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It is time for Poll 2 - 2005 to 2009.

 

First part of the poll is below with breakdown of results for 2000 to 2004. Final summary results for all 10 years at the end of this topic.

 

 

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.

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*rubs hands*

 

2005

1. Grizzly Man - tragic, poignant and terrifying. The story of one man's quest to connect with and protect nature is in my opinion one of Werner Herzog's best.

2. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang - maybe underrated Shane Black flick, with Robert Downey Jr. being cool before he was mainstream cool.

3. Batman Begins - very enjoyable reboot and still embraces some of the operatic of earlier Batman films. The sequel would be more gritty, more violent, and with less believable Batvoice.

 

2006

1. Pan's Labyrinth - Del Toro's masterpiece. unsettling, uncompromising, beautiful and riveting.

2. Paprika - Satoshi Kon's last film is also one of his most inventive. A mad journey into dreams that makes Inception look embarrassing.

3. Casino Royale - Bond returns rebooted. More raw, more conflicted, more human. Unlike subsequent sequels, that fall back on the tired Bond tropes, here is genuine intrigue and class.

 

2007

1. Persepolis - a direct adaptation of the graphic novel and probably one of the finest animated films ever made as a result, as the source material is a masterpiece.

2. Sunshine - a flawed sci-fi gem. The final act goes a bit off the rails, and not in a good way, but the rest is riveting, aurally and visually arresting, Interstellar beating cinema.

3. Ratatouille - There Will Be Blood feels like the necessary pick here, but I keep going back to the scene where a miserable critic is emotionally broken by food and I get meta goosebumps.

 

This year is extremely difficult...

2008

1. The House of Small Cubes - one of the most emotionally devastating 12 minutes of film I've ever watched.

2. Let the Right One In - so perfect it apparently needed a pointless remake. Sweet, sad, enormously atmospheric and essential.

3. The Wrestler - in a year packed with great cinema, two heavyweight superhero franchises are still going to have to make room for this uncompromising meditation essentially on aging.

 

Another great year.

2009

1. Redline - hands down one of the most ridiculous, visually unhinged, rollercoaster rides of balls to the wall creative animation I've ever seen. (Panned on Roger Ebert seal of approval.)

2. Moon - now probably justifiable to call a cult sci-fi classic, it's a moody and atmospheric piece that is best watched with as little information as possible.

3. Drag Me to Hell - Sam Raimi returns to form, with one of the most entertaining horror comedies in years.

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Very unlike me to include so many animated films, but here we go.

 

2005

1. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - I'm a Potter nerd, and this has always been my favourite of the series, so I have to put it here.

2. Walk the Line - Emperor Commodus turns out to be a fucking ace singer.  Loved this.

3. Batman Begins - a Batman film came along when I was bored of Batman films, and made me love Batman films again.

 

2006

1. This Is England - genre defining brilliance from Shane Meadows

2. Stranger Than Fiction - Wilf Erroll's best film.  Very clever.

3, Blood Diamond - a film I enjoyed far more than I expected to - powerful, engaging, exciting.  A top flick.

 

2007

1. No Country For Old Men - Javier Bardem takes 'creepy bad guy' to new levels in a beautiful piece of cinema

2. Hot Fuzz - The Greater Good.

3. Ratatouille - adorable stuff, Peter O'Toole's hard nosed critic is superb, and the small bossy head chef dude is the spitting image of a former boss of mine.

 

2008

1. In Bruges - I'll be mega bitter if this doesn't get in the top 3 because it's one of my all time favourites.  And Bruges is a superb place - watch this film before and after you visit.

2. The Dark Knight - the best of the trilogy, although I'm sick of the Nicholson v Ledger debates.  It's like Messi v Ronaldo - just enjoy them both.

3. Wall-E - how does anyone make a small lamp have such an adorable personality?

 

2009

1. Moon - atmospheric genius with one of the best modern movie scores from Clint Mansell.

2. Inglorious Basterds - Christophe Waltz steals the show.  Nor Tarantino's best, but has still earned plenty of rewatches.

