Thursday, May 27, 2010

My Favorite Movies of the '00's

I know, I know.  This is pretentious.  Who gives a hairy shit what I think were the best movies of the last decade?  Of course, I do, but then again, I am a shallow, shell of a man.

Well, my hope is that one person who reads this checks out one of these flicks that they haven't seen.  Enjoy.



1.)  Into the Wild - Pure poetry on film.  A soundtrack by my idol, Eddie Vedder, doesn't hurt.

Favorite Quote:
Christopher:  "It should not be denied that being footloose has always exhilarated us. It is associated in our minds with escape from history and oppression and law and irksome obligations. Absolute freedom. And the road has always led west."

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2.)  25th Hour - I think that Spike Lee is one of the most racist people on the planet, but he is still a talented filmmaker.  And he hit it out of the park with this one.

Favorite Quote:
Monty:  "I need you to make me ugly."

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3.)  Almost Famous - Never have music and film melded so perfectly.  Bravo, Mr. Crowe, now where the fuck are you?  We have forgiven you for Elizabethtown.  Mostly.

Favorite Quote:
Lester Bangs:  "The only true currency in this bankrupt world... is what you share with someone else when you're uncool. "

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4.)  Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang - Robert Downey Jr. and Val Kilmer are a match made in heaven.  This is what good screen writing is all about.

Favorite Quote
Harry: "Wow, I feel sore. I mean physically, not like a guy who's angry in a movie in the 1950's."

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5.)  Finding Nemo - Does not, for one minute, pander to kids and forget about the adults.

Favorite Quote: 
Crush:  'Cause we were like, "woaaaah.", and I was like, "woaaaah." and you were like, "woaaahh..." 

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6.)  The Dark Knight - RIP Heath Ledger.  You were simply brilliant, mate.  You will always be The Joker, but your performances in both Brokeback Mountain and Monster's Ball will not be forgotten.

Favorite Quote:
Alfred:   "Because some men aren't looking for anything logical, like money. They can't be bought, bullied, reasoned or negotiated with.  Some men just want to watch the world burn."

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7.)  High Fidelity - One of my all-time favorite books, and despite the transfer from London to Chicago, an unbelievable book-to-film adaptation.  And just maybe the story of my life.

Favorite Quote
Rob: "I get by because of the people who make a special effort to shop here - mostly young men - who spend all their time looking for deleted Smith singles and original, not re-released - underlined - Frank Zappa albums. Fetish properties are not unlike porn. I'd feel guilty taking their money, if I wasn't... well... kinda one of them".

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8.)  Wonderboys - For any of you bloggers or writers out there - this should be our bible.  It is the very notion of what writing is all about (to me anyway).  And Michael Douglas ROCKS in it.  And smokes a lot of weed.
 
Favorite Quote:
Grady:  "Furthermore, it might surprise you to know that one book I wrote, as you say, "under the influence," just happened to win a little something called the Pen Award. Which, by the way, I accepted under the influence."

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9.)  Layer Cake - because I have an enormous man-crush on Daniel Craig.  And British gangsters are cool.
 
Favorite Quote: 
Nameless:  "Everyone wants to walk through a door marked "private."  Therefore, have a good reason to be affluent."

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10.)  In Bruges - Behold, the truly great actor that is Colin Farrell.  See a movie where he delivers his lines in his native accent, and you will change your opinion of him.
 
Favorite Quote
Ray:  "My date involved two instances of extreme violence, one instance of her hand on my cock and my finger up her thing which lasted all too briefly - and then I was away - , one instance of me stealing five grams of very high-quality cocaine and one instance of me blinding a poofy little skinhead: so all in all... my evening pretty much balanced out, fine."

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Honorable Mentions:  Cinderella Man, There Will Be Blood, Wall-E, Moulin Rouge, A History of Violence, United 93, Zodiac, the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Memento, Michael Clayton, and many others.  Feel free to add yours.  I will watch anything, hit me with suggestions.

7 comments:

*uncorked said...

Wow, this post turned me on. Almost Famous, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Layer Cake, Cinderella Man, Wall-E? ALL some of my faves. Have you seen Lucky Number Slevin? LOVE. Boondock Saints? The first one. Second one was dumb.

*uncorked said...

Also, great call on Memento. Have you seen Rocknrolla? I wouldn't put it in the top ten, but its definitely worth watching, based on some of your other choices here. You should probably just move to Chicago and marry me.

Welcome to the Clusterf*ck said...

Is that an official proposal? Cause I've been lookin' for a sugar mama...

Lucky Number Slevin, eh, I own it, enjoyed it, but not crazy about it. Boondock Saints, Rocknrolla, love 'em. I need to start working in tandem with you - we can post movie reviews!

韋于倫成 said...

我愛那些使自己的德行成為自己的目標或命定的人..................................................

Laurnie said...

Good list. Of course, I still need to see a few of them. Did I tell you I got the Wonder Boys book? I want to read it before I steal your movie.

If you marry V, I better be in the wedding.

And I think that chinese person who commented wants your nuts too.

Celebrate the Malleable Reality said...

The quote from Almost Famous is one of my favorite quotes of all time. Philip Seymour Hoffman is Truth.

Anonymous said...

I have High Fidelity on the counter from Netflix now. Haven't seen it yet. :)

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