Okay... making a ten best list was fun, especially since I got to technically cram in 25 films.
That was all for one year, 2009, which was a darn fine year of film overall, if not one for the record books. That list, though, was just a warm-up for the big list, in which we break down the 50 best films of the past ten years.
Yes, calendar nerds. I know. In your reality, all decades refer to something starting a year that ends in a 1. But I am not talking about an astronomically-calculated decade. I'm talking about the period of ten years that started on January 1, 2000, and which will end in about eight days. That's the decade we're looking at, and that pretty much every sane person on the planet understands as a given in this conversation.
There's a top ten, and I'm surprised how quickly it shook itself out. I feel pretty strongly about it, too.
The others on the list were grouped and regrouped and regrouped, and finally I feel like the list represents a real x-ray of the decade, and what kept me engaged over the last ten years. Because let's face it... anyone who really loves movies could look at the last ten years of film on the surface and be stricken with a crippling despair. The studios are, more than ever, churning out garbage that defies description. The trend to remake the remakes of the remakes while also rebooting the sequel to the prequels to the reimagining of the homage is enough to make you wish celluloid had never been invented.
You have to look deeper than that into the last ten years, and you have to consider just how many really remarkable films have come out, and from how many different countries and cultures, and then maybe it's easier to get your head around just how many good things we've been gifted with in the last decade.