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  1. 1998 Results Worldwide Box Office 1. Armageddon $553,709,788 2. Saving Private Ryan $481,840,909 3. Godzilla $379,014,294 4. There's Something About Mary $369,884,651 5. A Bug's Life $363,398,565 Best Film Oscar: Shakespeare in Love Best Film BAFTA: Shakespeare in Love Not the best top ten in what is a pretty poor year overall. 3rd at the box office is Roland Emmerich's, mega hyped and god awful Godzilla with Matthew Broderick and Jean Reno. 4th is The Farrelly Brothers comedy, There's Something About Mary with Ben Stiller and Cameron Diaz – not sure if it holds up today, but it was very funny at the time. 5th is Pixar's second film, A Bug's Life which is pretty good, but not top tier Pixar by any means. 6th is Armageddon's more serious Asteroid competitor, Deep Impact which is alright. 7th is Disney's Mulan with Eddie Murphy. 8th is Eddie Murphy again in Doctor DoLittle. 9th is surprise Oscar and BAFTA Best Film winner (thanks to the Weinstein's campaigning), Shakespeare in Love with Gwyneth Paltrow getting Best Actress Oscar and Judy Dench Best supporting. 10th is Lethal Weapon 4 as Mel Gibson and Danny Glover are too old for this shit trying to fight Jet Li. Some good and perhaps unseen gems this year with Gregory Hoblit directing Denzil Washington and John Goodman in Fallen. Jake Kasdan directs Billman and Ben Stiller in Zero Effect. Stephen Sommers directs monsters on a boat flick, Deep Rising and David Mamet directs Steve Martin in The Spanish Prisoner. Morgan Freeman and Christian Slater star in the dreadful, Hard Rain. Spice World was a thing. Ben Affleck was the bomb in Phantoms. Michael Keaton and Andy García take Desperate Measures. Alfonso Cuarón directs Ethan Hawke and Gwyneth Paltrow in Great Expectations. Cate Blanchett wins Best Actress at the BAFTAs and Globes as Elizabeth with Geoffrey Rush win Best Supporting as BAFTAS. Gary Oldman writes and directs the very hard hitting drama, Nil By Mouth with Ray Winstone and Kathy Burke. Antoine Fuqua directs Chow Yun-fat, Mira Sorvino in The Replacement Killers. John Goodman and Jim Broadbent star in The Borrowers. Barry Levinson directs Dustin Hoffman and Sharon Stone in Sphere. Stuart Baird directs a sort of sequel to The Fugitive as Tommy Lee Jones returns in U.S. Marshals with Wesley Snipes and Robert Downey Jr. Leonardo DiCaprio was The Man in the Iron Mask. Mike Nichols directs John Travolta not playing Bill Clinton in Primary Colors with Emma Thompson. John McNaughton directs Neve Campbell, Denise Richards and Matt Dillon in Wild Things. Neil Jordan directs Stephen Rea in The Butcher Boy. Bruce Willis and Alec Baldwin star in Mercury Rising. Stphen Hopkins directs William Hurt and Matt LBlanc in Lost in Space. Hulk Hogan is in 3 Ninjas: High Noon at Mega Mountain! Nicolas Cage and Meg Ryan star in City of Angels. Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau made a sequel with The Odd Couple II. Natasha Henstridge and Michael Madsen were also back in Species II Ewan McGregor and Patricia Arquette star in Nightwatch. Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd star in The Object of My Affection. Christopher Walken and Denis Leary are Suicide Kings. Gwyneth Paltrow and John Hannah do alternate realities in Sliding Doors. Rob Bowman directs David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson as Mulder and Scully reach the big screen in The X-Files. Joe Dante directs the good fun Small Soldiers with Kirsten Dunst and Tommy Lee Jones. Liam Neeson and Geoffrey Rush star in Les Misérables. Warren Beatty directs himself in Bulworth. Robert Redford directs himself and Kristin Scott Thomas in The Horse Whisperer. Christina Ricci starred in The Opposite of Sex with Lisa Kudrow and Vincent Gallo’s Buffalo 66. Michael Douglas and Gwyneth Paltrow starred in a Hitchcock remake with A Perfect Murder. Rachel Weisz and Anna Friel were The Land Girls. Mike Myers went to 54. Harrison Ford and Anne Heche spend Six Days, Seven Nights. John Landis directs Dan Aykroyd and John Goodman in Blues Brothers 2000. Martin Campbell directs Antonio Banderas and Anthony Hopkins in The Mask of Zorro which everyone went to see because of the Phantom Menace trailer beforehand, little realising that watching the trailer and then this fun action adventure film would turn out to be a significantly more enjoyable experience than any subsequent trips to the cinema to watch something Star Wars related for a