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An American Film Geek's Best of the Decade, 2000-2009

31 December 2009 10:29 AM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Sheesh, another list! At the end of every year, the need to do an annual best-of movie round-up seems to sneak up on me. The fact that it's now the end of the decade snuck on me all the more. In compiling this admittedly quick list, I looked over all my qualifying year-end lists, and re-evaluated where necessary. I tried to consider the films I saw in the greater sociological context of the decade itself - their effects on it, and what they have to say about it. At the same time, I also tried to include some personal selections that probably wouldn't make other such lists, but were important to me. Please keep in mind that i could not see everything, and that my beat around here is the mainstream theatrical films. I managed to narrow it down to twenty films, ranking the first ten. So here it, my best of the decade, »

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Peter Jackson Knighted

30 December 2009 2:21 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Peter Jackson, Saoirse Ronan - The Lovely Bones (Matt Mueller / DreamWorks/Paramount) New Zealand-born Peter Jackson has become Sir Peter Jackson in his native country. Jackson is now a knight as a result of his "services to film." Among the films he’s provided services for are the horror-comedy Braindead (1992); Heavenly Creatures (1994), Kate Winslet’s feature-film debut; the 2005 King Kong remake, starring Naomi Watts; and the adaptations of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. Jackson’s latest, The Lovely Bones, starring Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weisz, Saoirse Ronan, Stanley Tucci, and [...] »

- Anna Robinson

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Pan's Labyrinth is named film of the decade: Do you agree?

29 December 2009 11:48 AM, PST | The Geek Files | See recent The Geek Files news »

It's not only nearly the end of the year but the end of a decade and, as a result, time to look back over the movies released during that period.

Over on Metacritic, a site that compiles reviews of films and other media, there is a list of the top releases of the decade, according to the scores of leading professional film critics.

The top overall movie was Guillermo del Toro's excellent fantasy horror film Pan's Labyrinth from 2006, which has an overall score of 98 out of 100. Made for $19million, it earned $83million worldwide which, although not the massive heights reached by Hollywood blockbusters, is definitely a success for a Spanish language project, especially since it was not on full release at all cinemas in the UK.

The rest of the top five consisted of 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (score: 97), Ratatouille (96), Spirited Away (94) and The Hurt Locker (94).

It's worth mentioning »

- David Bentley

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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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IMDb, RottenTomatoes: Movies of the Decade

27 December 2009 2:29 PM, PST | newsinfilm.com | See recent newsinfilm news »

At the end of the year, and especially the decade, you’re inundated with enough top lists that they themselves should be ranked.  Plenty of other websites and other media outlets have been counting down basically the same best movies, which is partially the reason I spared you the numbered trips down memory lane.  (But before I write myself into a hypocritical corner, I’ll still be doing my traditional top movies of the year list.  Hint: New Moon isn’t on it)

That being said, here are two definitive lists of note that highlight what was critically lauded this decade on RottenTomatoes.com and what the movie fans and voters on IMDb.com felt were the best the aughts had to offer.  Slashfilm compiled the top 20 from Rt and they snatched up the top 25 off IMDb for your look at how the decade fared in movies.

There are a few surprises on both lists, »

- Jeff Leins

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IMDb’s Top 25 Movies Of The Decade

27 December 2009 8:35 AM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

As compiled by SlashFilm… IMDb’s top 25 films of the decade, as voted by IMDb’s millions of users. And as SlashFilm noted, it might be easy for any of us to immediately dismiss this list as nothing but fanboy and fangirl contributions, however, this is definitely the largest sampling of opinions of all the other best of lists that we’ve seen so far, and will ever see… until some other site comes along that trumps IMDb in terms of user numbers.

