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The Big Board
for Kim Hollis

Big Board Year:
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1. Once
    A movie to be treasured. Celebrates the power of music to bring people together, and has a song in 5/4 time!
2. Juno
    I simply loved this film. Ellen Page is spectacular and the story offers some surprises.
3. Ratatouille
    Wonderful, wonderful filmmaking. Remy is an adorable character and the story is a delight. Ranks among the very best of Pixar.
4. Michael Clayton
    An intelligent, complex drama that keeps the viewer on her toes. Tom Wilkinson is amazing.
5. Stardust
    The more I reflect on this movie, the more I realize I really love it.
6. Knocked Up
    Seth Rogen is hilarious and sweet. This is a film I'll enjoy again and again. God bless Judd Apatow.
7. The Bourne Ultimatum
    Satisfying end to a magnificent trilogy. This new breed of action film is the gold standard.
8. Hot Fuzz
    Simon Pegg, Edgar Wright and Nick Frost have done it again. Action films get their just desserts in hilarious fashion.
9. The Simpsons Movie
    As a Simpsons fan, I was predestined to love it, but it exceeded my expectations by far.
10. Atonement
    A lush period piece with fine performances from Knightley and McAvoy. And yes, 'the shot' is every bit as impressive as advertised.
11. No Country for Old Men
    A near-perfect adaptation of the Cormac McCarthy novel. Not for the faint-hearted, though.
12. Waitress
    Sweet and charming. Adrienne Shelley will be missed.
13. Meet the Robinsons
    A charming movie with a wonderful message. Ideal viewing for families.

Top Notch
14. Blades of Glory
    I, uh, love Will Ferrell. And I *really* love him in this.
15. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
    Harry seems to find his way onto my top list every year. These movies are all just golden.
16. Gone Baby Gone
    It has some serious flaws, but is thought-provoking and memorable.
17. Superbad
    Hilarious. Not as perfect as I hoped, but hilarious.
18. Live Free or Die Hard
    This movie gave me the same lovin' feeling that the original Die Hard did. A blast.
19. Zodiac
    An excellent script and strong performances make this one of the better films of the year.
20. Sunshine
    Falls apart at the end, but otherwise is an amazing science fiction film.
21. Bridge to Terabithia
22. 1408
    A suspenseful, entertaining horror flick that is as much about writing as it is about scary stuff.

Engaging and Entertaining
23. Catch and Release
    This is a surprisingly tender film, with nice chemistry between Garner and Olyphant.
24. Astronaut Farmer
    An uplifting story that is well acted and original.
25. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
    Rollicking fun and a fitting end to the trilogy. It's great to have Geoffrey Rush back.
26. Music & Lyrics
    A lot more fun than it has any right to be. Worth seeing just for Pop Goes My Heart.
27. The Darjeeling Limited
    As a Wes Anderson fan, it breaks my heart to put this film here. I suspect I will like it better on a rewatch, though.
28. I Am Legend
    While I like the film and recommend it to others (on IMAX), it is not a movie I will ever want to see again.
29. Pride
    I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this, but then again I really like Terrence Howard.
30. Ocean's Thirteen
    A huge improvement over Ocean's Twelve. It was wise to go back to focusing on the caper.
31. Fracture
    Fine performances make it worthwhile, especially Ryan Gosling.
32. The Lookout
    A pretty solid caper film. Joseph Gordon-Leavitt is a fine young actor.
33. Transformers
    If it had been two hours of Optimus Prime, I would have been riveted. Unfortunately, there were a bunch of humans in the film.
34. Spider-Man 3
    I actually quite enjoyed it, probably because it reminded me of the more slapsticky stuff from Sam Raimi's past. Bruce Campbell steals the show, though.
35. 30 Days of Night
    A solid vampire movie that builds on the simple plot of the graphic novel.
36. TMNT
    Better than I was expecting. I'd watch it again.
37. Resident Evil: Extinction
    Not as bad as I was fearing. Lowered expectations help.

38. Shooter
    Mark Wahlberg does as much as he can, but it's a little uber-violent for me.
39. Breach
    It's a compelling story, but the pace is plodding and dull. Great performances from Cooper and Phillippe, though.
40. Bee Movie
    Very blah for the most part.
41. I Think I Love My Wife
    I love Chris Rock, but not his movies.

I promised myself a break from bad movies this year. So why did I see this?
42. The Last Mimzy
43. The Ex
    Why, Zach Braff? Why?
44. Vacancy
    Yuck. Never make me watch Luke Wilson in peril again. Unless it's funny.
45. Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
    Just...horrible. They even managed to neuter Johnny Storm. The unholy trio of Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba and Julian McMahon are an abomination.
46. Smokin' Aces
    Just a mess, and a barely watchable one at that.
47. Ghost Rider
    I only watched a few minutes before I couldn't take any more.
48. The Number 23
    Would The Number 23 live to kill another day? Could I be bothered to care?



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