very long time. Jeremy Irons and Dominique Swain stars in Lolita. Lindsay Lohan and Dennis Quaid start a remake of The Parent Trap. The South Park boys, Trey Parker and Matt Stone star in David Zucker’s BASEketball. Jamie Lee Curtis returns to fight Mike Myers in Halloween H20: 20 Years Later. Nicolas Cage rolls Snake Eyes. Before Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jnr and Sam Jackson it was Ralph Fiennes, Uma Thurman and Sean Connery as The Avengers in this terrible box office bomb based on the 60s TV show. Angela Bassett stars in How Stella Got Her Groove Back. Stephen Norrington directs Wesley Snipes in Blade as we get some Marvel R rated vampire killing. Neil LaBute directs Aaron Eckhart and Catherine Keener in Your Friends & Neighbors. Terry Gilliam directs Johnny Depp and Benicio del Toro in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Alex Proyas directs Kiefer Sutherland and Jennifer Connelly in Dark City Woody Allen, Gene Hackman and Sylvester Stallone are Antz. Stanley Tucci directs himself and Oliver Platt in The Impostors. Will Ferrell has A Night at the Roxbury. Robin Williams and Cuba Gooding Jnr star in What Dreams May Come. Eddie Murphy was Holy Man. Jennifer Tilly is Bride of Chucky. Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman practice some Practical Magic. Brian Singer adapts a Stephen King short story as Ian McKellen stars in Apt Pupil and Bill Condon directs McKellen and Brendan Fraser in Gods and Monsters. Gary Ross directs Tobey Maguire and Jeff Daniels in Pleasantville. Kurt Russel was a Soldier. John Carpenter sends James Wood to fight Vampires. Bill Condon directs Ian McKellen and Brendan Fraser in Gods and Monsters. Denzil Washington and Bruce Willis were in The Siege. Todd Haynes directs Ewan McGregor and Jonathan Rhys Meyers in Velvet Goldmine. Adam Sandler was The Waterboy. Jennifer Love Hewitt ran from the fisherman (or whoever it was) in I Still Know What You Did Last Summer. Martin Brest directs Brad Pitt and Claire Forlani in Meet Joe Black .Darren Aronofsky makes his directorial debut with Pi. Woody Allen directs loads of people in Celebrity. James Cromwell is in Babe: Pig in the City. Peter Berg directs Cameron Diaz, Jon Favreau and Christian Slater in black comedy, Very Bad Things. For some reason Gus Van Sant decides to make a shot for shot remake of Psycho with Ann Heche and Vince Vaughan. Michael Keaton is a snowman in Jack Frost. Jonathan Frakes directs himself and the rest of the next gen crew in Star Trek: Insurrection. John Boorman directs Brendan Gleeson and Jon Voight in The General. Val Kilmer and Ralph Fiennes for animation in The Prince of Egypt. Nora Ephron re-unites Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan for You've Got Mail. John Travolta takes part in A Civil Action. Robert Rodriquez gives us High School/The Thing mash-up, The Faculty with Josh Harnett. Bill Paxton and Charlie Theron hung out with Mighty Joe Young. Robin Williams was Patch Adams. Julia Roberts was a Stepmom with Susan Sarandon. 1 Point Jane Horrocks has a Little Voice in this adaptation of the stage play she starred in. Michael Caine got a best supporting actor Globe for his supporting role. Sam Raimi directs Bill Paxton and Billy Bob Thornton in his very good crime thriller, A Simple Plan. Kim Jee-woon makes his directorial debut in South Korean comedy horror, The Quiet Family. John Dahl directs Matt Damon, Edward Norton and John Malkovich in poker flick, Rounders. Whit Stillman directs Chloe Sevigny and Kate Beckinsale in The Last Days of Disco 2 Points Hiroshi Shimizu directs Japanese black comedy, Suicide Bus. Tony Scott directs Will Smith and Gene Hackman in a fun action thriller, Enemy of the State. Spike Lee directs Denzil Washington in basketball joint, He Got Game. F. Gary Gray directs Samuel L. Jackson and Kevin Spacey in The Negotiator. 3 Points Shinya Tsukamoto directs and stars in Japanese black & white crime drama, Bullet Ballett. Todd Solondz directs Jane Adams and Philip Seymour Hoffman in dark comedy drama, Happiness. John Frankenheimer directs Robert De Niro, Jean Reno and Sean Bean in car chasetastic action thriller, Ronin. Biggest film at the box office is Michael Bay's bloated, but not without its charm (mainly thanks to an excellent comedic supporting cast), asteroid blockbuster, Armageddon with Bruce Willis and Ben Affleck. 