I’m looking at various publications putting out their favorite “end of the year” and “end of the decade” top tens and I’m going to share a few that I received via press releases and what I’ve seen on publications this week. But if you see anything else from other publications or so, please share. Would be interested to see what others have picked as their top 10 of the decade/year.
At The Movies
Film critics A.O. (Tony) Scott of the The New York Times and Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune will reveal their individual number one “best of the decade” films on At the Movies this weekend. For the past nine consecutive weeks, Scott and Phillips have identified and discussed films that fall into this unprecedented category. With more than 5,000 movies produced over the last ten years, the countdown will culminate on the show airing the weekend of December 26th in national syndication.
A.O. Scott’s “Best of the Decade” Top Ten:
10. MILLION DOLLAR BABY
9. 25TH HOUR
8. ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND
7. 4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS AND 2 DAYS
6. THE BEST OF YOUTH
5. WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE
4. THE PIANIST
3. BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN
1. A.O. SCOTT’S #1 FILM OF THE DECADE TO BE REVEALED ON AT THE MOVIES!
Michael Phillips’ “Best of the Decade” Top Ten:
10. MINORITY REPORT
9. GOSFORD PARK
8. MULHOLLAND DRIVE
7. UNITED 93
5. Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN
1. MICHAEL PHILLIPS’ #1 FILM OF THE DECADE TO BE REVEALED ON AT THE MOVIES!
Top 10 Movies of 2009 – Owen Gleiberman and Lisa Schwarzbaum (Entertainment Weekly – 2009 Year End Special)
1. Up in the Air
2. Inglorious Basterds
3. Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
4. I Love You, Man
5. Food, Inc.
6. (500) Days of Summer
7. Fantastic Mr. Fox
8. The Girlfriend Experience
9. The Hurt Locker
1. The Hurt Locker
4. Up In the Air
5. Where the Wild Things Are
6. Fantastic Mr. Fox
7. A Serious Man
8. Big Fan
9. District 9
10. Everlasting moments
Entertainment Weekly’s Chris Nashawaty’s Best Movies on DVD for 2009 (Entertainment Weekly – 2009 Year End Special):
1. Pinocchio: Platinum Edition
2. Woodstock: 40th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition
3. Do the Right Thing
4. The Friends of Eddie Coyle
5. Inglorious Basterds
I truly expected more from Scott and Phillips.
I think I could make a real good top 10 list by combining the two and changing the order. ;)
Roger Eberts – Best Films of 2009:
Top 10 Mainstream Films
The Hurt Locker
Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
A Serious Man
Up In the Air
The White Ribbon
Top 10 Independent Films
You, The Living
phillips at least took a few chances
scott seems to have cribbed his off a standard top ten list
I don’t know much about Scott and Phillips since I don’t watch At the Movies but to call their lists underwhelming would be an under-statement.
None of his independent films are really independent.
Apologies if this was posted before but here’s the top ranked films according to Metacritic.
1 35 Shots of Rum – 91
2 The Beaches of Agnes – 86
3 An Education – 85
4 Crazy Heart – 84
5 Fantastic Mr. Fox – 83
6 The Maid – 83
7 Up in the Air – 83
8 Avatar 83
9 The Cove – 82
10 The Damned United – 81
The New Yorker – Best of the Decade by Richard Brody
1. “Eloge de l’amour” (“In Praise of Love”) (2001, Jean-Luc Godard): Lives up to the promise of its title: one of the most unusual, tremulous, and understated of love stories, as well as the story of love itself; a depiction of history in the present tense, as well as a virtual thesis on the filming of history; a work of art, as well as the story of the work at the origin of art; Godard’s third first film, thus something of a rebirth of cinema.
2. “The Darjeeling Limited” (2007, Wes Anderson): As ever with the films of Wes Anderson—the best new American director of the last twenty years—love and death, comedy and tragedy, comfort and adventure, understanding and opacity, style and substance fuse in a modernism of personal and reflexive cinema and a classicism of grand and subtle literary emotion.
3. “The World” (2005, Jia Zhangke): The best new non-American director of the last twenty years, here revealing, at great risk, China’s, and his own, painfully ambiguous place in the world.
4. “A Talking Picture” (2003, Manoel de Oliveira): The great September 11th movie, from a spry ninety-five-year-old who sees not only the century’s long view but seemingly encompasses Homer’s.
5. “Regular Lovers” (2005, Philippe Garrel): Or, Nixon in China: The events of 1968, depicted by one of its cinematic heroes as an intimate epic—and, with a self-deprecating fury, as a lovely but unsustainable burst of youthful lyricism.
6. “Sobibor, Oct. 14, 1943, 4 P.M.” (2001, Claude Lanzmann): This discussion with Yehuda Lerner, who took part in the uprising against the extermination camp’s guards, is as profound a dialogue on the morality of violence as the cinema has seen.
