Day Five – My Movies of the 00’s List: Part 2 of 2

5 01 2010

I neglected to mention yesterday that every title is a link to its Wikipedia page, if you’re interested in checking out something you don’t know about. I doubt that though.

Though it was slim-pickings, 'One Week' is my favourite Canadian movie of the decade.

Anyway, moving on…

The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters (2007)

A heartbreaking flick about an underdog trying to win a title from a man that is the wonderboy of the organization responsible for handing out the titles. For this Kind of drama and tension to be present in a documentary without the highly manufactured style of a Morgan Spurlock or Michael Moore film is astounding.

Lars and the Real Girl (2007)

This viewing experience was tainted by an odd crowd at TIFF that felt the need to explain to the director what his movie was about. Still, I really enjoyed the quirkiness of it all. It never really feels the need to devolve into a silly comedy, even though it’s a pretty silly topic.

The Last Kiss (2006)

No film out there felt as real as this one. For some reason, the raw and gritty arguments really got me into the movie. They were situations I could believe, with a bunch of people in over their heads and having true to life reactions.

Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

Who didn’t love this movie? A funny movie that had its share if drama without ruining the tone.

Live Free or Die Hard (2007)

Worst trailer ever. I thought they ruined John McClane, turning him into the confident action hero. Thankfully I was wrong. It’s the same old John McClane, though it does go overboard at times (he fights a jet!), but I still loved it.

Lord of War (2005)

Easily the best use of “Based on a true story” of the decade. Plus it’s the good Nic Cage!

The Machinist (2004)

If for nothing else, it’s incredible to see Bale, months away from becoming the 240 pound Bruce Wayne, at a meager 120-some pounds. The flick ain’t so bad either.

Mean Girls (2004)

I drove into this movie by accident after skipping out on Envy at the Drive-In. I missed the first 10 minutes the first time, but I watched it multiple times afterwards. I really enjoy it. It’s funny. Sure, I’m not the intended audience, but that didn’t stop me for a lot of flicks on this list. Funny is funny.

Minority Report (2002)

In 2002, this would have been the #1 pick of the decade. The future shown in this movie is so believable, it’s eerie. Not to mention the boatload of ethical and moral questions it brings up with each new scene. The technology all makes sense, too. Nothing like Total Recall or Robocop had predicted.

Monsters Inc. (2001)

I like this flick better than Wall-E. The ending scene where they have to say goodbye to the little girl forever made me tear up a bit. Nothing until Pixar’s other bookend was able to do better.

Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005)

The playful and fun nature of this flick is what had me coming back constantly. Not to mention that the stars, that’s right I mean both of them, are pretty easy on the eyes.

My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)

I wish they hadn’t killed it with tv shows, sequels and other ethnic copy cats. This movie was great, but not great enough to warrant all the attention from sequel loving execs.

Ocean’s Eleven (2001)

Even more playful than Mr. and Mrs. Smith, but thankfully a lot less sexual.

Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2004)

Though over the top, I found this to be a perfect ending to the El Mariachi series. Robert Rodriguez was a God when I was in film school and this flick was the New Testament.

One Week (2008)

The best Canadian film I had seen all decade. Not that there’s very many to choose from. What this film was trying to do wasn’t very hidden either. It was Canada as Canada. Not much story, just a bunch of landmarks as what they are. Still, it gave me a warm feeling inside that made me proud to be Canadian.

Phone Booth (2002)

Much in the vein of Rodriguez, I loved how little was happening with nothing in this movie. So much tension in a 3×3 foot box.

The Prestige (2006)

How do you follow bringing Batman into the new millenium? Create a mind-bending mystery about magicians with David Bowie.

Rambo (2008)

Though it nearly fell into torture porn jurisdiction, Rambo brought back one of the greatest action icons without re-tarnishing the reputation that was built two decades ago.

Red Eye (2005)

One of the few horror flicks I was into. Sure, it’s campy like the rest of them, but I was really on the Rachel McAdams bandwagon at this point.

Rescue Dawn (2007)

Christian Bale drops weight again, but this time there’s a great story to go with it.

Rocky Balboa (2006)

Probably the best recovery to a downward slope of films ever. Rocky V was awful. Even Sly admits it, which is why I give this flick way more credit than it deserves. I really enjoyed it.

The Rundown (2003)

This was a step in the direction I had hoped The Rock was taking. Instead, it’s an example of what could have been had he chosen to be the new Sly Stallone rather than the new Tim Allen.

Scary Movie (2000)

Though it started something awful, the first Scary Movie was pretty well done. It nearly replaced Scream in my mind. It did everything right, made its jokes within the context of their skewed story and didn’t just re-enact scenes like they were funny the first time.

Shaun of the Dead (2004)

Where Scary Movie was a great spoof of a specific film, this movie was a better spoof of an entire genre.

Sicko (2007)

Though the Canadian health care system doesn’t quite resemble reality in this movie, it made some very strong points without Mike getting in the way too much.