So, here they are, accompanied by the year of release and number of votes received. They are ranked based on a combination of total votes and overall rating (which I didn’t include). So there are films that have more votes than others before them, but rank lower on the list due to their overall rating:

1. The Dark Knight (2008) 410,450

2. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King »

- Tambay

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Top 10 Action/Adventure Movies of the Decade

23 December 2009 5:08 AM, PST | Reelzchannel.com | See recent ReelzChannel news »

The ReelzChannel 100 began when we asked Leonard Maltin for his favorite Hidden Gems of the decade. His list led the web team into a general discussion about the best movies of the decade and — after no small amount of debate, arguing, and (we're not proud to say) some petty name-calling — we decided we'd better bring it to an end with a company-wide vote. Then it was just a matter of tallying up the votes and hoping for the best. Lucky for us, ReelzChannel is filled with a staff ranging from movie lovers to movie fanatics. What turned out isn't what you'll find on a critic's best of list — instead it's what movie fans really enjoyed.

In day three of the ReelzChannel 100, we highlight the Top 10 Action/Adventure Movies of the Decade.

Next Showing:

Link | Posted 12/23/2009 by reelz

Kill Bill: Vol. 1 | The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers | The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring »

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Flickchart’s Top 20 Films of the Decade As Decided By Users

23 December 2009 12:52 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

I'm not nearly as in love with the social movie ranking site Flickchart as other movie fans, but I can admit that they've sort of struck gold with their concept. Not only is that movie comparison data fun to share with your friends, but it also gives the site a lot of data to explore site-wide trends as well, such as this chart showing the most-liked films of the 2000s from the site's 40,000 users. Today on their blog, Flickchart narrowed down that list, and provided some stats on what exactly makes those films the top twenty of the decade to their users. Here's Flickchart's top ten from that list (check out the rest here): 10) Wall-e 9) Memento 8) No Country for Old Men 7) The Departed 6) Kill Bill, Vol. 1 5) The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 4) The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 3) Batman Begins 2) The Lord of »

- Devindra Hardawar

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10 Must-Own DVDs (and Blu-rays) from the Decade

22 December 2009 6:56 AM, PST | Reelzchannel.com | See recent ReelzChannel news »

The ReelzChannel 100 began when we asked Leonard Maltin for his favorite Hidden Gems of the decade. His list led the web team into a general discussion about the best movies of the decade and — after no small amount of debate, arguing, and (we're not proud to say) some petty name-calling — we decided we'd better bring it to an end with a company-wide vote. Then it was just a matter of tallying up the votes and hoping for the best. Lucky for us, ReelzChannel is filled with a staff ranging from movie lovers to movie fanatics. What turned out isn't what you'll find on a critic's best of list — instead it's what movie fans really enjoyed.

In day two of the ReelzChannel 100, we highlight the 10 best DVDs and Blu-rays from the past decade.

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Link | Posted 12/22/2009 by reelz

Watchmen | The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers | The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring »

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Movie franchises pay dividends at U.K. b.o.

22 December 2009 6:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

London -- A glance at the top 20 pictures in U.K. cinemas from 2000-09 confirms that for Hollywood and beyond, a successful franchise really is the golden goose laying the eggs.

Research released by the Film Distributors' Association Tuesday shows that 19 of the top 20 were established franchises or at least the initial goose laying one up.

The one exception is the No. 1 hit of the past nine years, "Mamma Mia!" with boxoffice receipts of £69.1 million ($110.7 million).

All six "Harry Potter" titles released to date feature in the list, alongside the two most recent James Bond outings ("Casino Royale," "Quantum of Solace") starring Daniel Craig and the screen debut of Bridget Jones, "Bridget Jones's Diary."

All installments of "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy are ranked in the top five, while the first "Chronicles of Narnia" adventure, "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," also appears in the top 20.

The Fda »

- By Stuart Kemp

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Tobey Maguire Not Starring in The Hobbit (But He Is Interested)

16 December 2009 1:52 AM, PST | Reelzchannel.com | See recent ReelzChannel news »

Producer Peter Jackson recently stated that a "casting sweep" was underway for the lead part in his production of The Hobbit, the prequel to The Lord of the Rings (Lotr). However, despite Jackson's comment that the Lotr movies are not "star-driven," a new rumor has been making headlines by linking one of Hollywood's most-successful franchise actors to the role of the adventurous Hobbit Bilbo Baggins.