4 Points Hideo Nakata directs Nanako Matsushima and Hiroyuki Sanada in horror video tape film, Ringu which was a massive hit in Japan and at the time the biggest ever horror film at the box office. Terrence Malick returns after a twenty year absence to direct all the actors in Hollywood in WW2 drama, The Thin Red Line. Sean Penn, Jim Caviezel, Nick Nolte and George Clooney are a few of the actors to star and it was heavily nominated at the Oscars. Frank Coraci directs what is probably the most popular Adam Sandler comedy as he stars in this 80’s nostalgia trip with Drew Barrymore in The Wedding Singer. 6 Points Tom Tykwer directs Franka Potente and Moritz Bleibtreu in very fast paced, German thriller, Run Lola Run. Brett Ratner has a hit teaming Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker in buddy cop comedy, Rush Hour. Steve Soderbergh’s Out of Sight should be a lot higher in this poll as George Clooney and Don Cheadle star in this terrific adaptation of an Elmore Leonard crime novel. Stylish, cool and funny with an excellent performance from Jennifer Lopez in one of her first acting role who then just made shit rom-coms until last year’s Hustlers. If you haven’t seen in then get watching. 7 Points Wes Anderson writes (with Owen Wilson) and directs his great, quirky comedy, Rushmore with Jason Schwartzman, Olivia Williams and the beginning of his collaboration with an excellent Bill Murray. 11 Points Tony Kaye and/or Edward Norton directs American History X with Norton starring alongside Edward Furlong. Despite its troubled post production, it is a very good film and takes a hard hitting look at racism in the U.S 12 Points Steven Spielberg directs Tom Hanks, Edward Burns and Matt Damon in WW2 drama, Saving Private Ryan. It won best Director Oscar for Spielberg (and at the Globes where it also won best film). It also took second place at the box office. The film never lives up to its opening depiction of the D-Day landings, but as that happens to be one of the most impressive (and harrowing) battle scenes (and opening scenes) ever put to film then it was always going to struggle. It is very good, but not an out and out classic, but Hanks and Spielberg would go onto produce Band of Brothers which is exceptionally good and begin a partnership in films as well. 3rd Place 13 Points Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. Guy Richie makes his directorial debut with violent, foul mouthed crime comedy, Lock, Stock and 2 Smoking Barrels. It’s an enjoyable, multiple converging storyline blast around the back streets of London with a cast that somehow works despite it including singers, footballers and bare knuckle fighters with Vinny Jones gaining a Hollywood career and Jason Statham making his big screen debut. 2nd Place 16 Points The Truman Show Peter Weir directs Jim Carrey in the Truman Show. Weir won a Best Director BAFTA for this cracking tale of a man unaware he stars in the ultimate reality TV show. Carrey is brilliant alongside Ed Harris and Laura Linney. Its clever, funny and engaging throughout and while we haven’t got to Truman Show level reality TV yet, it turned out to be very prophetic. 1st Place 36 Points The Big Lebowski Joel and Ethan Coen direct Jeff Bridges and John Goodman in The Big Lebowski. GLB sums it up nicely “It's not the Coen's best film, but it is probably their most enduring, remaining immensely quotable over twenty years after it was released. But good films aren't just a bunch of quotes strung together, even if that's what the film's detractors might say; Lebowski is a dreamlike, sedated crime thriller wrapped up in a lackadaisical comedy, led by one of the greatest pieces of casting in recent memory: Jeff Bridges is The Dude. A man more concerned with the status of his rug than kidnap, nihilists and the affairs of the real Big Lebowski. John Goodman and Steve Buscemi provide brilliant support, Goodman particularly unhinged as flawed friend Walter Sobchak. Funny, poignant and more-than-a-little-quirky, Lebowski is about so much and yet nothing at all”
  2. I think a couple of placings in 98 are going to be controversial to some.
  3. I'd strongly disagree, but would normally say each to their own - but "universally terrible" is a hot take and then some even if you are arguing they are terrible when compared to 'good' animation that you do like. Don't watch something like The Queen's Corgi because if you think Inside Out is shit compared to a Ghibli film then Corgi will cause you to smash every screen you own with a hammer and then burn down every cinema in your vicinity.
