Category Archives: Oscar Winner

48. Little Miss Sunshine

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

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50. Lord of the Rings: Return of the King

In the conclusion to the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Frodo and Sam approach Mount Doom to destroy the ring whilst Gandalf et al try to fight off Sauron’s army.

What Tierna thinks: “I’ll be honest, I celebrated when ‘The End’ came up on the screen. I just couldn’t relate to this film in any way and therefore found it very hard to enjoy it. The cinematography is excellent in parts and I can appreciate the craftsmanship and attention to detail that went into it. When it comes down to it though… sorry folks,  this one isn’t for me.  I’ll give it a four out of ten.”

What Tom thinks: “Tierna has just said ‘I love Grease’ which is on TV at the moment and probably gives a good idea of why she doesn’t like LOTR!  I’ve seen all three films in the cinema, which is really the best way to watch them, although I have to admit I’m not a big fan of fantasy films.  On the plus side, the effects are great, the battles are epic and it looks fantastic.  However, it’s bloody long and the final half hour is quite unnecessary.  On the basis of how much I like this I’d give it a seven, but just to annoy Tierna I’ll give it an eight out of ten.”

Up next: Knocked Up

53. Milk

53. Milk

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

61. Spirited Away

61. Spirited Away

A young girl ends up transported into a fantasy world where she must work in a bathhouse – run by an old woman who turns into a bird – which serves gods and spirits to find a way to save her parents that have been turned into pigs.

What Tierna thinks: “So it’s not the worst film in the world but I can’t say I liked this. I was curious to see what it was about since I spotted it on our Top 100 list. I’d read a few reviews online and a lot of people seemed to rave about it. At risk of sounding closed minded, this one is just a bit too strange for me. It’s well animated and did amuse me in parts so I’ll give it a five out of ten.”

What Tom thinks: “This reminded me a little bit of Labyrinth – girl ends up in a random fantasy world to try and save her family.  Alas, there is no David Bowie codpiece in this film!  Wikipedia will tell you “the theme is dislocation… the viewer experiences phantasmagoric and shifting morality of dreams”.  Tomipedia will tell you “this film is totally random, makes no sense and I can only assume was written whilst under the influence of hallucinogenic drugs”.  As amazing as critics, the Academy Awards and millions of anime geeks worldwide will tell you this film is – it really is not.  I’ll give it a five out of ten.”

Up next: The Squid And The Whale … “What’s best between a squid and a whale.  There’s only one way to find out – FIIIIGGGHHHT”  *random Harry Hill quote*

63. There Will Be Blood

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”

72. The Hurt Locker

72. The Hurt Locker

An Academy Award winner in 2010 (despite being shot in 2008 and released in the US in 2009), The Hurt Locker follows a US bomb disposal team during the last stretch of their term in Iraq.

What Tom thinks: “I’ll start by saying that I wouldn’t have watched this film if it wasn’t on the list, as I got the impression that it only won an Oscar so America could be patriotic and show the world its support for US soldiers.  In fairness, that was a bit of a harsh judgement and this was a very good film, which was very authentic and well written with really good performances.  The best Iraq war film I’ve seen… except for maybe Hot Shots, Part Deux!  I’ll give it an eight out of ten.”

What Tierna thinks: “Generally I’m not a big fan of war films… however this one is worth watching. Thankfully it wasn’t all about brutal killing and there was actually a good story running throughout. Despite being a sceptic at first, I’m going to give this one a seven out of ten.”