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This passing decade can be summed up in one word: Transformative.

At the dawn of the “oughts”, the twin towers still stood, the US had not yet elected a President representative of the rich multicultural heritage of the country, the world economy hummed along, and……The Red Sox still had not won the World Series in ninety odd years.  Over the course of the next ten years tragedy would strike at home and abroad, our financial systems would disintegrate, two wars would begin, and the “bloody sock” would forever be ingrained in  american sports mythos.

Yes, yes, yes, that’s all great, but what about the movies?

The films of this past decade are representative of a world undergoing painful changes. The global cinematic scene has flourished, pushing boundaries, and creeping into American box offices. American film has increasingly become more lyrical, metaphorical, and personal, while at the same producing huge movie spectacles that quench our need for escapism.

So, what’s the point?

The point is that the movies of the past decade have been good, really good. The ones that follow are really just the tip of a global iceberg of excellent filmmaking and I urge anyone who has an interest in film to really go back and explore this decades cinema. Anyhow, on to the show….

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As far as movies go, the first decade of the 21st century neither started nor seems to be ending particularly strong. The first part of the decade saw Oscars awarded to easily forgettable films such as Gladiator (2000), A Beautiful Mind (2001), and Chicago (2002). And forgetting for a moment about the release of the greatest trilogy ever made during this same time, the pool of competing films was even less memorable (can you name a nominated film from 2000-2002?). That isn’t to say that there weren’t good movies, there were, but not a strong body of work I think of as representing the best of the decade.

No, the decade in film was marked by the middle, with 2007 clearly being a defining year. We saw the reemergence of the independent film and the release of several unique low-budget films like Sideways (2004), Little Miss Sunshine (2006), and Juno (2007). We also saw the long-awaited return to prominence of directors too long silent (Quentin Tarantino and Paul Thomas Anderson), and the rise of new film-making talent (Christopher Nolan). And we even saw comic book adaptations becoming mainstream, despite the quality of such films being mixed. Sin City and V for Vendetta are particular highlights, with The Watchmen and X-men being among some of the worst films of the decade.

Yes, the “oughts” as they say, was definitely a memorable decade for film, containing some of my all-time favorites. So here I give you my top 10 films of the decade. This will undoubtedly generate discussion amongst the contributors, and I say bring it on.

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Here is my top ten list of the 2000s and a few additional honorable mentions. These aren’t in any specific order – I await your comments and insults, mainly insults.

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