Saturday, January 2, 2010

TCWreviews' Presents: Best of 2000 - 2009!

Someone once asked me what were my favorite movies of the decade, of course this was back in the summer of 1999 and I was in a pre-critique state which meant movies like Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey (1991) and Super Mario Bros. (1993) would have been among the ever so cheesy films that would have come to mind at the time (Remember folks this was before I got my act together and realized just how horrible those films were.) So anyway as we begin this new decade I thought about what that person said all those years ago, and it got me thinking: what are (In my opinion) the best films 2000 to 2009 had to offer to movie buffs of the past, present, and future?

Surely there's a great deal of many films out there worth watching and it would take forever for me to rundown but I won’t bore you half to death writing about every film I thought was worth weatching from the past decade, but instead I will list the top ten films from none other than yours truly, now keep in mind the list is in no way in order from best to least aside from the rating I left beside them, these are the top 10 films I felt were the best the past decade had to offer.

Spider-Man 2 (2004) - 9/10

My Thoughts: Director Sam Raimi wowed me to near death back in 2002 with the release of Spider-Man, and I was so blown away after viewing the film not 1, not 2, or 3, but 4 time in theaters, which is, if you must know a record for me, and after this I could not wait for a proper sequel to follow, and even with my incredibly high expectations for a sequel, Spider-Man 2 surpassed my expectations in more ways than one making this film one of my favorite comic book films of the past decade.

Crash (2005) - 9/10

My Thoughts: Writer/Director Paul Haggis’s film Crash wasn’t really on my must see list when it was realest in the summer of 05 and I almost took a pass on it, but after giving the film viewing I felt compelled to write down my feelings about the film which soon became me first official movie review as an amateur film critic, and now it’s nearing to five years since that day and I still have strong feelings towards this film that will stand the test of time. Why is that you might ask? Well it’s because this film touched me on so many levels that it left me emotionally shocked.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) - 9/10
My Thoughts: I can’t say I’m a fan of director Michel Gondry since I’ve only ever seen one other film of his besides this (Be Kind Rewind (2008)) but Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is one of those films that holds a special place my heart as one of the greatest romance films I’ve seen in years, and the best of this decade. I enjoy watching this film so much that since it’s original realest in 04 I’ve made it an un-official tradition of mine to see it once every year on valentine's day.

Watchmen (2009) - 10/10
My Thoughts: The graphic novel Watchmen is probably one of the greatest pieces of literature to come out of the last 100 years and by none other than the great man himself, Alan Moore. So when talks of a live action movie arose some 20 years ago many thought the production on the film hit a dead end when more than 10 years came and went and nothing happening, many looked at the project as 'the film that would never get made,' but than director Zack Snyder proved everyone wrong when he stepped up and brought Moore’s great work to life, followed by legal problems and court proceedings the film than was nicknamed 'the film that would never be seen.' But with luck and a bout load of money later the film was seen by the world, and all the glory (except for one little bit at the end) that was the graphic novel was on the big screen and very much as enjoyable to watch as it was to read.

The Dark Knight (2008) - 10/10
My Thoughts: In 2005 Christopher Nolan did the impossible, he revived a franchise that was long believed to be dead, and when many argued that there wasn’t any way he could maintain the realism he created in Batman Begins in it’s sequel while toping the storyline, he proved them wrong with The Dark Knight, which is being called the greatest Batman film ever made while being highly rated among the top films ever made in history, and let‘s not forget that this film immortalized actor Heath Ledger‘s career, his performance as the Joker surpassed any performance of the past, and it‘s quite possible that it will be a very long time before anyone will have the drive he maintained and commanded behind the role.

Requiem for a Dream (2000) - 10/10
My Thoughts: Director Darren Aronofsky is known for two things, having considerable long grace periods between movies and making eye opening and thought provoking films, one in particular is none other than his work on Requiem for a Dream, a film that took him to a whole new level as a filmmaker which was a serious mind F***! as well as an eye opener to the chilling world of drug addiction, after his outstanding work on Pi (1998) it gained him a following that soon lead him to making one of the most important films of his career. The film Requiem for a Dream follows the hopes and dreams of four ambitious people, who’s lives are forever shattered when their drug addictions begin spiraling out of control, you feel for them yet cannot help but feel anger towards them for taking such a dark and spiraling bath down the road of no return. This is without a doubt Aronofsky’s greatest achievements as a filmmaker.

WALL·E (2008) - 10/10

My Thoughts: Back in the mid 90’s Pixar’s creative team got together and started a think tank on one fateful day, through their brainstorming of random ideas spawned every single Pixar film ever made from 1995 to 2008, and out of all their ideas, there was one that had yet to be given life, the last piece of their genius work was none other than a little lonely robot named WALL·E, In the summer 2008 WALL·E was given life, and audiences fell in love with the little robot who can only mutters a few words yet his action can speak more loudly than words could ever do justice. Such a beautiful and heartwarming film WALL·E was.

Donnie Darko (2001) - 10/10
My Thoughts: Richard Kelly’s Donnie Darko was a redefining film for everything that’s in the WTF category, because the film’s plot musters up a wide rage of questions that merges science and faith in ways that can’t be explained in just one viewing, and the fact this film has both Jake Gyllenhaal and Maggie Gyllenhaal, two real life siblings playing brother and sister in the film is a priceless moment in cinema. Overall, Donnie Darko is one of those rare films that you learn a little more from everytime you watch it.

Avatar (2009) - 10/10
My Thoughts: I was never a hardcore fan of director James Cameron, I truly thought that with a total of 12 years of being absent from the movie scene he’d lost his edge that made him the monumental director of the 80’s and 90’s, ro so some claim, but of course I was wrong, and left shocked with emotion over the shear awesomeness that was Avatar, he created a unique and original world from the ground up filled with so much life for his viewers to experience, and the film contains a very important message for moviegoers everywhere to learn. After viewing Avatar I no longer doubt Cameron’s work as a filmmaker.

American Psycho (2000) - 10/10
My Thoughts: American Psycho was one of the most interesting and engaging films for me in the past decade, meanly because it wasn’t your typical ‘serial killer’ movie and played out as a Psychological thriller that had a twist at the end that left me saying WTF! Plus one cannot deny the film had one of the best kill scenes of the decade, which involved the film’s leading character, Patrick Bateman (Bale) explaining to his co-worker Paul Allen (Leto) his love for 80’s music and the band ‘Genesis’ and why singer Phil Collins stood out, right before he hacks’em to death with an axe! I mean the scene couldn’t have been executed better, plus the fact the film blurs the line between delusion and reality for the viewer keeping most wondering what just happened is indeed priceless!

Honorable Mention:
Below are the films that didn’t make the cut but are still worthy of being mention.

Girlfight (2000) - 9/10
Letters from Iwo Jima (2006) - 9/10
The Pianist (2002) - 9/10
Brokeback Mountain (2005) - 9/10
There Will Be Blood (2007) - 9/10
The Wrestler (2008) - 9/10
Slumdog Millionaire (2008) - 9/10
Up (2009) - 9/10
300 (2006) - 9/10
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (2001 - 2003) - 9/10