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Old 1st Jan 2007, 17:21   #11
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Watched a load of Alfred Hitchcock back end of the year that never made it to the list because i was without a computer some of the time and without a life the rest of the time! Same goes with my book list...incomplete.

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Hoodwinked
Little Miss Sunshine
Let's go to Prison
Throne of Blood
Transformers
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Fearless
Mulholland Drive
Shrek the Third
Team America
The Painted Veil
The Little Shop of Horrors
Spiderman III
Garfield 2
Flushed Away
Sunshine
The Enigma of Kasper Hauser
Casino Royale
The Life of Brian

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Bagsie next to Kumquat!

15. Ocean's 13 Not as good as the first one, better than the second, full of very attractive men hooray!
14. Last of the Mohicans, TV I love this film
13. Zodiac I really Liked the slow pace, although it could have been half an hour shorter
12. 28 Weeks Later Excellent surprises and filming but the atrocious liberties taken with London's topography really bugged me.
11. 28 Days Later, DVD Excellent, dark, forbidding, scary.
10. District 13, DVD Not as good as Taxi although the free running was very cool
9. The Day After Tomorrow, TV Harmless fun, but I do wish they would have burnt the far more fuel-efficient furniture rather than the books!
8. Cock and Bull Story, DVD Meh.
7. Shrek, TV Such fun.
6. Innocence, DVD / It only gets one star for footage of a snail.
5. The Last King of Scotland Brilliant film. Forest Whittaker deserves the oscar I think.
4. Castle in the Air, DVD Beautiful, as all the Studio Ghibli films are, but too long
3. Ice Age 2, DVD Meh, amusing for an hour or so, sappy love story, silly sloth.
2. Snakes on a Plane, DVD 1/2 Absolutely the most ridiculous thing I've seen in a long long time, and great fun for it!..
1. Perfume 1/2 I've had a really hard time deciding what I thought about this. I think I basically had a hard time because I was conscious throughout that I suspect the book is a richer experience all together and I was missing out.
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23 A Scanner Darkly (DVD)
22 Miss Potter (DVD)
21 The Sentinel (DVD)
20 Pirates of the Caribbean - At World's End (Cinema)
19 Casino Royale (DVD)
18 Tsotsi (DVD)
17 Full Circle (3 DVD Set)
16 Phone Booth (TV)
15 Das Leben der Anderen (Cinema)
14 Persuasion (1995 Video)
13 Persuasion (2007 TV)
12 Mesmer (DVD)
11 The Queen (DVD)
10 Don't Move (DVD)
09 Volver (DVD) 1/2
08 The Children of Men (DVD)
07 Hackers (TV)
06 Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban (TV)
05 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (DVD)
04 Bowfinger (TV)
03 An Inconvenient Truth (DVD)
02 Perfume (Cinema)
01 The Wind in the Willows (TV)
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Lucoid's film list, 2007

