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RE: 2002: BJ's Top 50 of the Year - 15/8/2012 12:18:14 AM   
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Love The Chubbchubbs, Monk's ace, Spider's great, hate Igby, Dog Soldiers's great fun, Lilo's brilliant, Grant is fantastic in About a Boy, I was surprised by how much I liked 8 Mile, Insomnia was Pacino's last attempt at acting, one scene in The Ring scared the hell out of me and Gangs is ace but would be more ace without Cameron Diaz.




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RE: 2002: BJ's Top 50 of the Year - 15/8/2012 2:33:59 PM   
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Good thread like that you are including TV and Short films too.

So far

Monk I have only seen one episode of but it seems to fil the Columbo void quite nicely

Spider 8/10
One of Cronenberg's most underrated I think.

Dog Soldiers 6/10
Just couldn't get into it.

About a Boy 7/10
Much darker than you would expect this kind of film to be and Hugh Grant does nasty but dumb well

Insomnia 8/10
Pretty spot on review it is a favourite of mine too, however I disagree about Picino's performance I thought he was wonderful in it, the way he sells his surroundings and moment when he shoots his own partner and his reaction is just heart breaking. Also what an underrated actor Martin Donovan is!

The Ring 4/10
Watts does her best but its a mess of a film and not scary in the slightest. Also BJ the second American Ring and also the remake of Dark Water are far better than this.

Gangs of New York 4/10
A part from Day Lewis the rest of the film is dull.

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RE: 2002: BJ's Top 50 of the Year - 15/8/2012 4:59:55 PM   
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39. Minority Report

Spielberg's harsh sci-fi adventure is beautifully shot in a film noir style, definitely influenced of course by Blade Runner. The action sequences are as outstanding as you would expect but the story is a little overcomplicated and the film is a lot longer than it needs to be. Still it's good seeing the director handling an adult sci-fi film. I still can't believe he just blatantly ripped off L.A. Confidential though at one point. It's not a homage, it's a rip-off.

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RE: 2002: BJ's Top 50 of the Year - 15/8/2012 5:22:48 PM   
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I really like Minority Report, though it's nowhere near Spielberg's best.

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RE: 2002: BJ's Top 50 of the Year - 15/8/2012 5:25:35 PM   
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I really don't like it and think it's aeons away from Spielberg's best

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RE: 2002: BJ's Top 50 of the Year - 15/8/2012 5:35:20 PM   
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Igby Goes Down - Great

Dog Soldiers - S'alright, miles better than The Descent

Lilo & Stitch - Alright, the females look like they've been drawn by Chris Burnham though, anatomically they're fucked. Each thigh is nearly as thick as the torso and it's something I've always found extremely distracting.

About a Boy - An easy enough watch although Grant was never right for the role.

8 Mile - I remember liking this, not seen it in probably a decade though.

Insomnia - Pretty good.

The Ring - Not as good as Ringu

Gangs of New York - I like it, Cameron Diaz sucks out the credibility of every scene she's in though.

Minority Report - If he'd had the balls to finish this film where it should have finished I'd rate it higher. The denouement fucks up the rest of the film.

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RE: 2002: BJ's Top 50 of the Year - 15/8/2012 5:39:44 PM   
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The Ring - Not as good as Ringu



It's not even as good as Pingu.

Add me to the list of Minority Report haters. Gangs is good though.

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RE: 2002: BJ's Top 50 of the Year - 15/8/2012 5:44:38 PM   
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Gangs of New York - I like it, Cameron Diaz sucks out the credibility of every scene she's in though.



I still don't understand why they cast her. I know she was a big box office draw, but Lord, she's bad in it and they must have realised.

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RE: 2002: BJ's Top 50 of the Year - 15/8/2012 6:09:01 PM   
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I love Minority Report. Easily one of Spielbergs best.

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RE: 2002: BJ's Top 50 of the Year - 15/8/2012 11:21:55 PM   
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I really like Igby Goes Down and Minority Report.

Spider is a film I want to watch, was close to buying it the other day but just have too many unwatched DVD's at the moment.

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RE: 2002: BJ's Top 50 of the Year - 16/8/2012 12:12:52 AM   
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quote:

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I love Minority Report. Easily one of Spielbergs best.




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RE: 2002: BJ's Top 50 of the Year - 16/8/2012 1:58:56 PM   
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Still to see MR it really seems to divide people through

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RE: 2002: BJ's Top 50 of the Year - 16/8/2012 2:13:33 PM   
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Eh, Minority Report was average.

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RE: 2002: BJ's Top 50 of the Year - 16/8/2012 5:33:17 PM   
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Minority Report is great, Gangs of New York is not.

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RE: 2002: BJ's Top 50 of the Year - 16/8/2012 6:35:54 PM   
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38. Catch Me if You Can

Spielberg's other film of the year is a much chirpier affair. DiCaprio gives a much more assured performance here than he did in Gangs, and this is his true starting steps to becoming one of the finest actors in the industry at the moment. Spielberg once again has a tendency to let things go on for far too long but it's generally an enjoyable if not classic Spielberg concoction. Lovely jazzy score from John Williams and the opening credits are unforgettable.

