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for Kim Hollis

Big Board Year:
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I'd See It Again Today If I Had Enough Hours
1. The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou
2. The Incredibles
3. Sideways
4. A Very Long Engagement
5. House of Flying Daggers
6. Garden State
7. Finding Neverland
8. Before Sunset
    A bittersweet and realistic follow-up to the wildly romantic, ethereal Before Sunrise, Richard Linklater's Before Sunset is just as intelligent as the original. Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke have marvelous chemistry, and much of the dialogue resonates strongly in light of real world events that have transpired in the nine years since Jesse and Celine first met for an all-too-brief encounter. The fact that the characters have grown as much as their audience is mighty impressive.
9. I Heart Huckabees
10. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
    Alfonso Cuarón was truly the ideal choice to adapt the third book in the Harry Potter series. The director, whose Y Tu Mama Tambien was a remarkable, unique coming-of-age story had a strong insight into the emotions of youth, was able to tap into the same themes but on a much more childlike level. The settings are exquisite, and the young actors have come a long way over the course of the series. Add in both Gary Oldman as Sirius Black and David Thewlis as Remus Lupin and what results is a movie that is unafraid to delve into the dark recesses author J.K. Rowling explored.
11. In Good Company
12. Collateral
13. Spider-Man 2
    The film is everything a superhero movie ought to be. It has terrific action scenes to pump the adrenaline, character development to help the viewer connect to the hero, and a villain whose sinister motivations are truly inspired in their lunacy. With trademark Raimi humor interspersed throughout, it easily stands as both a great comic book film and also just a wonderful movie in every sense.
14. Friday Night Lights
15. Hero
    Although Hero is the very definition of “eye candy,” the film isn’t an just empty vessel with lots of pretty pictures. Instead, director Yimou skillfully combines the beauty of an impressionist painting with a story reminiscent of Shakespeare for a sweeping epic that never feels overblown or exaggerated.
16. Shaun of the Dead
17. Super Size Me
    Perhaps the greatest compliment I can give this film is that I know of at least five people who have seen it that have changed their eating habits (and improved their health) as a result. I'm sure he'd be happy if he changed just one person's life, though.
18. Seducing Doctor Lewis
19. Good Bye Lenin!
20. The Manchurian Candidate
21. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
    Jim Carrey gives a heart wrenching performance in this very wise ode to love in its many forms. Questions regarding memory, natural attraction and deception all combine for an extremely bright, thought-provoking piece.
22. Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events
23. Fahrenheit 9/11
    I laughed, I cried. No, really, it's true. When Moore's polemic is on the offensive with regards to Bush's record and abilities, it's almost sitcom-esque in its humor. The controversial director changes approaches quickly, though, when looking at the Iraq conflict through the eyes of the soldiers. As someone with a family member in Iraq, it did affect me deeply even as I knew the film was somewhat manipulative.
24. Kill Bill Vol. 2
    Quentin Tarantino's dialogue is like bullets coming from a machine gun. And it's wildly entertaining, to boot. Gordon Liu practically steals the whole film as Pai Mei, though.
25. Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story
    I laughed at this movie. A lot. Ben Stiller is really funniest when he immerses himself in roles such as this one and Derek Zoolander, and Vince Vaughn has just a phenomenal ability to deadpan. There are a number of cameos that are very well used, but perhaps the best comedic actor in the film is Jason Bateman, who embraces the dumbness of a washed up X-Games athlete with glee.
26. Mean Girls
    I was once a teenage girl, which means that this film is essentially targeted squarely at me and my ilk. I frequently overidentified with a lot of the stuff that was going on in the film, because really, every female-type person who has ever been between the ages of 13 and 18 has been a Mean Girl herself. It's inexplicable, but true.

I'll Almost Certainly Buy the DVD
27. The Terminal
28. Monsieur Ibrahim
29. Metallica: Some Kind of Monster
30. Ray
31. SpongeBob SquarePants
32. The Bourne Supremacy
33. The Polar Express
34. Coffee and Cigarettes
35. Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle
36. The Story of the Weeping Camel
37. Napoleon Dynamite
38. Barbershop 2
39. Team America: World Police
40. A Tale of Two Sisters
41. Jersey Girl
42. Shrek 2
43. Hellboy
44. Maria Full of Grace
45. Thunderbirds
46. Shaolin Soccer
47. The Girl Next Door
48. 13 Going on 30
49. 50 First Dates
50. Dawn of the Dead
51. I, Robot
52. Starsky and Hutch
53. After the Sunset
54. Wimbledon
55. Sky Blue
56. The Grudge
57. The Ladykillers
58. First Daughter
59. Anchorman
60. Ocean's Twelve
61. The Motorcycle Diaries
62. The Perfect Score
63. The Punisher
64. The Village
65. The Notebook

Not Altogether Painful
66. Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow
67. We Don't Live Here Anymore
68. Spartan
69. A Home at the End of the World
70. Strayed
71. Walking Tall
72. Shark Tale
73. National Treasure
74. The Door in the Floor
75. De-Lovely
76. Miracle
77. The Butterfly Effect
78. Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism
79. Osama
80. Broken Lizard's Club Dread
81. The Day After Tomorrow
82. Aileen: The Life and Death of a Serial Killer
83. Secret Window
84. Resident Evil: Apocalypse
85. Control Room
86. Chasing Liberty

Generally Not So Good
87. White Chicks
88. Seed of Chucky
89. The Flight of the Phoenix
90. Enduring Love
91. L.A. Twister
92. Ella Enchanted
93. Touching the Void
94. Teacher's Pet: The Movie
95. Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights
96. Blade: Trinity
97. Home on the Range
98. Alfie
99. Against the Ropes
100. Soul Plane
101. The Clearing
102. Kaena: The Prophecy
103. Open Water

I Can't Believe I Paid Real Money to See This Crap (aka the Dishonorary Jackie Chan Medallion)
104. King Arthur
105. The Laws of Attraction
106. Eurotrip
107. The Prince and Me
108. The Big Bounce
109. Around the World in 80 Days
110. Stepford Wives
111. Little Black Book
112. Hidalgo
113. Van Helsing
114. Torque
115. A Cinderella Story
116. Alien vs. Predator
117. The Forgotten
118. Raising Helen
119. Along Came Polly
120. Taking Lives
121. Catch that Kid
122. Never Die Alone
123. The Dreamers
124. Two Brothers
125. Catwoman
126. Alexander



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