43. The Number 23
42. Needful Things
41. Transformers
40. Roman Holiday
39. Hot Fuzz
(Buy this from Amazon)
38. Keeping Mum
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37. Shrek the Third
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36. Wild Hogs
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35. The Queen
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34. A Cock and Bull Story
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33. The Stepford Wives (rewatch - found it more entertaining this time, for some reason; pre-wedding madness perhaps)
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32. Napoleon Dynamite
BUY IT! It's great! (Buy this from Amazon)
31. Fun With Dick & Jane
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30. The Wedding Crashers
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29. Borat
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28. Alexander
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27. Bridget Jones Edge of Reason
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26. Ghost World
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25. 300
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24. Spiderman 2
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23. Zoolander
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22. Equilibrium
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21. The Green Mile (all the way through this time!)
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20. Blackadder's Christmas Carol
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19. I Heart Huckabees
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18. Natural Born Killers
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17. Election
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16. Nicholas Nickleby
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15. Four Weddings & a Funeral
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14. The Devil Wears Prada
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13. Brokeback Mountain
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12. Slither (DVD) .5
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11. Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (DVD)
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10. Nanny McPhee (DVD) / - I just can't decide!
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9. Confetti (DVD)
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8. Casablanca (taped off telly)
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7. Speed (TV) - potentially but I've seen it too often to know anymore
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6. Miller's Crossing (DVD)
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5. The Shipping News (TV)
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4. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (TV)
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3. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (DVD)
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2. The Girl Can't Help It (TV)
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1. The Importance of Being Earnest (TV)
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28. Elf (2003)
27. Howl's Moving Castle (2006) first anime
26. Poltergeist (1982)
25. Keeping the Faith (2000) Embarrassing at the beginning and end, some good dialogue and conflict midways
24. Blazing Saddles - (1974) Always funny, no matter how many times it's been
23. The Birds (1963) "It's about love and hate, mom."
22. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)
21. Asylum (2005)
20. An Inconvenient Truth (2006)
19. Dangerous Beauty
18. Brooklyn Lobster (2005)
17. Scoop (2006)
16. The Simpsons Movie (2007)
15. Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005) for the dolphins, otherwise it's a
14. Children of Men (2006)
13. Ratatouille (2007)
12. Napoleon Dynamite (2004)
11. Fur- An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus (2006)
10. The Lives of Others (2007)
9. Leonard Cohen - I'm Your Man (2006) +
8. Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
7. Volcano (1997) ash cloud from the Palimpsest spring 07 blackout
6. Good Night and Good Luck (2005)
5. You Can Count on Me (2000)
4. The Last Mimzy (2007) boring, awful
3. Smiles of a Summer Night (1955) ...fell asleep
2. Night at the Museum (2006) Just fun
1. Fitzcarraldo (1981) for the way it captivated my 9yr old. His first truly good movie and the first time we've watched anything equally enthralled.

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85. Black Narcissus
The best of the mainstream lesbian nun movies.
84. A Matter of Life & Death
See thread.
83. I Am Legend
See thread.
82. The Innocents
Oh, my.
81. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Not too bad, but a game of two halves. I enjoyed the first half but drifted away as it lumbered towards the finale.
80.
Day Watch (Dnevnoy Dozor) ½
Not up to the standard of the first, but still an entertaining spectacle. See thread for Night Watch.
79. Night Watch (Nochnoi Dozor) ½
Barmy, utterly barmy. See thread.
78. Babe: Pig in the City
The movie responsible for all the bad things in the world. Without this, there'd be no cruelty, hate, anger, despair, sadness, heartbreak, paedophilia, suicide, Global Warming, terrorism, economic meltdown, death, civil disorder, poverty, hunger, disease, debt, famine, crime, phobias, mental illness, murder, maiming, avian flu, threats of meteor impact or evil. This will not do, pig.
77. Dead of Night

