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  1. 10 users have voted so far and a placeholder by @SeanR Hopefully we can get similar numbers to the last one (29). Votes are spread very, very evenly for a lot of years so far.
  2. That's all the results for Part 1 of this Poll. Go here to vote in Part 2 I'll go stat crazy once 2005 to 2009 is done and do some overall results for the decade stats.
  3. 2004 Results Worldwide Box Office 1 Shrek 2 $919,838,758 2 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban $796,668,549 3 Spider-Man 2 $783,766,341 4 The Incredibles $633,019,734 5 The Passion of the Christ $611,899,420 Best Picture – OSCAR: Million Dollar Baby Best Picture – BAFTA: The Aviator The Aviator – Martin Scorsese still doesn’t bag a Best Director at the Oscars with this pretty good story of Howard Hawks with Leonardo DiCarpio and Cate Blanchet starring, but it did win best film at the BAFTAs. Jamie Fox wins the Oscar for Ray. Michael Moore directed Fahrenheit 9/11. Mike Nicholls directs Jude Law and Julia Roberts in Closer; Law was also Alfie and in Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow. Zhang Yimou directs House of Flying Daggers. Dreamworks also had the third biggest animated film of the year with the forgettable, Shark Tale. Mel Gibson has a massive and controversial hit with The Passion of the Christ with Jim Caviezel as Jesus. Guillermo del Toro directs Ron Perlman as Hellboy. David O Russell directs Dustin Hoffman in I Heart Huckabees and Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet were Finding Netherland. Loads of big budget/high profile films that were at best average or just poor including Brad Pitt and Eric Bana in Troy; Roland Emmerich directing Dennis Quaid and Jake Gyllenhaal in poor CGI Wolves and ice that chases people around a library disaster movie; The Day After Tomorrow; Jonathon Demme directs Denzil Washington in The Manchurian Candidate; M. Night Shyamalan directs Joaquin Phoenix in The Village; Oliver Stone directs Colin Farrell in Alexander. Worst of all was Steven Soderbergh directing Ocean’s Twelve which is the only film I’ve ever walked out of the cinema in the middle of the film. A poor copy of the original at first before it turns into meta, self-indulgent stupidity of the highest order. Biggest grossing comedy of the year was Jay Roach directing Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller in Meet the Fockers. John Hamburg directs Ben Stiller and Jennifer Aniston in Along Came Polly; Ice Cube returns in Barbershop 2; Todd Phillips teams Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson in Starsky and Hutch; Bruce Willis and Matthew Perry re-teams for The Whole Ten Yards; Jennifer Garner was Thirteen going on Thirty; Elisha Cuthbert was The Girl Next Door; Vince Vaughan and Ben Stiller duke it out in DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story. Zach Braff directed himself and Natlie Portman in Garden State and Paul Bettany and Kirsten Dunst in the terrible, Wimbledon plus Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle. Ashton Kutcher and Amy Smart deal with the Butterfly Effect; Joe Johnston directs a post LOTR Viggo Mortenson in Hilgado; Kevin Smith tries move away from the View Askew universe with Jersey Girl starring Ben Affleck; a Cohen Brothers film with Tom Hanks sounds like a sure thing, but turns out to be a rare misstep with a remake of The LadyKillers. Antoine Fuqua makes the Story of King Arthur boring with Clive Owen and Keira Knightly. Vin Diesel was back in The Chronicles of Riddick. Jonathon Frakes directed Thunderbirds. Bill Murray confuses Joel Cohen for the Cohen Brothers and accidently makes Garfield; Frank Oz has a bomb with The Stepford Wives with Nicole Kidman. Sarah Michelle Gellar starts in a remake of The Grudge and Scooby Doo 2. Paul W.S Anderson directs another Resident Evil: Apocalypse and also Alien vs Predator. Halle Berry follows up her Oscar from the year before with the God awful, Catwoman. Wesley Snipes plays up on the set of Blade Trinity. Renée Zellweger returns in Bridget Jones: Edge of Reason. Dwayne Johnson was Walking Tall; Jonathan Hensleigh directs Thomas Jane as The Punisher. Zac Snyder makes a decent remake of Dawn of the Dead. Hugh Jackman was Van Helsing. Will Smith did some futuristic detective stuff in I, Robot. Jim Carrey was in Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events; The Spongebob Squarepants Movie was very good and Robert Zemeckis directed Tom Hanks in The Polar Express. So many picks – 38 films with votes for this year – 9 more than the second highest year and plenty of comments in the voting how tough this was. 1 Point Adam Sadler and Drew Barrymore team up again for rom-com, 50 First Dates. American football, Texas style, in Peter Berg’s Friday Night Lights with Billy Bob Thornton. Terry George directs and Don Cheadle stars in the harrowing tale of Hotel Rwanda. Tarrantino directs Uma Thurman in Kill Bill: Vol 2 which would prove a disappointment compared to the first volume. Michael Vaughan directs Daniel Craig in decent crime flick, Layer Cake. Clint Eastwood directs and stars in boxing drama Million Dollar Baby which won Best film, Best Director and Best Actress (for Hilary Swank) and Best Supporting Actor (for Morgan Freeman). Hirokazu Kore-eda writes and directs Japanese drama, Nobody Knows about 4 children trying to survive. Morgan Spurlock’s fast food documentary, Super Size Me caused quite the stir and generated plenty of publicity and discussion. Nicholas Kassell directs Kevin Bacon in a brave performance as a convicted child molester in The Woodsman Yash Chopra directs and narrates Indian drama, Very Zaara. 