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#41 Bogie56

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Posted 24 June 2017 - 01:40 PM

I'm going to have a massive 'still to see' list for 2002.  If anyone wishes to comment on those films just to let you know, I do know the plots already.  In fact I have copies of most of the films but just have not gotten around to watching them yet.  But if you would like to mention why you picked the performers you listed on those films that would be most welcome!



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Posted 24 June 2017 - 11:17 AM

 

2002 Favorites

 

Chiwetel Ejiofor (Dirty Pretty Things)

 

For some reason I had this listed with my 2003 choices, so this should have been on my list, too. I'll add him now.


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Posted 24 June 2017 - 11:12 AM

2002 Favorites

dirty-pretty-things.jpgDirty Pretty Things

 
Best Actor
 
Adrien Brody (The Pianist)
Javier Camara (Talk to Her)
Chiwetel Ejiofor (Dirty Pretty Things)
Cillian Murphy (28 Days Later)
 
Best Actress
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Geraldine McEwan, left, The Magdalene Sisters
 
Nicole Kidman (The Hours)
Geraldine McEwan (The Magdalene Sisters)
Parminda Nagra (Bend It Like Beckham)
 
Best Supporting Actor
 
Paul Newman (Road to Perdition)
Andy Serkis (The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers)
 
Best Supporting Actress
 
Lainie Kazan (My Big Fat Greek Wedding)
Sophie Okonedo (Dirty Pretty Things)
Zohra Segal (Bend It Like Beckham)
 

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Posted 24 June 2017 - 10:53 AM

2002
Best Picture
Adaptation
Chicago
City of God
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
Far from Heaven
Gangs of New York
The Pianist
Road to Perdition

Best Director
Todd Haynes, Far from Heaven
Spike Jonze, Adaptation
Fernando Meirelles, City of God
Roman Polanski, The Pianist
Martin Scorsese, Gangs of New York

Best Actor
Adrien Brody (Władysław Szpilman), The Pianist
Nicolas Cage (Charlie Kaufman/Donald Kaufman), Adaptation*
Steve Coogan (Tony Wilson), 24 Hour Party People*
Daniel Day-Lewis (William “Bill the Butcher” Cutting), Gangs of New York*
Sam Rockwell (Charles “Chuck” Barris), Confessions of a Dangerous Mind*

Paddy Considine (Johnny Sullivan), In America
Kieran Culkin (Jason “Igby” Slocumb Jr.), Igby Goes Down
Leonardo DiCaprio (Frank Abagnale Jr), Catch Me if You Can
Leonardo DiCaprio (Amsterdam Vallon), Gangs of New York
Colin Farrell (Stuart “Stu” Shepard), Phone Booth
Richard Gere (William “Billy” Flynn), Chicago
Hugh Grant (Will Freeman), About a Boy
Paul Gross (Chris Cutter), Men with Brooms
Tom Hanks (Carl Hanratty), Catch Me if You Can
Tom Hanks (Michael Sullivan Sr.), Road to Perdition
Alfred Molina (Diego Rivera), Frida
Jack Nicholson (Warren R. Schmidt), About Schmidt
Al Pacino (Detective Will Dormer), Insomnia
Robin Williams (Seymour “Sy” Parrish), One Hour Photo

Best Actress
Salma Hayek (Frida Kahlo), Frida*
Nicole Kidman (Virginia Woolf), The Hours*
Julianne Moore (Cathy Whitaker), Far from Heaven
Meryl Streep (Clarissa Vaughan), The Hours*
Renee Zellweger (Roxanne “Roxie” Hart), Chicago*

Jennifer Aniston (Justine Last), The Good Girl
Jodie Foster (Meg Altman), Panic Room
Maggie Gyllenhaal (Lee Holloway), Secretary
Jena Malone (Margie Flynn), The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys
Samantha Morton (Sarah Sullivan), In America
Julianne Moore (Laura Brown), The Hours
Hilary Swank (Detective Ellie Burr), Insomnia

Best Supporting Actor
Chris Cooper (John Laroche), Adaptation*
Daniel Craig (Connor Rooney), Road to Perdition*
Dennis Haysbert (Raymond Deagan), Far from Heaven
Djimon Hounsou (Mateo Kuamey), In America*
John C. Reilly (Amos Hart), Chicago*

Kenneth Branagh (Professor Gilderoy Lockhart), Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Paddy Considine (Rob Gretton), 24 Hour Party People*
Ed Harris (Richard “Richie” Brown), The Hours
Sean Harris (Ian Curtis), 24 Hour Party People
Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy), Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Leslie Nielsen (Gordon Cutter), Men with Brooms
Paul Newman (John Rooney), Road to Perdition
Edward Norton (Nelson Rockefeller), Frida
Dennis Quaid (Frank Whitaker), Far from Heaven
Andy Serkis (Gollum/Smeagol), Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Kiefer Sutherland (The Caller), Phone Booth
Christopher Walken (Frank Abagnale Sr.), Catch Me if You Can
Forest Whitaker (Burnham), Panic Room
Robin Williams (Walter Finch), Insomnia