Dated (it's 1946 and some of it really looks it), but for sheer invention and they-did-it-here-first-ness, it's unbeatable. Even the weak golfing mid-section has a gruesome frisson when the loser of the bet calmly walks into the lake to drown himself.
76. Haute Tension (Switchblade Romance, High Tension)
Belting little slasher flick, with the gorgeous Cécile de France suffering manfully.
75. 30 Days of Night
See thread.
74. Hellboy
A real blast...out-goths Tim Burton's always-too-eager blacked-out gloom-mongering nonsense with ease.
73. Little Miss Sunshine
See thread.
72. Solas (Alone)
See thread.
71. Hard Candy
Oh dear... a couple of years ago David Slade's controversy du jour caused quite a stir for ten minutes...now it seems a little too desperate to stir things up. Undeniably well-played and executed, mind.
70. Ratatouille
Pixar's latest is madcap fun, but too too, y'know?
69. Do I Love You?
Supposedly a romantic comedy about life, this turgid pile of plop is none of those things. It's not even a film. It is, however, utterly awful.
68. A Tale of Two Sisters (Janghwa, Hongryeon)
The director and writer of A Bittersweet Life tops - if that were possible - that effort with one of the best creep-fest horror movies of all time. Like nothing you've ever seen before. A re-definition of what it means to be scared.
67. Atonement
See thread.
66. Wrong Turn
Lovely Eliza Dushku in a very-slight-above-average Pretty Teens In Disarray slasher movie.
65. The Bourne Supremacy
Completing the set.
64. The Bourne Identity
Swift re-watch (see 46, below).
63. The Bourne Ultimatum
See thread.
62. Groundhog Day
Can you believe it, I'd never seen this. Utter plop. Not an event I'll be repeating again and again, let me tell you.
61. The Kindred
Third schlocker of the night, and a staple 80s genetic experiment gore-fest. Quite poor, but entertaining in a dumbass way.
60. Funny Man
WTF! Brit Shock horror that does nothing to convince the film-going public we can do this genre anymore. Loads of Braindead influences wasted to buggery. 'Notable' for being Rhona Cameron's big screen debut. Yeah. That's what I thought.
59. El Buque Maldito
Amando de Ossorio's Blind Dead tetralogy stumbles to a second sequel. Silly, but creepy in places.
58. The Dam Busters
Stirring, but ultimately tragic tribute to the men-in-sheds school of invention, and the clear-sighted young men who try and realise their inspired ideas. Some great shots of Lancs in flight, especially over Lincoln Cathedral.
57. Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban
Just to make sure they did do a decent one.
56. Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix
My interest (as with the books at this beyond-half-way stage) is waning like a eunuch's ardour.
55. Sin City ½
Ugh. A star-and-a-half for Carla Gugino and Clive Owen, but ultimately this is territory.
54. Waitress ½
See thread.
53. Die Hard 4.0
See thread.
52. Motel Hell
51. All the Boys Love Mandy Lane
The best thing I've seen in ages. See thread.
50. The Abandoned
See thread.
49. Hell's Ground (Zibahkhana) ½
See thread.
48. End of the Line
See thread.
47. Where the Truth Lies
Engrossing, intriguing murder mystery that hops between 1957 and 1972 with studied ease, examining the seedier side of fame. Another can't-take-your-eyes-off-him performance from Kevin Bacon.
46. The Bourne Identity
Obviously Franka Potente helps, but this is a cracking, old skool espionage actioner filled with wince-makingly tough challenges and using-anything-to-hand fisticuffs. Look away when he grabs the Bic biro.
45. Slither
Shoulda known, huh?
44. Se7en
Fincher's masterpiece; still the only film I've ever seen three times in one week at the movies.
43. as 18., below, just on DVD
42. Tell No One (Ne le dis * personne)
See thread.
41. Zodiac
See thread.
40. Oldboy
I feel I've been assaulted, frankly, but this is phenomenal stuff. Full of memorable themes, scenes and issues. It's going to be a stayer.
39. Kill Bill (vol 1)
I can't stick Tarantino, so was surprised to find myself loving this. Hell, it even ended too soon. Mind, it had Lucy Liu in it, so that may have affected my opinion.
38. 28 Weeks Later...
See thread.
37. Zatoichi
An old Japanese folk story updated. It's crazy, funny, packed with cartoon-y violence, and some genuinely bone-crunching violence, and it ends in the most bizarre tap-dancing sequence of all time! Yeah. Really.
36. Keane
Powerhouse performance from the always-on-screen Damian Lewis as an unhinged man searching for his lost daughter. A little too one-tone (pitch black) and the redemptive moment owes a great deal to The Woodsman, but very affecting and will stick in the mind for days afterwards. A grower, may revise the rating upwards...
35. A Bittersweet Life (Dalkomhan insaeng)
See thread.
34. Fracture
Humph.
33. The Squid and the Whale
See thread.
32. Sunshine +
See thread.
31. Angel Heart
An old favourite. Full of atmosphere and foreboding. If you don't get the trick, placed under your nose at the very start, the ending is great.
"I know who I am!"
30. Hostel
See thread.
29. 300 /
See thread.
28. The Incredibles ½
See thread.
27. Walk the Line
See thread.
26. Outlaw
See thread.
25. Amélie
Fabuleux!
24. The Woodsman
See thread.