Popular film site Latino Review reported on Monday that Tobey Maguire's (Brothers) recent comments about wanting to work with director Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy) referred to his involvement with The Hobbit.

Could Peter Parker be playing Bilbo Baggins?

I checked with agency sources and yep, it's true!

Apparently, we're in the early stages of talks between CAA and the producers of the Hobbit film for Tobey to topline the film as Bilbo Baggins!

The news quickly became a topic of blog posts and forum »

- BrentJS Sprecher

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Trailer for The Lord Of The Rings Blu-ray Box Set Reminds Us All Why We Loved Our Journey Through Middle-Earth

15 December 2009 2:38 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

I haven’t watched any of The Lord of the Rings films since 2004 but I’ll definitely be sitting down with them again when they hit Blu-ray on April 6, 2010.  Warner Bros. Home Video just released a two-minute trailer showcasing all the films together again and it was a reminder of why we fell in love with Peter Jackson’s masterful adaptation in the first place.

As we reported yesterday, Wbhv is releasing the theatrical versions of the films in a nine-disc box set which will include the Blu-ray versions of the films, mostly the features from the original DVDs, and a digital copy of each film.  The set will retail for $99.98 but since that’s the Msrp, you’ll probably be able to buy it for slightly less (my guess is somewhere around $75-80, at least when it first goes on sale).  There’s currently no word when we’ll »

- Matt Goldberg

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Lord Of The Rings Set For Blu-Ray Bow

15 December 2009 4:29 AM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

“One Blu-ray to rule them all, one Blu-ray to find them. One Blu-ray to bring them all and in the darkness find them.”Don’t know if you noticed, but we cleverly changed the words of J.R.R. Tolkien’s famous verse to celebrate the fact that today, at long, long (long long long) last, it was announced that Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy is coming to Blu-ray.Get out your calendars, flip to April, and then put a big old red circle around April 6, for that’s when the trilogy is set to debut in a beautiful nine-disc, three-film package that will retail, in the States, for around a hundred bucks. And no, we have no idea what that is in real money.No word yet on what extras will be on the discs, or indeed if the pic and sound will have been revamped especially for the Blu-format, »

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The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy on Blu-ray Available on April 6th!

14 December 2009 9:38 AM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

One of the greatest gifts I’ve received this holiday season is today’s news that I’ll only have to wait four months to get The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy on Blu-ray.  Video Business reports that the nine-disc set will go on sale on April 6, 2010 and include the theatrical versions of The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King, seven hours of special features (albeit mostly features that were on the original versions), digital copies of each film, and Bd-Live access.  The set will retail for $99.98.  A couple weeks ago, Peter Jackson told Steve that he wasn’t sure if the Blu-rays would include both the theatrical versions and the extended editions but he was fairly sure it would just be the theatrical versions on the first release.  Presumably, this means that Warner Bros. Home Video is already »

- Matt Goldberg

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[Movie Review] The Lovely Bones

9 December 2009 8:00 AM, PST | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

With The Lovely Bones director Peter Jackson finally becomes everything that he threatened to be with his last two films: graceless, tactless, and unable to imbue his constant special effects with the slightest sense of weight or gravity. It’s been a long time coming (really, who could go from anonymity to deity in the way that he has without believing your own hype), but the worst thing that can be said isn’t that it’s his first bad film; it’s that it’s his first film that doesn’t feel like a Peter Jackson film.

At the tender age of 14, Susie Salmon (Saoirse Ronan) is killed by her neighbor Mr. Harvey (Stanley Tucci). This isn’t a spoiler, but rather the first twenty minutes of the film. Going on from there to a candy-colored vision of the afterlife, she is able to watch firsthand the effect that »

- Anders Nelson

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Decade in Review: 2003 Top Ten

8 December 2009 6:30 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

As you may have noticed, I will not be done with my Decade in Review until sometime into the new year. Hopefully we'll wrap up shortly after the Oscars; You know how distractingly all-consuming the Oscars can be! I hope you'll stay with it even though the rest of the media will move on any second now. They're always in such a rush. No stopping and smelling of the flowers. I've still got to update that "Actors of the Aughts" project for final compilation/statement. For now, let's move on to 2003. What follows is my original top ten list, based on films released in NYC in 2003. If I have anything new to say that'll be in red after the original text.