  4. 1997 Results Worldwide Box Office 1. Titanic $1,843,201,268 2. The Lost World: Jurassic Park $618,638,999 3. Men in Black $589,390,539 4. Tomorrow Never Dies $333,011,068 5. Air Force One $315,156,409 Oscar Best Picture: Titanic BAFTA Best Picture: The Full Monty 1st at te box office is Titanic. A disaster movie that looked to be a disaster as problems on set and a massive budget over-run turned into one of the biggest films of all time as everyone went to see what is a very overlong, clunky love story with a massive impressive disaster spectacle ending. It made Leonardo Di Caprio and Kate Winslet into massive stars and its box office haul wouldn’t be beaten until Cameron made Avatar. It also won a ‘boat’ load of Oscars including Best Film and Director for Cameron. 2nd is Stephen Spielberg directing Jurassic Park 2: The Lost World as Vince Vaughan, Jeff Goldblum and Julianne Moore run from dinosaurs in a mixed sequels with some great bits and some stupid bits (especially the ending). 4th is more Bond with Tomorrow Never Dies. 5th is Wolfgang Peterson directing Harrison Ford as the president fighting Gary Oldman on a plane in Air Force One. 7th is Jim Carrey being a Liar, Liar. 8th is Julia Roberts and Cameron Diaz in My Best Friend’s Wedding. Judie Dench won a BAFTA and a Globe for Mrs Brown. Simon West directs the 2nd of Nicholas Cage’s action trilogy in 96/97 as he co-stars with John Cusack, John Malkovitch and Steve Buscemi in the great, over the top action thriller, Con Air which wouldn’t be the best or most bonkers action film Cage would release this year. Robert Young directs John Cleese re-uniting the Fish Called Wanda Cast in Fierce Creatures. Oliver Stone directs Sean Penn and Jennifer Lopez in U Turn. Clint Eastwood directs himself and Gene Hackman in Absolute Power. Betty Thomas directs Howard Stern in Private Parts. John Irvin directs Harvey Keitel and Stephen Dorff in City of Industry. Alan J. Pakula directs Harrison Ford and Brad Pitt in The Devil’s Own. There are two Jean-Claude Van Damme’s in Double Team. Joaquin Phoenix and Liv Tyler were Inventing the Abbotts. Val Kilmer was The Saint. Jennifer Lopez and Ice Cube deal with an Anaconda. Chevy Chase took a Vegas Vacation. Eddie Murphy was in Metro. Tim Allen and Martin Short went Jungle 2 Jungle. Leslie Nielsen is Mr. Magoo. Wesley Snipes had to deal with a Murder at 1600. Mira Sorvino and Lisa Kudrow star in Romy and Michele's High School Reunion. Tommy Lee Jones fought the Volcano while Pierce Brosnan went to Dantes Peake. Mike Myers has a hit with Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery. Jonathan Mostow directs Kurt Russell and J.T Walsh in a good little thriller, Breakdown Meg Ryan and Matthew Broderick were Addicted to Love. Jan De Bont directs Speed 2: Cruise Control with Keanu Reeves was right to not star in, but Sandra Bullock did return. Jean-Pierre Jeunet directs Sigourney Weaver and Winona Ryder in Alien Resurrection which was the 4th film in the franchise and rubbish, but nowhere near as rubbish as the 4th outing for the caped crusader in the dreadful, Batman and Robin. Brendan Frasier was George of the Jungle. Martin Lawrence and Tim Robbins had Nothing to Lose. Sam Jackson dealt with a One Eight Seven. Neil LaBute directs Aaron Eckhart being a bastard In the Company of Men. Jennifer Aniston was Picture Perfect. Michael Jai White was Spawn. Richard Donner directs Mel Gibson and Julia Roberts in Conspiracy Theory. Paul W. S. Anderson directs Laurence Fishburne and Sam Neill in horror sci-fi, Event Horizon. Shaquille O'Neal was Steel. Ridley Scott directs Demi Moore in G.I. Jane. Mira Sorvino deals with a Mimic. Alicia Silverstone and Benicio del Toro had Excess Baggage. Franz Oz directs an adaptation of Tom Hank’s Oscar speech as Kevin Kline and Matt Dillon star In & Out. Lee Tamahori directs Anthony Hopkins, Alec Baldwin and Bart the Bear in The Edge. Mimi Leder directs the first Dreamworks film as George Clooney and Nicole Kidman star in The Peacemaker. Morgan Freeman and Ashley Judd star in an Alex Cross adventure in Kiss the Girls. Brad Pitt spent Seven Years in Tibet. Mel Smith directs Rowan Atkinson in a big screen outing for Bean. Hackford directs Keanu Reeves, Al Pacino and Charlize Theron in The Devil’s Advocate. An American Werewolf in Paris was an un-needed sequel. Wes Craven directs Scream 2 which stared the original cast and Sarah Michelle Gellar who also appeared in I Know What You Did Last Summer which began the post Scream teen slasher revival. Danny Boyle has a mis-fire with Ewan McGregor and Cameron Diaz in A Life Less Ordinary. Dustin Hoffman and John Travolta went to Mad City. Bruce Willis was The Jackal. Bill Murray was The Man Who Knew Too Little. Don Bluth directs Anastasia. Clint Eastwood directs Kevin Spacey and John Cusack in Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. Francis Ford Coppola directs Matt Damon and Claire Danes in The Rainmaker. Robin Williams dealt with Flubber and had a Father’s Day with Billy Crystal. Steven Spielberg directs Morgan Freeman and Anthony Hopkins in slave drama, Amistad. There was a Home Alone 3. Nathan Lane and Lee Evans went on a Mouse Hunt. 1 Point Robert Zemeckis directs Jodie Foster, Matthew McConaughey and James Woods in intelligent sci fi, Contact. Wong Kar-wai directs Leslie Cheung and Tony Leung in Hong Kong romantic drama, Happy Together. Roberto Benigni writes, directs and stars in holocaust drama, Life is Beautiful which was a surprise hit at the box office and would win Benigni a Best Actor Oscar (a year later). Peter Cattaneo directs a big British comedy hit as Robert Carlyle and Mark Addy do The Full Monty which was 10th at the Global box office and won Carlyle and Tom Wilkinson BAFTAS as well as Best Picture. 