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    Yes, I'm going to do one of these. Write-ups for 100 movies, the ones I consider the best ever released after December 31, 1999 but before January 1, 2015. I've been wanting to do this for a while, so I figured halfway through 2015 would be the best time. So yeah, I'll start this up very soon. First up though: a list of acclaimed movies that'll NOT be in the countdown, as I have not seen them:

     

     

     

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    127 Hours

    13 Assassins

    28 Days Later...

    300

    4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days

    50/50

    A Beautiful Mind

    A History of Violence

    A Separation

    Adaptation

    Almost Famous

    Amelie

    American Psycho

    Amores Perros

    The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

    Band of Brothers

    Before Midnight

    Before Sunset

    Best in Show

    Big Fish

    Black Hawk Down

    Black Swan

    Blue Valentine

    Brick

    The Cabin in the Woods

    Cast Away

    City of God

    Children of Men

    Collateral

    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

    The Departed

    The Devil's Backbone

    The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

    Donnie Darko

    Drive

    Eastern Promises

    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

    The Fall

    The Fighter

    Gangs of New York

    Garden State

    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    Gone Baby Gone

    Gran Torino

    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2

    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

    Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

    Hedwig and The Angry Inch

    High Fidelity

    Hot Fuzz

    Howl's Moving Castle

    The Hurt Locker

    I Saw the Devil

    In Bruges

    In the Loop

    In the Mood for Love

    Infernal Affairs

    Inside Llewyn Davis

    Into the Wild

    The Intouchables

    Ip Man

    Juno

    Kick-Ass

    Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair

    Kill Bill Vol. 1

    Kill Bill Vol. 2

    Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang

    Knocked Up

    Lady Vengeance

    Let the Right One In

    Little Miss Sunshine

    The Lives of Others

    The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

    Lost in Translation

    The Master

    Memento

    Memories of Murder

    Midnight in Paris

    Milk

    Minority Report

    Moon

    Moonrise Kingdom

    Mulholland Dr.

    Mystic River

    No Country for Old Men

    O Brother, Where Art Thou?

    Oldboy

    Once

    Pan's Labyrinth

    Paprika

    The Pianist

    Primer

    Requiem for a Dream

    Road to Perdition

    The Royal Tenenbaums

    Shame

    Shaun of the Dead

    Shutter Island

    Sin City

    Snatch.

    The Station Agent

    Superbad

    Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance

    Synecdoche, New York

    The Town

    Traffic

    Training Day

    The Tree of Life

    True Grit

    Unbreakable

    Up in the Air

    V for Vendetta

    Watchmen

    Walk the Line

    Warrior

    The Wolf of Wall Street

    The Wrestler

    X2

    Y Tu Mama Tambien

    You Can Count on Me

    Zombieland

     

     

    That's just a small example of what I haven't seen. I'll post the honorable mentions later tonight and start the official countdown tomorrow :) Thanks for reading in advance!

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    You Haven't seen ROTK??? how or Harry Potter? also I would highly suggest watching Warrior before starting,  as well as Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, X2, Requiem for a Dream and Walk the Line, if you have time..  :)

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    I've been watching 2000s movies for the past month; sadly will not be able to hit anymore before starting this since I don't want this to take longer than a few weeks at most to finish :( Anyway, have honorable mentions:

     

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    100.

     

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    Release Date: May 3, 2002.
    Director: Sam Raimi.
    Starring: Tobey Maguire, Willem Dafoe, and Kirsten Dunst.
    Adjusted Domestic Box Office: 564.216M
    RottenTomatoes: 89%
    Average BOT Reviews: 88% (39 votes)
     

    Let’s start the countdown with the first PG-13 movie I ever saw. Spider-Man captured my imagination in a way most films failed to; after seeing this, I wanted to read and watch as much Spider-Man as possible. Looking back on it, it’s easy to see why it’s so great: the cast is one of the best for a superhero movie. Tobey is still the best Peter Parker we’ve got, and Willem Dafoe hams it up perfectly as Osborne. Cliff and Rosemary are excellent too, and who could forget J.K. Simmons? Raimi’s direction is pitch perfect too, making the film actually feel like a comic book. There are definitely moments of cheese, but Spider-Man is still a truly excellent superhero movie, and a worthy kick-off to the insanity that soon would follow.

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    99.

     

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    Release Date: May 29, 2009.
    Director: Pete Docter.
    Starring: Ed Asner, Christopher Plummer, and Jordan Nagai.
    Adjusted Domestic Box Office: 318.903M
    RottenTomatoes: 98%
    Average BOT Reviews: 86% (24 votes)
     

    One fantastic sequence can make a great movie. Everyone knows what I’m talking about: the Married Life sequence that makes you cry every freaking time. Giacchino’s score does wonders for this movie, and it definitely deserved the win. That said, although I find the rest of the film slightly disappointing, Asner’s voice-acting is impeccable, and the humor, though oddly placed at points, really works. Dug is still hilarious on the many rewatches I’ve given it. Where the film actually succeeds is the heart, as I remember the first time seeing it, I teared up on four different occasions. Up is a worthy first mention of Pixar on this countdown, and one I definitely enjoy owning despite the flaws of the film.

     

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    Oh boy... this is gonna be a roller coaster, isn't it?