Best Supporting Actress
Catherine Zeta-Jones (Velma Kelly), Chicago
Queen Latifah (Matron “Mama” Morton), Chicago*
Brittany Murphy (Alex Latorno), 8 Mile*
Susan Sarandon (Mimi Slocumb), Igby Goes Down*
Meryl Streep (Susan Orlean), Adaptation*

Amy Adams (Brenda Strong), Catch Me if You Can
Patricia Clarkson (Eleanor Fine), Far From Heaven
Toni Collette (Fiona Brewer), About a Boy
Shirley Henderson (Lindsay Wilson), 24 Hour Party People
Jennifer Jason Leigh (Annie Sullivan), Road to Perdition
Andrea Martin (Aunt Voula), My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Molly Parker (Amy Foley), Men with Brooms
Julie Walters (Molly Weasley), Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Rachel Weisz (Rachel), About a Boy

Best Juvenile Performance
Emma Bolger (Ariel Sullivan), In America
Sarah Bolger (Christy Sullivan), In America
Daveigh Chase (Samara), The Ring
Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy), Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Tyler Hoechlin (Michael Sullivan Jr.), Road to Perdition
Nicholas Hoult (Marcus Brewer), About a Boy
Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter), Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Douglas Silva (Dadinho/Little Eddy/Lil Dice), City of God

Best Original Song
Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride by Mark Keali’I Ho’omalu From Lilo and Stitch
I’m Still Here by John Rzeznik from Treasure Planet
Lose Yourself by Eminem from 8 Mile
The Hands that Built America by U2 from Gangs of New York

Best Adapted Song
Cell Block Tango by Catherine Zeta-Jones and cast from Chicago
Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve) by The Buzzcocks from 24 Hour Party People
Love Will Tear Us Apart by Joy Division from 24 Hour Party People

Best Vocal Performance
Daveigh Chase as Chihiro Ogino in Spirited Away
Tia Carrere as Nani Pelekai in Lilo and Stitch
Brian Murray as Long John Silver in Treasure Planet

​Best Cameos
​Matt Damon and Brad Pitt as would be The Dating Game contestants Matt and Brad in Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
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Posted 24 June 2017 - 10:22 AM

2002

Actor
Jack Nicholson/About Schmidt
Paddy Considine/In America
Daniel Day-Lewis/Gangs of New York
Hugh Grant/About a Boy
Nicholas Hoult/About a Boy
Adrien Brody/The Pianist
Richard Gere/Chicago
Nicolas Cage/Adaptation.
Leonardo DiCaprio/Catch Me If You Can
Kevin Kline/The Emperor's Club
Michael Caine/The Quiet American
Adam Sandler/Punch-Drunk Love
Dennis Haysbert/Far from Heaven
Woody Allen/Hollywood Ending
Al Pacino/Insomnia

Actress
Diane Lane/Unfaithful
Renee Zellweger/Chicago
Samantha Morton/In America
Julianne Moore/Far from Heaven
Meryl Streep/The Hours
Julianne Moore/The Hours
Sarah Bolger/In America
Nicole Kidman/The Hours
Jennifer Aniston/The Good Girl
Nia Verdalos/My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Parminder Nagra/Bend It Like Beckham
Keisha Castle-Hughes/Whale Rider
Keira Knightley/Bend It Like Beckham
Tea Leoni/Hollywood Ending

Supporting Actor
Djimon Hounsou/In America
John C. Reilly/Chicago
Ian McKellen/The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Michael Constantine/My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Chris Cooper/Adaptation.
Sean Astin/The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Ed Harris/The Hours
Richard Gere/Unfaithful
Christopher Walken/Catch Me If You Can
Emile Hirsch/The Emperor's Club
Robin Williams/Insomnia
Paul Dano/The Emperor's Club
Jonathan Rhys-Meyers/Bend It Like Beckham
Viggo Mortensen/The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Dennis Quaid/Far from Heaven
Philip Seymour Hoffman/Punch-Drunk Love

Supporting Actress
Queen Latifah/Chicago
Catherine Zeta-Jones/Chicago
Toni Collette/About a Boy
Andrea Martin/My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Kathy Bates/About Schmidt
Meryl Streep/Adaptation.
Amy Adams/Catch Me If You Can
Lainie Kazan/My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Emily Watson/Punch-Drunk Love
Patricia Clarkson/Far from Heaven
Hope Davis/About Schmidt
Anna Massey/The Importance of Being Earnest
Christine Baranski/Chicago
Juliet Stevenson/Bend It Like Beckham
Viola Davis/Far from Heaven
Zooey Deschanel/The Good Girl

