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Added by The Mighty Celestial on 4 Mar 2012 10:14
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300 & 99 From The 1st Decade Of The New Millennium

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People who added this item 16 Average listal rating (11 ratings) 5.5 IMDB Rating 5.3
Dead Air (2009)
  One of my favorite parts of most zombie apocalypse movies is watching how the outbreak starts at the beginning. I think the idea of ground zero of a pandemic of walking dead is one that is rife with all sorts of story potential that we’ve barely tapped in this generously utilized subgenre of horror.  Back in 2007, the concept of a zom-apoc was explored from the perspective of a on-air disc jockey in a film called Pontypool (which should appear later on this list), and it was a pretty good example of how interesting this can be as a plot point. 
  Movie makers musta really liked it though because, two years later, we see the exact same ground being covered in this zombie flick called Dead Air. Now, IMO, this is the lesser of the two, and not really all that memorable as a film, but it’s still an interesting watch and demonstrates my point about the potential locked within the beginning of the end stage of corpses coming to life on a global scale.

People who added this item 1170 Average listal rating (683 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" on the silver screen seems to have started 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 more money than anyone could've expected, I couldn' t tell ya. While I personally thought it was good, entertaining and educational, the overall quality of the film or the information it gave about the waddling wingless wonders really 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 fare 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 from. Which in turn, tells the Hollywood machine that not every thing that they crank out should be stuff that requires that we leave out brains at the door.

People who added this item 82 Average listal rating (39 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 5.3
Robo-geisha (2009)
   Where does one even begin to describe this movie?
   I guess you could start by saying that if one could imagine the concept of a cyborg geisha that could transform into a wall-clinging half battletank in order to fight a multi-tiered pagoda that transforms into a giant daikaiju-style rubber-suited robot,
and then,
if one could imagine fried shrimp being used as a deadly assassin's weapon,
on top of which,
threw in every kind of Dali-esque type of violent Asian outrageousness possible,
then you might be able to capture a vague resemblance of a description for this movie.
  To this day, I still have a hard time believing that I actually saw this film and that it wasn't part of some 'shroom-induced nightmare.

People who added this item 3232 Average listal rating (2144 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7
Underworld (2003)
  Truth be told, I'm not really a big fan of the Underground franchise in general. However, every once in a while, I do find myself glancing through this first chapter of the franchise. 
  It could be because I find myself totally enthralled by the beauteous Kate Beckinsale as the lead character, Selene, a hotter than all hell monster slayer clad from top to bottom in leather and who also happens to be a gosh to honest vampire. 
Or, it could be because… well, you know what..? 

There is no other reason. 

   If I was a supernatural beastie of some kind, like a werewolf or bloodsucker or something, I would totally want her to be the one who would kick my ass.
I mean, hubba hubba.....

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People who added this item 969 Average listal rating (666 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 6.8
  Here's a dark ditty of deviltry about a household of hellbent hillbillies that makes even Lucifer hisself go "Damn....! These revolting’ 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 1252 Average listal rating (779 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7
Julie & Julia (2009)
    Here’s a movie that normally wouldn’t make it onto any of my faves or best lists, but makes it here because, well, let’s face it, this is a list of almost 400 entries. It’s a pretty safe bet that the films at bottom aren’t really be all that great. 
   The way that Julie & Julia”s story is played out here isn’t normally my thing. At first watch, it came off just a tad bit too fluffy and soft for my tastes 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 by the time that 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 1326 Average listal rating (883 ratings) 5.7 IMDB Rating 6.4

 Final Fantasy is a video game that is so popular that telling anyone who reads this that it is a video game is probably a very redundant statement to post. So I won’t post that. Instead, what I will say is that the plot of this movie, which is named after the game, has absolutely  to do with the game.

Which is probably one of the reasons why the movie didn’t do so well.