23. Orchestra Seats (Fauteuils d'orchestre)
See thread.
22. The Ring two
Naomi Watts again, and the lad who played her son, plus the director of the original Japanese Ringu (Hideo Nakata) but this never really rises above 'mostly interesting' or 'a bit eerie'. The best bit is the short movie, Rings, a DVD extra that establishes the link between movie 1 and movie 2. Now that's a , very entertaining, stylistic little creep-fest.
21. The Number 23
A movie for butt heads.
20. Babe
That'll do, pig. That'll do.
19. Taxi Driver
Not quite the visceral alienation shock-fest I remember from my twenties (although that may be me growing up and seeing different things in it), but still an awesome film about peripheral people and the cracks they fall down; socially and psychologically, a terrific movie.
18. Hot Fuzz /
See thread.
17. Scandal
It was never brilliant anyway, but boy this looks dated now.
16. Notes on a Scandal ½
See thread.
15. Night of the Demon
Just got the DVD...my slightly-more-frequent-than-annual treat.
14. Mona Lisa
Forgotten how good this old Bob Hoskins movie was. How someone can be so intimidating and vulnerable at the same time really is extraordinary. Great, creepy turn from Michael Caine, too.
13. Rebecca
Relatively early Hitch, but oh, what a star the man is. Some of the imagery surrounding Judith Anderson's murderously heartbroken Mrs Danvers ("Look down there. It's easy, isn't it? Why don't you? Why don't you? Go on. Go on. Don't be afraid...") is fabulous. Great performances from everyone, but Anderson steals it by a country mile.
12. Anti-bodies (Antikörper)
Smashing focussing-on-those-left-behind German-made thriller. Watch it get remade: badly.
11. 28 Days Later...
See thread.
10. The Time Machine
Shame, really wanted to like this. A likeable cast (the always-excellent Guy Pearce) let down by fatal 'improvements' to the plot. The 1960 Rod Taylor version is way better.
9. The Ring (remake)
Harrumph. Gorgeous, gorgeous Naomi Watts but too, too confused and silly. Entertainingly stylised and tries hard to be different, but another in a long line of could've-stopped-it-anywhere-and-it-would-have-made-just-as-much-sense movies. That's not to say there aren't some very good things in it, but the Japanese version is better for being more unsettling.
8. The Last King of Scotland
See thread.
7. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
About as entertaining and enjoyable as bowel cancer.
6. JFK
Oh, don't think I buy into it for one moment (Oswald acted alone; sheesh, the name 'Lee' does that to people) but this is the most actively entertaining hokum you could imagine. Great performances, direction, imagery, etc, but in Kevin Bacon and Donald Sutherland my two favourite cameos of all time. In the same movie! And one of my favourite ever lines:
"You don't know shit 'cause you've never been fucked in the ass!"
5. Identity
Shocking. No, not in that way.
4. The Usual Suspects
Old McDonald had a farm ee i ee i o. And on that farm he shot some guys. Badda boom badda bing bang boom
3. Re-animator
Superb splatstick horror-com, with gruesomely over the top dialogue and imagery. One of my faves as an adolescent, and still great fun. Thank you Film4.
2. The Motorcycle Diaries
Yeah, quite late to this, I know...fantastic elegaic, unforgettable film which just goes to prove that Greene was right when he said "Man is made by the places in which he lives."
1. Apocalypto /
Mel Gibson's arrogance thrown up onto the screen like a drunken insult.
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34. You're Gonna Miss Me
33. Leon the Professional
32. No End
31. Heaven
30. Blind Chance
29. Mouchette
28. Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai
27. George Washington
26. The Double Life of Veronique Harvey Weinstein is a bonehead for changing the ending of the American release. Thank goodness for DVDs.
25. Annie Hall
24: Place Vendome
23: Inside Man
22. Music & Lyrics
21. Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price
20. Jonestown: The Life & Death of the People's Temple
19. Sir! No Sir!
18. The Queen
17. Badlands "Takes all kinds."
16. Volver That's what going to the movies ought to be about!
15. Power Trip
14. Kekexili: Mountain Patrol
13. Casino Royale
12. Wordplay
11. Fast Food Nation So awesome!
10. Word Wars
9. 49 Up
8. 42 Up
7. 35 Up
6. 28 Up
5. 21 Up
4. 7 Up & 7 Plus 7
3. The Killing Fields somewhat lamentable for it's focus on the American reporter rather than the Cambodian one.
2. Platoon also dated, but finishable (barely).
1. Z couldn't finish it; too dated.
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21. The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne
20. The Cement Garden
19. Notes on a Scandal
18. Atonement
17. The Simpsons Movie
16. Hairspray
15. Starter for Ten
14. Jean de Florette
13. Hot Fuzz again!
12. Hotel Rwanda
11. Pay It Forward
10. Meet the Robinsons
9. Children of Men
8. Hot Fuzz
7. Big
6. Arthur and the Invisibles (when compared to other kiddie films)
5. The Squid and the Whale
4. Pleasantville
3. Bruce Almighty
2. Strangers on a Train
1. This is Spinal Tap
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Gil's Filmlists - mostly Sky or Terrestrial re-runs