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RE: 2002: BJ's Top 50 of the Year - 16/8/2012 6:41:22 PM   
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37. Lord of the Piercing (short)

At the height of the LOTR popularity came this cheeky little short made for the MTV Movie Awards. It's daft, makes great use of the council of Elrond scene from FOTR and has Jack Black scampering around with his butt out. One of the most memorable if completely stupid shorts created for these type of ceremonies. Catch it here on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLlp8DQ608A

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RE: 2002: BJ's Top 50 of the Year - 16/8/2012 6:46:25 PM   
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36. Mike's New Car (short)

Sully and Mike return for the first short created for Pixar DVD's. I love these two characters and John Goodman and Billy Crystal provide spot-on vocals as they did with the film. Lovely animation and two of Pixar's best characters. The feature doesn't really utilize the town of Monstropolis but who cares, it's still damn funny. YouTube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pUCfsH_Opts

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RE: 2002: BJ's Top 50 of the Year - 16/8/2012 7:26:30 PM   
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Are these ranked in ascending order? If so how did Chubbs deserve the Oscar if you prefer Mike's New Car? Which I completely agree is better - if you've not been made to watch it about 30 times in a row it's actually not bad 

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RE: 2002: BJ's Top 50 of the Year - 16/8/2012 7:35:36 PM   
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Are these ranked in ascending order? If so how did Chubbs deserve the Oscar if you prefer Mike's New Car? Which I completely agree is better - if you've not been made to watch it about 30 times in a row it's actually not bad 


Ha, yeah I have seen it a good few times because of my neice. I was happy that Chubbs won the Oscar, I do like it and it's nice to see that Pixar doesn't pick up every award it gets nominated for. Even though Mike's is really the better short.

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RE: 2002: BJ's Top 50 of the Year - 16/8/2012 7:48:28 PM   
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35. Changing Lanes

When Sam Jackson gets more to do than stand around and look cool, he can be one hell of an actor. Here he sparks off Affleck well in this angry pot-boiler drama as a desperate man who has a collision with Ben Affleck's snooty lawyer. The story than delves into a tit-for-tat revenge tale and becomes a very interesting mainstream thriller that actually has something to say. Supporting cast are all excellent and this is a very Mamet-like film. A rare intelligent thriller.

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RE: 2002: BJ's Top 50 of the Year - 16/8/2012 11:08:34 PM   
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34. Chicago

The big razzle dazzle musical contains some outstanding songs and is a nice depiction of the 1920s era. Its brassy and loads of fun and the cast are all game, especially Catherine Zeta-Jones but it's not really a good enough film to have swept the board at the Oscars. In fact because this was such a good year for films the fact that this easy going flick took top honours doesn't do it any favours. The main flaw for me was that Marshall didn't really show any of his own style come the big musical numbers (they were basically how they would be performed on stage) and the transitions between the musical numbers and the drama weren't very smooth. Still, I am a fan of the film and I'm willing to put my brain on freeze to watch it every now and again.

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RE: 2002: BJ's Top 50 of the Year - 16/8/2012 11:14:58 PM   
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33. Ice Age

Creatively designed and well cast this was a nice little sleeper animated hit that provides some good laughs for all the family. It's a classic adventure tale but the setting is quite unique and John Leguizamo's vocal performance is a hoot. It's such a shame that his character has kind of been sidetracked in the sequels because he is the best thing in the movie. Oh, hang on, maybe Scrat is...

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RE: 2002: BJ's Top 50 of the Year - 17/8/2012 4:59:18 AM   
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Love Catch Me If You Can, Ice Age and Changing Lanes.

Chichagos' gone down in my estimation, mainly because I've now heard it with the great Jerry Orbach in Gere's role.

Mike's New Car is hilarous.


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RE: 2002: BJ's Top 50 of the Year - 17/8/2012 11:47:45 AM   
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32. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

It was pretty much more of the same here in the first sequel. The series didn't really get out of first gear until the next film but still this is a faithfully loyal adaptation of the book. Which may be the reason for some of its flaws, overlength for one doesn't help. The kids still haven't found their feet (especially Grint who mugs non-stop) and I'm still not too convinced by Dobby. However the film still looks fantastic, production design is wonderful and whilst we only have diluted Snape this time round we do get good work from Kenneth Branagh and Jason Isaacs. The film hints at the darkness to come.

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RE: 2002: BJ's Top 50 of the Year - 17/8/2012 11:57:40 AM   
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31. The Magdalene Sisters

Peter Mullan's heated but never frantic tale of young girls abused by the Catholic Church as they attend Magdalene Asylums. It's pretty hard to watch at times and certainly doesn't paint a flattering depiction of Catholicism but it's an unforgettable movie and Mullan gets wonderful performances from the girls.

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RE: 2002: BJ's Top 50 of the Year - 17/8/2012 12:05:32 PM   
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30. Heaven

An etheral, philosophical piece of work by Tom Tykwer and a screenplay from Krzystof Kieslowski. Cate Blanchett is radiant as the English teacher who becomes a terrorist and strikes up an unusual bond with a young policeman. It probably has more questions than answers and it does run at a lugubrious pace but it's an unusual film with a quite beautiful and unforgettable ending.

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RE: 2002: BJ's Top 50 of the Year - 18/8/2012 9:03:09 AM   
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Three good choices.

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RE: 2002: BJ's Top 50 of the Year - 18/8/2012 4:27:54 PM   
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Catch Me if You Can - Not bad

Ice Age - Decent enough

Chamber of Secrets - Watchable, better than the first. I agree Grint is annoying with his non stop mugging in the first couple of films but for me Watson is in a league of her own as far as lack of talent goes. She shows no improvement whatsoever from first film to last.

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RE: 2002: BJ's Top 50 of the Year - 19/8/2012 4:09:59 PM   
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Good choices with Catch me if you Can and The Magdalene Sisters.

Chicago was overrated but still pretty good fun with nice performances.

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RE: 2002: BJ's Top 50 of the Year - 19/8/2012 4:17:23 PM   
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Changing Lanes - watchable with mind switched off
Chicago - dreadful
Ice Age - not the best of animation but has some nice moments
HP Chamber of Secrets - very watchable, mainly for Gilderoy Lockhart
Magdalene Sisters - very good
Heaven - not very good.


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