Sunday, June 20, 2010

My Top 25 Films of the Past Decade REVISED

After some reminders and date checking, here is my updated list - 7.10.10 TS

OK, so here it is, my epic list of the Top 25 Films of the Past Decade. After the first two, it is really, really hard to rank them. Let me know if I am forgetting something. Here goes:

25. 24 Hour Party People (Winterbottom)
24. Moon (Jones)
23. Y Tu Mama Tambien (Cuaron)
22. Vicky Christina Barcelona (Allen)
21. High Fidelity (Frears)
20. The Dark Knight (Nolan)
19. No Country For Old Men (Coen)
18. Before Sunset (Linklater)
17. The Life Aquatic (W. Anderson)
16. Almost Famous (Crowe)
15. O Brother Where Art Thou? (Coen)
14. Zodiac (Fincher)
13. I Heart Huckabees (Russell)
12. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Gondry)
11. Lost In Translation (S. Coppola)
10. Donnie Darko (Kelly)
09. The White Ribbon (Haneke)
08. Gangs of New York (Scorsese)
07. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (Dominik)
06. Mulholland Drive (Lynch)
05. The Dreamers (Bertolucci)
04. Children of Men (Cuaron)
03. The Royal Tenenbaums (W. Anderson)
02. The Departed (Scorsese)

...and the clear cut, unmistakeably Number 1 Best Film of the Past Decade is...

01. There Will Be Blood (P.T. Anderson)
Featuring the finest screen performance of the decade from Daniel Day-Lewis, who is hands down the best actor in the world today. He is the closest thing to Brando in his prime working right now - so strong he truly makes everyone else look amateurish. His Daniel Plainview and Bill the Butcher (from Gangs of New York) are twin towers of acting, simply two of the greatest performances of all time.

And director Paul Thomas Anderson? His small body of work is so eclectic and varied, yet so strong - Hard 8, Boogie Nights, Punch Drunk Love, Magnolia. But Blood is a true masterpiece, a film which will be regarded with more significance as time moves on. As I stated at the time, There Will Be Blood is Citizen Kane as directed by Stanley Kubrick. A monumental acheivement. Some other time I will go into much greater detail about this film.

Honourable Mention - Waking Life (Linklater), 25th Hour (Lee), Memento (Nolan), The Aviator (Scorsese), The Diving Bell and The Butterfly (Schnabel), Gladiator (R. Scott), Adaptation (Kaufman), The Prestige (Nolan), You Can Count On Me (Lonergan), American Psycho (Harron), Amelie (Jeunet), Inglourious Basterds (Tarantino), The Count of Monte Cristo (Reynolds), The Fountain (Aronofsky).