3. Up - if you didn't have a lump in your throat after the opening chaper, you're a heartless bastard.

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2005

1. Cache

2. The New World

3. The Proposition

 

2006

1. Inland Empire

2. Volver

3, Pan's Labyrinth

 

2007

1. There Will Be Blood

2. No Country for Old Men

3. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

 

2008

1. Wendy and Lucy

2. Wall-E

3. Three Monkeys

 

2009

1. The White Ribbon

2. A Serious Man

3. Antichrist

 

 

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This section ha proved incredibly difficult. It illustrates for me why cinema has never been in a better place than it is in the 21st century.

 

2005

1. Serenity - I could re watch this endlessly. Gives you that warm familiar feeling of meeting up with old friends.

2. Brokeback Mountain - fantastic use of time jumps, and made us all realise what a fantastic actor Heath Ledger was.

3. The Decent - with the UK ending obvs.

 

Narrowly missing out - Lady Vengeance, Sin City, A History Of Violence, A Bittersweet Life.

 

2006

1. Pans Labyrinth - Just perfection.

2. The Fall - any other year this would be my number one. An often overlooked modern classic.

3, Paprika - only just watched this for the first time last week, but know it’s one I’ll return to time and time again. Up there with my favourite anime movies.

 

Narrowly missing out - 300, The Prestige, This Is England, Children Of Men, Inland Empire

 

2007

1. There Will Be Blood - my second favourite PTA film (after Phantom Thread)

2. The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford - didn’t get the fuss when I first saw this on its initial release. What a fool I was. Re watched it last year and was blown away.

3. Hot Fuzz - a film that you always seem to get something more from on a repeat viewing. Which is handy as it’s repeated all the bloody time.

 

Narrowly missing out - Once, 30 Days Of Night, The Mist, Ratatouille.

 

2008

1. In Bruges - the razor sharp dialogue is wonderful, but it’s the emotion in Farrell’s performance that gets me every time.

2. Hellboy 2 - possibly my favourite comic book adaptation of all time. It’s Del Toro’s genuine love of the weird and fantastical that makes this film shine.

3. The Dark Knight - after the promising start of Begins, it finally felt like superhero films were back on track.

 

Narrowly missing out - The Wrestler, Let The Right One In.

 

2009

1. Where The Wild Things Are - always leaves me in floods of tears by the end. A beautiful ode to the passing of childhood.

2. Moon - a perfectly self contained slice of Sci Fi.

3. Up - yes the opening is beyond perfect. But the whole film continually gets me in the feels. Pixar at its very best.

 

Narrowly missing out - Inglorious Basterds, District 9

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2005

1. Strange Circus

2. A Bittersweet Life

3. Lord Of War

 

2006

1. Confessions Of A Dog

2. Little Miss Sunshine

3. Bug

 

2007

1. Zodiac

2. The Orphanage

3. Chasing Ghosts: Beyond The Arcade

 

2008

1. The Good The Bad And The Weird

2. In Bruges

3. The Clone Returns Home

 

2009

1. The City Of Life And Death

2. Dogtooth

3. Triangle

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2005

1. Batman Begins

2. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

3. Serenity

 

2006

1.The Departed

2.Casino Royale

3,The Prestige

 

2007

1.There will be Blood

2.Ratatouille

3.No Country for Old Men

 

2008

1. The Dark Knight

2.The Wrestler

3.Let the right one in

 

2009

1.Inglorious Basterds

2.up

3.Watchmen

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2005

1. The New World

2. Brokeback Mountain

3. Cache

 

2006

1. Children of Men

2. Pan's Labyrinth

3. The Lives of Others

 

2007

1. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

2. There Will Be Blood

3. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

 

2008

1. Synecdoche, New York

2. Speed Racer

3. The Wrestler

 

2009

1. Where the Wild Things Are

2. The White Ribbon

3. The City of Life and Death

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2005

1. Batman Begins

2. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

3. Revenge of the Sith

 

2006

1. Cars

2. Talladega Nights

3. Happy Feet

 

2007

1. Hot Fuzz

2. The Bourne Ultimatum

3. Meet the Robinsons

 

2008

1. The Dark Knight

2. Iron Man

3. Mamma Mia

 

2009

1. Up

2. Black Dynamite

3. Star Trek

Edited by SeanR
happy now?

