Wednesday, 2 December 2009

The TONY Top 50 Movies of the Decade

It's December which means lists are going to be hitting us left, right and centre all month long. Normally we'd be seeing all the top ten lists and making our own but seeing as 2010 is approaching various folks are putting their thoughts together for 10 years of film between 2000 - 2009. I am particularly excited about this as I started following film strongly (again) back in 2000 so it allows the opportunity to smile and nod approvingly, or raise the occasional eyebrow along the way.

This week the list making waves is The TONY (Time Out New York) Top 50 Movies of the Decade.

From this list it looks like 2001 was an awesome strong year giving 9 of the 50 selections whereas this year only has 1 entry, but hey - the year isn't even done yet. I'm impressed with a lot of the choices including In the Mood For Love (#2), I'm Not There (#19), I Heart Huckabees (#24), The Royal Tenenbaums (#37) and Grizzly Man (#41). But on the flip side I was a little mystified to see Femme Fatale (#18), AI Artificial Intelligence (#31) and Miami Vice (#35).

The other great thing about lists though, is that it's a way to build what feels like the never ending list of films to see. After all, I've only seen 23 of the 50 films, but 11 more of those are on already my current to see list. I won't get to complete seeing this whole list as 5 of the films are on my 'not going to see', but the final 11 I've never even heard of! They can make friends with the other 11 to see's!

Make sure you head on over and read the article which gives insights into the sections as well as an image per film. Here's the full list of films:

50. The 40-Year-Old Virgin
49. Man Push Cart
48. Donnie Darko
47. 25th Hour
46. Turning Gate
45. Talk to Her
44. Syndromes and a Century
43. Silent Light
42. Head-On
41. Grizzly Man
40. Five Dedicated to Ozu
39. Dancer in the Dark
38. Caché
37. The Royal Tenenbaums
36. Pan's Labyrinth
35. Miami Vice
34. Lilya 4-Ever
33. 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days
32. Eureka
31. AI Artificial Intelligence
30. Children of Men
29. Songs From the Second Floor
28. Before Sunset
27. Oldboy
26. Kings and Queens
25. Inglourious Basterds
24. I Heart Huckabees
23. The Death of Mr. Lazarescu
22. Synecdoche, New York
21. Brokeback Mountain
20. The Mad Songs of Fernanda Hussein
19. I'm Not There
18. Femme Fatale
17. Gosford Park
16. Punch-Drunk Love
15. Domestic Violence
14. Trouble Every Day
13. Inland Empire
12. American Psycho
11. Spirited Away
10. Friday Night
9. A Christmas Tale / Un conte de Noël
8. Zodiac
7. Dogville
6. Yi Yi / A One and a Two
5. In the Mood for Love
4. The New World
3. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
2. There Will Be Blood
1. Mulholland Drive

What would make your list?


Ryan McNeil said...

I'm still cobbling mine together, but this was one of the first 'Critic's Decade Lists' that I really liked. They chose edgy films to taop out the rankings without getting pretentious.

You gonna post one?

Suzie Ridler said...

Miami Vice? Is that a joke?!

Totally agree with Eternal Sunshine, it's my #1 of all time.

It's embarrassing how many I haven't seen and um, well, I actually did see #50! LOL. Oh my, I have got to get out more!

Tom Clift said...

Damnit I think I need to watch Mulholland again...because I freaking HATED that movie the first time around.

Shannon the Movie Moxie said...

Good call Hatter, I'd agree that this one isn't pretentious. I've seen lots of blogger lists out there and have been really enjoying reading along.

I'm not sure I'll post one, I really started back into film in 2000 so that fits, but only started tracking intensely as of 2006 - I would love lists of releases from 2000 - 2005 to really dig in. I'm going to keep digging there.

lol, I'm glad I wasn't the only one that thought Miami Vice was bizarrely off! If I'd throw a Michael Mann film in there it would be Ali from that period for sure! Don't worry - there is lots I didn't see on this one.

Hey Tom! Wow, that's a first to hear hate for Mulholland Drive.. it's on my current to see list. I'll get to it... sometime!

Ryan McNeil said...

@ Shannon... Count me as one of those who actually liked MIAMI VICE. I think its big problem was people trying to dissociate it from the TV show of the same name. They couldn't be more different, but that's not a bad thing.

And I vote dig in! (Wikipedia can be handy for this) I'm really intrigued to see what everyone thinks is tops in hindsight, and would dig reading your thoughts on the decade that was.

Shannon the Movie Moxie said...

I can't get on the Miami Vice train, or boat I guess. I only have vague memories of the show, but I just found the movie rather boring (hides).

Thank you for pointing out to check wikipedia! I can't believe I didn't think of that... if I add with Genies/Oscar/Globes/Bafta I could probably get a clear pictures.I probably won't to 'best' but I think I could sort something out... hmmm...

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