The “noughties” (what a crappy name) were a decade of CGI extravagance, visceral drama and increasingly tasteless comedies. In fact, it was a decade of few truly great movies (in my opinion). It seemed as though there was more “cash-in” than any other decade (although this is probably not true), with the six (or is it seven?) sequels to the hit horror film Saw, crappy spoof comedies like Epic Movie and Disaster Movie, and a range of flicks designed purely to showcase developments in computer generated images (but that alone cannot hold a film together). Like they say, enough already! But even with the influx of tedious CGI-based films, it must be said that the decade advanced the art of special effects with leaps and bounds, building steadily on the work first displayed in Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park way back in 1993. These advancements alone allowed films such as The Lord Of The Rings trilogy to finally be put on screen the way it should be seen.
There were many great films that didn’t make it onto the following list. If I put together a Top 100, they would be in there (but that’s too much of a task). Asian cinema was extremely popular this decade with many twisted horror films from out of South Korea such as A Tale Of Two Sisters and the comedic The Host, and other dark tales such as the Japanese-made Battle Royale. Other noteworthy omissions from the list include Christopher Nolans’ Batman Begins, The Prestige and Insomnia; Spielberg’s Munich and Catch Me If You Can; Mel Gibson’s Apocalypto; Sean Penn’s The Pledge; William Friedkin’s The Hunted; the recent low-budget sci-fi Moon; and the documentaries Grizzly Man, Jesus Camp, The Corporation and The Fog Of War. Just missing out on inclusion in the Top 50 were David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive, Neill Blomkamp’s District 9 and the Wachowski’s The Matrix Reloaded, which everyone on Planet Earth seemed to hate except for me. But let me make it clear that the following list does not necessarily imply the best films of the decade in a critical sense, as they are merely my favourite films of the past ten years.
by Wadrick Jones