Top 10 Movies of The Decade
Seeing as there’s only a few days until the end of the decade I thought now would be a good time to share various ‘top 10’ lists between the year 2000 and now, including video games, music and movies.
The decade sometimes known as the ‘noughties’ has produced a lot of quality stuff based on those subjects. New film franchises like Harry Potter will no doubt still be loved and enjoyed for generations to come, as perhaps the online game World of Warcraft will on the video game side of things. New musicians shot to superstardom and could potentially stand the test of time like Cliff Richard, Madonna and The Beatles have before them, and while the following lists don’t generally include what might still be held in high regard in years to come or will be considered ‘classics’ in the future they are still (hopefully) titles you might recognise and maybe even agree with. As always comments are most welcome.
So, on to the lists which by the way are in no particular order as I found that virtually impossible to do. We’ll start with my Top Ten Movies of The Decade.
My Top 10 Movies of The Decade
Pirates of The Caribbean: The Curse of The Black Pearl (2003)
The first of a trilogy of Pirates of The Caribbean films, The Curse of The Black Pearl set the standard for adventure movies after the turn of the Millennium and featured perhaps the best performance of Johnny Depp in his career which is really saying something considering some of the roles he played both before and after this film, he captures the character of Captain Jack Sparrow perfectly.
Orlando Bloom, Geoffrey Rush and Keira Knightly provide a more than adequate supporting cast as well, helping shape a memorable piece of cinematography including a great script that adults and children alike will enjoy.
Batman Begins (2005)
This is a film I only actually got around to seeing quite recently, in fact until 2009 the only Batman film I’d ever seen was Batman & Robin… so I’m sure anyone who’s seen that will understand why I was reluctant to watch any other Batman-endorsed feature length movie. Anyway, I saw The Dark Knight and really enjoyed it, but by the end of it I was left wanting to know how exactly Bruce Wayne became The Batman so of course the next logical step was to see how it all began with Batman Begins. The story, cast and overall atmosphere are all fantastic, and throughout the duration of the movie it’s stylish, complex and very unique.
Similar in many ways to cult classic British hit Shaun of The Dead, Zombieland is essentially a ‘Rom-Zom-Com’ (romantic zombie comedy) with a few extra hints of genius including recurring references to a list of rules to survive a zombie apocalypse and a brilliant cameo mid-way through the movie.
A laugh-out-loud ride from start to finish with a likeable cast, quality soundtrack, Woody Harrelson stealing the show and a script that was far better than it really had any right to be Zombieland is a must-see movie for anyone who enjoys the genre or just wants to see something a little different.
Howl’s Moving Castle (2004)
Produced by the legendary Studio Ghibli from Japan, Howl’s Moving Castle tells the story of a young girl trying to reverse a curse set on her by a witch. Along the way she meets an assortment of interesting characters in a story that in my opinion is the finest the studio have ever written.
Considered by some to be the Japanese equivalent of Walt Disney Studios (in fact Disney are responsible for dubbing and western world releases of their films), they’re not well known outside of Japan but Disney have put together a marvellous voice cast for those who don’t like subtitled movies, so they’re well worth a watch.
The Cat Returns (2002)
Without a doubt one of the most charming and enjoyable animated films I’ve ever seen, The Cat Returns is a phenomenal adventure about a young girl called Hiro who rescues a cat from being run over and inadvertently has to become his bride. During the course of the adventure Hiro (obviously) meets a lot of cats with wonderful personalities, most of all a character called The Baron.
As I mentioned when I talked about the voice cast for Howl’s Moving Castle, the English language cast for this film is again flawless thanks to Disney Studios. In short The Cat Returns is the perfect animated family adventure.
The first (I think) and probably the best epic adventure movie of the decade, Gladiator tells the story of a celebrated Roman soldier who by means of treachery and deceit ends up fighting as a gladiator for the amusement of the Emperor.
The film itself is a little over-blown seeing as it got the Hollywood treatment, but the action scenes are great to watch and Russell Crowe, an actor largely unheard of at the time, blew me away with his performance. A scene where he roars “ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED?!?” is right up there with the best movie quotes ever uttered.
To End All Wars (2001)
To End All Wars is a film that somehow slipped right under the radar, in fact I’d wager most people reading haven’t heard of it. The film tells the story of a group of men imprisoned in a Japanese POW Camp during the construction of a railway line which name escapes me, but it’s based on a true story where a lot of people died trying to get it completed in a ridiculously short amount of time.
The tale told here is powerful, emotional and features a pretty decent cast including Robert Carlyle and Kiefer Sutherland of 24 fame, this is a fantastic and unique story of war from a totally different perspective from the usual scenes from the front line.
Hot Fuzz (2007)
Anyone who has ever seen both this film and the other high profile film Shaun of The Dead starring Simon Pegg will be aware of the feelings over which is considered better. While there will never be a clear answer it’s definitely Hot Fuzz for me.
As much as I enjoyed Shaun of The Dead I found this to be a lot funnier with a better plot as well, and the series of one-liners had me in stitches – “what’s the situation?” is a question asked when the bad guys are throwing all sorts of stuff at them from a supermarket, “two blokes and a fuck load of cutlery!” is the hilarious answer.
WALL•E is an unusual film, mainly because it features very little spoken dialogue until quite far in. It’s primarily a love story between a run-down robot with no other purpose than to crush things and a futuristic robot searching for signs of life called EVE. Despite practically no spoken dialogue between the two they produce a convincing bond, so huge credit to the writers of the film as that is by no means an easy feat.
Aside from the love aspect of the film is still manages to pull off a very exciting and entertaining story with a lot of laughs and likeable characters, meaning there’s something there for everyone to enjoy.
El Laberinto del Fauno [Pan’s Labyrinth] (2006)
One of the more original movies on this list, Pan’s Labyrinth is a fantasy film set just after the Spanish Civil War of 1944 during the Franquist repression. Quite an odd pairing of genres for starters, but the film manages to bridge the gap between fantasy and reality very well. It’s a fantastic story too playing with all kinds of emotions ranging from the horrors of war to the emotional development of the main character Ofelia, and it’s visually stunning to really emphasize the magical nature of it all.
I was particularly impressed with the actor who played the Faun, not only did he spend five hours a day getting his costume on but he actually learned Spanish for the role.
Music and video game top 10 coming soon
Posted on December 18, 2009, in Film & TV and tagged Batman Begins, films, Gladiator, Hot Fuzz, Howl's Moving Castle, movies, Pan's Labyrinth, Pirates of The Caribbean, The Cat Returns, To End All Wars, Top 10, Wall E, Zombieland. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.