Juvenile Performance
Nicholas Hoult/About a Boy
Sarah Bolger/In America
Keisha Castle-Hughes/Whale Rider
Emma Bolger/In America
Daniel Radcliffe/Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Rupert Grint/Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Erik Per Sullivan/Unfaithful
Emma Watson/Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
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Posted 24 June 2017 - 10:01 AM

2002

 

BEST ACTOR

Daniel Day-Lewis  Gangs of New York****

Adrien Brody  The Pianist

Nicolas Cage  Adaptation

Greg Kinnear  Auto Focus

Sol Kyung-gu  Public Enemy

Jack Nicholson  About Schmidt

Mel Gibson  Signs

Sam Rockwell  Confessions of a Dangerous Mind

Javier Camara  Talk to Her

Hiroyuki Sanada  The Twilight Samurai

Ray Liotta  Narc

Alfred Molina  Frida

Ralph Fiennes  Spider

Chiwetel Ejiofor  Dirty Pretty Things

Andy Lau  Infernal Affairs

Steve Coogan  24 Hour Party People

Gael Garcia Bernal  The Crime of Father Amaro

James Nesbitt  Bloody Sunday

Cillian Murphy  28 Days Later

Bruce Campbell  Bubba Ho-Tep

 

BEST ACTRESS

Salma Hayek  Frida****

Renee Zellweger  Chicago

Diane Lane  Unfaithful

Samantha Morton  In America

Parminder Nagra  Bend It Like Beckham

Julianne Moore  The Hours

Nicole Kidman  The Hours

Naomie Harris  28 Days Later

Franka Potente  The Bourne Identity

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Chris Cooper  Adaptation****

Willem Dafoe  Auto Focus

Joaquin Phoenix  Signs

Djimon Hounsou  In America

Sergei Dontsov  Russian Ark

Jude Law  Road to Perdition

Philip Seymour Hoffman  25th Hour

Brendan Gleeson  28 Days Later

Clive Owen  The Bourne Identity

Jim Broadbent  Gangs of New York

Sam Elliott  We Were Soldiers

Tony Leung Chiu-wai  Hero

Ossie Davis  Bubba Ho-Tep

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Kathy Bates  About Schmidt****

Meryl Streep  Adaptation

Queen Latifah  Chicago

Catherine Zeta-Jones  Chicago

Emily Watson  Punch-Drunk Love

Archie Panjabi  Bend It Like Beckham

 

BEST JUVENILE PERFORMANCE

Keisha Castle-Hughes  Whale Rider****

Rory Culkin  Signs

Kristen Stewart  Panic Room

Sarah Bolger  In America

Emma Bolger  In America

Abigail Breslin  Signs

Nicholas Hoult  About a Boy


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Posted 24 June 2017 - 08:16 AM

Here are my choices of the 71 films I've seen from 2002 for…

 

Best Supporting Actor of 2002

 

1.  MICHAEL CONSTANTINE (Kostas ‘Gus’ Portokalos), My Big Fat Greek Wedding

2.  CHRIS COOPER (John Laroche), Adaptation

3.  ANDY SERKIS (“Gollum”/Smeagol), The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

4.  ED HARRIS (Richard Brown), The Hours

5.  PAUL NEWMAN (John Rooney), Road to Perdition

 

6.  GABRIEL BYRNE (Bill Cleg/”Plumber”), Spider

7.  JUDE LAW (Harlen Maguire), Road to Perdition

8.  JOHN C. REILLY (Amos Hart), Chicago

9.  DANIEL CRAIG (Connor Rooney), Road to Perdition

10.  JOHN NEVILLE (Terrence), Spider

 

and ..

 

JEFF DANIELS (Louis Waters), The Hours

BILL COBBS (Dr. Elton Lloyd), Sunshine State

DERMOT MULRONEY (Randall Hertzel), About Schmidt

BRENDAN GLEESON (Frank) 28 Days Later

BRIAN COX (Robert McKee), Adaptation

DJIMON HOUNSOU (Mateo Kuamey), In America

KENNETH BRANAGH (Professor Gilderoy Lockhart), Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

MEKHI PHIFER (David ‘Future’ Porter), 8 Mile

OMAR BENSON MILLER (Sol George), 8 Mile

GARY RIENEKE (Freddy), Spider


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Posted 24 June 2017 - 08:12 AM

Here are my choices of the 71 films I've seen from 2002 for…

 

Best Supporting Actress of 2002

 

1.  PAPRIKA STEEN (Marie), Open Hearts

2.  QUEEN LATIFAH (Matron “Mama” Morton), Chicago

3.  KATHY BATES (Roberta Hertzel), About Schmidt

4.  HOPE DAVIS (Jeannie Boardwine Schmidt), About Schmidt

5.  VALERIA GOLINO (Lupe Marin), Frida

 

6.  GERALDINE MCEWAN (Sister Bridget), The Magdalene Sisters

7.  ANDREA MARTIN (Aunt Voula), My Big Fat Greek Wedding

8.  CATHERINE ZETA-JONES (Velma Kelly), Chicago

9.  LAINIE KAZAN (Maria Portokalos), My Big Fat Greek Wedding

10. KIM BASINGER (Stephanie Smith), 8 Mile

 

and ...

