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The Big Board
for Les Winan


Big Board Year:
2008
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2009
2007
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2005
2004

Choose the size of the Big Board:
Small (just the list)
Medium (quick bullet points)

Top shelf
1. The Dark Knight
    Absolutely fantastic. Lives up to and passes Batman Begins. All praise of Ledger is deserved, but Eckhart is the real surprise.
2. Rachel Getting Married
    Outstanding from start to finish, the film doesn't assume the audience is stupid, trusts the actors and delivers completely. Anne Hathaway deserves all the praise she has been getting and more.
3. WALL•E
    Phenomenal in every way.
4. Iron Man
    Everything you could ask for in a superhero movie. Robert Downey Jr. is perfect.
5. Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist
    Charming, romantic and funny. Outstanding.
6. Forgetting Sarah Marshall
    Jason Segal ably carries a film that, while by no means perfect, is full of laughs and a lot of fun to watch. Great work by Mila Kunis and Kristen Bell as well.
7. The Wrestler
    Mickey Rourke is fantastic as advertised.
8. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
    Beautifully shot and acted, thought-provoking if a little long.
9. Milk
    Genuinely interesting even when it drags a bit in the middle. I predict Sean Penn will win an Oscar.
10. It Might Get Loud
    Terrifically entertaining window into three rock gods.
11. The Damned United
    Michael Sheen may be the most underappreciated actor working.
12. Zack and Miri Make a Porno
    Kevin Smith is always funny and the movie's content keeps it from feeling too sweet. Some odd choices though that make me wonder if it's time he let someone else at least edit his films.
13. Role Models
    Hilarious from start to finish. You can really feel Paul Rudd's influence over the script.
14. Ghost Town
    Very, very funny. It's a shame Gervais' first starring role was so poorly marketed.

Middle shelf
15. Tropic Thunder
    Consistantly funny and thankfully not totally focused on Ben Stiller. Robert Downey Jr. is phenomenal.
16. Shine a Light
    Non-Stones fans will be a bit disappointed by the set list, but Scorcese has made the best-looking, best-sounding concert film ever.
17. Body of Lies
    Thought-provoking, well-acted with nice action scenes but ultimately I'm not sure what it was about.
18. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
    It's well-made, the acting is good and it looks pretty. Something of the wit, energy and fun is missing from the first three. Better on second viewing without the weight of expectations.
19. Burn After Reading
    The Coens never disappoint even if they aren't perfect. Predictably cold and unsentimental. To be clear, that's not a bad thing.
20. Hamlet 2
    Ridiculous but still pretty awesome.
21. Get Smart
    Well-paced and funny throughout. A satisfying action comedy.
22. The Incredible Hulk
    Leaps and bounds better than the Ang Lee version, but something's still missing. At least we got a "HULK SMASH!" out of the deal.
23. Hellboy II: The Golden Army
    Visually stunning but generally uneven.
24. Wanted
    A lot of fun if a bit too stylized. A capable and relatively faithful (at least in spirit) adaptation. Ultimately full of sound and fury signifying nothing.
25. Step Brothers
    Moments of absolutely hilarity among the total randomness. I appreciate how far they were willing to go even if it never quite makes sense.
26. Be Kind Rewind
    Clever and charming in a ramshackle sort of way. The plot is surprisingly formulaic.

Bottom shelf
27. Cloverfield
    The concept is interesting, but it eventually feels a little dull. Maybe if half the dialogue wasn't
28. Vicky Cristina Barcelona
    It's interesting right up until you realize it wasn't really about anything. More annoying the second time around.
29. Happy Go Lucky
    More like Crappy Go Sucky. More annoying than charming.
30. Semi-Pro
    Disappointing on a variety of levels. Just not funny. Highly uneven tone and pacing.
31. Twilight
    I'm not the target audience, but this is a shitty, shitty movie.



     


 
 

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