Mona, a poor tomboy who lives with her violent born-again christian brother, meets Tamsin, a rich girl from a distant family who is seeking adventure, and they embark on a summer-long relationship.
What Tierna thinks: “I wasn’t very captivated by this one. It’s a bit controversial in parts yet despite this, the story didn’t get a grip of me. Two girls lived a pretty miserable existence before they met & found ‘solace’ in each other for the duration of a summer. Their relationship & the relationships around them all turn out to be a bit of a farce. It’s watchable but I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it (unless you like a good ol’ lesbian story). I will rate this a six out of ten. I really wasn’t fussed!
What Tom thinks: “I actually didn’t mind this film. Bit surprised it made it onto any kind of list like this – it’s not really strong enough in any department to warrant being ranked one of the best films of the last decade although perhaps it’s included because it’s British – but it’s not a bad film. I’d probably normally give this the same score as Tierna, but I’ll add on an extra mark and give it a seven out of ten as it has lesbians 🙂 ”
Up next: Traffic
A dysfunctional family embark on a road trip together to make sure their youngest child can take part in the Little Miss Sunshine beauty pageant.
What Tierna thinks: “Loved this. It follows an unlikely beauty pageant candidate & her dysfunctional family on their quest to fulfil some dreams. The many hurdles & shortcomings along the road make for an hilarious yet sometimes emotional story that I’m happy to have watched. If you’re sceptical, just give it a go as at the very least, it should make you smile. I’ll give this a nine out of ten.”
What Tom thinks: “I knew Tierna would like this film. I saw it in the cinema on its release and its a good film. It’s a feel good kinda film… which I usually don’t like as I’m such a miserable sod… but it works. The strong cast is part of the reason for this (it’s good to see Steve Carrell giving an understated performance for once). It’s not going to change your life or re-invent the genre, but it’s a good film and I’ll give it an eight out of ten.
Up next: My Summer of Love
In Judd Apatow’s second feature film as a director, unemployed stoner Ben (Seth Rogan) has a one night stand with career-girl Alison (Katherine Heigl) and both have to cope with the resulting pregnancy.
What Tierna thinks: “It’s like a modern day twist on a rom-com except much funnier. It cracked me up in parts. An amusing insight into a pretty unfortunate situation: fathering the love child of a man you do not know, who appears to live his life surrounded by idiots. A good, fun movie which we watched on a lazy Saturday evening with a glass of wine (or two!) in hand. I’ll give this a nine out of ten. One of the most amusing comedy films I’ve seen in my 20-something years.”
What Tom thinks: “I have to say I’m a big fan of Judd Apatow’s work. Freaks and Geeks was a great TV series and The 40 Year Old Virgin is hilarious. I would say this is the pinnacle of his films (as a writer / director) as it really gets the right tone between being very funny but having something to say about relationships and the differences between men and women (not just for the two leads but also Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann). And what a cast too! I’ll give it an eight out of ten.”
Up next: Little Miss Sunshine
51. The Son's Room
Giovanni, an Italian psychoanalyst who has to listen to the rambles of his patients every day, struggles to come to terms with the death of his young son in a diving accident.
What Tierna thinks: “I’d definitely recommend watching this; we had put it off a few times as you really need to concentrate more on subtitled films (Lazy? Perhaps!) but I’m glad we finally found time. The acting is very believable in this and the family interact naturally with each other, making the son’s death more poignant. The letter that arrives after the death of Andrea seems to bring some sort of comfort to the family and it ultimately has an uplifting ending. A well deserved eight out of ten from me.”
What Tom thinks: “So its been a while since our last film and our first of 2012 was… alright. It has to be said it’s fairly depressing and, particularly given that its subtitled, not a film I’d be particularly wanting to watch again. But a fairly good film with a believable reaction from the family after Andrea’s death which shows how difficult death can be. A six from me.”
Up next: Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
Milk is a white liquid produced by the mammary glands of animals. Oh wait, damned Wikipedia brought up the wrong milk! Milk is the true story of Harvey Milk, the first openly gay person elected to public office in California who was assassinated in 1978.
What Tierna thinks: “The story follows a successful, openly gay politician who lives what becomes a pretty tragic and lonely life. Yet, he’s someone a lot of people live up to. It’s not a groundbreaking film but it’s a good watch. I’ll give this one a seven out of ten.”
What Tom thinks: “Yeah pretty good film this. Have to say I’m not overly familiar with 1970s San Francisco politics so I didn’t really know what was going to happen… certainly the end was a surprise and I couldn’t believe it was true until I read the actual story online. Too much sugar indeed! I’ll also give it a seven out of ten.”
Up next: The Constant Gardner
60. The Squid and the Whale
Offbeat indie drama following the divorce of a pretentious married couple and how their children deal with it.
What Tierna thinks: “I’ve seen a few things recently with Jesse Eisenberg and I’ve enjoyed them all. This film was no exception. It’s generally quite an amusing film with many witty scenes throughout. There’s a strong focus on sex in this film, from the initial stages of teenage crushes right through to the passion & breakdown of adult relationships. It’s a good film and I’ll give it an eight out of ten.”
What Tom thinks: “An odd film this but I enjoyed it. It was part break-up drama and part rites-of-passage story about the kids. It also had a good cast – good to see Jeff Daniels at the centre of the story. Have to say I never thought I’d see a 12 year old kid smearing his ‘sticky white love potion’ over library books! The only negative I’d have is that it has quite a sudden ending and doesn’t really resolve the stories. Well worth a seven out of ten.”
63. There Will Be Blood
In Paul Thomas Anderson’s 2007 drama, Daniel Plainview (Daniel Day Lewis) is an oil man at the turn of the 20th century on a ruthless quest for wealth and success.
What Tierna thinks: “If it wasn’t for this list, the title of this film would have put me off. However, I’m glad I have seen it. The ending can only be described as a brutal frenzy (which had me hiding behind Tom… asking what was happening). I still don’t know how to feel about Daniel, the lead character as he’s tragic yet brutal. I’ll give this film an eight out of ten.”
What Tom thinks: “This possibly wasn’t at the same level as some of Paul Anderson’s earlier films, but then again it is difficult to match classics such as Alien vs Predator, Mortal Kombat and Resident Evil. Oh wait, wrong one… ha ha. Seriously, this is a good film with some great performances. The ending was totally out of blue (similar to Magnolia) but is a classic scene. This gets very mixed reviews on iMDB (despite wide critical acclaim) but it’s a good film and i’ll give it an eight out of ten.”
Up next: Anchorman … “60% of the time, it works every time”