2 Points Pedro Almodovar directs Spanish drama, Bad Education. Jean Pierre Jeunet directs A Very Long Engagement: his second film with Audrey Tautou after Amelie in this excellent story of Tautou searching for her lover during the first World War. Denzil Washington kills everyone in Tony Scott’s Man on Fire. Mark Waters directs Lindsay Lohan in teen comedy Mean Girls which was written by Tina Fey, who also starred, and is one of the best teen comedies of the decade. Mike Meyers, Eddie Murphy and Cameron Diaz are back in Shrek 2 which took all the money at the box office. James Wan directs Cary Ewles and Danny Glover stars in low budget horror Saw which would effectively create the ‘torture porn’ horror genre that would become popular for the next few years. Stephen Spielberg directs Tom Hanks and Catherine Zeta Jones in man stuck in an airport comedy, The Terminal. The South Park boys, Matt Stone and Trey Parker make very funny and very offensive puppet movie, Team America: World Police. 3 Points Jon Turteltaub directs Nicholas Cage in Treasure hunting action adventure, National Treasure. Adam McKay directs Will Ferrell and Christina Applegate in a the very funny Anchorman which in another year might have clocked up a few more points. Hayao Miyazaki directs Studio Ghibli film, Howl’s Moving Castle. The films anti-war stance comes from Miyazaki’s anger at the Iraq War. As with Spirited Away, Disney dubbed an English version overseen by Pete Doctor. It is the 6th biggest grossing film in Japan of all time. Alexander Payne directs Paul Giamatti and Thomas Haden Church in wine tasting comedy, Sideways which was nominated for numerous awards and won Best adapted screenplay at the Oscars. Kang Je-gyu directs Korean war film Taegukgi: The Brotherhood of War. Jia Zhangke directs Zhai Tao and Chen Taisheng in Chinese drama, The World. 4 Points Michael Mann directs an evil Tom Cruise and Jamie Fox in hitman/cab driving thriller, Collateral. Fox was nominated for numerous supporting actor awards. Stephen Chow writes, directs and stars in Chinese action comedy Kung Fu Hustle which Benny describes as "one of the funniest and most fun martial arts movies ever made" Jared Hess directs Jon Heder in Geek comedy, Napoleon Dynamite. Heder was originally just paid £1,000 for his role, but the film was a surprise hit making $44 million at the box office. Paul Greengrass takes over from Doug Liman to direct Matt Damon in another good spy flick in The Bourne Supremacy with Brian Cox and Julia Styles. 5 Points Oliver Hirschbiegel directs Bruno Ganz as Hitler as he faces his Downfall in this critically acclaimed German film. Alfonso Cuarón directs Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban as the series begins to go dark as Gary Oldman's Sirius Black escapes from Azkaban and Michael Gambon takes over Richard Harris as Dumbledore. One of the best films of the series. 6 Points Richard Linklater re-unites Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke for a sequel to his nine year old film Before Sunrise in romantic drama Before Sunset that was co-written by the two leads in collaboration with Linklater. Shane Meadows directs Paddy Considine (who co-wrote the film with Meadows) in thriller, Dead Man’s Shoes Shane Carruth writes, directs and stars in mind bending, low budget time travel flick Primer. 8 Points Sam Raimi returns to direct Tobey Maguire in Spider-Man 2 which takes third place at the global box office and is arguably the best of the Raimi Spiderman films thanks, in large part, to a terrific performance by Alfred Molina as Doctor Octopus. 9 Points Wes Anderson re-unites with Bill Murray for a third time in The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou as Murray looks to take revenge on a shark with Owen Wilson, Cate Blanchett among others starring in another great Wes Anderson film, although not one of his very best. A rather great top 3 out of this packed year, that I could happily sit and watch these three back to back right now. 3rd Place 13 Points The Incredibles Another year, another great Pixar movie, but also a great superhero movie. Brad Bird’s The Incredibles is the first Pixar film to hit the top 3 as Craig T. Nelson, Sam Jackson and Holly Hunt face off against Jason Lee. A great mix of family drama, super hero stuff and some of the best action you’ll see in an animated film. 2nd Place 24 Points Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Michel Gondry directs a Charlie Kaufman script in the brilliant and clever Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet are excellent as mind erased lovers trying to figure out what the hell is going on. Full of clever direction, an excellent mind bending script and superb performances, but it narrowly misses out on 1st place to………….. 1st Place 26 Points Shaun of the Dead Edgar Wright directs Simon Pegg and Nick Frost in Shaun of the Dead as they effortlessly move from their brilliant sitcom Spaced to make a horror/comedy/zombie classic. Funny, clever, gory, full of the call backs and pop culture references that made Spaced great alongside some nice bits of horror and drama, a great soundtrack and zombie Penelope Wilton amongst a host of British acting talent.  