85 A Shooting Party I didn't really enjoy it, but it was very good. James Mason, Ralph Richardson, Edward Fox and many many more in a drama about a weekend shoot.

84 Hidden (Caché) Stylish, oh, so stylish, French movie about a man haunted by a bad turn he did to another boy when he was six. Sounds awful, plot illogical, but beautifully filmed. One extremely dramatic and surprising moment near the end and a sinister conclusion under the titles. Pay attention or you'll miss them.

83 The Battle of Britain Star-studded, spectacular, 1960s account of the air defence of Britain in 1940. This goes back to the days when every schoolboy could distinguish a Hawker Hurricane from a Supermarine Spitfire from a Messerschitt 109b at two miles in poor light. This movie dates from before CGI, and all the flying is real and much of it awesome. It's not just a 2 hour shoot 'em up. Real issues are explored, including arguments at the Air Ministry and the effect on the Luftwaffe of the attrition during daytime raids. And it's actually quite fair to the Germans. It's not particularly bloodthirsty. Recommended, if you like war movies.

82 Spy Game Robert Redford and Brad Pitt in a CIA thriller directed by Tony Scott. That's a formula for a good movie, and it worked for me. Twists, double-crosses, lies, violence and international incidents for 90+ minutes. This is the second time I'd seen it and it really helped. The story is set in 24 hours in a CIA conference room with lots of flashbacks. Loved it.

81 Superman returns Don't bother.

80 The Bourne Supremacy Better than average thriller. Enjoyed it while knowing it was a bit nonsensical.

79 Snakes on a Plane Thriller / Horror / Farce. Airliner invaded by multiple different venomous snakes enraged by pheromones. Don't make me laugh. But I did. Throughout. Though I don't think I was meant to.

78 Ice Age (The Thaw) Beautifully animated, charming tale of prehistoric animals. Not as good as the first - it's a little self-conscious and fragmented. However, I'm giving it 4 stars for entertainment value. Especially the squirrel-like proto-mammal creature, who really works hard for his acorns.

77 The Black Dahlia See separate review (I've pointed this at amner's opening review, which says eloquently what I thought. My own additional gripes are in a subsequent posting.)

76 The Painted Veil See separate review

75 Miss Potter See separate review

Another big gap in my viewing history here... I'll try and fill it in, but only the memorable will survive.

74 Die Another Day Potentially quite good, but spoiled by silly over the top stuff.

73 Funeral in Berlin Boy, has this aged. But still mildly entertaining hokum.

72 Contagion Do not even go there.

71 A Good Year Someone remarked that this would have been a better movie with Hugh Grant rather than Russell Crowe in the lead. I tend to disagree. In Grant's hands this would have been a softly mocking comedy. With Crowe's latent brutality, it was something more. But the actors deserved a better screenplay.

70 Notes on a Scandal Excellent movie with excellent acting from Judi Dench, Cate Blanchett, Bill Nighy and, indeed, everyone. I just didn't like the story much, otherwise it'd have 5 stars.

69 Lost in Translation I tried this before and failed to complete. I watched it all this time, despite yawns, and it was a total waste of time. Some nice dreamy pics of Tokyo and a few, very few, comic moments won it the single star.

