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Sunday, January 03, 2010

Best...er, OK...favorite movies of the decade 

I suppose everyone has to do some kind of decade retrospective, and ranking movies has the advantage of being easy to do, especially with the aid of my Flickchart rankings to help remind me what I've seen, and what sucked. A few movies were highly ranked enough to embarrass even someone of my lowbrow tastes, so this isn't in order or anything, but the following twenty movies are probably my favorites of the past decade.

Tip of the hat to Dov's list, which has several movies that I would definitely see if I were a lot more cultured than I am (although, I should note - that given that I like professional wrestling, I think I'm a lot more cultured than people would have any right to expect) and Dawn Summers, who I could easily go to the movies with without getting into a fight. (At least, we probably wouldn't fight about the movie.)

In alphabetical order.

1. Barbershop - One of the best experiences I've ever had in a movie theater was seeing this.
2. Batman Begins - The other one was a better movie, but this was an amazing reboot driven by Christian Bale far surpassing every other Batman performance ever done.
3. Borat - This was stupid and offensive. I haven't laughed so hard in years.
4. Casino Royale - Another great reboot. Daniel Craig is an awesome Bond: The Early Years.
5. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, & The Wardrobe - Yeah, I'm probably the only person who's going to put this on a "Best of the Decade" list - but I'd been looking forward to this movie for literally a couple of decades, and it held up despite my expectations.
6. The Dark Knight - Just a great movie. I still think it was a half hour too long and should have left options for Two-Face, but still a great movie.
7. Grindhouse - Bar none - the most fun I've ever had watching a movie in the theater.
8. The Incredibles - It's amazing how Pixar can do no wrong.
9. Iron Man - Did "Fun and over the top" just as well as Dark Knight did "creepy and disturbing.
10. Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring - I couldn't stand these books, so kudos to Peter Jackson for making the movies accessible enough to people who couldn't get through the source material.
11. Moulin Rouge - I like musicals. This was a good one.
12. The Notebook - I hate chick flicks. I loved this movie. That has to count for something.
13. Pan's Labyrinth - Best movie with subtitles I've seen...probably ever.
14. Pirates of the Caribeean: The Curse of the Black Pearl - This series got kind of stupid towards the end, but the start was outstanding.
15. Sin City - Another great experience watching this in the theaters.
16. Shoot 'em Up - Best. Stupid. Movie. Ever. The fact that you could have a debate about "Which was the best time a guy got killed with a carrot?" is enough to put this movie on the list.
17. Slumdog Millionaire - Token art film makes its appearance.
18. Spider-Man 2 - With all due respect to Iron Man and the Dark Knight, I still think this might be the best superhero movie ever.
19. Team America: World Police (2004) - "Matt. Damon."
20. The Wrestler - Let us all thank Mickey Rourke for spending years turning himself into a self-destructive wreck - enabling him to deliver one of the great performances of our time as self-destructive wreck Randy the Ram.

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