Thursday, November 19, 2009

100 movies that defined the 2000's

I'm not gonna list it all. But these are my favorites.

98 Crash
Oscar voters loved this multi-stranded depiction of contemporary LA’s combustible race politics.

88 The Pianist
Polanski won an Oscar for this comeback of unexpected acuity, with Adrien Brody bringing haunted charisma to the lead role.

79 Spider-Man
The first hit for an amiable comic-book franchise set the tone with humour, a warm romance and Tobey Maguire’s likeable hero.

60 Kill Bill
Tarantino split the film in two and his critics down the middle, serving up a delirious martial arts revenge saga.

56 Atonement
This flamboyant, visually ravishing adaptation of Ian McEwan’s Second World War novel put its British director on the map and confirmed Keira Knightley’s star quality

46 Y Tu Mamá También
Sand and hormones eddied in Cuarón’s three-way road trip, which made a superstar of Gael García Bernal.

43 The Dark Knight
The jet-black, immersive Batman movie everyone was hoping Nolan would deliver, was a blistering swansong for its late Joker, Heath Ledger.

39 Casino Royale
Daniel Craig sizzled opposite Eva Green and proved the skeptics wrong in this muscular and intense reworking of the first Bond novel.

31 Pirates of the Caribbean
Relentless high-seas action-adventure that made Johnny Depp big box-office. So successful that its sequels essentially repeated its incoherent plot.

23 Shaun of the Dead
There were lots of zombie films this decade, but only this super-smart, suburban updating of a once-tired genre featured gags about Eighties electro.

21 The Bourne Supremacy
Greengrass took the wheel and the influential amnesiac-assassin franchise leapt into hyperdrive in this barnstorming sequel.

15 Before Sunset
Before Sunrise’s Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy reunited for a dream-parade through Parisian boulevards in the decade’s most gorgeous and affectingly romantic film.

5 Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring
If there was one franchise to rule them all, it was surely this. A hugely risky commitment for its studio, the outlay paid off more than anyone could have dreamed. It’s the enduring quality of the first installment, leading us by the hand into Tolkien’s richly imagined world, that made our collective Hobbit-love possible.

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