68 The Edge - Bear vs Anthony Hopkins ; Alec Baldwin vs Anthony Hopkins ; Elle McFurtive vs Anthony Hopkins. Hopkins wins all three bouts. Entertaining tosh set in lovely Canadian scenery, featuring a lovable pet bear who pretends to be savage for dramatic purposes.

67 Syriana - Taut thriller with a Byzantine plot. The star, George Clooney, was probably the least accomplished actor, and even he gave an excellent performance.

66 Good Night and Good Luck Big disappointment. Good acting, but it was all a bit of a damp squib.

65 You, Me and Dupree Judgement reached after fifteen minutes of this self-serving schlock. How did Michael Douglas get himself involved in it?

64 Matador Sat through the lot. Big mistake. Absolute tripe.

63 Amélie
Charming. Starts better than it ends, I think, but a must-see.

Rather erratic period in movie-viewing due to long periods abroad in May and June. Then there was Wimbledon and two Grand Prix...

62 Casino Royale
see separate review

61 Proof
Drama about a mathematical proof. Not really suited to film, it could have been a radio play, but well-acted by Miss Paltrow, Jake Gyllenhall and Anthony Hopkins.

60 Herbie Fully Loaded
Surprised by my 4 star rating? Don't be. This is a thoroughly entertaining movie with Lindsay Lohan, Michael Keaton and Matt Dillon. And Herbie, of course. Yes, it's hokum. But it's excellent hokum. Its 90 minutes passed in a flash and it was never boring.

59 Asylum
First class film adaptation of the McGrath book. Haven't read the book, but the movie was strong meat, indeed. Recommended

58 The Life Aquatic
Tripe. Tripe of the unmitigated variety.

57 Firewall
Poor thriller with Harrison Ford whose family is held hostage while he helps the crooks rob his bank. If it happened to me, I'd give them the money right away without all the mayhem, because banks are insured against this sort of thing, and I wouldn't endanger my family for them. What it has to do with the title is anyone's guess.

56 16 Blocks
Predictable good cop / bad cop destruction fest, as a very tired Bruce Willis hauls a loquacious prisoner to court for an hour and a half.

55 The Last King of Scotland
Not very memorable, rather fanciful, and not convincing. Though Forrest Whitaker did jolly well, it wasn't very menacing.

54 The Long Kiss Goodnight
Remarkably entertaining thriller, despite the obligatory killings, shooting matches, explosions, collateral damage and friendly fire. Geena Davis and Samuel L Jackson star.

53 Four Weddings and a Funeral
Yes, it becomes a little flimsy once you know it off by heart, but it's still a nice movie.

52 The Departed
High class violence and tension - see separate review

51 The Billion Dollar Brain dir Ken Russell
Never the best of the Ipcress File group of movies, it suffers greatly from length of tooth, though the Finnish scenes are very nice. Not Ken Russell's best work. Nevertheless Len Deighton's book predicted the Westernisation of Latvia, and the NeoCon lunacy thirty years ago!

50 The Ipcress File
Classic spy tale by Len Deighton, starring Michael Caine. Still an excellent movie. The book is even better.

Vera Drake
This may be great cinema, but I shall never know. It was so painfully gritty-real in the first five minutes that I couldn't take it.

49 Rebecca (1940) dir Alfred Hitchcock
Joan Fontaine as the terrified second wife of Max de Winter (Lawrence Olivier) persecuted by Mrs Danvers (Judith Anderson) in Daphne du Maurier's story. Excellent.

48 Nanny McPhee
Very nice kids' movie for grown-ups.

47 The Fourth Angel
Second or third-rate revenge thriller which would have received only or even a were it not for Jeremy Irons' and Forest Whitaker's performances.

46 A Good Woman
Oscar Wilde's Lady Windermere's Fan by another name, set in Amalfi. Happily, most of Oscar's words were left in. Helen Hunt delightful as the seductive Mrs Erlynne and Scarlett Johanssen, whom I find rather unattractive and pie-faced, nevertheless convincing as Meg Windermere.