   Another most likely reason is because it is considered the very first photo realistic computer generated full length feature film. And as films that first utilized the first stages of computer generated photo realism  (like Rogue One and The Polar Express) showed, trying to make human beings look real via this method leads ‘em look more creepy than real.
The visuals for the non-human stuff however, like the backgrounds of the futurisc world and especially the cool lokin' giant monster alien, those were pretty kick ass and quite a sight to behold.

People who added this item 4453 Average listal rating (3138 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 7
Transformers (2007)
Take a classic cartoon about a bunch a large robots from outer space that change into a bunch a cool vehicles that raised the testosterone level to the point that little boys became little "guys",
mix in a healthy batch of modern day hard driving live action peppered in with a few swear words and gritty gun play,
and top it all off with the absolutely and ridiculously hot Megan Fox,
and there you have it.
A summer super-mega-blockbuster incorporating all the things that can easily make the males of our species grunt with ultimate ball-quivering delight.

(However, I will say that, no matter how enjoyable this Transformers movie was, it's no excuse for the horrific monstrosity that is it's sequel.)
People who added this item 1525 Average listal rating (966 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7

   9 is a sci-fi movie that takes the high tech of it's visuals and combines them with the kind of original character designs that I always believed could be utilized more often with the whole CGI technology that is currently available at filmmakers' mouse-maneuvering fingertips.
However, the story, while not bad, still is not matching with the level of creativity of the look of this movie.
  While I found this a great sci-fi flick to look at, at the same time, with it's lack of character development and overblandness of it's plot premise, to some viewers, it can also come off as pretty forgettable.
   It's place on this list it based soley on it's style over substance. 
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People who added this item 1285 Average listal rating (841 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.3
  After coming out of the wave of 1990’s new generation of distinctive directors (which includes names like Tarantino, Rodriguez and two different Andersons), Kevin Smith was marked for good things. However, after a little more than a decade of making a splash into the film world with Clerks, the sequel, aptly named Clerks 2, shows that the comic book nerd slacker was just middling through his career. 
   This follow-up flick about two life mendering buddies with jobs behind cash registers isn’t a bad movie or a bad sequel, but it does show that whatever identifying brand for making films that Smith displayed with his first independent picture has lost some of luster in his continued reliance on his own particular brand of the same old same old.

People who added this item 4831 Average listal rating (3350 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.4
      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. 
    Not the greatest superhero movie ever made, but it’s a sequel that’s sufficient enough to do right by the first film, and keep hardcore comic book nerds, such as myself, satisfied. 

   Or at least satisfied enough from wanting to move out from our parents’ basement.

People who added this item 356 Average listal rating (193 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 as someone who familiar with the style of storytelling that both both Clowes' and director Terry Zwigoff's, I think they still may it work.

I think that not only doo they make a perfect combination, but also that the motion picture 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 you could say that they're kinda like the Junior Mints of the cinema world.
  And if you don't understand that comparison, it's supposed to be a reference to an episode of Seinfeld. Which, at this point in time, is most likely just as obscure as is this movie.
Therefore, let's just keep moving along, shall we....
People who added this item 215 Average listal rating (121 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.2
  You guys remember "Deliverance", that one movie from the 70's starring Burt Reynolds, Jon Voight and Ned Beatty? And if you do, do you also remember the part of the movie that made it infamous? You know the part that I'm talking about, the one that makes viewers cringe with horror?
Well, if there was any way possible to make that one particular scene of the story even more horrific, it is by lengthening it to the point where it is an entire movie. And that movie would be this movie.
   Except of course, instead of the northern Georgia wilderness it would be in the isolated Belgian backwoods. But with the same variety of nightmarish dread that such a scenario would be.

   Here is a concept for a tale of romance and time travel that was enough of an a success to warrant a whole slew of unused ideas for follow-up sequels… The Time Traveler's Kids, The Time Traveler's In-Laws, The Time Traveler's Mistress, The Time Traveler's Drunk Uncle, The Time-Traveler's Pet Retriever, The Time Traveler's Guy He Knows That Can Get Him High End Jewelry Below Manufacturer's Price, The Time Traveler's Four People Who Lead Him To Kevin Bacon In Under Six Degrees......
well....I'm sure by now you get the picture…

People who added this item 4507 Average listal rating (3063 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7.2
I Am Legend (2007)
  There are different ways that someone can become a legend. One of those ways is to be the only one left after the rest of the society has just become a global mass of mindless bloodsucking creatures. In that kind of apocalyptic scenario, you are allowed to proclaim yourself as “legend “, because there will be no one else around with enough sanity let alone common sense to contradict you.
  It’s kinda like me here on this site. 

