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The Big Board
for Kim Hollis


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2008
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I'd hold a boombox over my head for this movie.
1. WALL•E
    It's a movie I will watch again and again. I would never ever have believed a robot could make me cry, but...
2. Slumdog Millionaire
    The more I reflect on it, the more I love this film. There's something for everyone here.
3. The Dark Knight
    Everything you can ever hope for in a comic-based film and more. In fact, it's more an excellent crime film. Heath Ledger's performance is for the ages.
4. Iron Man
    It's not just a great superhero movie. It's an amazing movie in its own right and nearly perfect to boot.
5. Bolt
    I'm surprised to realize on reflection that I liked this even more than Kung Fu Panda. This movie is special.
6. Kung Fu Panda
    Wonderfully animated, consistently enjoyable and completely heartwarming. See it now if you can.
7. Frost/Nixon
    It's a great cat-and-mouse film with a lot more tension than you would expect. Both Langella and Sheen are fantastic.
8. Rachel Getting Married
    Really nicely structured. Much is revealed in very subtle ways.
9. In Bruges
    Just a marvelous script, and really well acted. And I don't even like Colin Farrell.
10. Milk
    It made me want to know more about all of the real-life characters. That's the sign of a good film. James Franco is a revelation.

This movie is great. It gives me hope.
11. The Bank Job
    A terrific caper flick full of grit and toughness. Top notch, but if you don't like 'em dark, be forewarned.
12. The Forbidden Kingdom
    A charming movie that makes kung fu friendly for kids. It's clear everyone is having a blast, and you can't help but smile as you're watching.
13. The Wrestler
    A good sports movie that really seems to understand the world of professional wrestling. Rourke is indeed terrific, but I've been touting his talent for the past few years anyway.
14. Tropic Thunder
    The funniest movie I've seen in a long time. Downey has two stellar performances in this calendar year.
15. Forgetting Sarah Marshall
    Very funny, and feels very akin to Knocked Up in the best possible way.
16. Vicky Cristina Barcelona
    I just like Woody's movies these days. I still think it's a shame more people didn't love Scoop as much as I did.
17. Hellboy II: The Golden Army
    I loved that del Toro took this into a fantasy world. It's a movie with a really great heart and I admire it for that.

This movie and I are friends. With potential.
18. Doubt
    Some really fine performances from Adams and Hoffman. Streep is overrated, but I do like the multi-leveled themes.
19. Speed Racer
    I'm totally against the grain on this one. It perfectly recaptures the spirit of the original series and is shiny in the best possible way.
20. Get Smart
    It's not perfect, but it is a lot of fun, which is all you really need from a movie like this.

I would probably loan my copy of 'Hey Soul Classics' to this movie.
21. Run Fatboy Run
    It's pretty scattershot, but Simon Pegg is always fun and I dig Dylan Moran.
22. Shine a Light
    Magnificently filmed, even if the Stones are a little creaky. Keith Richards is horrifying in close-up.
23. The Duchess
    There's some interesting political intrigue in there, but it is a little overwrought.
24. Hancock
    It moves a little too quickly, but it's generally solid entertainment.
25. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
    True to the spirit of the series, it's fun even if it's ludicrous.
26. Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay
    Maybe not as good as the first film, but still pretty darned funny. I'd totally love Neil Patrick Harris if he weren't playing Barney on How I Met Your Mother.

I'd give this movie a pen.
27. Charlie Bartlett
    It starts off being kind of engaging, but goes to a bad place. I love the kid who played Murphy, though.
28. Cloverfield
    I liked the idea more than the execution. But at least it didn't make me motion sick.

This movie deserves to be dissed in the Malibu.
29. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
    Surprisingly average - and creepy. It's bloated and dull a lot of the time, with a really fine performance from Taraji P. Henson.
30. Choke
    I just don't know what to do with this movie. I kind of hate it, but I really like Sam Rockwell in it.
31. The Pineapple Express
    A big disappointment. James Franco is the only bright spot.
32. The Reader
    Totally undeserving of any award nominations. I love Kate Winslet and I still say this.
33. The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
    I was mostly bored throughout this film.
34. 21
    Pretty blah, though not really as bad as I had expected it to be.
35. Eagle Eye
    It has some cool bits, but is mostly stupid.

I've written 65 songs. They're all about pain. And this movie.
36. Quantum of Solace
    I haven't been this bored in a movie since The Mummy: Curse of the Dragon Emperor. And there was no Jet Li to redeem it.
37. Gran Torino
    I should have counted the number of times I rolled my eyes during this movie. It would have been...a lot.
38. The Ruins
    I thought the book did an inventive job of turning the horror genre on its head. How, then, does a movie with the screenplay written by the author seem so totally generic?
39. The X-Files: I Want to Believe
    I wanted to believe that they could have come up with something better than this.
40. The Spiderwick Chronicles
    Immature and childish. I can't imagine anyone over the age of nine watching this and thinking it's good in any way.
41. War, Inc.
    Just drudgery to watch.
42. Wanted
    Grim, nihilistic and predictable. I have not been able to understand any of the love this movie has received.
43. Semi-Pro
    Aggressively unfunny.



     


 
 

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