Thursday, December 17, 2009
BEST MOVIES OF THE DECADE
Why waste time with piddling lists like "Best of the Year"? Go big or go home! With film, after all, boldness is key, which goes a distance toward explaining why Charlie Kaufman is all over my lists and why, even if it doesn't quite make it here, I couldn't stop talking about Inglourious Basterds. What I love in a movie is some combination of chemistry, intelligence, creativity, audacity, and truth (in the sense that the film is true to itself and its own internal rules, not to any objective standard).
Some of these I never need to see again because they were searingly intense the first time. Others are here because I have watched them over and over again as the decade progressed and they never lost their sheen. Although my picks don't divide neatly on those lines, I do find it helpful to use the Golden Globe division: Drama Vs. Comedy/Musical. Still, most of my Drama picks are funny, since I enjoy talky-talky stuff more than the fighty-fighty-kablammo!
HERE WE GO, FOLKS:
Best Movies of the 00's - DRAMA
Kill Bill 1&2
4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days
In the Mood for Love
Children of Men
Y Tu Mama Tambien
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Best Movies of the Decade - MUSICAL OR COMEDY
Little Miss Sunshine
Being John Malkovich
40 Year Old Virgin
RUNNERS UP: Memento, Once, Talk to Her
I haven't actually done the hard work of ranking, because when movies are this good, does it really matter which one I think is ever-so-slightly better than the next? That said, my favorite movie of the decade, and one of my favorites of all time, is Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
Here are some other people's lists: Pajiba honors the hilarious Shawn of the Dead and the creeptacular American Psycho; the Onion AV Club hoists up the 25th Hour, and I can't fault anything that pats David Benioff on the back, even if I preferred Inside Man; and Entertainment Weekly gives its love to the LOTR trilogy, because I guess all those Oscars it got weren't enough. And Slate has a handy-dandy guide to everything.
Did I forget something? Did I make you puke? Duke it out with me in the comments.