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RE: 2002: BJ's Top 50 of the Year - 22/8/2012 5:31:11 AM   
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All good choices, especially Perdition and Gone Nutty. About Schmidt is probably the best thing Jack Nicholson's done in 30 years.

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RE: 2002: BJ's Top 50 of the Year - 22/8/2012 11:05:49 AM   
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12. 28 Days Later

A very believable zombie movie from Danny Boyle which gave the sub-genre a much needed boost. It's a raw, terrifying film that is beautifully shot on digital camera and well performed from the main cast lead by Cillian Murphy's everyman. The shots of abandoned London are iconic. Great electro-soundtrack as well.

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RE: 2002: BJ's Top 50 of the Year - 22/8/2012 11:13:13 AM   
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Bubba Ho-Tep is wonderfulness
Road to Perdition - couple of good performances, pretty but no backbone
Hero - even prettier and fun to watch
Equilibrium - mindless tosh
About Schmidt - I like but 30 years is too long and his best was immediately before this IMO
28 Days Later - like


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RE: 2002: BJ's Top 50 of the Year - 22/8/2012 11:36:08 AM   
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11. The Bourne Identity

An intelligent action thriller that is just as concerned about the characters humanity and inner turmoil as it is about the bone-crunching fist fights. Director Doug Liman came to the material as a breath of fresh air and his also gave a boost to the spy genre. Matt Damon perfectly embodies the amnesiac spy and it's hard not to feel sorry for the poor sod. He has great chemistry with Franka Potente and the romance angle is well played and unforced. The whole film benefits from being very character and plot driven but not to the expense of the action because that aspect is thrilling, especially that outstanding car chase.

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RE: 2002: BJ's Top 50 of the Year - 22/8/2012 1:03:42 PM   
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A few of these I have not seen.

About Schimdt 6.5/10 - Second time around left me a bit cold, just didn't find it as funny or moving as some.

28 Days Later 9/10 - A visionally horror masterpiece and Boyle's second best ever film.

The Bourne Identity 6.5/10 - Solid but unremarkable. Damon had not yet grown into that role.

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RE: 2002: BJ's Top 50 of the Year - 22/8/2012 1:37:46 PM   
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10. All or Nothing

A rather bleak drama from Mike Leigh who puts aside the comical characterisations for this grim look at three families struggling to get by in London. The cast are excellent as you would expect from an ML film with regular contributors Timothy Spall, Ruth Sheen and Lesley Manville all performing well. James Corden also gives a very good early performance as the lazy son of Spall and Manville. It's a bit hard going this one it put it pulls an emotional punch and the denouement makes it all worthwhile.

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RE: 2002: BJ's Top 50 of the Year - 22/8/2012 3:49:27 PM   
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9. Infernal Affairs

A complex game of cat and mouse drives this cop thriller as a mole is planted on both sides of the police department and a Triad gang. At times confusing just because the film moves so fast but its a completely riveting film and the two stars are particularly excellent. The film of course went on to create sequels, prequels and remakes but that's because the original is so damn good. One of the finest films to come from Hong Kong in a long time.

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RE: 2002: BJ's Top 50 of the Year - 22/8/2012 3:57:24 PM   
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Punch Drunk Love - Amazing

Bowling For Columbine - Mostly very good

Phone Booth - Not too bad, Farrell puts in a good performance

Bubba Ho Tep - Brilliant

About Schmidt - Very good, Nicholson's last good performance (off the top of my head)

Road To Perdition - Unconvincing. Newman is fantastic though

Hero - Very pretty and very good

Equilibrium - Vacuous but entertaining

28 Days Later - Great first half, awful second half

The Bourne Identity - Very good indeed

Infernal Affairs - Stunning. It's aided by a distinct lack of Nicholson.

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RE: 2002: BJ's Top 50 of the Year - 22/8/2012 4:46:22 PM   
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8. The Pianist

Roman Polanski's return to form is an emotionally draining look at one man's survival during WWII. Adrien Brody is magnificent in a very difficult role portraying a man who is just trying to survive without making him look like a coward but just working on his natural instinct to survive. The production design is all immaculate and the violence when it comes is intense. A raw uncompromising film which deservedly picked up a few Oscars but notoriously didn't deserve the two stars awarded by Empire.

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RE: 2002: BJ's Top 50 of the Year - 23/8/2012 12:01:28 AM   
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I love 28 Days Later, Boyle's best by a mile. Bourne Identity is great, probably my favourite of the franchise (no shaky cam!), All or Nothing is a brilliant as you'd expect from Mike Leigh, Infernal Affairs if OK and The Pianist is Polanski's best film.