  No one any where posts lists with any substance or interaction in 'em any more. It’s all just about posting pics of pretty girls from around the world. That is all.

  But not me.


  Because, I…. I am legend.

People who added this item 161 Average listal rating (122 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 6.8
  Here in the United States, where soccer means football, a hooligan is just a young punk who likes to commit petty crimes and/or get into trouble often. In many other parts of the world where football literally means football, a hooligan is a fan who takes the concept of hardcore to the level of the extreme.  And to a the mindset of a hooligan, 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 an idepth view into this ganglike culture of fighting fanaticism 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.

People who added this item 5550 Average listal rating (3727 ratings) 5.9 IMDB Rating 6.2

In this much maligned but I kinda liked it 3rd chapter of Sam Raimi’s webspun Spidey, the ol’ Webhead finds himself in need of a costume change in order 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.

To quote Stan “the Man” Lee, “Nuff sed!”

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People who added this item 418 Average listal rating (239 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.4
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 2295 Average listal rating (1542 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 2489 Average listal rating (1679 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.8
Taken (2008)
2008 was the year that the first Taken was released in February, a month that has a reputation for being the time period when film producers unload their worst movies or the ones that they have no faith in becoming a success, critically or financially. However, the fatherly action thriller ended up becoming a surprise hit and even more surprising, set the aging Liam Neeson up as a bonafide action star. And since Hollywood loves formulas, it has become "tradional" for a Neeson action type flick to be released every year around that time. Now, I'll admit that most of these releases were works of cinema that didn’t exactly have me rushing to the theater to go see 'em, but the first Taken was pretty entertaining. And while the track record for these movies isn't all that strong, it did manage to produce that I thought were even better that Taken 1...
The Grey from 2012 and Cold Pursuit in 2019, which, IMO, is the best of the bunch (so far).

People who added this item 581 Average listal rating (363 ratings) 5.5 IMDB Rating 5.8
Black Sheep is what you could call, well...the "black sheep" of animal attack themed horror movies. While the subgenre is generally open to any kind of species of the wild kingdom to populate the running time of these types of beasties vs humans confrontations, you won't normally expect to see fans flocking to theaters to see one where sheep are the center of the chaos. Usually, we expect to see animals that have the attributes already required to put some scare into us, such as sharp teeth, pointy horns or at least have the ability to make our skins crawl, such as spiders, bugs, snakes and the like.
But, Black Sheep is a product of New Zealand, a country who's most famous animal is the kiwi bird. So, I think we could afford them some levity if they choose to use these kinds of rogue woolen baaad-boys (sorry...) as the animals in their cinematic effort to fill our nightmares with. Besides, if they do succeed in making sheep the reason we wake up in the middle of the night screaming, any stray images of 'em that are left lingering in our heads, we could use 'em, by counting 'em, as the means in which to help us go back to sleep.

People who added this item 2454 Average listal rating (1668 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 1228 Average listal rating (787 ratings) 5.9 IMDB Rating 6.4
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 3413 Average listal rating (2182 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.7
Zodiac (2007)
Not exactly the most exciting serial killer movie ever made, but that's because the script tries to keep the story of the Zodiac killer as realistic as possible to the event that actually happened. And not the most charismatic "hero" to track down the mystery of the murderer considering that the protagonist is a cartoonist. And not exactly the best David Fincher flick considering this is the same guy responsible for Panic Room, Fight Club and Se7en. And finally, this isn't exactly the most sparkling review for this movie, but that's because I watched Zodiac only once and found it kinda boring. However, since it is a Finch film, I am willing to give it another view before I ultimately decide on whether or not to consider this cryptic case closed. Especially since I wasn't that impressed with Fight Club or Se7en after my first, initial viewing(s), but then I grew to like, and then, love them each, after multiple return viewings.
So, until then, I'm only putting it on this list more as a recognition towards the respectful effort towards the based-on-a-true event story. I'll take it off if after my next viewings, if I still feel the same as I did the first time.