  4. 2003 Results Worldwide Box Office 1 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King $1,120,929,521 2 Finding Nemo $867,893,973 3 The Matrix Reloaded $742,128,461 Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl $654,264,015 Bruce Almighty $484,592,874 Best Picture – OSCAR: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Best Picture – BAFTA: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 3rd biggest grossing film of the year is Matrix: Reloaded as Keanu Reeves returns as Neo, but the film doesn’t live up to the massive expectation of the brilliant 1999 original. In an unusual move, the third film of the trilogy, Matrix Revolutions would be released the same year and be even more disappointing and grossing $300 million less than the second film. 5th biggest grossing film is Bruce Almighty as Jim Carrey is given the power of God played by Morgan Freeman. It’s not without its charm, but a surprising top 5 grossing film. Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines saw Arnie return alongside female Terminator, Kristanna Loken. It wasn’t very good except the last bit. Richard Curtis has a big hit with multiple stories all-star cast Christmas nonsense Love Actually with Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Emma Thompson and every other actor alive. Not a great year for non mutant Marvel films as Ben Affleck as Daredevil isn’t very good and Ang Lee’s Hulk with Eric Bana also isn’t very good. In what would be unimaginable today; neither film broke the top 10 at the box office. There were 3 quite infamous ‘bad’ films this year being Tommy Wiseau’s The Room being declared one of the worst films of all time, but delivering a critically acclaimed film about the making of it years later. We were also were treated to Sean Connery in the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen which bombed and was terrible and Martin Brest directed Jennifer Lopex and Ben Affleck in Gigli which bombed and was terrible. Clint Eastwood directs Mystic River starring Sean Penn, Tim Robbins and Kevin Bacon with Penn and Robbins nabbing best Actor Oscars. Peter Dinklage is in The Station Agent; Charlie Theron bags the Best Actress Oscar for her turn in Monster; Christopher Guest serves up another improvised ensemble comedy with A Mighty Wind. Lost in La Mancha is a great documentary about Terry Gilliam failing to make a film;. John Singleton directs Vin and the family in 2 Fast 2 Furious. The Cohen’s directed George Clooney and Catherine Zeta Jones in Intolerable Cruelty; James Mangold directs John Cusack and Ray Liotta in Identity. Lindsay Lohan and Jamie Lee Curtis remake Freaky Friday. Nicole Kidman stars in Anthony Minghella’ Cold Mountain alongside Jude Law. Gary Ross directed Tobey Maguire in Seabiscuit. Angelia Jolie was back as Lara Croft in Tomb Raider: Cradle of Life; Rhys Witherspoon was back in Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde; McG directed Cameron Diaz in Charlies Angels: Full Throttle. Eddie Murphy was in Daddy Day Care and Disney Ride adaptation, Haunted Mansion which didn’t prove as successful as Pirates of the Caribbean. Helen Mirren and Julie Walters were Calendar Girls while Jason Biggs and friends returned yet again for American Wedding (American Pie 3). Seann William Scott teams with Chow Yun-fat for Bulletproof Monk and Dwayne Johnson for The Rundown. Robert Rodriquez directs Antonio Banderas and Johnny Depp in Once Upon a Time in Mexico while Shane Meadows delivers Once Upon A Time in the Midlands. Kevin Costner directs and stars in Open Range. Forgettable stuff with big stars included Paycheck with Ben Affleck; Out of Time with Denzel Washington; Bruce Willis in Tears of the Sun; John Cusack in Runaway Jury; Sam Jackson in S.W.A.T; Harrison Ford in Hollywood Homicide; Julia Roberts in Mona Lisa Smile; Mark Walhberg and a contractually obligated Ed Norton made an Italian Job remake. Kids movies included: Shia LaBeouf in Holes; Rugrats Go Wild; Spy Kids 3-D; Piglet’s Big Movie; Cat in the Hat; Loony Tunes: Back in Action and Brother Bear. Comedies included Adam Sadler and Jack Nicholson shouting at each other in Anger Management with Jack also appearing in Somethings Gotta Give with Diane Keaton. Farrelly Brothers conjoined twins comedy Stuck on You with Matt Damon; Shanghai Knights with Owen Wilson and Jackie Chan; Billy Bob Thronton was a Bad Santa. Rowan Atkinson as Johnny English. Joker director makes the good fun Old School with Vince Vaughan and Will Ferrell. Horror type stuff included Underworld with Kate Beckinsale, Wrong Turn with Eliza Dushku, a Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake; Final Destination 2; Cabin Fever; House of the Dead and Freddy vs Jason 1 Point Rob Zombie’s horrible horror, House of 1000 Corpses. Peter Weir directs (and wins a BAFTA) with Master and Commander as Russel Crowe and Paul Bettany sail the seas during the Napoleonic Wars which @Benny describes as “An incredibly immersive experience”. Nicolas Cage and Sam Rockwell are Matchstick Men in Ridley Scott’s decent con-man film. Joel Schumacher gave us Colin Farrell in a Phone Booth being terrorised by Kiefer Sutherland. Disney make a film based on one of their most famous rides and create a smash hit Pirate move franchise in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl with Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightly. Errol Morris directs documentary, The Fog Of War about U.S Defence Secretary, Robert McNamara. Kevin McDonald directs docu-drama Touching the Void detailing the events of a mountain climb gone wrong. 