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Bones wrote:
Now that the ten-year period from 2000-2009 is in its final year, we're only months away from "Greatest Movies of the Decade" lists popping up everywhere. So let's get a head start. What movies are on your list of 10 favorite movies of what popularly will be called the "decade"? Also, I know this is an impossible question, but which movies of 2009 do you anticipate might have a shot at breaking into your list?

My list:
1. Children of Men (2006) - I agree with Dana Stevens' admittedly hyperbolic statement that this is the "movie of the millenium." Over the years I think this movie will become a classic even more than Blade Runner has.
2. Master and Commander (2003) - I love this movie so much that it drove me to go out and read the 20 books it's based on.
3. Almost Famous (2000) - I saw this movie for the first time in 2001 when I was 18, and I agree with Roger Ebert that it's ridiculous that a movie so perfect for teenagers is rated R--fleeting breasts and curse words notwithstanding.
4. The Dark Knight (2008) - Last night it was hard to get into the Oscars when the three best movies I saw last year--The Dark Knight, Doubt, and WALL-E--were all left out of the Best Picture category. And The Dark Knight was so clearly the best movie out of even that group that it baffles me how it was left out.
5. Michael Clayton (2007) - It's probably not good that I'm in law school and love a movie about a disillusioned lawyer so much, but I just love how this movie manages to make an honest to God thriller incredibly, unsettlingly plausible.
6. Return of the King (2003) - The greatest of the Lords of the Ring even despite the ending. I figure a 9 hour movie has earned 20 minutes or so to say goodbye.
7. The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) - Recently I've found this to be the most rewatchable of the series, but it's a little more of a one trick pony than the third one.
8. Serenity (2005) - I saw this before I ever watched the TV show and I was still completely sucked into the universe.
9. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) - My favorite of all the Charlie Kaufman movies. His other movies I've seen don't really know how to end. This is the most fully realized of his scripts, and that results in the best movie.
10. Memento (2001) - There's probably half a dozen other movies that could sit in this spot, and I don't even watch Memento very often, but I have incredibly fond memories of watching it the first time with my brother and trying to figure out what the fuck was happening as the movie unfurled.

Of the 2009 movies I've seen previews of, Watchmen, Harry Potter 6, and Public Enemies seem most down my alley.


You and I have similar tastes. Of the films you've listed, I'd probably swap out 'Almost Famous' and 'Memento' for 'Match Point' and 'Minority Report', but I did enjoy everything on your list.


Sat Mar 07, 2009 3:35 am
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But does that make it a strong decade? :-)
Rob


Sat Mar 07, 2009 3:43 am
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In no particular order...

Almost Famous
Before Sunset - I preferred Sunset to Sunrise, the characters are less pretentious and there is a greater sense of urgency.
Lost In Translation
No Country For Old Men
Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind - Kate Winslet's line "What if you stayed this time?"
King Kong - in retrospect I preferred this Peter Jackson effort to The Lord Of The Rings
City Of God
The 40 Year Old Virgin - have to say first time i watched this film i never thought it was that great. just watched it again last year and its hardly been out of my dvd player since. Gotta love the chat between Paul Rudd and Seth Rogen.
Memento
United 93

I don't quite understand Children Of Men appearing on some peoples list, i just haven't found anything about it that i can legitimately praise.


Sun Mar 08, 2009 9:28 pm
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0790497 wrote:
I don't quite understand Children Of Men appearing on some peoples list, i just haven't found anything about it that i can legitimately praise.


Anything?

I can understand not liking it (tastes do differ), or feeling that people are giving it more credit than it is due, but you can't find anything praiseworthy?

I think I'm as baffled as you are.


Mon Mar 09, 2009 6:48 pm
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Nope. In terms of acting - nothing praiseworthy, in terms of story - nothing praiseworthy, in terms of characters - nothing praiseworthy... etc etc hence the 'i just haven't found anything about it that i can legitimately praise'. In terms of taste, i dunno, Blade Runner is one of my favourite films of all time...


Tue Mar 10, 2009 8:08 pm
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0790497 wrote:
I don't quite understand Children Of Men appearing on some peoples list, i just haven't found anything about it that i can legitimately praise.


I'm with Mr. 80's (jk) here; it is impossible to watch almost any movie and not come up with some kind of praise for anything in the film (excepting the truly impenetrable awfulness which is Battlefield Earth), especially a film with Clive Owen, Michael Caine, and Julianne Moore in the cast and Alfonso Cuaron directing. I'm not saying your opinion is invalid, but the manner in which you stated it is ignorant. It's more or less elaborating on saying 'it sucked' with little to no substantial gain to the comment itself.


