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  1. I was there tonight - Croatia played some lovely football, had a lot of possession but, for the most part never had anyone in the box. But, every time Wales went on the attack they had no answer except for hack ‘em down. Probably a good point for Wales, but they need to win both of the last games to qualify.
  2. Really enjoyed that - it was a little bit contrived, but otherwise great stuff.
  3. 2001 Results Worldwide Box Office 1 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone $975,755,371 2 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring $871,530,324 3 Monsters, Inc $525,366,597 4 Shrek $484,409,218 5 Ocean's Eleven $450,717,150 Best Picture – OSCAR: A Beautiful Mind Best Picture – BAFTA: Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring Notable films of 2001 without any picks This was the year with the lowest number of films to pick up any votes. A bit of a weird year for me as I struggled to pick something I really liked for 3rd place and there are a lot of films this year that I’d not seen or not really got on with (including 2 of the top 3). The top 5 at the box office all got votes, but 6-10 didn’t so we start with them. Pearl Harbour made nearly half a billion at the box office, but was a boring love triangle mess with a bit of good action; the Mummy Returns was an okay sequel to The Mummy and is now most notable for the appearance of wrestler, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson in his first film role. Jurassic Park 3 saw the return of Sam Neill and Joe Johnston taking over from Stephen Spielberg. Watched this again recently and it’s actually pretty good and rattles along nicely. Not a patch on the original obviously. 9th at the Box Office was Tim Burton’s Planet of the Apes which starred Mark Wahlberg and Tim Roth and was bloody awful. Finally, Hannibal saw Anthony Hopkins return as Doctor Lector, but Julianne Moore replaced Jodie Foster as Agent Starling with Ridley Scott directing. Michael Mann directed Will Smith in Ali; Sean Penn directed Jack Nicholson in The Pledge while also staring in I Am Sam with Michelle Pfeifer; Halle Berry made history by winning Best Actress at the Oscars for Monster’s Ball opposite Billy Bob Thornton as well as appearing opposite John Travolta and Hugh Jackman in Swordfish which I suspect no-one at all has watched or thought about in at least the last 15 years. Jim Broadbent was busy grabbing Best Support Actor at the Oscars with Iris opposite Judi Dench; appearing in Baz Lurhman musical Moulin Rouge headlined by Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman. Finally he popped up in the adaptation of Bridget Jones’ Diary where it turned out Renée Zellweger was good casting in what turned out to be a decent British Rom-Com aided by Colin Firth and Hugh Grant playing against type as a bit of a bastard. Reese Witherspoon had a hit with Legally Blonde; Kevin Smith directed everyone in Jay and Silent Bob Strikes Back; Jason Biggs returned in American Pie 2 and Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan re-teamed for Rush Hour 2; Ivan Reitman directed David Duchovny in Evolution; Sigourney Weaver and Jennifer Love Hewitt were Heartbreakers, The Farrelly brothers directed Jack Black and Gwyneth Paltrow in Shallow Hal. A couple of comedies that gained a bit a cult following in Super Troopers and Wet Hot American Summer (which made a comeback on Netflix a few years ago). In the UK, Ricky Tomlinson was Mike Basset: England Manager; Vinny Jones was in Mean Machine and Steve Coogan was The Parole Officer. Vin Diesel and Paul Walker starred in The Fast and The Furious, but it would be a long time before it exploded into on the biggest franchises ever – probably the biggest that wasn’t an adaptation of something (although it was partially based on a magazine article). Heath Ledger starred in A Knight’s Tale ensuring everyone would go mental when he was cast as the Joker a few years later. Anne Hathaway began her road to stardom in The Princess Diaries. Todd Field directed Tom Wilkinson and Sissy Spacek in the award winning In the Bedroom. Jude Law and Ed Harris were Enemies at the Gate and John Carpenter directed Ice Cube in Ghosts of Mars while Robert Rodriquez began a successful run directing kids films series, Spy Kids. Not very good films with big stars included Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts in The Mexican; Bruce Willis in Bandits and Marlon Brando, Robert De Niro and Ed Norton in The Score. Johnny Depp and Haether Graham in From Hell. You might also include Tom Cruise and Penelope Cruz in Cameron Crowe’s Vanilla Sky depending on whether you liked it or hated it. Cruz also appeared in book adaptation Captain Corelli's Mandolin with Nicholas Cage. Stallone continued his terrible run with Driven, and I very vaguely remembered this coming out, Paul Hogan in Crocodile Dundee: Los Angeles which I’m sure is a masterpiece. Computer Games films were Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within and Angelina Jolie in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. 