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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
    The very definition of a Wes Anderson film. Quirky, funny, sad and consistently creative.
2. The Incredibles
    Sheer perfection.
3. Sideways
    Funny, poignant, sad - just a wonderful, grown-up film.
4. A Very Long Engagement
    A wondrous film that makes gallows humor palatable and accentuates the absurdity and uselessness of war.
5. House of Flying Daggers
    Sumptuous both visually and aurally.
6. Garden State
    It's like Zach Braff made a movie just for me.
7. Finding Neverland
    A beautiful, wonderfully acted, solemn film.
8. Before Sunset
    Wistful, talky and real. All the hallmarks of a fantastic Linklater creation.
9. I Heart Huckabees
    I love smart, talky movies. Mark Wahlberg and Jason Schwartzman are note-perfect.
10. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
    Something wicked this way comes, indeed. Alfonso Cuarón totally gets the darkness of the Potter universe.
11. In Good Company
    I probably over-relate to the film because I'm in advertising myself, but it worked really well for me. Charming.
12. Collateral
    Stylish as a Mann film should be, but also has the substance to back it up.
13. Spider-Man 2
    Best comic book movie since Tim Burton's Batman. Deeply personal and emotionally resonant.
14. Friday Night Lights
    I love football. I love movies. I love this football movie.
15. Hero
    A gorgeous painting sprung to life. And every single picture tells a complicated story.
16. Shaun of the Dead
    Watch this zomromcom. Then import Spaced from Britain and watch that too.
17. Super Size Me
    Funny, thought-provoking and brilliant.
18. Seducing Doctor Lewis
    Utterly charming with a gentle humor.
19. Good Bye Lenin!
    Funny, charming and poignant.
20. The Manchurian Candidate
    Gripping socio-political commentary. Liev Schrieber deserves to be a much bigger star.
21. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
    Depressing and optimistic all at once.
22. Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events
    Surprisingly enjoyable, considering I think the books are only so-so. I was disappointed with the ending, though.
23. Fahrenheit 9/11
    Brutal and uncompromising, Moore's political commentary speaks volumes.
24. Kill Bill Vol. 2
    Much, much more dialogue heavy than the first film. And that's a very good thing.
25. Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story
    Possibly the funniest film since There's Something About Mary.
26. Mean Girls
    Biting, satirical look at life as a teenage girl. Heathers for a new generation.

I'll Almost Certainly Buy the DVD
27. The Terminal
    Tom Hanks is terrific in this touching character study. It's like Cast Away in an airport.
28. Monsieur Ibrahim
    Heartwarming depiction of a young Jewish boy and the Muslim man he befriends. Highly recommended.
29. Metallica: Some Kind of Monster
    Captivating look at some extraordinarily strong, creative personalities.
30. Ray
    Jamie Foxx's performance and this music make this totally worthwhile.
31. SpongeBob SquarePants
    Yeah, I love the little yellow guy. The cartoon is just so shiny.
32. The Bourne Supremacy
    Riveting spy thriller. The Bourne films are a lot more interesting than anything Bond is doing these days.
33. The Polar Express
    A charming Christmas movie that should become a holiday favorite.
34. Coffee and Cigarettes
    If nothing else, see it for Steve Coogan and Alfred Molina's segment. But Bill Murray is hilarious, too.
35. Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle
    La-aa-aaa-ap Dance!
36. The Story of the Weeping Camel
    Enchanting documentary about camels and Mongolian nomads. No, really.
37. Napoleon Dynamite
    Very weird, very strange, very amusing. A teen flick from a different mold.
38. Barbershop 2
    Just as much fun as the first one.
39. Team America: World Police
    Somewhat inconsistent, but still hilarious.
40. A Tale of Two Sisters
    A good, creepy story about a highly dysfunctional, grieving family.
41. Jersey Girl
    Not my favorite Kevin Smith film but that's faint damnation to be sure.
42. Shrek 2
    Superb animation plus laugh-out-loud humor means fun for all ages.
43. Hellboy
    The big, red guy is just so easy to love.
44. Maria Full of Grace
    An amazing performance by the lead actress, but a very difficult film to watch.
45. Thunderbirds
    Unexpectedly fun. Unabashedly strange.
46. Shaolin Soccer
    Great slapstick humor combined with impressive physical comedy.
47. The Girl Next Door
    Risky Business, part deux.
48. 13 Going on 30
    Jennifer Garner is charming as all get out in this tale of a teenager in a 30-year-old's body.
49. 50 First Dates
    Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore have a chemistry that just can't be denied.
50. Dawn of the Dead
    Two words: zombie baby.
51. I, Robot
    Smart action films are so rare in this day and age.
52. Starsky and Hutch
    Owen Wilson singing "Don't Give Up on Us Baby" is well worth the price of admission and then some.
53. After the Sunset
    Great fun all around.
54. Wimbledon
    Paul Bettany is a terrific leading man. It's not a flawless film, but it is highly enjoyable.
55. Sky Blue
    Absolutely gorgeous animation makes this film worth viewing.
56. The Grudge
    A solid little horror film. I actually followed it better than the Japanese version.
57. The Ladykillers
    Even the lesser Coen Brothers films are entertaining.
58. First Daughter
    The story is rough and the end is a mess, but the actors are all charming.
59. Anchorman
    Very quirky humor in an uproarious take on '70s local news.
60. Ocean's Twelve
    A shadow of the original, but still good fun.
61. The Motorcycle Diaries
    Gael Garcia Bernal is sooooo pretty.
62. The Perfect Score
    Much better than I'd been led to believe. Scarlett Johansson might just make any film better.
63. The Punisher
    A surprisingly solid vengeance flick.
64. The Village
    Bryce Dallas Howard is remarkable, but the film is probably Shyamalan's weakest effort to date.
65. The Notebook
    Personally devastating due to real-life circumstances, but a solid weeper.

