An American Film Geek's Best of the Decade, 2000-2009

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An American Film Geek's Best of the Decade, 2000-2009
Sheesh, another list! At the end of every year, the need to do an annual best-of movie round-up seems to sneak up on me. The fact that it's now the end of the decade snuck on me all the more. In compiling this admittedly quick list, I looked over all my qualifying year-end lists, and re-evaluated where necessary. I tried to consider the films I saw in the greater sociological context of the decade itself - their effects on it, and what they have to say about it. At the same time, I also tried to include some personal selections that probably wouldn't make other such lists, but were important to me. Please keep in mind that i could not see everything, and that my beat around here is the mainstream theatrical films. I managed to narrow it down to twenty films, ranking the first ten. So here it, my best of the decade, 2000-2009.

1. The Incredibles (2004)
2. There Will Be Blood (2007)
3. Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
4. The Dark Knight (2008)
5. Kill Bill Volume 2 (2004)
6. The New World (2005)
7. Star Trek (2009)
8. Mulholland Dr. (2001)
9. Almost Famous (2000)
10. Memento (2001)

For the second decade in a row, Pixar tops my list.  (My best of the 1990s: Toy Story - followed tightly by Pulp Fiction, and GoodFellas)  In the case of what may be the decade-defining achievement in the world of film, Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy, I opted to single out my favorite entry, The Two Towers - although I could've just as easily cheated, and listed the entire trilogy in a single entry.      

The best of the rest, in no particular order: Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, Unbreakable, Bubba Ho-Tep, Casino Royale, Brokeback Mountain, Hustle & Flow, American Splendor, Iron Man, Star Wars - Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, and Rocky Balboa.

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Kurt HalfyardDecember 31, 2009 5:08 PM

Apropos of the 1990s, my favourite films of that decade:

Safe
The Ice Storm
The Double Life of Veronique
Fight Club
Eyes Wide Shut
Audition
Pulp Fiction
Princess Monoke
Man Bites Dog
Fargo
Magnolia
The Thin Red Line
Heat
Raise the Red Lantern
The Usual Suspects
Three Kings
The Sweet Hereafter

mrhibbertDecember 31, 2009 6:14 PM

I think everyone should make a Best of the Decade list. I started working on one a few weeks back but ended up only finding 9, missing one really good film. The decade list is definitely the most challenging.

Todd BrownDecember 31, 2009 9:21 PM

Wow, The Incredibles is a bold choice ... I'm with you in thinking it's the best thing Pixar has done but it's definitely not something you expect to see on this sort of list.