Unlike the last time I did this, this isn’t in any order except alphabetical. Trying to decide which one of these are better than the others is too hard. In any case, at least I know that my list is going to be better than IGN’s list. That’s the worst list ever.
Battle Royale – 2000
Maybe the most violent movie on the list…which is saying a lot since a movie with fountains of blood shooting out of arms and stuff is on the list later. High school students get sent to an island and are told that they have to kill each other until there is only one student remaining. If it wasn’t for all the weirdness at the end, this might be my favorite movie of the decade. This movie does something that sounds impossible; it’s a movie that is both fun to watch and extremely depressing at the same time.
City of God – 2002
I swear this is the last time I’ll bring up IGN’s list…but on that list, under 2002 they don’t have this listed as one of the ten best movies of the year. No list without City of God in the top 10 for 2002 can ever be taken seriously. It would be the equivalent of someone leaving Goodfellas off of a “Best of 1990” top-10 list. I bring up Goodfellas for a reason — this is in many ways Goodfellas in Brazil. However, I think it is even better than Goodfellas. The Joker was more entertaining to watch, but L’il Ze was probably the best villain of the decade.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon – 2000
Even though there’s some weird floatiness in the fight scenes that I had trouble getting used to, the fight scenes here are still very well choreographed and well done. What sets this apart, though, is the story; most martial arts movies I’ve seen have a really weak excuse for a story that’s just used as an excuse to get some people fight each other. Here, on the other hand, the story is just as strong as the fighting. This movie looks really nice, too — the jungles and deserts that they spend part of the movie in are really awesome to look at.
The Dark Knight – 2008
I’ve heard people complain that this movie “isn’t realistic”. It’s a ****ing comic book movie. It’s not supposed to be realistic. What it is, though, is really entertaining. Unlike some movies (Avatar), this was worthy of all the hype it received.
The Hurt Locker – 2009
This might be the most thrilling movie I’ve ever seen. The way the music and cinematography makes The Hurt Locker suspenseful is amazing. It doesn’t hurt that all three main characters are great, too.
In Bruges – 2008
Definitely the funniest movie on this list — but it isn’t a straight comedy. It has a very good story and some really dramatic moments which is why this is here and not, say, The Hangover.
Inglourious Basterds – 2009
This gets better with each viewing…I’m not sure I can say that for anything else on this list. Maybe my favorite Tarantino movie ever.
Kill Bill – 2003 / 2004
I don’t think this is quite on the same level as Pulp Fiction or Inglourious Basterds, but this is still an awesome Tarantino movie. The fight at the end of Volume 1 is one of the coolest things ever. I wish Battle Without Honor or Humanity was in more movies. It can make anything like ten times as epic.
Memento – 2000
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Moon – 2009
Sam Rockwell might be the best actor out there right now. This movie’s definitely different from most sci-fi movies released recently. It feels more like 2001: A Space Odyssey than District 9 or Avatar. Since I hate 2001, I’m not really sure why I liked this movie as much as I did.
Ocean’s Eleven – 2001
A bunch of dudes decide to go rob some casinos. Stuff happens. Really entertaining movie to watch.
Random Thoughts about this list:
- Three actors and one actress are on this list more than once. Brad Pitt is the obvious one to pick out; he was in Inglourious Basterds and Ocean’s Eleven. Guy Pearce was in both Memento and The Hurt Locker; Ralph Fiennes was also in The Hurt Locker, and he was also in In Bruges. The actress is Chiaki Kuriyama, who was in Kill Bill and Battle Royale.
- Two directors are on this list more than once. Christopher Nolan directed The Dark Knight & Memento; Quentin Tarantino directed Kill Bill & Inglourious Basterds.
- I would recommend 6 out of the 11 movies on this list to just about anyone without any hesitation. The five I’d hesitate to recommend are Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Memento, Moon, Kill Bill, and Battle Royale. They aren’t necessarily worse than the other movies on the list, but they definitely aren’t for everyone. Even though I think they’re amazing, I would understand why someone wouldn’t like them.