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movies / December 28, 2009
By Eileen Jones


What are the best movies of the decade? How the hell should I know? To hear the critics tell it, it’s Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire, plus a lot of other solemn bummers I didn’t see.

However, among the ones I could bear to look at, here are the highlights. We’ll start just with 2009, which was a weirdly good year for films, though everything else blew.

Most Heartening Movies 2009
A Serious Man
Inglourious Basterds
Red Cliff
The Informant!
In the Loop
Capitalism: A Love Story
Tropic Thunder
District 9

Maybe Good But I Didn’t See ‘Em Yet
The Hurt Locker
Drag Me to Hell
Up in the Air
Let the Right One In
Fantastic Mr. Fox
Food Inc.
Anvil! The Story of Anvil

Honorable Mention for Robert Downey Jr. Improvisational Genius
Iron Man
Sherlock Holmes

Honorable Mention for Heath Ledger Death Drive
The Dark Knight

Honorable Mention for Liam Neeson Old Man Action

Honorable Mention for Nice Graphics and Lack of Pretension
Kung-fu Panda
Monsters v. Aliens

Honorable Mention for Ghosts
Paranormal Activity

Stuff Everybody Else Likes But I Don’t Care Much About
Harry Potter and the Blah-di-blah-blah

Most Pernicious Crap 2009
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Probably Pernicious Crap But I Refused to Watch
Bright Star


And now for the 2000s. It was a rough ten years.

Most Heartening Movies of the Decade
Kung Fu Hustle
Burn After Reading
No Country for Old Men
O Brother Where Art Thou?
The Man Who Wasn’t There
Kill Bill I
The Simpsons Movie
Mulholland Drive
The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara
Fahrenheit 9/11
The Bourne Identity
Pirates of the Caribbean
28 Days Later
Bowling for Columbine
American Splendor
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Sweeney Todd
Gosford Park
School of Rock
The House of Flying Daggers
The Motorcycle Diaries
Napoleon Dynamite
Shaun of the Dead
Hot Fuzz
A Mighty Wind
Best in Show

Honorable Mention for Nice Graphics in Spite of Sickening Preachiness
The Incredibles

Honorable Mention for Mickey Rourke Greatness in a Rotten Film
Sin City

Honorable Mention for Ghosts
The Others
The Orphanage

Honorable Mention for the Bear that Killed the Idiot Who Asked For It
Grizzly Man

Maybe Good But I Didn’t See ‘Em Yet

Waltz with Bashir
Pan’s Labyrinth
Layer Cake
City of God
Y Tu Mama Tambien
Amoros Perres
Man on Wire

Stuff Everybody Else Likes But I Don’t Care Much About
Harry Potter Movies
Lord of the Rings Movies
Higao Miyazaki Movies
Woody Allen Movies (post-1970s)
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Most Pernicious Crap of the Decade
Moulin Rouge!
Lost in Translation
Vanilla Sky
Gangs of New York
The Village
The Cooler
Matrix Reloaded
The Passion of the Christ
Pride and Prejudice (2005)
Knocked Up
War of the Worlds
Minority Report
There Will Be Blood

Probably Pernicious Crap But I Refused to Watch
Slumdog Millionaire
The Hours
The Wrestler
Gran Torino
Rachel Getting Married
Revolutionary Road
The Queen
Children of Men
The Constant Gardner
The Reader
United 93
Million Dollar Baby
The Aviator
Mystic River
In the Bedroom


Add your own

  • 1. j finneaus  |  December 28th, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    Tropic thunder? ugh

  • 2. misterfricative  |  December 28th, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    Wow! You just scored a phenomenally high concordance with my own opinions. Except for Hot Fuzz, which had one good gag (where the hero mistakes a masked detective for his girlfriend) but was otherwise a typically disappointing, hastily thrown together followup movie.

    I think you might enjoy Children of Men and The Wrestler though. At least, I found them both to be much better than I was expecting.

  • 3. David R  |  December 28th, 2009 at 10:15 pm

    yes, as usual, I was nodding and smiling all the way through. But Eileen, under pernicious, you forgot Juno! top of my list, under refused to watch.

  • 4. Justin Orser  |  December 28th, 2009 at 10:52 pm

    Yea you should really watch City of God. The back of the dvd makes it look like some coming of age horseshit. It’s actually one of the best crime movies ever made.
    The Hurt Locker’s real good. And so is Children of Men if you ignore the hippy shit.
    The Simpsons Movie shouldn’t have made the list.

