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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)
'Ey if you wondered how a zombie apocalypse would affect you're a disc jockey secluded away in the confines a radio studio, then have I got the film for you. It's called Pontypool and it came out in 2007. It's a good film and depicts just one angle of society during the end of the world via the spread of the dead.
Then, when you finish watching that movie, you can watch this one. It's also about a radio disc jockey being on the air when the zombies come a'shamblin', and how the circumstances affect him while he's on the job. Yeah, it's the lesser of the two radio themed zombie flix, but for any hardcore fans of the genre (and let's be honest, when it comes to zombies, you're a not fan unless you're hardcore), Dead Air is worth watching, if just so to say "Yeah, I watched that." when the subject rises up between hardcore fans.

People who added this item 1161 Average listal rating (678 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 81 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
and then,
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.

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 1317 Average listal rating (874 ratings) 5.7 IMDB Rating 6.4
Even when they're dead, aliens can still become a marauding, world conquering nuisance by hanging around as hordes of a massive spirited phantom plague (and how's that for a theme for a sci-fi horror flick disguised as a video game film?).

Okay, I'll admit, despite the potential locked in the idea of this movie, the story came off as pretty boring. And because motion capture technology was still in it's early stages, the people ended up looking stiff and very "wooden, despite the advanced leap in the amount of pixels per image.
But still, at the time of it's release, the visuals were really something to behold. For me, this was a major stepping stone that would eventually lead to some of the most high tech images we are seeing not just on movies screens today, but also, in the crossing over of video-game technology.
So, depite all this and the low rating most other people give first Final Fantsay flick, I'm still including it this list of faves just because, when I watch it, I can see that it has the spirits within.
People who added this item 4422 Average listal rating (3111 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 1498 Average listal rating (944 ratings) 6.7 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 is more of as an honorable mention & is based soley on it's style over substance.
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People who added this item 535 Average listal rating (312 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 6.8
Inside (2007)
I don't how to describe this movie other than to say
it's something along the lines about adopting a baby outside the conventional means....
Or maybe,
the way this story pans out,
the best I can say is that it's pretty f#cked up.

In other words, based on the basic theme of this list, if this movie isn't worthy enough to have an entry on this list,
I don't what does.

People who added this item 3209 Average listal rating (2128 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7
Underworld (2003)
To be quite honest, I'm not really a big fan of the Underground franchise in general, however, I do find this first chapter into the series pretty watchable.
But then again, that could be because the monster-slaying she-protagonist of these stories, Selene, clad from top to bottom in that leather outfit, is just absolutely hotter that all hell.
One of the few times that the most human of the characters makes me not notice the CGI effects that are supposed to drive these films.

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People who added this item 1275 Average listal rating (835 ratings) 6.9 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 4787 Average listal rating (3314 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 1245 Average listal rating (774 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 355 Average listal rating (192 ratings) 6.1 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 209 Average listal rating (119 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 6.2
You guys remember "Deliverence", that one movie from the 70's starring Burt Reynolds, Jon Voight and Ned Beatty? And do you 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 to make that aspect of the story even more horrific, this movie would be the end result.
Except of course, instead of the northern Georgia wilderness it would be in the isolated Belgian backwoods. But with same variety of nightmarish dread that such a scenario would invoke.

People who added this item 1301 Average listal rating (751 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7.1
A tale of romance and time travel that was hopefully successful enough to warrant a whole series of 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 To Get High End Jewelry Below Manufacturer's Cost, The Time Traveler's Four People Who Lead Him To Kevin Bacon Under Six Degrees......
well....I'm sure you get the picture).

People who added this item 4469 Average listal rating (3034 ratings) 6.6 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 159 Average listal rating (120 ratings) 6.6 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 5491 Average listal rating (3682 ratings) 5.9 IMDB Rating 6.2
Sam Raimi's third (and) final contribution to the franchise is another one of those movies that tends to get alot knocks from critics and fans alike, yet 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).

In this chapter, 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.
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People who added this item 417 Average listal rating (238 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 962 Average listal rating (662 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 2273 Average listal rating (1525 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 2458 Average listal rating (1652 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 did hav me rushing to the theater to go see 'em, but the first Taken was pretty good. 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 575 Average listal rating (362 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 2428 Average listal rating (1648 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 1216 Average listal rating (778 ratings) 5.9 IMDB Rating 6.4
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 3369 Average listal rating (2151 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.7
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 1853 Average listal rating (1194 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 4010 Average listal rating (2654 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 717 Average listal rating (448 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 495 Average listal rating (363 ratings) 3.7 IMDB Rating 3.6
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 290 Average listal rating (189 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 83 Average listal rating (45 ratings) 6.6 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 55 Average listal rating (34 ratings) 5.2 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 2543 Average listal rating (1703 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 204 Average listal rating (138 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 3121 Average listal rating (2111 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 1387 Average listal rating (848 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 186 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 2982 Average listal rating (2055 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 2747 Average listal rating (1703 ratings) 6.1 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 "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 657 Average listal rating (424 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 6.8
Eden Lake (2008)
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 472 Average listal rating (252 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.

(Y'know, after penning that last sentence, I'm wondering if maybe I should look into perhaps getting a job writing movie poster blurbs or somethin'....)
People who added this item 1291 Average listal rating (867 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 1848 Average listal rating (1150 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 570 Average listal rating (388 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 273 Average listal rating (180 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 1444 Average listal rating (953 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 235 Average listal rating (156 ratings) 7.6 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.

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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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