 

LYNN REDGRAVE (Mrs. Wilkinson), Spider

TONI COLLETTE (Kitty Barlowe), The Hours

MIRANDA RICHARDSON (Vanessa Bell), The Hours

MERYL STREEP (Susan Orlean), Adaptation

RIE MIYAZAWA (Tomoe Iinuma), The Twilight Samurai

STINE BJERREGAARD (Stine), Open Hearts

VIOLA DAVIS (Dr. Gordon), Solaris


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Posted 24 June 2017 - 05:06 AM

My choice for the Juvenile Acting award for 2002 is…

 

SARAH BOLGER (Christy) EMMA BOLGER (Ariel), In America*


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Posted 24 June 2017 - 05:05 AM

It’s now time for 2002.  We will be on 2002 for one week so plenty of time for everyone to respond.

 

Here are Oscar’s choices for 2002.  Winners in bold. 

 

Best Actor

 

Adrien Brody, The Pianist*

Nicolas Cage, Adaptation

Michael Caine, The Quiet American

Daniel Day-Lewis, Gangs of New York

Jack Nicholson, About Schmidt

 

Best Actress

 

Nicole Kidman, The Hours*

Salma Hayek, Frida

Diane Lane, Unfaithful

Julianne Moore, Far From Heaven

Renee Zellweger, Chicago

 

Best Supporting Actor

 

Chris Cooper, Adaptation*

Ed Harris, The Hours

Paul Newman, Road to Perdition

John C. Reilly, Chicago

Christopher Walken, Catch Me If You Can

 

Best Supporting Actress

 

Catherine Zeta-Jones, Chicago*

Kathy Bates, About Schmidt

Julianne Moore, The Hours

Queen Latifah, Chicago

Meryl Streep, Adaptation



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Posted 24 June 2017 - 05:02 AM

Leading vs. Supporting Categories in 2002 …

IMO Julianne Moore was one of three lead actresses in The Hours.  Oscar had her in the supporting category but her role was just about equal in size and importance to that of Nicole Kidman’s and Meryl Streep’s. 

Miranda Richardson is the lead actress in Spider.  If you add up all of the roles she plays she qualifies as a lead IMO. 

Alfred Molina is the lead actor in Frida.

Edie Falco is lead actress in Sunshine State.

Meryl Streep is supporting in Adaptation.

Rie Miyazawa is supporting in The Twilight Samurai.



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Posted 22 June 2017 - 10:41 PM

Before we hit 2002 I would like to mention that I am going with that year for Whale Rider and In America.  Keisha Castle-Hughes was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar in 2003 for Whale Rider which was originally released at the Toronto Film Festival in September 2002.  Samantha Morton and Djimon Watanabe were nominated for 2003 Oscars for In America but that film was also originally released at the Toronto Film Festival in September 2002.  We will see a lot of this in the coming years.  Films that play the Toronto Film Festival are often put into general release the following year.  But this thread is going by original release dates anywhere in the world and includes film festivals.


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Posted 22 June 2017 - 10:28 PM

Before we hit 2002 I would like to mention that I am going with that year for Whale Rider and In America.  Keisha Castle-Hughes was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar in 2003 for Whale Rider which was originally released at the Toronto Film Festival in September 2002.  Samantha Morton and Djimon Hounsou were nominated for 2003 Oscars for In America but that film was also originally released at the Toronto Film Festival in September 2002.  We will see a lot of this in the coming years.  Films that play the Toronto Film Festival are often put into general release the following year.  But this thread is going by original release dates anywhere in the world and includes film festivals.


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Posted 22 June 2017 - 09:42 AM

This must be the only year when I have two Canadian films to talk about. 

 

Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner is a rare chance to see a movie with Inuit actors. It's set in a hamlet in Nunavut, where the Inuit continue their traditional lifestyle. It's based upon a folk tale about two brothers: Atanarjuat ("the fast one") and Amaqjuag ("the strong one"). It involves shamanism and rivalry for power between families. It's a great introduction to a culture we don't hear of every day. The images of the Arctic region are stunning.

 

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Lost and Delirious is an adaptation of The Wives of Bath by Canadian author Susan Swan. It takes place in a boarding school for girls. It's told from the point of view of Mary "Mouse" Bedford (Mischa Barton, left), who discovers that her two roommates Paulie (Piper Perabo, right) and Tori (Jessica Paré) are romantically involved. A hawk is used to express the longing for freedom. 

