Saturday, 13 August 2011

My Top 20 Films of 2000-2009: Part 1 (#20-11)

20. Shaun of the Dead

I watched Hot Fuzz before I laid eyes on this film, and to be quite honest, I wasn't very impressed. I thought that it tried far too hard, and had characters that lacked likability. So, after hearing the humor in this film was similar to that of Hot Fuzz, I wasn't really looking forward to it. But from my point of view, the humor in Shaun of the Dead is nothing like that of Hot Fuzz. I find it to be a lot more witty, a lot more subtle, and to be honest, a lot funnier than that of Hot Fuzz. This film is a great comedy, and for me, it's one of those films that you can just never get bored of watching.

19. A Single Man

Colin Firth and Julianne Moore truly show what talented actors they are in this sweet yet sad film about the simplicity and complexion of everyday life. This film will leave you asking so many questions not just about the life of the main character in the film, but questions about your own life. The chemistry between Firth and Moore is truly exquisite, and even though this film never reaches any exciting moment, I felt entertained throughout the whole experience, and was extremely glad that I had had the experience after watching the film.

18. Requiem For A Dream

Requiem for a Dream is a harsh, gritty, yet heartbreakingly true tale of people trying to achieve their dreams but being obstructed by the tragedy and danger of drugs. The performances in this film are mesmerizing on the most part, and the beautiful editing and wonderful soundtrack combine with this to make a shocking film that you will struggle to forget quickly. It truly is a must see film, even if you don't think it's one of the greatest films ever made.

17. Ratatouille

In my opinion Pixars best film, this is a tale that is sweet, subtle, and very emotionally involving. The film has charming and interesting characters, an obscure yet witty plot, great voice acting and wonderful animation. This film is enjoyable for people of all ages, and one that I will treasure for a long time. This film is so widely brandished as the most overrated Pixar film, which in my opinion, is completely untrue and also unfair.

16. The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button

This film takes such a smooth and fascinating look into an obscure type of life that you can't help but feel involved with it. The acting is sublime, and the whole way the film is put together by Fincher is entirely engrossing. The ending to this film is one of the best I have ever seen, and is barely short of perfection. This film shows very well that life probably wouldn't be much different if The Curious Case of Benjamin Button really existed, and that life is a lot more simple than we make it out to be.

15. No Country For Old Men

This film is a strange, yet deep and brilliant look into the mind of the criminally insane and the desperate. This is one of the most fascinating films that I have ever seen - I found myself asking my questions after the credits started rolling. On a technical level, the acting was very good, especially from Javier Bardem as the batshit insane yet awesome Anton Chigurh. The way the film was filmed, directed and put together also helped to give it a fantastic gloomy atmosphere. The plot is also thick and interesting, and all these brilliant aspects make for a film of the same ilk.

14. (500) Days Of Summer

This film is unique in the way that it portrays love as something that can pass us by, and doesn't necessarily always have to last forever. Remember, this isn't a love story, it's a story about love, and it's a deep, insightful one at that. This film will have you laughing all the way through but will also leave you emotionally touched and your mind relaxed. It's just one of those films that calms you down and makes you think about life and all of its numerous aspects in a calm, delightful kind of way.

13. Kill Bill Vol. 1 & 2

These two films differ quite largely from a lot of the previous entries on the list, but I truly do believe they deserve to be hear. This film shows in a violent yet somehow subtle way the deep pain and determination for revenge of a woman who thought she had lost her daughter. These films are mainly recognized for nothing more than their Asian style entertainment, but I see a whole lot more to these films. I see deep analysis of the main character and two brilliantly put together action flicks.

12. Million Dollar Baby

This film is very unique to me on a personal level due to the fact that I hate boxing films, but I found this film to be very engrossing, with fine performances and a heartbreaking tale that will keep you interested throughout the entire experience. This film shows reality in a gritty way, which is honestly the way it should be shown in any film. Like Requiem for a Dream, this is an experience that will stay with you long after watching the film itself. Hilary Swank is absolutely sublime in her lead role.

11. Little Miss Sunshine

I never know where to start when describing why I have an eternal love for this film. Well, to get started, I love this film because it manages to cram 6 main characters in and give them all their own unique, touching and fascinating personality without lack of explanation or concentration on one certain character. This film displays perfectly the problems that can be caused within families, and how different people within the affected families react to the problems. This film also somehow manages to be funny during this experience. Little Miss Sunshine is a very deep film that may take more than one viewing to truly understand.


  1. I still haven't seen A Single Man. I do agree with most of these choices though. I dunno if I would put half of them as high as you did on my own list, if I had a list. But good choices regardless.

  2. terrific list colin! some great films in there.

  3. I found Little Miss mildly amusing. Crude, but effective.