People who added this item 1867 Average listal rating (1207 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 6.4
Mamma Mia! (2008)
The runaway West End stage musical smash gets the Hollywood treatment, and proves to be almost as equally smashing in movie theaters as it was in Broadway theaters.

Actually, there's only one real reason Mamma Mia is on this list.
It's b'cuz I really like ABBA's music.... alot.

And sayin' that does not make my hardcore pimp-ass any less hairier.
So, you know....
shut up.

People who added this item 4029 Average listal rating (2663 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 8
Throughout the entirety of cinematic history, there is a certain type of phenomena that occurs only every once in a blue moon, in which a small film becomes an unexpected enormous hit. Easy Rider, Rocky, Fast Times At Ridgemont High, and My Big Fat Greek Wedding are all examples of movies with samll budgets that surpriseingly made it big in different decades. And in 2008, such an event occurred in the form of a film fittingly entitled Slumdog Millionaire. Directed by Danny Boyle, it is a western take of a Bollywood film and tells the story about a young man from Mumbai who participates a "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" type of gameshow. During the procedings, he discovers that by pooling into the events of his hardknock life, he is able to successfully answer the questions presented to him on the show.
It took a while for me to see this flick, but after all the hype, I finally took some time out of my busy work schedule to watch it. And while I don't think I liked it to the extent that the millions of movie-goers who made Slumdog such a box-office smash did, I still found it an enjoyable piece of cinema and I could see why it's mud-mucked feelgood tone was such a universal hit around the world.

People who added this item 721 Average listal rating (452 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 508 Average listal rating (376 ratings) 3.8 IMDB Rating 3.6
The Room (2003)
For me, The Room is the epitome of acting so SO bad, that it actually swings around to being not just good, but unforgettably classic.

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

And to be honest,
isn't it about time we got one?
People who added this item 299 Average listal rating (194 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 6.5
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 believeabilty (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 warrent a place on this list.

People who added this item 100 Average listal rating (61 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.5
   Even though I watch Adult Swim's Robot Chicken every now and again, I have to admit, after a while, the crude stop motion movements of the toys and action figure being used, tend to get a bit tired. Therefore, in the end, we're just left with the humor, which is geared more towards nerdy fanboys who collected similar types of toys and action figures throughout their childhood, and never really grew up too much after that. 
   A Town Called Panic, a full length feature film from France that utilizes the same technique as Chicken for it's anaimation, left me a bit surprised that it was a foreign language comedy that I actually ended up enjoying.  One of the reasons may be that the foundation of the humor in this film differs quite a bit from a TV show like RC.  Where as Robot Chickens aims its brand of laughs towards Twinkie facestuffing stoners, Panic seems to lean more towards fruit roll-up consuming tweeners, intersperced with a few quick quips for any adults who may in the room supervising said tweeners. Add to that how the French language probably adds more charm to the over-the-top deliveries and punchlines, and what we end up with is a pretty funny slapstick romp with it's own sense of silly "je ne sais quoi". 

People who added this item 85 Average listal rating (46 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7.2
Before there was the Time Traveler's Wife, Donnie Darko, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time or Kate & Leopold,
there was Happy Accidents.
A time-traveling love story about timeless love transcending the timelessness that is time.
Or is it a loving time-traveling story about the transcendence through infinity which is true love....?
Either way, in short, it's a straight-on chick-flick theme with just a twist of wormholed logic.

