Since it's the end of the decade, it's practically a blogger's obligation to make best of or worst of lists. A couple of weeks ago I listed my favorite albums of the decade. Today I'll tackle movies. As always reaction, ridicule are welcomed in the comments.
In no particular order.....
Spiderman II - Probably the best Comic Book Hero movie ever (and that includes you Dark Knight).
Juno - Wonderful script, quirky characters. Fun little movie.
Unfaithful - Diane Lane gets it on in a hallway, bathroom, floor, couch, bed... with some French dude or and she's married to Richard Gere.
Memento - By doling out the movie "backwards" the viewer experiences the story much like the main character.
Lord of the Rings - I'm including all three here although I think Fellowship is the best. Not too many people think it could be done, but a pretty good adaption of the books. Deserves all its accolades.
Shaun of the Dead - Funny, scary take on the whole zombie romantic comedy genre.
Eternal Sunrise of the Spotless Mind -- Wonderful movie, probably one of my favorites. Like Memento, great use of non-linear storytelling to get into what the characters are experiencing.
Almost Famous - Another favorite. Perfect movie about what it means to love rock and roll.
Pan's Labyrinth - Magical storytelling with an ending that will break your heart.
Into the Wild - A great adaption of a great book. One is both horrified and completely understanding of Chris' decisions to move to Alaska.
Brokeback Mountain - Get over the homosexual themes of this movie. It is wonderfully filmed and Heath Ledger's last scene will shatter your soul.
United 93 - Intense. You know how this ends but still keeps your grabbing your seat to the very end.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon - The movie that brought Asian wire work to the masses. Beautifully shot. This is the same Director who brought us The Hulk?
King of Kong - Documentary about grown up boys pursuing video game records. Compelling characters you just can't make up.
Man on Wire - Story of how a guy was able to string a line between the Twin Towers and walk across. Fascinating story.
Diving Bell and the Butterfly - Very interesting true story about a man who can only communicate through the blinking of his eyes. The movie brings you virtually right inside his head as he reacts to his new circumstances.
In America - Nice little story about recent immigrants to NYC.
Donnie Darko - Weird story about descending into madness or time travel? You decide. Cool soundtrack too.
Little Miss Sunshine - I love how this story portrays this down-on-its-luck family. The payoff at the end is fantastic.
Sideways - Maybe a little pretentious but some great writing. Plus I never laughed so loud at some of the antics.
American Splendor - Again one of my favorites. A great way to bring a comic book series to the big screen.
Once - A nice little movie with wonderful music and great characters. Simple, straightforward plot that is not clichéd.
Moulin Rouge - I'm a sucker for this movie. Big musical numbers, wild renditions of popular songs, glorious sets. I wish they made them like this more often.
O Brother Where Art Thou - Again the music makes this movie. Coen Brothers at their finest.
School of Rock - A perfect vehicle for Jack Black but another love letter to Rock and Roll.
Milk - Wears its heart on its sleeve, portrays the man warts and all.
Where the Wild Things Are - Kids movie for adults. Wonderful movie about the joys and frustration of being a kid.
Avatar - O.k. I haven't seen this yet but have read a lot of reviews and seen interviews. It sounds amazing. If I see it and it stinks, I will modify.
What did I miss, what above doesn't deserve to make it?