1 Point DreamWorks animation has a smash hit with sort of subversive fairy-tale film, Shrek which had some fun stuff, a lot of fart jokes and kicked into overdrive the famous actors should voice all the main parts in animation trend as Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz and Eddie Murphy play the leads. Ridley Scott directs Eric Bana and Ewan McGregor in Black Hawk Down based on the true story of American soldiers in Somalia. Ben Affleck, Owen Wilson and Will Ferrell serve up a silly, funny fashion comedy with Zoolander. The biggest film of the year at the Box Office would, along with the second biggest (which we will get too later) change the film industry quite significantly as book adaptations, fantasy, and franchises would become a massive part of Hollywood going forward, but for now Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was an okay adaptation of JK Rowling’s very, very, very popular first book. It took an insane amount of money at the box office and was filled with great British actors including the genius casting of Alan Rickman as Snape. Probably not the only time Potter will come up so we will leave it here for now. Ashutosh Gowariker directs Lagaan - Once Upon a time in India an epic Indian cricket film set in the 1890’s. A Christmas Carol: The Movie was an animated film about……A Christmas Carol which starred Kate Winslet and there might have been a song or something. 2 Points Russel Crowe fails to win his second Best Actor Oscar in as many years, but is in the Best Oscar film for the second year running with A Beautiful Mind opposite Jennifer Connelly which also won Ron Howard Best Director at the Oscars. Denzil Washington nabs the best actor Oscar for his memorable turn as a corrupt cop in Training Day opposite Ethan Hawke. Directed by Antoine Fuqua, it is a decent enough cop film, but massively enhanced by Denzel’s presence. Takashi Miike directs Japanese action film, Ichi the Killer based on the Manga series of the same name. 3 Points Tom Green extreme gross out comedy Freddie Got Fingered is this year’s surprising entry. Like Battlefield Earth for 2000, I’ll skip watching it. Robert Redford and Brad Pitt in clever thriller, Spy Game which is well worth a watch and one of Tony Scott’s more ‘subtle’ films. A.I. as Stephen Spielberg takes on an unfinished Stanley Kubrick project of a robot boy played by Haley Joel Osmet supported by Jude Law in an ambitious film that falls a little short (and has an annoying ending). Billy Bob Thornton stars in one of the less known Cohen Brother’s films, The Man Who Wasn’t There opposite Frances McDormand. 4 Points Ted Demme directs Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz in decent cocaine smuggling story in Blow based on the real life story of smuggler, George Jung. Robert Altman directs an ensemble cast including Helen Mirren and Michael Gambon in murder in a country house drama, Gosford Park. It won best British film at the BAFTAs. 5 Points Alejandro Amenábar directs Nicole Kidman in gothic horror, The Others which proved a hit with critics and at the box office. 6 Points Wes Anderson directs his third film featuring a massive cast including The Wilson brothers, Bill Murray, Ben Stiller, Gene Hackman, and Gwyneth Paltrow in messed up family comedy/drama The Royal Tenenbaums. 8 Points Audrey Tautou is wonderful as Amelie in Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s Parisian feel good comedy described by Benny as “one of those films that can't help but make you glow with sheer bliss afterwards”. It the highest grossing Frech film in the U.S and won best original screenplay at the BAFTAs. 9 Points Richard Kelly directs Jake Gyllenhaal in Donnie Darko which made no impact at the Box office, but quickly became a hit afterwards on whatever media devices people were using at the time to watch stuff at home. It’s a sci-fi, fantasy, time travel thriller with a big rabbit and Patrick Swayze and one of the films of 2001 that passed me by. Terry Zwigoff directs Scarlett Johansson, Steve Buscemi and Thora Birch in black comedy, Ghost World based on the comic of the same name telling the story of two disillusioned teens following their graduation from High School. Pixar’s third film is directed by Pete Doctor and is the fantastic Monster’s Inc as John Goodman and Billy Crystal conjure up a superb double act in a tale of kidnap, corporate espionage and lots and lots of doors. The first of many Pixar films that are likely to feature near the top three in these polls. 10 Points Losing out on 3rd place based on 1st place picks, Stephen Soderburgh decides to remake a forgotten rat-pack film with an all-star cast including George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Julia Roberts and a host of others in Ocean’s Eleven. It had the potential to be a self-indulgent, meta, ego-fest mess despite the director and a great cast, but they decided to wait for the second one to do that and instead delivered an effortlessly cool and fun heist movie. 