2 Points Will Smith and Martin Lawrence blow shit up in Michael Bays’ Bad Boys 2. Sylvian Chomet directs Belleville Rendezvous, an animated French film about an elderly lady tracking down her kidnapped grandson. Wolfgang Becker directs Daniel Bruhl in German comedy, Good Bye Lenin! Alexandre Aja directs Cecile de France in French horror film High Tension (released in the UK as Switchblade Romance). Francois Ozon directs Charlotte Rampling in French thriller Swimming Pool. Catherine Hardwicke directs Evan Rachel Wood and Holly Hunter in teen drama, Thirteen Satoshi Kon directs Japanese animated comedy Tokyo Godfathers 3 Points Tim Burton directs Ewan McGregor in decent, but forgotten fantasy, Big Fish. Gus Van Sant wins the Palme d'Or at Cannes for high school shooting movie, Elephant. Bong Joon-ho directs South Korean crime flick, Memories of Murder. Edward Zwick directs Tom Cruise in the tale of The Last Samurai which did very well at the box office as Cruise’s American military man fights in Japan in the late 1800’s. Andrey Zvyaginsev directs the tale of two boys whose father suddenly returns in Russian drama, The Return 4 Points Paul Giamatti stars as Harvey Pekar (who also appears as himself) in this biographical comedy about a comic book writer in American Splendour. Lars von Trier directs Nicole Kidman in Dogville, notable for its minimal sets and structure. Jon Favreau directs his second movie and manages to conjure up a modern Christmas classic with the help of Will Ferrell as an Elf. 6 Points Richard Linklater directs Jack Black in brilliantly funny School of Rock. On paper, it’s a film combination of director, star and subject that doesn’t really make sense, but it comes together perfectly with some great performances from the kids as well. 8 Points Bryan Singer brings back the X-Men in X2 as the mutants from the first film with some new additions deal with bad guy, Brian Cox in a really good superhero film that is easily one of the best films in the mutant franchise. A significant step-up from the original film with some great action sequences and the likes of Jackman, Stewart and McKellan continuing to impress in their roles. 14 Points Andrew Stanton directs Albert Brooks and Ellen DeGeneres as Pixar continue their stellar run of films with Finding Nemo. It took a fortune at the box office as two fish embark on an epic sea trip encourting all manner of aquatic life (and some birds – mine, mine, mine). Personally it easily the film I’ve seen most as I spent a good year watching it nearly every day (or middle of the night) with my youngest son. I thought it was a great film before I had kids and then never got bored with watching it all those times afterwards. 16 Points Sofia Coppola writes and directs Lost in Translation – the charming, enjoyable and funny tale of an aging movie star played by Bill Murray and a bored young wife, Scarlett Johansson who form an unlikely friendship as they hang about in Japan. Coppola won the best original screenplay Oscar, it was Johansson’s breakout role as well as one of Murray’s best performances. 3rd Place 21 Points Old Boy Park Chan-wook directs Choi Min-sik in South Korean violent revenge thriller and comic book adaptation Old Boy. Most notable for its amazing single shot 1 vs many fight scene that would be imitated often in, as the film that narrowly beat it to second place also shows, was a year for protagonists fighting against the odds against a horde of bad guys. The film was strangely remade in 2013 by Spike Lee starring Josh Brolin. 2nd Place 23 Points Kill Bill: Vol 1 Before film studios went crazy splitting book adaptations into multiples films, Quentin Tarantino decided his revenge film Kill Bill should be split into two volumes with mixed results for the 2nd volume, but a runners up spot in Rllmuk’s films of 2003 for the first. Uma Thurman is The Bride who wants revenge on her former lover and friends who left he for dead and much violence, epic sword fighting and a bit of anime occurs in this mash up of genres and styles. 1st Place 32 Points The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Not much more to say on Lord of the Rings as Peter Jackson finishes off the trilogy with another epic masterpiece with The Return of the King completing a hatrick of wins for Peter Jackson’s trilogy in this poll. Everyone expected it to be great after the first two films and it was and so all anyone could find to moan about was there were too many endings (as Benny says “there wasn’t). A significant milestone trilogy of films, all classics and the right way to adapt a series of books. The film won tons of awards including Best Picture at The Oscars and BAFTAs and Golden Globes with Jackson winning the best director Oscar as well . Unfortunately, Hollywood would get greedy going forward and start splitting single books into 2 films before this culminated in them splitting The Hobbit into 3 films that are unlikely to feature highly in future polls.
  5. Ork1927

    Nintendo Switch

    Apologies if this has been asked a zillion times before, but my Right Joycon stick is broke. Feels like debris is in there and it won’t click anymore. Is compressed air worth a shot or is it likely nackered?
  6. Just saw this and.....it’s not very good. Young Will Smith looks pretty good at times, but other times looks a bit ropey There is a couple of okay action scenes, but the main problem is that it’s far too serious with clunky dialogue and exposition and while the two Smiths on screen at the time isn’t occasionally technically impressive - you don’t give a shit about them beyond that. There is barely any humour (and it doesn’t land when there is) which seems a mistake when you’ve got two Will Smith’s running around and Benedict Wong in sidekick mode. 2 Will Smiths out of 5.
