Now that we've dished on my favorite movies of the decade, let's narrow things down a little. 2009 brought another glorious 12 months of movie-watching. As usual, it wasn't all Oscar contenders, but here are my 10 personal favorites of the year.
It's the end of the aughts, so I'm baring my entertainment-loving soul to you — first, I revealed my favorite movies of the decade, then my TV show picks, and now it's time for the aural revelation. What albums was I addicted to from 2000 to the end of 2009? Check out my slideshow to see my favorite music of the last 10 years.
In No Particular Order:
Gene Hackman as Royal Tenenbaum in The Royal Tenenbaums
Christian Bale as Patrick Bateman in American Psycho
Daniel Day-Lewis as Daniel Plainview in There Will Be Blood
Paul Giamatti as Miles Raymond in Sideways
Mickey Rourke as Randy "The Ram" Robinson in The Wrestler
Bill Murray as Bob Harris in Lost in Translation
Christophe Waltz as Hans Landa in Inglourious Basterds
Kate Winslet as Clementine Kruczynski in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Sean Penn as Harvey Milk in Milk
Felicity Huffman as Bree in Transamerica
Meryl Streep as Susan Orlean in Adaptation
Amy Adams as Ashley Johnsten in Junebug
Morgan Freeman as Eddie "Scrap-Iron" Dupris in Million Dollar Baby
Alan Arkin as Edwin Hoover in Little Miss Sunshine
Michelle Williams as Alma del Mar in Brokeback Mountain
Steve Carrell as Andy Stitzer in The 40 Year-Old Virgin
Heath Ledger as the Joker in The Dark Knight
Javier Bardem as Anton Chigurrh in No Country for Old Men
Robert Downey Jr as Kirk Lazarus in Tropic Thunder
Maria Bello as Edie Stall in A History of Violence
Maggie Gyllenhaal as Lee Holloway in Secretary
Mark Walberg as Sean Dignam in The Departed
Jack Black as Barry in High Fidelity
Uma Thurman as Beatrix Kiddo/The Bride in Kill Bill Vols. I and II
Audrey Tautou as Amelie Poulain in Amelie
Now that I've revealed my favorite movies of the decade, it's time to move to the smaller screen in entertainment. The past 10 years have brought a slew of TV shows that have left us laughing, crying, and begging for more. I've narrowed it down to the top 20 that will always live on in my heart, but if you don't agree — or if you'd like to submit your own top five, 10, or 20 — you can do so in the Buzz Best of the Decade Group!
I couldn't narrow it down to 10 (and I still feel like I'm betraying some by whittling my faves down this far) so here are my top 20:
(in no particular order)
1) Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within, 2001 - This animated fantasy movie based on the popular video game series deals with an alien invasion and ends with a peaceful solution. It has some amazing voice actors, like Ming-na and Donald Sutherland.
2) Constantine, 2005 - Keanu Reeves plays a demon slayer in this comic-book turned movie, which also stars Rachel Weisz.
3) Wall-E, 2008 - Probably the only movie on my list that the whole family could watch and fully enjoy. I love the environmental messages in this sweet movie.
4) Star Trek, 2009 - This newly-cast movie in the Star Trek franchise is one of my favorite movies of the year. Based in part on the great acting choices, I look forward to the next movie as well.
5) Lathe of Heaven, 2002 - The film adaptation of Ursula K. Leguin's book has such a great tagline: "His dreams control our destiny, but who controls his dreams." This movie stars Lisa Bonet and James Caan. I think this is one of the great, classic sci-fi films out there.
6) A Scanner Darkly, 2006 - Another Kanu Reeves film on my list...it also stars Winona Rider
7) V for Vendetta, 2006 - Even if this movie was bad I would watch it anyway because of the actors in it: Natalie Portman and Hugo Weaving.
8 ) X-Men Trilogy, 2000-2006 - Many of my favorite Marvel characters come to life in this trilogy.
9) Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, 2004 - This is such a fun movie, starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law and Angelina Jolie, to name a few.
10) Watchmen, 2009 - Another graphic novel-turned movie, this one received mixed reviews, but I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it.
11) The Lord of the Rings trilogy, 2001-2003 - I loved the years that this trilogy came out, with all the great promo posters and videos, toys and this fantastic set of movies that everyone seemed to be watching. These movies are still the most memorable theatre experiences of my life - all 5 times that I saw them!
13) Spirited Away, 2001/2 - Another Studio Ghibli movie. A 10 year old girl journeys in to an alternate fantasy world and has many interesting adventures on her way back to reality.