  • 5. Skeeve  |  December 28th, 2009 at 11:35 pm

    Pirates of the Caribbean? Only a serious Depp fixation can explain that choice.

    If that’s really your pick of the litter for 2009, then you might want to take a look at The Cove, an incredible documentary that is at least as good as anything on your list (Tropic Thunder? Seriously, Tropic Thunder?).

    Oh, and Man on Wire *is* an amazing film, although extremely difficult to watch if you’re afraid of heights.

  • 6. jimix  |  December 29th, 2009 at 12:02 am

    yea children of men totally rapes, you should see it dolan

  • 7. Wyse Guy  |  December 29th, 2009 at 1:16 am

    Z O M B I E L A N D ! ! ! !

    You forgot to mention it is what I’m saying….

    Waltz With Bashir is available on youtube and OV Guide.

    And I can assure you, “Children of Men” is not a pernicious piece of crap. Kill Bill 1 on the other hand yes. Kill Bill 2 is better. Ames compared the first Kill Bill to that spoof Bruce Lee movie in Kentucky Fried Film.

  • 8. Oksana  |  December 29th, 2009 at 1:45 am

    Oldboy (and Korean movies in general) is the hit of the decade. ‘Three Extremes’, etc.
    Why stick to Western crap in a globalized world.

  • 9. mookid  |  December 29th, 2009 at 2:29 am


  • 10. Jack  |  December 29th, 2009 at 2:50 am

    Tru Dat: Zombieland is awesome. Missed one.

    Also, don’t diss Simpsons movie… it’s a great film and the only reason that people rip on it is because they thought “whoa, the Simpsons, MOVIE! I’ve been waiting, like, NINETEEN YEARS! This is going to be the best thing EV-ER!” And they were disappointed when it didn’t change their lives.
    Just remember that Nelson-Milhouse-Lisa dialogue where Milhouse is trying to impress Lisa by talking about global warming before pathetically changing tack after a threat from Nelson and yelling “more research is needed” – and getting socked anyway. Lovely stuff.

    Also: when is somebody going to throw a replica cathedal at the face of some of our esteemed business leaders?

  • 11. Expat in BY  |  December 29th, 2009 at 2:57 am

    Kung Fu Hustle rules.

  • 12. thomzas  |  December 29th, 2009 at 3:56 am

    You haven’t seen Waltz with Bashir? Shame on you Eileen.

    Here are the others you should definitely watch. I think you’ll like them all, maybe…

    City of God (a bit guy richie style-over-substance at times, but worth watching for the first two minutes alone)
    Y Tu Mama Tambien (better than Motorcycle Diaries. Yeah, I said it)
    Drag Me to Hell (like an old carny ride. You should see it at the cinema for the ridiculous sound effects)
    Let the Right One In
    Anvil! The Story of Anvil

    Having seen a lot of them, your “Pernicious Crap you haven’t seen” is 90% spot on. And time will probably prove you right on the others.

  • 13. Simon  |  December 29th, 2009 at 4:31 am

    Another vote for City of God, go see it.

    And, as others have mentioned, I also found Children of Men to be quite a positive surprise. Considering some of the crap you wasted your time on, I was a bit surprised to find it on your ‘refuse to watch’-list.

    Otherwise, I agree with quite a lot of your picks..

  • 14. Jay  |  December 29th, 2009 at 4:52 am

    I don’t know if it “totally rapes,” jimix, but Children of Men is my pick for film of the decade. Team America might win for best comedy. Genital-less puppets doing a 69: betcha never see that on film again. Blade II should have made the list; I can watch that forever, kinda like Starship Troopers. As somebody forced to watch lots of cartoons, I’d say Ratatouille is better than most, and the music isn’t bad. The Happening had to be the stupidest, most pretentious un-scary “horror” movie I’ve seen. Mark Wahlberg plays a science teacher. ‘Nuff said. The Grudge, although starring Buffy (huh?), was pretty scary; so scary I have no desire to see it again. There’s just something about mute, long-haired Japanese ghosts with black marbles for eyes that gets to me….

  • 15. Tam  |  December 29th, 2009 at 5:01 am

    An entertaining list.