7. “Fengming: A Chinese Memoir” (2009, Wang Bing): From one of the decade’s two best new directors, as well as its best new nonfiction filmmaker. If I had seen Wang’s “West of the Tracks” in its entirety, I’d have put it here instead; I saw only about a third of its nine hours, but this feature, converging recent Chinese history with the sufferings endured, at the hands of the regime, by one free-thinking couple, does quite as well.
8. “Knocked Up” (2008, Judd Apatow): Suddenly, all contemporary comedy seemed old-fashioned. From Lubitsch through the Farrelly brothers, the funniest guys in the room were behind the camera; Judd Apatow discovered, or rediscovered, the trick of the great silent clowns—to put funny people on screen—and to make it personal. (If Eddie Murphy had, say, directed “Norbit” in addition to starring in it, it would likely find a place on this list too.)
9. “Moolaadé” (2005, Ousmane Sembene): Women, resistance, and centuries of oppressive tradition, seen with the fiercely clarifying wisdom of age. The subject is genital mutilation; the phalanx of respected women eager to do the dirty work is truly frightening.
10. “The Other Half” (2007, Ying Liang): The other of the decade’s two best new filmmakers, the one who does dramas, bringing a laser-like analytical eye to the crossroads of private life and oppressive authority. His anger builds to an apocalyptic outpouring with few parallels in the history of cinema.
Moviefone’s top 10 Movies of the Decade by Jack Mathews:
10. Almost Famous
9. No Country for Old Men
8. The Pianist
7. The Dark Knight
5. Brokeback Mountain
4. Mystic River
3. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
1. Lord of the Rings Trilogy
Best Animated Movies of the decade:
3. Spirited Away
2. Happy Feet
Paste Magazine’s Top 20 Movies of the Decade (from their 50 Best Movies of the Decade)
19. 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days
18. Syndromes and a Century
16. Half Nelson
13. Mulholland Drive
12. There Will Be Blood
11. The Dark Knight
10. The Royal Tenenbaums
9. No Country for Old Men
8. The Son
7. Lost in Translation
6. Beau Travail
5. Eternal Sunshine
4. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
3. Almost Famous
1. City of God
Reuters Top 10 Movies of the Decade:
10. The White Ribbon
9. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
7. Divine Intervention
6. Far From Heaven
5. 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days
4. The Fog of War
3. No Country for Old Men
2. United 93
1. Letters from Iwo Jima
The Guardian – The 10 Most Underrated Movies of the Decade by Danny Leigh
1. Morvern Callar (Lynne Ramsay, UK, 2002)
2. Tarnation (Jonathan Caouette, US, 2003)
3. Tekkonkinkreet (Michael Arias, Japan, 2006)
4. Spider (David Cronenberg, Canada/UK, 2002)
5. Inland Empire (David Lynch, US, 2006)
6. Time of The Wolf (Michael Haneke, France/Germany, 2003)
7. Spirited Away (Hayao Miyazaki, Japan, 2001)
8. Birth (Jonathan Glazer, US, 2004)
9. Songs from the Second Floor (Roy Andersson, Sweden, 2000)
10. Harry He’s Here To Help (Dominik Moll, France, 2000)
Rolling Stone’s Peter Travers Best Movies of the Decade
10. The Lord of the Rings: The Trilogy
9. Mystic river
8. The Departed
7. Brokeback Mountain
6. The Incredibles
5. No Country for Old Men
4. A History of Violence
3. Mulholland Drive
2. Children of Men
1. There Will Be Blood
interesting choices with birth and harry
I am suprised not to see 9 songs anywhere
I liked 9 Songs too but I can’t say I’m surprised to see it’s absence on decade best of list, especially from the mainstream press.
“but I can’t say I’m surprised to see it’s absence on decade best of list, especially from the mainstream press.”
you can say that again!!!
so many conventional, mainstream and (unpredictably?) mediocre choices, can’t these critics search their films? or do they think that only U.S. animated films worth a shot???
sheesh, don’t let me talk about the Americana “culture” all over the place!!!
p.s.: that Metacritic is a scam alright and Travers must have been living in a faraway den…
Dimitris, Please tell me it is just America! If the rest of the world is as uncultured as we are, then I am scared.
However I’d say Keeping Up with the Kardashians is a better example than Million Dollar Baby. ;)
“american culture all over the place” is just as bad for Americans too
I often lament the fact that other countries get to see our movies in big theaters while most of theirs never reach here, not even their large pictures
for instance I am trying to do a study on the asterix and obelix movies for and tho they cost incredible amounts and have big stars none were released here and I am having a hell of a time getting the second one.
‘Safe’ is the word you are looking for. The mainstream critics compose the lists so they can get a nod of approval from their other mainstream buddies. Travers’ list is the most predictable and to think I hesitantly defended him on a thread last week.