2 Points Kevin Smith writes and directs what is possibly his best film as Ben Affleck, Joey Lauren Adams and Jason Lee star in romantic comedy, Chasing Amy. James Mangold directs a heavyweight cast as Sylvester Stallone, Harvey Keitel, Robert De Niro and Ray Liotta star in Copland, notable for Stallone playing against his usual action He-man role. David Fincher’s third film is an enjoyable thriller as Michael Douglas is forced to play The Game by Sean Penn. Woody Allen directs himself, Billy Crystal and Kirstie Alley in Deconstructing Harry. Japanese animated thriller Perfect Blue which Benny describes as “an entirely different animated prospect. Possibly the late Satoshi Kon's greatest work. It's not for the faint hearted, but this is about as far from "anime" bollocks as it get”. Takeshi Kitano writes, directs and stars in Japanese crime flick, Hanna Bi 3 Points Luc Besson directs Bruce Willis and Gary Oldman in out there Sci-Fi, The Fifth Element which was 9th at the box office. I recall being disappointed with it at the time, partly because Chris Tucker was annoying. 4 Points Nicholas Cage’s third consecutive and great action film of 96/97 is the best (and most mental of the three) as John Woo directs Cage and John Travolta swapping faces and having great fun playing each other and shooting things in Face Off. 5 Points James L. Brooks directs both Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt to best actor/actress Oscars with a big (6th at the box office) comedy hit in As Good As It Gets. Andrew Nicol directs Ethan Hawke and Jude Law in Gattaca. marlonharewood says “the message about the power of the human spirit over genetics really resonated with me. Added benefit that it told a sci-fi story that could very much come into current reality”. 3rd at the box office is Barry Sonnefeld directing Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones in enjoyable sci-fi comedy Men in Black as Smith was at the peak of his stardom both on screen and in the charts. 6 Points Mike Newell directs Al Pacino and Johnny Depp in the excellent undercover cop/gangster film, Donnie Brasco which I feel gets underlooked a bit of all the great crime flicks on the nineties. Depp and Pacino are both excellent here. Gus Van Sant directs Ben Affleck and Matt Damon’s Oscar winning screenplay in Good Will Hunting as they both star in a film that would begin their ascent in Hollywood and Robin Williams wins best supporting actor for his performance in the film. 8 Points David Lynch gives us Lost Highway starring Bill Pullman and Patricia Arquette. 10 Points George Armitage directs John Cusack, Minnie Driver and Dan Aykroyd in this high school re-union hitman comedy, Grosse Point Blank which is absolutely brilliant. Clever, funny, great dialogue and some cool action. Akroyd’s last great role and Cusack is excellent as the lead. 12 Points Paul Thomas Anderson writes and directs his second movie as Mark Wahlberg, Julianne Moore, Burt Reynolds and lots of other actors do porn in the excellent Boogie Nights. Reynolds won a Golden Globe, but rejected the film. It is very very good and began Anderson’s run of excellent, varied movies that continues to this day. 13 Points Quentin Tarantino directs Jackie Brown which is considered by some as his best film: this blaxpotation crime flick adapted from Elmore Leonard’s novel, Rum Punch. Pam Grier and Robert Forster get the Tarantino career revival magic alongside Sam Jackson, Robert De Niro and Michael Keaton (who would re-appear as his FBI character in another great crime flick next year). It has the expected great soundtrack and is slower paced than his previous movies. Nick R says "This is the favourite Tarantino film of all those fans who were disappointed by what they see as Tarantino's retreat from adult filmmaking and into B-movie exploitation shlock. Personally I don't hold that opinion, but it is one of my favourite films of his. (It also features one of the most effective, non-gimmicky uses of split-screen I've ever seen.)" 3rd Place 16 Points Princess Mononoke Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Gibli give us Princess Mononoke – Benny says “If I had to make a snap judgement on the best Ghibli film ever made, I think I would go for this one. It is certainly the most epic, and just breathlessly incredible. 2nd Place 17 Points Starship Troopers Paul Verhoeven directs an extremely enjoyable sci fi with a fairly no name cast that has a B movie feel (leading it to be dismissed as a bad film when it isn’t).It also happens to be a clever satire of fascism. Casper Van Dien and Denise Richards star in this very violent tale of bug extermination that is Verhoeven’s third great sci fi film after Robocop and Total Recall. 1st Place 24 Points L.A. Confidential Curtis Hanson directs this adaptation of a James Elroy novel and it is up there as one of the very best crime films (or just films) of the decade Well paced despites its multiple characters and converging storylines. Kim Basinger wins Best Supporting Actress at the Oscars in what is the only significant female role as Kevin Spacey, Danny DeVito and James Cromwell are excellent alongside 2 Aussie actors in their breakthrough roles as Russell Crowe and Guy Pearce are the films two protagonists.