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2005

1. The Squid and the Whale

2. Lord of War

3. The Descent

 

2006

1. Children of Men

2. This is England

3. Little Miss Sunshine

 

2007

1. Hot Fuzz

2. Ratatouille

3. The Mist

 

2008

1. Let the Right One In

2. Defiance

3. Rachel Getting Married

 

2009

1. District 9

2. Moon

3. Fish Tank

 

Notable mentions

 

2005: Sin City, Batman Begins, V for Vendetta, Corspe Bride, Lady in the Water, Hard Candy, Brick

2006: Pan's Labriynth, Apocolypto, Monster House, Stranger then Fiction, United 93, The Last King of Scotland, Paprika

2007: No Country for Old Men, There Will Be Blood, Hairspray, Gone Baby Gone, Paranormal Activity, [Rec], Eastern Promises, Persepolis

2008: WALL-E, The Wrestler, The Hurt Locker, Slumdog Millionaire 

2009: Avatar, Inglorious Bastards, Drag Me to Hell

 

I have to say that for me 2005-2007 were considerably harder years to choose from then 2008-2009

 

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2005

1. Sin City

2. Batman Begins

3. The Descent

 

2006

1. The Departed

2. Little Miss Sunshine

3. Pans Labyrinth

 

2007

1. Hot Fuzz

2. No Country for Old Men

3. Superbad

 

2008

1. The Dark Knight 

2. Wall-E

3. In Bruges

 

2009

1. Up

2. Inglorious Basterds 

3. Fantastic Mr.Fox

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2005

1. A Bittersweet Life

2. Lords of Dogtown

3. A History of Violence 

 

(4. Serenity 5. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang)

 

2006

1. The Prestige 

2. The Host 

3. Lucky Number Slevin 

 

(4. Crank 5. Kenny) 

 

2007

1. Hot Fuzz

2. Eagle Vs Shark

3. REC

 

(4. The Mist 5. Zodiac) 

 

2008

1. The Good, The Bad, The Weird

2. The Dark Knight 

3. In Bruges 

 

(4. The Wrestler, 5. Let the Right One In)

 

2009

1. Thirst

2. Moon

3. In the Loop

 

(4. Black Dynamite  5. Adventureland) 

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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.

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2005

1. War of the Worlds

2. Munich

3. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

 

2006

1. Children of Men

2. This is England.

3. Pan's Labyrinth

 

2007

1. Control

2. Sunshine

3. No Country for Old Men

 

2008

1. Wall-E

2. Gran Torino

3. The Bank Job

 

2009

1. District 9

2. Up

3. Moon

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2005

1. Harry Potter Goblet of Fire

2. Batman Begins

3. History of Violence

 

2006

1. Rang De Basanti

2. Children of Men

3. The Departed

 

2007

1. There will be blood

2. Like Stars on Earth

3. 310 to Yuma

 

2008

1. The Dark Knight

2. Wall E

3. Ironman

 

2009

1. The Road

2. Moon

3. Avatar

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2005

1. Brick

2. Batman Begins

3. A History of Violence

Not a massively good year really looking back. 

 

2006

1. The Departed

2. Children of Men

3. Inside Man

And then a corker of a year, way too many to choose from - the Prestige,  Cars, Babel, The Host, Casino Royale, little miss sunshine... 

 

2007

1. Hot Fuzz

2. No Country for Old Men 

3. Sunshine

Tough calls again, Eastern promises misses out as does the Grindhouse duo. I expect There will be blood will overwhelm this year but I didn't really like it so nurr.

 

2008

1. Dark Knight 

2. Iron Man

3. In Bruges

Easy top 3, loads of good films, counterbalanced by Indy 4. 

 

2009

1. Moon

2. In The Loop 

3. Watchmen 

 

Now to go read everyone else's!  Thanks @Ork1927

 

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Clearly not enough people have seen Redline. It's basically F-Zero, the movie.

