There Will Be Blood
A story of family, religion, hatred, oil and madness, focusing on a turn-of-the-century prospector in the early days of the business. (158 mins.)
“ Without a doubt, the Film of the Decade. With the performance of the Decade.
Plainview: There's a whole ocean of oil under our feet! No one can get at it except for me! ” - ssrj9628
“ This is of course including the whole trilogy. Awesome, in all meanings of the word. Awesome.
Gollum: My Precious. ” - ssrj9628
Synecdoche, New York
A theatre director struggles with his work, and the women in his life, as he creates a life-size replica of New York City inside a warehouse as part of his new play. (124 mins.)
“ Still trying to figure this one out. Excellent, complicated, anchored by the second best performance of the decade. ” - ssrj9628
The Dark Knight
When the menace known as the Joker wreaks havoc and chaos on the people of Gotham, the caped crusader must come to terms with one of the greatest psychological tests of his ability to fight injustice. (152 mins.)
“ Heath Leadger, it's all been said before.
Why So Serious? ” - ssrj9628
“ Edward R. Murrow: To those who say people wouldn't look; they wouldn't be interested; they're too complacent, indifferent and insulated, I can only reply: There is, in one reporter's opinion, considerable evidence against that contention. But even if they are right, what have they got to lose? Because if they are right, and this instrument is good for nothing but to entertain, amuse and insulate, then the tube is flickering now and we will soon see that the whole struggle is lost. This instrument can teach, it can illuminate; yes, and it can even inspire. But it can do so only to the extent that humans are determined to use it to those ends. Otherwise it is merely wires and lights in a box. Good night, and good luck. ” - ssrj9628
Lost in Translation
A faded movie star and a neglected young woman form an unlikely bond after crossing paths in Tokyo. (101 mins.)
“ For relaxing times, make it Suntory time. ” - ssrj9628
“ Robert McNamara: Any military commander who is honest with himself, or with those he is speaking to, will admit that he has made mistakes in the application of military power. He's killed people - unnecessarily. His own troops or other troops. Through mistakes, through errors of judgement. A hundred, or a thousand, or ten thousand, maybe even a hundred thousand. But he hasn't destroyed nations.
Robert McNamara: And the conventional wisdom is: don't make the same mistake twice. Learn from your mistakes. And we all do. Maybe we make the mistake three times, but hopefully not four or five.
Robert McNamara: They'll be no learning period with nuclear weapons. Make one mistake and you're going to destroy nations. ” - ssrj9628
An undercover cop and a mole in the police attempt to identify each other while infiltrating an Irish gang in South Boston. (151 mins.)
“ I'm the guy who does his job. You must be the other guy. ” - ssrj9628
(500) Days of Summer
An offbeat romantic comedy about a woman who doesn't believe true love exists, and the young man who falls for her. (95 mins.)
“ I guess I just figured, why make something disposable like a building when you can make something that last forever, like a greeting card. ” - ssrj9628
Nine years after Jesse and Celine first met, they encounter each other again on the French leg of Jesse's book tour. (80 mins.)
“ Memories are wonderful things, if you don't have to deal with the past. ” - ssrj9628
A lovelorn screenwriter becomes desperate as he tries and fails to adapt "The Orchid Thief" by Susan Orlean
for the screen. (114 mins.)
“ Charlie Kaufman: The script I'm starting, it's about flowers. Nobody's ever done a movie about flowers before. So, so there are no guidelines...
Donald Kaufman: What about "Flowers for Algernon"?
Charlie Kaufman: Well, that's not about flowers. And it's not a movie.
Donald Kaufman: Ok, I'm sorry, I never saw it. ” - ssrj9628
No Country for Old Men
Violence and mayhem ensue after a hunter stumbles upon a drug deal gone wrong and more than two million dollars in cash near the Rio Grande. (122 mins.)
“ Ellis: Whatcha got ain't nothin new. This country's hard on people, you can't stop what's coming, it ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity. ” - ssrj9628
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
When their relationship turns sour, a couple undergoes a procedure to have each other erased from their memories. But it is only through the process of loss that they discover what they had to begin with. (108 mins.)
“ How happy is the blameless vestal's lot! /
The world forgetting, by the world forgot /
Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind! /
Each pray'r accepted, and each wish resign'd. ” - ssrj9628
The story of a forbidden and secretive relationship between two cowboys, and their lives over the years. (134 mins.)
“ Jack Twist: There ain't never enough time, never enough... ” - ssrj9628
A law firm brings in its "fixer" to remedy the situation after a lawyer has a breakdown while representing a chemical company that he knows is guilty in a multi-billion dollar class action suit. (119 mins.)
“ Michael Clayton: Do I look like I'm negotiating? ” - ssrj9628
Black Hawk Down
123 elite U.S. soldiers drop into Somalia to capture two top lieutenants of a renegade warlord and find themselves in a desperate battle with a large force of heavily-armed Somalis. (144 mins.)
“ Hoot": When I go home people'll ask me, "Hey Hoot, why do you do it man? What, you some kinda war junkie?" You know what I'll say? I won't say a goddamn word. Why? They won't understand. They won't understand why we do it. They won't understand that it's about the men next to you, and that's it. That's all it is. ” - ssrj9628
Kill Bill: Vol. 1
The Bride wakens from a four-year coma. The child she carried in her womb is gone. Now she must wreak vengeance on the team of assassins who betrayed her - a team she was once part of. (111 mins.)
“ The Bride: Where's Bill? ” - ssrj9628
In the distant future, a small waste-collecting robot inadvertently embarks on a space journey that will ultimately decide the fate of mankind. (98 mins.)
“ Pixar made a lot of great movies, but this one stands above all of them. ” - ssrj9628
A poet falls for a beautiful courtesan whom a jealous duke covets in this stylish musical, with music drawn from familiar 20th century sources. (127 mins.)
“ The greatest thing you'll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return. ” - ssrj9628
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
A murder mystery brings together a private eye, a struggling actress, and a thief masquerading as an actor. (103 mins.)
“ Perry: I'd understand if you wanted to take a swing at me... ” - ssrj9628
A committed dancer wins the lead role in a production of Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake" only to find herself struggling to maintain her sanity. (108 mins.)
“ Nina Sayers: I was perfect... ” - ssrj9628
In a future where a special police unit is able to arrest murderers before they commit their crimes, an officer from that unit is himself accused of a future murder. (145 mins.)
“ John Anderton: There hasn't been a murder in six years. The system, it is perfect.
John Anderton: Why'd you catch that?
Danny Witwer: Because it was going to fall.
John Anderton: You're certain?
Danny Witwer: Yeah.
John Anderton: But it didn't fall. You caught it. The fact that you prevented it from happening doesnt change the fact that it was *going* to happen. ” - ssrj9628
A San Francisco cartoonist becomes an amateur detective obsessed with tracking down the Zodiac killer. (157 mins.)
“ Robert Graysmith: I've been thinking...
Paul Avery: Oh God, save us all. ” - ssrj9628
In the falangist Spain of 1944, the bookish young stepdaughter of a sadistic army officer escapes into an eerie but captivating fantasy world. (118 mins.)
“ Mercedes, do you believe in fairies? ” - ssrj9628
A real-time account of the events on United Flight 93, one of the planes hijacked on September eleventh, 2001, that crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania when passengers foiled the terrorist plot. (111 mins.)
“ Let's Roll ” - ssrj9628