Dave’s Films of the Decade

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

American Psycho
Belleville Rendezvous (AKA Triplets of Belleville)
Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon
Dead Man’s Shoes
Donnie Darko
The Incredibles
Memories of Murder
Roger Dodger

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Jandy Hardesty

Silly. Your picks aren't less "deeply intellectual indie films" than the rest of ours. Er, at least mine. Whatever. A lot of great choices! Glad you put a Miyazaki on there. So great. I should rewatch The Man Who Wasn't There – it's pretty low on my list of Coen films, but perhaps shouldn't be. And The Triplets of Belleville! Sylvain Chomet is working on another film now – I can't wait to see it.

Kurt Halfyard

With all the Park Chan Wook Love, It is really nice to see MEMORIES OF MURDER, come to think of it, I probably should have mentioned that one myself. Good Show.

(Also count me in for Sylvain Chomet's THE ILLUSIONIST, I'm hoping it comes out in 2010).

Bob Turnbull

I kinda feel bad I didn't include any Zhang Yimou films…He's one of my favourite directors (though "Curse Of The Golden Flower" didn't hold together well and I understand his new film – a remake of Blood Simple – is a broad comedic farce and likely won't play well to North American audiences) and Hero is all kinds of gorgeous. Have you seen "Riding Alone For Thousands Of Miles"? It was in between "House of Flying Daggers" and Curse and was a return to his more humane and simple films – very affecting.

I love Triplets of Belleville as well…