3rd Place 10 Points Spirited Away Hayao Miyazaki writes and directs Spirited Away; a Studio Ghibli film which is the biggest grossing Japanese film of all time (in Japan and worldwide) and widely considered a classic piece of film making, animated or otherwise. Criminally, I haven’t seen it although it is on the watch it with kids list for years (and watch it before I had kids as well). Disney adapted an English version the following year overseen by Jon Lasseter. 2nd Place 28 Points Mulholland Drive David Lynch directs Naomi Watts and Laura Elena Harring in this neo-noir mystery. Considered one of Lynch’s best films, it was originally filmed to make up part of a TV series, but then converted into a feature. Lynch won joint best Director at Cannes and got an Oscar nomination. I’d like to write more, but I can’t really get on with Lynch’s films for some reason and I’ve tried to watch this again and failed miserably. 3rd Place 42 Points The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Potter might have beaten it at the box office, but Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring is Rllmuk’s best film of 2001 by a mile and the highest scoring film across all five years of this poll. A film that proved very difficult to get made due to concerns on cost, potential audience and the filming rights. It was, ironically, originally going to be made as one film covering all three books and then two films covering the three books, before the studio lucked out on letting Peter Jackson film all three books across three films and let him have a nice big run-time for all three of them. Things would eventually swing the other way because of the success of this and Potter where single books would be chopped into 2 and even 3 films to increase revenue at the expense of quality. Based on Tolkien’s classic trilogy, there was potentially a massive audience for an adaptation of the books. There was high expectation from fans, but fantasy had never been done well on the big screen and the last big film to feature an all CGI main character destroyed people’s childhoods (cough Jar Jar cough). Would Peter Jackson be able to pull off what was long thought as near impossible? The answer was a resounding yes: it looked amazing – Middle Earth was brought to life from The Shire to Mordor; brilliantly cast with Ian McKellan as Gandalf, an exceptional performance by Andy Serkis as CGI Gollum and everyone else doing brilliantly in their roles as hobbits, elves, dwarves and humans (heroic or not). Jackson expertly transferred the first book to the screen and left everyone impatiently counting down the days to the sequel (which we may get to next year).
  4. Im plugging away at the rest of the years results. I'll put 2005 to 2009 poll shortly and then maybe have a slight gap as 2010 to 2014 will be okay, but 2015 to 2019 will need to end after the year has ended.
  5. I saw it at the cinema on Wednesday - meant to post or start a topic on it. I thought it was really good. Hadn't seen the trailer and initially thought it was a straight up horror, but had some good laughs as well.
  6. 2000 Results Worldwide Box-Office 1 Mission: Impossible 2 $546,388,105 2 Gladiator $457,640,427 3 Cast Away $429,632,142 4 What Women Want $374,111,707 5 Dinosaur $349,822,765 Best Picture – Oscar: Gladiator Best Picture – BAFTA: Gladiator Notable films of 2000 without any picks: John Woo directing the sequel to the well-received, Tom Cruise remake of a TV show won the box office of 2000 with Mission Impossible 2, but despite making the most money of any film in 2000, it is easily the worst of the franchise unless you really like watching Cruise on a motorbike. An average film at the time, and probably aged extremely badly now, Mel Gibson Rom-Com, What Women Want took 4th place. Disney’s Dinosaur was the 5th biggest film worldwide in 2000. Notable films without any votes include Shadow of the Vampire, Kevin Costner dealing with the Cuban Missile Crisis in Thirteen Days; David Mamet’s State and Main; Billy Elliot; Tigerland; The Way of the Gun; Nurse Betty; Dennis Quaid in Frequency; Wonder Boys; Final Destination; Soffia Coppola’s directorial debut, Virgin Suicides; U-571; Robert Zemeckis has a decent hit with What Lies Beneath starring Harris Ford and Michelle Pfieffer. Clooney and Wahlberg and a big wave in The Perfect Storm; Sam Raimi’s The Gift; Danny Boyle’s The Beach; Arnie in The Sixth Day; Scream 3; Nicholas Cage in Gone in Sixty Seconds and Mel Gibson in The Patriot. There were a couple of not very good Mar’s movies in Mission to Mars and Red Planet. A number of big grossing comedies in the year that I doubt many people return to anymore: The Whole Nine Yards; Me, Myself and Irene; Miss Congeniality and Meet the Parents. And some really rubbish stuff: Coyote Ugly, Charlie’s Angels, Hollow Man; Big Momma’s House; Stallone’s Get Carter remake & Nutty Professor 2. 