  7. It is time for Poll 2 - 2005 to 2009. Link to Poll 1 is here - with final results up by the end of the week. As with the first poll - pick your top 3 films for 2005 to 2009. Favourite gets 3 points, 2nd gets 2, 3rd gets 1. Film with most points is the best of the year (and in the event of any ties then the film with most first place picks wins). If you didn't vote in the first poll then feel free to vote in this one. IMDB determines release date (whatever year is in brackets against the film title). Deadline is 11.59pm on Sunday 27th October 2019. Template below: 2005 1. Favourite 2. 2nd favourite 3. 3rd favourite 2006 1. 2. 3, 2007 1. 2. 3. 2008 1. 2. 3. 2009 1. 2. 3.
  8. 2002 Results Worldwide Box Office 1 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers $926,047,111 2 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets $879,979,634 3 Spider-Man $821,708,551 4 Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones $649,398,328 5 Men in Black II $441,818,803 Best Picture – OSCAR: Chicago Best Picture – BAFTA: The Pianist Notable films without any picks. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets was the 2nd biggest film of the year. Taking $100 Million less than The Philosopher’s Stone the year before, but still an incredible amount of money. Like the first film, it is pretty good, but things would pick up with the next one. 4th at the Box Office was Star Wars: Episode 2: Attack of the Clones where George Lucas may have managed to trick people for 5 minutes afterwards into thinking this film was any good by having Yoda have a fight scene with Christopher Lee, but unfortunately it turns out Phantom Menace wasn’t a one-off as Clones serves up more terrible green screen, more Jar Jar Binks, Bobba Fett as a little boy, loads of rubbish about clones and, what feels like hours and hours of now older Anakin (played by Hayden Christensen) having a weird, creepy love affair with Natalie Portman. 5th biggest film at the Box Office was Men in Black 2 which was a disappointing follow up to the first one as Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones return. Chicago – a pretty much straight adaptation of the musical with Rene Zellwegger and Catherine Zeta Jones (who won Best Actress for some reason). It also won Best Picture at the Oscars (for some reason). Star Trek Nemesis is the final film for Patrick Stewart and his Next-Gen crew; while Die Another Day is the last appearance of Pierce Brosnan as Bond. Michael Moore had a big hit with gun control documentary Bowling for Columbine which sadly didn’t lead to America making sure people weren’t horribly killed in mass shootings every other day. Alexander Payne directed Jack Nicholson in comedy, About Schmidt which won the veteran actor a Golden Globe and a Best Actor nomination at the Oscars. Harrison Ford and Liam Neeson teamed up in K9: The Widowmaker. Ray Liotta and Jason Patric in cop drama, Narc. George Clooney made his directorial debut as well as staring in Confessions of a Dangerous Mind with Sam Rockwell. John McTiernan remade Rollerball for some reason; Britney Spears was in Crossroads; Sarah Michelle Gellar stars in Scooby Doo and Eddie Murphy starred in The Adventures of Pluto Nash. DreamWorks inflicted the first of long running and not very good animation series, Ice Age while Paul W.S Anderson managed to get steady work making the first of not very good series, Resident Evil. David Fincher directed Jodie Foster in The Panic Room and Christopher Nolan directs Pacino and Robin Williams in Insomnia. Williams played another bad guy in One Hour Photo. Steven Soderbergh directed George Clooney in Solaris. Paul Greengrass directs James Nesbit in Bloody Sunday. Bruce Willis was in Hart’s War; Mel Gibson was also fighting in We Were Soldiers. Christian Bale and Mathew McConaughey fought dragons in Reign of Fire. Bale also starred in sci fi film, Equilibrium. Ben Affleck and Morgan Freeman star in The Sum of All Fears. Sean Pertwee dealt with Dog Soldiers and Robert Avery directed Rules of Attraction while Kieran Culkin was in Igby Goes Down. M. Night Shyamalan had a decent box office hit with his 3rd film Signs which divided audiences if it was any good starring Mel Gibson. Bret Ratner brought Anthony Hopkins back as Hannibal Lector for Red Dragon. Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson stars in Mummy spin off The Scorpion King while Jason Statham stars in one of his first big action films in The Transporter and Vin Diesel was XXX (maybe they’ll all team up one day?). High Grant appears in another good Nick Hornby adaptation with About a Boy alongside Toni Collete, Rachel Wiesz and a young Nicholas Holt. Ice Cube was in Barbershop; Ali G was Indahouse in Ali G Indahouse; Robert De Niro and Billy Crystal returned in Analyse That and Jackass: The Movie hit the big screen. Keira Knightley learns to Bend it Like Beckham. Mike Myers returned in Austin Powers 3: Goldmember which wasn’t very good. Disney took us to Treasure Planet; Michael J Fox returned in Stuart Little 2 and more sequels with Santa Clause 2 and Spy Kids 2. 