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2005

1. Capote

2. Good Night, and Good Luck

3. Munich

 

2006

1. Casino Royale

2. The Prestige

3, Apocalypto

 

2007

1. Zodiac

2. No Country for Old Men

3.Superbad

 

2008

1. The Dark Knight

2. Iron Man

3. Hellboy II: The Golden Army

 

2009

1. District 9

2. Inglorious Basterds

3. Zombieland

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2005

1. Lord of War - my second favorite Andrew Niccol film after Gattaca.  One of the best openings with an iconic line about arming the population from Nicholas Cage

2. Batman Begins - after the debacle of Batman and Robin, Christopher Nolan brought the Batman franchise back to a gritty realistic tone.  Excellent origin story about the caped crusader.

3. Constantine - wish there was a sequel.  One of my favorite comic book worlds.  Very clever what they did with Tilda Swinton's character.

 

2006

1. Borat

2. Children of Men

3. The Prestige

 

2007

1. Zodiac

2. Sunshine

3. 1408

 

2008

1. In Bruges

2. Forgetting Sarah Marshall

3. Iron Man

 

2009

1. Triangle - wonderful mystery that can be interpreted in a variety of different ways.  Needs to be watched multiple times.  Melissa George came a long way from her Home and Away days

2. Drag Me to Hell - Sam Raimi expertly balances horror and comedy.  Everyone in the cinema cracked up at the here, here kitty scene.

3. Anvil! The Story of Anvil - one of the best music documentaries you can ever wish to see.  My favorite scene is near the beginning where the main protagonist pushes the owner of the bar up to the wall and demands to be paid.

 

2009 was by far the hardest year for me to choose from.  Can't believe there wasn't space for Sherlock Holmes, Inglourious Basterds, A Perfect Getaway, Bruno and Moon

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2005

1. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

2. A History of Violence

3. Batman Begins

 

2006

1. The Prestige

2. The Departed

3. Children of Men

 

2007

1. Hot Fuzz

2. The Mist

3. No Country for Old Men

 

2008

1. In Bruges

2. Dark Knight

3. Wall-E

 

2009

1. Inglorious Basterds

2. In the Loop

3. Star Trek

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2005

1. Brokeback Mountain

2. War of the Worlds 

3. Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit

 

2006

1. Children of Men

2. Little Miss Sunshine

3. Pan’s Labyrinth

 

2007

1. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

2. Sunshine

3. Hot Fuzz

 

2008

1. Synecdoche New York

2. The Dark Knight

3. Hunger

 

2009

1. Coraline

2. Where the Wild Things Are

3. The Road

 

2008 is the biggest year for me here (while 2007 is full of critically loved films that I don’t quite love)

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2005

1. V For Vendetta

2. Serenity

3. The Aristocrats

 

2006

1. The Prestige

2. Children of Men

3. Deja Vu

 

2007

1. The Bourne Ultimatum

2. Hot Fuzz

3. Sunshine

 

2008

1. The Dark Knight

2. Synedoche, New York

3. Iron Man

 

2009

1. Black Dynamite

2. District 9

3. Triangle

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2005

1. Grizzly Man

2. Batman Begins

3. The 40 year old virgin

 

Tough cuts Sin City. Bit of a shit year for me. Grizzly Man a worthy winner for any year though. 

 

2006

1. Pan's Labrynth

2. The lives of others

3. The Departed

 

Lotta brutally hard cuts this year: children of men, the wind that shakes the barley, apocalypto, Borat.

 

 

2007

1. The Orphanage

2. Charlie Wilson's War

3. Juno

 

Wow, no there will be Blood. I'm as surprised at this as anyone. But that's my picks. Other tough cuts persepolis, no country for old men, American gangster, superbad. 

 

2008

1. Step Brothers

2. Tropic Thunder

3. In Bruges

 

What a year for silly comedies that was. Tough cuts: hunger, The Wrestler, Iron Man, the dark Knight, and Wall E... If Wall E had ended at the halfway point it probably would have been number one. Edit note: I had somehow forgot about in Bruges it's in at three in place of Pineapple Express. 

 

2009

1. Mary and Max

2. Up

3. Moon

 

Edit note I had somehow forgot about all the good films this year. fixed now. Tough cuts watchmen, the road. 

 

 

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2005

1.V for Vendetta

2 Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

 

2006

1. Lives of Others

2. The Departed

3. The Prestige

 

2007

1. There Will Be blood

2. No Country for Old Men

 

2008

1 Dark Knight

2. The Wrestler

 

2009

1. Inglourious Basterds

2. District 9

 

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