     

    Based on those honorable mentions this list will have more twists and turns than a Laurel Canyon switchback street.

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    98.

     

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    Release Date: May 26, 2011.
    Director: Jennifer Yuh Nelson.
    Starring: Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, and Dustin Hoffman.
    Adjusted Domestic Box Office: 166.632M
    RottenTomatoes: 81%
    Average BOT Reviews: 80% (19 votes)

     

     

    In 2011, I remember stating there was a Pixar movie out: Kung Fu Panda 2. I meant that this movie has the quality expected from 2007-2010 Pixar with memorable moments and good heartwrenching scenes. The first Kung Fu Panda isn’t that great at all, but this one ups the ante incredibly by adding Gary Oldman’s excellent villain and a fascinating story about Po’s relationship to his adoptive father and his own history. I’m really excited for Kung Fu Panda 3, mostly because this film has excellent action, a great story, and is one of DreamWorks’ best.

     

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    97.

     

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    Release Date: November 19, 2013.
    Director: Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee.
    Starring: Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, and Jonathan Groff.
    Adjusted Domestic Box Office: 400.738M
    RottenTomatoes: 89%
    Average BOT Reviews: 91% (87 votes)

     

     
    Yes, the songs are overplayed. Yes, there are plenty of better Disney animated films in recent times. Frozen is still wildly entertaining, with a charm to it only shared by another recent Disney animated film. Is it revolutionary? Eh... I thought so at the time, but really, it’s a clever twist that’s a bit overrated. The music is great though, and Kristen Bell and Josh Gad both prove that they have a natural gift for voice acting. Frozen was in the right place at the right time, but it’s still a worthy addition to the Disney Animated Canon.
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    96.

     

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    Release Date: December 18, 2009.
    Director: James Cameron.
    Starring: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, and Stephen Lang.
    Adjusted Domestic Box Office: 789.742M
    RottenTomatoes: 83%
    Average BOT Reviews: 85% (72 votes)

     

    Avatar is the biggest film of all time. It got this high for a reason. I’ll admit, I haven’t been entertained by it much at home, but the first theatrical experience is one I will always take with me. The 3D effects were astounding and the story was actually pretty emotionally resonant, even if Cameron stuck with something pretty generic. Actually, I guess that shouldn’t be a knock against it, so ignore that aside. Still, the effects still work, with the Na’vi being incredibly believable creatures and Pandora being a world I wanted to go to. There’s a reason the world became obsessed with Avatar for a brief while, and I’m happy to have been a part of it.

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    95.

     

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    Release Date: September 20, 2013.
    Director: Denis Villeneuve.
    Starring: Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Viola Davis.
    Adjusted Domestic Box Office: 61.073M
    RottenTomatoes: 82%
    Average BOT Reviews: 87% (27 votes)
     
    Back to live-action, we’ve got one of the more interesting thrillers out in recent memory. I remember all the hype for Hugh Jackman’s performance... which is pretty serviceable. The real star of the movie is Jake Gyllenhaal, turning in a now characteristically exquisite performance as Detective Loki, a man you just can’t stop watching. What could be a flat character breathes great life with Gyllenhaal, and the plot asks some interesting questions. Also, as always, Roger Deakins’ cinematography makes the film absolutely gorgeous. The ending is a bit eh, but this is a movie that has grown on me quite a bit as time has gone by. We need more original thrillers like this one.
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    Release Date: September 20, 2013.
    Director: Denis Villeneuve.
    Starring: Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Viola Davis.
    Adjusted Domestic Box Office: 61.073M
    RottenTomatoes: 82%
    Average BOT Reviews: 87% (27 votes)
     
    Back to live-action, we’ve got one of the more interesting thrillers out in recent memory. I remember all the hype for Hugh Jackman’s performance... which is pretty serviceable. The real star of the movie is Jake Gyllenhaal, turning in a now characteristically exquisite performance as Detective Loki, a man you just can’t stop watching. What could be a flat character breathes great life with Gyllenhaal, and the plot asks some interesting questions. Also, as always, Roger Deakins’ cinematography makes the film absolutely gorgeous. The ending is a bit eh, but this is a movie that has grown on me quite a bit as time has gone by. We need more original thrillers like this one.

     

    Great choice!

     

    Zodiac was awesome. I'd have to tie it with Prisoners as my favorite Jake Gyllenhaal movie (Note: I have Nightcrawler on Blu-Ray but have yet to watch it). Jarhead is also a really good one.

    You should really watch Nighcrawler. Really good. I have Jarhead in my PC, but I havent watched it yet (I'll do it today or tomorrow).

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    Release Date: May 4, 2012.
    Director: John Madden.
    Starring: Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, and Penelope Wilton.
    Adjusted Domestic Box Office: 46.721M
    RottenTomatoes: 78%
    Average BOT Reviews: 97% (7 votes)
     
    First weird choice of my list I think. You ever watch a movie that should be a lot better than it is but is still very entertaining? That’s where this lands. The great charming cast and pretty tight direction for the type of movie it is makes this a very fun dramedy. Wilkinson and Dench are the highlights, but really, I find it hard to imagine anyone not being taken in by the breeziness of this movie. I haven’t seen the sequel yet, but I don’t really see how it could match the surprisingly mature attitude this film has at points. It’s just super fun with a decent amount of substance.
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