- Almost Famous (2000)
- Brokeback Mountain (2005)
- Cast Away (2000)
- The Dark Knight (2008)
- The Departed (2006)
- Gladiator (2000)
- The Lord of the Rings (2001)
- No Country for Old Men (2007)
Fine movies, all of them, and Almost Famous is a personal favorite, but are any of those really the best movie from the last 10 years?
My friend over at Yes MSG emailed me about the Sports Guy’s poll, and that set me off. I spent the next hour on IMDB, researching Oscar nominations, and rummaging through the archives of my old box office and movie review site (you know, from when I used to actually go and see movies). I sent him my thoughts, and then Yes MSG responded inline, so I’ll try to represent that all below. His responses are in red.
Enjoy… and let us know – what movies did we miss?
Well, thanks. The next hour is shot for me. You’ve got me going…
Almost Famous (2000) is up there. It’s pretty fantastic. The Departed (2006) is in the conversation. And you know what? The first Pirates of the Caribbean (2002) movie was pretty freaking great as a mainstream, genre-breaking, fun movie. The sequels ruined people’s memory of how good the first one was.
I guess it’s been a relatively weak decade. It’s arguable that the Lord of the Rings Trilogy was the best movie achievement for the decade… not kidding. Or maybe it’s a Pixar movie like Finding Nemo (2002) or The Incredibles (2003).
On my list of movies that have to be in the conversation:
- Almost Famous (2000) – will have to see it again; don’t care for Kate Hudson, but will stick it out. Plus, my first internet business was selling online the www.fugit-about-it shirt. Didn’t go so well.
- Traffic (2000) – good, but a complete knock off of a German movie so really cannot give it high marks – maybe Best Adapted 2000s movie ;)
- Memento (2001) – My #1. Forgot about this and loved it. Still don’t know if he ever killed anyone or not.
- Finding Nemo (2002) - yep
- Lost in Translation (2002) – too artsy for me I guess; I never understand these indies, but at least it meant that Sophia stopped acting
- Mystic River (2002) – too painful for me; Tim Robbins taking a knife in the gut – ooh. No rewatchability for me; more avoidability. But yes, well done.
- Pirates of the Caribbean (2002) – that was a fun film – made me a Depp fan. Have you seen Public Enemies?
- Sideways (2003) – Yep, entertaining too.
- Good Night, and Good Luck (2005) – Clooney at his best again
- Little Miss Sunshine (2006) – funny cause Rick James never so well represented.
- The Departed (2006) – Too, Marty deserves an Oscar for me, and Jack mailed it in as Jack. Loved Leo though. And you can never get enough Vera Farmiga!
- Michael Clayton (2007) – excellent film. That, my friend, is why you have a blog. The scene at the end where he gets her to offer $10M was fantastic. And any movie that gives Danny Noonan another shot is OK with me.
- Juno (2007) – Entertaining, but as the Sports Guy would say, so underrated it became overrated
- The Dark Knight (2008) – What am I missing? Why don’t I like these? The first two X-Men were better – sure, not as ‘deep’ – but more entertaining, and I have a huge mancrush on Hugh Jackman
Movies I love that I would not call the “Movie of the Decade”:
- Billy Elliot (2000) – yes, any movie where an Irish kid can dance and is not kneecapped by the IRA is a keeper
- Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) – All I can say is Hell Yeoh!
- Gosford Park (2001) – saw it, the Murder of the guy with the knife? That was good.
- Moulin Rouge! (2001) – did not see it and usually cannot stand Nicole Kidman; so overrated she is overrated.
- Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002) – did not see it; Gong Show goes CIA?
- Igby Goes Down (2002) – The other Culkin? Did not see it.
- Narc (2002) – Also did not see this, even though I DRV’d it and had it on my ‘to watch’ list for like two years.
- The Incredibles (2003) - Excellent
- Garden State (2004) – again, a bit indie for me, but Braff and Portman is the best Jew hookup since, well, David and Bathsheba (at least as I imagine Bathsheba)
- The Constant Gardener (2005) – LeCarre always depresses, but very good.
- Syriana (2005) – could have been a bit less convoluted but good too.
It is certainly not Crash (2005) or Million Dollar Baby (2003). Hated those movies with a passion… pandering, obvious garbage. – agree. Swank taking a header into the stool was silly. Clint should know better.
If you put a gun to my head, it’s Memento or Michael Clayton for me. CraigBe and Yes MSG right there on this!