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Best of the Decade: Honourable Mentions

31 December 2009 1:21 PM, PST | FilmJunk | See recent FilmJunk news »

In narrowing down our favourite movies of the decade to just 20, obviously there were plenty of amazing films that ended up getting ignored. Before posting our individual Top 50 lists, I thought it would be worth highlighting just a few more picks that barely missed making our consensus list for one reason or another. Most of these were still nominated by at least 3 of us, but may have had extenuating circumstances surrounding their exclusion. The Incredibles (2004) and Ratatouille (2007) I'm surprised that more people haven't complained about the lack of a Pixar presence on our Top 20 list, but I'm here to clear that up right now. Although we are not the biggest Pixar fanboys on the planet, I think we can all agree that they deserve to be acknowledged for their achievements in pushing animation forward and creating many of the biggest critical and commercial hits of the decade. The truth is, »

- Sean

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Black Voices’ Top 10 Black Films Of The Decade

30 December 2009 2:41 PM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Last week, I posted The Griot’s list of the Top 10 Most Important Black Films of the last decade.

Today, I present to you Black Voices’ (Bv) list of the 10 Best Black Films Of the last 10 years.

I can actually say that I did see All of the below films on the list – some more willingly than others. Bv doesn’t specify what its criteria is to determine what constitutes a “black film.” But I think we’d all agree that the films on their list can be defined as such. They also don’t say what the consider good, or the “best,” other than describing them as “witty, entertaining and inspiring.” So, I dunno… I can’t really say much about what they’ve got here.

The list follows below, from #10 to #1:

10 – Brown Sugar

9 – Drumline

8 – Remember The Titans

7 – Akeelah And The Bee

6 – The Pursuit Of Happyness

5 – Precious

4 – Diary of A Mad Black Woman »

- Tambay

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Top 25 Movies of 2009: Movies #1 - 10

30 December 2009 10:20 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Top 25 Movies of 2009 #1 - 10

Here we are, time for all of us to reveal our top ten films of 2009. Many of you wondered why I only allowed you to pick five films in the nominations poll I started on Monday. Well, everything was in an effort to make sure you all held your lists until today as I reveal my top ten favorite films of 2009 and hope you will add your thoughts on my list as well as share your individual lists of 10, 15, 20 or however many films from the year that was. We have only a couple of days left before 2010 shuts the door on what I thought was a rather enjoyable year in film once you brush away a few of those lousy blockbusters that weren't.

Before I go any further, let me once again share the schedule as I promised I would include with each posting on Monday:

2009 "Best Of" Schedule

Monday, »

- Brad Brevet

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Watch AMC's Script-To-Screen Crew Run Down The Best Films Of The Decade

30 December 2009 6:54 AM, PST | AMC - Script to Screen | See recent AMC - Script to Screen news »

 Another year has come and gone, and with it the first decade of the 2000's (whatever happened to Y2K anyway?).  With the decade drawing to a close, we here at Script-To-Screen thought we'd put together a list of what we found to be the very best films over the last 10 years.

Each of us (Myself, Kellvin and Christina) assembled a list of the 10 films we thought were the cream of the crop.

So take a look at the video below and then hop in the comments section to let us know what you think.

So to recap:

John's List (In no particular order)

Lord of the Rings - The Return of the King




The Departed

The 40 Year Old Virgin

There Will Be Blood

Moulin Rouge

A Beautiful Mind


Kellvin's List (In no particular order)

City of God

Casino Royale

Lord of the Rings Trilogy


Moulin Rouge! »

- John Campea

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Top 100 Tuesday: 100 Best Movies of the Decade

29 December 2009 4:43 AM, PST | | See recent 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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He Said – He Said … Top Films of the Decade

28 December 2009 4:18 PM, PST | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

He Said – He Said … The Top 7 Films of the Decade

Our lists are done. We’ve checked them twice (and then some). Now there is only one thing left to do, complain, rant and argue. It’s time for the He Said – He Said … Top 7 Films of the Decade.

