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now that i think about it, i didn't put any really depressing movies on my top 100 list (like Dancer in the Dark, or even The Wrestler) because even though i can say "wow, that was a really good movie" i can't say i love those movies because to me, loving a movie means i go back to it or want to re-visit it as a means of comfort, and depressing movies... aren't that for me.

this is my roundabout way of saying i'm really glad The Wrestler and Dancer in the Dark made the list even though i personally would have never thought to vote for either.

also, i guess i need to see Yi Yi again.
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I remember being fairly mixed on The Prestige when I first watched it, but it's been a wile ago and I don't remember the film that well. A rewatch is long overdue.

I haven't seen Casino Royale yet.



I can never remember which film is The Prestige and which film is The Illusionist. Perhaps the two aren't as similar as I'm making them out to be, but the details of both are woven together so tightly in my mind that I can't separate them.

My room mate loves Casino Royale, but I wasn't overly impressed by it at the time. Other than Mads Mikkelsen being in it, something about a card game, and Bond being zapped in the nuts, what I remember most about the film is being chased halfway home by a savage (but small) dog afterwards. Maybe I should give it another chance?

Seen: 36*/64
*-again, counting only partly remembered films. Don't quiz me on them, please haha.

Couldn't justify putting 3 of the man's films on my list.
I definitely don't have two different directors with 3 films a piece on my list. Nope.



Awwww look at the ickle fluffy-wuffy bunny
...what I remember most about the film is being chased halfway home by a savage (but small) dog afterwards. Maybe I should give it another chance?
The dog or the movie?
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terrible, 0/5, not enough puppies.



Critics




Critics thoughts on our #37, Casino Royale...



It currently has a 94% Certified Fresh Tomatometer score among critics, and a 8.0/10 score on IMDb (with 634,000 votes).

Roger Ebert gave it ★★★★ and said:
"Casino Royale has the answers to all my complaints about the 45-year-old James Bond series, and some I hadn't even thought of. It's not that I didn't love some of the earlier films, like some, dislike others and so on, as that I was becoming less convinced that I ever had to see another one."
While Tom Long, of the Detroit News, said:
"Casino Royale tries to have it both ways, moving toward the genuine while still grasping for the outlandish. The result is a film that's caught between caution and abandonment. And that's probably not a place where James Bond wants to be."
As for our MoFo reviewers, @MovieMad16 said:
"With amazing acting, story telling, directing, score and stuntwork, Casino Royale is a pitch perfect Bond film that will be remembered for years to come."
Also, @meatwadsprite said:
"A so-so movie, isn't worth seeing if your looking for the next great action film - due to it's lack of character depth and boring action scenes."
Never thought in my life me and Roger Ebert would be seen with quotes for the same film.



I am utterly happy Casino Royale made it. It was my number 10. My dad took me to see it in theaters, and I've had special memories with the movie ever since. Eva Green plays an excellent, in-depth Bond girl and the action is more thrilling because of its realism. On a side note, You Know My Name is my favorite Bond theme.

And from the hints, if I had bothered to check and guess, I TOTALLY would've gotten Casino Royale.I don't think I would've gotten The Prestige, though. I've seen it, but that hint was one magic trick that stumped me. 9/10 movie, though.

Sent-In Ballot:

#3. Sin City (47)
#7. Yi Yi (49)
#10. Casino Royale (37)
#13. Million Dollar Baby (57)
#15. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (53)
#20. Iron Man (83)
#22. Pirates of the Caribbean (63)

Post-Ballot:

#3. Sin City (47)
#7. Yi Yi (49)
#10. Casino Royale (37)
#12. Snatch (71)
#14. Million Dollar Baby (57)
#16. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (53)
#18. Slumdog Millionaire (not placed but it made my new 25)
#19. Monsters, Inc. (74)
#22. Iron Man (83)
#23. Fantastic Mr. Fox (70)
#25. Pirates of the Caribbean (63)

Seen 36/64



That elusive hide-and-seek cow is at it again
Roger Ebert gave it ★★★ and said:
Totally read that as asterisks and thought Ebert was cussing mad. Err, I guess cussing excited in this case.

Also, I have no idea where I am in my own list relative to what's been revealed for the last week or two. I have to catch up.
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De-AMN I've missed a lot of this!!!

Alright, quick and to the point, then,
Have Not Seen
54. The Wrestler
52. Brokeback Mountain
50. Yi Yi
49. Dancer in the Dark
46. Synecdoche, New York
42. Before Sunset


53. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon For all the justifiable wire hate I remember being quite enthralled by this when it came out


51. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford An extreme slow burn chock full of sublime cinematography and poetic moments


48. Moon Far better than my initial expectations and would love to revisit


47. Sin City Graphic Comic style violence and sex in a noir vignette narration? A big fan!!


45. 28 Days Later A solid zombie flick with Cillian Murphy.


