Saturday, March 6, 2010

The Top 10 Movies of the Last Decade

I've been saying it all along - this is not a list of good movies. There will not be a word uttered about camera angles, acting quality or Oscar caliber anything. That's for movie critics and pretentious movie snobs. I can talk about those things and sound reasonably convincing doing it, but it's not fun. Movies should be about fun...enjoyment...happiness. Now that I've defended myself against your judgments and potential slanders against my good name I give you my top 10 movies of the last decade (the aughts or whatever we're calling it).

Maybe it was trying hard to be The Princess Bride. Maybe it was goofy. Maybe it was complete garbage, but it was my kind of garbage and I will happily wallow in it like a pig in mud, thank you very much.

The Bourne Supremecy
I'm a big fan of the Bourne movies. The explosions, the gun fights, the car chases and the tortured assassin's soul speaks to some carnal, manly part of me buried deep in my rather geeky exterior.

When I'm not delighting in Jason Bourne's exploits I'm a big, sappy romantic pining for a Hollywood romance. I'm also a sucker for milking a plot device down to its death rattle. Plug in John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale and, well, I'm done.

On the list of movie experiences, this was tops, perhaps all time. It was opening day, 10:00 AM matinee and the theater was packed with people my age dragging there children to experience what might have been a touchstone of their own childhoods. The group applauded, laughed at all the references to the cartoon series and even talked back to the screen. For two hours we were one big, happy family.

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings
Nerd porn. As such, there's considerable debate about which of the trilogy is the best. I'm a Two Towers guy, but only by a whisker. If these movies weren't 3 hours long I'd probably sit and watch them more than I do.

(500) Days of Summer
A chord was struck as I watched this movie. Somewhere in this very blog there's a long, detailed explanation as to which chord and why. Simply put, it was a great day, a great movie in the company of a great person.

The Bourne Identity
The original Bourne film and still the best. Amnesia, gun play, pretty girl and sinister government agents - do I need anything more from a movie. No, I do not.

Please refrain from the eye rolling. I hear your voices all muttering about my sanity. I will not listen to it. Before vampires became mainstream, teenage girl drivel, there was Kate in tight, leather pants beating up lycans and falling for her sometimes whiny hybrid vampire wolfman. And I love it. God help me, but I do. We all have our problems and this one is mine.

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
The last movie was ruinously long and Frodo got on my nerves and the first movie was the most freestanding story but I prefer the movie sandwiched between. I think it was the horses. Maybe it was the talking trees. Then again, it could have been the elf and the dwarf ribbing each other while killing Orcs. Probably doesn't matter - by asking why I've revealed how uncool I am - oops.

And finally, the moment we've all been waiting for (if only to make this all stop), my top movie of the aught decade...

Lars and the Real Girl
The quirky premise drew me in, but the sweet story of a small town coming together around one strange, lovable man was fantastic. The moment when I was sitting in a theater holding back tears during the funeral of a sex doll, I knew the movie had won. I loved the novelty. I loved the wacky town folk. I loved the idea that so many people would do so much for one of their own. In the end, it was the biggest surprise I've had going to the movies.

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