We wrap up the decade with eternal sunshine, angry inches, Pixar superheroes, hobbits, the zed word, a hidden dragon, black gold, and Werner Herzog.
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.