Thursday, December 17, 2009

My Favorite Movies of the Aughts

As we say goodbye to 2009, I thought it'd be a good time to share what some of my favorite movies were from this decade (2000-2009).

My favorite movie of 2000 was "Gladiator". Other goodies from that year included "Scary Movie", "CastAway", "Me, Myself, and Irene", "You Can Count On Me" and "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" (no, this isn't a sex film about the famous golfer).

My fave of 2001 was "Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" followed by "The Majestic", "The Others", "Vanilla Sky", "Memento" and "Amelie".

2002: "Minority Report", "About Schmidt", "The Ring", "Signs", "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers", "The 25th Hour"

"Unfaithful", "The Mothman Prophecies"

2003: "The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King", "Anger Management", "Scary Movie 3", "Love, Actually", " Bruce Almighty", "Bad Santa"

2004: "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind", "Super Size Me", "EuroTrip", "Team America: World Police"

2005: "The 40-Year-Old Virgin", "Brokeback Mountain", "The Weather Man", "A History of Violence"

2006: "Borat", "Casino Royale", "The Illusionist", "The Prestige", "Children of Men", Scary Movie 4"

2007: "Superbad", "The Orphanage"

"The Assassination of Jessie James by the Coward Robert Ford", "Michael Clayton", "The Heartbreak Kid", "The Mist", "Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story"

2008: "Wall-E", "Slumdog Millionaire", "Forgetting Sarah Marshall", "Religulous", "You Don't Mess with the Zohan"

2009: "Bruno", "Inglourious Basterds", "A Serious Man", "District 9", "(500) Days of Summer", "The Invention of Lying", "Drag Me to Hell"


Rocketstar said...

There were a lot of good ones... I just saw Bruno, it was good not not nearly as good as Borat.

Narkissos said...

good choice tomsy, liked most of them......boy oh boy how did u remember them? i have to make a list too.....:)
rock....bruno wozn't least bit of funny! kinda like watching jim carey on a different plot.....:)

Sarah said...

vanilla sky and amélie were the same year?! that doesn't even seem remotely possible compared against the timeline that is my life. huh. i trust you though, you're the movie man.

Stephanie said...

Yo, Tom Thumb! Just pokin' my head in to say 'hi'. :) Hope you are doing good, mister!

Thomas said...

Rocket, I think I laughed more during Bruno, but that could be because the humor was even more uncomfortable. The Ron Paul scene was cringe-worthy. I giggled like a girl during the simulated blow job at the psychic's office.

Faye, it wasn't too difficult to put my list together. I went to and looked at the top 150 grossing movies of each year and chose the ones that touched me the most.

I loved Bruno and went to it five times (I would've gone more, but it left the theatre before I could). I went to Borat seven times in 2006.

Sarah, according to BoxOfficeMojo, Amelie came out a couple weeks before Vanilla Sky, but it was as a limited release and didn't hit my area until early 2002. I remember going to it one evening and having the entire screening room to myself. Such an enchanting film. Vanilla Sky was a mind-fuck, but, in the end, quite exhilarating.

Stephanie, good to see you as 2009 goes off into the sunset (just as you wish the Fed would). Wishing you all the best for '10.

Randy said...

I wanted to see District 9 and may rent the video (although I don't watch that many movies).

Re: The Invention of Lying - I watched an episode of The Twilight Zone the other night, originally made in 1962. The story was about a man who told stories in his shop to anyone who would listen. Then he was abducted by aliens who believed every story he told - they didn't understand "lying" at all. Related to the movie? You decide. Submitted for your approval...

Dawn said...

I have not seen any of your 2009 choices. Apparently, I need to get out more.

Dave said...

At last another person who likes Wall-E! Most people dont give credit to an animated film but for a film with so little dialogue it is up there with some of my faves... probably my favourite love film... how cute!!!

Thomas said...

Randy, your description of that Twilight Zone ep is quite similar to what happens in the "Invention of Lying" movie. The film takes quite a surprise turn in that the main character tells the world that life goes on after death and that there is a God (things no one had told them before, things he actually made up).

Dawn, no need to leave home to catch some of '09's best movies. Many (Inglourious Basterds, District 9, Bruno, Drag Me To Hell) are now out on DVD.

Dave, I was a bit disillusioned with Pixar after seeing Finding Nemo and not being that impressed by it. This led me to skip some of their latest releases such as The Incredibles and Cars. After reading a few reviews of Wall-E, however, I knew it was time to give them another shot and I'm glad I did.

Dave said...

Thomas, I have watched Finding Nemo three times after people gave me "The Look" when I said I didn't like it. I kept thinking I was missing something but no, sorry I just don't like it. Despite how successful it was it just didn't do a thing for me!