Now we move into an area I'm more qualified to grandstand in. Whereas my best songs of the decade list was taken from a ludicrously small sample I managed to watch plenty o' movies - Surely enough to win this blog back it's lost credibility. Whereas the nineties seemed to produce a stack of great films the noughties was a bit meh in comparison though there were some gems, especially in the comedy department.
Check out the list after the jump...
10. KUNG FU HUSTLE
Action packed, sweet, and completely bonkers - the incredibly talented Stephen Chow managed to cram all kinds of coolness into this stylised cartoon kung fu mash up. Rewatchability factor of 10.
MEMORABLE MOMENT: The Axe Gang dance sequence
9. MULHOLLAND DRIVE
More bonkers-ness but this time Lynch-stylee. His deliberately obtuse weirdness never almost made sense as much as it did here. An absolute treat in terms of setting and maintaining an un-nerving tone and as David Stratton proclaimed "the sexiest lesbians since Bound".
Or that may have been me.
MEMORABLE MOMENT: That thing in the alley.
8. HOT ROD
Comedy is a subjective beast so I will have to lay some cards on the table here. If you don't like this film you can't be my friend. The noughties was a good decade for comedies especially if oddball non-sequitor-laden laughs is your thing - and it is mine. Hot Rod beats some strong contenders in this field [Zoolander, Napoleon Dynamite, Step Brothers, The Foot Fist Way] on the strength of the decades most potent comedy casting cocktail - the Lonely Island guys + Danny McBride + Bill Hader + Will Arnett + Ian McShane. 39% on Rotten Tomatoes suggests I am out of step with the average movie watcher on this. The average movie watchers is an idiot!!!
MEMORABLE MOMENT: Rod punch-dancing his rage away Footloose style.
7. HOT FUZZ
A different kind of comedy and a different kind of film. An adventurous mix of laughs, action film pisstake and action film homage. Edgar Wright's distinctive stunt camera skills are amazing as is the jaw dropping [piercing?] yet hilarious violence and the comic alchemy of the Nick Frost and Simon Pegg partnership.
MEMORABLE MOMENT: Danny Butterman taking on the fence during a foot pursuit
6. CITY OF GOD
In the decade where Scorsese finally bagged an Oscar for a gangster flick - this was the Goodfellas of it's time. Natural ultra realistic performances from the non-pro cast and an epic storyline with plenty of gut punches in the drama department.
MEMORABLE MOMENT: The bus heist change of heart.
A pretty simple story massaged into a blinding whodunnit mind bender via the magic of backwardsness. The fact that the narrative trickery is woven in such a clever legitimate manner into the story [via Leonard's limited memory recall] raises it above pure gimmick value.
MEMORABLE MOMENT: Leonard's moment of clarity at the end/start?
4. SIN CITY
The LOTR trilogy and Avatar set the bar for live action technical inovation but were let down by pedestrian story lines [literally so with the walk intensive Rings trilogy]. By contrast Sin City wast a visual pants party unencumbered with the weighty concerns of fairyland politics. Just girls, cars, guns and Hollywood's coolest director delivering a mono masterpiece.
MEMORABLE MOMENT: Hartigan taking care of the Yellow Bastard
3. ANCHORMAN: THE LEGEND OF RON BURGUNDY
Like the best comic actors Will Ferrel is good even in lousy comedy but sublime in great ones. The character of Ron Burgundy is an inspired comic creation and the support cast/cameos read like a whos who of funny. Like Hot Rod - Anchorman helped raise the bar in the non-sequitor olympics that was 00s film comedy.
MEMORABLE MOMENT: Brian Fantana "musks up" with disappointing results.
2. THE INCREDIBLES
The 00s will be remembered as the decade computer animation came of age. Pixar is widely regarded as the undisputed king of the genre [Though the competition is raising it's game - see Kung Fu Panda and Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs] and for mine The Incredibles remains their greatest masterpiece. It nailed everything - The technical mastery, inspired attention to detail of the futuristic / 60s set design, complex storyline and Bond-like traditional film score. And what didn't it have? I'll tell ya what - Wise cracking animal side kicks, lame pop culture references crow barred in for parents "enjoyment", or Randy Newman songs.
MEMORABLE MOMENT: The rocket powered family trip to the city.
1. SHAUN OF THE DEAD
The most kick arse zombie film of the decade was always going to rate high on my list. By adding the awesome Pegg/Frost/Wright triumvirate and you've got yourself a number 1 sir. A pitch perfect balance of legitimate horror, drama and comedy, a killer soundtrack and the best time I had at the movies this decade.
MEMORABLE MOMENT: The vinyl weapon selection conundrum.
Special mentions to: PAN'S LABRYNTHE, HIGH FIDELITY, ALMOST FAMOUS, ADAPTATION, KUNG FU PANDA, UP, INGLORIOUS BASTERDS, NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN.