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2002: BJ's Top 50 of the Year - 14/8/2012 7:10:49 PM   
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Ok, so I'm away to start a new series of lists. Taking a random year and listing my 50 favourite things of the year: be it movies, TV shows, TV episodes, shorts and other bits and bobs. The top ends of each list will be put into a big, masive Top 1000 thread. If I ever get around to that. So reviews will probably be relatively short and sweet so I can get cracking on.

So to get things started here's

2002


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RE: 2002: BJ's Top 50 of the Year - 14/8/2012 7:19:50 PM   
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50. The ChubbChubbs! (short)

Sony Pictures created this short to try out its animation techniques and released it theatrically with Men in Black II. There's more humour in this 5 minute short than there is in the entirety of that awful sequel.
The film follows a poor little alien who works as a janitor for an alien bar and how he comes across the impending doom of the chubbchubbs! There's some great cameos in here from E.T., Fantastic Planet and the Star Wars franchise. This deservedly picked up the Oscar for Best Animated Short and can be found here on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HO3tscCAVJ8

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RE: 2002: BJ's Top 50 of the Year - 14/8/2012 7:29:21 PM   
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49.
(TV Series)

Monk is a likeably oddball detective played perfectly by Coen brothers favourite Tony Shalhoub. The series is like a quirkier version of Murder She Wrote with a lot of the humour coming from Monk's bizarre OCD-fuelled personality and his many phobias. There's some pathos there as well as we discover that Monk is the way he is because of the death of his wife. He's accompanied by his nurse, played by Bitty Schram and the two stars have great chemistry. Whilst Ted Levine gets a good role as well as the Chief of Police. Cameos throughout the series included John Turturro as Monk's equally bonkers brother.
The series was never really edge-of-your-seat entertainment but it was always very likeable.  

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RE: 2002: BJ's Top 50 of the Year - 14/8/2012 7:34:20 PM   
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It's always awesome to see more lists, I'm looking forward to the rest!

Though if LOTR isn't #1, Gimli will hunt you down.

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RE: 2002: BJ's Top 50 of the Year - 14/8/2012 7:44:41 PM   
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I thought ChubbChubbs was pretty one joke - Das Rad should have won the Oscar IMO. I've really gotten to like Mount Head as well, possibly because I went back to it after Yamamura did Kafka. 

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RE: 2002: BJ's Top 50 of the Year - 14/8/2012 7:45:16 PM   
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48. Spider

David Cronenberg's dark and dingy psychological drama is a rather downbeat and grim affair but it does contain outstanding work from Ralph Fiennes as the former asylum patient who looks into his dark childhood and Miranda Richardson in dual roles. Not a film that is often mentioned in the director's body of work but it contains many of his regular themes such as madness and dual identities.

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RE: 2002: BJ's Top 50 of the Year - 14/8/2012 7:48:29 PM   
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It's always awesome to see more lists, I'm looking forward to the rest!

Though if LOTR isn't #1, Gimli will hunt you down.


haha, yeah I'm aware of that, I might have to go into hiding if it's not the top spot.

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RE: 2002: BJ's Top 50 of the Year - 14/8/2012 7:49:37 PM   
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I've really gotten to like Head


ChubbChubbs is ok, but I agree Das Rad was better.
Monk went on way too long
I like Spider, feels a bit Potter-ish at times.

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RE: 2002: BJ's Top 50 of the Year - 14/8/2012 7:51:33 PM   
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I've really gotten to like Head


ChubbChubbs is ok, but I agree Das Rad was better.
Monk went on way too long
I like Spider, feels a bit Potter-ish at times.


 Harry or Dennis?

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RE: 2002: BJ's Top 50 of the Year - 14/8/2012 7:52:54 PM   
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I like Spider, Fiennes is excellent and the rest of the cast Byrne, Neville and Richardson are good too. Monk’s an easy watch and has added Ted Levine.

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RE: 2002: BJ's Top 50 of the Year - 14/8/2012 7:58:16 PM   
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47. Igby Goes Down

Kieran Culkin headlines this dark comedy drama following a rich kid struggling with his place amongst his friends and family. It's a great cast with some good moments for the likes of Susan Sarandon and Jeff Goldblum and Culkin gives an excellent performance. The film struggles to get away from walking in the shadows of Catcher in the Rye and it's quite bitty at times but it's an intelligent piece of quirky filmmaking and it deserves to pick up a bit of a cult following.

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RE: 2002: BJ's Top 50 of the Year - 14/8/2012 8:05:19 PM   
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46. Dog Soldiers

This B-movie premise is given plenty of thrills by debuting director Neil Marshall. A group of soldiers led by Sean Pertwee and Kevin McKidd are attacked in the wilds of the Scottish highlands by a pack of werewolves. It's a fun enough concept and provides the opportunity for plenty of homages of films of the genre. Dog Soldiers was a nice horror movie breather from all the remakes.

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46. Dog Soldiers

This B-movie premise is given plenty of thrills by debuting director Neil Marshall. A group of soldiers led by Sean Pertwee and Kevin McKidd are attacked in the wilds of the Scottish highlands by a pack of werewolves. It's a fun enough concept and provides the opportunity for plenty of homages of films of the genre. Dog Soldiers was a nice horror movie breather from all the remakes.


Elab in 3...2...1...

