Well, everyone else is making a list like this so I guess I gotta do this too. As we all know, next year is 2010, and it’s been a decade of the 2000’s. Here are, in my opinion the best.
1. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (2001-2003)
Absolutely, without a doubt, no questions asked, the best film of the decade and the greatest achievement in film history. It was said it couldn’t be done, and that Peter Jackson (who no one knew at the time) couldn’t pull it off. Well, they were wrong. This film defined fantasy for me, and gave us things we’ve never seen before: Giant elephants, Ring wraiths, the list goes on and on. The Return of the King stands as one of three films to win eleven Academy Awards including Best Picture of the year. Bring on The H0bbit!
2. Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)
Like Lord of the Rings, this pulled the director into stardom. Guillermo del Toro, who also directed the Hellboy movies and The Devil’s Backbone, has now become a very well known name now and for a good reason. Pan’s Labyrinth, or as it’s known in other countries “The Faun’s Labyrinth,” when I first heard about it, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but the film turned out to be much more than just a fantasy movie, it was a masterpiece. The actors make you feel for them, whether it’s love or hatred, and the story separates Good and Evil, Innocence and Brutality. And the ending is something that is engraved in my mind, and has been wildly debated.
Yours. No, not really, I love you. Anyway, there is no denying how amazing Pixar is. They give it 150% when they make a film, and these two films are no exception. Wall-E is this generation’s E.T., and Up is not only the best film of this year, it’s the best film in the last three years. Both have an ingenious story, give quite some laughs, and give a compelling message. Animated movies have gone a long way.
4. The Dark Knight (2008)
Hasn’t anyone said enough about this movie?
5. Gladiator (2000)
“ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED?” Yes, we are. Ridley Scott has made many good films and yes, he has made some weaker films (let’s not bring The Good Year into this). Gladiator is definitely NOT one of his one or two weaker films. Russell Crowe, who has gotten so much shit, plays one of his best roles beside James Braddock and Ben Wade, and Ridley Scott directs it brilliantly. The action sequences are badass, and the film makes you care for the characters and marvel at this spectacle.
6. The Departed (2006)
The fucking Departed is fucking great like fucking pussy and it fucking won the fucking best fucking picture of the fucking year and for a fucking good fucking reason, motherfucker. Yes, they do say a lot of “fucks” in this movie. The Departed is a remake of the Asian film “Infernal Affairs,” and for all of you who shout, and I’m with you on this that all remakes fucking suck (man, I’m swearing more than they do in the movie!). And this movie proves that theory wrong. There is not a weak actor in this movie from either Jack Nicholson, Leo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, and fucking Marky Mark! The dialogue is clever, the story is complex, and it has an amazing ending, that, like Pan’s Labyrinth, is still debated.
7. Epic Movie (2007)
Ha! Just fucking with you, making sure you were paying attention. Here’s the real one:
7. There Will Be Blood (2007)
“I DRINK YOUR MILKSHAKE!” Best line EVER. Daniel Day Lewis gives the performance of a lifetime as one of my favorite movie characters of all time. This personally should have won Best Picture against “No Ending For Old Men.” If you haven’t seen this, stop fucking reading this and go see this! NOW!
8. The Incredibles (2004)
Another Pixar film is added to our list. I’m surprised it’s so low, because many will argue that this is Pixar’s best film (not taking away from any of the others). This is not only one of the best animated film, this is also one of the best superhero films of all time. Pixar has yet to fail us.
9. Casino Royale (2006)
This is arguably the best James Bond film. I remember back when people complained about “Blond Bond” before the movie came out and then everyone love him afterward. This film brought a new dimension to the character of James Bond, making him much more than just an action hero and a cold heart bastard. And even though I liked Quantum of Solace, it never came close to the level of awesome Casino Royale gave us.
10. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
The Forrest Gump remake! But seriously, aside from that, it still is such a good film. The greatest thing about it is that it’s not about the thing that caused Benjamin Button to be this way, it’s about his life. The whole film’s message is about life, death, and destiny, and that’s why it ended up on the list. And yes, I did think this was better than Slumdog.
Honorable Mentions: V for Vendetta, Slumdog Millionaire, Crash, Cinderella Man, The Sixth Sense, The Prestige, American Psycho, American Gangster, all the other Pixar films I didn’t mention, and all the others I didn’t have the time to mention.
But DO NOT ask me if I forgot No Country for Old Men, because I didn’t.