It’s He (Jeff Bayer) and his list …

7. Inglourious Basterds

6. Moulin Rouge!

5. Michael Clayton

4. Memento

3. Wall-e

2. Lord of the Rings: Return of the King

1. Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind


He (Nick Allen) and his list …

7. The Band’s Visit

6. Superbad

5. The Lives of Others

4. Adaptation

3. The Dark Knight

2. Talk to Her

1. There Will Be Blood

Complete Coverage of Top 7 Films of the Decade

Top 7 Films of the Decade by Jeff Bayer

Top 7 Movies of the Decade by Nick Allen

He Said – He Said … Top 7 Films of the Decade

Amazing. Not one movie in common. I’ve decided to let »

- Jeff Bayer

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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

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Another Controversial Decade List: IMDb's Top 25 Movies

27 December 2009 8:55 AM, PST | | See recent news »

With the decade ending in only four more days, these "best of the decade" lists are popping up all over. A few weeks ago we featured Metacritic's Best Reviewed of the Decade (it was Pan's Labyrinth) and last week we featured FlickChart's Top 20 of the Decade (The Dark Knight was #1). Now we have IMDb's Top 25 Movies of the Decade. This wasn't officially announced by IMDb, but Peter from SlashFilm compiled the list based on the user rating for each film. This is probably going to be controversial, as always, but because it's The Dark Knight as #1 once again, I think that's a sign that it may indeed be the best film of the decade. IMDb's Top 25 Movies of the Decade: 1. The Dark Knight (2008) 2. Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (2003) 3. City of God (2002) 4. Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (2001) 5. »

- Alex Billington

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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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The 10 Most Important Black Films Of The Decade (Lists)

23 December 2009 6:11 PM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

It’s that time of the year… the time for “lists.” As the first 10 years of the 21st century come to a close, lots of “best of the decade” film lists have been popping up here and there; but this is the first one I’ve seen that’s specifically focused on “black cinema.”

It comes from the folks at TheGriot, although their list isn’t made up of the Best black films of the last decade, but rather, the most Important black films of the last 10 years.

So, naturally, the next question one would ask is, how do they define “important?”

According to the post, each film on the list had to meet 3 criteri, which are: Overall influence or ability to shift perceptions, reveal truths; Originality and excellence in filmmaking (i.e. acting, story-telling, directing); Shelf-life or ability to remain timeless.

And their definition of what makes a black film, »

- Tambay

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100 best films of the noughties: Nos 11-90

18 December 2009 2:17 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The Guardian film team's pick of the top 100 movies of the decade. Check back from 21 December as we unveil the top 10 day by day


11. Waltz With Bashir

12. Dig!

13. The Beat That My Heart Skipped

14. The Consequences of Love

15. No Country for Old Men

16. Silent Light

17. Japon

18. The Sun

19. What Time Is It There?

20. Before Sunset


21. Unrelated

22. One and a Two

23. Ivansxtc

24. Let the Right One In

25. Of Time and the City

26. When the Levees Broke

27. You Can Count on Me

28. A Serious Man

29. Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner

30. Control


31. The Death of Mr Lazarescu

32. Grizzly Man

33. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

34. Être et Avoir

35. Far from Heaven

36. Hidden

37. The Hurt Locker

38. Oldboy

39. The New World

40. The Piano Teacher


41. Spirited Away

42. Vera Drake

43. American Splendor

44. Capturing the Friedmans

45. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

46. Crimson Gold

47. A History of Violence

48. In the Mood for Love

49. Movern Callar

50. The Night of the Sunflowers »

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #247: The Cove

14 December 2009 11:42 PM, PST | FilmJunk | See recent FilmJunk news »

0:00 - Intro 3:10 – Top 20 Films of the Decade: Let The Right One In, Metallica: Some Kind of Monster, Anchorman, Zodiac, The Royal Tenenbaums 16:00 - Headlines: Kevin Smith’s Cop Out, Jody Hill, David Gordon Green, Danny McBride Team Up Again, James Cameron to Produce Fantastic Voyage Remake, David O. Russell Signs on for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Twilight New Moon Piracy Arrest Overturned, New Star Wars Movie a Possibility?, Robert Duvall is Don Quixote, John Malkovich as The Vulture in Spider-Man 4?, Tobey Maguire to Star in The Hobbit? 33:50 - Review: The Cove 53:55 - Trailer Trash: The Sorcerer's Apprentice 59:25 - Other Stuff We Watched: Rocky: The Undisputed Collection, City of God, Food Inc., School of Rock, World's Greatest Dad 1:26:43 - Junk Mail: Impressive Camera Work in Movies, Dating Advice, The Chip Shop, Lack of Accuracy in Sports Movies, Aristotle and Comic Book Movies, »

- Sean

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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 »


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My decade: personal perspectives from key arts figures

7 December 2009 9:03 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Film-makers, musicians and more look back on their achievements and favourite works from the noughties

Kevin Macdonald, film director

Personally, it's been a fascinating decade. In the late 90s, I was struggling to make TV documentaries but work was drying up. I was a purist, with no interest in working with actors. I hated the idea of dramatic reconstructions because they look so cheesy. Then I worked with actors on Touching the Void and this led to dramatic features, though documentaries remain my first love.

