After having threads devoted to each year of the previous decade, now seems a good time to look back at the overall decade and see what was the best (and the worst).
I’ve got to admit that overall I found the previous decade of films less than inspiring. Sure, there were plenty of good, solid, enjoyable films but there were surprisingly few imo that were truly exceptional pieces of cinema. I don’t think there’s a single film I’ve seen that I would regard as a classic.
As a result, I’ve defined my ‘best of’ list as those I considered to be A-Grade films which I’d define as very high-quality films. But I don’t consider any of them to be flawless, 5 out of 5 films imo (although ‘Good Night… and Good Luck’ probably is closest to that)
A-Grade films (in no particular order) – Good Night and Good Luck (probably the best made film of the decade imo), Michael Clayton, The Queen, The Lives of Others, Brokeback Mountain, Kinsey, About Schmidt, About a Boy, Auto Focus, Gosford Park, Ghost World, High Fidelity, A Single Man, Children of Men
Worst – Righteous Kill, The Oh in Ohio, What Planet Are You from?, Scary Movie (it was a particularly dismal decade for comedy), Mission Impossible 2 (couldn’t watch it all the way through), Thir13en Ghosts
Most Overrated – An Inconvenient Truth, Superbad, Kill Bill, Wonder Boys, Meet The Parents, Spiderman 2
Most Overlooked/Underrated – Auto Focus, The Assasination of Richard Nixon
Year by year threads: