How can it be time to start thinking of “Best of Decade” lists?

A couple of weeks ago, Cory and I, in our quest to become even geekier, started discussing the candidates for the “Best of 2000s” lists in movies and music. He went so far as to actually compile a list of his top 50 albums (a list he says he’ll post as a blog one day, and I hope he does because it has some interesting choices), while I’ve started a smaller list of my own for movies.

This morning, I saw on Entertainment Weekly’s website that one of my favorite writers, Bill Simmons, apparently addressed this same topic (movies, at least) in a recent podcast. This was Simmmons’ criteria, according to

“1) Excellence when it came out; (2) Rewatchability; (3) Originality. Connelly proposed the corollary that the “defining” film must be loved, not simply admired. (Goodfellas and The Shawshank Redemption were deemed two exemplary examples from the 1990s).”

I’d argue that any list of the 1990s that doesn’t include Pulp Fiction and Boogie Nights is severely lacking, but I trust Simmons was merely giving examples and not an entire list.

Simmons picked Almost Famous and The Dark Knight, while his guest, Chris Connelly, selected O Brother, Where Art Thou, all of which are fine selections. (I’m somewhat conflicted on the inclusion of Almost Famous since it came out in 2000, and I’m not sure if that counts as the end of the last decade or the beginning of this one. Clarification appreciated).

The article went on to include this list: The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Almost Famous, Cast Away, Michael Clayton and The Dark Knight.

My list is far from being finalized, but I’m fairly confident the top 10 will include The Royal Tennenbaums, There Will Be Blood, No Country for Old Men, The Dark Knight and the Lord of the Rings series (I’ll count them as one epic entry).

I’m curious as to what you think should be considered for any list featuring the decade’s top movies, including some of your personal favorites in various genres (comedy, horror, action, etc). If anyone is reading this and cares to offer any suggestions, please do so in the comments section below. I look forward to hearing from you.


3 thoughts on “How can it be time to start thinking of “Best of Decade” lists?

  1. You pose an intriguing but difficult question. (Why do intriguing questions always insist upon being difficult?) I can name a few high-rollers right off the bat:

    * “Lars and the Real Girl” — It reinforces my belief in the heart’s ability to heal itself … and that Ryan Gosling is the best Canadian transplant we’ve got, so we’d better keep him
    * “Milk” — Sean Penn took a tragic hero and made him a real person with real flaws
    * “The Dark Knight” — Heath Ledger’s performance will be the defining standard for movie villains
    * “No Country for Old Men” — I’d say this is the Coen brothers’ best movie … and that’s really saying something
    * “The Departed” — This is Scorsese’s magnum opus, a great, dark, unpredictable epic with complex characters
    * “Stranger Than Fiction” — People willing to suspend disbelief will be rewarded with a beautiful story about learning to become the protagonist in your own life
    *”The Station Agent” — If there was a better movie made in the ’00s about the nature of human loneliness and real friendship, I haven’t seen it
    *”Das Lieben der Anderen” — Here is a story where nearly everything is revealed through expressions, gestures, body language; an amazing story of the cost of choice and personal freedom
    *”All the Real Girls” — Before “Pineapple Express,” there was this David G. Green movie about relationships, and how they always loom epic in the eyes of the people involved
    *”Borat” — Sacha Baron Cohen created the smartest dumb movie ever made; being openly ridiculed never felt this fun

    That’s kind of a scattershot list, but I think it gets the job done.

    M. Carter at the Movies

  2. No Country for Old Men
    The Dark Knight
    Black Hawk Down
    Pan’s Labyrinth
    The Departed
    Kill Bill (as a whole)
    A.I.: Artificial Intelligence
    Mulholland Drive
    The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

    I could and probably will give this much mroe thought later. Others I’m already thinking of: Iron Man, Adaptation, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, The Man Who Wasn’t There, Brotherhood of the Wolf, Munich, Kung Fu Panda, Minority Report, Observe and Report.

  3. Brotherhood of the Wolf belongs on any top movies of the aughts list for the simple fact that Monica Bellucci looks amazing naked.

    Honorable mention to Shaun of the Dead.

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