 

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Sex and Lucia (Lucía y el sexo) is a drama by Spanish director Julio Medem. It has a complex time structure, jumping back and forth between the present and the past. Lucía (Paz Vega) packs her bags and leaves to the Balearics, where her fiance, a writer (Tristan Ulloa), had an affair six years earlier. Different kinds of light are used to make a contrast between businesslike Madrid and the sunlit island Formentera.

 

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The Piano Teacher (La Pianiste) is Michael Haneke's adaptation of Elfride Jelinek's novel Die Klavierschpielerin. Isabelle Huppert plays a piano teacher in Vienna. She's emotionally unstable and develops a destructive relationship with a student.

 

Truly Human (Et Rigtigt Menneske) is a lesser known Dogme film. It's the absurd story of a 7-year old girl's imaginary friend. First he lives behind the wallpaper; then he becomes real. Nikolaj Lie Kaas is ideal for an eccentric, naive character like this.

 

Birthday Girl is a comedy with Ben Chaplin and Nicole Kidman. Chaplin is the British actor's mother's maiden name. He's not related to Charlie, but he does share some of his comical talent. He plays a banker who's succesful in his professional life, but too shy and nerdy to be successful in love. So he buys a Russian mail-order bride (Kidman). Unfortunately she comes with two Russian mobsters (Vincent Cassel and Mathieu Cassovitz). My favorite TV host Alexander Armstrong has a small role as a policeman. It's a fun combination of humor, crime and romance. 

 

Heartbreakers is a crime comedy with Sigourney Weaver and Jennifer Love Hewitt. They play a mother and daughter who seduce men with the intention to blackmail them afterwards. Gene Hackman plays one of their targets. Anne Bancroft, Carrie Fisher and Sarah Silverman have a supporting role. It's light and nonsensical but entertaining. 


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Posted 22 June 2017 - 06:25 AM

I have not seen:

 

Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner

In Praise of Love

Last Orders

Legally Blonde

Life as a House

Monsters Inc.

The Piano Teacher

Sidewalks of New York

The Triumph of Love

The Widow of St. Pierre

 

Lawrence, I've seen the above.  Not many and a few of these have been spoken of already and most did not figure into my lists.  Godard's In Praise of Love is the only one that I didn't personally care for.

sidewalks-of-new-york-2001-heather-grahaI believe Stanley Tucci from Edward Burns' Sidewalks of New York is the only actor that I mentioned.  Sidewalks is an ensemble piece.  Tucci plays a married dentist who is having an affair with a younger woman.  He's not exactly the type you would think as a romantic lead which makes it all the more interesting.  And he cheats on both by failing to make any commitments.


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Posted 21 June 2017 - 11:34 PM

Bogie, I'll give you a rundown of Zoolander, which I hold as a real guilty pleasure. The movie concerns the world of fashion and centres around a male model named Derek Zoolander (Ben Stiller who also was in the director's chair). Zoolander is dumb as a post, but he's also quite successful in his chosen field. After the death of his three friends (I won't spoil how they died; you'll have to watch the movie to find out), Zoolander is just about ready to give up on modelling. He is contacted by industry giant Jacobim Mugatu (Will Ferrell giving an enjoyably fun performance) and brainwashed into killing the prime minister of Malaysia. The movie as a whole is enjoyably goofy and over the top with a good cast and a witty, script that is aware of the goofy premise and main character. Stiller is quite enjoyable in the lead role, but Ferrell has the most fun out of anyone in the film. Also stars Christine Taylor, Owen Wilson, Milla Jovovich, Jon Voight, Jerry Stiller, Justin Theroux, Vince Vaughn, Judah Friedlander, Nathan Lee Graham and many cameos including Heidi Klum, Billy Zane, Donald Trump, and David Bowie (truly making the most of his brief time on screen). Don't bother with the sequel.
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Posted 21 June 2017 - 10:50 PM

Atlantis: The Lost Empire was Disney's bid for making animated action films. It is extremely dark, violent, and emotionally chilly for a film from Disney, and would undoubtedly be a PG-13 today. This film is indeed so violent and dark that it makes The Black Cauldron look like The Sword in the Stone. It concerns a young man (voice of Michael J. Fox) who joins an expedition to Atlantis, little realizing that his fellow crew members (headed up by a villain voiced by James Garner) want to exploit, imprison the denizens, and loot the land. Things are complicated when the hero falls for a princess who literally becomes a living crystal. The film is stylized like a comic book. Some of the setpieces are thrillng, and the score is majestic. But, unlike the surprisingly spry and darkly amusing Cauldron, this is a hard film to warm to.

Monsters Inc, the Pixar film, delt with a metropolis of monsters who make their living by working for a company that has them scare human children, even though the monsters have been told that children are toxic. Stakes are raised when a toddler unafraid of monsters comes into their world and becomes attached to two best friends who work as scarers (voiced by John Goodman and Billy Crystal) It's big, brassy, rather amusing, and ultimately touching, one of Pixar's best efforts.

