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My Top 25 Films of the Decade - #19-14

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After seeing something similar like this on a television show about critics counting down their top 10 films of the decade, I have decided to do the same, only with my top 25. Remember this list is from MY opinion of what I think were the top 25 films from 1999 to 2009. Feel free to state your opinions, but just remember this is my list, and my list only. Here's #19 to #14.

19. 28 Days Later (2002)

Stars: Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Brendan Gleeson

Director: Danny Boyle

18. Gran Torino (2008)

Stars: Clint Eastwood, Bee Vang, Ahney Her

Director: Clint Eastwood

17. Taken (2009)

Stars: Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen, Maggie Grace

Director: Pierre Morel

16. The Descent (2006)

Stars: Shauna MacDonald, Natalie Mendoza

Director: Neil Marshall

15. Borat (2006)

Stars: Sacha Baron Cohen, Ken Davitian, Pamela Anderson

Director: Larry Charles

14. Memento (2000)

Stars: Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano

Director: Christopher Nolan

#13-#8 Coming Soon...

My Top 25 Films of the Decade - #25 - 20

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After seeing something similar like this on a television show about critics counting down their top 10 films of the decade, I have decided to do the same, only with my top 25. Remember this list is from MY opinion of what I think were the top 25 films from 1999 to 2009. Feel free to state your opinions, but just remember this is my list, and my list only. Here's #25 to #20.

25. Blood Diamond (2006)

Stars: Leondardo Di Caprio, Djimon Hounsou, and Jennifer Connelly

Director: Edward Zwick

24. Cast Away (2000)

Stars: Tom Hanks

Director: Robert Zemeckis

23. Million Dollar Baby (2004)

Stars: Clint Eastwood, Hilary Swank, Morgan Freeman

Director: Clint Eastwood

22. Zodiac (2007)

Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo, Robert Downey Jr.

Director: David Fincher

21. Mean Creek (2004)

Stars: Rory Culkin, Trevor Morgan, Josh Peck

Director: Jacob Aaron Estes

20. Fight Club (1999)

Stars: Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Helena Bonham Carter

Director: David Fincher

#19- 15 coming soon...

My Top 20 Horror Movies #13

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All right guys, sorry for the long recent absence, life has been indeed busy. So I apologize for not getting at your blogs often. Anyways, I would like to continue my top Horror Movie countdown with #13.

13. Zombieland (2009)

"Nut up, or shut up."


Zombieland stars Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, and Abigail Breslin, as a ragtag four-some, as they scavenge the remains of the world after a zombie apocalypse, looking for other survivors, and the last Twinkee on Earth. While there really isn't much of a story, the movie is still completely awesome. The gore is awesome, the characters are awesome, and you grow with each one, and the appearance of a famous comedy actor was hilarious, and fell right in with the rest of the movie. Horror and Comedy has never really been combined as well as this was made, as it is probably the best one to date, especially if you love Zombie films, this one is top notch, and very, very awesome.

My Top 20 Horror Movies #14

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14. 28 Days Later (2003)

"Your days are numbered."


28 Days Later marks the horror debut for the now famous Danny Boyle. The film opens with British animal rights activists breaking into the Cambridge Primate Research Facility. While there, they run into a scientist who warns them that the chimpanzees there are infected with a virus called 'Rage'. They ignore the scientist and free one of the chimps there, which immediately attacks the activists and the scientist, turning them into bloodthirsty freaks. Exactly 28 days later, a man named Jim (Cillian Murphy) awakens from a coma, and finds the city of London to be completely deserted, abandoned, and what looks like the aftermath of serious rampage. After scouting around the city some more, he runs into humans with the 'Rage' virus, and is nearly killed, but is saved by 2 more survivors that stumble upon him, and what follows is one of the greatest zombie films in recent history. The 'Rage' virus is brought out so well, and really doesn't feel like the typical zombie films that the movie community is used to nowadays. The virus is carried from the blood of the infected and can be transferred from one to another by having contact with the blood in any way, shape, or form. The characters were all played out brilliantly, and since there are only a few main protagonists, besides the few that appear later on, you grow so close to them, and it feels as if you are among the last remaining surivors of this Rage apocalypse. The atmosphere is amazing, and is definitely among the best I've experienced in a film. Overall, 28 Days Later is one of the better horror films of the 2000's, and quite possibly the best zombie film to date.

My Top 20 Horror Movies #15

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15. Day of the Dead (1985)

"The darkest day of horror the world has ever known."


George Romero's 1985 cl@ssic is actually the third installment in 'The Dead' series. It stars a group of survivors taking refuge in an underground Military bunker, soon after the zombie outbreak that took place in 'Night' and in 'Dawn'. While staying in the bunker, the government assigns the residents there into 3 groups. The scientists, the people trying to find a cure for the outbreak, the military who protect the rest, and the civilians, the other survivors. Along the course of the movie, the outside zombies try to find ways to make their way inside of the bunker, while some of the survivors on the inside start to turn against each other. This was a great zombie film. The performances were good, especially from the character of Captain Rhodes. The atmosphere felt great and real, and you felt like you were one of the survivors the entire way through. Overall, this was a great horror film that each fan will enjoy.

