Wednesday, 30 December 2009

Top 25 Films of the Decade

The Noughties has been quite the decade for the film industry.

We've seen the rise of the most successful franchise in film history in Harry Potter; success for genres like musicals, comic book movies, Pixar-style animation and torture porn; technological advances in the form of digital cinema, 3D and live satellite screenings.

On the flipside there was a writers' strike, and Hollywood began to run out of creativity and originality, developing an over-reliance on remakes and uninspired sequels, often at the expense of the smaller productions. Plus we had to deal with the increase in movie downloads and piracy that threatened the industry.

But all was not lost as there was the rise of the arthouse cinema as the UK cinema going public developed an bigger interest in foreign cinema and documentaries, the standard of which has been exceptional this decade and more than rivalled the output from Hollywood.

Here is a list of the 25 films that I consider to be the best/favourite/influential of the last decade (in chronological order):

Memento (2000)

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2001)

Requiem For A Dream (2001)

Moulin Rouge (2001)

The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy (2001 - 2003)

Mulholland Drive (2002)

The Royal Tenenbaums (2002)

Donnie Darko (2002)

Finding Nemo (2003)

Master And Commander: The Far Side Of The World (2003)

Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy (2004)

Shaun Of The Dead (2004)

Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (2004)

Downfall (2005)

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)

Brokeback Mountain (2006)

Children Of Men (2006)

United 93 (2006)

Pan's Labyrinth (2006)

Zodiac (2007)

The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)

There Will Be Blood (2008)

The Dark Knight (2008)

Let The Right One In (2009)

Avatar (2009)

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