1 Point Bruce Campbell plays old Elvis and Ossie Davies is old JFK team as they team up to take on a Mummy in Bubba Ho-Tep. Bill Paxton directs and stars in horror/thriller Frailty alongside Matthew McConaughey. Never heard of this before now, but it is on my watch list. Satoshi Kon directs animated feature, Millennium Actress about a former lead actress of a bankrupt movie studio. Steven Shainberg directs Maggie Gyllenhall and James Spader in dark comedy Secretary. Pedro Almodovar directs Javier Camara and Dario Grandineti in Talk to Her which one Best foreign film at the BAFTAs and the Golden Globes. Polanski directs Aiden Brody in Holocaust film, The Pianist which won Best Picture at the BAFTAs, Best Actor for Brody at the Oscars and Best Director for Polanski at both. Gore Verbinski directs Naomi Watts in the English language remake of cursed videotape horror, The Ring 2 Points Guillermo del Toro directs Wesley Snipes in the really good Blade 2, the first of many comic book sequels in this decade that would be better than their predecessors. Martin Scorsese pits Daniel Day Lewis against Leonardo Di Caprio in Gangs of New York which wasn’t as good as it should have been. Joel Zwick directs massive sleeper hit, My Big Fat Greek Wedding starring Nia Vardalos who also wrote the movie. The Century of the Self is Adam Curtis’s documentary series which probably doesn’t qualify as a film as its in 4 parts, but watch them all together. Stephen Daldry directs The Hours with Nicole Kidman winning Best Actress for her portrayal of Virginia Woolfe at the Oscars, BAFTAs and Golden Globes. 3 Points Spike Lee directs Ed Norton and Phillip Seymour Hoffman in very good ‘getting ready to go to prison movie’, 25th Hour. Curtis Hanson directs Eminem in surprisingly good rap battle movie, 8 Mile with Kim Bassinger. Disney tells the take of a Hawaiian girl and a very naughty alien in Lilo and Stitch. 4 Points Lee Chang-dong directs South Korean drama, Oasis which won numerous film festival awards. Zhang Yimou directs Jet Li in Martial Arts epic, Hero Benny calls it “my favourite of the Wuxia films that were so in vogue after Crouching Tiger. Beautiful sets, costume design and choreography”. Sam Mendes directs the acclaimed Road to Perdition an adaptation of a graphic novel as Tom Hanks plays a mob enforcer alongside Jude Law and Paul Newman. This would be Newman’s last appearance on the big screen bar voice work and he was nominated for pretty much all the best supporting actor roles going. Stephen Spielberg also directs Tom Hanks in his con-man chase movie Catch Me If You Can with Leonardo Di Caprio in the lead with a terrific supporting case including Christopher Walken great as a normal dad, Martin Sheen and a host of young actresses. A great fun movie with a nice streak of darkness. 5 Points Andrew Lau and Alan Mak direct Andy Lau and Tony Leung in Hong Kong crime flick, Infernal Affairs telling the story of an undercover cop and a gang member that has infiltrated the police force. It would be remade 4 years later by Scorsese. Sam Raimi directs Spider-Man and brings the web swinger and supporting cast to the big screen. Toby Maguire faces off against William Dafoe and upside down kisses Kirsten Dunst. Raimi does a great job of bringing the comic to life although Green Goblin’s Power Ranger mask still annoys me and it probably feels quite dated now in places. It was the third biggest film of the year at the box office. 9 Points Michael Winterbottom directs forth wall breaking, Steve Coogan in clever comedy, 24 Hour Party People exploring the Manchester music scene. Cillian Murphy tries to survive an outbreak of a rage virus in Danny Boyle’s Zombie horror 28 Days Later. Paul Thomas Anderson takes a break with epic ensemble films to tell the frantic, violent love story of Punch Drunk Love with a career best Adam Sadler and Emily Watson. 11 Points Doug Liman directs Matt Damon in book adaptation, The Bourne Identity which redefined the spy movie and propelled Matt Damon to leading man status. 13 Points Spike Jonze directs Nicholas Cage and Nicholas Cage, Meryl Streep and Chris Cooper (who won Best Supporting Actor at the Oscars) in head spinning, screenwriting comedy Adaptation. 3rd Place 15 Points Minority Report Third place for Stephen Spielberg as he directs Tom Cruise and Colin Farrell and Samantha Morton in sci fi thriller Minority Report. Based on a Phillip K. Dick story, its great futuristic cop thriller with some of its future tech predictions already coming true. 2nd Place 22 Points City of God Fernando Meirelles and Katia Lund directs the stunning Brazilian crime film, City of God. Mainly cast with non professional actors from the Brazilian favelas this book adaptation grabbed plenty of award nominations and was critically acclaimed by Western critics. An excellent crime flick. 1st Place 28 Points The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Peter Jackson proves the Fellowship was no fluke as we return to Middle Earth with another superb fantasy epic which now introduces stunning battle scenes on top of everything that made the first film great. It was the highest grossing film of the year and might, just, be the best of the trilogy, but a case can be made for any of the three films.
  9. Sorry - haven’t forgotten about this. 2003 is written up, but I haven’t quite finished 2002. 2004 is getting there. Hopefully all up by end of the week. Will start the 2005 to 2009 poll ASAP as well.
  10. I was there tonight - Croatia played some lovely football, had a lot of possession but, for the most part never had anyone in the box. But, every time Wales went on the attack they had no answer except for hack ‘em down. Probably a good point for Wales, but they need to win both of the last games to qualify.