44. Finding Nemo This always put a big fat smile on face and if not for other animations already in place would have been on mine.


43. Adaptation Been a while but I do remember enjoying this.


41. The Lives of Others A bit of Orwellian cinema that cuts deep


40. Gladiator #5 on my list I have watched this epic tale so, OH so many times.


39. Sideways A little wine tasting, a little soul searching, a lot more wine tasting


38. The Prestige A little heart-broken I couldn't fit this on my list


37. Casino Royale Craig brought us everything we missed in a James Bond character there is no denying that.



Films Watched 44 out of 64 (70.31%)
5. Gladiator (#40)
9. V for Vendetta (#58)
14. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (#76)
17. Mother (#96)
25. A Bittersweet Life (One Pointer)


One Pointers: 10 out of 38 (26.31%)
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Have seen so far: 22 - Casino Royale - Not one of my ballots but one of the best bond movies in the series
Have not seen so far: 46
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Now as I'm reflecting on the film, I think I probably should have rewatched it (all the way through again!) before submitting my ballot. I have a feeling it could've found its way into one of the lower slots.
This almost perfect sums up my feelings about this decade. A film you're not too bothered about, with a rewatch, might've made a lower slot because, let's face it, there ain't much competition. And we're the people who are/were really into film. That's not even a film you really like, but may love with a more recent watch, and find a place for. Such a poor decade, IMO.

Some solid supporting acting going on here as well (I was taken by Djimon Hounsou's Juba).
Blimey! I didn't even know you could see it?


As for today, that's 2 more films I've not seen. I really liked a poster here who called himself The Prestige, but never bothered with the film. I wonder if it'd still be his favourite film of the decade?

Realistic Bond? Why would I want that? If it ain't Moore, it ain't really worth watching.
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Both good films. I used to really love Casino Royale all the while Skyfall was a hailed Bond flick I never really liked as much. But now with rewatches I love Skyfall and thought it was great, while Casino Royale lost a bit for me. It seemed a bit 2000-ish in style. But the highlights are still great. Like that opening parkour scene.

As for The Prestige, it’s one of the Nolan movies I really like. It’s fun, playful, mysterious and with a great setting and atmosphere. Also, it’s so nice to see Nolan operating at this lower more character-driven level. I miss this Nolan. Now he just has a giant jumbo jet up his ass…



Awards




Now to the awards received by The Prestige...

  • Empire Award for Best Director (Christopher Nolan)
  • Italian Online Movie Award for Best Screenplay (Christopher & Jonathan Nolan)
  • London Critics Circle Film Award for British Supporting Actor of the Year (Michael Caine)
  • Satellite Award for Best Overall DVD
  • SFX Award for Best Film Director (Nolan)


As for Casino Royale, it won...

  • Art Directors Guild Award for Excellence in Production Design (Peter Lamont)
  • British Academy Film Award for Best Sound
  • Satellite Award for Best Original Song (Chris Cornell and David Arnold)
  • Saturn Award for Best Action/Adventure Film
  • Visual Effects Society Award for Outstanding Special Effects



Casino Royale rules. I'm a big Bond fan so I like almost all the entries (it's a surprisingly consistent series in having ably delivered a baseline of pleasures for over fifty years), but this is one that you don't need to add qualifiers for. It isn't just great for a Bond movie, it's great period. That opening chase scene especially was a real shot in the arm after the invisible car nonsense in the last Brosnan entry.
I couldn't agree more. Everyone was wondering how Craig would do as 007, it having been 4 years since a Bond movie (with Pierce Brosnan).

That opening chase scene was one of the finest and thrilling in cinema. I knew at that point that we had new type of Bond: more athletic, more serious, more threatening. Craig quickly became my favorite James Bond since Sean Connery.



I've watched The Prestige twice and didn't like it either time. I couldn't even tell you why.

I love James Bond as a character and I like all of the movies. I just never like them as much as I expect to. The trailers are usually better. Casino Royale is ok, while Casino Royale on the strip is one of my favorite casinos. Yea I got shlt taste in casinos too.



Casino Royale was a good return to form for James Bond after the abysmal Die Another Day. But I wasn't quite shaken enough to put this on my list.

Haven't seen The Prestige.



I've watched The Prestige twice and didn't like it either time. I couldn't even tell you why.

I love James Bond as a character and I like all of the movies. I just never like them as much as I expect to. The trailers are usually better. Casino Royale is ok, while Casino Royale on the strip is one of my favorite casinos. Yea I got shlt taste in casinos too.
I like that Casino too. But there aren't many that I don't like on the strip.

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