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RE: Empire's Review Of The Decade - 25/12/2009 11:46:21 AM   
OdhranO

 

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Okay, Okay...

The two best trailers for the decade were for Cats and Digs and The Simpsons Movie, because they made the movies look like they would be absolutely brilliant. Cats and Dogs was poor, the Simpsons turned out to be average.

And where is Zombieland in the best opening sequence list?

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RE: Empire's Review Of The Decade - 25/12/2009 5:05:13 PM   
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What's disappointing here is that, while Empire has published the lists as they were at the end of each year, and I'm sure they were valid at the time, there's been no attempt at any kind of critical reassessment of the past decade in any way, shape or form.
 
I'm currently compiling my list of the decade, which already has a few other threads on the forum. As the standard format here seems to be a top 20, mine currently is:
 
1) The Prestige
2) Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
3) No Country For Old Men
4) Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
5) Ratatouille
6) Kill Bill, Vol. 1
7) There Will Be Blood
8) Memento
9) Children of Men
10) Zodiac
11) The Dark Knight
12) Oldboy
13) Dead Man's Shoes
14) Pan's Labyrinth
15) Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
16) Up
17) Hot Fuzz
18) United 93
19) Waltz With Bashir
20) Team America: World Police
 
And just bubbling under, in no particular order, Atonement, The Bourne Ultimatum, Wall-E, Hunger, District 9, (500) Days of Summer, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Gladiator, Moulin Rouge, Donnie Darko, Minority Report, Adaptation, Finding Nemo, X2, The Incredibles, Crash, Shaun of the Dead, Sin City, Batman Begins, Brokeback Mountain, Wallace and Gromit in: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, Little Miss Sunshine, Casion Royale, Synecdoche, New York, Let The Right One In, In Bruges, Anchorman, Sideways, Finding Neverland and The White Ribbon.
 
In an attempt to truly re-evaluate the decade, as I have only really become a true film head in the past 2 - 3 years, I'm going through my DVD collection and watching those films I've not yet seen, but that may have some chance of cracking the list.
 
In the past week, I've already watched:
 
Dead Man's Shoes
Sideways
Almost Famous
4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days
Finding Neverland
 
And before the end of next week, I intend to try to watch as many of these as possible:
 
Requiem For A Dream
A Beautiful Mind
The Royal Tenenbaums
Million Dollar Baby
Hidden
Infernal Affairs
Michael Clayton
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
The Pianist
City of God
The Lives of Others
Amelie
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
Battle Royale
Downfall
Spirited Away
Mulholland Drive
The Man Who Wasn't There
Letters From Iwo Jima
 
It would be nice if there was still time at Empire Towers to perform a similar re-evaluation - maybe that will redress the Star Wars / LOTR imbalance, and maybe it won't. And no-one will agree with the list totally, but at least we could have a more relevant debate.


maybe you should watch something that isn't completely obvious and tell us how that goes?


First the calendar bitching, now this? Someone's in a grump today. Do you need some icecream, Piles? Maybe a wowwipop?

EDIT: And on Christmas as well! Jesus, what a psychopath. What's next, kicking kittens? Shooting Santa from his sleigh?



Sorry, I'd had a skinful of old speckled hen (hence my post in the 'best ale thread', which this morning's headache completely contradicted) and in a rather nonchalent mood. The sentiment still applies, though .

And I would like a wowwipop. Email it to me?


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RE: Empire's Review Of The Decade - 25/12/2009 6:20:50 PM   
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um, you guys, it's
" I wish I knew how to quit you."  NOT "I don't know how to quit you."
Two Ledger quotes! Hurray!!!!!!

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RE: Empire's Review Of The Decade - 27/12/2009 9:30:25 AM   
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The biggest crime against hair in the past 10 years was Eowyn from The Two Towers. Her haircut changes radically about every 10 minutes.



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RE: Empire's Review Of The Decade - 27/12/2009 9:35:05 AM   
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um, you guys, it's
" I wish I knew how to quit you."  NOT "I don't know how to quit you."
Two Ledger quotes! Hurray!!!!!!


Um, dude, that one was Jake Gyllenhaal...



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RE: Empire's Review Of The Decade - 27/12/2009 1:46:06 PM   
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Not to be pedantic or anything but I'm having a look at the top ten films for the year 2000 and at least half of them were made in 1999.

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RE: Empire's Review Of The Decade - 27/12/2009 3:37:10 PM   
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Now I could ridicule Empire's list and say how moronic it is they haven't included Lord of the Rings, but since it's obvious how they feel about Peter Jackson's trilogy let's do something entirely different.

My 70 films which defined the Decade...

2000

Almost Famous

Memento
Crouching Tiger Hidden dragon
Cast Away
Requiem for a Dream
American Psycho
O Brother Where Art Thou?

2001

A Beautiful Mind

Donnie Darko
Training Day
Amelie
Fellowship of the Ring
In The Bedroom
Mulholland Dr.

