Tuesday, January 5, 2010

The Final Best of the Year and Best of the Decade List Post, Really I Mean It

As our final year and decade in review post, we asked some friends of Metro Classics to chime in with their own lists. Here they are:

Kevin, formerly of the Metro, currently at Scarecrow Video:


Inglourious Basterds (Quentin Tarantino)
Avatar (James Cameron)
Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea (Hayao Miyazaki)
Where the Wild Things Are (Spike Jonze)
In the Loop (Armando Iannucci)


1. The Incredibles (Brad Bird)
2. Kill Bill (Tarantino)
3. Children of Men (Alfonso Cuarón)
4. Spirited Away (Miyazaki)
5. Wet Hot American Summer (David Wain)
6. Adaptation (Jonze)
7. The Royal tenenbaums (Wes Anderson)
8. Chop Shop (Ramin Bahrani)
9. Mindgame (Masaaki Yuasa)
10. Battle Royale (Kinji Fukasaku)
11. All the Real Girls (David Gordon Green)
12. Wall-E (Andrew Stanton)
13. Best of Youth (Marco Tullio Giordana)
14. United 93 (Paul Greengrass)
15. Waking Life (Richard Linklater)

Greta, formerly of the Metro:

In no particular order:


Inglourious Basterds
Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea
Sherlock Holmes (Guy Ritchie) (tied with Star Trek (JJ Abrams))
A Serious Man (The Coen Brothers) (tied with The Hangover(Todd Phillips))
Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (Werner Herzog)


State and Main (David Mamet)
Wonder Boys (Curtis Hansen)
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (Wes Anderson)
Amélie (Jean-Pierre Jeunet)
Kill Bill

Lisa, formerly of the Metro:

I started off the decade as a 10-year-old so you get the top 5 kids' movies of the decade. Non-Pixar and non-Disney, lest the other studios be forgotten.

Fantastic Mr. Fox (Wes Anderson)
Monster House (Gil Kenan)
Chicken Run (Nick Park & Peter Lord)
Duma (Carroll Ballard)
Elf (Jon Favreau)

Jen from Scarecrow Video:

Best of 2009:

1. Fantastic Mr. Fox
2. Hurt Locker (Kathryn Bigelow)
3. Inglourious Basterds
4. An Education (Lone Scherfig)
5. Away We Go (Sam Mendes)

Best of the 00s:

1. The Royal Tenenbaums
2. Amélie
3. Lost in Translation (Sofia Coppola)
4. Children of Men
5. Kill Bill

Mike M., formerly of the Metro:


District 9 (Neill Blomkamp)
Inglorious Bastards
Up (Pete Docter)
Fantastic Mr. Fox

Runners-up: Star Trek, The Hurt Locker, The Brother's Bloom (Rian johnson)

2009 Films I'm Most Excited to See:

Anvil! The Story of Anvil (Sacha Gervasi)
The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans
The Limits of Control (Jim Jarmusch)
Le Donk and Scor-Zay-Zee (Shane Meadows)
An Education
Moon (Duncan Jones)

Top 20 of the Decade:

The New World (Terrance Malick)
Lord of the Rings (Peter Jackson)
Old Boy (Park Chan-wook)
All the Real Girls
In America (Jim Sheridan)
There Will Be Blood (Paul Thomas Anderson)
No Country For Old Men (The Coen Brothers)
Inglorious Bastards
The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Michel Gondry)
Synecdoche, New York (Charlie Kaufman)
Primer (Shane Carruth)
The Lives of Others (Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck)
This Is England (Shane Meadows)
The Proposition (John Hillcoat)
Shaun of the Dead (Edgar Wright)
Miami Vice (Michael Mann)
Almost Famous (Cameron Crowe)
Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang (Shane Black)
AI: Artificial Intelligence (Steven Spielberg)
28 Days Later (Danny Boyle)

Runners-up: Michael Clayton (Tony Gilroy) (believe it), Adaptation, Pan's Labyrinth (Guillermo del Toro), Moulin Rouge! (Baz Luhrman), King of Kong (Seth Gordon), A History of Violence (David Cronenberg)

I haven't seen In the Mood for Love (Wong Kar-wai) or this Yi yi (Edward yang) film I've read about. No way in hell is Once (John Carney) on the list. Children of Men just isn't good enough (AI is better sci-fi); neither is Zodiac (David Fincher). I love them both, but no.