Special Mentions: The Cremaster Cycle and Angels in America

Most Underappreciated: Hulk (Ang Lee), In the Cut (Jane Campion), Anything Else (Woody Allen), Charlies Angels: Full Throttle (McG) and »

- NATHANIEL R

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'The Lord Of The Rings' Returns To Radio City Music Hall With 'The Two Towers'

3 December 2009 5:00 PM, PST | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

As you probably remember, Radio City Music Hall hosted a cool "Lord of the Rings"-related event in October. The 21st Century Symphony Orchestra, The Collegiate Chorale and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus collaborated in performing the score to "The Fellowship of the Ring" (conducted by Ludwig Wicki) while the movie played on a giant screen behind them.

Well now we've got word that Wicki and the 21st Century Symphony Orchestra will be back to do the show again, only next time it'll be for "The Two Towers," the second film in Peter Jackson's trilogy. Tickets are currently available through a Ticketmaster pre-sale, the code for which you can find on the concert's official website. There's a catch though: we've got a long wait ahead of us. The "Towers" shows will happen next year, on October 8 and 9, 2010. So don't go getting too excited just yet.

Did you attend the "Lord »

- Adam Rosenberg

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Decade in Review: 2002 Top Ten

2 December 2009 7:58 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

As with 2000 and 2001, I'm reprinting my original top ten lists and commentary. If I've got something new to say, it'll be in red below.

Please note: This list was based on NYC release dates in the year 2002. Some movies are listed as different years at the IMDb based on when they were produced or released in their home country or in La or whatnot.

Undervalued: Morvern Callar, Roger Dodger, About a Boy, White Oleander, Panic Room and Kissing Jessica Stein Top 10 Runners Up: Chicago, Monsoon Wedding, Punch Drunk Love and Spirited Away I still am glad I championed most of these movies though I am sad that some of them aren't in the top ten... particularly Morvern, Monsoon and the Miyazaki. The MMMs. Though I'm not sure I'd know what to remove to make room for them.

10. 8 Women (François Ozon)

Ever since I a French teacher took my friends and »

- NATHANIEL R

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Peter Jackson Updates The Hobbit and Tintin

25 November 2009 5:38 AM, PST | Reelzchannel.com | See recent ReelzChannel news »

With his Lovely Bones opening next month, writer-director Peter Jackson spent some time talking with the British press about a few of his upcoming producing projects. One of the most-anticipated is The Hobbit, the sequel to Jackson's Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Jackson told In The News that an initial script has been delivered to the studio.

The Hobbit will be two movies and we've written the first script and delivered it to the studio who seem to be happy with it. We're now halfway through the second script and Philippa [Boyens], Fran [Walsh], Guillermo [Del Toro] and myself are doing the scripts and having great fun. It was an interesting experience because eight or nine years have passed since we wrote the Lord of the Rings screenplays and I was worried it'd be weird or hard or uncomfortable to go back there, but as soon as we started writing the scripts it was fun, »

- Ryan Gowland

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Karl "Bones" Urban on Star Trek 2

20 November 2009 11:40 AM, PST | Reelzchannel.com | See recent ReelzChannel news »

After a notable role as Eomer in the second and third chapters in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Karl Urban went on to star in the ill-fated Pathfinder, Marcus Nispel's Vikings-versus-Native Americans action film.

Urban followed up his little-seen Pathfinders starring role with the supporting role of Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy in J.J. Abrams' revamped Star Trek, a role that promised to put him back in the spotlight. However, Abrams' film focused primarily on the relationship between James T. Kirk (played by Chris Pine) and Spock (Zachary Quinto), rather than on the the Kirk-Spock-Bones trinity that served as the basis for the original series. In a recent interview with IGN, Urban said that he hopes that his role gets beefed up for Star Trek 2, if only to pay homage to the original.

The structure [of the new film] wasn't really the traditional triumvirate that you've seen on the television show. »

- BrentJS Sprecher

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