Not Altogether Painful
66. Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow
    Pretty, but it ultimately just left me empty.
67. We Don't Live Here Anymore
    Great performances in a movie I probably won't want to see again.
68. Spartan
    Really a pretty decent, compelling mystery.
69. A Home at the End of the World
    This could have been a lot higher, but Colin Farrell's performance bugged me.
70. Strayed
    The characters are engaging and Emmanuelle Béart proves again to be a top-notch performer.
71. Walking Tall
    I like The Rock. I like Johnny Knoxville. I like Neal McDonough. It was hard not to like this film.
72. Shark Tale
    Not as bad as I feared, not nearly as good as I was hoping.
73. National Treasure
    Entertaining formula film.
74. The Door in the Floor
    A moody intimation on writing.
75. De-Lovely
    A marvelous conceit that dragged a little too much. Kline is terrific as Cole Porter.
76. Miracle
    Hockey is boring, but Kurt Russell is great.
77. The Butterfly Effect
    Better than it deserved to be.
78. Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism
    Nothing particularly earthshattering here, but worth a watch just to see the edicts that come down from the head honchos.
79. Osama
    A very stark, very depressing film about life under the Taliban.
80. Broken Lizard's Club Dread
    The Buffett jokes are worth the price of admission.
81. The Day After Tomorrow
    Plenty of Big Dumb Fun.
82. Aileen: The Life and Death of a Serial Killer
    An intriguing documentary about the real-life Monster portrayed by Charlize Theron.
83. Secret Window
    Johnny Depp hates his fans, but he's still fun in this flick. The "twist" is painfully obvious from the beginning.
84. Resident Evil: Apocalypse
    Starts out pretty rough but gains a lot of momentum toward the end.
85. Control Room
    A look at Al-Jazeera that isn't especially unbiased, but it's still interesting to see the viewpoints presented.
86. Chasing Liberty
    A formulaic little love story. Not bad as a trifle.

Generally Not So Good
87. White Chicks
    Not completely horrid, but not particularly good either.
88. Seed of Chucky
    Sort of funny.
89. The Flight of the Phoenix
    Dumb and insipid. The action isn't bad, though.
90. Enduring Love
    My biggest disappointment of the year. A pale shadow of the book.
91. L.A. Twister
    Fun effort but mostly just a trifle.
92. Ella Enchanted
    Not as bad as some other teen movies this year, but still not good.
93. Touching the Void
    Kind of a boring documentary about mountain climbing. I bet I'd like the book better.
94. Teacher's Pet: The Movie
    Ugly animation but a clever sceenplay. They don't balance that well, though.
95. Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights
    I love Diego Luna, but this flick is pretty laughable.
96. Blade: Trinity
    Just an enormous disappointment. The acting is nothing short of horrific.
97. Home on the Range
    Just a huge disappointment all around. Roseanne ruins everything.
98. Alfie
    Just a vile character played by an average actor. Yuck.
99. Against the Ropes
    Meg Ryan's accent grates through the entire film.
100. Soul Plane
    Some funny moments, but a lot more of them are just in poor taste.
101. The Clearing
    Yawn-inducing despite excellent performances from Helen Mirren, Robert Redford and Willem Dafoe.
102. Kaena: The Prophecy
    Deadly dull and not really all that impressive animation-wise, either.
103. Open Water
    Great concept and a couple of strong moments, but it made me too seasick.

I Can't Believe I Paid Real Money to See This Crap (aka the Dishonorary Jackie Chan Medallion)
104. King Arthur
    BO-RING! I do like Keira Knightley as an empowered Guinevere, though.
105. The Laws of Attraction
    Julianne Moore is just woefully miscast here.
106. Eurotrip
    Don't Tell Scotty is great, but the rest of the film is wildly uneven.
107. The Prince and Me
    Starts out okay, but the ending makes you hate Stiles and everyone involved in the project.
108. The Big Bounce
    Why must you hurt me so, Owen?
109. Around the World in 80 Days
    Jackie Chan tests my love for him every year. And this time he dragged Steve Coogan into the mess.
110. Stepford Wives
    A mess of a film with absolutely no comprehension of the concept behind the Ira Levin book and the original movies.
111. Little Black Book
    Why anyone ever decided to make their movie heroine a girl who deceitfully spies on her boyfriend is beyond me.
112. Hidalgo
    Pretty horses. Horrible film.
113. Van Helsing
    Awful music. Awful script. Awful acting. Just plain awful.
114. Torque
    It's amusing in an MST3K kind of way, but that's all.
115. A Cinderella Story
    It's a bad year for chick flicks, isn't it?
116. Alien vs. Predator
    Stilted dialogue. Noisy, noisy aliens. But hey, at least there's a love story.
117. The Forgotten
    When did Julianne Moore forget how to act, exactly?
118. Raising Helen
    So, so horrid. It feels like it might never end.
119. Along Came Polly
    There are literally no laughs in this "big comedy." Stiller is so hit or miss.
120. Taking Lives
    Stupid, stupid predictable film.
121. Catch that Kid
    Hey, kids! It's okay to steal as long as you're helping your family!
122. Never Die Alone
    This film has no redeeming qualities whatsoever. Avoid.
123. The Dreamers
    Self-indulgent pablum.
124. Two Brothers
    Vile film that shows all sorts of horrifying mistreatments of tigers. HATE.
125. Catwoman
    It's a worse year for cats than it is for chick flicks.
126. Alexander
    Just terrible.



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