Monday, December 14, 2009

Best of the Decade: Film (Take 3)

Posted By on Mon, Dec 14, 2009 at 8:05 AM

We continue our five-part series of posts on the decade in movies (Take 1 here, Take 2 here) with another 20 or so of our favorite scenes and moments. Plus, Greg Akers reveals his 25 favorite films of the decade.


The sudden cut from animation to real footage, and then the silence, that ends WALTZ WITH BASHIR. (CH)

Abducted by cape-wearing Syndrome, Baby Jack-Jack throws a tantrum high in the sky and suddenly figures out he's one of THE INCREDIBLES. (AE)

Morty (George Harris) beats the hell out of a hood in a café, to the sounds of Duran Duran’s “Ordinary World,” in LAYER CAKE. (GA)

The Bride (Uma Thurman) awakens from a coma, clutches her empty womb, and screams. A revenge plot set in motion in KILL BILL VOL. 1. (CH)

Waking up, Kill Bill Vol. 1:

In an interrogation room, Freddy Riedenschneider (Tony Shalhoub) questions Doris (Frances McDormand) as light streams in through the barred windows, creating a stark black-and-white feast. Cinematographer Roger Deakins showing off in THE MAN WHO WASN’T THERE. (GA)

An old man watches his younger self on the big screen in a cavernous, mostly empty theater, tears gradually welling in his eyes: GOODBYE, DRAGON INN. (CH)

The "Montage" musical number, sung during a montage, in TEAM AMERICA: WORLD POLICE. (AE)

We need a montage:

Leticia (Halle Berry) just sits on the porch and eats ice cream at the end of MONSTER’S BALL. (GA)

Off the bus and into the streets: Youthful hope and nationalistic unity commingle in the instructive final moments of Jafar Panahi's OFFSIDE. (CH)

Schreck (Willem Dafoe) mourns his lost humanity while critiquing Dracula in SHADOW OF THE VAMPIRE. (GA)

"Blues Hammer" — Enid (Thora Birch) and Seymour (Steve Buscemi) experience a night of modern culture in GHOST WORLD. (CH)

Ghost World, getting in touch with the blues:

The look on his face as Donnie (Jake Gyllenhaal) uses a butcher knife to test the cytoplasmic membrane between him and Frank in DONNIE DARKO. (GA)

Two places: the bookstore whose spines are slowly erased, and the collapsing beachfront house, in ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND. (AE)

Richie’s (Luke Wilson’s) attempted suicide to the sounds of Elliot Smith, in THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS. (GA)

A sad moment from The Royal Tenenbaums:

Kym spoils the party: The endless, energizing, and finally awkward rehearsal dinner in RACHEL GETTING MARRIED. (CH)

Djay (Terrence Howard), Key (Anthony Anderson), and Shelby (DJ Qualls) compose “Whoop that Trick” in their homemade studio in HUSTLE & FLOW. (GA)

In the lab, putting in down: Hustle & Flow:

Mark Ruffalo and Laura Linney share a family joint under the stars, YOU CAN COUNT ON ME. (AE)

Spike Lee’s camera takes off for a continent-spanning travelogue hymn to all the lives "that came so close to never happening” — a grandiose, heartbreaking final flourish in 25TH HOUR. (CH)

25th Hour's finale:

Jack the Ripper's latest victim lies dead on the street, before, in one shot, her body is found by the constable, detectives descend, then a crowd, then a buzzing and swirling mass of officials and curious folk. A real person becomes the stuff sensationalistic history in FROM HELL. (GA)

"These things are as hot as stiff cocks!" — Julia Child (Meryl Streep) cooking cannelloni and talking dirty in JULIE & JULIA. (CH)

Tim Meadows "condemns" marijuana by telling Dewey Cox it makes sex better, WALK HARD. (AE)

A cautionary tale from Walk Hard:

"This is the best Christmas I've had in a long time. Thank you very much, Vera." Reg (Eddie Marsan) chooses affirmation and generosity at his new family's lowest moment in VERA DRAKE. (CH)

“But what makes it immoral if you lose and not immoral if you win?” — Robert McNamara admits he and Curtis LeMay "were behaving as war criminals" for the nuclear bombing of Japan, and that they would’ve been prosecuted as such had the U.S. lost: THE FOG OF WAR. (GA)


1. Children of Men (Alfonso Cuaron, 2006)
2. A.I.: Artificial Intelligence (Steven Spielberg, 2001)
3. Kill Bill, Vol. 1 & 2 (Quentin Tarantino, 2002/2003)
4. City of God (Fernando Meirelles, 2002)
5. The Royal Tenenbaums (Wes Anderson, 2002)
6. Amelie (Jean-Pierre Jeunet, 2001)
7. Ali (Michael Mann, 2001)
8. Where the Wild Things Are (Spike Jonze, 2009)
9. Zodiac (David Fincher, 2007)
10. Hedwig and Angry Inch (John Cameron Mitchell, 2001)
11. Lost in Translation (Sofia Coppola, 2003)
12. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Michel Gondry, 2004)
13. Frozen River (Courtney Hunt, 2008)
14. Y Tu Mamá También (Alfonso Cuaron, 2002)
15. There Will Be Blood (P.T. Anderson, 2007)
16. The Dark Knight (Christopher Nolan, 2008)
17. Punch-Drunk Love (P.T. Anderson, 2002)
18. Mystic River (Clint Eastwood, 2003)
19. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Ang Lee, 2001)
20. Wonder Boys (Curtis Hanson, 2000)
21. The Lord of the Rings (Peter Jackson, 2001/2002/2003)
22. Spirited Away (Hayao Miyazaki, 2001)
23. Junebug (Phil Morrison, 2005)
24. Borat (Larry Charles, 2006)
25. Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (Peter Weir, 2003)


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