you're not a hardcore fan unless you're willing to spend the weekend bashing in the faces of fans of the opposing team.
The Football Factory is a tale that shows that being a part of a firm (the term used to describe gangs of hooligans) is not just an obsession with the home team, but even more so, it is a way of life.
A lifestyle in which, from an outside point of view, may seem chaotic and pointlessly violent, but to those within a firm, it is a way for the disenfranchised man's man to let off some team and feel a sense of direction, a sense of purpose. And provides the kind of kick that addicts yearn for. Except, instead of a needle or a bong, the fix comes from using one's fists.

People who added this item 416 Average listal rating (236 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.4
Jesus Camp (2007)
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).
People who added this item 2415 Average listal rating (1635 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7.1
This is one of those movies that everyone kept telling me wasn't that good, so that when I finally got the chance to see it, I had such low expectations for it, that I probably ended up enjoying it much more than just about everybody else that I know. Maybe I'll have to watch it again at a later date to see what was it that made so many dislike it.
But for now, I liked the concept of it and though the suspense of the action scenes obviously will never compare to the first two, I still found it adequate enough to entertain me for the purpose of the story (enough to help me overlook the cartoony outlandishness of it all).

People who added this item 1196 Average listal rating (761 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.

People who added this item 712 Average listal rating (442 ratings) 7.6 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....).

People who added this item 471 Average listal rating (345 ratings) 3.8 IMDB Rating 3.7
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?
People who added this item 279 Average listal rating (183 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 6.6
Pontypool (2009)
In the snowy small town of Pontypool, there's something in the air colder than the winter chill.
Something that's transforming all the townspeople into the walking dead.
A different take on the zombie genre, that for me personally stretches a bit thin in terms of believabilty (even with the buffer of suspended belief), but still, the efforts in it's unique approach (along with Stephen McHattie's strong camera presence) was enough to warrant a place on this list.

People who added this item 1305 Average listal rating (859 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.

People who added this item 1368 Average listal rating (836 ratings) 6.5 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.

People who added this item 182 Average listal rating (123 ratings) 5.5 IMDB Rating 5.7
The Woods (2006)
Okay, we all know by now that when it comes to horror movie plotlines, there's no scarier scenario than being out in the woods.
And when it comes to teen flicks, there is no scenario more terrifying than that of a boarding school.
Here, we get a mixing of the two.
To be honest, this probably isn't the best scary film of the decade and maybe it's not one that's on too many people's best lists, but considering that this is the type of story that has always been handled very shlocky, not to mention very poorly for the past two decades, it's very refreshing to see a movie like The Woods approached with the kind of integrity that in used when trying to produce something above the standard level of camp.

People who added this item 2948 Average listal rating (2035 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.8
Hot Fuzz (2007)
A film by the comedy team of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, the same duo responsible for what is, for my money, the best zom-com ever, Shaun Of The Dead. This time, they take on the world of the buddy-cop genre.
Hot Fuzz never really reaches as high a level of humor, humanity, wit as Shaun, nor is it as genre groundbreaking,
but when all is said and done, there was enough of the typical high balance of comedy and chemistry between the two "Bad Boys" to make this action comedy a commendable effort.
At least enough to include it on my list of faves for this decade.

People who added this item 30 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?
People who added this item 1835 Average listal rating (1141 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7.2
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.
People who added this item 464 Average listal rating (246 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.6

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'....)

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.
People who added this item 1277 Average listal rating (858 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 7.1
Rocky Balboa (2006)
Back in 1976, Rocky Balboa became the biggest underdog to ever enter the boxing ring.
Exactly thirty years later, he is the oldest underdog to ever enter the ring.
Despite having a physique that looks like it was hastily chiseled out of stone, the Italian Stallion puts on the gloves one more time to prove that he's not yet ready to be put out to pasture.