Although CinemaInternational has already provided his insights into these two offerings, I've also decided to give my two cents worth. Although it's not exemplary Disney, Atlantis: The Lost Empire does have a thrilling music score by James Newton Howard (poined out by CI), but I also found myself enjoying the supporting characters that make up the ship's crew. Among them are wisecracking doctor Joshua Sweet (Phil LeMarr), deadpan amunitions expert Vinny Santorini (Don Novello) and dirt collecting excavator Gaetan Moliere (Corey Burton). I thought that the crew, outside of the main villains made the movie more enjoyable. I also thought it was more visually interesting than something like Chicken Little or Home on the Range (ugh!)

Monster's Inc is a film I can elaborate on more than Atlantis. Although not as good as Toy Story or Up, I still find that there's a lot I enjoy about this movie. I find myself appreciating it more the more times I watch it which is the case with most Pixar films. The movie is meant for little kids on the outside, but there are little touches that make it enjoyable for adults. I enjoy the cameraderie between Mike Wazowski and James P. "Sully" Sullivan and the voice acting of Billy Crystal and John Goodman is inspired. It has a nice jazzy soundtrack, that also gets rather fast-paced and suspenseful at times. The animation is decent, particularly in the design of Sully, and I felt that the character designs were rather varied and visually interesting. As a fan of Pixar, I love this film and wholeheartedly recommend Monster's Inc.
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Posted 21 June 2017 - 10:15 PM

Ok, 9 films here explained.

Serendipity was a romantic comedy involving two people who often kept missing one another barely, but when they do meet, fall deeply for one another. It was in a minor key, but sweet.

The Princess Diaries was in some ways a melding of The Reluctant Debutante and My Fair Lady. I liked it a lot when I was a kid (had a crush on Anne Hathaway). I see now that its overlong with unnecessary scenes, but Anne Hathaway, in her first film, has that star is born glow around her, and Julie Andrews is as delightful and dignified as ever.

Atlantis: The Lost Empire was Disney's bid for making animated action films. It is extremely dark, violent, and emotionally chilly for a film from Disney, and would undoubtedly be a PG-13 today. This film is indeed so violent and dark that it makes The Black Cauldron look like The Sword in the Stone. It concerns a young man (voice of Michael J. Fox) who joins an expedition to Atlantis, little realizing that his fellow crew members (headed up by a villain voiced by James Garner) want to exploit the community, imprison the denizens, and loot the land. Things are complicated when the hero falls for a princess who literally becomes a living crystal. The film is stylized like a comic book. Some of the setpieces are thrillng, and the score is majestic. But, unlike the surprisingly spry and darkly amusing Cauldron, this is a hard film to warm to.

Legally Blonde dealt with a wealthy, sweet-natured, rather savvy young woman (Reese Witherspoon) and how she decided to go to Harvard Law School (which is quite a change from being a sorority sister with an interest in hair and fashion...) in an effort to get her ex-boyfriend back. That doesn't go as planned, and she instead hits the books hard to become a better law student than him. She succeeds and singlehandedly exposes a real murderer at the stand in a high-profile murder trial. It might not add up to much, but it is delightful with a game cast. Witherspoon is ideal. Just don't bother with the sequel.

Life as a House was kind of like a mix between Terms of Endearment and American Beauty, using the sentimentality and pathos of the earlier film and the anything-goes suburban nature of the latter film (many plot details in the seedier side of the film, such as drug addiction, male prostitution, sex with underage individuals, two troubled teens falling for one another, etc. feel lifted from it) It had to do with a dying man (Kevin Kline) and his attempts to reconnect with his ex-wife (Kirsten Scott Thomas) and his drug-addicted son (Hayden Christiensen) by building a grand house where his shack had been standing. The son cleans up his act, the exes become closer, and tragedy ultimately runs its course. The performances make it worthwhile.

Monsters Inc, the Pixar film, delt with a metropolis of monsters who make their living by working for a company that has them scare human children, even though the monsters have been told that children are toxic. Stakes are raised when a toddler unafraid of monsters comes into their world and becomes attached to two best friends who work as scarers (voiced by John Goodman and Billy Crystal) It's big, brassy, rather amusing, and ultimately touching, one of Pixar's best efforts.

The Cat's Meow was a speculatory look at what might have happened on a yacht owned by William Randolph Hearst in 1924 when Thomas Ince was killed. The whole production has a vivid 20s atmosphere, a strong cast, and capable direction by Peter Bogdanovich in one of his best latter-day efforts.