    I’d say ‘The Incredibles’ deserves the ‘Leni Riefenstahl genius award for moviemaking’, for its technical brilliance and rather evil ‘some people are just better than others and we should celebrate that and make sure the losers know their place’ ideaology. All the bankers I know adored that film.

    Since neither of my favorite filmmakers of the decade have made your list, I’ll add that both Britain’s Micheal Winterbottom and Sweden’s Lukas Moodysson have both turned out some stunning films this decade.

    Winterbottom has done, among many other things, ’24 Hour Party People’, (which is great to watch and very funny, regardless of whether you give a shit about Joy Division or the Happy Mondays and has the same spirit as ‘In the Loop’) and ‘In This World’, which takes the tedious sounding subject of asylum seekers on a journey from Afghanistan to Britain and manages to portray it as something as strange and alien as any science fiction film. Most of his many other films are worth a watch as well.

    Moodysson did ‘together’ which has got to be the least unsentimental feelgood film ever. If anyone reading this is on a bit of a low just now, watch this film; it will cheer you up.

    Oh and as I write this, I’ve just remembered another highlight, the remake of Solaris. The closest I, (and several friends)have come to having a transcendental experience in the cinema. Much better than the original Russian one, because they chopped out all that fucking endless pondering outside the summerhouse stuff.

  • 16. Tam  |  December 29th, 2009 at 5:08 am

    oops, I meant to say

    ‘Moodysson did ‘together’ which has got to be the least SENTIMENTAL feelgood film ever. If anyone reading this is on a bit of a low just now, watch this film; it will cheer you up.’

    (as opposed to least unsentimental)

    Moderator: can you just tidy this up my previous entry for me? I promise I’ll never call Mark Ames a cocksucker again if you do… 🙂

  • 17. eric  |  December 29th, 2009 at 5:12 am

    Minority Report is frankly not a bad film, though of course it has shite parts due to its mainstream Hollywood “values” and Tom Cruisiness.

    Also, Children of Men is quite good, and The Wrestler was watchable.

  • 18. eric  |  December 29th, 2009 at 5:14 am

    Also, you like Kill Bill and PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN? Both watchable but christ, they’re not any better than some of the films in your “shite” list.

  • 19. Rich  |  December 29th, 2009 at 5:47 am

    I agree with Mr. Fric, above:
    Children of Men and The Wrestler are deffo worth watching.

  • 20. Don  |  December 29th, 2009 at 5:53 am

    Most Heartening Movies of the Decade includes Pirates of the Caribbean and leaves out films like Amelie or anything else put out by Jeunet?

    Anyway, thanks for the list. I generally agree with your choices regardless of the hardon you seem to have for Moore (I’m not a hater, but Capitalism? Rife with red herrings and straw men. Where’s the middle ground between corporate fascism and Moore’s utopia?).

    Also, what about Tom Tykwer? Have you seen Winter Sleepers, Lola, Princess and the Soldier? They shit on Pirates and wipe their ass with Tropic Thunder.

  • 21. Don  |  December 29th, 2009 at 5:57 am

    Give Gran Torino a chance. It’s not pernicious crap, though I agree with your other choices in this category.

  • 22. Connors  |  December 29th, 2009 at 6:56 am

    The Hurt Locker was probably the best movie of 2009.

    Best Movies of the Decade:

    In Bruges
    Harsh Times (this one, suspiciously underrated)

  • 23. Joe Blow  |  December 29th, 2009 at 8:06 am

    LOTR was fantasic.. even better in the extended cut, after about the fourth time through all three movies….

    reminds me I have to watch them again!!

  • 24. tazio  |  December 29th, 2009 at 8:20 am

    Waltz With Bashir is horrible, horrible bullshit that doesn’t deserve any of the recognition it’s gotten.

    The animation makes every character seem like a puppet being jerked around on strings, all the voice actors sound like they’re reading the script for the first time, and above all the story is REALLY ham-handed in its numerous attempts to make you feel some sort of mournful emotion for those poor Israeli boys who got sucked into what the movie portrays as a bloody tribal conflict between those silly barbarians in Lebanon. Yes, that is the fucking message of the film: ‘The massacres that went on in Lebanon were the fault of the Lebanese, because they are bloodthirsty dog people.’