The British film industry has always been about boom and bust. We start out with unrealistic optimism: "We're going to compete with Hollywood!" Then we have the collapse and the correction. We saw it with Alexander Korda in the 1930s, with Rank after the war, and with Gandhi in the 1980s. This decade it happened again.

The collapse of Film4 back in 2002 was part of this problem. »

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City Of God & Eternal Sunshine Top Magazine's Best Of The Decade

30 November 2009 5:36 PM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

City Of God and Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind have been declared the best movies of the past decade in leading U.S. music and culture magazine Paste.

Fernando Meirelles' critically-acclaimed City of God topped the magazine's critics list ahead of Amelie and Almost Famous, while Jim Carrey's bizarre 2004 film Eternal Sunshine beat The Royal Tenenbaums and Amelie in the Readers' Poll.

City of Gold finished ninth in the Readers' Poll, while Eternal Sunshine landed fifth among the critics' picks. »

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James May's Toy Stories | John Sergeant On the Tourist Trail | Horizon: Why Do We Talk? | True Stories: Dancing With the Devil | Watch this

9 November 2009 4:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

James May's Toy Stories | John Sergeant On the Tourist Trail | Horizon: Why Do We Talk? | True Stories: Dancing With the Devil

James May's Toy Stories

8pm, BBC2

This really is marvellous: funny, educational, weirdly inspiring and pleasingly whimsical. James May's wilfully quixotic premise is that today's toys are less fun than those available to children of earlier generations. Tonight May wanders wide-eyed through the history and heritage of Meccano (or, as he says of an early kit, "everything that was great about Britain in a big green box"). To demonstrate the enduring potency of the (now French-owned) toy, May goes to its birthplace – Liverpool – and builds a bridge out of it.

John Sergeant On the Tourist Trail

8pm, ITV1

John Sergeant's short-lived career as a tour guide started as a student when he showed batches of foreign tourists around Oxford to eke a living. In this new three-part series, »

- Andrew Mueller, David Stubbs, Ali Catterall

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Birthday Suits: Nov 9th

9 November 2009 7:35 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Today's Birthdays 11/09

1869 Marie Dressler is awesome. She gave one of the most aggressive Best Actress winning performances evah. If you haven't seen Min & Bill (1933), you must. You must, you must, you must.

1883 Edna May Oliver feisty character actress

1886 Ed Wynn Uncle Albert from Mary Poppins. He loves to laugh... long and loud and clear. Audiences were always ready to laugh along with him

1922 Dorothy Dandridge first black woman to be nominated for Best Actress at the Oscars (Carmen Jones) and what a neat coincidence that she was portrayed by the first black actress to eventually win the Best Actress Oscar (Halle Berry) in the bio Introducing Dorothy Dandridge

1948 Bille August Danish director of The Best Intentions and Pelle the Conqueror fame

1955 Fernando Meirelles director of declining films: City of God, The Constant Gardner, Blindness. I'm not trying to be mean. But... um... do you have faith he'll pull out of it? »


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A-z Movie Reviews – C’s

4 November 2009 5:00 AM, PST | | 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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What is the 21st Century?: Going Places with Yu Lik-wai

27 October 2009 6:02 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

If you're going to talk about cinema at present, even if you're not talking very thoroughly, it's inevitable that Yu Lik-wai's work, if not his name, will come up. If anyone's got answers about the present, it's the man who shot Unknown Pleasures. Yu is one of our greatest cinematographers, probably the greatest shooting excluively in digital formats, and he also happens to be a damn good director. It's the former that he's best known: as Jia Zhang-ke's director of photography and producer, he forms half of one of the great partnerships in filmmaking. The famous story (possibly apocryphal) is that Jia saw a few minutes of Yu's feature debut, Love Will Tear Us Apart 1996 documentary Neon Goddesses at a film festival and decided they had to work together. Apart, they're two singular men who think very seriously about the world they live in and cinema's ability to express it. »

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Companies give 'VIPs' royal treatment

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

Focus Features International and 02 Filmes announced a co-production covering "VIPs," a con-man drama that's begun lensing in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Penned by "City of God" scribe Braulio Mantovani, the film is a fictional story loosely based on a book by Mariana Caltabiano about real-life con artist Marcelo da Rocha.

"VIPs" features an ensemble cast of international actors with Wagner Moura in the lead role. Directed by Toniko Melo, "VIPs" is being produced by 02's Fernando Meirelles and Paulo Morelli, with Bel Berlinck serving as exec producer.

Universal Pictures International will release the film in Brazil in 2010.

" 'VIPs' is a fascinating film about much more than just a con man's life," Meirelles said. "This is the story of somebody trying to discover who he is. There is a bit of Marcelo in all of us, as we always act differently depending on the situation we are in." »

- By Carl DiOrio

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