2002

Adaptation
The Two Towers
The Pianist
City of God
The 25th Hour
Road To Perdition
Minority Report

2003

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
Les Triplets de Belleville
Les Invasions Barbares
21 Grams
Kill Bill Vol. 1
Master and Commander
Monster

2004

Million Dollar Baby
Sideways
Collateral
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Before Sunset
Un Long Dimanche de Fiancailles
Mar Adentro

2005

The Constant Gardener
Cinderella Man
Capote
Walk The Line
A History of Violence
The New World
Tsotsi

2006

The Queen
The Departed
Little Children
El Laberinto Del Fauno
Apocalypto
The Fountain
Das Leben Der Anderen

2007

No Country for Old Men
There Will Be Blood
La Vie en Rose
Le Scaphandre et le Papillon
The Assassination of Jesse James
Atonement
3:10 to Yuma

2008

The Wrestler
Slumdog Millionaire
Frost/Nixon
Vicky Cristina Barcelona
The Dark Knight
In Bruges
Okuribito

2009

Avatar
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
(500) Days of Summer
A Serious Man
The Messenger
Un Prophete


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RE: Empire's Review Of The Decade - 27/12/2009 7:54:17 PM   
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It's so gratifying to be incensed at the absence of LOTR from the films of the decade, go to the forums for a whinge, and then find you've been beaten to the punch by so many others!

Seriously Empire....this matters because it's a matter of trust.  If you want us to take you seriously, then you can't put Attack of the Clones in there.  Even if you did give it 5 stars originally and have tried to cover it up since!

Please stop lunchtime boozing and come up with your serious list now....


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RE: Empire's Review Of The Decade - 27/12/2009 9:31:53 PM   
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If you have been reading the thread, you'll have found out that the lists were the end of year lists published in the magazine.

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RE: Empire's Review Of The Decade - 27/12/2009 9:33:44 PM   
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ORIGINAL: tommyjarvis

Not to be pedantic or anything but I'm having a look at the top ten films for the year 2000 and at least half of them were made in 1999.


Maybe they were released in the UK in 2000.


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RE: Empire's Review Of The Decade - 28/12/2009 3:58:56 AM   
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Empire,

in the downers section, the caption thing for the Dawn of the Dead is the same as the AI one.

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RE: Empire's Review Of The Decade - 28/12/2009 8:02:50 AM   
grucl

 

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the tragic inevitability of Paul Greengrass's depiction of what it was like on top of the plane crashing into the Twin Towers was haunting.


WUT?

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RE: Empire's Review Of The Decade - 29/12/2009 11:49:33 PM   
fightclubber954

 

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what happened to justin long in zack and miri really good cameo

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RE: Empire's Review Of The Decade - 1/1/2010 8:35:33 PM   
Jokerfan_Naz

 

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Um, dude, that one was Jake Gyllenhaal...




no , no what i meant was "there are two movies of ledger that are on the list" -- guess I was typing fast
still , they got the quote wrong ,right?

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RE: Empire's Review Of The Decade - 4/1/2010 1:01:26 PM   
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"I AM MCLOVIN..."

It's even on T-Shirts

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RE: Empire's Review Of The Decade - 5/1/2010 1:18:32 PM   
bubbledweller

 

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When are Empire going to stop sucking up to George Lucas and Quentin Tarantino?

Seriously.

It's embarrassing.

Haven't you noticed they are both over the hill?

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RE: Empire's Review Of The Decade - 5/1/2010 4:58:35 PM   
general_potatoface


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ORIGINAL: simon2006

Empire,

in the downers section, the caption thing for the Dawn of the Dead is the same as the AI one.


There's a lot of that. Almost every section had the wrong intro paragraph.

What techie had that job?

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RE: Empire's Review Of The Decade - 7/1/2010 9:51:26 AM   
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For films of the decade in a foreign language, why wasnt either of the CHE movies in? i seen them and Benicio is amazing?

also in the films of each year of the noughties, why wasnt the hangover in 2009?

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RE: Empire's Review Of The Decade - 11/1/2010 2:15:55 PM   
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What happened to the opening credits of 'WATCHMEN'?


Totally Agree! The opening of Watchmen should not just be in the list, it should be No.1.
Kudos to Zack for masterfully bringing all the backstory and details to screen so deftly.


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RE: Empire's Review Of The Decade - 14/1/2010 8:09:35 PM   
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It's always been a particularly annoying habit of Empire's to publish end of year lsits before they've actually seen all of the films of that year, a bit like picking a marathon winner 4 miles before the end. I know exactly the reason why they do it but using a marketing/publishers excuse doesn't really wash with me as this is supposed to be an intelligent film magazine, there is zero intelligence in end of year lists that aren't actually end of year.

What is more dissapointing is the fact that Empire haven't gone back and re-assessed these lists. To be fair, it would only be a few films that would actually change the lists (and 3 of those happen to be set in Middle Earth) so depending on how you look at it it's either not much of a deal or pretty lazy that they couldn't do this.

Anyway, in future I really wish Empire would stop this stupid practise - this decade review has shown it up for the terrible idea it is. Although I don't have much hope of this happening, just like I don't have much hope for Empire stopping adding stars to reviews of blockbusters regardless of tone of the review.

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RE: Empire's Review Of The Decade - 14/1/2010 8:54:40 PM   
Jasper_29


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ORIGINAL: bubbledweller

When are Empire going to stop sucking up to George Lucas and Quentin Tarantino?

Seriously.

It's embarrassing.

Haven't you noticed they are both over the hill?


To be fair, Inglourious Basterds was much better than Death Proof...


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RE: Empire's Review Of The Decade - 19/1/2010 8:48:58 PM   
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Watchmen is missing from the list of 10 best opening credits...

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