The Simpsons Movie (2007)

Just more proof that The Simpsons can still be funny. Sadly, that only lasted the run-time of the movie.

Sin City (2005)

More from the Church of Rodriguez. He did what Watchmen failed to do, which is to be extremely faithful to the text, but didn’t leave the uneducated audience hanging.

Star Trek (2009)

I was never into Star Trek before this film, so I was surprised when I enjoyed it as much as I did. I like the way they managed to do it without destroying everything built before it.

Stranger Than Fiction (2006)

A brilliant high-concept executed to perfection.

Super Size Me (2004)

Though it rests mainly on its gimmick, the gimmick is good enough that I really enjoyed this movie. It made its point with first-hand proof. No need to make anything up when the evidence is happening right in front of you.

Team America: World Police (2004)

I’m not sure if the puppets or the soundtrack is funnier. That’s a good thing.

Training Day (2001)

Though I had a problem with the Scarface, blaze of glory ending, I enjoyed the tension of not knowing what might happen at any moment. Most of the time in close quarters. Nothing rivaled that tension until Collateral.

Up (2009)

This movie gets the credit for making me tear up the most. That opening is just so sad, I didn’t want to watch it a second time. I did…and I did, again.

V for Vendetta (2006)

It’s aching to be epic. The speeches really want you to understand how epic it really is, without really showing you. Still, I bought into it.

Walk the Line (2005)

Ray disappointed me. This is what it should have been.

War Of the Worlds (2005)

I’m not too into horror or thrillers, they don’t do anything for me. This movie gave me more chills up my spine than anything I saw all decade. Nothing can mimic being in a dark theatre and hearing that noise of the tripods coming from behind, no matter how many body parts you splash across the screen.

X-Men (2000)

This technically started the superhero revolution. I give that credit to Batman Begins, but this film did enough to clear the brush for that movie.

Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008)

It’s basically the story Kevin Smith has been telling about himself, masked as an original idea. The film feels like a big in-joke, but that’s what I like about it. Sadly, it’ll be remembered more about the title/poster controversy than the film itself.

Zombieland (2009)

It felt like a mix of everything I enjoyed in the decade all wrapped up in a neat, decaying bow.

And there it is. My favourites of the 00’s. I’m sure I’ve missed a bunch, but that’s what came to mind. A bunch of these made it into my Blu-ray collection and will be watched over and over. Hopefully the 10’s has even more to watch.

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12 01 2010
Danon

Not to bad of a list. I think you missed a few key flicks though.
I don’t have my list in any order.

THE ROYAL TENNENBAUM’S
Such a great story and cast. Anderson at his best!

THE LIFE AQUATIC
I think this film is expertly crafted. So blunt and funny.

DEFINITELY MAYBE
One of my favourite “Chick-flicks”.

DAN IN REAL LIFE
I thought this was a great portrait of a family.

BIG FISH
one of Burton’s best by far.

SIGNS
I love the pace of this movie. Slow and steady wins the race. Is is dripping with Hitchcock influence.

NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN
One of the Coen’s best. I instantly knew it was the best film that year.

LORD OF THE RINGS
All of them. I can’t you looked over the most ambitious film adaptation ever made.

REVENGE OF THE SITH
I will except scorning for this choice, But is was the strongest of the new films. I loved it.

THERE WILL BE BLOOD
I wasn’t into it as much but I thought you would have mentioned it.

THE INCREDIBLES
My favourite Pixar movie. What a great look at super heroes.

WALLACE AND GROMIT: CURSE OF THE WERE-RABBIT
I love all the Wallace and Gromit movies. Such quality animation.

SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE
Danny Boyle hit home with this gritty look at slum life.

SUPERBAD
I just love the three main characters. Great contrast.

CHILDREN OF MEN
I chilling and amazingly shot sci-fi.

WOLF CREEK
One of the best horror films of the decade. An Australian gem.

PARANORMAL ACTIVITY
Another good horror film in a time of remakes. Chilling and suspenseful if you don’t mind the “Blair Witch” style.

KILL BILL
I think both movies are exellent. Volume 2 is probably one of Tarantino’s best.

O BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU?
What a great adaptation of The Oddessy,

DOGTOWN AND Z-BOYS
One of my favourite docs. How a group of outcast kids challenged authority and birthed extreme sports.

SPIDERMAN 2
One of the best comicbook movies. Very well put togeher, and Raimi’s visual style really shines.

ELEPHANT
Gritty, hard to watch, unique cinematography. My favourite artsy movie.

NOT QUIET HOLLYWOOD
A funny and well informed look at the 1970’s and 80’s genre film scene in Australia. A great watch and an interesting look at the birth of a film industry.

I guess that is enough from me. Just had to add some.

17 01 2010
CanadianOranges

I can’t believe I left There Will Be Blood and Children of Men off the list. Superbad as well.

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