45 Inside Man dir. Spike Lee
Crime caper with Clive Owen and Denzel Washington. Quite gripping. Shades of Brookmyre's The Sacred Art of Stealing. Clever plot twists would baffle the average cinema-goer, I suspect.

44 The 5th Element
Saw it again. Very good, great effects, funny, the gun battle went on too long as usual. Satisfactorily tense ending.

43 Emma (The 1996 Gwyneth Paltrow Emma)
Excellent, I thought. Gwyneth quite accomplished in this. Like Ewan McGregor, who appeared in it, I haven't read the book, but I have seen several Emmas, and this is the best.

42 Wallis and Gromit - Curse of the Were-Rabbit
Very run-of-the-mill, I thought, compared with The Wrong Trousers. Lots of big-name voice-overs, but basically damp squid. Watched it twice to make sure. Not terrible, so I've boosted to 3 stars.

41 Birdy Very old Nicolas Cage movie - a very young-looking Cage, with Matthew Modine as a boy obsessed with birds. The overall plot: Cage (now a Vietnam war veteran) tries to awake a catatonic Modine by reminding him of tales of their childhood. That part is poor, but the flashbacks are excellent. It should only have had 2 stars, but the flashbacks redeemed it.

40 Transamerica Not my usual film-fare. A man (soon to become a woman in a sex-change op - he already dresses as a woman) meets and crosses America with his (her) estranged son. The son is unaware of his companion's real sex and relationship. Sometimes funny, often embarrassing, touching, but not weepy. Felicity Huffman of Desperate Housewives plays the father disturbingly convincingly.

39 Derailed Competent thriller with Clive Owen and Jennifer Aniston

38 Paparazzi Fairly entertaining thriller about a film star getting his revenge on paparazzi who caused a car accident that injured his family. I wonder where they got that idea...

37 American Dreamz
"Imagine a country where the President never reads the newspaper, where the government goes to war for all the wrong reasons, and more people vote for a pop idol than their next President." This could have been very good... but it wasn't. Made 2006, straight to video.

36 A History of Violence Good in parts. See thread.

35 Ferris Bueller's Day Off again

34 Sliding Doors again

33 Brokeback Mountain and a bit See separate review

32 Red Eye Reasonably diverting thriller set on board a plane. The interior of the aircraft is supposed to be a Boeing 767, but the exterior shots are of an Airbus A320, Boeing 727, Boeing 737, and Boeing 777. If you aren't into plane spotting, it doesn't matter, but I kept thinking we had changed planes.

31 Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang Noir detective comedy with Val Kilmer and Robert Downey. Scooped a prize for the most under-appreciated movie of 2005. Snappy clever dialogue - see the quotes.

30 The Hours An excellent gripping movie, so good that I watched it avidly despite hating the very idea of it.

29 Flightplan This would have had four stars had it not been for the totally implausible (though entertaining) twist at the end. A great, tense thriller with a distraught Jodie Foster and a surprising performance from Sean Bean as a solid British airline pilot.

28 Moonstruck OK, it's a slushfest in places, but it's funny, too, and this is one of my favourite movies. Cher, Nicholas Cage, Olympia Dukakis, Tony Aiello... Dean Martin with That's Amore.

27 Separate Lies Adapted from Nigel Balchin's 'A Way Through the Wood', this is an excellent eternal triangle drama with Tom Wilkinson, Emily Watson and Rupert Everett. Full of tension and emotion, and VERY believable.

26 Four Brothers What is the matter with these guys? Incomprehensible rubbish, topped with an unlikely ending. Where is my life going? Two turds in a row...

25 Elizabethtown I have to confess to only surviving about 10 minutes of this tripe. A movie like this, why bother making it? Nice cinematography, but I cannot recommend it.

24 Spartan Violent thriller with Val Kilmer and William Macy. Various twists and turns in a Byzantine CIA plot. I'll have to watch it again to get it all, and it'll be a pleasure.

23 United 93 Docudrama about the 9-11 hi-jack that missed its target. Actually rather good, and lacking any sentimentality. I particularly appreciated for the first time the confusion in Air Traffic Control and the Military.