P.S. - I think it is an overrated film, mostly because I thought the atmosphere the film created was underwhelming compared to what critics were saying about it. It does not come close to equalling 'Blade Runner' in this aspect, the film which most people (even Mods) like to compare this film to. I think it's abstractly presented instead of viscerally experienced.


Tue Mar 10, 2009 8:55 pm
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Evenflow8112 wrote:
0790497 wrote:
I don't quite understand Children Of Men appearing on some peoples list, i just haven't found anything about it that i can legitimately praise.


I'm with Mr. 80's (jk) here; it is impossible to watch almost any movie and not come up with some kind of praise for anything in the film (excepting the truly impenetrable awfulness which is Battlefield Earth), especially a film with Clive Owen, Michael Caine, and Julianne Moore in the cast and Alfonso Cuaron directing. I'm not saying your opinion is invalid, but the manner in which you stated it is ignorant. It's more or less elaborating on saying 'it sucked' with little to no substantial gain to the comment itself.


P.S. - I think it is an overrated film, mostly because I thought the atmosphere the film created was underwhelming compared to what critics were saying about it. It does not come close to equalling 'Blade Runner' in this aspect, the film which most people (even Mods) like to compare this film to. I think it's abstractly presented instead of viscerally experienced.


I never compared Children of Men to Blade Runner! But I do like Children of Men quite a bit.


Tue Mar 10, 2009 9:05 pm
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Evenflow8112 wrote:
P.S. - I think it is an overrated film, mostly because I thought the atmosphere the film created was underwhelming compared to what critics were saying about it. It does not come close to equalling 'Blade Runner' in this aspect, the film which most people (even Mods) like to compare this film to. I think it's abstractly presented instead of viscerally experienced.


Hmmmm.

I won't try to argue that you should like Children of Men. And I understand the comparisons to Blade Runner, although I'm not inclined to lump them together.

In fact, I'd argue pretty vehemently that Children of Men wasn't trying to achieve the same atmosphere that Blade Runner was. Blade Runner was a dark, sci-fi film noir where atmosphere permeated every frame--the lighting, the costumes, the set design, the effects. The atmosphere in Blade Runner was a character in the film, and much more poetically than in the films that later copied (or paid homage to) it, including stuff like Batman, the Crow, and even (to a degree) Sin City.

Children of Men had a unique atmosphere as well, but it wasn't a front and center feature as in Blade Runner. And I'd never describe Children of Men as film noir--it was a realism-infused sci-fi parable. Blade Runner was a romantic film (in the grand, old sense); Children of Men was a film with much more modern sensibilities.

I really like Blade Runner--it'd be in my top 100 if I ran a web site on which to post it. If I were forced to choose, I'd admit liking Children of Men even more.


Tue Mar 10, 2009 9:15 pm
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In alphabetical order, as they're all 10/10 to me...

Almost Famous - Not one fraction of a second feels like it shouldn't be there.
American Splendor - A story extremely well-told. It's sad but not painful; I see so much of myself in this version of Harvey Pekar that I have to remind myself to cheer up a bit.
The Incredibles - Love me some Pixar and this one is everything that makes them the best: beautiful, sweet-natured, and unmistakably human. My favorite superhero movie, at any rate.
Inland Empire - David Lynch's dream of the same story happening around the globe, throughout time. The last scene is amazing and genuinely moving.
Lost In Translation - Oh, Bill Murray. The chemistry between the two leads makes the relationship near documentary-like.
Memento - Words ultimately fail. From the acting to the chronology the movie is perfect; the end is so jarring that I could see this 100 more times and still feel surprise.
My Winnipeg - Guy Maddin's best movie; a documentary on Maddin, Winnipeg, and all mixed with random fiction to make it the only movie like it.
The Prestige - Like Memento, this one has any number of ways in and out of it. The music alone could make a great movie.
Serenity - I'm partial to Joss Whedon's work and tend toward the forgiving but, good lord, this one is so entertaining, funny, scary... science fiction at its best.
Superbad - Hilarious and perceptive. This movie alone could sustain me for the next year as far as comedy goes.
There Will Be Blood - Too sad! The most ambitious epic, as finely orchestrated as anything I've seen in the past five years. So gorgeous.

Milk, The Fellowship of the Ring, Mulholland Drive, A.I., A Prairie Home Companion... the list could go on and on. I wish I had started watching movies earlier than I did.


Tue Mar 10, 2009 11:17 pm
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Tuco wrote:
that Children of Men wasn't trying to achieve the same atmosphere that Blade Runner was. Blade Runner was a dark, sci-fi film noir where atmosphere permeated every frame--the lighting, the costumes, the set design, the effects. The atmosphere in Blade Runner was a character in the film, and much more poetically than in the films that later copied (or paid homage to) it, including stuff like Batman, the Crow, and even (to a degree) Sin City.

