My Favorite Movies of the '00s:
10. Hot Fuzz (Edgar Wright, 2007). Exactly my brand of humor.
9. Synecdoche, New York (Charlie Kaufman, 2008). Saddest movie ever.
8. The Fog of War (Errol Morris, 2003). The anti-Frost/Nixon.
7. 28 Days Later (Danny Boyle, 2002). Zombies, the apocalypse, digital video, what more do you want?
6. Mulholland Drive (David Lynch, 2001). This was just masterful.
5. Grizzly Man (Werner Herzog, 2005). Everything good about Herzog, wrapped into one.
4. The Dark Knight (Christopher Nolan, 2008). Beautiful, harrowing.
3. No Country For Old Men (Coen Brothers, 2007). Can't stop what's coming.
2. O Brother Where Art Thou (Coen Brothers, 2000). My romantic love for this one knows no bounds.
1. The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy (Peter Jackson, 2001, 2002, 2003). Had to do it, sorry.
Honorable Mention Goes To (11-20): Friday Night Lights (All About The Football), Encounters At The End of the World (My Second Favorite Of Herzog's in the 00s), The Departed (Well Made), Hero (Stylish Visuals), Bowling For Columbine (Preaching To The Choir), Zodiac (Creepy, But Long), The Devil's Backbone (The Anti-Pan's Labyrinth), W. (Kind Of Changed My Life), Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Great At The Time, But Made Too Little Of An Impression), Tropic Thunder (Hot Fuzzian).
Wild Card: 4 [Chetyre] (Visceral Reaction, To Be Sure).
Not sure what to conclude from all of that, except that it feels surprisingly America-centric. Huh. Keep in mind I have far from seen all the movies of the decade.
Movies I Really Fuckin' Hated (Not Counting Obviously Bad Movies)
10. 9 (Shane Acker, 2009). Worst movie I saw this year. Worse than 2012. Just awful. Burn all puppets.
9. Far From Heaven (Todd Haynes, 2002). I was embarrassed that I made my mother watch this. Like Crash, but worse.
8. Y Tu Mama Tambien (Alfonso Cuaron, 2002). I think I just don't get Alfonso Cuaron.
7. Thank You For Smoking (Jason Reitman, 2006). Way too proud of itself, this one.
6. Children of Men (Alfonso Cuaron, 2006). High upon your horse, you preach, preach, preach, preach.
5. Frost/Nixon (Ron Howard, 2008). Tedious, apologist's perspective.
4. The Good Shepherd (Robert De Niro, 2006). Boring, ugly.
3. Donnie Darko (Richard Kelly, 2001). C+ for the first 75% of the movie. Below F for the final 25%.
2. V For Vendetta (James McTeigue, 2005). There are no words for the terrible quality of everything involved here.
1. Pan's Labyrinth (Guillermo Del Toro, 2006). When this one gets top slots on best-of-the-decade, I laugh and then I cry!
I think you can conclude that I don't like dystopias, boring political movies, movies about the '50s (The '50s part of The Hours greatly excepted - Pleasantville was originally my #4, but then I saw it was made in 1998, and now I can't believe I don't have a single Tim Burton on there, but now I realize it's because I learned to avoid him like the fucking Plague), or Alfonso Cuaron. I did like his Harry Potter (Prisoner of Azkaban), but that's it.