    If you aren’t some sort of robot who lets the media you consume decide what emotions you feel, I guarantee you’ll be laughing every time an animated Israeli gets his head blown open by some 12-year-old in a sniper’s nest. Fuck Waltz With Bashir

  • 25. Wyse Guy  |  December 29th, 2009 at 8:40 am

    @ EILEEN

    Here’s Waltz With Bashir on youtube.

    Easy to watch.

  • 26. Wyse Guy  |  December 29th, 2009 at 8:42 am

    As I can see my comment is awaiting moderation, I would like to inform you that youtube is the one more interested in enforcing copyrights. Exile’s not getting money from this dude.

    And I heard you lawyer proofed your servers 😉

  • 27. StevieWonder  |  December 29th, 2009 at 9:49 am

    Crash was one of the worst movies of all time. I hope everyone involved in that heavy-handed production dies in an AIDS fire. It winning the Best Picture Academy Award is a slap in the face of every other movie created, including “Dollman”

  • 28. Chris  |  December 29th, 2009 at 10:45 am

    Yeah, you run the serious risk of making the rest of your list irrelevant with the single inclusion of ‘Pirates of the Carribean’ in your “Most Heartening List”. However, I realize this list is all about personal opinion and isn’t meant to be authoratative. But still, really?

    Anyway, The Wrestler, Once, and Mystic River (if only for its ability to frame, at the end, a rarely seen element of human nature. I didn’t ‘like’ it, but you have to respect it I guess) are all amazing movies. Your missing out if you dismiss them.

    Haha, and I just noticed this: Gangs of New York is listed under ‘Pernicious’. Lol. That combined with the approval of POTC has caused you to now lose all credibility. Sorry, you don’t have the cinematic discernment to publish a list like this. Maybe next decade you can try again.

  • 29. אברהם  |  December 29th, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    @24 tazio

    I dunno, after I saw Waltz With Bashir I began to notice that Israeli propaganda stopped… well, trying. That was August 2008, I think, in Tel Aviv. The film does a good job of summing up the current Israeli zeitgeist (since I started paying attention, I should disclaim) — to wit, shrill, hysterical self-pity. No national vigor left in the crusader kingdom, except for fascist religious settlers, whom secular Israelis regard as cockroaches. It’s a mutual feeling, too. And they all trot out the histrionics about Iran while Israel comes apart at the seams. It’s easy to imagine the morose, chain-smoking old men in Bashir lamenting those awful things they were forced to do in countries they were forced to invade, as the experiment they killed to protect dissolves ignominiously around them. I don’t think the insights provided make Walt With Bashir a good movie, but they do make it worth seeing.

    @21 Don

    Which part of Gran Torino wasn’t pernicious?

  • 30. Diet Coke  |  December 29th, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    I liked all of these movies, even the pernicious ones.

  • 31. Korman643  |  December 29th, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    Ninetynine percent of “Eileen” list is correct. “Pirates of the Carribean” was amazing, and “Gangs of New York” was, beside a couple of moments, seriously boring and pointless. I know it’s a Scorsese movie, but who cares.

    Actually the my only serious disagreement is on Miyazaki (which I love) being put on the same category as the Potter crap (which I detest), but again, no big deal.

    Few additional titles that should have made it to the “Decade Best” list

    Profession of Arms – 2001 – an Italian movie on the last days of life of Giovanni de Medici, a mercenary warlord. Beautiful movie.

    Battle Royale – 2000 – the first 20 minutes are among the best ever put to celluloid, and the rest is almost as good

    Wallace & Gromit and the Curse of the WereRabbit – 2005 – great stop motion animations, and one of the few movie of the decade absolutely without any meaningful message (beside “beware the WereRabbit” and “Sod Veganism”)

    Army of Shadows – 1969, but released for the first time in the US in 2006 – beautiful, grim and haunting, and possibly the only movie ever about French Resistance showing that, before Stalingrad, there was little Resistance at all.

    Book of the Dead – 2006 – another beautiful stop motion feature, by master Kihachiro Kawamoto. Great movie, despite the heavy Buddhist overtones.

    The Ring – 2002 – the Japanese original had a better payoff, but the US version was very cool too. And Gore Vrebinsky is a great director.

    Emperor New Groove – 2000 – funniest Disney movie ever.

    Il Divo – 2009 – Went to see it convinced I was going to hate it, and it turns out it’s a masterpiece. Don’t watch it if you believe that good people should always win.

    Red Cliff – 2009 – I’ve watched it again (BOTH movies, avoid the stupid one movie version) and now I want to retroactively incarnate in Cao Cao. Seriously.