  5. Just seen this at the cinema- not much more to add than its brilliant and go in cold if you can.
  6. A nice break from watching Cardiff draw every League game tonight and instead got to watch them throw away a 2 goal lead to draw after 90 minutes then throw away another lead to draw after extra time 3-3 and then pathetically lose the shoot out 4-1.
  7. Deadline for this is tonight. Only 21 voters so get voting as quite a lot of top 3 spots up for grabs!
  8. 2010 1. The Social Network 2. Toy Story 3 3. Scott Pilgrim vs The World. 2011 1. Cabin in the Woods 2. Captain America: The FIrst Avenger 3. The Guard 2012 1. Avengers Assemble 2. 21 Jump Street 3. Dredd 2013 1. Philomena 2. The Worlds End 3. The Wolf of Wall Street 2014 1. Whiplash 2. Big Hero 6 3. Edge of Tomorrow
  9. 1996 Results Two films completely dominate this year’s results with everything else getting into double figures – not that there aren’t some very good films, but it isn’t a patch on the previous year in terms of quality although we do get a few notable summer blockbusters and a few iconic classics. Worldwide Box Office 1. Independence Day $817,400,891 2. Twister $494,471,524 3. Mission: Impossible $457,696,359 4.The Rock $335,062,621 5. The Hunchback of Notre Dame $325,338,851 Oscar Best Picture: The English Patient BAFTA Best Picture: The English Patient 2nd at the box office is Twister as Jan De Bont directs Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton chasing crazy weather. 5th is Disney doing the Hunchback of Notre Dame. 6th is Disney doing live action remakes, long before they started doing live action remakes as Glenn Close and Bill Pullman star in 101 Dalmatians. 7th is Ron Howard's decent thriller as Mel Gibson stars in Ransom. 8th is Eddie Murphy beginning his love of fat suits in The Nutty Professor. 10th is Arnie and a cool, futuristic gun in Eraser. Alan Parker directs Madonna and Antonio Banderas in musical, Evita which won a Golden Globe for the film and Madonna. Geoffrey Rush bagged all the Best Actor awards for Shine. John Sayle directs Chris Cooper and Kris Kristofferson in the excellent, Lone Star. Demi Moore and Alec Baldwin star in The Juror and Moore also stars in the panned, Striptease. Ridley Scott directs Jeff Bridges in White Squall. Ted Demme directs Matt Dillon and Natalie Portman in Beautiful Girls. John Woo directs John Travolta and Christian Slater in Broken Arrow. Al Pacino went to City Hall. The Wayans brothers do gangster spoof in Don’t Be a Menace….. Adam Sandler writes and stars in his first lead role in Happy Gilmore. Tim Curry stars with Kermit in Muppet Treasure Island. Stephen Frears directs Julia Roberts in Mary Reilly. Robert Redford and Michelle Pfeiffer got Up Close & Personal. Michael J Fox was Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco. Stuart Baird directs decent action flick Executive Decision with Kurt Russell and Steven Seagal. Sharon Stone stars in Diabolique. Ben Stiller and Patricia Arquette in Flirting with Disaster. Spike Lee directs Girl 6 and Get on the Bus. Martin Lawrence directs and stars A Thin Line Between Love and Hate. Lee Tamahori directs Nick Nolte and Melanie Griffith in Mulholland Falls. Jean-Claude Van Damme directs and stars in The Quest. Janeane Garofalo and Uma Thurman learnt The Truth About Cats & Dogs. Neve Campbell was a witch in The Craft. Sam Jackson starred in The Great White Hype. David Schwimmer was The Pallbearer. Charlie Sheen does sci-fi with The Arrival. Rob Cohen directs Dennis Quaid and Sean Connery as a dragon in Dragonheart. Billy Zane was The Phantom. Ben Stiller directs Jim Carrey and Matthew Broderick in The Cable Guy. John Travolta was Michael, a Phenomenon and a Broken Arrow. Denzil Washington and Meg Ryan face Courage Under Fire. Harold Ramis directs Michael Keaton and Andie MacDowell in Multiplicity which is no Groundhog Day. A real parade of rubbish here: Pauly Shore was in the Bio-Dome. Chris Farley was a Black Sheep. Kelsey Grammer was in Down Periscope. Steve Martin was Sgt. Bilko. Pamela Anderson in comic adaptation, Barb Wire. Leslie Nielsen in Spy Hard. The Farrelly brothers direct Woody Harrelson, Randy Quaid and Bill Murray in Amish bowling movie comedy, Kingpin. Keanu Reeves and Morgan Freeman star in a not very good, Chain Reaction. Reeves also stars opposite Cameron Diaz in Feeling Minnesota. Danny Devito directs himself, Mara Wilson and a terrifying Pam Ferris in a very good adaptation of Roald Dahl's Matilda. We also got a James and The Giant Peach this year. Francis Ford Coppola has a bit of a disaster