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RE: 2002: BJ's Top 50 of the Year - 23/8/2012 7:42:15 AM   
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Roman Polanski's return to form is an emotionally draining look at one man's survival during WWII. Adrien Brody is magnificent in a very difficult role portraying a man who is just trying to survive without making him look like a coward but just working on his natural instinct to survive. The production design is all immaculate and the violence when it comes is intense. A raw uncompromising film which deservedly picked up a few Oscars but notoriously didn't deserve the two stars awarded by Empire.


Two stars?! Geez...

The Pianist is very, very good and Brody is superb in it, though it's a film that I have no desire to see again.

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RE: 2002: BJ's Top 50 of the Year - 23/8/2012 1:08:07 PM   
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7. Spun

Perhaps not unfairly criticised for being a Requiem for a Dream knock-off, but this plays like a black comedy version. It's full on energetic craziness in what has become a bit of a cult hit in music video director Jonas Akerland's tale of crystal meth addicts. It's a grungy, grotty film with some loveably sleazy performances from the likes of John Leguizamo, Brittany Murphy and Mickey Rourke. It has moments that don't work but overall I think it's an enjoyably trashy movie.

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RE: 2002: BJ's Top 50 of the Year - 23/8/2012 1:17:34 PM   
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6. The Hours

A beautifully constructed chamber piece that portrays the lives of three women from different decades who are linked in some way by the novel Mrs. Dalloway. The performances in this film are outstanding, they should really show this film in drama schools as it is like a masterclass in screen acting. Philip Glass's haunting score adds to the somber feel of the film. Although the film is about depression it is not a resolutely bleak film but the love shared between the relationships of the characters make it very heartfelt. A gorgeous piece of work.

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RE: 2002: BJ's Top 50 of the Year - 23/8/2012 1:27:40 PM   
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5. The Twilight Samurai (2002)

A quietly effective drama following one samurai's attempts to look after his daughter and mother during changing times in rural Japan. The film is slow and meditative, much like the lead character. An unfortunate chain of events forces our hero to reach for his sword once again as it reaches an exciting climax. This is a refreshingly different look into the life of a samurai, he is poverty stricken, widowed and burdened with responsibilities. It's like the samurai version of Unforgiven... but better.

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RE: 2002: BJ's Top 50 of the Year - 23/8/2012 1:48:32 PM   
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Not seen Spun. I bet many on here will not like that The Hours is so high. I love it. Twilight samurai is pure brilliance.

This list has made me happy so far. Please don't make me sad by having TTT outside of the top spot!

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RE: 2002: BJ's Top 50 of the Year - 23/8/2012 1:54:47 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Gimli The Dwarf

Not seen Spun. I bet many on here will not like that The Hours is so high. I love it. Twilight samurai is pure brilliance.

This list has made me happy so far. Please don't make me sad by having TTT outside of the top spot!


What makes you think it's even made the list?

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RE: 2002: BJ's Top 50 of the Year - 23/8/2012 1:56:26 PM   
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If it wasn't I'd curl up into a ball and cry. You wouldn't want that to happen surely?!




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RE: 2002: BJ's Top 50 of the Year - 23/8/2012 2:42:39 PM   
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ORIGINAL: Gimli The Dwarf

If it wasn't I'd curl up into a ball and cry. You wouldn't want that to happen surely?!





let's just see shall we....

 

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RE: 2002: BJ's Top 50 of the Year - 23/8/2012 2:48:32 PM   
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4. Far From Heaven

Todd Haynes throwback to the '50s melodrama is so much more than just a kitsch parody that it so well could have been in the wrong hands. It's a magnificently balanced homage of the style of the genre of film and truthful emotion. The style is the same but the subject matter is very modern as the film looks at racism and homophobia and how it was dealt with through those years. Haynes directing is magnificent and is never style over substance and he is supported by a devastating performance from Julianne Moore. The supporting cast are equally fine but Moore pulls off a really difficult role with grace. Stunning movie.

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RE: 2002: BJ's Top 50 of the Year - 23/8/2012 6:12:05 PM   
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Fantastic film.

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RE: 2002: BJ's Top 50 of the Year - 23/8/2012 7:46:37 PM   
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3. Adaptation

Spike Jonze and Charlie Kaufman's mind boggling follow-up to Being John Malkovich is a post modern masterpiece. Nicolas Cage is excellent in dual roles as Kaufman and his imaginary twin brother whilst Chris Cooper and Meryl Streep are loads of fun in support. The script is pure genius as it comments on Hollywood blockbusters and writer's block as Kaufman attempts to adapt an unadaptable novel to the screen. It's a very, very clever film and the final section is just off the wall bonkers. Love Carter Burwell's score as well.