    There were a lot of great docs too (Fog of War, Anvil, Capitalism, etc) my own extra pick would be “Touching the Void”, even just because once I got very drunk with one of the two real-life protagonists of the story.

  • 32. aleke  |  December 29th, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    Oh good thing you mentioned Sherlock Holmes, what a fucking movie. Hmm let’s make a Sherlock Holmes movie and not include the best part, the drug abuse. Also thanks Mr. Downey, for exploring holmes’ “patriotic side”. You save those old ugly landowners! What a late capitalist bore, good thing they ratcheted up the violence and the breasts, I guess.

    Oh and lol @ the idiot “the answer lies somewhere in the middle” guy. Moore was a pussycat in his portrayal of what really goes on.

  • 33. Mudhead  |  December 29th, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    Good lists. However, The Queen, Mystic River, and The Constant Gardener were pretty good. You should watch them sometime.

  • 34. Rory  |  December 29th, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    Since most of the folks here spoke up for some of the others I would have suggested you take up watching, I’ll add Pan’s Labyrinth as one of the most essential.
    It is one of the best movies I have seen. A classic fairytale. The visual effects are beautiful. If you haven’t seen the trailer, I’d recommend taking a look and then procuring a copy by any means reasonable for immediate viewing — or at least viewing on one of those nights where the air is so think you could choke on it.

  • 35. Rory  |  December 29th, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    What I really meant by,
    “… where the air is so think …”

    I really meant
    “… when the air is so thick …”

    I hope that can be edited in or you intelligent folks can forgive a petty typing error more quickly than most of the populations of internet communities.

  • 36. RobertD  |  December 29th, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    I’m starting to come around to the idea that Eileen Jones really is John Dolan after all…

  • 37. Don  |  December 29th, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    “Which part of Gran Torino wasn’t pernicious?”

    Who knows? Every know and then I fall prey to sentimentality. I wouldn’t argue it’s a great film. It’s not crap either.

  • 38. Don  |  December 29th, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    “Oh and lol @ the idiot “the answer lies somewhere in the middle” guy. Moore was a pussycat in his portrayal of what really goes on.”

    And you’re calling me an idiot…

  • 39. Thuggin  |  December 29th, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    I sneaked into the theater, stole popcorn and soda from the garbage can, and brought a fifth of vodka along just see Tropic Thunder. Even then, I left half-way through. (As soon as I finished my popcorn and the fifth.) What a pile-of-shit movie. Ben Stiller is a big-screen anus to look at. Fuck that guy. Thankfully I didn’t pay, because my drunk ass woulda been right up at the manager’s office molding that little fucker’s face into paper mache with my fists.

  • 40. Skeeve  |  December 30th, 2009 at 1:20 am

    Good Lord. How could I have forgotten Touching the Void? One of the most moving films I’ve ever seen. Also, I doubt anyone else would agree, but the 2003 version of Peter Pan is a great work of art. Even if it wasn’t, it would still be worth watching for Jason Issacs’ performance. He could surely show Johnny Depp a thing or two about being a pirate.

    Oh, and the Lord of the RIngs movies definitely belong in the Pernicious Crap category. It’s tough seeing the things you loved in youth being savaged for profit like that.

  • 41. Skeeve  |  December 30th, 2009 at 1:30 am

    Oh, and I’m surprised that those stillborn Star Wars prequels didn’t turn up on your crap list. And, judging by the number of parodies it’s spawned (as well as its inherent crappiness), 300 has to be the worst big-budget movie of the decade.

    By the way, all of the movies you hated instantly become watchable (sometimes even great, e.g. the aforementioned 300), when you add the Rifftrax.

  • 42. Leiito  |  December 30th, 2009 at 5:55 am

    I don’t understand why no one has anything good to say for Slumdog Millionaire, it’s a great movie.

    Unlike, say, Inglorious Basterds. Tarantino must think us retarded, flashing back in that Au revoir Shoshanna scene, as if we forgot what happened 20 minutes ago. Not to mention it really stretches the suspension of disbelief, Brap Pitt is terrible, as is Eli Roth.

    City of God, by all means, other Brazilian movies too, like Bus 174, Russian Mongol, Italian Il Divo, French Man on Wire, most of modern (South) Korean cinema…

    What little good seems to come from North America these days are documentaries. Facing Ali is a decent one I’ve seen recently.

