Lists by bigjim_88

a list of 20 titles
I began my yearly top 20 lists with 1995, because of the great selection of movies that I can choose and revisit.

My top movies have a bias towards the visual aspects of a movie, this for me includes set design, costumes, make-up and the over-all direction of the film.

My ranking goes best to worst in ascending order, 1 - best to 20 - worst. Keep note that every movie I listed, I really did enjoy.
 
a list of 20 titles
This list will contains films that will question your faith in humanity but I hope you chase it down with some of my honorable mentions such as Zathura, The 40 Year Old Virgin and Sky High.

Honorable Mentions

The New World, Zathura, The 40 Year Old Virgin, Red Eye, Serenity, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Sky High, War of the Worlds, Batman Begins, Unleashed, Down in the Valley.
 
a list of 20 titles
One of the stongest years in the decade, to prove this point my top five are rated 9 and over and all span different genres. Spielberg directed two awesome movies and Kaufman scripted to awesome movies as well.

Special Considerations

Gangs of New York, Whale Rider, Brainstorm, Sympathy of Mr Vengeance, Dirty Pretty Things, Insomnia, The Hours, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Hero and Panic Room
 
a list of 20 titles
I am biased with sea-voyage movies and I was blessed with two awesome movies that fit into that genre. Overall the revenge thrillers won the day and this has been a good year for movies although not as good as last years.

Special Considerations
Big Fish, Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter... and Spring, The Last Samurai, Monster, Holes, The Station Agent, Coffee and Cigarettes, School Of rock, The Return, Swimming Pool, Mystic River.
 
a list of 20 titles
This is the year of evil men with Daniel Plainveiw and Anton Chigurh winning well deserved oscars. This is a very strong list and will be one of the best years of movies in the first half 21st century. There are films that are high to mid 70 percential that I had to leave off my list that I recommend you guys watch in my honorable mentions.

Honorable Mentions

Hairspray, Disturbia, Trick 'r Treat, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, The Counterfeiters, Knocked Up, Death at a Funeral, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Stardust, American Gangster, Snow Angels, Elite Squad, 12.
 
a list of 72 titles
I wanted to base my collection on a great visual presentation, rewatchability and value. As you can see I also really enjoy Sci-Fi.
 
a list of 20 titles
This was the year of the comic books and there were two comic-book movies that have krept up on my list. This is the only year in the decade that a film did not achieve a rating of 9 or above.

Honourable Mentions

Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Doubt, Cloverfield, Frost/Nixon, Definantly Maybe, Sugar, Bolt, Revanche, Martyrs, Ip Man, Kung Fu Panda.
 
a list of 20 titles
There is a surprisingly a high amount of teen angst in my list, but all in all the 1st 3 films will be found in reviewers/critics top films of the decade and will be highly influential to films in the 21st century.

This is Nicole Kidman's year with such range of an extroverted burlesque dancer to an introverted widower. I also like Buscemi playing a introverted geeky middle-aged bachelor to a sly menacing monster.

Honorable Mentions

A.I. Artificial Intelligence, The Pledge, The Tunnel, My Sassy Girl, Road Kill, Das Experiment, Session 9, Brotherhood of the Wolf, Training Day, Ali, Shaolin Soccer.
 
a list of 20 titles
3 Claymation films in my list, I doubt this will ever occur in the coming years. The reason that Mr Fox and Mary & Max were ranked higher then Coraline was that the themes tackled in those 2 claymation films were far more complex and they committed to them. While the villains in Coral and for that matter Up were too easily to identify with barely any ambiguity.

Special Recommendations

A Serious Man, A Single Man, 500 Days of Summer, Harry Potter 6, I Love You Phillip Morris, Zombieland, In The Loop, 2012, Middle Men, Precious, Triangle.
 
a list of 20 titles
 
a list of 20 titles
This year was great for shocking the audience, and it was rather light on comedies. Although I did put 2 standard comedies O Brother Where Art Thou? and The Taste of Others and a satirical comedy, American Psycho.

Special Considerations
Frequency, Wonder Boys, Gladiator, Almost Famous, High Fidelity. El Bola, Versus, Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust, Nurse Betty, In July, Yi Yi: A One and a Two...
 
a list of 20 titles
A great year for movies with 6 of my movies rated above 9. Pee-Wee's Big Adventure and Back to the Future were some of my favorite movies as a child and still hold up today from a more cynical eye. Brazil and After Hours complement each other superbly and I highly recommend watching them both double bill.

Special Considerations
The Color Purple, The Sure Thing, To Live and Die in LA, Silverado, Come and See, Fletch, Witness, Prizzi's Honor, Yhe Emerald Forest, The Official Story and A Trip to Bountiful.
 
a list of 20 titles
Very hard to leave Maria Full of Grace and Hotel Rwanda off the list. This was a great year for movies and this is evident with the variety of genres on my list.

Special Considerations - Hotel Rwanda, Vera Drake, By The Sea, Million Dollar Baby, The Machinist, Dawn of the Dead (remake), Howls Moving Castle, The Phantom of the Opera, Brotherhood, The Merchant of Venice, Maria Full of Grace, The Edukators.
 
a list of 20 titles
This was my year for movies, as you can see my favorite movies have a bias towards the visual aspects of a movie, this for me includes set design, costumes, make-up and the over-all direction of the film.

My ranking goes best to worst in ascending order, 1 - best to 20 - worst. Keep note that every movie I listed, I really did enjoy.

Honorable Mentions - Inside Man, Inland Empire, Find Me Guilty, The Wind That Shakes The Barley, After The Wedding and Tell No One.
 
a list of 22 titles
These are just off the top off my head, include every classic Ive forgotten to list as well.

Please comment on the transfer quality on any of these blu-rays and recommend some that I can add to my wish-list.