  11. Really enjoyed that - it was a little bit contrived, but otherwise great stuff.
  12. 2001 Results Worldwide Box Office 1 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone $975,755,371 2 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring $871,530,324 3 Monsters, Inc $525,366,597 4 Shrek $484,409,218 5 Ocean's Eleven $450,717,150 Best Picture – OSCAR: A Beautiful Mind Best Picture – BAFTA: Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring Notable films of 2001 without any picks This was the year with the lowest number of films to pick up any votes. A bit of a weird year for me as I struggled to pick something I really liked for 3rd place and there are a lot of films this year that I’d not seen or not really got on with (including 2 of the top 3). The top 5 at the box office all got votes, but 6-10 didn’t so we start with them. Pearl Harbour made nearly half a billion at the box office, but was a boring love triangle mess with a bit of good action; the Mummy Returns was an okay sequel to The Mummy and is now most notable for the appearance of wrestler, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson in his first film role. Jurassic Park 3 saw the return of Sam Neill and Joe Johnston taking over from Stephen Spielberg. Watched this again recently and it’s actually pretty good and rattles along nicely. Not a patch on the original obviously. 9th at the Box Office was Tim Burton’s Planet of the Apes which starred Mark Wahlberg and Tim Roth and was bloody awful. Finally, Hannibal saw Anthony Hopkins return as Doctor Lector, but Julianne Moore replaced Jodie Foster as Agent Starling with Ridley Scott directing. Michael Mann directed Will Smith in Ali; Sean Penn directed Jack Nicholson in The Pledge while also staring in I Am Sam with Michelle Pfeifer; Halle Berry made history by winning Best Actress at the Oscars for Monster’s Ball opposite Billy Bob Thornton as well as appearing opposite John Travolta and Hugh Jackman in Swordfish which I suspect no-one at all has watched or thought about in at least the last 15 years. Jim Broadbent was busy grabbing Best Support Actor at the Oscars with Iris opposite Judi Dench; appearing in Baz Lurhman musical Moulin Rouge headlined by Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman. Finally he popped up in the adaptation of Bridget Jones’ Diary where it turned out Renée Zellweger was good casting in what turned out to be a decent British Rom-Com aided by Colin Firth and Hugh Grant playing against type as a bit of a bastard. Reese Witherspoon had a hit with Legally Blonde; Kevin Smith directed everyone in Jay and Silent Bob Strikes Back; Jason Biggs returned in American Pie 2 and Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan re-teamed for Rush Hour 2; Ivan Reitman directed David Duchovny in Evolution; Sigourney Weaver and Jennifer Love Hewitt were Heartbreakers, The Farrelly brothers directed Jack Black and Gwyneth Paltrow in Shallow Hal. A couple of comedies that gained a bit a cult following in Super Troopers and Wet Hot American Summer (which made a comeback on Netflix a few years ago). In the UK, Ricky Tomlinson was Mike Basset: England Manager; Vinny Jones was in Mean Machine and Steve Coogan was The Parole Officer. Vin Diesel and Paul Walker starred in The Fast and The Furious, but it would be a long time before it exploded into on the biggest franchises ever – probably the biggest that wasn’t an adaptation of something (although it was partially based on a magazine article). Heath Ledger starred in A Knight’s Tale ensuring everyone would go mental when he was cast as the Joker a few years later. Anne Hathaway began her road to stardom in The Princess Diaries. Todd Field directed Tom Wilkinson and Sissy Spacek in the award winning In the Bedroom. Jude Law and Ed Harris were Enemies at the Gate and John Carpenter directed Ice Cube in Ghosts of Mars while Robert Rodriquez began a successful run directing kids films series, Spy Kids. Not very good films with big stars included Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts in The Mexican; Bruce Willis in Bandits and Marlon Brando, Robert De Niro and Ed Norton in The Score. Johnny Depp and Haether Graham in From Hell. You might also include Tom Cruise and Penelope Cruz in Cameron Crowe’s Vanilla Sky depending on whether you liked it or hated it. Cruz also appeared in book adaptation Captain Corelli's Mandolin with Nicholas Cage. Stallone continued his terrible run with Driven, and I very vaguely remembered this coming out, Paul Hogan in Crocodile Dundee: Los Angeles which I’m sure is a masterpiece. Computer Games films were Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within and Angelina Jolie in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. 1 Point DreamWorks animation has a smash hit with sort of subversive fairy-tale film, Shrek which had some fun stuff, a lot of fart jokes and kicked into overdrive the famous actors should voice all the main parts in animation trend as Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz and Eddie Murphy play the leads. Ridley Scott directs Eric Bana and Ewan McGregor in Black Hawk Down based on the true story of American soldiers in Somalia. Ben Affleck, Owen Wilson and Will Ferrell serve up a silly, funny fashion comedy with Zoolander. The biggest film of the year at the Box Office would, along with the second biggest (which we will get too later) change the film industry quite significantly as book adaptations, fantasy, and franchises would become a massive part of Hollywood going forward, but for now Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was an okay adaptation of JK Rowling’s very, very, very popular first book. It took an insane amount of money at the box office and was filled with great British actors including the genius casting of Alan Rickman as Snape. Probably not the only time Potter will come up so we will leave it here for now. Ashutosh Gowariker directs Lagaan - Once Upon a time in India an epic Indian cricket film set in the 1890’s. A Christmas Carol: The Movie was an animated film about……A Christmas Carol which starred Kate Winslet and there might have been a song or something. 