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9 items from 2009


Top 100 Tuesday: 100 Best Movies of the Decade

29 December 2009 4:43 AM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

We are leaving Kubrick behind and fast approaching Hyams.  If you get that reference, go grab yourself a cookie.  It is time for us to reflect back on the decade that was.  On January 1st, 2000, Disney released Fantasia 2000.  On Wednesday, December 30th, 2009, The White Ribbon is set to bow.  Between the release of these two films, thousands of films came and went, and some of them were far more memorable than others.  It was a long trek getting this list together, but here are our collective top 100 films of the past decade.

Quick Year-to-Year by the Numbers:

2009 – 11

2008 – 11

2007 – 7

2006 – 14

2005 – 12

2004 – 8

2003 – 7

2002 – 12

2001 – 10

2000 – 8

100. Million Dollar Baby (2004) – Clint Eastwood

99. Juno (2007) – Jason Reitman

98. An Education (2009) – Lone Scherfig

97. Spider-man 2 (2004) – Sam Raimi

96. Munich (2005) – Steven Spielberg

95. The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou (2004) – Wes Anderson

94. The King Of Kong (2007) – Seth Gordon

93. Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’S Stone (2001) – Chris Columbus

92. Clerks 2 (2006) – Kevin Smith

91. Femme Fatale (2002) – Brian De Palma

90. Tasogare Seibei »

- Movie Geeks

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The Best Films of the Decade (aka "The Naughties")

27 December 2009 9:03 PM, PST | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

Best Films Of The Decade (aka The Naughties) From Alex & Terry

List # 1

By Alex Simon

When Terry and I initially discussed writing these lists, I had a tough time thinking back on 20 films over the past decade which I was really taken with, thinking that movies have sunk so low over the past ten years, that even choosing a dozen would be a short-order job. Thirty minutes into it, my list had nearly 60 titles! After much cutting, pasting, and re-cutting and pasting, here are my top 20 films (in no particular order) of the first decade of the 21st century, dubbed by many as “the naughties.” --A.S.

1.No Country for Old Men (Coen Brothers, 2007) An elegiac blend of stark beauty and full-throttle despair from two of our finest filmmakers, set in the contemporary American West. Every frame is damn near flawless, and would have been an even more perfect vehicle for the late Sam Peckinpah. »

- The Hollywood Interview.com

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John’s Top Eleven Films of the Decade

6 December 2009 3:47 PM, PST | ReelLoop.com | See recent Reel Loop news »

I was just under 11 years old as we entered the 2000s, and in the last decade I have made it my mission to fill the space in my mind that should be reserved for academics to remembering the details of far too many films. In looking back upon this decade, it seems that we’ve had quite a good chunk of time for movies — there are only two years absent on my top ten list: 2000 and 2005, while 2006 is represented by three films. I still cheated, though, by extending my list to eleven entries. Some were just too good to decide between.

I hope you enjoy reading this as much as I enjoyed writing it. And before you start — don’t cry. The Dark Knight isn’t on here.

11. The Royal Tenenbaums – 2001

Spoiler: you’re going to find that comedy is slightly underrepresented on this list, with Wes Anderson’s The Royal Tenenbaums »

- John Cooper

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A-z Movie Reviews – C’s

4 November 2009 5:00 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

To continue my review of my epic journey to watch all my films from A-z, this is the Third part.

For those that don’t know I am watching all 700+ Dvd/Bluray films from A-z which has so far taken me 2+ years to get to the end of G’s!

I thought I should retrospectively review each letter and give my top 5 films from each alpha block and maybe bring your attention to some films you may not have seen, films you’ve not seen in ages or films you should give another try.

Another letter and another bunch of classics I should own and a selection of ones I’m glad to say I don’t own.

A few to mention are Catwoman, Cannonball Run, Cape Fear, Clash of the titans, Cool running’s, City lights, Chinatown, City of God, Cheerleader Ninjas, Cool as Ice, City on Fire and Casablanca. »

- Gary Phillips

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Biopics bring peril, pitfalls

1 October 2009 3:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

When Steven Spielberg and Stacey Snider said in May that DreamWorks planned to make a biopic on Martin Luther King Jr., it took less than 24 hours for the project to hit a speed bump.