People who added this item 57 Average listal rating (34 ratings) 5.2 IMDB Rating 5.8
  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 what was yet to come from non-mainstream cinema.
  Beautiful Creatures was one of the movies, or at least, had the intention of being one of those movies, but instead,  ended up with some pretty low reviews and ratings. But for me, I can't see why. I honestly don't believe it's as bad as it's reputation has become. Sure, it came off more like a watered down version of 1996's indei-semi-classic, Bound, but from my POV, it jagged edge story still shone enough to make me hopeful of where this modern style of indie filmmaking is going.

People who added this item 2559 Average listal rating (1711 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7
Death Proof (2007)
The second part of the doublefeature known as "Grindhouse", Death Proof is Tarantino's contribution the this homage of b-movie level horrorfest. Presented with interlocking psuedo previews inbetween, the entire package is a loveletter of sorts the camp crammed escapism period of the drive-in theater and the effect it had to movie fans of the era, shaping their tastes for underbudgeted, overtopped flicks that usually provided the background entertaimnet while they tried to make out with their girlfriends in the car.
I'm usually a big fan of Tarantino's works (so much so that he's in my top ten list of favorite directors), but I gotta be honest here, it took me a while to warm up to this flick. I found the linear storyline that QT usually doesn't follow to be kind of meandering in the straightforward pace of storyelling that he attempts here.
What keeps this movie on this list is that the payoff of a movie centered around a car themed killer is there (eventually), it's just that until it arrives, it feels like we're riding in nuetral through a series of uninteresting dialogue scenes (very uncharacteristical for a Tarantino penned script) that are centered around obscure pop references and barely-there background relationships that most viewers could care less about.

People who added this item 208 Average listal rating (139 ratings) 5.5 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 3136 Average listal rating (2123 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8.1
"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 1408 Average listal rating (860 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 188 Average listal rating (125 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 10 Average listal rating (6 ratings) 5.7 IMDB Rating 0
As someone who is a big fan of the anthology format, it really is quite disappointing at how so few of 'em are made. For me, there's something very satisfying about watching a patchwork of stories being stitched together under one film, knowing that if you don't like the prsent one showing, you'll still have another one coming that will be more to your liking. And if the one that is currently being watched is meeting your expectations in enjoyment, it gives the sense of expectation for the next one.
Here, in Robot Stories, we get a pretty good bag of time limited tales, all centered around a not-so-in-the-distant future world wherein robots have become integrated into the global, everyday day life of humankind (such as babies and office workers)and the repercussions of such a cyber-centric civilization on the psyche of those made of flesh and blood.

People who added this item 3009 Average listal rating (2071 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 2771 Average listal rating (1721 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 6.4
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 "Simpson". 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.

People who added this item 665 Average listal rating (429 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 6.7
Seeking to get away for the weekend, Jenney and Steve venture out to the remote lake in the woods which shares the name of this movie. The fact that it is remote and out in the woods is a good indication of what kind of events will transpire, the element of fear of this "couple terrorized by teens" feature coming from an evil who prefer hoodies as their duds 'o' death.
A tight, harrowing and ruthless tale of terror that runs straightforward into it's genre's neck of the woods of unsettled nerves and socially distancing scares.

People who added this item 476 Average listal rating (255 ratings) 7.4 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.
People who added this item 1312 Average listal rating (883 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 7.1
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 1853 Average listal rating (1153 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 579 Average listal rating (394 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7.1
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 275 Average listal rating (181 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 6.2
Rogue (2007)
A "crocky-doyl" has become large enough and clever enough that it has decided to go all rogue an' shit.
Soon, on the fresh waters of the Northern Territory, a small group of river riding tourists find themselves trapped on a island of mud, and thent errorized by this carnivorous, cravenous, clever killer croc.

People who added this item 1457 Average listal rating (965 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 245 Average listal rating (167 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.2
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, and easily 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.
   This Double W may still be in the form of a cartoon,
but as the latest interpretation of the Amazonian wunder, she is finally approaching the bad-ass broad with balls that she should've always been.

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My Favorite Flix from the first ten years (2000 - 2009) of the new Mill.
Well, actually,
at 399 movies, maybe I can'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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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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