14) Stranger than Fiction, 2006 - Emma Thompson is perfect as an author-gone-crazy and Will Farrel is great as a guy who thinks he is hearing Thompson's voice.
15) The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, 2005 - This remains one of my favorite movies of all time. I grew up watching the tv series and was happy with this film adaptation of the books/shows.
16) Hell Boy 1 & 2, 2004/2008
17) Serenity, 2005 - If there couldn't be more Firefly, then I am happy to have this movie to rewatch!
I also love all the Harry Potter films to varying degrees, the Librarian movies, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Pan's Labyrinth, Stardust, The Fall, and Enchanted.
I'm so glad I found this group! I am obsessed with making best-of lists! Here are my favorite movies of this decade:
1. The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) This is by far my favorite Wes Anderson movie and my favorite film of the decade. The cast is spectacular, the story is heartwarming and hilarious, and Anderson's sweet, anachronistic details just make me swoon. I could watch this over and over again.
2. Amelie (2001) I saw this movie a few days after my first trip to Paris, but that's not the only reason why I love it so much. Yes, the movie is visually beautiful and treats Paris as a character and not just a setting, but the movie itself is just so wonderful. I always have a big goofy grin on my face whenever I watch this one.
3. Sideways (2004) This is one of those movies that I pop into the DVD player whenever I don't know what to watch. It's just so good and funny and clever. I usually have a hard time enjoying a movie if I can't sympathize with the characters, and somehow, I'm totally rooting for these two immature, selfish middle-aged men. And the movie always makes me crave a bottle of good wine like nobody's business.
4. Juno (2007) Yes, it was totally hyped up but it was totally worth it. This movie made me crack up laughing and also bawl my eyes out. And it made me wish that JK Simmons and Allison Janney were my parents.
5. Brokeback Mountain (2005) I think that this is one of the most beautiful and tragic romances of our time. The performances, especially Heath Ledger's are outstanding, and Ang Lee did such an amazing job with what could've just been known as "that gay cowboy movie."
6. American Psycho (2000) SO funny and SO gory and SO wrong. This movie isn't for everyone; most people either love it or hate it. But it's such a good, smart commentary of the soullessness of 80's yuppie culture. Love it!
7. Almost Famous (2000) Ah, the days when Kate Hudson was known as a promising young talent and not for a string of crappy romantic comedies. She was so good as Penny Lane, but what I loved about this movie the most was just the 70's rock and roll atmosphere. The movie could've easily just been about decadence, drugs and sex, but it had heart, and that's why I love it.
8. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) Yes, I'm a huge Harry Potter fan, and yes, this one was based on my favorite of the books, but that's not why I chose this movie. Honestly, it was just a GOOD MOVIE. The first two HP movies were directed by Chris Columbus as kids' movies, but Alfonso Cuaron did such a fantastic job with Azkaban. It was so much darker, deeper, and more mature than the first two.
9. Little Miss Sunshine (2006) Great cast, great story, great soundtrack. It's probably pretty obvious, if you've gotten this far in the list, that I am a fan of quirkly, heartwarming indie comedies, but this one kind of set the bar. Seriously, ever since 2006, there's been a movie that is touted as "This year's Little Miss Sunshine!" (i.e. Juno).
10. The Wrestler (2008) I was really disappointed that this movie wasn't nominated for best picture last year. Mickey Rourke deserved his acting nod, as did Marisa Tomei, but the movie itself was so good: beautiful and tragic.
As we come to the close of another year, I've been counting down the best in entertainment from over the past 12 months. But let's not forget that we're also celebrating the end of the decade, so you know what that means — a recap of the top music, movies, and TV from 2000-2009! There have been so many creative, smart, and fun choices to keep me busy that it's hard to decide which ones deserve top honors. So beginning with films, here are my favorites, in no particular order. (If you don't agree — or if you'd like to submit your own top five, 10, or 20 — you can do so in the Buzz Best of the Decade Group)!
Some of these gifted artists may be bigger than what you consider "indie," but they all captured the spirit of the genre in '09. It's hard to pinpoint why they're just so cool, but they make it seem effortless. Personally speaking, I've been listening to Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix by Phoenix and It's Blitz! by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs on a repeat loop, but there were plenty of other albums to choose from. Which one is your favorite?
1. Wilco, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
2. Stars, Set Yourself on Fire
3. Built to Spill, Ancient Melodies of the Future
4. The Decemberists, Picaresque
5. Beck, Sea Change
6. Spoon, Ga Ga Ga Ga
7. Feist, The Reminder
8. The White Stripes, De Stijl
9. Jay-Z, The Black Album
10. The Blow, Paper Television