Kevin Sugrue’s Best Movies Of The Decade

09Nov09

A chart of my personal favourite Top 10 movies from 2000 to 2009:

10. The Constant Gardener (Fernando Meirelles, 2005)
A John Le Carré’s political thriller that is charged with conflict and idealism. Rachel Weisz and Ralph Fiennes give career best performances. Ralph Fiennes plays the widower driven to make sense of his wife’s murder in Africa. READ MORE

9. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (Adam McKay, 2004)
The march of 1970’s chauvinism goes head to head against feminism in a San Diego newsroom. It’s a world where men yell and fight for no reason, the hero plays jazz flute and aftershave is strong enough to clear a newsroom. Will Ferrell’s at his finest. ‘You stay classy, San Diego.’ READ MORE

8. 28 Days Later… (Danny Boyle, 2002)
While Shaun of the Dead broke the zombie movie mold for comedy. Danny Boyle and Alex Garland re-invented the zombie movie for 21st century horror fans. A dark tale, where the real monsters may possibly be some of the human survivors. Unusually the zombies move with speed, and are fuelled by a virus, rather than necromancy (an idea borrowed from the 1970’s book ‘I am Legend’ and also used in Resident Evil). READ MORE

7. The Quiet American (Phillip Noyce, 2002)
Michael Cain plays a world weary British journalist in Vietnam during the end of the French Colonial administration. He uncoivers an American secret service black opps team, as they aid the destabilising political situation within the country. This is an enjoyable and faithful adaptation of the Graham Greene novel. There is also an unexpectedly great performance by Brendan Fraser. READ MORE

6. Finding Nemo (Andrew Stanton/Lee Unkrich, 2003)
Pixar’s abundant talents in storytelling, rapid-fire humour and stunning animation are all here. Characters draw you in to a tale that never ceases to please both adults and kids. READ MORE

5. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Ang Lee, 2000)
Modern martial arts brought to theatrical effect with an action movie that successfully crossed over from Eastern to Western audiences. The movie introduced many to the wire work combat scenes found in Chinese action movies. READ MORE

4. The Royal Tenenbaums (Wes Anderson, 2001)
Wes Anderson’s directs the movie of his career (to-date?). Gene Hackman, Bill Murray, Anjelica Houston, Ben Stiller and Gwyneth Paltrow star in the comedy ensemble cast that tells the story of a dysfunctional family of New York eccentrics. READ MORE

3. Lost in Translation (Sofia Coppola, 2003)
Strangers in a strange land become unlikely but endearing soul mates for a few days. Bill Murray plays a gloriously jet lagged fading celebrity in a mid-life crisis. Scarlett Johansson is his muse in this unrushed portrait of ennui. It’s beautifully shot in Japan and with a superb cast. The scenes with the Japanese translator and ad director never fail to raise a painful smile. ‘For relaxing times, make it Santorri Time.’ READ MORE

2. The Last King of Scotland (Kevin Macdonald, 2006)
Forest Whitaker gives a great performance as Idi Amin. He nails the Ugandan dictator’s deadly charm – he’s a charismatic monster; part amiable clown, part ice-cold killer. READ MORE

1. UP (Pete Docter and Bob Peterson, 2009)
Disney Pixar hit the sweet spot, with a movie that quite probably would never have made it past the pitch stage at any other studio (miserable old man escapes via balloon flight to enjoy the adventure he never had in younger life, accompanied by an annoying boy scout and a talking dog). But it delivers on all levels and avoids becoming too cloying. READ MORE

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