Human Nature was an eccrentric offering from the team that would later make Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. This film doesn't reach the heights of that later film, nor does it have its charm or poignancy, but this has its moment. At the beginning of the film we find out that a woman (Patricia Arquette) is on trial for murdering a scientist (Tim Robbins). The story unfolds in retrospect revealing that Arquette was a woman who lived in the wild after the onset of puberty gave her uncontrollable body hair. She is lured back into society by said scientist who is also reserching a rampantly hormonal man raised by apes (Rhys Ifans). This is very weird (not to mention racy with lots of nudity courtesy of Arquette and Ifans), but Arquette manages to be quite good, and Rosie Perez has a small but effective low-key part.

Last Orders was the best of these. It dealt with a circle of friends (Bob Hoskins, Tom Courtenay, David Hemmings) after the passing of the most enigmatic of them (Michael Caine) and their connections to each other and to the dead man's widow (Helen Mirren) and adoptive son (Ray Winstone) The story toggles time periods stretching from the late 30s to 1989. This is a mood piece, somber and moving, and it also serves as an acting showcase. There is not a weak one in the lot of them.
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Posted 21 June 2017 - 09:31 PM

Here are the films from 2001 that were mentioned that I have not seen as yet. 

 

Bandits with Billy Bob Thornton and Cate Blanchett

The Believer with Ryan Gosling and Summer Phoenix

Bully with Nick Stahl and Rachel Miner

The Caveman’s Valentine with Tamara Tunie and Samuel L. Jackson

Das Experiment with Justus von Dohnanyi and Moritz Bleibtreau

The Deep End with Tilda Swinton

Frailty with Bill Paxton

Hannibal with Giancarlo Giannini

Heartbreakers with Jennifer Love Hewitt and Gene Hackman

Human Nature with Patricia Arquette and Rosie Perez

Ichi the Killer with Shin’ya Tsukamoto

Kate and Leopold with Hugh Jackman

Lantana with Anthony LaPaglia, Kerry Armstrong, Vince Colosimo and Rachel Blake

Late Marriage with Lior Ashkenzai and Ronit Elkabetz

The Man From Elysian Fields with James Coburn and Olivia Williams

The Mexican with James Gandolfini

Monster’s Ball with Halle Berry, Billy Bob Thornton and Heath Ledger

No Man’s Land with Bruno Duric

The Pledge with Jack Nicholson

Pulse with Kumiko Aso

Serendipity with John Cusack

Sex and Lucia with Javier Camara and Najwa Nimri

Storytelling with Selma Blair

Thirteen Conversations About One Thing with Alan Arkin

Trouble Every Day with Beatrice Dalle

Waking Life with Julie Delpy

Zoolander with Ben Stiller, Will Ferrell and Owen Wilson

 

I've seen quite a few again, and while I'll focus on the ones I nominated, I'll also recommend The PledgeZoolanderNo Man's LandLate Marriage, and The Deep End. I can't say that I intensely disliked any of the others, either.

 

Monster's Ball is a very dark drama, what some of the modern writers might call "misery porn", although it does strive for some redemption for its characters. While Thornton and Berry were both excellent, I was most impressed by the short turn by Heath Ledger as Thornton's quietly suffering son. It was the first serious dramatic role I saw him in, and it made me pay attention to him in the future.

 

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Bully is from the sleazy Larry Clark, a director who has been blasted in some circles for his tendency to surround himself with very young people in sexual situations. This film is based on a true story, in which a group of Florida kids going nowhere fast decide to kill one of their own who's a terror to many of them. Nick Stahl plays the character as a sexually conflicted sadist, and he's very believable. 

 

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Frailty not only stars Bill Paxton, but is directed by him, as well. It's a psychological drama in which Paxton plays the struggling father of 2 young boys. One night he claims to have had a vision from God telling him to seek out demons in the world and dispose of them. The boys aren't sure what to believe: is their dad crazy or are his increasing number of victims actually demons in human form? Matthew McConaughey and Powers Boothe also appear.

 

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Das Experiment/The Experiment is based on the Stanford Prison experiment, wherein volunteers agreed to be placed in a prison-like environment, with some of the volunteers acting as guards and some as inmates. Things eventually get out of hand as the psychological conditions cause unforeseen circumstances. I nominated Justus von Dohnanyi, who plays a guard that really loses it.

 

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Storytelling is another oddity from director Todd Solondz, told in two sections: "Fiction" and "Non-Fiction". Selma Blair stars in the Fiction section as a student who has an affair with her teacher (Robert Wisdom). Solondz likes to put his performers in uncomfortable, often exposed, situations, and Blair rises to the challenge.

 

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The Believer I've talked about before, a true story about a neo-Nazi skin head who is also secretly Jewish. Gosling is phenomenal in a difficult part that challenges you to have any sympathy with his character. 

 

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Posted 21 June 2017 - 08:42 PM

Here are the films from 2001 that were mentioned that I have not seen as yet. 