Two of King's children disputed a third's authority to speak for the estate, and soon enough King's own words came to mind: "All progress is precarious, and the solution of one problem brings us face to face with another problem."

Granted, putting someone's life story on film hardly compares to the struggle for civil rights. But the biographical movie is a uniquely frustrating beast. Discovering a fascinating life story is the easy part, but acquiring the appropriate life/film/art/music rights, appeasing relatives' and audiences' expectations, persuading financiers to ante up and actually making money on the project can be as arduous a task as universal equality.

This is why, despite their undeniable magnetism at awards time, »

- By Jay A. Fernandez

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Exclusive: Talkin' to Eric Bana about Time Travelin'

11 August 2009 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

If there's one single actor who will be able to walk away from the summer of 2009 with a feather in his cap having achieved something worth being proud of, it would be Eric Bana, the Australian actor who first came to attention with his starring role in Andrew Dominik's crime-comedy Chopper almost ten years ago, but never quite achieved the attention he's deservedly getting this summer. First, he played the main bad guy Nero in J.J. Abrams' Star Trek , the highest-grossing movies in the franchise, and he played a rare comedic role in Judd Apatow and Adam Sandler's comedy Funny People . He also made his directorial debut this summer with Love the Beast , a documentary about the love he had for his very first car and how he souped it up for a very special cross-country »

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The Movie Club Podcast #14: Natural Born Killers and Chopper

27 July 2009 10:28 AM, PDT | FilmJunk | See recent FilmJunk news »

The Movie Club Podcast [1] is a monthly roundtable podcast where we select two movies to dissect, analyze and discuss with a group of fellow movie bloggers and film fans. Somewhere in our busy summer schedule we managed to find time to sit down with our friends from Row Three [2] to talk about two more movies for the latest episode of The Movie Club Podcast. This time around the choices were Oliver Stone's 1994 classic Natural Born Killers and Andrew Dominik's directorial debut Chopper starring Eric Bana. Both movies address the idea of violence in the media, while also providing plenty of on-screen violence themselves. Head over to The Movie Club Podcast website (linked below) to grab the MP3, or simply update your feed in iTunes. Don't forget to leave your own thoughts about these films on the site and cast your vote for next month's poll too. On the »

- Sean

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The Movie Club Podcast #13: The Alien Quadrilogy

8 May 2009 9:01 AM, PDT | FilmJunk | See recent FilmJunk news »

The Movie Club Podcast [1] is a monthly roundtable podcast where we select two movies to dissect, analyze and discuss with a group of fellow movie bloggers and film fans. This was a pretty big episode of The Movie Club Podcast, but hopefully it's one that a lot of people will be interested in. This month we decided to sit down and go through all four movies in the so-called Alien Quadrilogy (Alien, Aliens, Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection). They are all distinctly different, and believe it or not, each one had supporters, resulting in some interesting points of view for discussion. Head over to The Movie Club Podcast website (linked below) to grab the entire 2 hour and 47 minute podcast now. Also be sure to leave your own comments over there, and cast your vote in the poll for episode #15. Next month we will be taking on a pair of serial »

- Sean

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Sundance Journal 2009 Day 7: Nicolas Winding Refn's Bronson

26 January 2009 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- When fleshing out the script for Bronson, Nicolas Winding Refn didn't have much to go on – the subject of the film has been in solitary confinement for the better part of his adult life and yet, the Danish filmmaker somehow managed to take a thin on plot biopic and fancy a style that uses fantasy to explore the missing pieces and the mindset of a man who finds extreme pleasure in extreme pain. Refn was on hand to present his audacious biopic imagining of the celebrity behind the bars. What is unfathomable is that the subject in question, Michael Peterson was sentenced for a petty crime and has 34 years under his belt. I had do an IMDb search to see what Tom Hardy's former shell looked like, I wasn't familiar with the actor (he bulked up for the role), but his performance should do for him for what »

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