with Jack starring Robin Williams. John Carpenter directs Kurt Russell returning as Snake as he tries to Escape from L.A, but it doesn’t really work. John Frankenheimer directs Marlon Brando and Val Kilmer in an absolute disaster, which I remember there being a very good article about in Neon(?), in The Island of Dr. Moreau. Tony Scott directing Robert De Niro and Wesley Snipes sounds great, but The Fan wasn’t very good. Ron Shelton directs the likeable Kevin Costner sports comedy, Tin Cup. Tim Pope directs The Crow: City of Angels. Shelley Long and Gary Cole are back in A Very Brady Sequel. Jean-Claude Van Damme takes the Maximum Risk. Bruce Willis is Last Man Standing in William Hill’s mediocre remake of Yojimbo. Anthony Hopkins was Surviving Picasso. Danny Aiello and Teri Hatcher spent Two Days in the Valley. Hugh Grant and Gene Hackman took Extreme Measures and Hackman went to The Chamber with Chris O’Donnell. Tom Hanks makes his directorial debut with music comedy, That Thing You Do! Michael Douglas and Val Kilmer face The Ghost and the Darkness. Neil Jordan directs a decent biop of Michael Collins as Liam Neeson and Alan Rickman star. Bill Murray is Larger Than Life. Baz Luhrmann directs Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes in Romeo + Juliet. Barbara Streisand directs and stars in The Mirror Has Two Faces with Jeff Bridges. Bill Murray, Michael Jordan and Bugs Bunny star in Space Jam. Nicholas Hytner directs Daniel Day-Lewis and Winona Ryder in The Crucible. Billy Bob Thornton directs and stars in Sling Blade. Rob Cohen directs Stallone in Daylight. Denzel Washington and Whitney Houston star in The Preacher's Wife. Mike Judge directs Beavis and Butt-Head Do America. Rob Reiner directs Alec Baldwin and Whoopi Goldberg in Ghosts of Mississippi. Michelle Pfeiffer and George Clooney have One Fine Day. 1 Point Renny Harlin directs a Shane Black script as Geena Davis and Sam Jackson share a The Long Kiss Goodnight in this enjoyable action flick. Goldie Hawn and Diane Keaton are part of The First Wives Club Jonathon Frakes directs the best of the Next Gen films, as Patrick Stewart and friends do some time travel and battle the Borg in Star Trek: First Contact. Peter Jackson directs Michael J Fox in great horror comedy The Frighteners which would be Fox’s last lead role on the big screen as he moved to TV and began to battle Parkinsons. Joel Schumacher does a good job of adapting John Grisham’s A Time To Kill with a extremely loaded cast including Sandra Bullock, Sam Jackson, Kevin Space and Matthew McConaughey. Steve Buscemi writes, directs and stars in Trees Lounge alongside Chloe Sevigny and Anthony LaPaglia in this dark comedy/drama. Emily Watson stars alongside Stellan Skarsgard in Lars Von Trier’s Breaking the Waves which won the Grand Prix prize at Cannes. Paul Thomas Anderson makes his directorial debut with Hard Eight starring Philip Baker Hall, Gwyneth Paltrow and John C Reilly in this gambling crime drama. Richard Gere faced Primal Fear as Edward Norton won a Golden Globe for his performance in this legal/crime thriller. 2 Points The Wachowskis direct erotic crime thriller, Bound with Gina Gershon, Jennifer Tilly and Joe Pantoliano, Anthony Minghella wins Best director at the Oscars for The English Patient which won Best Picture at all three of the major awards shows. Juliette Binoche nabs Best Supporting Actress at the Oscars as well. Ralph Fiennes and Kristin Scott Thomas also star. Matthew Bright directs Reese Witherspoon and Keifer Sutherland in this crime thriller based on Little Red Riding Hood, Freeway. Mike Nichols directs Robin Williams, Nathan Lane and Gene Hackman in hyper farce, The Birdcage. Brenda Blethyn took home a Golden Globe and a BAFTA for her performance in Mike Leigh's Secret and Lies. Robert Rodriquez directs a Quentin Tarantino script in From Dusk till Dawn which, at first, gives us George Clooney in this first lead role showing why he would become a massive star and Tarantino showing why he needed to stick to directing in this crime flick that then turns into a bonkers horror movie. Great fun. Leon Gast directs the story of Ali vs Foreman’s Rumble in the Jungle in this great, Oscar winning documentary, When We Were Kings. 