 

The Anniversary Party with John C. Reilly

Atlantis the Lost Empire with Phil LeMarr

Baby Boy with Ving Rhames

Bandits with Billy Bob Thornton and Cate Blanchett

The Believer with Ryan Gosling and Summer Phoenix

Big Mama with Keiko Kishi

Birthday Girl with Ben Chaplin

Bully with Nick Stahl and Rachel Miner

The Business of Strangers with Stockard Channing

The Cat’s Meow with Kirsten Dunst and Jennifer Tilly

The Caveman’s Valentine with Tamara Tunie and Samuel L. Jackson

The Center of the World with Molly Parker

Chloe with Shin’ya Tsukamoto

Das Experiment with Justus von Dohnanyi and Moritz Bleibtreau

Days Like This with Carina M. Johansson

Deadline with Brasse Brannstrom

The Deep End with Tilda Swinton

Drowning Fish with Shin’ya Tsukamoto

Escape to Paradise with Duzgun Ayhan

Fat Girl with Anais Reboux, Libert de Rienzo, Roxanne Mesquida and Arsinee Khanijan

The Firefly with Tomoko Naraoka

Frailty with Bill Paxton

Go with Yosuke Kubozuka, Tsutomu Yamazaki and Ko Shibasaki

Hannibal with Giancarlo Giannini

Heartbreakers with Jennifer Love Hewitt and Gene Hackman

Hole In the Sky with Susumu Terajima

How I Killed My Father with Michel Bouquet

Human Nature with Patricia Arquette and Rosie Perez

Ichi the Killer with Shin’ya Tsukamoto

The Ignorant Fairies with Stefano Accorsi and Margherita Buy

I’m Going Home with Michel Piccoli and John Malkovich

Intacto with Max von Sydow

Intimacy with Kery Fox

Inugami with Yuki Amami

Jackpot with Garrett Morris

Josie and the Pussycats with Parker Posey

Kate and Leopold with Hugh Jackman

La Cienaga with Graciela Borges and Mercedes Moran

The Lady and the Duke with Lucy Russell

Lagaan: Once Upon a Time In India with Aamir Khan and Gracy Singh

Lantana with Anthony LaPaglia, Kerry Armstrong, Vince Colosimo and Rachel Blake

The Last Kiss with Stefania Sandrelli

The Last Wedding with Vincent Gale and Molly Parker

Late Marriage with Lior Ashkenzai and Ronit Elkabetz

Lawless Heart with Bill Nighy

L.I.E. with Brian Cox, Billy Kay and Paul Dano

Lift with Kerry Washington

Light of My Eyes with Luigi Lo Cascio and Sandra Ceccarelli

Lost and Delirious with Piper Perabo and Mischa Barton

Lovely & Amazing with Catherine Keener and Emily Mortimer

Madness of Joan with Pilar Lopez de Ayala

The Man From Elysian Fields with James Coburn and Olivia Williams

Man Walking On Snow with Nene Ohtsuka

The Mexican with James Gandolfini

Millennium Mambo with Shu Qi

Misuzu with Susumu Terajima

Monster’s Ball with Halle Berry, Billy Bob Thornton and Heath Ledger

My Kingdom with Richard Harris

No Man’s Land with Bruno Duric

The Officer’s Ward with Andre Dussollier

Peony Pavilion with Rie Miyazawa

The Pledge with Jack Nicholson

The Princess Diaries with Anne Hathaway, Julie Andrews and Heather Matazzarp

Pulse with Kumiko Aso

The Quickie with Vladimir Mashkov

Read My Lips with Emmanuelle Devos

Santa Maradona with Libero De Rienzo

Save the Last Dance with Sean Patrick Thomas and Julia Stiles

Saving Silverman with Jason Biggs and Jack Black

Serendipity with John Cusack

Sex and Lucia with Javier Camara and Najwa Nimri

A Song For Martin with Sven Wolter and Vikeka Seldahl

Sons and Daughters with Stefania Sandrelli

Storytelling with Selma Blair

Strange Inside with Davenia McFadden

Tape with Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke

Things Behind the Sun with Kim Dickens and Don Cheadle

Thirteen Conversations About One Thing with Alan Arkin

Time Out with Aurelien Recoing and Karen Viard

Trouble Every Day with Beatrice Dalle

Truly Human with Nikolaj Lie Kaas

Turn/Taan with Riho Makise

Vajont La Diga del Disonore with Leo Gullotta

Vengeance For Sale with Hiroyuki Sanada

Waking Life with Julie Delpy

What Time Is it There with Lee Kang-Sheng

Wit with Emma Thompson

The Woman Who Drinks with Elise Guilbault

The Yin Yang Master with Mansai Nomura

Zoolander with Ben Stiller, Will Ferrell and Owen Wilson

 

And I would like to see these again …

 

The Piano Teacher for Isabelle Huppert, Benoit Magimel and Annie Giradot

The Triumph of Love for Fiona Shaw






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