I wasn’t going to bother posting my top ten of the decade at first, because I was struggling to pick and order them, and to be honest being such a noob to the site I got a little nervous airing some of my favourites so soon without selecting some little known, deeply intellectual indie films (pathetic I know). However, seen as the lists have been flooding in now, I felt like I should join in, no matter what my choices might be. My top ten isn’t obscure or controversial by any stretch (bar maybe one title), but I can’t fault these films, so here goes. I didn’t want to order them as such though, so I’m going to be boring and put them in alphabetical order. In my opinion, any film that can be judged as ‘best of the decade’ is clearly thought of in the highest regard, so why split hairs with which one is slightly better than the other?
Top Ten (in alphabetical order)
Amelie – I personally prefer Delicatessen, but this is still a feast for the eyes and soul that I can endlessly rewatch.
Dark Days – There have been plenty of great documentaries this decade, but this is my favourite. It’s got a raw beauty to it’s imagery and a surprisingly upbeat and moving finale.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind – A lot has been said about this already, but it really is a triumph of ingenious filmmaking techniques used to aid a beautifully touching story.
Hero – I had to put a martial arts film in here somewhere and this is my favourite of the art-house wave. The imagery alone is enough to earn it’s place.
In The Mood For Love – Utterly heartbreaking and gobsmackingly well-shot, I could live in this film for days.
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy – I know it’s not everybody’s cup of tea, but I love it and purely as an impressive feat of epic filmmaking it is virtually unparalleled.
The Man Who Wasn’t There – Probably my favourite Coen Brothers movie, this has some awesome performances and stunning black and white cinematography.
Memento – For me Nolan has never bettered his breakthrough second film. It’s a high concept piece that never feels gimmicky, in fact the film would lose a lot if structured chronologically (an option available on the DVD).
Spirited Away – I love Miyazaki’s films and this is one of his best. The world he creates is truly magical, miles away from the cookie-cutter fantasies of Disney.
The Wrestler – This topped my best of 2009 list, so I won’t say much more. I just felt this was one of the most powerful character studies I’ve seen for a long time.
Some worthy mentions
Belleville Rendezvous (AKA Triplets of Belleville)
Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon
Dead Man’s Shoes
Memories of Murder
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