Sunday, November 8, 2009

My Very Own 'Best of the Decade' List

I don't know about some of you, but I have really enjoyed listening to and reading some of the 'Best of the Decade' lists that have popped up on various sites. I have been posting the picks of Michael Phillips and A.O. Scott from At the Movies, and the Telegraph has put forth their 100 best of the decade here, as well as The Times' 100 best here.

I would really love to be able to make my very own 'Decade' list, but I need help from all of you. I obviously have not seen every single film from 2000-2009, so if you would like to recommend any film to me, please do below. I value all of your opinions. 

I am trying to watch as many films as I can to prepare for this as well as stay updated with the current 2009 releases, so this looks like it will be a tall order. Winter Break is already shaping up to be a very busy time for me, but I look forward to the challenge.

Thanks for listening, and once again, please share your recommendations below.  


TheAnswerMVP2001 said...

Yea, plus the 1001 Movies that's a lot on your plate!

Well being a Russell Crowe fan I'll recommend you a couple:
A Beautiful Mind (should have won Crowe another Oscar)
Cinderella Man
Kingdom of Heaven (not Russell Crowe, Orlando Bloom and Ridley Scott)

Candice Frederick said...

wow, this is quite ambitious. but i would throw in Dark Knight and Revolutionary Road in there (just off the top of my head). oh, and The Departed

Luke said...

A noble effort indeed! :)
May I suggest Being Julia and Zodiac... ?

Anonymous said...

Some must-haves for a "Best of the Decade" list for me would be:

- There Will Be Blood
- The Dark Knight
- The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
- Requiem for a Dream
- Memento

Danny King said...

Thank you all for the feedback so far...

@ TheAnswerMVP2001: A Beautiful Mind is one of Ron Howard's best for me. I have yet to see Cinderella Man, which is one I've been wanting to see for a while.

@ Candice: The Dark Knight and The Departed will both be up for consideration. Revolutionary Road was excellent, but I'm a little bit less confident on that one.

@ Luke: Have not seen Being Julia, but Zodiac is almost guaranteed to be in the mix. It's right up there with Se7en as my favorite David Fincher film.

@ Anon: There Will Be Blood, TDK are both favorites of mine. I loved the originality of Memento, but to be quite honest I liked Chris Nolan's first film Following much better -- which a lot of people haven't seen. And I will be reviewing Requiem for a Dream in the coming weeks.

The Mad Hatter said...

I've actually slowly been slugging away at this since the spring.

My intention has been to go one year at a time leadin up to the end of this year, and finish off with a final top five on New Year's Day summing up the best of the entire decade.

Along with giving full reasons for every title on my five, I also finish off each post with a shortlist of the year's best. Might make for a handy resource for you to build from.

Each of the eight posts so far are part of my DECADE series, and can be found here (feel free to leave comments on any/all of em ;)

Andrew: Encore Entertainment said...

cool. very cool. you don't need to see ALL the films. that's why in a few years you can revisit the list and amend it. just from what you can. but i'll recommend one from each year. not my fave...but

2000: pollock
2001: gosford park
2002: the hours
2003: big fish
2004: closer
2005: pride and prejudice
2006: babel
2007: persopilis
2008: revolutionary road

Danny King said...

@ Andrew: Yeah, I'll definitely plan on revisitng this one. I haven't seen most of the films you mentioned, so those are good picks. Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune had Gosford Park at #9 on his 'Decade' list.

Anonymous said...

4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days if you haven't seen it.

Anonymous said...

Following was 1998. Check out The Diving Bell and the Butterfly and if we're including documentaries, I'd consider Bowling for Columbine.

Danny King said...

@ James D.: That's definitely one I want to see. It was on A.O. Scott's best of the decade list, and Michael Phillips said it just missed his top ten.

@ Anon: Yes, Following was 1998, I was just comparing it to Memento. I have The Diving Bell and the Butterfly sitting at home, I will watch it very soon. I also need to check out a lot of Moore's previous films. I'm ashamed to admit that 2009's Capitalism was only the second Moore film I've seen to date.

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