Children of Men had a unique atmosphere as well, but it wasn't a front and center feature as in Blade Runner. And I'd never describe Children of Men as film noir--it was a realism-infused sci-fi parable. Blade Runner was a romantic film (in the grand, old sense); Children of Men was a film with much more modern sensibilities.

I really like Blade Runner--it'd be in my top 100 if I ran a web site on which to post it. If I were forced to choose, I'd admit liking Children of Men even more.



Romantic?
[Reveal] Spoiler:
Like that scene where Tyrell gets his eyes crushed by Roy? I think the film is almost nihilistic in it's portrayal of humanity's irresponsibility and weakness, not to mention our anti-hero's very own saga, which ultimately pits him against himself, with no way to win. The moments of levity and pathos (such as Roy's acceptance of his fate) are the only thing that keep this film away from the abyss of despair.



I used to find Blade Runner flat and disappointing. Now I think it's one of the most powerful and compelling pictures ever released. Every picture which attempts to copy it's perfection merely pays homage, intentionally or not, to it's true greatness.


Wed Mar 11, 2009 12:12 am
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Patrick wrote:
Evenflow8112 wrote:
0790497 wrote:
I don't quite understand Children Of Men appearing on some peoples list, i just haven't found anything about it that i can legitimately praise.


I'm with Mr. 80's (jk) here; it is impossible to watch almost any movie and not come up with some kind of praise for anything in the film (excepting the truly impenetrable awfulness which is Battlefield Earth), especially a film with Clive Owen, Michael Caine, and Julianne Moore in the cast and Alfonso Cuaron directing. I'm not saying your opinion is invalid, but the manner in which you stated it is ignorant. It's more or less elaborating on saying 'it sucked' with little to no substantial gain to the comment itself.


P.S. - I think it is an overrated film, mostly because I thought the atmosphere the film created was underwhelming compared to what critics were saying about it. It does not come close to equalling 'Blade Runner' in this aspect, the film which most people (even Mods) like to compare this film to. I think it's abstractly presented instead of viscerally experienced.


I never compared Children of Men to Blade Runner! But I do like Children of Men quite a bit.


Actually I just meant Trevor. Cat's out of the bag, now, huh?


Wed Mar 11, 2009 12:13 am
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Evenflow8112 wrote:
Romantic?
[Reveal] Spoiler:
Like that scene where Tyrell gets his eyes crushed by Roy? I think the film is almost nihilistic in it's portrayal of humanity's irresponsibility and weakness, not to mention our anti-hero's very own saga, which ultimately pits him against himself, with no way to win. The moments of levity and pathos (such as Roy's acceptance of his fate) are the only thing that keep this film away from the abyss of despair.



I used to find Blade Runner flat and disappointing. Now I think it's one of the most powerful and compelling pictures ever released. Every picture which attempts to copy it's perfection merely pays homage, intentionally or not, to it's true greatness.


Romantic?

Absolutely.

Not every romantic work is a happy one--some of the most tragic stories in history are romantic stories. And don't forget that it was the romantic period that brought horror to the forefront--Edgar Allan Poe was a product of the romantic period in which he wrote. That Blade Runner is dark and often disturbing doesn't mean it's not romantic. In fact, the visceral reaction you have to the film is indicative of how it reaches you on an emotional level.

And I will offer up the most famous quote from the movie: "I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate. All those moments will be lost in time... like tears in rain... "

Think about how that line is delivered, the tone, and when/where. It's not dialog in any realistic sense (you won't hear stuff like that from David Mamet or Quentin Tarantino); it's poetry, if not on this page then certainly as delivered. It is the definition of romantic--a beautifully expressed sentiment made poignant by the events that precede it, and framed by the actions you put in there as the spoiler. Roy's actions, though horrifying, express a romantic sensibility.

And in that regard, I think Blade Runner is brilliant.


Wed Mar 11, 2009 2:30 am
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0790497 wrote:
I don't quite understand Children Of Men appearing on some peoples list, i just haven't found anything about it that i can legitimately praise.


I'm not trying to convince you that Children of Men is good or that you should like it, but if you should happen to watch it again, I would like to draw your attention to three scenes in which you might find something worthy of your praise:

1. The single continuous take when the car is ambushed. This is just amazing from a technical point of view.

2. The handheld camera work in the battel scene at the refugee camp. A lot of frames reference news photography, for instance from the Balkan wars of the 90ies. This isn't very obvious and integrated seemlessly.