    As others have pointed out, go global. Get used to subtitles, dubbing sucks, especially in Eastern Europe where it’s just one guy doing all the roles, you can hear the original voices in the background and the voiceover dub is as emotional as a live chess game commentary.

  • 43. franc black  |  December 30th, 2009 at 9:14 am

    If Eileen weren’t so hot, her list would seem to me quite ridiculous. The body that one’s brain parades around in can have immense social power.
    I’m just keeping in mind that it is personal opinion, and not necessarily a professional’s summary…which can be deceiving as she writes provocative and insightful reviews.

  • 44. franc black  |  December 30th, 2009 at 9:17 am

    “Waltz with Bashir” you gotta be f’n kidding
    stop using this site to advertise crap

  • 45. Expat in BY  |  December 30th, 2009 at 9:53 am

    42. Leiito

    They are getting better with the dubbing over here in Eastern Europe. Now its at least one guy and one gal doing the dubbing. (For bigger films, maybe two of each…)

  • 46. Justin  |  December 30th, 2009 at 10:28 am

    The omission of The Departed is troubling. And Bourne should be Bourne Trilogy, not just Identity, as all American males must strive for pure Bourneness.

    Man on Wire … edge of seat awesome. EDGE OF SEAT.

  • 47. אברהם  |  December 30th, 2009 at 11:39 am

    @Robert D

    I don’t know… Dolan fucking despised LOTR and gave favorable reviews to Harry Potter, both of which Jones has in a “meh” category. I started to speculate that maybe it’s Dr Dolan covering his tracks, and/or perhaps the radio interview with Ms Jones posted here awhile back in fact featured Dolan’s wife, until the line of thought made me uncomfortably aware of how pathetic my life is that I’m spending any time puzzling over this.

  • 48. gary  |  December 30th, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    “I served the king of England” was the best of all

  • 49. Korman643  |  December 31st, 2009 at 1:06 am

    As much as I love John-Eileen prose (and generally think John is one of the best writer around), I must say admit that hell hath no fury as Matt Cale when he’s ripping a new arsehole on moviemaking he doesn’t like

    [“Ms. July, merely responsible for the criminal act otherwise known as Me and You and Everyone We Know (“merely” in a way that Stalin merely purged his republics of entire generations)”]

  • 50. Plamen Petkov  |  December 31st, 2009 at 10:34 am

    Shit, its very telling how the majority is her list is hollywood crap. Time to expand your horizons, honey. The Japanese, the French, the Taiwanese make great stuff today. What a poor poor list.
    Off the top of my head here is some brilliant stuff that’s NOT Hollywood:

    Battle Royale (the 1st, NOT the second [Japanese]
    Ichi the Killer [Japanese]
    Oldboy [Korean]
    District 13 and District 13 Ultimate [French name Banlieue 13]
    Heavenly Creatures [New Zeland, same guy who made lord of the Rings crap]
    visitor Q [Japanese]
    and so on.

  • 51. SK  |  December 31st, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    Why would you put everything that fat fuck Michael Moore did on the most heartening list? If you get such a kick out of somebody hand picking the ‘facts’ and using liberal editing to ‘prove’their political views, then you should really tune into Fox News. . . or maybe any news station for that matter.

  • 52. Czechnik  |  January 1st, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    Pernicious? Who says that?

    I watched a ton of good movies from the past 10 years. I’m sure I’m leaving a lot out, but here’s a list:

    Super Troopers
    Heartbreak Kid
    Hamlet 2
    Marley and Me
    Wet Hot American Summer
    Kung Fu Panda
    Hot Fuzz
    Wedding Crashers
    Dan in Real Life
    Run Fat Boy, Run
    Step Brothers
    Life Aquatic
    Saving Silverman
    Meet the Parents
    O Brother, Where Art Thou
    Finding Nemo

    24 Hr. Party People
    In Bruges

    “Tropa de Elite”, the movie about Favelas that makes City of God look watered down and trite.

    Spy Game
    The Good Thief
    Roger Dodger
    The Lives of Others (brilliant!)
    Master and Commander
    28 Days Later
    Star Trek
    Harsh Times (like the other guy said, way underrated, incredibly intense movie)
    The Pianist
    Almost Famous
    Gran Torino
    Sexy Beast
    Mystic River
    A History of Violence

    Food, Inc
    Century of Self(not a movie, but still worth mention)
    Farenheit 9/11

    Lots of good movies from the past 10 years.

