my favorite movies of the 2000s, #11 and #12

Saturday 26 December 2009

I’m hoping you’re enjoying counting down the days until the end of the year by counting down my favorite movies of the decade!  If you haven’t read previous posts, use the links below to see the other movies on the list so far, and get ready for the top ten, soon to be unveiled!

#25: (500) Days of Summer (2009)
#24: FLOW: For Love Of Water (2008)
#23: In The Bedroom (2001)

#22: House of Sand and Fog (2003)
#21: The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (2003)

#20: Wo Hu Cang Long (2000)
#19: Le Scaphandre et le Papillon (2007)

#18: Hable con Ella (2002)
#17: The Wrestler (2008)

#16: Revolutionary Road (2008)
#15: Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)

#14: Hotel Rwanda (2004)
#13: Elephant (2003)

#12: Moulin Rouge! (2001)
The highest movie/musical on my list, even though almost all the songs are not original to the movie itself.  I pretty much love everything about this movie: the music, the story, the fun had by all.  While it may not be all fun and games (I mean, you need some conflict to drive any story), it’s commitment to beauty, freedom, truth, and love throughout is ultimately uplifting.  “Come What May,” my favorite song in the movie (and an important part of the plot), recognizes the challenges of love and relationships and the sadness that can happen when love is lost.  Ultimately, it’s a movie for the romantic and the realist in me, which really is a perfect combination.

#11: Juno (2007)
When I read the brief review of this movie in Entertainment Weekly (this was before it blew up), I knew it sounded like the kind of movie I’d enjoy.  When I saw it in the theater (still before its huge popularity), I was not disappointed.  It’s an eccentrically funny movie about a serious topic: teen pregnancy.  It has the quick wit and sardonic wisdom of the Gilmore Girls (a favorite TV show of mine) with dialogue you’d never heard in real life.  You laugh at and with the quirky characters as they make the best out of the situations set before them.  Ellen Page and Michael Cera make a great “couple” as Juno and Bleeker, stumbling through a challenging situation neither of them signed up for.  I saw this movie three times in a theater and a few times on video now, and it still makes me smile – a good indicator for any movie.  (It has a pretty sweet soundtrack, too.)


my favorite movies of the 2000s, #15 and #16

Thursday 24 December 2009

Don’t worry about the time of year — I plan to be here every day until I finish!

#25: (500) Days of Summer (2009)
#24: FLOW: For Love Of Water (2008)
#23: In The Bedroom (2001)

#22: House of Sand and Fog (2003)
#21: The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (2003)

#20: Wo Hu Cang Long (2000)
#19: Le Scaphandre et le Papillon (2007)

18: Hable con Ella (2002)
#17: The Wrestler (2008)

(links take you to previous blog entries on these movies)

#16: Revolutionary Road (2008)
This is not a feel good movie.  That’s likely why it didn’t get the recognition it deserved at the Oscars (it was passed over for a Best Picture nomination).  It’s the tale of a couple (played by Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet) who settle for the suburban dream lifestyle in the 1950s instead of the more adventurous lifestyles they’ve envisioned and which would probably best suit their personalities.  I was really taken in to the world of this movie — a sad, disturbing world of disappointment and forfeited dreams.  I’m not much one for “suburban living” anyway, so maybe that was part of the reason this dark movie really took me in.  In any case, it’s a good tale calling for us to recognize and think about our true dreams and aspirations, realizing that certain decisions could make us living miserable and disastrous lives.

#15: Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)
This is not your average movie musical.  John Cameron Mitchell plays a transexual rocker on a personal journey to find herself/himself, looking to reconcile a past relationship and zee‘s own personal history, began as an off-Broadway production by Mitchell and Stephen Trask.  (Can you see why it was “off” Broadway?)  The movie contains some great songs and shares a story about a population that doesn’t get much into the mainstream spotlight.  You certainly need to be open to this kind of story, but if you are, I think you’ll enjoy a movie really about finding yourself when everything in your world has been turned upside down and you don’t know what to believe anymore.  I just watched it again recently and it held the same punch as when I first saw it three years ago.


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