3. The nice references to 20th Century culture. When Clive Owen visits his friend at Battersea Power Station, note the pig-shaped ballloon flying in the background. This recreates the famous cover of Pink Floyd's album "Animals". In this scene, King Crimson's "In the Court of the Crimson King" plays on the soundtrack. Very clever prog rock references.


Wed Mar 11, 2009 4:49 am
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I'm curious what film will top the majority of critics' polls as 'best of the decade,' doesn't seem like there is a frontrunner(Raging Bull topped the 80s poll, Goodfellas the 90s, if I remember correctly)

I'm guessing City of God or No Country

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The Black Dahlia - this one seems to be widely hated


most of DePalma's recent films seem to be(including Femme Fatale, which is probably one of my favorite films of this decade)


Wed Mar 11, 2009 4:28 pm
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Yeah, I'd say that The Departed, No Country for Old Men and the Lord of the Rings trilogy (maybe just Return of the King if forced to pick one) are all strong candidates for the best film of the decade and none of them seems like a bad choice.


Wed Mar 11, 2009 4:57 pm
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I didn't think much of this decade until I tried making a list, but I now think it was a pretty good decade.

In no order:

City of God
Finding Nemo
United 93
About A Boy
Almost Famous
Memento
Lord of the Rings
Constant Gardner
History of Violence
Maria Full of Grace

some of these I haven't seen since they were released theatrically, so maybe I would change my mind after a 2nd viewing.


Thu Mar 12, 2009 2:22 pm
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Enjoyed just for the sake of having a good time:

2000: X-Men, "Prove it," "You're a dick" The first really good superhero movie in a long time, and the first of a massive renaissance in the genre.
2001: Momento, probably the most fascinating movie I've ever seen in terms of just about everything
2002: Bourne Identity, my most rewatched movie of the decade
2003: Bad Santa, my stomach hasn't hurt that bad from laughing in a very long time. It's just so, so wrong.
2004: The Incredibles, Pixar's best and like someone else said, The quintessential superhero movie
2005: Batman Begins, I like it better than TDK. More rewatchable. Serenity pulls an HM because it and the series is so f-fantastic.
2006: Casino Royale, there are actually 7 movies from this year I've seen 3+ times. All could go here.
2007: I Am Legend, probably enjoy it more than I should.
2008: Iron Man, don't we all wish if we were a superhero we'd be this cool?


Appreciated as a film (acting, direction, whatever):

2000: Castaway, I still haven't figured out how/why Hanks didn't add another statue for this. Crowe in Gladiator...really? C'mon.
2001: Momento
2002: For lack of anything else, Two Towers
2003: Return of the King, the LotR series, each or together, were amazing. I left the theater feeling like I couldn't have spent a better $10 for storytelling and spectacle.
2004: Saw, scariest and tensest thing of the decade, until two years later
2005: Munich, /shrug, I'm an unabashed Eric Bana fan, though the movie itself was kinda "eh."
2006: The Descent, Oof, was I glad when this was over and I could turn the lights back on. Dunno if Marshall could have pulled it off, but is there any way to make the last 45m as tense as the first?
Can't let Children of Men not get a nod here too though.
2007: The Mist, loved the book, waited 15 years for the movie, then got a massive punch to the stomach at the end. That was an awesome end in that, "no way!" kind of way.
2008: Valkyrie, my wife and I both talked after the movie how well this was crafted. Even though you knew the plot to assassinate Hitler wouldn't (didn't) work, maybe this time it will...


Fri Mar 13, 2009 2:53 am
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Here's My List I Suppose:

Curious Case Of Benjamin Button, The (2008)
Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (2004)
Fountain, The (2006)
King Kong (2005)
Lord Of The Rings, The (2001-2003)
Lost In Translation (2003)
Painted Veil, The (2006)
Pianist, The (2002)
You Can Count On Me (2000)
Zodiac (2007)


Best Film of the Decade: Lost In Translation


Fri Mar 13, 2009 3:13 am
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1) Serenity
2) WALL-E
3) The Lord of the Rings trilogy
4) United 93
5) Das Leben der Anderen (The Lives of Others)
6) Casino Royale
7) Speed Racer
8) Batman Begins
9) Archangel
10) Star Wars Prequel Trilogy


Fri Mar 20, 2009 1:56 pm
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Can't believe no one has mentioned Spirited Away. Easily one of the top movies for me, not just this decade, but all time.

My favorite movie this decade, however, is a tie between High Fidelity and Almost Famous (The Bootleg version).

There are some great films on this list though.


Fri Mar 20, 2009 3:43 pm
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