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RE: 2002: BJ's Top 50 of the Year - 14/8/2012 8:24:46 PM   
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45. Lilo & Stitch

Disney's attempts to liven up their 2D animation took a turn for the odd with this quirky tale of a young Caribbean girl who adopts a strange creature. Takes a little while to get going but Stitch is such a likeable little prankster that he remains one of Disney's best creations, if admittedly the film itself isn't really off the classic status. It was certainly better than Treasure Island. The most interesting thing about this film was the post modern advertising campaign which featured Stitch causing chaos in classic Disney scenes.

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RE: 2002: BJ's Top 50 of the Year - 14/8/2012 8:25:35 PM   
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Lilo and Stitch is superb fun.

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RE: 2002: BJ's Top 50 of the Year - 14/8/2012 8:25:59 PM   
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Lilo and Stitch was great!

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RE: 2002: BJ's Top 50 of the Year - 14/8/2012 8:31:37 PM   
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44. About a Boy

Like a male version of Bridget Jones' this was an enjoyable adaptation of Nick Hornby's book. Hugh Grant and Nicholas Hoult were well cast and play the roles of bachelor about town and oddball child well and the friendship they form is genuinely heartwarming. I'm not the biggest Grant fan but he plays to his strengths here. It's not the most original of films but it's not as sappy as most British rom-coms. Great soundtrack from Badly Drawn Boy as well.

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RE: 2002: BJ's Top 50 of the Year - 14/8/2012 8:38:59 PM   
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Igby was good, Dog Soldiers wasn't. Lilo had one good joke, About a Boy didn't.

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RE: 2002: BJ's Top 50 of the Year - 14/8/2012 8:51:09 PM   
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43. 8 Mile

Curtis Hanson's body of work is a bit all over the place so it shouldn't really have came as a suprise that he was going to be directing a drama based on the life of Eminem. The singer himself takes the lead role and is surprisingly very good, showing a lot of restraint that many professional actors lack. It's an atmospheric, gritty film and leads to an exciting conclusion. A surprise hit of the year and one of those rare instances where a vehicle for a popular singer equals a pretty good film.

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RE: 2002: BJ's Top 50 of the Year - 14/8/2012 8:54:17 PM   
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About a Boy was in a list for me wasn't it? Ah no - I did the UK blurb. Includes one of most excruciating moments on film. Dog Soldiers is great. Igby needs a rewatch. Stich is a totally great Japanese monster.

I saw Spoony in something the other day but I'm blanking on what.


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RE: 2002: BJ's Top 50 of the Year - 14/8/2012 8:55:03 PM   
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Ah, I know - I finally watched Line of Duty. 

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RE: 2002: BJ's Top 50 of the Year - 14/8/2012 10:04:24 PM   
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42. Insomnia

Christopher Nolan broke into the mainstream with this moody remake of the Norwegian film. While I'm not totally convinced by Pacino's performance, Williams is suitably subdued and creepy. The real star is the director though who makes good use of the creepy Alaskan settings and uses some nifty editing techniques to show the psyche of his characters.

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RE: 2002: BJ's Top 50 of the Year - 14/8/2012 10:32:49 PM   
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His 2nd best film IMO. 

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RE: 2002: BJ's Top 50 of the Year - 14/8/2012 10:33:31 PM   
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Insomnia is one I've been meaning to see for a while.

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RE: 2002: BJ's Top 50 of the Year - 14/8/2012 10:33:59 PM   
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His 2nd best film IMO. 


Really? It's probably my least favourite. Which do you  rate higher?

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RE: 2002: BJ's Top 50 of the Year - 14/8/2012 10:43:51 PM   
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41. The Ring

The American remake of the Japanese horror works best in building up tension and atmosphere. The cinematography and soundtrack add to the mood of the film and Naomi Watts comes across as an inteliigent, believable lead (even though she's burdened with the horror cliche of having a weird kid). The film is let down by that ending though, it just doesn't have the same effect as the terrifying original. Still this remains the best remake we've had of Japan horrors that followed after the success of this one.

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41. The Ring
The American remake of the Japanese horror works best in building up tension and atmosphere. The cinematography and soundtrack add to the mood of the film and Naomi Watts comes across as an inteliigent, believable lead (even though she's burdened with the horror cliche of having a weird kid). The film is let down by that ending though, it just doesn't have the same effect as the terrifying original. Still this remains the best remake we've had of Japan horrors that followed after the success of this one.


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Not a fan of The Ring - I found it really dull.

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RE: 2002: BJ's Top 50 of the Year - 14/8/2012 10:56:27 PM   
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His 2nd best film IMO. 


Really? It's probably my least favourite. Which do you  rate higher?


Memento.


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RE: 2002: BJ's Top 50 of the Year - 14/8/2012 11:07:25 PM   
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40. Gangs of New York

Scorsese's big, bloated epic is a messy affair but when a director of his talents goes overboard it's still worth seeing. I think this would have worked better as a television series rather than a film. As it is, the production design, photography and attention to detail are outstanding and it is a very handsomly produced film. The story may be a little lacking and I don't think DiCaprio is right for the role but Day-Lewis dominates proceedings with a devilishly nasty performance as Butcher Bill. Supporting cast are all fine including the likes of John C. Reilly, Liam Neeson and Jim Broadbent. Scorsese tries to pack too much in the film but it is an extremely flawed masterpiece.

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