So, which year in the last decade was the best for film? For me, the shortlist dropped down to two years immediately, 2000 and 2006.
Our brand new writer, Chris Inman, has not only provided the world with his top five movies of 2009, he now furnishes you lucky people with his top twenty movies of the decade. A couple of controversial more recent choices are included and should be debated immediately, but otherwise it’s a bloody strong list that will definitely find one followers amongst the existing MOD clan who will thoroughly agree with the winner.
Onwards then, and look our for more articles to come from Chris in the very near future as he kicks off his tenure with us in earnest.
Just for the sake of my own sanity and desperate need to have these written somewhere, I give you my favourite forty-two films of the past decade. There are at least fifty-six other films I would like to put onto a list, but I think I need to forcefully prevent any more decade-based listmaking as quickly as possible. So beneath is the top ten list, along with a sentence or two on each film and then thirty-two, out-of-list-order, films which I had to include.
The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus, the final film of Heath Ledger, is reportedly running into problems and is thus far without both a distributor or a set-in-stone release date. The film made a number of headlines, obviously, following Ledger’s untimely death last year and through his replacement by Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell and Jude Law.
Yes, it is directed by the notoriously troublesome Terry Gilliam. But really, with a budget of $30m, how on earth are people not diving on this film. You not only have the final burn of star power for Ledger, lest we forget the Oscar-winning star of the second-highest-grossing film of all time, and also that of Depp, the star of multi-billion grossing Pirates of the Caribbean series.
I realise Gilliam has a tendency to prove difficult to rein in, but there is not a chance on this planet that even he could go so spectacularly over budget that this film will not make $30m. It could easily do double that purely on the back of The Dark Knight hype. It says much about the general nervous sentiment amongst studios in the current climate that no one has yet picked up such a banker, no matter how odd it turns out to be.