  • 53. Heydrich  |  January 1st, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    Es gibt nur einen Film, den Verdienste auf dieser Website erwähnen – Triumph des Willens erwähnen! Leni Riefenstahl rules!

    Oh . . . und . . . und das amerikanische Epos, Spysmasher!

    Und . . . und . . . Debbie tut Dallas!

    Jawohl, Mein Fuhrer! Debbie!

    Haahn haahn haaaaahnnn haaaaahhnnnn . . . .

  • 54. John  |  January 2nd, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    I love you eileen. I love everyone from exiled online–I’m a little jealous at times but what the hey.

  • 55. aleke  |  January 3rd, 2010 at 5:45 am

    @38. “Dong”

    Yeah, you’re an idiot, a grade a moron, living in a perpetual, stupid state of cognitive dissonance. An, idiot,

  • 56. Benjamin  |  January 3rd, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    I’ve got to second “Moon” here. It’s about corporations, in a sense. Very 1870s 1980s-ish if you get my drift. Right up Mark Ames and the War Nerd’s alley.

    Also, “Gran Torino” is enjoyed if it is viewed not as a pretentious film, but as a comedy.

  • 57. thomzas  |  January 3rd, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    @ 43. franc black

    I’ll take Waltz with Bashir, you stick to 300 and Pearl Harbor.

  • 58. Jeromin  |  January 4th, 2010 at 7:14 am

    Wow, thanks everybody! Great suggestions.
    Amores Perros and Pam’s Labyrinth, strongly recommended. Agree with Korean cinema: loved the revenge trilogy, Old Boy etc., must see more.
    First half of Wall.E as a short feature, would have made it to the greatest silent movies of all time. Pity…

  • 59. franc black  |  January 4th, 2010 at 9:30 am

    @ 57. thomzas

    Agreed… but replace Pearl Harbour with Enema at the Gates

    I get stoned and watch “300” whenever I’m in a really shitty mood…works wonders to the masculinist soul!

  • 60. Cpl. Cam  |  January 4th, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    “There will be Blood” was good. And any end of decade movie list needs to have “Requeim for a Dream” on it in some capacity. Other than that I will just echo what others are saying: see “City of God” and “Y Tu Mamma Tambien.” Both are great flicks.

  • 61. Ivan  |  January 6th, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    You should watch Pan’s Labyrint. Will love it.

  • 62. Gypsy Davey  |  January 8th, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    Three films I really enjoyed last year were;
    Bright Star
    (both made by the BBC and partners)
    Me And Orson Welles

    Doncha just lurv lists!

  • 63. Don  |  January 10th, 2010 at 4:57 am

    #55 Aleke

    “Yeah, you’re an idiot, a grade a moron, living in a perpetual, stupid state of cognitive dissonance. An, idiot,”

    Ha ha. You are basing this on my very provable claim that Moore relies on logical error to make his grandiose hyperbolic points. If you are simple enough that they work on you, then well, have at it and make all the assumptions you want about me, so far they’ve been good for a laugh.

  • 64. Frank McG  |  January 12th, 2010 at 1:40 am

    This list tells of a Elvis Costello glasses wearing post-grad hipster chick who thinks liking crappy kung fu movies makes one cool and is too busy masturbating to Johnny Depp to realize that most Pixar movies (anything but Cars) have more well developed human elements than a lot of the crap on this list.

  • 65. Jay  |  January 12th, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    Oh shit, you’re right, Czechnik, I forgot Super Troopers. I should be forced to gobble ‘srhooms and driven to Me-hi-ko! It fuckin’ rocked!

  • 66. Neil  |  January 20th, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    It’s still early to tell but, Travolta’s “Battlefield Earth” may be the worst movie of the millennium.

    Had it been released as a comedy it might not have fared so poorly.

  • 67. Otterfan  |  January 23rd, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    Tropic Thunder came out in 2008, not 2009–and not tail-end-2008-coulda-been-2009 but dead smack in the middle of 2008.

    August 15, 2008 to be exact. That’s what the giant 8.15.08 on the Tropic Thunder poster on the top of the page means.

  • 68. Fuio  |  August 19th, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    Not too bad of a list otherwise, but fail for disliking Miyazaki.

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