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Top 27 of the ‘Aughts


I’ve been trying to narrow down a Top 100 of the decade and fairly easily managed to figure the top 27. However, as I tried to create some kind of order among the final 73 I realized how little meaning there would be. A top 27 says more and I can at least try to briefly explain the reasoning. These films clearly stand out to me and have remained memorable throughout the past 10 years. As I’ve said before, I clearly distinguish between which are the “best” and which are my “favorites.” It’s hard to separate them but I think this list best represents what I feel to be a blend of the two.

27. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004) Easily the most quotable movie of the decade. My face hurt from laughing so hard the first time I saw it in theatres. It’s this generations Caddyshack and only improves through repeated viewings. I hope they don’t follow through with the long rumored sequel, see Caddyshack 2 for supporting evidence. There’s no topping the original.

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  1. 12.31.2009 at 10:38 am

    While we have completely divergent taste in films, I wholeheartedly agree with what you said about several of these, especially: Children of Men, the most underrated film of the decade; and Memento, which I’ve seen three times and still don’t totally get (will keep at it). Interesting list.

    • 12.31.2009 at 7:30 pm

      4th times a charm? It was for me. Once you figure it out, you’ll see why it’s so highly regarded. I loved “Children of Men” so much I immediately went out and picked up the novel it was based on, which turned out to be quite an interesting social breakdown on society as a whole, as well as being nearly completely different from the movie. The movie essentially just takes the idea that women are no longer able to get pregnant, with a few similar characters, but ultimately a very different story.

  2. 12.31.2009 at 3:36 pm

    I don’t recognize half of these! I feel neglectful!

    • 01.1.2010 at 6:26 am

      I’ll have to read the book. As far as Memento, I already get why it’s highly regarded, so I’m wondering if what you said means there’s something even more significant up ahead?

      • 01.1.2010 at 4:37 pm

        I’m not sure really. I downright disliked the movie after initially seeing it, I thought it was stupid and the story structure pointless. I’ve never done such a 180 on an opinion before for a film as I did with Memento.

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