Tuesday, 16 August 2011

My Top 20 Films of 2000-2009: Part 2 (#10-1)

10. Brokeback Mountain

A touching tale of love that explores deeply the lives of two men barricaded by the society that they live in. This film is moving in almost every single aspect and features fantastic performances from Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger. This film packs a lot of emotion into it whilst also having stunning cinematography and beautiful scenery.

9. Let The Right One In

The greatest vampire film ever made. This film is made in such a subtle and beautiful way that you can't help but fall in love with it, along with it's fantastic child actors and gripping love story. This is one of my favorite foreign films of all time, and that is simply because of the chemistry between the two main characters, Oskar and Eli. Truly sublime.

8. Spirited Away

My favorite animation of all time, and for obvious reasons. This film has a beautiful script, developed characters, a mystical charm to its wonderful plot, and is just a joy to watch in every way. Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli never disappoint me with their masterful animations, and this is in my opinion, the best. A pinnacle in the animation genre.

7. Monster

A disgustingly overlooked tale of love, murder and prostitution that is all the more shocking because it's based on a true story. Charlize Theron gives the best female performance of the 00s, and possibly even beyond. Cristina Ricci is also fantastic, but is overshadowed by her counterpart. This film had me shivering, but deeply in love with it at the same time. Unmissable.

6. Chicago

Blending wonderful jazzy numbers, a gripping storyline, fantastic acting to accompany fantastic characters, Chicago reaches to the top of my favorite musicals list, making for a truly unforgettable tale of crime and showbusiness. This is yet another film that I simply never tire of watching. Catherine Zeta-Jones gives the performance of a lifetime as the sassy Velma Kelly, and is brilliantly accompanied by Renee Zellweger, Richard Gere, Queen Latifah and John C Reilly.

5. Juno

A sweet, smart, witty tale of commitment and teen angst. With mesmerizing screenplay, a charming performance from Ellen Page and a worthy accompanying performance by Michael Cera, Juno stands high in my favorite films of all time. This film is relaxing, but you will definitely feel enlightened when the credits start rolling.

4. V For Vendetta

A wild, brilliantly scripted political adventure that explores the deepest aspects of life whilst also being thoroughly entertaining. Some of V's lines are the best and most quotable I have ever heard in a film, and the performances from Hugo Weaving and Natalie Portman are great. This film may take a few viewings to fully understand, but once you do fully understand, you will truly love this film.

3. Battle Royale

A harsh, violent, gritty tale of friendship and trust, with fantastic performances and a gripping plot. I have never been so entertained yet so mesmerized by a motion picture at the same time. There are 42+ characters in this film, and each of them has their own, fascinating personality and reaction to the situation that they are placed in within the film. A must see film for lovers of Tarantino, also, because it has inspired him to make some of his later films.

2. The Dark Knight

No list of this ilk is complete without this mesmerizing, dark, fantastically scripted, wonderfully acted and completely unforgettable superhero thriller. The plot to this film is gripping, and all the aspects that I previously mentioned deftly blend with the plot to create not only one of the greatest films of the 00s, but one of the greatest films of all time. A film that is without a doubt, for the ages.

1. The Lord Of The Rings

Amazingly acted, impeccably scripted, wonderfully adventurous, and undeniably fascinating, Lord of the Rings stands with many feats - being the greatest trilogy of all time, being the greatest films of the 00s, and being some of the greatest films of all time. These films are so fantastically made, and even though they are long, they are not boring in any way. Watching these films is somewhat akin to being thrown into a whole new world - a world filled with wonder.

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