My Top 20 Horror Movies Redux #16

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16. Pet Sematary (1989)

"Sometimes dead is better."


This 80's cl@ssic takes place around the 80's in the film as well. It stars Louis Creed (Dale Midkiff), a Doctor from Chicago, as he and his family have just arrived in the small city of Ludlow, Maine. On the day on their arrival, they meet a nice old widowed neighbor across the road, named Jud Crandall. After the Creed's family cat is run over on the road by a Semi, Jud informs of a strange burying ground that's has the power to resurrect the dead called 'The Mic-Mac Burying Ground'. After burying the cat, Church, it comes back to life the next day but in a strange and strange form. Sooner or later, a tragic and depressing event comes into play which forces a heartbroken father to literally take part in the unthinkable, and perform something so horrifying, it may prove life or death. In my opinion, this was a great horror film. It stayed intact to the book incredibly well, although it did occasionally leave out a few parts and characters like Norma Crandall, the wife of Jud, which made the movie seem like it was missing something. The acing of Jud and Gage Creed were literally spot on with those in the novel, and it felt as if I was revisiting the book and all of its inhabitants again. Overall, Pet Sematary is a great film, although the novel was of course better, this didn't do bad at all.

My Top 20 Horror Movies Redux - #17, Saw, and 27

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17. Dead Alive (1993)

"Some things won't stay down...even after they die."


Dead Alive begins on the fictional island of Skull Island. After an explorer takes a rat-monkey from the island inside of a cage, he is soon seen with bites and scratches on his body. He is soon horribly murdered by the locals of the Island, and the film quickly cuts to New Zealand. Lionel Cosgrave lives with his mother in her home in New Zealand. While on a trip to the zoo with her, she is bitten by the rat-monkey and soon develops zombie like symptoms. And sooner than later, all hell breaks loose in the city of Wellington. What Dead Alive is mostly notorious for is its extremely bizarre and over the top violence. Even though it was considerably gruesome, it is what made the movie. The acting is cheesy, the story is so-so, but since the rest was so great and fun, so was the way the movie turned out. Peter Jackson, creator of the LotR Trilogy, directed this one about 15 years ago before even thinking of Hobbits, and he did a great job. It also has 2 iconic scenes in films, the "Zombie Landmower Scene" (cl@ssic) and the "Pus Custard Scene" which was completely sick. This was a great horror film IMO, and is indeed one of the cl@ssics of generation of zombies.

I have just started watching the entire 'Saw' series in order, in turn for seeing the 6th installment at the end of this month. I have just finished the first and here is the review on it, although it is the same for my top 20 Horror Movies. I actually found this one to be quite enjoyable and good.

SAW


A long while ago, the 'Saw' franchise began with a short film that came out in 2003 also called 'Saw'. Since then, the series has now become popular for a thing called 'torture porn', and is also known for already having 5 entrees in the series, along with a sixth coming out this month, and a seventh coming out next year, and it'll probably break it's promise of stopping, and go on from there. The 2 I found to be the best in the series were the original 'Saw' (above) and Saw III, which should of been the "last" one in the series. Anyways, the first is my favorite because of many reasons. The traps were great (reverse bear trap was awesome), the gore wasn't spontaneous and in-your-face kind of way like the sequels, the characters were believable and it actually felt like they were fighting for their lives. But what the original 'Saw' maintained was a balanced out sense of sane horror. Anyways, the plot here is actually pretty simple. Two men are trapped in a room, in chains, chained to pipes. A dead body lies in the middle of the floor, the two men don't know how or who got them there. All they know is that they have only a limited time to escape otherwise ones family will be murdered. This simultaneously happens in the plot while a distraught Detective Tapp (portrayed by Danny Glover) obsesses over finding the Jigsaw killer after losing his partner to the madman. This 'Saw' is indeed a cl@ssic as it maintains a good balance between sane horror and over the top horror. You grow so well with the 2 characters of Adam and Dr. Gordon, that at the end of the film you're about near to root them on at the climax, and then having that fail with complete and utter shock and a somewhat depressing resolution. James Wan's directing was top notch, and Leigh Whannell and Cary Elwes both did extremely talented performances as both Adam and Dr. Gordon, and they were both hugely believable. Yes, this movie is quite gruesome and dark, especially in the last final scenes, but it really doesn't go out of hand and out of its way to bring a slasher film, and instead brings a film that stays true to sane horror. This is the film that literally started the whole Torture phenomenon in films we've come to see, and also has a huge cliffhanger for an ending will most likely shock a first time viewer, or even still get at the fans who have seen it multiple times like myself. A great movie, that really doesn't go out of its way, and indeed a cl@ssic horror film.