2 Points Russel Crowe fails to win his second Best Actor Oscar in as many years, but is in the Best Oscar film for the second year running with A Beautiful Mind opposite Jennifer Connelly which also won Ron Howard Best Director at the Oscars. Denzil Washington nabs the best actor Oscar for his memorable turn as a corrupt cop in Training Day opposite Ethan Hawke. Directed by Antoine Fuqua, it is a decent enough cop film, but massively enhanced by Denzel’s presence. Takashi Miike directs Japanese action film, Ichi the Killer based on the Manga series of the same name. 3 Points Tom Green extreme gross out comedy Freddie Got Fingered is this year’s surprising entry. Like Battlefield Earth for 2000, I’ll skip watching it. Robert Redford and Brad Pitt in clever thriller, Spy Game which is well worth a watch and one of Tony Scott’s more ‘subtle’ films. A.I. as Stephen Spielberg takes on an unfinished Stanley Kubrick project of a robot boy played by Haley Joel Osmet supported by Jude Law in an ambitious film that falls a little short (and has an annoying ending). Billy Bob Thornton stars in one of the less known Cohen Brother’s films, The Man Who Wasn’t There opposite Frances McDormand. 4 Points Ted Demme directs Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz in decent cocaine smuggling story in Blow based on the real life story of smuggler, George Jung. Robert Altman directs an ensemble cast including Helen Mirren and Michael Gambon in murder in a country house drama, Gosford Park. It won best British film at the BAFTAs. 5 Points Alejandro Amenábar directs Nicole Kidman in gothic horror, The Others which proved a hit with critics and at the box office. 6 Points Wes Anderson directs his third film featuring a massive cast including The Wilson brothers, Bill Murray, Ben Stiller, Gene Hackman, and Gwyneth Paltrow in messed up family comedy/drama The Royal Tenenbaums. 8 Points Audrey Tautou is wonderful as Amelie in Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s Parisian feel good comedy described by Benny as “one of those films that can't help but make you glow with sheer bliss afterwards”. It the highest grossing Frech film in the U.S and won best original screenplay at the BAFTAs. 9 Points Richard Kelly directs Jake Gyllenhaal in Donnie Darko which made no impact at the Box office, but quickly became a hit afterwards on whatever media devices people were using at the time to watch stuff at home. It’s a sci-fi, fantasy, time travel thriller with a big rabbit and Patrick Swayze and one of the films of 2001 that passed me by. Terry Zwigoff directs Scarlett Johansson, Steve Buscemi and Thora Birch in black comedy, Ghost World based on the comic of the same name telling the story of two disillusioned teens following their graduation from High School. Pixar’s third film is directed by Pete Doctor and is the fantastic Monster’s Inc as John Goodman and Billy Crystal conjure up a superb double act in a tale of kidnap, corporate espionage and lots and lots of doors. The first of many Pixar films that are likely to feature near the top three in these polls. 10 Points Losing out on 3rd place based on 1st place picks, Stephen Soderburgh decides to remake a forgotten rat-pack film with an all-star cast including George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Julia Roberts and a host of others in Ocean’s Eleven. It had the potential to be a self-indulgent, meta, ego-fest mess despite the director and a great cast, but they decided to wait for the second one to do that and instead delivered an effortlessly cool and fun heist movie. 3rd Place 10 Points Spirited Away Hayao Miyazaki writes and directs Spirited Away; a Studio Ghibli film which is the biggest grossing Japanese film of all time (in Japan and worldwide) and widely considered a classic piece of film making, animated or otherwise. Criminally, I haven’t seen it although it is on the watch it with kids list for years (and watch it before I had kids as well). Disney adapted an English version the following year overseen by Jon Lasseter. 2nd Place 28 Points Mulholland Drive David Lynch directs Naomi Watts and Laura Elena Harring in this neo-noir mystery. Considered one of Lynch’s best films, it was originally filmed to make up part of a TV series, but then converted into a feature. Lynch won joint best Director at Cannes and got an Oscar nomination. I’d like to write more, but I can’t really get on with Lynch’s films for some reason and I’ve tried to watch this again and failed miserably. 1st Place 42 Points The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Potter might have beaten it at the box office, but Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring is Rllmuk’s best film of 2001 by a mile and the highest scoring film across all five years of this poll. A film that proved very difficult to get made due to concerns on cost, potential audience and the filming rights. It was, ironically, originally going to be made as one film covering all three books and then two films covering the three books, before the studio lucked out on letting Peter Jackson film all three books across three films and let him have a nice big run-time for all three of them. Things would eventually swing the other way because of the success of this and Potter where single books would be chopped into 2 and even 3 films to increase revenue at the expense of quality. Based on Tolkien’s classic trilogy, there was potentially a massive audience for an adaptation of the books. There was high expectation from fans, but fantasy had never been done well on the big screen and the last big film to feature an all CGI main character destroyed people’s childhoods (cough Jar Jar cough). Would Peter Jackson be able to pull off what was long thought as near impossible? The answer was a resounding yes: it looked amazing – Middle Earth was brought to life from The Shire to Mordor; brilliantly cast with Ian McKellan as Gandalf, an exceptional performance by Andy Serkis as CGI Gollum and everyone else doing brilliantly in their roles as hobbits, elves, dwarves and humans (heroic or not). Jackson expertly transferred the first book to the screen and left everyone impatiently counting down the days to the sequel (which we may get to next year).
  13. Im plugging away at the rest of the years results. I'll put 2005 to 2009 poll shortly and then maybe have a slight gap as 2010 to 2014 will be okay, but 2015 to 2019 will need to end after the year has ended.
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