The first decade of the 21st century is about to end. That merits a look back at my favorite films from the years 2000-2009. My only caveat is that I must have the film in my personal collection or have the intent of buying it shortly (i.e. I’ve been waiting for a Blu-Ray version).
12. Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon- Beautiful story, stunning cinematography, and breathtaking fight scenes. If you enjoyed this, be sure to check out Hero and House of Flying Daggers
11. Children of Men- A brutal and thought provoking movie about a world without children.
10. Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith- This movie saved the prequel trilogy and admirably tied the originals and the prequels together. Ewan McGregor did a great job as Obi Wan in this movie.
9. Unbreakable- Arguably my favorite Shyamalan movie. The deliberate pace, minimalistic sound track, and stunning final act make this perhaps the most under appreciated of his films.
8. Up- A beautiful story with stunning visuals and a fitting sound track. Pixar hit a home run with this film.
7. The Passion of the Christ- Never has a film been made that takes a more unflinching look at the sacrifice of the Savior. A truly brutal movie that is impossible to enjoy but undeniably powerful.
6. The Incredibles- My favorite Pixar film. It is refreshing to see a traditional family portrayed so positively.
5. The Dark Knight- A very dark and often depressing movie that is nonetheless incredibly well done in all categories.
4. Signs- While many will likely disagree, I think this is Shyamalan at his most Hitchcockian. The movie manages to be frightening using mainly sound and brief glimpses of the antagonists. The stellar performances by all the actors involved seal the deal.
3. Spider-Man 2- One of the best superhero films. The acting is spot on, the action crisp, and the story is engaging.
2. We Were Soldiers- The best war movie of the decade. It is violent and often difficult to watch but serves as a poignant reminder of the sacrifices our military makes and the respect they deserve. Mel Gibson and Barry Pepper give powerful performances.
1. The Return of the King- A truly epic movie and a fitting conclusion to one of the greatest trilogies of all time.
If you asked me on any given day, my ordering of those movies might change a little. There are many movies that I have enjoyed in the last ten years and would probably more readily choose to watch on any given day than some of these. Still, these are the movies that stood out to me the most. It’s hard to narrow down ten years worth of movies (metacritic has a list of the top 100) but now that I’ve done it I want to go back and watch all of these again.
* Honorable mentions- Casino Royale, The Island, Minority Report, Star Trek, Serenity, The Great Raid, The Illusionist