Final Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I have also turned to Level 27 today, from Cyber-Lip to...Sheng Long.

My Top 20 Horror Movies Redux - #18

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18. Child's Play (1988 )

"Something's moved in with the Barclay family, and so has terror."


In Child's Play, a serial killer on the run named Charles Lee Ray, is apprehended by a Chicago cop in a Toy Store. Afraid of being arrested, he uses voodoo to convert his soul, and possess a "Good Guy" doll. The detective is unable to find Ray's body, as the Toy Store is struck by lightning, and burns to the ground. The next day, young Andy Barclay, who is celebrating his 6th birthday, receives the possessed doll as a Birthday present from his mother, and soon, all hell breaks loose. As that same night rolls on, the babysitter of Andy suddenly plunges out of the window of their apartment, and falls to her death below. The police arrive on the crime scene and notice footprints in spilt sugar surrounding the murder scene that match to the shoes of the young Barclay. Although he claims that the doll 'Chucky' is alive and was the one who murdered the babsitter, but who is telling the truth, and who is the real killer? What was really great about Child's Play was that the built up suspense was maintained until about half way through the film until the real killer was revealed, although it is quite obvious at times to tell who it is, and especially if you know a lot about this series. Another really great part was that this film mostly ruined everybody's childhood, since it introduced a killer doll into the mix, and truly gave people some nightmares. While the sequels weren't all intelligent and creative like this one, especially 'Bride' and 'Seed', this one was great. It was also probably the last and one of the best movies of the 80's, just because it's a cl@ssic and it, of course, introduced the killer doll we've come to known as Chucky.

My Top 20 Horror Movies Redux - #19 and an Interesting Video

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19. Saw (2004)

"How much blood will you shed to stay alive?"

A long while ago, the 'Saw' franchise began with a short film that came out in 2003 also called 'Saw'. Since then, the series has now become popular for a thing called 'torture porn', and is also known for already having 5 entrees in the series, along with a sixth coming out this month, and a seventh coming out next year, and it'll probably break it's promise of stopping, and go on from there. The 2 I found to be the best in the series were the original 'Saw' (above) and Saw III, which should of been the "last" one in the series. Anyways, the first is my favorite because of many reasons. The traps were great (reverse bear trap was awesome), the gore wasn't spontaneous and in-your-face kind of way like the sequels, the characters were believable and it actually felt like they were fighting for their lives. But what the original 'Saw' maintained was a balanced out sense of sane horror. Anyways, the plot here is actually pretty simple. Two men are trapped in a room, in chains, chained to pipes. A dead body lies in the middle of the floor, the two men don't know how or who got them there. All they know is that they have only a limited time to escape otherwise ones family will be murdered. This simultaneously happens in the plot while a distraught Detective Tapp (portrayed by Danny Glover) obsesses over finding the Jigsaw killer after losing his partner to the madman. This 'Saw' is indeed a cl@ssic as it maintains a good balance between sane horror and over the top horror. It literally started the whole Torture phenomenon in films we've come to see, and also has a huge cliffhanger for an ending. A great movie.

I have also found this very interesting and fun videon on Youtube, here:

The Prediction

Just listen to the directions the guy has to say, and he'll get inside of your head. Enjoy, and thanks for reading! :D

My Top 20 Horror Movies Redux - #20, and Arkham Asylum-Beaten

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Good morning, Gamespot.

I have redubbed, and changed my top list of Horror movies, to that more of my liking, after remembering some of these great cl@ssics from the past few years.

We will begin with number 20.

20. Halloween II (1981)

"More of the night HE came home."


Halloween II is the direct follow-up sequel to the 1978 original. It stars Jamie Lee Curtis again as the tormented Laurie Strode, the sister to the psychotic serial killer Michael Myers. On the same night the original took place on, Laurie is taken to the Haddonfield Hospital to be treated for her wounds and trauma from the horror she has just experienced. It seems Michael has now found where she is in hiding, and is on another bloody rampage through the Hospital in order to find her. This, in my opinion, is one of the greatest horror sequels ever, and was the last great film in the series before the dreaded third, and the rest of the senseless gratuitous violence in the later sequels. The Hospital's atmosphere was great, and was brought greatly to the big screen. It added to the momentum and suspense later on in the film with a few good chase sequences between Strode and Myers, and then it all leads off to one big showdown, and a great "ending" to the series. So, if you're looking for a great horror film with a great atmosphere, acting, and suspense, then by all means see this film.

I have just finished my Batman: Arkham Asylum review. It was a very good game, but I was disappointed I had to return it back to the video store, it was just that great. I haven't posted a review in nearly a month and a half now, but it seems I still have got it in me.

The review is now up:

Batman: Arkham Asylum

Well, thanks for reading everybody! :D