Top 50: 2000 – 2009 #10 – #1

Special effects extravaganzas don't get much better than Peter Jackson's King Kong. A dramatic spectacle, the film is a perfect mix of action and passion, and of special effects and small personal scenes that greatly add to the emotional arcs of the human characters in the story. A film that hasn't been surpassed technologically ever … Continue reading Top 50: 2000 – 2009 #10 – #1

Top 50: 2000 – 2009 #20 – #11

An immigration movie that successfully skirts controversy by focusing on the individual plights of the characters rather than the political viewpoints they may represent, Jim Sheridan's In America is a poignant and emotionally involving drama that is worth seeing over and over again.M. Night Shyamalan's Signs not only has the power to restore one's faith … Continue reading Top 50: 2000 – 2009 #20 – #11

Top 50: 2000 – 2009 #40 – #31

A great example of American cinema, Paul Thomas Anderson's There Will Be Blood is a beautiful and unconventional film that takes its viewer on an emotional roller coaster ride led by Daniel Day-Lewis's fantastic performance. Director Anderson's film is a political allegory of sorts, but even more so an exploration of people's ability to simultaneously … Continue reading Top 50: 2000 – 2009 #40 – #31

Top 50: 2000 – 2009 #50 – #41

A powerful revision of the style Paul Thomas Anderson and Robert Altman had perfected before it, Paul Haggis's Crash is one of the most effective pieces of melodrama of the last decade. Haggis's characters don't need to be fully developed for the audience to understand their respective plights, because the script doesn't short-change them. That … Continue reading Top 50: 2000 – 2009 #50 – #41

Top 50: 2000 – 2009 Honorable Mentions

A surprisingly artistic entry in the superhero genre, Batman Begins not only revitalized the beloved dark superhero, but also set a dramatic and aesthetic standard that films of its type have been trying to reach ever since. Few have succeeded in blending drama and action as well as director Christopher Nolan did with this film.Ang … Continue reading Top 50: 2000 – 2009 Honorable Mentions

There's one thing that's certain about the year 2009 - the general public's stronger embrace of film as both an outlet for entertainment and an art form. When both Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire can be labeled as box office hits, one can easily deduct that … Continue reading