Rex Reed for 2009
THE TEN BEST
Up in the Air
Julie & Julia
Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire
The Last Station
The Hurt Locker
A Serious Man,
Me and Orson Welles,
THE TEN WORST
The Men Who Stare at Goats
Where the Wild Things Are
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
The Brothers Bloom,
The Time-Traveler’s Wife,
The Other Man,
Hmmm….noticed “Up in the Air” is on many lists. It’s a recent film and I wonder if it’s on their list because it’s freshest on their mind? Haven’t seen “The Hurt Locker”. Anyway, I hope to see more top 10 films of the year/decade from other countries.
Richard Brody´s list is the only one that seems interesting to me and makes it worth checking some of the titles out. The other critics seem to have copypasted their lists from imdb. I wouldn´t be surprised if the mysterious No. 1 which Mr. Phillips is finally going to reveal will be “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”.
Keith Uhlich from Time Out:
1.The Mad Songs of Fernanda Hussein (2001)
2. The New World (2005)
3. Miami Vice (2006)
4. Five Dedicated to Ozu (2003)
5. Inland Empire (2006)
6. Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003)
7. The Sun (2005)
8. Youth Without Youth (2007)
9. The Limits of Control (2009)
10. Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film For Theaters (2007)
Reverse shot has a top twenty of the decade where they’ve been counting down day by day to new years. I really respect the writers and writing at Reverse Shot. Check it out:
I think a really well thought out list so far.
“2. The New World (2005)
3. Miami Vice (2006)”
i’d never expect to see these films side by side in a top 10 list!!!
man, these lists are getting worse by the millisecond!
Here’s another top list, but this time from one of my favorite critics, Jeffrey M. Anderson.His reviews are usually short but they nail it right on the head. Not that I always agree with him, whatever.
1. Yi Yi
2. Lost in Translation
3. Ghost World
4. Werckmeister Harmonies
6. Inland Empire
7. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
8. Goodbye Dragon Inn
9. Before Sunset
10. Let the Right One In (haven’t seen it but I don’t think I end up liking it)
1. The Hurt Locker
3. Bright Star
4. Red Cliff
5. You, The Living
6. 35 Shots of Rum
7. Drag Me to Hell
8. Sita Sings the Blues
9. Inglourious Basterds
And for whoever cares (I know all of you do!); here’s my own top 25 of the decade in approximate order.
La Commune (Paris, 1871) | 2000 – Peter Watkins
Lunacy | 2005 – Jan Svankmajer
Death in the Lands of Encantos | 2008 – Lav Diaz
Goodbye Dragon Inn | 2003 – Tsai Ming Liang
I’m Going Home | 2002 – Manoel de Oliveira
Russian Ark | 2003 – Alexander Sokurov
Where Lies Your Hidden Smile? | 2001 – Pedro Costa
Atanarjuat| 2001 – Zacharias Kunuk
Far from Heaven | 2002 – Todd Haynes
Star Spangled to Death | 2004 – Ken Jacobs
Time Out | 2001 – Laurent Cantet
The Hurt Locker | 2009 – Kathryn Bigelow
The World | 2004 – Zhang Ke Jia
Kairo / Pulse | 2001 – Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Lights in the Dusk | 2006 – Aki Kaurismaki
Adagio | 2001 – Garri Bardin
Hunger | 2008 – Steve McQueen
Shirin | 2008 – Abbas Kiarostami
Rivers and Tides | 2001 – Thomas Riedelsheimer
Last Days | 2005 – Gus Van Sant
The Hills of Disorder | 2006 – Andrea Tonacci
Into Great Silence | 2005 – Philip Groning
Mad Detective | 2007 – Johnnie To
Blissfully Yours | 2002 – Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Oldboy | 2003 – Park Chan Wook
“here’s my own top 25 of the decade in approximate order.”
S_Y sir, your list is not only the best but arguably the most original and refreshing than any other mentioned above you!!!
It seems that today being a critic means to not understand anything about film as art and try to include as many popular films as possible. I agree that the not-critic list by S_Y surpasses most of the random and stupid choices made by the critics above.
It makes you wonder though….do you think choices were made to keep advertisers happy? Looking at newspaper and magazine publications especially with the entertainment publications in America, they have slimmed down and it seems that the movie companies dollars maybe keeping these publications afloat.
Just something to notice:I can’t find out what people like in “Inland Empire”.It’s not that I don’t like David Lynch.On the contrary,I recently saw Mulholland Dr. and I instantly loved it.It surely got a place in my top10 of the decade.Mulholland Dr. is surely absolutely mindfucking and pure Lynch-ian(both in script and direction style),such as Inland Empire.But my problem with the latter is that it stays only in that.I never understood what is going on in “Inland Empire” or what’s the theme or purpose of this movie.in my opinion,with “Inland Empire”,David Lynch has gone too far,so he ended up with a film that it’s complicated only for being complicated.