3 Points Miloš Forman wins Best director at the Globes as Woody Harrelson, Courtney Love an d Edward Norton star in The People vs. Larry Flynt. Ack, Ack, Ack, Tim Burton, Ack, Ack, Ack Mars Attacks Ack Ack Jack Nicholson Ack Glenn Close Ack, Ack, Ack. Stanley Tong directs Jackie Chan in Police Story 4: First Strike which is Chan’s highest grossing film in Hong Kong. Arnie tries to buy Buzz Light…..TurboMan in Jingle All the Way as he battles with Sinbad and Phil Hartman (in one of his last movies before his death) in this Christmas shopping comedy. Roland Emmerich directs the smash hit disaster movie, Independence Day which was heavily hyped and was not just the bigeest film of the year, but the 3rd highest grossing film of the 90s. Will Smith is turned into a big screen star alongside Bill Pullman and Jeff Goldblum. Its flawed and probably doesn’t hold up too well today, but as a cinema experience in 1996 it was great. 4 Points Cameron Crowe directs Tom Cruise to a Golden Globe and Cuba Gooding, Jr a best supporting actor Oscar in his excellent sports/rom-com flick, Jerry Maguire which was also a big hit at the box office (9th world-wide) 5 Points Barry Levinson directs an all-star cast in book adaptation, Sleepers with Kevin Bacon, Robert De Niro and Dustin Hoffman amongst others in this harrowing tale. 6 Points Wes Craven directs Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox and David Arquette in Scream which managed to revitalise, redefine and lampoon the near dead teen slasher flick genre with a clever, funny and scary meta horror. Its legacy mainly became a massive influx of mainly crap teen slasher films (and endless sequels) that carried on the tropes of 80s, but it was a landmark film in the middle of the decade. Brian De Palma directs Tom Cruise, Jon Voight and Ving Rhames in Mission Impossible. A big box office hit (3rd), it proved to be a great year for Cruise and, this very enjoyable action thriller would eventually become a franchise that would go from strength to strength (ignoring the sequel). A very memorable beginning and some great set pieces it would prove to be De Palma’s last decent film. 8 Points Michael Bay directs Nicholas Cage and Sean Connery fight Ed Harris on The Rock. Another action box office hit (4th) that was very good and began a 3 film run of great, increasingly bonkers, action films for Cage. 3rd Place 9 Points Swingers Doug Liman directs, but this is Jon Favreau’s baby (and it is money) as he writes and stars in this effortlessly cool and funny story of aspiring Hollywood actors on the pull that would begin his and co-star, Vince Vaughan real Hollywood journeys. Great soundtrack, very funny and a great video game scene. Can’t go wrong. 9 Points for third place and then a massive jump in points for the top 2. 2nd Place 35 Points Trainspotting Danny Boyle directs his second film, adapting Irvine Welsh’s tale of Scottish Heroin addicts and it is a brilliant, iconic British film of the 90s. Ewan McGregor stars alongside Kelly McDonald and a terrifying performance by Robert Carlisle. Another great soundtrack, some very memorable scenes and it turned McGregor into a massive star. 1st Place 39 Points Fargo The Cohen brothers directs what is probably their most mainstream and recognised film with Fargo which won them Best Director at the BAFTAs and Best Actress for Frances McDormand as she tries to solve the mystery of some homicides in freezing cold Minneapolis in a perfect blend of crime thriller and black comedy with William H Macy and Steve Buscemi co-starring.
  10. Klopp’s saying he won’t manage the replay and no senior players will play as they are on their winter break. What nonsense - why did the FA schedule this winter break nonsense when replays might happen and would Liverpool have the same attitude if they were playing Man United? 5th round is midweek instead of Saturday as well for some reason.
  11. Bloody Cardiff fail to beat Reading reserves for our 8th draw in 10 games and now I face three home games in 8 days, all evening kick offs and they’ll probably all be shit 1-1 draws (until we lose the cup replay on penalties).
  12. Who wants to feel old? The baby below is Henry Wise at the 2000 FA Cup Final He just came on as a substitute against Tranmere for Watford.
  13. Saw this tonight and very much enjoyed it. Very Violent, extremely over the top and funny and also importantly taking the piss out of itself when the plot kicked in a bit too much. Thats two decent Will Smith movies in a week for me as Spies in Disguise was good fun as well.
  14. 10 participants so far. Currently - 2010 and 2012 have a couple of front runners that I'd expect to finish top three, but its all very close. 2011 currently has one film out in front and I couldn't hazard a guess what will finish top 3 in 2013/2014 at the moment as it could be anything.
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