While not comparable to the first two, this final installment of the Rocky franchise is still a nice closing chapter to the saga of the Italian Stallion.
For me personally, it was great to see that Sly could come up with a story that not only brings back the integrity to a character who starred in two of my favorite films from the 70's, but also, in a manner that helps to wash out the bad taste left over from the horrible sequels of the 80's.
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People who added this item 565 Average listal rating (386 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7.2
District 13 (2004)
Six years into the future, gangs have taken over a ghetto just outside of Paris France (I know what you're thinking..."Wait... France has ghettos?!). One gang in particular has stolen a very powerful bomb and have unwittingly activated its countdown sequence.
Now one cop must go undercover and team up with a criminal to get passed the ghetto walls and passed the gangs in order to deactivate the bomb before it goes off and takes the ghetto with it.

After honing his skills behind the camera as a cinematographer, Pierre Moral is still behind the camera, but this time he's sitting in the director's chair. Teaming up with writer and producer Luc Besson (also known for his director skills on such films as Le Femme Nikita and Leon: The Professional). The end result of their collaboration is District B13, a frenzied French film in which parkour is the main driving force of the action scenes.
For those of you who don't know what parkour is, it's the act of moving forward by running, jumping, or climbing over whatever obstacles are in your path. Even if it's something as big as a building, the object is get through it by leaping stairwells, climbing through windows, flipping over walls and fences, etc (you can probably get a better description or definition of parkour if you look it up on wikipedia or just google it.... or better yet, look up a video of it in the ol' youtube).
Now while the act of parkour is utilized as a plot device in this story and helps to give the film a distinctive nature, the truth is, in future films, it might be good it was used sparingly.
After watching District B13, it's easy to see that this is a style of action that easily become tired pretty quickly (and not just as a plot device, but even more-so for the actors).
People who added this item 267 Average listal rating (176 ratings) 6.1 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.

People who added this item 1426 Average listal rating (943 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.

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 221 Average listal rating (145 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.3
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 1303 Average listal rating (901 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.7
In the 90's, after Jackie Chan made the martial arts comedy a farce force to be reckoned with in the industry of Chop Socky.
In the following decade, the door was kicked open for other wunderkind warriors like Stephen Chow, star and director of Shaolin Soccer and this movie. Taking the absurdity of both the humor and the high kicks and cranking 'em up a notch, movies like these prove that when it comes taking Kung Fu to the next level, ya gotta be willing to do the Hustle.

People who added this item 514 Average listal rating (311 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*

People who added this item 45 Average listal rating (22 ratings) 5.6 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.
People who added this item 1695 Average listal rating (1041 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.9

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.
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 183 Average listal rating (106 ratings) 7.6 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.

People who added this item 3144 Average listal rating (2072 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.

People who added this item 655 Average listal rating (363 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.

People who added this item 4155 Average listal rating (2720 ratings) 7.4 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.
People who added this item 764 Average listal rating (495 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.

People who added this item 2688 Average listal rating (1802 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 7
While I'm not much of a fan of the more in your face, slapstick kind of comedy, this one still worked for me. Probably because, as far this movie went with that type of humor, it was still able to stop short from going "full retard" (and for any one out there reading this who tempted to be offended by that comment, maybe you should watch this movie before you do....or at least, go to youtube and look the "full retard" scene from Tropic Thunder...).
Plus, Robert Downey's performance as an Aussie transforming himself into the "role" of a black man was alone worth the price of the theater ticket.

People who added this item 1811 Average listal rating (1134 ratings) 5.4 IMDB Rating 5.9
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.
People who added this item 4331 Average listal rating (2832 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7.2

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.
People who added this item 1692 Average listal rating (1138 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).

People who added this item 92 Average listal rating (49 ratings) 5.6 IMDB Rating 6.2

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.
People who added this item 8492 Average listal rating (6226 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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My Favorite Flix from the first ten years (2000 - 2009) of the new Mill.
Well, actually,
at 350 movies, maybe I cacn't really say favorite. Also included are many films that I just liked. I mean, you can't have a list with this many entries and claim that it's really a favorites list, now can you.....?

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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 www.listal.com/list/my-top-ten-favorite-horror

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

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

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

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

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

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

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