Thursday, 3 December 2009

The 20 Best Movies of the Decade

20) Kill Bill, Volume 1 (Quentin Tarantino)

19) Spirited Away (Hayao Miyazaki)

18) The Prestige (Christopher Nolan)

17) George Washington (David Gordon Green)

16) The Company (Robert Altman)

15) Nobody Knows (Hirokazu Koreeda)

14) Apocalypto (Mel Gibson)

13) The Virgin Suicides (Sofia Coppola)

12) The White Diamond (Werner Herzog)

11) In America (Jim Sheridan)

10) 2046 (Wong Kar Wai)

9) War of the Worlds (Steven Spielberg)

8) Hero (Zhang Yimou)

7) The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou (Wes Anderson)

6) Lilya 4-Ever (Lukas Moodysson)

5) The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (Andrew Dominik)

4) The Man Who Wasn’t There (Joel Coen)

3) Munich (Steven Spielberg)

2) Mulholland Drive (David Lynch)

1) AI Artificial Intelligence (Steven Spielberg)


Due to perceived conflict of interest, I no longer opine on Torque in any critical forums. Suffice it to say, it has impacted my decade significantly.


riley said...

Yes yes yes to this list. Love that you put Anderson's Life Aquatic on it.
I only somewhat disagree with Hero, preferred Zhang's House of Flying Daggers. Because I'm a lady?? :P

Mark Palermo said...

I really like House of Flying Daggers, too. Seeing it at Cannes in the giant-theatre-that's-name-I-forget was amazing. But though I find both movies visually beautiful, Hero is more interesting to me. And it was first.

Joefilmfan said...

Why are there no movies with "Fury" in the title? I smell a rat.

Mark Palermo said...

The Fury was released in 1978. Unless you feel I've slighted Fast and Furious.

Boost Ventilator said...

21. Freddy Got Fingered

riley said...

Whoa, wait, had to look up that they were in fact in the 2000s, but what about City of God or Donnie Darko? Honorable mention?

Mark Palermo said...

I've got to limit the number somehow.

City of God didn't hold up for me much the second time I watched it. It's really an escapist thriller given a serious milieu--too exciting for its subject matter.

Donnie Darko was certainly a big movie this decade, and really captured the zeitgeist. But it's in the solemn teen vein of Virgin Suicides, and I didn't see why I needed them both on here. Coppola's movie didn't tarnish its rep with a clueless director's cut.

Freddy Got Fingered is a classic. I told everybody it would be back in 2001. Yeah, it would probably be in my top 30.

Anonymous said...

A.I.? Really?