22 Crime and Punishment Quite a good, though somehow brief, exposition of the story. This is the Patrick Dempsey / Ben Kingsley version. There are 26 films of that name in IMDB!

21 Charade lightweight comedy thriller with Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn etc. etc. I enjoyed it a lot when it first came out in the sixties. It has not really stood the test of time.

20 Children of Men see separate review

19 In Her Shoes Ignorable rubbish, relieved only by the presence of Cameron Diaz and Toni Collette (Muriel of Muriel's Wedding)

18 Dark Water Japanese-derived horror movie. Quite tense, and I enjoyed it better than The Ring.

17 The Grapes of Wrath This John Ford classic is still very good, but the obvious studio shots rather spoil the overall effect.

16 Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Incidents Watched it again. It really is splendid.

15 Revolver This missed the 4 star category because it was a bit incoherent. Ray Liotta is always a treat, and Guy Ritchie (dir) knows how to do serious violence in a comic fashion.

14 Spanglish Not a great screenplay, but excellent performances by Paz Vega, Tea Leoni and Adam Sandler. In the past, Adam Sandler's name on the cast list would have been a turn-off for me. But the jackass was completely missing from his performance in this.

13 The Browning Version (the original 1951 version with Michael Redgrave) Truly excellent - OK, Terence Rattigan didn't seem to understand the school promotion system, but the tension he creates...

12 The Italian Job (the original one with Michael Caine and Benny Hill) Better than I remembered. All the stunts were real - No cgi in those days.

11 The Queen Excellent, but see separate review.

10 Five Easy pieces What is it about this movie? I've seen it before, and it bored me stiff, but it receives so much praise I thought I must be mistaken. I wasn't.

9 Extreme Measures Competent Medical thriller with Hugh Grant. Starts (with mysteries) better than it finishes (with Hollywood shootouts)

8 King Kong Excellent, in my opinion. See separate review.

7 Madagascar It was OK, but I was disappointed. Ice Age and the Shreks were better.

6 2 Days in the Valley Romantic Black Comedy set in California. Plenty blood and rage. Lots of twists. Decorative girls. Tender moments. Lovable bull terrier. Really enjoyed it.

5 The War of the Worlds The drama and pacing, the special effects and aliens were all excellent. Tom Cruise, hero of the Universe... less convincing. The trademark Spielberg mawkish ending.. tolerable. The scenes in the cellar with tentacles probing went on too long. I was deeply impressed with the "thunderstorms" and the runaway train.

4 The Usual Suspects Watched this classic again. Loved it again. Do not miss it.

3 Keeping Mum Maggie Smith, Rowan Atkinson, Kristin Scott Thomas, Patrick Swayze in a black comedy. Undemanding entertainment.

2 The Brothers Grimm Terry Gilliam's worst movie to date. All that yelling and shouting and cgi action; all those awful in-jokes on fairy tales; silly plot; bad acting. Waste of celluloid. I'd have given it a were it not for the set dressing.

1 The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Quite nice. The girl playing Lucy was very good, and the lion was excellent. The beavers were pretty irritating, but they are C.S.Lewis's fault. The lion was magnificent, as were the centaurs. There were a number of strangenesses. Some of the animals were allowed clothes and armour, while others weren't. Some walked unnaturally upright, others went quadruped.

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06 Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950)

05 Zodiac

04 Anna M Mentally disturbed woman develops crush on married doctor and stalks him. Then persecutes him. Creepily effective a lot of the time, but some ridiculously over-the-top bits reminiscent of the loathsome Fatal Attraction.

03 Lady Chatterley French adaptation, directed by the excellent Pascale Ferran, of a lesser-known version of the infamous novel. Recently won the César [French-style Oscar] for best French film of 2006. A good half-hour too long at 2'40"; content but luscious photography definitely , so that averages out at , I reckon.

02 The Lives of Others [Das Leben der Anderen] Harrowingly brilliant thriller about the activities of the East German secret police. Set for the most part in 1984... 2007 Oscar for best foreign film. Due for UK release in April.

01 Iris [DVD] [three out of three for Judi Dench, one out of two for the rest]

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