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RE: 2002: BJ's Top 50 of the Year - 23/8/2012 7:48:38 PM   
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Really love Adaptation, even The Streep works for me.

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RE: 2002: BJ's Top 50 of the Year - 23/8/2012 7:58:46 PM   
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2. City of God

Fernando Meirelles' explosive look at the gang wars over three decades in Rio de Janiero is a mesmerizing, unfogettable movie. A film that fires straight into the action and never lets go. There is a mosaic of different characters on show but it never gets confusing despite the unknown cast and jumping between time lines. Adapted from a sprawling novel, Meirelles really has made quiet the masterpiece. Its a necessarily violent film and an angry snapshot of poverty in Brazil. A sweeping, crime epic to challenge Goodfellas and The Godfather to being the best of its kind.

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RE: 2002: BJ's Top 50 of the Year - 23/8/2012 8:18:59 PM   
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Adaptation is Great

City of God was film of the year, in what was a pretty damn good year for film, for me. I was lucky enough to catch it on the big screen at the only showing of it within 100+ miles of me (one showing on a Wednesday afternoon in Cineworld on what might have been my birthday actually) and it absolutely blew me away. It continues to astound me each time I watch it. It's an amazing film.

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RE: 2002: BJ's Top 50 of the Year - 23/8/2012 8:27:12 PM   
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1. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

The brilliant middle section of the LOTR trilogy is one hell of a film! I think this is the film I have seen the most at the cinema as I was totally engulfed by the LOTR phenomenon and this along with ROTK is the most anticipated film in my lifetime. It certainly didn't disappoint. From that explosive opening where we are taken back to the battle with the Balrog to that terrifying beautiful final shot it's a film that just blows me away time and time again.
The cast are all excellent and it feels harsh pointing people out but Bernard Hill and Brad Dourif were especially good new additions, Viggo Mortensen stepped up even further as Aragorn and the work between the CGI team and Andy Serkis is nothing short of phenomenal.
With the greatest battle sequence of all time in Helm's Deep this is a thoroughly rousing, exciting piece of escapism cinema and one of my all time favourites!

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RE: 2002: BJ's Top 50 of the Year - 23/8/2012 9:36:42 PM   
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Great choices for the top 3. I wish Nicholas Cage would stop making lots of shitty films and pick more interesting roles like Adaptation.

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RE: 2002: BJ's Top 50 of the Year - 23/8/2012 11:35:11 PM   
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Top 50 of 2002
 
  1. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
  2. City of God
  3. Adaptation
  4. Far From Heaven
  5. The Twilight Samurai
  6. The Hours
  7. Spun
  8. The Pianist
  9. Infernal Affairs
  10. All or Nothing
  11. The Bourne Identity
  12. 28 Days Later
  13. Equilibrium
  14. Hero
  15. Road to Perdition
  16. About Schmidt
  17. Bubba Ho-Tep
  18. Gone Nutty
  19. Phone Booth
  20. 25th Hour
  21. Bowling for Columbine
  22. Punch-Drunk Love
  23. One Hour Photo
  24. Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
  25. Solaris
  26. Secretary
  27. The Good Girl
  28. Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance
  29. 24 Hour Party People
  30. Heaven
  31. The Magdalene Sisters
  32. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  33. Ice Age
  34. Chicago
  35. Changing Lanes
  36. Mike's New Car (short)
  37. Lord of the Piercing (short)
  38. Catch Me if You Can
  39. Minority Report
  40. Gangs of New York
  41. The Ring
  42. Insomnia
  43. 8 Mile
  44. About a Boy
  45. Lilo & Stitch
  46. Dog Soldiers
  47. Igby Goes Down
  48. Spider
  49. Monk (TV series)
  50. The Chubbchubbs! (short)

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RE: 2002: BJ's Top 50 of the Year - 23/8/2012 11:37:54 PM   
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RE: 2002: BJ's Top 50 of the Year - 23/8/2012 11:42:52 PM   
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Five worst films of 2002:

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There's a bunch of hours of my life I will never get back...

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RE: 2002: BJ's Top 50 of the Year - 24/8/2012 12:02:30 AM   
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Five things I need to see before doing this list again:
 
 
 
 
 
 
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