We wrap up the decade with eternal sunshine, angry inches, Pixar superheroes, hobbits, the zed word, a hidden dragon, black gold, and Werner Herzog.
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3. "The Incredibles"
Oh, there's Pixar. It would be easy to sprinkle pretty much their entire output for the decade through this list, and I have mad love for films like "Ratatouille" and "WALL-E" and "Up," certainly, but for my money, the best thing they've done remains Brad Bird's inspired riff on the superhero movie, a film that expresses perfectly just how hard it is to be a family. Sure, it's easy to start a family. That's just attraction and biology. But to really be a family? To manage all these personalities and to love each other through difficulties and sorrows and outside pressures, and to weather all problems as a unified front? That's something people struggle with every day, myself included, and Bird doesn't sugarcoat it here. I also find it amazing that in this age of lowered expectation, someone had the balls to make a movie where the message is, "If everyone is special, no one is special," a movie that dares to actually say out loud that we are not all created equal. For a message that subversive to be delivered in a package this fetching makes this more than just a great entertainment; it's a culture bomb, delivered successfully. Now we just have to stand back and wait to see what happens with the kids who grow up watching it.