(Happy New Year – promoted by Garrett Quinn)
Top Ten Movies of the Decade
1. WALL-E (2008)
The first 40 minutes of WALL-E are some of the most amazing film making in the history of cinema. Rarely does a film convey so many traits in the range of human emotion with nearly no intelligible verbal dialogue. Our hero is a scrappy & clumsy continuous tracked trash compactor who has spent most of his 700+ years on earth alone. He is the final product of a human race that filled Earth with garbage and suffered under a poor bureaucratic corporate state that guaranteed everything to everyone. He yearns for interaction with something other than his collection of manmade detritus and his single companion: a cockroach.
Enter EVE. A sleek, sexy robot sent by the departed humans to inspect Earth and see if it is safe to return. WALL-E’s Windows powered heart swoons and he falls hard for the Apple looking visitor. Soon they return to EVE’s mothership and a frightening image of the future of mankind develops: We’ve devolved into gluttonous blobs that lounge on motorized recliners and stare at screens while the corporate nanny state caters to our every need. Hey wait a minute…
2. Requiem For A Dream (2000)
All drug education programs could be replaced by Darren Aronofsky’s Requiem For A Dream. Thinking of doing drugs kids? Yea? Well watch this and see what happens. An extremely disturbing tale of how addiction destroys people and the ones they love. Unlike most drug films in the 2000s Requiem does not portray drugs in a positive or comical manner at all. It does successfully lampoon the infomercial and its promise of riches and fantastic gadgetry that will simplify your life.
3. Before Sunset (2004)
“So think of it likes this: Jump ahead, ten, twenty years. You’re married and your marriage doesn’t have that same energy it used to have. You think about all those other guys in your life and what might have happened if you picked up with one of them…” And that is exactly what Richard Linklater does picking up nine years after the release of Vienna based Before Sunrise with this unexpected but heavily demanded sequel. Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy are one of the best onscreen couples of their generation.
4. The Hurt Locker (2009)
Yeah, it has only been out less than a year but it is one of the few movies about the Iraq War without a political agenda. It is pure art. The rush of cheating death is a drug unlike any other for Jeremy Renner’s character. It is the best film of 2009, too.
5. Sideways (2004)
Two complicated guys go on a road trip to wine country for a final week of bachelorhood and they encounter two complicated girls. Add golf, sex, deception, and a broken nose. Serve with merlot. Or not.
6. Spellbound (2002)
This spellbinding (heh) behind the scenes look at the 1999 Scripps National Spelling Bee follows several contestants in their pursuit to be named Spelling Bee champion. The modern parent, often depicted as obsessed with the athletic pursuits of their child is now shown in a light that shows them obsessed with the academic pursuits. Or maybe they’re just obsessed with the competition.
7. Let The Right One In (2008)
(Låt den rätte komma in)
Few horror movies are actually well done, they’re usually of two genres: gore porn or over-the-top garbage for teenagers. Let The Right One In is a remarkable horror film and a welcome alternative to the Twilight series.
8. Atonement (2007)
Based on Ian McEwan’s nove l of the same name this beautiful period piece set in England before and during World War II tells a heartbreaking story of young love disrupted.
9. Spirited Away (2001)
(Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi)
Hayao Miyazaki takes moviegoers on a journey to another world with his coming-of-age masterpiece. It is a feast for the eyes and the highest grossing film in Japanese history.
10. Pineapple Express (2008)
James Franco gives one of the most underappreciated performances of the decade in this sidesplittingly funny stoner comedy.
New England Film Award
In The Bedroom (2001)
Dirty Harry Award
Gran Torino (2008)
Lord of The Rings (2001, 2002, 2003)
Special Jury Prize
4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007)
Man On Wire (2008)