1 Point Stephen Soderbergh directs Julia Roberts (in a career best performance) opposite Albert Finney in Erin Brockovich. The first of two very good films from the director this year. Nick Park takes a break from Wallace and Gromit to give us the good fun, Chicken Run starring Mel Gibson Tom Hanks gives an exceptional performance in almost single hander, Castaway, directed by Robert Zemekis. It was the third biggest film of the year at the box office. Bela Tarr directs Hungarian drama, Werckmeister Harmonies. David Twohy directs low budget horror, sci-fi sleeper hit, Pitch Black as Vin Diesel puts in a memorable turn as anti-Hero Riddick battling creatures in the dark. 2 Points M. Night Shyamalan follows up The Sixth Sense with his brilliant Unbreakable as Bruce Willis might be a superhero according to comic obsessed Samuel L Jackson. Probably Willis’ last really good performance before he stopped giving a shit and surprisingly, the first part of a trilogy. Surprised this didn’t finish with a few more points. Clint Eastwood directs himself, Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland and James Garner in fun (old) men on a (space) mission movie Space Cowboys. Bryan Singer directs the first Marvel superhero movie with an origin story of the X-Men. The first of a wildly inconsistent series is a good start enhanced with the inspired casting of Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellan while Hugh Jackman is great as Wolverine in what would become a defining and career making role. Disney serves up the under-rated and not really remembered Llama tinged animation, The Emperor’s New Groove. 3 Points Darren Aronofsky follows up his first film, Pi with addiction drama, Requiem for a Dream. Starring Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto and Jennifer Connolly. Not quite sure what it is doing here, but John Travolta stars in Battlefield Earth which is regarded as being utter rubbish and I’m not watching it to confirm. A deep south, 1930’s retelling of the Odyssey with added folk music could only be done by the Cohen Brothers as George Clooney and John Turturro star in O Brother, Where Art Thou? Lars von Trier directs Bjork in Palme D’or winning, Dancer in the Dark Christopher Guests directs Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara and many others in Dog show mockumentary, Best in Show Claire Denis directs French film, Beau Travail. 4 Points Rob Sitch directs Australian moon landing comedy, The Dish starring Sam Neill. Stephen Soderbergh’s second point scoring film of the year was multiple narrative drug drama,Traffic starring Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta Jones, Don Chedle and Bencio Del Toro among others. Edward Yang writes and directs Taiwanese family drama, Yi Yi which won critical acclaim. 5 Points Ang Lee’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was a surprise hit at the American box office and was nominated for plenty of awards around the world and was a key film of the year. Chow Yun-fat and Michelle Yeoh star in this fantasy tale memorable for its action fight scenes. 6 Points Guy Ritchie follows up his out of nowhere crime caper comedy hit Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels with another crime caper comedy with Snatch. Like his first film, its fast paced, got loads of characters, inter-connected storylines, witty dialogue and a bit of violence, but this time with some Hollywood actors in Brad Pitt (with a memorable turn as gypsy boxer), Benico Del Toro and Dennis Farina alongside Jason Statham, Stephen Graham and Vinny Jones amongst others. Still a good watch. One of my favourite comedies is John Cusack in High Fidelity directed by Stephen Frears and an adaptation of Nick Hornby’s second book. Cusack excels as list obsessed, 4th wall breaking record shop owner Rob supported by Jack Black (in his breakout role), Todd Louiso, sister Joan and that f*cking Ian guy, Tim Robbins. Very funny and rewatchable. 7 Points Jonathon Glazer directs Ray Winstone in an excellent ‘one last job’ crime thriller, Sexy Beast enriched by the presence of Ben Kingsley giving an unforgettable and terrifying performance as unhinged gangster, Don. Kingsley was nominated for every supporting actor award going. Cameron Crowe writes and directs his semi-autobiographical tale, Almost Famous which won best screenplay at the Oscars. A cracking comedy drama as a young journalist follows band Stillwater which stars Billy Crudup and Kate Hudson is a breakout role. It didn’t perform at the box office, but had plenty of critical acclaim and is probably the peak of Crowe’s career following on from previous hit Jerry Maguire as is all went downhill from here. 10 Points Mary Harron directs American Psycho which became Christian Bale’s breakout role in this book adaptation tale of an Investment Banker who goes a little bit crazy. Supported by Willem Defoe, Jared Leto and Chloe Sevigny, it is a jet black horror-comedy (for want of a better classification) that gets increasingly unhinged.4 11 Points Haven’t seen it myself, but just outside the top 3 is well reviewed Hong Kong drama, In the Mood for Love. Directed and written by Wong Kar-wai, it stars Tony Leung (who won Best actor at Cannes) and Maggie Cheung. 