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December 31, 2009: "Closing the Decade with Another Top 10" 
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Thu Dec 31, 2009 1:16 pm
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Not much to argue with that list ... for what its worth ... mine:

1 No Country for Old Men
2 The Departed
3 The Incredibles
4 Cast Away
5 V for Vendetta
6 LOTR
7 The Last Samurai
8 Munich
9 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
10 300

Honorable mention:

In the Bedroom, Kill Bill, Batman Begins, Erin Brockovich, The Dark Knight, A History of Violence, Apocalypto, Open Range, Gladiator and Memento.

Note, I have not seen these films yet:

Inglorious Basterds, 21 grams, 25th Hour, Almost Famous and The Hurt Locker.


Guilty pleasures:

Ocean's Eleven, Troy and Snatch.


Thu Dec 31, 2009 1:20 pm
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I absolutely LOVE that list. I was a child of the 2000s (well actually, a child of the 90s, but I certainly started paying more attention to movies in the 00s), so those movies resonate strongly with me.


Thu Dec 31, 2009 1:27 pm
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Ugh treating multiple movies as one. Still, not as egregious here as JB's mushing together of the Three Colors films, which are manifestly different in every possible way.

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Thu Dec 31, 2009 1:49 pm
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Ugh treating multiple movies as one. Still, not as egregious here as JB's mushing together of the Three Colors films, which are manifestly different in every possible way.


IMHO, if there is one extended shoot for a movie that is released in multiple parts [i.e., LOTR and Kill Bill], it is OK to consider a combination of the parts as one film in retrospect.


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IMHO, if there is one extended shoot for a movie that is released in multiple parts [i.e., LOTR and Kill Bill], it is OK to consider a combination of the parts as one film in retrospect.


Well I certainly think extended shoots give more legitimacy to the theory, (The fact that the Godfather films are considered one film is a joke) but by that logic are Back to the Future II and III one film? Are Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Man's Chest and At World's End one movie? Are the Matrix Reloaded and Revolution one film?

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Thu Dec 31, 2009 2:00 pm
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Lord of the Rings was one big movie. Not three separate movies. It just wouldn't have been pratical to have one 8 or 9 hour long movie. I don't think I've gone to see ten movies in the last five years. Most movies are watched as iTunes rentals or redbox rentals.

As for the 00-09 thing, don't worry about it. I've seen other bloggers do the same thing. No biggie from me. Although it is hard to believe it'll be 2010 tomorrow. I mean I can remember going out for New Years Eve 1999 and all the things we did. We were all 19, 20 and 21 years old at the time. We're all 29, 30 and 31 now and I'm going to one of my friends parents house for a little quiet WoW party. 10 years really changed us...


Thu Dec 31, 2009 2:05 pm
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enigma3535 wrote:
IMHO, if there is one extended shoot for a movie that is released in multiple parts [i.e., LOTR and Kill Bill], it is OK to consider a combination of the parts as one film in retrospect.


Well I certainly think extended shoots give more legitimacy to the theory, (The fact that the Godfather films are considered one film is a joke) but by that logic are Back to the Future II and III one film? Are Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Man's Chest and At World's End one movie? Are the Matrix Reloaded and Revolution one film?


I left those other extended shoots [granted, I was not aware of Pirates] off the "i.e." since they are not one story arc ... IMHO, they do not apply to this "exception".


Thu Dec 31, 2009 2:05 pm
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We are not having the "DURRR, is LOTR one film or three?" discussion again. There's other place somewhere in the board about that but not here!


Thu Dec 31, 2009 2:11 pm
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Excellent list - you liked Castaway far more than I did but other than that all great films. My Top 10 for the 00's. And I do think that Avatar will hold the test of time, but time will tell.

My personal list....

1. Lord of the Rings
2. WALL-E
3. Letters from Iwo Jima
4. The Departed
5. The Dark Knight
6. Syriana / Traffic
7. Minority Report
8. The Fog of War
9. Inglorious Basterds
10. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Runners-up

Memento
Moulin Rouge!
Shrek
Owning Mahoney
Lost in Translation
21 Grams
The Incredibles
The Queen
Juno
District 9
Avatar


Thu Dec 31, 2009 2:18 pm
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Post Re: December 31, 2009: "Closing the Decade with Another Top 10"
An overall good list. No problem with listing all three LOTR films as one. I did the same (albeit not for LOTR) on my:

http://www.epinions.com/content_5394178180 Top Thirty List.

Don't worry about the 10-11 ?

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Thu Dec 31, 2009 2:57 pm
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I'm somewhat surprised at the omission of Munich. It's in the top 100 and has a higher place than Lost in Translation. Did your impression of the film drop ever so slightly, James?

For those interested, there was some speculation as to what James' list would look like. No-one nailed it:
http://reelviews.net/reelviewsforum/viewtopic.php?f=45&t=1918


Thu Dec 31, 2009 3:00 pm
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:D :D Great list! :D :D


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Yeah I thought Munich was a cert. It also seems a very relevant film, and a very apt one for the decade.

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So are you going to have the best performances of the '00s like in the '90s ? And does Munich goes down in your opinion from your initial viewing? It's in your top 100 but have a lower place here than quite a few films that haven't.


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I don't get the Avatar love. It's an amazing visual spectacle but nothing more.

Cool list though.


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I don't get the Avatar love. It's an amazing visual spectacle but nothing more.


It's also a very appealing story (if not an incredibly sophisticated one). Even if you didn't like it, I think you should be able to understand why people love it so.

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It's practically the same plot as The Last Samurai only that movie was more emotionally involving IMO.

The Last Samurai will likely make my list. Avatar, though occasionally thrilling and breathtaking, was emotionally hollow IMO. Didn't really care about any of the characters. Certainly not in the way I did with other Cameron movies.


Thu Dec 31, 2009 4:35 pm
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ilovemovies wrote:
I don't get the Avatar love. It's an amazing visual spectacle but nothing more.


It's also a very appealing story (if not an incredibly sophisticated one). Even if you didn't like it, I think you should be able to understand why people love it so.


Quid pro quo Sir [re: Taken in another thread]: Given that Avatar appears to have the least appealing story [IMHO] of any Cameron film [Piranha doesn't count since it would appear that it was not really a "Cameron" film, per se] and [charitably] a story that is as predictable as any this one has seen in quite a while, how can it be a "best" film vs a uniquely enjoyable one to watch?


Thu Dec 31, 2009 4:38 pm
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Good list. James and I only had one crossover movie on our lists (to see mine, go to http://new-worthless-hack.blogspot.com/ ... ecade.html). I actually thought that both Lost in Translation and Cast Away were merely OK movies. Good, but nowhere near my top ten (or probably the top 50) of the decade, and still have yet to see In the Bedroom, Avatar, or United 93. As mentioned previously, I am surprised that Munich only garnered an honorable mention.


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