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My 25 Top Films of the Last Decade…

December 8, 2009

With the 2000s drawing inexorably to their end, it seems everyone and their dog is compiling “of the decade” lists. Instead of events or scandals or tech innovations, I thought it’d be fun to go through my favorite 25 movies to come out over the last ten years.

This list was arrived at by ranking movies over at the highly addictive I can’t in good conscience call it an exhaustive list – there are just too many movies I haven’t seen – but each one that made the list had to fight off a whole host of worthy contenders.

I’ll be posting movies now through the end of the year, but, seeing as there are only 24 days left before we hit 2010, I’m going to start the list with a double-header.

#25 – District 9 (2009)

This time last year, few people knew who Neill Blomkamp was. Sure, the South African director had some pretty slick commercials under his belt (like THIS ONE), and he’d been tapped to direct the Peter Jackson-produced Halo movie before that whole thing fell apart, but District 9 landed him on the map. The gritty, heart-breaking sci-fi adventure would have been a credit to any director’s name, but as a freshman effort, it’s nothing short of stunning, especially considering the ridiculously shoestring budget.

Twenty-five years from now, I can’t help but wonder if we’ll look back on District 9 as we now look back on James Cameron’s Terminator.

#24 – Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)

Think back for a moment to the summer of 2003, when nobody expected Pirates of the Caribbean to be anything but crap. I mean, a movie based on a Disneyland ride, directed by the guy who directed Stuart Little? Johnny Depp as a pirate? Pirates in general?

Of course, we all know how that turned out. Pirates wasn’t just good, it was fun, and ended up one of the surprise hits of 2003. In my opinion, the two self-important sequels have diminished the whole thing somewhat, but the first film is still an absolute blast.


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