3rd Place 16 Points Battle Royale 42 school kids sent to an island in the near future, each given a weapon. Last one alive wins/survives. Japanese classic, Battle Royale finishes in 3rd place for 2000. It’s a bleak, violent and proved to be surprisingly enjoyable and sometimes humorous tale of school children murdering each other overseen by their teacher. This was long time Director, Kinji Fukasaku’s final film before his death a couple of years later and is an adaptation of a book of the same name. It influenced other films although the author of the Hunger Games reckons she’d never heard of it and it never had a proper release in the U.S until 2012. Might have influenced the odd game recently as well, but that’s another section of the forum ;-). 2nd Place 23 Points Gladiator Ridley Scott brings back the Historical epic as Russell Crowe kills half the Roman Empire in Gladiator. A massive box office success that won plenty of awards including Best Picture at the Oscars, Baftas and Golden Globes and Best Actor at the Oscars for Crowe. It was also notable for its use of CGI, not only for dealing with the death of Oliver Reed mid-film, but one of the first films to utilise CGI to enhance backgrounds and give the film a bigger scale. Crowe is great as former Roman general turned Gladiator attempting to gain revenge on Joaquin Phoenix who delivers an early contender for the decade’s villain you most want to see dead in a ditch. The film centres around the numerous arena set pieces which are excellent. Despite is massive success, it didn’t lead to a real resurgence in successful historical epics as the following year the public would embrace an epic with a more fantastic slant. 1st Place 34 Points Memento Christopher Nolan’s first major feature film is Rllmuk’s favourite film of 2000 and the 2nd highest point scoring film over the 5 years of the poll. Written by Nolan’s brother Jonathon, it is a fantastically clever thriller that plays the films scenes in reverse order, gradually revealing what led to the film’s ending (beginning). It stars Guy Pierce (who beats fellow Aussie and LA Confidential actor Russell Crowe to number one spot in this year’s poll; Carrie Ann Moss and Joe Pantoliano. If you haven’t seen it then watch it and if you haven’t seen it for a while then it’s well worth a revisit. Nolan’s career would go from strength to strength (and I’d imagine some of this other films are likely to feature highly in future polls), but Guy Pierce nor Carrie Ann Moss never really had the high profile careers that might have been expected from having leading roles in this (and previously L.A Confidential and Matrix respectively).
  7. QPR play some lovely football, have some very skillfull players, but, bar a terrific solo effort that hit the bar, they couldn’t score against us tonight. Best performance I’ve seen from us this season by a mile - we took our chances, caught them on the break and in the second half closed down QPR so they couldn’t do barely anything. 7 games unbeaten, before today that didn’t seem to mean much, but this looked like the Cardiff of two years ago. Horrible to play against, but with some skill and guile. I’ll begin stressing about a Cardiff vs Swansea play off final now.
  8. The wonders of Excel after manually inputting them, but I’ve been doing it as I go along. Just some sanity checks on naming and one missing entry and I’ve been doing some writing up in advance. Annoyingly there is one top 3 film in one year that I haven’t seen so need to watch that.
  9. Poll is now closed, but <Homer shriek> @Ravern you’ve not got a Third place entry for 2001 which could be pivotal in deciding third place (or not depending what you go for).
  10. Deadline for this is tonight. I think everyone who has posted has full picks. Last time I crunched the numbers most years were fairly open in terms of at least top 3 if not winner.
  11. @Don Wiskerando - Bubba Ho-Tep is classed as 2002 according to IMDB (although if you look at when it was released across the world you could pick numerous years). Could you amend. Ta
  12. 2000 1. High Fidelity 2. Battle Royale 3. Memento 2001 1. LOTR: The Fellowship of Ring 2. Monsters Inc. 3. Ocean’s Eleven 2002 1. Catch Me If You Can 2. LOTR: The Two Towers 3. City of God 2003 1. LOTR: Return of the King 2. Finding Nemo 3. School of Rock 2004 1. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind 2. A Very Long Engagement 3. Shaun of the Dead
  13. Reminder that deadline for this is close of play Sunday. @Ravern - you have Magnolia in your top 3 for 2000, but it’s a 1999 film (released in Canada on Christmas Day). Also - can I ask everyone to try and make sure they’ve got 3 films for each year as there are a couple of gaps. Ta
  14. First time ever in the League Cup’s history that no Tier 2 clubs make the 4th round.
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