Sunday, January 17, 2010


The local DVD shop on the corner is running a drawing: Put down your Top 10 Movies of the 2000s and they will draw a winner—and you'll win copies of those movies. So, in order to enter, I had to sit down and compile the list...

Now the Top 10 Movies I'd actually like to own/win may vary slightly from the ten movies I thought were the best—so here's what I think were the ten best movies (in no particular order):

There Will Be Blood -- I'm actually not even finished watching it (1:51 into it) and I can write it down with absolute certainty. Mrs F and I will continue it tomorrow night. A tour de force for Daniel Day Lewis and P.T. Anderson.

Gangs of New York -- It is over the top, cringingly violent and possibly the most tension-filled movie I've seen in years. Daniel Day Lewis had me shitting my pants every time he appeared onscreen.

Casino Royale -- Best Bond movie ever—don't try to argue otherwise. In fact calling it a "Bond movie" sells it very short—it is the only one that is actually a great film. I need to make Mrs F watch this.

Amelie -- Great story, and one of the most visually beautiful movies I've ever seen.

Memento -- His first, and possibly best film. Christopher Nolan hasn't made a bad movie yet.

Pride and Prejudice -- What?? Yes. Thoroughly charming and engrossing. It's on our DVR and I can sit and get sucked in every time. Keira Knightley delivers some of the best dialogue of any film on this list.

Gladiator -- I just wanted to test the surround sound late one night after setting up the speakers...even though it was like 2:00 a.m. and I've seen it many times, and own the DVD, I sat and watched the whole damn movie. Again. Should go down as one of the great epic movies ever.

Lord of the Rings -- I'm counting them all as one spot to save space for other movies. Return of the King is the best of the trilogy if you make me pick.

The Dark Knight -- Heath Ledger's Joker is one of the best performances I've ever seen. He carries what is already the best superhero film to the next level.

Pan's Labyrinth -- Fantasy? Fairy Tale? Fable? Nightmare? All of the above and thrilling and scary too.

Honorable Mentions: Mystic River, Children of Men, O Brother Where Art Thou, Adaptation, Capote, No Country for Old Men, You Can Count on Me

The DVDs I'd want to win? Realistically, the only people in this house that watch the DVDs we own are the kids, so I should just write down the PIXAR catalog, but that's not the point of this exercise. So, accounting for Mrs F's tastes, and taking some of the above list out because we already have them, and those don't call for repeated, casual viewing (too much Daniel Day Lewis is bad for my blood pressure) allows me to add a few other favorites...

The Fellowhip of the Ring
The Two Towers
The Return of the King
(pretty sure I need to separate them for this list)
The Dark Knight
Casino Royale
Pride and Prejudice
(TiVo won't suffice, need a hard copy)
Memento (only saw it in the theater, and wold love to be able to dissect it)
O Brother
Star Trek
(We had the DVD, but I lent it out to everyone at my old job, and it's gone.)

Movies on everyone else's lists I have yet to see?
The Departed, Donnie Darko, Eternal Sunshine, City of God, Hurt Locker, Monster, Almost Famous, 25th Hour


Toast said...

That's a great list. Only one I'm not familiar with is Amelie. I'm especially pleased that you included Gladiator, both because I think it's awesome as hell and because it will annoy Mike. ;-)

Mr Furious said...

Amelie is really, really great. Unless you're one of those people who cannot handle subtitles, I don't see how anyone wouldn't like it.

A Very Long Engagement is also quite good. Same director, same star.

Surly Rob said...

I can not believe you have not seen almost famous...

That boggles the mind, it's right up your alley.

Mr Furious said...

It's funny. At the time I had a pretty visceral reaction against that movie. And I like Cameron Crowe.

Mrs Furious said...

Star Trek?! Are you for fucking reals on that one? We do NOT need to own it.

Mrs Furious said...

Oh and Perfect Storm... we lent that out and lost it too... I can watch that over and over and it never gets old. Put that on the list.

Mr Furious said...

Mrs F just made some valid points on movies to own...I'll probably be amending the list...

Memento? Probably NOT a movie that will benefit from repeated viewing. I do want to see it again, but how many times?

I'll swap that out for Moulin Rouge. I'd've gouged my own eyes out before watching a musical at one time in my life, but this was really good.

Speaking of which, I want to see Australia badly. We rented it, but I had too much freelance work to do, and Mrs F wouldn't stop raving about it.

Surly Rob said...

Interesting, I wanted to see Australia as well, but Rebekah hated it.

Smitty said...

Your list is solid. I don't know what I'd swap out, honestly. I agree on Dark Knight; Whatshisname who played Batman was OK but Ledger's Joker was absolutely haunting.

Instead of Amelie, I'd say HEro. Stunning, vivid color, beautiful accentuation of motion, awesome coreography.

Hurt Locker was a steaming pile of shit.

Mr Furious said...

Wow, that's the very first negative thing I've seen about Hurt Locker. I remember seeing the trailer on and thinking it looked really good, and really, really intense. It was on a LOT of Best of lists...

I take it your ex-USMC background is giving you some insight that the layman misses?

Smitty said...

I take it your ex-USMC background is giving you some insight that the layman misses?

In part, yes, because it's like a lawyer trying to watch a law show other than Boston Legal, or a Doc trying to watch ER. "No...that's not what happens...GOD..."

In part also because the plot was horribly predictable and I found the main character to be an 80s Movie Hero cliche.

There were a few very good, very very intense scenes. Edge of your seat stuff. But not enough to make the movie a top 10 of all time. Not NEARLY. It is a fun romp, especially if you have a good home theater system. But again...definitely not top 10 of all time material.

For cliche-to-cliche comparisons, 1995s Heat is a way better movie despite its heavy use of common plot devices.