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A Decade in Lists - Movies


  1. Best War Movie: Blackhawk Down (2001). Americans in Somalia get into no end of trouble. A throw-back to the old-style war movies, with an all-star all-male cast.

  2. Best Two-Parter: Kill Bill (2003) and Kill Bill (2004) has a body count nearly as great. Contains homages galore and too many memorable bits to list here.

  3. Best Detective Movie: Memento (2000) featuring the most absent minded detective ever. Subordinates structure to storytelling.

  4. Best Sword and Sandals Epic: 300 (2006). A movie that pushes the boundaries of the medium, in this case, visually.

  5. Best Superhero Movie: Iron Man (2008). Edging out Spider-Man (2002), Spider-Man 2 (2004) and Spider-Man 3 (2007). Robert Downey Jr and Gwyneth Paltrow give a superior performance.

  6. Best Thriller: Hard Candy (2005). Very few actors can carry a movie all by themselves. Ellen Page is one of them.

  7. Best Sequel: Hannibal (2001). The unfilmable book is somehow brought to life by Anthony Hopkins and Julianne Moore. Stands out in a decade of unimaginative sequels.

  8. Best Romance: Secretary (2002). A charming story in which masochist Maggie Gyllenhaal finds true love with her sadistic boss James Spader.

  9. Best Chick Flick: Devil Wears Prada (2006). Anne Hathaway and Emily Blunt represent everyone who's ever worked for a psychpath.

  10. Best Sci Fi Movie: Resident Evil (2002). Milla Jovovich is great in this one, in a decade surprisingly short on decent sci-fi. Avoid the sequels at all costs.

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