X2 (Bryan Singer) was my favorite comic book film of the decade
Wall-E was my favorite animated feature

And just for fun:

Favorite Album of 2009:

The Dirty Projectors - Bitte Orca

Runner-up: Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion

Best Album of the Decade:

Arcade Fire - Funeral

Runner-up: Radiohead - Kid A

Macy, formerly of Rain City Video:

Best of the Decade:

Pan's Labyrinth
In the Mood for Love
Memento (Christopher Nolan)
Lord of the Rings Trilogy
Mulholland Dr. (David Lynch)
Old School (Todd Phillips)
Shaun of the Dead
The Lives of Others
United 93
In Bruges (Martin McDonagh)

Okay I know that's more than five. I don't enjoy following directions. Also here are more of my honourable mentions:

Sexy Beast & Birth (Jonathan Glazer)
Moulin Rouge
Volver (Pedro Almodóvar)
Death Proof (Quentin Tarantino)
Diving Bell and the Butterfly (Julian Schnabel)
King of Kong

Favourite dumb comedies:
(they don't get no respect)

Corky Romano (Rob Pritts)
Zoolander (Ben Stiller)
Undercover Brother (Malcolm D. Lee)

Travis, formerly of the Metro, currently at Scarecrow Video:


1: Master and Commander (Peter Weir)
2: Wall-E
3: Lord of the Rings
4: The New World
5: The Dark Knight (Christopher Nolan)
6: Wet Hot American Summer
7: There Will be Blood
8: The Bourne Ultimatum (Paul Greengrass)
9: The Aviator (Martin Scorsese)
10: The Wind that Shakes the Barley (Ken Loach)
11: United 93
12: Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea
13: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
14: Iron Man (Jon Favreau)
15: Good Night and Good Luck (George Clooney)

Colin from the Varsity:


1. Hunger (Steve McQueen)
2. Moon
3. Sin Nombre (Cary Fukunaga)
4. Revanche (Götz Spielmann)
5. Gomorrah (Matteo Garrone)
6. Still Walking (Kore-eda Hirokazu)
7. 35 Shots of Rum (Claire Denis)
8. Inglourious Basterds
9. Precious (Lee Daniels)
10. An Education

Ryland, formerly of the Metro, currently writing at a website near you:

Five Favorite Comedies of the Decade:

Everybody talks about impressive dramas. What gives? Why aren't laughs given their due? Is it just because nobody makes serious comedies anymore? Where's the importance of the non-serious in all this serious ranking? As that all-too-serious bat blockbuster kept asking, scene after scene, Why so serious? Let's get serious about not getting serious, or let's take the non-serious serious for once. All of these films below are serious. All of'm make me laugh a lot.

1. A Christmas Tale (Arnaud Desplechin)

Maybe you don't think "comedy" when you think of this movie, but I do. Like any great Renoir picture, it's full of laughs and life, and nearly a joke a minute. Jokes just pump, like a heart, from every source imaginable--including the catch-all collage form.

2. Punch-Drunk Love (Paul Thomas Anderson)

Terrifying, sure, but also a laugh out loud misfit movie that daggers the soul. Here the laughs are release from all that miasma of anxiety; a real throw-up-your-hands kind of movie.

3. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

A special movie. Ranking it this "low" just doesn't feel right. Even if this isn't "low" and the movie's every which way but lowbrow -- although there are a few low blows. In any case, everything's on point, especially the one-liners, and I keep wanting to watch it, which says a lot.

4. Kung Fu Hustle (Stephen Chow)

The history of cinema is all in here, from silents to Tashlin to Fred Astaire to wuxia to, yup, kung fu exploitation. How many movies make dancing so funny on top of fun? Some of the best comedic uses of CGI, like, ever.

5. The Informant! (Steven Soderbergh)

Talked with a friend about this as maybe the most realistic movie ever. Goes against what you'd expect, I know, since it's tongue in cheek and vaguely pastiche-y but, seriously, that's what an office is like, and that's what mania is like. It's all in that hilarious line near the end: "You tell me." We Americans want our stories, and we want them told as big as possible.

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